COVID-19 Updates

Returning to Campus

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

Important Campus Contacts

Academics and Learning Support Services

Students having questions or concerns should reach out to Kate Commiksey, Director of Academic Advising (College of Undergraduate Studies & College of Adult Professional Studies) at mcommiskey@immaculata.edu, or Sandra Rollison, Assistant Dean (College of Graduate School) at srollison@immaculata.edu.

Faculty having questions or concerns should reach out to their Program Director, Division/Department Chair or Dean

Learning Support Services: Please contact Jennifer Peruso, Executive Director Learning Support Services, at jperuso@immaculata.edu or 484-323-3900.

Commencement 2020: commencement@immaculata.edu

Business Office and Student Accounts

Student Accounts: studentaccounts@immaculata.edu

At this time, admittance to the Business Office will be by pre-arranged appointments only. We recommend making check and credit card payments online through SSIU, accessible in MyIU. Payments reflect real-time activity and help to prevent holds and late payment fees.

Students may view account information and make payments via SSIU located on MyIU. Alternately, checks may be mailed in or placed in the drop box located near the Business Office doors. For questions, email studentaccounts@immaculata.edu.

Staff may send check requests via interoffice mail or use the drop box located near the Business Office doors. For questions, please contact the appropriate person via phone or email.

A/P checks that previously would have been picked up will be delivered by interoffice mail to the requestor.

Payroll checks will be mailed to the address on record.

Student Life

Residence Life & Housing: rlh@immaculata.edu or 484-323-3130

Health & Counseling: brudercenter@immaculata.edu or 484-323-3506

Campus Ministry: jmorrell@immaculata.edu or 484-323-3573

Office of Student Life: studentlife@immaculata.edu

Athletics: jhyman@immaculata.edu or 484-323-3739

Dining: slockard@Immaculata.edu or 484-323-3041

Admissions and Financial Aid

Undergraduate: admiss@immaculata.edu or 484-323-3060

Adult Undergraduate: capsadmissions@immaculata.edu or 484-323-3060

Graduate: gradadmission@immaculata.edu or 484-323-3005

Financial Aid: finaid@immaculata.edu or 484-323-3028

HR, Title IX, Campus Safety and General Questions

HR: hr@immaculata.edu or 484-323-3007

Title IX: jcronmiller@immaculata.edu or 484-323-3982

Campus Safety: 484-323-5555

General questions: macmedia@immaculata.edu

Campus FAQs

Dear Immaculata University Students,

As summer turns to fall, the resplendent colors of autumn remind me of a quote from Tasneem Hameed, “Learn character from the trees, values from the roots, and change from the leaves.” Throughout the past seven months we have had the opportunity, through external influences, to strengthen our character, reflect on our values, and—much like the leaves of autumn—change. As you conclude your fourth week of classes and in preparation for on-campus classes beginning October 19, I would like to highlight a few items of importance pertaining to on-campus courses and academic support.

In what modality will my classes be beginning the week of October 19th?

Please review your course schedule in SSIU (navigate to “Student,” “Registration,” “Student Schedule”), which indicates the modality your courses will be offered in for the remainder of the term. It is important that you check your course schedule on or after October 12th, as some class modalities may have changed or may be in different rooms than initially scheduled.

My course is virtual “live.” What does that mean?

On October 19th, students enrolled in Virtual “Live” courses will begin attending class both virtually and in the classroom, on an alternating schedule: meeting face-to-face one session and virtually the next.

Each student registered for a Virtual “Live” course will be notified directly via email on October 12th indicating which group they have been assigned to and given specific directions for which days/dates they should attend their course physically and which days/dates they will participate through the virtual connection. For virtual sessions, students will attend using virtual platforms (such as Google Meet) at the times and days listed in the fall course schedule.

The Virtual “Live” modality allows students to have the face-to-face experience while limiting the number of students in a classroom to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Some of my courses are scheduled to meet on campus for the remainder of this fall semester. Should I need to seek accommodations to continue my courses remotely, whom should I contact?

