August 2020

Volume 3, Issue 1

  • Fall 2020 Reopening Plan

    Message from President Hawkinson On Reopening Kutztown University in Fall 2020
    President Hawkinson issued the following message Monday afternoon to faculty, staff, students and broader community regarding KU's return to campus this fall. Read and watch here.

    Guide to Fall 2020 Semester
    Be sure to review our Reopening Plan and our FAQ's for the upcoming fall semester. If you have questions regarding your student's return that are not answered in the reopening plan and FAQ's, please contact

  • Academic Affairs

    Tutoring Services
    Tutoring Services is currently recruiting peer tutors in all subject areas for Fall 2020. If your student is interested in this position, have them complete the Tutoring Services Employment Application. If you have any questions, please contact

    Success Academy
    Succeed as a Golden Bear! KU's Success Academy is designed to show new students how to achieve their educational goals during freshman year. The Success Academy is free and will take place Aug. 17-19 (a few days before the start of the fall semester). Please tell your student to register online. If you have any questions, contact R. Chad Brown, assistant director for Retention and Student Success, at

    KU Succeed
    KU Succeed is an academic recovery program designed to help students return to good academic standing by providing a framework for academic success. This framework includes skill-building seminars, mentoring and educational and personal advising. If your student would like to participate they can register here. If you have any questions, contact R. Chad Brown, assistant director for Retention and Student Success at

    Career Development Center
    Thinking about a job on-campus? All on-campus jobs are listed in Handshake. Visit and use your single sign-on to find out what jobs are currently posted. Check back regularly.

    Fall 2020 Kutztown University Business Idea Competition  
    Kutztown University's Entrepreneurial Leadership Center (ELC) is seeking students of all disciplines of study who have a business idea. The Business Idea Competition provides students with an opportunity to explore their creative business ideas, receive valuable feedback from accomplished business owners and win cash prizes. All finalists will present their business idea to a panel of experienced entrepreneurs. For more information, visit our website.

  • Administration and Finance

    Student Accounts Office Hours and In-Person Service
    When university offices reopen to the public, our regular office hours will remain in place, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (4 p.m. through Aug. 14) with lunch closure 12-1 p.m. Student Accounts will still require Zoom sessions or phone calls for counseling in order to maintain safe social distancing. We will request no more than one person come to the counter for service, with others to remain in the hall. We will accept cash payments in person when necessary, with photo ID. Checks can be dropped in the wall slot, if not mailed. Electronic checks (e-checks) are encouraged as they are free unless returned for any reason; these require the user to enter the bank routing number and the bank account number for processing. Email is still the preferred method of notification.

    Fall 2020 Balances
    Billing for the Fall 2020 semester has been tricky with the ever-changing landscape due to the coronavirus pandemic. We have posted updates and clarifications for billing if needed.

    Bills are located MyKU > KU Financial Account tile > Payment Dashboard > Your Bills. If aid or charges have been changed since that statement, navigate to the Your Account box and click on the link that says Click here to see current activity since last statement. This NEW real time view and update of the account since the last statement is very helpful.

    To locate the exact due dates of specific charges – MyKU > KU Financial Account tile > Charges Due. To avoid late fees, holds and losing classes for non-payment, remember that changing classes, housing assignments or meal plans can cause a bill to change. Please check the Payment Dashboard today to ensure all charges are either paid in full or that pending aid and payments have cleared the bill.

    KU Tasks tile is an important tile. This shows positive holds, negative holds and items that are needed and missing on the account in To Do’s. Click on the colored line and drill down for more details. Holds that says Fall Classes Safe – is a positive hold blocking late fees and the dropping of classes. If you see a note in the Holds that says Pending Funds – this is just an informative note; it is not blocking late fees or class drops. Missing aid questions would go to Financial Aid Services, 610-683-4077. Billing questions would go to Student Accounts, or 610-683-4133. It is not too late to apply for additional funding options if needed.

    Bookstore Accounts – Excess Aid
    Many students take more aid than needed for the bill, in anticipation of using the additional aid for purchasing books. This is great; however, the aid and refunds don’t disburse and are not released until around the third week of the semester. We don't want anyone to have to wait for their books, so we offer a Bookstore Account program for students who have their aid that exceeds their costs in Pending Status. A few requirements are needed to request this online. Requests start Monday, Aug. 10 and end Tuesday, Sept. 8. Purchases are made with the KU Campus Store; for options about how to make purchases visit their website. One request per semester (fall and spring only).

    Vehicle Registration / Parking Permit for 2020-2021 – Now Open
    All students who wish to park on the Kutztown University campus at any point Monday through Friday between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. must register their vehicle(s) with Transportation Services and, while parked on campus, must properly display an authorized parking permit. $30 per semester or $50 for the year.

