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Campus Plan - Fall 2020

Campus Plan - Fall 2020

A Message from the President on Re-Opening, June 23, 2020

Dear Families, Friends, and Supporters of Chestnut Hill College Students,

It is with great joy and enthusiasm that I share news regarding our return to campus this fall. Given the State’s re-opening process, we are excited to announce our decision to welcome your student back ‘to the Hill’ this August and to begin the process of our own re-opening over the next several weeks.

Last week, I sent an email to your student letting him/her know of our plan to resume classes on campus on Monday, August 31, 2020, and then continuing with on-campus instruction through November 20, 2020, the Friday before Thanksgiving. We plan to close for Thanksgiving that evening and resume all classes online through final exams. Through the course of the semester, we will be using a low-density, hybrid model for course delivery so as to accomplish social distancing. We continue to work with faculty and staff to determine the best combination of online and face-to-face instruction that promotes student learning while maintaining the health and safety of the campus.

With the help of the COVID-19 Task Force, other recommendations and decisions are being made regarding health and safety, academic instruction, campus life, and student accounts. These decisions include, but are not limited to:
Course delivery in face-to-face, hybrid, and online environments;
Residence hall move-in;
New policies regarding campus public health;
Adjustment to Fall room and board charges for residential students.

As news of our state’s re-opening continues to evolve, please be advised that the College’s COVID-19 Task Force and senior leadership team continue to plan for your student’s return to campus. Our Task Force and sub-committees meet weekly to examine the current situation in our region as well as on-going changes to federal and state guidelines. Reporting to the Task Force are five sub-committees comprised of students, staff, and faculty who meet to discuss issues and best practices which have been established regarding on-campus health and safety, instructional delivery, classroom capacity, employee workspaces, residence halls, and common use facilities such as the dining hall, lounges, and restrooms. We are hard at work making plans for our fall semester, one which we know will be unlike any other in our 97-year history.

New policies and practices to safeguard the community are in the process of development, review, and approval. A comprehensive campus plan will be published by mid-July when official guidance from state legislators and health officials is confirmed. Additional information about the College’s plan to re-open will be available on a specially designated page on the website and on our social media platforms.

I am aware that it might not be possible for some students to be on campus for their classes. Underlying conditions, concerns about the transmission of COVID to a family member with compromised health, issues with transportation, or other possible concerns may affect a student’s decision to participate in campus-based learning. Respectful of these situations, faculty and advisors are prepared to work with each student to balance their needs for remote learning. If you have a student who cannot return to campus for the fall semester but does not want to lose the fall semester, please have your student contact their academic advisor or the Office of Academic Advising at advising@chc.edu to schedule a conversation.

While we still confront a very fluid situation, I assure you that we will continue to communicate campus updates and provide support and resources whenever and wherever possible. Chestnut Hill College is committed to providing a high-quality academic experience in an inclusive, welcoming Catholic community. We are excited about the semester to come, and we look forward to welcoming you and your student back to campus. In the meantime, we thank our College Community for coming together to persevere through these uncertain times.

I continue to pray for you and for our country. Together, we will work to effect the necessary changes in ourselves and in our nation.

God’s peace and blessings,

Carol Jean Vale, SSJ, Ph.D.
President

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Message from the President on Re-Opening, June 22, 2020

Dear Members of the College Community,

I write to you this week with several campus updates regarding new programs and details about our re-opening this fall.

Last Wednesday, we recognized several members of our College Community for their service and accomplishments.  Two members of the faculty received a promotion in rank, six were celebrated as they leave us to retire, and seventeen were recognized for their years of service, most notable Margaret Mary Murphy, SSJ, M.A., Associate Professor of Classics, for her fifty years of service to Chestnut Hill College.  I congratulate and thank each of them for all they provide to our students, staff, and faculty.

As I announced last week, we have made changes to the academic calendar based on recommendations from the COVID 19 Task Force. In addition to ending on-campus instruction and operations on November 20th, it has been recommended and the vice precedents have approved the following changes:

  1. We will be open and providing instruction on Labor Day - Monday, September 7th;
  2. We will be open and providing instruction on Columbus Day, Monday, October 12th, and on Tuesday, October 13th.

While we understand these decisions may create challenges for some of you, we believe they are in the best health and safety interests of our community and also allow us to end the semester a few days earlier than planned.

I am happy to announce that we have added a new sport to our Athletic Department - E-Sports.  E-Sports are the fastest growing sports in the world, with 205+ million viewers worldwide.  Chestnut Hill College is set to join the East Coast Conference and begin competing with other schools in games such as League of Legends and Rocket League.  Jesse Balcer, Director of Athletics, proposed the new program and believes it will allow more students to become involved in intercollegiate athletics, as well as appeal to viewers of these popular sports.

Lastly, I offer my thanks to the Student Advisory Sub-Committee of the COVID-19 Task Force  who met last week to talk about their online experience this spring.  Vice Presidents Chris Dougherty and Lynn Ortale helped to lead the discussion where students were able to provide valuable feedback about their experience and expectations regarding face-to-face, online, and hybrid instruction at CHC.  Their feedback will be used to inform our fall planning as we create a teaching and learning environment conducive to the health and safety of our campus and in compliance with Pennsylvania and CDC guidelines.

With so much time spent waiting to understand how we should prepare as a College Community, we have now begun the transition to the various possible fall scenarios and have started to make important decisions about our future.  I remain encouraged by our enrollment projections and the work faculty and staff have done to connect with our current and future Griffins.  We are a diverse community of learners and scholars, joined together in our mission of education, service, and care for each other and our dear neighbors.

I continue to pray for you, your families, and for our country. I am so very grateful for your creativity and compassionate responses to the unforeseen and uncontrollable circumstances of spring, summer, and fall 2020. Let us continue to move forward together always Holding Hope High.

May God’s peace and blessings be with you,

Sister Carol Jean Vale, SSJ, Ph.D.

President

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CARES Act Update, June 16, 2020

Chestnut Hill College distributes $787,326 in CARES Act funding to support more than 980 students affected by COVID-19

On April 9, 2020, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced funding for colleges and universities to provide direct emergency cash grants to students whose lives and educations had been disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak. The funding was made available through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was signed into law on March 27, 2020.

Using a formula based on student enrollment, Chestnut Hill College was awarded approximately $1,575,000 of which 50% ($787,326) was designated for use to support students who demonstrated need and faced significant financial challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The disbursements were designed to prioritize students with the greatest demonstrated need and to ensure funds were distributed as widely as possible.

On April 10, 2020, Chestnut Hill College signed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education the required Certification and Agreement providing assurance that the College intended to use no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. In turn, the Department of Education made funding for student support payments available to the College. According to Department of Education guidelines, only those students eligible to receive Title IV funding were eligible to receive student support payments.

As of March 27, 2020, Chestnut Hill College enrolled approximately 1,280 students that were eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 of Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. In alignment with Department of Education recommendations, Chestnut Hill College distributed the CARES Act funds to federal aid applicants with the greatest identified need, i.e. those with an expected family contribution (EFC) of $15,000 or less. Approximately 980 Chestnut Hill College students—split among undergraduates, graduate and professional students—received the funds. Each eligible student received approximately $800. The College disbursed funds to qualifying students on May 22, 2020. Checks were mailed to students’ home addresses as maintained in the College database.

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Message From the President on Re-Opening, June 11, 2020

Dear Members of the College Community, With great joy and enthusiasm, I announce that, this Fall, the College will welcome back to campus students in all three schools, open the residence halls, and gather once again as a College community. Classes will start on August 31, 2020 and continue on-campus until November 20, 2020, the Friday before Thanksgiving.

