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COVID-19: Updates and Information

This web page serves as an information resource for the Cedar Crest College campus community regarding COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, and will be updated as necessary with new information and messages from College leadership. As of this time, Cedar Crest College has no confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19. We continue to monitor the situation through the Allentown Health Bureau, the Pennsylvania Department of State Health Services, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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8.6.20—Symptom Monitoring Survey

Good morning,

The College has partnered with Healthy Roster to provide a daily symptom monitoring survey to members of our community. The College requires that all students who will be participating in in-person instruction, using on-campus facilities, and/or accessing services fill out the symptom monitoring survey daily (Monday through Sunday).

Your first survey will be sent out today, Thursday, August 6, via email or text.

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SYMPTOM MONITORING 14 DAYS PRIOR TO COMING ON CAMPUS

All students who are participating in in-person instruction, using on-campus facilities, and/or accessing on-campus services are required to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 using the Health Roster survey for 14 consecutive days prior to their arrival on campus this fall. Students that do not perform the required monitoring may be restricted from campus until they have completed 14 consecutive days of symptom monitoring using the survey provided by the College.

Students who present symptoms, test positive for, or have been exposed to COVID-19 during the 14 consecutive days prior to moving into the residence halls or otherwise coming to campus should refer to the College’s Communicable Disease Policy for Students and must notify Health Services (610-606-4640, healthservices@cedarcrest.edu) as soon as symptoms, infection, or exposure is known or suspected. The College will work with you to formulate a plan so you can participate in classes and have a safe return to campus.

SYMPTOM MONITORING THROUGHOUT THE 20-21 ACADEMIC YEAR

All students who are participating in in-person instruction, using on-campus facilities, and/or accessing on-campus services are required to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 using the survey that Healthy Roster will send you daily throughout the fall semester. Students that do not perform the required monitoring may be restricted from campus until they have completed 14 consecutive days of symptom monitoring using the survey provided by the College.

PROTECTING EACH OTHER TOGETHER

A commitment to symptom monitoring is one of three ways that we will be protecting each other together:

  • Symptom Monitoring
  • Wearing a face covering
  • Practicing Social and Physical Distancing

Your commitment to these three practices will help minimize the risk of spread of COVID-19 throughout our community.

Best,
Kyle

Kyle Dailey
Dean of Students

Symptom Monitoring Policy for Students[pdf]

7.31.20—COVID-19 Canvas Course for Students

Dear Students,

The Fall semester will be here in just a few short weeks, and I am looking forward to your return to campus. In preparation for your return, we have created a course in Canvas with information specific to COVID-19 and the Fall semester. The course is called "COVID-19 Resources for Students" and you will now see it on your dashboard when you log into Canvas. There are two items in particular that I would like to draw your attention to:

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  1. The Fall 2020 Required Training Video in the Training Materials module. All students are required to watch this 6-minute video before returning to campus for the Fall semester. From the course menu, click the MediashareIQ link. Once the page loads, you can continue to Modules and watch the video.
  2. The Fall 2020 Online Learning Declaration in the Fall 2020 Course Information module. If you are interested in being an online learner in the Fall, you should first contact your faculty to confirm that any face-to-face or hybrid courses on your schedule will be accessible online. If not, you should work with your advisor to make any necessary changes to your schedule. Once you have confirmed that you will be fully online in the Fall, please complete this form.
    In this Canvas course you will also find information about Fall 2020 course modalities and links to additional information and resources about COVID-19.

Please let me know if you have any questions about the content of this course. If you have questions about accessing or using Canvas, please visit the helpful guides provided by IT.

Be well,
Calley

Calley Stevens Taylor, Ph.D.
Dean of Student Success

7.31.20—A Message About Our COVID-19 Notification Protocol

Dear College Community:

Yesterday we enacted our protocols for mitigating the spread of COVID-19 when a member of our community who has been on campus presented with symptoms consistent with the virus. Gratefully, the individual’s test result was negative, so there has been no exposure in our community. Additionally, the strength of our health and safety plan allowed us to respond rapidly and appropriately to support the affected individual and safeguard our community.  

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I would like to walk you through the process that took place:

  1. The individual promptly and appropriately reported symptoms as required by our Health and Safety Plan.
  2. Transportation to a COVID-19 test site was coordinated.
  3. We alerted the Allentown Health Bureau, which advises the College on next steps for a possible exposure.
  4. The Allentown Health Bureau recommended that the individual be quarantined and that those who had been in close contact with the person should self-isolate.
  5. Those we were aware of who might have been in contact with the individual were quickly notified of the need to self-isolate.
  6. Fortunately, a negative result was returned quickly. We rapidly informed the individual’s contacts that there was no longer a need to self-isolate.
  7. The time between the individual’s transport and the email that there was no longer a need to self-isolate was about 3 ½ hours.

The College acted rapidly and effectively to facilitate the care the individual needed and contain what might have been a positive COVID-19 case. We are continuing to provide support to those impacted to the extent possible. 

Still, I recognize that the possibility of COVID-19 on campus has caused great anxiety among our entire community. Please know that your health and safety is my top priority. The plans and resources in place have been and will continue to be evaluated to ensure that priority is addressed as we move forward under these challenging circumstances. 

The importance of wearing masks, washing our hands, maintaining social distance, and keeping our surroundings clean is clear. These measures, and the compassion and care we commit to showing each other every day, will help keep our campus community safe and strong.

Elizabeth M. Meade, PhD
President
Cedar Crest College

7.27.2020—Viewing Fall course modalities in MyCedarCrest

Dear students,

I know that you have questions about how your courses will be offered under the "dual delivery" method Cedar Crest is using in the Fall. I'm pleased to share that you are now able to view the latest information about your Fall courses in My.CedarCrest. To view this information, follow these steps:

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  1. Login into My.CedarCrest
  2. Click "View Details" in the My Schedule section of the home page.
  3. Click "Custom Student Schedule" at the bottom of the My Schedule - Schedule Details page.

This will open a .pdf version of your Fall schedule. At the far right, you will see a column titled "Modality". Each course will have one of the following codes: FTF, HY, or OL. FTF indicates a face-to-face course, HY indicates a hybrid course, and OL indicates an online course. A key for reading these codes is also at the bottom. If you have questions about the modality of individual courses, please contact the instructor. If you would like to discuss changes to your Fall schedule, please contact your advisor.

If you would like to learn more about the dual delivery model and hear directly from faculty about how they are planning Fall courses, I invite you to participate in the Town Hall for Students and Families on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 from 7-8:30 p.m. Please follow this link for the Teams Live Event: https://bit.ly/3hniPJu.

Take care,
Calley

Calley Stevens Taylor, Ph.D.
Dean of Student Success

7.24.2020—Campus Reopening Work Guidelines

Good morning,

Our campus community continues to adjust and prepare for the return of students and the start of what will prove to be a unique academic year. In doing so, we recognize that many of our staff and faculty are working tirelessly to meet the new and unexpected challenges in our daily work lives while balancing the personal impact and demands of COVID-19. There continue to be many unknowns as local school districts begin to announce their plans for fall instruction and as many of you try to plan for the effects of those local and personal decisions.

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For all staff and faculty, this is a good time to pause and evaluate what has worked well over the past several months when working remotely and to determine what may need to be adjusted or changed going forward, depending on the circumstances. The COVID-19 Remote Work Guidelines have been updated and are attached. They were designed to assist supervisors and employees in working through how to determine and address staffing and work through the fall semester.

There are several fundamental guidelines for work expectations during this time:

  • On campus work at 30% staffing will continue and may increase to a maximum of 50% during the fall semester depending on how the health data evolves. On campus staffing levels will be adjusted (up or down) as necessary to maintain safety and in accordance with applicable health guidance.
  • Essential personnel will continue to report to campus.
  • Departments or offices with walk-in traffic must be staffed with at least one person during core business hours (8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday)
  • Work hours (whether on campus or remote) may be adjusted or “flexed” if necessary, upon agreement with the supervisor. Availability (in person or remote) must be communicated and agreed upon.
  • Work hours may also be adjusted to include evenings or weekends to allow for personal flexibility if it also meets the needs of the College.
  • All full time employees are expected to work their full number of scheduled hours (35 hours per week), unless other arrangements have been agreed to or paid time off is being utilized.

Our personal and professional lives are being significantly impacted by this pandemic. Each of us continues to adjust, at home and at work, to meet the challenges of living and working through this health crisis. Our campus community is strong, resilient and persistent. We will get through this together as we each do our part for our students, ourselves, and for each other.

Health & Safety Plan for Resuming In-Person Instruction

7.14.2020—Return to Campus Information

Good afternoon,

The success of our return to campus this fall depends on enhanced safety and health measures taken prior to and during the academic year by both the College and its community. On June 26, President Meade sent out a Health & Safety Plan which outlines the policies and procedures in place for a safe return to in-person instruction. The next step in our plan is the safe return of students to campus and the residence halls. We are excited to welcome our students back and these additional steps will help ensure that process is as safe as possible for everyone participating in in-person instruction and living on campus.

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SYMPTOM MONITORING 14 DAYS PRIOR TO COMING ON CAMPUS
All students are required to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 using the symptom monitoring survey provided by the College for 14 consecutive days prior to their arrival on campus for the fall and spring semesters. Students that do not perform the required monitoring may be restricted from campus until they have completed 14 consecutive days of symptom monitoring using the survey provided by the College.

Students who present symptoms, test positive for, or have been exposed to COVID-19 during the 14 consecutive days prior to moving on campus should refer to the College’s Communicable Disease Policy for Students and must notify Health Services (610-606-4640) or email nroberts@cedarcrest.edu as soon symptoms, infection, or exposure is known or suspected. The College will work with you to formulate a plan so you can participate in classes and have a safe return to campus.

Further information about the College’s symptom monitoring survey will be provided to students at the end of July.

RESIDENTIAL STUDENTS FROM OUT-OF-STATE OR OUT-OF-COUNTRY
Students returning to campus from states and countries found on the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s travelers website are required to arrive to their residence halls 72 hours prior to the official start of move-in to be tested for COVID-19, or must present verification of a negative COVID-19 test when they arrive to campus. The test must have been administered 72 hours prior to the student's arrival to campus.

Students who receive the COVID-19 test on campus will self-isolate in their residence hall until they receive their test results. Test results must be submitted to Health Services prior to ending self-isolation. Meals will be provided to students while they await their test results.

Students who present symptoms, test positive, or have been exposed to COVID-19 should refer to the College’s Communicable Disease Policy and must notify Health Services (610-606-4640) or email nroberts@cedarcrest.edu as soon symptoms, infection, or exposure is known or suspected.

The College will reach out via email to students traveling from states and countries found on the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s travelers website with next steps at the end of July.

HOUSING SELECTION/ASSIGNMENTS & MOVE-IN
Further information about housing selection/assignments and move-in plans will be sent directly to residential students later this week.

TOWN HALLS
Dr. Calley Stevens Taylor, Dean of Student Success, and I will be holding two more town hall meeting for students to ask questions (both academic and non-academic questions). Here are the days and links to the town halls:

July 21 at 7 p.m. https://zoom.us/j/96333893851
August 3 at 12 p.m. https://zoom.us/j/96333893851

I hope you and your families are safe and doing well.

Best,
Kyle

Kyle Dailey
Dean of Students

7.10.2020—Fall 2020 Information for International Students

Dear Students,

As we have watched the international, national, and local the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we have been planning for the continuation of student learning in the safest way possible. International students are an integral part of our College community, and I want to assure that your needs have been taken into consideration in our Fall 2020 planning. I also want to acknowledge the unique challenges faced by international students as a result of the pandemic, including increased anxiety about being far from home, delays in visa and passport processing, limited availability of flights into the United States, and the recent policy decisions announced by United States Customs and Immigration Enforcement that takes away the flexibility that was offered to international students in the Spring and Summer semesters. It is our intention to ensure that, despite these challenges, you will be able to continue your progress towards a degree from Cedar Crest College in Fall 2020.

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We recently announced that our Fall 2020 semester will begin as scheduled on August 24, 2020 and we have published a comprehensive plan for returning to in-person instruction. We will continue to offer primarily face-to-face and hybrid courses using a highly flexible approach that will also allow students to fully participate online if necessary. International students who are not able to, or choose not to, return to the United States in the Fall semester will be able to participate actively in their classes online. Our intention is to teach classes in-person this Fall, but we are reviewing the recent policy decisions of USCIS and are making plans to reduce the potential impact that moving fully online, if we need to do so, would have on our international students.

I encourage you to maintain regular communication with International Student Services (internationalservices@cedarcrest.edu) regarding your travel plans. The academic and immigration advisors in International Student Services will work with you to review your Fall schedule and discuss arrangements necessary for your continued academic progress. I also encourage you to join one of the upcoming online meetings for all students (July 21 at 7 p.m. EDT https://zoom.us/j/96333893851 and August 3 at 12 p.m. EDT https://zoom.us/j/96333893851) to learn more about the College’s plan for the Fall.

If you remain in your home country during the Fall 2020 semester, please be assured that you will continue to have online access to all of our support services, including academic advising, academic coaching, immigration advising, tutoring, writing support, mental health support, career planning, and disability services. Many of the College’s social events, including College traditions, student clubs and organizations, and campus activities will also be accessible online.

Please know our students are at the heart of every decision, and we look forward to supporting you throughout your enrollment at Cedar Crest.

Take care,
Calley

Calley Stevens Taylor, Ph.D.
Dean of Student Success

6.29.2020—Fall 2020 Information for Students

Dear Students,

As previously announced by President Meade, our fall semester will begin as planned on August 24, with in-person instruction ending by Thanksgiving. This announcement undoubtedly raised questions for you, and we hope to answer many of them in this communication. You can expect to receive several more emails throughout the remainder of the summer that contain important information about your return to campus. Please be sure to read these emails carefully. In addition, we will hold a series of virtual town hall meetings in July and August to answer any other questions you may have. Information about the town hall meetings can be found at the end of this email.

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Health & Safety
The College is committed to providing a healthy and safe learning and living environment for our students. You and your families can review the College’s Health & Safety Guide which provides a comprehensive overview of the College’s policies and practices regarding a safe return to campus. This plan will be dynamic in its response to the evolving pandemic and will be revised as necessary. Some practices and policies that will be expected of you include:

  • Symptom monitoring will be required prior to coming to campus throughout the academic year.
    • Residential students will be required to monitor their symptoms daily.
  • Face coverings will be required in all common spaces including classrooms.
  • You will be required to review a Return to Campus Safely presentation in Canvas prior to the start of Fall semester. The presentation will be available on August 1, 2020.

The College is working with local health authorities to create a COVID-19 testing plan for our community. More information about testing will be sent out later this summer.

Campus Reopening
We are pleased to share that College buildings will re-open on a limited basis for students on Monday, July 6. Administrative offices will re-open Tuesday, July 7. Until further notice, office hours and the availability of individual faculty and staff may vary in order to ensure compliance with the Health & Safety Guide. We recommend that, prior to coming to campus, you call or email to make an appointment with or confirm the availability of the person or office you need. During this limited period, the College’s Health and Safety Plan recommends providing assistance remotely, if possible, before scheduling an in-person meeting. All members of the campus community (students, faculty, staff and visitors) must wear a mask or face covering when on campus.

Academic Calendar
The Fall 2020 academic calendar has been updated in response to PA Department of Education guidance that colleges limit the amount to student travel to and from college campuses throughout the Fall semester. Classes will begin Monday, August 24 as originally scheduled.

Labor Day (September 7) will now be an online asynchronous instructional day. This means there will be no in-person or online class meetings at specific times on September 7, but classes may have online academic activities that day, like watching a video or posting to a discussion board.

Fall Break has been canceled. October 12 and October 13 will be regular class days.

In-person class meetings will end Sunday, November 22. November 23-25 will be online asynchronous days like Labor Day. There will be online academic activities on these days, but no in-person or synchronous online class meetings. There will be no classes during the Thanksgiving Holiday (November 26 and 27). The last day of Fall instruction will now be Sunday, November 29.

Reading Days will be November 30 and December 1. Final exams will be held November 30 and December 1 (for evening courses) and December 2-7 for all other courses.

Academic Options
The College will offer classes in flexible ways in order to ensure that students continue to make progress towards completing their degrees. In the Fall, classes will be offered in three formats: face-to-face, hybrid, or online. Whenever possible, we are prioritizing face-to-face instruction. Nearly all of our courses that would have otherwise been scheduled in person will be offered as face-to-face or hybrid courses.

Face-to-face classes will be held on scheduled days and times on campus. Face-to-face classes will meet in classrooms that are large enough to ensure that appropriate social distancing can be maintained between all students and the instructor. Small classes are the most likely to be held face-to-face.

In hybrid courses, students will participate in a combination of face-to-face instruction and online instruction. Some hybrid courses will use alternating-day schedules to enable groups of class members to meet while observing social distancing requirements. For example, a class of 20 students may have 10 students meet in person on Mondays and the other 10 students meet in person on Wednesdays. The faculty teaching hybrid courses will provide more specific information about each course closer to the start of the semester. Medium-sized classes are the most likely to be hybrid.

Online courses will be offered 100% online. Large courses that were originally scheduled face-to-face are most likely to be online. Any synchronous online class meetings for these courses may only be scheduled at the originally scheduled time for the class. For example, if a class was originally scheduled to meet MWF at 9 a.m. and it has moved online, any synchronous online meetings for that class will only occur at 9 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and/or Friday.

You will be able to review your schedule to see updated course formats before the semester begins. Information about how to see this will be shared by email as soon as it is available.

Increased Flexibility in Attendance
Any student experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, with a suspected or positive diagnosis of COVID-19, or with known exposure to COVID-19 is not permitted to attend class in person. Students who are ill should not be expected to participate in synchronous online class meetings, though they may choose to participate as their health permits. Class absences due to COVID-19 symptoms, diagnosis, or exposure will be not be penalized.

Absence notifications from the Dean of Students are not required for these absences. You should refer to the Communicable Disease policy for guidance on when you may return to class after a COVID-19-related absence.

Most face-to-face and hybrid courses will have dual-delivery arrangements to ensure that any student who is not able to attend in-person class meetings for reasons related to COVID-19 is still able to fully participate in the course online.

Campus Life
Much like your academics, student club and organization meetings, campus events, and activities will take place in-person and virtually throughout the academic year. Decisions on how to hold meetings, events, and activities (in-person vs. virtual) will depend on if we can adhere to the safety guidelines outlined in the College’s Health & Safety Guide.

Students who may be at risk
Students with chronic health conditions, who are concerned that they may be more vulnerable if exposed to COVID-19, should consult with their treating specialists to determine preventative health measures. Students may also contact Health Services (610-606-4640) or email nroberts@cedarcrest.edu. Students who may need disability accommodations should contact Learning and Disability Resources (610-606-4628).

Residence Life
Residential students will receive a follow up email in the next two weeks detailing housing assignments, move-in, and the changes we have made to minimize risks and help stop the spread of infection in housing. The College’s Health & Safety Guide outlines policies and practices that will be put in place in the residence halls for the academic year.

Upcoming Town Halls
We will be hosting three (3) town halls throughout the remainder of the summer to answer questions you may have about the upcoming academic year. Town Halls will be held via Zoom on the dates and times below:

July 9 at 3 p.m. https://zoom.us/j/96333893851
July 21 at 7 p.m. https://zoom.us/j/96333893851
August 3 at 12 p.m. https://zoom.us/j/96333893851

We look forward to sharing more information throughout the remainder of the summer.

Take care,
Calley Stevens Taylor, Dean of Student Success
Kyle Dailey, Dean of Students

6.24.20—CARES Act 45-day Report – June 2020

Cedar Crest College
PR/Award No. P425E200805
Report No. 2: Subsequent 45-day Fund Report

Introduction

On March 27, 2020, the President of the United States signed the CARES Act (H.R. 748), which provides emergency relief funds to organizations and individuals affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), found in Section 18004 of the CARES Act, provides funding to institutions of higher education “to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.” This report provides details on the first award Cedar Crest College received under the HEERF, the funds for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

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Acknowledgement of Funding and Certification

Cedar Crest College, reviewed, signed, and returned the U.S. Department of Education’s Certification and Agreement for these funds on April 13, 2020, and we received our grant award notification on April 22, 2020. In keeping with the terms of the certification, Cedar Crest College will use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants directly to students.

