Spring 2021 Return Planning Guide
It is the mission of Slippery Rock University is to transform the intellectual, social, physical, and leadership capacities of students in order to prepare them for life and career success. As a community, we remain focused on fulfilling our mission as we navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
These challenges demand that SRU take the necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff. Through a collaborative process, the University has developed strategies for decreasing the chance of contracting/spreading COVID-19 while continuing to deliver a high-quality learning experience to our students. Strategies for minimizing risk focus on changes to the following:
- Physical space.
- Modes of delivery (teaching and services).
- The academic calendar.
- On-campus activities and events.
- Policies and procedures intended to comply with federal, state and local requirements related to COVID-19.
While this document makes every effort to address all likely possibilities, the dynamic nature of the pandemic suggests that some items of concern may have been missed or may need further elaboration. In addition, there may be additional guidance provided throughout the semester. As such, this document will be reviewed and updated regularly in order to assure that it is current. In addition, if the situation dictates (i.e., Butler County would be phased back to “red”), the University may shift to an all-distance learning format with short notice.
Should students, faculty or staff have concerns related to the strategies included in this document, students should contact their academic department chair, while faculty and staff should contact the Human Resource Office for guidance. In addition, questions may be emailed to SRU_planned_comments@sru.edu.
Preparing For Spring
Bringing our campus community back to an environment with some, but limited, in-person contact, requires that we reimagine the University landscape. Guidelines published by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education influenced our planning.
In order for reopening to be successful, every member of the campus community has a personal responsibility to wear a face covering, practice proper hygiene, adhere to proper physical distancing etiquette and avoid off-campus situations that would likely bring the virus to campus. All students, faculty, staff and visitors to campus are required to adhere to the policies, protocols and guidelines presented here. These include plans for academic, student and employee life; mitigation; campus monitoring; communication; and coordination and expectations.