The semester will be completed online beginning November 23 and 24. We will close for Thanksgiving and resume online classes, November 30 through Final Exams. To ensure the College is in compliance with federal and state safety guidelines, courses on campus will be offered in the following formats: face-to-face, hybrid, and online. Information about adjustments to Fall room and board charges will be published in a later communication. As news of our state’s re-opening continues to evolve, please be advised that the College’s COVID-19 Task Force and senior leadership team continue to plan for your return to campus. New policies and practices to safeguard the community are in process of development, review, and approval. A comprehensive campus plan will be published by mid-July, when official guidance from state legislators and health officials is confirmed. For example, the return of students to the residence halls will be staggered so that everyone is not arriving on the same day. You will be notified of the date you are to return to residential life at CHC. Additional information about the College’s plan to re-open will be available on a specially designated and clearly marked page on the website and on our social media platforms. Our Task Force and sub-committees meet weekly to examine the current situation in our region as well as on-going changes to federal and state guidelines. Reporting to the Task Force are five sub-committees comprised of students, staff, and faculty, who meet to discuss issues and best practices which have been established regarding on-campus health and safety, instructional delivery, classroom capacity, employee workspaces, residence halls, and common- use facilities such as the dining hall, lounges, and restrooms. We are hard at work making plans for our fall semester, one which we know will be unlike any other in our 97-year history. While still a very fluid situation, I assure you that we will continue to communicate campus updates and provide support and resources whenever and wherever possible. Chestnut Hill College is committed to providing a high-quality academic experience in an inclusive, welcoming Catholic community. We are excited about the semester to come, and we look forward to welcoming you back to campus. In the meantime, we thank our College Community for coming together to persevere through these uncertain times. I continue to pray for you and for our country. Together, we will work to effect the necessary changes in ourselves and in our nation. “In everything you attempt, Hold Hope High.” God’s peace and blessings, Carol Jean Vale, SSJ, Ph.D. President

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COVID-19 Task Force Update, June 4, 2020

To facilitate the development of a comprehensive response to the challenges posed by the coronavirus, Chestnut Hill College recently established a COVID-19 Task Force, which is currently designing plans to welcome students, faculty, and staff back to campus in the fall. As the task force finalizes plans for on-campus instruction in the fall, the health and safety of all community members are of paramount importance.

The task force has four subcommittees comprising faculty and staff members with relevant expertise that will each address a specific area related to the College’s response. The four groups include the Health and Safety Subcommittee, the Technology Subcommittee, the Academic Programs and Planning Subcommittee, and the Student Engagement and Success Subcommittee. The College has also created a Student Impact Subcommittee composed of students from all three schools. The voice of students is essential in the implementation of a plan that is mission grounded and sensitive to the diverse needs of the many students who call Chestnut Hill College home.

Together, the task force and its four subcommittees are following protocols and guidance from local and national healthcare organizations to develop a plan to bring the community back to campus in the fall. The College remains committed to providing students with an inclusive, holistic, and highly attentive experience that reflects its mission and history of academic excellence.

The ever-evolving nature of the pandemic requires agility and creativity from the College in how it operates and educates, and it is currently preparing for a wide range of scenarios the institution might face over the course of the fall semester. As always, the health and safety of the community are the primary considerations guiding all of the College’s decisions. Striking an accord between educational delivery and safety, therefore, remains the top priority for the College at this time.

More information is forthcoming and will be communicated to the community when it is made available. 

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A Message from the President, May 5, 2020

Dear Chestnut Hill College Community,

I hope this letter finds you well.  I continue to pray for you and your family during these challenging times. 

This was scheduled to be a very special week on campus for our graduates.  Festivities of all kinds surround Commencement at Chestnut Hill College and, like you, I miss the energy, joy, and vitality they bring to all involved.  Dinners, send-offs, baccalaureate, Graduation, each and every one are special and memorable.  We continue to hope we can celebrate in person at a date to be named, maybe this sacrifice right now will make that occasion all the more exhilarating and precious.

I write to you today with several important updates regarding our efforts to address issues related to the COVID -19 outbreak and matters of critical importance to our College.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Chestnut Hill College is moving quickly to provide financial assistance to students through the CARES Act.  As outlined in the guidance provided by the Department of Education, these funds are meant to directly support students who have a demonstrated need and are facing significant challenges due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  The College received this funding last week and will immediately begin to distribute these monies to approximately 940 students from our three schools; undergraduate, graduate, and continuing and professional studies.  Based on recommendations from the Department of Education, these funds will be distributed to federal aid applicants who are eligible to receive Title IV funding and whose expected family contribution is $15,000.00 or less.  Each of these students should expect to receive a check for approximately $800.00.

Room & Board Credits

Last week we announced that partial credits will soon be applied to residential student accounts for unused portions of the room and board program.  Details regarding the credits and how they impact each student’s account are available through our website at https://www.chc.edu/credits-spring-2020-residential-students.

Strategic Planning

While many details remain unclear, we plan to reopen this summer and begin the fall semester as scheduled.  We are encouraged by the new guidelines being established at the state and federal level and have begun to discuss new campus practices and programs that will allow us to safely return to campus this fall.  Our guiding principle has been and continues to be, the safety of our campus community.  Consequently, multiple scenarios are being considered.  In order to assist with this process, a campus-wide COVID-19 Taskforce has been created.  The Task Force will be charged with reviewing and making recommendations about necessary or required changes to all College activities; including but not limited to: instruction, campus events, and athletics.  The Task Force will bring together faculty and staff from across campus and experts from outside the campus.  Sub-committees will focus on four specific areas:

  1. Health & Safety
  2. Student Engagement & Success
  3. Academic Programs and Planning
  4. Technology & Professional Development

I am especially grateful for the on-going contributions of Professor Ken Soprano and Mrs. Deirdre Horan, Director of the Health Center, whose insight and experience has been invaluable.  I would also like to thank Mr. Michael Reig and Dean Krista Murphy for agreeing to serve as co-chairs of the Task Force.  With their leadership, we hope to benefit from the valuable experiences and insights members of the Task Force will bring to this unprecedented planning process.  Please be advised that the Task Force will make recommendations to the deans, vice presidents, and president. I look forward to providing additional information as it becomes available and I thank all those involved in this important process.

Return to Campus

While we are optimistic about our return to campus this summer, the current guidance does not allow on-campus operations at this time.  Therefore, we have decided to keep the campus closed through Sunday, June 21, 2020, with the earliest possible return of some of us on Monday, June 22, 2020.  We will continue to revisit this decision as the date approaches and to offer guidance about the processes and procedures for a return to work.

We are unsure how history will record this time but we know it has already called on us to be better stewards of our own health and that of our communities.  While the sight of colleagues and friends wearing masks was initially unsettling, I am now encouraged by all our personal efforts to safeguard ourselves and, consequently, those we call our ‘Dear Neighbors.’ I ask you to stay vigilant with your efforts to social distance and to continue to act responsibly as we look optimistically to the future and to our return to campus.

Class of 2020 / Commencement Activities

Information about virtual commencement events has been sent directly to our seniors.  To learn more about these events, click on the following link:  https://www.chc.edu/celebrate-class-2020.

There will be a number of different videos including a blessing from Campus Ministry for Baccalaureate, virtual toasts from the academic deans, and the official degree conferral from Sister Carol.  You can also follow us on Instagram and Twitter @chc_commencement.  Tag us in your photos (CHC_Commencement) so we can share your excitement and celebrations with the entire CHC community!

Summer Hours

Although we are not having a Commencement on May 9th, the College will be closed on Monday, May 11th, as has been our tradition.  Working remotely and teaching online have offered many challenges and frustrations.  I think we all need and deserve a day without zoom, conference calls, webinars, and paperwork.  Enjoy!

Beginning the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend, the College offices will close at 1:00 p.m.  I am so grateful for all of the work you, administrators, faculty, and staff, have been doing so well and so graciously.

