According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reducing the risk of exposure to COVID-19 by rigorously cleaning and sanitizing is one of the most important parts of reopening public spaces. CIM has stepped up its already stringent cleaning protocols so students and their families and our faculty and staff can have peace of mind. 

Below you will find the protocols and safety measures currently in place, with more to come. All measures are performed in accordance with mandates and guidance from federal and local authorities. CIM will continue to monitor these sources and consult others. If the guidance on best practices changes, CIM will adjust accordingly, and some of these practices may or may not be in effect by the time campus fully reopens for the semester.  

Many safety protocols in place are made possible by the Elliott & Gail Schlang Health & Well-Being Initiative, which is addressing CIM’s ongoing needs stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic and the extraordinary circumstances of this time.  

Protective Shields Installed

Beginning May 5, CIM installed protective, table-top shields for offices and public desks around the building. 

HVAC System Filters Changed

During the week of May 18, CIM changed its Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) 15 primary HVAC system filters throughout the building—these are the same filters used in hospital settings—as well as its MERV 8 and 10 pre-filters. CIM has always had this protocol. MERV is used to determine how well an air filter can catch potentially harmful particles in the air. 

Deep-cleaning and Disinfection

On Friday, May 22, CIM’s facilities were treated with a proactive disinfectant that prevents the spread of 99.99% of germs and viruses on treated surfaces for up to six months. CIM hired JAN-PRO to apply the EnviroShield system, which offers medical-grade disinfection. Learn more about this process.