Making UND dining facilities, residence halls Healthy Hawks-safe

New polices and procedures are meant to ensure campus living and dining remain safe, rewarding and fun

UND Dining Services and Residence Halls are committed to the safety of all who live, work and dine on campus.

As shown in the video above and photos below, Dining Services and UND administrators are taking a thoughtful approach to the reopening of campus, so that the University can heighten safety and carry out its missions of education, research and service.

With that in mind, the following expectations are being communicated to students, faculty and staff to help Dining Services and Residence Halls operate as safely as possible.

Plan Your Meal with Online Menus
• All guests are encouraged to review the Online Menus before entering the dining center.
• Planning ahead will speed up the service process so Dining Services can serve guests who may be waiting.

Face Coverings Required
• To support the health and safety of the campus community, UND has determined that face coverings will be required while on campus, including dining centers and campus stores.
• The policy states that face coverings are required unless eating or drinking. Guests are encouraged to remove their mask only when they can maintain an appropriate physical distance of 6 feet apart.

Sanitize Hands After Scanning In
• Guests are asked to sanitize hands after scanning into the dining locations.
• Hand sanitizer will be provided at the entrance of each dining location.

For the convenience of guests, hand sanitizer stations are being provided at the entrance of each dining location, and floor stickers – such as the ones shown below, which are on the second floor of Wilkerson Hall – help students and guests maintain proper distancing.

Photo by Mike Hess/UND Today.

This hand sanitizer station is set up near the entrance to the Dining Services facility in Wilkerson Hall.

Photo by Mike Hess/UND Today.

One Person Per Table
• University standards only permit one person per table or booth.

Stickers such as this one on a table in Wilkerson Hall above help communicate the “One Person per Table” rule.

Photo by Mike Hess/UND Today.

As shown in the photo below, the furniture layout in the dining area at Wilkerson Hall has been changed to let students and guests eat safely and converse while maintaining proper distancing.

Photo by Mike Hess/UND Today.

Plexiglass Barriers Installed
• Plexiglass barriers have been installed for the safety of all students, guests and the Dining Services employees.
• Hand sanitizer stations will be made available throughout the service area.

UND staff members are working hard to keep railings and other common surfaces across campus scrupulously clean.

UND archival image.

No Contact Food Transfers
• Dining Services employees will prepare and serve food to all students and guests.
• Trays will be used to transfer food containers or plates from staff to students and guests.
• Guests are asked to touch only their food container or plate to help eliminate additional touchpoints.

Disinfect Drink Dispenser and Toasters
• In accordance with the Grand Forks Health Department, all students and guests will be expected to use a disinfectant to clean frequently touched points on the beverage dispensers and toaster before and after dispensing a beverage.
• Disinfectants will be provided by each frequently touched surfaces along with signage reminding guests of the policy.

Stations such as the one shown below in Wilkerson Hall are set up to help guests clean and disinfectant frequently touched points on the beverage dispensers.

Photo by Mike Hess/UND Today.

Limited Capacity, Mind Your Time
• University guidelines restrict occupancy of the dining centers, so a limited number of individuals will be allowed in at a time.
• Please be mindful of the amount of time you spend in the dining center to allow others to enter and access food.

Stay Home If Feeling Ill
• If you’re not feeling well, please do not enter the dining center.
• Dining Services will be offering take out options that others can pick up for you in the event that you’re feeling ill.

Electronic message boards such as this one in Wilkerson Hall remind guests of the guidelines that are enabling UND’s Smart Restart.

Photo by Mike Hess/UND Today

In UND Residence Halls, the major change that has been made to protect students and the community is the “single room occupancy” rule: one student per dorm room.

Other changes are more subtle. They include floor stickers to help direct foot traffic and keep crowding to a minimum, and furniture placement and stickers to help guests maintain safe dictancing.

In UND’s residence halls, besides having single dorm rooms, floor stickers (such as the one shown below in Brannon Hall) will be the change that most students will notice.

Photo by Mike Hess/UND Today.

The floor stickers are unobtrusive; you have to look hard to see them in the photo below. But they’re meant to help UND students stay as safe as possible while living a normal and rewarding college life.

Photo by Mike Hess/UND Today.

Virtually all of UND’s 200-plus buildings have been signed, stickered or in some cases, reconfigured to help everyone on campus stay as safe as possible during the pandemic. That includes the tunnels such as the one shown below, which connects the Wilkerson Complex residence halls to the Wilkerson Dining Center.

Photo by Mike Hess/UND Today.