Immaculata University is committed to providing reasonable learning accommodations for issues related to COVID-19. Students considered at high risk by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and who would like to request reasonable learning accommodations should complete a COVID-19 Request for Learning Accommodations form (users will be required to sign into their Immaculata email account before being able to view or submit the form). Immaculata University students are requested to complete the form by October 2, 2020. Questions can be directed in Jen Peruso jperuso@immaculata.edu.

Have changes been made in the classroom to accommodate social distancing?

Several changes have been made to campus in preparation for your return. As you step on campus, you will see that classrooms spaces look different: rooms have been carefully laid out so that students will be six feet from each other as well as six feet from faculty. Within each classroom is a supply of disinfecting wipes that individuals can use as they enter and exit the room, and most importantly each room will be disinfected before each class. Additionally, plexiglass has been installed in spaces where you cannot social distance, such as in the library and dining hall. Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the campus. Outdoor seating has been expanded, and you will notice signage across campus reminding our community to adhere to social distancing, wear their masks, and to engage in frequent handwashing.

Will Academic Support Services be available on-campus?

Immaculata University will provide academic student support services through virtual meetings via MS Teams, Google Meet, Zoom, or other alternative modalities. However, the University is open for business and here to support your success. Students may request a face-to-face meeting, which will be scheduled in an alternate location that follows the CDC/PDE guidelines for social distancing (conference room, classroom, or outside).

When will the library be opening?

The Gabriele Library will reopen on Saturday, October 17th. Throughout the library, seating has been re-configured and plexiglass has been added to ensure your safety.

As our IU community reconvenes, individual tenacity, grit, and collaboration will continue to strengthen us as a whole.

All the best,
Dr. Angela Tekely
Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost

General

What are the university’s COVID-19 regulations?

https://www.immaculata.edu/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/

Where can I find the university updates for residential students returning to campus?

All residential students have been supplied with a Supplemental COVID-19 Guide.

What forms are required prior to return to campus?

COVID-19 related forms are required prior to students returning to campus: IU Pledge for Community Health, Alternate Housing Form (resident students).

Move-In

Health and Safety

Will there be COVID-19 testing on campus or temperature checks?

Students will not be asked to be tested prior to their arrival; Instead, students are to complete a pledge form detailing their experience in the previous two weeks.

Students must complete a self-monitoring checklist each day.

At this time, Immaculata University will not conduct daily temperature checks of faculty and staff at work locations. All members of the IU Community are asked to self-monitor by taking their own temperature each day.

Will the Bruder Center provide COVID-19 testing?

No, there will not be COVID_19 testing on campus. The Bruder Center can provide information on what steps students should take if they are concerned or would like to be tested.

Are students from states on PA’s quarantine list required to quarantine upon their arrival?

We are making arrangements for these students to arrive and quarantine for their first two weeks on campus.

Who do students notify if they have COVID-19 symptoms or a positive test?

Students who have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of, or are ill due to COVID-19 should contact Elise Girard, Director of Student Health Services at 484-323- 3500 or egirard@immaculata.edu immediately upon discovering. RLH will then ensure the student has a safe space to self-quarantine/isolate until further action is decided.

Does IU have space for quarantining on campus? How are these spaces equipped?

IU is providing quarantine spaces for students who require it. These rooms are equipped with basic toiletries, a mini fridge, and a microwave. Meals are delivered to students in quarantine or isolation. A list of suggested items to bring will be provided to any student needing to move into one of these spaces.

Has IU thought about the mental health of students who are in the residence halls and only have online classes and limited common/social spaces?

Counseling Services are provided as standard with additional virtual options. Additionally, they have provided a COVID mental health workbook since the summer.

We are providing a balance of engaging activities through the Office of Student Life virtually and in-person, and are encouraging the use of our extensive outdoor area.

The fitness centers in Alumnae Hall and the IHM Student Center will be available for continued use as well by appointment and walk-in’s respectively.

