COVID-19 cases on this dashboard include laboratory-verified test results. The dashboard will be updated weekly each Wednesday.

The data represents activity since March 1, 2020.

The College will not disclose any identifying information about affected individuals. Students who test positive will be placed in isolation accommodations. To the extent possible, students who test positive will return home. As contract tracing identifies community members at risk for exposure, they will be contacted for quarantine measures.

Active positive cases will be removed from the first column once satisfying the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) criteria for system-based recovery. All active case counts are classified to the best of the College’s knowledge.

Active positive cases in isolation on campus Active positive cases off-campus Dedicated rooms currently occupied for isolation or quarantine (%) * Cumulative Positive Student Cases – Fall 2020 semester
Total 0 10 0% 66**

Updated 12/02/2020 (1:40 p.m. EST)

*This reflects the percentage of dedicated rooms currently occupied for individuals in isolation or quarantine on campus. Note: an active positive case or students identified for quarantine might either be at home or in their own residence hall room depending on the particular situation. These rooms may also be used for short term housing for students who are sick but test negative for COVID-19. 

**These results include early arrival, quarantine, and testing of students traveling from outside the United States, from certain States, and PA counties identified as “hot spots.”

Summer/Fall 2020 Campus Messages

Greetings, Mounties,

Veterans Day

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy

To all our Mountie veterans, today we acknowledge with gratitude your enduring contributions and service to country. The ideals of higher education are supported and protected through your sacrifices, and we are dedicated to your academic success. We believe our gratitude goes beyond words, as this year marks the 10th straight year Mount Aloysius was awarded the “Military Friendly College” badge, even bringing home the GOLD status this year for the second time. Our veterans will receive a card from us in the coming days with a small token of appreciation.

You have probably noticed a few small tables around campus with a table setting, a slice of lemon, and other items. These are in remembrance of those identified as Prisoners of War (POW’s) or Missing in Action (MIA). Please take some time to read the posters set up next to the tables.

With respect, honor, and gratitude, thank you.

Winter Break Sweepstakes!

Whether you will use the winter break to work or play (or just relax), we wanted to sweeten the pot a bit for our Mounties.

Next week, we will unveil some fun virtual and in-person opportunities for engagement over the break. By participating, you will gain entry into a contest to win some serious scholarships and bookstore gift certificates. 

Details are to follow, but suffice to say that the Mountie Ugly Sweater Instagram contest is inspiring a strange sense of anticipation and dread.

COVID Update

We currently have 0 students in isolation on campus, and 6 students isolated off-campus. 11% of our quarantine/isolation spaces are currently in use.   

While the numbers at Mount Aloysius College are encouraging, state and national figures continue to climb. To re-emphasize Monday’s message: 

There are two weeks left. Wear your mask. Physically distance. Wash your hands. Don’t lose focus this late in the semester! Keep up the great work!

Be Well, Live Mercy, 

John McKeegan
President, Mount Aloysius College

Greetings, Mounties,

Today’s message is brief.

In two short weeks, we will finish in-person learning.  I know you are excited about wrapping up your classes and putting a bow on 2020. 

At the same time, COVID rates continue to spike in Pennsylvania. 

Mounties – please emphasize masking, physical distancing, and hand washing for the next two weeks. All our protocols must be at the forefront of our daily routines. 

Congratulations are in order for your efforts in minimizing our current numbers (0 isolated on campus, 2 quarantined on campus). However, we know from other institutions that if a community lets its guard down, changes can happen quickly. 

Please channel your excitement for the holidays into planning for your time after November 24. For the sake of our community, it is imperative to avoid non-distanced social gatherings – there will be consequences for unwise choices.  

I’ll be praying for you in the coming weeks – for focus, confidence, fortitude, peace, and to continue acting in ways that promote the common good. Let’s finish this semester strong!

Be Well, Live Mercy, 

John McKeegan
President, Mount Aloysius College

Greetings, Mounties,

We have reason to celebrate: it is a real accomplishment that together, we are nearing the end of a most remarkable semester. 

I am so proud of everyone, and all the work that has gone into making this semester a success. You have taken the challenges of the COVID era and turned them into stepping stones for a bright future. It may be hard to see right now, but your academic progress and personal achievements this semester will better position you for success in the post-COVID world. 

Spring Registration

2021, here we come with open arms! 

