Diné College Students

The health of the Diné College community is our priority

This website will be updated regularly with information about the Novel Coronavirus affecting the Diné College community. The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention has the most up-to-date information about the status of the Novel Coronavirus in the US.

Student Information Updates

08/26/2021:

Campus Security & Emergency Response – Fall 2021 Update

Campus Security Emergency Response is reactivated for the Fall Semester
CSER consists of members, guest and directors from various campuses, marketing members, security officers, screeners, O&M, Residence Life, and supervisors.

Enrollment for On-Site Face to Face, Course Update
Diné College is offering 21 in-person classes for the fall semester. Proper sanitization efforts will take place following each class in preparation for the next class to utilize the classroom. Masks are required indoors. Classrooms have been arranged for social distancing. Upon entrance of each campus, students will need to be verified for enrollment and show vaccination to be granted access to classrooms.

Campus Access & Control
A screening process has been implemented at all campuses to verify student enrollment, temperature checks, and vaccination verification. Currently, the campus is closed to the public. Only students, staff and faculty will be permitted access on campus.

Mask Mandate Status & Curfew
Mandatory Mask mandate continues to be in effect at Diné College even if you have been vaccinated or under medical accommodation. Wearing a mask on the College premises is mandatory for all students, staff, and faculty to enter the campus.

Traveling and Gatherings
Only day travel is allowed, no overnight travel is permitted.

  • Student Events & Activities
    • Outdoor gathering is permitted. Social distancing is required when indoors.
  • Facility Request
    • Facility requests for indoor gatherings will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Technology Response to meet Student Needs
IT will continue to loaning out Wi-Fi modems and laptops to students. The Tsaile, Shiprock, Crownpoint, and Window Rock sites have Wi-Fi modems and laptops available for students to loan.

COVID Response to Cases
Diné College has instituted policies and guidelines requiring students who reside
on campus or take in-person classes to self-disclose any virus-related symptoms and must be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. Diné College will provide reasonable accommodation for medical reasons from the vaccination requirement unless such accommodation would be an unreasonable burden on the College. The request for accommodation will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Food Service
The cafeteria is open to students, staff, faculty, and some third-party entities only. Barriers have been implemented and tables have been arranged to allow for social distancing in the cafeteria. Additionally, the sub floor has been identified as an overflow area if needed.

Cafeteria schedule:
Monday to Friday
8:00 to 9:00 a.m. – breakfast hour
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – lunch hour
4:30 to 6:00 p.m. – Dinner

Weekends
10:00 to 11:30 a.m. – Brunch
3:30 to 5:00 p.m. – Dinner

Warrior Coffee House schedule:
Monday to Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Weekends
Closed

Book Store
The bookstore will be open to only students, staff, and third-party entities. The bookstore is not open to the general public. Entrance to the bookstore is on the north side and you will exit on the south side to direct the flow of traffic.

Library Service
Libraries have been reopened for in-person use. Masks are required when indoors. Each library schedule is below:

Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Fitness Center
The Fitness Center is open to current residential students, staff, and employees Monday through Friday, by appointment only. The Fitness Center is closed to the public. Daily Screening will be implemented when arriving to the Fitness Center. Fitness Center staff will conduct the screening for every patron utilizing the Fitness Center. During the Fall 2021 semester, the Fitness Center is limited to 10 to 12 Patrons, plus one (1) Employee and one (1) Student Intern at any given time. Patrons must be permitted entry into the fitness center by scheduled appointments only. Fitness Center employees will implement 30 minutes of cleaning time after each schedule appointment group. All Fitness Equipment will be cleaned and sanitized regardless if they were used or not.

Sports
All athletic programs will resume for the Fall 2021 semester. Travel will be presented for approval although, there is currently no overnight travel allowed. No rodeo or Pow-Wow events are scheduled on campus at this time.

Screening Program
Screener & Entry Process
All students, staff, faculty and third-party entities will be screened before entering any campus. Screeners will give students and staff passes to verify they have been cleared.

Parties Allowed
Students and staff are allowed. Third party entities are allowed and some of those are; IHS Staff, contractors that are working on campus, day care. The general public is not allowed.

