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Academic Resources FAQs
Academic Support
What other learning strategies do you have to assist students?

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.

Should I take a gap year? If I do, what is the cost to my career?

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.

Career Education and Development
How do I schedule an appointment with Career Education?

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.

How do I change or cancel a career 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.

What if I want to sign up for a career expo or a career learning event?

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.

Do I have to use video conferencing during my appointment?

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.

What if I’m having trouble accessing my coursework due to technology?

If you are having trouble accessing your distance coursework due to technological constraints, please email or contact the Help Desk through phone (724.738.4357) or email. We are committed to doing all that we can to help you access your coursework.

I'm being told my class will be "synchronous." What does that mean?

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.

What will happen with my internship, student teaching or clinical experience?

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.

Disability Services
Will the Office of Disability Services continue to provide services to students?

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, contactdisabilityservices@sru.eduor Natalie Burick, director of disability services, at

Help from a professor
How will office hours work if I need to contact a professor?

Students should receive emails from their professors regarding times and communication formats.

How do I meet with my academic adviser during remote delivery?

Contact your academic adviser via phone or email to set a time and communication mode.

What if I am having difficulty communicating with my professors and/or my adviser?

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.

Involvement and Engagement
What are some ways that students can be involved in cocurricular activities in this new campus environment?

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

Will there be on-campus events in the spring?

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.

How do I join a student organization?

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:

  • Club Sports: 12:30 p.m., Jan. 26 and 5 p.m., Jan. 27.
  • Academic/Professional/Honorary Organizations: 4 p.m., Jan. 26 and 12:30 p.m., Jan. 27.
  • General Interest Organizations: 6 p.m., Jan. 26 and 4 p.m., Jan. 27.
  • Fraternity and Sorority Life: 7 p.m., Jan. 28.
How do I join a fraternity or sorority?

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

I belong to a student organization and need support to manage our organization in a socially distant or virtual campus environment.

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

Library / Bookstore
Will I still have access to library resources?

Yes. All students will have access to Bailey Library’s online resources via the library’s webpage. Information regarding additional materials and services is available at the library’s LibGuide page.

How do I access the databases to find journal articles?

A list of databases is available here or you can access databases through the LibGuide page.

How can I reach a librarian if I have a question?

Use the online form to contact a librarian on duty or you can live chat/email your personal librarian via the AskALibrarian portal.

Is InterLibrary Loan still in operation?

ILLiad and E-ZBorrow are at full service. Patrons borrowing physical items through InterLibrary Loan, or in-house request pick-ups, are responsible for picking up and returning requested items to Bailey Library.

Student Employment and Student Hiring
When are student employees returning to their on-campus positions?

Students may return to their on-campus positions as services are needed by immediate supervisors. University telework assignments are highly recommended when available.

Will there be remote student employment opportunities available in the spring?

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 for assistance.

I have a work assignment for a student, how do I go about finding a student who is interested in this opportunity?

Student employment opportunities need to be posted in Handshake. If you have never used Handshake to post a student position, instructions can be found on the Office of Payroll and Student Employment webpage. If additional assistance is needed, email

How do I know if a campus job opportunity is legitimate?

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

Student Support Services and Health Services
What do I do if I feel sick? Will the Student Health Center be open in the spring?

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.

  • Fever without suspected etiology.
  • Cough.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Sore throat.
  • Known exposure to someone with presumptive/confirmed COVID-19.
  • Any GI symptoms.
  • Loss of senses of taste or smell.

For additional information, visit this page.

What should I do if I have to self-quarantine or self-isolate?

For questions regarding self-quarantine and self-isolation, contact Student Health Services at 724.738.2052.

I am living off campus with other students. What questions should I consider asking my roommate(s) regarding COVID-19?


  • Have you previously been diagnosed with COVID-19?
  • Do you have a higher risk for severe illness if exposed to the virus?
  • What precautions do you take to stop the spread? (i.e., wearing a mask, hand washing, cleaning groceries, etc.)
  • How do you practice social distancing?


  • Will you be working during the semester?
  • Do you plan to visit or stay with family, friends or romantic partners during the semester?
  • Do you have plans to travel this year?
  • Do you plan to frequently visit restaurants, bars or other public establishments?


  • How will we clean shared surfaces and spaces?
  • Are you comfortable with having guests over and what is our guest action plan?
  • If asked, are you willing to isolate for your roommates’ needs?
  • If a roommate has symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19, what is our plan?
How will student health services be offered?

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.