You have a lot on your plate right now in wrapping up the semester, preparing for the holidays, and continuing to make COVID-based adjustments to daily life. We understand that reality, and want to help keep your educational journey on track.  Here are some things you can expect in the coming days:

  • If you haven’t yet completed registration, our advisors from the Office of Student Success and Persistence (Jenna Weyandt, Eve Laidacker, Shontae Graham, or Kim Washington) will contact you via email and text. 
  • Please respond as promptly as possible. One of the advisors will then discuss the spring with you, and assist with completing registration.  

Stress & Mental Well-being

We have taken some additional steps to ensure that all Mounties have access to mental health support if needed. 

Please join me in welcoming Brian McLeary, our new Licensed Professional Counselor who will be accepting additional evening and weekend sessions for our Mountie students in Cosgrave 114.  Email mleamer@mtaloy.edu or call 814-886-6515 to set up an appointment with Brian.

For our employees, please connect with Human Resources to get information regarding all of the resources offered through our EAP program.

COVID-19

Check out the COVID-19 dashboard on our website for the most recent data. Let’s keep our positive trend going by following the Mountie Compact, and by continuing with steps to mitigate risk for our community!

  • Wash your hands;
  • Stay physically distanced;
  • Avoid gatherings;
  • Use CourseKey every day;
  • Stay put if you don’t feel well (and contact Health Services!); and
  • Wear a mask everywhere!

Finish strong, Mounties, and know that you have the full support of this community and the Sisters of Mercy behind you.

Be Well, Live Mercy, 

John McKeegan
President, Mount Aloysius College

Greetings, Mounties,

All Souls’ Day and the Election 

Today is All Souls’ Day – the culmination of three special days, which began Saturday with All Hallows’ Eve (a/k/a Halloween!), followed yesterday by All Saints’ Day.  Tomorrow is Election Day.

At a time of bitter societal discord, this juxtaposition of events seems providential.  For no matter your party, preferred candidate, or most treasured platform plank, it is good to remember: those with whom you do not agree, who will not vote “the correct way,” who view issues differently – who are, to you, abjectly wrong – have souls.  And like you, they are destined for eternity.

The strong women who established Mount Aloysius were motivated by the belief that each ensouled woman and man, made in the image and likeness of God, has inherent dignity.  Accordingly, the Sisters of Mercy offered education as a light for the path to the fullness of life, both here and in the hereafter.

To vilify anyone who does not vote your way, to suggest ostracizing, to label obnoxiously, evidences not just extreme self-righteousness, and worship to an Idol of one’s own political making, but also rejection of the inherent dignity we all share. 

Yes, attempt to persuade, with reason, logic, and facts. 

Yes, by all means, vote!

But if your neighbor has a different view, or votes for a different candidate, you are proffered no license to hate, to denigrate, or to shun. 

Today is All Souls Day.  And regardless of the outcome tomorrow, all our souls will continue their journey.  As Sr. Catherine McAuley noted, “The tender mercy of God has given us each other.” So whatever the outcome of Election Day, let us continue to love one another, especially those with whom we disagree.

COVID-19 Update 

Our figures continue to improve:  

Active Cases (with positive results) 

  • 0 students are isolating on campus (down 9 from last Tuesday)
  • 5 students are isolating off campus/home (up 2 from last Tuesday)

Quarantine (not COVID positive, but identified in contract tracing)

  • 5 students are in quarantine on campus (down 4 from last Tuesday)
  • 21 students are in quarantine off-campus (down 10 from last Tuesday)

There were 52 students in quarantine/isolation last Tuesday. As of today, that figure is down to 31.

We are currently at 31% occupancy of designated on campus quarantine/isolation rooms.  

Even with this positive shift, it is vital for our entire community to keep working together. 

We are three weeks away from Thanksgiving break and the shift to remote finals. Please remember to continue to:

  • Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer;
  • Social distance/avoid gatherings;
  • Use your CourseKey; and
  • Wear your mask everywhere!

Keep up the great work, Mounties!

Be Well, Live Mercy, 

John McKeegan
President, Mount Aloysius College

Greetings, Mounties,

Our COVID-19 figures have improved:  

Active Cases (with positive results)

  • 9 residential students are isolating on campus (down 3 from Thursday)
  • 3 residential students are isolating off campus/home (down 2 down from Thursday)
  • 0 commuter students are isolating at home (down 2 from Thursday) 

Quarantine (not COVID positive, but identified in contract tracing)

  • 9 students are in quarantine on campus (down 1 from Thursday)
  • 31 students are in quarantine off-campus (down 12 from Thursday)

In aggregate, there were 72 students in quarantine/isolation last Thursday. As of today, that figure is down to 52.

