Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Information for Students and Families

Spring 2021 Information for Students and Families

Important Update: GMercy's Spring 2021 semester will begin as scheduled on January 7. However, on-campus classes will be delayed until January 21. Between January 7 and January 20, any courses that were scheduled to be held on campus will be held online instead.

Please see this message from GMercyU President Deanne D'Emilio, JD. And, please see details below.

GMercyU welcomed students to the fall semester with a hybrid format, with students taking some courses on campus and completing others in a remote learning environment that includes virtual face-to-face and fully online instruction. Beginning January 21, 2021, GMercyU will resume with our hybrid format. Our hybrid model makes it possible to adhere to physical distancing requirements and limit the potential spread of the virus among students, faculty, staff, and their loved ones. It also lessens any disruption to students resulting from a potential need to suddenly close campus down again based on a resurgence of the virus in our area.  All in-person courses will be ready to move to a fully remote learning environment in the event we need to close campuses due to an outbreak of COVID-19. 


    Spring 2021 Semester Delayed On-Campus Start FAQs

    My spring semester schedule includes on-campus courses. What should I do?

    The spring semester will start as scheduled on January 7.  Between January 7 and January 20, any courses that were scheduled to be held on campus will be held online instead. You should log into those courses using the instructions provided by your professor.  Beginning January 21, your on-campus courses will be held on campus, as scheduled. 

    I live in the residence halls and was planning to move back into my room on January 6. What should I do?

    Residential students will be able to return to the residence halls beginning January 19.  The Office of Residence Life will be in contact with all residential students about scheduling a time to return to their residence hall room.  Please be sure to check your email regularly and follow the instructions provided for a safe return to campus.

    Will students living in the residence halls receive a refund for the two-week period?

    During the pandemic, the university may need to close the campus and residence halls for a period of two weeks to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. No refunds or credits for room and board will be issued during this two week period. If the university closes the residence halls for longer than two weeks, the university will issue prorated refunds/credits to resident students for room and board.

    Why are you delaying the start of spring semester on-campus courses?

    The decision to delay the start of on-campus courses was based on the best available information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and local and state health officials.  We believe that it is in the best interest of all concerned to delay the start of in-person classes for two weeks after the Christmas holiday season has ended and allow us time to implement new testing protocols.

    When will you be offering COVID-19 testing?

    More information on the exact dates, times and locations will be provided in the coming days.  Please be sure to check your email and the COVID-19 website page regularly for updates.  No one will be able to come to campus without providing proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

    How come I need to show proof of a negative COVID test to return to campus in the spring? I didn’t have to do that for the fall semester.

    The decision to require proof of a negative test is based on the best available information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and local and state health officials.  Our top priority is the safety of our campus community and requiring testing will help further mitigate the potential risk of exposure to the virus among our campus community. 

    What if I cannot come to campus on any of the available testing dates?

    If you cannot come to campus on any of the available testing dates, you will need to schedule a PCR test (not a rapid test) at a time and place that is more convenient for you.  If you cannot come to campus on any of the available testing dates, you will need to schedule a PCR test (not a rapid test) at a time and place that is more convenient for you.

    Please send your negative test results to COVIDtestresults@gmercyu.edu. Once your results are reviewed and approved, you will receive a confirmation email clearing your return to campus. 

    Please be sure you can schedule a test and receive the results prior to the time you are expected to return to campus.

    I’m scheduled to attend clinicals (or student teaching, internships or other field experiences) that start in early January. What should I do?

    You will need to follow the guidelines and instructions provided by your site location.  If you have questions about safety protocols or other concerns, please reach out to your clinical or experiential learning coordinator.  

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    Additional Updates

    Academics: Spring 2021 Course Schedule Details

    Spring 2021 Course Schedule

    Please log in to GMercyU’s portal using your GMercyU username and password, and click the Colleague Self Service icon. Once logged in, you will be able to view the Spring course schedule by clicking on the Course Catalog, which has been updated to include information on modality.

    Here’s how to determine the learning modality of each of your courses:

    Modality   Description Schedule - Calendar View on Self Service                    
    Hybrid

    Some or all of your class sessions/labs will be held on campus.*  

    You will attend class at the appointed days/time, as directed by your professor. This information will be available in Blackboard at least one week before the semester begins.

