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Message from the Governor

May 18, 2020

Governor Tom Wolf announced 12 additional Pennsylvania counties will move to the yellow phase of reopening at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, May 22. Those counties include Adams, Beaver, Carbon, Columbia, Cumberland, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry, Susquehanna, Wyoming, Wayne, and York. Twenty-four counties moved into the yellow phase of reopening on May 8 and another 13 moved to yellow beginning today. Read more>

Message from the President

May 15, 2020

Dear Ship Campus Community,

I have said it before, but it bears repeating: thank you for all you have done and are doing to carry out the work of our university during this time. I recognize that you face challenges beyond your work life, yet you remain dedicated to the success of our students and our beloved Ship. Your hard work ensured that nearly 1,000 of our students can call themselves Ship graduates today! You even made the time to celebrate their accomplishments through your many messages of congratulations and participation in virtual celebrations. It is this commitment to our students that will carry us through these next months. I ask that you carefully read the details of this post for updated information on our fall plans and beyond, budget, and enrollment. Read more>

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

The novel coronavirus is officially named SARS-CoV-2.

The disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 is officially named COVID-19.

Social Distancing means remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.

Isolation means the separation of a person or group of people known or reasonably believed to be infected with a communicable disease and potentially infectious from those who are not infected to prevent spread of the communicable disease. Isolation for public health purposes may be voluntary or compelled by federal, state, or local public health order.

Quarantine in general means the separation of a person or group of people reasonably believed to have been exposed to a communicable disease but not yet symptomatic, from others who have not been so exposed, to prevent the possible spread of the communicable disease.

An outbreak is the occurrence of more cases of a disease than would normally be expected in a specific place or group of people over a given period of time. 

The term epidemic essentially means the same thing but tends to connote a more serious occurrence. While an outbreak might suggest something that is geographically limited or constrained, an epidemic infers a crisis situation that can spread. It’s a subtle difference but an important one.

By contrast, a pandemic is an epidemic that is widespread and often global, usually affecting a very large number of people. While the term is suggestive of something more serious than an epidemic, it is only so by scale and not by the severity of the disease.

Another term used in epidemiological investigations is cluster. This refers to a group of cases in a specific time and place that may or may not be greater than normal. Investigations of disease clusters are used to determine the normal or expected rate of a specific disease.

World Health Organization: What is Coronavirus?

The first and most important measure you can take is to wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face. These simple measures can drastically reduce the risk of catching viruses such as the flu and COVID-19. Handwashing should be with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or with a hand sanitizer. Another preventative is to get the flu shot, as having the flu and COVID-19 at the same time would be worse than the flu alone. The flu shot can be obtained at your doctor’s office or a pharmacy.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • 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.
  • In order to comply with the Governor’s Order, all employees working on campus (regardless of frequency) are required to wear a mask except while working alone in an office or driving alone in a vehicle. Employees are also expected to self-monitor their health, including taking their temperature daily before arriving on campus. This guidance applies to both represented and non-represented University employees and contractors and students.  Employees should contact their supervisor with questions.

  • 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. 

Message from the President

March 23, 2020

Dear Ship Family-

As we set sail on this new uncharted course, we must remember that our Ship is mighty.

Let it be this moment that our Raider Way character shines: that we bring calm through our compassion; inspiration through our perseverance; that we confront obstacles and find opportunities in the challenges; embracing who we are, and aspire to be.

And know that when we are apart, we remain connected:

by our faculty and staff whose lessons, dedication and wisdom will help define our bright future;

by our students who boldly turn to the future, knowing that a lifetime of success awaits;

by our seniors, you have so much to be proud of and we look forward to celebrating you and your accomplishments; and

by our thousands of alumni, who live out the Raider Way every day.

We know that distance will not break our bond… because we are Shippensburg University, and look forward to the time when we will come together again to our home at Ship.

Laurie A. Carter

Message from the President

March 19, 2020

updated 3/20/2020 5:10pm

Hello campus community,

I have watched with pride as our community has rallied together in support of each other and the cause of protecting our citizens while continuing to provide a quality education to our students. As a university president, I am particularly concerned that our country's young people understand the seriousness of COVID-19. That message has hit home.

