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COMMUNITY COMMITMENT  leads TO HEALTH AND SAFETY

Operating in these unusual times provides opportunities to demonstrate unity, born out of love and obedience to God, care and concern for one another, and respect for each individual. Following the guidelines that have been carefully created and communicated is an expectation for all community members.

The protocols in place are designed to create an environment that will allow us to be together while proactively preventing the spread of illness.

We prioritize the importance of protecting vulnerable populations. Consideration has been given to those who, based on personal or family vulnerability, need to participate in community virtually, avoid large gatherings, or receive other applicable accommodations in concert with and at the discretion of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Human Resources, and respective vice presidents or college deans.

COMMUNICATION CHANNELS

North Central University utilizes a combination of the communication channels noted below to keep campus constituents—including current undergraduate, graduate, and PSEO students and employees, plus current parents, prospective students/parents, and the appropriate government/health authorities—informed about COVID-19 health and safety measures, and COVID-19 positive cases:
  • Northcentral.edu/covid19 website
  • Skyline (current students, employees)
  • Campus mass email system (current students, employees)
  • NCU’s social media platforms
  • Moodle Learning Management System
  • Campus digital signage (VCS)
  • Emergency Notification System (ENS)

Timely updates

North Central University’s (NCU) operations plans are integrated with evolving state and federal authorities’ guidance and directives and are subject to change. In addition to communicating NCU’s COVID-19 operation plans and related protocols, the university will use the above methods to continue to update stakeholders about breaking developments, news, and changes in a timely and transparent manner.

Clery Act Compliance

In compliance with The Clery Act, and guidance from the U.S. Department of Education regarding Clery’s intersection with COVID-19, North Central University will issue a campus Emergency Notification System (ENS) message to students and employees at the start of the academic year informing them about the following:

  • COVID-19 and necessary health and safety precautions
  • Where to obtain ongoing information about the number of on-campus COVID cases
  • How to connect to the resources of regional health authorities and the CDC.

The university will also provide a banner on northcentral.edu that will provide this information to the broader campus community and external constituents.

If you have any questions, you may email covid19@northcentral.edu or call North Central’s main number during business hours, 612.343.4400, or Campus Safety and Security outside of business hours, 612.343.4445.

HEALTH AND SAFETY FOR EVERYONE

In making plans for a safe and healthy campus this fall, we have looked to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , Minnesota Department of Health, and local health experts, including Hennepin Healthcare, and the Mayo Clinic for guidance.

Here are basic health guidelines to follow to help our campus community stay healthy.

#CampusClear app

#CampusClear health-monitoring app

As we work to be well together, North Central University uses the #CampusClear app for daily health monitoring.

#CampusClear is a COVID-19 assessment tool that allows individuals to report health status, symptoms, and exposure.

Faculty, staff, students, and visitors must conduct symptom monitoring through the #CampusClear app before coming to campus (for faculty, staff, and commuter students) or before leaving your residence area (for students who live on campus).

This daily health check is a critically important tool in our efforts to keep members of the NCU community safe and healthy.

How #CampusClear works

Research has shown that daily self-screening and documentation of symptoms has helped reduce the spread of COVID-19 in a hospital environment setting. Based on this research, universities have adopted this technological solution to self-screening for college campuses.

The app provides a short survey that takes fewer than 10 seconds to complete on a daily basis. After downloading the app to your smartphone or computer, you simply type in your email address to create an account and will log in daily to answer a question about symptoms.

You can download the app that corresponds to your device here:

If you are a student, faculty member, or staff member, you will need to use your North Central University email address to register.

Visitors will need to download the app and can register using their phone number for access to the NCU survey. Visitors will need to show a “Cleared to come to campus” result to be allowed admittance to any campus buildings.

All visitors must be pre-authorized by an NCU community member to come to campus. Community members can read visitor guidelines here:

When you see the registration confirmation screen, click START.

CampusClear Intro Screen

You’ll be taken to a screen where you’ll be asked to answer a one-question survey by selecting one of five responses, then pressing “Submit”

Once the one-question survey is submitted, you will be directed to a results page to see one of three options.

If you receive a GREEN (green) screen

CampusClear Green Screen

You are cleared to be on campus to attend classes, work, and other activities.

If you receive a RED (red) screen

CampusClear Red Screen

Do not come to campus. Avoid contact with others.

If you are a residential student, stay in your room; avoid contact with others.

  • Follow the COVID Screening Follow-up link that will take you to a secure form. Please answer all requested questions.
  • If you work on campus, notify your supervisor that you are not reporting to work. You are not required to release details of your illness to your supervisor.
  • Please isolate yourself from others and watch your email for additional instructions from Human Resources.
  • Email covid19@northcentral.edu if you have questions.

