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Frequently Asked Questions for All-Student Quarantine Sept. 8 - Sept. 23

GENERAL

What is the status of experiential learning activities during this all-student, two-week quarantine?

Bradley is halting all clinicals, internships, student teaching and other experiential learning activities for these two weeks. Exceptions will be made for students who are graduating in December or May and their activities will impact their ability to graduate.

How is Bradley’s all-student, two-week quarantine considered a quarantine when students are still allowed to move about campus?

Essential activity is still permitted, e.g., getting food to-go and going outside to exercise. Bradley’s biggest goal throughout this all-student, two-week quarantine is to limit in-person social interactions, as that has been the greatest cause of the spread of the virus to date.

How do rules vary for those who test positive for COVID-19 during the all-student quarantine versus students who haven’t tested positive?

Those who are positive and in isolation have more stringent rules and are not to leave their space. There is no difference for those in isolation during the all-student quarantine compared to when Bradley is not in an all-student quarantine. Some may be isolating in place if their residential setting allows for it, while others will be in the Bradley isolation spaces. Isolation and precautions may be discontinued 10 days after symptom onset as long as the patient has no fever for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medications, and with improvement of other symptoms. A limited number of people with severe illness may continue symptoms beyond 10 days that may warrant extending duration of isolation for up to 20 days after symptom onset. For those who never develop symptoms, isolation and other precautions can be discontinued 10 days after the date of their first positive test.

Are students who were already partaking in a two-week quarantine before the all-student, two-week quarantine began now subject to the same rules as the rest of campus?

Yes. Also, all students who have left campus (even prior to the all-student quarantine) should remain away from campus until Sept 23.

If a student has already tested positive for COVID-19, do they still need to quarantine?

Yes. This all-student, two-week quarantine is in effect for ALL students who live on campus or in the nearby off-campus area regardless of previous testing. We know this may seem extreme, and it is certainly not what we had hoped for when we started the semester. This is only temporary, and we have faith our students will do everything possible to make it work. It is our best chance at mitigating the virus’ spread and remaining on campus for the rest of the semester.

Do remote or commuter students have to follow all of the guidelines during the all-student, two-week quarantine?

Remote students who have not interacted with campus during the past two weeks do not have to follow the all-student, two-week quarantine guidelines. Commuter students who have interacted with campus should quarantine at their home during the all-student, two-week quarantine.  

Should shared ventilation systems be of concern in regard to spreading the virus?

Bradley’s commercial-grade air handling systems are equipped with air filters. There is no evidence of droplets being able to travel the required distance within a building's ductwork to be captured within a filter and spread. Facilities Management continues to evaluate the functionality of each building's HVAC system, and when feasible, increases the volume of outside air intake. By increasing the volume of the outside air intake, the use of previously conditioned existing air within a building is minimized, addressing the question at hand.

Despite the request from the university for students not to go home or travel during the all-student, two-week quarantine, some are. Will there be an additional two-week quarantine required for those students when they return to campus?

If a student has gone home or is traveling, Bradley asks them to quarantine where they are and let the people they’re staying with know they are participating in a mandatory all-student, two-week quarantine. As for re-entry to campus, Bradley is working through plans for re-entry testing and other quarantine possibilities for when students return. 

What does “enforcement” of the quarantine rules really mean?

The discipline will depend on the severity of the non-compliance. Disciplinary actions may be up to and including total suspension and/or expulsion from campus.

How many students have currently opted to take their classes 100% remotely for the semester? How does this compare to the rest of the student population?

Nearly 800 (nearly 15%) of our 5,400 students have chosen to study 100% remotely.

Because of COVID-19, is Bradley facing a possible financial shut down due to economic losses?

No, the university is not facing a shutdown due to financial issues.

DO’S AND DON’TS

Do faculty have to come to campus during the all-student, two-week quarantine?

Faculty members are not required to come to campus during the all-student, two-week quarantine. Faculty may continue to use the classrooms they have used for their remote teaching if they so desire.

