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COVID-19 Response

Spring 2022

The health and well-being of students, faculty and staff is a priority at Creighton University. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the University has worked diligently to minimize the risk of the spread of the virus on our campus – and in the community.

Face coverings are now required in all indoor spaces on our campuses, with a few exceptions, through March 4. Complimentary masks, disinfectant wipes and personal hand sanitizer bottles are being made available to students, faculty and staff at Omaha campus distribution sites.  Read the latest announcement from Creighton President the Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, PhD.

Creighton remains deeply committed to providing an outstanding in-person educational experience this semester, while complying with federal, state and local guidelines and establishing resources and protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The University continues to monitor COVID-19 data, as well as public health recommendations, and will be flexible in its response.

A COVID-19 vaccine clinic is scheduled for the Phoenix campus on Feb. 3 (see below). Individuals who are feeling ill or recently tested positive for COVID-19 should not come to our campuses. Students, faculty and staff should follow these guidelines:

Questions? Email CoronavirusResponse@creighton.edu

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Creighton University is requiring face coverings to be worn in all indoor spaces on its campuses (with a few exceptions) and in all athletic venues, including D.J. Sokol Arena and CHI Health Center Omaha. Health sciences students, faculty and staff should also follow the guidance of their clinical sites. (See flyer.)

Exceptions: residence halls, dining halls (when seated and eating or drinking), private office spaces and while exercising.

Requirement Extended

The University’s face covering requirement has been extended to March 4, with weekly reviews to determine if the requirement should be modified or lifted.

Omaha Mandate

A temporary mandate was issued requiring that face coverings be worn indoors in Omaha beginning Jan. 12. Read more in the Omaha World-Herald.

Complimentary cloth, pleated surgical, KN95, N95 masks

Creighton is making available complimentary cloth, pleated, KN95 and N95 masks to students, faculty and staff. Learn more.

Read the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) information on the types of face coverings (masks) and respirators.

  • The Creighton Health Sciences Campus – Phoenix will host a vaccine clinic for Phoenix students, faculty and staff on Feb 3. Register for an appointment.

All students reporting to Creighton’s Omaha and Phoenix campuses must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as part of the University’s immunization requirements. To address compliance with federal guidelines, Creighton is requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated or have an approved religious or medical exemption on file with the University. (See “Vaccine Exemption Request Forms” and “Federal Guidelines for Employees” below.)

The University also strongly encourages all students, faculty and staff to obtain a COVID-19 booster. More information on booster shots and eligibility guidelines can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

All students, faculty and staff should upload confirmation of COVID-19 vaccinations to the Birdhouse.

Testing Options

Vaccine Clinics

Lost your vaccination card?

Immunizations are reported to the appropriate state health department’s Immunization Information System (IIS). The CDC has IIS records for all 50 states listed online, where you can look up and obtain a digital copy of your COVID-19 vaccination records after verifying some personal information.

In Douglas County, the health department has information on its website for requesting a replacement vaccination card. In Phoenix, individuals who have misplaced their COVID-19 vaccination card can submit an immunization record request to the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) using this form.

COVID-19 Testing at CHI Health Clinic – Student Care Clinic

Students who have previously established care with a provider at the Student Care Clinic:

  1. Students registered with CHI’s MyChart Patient Portal, can send a message to their provider to either A) report their symptoms and request a COVID-19 test or B) schedule an appointment with their provider and request a COVID-19 test. Virtual appointments are available.
  2. Established students who do not have a MyChart account set up should call the Student Care Clinic at 402.280.2735 (option 2) to make an appointment with a provider. All established students are encouraged to create a MyChart account with CHI Health for future needs such as scheduling an appointment, communicating with your provider and viewing test results. (Please note: Once your request is submitted, it could take up to a week for processing and verification).

Students who have NOT previously established care with a provider at the Student Care Clinic:

  1. Call the Student Care Clinic at 402.280.2735 (option 2) to make an appointment with a provider. Virtual appointments are available to determine if COVID-19 testing is warranted.
  2. Once you have established with a provider, be sure to create a MyChart account for future needs such as scheduling an appointment, communicating with your provider and viewing test results.

All provider appointments and COVID-19 testing charges will be billed to your insurance.

