COVID-19 Communication Archive

 

Important Messages to Students, Faculty and Staff

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Greetings Students and Colleagues,

It’s been a year since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic and Edinboro University announced a shift to remote learning.

During the past 12 months, the tentacles of the virus have taken hold, causing anxiety, sickness and death; devastating the economy and changing the way we live, learn, work and interact with each other.

As we pause to reflect on this historic period of disruption and loss, I want to take a moment to recognize the remarkable resilience, creativity and support demonstrated by our campus community.

In the midst of global crisis, Edinboro students, faculty and staff have shown the adaptability, compassion, unity and tenacity that define Fighting Scots. While we recently experienced a spike in COVID cases, I am thankful that most in the campus community followed health and safety protocols to keep themselves and others safe. 

I am grateful for your efforts as together we continue to navigate these extraordinary times. Thank you to our:

  • Students for your adaptability.
  • Faculty for your flexibility and dedication.
  • Information Technology Services team for maintaining the software and hardware needed to keep us online and connected.
  • Ghering Health and Wellness Center, Safety and Risk Management and Campus Police teams, who have worked tirelessly to keep us safe.
  • Coaches for checking on students who are quarantined or in isolation.
  • Counseling and Psychological Services team for providing teletherapy services and coordinating food delivery to students through the on-campus food pantry.
  • Dining Services staff for meal delivery to students in quarantine and isolation.
  • Facilities and Custodial teams for their diligence as they clean and maintain our campus, which has been especially critical during this pandemic.
  • Student Engagement and Residence Life and Housing teams, who coordinated a safe return to residential housing and organized virtual programming.
  • Staff who adjusted to a new way of working while continuing to support the ongoing needs of our institution.
  • Alumni, friends, faculty and staff for their steadfast support of our University.
  • Our Advancement staff and all those who rallied to help students through the Student Hardship Fund. Since March 2020, faculty, staff, alumni and friends have contributed nearly $58,000 to support students in need.
  • The Marketing and Communications team for keeping us all informed.

I am incredibly proud to be a member of this community.

Even with vaccines increasingly available and as we enter this home stretch of an extremely challenging year, I cannot overstate the need to remain vigilant. Especially as St. Patrick’s Day approaches, it is important that we not let down our guard and abandon the practices that have brought us this far.

Please continue to wear your mask, practice social distancing, complete the daily EU Shield COVID-19 Self-Assessment, and get vaccinated as soon as you are eligible.

Remember, we are in this together and we are almost there!

Go Boro!

Dr. Dale
Dr. Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson
Interim President

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Greetings Students and Colleagues,

I am writing to inform you that we plan to open our campus in fall 2021, assuming the COVID-19 situation improves and health officials do not advise against it. Some mitigation efforts are likely to linger, based on Erie County Department of Health and Pennsylvania Department of Health guidelines. The extent of those mitigation efforts won’t be known until mid- to late summer.

Campus housing applications for new and returning students are open. Housing assignments will be made in July.

We look forward to seeing more students back on campus in the fall. We will continue to follow the science, but we are very hopeful that students can return to in-person classes, living in our residence halls and engaging in more activities.

Students, we know that whether you are entering the University for the first time or are continuing your studies at Edinboro, you are excited about the prospect of meeting new friends, reuniting with old ones and connecting with your professors.

We will continue to monitor the COVID situation and adapt accordingly if there are changes. The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is of paramount importance, and we will continue to let that priority guide our decisions. But given what we know, we are very hopeful for the fall.

Go Boro!

Dr. Dale
Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson
Interim President

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Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

As Pennsylvania continues to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine, we wanted to provide a status update.

Currently, Pennsylvania and Erie County are operating in Phase 1A of the vaccine rollout plan. According to Gov. Wolf, there are an estimated 4 million people in Phase 1A, which means that the Commonwealth needs to distribute 8 million doses (2 doses per person) before moving to Phase 1B. Pennsylvania has received 1.5 million doses thus far at a rate of ~140,000 per week. Although PA has been slow to receive doses from the federal government and the manufacturers, the PA Department of Health (PA DOH) is hopeful that the supply will increase. Plans are underway for faster distribution of the vaccine when that occurs.

That is where the University may play a role. In the fall, the University submitted information to the PA DOH, at their request, to become a point of dispensing (POD). The University was notified this week that the PA DOH has now requested additional information to assist with their planning process. They have requested that the University officially selects an option for vaccine distribution:

  1. Become a closed POD (University is responsible for vaccinating the campus community only).
  2. Become an open POD (University is utilized to vaccinate the community).
  3. Do not become a POD (University is not utilized for vaccine distribution).

With the health and safety of members of the campus and surrounding communities in mind, Edinboro University has elected to become an open POD. Please understand that this information was provided for planning purposes only and does not guarantee the delivery of the vaccine to Edinboro University.

