Latest COVID-19 Update: 3.23.2020

Dear EU Students,

Thank you for your exemplary patience and understanding during this global COVID-19 crisis. As I write this, PA Gov. Wolf just announced a “stay at home” order for seven counties in PA, which includes EU’s locations. Many of us are glued to newscasts while others have retreated from media because of fear or fatigue, but all of us are dealing with stress in some form. 

In such a time, the words of Scripture become even more comforting and challenging. Last Wednesday during our Virtual Chapel (please join us this Wednesday at 10 am), Chaplain Modica and I read the Sermon on the Mount found in Matthew 5-7. What struck me amid Jesus’ teachings and directives were these three phrases: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life”…(6:25) and a bit later, “Therefore do not worry”…(6:31), and then “So do not worry about tomorrow”…(6:34). In Philippians 4:5b-6, the Apostle Paul, who endured so much suffering in Christ that he interpreted it as a complement to Jesus’ own suffering, wrote: “The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

I continue to be grateful for and impressed with the sacrificial dedication of our Staff and Faculty. We love Eastern and we love you and are praying for wisdom and wellness for us all. Below are some updates. Please read them carefully.

All Students: 

  • Summer 1 Moved Online: All courses offered in Summer Session I have been moved to an online mode of delivery. This also means that courses scheduled for the full Summer term will at least begin if not end in an online format.

  • Modified Grading Scale: To help our undergraduate students lower stress levels, the University is releasing a modified grade scale for most of our undergraduate courses, with exceptions in courses related to certain accredited programs. This scale, provided below, will be used until we announce otherwise. Professors will let students know if their course is on the exempted list.

A (100-90), A- (89-85), B+ (84-80), B (79-75), B- (74-70), C+ (69-65), C (64-60), F (< 60)

  • The Cushing Center for Counseling & Academic Support is offering all personal and academic support services remotely.

Academic Support:

  • Writing Center: Writing Assistance is available online. Instructions are posted under Access the Writing Center on the Writing Center webpage.  Contact Dr. John Nordlof (jnordlof@eastern.edu) with questions.

  • Tutoring: Subject area tutoring is being offered online. Current tutees should contact their tutors for online options. New students can submit requests by email to Liz Peck, Tutoring & Testing Coordinator (lizette.peck@eastern.edu.)

  • Academic Coaching: Recognizing the challenges students face with the transition to the online environment, CCAS is adding remote academic coaching services. These will usually be provided by the graduate counseling interns. Contact Dr. Lisa Hemlick (lhemlick@eastern.edu) to make a request or get information.   

  • Counseling:  Counseling is being offered through a telecounseling platform. Current counselees have been contacted by their counselors. Students who want to submit new counseling requests should contact Dr. Lisa Hemlick  (lhemlick@eastern.edu). For crises, students should contact the Crisis Text Line (text HOME to 741741), call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 (TALK), or access local resources. 

  • Disability Accommodations: CCAS is ensuring that disability accommodations are provided to eligible students. CCAS is coordinating testing accommodations remotely and providing proctoring when needed. Students already approved for testing accommodations should contact Liz Peck  (ccastest@eastern.edu) or Lori Dziedziak (ldziedzi@eastern.edu) with questions. Students should submit new requests for testing or other types of accommodations to Lori Dziedziak. 

  • College Success Program for Students with Autism: All program services are being offered remotely by Dr. Sharon Thompson and the program mentors. Contact Dr. Thompson with questions (sthomp13@eastern.edu).

  • Act 101: Act 101 Counselor Ashlee Williams (ashlee.williams@eastern.edu) is connecting with Act 101 students to provide academic and personal support. 

All Residential Students: 

  • For students, the campus, including residence halls, is closed for the rest of the semester. Belongings left in the residence halls will be secure and available when the directives from the government indicate that access is safe and legal. This does not apply to those residential students presently living on campus.

  • Refunds: We are presently evaluating Eastern’s financial position and options related to room and board adjustments. More information will be shared as soon as it is available. Thank you for your patience. 

All Graduating Students: All May Commencements have been canceled. However, you will receive a poll shortly to determine interest in having a virtual commencement or a rescheduled in-person commencement to be held in the Fall, pending the COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions in place at the time.

I’ve heard it said that what God instructs us to do, God enables us to do. So, I encourage you during this season of disruption to consider the following as ways to reduce worry and stress.

