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COVID-19 FAQ

CARES Act Grant

The University has applied to the federal government for a grant under the CARES relief act. We have been approved for $2.1M that is dedicated to student emergency financial aid grants. These grants are intended to offset expenses incurred by students as a result of the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus – such as, food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care expenses.

Based upon federal regulations, these funds can only be awarded to students who are Title IV eligible and cannot be awarded to either International Students or Students who were enrolled in fully online programs prior to March 13th and therefore not impacted by the disruption to campus operations. Our current student population that fits those regulatory categories stands at approximately 3,860.

CARES Act Disclosures

Last updated: 9/4/2020

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General

What can I do to maintain a healthy, safe campus at La Salle University?

While campus density will have been decreased, personal hygiene remains critically important. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds frequently throughout the day. Hand washing is especially important after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Increase use of anti-bacterial hand sanitizer when soap and water is unavailable. Use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. (Be sure to avoid sanitizers that use methanol.)

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Health Guidance

What is physical distancing?

Physical distancing, also referred to as “social distancing,” means maintaining at least 6 feet of space between yourself and others when you are outside of your home. This will potentially be the most significant adjustment to our campus experience, but it is absolutely necessary in order to limit the spread of the virus and keep our students, faculty, and staff as safe as possible.

Is physical distancing possible at all times?

Yes. All individuals must take extra care to maintain at least 6 feet of physical space (two arms’ lengths) between themselves and anyone with whom they don’t live. Pathways and hallways may be marked for one-way directional traffic to allow for physical distancing. Restrooms will have an adjusted maximum capacity posted at or near the entryway. Limit elevator occupancy to single capacity when possible. If you are in an elevator with another person, position yourselves in opposite corners and avoid the urge to hold a conversation. Use stairways as the primary method of travel between floors when possible.

What will happen to the University’s common spaces?

Offices, classrooms, and common spaces have been reconfigured to accommodate physical distancing requirements. Furniture has been removed from the campus’ most-common gathering areas. Remaining furniture is set up to maintain physical distance and should not be moved. Separators, Plexiglass and sneeze guards are installed, where needed.

What is contact tracing?

Contact tracing refers to the part of the recovery process by which contacts of a patient who tests positive or is suspected of testing positive with COVID-19 are warned of their exposure in order to stop chains of transmission. Contact tracing is critical in stopping the spread of the virus. The University is developing a contact tracing and notification protocol for students and employees utilizing campus and external partners including the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and adhering to CDC guidance and best practices for confidentiality, HIPAA protections, and pandemic exceptions for the public good.

Who will be contacting me through the contact tracing process?

The University has developed a contact tracing and notification protocol for students and employees, utilizing campus and external partners—including the Philadelphia Department of Public Health—and adhering to CDC guidance and best practices for confidentiality, HIPAA protections, and pandemic exceptions for the public good. La Salle contact tracers will identify themselves at the beginning of the call; however, students and employees also could receive calls from county public health systems depending on where their test results had been sent. It is encouraged that students and employees answer these calls and provide the information requested. La Salle contract tracers will only ask questions related to transmission on La Salle’s campus. County tracers will ask questions related to possible spread beyond campus. Philadelphia County contact tracing calls will come from (215) 218-xxxx phone numbers, and texts will come from (833) xxx-xxxx or (855) xxx-xxxx phone numbers.

Am I responsible for monitoring my health?

Yes. All faculty, staff, students, residents, and visitors (parents, prospective students and families, vendors, contractors, external service providers, etc.) must self-monitor their health daily if they intend to visit campus. Please use the La Salle University COVID-19 Symptom Screening and Monitoring Tool.

What does it mean to self-monitor?

Be alert for symptoms including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Take your temperature each morning before leaving your residence. If your temperature is 100.4 degrees F/ 38 degrees C or higher, or you are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, do not enter campus or leave your campus residence. Contact your health care provider first.

Am I required to cover my face?

Yes. A cloth face mask must be worn when traveling across campus, in public spaces, inside a building, on public transportation, or whenever around others. Ensure that the mask is covering your mouth and your nose. COVID-19 is spread most frequently through respiratory droplets. Cloth face coverings are critical in helping to stop the spread of the virus. Remember, by wearing a face mask, you are protecting those around you. It is a simple step that can prevent you from unknowingly spreading the virus to others (even when you do not have any symptoms).

