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Faculty and Staff Return to Campus

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Important Resources

Ending the Stigma

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We must all do our part to support one another and prevent stigmatizing others. Here are five things we can do to support each other.

Frequently Asked Questions

We've gathered together a number of answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

Expert Advice and Information

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COVID-19: In perspective update with David Hill, MD

David R. Hill, MD, professor of medical sciences, discusses: the status of the pandemic; the spectrum of illnesses and risk factors; approaches to therapy and prevention; requirements for re-opening; and considers the course of the pandemic over time.

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What you need to know about hand washing

This video from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention answers important questions about hand washing and hand sanitizer.

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What older adults need to know about COVID-19

Jay Butler, deputy director for infectious diseases at the CDC, describes preventive measures to help protect older adults from the coronavirus.

Active Bystander Training

Active bystander online training course

The training outlines community standards we must all observe and reinforce during the COVID-19 pandemic. It covers bystander intervention, and what steps you can take to be supportive, active bystanders and to empower your fellow students, faculty and staff to do the same.

Key Guidelines for QU’s Return to Campus

Key guidelines for your return to campus

It is critical that we all practice the following safety measures — even if you are feeling well — as many individuals who have COVID-19 can remain asymptomatic. In following these measures, you are helping to protect yourself, your family, your neighbors, your colleagues, our students and the entire Bobcat community.

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Monitor your health daily
All students, faculty and staff are required to check for symptoms of COVID-19 using the QU Symptom Checker mobile app each day before they report to work. This gives the university an important early detection system to help identify possible COVID-19 cases. The app evaluates the responses based on CDC and medical guidelines and provides an immediate confirmation on whether the individual is cleared to attend in-person campus activities or if they need to take further actions to evaluate their health.

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Wear a face covering
Quinnipiac is requiring all students, faculty and staff to wear face coverings whenever they are in a public space. Wearing a face covering does not replace the need to maintain physical distancing and to observe safety protocols. Any time you are outside your living unit, personal office or workspace, you must wear a face covering. QU will provide two cloth face masks to every employee and additional masks can be purchased through the Quinnipiac Bookstore.

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Practice good personal hygiene and hand washing
Refrain from touching your face and wash your hands frequently, especially after coming in contact with any public areas, such as restrooms. You should wash your hands for a full 20 seconds to kill germs.

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Testing
All undergraduate students must be tested for COVID-19 at home before they return to campus this fall. Undergraduates will be tested again within 6-12 days of returning to campus, and then QU will conduct weekly testing on a portion of residential and non-residential students. Faculty and staff are not required to be tested before returning to campus.

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Practice social distancing
Everyone must maintain at least a 6-foot distance when around others.

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Approximately 50% on-campus workforce
We are suggesting a 50% on-campus workforce capacity on a daily basis, especially in areas where physical office space does not allow for necessary social-distancing protocols.

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Stagger work times
Alternating work schedules (employees in the office versus employees working from home), arrival and departure times, and working remotely should be considered through all phases.

University Approach to Safe Work Environments

Physical workspace adjustments

Our Facilities team is reviewing all workspaces across our campuses to determine where physical adjustments may be necessary, such as the installation of plastic shields, spacing out workspaces, assessing one-way traffic patterns. These adjustments will be made in advance of each department’s return to work according to the three phases. If you have questions about your workspace needs, please contact your manager.

Testing and Contact Tracing

Testing

All students – undergraduate and graduate – were required to be tested for COVID-19 before returning for the fall semester. This pre-arrival test was a condition of being able to engage in any in-person instruction or other campus activities. Faculty and staff are not required to be tested before returning to campus.

All students were tested again shortly after returning to Quinnipiac. The university partnered with the Broad Institute, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based genomic research center, to perform all of Quinnipiac’s on-campus testing.

Currently the is using a statistical sampling methodology to conduct weekly testing of approximately 15% of all undergraduate residential and non-residential students. This sampling strategy is based upon scientific guidelines and will aid in the early detection of asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic infections. QU will also have the ability to conduct rapid testing within Student Health Services for symptomatic individuals or those feeling ill. These test results are generated in about one hour.

COVID-19 Testing Resources for Faculty and Staff

The state of Connecticut is not requiring universities to test faculty and staff for COVID-19, however, faculty and staff enrolled in the university’s medical plan can get a COVID-19 test at no cost to them, regardless of whether they are symptomatic or asymptomatic. Any employee who feels the need to be tested in encouraged to do so. Following are two resources to help make it easy for you to find a COVID-19 testing location or provider:

Anthem
Anthem has waived copays and cost shares for COVID-19 testing for employees & dependents covered under Quinnipiac’s medical plans. Employees can use Anthem’s COVID-19 testing locator to locate participating providers in their area. Employees can also log into their Anthem.com account or view the Sydney app to search for a participating testing site. 

