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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.

Visitors to campus can choose whether to wear a face covering based on their personal preference and informed by their personal level of risk. Face coverings are required in areas of patient contact, including clinic lobbies and waiting areas, and employees who are unvaccinated and have an approved exemption from the University are expected to wear a face covering indoors.

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.

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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Out of an abundance of caution for more vulnerable patient populations, Creighton University faculty, staff and students are required to wear face coverings in areas where there is direct patient contact, including clinic lobbies and waiting areas.

In addition, all employees who are unvaccinated and have an approved exemption from the University are expected to wear a face covering indoors, except when eating or drinking or in a private office. All University guests can choose whether to wear a face covering based on their personal preference and informed by their personal level of risk.

Requesting N95 Masks

N95 masks are also available but are reserved for students, faculty and staff in clinical laboratory and patient-care settings. To request an N95 mask and fitting with Environmental Health and Safety, either for groups or individuals:

  • Faculty and staff should contact their school, college or department “facilitator” (see the “Requests for COVID-19 Supplies, PPE” tab below)
  • Students should contact their dean’s office

All full time students are required to be compliant with Creighton University’s immunization requirements, unless an approved religious or medical exemption is file with the University. To continue to make progress toward ever-changing federal guidelines, Creighton University is requiring all employees, including new hires, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved religious or medical exemption on file with the University. (See “Vaccine Exemption Request Forms” and “Federal Guidelines for Employees” below.)

Employees, working with their managers, can record paid time off for primary vaccination doses. (This does not include booster shots.)

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

All full time students are required to be compliant with Creighton University’s immunization requirements, unless an approved religious or medical exemption is file with the University. To continue to make progress toward ever-changing federal guidelines, Creighton University is requiring all employees, including new hires, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved religious or medical exemption on file with the University. (See “Vaccine Exemption Request Forms” and “Federal Guidelines for Employees” above.)

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.

Requesting N95 Masks

N95 masks are also available but are reserved for students, faculty and staff in clinical laboratory and patient-care settings. To request an N95 mask and fitting with Environmental Health and Safety, either for groups or individuals:

  • Faculty and staff should contact their school, college or department “facilitator” (see list below)
  • Students should contact their dean’s office

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/Department Requestor
Academic Success (Student Success, Disability Services, TRIO programs, Student and Family Support) Rob Johnson
Center for Faculty Excellence Mary Emmer
Center for Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research (CIPER) Amy Lounsberry
Clinical Education & Simulation Center Jan Stawniak
College of Arts and Sciences Will Solomon
College of Nursing Lucas Manning
Creighton University at Highlander Renee Mixan
Creighton University Athletics Steve Brace
Department of Interdisciplinary Studies Monica Chapeau
Department of Public Safety Jessica Weaver
Division of Information Technology Debbie Halstrom
Division of Mission and Ministry Ebeth Syphers
Division of Student Life Rob Johnson
EMS Education Sheryl Oviatt
Enrollment Management (Undergraduate Admissions, Graduate and Adult Recruitment and Marketing, Financial Aid Office, Office of the Registrar and Business Office) Evie Madvig
Facilities Management Matt McKenzie
Global Engagement Office JoEllen Newell
Graduate Medical Education Itzel Perez
Graduate School and College of Professional Studies Dean’s Office Renee Mixan
Health Sciences Multicultural and Community Affairs Department (HS-MACA) Renee Mixan
Heider College of Business Laura Walker
Human Resources Malyn Rasmussen & Rachel Simonds
Office of the President David Barnam
Phoenix Health Sciences Campus Xavier Torres
Physician Assistant Program Geri Horton
Reinert-Alumni Library and Health Sciences Library Sarah Stapp
School of Dentistry  Winston Yapp
School of Law Janet Bruning
School of Medicine Garland Jarmon
School of Pharmacy and Health Professions Kim Savicky
University Communications and Marketing Chuck Coleman
University Relations Kari 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.”