KU Coronavirus Information Center

Tuesday Campus Update

Dear KU Campus Community,

Here are today’s updates from campus:

HEALTH UPDATE FOR THE KU CAMPUS
There are NO confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus. As of today, there are 110 cases in Berks County.

PAYCHECK PICKUP
Due to offices operating remotely, paychecks will no longer be available for in-person pickup. We highly encourage you to take advantage of direct deposit, which will make funds available in your account on payday. Should you decline to use this option, your check will be mailed to the permanent address on file with HR. This address can be verified in Employee Self Service. We do not control when it will arrive at your home. A direct deposit form is available here. From your KU email address, please email the completed form, along with a copy of your KU ID card, to humanresources@kutztown.edu or fax to 610-683-4641.

CENTER FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS AND ACHIEVEMENT
Student success workshops are available for next week. Please click the link at the time indicated to attend workshop.

TOPIC

MEETING ID

DATE

TIME

Success Strategies for Online Tests & Anxiety

879-177-133

4/1/2020

6 PM

Reading & Note Taking Strategies for Online Learning

589-217-883

4/2/2020

10 AM

Tips to be Successful in an Online Course

784 726 384

4/2/2020

11 AM

UNIVERSITY WRITING CENTER ONLINE
The KU Writing Center is able to help student-writers in all classes and disciplines via online tutoring through our online program. Online, 30-minute appointments with writing tutors are available at https://kutztown.mywconline.com. Sessions can be scheduled during the following times: Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 2-9 p.m. Please contact Patricia Pytleski, director of the KU Writing Center, at pytleski@kutztown.edu with any questions. 

MILLER-KEYSTONE BLOOD DRIVE
The Community Outreach Center/Miller-Keystone Blood Drive scheduled Thursday, April 16, is canceled. However, Miller-Keystone is collecting blood at their donor center locations. For more information on giving blood and a donor center near you, go to https://www.giveapint.org/give-blood/. 

QUESTIONS
We update our Frequently Asked Questions daily at www.kutztown.edu/CoronavirusInfo. If you have specific questions, please contact the Office of University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu.

Sincerely, 

KU Office of University Relations

Together We Roar

Golden Bears are no strangers to hard work. We know success can be a winding road. But we'll grow from this experience to become stronger, better versions of ourselves. And through it all, we'll support everyone in the KU community. That's why it's so good to be golden. #TogetherWeRoar

KU Community, please watch this video update from President Hawkinson with the latest information about the coronavirus as KU prepares to transition to online classes next week.

Frequently Asked Questions

as of March 31, 4 p.m.

General Questions

Returning to Campus/Move-Out

  • When can students move out of their residence hall?

    Housing and Residence Life emailed all residence students with instructions for move out.

    Housing will work with students who need additional move-out times. You may call 610-683-4027 or email housing@kutztown.edu.

    Please monitor your e-mails for additional information.

  • I am an art or music student, I have belongings I need to retrieve, how do I do that?

    Art and Music Item Retrieval and Drop-Off 

    We are pleased to help students retrieve personal belongings stored in Sharadin, Schaeffer and Old Main during residence hall move-out this week. In addition, students may leave belongings currently in these locations until a later date when normal access to the campus resumes. 

    Students should complete this survey: 

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSetTWk12CETBoPoNKFUmlxTRThNPWwOVowLc2AD0U4BU9Sx7g/viewform?usp=sf_link 

    Students need to CHECK-IN and CHECK-OUT at the plaza between Schaeffer and Sharadin (by the fountain) to retrieve or drop-off any items. They may only go to their appointed areas, and they have 15 minutes to collect their belongings and exit the building. Kindly, read all Kutztown University public health guidance information prior to coming to campus, and please do not come to campus if you are feeling sick. 

    Please bring hand sanitizer and wipes when coming to campus to wipe down hard surfaces that are touched. 

    Once the survey is completed, an exact time to report to the plaza will be emailed.

Transition to Online Classes/Distance Learning

  • How will the missed instruction be handled?

    Please contact your professor to learn how missed instruction will be made up.

  • Are online-only classes affected by the suspension of classes for the week of March 16?

    All classes were moved to online instruction for the remainder of the spring semester, beginning Monday, March 23. Online classes did not meet the week of March 16.

  • How will Advising work?

    Assigned times for student registration for Fall 2020 will be available by Friday morning, March 20, through MyKU. Students will need to contact their academic advisor for an advisement appointment before registering. Advisement will not occur face-to-face; each advisor will communicate details with their students regarding the modality they will use.

  • I do not have my textbooks, are there other resources available?

    For any student who may be without their textbooks, KU Campus Store is providing free access to over 50,000 ebook titles through VitalSource using this link: https://bookshelf.vitalsource.com.

    Through May 31, access to an expansive catalog of eTexbooks will be available for free. Students simply log in to the VitalSource Bookshelf app using their school email address (or create an account if needed) and can then view course materials from participating publishers.

  • Are Rohrbach Library resources available? How do I return my books?

    The library is closed, but resources and staff remain available. 

    Librarians are available online to answer questions and help with research at https://library.kutztown.edu/covid19. Rohrbach Library’s resource guide outlines library services, policies and useful links for spring semester.

    Find out how to return checked out library resources

  • Are tutoring services available?

    Yes.

    Tutoring Services will continue to support students by providing services online via Zoom.  Tutoring Services will continue to accept tutor requests via MyKU and match students with available peer tutors, supplemental instructors, labs and academic peer mentors online.  

    All current students registered with Tutoring Services will receive an updated match email by Friday, March 20, with instructions on how to schedule and access tutoring sessions via Zoom.

  • Is the Writing Center available?

    As we move online with KU courses on Monday, 3/23/2020, the Kutztown University Writing Center will be able to help student writers in all classes and disciplines via online tutoring through a WCOnline program.

    Online ½ hour appointments with writing tutors will start Monday 3/23 at 11 a.m.; sessions can be scheduled during the following days/ hours:

    • Monday- Thursday 11 a.m. -8 p.m.
    • Friday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
    • Sunday 2-9 p.m.

    The address to access the online UWC is https://kutztown.mywconline.com

    Students can access the site (and detailed instructions) from our web page as well at https://kutztownwritingcenter.wordpress.com/

    Please contact Patricia Pytleski, Director of the KU Writing Center, at pytleski@kutztown.edu with any questions.

  • I do not have access to a computer or wifi at home. What should I do?

    Kutztown University understands the difficulty that the transition to Online Learning may pose for students who don’t have access to an appropriate device.  Kutztown University has a limited number of laptops that students can check-out for the duration of the semester. All requests for a device should be submitted to the IT Help Center (helpcenter@kutztown.edu, 610-683-1511).

    We will do our best to meet all requests.   You will be informed of when and where you can pick-up the laptop if we are able to meet your request.

    Some Internet Service Providers (ISP), such as Comcast (Internet Essentials), have offered free or low cost internet access. Please contact ISP in your area to see what options you may have.  The Information Technology office has also sent a list to students of known resources.

  • There are many software applications that I use on campus computers. How will I access the software when we are not on camps?

    IT continues to work with vendors to see what options are available for student use. 

    • Students are licensed to install Microsoft Office 365 on their personal devices.  This includes Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and several others.
    • Adobe Creative Cloud and SPSS will be available for temporary use on student owned devices.

    Information on how to download, install and license the software is being sent to students when it becomes available. 

  • I have work saved on the KU network, how can I access it off campus?

