Dear Cabrini community,
As we adjust to the realities of social distancing and COVID-19 mitigation procedures, I am again reminded not only of the power of community, but the strength of the Cabrini community. The Cabrinian spirit is resilient. As we do our part to address this public health crisis, I’m proud to see the Cabrini community continue to find new ways to work together to serve and care for each other and for others. We continue to find new ways to connect, to check in with others—to be good citizens and stewards of the ideals and values instilled in Mother Cabrini and carried on in her legacy. I continue to be immensely thankful for and inspired by this community and its dedication to service in the face of uncertain times.
This week has found us all impacted greatly by the ever-changing guidelines and procedures put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Campus has been closed to all but essential personnel, and we saw a successful transition to online-only course modality. This online-only instruction will continue through the end of the semester.
As protocols surrounding COVID-19 mitigation continue to evolve, we’ve 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, we’ve made the decision to keep 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. Although we were hoping this would not include Cabrini’s Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement Exercises, originally scheduled for Sunday, May 17, 2020, we have made the difficult decision that these must 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.
Again, I want to thank you for your continued cooperation and flexibility as we continue to prioritize the health and safety of all in a rapidly changing situation.
Donald B. Taylor, PhD