Academic Services has developed the following PDFs to assist students:
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While in-person instruction in a university setting is immensely valuable and highly desirable, a gap term, or year, can be costly. National statistics show that from mid-July 2019 to mid-July 2020, the median entry-level bachelor's degree graduate earned about $51,729 per year, while the median entry-level salary for someone with a high school diploma was $29,199 (Source: Labor Insight). Delaying college graduation by even one year is the lost opportunity to earn around $22,000 more per year, plus lost retirement contributions and a lifetime of interest on those contributions averaging around $80,000. In short, delaying college graduation by even one year carries hidden personal costs of more than $100,000. Additionally, those who delay graduation also delay workplace learning and future promotions by at least one year, so the added opportunities and earnings lost continue to accumulate.
Students can call the office, weekdays, during regular business hours at 724-738-2028 or schedule via their SRU Handshake account. In Handshake, students can select Career Center > Appointments > Schedule Appointment. All appointments will be conducted via Zoom during the spring semester.
Changes can be made to any scheduled appointment up to 24 hours in advance by using the scheduling system in Handshake. Please avoid being a no show. You can also call or stop by the office to change an appointment.
During 2020-21, all career expos will occur via virtual career fair systems. Instructions for registering and attending career expos, as well as any career learning events such as Uncommon Hour, can be found in the events menu in Handshake.
All spring semester appointments will occur via Zoom. Students can choose not to use video during their Zoom appointments. If video is enabled, students should make sure that their background is clear of any private or offensive items. Students should be aware, however, that video is essential for some types of appointments, such as mock interviews.
Synchronous learning is learning that occurs “live” at a specific time via a specific medium. Asynchronous would be the opposite, meaning there are no specific times for learning to occur.
Undergraduate and graduate students in experiential learning sites, including professional placements, student teaching, practicums, internships, research internships and clinical rotations are being reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Students should contact their respective college or faculty supervisor for additional direction and information.
The Office of Disability Services will operate 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, via an online format or by appointment, at 105 University Union. Staff members are able to host Zoom meetings and are available via email or at 724.738.4877. Students will receive or use their accommodations in an online format or in the classroom if they are taking in-person classes. Any changes regarding office functionality will be announced via email. For additional information, firstname.lastname@example.org Natalie Burick, director of disability services, at email@example.com.
Students should receive emails from their professors regarding times and communication formats.
Contact your academic adviser via phone or email to set a time and communication mode.
Students should first reach out to the chairperson of the academic department that houses the course or professor. If there is still difficulty, students should reach out to the academic dean of their respective college. Contact information for various department chairpersons and deans is available here.
Don't let this period of social distancing stop you from connecting to the SRU community and your peers. There are hundreds of ways to get involved at SRU, including 200+ student organizations, fraternities and sororities, club sports and both in-person and virtual campus events. Log into CORE to explore and learn more about these opportunities. For more information, contact the Office for Student Engagement and Leadership at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Campus events will occur in both virtual and in-person formats. More information for all events, both virtual and in-person, can be found on CORE. To plan an in-person gathering, event hosts must follow the SRU Guidelines for In-Person Events and Gatherings during COVID-19.
Student organizations will continue to meet and function both in-person and virtually. A complete list of student clubs, organizations and their events is available on CORE. Search by organization, interest area or key word. Viewers of an organization’s page can contact the club via the “Contact” button or become a member using the “Join” button.
You can also participate in one or more virtual involvement fairs, which are live experiences through CORE where you will be able to meet and chat with members of various organizations:
Fraternities and sororities will continue to meet and function both in-person and virtually. A complete list of fraternities and sororities is on CORE.
Join the community for “Meet the Greeks” at 7 p.m., Jan. 28, where you will be able to meet virtually with members of the various fraternities and sororities at SRU.
Please complete the Fraternity and Sorority Interest Form to receive more information about fraternities and sororities at SRU. The Office for Student Engagement and Leadership will use this information to make sure you are up-to-date on all recruitment activities, informational events and opportunities to learn more about fraternity and sorority life at SRU. For more information, contact the Office for Student Engagement and Leadership at email@example.com.
