Fall 2020 Planning FAQs - Edinboro University
          Contact Info

          Jim Dahle
          Director of Safety and Risk Management & University Pandemic Safety Officer
          Phone: (814) 732-2709
          (814) 732-2228

          Fall 2020 Planning FAQs

          Frequently Asked Questions

          New FAQs are being added regularly, so check back soon. If you have a question that is not addressed here or if you would like to provide feedback, please reach out through the Fall 2020 Questions Form or email communications@edinboro.edu.

          Classes, Internships and Clinicals

          The national data showed an alarming number of COVID-19 cases (the U.S. has surpassed 4.8 million as of Aug. 6 according to the CDC). There were 74,818 new cases reported in the U.S. on July 24, which surpassed the previous single-day record of 74,710 new cases set on July 17. Our students hail from all over the U.S. and the world, including areas with high numbers of COVID-19 cases. As much as we had hoped for a full return to in-person learning this fall, we simply could not ignore the potential danger of bringing thousands of students back to campus.

          Courses taught through synchronous delivery are those in which the professors host online Zoom lectures live in real time at the same time and same frequency as originally scheduled.

          Professors who develop courses for asynchronous delivery create prerecorded video lessons, reading or research assignments or game-based learning tasks that students complete on their own schedule. Asynchronous learning may also encompass a wide variety of instructional interactions, including email exchanges, online discussion boards, breakout rooms and other instructional materials and correspondence, among many other possible variations. Employing a wide range of tools to share content can deepen students’ understanding in this remote learning environment.

          A blended learning approach often utilizes regular online Zoom sessions to deliver lectures and then directs students to online resources that the professors have prepared.

          Active learning practices such as question and answer, writing-revision, problem-solving, group work, or authentic exploration may look different in an online classroom where students are not physically with the professor and their classmates. Faculty members embrace principles of quality instructional design and active learning in their daily lessons whether they are teaching in a face-to-face or remote learning environment.

          No. Students will not be required to engage in face-to-face learning during the fall 2020 semester if they are not comfortable doing so. Students who have a course with an in-person component scheduled but would prefer to take all of their courses virtually should contact the faculty member directly to discuss whether the in-person component can be completed online.

          There may also be some courses in which the University is required to have students engage in person to meet state licensure requirements. If a student is enrolled in one of these courses and is not comfortable engaging in person during the fall 2020 semester, the University will work with the student to reschedule the course for a future term.

          Students with health issues should work with the Office for Accessibility Services (OAS) to arrange for accommodations. OAS will refer all eligible students to the appropriate dean's office to discuss any schedule changes that may be necessary.

          Students who would like to explore virtual course options and need help with scheduling should contact their faculty advisor or the Academic Success Center at 814-732-2218.

          Edinboro University professors will utilize asynchronous and synchronous learning methods based on what is best for their individual courses.

          Across the University, faculty have been afforded access to substantial professional development opportunities to ensure that they can provide a quality experience in an online environment. The result is that the faculty were consulted on their individual courses about whether an online or face-to-face experience would be optimal based on the course content, their individual discipline and their teaching style. Faculty who have the expertise to effectively deliver the course learning objectives online have indicated that this would be the optimal delivery in this setting, while those that felt that a face-to-face experience would be more meaningful based on their teaching style will be delivering their courses face-to-face. Therefore, we believe that the learning outcomes that students receive, whether face-to-face or online, will be valuable moving toward graduation and their career.

          Professors embrace principles of quality instructional design and active learning in their daily lessons whether they are teaching in a face-to-face or remote learning environment. Faculty and staff continue to be accessible and are highly committed to student success. Our faculty strive to balance the needs of all students and to help them succeed in each course.

          If a student is registered for a synchronous online course, they are expected to attend each class, just as they would if the class was in person. The University’s attendance policy would still apply to these classes.

          Classrooms are being rearranged to aid in social distancing, including the rotation of student seating.

