Fall 2020

Returning to Millersville University

Highlights of Fall Semester

  • Academic instruction will be provided in a hybrid modality, which includes in-person, online and multi-modal instruction. Faculty and student safety and an effective learning environment are primary considerations in employing these modalities.
  • We are committed to welcoming students back to campus in both our on-campus housing and Student Lodging, Inc. housing.
  • Dining will be 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.

b-classroom.svgGuidelines for Classes

  • The semester will feature a far greater number of online courses than we usually offer; as many as 50% or more of our courses will be delivered fully online.
  • Most courses that require a practical or hands-on component, as well as most courses taken primarily by first-year students, will be delivered face to face in our labs and studios.
  • Some courses will be taught multi-modally. Because we may need to modify the number of seats in some classrooms to minimize the possibility of COVID-19 transmission, these “multi-modal” classes will be taught with some students in the classroom and other students connecting remotely.
  • We have spent the summer upgrading the technology in 60 of our classrooms to allow for greater flexibility this fall.

Important Dates

We will not be taking a fall break this semester 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.

  • Classes 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.

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Housing

  • On-campus housing will be open for the fall semester.
  • The residence hall buildings are being 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 Nov. 24.
  • 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

  • Dining will be 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.
  • Bills will be sent out in July.

Athletics

  • We are committed to proceeding with intercollegiate athletics this fall, contingent on guidance from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC), the state of Pennsylvania and other appropriate groups.

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 Yellow Phase, which prohibits large gatherings. Once the county moves to Green Phase, we’ll be 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.

Safety

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.

Safety First

Videos 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.