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Spring 2021 Update:

We plan to expand the on-campus offerings for the spring semester, running Jan. 25 through April 30, 2021. Final exams will be administered May 4-7. There will be no spring break.

 To maintain recommended physical distance, approximately 900 students will be permitted to live in on-campus housing this spring. Housing sign-up will be first-come, first-served; information will be emailed to students and can be found at www.clarion.edu/housing.

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Dear Campus Community, 

I am excited to announce that we plan to Spring Back and expand the on-campus experience for the spring semester! That will include a combination of face-to-face, hybrid, remote learning and fully online, as well as increased student life and athletic opportunities. All information related to the spring semester is designed to provide a safe campus community and will be housed and updated at on this page.

Throughout the fall, we have continued to monitor national, state and local data related to COVID-19. Because of adherence to face covering and physical distancing requirements, a very low occurrence of the virus has been reported among the students who chose to live in on-campus housing this fall. Likewise, reported cases among employees and off-campus students have also been low. 

I thank our students and employees for their diligence. They have demonstrated the effectiveness of the safety measures, and they have set a precedent for responsible behavior. By continuing these practices, we are confident that Clarion University can safely increase the number of students who live on campus and return to a moderate level of face-to-face instruction while maintaining the low infection rate. We must remain vigilant, and we must be flexible, should the situation change.  

Following is information for the semester; details will be posted as they become available, so check the website often. 

Spring 2021 Calendar 

Registration for winter intercession and spring 2021 begins Monday, Nov. 2. The spring 2021 semester will run Jan. 25 through April 30. Final exams will be administered May 4-7. To minimize the risk of increased infections, there will be no spring break. 

Academics 

Classrooms have been set up for hybrid delivery, so if students do not feel comfortable taking classes in person, they may continue to learn remotely. Classes will fall under one of four categories: 

  • Face-to-face (F2F) – Course meets on campus on the days, times and room listed on your student schedule.   
  • Multimodal – Students choose to complete the course face-to-face or attend via Zoom at the scheduled time of the course. 
  • Live remote – Course meets online via Zoom on the days/times indicated on your student schedule. 
  • Online 100% - Course is entirely online.   

More information on course delivery methods.

Classrooms will be sanitized extensively and set up for proper physical distancing. Faculty have the option to provide instruction remotely, in whole or in part, and other employees whose work permits it will continue to work a partial remote schedule. 

If students have questions about the modality of their selected courses for spring 2021, we encourage them to reach out to their academic advisors, student success coaches in the Center for Student Outreach and Success Coaching, or department administrative staff. 

On-Campus Housing and Dining 

To maintain recommended physical distance, approximately 900 students will be permitted to live in on-campus housing this spring. Students choosing on-campus suites may opt for single occupancy rooms at no additional charge. Housing sign-up will be first-come, first-served; information will be emailed to students to notify them when the process will begin, and updates will be posted at www.clarion.edu/housing.  

Modified housing and dining policies will allow proper physical distancing and will accommodate students who need to isolate or quarantine. Learn more in the Residence Life Handbook and on the dining webpage.  

Student Life 

We are looking forward to having more activity on campus as we Spring Back.  The responsible behavior of our campus community makes it possible for us to allow more in-person events and activities in the spring semester. While event sizes will be limited by modified room capacities, there will be opportunities for gatherings to take place in Gemmell Student Center and in the residence halls. Our student organizations and community assistants are excited to connect more fully with our students. 

We are also excited to have our athletic teams back in action as our fall, winter and spring sports are planning to have on-campus competitions this spring. As always, our Recreation Center will be a place for our students to stay active, and we will expand dining options as well. More details will be shared when planning is complete. 

Testing 

Extensive COVID-19 testing protocols will be in place. The university will notify students about testing options, the timeline for testing, and how students will be cleared to be on campus. Students planning to live on campus, participate in any on-campus classes or events, or utilize any university spaces in the spring 2021 semester will be required to complete the testing protocols.   