          Students are permitted to adjust their course schedules to meet the changing circumstances surrounding the fall semester. Please contact your faculty advisor or the Academic Success Center at 814-732-2218. The final day to add/drop a class is Monday, Aug. 24.

          Academic Success Coordinators:
          School of Business and Exploratory Students: George Morgan III, gmorgan@edinboro.edu
          School of Education: Brenda Abreu-Baker, babreubaker@edinboro.edu
          Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences: Aarron Hunsinger, ahunsinger@edinboro.edu
          Science and Health Professions: Ashley Wassel, awassel@edinboro.edu

          Student teaching assignments will proceed as usual as long as the placement site is able to accommodate student teachers.

          As of Aug. 3, the Crawford Central School District will not be accepting student teachers for the fall semester. New placements are forthcoming and will be communicated directly to the students.

          If you have questions regarding student teaching assignments, please email Dr. Stephanie Williams at swilliams@edinboro.edu and Stacey Guianen at sguainen@edinboro.edu.

          Clinical experiences and internships will continue as planned unless the host site or organization is no longer able to accommodate the student. In many cases, the availability of these experiences is dependent upon the host organizations’ COVID-19 policies. Students should contact their internship site directly or their internship supervisor with any questions.

          Art buildings and labs will be open for limited hours for use by students enrolled in face-to-face classes during the fall semester. Weekend hours have been reduced. Studio hours for each lab will be posted.

          Students must sign in and sign out of each lab, noting date and time, for any visit longer than 5 min. This is essential for contact tracing and required for labs to remain open. Failure to sign in and sign out of each lab visited may result in loss of privileges for individuals or possibly the entire lab. Labs will be monitored.

          No. Because of the changes to the academic calendar, there will be no Reading Day during the fall 2020 semester.

          No. There is currently no plan to implement satisfactory/unsatisfactory grading during the fall 2020 semester.

          University Housing and Dining

          Due to health and safety concerns, our on-campus housing capacity will be limited to 175 students. All students living on campus will have their own bedroom and bathroom. On-campus housing was assigned based on the following criteria:

          • International students
          • Students who live more than 50 miles from campus and are enrolled in a course with an experiential learning component that is being taught in person and is required for their major
          • Those who met the above criteria or any student facing extraordinary circumstances was required to complete the housing request form. Priority for on-campus housing was given to students who live more than 50 miles from campus, and housing requests were considered on a first-come, first-serve basis. All fall housing assigned prior to July 21 was canceled and refunds were provided to students who had already paid their bills.

          On-campus housing will be limited to 175 because it is the number of students we believe we can safely house while allowing for social distancing and providing adequate staff support for residential students.

          The housing requirement has been waived for the 2020-21 academic year. Students who are not staying on campus this fall will not be required to live on campus during the spring 2020 semester.

          Students who fulfilled one year of the housing requirement prior to the 2020-21 academic year will not be required to live on campus during the 2021-22 academic year.

          First-year students who do not qualify for a housing exemption will need to live on campus during the 2021-22 year to fulfill the second year of the housing requirement (dependent upon the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 at that time).

          Yes. Students living on campus were subject to a health screening and a temperature check from Student Health Services prior to moving into their residence hall. Students and visitors were required to stop at Ghering Health and Wellness Center in McNerney Hall before entering the residence halls for move-in.

          Residence Life and Housing and the Emergency Response Team is working hard to create a safe residential campus environment that supports student success. Due to health and safety concerns, we will be limiting our on-campus housing capacity to 175 students. Modifications will be made to the residence halls to promote physical distancing as well as other health and safety measures in each building.

          Campus residence halls will be de-densified to limit crowding and minimize the spread of COVID-19. All students living on campus will be assigned their own bedroom and bathroom. Students are to maintain social distance while using the community kitchens and laundry rooms. Face coverings must be worn outside the student’s room at all times, including in restrooms, laundry rooms and hallways.

          Residence halls will close prior to Thanksgiving except for students who have been approved by Residence Life and Housing to remain on campus. Additional information about move-out will be shared as soon as it's available.