Total Award

Cedar Crest College will receive a total of $1,526,417 under Section 18004(a)(1) of the HEERF, of which at least $763,209 will be provided directly to students impacted by campus disruptions due to the novel coronavirus.

Funds Distributed to Date

As of the close of business on June 24, 2020, Cedar Crest College has awarded $678,877.13 in direct grants to students.

Student Eligibility and Recipients to Date

The total number of Cedar Crest College students eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, and therefore eligible to receive CARES Act emergency financial aid grants is 936. Of those students, 811 have received an award as of June 24, 2020.

Methods Used to Determine which Students Receive Aid and How Much

The College carefully reviewed the CARES Act and the guidance provided by the United States Department of Education specifically to determine the requirements applicable for the distribution of the available emergency resources to students.  The CARES Act provided each institution with significant discretion on how to award the emergency assistance.  The only statutory requirement was that the funds be used by students to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus.  Shortly after releasing these funds to educational institutions, additional guidance was provided by the Department of Education clarifying eligibility of students.  Under these newly issued guidelines, “only students who are or could be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended by (HEA), may receive emergency financial aid grants.  If a student has filed a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), then the student has demonstrated eligibility to participate in programs under Section 484 in the HEA.” 

In order to determine eligibility of students under the above guidelines, the College utilized the 2019-20 FAFSA’s submitted by current students enrolled for the spring 2020 semester to determine eligibility.  International students, undocumented students, DACA students, fully online students prior to the issuance of the CARES Act, auditing students, visiting students, students receiving tuition remission, students who withdrew or took a leave of absence on or before May 27, 2020, students with unsatisfactory academic progress and students who graduated the College as of May 9, 2020 have been deemed ineligible for this emergency grant. 

Students who did not submit a 2019/20 FAFSA, but who are eligible to file a FAFSA, may be eligible to receive a grant allocation, but are required to submit the attached form no later than June 17, 2020.  Students completing the attestation form will be required to confirm that they meet the requirements to participate in programs under Section 484 of the HEA and, therefore, may be eligible for the emergency grant.  Students who did not submit a completed FAFSA for 2019/20 and who now complete the application are not guaranteed the allocation set forth in this Report as the funding received by the College may have already been disbursed. 

The College has committed to utilizing all of the available student emergency funds in accordance with the CARES Act and pertinent guidance.

The College’s review determined that all students have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 and the disruption it has caused to their education, housing, food, technology, course materials, health/child care and other costs.  Based upon its analysis, the College determined that its residential students were impacted most significantly due to COVID-19.  In this regard, the abrupt closure to our campus as required by the Governor of the State of Pennsylvania left residential students with additional unplanned costs during the middle of their academic semester.  Additionally, some of these costs were borne by our commuter students who had to transition to an online academic platform, including adjusting to all of the technology needs that arise with that modality.  The College understands that these are much needed resources that will positively impact their persistence towards their college degree.  Therefore, the College fairly distributed these resources amongst the eligible students as follows:

Students who met the above criteria, as of May 27, 2020, will be provided the following one-time emergency grant allocation:

Resident Student: $1,000
Commuter Student: $700

The College has determined that such expenses also include costs related to summer study abroad trips which have not been refunded or reimbursed to eligible students as a result of cancellation by third party providers.  If a student was impacted by the cancelation of a summer study abroad trip which has not been refunded or reimbursed, they are required to submit the attached application and required documentation no later than June 17, 2020.  There is no guarantee of funding for such requests as the proceeds will be distributed until exhausted as set forth herein. 

Grants will be paid via electronic funds transfer (where possible) or via check.

Instructions of Directions Given to Students

The following message was communicated to students via e-mail on May 21, 2020:

Subject: COVID-19 CARES Act Emergency Grant Information

Dear Students:

We are pleased to provide information regarding the distribution of Emergency Financial Aid Grants through the federal government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES Act includes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) that provides emergency funding to higher education, a portion of which must go directly to students in the form of emergency financial aid grants for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Cedar Crest recently received notification of the amount it would receive under this legislation and has reviewed the guidance from the U.S. Department of Education for distributing the portion of those funds mandated to go directly to eligible students, who must have filed a completed 2019/20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Under the eligibility requirements defined by the Department of Education, the following students are ineligible to receive emergency grants:

  • International students, undocumented students, DACA students
  • Fully online students prior to the issuance of the CARES Act
  • Auditing students and visiting students
  • Students receiving tuition remission
  • Students who withdrew or took a leave of absence on or before May 27, 2020
  • Students with unsatisfactory academic progress
  • Students who graduated the College as of May 9, 2020

Students who meet eligibility requirements as of May 27, 2020, will receive a one-time emergency grant in the form of direct deposit or check as follows:

  • Residential Students - $1000
  • Commuter Students - $700

Grants will be released on May 27, 2020. Students who did not submit a 2019/20 FAFSA, but who are eligible to file a FAFSA, may be eligible to receive a grant allocation, but are required to submit the attached form (“HEERF Affidavit Form”) no later than June 17, 2020.

We realize that some students may have been affected by costs related to summer study abroad trips that were canceled by third party providers. Eligible students impacted by the cancellation of a summer study abroad trip which has not been refunded or reimbursed can submit the attached application (“Summer Study Abroad Trips HEERF Application”) and required documentation no later than June 17, 2020 for possible funding.

Additionally, students who do not meet the eligibility criteria for a HEERF grant may apply for possible assistance through the College’s internal COVID-19 Emergency Fund by contacting Kyle Dailey, Dean of Students, at kyle.dailey@cedarcrest.edu.  

A detailed report outlining the process for the CARES Act funds distribution can be found online at https://www.cedarcrest.edu/healthservices/covid.shtm. For questions regarding the CARES Act emergency grants, please contact Student Financial Services at financialservices@cedarcrest.edu.

CARES Act 45-day Report – June 2020[pdf]

6.22.2020—Fall Re-Opening and Instruction Update

Dear Students:

Summer officially arrived this weekend and I hope that, wherever you were, it found you and your loved ones safe, well, and hopefully enjoying the sunshine. At Cedar Crest, we have been working tirelessly to prepare for you, our new and returning Falcons, to return to campus safely this fall. I write today to share with you an update on our progress, as I am sure you are eager to know what lies ahead.

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As you may recall, in early May, the Board of Trustees assembled a Task Force of trustee, faculty, staff and student representatives devoted to finding our way forward through this crisis. Based on the recommendations of the Task Force, particularly the working groups focused on Academic Year 20/21 and Academic Operations, we have developed an agile plan for course delivery that will allow in-person instruction to resume this fall, and even this summer for a limited group of students requiring clinical instruction and for select first-year students in our Aspire research program.

Our fall semester will begin as planned on August 24 and follow our normal 15-week schedule (14 weeks of instruction plus finals week), with all instruction after Thanksgiving Break taking place online. Some portion of your courses will be delivered in-person and some online depending on the needs of the course and classroom space availability.

All campus life, including residence halls, student activities, dining, athletics, and other events will resume operation under a set of guiding principles that mitigate risk for contracting the virus and contain the spread if a member of our community should become ill. We are also working closely with Parkhurst, our food services partner, to adapt our dining locations and options in accordance with health and safety guidelines.

Where in-person instruction occurs, things will also look a bit different. All classroom space will allow for compliance with social distancing and group guidelines from public health officials. Depending on the class location, plexi-glass barriers or other mitigation strategies may be utilized to further support student and faculty health and safety.

To be able to respond quickly to any changes in the course of the virus in the region or in our community, in-person courses will be simultaneously delivered in a flexible model that can pivot between in-person and online instruction without interruption to learning and academic progress. This model also allows us to be responsive to students’ needs and possible life changes related to COVID-19.

We learned a great deal during our rapid switch to remote instruction this past spring. Through feedback and surveys, we have a better understanding of what works well in this environment and what challenges needed to be addressed. Our faculty are preparing extensively over the summer for this flexible instructional delivery model. We will continue to evaluate this model and adjust when necessary to provide the best possible learning experience for our students.

The health and safety of our campus and larger communities has been and remains our highest priority. Our plan reflects the most up-to-date recommendations provided by the CDC, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and the Allentown Health Bureau, but also allows for a high level of flexibility given the changing nature of the pandemic. The College’s comprehensive Health & Safety Plan will provide detailed guidelines for our campus operations as we navigate our way forward. This plan will be shared with you and the entire campus community soon and will be available on our COVID-19 website.

As the situation evolves, we will have to be nimble and may need to update our Health & Safety Plan and campus operations accordingly. I will continue to communicate with you via email and other outlets as appropriate, and our COVID-19 website will continue to serve as a resource for timely information. You can also expect to hear from the Dean of Students, Academic Advising and other areas as preparations continue throughout the summer.

Our return to campus will not be a return to normal, by any means. Instead, it will reflect our “new normal.” Even though things will look and feel different, our mission and dedication to providing transformative learning and empowering experiences remains unchanged. These are challenging times, and I have watched our faculty and staff rise to that challenge, bringing a heightened level of innovation, creativity and commitment to their work for you, our students. You inspire us every day and we can’t wait to welcome you back.

Elizabeth M. Meade, PhD
President
Cedar Crest College

5.21.2020—Cedar Crest College CARES Student Aid Distribution Report

Cedar Crest College
PR/Award No. P425E200805

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is federal legislation that provides a variety of financial support to individuals and organizations affected by the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic.

The CARES Act includes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) that provides more than $14 billion in emergency funding to higher education. Of those funds, more than $6 billion must go directly to students in the form of emergency financial aid grants for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 crisis.

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Introduction

On March 27, 2020, the President of the United States signed the CARES Act (H.R. 748), which provides emergency relief funds to organizations and individuals affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), found in Section 18004 of the CARES Act, provides funding to institutions of higher education “to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.” This report provides details on the first award Cedar Crest College received under the HEERF, specifically the funds received by the College for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

Acknowledgement of Funding and Certification

Cedar Crest College, reviewed, signed, and returned the U.S. Department of Education’s Certification and Agreement for these funds on April 13, 2020, and we received our grant award notification on April 22, 2020. In keeping with the terms of the certification, Cedar Crest College will use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants directly to students.

Total Award

Cedar Crest College will receive a total of $1,526,417 under Section 18004(a)(1) of the HEERF, of which at least $763,209 will be provided directly to students impacted by campus disruptions due to the novel coronavirus.

Funds Distributed to Date

As of the close of business on May 12, 2020, Cedar Crest College has not yet awarded direct grants to students.  The College is currently analyzing how to best provide this aid to students and expects within the next few weeks to begin distributing funding.

Student Eligibility and Recipients to Date

The total number of Cedar Crest College students eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, and therefore eligible to receive CARES Act emergency financial aid grants, is 831.  As noted above, no student has received funding as of the date of the report as the College continues to analyze how best to provide the aid. 

Methods Used to Determine which Students Receive Aid and How Much

The College carefully reviewed the CARES Act and the guidance provided by the United States Department of Education specifically to determine the requirements applicable for the distribution of the available emergency resources to students.  The CARES Act provided each institution with significant discretion on how to award the emergency assistance.  The only statutory requirement was that the funds be used by students to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus.  Shortly after releasing these funds to educational institutions, additional guidance was provided by the Department of Education clarifying eligibility of students.  Under these newly issued guidelines, “only students who are or could be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended by (HEA), may receive emergency financial aid grants.  If a student has filed a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), then the student has demonstrated eligibility to participate in programs under Section 484 in the HEA.”  

In order to determine eligibility of students under the above guidelines, the College utilized the 2019-20 FAFSA’s submitted by current students enrolled for the spring 2020 semester to determine eligibility.  International students, undocumented students, DACA students, fully online students prior to the issuance of the CARES Act, auditing students, visiting students, students receiving tuition remission, students who withdrew or took a leave of absence on or before May 27, 2020, students with unsatisfactory academic progress and students who graduated the College as of May 9, 2020 have been deemed ineligible for this emergency grant. 

Students who did not submit a 2019/20 FAFSA, but who are eligible to file a FAFSA, may be eligible to receive a grant allocation, but are required to submit the attached form no later than June 17, 2020.  Students completing the attestation form will be required to confirm that they meet the requirements to participate in programs under Section 484 of the HEA and, therefore, may be eligible for the emergency grant.  Students who did not submit a completed FAFSA for 2019/20 and who now complete the application are not guaranteed the allocation set forth in this Report as the funding received by the College may have already been disbursed. 

The College has committed to utilizing all of the available student emergency funds in accordance with the CARES Act and pertinent guidance.

The College’s review determined that all students have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 and the disruption it has caused to their education, housing, food, technology, course materials, health/child care and other costs.  Based upon its analysis, the College determined that its residential students were impacted most significantly due to COVID-19.  In this regard, the abrupt closure to our campus as required by the Governor of the State of Pennsylvania left residential students with additional unplanned costs during the middle of their academic semester.  Additionally, some of these costs were borne by our commuter students who had to transition to an online academic platform, including adjusting to all of the technology needs that arise with that modality.  The College understands that these are much needed resources that will positively impact their persistence towards their college degree.  Therefore, the College fairly distributed these resources amongst the eligible students as follows:

Students who met the above criteria, as of May 27, 2020, will be provided the following one-time emergency grant allocation:

Resident Student: $1,000
Commuter Student: $700

The College has determined that such expenses also include costs related to summer study abroad trips which have not been refunded or reimbursed to eligible students as a result of cancellation by third party providers.  If a student was impacted by the cancelation of a summer study abroad trip which has not been refunded or reimbursed, they are required to submit the attached application and required documentation no later than June 17, 2020.  There is no guarantee of funding for such requests as the proceeds will be distributed until exhausted as set forth herein. 

Grants will be paid via electronic funds transfer (where possible) or via check.

Instructions of Directions Given to Students

The College announced instructions on the distribution amounts for eligible students on May 21, 2020.  This announcement, was made via email to students as well as posted on our website at https://www.cedarcrest.edu/healthservices/covid.shtm.  

Students who do not meet the eligibility criteria may apply for COVID-19 emergency funds by contacting the Dean of Students, Kyle Dailey at Kyle.Dailey@cedarcrest.edu.  The College does not guarantee that any funding will be provided or will be available.

Summer Study Abroad Trips Application

HEERF Affidavit Form

5.21.2020—An Update on Planning for the Fall Semester

Dear Students:

As we head into this Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start to summer, I wanted to provide you with an update to our planning for the fall semester. It is our intention to resume face-to-face instruction on our campus this fall. Working under the guidance of federal, state and local officials, we are making plans to safely deliver the transformative learning and experiences that are the hallmark of a Cedar Crest education. As a small campus with an average class size of 15, we are already well-positioned to enact many of the required safety measures and respond quickly and confidently as needs evolve. 

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In order to plan for the upcoming academic year and the long-term impact of the pandemic on Cedar Crest, the Board of Trustees has established a campus-wide, Board-led Task Force. This Task Force is comprised of trustee, senior officer, faculty, staff, and student representation. The Task Force is further broken down into five working groups: Planning for Academic Year 20/21; Business Operations Efficiency; Academic Operations; Increased Revenue Opportunities; and Strategic Investment Opportunities. Each working group will make specific recommendations to the Board of Trustees by June 15. The decisions that are made for the fall, based on the recommendations of the Task Force, will be shared with the College later this summer.  

Cedar Crest College was born out of a visionary idea that women could do and be more than society expected of them. That innovative spirit has carried us through many challenges in our more than 150-year history, and it will continue to help us navigate our way forward. Our close-knit, caring community is here to support you every step of the way. You can email president@cedarcrest.edu if you have questions.

I wish you and your loved ones a safe, healthy and happy Memorial Day weekend!

Elizabeth M. Meade, PhD
President
Cedar Crest College 

5.12.2020—Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Cedar Crest College
PR/Award No. P425E200805
Report No. 1: 30-day Fund Report

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is federal legislation that provides a variety of financial support to individuals and organizations affected by the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic.

The CARES Act includes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) that provides more than $14 billion in emergency funding to higher education. Of those funds, more than $6 billion must go directly to students in the form of emergency financial aid grants for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 crisis.

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Introduction

On March 27, 2020, the President of the United States signed the CARES Act (H.R. 748), which provides emergency relief funds to organizations and individuals affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), found in Section 18004 of the CARES Act, provides funding to institutions of higher education “to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.” This report provides details on the first award Cedar Crest College received under the HEERF, the funds for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

Acknowledgement of Funding and Certification

Cedar Crest College, reviewed, signed, and returned the U.S. Department of Education’s Certification and Agreement for these funds on April 13, 2020, and we received our grant award notification on April 22, 2020. In keeping with the terms of the certification, Cedar Crest College will use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants directly to students.

Total Award

Cedar Crest College will receive a total of $1,526,417 under Section 18004(a)(1) of the HEERF, of which at least $763,209 will be provided directly to students impacted by campus disruptions due to the novel coronavirus.

Funds Distributed to Date

As of the close of business on May 12, 2020, Cedar Crest College has not yet awarded direct grants to students.  The College is currently analyzing how to best provide this aid to students and expects within the next few weeks to begin distributing funding.

Student Eligibility and Recipients to Date

The total number of Cedar Crest College students eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, and therefore eligible to receive CARES Act emergency financial aid grants is 833. Of those students, none have received an award as of May 12, 2020.

Methods Used to Determine which Students Receive Aid and How Much

The College is currently analyzing the best method to distribute these available resources to eligible students.  The College is expecting that determination by the end of May 2020. 

Instructions of Directions Given to Students

The College anticipates to announce instructions on the distribution amounts for eligible students by the end of May 2020.  This announcement, including any instructions, will be made via email to students as well as posted on our website at https://www.cedarcrest.edu/healthservices/covid.shtm.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.pdf

5.07.2020—IMPORTANT: Spring 2020 Move-Out Update

Dear Students,

I am pleased to let you know that we have received guidance from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that allows students to return to pack their rooms and remove their belongings, from May 11 through June 7, 2020. The ability to do this comes with the strict understanding that all students will abide by the measures we have put into place to ensure your safety and the safety of our campus. In order for this to be possible, we must ensure that strict social and physical distancing remain in effect while you are on campus.

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The memo below and attached to this email from Kyle Dailey, Dean of Students, outlines several options for retrieving your belongings and the process associated with each option. Students may choose Express Self-Checkout, Designated Individual Move-Out, or Packing & Storage.

Cedar Crest College faces serious consequences if we are not in compliance with the state’s social distancing measures. Anyone that comes to campus without a reserved time slot will NOT be allowed entry into the residence halls. If we find that anyone is not complying with safety protocols outlined in the Dean’s memo, then I will immediately stop the move-out activities and cancel the remaining reserved time slots. If we cannot do this safely, then we cannot do it all.

You have all been so patient under these very difficult circumstances. I know you have been eager to retrieve your belongings, and I am so pleased we are able to make that happen even under the current stay-at-home order. Your health and well-being, and that of our community, remain our highest priority. Thank you in advance for carefully observing the safety measures to make the move out successful.

Sincerely,

Elizabeth M. Meade, PhD
President
Cedar Crest College


SPRING 2020 MOVE OUT INFORMATION

You have three options for moving out of your residence hall. These new options for moving out student belongings replace the curbside pickup option that was announced last week. Students who had opted for curbside pickup must select one of the new options and follow the accompanying procedures. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, but we must move forward with the options below to ensure a safe and controlled move-out process.

Please read each one of these options carefully prior to selected the option that works best for you.

1. SELF EXPRESS CHECKOUT PROCEDURE

The following check-out procedures will be in effect to accommodate an expedient check-out of your residence hall while promoting safety and social distancing. Students or guests experiencing any of the symptoms related to COVID-19 must not come to campus and signup for a new time slot.

