COVID-19 Planning and Information
Duquesne Announces Fall 2021 Plans
Duquesne University plans to return to a full on-campus learning environment and regular student life operations for the fall 2021 semester. The University will use its summer semester to phase its workforce fully back into offices, to coordinate spaces to optimize safety even after it returns to full capacity and to update facilities as necessary to ensure ongoing best practices in health and safety.
Due to the success of present safety measures—including distancing, masking and hygiene practices—as well as the steady increase in vaccination rates and decline in infections and hospitalizations, the University’s health professionals and local health authorities project that a safe return to in-person classes and activities is possible. Duquesne will continue to monitor conditions and prioritize the safety of its students, faculty and staff on campus.
Planning will include ensuring the ability to adjust safety measures if conditions require it. Some hygiene and sanitation practices will remain in effect as preventive measures. Duquesne’s focus will remain on keeping the campus community safe so that students can continue to make progress toward their academic goals.
Duquesne will share additional information in the coming weeks about preparing for the fall and the return of students for the new semester.
Spring Semester Reporting Changes
We continue to navigate campus life amidst the efforts of the state to distribute vaccinations, to follow safety protocols of the Duquesne Pledge and to provide an environment following preventive guidance for wearing masks, maintaining safe social distances and following hygiene practices. Our COVID-19 Dashboard continues to provide timely data of our status on campus.
Free COVID-19 Testing Available
Those individuals on campus are reminded that COVID-19 Testing is provided by the University, free-of-charge and can be scheduled through the SONA system.
Testing is for individuals who are NOT experiencing any symptoms.
Duquesne is grateful for your diligence. It is the University’s top priority to ensure academic continuity for our students and the health and safety of our campus community.
Please continue to check your email first and visit Latest News and Updates herein for additional details.
Duquesne’s Approach to Testing Employees
Employees who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 according to their daily health screen should contact their PCP and university supervisor. The employee’s PCP office will determine if testing is indicated according to established clinical protocols. Testing results, medical treatment and return-to-work clearance are the responsibility of the ordering health care provider or an employee’s designated PCP. Duquesne’s Office of Human Resources follows up with these employees and their university close contacts when necessary. The applicable county health department will conduct formal contact tracing when necessary. Employees must follow TAP policies and obtain medical clearance before returning to on campus work.
There are a number of national and international organizations with detailed information on COVID-19. We've curated a list of recommended resources below. Additionally, you can check with your state and local governments, as they may have further information on how the current outbreak is affecting your area.
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Coronavirus Coverage
- Official news from the Office of the Governor of Pennsylvania - Tom Wolf
- Allegheny County Health Dept
- CDC, Coronavirus Public Health Advice, Cases, Data and Surveillance