          No. With the exception of move-in and move-out, visitors to campus will not be permitted to enter residence halls during the fall 2020 semester. Each students may only bring two individuals to help with move-in. Access to residence halls will be restricted to residential students and essential University personnel.

          Because students may be living in their assigned room for only one semester, they should plan to take all of their belongings when leaving campus for winter break or arrange to store them at their own expense. In addition, students may need to relocate if the COVID-19 situation worsens and the remainder of classes are moved online. For all these reasons, students are strongly encouraged to consider carefully what they are bringing to campus and to pack lightly.

          The Celtic Court in Frank G. Pogue Student Center will operate with a modified menu in accordance with Pennsylvania Department of Health requirements. All other dining locations will be closed during the fall 2020 semester. Health and safety mitigation measures include:

          • Tables and chairs will be rearranged for effective social distancing.
          • Line queues have been established.
          • Cash payments will be suspended and replaced with contactless card readers.
          • Social distancing floor markers and signage will be installed.
          • Physical barriers (e.g. Plexiglas) will be installed between workers and students where it is difficult to maintain social distancing.
          • Entrance and exit areas will be designated for food service areas.
          • Cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces at peak times will be increased.
          • Utensils and dishes will be distributed.

          All students, regardless of whether they are living in the residence halls, may dine on campus by purchasing a meal plan. Students who do not live on campus may opt for pay-as-you-go, using debit, credit or flex dollars. We realize that some non-residential students will be on campus for an in-person class or to visit the library, and we want to ensure that all members of the University community are able to eat while they are here.

          Meal plan options have been simplified to a 14-meals-per-week package with $300 flex at a cost of $1,490 for the semester. The meal plan can be purchased beginning Tuesday, Aug. 4, through the dining tab in myHousing, which is accessible through S.C.O.T.S. in myEdinboro. As noted, students may also elect to pay as they go.

          Financial Matters for Students

          The cost of housing for the fall 2020 semester will be $3,000, regardless of room type.

          Students will not be charged a University Center Fee for the fall 2020 semester. The Student Activity Fee will be greatly reduced to $120 to support activities for on-campus students and student clubs and organizations. Fees will also help Edinboro personnel provide virtual events for the broader student body.

          STEM and art fees will only be charged for courses with an in-person component. STEM and art fees will not be charged for online courses.

          The Tuition Technology, Instructional Service, Student Success and Health Center fees will not be impacted by the shift to mostly remote learning.

          • Tuition Technology – 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.

          No. Financial aid will not be impacted.

          Edinboro University Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Reporting

          Health and Safety

          Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.

          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.

          Symptoms of COVID-19 may include, but are not limited to, the following:

          • Fever
          • Cough
          • Shortness of breath
          • Fatigue
          • Muscle or body aches
          • Headache
          • New loss of taste or smell
          • Sore throat
          • Congestion or runny nose
          • Nausea or vomiting
          • Diarrhea

          Symptoms of COVID-19, which range from minor illness to severe pneumonia, can appear two to 14 days after initial exposure. The CDC's Self-Checker can help you make decisions and seek appropriate medical care.

          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.

          Yes. Until further notice, students, faculty, staff and visitors to campus must wear a face covering to enter campus buildings and in hallways, meeting rooms, common spaces, elevators and all other areas where social distancing is not possible.

          Individuals who are unable to wear a face covering due to a documented health condition or disability must request an exception through the Office for Accessibility Services.

          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 are on campus) at (814) 732-2743.

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

          If you are experiencing emergency warning signs such as trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, or bluish lips or face, seek emergency medical care immediately. Call 911 or call ahead to you local emergency facility.

          Courses will offer flexibility to students who face health challenges during the semester. Students will be responsible for notifying faculty members if they become ill or are unable to attend in-person classes due to quarantine or isolation.

          Students, faculty and staff who have traveled internationally or domestically to an area with high numbers of COVID-19 cases are asked to self-quarantine for 14 days prior to attending in-person classes or reporting to work.