To aid in an expedient move-out, you must sign-up for a checkout time for your residence hall by floor. Students will not be permitted to enter the residence halls outside of their assigned time. Please select your residence hall and floor below to sign-up for a checkout time:

Butz 1st Floor
Butz 2nd Floor
Butz 3rd Floor

Curtis 3rd Floor

Moore Ground Floor
Moore 1st Floor
Moore 2nd Floor
Moore 3rd Floor

Steinbright 1st Floor
Steinbright 2nd Floor
Steinbright 3rd Floor

CHECKOUT PROCEDURES

  • Each move out shift will be 4 hours in length.
  • Students are limited to having 2 guests assist with their move out.
  • Students and guests are required to bring and wear masks and gloves prior to entering and while inside the residence halls.
  • Students should pack and move belongings in as few trips as possible to minimize contact with others. Students will need to bring all supplies needed to move out (boxes, tubs, trash bags, moving carts, cleaning supplies).
  • Trash needs to be disposed of in the dumpster located next to your residence hall.
  • Students should take all belongings from their room as they will not be able to return to collect any items left behind. These items will be disposed of after you have returned your keys.
  • Once you have completed your move, place your filled out express checkout sheet (found taped to your door) and key in your top desk drawer and lock your door when you leave the room.
  • Failure to return your keys may result in a $100 lock change charge.

2. DESIGNATED INDIVIDUAL MOVE-OUT

If you are not able to return to campus to move your belongings out of your room you can designate a family member or friend to pack and move-out your belongings. You will sign-up for a move-out time as outlined above and submit the following form with information about your designated individual.

Your designated individual must adhere to the checkout procedures outlined above. You must mail your key and a filled out the attached express checkout sheet back to Cedar Crest College at the following address:

ATTN: Residence Life
100 College Drive
Allentown, PA 18104

3. PACKING AND STORAGE

Packing and storage of your belongings should be a last resort for students who cannot return to campus or designate an individual to pack and move their items for them.

Rooms will be packed by College personnel and stored on campus at no cost. Items such as batteries, aerosol cans or other flammable chemicals, houseplants, and food cannot be packed and stored and will be discarded or donated.

To choose this option you must email Residence Life at reslife@cedarcrest.edu with the subject line “Packing and Storage”. A separate email will be sent to you if you choose this option.

You may also work with a moving company to have your items shipped to you after the College has packed your belongings. You will be responsible for all cost associated with shipping your belongings.

You must mail your key and a filled out the attached express checkout sheet back to Cedar Crest College at the following address:

ATTN: Residence Life
100 College Drive
Allentown, PA 18104

Thank you for your patience as you waited for this information and for your cooperation with the Spring 2020 move-out. If you have any questions or concerns please email Residence Life at reslife@cedarcrest.edu.

Be well,
Kyle


Kyle Dailey
Dean of Students

Spring 2020 Move Out.pdf

Express Check Out Sheet.pdf

5.4.2020—COVID-19: Campus Update, A Message from President Meade

Dear Campus Community,

Please see below a video message from me.

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Sincerely,

Elizabeth M. Meade, Ph.D.
President
Cedar Crest College

4.24.2020—Student Refund Details and FAQ

Dear Students,

Thank you so much for your patience and understanding while the College carefully worked through the complex issue of refunding the appropriate portion of what you paid for room and board. We have been grappling with many of the same questions and challenges being explored by colleges and universities across the country, and we realize that our students and their families have been deeply impacted in many ways by the pandemic and by the College’s ordered closure.

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Over the past few weeks, our Student Financial Services office has worked closely with the Cabinet, the Board of Trustees, and federal and state governments to navigate the complexities of issuing room and board refunds. With this in mind, we arrived at the following determination for residential students and those who hold active meal plans for the spring 2020 semester:

  • Eligible student accounts will be credited with a prorated amount for the unused portion of housing and meal plans. Any institutional scholarships and/or aid that a student received to cover any portion of room and/or board for the spring semester will also be prorated and subtracted from the refund amount.
  • All refunds of credit balances will be processed after all charges for the spring 2020 semester have been satisfied.
  • This process is scheduled to take place on April 30. Students who have enrolled in eRefund will receive their refund via electronic deposit to the bank information provided. Students who have not enrolled in eRefund will receive a paper check in the mail.

A detailed FAQ document explaining the process by which the refund determination was made is attached to this email. Instructions for enrolling in eRefund and other considerations are also included. If you have additional questions regarding your student account, please email financialservices@cedarcrest.edu.

Also, as a reminder, if you are in need of support, the College may be able to help through its emergency fund. Please contact the Dean of Students at kyle.dailey@cedarcrest.edu to discuss options.

Once again, we are grateful for your patience as we worked through this process. To all of our students and families, we send our sincere best wishes for your health and safety and look forward to assisting you as the spring semester draws to a close.

Regards,

Elizabeth M. Meade, Ph.D.
President
Cedar Crest College

Student Financial Services Room and Meal Plan FAQs

4.23.2020—A Message from the Dean of Students

Good Afternoon,

Yesterday, President Meade, Provost Wilson, Student Government, and I held a student forum to address questions and concerns regarding the College’s response to COVID-19, in general and as it relates specifically to the residence halls. Student Government will be sending out a link to a recording of the forum for those of you who were not able to attend. 

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Student Government shared with College leadership the questions that they received from you last week. Attached you will find a PDF document with these questions and answers from the College.  I sincerely hope that this document will provide greater clarity around the issues of greatest concern to you.  Our goal is to be honest and transparent with you.  Where we do not yet have the answer, we have said so. 

I wish all of you the best with the rest of the semester and I hope you and your families are well. 

Best, 
Kyle 

Kyle Dailey
Dean of Students

College Responses to Student Questions Regarding Residence Halls

4.20.2020—Weekly update

Dear Campus Community,

I wanted to begin by giving you an update to my communication strategy for the rest of our remote work period.  If you are like me, you may have some email fatigue!  Beginning next week, the format of my weekly communication to campus will alternate every other week between a newsletter and a video message.  The newsletter will be similar to my previous monthly updates and will include information on the College’s situation and plans regarding the COVID-19 emergency as well as other campus news.  In between, I will record a video message, again bringing you news of the College.  Keep in mind that any critically important announcements will still come out as emails from me, so please keep opening those as well.  Also, by way of information, the Provost, Dean of Students and I will host a virtual open forum for students tomorrow, Tuesday, April 21.

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For this week, I wanted to share two thoughts.  First, I need to give a BIG shout out to those employees who do not get to work in their pajamas and sweatpants, but are coming to work every day: Campus Police, Facilities and Grounds.  I am deeply grateful to all those who have kept our campus safe, in good condition, and ready for when we come back from this extended closure.

My other thought is this – whether working from home or coming to campus as essential personnel, we are all working hard, around the clock, and under a great deal of stress.  We are trying to home school children, taking care of elderly parents from afar, and worrying about keeping our families safe and well.  I hope you are also taking time to be good to yourself, to give yourself a break, and to forgive yourself if you find tempers a little shorter than usual.  I am cheered by the stories I hear of kindness to others, of the heroism and sacrifice of our first responders and healthcare professionals, and acts of extraordinary generosity.  But these are trying times, and we should not be dismayed when we stumble or fall short.  We are all doing our best under difficult circumstances.

I am so grateful for each and every one of you.  Thank you for your heroism.

Elizabeth Meade, Ph.D.
President
Cedar Crest College

4.13.2020—COVID-19: Campus Update, A Message from President Meade

Dear Campus Community,

Please see below a video message from me.

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Sincerely,

Elizabeth M. Meade, Ph.D.
President
Cedar Crest College

4.8.2020—A Message from the Dean of Students

Dear Students, 

I am writing today to provide you with some updates and to check in. The past few weeks have been challenging for many of us as we moved away from in-person classes, the campus, and each other. It is still difficult for me to grasp how quickly this occurred. I can only imagine the sense of loss and frustration you feel. With this in mind, I urge you to find time in your day to step away from your computer and do things that make you happy. For some of you that may be reading a book you have interest in, dancing around your room listening to the latest “bop” (as you can tell it has been hard for me to keep up on student slang since you have been away), getting outside while maintaining social distancing, participating in SAB’s virtual programming, or downloading Netflix party to watch a movie with your friends.

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Please remember that the College is still here for you even though we are separated by space. My previous email on March 24th outlined how you can access Student Affairs services remotely. Please utilize these services as needed and do not hesitate to contact me if you need any assistance.

Now for some updates:

Refunds for Housing and Meal Plans

The College will be issuing refunds to eligible students for housing and meal plans. I ask for your patience as the Student Financial Services team continues to work through this process.  If you are on a payment plan, you should continue to make your regularly scheduled payment on or before April 20. The College will be in touch soon regarding more information pertaining to refunds.

Moving Out of the Residence Halls

Pennsylvania Governor Wolf’s “stay at home” order and closure of non-life sustaining businesses is still in effect. This means that the College, including our residence halls, are closed until further notice. Residence Life will contact all residents when the Governor’s order has been lifted with instructions on the move out process. Please know that your items are safe and that Campus Police are doing rounds of the buildings.

Residence Hall Deployment to Local Hospitals  

You may have read that colleges across the country as well as locally are being asked to house medical staff in their residence halls. The College has been approached by both Lehigh Valley Health Network and St. Luke’s University Health Network to use our spaces in this way. The College has not made the decision to use our residence halls for medical staff at this time. If the decision is made to use a residence hall to support medical staff we will contact those residents impacted to make plans on how we can work with them to pack and store their belongings. 

Commencement 

President Meade announced in a recent email that Commencement will be held on August 22, 2020.  The College will also hold a virtual celebration for graduating students on the original Commencement date of May 9, 2020. The Commencement Committee will send out an email in the coming weeks outlining how our community will celebrate those graduating from the College.  

Financial Hardships Created by COVID-19

With donations by our community and friends of Cedar Crest, the College has created a Student Assistance/Emergency Fund for those students who may need financial assistance due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A limited amount of aid can be provided for things such as school supplies, technology, food assistance, or other expenses. Funding is provided one time on a case-by-case basis. In order to request emergency aid, please contact me at kyle.dailey@cedarcrest.edu. Documentation of your situation will need to be provided prior to any aid awarded.

The College will continue to communicate important updates with you. I hope you and your families are doing well and staying safe. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns. 

Best, 

Kyle 

Kyle Dailey
Dean of Students

4.8.2020—Working Remotely and Time Off

Good afternoon,

For those of you wondering how long we’ve been doing this, we are now in week four of working remotely.  Today is Wednesday.  It is April 8, 2020.

We’ve come a long way! It has been so encouraging to see and hear the stories of our campus community rising to the challenge of keeping the College’s business operations moving forward through this health crisis.  Surely, how we do our work has changed. It hasn’t been easy. It may take longer to do something that was easily completed when everyone was on campus.  We are all learning and adapting to new technologies and resources for new ways of getting our work done. 

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Given that our homes are also now our offices, this can feel overwhelming and exhausting and like you are working all the time.  What can you do?

Have structure to your day, but be flexible with your schedule if necessary.

Set boundaries for when you work or check emails. 

At the end of you workday, turn off the computer, iPad, phone or other devices for a well-deserved break from screen time and endless video meetings.

Take time off from work.  Put on your out of office message and don’t check in (yes, this is ok to do!)

Be kind to yourself.  You are doing the best you can.

We have been asked if staff are permitted to take time off during this remote work period and the answer is YES!  In fact, this is the time of year that we typically remind folks that vacation, floating holidays and personal days need to be used by the end of August (as carryover after June 30th). All staff can check their time off balances in ADP and plan accordingly. If you do decide to take time off, just remember to record/request the time off in ADP, the same as if you were in the office. 

Taking time to step away from work now may be more important than ever to relax, recharge and stay healthy, both physically and mentally! 

Stay safe and be well Falcon family!

Lisa B. Garbacik, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP
Executive Director of Human Resources

4.6.2020—Online Learning Resources for Students

Good afternoon,

This morning I emailed all students with information about a new section of the Student Success Center page in My.CedarCrest. This new section, called Strategies for Online Learning, provides tips and strategies for the topics below. A big thank to Sue Barnes, Francesca Damiano, Lynnsae Powers, and Joan Kern for their contributions to these materials.

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  • Setting a schedule, staying organizing, and prioritizing work
  • Multitasking (or, how and why to avoid it!)
  • Making the most of video lectures
  • Staying connected and managing online group work

The path to this site is My.CedarCrest - Current Students - Academic Services - Student Success Center.

Please feel free to refer students to these resources. If you have other strategies that would be beneficial to our students, please send them to me and I will continue to add more resources to this site.

Take care and enjoy the sunshine-

Calley

Calley Stevens Taylor, Ph.D.
Dean of Student Success

4.6.2020—Strategies for online learning

Good morning,

As we start our fourth week of fully online instruction, I want to share some more strategies that can be helpful as you approach the remainder of the Spring semester.

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I know that many of you are still trying to figure out the best strategies for online classes, and that's OK. Online classes are different than in-person classes. You might need to use different strategies for them, but don't worry - you’ve done this before. Remember when you started your first college classes? They were different than the classes you had taken previously, but you've learned how to be successful in them. Think back to how you did that. You tried some new study strategies, asked people for help, used campus resources, found study partners, and learned how to manage your time and organize your assignments. Transitioning to online learning requires the same approach, and if you’re feeling unsure about it, just remember - you figured it out before, you will figure it out again now, and we are here to help.

For some quick tips on variety of strategies, from making the most of video lectures to charts you can use to manage your to-do list, check out our new Strategies for Online Learning in My.CedarCrest (Current Students/Academic Services/Student Success Center). Want a quick overview? Download the attached guide. Want ideas on a topic that isn't included? Let me know. Have a tip you want to share with other students? Send me your ideas and I will add them to My.CedarCrest.

Take care and stay safe!

Calley

Calley Stevens Taylor, Ph.D.
Dean of Student Success

Remote Learning Guide

4.6.2020—Commencement Update

Dear Campus Community,

As you know, I recently had to make the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 Commencement Ceremony.  This ceremony is extremely important to our graduates and their families as well as our entire campus community, so we have worked quickly to reschedule it.  I am pleased to announce the new date for Commencement is Saturday, August 22, 2020

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Due to these special circumstances, the ceremony will take on an even greater significance—our first opportunity to come together as a community since the pandemic began.  We have decided to combine this Commencement ceremony with elements of our Baccalaureate ceremony, along with our usual fall Convocation, providing a moment when the outgoing graduates also have the chance to welcome our new first year students.  The format therefore will be new, but I promise you it will contain the most familiar and comforting elements of Commencement and will be a fitting tribute to the graduate’s accomplishments.  More information, including details about the Awards Ceremony, Nursing Pinning and a number of other FAQs have been posted to the College’s Commencement webpage.

Through this difficult time, you have all shown grace, resilience, hard work and compassion.  I am very thankful for your support and extremely proud of our Cedar Crest Community!

I look forward to offering my congratulations to our graduates and welcoming our incoming class on August 22, 2020, when we will come together as a community and hold a well-deserved celebration.

Sincerely,

Elizabeth M. Meade, Ph.D.
President
Cedar Crest College

4.3.2020—COVID-19: Summer 2020 Classes Online

Dear students,

Given Governor Wolf’s extension of the stay-at-home order until at least April 30, 2020, Cedar Crest College will move to online delivery of all courses scheduled for the May and Summer (I and II) 2020 terms, including all courses originally planned for face-to-face and hybrid formats. 

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This decision is to ensure that you can make the progress you have planned for your degrees. It also allows time for both you and your faculty to prepare for online coursework in advance. Registration is currently available for summer courses. Academic support services, such as tutoring and advising, will continue to be available remotely during the summer terms. 

Currently, no College-wide decision has been made regarding in-person meetings and events on campus for the summer, such as new-student orientations, intensive academic residencies, or independent student research. Departments and offices should, however, begin planning to deliver such summer events remotely, if such delivery becomes necessary. 

The College will continue to closely monitor guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Allentown Health Bureau regarding COVID-19 social distancing and update a decision for such summer events no later than April 30, 2020. 

Students, please consult your academic advisor with any questions you have regarding your academic progression. 

Be well and take care,

Dr. Wilson

Robert A. Wilson, PhD
Provost

4.3.2020—Working Safely while Working Remotely

Dear Campus Community,

We are at the end of our third week of online instruction and working remotely while trying to settle in to a new normal.  Our temporary new workspaces may not be optimal and the trips to the “break room” (i.e., the kitchen) may be more frequent, but there are some steps you can take to maintain good ergonomic practices and keep yourself comfortable while working remotely.   One of the College’s business partners, RCM&D, has shared helpful ergonomic tips to minimize potential risk factors and maximize your physical comfort while working from home. They are included as attachments.  Modifying your temporary workspace may take some creative adjustments, but it’s worth it for your comfort! Personally, I’ve moved “offices” already to change things up and four same sized books helped to elevate my new desk to a proper height.

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In addition, if you need a break from your home office, Kellina Yarrish sends great work out videos daily with exercises to keep you moving and healthy! A quick walk around the block is helpful too and can do wonders for both your mental and physical health!     

Finally, a few safety reminders that are worth repeating:

  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds
  • Practice social distancing while working (especially if you absolutely have to stop on campus)
  • If you cough or sneeze, do so into the crook of your elbow

Stay safe and be well Falcon family!

Lisa B. Garbacik, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP
Executive Director of Human Resources

Ergonomic Tips for Laptop Users

Ergonomics for Working Remotely

Cressman Library - List of Resources - April 2020

Hello from Cressman Library with Reference online and so many additional resources now available to us while we are off campus and social distancing during covid-19.

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I’ve added to the list of resources that I sent last week—see attached. You may be as interested, or more interested in the updated list. Again, the resources include several trials that are available for a specific timeframe, such as the next 60 days or until the end of June, while others will remain open access.

You will be familiar with many of the resources, and some simply expand access to what we are already accustomed to. Others you may be familiar with, but we’ve never, ever had access to before.

Many of those are temporarily offering access to many, many, many e-journals and ebooks. Some you may be able to just read online, while others you will also be able to download. Also, access to some of the resources, even though freely available to us, do require that we are authenticated as being from Cedar Crest College and so will require VPN (faculty and staff) or EzProxy access (faculty, staff, and students).

Beyond that, as far as the list goes, the first link is usually the resource that is openly available and the second or last link [in brackets] is our usual link for getting to that publisher or database via EzProxy for off campus access (and now also Shibboleth for some databases) when the library has a subscription or subscriptions there.

The list of resources and more, still to be added, will be put into a LibGuide very soon. For today’s list compared to last week’s, look for Update in the heading.

If you have questions for Reference, Ask Reference!

Take care, stay well!

Sheri Schneider

Sheri Schneider
sheri.schneider@cedarcrest.edu
Electronic Resources Librarian
Information & Instruction
Cressman Library

List of Cressman Library Databases Publishers with COVID-19 Resources (pdf)

4.2.2020—Postponed: Reunion Weekend 2020

Dear alumnae,

As we have been sharing with you, Cedar Crest College has been carefully monitoring and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure, to the best of our ability, the safety and well-being of our entire community. In keeping with federal and state recommendations, the Cedar Crest campus will remain closed through at least April 30, 2020.

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To safeguard alumnae and the entire Cedar Crest community in this ever-changing environment, we have made the difficult decision to postpone Reunion Weekend 2020, previously scheduled for May 29- 31, 2020. For everyone that has already registered, your registration fee will be refunded in the coming weeks.

We understand that Reunion is a cherished tradition for many alumnae, and we were all very excited about the Reunion 2020 schedule. We intend to move everything that was planned for this year to Reunion Weekend 2021 in late May or early June and will honor classes ending in 0’s, 1’s, 5’s, and 6’s at that time.

We know your connection to the College and to each other is important, so we will do everything we can to provide opportunities to welcome you back to the campus in the future. We are hopeful that the landscape will shift and we will be able to host an all-alumnae picnic later this summer. We will keep you informed if we are able to proceed with such an event. Please save the date for Alumnae Council which is currently scheduled for September 19, 2020.

Our staff will continue to work from home to help prevent the spread of coronavirus but are available via email and phone to answer your questions and concerns.

For more information about the Reunion 2020 postponement, please see the frequently asked questions below. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at lori.gallagher@cedarcrest.edu.

All my best,
Lori A. Gallagher '08
Director of Alumnae Affairs

Frequently Asked Questions

Has Reunion 2020 been rescheduled?
Given the resources involved in hosting Reunion 2020, we will not be rescheduling this event in its original form this year. We plan to keep the same exciting schedule for Reunion 2021, which will be held in late May or early June. During the 2021 reunion, we will honor classes ending in 0’s, 1’s, 5’s, and 6’s. Watch your mailbox, email, and Facebook for dates to be announced later this summer.

In the meantime, providing the landscape shifts, we are thinking creatively about ways to allow alumnae to gather on campus at an all-alumnae picnic later this summer and hope to see many of you at Alumnae Council on September 19, 2020. Stay tuned for more information regarding these events.

