Contact Info

          Office of Safety and Risk Management
          Lawrence Towers, 1st Floor
          150 Perry Lane
          Edinboro, PA 16444
          Phone: (814) 732-2709
          Fax: (814) 732-2228

          Jim Dahle
          Director of Safety and Risk Management
          Phone: (814) 732-2709
          Fax:
          (814) 732-2228
          Email:
           jdahle@edinboro.edu

          Brian Marshall
          Safety and Risk Management Technician
          Phone: (814) 732-1741
          Email: bmarshall@edinboro.edu

          Coronavirus (COVID-19)



          Coronavirus-CDC

          Edinboro University’s Emergency Response Team, in cooperation with federal, state and local health organizations, continues to monitor the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This page serves as the University’s information center for COVID-19-related communications.

          THERE HAVE BEEN NO REPORTED CASES ON CAMPUS, but the ERT is following the University’s established pandemic plan to ensure we’re prepared in the event of a case on campus or in the region.


          Edinboro University: Coronavirus Q&A

          Frequently Asked Questions

          Classes, Internships and Clinicals

          Chancellor Daniel Greenstein has directed all universities in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education to continue the suspension of in-person instruction through the end of the summer. All summer classes will instead be offered via a remote delivery modality. University officials will continue to monitor the situation as new developments occur and inform the campus community as decisions are made.

          Edinboro University’s Emergency Response Team (ERT) has been actively monitoring this situation since January, and the decision to transition face-to-face courses to an online format for the remainder of the semester was not made lightly. University officials wanted to be proactive to ensure the safety and health of the University and surrounding community. ERT considered the most up-to-date information from Gov. Wolf’s office and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and acted swiftly so that students would not need to make multiple trips to campus to retrieve their belongings and international students would have a chance to return home.

          On March 29, Chancellor Daniel Greenstein directed all universities in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education to continue the suspension of in-person instruction through the end of the summer.

          The chancellor of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education has directed that NO in-person experiential learning occur during the spring or summer 2020 months. This includes, but is not limited to clinical rotations, student teaching, internships and field experiences. Where possible, faculty and experiential learning supervisors should continue to provide remote learning opportunities for students.

          Undergraduate and graduate students in experiential learning sites, including professional placements, practica, internships, research internships and clinical rotations should NOT report to on-site placements through the end of the summer.

          Students are permitted to continue their internship experience if the work can be done virtually.

          The chancellor of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education has directed that NO in-person experiential learning occur during the spring or summer 2020 months. This includes, but is not limited to clinical rotations, student teaching, internships and field experiences. Where possible, faculty and experiential learning supervisors should continue to provide remote learning opportunities for students.

          Undergraduate and graduate students in experiential learning sites, including professional placements, practica, internships, research internships and clinical rotations should NOT report to on-site placements through the end of the summer.

          Students are permitted to continue their internship experience if the work can be done virtually.

          The chancellor has permitted university presidents to grant exceptions to this directive in extraordinary circumstances, and President Huang has approved such an exception in the case of graduate students in professional programs as follows:

          Internship/practicum/fieldwork/clinical experience may be approved during the summer 2020 for cases where a student is employed as an essential employee in a face-to-face setting, and where such experience has full overlap with the internship/practicum/fieldwork/clinical experience/coursework in their academic program. In these cases, the experience/coursework must be required in the student’s program as defined by accreditation or licensure conditions, and faculty supervision must be conducted completely through remote means.

          Please note that all of the conditions specified above must be met in order for the student to participate in such learning experience. Questions regarding application of this exception should be directed to your dean or the Office of the Provost.

          Yes. At Edinboro University, pass or fail grading is categorized as Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.

          Under normal circumstances, students have the option to choose S/U grading during the first week of the semester. Given the unusual nature of the current situation, we have extended that date for undergraduate classes to 11:59 p.m., Monday, April 6.

          Requesting an S/U grade in a current course does not mean that you are done with the course. Students must continue to complete coursework for the remainder of the semester as they would with the traditional grading system.

          What does S/U grading mean? Typically, your faculty instructor assigns a traditional letter grade for your course performance (e.g., A, B-, C+). Under S/U grading, your instructor will still assign you a letter grade, but that grade will be converted to an “S” if your assigned grade is “C- or higher” or a “U” if your assigned grade is a “D+ or lower.” The S/U grade values do not impact your GPA, but you will only earn credit for the course if you receive an “S.” Effectively, a “U” is equivalent to an “F” grade but does not impact your GPA. Typically, the S/U grade option is not permissible for courses in your major, but will be permitted this semester because of the current crisis.

          Requesting an S/U grade in a current course does not mean that you are done with the course. Students must continue to complete coursework for the remainder of the semester as they would with the traditional grading system.

          Since the decision to withdraw from a course or to choose S/U grading may have important ramifications for your academic progress, it is extremely important that you discuss your decision with your academic advisor, among other support staff: academic support coordinator, financial aid counselor, athletic coach, whichever may also be relevant to your circumstances. Some important things for you to consider in making this decision:

          • In certain majors, there are minimum grade requirements for major or related courses. For instance, Education programs require a minimum grade of “C,” so an “S” grade would not satisfy that requirement since the “S” allows for grades as low as “C-.“ It is important that you check with your academic advisor or the Academic Success Center regarding such requirements for your major.
          • If you are on academic warning or probation, receiving regular letter grades can assist you in obtaining the GPA needed to move you out of this status to good academic standing; however S/U grades will not impact your GPA.
          • If you are a student athlete, there are certain NCAA requirements that must be met in terms of credit progress and GPA in order for you to remain eligible to compete. Please consult with Mr. Todd Jay (jay@edinboro.edu) to discuss implications for your athletic status if you are considering the S/U grade option.
          • If you receive financial aid (federal or state grants or loans) or scholarships, your ability to renew this aid may be dependent on credits completed and GPA earned. In this case, you should consult with our Financial Aid office.

          Requesting an S/U grade in a current course does not mean that you are done with the course. Students must continue to complete coursework for the remainder of the semester as they would with the traditional grading system.

          If you wish to change one or more of your courses to the S/U grading option, you should log in to myEdinboro where you will find the S/U icon in the academics section (top) of your icon tray. Once you select the icon, you will be taken to a screen showing your course schedule for this semester. For each course, you should use the pull-down menu to choose either S/U or Standard Grade.

          If you do not wish to select S/U grading for any of your classes, no action is needed.

          Once you have made the decision to change your grading from standard letter grades to S/U, you will NOT be able to change it back after April 6. If you select the S/U option and want to change it back prior to that deadline, please email records@edinboro.edu.

          Per University policy, students who face extenuating circumstances and cannot complete coursework have the opportunity to withdraw from the course or arrange for an incomplete grade to finish their coursework after the end of the semester. The incomplete grade option is used only when the student has made sufficient progress and is in a good position to complete missed work and pass the course. The exception would be for courses like clinicals where it would not be possible to make up missed work.

          Requesting an S/U grade in a current course does not mean that you are done with the course. Students must continue to complete coursework for the remainder of the semester as they would with the traditional grading system.

