March 6, 2020 – Returning from Spring Break Coronavirus Update and Reminders
We hope that spring break provided our community a chance to recharge, even with the ongoing challenges created by the COVID-19 situation. The efforts of many people have helped prepare for your return and the prevention of negative impacts to the community. We thank them for their work and we thank everyone for their patience as we are nearly ready to resume the semester.
The current situation at Duquesne remains unchanged from earlier in the week:
On March 1, Duquesne implemented an official policy that any Duquesne student or employee returning to the United States from a destination with a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel health notice of level 3 or higher must self-isolate for 14 days prior to returning to the University campus in Pittsburgh.
Individuals returning to the United States from a destination with CDC travel health notice level 3 must return to their homes or similarly suitable locations as a protective measure for themselves and others. If you have any questions, please contact University Health Services.
The following destinations remain under a level 3 travel health notice from the CDC: China, Italy, South Korea and Iran. The University continues to monitor CDC travel health notices for any changes.
With Italy having reached CDC travel health notice level 3, the University has closed our Rome campus. The Dublin campus remains open.
- The University has facilitated the return of most students and faculty from Rome to the United States, where they are isolating at home.
- All of these students will be able to continue their coursework online for the rest of the semester.
Duquesne University continues to keep the security and safety of our students, faculty, staff and campus as our top priority. We will continue to share updates of new and relevant information or policy developments. Please consider what you can do to help protect yourself and others, and to contribute to the spirit of cooperation necessary at this time.
We ask that members of our community be vigilant and responsive to combating ongoing issues of bias and xenophobia in affected communities. Such behavior does nothing to assist our community in ensuring safety and awareness for our people.