Academics

Can students choose to take all courses online for the remainder of the semester?

Communication from VP of Academic Affairs, Dr. Angela Tekely went out to students on Friday, 9/25/20 stating that as an option. There is a request form that needs to be completed and submitted by 10/2/20 to be considered.  Any questions regarding this should be directed to Dr. Tekely or Undergraduate Dean, Dr. Jean Shingle.

If a student were to come down with a fever or other mild COVID symptoms, would they have to miss 2 weeks of school or would they be able to view the class online?

This situation would fall into our isolation and quarantine protocols, and likely require a move to a specific identified room.

If the student is healthy enough to continue classes, accommodations could be made to continue classes from that room virtually for the period of time required.

This is encouraged and preferred.

Please refer to the Student Class Attendance Policy in the IU RTC Plan for specific procedures.

For COVID-19 Learning Accommodations contact Executive Director of Learning Support Services, Jennifer Peruso (jperuso@immaculata.edu).

Facilities | Visiting

What are the visiting restrictions in the residence halls?

No outside visitors are allowed in the residence halls. Resident students may visit other resident students.

Will they have to meet with and talk to outside guests?

Outside guests will not be permitted past the safety desks in each building. Only residential students will be permitted into the residence halls. Residents may meet their visitors outside.

What will the dining hall look like?

Capacity for seating has been reduced and only two people are permitted at each table. Plexiglas has been installed at each table to allow safety while individuals remove their masks to eat.  Masks should be worn at all times except when specifically eating.

All checkout registers will have customer-facing card swiping devices, and the use of ID cards, bank debit, and credit cards are encouraged to minimize cash handling.

There will also be significant grab-n-go options so that meals can easily be transported to other locations and outdoor seating will be encouraged.

The library will be an additional indoor overflow option, and additional seating will be added on Back Campus.

What will use of the fitness center in Alumnae Hall and the Student Center look like?

Alumnae- students will need to sign-up for a time and which station they would like to use.

Student Center- walk in’s will be allowed and must check in at the front desk and report what piece of equipment they would like to use. Limited to 1 hour on a piece of equipment.

Compliance

How will IU address off campus behavior and parties?

The Student Code of Conduct is in full effect along with additional standards and expectations that have been noted in each specific area of the University concerning COVID-19. You are responsible for complying with standards in all areas. Breeches of those COVID-19 standards and expectations will be handled through the same standard conduct process. The institution reserves the right to implement interim measures where health and safety of the University population are at risk.

Within Volume VI of Immaculata’s Non-Academic Student Life Policies off-campus behavior is eligible to be addressed through the institutions conduct system

How will IU address non-compliance with regulations on campus such as wearing masks?

Our hope is that everyone will help each other remember and follow all COVID-19 standards. Student Leaders, professional staff members and faculty will directly request that constituents do so, which should be followed.

Should an issue arise where there is consistent disregard for the standards a report may be filed and will be forwarded to HR for employees and the Associate Dean of Students for students.

COVID-19 Regulations

All residential students have been supplied with a Supplemental COVID-19 Guide.

Will Immaculata University campus be opened for face-to-face classes in fall 2020?

The health and safety of the IU Community continues to be our top priority. The latest national data is currently showing a significant increase in COVID-19 cases nationwide, and while a thorough plan has been developed to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, there are still potential dangers that must be avoided. Therefore, the decision has been made for Immaculata University to continue with remote instruction for the beginning few weeks of the fall 2020 semester, August 31st -October 18th. We hope to welcome students back to campus for online instruction beginning on October 19th.

What are the dates for the fall 2020 semester?

The fall semester will begin with remote instruction on August 31st, face-to face instruction will begin on October 19th, and the semester will end on December 11th.

How long will Immaculata be closed to the IU Community for returning to campus?

The physical campus will remain closed until October 16th. Immaculata will continue to follow the latest information released about COVID-19. These developments, and the management of virus conditions will help us to determine when it is safe for our IU community to return to campus. We look forward to welcoming everyone back as soon as possible.

