Faculty and Staff FAQ

For those of you looking for more information, we’ve provided the FAQs below. If you have additional questions, please contact the Office of Human Resources, Andrea Berestecky at x4785 or beresteckya@duq.edu

COVID-19 Symptoms
Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine at Duquesne
Guidelines for Isolation & Quarantine

Notifying Work & Returning to Work
While on Campus: Additional Health, Safety & Prevention Information
University Resources

COVID-19 Symptoms

What if I am experiencing symptoms that may indicate a COVID-19 infection?

One or more symptoms may indicate a COVID-19 infection. A Symptom Checker is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. Contact your primary care physician/health care provider if you are experiencing symptoms. Telemedicine is highly recommended for this purpose. Follow the medical advice of your physician/provider and notify your supervisor.

Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine at Duquesne

How do I get vaccinated?

Vaccinations are available by:

  • Contacting your primary care physician/health care provider’s office
  • Visiting the website of many local pharmacies and Drug Store Chains
  • Contacting Duquesne’s Center for Pharmacy Care at 412.396.2155 or cpc@duq.edu
  • Visit vaccines.gov to find locations near you.

Do I need to get a booster?

Duquesne University employees are strongly encouraged to get a COVID booster shot if they have not already done so. You can get a free booster shot at any number of locations throughout Allegheny County. The University also will continue to offer booster shots throughout the spring 2022 semester.

Be aware: it is highly likely the CDC will update the definition of “fully vaccinated” to include the booster shot.

Can my family be vaccinated at Duquesne?

Family members who are eligible to receive a vaccine can do so at Duquesne’s Center for Pharmacy Care. For more information, contact the Center at 412.396.2155 or cpc@duq.edu, or visit the website for more information.

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Guidelines for Isolation and Quarantine

The CDC has adjusted guidelines and reduced quarantine time for fully vaccinated and boosted individuals who are asymptomatic but have been exposed to COVID.

What if I test positive for COVID-19?

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, follow instructions provided by your testing/health care provider, and immediately contact your supervisor as well as the Office of Human Resources, Andrea Berestecky, x4785 or beresteckya@duq.edu.

Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 without any symptoms, regardless of vaccination status:

  • Must isolate at home for five days.
  • After five days, if not experiencing any symptoms, the individual may return to work.
  • Should continue to wear a mask around others for an additional five days.

Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 and are experiencing any symptoms:

  • Must isolate for a full 5 days from the onset of symptoms.
  • The day that symptoms begin is day 0, with day 1 beginning the following day.
  • If after 5 days, the individual has no fever and other symptoms are resolving, may return to work but should wear a mask for an additional 5 days.

Contact tracing will be conducted by the proper government health authorities. In addition, the Office of Human Resources will contact you to find out if any co-workers are considered to be "close contacts," defined as someone who was less than six feet from a confirmed (positive test) case for 15 minutes or more within the past two days.

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You have been exposed to someone with COVID-19

What if I've been in “close contact” with someone who has tested positive?

"Close contact" means you have been less than six feet from a confirmed case via a positive test for 15 minutes or more within the past two days. Individuals who were identified as a close contact or were exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 and are not fully vaccinated:

  • Must quarantine for 5 days from date of exposure and should monitor for symptoms.
  • If no symptoms develop, we are not requiring testing.
  • If the individual develops symptoms, they should not report to work and contact their healthcare provider for testing information.

Individuals who were identified as a close contact or were exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 and are fully vaccinated:

  • Quarantine is not required by the individual and they should monitor for symptoms.
  • If the individual develops symptoms, they should not report to work and contact their healthcare provider for testing information.

Will I be notified if I have been in “close contact” with a Duquesne employee who has tested positive?

“Close contact" means you have been less than six feet from a confirmed case via a positive test for 15 minutes or more within the past two days. The Office of Human Resources will contact you to make you aware that you have been in close contact with another employee with COVID and provide you with additional directives regarding symptom monitoring and when to contact your health care provider. The identity of the individual who tested positive will not be disclosed.

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You Test Negative for COVID-19

What if I have no symptoms and test negative for COVID-19?

