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 at hrservices@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 will provide a free booster shot in the Center for Pharmacy Care.

Be aware: it is 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 at hrservices@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, you are encouraged to contact any Duquesne University co-workers that are considered to be "close contacts." Close contacts is 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.

If an employee has been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, please monitor for symptoms and seek testing if any symptoms arise. The University does not require employees to quarantine after exposure. 

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.

Employees are encouraged to contact any Duquesne University co-workers with whom they have been in close contact. Close contacts should monitor for symptoms and seek testing if any symptoms arise. The University does not require close contacts to quarantine after exposure.

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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 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 been approved for remote work 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: On Campus COVID-19 Rules.

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.

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While on Campus: Additional Health, Safety & Prevention Information

Does Duquesne have an indoor mask policy?

Duquesne no longer requires masks to be worn indoors. The only exceptions may occur in cases where individual faculty members decide to require masks in classes based on safety in the context of class needs for interaction in a limited physical space or other specific concerns related to conducting their own classes. 

If circumstances change sufficiently, or Allegheny County changes its policies, the University could return to a mask requirement. We will be in regular contact with local and state health officials. The University's Health and Safety Committee will follow available data to advise if any policy changes are needed due to increased transmission rates or the emergence of any sufficiently threatening variant.  

While the University will no longer require them, some people will choose to continue wearing a mask. We must respect each individual's decision whether to wear a mask. People may choose to wear a mask for many reasons: they may spend time with young unvaccinated children; they may live with an immunocompromised person; they may spend time with a person who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons; or they may want an extra layer of protection, among other reasons. 

Will the University supply me with a mask?

Yes, the University has provided a supply of non-medical masks to each department that can be worn by employees while on campus. Employees are encouraged to wear their own 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 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.

Should meetings on campus be conducted in person?

To protect the health and safety of your colleagues, employees may want to continue to use Microsoft Teams, Zoom and/or conference-call technology. If needed, in-person meetings may be held while still keeping the safety of others in mind.

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:

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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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