          There are a couple of things that you can do to keep your glasses from fogging while wearing a mask.

          • Make sure that your mask fits securely over your nose. A mask with a nose bridge will keep warm air from exiting up to your glasses. You can buy masks with a nose bridge or masks that can be shaped to fit the face.
          • Simply wash your lenses with soapy water and shake off the excess liquid. You can allow your lenses to air dry or gently wipe them off with a soft cloth before wearing your glasses again. If you have a special coating on your lenses, check with your optician before washing them with soap and water.
          • Use your glasses to seal the top of your mask and shape it to your face.

          Learn more about keeping your glasses from fogging up while wearing a mask on the Cleveland Clinic website.

          According to the CDC website, when you can be around others (end home isolation) depends on different factors.

          If you think or know you had COVID-19, and you had symptoms, you can end isolation after:

          • At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
          • At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication and
          • Symptoms have improved

          If you had severe illness from COVID-19 (you were admitted to a hospital and needed oxygen), your healthcare provider may recommend that you stay in isolation for longer than 10 days after your symptoms first appeared (possibly up to 20 days) and you may need to finish your period of isolation at home. If testing is available in your community, your healthcare provider may recommend that you undergo repeat testing for COVID-19 to end your isolation earlier than would be done according to the criteria above. If so, you can be around others after you receive two negative tests results in a row, from tests done at least 24 hours apart.

          If you tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms, you can be with others once 10 days have passed since the date you had your positive test.

          If you tested positive for COVID-19 and have a weakened immune system due to a health condition or medication, you might need to isolate longer than 10 days. Your healthcare provider may recommend you undergo repeat testing for COVID-19. If your healthcare provider recommends testing, you can be with others after you receive two negative test results in a row, at least 24 hours apart.

          Tests are available at Ghering Health and Wellness Center to any student who is symptomatic, regardless of whether they live on or off campus. Students must contact Student Health Services at 814-732-2743 to schedule an appointment to pick up a test kit.

          Students will perform their own specimen collection with remote guidance and observation by trained Student Health Services staff. Once complete, the specimen must be returned to Ghering Health and Wellness Center.

          Specimens will be picked up at Ghering Health and Wellness Center twice daily by Associated Clinical Laboratories/Quest Diagnostics. The wait for results will vary depending on the volume of tests received by the testing facility.

          The cost of the test, which is $100, is covered by most insurances for symptomatic students. If a student does not have health insurance, the cost of the test will be covered by CARES Act funds through ACL as long as funding is available.

          The University will follow CDC and Erie County Department of Health guidelines for quarantine and isolation.

          We have created a COVID-19 Tracker webpage to keep you informed of the number of confirmed positive cases involving a student or employee who has been living, working or taking an in-person class on campus or who may have presented an exposure risk to other members of the University community.

          You are encouraged to visit the web page and review its content so that you are aware of the communications protocols and other procedures that have been put in place to address confirmed positive COVID cases.

          To help protect our campus community, all Edinboro University students are required to complete the EU Shield COVID Self-Assessment each day they plan to be on campus. Faculty members may require students to show the COVID Self-Assessment Badge at the beginning of each class period.

          How to Shield Up with EU Shield:

          1. Download the EU Shield safety app through the App Store or Google Play.
          2. Complete the self-assessment. A green shield means you are good to go! If your screen is red, follow the next steps provided on the app.
          3. Be prepared to show your green badge to faculty members.

          Students who do not have a smartphone can take the daily self-assessment here and print the results.


          The Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference voted on Tuesday, July 14, to suspend all mandated conference athletic events and championships through the fall semester in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

          PSAC has already undertaken a full review of its ability to shift fall sports competition and championships to the spring semester and fully intends to do so if a return to competition can be safely executed.

          No. All club sport travel and competition has been suspended for the fall semester.