          Yes. The last day to withdraw from a course is typically the end of the 10th week of the semester, which would be March 27 for this semester. Because of the extension of spring break for what had been face-to-face courses and recognizing anxieties that may arise in taking your courses using a different method, we are extending the last day to withdraw from a course to 11:59 p.m., Monday, April 6. If you wish to withdraw from a class, you may do so until April 6 through your SCOTS account, using the alternate PIN you used to register for your spring classes. If you forgot this alternate PIN or need assistance, please contact Records and Registration, records@edinboro.edu. The usual $25 withdrawal fee will be waived between March 16 and April 6.

          It is important to remember that withdrawing from a course may impact your satisfactory academic progress necessary to maintain your federal and state financial aid (grants and loans); the time spent completing your degree; athletic eligibility, and scholarship funds you may be receiving. Before making a decision to withdraw from a course, please consult your academic advisor and financial aid counselor to discuss the implications of your decision.

          Virtual peer tutoring is now available through the Starfish icon in the myEdinboro portal. All tutoring services are listed by subject under "Your Services." You can also access peer tutoring by clicking on the Tutoring icon in the portal. For detailed instructions, please see this video.

          Edinboro University continues to provide 24/7 online tutoring through the professional tutoring service company Smarthinking. This service is accessible through the Tutoring icon in the portal.

          The Student Success Ambassadors – a group of upper-level students who assist their peers with academic and social transitions – are available via Zoom to answer general questions, provide study tips and offer guidance through the transition to online classes. You can schedule a virtual appointment with the Student Success Ambassadors under the STRIVE service in Starfish.

          We recognize that this transition to online coursework for the remainder of the semester has required and will require a great deal of flexibility and patience. Over the next several weeks, you may have questions regarding coursework, support services, degree completion and other academic-related topics. The University remains committed to your success, and we are here to help. Students are encouraged to reach out to their academic advisor or Dr. Philomena Gill, assistant vice president for academic and student success, at pgill@edinboro.edu with questions.

          Academic Success Center staff members and representatives from the Center for Career Development and Experiential Learning are also available to assist students with any questions they have.

          Most summer courses are held online. Those online courses will continue as scheduled. In keeping with Gov. Tom Wolf’s strategy to protect the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians, and to secure the safety of our faculty, staff, students and our broader communities, Chancellor Daniel Greenstein has directed all universities in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education to continue the suspension of in-person instruction through the end of the summer.

          Course scheduling will continue as planned. Students should contact their faculty advisors via email for information about virtual office hours and remote advising availability.

          Financial Matters for Students

          On Wednesday, March 18, we announced preliminary plans regarding prorated refunds. Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education has since provided additional guidance about the reimbursement process.

          Beginning the week of April 6, 2020, students will receive refunds for select fees that are prorated for a 7-week period (March 16 through May 1).

          The amount a student receives will vary depending on their account balance, whether they lived on campus or had a meal plan and a number of other factors.

          Housing* - 7 of 15 weeks
          Meal Plan* - 7 of 15 weeks
          Block Meal Plans* – Unused Meals
          Meal Plan Flex – Unused Flex
          Student Activity – 7 of 15 weeks
          University Center – 7 of 15 weeks
          Art Studio – 7 of 15 weeks
          STEM-H – 7 of 15 weeks
          Annual Parking Permit – 7 of 30 weeks
          Semester Parking Permit – 7 of 15 weeks

          *will vary if approved to stay on campus

          Many services will continue as they would have if in-person courses were being held. Students will be refunded for fees that are no longer available following the transition to online courses and closing of the residence halls for the majority of students.

          Tuition – All instruction has been moved online and will continue through the remainder of the semester. Edinboro University is committed to providing a learning environment that will allow all students to complete their coursework for the spring 2020 semester.

          Tuition Technology Fee – This fee is used to acquire, install and maintain up-to-date and emerging technologies for the purpose of enhancing student learning outcomes and to provide equitable access to technology resources.

          Instructional Service – This fee is used to hire adjunct faculty, replace classroom equipment utilized for instruction, purchase library books, provide access to online materials and systems and enhance instructional programs.

          Student Success – This fee is used to maintain or enhance student academic support services, experiential learning opportunities and other initiatives that contribute to student success. All of these activities continue to be performed and utilized for instruction in any mode. Academic Success Coordinators are available to all students. Graduate students do not pay this fee.

          Health Center – Student Health Services and Counseling and Psychological Services will continue to serve students through teletherapy, teletalk, remote consultations and referrals.

          Boro Bucks roll over from year-to-year and do not expire.

          Direct deposit is the fastest way to receive a refund. Please log in to SCOTS and set up direct deposit by clicking on the direct deposit icon. For students who do not have direct deposit, a paper check will be printed and then mailed to the permanent address on file.

          If the charges were initially paid by a parent loan, the refund may be due to the parent. This depends on what the parent indicated on the parent loan application - whether they chose the refund to go to them or the student. If the refund goes to the parent, a paper check will be issued and mailed to the address on the loan application.

          Some students may have balances due to Edinboro University after their accounts have been credited. Credits may be applied to these balances if applicable and allowable by aid regulations. After April 6, 2020, please log in to myEdinboro to resolve any remaining balances. For example, aid cannot pay an ID replacement fee or parking ticket, unless permission was granted before the aid came in. Therefore, you may receive a refund and still have a balance due.

          No. Financial aid will not be impacted.

          Enterprise Rent-A-Car® is offering College Student Travel Assistance in response to the closing of colleges and universities due to coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns. They have reduced the minimum age and waived young renter fees for rentals through May 31, 2020, to help students get home safely and ease the burden on families during this time. Learn more.

          Students who have rented textbooks from the Edinboro University Campus Bookstore must return the books by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 1. If you are on campus to move out of the residence halls and you choose to return your textbooks early, you can do so by dropping them in the blue mailbox outside of the university police station. To ensure you get proper credit for your return, please include a slip that includes your name and student ID number in each rental textbook. If you are keeping your textbook to return at the end of the term, specific instructions will be coming directly from the Bookstore explaining your return options. The Campus Bookstore is closed.

          Piper Press
          Piper Press is currently closed until further notice.

          PSECU has several tools that are available for students, including those that are not PSECU members, to help reinforce financial basics during this hard time. Students can also apply for membership online for free. Email Katie Krasa at KKRASA@psecu.com for more information.

          The University Programming Board and Student Government Association are working with the artist to set a new concert date. Once the new date is set and announced, refund requests will be accepted.

          Beginning the week of April 6, 2020, students will receive refunds for select fees that are prorated for a 7-week period (March 16 through May 1).

          Edinboro faculty and staff established the Student Hardship Fund to assist our students who are facing emergency financial situations. During this challenging time, please know that the fund is available to assist students in several ways, including food insecurities and temporary assistance to cover financial expenses due to the health crisis. For more information, please contact Kelly Vitelli in the Financial Aid office or Marilyn Goellner, vice president for Advancement.

          University Housing and Dining

          In order to minimize student and employee exposure risks, the residence halls will be closed through the end of the semester. Residential students who do not have access to other living accommodations will be permitted to remain on campus with the understanding that they practice social distancing. Please contact Residence Life and Housing with any questions at 814-732-2818.

