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COVID-19 FAQ

Last Updated on March 31

 

General | Remote Learning | Campus | Travel Restrictions | Commencement | Temporary Grading Policy

 

GENERAL

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is the name of a novel coronavirus disease that had not been previously identified.

 

What are the symptoms?

Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with a fever, coughing, and difficulty breathing.

 

How does COVID-19 spread?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the virus spreads easily and sustainably in communities from person-to-person. Someone who is actively sick with COVID-19 can spread the illness to others. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, the CDC says.

 

Is there a treatment for COVID-19?

At present, there is no medication to treat or prevent COVID-19.

 

Are there any cases of COVID-19 at La Salle University?

There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at La Salle University.

 

What should I do if I feel sick?

Members of the University community who feel sick take the recommended precautions. Employees who are sick are asked to call their supervisor and stay at home. Do not report to work. Students who are sick are asked to contact their professors. If symptoms are consistent with COVID-19, contact a medical professional to determine if you need to observe a 14-day, self-monitoring period. For faculty and staff, if you are advised by a medical professional to notify your employer, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 215.951.1013 or hr@lasalle.edu.

 

I’ve heard the term “self-monitor.” What does it mean?

The CDC defines self-monitoring as individuals preventing contact from others while monitoring themselves for fever by taking their temperature twice a day and remaining alert for a cough or difficulty breathing. If they feel feverish or develop measured fever, cough, or difficulty breathing during the self-monitoring period, they should self-isolate, limit contact with others, and seek advice by telephone from a healthcare provider or their local health department to determine whether medical evaluation is needed.

 

If I traveled internationally, will I be asked by La Salle to self-monitor?

The University’s expectation is that members of the La Salle community (students, faculty, and staff) will engage in a 14-day, self-monitoring period under the following circumstances:

  • Upon return from international travel to countries that have been designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as having sustained transmissions of COVID-19
  • Or if advised by a medical professional to engage in a 14-day, self-monitoring period due to other circumstances.

Faculty and staff are asked to work with their supervisor and the Office of Human Resources (hr@lasalle.edu). The request to self-monitor for 14 days may impact their available sick-time allowance or ability to care for loved ones.

 

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

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

 

What University resources are available to me?

Employees should refer to an email distributed March 12 by the University’s Office of Human Resources for information on resources available to faculty and staff.

 

What is social distancing?

The CDC defines social distancing as remaining out of public settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining at least six feet of distance from others when possible—particularly when someone is visibly ill.

 

How do I keep myself healthy?

The CDC and World Health Orangization (WHO) recommend the following best practices for preventing the spread of all infectious diseases, including COVID-19:

  • Actively encourage those who are sick to stay home.
  • Take everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs.
    • Practice good hand-washing hygiene.
    • Wash your hands regularly.
    • Clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve while coughing and sneezing.
      • Discard tissues immediately upon use.
    • Maintain at least three feet between yourself and someone who is coughing or sneezing.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Get a flu vaccine, if you have not already done so.
    • Seek medical attention if you experience a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.
    • Stay informed and follow the guidance of your healthcare provider.

 

Where can I find more information?

La Salle University has created a page dedicated to this evolving situation. Previous campus-wide announcements, best practices for staying healthy and hygienic, CDC and WHO recommendations, and more can be found on this site. Additionally, to ensure visibility with parents and families of La Salle students, all campus-wide messages are being shared through the University’s Parent Portal.

 

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 can email questions to La Salle Emergency Management at lasalle-em@lasalle.edu.

 

Is the city of Philadelphia providing updates?

The City of Philadelphia and its Department of Public Health (PDPH) have created a text alert system and a phone helpline for COVID-19 updates. Text COVIDPHL to 888-777 to receive all updates. Information is available by calling 1-800-722-7112. Both are available throughout the Greater Philadelphia region. Also, the city updated its website with information and recommendations on staying healthy.

 

REMOTE LEARNING

Is the University canceling classes?

La Salle University is canceling face-to-face courses on campus for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester.

 

Will online and hybrid courses be suspended during the week of March 23-27?

Online and hybrid courses will continue as planned during this time.

 

What is remote learning?

Students and faculty engage in remote learning when they are separated by time and geographic distance. Remote learning is different from traditional learning, in that the former does not require a physical or traditional learning environment.

 

Who should I contact if I have questions about remote learning?