Will I get my money back for my Reunion 2020 registration?
Yes, we are refunding the full cost of all registrations, minus any gifts included with your registration. If you paid by credit card, you should see a credit issued from Cedar Crest College within the next 60 days. If you paid by check, we will be sending a check to you. It may take up to 60 days to process all registration refunds.

Can I donate my registration fees instead?
Yes. If you would like to re-direct your registration fees to the Cedar Crest Fund, please email alumnae@cedarcrest.edu by Friday, April 17 to indicate your preference. You may also indicate a different designation if you would like. Now, more than ever, due to COVID-19 impact, our students need financial assistance. Any gift to the Cedar Crest Fund can help our students at a time when their families may be facing extraordinary financial hardships.

Can I apply my registration fees to a future Reunion instead of receiving a refund?
Unfortunately, not at this time. We will be issuing refunds to all alumnae and will not hold registrations for a future date. We apologize if this is an inconvenience.

I already booked my hotel for Reunion Weekend. What should I do?
Please contact the hotel directly. Most hotels allow cancellations without penalty up to 72 hours before you arrive.

I already booked my flights to come to Reunion. What should I do?
We suggest you immediately contact the venue from which you purchased your ticket(s); whether that be a travel agent, a booking website (such as Expedia, Kayak, etc.), or an airline. Most airlines and travel partners have been extremely flexible in terms of canceling flights or giving customers credit for future flights.

Will the College help to cover some (or all) of my travel expenses that I already incurred?
We apologize, but we cannot assist with travel expenses. We do know that hotels and airlines have been extremely flexible with cancellations given the global pandemic and the cancellation of most large-scale events across the United States and all over the world. Please contact them directly to request a refund or credit.

Is the College still open?
Currently, the campus is closed, but College personnel are still working from home and are available to answer any questions you may have. Please contact them via email or leave a message and they will return your call promptly.

Can I come to campus by myself or with a group of friends for our own reunion?
Please do not come to campus at this time, as the Cedar Crest College campus is closed to all external visitors and non-essential College employees. We encourage all alumnae to follow the guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which recommends social distancing and social isolation as the only known way to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Once social distancing restrictions have been lifted and the campus reopens, you are welcome to stop by anytime. Please let us know if you would like a tour while you are on campus and we will be happy to show you around.

What will happen to the Alumnae Award recipient?
The Alumnae Award recipient will still receive her award at the all-alumnae luncheon during Reunion Weekend 2021. We will also honor her at Alumnae Council on Saturday, September 19, 2020.

I know my class was raising funds in honor of our Reunion year. What will happen with this effort?
We are continuing to accept gifts and are especially grateful for a gift in honor of your Reunion year. However, specific honor year fundraising efforts will resume in the new fiscal year. At Reunion 2021, we will present awards to classes from this year’s and next year’s Reunion classes for the most dollars raised and the most donors. For classes ending in 0’s and 5’s, gifts from fiscal years 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 will be counted in your totals. Thank you for continuing to support our students and the Cedar Crest College community through this difficult and uncertain time.

4.1.2020—UPDATED: Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Good morning,

Last week, I shared information with the campus community regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or “Act”) which goes into effect today, April 1, 2020.   This law requires employers like Cedar Crest to provide employees with Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) and Emergency Family and Medical Leave of Absence (EFMLA) for reasons specific to COVID-19. The Department of Labor’s (DOL) official poster about the Act is attached to this email.  

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Since the Act was signed into law only two weeks ago, we are receiving additional information and clarity regarding its implementation and application on an ongoing basis. Like almost everything associated with COVID-19, the situation continues to evolve and we want to keep you as updated as possible.  Additional information is expected to be released in the coming month(s) as the DOL coordinates this effort with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for tracking and implementation purposes.

We have also updated the FFCRA Q&A page with additional information about Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Emergency Family and Medical Leave and how it applies to specific situations.  The Leave of Absence request form has also been updated to reflect the new information and options associated with the Act. 

If you are an eligible employee (faculty or staff) who is unable to work (including remotely) and would like to request leave under the Act, you should complete and submit the FFCRA Leave of Absence request form to Human Resources as soon as possible.  Please reach out to Heather Hartner or me if you have any questions or need more information about your eligibility or the Act.

Stay safe and be well!

Lisa

Lisa B. Garbacik, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP
Executive Director of Human Resources

FFCRA COVID-19 Poster (pdf)

Families First Coronavirus Response Act Information Q&A (pdf)

COVID—19 LOA Request Form (pdf)

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3.31.2020—Toothbrushes and Teledentistry Coverage During COVID-19

Good morning! 

Today’s health message is brought to you by United Concordia, the College’s dental insurance provider.  The “Toothbrush” attachment includes tips to help keep your family healthy, whether you have a cold, the flu, and especially if you are affected by COVID-19.  Social distancing includes your toothbrush!

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What if you have a dental emergency during this stay at home period?  United Concordia continues to follow the guidance offered by the CDC, ADA and other health agencies.  They recognize the importance of supporting the ADA’s recommendation on Teledentistry, knowing that the need for urgent dental care doesn’t stop, even during this challenging time in global health.   To best support their members in need of urgent assistance, critical oral health issues can be addressed with a video or photograph assessment with a participating dentist. Coverage levels are subject to our normal plan terms and conditions. 

Teledentistry may be a new concept to you.  The “Teledentistry” attachment is a helpful resource to explain more about what Teledentistry is, breakdown how and when to use Teledentistry and how to help get connected with care in an emergency.

If you have questions about dental care during this crisis, United Concordia customer service representatives are standing by at (800) 332-0366. Whether it’s finding a dentist, setting up a virtual dental visit, or just understanding if a particular dental procedure is essential at this time, they are ready to help!

Stay safe and be well!

Best,

Lisa

Lisa B. Garbacik, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP
Executive Director of Human Resources

3.31.2020—From President Meade: Some thoughts on our new working environment

Dear Students,

I was thinking about you today as I was participating in a workshop of college presidents I was supposed to have attended in person.  The audio kept failing and I must have had to relaunch the program 25 times in just over an hour.  It was frustrating, and yet the only way to access the information I needed to do my job.

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It made me think about some of the frustrations I imagine you are encountering as you try to complete all of your classes online, even those that were never intended to be done online, like science labs and dance classes and art studios.  Your faculty are encountering these frustrations, too.

The way we do our daily work has really been upended by this global pandemic.  Things that should be easy have become harder while things that once seemed impossible are somehow happening.  I am so proud of the patience, resilience, and energy you are all showing in our shared endeavor of successfully completing the Spring 2020 semester.

I hope that you are all taking care of your physical, mental and emotional health; that you are taking care of your families and loved ones; and that you are still able to focus your energies on the important work of finishing your courses and obtaining your degrees.  We will be there with you every step of the way.

I miss you more than I can say.  Romeo is bereft, walking across campus with no one to pet him.  But I am looking forward to coming together again in person soon.

Please take care.

Elizabeth M. Meade
President
Cedar Crest College

3.30.2020—Managing Stress Monday!

Good afternoon Falcon Family!

We hope you had a safe, healthy weekend and are ready for another week of remote working and learning!  It seems as if most folks are trying to settle into a new routine as much as possible in this uncertain environment.  We know that trying to find some calm in the storm isn’t always easy and everyone handles things differently.  And what works for each of us one day may not work the next. 

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How can we find balance to keep ourselves healthy and thriving through this new normal?  Start by being kind and compassionate with yourself, so you can be there for others, if necessary.  PreferredEAP has provided some simple tips to share with our campus community. Staying involved, doing some things you enjoy, and keeping up a routine are important to reduce stress and anxiety, especially in these uncertain times.

Today’s tips:

  • Practicing mindfulness can be helpful in effectively managing stressful times.  Our partners at Lehigh Valley Health Network shared the following information, that includes several great links to resources about mindfulness.  
    https://news.lvhn.org/managing-stress-during-the-covid-19-outbreak/
  • Keeping active is important for helping to reduce anxiety and for overall health. Use the awesome workouts regularly shared by our athletic department or try these daily workouts, free for 60 days here: https://dailyburn.com/landing

 We hope that you find these useful. If need support or assistance during, or after, this crisis, please reach out to PreferredEAP at 610-433-8550, 1-800-327-8878, or contact them here.

 Be mindful this Monday, and be well!

 Lisa B. Garbacik, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP

Executive Director of Human Resources

3.30.2020—NEW in Career Planning- Connect with Us Virtually!

Dear Faculty & Staff,

Although we have changed the method of how students are learning and how we are helping...we want you to know that we are still available.

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Summer is right around the corner and we know students are thinking about "next steps" including internships, shadowing, and job possibilities. 

Please remind students we are available Monday-Friday for virtual appointments. They should use the link below or email us at career@cedarcrest.edu to schedule a virtual meeting. 

https://app.joinhandshake.com/login

NEW...

The Career Planning Center now has information and resources located right within Canvas! Students should choose "Career Planning Center" when they are logged into Canvas to access the tool and there will also be a Q&A feature. 

They can also find video content and tips from our very own Assistant Director, Andrew Leister! These tips include whether or not to include an objective on their resume, how to answer "tell me about yourself"...and more.

Please reach out to us via email if you would like us to help support you in any way with a virtual workshop for students on topics listed below: Enhancing your resume/cover letter, Job search strategies, Making connections/networking, or any other topics you may interested in.

Each week students will be getting a video (Created by our Executive Director, Candice Sierzega) regarding how they can navigate the job search in the current climate. The first video is attached. Other topics will include: Enhancing Your Digital Presence, Handshake and LinkedIn Job Search Strategies, Preparing for Virtual Interviews, and More! 

Best,

The Career Planning Center Team

3.27.2020—EAP FREE Resources from LVHN

Dear Campus Community,

Happy sunny Friday!  We have reached the end of another week of remote learning and working, all while continuing to adjust to this new normal. I think we can all agree it’s been challenging! Amid the uncertainty in our world, I am heartened by the patience, understanding and persistence demonstrated by our campus community and the willingness of the Cedar Crest family to reach out and help each other and our neighbors in need during this difficult time. We are in this together, even as we are apart. 

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As we take care of each other through this crisis, it is important that we each take care of ourselves too! In addition to our campus wide efforts, the College’s Employee Assistance Provider (EAP), PreferredEAP, has shared some free resources to help you maintain mental and emotional health, along with your physical health. 

  1. Our own athletic department has provided awesome daily workouts that can be done at home! If you haven’t seen or tried them yet, you should check out the videos! Even without the workout, Scout the dog is sure to make you smile!
  2. LVHN Fitness has also created FREE fitness content through their Facebook pages. There are live fitness videos that can be viewed anytime as well as other tips and written workouts that anyone can do on their own time. These are available to anyone.

Here are the links:

https://instagram.com/lvhnfitness?igshid=ba5qgsf4is5c

https://m.facebook.com/LVHNfitness/

  1. There are also Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Exercises. As you and your team and families navigate through these current changes, learning these proven mindfulness techniques can help alleviate anxieties. Again, all free (with permission to share!)

MBSR LINK: https://www.lvhn.org/audio-class-participants

A flyer from PreferredEAP about staying healthy through this crisis is also attached to this email. Now more than ever, we know you may need support.  We want to make sure you have information about and access to resources provided by the College to help you take care of your mental health as well as your physical health! PreferredEAP is available by phone or email at 800-327-8878 or http://www.preferredeap.org/contact-us.aspx

Stay safe and be well Falcon family!

Best,

Lisa

Lisa B. Garbacik, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP
Executive Director of Human Resources

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3.26.2020—Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Dear Campus Community,

Last week, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or “Act”) was signed into law.  This law requires employers like Cedar Crest to provide employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for reasons specific to COVID-19. The official notice of the Act is attached to this email. 

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Please read the information below and the attachments related to the Act.  Any employee (faculty or staff) who is unable to work (including remotely) under the requirements of the Act should complete and submit the FFCRA Leave of Absence request form to Human Resources as soon as possible.  All employees who qualify under the Act will be required to enter their time into ADP using codes specific to COVID-19. 

Who is covered by this Act?

All full and part time faculty and staff impacted by COVID-19 in the ways described below are covered by this Act.

How much paid sick leave is provided by the Act?

Affected employees are eligible to receive up to 80 hours – or two weeks – of paid sick leave at the employee’s normal salary, up to $511 per day.  The paid sick leave benefits are available to an employee who:

  • is subject to a federal, state or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19 or
  • has been advised by a healthcare provider to self-quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19 or
  • is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and seeking a medical diagnosis
  • is experiencing any other substantially-similar condition specified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

 The Act also covers two-thirds (67%) pay for two weeks of sick leave for an employee who:

  • is caring for a family member who is subject to a government order to quarantine or isolate or
  • is caring for a family member who has been advised by a healthcare provider to self-quarantine

The maximum aggregate total that an employee can earn under the “Emergency Paid Sick Leave” portion of the Act is $5,110 for absence due to self-care, and $2,000 for absence due to care for others.

How much paid family leave is provided by the Act?

This part of the Act is an expansion of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Affected employees may receive up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave, paid at two-thirds (67%) of the employee’s normal salary, up to $200 per day.  The maximum aggregate amount of paid family leave is $10,000 under this expanded FMLA. 

The full 12 weeks of family leave is only available to an employee who:

  • is caring for his or her child whose school or place of care is closed (or paid child care provider is unavailable) due to COVID-19 reasons

Additionally, paid family leave will not be available until an employee has already been out of work for a 10-day period. An employee can use vacation, floating holiday or personal time during this 10-day waiting period.

In addition, employees must have been employed by Cedar Crest for at least 30 days to be eligible for this portion of the Act. 

What are the effective dates of the Act?

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act takes effect on April 2, 2020 and continues through December 31, 2020. 

Please reach out to me or Heather Hartner if you have any questions or if you qualify for leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

Stay safe and be well Falcons! 

Lisa B. Garbacik, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP
Executive Director of Human Resources

THiS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED, CLICK HERE

FFCRA COVID-19 Poster (pdf)

Families First Coronavirus Response Act Information Q&A (pdf)

COVID—19 LOA Request Form (pdf)

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3.25.2020—Cressman Library: List of Resources 

Hello from Cressman Library with Reference online,

I’ve put together a list of resources you may be interested in at this time and a few for future reference. The resources include 2 or more trials that are available for a specific timeframe, such as the next 60 days or until the end of June, while others will remain open access.

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Many of the publishers and database providers that we are most familiar with have made articles and other resources openly available. This is list one and these resources and more will be added to a LibGuide very soon.

You will find at least two links for most of the resources listed. For the most part, the first link is the resource that is openly available and the second or last link [in brackets] is our usual link for getting to that publisher or database via EzProxy for off campus access when the library has a subscription or subscriptions there.

If you have questions for Reference, Ask Reference!

List of Cressman Library Databases Publishers with COVID-19 Resources (pdf)

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3.25.2020—From the Provost: COVID-19: Credit/No Credit Grades

Dear Cedar Crest students,

Our lives have been changed in dramatic ways by the coronavirus pandemic.

In recognition of the adversity and uniqueness of these circumstance, Cedar Crest will implement a “Credit” or “No Credit” grading policy for the Spring 2020 semester. 

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  • Faculty will evaluate your academic performance and issue grades for the semester according to our normal letter scale (A-F).
  • After final course grades are posted, you will have 7 days to decide if you wish to convert to a “Credit” (A-D grades) or a “No Credit” (F grades) designation. After your initial decision, you will have a period to consult with your academic advisor and may make changes until 5/26/20.
  • “Credit” designations will satisfy academic requirements and provide for progression in your studies. “No Credit” designations will not satisfy academic requirements. You may choose to convert to the Credit/No Credit system for any individual course or for all that you are taking. Neither “Credit” nor “No Credit” designations will be calculated into GPA.

Please see the attached policy for the full details.

An FAQ document addresses how you will notify the Registrar’s Office about your decision. The FAQs also discuss possible impacts on honors designations, scholarship eligibility, pre-licensure certification requirements (as with nursing or education courses), and other areas.

We all have been affected differently by the dislocation and distance put between us in this moment. The steps that we take together, however, are for the greater good. Years from now, we will look back on a moment in which we chose to act for the betterment of our families, our friends, and our neighbors.

What hasn’t changed through all of this is our faculty and staff’s belief in you. What hasn’t changed is our belief that you can be successful in your studies, that your education matters. What hasn’t changed is Cedar Crest’s belief that your desire for learning will fuel the resilience that brings us back from this separation.

Our faculty are deeply committed to your education. We will be here for you and will continue to provide a high-quality Cedar Crest College education through online learning. We know that you will commit yourselves to learning all that you can in your courses.

I hope that each of you are well and staying resilient through this moment. With grace, patience, and understanding, we will each be able to support one another.

Sincerely,

Dr. Wilson

Robert A. Wilson, PhD
Provost

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3.25.2020—COVID-19: Access to Campus Offices

Dear colleagues,

During the College campus closure due to COVID-19, only essential personnel are permitted access to campus.

If you require access to your office or departmental spaces to obtain material essential to delivering essential remote services or online instruction for the Spring 2020 semester, please send an email to Barbara Deitrick, Assistant to the Provost (bedeitri@cedarcrest.edu), that requests access. In your email, copy your direct supervisor, and specify:

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  1. Your reason for accessing your office or department (e.g., “To obtain materials I need to provide remote services.”)
  2. The requested date and approximate time for access.

The Office of the Provost will coordinate access requests to ensure limited numbers of faculty and staff are present in any one building at a time, so as to enable social distancing for COVID-19 prevention. A confirmation email will be sent acknowledging if permission is granted for that time or if another day or time is needed.

College buildings are locked during the campus closure, so you will require either swipe-card access for buildings that have it or for Campus Police to unlock buildings for you.

 When present on campus, your visit must be:

  1. Brief and only for the time required to perform essential duties or obtain materials necessarily to complete online instruction or offer remote services, and
  2. Conducted in accordance with prevention guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), specifically in keeping a distance from others (at least 6 feet) and washing your hands often. Please see here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html

Do not come to campus if you are sick.

Do not come to campus if you are required to self-isolate under the College’s COVID-19 policies or have been recommended by a physician to self-isolate.

This policy adheres to Governor Wolf’s “Stay at Home” order, which was extended to Lehigh and Northampton counties today. The governor’s guidance provides for “travel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related services.”

Please contact me or your supervisor with any questions or challenges you have.

I hope that each of you are well during this time.

Sincerely,

Bob

Robert A. Wilson, PhD
Provost

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3.25.2020—Important Information for Fall and Winter 2020 Registration

Dear Students:

We hope that this email finds you well. While our campus office is closed, the Registrar’s Office is currently operating off site and available to assist you. We would like to notify you that registration for the Fall and Winter 2020 semesters will go on as scheduled beginning Monday, March 30th. You will be able to register online based on the date and time listed for your class level below. If you do not know your class level, you can find it on the My Cedar Crest site. Please access the site at https://my.cedarcrest.edu/ics.  (Your student ID# and password are required to access the site.)  Once you are logged in, please select "Personal Info" and then "Academic Info" to find your current class level.  Class level is calculated based on your number of completed earned credits - this does not include any credits that are currently in progress.

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If you should encounter any problems registering for your courses at your scheduled registration time, you may email your registration requests to the Registrar’s Office (registrar@cedarcrest.edu). This email must be sent from your Cedar Crest email account and must contain the following information:

  • Your Name
  • Your Student ID#
  • Your class level
  • The full course number of all of the courses you would like to register for  (ex. PSY-100-00-2)   Please do not send the days and times of your course, only the course number with section number.

Email requests that do not include all of this information may not be able to be processed.

If you anticipate that you will not have access to My Cedar Crest on the date and time that your registration period opens, you may submit your registration request via email now. Requests will be processed when your registration period opens in the order they were received.

Registrar’s Office staff members will be available remotely to answer any questions via phone.   These calls will be directed off campus, which may cause slight delays.   The fastest way to submit a registration request or question will be through the Registrar’s Office email account, registrar@cedarcrest.edu .   To reach a staff member via phone, please call 610-606-4666 and choose one of the following extensions (3345, 3346, 3532 or 3625)

We encourage you to check out the Registration Ready page on My Cedar Crest. This page is available at www.cedarcrest.edu/regready and contains valuable registration planning information.

