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2021 Summer Season
We hope you are staying continually safe and healthy. Nearly one year later, it’s hard to believe all that we’ve adjusted to, but hopefully this wait has been well worth it. We are eagerly looking ahead as Point Park University resumes on-campus operations for the summer 2021 season. PPU’s plan for campus operations will continue to follow the guidance from Governor Wolf, the PA Department of Health (DOH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) and the PA Department of Education (PDE).
Please be aware that the below guidelines may adjust as more information becomes available and is subject to change at any time. To stay up-to-date, community members will receive messages about the current set of guidelines through their CampDoc portal and online via our Summer COVID-19 Webpage.
To ensure all community members have a safe and enjoyable season, there are a few alterations we want to address as we strategically plan for the fun summer ahead. All students participating in our summer programming will be required to attend as a resident student within our residential buildings. The only exception is our two-day Service Learning Camp. All residential students must be 14 years old to stay in our dorms. No commuter options are available to ensure less exposure to our students, faculty and staff.
Please carefully review the following details:
- Before coming to campus, all students (including family members of students) should self-quarantine 7 days prior to arrival. During this time, please adhere to public health guidance by limiting travel, wearing a face mask, practicing social distancing and using good hygiene.
- All attending students have the option to complete a daily prescreening questionnaire starting 3 days prior to the start of their camp. This feature is available online through our CampDoc portal. The intent of this activity is to increase health awareness.
- All residential students will need to arrive with or have uploaded a digital copy of a negative, molecular COVID-19 test. Rapid tests are not being accepted at this time due to poor accuracy results. Tests should be completed within 72 hours of your arrival date.
- Test Exception: Students who have been fully vaccinated (including the two-week period AFTER a vaccine has been received) do not have to provide a negative COVID-19 test. Proof of vaccination will be required instead. If a student has been partially vaccinated or is currently within the two-week window post-vaccination, a negative, molecular test will be required. Tests or Vaccination Cards should be uploaded to your CampDoc portal as a JPG or PDF under the Health History section after our Covid questions. Students can also print and turn in a copy of their test results or vaccine cards during check-in.
- During the registration process, students and families for the 2021 season will need to acknowledge the risks associated with COVID-19 by reading, understanding and signing the associated waiver.
- To decrease the likelihood of COVID-19 spreading on campus, we will be enforcing a no guest policy for all outside guests. The only exception is each student will be allowed to have two support people for both move-in and move-out procedures. We will continue to monitor this policy as we get closer to summer.
- Large gatherings are prohibited outside of campus.
Everyone is required to wear a face mask inside all PPU properties. Masks will also be required if a student goes off campus during their stay in Downtown, Pittsburgh. Masks will be the key to our success.
- A mask is required at all times except within your assigned room and while sleeping.
- Students are required to have a new mask each day or thoroughly wash & dry their mask overnight.
- Masks worn must be 2 layers of fabric.
- Please ensure your mask fits well and has no gaps.
- Please no neck gaiter style masks. If you can see light through your mask, it is too thin.
- All masks should cover the students nose and mouth.
To stay up-to-date, community members will receive messages about the current set of guidelines through their CampDoc portal and online via our Summer COVID-19 Webpage. If you have additional questions while making your summer decision, please reach out to Community and Summer Education at email@example.com. We are mindful of the challenges caused by COVID-19 and look forward to helping all summer participants reimagine their summer experience.
Responding to a Resurgence of COVID-19 Activity:
In the event of an outbreak or resurgence of the virus, PPU will assess and adjust operations based on the most current guidelines from Governor Wolf, the DOH and CDC. An appropriate course of action will ultimately be based upon preventing further spread of the virus and protecting health.
If a summer participant or staff member is identified with suspected COVID-19 symptoms, this person will be isolated and those designated as close contacts will be quarantined from program activities (for at least 14 days) until a COVID-19 status can be determined. If a student tests positive, they must quarantine for 10 days from the start of their symptoms or when they test positive, if asymptomatic. Point Park University is well-prepared to manage the isolation and quarantine of COVID-19 cases within our campus.
