Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

COVID-19 Campus Updates


"Thank you for your emails and questions. They assist us in identifying information you’re requesting, and while it is impossible to respond to the volume of individual emails at this time, we will do our best to include answers in these broader communications. These communications serve as the University’s official method of sharing updates relating to the Coronavirus." — President Bashar Hanna

Coronavirus Update (April 3, 2020) - Next Update Monday, April 6

Please stay current by checking our website bloomu.edu/coronavirus and your university email, where we are providing daily updates.

Communications Update Schedule: Beginning Monday, April 6, updates will be provided on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. If the need arises, we will include supplemental email communication to our campus community.

The campus remains closed to visitors until further notice. In the interest of securing the safety of our faculty, staff, and students, as well as our communities, the Chancellor is directing continuation of no in-person instruction occurring at our 14 universities during all scheduled 2020 summer sessions.

Campus closure includes all athletic facilities, fields, courts, and the track at Redman Stadium, Andruss Library, food service locations, Student Recreation Center, “Adult Gym” in Centennial, Campus Child Care Center, and BU Testing Center.

Students

Please refer to the Current Students webpage details - https://intranet.bloomu.edu/students

(REMINDER): Scheduling begins Monday, April 6 for summer and fall 2020.

Pass/Fail Option: Pass/Fail as an option for students has been approved for use this semester. Detail available on the Current Students page.

Career & Professional Development: Alumni and Professional Engagement staff is still available to assist with career and professional development via Zoom, phone, or email. Once you activate your Handshake profile, you can do anything! Make appointments and find resources at bloomu.joinhandshake.com (or download the app!)

BOLT and ZOOM Support for Students: https://intranet.bloomu.edu/imdc-bolt-student

Student Access to Technology: Students without access to technology to complete assignments should contact their department chair and indicate their limitations (lack of computer, WiFi, etc.). More information will be forthcoming on this topic.

Academics

Free Online Tutoring Available: You now have access to free online tutoring through NetTutor. Log into your BOLT account, click on the NetTutor tab, then click on the course in which you need a tutor and follow the prompts. For more information, please contact: Dr. Karen Hamman, Director, Tutorial Services & Academic Support - khamman@bloomu.edu

Summer Sessions - All Online: In the interest of securing the safety of our faculty, staff and students, as well as our communities, the Chancellor is directing continuation of no in-person instruction occurring at our 14 universities during all scheduled 2020 summer sessions.

Scheduling: For Fall 2020, scheduling for priority groups opens on Monday, April 6, followed by scheduling by earned credits starts Wednesday, April 8. Scheduling for summer 2020 opens on Monday, April 6. To allow students to schedule for summer and fall 2020 without barriers, all financial and academic holds will be removed from student accounts by Friday, April 3. Holds, such as Bursar holds, and academic advisement holds will no longer prevent students from scheduling for summer or fall 2020. Full details on Registrar's page.

University Disabilities Services: Information and resources for students and faculty, including contact information.

Faculty

Please refer to the Faculty/Staff webpage for details - https://intranet.bloomu.edu/facstaff

(NEW) Students on Military State Active Duty: Many of our military students have been ordered to Military State Active Duty in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Military State Active Duty is a status which supersedes virtually all aspects of a service member’s life, which results in conflicting priorities for military students. When in this status, students often have unreliable access to technology and work long, inconsistent hours, in austere environments. These should be considered excused absences, and students should not be penalized for missed classes, participation, or assignments. Faculty are encouraged to work individually with impacted students to develop plans to complete the course in this current semester when possible. Increased flexibility with notes, lectures, assignments, and assessments is encouraged. If there is not enough time to complete assignments in the current semester, the next step is usually an “Incomplete” grade.

Please contact Bob Heckrote in the Office of Military and Veterans Resources (rheckrote@bloomu.edu) if you would like to discuss navigating through these unique times with your military students.

Pass/Fail Option: Pass/Fail as an option for students has been approved for use this semester. Details can be found on the Faculty/Staff page.

Staff

Please refer to the Faculty/Staff webpage for details - http://intranet.bloomu.edu/facstaff

(NEW) From Human Resources: Today we were notified that the State System Office has extended Administrative Leave through April 10, 2020. The Quick Reference Guide for Pandemic Leave Usage has been updated effective April 3, 2020.

Events and Athletics

Through the end of April, all events have been canceled until further notice. We will seek opportunities to move programming online if possible and will communicate accordingly.

Go to buhuskies.com for athletic updates.

 

The situation is rapidly evolving and recommendations from the CDC, as well as the PA Department of Health, change daily. Members of the Bloomsburg University community are encouraged to monitor the CDC and PA. Department of State websites. Those who believe they may have been exposed to or infected with the novel coronavirus should seek medical care right away.

Before you go to a clinic, doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms. Bloomsburg students should contact the Student Health Center, while faculty and staff should contact their personal healthcare provider for further evaluation.

There's currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others circulating among animals, including camels, cats and bats. The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person-to-person. This virus was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

Symptoms of the COVID-19 can include: fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying.

 

Coronavirus Update (April 2, 2020)

Please stay current by checking our website bloomu.edu/coronavirus and your university email, where we are providing daily updates.

Communications Update Schedule: For the week of Monday, March 30 to Friday, April 3, we will retain our regular schedule of daily updates. Beginning the week of Monday, April 6, updates will be provided on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. If the need arises, we will include supplemental email communication to our campus community.

The campus remains closed to visitors until further notice. This includes all athletic facilities, fields, courts, and the track at Redman Stadium, Andruss Library, food service locations, Student Recreation Center, “Adult Gym” in Centennial, Campus Child Care Center, and BU Testing Center.

Students

Please refer to the Current Students webpage details - https://intranet.bloomu.edu/students

(REMINDER) Student Chat with the President: Save-the-date for Friday, April 3, 11 a.m.– 12 noon
https://bloomu.zoom.us/j/558349961
Meeting ID: 558 349 961
To Join by Phone, Dial: (646) 876-9923; ID # 558349961

Refunds Processed: The COVID-19 student account refunds have been processed, and all checks were mailed either yesterday afternoon or this morning. Please allow up to two days for your direct deposit to settle if you chose this option. Please contact the Bursar’s office at 570-389-4013 with any questions. For more information on the COVID-19 refunds and associated FAQS, please visit the Bursar’s office webpage.

Free Online Tutoring Available: You now have access to free online tutoring through NetTutor. Log into your BOLT account, click on the NetTutor tab, then click on the course in which you need a tutor and follow the prompts. For more information, please contact: Dr. Karen Hamman, Director, Tutorial Services & Academic Support - khamman@bloomu.edu

Pass/Fail Option: Pass/Fail as an option for students has been approved for use this semester. More specific information was shared in yesterday’s email, but please use this link for the updated pass/fail calculator http://intranet.bloomu.edu/documents/academics/pass-fail-calculator.xlsx

Career & Professional Development: Alumni and Professional Engagement staff is still available to assist with career and professional development via Zoom, phone, or email. Once you activate your Handshake profile, you can do anything! Make appointments and find resources at bloomu.joinhandshake.com (or download the app!)

BOLT and ZOOM Support for Students: https://intranet.bloomu.edu/imdc-bolt-student

Student Access to Technology: Students without access to technology to complete assignments should contact their department chair and indicate their limitations (lack of computer, WiFi, etc.). More information will be forthcoming on this topic.

Academics

Free Online Tutoring Available: You now have access to free online tutoring through NetTutor. Log into your BOLT account, click on the NetTutor tab, then click on the course in which you need a tutor and follow the prompts. For more information, please contact: Dr. Karen Hamman, Director, Tutorial Services & Academic Support - khamman@bloomu.edu

Summer Sessions - All Online: In the interest of securing the safety of our faculty, staff and students, as well as our communities, the Chancellor is directing continuation of no in-person instruction occurring at our 14 universities during all scheduled 2020 summer sessions.

Scheduling: For summer 2020, scheduling opens on Monday, April 6. For fall 2020, scheduling for priority groups opens on Monday, April 6, followed by scheduling by earned credits starts Wednesday, April 8. To allow students to schedule for summer and fall 2020 without barriers, all financial and academic holds will be removed from student accounts by Friday, April 3. Holds, such as Bursar holds and academic advisement holds will no longer prevent students from scheduling for summer or fall 2020. Full details on Registrar's page.

University Disabilities Services: Information and resources for students and faculty, including contact information.

Faculty

Please refer to the Faculty/Staff webpage for previous links and helpful details - https://intranet.bloomu.edu/facstaff

(REMINDER) From the TALE Center: TALE is offering two topical online training sessions on Friday, April 3.
• 1-2 p.m. - BOLT Assignments and Grades
• 2:30-3:30 p.m. - BOLT Quizzes

Faculty should check their email or TALE Announcements page in BOLT for the meeting URL. Additional training materials are linked below or found on TALE’s BOLT page.

• BOLT Training Materials: https://bloomuimdc.freshdesk.com/support/home
• Mediasite Training Materials: https://intranet.bloomu.edu/mediasite
 
Alumni and Professional Engagement: Our team is still available to assist with collaborative projects, alumni connections, and career and professional resources via Zoom, phone, or email. Students can make appointments and find career and professional resources at bloomu.joinhandshake.com.

Please feel free to reach out to your Alumni & Professional Engagement college liaison. We’re here for you!
COLA: Lauren Kross-Polinski | COST: Wren Fritsky | COE: Keith Spencer | ZCOB: Lori Schmidt

Pass/Fail Option: Pass/Fail as an option for students has been approved for use this semester. Students will receive a final grade at the end of the semester as usual. After the grades are posted, students will be able to review progress and determine whether a pass/fail option is preferred. Note that some majors have courses that cannot have a pass/fail due to licensure or accreditation. Details were shared in the email from MarComm yesterday that includes the message sent to students. Details can also be found here: http://intranet.bloomu.edu/documents/academics/pass-fail-announcement.pdf

From IT: Faculty & staff should enter a Help Desk ticket if assistance is needed (helpdesk.bloomu.edu). Phone messages will be checked regularly throughout the workday.

Staff

Please refer to the Faculty/Staff webpage for previous links and helpful details - http://intranet.bloomu.edu/facstaff

From Human Resources: All employees who reside or work in a quarantine zone, as identified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and who are NOT designated as Pandemic Essential (Telework) are authorized to use Administrative leave up to and including April 3, 2020. Counties that are considered in a quarantine zone are listed on Governor Wolf’s website at https://www.governor.pa.gov/. This list is changing at a rapid pace. We ask that you adhere to the Stay At Home Order Guidance provided by the Governor’s Office. Please ensure your supervisor is aware of any change that restricts your travel or ability to report for essential assignments.

There is no further entitlement to administrative leave past April 3, 2020. As a reminder, the Quick Reference Guide for Pandemic Leave Usage is located on the Faculty and Staff home page.

The Families First Coronavirus Act (FFCRA) requires the State System to provide eligible employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. Information pertaining to the FFCRA

From IT: Faculty & staff should enter a Help Desk ticket if assistance is needed (helpdesk.bloomu.edu). Phone messages will be checked regularly throughout the workday.

