Report Illness

If you are affiliated with DIU and begin experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with a confirmed case, please contact Stephen Peterson at covid@diu.edu or 641.758.4334. If you would like to contact our on-campus clinic for medical advice, you may do so by calling them at 972.708.7408. 

Testing

Should you be tested for COVID-19? Where are the best places to do so in the Dallas areaCheck out our COVID-19 Testing FAQ here. 

Vaccination

COVID-19 vaccines are widely available in the Dallas area for all adults. Find information on how to get vaccinated here. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Accessing Campus 

When you enter the campus at 7500 W Camp Wisdom Road, turn right and go to the west gate (open during business hours) to access the Mahler or Pike buildings. If going to the Pike building or Student Life Center, turn left after entering campus and use your badge to open the east gate. The badges of students, faculty, and staff will open the gates and school buildings from 6:30 AM to 10:00 PM seven days a week. Visitors and delivery drivers who do not have a badge can push the call button on the east gate, which is staffed 8:15 AM to 5:00 PM business days. If you live at the International Linguistics Center, your badge will open the gate any time of any day. 

 

Current Precautions 

Beginning February 1, 2022, mask wearing and social distancing will be optional in all DIU areas (offices, hallways, classrooms, lounges, library and computer lab). Please continue to observe the ILC protocols in their spaces (Mahler Lobby, the Dining Hall, and the Event Center, including Transform). Faculty/staff may designate their office as “mask required” with a posted sign. All DIU personnel should carry a mask with them and mask up when interacting with someone who is wearing a mask.

HEPA filters have been installed in all classrooms to help reduce the risk of viral spread, and students have ready access to hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes in all DIU buildings. Students with COVID-related health concerns are invited to attend class virtually. 

Students in the Guest House are required to adhere to the ILC’s COVID-19 policies. The ILC does not currently require vaccination for students in campus housing, though it is highly recommended. 

 

If I feel ill, should I go to the Health Clinic? 

If you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, do not go to the Health Clinic without calling first. Phone the Health Clinic at 972-708-7408 and report that you are not well. They will give instructions for getting help. The Health Clinic hours are now M,W,Th,F mornings 8:30 AM -12:00 PM and Tuesday afternoons 1:30 – 4:30 PM. If you suspect that you may have COVID-19 or have been exposed to it, please also contact Stephen Peterson, our Associate Dean of Students at COVID@diu.edu or call/text 641-758-4334.

If you are looking for testing options or trying to evaluate whether or not you should be tested, reference this document with some basic information. 

 

What happens if someone comes down with COVID-19? 

If someone affiliated with DIU becomes symptomatic or tests positive for COVID-19, they should immediately quarantine in their place of residence and contact COVID@diu.edu. We will begin the process of contact tracing using the CDC’s current criteria for “close contacts” as a guide. Individuals with COVID-19 should remain quarantined for at least 5 days (other symptoms must be improving and they should be fever-free for 24hrs before releasing). Infected individuals should continue masking in public through day 10. 

Any DIU personnel exposed to a case of COVID-19 will be required to quarantine for 5 days followed by 5 days of mandatory masking on campus. Vaccinated personnel will be exempt from this quarantine requirement if they have received a booster dose, are less than six months out from their second mRNA dose, or are less than two months out from their J&J vaccine. Exempted individuals should still mask for 10 days after exposure. Individuals who have had a confirmed COVID-19 infection within the past 90 days who have subsequently recovered and no longer have COVID-19 symptoms also do not need to quarantine following an exposure. 

Any local DIU personnel who are in quarantine will receive daily check-ins and will have access to meal/grocery delivery by volunteers, if needed. 

 

Do students coming from overseas have additional restrictions? 

All students, faculty, and staff arriving from overseas are required to abide by the CDC’s guidelines for international travel.