Parents will be made aware of contingency plans that may result such as immediate dismissal from the program to home via private transportation or retainage at Point Park for the duration of quarantine or isolation if the local health department requires such action.
If a student is diagnosed with Covid-19 after the refund date of May 31, 2021 and can no longer attend in-person programming, Point Park University will provide a virtual learning environment, if possible. If a virtual delivery method is not available, families will be refunded all payments made to date less the deposit.
No refunds will be offered if a student has arrived at campus and cannot complete the remaining program dates due to illness. If a student is diagnosed with Covid-19 and lives outside state borders, the individual will be strongly recommended to stay on Point Park’s campus until a negative Covid test is obtained and they are legally allowed to travel.
Feeling Sick? Follow these steps:
Step #1) Stay in your room
Step #2) Contact Student Health Services for an evaluation | 412.392.3800
Step #3) If necessary, a virtual appt with a doctor will be scheduled
Step #4) Quarantine in a designated University facility operated under isolation protocols until results arrive
Step #5) Positive students must quarantine 10 days after symptoms start
We are aware and mindful of the challenges caused by COVID-19. Therefore, we have adjusted our cancellation deadlines for 2021.
|Option 1: Cancellation|
If a participant withdraws before or on May 1, 2021, there will be no cancellation fee and a full refund will be issued (including the deposit)
If a participant withdraws before or on May 31, 2021, there will be no cancellation fee and a full refund of fees paid to date LESS the non-refundable deposit.
|If a participant withdraws within 14 days of the program start date, no refunds will be given. However, students who encounter unforeseen extenuating circumstances may petition for an exception. If a student develops Covid-19 after the refund period and can no longer attend, we will refund all payments less the non-refundable deposit.|
All cancellations must be submitted in writing to Heidi Ward, Director of Community and Summer Education. Emails should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Option 2: Pre-Registration for 2022|
|Apply funds towards 2022 registration|
If Point Park University cancels your program, you will have the following options:
Option 1: Transfer to another 2021 session with online delivery method
Option 2: Receive a full refund of all tuition and fees paid during the 2021 registration process
Option 3: Apply these funds towards pre-registration for 2022
1. Participation Agreement: applicable to ALL students and varies depending on the program and delivery method.
2. Student Center Use Agreement: applicable only to on-ground students
3. COVID-19 Waiver: appicable only to on-ground students
*Before arriving on campus, summer students need to acknowledge the risks associated with COVID-19 by signing an acknowledge document. This acknowledgeement verifies the visitor has read and understand the content of the document adn agrees with the teerms in it. The doucment is as followed:
The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, is a highly infectious disease declared by the World Health Organization to be a global pandemic. There is no current vaccine for COVID-19. COVID-19’s highly contagious nature means that contact with others, or contact with surfaces that have been exposed to the virus, can lead to infection. Additionally, individuals who may have been infected with COVID-19 may be asymptomatic for a period of time, or may never become symptomatic at all. Because of its highly contagious and sometimes “hidden” nature, it is currently very difficult to control the spread of COVID- 19 or to determine whether, where, or how a specific individual may have been exposed to the disease.
Presently, the CDC recommends the following to avoid contracting COVID-19: avoiding close contact with others; wearing a cloth face covering that covers your nose and mouth in public settings; clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces; wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol- based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol; practice social distancing.
Aware of the foregoing, I am voluntarily entering Point Park University (the “University”) campus.
By signing this agreement, I acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19, the fact that it can be difficult to identify in another, and the inherent risks of exposure at the University to those who may be infected with COVID-19. I voluntarily assume the risk that I may be exposed to or infected by COVID- 19 by entering the campus of University and that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability, and/or even death.
I understand that the University has put in place new safety rules and precautions in order to attempt to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, which rules and precautions may be updated at any time. I agree to comply with such rules and precautions which may include, but are not limited to, wearing personal protective equipment (“PPE”), hand washing, hand sanitizing, and social distancing.
