The University will gradually reopen campus beginning June 22. The fall semester will begin on August 17 with a full semester of on-ground instruction planned.
What are the University’s plans for Fall 2020? plus or minus
On June 16, Fr. Pilarz announced that, after consulting extensively with the Faculty, Staff, and Student Senates, he has approved a plan proposed by the Fall Planning Group to resume campus-based classes for Fall 2020. The campus-based Academic Calendar has shifted, with classes beginning two weeks earlier on August 17, and Final Exams concluding on Wednesday, November 25. Classes will be held on Labor Day and on October 12 and 13, with further information about move-in procedures and health and safety guidelines forthcoming. The full announcement can be found here.
Has the University cancelled classes? plus or minus
Are residence halls closed? plus or minus
Are dining facilities open on campus? plus or minus
- Lunch 11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
- Dinner 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m
Are academic and administrative offices and buildings open? plus or minus
On June 22, we will begin a gradual reopening of the campus. Faculty members will be granted increased access to offices as needed to support summer courses and to prepare for the fall. Faculty members should request access through their dean’s office. Research activities that involve students will be permitted to resume during this period so long as students also adhere to the general guidelines noted below. Faculty members should notify their dean’s office of any students participating in research.
Please note the following during this period:
- Royal card swipe access will be required to enter campus buildings.
- Campus will remain closed to visitors and the general public except by appointment (e.g. admissions visitors).
- Masses will not be offered in University chapels.
- Employees should remain within their designated work areas as much as possible.
- Food service will not be available on campus immediately, but we will be assessing when the opportune time will be to open up food service.
- Daily campus mail delivery to departments will resume with possible changes to timing to accommodate social distancing.
What is the status of Commencement and other summer campus events? plus or minus
We look forward to celebrating our graduates again in October. Our preliminary plans include hosting Baccalaureate Mass and a Commencement Party on campus on Saturday, October 24, and conducting a combined Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement Ceremony at the Mohegan Sun Arena on Sunday, October 25. Please see the Commencement website for additional information
The University cancelled on-ground Reunion, which was scheduled to take place on campus June 12 – 14, 2020, and replaced it with Virtual Reunion events.
The University will approach other campus activities in the same manner as we do other academic activity, moving forward when permitted and when we deem it safe.
What is the status of New Student Orientation? plus or minus
Given the need to maintain social distancing and the risks associated with gathering large groups of people in one location, we made the difficult decision to move New Student Orientation, typically held in June, to a virtual format. Detailed information will be shared with members of the Class of 2024 and will be available on the Orientation website. We are preparing to welcome new and returning students to campus at the end of August.
Have campus visits, tours and Admissions events been affected at this time? plus or minus
Are face masks required on campus? plus or minus
What is the status of campus mail and packages? plus or minus
Status beginning June 22
Delivery of mail to campus offices will resume on June 22. Schedules may be adjusted to allow for social distancing. Packages being delivered to campus should continue to be delivered to 315 Jefferson Avenue, since Royal Card access will prohibit delivery drivers from entering buildings. More information can be found here.
Has the Mass schedule changed? plus or minus
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.