Two Shippensburg University students who traveled to Europe during spring break returned to the U.S., and upon being stopped at the airport, tested positive for COVID-19 and were hospitalized. They remain out of state in quarantine under medical supervision. I am glad to report they are in good spirits, and we wish them well as they recover.

The students were last on campus on March 3 and March 4. They contracted the virus during their travels. They have not returned to Pennsylvania and did not put our community at risk for exposure, but their situation reminds us how important it is for everyone to abide by social distancing and community spread mitigation practices. It is vital for your health and the health of our country.

Ensuring the anonymity of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 is paramount. If you are aware of their identities, please respect their privacy so they can focus completely on their health.

To date, the university is unaware of any other members of the SU community who have tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus. In the future, new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our university community will be posted on our COVID-19 website.

Shippensburg University is committed to protecting our community and the communities beyond our campus. If you have been identified as someone who has been in contact with, or in close proximity to, any individual who has tested positive for the virus, please follow the guidance of public health officials. Any university employee or student who has tested positive for COVID-19 may notify the university with complete confidentiality by emailing covid19@ship.edu or by calling 717-477-1161.

I am grateful to each of you, and want you to know that I understand how unsettling this situation is and the ramifications of the necessary decisions being made across the country. I want to reiterate the seriousness of the pandemic, and the important role that young people play in the mitigation of its spread. These are challenging times. We will get through them by working together to ensure the academic success of our students as well as the health and safety of our community and the country.

I hope you will follow the guidance of our public health leaders to stay calm, stay well, and stay home.

Sincerely,

Laurie A. Carter

Mar. 16

Dear Campus Community,

Understanding the critical need to continue our support of community spread mitigation protocols to reduce the transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Shippensburg University will suspend all in-person classroom instruction for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester.

Extended spring break continues through March 22 and all classes will transition to virtual delivery beginning March 23 to complete the remainder of the semester.

As faculty work during the week of March 16 to transition face-to-face instruction to virtual delivery, they will also work to transition internships and field study for undergraduate and graduate students to alternative learning experiences. Faculty and academic leadership will receive additional information from Provost Tom Ormond later today. 

Students living in the residence halls are asked to remove their belongings and check out of their residence halls by 5:00 p.m. Saturday, March 21. 

More details about the move-out process will be sent to students later today by Dr. Donta Truss, vice president for enrollment management, student success, and student affairs. Dr. Truss will provide information about options for students who need to remain in university housing. We will continue to provide virtualized support systems to students. 

To be clear, the university is not closing. Beginning Monday, March 23, faculty will finish the semester’s instruction virtually. Staff members will work from off campus to the fullest extent possible, in accordance with recommended health guidelines.

We continue to follow Governor Tom Wolf’s directives regarding university-sponsored travel and group gatherings as shared by Dr. Scott Barton, vice president for administration and finance. 

Information about responses to the coronavirus continue to be updated rapidly. Please visit the Shippensburg University website for updates and continue to rely on official sources like the Centers for Disease Control or the Pennsylvania Department of Health for information about the virus, and Etter Health Centerfor updates specific to Shippensburg University.

There are a number of questions that we don’t have the answers to yet. We update the website’s FAQ page regularly – please check it often. We are working on the mechanics of refunds for housing and dining. Please be patient with us as we determine those processes.

This situation continues to evolve, and we are working to stay on top of the latest guidance about keeping our community safe. I know that these changes deeply affect each of you. Students, I am heartbroken for you. I understand how disappointing this must be for you not to be able to spend the rest of the semester on campus. I am deeply grateful to faculty, staff, and all of the Ship community working so hard to care for our students and each other. That kind of collaboration is what will make the rest of the semester a rewarding and safe educational experience. I am confident that our fortitude, patience, and understanding for each other will ensure our success. 

Sincerely,

Laurie A. Carter

President

Message from the President

March 15, 2020

Colleagues,

As we continue to monitor events surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue working to protect the health and safety of the Shippensburg University community. Our faculty and staff are our most valuable resource, and our university mission is not successful without your dedication and hard work.

Shippensburg University is implementing work protocols that further support Governor Tom Wolf’s directives to enact practices of social distancing and community spread mitigation. These protocols will ensure we continue our essential mission of preparing students for success.

