Cabrini preparedness update (July 24, 2020):
The COVID-19 Task Force and institution’s senior leadership have developed more detailed resources surrounding returning to campus in anticipation of the fall 2020 semester, including reference guides that highlight key points for employees and for students.
Developed to be as flexible as possible, this plan offers multiple options to meet the various needs and preferences of all our students while prioritizing the health and wellness of the entire Cabrini community.
These unprecedented times have called for us to work together as a community to ensure the safe and appropriate delivery of the robust Cabrini experience. Adherence to these guidelines and protocols by the entire Cabrini community is important to maintaining not only our health and wellness, but also that of the greater public—a priority that serves as reflection of the Cabrinian spirit and Mother Cabrini’s legacy of caring for others.
See President Taylor's July 24 update in its entirety.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with local and state health departments, are closely monitoring the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new strain) coronavirus (named 2019-nCoV or COVID-19) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, and which continues to expand. Chinese health officials have reported thousands of infections with COVID-19 in China, including outside of Hubei Province. Infections with COVID-19 are also reported in a growing number of international locations, including the United States.
The University is monitoring the novel coronavirus outbreak closely. Coronaviruses are a large, very common, family of viruses. They can be mild like a cold, or more severe like Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV). Human coronaviruses spread just like the flu or a cold—through the air by coughing or sneezing; through close personal contact, like touching or shaking hands; by touching an object or surface with the viruses on it; and occasionally, through fecal contamination.
Although we are monitoring the spread of COVID-19, health experts everywhere acknowledge the risk of transmission remains low when proper procedures are in place.
To continue to keep yourself healthy and well, follow these tips:
- Use good hand hygiene: Wash hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Limit the spread of germs and illness: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve or elbow. Avoid sharing food, drinks, utensils, cups, vapes/JUULs, etc. Clean surfaces frequently, such as countertops, light switches, cell phones and other frequently touched areas.
- Stay home if you are feeling unwell. If you are not feeling better after 24 hours, seek medical guidance. Call Health Services (610.902.8400) or your primary care provider.
- If you become unwell following travel, call Health Services (610.902.8400), 1.877.PA.HEALTH (1.877.724.3258), or your primary care provider or emergency room for guidance.
- If traveling and feeling unwell, seek medical care. International SOS or your health insurance can be a good source of information regarding accessing care.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever; shortness of breath; cough; and fatigue.
Visit our updated message (July 24, 2020) from President Donald B. Taylor, PhD, surrounding the campus's fall 2020 plans and ongoing COVID-19 mitigation efforts.
The health and well-being of the members of the Cabrini community is always our priority.
The University has been monitoring the COVID-19 spread closely, following the guidelines from the CDC and working with state and local public health experts to ensure that the University community is protected.
Updated April 24, 2020:
As spring marches on and we look to summer, the Cabrini community and people throughout the nation remain steadfast in our resolve to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Cabrini continues to make institutional decisions with the health and wellness of our community members as our top priority. We continue to follow the guidelines provided to us by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), by the World Health Organization (WHO), and by state and local government and public health officials. We continue to follow Governor Wolf’s orders while continuing to deliver on our mission to provide an Education of the Heart—working remotely, moving to online-only instruction, offering engagement and educational opportunities virtually—and keep a hopeful and watchful eye on the impact of the mitigation efforts and the Governor’s plans for a “gradual reopening” when it is safe to do so.
We at Cabrini know the impact of this pandemic runs deep and wide, and we want to help. In addition to the President’s updates and updates at cabrini.edu/coronavirus and our resource repository at cabrini.edu/covidresources, the following information might be helpful as we navigate these unprecedented times.
Refunds and credits: Cabrini will be providing prorated credits and/or refunds for room and board expenses and other incidentals. We are working diligently to determine the process and guidelines to apply these credits equitably and accurately to the affected students. Many of these details are governed by strict regulations from the Federal and State Departments of Education, with which we are working to ensure we are in compliance during these unprecedented circumstances. In the end, it is the objective of the University to provide the fairest credit to each student affected. We expect to have clarity shortly, and will provide an update next week.
Residence hall move-out: As per the April 17 message from Dean of Students Stephen Rupprecht that went out to all resident students, Residence Life staff have planned a move-out process when we can safely do so. More information will be sent once the Governor relieves strict mitigation procedures and allows campus access to others beyond essential personnel.
Mail/packages: If you have a recurring order set up with a vendor who will deliver your package(s) to the Cabrini mailroom, please put a stop to the order or forward these packages to your current address. Packages and mail will not be available for pickup until residence hall move-out, which can only be conducted once the Governor relieves the strict mitigation procedures that currently grant campus access to essential personnel only.