Find answers to questions on remote learning/teaching, classroom notifications, student absences, service learning, classroom sanitizing and guest speakers. Download Classroom Learning Guidance PDF.

Creighton continues to monitor federal vaccine mandates for employers, which include various policies under legal review requiring vaccinations, testing and masking for employees.

Currently, employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or obtain a religious or medical exemption approved by the University.

Vaccination Exemption Request Forms

To address compliance with federal guidelines, all Creighton University employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or obtain a University-approved exemption.

The University asks employees seeking a COVID-19 vaccination exemption to complete a Medical Exemption Request or the Religious Exemption Request, and email the completed and signed* form to EmployeeExemptions@creighton.edu.

Please note: Use “COVID-19 Medical Exemption Request” or “COVID-19 Religious Exemption Request” as the email subject line depending on which form you are submitting, and allow up to five business days for a response.

All information provided will be kept strictly confidential. The details regarding the nature of the exemption will not be released, and all exemption forms will be kept in compliance with federal law.

*To sign an exemption form:

  1. Download the file to your computer, open the downloaded file in Adobe Acrobat, click on the signature field and sign using the “Sign with Digital ID” form that automatically opens.
  2. OR print the form, sign it manually with a pen and then scan the form back to PDF format to email.

Distribution Sites

Creighton will distribute complimentary cloth, pleated, KN95 and N95 masks; disinfectant wipes; and spray bottles of hand sanitizer at distribution sites across campus. Watch Creighton Today and the SLIC student newsletter for the latest details.

Faculty, Staff Orders Through Campus Facilitators

Requests for COVID-19 supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) at Creighton’s Omaha campus must be made through school, college and department “facilitators.” A list of facilitators is available below. Requests will be routed for review and approval by a dean or VP. Requests for COVID-19 supplies and PPE at the Phoenix campus can be made through Xavier Torres, program manager, School of Medicine, Creighton Health Sciences Campus – Phoenix, XavierTorres@creighton.edu. Individuals are responsible for the purchase of personal hand sanitizer and other personal products.

 

School/College/DepartmentRequestor
Academic Success (EDGE, Disability Services, TRIO programs, Student Retention)Rob Johnson
Center for Faculty ExcellenceMary Emmer
Center for Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research (CIPER)Amy Lounsberry
Clinical Education & Simulation CenterJan Stawniak
College of Arts and SciencesWill Solomon
College of NursingLucas Manning
Creighton University at HighlanderMonica Chapeau
Creighton University AthleticsSteve Brace
Department of Interdisciplinary StudiesMonica Chapeau
Department of Public SafetyJessica Weaver
Division of Information TechnologyDebbie Halstrom
Division of Mission and MinistryEbeth Syphers
Division of Student LifeRob Johnson
EMS EducationSheryl Oviatt
Enrollment Management (Undergraduate Admissions, Graduate and Adult Recruitment and Marketing, Financial Aid Office, Office of the Registrar and Business Office)Evie Madvig
Facilities ManagementMatt McKenzie
Global Engagement OfficeJoEllen Newell
Graduate Medical EducationItzel Perez
Graduate School and College of Professional Studies Dean’s OfficeRenee Mixan
Health Sciences Multicultural and Community Affairs Department (HS-MACA)Renee Mixan
Heider College of BusinessLaura Walker
Human ResourcesMalyn Rasmussen & Rachel Simonds
Office of the PresidentDavid Barnam
Phoenix Health Sciences CampusXavier Torres
Physician Assistant ProgramGeri Horton
Reinert-Alumni Library and Health Sciences LibrarySarah Stapp
School of Dentistry Winston Yapp
School of LawJanet Bruning
School of MedicineGarland Jarmon
School of Pharmacy and Health ProfessionsKim Savicky
University Communications and MarketingChuck Coleman
University RelationsKari Giles

FLPAs Require Vaccination

Faculty and students who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will NOT be permitted to participate in Faculty-Led Programs Abroad (FLPA) in summer 2022. The reason for this is that most countries (and currently all where FLPAs might travel) require vaccination for arrival and are not subject to the U.S. federal exemptions.

Register for Travel

As a reminder, any University-sponsored travel more than 75 miles away MUST be registered with the Global Engagement Office. The University’s preferred travel company, Concur (formerly Travel & Transport), will help to ensure that trips are strategically sourced, with appropriate travel provisions.