The health and well-being of faculty, staff, and their families is important in continuing our tradition of educational excellence. So, beginning Monday, March 16, we will shift, as much as possible, to remote work. Employees will be notified by their supervisor if they should continue to report to work, work from home, or take a State System mandated administrative leave.

These coming days will most assuredly be challenging, but we will do what we always have done, work together to ensure our students are successful and our community is safe. This act of community spread mitigation is a dramatic demonstration of what it means to be a responsible citizen. Shippensburg University has always lived by that value. I began this academic year talking about the Raider Way and our values of respect for each other, pride in who we are and laser focus on our students. This challenge will be no different.

As our situation evolves, make sure to take care of not only the physical health, but also the mental health of you and your loved ones. If you need help ask for it, and if you can safely do so, offer to help a neighbor, a friend, or a stranger. We are all navigating this together, and we will come through this stronger for what we have worked together to preserve. Thank you for your commitment to our students and this great university.

Sincerely,

Laurie A. Carter
President
Shippensburg University

Message from the President

March 13, 2020

Dear Ship Community,

I write to share next steps in our response to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic. Ensuring the health and safety of our community while maintaining the high-quality educational experience that makes us Shippensburg University has been my guiding principle.  

While we had hoped that, in our region, the virus would remain contained, extending our spring break gave us the opportunity to prepare for the scenario that is now playing out in the Commonwealth. The situation  prompted our governor to enact significant containment measures outlined in a set of directives for all Commonwealth agencies that included suspending gatherings of large numbers of people and travel. On the same day, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, citing the rapid increase in infections worldwide and the expectation of continued transmission over the coming weeks. And nationally, public health agencies acknowledged the US has moved to efforts to mitigate transmission of the virus, including suspension of travel from European countries for 30 days. The declarative guidance of these expert organizations, unfortunately, calls our university into a new course of action. We must now do our part to mitigate community spread and ensure the health and safety of our community.

This is a difficult decision for me, and I know it will be for many of you as well, but to ensure that our community is healthy and safe, all face-to-face university instruction and events are suspended through Saturday April 11. This means all academic and non-academic instruction will be provided virtually.

One of the things I enjoy most about being your president is being on campus and sharing in the energy and life you all bring to it. It, quite literally, won’t be the same on campus without you, but after consultation with dozens of experts, professionals, and members of our community, I am confident that these social distancing measures are what’s best for our entire community.

While we have to modify the platform in which we deliver instruction, and for a time, the way we live and work as a community, we remain committed to our mission and who we are as the Ship community. It is a difficult time, but we honor our values. We will make sure that students are supported and able to continue their educations, and not just through course instruction. Seniors, we will work to help you get to the finish line and connect with jobs if you are graduating. We want to ensure that all students feel supported through this process and that their families know that Shippensburg University is here for them despite what is going on in the world around us.

Please go to ship.edu/coronavirus/faqs for detailed information and directions for accessing campus resources that address the variety of issues that are sure to arise around academic instruction and the other components of campus life. I urge you to read these messages carefully and to seek any help you need. Students, the administration, faculty, and staff are committed to carrying out these important and urgent changes with your best interests in mind and with a full appreciation of the challenges they create.

I know you have many questions. Please review the links on this page such as the FAQs section, where you may read the answers to questions from your peers and colleagues, as well as contribute your own question that may help us further inform the Ship community.

I am hopeful that the next three weeks of social distancing and community spread containment measures here and across the commonwealth will be an effective mitigation solution. If they are not effective, we will move forward in way that seeks to ensure the health and safety of our community.  

Sincerely,

Laurie A. Carter
President
Shippensburg University

 

Message from the President

March 11, 2020

Dear Ship Family,

I hope that everyone is well and enjoying the weather during spring break. With the health and wellness of our students, faculty, and staff of paramount concern, I wanted to share with you some important updates regarding Shippensburg University’s role in mitigating the spread and threat of exposure to COVID-19. It is important to know that the university currently does not have any reported, confirmed, or suspected cases of COVID-19.