    Please email helpcenter@kutztown.edu or call the Help Center 610-683-1511. Depending on where the files are stored, IT may be able to move them to onedrive.

What is Open/Closed/Scheduled/Canceled?

  • 3/30/20 - Monday Campus Update

    Dear KU Campus Community, 

    A new week is upon us and the Office of University Relations continues to prioritize our communication to campus. While our emphasis is on topics that are currently impacting our campus, we also are including important information beyond the spring semester. Advisement begins Wednesday, April 1, for the fall 2020 semester. Students need to contact their academic advisor for an advisement appointment before registering for courses. 

    Here are today’s updates from campus: 

    HEALTH UPDATE FOR THE KU CAMPUS
    There are NO confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus. As of today, there are 82 cases in Berks County. 

    GOVERNOR WOLF’S LATEST STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS
    Monday, Governor Wolf extended his ‘Stay at Home’ orders for identified counties, including Berks County, through April 30. While we continue to urge our students and employees only to travel unless necessary, at KU, we continue to operate under our current protocols: students are learning remotely, events on campus are cancelled, and non-essential employees are telecommuting until further notice. Essential employees have been contacted by their supervisors regarding their work status. Administrative offices will remain open utilizing phone and email communication. 

    SUMMER SESSIONS AND SUMMER ACTIVITIES
    The State System presidents received direction from the chancellor this morning regarding 2020 summer sessions and other planned summer activities at our universities. In keeping with the strategy being pursued by the governor to protect the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians, and in the interest of securing the safety of our faculty, staff and students, as well as our communities, President Hawkinson issued the message below to campus Monday morning. 

    STUDENTS: FUTURE PLANNING TIPS FROM PSECU AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER
    In a partnership between KU’s Career Development Center and PSECU, an informational video has been provided by PSECU on finances and future employment. Learn about compensation, non-monetary job perks and the hidden costs of employment through this financial education presentation, perfect for graduating seniors - or anyone who wants to learn more about personal finances and employment. Watch the video on D2L, on the Career Development Center’s class page. 

    FRIDAY NIGHT’S WHOLE TOWN TOAST
    Church bells kicked off Kutztown's Whole Town Toast Friday afternoon, March 27, followed by a message from both Kutztown's Mayor, Jim Schlegel and President Hawkinson. The bells and fire trucks signaled for the town to come out on their front porch for a town toast. Watch video.

    CENTER FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS AND ACHIEVEMENT
    Student success workshops are available for next week. Please click the link at the time indicated to attend workshop. 

    TOPIC

    MEETING ID

    DATE

    TIME

    Tips to be Successful in an Online Course

    690 136 889

    3/31/2020

    11 AM

    Time Management in an Online Course

    570-727-875

    3/31/2020

    12 PM

    Success Strategies for Online Tests & Anxiety

    879-177-133

    4/1/2020

    6 PM

    Reading & Note Taking Strategies for Online Learning

    589-217-883

    4/2/2020

    10 AM

    Tips to be Successful in an Online Course

    784 726 384

    4/2/2020

    11 AM

    KU IN THE NEWS: WLVT BETHLEHEM
    Officials from KU, along with other regional universities, were featured on PBS39 WLVT in Bethlehem over the weekend. Watch the feature story here.

    QUESTIONS
    We update our Frequently Asked Questions daily at www.kutztown.edu/CoronavirusInfo. If you have specific questions, please contact the Office of University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu.

    Sincerely, 

    KU Office of University Relations

  • KU Summer Sessions and Summer Activities
  • 3/27/20 - Friday Campus Update

    Dear KU Campus Community,

    It’s Friday and the sun is shining! Congratulations on completing your first week in our new online learning environment! We know there were challenges at times – and unexpected guests in some of our classes – but we hope our students and professors had a positive week of growth and creativity to accomplish our mission of higher education. Pennsylvania, and our neighboring states, continue to have increased cases of COVID-19. Over the weekend, please continue to prioritize you and your families’ health and safety by following safety measures issued by healthcare professionals.

    Here are today’s updates from campus:

    HEALTH UPDATE FOR THE KU CAMPUS
    There are NO confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus. As of today, there are 65 cases in Berks County.

    HOW THIS IMPACTS KU: GOVERNOR WOLF APPLIES MITIGATION EFFORTS TO BERKS COUNTY
    Today, Governor Wolf extended his ‘Stay at Home’ order to Berks County. At KU, we continue to operate under our current protocols: students are learning remotely, events on campus are cancelled, and non-essential employees are telecommuting until further notice. Essential employees have been contacted by their supervisors regarding their work status. Administrative offices will remain open utilizing phone and email communication.

    SELF-CARE TIPS
    The staff and students of KU Health and Wellness Services would like to share some self-care tips. It is important to stay home, but also to focus on staying mentally and physically healthy. We hope some of these tips will help you as we practice self-distancing. 

    CENTER FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS AND ACHIEVEMENT
    Student success workshops are available for next week. Please click the link at the time indicated to attend workshop. 

    TOPIC

    MEETING ID

    DATE

    TIME

    Online Goal Setting & Success Strategies 

    378-455-362

    3/30/2020

    6 PM

    Tips to be Successful in an Online Course

    690 136 889

    3/31/2020

    11 AM

    Time Management in an Online Course

    570-727-875

    3/31/2020

    12 PM

    Success Strategies for Online Tests & Anxiety

    879-177-133

    4/1/2020

    6 PM

    Reading & Note Taking Strategies for Online Learning

    589-217-883

    4/2/2020

    10 AM

    Tips to be Successful in an Online Course

    784 726 384

    4/2/2020

    11 AM

    FALL ADVISEMENT/COURSE REGISTRATION
    Assigned times for student registration for Fall 2020 are now available through MyKU. Students will need to contact their academic advisor for an advisement appointment before registering. Advisement begins Wednesday, April 1, and will not occur face-to-face; each advisor will communicate details with their students regarding the modality they will use. Course registration for Fall 2020 begins Monday, April 13.

    SUMMER SESSIONS
    Registration for summer courses is now open. Students can register for courses through MyKU. More information can be found online. Questions can be directed to the Office of the Registrar at regoffice@kutztown.edu

    REFUND REMINDER
    Earlier this week, we shared information regarding spring-semester refunds. Information can be found online. As refunds are currently being prepared, we want to remind students that they should ensure their refund preference is selected through our refund-processing agent, BankMobile Disbursements. Students should already have a refund selection on file, but if they do not, they should select a preference today. Select your refund preference at https://www.bankmobiledisbursements.com/refundchoices/. If you can’t locate your personal code, scroll down on the selection page, below the personal code box, and click Need a Code.

    For students who do not select a refund preference, 21 days after we refund, a default paper check will be printed and then mailed to the original address the student had at KU when they enrolled.  It is possible this is not your current address.  Addresses at BankMobile Disbursements are not updated or changed by Kutztown University. For security purposes, only students control this when they log in and make their selection after validation of identity.

    PARENT PLUS BORROWERS
    If a parent PLUS loan paid any of the items being reduced, the refund may be due to the parent if they indicated they wanted refunds on their loan application. If the parent would prefer the refund go to the student, they will need to complete a Parent PLUS Release form, the loan holder (parent) must sign it and scan it to us via email at studentaccounts@kutztown.edu. We are currently unable to receive a fax. You can take a picture of the signed form and send that as well if this is more convenient or you don’t have a scanner.

    INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
    International students without a US based address, will not have BankMobile as an option. We will be refunding your original method of payment; Flywire, credit card or echeck. If you paid by cash or personal check in our office, we will produce paper checks for you as soon as we return to the office. If alternative options are needed for our international students, we will work with you privately; email us at studentaccounts@kutztown.edu.

    REFUNDS – REDUCING LOANS AND FUTURE SEMESTERS
    Refunds will not be returned to lenders or loan servicers. Guidance will be forthcoming as to how a parent or student can return funds to their lenders or loan servicers; please await these guidelines next week if you are interested in paying back loans or interest. Refunds will also not be moved forward to a future semester. This is for many reasons, but primarily because this is a different academic year and aid year.

    PAYMENT PLAN UPDATE
    Students who have payment plans that are reflecting a balance higher than your current charges due because of the reduction in costs, KU is adjusting the plan amount to assist you - please be patient. You may be able to adjust the plan yourself, initiating this in the payment dashboard installment plan area. Also, please note the Fall 2020 plan will open April 6, more to follow on that later!

    As always, please contact studentaccounts@kutztown.edu with questions.

    QUESTIONS
    We update our Frequently Asked Questions daily at www.kutztown.edu/CoronavirusInfo. If you have specific questions, please contact the Office of University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu.

    Sincerely,

    KU Office of University Relations

  • 3/26/20 - Thursday Campus Update

    Dear KU Campus Community,

    Earlier today, President Hawkinson sent a video to members of our community, showcasing our campus. To quote President Hawkinson, “in moments of sadness, watch this video and be inspired. Indeed, Together We Roar!”

    Here are today’s updates from campus:

    HEALTH UPDATE FOR THE KU CAMPUS
    There are NO confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus. As of today, there are 36 cases in Berks County.

    DEADLINE EXTENDED: WITHDRAWING FROM A COURSE
    For the 2020 spring semester, the deadline to withdraw from a course has been extended until the end of regular classes, Friday, May 1, 2020. The Registrar can accept course withdraw requests via email RegOffice@kutztown.edu. Full information was emailed to campus earlier today.

    FRIDAY NIGHT: WHOLE TOWN TOAST
    The borough of Kutztown will host a Whole Town Toast at 6 p.m., Friday, March 27. It’s a porch-based celebration of our borough neighbors, their resilience and shared humanity. The Toast will include the ringing of church bells, a broadcast message from Mayor Schlegel and a parade of borough emergency vehicles through town. President Hawkinson will be representing KU by participating virtually through social media. If you live in town, please consider taking part. More information can be found on their Facebook page.

    FALL ADVISEMENT/COURSE REGISTRATION
    Assigned times for student registration for Fall 2020 are now available through MyKU. Students will need to contact their academic advisor for an advisement appointment before registering. Advisement begins Wednesday, April 1, and will not occur face-to-face; each advisor will communicate details with their students regarding the modality they will use. Course registration for Fall 2020 begins Monday, April 13.

    SUMMER SESSIONS
    Registration for summer courses is now open. Students can register for courses through MyKU. More information can be found online. Questions can be directed to the Office of the Registrar at regoffice@kutztown.edu.

    QUESTIONS
    We update our Frequently Asked Questions daily at www.kutztown.edu/CoronavirusInfo. If you have specific questions, please contact the Office of University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu.

    Sincerely,

    KU Office of University Relations

  • 3/25/20 - Wednesday Campus Update

    March 25, 2020

    Dear KU Campus Community,

    This morning, we announced our plans for this year’s spring commencement. While we feel the disappointment of our campus and particularly our seniors, as you work through your classes this week and beyond, know that an on-campus commencement ceremony will be waiting for you in the future.

    Here are today’s updates from campus:

    HEALTH UPDATE FOR THE KU CAMPUS
    There are NO confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus. As of today, there are 20 cases in Berks County.

    ALTERNATE GRADING SYSTEM
    We are aware that some universities in our State System have begun to announce new grading protocols for the current spring semester. Discussions at KU are well-underway with our campus constituents to allow alternative grading protocols this spring. We hope to share more information in the coming days. Thank you for your patience.

    FOOD PANTRY SERVICES AND OTHER RESOURCES
    Are you in need of food? Personal care items? Here are some resources available to you.

    1. You may contact Friend, Inc., located on Noble St. in Kutztown. Visit www.friendinc.org or call 610-683-7790.
    2. The KU Student Food Pantry will be open every Wednesday, 4-6 p.m., in the Lutheran Center (just a few houses down from admissions). No advance arrangements are necessary.
    3. Food can be delivered to you by Ryan from Friend, Inc., if you are in the area and do not have transportation, or if you cannot go out. Contact him via text or call at 484-547-7340.  He will get back to you to make arrangements.

    ACCEPTED STUDENTS RECEPTION
    As a result of concerns due to COVID-19, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions has decided to proactively offer our Accepted Student Reception as a virtual event. We are excited to engage as many members of the campus community in assisting prospective students with their decision to attend KU. We will have opportunities for interacting on social media accounts, livestreaming Zoom meetings and Q&A opportunities with current students, faculty and staff. Please be on the lookout for more information regarding assistance from your area as we finalize our plans.

    FALL ADVISEMENT/COURSE REGISTRATION
    Assigned times for student registration for Fall 2020 are now available through MyKU. Students will need to contact their academic advisor for an advisement appointment before registering. Advisement begins Wednesday, April 1, and will not occur face-to-face; each advisor will communicate details with their students regarding the modality they will use. Course registration for Fall 2020 begins Monday, April 13.

    SUMMER SESSIONS
    Registration for summer courses is now open. Students can register for courses through MyKU. More information can be found online. Questions can be directed to the Office of the Registrar at regoffice@kutztown.edu.

    BEAR ESSENTIALS NOW ONLINE
    This week’s edition of Bear Essentials is now available online.

    CENTER FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS AND ACHIEVEMENT (CASA)
    Upcoming Student success workshops are below. Please click the link at the time indicated to attend the workshop. If you have any questions, please contact CASA at casa@kutztown.edu.

    TOPIC

    DATE

    TIME

    Success Strategies for Online Tests & Anxiety 

    3/26/2020

    10 AM – 10:50 AM

    Tips to be Successful in an Online Course

    3/26/2020

    11 AM – 11:50 AM

    QUESTIONS
    We update our Frequently Asked Questions daily at www.kutztown.edu/CoronavirusInfo. If you have specific questions, please contact the Office of University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu.

    Sincerely,

    KU Office of University Relations

  • 3/25/20 - Kutztown University May 2020 Commencement Update

    Dear Kutztown University Campus Community,

    We know that our commencement ceremony is an important event for the KU campus community including our students, family/friends, faculty, staff and alumni.

    At this time, we feel that it is in the best interest of the health and safety of our campus community for the formal May commencement ceremonies to be rescheduled for a later date, most likely during the fall semester.

    I know this is disappointing news to our seniors, who have already lost the final weeks of their on-campus experience. I assure you we will consider all options to give our graduates and their families a time to celebrate the honor of earning a college degree in person, and on campus.

    Further updates, including cap and gown information, will be announced at a later date on the commencement website, email and university social media.

    Students who are eligible will officially graduate when their degree requirements are verified after the spring semester ends. We anticipate mailing diplomas to students, as usual, before August.

