MGCF Covid Phase 4 Access:

Many of you have been successfully working remotely but if you are approved to work on campus, you are welcome to begin working again in the MGCF in 175 Tan Hall.

A maximum of 6 people are allowed to work in the MGCF at one time. Normally the space will not be occupied by staff except in a transitory fashion. However if MGCF staff will be present for longer, then we will occupy some of these 6 slots.

Note that the door to 175 Tan Hall is locked. All MGCF users in the College of Chemistry should automatically have card access. However, we anticipate that there will be problems with this in the phase 4 transition. We recommend that you test your card key at your convenience so that we can work with you and building management to resolve these issues.

All on-site campus people (including facility users and staff) are required to read the Guidelines for On-campus Research Activities for Resuming In-Person Operations.

Review and comply with other guidelines at VCRO Covid 19 Website and also the required training, daily symptom screener, green badge etc as described at the Before Returning to Campus document.

If you have concerns about the MGCF operations protocols and cannot address these with MGCF staff, please contact the Building Oversight Commitee (search for Tan Hall and email from that link).

Our goal is to maintain a density budget of (no less than) 125 square feet per person in our facility space and ensure that 6’ distancing is maintained at all times. The offices 173 and 177 will be occupied by individuals (Kelley McDonald in 173 and Kathy Durkin in 177) and no meetings will be held in either location. Support sessions will be scheduled on Zoom.

We prefer that you continue to make support and appointment requests via email. Dave and Kathy will mostly work remotely for the next few months but even when we are on campus, it is safer and a lot more efficient for us if you schedule a support time slot, rather than drop in.

Each time you will work in 175 Tan Hall, fill out the Signup Form. Put in your desired workstation/timeslot. The form will not autodetect a conflict so you should also review and edit the schedule if you see a conflict. We will email you if we see a conflict but otherwise you can assume your signup time is allocated to you. As you sign up, you will be asked to agree to the campus phase 4 protocols including all of the items listed above.

A maximum of 6 people are allowed to work in the MGCF at one time. Normally the space will not be occupied by staff except in a transitory fashion. However if MGCF staff will be present for longer, then we will use the signup form and occupy some of these 6 slots.

MGCF staff get an email at each sign up so we can troubleshoot overbooking. This allows us to schedule/coordinate that no more than 6 researchers at a time are in 175 Tan Hall. We don’t anticipate overflow since most users can work remotely but if we have more demand than expected, we will institute time limits to ensure equity of access. Otherwise priority will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis. We will revisit this as needed.

We encourage you to work during business hours. If you are working late, please consider the BearWalk service which can give you a safe escort back to your vehicle, the Night Safety shuttle and other services.


In 175 Tan Hall:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water before coming into 175 Tan Hall.
  • All users must wear a mask while working in 175 Tan Hall. This protects others in case you are an asymptomatic carrier.
  • No sneezing, sniffling, coughing, etc. Many of us have allergies but for now, any signs of illness means you cannot come to 175 Tan Hall and should be self isolating.
  • Follow social distancing rules in the MGCF by keeping at least 6 ft from other persons.
  • Please show courtesy to your peers while moving around the MGCF.
  • No eating or drinking in 175 Tan Hall.
  • This is an office space. Do not bring in lab equipment or chemicals. We are not equipped for chemical lab safety.
  • Keep the area clean. If you make a mess, clean up after yourself. Take out your trash, recycling, etc.
  • Follow current local and campus restrictions, and safety measures.
  • Follow of the College of Chemistry’s Health and Safety guidelines.
  • 6 workstations are available for local use. These are the 6 that are spaced a minimum of 6 feet apart (wilma, gravel, lava, energy, stone, bobcat: these are labelled and are the only ones with keyboards). These are in blue in the diagram with unoccupied computer stations interspersed (not shown).
  • Keyboards/mice will be labelled clean/used. Any used keyboards/mice will be cleaned M-F at 8am by facility staff although you can do this yourself (see next point).

  • We advise you to use the provided sanitizer and/or disinfecting wipes to unplug the keyboard, mouse wipe it down, then plug back in. Also wipe the nearby desktop area before/after use. You can reset the label to "clean" when finished. There will be signage at each workstation to advise you.
  • Turn out the lights if you are the last to leave.
  • Make sure the door to 175 Tan Hall closes firmly behind you.