Important Updates about Spring 2021 Semester

Below are some additional details about the spring semester. Please read them carefully. The information contains details about some important changes to spaces and dining situations that you’ll want to know about. Additionally, there are a few updates regarding our health care protocols that you’ll want to review.


1. Because weather conditions are not favorable for using outdoor tents until early March, but protocols still make significant take-out dining a necessity, the University is adding or expanding configured spaces for students to eat take-out meals safely. 

  • New dining spaces will be added in the Student Union Ballroom, the Student Union 5thFloor, and the Mellon Hall lobby. 
  • Because student feedback stressed a desire for dining options closer to their residences, the Power Center will not be used for dining locations this semester. 

2. Student feedback indicated a need for more study spaces configured for socially-distanced use. 

  • The University is considering setting up seating in the Power Center Ballrooms for quiet study. 
  • Students will have the chance to reserve empty classrooms for study space when classes are not in session, using the 25-Live system on campus. 
  • Students can study individually or with members of their R-PODS.

3. The Living Learning Centers will use the R-PODS again this semester and re-emphasize their importance; students will live, study and socialize with a small group located in the same residence. 

  • RAs are in contact with the residents of their buildings and floors. 
  • If you have not heard from your RA, be sure to connect with that person before you arrive. 
  • If you do not know who your RA is, contact the Office of Residence Life. 
  • Just like last semester, there will be limits to visitors in the Living Learning Centers. 


1. The University has updated its testing plan for the spring 2021 semester. 

  • As the University has communicated, all students residing on campus or who intend to be present on campus for any reason during the spring term must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test prior to arrival. 
    • Everlywell test kits have been mailed to students, along with specific instructions for exactly when to take their tests. 
  • Students must take the test 5 days prior to campus arrival and quarantine with immediate family thereafter until arrival. 
  • All students using the Everlywell test kits Duquesne provided must mail their tests NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 2021.
    • The University is aware of mailing issues that have delayed the arrival of a small number of Everlywell test kits. The University is contacting those students and providing them testing solutions to ensure they are able to remain on schedule with their planning. 
  • All employees who will be present on campus and in proximity to others also will be tested. 

2. The University will have required surveillance testing.

  • The University will test all students, faculty, and staff present on campus approximately every two weeks.   
  • The testing will be provided by the University, at no cost to individuals. 
  • Testing will take place in the Genesius Theatre following all state and CDC protocols for safety. 

3. Quarantine and isolation will be managed as it was in the fall semester, with enhanced communication and counseling support.

4. The University’s COVID-19 planning and information page will resume daily reporting of cases starting Friday, January 15.   


Students are able to move in to on-campus residences on Sunday, January 17 through Wednesday, January 20. If you have not done so, please make sure you sign up for a date and time with the Office of Residence Life at If these dates change for any reasons, based upon guidance from federal, state, and local health officials, the University will let you know right away. 


The last day to inform the University you wish to delay your arrival and take advantage of the Flexible Residency program was Thursday, January 7. While the deadline has passed for registering intent to delay arrival, students still may inform the University of their interest to potentially depart prior to the end of the semester at


All persons who will be on campus are asked to again take the Protect Duquesne Pledge, to answer the Daily Screening Questions on the DUQ app, and to review the videos and policies that describe Duquesne’s safety protocols, available on the COVID-19 planning and information site at

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