December 16, 2020 - Important action required related to COVID-19 testing and the spring semester
With finals behind us and Commencement and a holiday break ahead, we wish all of our students a peaceful and restorative time with loved ones. The spring semester starts on January 21, 2021, and students returning to campus will move in over several days before classes begin.
The University is refining its plans for the Spring 2021 semester, expecting that Duquesne’s mode of operation will be similar to the fall. We also are making some updates and will share the details when they are finalized. The most important element for a safe start to the semester is testing prior to the return to campus.
Duquesne will mail an Everlywell COVID-19 test kit to all students returning to campus.
To be sure every student receives a test kit, the University asks that students confirm the address where they will receive mail for the duration of the break. We understand that for many it will be their regular permanent address, but since some cannot return to that address during this break or may have new addresses, we need to confirm addresses to ensure students receive their tests.
CONFIRM YOUR ADDRESS AT THIS LINK: https://duq.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8DrKoqHCWJIEgdL
WHO SHOULD GET AND TAKE A TEST
All students who plan to return to campus, both those living in campus residences and those living elsewhere but who may be present on campus for any reason, MUST provide Duquesne University Health Services with proof of a negative test by uploading their result into the Patient Portal as with immunization records.
Students taking classes remotely but who intend to visit campus for any reason (i.e., use the Power Center, visit the library or meet friends to study, pick up coffee in the Union Starbucks or get lunch at Chick-Fil-A or other retailers) must also provide Duquesne proof of a negative COVID-19 test.
Individuals who do not provide the University with proof of a negative test will not be able to move in to residences, attend in-person classes on campus, or visit any other campus offices or buildings.
WHEN TO TAKE THE TEST
Students moving into a residence on Duquesne’s campus should plan to take the test no earlier than 5 days prior to their anticipated move-in date. Students living off campus must take their test no earlier than 5 days prior to attending their first in-person class. Once a student takes the test, it is imperative all students quarantine with immediate household members only until their return to campus.
WHAT TO DO WITH RESULTS
Everlywell will provide results to the student. The University will maintain the information with other student health records, respecting confidentiality. If a student of tests positive, Everlywell will provide instructions for next steps. Any student who tests positive should not return to campus until isolation is completed and they are cleared by Duquesne University Health Services (DUHS).
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention instructs persons who have tested positive and completed isolation for COVID-19, NOT be retested for 90 days. If you have tested positive and completed isolation in the 90 days prior to return to campus you are exempt from Duquesne’s re-test requirements. Students , you MUST contact and provide health services with verification of test and completion of isolation, prior to return to campus.
If for some reason a student does not receive a test kit from the University in time to meet the requirement, they should contact University Health Services to discuss options.
More details about Duquesne’s plans for the spring semester are forthcoming. Please stay safe and enjoy the holiday season.