If you test negative for COVID-19, be sure to continue to conduct a daily health screen each morning prior to leaving your residence. If you develop symptoms, you should contact your primary care physician/health care provider for consultation. Follow the advice provided and notify your supervisor.

What if I have symptoms and test negative for COVID-19?

If you test negative for COVID-19, but have some of the symptoms on the daily health screen or your symptoms get worse, you should contact your primary care physician/health care provider for consultation. Follow the advice of your provided and notify your supervisor.

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Notifying Work & Returning to Work

Who should I notify if I have to miss work based on guidance from my primary care physician/health care provider?

Staff are responsible for making their supervisor aware of any health-related absences. If it is consistent with any medical restrictions, staff should discuss with their supervisor whether they are to work remotely while away from campus. Faculty must notify their program director, department chair and/or dean of potential absences to ensure that courses can be covered and students can be notified. Faculty should not cancel classes without notifying their department chair and/or dean of their absence.

When can I return to work after a positive COVID-19 test?

  • Have symptoms - you may not return to campus until you are symptom-free, at least 5 days have passed since the symptoms first appeared, and you have had no fever without using fever-reducing medication for at least 24 hours. The day that symptoms begin is day 0, with day 1 beginning the following day. The positive individual should continue to wear a face mask around others for an additional 5 days.
  • No symptoms - you may not return to campus until 5 days have passed since you took the test.

What are the University’s COVID policies for employees?

All employees are expected to work on campus unless they have a formal remote working agreement in place pursuant to University TAP 54: Remote Working or have an approved disability accommodation pursuant to University TAP 56: Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Requests for Reasonable Accommodation that provides for working remotely.

Employees are required to follow protocols and other practices to optimize safety as fully described in TAP 60: Employee Rules Related to Working on Campus During COVID-19 Pandemic.

All University employees—full-time and part-time, including adjunct faculty—are required to get a COVID-19 vaccine and upload proof of their vaccination through the secure health portal. or provide proof of a medical exemption.

Employees requesting a religious or documented medical exemption from the vaccine must complete and submit a Duquesne University exemption request form to the secure private health portal for review and approval. To receive the appropriate exemption request form, contact hrservices@duq.edu.

Employees who are not fully vaccinated will be subject to ongoing requirements, such as following all CDC guidance. All associated costs arising out of or relating to COVID-19 exposure or infection, such as for testing, quarantine and/or isolation and medical treatment, will be the employee's sole responsibility, unless such costs are a part of a disability accommodation. Employees who do not get vaccinated assume all risk and responsibility for any harm or damages to themselves or others incurred from contracting COVID-19.

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While on Campus: Additional Health, Safety & Prevention Information

How can I protect myself and others?

Employees can protect themselves and others through taking the following measures:

  • All employees should review University TAP 60: Employee Rules Related to Working on Campus During COVID-19 Pandemic, as well as the latest University COVID-19 information.
  • Hold video- or tele-conference meetings and modify in-person interactions when possible.
  • Follow Duquesne’s indoor masking policy for all employees and students, regardless of their vaccination status.
  • Practice social distancing: maintain at least a six-foot distance from others, stay away from those who are sick, limit movement and avoid public spaces and large, crowded gatherings.
  • Practice good hygiene: wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, use hand sanitizer, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, cough/sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve, avoid close contact with those who are sick and stay home when you are sick.

Does Duquesne have a mask policy?

Currently, all employees, students and visitors—regardless of vaccination status—are required to wear masks indoors on campus. Masks are not required outdoors. When dining indoors, all employees should remain masked until they begin to eat or drink and put masks back on when finish their meals. Fully vaccinated employees who are alone and not in a public or shared space may unmask. Those who fail to comply with these requirements will be subject to disciplinary action.

Will the University supply me with a mask?

Yes, the University has provided a supply of non-medical masks to each department, to be worn by employees as required while on campus. Employees are encouraged, however, to wear their own re-usable cloth masks, in order to preserve supplies for others.

What if I have a medical condition that precludes me from wearing a mask?

