Counseling, Fitness Center, fake news, and athletics information for students disseminated

University Communications to Students
Distributed: 03/16/2020
Posted: 03/16/2020

Dear Students,

As you know from President Mellon’s email today, the weekend brought additional requested preventative measures at the local and state level to help contain the spread of the coronavirus. Therefore, the university is amending response directives to align with what we deem to be socially responsible and to support your continued academic progress and success. Please note, this remains a fluid and rapidly changing issue that warrants continued vigilance and response.  

Counseling and Health Services

As a result of the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, the Governor of PA, and the Mayor of Pittsburgh in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Carlow University Health and Counseling Services will be temporarily suspending drop-in services and all in-person services (including outreach presentations) until further notice. We are able to provide consultation and referral support by telephone Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. by calling 412-578-6474.

For urgent mental health concerns or crises, please contact Resolve Crisis Network at 888-796-8226 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255. If you are in an emergency situation and immediate assistance is needed, please call 911.

St. Joseph’s Fitness Center

Consistent with the Governor’s request, the fitness center will remain closed until March 31.

Grace Library – COVID-19 Misinformation

Grace Library is committed to fighting misinformation wherever it lives, and in light of the COVID-19 outbreak it is important to be extra vigilant when consuming information, especially on social media.

We recommend using the following guidelines to evaluate information. Think critically and ask yourself: Is it factual? Or is it misinformation?

Listen to trusted authorities. Medical authorities like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and trusted medical journals like the Journal of the American Medical Association and your doctor are the highest-quality resources for medical advice right now.

Be mindful of authoritative sources. Your doctor is an authoritative source. A meme on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter is not an authoritative source. Memes can be misleading and often fake.

Seek trusted news sources for information. Locally in Pittsburgh, the most trusted news sources are The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Pittsburgh Tribune Review (aka the Trib), 90.5 FM WESA on the radio, WQED on TV, and local news such as KDKA, Fox 53, and WPXI. These organizations have a solid reputation for fact checking.

When in doubt, check it out. If you are seeing information or advice from a source and you aren’t sure to believe it, just Google it! Google is a great tool to do your own fact checking. Try to find at least two other authoritative resources that say the same thing.

Carlow University is in communication with health authorities and is updating information, as well as providing answers to frequently asked questions and links to credible sources, on a daily basis at this link:

You can always ask a librarian or consult our news research guide for more information on spotting fake news, or even just to find out what exactly is going on!

Athletic Competition

Announced today, the NAIA has cancelled all Spring athletic seasons, both practice and competition, through May 15. Further, all out-of-season practice has also been cancelled.

Please know our thoughts are with you and what is no doubt a range of emotions that you are experiencing as a result of this unprecedented event. I am overwhelmed by the determined response in which our community has engaged, and I remain confident we will work through the challenges we are facing. Communications and updates will continue to be shared as details become clear.


Timothy P. Phillips
Vice President of Student Affairs & Dean of Students