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FAQ

Last updated: 11/16/2020

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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 is planning for an enhanced testing program for Spring 2021.

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.

COVID-19 Testing

Will the University require COVID-19 tests?

Yes. Upon returning to campus in January, every student, employee, and Christian Brother who plans to live, learn and/or work on campus will be required to take a COVID-19 entry test. Those students and employees who will be fully remote this spring will not require an entry test. Additional tests will be required, as well, throughout the semester. Full testing of our population may be implemented, if deemed necessary, at other points in the semester.

What else do I need to know about entry testing?

The University will need those returning to campus in spring to enter into a period of quarantine ahead of their scheduled return, so that our entry testing upon return will provide the most accurate diagnosis. La Salle will share additional directions to those returning to campus.

At what other times would the University test a member of the campus community?

The University will conduct other COVID-19 tests throughout the semester:

  • Surveillance tests are those designated for asymptomatic individuals. Each week, a portion of La Salle’s community living, learning, and/or working on campus is eligible for selection for testing. This branch of testing will have additional protocols for our student-athletes, who are training and competing in the spring.
  • Symptomatic tests are those designated for students who experience COVID-19 symptoms. Given the similarity of symptoms, symptomatic students will also be tested for the flu. Employees who are symptomatic will be directed to access testing through their personal health care provider.
  • Contact tracing tests are those designated for students who have been informed by University contact tracing representatives that they have been exposed to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be tested on campus. Employees who have been exposed to an individual who has tested positive will be directed to access testing through their personal health care provider.
Why is the University conducting these COVID-19 tests?

This comprehensive testing protocol created through a combination of entry, surveillance, symptomatic, and exposure testing will position La Salle for the greatest possible opportunity to detect and contain any positive cases or outbreaks on our campus. We will use a combination of antigen testing (sometimes referred to as rapid testing) and molecular PCR testing that, while considered the most accurate, takes more lab time to process.

Are the COVID-19 tests optional?
Who is financing the COVID-19 tests?

Testing will be provided by the University, at no cost to you, and will take place on campus.

How is the University communicating positive cases on campus?

A comprehensive COVID-19 testing strategy of this scale makes it likely that positive cases will be identified. The University will use the COVID-19 dashboard to notify our community when cases are identified.

Flu Vaccine Requirement

What is the University’s flu vaccine policy?

La Salle University will require that every member of our community who plans to maintain a campus presence in Spring 2021 receive a flu shot prior to returning to campus in January. This spans students, faculty members, and staff members.

Why is the University creating this policy?

La Salle has a responsibility to provide its community with the safest conditions in which to live, learn, and work. It is why the University has implemented numerous safety measures on campus to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Now, we must confront the start of flu season and prevent influenza’s spread at La Salle, not only for the health and well-being of employees and students as we return to campus.

Can I opt out of this policy?

The flu vaccine requirement will be waived for employees and students who are not maintaining a campus presence in Spring 2021 also may request a waiver for religious or medical reasons by completing a vaccine exemption form.

Where can I receive a flu vaccine?

The University conducted four on-campus flu vaccine clinics—two in October and two in November. Getting a flu shot is easy and free with insurance. It’s a low out-of-pocket expense for those without insurance. You can get the flu shot at pharmacies, grocery stores, urgent are centers, community clinics, and your primary physician’s office, among many other locations. Find a location near you that offers the vaccine.

Where can I receive a flu vaccine?

The University conducted four on-campus flu vaccine clinics—two in October and two in November. Getting a flu shot is easy and free with insurance. It’s a low out-of-pocket expense for those without insurance. You can get the flu shot at pharmacies, grocery stores, urgent are centers, community clinics, and your primary physician’s office, among many other locations. Find a location near you that offers the vaccine.

Why am I required to get a flu vaccine?

The University views the requirement of a flu vaccine as a necessary precaution and an important step in mitigating the spread of the coronavirus. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends a flu vaccine for everyone six months of age and older.

Additionally, the COVID-19 virus and influenza share many symptoms. Receiving the flu vaccine means you are less likely to get the flu and, therefore, less likely to have flu-like symptoms confused with those of COVID-19. Fewer people presenting flu-like symptoms will lessen the strain placed upon our COVID-19 resources and infrastructure at the University and within our city’s health care system. Even healthy people get the flu. The best way to prevent yourself from getting the flu is to get a flu shot.

