Important COVID-19 Information

For all University updates and resources regarding COVID-19, please visit www.doane.edu/covid-19
Campus Closing Information: TUESDAY, JANUARY 26 - All Doane University campuses are CLOSED due to inclement weather. Classes on Tuesday will be held virtually. 
Spring 2021 COVID-19 Operations

Spring 2021 COVID-19 Operations

The health, safety, and wellbeing of our students, faculty, and staff is Doane University’s highest priority. After a successful return to campus in the fall semester, Doane leadership has decided to continue on-campus operations for the spring semester. COVID-19 protocols the university enforced in the fall will largely remain the same in the spring semester, as Doane aims to provide a safe but also engaging educational environment for our students. This COVID-19 information page has been updated with content pertaining to the upcoming spring semester and will continually be updated as the semester progresses.

Click here for Doane University's COVID-19 Risk and Alert Dashboard.

Click here for Doane University's Comprehensive Overview of plans, policies, and procedures for Spring Operations.

Community Updates

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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, and clean and disinfect touched surfaces frequently. Doane supports a universal mask policy that includes some necessary alternative arrangements for high-risk individuals. In general, in accordance with current public-health authority guidance, non-medical facemasks or face coverings should be worn in circumstances where six-foot physical distancing from others is impractical whenever people are in public spaces, indoor and out. Masks will be required in classrooms, athletic training facilities, the Student Health Center, and in university transportation.

  • Should you get 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.

Plans for Spring Operations

  • What are the guidelines for individuals wearing a mask on campus?

    Doane University has made the decision to modify our face masking policy based on current recommendations from the CDC to further help reduce the likelihood of spreading COVID-19.

    Doane University has adopted a universal face masking policy for all students, faculty, staff and visitors effective August 10, 2020. All campus community members will be required to wear a face covering when inside Doane campus buildings, and are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering in campus outdoor spaces whenever physical distancing from other individuals by six feet is not possible. Appropriate face coverings must completely cover the nose and mouth. Face coverings are meant to be worn in conjunction with appropriate physical distancing of six feet, discouragement of face touching and proper hand hygiene.

    Doane University recognizes however, that there are times when wearing a face covering is impractical or unsafe, and as such, exceptions to this policy exist when:

    • You are in your own private residence.
    • You are using the residence hall bathrooms and shower facilities.
    • You are in a room by yourself. Note- if another person enters the room, you should reapply your face covering. This does not apply to individuals (roommates, quad-mates) who reside in the same room while sharing that space.
    • During particular lab or classroom activities where wearing a face covering would represent a potential hazard, as indicated by the faculty or staff member who is operating that space.
    • You are actively engaging in physical exercise in the gym or recreation center or are participating in athletic team practice.
    • When eating, though physical distance should be maintained in the dining hall and other eating areas.
    • When in a private office with the door closed - though face coverings should be worn for individual appointments, and physical distancing should be observed.

    This policy does not apply to children ages 2 and under. For individuals with medical and neurological conditions that make it impossible to wear a face covering, exceptions can be made by contacting Diane Kaye at diane.kaye@doane.edu from Student Disability Services (students) or Human Resources (employees) at humanresources@doane.edu and providing documentation from a licensed medical provider.

  • What are the physical distancing guidelines on campus?

    Physical distancing protocols on campus need to follow guidelines from public health authorities from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. In general, Doane will implement physical distancing protocols that observe six feet between individuals, 50% occupancy of indoors spaces and appropriate distancing barriers to promote safe environments. Individual departments/buildings will be responsible for determining the protocols and physical barriers needed within their spaces to meet these guidelines.

  • Has Doane’s academic calendar changed for the spring semester?

    The academic calendar for the Crete campus will be adjusted, Provost Dr. Paul Savory announced in November. The spring semester will begin on Monday, January 18, as originally planned, with the following changes:

    • Spring Break has been eliminated
    • To make up for the elimination of Spring Break, multiple days off have been added to the calendar, periodically throughout the semester. There will be no classes on the following days:
      • Wednesday, February 10
      • Tuesday, March 9
      • Monday, April 5 (Easter break)
      • Thursday, April 20

    Final exams will occur from May 10-13.

