News and Updates Related to COVID-19

  • An Update on Commencement for the Class of 2020
    Dear Bearcats,

    Recently, much of the information we have shared regarding COVID-19 and the impact on our campus has been to announce changes to our campus experience and the postponement or cancellation of events.

    This message, however, will hopefully bring something for our students to look forward to, particularly our class of 2020 and their families. As we shared with you previously, all College-sponsored events through May 9 are either canceled or postponed. That timeline includes our spring commencement ceremony, originally scheduled for May 9.

    In examining opportunities to move commencement to a new date, and after discussing our options with students, faculty and administration, we are now planning for a commencement ceremony during our 2020 Homecoming Weekend, Friday, Sept. 25 – Sunday, Sept. 27.

    At this point, there is still much to be determined, primarily the exact date and time for the ceremony, as well as how this may impact our schedule of events for Homecoming. We are also cognizant that the situation with COVID-19 is ever-changing and there is no way to predict the length of time that this crisis will last. We remain hopeful that planning for a ceremony in the fall will allow us to hold commencement with so many Bearcats, families, loved ones and friends on campus to celebrate.

    I also want to assure our graduating seniors that they will still receive their degrees in May, provided they have completed the necessary graduation requirements prior to the end of the semester. The only change that comes with moving commencement to a later date is when we are celebrating the many achievements of the class of 2020.  

    As we further develop these plans for commencement and Homecoming, we will continue to communicate with you. We appreciate your patience as we work to properly recognize this graduating class who have been so resilient as their final semester of college ends in a much different manner than anyone anticipated.

    I hope that you and your families are safe and healthy, and you all remain in my prayers and the prayers of the monastic community.

    Father Paul

    Rev. Paul R. Taylor, O.S.B.
    President

  • Information Regarding Prorated Room and Board Credit
    When College President Father Paul Taylor, O.S.B., announced last month that courses would be moved online and the residence halls would close for the remainder of the spring semester, he also announced that any student who departed by 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 29, 2020, would receive a prorated room and board credit. “Departing” meant a student checking out of their residence hall, even if their belongings remained.
     
    The prorated room and board credit will be based on the percentage of the semester that was completed when a student departed campus. It will apply as follows:

    45% credit for students who departed campus prior to March 15, which was a few days after the initial announcement of the dorm closure.

    35% credit for students who departed campus prior to March 29.

    0% credit for students who remained or remain on campus past March 29.
     
    For current Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors, and non-graduating Seniors, this credit will be applied to their 2020-21 academic year account, unless the student has a past due balance at the end of this semester. In such a case, the credit will be applied to satisfy that balance.
     
    Graduating seniors will receive their credit amount in a refund upon graduation unless they have an existing balance due. Again, in such a case, the credit will be applied to satisfy that balance.
     
    Students or families/guardians with questions should contact the Saint Vincent Business Office at studentaccounts@stvincent.edu.
  • Academic Affairs Update: March 31, 2020

    Summer 2020 Courses
    Saint Vincent summer school courses with start dates in May will be online. Changes to the summer school course offerings are noted on the portal. You may register for any course offered this summer using the portal.

    Registration Information
    Registration for Fall 2020 begins this week. If you have not done so already, please contact your faculty advisor prior to your registration day.

    Due to the Easter holiday, waitlist processing will begin on Tuesday, April 14 and run through the end of the spring semester. You will not have to monitor email for waitlist notifications over Easter break.

    Information Services offers the following advice to students preparing for registration in the upcoming days:

    • Under current circumstances, Internet resources and bandwidth are becoming less reliable. With registration coming up, it is recommended that you sign in and review the Portal before you are ready to register. Remember to search for and add your courses to your cart before your registration time slot.
    • Chrome users: In recent weeks, Google Chrome released an update that interferes with Portal login. While this affects only a small percentage of users, please sign into the Portal to see if you are affected. As a workaround you can clear your cache and restart Chrome. Or you can use another supported browser: Firefox/Safari/Edge, etc. Please reach out to the Service Desk (servicedesk@stvincent.edu) with questions.


