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This page was updated on April 7, 2020.
Earlier this week, Gov. Wolf extended the stay-at-home order through April 30, following the extension of federal social distancing guidelines through April 30. Arcadia staff will continue working remotely through this extension. We will continue to provide updates as we receive guidance from state, county, and local officials.
Staff who need to visit campus to gather personal belongings can email Public Safety (firstname.lastname@example.org) at any time during the week, including weekends, to make arrangements.
On March 16, Arcadia University made the necessary decision that all academic courses and experiences will remain online for the rest of the Spring 2020 semester. This decision has been made after careful assessment and in consultation with local officials and experts in public health and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recommends that, for the next eight weeks, organizers of in-person gatherings of 50 or more people postpone such events throughout the United States. You might have seen late today further guidance from the federal government advising an even smaller limit on social convenings (of 10 or fewer). Many details are still developing, and we will continue doing our best to keep faculty, staff, students, and families informed.
Faculty and staff are pursuing this academic transformation with energy and creativity, working to bring courses, assignments, and projects to life in a virtual environment. Important academic milestones such as Capstone, final exams, and projects will also occur online.
On March 16, the Middle Atlantic Conference canceled all practices and athletic contests for the remainder of the spring semester.
Arcadia will always be home to students absolutely have nowhere else to go will be able to remain in housing for as long as we are able to offer this option. Although there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus that we are aware of on Arcadia's campus, we will move to minimize the number of individuals needed to maintain operations. We are monitoring the situation closely and will update the campus community accordingly.
The University’s International Travel Policy outlines a protocol for consideration of all University-sponsored travel for all students, faculty, and staff. The decision to suspend any course or travel is based on travel health notices identified by the U.S. State Department, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the University’s travel assistance provider – International SOS.
On March 30, Arcadia cancelled the travel portion of the remaining spring 2020 Global Field Study courses to the UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Ukraine, and Costa Rica.
GFS faculty are committed to redesigning their courses so that students can earn their four credits and maintain the Arcadia Undergraduate Curriculum (AUC) requirements; students should contact their GFS faculty about course continuation. Undergraduate students can opt for a pass/fail grade (further details are here). Students are encouraged not to withdraw from the course, but to speak with their GFS faculty and their faculty advisers if they choose to do so. Students need to also understand the effect on a student’s financial aid if dropping below 12 credits (nine credits for graduate students).
The GFS travel fee will be credited to student accounts. If this creates a credit balance, students will need to submit a student refund request to obtain a refund. Please contact Cheryl Lewis, International Program Manager (email@example.com), with any questions or concerns.
Effective Friday, March 16, The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University is immediately suspending all on-site spring 2020 programming in South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. We have arrived at this decision after careful consideration of a variety of factors, including increasing border closures and travel restrictions affecting student mobility, as well as the capacity of local healthcare systems to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak.
March 13, Arcadia suspended all programming in England, Greece, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Spain, and Wales.
February 29, Arcadia suspended its on-site Italy programming in Rome, Florence, and Perugia.
Arcadia University is taking an unprecedented step in suspending the travel portion of the spring 2020 Preview courses and GFS 381.1, and GFS BI 355 Field Biology. The decision to suspend any course or travel is based on information compiled daily, along with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, International SOS, and the Department of State. We will be determining the status of the other GFS courses in mid-April.
For Preview, Arcadia commits to providing each student impacted by this suspension an opportunity to have a global experience during the 2020-21 academic year; fees paid this year will be applied to next year’s opportunity.
For Arcadia University Community
The spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving situation. There are outbreaks of COVID-19 in several countries. Explore resources below with regularly updated information about travel restrictions related to coronavirus.
What if I still have questions?
If you are a member of the University community and need a place to direct your question, our central point of contact is Public Safety at 215-572-2800 or 215-572-2999 (emergency) for more information.
For specific questions, please direct to the following Arcadians:
Associate Dean of International Programs
Assistant Director of International Student Services
267-620-4843 or 215-572-2867
Assistant Director or Health, Safety, and Security
The College of Global Studies
Director of Study Away
Director of Student Health Services
Director of Residence and Commuter Life
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-572-4076
Dennis Darvas, SHRM-SCP
Director, One-Stop Shop & KnightCard Services
AVP of HR and Employee Experience
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If you are a parent of a current student, please join our email listserv or send any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
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