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Updated August 19, 2020

As the plan to return to campus progresses, it is important to note that Duquesne continues to monitor COVID-19 data in Western Pennsylvania as well as CDC guidance. The current plans are subject to change at any time if circumstances warrant such a change for the health and safety of our campus community.

Duquesne has put together this list library of Frequently Asked Questions to help provide people more clarity. If you have more questions, please contact us.

Academics

In order to observe social distancing protocols in our classrooms, Duquesne will offer a majority of fall courses in a HyFlex delivery mode. HyFlex courses will be offered in a classroom on campus with the instructor at the scheduled time. Students who are fully remote learners (i.e., not residing on campus or commuting to campus locally) will participate in HyFlex classes virtually, in real time with their instructors and classmates.

Students who are in residence on campus or are commuting to campus locally will attend the course in the classroom and possibly virtually. If the classroom’s capacity for social distancing aligns with the student enrollment numbers for the course, all resident and commuter students can attend in the classroom. If the number of enrolled students exceeds the classroom’s capacity for social distancing, resident and commuter students will rotate through the classroom in a pattern determined by the instructor. For example, on specific days some of the enrolled students will be present in the classroom while others participate at the same time virtually. On other days, students who had been virtually present will participate in the classroom, and vice versa. Please see the questions below for additional information.

Starting on July 27 students can check their course schedules. There are two ways to do this. The first is the best way to check the status of courses for which you are already enrolled. The second option is useful for checking the status of courses you might wish to add to your schedule.

Option 1

Option 1 – View the status of courses in which you are enrolled
Log into DORI using your Multipass credentials. Select Self Service Banner. From the Main Menu, select Student Information > Enhanced Self Service Banner (Version 9), which will take you to your Student Profile. From the left menu, select Registration and Planning, and then View Registration Information. Select Fall 2020.

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You will see a “schedule type,” shown by the red arrow above. A schedule type that reads ONLINE means the class is 100% online. A schedule type other than online means a class is HyFlex. Examples of other schedule types include lecture, lab, seminar, recitation, etc.

Option 2

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Students can go to duq.edu/schedules and select the link for BROWSE CLASSES. Enter the Fall 2020 term. Enter the subject code, as well as the course number if you have it. Under the course title(s) you will see a “schedule type.” A schedule type that reads ONLINE means the class is 100% online. A schedule type other than online means a class is HyFlex. Examples of other schedule types include lecture, lab, seminar, recitation, etc. Moreover, courses which are scheduled for HyFlex (i.e. on campus) will be identified as Main Campus. Courses which will be offered online will be identified as Online Campus. Students enrolled in graduate degree programs are encouraged to confirm the status of their courses directly with their programs.

Duquesne will offer a majority of fall courses as HyFlex, and the remaining courses will be offered online. If a meeting time appears the course will be delivered synchronously (i.e., in real time as regular class meetings with the instructor and all enrolled students). If there is no meeting time indicated for the course, the course will be asynchronous (i.e., instructional delivery and activities will follow a schedule but the members of the class will not meet regularly in real time). Graduate degree programs may use different designations to indicate synchronous or asynchronous courses.

Beginning August 3, 2020 students can identify their intention to participate in a HyFlex course exclusively remotely/online for the entire semester or for a temporary period due to COVID-19 related issues. In an effort to assist instructors in preparing for de-densifying requirements, students are encouraged to identify full-course remote intentions by Friday August 14, 2020.  Should your situation change and you need to convert to remote instruction for the remainder of the semester, this option will be available to you for eligible courses.

Students should submit their intention in Starfish, Duquesne’s Student Success System. Log into DORI and from the Quick Links select Starfish or directly from the Duquesne mobile app.

Once in your Starfish account, click on the hamburger menu located on the top left.

The remote instruction notification is available in the Request Help option.

Follow the instructions on the Request Help page. Please note that not all HyFlex courses are available for full remote instruction, particulatly clinical and lab courses. Students enrolled in courses taught by the Schools of Health Sciences, Natural and Environmental Sciences, Nursing, and Pharmacy are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor before submitting their intention.

Be sure to repeat the process for each course you intend to participate remotely.

Students who have not designated an enrollment preference through Starfish will be assumed to opt for HyFlex participation. 

If a student uses Starfish to request online participation for a course that is not available for online delivery (see question 9 below), the instructor will notify students that online participation is not a current option. Once classes begin students will be able to request temporary online participation for eligible courses through Starfish, for instance when a student does not feel well.

Graduate degree programs may develop and use different processes, in which case they will notify students.

Faculty will consult Starfish to identify which of their students wish to attend class in the classroom. Based on the number of students and classroom capacities for social distancing, faculty will then notify students how they will rotate non-distance-learners through the classroom. For example, a faculty member may assign you to “Group A” and identify specific weekdays or weeks when you will attend in the classroom. Other students may be in “Group B” and would attend class virtually for those class meetings, but would come to the classroom when Group A is scheduled to participate virtually. Students can contact their faculty through Starfish to communicate specific concerns.

Graduate degree programs may develop and use different processes, in which case they will notify students.

Most students will access a link to the live classroom through the Blackboard site for your course, unless your instructor has notified you of different arrangements.