Events and Athletics

Through the end of April, all events have been canceled until further notice. We will seek opportunities to move programming online if possible and will communicate accordingly.

Go to buhuskies.com for athletic updates.

 

Coronavirus Update (April 1, 2020)

Please stay current by checking our website bloomu.edu/coronavirus and your university email, where we are providing daily updates.

Communications Update Schedule: For the week of Monday, March 30 to Friday, April 3, we will retain our regular schedule of daily updates. Beginning the week of Monday, April 6, updates will be provided on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. If the need arises, we will include supplemental email communication to our campus community.

The campus remains closed to visitors until further notice. This includes all athletic facilities, fields, courts, and the track at Redman Stadium, Andruss Library, food service locations, Student Recreation Center, “Adult Gym” in Centennial, Campus Child Care Center, and BU Testing Center.

Students

Please refer to the Current Students webpage details - https://intranet.bloomu.edu/students

(NEW) Refunds Processed: The COVID-19 student account refunds have been processed, and all checks were mailed either yesterday afternoon or this morning. Please allow up to two days for your direct deposit to settle if you chose this option. Please contact the Bursar’s office at 570-389-4013 with any questions. For more information on the COVID-19 refunds and associated FAQS, please visit the Bursar’s office webpage.

(Updated Calculator) Pass/Fail Option: Pass/Fail as an option for students has been approved for use this semester. More specific information was shared in yesterday’s email, but please use this link for the updated pass/fail calculator http://intranet.bloomu.edu/documents/academics/pass-fail-calculator.xlsx

(NEW) Free Online Tutoring Available: You now have access to free online tutoring through NetTutor. Log into your BOLT account, click on the NetTutor tab, then click on the course in which you need a tutor and follow the prompts. For more information, please contact: Dr. Karen Hamman, Director, Tutorial Services & Academic Support - khamman@bloomu.edu

(NEW) Student Chat with the President: Save-the-date for Friday, April 3, 11 a.m.– 12 noon
https://bloomu.zoom.us/j/558349961
Meeting ID: 558 349 961
To Join by Phone, Dial: (646) 876-9923; ID # 558349961

(NEW) Career & Professional Development: Alumni and Professional Engagement staff is still available to assist with career and professional development via Zoom, phone, or email. Once you activate your Handshake profile, you can do anything! Make appointments and find resources at bloomu.joinhandshake.com (or download the app!)

BOLT and ZOOM Support for Students: https://intranet.bloomu.edu/imdc-bolt-student

Student Access to Technology: Students without access to technology to complete assignments should contact their department chair and indicate their limitations (lack of computer, WiFi, etc.). More information will be forthcoming on this topic.

Academics

(NEW) Free Online Tutoring Available: You now have access to free online tutoring through NetTutor. Log into your BOLT account, click on the NetTutor tab, then click on the course in which you need a tutor and follow the prompts. For more information, please contact: Dr. Karen Hamman, Director, Tutorial Services & Academic Support - khamman@bloomu.edu

Summer Sessions - All Online: In the interest of securing the safety of our faculty, staff and students, as well as our communities, the Chancellor is directing continuation of no in-person instruction occurring at our 14 universities during all scheduled 2020 summer sessions.

Scheduling: For summer 2020, scheduling opens on Monday, April 6. For fall 2020, scheduling for priority groups opens on Monday, April 6, followed by scheduling by earned credits starts Wednesday, April 8. To allow students to schedule for summer and fall 2020 without barriers, all financial and academic holds will be removed from student accounts by Friday, April 3. Holds, such as Bursar holds and academic advisement holds will no longer prevent students from scheduling for summer or fall 2020. Full details on Registrar's page.

University Disabilities Services: Information and resources for students and faculty, including contact information.

Faculty

Please refer to the Faculty/Staff webpage for previous links and helpful details - https://intranet.bloomu.edu/facstaff

(NEW) From the TALE Center: TALE is offering two topical online training sessions on Friday, April 3.
• 1-2 p.m. - BOLT Assignments and Grades
• 2:30-3:30 p.m. - BOLT Quizzes

Faculty should check their email or TALE Announcements page in BOLT for the meeting URL. Additional training materials are linked below or found on TALE’s BOLT page.

• BOLT Training Materials: https://bloomuimdc.freshdesk.com/support/home
• Mediasite Training Materials: https://intranet.bloomu.edu/mediasite
 
(NEW) Alumni and Professional Engagement: Our team is still available to assist with collaborative projects, alumni connections, and career and professional resources via Zoom, phone, or email. Students can make appointments and find career and professional resources at bloomu.joinhandshake.com.

Please feel free to reach out to your Alumni & Professional Engagement college liaison. We’re here for you!
COLA: Lauren Kross-Polinski | COST: Wren Fritsky | COE: Keith Spencer | ZCOB: Lori Schmidt

Pass/Fail Option: Pass/Fail as an option for students has been approved for use this semester. Students will receive a final grade at the end of the semester as usual. After the grades are posted, students will be able to review progress and determine whether a pass/fail option is preferred. Note that some majors have courses that cannot have a pass/fail due to licensure or accreditation. Details were shared in the email from MarComm yesterday that includes the message sent to students. Details can also be found here: http://intranet.bloomu.edu/documents/academics/pass-fail-announcement.pdf

From IT: Faculty & staff should enter a Help Desk ticket if assistance is needed (helpdesk.bloomu.edu). Phone messages will be checked regularly throughout the workday.

Staff

Please refer to the Faculty/Staff webpage for previous links and helpful details - http://intranet.bloomu.edu/facstaff

(NEW) From Human Resources: All employees who reside or work in a quarantine zone, as identified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and who are NOT designated as Pandemic Essential (Telework) are authorized to use Administrative leave up to and including April 3, 2020. Counties that are considered in a quarantine zone are listed on Governor Wolf’s website at https://www.governor.pa.gov/. This list is changing at a rapid pace. We ask that you adhere to the Stay At Home Order Guidance provided by the Governor’s Office. Please ensure your supervisor is aware of any change that restricts your travel or ability to report for essential assignments.

There is no further entitlement to administrative leave past April 3, 2020. As a reminder, the Quick Reference Guide for Pandemic Leave Usage is located on the Faculty and Staff home page.

The Families First Coronavirus Act (FFCRA) requires the State System to provide eligible employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. Information pertaining to the FFCRA

From IT: Faculty & staff should enter a Help Desk ticket if assistance is needed (helpdesk.bloomu.edu). Phone messages will be checked regularly throughout the workday.

Events and Athletics

Through the end of April, all events have been canceled until further notice. We will seek opportunities to move programming online if possible and will communicate accordingly.

Go to buhuskies.com for athletic updates.

 

Coronavirus Update (March 31, 2020)

Please stay current by checking our website bloomu.edu/coronavirus and your university email, where we are providing daily updates.

Communications Update Schedule: For the week of Monday, March 30 to Friday, April 3, we will retain our regular schedule of daily updates. Beginning the week of Monday, April 6, updates will be provided on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. If the need arises, we will include supplemental email communication to our campus community.

Campus remains closed to visitors until further notice. This includes all athletic facilities, fields, courts, and the track at Redman Stadium, Andruss Library, food service locations, Student Recreation Center, “Adult Gym” in Centennial, Campus Child Care Center, and BU Testing Center.

Students

Please refer to the Current Students webpage details - https://intranet.bloomu.edu/students

(NEW) Pass/Fail Option: Pass/Fail as an option for students has been approved for use this semester. Students will receive a final grade at the end of the semester as normal. After the grades are posted, students will be able to review progress and determine whether a pass/fail option is preferred. Note that some majors have courses that cannot have a pass/fail due to licensure or accreditation. This pass/fail calculator can help you determine your best option: http://intranet.bloomu.edu/documents/academics/pass-fail-calculator.xlsx

(NEW) Work Study: Work-study students have been sent an email to your university email, concerning employment during the remainder of the spring semester. If you have any questions, please contact your work-study supervisor.

University-Sponsored Travel Update: University-sponsored travel was originally canceled through Saturday, May 9. The cancellation order has been extended through Friday, July 31. The Accounts Payable staff will be in touch with travelers who have scheduled trips between May 10 and July 31. Until further notice, all new university-sponsored travel is on hold. Faculty and staff should not book new travel until given the approval to do so.

BOLT and ZOOM Support for Students: https://intranet.bloomu.edu/imdc-bolt-student

Student Access to Technology: Students without access to technology to complete assignments should contact their department chair and indicate their limitations (lack of computer, WiFi, etc.). More information will be forthcoming on this topic.

Academics

Summer Sessions - All Online: In the interest of securing the safety of our faculty, staff and students, as well as our communities, the Chancellor is directing continuation of no in-person instruction occurring at our 14 universities during all scheduled 2020 summer sessions.

Scheduling: For summer 2020, scheduling opens on Monday, April 6. For fall 2020, scheduling for priority groups opens on Monday, April 6, followed by scheduling by earned credits starts Wednesday, April 8. To allow students to schedule for summer and fall 2020 without barriers, all financial and academic holds will be removed from student accounts by Friday, April 3. Holds, such as Bursar holds and academic advisement holds will no longer prevent students from scheduling for summer or fall 2020. Full details on Registrar's page.

University Disabilities Services: Information and resources for students and faculty, including contact information.

Faculty

Please refer to the Faculty/Staff webpage for previous links and helpful details - https://intranet.bloomu.edu/facstaff

(NEW) Pass/Fail Option: Pass/Fail as an option for students has been approved for use this semester. Students will receive a final grade at the end of the semester as normal. After the grades are posted, students will be able to review progress and determine whether a pass/fail option is preferred. Note that some majors have courses that cannot have a pass/fail due to licensure or accreditation. This pass/fail calculator can help you determine your best option: http://intranet.bloomu.edu/documents/academics/pass-fail-calculator.xlsx

University-Sponsored Travel Update: University-sponsored travel was originally canceled through Saturday, May 9. The cancellation order has been extended through Friday, July 31. The Accounts Payable staff will be in touch with travelers who have scheduled trips between May 10 and July 31. Until further notice, all new university-sponsored travel is on hold. Faculty and staff should not book new travel until given the approval to do so.

From the TALE Center: TALE continues to make resources available upon request for faculty who need or want some additional assistance. In addition, TALE's BOLT organization houses training materials and recordings from the week of March 16. Every faculty member is encouraged to pin TALE as one of their courses. http://intranet.bloomu.edu/tale.

From IT: Faculty & staff should enter a Help Desk ticket if assistance is needed (helpdesk.bloomu.edu). Phone messages will be checked regularly throughout the workday.

Staff

Please refer to the Faculty/Staff webpage for previous links and helpful details - http://intranet.bloomu.edu/facstaff

University-Sponsored Travel Update: University-sponsored travel was originally canceled through Saturday, May 9. The cancellation order has been extended through Friday, July 31. The Accounts Payable staff will be in touch with travelers who have scheduled trips between May 10 and July 31. Until further notice, all new university-sponsored travel is on hold. Faculty and staff should not book new travel until given the approval to do so.

Student Work-Study Supervisors: Supervisors of work-study students have been sent an email from Jamie Golden regarding student work-study employment for the remainder of the spring semester. Please review as soon as possible.