We recognize the COVID-19 Disaster Declaration signed by Gov. Tom Wolf and the Resources for Institutes of Higher Education provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In response to these guidelines, the university is committed to doing its part in helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Based on our current evaluation with information available today, the following actions are being taken:

Student’s spring break extended; Classes will resume Monday, March 23
In service to our campus and surrounding community, spring break for our students is extended one additional week. During this time, faculty will receive training for online course delivery and other alternative modalities, both as an expansion and reinforcement of their skills, but most importantly to best serve our students should there be further delays with students returning to campus. We recognize that some students may not have the immediate ability to work in an online environment, and our Student Success team will work directly with students to ensure everyone can participate and excel despite any challenges that may arise. This may include the necessity of relying on technology for emotional counseling and academic advisement. We are all deeply committed to all aspects of our students’ well-being. The Residence Life team is working directly with our students to make sure that housing and nutrition is taken into consideration, and the Student Affairs team is working to ensure any financial hardships do not impede academic progress. Students are encouraged to use the Residence and Resources Access Request Form and visit the FAQ page at ship.edu/coronavirus.

University-sponsored travel canceled
University-sponsored travel for faculty, staff, and students, including (but not limited to) professional development and other non-essential business activities is canceled until further notice. Non-essential travel includes regional, statewide, national, and international travel. We are basing this decision on current social distancing best practices to limit and prevent transmission of COVID-19.

University and campus events
Whereas the extension of spring break is designed to permit the university to provide skills and preparedness training for students, faculty, and staff, campus will operate with limited activities. All Ship Raiders athletic events will be held as scheduled, in accordance with NCAA and PSAC guidelines. As this is a fluid situation, we will be reviewing events on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the CDC recommendations. Ship is a welcoming and hospitable campus, but if the need arises, we may be required to cancel events as part of a social distancing effort to limit community spread. We are confident that proceeding with an abundance of caution is in the best interest of all. When possible, we will turn to technology that may allow us to conduct events in new ways.

During the extended spring break, university offices will remain open for essential and non-essential personnel. This will ensure that the proper support and training is being provided to our students and faculty on alternate pedagogical modalities. Employees experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should remain at home and not report to work. The university has enhanced its disinfecting and cleaning protocols over the past month to ensure the health and safety of our community. Our Human Resources team is committed to working with all employees to ensure the health and well-being of our campus community is at the forefront of our decisions, and that staff members are not penalized for exercising an abundance of caution. Faculty and staff are encouraged to visit the FAQ page at ship.edu/coronavirus.

Due to the ever-changing nature of COVID-19’s impact, I encourage you to stay up to date on the latest developments at ship.edu/coronavirus where you will find daily updates from the Etter Health Center medical director, updates from the university throughout the day as the situation warrants, and links to the latest information from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization.

Shippensburg University is dedicated to serving our community, while collaboratively and proactively working toward our mutual goal of staying healthy and completing a successful academic year. I am asking everyone to join me in doing our part in keeping our community safe. We will continue working closely with community partners and follow guidance of state and federal health agencies, and we will update the campus community as additional information becomes available.

Sincerely,

Laurie A. Carter
President
Shippensburg University

University Update March 6, 2020

The safety and well-being of Shippensburg University (SU) students, faculty and staff remains of utmost importance and the university is working collaboratively and earnestly to communicate the best information to help everyone remain informed and prepared regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).  

Though not in our region, the Pennsylvania Department of Health has confirmed two presumed positive cases of Covid-19. We continue to monitor developments and are adjusting university safety and health protocols as advised by state and national health organizations.

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided travel guidance that advises against nonessential travel in four countries - China, Iran, South Korea, Italy, and suggests limits to travel in Japan. It is anticipated that more countries will be added to the list. Information is updated frequently on the CDC Travel Guidance page>.

As our community disperses for spring break, we want to remind everyone of the importance of taking steps to protect themselves from possible illness and travel-related challenges that could interfere with completing the spring semester.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to reconsider any personal international travel plans, or advise David Topper, chief human resources officer, of their planned itinerary.  Students are also encouraged to reconsider any personal international travel plans, or advise Donna Gross, dean of students, of their planned itinerary.  While these are individual decisions, all should be aware of the possibility of exposure at any point in travel that could result in potential quarantine, and that a country’s travel warning designations could change at any time.

