Regent University is carefully monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19, and state and federal directives. Our goal is to safely educate by providing our students, faculty, and staff with state-of-the-art safety and sanitation measures. To that end, we have developed a robust Regent Ready: COVID-19 Preparedness Plan, including extensive policies and procedures to help ensure a safe and healthy campus for the Regent community amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. This plan incorporates best practices identified by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the Virginia Department of Health, and healthcare experts.
Our focus today, as always, is on providing world-class, Christ-centered education to equip Christian leaders to change the world. Now, more than ever before, we are committed to this mission. As we move ahead together, we must love our neighbors as ourselves, and care for each other to ensure the safest learning environment for all.
Regent is preparing for an outstanding year. Since 1978, we’ve been providing world-class Christ-centered education. 2020 may look a little different than years past, but our focus on the LORD remains stronger than ever.
Here’s what you can expect from our state-of-the-art Regent Ready COVID-19 Preparedness Plan:
Q: What do I need to do to come to campus?
A: First, you must self-screen for COVID-19 every morning before coming to campus and log your results in the MyRegent portal. On campus, you must maintain social distancing and wear a face mask when social distancing is not possible. Wash your hands frequently, and clean your personal surfaces throughout the day. Deep cleaning of common areas will be performed frequently by Regent facilities staff.
Q: When will employees return to campus?
A: 30% of employees will begin returning to campus on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. Other employees will be phased back to campus in July and August. Additional details will be forthcoming from Human Resources.
Q: When will campus offices reopen?
A: Campus offices will reopen to serve students as outlined below:
Q: When will on campus students return to campus?
A: Face-to-face classes will begin on campus on August 24, 2020. A rigorous screening process will be implemented for students returning to campus for Fall 2020, including staggered return phases. Additional details will be forthcoming.
Q: How will I be tested for COVID-19?
A: All employees and students must be tested for COVID-19 prior to returning to campus. Regent University has hired Mako Medical to perform COVID-19 PCR testing on Regent’s campus. You will receive email instructions from Mako Medical with the date, time, and location of your test.
Q: When will I receive my COVID-19 test results?
A: Mako Medical will provide your test results to Regent University within 24 hours. If your test result is positive, Regent University will contact you with instructions for self-isolation. You will not receive a notification if your test result is negative.
Q: Is there a fall break this semester?
A: No. Classes will take place on campus from August 24 – November 25, 2020. After November 25, students will stay at home and complete the fall semester online. For more information, see the Academic Calendar: https://www.regent.edu/programs/academic-resources/calendar/
Q: Does Regent University offer employees additional paid sick days for confirmed cases of COVID-19?
A: Yes. Up to 3 additional weeks of paid sick leave are available for employees who test positive for COVID-19. Contact Human Resources for more information.
Q: Who can I talk to if I have other questions?
A: Students can contact Student Services at 757.352.4927 or email email@example.com. Employees can contact Human Resources at 757.352.4070 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Who is at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19?
A: Everyone is at risk for getting COVID-19 if they are exposed to the virus. Some people are more likely than others to become severely ill, which means that they may require hospitalization, intensive care, or a ventilator to help them breathe. For more information, click here.
Q: Are there any safety guidelines for athletes?
A: Click here to learn about Regent Royals COVID-19 Athletic Safety Guidelines
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/
Virginia Department of Health: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/
Contact Tracing Information: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/content/uploads/sites/182/2020/06/VDH-IHE-and-Contact-Tracing_062320_final.pdf
This plan has been reviewed by the State Council of Higher Education and has been found to be in compliance in containing the required components of the ‘Higher Education Reopening Guidance,’ which was developed in consultation with the Virginia Department of Health.
Regent’s return-to-operation strategy is premised on two foundational protocols: All faculty, staff, and students are 1) tested for COVID-19 prior to returning to campus and 2) required to complete daily health screenings to reduce the probability of an outbreak on campus. As mentioned, other safety, health, and sanitation protocols will also be put in place.
Regent’s default stance is to complete meetings and interviews remotely for the foreseeable future. The policies and protocols in this section were developed in the event that a face-to-face meeting is required.
As operations begin to reopen, the number of employees on campus increases, and students return to face-to-face classes, it is imperative that Regent continues to protect its campus and stakeholders from exposure. One area of concerns is the individuals who come to campus for any length of time who have not completed the foundational protocols mentioned above, mainly visitors and vendors. Regent recognizes that not all visitors should the follow the same protocols; therefore, Regent has created categories of visitors and vendors and the expectation for individuals within each category, which are described here.
The self-screening questions for all visitors (for events or otherwise) are the following; anyone answering “Yes” to any of these questions should not come to campus:
1. Have you experienced any cold or flu-like symptoms in the last 14 days (fever, cough, shortness of breath or other respiratory problem)?
2. Have you been diagnosed or have had close contact with or cared for someone diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days?
3. Have you returned from an overseas trip in the last 14 days?
For visitors who are arriving at Regent to attend events, the following are general protocols that should be followed at those events.
Provide ample communication ahead of the event to let individuals know that Regent is and continues to take steps to limit the transmission of COVID-19 on-campus. The communication should ask that event participants use discretion when coming to campus in order to protect others. This means performing a self-screening before arriving on-campus, and not coming to campus if:
1. They have experienced any cold or flu-like symptoms in the last 14 days (fever, cough, shortness of breath or other respiratory problem);
2. They have been diagnosed or have had close contact with or cared for someone diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days;
3. Have returned from an overseas trip in the last 14 days.
The email or other communication needs to clearly state that we will be screening attendees, including temperature checks, and that to protect the campus community and attendees we respectfully reserve the right to exclude visitors who do not pass the screening. Finally, the communication must inform participants (“patrons” of an establishment per state law) that they must bring a facemask, as it is required by Virginia state law (Northam’s recent executive order).
First, upon arrival on-campus, participants will be screened as follows:
1. Their temperature will be taken with a non-touch instrument. Any person with temperature at 100 degrees or higher will be excluded from participating in the event and will be required to leave the campus immediately.
2. Each participant will be verbally asked the following two questions:
i. Have you been diagnosed or have had close contact with or cared for someone diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days?
ii. Have you returned from an overseas trip in the last 14 days?
A response of “yes” to either question will exclude the individual from participating in the event and he or she will be required to leave the campus immediately.
Second, as per Virginia state law, participants will be required to wear facemasks. Regent will supply masks for those who do not have one.
Of course, social distancing protocols especially indoors must be followed.