The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff are our highest priorities.
Below are messages to our campus community, helpful FAQs and links to technology and health resources.
What is Coronavirus?
Coronavirus — or more specifically, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), which causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) — continues to evolve in our country and around the world. Albright College’s Pandemic Planning Task Force, formed more than a decade ago to combat avian and swine flu, has been meeting regularly to develop short- and long-term contingency plans based on regularly-updated recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and PA Department of Health. Because the health and safety of all members of our campus community is our top priority, we will continue to monitor and inform the campus about changes stemming from the Coronavirus. Please return to this website regularly for the most current and reliable information from the college.
- Keep your immune system healthy by getting plenty of sleep, maintaining good nutrition, finding stress-relief and exercising.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- 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 percent alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- 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.
If you are a member of Albright’s campus community and answer “yes” to any of the following conditions, please contact the Gable Health and Counseling Center at 610-921-7532.
- Have had a known direct exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19
- Have been instructed to isolate or self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms
- Have been notified by someone that you might have been exposed to COVID-19 directly
- Have a fever, cough or shortness of breath
- Have visited a travel warning Level 3 country
Albright’s Current Status
As of March 23, all Albright classes are being instructed online.
Based on Governor Tom Wolf’s order for all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania to close physical locations until further notice, Albright has moved into the mode of “community food and housing, emergency, and other relief services,” for students who are unable to return home, feel unsafe going home, have no home to go to, or those who have food or shelter insecurities. Students who remain on campus will not be allowed to leave campus and will be held accountable to Community Standards if they do. The college’s dining hall will remain open for these students to carry out three meals a day.
Albrightians are urged to continue taking all precautions recommended by the CDC. Keep a six-foot distance between yourself and other people; avoid contact with those who are sick; wash your hands often for 20 seconds, using soap and water; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; cover coughs and sneezes; and clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces on a daily basis.
Only essential personnel necessary for the minimum maintenance of our physical plant will be allowed on campus. Online classes and telework for those who are able to work from home will continue as planned. Details regarding other workers, whom we are working to support through this, will be shared by their vice presidents or their supervisors.
Students may contact: Gable Health and Counseling Center at 610-921-7532; College Chaplains: Rev. Dr. Mel Sensenig, email@example.com, Rev. Ibrahim Bangura, firstname.lastname@example.org, Rev. Dr. Sudha Allitt, email@example.com
Faculty and staff may consult the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) or contact Human Resources for additional guidance.
Albright is fully prepared to test for Coronavirus on campus, and to quarantine or isolate affected students, if necessary.
Essential personnel on campus have been fit-tested for safety equipment and have completed a step-by-step walk through — from students scheduling flu-testing appointments, through quarantine, isolation, room cleaning in the residence hall and personal material gathering, to food delivery, technology capability and trash removal.
Students who are tested and exhibit positive signs of the virus will not return to their room in the residence hall. Roommates of affected students will be immediately notified and quarantined. Their rooms in the residence hall will be fumigated and personal effects will be brought to them. Their meals will be delivered on disposable plates so that nothing is brought back to the dining area.
COVID-19 is spread through direct contact or respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Although the virus is not airborne, Rockland Hall’s first floor has been chosen, in part, because it does not share air with the rest of the building. Multiple daily checks will be made on quarantined and/or isolated students, and emergency palm devices will be available in each room.
Students who are tested and exhibit positive signs of the virus will not return to their residence hall. Roommates of affected students will be immediately notified and quarantined. Their room in the residence hall – will be deep-cleaned by fit-tested essential campus staff and personal effects will be brought to them. Their meals will be delivered on disposable plates so that nothing is brought back to the dining area.
Commencement & Other Events
Given the ongoing pandemic and its evolution, it is with a heavy heart that we share that Albright’s class of 2020 commencement ceremony will not be held on May 17.
Although we all hope to be back to normal as soon as possible, it is important at this time that we consider the safety, planning and travel needs of Albright’s graduates and families, and to keep with Governor Tom Wolf’s directives for social distancing and closure of physical locations around the state of Pennsylvania, such as Santander Arena.