    There will be NO CHANGES to the academic calendar for Doane’s non-residential students for the Lincoln and Omaha campuses and online programs. Similarly, the academic calendar for Graduate Studies in Education will also NOT CHANGE.

  • Will there be a Commencement ceremony in May?

    Doane is planning to host a spring commencement ceremony on the Crete campus on Saturday, May 15. In addition to the spring graduates who will be honored at this event, winter graduates will also be honored. Further details, including the number of ceremonies, attendance capacity, and times of the ceremonies will be shared at a later date.

  • Will Doane provide COVID-19 testing to students?

    As part of Doane’s efforts to provide a safe learning environment, the university will be providing saliva-based PCR COVID-19 tests to residential Crete campus students upon their return to campus in January, free of charge. This test is required for all students living on campus and all student-athletes (living on or off campus).
     
    While the PCR test is not required for students living off campus who do not participate in athletics, those students are highly encouraged to take advantage of this free testing opportunity as they return. Return to campus baseline testing is a tool that will allow Student Health Services to quickly isolate students arriving to campus with COVID-19. This strategy will allow the university to start the spring semester with our best foot forward.

Current Students

  • Will athletic teams be able to practice and compete?

    Yes. Doane athletics competed in the Fall, along with other GPAC and NAIA institutions. The Tigers winter athletic teams have been competing and spring sports currently plan to be active as well. Doane is following guidance from the GPAC and NAIA as teams compete during the pandemic. Doane Tiger athletics also works closely with Doane Student Health Services to ensure proper contact tracing and quarantine/isolation protocols are being followed. Athletic schedules can be found at doanetigers.com.

  • Will I have to wear a mask on campus?

    Doane University has made the decision to modify our face masking policy based on current recommendations from the CDC to further help reduce the likelihood of spreading COVID-19.

    Doane University has adopted a universal face masking policy for all students, faculty, staff and visitors effective August 10, 2020. All campus community members will be required to wear a face covering when inside Doane campus buildings, and are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering in campus outdoor spaces whenever physical distancing from other individuals by six feet is not possible. Appropriate face coverings must completely cover the nose and mouth. Face coverings are meant to be worn in conjunction with appropriate physical distancing of six feet, discouragement of face touching and proper hand hygiene.

    Doane University recognizes however, that there are times when wearing a face covering is impractical or unsafe, and as such, exceptions to this policy exist when:

    • You are in your own private residence.
    • You are using the residence hall bathrooms and shower facilities.
    • You are in a room by yourself. Note- if another person enters the room, you should reapply your face covering. This does not apply to individuals (roommates, quad-mates) who reside in the same room while sharing that space.
    • During particular lab or classroom activities where wearing a face covering would represent a potential hazard, as indicated by the faculty or staff member who is operating that space.
    • You are actively engaging in physical exercise in the gym or recreation center or are participating in athletic team practice.
    • When eating, though physical distance should be maintained in the dining hall and other eating areas.
    • When in a private office with the door closed - though face coverings should be worn for individual appointments, and physical distancing should be observed.

    This policy does not apply to children ages 2 and under. For individuals with medical and neurological conditions that make it impossible to wear a face covering, exceptions can be made by contacting Diane Kaye at diane.kaye@doane.edu from Student Disability Services and providing documentation from a licensed medical provider.

  • Will masks be provided or should I bring my own?

    Doane University will be supplying students with two washable, Tigers Together face masks. These masks were collaboratively designed by Student Congress and our marketing team.
    Residential students should bring 7-10 of their own face coverings to campus to reduce high frequency use of laundry facilities. All face coverings should cover the mouth and nose.

  • If I have a concern with returning to campus during the pandemic, who can I contact?

    Students with health issues and/or concerns that may put them at an increased risk for illness are encouraged to contact Nurse Kelly (kelly.jirovec@doane.edu) or Anita Harkins, ADA Coordinator (anita.harkins@doane.edu) to discuss possible accommodation options.