          Move-out hours were held March 16-22. Contact the Office of Residence Life and Housing at boroliving@edinboro.edu regarding additional arrangements.

          Students who were approved to remain on campus will receive information regarding dining services from the Office of Residence Life and Housing. Please call Res Life at 814-732-2818 with any questions.

          Students who were approved for campus housing should have received information regarding the campus mailroom. If you did not receive the information, contact the Office of Residence Life and Housing at boroliving@edinboro.edu or 814-732-2818. Mail delivered to campus for students who are not currently living in campus housing will be mailed to their home address on file.

          The Emergency Response Team is continuing to monitor the spread of COVID-19. At this time, it is impossible to predict how the virus will progress over the next several weeks. Future decisions regarding summer housing will depend on the status of the pandemic.

          Technology Support

          Technology assistance is available by contacting the Technology Help Center at 814-732-2111.

          Campus Operations and Visitors

          Yes. The Edinboro campus remains open. However, only students who were approved to remain on campus, faculty members who need to access classroom buildings for teaching purposes and essential personnel are permitted on campus at this time.

          No.

          As a health precaution, all campus tours and in-person meetings with Admissions staff have been postponed through the remainder of the spring semester. Please email admissions@edinboro.edu, call 814-732-2761 or reach out to a counselor directly through the contact information available on our Meet Your Counselor page. In the meantime, explore our campus through our virtual tour.

          Art students were instructed to pick up their art supplies by 2 p.m. Sunday, March 22.

          Contact Dr. Gary Grant with questions at ggrant@edinboro.edu.

          No. As of Friday, March 20, Baron-Forness Library is closed. Information on the library’s plans for the continuation of services may be found here.

          Library users needing to return materials may use the book drop located on the front of the building to the left of the entry and behind the bicycle racks. No overdue fines or fees will be applied to any outstanding library loans.

          A concise guide to all of your library-related questions is available at libguides.edinboro.edu/covid19.

          Due to COVID-19, Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority has suspended the Edinboro Express Campus Shuttle until further notice.

          Here’s how you can help. Make a gift to support the Student Hardship Fund to give Edinboro University the tools to serve our students during this difficult time. For more information on how to help students encountering difficulties, please visit our donation page.

          You can also offer words of encouragement for our students. During this challenging time, many students could use words of encouragement as they adapt to remote learning and adjust to social isolation. Support from the Fighting Scots community can remind them that we are all here for one another during this stressful period. Leave an encouraging message or post a picture or a short video on our alumni encouragement page, and we will share the messages on social media and distribute them to our current students.

          John Christman, Ph.D., veterans success coordinator, is available to assist military veterans, current service members and their dependents with access an affordable, high-quality education and comprehensive support services to meet their individualized and diverse needs. Contact the Veterans Success Center at 814-732-1568 or veterans@edinboro.edu

          Events

          Yes. ALL events will be canceled through the end of the summer. These cancellations include the presidential inauguration and the University Programming Board’s Spring Concert.

          The PSAC and its member institutions have suspended all athletics competitions for the remainder of the spring semester. There will be no Athletics practices or activities on campus at Edinboro through the end of the semester.

          During the remainder of the spring 2020 semester, all sports are permitted a maximum of 8 hours of remote, virtual countable athletically related activities (CARA) per week. There may be no required physical activities as part of CARA during this time period. Only athletically related meetings may occur with a maximum of 2 hours of game film review permitted.

          Voluntary physical activities are permitted. Student-athletes are not required to report back to their coaches on those activities. This aligns with the playing and practice season rules related to out of season weekly hour limitations, including the prohibition of all CARA a full week prior to the start and during final examinations.

          Coaches are permitted, and encouraged, to remain in frequent contact with their student-athletes related to academic and well-being issues.

          All PSAC personnel and student-athletes are strongly encouraged to follow CDC guidelines for physical distancing, frequent hand washing and personal hygiene.

          All events – both those sponsored by the University and those hosted by outside organizations – are canceled through the end of the summer. We will continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19-related situation and provide updates if our plans change.

          Edinboro University will postpone Commencement until the fall.

          We surveyed the roughly 650 undergraduate and graduate students expected to graduate in spring 2020 to find out their preference for Commencement. We had 547 responses, which is very impressive and an indication of the importance of this rite of passage. Nearly 76% of respondents voted for an in-person ceremony, even though it will be delayed. A date will be selected and announced as soon as we are confident about what to expect in the fall, given the changing nature of COVID-19.

          Graduates do not receive their diplomas at the commencement ceremony. Upon official verification that degree requirements have been met and provided there are no holds on the student's University account, diplomas are mailed to the home address unless the student requests otherwise. The process takes approximately three to four weeks.

          Regardless of when/how the commencement ceremony is held, students will receive their diplomas approximately three to four weeks after the end of the spring semester.

          It has not yet been determined how students will receive awards that would have been presented at the Honors Convocation. You deserve to be recognized for your efforts, and University officials are exploring the possibility of holding a virtual Honors Convocation. More information will be shared when it becomes available.

          On March 29, Chancellor Daniel Greenstein directed all State System universities to continue suspension of face-to-face classes through the end of the summer. Additionally, Chancellor Greenstein directed that all face-to-face events (both academic and non-academic) scheduled or planned for summer 2020 will be canceled, postponed or moved to a remote modality. This includes summer camps.

          Health and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

          Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a newly identified respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. First detected in Wuhan, China, in December 2019, cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in more than 100 locations around the world, including the U.S., Canada, South Korea, Iran, Italy and Japan.

          According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), human coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and usually cause mild to moderate symptoms. Previous coronavirus outbreaks have included Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

          Because COVID-19 is a newly identified disease, research is still underway about how it is transmitted and how easily the virus spreads from person to person. The virus is believed to spread through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes, close personal contact (within about six feet) and by touching contaminated objects or surfaces.

          Similar to influenza and the common cold, symptoms of COVID-19 may include the following:

          • Fever
          • Cough
          • Shortness of breath

          Symptoms of COVID-19, which range from minor illness to severe pneumonia, can appear two to 14 days after initial exposure.

          There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, but global research is underway. The CDC recommends taking basic precautionary steps to prevent the spread of germs and respiratory viruses.

          • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds or more, especially after using the restroom, blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
          • Use an alcohol-based sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable.
          • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
          • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
          • Always cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and discard used tissues immediately.
          • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in your home.
          • Don’t share food or drink.
          • Stay home when you are sick.

          No. At this time, there are NO reported or confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Edinboro’s main campus or the Porreco College campus.

          If you are sick, stay home and practice good hygiene. Monitor your symptoms closely and seek medical advice by calling (rather than visiting) your primary health care provider or Student Health Services (for students who remain on campus) at (814) 732-2743. Be sure to inform them about recent travel to areas experiencing ongoing spread of COVID-19 or contact with someone who has been confirmed to have the virus.

          Healthcare providers will work with local and state health organizations to determine whether you should be tested for COVID-19.