We are currently at 88% occupancy of our designated on campus quarantine/isolation rooms.  

Even in light of this positive shift, it is now more crucial than ever that our entire community work together to keep our campus healthy. 

Are you wearing your mask everywhere? This includes all of the various studying and lounge spots on campus, such as the library and Bertschi. 

Are you avoiding all gatherings where distancing is not possible? Your residence hall room is only for you and your roommate. Don’t gather to study at tables where distancing is not possible.

Are you washing your hands regularly every day? Use our sanitation stations if you don’t have quick access to a washroom.

Remember to complete your CourseKey everyday!

For the next four weeks, please keep all of this at the forefront of your day-to-day activities.

We understand that our community is experiencing extraordinary pressure right now, whether academic, professional, or personal. Please keep in mind what it means to be a Mountie:

  • Take time to care for each other. 
  • Ask your peers how they are doing. 
  • Check-in on your co-workers. 
  • Be an empathetic listener.

Thank you for your continued dedication to the well-being of this wonderful community, and keep up the exemplary work!

Be Well, Live Mercy, 

John McKeegan
President, Mount Aloysius College

Greetings, Mounties,

We are just six weeks away from the end of fall classes.  While the community’s adherence to COVID protocols has been terrific, we are seeing an uptick in positive cases and use of quarantine/isolation rooms. We have three new positive cases since last Wednesday, with several quarantined students identified through contact tracing. While the rates are still manageable at this time, an increased effort from everyone can help us to maintain our in-person semester.

  • Wear a mask
  • Social distance no matter where you are
  • Regularly wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer
  • Get the flu vaccine this fall
  • Keep your personal spaces clean
  • Contact Health Services with any symptoms, questions, or concerns.

We will continue to share information as is appropriate, and you can check our online COVID-19 dashboard (updated each Wednesday) at www.mtaloy.edu/coronavirus

The Arts – Good for Body, Mind, and Soul!

Below are two links for your viewing pleasure. The arts are alive and well this semester at Mount Aloysius College, and ingenuity has always been one of our top traits! 

Be Well, Live Mercy, 

John McKeegan
President, Mount Aloysius College

Greetings, Mounties,

“Isn’t our greatest legacy to the future likely to be found in the small decencies of the everyday, the simple acts of civility that will never make the history books?”

Fr. Eugene O’Neill, an Irish priest (and my cousin), offers this reflection today on BBC Radio’s “Thought for the Day.”  He reflects on the life of a young woman who lived anonymously in late 19th-century France, but whose diary and writings profoundly address the anxiety of this era. Small actions rooted in love and care are what will most significantly impact our futures and the futures of those around us. This is an especially apt reflection for our times.  

Mountie students, please don’t forget about the weekly “Pray, Eat, Chat” opportunity on Thursdays at 11:55 a.m. Meet at my office, then join for Mass followed by lunch in my office.  I look forward to meeting more of you and hearing what you have to say about Mount Aloysius College. We will wrap up by 1 p.m.

COVID-19 Update

You may be aware that recently we’ve had an increased number of students in quarantine/isolation both on- and off-campus. As a result of random testing of higher-risk groups (such as clinical students and student-athletes) and then contact tracing, we have identified four new positive cases in our student body. Our distancing, sanitization, contact tracing, and testing processes are intended to reduce the chance of a greater spread amongst our community, but we must continue to take the appropriate steps in monitoring the situation and assessing risk.  This has included tests for students not within the current quarantine, which to date have been negative. We have been planning for this type of situation for some time, and I am thankful for everyone involved in keeping our campus healthy this semester. We will continue to share information as it is appropriate to do so, and you can check our online COVID-19 dashboard (updated each Wednesday) at www.mtaloy.edu/coronavirus. 

It is essential to maintain the same level of dedication to our protocols as you did in the first month back on campus. Wash your hands. Wear your mask. Social distance. And as noted in Thursday’s message, be sure to complete the Coursekey app survey EVERY DAY that you are on campus. All of these practices make a real difference, and they are necessary for remaining on campus this semester. 

Be Well, Live Mercy, 

John McKeegan
President, Mount Aloysius College

Greetings, Mounties,

It’s hard to believe that October is already here. It’s great to be back in Pennsylvania to witness the colorful transformation of the mountainsides overlooking campus. Take some time this week to pause, look around, and appreciate our beautiful landscape.