We recommend that you attempt to log on to the My Cedar Crest site before your registration period opens to make sure that you have the correct login information. If you do not have your password, please contact the Information Technology Help Desk at helpdesk@cedarcrest.edu, or at extension 3348.

Fall and Winter 2020 Registration Dates by Class 

Senior Honors Students and Senior Fall Athletes  (86 or more earned credits) - Monday, March 30th  at 7:00 a.m.

Graduate Students - Monday, March 30th  at 7:15 a.m.

Seniors (86 or more earned credits) - Monday, March 30th  at 7:15 a.m.

Junior Honors Students and Junior Fall Athletes  (55-85.9 earned credits) - Monday, March 30th  at 7:30 a.m.

Juniors (55-85.9 earned credits) – Monday, March 30th  at 7:45 a.m.

Sophomore Honors Students and Sophomore Fall Athletes  (24-54.9 earned credits)- Tuesday, March 31st  at 7:30 a.m.  (note the time change from prior years)

Sophomores (24-54.9 earned credits) - Tuesday, March 31st  at 7:45 a.m.  (note the time change from prior years)

First Year Honors Students and Fall Athletes  (0-23.9 earned credits) - Wednesday, April 1st   at 7:30 a.m.  (note the time change from prior years)

First Year (0-23.9 earned credits) – Wednesday, April 1st at 7:45 a.m.  (note the time change from prior years)

Visiting and all newly accepted students – Wednesday, April 1st at 7:45 a.m.

All traditional Sophomore and Freshman students (54.5 completed credits or less) MUST meet with their advisor prior to registration in order to receive clearance to register online.

Thank you.

Registrar’s Office
Cedar Crest College

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3.24.2020—A Message from Student Affairs

Dear Campus Community,

During this time of unprecedented change and adaptation we know that a friendly face can make all the difference in providing a bit of normalcy. To that end, I want to assure you that Student Affairs will continue to provide resources and support to our community during the time the campus has moved to online learning. All of our services will be available to students, faculty, and staff during regular working hours (Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm). While some services may be amended for remote accessibility, we are committed to offering the same level of service that you are used to. Please see the information below which details how each office can be accessed during this time. 

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Care Team & Emergency Aid

Are you concerned for a friend or a student? Click on this link to fill out the online form. A member of the Care Team will follow-up on your concern. 

Emergency aid is available to students who are experiencing financial hardships due to COVID-19. A limited amount of aid can be provided for things such as school supplies, books, or other expense. Funding is provided one time on a case-by-case basis. In order to request emergency aid, please contact the Dean of Students, Kyle Dailey, at kyle.dailey@cedarcrest.edu. Documentation of your situation may need to be provided prior to any aid awarded.

Career Planning Center

The Career Planning Center now has information and resources located right within Canvas! Choose "Career Planning Center" when you are logged into Canvas to access the tool and there will also be a Q&A feature. Click on “General Career Planning Discussion Board” and type in your question. Questions will be answered within 24 business hours.

Students can book an appointment with Career Planning by opening the campus app, clicking on the Career Planning tile, and then logging into their Handshake account using their Falcon Net username and password. Please select book an appointment and select a date and time that would be best for a remote/email appointment. If you have questions, you can ask them in the Handshake messenger after booking your appointment by creating a comment. 

You can also contact us to schedule an appointment or ask questions by emailing the Career Planning account at career@cedarcrest.edu.

Center for Diversity and Inclusion

Tatiana Diaz, Director of Diversity & Inclusion
tadiaz@cedarcrest.edu
ccctadiaz.youcanbook.me

Nisha Bhatt, Graduate Assistant
nisha.bhatt@cedarcrest.edu
nishabhatt.youcanbook.me

First and Second Year Experience

Andrea Barker, Director of First and Second Year Experience
Andrea.barker@cedarcrest.edu
https://andreabarker.youcanbook.me

In addition, the FYE Mentors are available to students throughout this time period. Each Mentor has shared her specific contact information with her students.

Health & Counseling Services

Traditional students can call for a health screening or to setup a remote appointment with Health & Counseling Services at 610-606-6460. SAGE students should contact their primary care physician. 

Lutz Center for Community Service

Students can continue to contact the office for questions regarding Ethical Life, Lutz Center for Community Service, America Reads, community engaged learning, closure of community partner organizations, agency volunteer requests, 2020 Census, voter registration, and how to request a Pennsylvania mail in ballot for the April 28, 2020 primary.  For any questions or to set up a meeting (phone or video), please contact Tammy Bean at tebean@cedarcrest.edu

Residence Life 

Residence Life can be reached via email at reslife@cedarcrest.edu or by calling 610-606- 4650. Students’ RAs are still available to provide support while at home. 

Student Activities

Student Activities can be reached via email at OSA@cedarcrest.edu. Additionally, SAB will be fully functioning during this time and plans to host virtual engagement activities for students on a weekly basis. Students will receive emails with more detailed information as it becomes available.

Academic Support

Please review the following FAQ for academic support services available to students. 

We know this is a challenging time for everyone in our community. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if there is anyway Student Affairs can support or assist you in your continued success. 

Best, 

Kyle

Kyle Dailey
Dean of Students

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3.23.2020—COVID-19 Update regarding Online Instruction and Commencement

Dear Campus Community,

As we begin our second week of online instruction, I wanted to let you know that I have been so heartened by the many ways our college community has come together to support each other during these unprecedented circumstances. I am proud of our community and our proactive response to this global emergency.

The Incident Management Team meets daily to discuss both current and emerging issues surrounding the COVID-19 crisis and is actively working to address the most pressing needs of our community. I will update you every Monday on our progress.

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As of today, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the College. However, in light of Governor Wolf’s most recent order regarding non-life-sustaining business and the continued recommendations from the CDC to limit social contact in the fight against COVID-19, the College has made the decision to continue remote instruction through the end of the semester. We will continue to support the students who have been approved to remain on campus due to extenuating circumstances. We are also working closely with faculty to address issues surrounding successful course completion, including grading policies.

I have also made the difficult decision to postpone our commencement ceremony until we receive guidance that it is safe to hold gatherings of this size. I know how important the commencement ceremony is to our graduates and their loved ones, and indeed to the whole community. We will come together to celebrate the Class of 2020 along with the resilience of our community at a suitable moment in the future. In the meantime, please be assured that we remain committed to successful degree completion for our graduates and academic continuity for all of our students.

While things remain uncertain and challenging, I am happy to be able to share with you one of the many ways our community is banding together in support of our students. Last week, a COVID-19 Emergency Fund was established to provide direct assistance to students in need during this crisis, and I am profoundly grateful to each and every person who has contributed to this fund so far. More information about ways to help students can be found here.

We understand that you may have many questions regarding these new updates. Below is information we hope will be helpful. In addition, a number of FAQs have been posted to the College’s COVID-19 web page that you may also find helpful. If you have additional questions, please send them to ccccovid19@cedarcrest.edu.

Elizabeth M. Meade, Ph.D.
President
Cedar Crest College

ACADEMICS

Can I still earn my degree or certificate this spring?
Yes, once you have satisfied academic and other requirements, your degree or certificate will be conferred. Upcoming degree conferral dates will be 5/9/20 and 8/24/20.

Can I still receive my diploma?
Yes, after your degree or certificate conferral date, your diploma will be mailed to you once all financial obligations to the College have been met.

How will I complete my required clinical or field placements?
The College is working with relevant regulatory boards and accreditation agencies on the details of satisfying clinical or field requirements and will provide information as soon as possible. Please contact your academic advisor or the chair or dean of your program for the most current information.

Will the College adopt a Credit/No Credit grading policy for this semester? The College is currently evaluating the Spring 2020 grading policy to ensure fairness for students and to ensure that students may remain eligible for financial aid. More information will be available soon.

How will final exams be conducted?
Final exams and other culminating or comprehensive course assignments for the Spring 2020 semester will be conducted online and through remote instruction. Course instructors will provide information, once available, for how final exams and assignments will be handled in a course.

Will final exams or assignments have a designated day and time during finals week?
Course instructors will provide information, once available, for how final exams or assignment will be handled in a course. Courses may have a day and time designated during Finals Week for synchronous exam or course activities, if the instructor has requested such a period. Students should contact their instructor with questions or if they anticipate challenges with designated times (such as with time zone differences). Final Exams for 14-week classes will be conducted between 4/28/20 and 5/6/20.

Will Capstone Presentation Day be held?
No. Capstone Presentation Day is canceled along with other on-campus events. Students who expected to present at Capstone Presentation Day as part of an academic assignment should contact their course instructor or department chair for guidance.

Will the Baccalaureate ceremony be held?
No. Baccalaureate is canceled along with other on-campus events.

Are Study Abroad trips canceled?
The College prohibits travel on official business and recommends against independent travel to all countries or regions designated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Level 3 “Avoid Nonessential Travel” or Department of State (DOS) Level 4 “Do Not Travel.” Currently, the DOS has issued Level 4 warnings for all countries other than the US. College-led study abroads through Summer 2020 have been cancelled. For forthcoming independent study abroads, including those during Summer 2020, the College is closely monitoring CDC and DOS advisories. The College does not recommend registering or making deposits for study abroad programs until the CDC and DOS lower their alert levels. The College will make a final determination about independent study abroads for Summer 2020 facilitated through the Office of Global Initiatives by 4/25.

Will academic support services continue to be available?
Yes. See the Student Support FAQs for information about accessing support services online.

STUDENT LIFE

Will I be receiving a refund for housing and my meal plan for the time the campus is closed?
The College is waiting for guidance from the U.S. Department of Education on how refunds may impact students’ financial aid. We ask for your patience as we work through this. The College will provide students and families with information as it becomes available.

Will Housing Selection Process take place for 2020-2021?
Yes. The Residence Life staff will share more information in the coming weeks about how the process will move forward remotely.

When will I be able to collect my remaining belongings from my residence hall?
This will be dependent upon state guidelines and travel restrictions. Our residence halls are secured to keep residents’ belongings safe, and the College’s Campus Police remain onsite and are performing their regular patrol. The College will notify students as soon as possible when we have more information.

Are all student activities for the remainder of the semester also canceled?
Yes.

What do I do about my cap and gown order? The campus bookstore is in communication with the cap and gown vendor and will provide an update through a graduate email when possible.

FACULTY/STAFF

Faculty will continue provide instruction online for students through the end of the semester. Are staff expected to continue working remotely until then too?
At this time, no decision has been made for administrative and support areas beyond April 3rd. In addition to the governor’s order, we are continuing to monitor local, state and federal government updates and evaluate any changes in them as they relate to College business. Human resources is currently working on information related to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and how it might apply to College employees going forward. We anticipate further communications with faculty and staff in the near future as additional information becomes available.

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3.20.2020- COVID-19: Case Reporting Communication Plan

Dear Cedar Crest Community,

We continue to monitor the global COVID-19 crisis closely; even more so, now, as reports of confirmed cases grow daily in our state and the local region. With continued spread of the virus and the expansion of testing for the disease, it is almost certain that there will be cases among members of the College community.

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While, at this time, the College has no confirmed cases of COVID-19, we are working to establish an appropriate process for communicating as much information to our community as we are able in a timely manner.

  • If we become aware of presumptive positive or confirmed cases of COVID-19 within our community, the College will report them via email and on our COVID-19 web page on a regular basis.
  • The Allentown Health Bureau will conduct contact investigations to determine if any additional members of the Cedar Crest community should take action based on the positive test.
  • The College will provide details on any action it is taking or is advised to take on our campus if necessary.

We will provide support to any individual in our community affected by a positive diagnosis of COVID-19 to the extent possible. It is important to remember that Cedar Crest will not release the name or other personal information of any individual who has tested positive for COVID-19. This would not only be a violation of the law, but could compromise the individual’s personal safety.

Now, more than ever, it is critical to exercise good judgment and follow the recommendations of our public health officials when responding to this outbreak and in support of each other. Cedar Crest continues to do everything in its power to ensure the safety and health of our community. We encourage everyone to take all the individual precautions they can by practicing good hygiene and social distancing. Remember to consult the resources on our COVID-19 web page or with your healthcare provider for what to do if you become ill.

Cedar Crest considers itself part of the global community. Our hearts are with everyone affected by this crisis no matter where they are, even as our efforts to respond to this outbreak are focused more locally. We know this is a challenging time for everyone in our community and we thank everyone for their support.

Elizabeth M. Meade, Ph.D.
President
Cedar Crest College

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3.19.2020- Postponement of Promotion and Tenure

Dear Members of the Campus Community,

Due to the current closure of campus, and the CDC’s recommendations for limited public gatherings, it has become necessary to postpone our Promotion and Tenure ceremony and dinner scheduled for Thursday, April 2.

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This is an extremely important event to our community, recognizing the commitment and service of members of the faculty who have been promoted or tenured. Although we are disappointed to have to reschedule this event, we look forward to celebrating together at a later time.

Further details for a rescheduled date will be shared when they are available. In the meantime, please continue to care for yourself, your loved ones and each other, as members of the Cedar Crest family.

Sincerely,

Elizabeth M. Meade, Ph.D.
President
Cedar Crest College

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3.18.2020- Student Support: Frequently Asked Questions

Will we still start registering for Fall on March 30, 2020?
Yes! Fall registration is expected to continue as scheduled. To confirm your registration date and get tips for preparing for registration, visit the Registration Ready page in My.CedarCrest. Registration specific reminders will be coming from the Registrar’s Office next week.

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Are advisors available to help plan for registration?
Yes. Faculty advisors have received information about how to conduct advising over email and through telephone or video appointments. In addition, the advisors in the Office of Academic Advising are available to answer advising and registration-related questions. To schedule a phone or video appointment with an advisor in the Office of Academic Advising, use their youcanbook.me link.

What tutoring services are available?
Our professional tutors, Kelcie Molchany (MAT 102, 107, 110, 140, 141, 142 and CHE 103, 111, 112, 206) and Tim Sullivan (all undergraduate Nursing courses and TEAS prep) are available for live remote tutoring. More information about their schedule and how to make appointments is available in My.CedarCrest. Peer tutoring is available for Writing via eTutoring appointments made through WC Online. Peer subject specific tutoring is available for following courses: BIO 118, BIO 123/124, BIO 231, and PSY 210. This tutoring will take place live online through Teams.

In addition, Smarthinking offers online tutoring in Business, Accounting, Math, Statistics, Nursing, Health Sciences, Reading, Sciences, Spanish, Writing, and more.

How can I access library resources?
Ask Reference a Question is available to help with the research process, including identifying online resources, getting started on research, or lengthy research involving, for example, PICO questions. Cressman Library LibGuides provide links to references and materials, for academic discipline and specific courses, including ebooks and other online resources.

What if I need access to textbooks or other course materials that I left on campus?
Through their Bookshelf platform, a company called VitalSource is offering free access to textbooks from major publishers, including Wiley, Cengage, and McGraw-Hill. Set up a Bookshelf account to get started.

Can I still get ADA accommodations?
Cedar Crest will continue to ensure that approved accommodations are provided. Contact Sue Barnes to discuss your current accommodations or to request accommodations.

Is Health and Counseling Services available?
Traditional students can call for a health screening or to setup an appointment with Health & Counseling Services at 610-606-460. SAGE students should contact their primary care provider for assistance.

Who can help me transition to online learning?
Cedar Crest has two academic success coaches who can help with things like study skills, time management and organization, and goal setting. Schedule an online or phone appointment with Lynnsae Powers or Francesca Damiano to get started with some new strategies.

How do I access IT support?
Support is available via phone, email, and the Microsoft Teams Tech Channel. New Help Desk hours are Monday – Friday from 8:00 AM until 8:00 PM and Saturday – Sunday from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM. Information is also available 24 hrs/day at the IT Knowledge Base.

How can I get internet access off campus?
Some providers are offering assistance with internet access. Contact these providers directly for more information.

Provider

Price

Features

Contact

Comcast

Free

25mb / WiFi

https://internetessentials.com

Charter/Spectrum

Free

30mb / Option WiFi ($5/mo)

https://www.spectrum.com/browse/content/spectrum-internet-assist

SECTV/RCN

Free/Reduced Cost

Reduced Rates/Bill Forgiveness/Free WiFi HotSpots

800-232-9100

AT&T Cellular

 

Bill forgiveness, temporary unlimited data

https://www.att.com/wireless

T-Mobile Cellular

 

Bill forgiveness, temporary unlimited data

https://www.t-mobile.com

Verizon Cellular

 

Bill forgiveness

https://www.verizonwireless.com

Calley Stevens Taylor, Ph.D.
Dean of Student Success

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3.18.2020- Message from Print and Postal Services

Printing and Postal Services will be lightly staffed by essential personnel during the campus closure and will obtain all USPS, UPS, FedEx and Amazon packages as normal.

Please note: Only those designated as Essential Personnel will be permitted on campus to collect or drop off mail and packages for their assigned areas. If you are not essential personnel and have questions about receiving mail or packages, please contact Seth Rehrig at sarehrig@cedarcrest.edu.

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Postal Services

Below is a list of couriers and times they will be available for pick up.  If a package arrives you will receive an E-mail for when it is ready for pick up.  All campus deliveries will be postponed for the time being.  Mail and UPS overnights/Packages will continue to be processed and sent out daily as well.  If you are in need of anything Mail related please stop on down between 11am and 1pm. 

USPS – Will be picked up and sorted by 11am daily.

UPS – This generally arrives between 11am and 12pm.

FedEx – Express is due in by 10am. Home and Standard However can arrive between 12pm and 2pm.

Amazon – By 2pm.

Printing Services

We will continue to complete any jobs requested as quickly as possible.  If you have any questions feel free to contact us. 

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3.17.2020-Finance Office: Procedure Change

Due to the change in business operations for the next few weeks I wanted to update you on Finance Office procedures.  We are working to accommodate the campus moving remote and are requesting the following to occur.

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  1. If you have an invoice or bill that needs to be paid, please send it to Mary Deutsch via email with your approval and account code in order to process payment. 
  2. If the Finance Office receives an invoice directly, we will scan a copy of it to you and request that you reply with an account code and approval to pay. 

Normal procedures will apply as far as timing of receipt of invoices to process.  We will be issuing checks on Wednesdays, and request that invoices with approval and account codes are received by our office by Tuesday mornings for processing.  

If you have any questions about anything specific or need help, please do not hesitate to reach out to myself of Mary.

Thank you all, and please stay well!

Megan

Megan A. Solt, MBA
Director of Finance and Accounting

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3.17.2020-General Services: Instructions for Checking Your Voice Mail Messages While Off Campus

If you need to check your voice mail messages from off campus, below are the instructions:

Dial 610-606-4666

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When the auto attendant answers, press #

When prompted, enter your mail box number (your 4-digit extension)

When prompted, enter your security code 

Then follow the instructions to listen to any new messages.  If you do not have any messages waiting, it will tell you there are “no new messages”.

 Sincerely,

Karen Khattari
Director of General Services and Procurement

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3.17.2020-IT: Discounted and Free Internet Service

Good Afternoon Everyone,

Several companies have started to offer free and discounted service rates on internet to help students who are thrown into the online world.  I have spent the last several days talking to these companies to gather some information.  Here is what I gathered.

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In addition to internet, several wireless carriers are also allowing for unlimited data for a period of time and just about everyone is allowing for “bill forgiveness,” which generally means if you are having trouble paying your bill they will not terminate your service.

Cedar Crest does not have any way to connect anyone with these offers, and your area is likely to only have one of these providers.  Choose the one that is right for you area.  These offers may change without notice. 

I hope this helps!

Below is a chart of the local companies that are offering reduced or free internet or hot spots.

Provider

Price

Features

Contact

Comcast

Free

25mb / WiFi

https://internetessentials.com

Charter/Spectrum

Free

30mb / Option WiFi ($5/mo)

https://www.spectrum.com/browse/content/spectrum-internet-assist

SECTV/RCN

Free/Reduced Cost

Reduced Rates/Bill Forgiveness/Free WiFi HotSpots

800-232-9100

AT&T Cellular

 

Bill forgiveness, temporary unlimited data

https://www.att.com/wireless

T-Mobile Cellular

 

Bill forgiveness, temporary unlimited data

https://www.t-mobile.com

Verizon Cellular

 

Bill forgiveness

https://www.verizonwireless.com

Bruce A. Sarte
Director of Information Technology

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3.17.2020-Human Resources: Tips for Working Remotely

We have entered a new normal for the next few weeks as our campus shifts to online instruction and remote work. Below are some tips for working remotely during this period.