When should I receive a flu vaccine?

The flu vaccine requires two weeks before it becomes fully effective. It is recommended you receive the flu vaccine at least two weeks before returning to campus. However, the flu season is already upon us, so getting the vaccine this fall will help protect you through the first half of the flu season. If you’ve received the flu shot any time after Aug. 1, 2020, you have already met the requirement.

I have already received the vaccine. What do I do next?

Employees must confirm receipt of the vaccine by completing and submitting a form to the Office of Human Resources. Students must complete a vaccine confirmation form, too. Contact the pharmacy, clinic, or doctor’s office where you received the flu vaccine for confirmation documentation. Students, faculty, staff, and Christian Brothers who received flu shots at the on-campus vaccine clinics held either in October or November are not required to show proof of receipt, as your flu shot status has been recorded automatically with the University.

Am I required to confirm that I received the vaccine even if I’m not on campus in Spring 2021?

Whether you are working or studying completely remotely in spring, or planning on maintaining even a partial campus presence next semester, you must report your flu vaccine status to the University. Employees must confirm receipt of the vaccine or complete a vaccine exemption form, submitted to the Office of Human Resources. Students must complete a vaccine confirmation form, too.

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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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Fall 2020 temporary grading policy

What is the University’s temporary grading policy for Fall 2020?

La Salle University will adopt a Temporary Grading Policy for the Fall 2020 semester. Terms of the policy, which is similar in nature to the one that was extended to our students during the Spring 2020 semester, include:

  • An automatic conversion of a failing grade for any Fall 2020 course to an unsatisfactory (or U) grade. The conversion applies to students at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels, and across all terms within the semester, including the full 15-week term and accelerated terms.
  • The University will grant undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students the option to substitute any or all letter grades (standard grading) with the appropriate Satisfactory/Pass (S/P) grade for Fall 2020 courses.
Which students are eligible for the grading policy?

The policy applies to students at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels, and all terms within the Fall 2020 semester, including the 15-week term and accelerated terms.

How do I request the S/P option?

Students whose Fall 2020 courses end on or prior to Nov. 25:

  • will receive their “S/P Grade Request Form” link on Dec. 7
  • will have until Dec. 11 to consider the S/P option
  • will have any failing grades and chosen standard grades converted no later than Dec. 16
  • Once the option is submitted, students will no longer be able to access, change or update their choices.

Students whose Fall 2020 courses end during December:

  • will receive their “S/P Grade Request Form” link on Dec. 30
  • will have until Jan. 6 to consider the S/P option
  • will have any failing grades and chosen standard grades converted no later than Jan. 11
  • Once the option is submitted, students will no longer be able to access, change or update their choices.
How do I request a grade of F change to Unsatisfactory (U) grade?

No action is required on the part of the student. All failing grades for any Fall 2020 courses will convert to an unsatisfactory (or U) grade during the grade conversion process.

  • Students whose Fall 2020 courses end on or prior to Nov. 25 will have any failing grades and chosen standard grades converted no later than Dec. 16
  • Students whose Fall 2020 courses end during December will have any failing grades and chosen standard grades converted no later than Jan. 11
What if I completed courses that ended prior to Nov. 25 and courses that ended in December?

Students enrolled in multiple terms may receive the “S/P Grade Request Form” link on Dec. 7 and Dec. 30.

What is the deadline for selecting Satisfactory/Pass options for my Fall 2020 courses?

Students whose Fall 2020 courses:

  • end on or prior to Nov. 25 will have until Dec. 11 to consider the S/P option
  • end in December will have until Jan. 6 to consider the S/P option
How will a Satisfactory grade change affect my GPA?

A Satisfactory grade will earn credit hours toward the degree and will fulfill most prerequisite requirements, but it will not count toward a student’s GPA. A Satisfactory grade will also count toward most applicable curricula, major, continuation, and graduation requirements. Please contact your program director or advisor with grade requirement questions.

How will a Pass grade change affect my GPA?

A Pass grade for undergraduate students will earn credit hours toward the degree but will not fulfill prerequisite requirements for courses requiring a C or higher in a prerequisite course and will not count toward a student’s GPA. Students in certain majors may be required to repeat a course earning a grade of P.
A Pass grade for graduate students will earn credit hours toward the degree, will not count toward a student’s GPA, might not fulfill prerequisite requirement, and student may be required to repeat the course.

