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Public Health Emergency

Policy Author:
Student Affairs

Responsible Office-Department:
Student Affairs

Effective Date of Policy:
August 18, 2022

Policy Narrative

Daemen University prioritizes the safety and well-being of its community members above all else. Therefore, all policies and procedures that are outlined as part of the University’s official response to a public health emergency must be followed explicitly. Campus policies are put in place in compliance with Erie County Department of Health, New York State, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and World Health Organization guidelines. Additionally, all students are required to take personal responsibility for their health and the health of others. Failure to do so can result in follow-up through the Student Code of Conduct and, depending on the nature and/or frequency of the violation(s), could result in restriction from classes and/or campuses. To view the University’s current COVID policy, click here


There could be circumstances where Daemen University may mandate inoculation by an FDA approved vaccine either for all campus community members or certain community members in more “highly transferable” situations (such as residence halls, athletic competition, etc).  These requirements may be mandated by an outside entity for which Daemen must comply or on its own, as a private entity.  Either way, decisions will be made by senior staff and communicated through the appropriate channels with timelines, exceptions, and repercussions for non-compliance as deemed appropriate based on the nature of the public health emergency.  

Visitors and Guest Policy

At the discretion of the University, visitors/guests may be restricted from certain or all parts of campus during a public health emergency. Individuals will be expected to adhere to those guidelines or be subject to removal from the campus, student housing and/or other locations.

How to Report a Concern

Community members who are concerned about a community member’s well being or their adherence to policy should complete a CARE report online at daemen.edu/concern.  Immediate concerns should be reported to Campus Safety at 716-839-SAFE (7233).  

Due to the fluid nature of a public health emergency, the University may issue additional orders and policies to which all community members will be expected to comply, regardless of whether they are outlined in this handbook or not.

Purpose of this Policy

To create and maintain an equitable environment where students have the optimal opportunity to succeed academically, personally, and professionally and where any and all Daemen University Community members feel safe, valued, and respected.

This policy’s virtual location is https://www.daemen.edu/student-life/student-affairs/student-handbook/section-5-general-university-policies

Scope and Applicability of this Policy:

Student Affairs adapts the idea of community standards – through our General Policies, Residential Policies, and the Student Code of Conduct – and attempts to enlighten, not only the student body, but the entire Daemen community, on the value and vision of the university to ensure that we achieve our mission and commitment to education.

Updated on April 3, 2023

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