Students are asked to contact their professors directly and immediately with questions related to or to discuss possible impediments to remote learning.

 

How have faculty prepared to lead courses remotely?

During the week of March 23-27, faculty engaged with additional training and resources as they prepared to lead coursework remotely. Already, faculty have engaged in immediate training workshops as they prepare their courses for remote instruction.

 

What options exist for students without laptops?

Technology gaps exist in our student population. Students who lack access to technology that is necessary for remote learning, are asked to complete this short survey to provide essential details about their technological needs. Students looking to purchase new devices can leverage an offer of free shipping made available through the La Salle Outpost.

 

What options exist for students without Internet access?

Students who do not have reliable Internet access at home are asked to contact their professors, directly and immediately, to find alternate opportunities for learning and completion of assignments. Several Internet service providers are offering packages that include temporary Internet access at low or no cost, among other resources and packages. They include Charter Spectrum Broadband; Comcast; AT&T; Sprint; and T-Mobile.

 

What academic resources and services are available remotely?

The Center for Academic Achievement is providing writing tutoring, subject tutoring, and academic coach online via Zoom through the end of the academic semester, on May 7. Please consult a University message sent March 25 with full details and information on how to schedule an appointment.

 

What career services are available remotely?

La Salle University’s Career Center is offering all services virtually, including its annual Spring Job and Internship Fair, which is scheduled for the week of April 6-10. Please consult a University message sent March 25 with full details and information on how schedule an appointment.

 

 

CAMPUS

How is the University 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.

 

Have on-campus events been cancelled?

All face-to-face events and activities at all La Salle University sites scheduled through May 11 have been suspended. Individual event organizers will work to move their events to a virtual setting, postpone, or cancel.

 

Has a decision been made regarding Commencement?

La Salle University will postpone Commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2020. Given the updated recommendations of global health agencies and the actions of local government officials, the University has chosen the path that prioritizes the safety and wellness of the La Salle community and La Salle’s many campus guests. The University will continue to develop alternative plans and consider all contingencies in order to appropriately celebrate the Class of 2020 and its litany of accomplishments.

 

What campus resources are available?

La Salle University will not deliver classes over spring break (March 16-20). The following week (March 23-27) is reserved for engaging faculty members in academic continuity preparedness and instruction on leading courses remotely. Classes will resume through a remote learning model from March 30 through the end of the academic semester.

Per an order from Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, University services have been suspended until further notice.

The University will keep its mailroom, located in the Union, open through April 4 and during residence hall move-out. This will allow students the opportunity to pick up their mail and packages. The only exceptions—if a student is moving out after regular business hours or on a weekend, please communicate with the mailroom (cn-land@lasalle.edu or 215-951-1039) to make other accommodations.

 

Will the University’s food pantry remain open?

Until further notice, The Basket is open Tuesdays and Thursdays, between 12:30-2 p.m., and Wednesdays from 4:30-7 p.m. Enter St. Benilde Tower using the atrium doors, located at the foot of the blue bridge. Produce, baked goods, dairy, frozen meat and poultry, and canned and packaged items are available to any student with a La Salle ID. Students can fill up a bag with groceries and snacks. While visiting, students are asked to practice social distancing and take sanitary measures for everyone’s protection.

 

Will La Salle Athletics events be played as scheduled?

The La Salle Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has canceled all spring sport competitions.

 

How is the University addressing internships, field placements, and co-ops?

Students with internships, field placements, co-ops, or other off-campus academic activities should check with their site supervisors on whether they are to report as scheduled. The hosts of most clinical affiliations do not consider students essential personnel. If a student has not received notification that their clinical has been canceled, the University encourages students to follow site procedures and also speak with their supervisors and instructors. If a student is unwell, he or she should not attend.

 

I am a student who lives in one of the campus residence halls. Am I permitted to live there?

University Housing is officially closed, as of March 22. The University’s priority was ensuring a swift and safe move-out of campus residence halls, a process expedited by orders from Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf. The University will provide more information about the retrieval of remaining personal belongings at a later date and when it is safest to return to campus. Students looking to gain access to vacated residence halls to retrieve items like medicine, technology and devices, and academic materials can contact La Salle Public Safety.

 

Will the University be offering reimbursement of any kind?

Students in university housing or with a university meal plan will be receiving a prorated refund. Each student’s refund will be calculated based on the prorated charges offset by a prorated portion of institutional aid. The University will apply the adjustment to each student’s account, with the reflected adjustment by the middle of April. For more detailed information, please refer to a March 27 University message.