From IT: Faculty & staff should enter a Help Desk ticket if assistance is needed (helpdesk.bloomu.edu). Phone messages will be checked regularly throughout the workday.

Events and Athletics

Through the end of April, all events have been canceled until further notice. We will seek opportunities to move programming online if possible and will communicate accordingly.

Go to buhuskies.com for athletic updates.

 

Coronavirus Update (March 30, 2020)

Please stay current by checking our website bloomu.edu/coronavirus and your university email, where we are providing daily updates.

(NEW) - For the week of Monday, March 30 to Friday, April 3, we will retain our regular schedule of daily updates. Beginning the week of Monday, April 6, updates will be provided on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. If the need arises, we will include supplemental email communication to our campus community.

(NEW – facilities added to closure) - Campus remains closed to visitors until further notice. This includes all athletic facilities, fields, courts, and the track at Redman Stadium, Andruss Library, food service locations, Student Recreation Center, “Adult Gym” in Centennial, Campus Child Care Center, and BU Testing Center.

Students

Please refer to the Current Students webpage details - https://intranet.bloomu.edu/students

(NEW) Work-study: Information for work-study students, concerning employment during the remainder of the semester, will be shared on Tuesday, March 31, to your university email if you are a work-study student.

(NEW) University-Sponsored Travel Update: University-sponsored travel was originally canceled through Saturday, May 9. The cancellation order has been extended through Friday, July 31. The Accounts Payable staff will be in touch with travelers who have scheduled trips between May 10 and July 31. Until further notice, all new university-sponsored travel is on hold. Faculty and staff should not book new travel until given the approval to do so.

BOLT and ZOOM Support for Students: https://intranet.bloomu.edu/imdc-bolt-student

Student Access to Technology: Students without access to technology to complete assignments should contact their department chair and indicate their limitations (lack of computer, WiFi, etc.). More information will be forthcoming on this topic.

Academics

(NEW) Summer Sessions - All Online: In the interest of securing the safety of our faculty, staff and students, as well as our communities, the Chancellor is directing continuation of no in-person instruction occurring at our 14 universities during all scheduled 2020 summer sessions.

Scheduling: For summer 2020, scheduling opens on Monday, April 6. For fall 2020, scheduling for priority groups opens on Monday, April 6, followed by scheduling by earned credits starts Wednesday, April 8. To allow students to schedule for summer and fall 2020 without barriers, all financial and academic holds will be removed from student accounts by Friday, April 3. Holds, such as Bursar holds and academic advisement holds will no longer prevent students from scheduling for summer or fall 2020. Full details on Registrar's page.

University Disabilities Services: Information and resources for students and faculty, including contact information.

Faculty

Please refer to the Faculty/Staff webpage for previous links and helpful details - https://intranet.bloomu.edu/facstaff

(NEW) University-Sponsored Travel Update: University-sponsored travel was originally canceled through Saturday, May 9. The cancellation order has been extended through Friday, July 31. The Accounts Payable staff will be in touch with travelers who have scheduled trips between May 10 and July 31. Until further notice, all new university-sponsored travel is on hold. Faculty and staff should not book new travel until given the approval to do so.

From the TALE Center: TALE continues to make resources available upon request for faculty who need or want some additional assistance. In addition, TALE's BOLT organization houses training materials and recordings from the week of March 16. Every faculty member is encouraged to pin TALE as one of their courses. http://intranet.bloomu.edu/tale.

From IT: Faculty & staff should enter a Help Desk ticket if assistance is needed (helpdesk.bloomu.edu). Phone messages will be checked regularly throughout the workday.

Staff

Please refer to the Faculty/Staff webpage for previous links and helpful details - http://intranet.bloomu.edu/facstaff

(NEW) University-Sponsored Travel Update: University-sponsored travel was originally canceled through Saturday, May 9. The cancellation order has been extended through Friday, July 31. The Accounts Payable staff will be in touch with travelers who have scheduled trips between May 10 and July 31. Until further notice, all new university-sponsored travel is on hold. Faculty and staff should not book new travel until given the approval to do so.

From IT: Faculty & staff should enter a Help Desk ticket if assistance is needed (helpdesk.bloomu.edu). Phone messages will be checked regularly throughout the workday.

Events and Athletics

Through the end of April, all events have been canceled until further notice. We will seek opportunities to move programming online if possible, and will communicate accordingly.

Go to buhuskies.com for athletic updates.

 

Coronavirus Update (March 27, 2020)

The next scheduled update will be shared Monday, March 30.

Campus remains closed to visitors until further notice. This includes the Nelson Field House, Andruss Library, food service locations, Student Recreation Center, “Adult Gym” in Centennial, Campus Child Care Center and BU Testing Center.

Students

Please refer to the Current Students webpage for previous links and helpful details - https://intranet.bloomu.edu/students

(NEW) Refunds – Thank you for your patience. The refund process started with charge adjustments being posted to student accounts on March 25, and the adjustments are being reviewed to ensure accuracy. Refunds for those students with a credit balance will be processed beginning on Monday, March 30, with all refunds processed by Wednesday, April 1.

Students can expect their refunds to be directly deposited in their designated bank account or delivered, via check, to their home address beginning Friday, April 3, 2020. If you are expecting a refund and you have not received it by the end of the day April 8, please contact the Bursar’s office at 570-389-4013.

(NEW) Commencement: Students who have applied to graduate in either spring 2020 or summer 2020 will have the opportunity to participate in the graduation ceremony held on the weekend of August 7-9. However, the degree will be conferred based upon the term the student satisfied all degree requirements.

Degrees will be conferred based upon the date that all academic requirements have been met. The conferral date for spring will be May 8, 2020. The conferral date for summer will be August 7, 2020.

Further details to come, including when and how to purchase graduation-related gear – i.e. cap and gown.

(NEW) From Honeysuckle and Advanced Student Housing: Following the lead of the University, both Honeysuckle and Advanced Student Housing, our University affiliates, will allow for leases to be terminated with up to 50% of costs refunded for spring semester. Students be sure to speak with your landlord directly to have these discussions.

(NEW) From Health and Wellness Services: Managing Your Anxiety in the Midst of COVID-19 (Pennsylvania Psychological Association) written by Whitney M. Robenolt, Psy.D.; Bloomsburg University Counselor.

Work-study: Information for work-study students, concerning employment during the remainder of the semester, will be shared as it becomes available. This includes students working for CGA at Honeysuckle.

BOLT and ZOOM Support for Students: https://intranet.bloomu.edu/imdc-bolt-student

Student Access to Technology: Students without access to technology to complete assignments should contact their department chair and indicate their limitations (lack of computer, WiFi, etc.). More information will be forthcoming on this topic.

Academics

Scheduling: For summer 2020, scheduling opens on Monday, April 6. For fall 2020, scheduling for priority groups opens on Monday, April 6, followed by scheduling by earned credits starts Wednesday, April 8. To allow students to schedule for summer and fall 2020 without barriers, all financial and academic holds will be removed from student accounts by Friday, April 3. Holds, such as Bursar holds and academic advisement holds will no longer prevent students from scheduling for summer or fall 2020. Full details on Registrar's page.

University Disabilities Services: Information and resources for students and faculty, including contact information.

Faculty

Please refer to the Faculty/Staff webpage for previous links and helpful details - https://intranet.bloomu.edu/facstaff

(NEW) From the TALE Center: TALE continues to make resources available upon request for faculty who need or want some additional assistance. In addition, TALE's BOLT organization houses training materials and recordings from the week of March 16. Every faculty member is encouraged to pin TALE as one of their courses. http://intranet.bloomu.edu/tale.

(NEW) From Finance, Budget, and Business Services: Questions about mail delivery during the campus closure, invoice payments, purchasing business related supplies while working remotely, or remote shipping of classroom materials? Visit the Faculty and Staff Resource page.

Staff

Please refer to the Faculty/Staff webpage for previous links and helpful details - http://intranet.bloomu.edu/facstaff

(NEW) From Finance, Budget, and Business Services: Questions about mail delivery during the campus closure, invoice payments, purchasing business related supplies while working remotely, or remote shipping of classroom materials? Visit the Faculty and Staff Resource page.

(NEW) Student Work-Study Supervisors: Supervisors of work-study students will be receiving a new email from Jamie Golden regarding student work-study employment. Please review as soon as possible.

(NEW) From HR: PASSHE has extended the current period of Administrative Leave through Friday, April 3, 2020. Based upon clarification provided by the System Office, the use of Administrative Leave for underlying medical conditions is no longer allowed. We have updated the quick reference guide accordingly. Guidance on what will happen after April 3, 2020 will be provided as soon as it is available. Please continue to confirm status and assignments with your supervisory chain. Quick Reference Guide

Events and Athletics

Through the end of April, all events have been canceled until further notice. We will seek opportunities to move programming online if possible, and will communicate accordingly.

Go to buhuskies.com for athletic updates.

 

Coronavirus Update (March 26, 2020)

Please stay current by checking our website bloomu.edu/coronavirus and your university email, where we are providing daily updates.

Campus remains closed to visitors until further notice. This includes the Nelson Field House, Andruss Library, food service locations, Student Recreation Center, “Adult Gym” in Centennial, Campus Child Care Center and BU Testing Center.

Students

Please refer to the Current Students webpage for previous links and helpful details - https://intranet.bloomu.edu/students

(NEW) Commencement: We are pleased to announce that we will be working toward celebrating Commencement in-person the weekend of August 7-9, pending any future issues related to COVID-19. Further details to come, including when and how to purchase graduation-related gear – i.e. cap and gown.

WALES (Writing and Literacy Engagement Studio): For the remainder of the semester, WALES will offer online consulting through Zoom during our regular hours.
• Sunday - 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
• Monday through Thursday - 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
• Friday - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Using Zoom you will be able to speak and share your screen with a WALES consultant in real-time. To arrange for an online session, send an appointment request to WALES@bloomu.edu from your Huskies email address. It may be possible to schedule an appointment immediately but advise requesting an appointment one day in advance.

Student Counseling Services: Counseling services remain available to students through phone consults while we transition to remote tele-counseling services.

We understand the concerns and difficult feelings students may be experiencing at this time as a result of all these changes. These feelings are normal. Counselors in the Student Counseling Center are working to finalize the transition to a full range of remote counseling services. The focus this week is on transitioning current clients. During this time of transition, any student who is struggling can call the Student Counseling Center at 570-389-4255 and request an outreach call from one of our counselors.

Questions?
If you are a current client of the Student Counseling Center and have questions, please reach out and leave a message for your counselors by calling 570-389-4255.

For additional details and updates, visit the Student Counseling Center website.

BOLT and ZOOM Support for Students:

From this page, students will have access to our IMDC Infobase that contains over 100 articles for BOLT. There is also information on support for Mediasite and Zoom along with 24/7/365 BOLT & Zoom support numbers.

Student Access to Technology: Students without access to technology to complete assignments should contact their department chair and indicate their limitations (lack of computer, WiFi, etc.). More information will be forthcoming on this topic.

Work-study: Information for work-study students, concerning employment during the remainder of the semester, will be shared as it becomes available. This includes students working for CGA at Honeysuckle.

