The Spring semester at Point Park University will begin as planned next week, with in-person classes and activities held as scheduled. All current health and safety protocols will remain in place.
Point Park continues to follow guidance from local, state and federal departments, as well as our health partners at UPMC. We will closely monitor conditions on campus and throughout the region and be prepared to alter plans should the need arise. Additional and/or enhanced safety protocols may be added in the coming weeks to reflect the circumstances surrounding the coronavirus Omicron variant.
Given the high vaccination rate among our students, along with the established effectiveness of our safety protocols throughout this pandemic, we believe we can safely and carefully return to campus as planned.
I would, however, urge students to get tested prior to returning to campus. I also would encourage any members of our campus community to consider getting booster shots when they are eligible, as they have proven to be effective in increasing protection against the virus. To that end, the University is setting up a booster clinic for students, faculty and staff, with more details to come soon.
Please refer to our Operations Manual for Returning to Campus for any general questions about health and safety protocols. For more information on COVID-19 resources, including testing and vaccines, I would encourage you to check out the Allegheny County Health Department’s website here.
The impressive commitment to safety among our entire campus community has allowed Point Park to successfully return to in-person learning, and I have no doubt that will continue. It has not been easy, and it’s required a lot of time and effort to make it possible. For that, I am deeply thankful to all of you.
Here’s to another successful semester of learning!