Health and Safety Guidance and Protocols

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Guidance | Handwashing Guidance
Coughing and Sneezing Etiquette
Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Personal Workspace
What the University Is Doing to Keep You Safe
| Travel Guidance

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Guidance

Updated Guidance on Face Masks and Coverings

Effective immediately, Syracuse University requires face masks or face coverings for all students, faculty, staff and visitors while on campus, in the presence of others, in public settings, indoors and outdoors. If you have an underlying health condition that precludes you from wearing a mask, you may request a reasonable accommodation through the Office of Equal Opportunity, Inclusion and Resolution Services.

You can wear your own cloth face covering or the masks provided to you upon your return to campus. Cloth face coverings should be washed between each use.

How to Wear a Cloth Face Mask Properly

The below video from Consumer Reports highlights how to properly wear and care for cloth face masks.


Vinyl or nitrile gloves will be provided to faculty and staff in health care settings, research labs, Food Services, Facilities Services and other areas as required to help staff safely perform their duties. Based on guidelines from the CDC, gloves are not required or recommended for general use to protect against COVID-19. Instead, practice frequent handwashing and use of hand sanitizer.

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Handwashing Guidance

Frequent handwashing is one of the most effective ways to protect yourself and those around you from getting sick. Here are some tips:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place or used a shared object (e.g., door handle, copy machine). As a guide, consider silently singing or humming the Happy Birthday song twice while you scrub your hands with soap.
  • Always wash your hands after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing and before you touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60 percent alcohol) if soap and water are not readily available.

Coughing and Sneezing Etiquette

If you are not wearing a face mask or covering, be sure to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue (or use the inside of your elbow) when you cough or sneeze. Always wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after coughing or sneezing and discard used tissues.

Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Personal Workspace

Frequent cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces are key to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 on campus. Facilities Services works diligently to clean and disinfect each building throughout the University daily and has increased the frequency of cleaning surfaces in high-traffic areas. To supplement their efforts, we ask you to routinely clean and disinfect your personal work areas and commonly touched surfaces within departments. Additional cleaning supplies can be requested by departments for faculty and staff to use to clean personal and shared work areas.

  • Personal work areas, including desks, chairs, keyboards and mice, and telephones, should be cleaned and disinfected daily.
  • Frequently touched surfaces in an office environment, including coffee makers, door handles, light switches and faucets, should also be cleaned and disinfected daily or more frequently depending on shared use.
  • Conference room tables and chairs and other shared work surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected after each use.
  • Shared office equipment, including touch pads on copiers, phones, and supplies such as staplers and hole punches, should also be cleaned and disinfected before and after each use.
  • Sharing of phones, desks and other office equipment should be avoided whenever possible.

How to clean and disinfect:

  • If surfaces are visually dirty, clean with soap and water prior to disinfectant application.
  • Spray or wipe the area with an approved disinfecting product.
  • Adhere to the manufacturer’s recommended contact time for the disinfectant to know how long the surface should remain wet for the disinfectant to be effective.
  • When cleaning keyboards, copiers and electronic equipment, do not spray disinfectant directly onto the equipment; spray the disinfectant onto a paper towel or use a disinfecting wipe.
  • Throw away towels or wipes used for cleaning after each use.
  • Wash hands immediately after cleaning and disinfecting.
  • Contact Environmental Health and Safety Services (EHSS) at if you need help selecting and using a disinfectant.
  • Safety information on all University-provided COVID-19 disinfectants is available on the EHSS website.
View FAQs About Cleaning Supplies and Procedures

What the University Is Doing to Keep You Safe

For information on building cleaning and sanitation protocols, physical barriers, hand sanitizer stations and more visit

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Travel Guidance for Faculty and Staff

On Nov. 16, updated guidance on faculty and staff travel and quarantine requirements was communicated by Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer Andrew R. Gordon and Interim Vice Chancellor and Provost John Liu. The University’s guidance on this topic will continue to evolve as we monitor directives from public health authorities. Any revisions to travel guidance will be communicated as they become available. Questions about travel may be directed to Seth Tucker, director of global safety and support, at or 315.443.1968.

This information was first published on May 29, 2020 and last updated on Nov. 17, 2020.