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FAQs

Last Updated: 10/2/2020 3:50 p.m. (This document is evolving. Please check back for updates.)

Personal Safety

Where can I learn about Bradley's health and safety policies/practices?

In addition to this FAQ, our website, and on-going COVID-related communications, there is signage across campus highlighting our COVID-19 precautions.

Where can I get COVID-19 training?

We encourage you to take the COVID-19: What You Need to Know training module as many times as you need.

When should I wear a mask?

You (even if you have recovered from COVID-19) are required to wear a face covering on campus at all times, whether indoors or outside, unless your are in your residence hall room or priviate office. The only other exception is if you are eating/drinking outside and physically distanced from anyone who does not share your sleeping room.

Is it okay if I wear a face shield instead of a mask?

No. The CDC does not recommend the use of face shield for everyday activities or as a substitute for cloth face coverings.

Where can I purchase a face covering?

All students, faculty and staff were provided with one reusable face covering at the beginning of the fall semester, and face coverings are available for purchase at the Bradley Bookstore or you may purchase your own. Face converings must cover both your nose and mouth.Your face coverings must be kept in a clean condition. Alternate facial coverings required for special work assignments or labs will be handled on a case by case basis.

I am not able to wear a mask due to an underlying health condition. What should I do?

Appropriate accommodations will be made for you to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act for those who should not wear masks. If you ahve a health issue that prevents you from wearing a face-covering, you must requiest accommodation by emailing bradleyhealthservices@fsmail.bradley.edu>. Your request should provide appropriate medical documentation and/or reference to previously submitted documentation. All requests will be reviewed in coordination with Student Access Services.

What should I do if I see a student, faculty or staff member who is not following the COVID-19 safety expectations put forth by the University?

If you are comfortable doing so, politely ask the person to comply (e.g. Will you please pull your face covering up over your nose?). In the case of face coverings, they may have an ADA exemption, and they should be able to produce proof of that exemption. If someone has simply forgotten or misplaced their face covering, a building lead may be able to provide one for them. If not, they will have to retrieve one from their residence or car if they plan to remain in a public space on campus. If you are unsuccessful in resolving the situation, you are invited to complete a noncompliance form online.

Is hand sanitizer available around campus?

Yes. Hand sanitizer stations are prevalent around campus.

Do I need to tell the University if I plan to travel? And, if I do travel, will I have to quarantine upon my return?

Yes. You should disclose your travel using the Travel Disclosure Form. You should practice safe COVID-19 precautions regardless of whether you are in town or on travel, and you should be extremely diligent about safety precautions upon your return. Remember, every time you travel to/from Bradley to another residence, you are increasing the risk of contracting COVID-19 for yourself and others, so we ask that you limit travel to greatest extent possible.

On a related note, all University-related business travel is on hold unless the appropriate Dean or Vice President gives their approval.

Will I have to quarantine for 14 days if I return to campus after visitng another country?

Yes, you will be require to quarantine for 14 days before joining the general population.

What is Facilities Management doing to keep public spaces clean?

Areas ordinarily cleaned and maintained by Facilities Management will continue to be cleaned and maintained by those staff. We have increased cleaning and disinfecting high traffic areas (restrooms, lobbies, lounges) as well as high-touch surfaces in shared spaces (doorknobs, light switches, elevator buttons). Facilities Management continues to provide enhanced cleaning of public areas and will adjust its cleaning procedures according to changing CDC specifications and OSHA guidelines.

COVID-19 Testing and Tracking

Will I be able to receive a free COVID-19 test even if I am not part of the random selection process?

Bradley Health Services is conducting no-cost COVID-19 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) testing on approximately 250 students, faculty, and staff each week. We are testing a mix of individuals - some are selected at random, some are symptomatic, some are asymptomatic close contacts of those who have tested COVID-positive, and some are targeted based on potential on-campus or off-campus outbreaks.

Additionally, free testing is avaible at government-run testing sites in the Peoria community.

How will I be contacted if I have been chosen for COVID-19 testing? Where do I go? Do I need to make an appointment? How will I get my results?

You will receive an email in your Bradely account on a Sunday indicating you have been selected for COVID-19 testing that week. At that point, you must call Bradley Health Services (309-677-2700) to schedule a your COVID-19 test. Appointments will be available every 10 minutes. Call 309-677-2700 or learn more if you have questions about testing.

Will I be able to receive a COVID-19 test even if I am not part of the random selection process?

Bradley Health Services will prioritize testing for symptomatic individuals, asymptomatic close contacts of COIVD-positive individuals, and other target groups. With that said, you may request a COVID test at any time, but you may or may not recieve an appointment if you are asymptomatic and haven't been in close contact with a COVID-positive individual.

If Health Services is unable to fulfill your request, you may want to consider getting a free test at one of the government-run testing sites in the Peoria community.