Along with my daily Word sent to you via email, I offer my prayers and those of the campus community for you and your families, and especially for our graduates.  Please know we are proud of you and grateful for all you have done as members of the Class of 2020.  To the mothers among us:  Happy Mother’s Day.  I wish you much joy and some happy surprises on your special day.

 

Sincerely,

Sister Carol Jean Vale, SSJ, Ph.D.

President

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Credits for Spring 2020 Residential Students, April 30, 2020

Chestnut Hill College announces plan to credit the accounts of residential students required to vacate their campus housing.

With the move to online classes and closure of the residence halls, the College intends to credit the accounts of residential students that were adversely impacted by these changes. The College will process a prorated credit of 50 percent of the spring semester cost of room and board for students that were required to vacate their campus housing. The College will utilize a multi-step process in determining the amount of the credit and any potential refund due to each student. The steps are as follows:

1. We will determine the cost of room and board charged to each student living in campus housing during the spring semester and post a credit of 50 percent of that cost to the student’s account.

2. For students who do not owe the College funds via payment plans or did not receive institutional funding to cover the direct costs of the College, the credit amount on their account after the previous steps are considered will be refunded to them in the form of a check mailed to their home address.

3. If the student currently owes the College funds based on the establishment of payment plan or other payment arrangement, we will offset the pro-rated credit against the amount that is still outstanding. There is a possibility that the amount the student currently owes offsets the total amount of the credit and there is no refund going to the student.

4. We will enforce the College’s financial aid policies pertaining to balances owed students. If a student received institutional aid from the College in order to cover their direct cost of attending CHC, the student’s institutional funding will be reduced by the amount of the credit.

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A Message from the President, April 20, 2020

Dear Members of the Chestnut Hill College Community,

It has been a month since we moved our instruction and campus operations online and I am so very grateful for all you have done to be of assistance to the College Community and to your ‘Dear Neighbors.’ You and your families continue to be in my thoughts and prayers as you work through challenges never before experienced.

Last week we announced the continuation of online instruction for all summer classes beginning before June 22, 2020. We believe this decision was important to provide faculty and students the opportunity to prepare for this change in our instructional model. Since that decision, and based on recommendations from Academic Affairs and the graduate dean’s office, we have decided to continue with online instruction for all SGS classes for the summer. We continue to monitor federal and state guidelines related to the Governor’s Stay-at-Home order and other recommendations regarding social distancing and business operations in order to make decisions regarding our return to campus. As I have mentioned previously, we will only do so when we know this action will not compromise the health and safety of our community.

We also continue to meet daily to discuss and pursue aid from the CARES Act and the relief funds that have been approved by Congress. The Department of Education issued the first guidance on this funding on April 9th and, while we have not yet received any funds, we are planning to provide this assistance to students in hopes of addressing their most immediate financial needs. We will also soon be making adjustments to residential students’ accounts due to the closing of the residence halls. More information about this decision will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.

I wish to thank our students for all they have done to adjust to this change in their CHC experience. I know this has been a significant adjustment from your normal studies and I appreciate your effort and determination when it comes to your online coursework. Please continue to communicate with your faculty and to reach out to other campus offices for support if needed. I am especially mindful of the sacrifices our seniors have made and wish to reiterate my commitment to celebrating with you as soon as it is possible to do so safely. I am well aware that this has been a painful and disappointing time for you. I am grateful to those of you who participated in the recent survey and remain in touch with us regarding your thoughts and ideas about a future on-site commencement celebration.

I am also most grateful to our talented and dedicated faculty and staff who moved quickly and with great care to take instruction online and to adapt existing operations so they could be managed remotely. These changes to your professional responsibilities were and continue to be significant, particularly as you care for your own families and communities. I am so very grateful to you for your commitment to our students and to each other.

Like many businesses and industries, higher education has been hit hard by these unprecedented events. The occurrences of the last month have challenged us in ways we could have never anticipated. However, I am confident we will come through this together as a stronger community of learners and educators. The changes we have been forced to make have required us to be creative in our design and delivery of the CHC experience, and have given us perspective on our lives and our responsibilities to care for ourselves and one another. I continue to be inspired by the stories of students, faculty, and staff who have come together on various meeting platforms and social media to support and encourage each other and to share their own stories of resilience and faith.

Thank you for your prayers and support during these unpredictable days, they unite us despite the “distancing” we are experiencing. No matter the circumstances, we are ‘Griffin Strong’ and will be together again soon. In the meantime, we continue to make decisions in the best interest of the college community. If we can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us. God bless you and keep you safe and well.

Sincerely,

Sister Carol Jean Vale, SSJ, Ph.D.

President

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A Message from the President, April 14, 2020

Office of the President
April 14, 2020

Dear Members of the Chestnut Hill College Community,

I would again like to thank all our faculty, staff and students for your continued
flexibility and adherence to the stay at home guidelines. While challenging, these
safeguards have allowed us to protect ourselves, those most at risk, and our respective
communities. Together we will overcome the spaces between us to be together once
again as a CHC Family.

I write to you today with an update to our summer academic programs. While we had
hoped to begin on-campus instruction again in May, given the evolving guidance of
federal and state officials, including the direction from the Governor’s Office today,
we have decided to move to online instruction for all Summer Session classes that
begin before Monday, June 22, 2020. While my previous communication mentioned
re-opening campus for non-academic operations on May 11th, we continue to review
that decision in light of the evolving guidance from federal and state agencies. Should
that decision change, we will be sure to contact you immediately.

We are making this decision now in order to provide faculty as much time as possible
to prepare these courses for online delivery. It is also our hope that this advanced
notice will provide students with additional time to prepare and to seek out campus
resources in order to address any questions they may have. Any students having
questions about the conversion to online learning for summer courses can contact
their advisors (faculty and/or staff), the Registrar’s Office, or the Dean’s offices for
further information. For students who have already registered for summer courses
beginning before June 22, no action is required if you intend to complete your course
in an online format. Please also continue to use the academic resources available
through Canvas and your MyCHC account.

I wish to assure each of you that we are making every effort to ensure the health and
safety of our campus community. While changes are difficult, we are hopeful that
these efforts will help to prevent the spread of the virus and allow those who need
medical attention to get it from the heroes serving in our communities and hospitals.
You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. Despite this time of separation, may
we continue to come together in prayer during this Easter season.

Sincerely,
Sister Carol Jean Vale, SSJ, Ph.D.
President

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CARES Act Update, April 9, 2020

Chestnut Hill College to use $787,326 in CARES Act funding to support students affected by COVID-19

On April 9, 2020, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced that funding will be distributed to colleges and universities to provide direct emergency cash grants to college students whose lives and educations have been disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak. The funding is available through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, that was recently signed into law.

Using a formula based on student enrollment, Chestnut Hill College was awarded approximately $1,575,000 of which 50% ($787,326) will be used to support students who have demonstrated need and are facing significant financial challenges due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The disbursement is designed to prioritize students with the greatest demonstrated need and ensure that funds are distributed as widely as possible.

On April 10, 2020, Chestnut Hill College signed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education the required Certification and Agreement providing assurance that the College intends to use no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. In turn, the Department of Education recently made the funding for the student support payments available to the College. According to Department of Education guidelines, only those students eligible to receive Title IV funding are eligible to receive student support payments.

As of March 27, 2020, Chestnut Hill College enrolled approximately 1,280 students that were eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. In alignment with Department of Education recommendations, Chestnut Hill College will distribute the CARES Act funds to federal aid applicants with the greatest identified need, i.e. those with an expected family contribution of $15,000 or less. Approximately 980 Chestnut Hill College students—split among undergraduates, graduate and professional students—will receive the funds. Each eligible student will receive approximately $800. The College will disburse funds to qualifying students in the coming days. Checks will be mailed to students’ home address as maintained in the College database.

