COVID-19 FAQs

General Information

Please see our Ready. Set. Forward! Plan for the 2020-2021 academic year, which contains these details. Important updates also are posted at marywood.edu/covid19. Students seeking specific guidance, or who feel ill, can contact Student Health Services or their healthcare provider. Contact Student Health Services at healthservice@marywood.edu or 570-348-6249. Additionally, Dr. Yerodin Lucas is serving as Marywood’s Pandemic Coordinator and can be reached at ylucas@marywood.edu or 570-340-6042. Posters are displayed all over campus encouraging social distancing, good handwashing, cough etiquette, disinfecting surfaces, reminding students/staff to stay home if sick. Student Health Services also maintains a Campus COVID-19 Dashboard, with the latest updates about campus metrics, related to any campus COVID-19 cases.

All current information is available on our Campus COVID-19 dashboard, which is maintained by the Student Health Services Center.

Student Health Services is working in collaboration with local healthcare systems and public health officials to establish a surveillance plan to include screening, testing, treatment, contact tracing, and a University-wide response to confirmed cases of COVID-19.  Our planned response includes the ability to quickly identify suspected or confirmed virus carriers and quarantine close contacts. Student Health Services will continue to provide in-person and telehealth visits by appointment to ensure the health and safety of our students. Please see the Ready. Set. Forward! Plan for complete details on the comprehensive health and safety measures underway at Marywood University. You can view the COVID-19 Dashboard for specific metrics about any cases on campus.

No, we do not require entry testing. According to The CDC: Testing of all students, faculty and staff for COVID-19 before allowing campus entry (entry testing) has not been systematically studied. It is unknown if entry testing in IHEs provides any additional reduction in person-to-person transmission of the virus beyond what would be expected with implementation of other infection preventive measures (e.g., social distancing, cloth face covering, hand washing, enhanced cleaning and disinfection). Therefore, CDC does not recommend entry testing of all returning students, faculty, and staff.

Yes. Student Health Services will test symptomatic students and those who have had a known or suspected exposure to COVID-19. Any faculty and staff requiring COVID testing will be referred to their PCP.

The Pacer Pantry, our campus effort to combat food insecurity among students and staff at Marywood University, is now open. The pantry, which features food and other household supplies, is located on the side of Emmanuel Hall (ground floor) on University Avenue, directly behind Madonna Hall. To be eligible for services or to volunteer, one must be enrolled in courses or currently employed at Marywood University. The Pacer Pantry is open to those who need it, whether you only need it once or on an ongoing basis. Entry to the Pacer Pantry, for both volunteers and patrons, requires Marywood ID card access. Contact Campus Safety to make sure your card is coded. For public health reasons, all masking and physical distancing protocols should be observed when using/volunteering for the Pacer Pantry. Friends of the Poor will accept pantry donations–monetary, non-perishable foods, toiletries, paper products, school supplies, at its administrative office in the Domiano Center on campus. All donations must be clearly marked for Pacer Pantry. Acknowledgement letters will be sent. Anyone wishing to drop off physical items should contact FOTP at 570-340-6086; office hours are generally 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Campus volunteers are needed to stock shelves, take inventory, and clean.

Hours for the Pacer Pantry are as follows:
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday: 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Fridays: 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Volunteer Days: Wednesdays and Saturdays

Certification and Allocations: On April 16, 2020, Marywood signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. Marywood University received $2,020,450 from the CARES Act. Fifty percent (50%) of those funds or $1,010,225, was allocated for Emergency Financial Grants to Students. These funds were received on May 7, 2020.  As of May 15, 2020, $836,900 Emergency Financial Aid grants were allocated to students. 

Eligibility of Students/Disbursement of Funds: At Marywood, there are 2,282 students eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. As of May 15, 2020, there have been 985 students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant.

Methods of Determination/Guidance to Students: To determine which students received allocations of Emergency Financial Aid Grants, as well as how much they received, under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, Marywood devised and used formulas based on need (according to financial aid records) and the cost of attendance. Students were told that the funds from the Emergency Financial Aid Grants were allocated to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care. They were also asked to indicate how they generally intended to use their allocation to offset those expenses.

A portion of funds awarded under the CARES Act is available to assist students in the purchase of laptops. Eligible students who purchased a laptop since March 8, 2020, may apply for this assistance.  Eligibility is limited to students who have filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2019-2020 or 2020-2021. 