    Library Services
    Interlibrary Loan is still available. Requests can be made via EBSCO, the Library Portal Page, or by e-mailing ILL@stvincent.edu. The majority of other libraries we work with are working remotely and can offer items from their digital collections. Articles and copies are provided to students and faculty as digital scans via e-mail. Books may not be available at this point in time, but we will find and provide a table of contents to see if we can get a chapter or two as a digital scan. If you have any questions about interlibrary loan, please contact Bridget Hornyak at bridget.hornyak@stvincent.edu.

    A reminder that when clicking “Search Library Resources” on the portal, you may be presented with another log in screen. On this screen, DO NOT use the @stvincent.edu. Use only your firstname.lastname log in and your SVC password. (For example bridget.hornyak or john.smetanka).

    If you need assistance in finding sources or have other reference questions, please contact Denise Hegemann at denise.hegemann@stvincent.edu.

    Tutoring Information
    A revised edition of the Tutorial Bulletin is now available on the portal. Click on Academics, then Opportunity Office/Tutoring Information. Peer tutoring is available for many courses by phone, video conference, or other virtual methods. You are also encouraged to utilize faculty virtual office hours for assistance in any course. Please make use of these free and helpful resources.

  • Staying Connected – Resources for Students and Families: March 26, 2020

    Academic Affairs
    As always, please contact your instructors with any questions pertaining to your courses. Your faculty advisor is also available by email to answer any questions you might have about registration for the summer and fall, career plans or general academic issues. For any other academic concerns or questions please contact academics@stvincent.edu.

    Information Technology 
    Contact servicedesk@stvincent.edu with questions regarding technology.

    Business Office
    In order to provide timely responses to requests related to student accounts, please direct communications to studentaccounts@stvincent.edu. We will continue to process payments on account balances. If arrangements need to be made to pay via credit or debit card, contact studentaccounts@stvincent.edu. Payments received through the mail will be processed as they are received. Mailed payments can be addressed to the Business Office. Please visit www.stvincent.edu/covidfinancialaid for more detailed information related to the Business Office and student accounts.

    Financial Aid
    Students and families who are experiencing financial issues and would like to discuss options for the current semester, summer 2020 or fall 2020, should feel free to contact the Financial Aid Office at 724-805-2555 or by emailing financialaid@stvincent.edu. While we are not physically in the office, we are able to answer any questions you may have and work with you to address your concerns. Students should also visit www.stvincent.edu/covidfinancialaid for more detailed information regarding financial aid and the impact of COVID-19.

    Residence Life 
    Contact studentaffairs@stvincent.edu for information regarding move-out procedures, housing selection or other residence life-related questions.

    Wellness Center 
    Contact Wellness Center Director Gretchen Flock at gretchen.flock@stvincent.edu with any questions or concerns you have about your physical or emotional well-being, ways to handle stress and anxiety, or other issues you may be facing related to these uncertain times in which we find ourselves.

    Campus Ministry and Campus Life
    Even though we are not together, the Campus Ministry and Campus Life offices are working to keep our community connected through daily virtual events and by providing a support system for all Bearcats. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to campus.ministry@stvincent.edu or deanna.wicks@stvincent.edu (campus life) if you need anything in the coming days and weeks, including just someone to talk to. A list of weekly interactive events can be found at https://www.stvincent.edu/student-life/campus-ministry#cm-interactive. As always, you and your families are in the prayers of campus ministry, the College and the entire monastic community.

    Career and Professional Development Center 
    Please contact Director Courtney Baum (Courtney.baum@stvincent.edu) with any questions or concerns you may have as you continue with your career goals, including searching for internships, full-time jobs or wrapping up graduate school applications. Your Career Consultant can help you remotely.