COVID-19

As you know, a number of the colleges in the region have experienced an uptick in COVID cases over the past several weeks. We continue to trend in a positive direction, but flu season is upon us.  Let’s bolster our commitment to keeping ourselves and our community healthy: physically distance, wear masks, and wash your hands!

CourseKey

All students are required to complete CourseKey each day that you are physically on campus. 

It is also required that you show your professors your green CourseKey success screen, with the current date, every day in every course. 

If you are not able to download the app, you can also access your CourseKey account online and use one of the printers on campus to print your daily results. 

Remember, if your results do not give you a green square, you should not come to campus. You should contact the Office of Student Health for further conversation about next steps.

We encourage you to: 

  • add a reminder in your phone, 
  • add an event to your daily calendar, or
  • take whatever step is needed to ensure that you complete the very short survey daily. 

Moving forward, we will be sending additional reminders to anyone who is not actively using the app or website. 

The app has been extremely helpful in identifying symptomatic members of our campus, and your cooperation will help us to stay in-person through the end of the semester.

Below are a few links. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Student Affairs.

Thank you for your continued care for our campus and our community.

Be Well, Live Mercy, 

John McKeegan
President, Mount Aloysius College

Greetings, Mounties,

Happy Mercy Week! 

Join us in celebrating our Mercy heritage this week, as we commemorate Catherine McAuley first opening the doors of a House of Mercy on Baggot Street in Dublin, Ireland on Sept. 24, 1827.  We are one of 17 colleges in the United States serving under the auspices of the Religious Sisters of Mercy. Please explore the links below for more information on this special week.

As week #5 of our fall semester progresses, I encourage you to keep up the good work with masking, distancing, sanitizing, and monitoring your health. With many other schools staying (or going) virtual, we can all be proud of our achievements so far, but now is the time to double our efforts in order to keep the community healthy and stay on campus. Some of our student videographers recently took a trip around campus and rewarded Mounties with “precious little babies” for following our Mountie Compact and protocols. Watch the video here to find out what this means!  And with the terrific weather this week, be sure to get outside for free Vitamin D!

I am also happy to announce that we have been named a Certifying Organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award! Students and employees are eligible to participate if you meet certain criteria. Watch for a MAC announcement from Mission Integration with more details.

Mercy Week 2020 links

Be Well, Live Mercy, 

John McKeegan
President, Mount Aloysius College

Greetings, Mounties,

We are just 30 minutes away from the premiere of our Fall 2020 Virtual Convocation. While it is unfortunate that we can’t gather together to experience the fellowship, traditions, and thoughtful addresses provided in a normal Convocation, it is still exciting to share this alternative, which features a prayer from a Mountie student, remarks from Mount Aloysius leadership, and a keynote presentation by Ram Devineni and Dipti Mehta, an award-winning, activist creative team. Tune in here at 3:30 p.m. for the premiere, or visit the link at any time after that to view the video.

Word on the street is there are a few Mountie roving reporters out and about today, looking for students who are following protocols such as masking, distancing, and washing their hands. I’ve also heard they are sporting a bag of rewards. Did Santa come early? Keep your eyes peeled and don’t forget to keep up the good work with keeping our community safe! 

Mental Health and Well-Being

We are now a few weeks into the semester. That means you are settling into a routine, and starting to experience an increased workload with your academics, all while coping with added stress brought on by the continuing pandemic. 

The journey through college can sometimes feel perilous, but this community, reflecting the abiding care and concern of the Sisters of Mercy, offers a solid pathway on which to advance.  Please reach out and take advantage of the resources that are specifically in place to address confusion, turmoil, unhappiness, and whatever else you are experiencing. Another good way to combat difficult feelings is to get involved with your peers, and also to get outside – nature is restorative!

Be Well, Live Mercy, 

John McKeegan
President, Mount Aloysius College

Greetings, Mounties,

There have been many changes to campus this semester, and we ask for continued diligence in observing signage and following instructions. This includes seating, stairways, hallways, restrooms, the dining hall, and outside of offices. It is great to meet with others, but please stay distanced and masked unless you are outside and more than 6 feet apart. 

If you notice someone on campus who is not following the protocols, we encourage you (to the extent that you are comfortable) to have a friendly discussion about it. If an issue persists, employees should talk to their supervisors; students should contact their RA or the Student Life Office.

