Important COVID-19 Information

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COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

The health, safety, and wellbeing of our students, faculty, and staff is our highest priority. Due to the ongoing threat and spread of COVID-19, on Thursday, March 12, Doane University made the decision to cancel all classes from March 16–March 22. All classes will resume on Monday, March 23 in an online/virtual format for the remainder of the semester/term.

Read the full announcement on March 12 from Doane University President Dr. Jacque Carter.


COVID-19 Response Updates

See the latest updates from the Doane Community regarding COVID-19


COVID-19 FAQs

Additional information about COVID-19 and how this impacts our community can be found in the FAQs below. If you have any questions related to COVID-19 that have not been answered on this site, please submit your question via the form on the sidebar and your question will be answered as soon as possible.

About COVID-19

  • What is COVID-19?

    COVID-19 is the name for the disease caused by a new (novel) corona virus that was first identified in humans in December of 2019. This coronavirus is different from other coronaviruses that are known to commonly circulate in humans. These other coronaviruses can cause mild illnesses like upper-respiratory tract infections and common colds. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2-14 after exposure to the virus.

    More information can be found here.

  • How does the virus spread?

    The virus that causes COVID-19 is spread from person to person. It is important to understand that some viruses (like the virus that causes measles) are extremely contagious, while other viruses are less contagious. The virus causing COVID-19 is thought to spread between people who are in close contact with each other (a distance of about 6 feet) through the droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. If these droplets land in the mouth or nose of nearby person, they can be inhaled into the lungs. It is also possible that a person can be infected by the virus if they touch a surface with the virus on it and then touch their own eyes, mouth, or nose. However, the primary way that the virus is thought to spread is through inhaling respiratory droplets.

    More information can be found here.

  • What symptoms are associated with COVID-19?

    Symptoms of COVID-19 range from mild to severe. Symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.

    More information can be found here.

Health, Wellness, and Prevention

  • What should you do if you are sick?

    If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, please take the following steps, as guided by the CDC: 

     
    • Stay home! Avoid public areas and public transportation. Do your best to stay away from others, self-isolate yourself in a room, and limit contact with pets and animals. 
    • Call ahead before visiting your doctor. If you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed. 
    • Wear a facemask if you are sick and will be around other people or pets. 
    • Cover your cough and sneezes and wash your hands frequently
    • Avoid sharing personal household items
    • Clean and disinfect surfaces everyday
    • Monitor your situation
    • Stay at home until instructed to leave 

    Employees who are experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19, have traveled to any area currently being monitored by the CDC as Level 1, 2, or 3 health notices, or have attended any recent event that had COVID-19 exposure, please contact Human Resources to share that information. Students should please contact Kelly Jirovec, Director of Student Health and share that information. 

    Employees and students who are sick but do not have symptoms of COVID-19 are still encouraged to stay home. 

  • What measures should individuals take to protect themselves?

    Follow these guidelines by the CDC, including washing your hands often, avoiding close contact with others, stay home if you’re sick, cover coughs and sneezes, wear a facemask if you are sick, and clean and disinfect touched surfaces daily.

  • Should you be tested for COVID-19?

    If you develop symptoms such as fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19, stay home and call your healthcare provider. Older patients and individuals who have severe underlying medical conditions or are immunocompromised should contact their healthcare provider early, even if their illness is mild. If you have severe symptoms, such as persistent pain or pressure in the chest or bluish lips, contact your healthcare provider or emergency room and seek care immediately. Your doctor will determine if you have signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and whether you should be tested.

Doane’s Response

  • What is Doane doing in response to the threat of COVID-19?

    Doane University has made the decision to cancel all in-person classes March 16-22. This extends Spring Break for Crete residential students one week. Adult and graduate courses would be in week two of their spring term. All classes on all campuses will resume on Monday, March 23 in an online/virtual format. These classes will be taught online for the remainder of the semester/term.

    More information can be found in the announcement from President Carter here.

  • What is social distancing?

    Social Distancing is a best practice recommendation of health professionals to prevent or slow the spread of a virus by human-to-human transmission. Social distancing means remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet) from others when possible. Doane University will be following these steps by: 

    • Reducing the number of students living in the residence halls
    • Transitioning all classes to online
    • Suspending institutionally sponsored travel until further notice
    • Reducing face-to-face exposure by using telephone/conference calls, email, and videoconferencing as much as possible
    • Give employees remote working options, if feasible
  • Are athletic events cancelled?