  • In what modalities will courses be offered at Doane this spring?

    This spring, academic courses on the Crete, Lincoln, and Omaha campuses will be taught using a range of modalities. Students who are taking multiple courses from Doane will likely have a mix of course types. In one effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, masks will be required to be worn in classroom spaces and classrooms will be operating at 50% capacity in order to allow for physical distancing. University deans and faculty are working hard to ensure Doane’s courses will maintain the same quality of learning experience that our students expect.

  • How do I take classes online if my class is not offered in-person?

    Students will be able to keep in contact with their professors through Canvas, email, Google Hangouts, and Zoom. You can join Zoom meetings or log into Canvas 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.

  • What should I do if I was exposed to someone with COVID-19?

    Students who have a known exposure to COVID-19 are strongly discouraged from reporting to campus and attending classes. Crete campus students who have a known exposure should isolate in their rooms or off-campus houses and contact Nurse Kelly for further guidance. Lincoln and Omaha campus students should self-isolate, monitor for symptoms, and contact their health care provider or local health department. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention currently defines a significant exposure by the following criteria:

    • You were within 6ft of someone who has COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes
    • You are caring for someone who is sick with COVID-19
    • Someone within your home has COVID-19
    • You had direct physical contact with someone who has COVID-19
    • Someone with COVID-19 sneezed, coughed, or got respiratory droplets on you
  • What do I do if I am displaying COVID-19 symptoms?

    Students who feel ill or have symptoms of COVID-19 are strongly discouraged from attending classes or any other campus activities. Students should be monitoring their symptoms daily using the #CampusClear app. Under no circumstance should a student who has a fever attend class. Students who report symptoms of COVID-19 will be asked to do the following:

    • Crete campus - Students living on campus are advised to remain in their room with a mask on and not attend class. Students living off campus should be asked not to report to campus at all. All students should self-isolate and immediately contact Nurse Kelly for further guidance. The Health Services Office will not be accepting walk-in appointments.
    • Lincoln or Omaha campus - All students should be advised not to report to campus. They should self-isolate and contact their medical provider for further guidance or until they get tested for COVID-19 and receive a negative test result.
  • What do I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

    If a student tests positive for COVID-19, the student will be asked to isolate at their home for up to two weeks. Crete campus students are encouraged to return home to quarantine if possible. Students unable to return home residing in the residence halls will be required to isolate on campus in Colonial Hall. Meal delivery and daily check-ins with the Health Services Office will be available to support any students in the event they have to isolate or quarantine on campus.

  • How will my mental health be supported during this time?

    All Crete campus students have access to free and confidential counseling through the Doane University Counseling Center. Counselors are available via telehealth five days/week for individual counseling services and/or referrals to community resources as needed. Counselors can be contacted directly by emailing myron.parsley@doane.edu or kristal.flaming@doane.edu.

    Undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Professional Studies have access to short-term counseling and other wellness tools through Continuum EAP's student services. To access short-term counseling, students may call 402-476-0186 or email easpecialist@4continuum.com. Continuum services are available to all actively enrolled CPS undergraduate students in Lincoln, Omaha, and online.

  • What is Isolation?

    Isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus, or who are probable cases based on symptoms, from people who are not infected. People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others.In the home, anyone sick or infected should separate themselves from others by staying in a specific “sick room” or area and using a separate bathroom (if available).An infected person must isolate for at least 10 days after onset of symptoms.

  • What is Quarantine?

    Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to someone confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 away from others. This includes known cases and probable cases. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department.

  • Which students will be isolated?

    • Students who test positive for COVID-19
    • Students who are probable cases of COVID-19 based on reported self-reported symptoms. 
  • When will the student be released from isolation?

    If a student is isolating on or off-campus due to a positive COVID-19 test, they will need to meet one of the following requirements to be released from isolation by Health Services staff:

    • Symptom-based strategy 
      • At least 24 hours have passed since recovery defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared
    • Test-based strategy
      • Resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications for 24 hours, improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath), and negative test result
  • Which students will be quarantined?

