Rosemont to Deliver Courses Online Due to Coronavirus
Offices are closed. Staff are working remotely.
Outbreaks of novel virus infections among people are always of public health concern. COVID-19, a respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus, was first detected in China and which has now been detected in more than 100 locations internationally, including in the United States. Check here for updated information about the coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The Rosemont College community has come together to manage the pandemic’s impact on the College. Our goal is to safeguard the College community while continuing to carry out the College’s mission.
Rosemont’s Emergency Management Team, a group of 17 administrators charged with managing and making decisions about all aspects of the College’s operations during the pandemic, has met daily by Zoom, and will continue to do so.
The Emergency Management Team has determined that in accord with the mandated “Stay-at-Home” order issued for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by Governor Wolf Rosemont College operations will be modified as follows.
Online Delivery of Courses
All courses of the Undergraduate College and the School of Graduate and Professional Studies will be delivered solely online for the remainder of the semester. The courses for the Summer I session will also be delivered online.
The College’s 97th Commencement Ceremony scheduled for May 16, 2020 will be cancelled. Diplomas of all eligible 2020 graduates (without academic or financial holds) will be mailed to homes by mid-summer. All 2020 graduates will be invited to participate in the College’s Commencement Exercises on May 15th, 2021.
Qualified 2020 graduates will have the opportunity to be considered to serve as Student Commencement Speakers for the 2021 Exercises, and all 2020 graduates will be invited to process in academic attire in the Ceremony and receive the congratulations of the President, as well as be acknowledged for all academic awards earned by their 2020 graduation.
We also plan to celebrate the 2020 graduates in a special way on May 16th, 2020 through the College’s website and social media accounts.
Alumni Reunion Weekend
The College’s 2020 Alumni Reunion Weekend scheduled for June 5th to 7th, 2020 will also be cancelled. Alumni of classes ending in 0s and 5s will hold their Alumni Reunion Weekend on June 4th to 6th, 2021, along with the classes of the 1s and 6s. More information will be forthcoming from the Office of Alumni Relations.
All College Offices Closed (until further notice)
- Salaried employees are expected to continue to work from home, as they have been since the initial mandated closure by the Commonwealth on March 13th.
- Effective, Monday, March 30th, hourly employees will be expected to work from home to the extent possible given the nature of their positions.
Room and Board Refund
Adjustments for unused Room & Board will be made based on the date that a student officially notified the Office of Student Life that she/he was vacating campus. For the majority of students, the date was March 13th, however dates did vary based on individual circumstances.
All returning residential students will be issued a credit for the amount of unused Room & Board. All students who are earning degrees and leaving campus at the end of the Spring semester will be issued a check for the balance of their unused Room and Board charges after any outstanding amounts still due the College are deducted.
Checks will be mailed to students’ home addresses by May 31st, 2020. Credits will be applied to students’ accounts by May 31st, 2020.
Retrieval of Belongings from Residence Halls
The Rosemont College campus is currently closed by mandate of the Governor of Pennsylvania. Once the mandated closure is lifted and a plan is in place for students to safely retrieve their belongs this will be communicated to all students.
As you know, Governor Wolf recently outlined guidelines for the reopening of Pennsylvania. We are very much aware that many of our residential students are eager to collect the belongings that were left behind in our residence halls.
We have developed a protocol for retrieval of property that will safeguard the health of the entire community, and we will communicate it to you, as soon as the Governor indicates that it is possible for those campus visits to begin. For now, our physical campus is closed, per the Governor’s mandate.
Also, please know that we are aware that some students left rented course materials in the residence halls when returning home. We are actively working with the Bookstore to extend the May 9th rental return date to accommodate those students.
Wednesday, March 18th marked the start of all classes of the Undergraduate College and the School of Graduate and Professional Studies being taught solely online. Please review the FAQ about online courses that is posted on our website.
College events, including athletics, were cancelled effective March 13th. On March 20th, the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC), with unanimous support from its Board of Directors and in an effort to prioritize the health and well-being of its student-athletes, coaches, officials and campus support staff, announced the suspension of all athletic activity, including contests and championships, for the remainder of the 2020 Spring semester.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that no events and gatherings of 50 people or more take place through early May. The College is complying with that recommendation. We are planning to hold our two upcoming Admissions events for the Undergraduate College, our Accepted Students Day on April 18th and our Open House on April 25th, in a virtual format.
In addition, we are enhancing the sections of our website for the Undergraduate College and the School of Graduate and Professional Studies, so that interested students can learn about the College without visiting campus. Plans are also underway to distribute the awards for the Academic Honors Day and Founders’ Week award ceremonies; details will be communicated shortly.
General Health Tips
The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, which also include the “common cold,” and influenza:
- 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.
- Avoid sharing anything that has come in contact with saliva.
- Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.