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Health and Safety

The College has established extensive guidelines, based on the recommendations of state and federal health officials and accepted best practices in residential higher education settings. Compliance is a serious matter, and PC has established new Student Code of Conduct rules and sanctions specific to managing the coronavirus. Similarly, faculty members and staff members will be expected to follow new COVID-19 workplace requirements related to personal and community safety. All violations will be treated seriously and each person in our community is responsible for familiarizing himself or herself with the guidelines.

General Guidelines

Anyone feeling unwell should stay at home or in their residence hall room.

Those who are at higher risk, as defined by CDC guidelines, are encouraged to work or study remotely, if possible.

Face Masks

Face masks are required for everyone who is on campus at all times, with limited exceptions. Students may remove face masks when inside their own residences (residence hall rooms for on-campus students) and employees may remove masks when working alone in their own private offices.

Physical Distancing

Persons on campus should take all possible steps to maintain six feet of distance from others (physical distancing) at all times. The College will take extensive measures, through the configuration of classrooms and other spaces and through the implementation of new traffic patterns, among other steps, to help facilitate physical distancing. However, much of this responsibility will fall to individuals.

Learning Spaces

  • New physical distancing capacity limits have been determined for all classrooms, labs, studios, and other learning spaces, including group and individual study spaces. Furniture will be removed from classrooms and other common areas where appropriate to create more space and Plexiglas barriers will be installed in certain larger classrooms to provide extra protection. Multi-person furniture will be marked for proper physical distancing or will be removed.
  • The College will utilize and encourage the use of existing designated outdoor learning spaces and it may add tent areas to extend usable outdoor space during inclement weather.
  • Classrooms with lower adjusted physical distancing capacities may be designated for individual or group study; additional study spaces will be added.
  • Concurrent classes will be reduced through scheduling adjustments and the increased use of hybrid or blended teaching models. The amount of time between classes may be increased as needed to ensure appropriate transitions.

Common Areas

  • The College will designate one-way corridors and stairwells during class transitions where possible, and it will also establish clearly defined entrances and exits, with more exits than entrances wherever possible.
  • Occupancy limits in restrooms will be reduced as needed, based on distancing guidelines; physical distancing instructions will be posted on restroom entrances and stalls and individuals will be instructed to maintain physical distancing in hallways while waiting to use restrooms.
  • While faculty members, staff members, and students will be encouraged to use stairs, elevator signage will clearly identify the capacity limit, and floor markings will provide physical distancing cues within each elevator cab.
  • PC will designate six-foot physical distancing areas for students/faculty in hallways waiting to enter classrooms.
  • The College will remove or adjust seating in public hallways and alcoves.
  • Tents will be considered near entrances to classroom buildings, where possible, to allow for shelter from weather while queueing to enter buildings.


  • Transportation shuttles will be limiting capacity to 50% to ensure physical distancing. Masks will be mandatory for drivers and passengers.
  • Shuttles will be disinfected every three hours and wipes will be provided for personal seating areas.
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