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  • Make sure your technology is set up and is ready to go! GoTo Meetings, Microsoft Teams, Zoom. IT has been heroic in their efforts and availability to help everyone make this happen! The IT resource page is a very helpful tool and your first line of support. Please take the time to read the information provided!
  • Develop a remote work schedule. Keep your routine. Get dressed for work (as tempting as staying in your jammies might be!). Set aside structured time for work and share it with your co-workers and others in your household.
  • Designate a space to conduct your work. Preferably not in front of the TV. Have others in your household designate their work spaces too and then respect each other’s space. Be sure to maintain the confidentiality of any FERPA or HIPAA protected information as you work.
  • Trying to work with kids at home? Divide up the parenting times, if possible. Use other support systems if available.
  • Have lunch with your “new” co-workers. These are the people you live with. The ones who you may not be used spending all day, every day with. Talk and connect with each other midday.
  • Take breaks. Play with the dog. Get outside. Talk a walk around the block. The great outdoors and physical activity can be a total mood booster when you need a break or just a change of scenery.
  • Be flexible and understanding. Work may happen differently and on a non-traditional work schedule. That’s ok as long as it’s still moving forward.
  • Finally, and most importantly, communicate, communicate, communicate! Email folks updates. Call each other to talk about a project or work assignment. Maintain a consistent connection with co-workers you normally see on campus and reach out to others you may not normally work with. Ask how your co-workers are doing. Now, more than ever, it’s nice to know that someone cares. Be that someone. All of us need to feel connected, stay productive and remain accountable to continuing the important work of Cedar Crest. We owe it to each other, to our students and to our future as a campus community! Stay safe and stay healthy!

Lisa B. Garbacik, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP
Executive Director of Human Resources

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3.17.2020-Health Services COVID-19 Update

Dear College community,

It has been brought to our attention that there are concerns that a residential student has been tested for COVID-19. We are in continuous communication with the Lehigh Valley Health Network and Allentown Health Bureau and can confirm that there are no suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the College. The College will continue to keep the community updated on our COVID-19 response throughout our closure. Please refer to the College’s COVID-19 website for the most current information: https://www.cedarcrest.edu/healthservices/covid.shtm.

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Last evening I sent out an email outlining the steps both on-campus and off-campus students should take if they need medical attention during the time the campus is closed. I ask that we all review this email.

Nancy Crane-Roberts, PhD, CRNP, CNE, RN
Director of College Health Services

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3.17.2020-Update to Alumnae

Dear Alumnae,

In an effort to keep you updated on Cedar Crest happenings, we are providing you with the following message regarding the College’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic:

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In the face of the rapidly evolving global COVID-19 emergency, on Monday, March 16, 2020, Governor Wolf ordered all non-essential businesses in Pennsylvania to close as of midnight on March 17, 2020.  For Cedar Crest College, this means that the campus will be closed, except to essential personnel, but all College operations will continue remotely.

We understand the extraordinary impact the uncertainty of this situation is having on everyone, so we will do our best to provide as much support and information as we can in a timely manner. Below are updates regarding various audiences on campus:

  • All on-campus activities, meetings and events are suspended until at least April 3, 2020.
  • Residence halls will be closing within the next 48 hours. This closure will remain in effect until at least April 3, 2020. The College will make accommodations for students who are not able to leave campus.
  • All in-person classes will resume online on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Given the governor’s order to close non-essential businesses, all student research, clinical and field experiences, and internships have been suspended. One of our highest priorities is making sure all students finish the semester successfully and that students can graduate in May.
  • Though the campus is closed, critical business operations will continue. Faculty and staff will continue their work remotely as of Tuesday, March 17, 2020.
  • During this time, Institutional Advancement staff will be working from home and will be checking emails and phone messages on weekdays between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.  We will respond to your inquiry at our earliest opportunity.

As of this message, Cedar Crest does not have any confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19.  Please call 484-602-5897 to reach the information hotline, which will be staffed weekdays, beginning Tuesday, March 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. to answer questions related to the campus closure.  The College’s COVID-19 web page will continue to be updated with information regarding the situation.

The health and safety of our College community is our highest priority and we understand that the continued spread of this novel coronavirus is a cause of concern for many. Please be safe.  Thank you for your continued support of our College.

Valerie J. Downing
Vice President of Institutional Advancement
Cedar Crest College
610-606-4609

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3.16.2020- Bookstore Closure

The Bookstore will be closed with campus. If you have any textbook or cap and gown questions please feel free to email or leave a voicemail and we will get back to you shortly. Visit us online anytime at www.cedarcrest.bncollege.com. Be well everyone 😊

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Best,
Breanna

Breanna Ganther, Manager
Angel Vargas, Assistant Manager

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3.16.2020- IT: Technology Support During Campus Restrictions

This message contains information on how to get help with technology when you need it during this period of time when the Office of Information Technology is not staffed on-campus.

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IT Support Center
The IT Support Center (https://help.cedarcrest.edu) has a myriad of knowledge base articles on a variety of topics.  If you have a question about how something works or the process to do something – check here first.

Remote Technology Resources

If you need to reference the listing of remote access resources that was sent out last week, click here.  This includes information about connecting to the VPN, help with Canvas, and using Teams/GoToMeeting.

Help Desk Support

The hours of Help Desk Support remain the same, even though we are not physically at the Help Desk.  These hours are:

Monday – Friday from 8:00 AM until 8:00 PM
Saturday – Sunday from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM

Help can be obtained through the following methods:
Web: https://help.cedarcrest.edu 
Email: helpdesk@cedarcrest.edu
Phone: 610-606-4635
Tech Teams Channel: Connect to Teams Channel

Someone from the IT staff will be actively monitoring the Tech Teams channel during the hours that the Help Desk is open.  You can join that channel and get direct help there in the event of a time-sensitive issue.  If the issue is not time-sensitive, please use the IT Support Center or email to open a help desk ticket and we will respond as soon as possible

One-On-One Help

The VPN Party at Dunkin Donuts went very well today.  Unfortunately, we won’t be able to have the remaining sessions, and all of the face-to-face, one-on-one sessions are canceled.  You can still book one-on-one help that will be provided via a Microsoft Teams direct connection.  Go to https://techoneonone.youcanbook.me and select any available time to meet with me one-on-one to help with your issue.  And if I am not the best resource to help you, we will schedule time with the person who is.

We understand that this is a stressful situation for everyone; we are here to help.  Please feel free to reach out and ask any questions you have.

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3.16.2020-Health Services COVID-19 Update

As of this message, Cedar Crest does not have any confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19. An information hotline will be staffed weekdays, beginning Tuesday, March 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. to answer questions related to the campus closure. It can be reached at 484-602-5897. The College’s COVID-19 web page will continue to provide updated information regarding the situation: https://www.cedarcrest.edu/healthservices/covid.shtm

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If you are living on campus and are ill with cough or fever, please call Health Services at 610-606-4640. You will be asked a series of questions regarding your illness and, possibly, be referred to the Allentown Health Bureau for further evaluation. If you are living in the Lehigh Valley and need care, please see the information below from the Lehigh Valley Health Network:

LVHN remains vigilant as the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) evolves, and we are committed to being your partner in health in these unprecedented times. As a leader in infection control and prevention, LVHN is taking extraordinary steps to deliver the smart, comprehensive care you need through new ways to screen, assess, test and keep you safe. If you have a doctor’s appointment or procedure already scheduled, keep it. Our hospitals and practices are operating as usual.

If you think you have COVID-19 or may have been exposed to someone who does, stay home. We are providing free COVID-19 screenings online and by phone. Call the MyLVHN Nurse Information line at 1-888-402-LVHN or complete an LVHN Video Visit by downloading the MyLVHN app. We want to screen you via these technologies so that you remain in your own home and only need to leave if testing is needed. This screening helps reduce the spread of COVID-19 and it helps keep your doctor's office open and available to provide other important care. During the screening, if our medical professionals determine you have COVID-19 symptoms, you will be directed to one of LVHN’s eight stand-alone COVID-19 Assess and Test locations. You will qualify for a test ONLY if you have symptoms (fever, cough and shortness of breath). The test detects active disease and cannot determine if you have been exposed. It is important tests are reserved for those who need them most.

COVID-19 Assess and Test Locations LVHN opened stand-alone Assess and Test locations throughout the region, seven of which are already in operation. They have been established to minimize our community’s exposure to COVID-19. You must receive guidance via the nurse line, video visit or your doctor to be assessed and possibly tested. If you do not have insurance, you will receive a bill, but you won’t be required to pay.

Testing Locations:

LVHN COVID-19 Assess and Test–MacArthur Road 2741 MacArthur Road, Whitehall, PA 18052 Daily: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

LVHN COVID-19 Assess and Test–Stroudsburg¬ 1655 W. Main St., Stroudsburg, PA 18360 Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

LVHN COVID-19 Assess and Test–Palmerton 528 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, PA 18071 Monday-Friday: 8 a.m-8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

LVHN COVID-19 Assess and Test–Macungie 6451 Village Lane, Macungie, PA 18062 Monday-Friday: 8 a.m-8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

LVHN COVID-19 Assess and Test–Richland Township 320 W. Pumping Station Road, Suite 3, Quakertown, PA 18951 Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

LVHN COVID-19 Assess and Test–Hazleton 140 N Sherman Court, Hazleton, PA 18201 Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

LVHN COVID-19 Assess and Test–Cressona 35 Sillyman Street, Cressona, PA 17929 Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Starting Monday, March 16

LVHN COVID-19 Assess and Test–Nazareth 863 Nazareth Pike Nazareth, PA 18064 Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

If you are living in an area other than the Lehigh Valley, please contact your PCP for evaluation and treatment.

Tips to protect yourself and your family

  • Keep your essential doctor appointments, tests and procedures.
  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Avoid large crowds.
  • Carefully consider your travel plans, and follow government travel guidelines.
  • Practice social distancing by staying at least 6 feet away from others. If you are age 80 or older, this is especially important.

Nancy Crane-Roberts, PhD, CRNP, CNE, RN
Director of College Health Services

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3.16.2020-UPDATE: Faculty COVID-19 FAQ and Campus Closure

Dear faculty,

Please be certain to refer to President Meade’s notice today regarding the closure of campus until 4/3/20 due to the COVID-19 epidemic.

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In this email, I provide an update to the COVID-19 FAQ list for faculty, first distributed yesterday.

Please find the update attached and below in this email. Changes to yesterday’s notice are highlighted in yellow.

Please especially note that campus OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED during this period.

Faculty will be able to access their offices until 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17 to collect any belongings, after which only those designated as Essential Personnel may be present on the Allentown campus until 4/3/20.

I hope that each of you, your families, and loved ones are well during this time. I also appreciate our deep commitment to our students’ learning, as we seek to provide a resiliency through their courses in the days and weeks ahead.

Sincerely,

Bob

Robert A. Wilson, PhD
Provost

Faculty FAQ
Suspension of In-Person Classes, Conversion to Online Learning (through 4/3/20)
Version Date: 3/16/20

This update for the faculty COVID-19 FAQ addresses changes due to the Allentown campus closure announced on 3/16/20 and effective 3/17/20 until 4/3/20. College services and operations will continue remotely to ensure continuity of teaching and learning for students during this period.

The President’s notice of 3/12/20 stated through the conversion of in-person classes to online delivery (until 4/3/20), “the College will remain open with faculty and staff reporting to work.” What does “reporting to work” mean for faculty? [Updated 3/16/20]

REVISED: Effective 3/17/20 until 4/3/20, the campus of Cedar Crest College is closed. College services will continue remotely to ensure that we provide students with continuity of teaching and learning. Only those designated Essential Personnel by the College may be present on campus during the campus closure. “Reporting to work” for faculty means that faculty members continue to be responsible for meeting the duties and responsibilities of their positions, especially with regard to converting in-person classes to online delivery, the advising of students, and other responsibilities related to ensuring students are able to continue to make satisfactory academic progress for enrolled courses and degree requirements.

May faculty use their offices, office computers, and other campus resources? [Updated 3/16/20]
REVISED: No, the campus is closed.
Faculty and staff may return to campus from 8:30-10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17 to collect any belongings critical to being able to work remotely.

Only those designated Essential Personnel by the College may be present on campus during the campus closure to perform essential duties. Faculty and staff will have been notified if they are designated Essential Personnel. Being Essential Personnel does not mean that such faculty and staff must report to campus, but it does mean that Essential Personnel may be present on campus to perform essential duties. (For example, in an academic department that has live animals, Essential Personnel are those responsible for the care and feeding of the animals.)

Does “report to work” mean that faculty must report to their classrooms at scheduled times for in-person classes, although in-person classes have been suspended?
No.

Does “report to work” mean that faculty must be present in their campus offices during posted Office Hours during the suspension of in-person classes? [Updated 3/16/20]
REVISED: No. Only those designated “Essential Personnel” by the College may be present on campus during the campus closure.

To the extent possible, faculty should make themselves available to students by remote means (email, phone, GoToMeeting, or other ways) during posted Office Hours. Please notify students enrolled in your courses or your advisees about changes to your Office Hour schedule during the semester.

May academic departments or the School of Nursing (and faculty in academic programs) continue to meet in-person with colleagues during the suspension of in-person classes? [Updated 3/16/20]
REVISED: No; only those designated “Essential Personnel” by the College may be present on campus during the campus closure.

Department chairs, the dean of the School of Nursing, and program directors should arrange for the ability for faculty and staff members to participate in such meetings remotely, as through GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, or other means.

How should I report if a student is not participating online in the converted delivery of an in-person class?
Use FinishLine to report students enrolled in courses who are not responding or participating online. Attendance in an online course (within a given week) is defined as completing some academic activity, such as a written assignment, discussion board post, creative work, or other activity. Logging in to an online course in itself does not count as attendance.

What’s going on with registration for fall courses?
Registration for fall courses will open according to its normal schedule, beginning on 3/30/20. Students may register for courses remotely, through MyCedarCrest. Please advise students so that they are ready for their registration needs by that time.

May faculty and staff meet in-person with students for academic advising or independent research? [Updated 3/16/20] REVISED: No; only those designated “Essential Personnel” by the College may be present on campus during the campus closure. Faculty may not meet in-person with students during the campus closure. Faculty should provide ways to advise students remotely (via email, phone, GoToMeeting or other ways).

May faculty require students to meet their classmates in-person, perhaps off campus (as with study group or for group projects)?
No. Student group work may be facilitated through online means.

May I require students to complete synchronous online assignments on Monday, 3/15 or Tuesday 3/16 during my regular class time?
No. In-person classes have been cancelled on Monday, 3/15 and Tuesday, 3/16 to provide transition time for students, faculty, and staff to convert to online instruction. Students will be moving out of the Residence Halls and making other family, school, and work arrangements, so please provide this transition time for them.

May I require students to be present on campus and in-person for the proctoring of exams during the suspension of in-person classes?
No.

May I require students to purchase a webcam (computer camera) or laptop with a camera to administer proctored online exams during the suspension of in-person classes?
No, unless your syllabus during the add/drop period notified students that such technology was required for the course. Exceptions may be made for in-person courses in which students are enrollment in co-requisite courses that already required such technology, but such adjusted requirements should be approved by the relevant department chair, interdepartmental program director, or the dean of the School of Nursing.

May I require students to purchase personal software licenses (such as Adobe, SPSS, or other products) to complete academic course assignments during the suspension of in-person classes?
No, unless your syllabus during the add/drop period notified students that such personal software licenses were required. Some software companies, such as Adobe, are providing free temporary student licenses as a response to COVID-19 social distancing. Please consider adapting to free alternative software that meets comparable course needs (as with R for SPSS) or alternative software that is available through campus-licensed cloud computing (as with Excel or other Office products available in Microsoft 365). Remember also that students’ home computer and Internet bandwidth capabilities may be more limited than what is available on campus.

Are library services available? [Updated 3/16/20]
REVISED: Yes, some library services are available remotely. The Cressman Library building, however, is closed to the public and to all students, faculty, and staff during the campus closure. Faculty must limit academic assignments requiring library services to those able to be delivered remotely (as with online full-text databases and remote librarian consultations). Please see the Cressman Library website for updated information on remote access of library services (such as “Ask Reference a Question” and the EZ-Proxy access).

Are Academic Services, such as tutoring and the Writing Center, available? [Updated 3/16/20]
REVISED: Yes, some Student Success Center services are available remotely. The Cressman Library building, however, is closed to the public and to all students, faculty, and staff during the campus closure. Faculty must limit academic assignments requiring academic services to those able to be delivered remotely (as with remote tutoring and advising, or services such as SmartThinking). The Center has adapted delivery of services so that an increased number of students may access them remotely.

Are other College Offices open, such as the Registrar, Information Technology, Student Financial Services, Admissions (Traditional and SAGE), the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Global Initiatives and International Programs, or International Student Services? [Updated 3/16/20]
REVISED: No, the campus of Cedar Crest College is closed but services are continuing remotely. College offices are continuing operations and services in a remote manner to ensure the continuity of teaching and learning, and to support students, faculty, and staff in operations essential to the College (e.g., Information Technology support, payroll, and academic records).

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3.16.2020 - IMPORTANT UPDATE: Campus Closure in Response to Governor Wolf's Order

Dear Campus Community,

In the face of the rapidly evolving global COVID-19 emergency, Governor Wolf today ordered all non-essential businesses in Pennsylvania to shut down as of midnight on March 17, 2020. For Cedar Crest College, this means that College operations will continue but the campus will be closed to all but those who have been notified that they are designated as essential personnel. Those essential personnel should consult their supervisors about their requirement to report to campus for work.

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This order will affect everyone on campus. We understand the extraordinary impact the uncertainty of this situation is having on everyone. We are doing our best to provide as much support and information as we can and as quickly as possible.

Students
We realize that this announcement comes on the heels of our residence hall closure announcement this morning. Given the governor’s order, we must again reinforce that all students who are able should move out of their residence hall within the next 48 hours. This closure will remain in effect until April 3, 2020. Students who must stay due to unavoidable circumstances as outlined in the email received from Dean Kyle Dailey this morning must fill out this form if they have not already done so. Limited food services will be provided for students who must stay on campus.

Faculty
As already announced, all in-person classes will resume online on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Given the governor’s order to close non-essential businesses, all student research, clinical and field experiences, and internships (on or off campus) have been suspended. Only those designated by the College as Essential Personnel may be present on the Allentown campus during its closure. One of my highest priorities is making sure all students finish the semester successfully and that students can graduate in May.

Staff
The campus is closed, but it is essential that critical business operations continue. Faculty and staff will continue their work remotely as of Tuesday, March 17, 2020. If they haven’t already done so, faculty and staff will be permitted to return to campus from 8:30-10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17 to collect any belongings critical to being able to work remotely. Administrative office directors have been asked to submit business plans to ensure the continuity of the College’s work. Please be in communication with your supervisor about your responsibilities during the campus closure. An email from Human Resources will be sent shortly with additional details.

As of this message, Cedar Crest does not have any confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19. An information hotline will be staffed weekdays, beginning Tuesday, March 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. to answer questions related to the campus closure. It can be reached at 484-602-5897. The College’s COVID-19 web page will continue to provide updated information regarding the situation: https://www.cedarcrest.edu/healthservices/covid.shtm.

For the next few weeks, we will be doing our work as students, faculty and staff under a very different set of circumstances.

What will sustain us through this challenging time is our strength as a community and our commitment to each other, despite the physical distance of working from home or learning online.

While it may seem difficult, we need to look ahead to the time when this crisis has passed. We all have important roles to play in emerging in a position of strength. Faculty and students need to stay focused on getting through the course content needed for students to complete the semester successfully and for seniors to graduate. Staff need to do everything in their power to continue the work of their areas. We need to collaborate to make sure that we do not fall behind in any area of operations. This will take ingenuity, discipline and good will.

We are all in this together. And together we can continue the important work of this great College.

