University Updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19) & Travel Restrictions

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

This webpage has been established to act as the main location to update our Friends University community of any changes or pertinent information you need to know. It can be accessed at www.friends.edu/coronavirus. We encourage you to share this page and check it daily.

Below is a list of important information related to Friends University’s COVID-19 response:

Older COVID-19 related news can be found on the COVID-19 news archive page.

For students who need ADA services, please view our ADA information below.

Take the Falcon Pledge to protect yourself and others and help stop the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Statistics Dashboard

Current numbers are as of Jan. 15, 2021.

Positive Case Statistics
StudentsStaff & Faculty
Current Positive Cases72
Total Positive Cases*13541
Quarantine Statistics
StudentsStaff & Faculty
Current Quarantines155
Total Quarantines*577165

*Total positive cases and total quarantine statistics since August 12, 2020.

Travel Restrictions & Mandates

Friends University students, faculty and staff will adhere to new KDHE travel mandates

KDHE has issued the following new guidelines regarding travel for individuals who have traveled on or after March 15 to hot-spot locations. These individuals are mandated to follow the 14-day home quarantine procedures. Friends University students, faculty or staff who have traveled to the wide-spread COVID-19 areas will not be allowed on campus or in residence halls until the 14-day quarantine has been completed. In the event a student is in quarantine during the specified move out days, they can contact Residence Life at reslife@friends.edu to schedule an alternative time to retrieve their belongings.

The following locations are considered hot-spot areas and require the 14-day quarantine:

  • Attendance at any out-of-state mass gatherings of 500 or more where you did not socially distance (6 feet) and wear a mask. Mass gatherings are defined as any event or convening that brings together 500 or more persons in a single room or space at the same time such as an auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall, theater or any other confined indoor or outdoor space. This includes parades, fairs and festivals. Mass gatherings does not include normal operations of airports, bus and train stations, medical facilities, libraries, shopping malls and centers, or other spaces where 500 or more persons may be in transit. It also does not include typical office environments, schools, restaurants, factories or retail/grocery stores where large numbers of people are present, but it is unusual for them to be within 6 feet of one another for more than 10 minutes.
  • Traveled on a cruise ship or river cruise on or after March 15.

International travelers from other countries will need to follow CDC re-entry protocol and subsequent quarantine guidance upon entry into the U.S. and Kansas. For more information on KDHE travel regulations and proper quarantine procedures, visit https://www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/175/Travel-Exposure-Related-Isolation-Quaran.

Helpful Videos:

Helpful CDC Guidelines:

Classroom guidelines and mask policy will be provided soon.

NAIA Guidelines and Recommendations

The NAIA released guidelines for fall sports returning to play. Visit https://www.naia.org/covid19/files/Fall_2020_Guidelines_7.10.20_v2.pdf for more information.

Important COVID-19 Updates

January 13, 2021 New Free-Standing Thermometers Available on Campus

Dear Students,

Welcome back to campus! Check out the addition of the new free-standing thermometers available around campus. These are for your use and convenience to check your temperature. The free-standing display provides a simple way for you to monitor signs and symptoms of the COVID-19 illness, along with no-contact temperature scanning. If your temperature is 100.4 degrees or higher, notate this reading in the ATS Symptom Tracker immediately and refrain from attending your class, practice, rehearsals and interacting with others. Don’t forget to communicate this with your professors or coaches to make any necessary arrangements. 

Please continue to monitor symptoms and complete the ATS Symptom Checker daily. Your cooperation is imperative to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

 How can I help stop the spread of COVID-19?

  • Wear a face mask
  • Maintain social distancing – 6 feet apart
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water is not available
  • Stay home from class or activities when you are sick or waiting for results of a COVID-19 test
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • If you have been identified as a close contact of a confirmed COVID case, please contact Mike Witherspoon at COVID@friends.edu and stay home and quarantine as directed

What are possible symptoms of COVID-19?

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever of 100.4F or greater
  • Chills or shivering
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue or feeling more tired than normal

Should you have any questions please feel free to reach out to the COVID hotline at COVID@friends.edu or 316-295-5298.

Resources from the CDC are listed below.