Do not worry – even without the pomp and circumstance of commencement, you still are a graduate of Albright College. Commencement is truly “ceremonial” and does not affect the college’s ability to confer degrees. Diplomas will be mailed to class of 2020 graduates as soon as they are available.
We recognize the fact that our seniors have worked hard and deserve to celebrate their achievements among family and friends. And, we wish to celebrate with you all! Therefore, the college’s Commencement Committee, consisting of faculty, students and staff, is carefully considering a range of later dates for in-person celebrations – as well as a number of creative ways to celebrate student accomplishments virtually. Finalized plans will be announced with enough notice for graduates and their families to participate, if they wish to do so.
Students with innovative ideas or suggestions of dates on which to honor the class of 2020 are encouraged to contact Kathy L. Cafoncelli ’99, chair of the Commencement Committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org, and/or Commencement Committee student representatives, Faith Guzzo ’20 and Allison Ulaky ’20, at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, respectively.
Fall Semester 2020
Information for Students Remaining on Campus
The Albright College Pandemic Planning Task Force, which formed during the avian flu in 2008, has been meeting regularly and is continually monitoring the situation in order to remain nimble in short- and long-term contingency planning. Early on, the team made sure that our facilities crew had the necessary CDC-approved cleaning chemicals (on hand and in use), that essential campus personnel were fit-tested for personal protective equipment, and that our Health Center was prepped and ready to implement the CDC and PA State Department of Health triage and testing protocols.
With an abundance of caution, all college-led Spring Break trips (both abroad and domestic) were canceled and students studying abroad were advised to return home. Admission tours and events such as Alumni Weekend were also canceled, in order to keep visitors away from campus.
On March 21, Albright moved into the mode of “community food and housing, emergency, and other relief services,” for students who are unable to return home, feel unsafe going home, have no home to go to, or those who have food or shelter insecurities. Students who remain on campus will not be allowed to leave campus and will be held accountable to Community Standards if they do. The college’s dining hall will remain open for these students to carry out three meals a day.
The dining hall also offers current resident students the option of ordering meals in advance to pick up at the register. Students preferring this option should complete the order form and submit to email@example.com at least one meal period prior to pick up.
Gable Health Center
Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
- Please call (610)-921-7532 before visiting the Health Center.
Dining Hall (Daily)
Breakfast 8-10 a.m.
Lunch 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Dinner 4-6 p.m.
- Meals are take out only
Pass/No Pass Grade Option FAQs
For Spring Semester 2020
On March 25, the Faculty Executive Committee, acting on behalf of the Albright College Faculty, put in place a special grading policy for Spring Semester 2020. In order to support students’ academic success amid turbulent circumstances, grades of Pass/No Pass will be available. Instructors will assign traditional letter grades for each student, and then students may choose whether to take the letter grade or the P/NP grade. The following Questions and Answers provide more detail.
Normally, SAP is measured both quantitatively, in the ratio of courses completed to courses attempted, and also qualitatively, in terms of GPA.
- The quantitative progress will not change: students must complete 67% of the courses they attempted in the 2019-20 academic year. P grades will convey course completion; NP grades will not. (Courses completed during Summer 2020 can count in this ratio.).
- Qualitative progress is measured by meeting the minimum GPA requirements for students (1.700 at the end of the first year; 2.000 for all subsequent years). P/NP courses will not affect your GPA. If your GPA is below the minimum, and you earn some good letter grades in your spring courses, you should probably count the letter grades so that your GPA will improve. If your spring grades are mixed, you might opt to choose some P/NP grades and some letter grades. Talk with your advisor or with the registrar about this.
If you do not make SAP at the end of Spring semester 2020, you may appeal to continue receiving federal aid for another year. The Financial Aid Office will notify you in early June with a link to the appeal form. Contact the Financial Aid staff for advice (firstname.lastname@example.org).
In general, students who are currently on academic probation will be permitted to continue on probation for fall semester. The Enrollment Development Committee recognizes that the disruptions of Spring semester 2020 has affected academic performance in many different ways.