The University currently does not have the vaccine and does not have any indication on when or if the University would receive the vaccine.

As we continue to navigate this pandemic together, we encourage everyone to obtain the vaccine when they are eligible to receive it. To determine if you are eligible, you can visit the PA DOH website link and complete the assessment. If you are eligible, you can then select a location and contact the provider to schedule an appointment.

The University will continue to update the campus community as more information becomes available.

Stay well,

The Edinboro University Emergency Response Team

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Hello, Colleagues.

I hope you’re well and are looking forward to the spring semester. I’m excited about seeing more of you on campus and to welcome a greater number of students back. We’ll be offering more in-person classes (33% vs. 15% in the fall), and we’ll have 425 students living in our residence halls, compared with 275 in the fall.

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve had an opportunity to learn more about campus. It’s easy to get around on “little red,” my bike, and I have to say, I am really impressed. It’s beautiful and a great space to live and learn. I plan to spend the first two weeks of each month at Edinboro and the latter two at Clarion, so look for me on my bike, via zoom or safely distanced on campus.

The new year holds endless possibilities, as well as inevitable challenges. Both are part of life, as is change. We’ve certainly had our share of change since last March due to COVID, but things are looking up with the arrival of a vaccine. While the situation remains fluid, we are beginning to see a glimpse of the end, and it looks good!

We’ve recently shared information with students regarding move-in, our testing plans and protocols for activities. If you’re interested in the details, please check out the University’s updated COVID-19 FAQs

Up-to-date information on COVID cases will be available on our COVID tracker webpage. The Edinboro community worked together and held positive cases to a minimum last fall. We will make every effort to keep everyone healthy and safe this spring! In order to achieve that, each of us must step up. Below are a few reminders for everyone:

  • Monitor your health daily (including taking your temperature) and complete the questionnaire on the EU Shield app
  • Wear your mask
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Practice social and physical distancing

We’ll be testing the following student groups upon arrival:

  • All residential students
  • ROTC
  • Education students with field assignments and nursing students involved in clinicals
  • Athletes

There will be ongoing weekly surveillance testing of about 10% of students and employees. Of course, any student who has symptoms or has been exposed to someone who has tested positive will be directed to the student health center. Any faculty or staff member experiencing symptoms or who has been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID should stay home and contact their healthcare provider.

For more details, visit our spring return plan.

All student-support offices will have in-person staffing in place as the semester begins. Those who are working in offices without regular contact with students will continue to work remotely, if possible. In either case, please check with your supervisor regarding expectations.

We’re all in this together. Let’s look out for ourselves and each other. You can count on me, and I know I can count on you. We’ve got this! 

Go Boro!

Sincerely,

Dr. Dale
Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson

Interim President

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Dear Campus Community,

Additional information regarding the University’s spring 2021 COVID-19 testing plan is provided below.

Symptomatic & Close Contact Testing

  • Student Health Services will continue to provide testing for students who are experiencing symptoms or have been in close contact with someone that has tested positive for COVID-19. Student Health Services can be contacted at (814) 732-2743.
  • Employees who are symptomatic or are considered a close contact should reach out to their healthcare provider.

Surveillance Testing (No symptoms or close contact)

Research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that more than half of COVID-19 transmissions occur when individuals have no symptoms or are pre-symptomatic. Therefore, the University will be conducting COVID-19 surveillance testing for the spring semester, as recommended by the CDC, the PA Department of Health, and the PA Department of Education. Surveillance testing is for individuals who are not experiencing symptoms or have not been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

The University has established required test groups and voluntary test groups, identified below. If you are part of multiple test groups, the most restrictive testing protocols will apply.

Required Test Groups

  • Students residing in on-campus housing (tested upon arrival during regular move-in and 10% of the population tested weekly)
  • Nursing clinical students (tested at the start of clinical and 10% of the population tested weekly)
  • Student teachers (tested at the start of the semester and 10% of the population tested weekly)
  • ROTC cadets (tested at the start of the semester and 10% of the population tested weekly)
  • Athletes (tested at the start of the semester and tested in accordance with NCAA and PSAC guidelines)

Voluntary Test Groups

  • Students registered for an on-campus course (10% of the population tested weekly, 1 test per student)
  • Employees (including student employees) (10% of the population tested weekly, 1 test per employee)

Note: Students and employees in the voluntary test groups may request a test by contacting Jim Dahle, Director of Safety & Risk Management, at jdahle@edinboro.edu. The request will count as the one allotted surveillance test for individuals in the voluntary test group.

