Because the Creighton COVID-19 Community Standards are for the benefit of Creighton community members during the COVID-19 pandemic, the appropriate University representative will take action to address any instances of noncompliance. Progressive discipline using the following framework will be enacted. Infractions can be reported to the Tell Someone website.
1st instance of deliberate noncompliance evidencing disregard for campus safety:
Written notification citing the Creighton COVID-19 Community Standards. The reported behavior will be shared with the community member with a reminder of the University’s expectation of adherence to the Creighton COVID-19 Community Standards.
2nd instance of deliberate noncompliance evidencing disregard for campus safety:
Information is shared with the appropriate University representative for follow-up with the individual in writing, including education on the responsibility that each of us has in the Creighton community to care for ourselves and others.
- For students: The Office of Community Standards and Wellbeing will coordinate outreach with key campus partners, including but not limited to resident directors, academic advisors, etc.
- For staff and administrators: Information will be shared with the individual manager/supervisor and Human Resources for appropriate follow-up.
- For faculty: Information will be shared with the department chair and dean’s office for appropriate follow-up.
3rd instance of deliberate noncompliance evidencing disregard for campus safety:
Information is shared with the appropriate University entity for formal disciplinary action.
- For students: Formal notification of an alleged violation of Creighton’s community standards and follow-up in a formal student disciplinary process by the Office of Community Standards and Wellbeing. Consequences include but are not limited to a formal documentation and warning that behavior must be immediately corrected, a campus ban and other corrective action. Continued disregard for the Creighton COVID-19 Community Standards could lead to suspension or expulsion.
- For staff and administrators: Engagement in the progressive discipline process as outlined in Creighton University’s Guide to Policies. Consequences include but are not limited to a formal documentation and warning that behavior must be immediately corrected, a campus ban, a fine (to be donated by the University to CURA) and other corrective action. Continued disregard for the Creighton COVID-19 Community Standards could lead to dismissal.
- For faculty: The dean or the dean’s designee will be tasked with follow-up and resolution of the matter mindful of the Faculty Handbook. Consequences include but are not limited to a formal documentation and warning that behavior must be immediately corrected, a campus ban, a fine (to be donated by the University to CURA) and other corrective action. Continued disregard for the Creighton COVID-19 Community Standards could lead to dismissal.
Examples of deliberate noncompliance could include, but are not limited to:
- Waiting in line and not using social distancing guidelines.
- Sitting and “eating” with your face covering off when food is not present.
- Moving tables or disregarding social distancing guidelines to suit your friend group.
Creighton University reserves the right to take immediate formal disciplinary action in instances of blatant disregard for campus safety. Blatant disregard could include, but is not limited to, hosting a large gathering or party in which face coverings are not worn and social distancing is not practiced, or refusing to wear a face covering in class.
The following standards are in effect until further notice. All University community members will:
- Check temperature daily and stay home if temperature is 99.9 degrees (F) or higher; stay home or return home and contact Student Health Education and Compliance by completing the Coronavirus Response Intake Survey or calling 402.280.2735
- Submit to temperature screenings when on campus
- Complete daily screening on the #CampusClear app and as required according to the COVID-19 Screenings on Campus: A Phased Approach
- Stay home or return home and contact Student Health Education and Compliance if they experience any of the following:
- Cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, change of taste and/or smell, or otherwise feel ill
- Tested positive for COVID-19
- Been exposed to anyone suspected or confirmed positive for COVID-19
- Practice good hand-washing hygiene by washing frequently for twenty seconds with soap and water
- Wash after touching eyes, nose or mouth
- Wash after blowing nose, or sneezing or coughing into hand
- Wash after touching contaminated surfaces
- Wash before preparing food or eating and after
- Utilize hand sanitizer when soap and water are unavailable
- Practice social distancing (6 feet) on and off-campus or while participating in University events and activities
- Wear a face covering (covering nose and mouth) at all times when in public places on the Creighton University campus, both indoors and outdoors, and when participating in other University responsibilities off campus such as clinical or service experiences. Wearing a face covering is not required on campus when someone is:
- Alone in a private office or assigned workspace area
- Engaged in outside physical labor-related work assignments and social distancing can be maintained
- In their personal residence hall room
- In their personal residence hall bathroom
- In their individual living space
- Or as otherwise approved by Creighton’s Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT)
- Follow additional site requirements when participating in clinicals, experiential learning opportunities, service events or other Creighton offsite activities
- All members of the Creighton community should have received the flu vaccine by November 1, 2020*.
