Fall Festival announced, students reminded to submit their vaccination status

Dear Students,

Allegheny County community transmission continues in the high range, with daily transmission counts above 400. Details may be found by clicking here. Campus rates remain low and manageable. Our collective commitment to the common good will be important as weather cools this weekend and we begin to more frequently situate indoors. Please review important information for you to know this week.

New this week

Weekend Student Activities

  • Kennywood Fall Fest
    Tickets for Kennywood’s Fall Fest are now on sale in the Student Affairs office! Tickets are $12 each and can only be paid in cash or check. Tickets purchased through Student Affairs can only be used after October 24, 2021.
  • Thursday, Oct. 14 @ 7 p.m. – Craft Night
    Join us this evening on the second floor of University Commons for Craft Night! Come out and make your own fall-themed mason jar!
  • Oct. 18-23 – Fall Festival
    Fall Festival is coming next week! Join us from October 18 – 23 for events that will include an “Among Us Imposter Event, Escape Room, Club Fair & Fall Crafts, Pottery and Bingo Night, Mario Kart & Just Dance Event, and a Pumpkin Patch on the Green! Look for information and come to one or all!
  • 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.
  • Shuttle Service
    We will soon be offering a shuttle service on Saturdays and Sundays! If you have a valid driver’s license, are 21 years or older, and are willing to be certified by Police Services, please email .

ACTION REQUIRED: Student Testing Requirements

Per CDC guidelines, the University will be testing students who are unvaccinated or who have not indicated their vaccination status. This applies to all who have in-person classes or learning experiences. Groups of students will be randomly identified to test each week and students will receive an email communication regarding where and when testing is expected.

If you are vaccinated and have not already responded, please provide detail here so that we might remove you from this testing requirement. The form to submit your status can be found by clicking here. If you have trouble clicking the above link, enter the URL below into your web browser’s navigation bar: https://forms.office.com/r/muXR8ep4VX.

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 hcs@carlow.edu. 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:

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

Sisters of Mercy Endorse Vaccination

Sr. Sheila Carney shared a communication sent to all Sisters of Mercy calling for full vaccination. The communication read in part, “Catherine McAuley, reflecting on her own health concerns, wrote in her letter to Sister Aloysius Scott (September 1841): “How happy it would make me if I knew you were doing all in your power to keep up your strength…” One demonstration today of “keeping up our strength” is assuring one another that we are all vaccinated and doing our best to assist in creating a safe and healthy environment for all with whom we daily interact.”


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 https://carlow.mywconline.com/, 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.

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 .

Take care, look out for each other, and let us know if we can help during the last half of this semester!


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

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