  • Handle each day as it comes. 

  • Use the evening before the day to prepare.

  • Keep a journal of your thoughts, experiences, and things you’re learning through this season.

  • Find and reflect on scriptures with themes of “fear not”, “don’t be anxious”, “don’t be afraid”. There are hundreds of references, especially comforting when remembering that if God spoke something once, that would probably be enough. Repetition can be a good instructor.

  • Exercise -- not just the finger exercises of video games or phone buttons, but one minute exercises that you can do anywhere, like various plank positions, old school squats, sit-ups, and push-ups, etc. We are souls with real bodies that are called the temple of God. Let’s strengthen ours.

  • Go outside, walk, breathe, and pray. Practice safe social distancing.

Thank you for being a part of the Eastern University Community. We are better together and we will be better together for having gone through this sad and painful chapter in our world’s history. Don’t worry!

Respectfully, 

Ronald A. Matthews, President

FAQs

What if I cannot get home? Will Eastern allow me to stay, if necessary?

We understand that some students may have extenuating circumstances and may not be able to leave campus quickly, or may need housing during this time. If you need to remain on campus beyond Monday, March 16, you MUST submit a request using the Residential Plans Form as soon as possible. Residence Life will review these on an individual basis and will respond to you directly. 

Should students pack up their rooms before leaving?

Students should make every effort to take their belongings with them. However, given the short time frame resulting from the Governor’s declaration, if absolutely necessary, students may leave their items in their residence hall rooms. In this circumstance, we will make arrangements at a later date for students to retrieve their belongings.

Can I cancel my dining and housing contracts?

Due to these rapidly changing times, we have currently suspended the housing and dining cancellation processes.  Please know that we understand how important these issues are and we are currently discussing the impact of these changes in residency. We ask for your patience during this period. We will continue to communicate all updates via email.

If I have lab, private lessons, internships, or other work that must be done on or around campus, how will I complete it? 

Students with these circumstances should contact their professors directly to discuss plans for completion.

Will I be able to continue in my clinical, internship, practicum, or student teaching experience? 

Eastern University will work with students to ensure their requirements are met. Specific questions regarding this should be directed to the Program Director or Dean of your College.

How can I access Academic Support, the Writing Center, the Counseling Center, and other CCAS resources?

Academic support which includes writing and tutoring will be available online. Counseling services will also be available online. Learn more on the CCAS webpage.

What does this mean for senior week activities, Baccalaureate and Commencement?

At this point Commencement is scheduled for May 9. We anticipate that we will have more information in early April. Be assured that we desire to have Commencement and as many associated activities as possible. We will continue to monitor reports and recommendations, and communicate updates via email and the Commencement webpage.

What if I have mail or a package that is being delivered to me on campus?

If you wish to receive your 1st USPS Class Mail (only) for 3 months after leaving campus, please complete this form: EU Student Mail Forwarding Address Form.  Please note that packages cannot be forwarded, so please contact your package vendors (USPS, UPS, FedEx, DHL, Amazon, etc. ) to update your delivery address information. If a package has arrived at the EU Mail & Copy Center, it will either need to be "Returned to Sender" or you may contact the EU Mail Center to make arrangements to pick it up.

If a student lived on campus for part of the SP 2020 semester but moved off-campus before the end of the semester because of COVID-19, are they still eligible for free FastPass tuition in SU 2020?

Yes, they are still able to take advantage of free FastPass tuition. If a student moved off-campus for any other reasons, they are eligible for the commuter rate.

Previous Communications

Faculty & Staff - Continue to Work Remotely 3/27/20

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you for the remarkable way that you have transitioned our educational and operational realities to an online-remote context in response to the COVID-19 concerns.  I thank God daily for you--and for the care that you continue to render to our students and to one another during this unprecedented circumstance.

Earlier this week, PA Governor Tom Wolf issued a “Stay-at-Home” order for Delaware and other counties in Pennsylvania.  As a result, Eastern University campuses will remain closed to the public for the mandated period (currently, through April 6, 2020).  Pursuant to my previous guidance, faculty and staff should continue to work remotely until the campus reopens.  Please contact your supervisor or department head to discuss remote work assignments.  (Note that Esperanza College personnel should adhere to the independent plan established for that site.)