Where should I wear a face covering?

Face coverings are required indoors, in places including but not limited to: on-campus living, common spaces in residence halls and apartment living, hallways, communal restrooms, Connelly Library, dining halls, University offices and buildings, and while entering and exiting a building or complex. You are not required to wear a mask while eating or drinking. In outdoor settings, face masks must be worn while outside when you are less than six feet from people from different households.

How do I report an incident of someone not adhering to the face covering policy?

To report an incident of a student not abiding by these guidelines, please submit an incident report on the mylasalle Portal. To report an incident of a faculty or staff member not abiding by these guidelines, please contact covid19@lasalle.edu.


If I don’t feel well, should I stay home?

If you or someone in your household is experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms, stay home and do not travel to campus.

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Testing and Reporting

Will the University provide COVID-19 testing?

The University has secured supplies for COVID-19 testing and is working closely under the guidance of the CDC, Pennsylvania Department of Public Health, and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health to determine the most-effective strategy for testing and the safest approach for administering tests for students who are symptomatic or have been exposed to the virus.

Several testing locations are located within a five-mile radius of campus. The closest testing site to La Salle is on the campus of Einstein Hospital:

Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia
5583 Park Avenue (Park Avenue and Tabor Road)
(one block below Broad & Olney Transportation Center)

Hours of Operation for Testing
Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Appointments required. No walk-ins please. Call 1-800-Einstein (800-346-7834) and press 5 to schedule.

Philadelphia Department of Public Health sites provide testing for the uninsured. Transportation to the off-campus sites is the responsibility of the individual being tested. Most health insurance carriers will cover the cost of the test. Consult with yours for more information.

Should I tell the University if I tested positive for COVID-19?

Yes. All students, faculty, and staff who maintain a campus presence and test positive for COVID-19 must self-report to the University. Students can email covid19@lasalle.edu.  Employees can call 215-951-1013 or email hr@lasalle.edu. Students are responsible for notifying their faculty to make arrangements to continue academic progress. Employee and student health information reported pursuant to this policy will be shared only with those who need to know to assist with contact tracing requirements. The Office of Human Resources will notify employees’ supervisors without disclosing medical information.

Should I tell the University if I was exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19?

Yes. All students, faculty, and staff who are exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19 must self-report to the University. Students can email covid19@lasalle.edu. Employees can call 215-951-1013 or email hr@lasalle.edu.

I am showing symptoms for COVID-19. What should I do?

For students:

  • Consult with your personal health care provider or contact the Student Health Center (studenthealth@lasalle.edu or 215-951-1565). If your health care provider refers you for a COVID-19 test, please alert covid19@lasalle.edu.

For employees:

  • Work closely with your personal health care provider when exhibiting symptoms and/or if you have been exposed to the virus to determine the need for testing and how to access a testing location. If your health care provider refers you for a COVID-19 test, please notify hr@lasalle.edu.
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Quarantine and Isolation

What does it mean to quarantine?

According to the CDC, quarantine is required for individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19, even if they are asymptomatic (not experiencing any symptoms). Quarantine helps reduce the spread of infection, especially before individuals know they are sick. Individuals in quarantine should: Stay home and avoid close contact with other people. Monitor their health closely. Follow directives of the local health department.

If you have traveled, or plan to travel, to an area where there are high amounts of COVID-19 cases, it is recommended by the City of Philadelphia that you quarantine for 14 days upon return or arrival to Pennsylvania. Consult the city’s list of states for more information.

How long should I quarantine if I have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19?

Any member of the University community who has had exposure (as defined by the CDC) to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be required to stay home, avoid entry to campus, and isolate themselves for 14 days from their last-known exposure. Learn more, via CDC.

How long should I isolate if I have tested positive for COVID-19?

Any member of the University community who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be required to stay home, avoid entry to campus, and quarantine for 14 days from their last-known exposure. Learn more, via CDC.

When is it required to quarantine?

Quarantine is needed for individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19, even if they are not experiencing any symptoms (asymptomatic). Quarantine helps reduce the spread of infection, especially before individuals know they are sick.

