Judson Coronavirus FAQs | Judson University Christian College

Judson Coronavirus FAQs

Revised Oct. 2, 2020 

Campus Life

Is the Judson University campus open?
Judson University is open for in person learning at both its Elgin and Rockford campuses. The health and safety of our community is our top priority. We have robust cleaning and safety protocols following the CDC guidelines to maintain the health and safety of our campus community. Judson also has instituted a tracking and tracing program to monitor and quickly respond should individuals be exposed to someone with COVID-19, display possible symptoms of COVID-19 or actually test positive for the illness.

Is Judson open for visitors?
Various university staff are conducting routine health screenings, including Campus Safety, RISE, Athletics and Admissions. This screening includes checking temperatures and inquiring about symptoms of COVID-19. Additionally, we ask screening questions of visitors, maintain visitor logs and ask all visitors to comply with our mask and physical distancing protocols in compliance with Illinois guidance.

In September, Judson held Homecoming, Family Weekend and Commencement and was diligently following these same safeguards. Our guests to campus are in a safe environment as we are keeping attendance at events to the appropriate level for each room. We also to remind our community and our guests to maintain physical distancing and wear masks.

For students living on campus, Judson's Residence Halls are not open to visitors for the time being. This policy is subject to review and change.

How will COVID impact students applying for admission to Judson for 2021?
We are asking that campus visits exclude the resident halls for the time being. During campus visits, Judson has videos of dorms to show visiting families residential life and to avoid having visitors to the residential halls.

Do Judson’s students need to sign any document regarding COVID?
Judson students must complete the COVID-19 Community Expectations form and the Community Pledge. (The electronic forms located on the Wellness Center page in MyJudson and contains a link to the Community Pledge form.)

Are students required to have a COVID test?
Judson athletes are required by the NAIA to have a negative COVID-19 test within 7 days of each competition. Otherwise the Judson University does not require testing.

Are masks required?
Masks are required upon entry to campus buildings and in public areas. Masks are also required in situations where 6 feet of physical distancing cannot be maintained. Judson’s mask protocol states that:
• Masks will be worn upon entering all buildings and walking in hallways
• In-person classes – both Elgin and Rockford – require a mask to be worn unless the professor makes an exception
• Students who cannot wear a mask must secure an ADA accommodation
• Students who do not want to wear a mask will move to digital learning for that class if one is already created for that course or select an alternative course for that term.
• When six-feet of physical distancing cannot be maintained then please wear a mask
• Enforcement: Concerns are to be reported to Campus Safety, University Cabinet member or direct supervisor – do not escalate or attempt to enforce mask wearing.
• Each building had a sign posted at the entrance about wearing masks.

What athletic programs are currently playing this fall?
Judson University has made the decision to move their seasons for Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer, and Women’s Volleyball until the spring of 2021. This decision was made to follow suit with the CCAC and NAIA’s decisions to move these sports’ championships to the spring semester. Competitive Athletic play is continuing this fall for football, cross country, tennis and golf. Judson is following the safety guidelines issues by the NAIA for safety of its athletes and coaching staff.

How are Judson’s food service partners providing safe food and dining experiences?
Judson’s Dining hall continues to practice social distancing in line and while in the Dining Hall. The space has been re-oriented for a better, more appropriate traffic flow. Students are required to wear masks when not eating in the Dining Hall. The Dining Hall has adjusted their capacity to comply with Health Department regulations. They close every 45 minutes to clean in between groups. Students have the option to get a select menu of options from Riverside Café and Jerry's Café. Fresh Ideas will soon begin a Text-To-Go system. Currently, Judson students on the meal plan are allowed to fill up a box and take it with them to go should they not want to dine with others. 

How is Judson safeguarding common spaces?
Furniture in common spaces has been removed to encourage physical distancing and limit groups of students from gathering. The university is enforcing mask policies in these spaces as well as reminding students to keep 6 feet apart. 

What are the health and safety guidelines in effect for Judson’s Rockford campus?
Classes in Rockford are following Judson’s mask and safety protocols. The university is also following the same cleaning protocols at the Rockford Campus.

