CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) IMPORTANT UPDATES
CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) IMPORTANT UPDATES
CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PLAN AND RESPONSE
Updated March 20, 2020
On March 16, 2020, Seton Hill University announced that in response to the growing global COVID-19 pandemic, all face-to-face classes would move online for the remainder of the Spring 2020 Semester. In addition, Residence Halls are closed as of Friday, March 20 at 5:00 p.m. Students who are unable to make alternative housing arrangements may contact the Office of Student Affairs for more information.
This webpage provides important information for the Seton Hill community and offers regular updates about coronavirus and the latest guidance from state and federal authorities. All updates may be found at the links at the right. Please know the webpage is not intended to serve as a single reference about this rapidly evolving situation. More information about the coronavirus as well as guidance on prevention and travel can be found at the following resources:
Important Information for Students, Faculty and Staff
Seton Hill University will be extending the suspension of all face-to-face classes and maintaining an online and alternative delivery format through the end of the Spring 2020 semester. As announced previously, all existing online courses will continue their normal class schedule.
Faculty members will continue to be in contact with students regarding online class work and the completion of senior projects, internships, student teaching and other unique circumstances. Additional information will be communicated by the Provost, School Deans and Registrar.
As of Friday, March 20 at 5:00 p.m., the Residence Halls will be closed for the remainder of the semester. We recognize that this will require some time and coordination for students and families. Any student in need of alternative housing arrangements to remain on campus past March 20 should complete the Spring 2020 Resident Exemption Form available online or through the Office of Student Affairs by Wednesday, March 18 to receive assistance and make appropriate arrangements.
For those students who need additional time to vacate the Residence Halls or for those who already vacated the Residence Halls and need additional time to collect their belongings or to place them into storage please be in touch with Rosalie Carpenter, Vice President for Student Affairs, at email@example.com or by phone (724) 838-4242; or, Cory Campbell, Director of Residence Life, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-838-4260. Please also refer to the Residence Hall FAQs located on the university’s coronavirus webpage for additional information.
Room and Board
As Seton Hill decided to move entirely to online instruction and to close the Residence Halls for the remainder of the semester, students will receive a prorated credit of 40 percent of room and board charges for the Spring 2020 semester. The credit will be used toward an existing balance and/or toward a future semester’s room and board charges in the 2020-21 academic year. If the student is a graduating senior, they will receive a refund.
Access to academic support services, Reeves Library, the Counseling, Disability and Health Services Office, the Career and Professional Development Center and the Solution Center will be available in a virtual format for all students. Please refer to the links on MySHU to access these services.
In addition, the Seton Hill community will continue to receive email from the Counseling, Disability and Health Services Center. These “Wellness Moments” will suggest ways for all of us to stay well physically and mentally during this period of great stress.
Lowe Dining Hall will continue to be used as the location for all food service. At this time, Aramark has eliminated self-service stations and all food will be served by staff in carry-out containers.
Reeves Learning Commons, the McKenna Center, Campus Ministry Lounge, Commuter Lounge and other common spaces are closed for the remainder of the semester.
Shuttle service will be suspended for the remainder of the Spring Semester.
Seton Hill continues to take measures to protect the health of the university community, our families and our neighbors. As a result, we are postponing Commencement on May 9. We plan to come together for the Grad Bash, Honors Convocation, Baccalaureate Mass, and the formal Commencement ceremony during a time when we may all gather safely together—as a community and with family and friends—to recognize and celebrate our graduates and their incredible accomplishments.
At this time, we are tentatively considering a weekend in early August for festivities. We will work with our seniors to ensure they are able to experience their 2020 Commencement. The Office of Student Life will provide updates regarding Commencement via email.
While Commencement Exercises are postponed, be assured that degrees will be conferred as scheduled on May 9, 2020. Diplomas and transcripts will be available and mailed to students the week of May 11, 2020.
In addition, the Bookstore has shared the following information regarding regalia:
- If you have already ordered your regalia, please know that order will remain active and we will receive your regalia when Commencement is rescheduled.
- If you would like to cancel your order and request a refund, please contact Herf Jones at 1-800-837-4235.
- If you will need to purchase regalia when the new date is confirmed, you will receive communication on how to place an order for regalia at that time.
Virtual Student Activities
The Office of Student Affairs will also be providing students with various ways to engage with classmates virtually through co-curricular efforts. More information will be provided as activities are scheduled.