- *Faculty, staff and students that are new to the Creighton community and that will be present on campus during the Spring 2021 semester must provide documentation that they have received the flu vaccine prior to coming to campus
- Noncompliance with these Community Standards can result in disciplinary action, up to and including separation from Creighton.
Limiting the spread of the COVID-19 virus is both a communal and personal responsibility. Members of the Creighton community must hold one another accountable. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to use the “Four Rs” when they encounter others not adhering to the COVID-19 Community Standards. Learn more about enforcement.
All students, faculty, and staff are required to complete the #CampusClear app daily.
Completing the app every day allows the University to track trends and make data-driven decisions.
Students, faculty and staff are required to complete the Creighton COVID-19 Community Standards and enroll in #CampusClear.
Students, faculty and staff complete daily #CampusClear screening.
Results from #CampusClear are viewable only by Student Health Education and Compliance certified contact tracers and administrators. Contact tracing and follow-up notes are stored in Creighton's electronic medical records (EMR) database.
Daily noncompliance lists are sent by Student Health Education and Compliance to OCSW staff for review. No health data is provided, only noncompliance.
If you are not cleared to access campus or are feeling ill, please stay home and contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Students should contact their professors, and employees should contact their manager.
Usage and Expectations
All students, including remote or distance learners and students on the Phoenix campus, are required to complete their CampusClear screening every day. This includes:
- Weekends, even if you are not not coming to campus
- Weekdays, even if you are not coming to campus
- Days that you do not leave your on-campus housing
- School holidays
- Time spent in quarantine or isolation
- Time spent away from campus, even if out of state or at home
Any changes to the CampusClear requirements will be communicated to students. Until any changes are communicated, continue to complete CampusClear screenings every day.
It can be difficult to build a new habit. Although students are expected to complete CampusClear every day, the Office of Community Standards and Wellbeing will only contact you about failing to complete your CampusClear screenings if you are completing them less than 50% of the time. OCSW looks at your rate of completion over seven days, not your cumulative rate of completion.
- The first time you are non-compliant with CampusClear, meaning you completed your screenings less than 50% over seven days, you will receive a warning letter from OCSW through your campus email.
- The second time you are non-compliant with CampusClear, you will receive a warning letter from OCSW through your campus email.
- The third time you are non-compliant with CampusClear, you will be required to pay a $25 fine. You will be notified of this through your campus email. This will not show up on your disciplinary record. However, if you do not pay the fine in the given time, you may be charged with a Failure to Comply violation which is an additional $25 fine and will show up on your disciplinary record.
- The fourth+ time you are non-compliant with CampusClear, you may be required to meet with an OCSW staff member and it may appear on your disciplinary record.
I did fill out my CampusClear and still got a letter from OCSW. What now?
If you believe that you received a noncompliance letter from OCSW by mistake, there are options for you. Students are encouraged to contact Ms. Lydia Coulson if they have questions or concerns about their noncompliance status. Students should anticipate being asked to submit their HealthLog data for comparison with the records OCSW has on hand of their noncompliance. For extenuating circumstances, please contact Ms. Lydia Coulson so she can work with you to address your unique situation.
Lydia Coulson | Assistant Director, Office of Community Standards and Wellbeing
Email: email@example.com Phone: 402.280.2775
Creighton Hall, Suite 224
Below are the outcomes students can anticipate receiving as a result of noncompliance with the COVID-19 Community Standards. These are generalized, and the University will take the circumstances of each student, the student's history of noncompliance, and other relevant information into account when making decisions related to a student's conduct status.