Covid-19 Symptoms – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

Covid-19 Testing – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/testing/index.html

Covid-19 Vaccines – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html

Sincerely, 

Guy Chmieleski, D.Min 
Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Campus Ministries 
Friends University 

January 11, 2021 COVID ATS Symptom Reminder

Dear Students: 

As we all come back to Friends for the start of the spring semester, it is imperative that we continue to remain strong and vigilant for the health and safety of our Friends community. Over the holidays many of us traveled or spent time with friends and family so we now need to ask you once again to help keep each other safe. Whether you have already had Covid-19 or even if you have just tested negative, we ask you to help us keep our campus open by wearing your mask, socially distancing and washing your hands.  In addition, we will continue our policy of asking all students to complete the ATS Symptom Tracker daily. This is a critical way for us to help you and a way for you to help our community fight against the spread of COVID-19.   

If you have not signed up for the ATS Symptom Tracker, please click the button below to open the instructions on how to do so.

Thank you,

Guy Chmielski

January 4, 2021 COVID Update

Dear Friends Students and Parents:

We hope you have had a wonderful holiday break and are ready for the spring semester to begin on Monday, Jan. 11.  As we prepare to return to campus, please take a moment to review the testing policy listed below for the spring semester. 

  • Begin logging your daily information on the ATS Symptom Checker beginning Monday, Jan. 4.

Individuals showing symptoms will use a rapid COVID test and follow the guidelines listed below:

  • If the COVID test is positive: You will need to isolate per the current policy and CDC guidelines.
  • If you have a COVID exposure, then quarantine is needed. A rapid test will be conducted using a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test on Day 7.
    • If the test is positive, you will need to isolate.
    • If the test is negative on day 7, you may return to class, work, athletics, etc. on day 8.

We look forward to another in-person semester and are excited to see your faces on campus. We cannot do this without all of you and the measures we are all taking to make it possible. Please continue to follow CDC guidelines, wear a mask, wash your hands, avoid large gatherings and practice safe social distancing. For the most up-to-date information be sure to visit the Friends University COVID web page here. This new year brings a new semester full of hope as we continue to pray for God’s blessing and protection. 

Happy New Year!

Sincerely,

Guy Chmieleski, D.Min.
Friends University
Vice President of Student Affairs | Dean of Campus Ministries

Nov. 18, 2020 Thanksgiving Update

Dear Students, 

Fall and winter holiday breaks often include large gatherings of families and friends, crowded parties, and travel that may put people at increased risk for COVID-19. We know that these times together are important, but in an ongoing pandemic with widespread transmission, the safest option is to limit your exposure.  Anytime you gather with people you have not been around for a while, the risk of infection increases for everyone. This virus is being spread by people without symptoms!  

We want you to stay safe over Thanksgiving.  Here are some ideas on how you can do that: 

  • Plan a dinner with the people who live with you.  
  • Don’t go to restaurants or parties with your friends unless you know that social distancing and capacity limits will be followed. Crowds and drinking have been associated with outbreaks of COVID-19.  

If you do have a gathering, do it in a way that slows transmission: 

  • Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath, etc.) or who has been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 14 days should be encouraged to sit this year’s celebration out.  
  • Before the gathering, establish the expectation that everyone wears a mask. Consider getting your guests holiday-themed masks as a party favor and encourage everyone to wear a mask until it is time to eat. 
  • Arrange your furniture so it is easy for people to stay 6 feet apart. 
  • Keep the gathering small – the fewer, the better. Write down the guest list in case someone tests positive afterward. 
  • Choose activities that you can do while still staying far apart and wearing masks. 

Traveling 

If you must travel away from campus or your local community during the break, we strongly encourage you to conclude the remainder of the semester after Thanksgiving in a remote format. Again, traveling can put people at greater risk of getting sick.

Before you travel, consider: 

  • How much COVID-19 is spreading where you are going and how much it is spreading on campus or in your local community? 
  • Whether you, someone you are traveling with, or someone you are visiting are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. 
  • How easy or difficult it will be to keep 6 feet between people. 
  • If you feel sick, get tested, and stay home.  You don’t want to get others sick! 

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Holiday Celebrations 

Considerations for Events and Gatherings 

Events and Gatherings Readiness and Planning Tool (PDF) 

Praying you all have a blessed and safe Thanksgiving break!