Community Health Center, Inc. (CHCI)
CHCI is making COVID-19 testing available for FREE at multiple drive-up or walk-up locations throughout Connecticut. You do not need to have any symptoms to be tested and an order from a healthcare practitioner is not required. You will not be asked for insurance information. A CHCI clinician will perform a deep nasal swab test and results will be available in 2-3 business days. No appointment is necessary. Visit CHCI’s website for further information and testing locations, or call their COVID Testing Hotline at 475-241-0740.

Students, faculty and staff have also been asked to monitor for symptoms daily using a new mobile app that helps with the early identification and isolation of possible infections. Symptom checking, and the modifications we have made to all classrooms and facilities to enable faculty, staff and students to remain socially and physically distanced while wearing face coverings, will help us significantly reduce the chances for transmission. 

Contract Tracing

Contact tracing is an important step in staying ahead of the spread of COVID-19. Time is of the essence for an effective contact tracing program because the primary focus is on finding those individuals who have been in contact with a positive or presumed positive (symptomatic but not yet tested positive) case of COVID-19.

In addition to partnering with the Quinnipiack Valley Health District, Quinnipiac has assembled and trained its own team of on-campus contact tracers to ensure a rapid response to contact tracing needs. Our team includes faculty, staff and student volunteers, including individuals from our Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. These volunteers completed training from both the state of Connecticut and the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. 

Contact tracing is only effective with your support and participation if you’re contacted. Here are 5 key things you need to know about how our contact tracing system at Quinnipiac works:

1. How do we determine if you are a contact who may be at risk?
To be considered a contact by the Quinnipiack Valley Health District and the CDC, a person needs to have been within 6 feet of the positive or presumed positive case for more than 15 minutes. Our contact tracing team then performs additional evaluation to confirm a true exposure, which is why it is important to practice the physical distancing and mask-wearing protocols we have established, and our classrooms and facilities have all been modified to space people apart from each other.

2. Is contact tracing only used after a person tests positive for COVID-19?
Quinnipiac is being extra cautious and will deploy contact tracing both when an individual is confirmed positive and if an individual has reported symptoms but their test result is not yet available. This includes symptoms reported through the QU symptom checking app. As a result, a call from a contact tracer does not necessarily mean you have been exposed to a positive COVID-19 case. Given the abundance of caution we’re exercising, there will be situations in which a student ultimately is found to have a common cold or other illness, but we will ask those individuals and their contacts to quarantine until we have a confirmed negative COVID-19 test. 

3. What happens if I’m confirmed as a contact of a possible COVID-19 case?
Residential students will be asked to move into the university’s designated quarantine housing and non-residential students will be asked to quarantine in their off-campus housing. Students also have the option to quarantine at home, if feasible. Student Health Services will assist with the transition into quarantine and provide more detailed information on the quarantine process and necessary health protocols. Students will be released from quarantine as soon as a confirmed negative test result is received from the presumed case. If a positive case is confirmed, contacts will be required to remain in quarantine for 14 days.

4. Will professors be notified when students move into quarantine or isolation?
Professors will not be notified. Following FERPA, best practices and advice from the local health department and CDC, we must limit personally identifying information about positive cases and contacts to protect individuals’ privacy and avoid potential stigma. Students should notify their professors that they will be attending class remotely if the class requires in-person attendance, but it is at their discretion whether they want to mention that they’ve been moved into quarantine housing. We have staff dedicated to assisting our students in quarantine and isolation, and those students will check in daily and be monitored for any changes in their health.

If a student is too ill to participate in classes, Student Health Services will provide its standard notification excusing the student from classes for medical reasons. We are working with dean’s offices on notification processes for students in a clinical placement or lab course who need to quarantine, as well as documentation that will be used to confirm those students are cleared with a negative test to return to their clinical assignment.

5. If a contact was in a classroom, does a professor need to request the room be cleaned?
No, our facilities department is already integrated into our contact tracing processes and will be notified if a classroom needs to be disinfected. In addition, as part of our standard cleaning protocols this fall, classrooms are disinfected every weekday morning before the start of classes, and students and faculty are expected to spray and wipe down desks and surfaces at the end of each class using the disinfectant product provided in every classroom.  

If you have more questions about contact tracing, please contact the leaders of Quinnipiac’s contact tracing team, Jason Burke (jason.burke@qu.edu) and Wendy Sewack (wendy.sewack@qu.edu).

Monitoring Your Health

Daily symptom checking

All students, faculty and staff are required to check for symptoms of COVID-19 using the QU Symptom Checker mobile app each day before they report to work. This gives the university an important early detection system to help identify possible COVID-19 cases. The app evaluates the responses based on CDC and medical guidelines and provides an immediate confirmation on whether the individual is cleared to attend in-person campus activities or if they need to take further actions to evaluate their health.