We had a new positive test this week. Contact tracing has been conducted and those who were identified in that process are currently quarantining off-campus. At this point, it appears on-campus exposure was limited. Please continue to check our COVID dashboard for weekly updates moving forward.

Thank you for your continued dedication to the safety and well-being of our entire community. And for participating in the many activities that are occurring this Fall! It is wonderful to be part of the Mountie family!

Be Well, Live Mercy, 

John McKeegan
President, Mount Aloysius College

Greetings, Mounties,

We are one week into the fall semester.  In a “normal” era, that might not be particularly remarkable, but let me offer a big thank you to our students, faculty, and staff for such tremendous efforts so far. Our Mountie family is doing a great job of following protocols on campus to mitigate risk – and to keep everyone on campus! We will enforce the student conduct board process for policy violations such as “no large gatherings,” but I am pleased with how Mounties are fulfilling their personal and community responsibilities. Our shared goal remains the same: to stay together on campus for the entire semester.

I am encouraged by some recent data for Pennsylvania, especially in Cambria and Blair counties, but it remains vitally important to act in ways that benefit us all: masking, distancing, washing your hands, avoiding large gatherings, and staying put if you don’t feel well. Stay smart and stay healthy!

There have been a few rainy days lately, but please continue to enjoy our outdoor settings – both new and old. Hang out with friends in the adirondack chairs, play disc golf, hike the Mountie trail – whenever there’s an opportunity, get outside and experience this beautiful campus.

We had an excellent turnout for the sidewalk ribbon cutting last Thursday. There was a great program and a special blessing from Sister Giuseppe. The sidewalk was completed for YOU, so please take advantage of our new connection to downtown Cresson. Check out a few photos from the event here.

For your calendar, Virtual Convocation will be posted on September 10 at 3:30 p.m. Look for more information about our speakers and program as we get closer to the event.

Finally, yesterday’s liturgy provided another reminder of the unique gift of being part of a learning community, one that “develops values, attitudes, and competencies necessary for lifelong learning within an environment that reflects a liberal arts orientation and a Catholic, Judeo-Christian heritage.”  We were all urged to be transformed by the renewal of our minds, to discern God’s will, to know what is good and pleasing and perfect.  Education, our shared pursuit of truth, enhances our ability to exercise good judgment in confronting the wide variety of decisions required in the course of daily life. Maximize every opportunity at Mount Aloysius College to gain greater knowledge and to live with faith, hope, and love.

Be Well, Live Mercy,

John McKeegan
President, Mount Aloysius College

Greetings, Mounties,

Thank you for your great work in making the start of this semester so successful. I’ve seen so many of you carefully following our guidelines, and I am very proud of our whole community.

Even with a great start, please keep in mind that we are still vulnerable to ending in-person instruction early. While “temptations” will increase, so must our resolve to follow the Mountie Compact. Keep masking. Keep distancing. Keep washing your hands. Keep staying in place when you don’t feel well. We can’t guarantee safety, and the risk of getting sick and/or being forced to go remote is still real. So far, I am encouraged by everyone’s willingness to work through this challenging time together in our “bubble.” Stay smart!

We are now back at zero active cases on campus. We have set up a dashboard on the COVID website that will be updated weekly to keep our community informed. Please take time to review the dashboard and the rest of the information on the page.

This is a stressful era.  Many media reports are highlighting stark survey data related to mental well-being at this trying time. I want you to know that we are taking additional steps this semester to help anyone who needs it. Information about counseling and disability services is included at the bottom of this email. Take good care of yourself and those around you.

Be Well, Live Mercy, 

John McKeegan
President, Mount Aloysius College

Counseling:

Disability Services

  • Meetings available to all students via Zoom or Go To Connect
  • No walk-in appointments
  • Appointments available M-F, 7:30am – 5pm
  • Medical documentation can be submitted to MSchuster@mtaloy.edu
  • Schedule a meeting by calling Marisa Schuster at (814) 886-6336, or email mschuster@mtaloy.edu
  • All testing will be conducted in the Learning Commons
  • Accommodation packets will be distributed electronically to the student

Greetings, Mounties,

Excitement is in the air! The first day of the semester is finally here!

It was a busy weekend as Mounties moved in and numerous activities occurred on and off campus. Theresa, Mary, and I had a great time meeting many of you.  We look forward to continuing to engage throughout the coming weeks.