For more questions, please consult:
- Your academic advisors
- Your Student Success Specialists (for first-year students)
- The Registrar’s Office (email@example.com)
- The Financial Aid Office (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Associate Dean for Student Academic Success (email@example.com)
Room & Board
Protecting the health and safety of the Albright community has been the driving force behind every decision and action to date.
The move-out process will be conducted in stages. Resident students will receive an email from Residential Life on Monday, May 18 with a link to sign up for a move-out time slot, along with specific building instructions.
The schedule for moving out is as follows:
- Students who are immuno-compromised and require special accommodations may make arrangements by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org directly.
- Move out for students in the Quad, Albright Court, North Hall, the Woods, and affinity houses will begin on Tuesday, May 26. Please note that the college will be closed in observance of the Memorial Day holiday on Friday, May 22 and Monday, May 25.
- Move out for students in Rockland Hall will begin on Monday, June 1.
With the health and safety of our community at the forefront, the number of daily time slots available are based on consideration of building layout and appropriate social distancing parameters. Each resident student may bring up to two guests to assist with move out, and all parties must wear masks, adhere to social distancing guidelines, and wash or sanitize hands frequently. In order to limit access to the Student Center, the process for picking up mail that has been delivered to the mailroom since Spring Break will be included in Monday’s building-specific email. If there are any items that need to be retrieved from other places on campus, please email these needs to email@example.com before you return to campus. For those students who may need help with move out, information about local moving companies that have offered assistance will be included in Monday’s email.
Room and board adjustments were credited to the accounts of all eligible students on Wednesday, May 6. At that time, email notification from LionPay alerted each eligible student, and individuals authorized by the student to access student accounts, that updated account statements were available for viewing.
As a reminder, if there was an outstanding balance on the student account, any adjustment was applied directly to that unpaid balance first. Additionally, if spring 2020 room and/or board charges were funded by Albright financial aid, either directly (e.g. Davis, tuition exchange, RA stipend), or indirectly through supplemental aid awarded in response to financial aid appeals (e.g. Stabler, Collins, Advancing Lives), the financial aid award was reduced in direct correlation up to a maximum of the room and/or board adjustment, so that the student’s account is not negatively impacted and this aid is available to meet student needs in future years. In these circumstances, no credit balance is available for refund.
The coronavirus and information pertaining to travel are constantly evolving. We strongly encourage any individual traveling to personally review the current CDC recommendations and plan accordingly.
- Level 3 International Travel:All college-sponsored travel to any Warning Level 3 country is prohibited for the immediate future as we continue to monitor the situation and the progress of the outbreak.
Currently, college-sponsored study abroad programs (short and long term) remain scheduled for summer and fall 2020. These programs will be reviewed on an individual basis by the ELCDC and the Gable Health and Counseling Center.
- All other college-related international travel:All future college-related international travel must be requested and approved by the Office of the Provost for faculty and the Gable Health and Counseling Center for staff and students, using the forms available here. If you already have travel plans in place you must complete the form so that we are aware of your travel plans.
- College-related domestic travel:All college-related domestic travel must be registered with the Office of the Provost for faculty and the Gable Health and Counseling Center for staff and students, using the forms available here. If you already have travel plans in place you must complete the form so that we are aware of your travel plans.
- Personal international or domestic travel: Any person with plans to travel to or through a Level 3 travel warning country must adhere to the college’s general policies outlined above. For all other personal travel, the college strongly encourages you to register your personal travel with the Office of the Provost for faculty and the Gable Health and Counseling Center for staff and students.
If you are returning to campus after having visited (for personal or college-related travel) an area in or outside of the United States in which a confirmed case of COVID-19 has occurred or where you have had potential exposure, please contact the Gable Health and Counseling Center. Depending on the CDC, PA Department of Health and other guidance for colleges and universities, you may be required to self-monitor away from campus for 14 days in accordance with the college’s general policies.
Albright College Gable Health Center
Center for Disease Control (CDC)
CDC: Enhanced Screening Procedures
CDC: COVID-19 Symptoms
World Health Organization (WHO)
US State Department
PA State Department
Mental Health Resources