    Example:

    Times: M/W/F 10:20-11:20 AM

    Location: University Hall W112

    Remote

    Your class will be held remotely with at least some sessions held via live video conference on the scheduled day/time (synchronous).  

    You will attend the synchronous sessions at the appointed days/time, as directed by your professor.

    Example:

    Times: M/W/F 10:20-11:20 AM

    Location: REMOTE

    Online

    Your class will be held entirely online without a specific time and location (asynchronous).  

    You will be able to complete your coursework at a time that best suits your schedule, as long as you meet assignment deadlines and requirements.

    Example:

    Time: 11:58-11:59 PM (generic) Location: Online

    *Everyone on campus will be required to follow Safety Protocols, per the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and local and state health agencies.

    This hybrid model makes safety a top priority! Structuring our spring class schedule in this way makes it possible to adhere to physical distancing requirements and limit the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus among students, faculty, staff, and their loved ones. It also will lessen any disruption to you that could result from a requirement to close campus suddenly based on a resurgence of the virus in our area.

    Here are a few other important things you need to know:

    • You will continue to benefit from personal attention in both in-person and remote courses.
    • The Library, Academic Resource Center (including tutoring and accessibility services), Health & Wellness Center, Counseling Services, and other key student services will be available to students either remotely or on campus in adherence to physical distance guidelines.
    • Testing accommodations will be available on campus to students who are registered with the Office of Accessibility Services. Please contact ARCtesting@gmercyu.edu with any questions.
    • Remote courses will include virtual face-to-face instruction, meaning you will meet with your professors and classmates at the same time as you would if on campus. These “synchronous” sessions will all be held using Zoom.
    • Online instruction means you will complete your assignments at a time and place that best suits your schedule, as long as you meet assignment deadlines. These “asynchronous” sessions will still provide you with opportunities to interact with your professors and classmates via the University’s Learning Management System, Blackboard.
    • There are spaces available on campus for students that need to participate in a remote class. Keiss Library has designated spaces for commuter students who need to attend a remote class while on campus. Seats must be reserved ahead of time using the LibCal Seats app. Seats can be reserved up to two weeks in advance of when you need to use the library.
    • Training on how to get the most out of these experiences can be found in the Ready, Set, Remote! course that all students have access to in their BB courses.
    • Students that have technology concerns and needs, please see this section.

    Safety Protocols

    The safety of our campus community is our top priority! The University will follow the guidelines set forth by the CDC and local and state health officials. Some of these requirements include:

    Entering Campus

    • Everyone will enter campus via Sumneytown Pike and leave campus using Evans Road.
    • A short screening questionnaire and temperature check will be required to enter campus.

    Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

    • Face masks will be required while on campus. You may bring your own or use one provided by the University. Face masks can be removed when you are alone in your residence hall room or by yourself in a private office/other space.
    • Hand Sanitizer and Cleaning Supplies/Protocols will be provided throughout campus.
    • Students participating in clinical, internships and other off-campus experiential learning will abide by the safety protocols at those locations. More information will be provided to those students.

    Physical Distancing

    • People on campus will be required to obey all posted health and safety signage. This will include maintaining the required 6 feet of distance between individuals.
    Academic Support for Remote/Online Learning

    As always, help will be available when you need it! GMercyU will continue to offer a wide array of student support services, and we encourage all students to take full advantage of them.

    If you find you’re having difficulty in one or more of your courses, please reach out to your professor and/or the Academic Resource Center (ARC) right away.  Schedule an appointmen by completing this form.

    As always, we will do everything we can to help you achieve your goals, so don’t hesitate to ask for help. For additional questions, email arc@gmercyu.edu

    Campus Spaces for Remote Learning (Spring 2021)

    Individual Remote Study classrooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis until the room capacity has been met for physical distancing.

    St. Bernard’s 21: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. 
    St. Bernard’s 22: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. 
    University Hall E109: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. 
    Fatima 2: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

    Group Study classrooms (maximum limit is 14 people at one time). Advanced sign up is required, use the links below starting January 7, 2021.

    University Hall E201
    SIGN UP LINK

    University Hall W116
    SIGN UP LINK

    St. Bernard’s 12
    SIGN UP LINK

    St. Bernard’s 14
    SIGN UP LINK

    Fatima 1
    SIGN UP LINK

    Clinicals, Internships, Student Teaching (Fall 2020)

    Students will be able to complete clinicals, internships, student teaching, and other experiential learning experiences off campus this fall – as long as the sites are open and available, and students are able to comply with any site-specific requirements related to COVID-19.