Please do not go to the classroom until the instructor has clarified when you will rotate in and out of the classroom. Plan to participate in the first class meeting virtually unless you are instructed otherwise. Faculty will update their student rotations for the HyFlex classrooms.

Students will use email, messaging in Starfish, or the process devised by their specific academic program to notify their instructors, and should also notify JD Douglas, Director of Undergraduate Education and Student Success at douglas@duq.edu. Please be advised that there are social distancing occupancy limits for each classroom. Moving from virtual to face-to-face participation in a HyFlex classroom will require being assigned to a rotation group, and will likely still involve some regular virtual participation. Frequent changes to the rotation groups can be confusing for the instructor and classmates and potentially disruptive to class time. To minimize instances where more students show up for face-to-face instruction than the classroom can permit with social distancing, students are encouraged to limit requests to change from virtual participation to face-to-face participation.

Because of the need to manage the total number of students present in the classroom, it will not be possible to make daily decisions to attend in class in person. However, students can change to fully online during the semester, for example if they need to quarantine, unless a course is not available for on-line delivery. If students wish to participate in a HyFlex class virtually on a day they are scheduled to be in the classroom, they should clarify attendance expectations with their instructor.

Duquesne University is working hard to adapt our courses for students who wish to continue their studies remotely, however, there may be some courses or degree requirements, such as clinical placements or courses in which clinical/laboratory skills are required, which are difficult to deliver remotely due to their focus on experiential forms of learning. In particular, students in Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Sciences, and the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences should seek clarification from their academic advisors. It is possible that remote students may have to complete these requirement during a different semester, which would require withdrawing from the fall 2020 course and could extend the time needed to finish their degree.

Students can check with academic programs to determine whether there are courses required for their degree programs which are not eligible for fully remote learning, and how this might impact their progress to graduation in the event they prefer to be fully online students this fall.

Socially distanced spaces will be available in the Student Union, Gumberg Library, and in tents on campus. Empty classrooms can be used. Students must bring headphones to campus to use when participating in classes in public spaces.

Classes which are scheduled to meet on R meet on Thursdays. Classes scheduled to meet on TR meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please note that if R appears in the course number, not in the course scheduling information, the R means that course involves a Recitation section.

Use Starfish as indicated above, or follow the guidance provided by your degree program.

Students can expect a variety of assessment forms this semester. Some courses will administer in person exams in campus spaces that can accommodate class members while adhering to social distancing while others will use virtual exams. Other courses will utilize other methods for assessing student learning, such as papers or projects.

Some labs will be offered as HyFlex, in which case students will rotate between face-to-face and virtual participation. Duquesne University continues to work on specific classrooms to equip them for HyFlex delivery. Certain labs may not be eligible for virtual participation because of the course content. Students can request additional information from their instructors.

Student access to fall courses sites in Blackboard will begin on August 5th. Faculty make course content available in Blackboard on a rolling basis as the semester approaches.

Please contact Andrew Graf in the Center for Student Involvement.

Students must wear masks and be seated in such a way as to maintain social distance during class. Seating capacity in classrooms will be limited to approximately 40% of full capacity. Classroom seating will accommodate at least 6 feet of spacing between students. Additional students will participate virtually in a synchronous fashion. Instructors will manage the flow of students entering and exiting the classroom.

Students in residence on campus or commuting to campus can expect some face-to-face meetings with faculty and advisors, provided that office space permits social distancing. Students can request virtual meetings if they prefer.

If you are not enrolled in a course please do not show up at the classroom during the Add/Drop period. Work with your advisor to add the course or place yourself on a waitlist. You may contact the instructor to request a copy of the syllabus.

The Duquesne University mobile app can be downloaded from the Apple Store and Google Play. Once signed into the Duquesne University app, click the Gothic D icon in the upper left corner to access the menu. The Protect Duquesne Pledge and the Daily Health Screen Questions are listed under the COVID-19 menu. The Protect Duquesne Pledge only needs to be “acknowledged” once, which you already have done—that’s why it shows up as a quick “flash” when you get to the daily health screening. The flash serves as a reminder that you’ve agreed to the pledge. The Daily Health Screen should be completed daily but does not need to be submitted through the app.

This FAQ addresses issues for fall 2020 courses. Decisions about the spring 2021 semester have not yet been made.

All Duquesne Students have access to a Blackboard site named Essentials in Online Learning at Duquesne. This orientation to online learning at Duquesne is useful for all students, even those enrolled in campus based programs. It features interactive modules on the following topics:

  • Duquesne Resources (overview of key online services and support resources)
  • Online Learning Skills (tips and strategies to approach online learning)
  • Getting Started with Blackboard (an introduction to Duquesne's online course environment where you can practice using the tools and functions used in most online courses)

There is also information for students on getting started with Zoom Meetings and for using Starfish for Academic Success. Be sure to check with your academic advisor to review expectations for your program of study before your courses begin, as each program may feature additional orientation materials or instructions.

For questions about courses and registration, students may consult the Office of the Registrar virtually via Zoom Monday through Friday, between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., or by email to registrar@duq.edu.