All surveillance testing will be administered in the multipurpose room of Lawrence Towers (use the Perry Lane entrance). Students and employees will receive an email with a registration link and additional information when they have been selected for testing. The University is providing this service free of charge to students and employees. Lawrence Towers is for surveillance testing ONLY (non-symptomatic individuals who have not been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19). Students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should contact Student Health Services at (814) 732-2743 to arrange testing. Employees who are symptomatic or are considered a close contact should reach out to their healthcare provider.

COVID-19 Vaccine

The University does not currently have the COVID-19 vaccine, and we have not been provided information about when we will receive it. We have submitted our point of distribution (POD) information to the PA Department of Health as requested, and we are awaiting further information. Erie County remains in Phase 1A of the vaccine distribution plan. If you have received the COVID-19 vaccine and are in a required test group, you WILL be required to participate in the surveillance testing.

Out-of-State Travel

By Order issued Nov. 17, 2020, the Wolf administration is requiring that travelers entering Pennsylvania from other countries and states, as well as Pennsylvanians who are returning home from other countries or states, have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to entering the Commonwealth or quarantine for 10 days upon entry into Pennsylvania. If a traveler chooses to get tested upon entering the Commonwealth, or is waiting for test results, the traveler must quarantine for 10 days or until receipt of a negative test result, whichever comes first. Please plan to obtain a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to entering the Commonwealth or contact Jim Dahle, Director of Safety & Risk Management, at jdahle@edinboro.edu, to obtain a test through the University’s surveillance testing program. If tested by the University, it will be counted as your one allocated test, and you must quarantine until the test results are received. Please plan accordingly.

EU Shield COVID Self-Assessment

As a reminder, the completion of the EU Shield COVID Self-Assessment is required daily for all students and employees coming to campus.

If you have questions regarding this information, please contact Jim Dahle, Director of Safety & Risk Management, at jdahle@edinboro.edu.

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Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

With COVID-19 cases surging in our region and around the world, and based on projections that cases will continue to increase during the winter months, University leadership has decided to cancel all summer 2021 university-affiliated study aboard programs. This includes faculty-led and independent study abroad experiences.

Those affected have been notified about the cancelation and been given details about refund/rescheduling options.

Faculty-led programs were planned to Japan, England, Ireland, Italy and Greece, all of which are currently classified as high-risk travel destinations by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Health officials have warned that travel during the pandemic increases your chance of contracting and spreading COVID-19. Moreover, travel restrictions can change quickly and with little notice. International travelers may face unpredictable circumstances while abroad, including challenges in returning to the U.S. and difficulties accessing health care.

We understand that this news will be disappointing to many of you, but we believe it is necessary to protect the safety and wellbeing of our campus community.

Stay well,

Guiyou Huang, Ph.D.
President

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Dear Colleagues,

As COVID-19 cases continue to surge and with the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, we are writing to follow up on the Nov. 17 order issued by Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine.

The following targeted mitigation measures build on existing orders to prevent and reduce COVID-19 transmission. Based on a projection from the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) that Pennsylvania will run out of intensive care beds in December, it’s more important than ever to comply with these restrictions and take every possible precaution to protect ourselves and our neighbors.

Masks

  • Masks are required to be worn indoors and outdoors when away from home.
  • When outdoors, a mask must be worn if you are not able to remain at least 6 feet away from someone not in your household the entire time you are outdoors.
  • When indoors, masks are required even if you are more than 6 feet apart from individuals who are not in your household.
    • This mandate applies to every indoor facility, including homes, retail establishments, gyms, doctors’ offices, public transportation, on campus and anywhere food is prepared, packed or served.

Out-of-State Travel

Individuals traveling into and returning to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania from any other state or commonwealth, must produce evidence of a negative SARS-CoV2 (COVID-19) test from a specimen collected within 72 hours prior to entering the Commonwealth, or quarantine for 14 days upon entering.

The order does not apply to people who commute to and from another state for work or medical treatment. However, employees who travel outside of Pennsylvania for non-work-related purposes must produce evidence of a negative test or quarantine for 14 days prior to returning to work.

Employees should continue to complete the daily EU Shield COVID Self-Assessment prior to arriving on campus. A question regarding out-of-state travel has been added to the assessment.

Additional Clarification

Frequently asked questions regarding masking, travel and enforcement are available on the Department of Health website.

Frequently asked questions about face coverings

Frequently asked questions about travel

Stay safe and well,

The Edinboro University Emergency Response Team

Dear Colleagues,

We are reaching out with a couple of reminders as we prepare for the holidays, an anticipated surge in COVID-19 cases and the possible significant impact of flu season.

Health Assessments Required for Those on Campus

All employees working on campus and all students living on campus or taking in-person classes must complete a daily self-assessment, using the EU Shield app. Those who are not yet using the app for self-assessment should follow these instructions:

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

Employees who do not have a smartphone can take the daily self-assessment here prior to arriving on campus. Employees who do not have computer or Internet access at home must visit the University Police Station upon arrival to campus to complete the self-assessment.

