April 22, 2020 – Duquesne Updates General University Operational Changes related to COVID-19
To protect the health of its community of students, faculty, and staff from the dangers of the COVID-19 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.
Duquesne took this action in accordance with Governor Tom Wolf's order for non-essential businesses to close and for shelter-in-place in Allegheny County. On April 1, Governor Wolf extended the shelter-in-place order to the entire Commonwealth. The University will remain in compliance with those orders until they are lifted.
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 several 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:
- Classes now will be conducted remotely through the end of the spring 2020 semester and through summer 2020.
- Pass/no-pass grading options are in place for spring semester 2020.
- A virtual event to observe commencement will occur on May 8, 2020, with an on-campus event for the Class of 2020 to occur at a later time.
- Spring 2020 campus events are cancelled.
- Duquesne's Pittsburgh campus (and satellite campuses in Rome and Dublin) are all closed. The only persons remaining on campus are staff whose work is essential even under vastly reduced operations and can be conducted on campus using proper safety protocols.
- Fewer than 30 students remain on campus, all of whom have circumstances preventing their ability to return home. Minimal staff are on campus to serve their needs.
- Research activities have been reduced or stopped.
- The vast majority of faculty and staff members are working remotely and University operations continue.
Below are all official updates that were sent prior to the University's closing.