For more information about courses and registration, please consult the following links:

The University has planned for HyFlex delivery for courses and for the possibility of moving all courses online. Most courses at Duquesne use a traditional letter grade scale. Pass/No Pass grades will only be available in classes which are already designated for that grading scale.

Athletics

The Atlantic 10 Conference has postponed all scheduled fall contests in conference-sponsored sports and A-10 championships due to the continuing COVID-19 global pandemic. This includes men's and women's soccer, field hockey, men's and women's cross country and volleyball. The fall competitive schedules for men's golf, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's swimming and diving, and women's rowing will also be postponed, as will non-traditional competition seasons for baseball, softball and women's lacrosse. The league intends to conduct a competitive schedule for the fall sports in the 2021 spring semester. Details on the rescheduling of contests and championships will be announced at a later date.

The conference and institutional leadership have agreed to a "look-in window" mid-September, allowing for a potentially truncated competitive schedule amongst conference opponents if the COVID-19 risk has substantially been reduced. The reinstatement of conference competitions following the look-in window would require medical and institutional protocols that would assure the safety of student-athletes, staff and the campus community. If COVID-19 risk levels do not improve, the teams and student-athletes will continue training and practicing while attending classes and prepare for a spring 2021 competitive schedule.

Yes, upon their return to campus, teams will have the opportunity to train and practice under the approved safety protocols established in partnership with the league, each institution and local public health experts.  Modifications to practice and organized team activities are already underway, and will allow each student-athlete the opportunity to recondition and hone their athletic skills while remaining focused on their scheduled academic pursuits.

The postponement applies to all competition against outside opponents, which will include conference and non-conference contests, exhibition games and scrimmages currently on a team's schedule.

Scholarship awards are institutional decisions and currently remain unchanged.

When fall sports successfully complete their competitive schedules in the spring, there will be no change to the normal progression of eligibility for student-athletes.

No. Decisions regarding practice and other team activities will be made by each institution consistent with state and local public health guidelines, as well as campus policies.

Those schedules and formats are unchanged and will be used during the spring semester if there is a competitive regular season and championship in these fall sports in the 2021 spring semester.

No. Our conference has been working for months on the advice of our Medical Advisory Committee, public health experts, our campus leadership and COVID-19 protocols of the local communities. Contingency planning since May has included numerous options for fall sport student-athletes return to campus and competition. The A-10 has been in regular communication with all other Division I Conferences, however, each of our circumstances are different as it relates to sport sponsorship, geography and membership diversity. At the end of the day, the presidents and chancellor of our membership will always make the best decisions for their campus community, and the safety, health and well-being of their institution and all of their constituents.

Schedules for fall sports will be announced once the decision to hold fall sports competition during the 2021 spring semester is finalized.

If the decision is made to allow fall sports to compete in the 2021 spring semester, the integration will take some coordination; however, our campuses are well equipped to handle the incorporation of fall sports into the spring season. Institutional administrators, coaches, facility personnel and the conference staff will work together to meet any challenges.

When the decision was made in May to reduce the A-10 conference team schedules for fall and spring competition, the conference staff held virtual meetings with every sport head coaches committee. On those calls the coaches were tremendously supportive and understanding of the COVID-19 circumstances and the need for condensing and regionalizing their fall sport schedules for safety reasons. As a coach, there is nothing more important than the safety and health of all of the student-athletes. During those calls, Commissioner McGlade stated that although our hopes were high for a fall competitive schedule, it was very possible that the entire fall season may be canceled. The head coaches understood and confirmed their support for the best possible decision as a conference.

No. Those decisions will be left up to our institutions and their respective conferences for those sports. However, the league was sensitive to the dynamics that are created when an institution is in a multi-conference situation, so the A-10 has worked successfully with those A-10 members that have impacted non A-10 sports.

Campus Life

For instance, can I visit family, go home to visit, shop, grocery shopping, study with friends, attend family weddings and other related family events, work out at gyms, go to dinner, participate in community service, take a walk to gain a fresh perspective, playing golf with a friend, carpool to clinical, etc.?

The intent here is to prevent the sorts of gatherings, particularly parties, that tend to involve large groups of people, without masks, whose behaviors may be less cautious and involve people with whom you do not typically associate and particularly who are outside of your R-PODs. Common sense is most important. Students visiting family, participating in non-University sanctioned community activities, or working at a job, as a few examples, with safety measures in place (including masking, social distancing, and proper hygiene), should be fine. Completing the Daily Health Screen Questions and ensuring continuous proper observance of proper safety measures is key and necessary as part of the new Student Code of Conduct measures to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

For the fall 2020 semester, all community engagement or community involvement sanctioned by Duquesne University is being done remotely out of an abundance of caution due to the pandemic. The University is not sanctioning in-person community engagement of any kind.

All parking permits are to be ordered online and will be mailed directly to students homes until mid-August. A pick-up tent will be located on Academic Walk during the first week of classes.

Beginning the first day of fall semester classes (August 24, 2020), all Duquesne University students, employees and authorized guests will enter campus via the Bluff and McAnulty Street entrances. Tents will be stationed at these points and will be manned by public safety, to assist with the flow of traffic. Unauthorized guests will be directed off campus, and authorized guests will be directed to the Forbes Ave. Parking Garage.

