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.

In alignment with recommendations from the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Education (DOE), Marywood University will require entry screening testing (testing students prior to or at the beginning of the semester) to prevent and reduce COVID-19 transmission. This requirement is for all students who will attend campus in-person during the Spring 2021 semester. (Students attending online only are exempt from this testing requirement). All students, faculty, and staff are expected to adhere to local, state, and federal travel advisories as they relate to COVID-19 testing and quarantine. Be sure to monitor COVID-19 information for Pennsylvania travelers prior to making any travel plans. See more information on testing requirements in the “Current Students” section of the FAQ.

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. See more information on testing requirements in the “Current Students” section of the FAQ.

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. The program concluded on December 31, 2020, and, as of that date, Emergency Financial Aid grants, totaling $1,010,225, were allocated to students. More information on the CARES Act can be found in Marywood’s Cares Act & HEERF II page. 

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) was passed by Congress and signed into law December 27, 2020, and is the second round of funding under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) during the coronavirus pandemic. The funding package provides aid to higher education students to cover components of cost of attendance and emergency costs associated with the coronavirus pandemic. The total award made to Marywood is $1,010,225.Students who received funding through the first CARES Act passed by Congress in March 2020 may not necessarily receive funds this time due to stricter eligibility requirementsUnlike the CARES Act, the CRRSAA (HEERF II) requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need”. For all undergraduate students, Marywood uses the FAFSA data point of Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as the indicator for exceptional need, whereby all students who are Pell eligible based on their EFC number are eligible for an award in the exceptional need category. “Exceptional need” is defined as demonstrating via the FAFSA an expected family contribution (EFC) number within the Pell eligible range. For the current academic year, that EFC range is 0-5711.Graduate students are also considered for HEERF II funds and the awards are based on an EFC between 0-5711, number of dependents, and number of credits enrolled for during the spring 21 semester. The undergraduate and graduate methodology are acceptable for determination of exceptional need under the CRRSAA. More information on HEERF II can be found in Marywoods Ready.Set.Forward! Plan

Current Students

YES.

If students are having a hard time getting a test on their own can they set up testing through Student Health?
ALL out-of-state students must be tested prior to arriving in Pennsylvania; this is not just our protocol but is part of the mandate from the Secretary of Health. Testing should be performed 3-5 days prior to arrival in Pennsylvania. In-state resident students and commuters must also be tested. We are aware that not everyone may have their results in time, and that is okay. They can quarantine in their dorm or apartment until the results are available. 

Why can't I just get tested when I arrive on campus?
The point in having everyone tested before coming to campus is to limit exposure and to avoid running out of isolation spaces and resources on campus. To prevent this from happening, it is imperative that everyone do their best to be tested before arrival so that isolation can be done at home if needed.

Does it have to be a PCR test, or will the University accept a rapid test result?
Either a PCR or a rapid test result is sufficient.

Where can I have the test performed?
It is recommended that you check with your PCP or local pharmacy for testing options. CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreen’s all offer testing options without the need of a doctor's order at no cost. Several Urgent Care centers also offer the test.

If students provide proof of both doses of the vaccine, they will not need to get tested unless they are experiencing COVID-like symptoms. Proof of vaccination is to be submitted to SHS. Proof of COVID-19 entry/re-entry testing and/or completion of the COVID-19 vaccine must be uploaded electronically to the student health portal. All documents must be legible and in English.  To complete your Health Information Requirements, please log into your Student Health Portal using your MU username and password (click the link to be connected) and upload your required documents.

Anyone attending campus in-person will need to comply with re-entry testing. Students who are attending online only, those with documented proof of 2 doses of the COVID vaccine, and those who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the 3 months (11/1/2020) prior to the start of the on-campus portion of the spring semester (2/1/2021) are exempt from re-entry testing. Proof of the positive test result or completed vaccination must be on file in SHS. Proof of COVID-19 entry/re-entry testing and/or completion of the COVID-19 vaccine must be uploaded electronically to the student health portal. All documents must be legible and in English.  To complete your Health Information Requirements, please log into your Student Health Portal using your MU username and password (click the link to be connected) and upload your required documents.