Students who have received a Federal Pell Grant during this period are eligible for a $200 technology grant; all other students who completed a FAFSA are eligible for a $100 technology grant. Students must complete an application for funding and appropriate certifications and must be enrolled at Marywood University on September 24, 2020, to receive this allocation.

Current Students

The Fall 2020 semester is scheduled to run from Monday, August 24, 2020, to Saturday, December 12, 2020. During the semester, we will observe current state guidance on occupancy limits, physical distancing, safety, hygiene, and related mitigation measures. Prior to Thanksgiving, students have options for their academic experience through Marywood’s HyBridge Education Model. However, all coursework, including finals, will be held totally online between Thanksgiving and the end of the semester (approximately a two-week period). When students leave campus for Thanksgiving Break, they will not return until the beginning of the spring semester in January 2021. Please see Ready. Set. Forward! Marywood’s Plan for a Successful Academic Year for more details.

Marywood’s academic team has devised a distinctive, versatile approach to instruction: Marywood’s HyBridge Education Model. To provide a consistent learning experience for all students, all course content will be available online. However, students will have the option of choosing how they participate in class. Options include controlled, limited in-person settings that follow safety guidelines, remote instruction, or a combination of the two. This flexible approach allows students to build their own educational experience while preserving their safety.  In accordance with Marywood’s HyBridge Education Model, students are expected to attend on-campus, face-to-face enrichment activities, unless their circumstances qualify for a waiver. Students may seek a waiver for medical reasons either at the start of the semester or whenever a situation arises necessitating such a waiver.  Any student pursuing remote-only learning must complete the online Attendance Notification Form.
Waiver Qualifications:

  1. The student will attend Marywood only as an online student for the Fall 2020 semester.
  2. The student is immunocompromised or has another condition that places them in a higher risk  group for COVID-19.
  3. The student lives with someone who is in a high-risk group for COVID-19.
  4. Other (please explain).

If the campus closes by government order because of a COVID-19 outbreak at any point in the semester, all on-campus, face-to-face enrichment activities will cease, and waivers will be unnecessary. For more details about attendance, please see Section V, Part B, “Classes and Attendance Policy” in the Ready. Set. Forward! Plan.

Please see the Resident Students section of the Ready. Set. Forward! Plan.

Students arriving on campus from international locations and from the states currently listed on the Pennsylvania Travel Advisory are urged to quarantine during their first 14 days on campus. This means they should refrain from face to face enrichment, clinicals, internships, etc., and limit their travel to tasks deemed "essential" such as to obtain food, medications, and other necessities until the conclusion of the recommended time frame. One other acceptable option is for the student to quarantine at home for 14 days prior to arriving on campus. This pertains to both residential students and students residing in off campus housing if traveling from the affected areas.

Yes. We are committed to providing accommodations for documented disabilities that may impact your academic experience. Please refer to Disability Services: Students with Disabilities for all information.

Right now, none of our programs may engage in face-to-face offsite learning activities, but we are actively facilitating virtual and remote experiences where they are appropriate to the learning outcomes of the internship and where they are permitted by a department's accreditation guidelines. Most clinical programs are utilizing telehealth options to complete field and internship experiences. Field experiences, such as practicums and student teaching, will follow Pennsylvania Department of Education guidelines. In light of COVID-19 and the closure of K-12 schools, these guidelines currently offer a modified path to meet PDE requirements for field experiences.  We anticipate that PDE will offer further guidance on how students may fulfil its field experience requirements during the 2020-2021 academic year. The School of Education continues to be in close communication with PDE as it plans for the upcoming academic year.

No, assuming that you are adhering to the protective measures BOTH in the workplace and on our campus, and you are observing strategies implemented to protect staff as they perform their work functions, all of which are designed to mitigate transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19.

The Student Engagement Office never stopped operations. Throughout the last several months, virtual events have been provided to current and prospective students. We plan to resume a combination of safe, in-person and virtual events in the fall. For the most updated details, please see the Student Life section in our Ready. Set. Forward! Plan.