Beginning the first day of fall semester classes (August 24, 2020), the campus community will need to email parking@duq.edu with any visitor requests within 24 hours of a planned arrival. Forbes Garage parking attendants will have an authorized visitor list. Spaces will be reserved in Lot 1 as a pull over for any individual not on the list while verification is made with the appropriate department.

Yes. The shuttle will run from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. in a 15-minute loop. A second shuttle will run from 7:07 a.m.-10:07a.m. COVID-19 protocols will include reduced seating capacity; 1 passenger per seat, alternating window and aisle seats. Masks will be required by all riders and drivers. Cleaning/sanitizing procedures will include sanitizer added to all shuttles

Yes. Barnes & Noble (B&N) has been continuously working to ensure compliance with all guidelines set by the CDC, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and Duquesne University. Hand sanitizer has been strategically placed throughout the store, and masks will be required at all times by employees and customers. Plexiglass has been placed at the checkout counter, and contactless payments will be encouraged. Occupancy will be limited and will be tracked based on social distancing requirements. Signage has been placed both inside and outside the store to remind customers to social distance. Stanchions and floor markers will be used to ensure proper distancing and line queuing, and outdoor patio and indoor café seating has been eliminated. The B&N Connection in the Student Union will remain closed. We highly recommend online ordering and using “ship to home” options. Free shipping will be available for orders over $49. The physical Barnes and Noble (B&N) store hours will be extended from 8:00am – 8:00pm during move-in and until early September, and the B&N Café will be closed until further notice to allow for additional book pickup line queuing.

We regret any confusion about orientation and the need for quarantine. It is very important to the Duquesne experience that all freshman students participate in orientation—with necessary precautions—even if they have arrived on mass transit. Because orientation is highly structured, managed in small groups with social distancing practices, and with all participants wearing face coverings, every precaution is taken to be as safe as possible. Orientation features scheduled activities that run throughout the days and well into evenings. It will be the expectation for those who have used mass transit to otherwise quarantine outside of orientation activities.

Yes, the Power Center Fitness Area will be open and will remain Duquesne card access only at all times. Occupancy to each space will be limited. Occupancy signage for each space will be maintained and staff-monitored. Overall occupancy limits will be monitored by front desk staff. No visitors are permitted. Enhanced staff cleaning protocols will be in place. Enhanced self-serve cleaning supplies will be available in each space and use encouraged through signage. Locker room blow dryers will be deactivated. Cleaning will be done throughout the day using upgraded cleaning supplies as well as using a sanitation wand to capture all surfaces. Changing area/showers will be closed, as well as the drinking portion of the water fountain.

At this time, intramurals will be offered as e-sports and limited contact games that can be located on www.imleagues.com. A decision is pending about club sports.

In-person classes at the Power Center will be limited to 12 people. Students unable to attend in-person classes will be able to stream them live or watch them at a later point via YouTube. Additional work-out classes and healthy tips will be shared daily and weekly via Facebook, Instagram Live and YouTube.

Facilities

To promote a comfortable and confident work and learning environment, Facilities Management is making changes and improvements to our campus’s traditional cleaning procedures. Our goal is to support safe living and learning environments through enhanced cleaning technologies and social distancing. These technologies include electromagnetic sprayers that support multi-layered and touchless disinfecting capabilities. In our everyday cleaning, we are following the guiding principles provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention including the use of EPA compliant and recommended disinfection products.

Residence Halls will receive seven days per week cleaning which will include traditional cleaning routines coupled with multi-layered and touch free restroom, common area and touch point disinfection throughout the day.

Classrooms and labs will receive daily cleaning and disinfection and to support students and faculty, disinfectant spray and paper towels will be placed in each classroom to allow students and faculty to disinfect their areas prior to and or after each class.

Public Space, including restrooms/lobbies/elevators etc… will receive multi layered service through traditional cleaning coupled with enhanced cleaning with touch free spray disinfection. Specific attention will be placed on restrooms and common touchpoints.

To promote a comfortable and confident work and learning environment, Facilities Management is making changes and improvements to our campus’s traditional cleaning procedures. Our goal is to support safe living and learning environments through enhanced cleaning technologies and social distancing. These technologies include electromagnetic sprayers that support multi-layered and touchless disinfecting capabilities. In our everyday cleaning, we are following the guiding principles provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention including the use of EPA compliant and recommended disinfection products.

Financial Aid

Please submit a letter detailing the reason for the reduction in income and include the student name and Banner ID number to faoffice@duq.edu. A financial aid professional will review the information submitted and send out documents for completion to verify the current reduced income level. Financial Aid can then process a Professional Judgement revision to the FAFSA; this may assist with additional federal, state or need based aid.

Financial Aid can also assist with additional loan funding in the form of a Parent PLUS Loan or Private Alternative Loan. We would also recommend reviewing Payment Plan Options through Duquesne’s Student Accounts Office.

You can also research for outside scholarship funding, which are scholarships not directly associated with Duquesne. There are many scholarships available and families should review websites (ex: finaid.org) to apply as soon as possible.

