Free rapid testing offered to asymptomatic students on campus

University Communication to Students

Dear Students,

Three weeks into a new surge of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations, the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) announced this week they are seeing the highest average daily rates of 2021. Our Commitment to the Common Good remains highly relevant. Important information for this week:

New This Week:

Combatting the COVID-19 Allegheny County Surge

Recognizing the increase of COVID-19 cases in Allegheny County, and specifically near our Oakland campus, ACHD continues to emphasize the importance of preventative measures that include always wearing a mask, proper social distancing, washing hands frequently, and cleaning common spaces before and after use. The Carlow community continues to experience low prevalence of infections and our collective efforts are important to combating the recent surge.

Vaccine Distribution Announced

Announced yesterday through a University Communication email, University partner IH21 is hosting vaccine clinics April 9(1B eligible), April 14 (1B and 1C eligible), and April 19 (all 18 years of age or older eligible). Registration information is information can be found here. Additional dates will be provided to meet demand.

Testing Continues and is Available

Those returning from Easter Break are encouraged to be tested this week. Carlow is offering students free rapid testing on campus for those who are asymptomatic (view the complete schedule). If you are experiencing symptoms, please contact Health Services (412-578-6474) or your primary care provider.

Healthy Minds Survey Launching

In an effort to better understand the prevalence of mental health impacts students are experiencing, the University will be launching the Healthy Minds survey beginning April 13. Individual responses will be confidential and provided to the University in aggregate data only. The University, in collaboration with the JED Foundation, will review the data as part of a comprehensive campus assessment that results in a services strategic plan to be implemented the next 3 years. Please look for the survey announcement next week and take some time to offer your feedback.


Tutoring and Coaching

The CAA is tutoring and coaching with live online appointments or through email for writing. Students can meet with a tutor for writing, course content or with an academic coach through our scheduling system’s synchronous web feature. Check out the options and make an appointment or call +1 (412) 578-6146, email:

Counseling Services Available

During the pandemic, Counseling Services is fully accessible via a telehealth model. Learn more about counseling services.

REMINDER: Students currently enrolled in the DSO must request accommodations for EACH semester. They can make a Semester Request for Accommodation as soon as they have completed the registration for classes starting Monday, March 22nd.

Students not currently enrolled in the DSO requesting accommodation should complete a confidential request form. Each request will be considered on a case-by-case basis and include an interactive conversation with the student to determine qualification for the accommodation. Approved accommodations will be relayed to faculty electronically.

Care Team Available

If you become concerned about yourself or others, please submit a report and let the Care team know about needs, questions, or concerns.** We will make contact with you to extend help.

May your week continue to remain safe and healthy,

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

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