Book return: If you rented books from Follett (Campus Store), please see this Campus Store-provided PDF with more information on book return. Students may not come to campus to return their books. Students should follow the instructions for printing a label for returning their books. Emails will be sent to all students who rented books to remind them about returning the books and to provide instructions on how to print the label to do so.
Fall 2020 instruction: Unfortunately, we are unable to make a decision on the modality of fall 2020 at this time. The health and well-being of the Cabrini community is always our utmost priority, and subsequently, the University is preparing to offer our distinct, high-quality Cabrinian education in any modality come fall 2020, in adherence with guidelines and best practices from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state mitigation procedures.
We will be prepared and hope to resume face-to-face classes in the fall, and we are preparing all fall 2020 course offerings to be offered in an online-only modality, should such a contingency be necessary.
We will continue to provide regular updates and will announce our plan for fall 2020 as soon as we are able to make a decision.
I know these times are like nothing we’ve ever seen before. I know this is not the spring semester anyone had hoped for or imagined. But I also know the strength and resiliency of the Cabrini community. I know that our community has found peace and grace in discovering new ways to connect, to take care of one another, and to serve others.
See President Taylor's April 24 update in its entirety.
Updated April 8, 2020:
As spring blooms around us and we enter Easter Weekend, we remain vigilant, both personally and as a community, in following best practices to prevent the spread of any illness, but particularly COVID-19.
We hope the long Easter weekend holds some much-deserved rest, but we ask that we continue to be steadfast in our precautions, that we continue to follow the guidelines provided to us by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), by the World Health Organization (WHO), and by state and local government and public health officials. Governor Wolf has instituted stay-at-home orders and, now, has requested we wear masks when going out to public places. We will continue to work remotely, to offer online-only instruction, to provide engagement and educational opportunities offered remotely, and to heed the call to do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Though we cannot be together physically, let us unite in providing protection and doing our part to maintain good health, for ourselves and for one another. Let us find strength in community, and find ways to do our part to reflect the light of what is good in dark times. Let us reflect the Cabrinian spirit.
As the impact of this pandemic ripples through our community, it affects us all. While the challenges set before us as a result of COVID-19 mitigation measures are individual and unique to each situation, the solutions are discovered when we come together. The Cabrini community is here for you. If you cannot find the information or assistance you need at cabrini.edu/coronavirus or cabrini.edu/covidresources, please reach out to email@example.com.
See President Taylor's April 8 update in its entirety.
Updated April 3, 2020:
As COVID-19 mitigation efforts progress and Governor Wolf extends stay-at-home orders, the Cabrini community continues to move forward in adherence with social distancing guidelines and best practices for preventing the spread of any illness. We continue to monitor the situation and plan accordingly, always utilizing the most up-to-date information and always with the health and wellness of the Cabrini community and beyond as our top priority.
The March 27 update included an announcement surrounding the closure of residence halls being extended through the end of May. As a reminder, all instruction will take place in an online-only modality through the end of the semester.
We recognize the impact the campus closure may have, and we’re here to help. We continue to add to cabrini.edu/covidresources as a repository of available resources. Should your concern not be addressed within that information, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Campus will remain closed to all but essential personnel until it is announced that Governor Wolf’s stay-at-home mitigation procedures have been lifted. Once mitigation procedures are lifted, we will work with students and their families to schedule times to safely access campus and retrieve the rest of their belongings.
Hybrid and face-to-face Summer I courses (beginning May 18) will be conducted in an online-only format through the end of May, given that Cabrini’s campus is closed due to mitigation procedures. More information on class modality for the full duration of Summer I will be available by June 1. Online-only Summer I offerings will be conducted in their proposed format for the full duration of Summer I, as would normally occur.
The March 27 update also included an announcement surrounding the postponement of an in-person Commencement until a proposed date of August 8. Graduates will receive materials through the mail, and an in-person Commencement Kick-Off (originally scheduled for Wednesday, April 15) has been canceled. Events during Senior Week (May 11-17) will take place virtually, and other in-person events, such as the Who’s Who Recognition Brunch, Graduation Mass, and Hooding Ceremony, have been canceled.
More information surrounding Commencement, including the virtual conferral of degrees on May 17 and the in-person ceremony being planned for August 8, is available at cabrini.edu/commencement.
Updated March 27, 2020:
As of the start of this week, campus has been closed to all but essential personnel, and the online-only course modality began in full. This online-only instruction will continue through the end of the semester.