As always, our priority is the health and safety of students and employees. Please keep in mind that plans could change should health and safety conditions warrant, and visit this page frequently for the latest information. We are confident that through implementing and adhering to these safe practices, we can have a successful spring semester. We are Golden Eagles, and we will soar. 

Wings Up! 

Dr. Dale 

 

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Academics   *UPDATED OCT. 27, 2020

The spring semester will run Jan. 25 - April 30, 2021. Final exams will be administered May 4-7. There will be no spring break.

View the Academic Calendar.

COURSE DELIVERY METHODS FOR SPRING 2021  

  1. Face-to-face (F2F) – course meets on campus on the days, times, and room listed on your student schedule.
  2. Online 100 percent - course is entirely online.
  3. Multimodal – students choose to complete the course face-to-face or attend via zoom at the scheduled time of the course.
  4. Live remote – course meets online via zoom on the days/times indicated on your student schedule.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS ON DELIVERY METHODS

This spring, courses will be offered using one of four delivery methods.  When searching for courses, you will be able to tell the type of delivery by the section code of the course.

  1. Face-to-face (F2F) – faculty will be teaching the class on campus on the days, times, and room listed and students are required to attend face-to-face.  The frequency of required face-to-face attendance will depend on room capacity issues related to COVID-19 physical distancing considerations. For example, faculty may divide the students into smaller groups that meet during alternating class periods.Course sections will be listed the same as previous semesters (ie. C01, C02, V01, P01).
  2. Online 100 percent - students complete the course entirely online.  No meeting days and times are scheduled.  Students complete coursework on their own schedule each week to meet assignment and testing deadlines specified by their professor.  Course sections will begin with a ‘W’ in the section code.  Online sections ending in W (ie. W01W are limited to students in online programs). This is also known as an asynchronous delivery class.
  3. Multimodal – combines face-to-face teaching and live remote.  Faculty will be teaching the class on campus on the days, times and room listed and students can attend face-to-face.  In addition, students who cannot be on campus can attend via zoom at the scheduled time of the course.    Assignments and other information may be presented in D2L. Course sections will begin with an ‘M’. The course note will indicate if the course is available asynchronously (ie. In person, live remote or web).
  4. Live remote – Students meet with the professor online via zoom on the days/times indicated on the schedule.  Assignments and other information may be in D2L.  Course sections will be listed as C01, C02, V01 etc.  Live remote courses will have a location of Live Remote and the course will include the days/times the course is offered.  Students should log into zoom to participate in the course at the time noted on your student schedule. This is also known as a synchronous delivery class.

If you need academic support, visit the Center for Access, Success and Achievement (CASA)

Questions? Please submit your questions to our COVID-19 Questions form and we will respond.

Housing / Dining   *updated oct. 27, 2020

Housing

New 2021 Spring housing assignments will be coordinated through phases that will begin Nov. 9.  We will be offering singles to the students that are currently living with us in the campus suites and also to those that wish to return campus housing in the on-campus suites at no additional charge.  Please visit www.clarion.edu/housing for more information and to find what process you should apply. We will also try to accommodate students to their fall 2020 assignments at Reinhard Villages where apartments have their own bedrooms and bathrooms.  

Students are not required to return to campus housing for the spring 2021 semester.  However, current freshmen will be required to return to campus housing for their sophomore year to fulfill the sophomore residency requirement for Fall 2021.  

Current residents can still cancel Spring housing without penalty.  Please complete the Contract Release Request and submit it to reslife@clarion.edu.

If you wish to live within campus housing for the spring 2021 semester, new living expectations are still in effect and can be found in our 2020-2021 Residence Life Handbook.  These expectations are for both residents who live in the campus suites as well as Reinhard Villages to keep our communities safe.  New policies include:

  • Outside guests are not permitted
  • Masks are to be worn outside of your room in the residence hall/apartment at all times
  • Physical distancing must take place
  • Common kitchens will be closed and only available through a key sign-out process
  • Study lounges will be limited with seating and physical distancing will be required
  • CDC quarantine guidelines need to be met if you or your roommate(s) show symptoms of COVID-19.