  • Students with COVID-19 symptoms will be referred for testing following guidance provided by the CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health.
  • SHS will report data related to quarantined and isolated students to the University’s director of emergency management.
  • SHS will follow the established University quarantine and isolation guidelines.
  • Well-visits will occur in person after a COVID-19 screening and/or RN telehealth visit.
  • Mental health visits will occur via telehealth or in person following well-visit guidelines.
How will the Student Counseling Center be offering services?

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 The SCC will also continue to provide virtual resources and programing throughout the semester that can be accessed via the University website.

What can Student Support do to help me during this time?

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:

  • Faculty, staff or students can make a referral to the Care Network via the CARE Report webpage.
  • A member of our Care Network will reach out to the student to offer a meeting. Communication will happen via SRU email.
  • During the meeting, discussions will include talk about concerns, setting goals and looking at resources that make the most sense to students.
  • Optional follow-up meetings will occur as needed.
I received an email from Student Support regarding a submitted CARE report. Should I still respond even though I am away from campus?

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.

What support is available from the Women's and Pride centers?

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 or via Zoom.

I identify as transgender and am looking for support. What resources are available?

An online support group for transgender individuals will be available. Email Lyosha Gorshkov at or for more information.

Success Coaches
How can I contact or meet with my success coach remotely?

Email your success coach or schedule an appointment using the success coaches’ booking links. Meetings are offered via Zoom.

I do not have an assigned success coach, but I would like to talk with one. How can I do this?

Email with your question/concern or use the success coaches’ booking links to schedule directly.

What minimum specs should my laptop or desktop computer have?

SRU’s Information and Technology Services recommends that all student computers should adhere to the following minimum specifications:

  • Processor: 10th Generation Intel Core i3 processor or higher.
  • Hard Drive: 512GB or higher.
  • Memory: 4GB or higher.
  • Wireless: Intel or Qualcomm dual band Wi-Fi + Bluetooth.
  • Camera: Integrated widescreen HD (720p) webcam with single digital microphone.

For additional information, contact SRU’s Help Desk at 724.738.4357.

I do not have access to high-speed internet or a laptop. What should I do?

Email and provide details about your situation.

Who should I contact if I encounter technology challenges with my courses?

The Help Desk can assist you with issues including username and password, internet browsers, Rockmail, computer viruses and other SRU technology. Email them at The D2L homepage provides guides for students. D2L help is available at

What is Zoom and how do I use it?

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.

What is Desire2Learn (D2L) and how do I use it?

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:

Administrative Procedures FAQ
Academic Records, Registration, and Conduct
How do I use MyRockAudit?

MyRockAudit is found in the MySRU portal under the Registration or Academics tab. Students should review these two video guides by clicking here and here. Students should also view this helpful video for a tutorial on how to look ahead and run “what if” scenarios on MyRockAudit.

How do I obtain a course override to register for a class?

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.

I’m confused about Rock Studies and Liberal Studies. Where can I get clarification?

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.

What if I need an enrollment verification or transcript?

All enrollment/attendance verification information is available on this page.

All transcript related information is available on this page.

What if I want to be readmitted to the University?

Please visit the readmissions page, fill out the Request for Readmissions form and email it to

How do I withdraw from the University?

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 or by using success coaches’ booking links by clicking here.

Does the student Code of Conduct apply to my life off campus/commuting while taking remote classes?

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.

What is the CARES Act?

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.

What can I use my CARES Act funds for?

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.

Who should I contact if I have additional questions about CARES Act funding?

Please contact the Financial Aid Office at 724.738.2044 or

Cleaning and Disinfection
What measures has SRU put in place to ensure the health and safety of everyone on campus?

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.

Face Masks and Facial Coverings
If I am inside a University building and able to maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more from other individuals, do I need to wear a mask?

Yes, with the following exceptions:

  • You are alone in your personal office space, which is not shared with any other individual. Please see “Working Alone” section below for additional information.
  • You are alone in a residence hall room.
  • You are eating or drinking.
  • You are in a shared work space without anyone present and everyone else in your work area is in a private office.
  • The mask/face covering creates a safety hazard or poses additional risk, i.e., impedes vision or proper use of other required personal protective equipment such as safety glasses or goggles; can become caught in machinery or equipment; or could contribute to heat-related illnesses. Discomfort is not considered a heat-related illness.
What does “working alone” mean?

“Working alone” is when a person is separated from interaction with other people with little or no expectation of in-person interruption. Examples include:

  • A lone worker inside an office with four walls and a door.
  • A lone worker inside a cubicle with three walls and a door or entryway, where walls are high enough to block the breathing zone of all people walking by, and the worker’s activity will not require anyone to come inside that person’s workspace.
  • A person who is alone in an agricultural field or other open area with no expected contact with others.
  • A lone worker inside the enclosed cab of a vehicle or piece of construction equipment.