    Update: 3/16 11:00am
    On March 16, the NAIA announced that it is cancelling the spring 2020 sports season, effective immediately. No spring sport student-athlete will be charged a season of competition. The official release from the NAIA can be found here.

    The Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) and its member institutions announced the suspension of all GPAC intercollegiate sports activities, including practice and competition, from Monday, March 16 - Sunday, April 5. The GPAC Council of Presidents plans to meet on Friday, March 27 to re-evaluate this fluid situation. The decision is the result of ongoing consultation with campus leaders in the GPAC. The suspension applies to all institutional practices and competitions in any GPAC sport, regardless of season, until the suspension is lifted.

  • What about other student events, will those still be held?

    Effectively immediately (March 12), large group gatherings are suspended until further notice. This includes all programming events, Greek Life events, performing arts events, and student organization events and meetings. The Office of Student Life will be reaching out to student leaders with additional details regarding plans for previously scheduled events and celebrations.

  • What is the university’s travel policy?

    As of March 12, Doane has suspended institutionally sponsored travel until further notice. Doane currently has no students studying abroad in the spring term. Travel impacted by this decision includes: international and domestic travel courses, individual study abroad, and non-essential business travel. Students, faculty, or staff with questions related to study abroad should contact the Office of International Programs at international@doane.edu.

    Update: 3/16
    All non-essential institutional travel has been suspended through the end of the summer, including travel courses, study abroad, and conferences. Information on Fall study abroad will come at a later date.

Current Students

  • Can we still live on campus?

    While residence halls will remain open, the university is strongly encouraging students who are able to stay home at their permanent residences to do so. If students are able to live at home for the remainder of the semester, they are encouraged to gather their belongings and move out by Sunday, March 22. 

    While we encourage students to check-out early and return home, Doane also understands that this may not be feasible for some students. Because of this, the residence halls will remain open for those without alternative arrangements starting Sunday, March 15. If a student plans to remain on campus, we ask that you please complete this form by Wednesday, March 18 so the university can make appropriate plans for those remaining on campus.

  • If I am going to live at home for the remainder of the semester, when can I gather my belongings and move out?

    Students who will be living at home are encouraged to gather their belongings and move out by Sunday, March 22. Communication was sent from Residence Life on Friday, March 13 to residential students with detailed information on how students should proceed. In an effort to mitigate large groups on campus, we will do our best to have a coordinated effort of students and families returning to campus to gather their belongings.

  • What do residential students need to know about a room & board credit?

    Doane University is granting a partial room and board credit to any residential student who will no longer be living on campus for the rest of the semester. The credit will be prorated based on your checkout date and will be applied to any outstanding balance on your student account. Any remaining dollar amount will be refunded to you.

    How much should I expect my credit to be?

    You will receive a 70% credit of room and board that is prorated based on your checkout date. 30% was deducted from this prorated amount to cover fixed costs. The credit will be applied to any outstanding balance on your student account. Any remaining credit amount will be refunded to you.

    Example: If a student’s remaining prorated portion for room and board is $2,200 based on a move out date of 3/19/20, the student would be credited $1,540 to their account. These amounts will vary for every student - this is only provided as a sample calculation for a basic room and board.

    COVID-19 has caused a lot of unknowns and concerns for many, especially our student body. Student support is a priority for Doane at all times. This is one of the many reasons we felt the importance of offering students a refund.

    Who will be eligible for the credit?

    All residents who choose to move out and complete check out paperwork with Doane Housing prior to April 5th will be eligible for a credit applied to their account.

    What do I need to do to ensure I get my credit/refund?

    If you have not already done so, please sign up for direct deposit to receive this refund.

    When will my credit/refund be processed?

    Your credit may already be posted to your student account. Refund checks or direct deposit (after applying any balance due) will be processed by Friday, April 10th. Doane is working hard to process these credits as timely as possible and we continue to be grateful for your patience during this process.

    What if I have further questions?

    Please feel free to email studentaccounts@doane.edu or call 402-826-8250.

  • Will the dining hall and other facilities on campus remain open?

    Yes. Doane’s dining hall will open on Sunday, March 15 and will remain open for any students who are unable to live off campus. All other campus facilities, including the library, weight room, and student center, will remain open.