If you receive a YELLOW (yellow) screen

CampusClear Yellow Screen

Do not come to campus. Avoid contact with others.

If you are a residential student, stay in your room; avoid contact with others.

  • Follow the COVID Screening Follow-up link that will take you to a secure form.
  • If you work on campus, notify your supervisor that you are not reporting to work. You are not required to release details of your illness to your supervisor.
  • Please quarantine yourself in your home/room and monitor your symptoms carefully.
  • If symptoms persist more than 48 hours or worsen, return to the COVID Screening Follow-up form and check “Significant COVID-19 Symptoms.” An NCU representative will reach out with further instructions.

Q & A

Do I have to use the #CampusClear app?

Yes. The participation of the entire campus community—including daily check-ins, honest responses, and required follow-up—will allow us to have the greatest awareness of the overall health status.

NCU will be conducting internal contact tracing for those who test positive for COVID-19 and may conduct tracing in relation to those who exhibit symptoms.

What happens if my symptoms change after I complete the survey?

If you become ill after you come to campus, please go home or to your campus residence immediately. Since you can only complete the survey once each day, you will need to complete the COVID Screening Follow-up Form on Team Dynamix.

What if I have trouble accessing the #CampusClear app?

If you need assistance downloading the app or finding it online, contact Information Technology at 612.343.4170 or https://it.northcentral.edu.

Do I need to tell someone if the app says “Not cleared for campus access?”

Employees and student employees who are not cleared for campus access should notify their supervisor that they need to be home. You are not required to give your supervisor detailed private health information; however, you may share if you wish. The needed information will be collected via the secure form and Human Resources will follow up with you.

Students who are not cleared for campus access may choose to notify your instructors or Residence Life staff for awareness. There will be follow-up from the COVID-19 response team to confirm needed action, when requested, has been taken.

If you feel well and are able, you may work or attend class remotely per the instructions of your supervisor or policies listed in Moodle for your courses.

How is my privacy protected?

The privacy of each user is protected and their information is only accessible to human resources personnel leading contract tracing efforts.

#CampusClear is only collecting one answer daily that does not ask for any personal information other than your name and response. Data generated by #CampusClear is encrypted and will be managed by Human Resources personnel only.

If you answer yes to the symptomatic, positive, or quarantine question you will be asked to click a link that takes you to a TDX form. This form does ask for more information and the data is accessible only to authorized Human Resources and contact-tracing personnel.

#CampusClear Privacy Policy

All data is transmitted encrypted and only certain individuals appointed by NCU will have the ability to unencrypt the data so they can make contact with sick individuals, for example. The app does not conduct surveillance or tracking other than the utilization of the app. No third parties have access to the app’s data. Read the privacy policy in its entirety here.

Self-screening applications are educational, not diagnostic.

Self-Screening for COVID-19 signs and symptoms

Self-screening for COVID-19 signs and symptoms

Once you are on campus, all community members are expected to self-monitor their health on an ongoing basis and remain at home if you are a commuter or faculty/staff member, or in your campus residence in you are a resident student, anytime you do not feel well and/or have one or more COVID-19 symptoms.

Daily self-screening and reporting of symptoms of COVID-19 are required.

According to the CDC, the symptoms of COVID-19 that you should self-screen/monitor for are:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If you exhibit these symptoms you are encouraged to get tested for COVID-19. On-campus students may access the testing facilities at Hennepin Healthcare, immediately north of campus.

Know when to stay away

Know when to stay away

Please do not come to campus at any time if you have one or more COVID-19 symptoms. If you are not feeling completely healthy, please stay home until you are well.

Prior to returning to campus for the spring semester, if you have come into contact with someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19, please email COVID-19@northcentral.edu to determine an acceptable arrival date.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, or have tested positive for it within 10 days of your scheduled campus arrival date, please email COVID-19@northcentral.edu to determine an acceptable arrival date.

Personal hygiene and respiratory etiquette

Stop the spread through effective hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the NCU community follows CDC guidelines. This includes hygiene and respiratory etiquette.

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, hand sanitizer can also be used. Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout campus.
  • If coughing or sneezing, use the inside of your elbow or a tissue. Washing or sanitizing hands after a cough or sneeze is important, too.
  • Wear face coverings/masks. (see below)
  • Practice social distancing. (see below)

Signage about hygiene practices, room/building capacity, distancing, masks, and other public health measures are in place throughout campus.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Face coverings are required at all times

In a university community, masking is one of the best tools for mitigating the spread of COVID-19. The Mayo Clinic recently released a study supporting the effectiveness of masks in preventing the spread of airborne-transmitted illness.