Please contact for guidance on your workspace.

What if I have an underlying medical condition?

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:

  • “Unable to wear a face covering during on-campus activities/classes due to underlying illness/disability.”

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.

  • For students who are currently registered with ODS, the letter addressing COVID-19 safety concerns will be separate from your semester accommodation letter giving you two separate letters from ODS.
  • Student Support, Student Health Services, and if applicable, the office of Housing and Residence Life will also be notified.
  • Accommodations provided during the pandemic will be awarded on a temporary basis and will be examined by ODS each semester.
  • If University officials revise the health protocols, accommodations may be changed based on needs of the University.
  • Students will be notified via email if accommodations will be affected due to University protocol changes.
Do I need an accommodation to be considered for an alternative accommodation to a face covering or will a note from a physician be an acceptable excuse?

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.

What if I have a short term medical or mental health concern that is makes me unable to wear a face covering?

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.

What accommodations would be available if I cannot wear a face covering? Would I still be able to attend in-person classes?

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

Are contractors/vendors/visitors required to wear a mask inside SRU buildings?

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.

Do I have to wear a mask outside?

Yes, unless you can consistently maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet from other individuals who are not members of your household.

Should I maintain physical distance even if I have a mask on?

Yes, it is highly recommended that you maintain 6 feet or more from other individuals even if you are wearing a mask/face covering.

Who is considered a member of my household?

Students/roommates living in the same suite/apartment/house are considered members of a household.

How is my SRU-branded cloth mask being issued?

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.

Can I purchase additional SRU-branded masks or face shields?

Yes, the SGA Bookstore is selling both SRU logoed face masks and gaiters.

Will I be denied entry to campus buildings if I am not wearing a mask or face covering upon entry?

Yes. However, complimentary masks will be available at the following locations:

  • Academic Records and Registration, 107 Old Main.
  • Smith Student Center Information Desk.
  • Bailey Library Circulation Desk.
Can I wear a face shield as an alternative to a face mask?

Face shields are considered an acceptable alternative to face masks. A mask is not required to be worn with a face shield.

Do I need to wear a mask at the ARC/Field House swimming pool?

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.

Do I have to wear masks or face coverings while exercising?

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.

How do masks apply to officially recognized University student-athletes and during collegiate sporting activities?

Everyone who participates in collegiate sport activities including coaches, student-athletes, cheerleaders and spectators must wear a mask or face covering.

  • Indoors: Coaches, student-athletes and spectators must wear masks regardless of physical distance. This includes while being actively engaged in workouts, competitions or on the sidelines.
  • Outdoors: Coaches, student-athletes and spectators must wear masks if they cannot maintain physical distance from other persons outside of their household. This includes while actively engaged in workouts, competitions, on the sidelines or in a dugout, etc.
  • During play, student-athletes can remove their mask if the mask causes a medical condition, or exacerbates an existing one, including respiratory issues that impede breathing, a mental health condition or a disability. All alternatives to wearing a mask including the use of a face shield, should be exhausted before an individual is exempt.
Do I need to wear a mask while in the dining halls?

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.

What if I forgot to take my mask to class?

Students should go to one of the following locations to obtain a mask prior to entering any building or classroom:

  • Smith Student Center Information Desk.
  • Bailey Library Circulation Desk.
  • Academic Records and Registration, 107 Old Main.
What should I do in the event I encounter a person not wearing a mask?

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:

  • Smith Student Center Information Desk.
  • Bailey Library Circulation Desk.
  • Academic Records and Registration, 107 Old Main.
What should I do in the event an individual refuses to wear a mask inside a building after being offered 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.

Will I be able to get a mask, if I do not have one while on campus?

Yes, complimentary disposable masks will be available upon request at the following locations:

  • Smith Student Center Information Desk.
  • Bailey Library Circulation Desk.
  • Academic Records and Registration, 107 Old Main.

Masks may also be purchased at the SGA Bookstore.

Are masks required on the Happy Bus?


Are masks required while driving University vehicles?

If alone in a vehicle, no. If driving with others, yes.

Should I report someone not wearing a mask? If so, how do I report them?

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.

  • Observations of non-compliance by employees, visitors or vendors should be made to Paul Novak, COVID-19 coordinator, at
  • Student non-compliance within the residence halls should be reported to Brian Graham, associate director for residential conduct, at or via an SRU Public Incident Report.
  • Student non-compliance outside of the residence halls, but still on campus, should be reported to the Office of Student Conduct via an SRU Public Incident Report.

