Campus facilities

Nov 25, 2020
Sun Devil Fitness Center lobby area

Break Rooms

These areas should be used only for cleaning dishes, getting water, preparing food, and similar activities. Wear a face covering and maintain a physical distance of 6 feet from others in break areas and kitchen spaces. Individuals are encouraged to eat at their desk or another area where they can maintain physical distancing. Building occupants will be asked to remove extraneous items from individual areas, kitchenettes and other shared spaces to enhance custodial cleaning and disinfection.

Classrooms and teaching laboratories

Several changes will be made within classrooms to ensure risk to students, faculty and staff is minimized.

  • Face coverings will be required of all students while in class.
  • Furniture will not be removed from classes, but seats will be designated as available or unavailable to ensure appropriate distancing. However, 6 feet of distance may not always be possible.
  • Students will alternate between in-person and remote attendance. No classroom will be more than 50% occupied during any given class.

The class schedule will remain unchanged, with 15 minutes separating each class. Classes with enhanced collaboration or interactivity, such as dance courses and science labs, will be separately addressed.

Custodial staff will regularly clean classrooms, teaching laboratories and auditoriums. Custodial staff will disinfect high-touch surfaces within these spaces at least twice daily during times that classes and other events are held. Cleaning and disinfecting supplies will be provided at or near every entrance to classrooms. Instructors, teaching assistants and students are encouraged to disinfect their personal space within classrooms and teaching laboratories before and after use. Disinfection includes wiping down commonly touched surfaces with a disinfectant while wearing personal protective equipment recommended for the type of disinfectant used.

Students are encouraged to wash their hands before and after every class or teaching laboratory.

Computing areas: computer, data and technology centers

Computer lab users will wear a face-covering maintain a physical distance of 6 feet from others. Signs will be placed on computers that are not available for use.

Site owners are responsible for disinfecting computing labs and technology centers with disinfectant materials. Custodial services will provide site owners with disinfectant spray, disinfectant wipes, and hand sanitizer stations. If custodial services are unable to provide supplies, site owners may purchase supplies through the typical procurement processes. Site owners or operators will disinfect computing labs per the disinfection guidelines for computer labs. Please review the guidelines for returning borrowed computer equipment.


Dining facilities will adhere to these guidelines:

  • Disposable, prepackaged utensils will be used.
  • Extended hours or shifts necessary to meet the slower servicing times in conjunction with the anticipated demand by the on-campus population.
  • Grab-and-go is encouraged and may become mandatory, depending upon the current public health guidance.
  • Physical distancing lines will be designated with floor markings.
  • Reduce or eliminate seating at dine-in options to ensure a 6-foot physical distance. 
  • Sneeze guards will be placed between cashiers and customers; and between patrons and food preparation. 
  • There will be no buffet service. 
  • Touchless payments will be used at all locations.

Employees will clean and disinfect dining tables, condiments, self-service areas, and high-contact surfaces in each dining hall at least twice daily, or between each use. Clean and disinfect kitchen equipment, utensils, food preparation and other contact surfaces after each use. Disinfectants approved for food preparation surfaces must be used.


Elevators will require face coverings. All elevators will have a maximum occupancy of four occupants per ride. Individuals are encouraged to sanitize their hands after touching elevator buttons.

Entryways and lobbies

No queuing of individuals at entryways is possible to meet the volume of individuals requiring building access. It is the responsibility of individuals to keep appropriate distance while entering and exiting facilities.

Hallways and corridors

Interactions in hallways and corridors should be as brief as possible to prevent congregation areas. Face covering is required.

Health services

Clinicians and custodial staff will clean and disinfect with hospital-grade disinfectants. Exam rooms will be disinfected after each patient. Reception and waiting areas will be disinfected at least twice daily. Additional disinfection may be required depending on the activity and whether a person with COVID-19 was seen at the clinic.

Outdoor areas

Campus outdoor areas are routinely cleaned and disinfected according to use and surface type. High-contact surfaces in areas such as outdoor seating areas and rooms, parking lots and garages are cleaned and disinfected daily. Outdoor dining areas are cleaned and disinfected between use during peak hours. Other areas, including bike racks, parking garage stairways, building exteriors and public outdoor spaces, are cleaned and disinfected weekly or biweekly, depending on the specific space’s protocol.

Residential halls

ASU has consulted several sources in determining safe room configuration and has received endorsement by the Maricopa County Medical Director of Disease Control and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Career Epidemiology field officer.

To adhere to these recommendations, ASU will reduce occupancy thresholds and reserve a portion of rooms for students who require isolation.

Custodial staff will clean and disinfect room interior surfaces, such as appliances, door hardware, furniture, light switches, mattresses, and restrooms before check-in. Students will be responsible for cleaning and disinfecting their own spaces after they move in. A list of recommended supplies will be provided to students.

High-contact surfaces in common areas will be disinfected at least twice daily by site owners or custodial staff.

Restrooms, locker rooms and showers

Custodial staff will regularly clean restrooms, locker rooms and showers. High-contact surfaces in high-activity areas such as auditoriums, dining areas, fitness centers and residential halls will require additional disinfection, especially during peak hours. Peak hours may require disinfection every two-to-four hours or possibly after each use. Local staff should monitor the area’s activity and adjust disinfection frequency as needed.


Handrails and banisters will be cleaned twice daily. Individuals are encouraged to sanitize their hands after stairwell use.

Additional questions

ASU has experts providing evidence-based guidance for keeping students, faculty and staff safe on campus.
Visit the COVID-19 FAQ or fall 2020 webpages for more details. Please email us about facilities and
operational questions. All ASU employees must take the Community of Care training for employees.