    Per recommendations by the CDC, public gatherings are to be limited to 10 people or fewer at a time. The university will be abiding by these recommendations in the coming weeks. As of March 17, the Haddix Center, Fuhrer Fieldhouse, and Butler Gym will be closed, but offices in those buildings will remain open.

    Doane's bookstore in the Perry Camus Center will remain open from 10:00am-2:00pm Monday - Friday.

    Updated: March 18

  • What is currently closed on campus?

    As of March 17, the Haddix Center, Fuhrer Fieldhouse, and Butler Gym will be closed, but offices in those buildings will remain open. Lakeside Coffee Shop and Tiger Den are also closed.

  • How will my class be transitioned from on ground to online?

    Each faculty member will be working individually to transition the material from on ground to online, with consultation of their Deans. Our faculty will do the best they can, with the limited time they have, to ensure students are learning the material that would have otherwise been covered in person.

    This is an unprecedented situation that we are in and Doane University is far from the only university experiencing this transition. We ask that our students please approach the remainder of the spring semester/term with an open mind, knowing that this decision was made in the best interest of the health of our community members.

  • I’m an out of state student. Should I fly back to Nebraska to move out now?

    We encourage you to make the best decision with your best interests in mind. While we are encouraging students to move out by Sunday, March 22, if that is not feasible, we completely understand. Especially for students traveling by airplane, we urge extra caution.

    If you are in need of storage or moving equipment, U-Haul is offering students free storage for 30 days and discounts on moving equipment. For more information, please visit their website at www.uhaul.com.

    Please contact our Residential Life department at doanehousing@doane.edu with any specific questions or concerns you have.

  • Is Commencement still planned to take place on May 9?

    On or before March 31, Doane will make a decision whether or not to hold a Commencement ceremony on May 9. If we do not move forward with a Commencement ceremony on May 9, we will mail out diplomas for spring graduates and the plan would be to hold a ceremony at some point in the future. For a future ceremony, we will do our best to provide 4-6 weeks notice. Commencement is a time of celebration for students, family, and our Doane community and we look forward to planning an event to honor our graduates.

    Update: March 18

    In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Doane University has made the difficult decision to postpone its planned Commencement ceremony scheduled for Saturday, May 9. It is our hope and intention to host this important event another time when it is safe to do so, following recommendations from the CDC and local public health officials.

    Graduating students can expect to receive their diplomas in the mail by the end of May, at the mailing address they provided on their graduation application. Students can review and update this in WebAdvisor (select Apply for Graduation -> Commencement details -> Diploma mailing address -> ship to new address).

    Doane University thanks our students, families, and friends for their understanding and patience as we navigate this difficult time.

    Update: March 31

  • Will there be any spring sports this year?

    No. The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics canceled the Spring 2020 sports season for all schools and all sports, effective March 16. Doane will not be holding any athletic events, practices, or camps for the remainder of the current school year. Athletics for the fall and subsequent seasons will be assessed at a later date.

    Updated March 16

  • How will the cancellation of the 2020 spring sports season affect athlete eligibility?

    The NAIA has announced that no spring sport student-athlete will be charged a season of competition as a result of the cancellation. Any spring sport student-athlete who was enrolled full-time in 2020 will be awarded two additional semester terms of attendance or the equivalent.

    Updated March 16

     

     

  • How do I take classes online?

    Students will be able to keep in contact with their professors through Blackboard, email, Google Hangouts, and Zoom. You can join Zoom meetings or log into Blackboard from a smartphone, tablet, or computer. Zoom meetings can also be entered from any telephone for audio only.

    If you do not have wifi or access to a laptop at home, Doane’s library and computer labs will remain open. TigerTech also has laptops available for rental on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you are not able to return to campus and do not have access to a device, please reach out to the Academic Success Center.

    Updated March 17

  • What happens to my summer study abroad program?

    Students will be refunded any deposits, fees, or other charges related to Doane Travel Courses. Doane will also help students get refunds and reimbursements for individual planned study abroad this summer through third-party providers.

    Updated March 17

  • Can I visit the Student Health Office?

    To try and stop the spread of this virus, we have stopped walk-ins for the Student Health Office.

