University Communication to Students
Distributed: October 8, 2020
Posted: October 9, 2020  

Dear Students,

As you will note in the calendar, the end of this week brings Fall Break for day format classes, with Monday and Tuesday sessions off. This pandemic year has made such breaks critically important for re-charging and thus encourage some time be taken to do so. Important information for you to remain mindful of as we hit the mid-point in the semester are:

Campus Space Available

To confirm, campus is open for the academic year for study and occupancy in between classes. We have heard a few may be experiencing challenges having back-to-back classes on-ground and then online. We have identified the following classrooms as being open spaces in addition to those areas in the University Commons and throughout campus that lend themselves to quiet areas.

  • AJP 116 and 202
  • Antonian Hall 101
  • Aquinas Hall 106 and 407

Carlow Facilities will monitor these spaces for cleanliness and disinfection. As always, wear a mask and practice social distancing when using any spaces already in use by other students.

If you are running into an issue, please contact Student Affairs at 412-578-6293 or submit a report and let the Care Team know about your needs, questions, or concerns. We will reach out and assist you.

Don’t Wait, Vaccinate!

Concern about the impact of the flu season within the pandemic makes getting the flu vaccine more important than ever this year. The CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October. Many local pharmacies and medical centers are currently providing flu shots. The annual flu shot clinic is hosted by the American Healthcare Group, who will be here on campus October 28 and 29. For more information, consult Health Services and visit the CDC website.

Textbook Purchases for CAP II

In preparation to begin ordering and receiving textbooks for the Spring semester, the bookstore will begin returning the textbooks for the Fall classes. Anyone still needing to purchase textbooks for the Cap II classes, please do so as soon as possible.  

PA COVID-19 Tracking App

The Allegheny County Health Department is asking all residents to consider downloading and using the state tracking app. COVID Alert PA is the official mobile app by the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) that uses the Exposure Notification System (ENS)provided by Apple and Google. You can now add your phone to the fight against COVID-19 by going to the Google Play Store or Apple App Store and downloading the free COVID Alert PA app to your smartphone.

Use Caution if Traveling

With the weekend approaching and a couple days off classes, you may be inclined to travel. If so, please take care to remain mindful of the pandemic environment through your commitment to the common good. Wear masks, social distance, wash your hands frequently, cough and sneeze into your arm, and clean frequently. Moreover, if you have any reason to suspect exposure while moving about, or if you develop any symptoms, please hold in place and contact Health Services (412-578-6474) prior to returning to campus or classes.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Student Affairs office at 412-578-6293.

Give yourself a few moments to recharge, take care, and stay safe.


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