Physical distancing

Physical distancing, also referred to as “social distancing,” means maintaining at least 6 feet of space between yourself and others when you are outside of your home. This will potentially be the most significant adjustment to our campus experience, but it is absolutely necessary in order to limit the spread of the virus and keep our students, faculty, and staff as safe as possible.

Offices, classrooms, and common spaces

Offices, classrooms, and common spaces have been reconfigured to accommodate physical distancing requirements, thus reducing the maximum occupancy of those spaces—drastically, in some instances.

  • The new adjusted capacity of the rooms was calculated to allow for 6 feet of physical distance. The configuration of the room and the type of furniture used impacts how substantial the reduction is; however, in most classrooms, the new adjusted capacity is between 30-50% of the original capacity. The full list of adjusted classroom capacities is on the mylasalle Portal.
  • Signage outside of the room will indicate the capacity of spaces for the purpose of physical distancing.
  • Members of the University community will be expected to know and comply with the capacity guidelines in shared spaces.

Furniture may be removed from the campus’ most-common gathering areas. Remaining furniture will be arranged to maintain physical distance and should not be moved.


Plexiglass is being installed in areas where face-to-face interaction must occur. The locations were identified by each Vice President in their respective areas. Facilities is installing the plexiglass and will be completed before students return. Offices are encouraged to adjust hours and on-campus staffing levels when desks cannot be socially distanced. Please see the Employee Guidance section for more information.

Individual Responsibility
  • All individuals must take extra care to maintain at least 6 feet of physical space (two arms’ lengths) between themselves and anyone with whom they don’t live.
  • Pathways, stairwells, and hallways may be marked for one-way directional traffic to allow for physical distancing. If they are not marked, and two-way traffic is continued, individuals should stay to the right-hand side and maintain physical distance as best as possible.
  • To alleviate congestion during peak traffic times, individuals should consider arriving to destinations a few minutes earlier when possible or delay their exit from a building during a peak traffic time, if their schedule allows.
  • Restrooms will have an adjusted maximum capacity posted at or near the entryway. If upon entry you notice that a restroom is at full capacity, wait outside of the restroom until someone exits.
  • Limit elevator occupancy to single capacity, when possible. Use stairways as the primary method of travel between floors as often as possible.
    • When in the presence of others on an elevator, or in other physically constricted quarters, physical distancing is difficult to maintain. Occupancy reductions are essential. Meetings should take place virtually as often as possible. If a meeting must occur in person, it should be limited to 10 or fewer people and should occur in a space that allows for appropriate physical distancing.