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Message from the Counseling Center Staff, April 7, 2020

Hello to our Wonderful CHC students,

Our hope is that this email finds you all safe and well. We wanted to reach out to you during these stressful times to assure you that the CHC Counseling Center staff is keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. We also wanted to offer some tips that may be helpful in navigating these troubling times. We will keep it brief and try to check in regularly with more Q-tips (Quarantine tips).

  1. Adjustment. Life is full of times when we need to adjust. Every day we are faced with situations that require us to adapt, move in a different direction, or be flexible with our situations and ourselves. I’m sure you all remember your freshman year at CHC. There was so much adjusting that you needed to manage – new friends, new faculty, new freedoms, and increased demands for your time and attention to name just a few. But you met the challenge and found new resources in yourself and your surroundings. You moved forward. This current situation is an extraordinary adjustment – no one saw it coming. All of us were largely blindsided. But it is possible to draw on your past experiences and renew your confidence in your extraordinary ability to adjust and adapt to meet this challenge. You are resilient.
  2. Keep a routine. During stressful times it is important to keep a routine or a schedule. It is so easy for all of us to think that there is nothing to do for the day and therefore we can waste the gift of time that the day offers. During this medical pandemic there is much that we can’t control and being out of control is frightening. But we can try to experience some control with our daily routine. Simple things like get out of bed (unless, of course, you are feeling sick) get dressed in clean and comfortable clothes. As much as possible, nourish yourself with healthy foods. Get plenty of sleep and exercise.  Learn something new. How often have we said to ourselves, “I wish I had more time to learn about….” This may be that time. Pick a topic that interests you and read about and watch whatever you can so that you learn something new and feel that you are making progress with your personal growth. Be proud of yourself at the end of the day – you are making it – you are meeting the daily challenge. You are resilient.
  3. SHARE chain. A SHARE chain is something you can start with your friends and family. S is for Self. Share something about yourself – a thought or feeling, a concern or struggle. We are fortunate that there are so many social media platforms to create a sharing web. Or maybe just a phone call or a text. Maybe you are anxious. Share it. Maybe you are lonely. Share it. Maybe you are finding it difficult to get motivated. Share it. Likely you will hear back about ways that others have dealt with the same issue. Maybe you are finding some peace in this isolation and quietness. Share it. It is wonderful to hear about hope and peace. No matter what you are experiencing, there will be others who are feeling like you do. More than likely it will become a time for mutual support and closeness despite the social distance. That leads me to the H in the SHARE chain. H is for Hope. Share your hopes. Stay hopeful and positive as much as possible. Share your hopes with your friends and family. We could all use that!! A in the SHARE chain is for Aspiration.  Share your aspirations. What do you aspire to? This is a way to keep your goals alive. Work towards something that will keep you moving forward in the direction of your dreams and goals. Learn a new subject, have an exercise goal, rewrite your resume, stay in touch with friends, etc. It doesn’t have to be big – managing your emotions or managing your day are great goals.  Share what you are doing with your friends – new ideas will be circulating for everyone! R is for Reflect.  First, reflect on yourself – what have you learned about yourself.  Adversity requires that we dig down deep to our inner resources. Has anything surprised you as to your gifts, skills, and talents in the face of adversity? Share those insights. Adversity also gives us a glimpse of what we need to develop in ourselves. What is missing that would make our lives more fruitful and productive when this crisis abates. It is an opportunity to look at the emerging person you hope to become. Finally, E is for Empathy. Share your empathic thoughts for the suffering in the world today. We are all suffering in a variety of different ways. Concern for loved ones on the medical frontline, health concerns, financial concerns, concerns about almost everything in the future. What is happening is real and it can feel overwhelming. Reach out to your friends and family with empathy and hope. Share your love and concern. Be empathic for yourself too! You deserve your own love and concern. These are tough times. Take good care of your wonderful selves. You are all so valuable to us, this world, and your families and friends. Please know that we are keeping you close in our thoughts and hopefully soon we will all be back together on our beautiful CHC campus. Stay safe.

Warmest Regards,

Chestnut Hill College Counseling Center

Dr. Sheila Kennedy (kennedys@chc.edu)

Dr. Lisa J. Johnson (johnsonli@chc.edu)

Dr. Sandy Bumgardner   (bumgardners@chc.edu)

 

Department of Human Services Support & Referral Helpline – staffed by skilled and compassion caseworkers who will be available 24/7 to counsel Pennsylvanians struggling with anxiety and other challenging emotions due to COVID-19 emergency and refer them to community-based resources that can further help to meet individual needs.

The toll-free, round-the-clock support line is officially operational today, Thursday, April 2. The number to call is 1-855-284-2494. For TTY, dial 724-631-5600.

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A Message from the President, April 6, 2020

Dear Members of the Chestnut Hill College Community,

I hope this message finds you and your families well and coping with the many difficult issues we face as a community at the College and around the world. Please know that you all continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. Last week I shared important information regarding the remainder of the spring semester and how we would be managing instruction and campus operations. I ask you to review that communication if you have not already done so as it contains important information about academic and co-curricular activities at this time. I continue to meet daily with campus leadership and to communicate with the Board of Directors to ensure we are following local, state, and federal guidelines in order to best address issues that impact our campus community.

This week, we have been monitoring legislative updates regarding the COVID-19 relief legislation to better understand how funding can be used to support students and their particular needs. In addition to federal relief dollars to support students and their families, we hope this legislation will also provide the necessary guidelines in order to address questions regarding student accounts and credits. We promise to get this information to you as soon as it is made available to us.

Despite the necessary efforts we are making to keep our distance from one another, I wish to remind you that this is also an important week for us to ‘come together’ as a campus community. While we will not be celebrating together in person, Holy Week is upon us and we are called together as a faith community to prepare for Easter. Having just observed Palm Sunday, we now prepare for both Jesus’ passion and resurrection. This week of reflection and prayer is especially important this year given all that has separated us over these past many weeks. I pray that Holy Week can be our opportunity to unite in prayer to ask for God’s grace and intercession during these challenging days on behalf of those who are in need.

Please continue to check the College’s website and to use available resources to aid with your studies and instruction. On behalf of the Sisters of St. Joseph, and the entire CHC Family, I wish you peace and health during Holy Week.

Sincerely,

Sister Carol Jean Vale, SSJ, Ph.D. President

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Pass/Fail Grading Option for Spring 2020
Letter to CHC Community, March 30, 2020
A Message from the President, March 24, 2020

Dear Members of the Chestnut Hill College Community,

I hope this letter finds you well and safe. I want to assure you and your families that you are remembered daily in my prayer and will continue to be in the days ahead. While there is great uncertainty, I know that we will surmount the obstacles before us and emerge more unified and faith-filled because that is the response of the Chestnut Hill College Community to each and every challenge it faces. In every instance, we are stronger together. 

As you know, the College has suspended all on-campus activities and moved all in-person course instruction to our online platform until Tuesday, April 14th. Since making this decision more than a week ago, I have been meeting daily with our leadership team by phone, to review the latest pandemic updates and to discuss the impact on our College community. Along with faculty and staff, I want to assure you that we are working diligently to continue instruction and to address student concerns, all the while continuing to adhere to a mission-centric organizing principle that calls us to serve our ‘dear neighbor.’ It is in these times, when sacrifices and service are both necessary and critical, that our College community has and continues to rise to the call.

A decision about operations after April 14th will be made soon. We have been reluctant to postpone or cancel activities as we know and celebrate the special significance these events hold for our students and their families. Chestnut Hill College has been, and continues to be, a special community of learners where each person can develop a unique relationship with others and the College. We hope to honor this relationship with you, and to celebrate your significant accomplishments in the near future.

