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APRIL 1, 2020

Dear University Community:

Following are some important announcements for today:

UNIVERSITY PASS/NO CREDIT OPTION INFORMATION

The Center for Student Success and Dr. Jonas Prida are hosting a webinar to answer questions about the University’s Pass/No Credit option. The webinar will be from 11 a.m. to noon Monday, April 6, 2020. Students can register for the webinar here.

Also, as a reminder, students can view a YouTube video that describes the process in more detail. That video can be found here.

Please take advantage of these opportunities to become more informed about this grading option.

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RELIEF ACT

On Friday, March 27, 2020, the Federal government approved the CARES Act, providing $14 billion for Higher Education in an Emergency Stabilization Fund. At this time, there are no clear guidelines on when the money will arrive at schools and exactly how it can be spent. Point Park, along with many schools, are working hard to get clear guidance on exactly how this money can be used and how it may assist students. We will keep you posted as information becomes available. 

#POINTPARKTOGETHERAPART

It’s always a great time to share how you are doing while we are all away from campus. If you wish to share how you are adapting or want to see how others are taking on the challenge of working remotely, check out #PointParkTogetherApart on Instagram and Facebook.

Thank you

Paul Hennigan

MARCH 31, 2020

Dear University Community:

On Monday, Governor Tom Wolf extended the stay at home order for Pennsylvania counties to April 30, 2020. There are now 26 of the Commonwealth’s 67 counties under this order. As virus cases continue to increase in Pennsylvania, the stay at home order is in place to help curb the spread of the virus in areas where the virus has been reported.

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RELIEF ACT

On Friday, March 27, 2020, the Federal government approved the CARES Act, providing $14 billion for Higher Education in an Emergency Stabilization Fund. At this time, there are no clear guidelines on when the money will arrive at schools and exactly how it can be spent. Point Park, along with many schools, are working hard to get clear guidance on exactly how this money can be used and how it may assist students. We will keep you posted as information becomes available. 

STUDENT WORKERS ON CAMPUS

Student workers (including apprentices, federal work study workers and honors assistants) will continue to be paid according to the average weekly wage from their Spring semester earnings times the number of weeks remaining in the semester as of March 18, 2020, based on their total award and hours already worked. Additional information about the method and timing of this payment will be sent to student employees this week. Once you receive this information, please contact Jessica Ureste at jureste@pointpark.edu with any questions about your individual payment.

#POINTPARKTOGETHERAPART

We are going to be at this social distancing, stay-at-home way of life for a while. If you wish to share how you are adapting or want to see how others are taking on the challenge, check out #PointParkTogetherApart on Instagram and Facebook.

Stay Strong. Stay home!

Thank you

Paul Hennigan

MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2020

Dear University Community:

Welcome to our second full week of remote learning and university operations. Thank you very much for continuing to work through an incredibly difficult situation for all of us. 

The pandemic is not permanent.  We will come out of this stronger. 

Here are today’s announcements:

STUDENT WORKERS ON CAMPUS

Student workers (including apprentices, federal work study workers, and honors assistants) will continue to be paid according to the average weekly wage from their Spring semester earnings times the number of weeks remaining in the semester as of March 18, 2020, based on their total award and hours already worked. Additional information about the method and timing of this payment will be sent to student employees this week. Once you receive this information, please contact Jessica Ureste at jureste@pointpark.edu with any questions about your individual payment.

#POINTPARKTOGETHERAPART

We’re all in this together -- check out what the Point Park University community has been up to by searching #PointParkTogetherApart on Instagram and Facebook, and continue to share your day-to-day experiences with us online.

Thank you,

Paul Hennigan

FINAL TUESDAY MARCH 31, 2020

 

Dear University Community:

 

On Monday, Governor Tom Wolf extended the stay at home order for Pennsylvania counties to April 30, 2020. There are now 26 of the Commonwealth’s 67 counties under this order. As virus cases continue to increase in Pennsylvania, the stay at home order is in place to help curb the spread of the virus in areas where the virus has been reported.

