Our Shared Responsibilities
The individuals who make up our community and their ability to pursue their work are indispensable elements of SAIC. During this unprecedented time, we must act with a mindset of mutuality, conscious of how our actions impact one another. While SAIC will take a number of measures to mitigate risk, it is important to acknowledge the likelihood that members of our community will contract the virus that causes COVID-19. Because of this, it is critical that all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to campus uphold the shared responsibilities outlined in this section of the framework to protect their health and the health of others. Our shared responsibilities can be categorized in six topical areas:
- Monitor Your Health: Be vigilant in your wellness and stay home if you are sick.
- Maintain Physical Distance: Aim to stay six feet apart and abide by new guidelines for gatherings and travel.
- Cover Your Face: Wear face coverings consistently and correctly.
- Practice Hygiene: Wash your hands and disinfect your space.
- Remain Informed: Keep up to date on the framework’s latest guidance.
- Take Care of One Another: Be kind and promote belonging.
Our shared responsibilities have been created through thoughtful application of the guidelines released by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), American College Health Association (ACHA), and a large collection of professional association resources shared by our community members. Members of the CEOP Safety Committee, working through three sub-committees focused on mitigation, sanitation, and communication, contributed to the development of this framework plan along with the Employee Considerations Committee. We will continue to monitor these sources and appropriately update our campus plan as conditions change and public health guidance is refined.
All community members are expected to commit to the shared responsibilities outlined on this site and work cooperatively to fulfill them upon returning to campus. Specific guidelines are being developed to address noncompliance.