    We ask that instead of coming to the Student Health Office, all students (whether living on campus or not) who are needing assistance, please contact Nurse Kelly Jirovec by phone (402-826-8265) or email (kelly.jirovec@doane.edu).

    Other helpful resources are:

    Local Resources:
    Public Health Solutions (local health department) 402-826-3880
    Crete Area Medical Center 402-826-7980
    Students MUST call before showing up.

    Online Physician Resources:
    There are online healthcare resources made available through Bryan Health and CHI Health. These services are for a nominal fee and intended for illnesses that require an advanced practitioner (sore throats, sinus symptoms, skin issues etc).

    Bryan EZ visit
    https://www.bryanhealth.com/services/bryan-health-ezvisit/

    CHI Health virtual care
    https://www.chihealth.com/virtualcare

    COVID-19 hotline:
    The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services offers a Coronavirus (COVID-19) information line that allows all residents to get answers and receive information on resources available.
    402-552-6645
    8am-8pm CST, 7 days a week.

  • Can I visit the Counseling Center?

    The Counseling Center will remain open for students with scheduled appointments. Doane's Counseling Center hs provided a complete list of information for students who need counseling services during this unprecedented time. It can be accessed here. 

    If you have recently traveled to an area monitored by the CDC as Level 1, 2, or 3 health notices or show signs of illness, we ask that you contact your scheduled counselor and reschedule your appointment. 

    To learn about contacting a therapist in your home area, please contact the Counseling Center. 

    Myron Parsley (myron.parsley@doane.edu) - 402.826.6719

    Kristal Flamoing (kristal.flaming@doane.edu) - 402.826.8551

    Counseling resources will continue to be made available for students who were taking classes on our Lincoln, Omaha, and Grand Island campuses as well. Please check your email for additional information.

  • What if I am returning from traveling?

    The CDC has an FAQ for travelers that can be found here. If you have traveled to any area currently being monitored by the CDC as Level 1, 2, or 3 health notices, please report this information immediately. We would like to know your self-quarantine actions or preventative measures. 

  • What if I am a student worker?

    Students may continue to work if they have chosen to remain in the local area and there is appropriate work available. Students may also work remotely if their work allows.

    If a student is working on campus, they should clock in and clock out as usual. Remote working students can clock in using Doane's VPN or email their supervisor to enter their hours in Kronos.

    Students who work remotely and have access to employee and student personally identifiable information must be logged on to Doane's VPN. For details, visit connect.doane.edu. The portal address, once installed, is connect.doane.edu. Remember: You can only install the VPN when you are NOT connected to Doane's internet.

  • What if I cannot work?

    The Office of Finance and Administration, Human Resources, and the Financial Aid Office are investigating other ways to support students who cannot continue their regular work schedule. More information will be sent out regarding this.

  • How will I get my textbooks and supplies?

    The Perry Campus Center bookstore on the Crete campus is open 10:00a-2:00p Monday-Friday until further notice. Please practice proper social distancing protocol if you need to visit the bookstore.

    In addition, the bookstore is offering FREE SHIPPING on rental returns and has extended the deadline to do so without penalty. More details can be accessed here.

    Doane is offering access to its eBook texts at NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE to all Doane students with a Doane.edu email address. More details can be accessed here.

    The Doane bookstore is offering FREE SHIPPING on all online store orders for the spring semester. More details can be accessed here.

    Finally, the Doane bookstore is offering FREE ACCESS to Lumen Learning’s supplemental educational resources during the spring semester. More details can be accessed here.

    For any further questions about the bookstore, email bookstore@doane.edu directly.

    Updated March 18

Faculty

  • What resources are there to help me transition to teaching online?

  • How does this impact travel?

    As of March 12, Doane has suspended institutionally sponsored travel until further notice. Travel impacted by this decision includes: international and domestic travel courses, individual study abroad, and non-essential business travel. Students, faculty, or staff with questions related to study abroad should contact the Office of International Programs at international@doane.edu.

    The Business Office will provide additional guidance and assistance in canceling travel for faculty and staff who have booked travel or whose events, conferences, or other trips canceled due to COVID-19. Reimbursements will be issued for any out-of-pocket expenses incurred.

    If non-essential business travel has already been booked, please properly cancel airfare and hotel to receive a refund or credit, if applicable.

  • What if I need to travel?