Guy Chmieleski, D.Min 
Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Campus Ministries 
Friends University 

Nov. 6, 2020 COVID Update

Dear Parents:

This information was sent to your student this morning.

Please read the following reminder regarding the upcoming Thanksgiving break. 

It is important to us at Friends University that we do our part to help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus. In doing so, we strongly encourage you to conclude the remainder of the semester after Thanksgiving in a remote format if you will be traveling outside the Wichita metropolitan area for the Thanksgiving holiday.  

Friends University offices and campus services will still be open, and classes will resume on Nov. 30 after the Thanksgiving holiday. We will continue to offer in-person classes and Zoom classes will also be available to students for the remaining two weeks of the semester. We ask that you use your best judgment and review the COVID numbers for your town and county in determining if returning to campus is in the best interest of our Friends community.  Food service will also remain open and available after the Thanksgiving break through Dec. 11.  

We are pleased to see the good progress being made on lowering our COVID-19 positive and quarantine cases. At the writing of this email, we are currently at 12 positives and 51 students in quarantine. While still not as low as we would like, our numbers are going down daily. Keep up the good work – remember to wear your mask, practice social distancing protocols, wash your hands, and follow all other CDC safety guidelines.   

Please continue to be vigilant with your COVID mitigation efforts through the Thanksgiving break (Nov. 25-29) as you interact with family and friends. We are looking ahead to the spring semester and will continue with the 2020-2021 Academic Calendar with classes resuming on Jan. 11, 2021.   

Let us continue to pray for God’s blessing and protection for our Friends community as we finish the fall semester.  

Sincerely, 

Guy Chmieleski, D.Min 
Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Campus Ministries 
Friends University 

Oct. 29, 2020 COVID Update

Dear Students and Parents: 

I know you have been hearing from us a lot lately regarding Covid and I want to share some good news with you. Our Covid cases have dropped significantly this week. We currently have thirteen students testing positive and 81 in quarantine with a likely reduction of 30 of our quarantined students tomorrow. While these numbers are certainly higher than we would like, I would like to say a huge “thank you” to all of you who have been diligent in wearing masks, socially distancing and washing your hands, and to all of you who observed a full quarantine or isolation. Your efforts are paying off!  

Please continue this good work. I know you’re tired of Covid. So am I! But this is not the time to let down our efforts. All of us here at Friends University want you to continue to be able to take classes on campus, play sports, participate in the Fine Arts, and do as many of the other “typical” college activities we can safely provide during this pandemic.  

Please know that we will continue to send you Covid updates through email, Friday Instagram posts, the dashboard on the website, and you can always contact the Covid hotline with any specific questions (COVID@friends.edu or 316-295-5289).  

We know there will be ups and downs but we are in this together and in it with an AWESOME GOD who is ultimately in control. 

Stay safe! 

Dr. Amy Bragg Carey 

President 

Friends University 

Oct. 28, 2020 Testing Update

Friends Students, Parents, Faculty and Staff, 

We are happy to announce that we now have a new Sofia 2 Testing Machine at Friends University. This test machine will allow us to do rapid testing (results within 15 minutes) of Friends University students, faculty and staff for COVID-19. From now and through Thanksgiving, tests will be administered under these circumstances unless advised differently by medical staff: 

  • Temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher plus one other symptom of COVID-19 
  • Three or more symptoms commonly associated with COVID-19 

Students, faculty and staff who have been in close contact – within 6 feet of someone else with a case of COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes cumulative over a period of 24 hours – you will be required to quarantine for 14 days.  

Testing referrals will be directed by the Athletic Training Staff for student-athletes and coaches, by Mike Witherspoon from the President’s Office for all other students and by Vi Bumgarner for non-athletic faculty and staff. Tests will be by appointment only and will be operated out of the Garvey Center. No one should go to the Athletic Training Room directly and request a test.  

Please know the safety of our students, faculty and staff continues to be of the utmost importance to us here at Friends University. While we are thankful to be able to provide this new, on-campus testing service, efforts to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 should be our first line of defense. Please continue to follow the CDC guidelines of avoiding close contact, wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth, and washing your hands frequently.   

If you have any questions regarding our new testing procedures, please contact our Covid hotline at COVID@friends.edu or 316-295-5289.  