Why do we have a Daily Symptom Tracker, and is participation required?

Bradley's Daily Symptom Tracker is designed to help you monitor the presence or absence of your own COVID-19 related symptoms. By participating in the survey, you will be helping Bradley Health Services understand the prevalence of specific symptoms within our campus community. Participation is not required, but it is recommended for all students, faculty and staff who are living on or visiting campus in person each day.

What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

Whether you receive a positive result from Bradley Health Services or another testing facility, you must adhere to our campus-specific isolation and quarantine guidelines.

Bradley Health Services is working very closely with Student Affairs to ensure a smooth transition for students who need to leave their residence to isolate or quarantine. If you need to relocate, you will receive personlized instruction regarding your housing, transportation, and meals. Typically, students can move immediately if their temporary housing is available and if they have transportation to get there. Otherwise, transportation is generally offered in the late afternoon or early evening. Regardless of when you move, it is important that you limit contact with others and work diligently to disinfect surfaces until it is time for your move.

How long will I have to quarantine if I am identified as a 'close contact' with a person who receives a COVID-positive test resulf?

You will be required to quarantine for 14 days from the last day you were in contact with a confirmed COVID-positive individual. This is true even if you receive a COVID-negative test result while you are in quarantine.

Would I be considered a 'close contact' merely because I live on the same residence hall floor as someone who tests COVID-positive?

No. A close contact is someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated..

Could my entire residence hall floor or off-campus house be quarantined?

It is unlikely but possible your whole residence hall floor could be quarantined. This might happen at the discretion of the Medical Director and the VP Student Affairs if an unusually high number of individuals from a given floor test positive for COVID-19. Similarly, an entire Greek house may be required to quarantine depending on the number of COVID-positive students and/or based on the floorplan of the house (i.e. how easy/difficult it would be for students to practice proper safety precautions).

How will I know if someone test positive for COVID-19 on campus? How will I know if there is a COVID-positive case in my residence hall or apartment building?

If you are identified as a "close contact" by a COVID-positive individual, you will receive a phone call, text message, and/or email from Bradley Health Services. They will ask you relevant contact tracing questions, and you will be required to quarantine for 14 days from your last exposure to the COVID-positive individual.

Furthermore, if the COVID-positive individual is a student, and they have been attending classes in person, we will notify the instructors and students who may have been in the same classroom with that person. If the COVID-positive individual is an instructor, their supervisor will be notified.

You may visit the Bradley University COVID-19 Dashboard at any time to learn about daily, weekly, and cumulative COVID data, however we will not share details about COVID-positive individuals to protect their privacy.

How will I get meals if I have to isolate or quarantine?

If you are isolating or quarantining in one of our residence halls or another University-designated quarantine location and have a campus meal plan, your meals will be provided. If you are in isolation, your meal will be delivered to your room, and if you are in quarantine in a residence hall, your meal will be delivered to your floor. We will deliver two cold meals and one hot meal each day, and they will be deducted from your meal plan. Specifically...

  • All Access Meals Plan will be charged for 14 meals each week.
  • 14 Meal Plan will be charged for 14 meals each week.
  • 9 Meal Plan will be charged for 9 meals + $30 dining dollars each week.
  • 120 Block Plan will be charged for 14 meals each week. If no meals remain, dining dollars will be charged at $6 per meal.

Can I do my laundry if I am quarantined in my residence hall room?

This varies based on laundry facilities in each residence hall. You may be able to do laundry during special quarantine-only hours, or you may have to wait until the end of your quarantine.

Housing

If I choose to learn 100% online, may I still live on campus?

No, if you are 100% online learning, you may not live in a residence hall. However, you may live in a St. James apartment or any other near-campus property not run by the University.

What if I decide to switch to 100% online learning and move out of campus housing part-way through the semester?

Should you chose to move to 100% online learning, you must submit a request to vpsa@bradley.edu to switch to complete virtual learning.

NOTE: Once accepted for remote learning, you will not be able to reside in the residence halls. Upon approval for remote learning, you will automatically be released from your housing contract. Your housing will be prorated based on your departure date, and your meals will be based on usage.

All other housing operations, including Main Street Commons, individual rental properties, fraternities and sororities are operated by outside agencies. All questions regarding the operations of these properties should be directed to the appropriate landlord.

What should I have on-hand to be as prepared as possible for living on campus during COVID-19?

It's a good idea to have the following on hand:

  • a personal thermometer
  • disinfectant to clean surfaces in your room / living spaces
  • a few cloth face coverings
  • a bag with supplies for two weeks (comfortable clothes, extra cell phone charger, important phone numbers, medications, tissues, toiletries, a fun game/distraction, etc.)
  • your school supplies (laptop, charger, books, notebooks, pens/pencils, etc.)

My roommate is acting in ways that I think are unsafe and putting me at risk. What should I do?

