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Summer Reopening

Allegheny County moved to the Green Phase in the Governor’s Reopening Plan on Friday, June 5, 2020. The information on this page provides important details for faculty, staff and students regarding Green Phase campus operations during the months of June and July. Read about health & safety requirements, daily health screenings and other frequently asked questions.

A Phased Reopening 

Chatham will pursue a phased reintroduction of departments and additional limited employees beginning June 15 through July 30 who require (or will greatly benefit from) a return to campus. The timing is as follows: 

Week of June 15
  • All Chatham employees already reporting to campus should continue to do so.
  • Authorized faculty and student research assistants (for research and/or work in labs)
  • Faculty, staff & students in select health science summer courses (at Eastside)
Week of June 29 Week of July 6 
  • Campus visits for prospective students resume 
Week of July 13 
  • Jennie King Mellon Library
Month of July 
  • Other campus offices (for office/classroom/lab space preparation for fall)

During the phased return to campus as outlined above, we are asking departments to continue utilizing a blend of teleworking for most employees and (where necessary) have limited on-campus employee presence in order to keep campus activity low and allow effective monitoring. 

Operating plans for each department during June and July will be finalized by their respective Vice-Presidents and/or Deans. 

Health & Safety Requirements 

All employees and students who are on-campus will be required to comply with a series of health and safety protocols.

These protocols are based on the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PDH), Governor Wolf's Green Phase Reopening Order and successful measures Chatham implemented over the past few months for employees providing campus services.

Everyone working or attending class on campus will: 

  • Stay home if feeling sick.
  • Stay home if in recent close contact with someone being tested for COVID-19. 
  • Receive a temperature check and answer a series of health questions every day before engaging in activity on campus or entering any buildings on campus. 
  • Wear a mask inside campus buildings (may be removed if alone in an office).
  • Masks are recommended outside campus buildings when physical distancing cannot be maintained. 
  • Maintain physical distance (~ 6 feet) from others whenever possible. 
  • Wash or sanitize hands prior to entering and when leaving classrooms or offices. 
  • Wipe down (with provided disinfecting wipes) office or classroom surfaces prior to use and when leaving. 
  • Follow any other location, department or program-specific protocols and procedures.  

These protocols and requirements may be subject to change based on updated health guidelines and the status of campus operations. 

Procedure for Daily Health Screenings

As a recommended mitigation strategy for COVID-19, employees and students reporting to campus must receive a temperature check and answer a series of health questions each day. This is a non-invasive process using an infrared thermometer to prevent cross contamination and help limit exposure for the screeners.

Individuals who have a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher or who are presenting with possible COVID-19 symptoms will be required to return home to monitor symptoms and/or seek medical attention prior to returning to normal activities (class, work, etc.) on campus.

Individuals who are cleared will be issued a daily card, and only need to have their temperature taken once a day even if they leave campus, return later and/or enter a different building. 

Shadyside Campus 

  • Rea Garage from 7 am to 3 pm (for facilities and housekeeping staff)
  • Campbell Chapel from 7:30 am to 3 pm

Chatham Eastside 

  • Eastside Mezzanine from 7:30 am to 3 pm 

Eden Hall Campus

  • Esther Barazzone Center from 7:30 am to 3 pm 

Weekends and Weekdays (before 7:30 am or after 3 pm)

  • If you are engaging in activity on campus or entering a building for the first time on weekends or weekdays before 7:30 am or after 3 pm (and have not already completed your campus health screening for the day), please visit Rea Garage to receive your screening. Call 412-365-1230 if you need assistance.

Procedure for COVID-19 Case On Campus 

If an on-campus employee or student receives a positive COVID-19 test or has been in close contact with someone who is positive for COVID-19, the following procedures must be followed: 

  • Employees must alert Human Resources and/or their immediate supervisor 
  • Students must alert Dr. Ron Giles, Director of Health Services, at rgiles@chatham.edu 

All personal information will be treated sensitively and with appropriate confidentiality.

When Chatham receives confirmation that an on-campus employee or student has received a positive diagnosis of COVID-19, the following procedures will be followed: 

Closures & Cleaning 

  • Any campus room(s) where the person spent recent and significant time prior to their diagnosis will be closed for up to 24 hours. 
  • Following the 24-hour closure, the room(s) will be completely disinfected and then reopened.
  • Chatham will alert everyone in a location, department or program to any closures and reopening. 
  • Depending on the specific situation, an entire building may or may not be closed. 

Contact Tracing

  • Chatham will contact anyone on campus who was in close contact (per CDC guidelines) with a person who has a positive COVID diagnosis and will ask them to self-quarantine to monitor symptoms. 
  • Depending on the specific situation, Chatham may or may not send additional updates to everyone within a location, department or program. 


Have questions not answered on this page? Please e-mail communications@chatham.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

At the recommendation of UPMC (who utilizes temperature screenings at many locations) and to follow best practice recommendations from other health guidelines, Chatham is using temperature screens as a mitigation strategy. While a fever is only one symptom of COVID-19, we want to do our best to encourage anyone who is feeling ill to stay home and prevent the spread of any illnesses on campus.

Masks are required in all public spaces. A limited supply of disposable masks will be available for pick-up for those who forget their mask. Failure to wear a mask or follow campus policy can result in referral to the Student Honor Code or Human Resources.

Employees will be provided ten COVID-19 sick days to use in these circumstances. This should provide time for the employee to seek medical assistance. Employees may return as soon as a medical professional indicates it is safe for them to do so. In the case of exposure and no symptoms, employees may request a temporary telework schedule per the HR Telework Policy.

Students will be accommodated through their classes for up to 14 days should they contract or become exposed to COVID-19, or be required to self-isolate through a temperature screening. Student Health Services will coordinate faculty notifications. Faculty will work with the student individually at their discretion.

Chatham will contact trace within the bounds of our campuses using student ID’s, check-ins on the ChathamU App, class rosters and other potential sources.  It is important you check-in/swipe your ID when able so we can best trace and notify you if there is an issue. This data will only be used to notify people if they may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

Sanitation stations equipped with disinfectant wipes are being installed in the classrooms and within common spaces. All students and employees are expected to use the disinfectant wipes before and after using a workspace. This includes wiping down the table/desk, chair, and any equipment that will be used.