University Communication to Students
Distributed: October 15, 2020
Posted: October 15, 2020
While it’s been a short academic week, it seems the intensity of the last half
of the semester has picked up. Likewise, COVID-19 infections are up in
Pennsylvania and across the nation. Here are some important updates for the
Commitment to the Common Good
Given the rise in COVID-19 cases, your commitment to the common good continues
to be critically important. If you have any symptoms that could be COVID-19,
please do not come to campus. Additionally, wearing a mask, social distancing,
washing your hands properly, and cleaning spaces around you has been proven to
reduce transmission. Please continue to be diligent with these practices.
COVID-19 Campus Dashboard
As previously communicated, the University has a dashboard tracking confirmed
positive cases on the University
The University is working with the Allegheny County Health Department for
monitoring and contact tracing. Those who may have been exposed will be
contacted either by the health department, the University, or both. Exposure
alerts may also be helpful through the PA COVID-19 Tracking App (see below).
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
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.
Spring and Summer 2021 Course Registration
The course schedule will be posted on WebAdvisor on Friday, Oct. 23, and
registration begins Nov. 2. Be on the lookout for emails with links to
instructional videos and additional resources for both students and advisors
to help you prepare for registration.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Student Affairs office
Take care, stay safe, and reach out if we can help.
Timothy P. Phillips, PhD
Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students