    Bookstore
    The campus bookstore is currently closed. However, students who may need assistance with something from the bookstore can reach out to Fr. Anthony Grossi, O.S.B., at anthony.grossi@stvincent.edu with their inquiries. 

  • Resident Move Out

    Due to recent directives from Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, students will not be permitted to return to campus to retrieve their belongings from the residence halls until further notice. The Office of Student Affairs will continue to provide updates for when students may again schedule times for moving out of their rooms. As a reminder, residents are NOT required to move belongings out of the residence halls by March 29 to be eligible for prorated room and board credit. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to adapt to these changing circumstances. Any questions or concerns should be directed to the Office of Student Affairs at studentaffairs@stvincent.edu

  • Registration for Fall 2020 and Advising Meetings

    In order to accommodate one-on-one remote meetings, we will delay registration for Fall 2020 by one week. The new schedule is shown below.  You are urged to reach out to your advisor via email over the next two weeks to schedule a meeting to (1) report how you are doing with the online instruction, (2) schedule courses for Fall 2020, and (3) discuss your long-term educational and career objectives.

    Tuesday, March 31 - Seminary Students
    Wednesday, April 1 - Graduate Students, Continuing Education, and Pre-College
    Thursday, April 2 - Seniors (87 or more credits earned or in progress)
    Friday, April 3 - Juniors (54-86 credits earned or in progress)
    Monday, April 6 - Sophomores (24-53 credits earned or in progress)
    Tuesday, April 7 - First-Year Students (fewer than 23 credits earned or in progress)

    Since registration is an online process, you will proceed as normal registering at midnight of the date above. If you have any questions about the process, reach out to academics@stvincent.edu.

  • Internships - Spring 2020
    For spring 2020, if a student has completed 50% of an internship requirement and cannot finish, they will be assigned the grade they earned at this time and awarded full credit. If a student has completed less than 50% of the internship (1) the faculty advisor can create an assignment that completes the internship at full credit, (2) the student may choose an IP if finishing may be possible in the future, or (3) the student may earn a prorated number of credits based on the internship hours completed with the grade earned at this time.
  • P/F Option - Spring 2020 Courses

    This semester, faculty will grade their courses assigning the appropriate letter grade. Upon submission of final Spring 2020 grades by the faculty, students may opt to have any of their letter grades changed to a P/F grade from May 13 - June 3. P/F grades will count for credit in all programs (core, major, minor, and certificate). The student who elects this option will need to verify that they have met with his or her faculty advisor to discuss this decision because there are potential implications for graduate and professional program admission and education certification among other things.

  • Online Instruction and Accommodations
    Online Instruction and Accommodations

    Faculty will begin online instruction this week and at the latest by Monday, March 23.  Instructors will be reaching out and each student will be asked to check in. Please respond promptly to your instructors.

    If you have issues with Internet access or have not heard from you instructors by the end of the day on March 23 please contact academics@stvincent.edu or call 724-805-2062.


    Palumbo Grant Extension

    The deadline for the Palumbo grant applications will be extended two weeks to Monday, March 30.  Additional information will be sent to students and faculty in the next few days.

    Online Library Resources

    With the transition to classes online, we wish everyone to know that the online Library Resources are still available. Databases must be accessed through your portal page. (MySV > Quick Links: Latimer Library > Search Library Resources)

    If you are prompted for a username and password after clicking Search Library Resources, this will be your SVC Username and Password you use to log into everything SVC related, but WITHOUT the @stvincent.edu.  (example: bridget.hornyak).

    Interlibrary Loan will continue to run as best as possible in providing articles electronically. For books, we recommend utilizing the Ebsco E-Books collection to which we have access.

    Many colleges and universities are undergoing the same circumstances that we are, and because of this, many libraries are closing and are only able to provide a limited number of resources.

