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

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, 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 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:

    In order to promote a safe and healthy learning and working environment, all employees are required to complete the following courses before returning to work on campus or by no later than August 15, 2020 if you are currently working on campus.

    • Your Campus and COVID-19: The Road Back
      • All Faculty and Staff - estimated time to complete: 25 minutes - Instructions
    • Tigers Together: Returning to Campus
      • All Faculty and Staff. (This training will be offered to Faculty during a faculty mini-session on Thursday, August 13 from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM via Zoom. Those not attending the mini-session should review the slides on their own prior to returning to campus or by August 15.)

    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 alternate work schedules to help employees balance the demands of work/life.
    • Temporary reconfiguration of office spaces.
    • Temporarily moving staff to another office location to ensure social distancing.
    • Altering work hours/staggering start and stop times.
    • A portion of the staff continue to work remotely all of the time and others work in the office all of the time.
    • Staggering staff to work alternating at home and in the office.
    • Asking for volunteers who want to return to campus to work
    • Any employee unable to wear a face covering for medical reasons should contact HR to coordinate arrangements.
    • Requests for accommodations for “high-risk” employees, as defined above. If a manager receives a request for accommodations, contact HR to coordinate.
  • 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, Football, Golf (Mens), and Soccer, Volleyball. Forensics students will move-iin on thiis day as well.)
    • 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.

  • Will athletic teams be able to practice and compete?

    Athletic teams will be able to practice and compete per guidelines from local health authorities, the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC), and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. The GPAC has declared that the league will begin sports on our regular schedule and that is our plan at this time. (updated 7/30)

  • Will I have to wear a mask on campus?

    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.

  • 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 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 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.
    1. 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 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). 

     

  • 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.

    Pleaase 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. 

  • 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:

Faculty

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

  • Are there any new policies faculty need to be aware of for the Fall 2020?

    Yes. Two policies are being added to the online syllabus addendum which is included in all Doane course syllabi. These are new for the Fall 2020 semester. 

    • Face Covereings Policy: Face coverings, which cover the nose and mouth, must be work in the clasrooms at all times. Tupes of face coverings include reusable masks, disposable masks, and face shields Reusable masks should be laundered or sanitized daily. Face shields should also be sanitized daily. Disposable masks should be stored in a brown paper bag when not being worn and safely discarded after one day of use. Exceptions to the policy require approval by Doane's Office of Disability Services. Students now in compliance with this requirement will be subject to Doane's Student Conduct Code. Additional information about the Code can be accessed via this link
    • Instructor Recordings of Class Sessions Policy: The instructor may record portions of this class for educational purposes. The recordings will be shared only with students enrolled in the course and will be deleted at the onclusion of the course. Students may not reproduce, post, or distribute any recordings provided by the instructor. 
  • What technology changes can we expect in the classroom?

    A group has been working on acquiring microphones and other audio technology for use in classrooms. The plan is to have faculty use individual devices that can be carried to classrooms. A few audio options have been ordered for testing this week. After the testing, Deans will send a request form to faculty with descriptions of the technology and scenarios. Faculty will be asked to select the device that fits their instructional needs. IT will then order the devices and training will be offered. Technology beyond audio devices should be addressed with your Dean.

  • If a student forgets to bring a mask to wear in the classroom or refuses to wear one, what should the faculty member do?

    Each student will receive two washable, cloth face coverings from Doane. Students and faculty members must wear a face covering while in the classroom to limit potential spread to and from the student population.

    If a student forgets to bring a mask with them to class, they should be asked to either return to their residence hall or vehicle to retrieve one. If this is not a feasible option, some disposable masks will be available to students to hand out.

    If a student refuses to wear a mask in class, the faculty member can ask the student to leave. If they refuse to leave, the faculty member can use their own judgement and potentially dismiss the entire class and report the incident to judicial affairs (Crete campus) or to the campus director for follow-up.

  • 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?

    Institutional Travel Policy:

    Please note: As conditions with the pandemic change these guidelines will be adjusted in accordance with recommendations from the CDC, local health and government officials.

    While some institutional travel will be necessary for continued operations, travel should be limited to essential travel only. Nonessential Travel for Doane is suspended. Virtual options should be prioritized over in-person options.

    The approval process of travel deemed essential can be found here.

  • 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).
  • 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 this impact travel?

    Institutional Travel Policy:

    Please note: As conditions with the pandemic change these guidelines will be adjusted in accordance with recommendations from the CDC, local health and government officials.

    While some institutional travel will be necessary for continued operations, travel should be limited to essential travel only. Nonessential Travel for Doane is suspended. Virtual options should be prioritized over in-person options.

    The approval process of travel deemed essential can be found here.

  • 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.