Questions can be directed to Jim Dahle, director of Safety and Risk Management at jdahle@edinboro.edu.

For Those Experiencing Symptoms

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, stay home and contact Student Health Services or your healthcare provider. Individuals who are ill and are not being tested for COVID-19 should stay home until they have been symptom-free – without the use of fever-reducing medications – for at least 24 hours.

Faculty Members Teaching In-Person Classes

On a related note, faculty members teaching in-person courses are strongly encouraged to check their students’ self-assessment results when they arrive to class by asking the students to show their EU Shield badges. If the badge is red, the student should be instructed not to attend class and to call the Ghering Health and Wellness Center at 814-732-2743 immediately. A faculty member may call the health center to provide the name of the student whose badge displays red.

Employees should also notify Student Health Services of the following:

  • A student or employee is displaying symptoms of COVID-19.
  • A student or employee has been identified as a close contact of a person with COVID-19.
  • A student or employee has been tested for COVID-19 and is awaiting test results.
  • A student or employee has tested positive for COVID-19.

Student Health Services will reach out to the student or employee directly, and confidentiality rules will apply. Sharing the information with the health center does not represent a FERPA violation.

Wishing you all good health.

Sincerely,

Edinboro University Emergency Response Team

Dear Students and Colleagues,

It’s more important than ever to get your flu shot. And now it’s more convenient than ever, too.

Student Health Services will be administering FREE flu shots to students and employees at Ghering Health and Wellness Center during normal business hours. Appointments are required.

To make an appointment for an influenza vaccination, call (814) 732- 2743.

Be a good Scot. Get your flu shot.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it’s likely that flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both spread this fall and winter. While getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19, there are many important benefits, such as:

  • Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization and death.
  • Getting a flu vaccine can also save healthcare resources for the care of patients with COVID-19.

More Ways to Keep Campus Safe

Shield yourself and others from COVID-19

All students and employees are required to take their temperature and complete the daily COVID Self-Assessment in the EU Shield app prior to arriving on campus.

The employee mandate, which remains in effect for the duration of the semester, is part of the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Order for Businesses Permitted to Maintain In-Person Operations.

Feeling sick? Stay home.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, stay home and contact Student Health Services or your healthcare provider.

Individuals who are ill and are not being tested for COVID-19 should stay home until they have been symptom-free without the use of fever-reducing medications for at least 24 hours.

It’s a simple task. Wear a mask.

As a reminder, all cloth face coverings worn on campus – including neck gaiters and bandanas – are required to have two or more layers. Single-ply masks, bandanas or gaiters are longer be acceptable. Face shields are permitted only as an accommodation for individuals who are unable to wear a mask. These changes were based on updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Dear Students and Colleagues,

I am writing today to share our plans for the spring semester. The Executive Leadership Team and I wanted to provide you with this information as early as possible so that you can plan accordingly. Here are the details:

Spring 2021 Calendar

  • Classes will begin on Monday, Jan. 25.
  • Spring break will not occur.
  • Classes will end on Friday, April 30.
  • Monday, May 3, will serve as a Reading Day for students.
  • Final exams will be administered Tuesday, May 4, through Friday, May 7.
  • The semester will end on Friday, May 7.
  • Commencement is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, May 8.

Course Delivery: In-Person and Remote Modalities

In response to student feedback, we will increase in-person delivery to 30% of all courses, and more remote classes will be offered synchronously.

A number of asynchronous classes also will be offered for those who find them more convenient. The list of course offerings for the spring and their delivery modalities is available on S.C.O.T.S.

Information on delivery modalities also will be sent to students when schedules are distributed prior to the start of classes.

On-Campus Housing

Having learned from the fall semester, both through our own experience and the experiences of other colleges and universities, we have decided to expand the number of spots available in our residence halls from 175 to about 550. As with the fall, all students living on campus will have their own bedroom and bathroom. We’re confident that we will be able to keep students as healthy and safe as possible, as long as students adhere to health and safety guidelines outlined in our Spring 2021 Plan. Our students are to be commended for their efforts to comply with guidelines this semester, which has significantly minimized the risk of COVID-19 cases on campus.