To members of the College Community who are now teaching and learning remotely, to those who must still report to work in your respective fields, to those helping neighbors or others in need, and especially, to doctors, nurses and other health care providers who are serving on the ‘front-lines’ of this global crisis, I offer my heartfelt prayers of thanksgiving for your tireless and courageous service. Just like so many other colleges and universities across our nation, we will continue to monitor this evolving situation on a daily basis and will provide updates to the College community when new information becomes available. If you have any questions, please visit our website or contact us directly by phone or email so we can offer our assistance.

When this crisis ends, we will be closer and stronger as a community because of our unwavering trust in one another and our care for others. These are two of the values that inspired our founders, the Sisters of Saint Joseph, when they established our institution nearly 100 years ago. In our time of social distancing, let us remember that a meaningful life is all about relationships and, in times of trouble, these relationships not only sustain us, but also help us to grow by calling forth our better self.

Thank you and May God bless you,

Sister Carol Jean Vale, SSJ, Ph.D.

President 

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Frequently Asked Questions for Students, March 18, 2020

General Questions

Are there confirmed cases of COVID-19 on campus? 

At this time, there are no known presumptive or confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Chestnut Hill College. The decision to suspend normal operations and switch to alternative course delivery is being made out of an abundance of caution.  The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and all persons affiliated with the College are paramount.  We continue to monitor guidance from the Philadelphia Health Department, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and colleagues at local institutions who are grappling with the same unprecedented challenges.  

What do I do if I have left campus and get sick?

You should contact your primary care physician for instructions.  If you do not have a primary care physician, and are experiencing mild symptoms, you should call an urgent care or emergency room for instructions.  If you are experiencing worsening or life threatening symptoms call 911.

If you are tested and confirmed positive for COVID-19, please contact Deirdre Horan, Director of Student Health Services, at horand@chc.edu.

 

Academic and Career Support

How will I access the Logue Library?

While the Logue Library building will remain closed in order to support efforts of social distancing, the library is accessible online.  Please visit library.chc.edu for access to online resources, including virtual connections to librarians.

I want to register for classes but my account says it is on hold, what do I do?

If myCHC indicates that you have a financial or a business hold, you must contact Student Accounts at accounts@chc.edu to find out what you need to do in order to lift the hold.  

If campus is closed, how do I get in touch with faculty and staff?

The best way to contact most people will be via e-mail.  Please use their @chc.edu email address.  Offices also have plans in place to check voicemail remotely.  If you call an office, please listen carefully to their out of office voicemail as it may give instructions on the best way to reach them during this time.

When will in person classes resume?

We hope to resume in person classes on Tuesday, April 14th.  This date is subject to change based on evolving guidance from the Philadelphia Department of Health and the CDC.  We will make a decision by noon on Friday, April 3, 2020 in order to allow people time to make travel plans.

Are internships and student teaching canceled?

You should check with your internship site or school district for details related to your specific situation. 

For student teachers, the state of Pennsylvania has closed all schools for at least two weeks, but schools are offering online and alternative instruction for students.  Please contact your cooperating teacher and Nancy Levitt (levittn@chc.edu) for specifics.

Some internship placements may currently be offering work from home options.  Please remain in contact with your placement site to see what options are available.  If you are still having trouble and/or need assistance, please contact Ryan Murphy at murphyr@chc.edu.

What if I need career help?

Career Development is still available.  Career Development will be happy to schedule meetings over the phone, Skype, or FaceTime.  Please e-mail careerhelp@chc.edu.  Additional information directly from Career Development will be forthcoming.

Career Development is also on Handshake.  Please click here if you do not already have a Handshake account: https://www.chc.edu/career-development/resources-job-search

What if I cannot return to campus if/when in person classes resume?

We understand that travel restrictions and other extenuating circumstances may prevent some students from returning to campus.  If you are unable to return to campus when in-person classes resume, we will do everything in our capacity to support you completing your courses remotely. 

How is course registration for the summer and fall going to happen when the campus is closed?

Course registration for SUS and SGS began Monday, March 16. SCPS Summer registration begins on March 23rd.  You can register for courses online through the Portal (myCHC).  

If myCHC indicates that you have a financial or a business hold, you must contact Student Accounts at accounts@chc.edu   to find out what you need to do in order to lift the hold.  

 If you are unsure of how to register, your faculty or staff advisor can help you with the process.

 I don’t have a computer or internet access at home.  How will I complete my courses online?

We know that working away from campus may be a challenge for some students.  You should send a message to your professors and advisors and share your concerns, and they will respond with some proposed solutions or reach out to their Dean’s Offices to let them know.  Your professors will help you create a plan to continue your learning in your courses.

I am struggling in one or more of my courses and I normally rely on the Math Center, Writing Center, or Disability Resource Center.  What can I do now?

These Centers have established plans to help you while you are a virtual Griffin.  Please contact them as you normally would for setting up an appointment and they will get back to you with next steps.

 

Student Life and Athletics

When can I move back into my residence hall space?

We hope to re-open the residence halls on Sunday, April 12th in order to allow students time to adjust before resuming in person classes on Tuesday, April 14th.  These dates are subject to change based on evolving guidance from the Philadelphia Department of Health and the CDC.  We will make a decision by noon on Friday, April 3, 2020  in order to allow people time to make travel plans.

I am a resident student living on campus, but was asked to leave the residence hall due to the campus shutdown. Will I receive a refund of my room and board expense for the spring semester?

As we contemplate a decision regarding the potential continuation of on-campus operations, we are in the process of determining the methodology for calculating a possible refund or credit for unused room and board. For those students that received financial aid for the spring semester, it is not clear yet whether credits for room and board will affect their financial aid awards. Like many colleges and universities, we are seeking guidance from the Department of Education before making any decisions regarding credits, refunds, and or aid eligibility based on cost of attendance. We appreciate our students’ cooperation and ask for continued patience during this time as the College’s Office of Student Financial Services works to process and communicate the impact of prorated refunds on students’ aid packages. The College will provide additional information as it becomes available.

How do I reach the Counseling Center?  

To contact the Counseling Center, please email Dr. Sheila Kennedy at kennedys@chc.edu.  Please give your name, phone number, and days of the week and times she can reach you.   Dr. Kennedy will contact you at one of those times.  

If you are having a mental health emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest hospital emergency room.  The national Suicide Prevention Hotline can be reached at 1-800-273-8255; you can also reach the Crisis Text Line by texting HELLO to 741741.  The Suicide Prevention Hotline and Crisis Text Line are free, confidential, and available 24/7.

Can I pick up my mail or packages in the mailroom?

At this time we are asking students not to visit campus. Please make sure that when ordering items online that you are selecting your home address rather than your school address. Please also inform relatives, friends, organizations, magazines, and businesses that your address has temporarily changed.

Is the shuttle running?

No, the shuttle has been canceled through April 12th.

Are athletic competitions canceled?

Yes.  The Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) announced that athletic competitions have been canceled for the remainder of the academic year.  The NCAA has granted relief for an additional season of eligibility to student athletes who participate in Spring sports.  Additional details will be forthcoming from the NCAA and the CHC athletic department.

Are all on campus College events canceled until April 14th?

Yes, in order to support social distancing, all College events have been canceled through April 14th.

How can I stay engaged on social media while the College is operating remotely?

