Modifications made to student handbook policies due to COVID-19

University Communications to Students
Distributed: 08/18/2020
Posted: 08/21/2020

Dear Students,

As called for in the Carlow University Re-entry and Resiliency Plan, the University is making modifications to the student handbook policies to appropriately respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We deem these policies to be in the collective best interest of students, faculty, and staff as well as a safeguard in protecting the University. Thank you in advance for your commitment to the common good.

Please take a few moments to review this information below and contact the Student Affairs office at 412-578-6293 should you have any questions or concerns.


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

COVID-19 Pandemic Policy

The COVID-19 pandemic as a public health matter continues to be an evolving situation which impacts the way of life for all institutions of higher learning. To help mitigate the spread of the virus and encourage the safety of the campus community, Carlow University has established policies, set forth below, which will alter - and when conflicting, supersede - all policies in the student handbook. Students will be expected to abide by the following polices and expectations while on campus, and off campus, during the 2020-2021 academic year.  

Daily Screenings 
Students are expected to participate in daily screenings as they enter campus or exit their residence hall space. Any student who has a positive screen will be required to exit campus and return home as soon as possible, or to implement any safety plan outlined for them. Student athletes may be screened further by their team trainer or designee daily.  

Face Masks Required 
Students are required to wear a mask while on campus, in buildings, classrooms, lounge spaces, stairwells, elevators, and University owned vehicles. Each student is expected to provide his or her face mask. However, face masks will be publicly available for students to retrieve from a variety of different locations on campus if students do not have their own with them when entering the campus. Accommodations may be available through the Disabilities Services Office.

Social Gatherings
No social events or gatherings are permitted in spaces that do not permit proper social distancing and exceed Allegheny County Health Guidelines on campus. Students choosing to attend off-campus events, especially large social gatherings, will be subject to conduct review under this policy if required protective guidelines set forth in this policy are not followed.

Social Distancing Required 
All students will be expected to properly social distance throughout campus and campus buildings. Social distancing is defined as maintaining 6 feet of space between themselves and another. This includes abiding by maximum occupancy guidelines for rooms, social gatherings, and outdoor activities.    

Demonstrate Hygiene Good Practice 
Students are expected to: 

  • Practice good hand hygiene by either washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or by using alcohol-based hand sanitizer which contains at least 60% alcohol 
  • Avoid touching face, eyes, mouth as much as possible
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick 
  • Stay home, or in residence hall rooms, if feeling sick and contact Health Services or your primary care physician (PCP) regarding symptoms and recommendations.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your elbow when coughing or sneezing 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces 

Residence Halls
To promote the health and safety of the residential community, the following policies will be implemented: 

  • Non-residents are not permitted to visit the residence halls. This includes non-student guests as well as commuter students. Some disability accommodations may permit personal aides as visitors to the Residence Hall.
  • Residents are not permitted to have more than two (2) fellow residential students in their room at one time, and the roommate(s) of the room must agree to the visitation.  
  • Abide by entry directional arrows, elevator occupancy guidelines, and all social distancing guidelines. 
  • Lounges, fitness areas, and other common spaces will be closed to use.

Therefore, any student who chooses to enter campus property and buildings is asked to acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19 and accepts responsibility for the risk of possible exposure by being on campus. Each student is also asked to acknowledge that the risk of becoming exposed to or infected by COVID-19 on campus may result from the actions, omissions, or negligence of themselves or others.