If you have a medical condition that affects your ability to wear a mask or other face covering and you wish to request an accommodation, you must contact the University's Office of Disability Services at disabilityservices@duq.edu or 412.396.6658.

What if I see a potential violation of TAP 60 at work, for example, someone not wearing a mask indoors?

You should alert your supervisor or department head to any potential violation of TAP 60. You also can email the Office of Human Resources.

What is the cleaning protocol for campus buildings?

Facilities Management continues to clean and sanitize University buildings to ensure a safe work environment for faculty, staff and students.

What is the status of on-campus events?

All employees and visitors are required to wear masks at indoor events and must follow any room/seating restrictions established by the University.

Should meetings on campus be conducted in person?

To protect the health and safety of your colleagues, employees should continue to use Microsoft Teams, Zoom and/or conference-call technology. If necessary, in-person meeting participants must maintain social distancing.

Are there any restrictions for personal domestic travel?

No. But employees are urged to continue safety precautions when traveling.

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University Resources

Who do I contact for questions about COVID-related TAPs, Masks or PPE?

If you have additional questions, please contact your department head for more information or consider the following resources:

  • Office of Human Resources: Questions/concerns regarding potential violations of TAP 60 and remote working agreements under TAP 54
  • Andrew Logan-Graf, director of disability services (412.396.6658): Questions regarding the ability to work remotely as a disability accommodation under TAP 56 or for questions regarding face-mask exemptions.
  • Paula Sweitzer, director of environmental health & safety (412.396.4763): Questions regarding use of PPE.

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Does Duquesne offer FREE programs and services to help with employee wellbeing?

Free Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)

Everyone faces challenges from time to time, with your confidential employee assistance programs (EAP) you don't have to face these things alone. Take advantage of the many resources that your EAP offers from the University's provider Lytle EAP, including:

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Free Power Recreation Center Programs

The Power Recreation Center is committed to enhancing faculty and staff wellbeing. Group fitness classes will be livestreamed and offered in person, free of charge. To facilitate mental and physical wellbeing, the recreation center will offer yoga and meditation, as well as classes promoting cardiovascular exercise and strength training. Many courses will be recorded, allowing faculty and staff to access these classes at their convenience. All of the safety measures will be in place per University, CDC and Pennsylvania guidelines to ensure patron safety. Check out the full course schedule is available. Direct questions to Power Center Director, Dan McCarthy.

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Free Inter-Divisional Wellbeing Team Services & Programs

The inter-divisional wellbeing team offers many services and programs to address faculty and staff needs. The following services will be available, free of charge:

  • Faculty and Staff Support Group, facilitated by Wellbeing Counseling Services. Contact: Ian Edwards, Assistant Vice President for Student Wellbeing.
  • Weekly Wellbeing Check-In (Individual Sessions) with Campus Ministry. Director: Bill Christy, C.S.Sp., Director of Spiritan Campus Ministry and University Chaplain.
  • Pastoral Counseling Check-In Sessions with Bill Christy, C.S.Sp., Director of Campus Ministry and University Chaplain ; Fr. Bill Cleary, C.S.Sp., Assistant Director of Spiritan Studies ; and Ray French, C.S.Sp., Vice-President of Mission and Identity
  • Weekly Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Student Meditation with Will Adams, Associate Professor of Psychology
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides support for staff experiencing economic hardships. Call EAP 24 hours a day, every day at 1.800.EAP.7272 (1.800.327.7272).
  • Duquesne Employee Emergency Program (DEEP), housed in the Division of Mission and Identity, offers limited financial assistance to staff for short-term financial needs. Contact: Melanie Eberhardt.
  • Libermann Luncheons are open to faculty, staff, and administration. These virtual gatherings take place monthly, at noon, for prayer and "food for the soul."
  • Counseling Services created a series of wellness videos highlighting the topic of resilience. These videos, part of "Wellbeing Wednesdays," have been posted to the Counseling Services Facebook and Twitter page. Contact: Ian Edwards, Assistant Vice President for Student Wellbeing & Director of Counseling Services.

For more information about COVID-19 and the vaccine, please visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov/covid or contact your physician.

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