The College and several offices operate social media accounts and will be using these platforms to stay engaged with students while we are not physically together.  If you don’t already, consider following:

Chestnut Hill College
Facebook: ChestnutHillCollege
Instagram: ChestnutHillCollege
Twitter: @ChestnutHill
YouTube: youtube.com/user/75acresofawesome

Career Development
Facebook: Chc CareerDevelopment
Instagram: chccareer_development
Twitter: @CHCCareerDev
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/4655629

Student Activities
Facebook: Chc StudentActivities
Instagram: chcactivities
Twitter: @CHCACTIVITIES

Counseling Center
Facebook: Chestnut Hill College Counseling Center
Instagram: chcmindmatters
Twitter: @CHCmindmatters

Campus Ministry
Facebook: chccampusministry
Instagram: chccampusministry

Residence Life
Instagram: chc_res_life

Griffin Athletics
Facebook: griffinathletics
Instagram: chcathletics
Twitter: @CHCAthletics

Logue Library
Facebook: loguelibrarychc
Instagram: loguelibrarychc
Twitter: @LogueLibrary

Alumni Office
Facebook: chcalumni
Instagram: chcalumni
Twitter: @CHCAlumni
 

Is the SEPCHE Honors Conference canceled?

Yes, The Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education (SEPCHE) has canceled this year’s SEPCHE Honors Conference originally scheduled for Saturday, March 28. 

Commencement and End of Year Events

Will Commencement and other end of the year celebrations be held?

We recognize that this time is stressful for our entire community, but especially so for our graduating students.  We want to honor the hard work of our graduating students and celebrate the important contributions they have made to CHC.  We will do everything in our power to hold Commencement and related celebrations (i.e. Grad Finale, Senior Dinner, Senior Send-Off, SCPS Reception, Baccalaureate Mass).  However, recommendations emerging form public health organizations are calling large gatherings like these into question for an indefinite period.  No decisions have been made at this time and we will continue to closely monitor the situation and communicate directly with our graduating students.

Prospective Students

I was excited about the Accepted Students Day on April 4th, is that canceled too?

The Accepted Students Day has been postponed and we hope to reschedule once we have a clearer picture of this ever changing situation.  In the meantime, continue to check your email for information about virtual ways to engage with Admissions and members of the CHC community.

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A Poem for Now, March 15, 2020

Pandemic

 

What if you thought of it

as the Jews consider the Sabbath—

the most sacred of times?

Cease from travel.

Cease from buying and selling.

Give up, just for now,

on trying to make the world

different than it is.

Sing. Pray. Touch only those

to whom you commit your life.

Center down.

And when your body has become still,

reach out with your heart.

Know that we are connected

in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.

(You could hardly deny it now.)

Know that our lives

are in one another’s hands.

(Surely, that has come clear.)

Do not reach out your hands.

Reach out your heart.

Reach out your words.

Reach out all the tendrils

of compassion that move, invisibly,

where we cannot touch.

Promise this world your love--

for better or for worse,

in sickness and in health,

so long as we all shall live.

 

Lynn Ungar 

3/11/20

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Message from the President, March 14, 2020

Dear Members of the College Community,

You are very much in my thoughts today as each and all of you prepare for the new reality of fully online teaching and learning beginning Monday, to work remotely, to be among the few people in offices on campus, to welcome home college students, to care for children who are out-of-school or day care, to see to the needs of elderly parents and relatives whose accommodations are closed, and the list goes on.  I realize everyone is working more hours and working in decidedly different ways during this national emergency.  Life has changed globally, nationally, locally, and in our College Community. I am very conscious that this is a strained situation for many and I want you to be aware that every effort will be made to ease the way forward for you.

I and the Vice Presidents will have a conference call or Zoom meeting every workday at 11:00 to assess new information coming via the media and to address any concerns arising from members of the College Community.  In addition, the Vice Presidents and Cabinet will continue to meet weekly via Zoom.  I assure you, we will do our best to remedy problems as they are brought to us.  With the vast new numbers of colleges and universities moving to the delivery of their entire academic programs online, there will certainly be unavoidable glitches.  For our part, Richard MacIntyre will be on campus everyday to determine how best to resolve issues as they become evident.  Please let us know if you encounter difficulties in course delivery, with technology issues related to working remotely, or with computers, etc., in offices.  We will do our best to resolve problems as fast as possible.

I did something today I have not done in a long, long while.  I went for a walk.  In every area, the campus is birthing new life.  Trees are flowering and budding, the earth is pushing up buttercups, the grass is greening, and the air is warmer.  This is Mother Nature’s promise faithfully fulfilled each and every year.  Out of seeming death and darkness, comes bright light, vibrant colors, and new life.  I believe the same will true of the coming months as we learn new lessons that will inform our choices moving forward.  I pray we do not miss the opportunity this time offers us.  Even in the darkest of hours, there is the invitation to transformation.  I have a sense that the gargantuan efforts being put forth by our College Community, and those around us, will yield an abundant harvest of new ideas, new methodologies, new pedagogies, and new viewpoints.  What seems such a tremendous challenge at this moment also holds unimaginable possibilities for the future.  Thank you for all the efforts you are expending to insure our success and that of our students.

Please know you will be in my prayers daily as we create new ways to be together  in this common endeavor.  God bless you.

Sister Carol Jean Vale, SSJ, Ph.D
President

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Coronavirus Update, March 12, 2020

The College has continued to monitor the unprecedented challenges being faced both locally and globally as the coronavirus continues to spread. Higher education is not immune to these challenges and colleges and universities are making decisions in order to actively manage public health risk and to promote the wellbeing of their communities.

While at the present time Chestnut Hill College has no confirmed cases of the coronavirus, we have made the difficult decision to suspend regular campus operations until Tuesday, April 14, 2020 (following the scheduled Easter break). We will also suspend in-person course instruction until after the College’s scheduled Easter Break. As a result, on March 16, 2020, all courses will switch to alternative course delivery modes such as online instruction and continue in this manner until Wednesday, April 8, 2020. All previously scheduled on-campus events will be canceled during this time. 

The CACC is suspending all conference and non-conference games, practices, and training, from March 16, 2020 through March 27, 2020. Practices may resume on March 28, 2020 with the first conference-only competitions commencing on March 31, 2020. The CACC will be revisiting this decision weekly to determine whether the season has to be further delayed. Additional information will be communicated by the CHC Athletic Department.

We hope to resume regular campus operations, including in-person classes, on Tuesday, April 14, 2020. In the meantime, and as expressed in previous communications, these changes create significant disruptions for our tight-knit learning community, but they are necessary in order to help mitigate potential health risks. We continue to think through the details of this decision, but we wanted to share it now so faculty, staff, and students can adequately prepare. We know that these actions leave members of our community with many questions. We are committed to responding and will continue to update www.chc.edu/coronavirus-updates with the most current information.

While this situation continues to evolve, here are a few important items targeting specific groups of students in of our community:

Residential Students

• Residential students who initially remained on campus need to make plans to leave their residence hall rooms by Sunday, March 15, 2020.

• With the CACC decision to temporarily suspend intercollegiate athletics, student-athletes who may have previously stayed on campus are also expected to vacate the residence halls.

• Students who are unable to leave campus due to extenuating circumstances should contact Jennifer Thorpe, Director of Residence Life, by Friday, March 13, 2020 at 4:00 pm.

• Residential students who left campus following the cancellation of classes for March 11 – 13, 2020 may return to campus prior to March 15, 2020 to collect additional items they need for this period of alternative course delivery.

Commuter Students

• Commuter students who left belongings in lockers may return to campus to get any items they need for this period of alternative course delivery.

International Students

• If possible, international students are also encouraged to return home during this period of alternative course delivery. We acknowledge the desire of some students to return home as this situation continues to escalate around the world, while also understanding that not all international students may be able to return home due to travel restrictions.

• If international students return home and are unable to return to campus when in-person classes resume, we will do everything in our capacity to support them in completing their courses remotely. Additional details on these arrangements will be forthcoming.

Faculty

• The Academic Affairs Team will continue to reach out to faculty via the Academic Affairs, Deans’, and Registrar’s Offices and via Center and Discipline Chairs so as to provide information and support for solutions to online instruction.

• Faculty will receive a communication from Academic Affairs on Friday, March 13 with additional information.