Prioritizing On-Campus Housing Requests

On-campus housing requests will be prioritized as follows and will be handled first-come, first-served beginning on the dates provided below:

  • Oct. 26, 2020 – Students living on campus for the fall 2020 semester, who have an in-person class in spring 2021 and whose permanent address is more than 50 miles from campus
  • Oct. 28, 2020 – International students and student-athletes (preference will be given to first-year students and seniors)
  • Nov. 2, 2020 – Students with an in-person class in spring 2021 with a permanent address more than 50 miles from campus (preference will be given to first-year students and seniors)
  • Nov. 4, 2020 – All other students (preference will be given to first-year students and seniors)

Dining Options

  • Resident students will have the option to purchase a 19- or a 14-meal plan, both of which include $300 in flex spending.
  • Non-resident or commuter students may purchase a 19- or 14-meal plan or may purchase meals with flex dollars.
  • Dining Locations: Frank G. Pogue Student Center, including the Celtic Court and the Cyber Café; Starbucks (Baron-Forness Library); and Ross Hall (grab and go).

More information regarding campus dining is available on the Boro Dining website, where spring meal plans may be purchased beginning tomorrow.

Fees

Information on Student Engagement fees (Housing, University Center and Activity) will be posted in the near future.

I look forward to spring and seeing more of you on campus.

Sincerely,

Guiyou Huang, Ph.D.
President

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Dear Students and Colleagues:

Effective Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, all cloth face coverings worn on campus – including neck gaiters and bandanas – will be required to have two or more layers. Single-ply masks, bandanas or gaiters will no longer be acceptable. Additionally, face shields will be permitted only as an accommodation for individuals who are unable to wear a mask.

These changes are based on updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to the CDC, masks are recommended as a simple barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from traveling into the air and onto other people when the person wearing the mask coughs, sneezes, talks or raises their voice. Because neck gaiters and bandanas are typically manufactured with only a thin, single layer of fabric, they may allow a greater number of unwanted respiratory droplets to be dispersed.

The CDC recommends wearing masks with two or more layers to stop the spread of COVID-19 and does not currently recommend the use of face shields as a substitute for masks or the use of face masks with an exhalation valve or vent. The University has been in contact with the Pennsylvania Department of Health regarding this change, and they have reiterated the best practices put forth by the CDC.

Face coverings with two or more ply will be required to enter all campus buildings and outside where social distancing is not possible.

Individuals who are unable to wear a face mask due to a documented health condition or disability must request an exception through the Office for Accessibility Services. Employees must request an exception through Human Resources and Faculty Relations.

My mask protects you, and your mask protects me. Thank you for your patience as we work to keep campus safe.

The Emergency Response Team

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Dear Students,

Plans are well underway for the spring 2021 semester, and I am writing to share some important details regarding the academic calendar. Following extensive discussions by the Emergency Response Team, we have decided that it would be best to begin the spring semester two weeks later than originally planned.

Several factors were considered as part of the planning process, including ensuring that student housing and classrooms are physically ready for the semester and allowing a greater gap between potential holiday gatherings and the return of employees and students to campus. The updated spring 2021 academic calendar is as follows:

  • Classes will begin on Monday, Jan. 25.
  • Spring break will not occur.
  • Classes will end on Friday, April 30.
  • Monday, May 3, will serve as a Reading Day for students.
  • Final exams will be administered Tuesday, May 4, through Friday, May 7.
  • The semester will end on Friday, May 7.
  • Commencement is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, May 8.

I wanted to ensure that you had this information as soon as possible for planning purposes. Additional details regarding the spring semester will be shared in the coming weeks.

Wishing you a safe and healthy Homecoming week.

Sincerely,

Guiyou Huang, Ph.D.
President

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Dear Students,

We hope this email finds you and your loved ones well and enjoying the final few days of summer. With less than a week until the fall semester begins, I’m writing with an update and to expand on some of the ways we are working to maintain a safe and healthy living and learning environment on our campus.

Testing

University leaders and members of the Emergency Response Team continue to meet regularly and to monitor available data as the pandemic evolves. In addition to extensive risk mitigation efforts, our plans include a robust response protocol for handling a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 on our campus. Below are the details:

Tests will be available at Ghering Health and Wellness Center to any student who is symptomatic, regardless of whether they live on or off campus.

Students who are experiencing symptoms should make an appointment with Student Health Services (814-732-2743) to pick up a test kit. Students will perform their own specimen collection with remote guidance and observation by trained Student Health Services staff. Specimens can then be returned to Ghering Health and Wellness Center.

We have partnered with a local clinical laboratory and diagnostic center, which will pick up specimens for testing twice daily. 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, will be 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 as long as the funding is available.

Transportation

As shared previously, there will be no on-campus shuttle this fall. With a limited number of students living on campus, a bus service contract was not signed for the fall semester. EMTA’s Route 14 will be available, but individuals utilizing the service will be required to pay a fare.

Visit EMTA's website, ride-the-e.com, for up-to-date route and cost information. The shuttle service contract with EMTA will be revisited in the spring.

Student Activities and Events

A limited number of in-person activities will be held for students living on campus. No other in-person events, either on or off campus, are permitted.