 

Will visitors be permitted on campus?

Through May 11, all campus visitors should be redirected to virtual experiences or those meetings and events should be rescheduled. This includes Admissions visits, vendor meetings, or otherwise scheduled visits from anyone other than a student, faculty member, or staff member.

 

Is the University offering student counseling sessions?

Student Wellness Services has produced contingency plans to ensure students have access to University counselors. For a full list, please consult a University message sent to all students March 24.

 

I’m an international student. How does this affect me?

University officials are working with our international students and the Office of International Student and Scholar Services, which is following any updates developed through the Student Exchange Visitor Program. Specific questions can be sent to cintron@lasalle.edu.

 

TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

Is University-sponsored international travel suspended?

Yes. La Salle has suspended all University-sponsored international travel.

 

Is University-sponsored domestic travel suspended?

No. The status of University-sponsored domestic travel is being assessed and decided upon on a case-by-case basis. Lasallian Immersion and Volunteer Experience (L.I.V.E.) trips to two states in which states of emergency have been declared have been canceled.

 

Are there restrictions on personal travel?

The University encourages members of the La Salle community to consider rescheduling personal travel plans, if possible. These travel plans may put you in plausible contact with individuals impacted by COVID-19. Additionally, the level of a country’s travel health notice is subject to elevation with little or no warning.

 

COMMENCEMENT

When will Commencement be rescheduled?

A new date for Commencement 2020, including Baccalaureate Mass, has yet to be determined.

 

Will I still get my diploma and be able to access my transcripts?

The timeline for degree conferral will remain the same. Degrees will be awarded by May 9. They will be reflected on official transcripts by May 21. Information related to diploma distribution can be found here.

 

If I pre-ordered my cap and gown, how do I pick it up? Can it be shipped to me?

All cap and gown pre-orders will arrive in store by March 31. They will be automatically shipped to the home address indicated at the time of ordering. All doctoral gown rentals orders will not be affected. They will be fulfilled closer to the date of Commencement upon its rescheduling.

 

Can I get a refund for my cap and gown if I don’t plan on participating in a future ceremony?

Yes. Refunds will be made available for pre-orders. Contact Herff Jones at 1-800-837-4235. All caps and gowns must be unworn and in unopened, original packaging in order to qualify for a refund. There will be no time limit on requesting a refund in the event you are unsure of your participation in a future ceremony.

 

What happens to the guest tickets I have already claimed for my ceremony?

Once a new date is determined, the University will open a new EventBrite registration and Wait List for graduates who wish to participate in Commencement 2020. All tickets currently claimed for the May Commencement will be void. All previously submitted Accessible Seating Requests will need to be resubmitted once a new date has been determined.

 

Will there still be a student speaker for Undergraduate Commencement?

Yes. Any student who applied to serve as the student speaker will be contacted individually by Student Affairs. A speaker will be selected in the coming weeks.

 

Are the Grad Gala and other end-of-year events postponed, as well?

At this time, the Grad Gala and all other end-of-year recognition events are postponed. The University is looking into ways to celebrate and acknowledge our graduates’ individual achievements in a meaningful way either virtually or at a later date. Individual student academic and faculty achievement awards will be acknowledged and released directly from the Provost’s Office.

 

What is the Graduation Fee that is charged to graduates? Am I eligible for a refund?

The University’s Graduation Fee is a one-time fee charged to all degree applicants and is payable prior to graduation. The fee is non-refundable. This fee covers the cost of degree audits and evaluations, and the diploma; it is not related to regalia, ceremony costs, or attendance.

 

TEMPORARY GRADING POLICY


 

What is the Temporary Grading Policy?

La Salle’s Temporary Grading Policy will grant undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students the option to substitute a letter grade (standard grading) in one or more Spring 2020 courses for a Satisfactory/Pass/Unsatisfactory (S/P/U) grade. Review the Temporary Grading Policy, which is posted in the mylasalle Portal.
 

Am I still required to take 12 credit hours on a graded basis?

No. Students may select the Satisfactory/Pass/Unsatisfactory grading basis for any and all of their classes for the Spring 2020 semester, unless the class has been completed and final grade submitted by April 8, 2020. A student will need to be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours (regardless of grading basis) for Undergraduate students and 6 credits for Graduate students in order to maintain full-time enrollment status.