    All essential business travel should be limited to situations where business cannot be conducted without face-to-face interactions or visits to specific locations. Your manager must approve all travel (including trips previously approved) until further notice.

  • What if I am returning from traveling?

    The CDC has information and resources for travelers that can be found here. Whether you are traveling or not, please keep the following in mind:

    1. If you are experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19, please report your condition to the following support services so we can assist and provide you with more information.
      • Employees: Please contact Kelli Schweitzer (kelli.schweitzer@doane.edu) with your information
      • This information will be kept private and only used as quantitative-summary data (e.g., 14reports from [TBD] campus).
      • The Nebraska State Department of Health and Human Services has a Self-Reporting Website here.
    2. If you have traveled to any area currently being monitored by the CDC as Level 1, 2, or 3 health notices, please report this information immediately. We would like to know your self-quarantine actions or preventative measures.
      • Employees: Please contact Kelli Schweitzer (kelli.schweitzer@doane.edu) with your information.
      • This information will be kept private and only used as quantitative-summary data (e.g., 14 reports from [TBD] campus).
  • What should I tell a parent that asks about the switch to online classes for the remainder of this semester?

    Updated March 16

    Doane has provided a comprehensive list of information for parents of students currently affected by the COVID-19 changes at Doane. It can be accessed here.

  • What do I do for international students?

    The Department of Homeland Security has cleared students with F-1 and J-1 visas to continue full enrollment in classes with no face-to-face instruction. Doane has already reported its decision to move to remote instruction to the DHS. Please instruct international students in the same way you instruct domestic students. 

    No further action is required by faculty.

    Full details can be accessed here.

    Updated March 17

  • Are Doane's indoor fitness facilities open to staff?

    No. The Haddix Center, Fuhrer Fieldhouse, and Butler Gym have been closed (as of March 17) until further notice, although offices in those buildings will remain open. The decision to reopen the facilities will be assessed on a week by week basis.

    Updated March 17

  • What should I do to protect myself and others if I absolutely have to use campus facilities?

    Limited in-person interactions between students and employees are allowed. No in-person interactions may be required between anyone on campus at this time, i.e. a professor cannot require a student to meet with then in person for any reason, and faculty will not be required to meet similar demands from students, etc. 

    If in-person interactions must take place, please follow CDC guidelines for social distancing, which can be read in full here. If you are shoing any symptoms of COVID-19, quarantine yourself at home immediately. Do not meet in person with anyone on campus or elsewhere until you have followed CDC self-quarantine guidelines. 

    Gatherings of more than 10 people are absoltely prohibited at Doane facilities until further notice. 

    Updated March 18

  • Will any specialized facilities be open on campus?

    Doane understands there are members of our community who need access to certain shared, specialized academic facilities. Research labs, special computer facilities, athletic facilities, music practice rooms, art studios, etc. can be accessed by appropriate individuals only through an official approval process.

    If a plan is NOT developed or shared for a specialized space, that space will be cleaned and LOCKED and unavailable for the interim.

    The official approval process consists of:

    1. The department/program/office with the specialized facility needs to develop a written plan for that space. The plan should include:
      1. Who will be in charge of that space? (coach, faculty, etc.)
      2. How will the department/program/office limit the number of students in it? (time slots, schedules, etc.)
      3. How will the department/program/office enforce social distancing between people in that space?
      4. List of needed cleaning supplies (wipes, sprays, etc.), if applicable. Process/steps for cleaning/sanitizing between users. Potentially all spaces will need some level of sanitizing/cleaning. How will your department/program/office monitor the space to ensure these practices are being followed?
    2. The plan for the space needs to be approved by the supervisor and then by the respective dean, vice president, or athletic director for that space.
    3. Once approved, the respective dean, VP, or AD will communicate with Jerri Van Horn, manager of events and custodial services at Doane, to ensure that proper signage is put in place and to confirm that sanitizing products are available.

    The facilities staff will begin cleaning and securing all non-approved spaces starting on Monday, March 30. Appropriate signage will be put in place to confirm areas that are no longer accessible.

    Full details can be accessed here.

    Updated March 27

Staff

  • What is being done by leadership at Doane?

    Updated March 16

    Doane President Dr. Jacque Carter has established a Leadership Response Team which will meet daily for the foreseeable future. The goal of this daily meeting is to coordinate responses across the university, make decisions, plan communications, and respond to questions.

