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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
When you enter the campus at 7500 W Camp Wisdom Road, turn left and go to the east gate. The swipe 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, 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.
Masks are required in all classrooms and public spaces except for the 4 Points Lounge and the Student Life Center. However, to ensure that course presentations are clearly audible to virtual attendees, masks are optional for instructors while they are teaching. The mask requirement may also be temporarily relaxed by instructors when the coursework requires the ability to see faces (especially for courses like Phonetics). 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, though they must choose during the first week of class whether they prefer to attend in the room or virtually.
Students in the dorm 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.
Transform is being conducted using a combination of in-person and Zoom. Those attending in the room at Transform are required to wear a mask. Vulnerable individuals should be especially cautious about attending any large gathering.
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. Phone the Health Clinic and report that you are not well at 972-708-7408. 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 a Dallas-area student becomes symptomatic or tests positive for COVID-19, we will immediately place them in quarantine in their place of residence and begin the process of contact tracing using the CDC’s current criteria for “close contacts” as a guide. All close contacts on-campus will be notified and those who are not vaccinated will be required to quarantine for a minimum of 10 days from the date of their last close contact with the case or until the person they came in close contact with is confirmed not to be a COVID-19 case via PCR test. Students that are in quarantine will receive daily check-ins and will be placed on a meal/grocery delivery schedule, if needed. Students with a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 will be required to quarantine until they meet the CDC’s criteria to end quarantine. Symptomatic individuals who test negative for COVID-19 on a PCR test will be allowed to return to campus once symptoms have disappeared (or when the ILC Clinic clears them to return, if specific medical guidance is needed).
Fully vaccinated individuals who are exposed to a suspected or confirmed case will be asked to exercise increased caution and should get tested 3-5 days after the date of exposure. They will not be required to quarantine unless they become symptomatic or test positive for COVID-19.
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.