University personnel to continue working remotely, delivering virtual learning

University Communication to Faculty, Staff, Students
Distributed: 03/30/2020
Posted: 03/31/2020

Dear Carlow University Community,

Please accept our deepest gratitude for the resilience, responsiveness, and care you continue to exhibit during this difficult time. Moreover, we extend a special thank you to everyone who has been called to work on the front lines in response to the needs that have arisen during this global pandemic. Your acts embody the spirit of our founders, the Sisters of Mercy.

Governor Wolf has extended the “Stay at Home” order until April 30 and announced that Pennsylvania schools will be closed until further notice. Therefore, university personnel will continue to work from home as able to serve student needs via virtual access and assistance unless otherwise notified by the University. These personnel may visit the campus to retrieve supplies, if necessary, without any type of documentation.

Academic course delivery will continue in online and alternative formats through the semester’s end. And the Campus Laboratory School curriculum also will continue under the current alternative format.

We have adjusted the candidate reply date for prospective traditional students beyond May 1. The new reply deadline is June 1. Cancelled recruitment events are being transitioned to various delivery formats, including virtual.

We continue to monitor funding developments at federal and state levels in order to determine the amount of relief that will be extended to students who have been displaced from room and board access during the COVID-19 response and prevention. Residential students should look for an upcoming email update regarding the unique relief they can anticipate; we are finalizing figures.

We also are working on parking refunds for faculty and staff for the next several months, and parking relief for students is currently being calculated.

We continue to share the ways in which Carlow University is reaching out into the community, extending such strong support among ourselves and working together to deliver academic excellence for our students in new and innovative ways. Be sure to visit the newest areas of our website, “Stories that Inspire” and “We are in this Together.” And continue to share your photos and stories via

While we continue to see the spread of the virus in Allegheny County, reports suggest that quarantine efforts are not in vain. Adherence to these stay-at-home measures are critical in preventing the spread of the virus, keeping our health care facilities from being overwhelmed, and saving lives. Thank you for your collective commitment and effort.

As a Catholic institution, we are naturally oriented toward service. To be confined to our homes can be a difficult experience when our natural response would be to offer ourselves to help in the places of great need. This moment calls us to a new concept of service – one that understands that it is an act of mercy and human solidarity to abide by our present restrictions in order to stem the tide of COVID-19.

We will continue to keep you appraised of new developments and updates as they become available. In the meantime, stay safe and remember, together we can do this.


The COVID-19 Internal Response Team
Suzanne K. Mellon, President
Michael Anderson, Police Lieutenant
Keely Baronak, Executive Director, Campus Laboratory School
Sister Sheila Carney, Special Assistant to the President for Mercy Heritage
Molly Cecere, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing
Keith Cerroni, Director of Residence Life
Bridgette Cofield, Assistant Vice President – Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion
Corrin Culhane, Chief of Police
Greg Dumont, Chief Information Officer
Beth Fazzini, Senior Director of Marketing and Brand Management
Humberto Garcia, Director of Facilities
Lynn George, Dean of the College of Health and Wellness
Sibdas Ghosh, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Matt Gordley, Dean of the College of Learning and Innovation
Kim Hammer, Vice President for Advancement
Jason Krall, Assistant Provost
David Meadows, Senior Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services, CFO
Shawn Nelson, Special Assistant to the President for Board/Govt./Community Relations
Timothy Phillips, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Eric Swogger, Facilities Manager
Jessica Webster, Head of School, Campus Laboratory School
Stephanie Wilsey, Dean of the College of Leadership and Social Change