Queens’ blueprint for a safe and successful reopening of campus
Welcome to the Royal Return webpage, where you will find Queens University of Charlotte’s blueprint, in partnership with Novant Health, for returning safely to campus for a successful Spring 2021 semester. While we are excited for our community to reunite in person, we are also dedicated to making adjustments to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff amid the COVID-19 threat.
Our partnership with Novant Health and its network of more than 1,500 physicians, 580 locations and 15 medical centers solidifies that commitment by providing helpful resources to the Queens community during this unprecedented time.
As we adapt to a new version of campus life, we must look to our motto “not to be served, but to serve.” We expect and trust our campus family will put others before themselves, honor these new procedures and take the necessary precautions to keep everyone safe and healthy. It is imperative that we hold ourselves accountable so that we will be able to remain on campus together.
Please see the links above for information on specific areas of the plan and check this page frequently for updates and announcements throughout the academic year. We all have an important role to play in our Royal Return. By pulling together, we can be together.
top 9 things to know about returning to campus
- Community covenant: We are in this together. To demonstrate our commitment to keep ourselves and each other healthy, all students and employees will sign a community covenant. This is a promise to adhere to expectations prior to arrival, while on campus, and ongoing COVID-19 mitigation strategies. It will ask for everyone's commitment to universal use of face masks, daily symptom checks, health trainings, testing upon arrival or return to campus; and to participate in ongoing COVID-19 mitigation measures like survey testing and contact tracing. We are better and stronger if we all actively participate in the safety measures outlined in this plan. Sign the community covenant now.
- Universal use of face masks: Everyone on campus should properly wear a face mask while on campus, including outside of buildings and inside buildings unless in private residence hall rooms and offices. Masks should be properly worn in your room or office when someone else is present.
- Testing: Students and employees will need to be tested for COVID-19 before the start of the spring semester. We will schedule specific days for testing to be conducted on campus. Details will be provided. Once on campus, there will be weekly survey testing based on stratified random samples of students, faculty, and staff to monitor for the presence of COVID-19 on campus and to reduce the possibility of an outbreak.
- Daily online symptom check: All students and campus employees will be required to complete a daily online symptom and temperature check prior to arriving on campus or leaving their dorm room each day. A testing, tracing, isolation, and quarantine policy will also be in place to protect our campus community.
- Classroom adaptations: Our commitment to academic excellence has not changed, and we have developed course selections with flexibility in mind – in-person or hybrid when occupancy and physical distancing guidelines can be achieved, or online if they cannot. All academic support services will be available, both online and in-person where physical distancing protocols can be maintained. Classrooms, labs, and lecture halls will be marked with reduced capacities and seating will be adjusted accordingly.
- Common area protocols: All campus areas, including residence halls, dining, facilities, and classrooms will be operating under reduced density and physical distancing guidelines, and in addition to cleanings by campus services, we will provide sanitizing wipes for individuals to clean their desks/tables before and after use. Properly worn masks are required in all indoor and outdoor common areas.
- SlowCOVIDNC: You can help slow the spread of COVID-19 by downloading the SlowCOVIDNC Exposure Notification app. Once you enable your Bluetooth and Exposure Notification settings, SlowCOVIDNC will notify you if you have been in close contact with someone who has shared a positive COVID-19 test result in the app. Use of the SlowCOVIDNC app is essential to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect our community.
- Pre-arrival shelter-in-place: Queens asks that all students returning for in-person learning (both on-campus and commuter students) begin return-to-campus preparations two weeks ahead of their planned arrival to Queens. During that 14-day period, students should shelter-in-place: stay in a single location, check and report symptoms daily using the daily symptom checker, and separate from others. We understand students will interact with household members who are going to work, school and other errands, but they should maintain physical distance and wear a face covering whenever possible.
- Flu vaccination: Queens Re-Opening Task Force strongly advises every student and employee to get a current flu shot before coming to campus. According to the CDC: “It’s likely that flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both spread this fall and winter. Healthcare systems could be overwhelmed treating both patients with flu and patients with COVID-19. This means getting a flu vaccine during 2020-2021 is more important than ever.” In addition, flu vaccines reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death and a flu vaccine can also save healthcare resources for the care of COVID-19 patients.
covid-19 response team
To prepare to return to and stay on campus successfully, Queens has formed a COVID-19 Response Team of seven campus leaders. This group’s primary responsibilities are to implement all recommendations from Queens’ Re-Opening Task Force and:
- Interface with Novant for contracted services, consulting, and questions
- Coordinate ongoing activities like isolation, quarantine, testing and trainings
- Act as a standing resource to address questions resulting from re-opening efforts
- Ensure appropriate review and response to Novant’s daily symptom checker
- Coordinate training and roll-out of multiple response teams for contact tracing
- Maintain appropriate levels of PPE and other necessary materials associated with safely re-opening campus
- Ensure continued communications to reinforce desired behaviors
You can reach this group by emailing email@example.com.
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