Dining

Dining venues will be open, although times and occupancy limits will be established for locations.  If a student needs to isolate or quarantine, we will make arrangements to deliver their meals to their door at their on-campus locations. Please visit the dining webpage  to learn more.

If you are returning to campus housing for the spring, your meal plan will stay the same as what you currently have for the fall and there is nothing you need to do.  If you want to change your meal plan for the spring, or if you will be new to living on campus for the spring, please complete a meal plan form with your preference. 

Questions? Please submit your questions to our COVID-19 Questions form and we will respond.

Transportation   *UPDATED OCT. 27, 2020

Current ATA bus schedule.

COVID-19 Information

The Area Transportation Authority of North Central PA (ATA) provides bus transportation for Clarion University Students and the community from Reinhard Villages to the Clarion University Campus and several locations throughout the Clarion Area including a stop close to the local Wal-Mart.  ATA has been proactive in initiating procedures to monitor cleaning and disinfecting of the buses it operates in response to COVID-19.  ATA has treated all of its buses with permasafe, a perpetual antimicrobial surface, and air protection system.  More information on permasafe and the ATA COVID Green Caution steps can be found here

Review the complete bus schedule for more information.  Questions should be addressed to the ATA customer service line at 1 866 282 4968 or on the web at www.RideATA.com.

Questions? Please submit your questions to our COVID-19 Questions form and we will respond.

Health and Wellness   *UPDATED OCT. 27, 2020

Clarion University will follow CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health guidelines.

COVID-19 screenings and testing

  • Center for Wellness will coordinate mandatory self-screening of students who plan to return to Clarion, either on or off campus, prior to their arrival.
  • Students, faculty and staff must self-assess for symptoms daily by using the CDC COVID-19 Self-screening Tool. This App can be downloaded by itself and is also located in the LiveSafe App.
  • COVID-19 testing protocols will be in place for the Spring Semester. On-campus students will be tested prior to move-in. Students will be randomly tested throughout the spring semester.
  • Students are 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.
  • Daily temperature checks are recommended prior to coming to campus or leaving your residence hall room. If a student in the Clarion area has a temperature of 100.4°F or greater they should quarantine themselves and call the Center for Wellness (2121) for further assessment. Employees should follow the guidelines set by Human Resources.
  • Center for Wellness will ensure that students exhibiting symptoms are:
    • Tested
    • Quarantined and/or isolated if needed
    • Monitored for physical and mental health status daily
    • Provided services and referrals as needed

Face masks

  • The university will provide two reusable masks for each student and employee that have not recieved their masks yet.
  • Masks are required unless individuals are alone in a room, eating, drinking or exercising, or when it interferes with required curricular activities.
  • Students who cannot wear a mask can request an accommodation through the office of Disability Support Services. Employees should contact Human Resources.

Physical distancing

  • Physical distance of six feet must be maintained between all individuals.
  • Physical distancing does not negate the need to wear a mask.
  • Common areas have been evaluated and arranged to meet physical distancing guidelines. These include:
    • Eagle Commons
    • Study lounges
    • Computer labs
    • Floor decals have been installed to promote physical distancing.

COVID-19 ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE INFORMATION

What does isolation mean?

Isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus (those who are sick with COVID-19 and those with no symptoms) from people who are not infected. People who are in isolation should remain at home or in a designated residence until it’s safe for them to be around others. In the home, anyone sick or infected should separate themselves from others by staying in a specific “sick room” or area and using a separate bathroom (if available).

What does quarantine mean?

Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay in their current residence or go home and separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from the Center for Wellness or their state or local health department.

Relating to COVID-19, what counts as close contact?

  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (touched, hugged, or kissed them)
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you

What happens if I am in contact with someone who has COVID-19?

  • Notify the Center for Wellness at 814 393 2121.
  • You will be asked to quarantine in your residence for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
  • You may get tested.
  • Watch for fever (100.4°F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19
  • If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.
  • Someone from the Center for Wellness will check in on you daily by phone, email, or text.