As you may know, some Shippensburg University students are studying abroad this semester and remain with partner organizations that have strict protocols in place to ensure their risk is minimized. University leadership is in contact with the students in the Warning Level Three classification areas to ensure their well-being and individual needs are being met.

As a reminder of some prevention tips:

  • Get the flu shot
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • 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.
  • 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. 

The latest information, a more comprehensive list of prevention tips, and resources can be found at  ship.edu/coronavirus and through SU Alert if the situation warrants.  We all share in the responsibility of minimizing the risk of exposure to our community, and thank you for your attention and cooperation as we work through this fluid situation.

Feb. 28, 2020 | 3:45pm

The safety and well-being of Shippensburg University (SU) students, faculty and staff is of utmost importance and the university is working collaboratively and earnestly to communicate the best information to help everyone remain informed and prepared regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).  

As of today, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided travel guidance for China, South Korea, Japan, Iran, Italy, and Hong Kong. It is anticipated that more countries will be added to the list.   

Faculty and staff are encouraged to reconsider any personal international travel plans, or advise David Topper, chief human resources officer, of their planned itinerary.  Students are also encouraged to reconsider any personal international travel plans, or advise Donna Gross, dean of students, of their planned itinerary.   

The Shippensburg University students studying abroad currently are well and with partner organizations that have strict protocols in place to ensure their risk is minimized. University leadership is in contact with the students in the Warning Level Three classification areas to ensure their well-being and individual needs are being met. SU is addressing all study-abroad activities on a case by case basis as the situation evolves.  

It is important to be aware that individual risk is determined by likelihood of exposure, which includes person-to-person spread and spread from contact with infected surfaces or objects.   

The university has hand sanitizer dispensers strategically located throughout campus. The SU response team has activated protocols to remain prepared and responsive during this fluid situation. Updates and messaging will be made available on ship.edu/coronavirus, and through SU Alert if the situation warrants.   

The CDC has identified COVID-19 as an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. To date, the Pennsylvania Department of Health reports “no one in Pennsylvania has tested positive for COVID-19.” The university will share updates as available, in addition to updated guidance.   

The university will continue to work closely with the State System and adjust policies and protocols accordingly. 

January 26, 2020 | 8:19 a.m.

Dear Campus Community,

As news reports have indicated, the Novel Coronavirus outbreak first identified in Wuhan, Hubel Province in China last year, is causing much concern worldwide. At this time, we are aware of no individuals at Shippensburg University to be affected or exposed to the Wuhan virus. However, it is important that we are vigilant to identify any possible cases for early identification and mitigation.

Anyone who has traveled in the region of Wuhan China in the past two weeks and has fever and cough or difficulty breathing should seek medical attention and mention their recent travel history. Although individuals are not likely to become seriously ill with the virus, it is important that persons with risk or concern seek medical advice to minimize spread of the disease.

The Wuhan virus, at this point, does not appear to be any more serious than the flu. Much attention is being given in order to help contain it so that it does not spread world-wide like the flu. The Wuhan virus is a member of a family of viruses known as coronaviruses which are responsible for many cases of the common cold that we experience. The Wuhan virus is a strain of the coronavirus that originally only spread from animals to humans in rare cases, but has now mutated to spread from human to human.

One of the major concerns with the Wuhan virus is that it is new and therefore no one has immunity to it. Also, there is no vaccine so there is the potential that it could become very widespread. Health agencies throughout the world, including in the US, are being very aggressive to identify and isolate individuals with the virus to prevent its spread. To date, two cases have been identified in the US. In both cases, the individuals contracted the disease in Asia. There has been no known transmission of the disease outside of China and neighboring countries in Asia.

Shippensburg University will continue to monitor the Wuhan virus situation closely and be prepared to take additional measures to protect the campus community, if necessary. Shippensburg University will be working closely with the Department of Health and regional health services as warranted.

Additional updates will be provided as the situation changes or there is any known threat to the safety and well-being of our campus community.

More information about the virus and related travel advisories are available on the CDC website.

Thank you.

Dr. B. Donta Truss

Vice President of Enrollment Management, Student Affairs and Student Success