    Although we completely understand that students want to know exactly how these experiences will be handled this fall, the continued uncertainty around the spread of COVID-19 makes it very difficult to predict what will happen throughout the fall semester.

    For the health and safety of all concerned, we will continue to follow the recommendations of the CDC and state and local health officials, and abide by the rules set by our partnering organizations. This will require us all to be patient and flexible as many of these decisions will remain outside our control.

    Please know that we are doing everything we can to create the best possible learning experience this fall, and deeply appreciate the care and concern that has been so much a part of our campus community’s response to this very difficult and uncertain time.

    Dining Services

    This fall, students can find healthy and delicious options in the Waldron Dining Hall and the Pepperazzi. The University has also launched Mobile Order Pick Up as an alternative to in-person dining. 

    Find meal plan options, hours of operation, and more on our Dining Services page.

    Easter Break, Spring Break 2021

    We will add four extra days to Easter break and cancel Spring Break rather than have two breaks just weeks apart during this uncertain time. This will further mitigate risks of exposure to the virus.

    • Classes will be held March 8-12, 2021 (originally designated as Spring Break on the Academic Calendar).
    • Classes will not be held from March 26-April 5, 2021 for Easter/Spring break.

    Please remember that if you travel to a location designated as a “hot spot”, you will be required to self-quarantine for two weeks, which could impact your attendance for hybrid courses and/or clinicals and fieldwork placements. This could impact your academic progress.

    • The last day to withdrawal will be moved from March 31, 2021 to April 7, 2021.
    Fall 2020: Which Classes Are Hybrid, Remote, or Online

    Please log in to GMercyU’s Student Self Service portal using your GMercyU username and password, and click the Colleague Self Service icon . Once logged in, you will be able to view your course schedule, which has been updated to include information on modality. Here’s how to determine the learning modality of each of your courses:

    Modality   Description Schedule - Calendar View on Self Service                    
    Hybrid

    Some or all of your class sessions/labs will be held on campus.*  

    You will attend class at the appointed days/time, as directed by your professor. This information will be available in Blackboard at least one week before the semester begins.

    Example:

    Times: M/W/F 10:20-11:20 AM

    Location: University Hall W112

    Remote

    Your class will be held remotely with at least some sessions held via live video conference on the scheduled day/time (synchronous).  

    You will attend the synchronous sessions at the appointed days/time, as directed by your professor.

    Example:

    Times: M/W/F 10:20-11:20 AM

    Location: REMOTE

    Online

    Your class will be held entirely online without a specific time and location (asynchronous).  

    You will be able to complete your coursework at a time that best suits your schedule, as long as you meet assignment deadlines and requirements.

    Example:

    Time: 11:58-11:59 PM (generic) Location: Online

    *Everyone on campus will be required to follow Safety Protocols, per the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and local and state health agencies.

    Regardless of whether a particular course will be held on campus or remotely, you will learn with the same faculty, receive the same quality of instruction, and earn the same credits as you would in any other semester. 

    Here are a few other important things you need to know:

    • You will benefit from personal attention in both in-person and remote courses.
    • The Library, Academic Resource Center (including tutoring and accessibility services), Health & Wellness Center, Counseling Services, and other key student services will be available to students either remotely or on campus in adherence to physical distance guidelines.
    • Testing accommodations will be available on campus to students who are registered with the Office of Accessibility Services. Please contact ARCtesting@gmercyu.edu with any questions.
    • Remote courses will include virtual face-to-face instruction, meaning you will meet with your professors and classmates at the same time as you would if on campus. These “synchronous” sessions will all be held using a high-quality interactive video conferencing platform.
    • Online instruction means you will complete your assignments at a time and place that best suits your schedule, as long as you meet assignment deadlines. These “asynchronous” sessions will still provide you with opportunities to interact with your professors and classmates via the University’s Learning Management System, Blackboard.
    • The University is working to identify spaces on campus where students who are enrolled in hybrid courses can also participate in synchronous sessions for their remote classes. More information will be forthcoming.
    • Training on how to get the most out of these experiences will be provided to both students and faculty.

