COVID-safe conduct in College 2021

Updated: 29th November 2021

The College expects all members to act with courtesy and respect and to be considerate of the wellbeing of others. This is particularly important while safety concerns relating to Covid-19 are still prevalent. In view of these, please be aware of the following when in and around College:

1. If you develop Covid-19 symptoms you should self-isolate immediately

Inform covid.isolation@dow.cam.ac.uk who will be able to support you and help arrange a confirmatory PCR test. The primary Covid-19 symptoms are:

  1. An elevated temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  2. A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  3. A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

You should also arrange a PCR test via the University if you experience the following minor symptoms:

  1. Headache
  2. Sore throat
  3. Runny nose
  4. Muscle aches
  5. New hoarseness
  6. New shortness of breath
  7. A new wheeze

If you meet one or more of criteria 4 to 10, you do not need to self-isolate, but can request a test at one of the dedicated University testing pods

If you are unsure whether you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms please contact covid.isolation@dow.cam.ac.uk or nurse@dow.cam.ac.uk who will be able to advise you.

College staff who experience any of the symptoms above should contact their Line Manager and the College HR Department immediately.

2. You should seek to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 unless you have received clinical advice that this is inappropriate for you.

3. You should test yourself regularly.

  • Please make use of the Asymptomatic Testing programme where available.
  • You should perform regular Lateral Flow Testing. Whether you are in College or elsewhere, the University recommends that everyone undertakes a minimum of two lateral flow tests per week.
  • If you are planning to attend an event where many people will be present or have been advised to do so (for example, by the College or by a University department prior to an event) you should ensure that you take a lateral flow test, and receive a negative result, before attending the event.

4. You should be mindful of social distancing and ensure that those you are with are comfortable.

This is particularly important if you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 but you are not yourself required to self-isolate.

5. You should be mindful of ventilation and try and maximise fresh-air flow where possible.

6. Wearing a face covering significantly reduces the chance of infecting those around you if you have contracted COVID-19.

It also sends a strong signal that you are aware of the risks of infection and considerate of the potential impact on others.

  • You should continue to carry a face covering with you and should be prepared to wear it when it is appropriate.
  • You should wear a face covering in any area where you are closely gathered with others without substantial ventilation or the opportunity to socially distance.
  • In College, you must wear a face covering in the following areas:
  1. When moving through College buildings.
  2. Porters’ Lodge
  3. Library general access areas (unless sitting in a study space)
  4. Servery and approaches during service periods.
  5. Entrance to the College Chapel
  6. Laundries and Computer room (if others present)
  7. When entering an office where College staff are working
  8. Where instructed to by the College, either verbally or by signage.
  • If you join the company of someone who is wearing a face-covering, please consider wearing your own. This will provide immediate reassurance and a sense of shared cause.
  • Not all face coverings provide equal levels of protection to you and those around you. The quality of the face covering and the care with which it is fitted make a difference. 

7. Please look out for COVID-safe signage or instructions in College Rooms or at events in College.

There may be particular measures, including the wearing of face coverings, that need to be taken in that room or at that time.

It is a condition of attending a College dinner or Formal Hall that you must receive a negative PCR or LFT result in the preceding 24 hours to reduce your risk of transmission at the event (unless you have tested positive in the previous 90 days and are already out of isolation).

8. You should wash your hands regularly and make use of antiseptic gels

9. In the event that a member of your household tests positive for COVID-19 or displays symptoms of COVID-19 you should clarify whether or not you need to self-isolate.

Even if you are not required to self-isolate, your risk of transmitting the virus is increased so:

  • You should consider on a case-by-case basis whether it is appropriate or necessary for you to gather with others during the self-isolation period.
  • You should consider minimising contact with others during the self-isolation period, especially indoors or in larger groups.
  • Staff members must contact their Line Managers to discuss arrangements during the self-isolation period.

10. NOTE: Conduct likely to cause a risk to the health and safety of others or conduct likely to give rise to a reasonable concern that there is a risk to the health and safety of others, will be subject to the College disciplinary process.