Will there be any events or activities on campus this fall?

All public events and activities, except those that will be held virtually, are postponed for the first part of the semester, and will resume on October 19th. The guidelines from the CDC and the Pennsylvania Department of Health regarding group size and gatherings will be followed.

Will there be any changes in tuition and activity fees for the fall?

In light of the unprecedented circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the financial adjustments are as follows:

  • The Student Services Fee will be charged at 50% of the semester rate.
  • Room and Board will be charged for the time residential students are residing in the dorms.
  • A “COVID Credit” will be issued as follows:
    • CUS Students – 5% credit against the net tuition for the period we are exclusively online
    • CAPS and CGS Students – If you are taking less than 6 credits, you will receive a credit of $125; if you are taking six or more credits, you will receive a credit of $200.

Will there be athletics in the fall?

At this time, all varsity athletics have been postponed until spring 2021. Immaculata’s Division III athletic programs will be conducted in a manner consistent with CDC and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania recommended guidelines, along with NCAA and Atlantic East Conference best practices and recommendations.

Are visitors allowed on campus?

Visitors are permitted on campus by appointment only. While on campus, visitors are required to wear a mask and follow all University guidelines for social distancing.

Is IU still having a winter session?

Immaculata is scheduled to hold its usual winter session from December 14th -January 8th.

Is there any on-campus housing available for the fall?

Housing is restricted to sophomore, junior and senior nursing majors only. The Office of Residence Life and Housing will be in contact with assigned temporary campus housing for these students. No other students are permitted on campus.

Will I be able to access any buildings on the campus in the fall?

There will be no buildings open for general access until the campus reopens on October 16th.

What is the status of the fall 2020 semester?
Fall classes will begin on August 31st. The majority of courses scheduled in On-Campus, Virtual “Live” and Hybrid courses modalities will be offered fully online through October 18th. It is anticipated that On-Campus, Virtual “Live” and Hybrid courses modalities will begin on campus on October 19th. All other modalities will run as scheduled.

Has the fall 2020 academic calendar been finalized?
Yes. The updated fall 2020 academic calendar is available here.

In what modality will my classes be beginning the week of October 19th?
Please review your course schedule in SSIU (navigate to “Student,” “Registration,” “Student Schedule”), which indicates the modality your courses will be offered in for the remainder of the term. It is important that you check your course schedule on or after October 12th, as some class modalities may have changed or may be in different rooms than initially scheduled.

What is the difference between “remote synchronous” and “online” modalities?
Courses taught through remote synchronous delivery are those in which the professors host online lectures live and at the same time and same frequency as originally scheduled (see your course schedule in SSIU). Students are expected to login at those scheduled times to attend such classes.

Courses taught through the online modality employ such instructional resources as video lessons, reading or research assignments, or game-based learning tasks – as determined by the course faculty member – to provide instruction. Students view/review such materials in an asynchronous manner. Online classes provide students with a period of time to review/participate in class activities. The online learning modality may also encompass a wide variety of instructional interactions, including email exchanges, online discussion boards, breakout rooms, group projects, and other instructional materials and correspondence. Employing a wide range of tools to share content can deepen students’ understanding in this remote learning environment.

My course is virtual “live.” What does that mean?
On October 19th, students enrolled in Virtual “Live” courses will begin attending class both virtually and in the classroom, on an alternating schedule: meeting face-to-face one session and virtually the next.

Each student registered for a Virtual “Live” course will be notified directly via email by October 12th indicating which group they have been assigned to and given specific directions for which days/dates they should attend their course physically and which days/dates they will participate through the virtual connection. For virtual sessions, students will attend using virtual platforms (such as Google Meet) at the times and days listed in the fall course schedule.