          According to the CDC, "social distancing means remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible."

          Student Health Services is available for remote consultation, medication follow-up, telehealth and/or referrals. Students should call – rather than visit – Ghering Health and Wellness Center to schedule an appointment at 814-732-2743 or by visiting the Student Health Services page.

          Teletalk, consultation and/or referrals are available with our Clinical Case Manager.

          In order to schedule a telehealth or teletalk appointment, you must first click on this link and call once you have created a patient portal account. https://patient.nuemd.com/edinborouniversity

          Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is available to provide teletherapy by phone or zoom for EU students currently in PA. Facilitation of referrals for students currently located out of state is available through CAPS by calling 814-732-2252 or 814-732-2743 or by visiting the CAPS website for more information.

          Recent circumstances surrounding this evolving global pandemic may have placed an emotional strain on many of us. We understand that you may feel anxious about COVID-19 or have concerns about the health and well-being of your family and friends.

          Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is available to provide teletherapy by phone or zoom for Edinboro University students currently in PA. Facilitation of referrals for students currently located out of state is available through CAPS by calling 814-732-2252 or 814-732-2743 or by visiting the CAPS website for more information.

          Free mental health and wellness services are available to employees and their families through the State Employee Assistance Program (SEAP) at 1-800-692-7459.

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          Information for Employees

          The following actions are being implemented to ensure the health and wellness of the campus community:

          • Staff members whose duties require a physical presence on campus should continue to report to work during normal work hours until further notice. Social-distancing measures will be implemented to the extent possible.
          • Staff members who have the approval of their supervisor to work remotely may do so beginning Wednesday, March 18, at least through Friday, April 3. We will keep you updated as new decisions are made.
          • Staff members who are not assigned to work either on campus or remotely by their supervisors will be placed on paid administrative leave beginning Wednesday, March 18, at least through Friday, April 3. We will keep you updated as new decisions are made.
          • Faculty members are permitted to work remotely or on campus as necessary.

          Given the global reach of COVID-19 and the dynamic nature of the situation, University officials have decided to cancel ALL University-affiliated, international travel through the end of May 2020. Non-essential business and University-related domestic travel has also been canceled for all students, faculty and staff, with very few exceptions. Please contact your supervisor for details on the exceptions.

          The Student Government Association (SGA), a separate 501c3, has decided to follow the University’s lead on travel restrictions. The SGA has announced that it will freeze travel budgets, as well as the use of the association’s vehicles.

          No. Graduate assistants and student workers should not report to on-campus work assignments. Only students who remain enrolled at Edinboro University full-time and are able to work remotely will continue to be paid for hours worked after April 5. Student workers should contact their supervisors regarding the possibility of remote work assignments.

          University Measures

          • EU’s Emergency Response Team, which includes members of the Executive Leadership Team and representatives from Student Health Services, Facilities, Campus Police and Safety and Risk Management, have been monitoring news about the virus since January to ensure the ongoing safety of the Edinboro community.
          • An incident-specific Coronavirus Response Protocol was developed based on county, state and federal guidance to serve as a supplement to the University’s Pandemic Plan.
          • Trained health professionals from Student Health Services are maintaining consistent contact with regional and state health organizations and are prepared to assess and respond in accordance with established protocols from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization.
          • Regular campus-wide updates are being issued with comprehensive information about COVID-19 and tips for preventing the spread of germs and respiratory viruses.
          • Student Health Services continues to screen students with symptoms of respiratory illness for recent international travel and will utilize the isolation room in Ghering Health and Wellness Center if deemed necessary.
          • Facilities staff has installed and is maintaining hand sanitizers in all buildings.
          • In addition to following enhanced flu season protocols, Facilities staff members continue to routinely clean buildings and disinfect high-touch surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, countertops, etc.
          • Based on the recommendation from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) that all higher-education institutions should consider postponing or canceling all international programs, Edinboro University officials have canceled all university-affiliated international travel programs through the end of May. Non-essential business and University-related domestic travel has also been canceled for all students, faculty and staff, with very few exceptions.
          • As a precautionary health measure, a temporary suspension of face-to-face courses began Monday, March 16, and will continue through the end of the semester. Online undergraduate and graduate courses will continue as scheduled during that time. Beginning March 23, all in-person courses will transition to an online format (email, Zoom and/or D2L).

          Recent University Communications Regarding COVID-19

          Dear Students and Colleagues,

          The results are in – Edinboro University will postpone Commencement until the fall.

          We surveyed the roughly 650 undergraduate and graduate students expected to graduate in spring 2020 to find out their preference for Commencement. We had 547 responses, which is very impressive and an indication of the importance of this rite of passage. Nearly 76% of respondents voted for an in-person ceremony, even though it will be delayed. A date will be selected and announced as soon as we are confident about what to expect in the fall, given the changing nature of COVID-19.

          Class of 2020, although your graduation ceremony is being postponed, you will not have to wait for your diplomas. They will be mailed to you during the week of May 11. When Commencement day comes, it will have very special meaning for all of us. The entire campus community will share your pride as you receive well-earned recognition for your hard work and perseverance.

          To the Class of 2020 and better days ahead!

          Sincerely,

          Guiyou Huang, Ph.D.
          President

          Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

          I hope you are adjusting as much as possible to our new normal. I know the disruption to life as we knew it is difficult, but we will get through this. We had some sunshine this weekend and the buds are starting to appear on the trees, so there are signs of spring and better days ahead.

          I am writing with an update regarding the summer schedule. In keeping with Gov. Tom Wolf’s strategy to protect the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians, and to secure the safety of our faculty, staff, students and our broader communities, Chancellor Daniel Greenstein has directed all Pennsylvania State System schools to continue the suspension of in-person instruction through the end of summer. All summer classes will instead be offered via a remote delivery modality. The majority of Edinboro’s summer classes are already offered online, so we are prepared.

          The chancellor has further directed that no in-person experiential learning occur through the summer 2020 months. This includes, but is not limited to clinical rotations, student teaching, internships and field experiences. Where possible, faculty and experiential learning supervisors should continue to provide remote learning opportunities for students.

          Finally, all face-to-face events (both academic and non-academic) scheduled or planned for the summer 2020 months will be canceled, postponed or moved to a remote modality.

          Rare exceptions to the above may be granted at the discretion of the president if it is deemed that the health and safety of campus and the broader community will not be placed at risk. It is difficult to imagine such a situation at this time, so exceptions are unlikely.

          I understand that to have a disruption expected to last a couple of weeks extend for months is disheartening. Nevertheless, these measures are essential to help curb COVID-19’s spread.

          I am grateful for your cooperation during these difficult times. I am quite certain that the persistence and grit at the core of who we are as a community will enable us to persevere and emerge all the stronger.

          Sincerely,

          Guiyou Huang, Ph.D.
          President

          Dear Edinboro Undergraduate Students,

          With the transition in course delivery as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, I wanted to inform you of two changes in our academic processes intended to give you greater flexibility this semester. Those changes, addressed below, are: (1) an extension of the last day to withdraw from a course, and (2) the process for choosing Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) Grading.