Academics

(NEW) Commencement: We are pleased to announce that we will be working toward celebrating Commencement in-person the weekend of August 7-9, pending any future issues related to COVID-19. Further details to come, including when and how to purchase graduation-related gear – i.e. cap and gown.

Scheduling: For summer 2020, scheduling opens on Monday, April 6. For fall 2020, scheduling for priority groups opens on Monday, April 6, followed by scheduling by earned credits starts Wednesday, April 8. To allow students to schedule for summer and fall 2020 without barriers, all financial and academic holds will be removed from student accounts by Friday, April 3. Holds, such as Bursar holds and academic advisement holds will no longer prevent students from scheduling for summer or fall 2020. Full details on Registrar's page.

University Disabilities Services: Information and resources for students and faculty, including contact information.

Faculty

Please refer to the Faculty/Staff webpage for previous links and helpful details - https://intranet.bloomu.edu/facstaff

From the TALE Center: The TALE Center will be offering details relating to training sessions and teaching tips on its website, http://intranet.bloomu.edu/tale.

Staff

Please refer to the Faculty/Staff webpage for previous links and helpful details - http://intranet.bloomu.edu/facstaff

From HR: Essential-on-campus, essential-remote, or non-essential status will continue to be communicated by your supervisor or division vice president.

A Quick Reference Guide for Pandemic Leave Usage is available at Faculty/Staff page. This guide is intended to provide guidance to directors, managers, and supervisors during a declared pandemic emergency.

Guidance is rapidly evolving and subject to change. Notification will be made through Marketing and Communications updates as changes are made to the guide.

Events and Athletics

Through the end of April, all events have been canceled until further notice. We will seek opportunities to move programming online if possible, and will communicate accordingly.

Go to buhuskies.com for athletic updates.

 

Coronavirus Update (March 25, 2020)

Please stay current by checking our website bloomu.edu/coronavirus and your university email, where we are providing daily updates.

Campus remains closed to visitors until further notice. This includes the Nelson Field House, Andruss Library, food service locations, Student Recreation Center, “Adult Gym” in Centennial, and BU Testing Center.

Students

Please refer to the Current Students webpage for previous links and helpful details - https://intranet.bloomu.edu/students

(NEW) WALES (Writing and Literacy Engagement Studio): For the remainder of the semester, WALES will offer online consulting through Zoom during our regular hours.
• Sunday - 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
• Monday through Thursday - 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
• Friday - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Using Zoom you will be able to speak and share your screen with a WALES consultant in real-time. To arrange for an online session, send an appointment request to WALES@bloomu.edu from your Huskies email address. It may be possible to schedule an appointment immediately but advise requesting an appointment one day in advance.

Student Counseling Services: Counseling services remain available to students through phone consults while we transition to remote tele-counseling services.

We understand the concerns and difficult feelings students may be experiencing at this time as a result of all these changes. These feelings are normal. Counselors in the Student Counseling Center are working to finalize the transition to a full range of remote counseling services. The focus this week is on transitioning current clients. During this time of transition, any student who is struggling can call the Student Counseling Center at 570-389-4255 and request an outreach call from one of our counselors.

Questions?
If you are a current client of the Student Counseling Center and have questions, please reach out and leave a message for your counselors by calling 570-389-4255.

For additional details and updates, visit the Student Counseling Center website.

BOLT and ZOOM Support for Students:

From this page, students will have access to our IMDC Infobase that contains over 100 articles for BOLT. There is also information on support for Mediasite and Zoom along with 24/7/365 BOLT & Zoom support numbers.

Student Access to Technology: Students without access to technology to complete assignments should contact their department chair and indicate their limitations (lack of computer, WiFi, etc.). More information will be forthcoming on this topic.

Work-study: Information for work-study students, concerning employment during the remainder of the semester, will be shared as it becomes available. This includes students working for CGA at Honeysuckle.

Academics

Scheduling: For summer 2020, scheduling opens on Monday, April 6. For fall 2020, scheduling for priority groups opens on Monday, April 6, followed by scheduling by earned credits starts Wednesday, April 8. To allow students to schedule for summer and fall 2020 without barriers, all financial and academic holds will be removed from student accounts by Friday, April 3. Holds, such as Bursar holds and academic advisement holds will no longer prevent students from scheduling for summer or fall 2020. Full details on Registrar's page.

University Disabilities Services: Information and resources for students and faculty, including contact information.

Faculty

Please refer to the Faculty/Staff webpage for previous links and helpful details - https://intranet.bloomu.edu/facstaff

From the TALE Center: The TALE Center will be offering details relating to training sessions and teaching tips on its website, http://intranet.bloomu.edu/tale.

Staff

Please refer to the Faculty/Staff webpage for previous links and helpful details - http://intranet.bloomu.edu/facstaff

From HR: On Monday afternoon we were notified that System Office has extended Administrative Leave through April 1, 2020. The Quick Reference Guide – Pandemic Leave Usage has been updated effective March 23, 2020. Employees should clarify concerns regarding their status or assignments with their supervisor.

Essential-on-campus, essential-remote, or non-essential status will continue to be communicated by your supervisor or division vice president.

A Quick Reference Guide for Pandemic Leave Usage is available at Faculty/Staff page. This guide is intended to provide guidance to directors, managers, and supervisors during a declared pandemic emergency.

Guidance is rapidly evolving and subject to change. Notification will be made through Marketing and Communications updates as changes are made to the guide.

Events and Athletics

Through the end of April, all events have been canceled until further notice. We will seek opportunities to move programming online if possible, and will communicate accordingly.

Go to buhuskies.com for athletic updates.

 

Coronavirus Update (March 24, 2020)

With our BU community’s health and safety in mind, we will be delivering all classes online beginning March 23 through the end of the Spring 2020 semester.

Please continue to practice social distancing and wash your hands frequently. These remain the recommended methods of preventing transmission of COVID-19.

Please stay current by checking our website bloomu.edu/coronavirus and your university email, where we are providing daily updates.

Campus remains closed to visitors until further notice. This includes the Nelson Field House, Andruss Library, food service locations, Student Recreation Center, “Adult Gym” in Centennial, and BU Testing Center.

Students

Please refer to the Current Students webpage for previous links and helpful details - https://intranet.bloomu.edu/students

(NEW) Student Counseling Services: Counseling services remain available to students through phone consults while we transition to a full range of remote tele-counseling services.

We understand the concerns and difficult feelings students may be experiencing at this time as a result of all these changes. These feelings are normal. Counselors in the Student Counseling Center are working to finalize the transition to a full range of remote counseling services. The focus this week is on transitioning current clients. During this time of transition, any student who is struggling can call the Student Counseling Center at 570-389-4255 and request an outreach call from one of our counselors.

Questions?
If you are a current client of the Student Counseling Center and have questions, please reach out and leave a message for your counselors by calling 570-389-4255.

For additional details and updates, visit the Student Counseling Center website.

D2L/BOLT was experiencing technical issues due to the volume of remote utilization across the State System. PASSHE worked with the provider to resolve the issues and now reports that the issue is resolved and increased capacity should mitigate future problems. We appreciate your patience as this was resolved.

BOLT and ZOOM Support for Students:

From this page, students will have access to our IMDC Infobase that contains over 100 articles for BOLT. There is also information on support for Mediasite and Zoom along with 24/7/365 BOLT & Zoom support numbers.

Student Access to Technology: Students without access to technology to complete assignments should contact their department chair and indicate their limitations (lack of computer, WiFi, etc.). More information will be forthcoming on this topic.

Work-study: Information for work-study students, concerning employment during the remainder of the semester, will be shared as it becomes available. This includes students working for CGA at Honeysuckle.

Academics

Scheduling: For summer 2020, scheduling opens on Monday, April 6. For fall 2020, scheduling for priority groups opens on Monday, April 6, followed by scheduling by earned credits starts Wednesday, April 8. To allow students to schedule for summer and fall 2020 without barriers, all financial and academic holds will be removed from student accounts by Friday, April 3. Holds, such as Bursar holds and academic advisement holds will no longer prevent students from scheduling for summer or fall 2020. Full details on Registrar's page.

D2L/BOLT was experiencing technical issues due to the volume of remote utilization across the State System. PASSHE worked with the provider to resolve the issues and now reports that the issue is resolved and increased capacity should mitigate future problems. We appreciate your patience as this was resolved.

University Disabilities Services: Information and resources for students and faculty, including contact information.

Faculty

Please refer to the Faculty/Staff webpage for previous links and helpful details - https://intranet.bloomu.edu/facstaff

(NEW) From IT: Beginning Tuesday, March 24, the on-campus Technology Help Desk will be closed, and staff will be working remotely. Faculty & staff should enter a Help Desk ticket if assistance is needed (https://helpdesk.bloomu.edu/). Phone messages will be checked regularly throughout the workday.

(NEW) From HR: PASSHE approved vendor, Fidelity Investments, will be available Monday, March 30, 2020, for individual financial advisement via phone or virtual appointments. Our representative will not be on campus. Please see below to schedule an appointment to open/maintain your 403b or retirement plan. Please visit www.fidelity.com/reserve or call 800.642.7131 to make an appointment.

From the TALE Center: The TALE Center will be offering details relating to training sessions and teaching tips on its website, http://intranet.bloomu.edu/tale.

D2L/BOLT was experiencing technical issues due to the volume of remote utilization across the State System. PASSHE worked with the provider to resolve the issues and now reports that the issue is resolved and increased capacity should mitigate future problems. We appreciate your patience as this was resolved.

Staff

Please refer to the Faculty/Staff webpage for previous links and helpful details - http://intranet.bloomu.edu/facstaff

(NEW) From IT: Beginning Tuesday, March 24, the on-campus Technology Help Desk will be closed, and staff will be working remotely. Faculty & staff should enter a Help Desk ticket if assistance is needed (https://helpdesk.bloomu.edu/). Phone messages will be checked regularly throughout the workday.

(NEW) From HR: On Monday afternoon we were notified that System Office has extended Administrative Leave through April 1, 2020. The Quick Reference Guide – Pandemic Leave Usage has been updated effective March 23, 2020. Employees should clarify concerns regarding their status or assignments with their supervisor.

(NEW) From HR: PASSHE approved vendor, Fidelity Investments, will be available Monday, March 30, 2020, for individual financial advisement via phone or virtual appointments. Our representative will not be on campus. Please see below to schedule an appointment to open/maintain your 403b or retirement plan. Please visit www.fidelity.com/reserve or call 800.642.7131 to make an appointment.

(NEW) Student Work-Study Supervisors: Supervisors of work-study students will be receiving an email from Jamie Golden regarding the possible continuation of student work-study employment. Please view and respond to this email as soon as possible.

From HR: Essential-on-campus, essential-remote, or non-essential status will continue to be communicated by your supervisor or division vice president.

A Quick Reference Guide for Pandemic Leave Usage is available at Faculty/Staff page. This guide is intended to provide guidance to directors, managers, and supervisors during a declared pandemic emergency.

Guidance is rapidly evolving and subject to change. Notification will be made through Marketing and Communications updates as changes are made to the guide.

Husky Mail Hub, Receiving, Duplicating:: updated hours of operation are available on the Faculty/Staff page.

