IE University conducts more than 7,500 blood tests to protect health on campus
IE University has carried out more than 7,500 serological tests in Segovia and Madrid since the resumption of face-to-face classes in June.
In order to access campus, students, faculty, and staff must take a serological test and then monitor their health and validate their health passport on a daily basis. The institution has 7,000 students from 140 countries in undergraduate, graduate, and executive education programs.
A Safe Campus
“Our campus is safe. We have implemented measures that go beyond those established by the authorities and we are working tirelessly to prevent infection and protect our community,” explained Salvador Carmona, Rector of IE University. “In this fight against a virus, we know that we are responsible for everyone, on and off campus,” he adds.
All students must sign a statement at the beginning of the academic year committing themselves to comply with IE University’s health protocols and public health standards. “Each one of us must wear a mask at all times on campus, take extreme care with hygiene and respect distances, we must not attend meetings of more than 10 people, and we must be vigilant of the appearance of possible symptoms. IE University students have signed a statement committing themselves to behave responsibly. If they do not comply, they may face campus suspension or even expulsion, depending on the severity of the violation. We must protect everyone,” explained Carmona.
IE University has a medical team in Madrid and Segovia that works closely with the health authorities. Individuals who are confirmed positive or identified as close contacts (more than 15 minutes without a mask within 1.5 meters of a confirmed positive case) cannot access campus. Close contacts of an infected person are identified by the medical team within 24-48 hours from confirmation of the positive case. People who do not receive this notification are not considered close contacts and can access campus normally.
IE University has installed thermometric cameras at the entrances of main campus buildings in order to measure the temperature of every person who enters the campus. People accessing other campus buildings have their temperature taken manually.
All students, faculty, and staff must wear a mask on campus at all times, including in class and in interior and exterior common areas, and also respect a distance of 1.5 meters from each other on campus.
Classroom capacity has been adjusted to guarantee a safe distance between students and professors. When necessary, class sessions have been doubled to reduce the number of students in the classroom. In addition, marked routes in the buildings help facilitate the flow of people and avoid crowding.
Lastly, the institution has reinforced the cleaning team to intensify the cleaning of surfaces throughout the campus, and an ultraviolet light sanitation robot roams the campus at night to further sanitize all spaces.
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