    The Leadership Response Team consists of team leader Provost Paul Savory, VPJulie Schmidt, VP Jake Hoy-Elswick, Chief of Staff Tricia Mohr, Communications Manager Ryan Mueksch, CIO Derek Bierman, Facilities Director Brian Flesner, Athletic Director Matt Franzen, and CMO Dan Kohler.

    Public Safety Director Russ Hewitt, VP Marty Fye, VP Luis Sotelo, Associate VP Andrea Butler, and HR Director Laura Northup are also being consulted daily in their relevant fields.

    The team has been empowered to make decisions on behalf of the entire university regarding COVID-19 and to ensure they are carried out promptly.

    University departments are meeting with their teams as needed to address COVID-19 concerns as they directly affect those departments.

    The president’s full response can be read here.

  • How will the university communicate changes?

    Updated March 16

    Communications will primarily be sent through email, sent by the department heads. Please check your Doane email regularly and consult your supervisor for the latest information. This site will also be updated daily as more information is available and more decisions about Doane policy are made. You can submit any questions you have using the form on this page.

  • Who is Doane leadership consulting about COVID-19/the coronavirus?

    Updated March 16

    The Leadership Response Team is working closely with local and state healthcare officials on how to safely continue providing academic experiences for Doane students while minimizing the impact of the coronavirus on our communities.

  • What are employee sick leave policies during a pandemic?

    Updated March 16

    Doane has compiled a full list of resources for employees with questions about leave policies during the current pandemic. It can be accessed here.

  • How does the impact travel?

    The Business Office will provide additional guidance and assistance in cancelling travel for faculty and staff who have booked travel, or whose events, conferences, or other travel have been cancelled due to COVID-19. Reimbursements will be issued for any out-of-pocket expenses incurred.

    If non-essential business travel has already been booked, please properly cancel airfare and hotel to receive a refund or credit, if applicable.

  • What if I need to travel?

    All essential business travel should be limited to situations where business cannot be conducted without face-to-face interactions or visits to specific locations. Your manager must approve all travel (including trips previously approved) until further notice.

  • What if I am returning from traveling?

    The CDC has information and resources for travelers that can be found here. Whether you are traveling or not, please keep the following in mind:

    1. If you are experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19, please report your condition to the following support services so we can assist and provide you with more information.
      • Employees: Please contact Kelli Schweitzer (kelli.schweitzer@doane.edu) with your information
      • This information will be kept private and only used as quantitative-summary data (e.g., 14 reports from [TBD] campus).
      • The Nebraska State Department of Health and Human Services has a Self-Reporting Website here.
    2. If you have traveled to any area currently being monitored by the CDC as Level 1, 2, or 3 health notices, please report this information immediately. We would like to know your self-quarantine actions or preventative measures.
      • Employees: Please contact Kelli Schweitzer (kelli.schweitzer@doane.edu) with your information.
      • This information will be kept private and only used as quantitative-summary data (e.g., 14 reports from [TBD] campus).
  • Should I be wearing a mask or cloth face covering while on campus?

    At this time, it is recommended by the CDC that you wear a cloth face covering when you must be in a public setting where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. According to the CDC, a significant number of people with coronavirus lack symptoms (asymptomatic) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (pre-symptomatic) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity, even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms.

    Therefore, the use of cloth face coverings by the public during a pandemic could help reduce disease transmission. Cloth face coverings are not a substitute for social distancing and washing hands and staying home when ill, but they may be helpful when combined with these primary interventions and you are in a public setting around a number of other people.

    A cloth face covering is a material that covers the nose and mouth. It can be secured to the head with ties or straps or simply wrapped around the lower face. It can be made of a variety of materials, such as cotton, silk, or linen. Learn how to make a cloth face covering here.

    We do have a limited supply of masks on the Crete campus, if you would like to request one.

    • For students living on campus, please email your Community Director and they will bring a mask to your room and hang it on your doorknob.
    • For Facilities Staff, please contact your supervisor and they will provide you with a mask.
    • For other Faculty and Staff still working on campus, please contact the Safety Office at 402-826-8669 or doanesafetyoffice@doane.edu to make arrangements to pick up or have your mask delivered.

    Masks are not required at this time, but are recommended by the CDC. Your safety remains our top priority and we thank you for your attention to this important information.

