Students critical to preventing spread, encouraged to utilize university resources

University Communication to Students
Distributed: 03/20/2020
Posted: 03/20/2020

Dear Students,

This week has brought continued updates to the spread of COVID-19, and I am writing to keep you appraised of important messages and information. The information being shared continues to be drawn from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Allegheny County Health Department recommendations, along with good practice recommendations from student affairs professional organizations. All university communications are being posted on the Carlow University website, COVID-19 tab, under the COVID-19 Updates tab.

You are Critical to Preventing Spread

The CDC reported recently that 40% of COVID-19 diagnoses have been in people ages 20-54. As we are seeing in Florida, many are ignoring social distancing guidelines by remaining in close proximity and in large groups. In this year as we emphasize our core value Sacredness of Creation, care for each other is critical, and you are a key participant. While disruptive to our lives, please distance yourself from each other 6 feet and do not gather in groups larger than 10 when you do. Wash your hands, cough into your arm, and clean surfaces (including your phone) frequently. Preventing spread will assist our health care workers and systems to not be overwhelmed by those who contract the virus.

Campus Residential Services Continuing

Pennsylvania Governor Wolfe has called for all non-life sustaining businesses to close as of 8 p.m. yesterday with enforcement beginning at 12 Midnight on Saturday. To clarify, aspects of the university are deemed to be essential services, specifically housing/dining and student learning to degree completion. The university will continue to evaluate campus services, and all staff have been converted to active remote work environments. Residential halls will be open for reduced capacity, and we continue to recommend that you stay home if you have that option. Dining services will continue to assess demand and adjust operations to meet need. Those displaced and not returning will receive some form of relief to be determined as the impact of the virus becomes clearer.

Counseling and Health Services

We understand that the pandemic has created a great deal of unknowns, enhancing the prevalence of anxiety, stress, and health issues. Students will have access to counseling and health services in person once a phone screening has been conducted. Please call 412-578-6474 to connect with the Health and Counseling Center staff during operating hours. Consultation and referral services are available by telephone per the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and licensure and compliance guidelines.

Take Care of Your Well-Being

The impact of the COVID-19 virus has been unsettling. Anxiety, stress, fear, and sadness are common reactions that we can manage. We will get through this but not without a focus on taking care of ourselves and each other. Here are some resources that may be helpful to you:

For tips on managing stress and anxiety from the situation, as well as resources for accessing virtual health care, please see the Carlow University website, Carlow Alert tab, Relevant Resources box.

Center for Academic Achievement

Beginning on Monday, March 23, the CAA will be offering tutoring and academic coaching remotely through our scheduling system's synchronous web feature or writing tutoring through email. See our group site on Celtic Online, CAA Resources, for more information on how to make an online appointment. Look for upcoming tips posted on Celtic Online for ways to be a successful student in an online environment. Make a tutoring appointment.

Career Development

The Office of Career Development is here for you throughout this transition. Our team is committed to helping you achieve your professional goals. Consider using this time to connect with us about your career related questions and concerns or as an opportunity to take advantage of the services for students.

  • Graduate Students: Online resume and CV review are available through Handshake and by email. We can also help with creating an e-portfolio showcasing your education and experience.
  • Seniors: Graduation is your top priority. Remember that we are here now and after graduation to help as you enter the job market or transition to graduate school.
  • Sophomores & Juniors: If you are have had a change with your planned internship site, we can assist with finding new opportunities and summer employment.
  • Freshmen: Consider using this time to develop and update your resume, create a profile on Handshake and meet with a Career Advisor so you can return next semester prepared.

Schedule your appointment on Handshake. Login using your Carlow username and password.
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Disabilities Services

In light of the shift to online and alternate modalities of course attendance, the DSO is aware that some students may need to consider adjustments to their accommodations. We are working closely with faculty to help determine what course changes will need to be addressed, and we will work on a case-by-case basis with each student. The DSO can meet with you via phone call, Skype, FaceTime, or WhatsApp. If you would like to discuss your accommodations or any other concerns you have, please email or call 412-578-6257 to make an appointment with Jackie Smith.

Showing Our Carlow Colors

Marketing and Communications is working to compile and edit inspiring and constructive examples of the ways in which the Carlow Community is living out our mission and values in this challenging time – and steadfastly working together and supporting one another in the midst of this pandemic. Please send any examples you wish to highlight to, and the Team will work together to disseminate these uplifting, helpful stories in all the right places.

I often remark that we find out the character of our community when we respond to a crisis. The past few weeks has shown the strength, resilience, and care of this community and for that please accept my deepest gratitude.

Be well and do good,

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