Updated as of 3/23/2020:
- All students have the option to make their classes P/NP.
- Deadline to do so is April 15th
- Can be designated for GEP, major, minor, or elective courses
- Reimbursements for students are still in the discussion phase.
- Updates will be coming by mid April
- Federal Work Study students will continue to be paid for the hours they were scheduled for the remainder of the semester.
- Commencement is not canceled.
- The ceremony will be postponed and a new date will not be set until a clearer timeline for the end of the pandemic is seen.
- Students who do not have their books with them at home can access most books for free at this link: http://bookshelf.vitalsource.com/
- The due date for rental books from the bookstore has been delayed. At the end of the semester students will have the option to print a free UPS shipping label and mail back their books.
A Statement from the University Student Senate
We as the Saint Joseph’s University Student Senate want to acknowledge how challenging the past week has been for all members of the community. Students have been especially impacted during their spring break, unsure as to how the remainder of the semester will unfold. Know that we remain committed to attending to your needs and will do as much as we can despite less than optimal conditions. With the move to online courses, the USS will remain operational during this period as well. Our weekly meetings will resume on Monday, March 23 via Zoom to ensure that we continue to develop student-centered initiatives.
Peers have sought answers from us on several fronts. While it has been difficult to say that we do not have all the answers, we are working to seek responses from university administrators. The student voice must be involved with any decisions moving forward that are within the university’s control.
Currently, administrators are working to determine next steps. They will be reviewing the situation at the end of each of the next two weeks. Additionally, updates will be made as more information becomes available on the national level. Commencement remains on the calendar, and there are no plans to delay or cancel it right now. The hope is that we will be able to return to campus to close out the semester in-person.
Many students have inquired about potential reimbursement of partial room and board. These discussions are also occurring at a higher level. There are challenges when attempting to do so, as any reimbursement will affect financial aid and one’s cost of attendance. Still, we will work to ensure that these challenges do not prevent actions that will benefit students’ financial well-being.
As campus events have been cancelled at least through April 9, funding originally allocated will be rolled back into the Student Senate and Student Budget Allocations Committee (SBAC) budgets. We want to ensure that funding is utilized in a responsible and efficient manner. We, along with our partners in University administration, are discussing student needs related to storage, call center support, travel assistance, and more. Hopefully there will be a more developed plan on this front soon.
We originally intended to hold elections for the next Senate body April 1 and 2. The Elections Committee has decided to postpone elections until April 22 and 23 under the assumption that on-ground classes will resume after Easter. Should classes remain online through the rest of the semester, the committee will reevaluate the plans.
This remains an uncertain time. You are sure to have questions, and we want to help answer them or at least bring them to campus partners for answers. If you scroll down, you will find our Senate updates as well as a Form for questions you might have. We will respond directly to you with any answers and post a running list of these same questions and answers to serve as a resource for all.
As always, you are more than welcome to reach out to any individual Senator (a full roster can be found on our website), contact us through social media, or email us at email@example.com.
Important Facts from the University
- All residence halls remain open. Students who need to live in the residence halls or retrieve items from them should fill out the pertinent forms included in the email communication from Residence Life.
- Campion Dining Hall will re-open on Sunday, March 15. Dining Hall hours will be 9:30 AM to 7:00 PM every day of the week. The POD will reopen on Monday, March 16 and be open from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM on weekdays. Finally, the DB Food Court will reopen on Monday, March 16 with hours from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM on weekdays.
- The first floor of the Post Learning Commons will also be open from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM beginning on Wednesday, March 18. These will be the same hours everyday with no difference on the weekends.
- CAPS will operate telephone call-in consultations during regular business hours 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday at 610-660-1090. Students should plan for these calls to typically last about 20-25 minutes. CAPS clients will be getting more detailed communications from CAPS staff about how they can access continuity of care elsewhere. Clients are also encouraged to take advantage of the telephone call-in offerings.
- The Health Center will maintain normal operating hours, 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday. Any student with cough or cold symptoms without a fever, without contact of a known or suspected COVID-19 case, may call the Student Health Center at 610-660-1176 to make an appointment. No student will be seen without an appointment.
- All student-sponsored events and activities, such as student organization meetings, will be postponed/canceled until at least April 9.
- A limited supply of personal size hand sanitizer containers have been placed outside the Campion Dining Hall. They will be replenished periodically.