    Thank you for your understanding, and please stay healthy.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson
    President
    Kutztown University

  • 3/24/20 - Tuesday Campus Update

    Dear KU Campus Community,

    More students and faculty entered the online learning environment for the first time today. We’ve learned how to navigate ZOOM, our D2L accounts and are growing accustom to our new workspaces. Continue to take care of yourselves, your family and adhere to the guidance and recommendations from healthcare professionals.

    Here are today’s updates from campus:

    HEALTH UPDATE FOR THE KU CAMPUS
    There are NO confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus. As of today, there are 16 cases in Berks County.

    FALL ADVISEMENT/COURSE REGISTRATION

    Assigned times for student registration for Fall 2020 are now available through MyKU. Students will need to contact their academic advisor for an advisement appointment before registering. Advisement begins Wednesday, April 1, and will not occur face-to-face; each advisor will communicate details with their students regarding the modality they will use. Course registration for Fall 2020 begins Monday, April 13.

    SUMMER SESSIONS

    Registration for summer courses is now open. Students can register for courses through MyKU. More information can be found online. Questions can be directed to the Office of the Registrar at regoffice@kutztown.edu.

    CENTER FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS AND ACHIEVEMENT (CASA)

    Upcoming Student success workshops are below. Please click the link at the time indicated to attend the workshop. If you have any questions, please contact CASA at casa@kutztown.edu.

    TOPIC

    DATE

    TIME

    Reading & Note Taking Strategies for Online Learning

    3/25/2020

    6 PM – 6:50 PM

    Success Strategies for Online Tests & Anxiety 

    3/26/2020

    10 AM – 10:50 AM

    Tips to be Successful in an Online Course

    3/26/2020

    11 AM – 11:50 AM

    VIDEO OF RESIDENCE HALL MOVE-OUT
    Students continued the move-out process over the weekend. Get a glimpse into the process and watch the video here.

    QUARANTINE/ISOLATION GUIDANCE FOR KU COMMUNITY
    Keeping ourselves and our families safe and healthy during this time is our top priority. If we feel sick or have any symptoms of COVID-19, we need to be diligent in following healthcare recommendations and quarantine guidance. Below is current information from the CDC and the PA Department of Health. If you are feeling sick, please communicate with your healthcare provider and consider the quarantine measures listed in this document.

    QUESTIONS
    We update our Frequently Asked Questions daily at www.kutztown.edu/CoronavirusInfo. If you have specific questions, please contact the Office of University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu.

    Sincerely,

    KU Office of University Relations

  • 3/23/20 - Monday Campus Update

    Dear KU Campus Community,

    We have officially entered an online learning environment. Today, our students experienced online instruction – some for the first time – and encountered first-hand the benefits, and challenges, this brings. With our health at the forefront, we applaud our students for their flexibility (and patience) as our community adapts to working and learning from areas such as dining room tables, sofas, kitchen counters and bedrooms. Thank you for your tremendous effort and commitment to KU and your studies. Our faculty and staff will continue to work hard to provide the means and resources for you to succeed.

    Here are today’s updates from campus:

    HEALTH UPDATE FOR THE KU CAMPUS
    There are NO confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus. As of today, there are 14 cases in Berks County.

    D2L: THANKS FOR YOUR PATIENCE!
    Today, Kutztown University and many other State System universities transitioned to online learning. Although action was taken beforehand to increase capacity, today’s utilization exceeded the increased capacity, resulting in the slow performance and loss of access that was experienced today.

    We have worked with D2L to resolve the performance issues scaling the environment to meet anticipated demand. Currently, D2L is performing as required. We will we continue to monitor D2L performance to ensure a stable and reliable environment. Thank you for your patience as we adjust to our new environment.

    FALL ADVISEMENT/COURSE REGISTRATION
    Assigned times for student registration for Fall 2020 are now available through MyKU. Students will need to contact their academic advisor for an advisement appointment before registering. Advisement begins Wednesday, April 1, and will not occur face-to-face; each advisor will communicate details with their students regarding the modality they will use. Course registration for Fall 2020 begins Monday, April 13.

    ROHRBACH LIBRARY RESOURCE GUIDE
    Librarians are available online to answer questions and help with research at https://library.kutztown.edu/covid19. Rohrbach Library’s resource guide outlines library services, policies and useful links for spring semester.

    CENTER FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS AND ACHIEVEMENT (CASA)
    Upcoming Student success workshops are below. Please click the link at the time indicated to attend the workshop. If you have any questions, please contact CASA at casa@kutztown.edu.

    TOPIC

    DATE

    TIME

    Time Management in an Online Course 

    3/23/2020

    6 PM – 6:50 PM

    Tips to be Successful in an Online Course

    3/24/2020

    11 AM – 11:50 AM

    Online Goal Setting & Success Strategies 

    3/24/2020

    12 PM – 12:50 PM

    Reading & Note Taking Strategies for Online Learning

    3/25/2020

    6 PM – 6:50 PM

    Success Strategies for Online Tests & Anxiety 

    3/26/2020

    10 AM – 10:50 AM

    Tips to be Successful in an Online Course

    3/26/2020

    11 AM – 11:50 AM

    ONLINE TUTORING SERVICES
    Tutoring Services will continue to support students by providing services online via Zoom. Tutoring Services will continue to accept tutor requests via MyKU and match students with available peer tutors, supplemental instructors, labs and academic peer mentors online. A complete list of supported courses is available on our website.  Additionally, online Labs for Business, CCS/IT, STEM courses schedules are available here. Review the schedules and click on the time to access the online tutoring lab.

    RESTAURANTS OPEN IN KUTZTOWN
    The Kutztown Community Partnership website (www.kutztownpartnership.org) and the “Kutztown, PA” mobile app have created Distance Dining options in the Kutztown Area.  A list of restaurants are available that offer take-out, curbside, delivery and gift cards.

    WFMZ FEATURE STORY
    WFMZ 69 News was on campus Friday to report on students moving out from residence halls and the student response to the pandemic. Watch the news report here.

    BERKS COUNTY INFORMATION
    For more information on Berks County, please visit their website or call 610-320-6150.

    QUESTIONS
    We update our Frequently Asked Questions daily at www.kutztown.edu/CoronavirusInfo. If you have specific questions, please contact the Office of University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu.

    Sincerely,

    KU Office of University Relations

  • 3/20/20 - Friday Campus Update

    March 20, 2020

    Dear KU Campus Community,

    We are four days into our new university environment and staff members from across campus have joined together to continue to provide resources and assistance to our campus constituents. Our staff has adapted to our current climate, taken on new responsibilities and embraced our commitment to our students. Thank you to everyone on campus (and those telecommuting from home) during an unprecedented week in our lives.

    President Hawkinson began Friday morning by sending a campus-wide video to our community. Watch it here.

    Here are today’s updates from campus:

    HEALTH UPDATE FOR THE KU CAMPUS
    There are NO confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus. As of today, there are five reported cases in Berks County. 

    SPRING SEMESTER REFUNDS DUE TO COVID-19
    Kutztown University is currently calculating prorated refunds for housing, dining and select auxiliary-related fees due to the closure of on-campus residence halls and other facilities. Based on guidance from the State System, the university is projecting a 50% refund of selected fees for the current spring semester to be issued the week of April 6th. With this in mind, the KU Office of Student Accounts proactively cancelled some student payment plans that would have led to additional refunds, while adjusting others to a reduced amount. 

    Students may need to take action to identify how they wish to receive their refund. Please visit our website to confirm you’ve made your refund choice with BankMobile Disbursements (some students may have already made refund-choice decisions, while others who may not have been expecting a refund will want to login and select their preference). We continue to work through all the details and hope to have more information to share next week. 