Over the past several months, the Atlantic East Conference and member institutions have worked tirelessly to formulate resocialization plans for the return of intercollegiate athletics to our campuses. The health and safety of its member institutions' communities and overall well-being of our student-athletes are top priorities; therefore, on July 22, 20202, the Atlantic East Conference Board of Presidents unanimously decided to postpone all Atlantic East Fall 2020 athletics competitions and championships. Pending NCAA approval, the Atlantic East Conference will conduct fall sport championships in the Spring 2021 semester. Marywood's traditional fall sport teams (men’s and women’s soccer; men’s and women’s cross country; field hockey; volleyball), as well as dual-season teams that normally compete in the fall and spring (men’s and women’s rugby; men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis), will not compete in the Fall 2020 semester. Traditional spring sport teams will not have competition as part of their non-traditional seasons in the fall. A decision on winter sports will be made at a later date. For more details, please see the Athletics Section in the Student Life area of our Ready. Set. Forward! Plan or see the article on the Marywood Athletics website. Any questions can be directed to athletics@marywood.edu.

Prospective Students and Visitors

Marywood’s Office of University Admissions resumed in-person campus visits for prospective Undergraduate and Graduate students on August 17, 2020. Virtual personal appointments remain available. Our Undergraduate Admissions Counselors continue to host an Everyday Q&A on Marywood’s Instagram Stories every weekday at 4 p.m.

View upcoming undergraduate events at marywood.edu/undergradevents and graduate events at marywood.edu/gradevents. Visit guidelines and scheduling information is available at marywood.edu/admissions. All visitors must follow guidelines set forth by the University, including face coverings and physical distancing. Prospective students should monitor their email for pre-appointment screening instructions, appointment updates, and any additional information about their visit to campus.

Email yourfuture@marywood.edu (Undergraduate) or gograd@marywood.edu (Graduate), and we will put you in touch with a faculty member. You can also contact  your counselor via marywood.edu/ContactAdmissions

Start Your Application Online Now! Be sure to contact your Admissions Counselor at marywood.edu/ContactAdmissions. Your Admissions Counselor can walk you through the process from start to finish. 

Fall 2021 Freshmen: Marywood has implemented a test-optional admissions policy for first-year freshmen entering in Fall 2021. This policy is applicable to all academic programs. Students who have taken the SAT or ACT are encouraged, but not required, to submit their test scores with their application.

Parents can make an appeal to financial aid after they have been laid off for eight weeks.

Alumni & Friends

We look forward to connecting with you. Email is the best method of communication to reach us. Alumni questions can be emailed to alumni@marywood.edu and Fundraising questions can be emailed to development@marywood.edu. You can also call 570-800-8112 and someone will get back to you promptly.

Because of the Governor’s restrictions and concerns around COVID-19, our physical campus does not permit visitation at this time.

Alumni Weekend 2020 has been moved to fall 2021, in conjunction with the campus’ annual Homecoming Week. Based on recommendation from your Alumni Weekend Chairs, with support of the Alumni Engagement Office, and approval of the University President, it was decided that our Alumni Weekend will be postponed to October 2021.  In place of our Alumni Weekend, the Alumni Engagement Office will be hosting trivia nights, cooking classes, mini-reunions, Talent Tuesdays, and other programs from a virtual platform. Our events page on our website will continue to be updated as we add more events. Visit Alumni's events page for updated information.

On-campus and off-campus alumni events have been cancelled or postponed for the 2020-2021 academic year.. The Office of Alumni Engagement is continuing to improve virtual opportunities with the Marywood community. Stay tuned on social media for exciting virtual programs coming your way. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Snapchat.  

Our annual fundraiser, the Community Leadership Dinner, honoring the late Judge and Mrs. Richard Conaboy and their family, was postponed and is being rescheduled as a virtual event that is scheduled for Thursday, September 17, 2020.

Thank you to our sponsors and those who purchased tickets in support of this fundraiser. All sponsorships, tickets, and program ads purchased for this event will be transferred to the rescheduled date. If you are interested in making a contribution to this event to honor The Judge Richard P. and Marion Conaboy Family, please visit marywood.edu/clc.

 

During a crisis we are always grateful for you, our alumni and friends, who are willing and able to assist in so many ways. The University has attempted to minimize as much financial struggle as possible for students as they have transitioned to remote learning in response to COVID-19 but needs still exist. If you are able to make a gift to support Marywood students during this unprecedented time, please support the Student Emergency Fund.

Many recent graduates are searching to start their future careers or continue their advanced education. Our undergraduate students may be searching for internships, too. If you are a business owner, if your place of employment is hiring, or if you know someone who has openings, please connect with us. Send information about jobs, internships, or leads to Kevin Farrell, Director of Alumni Engagement, at kfarrell@marywood.edu,  and this information will be shared with our alumni, as well as our Career Development Center.