Creighton University reserves the right to take immediate formal disciplinary action in instances of blatant disregard for campus safety.
|Level I COVID-19 Violations|
|Not wearing a mask or appropriate face covering||Eligible for progressive disciplinary response||After 3rd instance: Behavioral Reprimand|
|Not social distancing||Eligible for progressive disciplinary response||After 3rd instance: Behavioral Reprimand|
|Entering a residence hall or other space you are not authorized to enter||Not eligible for progressive disciplinary response||Behavioral Reprimand|
|Attending a gathering which violated the COVID-19 Community Standards||Eligible for progressive disciplinary response*||After 3rd instance: Behavioral Reprimand|
|Bringing an unauthorized guest into your residence hall or other space||Not eligible for progressive disciplinary response||Behavioral Reprimand|
*Depending on the circumstances of the gathering, attending a gathering which violated the COVID-19 Community Standards may not be eligible for the progressive disciplinary response.
|Level II COVID-19 Violations|
|Hosting a gathering which violated the COVID-19 Community Standards||Not eligible for progressive disciplinary response||Behavioral Reprimand or Behavioral Probation|
|Violating directives to quarantine/isolate||Not eligible for progressive disciplinary response||Behavioral Probation|
|False report of symptoms (failing to report symptoms of COVID-19)||Not eligible for progressive disciplinary response||Behavioral Probation|
|Preventative Measures Violations|
Failing to complete #CampusClear at a rate of 50% or more
Two warning letters will be sent notifying students of their noncompliance
After two warnings: $25 fee
Failing to receive the flu vaccine and upload appropriate documentation
A warning letter will be sent to students reminding them to get their flu vaccine
After initial warning: failure to comply, $25 fee, hold on account, potential ban from campus.
Failure to complete the COVID-19 Community Standards module in Blueline
An initial warning letter will be sent to students reminding them to complete the module
After initial one-week warning: failure to comply, hold on account, $25 fee
False COVID-19 Report
Behavioral reprimand or probation (outcomes will depend on the content, nature, and intent of the report)
Q: I was off-campus when I wasn’t wearing a mask/social distancing. Why am I getting a letter?
A: Creighton’s Community Standards apply to all students, both on- and off-campus. This includes on private property.
Q: What is the maximum number of people I am allowed to have at a gathering?
A: Creighton has not provided a hard number for gatherings. Instead, we look at the actions of those attending the gathering. If all individuals at the gathering are not wearing masks or social distancing (i.e. 6 feet away from one another), then the gathering is in violation of the COVID-19 Community Standards.
- Note: If you live on campus, visitation restrictions are in place and subject to change. Please check with your RA or Residence Director if you are unfamiliar with the current visitation policies.
Q: Am I allowed to have any sort of gathering or friends over?
A: Yes, but use caution. All gatherings must be in line with the COVID-19 Community Standards. If you have guests over, be sure that everyone wears a mask and continues to socially distance. Keep the area well ventilated or meet up outside. Avoid centering your gathering around eating or drinking, since masks cannot be worn while eating or drinking.
Q: We didn’t have our masks on, but this person is in my “bubble” – the university recommended we develop these social bubbles. So why am I getting a letter?
A: The university does recommend that you develop and maintain social bubbles!
- However, even when visiting or interacting with people in your social bubble, you still must wear a mask. Essentially, anytime you are outside of your private room or a completely private study room or office, you must wear a mask. If you have friends come over to your own room, you all must wear masks.
- The exception to this is if you are spending time with your roommates, immediate family, and/or your romantic partner. If anyone outside of those specified groups is present, everyone must wear a mask.
Q: I was in a restaurant/bar when I did not have a mask on/was not social distancing. The Omaha mask mandate permits masks to be off when eating or drinking in restaurants and bars. Why did I receive a letter?
A: Creighton University has high expectations for members of its community, which at times surpass laws and local ordinances. When not wearing a mask to eat, it becomes even more important to maintain six feet of distance from others. If you were in a bar/restaurant with your mask off and within six feet of other individuals, you violated Creighton’s COVID-19 Community Standards.