What happens if I test positive for COVID-19?

  • You will probably need to relocate (temporarily) to a designated area. Each case will be decided individually between the student, the PA Department of Health, and Clarion University.
  • If possible, stay away others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.
  • Watch for fever (100.4°F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately.
  • Someone from the Center for Wellness will check in on you daily by phone, email, or text.
  • Stay in a separate room from other household members, if possible.
  • Use a separate bathroom, if possible.
  • Avoid contact with other members of the household and pets.
  • Don’t share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils.
  • Wear a cloth face covering when around other people, if able.

What should I do if my roommate is isolated?

  • Notify the Center for Wellness at 814 393 2121.
  • You will be asked to either go home or stay in your residence for 14 days after your last contact with that person.
  • You may get tested.
  • Watch for fever (100.4°F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If possible, stay away others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.
  • Someone from the Center for Wellness will check in on you daily by phone, email, or text.

What should I do if my roommate is quarantined?

  • Notify the Center for Wellness at 814 393 2121.
  • You will be asked to either go home or quarantine in your residence for 14 days after your last contact with that person.
  • You may get tested.
  • Watch for fever (100.4°F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If possible, stay away others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.
  • Someone from the Center for Wellness will check in on you daily by phone, email, or text.

If I am isolated or quarantined, when can I be around others?

  • If you are quarantined and without symptoms, you should stay in your residence for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19 or your roommate who has been in contact with a person who has COVID-19.
  • If you are isolated with mild to moderate illness and are not severely immunocompromised, you may be around others after 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared, at least 24 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medication, AND your symptoms have improved.
  • If you tested positive and never developed any symptoms, you may discontinue isolation when at least 10 days have passed since the date of your first positive viral test.
  • If you had severe or critical illness or are severely immunocompromised you may be around others if at least 20 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared, at least 24 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications, AND symptoms have improved.

Questions? Please submit your questions to our COVID-19 Questions form and we will respond.

Student LIfe   *UPDATED Nov. 2, 2020

The University has taken many steps to be proactive and tend to the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff. Throughout the fall semester students, on both the Clarion and Venango campuses, have demonstrated their commitment and responsibility by being leaders in safe practices on campus and we will be incorporating more testing procedures and maintaining our current distancing and masking standards. 

This responsible behavior makes it possible for us to allow our students to engage in more in-person events and activities in the spring semester. Our Student Organizations and Community Assistants are excited to connect more fully with our students. While event sizes will be limited by modified room capacities, in addition to the Recreation Center, there will be opportunities for gatherings to take place in the Gemmell Student Center and the Residence Halls on the Clarion campus, as well as in the Rhoades Center on the Venango campus. We’re also excited to have our athletic teams back in action as our fall, winter and spring sports are all planning to have on-campus competitions this spring.

We will also be making more housing options available for students who choose to move back on the Clarion campus and we’ll be expanding dining options as well. We are also currently working with Chartwells to evaluate the feasibility of offering foodservice once again at the CrossRhoades Café.

We are looking forward to having more activity on campus as we Spring Back!

Student Organizational Questions

Will there be RSO & RUO events allowed?

Recognized Student Organizations and Recognized University Organizations are permitted to hold in person events which comply with University policies and CDC guidelines related to COVID-19. Organizations should submit space requests to Conference & Events via 25 Live and are required to put the event in CU and use the Check-In App to track attendees.  Please keep in mind that occupancy of rooms is reduced.  The 25 Live system is updated to show the new occupancy information for Gemmell and the Student Recreation Center.  These are the two buildings where RSOs and RUOs may put on programs indoors. 

Will Student Organizations be able to hold meetings in person?

Student Organizations are expected to still utilize video technology such as Zoom or Skype for meetings. This is consistent with how professional departments conduct their staff meetings. This also allows for us to maximize use of rooms for programs and events due to enhanced cleaning needs.

My Organization has an office. Will we be able to use our office?