The Virtual “Live” modality allows students to have the face-to-face experience while limiting the number of students in a classroom to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Will Academic Support Services be available on-campus?
Immaculata University will provide academic student support services through virtual meetings via MS Teams, Google Meet, Zoom, or other alternative modalities. However, the University is open for business and here to support your success. Students may request a face-to-face meeting, which will be scheduled in an alternate location that follows the CDC/PDE guidelines for social distancing (conference room, classroom, or outside).

When will the library be opening?
The Gabriele Library will reopen on Saturday, October 17th. Throughout the library, seating has been re-configured and plexiglass has been added to ensure your safety.

My instructor intends to teach my course synchronously. Can they shift the meeting time of the course?
No. All synchronously-taught courses are to follow the published spring semester class schedule. Doing so ensures that students enrolled in multiple courses avoid scheduling conflicts. Instructors can hold office hours at any time, but classes are expected to follow the published schedule. Please note: if you live outside of Immaculata’s time zone, remember that all scheduled course times follow the Eastern Time (ET) zone.

What should I do to prepare for online classes?
Your online courses will be facilitated through Immaculata University’s learning management system, Moodle. To support your academic success, Immaculata University provides instructional resources to guide you as you begin your courses. Many of these resources are available to you in the “Moodle Guide for IU Students,” which you can access in the Student Hub on Moodle (under the “Technology Resources” folder). New resources will be added regularly, so please check the Student Hub regularly for updates. New students will be introduced to Moodle through their new student orientation.

Who do I contact if I am having technical difficulty with my online course?

Immaculata University offers 24/7 technical support for Moodle and all systems on-campus. Students may contact the Immaculata University Support Center at (866) 767-9460.

How will I know what is going on with my classes?

Instructors will be keeping in touch with you. Check your Immaculata email everyday as that will be used for communication by your instructors and Moodle generated emails. You also can reach out to them if you have questions or concerns.

Undergraduate Students
Incoming first year undergraduate students should reach out to Dr. Jean Shingle, Dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies, jshingle@immaculata.edu. Current undergraduate students may contact their academic advisor.

Graduate Students
Graduate students can reach out to Sandra Rollison, Associate Dean of the College of Graduate Studies, srollison@immaculata.edu.

Will pass/fail grading options be available similar to the spring semester? Will dates change for add/drop or withdrawals?
Grading and course registration procedures will follow standard university policies.

Will there be any changes to grading policies for fall 2020?
No changes are planned.

Will my classes have final exams?
Immaculata University will not have a designated “finals week”; however, faculty members may choose to require a final assessment/exam within the scheduled time for the class. Please review your course syllabi to understand the assessments and assignments within each course.

Will professors still have office hours?
Yes. Faculty members will be available for virtual office hours. Students should take advantage of these as they navigate to online learning, engaging with and receiving support from their course instructors. Use the office hour times to ask questions about course material or how you are progressing in the class. Just as if you were on campus, you are encouraged to bring any questions you may have about your class to your course instructor: don’t wait!

What resources will be in place for advising and faculty office hours if I am studying from home?
Faculty members, academic advisers, and deans are all prepared to meet with students via MS Team and Google Meet during the fall semester.

Can I obtain my textbooks and course materials online?
Yes, course materials and textbooks can be ordered online at www.immaculatashop.com and shipped directly to your home. You can pay online with your credit/debit card, PayPal, or OneCard.

Will tutoring be available?
Yes, tutors will conduct tutoring sessions via MS Teams or Google Meet. Students may contact Brittanie Covatta at bcovatta@immaculata.edu for assistance.

How is Immaculata University ensuring that online instruction will be of the highest quality?
Immaculata’s Office of Academic Affairs has provided training or consultation to nearly 300 faculty members who will teach in the fall semester. Faculty members are modifying their courses to accommodate online instruction according to best pedagogical practices. Building on their experiences from the spring semester—and with the support of multiple workshops, discussions, and training—Immaculata University works to ensure that the content delivered online meets the student learning outcomes and adheres to all program accreditation standards.

