SUSPENSION OF ATHLETICS THROUGH THE END OF 2020
July 15, 2020
Over the last several months, Seton Hill University has engaged in regular discussions with the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and the presidents and athletic directors of its member schools about the ways we could safely engage in intercollegiate athletics this fall given the COVID-19 pandemic.
Above all else, the health and safety of Seton Hill’s student-athletes, coaches and athletic staff, and indeed, the entire university community was our priority during these discussions.
While we had great hope that Seton Hill and the other PSAC-member schools would be able to hold athletic competitions in the fall with modifications for health and safety, the surges in cases throughout the country over the last several weeks have made it clear that the risks to our campus community are too great to engage in athletics during the fall semester.
On Tuesday, July 14th, the PSAC Board of Directors voted to cancel athletic competition and championships during the Fall 2020 semester with the intention of moving all competition to the Spring 2021 semester.
Seton Hill is hopeful that this approach will provide the time for Seton Hill student-athletes – and those throughout the PSAC – to safely compete in athletics.
We are now actively planning the ways Seton Hill will engage our team members throughout the fall semester in meaningful ways that prioritize the health and safety of our entire community. Our athletics department staff will share more information in the coming weeks about how we will continue to work with our student-athletes throughout the fall semester despite these unprecedented circumstances.
We understand the disappointment this decision will cause to our student-athletes, coaches, families and fans. We will continue to keep our student-athletes informed of all developments on how we will approach athletic competition in the Spring Semester in a safe and healthy way.