Volume 3, Issue 4
Fall 2020 Reopening Plan
President Hawkinson Advises Students to Limit Exposure Before Traveling Home
President Hawkinson emailed campus Monday, advising students to limit exposure before traveling. Read the full letter online. Hawkinson asked all students to consult with their families and to consider the following actions before traveling in the coming weeks:
- Students should only leave their room to attend class, eat/pickup food, visit the library, exercise, work or shop for necessary items.
- Limit exposure for at least 14 days before interacting with others at home without wearing a face covering and practicing social distancing.
- Limit close contacts in order to lower the risk of exposure. If you've developed a set of close contacts, keep this group very small during your two-week time period.
- Mobile Ordering/To-Go Meals: Many students currently use the mobile ordering and to-go meal options. Students should utilize these services to limit exposure and the number of close contacts. Learn more about mobile ordering.
- Wear Face Coverings, Practice Social Distancing: All members of our campus community should continue to wear face coverings and practice social distancing as frequently as possible.
Update from President Hawkinson on 2021 Spring Semester
President Hawkinson outlines the calendar, preliminary plan and invites feedback for the 2021 spring semester. Full details will be available later this month. Read here.
Health Update for KU Campus
Parents can stay up to date on positive cases of COVID-19 on the KU campus online. The university will update this website on a daily basis (Monday through Friday).
Student Success Center
The KU Student Success Center provides students with individualized success plans, study skills support and connections to campus resources. The Student Success Center offers academic skills workshops and one-on-one consultations on study skills, time management, note-taking and learning strategies to enhance success inside and outside the classroom. For more information and resources, visit www.kutztown.edu/studentsuccess.
Would your first-year student benefit from success tips and a venue to talk about their experience on campus? We offer Talk About It Tuesday at 5 p.m., every Tuesday, via Zoom. For more information and resources, visit www.kutztown.edu/studentsuccess.
As we begin the countdown to finals, the Student Success Center will be hosting a Virtual Finals Neighborhood. The neighborhood will feature mini-sessions to help students hone their skills for success on finals, activities to promote peer-to-peer support and relaxation and tips from successful KU students. For more information, please visit: www.kutztown.edu/studentsuccess or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Continue on the path of success with Tutoring Services. Whether your student is struggling in a class or just wants to get a better grade, free peer tutoring is available in both individual and group settings via Zoom. Tutor requests are available online in the student's MyKU account under 'Academic Services.' If your student has questions, contact us at email@example.com.
Tutoring Services is recruiting peer tutors for Spring 2021. If your student is interested in this employment opportunity, please have them complete the Tutoring Services Employment Application. If your student has questions, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Career Development Center
Parent Zoom Session: Internship and job search strategies for your student at noon, Tuesday, Nov. 17. https://kutztown.zoom.us/j/99722170405.
November is National Career Development Month. Celebrate by encouraging your student to attend the Career Development events. Browse our events and suggest they attend.
KU's Grad School Week: Is your student thinking about graduate school? KU's Grad School Week is Nov. 6-10. A listing of events can be found on our website.
Administration and Finance
Important Emails Sent to Students
Two emails were sent to students Tuesday, Oct. 27. One email was about Winter 2021 and the other was about Spring 2021. They will be posted to our website shortly.
Payment Plans - Spring 2021 and Winter 20/21 Open
The spring six-payment option ends Thursday, Nov. 5. Starting Friday, Nov. 6, the plan decreases to five payments. The best plan for winter (four payments) closes Monday, Nov. 9. Starting Tuesday, Nov. 10, the plan decreases to three payments and then down to two.
Sign up right on the Payment Dashboard. MyKU > KU Financial Account tile > Payment Dashboard, using the student's login information. If the student provided a parent their own access to the Payment Dashboard, the parent can use this link to provide their own credentials. See below for how parents can get their own access and billing emails. The best way to estimate costs and needs for Spring 2021 is to review the fall semester costs and aid. If the student used housing or a meal plan in the fall, the 10% reduction is not occurring in the spring; please account for that. Adjustments can always be made later.
