Guidance for Regular Cleaning and Disinfection of Facilities

In alignment with CDC guidance, ACU facilities will be cleaned and disinfected according to the following guidelines.

  • ACU’s janitorial service (WFF) cleans and applies disinfectant facilities using EPA-registered disinfectants effective against coronavirus. Community spaces in residence halls are cleaned and disinfected during the day, all common administrative and academic spaces are cleaned and disinfected at night, and administrative offices are cleaned and disinfected once per week at night. WFF will prioritize high-touch and heavily trafficked areas. Additional WFF personnel have been employed to enhance cleaning and disinfecting efforts on high-touch areas across campus.
  • ACU’s dining service (Chartwells) cleans and disinfects the food court and The Bean using EPA-registered disinfectants effective against coronavirus.
  • WFF will clean and disinfect all instructional spaces, bathrooms, breakrooms, and other common areas each night and restock supplies as needed. The disinfectant supplies in classrooms do not require personal protective equipment (PPE) as listed on their safety data sheet. Contact your building manager or WFF for details regarding janitorial services.
  • If a department needs access to disinfectant supplies or PPE, please complete the Covid-19 Supply Request Form. Risk Management has secured EPA recommended disinfectant, hand sanitizer, and PPE that may be needed for daily operations. Virex® II 256 One-Step Concentrate spray bottles may be returned for refilled bottles by completing the Covid-19 Supply Request Form.
  • There are over 400 hand sanitizer dispensers wall mounted throughout campus in common areas. Hand sanitizer can help prevent the spread of the virus, but the CDC recommends the proper handwashing technique over sanitizer when possible.
  • Classrooms & instructional space
    • Disinfectant supplies, including spray bottles, paper wipes, and/or disinfectant wipes will be provided for each instructional space for faculty, staff, and/or students to disinfect space after each use. WFF will monitor and refill disinfectant supplies within classrooms and instructional spaces as needed, in addition to nightly deep cleaning. Please keep all disinfectant supplies together next to the paper wipe dispensers for convenience in locating and refilling supplies.
    • To disinfect a classroom or instructional space, mist hard surfaces with supplied disinfectant and allow it to sit for 10 minutes. Surfaces can air dry or excess liquid can be wiped with paper towels. Discard paper towels and disinfecting wipes into the regular trash. Wash hands using the proper handwashing technique. Hand sanitizer can help prevent the spread of the virus, but the CDC recommends hand washing over sanitizer when possible.
    • Disinfection of classroom or instructional space includes used desk space, armrests, and high touchpoint areas within the classroom.
    • To reduce the number of shared surfaces, faculty and students should bring as much personal equipment as possible for the classroom, including laptops, dry erase markers, etc. (e.g., faculty should bring their own dry erase markers). Do not share your personal phone, pen/pencil/computer mouse with others. If using shared laptops or keyboards, disinfect before each use (take care to prevent liquid from getting inside the computer).
    • At least daily, clean and disinfect all surfaces and objects that are frequently touched by multiple people, such as instructional teaching tools, equipment panels/switches, benchtops, biosafety cabinet and fume hood sashes and their working surfaces, bio-waste container lids, commonly used hand tools and small objects, and shared PPE. Be careful when disinfecting sensitive equipment to prevent disruption or damage to the equipment. If the manufacturer’s guidance for cleaning electronic devices is unavailable, consider cleaning these surfaces with disinfectant wipes. If disinfectant wipes are unavailable, apply sprays to paper towels/wipes rather than directly to electronics. High-touch smaller objects may be sprayed with disinfectant and allowed to air dry.
  • Common space
    • To disinfect a common space, mist hard surfaces with supplied disinfectant and allow it to sit for 10 minutes. Surfaces can air dry or excess liquid can be wiped with paper towels. Discard paper towels and disinfectant wipes into the regular trash. Wash hands using the proper handwashing technique. Hand sanitizer can help prevent the spread of the virus, but the CDC recommends hand washing over sanitizer when possible.
    • At least daily, clean and disinfect all common space surfaces that are frequently touched by multiple people, such as door handles, desks, light switches, faucets, coffee makers, workstations, keyboards, telephones, handrails, card readers, and printer/copiers. More frequent cleaning and disinfection may be required based on the level of use.
    • Plexiglass separation shields, installed only in strategic areas across campus, are to be cleaned only with microfiber cloths and water.

Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfection After Occupation by COVID-19 Positive Individual

Faculty, staff, and students are required to report a COVID-19 positive test via the COVID-19 Notification Form so that appropriate reporting and containment measures may be initiated including the following cleaning and disinfecting procedures.

If the space was occupied by the individual for more than 15 minutes, when feasible, avoid using the space for at least 24 hours. If 24 hours is not feasible, wait as long as possible. Building managers should post signage available through the Office of Risk Management (risk@acu.edu or 325-674-6142) to close off areas that were used by the sick person. ACU contact tracers in coordination with Risk Management will contact WFF to initiate appropriate cleaning protocol. Once the area has been appropriately disinfected, it can be opened for use. Workers without close contact (within 6 ft. for longer than 15 minutes) with the person who is sick can return to work immediately after the disinfection of the space.

Additional disinfection protocol may not be necessary if more than 7 days have passed since the last time the positive or symptomatic individual was on campus. In some instances, a space may have already been disinfected and would not require additional disinfection.

Additional guidance from the CDC is available on proper cleaning and disinfecting protocols.