University Communication to Students
News regarding the pandemic confirmed that COVID-19 cases have plateaued and may be on the verge of a slight rise. However, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was also granted emergency authorization for distribution, increasing the distribution supply. While there is cause for optimism, the CDC also called for continued vigilance. The following is important for you to know this week:
New This Week:
Travel and Testing
The State of Pennsylvania relaxed travel restrictions this week, removing the requirement to have a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arrival in the State. However, the Allegheny County Health Department recommends continued caution when traveling, taking care to limit possibility of exposure. Consistent with CDC guidelines, students returning to campus after Spring Break will be tested on campus. Athletes in season and residential students will be required to sign-up and complete testing upon their return to campus. Testing is recommended for those returning to on-campus classes.
Commitment to the Common Good
The CDC continues to emphasize the necessity of wearing a face mask; social distancing of at least six feet; and good personal handwashing hygiene – even after receiving a vaccine.
Importance of a Daily Self-Check:
All students are required to create an online account and daily complete the COVID-19 Self-Checker Tool via Mediterranean Wellness, a web-based application. If you are not yet registered, visit our COVID-19 website page for complete instructions. You will receive daily self-checker prompts within 24 hours of completing your registration. Those attending on-ground classes will be asked to show a “Green” outcome screen.
Next Communication, Thursday, March 18
I will not do a communication next week since classes will not be in session due to Spring Break.
Offices Open Spring Break Week
The university will be open during the week of Spring Break, March 8-12. If you need assistance during this time please contact offices directly, including Student Affairs at +1 (412) 578-6293 or email@example.com. You may also contact University Police, +1 (412) 578-6007 for emergencies or +1 (412) 578-6005 for non-emergencies.
Personnel will be monitoring and responding to email and phone messages.
Commencement Special Notice – Attention Graduates!
Carlow University is producing a pre-recorded virtual commencement ceremony to be available for the public in late spring. Having your name read during the virtual commencement ceremony is one way that the University recognizes your achievements. Our spring virtual commencement will celebrate students who graduated in December 2020 or who plan to graduate in May or August 2021. If you would like to have your name read and be recognized as part of this celebration, please complete the following RSVP link no later than Monday, March 8. Note: We cannot accept submittals after that date. So please act now and spread the word.
I encourage you to visit Carlow’s new, updated intranet (Isadora) every day. There you will find important student announcements and calendar events – as well as quick links to CelticOnline (Schoology), Handshake, Grace Library, WebAdvisor, Care Reports, CAA, and more.) portal-prod.ec.carlow.edu
Counseling Services Available
During the pandemic, Counseling Services is fully accessible via a telehealth model. Learn more about counseling services.
Requesting Accommodations for Temporary Disability Related to COVID or for Chronic Disability
Students 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.
Center for Academic Achievement Here to Help!
The CAA offers tutoring and coaching both live online and through limited in-person appointments. Students can make an appointment with a tutor or academic coach, work with a writing tutor through email ( firstname.lastname@example.org ), or contact us by phone at +1 (412) 578-6146. Finish the semester with a strong command of course material.
Take care, be well, and do good,
Timothy P. Phillips, Ph.D.
Vice President of Student Affairs & Dean of Students