Events and Athletics

Through the end of April, all events have been canceled until further notice. We will seek opportunities to move programming online if possible, and will communicate accordingly.

Go to buhuskies.com for athletic updates.

 

Coronavirus Update (March 23, 2020)

With our BU community’s health and safety in mind, we will be delivering all classes online beginning March 23 through the end of the Spring 2020 semester.

Please continue to practice social distancing and wash your hands frequently. These remain the recommended methods of preventing transmission of COVID-19.

Please stay current by checking our website bloomu.edu/coronavirus and your university email, where we are providing daily updates.

Campus remains closed to visitors until further notice. This includes the Nelson Field House, Andruss Library, food service locations, Student Recreation Center, “Adult Gym” in Centennial, and BU Testing Center.

Students

Please refer to the Current Students webpage for previous links and helpful details - https://intranet.bloomu.edu/students

D2L/BOLT was experiencing technical issues due to the volume of remote utilization across the State System. PASSHE worked with the provider to resolve the issues and now reports that the issue is resolved and increased capacity should mitigate future problems. We appreciate your patience as this was resolved.

BOLT and ZOOM Support for Students:

From this page, students will have access to our IMDC Infobase that contains over 100 articles for BOLT. There is also information on support for Mediasite and Zoom along with 24/7/365 BOLT & Zoom support numbers.

From IT: Adobe has opened free access for BU faculty, staff and students to use temporarily. Details

Student Access to Technology: Students without access to technology to complete assignments should contact their department chair and indicate their limitations (lack of computer, WiFi, etc.). More information will be forthcoming on this topic.

Academics

Previous updates apply, reminders included below.

Scheduling: For summer 2020, scheduling opens on Monday, April 6. For fall 2020, scheduling for priority groups opens on Monday, April 6, followed by scheduling by earned credits starts Wednesday, April 8. To allow students to schedule for summer and fall 2020 without barriers, all financial and academic holds will be removed from student accounts by Friday, April 3. Holds, such as Bursar holds and academic advisement holds will no longer prevent students from scheduling for summer or fall 2020. Full details on Registrar's page.

D2L/BOLT was experiencing technical issues due to the volume of remote utilization across the State System. PASSHE worked with the provider to resolve the issues and now reports that the issue is resolved and increased capacity should mitigate future problems. We appreciate your patience as this was resolved.

University Disabilities Services: Information and resources for students and faculty, including contact information.

Faculty

Please refer to the Faculty/Staff webpage for previous links and helpful details - https://intranet.bloomu.edu/facstaff

From the TALE Center: The TALE Center will be offering details relating to training sessions and teaching tips on its website, http://intranet.bloomu.edu/tale.

D2L/BOLT was experiencing technical issues due to the volume of remote utilization across the State System. PASSHE worked with the provider to resolve the issues and now reports that the issue is resolved and increased capacity should mitigate future problems. We appreciate your patience as this was resolved.

From IT: Adobe has opened free access for BU faculty, staff and students to use temporarily. Details

Staff

Please refer to the Faculty/Staff webpage for previous links and helpful details - http://intranet.bloomu.edu/facstaff

From HR: Essential-on-campus, essential-remote, or non-essential status will continue to be communicated by your supervisor or division vice president.

A Quick Reference Guide for Pandemic Leave Usage is available at Faculty/Staff page. This guide is intended to provide guidance to directors, managers, and supervisors during a declared pandemic emergency.

Guidance is rapidly evolving and subject to change. Notification will be made through Marketing and Communications updates as changes are made to the guide.

Husky Mail Hub, Receiving, Duplicating:: updated hours of operation are available on the Faculty/Staff page.

From IT: Adobe has opened free access for BU faculty, staff and students to use temporarily. Details

Events and Athletics

Through the end of April, all events have been canceled until further notice. We will seek opportunities to move programming online if possible, and will communicate accordingly.

Go to buhuskies.com for athletic updates.

 

Coronavirus Update (March 20, 2020)

Please note – the next campus update will be shared on Monday, 3/23/2020.

With our BU community’s health and safety in mind, we will be delivering all classes online beginning March 23 through the end of the Spring 2020 semester.

Please continue to practice social distancing and wash your hands frequently. These remain the recommended methods of preventing transmission of COVID-19.

Please stay current by checking our website bloomu.edu/coronavirus and your university email, where we are providing daily updates.

Campus remains closed to visitors until further notice. This includes the Andruss Library, food service locations, Student Recreation Center, “Adult Gym” in Centennial, and BU Testing Center.

Students

Previous updates apply, new information and reminders included below.

Refunds: Information relating to refunds was shared this afternoon with students and parents via University email from the Bursar’s Office.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we have made some determinations regarding student accounts and refunds. The Bursar’s Office will be reducing the following student account charges by 50% for the spring 2020 semester:
• Room, including utility charge and wired internet connection fee (if applicable)
• Board, including unused FLEX
• Community Activities Fee
• Health Service/Wellness Fee (Health Center portion only; Counseling services will continue for the remainder of the semester)
• Recreation Fee
• Student Union Operations Fee
• Transportation Fee
• Parking Decals

This charge adjustment will have no impact on your financial aid award (grants, scholarships, or loans).

All student account credit balances, after the charges listed above are adjusted, will be refunded beginning on March 25, 2020 continuing through April 1. If you are signed up for direct deposit, the refund will be deposited into your designated bank account. If you have not already signed up for direct deposit, we encourage you to do so now. Instructions for direct deposit.

Once your account is adjusted, refunds will appear in your designated bank account within two days. Otherwise, a check will be mailed to your home address of record. Please check MyHusky for charge adjustment detail or contact the Bursar’s office at 570-389-4013 with questions.

Note: March 27 is the last payment plan date for the spring semester. If you are enrolled in a payment plan, this payment will be cancelled and you do not have to submit it.

Work-study: Information for work-study students, concerning employment during the remainder of the semester, will be shared as it becomes available. This includes students working for CGA at Honeysuckle.

* This does not apply to students working for the BU Foundation or in food-service areas that report to Aramark; those students should contact their supervisor with questions.

Student Access to Technology: Students without access to technology to complete assignments should contact their department chair and indicate their limitations (lack of computer, WiFi, etc.). More information will be forthcoming on this topic.

On- and Off-Campus Housing:
Please read this joint letter from BU President Bashar Hanna and Bloomsburg Mayor Bill Kreisher

On-Campus Housing: Because of social distancing guidelines and reduced staffing, we urge you to please adhere to the posted return to campus schedule.

Due to Governor Wolf’s mandate on 3/19/2020, NO VISITORS will be allowed on campus to ensure we comply. Please also note that social gatherings of more than 10 people will be subject to emergency management directives from the state and the Town of Bloomsburg.

Off-Campus Housing: Be aware that the Town of Bloomsburg has instituted a State of Emergency. As part of the restrictions, social gatherings of more than 10 people and any violation of emergency protocols may be subject to fines or other citations.

From IT: Adobe has opened free access for BU faculty, staff and students to use temporarily. Details

Academics

Previous updates apply, reminders included below.

Scheduling: For summer 2020, scheduling opens on Monday, April 6. For fall 2020, scheduling for priority groups opens on Monday, April 6, followed by scheduling by earned credits starts Wednesday, April 8. To allow students to schedule for summer and fall 2020 without barriers, all financial and academic holds will be removed from student accounts by Friday, April 3. Holds, such as Bursar holds and academic advisement holds will no longer prevent students from scheduling for summer or fall 2020. Full details on Registrar's page.

BU Testing Center: The BU Testing Center is currently closed. Please contact your test provider to reschedule.

University Disabilities Services: Information and resources for students and faculty, including contact information.

Andruss Library Online - Continuity of Resources and Support: While the library building is closed, the online library is open. The library's electronic resources and support remain accessible to students and faculty. Resources such as Search Everything, discipline specific research databases, e-journals, e-books, and streaming video services will continue to be accessible to members of the university community using their university credentials.

Quick links to library resources:
Hours for Online Support
Library Remote Study Guide
Off-campus access to library resources
Ask a Question
Electronic books, articles, journals, and videos
COVID-19 Offers and Resources
Book and Article Delivery
Research guides for all subjects
Find your librarian!
Library homepage

Faculty

Previous updates apply, reminders included below.

From the TALE Center: The TALE Center will be offering details relating to training sessions and teaching tips on its website, http://intranet.bloomu.edu/tale.

Faculty Access to Offices: Faculty continue to have access to their offices as needed, but must identify the days of the week and times of day they’ll be accessing their buildings and offices. This is important for safety reasons relating to custodial requirements. Please submit details to your Dean and/or Dr. Wygmans.

Please attempt to limit interactions and apply social distancing measures.

From IT: Adobe has opened free access for BU faculty, staff and students to use temporarily. Details

Staff

Previous updates apply, reminders included below.

For Wednesday through Sunday, March 18-22: The process of identifying essential-on-campus, essential-remote, or non-essential status will continue to be communicated by your supervisor or division vice president. Documentation relating to teleworking will be coming from your VP in the next couple of days.

Staff continue to have access to their offices as needed, but must identify the days of the week and times of day they’ll be accessing their buildings and offices. Please submit details to your supervisor. This is important for safety reasons relating to custodial requirements. Please attempt to limit interactions and apply social distancing measures.

From IT: Adobe has opened free access for BU faculty, staff and students to use temporarily. Details

Events and Athletics

Previous updates apply.
Through the end of April, all events have been canceled until further notice. We will seek opportunities to move programming online if possible.

Go to buhuskies.com for previous updates.

 

Coronavirus Update (March 19, 2020)

With our BU community’s health and safety in mind, we will be delivering all classes online beginning March 23 through the end of the Spring 2020 semester.

Please continue to practice social distancing and wash your hands frequently. These remain the recommended methods of preventing transmission of COVID-19.

Please stay current by checking our website bloomu.edu/coronavirus and your university email, where we are providing daily updates.

Campus facilities will remain closed to outside community members until further notice. This includes the Andruss Library, food service locations, Student Recreation Center, “Adult Gym” in Centennial, and BU Testing Center.

Students

Previous updates apply, reminders and new information included below.

Work-study: Information for work-study students, concerning employment during the remainder of the semester, will be shared as it becomes available. This does not apply to students working in food-service areas that report to Aramark; those students should contact their Aramark supervisor with questions.

Student Access to Technology: Students without access to technology to complete assignments should contact their department chair and indicate their limitations (lack of computer, WiFi, etc.).

Residence Life – On-Campus Housing: Because of social distancing guidelines and reduced staffing, we urge you to please adhere to the posted return to campus schedule. https://reslife.bloomu.edu/

Please continue to practice social distancing and wash your hands frequently. These remain the recommended methods of preventing transmission of COVID-19.

Academics

Previous updates apply, new information and reminders included below.

Scheduling: For summer 2020, scheduling opens on Monday, April 6. For fall 2020, scheduling for priority groups opens on Monday, April 6, followed by scheduling by earned credits starts Wednesday, April 8. To allow students to schedule for summer and fall 2020 without barriers, all financial and academic holds will be removed from student accounts. Holds, such as Bursar holds and academic advisement holds will no longer prevent students from scheduling for summer or fall 2020. Full details on Registrar's page.