  • Mail/Summer Mail

    • All first-class mail and packages will be forwarded to the address you registered under in the fall. If this has changed please notify the Post Office staff.
    • All junk mail and newspapers will be discarded. A good idea is to call your paper and suspend delivery or change address.
    • All magazines are donated to local hospitals. If you want your magazines, you must call or write them to have your address changed to your home.
    • All international students, your mail will remain here at SVC.
    • All seniors, your first-class mail will be forwarded for one year. Please make proper arrangements to have your address changed to your home or new location.
    • If you are withdrawing, please return your mail box key to the Post Office.
    • Any housemail that is in yourbox will remain there until your return.

     

  • A Prayer of Encouragement
    Please visit the Campus Ministry page for a list of Interactive Events scheduled to keep everyone connected to one another.

    A Blessing for Saint Vincent College Bearcats

    Last week we were in a world that was full of our friends, classmates and teammates, concerned faculty and staff at Saint Vincent; today we might feel isolated and alone. Let us not let the isolation lead us to feeling disconnected, but in the midst of it may we be united with the Lord and one another. Let us look at those around us who are part of our present situation and give thanks and ask God’s Blessing.

    We are grateful for our administrators who put our health and safety first among their concerns and ask God’s blessing upon them as they continue to deliberate and struggle with the best response to this crisis.

    We appreciate the faculty and staff from all areas of campus life who have prepared to continue to instruct and provide services for us through online courses, and various offices and services. We ask God’s blessing on them in appreciation for all the efforts they are making to do this effectively.

    We are grateful for our students who became our best friends, students and workers throughout campus. May God bless all students by diminishing anxiety and giving them a deeper sense of peace.

    We give thanks to the Benedictine Community for their prayers throughout each day for us, and their willingness to be present even from a distance. May God keep them safe during this time.

    We remember and pray for our alumni and friends who hold all of us in their hearts, minds and prayers during these times. May the Lord Bless them and remind all of us that “Once a Bearcat, always a Bearcat.”

    We offer these prayers and all of our prayers as a family united by our love of Saint Vincent College. Prayer brings us together even at times when we are physically apart.

    Although we are not on campus, we are Bearcats and need to stay connected with one another. Make the most of your online courses and take advantage of the various opportunities to connect with offices and clubs via the internet. Be assured that all of us on campus are thinking about you and are concerned about how you are doing, and we are praying for you and your families. Remember, Jesus told us that he is present whenever two or more gather in his name. Let us gather through technology to support one another and to allow Jesus to be present to us.

    Finally, this is not the first time that Saint Vincent College has experienced a crisis. Back at the ourbreak of the Civil War Father Boniface Wimmer wrote:

    “In the holy sacrifice of the Mass, we find real consolation in a life full of trouble and suffering, of crosses and adversity. Let us meet each other there, under the cross. There is little time, though we must always take courage, gather fresh hope, and have confidence that is firm as a rock.”

    —Boniface Wimmer, Letters of An American Abbot, May 17, 1860

    Saint Vincent College Campus Ministers

    Father Killian Loch, O.S.B.
    Father Canice McMullen, O.S.B.
    Jody Marsh
    Bridget DiVittis
    Samantha Pashel
    Brother Barnabas O’Reilly, O.S.B.
    Brother Cassian Edwards, O.S.B.

  • Library to Close

    The Dale P. Latimer Library will be closed until further notice.

  • The CPDC is Ready to Help
    The Career and Professional Development Center is here to serve your career needs.  Many of you are searching for internships, full-time jobs or wrapping up graduate school applications.  Your Career Consultant can help you remotely, by phone or email, with any questions or concerns you may have as you continue with your career goals. 
     
    Please log into your Handshake account at https://stvincent.joinhandshake.com/login to request an appointment with your Career Consultant. If you do not have an account, please take the time to create your profile. Additionally, the Handshake App is extremely convenient and can be downloaded from your App store or Google Play. 
     