Stay safe! 

Guy Chmieleski  

Oct 20, 2020 Covid Updates

Dear Students,

As of Oct. 20, 2020, we have been notified of one Friends University employee and 32 students who have tested positive for coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Individuals determined to be a close contact with any of these individuals have been notified if they need to be quarantined. In addition, we have over 150 students who are currently in quarantine and eight faculty/staff awaiting test results or in quarantine as well. If you do not receive a notification from Mike Witherspoon or the Sedgwick County Health Department, you are not being asked to quarantine at this time, nor does anyone in your household need to quarantine.

We are asking students who have tested positive and those in quarantine to attend class virtually. The increase in positive cases on campus serves as a reminder to follow the recommendations to help stop the spread of the virus. It is imperative that you stay home if you aren’t feeling well, wear masks, and stay 6 feet apart. If you have concerns about being on campus, please talk to your professors.

 What happens on campus because of the positive tests?

  • The Covid Response team will decide next steps with the Sedgwick County Health Department
  • All people on campus who are identified as close contacts will be contacted with specific quarantine instructions.
  • Students who are asked to quarantine will need to complete their academic work online or via zoom. These students need to notify their instructors and work out a plan to attend class remotely using one of these options.
  • Physical Plant shall clean and disinfect the areas of possible infection.

Individuals testing positive will not be allowed to return to campus for at least 10 days, or are clear of symptoms for at least 72 hours, whichever is longer. 

 How can I help stop the spread of COVID-19?

  • Wear a face mask
  • Maintain social distancing – 6 feet apart
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water is not available
  • Stay home from school and social activities when you are sick or waiting for results of a COVID-19 test
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • If you have been identified as a household contact or close contact of a confirmed COVID case, please stay home and quarantine as directed

 What are possible symptoms of COVID-19?

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever of 100.4F or greater
  • Chills or shivering
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue or feeling more tired than normal

If you, a family member, or a roommate develop symptoms, call your healthcare provider or the Sedgwick County Health Department at 316-660-7300. You can also call 2-1-1 to find a COVID testing site, and access additional COVID information online at https://www.sedgwickcounty.org/covid-19/covid-19-faqs-for-the-general-public/.  

 We are closely monitoring these situations and will provide you with updates as we know more. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 Guy Chmieleski

Oct. 12, 2020 Important Fall Semester Information and Dates

Dear Students:

Fall break is nearly here and we are thankful for the blessings the fall semester has brought thus far. As we approach the upcoming breaks and holidays, we would like to share some important information and dates with you.

For students who are traveling outside of the Wichita metropolitan area for the Thanksgiving holiday, we strongly encourage you to conclude the remainder of the semester, including one week of classes and finals week, in a remote format. We feel this is one way students and families can help continue to combat the spread of COVID-19 at Friends University.

Friends University offices and campus services will still be open and in-person classes will resume on Nov. 30 after the Thanksgiving holiday for students who did not travel outside the metro area or students who are required to be on campus. Food service will also remain open and available after the Thanksgiving break. Students such as athletes, student workers and international students who need to return to campus may do so. Please see your coach or supervisor if you have specific questions or concerns.

We appreciate the diligence of our Friends community for helping to keep our positive COVID cases low and our community safe, but we are not through COVID-19 yet. Please continue to be vigilant at fall break (Oct. 15-16), Thanksgiving break (Nov. 25-27) and during the Christmas holiday season (Dec. 12 – Jan. 10), as you interact with family and friends. Remember to wear your mask, practice social distancing protocols, wash your hands, and follow all other CDC safety guidelines.  

We are looking ahead to the spring semester and will continue with the 2020-2021 Academic Calendar with classes resuming on Jan. 11, 2021.  Let us continue to pray for God’s blessing and protection for our Friends community as we finish the fall semester.

Sincerely,

Guy Chmieleski, D.Min

Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Campus Ministries

Friends University

Sept. 23, 2020 Center on Family Living

Beginning Monday, October 5th we will resume offering on ground therapy services. We will also continue to offer telemental health sessions to existing and new clients currently living in the state of Kansas. Sessions will be conducted using video through Zoom. In order to access Zoom, clients will need a smart phone, tablet, laptop or computer.