    Students wishing to park a vehicle on campus during the fall semester may register for a parking permit via their MyKU account. Full instructions for registering for a permit are available by visiting and clicking on Student Parking. To comply with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, the Office of Transportation Services will be limiting face-to-face contact with customers. Students who are registering a vehicle for the first time are required to upload a copy of their vehicle's valid registration document during the signup process. Students re-registering a vehicle must email the registration document to

    Once the registration materials are received and approved by Transportation Services, staff will email customers with permit retrieval instructions. Resident students who register before campus move-in will receive their permit when they sign-in to their campus residence for the first time. Commuter students and resident students who register after campus move-in will receive separate instructions.

    Customers should not come to Transportation Services to retrieve their permit until they receive an email from departmental staff saying it is ready for pickup.

    Please note that Transportation Services is in the process of relocating to 107 Stratton Administration Center. Questions should be directed to or 484-646-4249.

    Commuters and residents alike have multiple parking lot options on campus. After registering their vehicle through their MyKU account, students can refer to the campus map to see where their designated lots are according to the number of credits they have completed and the parking permit they received. Visit the Resident Student Permits and Off-Campus Student Permits pages for more information on student parking permit options. Check out our hints to avoid parking tickets on campus.

    New Students: ID Card Photo Submission
    The KU Card office is pleased to announce our new photo ID system for incoming freshmen and transfer students through TruCredential beginning with the Fall 2020 semester. Students will receive an email invitation in their KU email account (if student was part of our first round of testing the system, it may have been sent to their personal email address).

    New students can upload their photo online through Friday, Aug. 14, and pick it up at their residence hall on move-in day. Students not living on campus can begin picking up their KU ID card at the KU Card office located in 107 Academic Forum beginning Monday, Aug. 17.

    If a student has not received an email regarding Kutztown University ID card photo uploading or has questions, please contact the KU Card office at

  • Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

    Clinical Services
    We have all been inundated with information concerning the current COVID-19 pandemic, but it is important to remember to take care of other medical concerns as well. Students returning to KU, or coming to the university for the first time, should remember to consider the following:

    • Do you have sufficient medications to start the semester?
    • Have you gotten your flu vaccination and are your vaccinations such as tetanus up to date?
    • Do you use an inhaler or nebulizer? If so, bring it with you whether you have used it recently or not.
    • Do you plan to be in the outdoors? Bring sunscreen and insect repellent – it's tick and West Nile Virus season.
    • Don't forget an extra set of glasses or contact lenses.

    Taking care of routine medical problems and preventing illness will lead to a much more enjoyable and successful fall semester.

    Know someone who would be a great future Golden Bear? The application for admission for Fall 2021 is live. Feel free to share the fee waiver code "BEARS" with a rising high school senior or potential transfer student. Visit to learn more.

  • Equity, Compliance and Legal Affairs

    Disability Services Office
    The Disability Services Office (DSO) is continuing to meet with students via Zoom to discuss accommodations for the upcoming semester. If your student has received disability support services in high school through an IEP or 504 plan or had accommodations while enrolled at another university, they may be able to receive similar support at KU. If your student has a disability and has not needed or received prior accommodations, but anticipates needing support in order to have equal access to programs, services or facilities, you may also request services through the (DSO). Please visit for more information.

  • Housing and Dining

    Returning Student Housing Assignments
    At this time, all returning student housing assignments have been finalized. If your student still wishes to live on campus, please have them contact our office as soon as possible at

    Incoming Student Housing Assignments
    At this time, most new student housing assignments have been finalized. If your student still needs a housing assignment, please have them contact our office as soon as possible at

    2020-2021 Housing Assignment Cancellation
    Any student no longer planning to live on campus, who meets the residency-requirement exceptions, must cancel their housing assignment. Cancellation may be subject to a housing cancellation fee. Any student who wishes to cancel their housing, should contact our office at

    Fall 2020 Move-In Information
    Students living on campus should check their KU email regularly. Move-in details and procedures will be shared with our students via KU email. Information can be found on our website.

    Fall 2020 Meal Plan Selection for Returning Students            
    Due to the shortened Fall 2020 semester, the base price of each meal plan (not including flex dollars) will be reduced 10%. The 150 and 75-block meal plans will now include 135 meals and 68 meals, respectively. For more information about meal plans, please visit our website. To select or change a meal plan, please contact

  • University Relations and Athletics

    Join KU's Award-Winning Radio Station
    Does your Golden Bear student have an interest in radio broadcasting? KU’s award-winning campus radio station is seeking new members this fall. For more information about Kutztown University Radio (KUR), go to If interested in joining, email

  • KU Campus Store

    How to purchase course materials?
    Your student’s custom Virtual Shelf, which has been created with the required course materials for their fall semester, is ready to view. We have included all of our affordable options, including rental, used and digital materials. Free shipping is available on all orders until Friday, Aug. 14, if you spend $50 or more. Contactless store pickup is also available.