Winter 20/21 Important Facts
Winter session is unique at KU, as courses are online only. This session is not an aid-bearing session, which means any aid would go through the fall semester, not spring. Any unused fall aid could be considered for winter as well as alternative loans. Spring aid cannot be used for winter. Since each student's situation is different, we do encourage a discussion with Financial Aid Services to assess options. Do not delay as winter has rolling due dates. Winter costs are online to review, as well as a winter payment options webpage and of course the winter payment plan mentioned above. Financial Aid Services can be reached at 610-683-4077 or have your student stop by their office to discuss.
Spring 2021 Billing Important Facts
While students are starting to register for Spring 2021, the charges will not appear until closer to Thanksgiving (subject to change). Bills should be prepared around Dec. 1. Due date will be Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. Information about billing for Spring can be found online now.
Billing Location and Format
To get the most accurate and complete bill, you must go to the Payment Dashboard. If you are looking at a bill that is blue, those are old formats and lack complete information. The current bills are maroon and gold. MyKU > KU Financial Account tile > Payment Dashboard. A sample and more information can be found online. We started using this new feature a year ago and find many people are missing out.
Parent Access to Billing Emails and Text Messages
Parents can get emails and text messages when billing occurs. The student must go to MyKU > KU Financial Account tile > Payment Dashboard and locate the lower left box called Parent PIN. There the student can set up a parent to get emails and text messages when bills are created and ready.
1098-T and Year-End Tax Information
Payments must post in MyKU, with a 2020 date (within 2020) to be reported for calendar year 2020. The office will be closed and unable to post payments received in the mail Dec. 24 through Jan. 3. If the payment posting in 2020 is critical for you, either pay online or mail any payments no later than Saturday, Dec. 14. 529 payments should allow no less than two weeks for posting from the date of withdrawal request. 529 payments only release to KU via paper checks. For more information, click here.
Students who still owe any money for the Fall 2020 semester (or before) may be blocked from spring registration and could have their room assignment canceled. Students may no longer move back into the residence halls without a class schedule. There is still time to apply for additional loans if needed, but don’t delay; it will soon be too late. Financial Aid Services is a great resource contact them at 610-683-4077.
Bear Bucks Donations
If a graduating student would like to donate the remaining funds in their Bear Bucks account, please contact the KU Foundation at 610-683-4110 or via email at email@example.com for more information and the donation form. Other questions about Bear Bucks and refunds from them should be directed to the KU Card office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Running Low on Bear Bucks or Flex Dollars?
Bear bucks and flex dollars can be added online throughout the year. Bear Bucks do not expire, but Flex Dollars do, at the end of the year.
Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Do you know a future Golden Bear who would like to learn more about KU? Encourage them to attend our open house Saturday, Nov. 14. Be sure to tell them to apply using the code GOLDEN, and we will waive the application fee.
This November, the Multicultural Center celebrates the gorgeous spectrum of color that fall brings by rolling into conversations honoring our Indigenous communities and recognizing the land we occupy. The Multicultural Center believes it is always a good idea to pay respect to the beautiful individuals who make up our diverse community. Our celebrations and reflections include conversations surrounding community, intersectionality, diversity, equity, inclusion and culture. The Multicultural Center is a place where all students are welcome. We have a mix of in-person and virtual programming for your student to participate in, including weekly leadership workshops, diversity chats and much more. For more information, contact the Multicultural Center at 610-683-4197 or email email@example.com. View our schedule of events on Facebook (KutztownUniversityMulticulturalCenter) and Instagram (kumcc).
Virtual Off-Campus Housing Fair (Sponsored by Off Campus Advisory Council)
Are you interested in meeting with off-campus landlords? Join Zoom, Meeting ID: 938 2620 4960, Passcode: KU2020, 6 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 10. You will have an opportunity to visit with The Edge, Advantage Point, College Town Communities and Independent Landlord. For more information, contact Amanda Garcia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Food Pantry
Are your students in need of food or personal care items? The KU Student Food Pantry is open 4-6 p.m. Wednesdays and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursdays at the satellite location of Friend, Inc. that is in the Lutheran Center (website). Students can also visit the Bear Essentials Pantry from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, in the Office of Student Involvement, 153 MSU. This service will be provided until Thursday, Nov. 19. For more information, contact the Office of Student Involvement at email@example.com.
