Coronavirus Information

Effective March 16, 2020: Clarion University is suspending all face-to-face classroom instruction for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester and will be offering all instruction remotely.

Updated March 31, 2020 | View previous communications

As of March 16, all of Clarion University’s students became distance learners, using a variety of platforms such as D2L, Zoom, videos and email. Our campus community rose to the occasion to deliver on our promise to provide transformative learning opportunities to our students in our nationally recognized programs. It is inspiring to wit- ness the many ways you have pulled together in these trying times.

Switching very quickly to remote-only instruction is one of the ways Clarion University is complying with the governor’s recent requests for everyone to stay at home and practice social distancing.

The State System’s chancellor has directed all PASSHE universities to continue to follow the governor’s strategies to maintain social distancing, by enforcing the following:

  • Offering remote-only instruction for all scheduled 2020 summer sessions.

  • University presidents will cancel, postpone or move to a remote delivery modality all face-to-face events (both academic and non-academic) that have been or would have been scheduled during the summer 2020 months. (Presidents will closely monitor the situation and, upon consultation with the chancellor, may grant exceptions for face-to-face on-campus programs where such programs can be managed in a way that ensures the health and safety of participants and the broader community.)

  • No in-person experiential learning may occur, including, but not limited to, clinical rotations, student teaching, internships, field experiences, and other types of academically-related placements. Classroom faculty and experiential learning supervisors shall continue to provide remote learning opportunities for students to achieve appropriate learning outcomes. Presidents may grant exceptions to students in extraordinary circumstances, for example where they are satisfied that safety considerations are met by their experiential learning opportunities, e.g. with respect of virtual internships, internships sited in locations determined to be “safe” from the risk of infection, etc.

Steps are already in place to follow these requests, and our leadership team meets daily to assess our unique needs and situation. We continue to work with the necessary individuals and entities to reduce the impacts to degree progression for students who have experiential learning requirements.

Finally, I cannot thank the faculty and staff enough for the way everyone has worked together to transition students to remote learning and to ensure students are receiving the same quality educational experience no matter where they are. There remains a small number of students who are approved to live on campus, and I want to also thank the Student Affairs team and Chartwells for their work in keeping these students safe and engaged. Your commit- ment is second to none.

To the students, your resilience is no surprise to me. Keep going. If you need help, ask. Our faculty and staff are aware of the challenges you currently face, and we want nothing but your success.

We are all in this together. Stay calm, stay connected and stay healthy. Wings most definitely up,
Dr. Dale 

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It is of the highest importance to maintain the health and safety of our students.  We continue to monitor the outbreak of coronavirus, and will continue to update you as new information is available through this website.  Please keep in mind that the situation is rapidly evolving. Additional information about COVID-19 is available and consistently updated from the following sources:

Coronavirus information/resources

Have there been any diagnosed cases of coronavirus at Clarion University?

No, there are currently no known cases of coronavirus at Clarion University.

What is novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)?

2019-nCoV is a newly identified coronavirus that is causing an outbreak of pneumonia illness. It was first identified in December 2019 in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

Since then, the virus has been identified in multiple other countries, including cases in the U.S.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), human coronaviruses are common throughout the world and usually cause mild to moderate illness in people. This new virus is a public health concern because:

• It is newly identified, so much is still unknown about it.
• Two other human coronaviruses, MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV, have caused severe illness. 

Travel Guidelines

If you have any of these symptoms and have traveled to an area of sustained or widespread transmission, call the Center for Wellness immediately at (814- 393-2121)  and they will advise you regarding next steps. Do not go to the Center for Wellness or any other health care provider, without calling first if you have concerns that you may be affected.

 Symptoms and transmission:

 Symptoms may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include:
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing.
Person-to-person spread is occurring, although it's unclear exactly how it is transmitted and how easily the virus spreads between people.


People infected with 2019-nCoV should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. Currently, there is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for 2019-nCoV infection (source: CDC).


There is no vaccine to prevent this virus, and the CDC advises that the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

Currently, 2019-nCoV has not been found to be spreading in the U.S., so there are no additional precautions recommended for the general public to take.

Here are everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Recommendations for people with respiratory symptoms:

If you have symptoms of fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing and you have had close contact with someone who has suspected or confirmed COVID-19 within the last 14 days:

You should:

  • Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor's office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Clarion University students should call the Center for Wellness, Health Services at (814) 393-2121 Monday-Friday from 8:30 am-4:45 pm.
  • Those who are in the Clarion area but are not Clarion University students should call their healthcare provider or the PA Department of Health at (814) 226-2170.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Do not travel while sick. Please do not get on public transportation or just arrive at the Center for Wellness. Call instead {(814) 393-2121)}.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

What is the campus health service doing about 2019-nCoV?

The Center for Wellness is screening every student who calls or arrives in the lobby about any recent travel and any symptoms they may have.  Following the screenings, the Center will follow the guidelines set forth by the PA Department of Health and CDC.

Last Updated 4/6/20