Can instructors teach their courses outside during the all-student, two-week quarantine period?

No. All classes need to be remote.

Can students go home instead of staying on campus during the all-student, two-week quarantine?

It is very important students stay put. Do not go home. The risk of new cases increases each time a student leaves and returns to campus. It also complicates our tracing and testing greatly. Bradley asks students to remain on campus instead of returning to their permanent residence. If a student does return home, they must continue to quarantine and should not return back to campus until Sept. 22 or later.

Can students get groceries and get food off campus during the all-student, two-week quarantine?

Students living in residence halls have been asked to not leave campus. Students living off campus should limit trips to the grocery store; if they wish to eat off campus, they will need to opt for the to-go option.

Will students still be able to pick up their campus mail or packages during the all-student, two week quarantine?

Yes. However, students should limit their trips to pick up campus mail or packages.

How can students follow proper quarantine procedures in a shared bathroom and laundry room?

Students should stay physically distanced in shared bathrooms and laundry rooms; if the area is full, they should wait until it is less crowded.

What is the proper protocol for working students during the all-student, two-week quarantine?

Students should contact their employers to tell them the campus is quarantined. If the employer allows a student to continue to work, they will be allowed to do so.

Can students travel for doctors’ appointments?

Yes. Students are allowed to leave campus for medical appointments. If they are traveling out of Peoria, they should fill out this travel disclosure form. 

If a student attends a class or classes outside of Bradley’s campus, what should they do during the all-student, two-week quarantine?

Students are not allowed to attend any off-campus class in person at this time.

Can students socialize with their floormates during the all-student, two-week quarantine?

At this time, Bradley’s rules state students are not allowed to congregate or gather with anyone other than their roommate during this quarantine. We know this may seem extreme, but it is only temporary! Students can, however, go outside while physically distancing and wearing masks with one another.

Are students allowed to be outside with people they do not live with?

Yes. However, students, faculty and staff must wear a mask at all times except when in their room, off-campus residence or office. They also must maintain a minimum of six-feet of physical distance except when in their room, residence or office.

Can art students use studio spaces if they are alone or physically distanced?

Bradley is not allowing the use of these spaces during the all-student, two-week quarantine.

Do students have to wear masks in their sorority or fraternity houses?

Students must wear a mask in the common spaces. 

Can students still attend church during the all-student, two-week quarantine?

Bradley prefers students to avoid any type of gatherings. Hillel is working through virtual options for Rosh Hashanah.

Can students go to a hair salon or barber to get a haircut during the all-student, two-week quarantine?

No. A haircut is not an essential activity.

If a student relies on a specific individual for essential travel, can they still travel with them during the all-student, two-week quarantine?

If the specific individual is a roommate or housemate, then they can travel together. They may not travel with anyone else. If they need something from off campus, delivery is the best option or they can ask someone to pick up items for them. 

RESOURCES/ACCOMMODATIONS

Will Bradley continue its testing during the all-student, two-week quarantine?

Yes. 

Why is Health Services closed at 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and on the weekends?

Health Services closes at 4:30 p.m. on weekdays in order to process and review the day’s testing. If a student, staff or faculty member calls after hours, they should leave a message and Health Services will return their call. Health Services has specific testing times allotted; calls are triaged based on symptoms and scheduled accordingly. Those who are symptomatic or identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive are prioritized for scheduling. Health Services has added more support in the office to help ease the congestion. If a student, staff or faculty member does go off campus for testing, they must self-report the results to Health Services.

How can students stay physically/mentally well during this all-student, two-week quarantine?

The #BradleyUnite group is working on opportunities for campus to socially engage with one another while being physically distant. Bradley also encourages students to get outside while physically distancing and wearing face masks. Counseling services are, as always, available to all students.

Will the Safety Cruiser still be operating during the all-student, two-week quarantine?

Yes. The Safety Cruiser will operate for those who need to get to work and do essential errands in its service area.