Individuals in quarantine should:

  • Stay home and avoid close contact with other people.
  • Monitor their health closely.
  • Follow directives of the local health department and their personal healthcare provider.
  • Any member of the University community with exposure (as defined by the CDC) to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be required to quarantine for 14 days from their last-known exposure.
When is it required to self-isolate?

Isolation is used in order to separate those who have (or likely have) contracted the virus from those who have not. Those in isolation should remain home and separate themselves from others until it is safe for them to be around other people. Any member of the University community who has tested positive for COVID-19 or is showing any of the COVID-19 symptoms will be required to isolate until they meet the criteria to end isolation.

As a University employee, what are my options if I have to self-isolate?

The University has the following applicable policies in place to accommodate the need for time off:

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Course Instruction and Modality

When does the Fall 2020 semester begin and end?

The Fall 2020 semester begins Monday, Aug. 17 and concludes Wednesday, Nov. 25. There will be no fall break and classes will be held on Labor Day—Monday, Sept. 7.

When are final exams for the Fall 2020 semester?

Final exams will be held Friday, Nov. 20; Saturday, Nov. 21; Monday, Nov. 23; Tuesday, Nov. 24; and Wednesday, Nov. 25. Exams on Nov. 25 will be held in the morning hours only.

How are Fall 2020 classes being delivered?

The University will deliver almost all Fall 2020 courses through remote instruction with limited exceptions.

What is the University’s policy on class attendance?

Faculty are asked to adjust their attendance policies to allow for student compliance with the Health Guidelines section of the return to campus plan, specifically, the directive to stay home when sick, and make this clear in their syllabi.

How is the University coordinating off-campus experiential learning opportunities?

Students participating in internships, clinicals, student teaching, etc. will follow La Salle COVID-19 guidelines and any additional requirements noted by our outside partner.

I am a student. How can I access online tutoring during the Fall 2020 semester?

The Center for Academic Achievement will offer peer writing and subject tutors. Students can schedule appointments through Starfish, which is available in the mylasalle Portal.

Can students who live off-campus purchase and/or retain a meal plan for Fall 2020?

Students can and are encouraged to purchase a meal plan for Fall 2020. There will be the opportunity to order meals via a new dining app. The Student Union will serve as the location for meal pick-up. Information about the new app and meal plan sign-up will be shared via email.

Will the University refund students for room and board if a return to a fully virtual experience is required?

Students will be either credited or refunded for housing and dining, as long as their account is clear of any payments owed.

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Communication

Will the University notify the La Salle community of positive cases?

The University’s existing landing page, dedicated to COVID-19 updates and information (lasalle.edu/covid19) will continue to serve as a regularly updated resource page with the latest information related to COVID-19, including the number of positive cases that have been identified on campus. Students, faculty, and staff will continue to be updated via email announcements in their lasalle.edu email account.

Who at La Salle can I contact if I have additional questions?

Members of the La Salle community are encouraged to read all previous campus-wide communication, which contain helpful, up-to-date information. If a question remains unresolved or unanswered, you are encouraged to submit questions, comments, and feedback through a form on La Salle University’s COVID-19 page.

When are employees asked to return to campus for on-site work?

The University will gradually increase the number of employees who are working on-campus through a phased plan. However, following the recommendations of the CDC, state and local public health officials, many staff will continue to work remotely. All offices will continue to schedule in person appointments as needed, but most services will be provided virtually.

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Cleanliness

How often is the University cleaning and sanitizing campus?

The Office of Facilities Management is working closely with its custodial partners at Interstate to increase the level of cleaning and disinfecting across campus, including all academic, athletic, and residential areas. They are actively cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces (i.e. doorknobs and handles, sinks, toilets), and refilling all hand-sanitizer dispensers on campus and placing others in more-prominent, heavily trafficked locations.

What is the University’s cleaning protocol?

Facilities Management will implement enhanced and more-frequent cleaning protocols to meet CDC guidelines. Staffing levels and schedules will be adjusted to accommodate the increased frequency and additional protocols. This includes increased staffing levels seven days a week.