    Contact tracers will reach out to students who are isolated due to COVID-19 symptoms or positive test results to identify their list of close contacts. The contacts that are deemed “significant exposures” will need to quarantine.

  • What is a “significant exposure”?

    • You were within 6ft of someone who has COVID-19 or is symptomatic for at least 15 minutes
    • You are caring for someone who is sick with COVID-19 or is symptomatic
    • Someone within your home has COVID-19 or is symptomatic
    • Someone with COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19 sneezed, coughed, or got respiratory droplets on you
  • How will students be released from quarantine?

    Close contacts of symptomatic students will be asked to quarantine until:

    • The symptomatic student they were in contact with receives a negative test result AND they are not deemed a probable case by a physician.
    • They quarantine for 14 days with no symptoms.

    Due to the high probability of false negative test results, especially for asymptomatic cases, the student cannot receive a test of their own to be released from quarantine. If the contact experiences symptoms or signs during quarantine, they should get in touch with a medical professional. If the contact becomes symptomatic, the “Health Services Protocols for a Student Reporting Symptoms” will be followed.

  • Most recent testing guidance as of 8/24/2020:

    • Student Health Services is recommending PCR testing for any student in isolation due to symptoms of COVID-19
    • Patients should be tested no sooner than 72 hours after EXPOSURE, and within the first 5 days of developing symptoms.
  • 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.

    • Students: Please contact Nurse Kelly (kelly.jirovec@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).
  • Are unemployment benefits available to me?

    The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed into law in March created the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (PUC) programs. Among those included in expanded PUA eligibility were full-time students who were working prior to the pandemic. The additional $600 per week included in the CARES Act expired at the end of July, but there are some unemployment insurance (UI) options for students who have been impacted by COVID-19.

    Students who lost a job or a job offer because of COVID-19 can still receive the base PUA benefit averaging $190 per week through December 31, 2020. If students filed late, they can still receive the $600 per week supplement for any weeks of unemployment prior to July 31, 2020.

    While students who were eligible for PUA before July 31 should apply to receive the enhanced benefit retroactively, those individuals as well as eligible workers who have experienced new or continued job loss after July 31 are still able to receive an underlying benefit calculated by their state through the end of 2020. From August 1-December 31, students will not receive the additional $600 per week but can still receive a UI benefit based on state calculations, with a minimum benefit of 50% of the median weekly benefit in their state. (Source: NASFAA)

  • How do I rent a textbook?

    You can rent many of the textbooks you need for the semester, then return them at the end of the term. At any point, if you decide you want to buy the book or rent it longer, no worries - these options are available for most books. 

    To rent a textbook, search your course and section (if applicable), select the rental items available for your course, and add them to your shopping cart. During checkout you'll be prompted to provide rental collateral (e.g. a credit card) and sign the rental agreement. Completing the rental agreement signifies your commitment to return ing your rental book back by the check-in date. 

    For more information on texbook rental:

  • Will the bookstore be open to customers?

    The bookstore will be open to customers from 8:30 am-4:30 pm, Monday- Friday during the academic year.

    We strongly encourage students to order their course materials online before arriving on campus to avoid the large crowds and lines that occur during the first week of classes. Course materials, clothing, and gifts that are available at the store are also available on our website for home shipping or in-store pickup. Our bookstore aisles will be one-way to aid in social distancing, and laid out in A-Z author order rather than by course.

    We ask that students reach out with questions via email or calling us at 402-826-8688.

    Please view this PDF for more information about the Doane Campus Bookstore.

    Upcoming Bookstore Hours*

    • July 29-August 11: 10 am-2 pm Monday-Friday
    • August 12-14: 8 am-5 pm
    • August 15: 9 am- 4pm
    • August 16: 8 am-5 pm
    • August 17-21: 8:30 am-4:30 pm
    • August 22: 10 am-2 pm
    • Remainder of the Academic Year: 8:30 am-4:30 pm; Monday-Friday 

    *The bookstore will be open on days of Graduation, Homecoming and Home Athletic Events. Please stay tuned for more details. 

