Unitek position statement on vaccination for students and employees
Unitek Learning and its schools Brookline College, Eagle Gate College, Provo College, Unitek EMT and Unitek College, are committed to the health, safety, and welfare of our students, faculty and staff. As a leading educator of nurses and healthcare providers we also support all the efforts being made to address the spread of COVID-19 and prevent further outbreaks. In light of the recent approval and launch of distribution of the vaccine, we wanted to encourage our students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated as it becomes available to them.
With the exception of some limited laboratory and skills check of work required for program completion, we are not returning to in person instruction at this time and as such we are not requiring students or faculty be vaccinated. We reserve the right to alter this position considering government or regulatory guidance or direction from medical or healthcare providers.
We support the vaccination effort and are monitoring the options for providing vaccinations through our healthcare insurance providers and our clinical partners. Currently, we are not an approved vaccination site. We will continue to monitor the vaccine’s availability and ways we can participate in distribution.
Clinical Site Requirements for Vaccination
As you know we have many clinical and externship partners that provide training and educational opportunities for our students. Those partners are establishing their own guidelines regarding vaccination. For students and faculty who may be placed in a clinical/externship setting that requires vaccination, we will make you aware of the requirement and the way to obtain the vaccine through the partner. If you elect not to be vaccinated, you will be removed from the clinical/externship placement and may be placed on an LOA for that term. This will impact your progression and your graduation date. We cannot guarantee that you can be placed at a site that does not require vaccination and we are not able to seek alternate placements for students who do not agree to the clinical vaccination requirements (for COVID or any other of the vaccinations required).
For faculty, in instances where you are assigned to a clinical site that requires vaccination, if you elect not to be vaccinated you will be removed from the teaching assignment at that clinical site and may be assigned non-clinical duties. If non-clinical duties are not available, you will be placed on furlough until an appropriate clinical assignment is available or additional duties are developed.
If a student or clinical faculty member is unable to obtain vaccination due to a disability of underlying condition, they should engage with the ADA/054 accommodations process to evaluate the need for accommodation.
We will provide additional information on vaccination expectations and availability as it becomes available. Until that time, we encourage our students, faculty, and staff to take advantage of any opportunity to get vaccinated. Please visit the CDC website (and/or states?) for current information about the vaccine, its side effects, and the proposed distribution.
November 10, 2020
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:
The health and safety of our employees and students has been and continues to be our top priority. Over the past several months, Unitek Learning has implemented several measures to minimize the risk of COVID-19, including remote working, online classes, increased cleaning measures, daily health-checks, and mandatory use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) on its campuses. Unitek Learning has continued to follow the guidance from the CDC and individual states and counties, and as cases declined over the summer months and restrictions lifted, campuses were allowed to have more student support services and more skills lab classes physically back on campus as long as safety protocols were followed.
As we enter the holiday season and the colder, winter months, cases of COVID-19 are spiking in most states, including the states where we operate our campuses. In response to this spike in cases, Unitek Learning has made the decision to return to its prior, more stringent approach to minimize the spread of the virus, which includes a return to remote working for all campus operations staff and a reduction in skills lab classes on campus. Therefore, effective Thursday, November 12th, all campus operations staff are asked to resume remote working until further notice. Additionally, Academic Leadership is currently working on a transition plan to resume online virtual skills lab instruction for all applicable programs and courses, except those which are determined to be critical and require on-ground involvement.
These changes will be in effect at least through the holiday season and until further notice. We will continue to monitor the rate of COVID-19 infection across the states we operate in and follow the evolving guidance from the CDC and other agencies.
We believe these actions will help ensure a safer campus community for everyone, and we ask that all students, faculty and staff do their part over the holiday season to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and stay safe and healthy.
In the coming days, all nursing students will receive follow-up communication from either Dr. Abdel Yosef or their Academic Dean. All Allied Health and non-nursing students will receive follow-up communication from either Janet Melton or their Program Director. All students currently attending clinical rotations or externships will continue to attend as normal.
Thank you again for your continued cooperation and understanding, and know that Unitek Learning and its institutions continue to be committed to everyone’s safety and well-being.