 

Will these courses count against any limits on Satisfactory/Pass/Unsatisfactory classes?

No. The limit on Satisfactory/Pass/Unsatisfactory courses is suspended for the semester and will not count toward the undergraduate career maximum of two courses.

 

Does this opportunity have any effect on classes that were previously set up to be graded as Satisfactory/Pass/Unsatisfactory (e.g., internships, practica, etc.)?

No, these changes to rules and limits associated with Satisfactory/Pass/Unsatisfactory options do not apply to classes that were set up to be graded as Satisfactory/Pass/Unsatisfactory.

 

Will these courses count toward my degree requirements?

A Satisfactory grade will earn credit hours toward the degree and will fulfill prerequisite requirements, but it will not count toward a student’s GPA. A Satisfactory grade will also count toward applicable curricula, major, continuation, and graduation requirements. A Pass grade will earn credit hours toward the degree but will not fulfill prerequisite requirements and will not count toward a student’s GPA. Students must consult with their advisors to determine if a Pass grade will fulfill curricular grade requirements. An Unsatisfactory grade will not earn credit hours and will not count toward the student’s GPA.

 

How will the changes to Satisfactory/Pass/Unsatisfactory affect repeated credit?

If a student repeats a previously completed course with the Satisfactory/Pass/Unsatisfactory option, the lesser grade will be removed from the GPA calculation.

 

What if students require letter grades for professional programs, employment, or graduate studies?

Because letter grades will be recorded, it will be possible for students to request an official letter attesting those grades should that be necessary. We will ensure that those who need evidence of academic achievements this Spring will be able to get it.

 

I am considering applying to graduate school. Can I choose the Satisfactory/Pass/Unsatisfactory grading basis for my classes?

Students are asked to speak with an adviser and/or the schools to which they will be applying.

 

How will this change affect my GPA?

The Satisfactory grade is not counted in the grade point average nor used in the determination of honors. A Satisfactory grade will earn credit hours toward the degree and will fulfill prerequisite requirements, but it will not count toward a student’s GPA. A Satisfactory grade also will count toward applicable curricula, major, continuation, and graduation requirements. A Pass grade will earn credit hours toward the degree but will not fulfill prerequisite requirements and will not count toward a student’s GPA. Students must consult with their advisors to determine if a Pass grade will fulfill curricular grade requirements. An Unsatisfactory grade will not earn credit hours and will not count toward the student’s GPA.

 

Are these changes to the Satisfactory/Pass/Unsatisfactory rules permanent?

No, these changes are for the Spring 2020 semester only due to the impact of COVID-19.

 

What is the deadline for selecting Satisfactory/Pass/Unsatisfactory options for my Spring 2020 class schedule?

Beginning on May 14, 2020 and through May 19, 2020 students may elect to convert their grade to a Satisfactory/Pass/Unsatisfactory designation.

 

How will I request the Satisfactory/Pass/Unsatisfactory option for my Spring 2020 course(s)?

Students do not need to do anything at this time. They will receive a communication from the Office of the University Registrar with instructions on how to make any desired changes to Satisfactory/Pass/Unsatisfactory grading for Spring 2020 courses in advance of the May 19, 2020 deadline.

 

I am a high school student taking one or more courses for dual credit. Should I request a Satisfactory/Pass/Unsatisfactory grade?

Students are asked to contact high school guidance counselors regarding their respective high school’s policies pertaining to grades and graduation, and also any institutions the student intends to attend in the future regarding their transfer policies.

 

Can I change my Satisfactory/Pass/Unsatisfactory choice(s) after the deadline, May 19, 2020?

No change or new request will be considered after May 19. Please consult with an advisor before considering changes to a Satisfactory/Pass/Unsatisfactory request.

 

I am a student athlete. What do I need to know about the Satisfactory/Pass/Unsatisfactory grading as it relates to my athletic eligibility?

A Student-athlete must be a full time student to participate in intercollegiate athletics at La Salle. Credits selected as Satisfactory/Pass/Unsatisfactory count toward your full time status. Student-athletes must pass 6 credits per semester, 18 credits combined for the fall and spring semesters and must continue to meet Progress Toward Degree requirements for total degree applicable credits. Student athletes must also meet the minimum cumulative GPA associated with their semester of enrollment. For more information please contact Christine Cahill at cahillc@lasalle.edu.

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