The University has neither requested nor required any individuals to move off of campus. The University has met its de-densification goals as a result of people making their own choices to live off campus or commute, as suits their needs and comfort. The University’s housing award is available only to those choosing to live in a University-owned property on campus. Those who choose to do so are eligible to apply for that award.

Financial Aid staff are available both in person and/or remotely. The best way to contact our staff is to send an email to faoffice@duq.edu. Provide the student’s name, Banner ID number and phone number and a professional staff member will respond quickly.

Health and Wellbeing

The University requires individuals to take the following preventive steps prior to their arrival: 1.Read and commit to the Protect Duquesne Pledge. 2.Self-quarantine for 14-days at the individual’s place of residence, with only one’s nuclear family or regular co-habitants. 3.Complete and track the Daily Health Screen each day for 14 days 4.If possible, an individual should take and obtain the results of an asymptomatic test if the person lives in or has traveled to a higher-risk geographic area. 5.Watch the Duquesne video about protocols and practices.

A face mask is any face covering used to contain the respiratory emissions from its user and in some instances to protect the user from airborne particles and aerosols. Neck gaiters, bandanas, or other variations from the types below are not acceptable.

Four general types of face masks will be worn on campus. These masks have different intended users and uses.

Exhibit: Types of Face Masks

Chart describing different types of masks

Cloth masks or disposable masks must be worn by all individuals in all public settings on campus whether they or indoors or outdoors. These public settings include but are not limited to:

  • Academic walk and all campus sidewalks
  • Campus libraries
  • Student union
  • Power Center
  • Break rooms or lounges
  • Classrooms
  • Meeting rooms
  • Hallways
  • Stairwells
  • Elevators
  • Restrooms

Individuals who do not comply with face mask guidelines may not be allowed to remain on campus. Exemptions to the rule for wearing a mask in public spaces can only be granted by the Office of Disability.

Face masks are not a substitute for physical distancing. Individuals wearing face masks should still practice physical distancing. The only modifications allowed to physical distancing requirements are in laboratories or skills-based learning environments, where surgical masks are used, or in clinical placements, where N95 masks are used.

Students who attend Duquesne University and choose to participate in in-person courses and to live in residences on our campus are doing so amid a pandemic. The University understands this and has taken significant measures, including updates to student conduct policies, to maximize safety for the community. Students who choose to be present on campus do so at their own risk. Those Individuals who wish to continue their coursework and access student services remotely have the option to do so if they would rather not assume the risk of being present on campus. Those individuals who do so will still have access to the courses, the faculty, and the services that comprise the educational offerings at Duquesne.We have also devised the Flexible Residency Program to help students manage their presence on campus, if they feel the need to do so.

Duquesne is employing a Flexible Residency Program for the fall 2020 semester. It works like this: if you have elected to live on campus and have an assigned spot, that spot is yours. If circumstances make you want to arrive after official move-in, let the University know, we will hold your spot, and your housing charges will be adjusted on a pro-rated basis so that you are charged only for the time you are there. Similarly, if at some point in the semester you feel you will be safer returning to your home residence, you may do so. In that case, your housing charges also will be pro-rated. The goal of the Flexible Residency Program is to provide students a way to live on campus with some flexibility to adapt, if necessary, to changing conditions. Once a student has lived on campus and then opted to leave, the University will no longer hold the spot in the residence for the student for the remainder of the fall 2020 semester.

Students will report any signs or symptoms of COVID-19, as identified in the Daily Health Screening Questions, to Duquesne University Health Services. Full-time students, whether living on or off campus, will have access to Duquesne University Health Services (including for testing) if they exhibit symptoms in their daily health screening. Any student who comes in direct close contact with a confirmed case may be required to self-quarantine for a period of time. Any student living on campus who tests positive will be required to self-isolate in campus facilities (or at home) until they no longer display symptoms

Any student living off campus who tests positive should consult with their personal physician and self-isolate in their residence.

Unless otherwise directed by a University official, students must wear face coverings in all public settings on campus whether they are indoors or outdoors. Public settings include restrooms and classrooms. Students are not required to wear face coverings in their residence hall room. A student with a medical condition that affects the ability to wear a face covering who wishes to request an accommodation must contact the University’s Office of Disability Services, disabilityservices@duq.edu, extension 6658.

Students should contact University Health Services if they have visited an area of high prevalence (domestic or international) in the previous 14 days and/or if they know they have been exposed to anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Students are required to conduct daily personal health screening, including temperature checks, each morning prior to leaving their house, apartment, or campus residence facility. The screening form will be provided to students. Students who can answer no to all of the questions have a “negative screen” and are free to be present on campus. Students who answer yes to any of the questions have a “positive” screen, must contact University Health Services who will instruct them on appropriate next steps, and must stay home or in their assigned Living Learning Center room pending additional guidance from University Health Services.

Students are expected to follow all social distancing rules set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including maintaining a distance of 6 feet from another person.

CDC Guidelines for social distancing

Students who feel ill should contact University Health Services for a screening and will be advised on appropriate next steps.

All student gatherings have an attendee limit of 25 individuals, unless otherwise approved by the appropriate Vice President, and require appropriate social distancing. This includes off-campus gatherings, which, if brought to the attention of the University, will subject students to sanctions.  On campus student events require advance approval from the Vice President for Student Life.