Q: I have already had COVID-19. Do I still need to follow all of these policies?
A: Yes. Even if you have previously had COVID-19, you must still adhere to the COVID-19 Community Standards.
- The exception to this is surveillance testing. You do not need to participate in surveillance testing if you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days.
Q: I received a warning letter last semester about COVID-19. Where does that leave me for this semester?
A: If you were sent a failure to comply warning you will begin the new semester with a clean slate.
Q: It seems like Community Standards is collecting a lot of fine money. Where is that money going?
A: The fine money that is collected goes into a programming fund.
- When RAs or student organizations facilitate programs related to OCSW’s work, such as alcohol and drug education, violence prevention, etc., they can apply to receive funding to cover their program costs.
- Neither the OCSW nor the Division of Student Life uses the money to cover operating costs, staff salaries, etc.
Q: Do I need to complete a CampusClear screening every day, even if I am not coming to campus on that day?
A: Yes. The CampusClear app screening must be completed every day, including weekends, even if you are not coming to campus. This includes holidays or other days on which no classes are scheduled.
Q: I am a remote student and never come to the Creighton campus. Do I still need to use CampusClear?
A: Yes. Remote students are required to complete their daily app screenings throughout the semester.
Q: I am on the Phoenix campus. Do I still need to use CampusClear?
A: Yes. Students enrolled at the Phoenix campus are required to complete their daily screenings throughout the semester.
Q: I won’t be living on campus for at least a part of the semester. Do I still need to use CampusClear?
A: Yes. All students must complete their daily app screening, regardless of where they are living during the semester.
Q: Do I need to use CampusClear while I am in quarantine or isolation?
A: Yes. Students in quarantine or isolation must continue to complete their daily app screening.
Q: The app isn’t working for me. What should I do?
A: Many issues can be fixed by force closing the app, logging out and logging back in, or deleting and reinstalling the app.
- If you continue to experience problems, please contact 402-280-1111 or doit4students [at] creighton [dot] edu for assistance with the app. If the app will not function properly, or while waiting for follow up from IT, students should complete their daily screening online.
Q: What are the consequences for failing to complete CampusClear as instructed?
A: As stated in the Guide to Return to Campus, compliance with the Community Standards is imperative to the safe operation of our campus and is required for all students, faculty, and staff. Repeated failure to comply with these Standards may result in the following disciplinary actions:
- 1st instance of failing to complete Campus Clear will result in a warning letter
- 2nd instance of failing to complete CampusClear will result in a warning letter
- 3rd instance of failing to complete CampusClear will result in a formal notification of noncompliance and a $25 fine
- 4th+ instances of failing to complete CampusClear may result in a violation on your disciplinary record
Q: If I am not coming to campus for class or some other purpose, do I need to make a special trip to complete the temperature screening at the stations on campus?
A: No. Unlike the CampusClear screening, the temperature screening only needs to be completed when you are already on campus.
Q: I was selected for surveillance testing but am currently in quarantine/isolation. Do I still need to submit a test?
A: No. If you are currently in quarantine/isolation, you do not need to submit a test.
Q: I had COVID-19 already. Do I still need to get a COVID-19 test?
A: If you tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days, you do not need to participate in surveillance testing. However, if you tested positive for COVID-19 more than 90 days ago, you are required to participate in surveillance testing.
Q: It feels like I was just selected for a test. Why am I being selected again?
A: The surveillance testing is truly a randomized process. The settings prevent students from being drawn one week immediately following another. However, after a week has passed since a student was selected for testing, they are then put back into the testing pool.
Q: I am not available during the testing center hours. What do I do?
A: You are welcome to submit a COVID-19 PCR test result from your healthcare provider or any TestNE site. You are still required to receive a COVID-19 test and submit your results to covidresults [at] creighton [dot] edu
Q: I am medically unable to complete a COVID-19 PCR test. What do I do?
A: Please complete the Coronavirus Response Intake Survey and Student Health to discuss your options.