President Mellon announces centralized COVID-19 internal communications

A Message from President Suzanne K. Mellon to the Carlow Internal Community
Distributed: 03/10/2020
Posted: 03/11/2020


The health and well-being of the Carlow community remains our highest priority.

As the Coronavirus continues to spread, the COVID-19 Internal Response Team is meeting daily, actively exchanging information about Coronavirus developments, and devising strategies and protocols that will be implemented at the university level if the virus spreads to the Pittsburgh area. 

We are actively communicating with the Allegheny County Health Department (who is daily communicating with the Pennsylvania Department of Health), the Pennsylvania Council on Higher Education, and other local, state, and federal entities to keep abreast of this rapidly changing situation.

As of today, the Allegheny County Health Department has confirmed that there are 11 presumptive positive cases of COVID-9 in Pennsylvania, but there are no presumptive positive cases in Allegheny County. We will continue to interface with Allegheny County officials to learn about the next steps that state and local health departments will take to evaluate individuals who may have been potentially exposed to the virus.

Moving forward, it is imperative that all COVID-19-related communications to students, faculty, staff, and Carlow Campus Laboratory School are channeled through and disseminated from the COVID-19 Internal Response Team.

Adhering to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention protocols, the Team is currently evaluating and planning for all the ways in which this virus could impact our campus. This includes, but is not limited to, student affairs, residence and student life, academic affairs, class schedules, remote work schedules, absenteeism, facilities, events, travel, campus operations, and the health and wellness of our entire community.

We will be disseminating regular updates, and we encourage you to forward any questions or relevant information you may have to a respective Team member. They are:

  1. Sibdas Gosh, Provost
  2. Timothy Phillips, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students
  3. David Meadows, Senior Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services, CFO
  4. Shawn Butler, Special Assistant to the President for Board/Govt./Community Relations
  5. Greg Dumont, Chief Information Officer
  6. Corrin Culhane, Chief of Police
  7. Michael Anderson, Police Lieutenant
  8. Bridgette Cofield, Assistant Vice President – Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion
  9. Humberto Garcia, Director of Facilities
  10. Keith Cerroni, Director of Residence Life
  11. Jason Krall, Assistant Provost
  12. Jessica Webster, Head of School, Campus Laboratory School
  13. Keely Baronak, Executive Director, Campus Laboratory School
  14. Beth Fazzini, Senior Director of Marketing and Brand Management

Also, please continue to monitor Carlow University’s website for all the latest information, FAQ, and relevant resources.

We can all play an active role in stopping the spread of germs by taking simple, common-sense precautions. These proactive measures include staying home when you are sick; covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue, elbow or sleeve; practicing good hand hygiene; avoiding shaking hands; and routinely cleaning frequently-touched surfaces and objects.

Suzanne K. Mellon, PhD