Yes, all students will receive a care package of preventative materials that includes a face mask, thermometer, hand sanitizer and educational materials.

No, as long as you are following guidelines of wearing a mask/facial covering, maintaining hygiene via handwashing, hand sanitizer including during travel, you are able to participate in move-in without any delays between arrival at airport and arrival on campus.

All students living on campus will become part of R-PODS, residential pods that will include small groups of students living in the same group of rooms (or a floor, depending on the size) who will limit contact to their group initially. This could include dining, elevator use and other activities that take them from their residences. R-PODS provide a limited social group for safety purposes during the first critical phase of campus return and may be maintained throughout the semester. (Students living in off-campus housing should also create “pods” with other Duquesne students to the extent possible.)

There will be special sections in residence halls reserved for those who are diagnosed with COVID-19. Meal services will be available for students in those sections. Duquesne’s on-campus Health Service Office will provide health services to the student.

Duquesne considers quarantining as limiting trips outside the home, minimizing contact with others beyond family, and practicing face covering and social distancing. Those who are doing so as a matter of practice already—and many families are—are basically meeting the quarantine standard already. Being even more mindful about limiting movements and maintaining hygiene and protection practices prior to arriving on campus will have met the requirement.

Duquesne University students diagnosed with COVID-19 at Health Service: Contact tracing will be initiated by Health Service Staff. Health Service staff will call all Duquesne affiliated close contacts and initiate quarantine. A close contact is someone who was within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more of a person with laboratory confirmed COVID-19. Health Service will input student information into the Sara Alert System for daily monitoring of the positive case and close contacts who are affiliated with Duquesne University.

Duquesne University students diagnosed with COVID-19 from a facility OFF Campus MUST call Health Service immediately and report the positive COVID-19 result so that health service can initiate Sara Alert daily monitoring and contact tracing as above.

Classrooms and labs will receive daily cleaning and disinfection and to support students and faculty, disinfectant spray and paper towels will be placed in each classroom to allow students and faculty to disinfect their areas prior to and or after each class. Academic Buildings will be cleaned on a traditional Monday through Friday schedule. But in order to adhere to recommended social distancing and to ensure that potential contaminants are not spread in professional areas, private offices and personal work space will not be entered by the Building Service cleaners. Community trash and recycle collection will be introduced and specific and or special cleaning requests can be initiated through a FAMIS work request.

The University is NOT requiring COVID-19 testing prior to arrival on campus, however before returning to campus, any student exhibiting symptoms (“yes” on the Daily Health Screen) should consult a healthcare provider to determine if a test is necessary and then quarantine/isolate as directed. Students who return to campus must have full resolution of symptoms. All students are advised to quarantine for 14 days prior to returning to campus.

The symptom checker is more of a reminder to complete the personal self check, not to gather data. It is intended to encouarage students to recognize only if they have new or different symptoms and then to reach out to DU Health Services for direct person-to person discussion with a staff memeber to further the screening.

Duquesne’s Center for Student Wellbeing has enhanced its offerings due to the conditions created by the COVID-19 pandemic. More information is available at the Counseling Services website, especially instructions for telehealth access to counseling. Individual and group counseling, as well as university outreach. Zoom sessions will be encouraged whenever possible. In the event that a student has difficulty in finding a confidential space, the Counseling and Wellbeing Center will work with each student to help them locate a space.

We are available on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m.

Yes, staff offices will be occupied at 50% capacity on any given day, with the rest of our clinical staff working remotely.In the event of a psychological emergency afterhours who do I contact? Contact the ReSolve Crisis Center at 1.888.7.YOU.CAN (796.8226) or Public Safety at 412.396.COPS (2677).

The meditation room is closed indefinitely. A “Meditations for Challenging Times” group will be offered via Zoom.

Yes, the office waiting room has been reconfigured to permit for social distancing, access and exit points are unidirectional, counseling center offices that don’t permit for social distancing will not be utilized, the Center is fully equipped with PPE, disinfectant, hand sanitizer, gloves, hand sanitizer stations. The office will be cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis and occurring after onsite sessions are concluded (when they occur).

For personal COVID-19-related student-health questions, please contact the Duquesne University student health services at duhealth@duq.edu or visit their website for additional hours of operation and contact information.

Housing and Dining

House cleaning staff have been trained with cleaning protocol and will utilize electrostatic disinfection in all common areas, such as lobby areas and gathering spaces three times daily: 6 a.m., late in the day, and early in the evening. Bathrooms and laundry areas will be disinfected daily. Blow dryers have been disabled. All cleaning includes high traffic touch points including elevator buttons; door knobs/handles; water refilling stations;, push bars; sink, toilet and shower handles; trash cans; lounge furniture; paper towel dispensers (all blow dryers have been disconnected); toilet paper dispensers; stall doors and light switches. Hand sanitizer is available in dispensers throughout the LLCs, including laundry areas.

All student rooms are sanitized and disinfected prior to move in. Housekeeping staff does not clean student rooms after they move in; students are responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of their room. In suite-style housing, students are responsible for cleaning their restrooms, while common area bathrooms in those settings are cleaned by housekeeping. Students are responsible for the cleanliness of their rooms.