• All instructional activity at off-campus locations will be determined on a case-by case basis, including student-teaching, internships, and instruction at additional locations.

Staff

• We will, with the support of the Vice Presidents and other supervisory staff, be making a range of decisions about the operations of individual campus-based offices through April 14, 2020

Information and guidance related to the coronavirus continues to unfold rapidly. We will continue to monitor information from the City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and colleagues at other regional colleges and universities.

We are all in uncharted waters undertaking activities and tasks we may have never done before. The positive message is that we are in this together as a College Community and with the broader community of higher education. Everyone is similarly affected by this state of emergency. I realize many will be doing additional work as we move to an online teaching/learning model and that there will be anxiety on the part of both faculty and students. We want to assist you in any way possible to facilitate the online delivery of courses. In the near future, we will be communicating additional information about how we will offer support.

Some staff will be working remotely for the first time, while others will be on campus, we want to smooth the way for both groups so that each is comfortable and each can do his/her job with as much ease as possible. The business of the College must continue to be managed in a timely and productive manner, as we all know. That said, I recognize the anxiety that accompanies unexpected change and novel situations. Often these situations become life-giving and growth producing. We pray this is true in this instance. One thing I know for certain about this College Community: “You are stronger than you think, braver than you know,” and more resilient than you believe. This is an historic moment upon which we will long reflect after it passes. I have no doubt that when we look back, it will be said with confidence that Chestnut Hill College not only rose to meet the crisis, but exceeded all expectations. 

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Coronavirus Update, March 10, 2020

We continue to monitor the developing dynamics associated with the COVID-19 virus (Coronavirus) and its potential impact on operations at the College. This includes information that we are receiving from the City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and colleagues at other regional colleges and universities. At the present time, Chestnut Hill College has no confirmed cases of the coronavirus. However, out of an abundance of caution, and given the rise of cases in the surrounding area, the College has decided to close until Sunday, March 15, 2020. During this time faculty, staff, and students are not expected to report to campus.

One goal of closing the College is to encourage social distancing, a practice shown to limit the spread of illness. We realize that faculty and staff may need to come to campus to gather work and instructional materials and we encourage them to limit close proximity with others. As always, we continue to encourage members of our community to practice good hygiene and stay away from campus if they are experiencing a fever or respiratory symptoms.

The health and safety of our community is paramount and closing will allow us to deep clean and disinfect campus. This will also provide faculty with the time required to prepare for alternative course delivery, if it becomes necessary. A decision regarding alternative course delivery will be announced by Saturday, March 14, 2020. If necessary, alternative course delivery and options for telecommuting for staff will begin on Monday, March 16, 2020. We recognize that these decisions cause significant disruption to the tight knit learning community that exists on campus, however we believe that this decision helps to mitigate potential health risks to our campus community. As expressed in previous communications, members of our community should stay up to date on guidance released by the CDC. This information is available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

During this closure, residential students are strongly encouraged to leave campus. If students are unable to leave campus, they must contact Jennifer Thorpe, Director of Residence Life by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. We recognize that within our community there are students who need to continue student teaching, internships, and intercollegiate athletics. We are prepared to support these students and provide a safe living environment, but the College will not be offering activities or events during this time. Students who are student teaching or completing internships should check with their school district or internship site on restrictions imposed by those parties. Students at the DeSales University, Montgomery County Community College Main and West Campus, Father Judge High School, and Camelot Education locations should follow the guidelines for attendance provided by those institutions. We also will be working with the team at the Psychological Services Clinic of Chestnut Hill College as we continue operations at that site at this moment in time.

We appreciate the support of our campus community as we navigate the uncertainties surrounding the spread of the coronavirus. We recognize that these decisions impose a burden on our community and hope that we all can work together to move forward in the best way possible. This situation is very fluid and continues to evolve. We will continue to update our community as new information becomes available. If you have questions or concerns please contact your supervisor, academic advisor, academic dean, or Human Resources. Thank you for your continued understanding and cooperation.

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Coronavirus Update, March 9, 2020

We continue to monitor the developing dynamics associated with the COVID-19 virus (Coronavirus) and its potential impact on operations at the College.  This includes information that we are receiving from the City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and colleagues at other regional colleges and universities. 

Recently, the CDC has recommended that older adults (60+ years of age) and individuals with underlying health conditions avoid activities such as air travel, family gatherings, and attendance at performance events with large groups of people.  CDC link:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html

As we monitor recommendations related to the COVID-19 virus, we know that some of us will be making personal decisions about the potential risk associated with daily activities, including activities such as shopping, interacting with friends and family, attending large public events, and using public transportation.  It is important that we provide any member of the Chestnut Hill Community that same discretion with regard to being on campus. 

Therefore, we want to be sure to allow every student, faculty member, and staff member the opportunity to decide whether their attendance on-campus should be limited based on recent recommendations from CDC for older adults and individuals with underlying health conditions. 

While we are not aware of any exposure of individuals on campus to the Coronavirus, we support any student, staff member, or faculty member who determines that attendance on campus is unadvisable based on recommendations from a personal health care provider or public health agency.  We are committed to working with each person who makes this decision, taking advantage of the capacity we have to support them working remotely from home whenever possible.  This includes the use of Canvas, Blackboard and/or the myCHC portal in addition to email and phone communications.

Students who make the decision to remain at home based on recommendations from their health care providers or public health agency should contact the Dean’s Office for your individual school.  They will assist you in working with your instructors to support your learning from a remote location.

School of Undergraduate Studies:

Please contact Sue Harkins, Assistant to the Dean, at harkinss@chc.edu

School of Continuing and Professional Studies:

Please contact the SCPS office at 215-248-7063 or email Dr. Green at green@chc.edu

School of Graduate Studies:

Please contact SGS Dean’s office at Gradschool@chc.edu

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Coronavirus Update, March 8, 2020

We continue to monitor the developing dynamics associated with the COVID-19 virus (Coronavirus) and its potential impact on operations at the College. This includes information that we are receiving from the City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and colleagues at other regional colleges and universities. Recently, the CDC has recommended that older adults (60+ years of age) and individuals with underlying health conditions avoid activities such as air travel, family gatherings, and attendance at performance events with large groups of people. CDC link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-comp...

As we prepare for School of Undergraduate Studies students to return from spring break, we want to be sure to allow every student, faculty member, and staff member the opportunity to decide whether their attendance on-campus should be limited based on recent recommendations from CDC for older adults and individuals with underlying health conditions. As we monitor recommendations related to the COVID-19 virus, we know that some of us will be making personal decisions about the potential risk associated with daily activities, including activities such as shopping, interacting with friends and family, attending large public events, and using public transportation. It is important that we provide any member of the Chestnut Hill Community that same discretion with regard to being on campus.

While we are not aware of any exposure of individuals on campus to the Coronavirus, we support any student, staff member, or faculty member who determines that attendance on campus is unadvisable based on recommendations from a personal health care provider or public health agency. As a College employee, if you determine that attendance on campus is not advisable, please contact your supervisor (staff) or your Chair and/or Dean (faculty members) to make them aware of your decision, and if possible, your willingness to work from home. Employees making this decision will not be required to use leave time. We are committed to working with each person who makes this decision, taking advantage of the capacity we have to support them working remotely from home whenever possible. This includes the use of VPN and remote desktop applications, learning management systems (Canvas and Blackboard), and the myCHC portal in addition to email and phone communication. Faculty and staff who make the decision to remain at home based on recommendations from their health care providers or public health agency should contact their supervisors in writing as indicated above to discuss these solutions to support their work from a remote location. This option to work from a remote location will be reviewed weekly and based on the evolving guidance from the CDC.

The staff of the Human Resources office are available as a resource and for consultation. Please contact Sharon Dougherty, Director of Human Resources via doughertysb@chc.edu or by phone at 215-248-7036. A form will be forthcoming and distributed by Human Resources as part of the work from home option.

