University Communication to Students
The week has brought some challenging weather which we seem to have navigated effectively. Additionally, CDC and ACHD health officials continue to confirm the vaccine rollout to be slow, but improving, and emphasize the need to maintain consistent prevention measures. Therefore, please continue to practice the following:
Commitment to the Common Good
Our collective commitment to the common good remains critical. When on campus, all must wear masks, properly social distance [6 feet or more], wash hands regularly, and clean common surfaces before and after use. For safety, masks are to be form fitting, tight to the face, and allow talking without exposing your nose or chin. You may review the CDC revised information here. Mask effectiveness can be enhanced with two (2) masks and those not fitting the above criteria should be replaced.
Self-Screen Display Requested
Those coming to campus will be asked to display a GREEN self-screen confirmation in class, residence halls, and dining facilities. We ask that students be prepared to show the screen and that you respectfully comply with requests.
Disabilities Services Accommodations
Students who test positive for the COVID-19 virus but remain able to participate in class remotely may qualify for accommodation. Students who must quarantine because of possible exposure, or because they are returning from travel, and may miss in-person classes, labs, or clinicals may also qualify for accommodations. Students who are experiencing medical or mental health-related concerns may also qualify for accommodations and are encouraged to contact the DSO to explore that qualification. Students can request accommodations.
Campus Resources – Open Spaces
Recognizing students are balancing on ground and remote classes, sometimes back-to-back, we have designated several classrooms students can use during this semester for study space or their online classes. These include: AJP 113 and 118, Antonian Hall 101 and 403, and Aquinas Hall 106 and 206. These rooms are different than what we used in Fall 2020.
Support for Food Insecurity
Recognizing the impact of COVID-19 on college students, the Wolf administration “announced a temporary change in eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), expanding eligibility to certain college students who qualify based off their families’ income but normally would be ineligible for the program due to being a student.” For additional information or to determine eligibility use this link.
Care Team Available for Support
The Care Team is comprised of student services support personnel available to assist your academic and student life support needs. If you have concerns and are not sure how to resolve an issue, or become concerned about another student, please submit a report and let the Care Team know about your needs, questions, or concerns. We will contact you to extend help and assistance. You may also contact the Student Affairs office by phone +1 (412) 578-6293 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please take care of yourselves and each other as we approach the mid-point in the semester.
Timothy P. Phillips, Ph.D.
Vice President of Student Affairs & Dean of Students