 

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RELIEF ACT

On Friday, March 27, 2020, the Federal government approved the CARES Act, providing $14 billion for Higher Education in an Emergency Stabilization Fund. At this time, there are no clear guidelines on when the money will arrive at schools and exactly how it can be spent. Point Park, along with many schools, are working hard to get clear guidance on exactly how this money can be used and how it may assist students. We will keep you posted as information becomes available. 

 

STUDENT WORKERS ON CAMPUS

Student workers (including apprentices, federal work study workers and honors assistants) will continue to be paid according to the average weekly wage from their Spring semester earnings times the number of weeks remaining in the semester as of March 18, 2020, based on their total award and hours already worked. Additional information about the method and timing of this payment will be sent to student employees this week. Once you receive this information, please contact Jessica Ureste at jureste@pointpark.edu with any questions about your individual payment.

 

#POINTPARKTOGETHERAPART

We are going to be at this social distancing, stay-at-home way of life for a while. If you wish to share how you are adapting or want to see how others are taking on the challenge, check out #PointParkTogetherApart on Instagram and Facebook.

 

Stay Strong. Stay home!

 

Thank you

Paul Hennigan

March 27, 2020

Dear University Community:

SUMMER SESSION ONE ONLINE

All first-term summer classes that begin in May, which include our 6-week, 8-week and 12-week terms, will be delivered solely in an online format.  The University will not run any on ground courses that begin in May. 

We have not made any decision on summer classes that begin in June. Our goal will be to make a decision on this as soon as possible in order to provide as much time for amendments to course schedules as needed.

Please consult with your CSS advisor and check course schedules regularly to get the most up-to-date information.

RESIDENCE HALLS

We appreciate the organized approach residence hall students and their families have used over the last week as move out continues.  We strongly encourage any student remaining in the residence halls to move out as soon as possible.  All students, except for those with University approved waivers, must leave the University residence halls no later than today, Friday, March 27, 2020. More information can be found here. Look under Prior Correspondence.

CENTER FOR MEDIA INNOVATION ASSISTS OUR REGION

Thanks to support from the Center for Media Innovation at Point Park University, “Our Region’s Business,” returns to WPXI-TV at 11 a.m. Sunday. The show, produced by the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, was off the air last week because it could not film in the WPXI studios due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to CMI team, the show will now be produced virtually with the CMI’s support. On this Sunday’s show, I will discuss the transition to online learning and how the crisis is impacting Point Park University.

#POINTPARKTOGETHERAPART

As we support one another and adjust to the changes, Point Park University has created a virtual home for sharing student, faculty and staff experiences and virtual engagements at the hashtag  #PointParkTogetherApart

Videos, photos and online messages are welcome from students, faculty and staff as we adjust to this new, temporary norm.

Let us see what your work-at-home environment looks like and the pets helping you adjust; pass along some tips on how to stay efficient and focused, and seek advice from the Point Park community. 

Thank you,

Paul Hennigan

Thursday, March 26, 2020 

Dear University Community:

Here are today’s announcements.

ON RESIDENCE HALLS

We appreciate the organized approach residence hall students and their families have used over the last week as move out continues.  We strongly encourage any student remaining in the residence halls to move out as soon as possible.  All students, with the exception of those with University approved waivers, must leave the University residence halls no later than Friday, March 27, 2020. More information can be found here.

ON RENTAL TEXTBOOK RETURNS

If you have rented textbooks and are wondering how to return them, not to worry. Click here for information. 

#POINTPARKTOGETHERAPART

As we support one another and adjust to the changes, Point Park University has created a virtual home for sharing student, faculty and staff experiences and virtual engagements at the hashtag  #PointParkTogetherApart

Videos, photos and online messages are welcome from students, faculty and staff as we adjust to this new, temporary norm.

Let us see what your work-at-home environment looks like and the pets helping you adjust; pass along some tips on how to stay efficient and focused, and seek advice from the Point Park community. 

Stay calm.  Stay home.  Stay safe.

Thank you

Paul Hennigan

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 2020

Dear University Community:

Thank you for completing the University’s first week of total remote education. 

We will continue to answer questions and share information that is important to you.  You are all doing remarkable work. Keep it up!

