COVID-19 Planning and Information

March 19, 2020 – PA Governor Orders Closures; Duquesne University Responds with Action

March 19, 2020 at 4:50 p.m.

At around 5 p.m. today, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf ordered the closure of all non-life-sustaining businesses by 8 p.m. today, March 19, 2020. The governor's order does not categorize colleges and universities as life-sustaining businesses, with the exception of staffing the needs of our student residents who remain in our residence halls who have no other housing option.

As a result, all University operations not related to the feeding and housing of the students remaining in our residences are supposed to cease all on-campus operations effective 8 p.m. tonight, March 19, 2020.

IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT ALL STUDENTS WHO ARE ABLE TO LEAVE CAMPUS DO SO IMMEDIATELY. We recognize that those families at a distance may need time to complete this move. Please note that Governor Wolf has indicated that enforcement of this order will begin at midnight on Saturday. Therefore, time is of the essence in moving out of the residences.

Only students with no other safe housing option should remain on campus as we wind down operations dramatically.

Please share or update your plans for departure as soon as possible with the Office of Student Life through the web forms

IMPORTANT:

  • Because our faculty have planned well and transitioned to online delivery of courses, classes will continue
  • Library services will remain available online, as will other academic support provided remotely.
  • All academic and student services offices will be open, staffed remotely. Phone numbers and emails for those offices, available on our website, all have been forwarded so that service can continue.
  • Administrative offices will be open with staff working remotely.

Efforts will continue to ensure students intending to leave are able to do so, with full support of the University.

The state will take enforcement actions for non-compliance with this order starting at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, March 21. Those businesses found non-compliant "will forfeit their ability to receive any applicable disaster relief and/or may be subject to other appropriate administrative action . . . includ[ing] termination of state loan or grant funding, including Redevelopment Assistance Capital Project (RACP) grant funding and/or suspension or revocation of licensure for violation of the law."

The Governor's measures are intended to slow the spread of COVID-19 and therefore align with the measures Duquesne already has adopted.


At around 5 p.m. today, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf ordered the closure of all non-life-sustaining businesses by 8 p.m. today, March 19, 2020. The governor's order does not categorize colleges and universities as life-sustaining businesses, with the exception of staffing the needs of our student residents who remain in our residence halls and who have no other housing option.

As a result, all University operations not related to the feeding and housing of the students remaining in our residences are supposed to cease all on-campus operations effective 8 p.m. tonight, March 19, 2020. 

The state's enforcement will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, March 21. Employees who wish to retrieve items from their offices that are essential to their ability to work remotely must do so by noon tomorrow, March 20, 2020. Individuals will not be able to return to their offices for an indefinite period of time.

All administrative offices and academic offices must be prepared to move to remote work immediately. No employees are to come to campus offices other than those identified as proving for the needs of our student residents.

Efforts will continue as possible to ensure students intending to leave are able to do so, with full support of the University.

Vice presidents and deans will be in contact with directors, department heads and other supervisors regarding business continuity of their respective units. Remote working will continue per plans already established, for those whose work permits such arrangements.

Once you have removed your essential belongings, DO NOT RETURN TO YOUR CAMPUS OFFICE UNTIL NOTIFIED.

The state will take enforcement actions for non-compliance with this order starting at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, March 21. Those businesses found non-compliant "will forfeit their ability to receive any applicable disaster relief and/or may be subject to other appropriate administrative action . . . includ[ing] termination of state loan or grant funding, including Redevelopment Assistance Capital Project (RACP) grant funding and/or suspension or revocation of licensure for violation of the law."

The governor's measures are intended to slow the spread of COVID-19 and therefore align with the measures Duquesne already has adopted.


Dear members of the Duquesne University Community,

The continued patience and dedication of all members of the Duquesne community has been evident over the past several days as we have navigated the ongoing changes made necessary by our preventive actions to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

University administration, again in consultation with faculty, staff, and students impacted by our measures, is taking additional actions, as outlined below.

Campus buildings are moving to card-access only

All University-owned buildings will be accessible only by card-swipe, 24 hours a day, effective at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 20, 2020. Access will be limited to faculty and staff who work in each building; students will not have access to those buildings.

The Duquesne Union will be closed to students effective at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 20, 2020. The building will be accessible only by card-swipe, 24 hours a day, for those employees who work in the building.    

  • Health ServicesCareer Services and the Center for Global Engagement will be by appointment only.
    • To schedule an appointment with University Health Services (UHS), call the UHS main line at 412.396.2617.
    • To schedule an appointment with Career Services, call 412.396.6644 or email careerdevelopment@duq.edu.
    • To schedule an appointment with the Center for Global Engagement, call 412.396.6113 or email intladmissions@duq.edu.

All remaining offices and dining locations within the Union will be closed effective Friday, March 20, 2020, at 5 p.m.

Gumberg Library will be closed to students, effective at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 20, 2020. Library staff will be able to deliver services remotely.

For questions about library resources and access, contact the library at 412.396.6130 or email ask@duq.libanswers.com.

Effective March 23, 2019, the Hogan Dining Center will be the only dining option open. All students remaining on campus will be relocated to the Towers living learning center. The Power Center and campus bookstore are closed.

Student move-out encouraged

The University strongly encourages students and families to finalize their plans to move off campus as soon as they can. While Duquesne is committed to supporting those students whose circumstances demand that they remain here, the campus should be aware that facilities and services will be significantly reduced. We will meet needs, and will do so in a safe manner, but options will be much fewer.

The Office of Residence Life is coordinating an orderly process to help students move out of the residence halls. We aim to accomplish most of this process by this Sunday, March 22. However, an additional week will be available for those who need more time to make the transition. We strongly urge those who can move to do so as swiftly as possible and to communicate their plans, if they have not already.

Appropriate University-owned housing and dining plan charges will be prorated and a credit toward a future semester's charges will be issued as follows:

  • Departure today through Sunday, March 22, pro-rated credit of 43 percent.
  • Departure Monday, March 23, through Sunday, March 29, pro-rated credit of 37 percent.
  • Departure after Sunday, March 29, no credit.
  • We ask students to make this transition as soon as possible, and to let the University know the details of when they will depart.
  • We have established an online site to record the day and general time period (morning, afternoon, evening) students plan to move out. This will help ensure we have sufficient parking, staff members to assist, bins for moving, etc.
  • Please go to the following link to indicate which time will work best for you: https://duq.edu/life-at-duquesne/residence-life/residential-student-move-out-information.
  • Duquesne's Office of Residence Life, resident directors and RAs (resident assistants) are in communication with students to assist them in making their plans.
  • It is helpful to know of each on-campus student's plans as soon as possible, and no later than Sunday, March 22.

We continue to appreciate the efforts of so many as we navigate these challenges together. We will also update regularly as more information or any changes arise.

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