    Thanks for your patience and understanding as we work through this unique set of circumstances. Contact KU’s Office of Student Accounts with questions at studentaccounts@kutztown.edu.

    COUNSELING & PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES AVAILABLE REMOTELY
    In light of the university’s decision to transition to online classes for the remainder of the semester, we want you to know that counselors in KU’s Department of Counseling & Psychological Services (CPS) will be available to students at this time via email (cps@kutztown.edu) or phone (610-683-4072). Messages that are left by students will be responded to as soon as possible by a CPS counselor. If you are currently experiencing a mental health emergency, please utilize the following resources online.

    FALL ADVISEMENT/COURSE REGISTRATION
    Assigned times for student registration for Fall 2020 are now available through MyKU. Students will need to contact their academic advisor for an advisement appointment before registering. Advisement begins Wednesday, April 1, and will not occur face-to-face; each advisor will communicate details with their students regarding the modality they will use. Course registration for Fall 2020 begins Monday, April 13.

    UNIVERSITY WRITING CENTER ONLINE
    The KU Writing Center is able to help student-writers in all classes and disciplines via online tutoring through our online program. Online, 30-minute appointments with writing tutors will start at 11 a.m., Monday, March 23. Sessions can be scheduled during the following times: Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 2-9 p.m. Access the University Writing Center at https://kutztown.mywconline.com. Please contact Patricia Pytleski, director of the KU Writing Center, at pytleski@kutztown.edu with any questions.

    CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER
    The Career Development Center continues to offer numerous resources to assist students with their career goals. As many students have course requirements tied to the Career Development Center's events and resources, please refer to this infographic

    STUDENT WORKER OPPORTUNITIES
    KU student workers will be offered the opportunity to continue working remotely and/or in an alternate assignment. More information will be sent to student employees and supervisors next week.

    READING EAGLE FEATURE STORY
    The Reading Eagle was on campus Thursday to report on students moving out from residence halls and the student response to the pandemic. You can read the full story here.

    1918 FLU PANDEMIC AND THE KUTZTOWN COMMUNITY
    Interested in learning what Kutztown and the then-Kutztown Normal School were like during the 1918 flu pandemic? Read a guest column in today’s Reading Eagle to learn more.

    QUESTIONS
    We update our Frequently Asked Questions daily at www.kutztown.edu/CoronavirusInfo. If you have specific questions, please contact the Office of University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu.

    Sincerely,

    KU Office of University Relations

  • 3/19/20 - Thursday Campus Update

    Dear KU Campus Community,

    Our faculty have showcased their strong work ethic and innovation as our learning environment is going through a tremendous transformation. Online instruction begins next week and we continue to promote our many resources available to our students and faculty in our collective efforts for all to succeed this semester. As always, we encourage our students to communicate with their professors regarding any updates as we begin online instruction Monday, March 23.

    President Hawkinson will address our campus community in a video to be released tomorrow morning.

    Here are today’s updates:

    HEALTH UPDATE FOR THE KU CAMPUS
    There are NO confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus. As of today, there is one reported case in Berks County.

    BUILDING ACCESS FOR STUDENTS
    All exterior doors to campus buildings remain locked. Students who need access to academic buildings should contact their dean to schedule an appointment for building access (Education / Business / LAS).

    For students in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, students may retrieve personal belongings stored in Sharadin, Schaeffer and Old Main during residence hall move-out this week. In addition, students may leave belongings, currently in these locations, until a later date when normal access to campus resumes. VPA students should complete the registration form to pick-up/drop-off items. Once the form is completed, an exact time will be emailed to students. Students will need to check-in and check-out at the plaza between Schaeffer and Sharadin (by the fountain) to retrieve or drop-off any items. Please bring hand sanitizer and wipes when coming to campus to wipe down hard surfaces that are touched; please do not come to campus if you are feeling sick. Additional questions for VPA? Contact Dr. Michelle Kiec, dean, at kiec@kutztown.edu.

    ADDED MOVE-OUT TIMES FOR BECK, BERKS, LEHIGH, ROTHERMEL, SCHUYLKILL HALLS
    We are able to add additional days and times for residents of Beck, Berks, Lehigh, Rothermel and Schuylkill halls to move-out of your housing assignment (Friday and Sunday). These students were also emailed directly from Housing and Residence Life earlier today. A full schedule is available online. If students are not comfortable coming to collect their items, please don’t come. If students need longer access or special assistance, please call Housing and Residence Life at 610-683-4027 to make those arrangements before entering your assignment. 

    FALL ADVISEMENT/COURSE REGISTRATION
    Assigned times for student registration for Fall 2020 will be available by Friday morning, March 20, through MyKU. Students will need to contact their academic advisor for an advisement appointment before registering. Advisement will not occur face-to-face; each advisor will communicate details with their students regarding the modality they will use.

    SUMMER SESSIONS
    Registration for summer courses opened Monday, March 16. Students can register for courses through MyKU. More information can be found online. Questions can be directed to the Office of the Registrar at regoffice@kutztown.edu. 

    DISABILITY SERVICES
    KU’s Office of Disability Services (DSO) has communicated with our faculty and (identified) students on accommodations for our new learning environment. DSO notetakers will continue to provide notes to our students with this accommodation. Students with autism, who are part of the My Place program, will continue to participate in the program remotely. Questions regarding the My Place schedule of events and all other Disability Services topics should contact Linda Lantaff at lantaff@kutztown.edu.

    CENTER FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS & ACHIEVEMENT (CASA)
    CASA remains available to assist students with academic-success strategies such as time management, test-taking, test anxiety, note-taking and textbook-reading - especially in an online environment. Contact us at casa@kutztown.edu. Appointments can be held by telephone, email and Zoom. A schedule of Zoom workshops will be available soon and posted on the CASA website at www.kutztown.edu/casa

    HOME WORKOUT VIDEOS – FREE FOR TWO MONTHS

    Les Mills, a partner of KU Recreational Services, has created a streaming site with free access to more than 100 workouts across 10 categories, including something for the whole family. Videos can be found online, users do not need to create a Les Mills On Demand account to access the content and free content will be available for at least two months (this may be extended). 

    QUESTIONS
    We update our Frequently Asked Questions daily at www.kutztown.edu/CoronavirusInfo. If you have specific questions, please contact the Office of University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu.

    Sincerely,

    KU Office of University Relations

  • 3/18/20 - Wednesday Campus Update

    Dear KU Campus Community, 

    More progress has been made in preparing our students and campus to operate and succeed in a new environment. During this time, we hope to continue communication on a regular basis with updates from across campus. Our Housing and Residence Life staff has worked extremely hard to begin moving students out of their residence halls today. 

    Here are today’s updates from across campus: 

    HEALTH UPDATE FOR THE KU CAMPUS
    There are NO confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus. As of today, one case has been reported in Berks County. 

    OPERATIONS OF CAMPUS
    The following is the operational status for Kutztown University during the pandemic:

    • Most Kutztown University administrative offices are operating during normal business hours (M-F, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.).
    • To assist with social distancing during the pandemic, appointments should be conducted via telephone or remotely, when possible. On-campus appointments may be conducted as necessary. Questions may be directed to individual offices through university email. If you are uncertain who to contact, please email the Office of University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu.
    • All classes will be taught online for the remainder of the semester.
    • Residence halls are closed. Students allowed to remain in residence halls because of unique circumstances are not permitted to have visitors in their rooms.
    • The KU Health & Wellness Center is open. Patients must call for an appointment (610-683-4082).
    • For safety and health purposes, most university buildings are locked and can only be accessed by KU employees.

