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Student guidelines

Updated 08/26/2021

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A safe and complete return

We take your health and well-being seriously and pray for your continued safety and well-being. Thank you for your cooperation by following these guidelines.

Vaccination

COVID-19 vaccinations are still the safest and most effective way to prevent serious illness or death related to the virus and any variants. While Concordia is not mandating vaccinations, we highly encourage them. Please consider getting your vaccination.

Masks

Due to the rise of COVID-19 cases in our county and throughout the nation, and following current CDC guidelines, all employees, students, and guests, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear masks or face coverings in indoor settings beginning Monday, August 16.

The requirement will be reevaluated every week through the fall semester.

These guidelines are in place to care for one another and protect the health of our students and employees.

By requiring everyone to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status, we give our community more time to be fully vaccinated as we come together from all over the nation and internationally. Criteria for amending the masking guidelines include local transmission rates, local and state guidelines, rates of infection on campus, and vaccination rates of students and employees on campus.

Resident students will not be required to wear a mask within the student’s residence hall room. Presently, there are no plans for restrictions on the size of activities or group gatherings, including no physical distancing.

Daily symptoms tracker

All Concordians, regardless of vaccination status, are expected to complete a daily symptoms tracker which screens for COVID-19 symptoms and potential exposure/risk to someone diagnosed with COVID-19. The daily symptom tracker is to be completed before you leave your residence hall room/home, by 9:00 a.m. each day.

The daily symptoms tracker is found on your Medicat Patient Portal. Please access your portal via this link: https://cuw.medicatconnect.com/. This brings you to your welcome page on the patient portal.

We highly recommend that you opt in to enable text messaging reminders and provide us with your current cell phone number.

You will be able to show your daily “COVID-19 status” from a mobile device when entering campus, classrooms or any place on campus. Instructors will ask to see the green (or yellow; see below) dot when students enter a classroom or other teaching and learning space.

If at any time you experience trouble breathing/signs of respiratory distress, persistent chest pain/pressure, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, bluish lips or face/hypoxia please call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Department.

The first time you enter your patient portal, please click on FORMS. The first item asks you to opt in for text messaging. This enables us to send you a text message notification to complete the daily symptoms tracker with a quick link to your portal. We highly recommend that you opt in to enable text messaging and provide us with your current cell phone number.

Just below “Welcome to Our Patient Portal” you will see ***Please click here to complete your Daily Symptoms Tracking Form. Follow the directions.  This will open your Daily Symptoms Tracker and you will need to answer the following questions:

  1. In the last two weeks, did you care for or have close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19? Yes or No

    **For health professionals/health profession students: Please answer “no” if you have adhered to infection control precautions & procedures of the healthcare institution where you work/have clinicals, and have worn appropriate PPE as designated by that institution
  2. Have you been fully vaccinated against COVID-19? (CUWAA does not mandate the COVID vaccine. Disclosure is optional)

This information will be used to determine quarantine need, plan vaccination efforts, and develop protocols based on community vaccination rate information. CUWAA does not mandate the COVID vaccine, and responding to this question is optional.

  1. Do you have any of the following symptoms? Yes or No
  • Fever (>100F)/Chills
  • New cough
  • Shortness of breath/Difficulty breathing
  • New sore throat
  • Muscle aches/body aches (not due to exercise)
  • New loss of taste and smell
  • New onset diarrhea
  • Nausea or vomiting of unknown origin
  • New fatigue
  • New headache

Upon answering, you will click on “Submit”.

After submitting the symptoms tracker, the screen changes to display your “COVID-19 status” for the day:

  • Negative (green) means you are showing no symptoms of COVID-19 and have not been exposed to anyone diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • Positive (red) means you have indicated possible COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Documented/Risk of Exposure (orange) means you have indicated an exposure or possible exposure to someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days.

You will be able to show your daily “COVID-19 status” from a mobile device when entering campus, classrooms or any place on campus. Instructors will ask to see the green (or yellow; see below) dot when students enter a classroom or other teaching and learning space.

