Highlights of Fall and spring Semester
- In light of the continued increase of COVID-19 cases nationally, fall instruction is being provided primarily in online/remote modality. That modality will continue in the spring 2021 semester. Close to 80% of the instruction is offered remotely.
- On-campus housing is open for the fall and spring semesters using a one-student-per-bedroom model.
- Dining is open on campus with social distancing modifications and more options for grab and go meals.
- Everyone in our community must adapt to the new normal of wearing face masks, use of good hand washing and disinfecting procedures, and adhering to social distancing requirements.
- Students, employees and visitors who come to campus, please use the COVID-19 screening feature that has been added to our LiveSafe app.
- To report concerns or ask questions confidentially, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Guidelines for Classes
In light of the continued increase of COVID-19 cases nationally, fall instruction is being provided primarily in online/remote modality and that modality will continue with spring 2021. Close to 80% of the instruction is offered remotely. This approach may include synchronous teaching and learning where students are required to be present on specific dates and times, and/or asynchronous teaching and learning where students have the flexibility to enter the course when they are able. Most experiential courses requiring student participation on campus, including science and engineering labs; performing, visual or studio arts; and clinical, field and student teaching placements, will be offered in face-to-face and/or hybrid modalities. This approach will further decrease population density on campus and assist us in making our safety and mitigation efforts more effective.
- Online courses are either synchronous or asynchronous. Students in synchronous courses will need to log into their class at specific times to interact in real time with professors and other students enrolled in the class. Asynchronous courses will not require this, but will have specific deadlines to complete coursework.
We will not be taking a fall break this semester or a spring break in 2021 in order to minimize travel from and back to the University campus. The thinking is to decrease COVID-19 exposure risks from travel and proactively prepare for a possible “rebound” of the virus.
- Fall semester will run straight through from Aug. 24 – Nov. 20 with no fall break.
- Classes will be in session Monday, Sept. 7 (Labor Day)
- Thanksgiving recess will run Nov. 21 – 29.
- Classes will resume remotely on Nov. 30 with the final two weeks of the semester, including finals, delivered remotely.
- Spring semester will begin on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021 and will continue straight through until April 30, with no spring break.
- Monday, May 3 will be a Reading Day with no classes, followed by finals from May 4 - 7.
- On-campus housing is open for the fall semester.
- The residence hall buildings were modified in ways to limit crowding and interaction in public areas, to minimize the spread of the virus.
- Roommates should operate as a “family unit,” acting in ways that protect each other’s health.
- Visitors of students will be limited to those that reside in the same residence hall.
- On-campus housing will close for the remainder of the semester on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 5 p.m. Students will need to vacate with all of their belongings at that time.
- For students with extenuating circumstances, and approved by Housing and Residential Programs, break housing will be offered.
- No cost adjustment will be made to housing impacted by the shift to remote instruction after Thanksgiving.
- Dining is open on campus with social distancing modifications and more options for grab and go meals.
- Dining will be closed during Thanksgiving Break, Nov. 26 – Nov. 28
- Dining will be open Nov. 29 – until the end of the semester.
- “Declining Balance” plans will be available for use upon students arrival beginning Aug. 17.
- Any “Declining Balance” dollars unused from the Fall Semester will rollover to the Spring Semester.
Tuition and Fees
- Tuition and fees will not be impacted by the shift to remote instruction after Thanksgiving break.
- The Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference voted on Tuesday, July 14, to suspend all mandated conference athletic events and championships through the fall semester in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The Conference has already undertaken a full review of its ability to shift Fall sports competition and championships to the Spring semester and fully intends to do so if a return to competition can be safely executed.
- The Conference and its member institutions (including Millersville) will develop guidelines for all teams to continue individual skill instruction as well as strength and conditioning activities under social distancing protocols by the end of the summer. The determination as to when winter and spring sports may begin workouts and practices will be considered at a later date.
- All fall and winter sports scheduled to begin before January 1 are impacted by this decision. The Conference will evaluate the necessary schedule changes and will communicate its plans for moving all competitions to the spring semester at a later date.
On Campus Activities
- All non-instructional meetings, such as faculty office hours and student advising will be conducted remotely (i.e. Zoom and Teams meetings).
- Co-curricular student activities sponsored by the University will follow social distancing guidelines. The guidelines will be established and enforced for non-instructional student facilities (i.e. Student Memorial Center [SMC] and the Francine G. McNairy Library and Learning Forum, etc.).
- Resources and guidelines will be provided for students to use spaces on campus that follow CDC guidelines, and will be in accordance with the phases of opening directives from the Commonwealth (red, yellow, green). Facilities like SMC and the library will be operating at lower capacities to comply with state and local health guidelines.
- The Pennsylvania Department of Health outlines parameters in each of the reopening phases. Lancaster County is currently in the Green Phase. Accordingly, we are allowed to have events with crowds up to 250, provided social distancing requirements can be met. Decisions on events will be made on a case-by-case basis, depending on crowd size and availability of adequate space.
We are using health and safety guidelines from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Pennsylvania’s Department of Health (PA DOH).
- Masks will be provided to all students, faculty and staff and their use will be mandatory.
- Each person will be responsible for the care and cleaning of their mask and must have their mask with them at all times.
- Cleaning, disinfecting and sanitation efforts throughout campus have been increased to meet appropriate CDC guidelines.
- Frequent hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer will be encouraged.
- Everyone must be vigilant and maintain social distancing (minimum of six feet of distance).
- Classrooms and general meeting rooms are being re-organized/rearranged to aid in social distancing, including adding markings to the classroom floors to denote acceptable/safe social distances.
- Classrooms and general meeting rooms are being upgraded with technology (audio and video) to allow for concurrent in-person and remote learning wherever possible.
- Building entrances and exits are being modified to indicate directional flow (one way in, and another way out of the building), point of service operations are being modified with barriers and floor markings to maintain social distancing, lounges and waiting areas are being modified to reduce population density, and many other measures will be made to try to mitigate the spread of the virus.
- We plan to decrease the number of staff on campus on any given day. Using a rotation schedule, we are committed to providing in-person service, while providing for social distancing for our employees.
- Many employees will continue to work remotely and will not be on campus.
- All meetings will continue to be performed using Zoom or other virtual meeting technology.
Watch a video explaining safety protocols upon coming back to campus.
COVID-19 Testing, Counseling and Behavioral Wellness Services
In order to implement the process of contact tracing the University is partnering with local healthcare professionals and members of the PA DOH. Our contact tracing and testing protocols will direct students and staff to appropriate health care and testing facilities, if needed. We will monitor and update these protocols as guidance evolves. Millersville University is also training a variety of individuals in the process of contact tracing, to provide a knowledge base to prepare them to assist the PA-DOH and local healthcare professionals if needed.
Millersville University Health Services, located in the Witmer Building, will continue to provide guidance, education and prevention and keep the campus educated and informed of best practices. The Health Services professionals will coordinate and communicate with other regional and local healthcare professionals and will be the contact for the PA DOH. Health Services will continue to provide remote services and assistance to all registered students.
For the safety of our students and staff, Health Services will not be accepting walk-in appointments. They request that you call first to speak with a member of the nursing staff. Please call for a phone evaluation Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at 717-871-5250. Any medical concerns that cannot be addressed through a virtual visit will be scheduled for a face to face visit at Health Services for those students living in the surrounding community.
The Counseling & Human Development Center staffed by trained and licensed psychologists will continue to provide services remotely this fall. Students who are registered for fall 2020 classes are eligible for services (individual and group) and may contact the Counseling Center at 717-871-7821 to make an appointment or for more information. The Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.