Physical Plant

Custodial

The Custodial Department provides a clean, safe and healthful environment in the assigned areas of campus general fund buildings.

The Custodial Department, an essential campus entity of Physical Plant Services (PPS), and an often underappreciated force, addresses sanitary concerns in all buildings on campus with the exception of apartments, dorms, the Student Union and the Student Life Center.  On a daily basis, custodial services provide for 7,000,000 square feet of academic, administrative and athletic buildings.

To put in perspective the expanse of this venue versus the number of employees available to put to hand their skills, less than 20 custodial workers clean 330 toilets and urinals, sweep and damp mop tiled and other hard surfaced floors, remove trash, clean classroom blackboards/erasures and re-supply the chalk, dust, disinfect and throughout the day answer calls for product re-supplies in restrooms, spot/shampoo/extract carpet and upholstery spills, strip/refinish and wax tiled floors, provide emergency cleanup due to spills and floods.  The former duties become daily routine, however frequently unsavory demands related to vandalism and carelessness occur.

Services may be requested or oversights reported by employing the Work Order Request Form or calling the PPS Service Center at extension 7000.

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Cleaning Expectations

General Fund Buildings

Physical Plant Services Custodial Department is funded to clean “public areas” only in campus general fund buildings (academic and administrative buildings).  Public areas cleaned include restrooms, general classrooms, labs and circulation (hallways, stairs, etc.).  The specific cleaning service provided in each type of area is described below:

Restrooms

Restrooms in the academic and administration buildings will be cleaned five times per week with one exception.  The restrooms in the north area of Berndt Hall were put back into service without additional staffing when the previously vacant north wing was reoccupied, so Berndt 500’s restrooms will be cleaned M-W-F, while the Berndt 700’s restrooms will be cleaned T-TH.

General Classrooms

Classrooms will be cleaned five times per week.  This includes vacuuming or mopping floors, black/whiteboards, general straightening of desks, tables and chairs and emptying trash receptacles.

Classroom designation is given to an area where credit classes are taught and the Records Office schedules classes in that space.  Areas where only one department can schedule classes are not considered general classrooms.  Roshong Recital Hall is considered a classroom.   Whalen Gymnasium and the Swimming Pool are classrooms that get special care according to use.

Labs

Academic labs (Record's Office schedules classes in these spaces) will have floors cleaned and trash emptied five times per week.  Custodians are not responsible for cleaning lab tables or shelves and are instructed to leave lab departmental equipment alone (the band room is considered a Lab). 

Circulation Areas

Hallways, stairwells, entries, vestibules and foyers will be cleaned five times per week.  This includes floors and trash receptacles.

Other Public Areas:

The library will be cleaned five times a week.

Most departments have a central “reception” area for staff/faculty coordination and receiving/answering questions. These areas as well as copy rooms will also be cleaned five times a week.

Tutoring Areas, Practice Rooms, Student Lounges, Conference Rooms, Faculty and Staff Offices

These are all considered departmental spaces and are not included in the Physical Plant budget for routine cleaning.  Work orders to clean these areas may be submitted but will be chargeable to the requesting department.  During the summer months PPS Custodial Operations will project clean as many of these areas as time permits.

Cubicles are considered to be individual offices and will not be routinely cleaned.  Hallways between cubicles are considered circulation areas and will be routinely cleaned.  Custodial staff will not be expected to enter private offices or other departmental spaces to empty trash receptacles.

Concert Hall, Chapel

These areas are cleaned on an “as needed” basis according to use.