  1. Green or Yellow status is required for entry to any place/activity on campus. Yellow status may only be set by Student Health Center personnel and indicates that you have been exposed AND are fully vaccinated, therefore you do not need to quarantine.
  2. Red or Orange status means:
    1. If you are a CUW student, please stay at home or in your residence hall room and call the Student Health Center COVID line @ 262-243-2221 for further instructions.
    2. If you are a CUAA student, please stay at home or in your residence hall room and email CovidNurse@cuaa.edu (non student-athletes) or directly contact your team’s assigned athletic trainer (student-athletes) for further instructions.
    3. If you are an employee, please stay at home and contact your supervisor, HR and your primary care provider for further instructions.

For everyone: follow CDC and health care guidelines for preventing disease transmission and managing COVID-19 symptoms.

Class attendance

Concordia University will return to in-person instruction for the Fall 2021 semester. We are optimistic that we will all do our part for a safe return to in-person learning and a more “normal” college experience. 

Students enrolled in face-to-face class sections are expected to attend in-person. Attendance will be taken and recorded as usual on the CUWAA portal using our automatic attendance tool. 

Students who miss an in-person class due to illness (whether COVID-19 or another illness) must follow the course policy for notifying the instructor and making up any missed material or assignments.

Accommodations

Concordia University seeks to ensure an equal learning experience for all students. Students are expected to attend class as the class is delivered; however, students who encounter barriers to their learning due to a disability and/or medical condition must work through the Academic Resource Center (ARC) to establish accommodations.

All accommodation needs are assessed on an individual basis by the Academic Resource Center. Students must disclose to the ARC that they have a disability and/or medical condition. Faculty should not inquire about the medical reasons students are seeking accommodations.

Students displaying COVID19 symptoms, but who have not been diagnosed, who by policy should stay away from the classroom, may work with their faculty members to keep up with the class. If, however, the student’s absences/illness interfere significantly with the course, faculty are encouraged to refer the student to the ARC and work closely with the ARC to implement accommodations.

CUAA contact

Beth Strom (temporary director for fall 2021)
Academic Resource Center & Accessibility Services
734-995-7582
Elizabeth.Strom@cuaa.edu

Tori Negash, MSW, LLMSW, PhD (returning spring of 2022)
Director, Academic Resource Center & Accessibility Services

Dining

Our partners at Sodexo are planning a delicious dining experience for you on campus this fall. At this time, there are no COVID restrictions. Enjoy meals and snacks with all your friends again!

Residence halls

Residence Halls will be open at full capacity for the 2021-2022 academic year in accordance with CDC guidelines. The university is committed to providing an enriched co-curricular experience for all students.

Guests are currently allowed in the residence halls. Residents will be informed as policies are updated in accordance with CDC guidelines.

Quarantine and isolation

Students who test positive for COVID-19 should change their tracker status and isolate immediately. Isolation is the complete restriction of movement.
  1. CovidNurse@cuaa.edu should be contacted for further instructions.
  2. Students with an active case of COVID-19 are encouraged to go home.
    • If a residential student lives too far from campus, they may be assigned to a temporary room with an in-suite bathroom.
  3. They will isolate for 10 days and then be released if symptoms are gone.
  4. A student’s tracker will be set to Red during this time.
  5. A residential student who is on campus unable to go home will be provided instructions on how food will be provided to them.
Students who are a close contact with a known active case of Covid-19 and not fully vaccinated should change their tracker status and Quarantine.
  1. CovidNurse@cuaa.edu should be contacted for further instructions.
  2. A student’s tracker will be set to Orange during this time.
  3. Students who are quarantining should consider going home.
    • If unable to go home, they are directed to avoid all shared spaces on campus, including: classrooms, dining hall, Chapel, and library. They are allowed walks outside and may share a community bathroom.
  4. On day 8, the student may be tested.
    • If the test is negative, the dot returns to GREEN and student may proceed as always.
    • If the test is positive, the student will be instructed to go home or isolate. A residential student who is on campus unable to go home will be provided instructions on how food will be provided to them.
Students who are a close contact with a known active case of Covid-19 and fully vaccinated or have had a documented Covid-19 positive diagnosis within the last 90 days should change their tracker status and Quarantine.
  1. CovidNurse@cuaa.edu should be contacted for further instructions.
  2. After verification of vaccination status or past infection within the last 90 days, the student’s dot will be set to yellow. This YELLOW dot does not restrict movement on campus, however students with a yellow dot are asked to wear a mask regardless of the University policy.
  3. Within 3-5 days, the student may be tested.
    • If the test is negative, the dot returns to GREEN and student may proceed as always.
    • If the test is positive, the student will be instructed to go home or isolate.