    ONLINE TUTORING
    As we move course delivery for the remainder of the spring semester online, Tutoring Services will continue to support students by providing services online via Zoom. Tutoring Services will continue to accept tutor requests via MyKU and match students with available peer tutors, supplemental instructors, labs and academic peer mentors online. All current students registered with Tutoring Services will receive an updated match email by Friday, March 20, with instructions on how to schedule and access tutoring sessions via Zoom. A complete list of courses will be available on our website. 

    TEXTBOOK RENTAL RETURN
    Attention all Golden Bears that rented textbooks from KU Campus Store. We will be emailing a prepaid shipping label to your student email address, so you can conveniently return your rental textbooks. It will be emailed to students after Monday, April 20. We have extended our rental due date to Friday, May 15. 

    BEAR ESSENTIALS
    Bear Essentials, our weekly news bulletin sent to KU students, will be included in our campus update until further notice. Today’s edition can be found online. We continue to encourage submissions using the online submission form. 

    QUESTIONS
    We update our Frequently Asked Questions daily. If you have specific questions, please contact the Office of University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu

    Thank you for bringing your concerns to our attention. Stay well, Golden Bears. 

    KU Office of University Relations

  • 3/17/20 - Tuesday Campus Update

    Dear KU Campus Community, 

    Over the last 24 hours, we have worked to provide answers and solutions to many of the concerns we know exist. While we still have some unanswered questions, we do have updates for the campus community we wanted to share: 

    HEALTH UPDATE FOR THE KU CAMPUS
    The health and wellness of our campus is our highest priority during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.  There are NO confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus. The campus is following guidance provided by federal, commonwealth and local health officials.  As stated on March 16th: KU classes will be held online for the remainder of the semester; residence halls are closed, with some minor exceptions; all campus events are cancelled; KU employees, to the extent possible, are permitted to telecommute through March 31st (essential employees required to be on-campus have been contacted by their supervisors). 

    REFUNDS
    Discussion is well-underway, at the State System level, regarding refunds. We will share information when final decisions are determined. 

    GRADUATION
    Many options are being discussed regarding our spring commencement ceremonies. No decision has been made at this time. We will share information when further decisions are made. 

    GRAD FEST
    Due to the current state of the university, Grad Fest, scheduled for March 23 and March 24, has been canceled. As final decisions are made regarding graduation, students will be emailed with further information. 

    BUILDING ACCESS
    Beginning Wednesday, March 18, all exterior doors to campus buildings will be locked. Any employee coming to campus should have their key/ID card for building access. Students who need access to academic buildings should contact their dean to schedule an appointment for building access (Education / Business / VPA / LAS). 

    MAILROOM
    We are in the process of forwarding all student mail and packages to the home address on record.  There will be limited office delivery until employees return to campus to work. Questions regarding mailroom hours should be directed to pflugler@kutztown.edu. 

    ACCESS TO FREE E-BOOKS
    The KU Campus Store is pleased to announce that we are able to provide free access to more than 50,000 e-book titles to any student who may be without their textbooks. Students may begin accessing this expansive catalog of free course materials from participating publishers today. Students can simply log in to the VitalSource Bookshelf app using their KU email address (or creating a new account, if necessary) with this link: bookshelf.vitalsource.com.  Please email us at bookstore@kutztown.edu if you need any assistance. 

    LAPTOP ACCESS FOR STUDENTS
    Kutztown University has a limited number of laptops that students can check-out for the duration of the semester.  If your device is going to impact your ability to participate in online learning, please complete the Kutztown Student Laptop Request Form at https://tinyurl.com/wjqbjb8. 

    ONLINE TUTORING
    Tutoring Services will offer online tutoring for students this semester. More information will be coming soon. A complete list of courses will be available on our website. 

    KU HEALTH AND WELLNESS CENTER
    The KU Health & Wellness Center is closely monitoring the situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus). In an effort to help us keep you safe and healthy, we are requiring that any students needing to use the Health Center must call first for telephone screening and triage prior to scheduling an appointment at 610-683-4082. Our hours of operation currently are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  After hours, please email the Health & Wellness Center at health@kutztown.edu (messages will be answered within 24 hours).  In the event of an emergency, contact KU Public Safety and Police Services at 610-683-4001. 

    QUESTIONS
    Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions website for further updates. If you have specific questions, please contact the Office of University Relations at UR@kutztown.edu

    We appreciate your patience as we continue to progress over the coming days. 

    KU Office of University Relations

  • 3/16/20 - Campus Update from President Hawkinson: Classes to Move Online for Semester, Telecommuting to Begin at KU

    Dear Kutztown University Students, Faculty, and Staff, 

    The situation has been changing rapidly concerning the COVID-19 outbreak with new information and directives coming each day.  

    My previous decision asking all faculty to convert face-to-face classes to online or another form of technology by March 23, and to be taught using these methods for the following week, has been superseded by events. It was my intent to continue to accomplish our mission of educating our students by allowing the possibility that students could return to campus in the coming weeks.  However, the need to safeguard the health of our community is requiring that I now announce that the university will move to online instruction for the rest of the spring semester.  

    Currently there are NO confirmed cases of the virus at the university. 

    Please note that all on-campus events, including athletic contests, are canceled for the remainder of the semester.  Information regarding our spring commencement ceremonies will be forthcoming, but probably not for a few weeks.  All experiential learning assignments such as internships, externships, clinicals, labs, and student teaching assignments are suspended as well. 

    Students will receive additional information about the move-out process from Housing and Dining Services. We will be asking all students living in residence halls to remove their belongings and check out of the residence halls.  Options will be available for students who need to remain in university housing due to emergency situations. 

    All non-essential employees are to stay home beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020.  We will be communicating with our employees in the coming days regarding office coverage and transitioning to telecommuting, for those able to do so.  Essential employees will be contacted by their supervisors regarding their work status.  To be clear, the university will operate differently.  At this time, all administrative offices will remain open utilizing phone and email communication.  Special appointments will be available, as needed.  We will continue to monitor guidance from the state government and the State System regarding protocols for employees. 

    Information about responses to the coronavirus continue to shift rapidly. Please visit KU’s website (https://www.kutztown.edu/news-and-media/announcements/health-update.html) for updates, and continue to rely on official sources like The Centers for Disease Control or the Pennsylvania Department of Health for information about the virus.

    We know this decision will impact our campus and that there are many questions.  The situation continues to change and we will work in the coming days to respond to these changes and to your concerns.  Please see the Frequently Asked Questions section on our Health website (https://www.kutztown.edu/news-and-media/announcements/health-update.html). 

    I have often spoke of what I believe to be the role of higher education – to awaken young people, to make them curious, to build character and to instill in them a humility and gratefulness that will inspire them throughout their lives.  Our students and all members of our community are being tested by this crisis, and if they employ these values above they will come out of this as more enlightened individuals. 

    I turn again to famed writer David Brooks, who I quoted in my inaugural address.  This is how he describes actualized or enlightened individuals... 

    He says that these people are calm, settled, and rooted.  They are not blown off course by storms.  They don't crumble in adversity.  Their minds are consistent and their hearts are dependable. They possess the self-effacing virtues of people who are inclined to be useful but don't need to prove anything to the world - they display humility, restraint, reticence, temperance, respect, and soft self-discipline.