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Coronavirus Update, March 5, 2020

Based on guidance from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Divine Worship, we ask everyone to observe the following guidelines to protect the health of each other. 

The distribution of the Precious Blood will discontinue until further notice. Given the frequency of direct contact with saliva in the distribution of Holy Communion on the tongue, every consideration should be given by each individual to receive Holy Communion reverently in open hands for the time being. We ask that you exchange the Sign of Peace without physical contact and refrain from offering a greeting by shaking hands or any physical contact. All Eucharistic Minsters are to wash hands before/after Mass, and to use gel prior to/after distributing the Eucharist. If you are sick or are experiencing symptoms of sickness, you are not obliged to attend Mass, and out of charity, you ought not to attend. Thank you for your support of our efforts to address this serious threat our health.

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Coronavirus Update, March 5, 2020

As members of our community prepare to return from Spring Break, we want to make them aware of precautions being implemented by Student Health Services designed to best serve and protect our community during the global spread of the coronavirus. 

Beginning on Monday, March 9, 2020, when Student Health Services re-opens following the Spring Break, we are asking for students to call ahead for an appointment.  When students call they will be asked a series of screening questions related to their symptoms and any recent travel.  These questions are designed to enable Student Health Services to effectively triage students and determine potential exposure to coronavirus.  Student Health Services can be reached at 215-248-7111.

As this is a rapidly developing situation, these procedures may be changed in the coming days and weeks.  Any changes or updates will be posted to this website.

Please note that these procedures are designed for students in the School of Undergraduate Studies.  Students in the School of Graduate Studies, the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, faculty, and staff, should all contact their primary care physician if they are ill.  Please review the guidance posted on March 4, 2020 for specific guidelines released by the CDC.

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Coronavirus Update, March 4, 2020

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is a swiftly developing situation with rapid changes in several countries around the world.  Please note that the most up-to-date information about Chestnut Hill College’s actions related to the global outbreak of coronavirus will be posted on this page. It is critical that individuals continue to check for ongoing updates and guidance.

The health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and visitors is the College’s highest priority. The actions described below are being taken to protect the health of our community and to assist in preventing the spread of the coronavirus on and near our campus.

Requirements

Consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for travelers returning to the United States from China, Chestnut Hill College is requiring a 14-day quarantine period for travelers from CDC Level 3 countries before they return to campus. At this time, these countries include: China, Iran, Italy and South Korea.

Students and employees who traveled to one of these countries must isolate themselves from others in their place of dwelling while monitoring for signs and symptoms of illness as described below. Of note, many students may be returning to a home away from campus. However, students and their families should follow the same recommendations and advice included in this document.

If you are returning from a country with a CDC “Alert Level 2” or “watch” level you should follow many of the below recommendations – including maintaining vigilant hygiene practices, self-monitor for symptoms and assess temperature twice per day for 14 days after return.

If you feel sick

If you spent time in a CDC “Alert Level 2” or “Warning Level 3” country during the past 14 days and feel sick with fever or cough or have difficulty breathing consider the following:

  • Take your temperature.
  • Seek medical advice Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • If you are undergraduate student, please call the College’s Student Health Center.  Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms. 
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Do not travel while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60%-95% alcohol immediately after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.

Prevention is the best way to limit the spread of disease. If you find that you are not feeling well after returning, then please seek medical care as described. Otherwise, quarantine yourself for the specified time so that if you do become ill, the risk of spread of your illness to others is minimal.

Student Health Services guidance for home quarantine

  • Stay home except to get medical care – as noted above, call ahead before visiting your doctor
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home
  • Wear a face mask when you are around other people or pets
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze; wash your hands afterward with soap and water or use an alcohol-based sanitizer (see above)
  • Clean your hands often with soap and water or with an alcohol-based sanitizer; use soap and water preferentially if your hands are visibly dirty
  • Avoid sharing personal household items
  • Clean “high-touch” surfaces daily with a household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Monitor your symptoms and if they develop or worsen then call your health care provider BEFORE seeking in-person care

Returning from a country without a coronavirus warning

At this time, domestic travelers and travelers to countries that do not have an elevated CDC Warning Level do not need to take any action other than monitoring their health and practicing good hygiene and prevention. However, if you begin to have symptoms it is important to follow up with your health care practitioner. 

Upcoming international travel

The College strongly discourages personal travel to CDC Level 3 countries. Travelers to these countries will be required to quarantine themselves in their dwelling for 14 days before being permitted on campus.

Before booking travel and departing the country, travelers should check the CDC website for the latest threat level rating for their destination. The CDC website also includes answers to frequently asked questions regarding travel abroad. This is a rapidly evolving situation with government policies and recommendations changing as the situation changes. Travelers should exercise caution when traveling abroad as quarantines and re-entry restrictions, particularly for non-U.S. nationals, could be implemented as the situation evolves.

While traveling domestically or abroad, take the following precautions:

  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at 60%–95% alcohol; soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty. It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.

Domestic travel recommendations

The potential public health threat posed by COVID-19 is high, but individual risk is dependent on exposure. For members of the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to the virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low. More cases are likely to be identified in the coming days, including more cases in the United States. It’s also likely that person-to-person spread will continue to occur, including in the United States. If you travel domestically, take the following routine precautions:

  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty. It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.

Upon returning from domestic travel, if you feel sick with fever, cough or difficulty breathing, particularly within 14 days after you left, you should:

  • Seek medical advice – call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Not travel on public transportation while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to avoid spreading the virus to others. Wash your hands with soap and water immediately after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose. If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Hygiene and prevention

To prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus and other respiratory infections, the CDC recommends the following prevention measures:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Voluntary Home Isolation: Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
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Coronavirus Update, February 28, 2020

Dear Members of the College Community,

Given the global health concern for the COVID-19 (Corona Virus), we are reaching out to our community with certain pertinent information.  The Center for Disease Control (CDC) gave a press conference on Tuesday, February 25th, updating the country on the current status of this infectious disease.  This press conference included what steps should be taken moving forward. We wanted to share with you some of the steps CHC is taking to prevent the spread of illness across our campus, and plans for the possible spread of the coronavirus in our community. 

As the CDC emphasized, there is ​not currently a coronavirus pandemic in the United States. A pandemic occurs when a disease is spreading from a variety of sources across a large region, and the number of cases across the US is still small.  However, given how quickly the global situation is evolving, we are monitoring new developments and will continue to reevaluate our steps and actions daily. 

In the meantime, the most effective way to stay healthy and minimize the spread of infectious disease is to follow CDC prevention guidelines, such as washing hands thoroughly and avoiding close contact with people who are sick.  For the CDC’s complete prevention guidelines please utilize this link:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html

The College has been in regular contact with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.   The College participated in a conference call the Philadelphia Department of Public Health had with health centers at colleges and universities in the Philadelphia area.  The Health Department reinforced CDC guidelines and offered City resources.  We continue to stay in close contact with the Health Department and to monitor all new information as it becomes available.  Housekeeping is being diligent about following their disinfection protocols throughout campus.

We advise those traveling over spring break to monitor the CDC (www.cdc.gov ) and the World Health Organization (https://www.who.int/) websites as COVID-19 continues to evolve and travel guidelines may change.

It is important to remember that handling the spread of a serious contagion, like the coronavirus, is primarily a task for public health agencies.  The College is following our Infectious Disease Protocol and will follow any new directives from the WHO, CDC, and/or Philadelphia Department of Public Health that are appropriate and necessary for our community.

In times like this, we are particularly grateful for the strength and care of our community.   We will provide further updates as needed.

Sincerely,

Lynn Ortale, Ph.D.                                         Deirdre Brett Horan, CRNP

Vice President for Student Life                      Director to Student Health Services

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