This web page is a way for faculty, staff, students, and their families to stay informed and to find support.
Quincy University continues to urge all members of our community who can safely do so to choose vaccination. COVID-19 vaccinations are very safe and highly effective. Every person who is vaccinated protects that person’s friends and family. As Pope Francis said on August 18, 2021, “being vaccinated is an act of love.”
The Illinois Governor ordered on August 30, 2021, that masks must be worn in all public indoor spaces. Members of the Quincy University community should wear masks except when eating or drinking, when alone or with roommates in residence halls, or when completing personal grooming in the residence halls.
Further, and again by order of the Governor, students, faculty, staff, business partners, and volunteers at Quincy University must be fully vaccinated or complete weekly COVID-19 testing, as directed by the University, unless they never are present on campus. Vaccination or weekly testing is now required at all public and private universities in the State of Illinois.
As also mandated by the state, all students, faculty, staff, and volunteers now must either be vaccinated or qualify for a medical or religious exemption from COVID-19 vaccination. Directions on how to request a medical or religious exemption have been distributed via email to currently enrolled students and to current employees. Students and employees are being given appropriate time to decide whether or not to request exemptions from the vaccine mandate.
Unvaccinated students and employees must quarantine if they are exposed to COVID-19. Vaccinated students do not have to quarantine unless they test positive for COVID-19, though vaccinated people who are exposed to COVID-19 need to symptom-watch and report any symptoms requiring another COVID-19 test.
Beginning in March 2022, the university may charge a fee of $25.00 for each surveillance test taken by an unvaccinated student. The final decision regarding this fee has not been made.
University employees and business partners should review the guidance previously emailed to them and speak to their supervisors if they have questions about COVID-19 precautions.
QU students who are taking at least one face-to-face course during the Fall 2021 academic terms provided either (a) proof of COVID-19 vaccination or (b) results of a recent and negative COVID-19 test before the beginning of the fall term.
New recommendations from the CDC, changes in Illinois policies and rules, updated recommendations from local public health officials or additional guidance from the Catholic Church might lead us to revise our policies related to COVID-19.
The most effective steps you can take right now to protect yourself and your community are to:
- Avoid contact with people who are ill. Refrain from touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Get vaccinated.
- Wear a mask, even when masks are not required.
- Avoid crowded indoor spaces.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. (See CDC handwashing video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZw4Ga3jg3E&feature=youtu.be.)
- Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable.
- Stay home if you are ill.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Resource links:
- IDPH – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- IDPH – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Frequently Asked Questions
- Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE
- CDC Homepage for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- CDC Travel Guidance
- CDC Guidance for Laboratories