University Communication to Students
Distributed: October 8, 2020
Posted: October 9, 2020
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
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
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
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
prior to returning to campus or classes.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Student Affairs office
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