Important COVID-19 Information

For all University updates and resources regarding COVID-19, please visit www.doane.edu/covid-19
Fall 2021 COVID-19 Operations

Fall 2021 COVID-19 Operations

Community Updates

See the latest updates from the Doane Community regarding COVID-19

  • Why is the university requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for students?

    The decision to require COVID-19 vaccinations for students of Doane University was made to help keep our community safe and provide students with the experience we promise. We’re joining nearly 600 other higher educational institutions in making this call, including two other Nebraska universities.

    Throughout summer 2021, we have been monitoring CDC guidelines, state and local infection rates, and vaccination rates, all of which have factored in making this decision. The experiences Doane is known for — our close relationships with students and faculty, our campus events, our athletic and performing arts programs — are far less likely to be interrupted due to quarantines if a majority of our campus populations are fully vaccinated.

    Students can request an immunization exemption or extension with additional responsibilities for COVID-19 testing and reporting.

     

  • How do I let the university know that I have been vaccinated?

    Students on the Crete campus can submit a photo of their vaccination card to the Student Health Portal.

    1. Login with your Doane username and password
    2. Use the document upload tab and select immunization
    3. Attach the photo of your immunization card and click submit

    Students attending classes on any non-Crete campus, a photo of their vaccination card can be submitted through the Self Service portal on WebAdvisor.

    1. Go to Self Service and log in with your Doane username and password
    2. Press the button labeled "Manage" on the far right of the 21-22 COVID-19 Vaccination Card document
    3. In the resulting popup, press "Choose File", select the photo or PDF of your vaccination card on your computer and then press "Upload"
    4. After upload, press "Close" on the bottom of the popup. Your vaccination card has been received!

     

  • How do I file for exemption from the vaccination requirement?

    Students have the option to seek an exemption from the vaccination requirement due to medical or religious reasons. Requests will be reviewed by the university’s offices of student health and student experience.

    Students who do request an exemption or extension will be required to receive routine COVID-19 testing, and participate in a 10-day quarantine per CDC guidelines if a test returns positive.

    Exemption Request Form for Non-Crete Students

  • What if I need an extension to get the vaccine?

    Students can request an extension due to:

    • Inability to access the vaccine.
    • A temporary medical circumstance that requires a delay in vaccination.
    • A desire to defer the COVID-19 vaccination until the FDA issues full approval, rather than emergency use authorization.
    • Testing positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days (documentation of the positive test will be required).Submitting an extension request does not exempt a student from the vaccine requirement. Individuals will have four weeks from the end of the circumstance that prompted the extension request to complete their vaccination requirement. For any student that has tested positive, vaccination or exemption/extension is still required 90 days after receiving their positive test. 

    Extension Request Form for Crete Students

    Extension Request Form for Non-Crete Students

     

     

  • Why does this policy apply to all campuses?

    It is important to us to protect the health and safety of all our students and employees. Whether a student is living on our Crete campus or attending classes after work on any Doane campus, this requirement helps protect them as well as others in our community.

     

  • Why aren’t employees required to receive the vaccine?

    Our employees are role models for our students. As of June 2021, 82% of our employees had reported completing their COVID-19 vaccine and this number has only risen throughout the summer.

     

  • What vaccines are acceptable to meet the requirement?

    Acceptable vaccines for coronavirus include those approved for emergency use by the FDA (Moderna, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson), and any COVID-19 vaccine approved by the World

    Health Organization for international students. For students who have only received the first of a two-part vaccine (Pfizer and Moderna), the second dose must be received by or before Sept. 9, 2021.

     

  • What policies will apply differently to unvaccinated students versus vaccinated students?

    If a vaccinated student is exposed to a positive case of COVID-19 and remains asymptomatic, they will not have to quarantine. If an unvaccinated student is exposed to a positive case of COVID-19, they will have to quarantine regardless of whether they demonstrate symptoms.

    Faculty will not need to prepare simultaneous lesson plans for in-person and remote learning students (unless this is already a part of their course curriculum). Students who miss class for quarantine and isolation will need to work individually with their professors and instructors to determine how to keep up with coursework.

     

  • Will Doane University offer COVID-19 vaccination clinics on campus?

    Vaccination clinics on the Crete campus will be available to any Doane student.

     

  • Will students taking fully-online classes be required to get the COVID-19 vaccination?

    No.

  • Will COVID-19 testing be required prior to arrival?

    We require that any student on any campus receive a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to arriving if they:

    • Will not be vaccinated due to an exemption or extension
    • Will not receive their first dose of a two-part COVID-19 vaccine by their arrival on any campus

    It is the responsibility of the student to cover testing prior to arriving on campus at their own expense.

     

  • How do I submit COVID-19 test results?

    Students on the Crete campus can submit documentation of their COVID-19 test to the Student Health Portal.

    1. Login with your Doane username and password
    2. Students on the Crete campus can submit documentation of their COVID-19 test to the Student Health Portal.
    3. Use the document upload tab and select immunization
    4. Attach the photo of your immunization card and click submit

    Students attending classes on any non-Crete campus, documentation of their COVID-19 test can be submitted through the Self Service portal on WebAdvisor.

    1. Go to Self Service and log in with your Doane username and password
    2. Press the button labeled "Manage" on the far right of the 21-22 COVID-19 Vaccination Card document
    3. In the resulting popup, press "Choose File", select the photo or PDF of your vaccination card on your computer and then press "Upload"
    4. After upload, press "Close" on the bottom of the popup. Your vaccination card has been received!

     

  • Will COVID-19 testing be required throughout the academic year?

    Unvaccinated Crete students will also be required to participate in random testing throughout the academic year. An antibody test will not be allowed.

    If a test returns positive at any point during the academic year, we require students to take appropriate measures as determined by the CDC. Students should upload any test results to either the Student Health Portal (Crete) or WebAdvisor and, if the test is positive, remain in isolation for a total of 10 days before coming to campus.

     

  • Will masks be required?

    The CDC states that “fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.” Masks are strongly recommended, but not required, for students and employees who are not vaccinated.

    While masks are no longer required for those who are vaccinated, many will choose to continue wearing a mask for their own personal comfort, and the community is expected to support their choices.

     

  • Where can I learn more about COVID-19 vaccines?

    To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines available in the U.S., visit cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/your-vaccination. At this webpage, you will be able to learn about why the currently available vaccines are safe and effective, how to get a vaccination, what vaccines have been approved for emergency use by the FDA, and how you can prepare for your vaccination.

     

  • Who can I contact at Doane for more information?

    Emails can be directed to university.comm@doane.edu.

     

  • What COVID-19 tests are acceptable?

    Self-testing with over-the-counter COVID testing kits is not accepted, nor are antibody tests. Testing must be done through a medical provider or clinic.