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Sanitization 101: Updated restroom procedures

A placard reminding users of proper hand washing is displayed in a bathroom in the Lewis Building on the Loop Campus due to Covid-19 safety guidelines, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. DePaul reconfigured all of its building, offices and classrooms to comply with safety and social distancing guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic. (DePaul University/Jeff Carrion)
A placard reminding users of proper hand washing is displayed in a bathroom in the Lewis Building on the Loop Campus. (DePaul University/Jeff Carrion)

This article is part of the university's Sanitization 101 Series, providing the DePaul community with in-depth information on the university's COVID-19 precautions, preparations and tips on how to Take Care DePaul. 

​DePaul has new procedures in place to promote safety in restrooms for the limited population of people who will be using them on campus in the fall.

Face coverings

First and foremost, like everywhere else on DePaul's campuses, occupants are required to wear face coverings at all times in restrooms.


DePaul is not regulating restrooms' traffic and occupancy. However, because there are fewer on-campus classes this fall and a significant portion of faculty and staff are working remotely, restroom traffic will be significantly lighter. 


Each evening, every restroom, excluding private facilities in residence halls' rooms, will be cleaned and disinfected.

Furthermore, high-traffic and larger restroom facilities will be checked and re-stocked, and high-touch surfaces, such as faucet handles, will be disinfected at least once throughout the business day. During that time, Facility Operations will temporarily lock the restroom because the university is using stronger chemical disinfectants and wants to ensure every high-touch surface is sanitized properly.

To learn more about how you can disinfect high-touch surfaces, check out these instructions on how to do so using DePaul's sanitizer.

Propping restroom entrance doors

Campus visitors may also notice that some restroom doors are propped open. This is to help eliminate the need for people to touch door handles. However, this will only occur when occupants' privacy isn't compromised.  

Also, take a moment to review and commit to the DePaul Community's Health and Safety Pledge, and regularly visit the Return to Campus website for more information, guidance and resources on the university's COVID-19 efforts.  

Thank you for taking care of each other. We're all in this together.