Can students visit home over weekends during the semester?
It is discouraged in the Health and Safety plan, but if necessary, we ask that they adhere to the plan expectations such as washing hands, using masks and social distancing. If a student must leave campus overnight, we ask that you notify your Prefect or Residence Hall Director.
I need to go home for a family emergency. Will I be allowed to come back to campus right away? Will I need to self-isolate before or upon returning?
Students leaving campus during the semester and traveling to a state on the Pennsylvania list recommending quarantine will need to self-isolate upon returning to campus for 14 days or have a negative COVID-19 test result after returning.
What is there going to be for me to do on campus this semester with so many limitations in place?
Clubs will still be active, Residence Life will have programs, the Activity Programming Board is planning events and the Orientation Team will be engaging and welcoming freshmen throughout the first five weeks of classes. These activities will vary from being outdoors, in large indoor spaces or online as virtual events.
What will happen if I break one of the COVID-19 rules?
Being on campus requires following the guidelines in the Health and Safety Plan. Willful, repeated, or reckless disregard for these rules may result in dismissal from campus.
When, where and how will clubs meet?
Clubs can meet outdoors, in scheduled indoor spaces that allow social distancing in groups of 25 or fewer, or virtually. The usual club requirements will be adjusted in acknowledgment of the difficulty in meeting them due to COVID-19 restrictions, so club funding won't be affected.
Will there still be club and intramural sports?
Decisions are still being finalized about how to appropriately conduct club sports and intramurals in light of relevant conference memberships and the need to maintain social distancing.
Will there be Cotillion?
Cotillion is a spring event, so no decision is being made about that event at this time.
Will the Orientation Committee continue with the practice of unloading and moving-in freshmen to their residence halls?
The Orientation Committee members will be present to guide our new students through the arrival and move-in process, and while they will not be unloading or carrying items this year due to COVID-19, bins on wheels will be provided for transporting belongings from students’ vehicles to their new rooms.
If someone is not wearing a mask, how will that be addressed? What happens if someone refuses to wear a mask?
Everyone must have a cloth face covering with them at all times on campus. Wearing a cloth face covering is required to enter any campus building and be worn properly, covering the nose and mouth, in all indoor public spaces and outdoors where physical distancing cannot be sustained. Persons not wearing a cloth face covering following the Health and Safety Plan will be asked to put one on, and if they refuse, they will be immediately escorted off campus.
My significant other attends another College or University... may (s)he visit me in my residence hall, and may I visit her/him?
For the fall semester, visitors are not permitted in the halls.
Will the dining hall still be all-you-can-eat?
Yes, except for the to-go meals.
I am concerned about the inability to socially distance in any way in the Shack, particularly during lunch and dinner. Can there be changes made to the food-serving, waiting and seating procedures?
The Shack will be available by mobile order only (students will be receiving information about the app soon) and students will notified when their order is ready for pick-up. Traffic for Shack pick-ups will be one-way and the door closest to the Shack will be exit only. Mobile ordering and remote pickup will also be available through the Café and remote ordering through the Barista.
All dining areas will be restricted to students only. Seating capacity will be reduced by 50 percent in accordance with CDC guidelines. Additional seating areas will be offered, with signage and safety ambassadors clearly communicating operational enhancements for the best possible guest experience. Students are asked to help remind one another, as well.
Why can’t we have any breaks during the semester?
As a proactive measure to limit the number of times our students may be traveling on breaks and then returning to campus, we are forgoing all breaks and will have 14 continuous weeks of instruction. Fall semester finals will now be completed before Thanksgiving, at which time we will break until the winter 2021 semester.
Will the new social distancing procedures affect operations in the Community Center Dining Hall? How will you be able to limit the number of patrons in there during peak hours while taking class schedules into consideration?
All dining areas will be restricted to students only, and seating capacity will be reduced by 50 percent in accordance with CDC guidelines. Additional seating areas will be offered, and mobile ordering and remote pickup will be available. The hours in the cafeteria have been expanded to 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. With a limited capacity, only so many students will be allowed in the dining hall at one time. When the dining hall reaches capacity, students may be asked to wait to enter. Therefore, we encourage students to take advantage of the extended dining hours as schedules permit and to utilize the app for mobile to-go ordering.
Will students be able to take part in field trips, community service and other school-sanctioned, off-campus events?
Student, faculty, and staff travel funded by Saint Vincent is limited to essential activities (determined by the school dean or member of President’s Cabinet) and only allowed to domestic locations in regions without communal spread of COVID-19. Professional development via virtual conferences is encouraged and will be approved through the normal processes. Field trips for particular classes will depend on the ability to transport the group with appropriate distancing.
Will the gym/weight room be open? What are the procedures for cleaning/disinfecting?
The weight room will be cleaned by FMO or a designated staff member prior to opening each day. Users must also wipe down equipment/machines before and after using them. Cleaning of equipment/weights must be enforced by staff members working throughout the day. At approximately halfway through open hours, the facility will close for one hour for another cleaning. The weight room, along with locker rooms and the athletic training room, shall be fumigated multiple times per week. Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the facility for use before, during and after workouts.
How will the restrictions impact Campus Ministry?
Campus Ministry will offer masses face-to-face in the Chapel with seating to accommodate physical distancing. Masses will also be live-streamed so they can be viewed anywhere. Eucharist will be offered after each Mass so that those who attend virtually from other parts of campus may receive Holy Communion.