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:
- April 6, 2021 Vaccine Clinic
- April 6, 2021 COVID-19 Update
- March 11, 2021 Spring Break Update
- January 13, 2021 New Free-Standing Thermometers Available on Campus
- January 11, 2021 ATS Symptom Reminder
- January 4, 2021 COVID Update
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.
- COVID-19 CDC Website
- COVID-19 CDC Factsheet
- International Travel Notice
- Kansas Department of Health COVID-19 Website
- Sedgwick County Health Department COVID-19 Webpage
- Kansas Department of Labor Unemployment Insurance
CARES Act Reports
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 April 9, 2021.
|Positive Case Statistics|
|Students||Staff & Faculty|
|Current Positive Cases||1||0|
|Total Positive Cases*||151||50|
|Students||Staff & Faculty|
*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 to certain international and select states. These individuals are mandated to follow the 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 mandatory quarantine has been completed. In the event a student is in quarantine during the specified move out days, they can contact Residence Life at email@example.com to schedule an alternative time to retrieve their belongings.
Those who have traveled to the following locations need to quarantine upon arrival in Kansas. The length of quarantine varies depending on whether you have been tested for COVID-19. The following locations are considered hot-spot areas and require quarantine:
- Traveled on or after April 8, 2021 to Connecticut or Pennsylvania.
- Traveled on or after April 8, 2021 to Andorra, Bermuda, Curacao, Poland, Serbia or Uruguay.
- Traveled on or after March 26, 2021 to Delaware, Michigan or Rhode Island.
- Traveled on or after March 26, 2021 to Hungary or Jordan.
- Traveled on or after March 12, 2021 to New Jersey or New York.
- Traveled on or after March 12, 2021 to State of Palestine or Estonia.
- Traveled on or after Feb. 26, 2021 to San Marino.
- Traveled between Feb. 26, 2021 – April 8, 2021 to Czechia or Montenegro.
- Attendance at any out-of-state mass gatherings of 500 or more where individuals do not socially distance (6 feet) and wear a mask.
- Been on a cruise ship or river cruise on or after March 15, 2020.
- Others needing to continue quarantining:
- Received notification from public health officials (state or local) that you are a close contact of a laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19.
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. In addition, there are relaxed quarantine rules for those who have been vaccinated for COVID-19 or have had prior infection.
The travel list was updated on April 8, 2021. Visit the KDHE website for the most recent information regarding travel requirements: https://www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/175/Travel-Exposure-Related-Isolation-Quaran.
Helpful CDC Guidelines:
- When you can be around others after you have had or likely had COVID-19.
- Considerations for Institutions for Higher Education
- What to do if you are sick
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
here and spread the word to your friends. A second vaccine clinic at Newman is scheduled for April 29.
Vaccinations can also be scheduled through the Sedgwick County Health Department (SCHD) here from 9 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. for appointments at the former downtown library located at 223 S. Main St. in Wichita or you can schedule an appointment online with your local Dillions and Walmart.
By getting vaccinated, you can help keep yourself, your family and your community healthy. We strongly encourage all our Friends family to keep doing your part to beat COVID-19 and halt the spreading of virus variants.
April 6, 2021 Covid-19 Update
It is hard to believe it has been a year since the COVID-19 pandemic turned the world as we knew it upside down. This has been a defining year in Friends University’s history and is certainly one we will never forget. Although it has been a challenging year, the Falcon community has remained steadfast and strong during this time. I am so proud of how our faculty, staff and students have shown grace and flexibility to remain vigilant in supporting our mission and one another.
As COVID-19 numbers decline and vaccinations become more readily available, our leadership team has been hard at work preparing for fully in-person classes for the fall 2021 academic year. Our COVID Response Team will continue to monitor conditions for any contingency plans needed to best serve our students and safety precautions will be put in place to minimize risk if needed – but our plan is to operate as normally as possible. Therefore, we strongly recommend students, faculty and staff get a Covid-19 vaccine.
We are very optimistic about what the new academic year will bring to each of you and we continue to pray for God’s blessing and protection as we look forward to the fall 2021 semester.
If you have any specific questions, please feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Amy Bragg Carey
March 11, 2021 Spring Break Update
As we prepare for a week of rest and relaxation over spring break (March 15-19) and COVID-19 numbers begin to decline, we ask that you continue to be diligent in following safe practices with face coverings, social distancing, hand washing, stay home if you are feeling ill and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
We know it has been a hard year for everyone and we are so proud of the great job our students have done to help keep others safe. Don’t let up now! Whether you travel or stay local, be cognizant of our campus COVID-19 protocols to ensure the health and safety of those around you. We are on the home stretch of this semester. Let’s finish well!
Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the COVID-19 hotline at email@example.com or 316-295-5298.
January 13, 2021 New Free-Standing Thermometers Available on Campus
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?
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Fever of 100.4F or greater
- Chills or shivering
- Muscle or body aches
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
- 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
Guy Chmieleski, D.Min
Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Campus Ministries
January 11, 2021 COVID ATS Symptom Reminder
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.
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!
Guy Chmieleski, D.Min.
Vice President of Student Affairs | Dean of Campus Ministries
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.