Students interested in on ground or telemental health services may go to the Center on Family Living webpage (insert this link  https://www.friends.edu/cfl for the underlined words) to request services or call (316) 295-5638.

Students may also contact 2-1-1 for a current list of mental health resources or the main line at Comcare of Sedgwick County at (316) 660-7700. Employees may contact EMPAC at (316) 265-9922.

Sept. 18, 2020 COVID Update

Friends Students and Parents,

We hope this message finds you and your families doing well and keeping safe. 

It’s now about two weeks after the Labor Day weekend and we thought it was time to give you a quick Covid update regarding the virus on our campus. Once again, we continue to be pleased with how most of our students continue to wear masks, social distance, wash their hands and take our daily symptom checker. 

Currently, throughout the entire Friends University community (students, faculty and staff) we have thirteen people in quarantine and two positive test cases. Contact tracing has taken place and anyone needing to quarantine has been notified and is included in these numbers. 

Students – Do not let up! You are doing a great job with the daily symptom tracker and this needs to continue. Please, please disclose any symptoms through the tracker so we can continue to protect each other and help keep Friends University safe from the spread of this virus. 

Here once again is the Pledge we have asked our community to live by. We love having you on our campus and with continued efforts from all of us, we will be able to learn, serve and grow together throughout the year. 

We pray for your safety and for God’s blessings and protection to surround all of us here at Friends University.

Have a great weekend!


Guy Chmieleski, D.Min.
Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Campus Ministries
Friends University 

Sept. 9, 2020 Testing for COVID – Flow Chart

Students!

Please find attached a flow chart related to testing for COVID.

We continue to be encouraged by our numbers on campus, as well as all who are wearing masks and social distancing!

Should you find yourself feeling ill, in quarantine, needing a ride to a test, or needing to report a list of close contacts who may have been exposed to a positive test case – please reach out to Mike Witherspoon, from our COVID Response Team, at COVID@friends.edu or 316-295-5289.

Thanks,

Guy Chmieleski, D.Min.
Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Campus Ministries
Friends University

Aug. 28, 2020 COVID-19 Week 2 Update

Friends Students and Parents,

It is already the end of the second week of class here at Friends University and overall, we are very pleased with how our students are being vigilant with our required Covid-19 mitigation procedures of wearing masks, social distancing, washing hands, and taking our daily symptom checker. Since this is a very fluid situation, we think it’s time to give you a more specific update regarding this virus.

Three Friends University students are currently in isolation after testing positive for Covid-19 and contact tracking has taken place. Due to this and also due to Covid exposure off-campus, we currently have 24 students in quarantine. As a reminder, if anyone tests positive at Friends (whether asymptomatic or symptomatic), they will isolate and contact our Covid-19 Response Team so contact tracing may begin. Our faculty will also work to make sure students are able to keep up with their assignments. At this time, we can quarantine all exposed students on campus. Meals are being delivered to them and they are being checked on daily. We have spent months working on our Covid-19 mitigation procedures and these protocols are now being implemented. We are thankful to the Lord for his protection and ask you to pray with us for our students in isolation or quarantine.

Now is the time to “double-down” on our own Covid-19 mitigation procedures. Students – Please be honest when filling out your daily symptom tracker. It is much better to disclose any symptoms you may have rather than hide this and risk infecting others besides yourself. And certainly, you may have symptoms that are NOT related to Covid-19. Remember, we all took a Pledge at the beginning of the year to “do my part and take responsibility for my own health, the protection of others and help keep the Friends community safe from the spread of Covid-19…”

Friends University is an amazing community of students, faculty and staff. Let’s continue to work together, take care of each other and pray that the Lord will continue to walk with us and protect us during this time of pandemic.

Guy Chmieleski, D.Min.
Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Campus Ministries
Friends University 

Aug. 6, 2020 Athletics Safety Guidelines and Policies Update

 Coaches and Student-Athletes, 

We will welcome fall athletes to campus in one week. We are excited to begin the new year and to have students back on campus. The purpose of this letter is to give an update of the recent NAIA and KCAC decisions and to inform you of institutional policies that will need to be followed to have a successful return to play. 

We want to reiterate that we understand individuals have different levels of comfort with returning to school and participating in athletics. Any student-athlete that wishes to opt out of competition due to health concerns but wants to remain a student at Friends University will be allowed to retain their athletic scholarship. 