Yes, you may use your office however adjusted occupancy may result in fewer people being in the space at the same time. Conference & Events staff has adjusted occupancy for offices in Gemmell and you will be required to provide Barb Funk in the Gemmell Main Office a copy of your up to date roster which may be sent to her at bfunk@clarion.edu. You will need to be signed in at the Information Desk and let into your office as no keys will be provided this fall. Office availability is subject to Gemmell Building and Information Desk hours.

If a group hosts an event, will attendees need to wear masks?

Yes all participants/attendees must wear a facemask and/or face shields, regardless of whether the event is indoor or outdoor. Students requesting a medical exemption for use of a face mask should contact Disability Support Services by call or text at 814-393-2095 related to documentation needed for a review.

Will attendees need to be physically distanced?

Yes, all participants/attendees should be six feet apart at all times regardless of whether the event is indoor or outdoor.

Can we have food at our events?

It is important to note that Chartwells has the “right of first refusal” when it comes to providing food at events occurring on campus. Therefore, it is important that requests to have food at a face to face events are included with the organization's space request in 25 Live. Generally speaking, student organization and other events with food will utilize pre-wrapped grab-&-go items only.

Is my RSO permitted to travel?

At this time, organizational travel is not permitted.

May we use a CSA Van for essential travel?

Due to the inability to follow CDC guidelines for physical distancing, ride-sharing in university vehicles will not be permitted. This means that only one person, the driver, may be in the vehicle at a time. The vehicle must be sanitized after each use. Van use will generally be if a group needs to use it to pick up programming items at Walmart.

Will there be Intramural Opportunities, Club Sports, or spirit & dance groups, including Cheerleading available this spring?

There will be no Intramural Opportunities involving physical contact. We will continue to feature a variety of activities on a multitude of platforms including video gaming, individual competitions and challenges. Club Sports, and all spirit groups, including Cheerleading, and dance groups will look different for spring, 2021 The inability to travel or have activities involving physical contact limits Club Sports, Cheerleading, and dance groups generally to non-contact and physically distanced training such as use of weight training, film study, and recruitment. Individual Club Sports, or other groups, should contact Ewing Moussa at emoussa@clarion.edu to discuss options related to recruitment of members, individual training plans, or other non-contact options. Spirit, Cheerleading, and dance groups also may recruit members, or create individual training plans.

Is my organization permitted to have posters to advertise events?

Yes, you may still provide copies to office such as in Gemmell, Residence Life, and the Carlson Library to have posters hung. Please follow physical distancing guidelines and wear a mask when dropping off your flyers. Use of CU Connect for advertising or via our TV station, channel 50, would also be a great way to advertise. Contact Todd Spaulding at tspaulding@clarion.edu with questions.

My organization hosts events with outside groups. Are we still able to partner on these programs?

No. Organizations are not permitted to host events with outside groups.

Can my organization table in areas across campus?

Tabling is permitted with physical distancing. Groups may only have two (2) people at their table. Conference and Events staff will discuss individual tabling plans to ensure measures are adhered to related to health and safety.

Will my organization still use the Check-In App for tracking attendance at outdoor events?

Yes, organizations are asked to use the Check-In App to track face-to-face attendance at events. This will not only help you with data about who attends your events and help CSA track overall attendance but also provides information for contact tracing in the event an attendee tests positive for COVID-19. Organizations should also track attendance for virtual events through Zoom or other platforms. CU Connect may be used to create an RSVP list for you to assist with the planning of your event and tracking attendees virtually. Please contact Todd Spaulding at tspaulding@clarion.edu with questions related to RSVP through CU Connect. 

What happens if my organization violates policies related to distancing, use of masks, and/or exceeding occupancy?

If documented, RSO and RUO conduct policies would apply. In general, Student Conduct and Community Development staff would work with your organization to host events safely depending on the nature of the violation. More substantial conduct action could be possible for an organization and/or members depending on the type of issue or for repeated issues. As always, organizations are responsible for their attendees. This includes use of facial coverings and physical distancing.

 

Gemmell Student Center Questions

Will Gemmell have food when I return in January? 