Faculty

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

    Doane University’s Instructional Design team has compiled a list of helpful tips and teaching resources that can be found here.

  • What role do faculty members play in contact tracing?

    If a student on the Crete campus tests positive for COVID-19, faculty who have that student in class will be notified that a positive case has occurred among a student in their class. Student Health Services will work closely with the local health department to conduct contact tracing to quickly identify potential significant exposures. For faculty teaching on the nonresidential campuses, students testing positive for COVID-19 should notify their faculty member, who will then notify the appropriate campus director. Confidentiality should be honored.

    If contact tracers reach out to you about your classroom, it is essential that you provide as much good information to them as possible, especially if some safety guidelines, such as enforcing classroom mask and physical distancing, were not followed. It is important to be truthful in this case, so we can actively track spread and notify necessary parties. This is also where having an assigned seating chart will play a helpful role in keeping our community safe.

  • 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.

Staff

  • Should I be wearing a mask or cloth face covering while on campus?

    Doane University has made the decision to modify our face masking policy based on current recommendations from the CDC to further help reduce the likelihood of spreading COVID-19.

    Doane University has adopted a universal face masking policy for all students, faculty, staff and visitors effective August 10, 2020. All campus community members will be required to wear a face covering when inside Doane campus buildings, and are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering in campus outdoor spaces whenever physical distancing from other individuals by six feet is not possible. Appropriate face coverings must completely cover the nose and mouth. Face coverings are meant to be worn in conjunction with appropriate physical distancing of six feet, discouragement of face touching and proper hand hygiene.

    Doane University recognizes however, that there are times when wearing a face covering is impractical or unsafe, and as such, exceptions to this policy exist when:

    • You are in your own private residence.
    • You are using the residence hall bathrooms and shower facilities.
    • You are in a room by yourself. Note- if another person enters the room, you should reapply your face covering. This does not apply to individuals (roommates, quad-mates) who reside in the same room while sharing that space.
    • During particular lab or classroom activities where wearing a face covering would represent a potential hazard, as indicated by the faculty or staff member who is operating that space.
    • You are actively engaging in physical exercise in the gym or recreation center or are participating in athletic team practice.
    • When eating, though physical distance should be maintained in the dining hall and other eating areas.
    • When in a private office with the door closed - though face coverings should be worn for individual appointments, and physical distancing should be observed.

    This policy does not apply to children ages 2 and under. For individuals with medical and neurological conditions that make it impossible to wear a face covering, exceptions can be made by contacting Diane Kaye at diane.kaye@doane.edu from Student Disability Services (students) or Human Resources (employees) at humanresources@doane.edu and providing documentation from a licensed medical provider.

  • 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.

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

    The Leadership Response Team and Health & Wellness working group 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 is the Risk Assessment Team?

    The Risk Assessment Team is responsible for providing insights into operations throughout the year and makes regular recommendations on operational posture based on environmental conditions, behavioral compliance, and health and wellness outcomes. Composed of representatives from Health and Wellness, Human Resources, Academic Affairs, Residence Life and Education, and Facilities, the group will regularly monitor the impact COVID-19 is having on the Doane community. The Health and Wellness Advisory Group will then make a recommendation of the risk dial status at the Crete, Lincoln, and Omaha campuses based on the following factors:

    • Number of positive COVID cases among students, faculty, and staff
    • Number of positive COVID cases in the county
    • Significant exposures to someone who has tested positive
    • Quarantine space available on campus (Crete)
    • Student, Faculty, and Staff concerns
    • Availability of PPE/sanitation supplies
    • COVID-19 behavioral compliance
    • Local ordinances or other government mandates including CDC recommendations

    Each Friday, the risk dial is updated for each campus location and a message is sent to students, faculty, and staff. While the COVID-19 dashboard is updated online each day, the risk dial is updated weekly. This follows similar practices from local county health departments. The Friday risk dial message provides an update on the current number of COVID cases within the campus community and the risk dial status at the respective campus location.

    The COVID-19 risk dial dashboard can be found here. FAQs about the risk dial can be found here.