BU Testing Center: The BU Testing Center is currently closed. Please contact your test provider to reschedule.

University Disabilities Services: Information and resources for students and faculty, including contact information.

Graduate Assistants: Please be in contact with your supervisor; they have updates relating to your assignments and contract.

Commencement: We are considering all options at this time and will share our decision by Friday, March 27.

Library: Andruss Library will close to all patrons indefinitely beginning Wednesday, March 18 at 8 p.m. Patrons will still be able to secure materials Article and Book delivery http://guides.library.bloomu.edu/InterlibraryLoan/ILL/ .
**COVID 19 Update: Students and Faculty, please submit anything you need (book, chapter, article) via ILLiad --whether it's owned at Bloomsburg University or elsewhere. We will do our best to get you what you need. Direct questions or concerns to ill@bloomu.edu **

Faculty

Previous updates apply, reminders and new information included below.

From the TALE Center: Training sessions will continue to be offered remotely. The TALE Center will be offering details relating to training sessions and teaching tips on its website, http://intranet.bloomu.edu/tale.

Faculty Access to Offices: Faculty continue to have access to their offices as needed to develop and implement curriculum. Faculty should attempt to limit interactions and apply social distancing measures. Given the Governor could restrict movement at any time, faculty should plan for a possible shelter in place order resulting in a need to work remote only.

Voicemail: To check your voicemail from off campus (requires network logon) please follow the instructions listed at: http://intranet.bloomu.edu/technology/phone/voicemail. If you don’t know your voicemail password, please open a help desk ticket.

Staff

Previous updates apply, reminders included below.

Wednesday through Friday, March 18-20: The process of identifying essential-on-campus, essential-remote, or non-essential status will continue to be communicated by your supervisor or division vice president.

For those who are deemed essential on-campus, please continue to practice social distancing and wash your hands frequently. These remain the recommended methods of preventing transmission of COVID-19.

Mentoring: I know that many of you continue to mentor students, and appreciate your participation and support of this program. In these uncertain times, many of our students have questions that none of us would have anticipated earlier this semester. I am asking you to please reach out to your student-mentees this week or next and check in with them and offer your support and guidance. – Bashar Hanna

Voicemail: To check your voicemail from off campus (requires network logon) please follow the instructions listed at: http://intranet.bloomu.edu/technology/phone/voicemail. If you don’t know your voicemail password, please open a help desk ticket.

Events and Athletics

Previous updates apply.
Through the end of April, all events have been canceled until further notice. We will seek opportunities to move programming online if possible.

Go to buhuskies.com for previous updates.

 

Coronavirus Update (March 18, 2020)

UPDATE: With our BU community’s health and safety in mind, we will be delivering all classes online beginning March 23 through the end of the Spring 2020 semester.

Please stay current by checking our website bloomu.edu/coronavirus and your university email, where we are providing daily updates.

Students

Previous updates apply, reminders and new information included below.

Student Access to Technology: Students without access to technology to complete assignments should contact their department chair and indicate their limitations (lack of computer, WiFi, etc.).

Residence Life – On-Campus Housing: Because of social distancing guidelines and reduced staffing, we urge you to please adhere to the posted return to campus schedule. https://reslife.bloomu.edu/

Please continue to practice social distancing and wash your hands frequently. These remain the recommended methods of preventing transmission of COVID-19.
Student Health Center Website: Visit the Health Center website for facts and resources related to COVID-19 and more, including helpful links to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other resources. http://intranet.bloomu.edu/health

Healthy Husky: Just because we’re not on campus, doesn’t mean you can’t practice good health and wellness. This page can be a resource for illness prevention, and other helpful tips. http://intranet.bloomu.edu/healthy-husky

BU Testing Center Update: The Test Center is currently closed. Contact your test provider to reschedule.

Academics

Previous updates apply, reminders and new information included below.

University Disabilities Services: Information and resources for students and faculty, including contact information.

Graduate Assistants: Please be in contact with your supervisor; they have updates relating to your assignments and contract.

Commencement: We are considering all options at this time and will share our decision by next Friday, March 27.

Library: Andruss Library will close to all patrons indefinitely beginning Wednesday, March 18 at 8 p.m. Patrons will still be able to secure materials Article and Book delivery http://guides.library.bloomu.edu/InterlibraryLoan/ILL/ .
**COVID 19 Update: Students and Faculty, please submit anything you need (book, chapter, article) via ILLiad --whether it's owned at Bloomsburg University or elsewhere. We will do our best to get you what you need. Direct questions or concerns to ill@bloomu.edu **

Faculty

Previous updates apply, a reminder and new information included below.

From the TALE Center: Training sessions will continue to be offered remotely. The TALE Center will be offering details relating to training sessions and teaching tips on its website, http://intranet.bloomu.edu/tale.

Voicemail: To check your voicemail from off campus (requires network logon) please follow the instructions listed at: http://intranet.bloomu.edu/technology/phone/voicemail. If you don’t know your voicemail password, please open a help desk ticket.

Staff

Previous updates apply, new information included below.

Wednesday through Friday, March 18-20: The process of identifying essential-on-campus, essential-remote, or non-essential status will continue to be communicated by your supervisor or division vice president.

For those who are deemed essential on-campus, please continue to practice social distancing and wash your hands frequently. These remain the recommended methods of preventing transmission of COVID-19.

Voicemail: To check your voicemail from off campus (requires network logon) please follow the instructions listed at: http://intranet.bloomu.edu/technology/phone/voicemail. If you don’t know your voicemail password, please open a help desk ticket.

Events and Athletics

Previous updates apply.
Through the end of April, all events have been canceled until further notice. We will seek opportunities to move programming online if possible.

Go to buhuskies.com for previous updates.

 

Coronavirus Update (March 17, 2020)

UPDATE: With our BU community’s health and safety in mind, we will be delivering all classes online beginning March 23 through the end of the Spring 2020 semester.

Please stay current by checking our website bloomu.edu/coronavirus and your university email, where we are providing daily updates.

Students

Previous updates apply, reminders and new information included below.

Residence Life – On-Campus Housing: Because of social distancing guidelines and reduced staffing, we urge you to please adhere to the posted return to campus schedule.

The decision to move to all online instruction was made late yesterday afternoon. We understand that many students returned to campus yesterday to retrieve items to support online instruction with anticipation that in-person instruction might resume prior to the end of the semester. Guidance from agencies and the state system of higher education in response to the impacts of COVID-19 has necessitated these changes.

We apologize for any inconvenience as it was not our intent to cause frustration. To minimize the number of people in our buildings, we urge anyone who was on campus yesterday not to return this week to retrieve more personal items. Residence Life will send out a communication to all those that returned yesterday prior to the announcement in the coming week to arrange a time to return to campus for a complete move-out.

Academics

Previous updates apply, reminders and new information included below.

University Disabilities Services: Information and resources for students and faculty, including contact information.

Commencement: We are considering all options at this time and will share our decision by the end of this month.

Clinicals and Student Teaching: All clinicals and student-teaching have been suspended per the directive of the PA State System of Higher Education.

Faculty

Previous updates apply, a reminder and new information included below.

From the TALE Center: Training sessions will continue to be offered remotely. The TALE Center will be offering details relating to training sessions and teaching tips on its website, http://intranet.bloomu.edu/tale.

Call Forward to Cell/Home Phone: Activating call forward requires either remote support to configure, or the user to be physically at their phone. Remote support is limited in cases where "Send All Calls" is in use, as it overrides call forward. This is also "always on."
• Be sure to deactivate your “Send Calls” button, if available, as that function overrides call forwarding.
• To activate call forwarding: Go off-hook and press *2 then 9 then the ten digit phone number you wish to receive calls at. You will hear 3 confirmation beeps once configured.
• To cancel: Go off-hook and press #2 and you will hear 3 confirmation beeps.
• If you need assistance, please open a help desk ticket.

For more info see: http://intranet.bloomu.edu/technology/phone/features

Staff

Previous updates apply, new information included below.

For Tuesday, March 17: The process of identifying essential-on-campus, essential-remote, or non-essential status will continue to be communicated by your supervisor or division vice president.

Building Access: Staff IDs have been coded to allow keycard access to all buildings that remain open on campus. At the end of each day, please take with you any materials you need to conduct business remotely, as the situation is changing daily.

Call Forward to Cell/Home Phone: Activating call forward requires either remote support to configure, or the user to be physically at their phone. Remote support is limited in cases where "Send All Calls" is in use, as it overrides call forward. This is also "always on."
• Be sure to deactivate your “Send Calls” button, if available, as that function overrides call forwarding.
• To activate call forwarding: Go off-hook and press *2 then 9 then the ten digit phone number you wish to receive calls at. You will hear 3 confirmation beeps once configured.
• To cancel: Go off-hook and press #2 and you will hear 3 confirmation beeps.
• If you need assistance, please open a help desk ticket.

For more info see: http://intranet.bloomu.edu/technology/phone/features

Events and Athletics

Previous updates apply, new information included below.
Through the end of April, all events have been canceled until further notice. We will seek opportunities to move programming online if possible.

Go to buhuskies.com for previous updates.

 

Update for Non-Instructional Faculty/Staff (March 16, 2020)

Per the latest directive from the Governor, all non-essential employees need not report to work tomorrow, March 17, 2020, until further notice. Those employees affected by this decision will be contacted by their supervisor or their divisional VP. Please be aware, as the circumstances around COVID-19 evolve, your status may change.

Coronavirus Update (March 16, 2020)

With our BU community’s health and safety in mind, we will be delivering all classes online beginning March 23 through the end of the Spring 2020 semester.

Please stay current by checking our website bloomu.edu/coronavirus and your university email, where we are providing daily updates.

From the President - Classes Delivered Online for the Remainder of the Semester

Dear BU Family: The University will deliver academic courses online for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester, beginning March 23. We will allow students to continue to retrieve belongings from residence halls and academic buildings this week, through Saturday, March 21, with the knowledge that they should remove all their belongings. Students will have an opportunity to move out at a later date if they choose not to do so this week.

We are certain there are many questions regarding refunds and other financial matters. University leadership is working on a solution and will communicate the decision as soon as it becomes available.

We strongly discourage students from remaining in off-campus housing through the rest of the semester. We implore students to take this situation seriously and to heed the guidance from public health officials.

Thank you for your e-mails and questions as they assist us in identifying information you’re requesting. While it is impossible to respond to the volume of individual e-mails at this time, we will do our best to include answers in these broader communications. This daily communication serves as the University’s official method of sharing updates relating to the Coronavirus.

Again, we appreciate your patience and support at this unprecedented time.

-President Bashar W. Hanna

Students

Previous updates apply, new information included below.

Residence Life – On-Campus Housing: Due to reduced staffing, ability to accommodate special requests, and to conform to social distancing guidelines, please adhere to the posted return to campus schedule to retrieve items needed to support online instruction.

Residence Life – On-Campus Housing: Upon the directive from the State System, academic and non-academic internships are canceled for the remainder of the semester, unless you and your employer have determined that you can complete your obligations remotely for the remainder of the semester. If you have not communicated yet with your employer, please do so.