For Albuquerque Students:
In response to the spike in COVID-19 cases and in accordance with New Mexico state mandates, Brookline College has made the decision to move to 100% remote learning and operations. Effective Monday, November 16th, all campus operations and courses will move remote and the campus will be temporarily unavailable.
We will continue to monitor the rate of COVID-19 infection across the states we operate in and follow the evolving guidance from the CDC and other agencies. We believe these actions will help ensure a safer campus community for everyone, and we ask that all students, faculty and staff do their part over the holiday season to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and stay safe and healthy. We will provide updates as they become available.
Thank you again for your continued cooperation and understanding. Please contact your Program Director or Director of Education with any needs that you have or to ask any questions.
Chief Executive Officer
Update 11/2/2020 7:00 AM
As we continue through fall and into the coming winter, cases of COVID-19 continue to spike in many states throughout the US. Arizona and New Mexico continue to see increased cases, with New Mexico reaching their highest daily totals in the past week. Brookline has been closely monitoring government orders and recommended best practices by healthcare experts and we will continue to operate as we have been with regards to campus access and safety protocols. Campus access will continue to be limited to personnel, faculty and students based upon providing our students pathways to complete their academic program, and resources to aid their progression towards academic success. All staff, students and personnel on campus are required to have temperature checks upon arrival, complete brief health questionnaires, to practice social distancing, avoid large groups, and to wear protective masks while on campus unless eating. Campuses will continue to practice ongoing sanitization and deep cleaning of all facilities.
We continue to take steps to enhance the delivery of education in the COVID environment. Examples of this include but are not limited to increases in faculty staffing levels, staffing in student-specific support positions, and enhanced online library resources through the incorporation of Library and Information Resources Network (LIRN). At the Phoenix campus we recently completed a significant expansion of the campus to add classroom space, future labs, study rooms and a second nursing virtual reality (VR) lab to provide more capacity and resources to our students. At the Albuquerque campus, we are actively completing the addition of a nursing virtual reality (VR) lab that will be ready for use for the coming term.
The health and safety of all members of the Brookline family continue to be our primary concern. To that end, we will continue to teach our skills labs in small groups with increased safety protocols in-person, with all other courses remaining online for the remainder of 2020. We expect to continue to adhere to this limited campus access plan until we are confident that alternatives provide a safe solution for our students and employees. If you have questions regarding your personal academic schedule relative to courses that may have campus-based elements, please contact your student success advisor or program director.
Please stay safe and healthy. We look forward to seeing you in class.
Brookline College Administration
Update 6/30/2020 1:30 PM
Dear Brookline Community,Recently Governor Ducey announced a series of actions in an effort to combat the rapid increase of coronavirus cases across Arizona. Brookline has been closely monitoring government orders and recommended best practices by healthcare experts. We will continue to operate as we have been over the past two terms with regards to limited campus access and safety protocols.Campus access will continue to be limited to personnel, faculty and students based upon providing our students pathways to complete their academic program, and resources to aid their progression towards academic success. All personnel on campus are required to have temperature checks upon arrival, to practice social distancing, avoid large groups, and to wear protective masks while on campus unless eating. Campuses will continue to practice ongoing sanitization and deep cleaning of all facilities.We expect to continue to adhere to this limited campus access plan until we are confident that alternatives provide a safe solution for our students and employees. If you have questions regarding your personal academic schedule relative to courses that may have campus-based elements, please contact your student success advisor or program director.Please stay safe and healthy. We look forward to seeing you in class.
Brookline College Administration
Update 6/22/2020 4:00 PM
Dear Brookline Community, Maricopa County along with the cities of Phoenix, Tempe and Tucson have all passed proclamations in recent days mandating the use of face coverings in public settings. In addition, Albuquerque, NM has continued to support heightened safety measures that include the wearing of face coverings in public.
- Due to the increased number of COVID-19 cases in the southwestern Unites States, and recent proclamations across the state, face coverings are required to be worn by employees, students, and visitors on all Brookline campuses, at all times.
- The only exceptions to this rule are if you are (1) in your office, (2) in a space alone or (3) are actively eating.
The Brookline Leadership Team is actively monitoring the situation and we will continue to communicate in this regard as information is made available.
Thank you all for all you do for our students and the Brookline community.
COVID-19 Informational Resources:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- World Health Organization
- Arizona Department of Health Services
- New Mexico Department of Health