University-sponsored Travel is Resuming Gradually

All University-sponsored domestic and international travel must be preapproved and registered in Creighton University’s Travel Registry System:

  • Travelers must create a profile (first-time registration only) to submit each new itinerary and other travel documents (depending on destination).  
  • The registry system routes the proposed trip for administrative approval from designated college/school or divisional approvers.
  • A risk management review is then conducted by the Global Engagement Office (GEO) to determine if any special waivers will be required before clearing the traveler to purchase a ticket. 
  • When cleared by GEO, international travelers must also enroll in Creighton’s Travel Security Program (includes University-approved supplemental insurance, the AlertTraveler app, etc.).
  • All trips are tracked in the University’s Enterprise Risk Management Dashboard.

Creighton strongly recommends that all travelers (faculty, staff or students) refrain from purchasing travel tickets until the Global Engagement Office has confirmed they are cleared to travel. For more information about travel registration, participating in study-abroad opportunities, returning from international travel, or coming to Creighton as an international student, please visit Creighton’s Global Engagement Office.


For More Information:

Contact the Global Engagement Office for sponsored travel questions.

Creighton’s Pandemic Response and Oversight (PRO) Team was established by Creighton President the Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, PhD, to monitor local, state and global public health conditions and guidelines and to make recommendations on responses to University leadership.

  • Compliance – Tricia Sharrar, JD - Chair
  • School of Law – David Weber, JD
  • SPAHP – Amy Wilson, PharmD
  • College of Nursing – Julie Manz, PhD
  • College of Arts and Sciences – Dave Dobberpuhl, PhD
  • Heider College of Business – Matt Seevers, PhD
  • School of Dentistry – Neil Norton, PhD
  • School of Medicine – Renuga Vivekanandan, MD
  • Graduate School – Leah Georges, PhD
  • Enrollment Management – Mary Chase, EdD
  • Global Engagement – René Padilla, PhD
  • Facilities – Lou Marcuccio
  • Finance – Tara McGuire
  • Student Life – Tanya Winegard, PhD
  • Athletics – Ben McNair and Curtis Self
  • University Communications and Marketing – Rick Davis
  • Human Resources – Judi Szatko
  • University Relations – Sarah Schmitt
  • General Counsel’s Office – Andrea Jahn, JD
  • Phoenix Campus – Emily Babcock, DHSc
  • Phoenix Campus – Tracy Monahan

The COVID-19 vaccines do not contain any aborted fetal cells. However, fetal cell lines – cells grown in a laboratory derived from aborted fetal cells collected from aborted fetuses decades ago – were used in testing during research and development of the mRNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna), and during production of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Using these cell lines to test the effectiveness and safety of medications is common practice, and absent alternative vaccines that have no connection at all to these cell lines, the use of vaccines that were tested using these cell lines is considered acceptable by the Catholic Church due to the need to protect public health, especially those most vulnerable to COVID-19.

Current fetal-derived cell lines used to develop the mRNA vaccines, and during production of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, do not contain any tissue from a fetus.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has written that the reasons to accept the COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna are sufficiently serious to justify their use, despite their remote connection to morally compromised cell lines. “In addition,” the bishops write, “receiving the COVID-19 vaccine ought to be understood as an act of charity toward the other members of our community.

In this way, being vaccinated safely against COVID-19 should be considered an act of love of our neighbor and part of our moral responsibility for the common good.”

It also remains noteworthy that Creighton University has historically not allowed for an immunization waiver on religious grounds for students. The safety and health of our students, the University community, and the health of all others has been the reason for this long-held institutional precedent.

Phoenix Campus COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

The Creighton University Health Sciences Campus – Phoenix will host a COVID-19 vaccine clinic for students, faculty and staff on the following date:

  • Feb. 3 – 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Doris S. Norton Ballroom (please register by Jan. 31)

Primary and booster doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be available. The clinic is only open to members of the Creighton community. Register for an appointment. Please upload proof of all vaccinations to the Birdhouse.

Employees can record paid time off for primary vaccination doses. To apply for a medical or religious COVID-19 vaccination exemption, employees are asked to complete the Vaccination Exemption Request Form (see tab above).

The University strongly encourages faculty, staff and students to obtain COVID-19 booster shots. More information on booster shots and eligibility guidelines can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.