Individuals should update their symptoms if they change during the day, and everyone is also asked to monitor for fever daily. A temperature of 100.4℉ or higher is considered a fever.

Users’ personal information is not shared, and only representatives of Student Health Services and Quinnipiac Human Resources will monitor the symptom-tracking dashboard and will direct ill students, faculty and staff on immediate next steps. The app only monitors self-reported symptoms; it does not capture any other information from users.

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About the app:

  • Users’ personal information is not shared and only representatives of Student Health Services and Quinnipiac Human Resources will monitor the symptom tracking dashboard and will direct ill students, faculty and staff on immediate next steps to take.
  • The app only monitors self-reported symptoms; it does not capture any other information from users.
  • The symptom checker app evaluates the responses based on CDC and medical guidelines and provides an immediate confirmation on whether the individual is cleared to attend in-person campus activities or if they need to take further actions to evaluate their health.
  • Reporting one or more symptoms does not necessarily mean an individual needs to be tested or has COVID-19. If possible symptoms are reported, specific instructions and next steps will be provided through the app. The information from the app will help the health center identify trends and potential outbreaks before they happen.
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Fever

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Cough

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Shortness of breath

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Sore throat

Symptom monitoring

Currently, COVID-19 symptoms include one or more of the following:

  • Loss of taste
  • Loss of smell
  • Red/watery eyes
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Headache
  • Body aches
  • Sore throat
  • Severe fatigue
  • Fever
  • Vomiting/diarrhea
  • Chills

Monitoring Your Own Health

Monitoring your own health daily

All students, faculty and staff are required to check for symptoms of COVID-19 daily using the QU Symptom Tracker mobile app described above. The app evaluates the responses based on CDC and medical guidelines and provides an immediate confirmation on whether the individual is cleared to attend in-person campus activities or if they need to take further actions to evaluate their health. In addition to checking for symptoms related to COVID-19, we ask that you take your temperature at home each day before you report to work.

  • If your temperature is 100.4℉ or higher, you need to stay home, contact your physician and notify your supervisor.
  • We may ask you to submit to temperature testing on campus as part of our health protocols and policies. 
  • If you test positive for COVID-19, you must notify the Office of Human Resources by sending an email to EmployeeCOVIDHR@qu.edu and must isolate at home until you recover. We will respect your privacy to the extent possible, given contact-tracing requirements per state and CDC guidelines. Please review the CDC guidelines on self-isolation
  • Contact your supervisor and the Office of Human Resources if you feel you may have been exposed to someone who has the virus in a non-socially distant setting.

Detailed Guidelines and Policies

Social distancing guidelines

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends that people remain a minimum of six feet apart. Here are some other steps you can take:

  • Limit non-essential interaction across campuses, buildings and work sites.
  • Increase physical space between your co-workers, students, visitors and vendors.
  • Limit gatherings in your workplace (e.g., no face-to-face meetings, one person at a time in kitchen areas, etc.).
  • Use Zoom or alternative meeting tools for person-to-person meetings.
  • Avoid physical contact, such as handshakes or fist bumps.

Signage is being installed throughout our campuses with reminders about social distancing, especially in public spaces. Please respect these guidelines.

Face Covering Guidelines

Face covering guidelines

Quinnipiac is requiring all students, faculty and staff to wear face coverings whenever they are in a public space. Wearing a face covering does not replace the need to maintain physical distancing and to observe safety protocols. Any time you are outside your living unit, personal office or workspace, you must wear a face covering. This rule applies to all individuals on all campuses as well as students living off campus. Those who live off campus should still be wearing a face covering whenever they are outside their living unit and around others.

Masks and face coverings reduce community transmission of the virus by providing a physical barrier that can help to contain the spread of respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. Recent research shows that the risk of acquiring COVID-19 is substantially reduced to less than 5% when everyone in a room is wearing a face covering.

Hygiene Basics

Hygiene basics

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Facilities will strive to ensure hand washing and/or hand sanitizer supplies are stocked and readily available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home if you feel sick. That includes staying home from work, school, errands and travel.
  • If not wearing a face covering, cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • If not wearing a face covering and you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.

Food consumption at work

Our university dining halls and cafeterias will be closed until students return. You are welcome to eat in your designated workstations or break rooms while being mindful of social distancing guidelines (staggered lunch breaks may be needed).

We ask that you not prepare food on site or share meals with co-workers. Microwaves and coffee machines may be used; however, employees are required to properly clean them after each use. Employees ordering food for delivery must arrange for a contact-free delivery.