Student Mail for On-Campus residents: Until further notice, please refrain from having items sent to your Bloomsburg University campus address. Currently, University Mail Services is forwarding all items that have been shipped to the University. These items are being forwarded to student's home address. Until further notice, University Mail Services will not be dispensing student packages/mail at the Husky Mail Hub in Soltz Hall.

Academics

Previous updates apply, new information included below.

Student Access to Academic Buildings: Students needing access to materials housed in academic buildings should contact their department chair to arrange a time to pick up needed materials. Priority is given to art and music students.

Library: The Andruss Library will remain open for BU students and faculty to be able to access the computer lab during the hours of 12-noon to 8 p.m., and will otherwise be closed to the public. Online support and resources remain available and are linked here:
• Library's Remote Study guide - http://guides.library.bloomu.edu/remotestudy
• Off Campus Access to Library Resources - http://guides.library.bloomu.edu/distanted
• Ask a Question - https://ask.library.bloomu.edu/
• Electronic Books, Articles, Journals, and Videos - https://guides.library.bloomu.edu/az.php
• Book and Article Delivery - http://guides.library.bloomu.edu/InterlibraryLoan/ILL/
• Research Guides for all Subjects || Librarian Contact Info - http://guides.library.bloomu.edu/c.php?g=758914&p=6321222
• Library Homepage - http://guides.library.bloomu.edu/HarveyAndrussLibrary

Commencement: At this time, Commencement remains scheduled for Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9. Should anything change on this topic, we will notify you accordingly.

Clinical and Student Teaching: All clinicals and student-teaching have been suspended per the directive of the PA State System of Higher Education.

Faculty

Previous updates apply, new information included below.

From the TALE Center: Training sessions will continue to be offered either face-to-face or remotely. Faculty may choose how they prefer to attend. The TALE Center will be offering details relating to training sessions and teaching tips on its website, http://intranet.bloomu.edu/tale.

Call Forward to Cell/Home Phone: Activating call forward requires either remote support to configure, or the user to be physically at their phone. Remote support is limited in cases where "Send All Calls" is in use, as it overrides call forward. This is also "always on."
• Be sure to deactivate your “Send Calls” button, if available, as that function overrides call forwarding.
• To activate call forwarding: Go off-hook and press *2 then 9 then the ten digit phone number you wish to receive calls at. You will hear 3 confirmation beeps once configured.
• To cancel: Go off-hook and press #2 and you will hear 3 confirmation beeps.
• If you need assistance, please open a help desk ticket.

For more info see: http://intranet.bloomu.edu/technology/phone/features

University Store: The University Store is currently closed. However, limited staff is available to continue processing online orders and to be of assistance in any way possible. If you are aware of any students or families that have questions concerning course materials, graduation attire, etc, please contact the store at 570-389-4175 or e-mail lheger@bloomu.edu. Faculty and staff may also reach out for any needs. As information becomes available regarding graduation attire the University Store website will be updated at bloomustore.com.

Building Access: Staff IDs have been coded to allow keycard access to all buildings that remain open on campus. At the end of each day, please take with you any materials you need to conduct business remotely, as the situation is changing daily.

Staff

Previous updates apply, new information included below.

For Tuesday, March 17: At this time, all staff and non-instructional faculty are to report to work on Tuesday, March 17 as normal. If you have extraordinary circumstances, you must discuss with your supervisor, manager, or director. If you are unable to reach that person, you should contact your division vice president.

- Please know that dealing with COVID-19 is ever-evolving, but generally poses a low risk to most individuals. More information can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

Building Access: Staff IDs have been coded to allow keycard access to all buildings that remain open on campus. At the end of each day, please take with you any materials you need to conduct business remotely, as the situation is changing daily.

Call Forward to Cell/Home Phone: Activating call forward requires either remote support to configure, or the user to be physically at their phone. Remote support is limited in cases where "Send All Calls" is in use, as it overrides call forward. This is also "always on."
• Be sure to deactivate your “Send Calls” button, if available, as that function overrides call forwarding.
• To activate call forwarding: Go off-hook and press *2 then 9 then the ten digit phone number you wish to receive calls at. You will hear 3 confirmation beeps once configured.
• To cancel: Go off-hook and press #2 and you will hear 3 confirmation beeps.
• If you need assistance, please open a help desk ticket.

For more info see: http://intranet.bloomu.edu/technology/phone/features

University Store: The University Store is currently closed. However, limited staff is available to continue processing online orders and to be of assistance in any way possible. If you are aware of any students or families that have questions concerning course materials, graduation attire, etc, please contact the store at 570-389-4175 or e-mail lheger@bloomu.edu. Faculty and staff may also reach out for any needs. As information becomes available regarding graduation attire the University Store website will be updated at bloomustore.com.

Events and Athletics

Previous updates apply, new information below.

Through the end of April, all events have been canceled until further notice. We will seek opportunities to move programming online if possible.

Go to buhuskies.com for previous updates.

 

Coronavirus Update (March 15, 2020)

With our BU community’s health and safety in mind, we will be delivering all classes online beginning March 23 through at least April 6.

Please stay current by checking our website bloomu.edu/coronavirus and your university email, where we are providing daily updates.

Students

Previous updates apply, new information included below.

Residence Life – On-Campus Housing: With respect to Governor Wolf’s directive to practice Social Distancing, Residence Life will schedule return-to-campus times for on-campus students residing in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties on Friday March 20th and Saturday March 21st. All students from the counties listed should contact buhouse@bloomu.edu to schedule a time to come to campus to collect items needed to support online course delivery. An email sent to each student on March 14 provides more detail on the initiative. For those students residing outside of those four counties, the temporary return schedule provided in the 3/14/2020 update is accurate.

Student Mail for On-Campus residents: Until further notice, please refrain from having items sent to your Bloomsburg University campus address. Currently, University Mail Services is forwarding all items that have been shipped to the university. These items are being forwarded to student's home address. University Mail Services will not be dispensing student packages/mail at the Husky Mail Hub in Soltz Hall until further notice.

Academics

Previous updates apply, new information included below.

Student Access to Academic Buildings: Students needing access to materials housed in academic buildings should contact their department chair to arrange a time to pick up needed materials. Priority is given to art and music students.

Student Access to Technology: Students without access to technology to complete assignments should contact their department chair and indicate their limitations (lack of computer, WiFi, etc.).

Library: Beginning today, March 15, the Andruss Library will remain open for BU students and faculty to be able to access the computer lab during the hours of 12-noon to 8 p.m., and will otherwise be closed to the public. Online support and resources remain available.

Commencement: At this time, Commencement remains scheduled for Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9. Should anything change on this topic, we will notify you accordingly.

Nursing Students: Nursing students will not be required to return to campus to complete clinicals at this time and will instead be utilizing case studies to complete the learning requirements.

Faculty

Previous updates apply, new information included below.

From the TALE Center: Training will continue to be offered either face-to-face or remotely. Faculty may choose how they prefer to attend. The TALE Center will be offering details relating to training sessions and teaching tips on its website http://intranet.bloomu.edu/tale.

Parking: To make the process easier for our students returning to campus this week to retrieve belongings, we ask that you refrain from parking in the following lots, during the week of March 16 to 20:
• Between Columbia and Haas
• Between Navy Hall and North Hall
• Old Science Lot
• Top and Middle levels of the tri level.

Parking is available north of McCormick, north of Bakeless, Swisher Lot (to the rear of the Andruss Library), and Lower Campus East Lot (north of the Rec Center).

Staff

Previous updates apply, new information included below.

For Monday, March 16: At this time, all staff and non-instructional faculty are to report to work on Monday, March 16 as normal. If you have extraordinary circumstances, you must discuss with your supervisor, manager, or director. If you are unable to reach that person, you should contact your division vice president.

- Please know that dealing with COVID-19 is ever-evolving, but generally poses a low risk to most individuals. COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. People can help protect themselves from respiratory illness with everyday preventive actions. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. More information can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

Parking: To make the process for our students returning to campus this week to retrieve belongings, we ask that you refrain from parking in the following lots, during the week of March 16 to 20:
• Between Columbia and Haas
• Between Navy Hall and North Hall
• Old Science Lot
• Top and Middle levels of the tri level.

Parking is available north of McCormick, north of Bakeless, Swisher Lot (to the rear of the Andruss Library), and Lower Campus East Lot (north of the Rec Center).

Athletics

Previous updates apply, no new information. Go to buhuskies.com for previous updates.

Coronavirus Update (March 14, 2020)

With our BU community’s health and safety in mind, we will be delivering all classes online beginning March 23 through at least April 6.

Please stay current by checking our website bloomu.edu/coronavirus and your university email, where we are providing daily updates.

Students

Previous updates apply, please note the reminder relating to retrieving belongings from residence halls.

Residence Life – On-Campus Housing: From Monday, March 16 through Friday March, 20 Residence Life has assigned specific dates and times (by hall, last name, or floor) for students to pick up belongings you may need until on-campus classes resume. At this time, we are not requiring students to move out all belongings.
 
Temporary return schedule as it relates to your place of residence on-campus. If you have all of your academic materials and necessary personal belongings, you do not need to return to campus.

  • Any student who may have an underlying health issue, or is not feeling well can contact the Office of Residence Life at buhouse@bloomu.edu to make alternative arrangements.
  • Families should be encouraged to bring hand trucks, as we will not have enough bins for everyone.
  • There will be limited staff available for questions and concerns.
  • You will not be permitted to stay in the residence hall or apartments at this time.
  • After March 20, we will not be taking additional requests to retrieve items, as it is important to limit the number of people accessing campus.

Academics

Previous updates apply, new information included below.

We understand there is a need for students to access academic buildings to gather course materials, instruments, and other supplies. We are working on a method to assess the number of individuals impacted and any timing associated.

At this time, Commencement remains scheduled for May 9. Should anything change on this topic, we will notify you accordingly.
Nursing students will not be required to return to campus to complete clinicals at this time and will instead be utilizing case studies to complete the learning requirements.

The Andruss Library will remain open for BU students to be able to access the computer lab only during the hours of 12-noon to 8 p.m., and will otherwise . be closed to the public. Online support and resources remain available.

Faculty

Previous updates apply, new information included below.

A point of clarification from yesterday’s email from the Provost - we have announced movement to remote education for March 23-April 6. This date aligns with the president’s message.

Training will continue to be offered either face-to-face or remotely. Faculty may choose how they prefer to attend.

PARKING: To make the process easier for our students returning to campus this week to retrieve belongings, we ask that you refrain from parking in the following lots, during the week of March 16 to 20:
• Between Columbia and Haas
• Between Navy Hall and North Hall
• Old Science Lot
• Top and Middle levels of the tri level.

Parking is available north of McCormick, north of Bakeless, Swisher Lot (to the rear of the Andruss Library), and Lower Campus East Lot (north of the Rec Center).

Staff

Previous updates apply, new information included below.

At this time, all staff and non-instructional faculty are to report to work on Monday, March 16 as normal. If you have extraordinary circumstances, you must discuss with your supervisor, manager, or director. If you are unable to reach that person, you should contact your division vice president.