Seton Hill University is suspending in-person Mass and Liturgical Events sponsored by the Office of Campus Ministry and the Office of Mission and Identity. However, the University wants to remain connected to students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends during this time. We will be videotaping Mass to share with the community at mass.setonhill.edu. Mass will premiere at 7:00 a.m. every Sunday and Wednesday for the remainder of the Spring Semester. In addition, the Office of Mission and Identity is also compiling “Mission Moments,” which will communicated throughout the semester to help sustain us spiritually during this difficult time.
Travel, Events and Study Abroad
All campus events and meetings larger than 25 people are canceled for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. Where possible, on-campus meetings of groups of this size may shift to a virtual format.
All Seton Hill University Study Abroad Trips for the May 2020 Term have been canceled.
All University-sponsored international travel for faculty, staff or students is suspended. Non-essential university domestic travel is also cancelled.
Essential domestic travel must be approved in advance by the supervising member of President’s Council/Vice President.
Personal travel is also discouraged and should be carefully considered. Individuals who must travel should follow all CDC, Pennsylvania Department of Health and University protocols for return to campus, including self-quarantine as necessary.
Center for Orthodontics
The Seton Hill University Center for Orthodontics is operating on a reduced schedule and is handling only emergency cases for three weeks beginning March 17, 2020.
The business of the University continues. However, beginning Tuesday, March 17, only essential personnel defined by area Vice Presidents and Deans will work on campus. All other staff members will work remotely from their homes until further notice under the direction and guidance of their immediate supervisors. Employees should take with them all the tools and materials they will need to work remotely. The use of virtual and flexible work arrangements during this time period is encouraged.
The Innovative Teaching and Learning Center is available to provide information to faculty on online teaching resources.
All spring athletic competition and championships have been canceled as of March 13, following decisions by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) and the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (GMAC). Practices and other team-related activities are also suspended at this time.
Important Dates: Grading/Withdrawal
The following changes have been made by the Office of the Registrar for the Spring 2020 Semester:
- Mid-semester grades are due for the traditional semester-long classes by Friday, March 20 at 11:59 p.m.
- The withdrawal period (grade of W) has been extended to March 25 for traditional semester-long classes.
- The withdraw-pass (grade of WP) and withdraw-fail (grade of WF) will be during the period of March 26 through April 16 for traditional semester-long classes.
- Withdrawals for traditional semester-long classes from April 17 through May 4 will receive a grade of 'F' - no change during this period.
To allow for additional time for student advising for summer and fall 2020 the registration schedule will be adjusted as follows:
- Tuesday, April 14 at 6 am – Graduate students
- Wednesday, April 15, at 6 am – Seniors, Second Degree, and post-baccalaureate Teaching Certificate students
- Thursday, April 16 at 6 am – Juniors
- Friday, April 17 at 6 am – Sophomores
- Monday, April 20 at 6 am – Freshmen
- Tuesday, April 21 at 6 am – Unclassified and Pastoral Ministry students
GENERAL COVID-19 Information
SYMPTOMS OF CORONAVIRUS
Symptoms of coronavirus are mild to severe respiratory illness and can include:
- Shortness of breath
According to current information from the CDC, symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure.
Health officials currently are advising that unless you have traveled to a country with high numbers of confirmed cases of coronavirus or have come into contact with someone known to have been diagnosed with coronavirus, your risk for being exposed is low.
If you are experiencing symptoms and have reason to believe you have been exposed to coronavirus, please seek immediate medical attention. Current guidance states that before you go to a doctor’s office, clinic, or emergency room that you call ahead and tell them about your symptoms and any recent travel or contact with someone who has traveled. If you plan to seek care at the Office of Counseling, Disability and Health Services, please call ahead at 724-830-4606. In addition, the services of Excela Health's Infection Prevention and Control Staff are available around the clock for anyone who has questions about coronavirus exposure. They can be reached by calling the Excela Health Operator at 724-832-4000.
The CDC recommends several preventative actions to reduce the risk of developing respiratory diseases such as Coronavirus including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol;
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
- When you are sick, stay home;
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash;
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
In addition, immune-compromised students, faculty and staff should contact their faculty adviser or supervisor if they are concerned about exposure to coronavirus.
Seton Hill University continues to clean all campus spaces thoroughly using best practices, including sanitizing door knobs, table tops, faucet handles and other commonly touched hard surfaces multiple times a day. The university has a robust Emergency All Hazards Plan that provides guidance on closing campus and/or initiating a quarantine. We will continue to adapt the plan if needed as federal and state guidelines on coronavirus are updated.