    See entire 6.23.20 portal message on this topic.

    Health and Wellness Center (Fall 2020)

    Students must contact the Health & Wellness Center immediately if you have been exposed to COVID-19 and/or feel you have symptoms.

    Contact: 215-646-7300, ext. 21306 or email ferguson.d@gmercyu.edu.

    Due to the potential spread of COVID-19, please contact the Health and Wellness Center for a phone screening prior to coming to the Health Center. The Health and Wellness Center staff will be following CDC guidelines and utilizing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for a safe opening in Fall 2020.

    Location: We are located in Loyola Hall. Enter through St. Brigid Hall and we are on the right through the double doors. You will need to sign in or use your student ID to enter the building.

    Hours: Monday, 8:30am - 6:00pm, Tuesday through Friday 8:30am-4:30pm. If you have an emergency outside of these hours, please contact Public Safety at 215-646-7300, ext. 21300. Nurses are available Monday through Friday, and doctor hours for the semester are posted on the Health and Wellness Center door.

    Services: We are an acute care facility. Please refer to our web page for available services.

    Fees: There is no cost for students to be seen in the Health Center. Nurse and doctor visits are free, as well as many over-the-counter medications. There is a minimal cost for the annual flu vaccine, PPD (tuberculosis) testing, and some antibiotics.

    *Please contact Donna Ferguson, M.Ed, RN Director of the Health and Wellness Center at ferguson.d@gmercyu.edu if you have any further questions.
    *Please note that all visits are private and confidential.

    Hybrid Academic Model

    Some courses will be offered in an in-person, on-campus format, but may also include some remote learning components. Other courses will be offered in a fully remote learning format, and will include a combination of virtual face-to-face instruction and online learning.

    Here’s a little more detail on what remote learning will mean for you.

    Courses that will be held remotely will include a combination of:

    • Virtual face-to-face instruction, meaning you will meet with your professors and classmates at the same time as you would if on campus. These “synchronous” sessions will all be held using a high-quality interactive video conferencing platform.
    • Online instruction, which means you will be able to complete your assignments at a time and place that best suits your schedule, as long as you meet assignment deadlines.  These “asynchronous” sessions will still provide you with opportunities to interact with your professors and classmates via the University’s Learning Management System, Blackboard.
      • Training on how to get the most out of these experiences will be provided to both students and faculty.
      • Remote courses will be noted with “REM” on your course schedule.
    Keiss Library (Spring 2021)

    For a current calendar of library hours and virtual reference assistance, click here.

    Contact: library@gmercyu.edu

    All library seats and study rooms, including spaces reserved for commuter student remote learning, must be reserved ahead of time by going to https://gmercyu.libcal.com/r/new. Please visit the website for our Spring Use Policy and more information on our front desk pick-up for library items and distance lending services for online students. As always, all of the Library’s online resources are available on and off campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    We also have spaces elsewhere on campus that can be used for individual or group study.  Students must follow physical distancing protocols and sit in the seats that are marked. All group study and individual study rooms must be sanitized using the supplied cleaning products in these rooms by the occupants prior to leaving the area. The rooms will be cleaned each evening by Plant Services.

    Individual Remote Study classrooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis until the room capacity has been met for physical distancing.

    St. Bernard’s 21: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. 
    St. Bernard’s 22: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. 
    University Hall E109: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. 
    Fatima 2: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

    Group Study classrooms (maximum limit is 14 people at one time). Advanced sign up is required, use the links below starting January 7, 2021.

    University Hall E201
    SIGN UP LINK

    University Hall W116
    SIGN UP LINK

    St. Bernard’s 12
    SIGN UP LINK

    St. Bernard’s 14
    SIGN UP LINK

    Fatima 1
    SIGN UP LINK

    New Student Orientation (Fall 2020)

    The University will still hold a New Student Orientation event! Our Orientation Planning Team has been working on the best way to provide our incoming students with all the opportunities to meet their fellow classmates and learn more about how to be a successful student that we typically offer, while still adhering to all necessary health and safety guidelines.

    We will share more information on how Fall Orientation will work in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

    Parking Permits (Fall 2020)

    The University will not charge students to park on campus during the summer and fall semesters, but all students MUST register their vehicle and display a permit while on campus or be subject to a parking violation.  You will be required to register your vehicle with the Public Safety Department online at the link below and display your 2019-2020 tag, if available.