If you are comfortable doing so, talk with your roommate about how you are feeling, and ask them to modify their behavior. If you are unsuccessful in resolving the situation, we recommend that you speak with your RA (if you live in a residience hall), and if it cannot be resolved through your RA, you are invited to complete a noncompliance form online.

May I have a guest in my residence hall? What about in my room or apartment?

Students may socialize one-on-one in residence hall rooms, apartments or houses with students other than their roommates while masked and physically distanced. Click here to view a table with more specific details.

Where can I find cleaning supplies on campus?

Cleaning supplies like disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer are available in common spaces on campus, but you are expected to provide your own cleaning supplies for your residence hall room or apartment.

What happens if Bradley moves to 100% online learning part-way through the semester?

In the unfortunate case where we would have to move to a primarily online learning model for the remainder of the semester, we would first ask all students to quarantine in place for two weeks, and then students would be asked to leave campus and return to their permanent residences to complete the semester virtually. Some exceptions would be made on a case-by-case basis (e.g. international students, students with time-critical student teaching, clinical or lab requirements, etc.). In this instance, housing and meal plans would be prorated accordingly.

Misc

Are Bradley's dining halls open? Where else can I get food on campus?

Your personal dining options are based on your COVID-19 status.

  • If you are a student in isolation, your meals will be delivered by dining services.
  • If you are a student in quarantine, your meals will either be delivered to you or a specific location will be designated for take-out / grab-and-go meals.
  • If you are a student in the general population, you may dine-in by yourself or with one other friend in the following locations:
    • Geisert Dining Hall
    • Center Court
    • Michel Student Center
    • BECC and Jerry’s
    • Williams Dining Hall will remain carry out only

Hours of operation, capacity limits, usage limits, and cleaning instructions will be posted in each of these areas. It is your responsibility to adhere to all posted expectations and instructions.

Are there student activities on the Quad at this time?

There are a limited number of campus-organized, student activities being hosted on the Quad.

If I choose to learn 100% online, may I still particiapte in campus activities?

There are a limited number of campus-organized, student activities being hosted on the Quad.

Additionally, there are a number of virtual activities taking place this semester, and you are welcome to participate in all of these as well.

Is the Markin Center open?

The Markin Center is open in a limited capacity. Review the Fall 2020 Markin Center Policies and Procedures carefully before visiting.

May I use the library?

The Cullom-Davis Library is open only to Bradley University students, faculty and staff until further notice. You should schedule your library seat reservation in advance; click here to learn how. You may also use your personal device to make a reservation when you arrive (assuming there are available seats), and you will need your Bradley ID to enter the building. To view a comprehensive list of changes in the Library due to COVID-19, please view this email message.

Will MVC continue sporting events this fall?

The health and safety of student-athletes and their campus communities continue to be the number one priority as the NCAA and its member institutions make decisions regarding the ability for teams to practice and compete during the 2020-21 school year. Consistent with decisions that were made by most NCAA Division I conferences across the country and based on recommendations from the MVC COVID-19 Working Group, the Missouri Valley Conference postponed league-wide competition for its fall championship sports this summer.

With the NCAA decision to host fall sports championships during the spring of 2021, the Missouri Valley Conference is preparing for the traditional fall sports to transition to a spring sports season in the 2020-21 school year. At Bradley, the sports of men’s soccer and women’s volleyball are planning to compete during the spring semester and are working to develop their schedules. Because most cross country runners also compete in indoor and outdoor track during the winter and spring, the cross country season has been cancelled and will not be made up in the spring. The sports of men’s golf, women’s golf and women’s tennis typically compete during both the fall and spring semesters. The fall competitions for those three sports will not be made up, but they are preparing to compete during the spring semester. The sports of baseball, softball and track also are planning to compete during their traditional spring seasons.

In the sports of men’s basketball and women’s basketball, the NCAA has postponed the first day of competition from November 10 to November 25 and the Missouri Valley Conference has announced its regular-season conference schedule. Both the Bradley men’s and women’s basketball teams will play 18 regular-season MVC games, both beginning December 31. Due to the recent change in the season start date and the reduction of the number of permissible games, Bradley is currently working to finalize its non-conference schedules for both teams with those games to be played between November 25 and December 31.

Visit BradleyBraves.com for more information about Bradley Athletics, including the most up-to-date schedules for each of the school's 15 NCAA Division I teams.

Are club sports teams competing/traveling?

We are following the All Sports Policy" in the Restore Illinois Plan. The university has suspended all nonessential travel.

May I volunteer this semester, and what volunteer opportunities are available?

Yes, there are a number of ways you can make a difference and support local, national, and global communities in the face of COVID-19.

For more information regarding volunteer opportunities and COVID-19 volunteerism guidelines, please visit the Braves Volunteer COVID-19 page.


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