University Update Regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Precautions

Updated Information as of March 19, 2020

Students

At around 5 p.m. today, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf ordered the closure of all non-life-sustaining businesses by 8 p.m. today, March 19, 2020. The governor's order does not categorize colleges and universities as life-sustaining businesses, with the exception of staffing the needs of our student residents who remain in our residence halls who have no other housing option.

As a result, all University operations not related to the feeding and housing of the students remaining in our residences are supposed to cease all on-campus operations effective 8 p.m. tonight, March 19, 2020.

IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT ALL STUDENTS WHO ARE ABLE TO LEAVE CAMPUS DO SO IMMEDIATELY. We recognize that those families at a distance may need time to complete this move. Please note that Governor Wolf has indicated that enforcement of this order will begin at midnight on Saturday. Therefore, time is of the essence in moving out of the residences.

Only students with no other safe housing option should remain on campus as we wind down operations dramatically.

Please share or update your plans for departure as soon as possible with the Office of Student Life through the web forms.

IMPORTANT:

  • Because our faculty have planned well and transitioned to online delivery of courses, classes will continue
  • Library services will remain available online, as will other academic support provided remotely.
  • All academic and student services offices will be open, staffed remotely. Phone numbers and emails for those offices, available on our website, all have been forwarded so that service can continue.
  • Administrative offices will be open with staff working remotely.

Efforts will continue to ensure students intending to leave are able to do so, with full support of the University.

The state will take enforcement actions for non-compliance with this order starting at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, March 21. Those businesses found non-compliant "will forfeit their ability to receive any applicable disaster relief and/or may be subject to other appropriate administrative action . . . includ[ing] termination of state loan or grant funding, including Redevelopment Assistance Capital Project (RACP) grant funding and/or suspension or revocation of licensure for violation of the law."

The Governor's measures are intended to slow the spread of COVID-19 and therefore align with the measures Duquesne already has adopted.


Employees

At around 5 p.m. today, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf ordered the closure of all non-life-sustaining businesses by 8 p.m. today, March 19, 2020. The governor's order does not categorize colleges and universities as life-sustaining businesses, with the exception of staffing the needs of our student residents who remain in our residence halls and who have no other housing option.

As a result, all University operations not related to the feeding and housing of the students remaining in our residences are supposed to cease all on-campus operations effective 8 p.m. tonight, March 19, 2020. 

The state's enforcement will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, March 21. Employees who wish to retrieve items from their offices that are essential to their ability to work remotely must do so by noon tomorrow, March 20, 2020. Individuals will not be able to return to their offices for an indefinite period of time.

All administrative offices and academic offices must be prepared to move to remote work immediately. No employees are to come to campus offices other than those identified as proving for the needs of our student residents.

Efforts will continue as possible to ensure students intending to leave are able to do so, with full support of the University.

Vice presidents and deans will be in contact with directors, department heads and other supervisors regarding business continuity of their respective units. Remote working will continue per plans already established, for those whose work permits such arrangements.

Once you have removed your essential belongings, DO NOT RETURN TO YOUR CAMPUS OFFICE UNTIL NOTIFIED.

The state will take enforcement actions for non-compliance with this order starting at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, March 21. Those businesses found non-compliant "will forfeit their ability to receive any applicable disaster relief and/or may be subject to other appropriate administrative action . . . includ[ing] termination of state loan or grant funding, including Redevelopment Assistance Capital Project (RACP) grant funding and/or suspension or revocation of licensure for violation of the law."

The governor's measures are intended to slow the spread of COVID-19 and therefore align with the measures Duquesne already has adopted.

Previous Updates

Mar. 19 - Important Coronavirus Update

Mar. 15 - Important Update

Mar. 12 - Coronavirus Update, University transitioning to Online Instruction

Mar. 11 - Important Coronavirus Update from Duquesne President Ken Gormley

Mar. 8 - Coronavirus Update, Reminder about Policies and Prevention

Mar. 6 - Coronavirus Update, Reminder about Policies and Prevention

Mar. 3 - University Update Regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Mar. 1 - University Update Regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Feb. 28 - University Update Regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Precautions