Cleaning and disinfection

Quinnipiac’s facilities team will perform daily cleanings and disinfection each weekday of public bathrooms as well as communal bathrooms in residence halls; classrooms; common areas and workspaces around our campuses. Hand sanitizer will be made available at entrance points and common areas, where possible.

Cleaning and disinfectant products will be made available near commonly used surfaces, such as desks, bathrooms, shared equipment (e.g., printers, phones, monitors, keyboards), and shared appliances (microwave, coffee machine, etc.). Additional products will be available for ordering through the existing work order system.

Appropriate signage will encourage best practices, such as handwashing and use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

All managers in our Facilities Department are completing rigorous training and receiving certification from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council, the nation’s leading trade association specializing in cleaning, disinfection and restoration of workplaces.

Elevators and stairways

The number of individuals allowed in elevators will be dictated by the social distancing rule. If six feet apart is not practical, then one person should ride at a time. Please do not touch elevator buttons directly. Please use an object (pen) or piece of clothing to press the buttons. When using stairwells, please maintain proper distancing. Where possible, Facilities may dedicate separate stairwells as “up” and “down” stairs.

Meetings

Face-to-face meetings should be limited as much as possible. While we all are accustomed to in-person meetings, it is vital that other means of communication, such as the phone and Zoom, are used during this time.

Travel

Employees who plan out-of-state travel should be aware of Connecticut’s list of affected states and the requirement to quarantine for up to 14 days upon their return. Most important, employees need to be aware of the expectations and impact should they choose to travel to an affected state. Employees will be required to comply with Connecticut regulations if the state they traveled to is deemed an affected state while they are there and before their return to Connecticut. 

Quinnipiac University strongly discourages employees from any non-essential out-of-state travel to affected states. While we recognize that some instances of travel to affected states cannot be avoided, please be aware of the following travel requirements. 

  • Employees are required to fill out a travel form (also posted on the Human Resources website) and notify their manager if they are planning to or have traveled to one of the identified affected states. 
  • If employees can perform the functions of their job from home, they will be permitted to telecommute for the recommended period of quarantine following return from an affected state. 
  • Employees who travel to an affected state and who are unable to telecommute and are mandated by Executive Order 7III to quarantine for a period of time (beyond the period of their pre-approved leave) will be required to use any available vacation time to cover the period of their quarantine. If an employee does not have sufficient vacation time to cover the period of quarantine, the employee will be placed on unpaid leave for the balance of the quarantine period. If an employee has no available vacation time to cover the period of quarantine, the employee will be placed on unpaid leave for the required period of quarantine. 
  • Employees traveling from one of the affected states that was not listed as an affected state at the time the employee began their travel must notify their manager via email or telephone upon their return to Connecticut. Employees must understand the risk of a state turning into an affected state after their arrival and having to self-quarantine when they return to Connecticut. Quinnipiac University will require employees to self-quarantine, as noted above, for 14 days, use their vacation or request an unpaid leave. 
  • Please note that, at this time, the state’s mandatory quarantine does not apply if an individual has spent less than 24 hours in one or more affected state prior to arriving in Connecticut. 
  • Upon return to Connecticut, employees must provide appropriate documentation (e.g., boarding passes, car rental receipts, hotel invoices, etc.) to support the need for leave upon return from travel. The failure to report travel from an affected state could result in disciplinary action and a civil penalty for failure to comply with the Executive Order 7III requirements. 

Travel Policy

University-sponsored travel policy 2020–21

Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on worldwide travel and global health risks, Quinnipiac is pausing student, faculty and staff participation in international and domestic university-sponsored travel for Fall 2020, Winter 2021 and Spring 2021. This includes travel for semester- and short-term study abroad, faculty-led trips, conferences, research, and domestic study away programs directly operated by Quinnipiac, partner institutions and third-party providers. If travel resumes for these terms, approval for travel will need to be evaluated by the Management Committee and COVID-19 Taskforce.

This decision is based primarily on the health and safety concerns associated with global travel and ongoing revisions to entry requirements, visa processes and travel advisories. 

Online Training Course

COVID-19 Return to Campus online training course

All faculty, staff and students were required to complete Quinnipiac's COVID-19 Return to Campus online training course this summer. It contained important information about the many health and safety protocols we have put in place throughout our campuses to minimize risk of exposure to COVID-19.

Assumption of Risk

Assumption of risk

The university has taken steps to implement substantial precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. By entering onto the Quinnipiac University campus, the employee agrees to abide by all university policies and procedures related to COVID-19. The employee also acknowledges that it is impossible to fully mitigate the risk of becoming exposed to or infected by COVID-19 and that such exposure or infection may result from the actions, omissions, or negligence of the employee, university faculty and staff, students or visitors to campus. The university will follow all state guidelines and provide guidance on proper protection to alleviate and/or decrease the spread of viruses.

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