Yes, Gemmell and Co, formerly Sono, will be available as a food option in Gemmell.  Gemmell and Co will be open Monday through Friday.  Please look for updates on hours from Dining Services.  Hours may change dependent on numbers of students coming to campus for spring 2021.  This food services option will be a pick-up spot for Boost ‘to go’ food.  Please see information from Dining Services related to Boost.  Menu items may vary and are subject to availability.

We are also currently working with Chartwells to evaluate the feasibility of offering foodservice at the Gemmell food court.

Will I be able to come to Gemmell just to sit and relax?

Yes you may be inside the Gemmell Student Center but are required to wear a mask and physical distance even when seated.

You are going to find much less available furniture for use while the building is open. Available furniture has been arranged to provide physical distancing. Students also should not move furniture in the building.  Furniture has been pre-set by Conference & Events Staff to attempt to conform with physical distancing.

You can expect to see hand sanitizer stations for your use in the building and expect indicators on floors related to physical distancing and/or directional indicators for flow of traffic. Please report empty sanitizer stations to any of the office personnel in the building who will be in touch with Facilities to have those units refilled.  

Are building hours changing in Gemmell and will staff be there each day?

Yes, Gemmell building hours are changing due to efforts to lower the density of those on campus.  Gemmell will be open from 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM (Monday – Friday). Weekend hours for Gemmell are currently TBD.   

You will find those specific employees may not be available all five days of the week in person as we try to provide distancing for employees.  Days available in person will be indicated and the staff will be available remotely if not physically available.  Meetings with the Assistant Directors and Director of Student Engagement and Development will be held via Zoom.

The Information Desk will have adjusted hours based on building availability. 

Hours for the mailroom for on campus students may be adjusted related to physical distancing for student workers in the mailroom.  Hours for the mailroom will be posted.

Use of the Resource Room will continue however students will use the following online form to order items and will be called or emailed for contactless pick-up at the building. Please go to https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?ClarionUniv&layout_id=37 to place your order.

Will laptops still be available at Gemmell and equipment to connect to projectors in Gemmell meeting rooms?

Yes, those items will be available at the Gemmell Information Desk.  Equipment will be sanitized following use and students signing out those items will need to follow all safety protocols.

Are commuter student lockers still available?

Yes, stop by the Gemmell Information Desk or Main Office to sign out a locker.  Locker users will be distanced so availability may be limited.  Please also remember the modified building hours for Gemmell.

Are Racquetball Courts available for student use as well as complimentary equipment at the Information Desk?

Racquetball Courts are closed to student and non-student use and complimentary equipment will be stored for future use.

May we use the Dance Studio in Gemmell?

The Dance Studio will not be available for use during spring, 2021 due to an inability to regulate physical distancing in that space.  

Will PSECU be open & what about the ATM’s? 

ATM’s on the first floor by the Rotunda are currently available during normal hours at Gemmell.  PSECU hours will remain the same operating from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday through Thursday and from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM on Friday.  Staffing may be different.

Will the kiosk for Eagle Dollars be functioning in Gemmell?

Yes, the kiosk in Gemmell which is located in the lower rotunda of the building is available when the building is open.

 

Venango FAQ

Will in person RSO events be allowed?

Recognized Student Organizations will be permitted to hold in person events which comply with University policies and CDC guidelines related to COVID-19. Organizations should submit space requests to Conference & Events via 25 Live, are required to put the event in CU CONNECT and to use the Check-In App to track attendance.  Please keep in mind that occupancy of rooms is reduced.  The 25 Live system is updated to show the new occupancy information.

The use of the Check-In App applies to face-to-face events, regardless of whether they occur on or off campus. The Check-In App not only helps you, and CSA, with data about who attends your events, but it also provides information for contact tracing in the event an attendee tests positive for COVID-19. Organizations should also track attendance for virtual events through Zoom or other platforms. CU CONNECT can also be used to create an RSVP list to assist with the planning of your event and tracking attendees virtually. Please contact Todd Spaulding at tspaulding@clarion.edu with questions related to CU CONNECT or the Check-In App. 