The Student Organization Planning Guide Spring 2021 serves as a hub for resources and tips to assist student organization members and advisers in planning for the spring semester. The guide includes information on event planning, hosting meetings, budgets and more. Additional resources are listed on the virtual involvement webpage. For more information, contact the Office for Student Engagement and Leadership at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students may return to their on-campus positions as services are needed by immediate supervisors. University telework assignments are highly recommended when available.
Departments will hire based on their needs. Students are encouraged to seek employment opportunities through Handshake. If students have questions regarding the context in which the work can be performed, they should reach out to the contact person on the job posting or contact email@example.com for assistance.
Communications for available campus positions will be sent via Handshake advertisements. If you receive an email from someone you do not recognize, offering a position and asking for personal information, do not respond. If additional assistance is needed, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes, Student Health Services resume 24/7 operation Jan. 9. Services are available by telehealth or in-person appointments. Students who need medical care should call 724.738.2052 to speak with a nurse or to make an appointment.
Students who are feeling ill will be screened and evaluated for a need of COVID testing. The nurse/provider will discuss symptoms and provide guidance for medical care per current CDC recommendations.
For questions regarding self-quarantine and self-isolation, contact Student Health Services at 724.738.2052.
Student Health Service visits will occur via telehealth or by appointment only. Students should make appointments by calling 724.738.2052. During a scheduled visit, students will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms. Care will be provided following CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health guidelines.
The Student Counseling Center will be providing individual and group counseling and clinical consultations via telehealth for the spring 2021 semester. To make an appointment, students can call 724.738.2034 or email email@example.com. The SCC will also continue to provide virtual resources and programing throughout the semester that can be accessed via the University website.
Student Support will still offer meetings using either a virtual meeting platform or by phone. The process will be the same as it has been in the past:
Yes. CARE reports can still be submitted by parents, professors, friends, staff or advisers. This is a challenging time with constant change and we will continue to support you wherever you are.
One-on-one sessions with the assistant director concerning issues of sexual health; sexuality and identity/coming out issues; social isolation; peer pressure, etc. are available via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Zoom.
Email your success coach or schedule an appointment using the success coaches’ booking links. Meetings are offered via Zoom.
SRU’s Information and Technology Services recommends that all student computers should adhere to the following minimum specifications:
For additional information, contact SRU’s Help Desk at 724.738.4357.
Email email@example.com and provide details about your situation.
Zoom is a video conferencing application that SRU faculty and staff use to meet with students online. Click here for a step-by-step guide to using Zoom.
D2L is an online education platform to facilitate distance learning. Visit the D2L homepage to access various help documents to better understand using D2L to take your courses or click a link below:
If you would like to register for a course in which you need a permit or override, you must contact the instructor to see if they will allow you to register for this course with a permit/override. If the instructor issues you a permit/override for the course, you must then access your course registration and register yourself for the course.
Liberal Studies is for students who entered the University at or before the spring 2019 semester or transferred into the institution through summer 2021. Learn more here. Rock Studies is for first-time freshmen who entered the University at or after the summer or fall 2019 semesters. Learn more here.
Once the decision has been made to withdraw from the University, the student must complete a video conference exit interview with a student success coach using Zoom. During the exit interview, a success coach will complete an electronic withdrawal form to begin the withdrawal process. Students can schedule an exit interview by emailing the Office for Inclusive Excellence at firstname.lastname@example.org or by using success coaches’ booking links by clicking here.
Yes. Students are expected to follow the Code of Conduct regardless of whether they live on- or off-campus. Please visit the Student Conduct page for all University regulations and guidelines.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act, provides Slippery Rock University the ability to award emergency funding to students to cover expenses due to the break in instruction you have experienced, as well as the shift to online learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related safety measures.
This money can be applied for any expenses related to your education, including any outstanding bill you may have, food, housing, course materials, technology needs, health care or child care.