How will an Unsatisfactory grade change affect my GPA?

An Unsatisfactory grade will not earn credit hours and will not count toward the student’s GPA.

Will these courses count toward my degree requirements?

A Satisfactory grade will earn credit hours toward the degree and will fulfill most prerequisite requirements, but it will not count toward a student’s GPA. A Satisfactory grade will also count toward most applicable curricula, major, continuation, and graduation requirements. Please contact your program director or advisor with grade requirement questions.
A Pass grade for undergraduate students will earn credit hours toward the degree but will not fulfill prerequisite requirement for courses requiring a C or higher in a prerequisite course and will not count toward a student’s GPA.
A Pass grade for graduate students will earn credit hours toward the degree, will not count toward a student’s GPA, might not fulfill prerequisite requirement, and student may be required to repeat the course.
An Unsatisfactory grade will not earn credit hours and will not count toward the student’s GPA.

How will Fall 2020 classes be graded when I choose a Satisfactory/Pass option?

Faculty will record standard letter grades that will convert to Satisfactory/Pass for courses where the student requests this option. Faculty members will not be aware whether students elect the Satisfactory/Pass grading option. All failing grades for any Fall 2020 courses will convert to an unsatisfactory (or U) grade during the grade conversion process.

Undergraduate Grade Description

  • S Satisfactory: Performance at the levels of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+ or C and full course credit is
    • P Pass: Performance at the levels of C-, D+, or D. Pass grade will earn full course credit but will not fulfill prerequisite requirement for courses requiring a C or higher in a prerequisite Students in certain majors may be required to repeat a course earning a grade of P.
  • U Unsatisfactory: Performance at the level of F and no course credit is

Graduate/Doctoral Grade Description

  • S Satisfactory: Performance at the levels of A, A-, B+, B, or B-, and full course credit is
  • P Pass: Performance at the level of C. Pass grade will earn full course credit but might not fulfill prerequisite requirement and student may be required to repeat the
  • U Unsatisfactory: Performance at the level of F and no course credit is
How will the grade of U, or Unsatisfactory, affect repeated credit for an undergraduate student?

Undergraduate students may repeat a course where the grade of “U” is earned. If a course is repeated, the course with the higher grade is calculated in the GPA and course with the lesser grade will be removed from the GPA calculation. All repeated courses are viewable on the transcript.

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

No. You may select the Satisfactory/Pass/Unsatisfactory grading basis for any and all of your classes for the Fall 2020 semester. Please keep in mind you 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 Fall 2020 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 the Satisfactory/Pass/Unsatisfactory policy do not apply to classes that were set up to be graded as Satisfactory/Pass/Unsatisfactory.

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

If a student repeats a previously completed course with the Satisfactory/Pass/Unsatisfactory grade, 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 submitted by faculty will be maintained, 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 will be able to get it.

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

Please speak with your adviser and/or the schools to which you will be applying.

I am a student-athlete. Will changing my classes to Satisfactory/Pass/Unsatisfactory grading impact my eligibility?

As long as a student-athlete passes a minimum of six credits during the Fall 2020 semester and 18 credits between fall 2020 and spring 2021 academic year (24 credits prior to fall 2021 for freshman) AND the student’s cumulative grade-point average (GPA) remains above the GPA required by La Salle University and the NCAA, a student-athlete will remain eligible in their respective sport. All student-athletes must have a La Salle GPA in order to be eligible after their first academic year.  For more information, please contact Christine Cahill at cahillc@lasalle.edu.

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

Please contact your high school guidance counselor regarding your high school’s policies pertaining to grades and graduation, and also any institutions you intend to attend in the future regarding their transfer policies.

Can I change my Satisfactory/Pass choice(s) after the deadline?

Once the option is submitted, students will no longer be able to access, change or update their choices. No new, changed, or additional requests are permitted after the deadline. Please consult your advisor before considering changes to your Satisfactory/Pass request. Students whose Fall 2020 courses:

  • end on or prior to Nov. 25 will have until Dec. 11 to consider the S/P option
  • end in December will have until Jan. 6 to consider the S/P option
When will my grades convert to S/P/U?

