Auburn University released a set of guidelines on Thursday afternoon for summer campus events as it looks to reopen for on-campus instruction on June 29. Most events will only be allowed fewer than 50 people in attendance, though a few larger events may take place "provided the events ensure appropriate physical distancing," the University said.
Organizers of events that meet the 50-person attendance limit are asked to notify the University through regular means such as AUInvolve and the Campus Events Planning System. They must include information on how attendees will remain physically distanced in the event space.
Any event with the potential for more than 50 people must be approved by the vice president of the college or department associated with the event, according to Corey Edwards, director of Student Involvement. From there, the request for a larger event will be forwarded to Ron Burgess, executive vice president, for approval before the event can be submitted through regular means.
The University also asks that event coordinators prepare a list of every attendee and their information should the need for contact tracing arise. The list should include attendees' names, telephone numbers and email addresses. Attendees must wear masks or face coverings and have their temperature taken. They will be asked questions about symptoms of COVID-19 before an event begins each day.
Campus housing will not be available for events lasting multiple days, however, meals may be provided to attendees with assistance from the University if requested through AUinvolve or the Campus Events Planning System.
"These guidelines are consistent with recommendations from public health officials, including the Centers for Disease Control and the Alabama Department of Public Health," the University said.
Graduation ceremonies for the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Harrison School of Pharmacy are still planned for Aug. 1 with additional safety procedures that will be observed. Other events of greater than 250 people are prohibited until after Aug. 8, the University said.
Sign up for our newsletter
Get The Plainsman straight to your inbox.
Do you like this story? The Plainsman doesn't accept money from tuition or student fees, and we don't charge a subscription fee. But you can donate to support The Plainsman.Support The Plainsman