Here are today’s announcements:

ON AMENDED GRADE POLICY PASS/NO CREDIT OPTION FOR SPRING 2020

The Center for Student Success and Dr. Jonas Prida are hosting a webinar to answer questions about the University’s Pass/No Credit option. The webinar will be from 11 a.m. to noon Monday, April 6, 2020. Look for more information on the webinar and how to register in an email coming soon from the Center for Student Success. Please take advantage of this opportunity.

ON RENTAL TEXTBOOK RETURNS

If you have rented textbooks and are wondering how to return them, not to worry. Click here for information.

ON RESIDENCE HALLS

We appreciate the organized approach residence hall students and their families have used over the last week as move out continues.  We strongly encourage any student remaining in the residence halls to move out as soon as possible.  All students, with the exception of those with University approved waivers, must leave the University residence halls no later than Friday, March 27, 2020. More information can be found here

ON STUDENT WORKERS

We know students with work arrangements including Federal Work Study, Apprentices, and General Student Workers have questions about their awards. Currently, there has been no disruption. The University is working on information for you and will have something in the coming days. Thank you for your patience as we work to get you accurate information. 

#POINTPARKTOGETHERAPART

As we support one another and adjust to the changes, Point Park University has created a virtual home for sharing student, faculty and staff experiences and virtual engagements at the hashtag  #PointParkTogetherApart

Videos, photos and online messages are welcome from students, faculty and staff as we adjust to this new, temporary norm.

Let us see what your work-at-home environment looks like and the pets helping you adjust; pass along some tips on how to stay efficient and focused, and seek advice from the Point Park community. 

Stay calm.  Stay home.  Stay safe.

Thank you
Paul Hennigan

March 24, 2020

Dear University Community:

On Monday, March 23, 2020, Governor Wolf issued a stay-at-home order for seven counties in Pennsylvania:  Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Monroe, Montgomery and Philadelphia.

What does that mean to the Point Park University community? The short answer is, carry on as   we have with online education and remote operation of the University. Only essential personnel should be on campus. The University continues to follow the directives set forth by the CDC, federal, state and local governments, and is fully complying with all government regulations and guidance.

The Governor’s announcement yesterday was clear: To stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we must all redouble our efforts to limit interactions with others, which will assist in slowing or stopping the spread of the virus.

Here are today’s announcements:

STUDENT WORKERS

Currently, the University is reviewing changes to student work arrangements, including those who have been awarded Federal Work Study, Apprentices, and General Student Workers.  An announcement will be forthcoming shortly with additional guidance for student workers.

ON RESIDENCE HALLS

We strongly encourage any student remaining in the residence halls to move out as soon as possible.  All students with the exception of those with University approved waivers must leave the University residence halls no later than Friday, March 27, 2020. More information can be found here.

KEY CARD ACCESS TO UNIVERSITY

As of 4:30 P.M. Monday, March 23, 2020, card access to the campus is closed unless approved by your immediate supervisor and Human Resources. The HR department is providing approved access lists to physical plant and public safety. If you are planning to come to the campus and have not requested access, please contact your supervisor and Human Resources. Requests for staff should be directed to Natalie Rice, and requests for faculty should be directed to Jordan Nofziger. Approvals for access are limited to those necessary to ensure the safety and health of the campus. Employees listed as essential to the safety and health of campus, and communicated last week, are authorized to continue to report to campus. 

#POINTPARKTOGETHERAPART

As we support one another and adjust to the changes, Point Park University has created a virtual home for sharing student, faculty and staff experiences and virtual engagements at the hashtag   #PointParkTogetherApart

Videos, photos and online messages are welcome from students, faculty and staff as we adjust to this new, temporary norm. Let us see what your work-at-home environment looks like and the pets helping you adjust, pass along some tips on how to stay efficient and focused, and seek advice from the Point Park community.

Stay calm. Stay home. Stay safe.

Thank you
Paul Hennigan

March 23, 2020 

Dear University Community:

We are into week two of Point Park University remote educational delivery and University operations -- THANK YOU!

I know it has not always been easy and we will continue to face challenges. We have made some difficult decisions to mitigate the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic risks.  With each decision, the University continues to follow the directives set forth by the CDC, federal, state and local Governments and is fully complying with all government regulations and guidance.