          Extended Last Day to Withdraw
          The last day to withdraw from a course is typically the end of the 10th week of the semester, which would be March 27 for this semester. Because of the extension of spring break for what had been face-to-face courses, and recognizing anxieties that may arise in taking your courses using a different method, we are extending the last day to withdraw from a course to 11:59 p.m., Monday, April 6. If you wish to withdraw from a class, you may do so until April 6 through your SCOTS account, using the alternate PIN you used to register for your spring classes. If you forgot this alternate PIN or need assistance, please contact Records and Registration, records@edinboro.edu. The usual $25 withdrawal fee will be waived between March 16 and April 6.

          It is important to remember that withdrawing from a course may impact your satisfactory academic progress necessary to maintain your federal and state financial aid (grants and loans); the time spent completing your degree; athletic eligibility, and scholarship funds you may be receiving. Before making a decision to withdraw from a course, please consult your academic advisor and financial aid counselor to discuss the implications of your decision.

          Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) Grading Option
          Under normal circumstances, students have the option to choose S/U grading during the first week of the semester. Given the unusual nature of the current situation, we will extend that date for undergraduate classes to 11:59 p.m., Monday, April 6.

          What does S/U grading mean? Typically, your faculty instructor assigns a traditional letter grade for your course performance (e.g., A, B-, C+). Under S/U grading, your instructor will still assign you a letter grade, but that grade will be converted to an “S” if your assigned grade is “C- or higher” or a “U” if your assigned grade is a “D+ or lower.” The S/U grade values do not impact your GPA, but you will only earn credit for the course if you receive an “S.” Effectively, a “U” is equivalent to an “F” grade but does not impact your GPA. Typically, the S/U grade option is not permissible for courses in your major, but will be permitted this semester because of the current crisis.

          Since the decision to withdraw from a course or to choose S/U grading may have important ramifications for your academic progress, it is extremely important that you discuss your decision with your academic advisor, among other support staff: academic support coordinator, financial aid counselor, athletic coach, whichever may also be relevant to your circumstances. Some important things for you to consider in making this decision:

          • In certain majors, there are minimum grade requirements for major or related courses. For instance, Education programs require a minimum grade of “C,” so an “S” grade would not satisfy that requirement since the “S” allows for grades as low as “C-.“ It is important that you check with your academic advisor or the Academic Success Center regarding such requirements for your major.
          • If you are on academic warning or probation, receiving regular letter grades can assist you in obtaining the GPA needed to move you out of this status to good academic standing; however S/U grades will not impact your GPA.
          • If you are a student athlete, there are certain NCAA requirements that must be met in terms of credit progress and GPA in order for you to remain eligible to compete. Please consult with Mr. Todd Jay (jay@edinboro.edu) to discuss implications for your athletic status if you are considering the S/U grade option.
          • If you receive financial aid (federal or state grants or loans) or scholarships, your ability to renew this aid may be dependent on credits completed and GPA earned. In this case, you should consult with our Financial Aid office.

          How do you change your grading choice? If you wish to change one or more of your courses to the S/U grading option, you should log in to myEdinboro where you will find the icon in the academics section (top) of your icon tray. Once you select the icon, you will be taken to a screen showing your course schedule for this semester. For each course, you should use the pull-down menu to choose either S/U or Standard Grade.

          If you do not wish to select S/U grading for any of your classes, no action is needed.

          Once you have made the decision to change your grading from standard letter grades to S/U, you will NOT be able to change it back after April 6. If you select the S/U option and want to change it back prior to that deadline, please email records@edinboro.edu.

          As always, I wish you well in your classes for the semester and hope that these options will help reduce some of your anxieties in this transition. Stay safe!

          Sincerely,

          Michael Hannan, Ph.D.
          Provost and Vice President for Academic & Student Affairs

          Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

          I hope that this message finds you and your loved ones safe and well. As I reflect on the past few weeks and look out my window on this gray, rain-soaked day in Edinboro, it is hard to believe how much has changed in just a short time. Our world, our country and our University have experienced many disruptions and a great deal of uncertainty in the face of this global pandemic.

          My thoughts are with you today as face-to-face courses resume in a virtual format and all classes are now fully online. I recognize that this transition to online coursework for the remainder of the semester has required and will require a great deal of flexibility and patience. Students are adjusting to a new way of learning. Faculty members have worked tirelessly to reconfigure their courses and master new technology. Staff are adjusting to a new way of working while continuing to provide resources that support the ongoing needs of our institution.

          Please accept my sincerest gratitude for the incredible work that you all have done to continue the academic mission of this University. I deeply appreciate your efforts as together we navigate these extraordinary times.

          Over the next several weeks, I am sure that many of you will have questions regarding coursework, support services, degree completion and other academic-related topics. The University remains committed to your success, and we are here to help. Students are encouraged to reach out to their academic advisor or Dr. Philomena Gill, assistant vice president for academic and student success, at pgill@edinboro.edu with questions.

          Today, and every day, I am incredibly proud to be a member of this community of strivers. Your remarkable resilience and willingness to overcome these challenges together – while also balancing family responsibilities and adjusting to new ways of learning, teaching and communicating – have reinforced what it means to be a Fighting Scot. When this crisis passes – and it will pass – we will emerge united and stronger than ever.

          Sincerely,

          Guiyou Huang, Ph.D.
          President

          The University is in the process of reviewing student accounts and calculating potential refunds of housing, meals and the university center fee. Refunds will be posted to the student’s account. Students with credit balances, after the refunds are posted, will receive an email with the following options:

          • Students with personal payments or private loan payments will be given the option to leave the credit on the account for a subsequent term.
          • Students with federal loan refunds will be given the option to return the funds toward the loan or receive a refund.
          • Students with Parent Plus loan payments will receive a refund issued by paper check to the parent unless the parent gave permission for the student to receive the refund.

          As always, direct deposit is the fastest way to receive a refund. Please log in to SCOTS and set up direct deposit. If there is no direct deposit for the account, a check will be mailed to the permanent address on file.

          Dear Students, Parents, Faculty and Staff,

          Yesterday evening Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses across the Commonwealth to close by 8 p.m. Thursday, March 19.

          Because we have taken proactive measures to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff, Edinboro University is already in compliance with these statewide mitigation plans.

          The majority of residential students have already moved off campus, and residence halls will be locked down at midnight on Sunday, March 22. Our University continues to provide life-sustaining services – grab-and-go food services, shelter and security – to a small group of students who have been granted permission to remain in on-campus housing due to extenuating circumstances. No visitors are permitted to enter residence halls.

          Although we have implemented protocols to limit the number of personnel on campus and prevent potential spread of COVID-19, there are a number of essential personnel identified for critical on-campus operations that must continue to support academic and residential functions. These functions include members of the president’s executive leadership team, student affairs, human resources, university police, information technology and facilities. Social distancing measures are being implemented to the extent possible by employees whose duties require a physical presence on campus.

          To further align with these state regulations, Baron-Forness Library will be closed beginning at 4 p.m. Friday, March 20. Information on the library’s plans for the continuation of services may be found on its COVID-19 page. Multiple internet service providers are also offering discounts. Information on those providers and discounts may be found on the University's COVID-19 page. Any student in need of equipment should contact the HELP DESK at 814-732-2111 to make arrangements.

