Continue to Follow Pandemic Safety and Prevention Measures

Members of the Duquesne University campus community,

Three weeks of classes remain in the spring 2021 semester before finals week and commencement. Data on Duquesne’s COVID-19 dashboard show that our collective efforts are working. The community must continue to exercise care and caution.

Reporting suggests the U.S. is experiencing a fourth surge of infections. Seeing increases in cases on their campuses, some universities are requiring tighter restrictions, even going into shelter-in-place modes. Duquesne is not in that position—yet—thanks to your collective efforts. 

Safety and students’ academic progress toward their goals remain our top priorities. To help ensure we are able to complete our semester on campus and to celebrate our spring 2021 graduates with safe in-person events, please:

  • Wear a mask correctly—covering the mouth and nose—in all public spaces.
    • As an extra measure of precaution, some health experts are recommending double-masking (a disposable mask worn underneath a cloth mask) as an increased protection, particularly with COVID-19 variants circulating.

  • Be aware of your surroundings and avoid larger groups, especially off campus. Social distancing remains important.

  • Practice good hygiene. Wash your hands, use hand sanitizer and avoid touching your face.

  • Understand that while the state may be loosening restrictions on the size of gatherings, restaurant capacity, travel and other measures, the University’s guidelines remain in place through the end of the semester.

  • If you have an opportunity to get vaccinated, please do so.
    • Remember: if you get a vaccine that requires a second dose, you have to acquire that second dose from the same provider.

The community has followed protocols very well, in general. In order to do our part to protect our campus population as well as our neighboring communities, the University will enhance safety measures and restrictions if it becomes necessary to do so.

Thank you for your efforts.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and horizon-expanding education. A campus of nearly 8,500 graduate and undergraduate students, Duquesne prepares students by having them work alongside faculty to discover and reach their goals. The University’s academic programs, community service, and commitment to equity and opportunity in the Pittsburgh region have earned national acclaim.

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