The 2021-22 FAFSA is available and can be completed at https://studentaid.gov. Financial Aid Services is sponsoring three Zoom FAFSA workshops at 3 p.m., Nov. 11, Dec. 2 and Dec. 16. The workshops are designed to assist families in their completion of the FAFSA. More information.
Equity, Compliance and Legal Affairs
Disability Services Office
KU students with disabilities are encouraged to become a NextGen Leader with Disability:IN! The NextGen Leader Initiative is designed for college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are interested in corporate employment opportunities. NextGen Leaders are matched one-on-one with corporate partners and will have the opportunity to network with companies like Boeing, Facebook, JPMorgan Chase, Microsoft and more. The application deadline is Friday, Nov. 20. More information.
Housing and Dining
Housing and Residence Life
Hello Golden Bear Families. It is hard to believe the holiday season is creeping up on us and the end of the semester is drawing near. In-person classes end Friday, Nov. 20. Residence halls close at 9 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 25. Students living on campus will be expected to have moved out for break by that time. Students needing accommodations should reach out to the Office of Housing and Residence Life at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- University Relations and Athletics
KU Campus Store
Textbook Sellback: Nov. 2 through Dec. 14
Virtual sellback is available in store and online at www.kubstore.com. Textbook sellback is a great opportunity to get cash back on course materials, up to 50%. We buy back books for the best price - no matter where you bought them. For more information, visit https://kubstore.com/textbook-sellback.
Textbook Rental Return
Students should check their KU email regularly for rental information. Drop off rental textbooks you are done with before Monday, Dec. 14, at the KU Campus Store. If you would like to buy your rental out, please contact or stop by the KU Campus Store before Dec. 14. Textbooks not returned by the due date will be considered late and subject to fees. For more information, visit https://kubstore.com/textbook-rental.
1866 Minute Giving Challenge Breaks Records
This year's 1866 Minute Giving Challenge raised more than $172,000 for the KU community, thanks to the generosity of the Golden Bear family. We are grateful for your support. To learn more about the Kutztown University Foundation and ways to give back, click here.
Legacy Scholarship Available
Are you a graduate of Kutztown University and a proud parent of a current KU sophomore, junior or senior? If so, we encourage your student to apply for the 2020-2021 Legacy Scholarship. Learn more here.
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 email@example.com 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.
Dates to Know
KU Central Calendar
A full listing of upcoming events and academic deadlines can be found on KU's central calendar.
Web registration for Spring 2021 classes, by appointment times only.
Last day for faculty to submit change of grades for undergraduate “Incompletes” for Spring and Summer 2020.
Friday, Nov. 6
Advisement and registration of newly-accepted graduate, new post-baccalaureate certification and professional-credit (non-matriculated) students for Spring 2021.
Monday, Nov. 9
Last day to permanently withdraw from the university or request a Leave of Absence for the Fall 2020 semester.
Monday, Nov. 16
Spring 2021 open enrollment.
Face-to-face instruction ends; remainder of the semester will be held virtually.
Friday, Nov. 20
Thanksgiving Recess; No Classes; Administrative Offices Open.
Residence halls close at 9 a.m. for Thanksgiving recess.
Wednesday, Nov. 25
Spring 2021 billing process runs electronically in MyKU. Payment due Monday, Jan. 4, 2021.
Nov. 25-Dec. 1
Thanksgiving Recess. University closed.
Classes resume virtually.
Monday, Nov. 30, 8 a.m.
Persons with a disability, and who require an accommodation, should notify the Disability Services Office two weeks prior to the event at 610-683-4108 or email DSO@kutztown.edu, TDD number: 610-683-4499, in order to discuss accommodations. Every effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodations.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 OCR@ed.gov.