CARES Act distributions still underway for students

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

Dear Students,

We are ending a busy week on campus that included our first Make It Official event for new students, a wind down of the first summer session, and the release of our plan for fall. Here are the updates from this week:

Fall 2020 Re-entry and Resiliency Plan

The fall plan is posted to the University website.

We will be addressing specific elements of this plan throughout our weekly email updates. We will also host live town hall events to discuss questions and gather your feedback. As President Suzanne Mellon has noted, this is a dynamic document.

Commitment to Common Good

In the Re-entry and Resiliency Plan, please pay particular attention to the Commitment to Common Good document (Appendix A, page 36) and the expectations therein. In short, we will all need to contribute to the health and safety of each other more so now than ever before. Students will be expected to wear masks at all times when on campus, social distance, practice good hand washing hygiene, and implement cleaning of common use areas. We remain confident you will embrace your role, knowing together we can do this.

Solidarity Student Leadership Event – July 1

Carlow University and Carnegie Mellon University student leaders will host a live discussion on July 1 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. All students are encouraged to attend this student-led discussion that creates a space for student voices to be heard regarding the deaths of African Americans due to police brutality and the pandemic. Save the date and join the discussion. We want to hear from you! Register for the event

Self-serve Disability Accommodation Request

The Disabilities Services Office (DSO) has instituted a new, self-serve system, Accommodate, for students requesting accommodations. Students who wish to request accommodations, be assessed for a suspected disability, or renew accommodations should complete a Confidential Request Form  to begin the accommodation process. Note: Accommodations must be requested for each semester.

CARES Act Funds Sent

We’ve been distributing CARES Act funds. We are conducting final reviews of all the applications that we’ve received, anticipate having distribution amounts for all requests, and should be responding to all requests by the second week of July. If you submitted an application but have not received funds, inquire by email .

Spring Textbook Rentals Due

Please return all Spring textbook rentals as soon as possible. You may use the free UPS label provided by the bookstore  or contact the bookstore to make arrangements if you need to return them in person. Do not place your rentals in the drop box outside of the building. It is only for library books.

Effective COVID-19 Pandemic Learning

Whether face-to-face, online, or in hybrid form, it is important that you be effectively prepared to connect and engage in the learning experience. The Center for Digital Learning and Innovation (CDLI) has provided a Celtic Online Student Tool kit noting the important materials and steps.

If you find yourself with limitations, please contact the IT Helpdesk  or submit a report to the Care Team, and we will be in contact to assist you.

Please stay safe and well as you begin to move about.


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