Please contact the Financial Aid Office at 724.738.2044 or email@example.com.
SRU has developed and implemented a plan in accordance with measures established by the commonwealth based on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Reduced occupancies will be established in classrooms, the library and residence and dining halls. Additional mitigation strategies include installation of physical barriers, posting of signage and placement of floor markings to assist the campus community in achieving appropriate social distance of at least 6 feet.
All students, employees and visitors to campus are required to wear masks or other appropriate face coverings. The University is providing all newly registered students and newly hired employees with one cloth SRU-branded, reusable face mask. Masks can be obtained at the Student Center Information Desk or Bailey Library Circulation Desk.
Yes, with the following exceptions:
“Working alone” is when a person is separated from interaction with other people with little or no expectation of in-person interruption. Examples include:
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for guidance on your workspace.
Students who cannot wear a mask should register with the Office of Student Disabilities by completing an Accommodation Request Form.
When completing an Accommodation Request or a Supplemental Request under the question, “My diagnosis falls into the following category/categories,” please select “COVID-19 Safety Concerns,” then choose the following subcategory that relates to your concern:
Once you submit a form, ODS will reach out to the student to schedule a meeting.
ODS will determine appropriate accommodations based upon the student’s self-report and/or documentation specific to COVID-19 and face coverings. Documentation must be recent, specific and from a licensed mental health provider/medical professional.
If accommodations are required, ODS will create an accommodation letter for the student to share with staff and faculty.
SRU and the ODS are recommending you complete the formal process mentioned in the previous question to streamline the process and verify the uniformity of any medical documentation provided.
SRU is not responsible for students who do not follow guidelines without proper documentation. Students may be referred to the Office of Student Conduct if they do not follow University protocol.
Once a request is approved, an official accommodation letter will be maintained in an online system accessible by faculty.
Please complete an ODS accommodation request. A reasonable accommodation MAY be granted in these cases. As indicated previously, all accommodations surrounding COVID-19 and face coverings are temporary and will be examined on an on-going basis.
ODS strongly encourages students who may not be able to wear a mask/face cover due to a short term medical or mental health concern to consider taking fully online classes. Wearing a mask is the suggested protocol from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and CDC.
If an individual cannot wear a face covering due to a medical or mental health condition or disability, the individual should consider wearing a face shield.
SRU and ODS strongly suggest moving all classes and campus activities that would normally be in person to an online format to protect yourself and those around you; this would be considered a reasonable accommodation. ODS can help formulate a plan which would allow students to participate fully in all activities in an online format.
If an individual cannot wear a face covering due to a medical or mental health condition or disability, the individual should consider wearing a face shield which would permit entrance for in person classes.
The ODS treats each student on a case by case basis and creates accommodations that are appropriate and reasonable for the student and University. Question about the process can be directed to Natalie Burick, director of disability services, at email@example.com.
Yes, everyone on campus must wear a mask/face covering when they are inside a University building. Individuals visiting campus must provide their own mask/face covering.
Yes, unless you can consistently maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet from other individuals who are not members of your household.
Yes, it is highly recommended that you maintain 6 feet or more from other individuals even if you are wearing a mask/face covering.
Students/roommates living in the same suite/apartment/house are considered members of a household.
SRU is providing all newly registered students with one SRU-branded cloth mask that can be obtained at the Smith Student Center Information Desk or Bailey Library Circulation Desk.
Yes, the SGA Bookstore is selling both SRU logoed face masks and gaiters.
Yes. However, complimentary masks will be available at the following locations:
Face shields are considered an acceptable alternative to face masks. A mask is not required to be worn with a face shield.
People should not wear cloth face coverings while engaged in activities that may result in the cloth face covering become wet. Maintaining physical distance from others when in the water is recommended. Face coverings/masks must be worn when not in the water and individuals should maintain a 6-foot distance from others while in the pool area.