Also, please keep in mind that the ability of organizations to hold in person events is contingent upon health and safety factors related to the Coronavirus Pandemic and additional event restrictions may be imposed as conditions warrant.

Will Student Organizations be able to hold meetings in person?

Student Organizations are expected to continue to utilize video technology such as Zoom or Skype for meetings. This is consistent with how professional departments conduct their staff meetings. This also allows for us to maximize use of rooms for programs and events due to enhanced cleaning needs.

If an organization hosts an event, will attendees need to wear masks?

Yes all participants/attendees must wear a facemask and/or face shields, regardless of whether the event is indoor or outdoor. Students requesting a medical exemption for use of a face mask should contact Disability Support Services by call or text at 814-393-2095 related to documentation needed for a review.

If an organization hosts an event, will attendees need to be physically distanced?

Yes, all participants/attendees should be six feet apart at all times regardless of whether the event is indoor or outdoor.

Can organizations have food at events? 

It is important to note that Chartwells has the “right of first refusal” when it comes to providing food at events occurring on campus. Therefore, requests to have food at a face to face events must be included with the organization's space request in 25 Live. Generally speaking, student organization and other events with food will utilize pre-wrapped grab-&-go items only. The University is currently working with Chartwells to evaluate the feasibility of resuming general foodservice operations at the CrossRhoades Café.

Is my organization permitted to have posters to advertise events?

Yes, you may resume hanging posters on public posting bulletin boards. Please follow physical distancing guidelines and wear a mask when hanging off your posters. Use of CU Connect for advertising is also be a great way to advertise. Contact Todd Spaulding at tspaulding@clarion.edu with questions.

Can my organization table in areas across campus?

Tabling is permitted with physical distancing. Groups may only have two (2) people at their table. Conference and Events staff will discuss individual tabling plans to ensure measures are adhered to related to health and safety.

My organization hosts events with outside groups. Are we still able to partner on these programs?

No. Organizations are not permitted to host events on campus with outside groups.

Is my organization permitted to travel?

At this time, student organizational travel is not permitted.

Can my organization use a CSA Van for essential travel?

Due to the inability to follow CDC guidelines for physical distancing, ride-sharing in university vehicles will not be permitted. This means that only one person, the driver, may be in the vehicle at a time.  The vehicle must be sanitized after each use. Van use will generally be if a group needs to use it to pick up programming items. 

Will there be an opportunity to use athletic equipment in Rhoades?

No. The Rhoades gymnasium, as well as the fitness center, will remain closed for the spring semester.  Students interested in on-line gaming can contact Hayden Thorpe, Interim Coordinator of Recreation Services, at hthorpe@clarion.edu regarding the Geex platform.

What happens if my organization violates policies related to distancing, use of masks, and/or exceeding occupancy?

If documented, student organization conduct policies would apply. In general, Student Conduct and Community Development staff would work with your organization to host events safely depending on the nature of the violation. More substantial conduct action could be possible for an organization and/or members depending on the type of issue or for repeated issues. As always, organizations are responsible for their attendees. This includes use of facial coverings and physical distancing.

Questions? Please submit your questions to our COVID-19 Questions form and we will respond.

Intercollegiate Athletics   *UPDATED OCT. 27, 2020

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, in conjunction with the NCAA, Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) and Mid-American Conference (MAC), is in the process of finalizing competition schedules for Spring 2021. PSAC men's and women's basketball and volleyball competitions are set to begin in mid-January, while men's and women's swimming and diving, women's track & field and wrestling are also set to begin in January. Traditional spring sports as well as traditional fall sports (other than volleyball) are set to begin in March.

Questions? Please submit your questions to our COVID-19 Questions form and we will respond.

Campus Recreation   *UPDATED OCT. 27, 2020

Q: Will the recreation center be open?

A: The recreation center will be open to students, faculty, and staff only and will operate at a much smaller capacity. Students must have their student ID to use the recreation center. The cardio area will be limited to 14 users at once, while the weight room will only allow 20 users at once. The track will be closed and there will be no sports on the courts.