    At Kutztown University we say it is good to be golden – we define golden as encompassing these characteristics above.  Our students have “grit” and I am confident we all will come out of this challenge as stronger individuals.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson
    President
    Kutztown University

  • 3/13/20 - State System chancellor orders suspension of in-person instruction until March 29, online classes to begin March 23.

    March 13, 2020 - 7 p.m.

    Dear KU Campus Community: 

    The 14 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education universities, including Kutztown University, just received direction from our chancellor to suspend face-to-face classes for the next two weeks. 

    KU will convert to online instruction from March 23rd through March 29th.  It is our expectation that KU residence halls will now reopen Sunday, March 29th at 1 p.m.  

    We are closely monitoring the situation, and will adjust our plans as needed based on the most up-to-date directives we receive from the state government and State System.  Please be prepared for these changes to occur.  

    Our plan for next week remains the same: administrative offices will remain open; professors should prepare to put their classes online and be available to answer inquiries from their students.  

    The announcement from the chancellor follows.   We expect to provide further information in the near future. 

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson
    President

    TOPIC: Chancellor Daniel Greenstein’s announcement to suspend in-person instruction at Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education institutions March 16-29

    FROM: Chancellor Daniel Greenstein 

    The Governor has announced that all K-12 schools in PA will close starting Monday, March 16 through March 29, in order to limit social interactions to help control the spread of the coronavirus. In keeping with that strategy, and in the interest of the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians, I am directing that no in-person instruction occur at our 14 universities during that same two-week period. 

    We encourage students, faculty, and staff to be in contact with their home universities–their best source of direct information.

    In the days and weeks ahead, it’s important for us to come together, exercise patience, and collaborate with one another as we confront our collective challenges. This is going to take everybody doing their part for the sake of our students.

    March 13, 2020 4 p.m.

    Dear KU Campus Community,

    The Kutztown University administration and emergency management team continue to closely monitor the coronavirus pandemic.  While there are no confirmed cases of the virus at KU, the pandemic has caused a disruption to our society, unlike anything most of us have experienced in recent history.

    The health and wellness of our campus community continues to be our top priority.  All of our actions, whether directed by our governor, State System chancellor, or set by our administration, are made in the best interest of the campus and surrounding community.  With this in mind, here are the latest updates for the KU campus:

    STATUS OF CLASSES AND RESIDENCE HALLS
    (see above for current status of classes and residence halls)

    All internships for credit, clinicals, and student teaching assignments will continue as long as the host institution is open for business.  

    PREPARATION FOR POSSIBLE ONLINE LEARNING
    Faculty are strongly encouraged to continue to work to move their classes to an online environment for online classes, should this be necessary.  Per the request of several faculty, we will be establishing a course in D2L named “Online Instruction” to provide a discussion forum for faculty to share information. The course should be available by the end of the day Friday, March 13th.  Please contact the IT/D2L Help Center (helpcenter@kutztown.edu) if you have questions.

    ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES
    As stated Wednesday, all administrative offices will remain open on a regular operating schedule.  Employees with underlying health conditions, that might impact their regular work assignments, should contact Human Resources for more information.  Staff should prepare immediately to work from home, if it becomes necessary.

    KU HEALTH AND WELLNESS CENTER
    The KU Health & Wellness Center is closely monitoring the situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus). In an effort to help us keep you safe and healthy, we are requiring that any students needing to use the Health Center must call first for telephone screening and triage prior to scheduling an appointment at 610-683-4082. Our hours of operation currently are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  After hours, please contact KU Public Safety and Police Services for any emergencies at 610-683-4001.

    GRADUATE ASSISTANTS AND STUDENT WORKERS
    Graduate assistants may be allowed to continue to work on a case-by-case basis.  Any graduate assistants who were not on campus during spring break will need screening by the KU Health and Wellness Center, prior to resuming their employment.  Student workers who remained in the community and worked on campus during spring break, will be allowed to continue working, as appropriate.  All other student workers are to remain at home until March 22nd.

    DIRECTIVES FROM GOVERNOR WOLF
    Governor Wolf has provided the following directives, which have been implemented on campus, until further notice:

    • Large gatherings of any type should be held virtually, postponed, or cancelled.
    • Employees shall only virtually participate in externally hosted large meetings, conferences, trainings, or community events.
    • International and out-of-state travel for university purposes is prohibited (this falls in line with the KU directive that ALL work-related travel is prohibited).
    • State System employees who live in Montgomery County, but work in other counties, and those who live in other counties but work in Montgomery County will be instructed to work from home effective Friday, March 13th for 14 days.  The Commonwealth is authorizing a 10-workday paid absence for individuals who are not able to work from home; the State System is following suit.

    GOLDEN BEAR ATHLETICS
    The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) and PSAC institutional presidents have decided to cancel the remainder of the spring athletic season, effective immediately for conference contests, and Sunday for non-conference contests.  The East Coast Conference has cancelled its championship for women’s bowling.  All countable related athletic activities (CARA) are suspended until March 30th, at which time the board of directors will review a proposal from the athletics administrators to resume CARA or suspend for the remainder of the semester.  All KU student-athletes will be asked to return home.  

    CLUB SPORTS
    At this time, all club teams will suspend operations immediately until March 29th.  All club sports members will be asked to return home.  

    EVENT CANCELLATIONS
    Most university events for the remainder of the month have been cancelled.  Event cancellations are being posted on the KU website at https://www.kutztown.edu/news-and-media/announcements/health-update/current-event-cancellations.html
    The site also includes instructions for reporting event cancellations.  Members of the campus community are encouraged to submit event cancellations to University Relations at ur@kutztown.edu

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ADDED TO KU HEALTH UPDATE WEBSITE
    Frequently asked questions have been added to the bottom of the KU Health Update Website.  The common questions and answers we are receiving are being added on an on-going basis.   They can be viewed at https://www.kutztown.edu/news-and-media/announcements/health-update.html 

    CAMPUS CLEANING
    A deep cleaning of many campus facilities has been ordered, and will take place in the week ahead. 

    COMMENCEMENT
    KU’s commencement activities are scheduled for May 8th and 9th.   There are no changes at this time.

    PREVENTING THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS
    Please continue to remember some important tips to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the flu and other respiratory viruses, which continue to affect many areas in the world. Although we are not able to fully prevent the spread of any virus, the following measures will help you to protect yourself and contain the spread to others:

    • Stay at home if you are sick.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze, for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue if available, or cough or sneeze into your sleeve.  Throw the tissue in the trash. Immediately follow up with hand washing or sanitizing.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth to prevent spreading germs.
    • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
    • Keep surfaces clean, especially computer keyboard and mouse, light switches, TV remotes, phones, door and cabinet handles.

    We will continue to monitor this situation closely and provide additional updates as soon as they become available. 

    Sincerely, 

    Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson, President
    & the KU Emergency Management Team

  • 3/11/20 - Campus Health Update from President Hawkinson - KU to Suspend Classes Next Week

    March 11, 2020

    Dear Kutztown University Campus Community,

    We are continuing to closely monitor the evolving situation with regard to COVID-19 (coronavirus).  There are NO confirmed cases of coronavirus on the Kutztown University campus at this time.

