Updated Monday, June 14, 2021

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The COVID-19 pandemic has been a disruptive, stressful influence on all of our lives. As a member of the Dominican University community, I understand that I have an important role in keeping myself healthy and in protecting others from the spread of this virus. My commitment to the following community expectations is a lived expression of Dominican caritas and veritas.

Community
  • Extending patience and support to others, knowing that this is a complex and stressful situation for all
  • Fostering a just and humane campus climate by treating each person fairly and with respect, and helping one another to adhere to this commitment with compassion and empathy
Prevention
  • Complying with the University’s vaccination policy
  • Apprising visitors and guests on campus, including in the residence halls, of Dominican’s vaccination policy
  • Following recommendations and requirements related to travel and gatherings on and off campus
  • Washing my hands frequently with soap and water or sanitizing them regularly
  • Wearing a mask on campus if I am not fully vaccinated and have a medical or religious exemption. Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear a mask, unless they are visiting the Wellness Center, using the science labs, or riding the shuttle.
  • Practicing respiratory etiquette and covering my cough/sneeze
  • Cleaning and disinfecting my personal space, shared common space, and my belongings
Monitor and Care
  • Conducting daily self-monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19
  • Reporting any COVID-related symptoms and positive COVID-19 tests to the #CampusClear app
  • Agreeing to self-isolate if I test positive for COVID-19 and to follow guidance on returning to campus
  • Participating in regular COVID-19 testing if I am not fully vaccinated and quarantining if I am identified as a contact of anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19
  • Participating fully and honestly with contact tracing to determine whom I may have exposed to COVID-19

I understand that Dominican University may modify these guidelines and expectations, based on the fluidity of the COVID-19 virus.  It is my responsibility to stay informed to protect myself and the University community. I also acknowledge that these expectations are a condition of my enrollment and/or employment and that any failure to comply with the Caritas Commitment may lead to disciplinary action.

I understand COVID-19 is a highly contagious virus and it is possible to contract the disease, even if I follow all of the safety precautions above and those recommended by the CDC, local health department, and other agencies.  I understand that, although the University is following the guidelines issued by the CDC and other experts to reduce the spread of infection, I can never be completely shielded from all risk of illness caused by COVID-19 or other infections.

I understand that Dominican University is not responsible, and cannot be held liable, if any community member becomes infected with COVID-19.

I have read this document and understand it is my responsibility as a member of the Dominican community to uphold the Caritas Commitment.