          A number of students and parents have had questions regarding refunds for housing, dining services and fees. Following guidance from Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education, Edinboro will refund students on a prorated basis for housing, food services and the Pogue Student Center fee within three weeks via credits to the student’s account. Any outstanding credits will also be refunded to the student at that time. Refunds will be based on the period beginning Monday, March 16, which was originally scheduled as the first day of classes after spring break. See attached for full details of the System’s refund guidelines.

          Thank you for your continued cooperation as we work to keep our students, faculty and staff safe.

          Sincerely,

          Guiyou Huang, Ph.D.
          President

          Dear Students, Parents, Faculty and Staff,

          Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education has issued additional guidance related to counseling services and student employment.

          Counseling and Psychological Services
          During the COVID-19 emergency period, State System universities may provide counseling services via telecommunication only to students who are physically located in Pennsylvania. Edinboro students who are located in the Commonwealth can continue to access teletherapy by phone or zoom through Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).

          Due to state licensure regulations, Edinboro University is prohibited from providing counseling services via telecommunications to students located outside Pennsylvania. CAPS representatives are committed to the health and wellness of all Edinboro students, regardless of physical location, and will continue to offer facilitation of referrals for students currently located out of state. For additional information regarding teletherapy or referrals, please contact CAPS by calling (814) 732-2252 or (814) 732-2743.

          Student Employment
          Based on State System guidance, only students who remain enrolled at Edinboro University full-time and are able to work remotely will continue to be paid for hours worked after April 5. Student workers should contact their supervisors regarding the possibility of remote work assignments.

          Edinboro University will issue updates as new information is received.

          Dear Students and Parents,

          We recognize that you may have many outstanding questions regarding housing and dining refunds, commencement and other topics. As this unprecedented public health crisis continues to evolve, our immediate focus has been on the health of our students and ensuring that everyone is safe as we continue the spring semester.

          Housing and Dining Refunds
          Prorated housing and dining refunds are forthcoming. As we await specific guidance from Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education, members of Edinboro University’s Finance and Administration Division are working around the clock to calculate preliminary refunds based on each student’s unique situation. We will provide specific details in the very near future, once we’ve had an opportunity to review the anticipated System guidelines. In the meantime, here are a few updates from the Student Accounts Office:

          • If you are on a payment plan and your estimated balance is below $500, automatic withdrawals will be canceled for the final two spring 2020 payments.
          • There will be no late payment plan fees posted to your account.
          • If your estimated balance is below $500, financial holds will be removed from your account.

          Commencement
          Several institutions, including Penn State University, Rutgers University and the University of Pennsylvania, have canceled spring 2020 commencement ceremonies. We have NOT YET made a decision regarding commencement, but officials will continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and make a decision that is in the best interest of all of our students, faculty and staff who normally attend this important event. If/when the situation is significantly improved and safe, there will be an in-person commencement. Otherwise, the commencement committee will explore options for a virtual ceremony. Again, a decision has not yet been made.

          COVID-19 Update
          Earlier today, Erie County Department of Health confirmed the first positive case of COVID-19 in Erie County, Pa. Sustained community spread is not yet present, but we encourage you to follow the social distancing guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

          The best defense against COVID-19, influenza or any virus is to practice good hygiene etiquette. As a reminder, the CDC recommends the following:

          • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds or more, especially after using the restroom, blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
          • Use an alcohol-based sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable.
          • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
          • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
          • Always cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and discard used tissues immediately.
          • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in your home.
          • Don’t share food or drink.
          • Stay home when you are sick.
          • Get the flu vaccination.

          We appreciate your cooperation and patience as we implement plans to keep the University and surrounding community safe. Please monitor your email for updates and check the University’s COVID-19 page regularly.

          Dear Students and Parents,

          In light of new direction regarding limiting gatherings to no more than 10 people, we have refined our residence hall move-out plan for the weekend (March 21 and 22) as follows.

          Saturday:

          Highlands
          10am-2pm- Floors 1 and 3
          3pm-7pm- Floor 2
          8pm-12am- Floor 4

          Towers
          10am-2pm- Floors 2 and 4
          3pm-7pm- Floors 1 and 3
          8pm-12am- Floors 5 and 6

          Sunday:
          Highlands
          10am-2pm- Floor 4
          3pm-7pm- Floor 2
          8pm-12am- Floors 1 and 3

          Towers
          10am-2pm- Floors 5 and 6
          3pm-7pm- Floors 1 and 3
          8pm-12am- Floors 2 and 4

          Move-out hours Tuesday-Friday (March 17-20) – 10 a.m. to midnight.

          Requests:

          • For students living in suites, we ask that you coordinate your move with your suitemates, as much as possible, to avoid larger groups of people in your living space.
          • Limit the number of people in elevators to allow space between individuals.
          • Please leave your residence hall as soon as you’ve removed your things. Only those students who have been granted exceptions to remain in campus housing will be permitted to stay.
          • Practice social distancing when saying goodbye to friends.

          Dear Colleagues,

          In response to this unprecedented public health crisis, Edinboro University’s Emergency Response Team (ERT) is actively monitoring updates from local, state and federal health organizations. The safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff remains paramount as we do everything possible to prevent potential spread of COVID-19 and continue the important work of our University.

          The following actions are being implemented to ensure the health and wellness of the campus community:

          • Staff members whose duties require a physical presence on campus should continue to report to work during normal work hours until further notice. Social-distancing measures will be implemented to the extent possible.
          • Staff members who have the approval of their supervisor to work remotely may do so beginning Wednesday, March 18, at least through Friday, March 27. We will keep you updated as new decisions are made.
          • Staff members who are not assigned to work either on campus or remotely by their supervisors will be placed on paid administrative leave beginning Wednesday, March 18, at least through Friday, March 27. We will keep you updated as new decisions are made.
          • Faculty members are permitted to work remotely or on campus as necessary.

          Even as we transition courses to an online format, there are a number of critical on-campus operations that must continue to support academic and residential functions. Individual remote work decisions will be made at the divisional level, and your supervisor will be in touch by the end of business Tuesday (March 17) regarding those arrangements. We will keep you updated as new decisions are made.

          I have attached Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education University Operations Procedure/Standard Number 2020-43, which provides additional guidance on emergency remote work and telecommuting. I encourage you to review it. Supervisors should work with staff employees under their direction who will be telecommuting to complete the form in Appendix A. Once signatures are attached, please send to Human Resources.

          Information Technology Services (ITS) has compiled a comprehensive repository of resources for online learning and remote work in the myEdinboro portal. I encourage you to carefully review the information and reach out to ITS with any additional questions.

          As a reminder, free mental health and wellness services are available to employees and their families through the State Employee Assistance Program (SEAP) at 1-800-692-7459.

          These past few weeks have been filled with a great deal of uncertainty. Through it all, members of our community have stepped up to support each other with patience and compassion. I want to express my sincere gratitude for your tremendous efforts during these challenging times. We are a resilient, united community of Fighting Scots, and we will overcome these challenges together.