    Please contact Director Courtney.baum@stvincent.edu or call the office at the number below if you have any additional questions. 
  • Keeping Campus Healthy
    As classes are moved online and the campus population remains low, FMO continues to work diligently to disinfect and sanitize all areas of campus.
  • Key Ways to Cope During Challenging Times
    Key Ways to Cope during these Challenging Times:

    #1 Focus on What you Can Control 
    Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds. Alcohol based hand sanitizers also effective.
    Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and dispose of it.
    Avoid physical contact with others, especially with someone who is sick.
    Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs will spread that way.
    Keep your immune system well-rested and fed and get exercise when you can.

    #2 Use Healthy Coping
    Give yourself permission to look away from the news and social media. Find trusted sources and take breaks.
    Make a list of things that restore you and bring you joy and then use it!
    Keep a journal, written from a place of self-compassion which can help reduce the intensity of your feelings.
    Call friends and family so as not to feel isolated.
    Seek help if you need it. If you are having more trouble than you can manage, reach out to a mental health professional.
    Counseling Services and Medication Management
  • Work Study Paychecks
    Students can pick up work study paychecks at the Guard Booth at any time over the coming days. Students must have proper identification with them to pick up their checks.
  • Portal Notifications
    You can sign up for Email Notifications when new Portal Announcements are posted by visiting the Portal homepage at mysv.stvincent.edu.
  • Previous COVID-19 Updates
    • Campus Statement on Coronavirus COVID-19, March 17, 2020

      To the Saint Vincent College Community:

      The past few weeks have presented a set of challenges which many of us have never experienced. We have continually acted in the best interest of the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and the entire campus community. These decisions, while difficult and disruptive in many ways to our on-campus experience, have been necessary as we examine the vast uncertainty with COVID-19.

      When we made the decision to move coursework online and close the residence halls at the end of last week, we remained hopeful that the disruption would be temporary. While continuing to evaluate this fluid situation, the goal of bringing our students back to campus at the end of this month persisted.

      However, as new information and directives emerge daily surrounding COVID-19, and after consulting with the members of the President’s Cabinet and administration, we have decided that classes will remain online through the end of the Spring 2020 semester. While this is certainly not the way that we had hoped or planned for this semester to transpire, we feel it is in the best interest of our entire Saint Vincent community to proceed in this manner.

      At Saint Vincent, our campus community thrives when we are together. This shift to remote learning means that we will be physically apart, but it does not mean that our students will lack engagement and connectedness. We will continue to remain engaged through coursework, ongoing communication, interactive virtual events and personal connections. The spirit of community which lies at the heart of the Saint Vincent experience will not be stifled by these temporary changes. Rather, it is precisely this spirit that will continue to drive us forward, even in these most unprecedented of circumstances.

      We realize this decision will impact every student in a number of ways and we are prepared to provide assistance. What follows are answers to some of those questions. We know you will have more. In the coming days, we will continue to communicate with everyone and provide additional information as it is available.

      Residence Halls (Updated 3/20/20) 

      Due to recent directives from Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, students will not be permitted to return to campus to retrieve their belongings from the residence halls until further notice. The Office of Student Affairs will continue to provide updates for when students may again schedule times for moving out of their rooms. As a reminder, residents are NOT required to move belongings out of the residence halls by March 29 to be eligible for prorated room and board credit. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to adapt to these changing circumstances. Any questions or concerns should be directed to the Office of Student Affairs at studentaffairs@stvincent.edu

      Room and Board (Updated 3/20/20)
      In light of the decision to move courses online and close the residence halls for the remainder of the semester, students who depart by 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 29, will receive a prorated room and board credit. To clarify, students do not need to have their belongings out of the residence halls prior to March 29 to receive this credit. Any student who has checked out with Residence Life prior to March 29 is considered “moved out” and can schedule their time with the Office of Student Affairs accordingly to retrieve their belongings. As of Friday, March 20 and based on directives from PA Governor Tom Wolf, students will not be permitted to return to campus to retrieve their belongings from the residence halls until further notice. The Office of Student Affairs will continue to provide updates to students as they are available. Any questions or concerns should be directed to the Office of Student Affairs at studentaffairs@stvincent.edu.

