Volume 3, Issue 2
Fall 2020 Reopening Plan
Welcome to KU
Welcome to the Fall 2020 semester at Kutztown University. Our top priority with our parents is to ensure the health and wellness of your student and provide your student a quality education. In the Office of University Relations, we want to answer any questions that are not answered in our Reopening Plan and FAQs. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Health Update for KU Campus
Kutztown University announced its first positive case of COVID-19 Aug. 27. 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, formerly CASA, 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.
Utilize all your resources to achieve success with Tutoring Services. Whether your student is struggling in a class or wants to get a better grade, free peer tutoring is available via Zoom and Microsoft Teams. 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.
Career Development Center
Students can now schedule career coaching appointments in Handshake. Choose a date and time that's most convenient. Click 'career center' and then 'appointments.' All of the Career Development Center's events are via Zoom this semester. Live workshops are available for students. Visit our calendar of events. Zoom links can then be found at www.kutztown.edu/careercenter.
Suit Up! Up to 60% off professional clothing. Get your professional wardrobe started.
Event takes place at JC Penney, Lehigh Valley Mall, 5-8 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 13.
Save the Date! Virtual Internship & Job Fair, Wednesday, Oct. 7.
2020 Fall Kutztown University Business Idea Competition
Kutztown University's Entrepreneurial Leadership Center 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
Adding Bear Bucks throughout the Semester
Students can add Bear Bucks to their ID cards either in person with cash or check in 107 Academic Forum or online. MyKU > KU Financial Account tile > Payment Dashboard – click on either Pay or Click here to make a payment. Click on Fall 2020 to open the window of options and proceed.
Fall 2020 Overpayments from Financial Aid – Reduce Those Loans Now
Has your bill changed from what you originally had or planned on? Remember, we don't reduce loans just because your bill changed or reduced. You will need to evaluate your charges and your aid package. If you want to reduce the loans, do so now, before the end of the second week of the semester (Sept. 4). Fall 2020 aid will start disbursing the third week of the semester (Sept. 7); once add/drop has ended and attendance verification is completed. Simply not accepting a refund will not reduce or cancel a loan. Loan change forms are online.
Who gets the Refunds?
Overpayments that are the result of student-funded aid will be released to the student through the BankMobile refund program selection the student made online. Overpayments that are the result of parent-funded aid (i.e., Parent PLUS loan or parent alternative loan) will be released to whomever the parent designated on the loan application.
- If the designation was the parent; the overpayment will be a paper check mailed to the parent.
- If the designation was the student; the overpayment would go through the student's preference at BankMobile.
Student Refund Preference Selection
Students who never selected a refund preference should go to www.refundselection.com to make this selection. Students who have previously made a refund preference will find that remains in place unless they change it. We encourage reviewing it at www.bankmobilevibe.com and verifying address information, banking information and more.
Since students have the direct deposit option and parents do not, often parents will choose to allow the refund to go to the student. If the parent elected for the refund to go to them, but now wants the refund to go to the student, the parent can complete a Parent PLUS Release Form, allowing us to refund the student regardless of what aid causes the overpayment. This form requires a signature and can be faxed or scanned and emailed to us before refunds start.
Student Accounts Office
As a reminder, for the Fall 2020 semester, in-person services are limited to cash payments and signing scholarship checks. Checks and mail may be placed in the mail slot near our door. Reach out to us by email for all other matters, such as inquiries about bills and refunds, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 610-683-4133.
Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Know someone who would be a great future Golden Bear? The application for admission for the Fall 2021 academic year is now live. Please feel free to share the fee waiver code "BEARS" with any rising high school senior or potential transfer student. Visit www.kutztown.edu/apply to learn more.
Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
All KU students received the below question and answer in a recent email. As the semester progresses, you may want to confirm with your KU student that they are indeed attending their classes. With more classes being held online, it will be tempting for students to miss classes and/or skip assigned work.
What is one of the biggest reasons students don’t succeed?
Missing class…Successful students go to class! If you need help with time management or organizing your course schedule so that you don't miss class, contact email@example.com. Attending class, whether the class is 'in person' or 'online scheduled,' is extremely important. Please remember that if a course is 'online scheduled', you will need to be in class (online) when it is scheduled. Also, failure to attend class may affect your financial aid. Federal guidelines require an attendance check during the semester and for federal aid to be adjusted if a student has failed to attend class. More information can be found online.
Equity, Compliance and Legal Affairs
Students in High-Risk Population
Students identified as high risk for COVID-19, with concerns about accommodations on campus, should contact KU’s Office of Disability Services at 610-683-4108 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Housing and Dining
2020-2021 Housing Assignment Cancellation
Any student no longer planning to live on campus, who meets the residency-requirement exceptions, can cancel their housing assignment. Cancellation after check-in and/or the start of the semester will be a prorated refund after Saturday, Sept. 5. Any student who wishes to cancel their housing should contact email@example.com. If a student cancels their housing for Fall 2020, but would like to resume on-campus occupancy in Spring 2021, students should contact firstname.lastname@example.org at the end of October. We will do our best to assign the student to an assignment comparable to the Fall 2020 assignment they canceled, but cannot guarantee it.
Sept. 4: Last Day to Change or Cancel a Meal Plan
The last day to cancel or make any adjustments on your Fall 2020 semester meal plan is 4:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 4. To add, change or cancel a meal plan, please email email@example.com.
Stay Up To Date
For updates about our dining program and how we are taking measures during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit our website.
University Relations and Athletics
Kutztown University Radio
Is your Golden Bear looking for a club to join with still plenty to do during these new, socially-distanced times? Tell them about KU's award-winning campus radio station, KUR. No experience required. We will train. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
KU Campus Store
KU Campus Store is honoring our Pawbucks Sale, even though the fall football season is postponed. Join us on Friday's at 10 a.m. before each Pawbucks Sale through the KU Campus Store's social media accounts. We will be livestreaming the "Spin it to Win It" promotion to determine each week's discount.
Dates for Pawbucks Sale: Sept. 14, Sept. 28, Oct. 12, Oct. 26, Nov. 9.
Dixon Marketplace is a retail store comprised of student goods including convenience items, health and beauty aids, dorm and school supplies, logo apparel and trendy gifts. Located on the ground level of Dixon Hall and open until midnight, seven days a week. Additional information can be found online.
Save The Date: The 1866-Minute Giving Challenge Is Back
Join us Oct. 7-8, and make a difference in 1866 minutes! Help KU students put their best foot forward in every experience they have at KU. Every gift, no matter the size, will be counted. Click here for more information.
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.
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.
Dates to Know
KU Central Calendar
A full listing of upcoming events and academic deadlines can be found on KU's central calendar.
Fall 2020 “W” period.
Sept. 1 through Oct. 30
Labor Day Holiday, No Classes, Administrative Offices Closed.
Monday, Sept. 7
Unity Day (virtual).
Thursday, Sept. 10
Spring 2020 Commencement (virtual).
Saturday, Oct. 3
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 DSO@kutztown.edu, 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.
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.