Q: Will masks be required in the recreation center?

A: Masks must be worn at all times in the building. Students may only remove their masks while actively using cardio equipment and are required to have them on as soon as they're off any cardio machine.

Q: Will there be intramural activities?

A: The recreation center will be hosting intramural activities that are safe and adhere to social distancing guidelines. Activities will feature esports through a gaming platform. Other activities will feature live gaming events, mini golf, and various other activities.

Questions? Please submit your questions to our COVID-19 Questions form and we will respond.

Student Financial Services   *UPDATED Nov. 2, 2020

Spring 2021 Fees 

Overall Plan

  • If you have ANY F2F classes you pay the student center fee.
  • If you are taking ALL Multi Modal classes, you pay 50% of the student center fee and if you want to use the Rec Center you have to have it added to your account.
  • Anyone living on campus will be charged the student center fee and Rec Center fee.
  • Online student only pay the online fees.
  • No Change to the Student Fee 
  • No Change to Venango Fee
  • No change to instructional support, tech fee and specialty fees
  • No parking fees but we’ll ask students to register their vehicles online

 

Student Activity Fee

  • To be determined based on discussions with CSA

Campus Communications   *UPDATED OCT. 27, 2020

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.

Spring 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

October 27, 2020 - Message to the campus community

Contact
Tina Horner
thorner@clarion.edu
814 393 2653

Questions? Please submit your questions to our COVID-19 Questions form and we will respond.

Employees   *UPDATED OCT. 27, 2020

As we strive to keep everyone healthy and safe, you may encounter some resistance to protocol. Confrontation is a normal part of life, but the steps you take to manage the confrontation can enhance communication and produce a desirable outcome. We encourage employees to practice the Four 'E's of Communication – Engage, Explain, Encourage and Enforce -- when faced with non-compliant behavior.

10/27/2020 Employee Communication

Remote work will continue to be a means of decreasing employee density on campus in all work areas where remote work is possible. The University must continue to maintain lower employee density on campus.  Employees are expected, where possible to continue to work remotely and schedules in work units should continue to be structured to reduce the number of employees in the workplace each day, and on days when working on site reporting to work, taking meal breaks and leaving work at the same time.

Department managers should, as needed, will continue to work with the appropriate vice president to manage 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.

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.

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 has been equipped with shields, floor decals and doorway devices to provide protection and distancing compliance for employees and students. Departments with additional needs should contact Facilities Management for assistance; extension 2361 or https://www.clarion.edu/about-clarion/offices-and-administration/facilities/facilities-planning-and-management/workorderrequest.html

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

Employees are advised to inform a supervisor, Human Resources 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.

Spring 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.

As we strive to keep everyone healthy and safe, you may encounter some resistance to protocol. Confrontation is a normal part of life, but the steps you take to manage the confrontation can enhance communication and produce a desirable outcome. We encourage employees to practice the Four 'E's of Communication – Engage, Explain, Encourage and Enforce -- when faced with non-compliant behavior.

Watch: What to Expect When Returning to Work for Commonwealth Employees

Questions? Please submit your questions to our COVID-19 Questions form and we will respond.

PASSHE Expectations for Employees, Students and Visitors

Clarion University will follow Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education's University Operational Framework closely as we implement plans for spring 2021. The document outlines expectations for employees, students and visitors to campus.

In addition to periodically checking the Spring 2021 page for updates related to the University’s operational plan, parents and supporters of Clarion University students are strongly encouraged to join the Clarion University Parent 2 Parent Portal: http://clarionuniversity.campusesp.com/

You can register in the Portal and create an account by using an email, Facebook, or Linkedin account. Once your account is created, you can sign up for “Communities” that interest you. All new members are automatically included in the “Clarion University News” Community, so you never miss out on an important University updates.

Questions about the Portal can be directed to the Parent & Family Services staff at parents@clarion.edu

Last Updated 11/2/20