Guidance for Students and Parents

Guidance for Students and parents

Creighton has extended the withdrawal deadline to Friday, May 1, for spring 2020 courses meeting Jan. 15- May 9. Visit the Registrar’s Office.

Summer Sessions

Registration is now open for Summer Sessions, with expanded course offerings available online. Students can register through the NEST.

Pass/No Pass 

Creighton University has expanded its pass/no pass policy for the spring 2020 semester. Visit the Registrar’s Office.

What do I do if I think I am exposed or if I get sick?

First, don’t panic!
Next, go to complete this Screening Tool provided by Student Health Education & Compliance.
If YES is the response to any questions, you will be contacted by a Registered Nurse from the Student Health Education and Compliance Office.

What do I do if I have already been told to quarantine?

If you have already been told to quarantine, report it to CoronavirusResponse [at] creighton [dot] edu and you will be contacted by a Registered Nurse from the Student Health Education and Compliance Office.

If you are sick, STAY OUT of CLASS/CLINICAL! Notify your faculty.

  • STAY HOME! Avoid contact with others.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Get plenty of rest!
  • Push non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated fluids such as water, juice, Gatorade.

Who is at higher risk for more serious COVID-19 illness?

Infection control experts consider the following groups at increased risk of complication from COVID-19. Those who have compromised immune systems due to health condition, or treatment for chronic condition that results in decreased ability to fight infection, increased susceptibility to illness.

  • People who have heart or lung disease are more susceptible to illness.
  • Infants 
  • Older people-those over age 65. 

Recommendations for those at higher risk:

  • Contact your primary care provider for direction that is specific to your condition.  The CHI-Health Student Care Clinic can be reached by calling 402.280.2735 option 2.
  • Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about any recent travel and your symptoms. 

More information


Questions about Disability Services & Accommodations?

Disability Services has worked with Creighton’s Teaching and Learning center to ensure that academic accommodations – for those registered with Disability Services – will be moved online to the greatest extent possible.  If you are not registered and are in need of a short-term accommodation as a result of this outbreak, please complete this form.  If you have questions about accommodations, please email disabilityservices [at] creighton [dot] edu


Isolation and Quarantine Spaces

Creighton University is monitoring the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation carefully and is taking proactive and prudent measures to ensure the health and safety of the Creighton community in accordance with best practices from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Douglas County Health Department. As a Jesuit university, we take seriously the call to demonstrate cura personalis, or “care for the whole person.” The University has made preparations to support students who are impacted by COVID-19, with the priority to reduce spread of the virus throughout the community.

Call 402.280.2735 to reach one of our registered nurses.

Isolation Spaces:

In accordance with best practices from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Douglas County Health Department, students who have tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus) will be directed to isolate in an identified campus location. The Douglas County Health Department will notify Creighton University personnel of positive cases. University staff (Student Health/Residential Life) will contact the student and provided the next steps. Students in isolation will have meal service coordinated for them.  A student in isolation will need to remain in the space until they have been released by the office of Student Health Education and Compliance or meet the criteria outlined by the CDC.

Quarantine Spaces:

In accordance with best practices from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Douglas County Health Department, students who have come into contact with students who have tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus), e.g. roommates, will be directed to self-quarantine in their residential room for 14-days. Self-quarantine means that a student will cease all in-person interactions until the 14-day period is over. Students will be asked to remain in their rooms; if they need to leave their room (e.g.,medical appointment or fire alarm), they will be required to wear a mask when exiting the space. Students in self-quarantine will have meal service coordinated for them. Direction to quarantine must be followed until student has been released by the office of Student Health Education and Compliance or meet the criteria outlined by the CDC.

Evaluation of Campus Spaces:

In evaluating campus spaces to establish isolation rooms, the University prioritized the following characteristics in selection:

  • HVAC units in these spaces are self-contained. The air is conditioned (heated/cooled) in-unit, and air is not shared via HVAC between units or common spaces.
  • This virus is spread in large droplets by coughing and sneezing. This means that the air will not infect you!  All the surfaces where these droplets land are infectious for about a week on average.
  • The selected units have the necessary amenities needed to make isolation spaces comfortable for recovering students and effective in containing spread (e.g., in-unit bathrooms and private showers).
  • The units disrupt the fewest number of students in the process of establishing isolation. 
  • The spaces allow for proper staffing and 24-hour desk operations for service, safety and security.
  • The spaces allow the University to continue keep other services and programs open for students. 

If you have questions, please email CoronavirusResponse [at] creighton [dot] edu or call 402.280.2152.


For More Information:

Clinical Environments

Students who have been exposed to COVID-19 in their clinical environment or who have been asked to quarantine, please check with your clinic site location for any updates and instructions. Please notify Creighton at 402.280.2152 or CoronavirusResponse [at] creighton [dot] edu if you receive specific instructions from those sites so this information can be shared with others.


What do I do if I think I am exposed or if I get sick?

First, don’t panic!

Next, go to complete this Screening Tool provided by Student Health Education & Compliance.

If YES is the response to any questions, you will be contacted by a Registered Nurse from the Student Health Education and Compliance Office.

If you are sick, STAY OUT of CLASS/CLINICAL! Notify your faculty.

  • STAY HOME!Avoid contact with others.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Get plenty of rest!
  • Push non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated fluids such as water, juice, Gatorade.

Who is at higher risk for more serious COVID-19 illness?

Infection control experts consider the following groups at increased risk of complication from COVID-19. Those who have compromised immune systems due to health condition, or treatment for chronic condition that results in decreased ability to fight infection, increased susceptibility to illness.

  • People who have heart or lung disease are more susceptible to illness.
  • Infants 
  • Older people-those over age 65. 

Recommendations for those at higher risk:

  • Contact your primary care provider for direction that is specific to your condition.  The CHI-Health Student Care Clinic can be reached by calling 402.280.2735 option 2.
  • Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about any recent travel and your symptoms. 

More information


Travel Reporting Form for all Community Members

In an effort to help keep our Creighton campus members safe and healthy, all students, faculty, and staff are asked to register their travel (personal or university-sponsored) starting March 6, 2020.  If you are currently traveling or planning travel to occur before May 31, 2020 please register your travel. This is extremely important for follow-up from the Student Health Education & Compliance Office and Douglas County Health Department in the event of further spread of the virus. To register your travel please fill out this Travel Reporting Form.


For more information

Health Insurance

For parents who have recently lost health insurance coverage, perhaps due to COVID-19, your student may be eligible for enrollment on the student health insurance plan offered through the University. There is a wealth of information about the plan that can be found on our student life insurance requirements page. Inquiries may be directed to studentinsurance [at] creighton [dot] edu.