    However, out of an abundance of caution, we have decided that it is in the best interest of our campus community to suspend classes and close the residence halls through Saturday, March 21st.  At this time, residence halls are scheduled to re-open Sunday, March 22nd at 1 p.m., and classes will resume Monday, March 23rd.  All internships for credit, clinicals, and student teaching assignments will continue as long as the host institution is open for business. Those students will have access to on-campus housing, if applicable.  Faculty should be available for student inquires, and use the extra time to prepare to deliver courses online, should it be necessary to take further action beyond March 21st.  

    All administrative offices will remain open on a regular operating schedule.  Employees with underlying health conditions, that might impact their regular work assignments, should contact Human Resources for more information. 

    In addition, we are cancelling all university-sponsored travel for faculty, staff and students until further notice.  This includes, but is not limited to, professional development and non-essential business activities, including regional, state-wide, national and international travel. 

    The university will continue to monitor and plan for any new developments with the coronavirus in the days ahead as we work through the finer details of this issue.  We remain committed foremost to our students' and employees’ well-being and safety.

    At this time, all KU intercollegiate athletic events will be held as scheduled, and other university events scheduled for next week will be held on a case-by-case basis as determined by university leadership.  Please check with the sponsoring department regarding the status of each event before making the decision to attend. 

    Any students who have developed symptoms consistent with the coronavirus (fever, coughing, difficulty breathing, fatigue) should contact their family physician, as well as the KU Health & Wellness Center at 610-683-4082.  Faculty and staff should remain at home and contact their family physician. 

    Please continue to remember some important tips to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the flu and other respiratory viruses, which continue to affect many areas in the world.

    Although we are not able to fully prevent the spread of any virus, the following measures will help you to protect yourself and contain the spread to others:

    • Stay at home if you are sick.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze, for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue if available, or cough or sneeze into your sleeve.  Throw the tissue in the trash. Immediately follow up with hand washing or sanitizing.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth to prevent spreading germs.
    • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
    • Keep surfaces clean, especially computer keyboard and mouse, light switches, TV remotes, phones, door and cabinet handles.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a valuable resource for even more tips and includes helpful information about traveling domestically and internationally. Frequently Asked Questions about a variety of topics, including risk assessments, are also featured. For the most up to date information, we suggest that you bookmark the CDC Website and check it routinely.

    Again, we will be continuing to monitor the coronavirus closely and will notify the university community as the situation unfolds.  We appreciate your flexibility as we maintain our efforts to ensure the safety and well-being of our campus.  Enjoy the remainder of your spring break.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson
    President
    Kutztown University

  • 3/5/20 - Health Update

    March 5, 2020

    Dear Kutztown University Campus Community,

    As many prepare to leave campus for spring break, which is March 9-15, please remember some important tips to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the flu and other respiratory viruses, which continue to affect many areas in the world.

    This is a fast-evolving situation that is understandably causing high levels of concern. A university task force has been charged with reviewing—and updating as needed—our existing pandemic planning procedures.  The task force is working with the PA Department of Health and coordinating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    We understand that this situation can be frightening, given the immense media coverage, but it is not dissimilar to the situation we prepared for during the H1N1 pandemic outbreak in 2009. The university will continue to monitor and plan for any new developments and remains committed to our students' well-being and safety.

    As spring break approaches, we ask all travelers to weigh the necessity of any upcoming travel and understand the risks involved, in accordance with CDC travel guidance.

    Although we are not able to fully prevent the spread of any virus, the following measures will help you to protect yourself and contain the spread to others:

    • Stay at home if you are sick.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze, for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue if available, or cough or sneeze into your sleeve.  Throw the tissue in the trash. Immediately follow up with hand washing or sanitizing.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth to prevent spreading germs.
    • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
    • Keep surfaces clean, especially computer keyboard and mouse, light switches, TV remotes, phones, door and cabinet handles.

    The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is a valuable resource for even more tips and includes helpful information about traveling domestically and internationally. Frequently Asked Questions about a variety of topics, including risk assessments, are also featured. For the most up to date information, we suggest that you bookmark the CDC Website and check it routinely.

    If at any time you are experiencing symptoms, please contact your medical provider or contact KU Clinical Services at 610-683-4082.

    We appreciate the help of every member of the KU community, and we will continue to update our website, as well as other essential resources and information.

    KU Emergency Management Team

  • 2/27/20 Announcement - Campus Update on Coronavirus

    Dear KU Campus Community,

    Kutztown University continues to closely monitor the outbreak of the New Coronavirus.  The status we shared at the beginning of the semester remains the same --- we have NO cases of Coronavirus on our campus or in our neighboring communities. 

    The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health are closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) as it continues to evolve.  KU’s Emergency Management Team continues to review all protocols.

    The following information answers some of the questions about the Coronavirus, including its prevention:

    What is the Coronavirus?

    It is a newly identified Coronavirus that causes symptoms of respiratory illness.  It was first identified in December 2019, in Wuhan, China. 

    What is the risk? 

    The New Coronavirus is considered a public health concern because it is so new, and the CDC continues to learn about this new virus.  However, the risk to the general public is considered low at this time.

    Recommendations

    The CDC recommends individuals who have traveled to infected areas and have developed respiratory symptoms (cough, fever, or shortness of breath) within 14 days of travel, should visit their medical doctor.  Any KU students with concerns about symptoms should call the Health Center at 610-683-4082 for further instructions. 

    Prevention

    In an effort to try to prevent any contagious illness,

    • Wash hands frequently and before eating with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 
    • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 
    • Avoid sharing cups, water bottles, utensils and other personal items.
    • Stay home when sick and avoid others who are sick.

    Helpful links are included below.  We will continue to monitor this situation closely and provide updates as necessary. 

    KU Health and Wellness Services

    LINKS:

    Center for Disease Control and Prevention

    Pennsylvania Department of Health

  • 1/24/20 Announcement - Flu on the KU Campus

    Dear KU Campus Community, 

    Recent news regarding the confirmation of two Coronavirus cases in the United States naturally raises questions regarding its presence in our region and on the Kutztown University campus.  There are NO confirmed cases of Coronavirus in our region or on our campus.   The health and wellness of our campus community is a priority, and our Emergency Management Team continues to monitor the situation closely. 

    It is important to be aware, however, that the 2019-20 flu season is here, and we do have several confirmed cases of traditional flu on campus. 

    Flu Symptoms

    Influenza (“The Flu”) can cause mild to severe illness. Flu is different from a cold. Flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often experience some or all of these symptoms:

    • fever or feeling feverish/chills
    • cough
    • sore throat
    • runny or stuffy nose
    • muscle or body aches
    • headaches
    • fatigue (tiredness)
    • some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

    Flyer: 3 Actions to Fight the Flu

    The best defenses against the flu are listed at the link above and in this chart.  Students having any of these symptoms should report to the KU Health Center, 1st floor Beck Hall, or call us at (610) 683-4082.   Faculty and staff should visit their family physician. 

    Thank you, and best wishes for a healthy semester. 

    KU Health and Wellness Services

HELP PREVENT THE SPREAD OF RESPIRATORY VIRUSES:COVER YOUR COUGH OR SNEEZE WITH A TISSUE then throw the tissue in the trash. Follow with hand washing or sanitizing./ WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN AND WITH SOAP AND WATER for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcoholbased hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. / AVOID TOUCHING YOUR EYES, NOSE AND MOUTH with unwashed hands. / CLEAN AND DISINFECT frequently touched objects and surfaces, such as cell phones, keyboard and doorknobs. / AVOID CLOSE CONTACT with people who are sick. / STAY HOME IF YOU ARE SICK