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Student Life

Throughout the Spring 2021 semester, students should review all guidance in this plan and be attentive to emails to ensure all protocols are followed.

Residence Life

All housing options will be available to students  during the spring semester. Some buildings will require occupancy changes due to current guidance from the CDC and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Housing for Students Requiring Isolation/Quarantine

Student Health Services will evaluate and provide preliminary treatment for symptomatic students. Symptomatic students or students who have been exposed to COVID-19 will be required to either isolate or quarantine depending on individual circumstances and in accordance with the guidelines established by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH).

COVID-19 FAQs: Quarantine, Isolation, & Testing

Off-Campus Students

Off-Campus Students are required to adhere to specific guidelines to promote the safety of our community.  If students do become ill, Student Health Services will evaluate and provide preliminary treatment for symptomatic students. Symptomatic students or students who have been exposed to COVID-19 will be required to either isolate or quarantine depending on individual circumstances and in accordance with the guidelines established by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH).  Student Life has arranged for off-campus students with meal plans to be able to access meals while they are in quarantine or isolation.

Commuter Students

Specific space has been identified in Brown Hall for students to study and to participate in remote learning classes while on campus; commuting students have been given priority to use these spaces by making a reservation at least 24 hours in advance. These spaces will have appropriate WiFi and privacy so that students can participate in online class sessions. Students are encouraged to use earphones and personal microphones when in these spaces. Commuters have received an email from Off Campus and Commuter Student Life with instructions to make reservations.  Any other student interested in reserving available space should contact occsl@scranton.edu.

Locate the Commuter Zoom Room locations on the campus map below.

dining services and zoom room map

International Students

The University’s International Student and Scholar Services of the Office of Global Education (OGE) will provide international students with both general and individual information. International students can contact the office by phone at +1-570-941-4841 or by email at international@scranton.edu

Intercollegiate Athletics, Recreation, Fitness Center, Intramurals & Club Sports

  • The Landmark Conference has announced a plan to resume competition, with Winter, Fall, and Spring sports competing in the Spring semester.
  • Recreation and fitness center facilities will remain open by appointment. Additionally, we will continue to offer virtual classes, and outdoor options for students for recreation and fitness.
  • The University will evaluate the status of intramurals and club sports as the semester begins.

Student Services

  • Clinical services will be available to students during the spring semester by appointment only.
  • The Bookstore will offer limited pick up options the first week of classes for students who were unable to order materials for home delivery.
  • The Financial Aid Office is encouraging students and parents to discuss matters by phone at (570) 941-7701 with an option to schedule a video conference.
  • The Bursar's Office encourages students and parents to discuss matters by phone by calling (570) 941-4062 with an option to schedule a video conference.
  • The Office of the Registrar and Academic Services looks forward to continuing operations with both in-person and virtual support into the spring semester.

Returning to Campus for Spring Semester

All students, undergraduate and graduate, were required to submit a recent negative COVID-19 PCR test result (or a positive result from on or after October 31, 2020) for a test administered within 72 hours prior to their return to campus via their Student Health Portal in order to be granted access to campus. This applied to residential, commuting, and off-campus students coming to campus for the spring semester. For the safety of our community, students could not access campus until this result was received and verified by University personnel. Students that tested positive at the end of the Fall 2020 semester on campus (on or after October 31, 2020) did not need to submit a test result.

Commuting and off-campus student also were required submit negative COVID-19 PCR test results from a test administered on or after January 28, 2021. Residential students were required submit negative COVID-19 test results administered on or after dates according to their staggered schedule of return:

Residential Population Anticipated Date of Return to Campus* COVID-19 PCR Test Administration Date
Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students Friday, January 29 On or after Tuesday,
January 26
Sophomores Saturday, January 30 On or after Wednesday, January 27
First Year Students Sunday, January 31 On or after Thursday, January 28

 

*Pending confirmation of test results

Students were asked to self-quarantine while awaiting test results. Lab results uploaded to the Student Health Portal needed to include the student’s name, the date of the sample, the type of test (PCR), and the result. Results were reviewed by University staff, and students received a confirmation email when they were approved to access campus.