Dining Services

As communicated earlier, all students, regardless of whether they are living on campus, may take advantage of dining options in the Frank G. Pogue Student Center. All residential students must purchase a 14-meal-per-week plan. Students living off campus may purchase a meal plan or pay as they go.

With best wishes for a great fall semester,

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

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Dear Students and Colleagues,

Members of Edinboro’s Executive Leadership and Emergency Response teams continue to chart a course for the fall semester, adapting as necessary based on input from medical and public health experts. As the Aug. 17 start of the semester approaches, I am writing to provide a few updates.

Dining Services and Meal Plans

All students, regardless of whether they are living in the residence halls, may dine on campus by purchasing a meal plan or by opting 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.

The Absurd Bird, Scotland Road Subs and Salads, the Culinary Table (full meals) and grab-and-go options in the Frank G. Pogue Student Center will operate in accordance with Pennsylvania Department of Health requirements. All other dining locations will be closed during the fall 2020 semester in an effort to streamline operations and bolster mitigation efforts.

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.

Ghering Health and Wellness Center

Consistent with its mission to remove health-related barriers to learning and promote optimal wellness, Ghering Health and Wellness Center will be open by appointment only to all students, including those living off campus, during the fall 2020 semester. Students must call ahead to schedule an appointment at (814) 732-2743.

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.

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.

Transportation

Due to the limited number of students on campus, there will be no on-campus shuttle service during the fall 2020 semester. EMTA’s Route 14 service will be available to and from Erie. Visit EMTA’s website, ride-the-e.com, for route, schedule and cost information.

The CDC has outlined ways to protect yourself when using transportation.

Beyond Fall 2020

Given the unpredictable nature of the novel coronavirus, our plans will remain fluid as the academic year progresses. It is our sincere hope that all members of the campus community will be reunited during the spring semester, but our decisions will continue to be guided by our first priority, which is to do everything possible to minimize the risk to your health and safety.

Sincerely,

Guiyou Huang, Ph.D.
President

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Dear Students, Parents and Colleagues,

Edinboro University President Guiyou Huang announced earlier today in a letter to the campus community that the University will move the majority of its courses online for the fall 2020 semester and will significantly limit the number of students living on campus. The decision was made to protect the health and safety of students, faculty and staff after a national surge in COVID-19 cases.

Classes that require an experiential component will be offered through a blend of in-person and online instruction to limit the number of students in the classroom at a given time. A list of courses with in-person components is available on the Fall 2020 Face-to-Face Learning page. Students can check their schedule through S.C.O.T.S. in MyEdinboro to confirm whether any of their courses are on this list.

Questions regarding the fall 2020 semester can be submitted through the Fall 2020 Questions Form.

Sincerely,

Edinboro University Marketing and Communications

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Dear Students, Parents and Colleagues,

I am writing to share the news that after careful consideration, we have decided to move most of our courses online for the fall semester and to significantly limit the number of students living on campus. I realize that this news is being sent after many of you have solidified your return-to-campus arrangements, but in this incredibly fluid situation, with COVID-19 cases surging in Pennsylvania and many other states, we believe this is the best way to minimize the health risks to our students, faculty and staff.

While most courses will be taught remotely, a subset of courses will incorporate some in-person teaching that may transition to virtual delivery should the virus situation worsen. These include some art studios, labs, nursing clinicals and similar courses.

A list of offerings with in-person components will be shared with you later today. Please watch your campus email for a link. Once the link is shared, students can check their schedule through their SCOTS account in MyEdinboro to confirm whether any of their courses are on this list.

Students: Your faculty members will make sure that course requirements are clearly explained and will work hard to ensure that you have the best possible experience in every class.

Campus Housing

On-campus housing will be limited to the following students:

  • International students
  • Students enrolled in a course with an experiential component that is being taught in person and is required for their major

Those meeting the above criteria or any student facing extraordinary circumstances must complete the housing request form found on the myHousing page in SCOTS. All fall housing assigned prior to July 21 will be canceled and refunds will be provided to students who have already paid their bills.

Due to health and safety concerns, we will be limiting our on-campus housing capacity to 175 students. All students living on campus will have their own bedroom and bathroom. Cost for the semester will be $3,000.

Those who qualify will be given a housing assignment. Students that will be living on campus will be subject to a health screening and a temperature check prior to moving into their residence hall.

Move-in procedures will allow for social distancing, with each student permitted help from only two individuals. If you have already scheduled a move-in time, it will not change. Those who need to schedule will be contacted by Residence Life and Housing. Students are encouraged to pack lightly, e.g. a couple of suitcases, school supplies and other essentials.

Students may still live in the community, but access to campus will be limited to students enrolled in in-person classes.

Dining, Campus Facilities and Activities

Dining services will be available at the Frank G. Pogue Student Center with limited menu options.