          Sincerely,
          Guiyou Huang, Ph.D.
          President

          Dear Students, Parents and Colleagues,

          Edinboro University will extend its online-only delivery of classes through the remainder of the semester. All face-to-face classes, which had been scheduled to resume on April 6, will be offered online through semester’s end. With the exception of students who have been approved for emergency housing, all students living on campus must remove their belongings from the residence halls by 4 p.m. Sunday, March 22 (see below for details).

          This decision was driven by our desire to do all that we can to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff and to prevent the spread of COVID-19. While there are no reported cases on campus, there are an increasing number of reported cases in Pennsylvania and across the country, and the virus continues to spread in many other parts of the world.

          In anticipation of some of your questions, we wanted to provide the following information.

          Details Regarding Delivery of Online Courses
          For students who had previously been enrolled in face-to-face classes, your faculty member will be in touch this week with plans for online delivery. Nothing will change for those who had already been enrolled in online courses.

          Schedule for Removing Belongings from Residence Halls
          All belongings must be removed from residence halls by 4 p.m. Sunday, March 22, with the exception of those approved for emergency housing. In order to ensure social distancing, as recommended by national and state health officials, we have established the following schedule hoping to prevent large groups of students from congregating in the residence halls at any given time. Students should leave their residence halls once their things have been packed. As you say goodbye to friends, please refrain from hugging or shaking hands.

          Tuesday-Saturday (March 17-21) – 10 a.m. to midnight
          Sunday (March 22) – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

          We understand that this is an abrupt and unexpected end to the academic year and, for seniors, your undergraduate experience. For that we are sorry.

          Student Mailroom Access
          Students will have access to the mailroom in the Pogue Student Center according to the schedule below.

          Tuesday through Friday (March 17-20) – 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
          Saturday and Saturday (March 21-22) – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

          Removal of Art Supplies from Studios
          Art students living in the residence halls should remove their supplies from art studios when they are on campus to remove their other belongings. Art students who do not live on campus must pick up their art supplies by 2 p.m. Sunday, March 22. The studios will be open from 8-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday (March 17 through March 21) and from 8 to 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 22.

          Clinicals/Practica/Internships/Student-Teaching
          All assignments will be discontinued through the remainder of the semester following the direction of Chancellor Dan Greenstein of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. Your internship/clinical/practica/student-teaching supervisors will be in touch regarding alternate learning experiences.

          Fall Pre-Registration and Virtual Office Hours
          Your advisor will be in touch this week with information on virtual office hours, as well as with instructions for pre-registration.

          All Other Events and Activities
          All other events and activities will be canceled through the remainder of the semester. A decision regarding spring Commencement will be made at a later date.

          Refunds/Credits
          Information regarding a prorated refund or credit for housing and dining services will be forthcoming for those who normally would have lived on campus through the remainder of the semester.

          I understand that these are drastic measures and will have a profound impact on you, your friends and family, but in these challenging times, our “For Those Who Strive” brand line is quite fitting. I have tremendous confidence that our campus community has the grit, persistence and perseverance to get through this and come out the other side even stronger.

          Please watch your student email for updates and check the COVID-19 website regularly. We will prevail over COVID-19!

          Sincerely,
          Guiyou Huang, Ph.D.
          President

          Dear Students, Parents and Colleagues,

          University officials decided a short time ago to continue online-only delivery of classes through the end of the spring semester. (Face-to-face classes had originally been scheduled to resume on April 6, so this decision represents a change to those plans.)

          We wanted to notify you of this decision immediately. We understand you will have many questions. Look for an email later today addressing anticipated questions and concerns. Many thanks for your patience.

          Sincerely,
          Angela J. Burrows

          Dear students, parents, faculty and staff,

          The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education has issued a moratorium on all clinicals, practicums, internships and student teaching for ALL State System schools that have suspended face-to-face instruction. This includes Edinboro University.

          Effective immediately, undergraduate and graduate students in experiential learning sites, including professional placements, practica, internships, research internships, and clinical rotations should NOT report to on-site placements until face-to-face classes resume. For Edinboro, that restriction applies until April 6 at the earliest.

          If an accrediting and/or licensing agency has issued superseding guidance regarding those placements, then that guidance will be followed. In those cases, the student’s faculty supervisor will communicate that. At this time, Edinboro is not aware of such guidance for any of our programs.

          In the meantime, internship/clinical/practica supervisors will provide alternate learning experiences for students in these types of classes.

          Dear faculty and staff,

          Earlier today, Chancellor Dan Greenstein issued the following directives to all State System universities based on Gov. Tom Wolf’s guidance to Commonwealth agencies regarding travel and large gatherings.

          • International and out-of-state travel for university purposes is prohibited.
          • Large gatherings of any type should be held virtually, postponed, or canceled.
          • Employees shall only participate virtually in externally hosted large meetings, conferences, trainings, or community events.

          These directives, which are effective immediately, reinforce the University’s earlier decision to cancel all non-essential business and University-related international and domestic travel and provide additional restrictions regarding off-campus gatherings and meetings until further notice.

          Please see the following memos noting Gov. Wolf’s directives:
          International and Domestic Travel Directives
          Planning for Large Meetings and Conferences

          We understand that these proactive measures may cause disruptions, and we appreciate your cooperation and collaboration as we implement plans to keep the University and surrounding community safe.

          The Erie County Health Department reconfirmed today that there have been NO confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Erie County. We are continuing to do everything possible to ensure the safety of our community and encourage you to visit ready.edinboro.edu/coronavirus regularly for additional information.

          Dear Edinboro Students, Parents, Faculty and Staff,

          You are probably aware that a number of colleges and universities across the country have made plans to adjust their operations as the situation regarding COVID-19 continues to shift. While there are no reported cases of the virus on our campus, know that we have been closely monitoring its spread and will take every possible precaution to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors to our campus.

          Following are details of our plan.

          Spring Break Extended Only for Those Enrolled in Face-to-Face Classes/Temporary Transition to Online Courses to Follow

          • Your spring break is extended through the week of March 16. During this time, faculty who normally teach face to face will prepare to teach online. Your professors will be in touch via email to share further details regarding online delivery, so check your student email account regularly.
          • During the weeks of March 23 and March 30, your classes will resume and will temporarily transition to online delivery.
          • It is our expectation that in-person classes will resume in their face-to-face format beginning Monday, April 6. Between now and then, we will continue to monitor the situation to determine next steps. We will keep you informed as decisions are made.

          Students enrolled only in online courses (both undergraduate and graduate)

          • Classes will resume on March 16 as scheduled.

          Clinicals/Practicums/Internships/Student Teaching
          Students in clinical/practicum courses, or serving as student teachers or as interns will adhere to their schedules, assuming their placement sites remain open and are willing to host students in these programs.

          Students Expected to Live Off Campus Temporarily
          Any student wishing to live on campus during the weeks of March 16, 23 and 30 must have a justifiable reason for doing so and must make their request via this form. The Library, Pogue Student Center, Van Houten Dining Hall and Ghering Health Center will remain open for those who must remain on campus.