As protocols surrounding COVID-19 mitigation continue to evolve, Cabrini has continued to monitor the situation and adjust accordingly. Although we’ve had to make some difficult decisions, we do so with the health and wellness of the entire Cabrini community as our top imperative.
In keeping with this prioritization of good health and the mitigation of COVID-19, residence halls closed through the end of the spring semester (through May 31). We will continue to evaluate when we might safely reopen campus, and will provide an update prior to June 1.
Once mitigation procedures are lifted, we will work with students and their families to schedule times to access campus and retrieve the rest of their belongings. More information on that process will come from Residence Life.
We recognize the impact the campus closure may have, and we’re here to help. If your current off-campus housing situation is temporary or uncertain, if residing off-campus is causing food insecurity, if you’re having trouble accessing your online courses, or if you need help in any way, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Campus remains closed to all but essential personnel until the mitigation procedures in Delaware County are lifted. Employees who are able should continue to work remotely, as business operations are continuing. All essential employees should access campus through the Upper Gulph Road entrance.
Given the restricted hours of Cabrini’s Mail Room as dictated by the campus closure, students should forward their mail if possible. Please reach out to the United States Postal Service (USPS) directly to have your mail forwarded.
The University will offer impacted students partial or prorated credits and/or refunds for room, board, and other incidental fees. We need to work with appropriate federal and state financial aid agencies (U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid, Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, etc.) before we can determine what those adjustments will be. We expect we will be able to provide more information toward the end of April.
As we follow guidelines on social distancing provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), all on-campus events originally scheduled in the spring semester have been canceled, postponed, or made virtual. Cabrini’s Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement Exercises, originally scheduled for Sunday, May 17, 2020, will be postponed to ensure everyone’s health and safety. An in-person Commencement ceremony is being scheduled for Saturday, August 8, and Cabrini will host a virtual conferral of degrees and celebration of our graduates’ achievements on May 17. More information on this will be forthcoming and will be available on cabrini.edu/commencement.
Please continue to check cabrini.edu/coronavirus and cabrini.edu/covidresources for information and resources related to this ongoing public health issue. Should you have any questions not clarified in those resources, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated March 23, 2020:
Today marks the start of Cabrini’s completely online class modality, and while this is not the spring semester anyone expected, the Cabrini spirit will continue to move our community forward.
The impact of this pandemic ripples through our entire community, affecting our students and families, our faculty and staff, and our alumni and friends, in ways that are just beginning to show.
As you begin your online-only instruction, we’re bolstering our resources to ensure a smooth transition. We continue to update cabrini.edu/covidresources as a repository of information. Additionally, the Campus Store is providing several offers that may help you access learning materials and online resources. Find out more on the Campus Store page on cabrini.edu.
Faculty and Staff
While I know you are impacted by the restrictions put into place with regard to campus accessibility, we are here for you. We ask that employees work remotely if they are able, and we continue to update cabrini.edu/covidresources as a repository of information and available resources for working remotely. Additionally, we will soon have additional resources accessible via the Cabrini Portal.
As we facilitate our students’ transition to an online-only modality, we remain committed to supporting them and each other as we navigate these extraordinary times. If you need to access campus for an emergency situation, please contact Brian Eury in the President’s Office.
Please reach out to your manager, email@example.com, or to the Office of Human Resources with any questions or concerns.
Cabrini continues to monitor the situation, and will provide updates as they are available. Additional updates on events and campus accessibility will be provided on or before March 27, as promised.
Updated March 19, 2020:
Cabrini University is continuing to follow the guidelines established by Governor Tom Wolf’s COVID-19 mitigation procedures and those of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as we do our part to prevent further spread of COVID-19.
Complying with established social distancing guidelines, Accepted Student Day will be rescheduled from its original date of March 29, 2020. More information, including a rescheduled date, will be coming soon.
Commencement currently remains scheduled for May 17, 2020. Over the coming weeks we will be assessing the need for any changes and updating students eligible to graduate and their families as circumstances surrounding the virus and mitigation requirements evolve.
Classes previously held face-to-face will resume in an online-only modality on Monday, March 23.
We are developing cabrini.edu/covidresources as a repository of available resources to help everyone and anyone as we navigate together the impact of these unprecedented times.
Additionally, we are using the campus closure to conduct an enhanced cleaning, with particular attention paid to all public surfaces and areas.
Cabrini continues to monitor the situation and will provide updates as they become available.