Beyond some courses, in-person events and activities will be canceled, except for limited programming that will be available to campus residents. The Fitness Center will be open to residents at reduced hours. Students will not be charged a University Center fee for the fall 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.

Ghering Health and Wellness Center will be available to on-campus students only for scheduled appointments and to all students for telehealth and telecounseling.

Student Employment

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

Textbooks/Art Supplies

Textbooks may only be ordered online – at checkout, you will have a choice to have your textbooks shipped or to be picked up in the bookstore (during limited hours). All orders must be placed online, with no transactions permitted on campus. Please check the bookstore website for store hours.

The sales of art supplies will be done by appointment only.

Safety Guidelines

The use of face coverings and social distancing will be required of all employees and students taking in-person classes and/or using campus facilities. These requirements will be strictly enforced to protect the health of all members of the campus community.

Visitors will not be permitted in residence halls.

As a reminder, students who have traveled internationally or domestically to an area with high numbers of COVID-19 cases will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days prior to attending in-person classes.

A Fall Different Than What You Expected

Students, we understand this is not the fall semester you had hoped for, which is disappointing. But we are erring on the side of caution, rather than risking your health and the health of faculty and staff. At some point, we will return to some semblance of normalcy. Between now and then, we will continue to take precautions, even as we offer classes, allowing students to make progress toward their degrees.

In this season of adversity, our commitment to our students and the community has never been stronger. We are incredibly proud of how our students persevered last spring, and we are excited to welcome and support our newest group of Fighting Scots. To all new students, despite the challenge of our current situation, you will become part of a long Edinboro tradition of striving, growth and service.

I encourage you to review our Comprehensive Reopening Plan, which has been revised to include these recent changes. Our FAQs will be updated regularly, so be sure to check back as a reference.

Please take care of yourselves and your families. We will get through this.

Sincerely,

Guiyou Huang, Ph.D.
President

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Dear Students,

I hope you are safe and healthy and are adjusting well to new ways of learning and communicating with faculty, staff and peers. As a follow-up to President Huang’s message on March 30, I would like to provide additional information about summer experiential learning opportunities.

Recognizing the importance of social distancing, the chancellor of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education has directed that no in-person experiential learning occur during the summer.

Students may, however, participate in internships, practicums, clinicals, field experiences and related experiential learning opportunities if such experiences with their placement sites can be completed remotely. In such cases, faculty supervisors will continue to provide remote oversight and assessment.

In cases where such experiences cannot be done remotely, faculty members may determine whether alternative learning experiences can be scheduled or course substitutions made.

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.

Sincerely,

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

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Dear Students,

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.

 

Start Date/Schedule

 

  • 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 Nov. 30.
  • Since finals week will be online, Housing and Dining Services billing will be prorated to reflect that adjustment.

 

Dining

 

  • 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.

 

Course Delivery

 

  • 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 meeting.
  • 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.

 

On-Campus Housing

 

  • 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/Quarantine/Contact Tracing

 

  • 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 be necessary.

 

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 staff and visitors). 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 with them.
  • Practice Social Distancing. Social distancing rules must be followed, which means maintaining a 6-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.

Athletics

  • University Athletics will adhere to guidance provided by the NCAA and the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. Information will be forthcoming as it becomes available.

Events

  • 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.

Billing

  • 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 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.
  • 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 contact us.

Sincerely,

Guiyou Huang, Ph.D.
President

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Dear Members of the Edinboro Community,

I write to you this evening following three months of death — George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and more than 100,000 victims of COVID-19. All fell at the hands of pandemics, viruses lacking the capacity to thrive and reproduce outside a host body. In one instance, we are combatting a physical virus, which may be overcome once a vaccine is discovered. In the other, we are dealing with the virus of racism, which has deep roots, long tentacles and is far more difficult to squelch.

Most of us have watched the video of George Floyd and heard his desperate words, “I can’t breathe.” Those suffering from COVID-19 have also struggled to breathe. Indeed, these are dark days that have found many of us gasping for breath in a different way as we watch the video of one more senseless and brutal death on the heels of a novel coronavirus that has claimed family members, friends and livelihoods.

Our hearts go out to the Floyd, Arbery and Taylor families. We stand with them and the African American community in their pain and in support of justice.

Likewise, we are deeply disheartened by the scenes of destruction in Minneapolis, New York City, Los Angeles, Denver, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Erie and many other cities across the country. Together, we must find a way to stop racism, marginalization and violence. Higher education, with its commitment to diversity, inclusion, mutual respect and dialogue, can play an important role in this work. We stand ready to help lead the conversation.

Let us join together to ensure that George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and the many victims of injustice did not die in vain.