What should I do if I am sick and am not able to participate or attend classes?
Immaculata University is committed to the health and well-being of all individuals on campus. To ensure a safe environment, students who have been exposed to, are experiencing symptoms of, or are ill due to COVID-19 should contact Elise Girard, Director of Student Health Services at 484-323-3500 or egirard@immaculata.edu. Students should also refer to the Student Class Attendance Policy and may also contact the Office of Learning Support Services to request temporary learning accommodations while self-quarantining.

Is there a COVID-19 Attendance Policy?
Yes. During this time, it is critical to adhere to public health protocols to prevent the spread of the virus.
A student who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider and refrain from attending classes. Symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, fever over 100 degrees, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, and/or new loss of taste or smell. Students who experience symptoms, test positive or receive a clinical diagnosis of COVID-19 should notify Elise Girard, Director of Student Health Services, egirard@immaculata.edu or ex: 3500, to facilitate next steps. Students will need to follow guidance as provided by Student Health Services.

If a student does not test positive, and is not experiencing any symptoms, but is quarantining as a preventative measure they should:

Email the Director of Academic Advising, Kate Commiskey (College of Undergraduate Studies & College of Adult Professional Studies) or Associate Dean (College of Graduate Studies), Sandra Rollison for additional support.

Review the COVID-19 Learning Accommodations policy and contact Executive Director of Learning Support Services, Jennifer Peruso with questions.

Students are responsible for completing any work missed due to illness, including assignments, quizzes, tests, and exams. Students who follow the processes outlined above will not receive a penalty for missing a class or a series of classes. Please note, students may still be required to complete all clinical, practicum, and internship hours as regulated by external agencies and accrediting bodies. All other non-COVID-19 related student absences are subject to policies as outlined in the Undergraduate Catalog and Graduate Catalog.

Will the use of face masks be mandatory for faculty, staff, and students?
Yes, anyone on campus in public spaces will be required to wear a mask.

How will the in-person classes be made safe for students? What will classes look like?
Upon the return to campus returning in-person classes, classes will look and operate differently from the way they have in the past because of the need for physical distancing and current classroom space.

Immaculata University will be holding any in-person classes at reduced capacity. Over the summer, facilities personnel moved chairs and tables to assume 6-feet distance between all students, installing safeguards and barriers where needed in offices and in the Library where students interact with staff, and creating signage to remind them of necessary precautions recommended by the CDC and the PA Department of Education.

Students, faculty and staff will be required to comply with specific health and safety protocols.

Masks/face coverings will be worn by all faculty and staff at all times in all public spaces.

Six-foot spacing in classrooms requires reduced in-person class sizes and/or rescheduling some classes for spaces large enough to support physical distancing. All classrooms will have restrictions on distance between the instructor and students.

Classrooms will be disinfected after each use, and high touch areas (i.e. restrooms, door handles, etc.) will be disinfected regularly. Disinfecting wipes will be provided in classrooms and other spaces for use by the occupants.

What is the university doing about study abroad programs for fall 2020?
All study abroad programs for the fall semester are suspended.

Is IU still planning on having a Winter Session?
Immaculata will offer a fully online winter session. Registration will begin in late October.

When will staff members be permitted back on campus?

A specific date has not been determined for all employees to return to campus. When permissible, employees working remotely will be able to return to their offices—this return to campus will be scheduled and staged. Prior to anyone returning to campus, approval from the area Vice President is required.

Are employees able to travel for University-related purposes?

Travel for University-related purposes is currently suspended. When safe travel can resume, only essential travel will be permitted and will require prior written approval by the appropriate Vice President.

Will offices be fully staffed while classes are conducted remotely?

Most offices will not be fully staffed while classes are conducted remotely. Those that are needed to be will have reduced on-campus staffing to ensure we are providing in-person service where necessary while providing a safe work environment for our employees and others who may be on campus.

Are there any resources available for health and well-being?