Campus access is limited to only those employees that have been designated as “Essential Personnel”.  Essential personnel should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • If you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are feeling sick, do not come onto campus.

  • Let your supervisor know when you are coming to campus.

  • Sanitize anything you touch upon entering and exiting the space.  Please bring appropriate wipes if you have them.

  • Practice social distancing of a minimum of six feet.

  • Wash your hands before and after you enter your space.

 

Employees who cannot fulfill their work roles (including essential personnel who cannot fulfill their on campus assignments) should contact their supervisor, or Human Resources, to discuss leave options.

May the Lord bless you and protect you, may the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you, may the Lord look with favor on you and give you peace.

Grace and strength for the journey,

Ronald A. Matthews, D.M.A.

Letter from the President 3/14/20

Dear Eastern University community,

Last night, Friday, March 13, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf enacted aggressive social distancing procedures for Delaware County for 14 days in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  Today, Pennsylvania Department of Education advised that these procedures mandate the closing of institutions of higher education.

Eastern University will continue with our plan of teaching all classes online through the remainder of the semester. However, beginning Monday, March 16, all Eastern University campuses will be closed to the public for the mandated period, concluding Saturday, March 28. Note that Esperanza College has its own independent plan.

Below are important announcements for students, faculty, and staff.

STUDENTS: 

  • All students are required to leave campus by 5:00 p.m. Monday, March 16. Food services will be provided through lunch on Monday.

  • If you have not completed the Residential Plans Form, please do so immediately. If you need to remain on campus due to extenuating circumstances, you must receive approval.

  • We will still provide critical infrastructure for resident students who must remain in the residence halls.

 

FACULTY & STAFF: 

  • Except for those departments noted below, faculty and staff should work remotely beginning on Monday, March 16 until the campus reopens.  Please contact your supervisor or department head to discuss remote work assignments.  

  • Technology Services will issue further guidance by email regarding telecommuting. Human Resources will issue further guidance for employees who cannot work remotely.  

  • Campus operations will remain open during this time. The following departments should report to campus unless otherwise notified by their supervisors: Public Safety, Residence Life, Dining Services, Facilities, and the Health Center.

  • As always, we will continue to send updates via email as necessary and will keep our webpage at www.eastern.edu/coronavirus updated with the latest information. Included on that page, and below, is a helpful FAQs section.

    Your health, safety, and well-being continue to remain our top priority. We are praying continually and responding thoughtfully and quickly as we continue to monitor updates regarding COVID-19. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we seek to serve you and your families to the best of our ability.

Grace and strength for the journey,


Ronald A. Matthews

President, Eastern University

Alumni & Friends Update - Letter from the President 3/19/20

Letter from the President: 3/19/20

Dear Alumni and Friends,

I hope this email finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy.  Perhaps you know by now that heightened concern about the COVID-19 virus has caused the Governor to enact restrictions on the five-county Philadelphia area where Eastern University is located.  I am writing to update you on how Eastern University is responding to these preventive measures and also to update you on some related event changes.  

EU’s COVID-19 Response:

  • This past weekend, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf enacted aggressive social distancing procedures for 14 days in order to mitigate the spread of the virus.  Additionally, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) mandated the closure of institutions of higher education in the impacted area. Accordingly--

    • Eastern has migrated all of its classes (undergraduate, graduate and Palmer Seminary) to an online format for the remainder of the Spring semester;

    • The campuses are closed to the public during this mandated period, with all non-essential employees telecommuting;   

    • All residential students were required to move out of their residence halls by 5 pm on March 16.  Our Student Development team continues to work with accommodating several dozen students who are unable to get home at this time.        

  • For additional details and continued University updates on our COVID-19 response, please visit www.eastern.edu/coronavirus.   
     

EU Alumni & Advancement Events Update:

  • Day of Giving: We have postponed our 2nd Annual Day of Giving from Thursday, March 19 to Thursday, April 16.  On that date, we hope you will respond to our invitation for 1,925 minutes of support to an area of Eastern that is most important to you.  This is obviously a critical time for Eastern. Further electronic and social media communications will be provided as the date nears.  

  • 50th Reunion, Class of 1970: We have typically enjoyed hosting our 50th Reunion class during Commencement celebrations.  While Commencement remains on the University schedule for May 8-9, 2020, we have decided to postpone our 50th Reunion activities until Homecoming on October 9-10, 2020.  Members of the Class of 1970 will receive further details as they become available from our alumni engagement team.
     

