NCCU Eagle Alert: Spring 2021 COVID-19 Notification

Posted January 13, 2021, 1:22PM

January 12, 2021

NCCU Community:

We are sending you this Eagle Alert Emergency Notification as a requirement of the U.S. Department of Education Clery Act, which guides what health and safety information universities share with their campus.  As you return to campus, we want to remind you that COVID-19 is still present in Durham and the greater Triangle region and we must all take steps to slow the spread of the disease.  The intent of this message is to share information about NC Central University COVID-19 resources and protocols for the Spring semester.  The full guidance documents, including the Spring 2021 Move-In and Testing Plan, are available through the NCCU Coronavirus website.

Community Standards

As the University continues to closely monitor the local, national and worldwide incidence of COVID-19, the coronavirus and the illness it causes, students, faculty, and staff are asked to review and adhere to all workplace policies, guidance and planning protocols.

The University’s priorities in setting these workplace procedures are to:

  • Maintain the safety and health of our students, faculty and staff;
  • Sustain, to the extent possible, student services, academic programs and operational continuity; and,
  • Encourage an environment of fairness, open communications and flexibility to help ensure the well-being of the entire North Carolina Central University community.

As a reminder, all persons on campus will be expected to comply with certain standards, as outlined in Protecting the Nest, including the three W’s

  • Wear a cloth covering over your nose and mouth
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer
  • Wait 6 feet apart

Communication

The University is maintaining a COVID-19 Dashboard that is updated weekly indicating the number of identified COVID-19 cases on campus.  The dashboard will help inform our decision making related to campus operations, in consultation with the UNC System Office and local public health officials.

As a reminder, the University will not communicate broadly about individual positive cases, consistent with the State Human Resources Act and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, as well as other privacy considerations. Individuals who meet the CDC definition of a close contact of a person who tests positive for COVID-19 or has other potential exposure risk will be notified through the University’s contact tracing procedures, making broad communications unnecessary.  The University will determine the release of non-identifying communications about positive results based on approved guidelines.

Health and Wellness

Before leaving home for work or study each day, all persons should check themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 and complete the applicable COVID-19 survey.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is being provided to all students.  If needed, additional or replacement masks can be obtained via Student Health Services.  For faculty and staff, PPE can be requested by supervisors through the Environmental Health and Safety PPE Order Form.

If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they should immediately contact their healthcare provider and Student Health so contact tracing can be initiated.  If the student resides on-campus, they will be moved to isolation housing and provided with care and support.

If an employee tests positive, they must immediately notify the University using the COVID-19 line at 919-530-3219 and seek medical advice from their healthcare provider.  Employees who are asked to quarantine or isolate will be provided guidance based on CDC symptom-based return to work practices.

The NCCU Coronavirus website and COVID-19 Dashboard will be updated regularly; we encourage community members to reference these resources frequently. 

For additional information about COVID-19, please see the CDC COVID-19 website or the NCDHHS COVID-19 site.

For questions and additional information, please contact NCCU Environmental Health and Safety at EHS@nccu.edu.

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