CORONAVIRUS: University Updates and Information

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has impacted countries and individuals around the world. On-campus and at our centers abroad, Arcadia University has an experienced and well-networked Crisis Management Team that has been working diligently since January to ensure health and safety of our University community members, while maintaining academic and campus continuity. 

This page was updated May 22, 2020.

Through this crisis, we will emerge as leaders in higher education, serving as an engine for prosperity for our local and global communities, and as an accelerant to help the world heal.

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For questions about academic and campus life, prevention and self-care, study abroad programs, and more, please refer to our FAQs.

Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19 Update

Summer 2020

While the University will announce plans for the fall 2020 semester when details are finalized, the following can be applied to the summer 2020 term (or through the date listed):

 

After completing the spring semester online, summer 2020 will also be a fully online academic term. Summer research programs will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

 

Summer housing on campus or in Oak Summit Apartments will not be offered this year. Residents granted exceptions to remain on campus through May 5 are permitted to remain for the summer months if they need. Any student with questions about summer housing should contact housing@arcadia.edu.

 

Remote work for faculty and staff will be extended through May 31. The University will continue following federal and state guidelines and recommendations to ensure the health and safety of our staff and faculty. Supervisors should continue to check-in daily with their teams during the remote work arrangements.

 

Campus events planned for the summer will be moved online wherever possible, and possibly suspended, postponed, or cancelled. Contact Conference Services if you had any events planned on campus for the summer for revised planning.

Gov. Wolf Extends Stay-at-Home Order

In accordance with Gov. Wolf’s recent announcement extending the stay-at-home order in Pennsylvania through at least June 4, Arcadia’s campus will remain closed during this time. Campus events planned for the summer will be moved online wherever possible, and possibly suspended, postponed, or canceled. 

Arcadia staff will continue working remotely through May. Staff who need to visit campus to gather personal belongings can email Public Safety (public-safety@arcadia.edu) at any time during the week, including weekends, to make arrangements.  

Arcadia will always be home to students absolutely have nowhere else to go will be able to remain in housing for as long as we are able to offer this option. Although there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus that we are aware of on Arcadia's campus, we will move to minimize the number of individuals needed to maintain operations. We are monitoring the situation closely and will update the campus community accordingly. 

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Arcadia University Education Abroad Program Updates

The University’s International Travel Policy outlines a protocol for consideration of all University-sponsored travel for all students, faculty, and staff. The decision to suspend any course or travel is based on travel health notices identified by the U.S. State Department, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the University’s travel assistance provider – International SOS. 

Spring 2020 GFS Travel Portion Cancelled

On March 30, Arcadia cancelled the travel portion of the remaining spring 2020 Global Field Study courses to the UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Ukraine, and Costa Rica.   

GFS faculty are committed to redesigning their courses so that students can earn their four credits and maintain the Arcadia Undergraduate Curriculum (AUC) requirements; students should contact their GFS faculty about course continuation. Undergraduate students can opt for  a pass/fail grade (further details are here). Students are encouraged not to withdraw from the course, but to speak with their GFS faculty and their faculty advisers if they choose to do so.  Students need to also understand the effect on a student’s financial aid if dropping below 12 credits (nine credits for graduate students).

The GFS travel fee will be credited to student accounts. If this creates a credit balance, students will need to submit a student refund request to obtain a refund.  Please contact Cheryl Lewis,  International Program Manager (lewisc01@arcadia.edu), with any questions or concerns.    

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Continuity Planning for Instruction

All members of the campus community share the responsibility for emergency preparedness. Planning for continuity of instruction is core to our mission and vision. IT has built a framework for faculty and staff instructors to prepare their courses for emergencies and unexpected closures to help ensure that students can complete their academic work on time despite any event or circumstance that may disrupt operations.

What if I still have questions?

Contact Information

If you are a member of the University community and need a place to direct your question, our central point of contact is Public Safety at 215-572-2800 or 215-572-2999 (emergency) for more information.

For specific questions, please direct to the following Arcadians:

Preview and GFS

Jan Finn
Associate Dean of International Programs
267-620-4112

International Students 

Chelsea Herskovitz
Assistant Director of International Student Services
267-620-4843 or 215-572-2867

Health and Safety at Arcadia Centers Abroad

Hannah Leidich
Assistant Director or Health, Safety, and Security
The College of Global Studies

Study Abroad Programs

Scott Terry
Director of Study Away
215-572-2092

Student Health Services

Theresa Smith
Director of Student Health Services
215-572-2966

Arcadia Glenside Housing

Susanne Ferrin
Director of Residence and Commuter Life
housing@arcadia.edu or call 215-572-4076

Student Worker Inquiries

Dennis Darvas, SHRM-SCP
Director, One-Stop Shop & KnightCard Services
215-517-2330
darvasd@arcadia.edu

Staff and Faculty Employment-Related Questions

Mary Sweeney
AVP of HR and Employee Experience
215-572-2790 
sweeneym@arcadia.edu

IT Related Questions or Concerns

Please submit a ticket via helpdesk@arcadia.edu

Parent and Family Inquiries

If you are a parent of a current student, please join our email listserv or send any questions to mystudentis@arcadia.edu

Press and Media Inquiries

Dan DiPrinzio
Director of Communications
215-439-3338