All failing grades for any Fall 2020 courses will convert to an unsatisfactory (or U) grade during the same time period requested S/P grade options are changed. Students whose Fall 2020 courses:

  • end on or prior to Nov. 25 will have grades converted no later Dec. 16
  • end during December will have grades converted no later than Jan. 11
Am I able to choose the S/P option if I receive a grade of “I” (incomplete)?

Students who receive an “I” grade will not be able to choose the S/P option while the “S/P Grade Request Form” while the S/P option is available to students. If the student’s grade of “I” is changed by their instructor, the Registrar’s Office will email the student to determine if the student wants the S/P option applied. Students must respond by the deadline noted in the email (within seven days) if they want their updated grade converted to the equivalent S or P grade.

Note: All undergraduate “I” grades not removed by the Fall 2020 incomplete extended deadlines will covert to Unsatisfactory (U) grade:

  • For those courses ending Nov. 25, the extended deadline is Dec. 23
  • For those courses ending Dec. 13, the extended deadline is Jan. 14
What if I receive a change of grade for a grade other than an “I” (incomplete)?

After receiving a grade change for a grade other than an “I” (incomplete) the Registrar’s Office will consult the student’s “S/P Grade Request Form” to determine if the grade should be converted per the student’s option form request. No grade changes will occur while the “S/P Grade Request Form” is available to students. Grade changes received during this time will be processed::

  • After Dec. 16 for those courses ending Nov 25
  • After Jan. 11 for those courses ending during December
Are these changes to the Satisfactory/Pass/Unsatisfactory rules permanent?

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

Course Instruction and Modality

When does the Spring 2021 semester begin and end?

The Spring 2021 semester begins Tuesday, Jan. 19, with classes concluding May 8.

When are final exams for the Spring 2021 semester?

Final exams for the Spring 2021 semester begin Tuesday, May 11. Exam dates vary.

How are Spring 2021 classes being delivered?

The spring semester will include a mix of course modalities based on physical space constraints due to the classroom capacity guidance from the City of Philadelphia. The University is cognizant and respectful of the learning preferences of students and, for most programs, students will be able to choose an entirely remote learning experience.

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 Spring 2021?

Students can and are encouraged to purchase a meal plan for Spring 2021. 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.

I am an employee. Can I continue to work remotely?

The University has gradually increased 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, faculty and staff have the opportunity to submit a COVID-19-related workplace accommodation request. Please consult an Oct. 15 email from the Office of Human Resources, or email hr@lasalle.edu, for more information.

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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 Spring 2021 have been suspended.

Are there restrictions on personal travel?

The pandemic continues to affect countries and domestic municipalities differently. The U.S. Department of State cautions U.S. citizens about the possibility of mandatory quarantines, travel restrictions, and closed borders during international travel. The CDC advises that the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 is to stay home and avoid 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, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania recommends 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 residence halls be open and operational in Spring 2021?

A number of on-campus residential options will exist for students in the spring semester.

Students who wish to reside on campus for the spring semester are asked to complete the University’s housing application in the myLaSalle Portal prior to Nov. 2 to begin the process and select their housing.

Will the campus dining halls be open in Spring 2021?

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. The on-campus dining experience will be different from that which our students and employees are accustomed. Indoor dining will be permissible and de-densified, in alignment with guidance from local and state officials.

Are students required to have a dining plan?

All residential students will be required to have a dining plan during the spring semester. This measure supports a healthier campus, as residential students with meal plans are eligible for meal delivery in the event that a student needs to quarantine or isolate over the course of the semester. A newly available mobile app allows La Salle Dining patrons the convenience of making meal selections and choosing pick-up times from their mobile devices.

The pricing structure of our dining plans has been adjusted to reflect our revised offerings. For the comprehensive plans, the cost has been decreased significantly. Our goal is to provide flexible dining options that preserve the health of our community while providing the best-possible dining experience.

Selection for dining plans begins Dec. 2.

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 Spring 2021?

In July, the Atlantic 10 Conference announced the postponement of all scheduled fall contests in conference-sponsored sports and A-10 championships. The conference intends to conduct a competitive schedule for the fall sports in the 2021 spring semester. Details on the rescheduling of contests and championships will be announced at a later date.