Health Advocate (our EAP – Employee Assistance Program) is a great resource that can provide wellness support in regard to COVID-19 or any other matter. This service is anonymous and be accessed by any employee at the following:

Phone – 866-695-8622
Email – answers@HealthAdvocate.com
Web – www.HeathAdvocate.com/members

Employees are encouraged to reach out to Human Resources if they have a particular situation that requires an accommodation or benefit concern.

What are the work expectations and guidelines?

All Immaculata employees are expected to comply with the protocols and guidelines as outlined in the Employee Return to Workplace Policy which can be accessed here.

What priorities will the Custodial Staff have for cleanliness and disinfecting common spaces?

  • Custodial Services will provide sanitizer and wipes in a common area of the office suites to help those who are required to be on campus to maintain their personal space.
  • Addressing issues of safety hazards within buildings
  • Cleaning and disinfecting common area high touch points (door handles, etc.)
  • Cleaning and disinfecting restrooms
  • Cleaning and disinfecting entrances and elevators
  • Cleaning disinfecting hallways and stairwells
  • Cleaning disinfecting laboratories and conference areas

Who do I notify if there is a need for me to come to campus?

Please notify your supervisor or the VP in your area if there is a need for you to be on campus. Any employee on campus is expected to wear a mask and follow social distancing protocols.

How will social distancing be practiced in offices/departments?

  • Departmental supervisors will be asked to determine how individual office space will be managed in an effort to actively practice social distancing and maintain the health/safety of all.
  • The University will decrease the number of staff on campus on any given day, ensuring that those who need to be on campus are socially distanced in their work areas.
  • Elevator access will be limited to one person at a time.
  • Faculty office hours and student advising has been transitioned to remote interaction (i.e. MS Teams and GoogleMeet).
  • All non-instructional meetings among faculty, staff, and students will be conducted remotely (i.e. MS Teams and GoogleMeet).
  • Clear space barriers have been installed in offices where in-person visits are required and for front-facing in-person service locations.
  • Signage has been installed across campus to encourage social distancing both inside buildings and outside.

 

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FACILITIES GUIDANCE

General

What are the university’s COVID-19 regulations?

https://www.immaculata.edu/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/

Where can I find the university updates for residential students returning to campus?

All residential students have been supplied with a Supplemental COVID-19 Guide.

What forms are required prior to return to campus?

COVID-19 related forms are required prior to students returning to campus: IU Pledge for Community Health, Alternate Housing Form (resident students).

Move-In

When is move-in day?

Move-in weekend is October 16th – 18th. Students will be assigned to an appointment according to their room location, on one of these three days regardless of class year.

Early drop-offs are available for students who would like to request them.

How many “helpers” are students permitted to bring to their move-in appointment?

1 helper per student. This individual may not switch with another during the course of the move-in appointment.

How long do students have to move-in?

2 hours, unless you have participated in early drop off

When will students receive my move-in appointment date and time?

On or around October 5th

Where do students report upon arrival?

Check-in is located in the Great Hall

Will carts be available?

Carts will not be provided during move-in, or any other shared equipment. Students are permitted to bring their own.

Health and Safety

Will there be COVID-19 testing on campus or temperature checks?

Students will not be asked to be tested prior to their arrival; Instead, students are to complete a pledge form detailing their experience in the previous two weeks.

Students must complete a self-monitoring checklist each day.

At this time, Immaculata University will not conduct daily temperature checks of faculty and staff at work locations. All members of the IU Community are asked to self-monitor by taking their own temperature each day.

Will the Bruder Center provide COVID-19 testing?

No, there will not be COVID_19 testing on campus. The Bruder Center can provide information on what steps students should take if they are concerned or would like to be tested.

Are students from states on PA’s quarantine list required to quarantine upon their arrival?

We are making arrangements for these students to arrive and quarantine for their first two weeks on campus.

Who do students notify if they have COVID-19 symptoms or a positive test?

Students who have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of, or are ill due to COVID-19 should contact Elise Girard, Director of Student Health Services at 484-323- 3500 or egirard@immaculata.edu immediately upon discovering. RLH will then ensure the student has a safe space to self-quarantine/isolate until further action is decided.

