Thank you for your patience while we carefully prepared for your return to campus. We wanted to ensure we are doing everything possible to protect your health and safety.
Your wait is over. I write today to share Edinboro University’s
plans for the fall semester.
The following details comply with Pennsylvania Department of Health
guidelines, released last week, and also fall within the
framework provided by Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher
Education, approved on June 10 by the System’s Board of Governors.
Now for the specifics.
- The fall semester will begin on Monday, Aug. 17 – a
week earlier than originally scheduled.
- Move-in for residential students will be staggered,
beginning the week of Aug. 10, to allow for social distancing.
- The last day of classes will be Friday, Nov.
20 – the Friday before Thanksgiving.
- Final exams will be administered online during the week of
- Since finals week will be online, Housing
and Dining Services billing will be prorated
to reflect that adjustment.
- All dining spaces will be modified to
allow for social distancing.
- To maintain health and safety standards,
dining staff in Van Houten – our main dining
facility – will serve food at various locations,
and seating will be limited.
- Food will be available at Van Houten,
the Celtic Court and the Cyber Café in the
Frank G. Pogue Student Center, Starbucks
in the Baron-Forness Library and On the
Go in Ross Hall.
- Classes will be offered through a blend
of in-person and online instruction to allow for
social distancing by limiting the number of
students in the classroom at a given class
- • Face coverings will be required in all campus buildings, shared public spaces and in areas where social distancing is not possible.
- Those enrolled in face-to-face classes
will be assigned a seat and attendance will
be taken regularly.
- All classes will be designed so that
they can quickly pivot to fully online
delivery if necessary.
- Students with health issues should
work with the Office for Accessibility
Services to arrange for accommodations.
- Faculty office and advising hours and other campus services will be provided in a way that allows for social distancing.
- All students living on campus will be
assigned their own bedroom. Students in
Highlands may have their own bathroom or
share with one other person. Students in
Towers will share a bathroom with a limited
number of students.
- Work on housing assignments is underway,
and students will be notified of their assignments
by early July.
- As noted earlier, move-in will be
staggered, beginning the week of Monday,
Aug. 10. The Office of Residence Life and
Housing will provide move-in options for
families so that they can choose a
time that works with their schedules.
- Move-out prior to Thanksgiving will
likely also be staggered. Details will be
shared later in the fall.
- Testing will be required for those showing symptoms
of COVID-19 and those at risk of exposure.
- A plan for contact tracing is being
developed. We will share the details as soon
as they are confirmed.
- The University will also have a plan in place
for residential-student quarantining should it
Guidelines to be Followed/Expectations
The University will follow guidelines established
by the PA Department of Health, the Erie County Health
Department, and the CDC, as stated earlier. Highlights
of the guidelines include:
- Wear A Face Covering. Masks, shields, or related
coverings must be worn in all campus buildings and
where social distancing is not possible (this applies
to all students, faculty and staff). The University
will provide one face covering for each student.
Details on distribution of masks will be shared at
a later date. Students are expected to bring
additional protective face coverings to campus
- Practice Social Distancing. Social distancing
rules must be followed, which means maintaining
a six-foot distance from others, avoiding large
gatherings, limiting the number of passengers in
an elevator, restricting visitors in the residence
halls, and avoiding sharing of food and drink.
- Monitor Your Health. Aside from the testing
to be put in place by the University, all faculty,
staff and students are required to self-monitor
their health daily prior to coming to campus or
attending class. If they experience any
symptoms of COVID-19,
they should stay home and contact their healthcare
provider. Students should also contact
Edinboro’s Ghering Health and Wellness Center
for medical assistance and to help the university
in monitoring campus health and safety.
- Practice Proper Hygiene.
Wash hands often with
soap and water for at least 20 seconds or apply
hand sanitizer. Avoid touching nose, mouth and eyes.
Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your
elbow and immediately wash hands or apply hand
sanitizer. Discard tissues in lined trash cans.
- University Athletics will adhere to guidance
provided by the NCAA and the Pennsylvania State
Athletic Conference. Information will be forthcoming
as it becomes available.
- The Pennsylvania Department of Health allows for
events with crowds up to 250, provided social
distancing requirements can be met in Pennsylvania
counties that are in the Green Phase, as designated
by Gov. Tom Wolf. Decisions on events will be made
on a case-by-case basis, depending on crowd size and
availability of adequate space.
Fall semester bills will be sent out from the University in mid-July.
Information for First-Time Students
New Student Orientation
- New Student Orientation (NSO) will be a virtual
event this year, and all new incoming students are
required to attend.
- NSO will open with an online overview of the
Edinboro experience, which will be made available
on June 16. Students are encouraged to take advantage
of this preview providing a broad look at what the
university has to offer.
- The main NSO event will provide incoming students
an opportunity to hear from current Edinboro students,
faculty and staff, during one of two Facebook livestreams.
These live sessions are scheduled for June 25 and
July 9. Topics to be addressed are based on student
survey results. Deposited students will receive a
schedule of NSO events in their student email, so
be sure to check your email.
- Academic sessions will also be offered so that
students can learn more about their areas of interest.
To wrap up the NSO experience, students can attend
these Zoom sessions with academic leaders and
representatives from campus organizations – followed
by virtual sessions with student orientation leaders.
- Deposited students will receive a schedule of NSO events in their student email.
More to Come
Here’s a quick look
at some of what has been going on in preparation for
your arrival, along with messages from two of my
colleagues, Provost and Vice President for Academic
and Student Affairs Michael Hannan and Director
of Safety and Risk Management Jim Dahle.
Additional details will be forthcoming between now
and the start of the semester, but we wanted to
ensure you have essential information now.
On behalf of the faculty and staff of Edinboro
University, I want to tell you how excited we
are about your return to campus.
We can’t wait to see you in August!
In the meantime, if you have additional questions,
please do not hesitate to