COVID-19 UPDATE: FAQs
When can I retrieve the rest of my belongings from my dorm room?
We are working on a move-out plan, but must wait for further direction from our Governor’s office regarding the current stay at home and business closure directives that impact access to our campus. We will get our students back on campus to pick belongings as soon as we can do so safely and in compliance with the Governor’s directives. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
When can I return to campus to retrieve my personal belongings from my lab?
We are working on a plan to allow our students to retrieve their personal items, such as tools, from their labs. As noted above, we must wait for further direction from our Governor’s office regarding the current stay at home and business closure directives that impact access to our campus. We will get our students back on campus to pick belongings as soon as we can do so safely and in compliance with the Governor’s directives. We will arrange for students who are moving out of the dorms to retrieve their belongings from their labs at the same time. will Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Are there plans to reschedule the commencement ceremony?
We are evaluating options to make sure we are honoring and recognizing the significance of the achievement of our graduating students during this unprecedented time. As soon as we have final plans we will communicate those to our graduating sophomores.
How will I get my diploma?
Diplomas will be mailed to our graduating students following the end of the semester and final grading.
THE CAMPUS IS CLOSED – WHY IT IS CLOSED, WHY THE COLLEGE CAN’T MAKE AN EXCEPTION
Governor Tom Wolf has ordered all “non-life-sustaining” businesses in PA to close their physical locations to slow the spread of COVID-19. Enforcement actions against businesses that do not close physical locations started today, Monday, March 23, at 8 AM. Per the Governor’s order, entities that fail or refuse to comply with the governor’s orders that protect the lives and health of Pennsylvanians will forfeit their ability to receive any applicable disaster relief and/or may be subject to other appropriate administrative action. Such action may include termination of state loan or grant funding, including Redevelopment Assistance Capital Project (RACP) grant funding and/or suspension or revocation of licensure for violation of the law.
Compliance with the Governor’s order will be enforced by state agencies and local officials, including the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, the Department of Health, the Department of Agriculture, the Pennsylvania State Police, and local officials using their resources to enforce closure orders within their jurisdictions.
Individuals who violate the order are subject to fines or imprisonment. Thank you for understanding and respecting the Governor’s director, and our inability to consider waivers. Allied Security has been granted an exception and will be onsite to ensure the security of our campuses. The State Police, who provide coverage to the College, are also aware that our physical locations are closed while we continue remote learning and work.
REFUNDS FOR STUDENT TRIP TO GREECE
Based on guidance issued by the Center for Disease Control relating to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) which recommends Institutes of Higher Education postpone and/or cancel student international travel programs, the College made the difficult decision to cancel the upcoming trip to Greece. The College is in the process of working with the travel company to determine whether the trip can be rescheduled for a later date. We will continue to keep you updated on this process.
CANCELLED OR POSTPONED EVENTS
- The Stevens Essay is on hold until further notice. Questions may be directed to Stacy Caldwell at firstname.lastname@example.org;
- The Creative Arts Festival has been cancelled for this year, and is expected to carry over into the next academic year. More information will be provided when available.
- The Commencement Ceremony scheduled for May 9, 2020 has been cancelled; however we recognize how important this event is to celebrating and recognizing the hard work our students have put in to achieve their degree from TSCT. The College will continue to evaluate options related to this important milestone, and will keep you informed.
Colleges throughout Pennsylvania, and in our area, need to comply with Governor Tom Wolf’s order that all “non-life sustaining” businesses in Pennsylvania – including colleges – must close by Friday evening, March 20. As a result, we are not able to schedule a move-out date until further notice. Thaddeus Stevens College will comply with the Governor’s order, and remains focused on the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and our community. Please understand that these measures are being put in place in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus in our community and across the Commonwealth. Further information about move-out will be forthcoming. but at this time, students are not permitted to return to campus until they hear otherwise.
TRANSITION TO REMOTE INSTRUCTION/IMPACT OF REFUND OF RELATED FEES
Decisions about pro-rated refunds for various services that have been terminated due to the COVID-19 outbreak will be communicated to students by the end of the semester. This includes information about refunds for housing and food services. All other student services, including program instruction, are moving to remote delivery and virtual platforms and will remain available to students.
COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS
Community Service hour requirements for the Spring 2020 semester have been waived due to the restrictions imposed by the Governor’s recent directives.