Can Bradley explain in further detail the decisions made for meal options during the all-student, two-week quarantine?

All meal options during the two-week quarantine are to-go options. On Bradley’s campus, there are some self-serve and some staff-served food stations.

  • The self-serve options are due to physical structure. For instance, in Geisert Dining, the buffet lines are mounted to the walls, which does not allow Bradley to put someone behind the lines to serve guests. Bradley researched this operation extensively over the summer to see what the best solution would be since having servers in place would prevent proper physical distancing. Physical distancing is Bradley’s greatest concern at this time; therefore, self-serve was deemed the best solution.
  • Both the Action Station and Allergen Station at Geisert Dining as well as Williams Dining Hall will continue to be served, allowing students the option of a non-self-service option.

Regardless of self-serve or staff-served, contact surfaces are cleaned frequently and utensils are changed frequently. Bradley also supplies disposable gloves to any guest who does not wish to touch any utensils directly. This is in addition to the physical distancing, sanitizer stations, sanitizer wipes and handwashing mandated to staff and encouraged for guests. Bradley has managers in all areas monitoring operations to ensure compliance is maintained. Lastly, Bradley has expanded their meal times to encourage guests to stagger their visits to times of day that may be less busy, such as between 11 - 11:30 a.m. or after 1 p.m. for lunch.

If a student doesn’t have quality internet access or a quiet space where they live, what should they do?

Students are encouraged to contact Bradley’s Service Desk for any technology issues they may experience. 

Additionally, Bradley has launched a pilot program to see if we can keep the Cullom-Davis Library open during the quarantine period. The library will follow the pre-quarantine operations including requiring scheduling a library seat reservation in advance. Users can log on here and use the EMS system to reserve a seat(s). They must have a Bradley ID to enter the library and masks are required at all times while inside. Physical distancing will be monitored while in the library; library furniture shouldn’t be moved. View the library’s operational guidelines for full details. 

The library will be open the following hours:

  • Monday - Thursday 9 a.m - 9 p.m.
  • Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Saturday noon - 5 p.m.
  • Sunday noon - 9 p.m.

Is it too late for students to opt to take their classes 100% remotely for the rest of the semester? If not, how will refunds be handled?

No, it is not too late. Bradley has given students the option to make that decision throughout the semester. Appropriate room and board refunds among university properties will be issued if a student opts to take their classes 100% remotely for the rest of the semester.

Can students who currently live on campus switch to becoming a commuter student for the remainder of the semester? If so, what kind of refunds will this include?

Our normal housing policy is - The only exceptions include: veterans, those who are 21 years of age by Sept. 1 of the current academic year, those who live with nearby immediate relatives (sister or brother who are non-Bradley students, aunt, uncle, parents, grandparents) within a 40-mile radius of the campus or cases involving documented medical reasons for which accommodations cannot be made within the residence halls. Otherwise, no, students may not move off campus at this time. Prorated meal and housing costs will be in effect starting Sept. 9.

If Bradley has a number of students opting to return home and study 100% remotely after the all-student, two-week quarantine is over, would it be possible for a student who remains on campus to switch to a single room?

Bradley is evaluating this option during this time.

Can students relocate if their roommate is identified as a close contact who has not received their test results yet?

Not at this time. If Bradley identifies a roommate that is positive for COVID-19, they will move into isolation. The unaffected student will remain in place under quarantine. If both students turn out to be positive, they both go into isolation. We are not moving people until we know they’ve tested positive because it increases the risk factor for the rest of campus.

How will room assignments work if 100% of remote students opt to come back to campus for the spring semester?

Bradley is working through this.

Does Bradley plan to compensate Bradley’s on-campus student workers who aren’t able to work during the all-student, two-week quarantine?

Not at this time. If Bradley goes fully remote like we did this spring, we will revisit this decision.

Is there an appeal system in place for students wishing to continue their internships during the all-student, two-week quarantine?

No. This is a two-week, temporary quarantine. Bradley will revisit the issue after the two weeks.