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University Operations

The University campus is closed until further notice. Remote education will continue through the end of the spring semester.


The University has concluded that it will be necessary to continue remote education through the end of the spring semester. The University withheld making this decision hoping it would not be necessary. The state and national situation, however, remains uncertain, and we must give faculty and staff time to prepare for remote instruction that will now continue through the remainder of the semester.

Students enrolled in online master’s programs are not affected by this change. These programs will continue on their normal schedule.
The Centers for Disease Control updated its advice to recommend that organizations and communities begin to implement social distancing before cases of COVID-19 are reported. The University took the proactive step of moving to remote instruction out of an abundance of caution and as a reflection of our deep concern for the health and safety of members of the University community.
The campus is closed until further notice as per directives from Pennsylvania’s Governor and Department of Education. Students will not have access to campus buildings at this time, except for limited access for residential students who received permission to remain on campus. 
Residential students will understandably want to know when they can retrieve personal belongings. Right now, students should only ask to retrieve essential items, such as medication. Students needing essential items should contact Residence Life by email at or by phone at 570-941-6226. Robert Davis Jr. Ed.D., Vice President for Student Life, will share specific instructions for all residential students regarding when and how they can return for their personal items as soon as our campus situation is more clear.
The DeNaples Center 1st Floor Food Court is open for the limited hours listed below. All meals are for takeout only; the seating area is closed. Students who need to purchase items from the DeNaples Center 1st Floor POD are asked to notify the cashier that they need to speak to a manager.  
Hours: Monday-Sunday   
  • Lunch 11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m.  
  • Dinner 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m

The campus is closed until further notice as per directives from Pennsylvania’s Governor and Department of Education. As of Thursday, March 26, access to campus buildings, including the library, is no longer available to students, except for those who have received permission from Residence Life to remain on campus.

 Following “stay at home” restrictions implemented by the Governor for Lackawanna County, staff and faculty will no longer have access to buildings after 8 p.m. on Friday, March 27. Essential staff and faculty will continue to have access. Others needing access to retrieve important personal items can do so through University Police.

 University offices continue to work remotely and will reopen on campus when possible.



The University has extended its cancellation of all campus based events through May 10.

Mail and packages for designated departments and  students remaining on campus are to be picked up from the Print Shop at 315 Jefferson Avenue. Royal Card access is required. Outgoing mail for campus offices can be dropped  off when picking up mail. Hours for campus pick-up at 315 Jefferson Ave. are:
Monday: 10 a.m. - noon
Wednesday: 9 a.m. - noon
Thursday: 10 a.m. - noon
Friday: 9 a.m. - noon

The DeNaples Mail Center is closed at this time.

Campus mail questions can be directed to Debra Price or Valarie Clark.

Yes. In accord with the directive of the Diocese of Scranton, and in full support of the Bishop Bambera’s difficult decision, The University of Scranton suspended all celebrations of Mass and other public gatherings in our chapels, effective Monday, March 16, 2020.

The University of Scranton community is invited to join in an online Mass on Wednesday of Holy Week, April 8, at 7:00 p.m. The Mass will be recorded at the Madonna della Strada Chapel on the University’s campus. Instructions for accessing the video link for this Mass will be posted closer to the event.

Campus Visits & Tours: The Admissions Office cancelled all campus visits and tours as of Friday, March 13. High school seniors who are already accepted or interested in applying can request a virtual appointment with an Admissions Counselor by emailing High school juniors will be invited to a virtual visit day to be held later in the spring semester. Admissions Counselors remain available by phone and email to answer questions for any undergraduate or graduate student or parent.
Self-Guided Walking Tour: Visitors can take a self-guided campus walking tour using a brochure available at The Estate.  
Admissions Events: The Admissions Office cancelled accepted student receptions scheduled to be held in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts and special visit days scheduled on campus between now and April 14.  
Preview Day for Accepted Students: This important event for incoming first-year and transfer students will take place virtually on March 28, 2020. Virtual Preview Day will include live-streamed presentations by students and faculty, informational videos and personal appointments with staff from Financial Aid, Admissions and the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence. Additional information about Preview Day offerings will be sent to accepted students as the event approaches. Please visit our Virtual Preview Day page to register and learn more.
Since the beginning of the typical flu season, Facilities staff have been following an enhanced cleaning regimen for all campus buildings. In light of COVID-19, Facilities has further enhanced cleaning practices, ensuring that all products used on campus are effective against the virus. Sanitizing wipes and additional hand sanitizer dispensers were placed in strategic locations around campus for use by the campus community.