Online Events: 

  • Our Alumni Engagement Team, in partnership with other areas of the University, is actively seeking ways to continue to engage with you and help you feel connected, even during this season of social distancing for the health and well-being of our communities.  Please follow our Alumni Instagram and Facebook pages for some of the virtual events they are planning, so you may know when those opportunities become available.  Additionally, please check our University Instagram and Facebook pages for other University news and COVID-19 related updates.

In closing, I want to share a message on Hope in the Grief that I recently gave to our students.  Please join me in prayer for them and for our faculty as they transition to learning in an online environment.  Finally, please let us know how you are doing. We pray for you and your families. May we all rest in the knowledge of God’s glory among the nations and the opportunity we have to share hope with our families, friends, and neighbors during this time of turmoil.  

Grace and strength for the journey,

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Ron

Ronald A. Matthews, D.M.A.

 

Letter to Eastern Students: Hope in the Grief 3/16/20

Dear Eastern Students,


Over the past few days, your inboxes have been flooded with news and logistics surrounding COVID-19 and its abrupt ramifications for you as students. In the span of several hours, you are probably feeling like your life has been flipped upside down.  


I want to take a moment to reflect together. The fear of the unknown, the grief of leaving this community, the anxiety of beginning a new online classroom format – these are deep concerns that I want to acknowledge with you. Your heartache is not lost on me – Eastern University’s tight-knit community is a defining pillar of our identity, and the physical loss of it may feel unbearable.


Please take heart. Our incredible community is not limited to physical bounds, but has a deeper, sustaining source. In John 14, Jesus tells his disciples that he must soon leave them. His disciples are confused, grieved, and afraid. But Jesus promises to send an Advocate for them – the Holy Spirit – as a helper, a comfort, and a guide in light of Jesus’ physical absence. 


That same Holy Spirit continues to exist in every one of his followers – connecting us to the Father and to the greater community of saints (including our Eastern family!). While Jesus’ physical presence was longed for and deeply missed, the work of the Gospel exploded in his absence and the presence of the Holy Spirit brought people to faith in Jesus and newfound joy, power, and direction for the saints of the early church even and especially amid suffering. 


Students, remember that the Holy Spirit is with you today, right now, in the moment, this moment. When you feel lonely, anxious, or homesick for campus, draw on that source of hope from deep within and from Scripture. 


Seniors, when your heart is broken over the changes to your final semester, draw on the Holy Spirit. And please know we are in ongoing planning meetings to consider best options and practices related to how this pandemic affects this semester and you. 


Athletes, when you’re frustrated about the loss of your season, draw on the Holy Spirit who offers the transformation of your body into his holy temple. Consider Romans 12:1-2.


Interns, when you’re feeling anxious and overwhelmed about meeting your requirements, draw on the Holy Spirit, and know that our university, state, and accrediting agencies will consider what is best for you. 


Students – our source of hope is the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit, promised and given to us by Jesus himself. Please guard your heart, avoid bitterness, overcome evil with good, be wise, and encourage one another. 

Jesus, anticipating his separation from his disciples, gave this promise:


“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

John 14:27 


The administration, faculty, staff, and alumni are praying for you continually. We will make it through these changes together. Be assured of that.


Love, Grace, and Strength for the journey,
Ron

Ronald A. Matthews, D.M.A.

MAC to Cancel All Athletics - 3/16/20

ANNVILLE, Pa. (Conference News) – With further developments in the outbreak of COVID-19, the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Presidents announced their unanimous decision to cancel all spring athletics practices and competition through the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year. On Thursday, the NCAA announced it was canceling the remainder of its winter and spring championships.

With this news the NCAA Division III Administrative Committee provided flexibility for schools to assist students with travel, lodging and meals as a result of campus displacements. The committee waived all requirements for sports sponsorships for the spring season. It also granted an additional season/semester of eligibility for student-athletes participating in spring sports.

Read this news release on the Athletics Website.

Monday 3/16/20 Classes Cancelled

Letter from the President: 3/15/2020

Dear Eastern University community,

Because of the mandated closure of our campuses requiring special accommodations to faculty, staff, and residence students, all classes on Monday, March 16, are cancelled.