Yes. Beds are un-bunked and spaced out such that students can have their faces well more than 6 feet apart while sleeping. Desks are repositioned so that they are not facing each other, closets and dressers are used to create space between beds and desks to provide open space in the room. Students may not move the furniture in their rooms.

Common space seating has been thinned out and reduced in quantity and positioned so that seating is not facing each other except where it can be placed more than six feet apart(for example couches on opposite sides of the room). Signage has been added in all common spaces requiring social distancing and masks, as well as prohibiting the moving of furniture and restricting seating on large pieces (i.e. signs on sofas that say “don’t sit here” on two of the seats).

Shower times will be scheduled for communal restrooms. Resident Assistants (RAs) will work with their residents to manage and maintain a consistent schedule that adheres to social distancing guidelines, working with class schedules and personal preference. Schedules will be posted on restroom doors

Additional questions regarding housekeeping can be directed to facilities@duq.edu

Floor plans have de-densified, reflecting a residency reduction of 15 percent. St. Martin’s Hall has been re-instated as a residence option – for freshmen—at this reduced residency rate. Furniture setup within rooms has been re-configured to promote social distancing. Students will be expected to leave their rooms in this setup. A significant number of single rooms have been added to assist in de-densification. Residence Life staff will continue to monitor room assignments to achieve the desired degree of de-densification. As students change their housing plans, Residence Life will continue to relocate students accordingly to further de-densify the floors.

Masks will be required in all elevators. The number of people in elevators at one time will be restricted and posted. Students should take the stairs, if possible. Elevators will be cleaned and disinfected often. Floor markers are in the lobby for social distancing. There will be one family elevator available during move-in.

Living Learning Centers (LLCs) have an abundance of signage posted throughout them to remind students to Social Distance, Wear a Face Mask, Wash Hands, and Limit Number of People in Certain Spaces (i.e. Restrooms, Laundry Rooms, Elevators, Lounges). Common areas are being reconfigured to ensure that seating is spaced appropriately and the number of seats in an area does not exceed its maximum safe occupancy, as determined by a measurement of the space.  Signage prohibiting the moving of furniture and notifying residents of mask requirements will be posted in common areas.  Exercise rooms in the LLCs will be closed for the academic year and recreation rooms equipment loans will be restricted.  Additional hand sanitizing stations have been ordered for each laundry room. Hand sanitizing re-fill stations will be located in each building lobby and by the Hogan Dining Hall. Hand sanitizer will also be located in each laundry room.

Duquesne is employing a Flexible Residency Program for the fall 2020 semester. It works like this: if you have elected to live on campus and have an assigned spot, that spot is yours. If circumstances make you want to arrive after official move-in, let the University know, we will hold your spot, and your housing charges will be adjusted on a pro-rated basis so that you are charged only for the time you are there. Similarly, if at some point in the semester you feel you will be safer returning to your home residence, you may do so. In that case, your housing charges also will be pro-rated. The goal of the Flexible Residency Program is to provide students a way to live on campus with some flexibility to adapt, if necessary, to changing conditions. Once a student has lived on campus and then opted to leave, the University will no longer hold the spot in the residence for the student for the remainder of the fall 2020 semester.

A “pre-move-in” process has been designed to help de-densify the move in day process and limit the number of people sharing elevator space. Upper-class students received this information in their fall housing assignment email. Students will sign up via JotForm to schedule a pre-move in time. A limited number of students will be permitted to return per day, and each resident may only have two people assist with their move-in. All students and those accompanying them must wear masks andsocial distance while in the Living Learning Centers. Each student may use one cart, and carts will be cleaned between users. Students will each be allowed 30 minutes to be in their rooms, and they are not to unpack, decorate, etc.. Students who live far away and therefore do not want to drop off items and then return the weekend before class are welcome to ship their belongings. The items/boxes will be delivered to their room, in collaboration with Mailing Services.

Incoming freshmen will sign up for a move-in slot using the sign-up survey they receive via email from the Office of Freshmen Development. Scheduled move-in will limit the number students permitted to return per day. These efforts will de-densify the move-in day process and limit the number of people sharing elevator space. Each resident may only have 2 people assist with their move-in.

They may have one guest per day for two hours and no overnight guests.

For more information, email the Office of Residence Life at ORL@duq.edu or call 412.396.6655.

Yes. We’ll offer take-out and limited dine-in options across campus. Self-serve options such as salads bars, yogurt bars, condiments and more will be team member-attended so students will still have the ability to customize their meals. Expanded grab-and-go options throughout the campus will include more choices in all dining locations. All stations at Hogan Dining Center will offer takeout. A redesigned “Red Ring Express” service model will feature quick-serve lunch options with meal equivalency for resident students and student favorites such as signature wings, four mac ‘n cheese, and buffalo chicken dip. Redesigned Salads by Design at The Incline will feature expanded, super-sized salad offerings based on our Eat’nPark Hello Bistro concept.