      Events
      All on-campus and College-sponsored events for the remainder of the spring semester are canceled or postponed. Information regarding the rescheduling of any canceled events will be shared, as available.

      Commencement
      We plan to have Commencement ceremonies and we will announce the plans for that, including a new date, at a later time. When we are safely able to gather together again, we will properly recognize and celebrate our graduates, along with their families, friends, professors and all others who have been part of their college experience.

      We know that these times bring much uncertainty and that the situation will evolve over the coming days and weeks. We will continue to communicate with our entire campus community and pass along additional information and updates as they are available.

      You all remain in my prayers and the prayers of the monastic community.

      Sincerely,
      Father Paul

      Rev. Paul R. Taylor, O.S.B.
      President

    • Campus Statement on Coronavirus COVID-19, March 12, 2020

      To the Saint Vincent College Community:

      Over the past two weeks, we have continually acted in the best interest of our campus community when it comes to COVID-19. Be it cancelling the spring break trip to Rome, Italy, implementing enhanced precautions to guard against the potential spread of the virus, or enacting strict protocols restricting travel, each decision made has been with the health and safety of everyone at Saint Vincent in mind. In each instance, our campus has shown remarkable strength and adaptability.

      After the final class on Thursday, March 12, Saint Vincent College will suspend face-to-face classes. Coursework through March 27 will be presented in an online format and specific instructions on how each class will proceed will be provided to students within the next week. Students should continue to check their college email and Schoology for updates from their professors.

      Any student who may need accommodations for online instruction should contact the Office of Academic Affairs at academics@stvincent.edu or 724-805-2062.

      As of Friday, March 13, at 5:00 p.m., the residence halls will be closed for a period of two weeks. Any student in need of alternative arrangements to remain on campus past Friday at 5:00 p.m. must contact the Office of Student Affairs as soon as possible at studentaffairs@stvincent.edu. Students should take with them all necessary items for continuing their coursework online.

      By Sunday, March 29, we hope to welcome students back to the residence halls and to resume regularly-scheduled classes on Monday, March 30. Updates will be regularly provided moving forward. Regardless, students will still be able to complete the semester.

      Effective immediately, all College-sponsored on-campus events through April 1 are cancelled. All Saint Vincent athletic competition and practices will also be suspended during this time. The Presidents’ Athletic Conference will provide further information on this in the near future.  

      As the circumstances with COVID-19 continue to evolve, we will remain vigilant in our monitoring of the situation and will provide updates to the entire Saint Vincent community as they are available.

      Thank you very much for your patience and understanding. As we continue through these difficult times, we do so together as students, faculty, staff and Benedictines. We remain a strong community, even as our circumstances change. You all remain in my prayers and the prayers of the monastic community.

      Sincerely,
      Father Paul

      Rev. Paul R. Taylor, O.S.B.
      President

       

    • Campus Statement on Coronavirus COVID-19, March 6, 2020

      At present, there are no suspected cases of COVID-19 on campus or near Latrobe. The health and safety of the entire Saint Vincent community is of the utmost importance, so we are asking that each member of our campus does their own part in preventing the spread of all communicable diseases.

      Saint Vincent College continues to closely monitor the growing outbreak of COVID-19, with a group of administrators regularly communicating to discuss protocols and recommendations, based on the information available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as the local and state health departments. Additionally, we will maintain strict adherence to any advisories relating to travel or preventive measures from the CDC, the U.S. State Department, the World Health Organization and others. As the situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve, we will pass along any applicable updates as they relate to the health and safety of our campus community.

      Guidelines

      We are asking all members of our campus community to follow the guidelines for prevention, as recommended by the CDC.

      • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
      • Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow or a tissue.
      • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
      • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
      • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
      • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are unavailable, use hand sanitizer.

      Medical experts continue to emphasize that handwashing, maintaining proper hygiene, avoiding close contact with people who may be sick and avoiding touching your face are the best ways to prevent COVID-19.

