Fall 2020 Update:
The semester will run Aug. 17 through Dec. 4. When students leave campus for Thanksgiving break, they will remain home or wherever they are staying over the break. Finals week will be conducted remotely.

Last updated June 22, 2020

Dear Campus Community,

Clarion University will begin the fall 2020 semester one week early this fall. The semester will run Aug. 17 through Dec. 4. When students leave campus for Thanksgiving break, they will remain home or wherever they are staying over the break. Finals week will be conducted remotely. The fall calendar was amended to minimize spread of COVID-19 by keeping students off campus spaces after interacting with family and friends during the holiday.

We’ve been preparing for months to make this a safe and healthy university, for all our campus settings. We are ready to welcome our students back.

The university is working with experts to ensure that housing, dining and academic instruction spaces accommodate health and safety protocol. Some examples of adjustments include that individuals will wear facemasks in classrooms and in other public spaces, the food stations in the dining facilities will no longer be self-serve, and dining- to-go options will be expanded. Move-in dates will be scheduled to allow physical distancing. More information is available below under "Housing" and on the housing webpage.

Before arriving in August, students will be asked to complete a self-screening for symptoms that could be related to COVID-19. Anyone exhibiting symptoms should delay coming to campus. Self-screening is encouraged as a daily practice after students arrive on the Clarion and Venango campuses.

I understand that you will have many questions about the fall semester. We continue to finalize details, and as we do, we update this webpage.

Wings Up!
Dr. Dale

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Key Dates

Fall semester begins Aug. 17, 2020. Following Thanksgiving break, students will not return to campus; fall semester, instruction and final exams, will conclude remotely.

An extended and staggered move-in process will minimize the number of students and family members moving in to a housing unit at one time. Students will sign up for a two-hour time slot in which to move in. Slots for upperclassmen will be between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Aug. 10-13, and slots for freshmen will be between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Aug. 13-15. The sign-up process is being finalized. 

Questions? Please submit your questions to our Fall 2020 Questions form and we will respond.

Academics

If possible, courses will be delivered in the originally scheduled modality. For face-to-face classes, the health and safety of students and faculty is a priority. This includes: a requirement to wear a face mask when in the presence of others; evaluation and organization of instructional space to ensure six feet of physical distancing; and scheduled cleaning and sanitation of instructional spaces. To facilitate physical distancing, some face-to-face classes may use hybrid (combination of face-to-face and online) instruction.

For students who are unable, for medical reasons, to wear a mask, accommodations will be made.

Enhanced student support services will assist with issues related to modified instructional approaches such as online classes or hybrid courses. These services will be available online/remotely to support physical distancing requirements.

The university has developed a plan to address restrictions should Clarion County or Venango County be moved back to the Yellow or Red phase.

Questions? Please submit your questions to our Fall 2020 Questions form and we will respond.

Housing / Dining

Housing

In preparation for the return of students, the university has followed a thorough cleaning and sanitization process in campus residence buildings and Reinhard Villages. Student housing will limit occupancy to no more than 2 residents of a unit per 1 bathroom. An extended and staggered move-in process will minimize the number of students and family members moving in to a housing unit at one time. Education and training on cleaning, health, and physical distancing will be provided.

Dining

Meal plans will start August 10.  We are planning for all locations to be opened but with social distancing guidelines.  You can also link to Chartwells page for more info at  https://www.dineoncampus.com/Clarion/

Chartwells, the university dining services vendor, is working with the university to decrease density levels in dining facilities, provide to-go options for students and provide touchless services where possible. 

The university has developed a plan to address restrictions should Clarion County or Venango County be moved back to the Yellow or Red phase. 

Questions? Please submit your questions to our Fall 2020 Questions form and we will respond.

Transportation

Visit rideATA.com for the latest local bus schedules.

Questions? Please submit your questions to our Fall 2020 Questions form and we will respond.

Health and Wellness

Center for Wellness staff will coordinate self-screenings of all students prior to their arrival on campus. The university will follow CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health guidelines to: encourage regular self-screenings; provide education to students about disease prevention; ensure that students with symptoms of COVID-19 get tested, quarantined and/or isolated if needed; monitor the physical and mental health status of students who have been quarantined or isolated; and provide services and referrals as needed. The university has designated space on campus for students requiring quarantine or isolation. 

In addition to providing training materials and informational videos, the university will regularly remind students and employees, via email and other means, to practice good hygiene by washing hands and covering the mouth when coughing or sneezing; report illnesses; stay home when ill; and be vigilant in physical distancing.

The university will provide students and employees with two reusable masks. Students and employees will be required to wear a mask when in the presence of others. For students who are unable, for medical reasons, to wear a mask, accommodations will be made.

Counseling services staff are prepared to provide specific support related to COVID-19. While online/remote counseling is sometimes not ideal, staff will work to ensure appropriate outreach to students who are unable to be present for in-person services.