Here are today’s important reminders and updates:

ON AMENDED GRADE POLICY: PASS/NO CREDIT OPTION FOR SPRING 2020

As a temporary measure that reflects the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic on our lives, work and education, Point Park University will offer all students the option of converting letter grades earned in current spring 2020 courses to Pass/No Credit at the conclusion of the semester. Once faculty post letter grades for the spring 2020 courses, students may choose to convert grades of A, B, C, or D to Pass; students may choose to convert a grade of F to N, which means No Credit (see the Student Handbook, page 60, for the University grading policy). Neither the Pass nor the No Credit grade will affect overall grade point average. Students should consider this option carefully by consulting the guide located here.

To be clear, the process will work like this:

  • Students and faculty complete the spring semester.
  • Faculty post letter grades through the University Registrar's office.
  • Students will have seven days beginning May 1, 2020, and ending May 7, 2020, to select the Pass/No Credit option for one or more grades.
  • Students who do not wish to convert any grades to Pass/No Credit do nothing and the earned grades will stand.

ON RESIDENCE HALLS

Students must leave the University residence halls no later than Friday, March 27, 2020. More information can be found here.

ON CHANGES TO DAILY OPERATION OF THE UNIVERSITY

Only those positions essential to the health and safety of the University will be permitted on campus. This move ensures the safety of the workforce and complies with government mandates.  The University continues our uninterrupted business operations remotely. Please review the details of the plan and what you should do to comply with this important change. This plan goes into full effect no later than Monday, March 23, 2020. Click here to review the plan.


ON GRADUATE HOODING AND COMMENCEMENT

The University announced on Thursday, March 19, 2020, the postponement of Spring Graduate Hooding and Commencement ceremonies scheduled for April 25, 2020. Graduating students will be contacted soon by their schools and respective programs regarding ideas and suggestions for a virtual commencement for each school or program. The University will also continue to explore options for a University-wide, in-person, Commencement ceremony for the entire class of 2020 when conditions allow. 

IF YOU PURCHASED REGALIA FOR COMMENCEMENT

If you purchased regalia for commencement on line via Oak Hall website or in person from the Campus Barnes & Nobel Bookstore, click here for information on returns.

ON #POINTPARKTOGETHERAPART

As we support one another and adjust to the changes, Point Park University has created a virtual home for sharing student, faculty and staff experiences and virtual engagements at the hashtag #PointParkTogetherApart

Videos, photos and online messages are welcome from students, faculty and staff as we adjust to this new, temporary norm.

Let us see what your work-at-home environment looks like and the pets helping you adjust; pass along some tips on how to stay efficient and focused, and seek advice from the Point Park community.

Point Park will continue to follow our plan to keep the University functioning for our students. Please continue reading these official communications, which will be sent via email and posted to the University website – that is the official source for anything related to the University.

Thank you

Paul Hennigan
President

March 20, 2020

Dear University Community,

As we continue to see new governmental directives during this COVID-19 pandemic, I want to assure you that Point Park University is fully complying with all government regulations and guidance.

We have successfully transferred to remote education delivery and University operations are being done remotely as much as possible. For the students who live in our residence halls, I want to thank you and your families for the way you are handling the move-out procedure in what I know is a very stressful time.

For anyone who is approved to be physically on campus in any form, I would ask that you continue to be careful and practice social distancing measures at all times. Hand sanitizers are full and located at all key entry points to our campus.

UNIVERSITY GRADING POLICY

The University's academic leaders have been in discussion about amending the academic grading policy temporarily to address concerns and issues provoked by the pandemic and the resulting move to remote delivery of Point Park courses.  A decision will be made over the weekend and announced Monday morning. The current academic grading policy can be found on page 60 of the Student Handbook, here.

Point Park will continue to follow through on our plan to keep the University functioning for our students. Please continue reading our official communication, which will be sent via email and posted on our website – that is the official source for anything related to the University.

Paul Hennigan
President

March 20, 2020

Dear University Community:

Thank you for your continued commitment to doing all that you can to protect yourself and the University community from exposure to Coronavirus (COVID-19). As we continue to keep you up to date on important changes we are making in this effort, please remember the credible source for information on University operations continues to be found on the University website.