Elizabeth M. Meade, Ph.D.
President
Cedar Crest College

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3.16.2020 - Human Resources Information During Campus Closure

Good afternoon,

This email is a follow up to President Meade’s message regarding the status of campus operations under the governor’s order to close non-essential businesses. In order to make necessary adjustments to continue College operations beginning tomorrow and through April 3rd, all department managers, directors and department chairs have been asked to submit a business plan for their respective areas of the responsibility. Supervisors should communicate as soon as possible with employees in their areas regarding implementation of alternate work plans and work expectations during this period. At a minimum, all staff are expected to be monitoring emails and answering phone messages during this time. Supervisors should continue to be in communication with their staff regularly regarding ongoing work assignments.

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IT staff are available to assist employees with transitioning to remote work. Please refer to Bruce Sarte’s emails and the IT site on the College’s webpage. Keep in mind they are working diligently with faculty and students to ensure academic work can be completed for coursework and degree completion.

When working remotely, non-exempt staff (those who clock in and out) will still be expected to accurately enter their time worked in ADP using VPN. For any employee who does not have VPN access, hours will need to be submitted through the approving supervisor within the same payroll time frames as if the employee was on campus. This is critically important in order for payroll to be processed in a timely manner and for employees to be paid accurately.

Full time exempt and non-exempt employees will continue to be paid for their regularly scheduled work hours during this period. Part time employees who continue working remotely will be paid for hours worked.

It goes without saying that everyone is trying to balance the disruption to our everyday lives as we try to ensure the health and safety of the College community and take seriously our responsibility to the broader local, state and national community. We understand that employees may be challenged with taking care of personal obligations at home while trying to continue with daily work to the extent possible. We also understand that all work may not occur during what is considered normal business hours. Flexibility and patience are necessary as we all navigate this unchartered territory.

I have been encouraged by those that have reached out to help their colleagues and to advocate on behalf of a fellow member of our Falcon family. I know that each member of the Cedar Crest community will do their part to keep each other safe and to keep the College moving forward toward a healthier, stronger tomorrow.

If you have any questions or need more information, please feel free to reach out to me or Heather Hartner via email.

Best,

Lisa

Lisa B. Garbacik, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP
Executive Director of Human Resources

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3.16.2020 COVID-19 Response Update: Residence Halls

Dear Students,

I am writing to update you on changes to the College’s response to COVID-19. There are currently no confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 at the College. However, due to the continued spread of the virus in our region and recommendations for increased social distancing measures from public health officials, we have made the difficult decision to close the residence halls starting this Saturday, March 21, at 5 p.m. with an anticipation to reopen on Saturday, April 4, at 8a.m. We strongly encourage you to gather your essential items and return home as soon as possible, within 48 hours if at all possible. When leaving, please; close and lock your windows, empty trashcans, unplug electrical equipment (including refrigerator), remove perishable items, turn off your lights, and lock your doors.

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We recognize a small number of students cannot leave due to unavoidable circumstances, and we will continue to support these students. The following students will be eligible for housing provided by the College:

  • Students whose legal address is Cedar Crest College.
  • Students who cannot travel home because of travel restrictions
  • Students can submit appeals for housing if they do not fit the two categories listed above. A Student Affairs staff member will be in touch regarding your eligibility.

Students must fill out this form to apply for housing during this time period no later than Tuesday, March 17, at 5 p.m.

A FAQ sheet is being worked on that will outline how students can access campus services while they are home. Please look out for this email.

An email will be coming out later on today from President Meade with other updates to the College’s response. Additional information about the College’s response to COVID-19 can be found at https://www.cedarcrest.edu/healthservices/covid.shtm.

This situation is evolving daily, and we are grateful for your patience during this critical time. Please know that the College is prioritizing students' needs in every possible way and with your health and safety in mind.

Be well,

Kyle

Kyle Dailey
Dean of Students

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3.15.2020 - COVID-19: Suspension of Clinical, Internships, and Field Experiences

Dear College community,

Effective immediately and until 4/3/20, the College has suspended all in-person clinicals (including field and simulated), field experiences, internships, and student teaching at both off-campus and on-campus locations.

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Students should look for forthcoming guidance from their program directors and academic advisors for ways in which required field hours will be able to be completed. The College will seek to provide alternative means to fulfill degree and certification requirements as soon as possible.

Sincerely,

Dr. Wilson

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3.13.2020 — COVID-19 Human Resources Information

Dear Faculty and Staff,

As a follow up to yesterday’s communications regarding COVID-19, we realize this rapidly changing situation is stressful and can create heightened anxiety regarding personal health, expectations and continuity of campus operations. The College has no confirmed or suspected of COVID-19. With that in mind, I want to share some important information about health coverage, resources for employees and campus operations.

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The recommendation from public health officials is for anyone experiencing symptoms that may be related to COVID-19 to call their primary care physician (PCP) for an evaluation. In a medical emergency, call 911 immediately! https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/symptoms.html

Highmark Blue Shield, the College’s healthcare insurance provider, supports the CDC recommendation and advises using telemedicine services for an initial health evaluation. This helps health care providers to determine the best course of action while minimizing the risk of transmission for anyone who may be symptomatic. A reminder that telemedicine visits under the College’s Highmark plan do not have a co-pay. In addition, when recommended by a medical professional, Highmark will cover Coronavirus, or COVID-19, testing at 100%. This means copays and deductibles do not apply for this testing.

In addition, the College’s Employee Assistance Program, PreferredEAP, http://www.preferredeap.org/ ) is available for employees who may need support during this period of uncertainty and heightened anxiety. Please be advised that, effective March 13th, Preferred EAP is following current public health recommendations and will be conducting telephone counseling sessions only for a period of two weeks. However, counselors are always available to consult with employees via phone about all their worries and concerns.

COLLEGE OPERATIONS:
College operations will continue at this time and staff are expected to report for work as usual. However, staff are encouraged to monitor their email and the COVID-19 information on the College’s website for changes and updates. https://www.cedarcrest.edu/healthservices/covid.shtm#3

PREPAREDNESS:
Because we are heading into the weekend with rapidly changing information, we are asking all staff to make appropriate preparations for remote work in the days ahead should the need arise. Please plan to take work home with you today (Friday), including laptops, chargers, or other work that is able to be done off campus. Bruce Sarte, Director of Information Technology sent an email on March 9, 2020 with information on how to set up remote access using a work laptop or a home computer. The information can also be found here through the following link:
https://cedarcrest.teamdynamix.com/TDClient/2020/Portal/KB/?CategoryID=10188

CAMPUS CLOSURE:
If the current situation changes and the College needs to close campus to everyone except essential personnel, a notification will be sent out to the campus community using E2Campus. If this action needs to be taken, it will be treated similar to a snow day. Employees will continue to be paid for their regularly scheduled work hours during a period of campus closure due to COVID-19.

Please contact Human Resources if you have any questions or need clarification on any of the above information. Thank you for your ongoing patience and understanding as we continue to navigate and adjust to this rapidly evolving health situation.

Best,

Lisa

Lisa B. Garbacik, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP

Executive Director of Human Resources

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3.12.2020 - Message from President Meade

Dear Cedar Crest Community:

Cedar Crest College is enacting new measures in support of the public health of our community, while remaining committed to our academic mission, in light of the dynamic nature of the COVID-19 epidemic.

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At this time, the College has no confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19.

Public health officials and medical experts have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and are encouraging institutions to increase mitigation efforts against the virus, including social distancing. Guidance from such public health officials, however, does not encourage colleges to close at this time.

With regard to the evolving COVID-19 situation, the College is taking the following action:

  • All in-person instruction will move to online delivery beginning on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 through April 3, 2020.
  • In-person classes (face-to-face and hybrid) are canceled on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 to provide our community a transition time to move in-person courses to online delivery.
  • Students currently enrolled in clinicals, field experiences, internships, or student teaching will continue with those assignments through this period but must follow the guidance of the hosting organization. In the event that students cannot continue with such experiential and site-placement courses, the College will seek to provide alternative means to fulfill degree and certification requirements prior to May graduation or soon thereafter.
  • Student activities are also suspended during this time.

The normal class schedule will be observed through Sunday, March 15, unless otherwise noted by your instructor. We continue to be in consultation with our athletic conference and plan to release more information as it is available.

During this period of online instruction, students who live on campus may return to their homes. Students who wish to remain on-campus during this time may do so, and must complete this form. The Office of Student Affairs will be in contact with additional information and has provided an FAQ for students.

During this period, the College will remain open with faculty and staff reporting to work. All services will continue to be available to students. Faculty and staff will receive further information via email and are reminded to contact the Office of Human Resources if they have specific concerns.

We continue to make preparations in alignment with CDC guidelines and the guidance provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. We ask that everyone in our community continue to follow the practices set out by these health officials to prevent the spread of viral illness, including social distancing, refraining from gathering in large groups, and effective hand-washing and hygiene techniques.

Our COVID-19 web page continues to serve as a resource for our community and will be updated with the most current information.

I am deeply grateful for the care and concern everyone has demonstrated as we navigate this rapidly evolving situation. There is much work ahead of us to ensure that our students continue to receive their Cedar Crest education. I believe that enacting measures will help us accomplish that while keeping the health and safety of our community our top priority.

Elizabeth M. Meade, PhD
President
Cedar Crest College

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3.12.2020 – Message from Provost
(Notice to Faculty, Suspension of In-Person Classes)

Dear faculty,

As a response to the COVID-19 situation, Cedar Crest will suspend in-person instruction of courses from Monday, 3/16/20 until Friday, 4/3/20.

Please see President Meade’s notice today regarding the reasons for this action.

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Currently, the College has no confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19.

I write now to provide guidance regarding the move to online instruction:

  • In-person classes (face-to-face and hybrid) are canceled for Monday and Tuesday, 3/16/20 and 3/17/20. This cancelation is to provide faculty, students, and staff a transition period to convert in-person instruction to distance/online course delivery.
  • In-person classes will resume instruction through distance/online delivery only beginning on Wednesday, 3/18/20 and continuing until Friday, 4/3/20.
  • Online and other distance instruction already running will continue as normal during this period.
  • Students currently enrolled in clinicals, field experiences, internships, or student teaching will continue with those assignments through this period but must follow the guidance of the hosting organization. In the event that students cannot continue with such experiential and site-placement courses, the College will seek to provide alternative means to fulfill degree and certification requirements prior to May graduation or soon thereafter.
  • The normal class schedule will continue through Sunday, 3/15/20. Please continue to accommodate student absences from class due to the COVID-19 situation.
  • Faculty who wish to transition their in-person classes to online delivery prior to Monday, 3/16/20 may do so. Please notify Janet Baker, the registrar, (jlbaker@cedarcrest.edu) of this transition as soon as possible and coordinate with your department chair or dean about your plans for such online delivery. Please also communicate your plans to your students.
  • In-person delivery of courses is currently expected to resume on Saturday, 4/4/20.
  • Schedule synchronous class-wide learning activities for online delivery only during normally assigned days and time for in-person class meetings. Synchronous activities include assignments or instruction (delivered through GoToMeeting, for instance) for which students are required to log-in and participate live. Any online class activity not scheduled for the normal in-person time must be scheduled for asynchronous student completion (students in a course have a window of time to complete the activity independently, as over a week).
  • Our Student Success Center and Information Technology Offices are currently communicating with students to help them prepare to become successful online learners and to ensure they have access to the technology and student support services that they will need during this time.

The College has been communicating with students throughout the COVID-19 situation. Messages to students will be shared with faculty, so that you are aware of the support available to students.

I so appreciate the good-will and helpful spirit of our faculty and staff as we have prepared for this moment. Please contact your chair, dean or me with any questions or challenges you face through this time.

Please refer to the College’s COVID-19 website for the most current information: https://www.cedarcrest.edu/healthservices/covid.shtm

Sincerely,

Bob Wilson
Provost

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3.12.2020 —Notice to Staff Regarding COVID-19

Dear Staff,

As a follow up to President Meade’s notice today regarding the College’s preparations and actions in response to COVID-19, I write to provide you with information regarding the expectations for staff. It is important to note the College has no confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19.

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I recognize that this is a time of uncertainty and concern. I want to assure you, however, that the College is working closely with officials from the PA Department of Health and the Allentown Health Bureau, along with following Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations.

Today, the College has announced the following:

  • In-person instruction of courses will be suspended from Monday, 3/16/20 until Friday, 4/3/20. During this period of time, all courses will be delivered in an on-line format.
  • On Monday and Tuesday, 3/16/20 and 3/17/20, in-person and hybrid courses will not be held. This cancelation is to provide faculty, students, and staff a transition period to convert in-person instruction to distance/online course delivery. Distance/online delivery of courses will begin on 3/18/20 and continue until Friday, 4/3/20.
  • College operations will continue through this time. Staff are expected to report to work as normal.
  • Students will be permitted to remain on campus and in housing. Students who wish to return home may do so during that period. All College services continue to be provided, including dining. Out of an abundance of caution, student activity events will be suspended through 4/3/20. Students were provided a FAQ sheet which can be accessed using this link CEDAR CREST COVID-19 RESPONSE: Frequently Asked Questions
  • Students who are employed on campus may continue to work. Students should not be penalized if they choose not to continue their campus employment job during this time. Students have been instructed to notify their supervisor of their decision; however, I recommend a quick check-in with your student employees about their status.
  • Employees should review carefully the College’s policies and protocol as it pertains to COVID-19. This information can be found at the established web page: https://www.cedarcrest.edu/healthservices/covid.shtm
  • The College’s communicable disease policy has also been enacted today and will continue through April 3, 2020. A copy of this policy is attached to this email and is posted in ADP. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Human Resources at ext. 4636 or humrscs@cedarcrest.edu.

The President and her Cabinet are grateful to the entire campus community for the time, effort, and preparation that has happened over the past few weeks. Beginning tomorrow, Friday, March 13, 2020 and through April 3, 2020, staff are permitted to wear jeans and Cedar Crest swag or College colors.

We will continue to update you as more information is available.

Sincerely,

Audra

Audra J. Kahr, CPA
Chief Financial Officer / Chief Operating Officer
& Treasurer

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3.12.2020 —CEDAR CREST COVID-19 RESPONSE
Frequently Asked Questions

Is Cedar Crest College closed?
No. The College will remain open and faculty and staff will continue their normal schedules. The College has moved to on-line learning starting March 18, 2020 through April 3, 2020. All student activities including programing by student organizations will be suspended through this time period.

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Are there any confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the College?
No.

Are students required to leave the residence halls?
No. Students may leave their on-campus residence if they choose to during the time we move to on-line learning. 

Students who choose to remain on-campus during this time must fill out this form so we know who is currently living on-campus. We ask that this form is filled out no later than Sunday, March 15, 2020.

For those who choose to leave, we encourage you to take home essential belongings (i.e. medications, important documents, digital devices, and chargers).

Can students who choose to leave campus return during this time period?
Yes. We ask that you not return to campus if you meet any of the CDC guidance for exposure to COVID-19 or meet criteria outlined in the College’s Self-Isolation Policy.

You must fill out this form prior to returning during the on-line learning period.

Will dining options be available on-campus?
Yes. Dining options will be available to those students who choose to remain on-campus.

Will Health & Counseling Services be available on-campus?
Yes. Information about Health & Counseling Services can be found at https://www.cedarcrest.edu/healthservices/index.shtm.

Are there restrictions for access to College buildings?
College buildings remain open to faculty, staff, and students who are staying on-campus.

Am I allowed to have guests if I remain on-campus?
No. We are asking that students not bring non-residents on-campus during the on-line learning time period.

What is the job status of student employment during the on-line learning period?
Student employees have the option to continue to work during the on-line learning period. We ask that student employees communicate their plans with their supervisor.

Where can additional information about the College’s response to COVID-19?
Additional information can be found at https://www.cedarcrest.edu/healthservices/covid.shtm.

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3.11.2020 - Message from President Meade

Dear Cedar Crest Community:

As the situation regarding COVID-19 continues to evolve rapidly, I wanted to provide an update on the preparedness actions that Cedar Crest is undertaking. The health and safety of our campus community is our highest priority and we understand that the continued spread of this novel coronavirus is a cause of concern for many.

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At this time there are no confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 at Cedar Crest College.

Our Incident Management Team is closely monitoring the virus outbreak through the Centers for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov), the Pennsylvania Department of Health (www.health.pa.gov), and the Allentown Health Bureau (www.allentownpa.gov/Health-Bureau). We are meeting frequently to evaluate the information and public health recommendations provided by these organizations and align our plans with them.

To date, those plans have included:

  • Prevention – The CDC is advising that institutions of higher education with no reported cases of COVID-19 continue to implement strategies that can prevent and limit the spread of respiratory illnesses like COVID-19. This includes strategies for individuals (hand washing, covering your cough, staying home when you are sick) and for organizations (increased cleaning and sterilizing of buildings and public spaces). My previous message from March 5 has a more comprehensive list of these guidelines and can be found here: 3.5.2020 – Message from President Meade: Update and Self-Isolation Policy

    In addition, the self-isolation policy regarding travel and COVID-19 exposure that was outlined in that message remains in effect.
  • Preparedness – We are actively planning for what needs to be done if the presence of COVID-19 in the region and on campus change. While this hasn’t happened yet, we are taking steps to ensure that there are minimal disruptions to academic continuity should the need to suspend face-to-face learning arise.

    The Provost has required faculty to begin planning for online and distance delivery of their courses. This will be a complex undertaking. I want to extend my thanks in advance to everyone whose hard work will make it possible for our students to continue their learning if it becomes necessary to move instruction entirely online. Resources for this can be found here: 3.10.20 Message from the Provost

    We know that it is our responsibility to limit potential exposure to some of the most vulnerable members of our community. To that end, students who have concerns about continuing in-person instruction due specific health concerns should contact the Dean of Students for assistance at 610-606-4666 ext. 3678 or by emailing studentaffairs@cedarcrest.edu. Faculty and staff with specific health concerns should contact the Office of Human Resources by emailing humrscs@cedarcrest.edu or calling 610-606-4666 ext. 4636.

    The Director of Health Services also shared guidelines for the campus community that detail what to do if you become sick with a cold or viral illness. That message can be found here: Self-Care Recommendations for Colds and other Viral Infections

We are deeply aware that the outbreak of this illness and its rapidly changing nature can cause heightened anxiety and stress within our community. I want to assure you that the College is taking all available information and recommendations very seriously. Although we face a set of challenges that are evolving quickly, I am confident that the things that make Cedar Crest so special – our spirit, tenacity and compassion among them – will carry us through.

Elizabeth M. Meade, PhD
President
Cedar Crest College

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3.10.20 Message from the Provost (Sent to all faculty and adjuncts)

Dear colleagues,

I am writing to provide additional guidance regarding distance education and the College’s preparedness to handle the evolving COVID-19 situation. This notice builds upon the advice CFO/COO Audra Kahr and I included in our notice to Faculty and Staff on 3/5/20.
Currently, Cedar Crest College has no confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19.
Please refer to the College’s website for COVID-19 Information, through Health Services: https://www.cedarcrest.edu/healthservices/covid.shtm

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The College’s senior administration and Health Services Office continue to monitor closely the COVID-19 guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH), and the Allentown Health Bureau.
Should COVID-19 conditions warrant it, upon our review, the College may determine that teaching face-to-face is not appropriate for some, or all, courses. We would then ask faculty members to move in-person teaching online, to the extent feasible, so as to maintain the ability of our students to continue their education and demonstrate the learning outcomes of our curriculum. In doing so, we would strive to maintain the continuity of learning and academic services for students so that they may maintain satisfactory academic progress toward degree completion.

This need for distance education with in-person courses may be required for some students in a select number of classes, such as if a number of students were required to self-isolate under our COVID-19 policy. We also must be prepared should all classes need to be delivered in an online or distance format.

We are currently asking all academic departments and the School of Nursing to make plans for such distance education from a preparedness mindset. We hope that such plans will not be required and, in the event that they are, we will strive to give faculty and staff as much notice for converting to online course delivery as possible. The decision to require online education, however, may occur suddenly and with little or no notice, as dictated by evolving COVID-19 circumstances.

Many of us are experienced practitioners of online education, while I realize that some of us are new to the art form. I also appreciate our creativity that will be required to adapt experiential learning activities—performances, labs, critiques, and others—wherever possible.

With that in mind, please allow me to offer a few resources and reminders for us to prepare.

1) Start with the basics, quickly. Our Information Technology Office has created this website as a resource for those who need to familiarize themselves with our online education fundamentals:

“Get Your Course Online Quickly!”
https://cedarcrest.teamdynamix.com/TDClient/2020/Portal/KB/ArticleDet?ID=100450
Please see the website for details about the expanded sessions our IT office is holding to help faculty orient themselves to Cedar Crest’s resources.

