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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Contingencies and Alternative Paths

The university has established trigger points that will indicate the need for changes in the academic calendar or operations if the risks of COVID-19 reach unacceptable levels. We'll continue to update this information as changes occur.

The university will use careful data analysis and establish trigger points that would initiate a timely and structured response when the risks of COVID-19 become unacceptable and the university must alter or change the academic calendar and campus operations. These trigger points include but may not be limited to the following:

  • Early warning signs indicate imminent risk exceeds the university’s and community’s capacity to manage the spread of COVID-19 (surge capacity modeling, wastewater contaminants, and faculty, staff and student census reports).
  • The on-campus and community health care systems have insufficient staffing, PPE, testing modalities, contact tracing and isolation/quarantine capacity to manage infections and illnesses.
  • COVID-19 infection in the student population becomes more severe (pneumonia, respiratory distress).
  • The university’s capacity to sustain operations is threatened (percentage of faculty and staff is not sufficient to maintain the integrity of the academic mission).
  • The university is unable to access, analyze and track data effectively enough to inform key decisions.
  • Escalating fear and anxiety that prevents students, faculty and staff from engaging effectively in campus operations.

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