Classes will resume on Tuesday, March 17.

This does not affect Esperanza students, who should visit the Esperanza website for information.

Thank you for your understanding amid these volatile times. 

With appreciation,

Ron

Ronald A. Matthews, D.M.A.

Classes to Move Online: Letter from the President 3/13/20

Letter from the President | 3/13/2020

Dear Eastern University Community,

As you know, we have been monitoring the progression of COVID-19 and have taken preemptive steps for the safety and well-being of our students. The Leadership Team met yesterday afternoon to assess the current landscape and consider proactive approaches we could take to ensure the health and welfare of our community. We have decided to move all classes (undergraduate, graduate, and Palmer Seminary) to an online format, with a few possible exceptions listed below.
 

Classes Will Move Online

  • Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, in-person (face-to-face), on-campus classes at all locations will move to a fully online format for the remainder of the Spring semester.

  • Students have the option to remain on campus or to return home to complete their online classes. Note: Off-campus students are responsible for securing internet access. 

  • The Deans of each college will oversee the communication with their respective students about the specifics related to practicums, internships, labs, private music lessons, rehearsals, and other classes that often require on-ground elements.

  • Note that Esperanza College in Philadelphia has an independent plan.
     

Campus Will Remain Open

  • All St. Davids campus operations, including Offices, Residence Halls, Dining Facilities, the Health Center, Library, and Counseling Services will remain open.

  • Residential students on the St. Davids campus should exercise commitment to personal hygiene and social distancing guidelines consistent with respect for your neighbor and the EU community. 

  • Student Development will be following up with additional details and protocols for residential students who elect to leave campus.

  • All employees, including student workers, should continue to report to work. Operations will continue. Further guidance will be forthcoming from Human Resources. Note that Esperanza College employees should refer to the Esperanza website.
     

Events Will Be Limited

  • On-campus events on or after March 16 through the end of the semester are canceled, unless otherwise communicated.

  • Athletic competitions: As communicated yesterday, all spring athletic competitions are suspended beginning Monday, March 16 until Monday, March 30th. Early next week, we anticipate having additional information about the rest of the semester. 

  • Commencement is presently planned for May 9, 2020. However, that is subject to change pending ongoing medical recommendations and updates. We will continue to monitor this situation and will notify the community accordingly.

 

Again, Eastern University continues to review and implement best practices for preventing the spread of COVID-19. Students or personnel who remain on campus should continue to follow best practices for hygiene, public engagement, and sanitation.

We know that this has been a stressful time for not just the Eastern community, but for the entire global community. The spread of COVID-19 has contributed to a unique set of circumstances and challenges that we are navigating together. We will continue to send updates as needed via email, and our webpage www.eastern.edu/coronavirus will continue to be updated with the latest information. In light of the many questions you may have, we ask for your patience as we seek to address the implications related to COVID-19 and our response to it.

 

In the face of these rapidly changing times, I encourage you to cling to what remains constant. We are in this together, and as a community, we will continue to worship, learn, study, and grow together. I am grateful for the blessing of technology and our community's willingness to engage creative modalities that allow us to continue our learning. And I am grateful for our communal faith in a God who is always working for our good and the good of the world. 
 

Let us continue to join together in prayer for healing for those who are sick, protection for those who are vulnerable, and a halt to the progression of this virus. Your prayers are powerful and our God is great.
 

With appreciation,

Ronald A. Matthews
President, Eastern University

Letter from the President: 3/11/20

Dear EU Community:

Let me begin by reiterating that Eastern University has no documented coronavirus cases on our St. Davids campus. This is good news and is one of the reasons that we have remained open during this healthcare crisis.

We are committed to the health and welfare of our students first and foremost. Unfortunately, today we became aware that the local healthcare system is unable to provide convenient access to the coronavirus test kits that are needed to assess any potential student illnesses. 

In light of this, we have decided on the course of action below:

  1. In-person (face-to-face) classes on Thursday, March 12th will be canceled at our St. Davids Campus. Online classes and classes held at the Philadelphia (City Ave and Center City) and Harrisburg locations will be held as scheduled.

  2. We will temporarily transition all in-person St. David’s courses to an online format, starting on Friday, March 13th until we have full access to coronavirus testing. The instructor for each course will coordinate this with students.