Here are today’s important reminders and updates:

ON CHANGES TO THE DAILY OPERATION OF THE UNIVERSITY

Following guidance of the Allegheny County Department of Health, the University on Thursday, March 19, 2020, announced an immediate move of staff to a virtual, remote work environment. Only those positions essential to the health and safety of the University will be permitted on campus.  This move ensures the safety of the workforce as well as providing uninterrupted business operations of the University.  Please review the details of the plan and what you should do to comply with this important change. This plan goes into full effect no later than Monday, March 23, 2020. Click here to review the plan.

ON COMPUTER AND OTHER LABS AND FACILITIES CLOSED EFFECTIVE MONDAY

As the University transitions to only essential personnel on campus, the computer labs will be closing according to the schedule below. We remind those who use the lab to practice social distancing in an effort to contain spread of the virus.

  • UC Television Studio – Closed
  • Playhouse Soundstage - Closed
  • Media Services Office – Closing 3/19 at 4:30 pm
  • Academic Hall Photography Labs – Closing 3/23 at 4:30 pm
  • SPS Equipment Room – Closing 3/23 at 4:30 pm
  • West Penn Edit Suites – Closing 3/23 at 4:30 pm
  • All IT computer labs - Closing 3/23 at 4:30 pm

ON LIBRARY OPERATIONS

The following are additional changes to Library operations.  Until further notice there is a discontinuation of scanning reserve materials and pulling books and DVDs for physical pick up.

Online resources continue to be available.  Any questions or concerns, please email the library team at library@pointpark.edu   Librarians are monitoring online requests Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. - Midnight, Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

ON THE POINT PARK UNIVERSITY BOOKSTORE

The bookstore has closed until further notice.  You can visit the store online here for all your bookstore needs.

ON POINT PERK CAFÉ

Point Perk located in the Village Park is closed until further notice.

ON MAIL CENTER OPERATIONS

Beginning on Monday, March 23, the Mail Center will be open Mondays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m

The window will remain closed but mail can be deposited in the slot. Please only drop off mail during the hours of operation listed above.  If you have bulk mailings or need other services, please ring the doorbell or call x3820. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Mail Center at x3820 or the Physical Plant at x3495.

ON RESIDENCE HALLS

Students must leave the University residence halls no later than Friday, March 27, 2020. More information can be found here.

ON SAFETY ON CAMPUS DURING REMOTE OPERATIONS

Campus police are essential personnel and will continue to work to keep the campus safe and secure.  As always, it is recommended that you lock your office and secure any valuables during this period of remote operations.

ON GRADUATE HOODING AND COMMENCEMENT

The University announced on Thursday, March 19, 2020, the postponement of Spring Graduate Hooding and Commencement ceremonies scheduled for April 25, 2020. Graduating students will be contacted soon by their schools and respective programs regarding ideas and suggestions for a virtual commencement for each school or program. The University will also continue to explore options for a University-wide, in-person, Commencement ceremony for the entire class of 2020 when conditions allow. 

ON #POINTPARKTOGHETHERAPART

As we support one another and adjust to the changes, Point Park University hopes to create a home for sharing student, faculty and staff experiences and virtual engagements at the hashtag

#PointParkTogetherApart

Videos, photos and online messages are welcome from students, faculty and staff as we adjust to this new, temporary norm.

Let us see what your work-at-home environment looks like and the pets helping you adjust; pass along some tips on how to stay efficient and focused, and seek advice from the Point Park community.

Thank you

Paul Hennigan
President

March 19, 2020

Dear University Community,

Graduate Hooding and Commencement ceremonies are a tremendous, joyous celebration and rite of passage for graduate and undergraduate students as they complete one crucial part of their academic journey. Every year, we look forward to the Spring Commencement ceremonies, when hundreds of Point Park students and thousands of their friends and family members join together to acknowledge our graduating students’ hard work, commitment and achievement as we welcome them into the community of Point Park alumnae. 

With great sadness, I must postpone this Spring’s Graduate Hooding and Commencement ceremonies scheduled for April 25, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has become a local, state and national emergency.   

I understand this news will disappoint many people, and I wish circumstances were different, but we must make the responsible decision to postpone the ceremonies. 

