Dear Cavalier community,
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 these 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.
Stay safe, stay healthy, and take care of each other.
In the Cavalier spirit,
Donald B. Taylor, PhD