    Please register your vehicles by Sunday, August 23, 2020.

    Register your Vehicle

    When registering enter LAST YEAR'S PERMIT # into the NOTE SECTION of the Registration form. This will allow for the data base to have current vehicle contact and vehicle information. If you DO NOT HAVE last year's permit, please add "NEED NEW PERMIT, RESIDENT STUDENT" or "NEED NEW PERMIT, COMMUTER STUDENT" into the Note section of the registration form on the last screen.  Permits can be picked up at the main entrance gate the first two weeks of the semester.   

    All vehicles on campus must be registered per University policy. The Public Safety Department will be enforcing parking regulations at the onset of the semester for our community’s safety. Campus parking enforcement will begin on Wednesday, September 9, 2020. 

    Public Safety is asking anyone who cannot register online to call the Public Safety dispatcher to make alternate arrangements to register your vehicle.  If you have any questions, please call 215-641-5522.

    At this time, a decision has not yet been made on parking permits for the spring semester.  Please check your email and the portal for future announcements for parking this spring.

    Pass / Fail Policy

    The University will not change our current pass/fail policy for online courses, which applies only to open elective courses taken by junior- and senior-level students; however, requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

    Please know that for many students, the move to pass/fail would not be in their best interest with regards to meeting accreditation standards, pursing certifications, and/or applying to graduate school.

    If you have a question about whether a specific course qualifies and/or if it is in your best interest to pursue pass/fail, please contact your academic advisor. All pass/fail requests require final approval from the Dean of your school.

    Residence Life: Fall 2020 Moving In

    Despite these challenging times, Residence Life is dedicated and committed to providing a fun, warm, and supportive residential experience. We are excited to welcome both new and familiar faces back to campus soon!

    As announced in June via email, the Office of Residence Life has assigned students to rooms – with no roommates – in all four of GMercyU’s residence halls. Assignments for all residents were issued via email on Friday, July 3, 2020 and Tuesday, July 7, 2020. First-year and transfer students had their assignments emailed to both their personal and GMercyU email accounts.

    To keep everyone safe and healthy this fall, residents can expect the following:

    • Masks will be required when residents are not in their own bedrooms.
    • All residence hall lounges and laundry facilities will remain open with posted occupancy limits and physical distancing signage.
    • While there will be no restrictions on residents visiting each other, guests (anyone who is not a resident) will not be allowed in the residence halls.
    • Community kitchens in Siena and Alexandria Hall will be closed.
    • Resident Assistants (RA’s) will continue to be present to provide caring support and encouragement, programming, and other initiatives to engage and contribute to the growth of our residents.

    To help protect our commuity while around campus, residents will also be expected to follow the University’s health and safety protocols
     

    Move-In/Drop Off

    Due to the need for physical distancing, we will be staggering our move-in schedule. You'll sign up for a specific day and time to bring your belongings to your room and then return home until we officially open the residence halls for the semester. Detail on this process will be sent via email.

    What to Bring/What Not to Bring

    Students may be required to leave housing with short notice due to state-mandated COVID-19 closure requirements or an on-campus outbreak; please consider this when deciding how much to pack. In addition, Residence Life has put together a recommended list of items to bring and a list of items that you cannot bring. Find more details on that here.

    If you are interested in living on campus and have not yet submitted your housing application or deposit, please contact Residence Life for next steps as soon as possible at reslife@gmercyu.edu.

    Residence Life: Thanksgiving Break Closing Information

    The residence halls close at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 and re-open at 12:00 PM on Sunday, November 29, 2020.  

    Resident students should review the emails related to this closing that were sent on Thursday, November 12, 2020 and Thursday, November 19, 2020.

    Residence Life: Winter Break Closing Information

    The residence halls close at 5:00 PM on Friday, December 18, 2020.

    Full Winter Break closing guidelines and expectations will be emailed out to residents by the Office of Residence Life on Thursday, December 3, 2020.  

    Floor meetings regarding closing will take place for each resident at 8:00 PM on Monday, December 7, 2020.  Residents will receive an Outlook calendar invite with a specific Zoom link from their Resident Assistant.

    Any further updates or changes regarding to living in the residence halls will go directly to a student’s GMercyU email account.