When exercising indoors, i.e., ARC, Morrow Field House, Mihalik-Thompson Stadium, Patterson Hall, etc., masks or face coverings are required. Face shields are considered an acceptable alternative to face masks. When exercising outdoors, masks are not required unless you are unable to maintain a 6-foot distance from others.
Everyone who participates in collegiate sport activities including coaches, student-athletes, cheerleaders and spectators must wear a mask or face covering.
Yes, a mask is required the entire time you are visiting a dining hall, i.e., waiting in line, checking in or out with the cashier, placing your order, obtaining your food, and exiting the dining hall. All campus dining locations will be “carryout only” during the semester.
Students should go to one of the following locations to obtain a mask prior to entering any building or classroom:
Ask the individual if they have or need a face covering. If they don’t have a mask/face covering refer them to the following locations to obtain one:
Students in classrooms: If a student refuses to wear a mask after being offered one for their use, advise the student that accommodations can be made for virtual class instruction and ask that they leave the classroom. Following the encounter, contact the Office of the Provost for additional guidance.
All others: If an individual refuses to wear a mask after being offered one, advise them that the SRU Policy on Wearing Face Coverings and Masks requires all individuals to wear one and inform them if they refuse, they will have to leave the building. Following the encounter, contact Environmental Health and Safety or Human Resources for additional guidance.
If the individual becomes loud or aggressive in any way, or you feel threatened, do not put yourself at risk by continuing to engage with them; notify University Police at 724.738.3333.
Yes, complimentary disposable masks will be available upon request at the following locations:
Masks may also be purchased at the SGA Bookstore.
If alone in a vehicle, no. If driving with others, yes.
It is the responsibility of each member of the campus community to comply with the University’s mask requirement. This requirement will be enforced by supervisors and by units providing services to students and guests.
Individuals not involved in the direct conversation regarding wearing asks/face coverings should not confront those who are not wearing/refusing to wear face coverings, take enforcement matters into their own hands, or put themselves in a dangerous situation.
Yes, SRU is continuing to support our students in many ways in light of the financial challenges students are facing. There are several ways that we are providing specific financial support for our students this semester.
The Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) issued new guidance for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 that directly impacts new international students taking online classes. SEVP also released a statement permitting returning international students to take a fully online course load at this time even if they are not in the U.S. As this situation continues to develop, please contact the Office for Global Engagement with any questions by calling 724.738.2057.
Yes. Contact the Office for Global Engagement with any changes to your address within 10 business days of the change by calling 724.738.2057.
Intercollegiate athletic competitions will be held this spring with strict mitigation protocols in line with NCAA guidance. At this time, no spectators will be allowed for athletic competitions.
Campus events will occur in both virtual and in-person formats. More information for all events, both virtual and in-person, can be found on CORE.
To plan an in-person gathering, event hosts must follow the SRU Guidelines for In-Person Events and Gatherings during COVID-19.
Campus events include, but are not limited to, on-campus or off-campus meetings, performances, celebrations, carnivals, rallies, demonstrations, social gatherings, lectures, forums, speaker presentations and conferences.
Slippery Rock Student Government Association Happy Bus service will be available, but with reduced hours. Maximum capacity of each bus has been reduced to increase physical distancing and masks are required when riding. Please visit the SRSGA website for up-to-date changes and announcements.
Residential students will receive information from the Housing Office with an assigned move-in time. Students with suitemates and face-to-face course modalities will be assigned to arrive Jan. 22-24. All other students will be assigned to arrive Jan. 29-31. Residents should monitor their SRU email for further information including instructions for registering for an arrival time during their designated move-in period.
Yes. Dining services will operate with modified hours beginning Jan. 18. Regular hours will resume Jan. 25. For additional information about locations and hours, visit http://www.sru.edu/dining.
Yes. For residential students, housing and dining charges will be prorated by one week or two weeks based on the student’s assigned move-in date. For off-campus students with meal plans, a credit equal to a one week charge will be issued due to the delayed start of dining operations.
