This page was last updated 08/10/2020


Question: What type of activities will be in place for people who come to campus?

Answer: Utilizing guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Protection, students, faculty and staff will be required to stop daily at clearly marked, designated screening areas throughout campus prior to entering any building. 


Question: What type of screening will take place?

Answer: There will be temperature checks and screenings with questions that focus on any potential COVID-19 related symptoms, one’s possible exposure to COVID-19 and recent travel. Signage throughout campus will direct people to the screenings locations, which are: AJ Palumbo Building, Frances Warde Hall and the fifth floor of University Commons.


Question: What type of protocol is in place for quarantine and isolation?

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.


Question: Is the University conducting COVID-19 testing on campus?

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 tracing. 


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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