We are expanding our sanitation practices and food safety guidelines at all dining locations with a heavy focus on high frequency touch points. All employees will be wearing Personal Protection Equipment including masks and gloves. Plexiglas barriers are being added at cashier stations, sanitizer stations will be located throughout dining locations, and signage will include floor markers and stanchions to control flow of traffic and promote proper social distancing. We will continually monitor state guidelines regarding safe seating arrangements and, as we will lose seating space as we adhere to social distancing guidelines. We will be encouraging all guests to take their orders to-go at outdoor seating tents and other locations.

For more information, please visit the Duquesne University Dining Services website. We will be relying heavily on digital communications in the fall including FoodU App and social media (IG: @duquesnedining) to help stay engaged and communicate with guests.  Please connect with us on social media for the latest updates.

There will be special sections in residence halls reserved for those who are diagnosed with COVID-19. Meal services will be available for students in those sections. Duquesne’s on-campus Health Service Office will provide health services to the student.

There will be special sections in residence halls reserved for those who are diagnosed with COVID-19. Meal services will be available for students in those sections. Duquesne’s on-campus Health Service Office will provide health services to the student.

The University has neither requested nor required any individuals to move off of campus. The University has met its de-densification goals as a result of people making their own choices to live off campus or commute, as suits their needs and comfort. The University’s housing award is available only to those choosing to live in a University-owned and/or affiliated housing on campus. Those who choose to do so are eligible to apply for that award.

We anticipate that 2,600 students will live on campus in the fall semester.

Approximately 1,100 freshmen are moving in over a three-day period.

Duquesne has taken a strategic approach to help students move onto campus while reducing crowding. Our move-in actually began a few weeks ago, when a majority of upperclassmen moved their belongings into the dorms in early August. For move-in day, students have been given a designated time to move into the living spaces to reduce crowding. Also, each student may only have two other people assist with move-in.

The University is NOT requiring COVID-19 testing prior to arrival on campus, however before returning to campus, any student exhibiting symptoms (“yes” on the Daily Health Screen) should consult a healthcare provider to determine if a test is necessary and then quarantine/isolate as directed. Students who return to campus must have full resolution of symptoms. All students are advised to quarantine for 14 days prior to returning to campus. (See Health and Wellbeing, D72 for additional information)

All students will receive a care package of preventative materials that include a face mask, thermometer, hand sanitizer and educational materials.

The university has taken several steps so that students can live together and still follow social-distancing guidelines. Beds have been separated so that students can have their faces well more than 6 feet apart while sleeping. Desks are repositioned so they are not facing each other, with closets and dressers used to create space between beds and desks to provide open space in the room. Students may not move the furniture in their rooms.

Students are required to wear face masks and follow social distancing guidelines in all public spaces, including community areas (bathrooms, etc.) in living spaces. Resident Assistants (RAs) will help ensure students are following the guidelines and schedule shower times for communal restrooms. RAs will work with residents to manage and maintain a consistent schedule that adheres to social distancing guidelines, working with class schedules and personal preference. Schedules will be posted on restroom doors.

There will be special sections in residence halls reserved for those who are diagnosed with COVID-19. Meal services will be available for students in those sections. Duquesne’s on-campus Health Service Office will provide health services to the student. In addition, any student who comes in direct close contact with a confirmed case may be required to self-quarantine for a period of time.

The Flexible Residency plan provides students who are registered for a University-owned residence on campus with the ability to adjust when they arrive or depart as they feel it necessary, in consideration of their particular health needs or concerns. A student can delay arrival or decide to leave early (by week) and have the charges for room and board—as well as the room grant—adjusted proportionately.

If you plan to use the Flexible Residency plan to delay arrival, please let the Office of Residence Life know at flexibleresidency@duq.edu by August 24, 2020.

Students must inform Residence Life of their intended week of arrival at least one week prior to the week they plan to begin residency in a Duquesne-owned residence. This is not the same as sharing your initial intent to use the plan. A student must take two steps: inform Duquesne of any intent to use the plan, and then tell the University the date of arrival.

Students with housing agreements in Brottier Hall are not eligible for Flexible Residency because it is not a University-owned property.

For those who may consider departing before the semester end, notice for both intent to do so and the date of departure may happen later.

If you do not move into your room during the Fall semester, you will receive a credit for your room and board. Arrangements may be made to return to on campus housing for Spring semester by contacting the Office of Residence Life.

Once a student has lived on campus and then opted to leave, the University will no longer hold the spot in the residence for the student for the remainder of the fall 2020 semester.

All Living Learning Centers, with the exception of Duquesne Towers, have individual HVAC units in each student room, so there is no recirculation of air between student rooms. Central ventilation air units are used to introduce fresh air—which is supplied from outside the building—and does not contain air recirculated from other rooms.

Student rooms in Duquesne Towers are heated and cooled by central air handling units on each floor. There are six units per floor, each serving generally 8-10 student rooms. Air from the rooms is returned to these units, where it is filtered and diluted with outdoor air before being heated or cooled and supplied back to the rooms. All HVAC units have recently been inspected and serviced, and air filters were replaced.

Study Abroad

Out of an abundance of caution due to health concerns for our students and the various travel limitations throughout the world, Duquesne University had decided to cancel all university-sponsored study abroad programs for the fall 2020 semester, including our campuses in Rome, Italy and Dublin, Ireland.  We plan to resume programming for the spring 2021 semester.