This page was last updated 09/08/2020
Question: What type of screening is taking place on campus?
Answer: Utilizing guidelines from the Centers for Disease
Control and Protection, everyone who comes on campus is required to stop daily
at a designated screening area before entering any building. There are
temperature checks and questions that focus on any potential COVID-19 related
symptoms, one’s possible exposure to COVID-19 and recent travel. Signage
throughout campus directs people to the screening locations, which are: AJ
Palumbo Building, Frances Warde Hall and the fifth floor of University
Everyone who passes the screening will receive a color coded and dated sticker
for the day which must be worn in a visible place on one’s person.
Faculty, staff and students who come on campus will be screened once a day --
even if they leave campus and return on the same day. Students who live in
residence halls also will be screened only once a day - prior to leaving the
Question: What if someone doesn’t pass the screening?
Answer: Anyone who does not pass the screening will not be
permitted to remain on campus. Students will be directed to the Health
Services Office, and faculty and staff will be instructed to contact their
healthcare provider and communicate this information to Human Resources. Read specific instructions for resident
students, commuter students, employees and visitors, and faculty.
Question: Should people self-screen before coming to campus?
Answer: Yes. All individuals have a responsibility to prevent
the spread of COVID-19. One’s temperature should be less than 100.4 degrees
Fahrenheit, and one should be able to answer no to exhibiting the following
symptoms in the prior 14-day period: fever or chills; cough; shortness of
breath or difficulty breathing; fatigue; muscle or body aches; headache; new
loss of taste or smell; sore throat; congestion or runny nose; nausea or
vomiting; or diarrhea. A person should also be able to answer that he/she did
not have exposure to a person with a confirmed positive COVID-19 test.
Anyone who must enter campus during a time when a screening station is not
open is required to self-screen, check temperature and answer the questions
above. An additional resource is to use the CDC Coronavirus Self- checker.
Question: What type of protocol is in place for quarantine
Answer: Students, faculty and staff may be asked to
quarantine for 14 consecutive days if they are presenting with symptoms of
COVID-19, answered “yes” to any of the screening questions or have been
diagnosed with an infection. Additionally, classrooms or workspaces that have
been occupied by a compromised individual may be closed. There are designated
areas on campus for residence hall students to quarantine, and University
Health Services will support them with all appropriate follow-up.
Additionally, the University will assist all students who need to leave campus
due to illness.
Question: Is the University conducting COVID-19 testing on
Answer: Given the limited scope of campus health facilities,
the University will refer students, faculty and staff to local testing sites
or primary care physicians for referral.
Question: Is the University engaged in contact tracing?
Answer: Yes. Under CDC guidelines, the University is working
collaboratively with the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) on contact
tracing. In the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19 on campus, the affected
individuals should contact the Executive Director of Health and Counseling
Services and the Campus Nurse at 412-578-6474. ACHD will conduct the contact
Question: Can faculty and staff return to campus after they
recover from COVID-19?
Answer: Yes. They must obtain a return-to-work statement
signed by a physician or complete a Return to Work Self Certification Form
after self-isolating for 14 days. Employees should direct any questions to the
Human Resources Office.
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