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COMMUNITY COMMITMENT TO HEALTH AND SAFETY

If there is one thing we can agree on as a society in the past several months, it’s that people have a lot of different opinions about a lot of different things! As we prepare to return to campus, we have an opportunity to demonstrate countercultural unity, born out of love and obedience to God, care and concern for one another, and respect for each individual.

Dozens of North Central University community leaders have worked tirelessly this summer to create plans for an environment that will allow us to be together while proactively preventing the spread of illness. We have researched and prayed through these reopening plans and are confident we have the best plan in place to open safely and stay open.

Our plans 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.

It will take cooperation—even compliance—on everyone’s part to implement these plans to make North Central as safe as possible. Each person’s commitment to follow guidelines will help us remain together in unity and promote a physically, spiritually, and emotionally healthy environment.

Let’s be well together: We can do this, NCU!

COMMUNICATION CHANNELS

North Central University’s (NCU) reopening plans are integrated with evolving state and federal authorities’ guidance and directives, and as such, are subject to ongoing change. The content on this section of the website may be periodically updated as circumstances warrant. Important changes or additions to our operating procedures will be communicated to students, employees, and families using a combination of the communication mediums listed here:

  • Returning to Campus web pages
  • 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)

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.

Know COVID-19 symptoms and signs

Know COVID-19 symptoms and signs

It is essential that you do not arrive on campus if you have one or more COVID-19 symptoms. If you are not feeling completely healthy, please stay home until you are well. To prepare for your return to campus, we encourage you to minimize interactions with people as much as possible for the two weeks prior to your scheduled return date.

If you have come into contact with someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19, please delay your arrival for 10 days. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, or have tested positive for it within 14 days of your scheduled campus arrival date, please stay home until 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, and at least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication and symptoms have improved.

If you must delay your scheduled arrival on campus due to testing positive, exhibiting symptoms, or suspected exposure, please email covid19@northcentral.edu prior to coming to campus and we will work with you on a plan to come to campus when you are symptom-free.

Self-Screening

As we work to be well together this fall, North Central University will be using 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 every day 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.

We encourage on-campus community members—residential students, commuter students, faculty, and staff—to begin using the app immediately. It will be required daily starting on August 24.

Let’s be well together, NCU.

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 smart phone 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.

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”

CampusClear Question Screen

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. Because of the importance of full participation, we will be tracking app usage and contacting those that are not complying.

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 the one answer daily that does not ask 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 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.

Personal hygiene and respiratory etiquette

Personal hygiene and respiratory etiquette

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

  • Community members are encouraged to wash their 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.
  • When coughing or sneezing, it is encouraged for individuals to use the inside of their elbows 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 will be in place throughout campus.

Face Covering Accommodations

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, if not already*

a. Submit intake questionnaire & registration agreement forms (done during meeting)

b. Submit documentation from medical provider stating need for accommodation (email prior to meeting or bring to meeting)

*If a student is already registered with SSC they will be required to submit new documentation from their provider with a stated need for an accommodation.

2. Meet with SSC Director to discuss need for accommodation

a. This meeting will take place within 2 business days of submitting a request.

b. To schedule an appointment call 612-343-4748 or email sjsikors@northcentral.edu

3. Wait for approval from committee

a. Decision will normally be provided no later than 2 business days from 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.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

We are thrilled at the level of cooperation we have already seen in the area of wearing masks. We also realize that there are many different types of masks, and for consistency and safety, we want to offer further guidance about the types of masks that are acceptable under our policy.

The following masks ARE ACCEPTABLE:

  • Paper or disposable (surgical) mask that covers nose and mouth
  • Cloth mask that covers nose and mouth
  • Scarf that covers nose and mouth
  • Bandana that covers nose and mouth
  • Gaiter that covers 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
  • Do not wear a mask with a valve because it allows droplets to be released from the mask

For students, faculty, staff, or others who have been given accommodations to wear a face shield in place of a cloth face covering:

  • Approved face shields are clear plastic, cover the forehead, extend below the chin, and wrap around the side of the face
  • See information below about seeking accommodations

Note: The Minnesota Department of Health recommends not buying or wearing surgical or N95 masks. Health care workers need them so that they are protected when helping sick patients.

Here are some clarifying answers to questions we have heard.

What happens if people don’t wear a mask?

  • If you do not wear a mask in required spaces, you will not be allowed to be on campus.

What if I have a medical reason for not wearing mask?

  • Students seeking accommodations regarding mask policy should contact Stacy Sikorski, Director of Student Success, at sjsikors@northcentral.edu.
  • Faculty and staff seeking accommodations regarding mask policy should contact Kate Ketterling, Director of Human Resources, at kaketter@northcentral.edu.

What are the required spaces where masks are required?

  • In hallways
  • In classrooms
  • In conference rooms
  • In lounges
  • In the sanctuary
  • In shared office spaces
  • In multi-stall restrooms
  • Outdoors when social-distancing is not possible

What are the spaces where masks are not required?

  • Private, one-person offices and residence hall rooms

Please keep in mind, face coverings/masks make up one key component of our COVID-prevention strategy and is possibly the easier part.

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.

Social Distancing

Social Distancing

According to the CDC, “Social distancing, also called ‘physical distancing,’ means keeping a safe space between yourself and other people who are not from your household. To practice social or physical distancing, stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people who are not from your household in both indoor and outdoor spaces.”

Effective social distancing requires awareness and may be especially challenging on a warm and friendly campus such as NCU. Creativity in finding replacements for hugs and handshakes is important to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Common areas on campus will be equipped with reminders, directional signage, social-distance markers, or rearranged furniture to encourage social distancing. Additionally, some redirection of foot traffic or changes in entrances and exits may be in place. 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 are working diligently to help maintain a sanitized and clean campus. The supporting efforts from all community members to maximize cleanliness will also 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 will be cleaned three times per day.
  • Classrooms will be 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.
  • Instead of waste-producing disposable wipes, areas throughout campus, including all classrooms, will be equipped with bacteria resistant dry cloths and disinfecting solution. Clearly marked bins are used to dispense the cloths and discard them after use. They are washable and reusable and restocked daily for all areas.
  • We are implementing specific protocols for key areas, including athletics, to ensure ongoing cleaning and disinfecting and/or limiting access to some areas.
  • Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout campus.
  • Signage will be in place throughout campus for cleaning and use-of-space instructions.