          The spring 2020 and fall 2020 commencement dates have not yet been determined. Under the green phase of Gov. Wolf's reopening plan, large gatherings of 250 or more people are prohibited. Attendance for both ceremonies are significantly larger than 250. The Commencement Committee will continue to explore options and provide updates when a decision has been made.

          Beyond some courses, in-person events and activities will be canceled, except for limited programming that will be available to campus residents.

          All other face-to-face activities and events, including campus events planned by external organizations, will not occur. This applies to face-to-face activites, either on or off campus, hosted by clubs, organizations or departments. Clubs, organizations or departments who host a face-to-face event off campus without approval are subject to the student code of conduct or review by Human Resources and Faculty Relations.

          Campus Operations and Visitors

          No. Parking permits will not be required for students or employees during the fall semester.

          Employees who would like to register for their yearly parking permit now rather than waiting until spring may do so through the parking permits icon in myEdinboro. Employees who register will receive their parking decals through campus mail.

          Students will receive information at a later time about obtaining parking permits for the spring semester.

          Yes. Students who do not live on campus will have access to Baron-Forness Library. Many of the library’s resources are also available online.

          The Baron-Forness Library will be open to visitors for the start of classes on August 17. Hours of operation will be as follows:

          • Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
          • Friday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
          • Saturday: 9:15 a.m. – 5 p.m.
          • Sunday: 12:15 – 8 p.m.

          In order to minimize use of elevators and reduce foot traffic in the stairwells and stacks, we are strongly encouraging library users to take advantage of the “Request” feature in the library catalog. This will allow library staff to retrieve requested items and prepare them for pickup at the circulation desk or at curbside.

          Librarians will be available through Zoom, email, chat and telephone to provide research assistance.

          Study rooms remain available (four on the first floor, two on the second) but are currently limited to single-person occupancy.

          Computers remain available for general use in the lab, but numbers have been reduced to create social distancing

          Other mitigation measures include:

          • Tables, chairs, seating rearranged for effective social distancing.
          • Social distancing floor markers installed at points of service.
          • Reduced number of private study carrels on floors 4-6.
          • Cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces.
          • Physical barriers installed at points of service.

          Additional information is available on the Library’s COVID-19 help guide at: libguides.edinboro.edu/covid19

          Due to the limited number of students on campus, there will be no on-campus transportation during the fall 2020 semester. EMTA's Route 14 service will be available, but students will be required to pay a fare. Visit EMTA's website, ride-the-e.com, for route and cost details.

          The Campus Bookstore is now open, but textbooks can ONLY be ordered online.

          At checkout, you will be offered the choice to have your textbooks shipped (off campus only) or to be picked up in the bookstore. All orders must be placed online; no direct sales of textbooks will occur in the bookstore. Please check the bookstore website for store hours.

          The sales of art supplies will be done by appointment only (Aug. 10-21). Schedule an appointment here.

          Ghering Health and Wellness Center will be open by appointment only to all students, including those living off campus, during the fall 2020 semester.

          Appointments will be conducted through telehealth, Zoom health and limited in-person visits. For the safety of students and staff, walk-in appointments will not be accepted. Students must call ahead to schedule an appointment at (814) 732-2743.

          Prescreening of all face-to-face visits will be completed in advance, and individuals with respiratory concerns will be separated from those requesting well visits such as tuberculosis tests and physicals.

          In an effort to mitigate the health risk to students and staff, the Fitness Center in Frank G. Pogue Student Center will be open only to campus residents during limited hours. Students will not be charged a University Center fee for the fall 2020 semester.

          Yes. PSECU will be open during the fall semester.

          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

          Information for Employees

          We will continue to encourage working remotely in instances where it is possible. Supervisors will be given discretion regarding telework approvals.

          Questions regarding telework arrangements should be directed to the Office of Human Resources and Faculty Relations at hrfr@edinboro.edu or (814) 732-2703.

          Student employees (graduate assistants and undergraduate student workers) will be permitted to work at the discretion of their supervisor, even if they are not living on campus. Student employment by itself does not qualify a student to live in on-campus housing.