Last updated: March 15, 2022
Dear Colleagues and Students,
With this new wave of Covid outbreaks in Shanghai and other provinces, Suzhou and Kunshan has tightened the local prevention and control measures. To comply with the requirements from JED and local authorities, we would like to advise you of the measures that Duke Kunshan University will introduce beginning March 16 and lasting until further notice.
DKU staff and faculty who meet the following criteria will be required to work at home until further notice:
- Have been to the cities outside of Suzhou in the past 14 days.
- Live with family members who have been to risk areas in the past 14 days.
- Have Covid symptoms including fever, dry cough, fatigue, nasal congestion, etc.
- Those who have been required to work at home per specific arrangements.
DKU students who have been to the cities outside of Suzhou in the past 14 days will have their campus access suspended. Please submit the travel information based on the instructions from office of student affairs, students will take responsibilities to ensure the information that they submitted is accurate. Directives will be provided based on the information collected.
All on-campus students (including TA and CISK residents) and graduate students living in Kunshan will be required to stay in Kunshan. Pre-approvals are required before leaving Kunshan. Students who do not comply with the travel instructions will be immediately referred to student conduct and must adhere to all potential consequences.
All other community members living in the Suzhou (including Kunshan) area are required to stay in Suzhou (and Kunshan) unless there is an emergency.
Students who have not returned to campus will be required to postpone their return and stay where they are currently located and take online courses.
During this period, DKU community members will be mandatorily required for Covid tests on campus, please follow the instructions of each test request. Failure to participate in the test will result in campus access suspension or being required to take the test independently on their own.
Approval of non-urgent business-related campus visits will be suspended. Please contact Campus Service Hotline at 0512-3665 7111 if you have an urgent business visit that will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Please suspend organizing and participating in non-essential on-campus and off-campus gatherings, and make every effort to switch meetings, trainings, and activities online.
If you need to organize an essential activity on campus, please contact Operations at email@example.com as soon as possible.
The express delivery package has been identified as one confirmed transmitting chain. Please minimize the online ordering, especially the ordering delivered from overseas or medium-/high-risk areas.
All DKU community members should remain vigilant on and off-campus, wear a mask, and maintain social distancing as much as possible, including in the DKU canteen, during in-person classes and in other public spaces.
The safety and security of the DKU community is our highest priority. If you have questions about the requirements laid out in this message or other measures the university is taking to protect its community, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your continued patience and support!
DKU Emergency Preparedness Task Force