Academic Services has developed the following PDFs to assist students:
For more student success oriented resources, including videos and additional PDFs, visit the Rock Learning Now webpage.
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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.
Beginning Aug. 17, students can call the office, weekdays, during regular business hours or stop by 108 Bailey Library to schedule appointments. Face coverings are mandatory for anyone entering the career suite. Appointments can also be scheduled via Handshake and selecting Career Center > Appointments > Schedule Appointment.
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 fall 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, email@example.com Natalie Burick, director of disability services, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 during COVID-19. Virtual events should follow the SRU Virtual Events Scheduling Guidelines.
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.
Fraternities and sororities will continue to meet and function both in-person and virtually. A complete list of fraternities and sororities is on CORE. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student organizations are encouraged to take time to re-imagine the fall 2020 semester. To assist you in these efforts, the Office for Student Engagement and Leadership has developed a Student Organization Summer Planning Guide to help student organizations in transitioning to a socially distant and/or virtual environment. Additional virtual resources for student organizations are listed on the virtual involvement webpage. For more information, contact the Office for Student Engagement and Leadership at email@example.com.
Services are limited to requests for available electronic articles. Loan requests for physical materials or book chapters remain suspended. Several vendors are opening their collections for use, allowing full access to a variety of journals that are available by clicking here.
As faculty and staff resume activity on campus, student employees are welcome to return to their on-campus positions. SRU adheres to the reopening phased orders issued by the governor’s office, PASSHE guidelines and local health authority expertise. When Butler County is in the green phase, as it currently is, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Yes, Student Health Services resume 24/7 operation Aug. 10. 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.
Students should notify SRU’s Office of Student Affairs at 724.738.2155 or email@example.com and/or Student Health Services at 724.738.2052 to be assisted with proper academic and other accommodations.
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 fall 2020 semester. To make an appointment, students can call 724.738.2034 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
SRU has developed and implemented a fall reopening plan in accordance with measures establish 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 students and employees with one cloth SRU-branded, reusable face mask. Additional masks will also be available.
Enhanced sanitation is being provided and extensive efforts towards upgrading and making technology available to faculty and students continue on an on-going basis, including:
The University will continue to provide in-person service through its offices and departments. During this time however, some offices and departments will operate with staggered or reduced staff capacities in order to promote proper social distancing for all employees.
Faculty office hours and student advising will be conducted remotely via Zoom or similar technologies. Noninstructional meetings between faculty, staff and students will be conducted remotely as well.
As conditions and subsequent guidance in response to those conditions change, we will continue to provide updates to the campus community and will post changes to the University’s COVID-19 resource pages.
Custodial Services has increased all cleaning and sanitation efforts throughout campus in accordance with CDC guidelines.
Custodial Services will provide sanitizer and disinfecting spray in all office suite common areas to aid employees in maintaining properly cleaned work spaces. Additional supplies may be obtained by calling 724.738.6666 or 724.738.2538
Custodial staff will prioritize cleaning and disinfection as follows:
Yes, with the following exceptions:
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.
No, unless you cannot consistently maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet from other individuals.
Yes, it is highly recommended that you maintain 6 feet or more from other individuals even if you are wearing a mask/face covering.
SRU is providing all students with one SRU-branded cloth mask.
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. When exercising outdoors, masks are not required unless you are unable to maintain a 6-foot distance from others.
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 fall 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 issued new guidance 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 for the fall 2020 semester 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.
There will be no athletic or student activities on campus, or sponsored off-campus by the University, until further notice.
Campus events may occur in both virtual and in-person formats, and must follow the appropriate SRU event guidelines. To plan an in-person event, hosts must follow the SRU Guidelines for In-Person Events during COVID-19. Virtual events should follow the SRU Virtual Events Scheduling Guidelines. More information for all events, both virtual and in-person, can be found on CORE.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com or Karla Fonner, director of student support, at 724.738.2953 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 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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