The university Center for Wellness will contract with a service provider who is able to provide self-testing for students with a timely test result notification. Students will be advised to inform the Center for Wellness or Student Affairs of a positive COVID-19 test result or an illness that could be COVID-19 related. 

In the event of a positive case of COVID-19, the university will follow PA Department of Health and CDC guidelines for any individual confirmed to have COVID-19 and those who may have been in contact with the individual. 

The PA Department of Health will coordinate/lead contact-tracing efforts in Clarion and Venango counties. The university will provide support at the request of the Department of Health. 

Questions? Please submit your questions to our Fall 2020 Questions form and we will respond.

Student LIfe

University events will be limited to those that comply with necessary physical distancing standards in terms of the number of individuals in attendance, ability for physical distancing, use of masks, and other precautions. No events will be held without clear plans approved by the university as meeting those standards.

The university is normally open to visitors. Until further notice, visitors to campus will be restricted to entering buildings and areas for which they have a business/academic need.  Casual visitors to campus will be limited to the University Book Store and Starbucks; visitors to campus will be required to follow all physical distancing guidelines including, but not limited to, wearing a mask. Areas where visitors are routinely expected, such as admissions and student financial services, will be provided a supply of disposable masks for visitors who do not have a mask. 

Questions? Please submit your questions to our Fall 2020 Questions form and we will respond.

Intercollegiate Athletics

University representatives are participating in discussions with other PSAC institutions and monitoring NCAA information. Athletic staff members are preparing for training and competition. The primary focus is ensuring adherence to health and safety protocols relative to COVID-19. The university will follow CDC, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and PSAC recommendations and requirements.

Questions? Please submit your questions to our Fall 2020 Questions form and we will respond.

Student Financial Services

For Financial Aid and Student Account questions please visit our Tuition & Fees page.
View the Tuition and Financial Aid frequently asked questions.
For information on scholarships, please visit our scholarship page.

Campus Communications

The university has established a regular process of communication with employees and students regarding COVID-19 matters. The university will continue to use the website and campus email to provide updates regarding plans, changes and developments.

Fall reopening plans include, as a contingency, the possibility that changes such as returning to a more restrictive phase or to remote learning could occur. The university is prepared with both a planning team and communication by website and email to communicate promptly should a change in status occur.

Previous communications

June 22, 2020 - Message to campus community

June 10, 2020 - News release - Early start to fall semester among CU plans for return of students

Contact
Tina Horner
thorner@clarion.edu

814 393 2653

Questions? Please submit your questions to our Fall 2020 Questions form and we will respond.

Employees

Latest employee communications

6/29/20 - employee communication

Employee schedules may be modified to reduce the number of employees reporting to work, taking meal breaks and leaving work at the same time. Telecommuting will continue to be an option as a means of decreasing employee density on campus. Department managers will work with the appropriate vice president to develop work schedules that meet campus, employee and student needs while being sensitive to physical distancing requirements and reduced density on campus.

Employees and students will be reminded regularly of the need to practice good hygiene in relation to washing hands, covering the mouth when coughing or sneezing, and addressing illness at the onset by not reporting to campus when ill or after having been in the presence of others who may be ill.

The university will provide students and employees with two reusable masks. Students and employees will be required to wear a mask when in the presence of others. For employees who are unable, for medical reasons, to wear a mask, face shields will be available. The university will work with employees who are unable to wear a mask to provide, if possible, work assignments that comply with physical distancing requirements. Employees in identified areas such as, but not limited to, the mailroom, will be provided gloves. 

Students and employees will be advised of the requirement that informal gatherings meet guidelines for physical distancing, including spacing, wearing masks, and not sharing of food or drink.

A team of faculty and administrators has reviewed university facilities to ensure that instructional, office and lounge spaces meet physical distancing requirements. Where necessary, furniture has been labeled or removed. Office space will be equipped with shields, floor decals and doorway devices to provide protection and distancing compliance for employees and students.

Non-essential travel for employees is discontinued. Clarifications of essential versus non-essential travel should be sought through the appropriate vice president.

Employees and students will be advised to inform a supervisor, Human Resources, or (for students) the Center for Wellness or Student Affairs of a positive COVID-19 test result or an illness that could be COVID-19 related. Employees who report symptoms consistent with COVID-19 will be required to provide appropriate documentation from a physician prior to returning to the workplace.

Fall reopening plans include, as a contingency, the possibility that changes such as returning to a more restrictive phase or to remote learning could occur. The university is prepared with both a planning team and the above noted communication avenues (website and email) to communicate promptly should a change in status occur.

Questions? Please submit your questions to our Fall 2020 Questions form and we will respond.

Prospective Students Information

Interested in becoming a Clarion Unversity Golden Eagle? View our Virtual Experiences for Prospective Students page.

Last Updated 6/29/20