Financial Support
Are there steps that the University is taking to provide financial relief for students given the continuing impacts of the pandemic?

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.

  • For the upcoming academic year, SRU has already invested nearly $8 million in scholarships and grants to increase affordability and access. This represents a record level of scholarship investment in our students.
  • The proposed tuition increase that was approved by the University’s council of trustees has been rescinded. Therefore, tuition and fees are not being increased for the 2020-21 academic year, and instead, remain flat for a second year, and at 2018-19 rates.
  • On average, for a full-time, in-state undergraduate student, the total for tuition and fees for fall 2020 were reduced from $5,238 to $4,977. That’s a savings of $261.53 or 5%.
  • To add some additional flexibility for billing and payment plans, SRU increased the financial level at which it will place holds on student accounts to $1,000.
  • SRU has provided flexibility on all housing deadlines and is providing financial assistance to hold harmless those students whose room type reassignment were affected by the need to accomplish social distancing within our housing.
  • SRU will continue to provide emergency financial aid to students in need for the spring 2021 semester in light of the circumstances arising from the pandemic.

International Students
How will taking online classes affect my immigration status?

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.

Do I need to inform the Office for Global Engagement of any changes to my address?

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.

On-Campus Activities
How are athletic events being affected?

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.

What is the status of campus events?

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.

What is considered a campus event?

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.

Will the Happy Bus be running?

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.

Phased Move-in
When do I get to move into the residence halls?

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.

Will dining services be available when I move in?

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

Will my housing and dining charges be reduced due to the phased move-in?

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.

Will I be able to change my meal plan after I move in?

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

Why is the flex amount associated with my meal plan reduced?

Flex amounts are prorated based on the price paid for the meal plan.

I am moving in early because I am an international student or have other special arrangements; will food service be available?

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.

What do I do if I have special circumstances affecting my move-in time?

Special circumstances should be discussed in advance with the Housing Office at 724.738.2082 or, 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.

Will I be required to participate in COVID testing?

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 to review the housing agreement as it relates to COVID mitigation, testing and quarantine protocols.

Testing (COVID)
Is testing mandatory?

Testing is mandatory for all residential students and student athletes. For all other students, testing is strongly encouraged, but not required.

Is there a charge for COVID-19 testing?

There is no charge for testing.

What type of testing is SRU using?

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

How should I prepare for the saliva test?
  • DO NOT have anything to eat, drink or chew for one hour prior to testing.
  • DO NOT brush teeth, chew gum, take any medications, smoke, chew tobacco, or vape for one hour prior to testing.
  • If you have a smartphone or tablet, please bring your device to your appointment to assist in the check-in process. You will show the QR code you received earlier to the registration staff.
  • Make certain your hands are empty when the test is administered.
How do I know when I am supposed to schedule a test?

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.

How do I schedule a COVID-19 test at the Mass Testing Center?
  • Login to the Student Health Portal using your SRU login.
  • Choose “Schedule a COVID-19 Test” and follow the steps.
  • After you have finished scheduling your test you will receive an email with a QR code.
  • Open the email with your unique QR Code, print this code or save to your phone or tablet.
  • Bring your unique QR Code with you to the testing site at the time of your appointment.
  • Do not arrive more than five minutes before your appointment time.
What if I miss my scheduled testing appointment?

Please reschedule your test within the next 24-48 hours. Then resume your assigned testing schedule.

What if I miss class because of my scheduled testing appointment?

Please do NOT schedule your test during class time.

How will I receive my test results?

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.

How long does it take to receive my test results?

Test results will typically be available in 24-72 hours.

What happens if I receive a positive test result?

If you receive a positive result, a Student Health Center nurse will contact you with instructions on how to immediately begin the isolation process.

My test results came back “invalid” or inconclusive. What does that mean?

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.

How can I print a copy of my COVID-19 test results?

Go to the Student Health Portal. Click the “Labs” tab in the menu and select your test result to print a copy.

I’ve been vaccinated for COVID-19. Do I still need to test?

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.

What if I have previously contracted COVID-19 and recovered?

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.

Who do I contact if I have other questions?

Contact SRU’s Mass Testing Center at 724.738.2003 or

Title IX (Sexual Misconduct)
How can I report matters of concern?

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 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.

What will happen with Title IX matters currently under investigation during the COVID-19 outbreak?

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.

What will happen with Title IX hearings that are currently scheduled?

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.

What resources are available for students?

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 or Karla Fonner, director of student support, at 724.738.2953 or Any existing no-contact orders remain in effect and continue to apply to in-person, online, text message or other forms of communication.

Question about COVID-19?

Fill out the following form if you seek additional information about how SRU is responding to COVID-19.