Enhanced campus cleaning at UTA

UTA plans thorough, frequent cleaning regimen as part of safe return to campus

Wednesday, Jul 08, 2020 • Herb Booth :

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The Office of Facilities Management will continue the cleaning regimen initiated in fall 2020 to comply with The University of Texas at Arlington’s adherence to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.

Don Lange, assistant vice president for Facilities and Campus Operations, said that cleanings take place throughout the day and evening, on weekends and at events to ensure the safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors.

“Misting equipment is used on large areas to handle the cleaning more effectively,” Lange said. “The misters are used when people aren’t around to facilitate disinfecting surfaces.”

He notes that his department is looking for help from students, faculty and staff to sanitize as well.

“We have to depend on one another to help us keep UT Arlington as safe as possible,” he said.

The additional safety and cleaning precautions include:

• disabling water fountains across campus to help deter the spread of the virus

• increasing cleanings of outdoor areas, including doorways, shuttle bus stop benches and other areas where people congregate

• cleaning common touch points in public spaces in campus buildings throughout each day and performing additional cleaning in the evening

• providing disinfectant wipes and other cleaning supplies in each classroom for students and instructors to use on their desks and equipment

“Our goal is to clean more thoroughly wherever the campus population is meeting,” Lange said. “Those classrooms and common spaces will receive more cleaning attention.”

In addition, cleaning supplies are available to offices and departments so designated people in those areas can clean more frequently depending on needs and requirements.

Facilities will continue to evaluate the department’s process and make changes if needed during the spring semester or until the CDC guidelines change.

If you need any cleaning supplies or support from Facilities Management contact the Facilities Management Service Call Center at 817-272-2000 or www.uta.edu/fixit.

Check the Coronavirus Information page for up-to-date information on campus operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.