This page was last updated 08/10/2020

Recognizing that we are dependent on each other for our health and well-being, Carlow University embraces the Common Good. This is rooted in our core value of the Sacredness of Creation, which espouses a deep respect for all people and all creation.

These guidelines are applicable to Carlow University’s main campus in Oakland and its satellite sites in Cranberry Township and Greensburg.


Question: Do students need to self-quarantine before returning to campus in the fall?

Answer: All students who are moving onto campus, or who will be attending on-campus classes, are required to self-quarantine for 14 days prior to their return to campus.


Question: What is the role of hand washing on campus?

Answer: Now more than ever, handwashing, in addition to wearing masks and maintaining physical distancing, is essential to keeping our community safe. 


Question: What type of personal protection equipment (PPE) is required while on campus?

Answer: All students, faculty, staff and visitors are required to wear clean masks with secure straps in all public settings on campus. Masks can be purchased or homemade and can be disposable or reusable. Additionally, contractors, vendors and service providers are required to wear a mask and disposable gloves without holes or tears while on University property. 


Question: What if I come on campus and do not have a mask?

Answer: Disposable masks will be available throughout the campus in the screening locations. Additionally, all students, faculty and staff will be provided with both re-usable and disposal face masks.


Question: Will mask wearing be strictly enforced on campus?

Answer: Yes. University personnel will be enforcing all safety-related policies, and all members of the Carlow community are expected to hold one another accountable.


Question: What if I am unable to wear a mask due to a health condition or disability?

Answer: These individuals should ensure that they are frequently washing their hands and exercising proper social distancing. Additionally, students should notify the Disabilities Services Office, and employees should contact the Human Resources Office with this information. 


Question: In what places should I engage in social distancing while on campus?

Answer: All students, faculty, staff and visitors are required to engage in safe social distancing of at least six feet in all areas of campus, where possible. Visit the “Facilities” section for specific information about the physical spaces on campus. 


Question: Do I need to wear gloves for any reason?

Answer: In addition to contractors, vendors and service providers, employees who encounter high-touch surfaces and areas throughout campus must wear gloves without holes or tears. Examples include residence halls, common areas throughout campus and classrooms.


Question: What steps is the University taking to educate students, faculty and staff about mitigating and preventing the spread of COVID-19?

Answer: Everyone who comes on campus is required to first visit a screening location. They are located in three areas and clearly marked with signage throughout campus: the AJ Palumbo Building, the 5th floor of University Commons and Frances Warde Hall.

Additionally, prior to a return to campus, faculty, staff and students are required to complete virtual training that covers: things to consider before deciding to come to campus, suggested protocol to minimize the probability of passing on or contracting COVID-19, and proper protocols that safeguard the University community. Visit the “Videos & Resources” area of our website for details. Details to register will be available in early August.


Question: What if someone doesn’t pass the screening?

Answer: Anyone who does not pass the screening will not be permitted to remain on campus. Students will be directed to the Health Services Office, and faculty and staff will be instructed to contact their healthcare provider and communicate this information to Human Resources.


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