Should you have any questions, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated March 16, 2020:
There are no confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 at Cabrini University at this time, but the health of the Cabrini community is paramount, and we, as a community, must do our part to address this public health crisis.
We recognize the impact this closure may have, and we are here to help.
We are at our best when we are working together, and this situation has brought out the best in us.
Cabrini continues to monitor these unprecedented and rapidly changing events and will provide updates as they become available.
Should you have any questions, please reach out to email@example.com. We are here for you.
Updated March 14, 2020:
As per last night’s mandate from Governor Tom Wolf to extend COVID-19 mitigation procedures to Delaware County, and upon additional clarification from the Pennsylvania Department of Education provided today, all schools, including institutions of higher education, must close for a period of two weeks. All students must leave Cabrini’s residence halls and campus.
Students are asked to take essential belongings and make every effort to leave campus by Sunday, March 15, at 8pm. All students must depart campus by 5pm on Monday, March 16.
Courses will still resume solely online on Monday, March 23.
Given the rapidly shifting landscape and the possibility of a return to campus later in the semester and/or an extension of this mandated closure, we will reassess and provide updates on Friday, March 27. If necessary, arrangements will be made at a later date for students to retrieve belongings.
To accommodate students as they depart campus, Cavs Corner will follow a normal weekend schedule and then close after lunch on Monday. CRU5H and all retail will close after Late Night on Saturday, March 14.
If you are unable to leave Cabrini’s campus by the deadline, please email firstname.lastname@example.org no later than noon on Sunday, March 15.
As of 6pm on Monday, March 16, campus gates will be closed and Upper Gulph Road access to campus will be restricted to essential personnel.
Partial or prorated adjustments for room, board, and other incidental expenses for students affected by these measures are being determined, and further details will be forthcoming once we are able to assess the full scope of the mitigation efforts and are able to work with relevant federal and state financial aid agencies (U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid, Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, etc.) to determine appropriate guidelines. We plan to provide an additional update by Friday, March 27.
FACULTY AND STAFF
At this time, we are asking employees to work from home where possible until campus reopens. If you haven’t already done so, please talk with your supervisor or department head to evaluate your ability to work remotely and ensure appropriate resources are in place.
Those employees who are unable to work from home will not be charged paid leave time during this period.
Instructions and resources available to assist in telecommuting have been distributed via email. If you have issues, please contact ITR at ITRHelp@cabrini.edu or 610.902.8366.
To accommodate students as they depart campus, Cavs Corner will follow a normal weekend schedule and then close after lunch on Monday. CRU5H and all retail will close after Late Night on Saturday, March 14. Sodexo and other essential employees (Public Safety, Dining Services, Facilities, the Student Health Center, and Residence Life) should report to work on Monday unless otherwise notified by their supervisors.
Campus will be accessible through Monday if you need to get to your office. As of 6pm on Monday, March 16, campus gates will be closed and Upper Gulph Road access to campus will be restricted to essential personnel.
Updated March 13, 2020:
In light of yesterday’s announcement from Governor Tom Wolf surrounding mitigation procedures in Montgomery County, as well as today’s announcement of the closure of all Pennsylvania K-12 schools, Cabrini University is taking additional steps to ensure the wellness of our community.
We are implementing Cabrini’s telecommuting policy where possible, to address the needs of faculty/staff in need of accommodation or leave for dependent care with the closure of schools, to follow the guidelines for social distancing, and to take a proactive approach to ensure that we remain operational in anticipation of future guidelines. Supervisors and department heads should try to coordinate coverage and responsibilities with their staff. Employees who need to work from home should contact their direct supervisor and the Office of Human Resources to make arrangements. Those employees who are unable to work from home but are in need of accommodation for childcare or other COVID-19-related issues will not be charged paid leave time during this period.
For the safety of our community, shuttle routes will be restricted so that riders are not traveling to areas affected by the mitigation procedures. To ensure those who are staying on campus are able to obtain necessary items, the shuttle will continue making runs to Target in Devon. This modified schedule is available at cabrini.edu/shuttle.
Additionally, beginning Monday, March 16, access to campus will be restricted to the Upper Gulph Road entrance and those entering will need a hang tag, Cabrini ID, or to be previously registered with Public Safety (i.e., family visit or pick-up). Guests without Cabrini credentials or not registered with Public Safety will not be granted access to campus.
As a reminder, the institution is moving all instruction (undergraduate and graduate) to an online format. Beginning March 16 through March 20, face-to-face classroom instruction will be suspended as we transition to a fully online modality. All instruction will resume on March 23 solely online for the remainder of the semester. At this time, Cabrini University will remain open and operational. Students have the option to remain on campus or to return home to complete their online studies.
