Important COVID-19 Information

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Return to Campus - Fall 2020

Return to Campus - Fall 2020

The health, safety, and wellbeing of our students, faculty, and staff is Doane University’s highest priority. After much consideration, Doane’s leadership team has decided to reopen its campuses to students and faculty for the Fall Semester, with physical distancing and other measures in place to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19, while working to provide the highest quality educational environment possible for our students. This COVID-19 information page has been updated to reflect Doane’s plans for reopening its campuses, and its intended operations while COVID-19 remains a global issue.

Read the full announcement from May 21 by Doane University President Dr. Jacque Carter.

Click here to view information regarding Doane University's initial response to COVID-19


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, 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.

Plans for Fall Operations

  • What is Doane doing to prepare students and employees to return to campuses safely this fall?

    For Employees:

    Doane University is implementing a phased approach to returning employees to campus in advance of students returning for fall semester. This approach follows guidelines set forth by the CDC and complies with federal, state and local public health authority directives. Based on available health data, Doane administration will determine which phase of returning to work is appropriate at any given time. Department managers will have flexibility to determine work arrangements for their employees, coordinated by building. The phases of returning to work are as follows:

    Phase 1:

    Effective July 15, 2020, remote work continues for all employees who are able to fulfill their responsibilities without compromise to students, productivity and effectiveness. Departments should begin prioritizing positions that must work from office to fulfill responsibilities to students, while taking all precautions to protect the health of employees and students.

    Phase 2:

    Effective Aug. 3, 2020, remote work continues for those able to fulfill responsibilities without compromising quality. Departments should begin returning a limited number of positions that must work from office to fulfill responsibilities to students, while taking all precautions to protect the health of employees and students.

    Phase 3:

    Effective date TBD, most employees return to work on campus, with some exceptions for high-risk individuals. 

    In the process of planning which employees will return to campus, please consider the following options:

    • Requests for accommodations for “high-risk” employees, as defined above. If a manager receives a request for accommodations, contact HR to coordinate.
    • Any employee unable to wear a face covering for medical reasons should contact HR to coordinate arrangements.
    • Asking for volunteers who want to return to campus to work
    • Staggering staff to work alternating at home and in the office.
    • A portion of the staff continue to work remotely all of the time and others work in the office all of the time.
    • Altering work hours/staggering start and stop times.
    • Temporarily moving staff to another office location to ensure social distancing.
    • Temporary reconfiguration of office spaces.
    • Requests for alternate work schedules to help employees balance the demands of work/life.
  • What are the guidelines for individuals wearing a mask on campus?

    In accordance with current public health authority guidance, non-medical face masks or face coverings should be worn in circumstances when six-foot physical distancing from others cannot be maintained. This applies to all public campus spaces, inside and outside. Masks will be required in classrooms, athletic training facilities, the Student Health Center, and in university transportation. Dining services staff, athletic staff, and all other front-facing staff should wear a mask at all times while they are working in their assigned locations. Staff that cannot maintain a safe distance from others within their office spaces should also wear a mask or work from home when possible. Faculty/staff do not need to wear a mask when they are alone in their offices if they remove and store it properly.

  • 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 fall semester?

    The academic calendar for the Crete campus will be adjusted, Provost Dr. Paul Savory announced in a message to the Doane Community on June 16. The fall semester will begin on Monday, Aug. 17 on the Crete campus, as originally planned, with the following changes:

    • Classes will be in session on Monday, September 7 (Labor Day)
    • Classes will be in session on Friday, October 16, Monday, October 19, and Tuesday, October 20 (originally planned as Fall Break)
    • Final exams will be scheduled to occur from Sat, November 21 to Wed, November 25
    • The fall semester will end on Wednesday, November 25. This will be the final day of courses/examinations. There will be no classes on the Crete campus after Thanksgiving break in any modality
    • A complete, revised schedule can be found here.

    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 the postponed May 2020 Commencement ceremony be held this fall?

    Yes, Doane will hold a postponed Commencement ceremony on Sunday, September 20. The university plans to have two ceremonies -- one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The announcement of the postponed date can be found here. More information will be shared with graduates and the community this summer.

Current Students

  • What changes are being planned to promote the health and safety of new students during orientation?

    New Student Orientation will take place from August 13th to August 16th. Orientation events will occur both in person and virtually in an attempt to maintain the health of the Doane Community. Student orientation groups will be assigned based on the LAR class you select during Enrollment Days. Along with your Orientation Group you will have two Orientation Leaders who will guide you through the process and will be a great resource for you.

    Transfer Orientation will occur August 14th - August 15th and will provide students with their own unique experience as they navigate the process of joining the Doane Community.

  • When can students move-in?

    Move-in for residential students on the Crete campus will be staggered over several days according to the following schedule:

    • Wednesday, August 12th (Fall athletes including Cheer/Dance, Cross Country, Football, Golf, and Soccer)
    • Thursday, August 13th (First Year students)
    • Friday, August 14th (Transfer Students)
    • Sunday, August 16th (Returning Students)
  • What are move-in procedures for fall 2020?

    Move-in will take place at the George and Sally Haddix Recreation and Athletic Center. Students will be assigned a specific time on their move-in day and are asked to follow the following protocols:

    • Students may have two healthy adults accompany them to assist with Move-In. We ask siblings or friends not to be in attendance.
    • It is preferred that students complete the Move-In process in Haddix on their own to assist with keeping the process as safe as possible. Adults may assist with moving belongings into the student’s assigned residence hall.
    • Anyone entering Haddix should wear a mask.
    • We strongly encourage you to complete any required paperwork or processes with offices such as the Business Office, Financial Aid, and Student Health prior to arriving on campus.
  • When will I be assigned a move-in time?

    The Residence Life and Education team will send your move-in time to your Doane email later this summer.

  • 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 fall?

    This fall, academic courses on all of our 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 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.

  • 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). 

     

  • 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.

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 absolutely 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

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

    Doane University supports a universal mask policy that includes some necessary alternative arrangements for high-risk individuals. In accordance with current public-health authority guidance, non-surgical masks, or face-coverings which cover the nose and mouth, should be worn in circumstances where 6-foot physical distancing from others is impractical whenever people are in public campus spaces, indoor and out. Masks will be required in classrooms, athletic training facilities, the Student Health Center, and in university transportation. Dining services staff, athletic staff, Haddix Recreation Center staff, and all other front-facing staff should wear a mask at all times while they are working in their assigned locations. Staff that cannot maintain a safe distance from others within their office space should also wear a mask or work from home if possible. Faculty/staff within their own offices do not need to wear a mask when alone in their offices if they remove and store it properly.

Staff

  • What is being done by leadership at Doane?

    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 Marketing Director 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?

    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?

    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?

    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 important 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.
    1. 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?

    Doane University supports a universal mask policy that includes some necessary alternative arrangements for high-risk individuals. In accordance with current public-health authority guidance, non-surgical masks, or face-coverings which cover the nose and mouth, should be worn in circumstances where 6-foot physical distancing from others is impractical whenever people are in public campus spaces, indoor and out. Masks will be required in classrooms, athletic training facilities, the Student Health Center, and in university transportation. Dining services staff, athletic staff, Haddix Recreation Center staff, and all other front-facing staff should wear a mask at all times while they are working in their assigned locations.

    Staff that cannot maintain a safe distance from others within their office space should also wear a mask or work from home if possible. Faculty/staff within their own offices do not need to wear a mask when alone in their offices if they remove and store it properly.

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

    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.

  • 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 402-826-8573.

  • 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.