Please know that dealing with COVID-19 is ever-evolving, but generally poses a low risk to most individuals. COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. People can help protect themselves from respiratory illness with everyday preventive actions. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. More information can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

PARKING: To make the process easier for our students returning to campus this week to retrieve belongings, we ask that you refrain from parking in the following lots, during the week of March 16 to 20:
• Between Columbia and Haas
• Between Navy Hall and North Hall
• Old Science Lot
• Top and Middle levels of the tri level.

Parking is available north of McCormick, north of Bakeless, Swisher Lot (to the rear of the Andruss Library), and Lower Campus East Lot (north of the Rec Center).

Athletics

Previous updates apply, no new information.

 

Coronavirus Update (March 13, 2020)

With our BU community's health and safety in mind. We will be delivering ALL CLASSES ONLINE beginning March 23 through at least April 6.

Students

Work-study jobs: — No student employment of any kind is authorized for next week beginning Monday, March 16, through Friday, March 20. This includes on-campus student employment, off-campus student employment, any students completing work virtually, grad assistants and grant appointment work.

Financial Matters: — We understand there are many questions about possible refunds. We are working on a solution and will communicate this information once a decision is made relating to the continuation of face-to-face instruction this semester.

Residence Life (On-Campus Housing): — From Monday, March 16, through Friday March, 20, Residence Life has assigned specific dates and times (by hall, last name, or floor) for students to pick up belongings you may need until on-campus classes resume. At this time, we are not requiring students to move out all belongings.

Click here for the schedule as it relates to your place of residence on-campus. If you have all of your academic materials and necessary personal belongings, you do not need to return to campus.

  • Any student who may have an underlying health issue, or is not feeling well can contact the Office of Residence Life at buhouse@bloomu.edu to make alternative arrangements.
  • Families should be encouraged to bring hand trucks, as we will not have enough bins for everyone.
  • There will be limited staff available for questions and concerns.
  • You will not be permitted to stay in the residence hall or apartments at this time.
  • After March 20, we will not be taking additional requests to retrieve items, as it is important to limit the number of people accessing campus.

Student Mail for On-Campus residents: — As of March 11, 2010, at 4:15 p.m., the following is accurate regarding mail for ON-CAMPUS residents: -USPS mail is being returned to students' home address -FedEx/DHL/UPS mail is being held. If/as this changes, students will be informed by the mail room.

Student Recreation Center: — The Student Recreation Center will close beginning Sunday, March 15, until further notice. Club and Intramural sports are canceled until further notice.

Academics

Extended spring break applies to all courses, including those delivered 100 percent online since the beginning of the semester. Students participating in student-teaching or clinicals, will be sent specific instructions from your department and/or Dean via email.

Graduation: — At this time, we do not anticipate a change to the end date of the semester and/or commencement.

Technology Access Off-Campus in Center City Philadelphia: — Bloomsburg students who reside in the Philadelphia area can access the PASSHE Center City facility for technology use. PASSHE Center City is located at 701 Market St., Concourse level, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Please visit www.centercity.passhe.edu, for center hours, or contact (267) 386-3001.

Faculty

The TALE Center communication includes details for training sessions for the week of March 16 to 20. Further details on business operations and campus access will be shared by email.

Staff

All employees are to report to work each day until otherwise notified. Further details will be shared by email.

Athletics

Effective immediately, all spring athletic competitions have been cancelled for the remainder of the season – including any away competitions scheduled for this weekend. Countable athletics related activities (CARA) are suspended until March 30. This includes practices, lifting sessions, team meetings, etc. Full details are available on buhuskies.com.

Coronavirus Update (March 12, 2020)

At this time, Bloomsburg University does not have any reported or confirmed cases of COVID-19. Because the health and safety of our campus community remains our highest priority, we must continue to prepare for this possibility.

Ongoing updates will be published on the web at bloomu.edu/coronavirus with emails coming from marcomm@bloomu.edu. We do know you have more questions, and we are working to provide complete answers as they become available.

Students

Student Workers: No student workers should report next week, Monday, March 16, through Friday, March 20.

Financial Matters: We understand there are many questions about possible refunds. We are working on a solution and will communicate this information once a decision is made relating to the continuation of face-to-face instruction this semester.

Academics

Extended spring break applies to all courses, including those delivered 100 percent online since the beginning of the semester. Students participating in student-teaching or clinicals, will be sent via email specific instructions from your department and/or Dean.

At this time, we do not anticipate a change to the end date of the semester and/or commencement.

Faculty

Faculty are reporting for training next week and may choose how they will train: face-to-face or virtually. We encourage faculty to exercise caution and attend virtually if they may have had a risk of exposure to the virus in other communities. Information for faculty will be forthcoming from the TALE Center.

Staff

Staff will report tomorrow, Friday, March 13, and Monday, March 16, as usual unless otherwise notified via email. Faculty who are moving to virtual instruction may report virtually.

Athletics

Bloomsburg University athletics has updated its stance and will take the following precautions to protect the safety of student-athletes and others in the community in response to concerns about the COVID-19 virus.

Home sports schedules remain unchanged

As of March 12, there are no plans to cancel home sporting events for the Bloomsburg Huskies spring athletic teams. Please stay tuned to www.buhuskies.com and the schedule pages.

No spectators will be admitted at Bloomsburg University athletic events

BU has adjusted its athletic spectator rules, per the latest NCAA guidance for events. Beginning Friday, March 13, the general public will not be admitted to any home sporting event starting with this Friday’s home baseball game. This decision will be in effect until further notice. We understand this may be an inconvenience, but this step is being taken for the safety of the student-athletes, coaches, fans, and the community. We appreciate your consideration and patience. Stay tuned to www.buhuskies.com and our social media sites for further updates as new information becomes available.

Coronavirus Update (March 11, 2020)

At this time, Bloomsburg University does not have any reported or confirmed cases of COVID-19. Because the health and safety of our campus community remains our highest priority, we must continue to prepare for this possibility.

Below are the three updates shared yesterday, with some additional details.

Students' Spring Break Extended — Out of an abundance of concern for all members of the BU family, we extended spring break for our students by one week, with classes anticipated to resume on Monday, March 23. During this extension, faculty will be provided training, both locally and remotely, specific to online course delivery methods. This training will enable continuity of instruction if further delays of our students’ return to campus become warranted.

Academic Updates: — Additional information and guidance will be provided next Monday, March 16, relating to continuation of online and in-person courses. For student teachers, participation is continuing to ensure they can complete the required hours in the classroom as dictated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Library services will be available next week during the break.

Residence Life Updates: — Residence Halls remain closed next week. Students requesting access to on-campus living areas should be sent to buhouse@bloomu.edu for review of the request. If approved, instructions for access will be provided to the student via reply email.

On-Campus Mail: — For on-campus residents, USPS mail is being returned to students' home address and FedEx/DHL/UPS mail is being held. If/as this changes, students will be informed by the mail room.

All University-Sponsored Travel Cancelled — Until further notice, we have canceled all University-sponsored travel for faculty, staff, and students, including (but not limited to) professional development and other non-essential business activities. Non-essential travel includes regional, state-wide, national, and international travel. We are basing this decision on current social distancing best practices to limit and prevent disease transmission.

Update: There will be a memo coming to faculty and staff from the Finance, Budget, and Business Services team later today.

Events on Campus — Until further notice, we are suspending all University-sponsored non-Athletics events and gatherings, including those planned by registered student organizations, conference travel, club or intramural sports, and other non-credit experiences. Through technology, we will seek opportunities to host certain events remotely.

As part of this change, BU will be restricting visitors to campus during this period and are canceling public events that were due to be hosted on- or off-campus.

Some of the most recent canceled events include but are not limited to:

  • Admissions Tours and Group Information Sessions
  • ACE Reception
  • Husky Decision Day
  • CATCH Conference
  • Technology Career Expo
  • Etiquette Dinner
  • On-campus employer recruiting

Further information about the status of events will be linked via this page as information is finalized and updated.

Coronavirus Update (March 10, 2020)

At this time, Bloomsburg University does not have any reported or confirmed cases of COVID-19. Because the health and safety of our campus community remains our highest priority, we must continue to prepare for this possibility. Below are additional updates, effective immediately:

  • Students' Spring Break Extended — Out of an abundance of concern for all members of the BU family, we are extending the spring break for our students by one week, with classes anticipated to resume on Monday, March 23. During this extension, faculty will be provided training, both locally and remotely, specific to online course delivery methods. This will enable continuity of instruction if further delays of our students’ return to campus become warranted.
  • All University-Sponsored Travel Cancelled — Further, we are cancelling all University-sponsored travel for faculty, staff, and students, including (but not limited to) professional development and other non-essential business activities. Non-essential travel includes regional, state-wide, national, and international travel. We are basing this decision on current social distancing best practices to limit and prevent disease transmission. Through technology, we will seek opportunities to host certain events remotely.
  • Events on Campus — Until further notice, we are suspending all University-sponsored non-Athletics events and gatherings, including those planned by registered student organizations, conference travel, club or intramural sports, and other non-credit experiences. As part of this change, BU will be restricting visitors to campus during this period.

Coronavirus Update (March 9, 2020)

Bloomsburg University doesn't have any reported or confirmed cases of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus at this time.

While there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in our immediate region, the health and safety of our campus community remains our top priority, and we will continue to prepare for the possible appearance of COVID-19 in our area. As our students are away on spring break this week (March 9 to 13), we are monitoring the latest reports and updates from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Please continue to refer to our website so that we can provide you the latest updates from our campus.

Spring Break Timely Information - Coronavirus (March 5, 2020)

Please know that Bloomsburg University does not have any reported or confirmed cases of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus at this time.

With spring break quickly approaching, we wanted to provide an update to the campus community relating to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Bloomsburg University is monitoring daily the evolving situation as it relates to the virus and our response to it.

We want to emphasize the importance that if you are planning to travel out of the country or to the U.S. West Coast, it is essential that you provide to us the following information:

  • Name
  • BU ID (for students)
  • Home Address
  • Email
  • Phone number (cell number preferred)
  • Location and dates for planned travel (departure and return)

If you are a student traveling abroad: Please send an email with the above information to globaleducation@bloomu.edu

If you are a student, not traveling abroad, but traveling for spring break: Please send an email with the above information to sthlhctr@bloomu.edu

If you are a faculty or staff member: Please send an email with the above information to Andira Dodge at adodge2@bloomu.edu

It should be noted that while you are away, there may be developments with the virus that will affect your ability to return to campus. We ask you to continue to monitor your email for updates and be fully aware that travel restrictions and guidance is frequently changing based on advice from the PA Department of Health and the CDC.

The health and safety of all our students and staff is BU’s highest priority. As information relevant to BU develops, including updates about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, we will share that information with the campus community via our website.

In general, as you prepare for travel during spring break – including airplane or cruise ship travel – please take precautions as necessary. CDC’s travel health notices

Important Timely Information - 2019 Novel Coronavirus (March 2, 2020)

Please know that Bloomsburg University does not have any reported or confirmed cases of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus at this time.

Due to public health concerns, we caution the University community about sharing information that has not been confirmed or disseminated by the University’s official communication channels. The following information is provided to the Bloomsburg University community based on current updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization, and guidance from the American College Health Association.