Last week, the NAIA announced that all fall sports championships are moved to the spring. They are allowing conferences to have autonomy determining schedules for the fall. Currently, the KCAC Board of Presidents has asked our KCAC COVID Task Force to present options of playing a normal schedule in the fall and splitting the schedule between the fall and spring. We anticipate a decision being made within the next week. 

Internally, we have developed numerous policies and protocols to develop as safe an environment as possible. All Friends University updates can be found at www.friends.edu/coronavirus

Within athletics, we will be following all policies and procedures that are required of us. This includes, but is not limited to, city, county, state, KCAC, NAIA, and Friends University policies. The KCAC has released return to play protocols that were developed by the KCAC COVID Task Force in partnership with the KCAC Athletic Trainers. They have approval by the KCAC Board of Presidents and can be found at: 

https://www.kcacsports.com/covid19-information

Within athletics, there are six basic guidelines that must be followed for us to have a successful year. They are as follows: 

  1. Complete the Athletic Training Software Symptom Checker every day beginning no later than August 7, 2020.
  2. Masks are required on campus and in the Garvey Building.
  3. Maintain social distancing whenever possible.
  4. Wear masks until practice starts. There may be times during practice when masks are appropriate.
  5. Enhanced cleaning protocols will continue.
  6. Athletics will follow all Friends University, federal, state of Kansas, Sedgwick County, KCAC, and NAIA guidelines. www.friendsathletics.com 2100 West University Avenue Wichita, KS 67213 (316) 295-5700 Fax (316) 295-5030 

Completing the daily symptom checker is essential to having a successful fall. It will be done through the Athletic Training Software. Coaches and our Athletic Training Staff have sent out information on how to sign up. All student-athletes, coaches and athletic staff should begin recording daily symptom checks no later than Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. Failure to begin completing the symptom checker by this date may result in not being allowed to practice. 

In the event of a report of a positive test, we will follow guidelines provided by Friends University, the state of Kansas, Sedgwick County, and the KCAC. If these guidelines conflict, we will follow whatever guidelines are the strictest. Friends University is also providing a telehealth service to students with the cost covered by the University. 

At this point, we are planning on having fans at games, but it will likely be limited due to county guidelines. However, we are not going to make an official decision yet as games do not start for another month and things can change. 

During your first team meeting and new student-athlete orientation, we will have COVID educational sessions to discuss these policies in more depth. It will take all of us being accountable to one another and these policies to have a successful year. 

Sincerely, 

Dr. Rob Ramseyer
Athletic Director
Friends University 

Aug. 3, 2020 Guidelines for Reporting Positive COVID-19 Test

Goals 

  1. Keep people physically safe. 
  2. Keep students academically safe. 

Student reports having a positive Covid 19 test. Asymptomatic or symptomatic

Faculty member reports having a positive Covid 19 test. Asymptomatic or symptomatic

Staff member reports having Covid 19. Asymptomatic or symptomatic 

In some cases, you may be contacted by HR if they determine that you were in close contact with a person who tested positive for Covid 19.  Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet for more than 10 minutes, with or without a mask.

ADA Services

In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, Friends University does not exclude otherwise qualified persons with disabilities solely by reason of the disability from participating in university programs and activities, nor are persons with disabilities denied the benefits of these programs or subjected to discrimination.

It is the responsibility of the student to bring to the university’s attention the need for accommodation due to a qualifying disability. Requests for accommodation should be made to the Academic Resource Center. The Academic Resource Center will assist students in their request for accommodations and help them obtain other necessary support services. Once proper information has been received, the Academic Resource Center will notify appropriate faculty and/or staff of the student’s specific requests. The Academic Resource Center will also make arrangements with outside agencies for any services needed (i.e., interpreters, audio books, etc.). An updated disclosure release form is required each academic term in order for new faculty and/or staff to be contacted regarding the student’s requested accommodations. In addition, an updated application is required in order to meet any accommodation changes.

COVID-19 Contact Form

Contact Us

Have a question about COVID-19 for us? Use this form to reach out. Alternatively, contact our COVID Hotline at 316-295-5298 or covid@friends.edu. We will get back to you as soon as possible.