We believe that these actions will significantly minimize the already-low health risks currently faced by our community. We anticipate that in-person instruction will resume as soon as we are confident in our ability to quickly diagnose student illnesses through proper testing.

Throughout this situation, Eastern University has been consulting with and following the advice and directions of public healthcare professionals. Our preemptive step in this case is even more cautious than has been recommended by these government officials. 

Meanwhile, please be aware that all campus offices and campus services, including residence halls, dining services, and all other student services will remain open during this phase of our response to the healthcare crisis. Employees and students on the campus should continue to observe all of the infection protection and control recommendations outlined in the earlier emails and enumerated on this page.

Thank you for reviewing and adhering to the recommendations listed on our webpage. And remember, at this point our campus remains a safe place to live and study.

Respectfully,
Ronald A. Matthews
President

Athletics Update: 3/12/20

Dear Eastern University Community,

Today, the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Presidents determined it is in the best interest of campus communities to suspend athletic competition beginning Monday, March 16 through Monday, March 30. 

Games scheduled for March 12 through March 15 will be played as scheduled. However, beginning today, March 12, all on-campus athletic contests and competitions will be spectator-free, and only essential personnel will be allowed to attend. Essential personnel includes: 

  • Participating Student-Athletes
  • Coaches
  • Officials
  • Other Essential Personnel as determined by Eastern Athletics

These policies will be in place until Tuesday, March 31. At this time, the MAC will reassess their position, and we will reassess as a University.

According to the league’s announcement, “The MAC will be actively monitoring the situation and reassessing this action over the next two weeks to determine if further action is warranted. MAC institutions will suspend athletic contests, on or off campus, during those two weeks.”

Furthermore, Eastern University practices for all teams will be suspended from Monday, March 16th through Monday, March 23rd.

As we have shared previously, no coronavirus cases have been reported on our St. Davids campus. There is no evidence at present that our campus is unsafe. We are implementing these precautionary measures out of our deep commitment to the health and welfare of our students.

We will continue to update you if there are any additional changes.
 

Sincerely,

Dr. Ron Matthews
President

Eric McNelley
Director of Athletics

Esperanza College Building Closures: 3/12/20

Esperanza College has notified both students and faculty regarding a building closure for Thursday, March 12th and Friday, March 13th. Students, please check your email and Brightspace for additional information. Learn more at https://www.esperanza.us/

Travel Restrictions & Updates: 3/10/20

At this point, the University is recommending that Eastern employees and students forego unnecessary travel that could create COVID-19 exposure risks for you and our community. Our recommendation is particularly strong for those considering travel to high risk areas in the United States.

Respecting foreign travel, we not only recommend that this be avoided but add this limitation: any employees or students who have traveled to regions where sustained transmission of COVID-19 is occurring (i.e., China, Iran, Italy, Japan and South Korea) may not return to any of our campus sites until they complete a 14-day self-monitoring period. Faculty and staff members who are self-monitoring for this period should notify their chair or supervisor immediately. Students should notify Student Health immediately.

Self-monitoring for 14 days means staying at home and avoiding group gatherings and public spaces, including Eastern’s campuses. You should also monitor your own health with care. Most importantly, if you develop a fever, cough or have difficulty breathing, you should immediately contact health care professionals such as your primary care physician or local health authorities.

Faculty members have been asked to provide alternative instructional options for students who need to spend time away from campus while they are self-monitoring. Because every class is different, students should contact their professors directly to inform them of the need to self-monitor and together determine the next steps to completing coursework remotely. Please contact your advisor for assistance if you need additional support to complete coursework off-campus.

Our intention is to make sure that if you do need to self-monitor, your academic work is minimally disrupted. Ensuring you receive academic instruction and support in a safe environment is our highest priority.  

Letter from the President 3/10/20

Dear Eastern Community,

I share this as an update regarding COVID-19. Be assured of our continued monitoring and implementation of protocols based on local, state, and federal recommendations. Our webpage is regularly updated and we are implementing enhanced protocols in our food service, residence halls, and bathrooms. We are committed to helping Eastern students, faculty, and staff take precautionary steps to minimize risk to our community.

Please note, that many of our hand sanitizing stations have not been refilled due to back ordered and limited availability of product which we hope will be resolved soon. Please regularly use available bathrooms to ensure sanitation. 