    To view your Virtual Shelf:

    1. Sign into our website with your KU email and password.
    2. Review your Virtual Shelf.
    3. Complete your order.

    What are the benefits of Virtual Shelf? With a simple click of the mouse, this tool will allow you to conveniently locate all of your required course materials and affordable options. Virtual Shelf will do the work for you as your official course materials assistant. Additional information can be found here

    Paying for your course materials with financial aid?
    If you are receiving financial aid in excess of your tuition, fees, meals, etc., you may qualify for a bookstore account to purchase course-required books and supplies. Submit your request online by clicking here beginning Monday, Aug. 10. Purchases can be made with a bookstore account until Tuesday, Sept. 8.

    Why purchase from KU Campus Store?

    • As a nonprofit affiliate of KU, our priority is student success and retention.
    • Savings up to 80% off the price of new with a large selection of rental, used and digital materials.
    • Full refunds for materials in original condition throughout the add/drop period.
    • We contribute our surplus to student scholarships, activities and campus athletics.

    Our goal is for students to have access to the most affordable course materials available to support their academic success.

    Inclusive Access – Course Materials
    Inclusive Access is a collaboration between your professor, KU Campus Store, the Office of Student Accounts and publishers, to provide required course materials at a significantly reduced cost. When a professor makes the decision to participate in this program, all students registered for the class automatically receive access to these materials digitally, on the first day of class. For your convenience, you will be billed for your materials on your MyKU account. For more information, visit

  • KU Foundation

    Free Alumni Courses Announced
    We are excited to welcome alumni back to Kutztown University for another semester of free online alumni courses. We are pleased to offer the following two new courses: Art, Design & Visual Culture, and A Blueprint to Understanding 21st Century New Media. These classes are 100% online and will appear on your transcript; however, they may not be used toward a degree program at Kutztown University. Courses are graded on a Pass/Not Pass basis. These classes do not count toward any Act 48 credits. Click here for more information.

    Stay Updated on Foundation News
    New and returning parents of KU students: do you want to learn about the impact that the Kutztown University Foundation has on student scholarships, athletics and experiences? Complete this form and return it to to receive communications that show the impact of philanthropy and how you can get involved to help today's students.

    Connect with Us
    The KU Foundation has been raising funds to support the students, faculty, programs, and capital needs of Kutztown University since 1983, and the Alumni Relations team works hard to enhance the experience of KU grads. With the generous support of KU alumni and friends of the University, we've raised millions of dollars for student scholarships, endowment, building projects, academic programs, athletics and more.

    Check out our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn!

  • Dates to Know

    KU Central Calendar
    A full listing of upcoming events and academic deadlines can be found on KU's central calendar.


    Summer Session 2 2020 ends.

    Friday, Aug. 7

    Summer Session 10 Week ends.

    Friday, Aug. 7

    Summer Session 2 rental books due to KU Campus Store.

    Friday, Aug. 7

    Summer Session 2 and Summer Session 10 Week grades available through MyKU at 8 p.m., unless notified.

    Tuesday, Aug. 11 (approx.)

    Registration will reopen for open enrollment.

    Friday, Aug. 14

    Final decisions for cancellation of classes for the Fall 2020 semester.

    Friday, Aug. 14

    Fall 2020 Semester classes begin.

    Monday, Aug. 24

    All students: late registration and add/drop period.

    Aug. 24-31

    Saturday classes start at 8 a.m.

    Saturday, Aug. 29

    Last day to add/drop a course in MyKU for all students.

    Monday, Aug. 31

Persons with a disability, and who require accommodation, should notify the Disability Services Office two weeks prior to the event at 610-683-4108 or email, TDD number: 610-683-4499, in order to discuss accommodations. Every effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodations. Please note: Kutztown University does not provide wheelchairs or other mobility devices.

Notify the university of an accessibility concern

Kutztown University does not discriminate in employment or educational opportunities on the basis of sex, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status. To discuss a complaint of discrimination, please contact the University’s Title IX Coordinator located in the Office of Social Equity, Old Main A-Wing, Room 02, by phone at 610-683-4700 or by email at or the Office for Civil Rights located in the Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Bldg., 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-1100, by phone at 800-421-3481 (TDD: 800-877-8339), by fax at 202-453-6012, or by email at

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