I voluntarily assume full responsibility for any and all risks of illness or injury associated with my exposure to COVID-19, as well as from use of any PPE, including face masks, that the University may voluntarily provide to me. I completely release and absolve the University, its trustees, officers, employees, agents, and contractors (the “University Parties”) from any and all legal or financial responsibility arising out of or related to exposure to COVID-19. Also, I agree, on behalf of myself, my personal representatives and heirs, not to make any type of legal or equitable claim on the University Parties with respect to any exposure I may have to COVID-19, whether or not it arises through the negligence, omission, default or other action of anyone affiliated with the University, including students.
 Point Park University is guided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) and all public health related information contained in this waiver is based on CDC guidance available at the time of distribution of this waiver.
This summer, Point Park is partnering with CampDoc once again to better serve our participants and staff. CampDoc offers an electronic health record system for camps where you will complete your participant’s health information electronically.
The security and privacy of your participant’s health information is important to us. The CampDoc site is secure, encrypted, and password protected. You can find additional information about CampDoc privacy and security information at www.docnetwork.org/security.
You will receive a notification email from CampDoc to log in and update your participant’s information.
- Click the “Log In” link within the email.
- In the Email box, type your email address.
- In the Password box, type the password previously created.
- Click the CONTINUE button.
- If you forget your password, type your email address and click the “Forgot Your Password” button.
After signing up for your program, you will receive an “Invitation” email from CampDoc.
- Click on the green "Accept Invite" link within the email.
- In the Confirm Email box, type your email address in order to confirm.
- In the Password box, type the password that you want to use.
- Click the CONTINUE button.
After you log in, select your participant’s name and click on the health profile link to complete your participant’s information.
Required questions will be marked with an * and outlined in red. Upload any required documents to your CampDoc account. If you're on a phone/tablet, you can take a picture to upload the document.
Keep in mind that you can return to app.campdoc.com at any time to make updates to your participant’s health information before your program begins. You can log in using the email address and password you previously created.
Returning CampDoc users will find that their participant's health information has carried over from previous years. For new users, your participant’s health information will save from year-to-year, so once you complete it in CampDoc this season, you won’t have to start from scratch next year.
Additionally, CampDoc sends out periodic reminder emails for incomplete health information. These notifications come from campdoc.com, so please add this to your safe sender list to avoid accidental delivery to junk and spam folders. We don’t want you to miss important notices about Camp Star!
For additional assistance, you can navigate to support.campdoc.com or contact our Support Team at email@example.com or 734-636-1000.
We are excited to continually improve, building safer, more productive and more efficient systems to create the best experience for you and your family!
The Department of Public Safety is at work 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide a safe, secure living and learning environment for the University community. Police officers patrol University owned buildings in well-marked vehicles, on foot and on bicycles, maintaining high visibility throughout the area. The Point Park dispatch center has more than 400 surveillance cameras, which are monitored by full-time dispatchers 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
A valid Point Park University ID card is required for campus access. All residence entrances are locked 24 hours per day and require an ID card with allotted access. All ID cards, including those for residence halls, are controlled and issued by the Department of Public Safety.
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There are lots of things you'll want - and need - to make Point Park your new home. Below are the basics of what to bring, and what not to bring, to make your living space comfortable. This list is available as a printable PDF.
Be sure to contact your roommate before you get here to avoid bringing two of the same item. There are several drugstores within walking distance of the University if there are any last minute items you forgot to pack.
Select the resident hall to see recommended and prohibited items:
Point Park University does not own a parking lot. However, the City of Pittsburgh has parking lots directly across from the University and within walking distance.
- Blvd. of the Allies Lot: $14 all day - Directly across the street from the University
- Third Avenue Garage: $18 all day - Directly across the street from the University
- Mon Wharf parking: $10 all day - Two blocks from the University
- Station Square: $6 - $20 per day – 10 min walk from University (recommended choice)
- Weekend parking rate throughout the city is usually $6 per day
- North Shore Parking - ~ $9 all day, T-Service free from North Shore to Downtown is free
Free “T” service (light rail transit/subway) is available between Downtown Pittsburgh and North Shore destinations. The closest station to Point Park is located at Gateway Center and
For maps and drop-offs of Port Authority Buses and "T" services, visit: http://www.portauthority.org
*Please note: Street parking in Downtown Pittsburgh is free after 6pm Monday - Saturday and all day Sunday.