Yes. The meal plan change period has been extended. Students can make one meal plan change on or before Feb. 7. Questions about meal plans should be directed to Dining Services at 724.738.2038 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Flex amounts are prorated based on the price paid for the meal plan.
Limited food service will be available prior to Jan. 18. Early arriving students with meal plans can visit Boozel Express daily, 5-6 p.m., to carry out a hot dinner and boxed items for breakfast and lunch the following day.
Special circumstances should be discussed in advance with the Housing Office at 724.738.2082 or email@example.com, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Welcome Desk in each hall will be staffed on move-in days so travel delays on your date of arrival will not be an issue.
Yes. Residential students living on campus are required to participate in COVID testing approximately every two weeks. Students should log into the housing portal at https://reslife.sru.edu to review the housing agreement as it relates to COVID mitigation, testing and quarantine protocols.
Testing is mandatory for all residential students and student athletes. For all other students, testing is strongly encouraged, but not required.
There is no charge for testing.
SRU is utilizing a polymerase chain reaction saliva test, also known as a PCR test, for the general student population. Student-athletes will receive a lower nasal swab test in accordance with NCAA guidelines. Both test for active infection but will not show if a student has previously been infected with COVID-19
You will receive an email with the details of your testing schedule. Most students will be placed in a schedule in which they will be tested every other week.
Please reschedule your test within the next 24-48 hours. Then resume your assigned testing schedule.
Please do NOT schedule your test during class time.
Students will receive an email at the address they used to schedule their test when results are available. If you receive a positive result, a Student Health Center nurse will also contact you. It is very important that your contact information is correct when registering for your tests. You can also check your results in the Student Health Portal using your SRU credentials.
Test results will typically be available in 24-72 hours.
If you receive a positive result, a Student Health Center nurse will contact you with instructions on how to immediately begin the isolation process.
Invalid results typically occur when non-optimal saliva samples are submitted. Before your next test, please be sure to refrain from eating, drinking, toothbrushing, chewing tobacco, smoking, vaping or use mouthwash for at least one hour prior to submitting your saliva sample.
Go to the Student Health Portal. Click the “Labs” tab in the menu and select your test result to print a copy.
Students who have been fully vaccinated do not need to participate in screening testing. Please upload your COVID vaccine information to the Student Health Portal and call the Mass Testing Center to remove your name from the testing schedule.
If you tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days, DO NOT SCHEDULE a COVID-19 screening test, contact the Mass Testing Center at 724.738.2003 for further instructions.
Contact SRU’s Mass Testing Center at 724.738.2003 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individuals are encouraged to report incidents of sexual misconduct as soon as possible in order for the University to respond promptly and effectively. Reports can be made to Holly McCoy, Title IX coordinator, at 724.738.2650 or email@example.com. Reports can also be filed electronically and/or anonymously by clicking here. Individuals have the right to be assisted by the University in notifying law enforcement authorities. The Title IX and Student Support offices are also available to discuss additional resources or in identifying those in a student’s local area. If you are in immediate danger, contact your local police department or dial 911.
The University remains committed to the prompt resolution of complaints. Title IX investigators will continue to investigate current matters; however, interviews will be conducted via telephone and other available technologies. No face-to-face interviews will take place. Investigation timelines may be delayed during the pandemic but students will be provided written notice of such. Remember to regularly check your SRU email.
Hearings will be conducted using available technologies, such as video conferencing. The University will coordinate with students to schedule hearings and provide instructions on how to use available technology. Decisions regarding the scheduling of hearings will consider the availability of participants; ability to conduct online hearings; ability to ensure due process for all parties; and ability to provide sufficient privacy protections. If the involved party is not in the same location as his or her adviser, breaks will be scheduled to allow consultations.
The University will continue to offer appropriate supportive and interim measures via the Title IX and Student Support offices. For information on available resources, contact McCoy at 724.738.2650 and firstname.lastname@example.org or Karla Fonner, director of student support, at 724.738.2953 or email@example.com. Any existing no-contact orders remain in effect and continue to apply to in-person, online, text message or other forms of communication.
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