Dean provides information on HEERF funding distribution for students, encourages COVID-19 vigilance

Dear Students,

Positive case rates in Allegheny County remained above six percent, keeping the county in the high-risk category. Details on the “County View” may be found by clicking here.

On campus, COVID-19 case rates have fortunately remained low and manageable. That said, we are seeing many who are exhibiting COVID-19-like symptoms, so continue to demonstrate caution before coming to campus. Please review important information for you to know this week.

New this week

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF III) – Round Two Distribution

Round 2 of HEERF III funding distribution is now available for request!

What we need you to do: To receive a distribution, students need to complete the confirmation form by November 7. The form can be found by clicking here.

Weekly Dining Services Update

  • Carlow is now a nut-free campus. All pastries, toppings, and food are now nut-free.
  • Starting Nov. 1, 2021, a binder with weekly recipes will be available at Tiernan Hall for review and ingredient identification.
  • If you don’t see what you want, please ask. In Tiernan, the grill can replicate most offerings at Frank’s Café.
  • SGA has appointed a Food Service Liaison to work closely with Chartwells Dining Services. Stay tuned for an email regarding opportunities to join the Food Committee.
  • Please be on the lookout for fun themed weeks, programs, and tabling events.

Weekend Student Activities

Kennywood Fall Fest

Tickets for Kennywood’s Fall Fest are now BACK! We have limited tickets and they’re first come, first serve in the Office of Student Affairs, UC219. Each ticket is $12, payable by cash or check only.

Thursday, Oct. 28 @ 6 p.m. – SGA Meeting

Tonight, all are welcome to join us for the Student Government Association (SGA) for a meeting on the second floor of the University Commons.

Thursday, Oct. 28 from 5 – 8 p.m. – Free Party at Mellon Square

Get into the Halloween spirit! Please click here for more information.

Friday, Oct. 29 @ 7 p.m. – Women’s Volleyball v. University of Rio Grande

Come cheer on the Women’s Volleyball team as they battle conference for Rio Grande on “Pink the Pavilion Night” at St. Joe’s! Go Celtics!

Remember your family and friends

Make a mask and add loved ones’ names to the prayer book and papal picado to be displayed in McAuley Chapel the first week of November. Material will be available:

  • Thursday, Oct. 28 in UC210 Campus Ministry Room.
  • Friday, Oct. 29 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in AJP.
  • Sunday, Oct. 31 from 5 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 7:30 p.m. on the fifth floor of University Commons.

Pittsburgh Area

To find information on events happening in Pittsburgh this weekend, click here. Remember, Port Authority of Pittsburgh offers $1 trips with Carlow student ID evenings and weekends. Bus schedule information can be found by clicking here.

Symptomatic? Not sure what to do?

Students who are symptomatic should stay where they are and contact Health Services by calling 412-578-6474 or emailing Please also contact your Primary Care Physician (PCP), along with faculty, supervisors, or other appropriate individuals. Because we have received many questions about what to do in such an instance, we are sharing additional guidance, which can be found by clicking here. Please do not come to campus, attend classes, or learning experiences until you are certain of your health status. Confidentially upload your COVID-19 test results to health services by clicking here.

We recommend you use the following CDC guidelines:


Campus Dashboard Updated

The University has updated the Campus Dashboard to now include reported vaccination rates, which can be found by clicking here. Rates will be updated weekly on Mondays. Thank you for your commitment to the common good!

The CAA is Open for Tutoring and Academic Coaching

The Center for Academic Achievement (CAA) is tutoring and coaching online! Students can make an appointment with a tutor or academic coach through the scheduling system’s video feature or through email with a writing tutor. The CAA is here to help! Find them online at, by calling 412-578-6146 or emailing .

Disabilities Services Office

Assistance through Carlow’s Disabilities Service Office is also available. Students may request accommodations for the fall semester through these links:

Please email with questions or concerns.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF III) – Final Distribution

Keep an eye out for a final round of HEERF III funding distribution prior to the semester break. The University will again be opening the application in the next couple of weeks. Notice will be advertised throughout all university communication locations.

Help Needed? Submit a Care Report

With the beginning of each semester, students occasionally struggle with affordability, academic adjustments, and connecting to the community. If you become concerned about yourself or others, please submit a report and let the Care Team know about any needs, questions or concerns. We are active and will make contact with you, or those you refer, to help. You may also contact the Student Affairs office at 412-578-6293 or .

Stay healthy and have a good weekend!


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

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