The following masks ARE ACCEPTABLE:

  • Paper or disposable (surgical) mask that covers the nose and mouth
  • Cloth mask that covers the nose and mouth
  • Scarf that covers the nose and mouth
  • Bandana that covers the nose and mouth
  • Gaiter that covers the nose and mouth

The following are NOT ACCEPTABLE as face coverings:

  • Plastic shields that cover only the nose and mouth
  • Masks that require removal to be understood when speaking
  • Masks with a valve, because it allows droplets to be released from the mask

Face-covering situations at NCU

  • All NCU community members and guests are required to wear face coverings in all public settings, including classrooms, meetings, common spaces, and large gatherings.
  • Students are required to wear a face covering in all common areas of the residence halls including lounges, laundry rooms, and hallways. Face coverings do not need to be worn in a student’s own residential unit. If authorized visitors are in the room, face coverings are required for everyone in the room. 
  • In outdoor spaces, social distancing is still expected. If socially distanced outdoors, community members are not required to wear a facial covering. If social distancing cannot be maintained outdoors, facial coverings are required at all times. 
  • The Governor’s Executive Order makes allowances for those participating in athletic events, public speaking, and musical practice and performance when wearing face coverings creates unique challenges. North Central follows NCAA and UMAC guidelines for athletics. 

 Individuals who have a medical condition that prohibits or limits their ability to wear face coverings may be granted an accommodation regarding this policy. Students should reach out to the Student Success Center (see below) and faculty or staff should reach out to Human Resources to request accommodations. Appropriate documentation supporting the need for and type of accommodation may be required.    

It is very important for everyone in the community to practice 6-ft. social distancing whenever possible. For this season, we need our “tight-knit Christian community” to be “loose-knit.” Be together but keep your distance. Remind each other about masks and distance in a loving way.

Face Covering Accommodations

The CDC recognizes that wearing masks may not be possible for some people. In some situations, wearing a mask may exacerbate a physical or mental health condition, lead to a medical emergency, or introduce significant safety concerns.

In order to provide accommodations to the face coverings requirement, students should follow the process outlined below. The student will engage in an interactive process to determine reasonable accommodations to meet their needs.

Process to Request Face Coverings Accommodation

  1. Register with the Student Success Center
    1. Submit intake questionnaire & registration agreement forms (done during meeting)
    2. Submit documentation from a medical provider stating the need for accommodation (email prior to meeting or bring to meeting)
  2. Meet with SSC Director to discuss need for accommodation
    1. This meeting will take place within 2 business days of submitting a request.
    2. To schedule an appointment call 612-343-4748 or email sjsikors@northcentral.edu
  3. Wait for approval from committee
    1. Decision will normally be provided no later than 2 business days from the meeting and once all documentation is submitted to the SSC Director.

Timing Expectation for Response: Once a student has submitted their accommodation request and supporting documentation a response will normally be provided within 2 business days. The student should wear a face covering until a decision about reasonable accommodation is made. If wearing a face covering is not possible during this period, the student may take advantage of remote course options and avoid public spaces while on campus. Assistance with virtual learning can be arranged and supported through the Accessibility Office in the Student Success Center.

Appeal Process: If the student’s request is not approved, the student may appeal the committee’s decision directly to Todd Monger, Executive Director of Student Development at tjmonger@northcentral.edu. The appeal process includes submitting a letter of appeal written by the student and any additional supporting documentation the student would like to submit for review. The decision on the appeal is final.

Social Distancing

Social Distancing

Social distancing means keeping a distance of 6 feet or more between yourself and other people who are not from your household. NCU community members are expected to practice social distancing throughout campus whenever possible.

Common areas on campus are equipped with reminders, directional signage, social-distance markers, or rearranged furniture to encourage social distancing. Watch for signs and follow the guidance to help keep the needed distance for safety.

Sanitizing and cleaning

Sanitizing and cleaning

The NCU Housekeeping, Facilities Management, Operations, and Residence Life teams work diligently to help maintain a sanitized and clean campus. The supporting efforts from all community members to maximize cleanliness make a great contribution to campus health and safety. Here are some specific actions being taken to help mitigate the spread of disease:

  • North Central University is committed to maintaining, at minimum, a Level 2 threshold of cleanliness according to the APPA – Leadership in Educational Facilities organization.
  • There will be no fewer than four full cleanings during the school day for all common spaces (e.g., building entrances, hallways, lounges, etc.).
  • Bathrooms are cleaned three times per day.
  • Classrooms are cleaned by the Housekeeping staff twice a day, with sanitizing steps taken by classroom users throughout the day.
  • We are utilizing a state-of-the-art PathoSans On-site Generation System to ensure effective disinfection without disruption.
  • Specific protocols for key areas, including athletics, ensure ongoing cleaning and disinfecting and/or limiting access to some areas.
  • Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout campus.
  • Signage is in place throughout campus for cleaning and use-of-space instructions.