    Residence Life: Spring 2021 Housing

    Residents were sent an email on Sunday, November 8, 2020 asking to fill out a survey to let the Office of Residence Life know their plans for living on campus for the 2021 spring semester.  This survey allows Residence Life to:

    • Work directly with those residents not remaining on campus and the housing contract release and move-out process
    • Update room and board charges prior to bills being made available
    • Determine where there are empty spaces and vacancies
    • Fulfill any room change requests and manage consolidation needs before Winter Break
    • Create housing assignments for new Spring 2021 residents

    If a resident did not fill this out or their plans have changed, they must contact Residence Life at reslife@gmercyu.edu.

    The residence halls will be open for the 2021 spring semester. To keep everyone safe and healthy residents can expect the following:

    • Residents will be living in bedrooms without a roommate but those living in suites can expect both bedrooms to be occupied.
    • Masks will be required when residents are not in their own bedrooms.
    • All residence hall lounges and laundry facilities will remain open with posted occupancy limits and physical distancing signage.
    • While there will be no restrictions on residents visiting each other, guests (anyone who is not a resident) will not be allowed in the residence halls.
    • Community kitchens in Siena and Alexandria Hall will be closed.
    • Resident Assistants (RA’s) will continue to be present to provide caring support and encouragement, programming, and other initiatives to engage and contribute to the growth of our residents.

    Prior to leaving for Winter Break, residents will be asked to sign up for a time to move back into the residence halls between Tuesday, January 5 and Sunday, January 10, 2021.  

    Residence Life: Spring Break 2021 Closing Information

    To further mitigate risks of exposure to COVID-19, the University has canceled Spring Break (originally March 8-12, 2021) and has added four extra days to Easter Break.  The new Spring/Easter Break will now be Friday, March 26-Monday, April 5, 2021. The residence halls will close at 5:00 PM on Thursday, March 25 and re-open at 12:00 PM on Monday, April 5, 2021.  Residents will receive more information related to leaving for break during the week of March 8, 2021.

    Technology Needs

    In need of an affordable internet service provider? Please see this Guide To Internet Plans For Low And Fixed-Income Households.

    And, a limited amount of CARES Act funding may be available to help you with your technology needs. To apply, please complete this form and submit it studentbilling@gmercyu.edu. See all CARES Act details here.

    Tuition

    No changes have been made to tuition. Regardless of whether a particular course will be held on campus or remotely, you will learn with the same faculty and earn the same credits toward the same degree as you would if on campus. Although there will be savings in some areas, there are significant additional costs associated with moving instruction to a remote learning format that are not being passed along to students.

    We did change the meal plan options for students living on campus, including adding a low-cost 100-meal block option. More details are located on the Dining Services page.

    We also reduced some student fees and absorbed substantial increases in fees charged by outside vendors for online exam software and other student services. We eliminated parking fees for the summer and fall terms, and reduced the 2020-2021 Comprehensive Fee by $170 (or $4 per credit for students who are enrolled part-time) since there will be some changes in the types of activities and services offered on campus this fall.

    Students will still have unlimited access to counseling, career development, library, tutoring, academic advising, IT, and on-campus health and wellness services throughout the fall semester. Students also will be able to participate remotely in our many clubs and organizations, and take advantage of other co-curricular opportunities, including Campus Ministry and the Griffin Student Leadership Institute, among others.

    Why am I paying lab fees if my courses are being held remotely this semester?

    Laboratory courses offered in a remote learning environment will include virtual labs and may require kits sent to the student’s home. The fees associated with these virtual lab materials will be covered by the University’s normal lab fee. However, if students are required to purchase lab kits and supplies directly from an outside vendor for a particular course, the University lab fee for that course will be eliminated.

    Your Health & Safety

    It is our top priority. The University’s Emergency Response Team has developed detailed health and safety protocols that comply with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and local and state health officials. All students, faculty, staff and visitors to campus will be required to comply with these protocols.

    Please see details here

    We understand that health concerns may make it inadvisable for some students to come to campus while the risk of the spread of COVID-19 still exists. Please contact your academic advisor if you will not be able to come to campus so you can work together to determine the best path forward.

    If you have been exposed to COVID-19 and/or are experiencing symptoms, please immediately contact the University’s Health and Wellness Center at 215-646-7300, ext. 21306.