Working on campus

Nov 24, 2020
Arizona State University staff working at the office wearing face masks and practicing physical distancing

Building access

Beginning July 1, certain academic buildings will be returned to an open state, including card access and mechanical doors to facilitate in-person Summer B courses.

At the start of the Fall semester, building access will return to an open state during business hours.


Everyone is required to wear a face cover while in ASU buildings and in all ASU outdoor spaces. Employees in office spaces will maintain a physical distance of 6 feet from others. Several actions will be taken to ensure this is possible:

  • All conference rooms and enclaves will be labeled with a maximum-occupancy sticker, based upon a calculation that allows for 6 feet between each occupant.
  • Each unit will evaluate its current cubicle configurations to ensure that no two individuals are seated within 6 feet of one another. If a distance of 6 feet is not possible, supervisors will consider options such as alternating on-campus days, staggered schedules, and continued remote work to ensure distance is maintained. 
  • Physical barriers including sneeze guards and Plexiglas will be kept to a minimum and used only where a visitor-to-employee interaction exceeds five per hour.
  • Required face coverings in all campus building spaces with more than one occupant.

To avoid disruption, custodial staff will not clean or disinfect computer mice, keyboards, personal items and other equipment in private offices and workspaces. Disinfection supplies will be provided to employees for use in disinfecting their workspaces. Employees also may request protective gloves and safety glasses if required for the disinfectant used.

Laboratory and research space

The increase of research activity on campus is occurring in a measured, phased approach. For more information, review the guidelines and policies in the Research Intensification Plan.

Due to the security measures and hazards present in many research laboratories, lab personnel are responsible for cleaning and disinfecting these spaces. Laboratory personnel should increase the disinfection frequency of commonly touched surfaces in shared laboratory spaces to at least twice daily. The laboratory ramp-up checklist and associated laboratory ramp-up guidelines can assist. Researchers and laboratory personnel are encouraged to develop plans and disinfection schedules for their specific areas.

Depending on custodial staff security access, services may include trash removal, and cleaning and disinfecting low-hazard areas.

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.