Proof of COVID-19 entry/re-entry testing and/or completion of the COVID-19 vaccine must be uploaded electronically to the Student Health Portal. All documents must be legible and in English. To complete your Health Information Requirements please log into your Student Health Portal using your MU username and password and upload your required documents. The report will be shared directly with faculty.

At this time there are no plans to require re-entry testing for faculty and staff, although this option is still being considered by the COVID Action Team (CAT) team and Sister Mary's Cabinet.

If a student tested positive for COVID-19 in the 3 months prior to their return to campus, they will be exempt from the testing requirement as long as SHS has documented proof. Documented proof must be uploaded into your Student Health Portal.

The Spring 2021 semester is scheduled to begin on January 19, 2021, as scheduled; however, all classes will be online from Tuesday, January 19 to Friday, January 29, 2021. The HyBridge 2 model will begin on Monday, February 1, with the same online and in-person schedules that we observed in the fall semester with the changes that have been approved by Academic Affairs, and will continue through the end of the semester on Saturday, May 8, 2021.
During the semester, we will observe current state guidance on occupancy limits, physical distancing, safety, hygiene, and related mitigation measures. Please see Ready. Set. Forward! Marywood’s Plan for a Successful Academic Year for more details.

Our distinctive, versatile approach to instruction, Marywood’s HyBridge Education Model, will continue in the spring, with most courses operating in the HyBridge model but incorporating a few changes. A small number of courses will run as fully online or fully in-person. In-person meetings can address new academic content; in that event, instructors will offer a parallel and equitable learning experience for “online only” students. Instructors may hold HyBridge students (that is, those who do not apply to attend as online-only students) accountable for attendance in the face-to-face on-campus meetings. Students who must quarantine at the start of the semester can fulfill this expectation by participating in the activities offered for online-only students. Faculty will detail their requirements and expectations on their course syllabi, available on Moodle, and, as always, you can contact them by email to ask questions. A Spring 2021 Attendance Notification form is available to complete, and you can find it on the website under "Online Forms for Students." If you know that you will attend classes this spring as an "online-only student," please complete that form as soon as possible. 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.  For more details about attendance, please see the “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.

The Presidents Council approved a proposal from the athletics administration to begin spring sports competition on or after March 1, 2021. Each spring sport will have the opportunity to engage in competition against non-league opponents in the spring sports prior to the start of conference games. All non-conference competition must end seven days prior to conference competition beginning. Once conference competition has begun, no non-conference competition will be allowed. The approved spring sport schedule will allow for one week of make-up games at the end of the conference schedule, as needed. Additionally, the Council approved that there will be no fans at any competition this spring with the exception of senior day games.

Please see the Athletics section of the Ready. Set. Forward! Plan for more details. Any questions can be directed to: athletics@marywood.edu.

Prospective Students and Visitors

View visit opportunities and events at the following links:

Undergraduate: marywood.edu/undergradevents
Graduate: marywood.edu/gradevents

Marywood is continuously monitoring the public health situation related to COVID-19. We adhere to all Pennsylvania Department of Health and CDC guidelines regarding in-person visits.

You should monitor your email for pre-appointment screening information, updates, and any additional information about your visit to campus. The situation can quickly change and your appointment may be cancelled by Marywood at any time.



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 & Fall 2022 Freshmen Applicants: Marywood has implemented a test-optional admissions policy for first-year freshmen. Students who have taken the SAT or ACT are encouraged, but not required, to submit their test scores with their application. When completing either the Common Application or Marywood Application, you will choose if you want your test scores considered in the admissions review process. If you elect to include your test scores in the review, they must be submitted via your official high school transcript or by the testing agency. Once you submit your application for admission, your test score decision becomes final and cannot be changed. 

This policy is applicable to all academic programs; however, please note that for students interested in studying Communication Sciences and Disorders, test scores are preferred but not required.

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.  

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.