Does IU have space for quarantining on campus? How are these spaces equipped?

IU is providing quarantine spaces for students who require it. These rooms are equipped with basic toiletries, a mini fridge, and a microwave. Meals are delivered to students in quarantine or isolation. A list of suggested items to bring will be provided to any student needing to move into one of these spaces.

Has IU thought about the mental health of students who are in the residence halls and only have online classes and limited common/social spaces?

Counseling Services are provided as standard with additional virtual options. Additionally, they have provided a COVID mental health workbook since the summer.

We are providing a balance of engaging activities through the Office of Student Life virtually and in-person, and are encouraging the use of our extensive outdoor area.

The fitness centers in Alumnae Hall and the IHM Student Center will be available for continued use as well by appointment and walk-in’s respectively.

Academics

Can students choose to take all courses online for the remainder of the semester?

Communication from VP of Academic Affairs, Dr. Angela Tekely went out to students on Friday, 9/25/20 stating that as an option. There is a request form that needs to be completed and submitted by 10/2/20 to be considered.  Any questions regarding this should be directed to Dr. Tekely or Undergraduate Dean, Dr. Jean Shingle.

If a student were to come down with a fever or other mild COVID symptoms, would they have to miss 2 weeks of school or would they be able to view the class online?

This situation would fall into our isolation and quarantine protocols, and likely require a move to a specific identified room.

If the student is healthy enough to continue classes, accommodations could be made to continue classes from that room virtually for the period of time required.

This is encouraged and preferred.

Please refer to the Student Class Attendance Policy in the IU RTC Plan for specific procedures.

For COVID-19 Learning Accommodations contact Executive Director of Learning Support Services, Jennifer Peruso (jperuso@immaculata.edu).

Facilities | Visiting

What are the visiting restrictions in the residence halls?

No outside visitors are allowed in the residence halls. Resident students may visit other resident students.

Will they have to meet with and talk to outside guests?

Outside guests will not be permitted past the safety desks in each building. Only residential students will be permitted into the residence halls. Residents may meet their visitors outside.

What will the dining hall look like?

Capacity for seating has been reduced and only two people are permitted at each table. Plexiglas has been installed at each table to allow safety while individuals remove their masks to eat.  Masks should be worn at all times except when specifically eating.

All checkout registers will have customer-facing card swiping devices, and the use of ID cards, bank debit, and credit cards are encouraged to minimize cash handling.

There will also be significant grab-n-go options so that meals can easily be transported to other locations and outdoor seating will be encouraged.

The library will be an additional indoor overflow option, and additional seating will be added on Back Campus.

What will use of the fitness center in Alumnae Hall and the Student Center look like?

Alumnae- students will need to sign-up for a time and which station they would like to use.

Student Center- walk in’s will be allowed and must check in at the front desk and report what piece of equipment they would like to use. Limited to 1 hour on a piece of equipment.

Compliance

How will IU address off campus behavior and parties?

The Student Code of Conduct is in full effect along with additional standards and expectations that have been noted in each specific area of the University concerning COVID-19. You are responsible for complying with standards in all areas. Breeches of those COVID-19 standards and expectations will be handled through the same standard conduct process. The institution reserves the right to implement interim measures where health and safety of the University population are at risk.

Within Volume VI of Immaculata’s Non-Academic Student Life Policies off-campus behavior is eligible to be addressed through the institutions conduct system

How will IU address non-compliance with regulations on campus such as wearing masks?

Our hope is that everyone will help each other remember and follow all COVID-19 standards. Student Leaders, professional staff members and faculty will directly request that constituents do so, which should be followed.

Should an issue arise where there is consistent disregard for the standards a report may be filed and will be forwarded to HR for employees and the Associate Dean of Students for students.

COVID-19 Regulations

All residential students have been supplied with a Supplemental COVID-19 Guide.

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