  • Who do I contact at Doane if I have been diagnosed with COVID-19, am displaying symptoms or am in a quarantined situation?

    Please report to HR by emailing kelli.schweitzer@doane.edu or by phone at 402-826-8573.

  • Are employees required to work remotely?

    Doane is not requiring employees to work remotely at this time; however, we are encouraging employees who are able to work remotely to do so. The university is following recommendations from the federal government to limit group gatherings to 10 people or less. Social distancing needs to be carried out by any employees who are not working from home. Resources for employees working remotely can be found here.

  • In the event of a campus closure, which employees would continue to work on campus (if any)?

    Some employees are considered essential staff and will continue to come to campus, even in a closure, and will be paid for the hours they work. Steps will be taken to practice social distancing and environmental cleaning and disinfecting as recommended by the CDC. If you are unsure if your position is considered “essential,” contact your supervisor. The rules and orders from local, state and federal government are evolving as the pandemic evolves, and this may dictate a change in Doane policies in the future. Doane will follow all governmental rules and orders whenever entered.

  • What factors are considered when deciding whether and how long to close a campus location?

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the Consideration for School Closure recommendations and factors for consideration, which Doane University is following. The CDC recommends that schools consider closing under these circumstances:

    • Confirmed person with COVID-19 on campus
    • Substantial community spread of the COVID-19 outbreak

    Representatives from the administration, health services, and legal counsel will be involved in conversations about school closures. When making closure decisions, we will consult with local health officials to learn more about the potential spread of the virus within the community.

  • What happens if I don’t have enough work to do and I cannot get in all of my regularly scheduled hours for the week?

    The university will attempt to offer an employee temporary work duties in other areas in which they would qualify, as available.

    If no work is available, an employee who is not able to get in their full hours will receive additional paid time to make up the difference in their pay for a period of two weeks. (The total amount of hours will not exceed 40 hours per week for full-time employees and a prorated amount for part-time employees based on their regularly scheduled hours).

    After two weeks, an employee will be able to use their paid vacation leave, if they choose, to maintain their current employment status. After the exhaustion of their paid leave, or by the employee’s choice, the employee will transition to a furlough status (on temporary leave). In a furlough status, an employee will be eligible to apply for unemployment benefits. During the furlough, employees will be able to continue to participate in health and dental insurance and other benefits in which they qualify. Doane will continue to pay its portion of the health/dental premiums. Employees will need to coordinate with Human Resources to make payment arrangements to continue to pay the employee portion of the premiums.

  • What happens if I do not have any work to do due to COVID-19?

    In this case, the university will attempt to offer an employee temporary work duties in other areas in which they would qualify, as available.

    If no work is available, the employee will be paid for two weeks (80 hours for full-time employment, or a prorated amount for part-time employees based on their regularly scheduled hours). Note: if an employee was working less than their scheduled hours previously due to lack of work and already receiving supplemental pay, they do not receive an additional two weeks of pay once work is unavailable. In this case, they would start using their paid vacation, if they choose, or transition to furlough status. See below for more information.

    After two weeks of pay, an employee will be able to use their paid vacation leave, if they choose, to maintain their current employment status. After the exhaustion of their paid leave, or by the employee’s choice, the employee will transition to a furlough status (on temporary leave). In a furlough status, an employee will be eligible to apply for unemployment benefits. During the furlough, employees will be able to continue to participate in health and dental insurance and other benefits in which they qualify. Doane will continue to pay its portion of the health/dental premiums. Employees will need to coordinate with Human Resources to make payment arrangements to continue to pay the employee portion of the premiums.

  • My child’s school/daycare is closed due to COVID-19. What options do I have?

    In order to support our employees during this time, managers are asked to try to be flexible with their staff, if possible. Staff may request an alternate work schedule or time off for a period up to two weeks. See more information here.

  • If my family member or a person I live with is diagnosed with or has symptoms of COVID-19, am I responsible for notifying someone at Doane about it?

    Yes, please report to HR by emailing kelli.schweitzer@doane.edu or by phone 402-826-8573.

  • I am considered to be “high-risk” for severe illness from COVID-19 and I am concerned about working, what should I do?

    If you are considered “high-risk” you may qualify for reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Consistent with the ADA, employers must treat all information related to an employee’s illness (whether from COVID-19 or not) as a confidential medical record. Contact HR for more information.