          Technology will also be available in the library for any student who does not have access at home.

          If you need to recover any of your belongings from your residence hall, you may do so between 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday or 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

          Housing and Dining Refunds Available on a Prorated Basis
          Students will be refunded on a prorated basis for the time during which they will not be living in the residence halls and will not be using campus food services. Details on refunds will be shared at a later date.

          International and Domestic Travel
          Given the global reach of COVID-19 and the dynamic nature of the situation, University officials have decided to cancel ALL University-affiliated, international travel through the end of May 2020. Non-essential business and University-affiliated domestic travel has also been canceled for all students, faculty and staff, with very few exceptions. Employees should contact their supervisors for details on the exceptions.

          SGA to Follow University’s Lead on Travel
          The Student Government Association (SGA) has decided to follow the University’s lead on travel restrictions. The SGA has announced that it will freeze travel budgets for the rest of the semester, as well as the use of the association’s vehicles.

          Athletics
          We have been following the lead of the NCAA regarding Athletics events and will provide updates if new information becomes available.

          Events (Including the Presidential Inauguration)
          With the exception of Athletics, ALL events through April 5 will be canceled, including the presidential inauguration, which had been planned for March 20. The inauguration will be rescheduled for some time in the fall, and we will inform you once a date has been selected.

          Registration for Fall Classes
          Students, your academic advisors will be reaching out via email to provide guidance on registering for the fall.

          Clinicals/Practicums/Internships/Student Teaching
          Students in clinical/practicum courses, or serving as student teachers or as interns will adhere to their schedules, assuming their placement sites remain open and willing to host students in these programs.

          Financial Aid/Commencement
          The spring break extension for those enrolled in face-to-face classes will not affect financial aid nor will it impact Commencement, which is scheduled for Saturday, May 2.

          Operations Unchanged for Staff
          At this time, there are no disruptions in operations planned for staff.

          We realize that many of these temporary changes are disruptive and decisions around them were not made lightly. Please watch your inbox for updates and also visit our COVID-19 webpage for updates, an FAQ and important related information as we continue to navigate in these uncertain times. We appreciate your patience and your support as we make arrangements that will allow us to proceed with confidence.

          Sincerely,

          Guiyou Huang
          President

          Dear students, faculty and staff,

          As we continue to monitor developments surrounding coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), we would like to share an important update.

          Earlier today, Gov. Tom Wolf confirmed the first two presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania. The cases were identified in Delaware County and Wayne County, both of which are in eastern part of the state. The cases are unrelated. As of today, there is no evidence of community transmission of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania.

          Cases of the respiratory illness have been confirmed in 70 countries, including the U.S., China, South Korea, Iran, Italy and Japan.

          Edinboro University does not have any reported or confirmed cases of COVID-19 at this time, but we are continuing to work with federal, state and local health organizations to prepare for any potential threat to campus.

          Should an instance of COVID-19 occur on or near our campus, the Emergency Response Team will follow the University’s established pandemic plan and response protocols that were created based on county, state and federal guidance. University officials are working with APSCUF on a plan to temporarily transition to online course delivery in the event of temporary suspension of in-person classes.

          The safety and wellness of our campus community is our top priority. Based on the recommendation from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) that all higher-education institutions should consider postponing or canceling all international programs, Edinboro University officials have canceled all university-affiliated international travel programs through the end of May.

          Symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Although there is no cause for alarm, we urge you to take basic precautionary steps to prevent the spread of germs and respiratory viruses.

          The CDC recommends the following:

          • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds or more, especially after using the restroom, blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
          • Use an alcohol-based sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable.
          • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
          • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
          • Always cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and discard used tissues immediately.
          • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in your home.
          • Don’t share food or drink.
          • Stay home when you are sick.
          • Get the flu vaccination.

          The University will notify the campus community of any changes in protocol. Please contact Student Health Services in the Ghering Health and Wellness Center at (814) 732-2743 with any questions or concerns.

          Dear students, faculty and staff,

          Edinboro University’s Emergency Response Team (ERT) has been working with federal, state and local health organizations to actively monitor the spread of coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). Cases of the respiratory illness have now been confirmed in 60 countries, including the U.S., China, South Korea, Iran, Italy and Japan.

          Given the global reach of COVID-19 and the dynamic nature of the situation, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has asked higher-education institutions to consider postponing or canceling all international travel programs. Additional travel advisories and restrictions are likely as new cases are reported worldwide.

          Based on this recommendation and after careful consideration regarding the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff, University officials have decided to cancel ALL university-affiliated travel programs through the end of May 2020. This decision was made out of an abundance of caution.

          As Spring Break approaches, we urge you to avoid all nonessential travel.

          Whether for studying or leisure, global travel carries a number of potential risks. According to the CDC, international travelers may face unpredictable circumstances while abroad, including challenges in returning to the U.S. and difficulties accessing health care.

          The health and safety of our campus community is our highest priority. If you are planning to travel this semester (either domestically or internationally), we ask that you complete the Spring 2020 Travel Form.

          Although there is no current threat to the Edinboro community or the region, the ERT is proactively managing preparedness efforts to best ensure the safety and well-being of our campus. We will continue to assess the situation and provide updates as necessary.

          Sincerely,

          Guiyou Huang, Ph.D.
          President

          Dear students, faculty and staff,

          University officials, in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are continuing to monitor news about the coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19. First detected in Wuhan, China, the respiratory disease, which is caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), has now been detected in 37 locations internationally.

          The immediate health risk to the general U.S. public is still considered low at this time. Although the COVID-19 poses no current threat to the Edinboro community or the region, the University is taking proactive steps to ensure the health and well-being of our campus community.

          In accordance with the University’s established pandemic plan, members of our Emergency Response Team (ERT) and Student Health Services representatives have been in regular communication with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the State System and other officials regarding preparedness efforts. The ERT will continue to work closely with members of the campus community to ensure continuity of classes should a threat to campus safety occur.

          This information is being shared to keep you informed about the University’s preparedness efforts and so that you may exercise caution in the event that you are planning to travel during spring break.

          Additional Information:

          • Edinboro has NO current students from Wuhan, and the University has no trips planned to China.
          • COVID-19 has been detected in 37 locations around the world, including the U.S., South Korea, Iran, Italy and Japan.
          • There have been NO confirmed cases in Pennsylvania.
          • There are NO current CDC travel warnings for the locations in which our students are studying abroad.

          Although there is no cause for alarm regarding a potential COVID-19 outbreak on our campus, we should always take basic precautionary steps to prevent the spread of germs and respiratory viruses.

          The CDC recommends the following:

          • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds or more, especially after using the restroom, blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
          • Use an alcohol-based sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable.
          • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
          • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
          • Always cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and discard used tissues immediately.
          • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in your home.
          • Don’t share food or drink.
          • Stay home when you are sick.
          • Get the flu vaccination.

          Our primary concern is the safety and health of the campus community. The University will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as necessary.

          Students with flu-like symptoms are encouraged to schedule an appointment with Student Health Services in the Ghering Health and Wellness Center at (814) 732-2743.


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