Following weather-related closure, students encouraged to remain flexible

Dear Students,

Reported case rates in Allegheny County continued a downward trend this week, dropping below a 19% positivity rate. Nonetheless, the county remains in the high-risk category. Details on the “County View” may be found by clicking here. Please review additional important information for you to know this week below.

New This Week:

Monitoring Weather and Travel Conditions

Campus was closed at 12 p.m. today, with both classes and offices switched to virtual operations. We continue to monitor the weather for tomorrow and our ability to safely open campus to full operation. Students are encouraged to exercise caution with travel and to stay in contact with their faculty regarding weather-related attendance concerns.

Dining Services Weather Adjustment

Please note we will close Franks Café, University Commons, at 8 p.m. tonight to allow personnel to safely navigate weather conditions. Please feel free to reach out to Director James Cataldi via the Dine On Campus app (iOS)(Android) or phone at 412-897-1013 if you have extenuating dining service needs. Thank you for your understanding.

Student Activities for the Upcoming Week

Please note updates to the Welcome Back Week schedule:

  • Thursday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. @ 2nd Floor UC: Late Night Bingo (TONIGHT AS SCHEDULED)
    Join us Bingo, prizes, and fun!
  • Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. @ Galliot Center: Step Afrika!
    Step Afrika is one of the top-five African American dance companies in the U.S. They are the first professional dance company in the world dedicated to the tradition of stepping. Come out to Galliot Center on the fifth floor of the University Commons for an evening of culture, education, and fun!
  • Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. @ 2nd Floor UC: Family Feud
    Join us on the 2nd Floor for the University Commons for a fun filled competition hosted by BSU!
  • Thursday, Feb. 10 from 12 – 1:30 p.m. @ Galliot Center: First Year Lunch (NEW DATE & TIME)
    First Year Students, join us on the fifth floor of the University Commons and the Galliot Center for a free lunch of sandwiches, drinks, and desserts with the Academic Coaching staff. Sit down and to-go lunches will be available.
  • Thursday, Feb. 10 from 1 – 4 p.m. @ 2nd Floor UC: Stuff-A-Plush
    Meer us on the second floor of the University Commons to create a stuffed animal!
  • Rescheduled: Glow in the Dark Mini Golf – Date to be determined

Carlow is now on TikTok!

Interested in creating TikTok content for Carlow? We are looking for current students to take over the account to create their own unique posts. Put your social media talent to work and fill out this quick and easy application now. Once complete, the Marketing and Communications team will get you connected. Apply at bit.ly/carlowtiktok!

Reminders:

Responding to Health Issues

As we navigate the pandemic environment, please use the following guidelines:

  • Regardless of vaccination status, if you have any COVID-19-related symptoms, please do not come to campus. Instead, please contact Health Services, 412-578-6474, and/or your primary care physician (PCP) for further guidance.
  • When symptomatic, students are encouraged to communicate directly with faculty regarding course requirements and maintaining progress in a remote status.

Testing Information for COVID-19

Please note that any student who is exempt, or otherwise not yet fully vaccinated, is required to test weekly. Students must share their results to Health Services using their confidential reporting form, which can be found by clicking here! Opportunities to test on-campus will be held weekly by Integrated Health 21 (IH21) in Frances Warde Hall, with details shared to eligible students via their Carlow email address from both Health Services and University Communications.

You can also report test results received outside of IH21 testing by submitting the COVID Test Results Reporting Form. IH21 testing registration for February can be found by clicking here.

Masks Available

As we return to campus, we will have properly fitting masks (disposable, white surgical style with nose fitting and KN95) available should you forget one or need to replace the one you have. Cloth masks, while fashionable, have been proven ineffective. Please stop by Campus Police Dispatch, Frances Warde Hall, to obtain one.

Library 24/7 Access

Grace Library’s third floor is now accessible 24/7, with desk staffing at set hours during the week.

Staffed hours are as follows:

  • Sundays: Noon – 5 p.m.
  • Mondays – Thursdays: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Fridays: 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

For further information about how to access the library during hours outside of these times or how to schedule a reference appointment, please refer to the additional information by clicking here.

Carlow Market – University Commons

The Carlow Market is currently available to grab a snack or beverage 24 hours, seven days per week. Continuing the Carlow Market requires compliance with the honor system by choosing a selection and voluntarily paying for your purchases. Please remember the market is monitored by video cameras.

Help Needed? Submit a Care Report

At 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 contact you, or those you refer, to help. You may also contact the Student Affairs office at 412-578-6293 or .

Thank you for the energy you have infused in Oakland as you returned to on-ground classes this week! We are excited to have you fully engaged.

Sincerely,

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

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