Updated June 2022

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.


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


Complying with the university’s vaccination policy

Following recommendations and requirements as communicated by the university

Apprising visitors and guests on campus, including in the residence halls, of Dominican’s vaccination policy

Washing my hands frequently with soap and water or sanitizing them regularly

Practicing respiratory etiquette and covering my cough/sneeze. Wearing a mask as I feel comfortable especially when I may feel ill.

Cleaning and disinfecting my personal space, shared common space, and my belongings daily

Monitor and Care

Self-monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19

Reporting any COVID-related symptoms and positive COVID-19 tests to the  COVID Tracker.

Following all CDC guidelines as the university implements such as agreeing to isolation and quarantine protocols if I test positive for COVID-19 or or are exposed to COVID-19. I will wear a mask properly as recommended and follow guidance on returning to campus.

Participating in regular weekly COVID-19 testing if I am not fully vaccinated

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.