Graduating students will be contacted soon by their schools and respective programs regarding ideas and suggestions for a virtual commencement for each school or program. The University will continue to explore options for a University-wide, in-person, Commencement ceremony for the entire class of 2020 when conditions allow. Please look for more news on this in the future. Thank you for your patience and understanding as Point Park University meets the challenges of the pandemic while remaining true to our mission and commitment to provide an excellent education.

Paul Hennigan
President

March 18, 2020

Dear University Community,

As we enter the next phase of University operations today by delivering the academic mission to our students using all available remote and social distancing opportunities, I want to thank everyone for working together to find the paths forward in this unprecedented time.

Thank you students for your patience while we work to make the best decisions  for your safety and continued education.  Thank you faculty as we pivot from classroom learning to on-line delivery. Thank you to our mission support staff throughout all aspects of our University for working remotely from home and continuing to come to campus, using social distancing as a guide, to ensure the delivery of our educational mission.

ON STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES

Students seeking assistance with tutoring services, disability services, Summer and Fall registration and contacting your Success Coordinator, click here.

ON LIBRARY OPERATIONS

Given the very recent updates about the public health crisis nationally and in the city, all requests for Library items must be submitted online. If you need a book, play, etc. please log into your Library account and place a hold on the needed item. Email notifications will be sent when items can be picked up from the Library. All reference transactions will be conducted online. 

Research databases are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week through the Library webpage.

ON RESIDENCE HALLS

Students must leave the University residence halls no later than Friday, March 27, 2020. More information can be found here.

MORE INFORMATION

It is critical that you rely on credible sources for information regarding the virus. The following link is a short informative video that explains why and how the virus spreads

https://youtu.be/fgBla7RepXU

Your credible source for information on University operations continues to be found on the University website. www.pointpark.edu

Paul Hennigan
President

March 17, 2020

Dear Campus Community:

Following are today’s important announcements pertaining to the operation of Point Park University and precautions we should all be taking as we face the challenges of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

As the University community continues to manage its way through the circumstances related to COVID-19, I want to make clear that all University policy changes, information on academics, housing and other information will be communicated through these briefings and will be posted on the University website. 

ON WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE FEELING ILL

At Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s COVID-19 briefing on Monday, March 16, 2020, Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine offered these simple instructions to those trying to determine what to do if they feel worried, sick or ill. 

  • If you feel fine but are worried, stay home
  • If you are feeling sick, stay home and call your doctor.
  • If you are ill and you think you have come in contact with someone who has been exposed to COVID-19, call 911, seek medical care if you think the symptoms are related to COVID-19.

Stay calm. Stay safe. Stay at home.

To all at the Point Park community, if you test positive for COVID-19 please contact:

For students,                    Keith Paylo      kpaylo@pointpark.edu

For faculty and staff        Lisa Stefanko  lstefanko@pointpark.edu

ON RESIDENCE HALLS

The following is an update to yesterday’s Residence Hall announcement. 

To address the health crisis, Point Park University is asking all residential students to leave the residence halls no later than Friday, March 27, 2020. Very few exceptions will be granted. Additional information will be sent to students today from Keith Paylo, Dean of Students. 

ON STUDENT CENTER OPERATION

The Student Center is closed. All student meeting spaces, gymnasiums and workout areas in the facility are closed until further notice. Student ID cards will no longer work for access to this facility until further notice.

ON COUNSELING CENTER SERVICES

The University Counseling Center will adjust its operations for the remainder of the spring term. Further changes may be required as public health directives warrant. At present, the Center is not open to walk-in service requests. The Center will remain open for scheduled consultations and ongoing therapy appointments. Starting therapy now will not be an option, but we are able to provide consultation and referral support. If you would like to schedule a consultation, please call or email us at counseling@pointpark.edu or by phone at 412-392-3977.

If you or a loved one is feeling distress related to the COVID-19 pandemic, these resources might be of use:

ON SUMMER CLASSES

Point Park University will continue to offer its full schedule of in-person and online courses for Summer terms I and II. Students can register for these courses using the usual methods already in place for registration.

