Protocols to Limit the Spread of COVID-19


**UPDATED MARCH 30, 2020**

In response to the spread of COVID-19, the Pontifical Faculty is taking the following steps beginning Wednesday, March 18th.  These protocols will continue for the remainder of the Spring 2020 Semester. A decision regarding Commencement, currently scheduled for May 15th, will be forthcoming.

Students

  • Dominican Student Brothers and Dominican Priests will continue to report to class as scheduled.
  • Commuter students and auditors will participate in the live class using Zoom. Every commuter student and auditor should go to www.zoom.us to sign up for a free account. Further instructions to join individual classes will be forthcoming.

Faculty and Staff

  • Dominican Faculty will continue to report to class as scheduled.
  • Commuting Faculty have the option to teach from home using Zoom. Those who wish to exercise this option should contact the Director of Informational Technology.
  • Staff members will continue to report to work as expected unless other arrangements are made with their direct supervisor.

Priory and Library

  • Access to the Dominican Community’s liturgies is suspended for commuter faculty and students. More details can be found on the priory website.
  • The Academic Center is closed.
  • The Dominican Theological Library is closed.
  • A librarian will be available through a chat option accessible from the library’s webpage and the Discovery catalog. A librarian is normally available Monday through Friday from 9am to Noon and 1pm to 4pm.
  • Commuter students may email library2020@dhs.edu to request PDF scans of journal articles or book chapters needed for course reading or for research papers. Students should be prudent in their requests and should indicate the reason for the need (i.e., required by a professor or required for a research paper). Library staff will fulfill the request within 24 to 48 hours. 


To prevent contamination, the CDC recommends washing your hands often with soap and water for at least twenty seconds after being in a public place, blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol can be effective. Finally, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 

The three principal symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Any person showing these symptoms should contact a medical provider and should not report to work or class.

It is the Lord who forgives all your sins, who heals every one of your ills 
Ps. 103:3

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