Students impacted by COVID-19 continue to receive CARES Act funds

University Communication to Students
Distributed: 06/11/2020
Posted: 06/26/2020

Dear Students,

Nearing the end of the week, Allegheny County is navigating the first full week in Green status of re-opening and the University is past the half-way point in the first summer session. We also are holding a virtual town hall and interfaith prayer service at 3:00 p.m. today to begin the dialogue to help make sense of all that has occurred the past few weeks. You should have received a notification of this town hall and interfaith service earlier this week and may still register via the Carlow University homepage.

We are in the final stages of identifying the details for a comprehensive draft plan that will enable a safe reopening of the University and return to face-to-face classes on August 24. The details will follow CDC and the State Health Department guidelines. A sampling of the approaches we are integrating includes: multi-modal course delivery; restricted entry and exits with screening measures; physical distancing and masking protocols; guidelines relating to interaction within University common areas; cleaning and sanitation protocols; and the review of student handbook policies pertaining to expectations for contributions to the common good as a University community.

The NAIA athletic conference, in conjunction with UPMC, will permit student athletes to resume practice and competition, provided certain guidelines have been met, beginning August 15. We anticipate a phased return for student athletes that will place health and safety as the top priority.

The University continues to distribute CARES Act funds and a second round of checks were sent this week, bringing the total served through CARES and the Carlow Student Emergency Fund to over 500. If you’ve been financially impacted by COVID-19, we encourage you to apply for assistance via the Student Application for Emergency Assistance. 

I remain hopeful that you and your families are safe and healthy, experiencing the full measure of dignity and worth we deem essential for all people and specifically those in this community. Knowing George Floyd was laid in his final resting place this week showed us the heightened mindfulness of our University’s values, that all creation is sacred and Black lives matter.


Timothy P. Phillips, PhD
Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students