STUDENT SERVICES FOR PROSPECTIVE AND CURRENT STUDENTS

Beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020, all Student Services offices will offer services to current and prospective students by phone or online only. Those services include: Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Accounts, Graduate Admissions, International Student Services and Enrollment, COPA recruiting services, Registrar, Athletics, and Center for Student Success until further notice. For a complete list of contact information for these areas, click here.

ID CENTER OPERATIONS

The ID Center will be closed for in-person service until further notice. If your ID needs to be replaced, please click here and follow the instructions to submit your photo. Your ID will be printed and sent to you. For all other issues, please call the ID Center at (412)392-8066.  

THE CENTER FOR MEDIA INNOVATION (CMI)

The CMI is closed until further notice. For those seeking services for podcasts and other issues, please contact CMI Director Andy Conte at aconte@pointpark.edu

ON COMMENCEMENT

We continue to monitor guidance from the CDC, federal, state and local governments on guidelines related to large gatherings. We understand commencement is a special time for students and families.  We ask for your patience while we continue to assess the viability of holding a Commencement ceremony.

Thank you again for your understanding and your strength as we move through these challenging times together as a community.

Paul Hennigan
President

March 16, 2020

Dear University Community,

I want to take this opportunity to thank every member of the Point Park University community --students, faculty and staff -- for your teamwork, patience and understanding during these challenging times.

The COVID-19 virus is unlike anything we have ever experienced in our lifetimes. The situation is changing rapidly and we are following guidance and direction from Federal, State, and local governments. The University continues to make changes with one goal – continued delivery of the University mission in a safe and secure campus community.     

Effective today, March 16, 2020, the following policies are in place:

RESIDENCE HALLS

  • Point Park University strongly encourages resident students to move home as soon as possible.  Information pertaining to housing and meal plan proration will be sent to all resident students separately from Keith Paylo, Dean of Students.

COMMENCEMENT

  • We continue to monitor guidance from the CDC, Federal, State and local government on guidelines related to large gatherings.  We understand Commencement is a special time for students and families.  We ask for your patience while we continue to assess the viability of holding a Commencement ceremony.

The University will provide online and alternative instruction as scheduled beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020. 

We will continue to keep you up to date as necessary and ask everyone to continue to follow hand sanitization and social distancing practices.

Staff should adhere to the guidelines from the CDC on social distancing measures as well as hygiene steps to limit or prevent exposure and transmission of the virus.  Further information will be provided to staff soon by Lisa Stefanko, Vice President Human Resources.

Thank you.

Paul Hennigan

March 13, 2020

Dear University Community:

Thank you very much for all of your cooperation and support of each other as we continue to move through an unprecedented set of circumstances with the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).

Below is an update on several policy changes the University has put in place effective today, Friday, March 13, 2020, due to the ongoing global nature of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).

DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

Point Park will cancel all University-affiliated international and domestic travel until further notice. 

GUIDANCE REGARDING ON-CAMPUS MEETINGS

The University remains open and operational at this time.  Until further notice, large gatherings have been cancelled.

If you need to convene a face-to-face meeting, limit the number of participants to 25 or less and ensure the meeting is in a space large enough to practice social distancing.  All such meetings should be approved in advance by:

  • John Pearson – Academics
  • Keith Paylo – Students
  • Lisa Stefanko - Employees

(The CDC defines social distancing as avoiding crowds and mass public gatherings, and when possible, maintaining a distance of approximately six feet from others.  Social distancing also means staying at home when ill, avoiding contact with people who have symptoms of illness, and not shaking hands).

COMMENCEMENT

No decision has been made at this time regarding commencement.

We will continue to provide updates as necessary.

Thank you.

Paul Hennigan
President

March 12, 2020

To the University Community:

From the onset of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), Point Park University has followed the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to protect the safety and well-being of the Point Park University community, which remains the University’s highest priority.

At this time, there are no confirmed cases on the Point Park University campus or in Allegheny County; however, the virus continues to spread globally. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared it a pandemic, a term the WHO warns not to take lightly or carelessly because, “if misused, can cause unreasonable fear, or unjustified acceptance that the fight is over."

Because of the uncertainty surrounding the virus and its transmission, the University will take further action to protect our campus community. 