There is no evidence at present that our campus is unsafe. If there are any major developments in this evolving situation, we will promptly send an email to all students, faculty, and staff.

If you have parents, guardians, or constituents who would like to sign-up for ongoing COVID-19 information from Eastern University please sign-up here

Shortly, I will be sending an updated travel recommendation.

Respectfully,

Ronald A. Matthews

President, Eastern University 

Letter from the President 3/6/20

Dear Eastern University Community,


We want to update the University Community on COVID-19 and its impact on Eastern’s students, faculty and staff who may be traveling abroad.

As stated previously, no coronavirus cases have been reported at any of Eastern’s campuses and classes will continue as scheduled on Monday, March 9.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention elevated their travel warnings for several countries. As a result, Eastern University will require any students, faculty or staff who have traveled during the previous 14 days to countries designated by the CDC as having sustained transmission to self-monitor for 14 days from their arrival in the United States, before returning to classes or work at any of our campus sites. Faculty and staff members who are self-monitoring for this period should notify their chair or supervisor immediately. Students should notify Student Health immediately.

Self-monitoring for 14 days means staying at home and avoiding group gatherings and public spaces, including Eastern’s campuses. You should also monitor your own health with care.

Most importantly, if you develop a fever, cough or have difficulty breathing, you should immediately contact health care professionals such as your primary care physician or local health authorities.

Faculty members have been asked to provide alternative instructional options for students who need to spend time away from campus while they are self-monitoring. Because every class is different, students should contact their professors directly to inform them of the need to self-monitor and together determine the next steps to completing coursework remotely. Please contact your advisor for assistance if you need additional support to complete coursework off-campus.

Our intention is to make sure that if you do need to self-monitor, your academic work is minimally disrupted. Ensuring you receive academic instruction and support in a safe environment is our highest priority.  

Learn more about Eastern’s Coronavirus Updates and Prevention Planning here and for more in-depth information, visit the CDC website.

 

Sincerely,

Ronald A. Matthews

President, Eastern University 

Letter from the President 3/5/20

Dear Eastern University Community,

You have, no doubt, seen the recent and increasing number of media reports about the coronavirus and its movement throughout the world. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is very closely monitoring the characteristics and spread of the coronavirus. We have been following these reports and are developing scenarios depending on the realities we experience in the Philadelphia area. 

Currently there are no cases in Pennsylvania, but we are planning for all possibilities of what the coming weeks and months may present us. We have a team of staff and administrators that has been following this situation closely and preparing for a variety of possible outcomes. 

We have created a webpage at www.eastern.edu/coronavirus that everyone in our community can follow for updates. We currently have some basic preventative strategies common to preventing all viruses from spreading outlined on the webpage. As national and regional health organizations offer more information and recommendations, we will update the page with that information as well.   

The CDC has issued some basic recommendations that we encourage you to read here: Coronavirus Prevention & Treatment. Many of the recommendations are common-sense preventative strategies that we should all engage in, similar to preventing the flu. For example, students should wash their hands regularly and stay home from class or work if they are sick. While these things may seem minor, they are important for preventing the community spread of any virus. 

Our goal is to keep everyone in our community informed and safe. We care deeply about your students and will keep you updated with any information we receive.

I invite you to join us in prayer for both the safety of our community and for the world at large, particularly for those already affected by this outbreak. Let us pray for healing, safety, medical innovation, and the cessation of this virus. 

 

With appreciation,

Ronald A. Matthews

President, Eastern University 

COVID-19 Information & Prevention

General COVID-19 Information

Eastern University is monitoring the spread of the coronavirus, 2019-nCoV or COVID-19, a new virus whose first cases appeared in mainland China, with additional cases being identified in a growing number of countries internationally, including in the United States and Canada.  Eastern University is following the guidance offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local or state health departments.  

The CDC is conducting ongoing investigations to learn more about the coronavirus. It’s not clear yet how easily 2019-nCoV spreads from person-to-person. It is important to know this in order to better understand the risk associated with this virus. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However the CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including the tips below.

Learn more about COVID-19 on the CDC website.

CDC Preventative Actions Against All Respiratory Viruses

These everyday habits can help prevent the spread of several viruses:

Questions regarding risk of exposure/need for testing

Members of the Eastern Community with questions regarding risk of exposure and the need for testing should review the CDC Guidelines FAQ page,  paying special attention to:

 

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