COVID-19 Planning and Information

March 11, 2020 – University Implements Safety Precautions

March 11, 2020 at 4:50 p.m.

Duquesne University's Emergency Management Team and senior administration has monitored progress of the COVID-19 global situation and the steps taken not only in higher education but in other industries.

Duquesne's top priority is the safety and security of our students so that we can provide the educational experience they expect. The decisions we make are to keep our people and our campus safe and to preserve as best as is possible students' ability to progress in their education.

While no Pittsburgh or campus-related cases are reported to-date, we are taking new actions now to ensure the health and safety of our campus community. All actions are effective March 16, 2020:

Classroom Teaching

      • Classes have been canceled Monday March 16 and Tuesday, March 17. Faculty are instructed to use this time to prepare remote delivery of their courses.
      • All academic courses will resume Wednesday, March 18 with remote delivery.
        • On-campus instruction has been canceled from March 18 through March 31. If it becomes necessary to continue online instruction beyond March 31, appropriate, advance notice will be provided.
        • Faculty will contact their classes by email or Blackboard to indicate how classes will continue.
      • The Office of the Provost and individual Deans are providing additional information and resources for faculty to assist in implementation of online course delivery.
      • Students in courses that involve internships, practica or clinical sites should continue to accumulate non-contact hours toward course completion. If students are unable to complete contact hours, modifications will be made to these classes to ensure that students are able to continue their academic progress.
        • Deans will confirm with clinical sites that any healthcare learners (students, residents, fellows) working in a clinical environment will not be involved in direct care of any suspected or confirmed case of novel coronavirus.

University Operations

      • The University remains open. This includes the residence halls, libraries, the Power Center and dining halls. The administration is, however, encouraging preventative measures, including social distancing as recommended by the CDC.
        • Facilities Services has enhanced its usual cleaning practices to address hygiene in high-use areas.
      • Employees should report to work as usual. Employees deemed at-risk by the CDC may work with their supervisors and Human Resources to determine if a remote worksite is feasible.

Dining

Duquesne Dining has initiated precautionary adjustments in all dining locations. Self-serve items and stations will be altered to help ensure your health and safety. Among the changes Duquesne Dining has made:

      • All cashiers will be wearing gloves
      • Silverware will be passed out (rather than selected from an open holder) at all stations
      • Use of personal and usable cups, mugs, and bottles will be temporarily unavailable
      • Pastries and bagels will be pre-wrapped where self-served
      • Glove station will be made available at The Incline for guests to use condiments and beverage station and hoagie order forms
      • Chobani Yogurt Bar will be temporarily unavailable

In addition to these temporary changes, Duquesne Dining will increase and enhance sanitization and cleaning of all surfaces and touch points.

Research

      • All University facilities remain open. Researchers may continue working in their laboratories.

Travel

      • Effective immediately the University has suspended all University sponsored international travel for faculty, staff or students through May 31, 2020 (this travel ban will be continuously reevaluated). Non-essential domestic travel is also canceled.
        • Essential travel must be approved in advance by the employee's supervisor and either the Provost or CFO.
      • Personal travel is discouraged and should be considered carefully. If individuals must travel, they are encouraged to follow ALL CDC and University protocols for return to campus, including self-quarantine.

Campus Events

      • All campus events through April 30th with expected attendance of 50 or more will be canceled.

Athletic Events

Athletic team competitions will follow guidance of the NCAA and Conference.

As you are all aware, this is a complex, challenging, and fluid crisis which continues to evolve rapidly. Accordingly, all guidelines are subject to change and/or extension as deemed necessary by University leadership.

Duquesne's Emergency Management Team and all members of the University community are actively engaged in monitoring and responding to this crisis on a daily basis to ensure the health, safety, and wellbeing of the entire community, as well as educational continuity for our students.

The University's actions are intended to mitigate contact and potential spread by practicing social distancing in-place. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Social distancing measures can reduce virus transmission by decreasing the frequency and duration of social contact among persons of all ages. These measures are common-sense approaches to limiting face-to-face contact, which reduces person-to-person transmission."

The approach Duquesne has adopted limits the degree to which students return to communities where the virus may be more prevalent, limits the potential for contact-based spread on campus, and helps them continue to make progress toward degrees amid the resources utilized for academic progress. The University will continue to monitor and adapt as necessary.

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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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