To continue to respond to this unprecedented, rapidly changing situation and provide a safe campus environment, while ensuring uninterrupted delivery of educational instruction, effective March 12, 2020, Point Park will institute the following measures:

  • The University will cancel in-person classes on Friday, March 13; Saturday, March 14; Monday, March 16; and Tuesday March 17. Classes will resume on Wednesday, March 18, with instruction delivered online or in alternative forms for the remainder of the spring semester. Faculty will receive further instructions and guidance from Provost John Pearson and his team later today. Students will receive information from their faculty. For those students involved in internship, cooperative education and student teaching, please adhere to schedules provided at your placement sites. A decision on commencement activities will be determined at a later date.
  • The residence halls will remain open to students. Students will also have access to dining services, libraries and campus facilities. The University will continue evaluating this situation as it develops in relation to University operations and facilities. Students should continue practicing all recommended social distancing and public health and hygiene measures the University and the CDC have recommended in all campus facilities.
  • Staff should adhere to the guidelines from the CDC on social distancing measures as well as hygiene steps to limit or prevent exposure and transmission of the virus. Further information will be provided to staff today by Lisa Stefanko, Vice President Human Resources.
  • Athletic events will follow the guidelines in accordance with the NAIA and the River States Conference. Student athletes will receive further guidance from Keith Paylo, Vice President of Student Affairs.
  • Decisions regarding outside events throughout the University and all scheduled performances at the Pittsburgh Playhouse will be reviewed daily and on a case-by-case basis. The University has been in communication with local arts organizations and will continue to follow best practices. The production of Pippin will continue as scheduled.  Dean Steven Breese will meet with the cast and company of Pippin prior to the Thursday, March 12, performance to discuss future contingencies.  All University and Playhouse events and performance schedules are subject to change.

We instruct our campus community to continue to follow the CDC guidelines on best hygiene steps to prevent exposure and transmission of the virus.

We will continue to provide enhanced cleaning services in high impact areas of the campus with the greatest degree of foot traffic as well as provide increased hand sanitization stations in these areas with instructions for proper hand sanitization techniques.

We instruct all faculty and staff continue to alert the University Human Resources Office if you have recently returned from travel to affected areas and to take necessary precautions defined by the CDC. 

While the course of events surrounding the virus and its transmission remains uncertain, I am confident that the Point Park community will work together during this period of uncertainty to support the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

All members of the Point Park University community should check the University website homepage and Point Park University email accounts regularly for updated information and instructions.

Thank you.

Paul Hennigan

Point Park University continues to closely monitor the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). No cases have been reported at Point Park University, or in Allegheny County.

At the direction of President Paul Hennigan, a task force of senior level leadership meets daily to review the latest information on the disease spread and make decisions to protect the safety and well-being of the Point Park University community.

Our approach is three-pronged:

Education

The University has communicated with, and will continue to communicate with, students, faculty and staff on Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Guidelines on best hygiene steps to prevent exposure and transmission of the disease.

Additionally, we have been in touch with all students studying abroad and at sea with recommendations on return to campus for those countries listed by the CDC at Level 3* or higher. Fortunately, the University has only one student currently impacted and that student has returned to the United States, has no symptoms and is following the CDC guidelines of self-isolation.  We will continue to follow the ever-changing status both in the US and abroad and make the necessary adjustments.

Our outreach and education on travel outside of the area extends to faculty and staff and we have communicated similar information to those community members to alert the University if they have recently returned from travel to affected areas and take the necessary precautions defined by the CDC.

Prevention

The University has increased cleaning services in high impact areas of the campus that see the greatest degree of foot traffic. The University is providing additional hand sanitization stations in these areas along with instructions for proper hand sanitization techniques. 

We have communicated with students, faculty and staff the importance of self-isolation and seeking medical care if they believe they have come in contact with an infected individual.  

Mitigation

While there have been no confirmed cases in the immediate area and no indications of a need to close schools in the region, the University is working to ensure that in the event of a closure, instruction will continue uninterrupted remotely using technology already in place at the University.

Out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors, we will continue to monitor the situation and take appropriate actions.

*Level 3 – Widespread sustained (ongoing transmission and restrictions on entry to the United States (China and Iran). Widespread sustained (ongoing) transmission (South Korea and Italy). Click here for more details.