Vaccination Mandate
Diné College endeavors to maintain a safe and healthy environment for all on the College campus by continuing to enforce mask mandate and has instituted the requirement for the COVID-19 vaccination and proof of such vaccination as a condition for entering College premises.

Diné College will provide reasonable accommodation for medical reasons from the vaccination requirement unless such accommodation would be an unreasonable burden on the College. The request for accommodation will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Provost Dr. Garrity.

3/26/2020 – TSAILE, Ariz. — New cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) increased by 20 among Navajo people. Navajo Department of Health and Navajo Area IHS confirmed this week that the number of positive tests for COVID-19 has reached a total of 69 for Navajo people. The cases include 43 in Navajo County, eight in Apache County, six in Coconino County in Arizona, and four in McKinley County, seven in San Juan County, and one in Cibola County in New Mexico.

Everyone connected to Diné College is being asked to follow guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A Shelter-at-Home order was put in place by Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez. The order mandates people around Navajo to stay inside. New cases of COVID-19 increases by 20 among Navajo people.

There are informational updates for students and employees of Diné College on COVID-19 that are posted on the college’s Facebook page and which are logged in on a student thread on the Diné College webpage. An Incident Command Team (ICT) has been put in place and the ICT meets daily and a hotline number (928) 724-6900 is in place. There is a contingency plan being developed for students and staff, which includes working from online and working from home.

For students at either of the college’s six campuses, online tutoring is available in math and writing through email, zoom and blackboard through the tutoring matching service. To schedule a tutoring session, students should contact tutors Joyce Hoskie (jmhskie@dinecollege.edu), Alderick Calamity (aldecalamity@dinecollege.edu) or Leandra Desidero-Bia (ldbia@dinecollege.edu).

The Diné College libraries at the Tsaile and Shiprock campuses have been closed, but library services remaim available online. The cafeteria at the Tsaile campus remains open. The gym and weight room at the Tsaile campus are closed. The previously scheduled events and speakers and lectures at the Tsaile campus have been postponed as has an April fundraising golf tournament in Phoenix.

The college began its shift to online course instruction on March 23, about a week after Spring Break 2020 was extended to March 20. There are a good number of students who live in far out areas on the Navajo Nation who don’t own laptops, so the college is providing laptops to those students who need them.

The May 8, 2020 graduation ceremony has been postponed to a still-to-be-determined later date. Students scheduled to graduate will still receive a diploma with the listed May 8 date.

And, the college is in the midst of closing the student dorms. Students who are from out of the state or the country will be accommodated in other campus housing.

If you have symptoms related to the COVID-19 virus, please contact the local health care center prior to your arrival to a hospital facility:

Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center:
1-844-542-8201

New Mexico COVID-19 Hotline:
1-855-600-3453

Navajo Nation COVID-19 Hotline:
1-928-871-7814

Chinle Comprehensive Health Care Facility
(928) 674-7001/7688

Crownpoint Health Care Facility
(505) 786-5291/6381

Fort Defiance Indian Hospital Board, INC
(928) 729-8000

Gallup Indian Medical Center
(505) 722-1000

Sage Memorial
(928) 755-4500

Kayenta Health Center
(928) 697-4000

Northern Navajo Medical Center
(505) 368-6001

Tuba City Regional Health Care
(866) 976-5941

Utah Navajo Health System
(866) 976-5941

Winslow Indian Health Care Center
(928) 289-4646

Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center
(844) 542-8201

New Mexico Coronavirus Hotline
(855) 600-3453

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If you still have questions, contact your department supervisor or manager.

SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO COVID-19 DEVELOPMENT & IMPACT WITHIN THE COMMUNITY!

Diné College is following the guidance that is provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Navajo Nation Department of Health, and taking preventive actions to temporarily cancel College sponsored events and limiting socialization on College campuses and sites. The preventive measure is to safeguard the health and well being of our College community and Navajo communities.
You can find updated information about COVID-19 disease activity and recommendations at these sites:
CDC: 2019 Novel Coronavirus
Arizona Department of Public Health
New Mexico Department of Health
Nation Nation Department of Health