What are Judson’s cleaning protocols?
Judson’s Plant Operations team is cleaning and disinfecting common areas multiple times daily on campus. Our Plant Operations Team disinfects common areas and buildings throughout the day including railings, counters, and door handles. Our Campus Safety team is equipped with a disinfectant aerosol machine that they use in the evenings and on weekends in common areas and dorms. We have also hired student workers to sanitize dormitory common areas after hours. The cafeteria also has its own cleaning procedures that staff follow throughout the day.

For classrooms we also provide disinfecting supplies to be used by students and faculty following each in-person class.

Health

Are there any cases of COVID on Judson’s campus?
Within the first two weeks of courses, Judson reported only three individuals tested positive with COVID-19. Those individuals were quarantining and isolating off campus and on campus. In an email to the community on September 17, Judson reported that one more individual had tested positive for COVID and between 45-50 students began a 14-day isolation or quarantine at home or on campus. (Updated Sept. 17, 2020)

What happens when a COVID case is suspected or proven to be on campus?
Judson University will isolate anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or who tests positive for COVID-19 for at least 10 days. The university will quarantine individuals for at least 14 days if they are exposed to someone with COVID-19. This decision process is housed with our Campus Healthcare Coordinator Kristina Browne, who is a licensed paramedic and certified in contact tracing. We have other staff who are also certified in contact tracing that may assist her. The Campus Healthcare Coordinator maintains any medical records in compliance with HIPAA to protect patient privacy.

For any persons who cannot leave campus and must isolate or quarantine on-campus, there are private rooms set aside specifically for this purpose. Student Life will help provide for food, medication, and counseling needs of quarantined or isolated students. The Campus Healthcare Coordinator will conduct periodic well-being checks either in person or by phone of any on-campus persons in quarantine or isolation.

Judson is following the current CDC guidance, which focuses on watching for symptoms and time (isolation and quarantine). https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/duration-isolation.html.
In accordance with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Illinois Department of Public Health, any employee, student, or other community member who has traveled to a Level 3 country where there is widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19 (currently China, South Korea, Italy, Iran, and European countries) should self-isolate and not return to campus for 14 days upon return to the United States. The same is true for individuals who have had close contact with confirmed cases. 

Employees diagnosed with COVID-19 should follow the isolation instructions of their primary care provider and not return to campus until given clearance by their medical provider.

For Judson University employees, what are my rights under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act?
Should the need arise, Judson University's employees may have assistance should they or a member of their family develop COVID-19 to use sick time or the Family Medical Leave through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. For more informations, visit the health forms section of the employee portal in MyJudson.

What should I do if I think I have COVID-19?
If you are an on-campus student and develop a cough, fever, and difficulty breathing, please call Campus Safety at 847-622-9999 and rely on medical care at your local doctor or Advocate Sherman Hospital/AMITA St. Joseph Hospital for testing and treatment.  Please report your arrival by phone for instructions on an evaluation for COVID-19 before entering any healthcare facility. If you are an employee or other community member, call your primary care provider for further instructions.

I’m sick. How do I know if it is COVID-19?
If you are an on-campus student and develop a cough, fever, and difficulty breathing within 14 days after travel, please call Campus Safety at 847-622-9999 and rely on medical care at your local doctor or Advocate Sherman Hospital or AMITA St. Joseph Hospital for testing and treatment. If you are an employee or other community member, call your primary care provider for further instructions.

How are students who are ill having their privacy safeguarded?
Only necessary staff are aware of students who are in isolation or quarantine. Meal runners will be assigned to rooms to deliver meals without any student information being shared.

Travel 

What should I do if I have recently traveled to a “Level 3” Country or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 symptoms?
In accordance with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Illinois Department of Public Health, any employee, student, or other community member who has traveled to a Level 3 country, now including European countries where there is widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19 should self-isolate and not return to campus for 14 days upon return to the United States. Affected students requesting to live on campus with this exposure should contact Campus Safety at 847-622-9999.

 

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