COVID-19 Response

Welcome to the COVID-19 Response Site

We are committed to keeping the Duquesne community informed during this challenging time.

Find the latest news, University updates, facts and resources. 

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Current Status

Duquesne University President Ken Gormley and his leadership team are working with specially appointed task force committees to create multiple, “movable” contingency plans in preparation for academic year 2020-2021. The University’s intention is to start classes as scheduled on Monday, August 24, 2020, and to return to campus, to the greatest extent prudent and permissible.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine signed amended phase orders to include 10 counties moving to the yellow phase and 13 counties moving to green phase at 12:01 a.m. June 5.  easing coronavirus-related restrictions as part of plans to ‘re-open’ the state. Duquesne is preparing plans in order to continue operations in as safe and flexible a manner as possible.

The health, safety and well-being of students is the University’s highest priority. Duquesne also wants to ensure students’ academic continuity, making every effort to limit any disruption of their ability to achieve their academic goals and earn their degrees while continuing to assess and adhere to guidelines and restrictions created by government and health officials to deal responsibly with this unprecedented pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged the University to persist in serving students, keep its community safe, and provide service to constituents as it is able. In the face of that unprecedented challenge, Duquesne has taken steps to protect the health of our students, faculty, staff, and community while providing our students a means to continue their academic progress.

General operational changes include:

  • The vast majority of faculty and staff members are working remotely and University operations continue.
  • Scenarios are being evaluated for the 2020-2021 academic year.
  • Classes will be conducted remotely through summer 2020.
  • The persons on campus are staff whose work is essential under vastly reduced operations and can be conducted on campus using proper safety protocols established by the state.
  • Research activities have been reduced or stopped.

This microsite includes sections for information including links to main university pages and updates on specific topics for current students and families, prospective students, faculty, and staff; a collection of all campus updates sent in response to COVID-19; and resources for understanding Coronavirus and COVID-19.

Latest News

News and Updates. June 24, 2020
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June 24, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.

I know you’re anxious to learn about our plans for the upcoming fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters at Duquesne University, in light of the current health crisis facing our nation. Let me begin by saying that we intend to return to campus in the fall, to the greatest extent prudent and permissible, when the new academic year arrives. Our plan is to begin as scheduled on Monday, August 24, 2020.

May 13, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.

I know you’re anxious to learn about our plans for the upcoming fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters at Duquesne University, in light of the current health crisis facing our nation. Let me begin by saying that we intend to return to campus in the fall, to the greatest extent prudent and permissible, when the new academic year arrives. Our plan is to begin as scheduled on Monday, August 24, 2020.

April 22, 2020 at 4:50 p.m.

To protect the health of its community of students, faculty, and staff from the dangers of the COVID19 pandemic, on March 19, 2020 Duquesne University ceased all classroom instruction as well as all on-campus operations not related to the feeding and housing of students remaining in campus residences. All other continuing operations moved to remote work arrangements, where possible.

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In COVID-19, 'CO' stands for 'corona,' 'VI' for 'virus,' and 'D' for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV”. There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses.

The new coronavirus is a respiratory virus which spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes. To protect yourself, maintain social distancing, avoid touching your face, & wash your hands frequently with soap and water, or clean them with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

There are a number of national and international organizations with detailed information on COVID-19. We've curated a list of recommended resources below. Additionally, you can check with your state and local governments, as they may have further information on how the current outbreak is affecting your area.

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We have temporarily closed our offices for the safety of our employees as well as the community at large. We are still available online and over the phone during our regular business hours. We are continuing to monitor the status of COVID-19 and will modify our policies as necessary to maintain the highest level of safety and care.

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There are a number of national and international organizations with detailed information on COVID-19. We've curated a list of recommended resources below. Additionally, you can check with your state and local governments, as they may have further information on how the current outbreak is affecting your area.

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For any additional questions or concerns about Duquesne's efforts related to COVID-19, please contact us.

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