Last updated: 10-7-2021

All visitors and volunteers must comply with current EVMS masking and social distancing policies while in EVMS facilities and should not come to campus if sick. Visitors and Volunteers who have not been issued a badge are required to check in with security when entering non-clinical buildings. These buildings include Brickell Library, Lester Hall, Lewis Hall and Waitzer Hall.

Each department is responsible for ensuring that any individual invited to campus by the department has a legitimate business purpose to be in EVMS facilities, is aware of required EVMS safety protocols, and is not exhibiting signs of illness.

Protocol for long-term campus visitors

Long-term visitors are defined as visitors expecting to be on campus more than five days. Any visitor who will be on campus for more than five days must complete training in Blackboard. Please contact the General Counsel's office for training enrollment at least 72 hours in advance of the visit.

Directive for volunteers

Volunteers on the EVMS campus will have to conform to the universal vaccination and masking directives that apply to employees and students.

Human Resources and Occupational Health are responsible for the onboarding of volunteers and that process mirrors onboarding of employees where applicable. Learn more about the volunteer process on the Human Resources website.

In the majority of cases, volunteers do not meet the typical definition of a "visitor" because they are on campus for extended periods, ranging from several months to several years. They also perform tasks and training alongside employees and students in all settings (i.e. office, labs, and clinic).

Volunteers will be training/observing in our work environment alongside our employees and students and therefore must fulfill the universal vaccination and masking requirements that are required of our employees and students.

Four steps to a safer campus

To ensure the safety of all members of the EVMS community, all visitors must be symptom free and follow EVMS safety protocols as follows:

1. Health Monitoring

Any visitor with any of the following symptoms will not be admitted to EVMS facilities

  • Fever (subjective or objective) ≥ 100.0 F
  • Signs/symptoms of a lower respiratory illness (cough or shortness of breath)
  • Loss of sense of taste or smell
  • Sore throat; or
  • Other symptoms such as muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, headache, runny nose, fatigue.

2. Social/Physical Distancing

A minimum of 6 feet of distance must be maintained between unvaccinated individuals.

3. Face Masks/ PPE

Face masks are required to be worn in all clinical areas by vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, and in all common areas at all times including, in classrooms, lecture halls, conference rooms, labs, hallways, elevators, restrooms and building entryways.

Anyone refusing to wear a mask will not be admitted to EVMS facilities. Gloves, eye protection or other PPE must be worn as directed by the department you are visiting.

4. Hand Hygiene

For masking to be successful, it must be accompanied by hand hygiene, which includes frequent handwashing or use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer