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COVID-19 Updates & Information

Please check this page for updates and information on Immaculata’s response to the coronavirus outbreak as the situation continues to evolve.

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CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

The COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund (CARES Act) helps with education-related expenses associated with the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. The Department of Education notified the University that our funding from the CARES Act is now available. This includes funds from the Higher Education Relief Fund designated for Student Aid. 100% of this funding will provide emergency financial assistance for our students.

The following information is provided by Immaculata University as required by the Department of Education in order to comply with the reporting requirements under the CARES Act. This is the University’s first 30-day progress report and presents information as of May 27, 2020.

1. Certification and Agreement

The University signed and returned the certification and agreement form that requires at least 50% of the emergency financial aid grants are provided to students. This was submitted by the University on April 15, 2020.

2. Amounts Received by the University

On Monday, April 27, 2020 the University received $503,045.00 under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund – Student Portion to provide emergency financial aid grants to students.

3. Amounts Distributed to Date

As of May 27, 2020, the University has not yet distributed HEERF financial aid to students. The University intends to distribute these funds prior to July 31, 2020.

4. Estimated Number of Eligible Students

As of May 27, 2020 the number of students eligible to participate has not been determined. As guidance from the Department of Education continues to be updated, we will provide status of the eligible number of students on the next reporting date (June 26, 2020).

5. Number of Students Who Have Received HEERF Grants

As of May 27, 2020 the number of students eligible to participate has not been determined. As guidance from the Department of Education continues to be updated, we will provide status of the eligible number of students on the next reporting date (June 26, 2020). 

6. Instructions, Directions and Guidance Provided to Students

A communication was sent to students and posted on the University website on Thursday, May 14, 2020.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund?

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law to provide economic relief from COVID-19. One section of the CARES Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) and sent money to schools to use for emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the pandemic.

Who is eligible?

Students who meet basic eligibility criteria for federal financial aid can be considered for these funds. The Office of Student Financial Assistance will use Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) data to determine your eligibility. If you are eligible to file a FAFSA but have not yet filed for 2019-20 and need assistance, please file a FAFSA at studentaid.gov by June 19, 2020 to be considered for funding.

Under U.S. Department of Education rules for the program, these funds can be awarded to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students pursuing degree programs and currently enrolled at Immaculata University. In order to receive these limited funds, students must:

  • have been enrolled for the spring semester as of April 20, 2020;
  • have completed a FAFSA
  • have been enrolled in at least one face-to-face class as of March 13; and
  • be eligible for Title IV financial aid as stated above.

Please note: The U.S. Department of Education does not allow these funds to be used for international students, undocumented students, non-matriculated students or students enrolled in online-only degree programs.

What types of expenses are eligible?

The following types of expenses are eligible:

  • Food in the absence of meal plans
  • Temporary housing
  • Purchase of books, course materials or software
  • Medical care
  • Internet and Wi-Fi access to participate in online courses
  • Purchase of laptops or repair of laptops
  • Child care

Who can I contact if I have questions?

If you have questions, please contact the following:

CARES Act grant program
Vice President of Student Development and Undergraduate Admissions
Patricia Canterino ’92, ’12 M.A.
610-647-4400 ext. 3110
pcanterino@immaculata.edu

FAFSA
Office of Financial Aid
finaid@immaculata.edu

Disbursement
Student Accounts
studentaccounts@immaculata.edu

Coronavirus Information

If you think you were exposed to or are showing symptoms of COVID-19

Stay home and call your health care provider first before you go to their office. Tell them about your travel, exposure risk and your symptoms if any. DO NOT go to the Emergency room or urgent care unless you are in respiratory distress. They will give you instructions on how to get care without exposing other people to your illness.

There is information for people who have had close contact with a person confirmed to have, or being evaluated for, COVID-19 available from the CDC. The definition of close contact is provided in footnote 2 on the page.

  • Symptoms can include fever, cough or shortness of breath.
  • The virus can spread just like the flu or a cold: through the air by coughing or sneezing, close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands, touching an object or surface with the virus on it, and occasionally, fecal contamination.
  • Protect yourself through prevention by covering coughs or sneezes with your elbow—do not use your hands! 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. Clean surfaces frequently, including countertops, light switches, cell phones, remotes, and other frequently touched items.
  • Contain: if you are sick, stay home until you are feeling better.

Please review these resources from the CDC:

 

Steps You Can Take

Wash your hands well and often. Stay home if you are sick. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Avoid touching your face. Disinfect surfaces that may be contaminated with viruses such as door knobs, phones and desks. Again, most importantly, wash your hands well and often.

People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately. 

Health FAQ

Am I at risk for COVID-19 in the United States?

This is a rapidly evolving situation and the risk assessment may change daily. The latest updates are available on CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) website. We will follow CDC, WHO, and Health Department guidelines.

There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused be a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. The name of this disease was selected following the World Health Organization (WHO) best practice for naming of new human infectious diseases.

What are the symptoms and complications?

Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Read about COVID-19 Symptoms.

How does the virus spread?

The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.

Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses.

Should I be tested for COVID-19?

Call your healthcare professional if you feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19. Your healthcare professional will work with your state’s public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.

As we move through the remainder of this academic year, please know that we remain focused on creating healthy environments for our students, staff, and community. We are in regular contact with local, state, and national health organizations who continue to insist that our best efforts are spent on prevention. We want you to know what you can expect from us, and also what we will ask from you as the academic year continues.

Prevention

  • 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.

 

Travel Information

What resources are available to those considering travel?

COVID-19 continues to spread to countries around the world, including the United States, and can present challenges to travelers. It is important for travelers to consider not only the potential exposure to the novel coronavirus from traveling but also the possibility of being stranded in a location due to a suspension of airline services and other modes of transportation. The CDC is currently monitoring the coronavirus disease and provides travel advisories for international travel.

What requirements/advice does Immaculata have for students, faculty and staff planning travel?

Students, faculty, and staff are asked to use this form to let the University know if they stay in or pass through any country with a CDC travel advisory Warning Level 3 or if they have been in one during the last 14 days.

Immaculata encourages students to discuss travel plans with their families, to consult the travel advisories issued by the CDC, and to observe CDC-recommended steps to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases.

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