      Adherence to these guidelines will also aid in preventing the spread of other communicable diseases, which can be easily transmitted on a college campus and in shared living/working spaces. Furthermore, we ask that all members of campus remain diligent in maintaining cleanliness in all residence hall rooms and offices, including regularly disinfecting surfaces and frequently touched areas.

      Symptoms

      Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include:

      • Fever
      • Cough
      • Shortness of breath

      If you begin experiencing symptoms related to the flu or respiratory issues and have recently traveled to a region with COVID-19 or have been in close contact with a person who may have COVID-19, please take the following steps:

      • Do not come to campus.
      • Contact your doctor or a medical professional.
      • Advise your department chair or work supervisor of your situation.

      If upon your return to campus, you begin experiencing these symptoms, please report this to the Wellness Center, your Prefect or Residence Hall director and your professors via email/phone. Do not go in-person to report these symptoms.

      • If these symptoms are present, it is important that you self-isolate immediately and do not interact with others.
      • Students who are experiencing these symptoms, or symptoms of another illness, will not be penalized for class absences.
      Travel

      Moving forward, all college-related or business travel, including trips with students, must be approved by your Vice President/President’s Cabinet Member. Travel for athletic competition will continue as planned, but the College will continue to monitor the situation with COVID-19 and make any adjustments, as necessary.

      In regard to personal travel, we recommend that all members of the SVC community:

      • Avoid travel to any regions with large or growing outbreaks of COVID-19, as outlined by the CDC and the U.S. Department of State.
      • If travel to a region with a large or growing outbreak is absolutely necessary, alert John Smetanka (john.smetanka@stvincent.edu), Vice President of Academic Affairs and Academic Dean, of your intentions.
      • If you have recently traveled to a region experiencing a large or growing outbreak, please alert Alert John Smetanka (john.smetanka@stvincent.edu).
      Campus and Residence Halls

      Our Facilities Management Office continues to work diligently to disinfect high traffic areas and surfaces, including residence halls, restrooms, door handles and common/shared spaces. Additional hand sanitizer locations will also be available throughout campus.

      Food Service/Dining

      On-campus dining services will continue as normal, but with enhanced precautions, particularly with more frequent replacement of shared utensils in self-service areas.  

      In the interest of precaution and in an effort to reduce the number of frequently touched surfaces, there will be some adjustments to the dining areas. In the Community Center Dining Hall, self-service areas have been temporarily eliminated. Employees will now be present at each station throughout the cafeteria, including the salad bar, to distribute food and utensils. In The Shack, self-service condiment stations have been eliminated and, instead of using a pencil and paper to place their order on a form, students will give their order to a food service employee directly. Everyone’s cooperation is appreciated as these changes are implemented in order to ensure the health and safety of our students and guests.

      Questions and Concerns

      Should you have any questions or concerns regarding COVID-19, or the spread of any other illnesses on campus, please contact John Smetanka (john.smetanka@stvincent.edu), Vice President of Academic Affairs and Academic Dean, or the Office of Student Affairs (studentaffairs@stvincent.edu).

      As a reminder, the campus Wellness Center is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and can be reached by calling 724-805-2115. During non-business hours, students with questions or concerns are encouraged to contact residence life staff or campus ministers.

      The situation with COVID-19 remains fluid, with new information and updates being shared multiple times per day. It is important that we are all mindful of misinformation and how quickly rumors may spread. We encourage all members of campus to refrain from engaging in the sharing of misinformation and to look to resources provided by the CDC, the WHO, the Department of State, local and state health departments and the College for updated and accurate information.

      Thank you for your cooperation as we work to keep our campus community safe and healthy.  

      Important Links from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

      What You Should Know: COVID-19
      https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html

      Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary
      https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html

      Stigma and COVID-19
      https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/share-facts.html

      How COVID-19 Spreads
      https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/transmission.html

      COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
      https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html

      COVID-19 Travel Information
      https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html