2) Connect from off-campus. Refer to the email sent by Bruce Sarte, director of Information Technology, on 3/9/20 regarding “Remote Access Technology Resources.” Bruce’s email highlights resources such as the VPN to access the College network remotely. These are also available from the IT online “Knowledge Base.”

3) Emphasize the essentials. As we’re thinking about how our teaching can be effective online, remember that getting started doesn’t require you to use all of the bells and whistles of Canvas, our Learning Management System. What’s most essential is communicating with our students about our expectations for assignments, how to access instruction, and how best to navigate the course website.

4) Communicate ahead of time with your students. As you develop plans this week, it would also be helpful to communicate with students in your classes about how you would approach a shift to online education should the need arise from the COVID-19 situation.

5) Go deeper with online teaching when you’re ready. Our Information Technology Office’s “Knowledge Base” for Canvas Instructors has a variety of resources to familiarize yourself with our Learning Management System in sophisticated ways and adopt effective approaches to online teaching: https://cedarcrest.teamdynamix.com/TDClient/2020/Portal/KB/?CategoryID=10326

A colleague of ours recently suggested two recent articles from the Chronicle of Higher Education about how faculty at other institutions are handling a move to online teaching.
Michelle D. Miller’s “Going Online in a Hurry: What to Do and Where to Start” offers some concrete nuts-and-bolts essentials about adapting academic assignments and course materials:
https://www.chronicle.com/article/Going-Online-in-a-Hurry-What/248207/#.XmaZmjsr0BA.email

And Flower Darby’s “How to Be a Better Online Teacher” provides a nice overview of online teaching approaches for all of us, experienced or new alike: https://www.chronicle.com/interactives/advice-online-teaching#1

Thanks to each of you for your attention and commitment to these plans—we all have the well-being and health of our community in mind.

I am grateful for the effort and forethought we are putting into these efforts, especially for the hard work and creative insights of our IT, student support offices, and faculty in responding to the challenges of this moment.

Sincerely,

Bob Wilson
Provost

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3.10.20 Self-Care Recommendations for Colds and other Viral Infections(Sent to all students, faculty & staff)

Following these basic guidelines can help ease your discomfort and speed your recovery of colds and other viral illnesses:

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  • Increase your fluid intake. Drinking more fluids will help you stay hydrated and better control your temperature.
  • Fluids such as water, sports drinks and clear broth soups are generally well tolerated.
  • Get plenty of rest. Stay in bed and rest as much as possible.
  • Wash your hands frequently. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers after coughing, sneezing and wiping your nose to reduce the spread of the virus.
  • Humidify the air by taking a steamy shower, steam inhalations (face bowl), or placing a warm, moist towel over your face.
  • Do not smoke, and avoid second-hand smoke.
  • For FEVER, CHILLS AND BODY ACHES, use an NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory) medication, like ibuprofen (generic Motrin or Advil) or naproxen (generic Aleve). The major side effect of NSAIDs is irritation of the stomach, occasionally leading to gastrointestinal ulceration and bleeding. Stop the medication if you have stomach upset or pain. Consider taking acetaminophen (Tylenol), instead, for fever and pain if you have stomach upset. DO NOT TAKE ASPIRIN. Do not take any medication to which you are allergic.
  • For STUFFY NOSE AND CONGESTION, use a decongestant. The only effective oral decongestant currently available is pseudoephedrine. You must ask the pharmacist for this medication (regulated because of illegal use to make methamphetamine), although no prescription is required. Decongestants purchased off the shelf contain phenylephrine and are much less effective. Oral decongestants may produce rapid heart rate, blood pressure elevation, nervous stimulation, and restlessness which may interfere with sleep. An alternative to the oral medication is a decongestant nose spray oxymetazoline hydrochloride (generic Afrin). This can rapidly relieve nasal obstruction. When the decongestant effect of the drug wears off, nasal obstruction rapidly returns. Therefore, this can be very effective, but limit use to 3 days (if used twice daily) or 5-6 nights (if only used at bedtime). Overuse by just a few days can result in "rebound" obstruction and mucosal damage.
  • For RUNNY NOSE, SNEEZING AND COUGH, try an antihistamine. The most effective antihistamines are first generation, although they tend to cause drowsiness. Examples of first-generation antihistamines are brompheniramine (generic for DimeTapp), *chlorpheniramine (generic for Chlor-Trimeton and Singlet), *diphenhydramine (generic for Benadryl), and *doxylamine (generic for NyQuil and Alka-Seltzer Plus Night-Time Cold Medicine). The newer (non-sedating) antihistamines do not appear to have the same degree of effectiveness for treating colds. Examples are *Loratadine (Claritin), Fexofenadine (Allegra – prescription required), and *Certirizine (Zyrtec).
  • For COUGH, you can try a cough suppressant. Cough suppressants are natural narcotics, like codeine, and synthetic narcotics, like dextromethorphan (DM). They act on the brain to depress the cough reflex center. Their effectiveness in patients with chronic cough has been demonstrated in controlled studies but there is little published information on their effectiveness in coughs associated with colds. Cough suppressants can produce gastrointestinal discomfort but otherwise have few side effects. In normal healthy people with good cough reflexes, cough suppressants are safe. Drug interactions may occur with DM and certain antidepressants. If you are on an antidepressant, discuss this with your provider. Honey is a natural alternative to medications for cough. You can take a teaspoon by itself or try tea with honey.
  • For SORE THROAT AND NASAL CONGESTION, consider using a saline rinse or throat lozenges.
    • Various nasal saline rinse kits are available commercially or you can make your own saline by mixing ½ teaspoon of salt and 8 ounces of warm water in a clean container.
    • For the nose: Place the above mixture in a reusable sinus rinse bottle or draw up into a nasal bulb syringe. The most convenient way to perform a sinus rinse is in the shower or over a sink.
    • For the throat: Swish and spit the above mixture.
    • Keeping a throat lozenge, cough drop, or hard candy in your mouth will stimulate your saliva and help soothe your throat. * Available over the counter

If you are a Traditional Student - Call Health Services at 610-606-4640 if any of the following happens:

  • Temperature over 100.5 degrees F that persists
  • Severe cough
  • Severe headache
  • Increased facial swelling
  • Very large neck glands
  • Painful joints
  • Skin rash
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty swallowing own saliva
  • Persistent vomiting
  • Blurred vision
  • Persistent greenish nasal discharge
  • Foul odor to breath

If you are a SAGE student, faculty member or staff member, please call your PCP with any questions or concerns.

If nasal symptoms, facial pressure, and cough are no better or worse after 1–2 weeks, consider being evaluated for possible bacterial complications of the cold /viral infection. Remember that most colds last 7 – 10 days.

Nancy Crane-Roberts, PhD, CRNP, CNE, RN
Director of College Health Services

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3.5.2020 - Message from President Meade

Dear Cedar Crest Community:

I am writing today to update you on the College’s preparations and policies as we continue to closely monitor the developing situation regarding the novel coronavirus, now known as COVID-19.

Please be aware that Cedar Crest College does not currently have any confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19. We have established the following web page for updates on COVID-19 as they pertain to the Cedar Crest Community: https://www.cedarcrest.edu/healthservices/covid.shtm

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With Spring Break coming to a close, we are also monitoring the spread of the disease from a travel perspective and, out of an abundance of caution, have established a policy for those that fall under at-risk categories as determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At this time, persons considered at risk by the CDC are those who have traveled to countries or regions with widespread (sustained) ongoing transmission and those in close contact with persons infected with novel coronavirus. Those in close contact with persons infected with novel coronavirus are also considered at risk.

To limit our community’s risk of transmission, Cedar Crest College therefore requires all individuals who have traveled in a country or region identified by the CDC with a Warning Level 3 Travel Health Notice for COVID-19 to self-isolate for a period of no less than 14 days. This applies to all individuals, including students, faculty, staff, contractors, or visitors, whether or not they have shown symptoms of COVID-19. All such individuals should follow the CDC’s guidelines for Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 ( https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html”).

Please refer to the CDC Travel Health Notices website for current information by country: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices

Students, faculty, and staff who have traveled to a country or region classified under a CDC “Warning Level 3” for COVID-19, as well as those who have been in close contact with persons confirmed as testing positive for COVID-19, must:

  • Self-isolate for 14 days, following the CDC guidelines identified above.
  • Students:
    Complete the Absence Notification Form found here: https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?CedarCrestCollege&layout_id=3
    There will be no penalties for following the self-isolation policy if you fall into the at-risk travel category listed above.
    For further information, contact the Office of Student Affairs by calling 610-606-4666 ext. 3678 or emailing studentaffairs@cedarcrest.edu
  • Faculty & Staff
    Notify the Office of Human Resources by emailing humrscs@cedarcrest.edu or calling 610-606-4666 ext. 4636 to provide documentation about your health status and your ability to return from self-isolation. The Office of Human Resources will notify, as needed, the chair, dean, provost, or other supervisor to manage the continuity of teaching and college services during the self-isolation period.

Individuals who have themselves tested positive for COVID-19 are required to self-isolate from the College community until cleared to return by a physician.

I encourage everyone to continue to follow CDC guidelines for preventing the spread of respiratory illnesses:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

We will provide updates on this situation on the COVID-19 page on the Health Services site (listed above) and via email as necessary.

Faculty and staff will receive follow-up email communications regarding planning and processes as we prepare with additional preventative measures to manage the COVID-19 situation.

We understand that this may be a stressful time for many and our hearts go out to those who have already been affected by COVID-19. The safety and care of our community is paramount in these precautions, as it is every day. I want to thank you all for your attention to this as we work together to support and promote a strong, healthy and vibrant college community.

Elizabeth M. Meade, PhD
President
Cedar Crest College

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3.5.2020 - Message from Provost and CFO/COO

Dear Cedar Crest colleagues,

We are writing to provide guidance for our academic departments and college offices in preparation and response to the COVID-19 respiratory illness (2019 novel coronavirus).

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For the most current information related to COVID-19 and the College, please refer to the following website: www.cedarcrest.edu/healthservices/covid.shtm.

Cedar Crest College does not currently have any confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19.

With the quickly evolving nature of COVID-19, however, we have a responsibility to promote public health and the well-being of our community while continuing to provide access to a remarkable Cedar Crest education.

The College therefore expects all faculty and staff to take the following steps. Please contact your chair, dean, director, or other supervisor if you have questions or challenges with these requirements.

1) DO NOT ATTEND CLASS or WORK IF YOU ARE SICK

Students, faculty, and staff SHOULD NOT ATTEND class or work when sick, as advised by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH). Furthermore, the College has implemented a self-isolation policy for individuals at risk for COVID-19, specifically for those having traveled in countries or regions under CDC Warning Level 3 Travel Notices, those in close contact with persons confirmed as testing positive for COVID-19, or individuals themselves who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Illness or self-isolation due to COVID-19 are legitimate reasons to be absent from Cedar Crest College classes. Please refer to the Faculty Handbook IV.B.5.a.

2) ACCOMMODATE CLASS ABSENCES DUE TO ILLNESS or COVID-19 SELF-ISOLATION

Faculty members should thus prepare to handle accommodations for students who are absent due to illness or self-isolation related to the College’s COVID-19 policy. Examples of such accommodations include (as appropriate and feasible for the course) due-date extensions, digital assignment submissions, or alternative assignment formats (e.g., a recorded video presentation in place of an in-person presentation). Academic departments and the School of Nursing, through their chair or dean, should review polices for excusing student absences from classes and plan for handling such accommodations.

Faculty with students who are absent from class due to the College’s COVID-19 self-isolation policy will receive a Notification of Absence Verification from the Dean of Students alerting them to the period for which the student is required to be absent. Such a notification will not specify the reason for the student’s absence.

Students absent from class for illness or other legitimate reasons may also request that the Dean of Students provide verification for them through the online Absence Notification Request form: https://my.cedarcrest.edu/ICS/Student_Affairs/Student_Affairs_Home.jnz?portlet=Bookmarks

3) PLAN FOR ACCOMMODATIONS IN FIELD, CLINICAL, INTERNSHIP, or OTHER COMMUNITY-BASED CURRICULAR and CO-CURRICULAR EXPERIENCES

Academic departments and the School of Nursing, through their chairs or dean, should establish contingency plans in the event that students are not permitted to be present at assigned community sites for academic coursework. Examples of such community-based sites include, among others, clinicals in healthcare settings, internships, and fieldwork in schools, nursing homes, or other agencies. We recognize that academic programs will have differing regulations or accreditation requirements in place pertaining to their field (as with certification programs such as nursing, social work, education, and nutrition). To the extent appropriate to the program, then, departments and the School of Nursing should consider alternative sites or alternative educational delivery methods for students to meet such academic requirements (for example, simulation center experiences replacing a clinical setting).

4) PLAN FOR REMOTE or CONTINGENT DELIVERY OF COURSE CONTENT

Faculty should familiarize themselves with the College’s technologies, training, and other options available to deliver course instruction via distance. A course website is automatically created for all Cedar Crest courses in CANVAS, the College’s Learning Management System, including for sections that are in-person, as well as online or hybrid. Additional digital meeting or livestreaming capabilities are available through GoToMeeting or Microsoft Teams. These approaches would allow, for instance, students to continue accessing course instruction even though they must be absent from an in-person class due to illness or self-isolation.

For support in such methods, please contact the Cedar Crest College Information Technology Office for resources related to online instructional design, through the IT Support Center website: www.cedarcrest.edu/infotech/index.shtm.

Beginning with the Summer 2020 term and with future academic years, all Cedar Crest College instructors of record will be required to 1) upload a course syllabus to CANVAS for each section that they are teaching and 2) establish and regularly maintain gradebooks in CANVAS for their course sections. For classes and assignments for which it is appropriate, faculty should also consider having course assignments and student academic submission managed through CANVAS. The College will further conduct a review of policies and procedures for CANVAS/LMS managed course delivery. Should an instructor become ill or be required to self-isolate due to COVID-19, these steps will enable academic departments and the School of Nursing to manage contingent course instruction effectively and to ensure that students have fair access to their graded performance.

Academic departments and the School of Nursing, through chairs or the dean, should ensure that such plans and policies referenced in this notice are communicated to adjunct faculty.

5) PLAN FOR ADVISING and REMOTE DELIVERY OF STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES

Staff in student support offices should develop plans to advise students and deliver office services remotely for those absent from campus due to illness or self-isolation related to COVID-19. Such offices include, among others, the Student Success Center, Student Financial Services, Student Affairs, Academic Advising, Cressman Library, International Student Services, Information Technology, the Registrar’s Office, Traditional and SAGE Admissions, Athletics, Global Initiatives and International Programs.

6) RESTRICT TRAVEL TO COVID-19 RISK AREAS

Cedar Crest College restricts all faculty, staff, and students from traveling on any official College business to countries or regions issued a Warning Level 3 (“Avoid All Non-Essential Travel”) by the CDC. This restriction prohibits the use of College funding for travel to Warning Level 3 areas, as with Faculty Development Grants or other grants or funds managed by the College. Exceptions to this travel restriction must be authorized by the Provost and the CFO/COO.

As of this notice, CDC Warning Level 3 countries include South Korea, China, Italy, Iran, and Venezuela.

This list of affected countries and regions can change rapidly, so we encourage all faculty and staff with travel plans to monitor the CDC Travel Health Notices website for the most current information: wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices.

The College administration will actively monitor guidance from the CDC, the U. S. Department of State, and the World Health Organization in making further determinations about restricted travel, including for future study abroad trips.

Faculty or staff who have traveled in a country classified by the CDC as Warning Level 3 (including within 14 days prior to the warning being issued) must immediately follow the College’s self-isolation procedures specified on the College COVID-19 website. Such faculty or staff following COVID-19 self-isolation must immediately notify (via email or phone) the Office of Human Resources. The Office of Human Resources will notify, as needed, the chair, dean, provost, or other supervisor to manage the continuity of teaching and college services during the self-isolation period.

7) MAINTAIN OUR OBLIGATIONS TO AN INCLUSIVE, INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY

Preparing students for life in a global community is a key part of Cedar Crest’s mission. We should thus respond to the COVID-19 situation in a way that models our inclusive ideals for mutual respect in a diverse, international community. We know our community will be attentive to not singling out or socially stigmatizing community members on the basis of our identities, if we’ve traveled, or if we cough or sneeze due to health issues related to allergies, asthma, or other chronic health issues.

Remember also that community members may have family or friends living in regions heavily affected by COVID-19 outbreaks. Our obligation is to support them. Please refer students and colleagues who need support in this stressful time to the College resources available to them, via the Office of Human Resources, the Health and Counseling Services Office, International Student Services, and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

An enduring strength of Cedar Crest College has been our community’s ability to support each other in difficult times. COVID-19 presents a stressful moment, and our empathy go out to all who are affected by this situation. As we prepare as a community, we can help ensure that we rise to this moment successfully together.

Robert A. Wilson, PhD
Provost

Audra J. Kahr, CPA
Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer

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COVID-19: Information Regarding Prevention, Precautions, and Travel

A novel (new) coronavirus, now identified as COVID-19, has caused outbreaks of respiratory illness internationally and in regions of the United States.

Cedar Crest College does not currently have any confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19.

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The College is monitoring the COVID-19 situation through sources that include the Allentown Health Bureau, the Pennsylvania Department of State Health Services, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At this time, health officials believe the risk to our immediate college campus is low.

Updated information from the CDC on coronavirus can be found at: 
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

The most recent information about coronavirus in Pennsylvania may be found at:
https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx.

Students, faculty, and staff who have traveled to a country or region classified under a CDC “Warning Level 3” for COVID-19, as well as those who have been in close contact with persons confirmed as testing positive for COVID-19, must:

  • Self-isolate for 14 days, following the CDC guidelines identified above.
  • Students:
    Complete the Absence Notification Form found here: https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?CedarCrestCollege&layout_id=3
    There will be no penalties for following the self-isolation policy if you fall into the at-risk travel category listed above.
    For further information, contact the Office of Student Affairs by calling 610-606-4666 ext. 3678 or emailing studentaffairs@cedarcrest.edu
  • Faculty & Staff
    Notify the Office of Human Resources by emailing humrscs@cedarcrest.edu or calling 610-606-4666 ext. 4636 to provide documentation about your health status and your ability to return from self-isolation. The Office of Human Resources will notify, as needed, the chair, dean, provost, or other supervisor to manage the continuity of teaching and college services during the self-isolation period.
    Individuals who have themselves tested positive for COVID-19 are required to self-isolate from the College community until cleared to return by a physician.

COVID-19, the 2019 novel coronavirus, is believed to be spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes, much in the way the flu and other respiratory viruses are spread. Symptoms can be fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.

Travel Precautions and Policy

In addition, with Spring Break upon us, college administrators continue to monitor the situation with regard to travel and will provide updates to the campus community on this web page and via email as necessary.

At this time, persons considered at risk are those who have traveled to countries or regions with widespread (sustained) ongoing transmission for which the CDC has issued a Warning Level 3 (“Avoid Nonessential Travel”) related to coronavirus. Those in close contact with persons infected with novel coronavirus are also considered at risk.

Please refer to the CDC Travel Health Notices website for current information by country:
https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices

To limit our community’s risk of transmission, Cedar Crest College therefore requires all individuals who have traveled in a country or region identified by the CDC as Warning Level 3 for COVID-19 to self-isolate for a period of no less than 14 days. This applies to all individuals, including students, faculty, staff, contractors, or visitors, whether or not they have shown symptoms of COVID-19. All such individuals should follow the CDC’s guidelines for Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html).

Students, faculty, and staff who have traveled to a country or region classified under a CDC “Warning Level 3” for COVID-19 must:

  • Self-isolate for 14 days, following the CDC guidelines identified above.
  • Contact the College Health Services Office (for students) or the Office of Human Resources (for faculty and staff) by phone or email to provide documentation about your health status and your ability to return from self-isolation.

It is important for us to continue to take steps to protect our students, faculty, staff, and the broader community by following the CDC recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses.

If you have questions, please contact the Office of Health Services

Nancy Roberts
Director of Health Services
nroberts@cedarcrest.edu
610-606-4640

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