This is an unprecedented and rapidly changing situation, and I want to assure you that Cabrini is prepared. Again, thank you for your cooperation as we continue to evolve with this situation.
As per our established Emergency Operations Plan, Cabrini has convened a COVID-19 task force, which will continuously monitor developments surrounding the infection, make recommendations on institutional plans and actions, and execute on institutional initiatives, as guided by the CDC and local health experts.
Although we are monitoring the spread of COVID-19, health experts everywhere acknowledge the risk of transmission remains low when proper procedures are in place.
As part of the University’s proactive approach to ensure the wellness of our campus community, and as a means of ensuring we are able to offer instruction seamlessly in this rapidly changing situation, the institution is preparing to move all instruction (undergraduate and graduate) to an online format.
Beginning March 16 through March 20, face-to-face classroom instruction will be suspended as we transition to a fully online modality. All instruction will resume on March 23 solely online for the remainder of the semester.
- All classes (online and face-to-face) will meet as scheduled through Friday, March 13.
- March 16 through March 20, faculty will implement their established plans to provide solely online instruction. Students will have the opportunity to transition and orient themselves to the fully online modality, complete with faculty guidance, access to on-campus resources, and solutions to obtaining software or technology that might be required for distance learning.
- Classes already offered online only will continue as regularly scheduled.
- Any academic or professional placements, such as internships, practicums, and student teaching placements, will be conducted as per the schedule and availability of the host institution.
During this time, Cabrini University will remain open and operational.
- University services, including residence halls, dining facilities, academic support and student life services, the Dixon Center and Nerney Pavilion, and Holy Spirit Library will remain open for students and Cabrini personnel.
- Students have the option to remain on campus or to return home to complete their online studies. Further information and instructions on this will be forthcoming from Student Life.
- In continuance of health experts’ recommendation to participate in social distancing, the University encourages community members to minimize social interactions in large groups, both on campus and off campus.
- At this time, as University operations will continue, Cabrini employees are asked to report for work as scheduled. More information and plans to ensure business operations continuity through the end of the semester will be forthcoming.
At this time, on-campus events* on or after March 16 through the end of the semester are canceled.
- Athletic competitions through March 15 will occur as scheduled with limited spectators (essential personnel and limited family). Beginning Monday, March 16, all spring athletic competitions are suspended until further notice.
- *The institution will make a decision regarding its Accepted Student Day (March 29, 2020) one week before the event.
- *At this time, Commencement will take place as regularly scheduled (May 17, 2020), but that is subject to change. We will continue to monitor the situation and will notify seniors and their families if changes become necessary.
Cabrini follows the guidelines of the CDC and state and local health experts, and have amplified our efforts to continue to ensure that best practices are followed within our campus community. In addition to signage promoting best practices for handwashing and in preventing the spread of any illness, we've also bolstered our housekeeping efforts to ensure hygiene supplies (soap, paper towels, hand sanitizer) are readily available and that common areas (bathrooms, dining areas, classrooms, workout equipment, etc.) are sanitized more often.
Gym equipment is regularly wiped throughout the day and night, and is sprayed using a sanitizer approved to disinfect for COVID-19 daily and nightly.
With regard to dining services, some of the extra precautions taken include:
- A hand-washing station is available in the dining hall (near the salad bar).
- Hand sanitizer stations are full and available in the dining hall and CRU5H.
- Self-service utensils are being changed out more frequently.
- Salt and pepper shakers have been replaced by individual packets (located at the condiment station).
- Students are scanning their own IDs when entering the dining hall.
- Cashiers are wearing gloves.
- Disinfecting wipes are available at the ordering kiosks at CRU5H.
- All self-service dispensers (e.g., soda and juice buttons) are being wiped down with sanitizer or disinfecting wipes on a more frequent basis.
- Tables and chairs are being sprayed with sanitizer between uses and let to air dry.
- All public services areas are being sprayed with sanitizer solution and let to air dry.
As advised by the CDC, Cabrini is postponing or canceling University trips to foreign countries. Additionally, we are identifying the best ways to bring students studying abroad home.
We have also identified self-quarantine procedures for those community members who have traveled to any country identified as a Level 3 by the CDC or who have had direct exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Community members meeting that criteria should contact Denise Johnston in Human Resources (employees) or Kimberly Boyd, PhD, in the Center for Student Success (students).
As we continue to monitor COVID-19, we thank everyone for their participation in following best practices to keep our community safe and healthy.