As outlined in our Covid Campus Pledge, all campus users need to make sure they follow the prevailing national guidance and local requirements in place to support the continued fight against Covid-19.

For the Health and Safety of everyone on Campus, or on any University controlled building anywhere in Scotland, you will be expected to adhere to the following Guidelines. For those at our Qatar campus, or other international locations, separate local information will be provided in line with local guidance.

These are subject to regular review and will be updated in line with changing national guidance and the decisions taken by the Campus Planning Group. If you have any questions about these Guidelines, please email coronavirus@abdn.ac.uk

The current, in-force, version of the Guidelines will be displayed online and this version (Version 7) was updated on 30 August 2021

This version is a significant revision from version 6, following changes to national guidance and the removal of various restrictions in place during the recent levels of lockdown.


Before Travelling to Campus | Moving Around Campus | Hygiene and Cleaning | Eating and Drinking | Fire | First Aid | Other

Before Travelling to Campus

  • Do not leave your home if you have any symptoms which could indicate you may have Covid-19 (these include a high temperature or fever; a new continuous cough; or a new loss or change in taste or smell.)
  • If you believe you have symptoms you should immediately begin to self-isolate for a period of 10 days; book a test with the NHS; and report your self-isolation to the University using our online form. Once tested you should follow the directions of NHS staff and, if you receive a positive test, update the University using the online form so we can provide you with support.
  • You should only travel to campus if you are symptom free and we strongly encourage our staff and students to make use of regular Lateral Flow Testing, as recommended by the Scottish Government. We suggest that you incorporate two tests a week, with at least 3 days gap in between.
  • You can obtain self-testing kits from our Testing Centre or via the NHS which will allow you to test yourself at home. More details on the opening hours, and functions offered at our testing centre are available on our test centre website.
  • Remember to take your face covering with you when you leave your home as you will need this on campus.

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Moving Around Campus and Physical Distancing

  • You should put your face covering on before you enter any building on campus (unless you are exempt) and while you are moving around in buildings, unless you are exempt.
  • Also wear your face covering where signage explicitly tells you to, unless you are exempt.
  • All students should wear a face covering in our teaching environments, even while seated in a class, unless you are exempt.
  • For staff members, once you are seated at your desk (in a single occupancy office or a shared space) face coverings can be removed as long as you are more than 1 metre away from others. The same rule applies in hospitality and communal settings, unless you are exempt.
  • Staff members delivering a teaching session may also remove their face covering once all students are seated and they are able to maintain 1 metre distancing. This also applies to students presenting at the front of a class, again as long as they are able to maintain 1 metre distancing from others.
  • You may continue to wear a face covering in any location if you wish to do so and we should be mindful of those that wish to maintain this practice.
  • Remember that while requirements on physical distancing may have been reduced in some locations on campus, some members of our community may still prefer to keep a distance and we encourage everyone to maintain a reasonable distance from others.
  • Look out for signage across campus and in each building and follow direction. This will include details of any applicable circulation routes and, within rooms, maximum occupancy numbers.
  • Do not rearrange furniture - it is laid out to maximise the use of space, especially in teaching rooms.
  • Students should not swap any assigned teaching groups or look to join a group you are not a member of. You will be asked to leave a class if you turn up and are not expected to be in it.
  • Anyone exempt from wearing a covering should wear a sunflower lanyard.

Remember that each member of the University community will have a different level of comfort in engaging with others on campus. Please be respectful of those that wish to maintain a distance and don’t be scared to politely tell people about your own position on distancing.

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Hygiene and Cleaning

  • Wash your hands regularly, with soap and water, for a minimum of 20 seconds. This is especially important before putting on your face covering, eating, drinking, smoking or vaping.
  • Remember to avoid touching your face.
  • Use the hand sanitiser on entry and exit of buildings and rooms - dispensers have been placed across all our facilities and buildings.
  • Cleaning materials/wipes will be provided for staff and students to clean down their main touchpoints when you enter a room (such as desks and chairs).
  • You may also be asked to clean other shared equipment before and after you use it.
  • Remember not to share personal items or face coverings with anyone.

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Eating and Drinking

  • Details of our on-campus catering options are outlined on the website.
  • Remember that food and drink isn’t permitted in teaching spaces with the exception of bottled water.

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Emergencies - Fire

  • If you are unable to evacuate from any location you are required to be in, without assistance, inform your line-manager or Student Support immediately to make suitable arrangements to ensure your safety.
  • If the fire alarm sounds, other than for the weekly test, evacuate via the nearest exit, following the green fire exit signs as usual. (You can use any staircases, including any signed as “up only”).
  • If you are taking part in on-campus learning, Tutors/Leaders will leave the room last so they can confirm that everyone has left and should close the door behind them.
  • Try to maintain a reasonable distance from others, unless you are at immediate risk from smoke or flames.
  • Fire doors must not be held open, with hooks, wedges or other objects, in order to improve ventilation. This would be a breach of fire safety legislation and would be a serious risk in the event of a fire and smoke. All fire doors should have a door closer and only those released automatically upon activation of the fire alarm are permitted to be held open.
  • Go to the assembly point and continue to keep a reasonable distance from others when you get there.
  • Let a Fire Marshal or member of staff know if you believe anyone is missing or is unable to evacuate.
  • Do not re-enter the building until told it is safe to do so by a member of staff.

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Emergencies – First Aid

  • If someone is injured and you need assistance, use the SafeZone App to contact security for a first aider.
  • In an emergency, you can continue to call 999 for an ambulance, if required, and then inform security that you have done so. You can alert them using the SafeZone App.

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Other

  • In buildings without automatic (mechanical) ventilation systems windows should be opened for 15 min or so when entering the room (especially when the room was occupied by others beforehand). This is best done by opening them at the end of a session, as you leave, and closing them near the start of the next. There is not normally a need to leave them open or to open doors for ventilation purposes.
  • Where mechanical ventilation is present windows should not be opened, so that the system performs effectively. Stickers have been placed in each teaching space to indicate which applies but windows in toilets should be kept closed.
  • It is recommended to flush the toilets with lids closed to minimise the release of droplets and droplet residues.
  • To enable us to work with Public Health Scotland and facilitate the operation of their “Test and Protect” system you may be asked to:
    • show your ID card to a member of staff;
    • complete a sign in when entering a location;
    • make use of specific mobile phone apps or technology; or
    • undertake additional measures that we agree to support Test and protect.
       
  • Additional, or different, rules may apply in halls of residence which will be communicated to those staying with us by email and signage within your flat buildings.
  • These rules may be updated or changed if there is a local outbreak or Scottish Government guidance changes, so please keep yourself informed of changes by visiting the Coronavirus webpages and checking your University email account regularly.
  • It is expected that all members of the University community will follow these rules. Deliberate or repeated failure to comply with these rules, or any requirement directed under national Health & Safety guidance, may be investigated under the appropriate disciplinary process for staff or students.

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