Facilities Management has secured additional cleaning equipment and supplies to ensure that cleaning staff has easy access to supplies and refills throughout campus. Additionally, the University secured an additional 150 touch-free hand sanitizer stations that will be placed throughout campus. These will be refilled regularly by cleaning staff.

High-frequency areas will be cleaned multiple times per day, given the availability of the spaces. These areas include:

  • Classrooms
  • Restrooms
  • Common areas (including residential buildings)
  • Dining areas
  • Entranceways
  • Elevators

Review the Cleaning Protocol section of the #ExplorersReturn plan for more information.

Is the air quality in shared spaces being monitored?

The University has installed enhanced antimicrobial air filters for its heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to ensure better air quality and ventilation within classrooms, offices, and other shared campus spaces.

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Events and Visitors

Are in-person meetings permissible?

Meetings should take place virtually as often as possible. If a meeting must occur in person, it should be limited to 10 people and should occur in a space that allows for physical distancing.

Will the University permit on-campus events?

All meetings, events, and social gatherings will follow local, state, federal, and CDC guidelines. This includes any meetings, events, or social gatherings hosted or attended by faculty, staff, students, alumni and visitors/guests of the University.

Will the University allow campus visitors?

Whenever possible, visitors to campus should be limited. Virtual opportunities for engagement with the University are encouraged. All campus visitors are expected to abide by the guidelines set forth in the #ExplorersReturn campus plan. This includes adherence to the following personal health guidelines: Self-monitoring; respiratory etiquette; wearing a face covering; personal hygiene; staying home when sick; and physical distancing.

The host will be responsible for ensuring that the visitor is aware of and accepts the guidelines and expectations before arrival. All pre-registered visitors to campus must check in at a designated Visitor Check-In Location upon arrival.

For more information, consult the Events and Visitors portion of the #ExplorersReturn campus plan.

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Travel

What is La Salle’s policy on University-sponsored travel?

All University-sponsored study abroad, travel study, and service travel trips and programs in Fall 2020 have been suspended.

Are there restrictions on personal travel?

Currently, the U.S. Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel, and the CDC cautions against non-essential domestic travel. The University encourages members of the La Salle community to consider rescheduling personal travel plans, if possible.

If you have traveled, or plan to travel, to an area where there are high amounts of COVID-19 cases, it is recommended by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that you quarantine for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania. Consult the Commonwealth’s list of states for more information.

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Campus Life

Will the residence halls remain open?

On-campus housing will be closed for students, with limited exceptions for a small subset of our student body, including international students and those with academic requirements, and special personal circumstance.

When do I have to vacate the residence halls?

Those students who are permitted to remain in residence halls will be required to complete a full move-out at the end of the Fall 2020 semester (no later than Nov. 25, 2020). This will allow for a deep cleaning of campus housing in anticipation for a return to campus at the beginning of the Spring 2021 semester.

Will the campus dining halls be open?

Yes, the University and its dining partner are working together to align practices with the latest guidance for the safety of La Salle students, employees, and partners. During the Fall 2020 semester, students will be able to order a meal via a new dining app and pick up that meal in the Union. Starbucks will maintain limited hours, and an expanded Marketplace store will be open in the Union. Details will be posted soon.

Will student activities be available?

Many student activities and events will look and feel different than those to which our students, faculty, and staff have grown accustomed. All University-sponsored activities, and activities hosted by student organizations, must abide by the guidelines set forth in this document. For more, please review the Student Activities portion of the #ExplorersReturn campus plan.

Is Connelly Library open?

Yes, Connelly Library will be open, with its hours of availability posted online.

Athletics

Will the University’s intercollegiate athletics teams compete in Fall 2020?

On July 17, the Atlantic 10 Conference announced the postponement of all scheduled fall contests in conference-sponsored sports and A-10 championships.

At La Salle, this includes men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey, men’s and women’s cross country and volleyball. The fall competitive schedules for men’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, and women’s rowing will also be postponed, as will non-traditional competition seasons for baseball, softball and women’s lacrosse.

In addition, La Salle sport programs that are not members of the Atlantic 10—men’s rowing, men’s water polo, women’s golf and women’s water polo—will not compete during the fall.

Read more about the A-10 Conference’s decision.