Sincerely,

Guiyou Huang, Ph.D.
President

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Dear Students and Colleagues,

I hope you are well as we prepare for Memorial Day weekend and the official arrival of summer.

With the start of the fall semester three months away, we understand that you are anxious to know our plans. Our hope is to have students return to campus in August, but we are still carefully considering the options.

A team of campus leaders has been meeting and will continue to meet regularly to consider various scenarios and the issues we will need to address in order to keep the campus community as healthy and safe as possible, assuming a return to campus. We are looking at questions such as, “What will classes look like this fall? How will we configure residence and dining hall space? What safety measures should we have in place? What is the best way for faculty to conduct office hours? Will events be permitted? How will we handle contact tracing? What if a second wave of outbreak happens?”

As we consider these questions, we are preparing campus for a fall opening. Our Housekeeping staff will do a thorough cleaning of all campus buildings. We will be installing Plexiglass dividers where appropriate, and we will be taking other precautionary measures to protect our students, faculty and staff. We will continue to follow the guidance of local, state and federal health officials as we plan for the best path forward.

While we don’t know exactly how things will look in August, we are committed to your health and safety, and that commitment will continue to drive our decision making. We will let you know when a decision has been made and we have a reopening plan in place to share with you. In the meantime, we must all continue to remain nimble and to adjust as necessary as the situation changes.

We will be in touch! In the meantime, enjoy the summer!

Sincerely,

Guiyou Huang, Ph.D.
President

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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.

The full text of the chancellor’s letter is attached.

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

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Dear Students,

I hope you are safe and healthy and are adjusting well to new ways of learning and communicating with faculty, staff and peers. As a follow-up to President Huang’s message on March 30, I would like to provide additional information about summer experiential learning opportunities.

Recognizing the importance of social distancing, the chancellor of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education has directed that no in-person experiential learning occur during the summer.

Students may, however, participate in internships, practicums, clinicals, field experiences and related experiential learning opportunities if such experiences with their placement sites can be completed remotely. In such cases, faculty supervisors will continue to provide remote oversight and assessment.

In cases where such experiences cannot be done remotely, faculty members may determine whether alternative learning experiences can be scheduled or course substitutions made.

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.

Sincerely,

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

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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

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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.

The full text of the chancellor’s letter is attached.

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

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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,

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education has issued additional guidance related to counseling services and student employment. The guidelines for both are attached.

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.

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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.

As you know, all face-to-face courses have transitioned to an online format for the remainder of the semester. We will continue meeting the educational needs of our students through online modalities amid this public health crisis.

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 page. Multiple internet service providers are also offering discounts. 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

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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.

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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

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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, MPM

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 Students and Colleagues,

We’ve received a number of follow-up questions regarding our COVID-19-related plans. Most answers can be found in the FAQ on our COVID-19 webpage. The page is linked to our edinboro.edu webpage and the link may also be found on myEdinboro.

We will update the FAQ regularly as new questions are posed. Please visit it if you have questions.

This email is intended to answer two commonly asked questions.

Q. Should graduate assistants and student workers report to work? Will I be paid either way

A. Beginning, Monday, March 16, and continuing through Monday, April 9, graduate assistants and student workers will NOT report to work. Although they will not be working, they will be paid for their regular hours.

All students should contact their supervisors regarding e-Time and any other questions.

Q. I am a student enrolled in both face-to-face and online courses. Will my regular online courses be offered next week?

A. Yes. Regular online courses will continue next week as scheduled. All faculty and staff will be working. The only courses that will be temporarily discontinued through Monday, April 6, are those offered in person, on campus.

All face-to-face courses will be suspended beginning next week and will be offered online during the week of March 23 and the week of March 30. Your faculty member will reach out with more details, so check your student email regularly.

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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.

Students enrolled on campus in face-to-face classes

  • 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 the form. The Library, Pogue Student Center, Van Houten Dining Hall and Ghering Health Center will remain open for those who must remain on campus.

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.

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, Ph.D.
President

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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.

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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

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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.
  • 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

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.

Dear students, faculty and staff,

As we follow the news about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV, it’s important to note that the virus poses no current threat to the Edinboro community or the region. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is an excellent source of information about 2019-nCoV.

2019-nCoV has been identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. According to the CDC, the immediate health risk to the general U.S. public is considered low at this time. Edinboro has no current students from Wuhan, and the University has no trips planned to that region.

Although there is no cause for alarm regarding a potential 2019-nCoV outbreak on our campus, we should always exercise reasonable caution and take basic precautionary steps to prevent the spread of germs and respiratory viruses. These prevention measures are especially important during the fall and winter months when seasonal influenza (flu) activity is at its peak.

To help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including seasonal flu, 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.

Additional information about the prevention, symptoms and treatment of seasonal influenza is available on the CDC’s website.

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

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