This week is jam-packed with events, and all students should have received an email from the Student Life Office with the details. Please check it out and add the events to your personal calendar.

If you haven’t already heard, every Mountie student will receive a MAC camping chair that can be used for outdoor classes and socializing. Chair distribution is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow in the Hospitality Tent outside of St. Gert’s. Be sure to get one; these are yours to keep! Mask packets will also be available.

Now that we are all back, let’s put the words of our Mountie Compact into action.

Another important point for every Mountie this semester is to keep reviewing your emails. This is how we will continue to communicate with you regarding events, announcements, and updates.

I want to acknowledge that the start of a new semester, especially in the COVID-era, will involve stress and challenges. Please know that the Mount Aloysius community is here to help, with a number of resources that are free and easily accessible for our students. Whether you need to talk to a counselor, learn about stress management, make a medical appointment, or discuss disability services, there is support available. Please visit our Health & Wellness Services page for contact information and additional details.

Lastly, it is no mere coincidence that yesterday’s Gospel featured a question (the basis for learning) from the Ultimate Teacher: “Who do you say that I am?” Please examine this question, with rigor, during your time of studying and living on the Mount. Surrounded by a community committed to mercy, justice, service and hospitality, you have a beautiful opportunity to consider what following Christ really means, offering personal transformation for you and the lives of all you encounter. May God provide you daily hope and peace, throughout this semester and for all time.

Be Well, Live Mercy,

John McKeegan
President, Mount Aloysius College

Greetings, Mounties,

Media reports in the past few days have focused on larger universities shifting to remote learning due to the spread of the virus. Un-distanced and un-masked student social gatherings and parties are a commonly cited factor.

This reinforces the importance of following ALL of the Fall 2020 Student Agreement: Our success this semester is up to YOU. We know you miss your friends. We recognize social interaction is an important part of college. We are not saying that can’t happen at Mount Aloysius. We are saying it is vital to follow the rules, all the time, in order to stay here: wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands often, and stay put if you’re not feeling well.

And as I say to my own college-age sons: if you want to be part of a living/learning community this fall, BE SMART!

We are also implementing a number of strategies to offer additional outdoor opportunities such as large tents, a bagged camping chair for every student, new student activities, and adirondack chairs that will be located outside of residence halls. Take advantage of enjoying the outdoors – while distanced – as much as possible!

Masking & Social Distancing

Speaking of masks and social distancing, there have been several questions about what that looks like on campus. These videos do a great job demonstrating exactly that:

VIDEO: Where to Mask?

VIDEO: What Social Distancing Looks Like at Mount Aloysius

Recently Submitted Questions

What will determine if the College decides to go online?

The College has identified a variety of factors that would lead to a move to remote learning, including guidance from government and health officials, local hospital capacity, quarantine space availability, and numbers of COVID-positive students and employees.

Do I need a mask in the hallway of my residence hall?

Yes, we mask in motion! Anytime you are out of your room in the residence hall you should have a mask.

What is the contact tracing and quarantining protocol?

Contact tracing will determine anyone who has been within 6 feet of the COVID-positive person for 15 minutes or more. Those people will be asked to immediately quarantine. If they begin to show symptoms, they will be tested.

Why do we have to wear a mask?

It is possible to be COVID-positive and not show any symptoms. Masking is one of the ways we are working to mitigate the spread of the virus on campus. According to the CDC, “Masks are most likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely used by people in public settings.”

If you need accommodations related to masking, please arrange that before Monday. You can contact our Disability Services Coordinator at MSchuster@mtaloy.edu.

How was it decided who needs to quarantine on-campus before the semester?

Early arrival candidates were selected based on criteria from the national and state government. That included:

In addition, to promote the health of our community, we asked everyone coming to campus for the fall semester to quarantine at home for seven days before arriving – to stay home as much as possible, wear face coverings, limit contact with others, practice social distancing, and avoid large gatherings.

If anyone has traveled out of the country or to a state listed at the link above in the past two weeks, please contact Health Services before returning to campus.

Go Mounties!

Be Well, Live Mercy,

John McKeegan
President, Mount Aloysius College

Good Afternoon Mounties!

We hope this email finds you well and ready to arrive at Mount Aloysius College.  Please read this email carefully, as it contains important information about your residence hall move-in on Friday, 8/21 (first year students) and Sunday, 8/23 (upper class students).

  • Move-in will take place from 10am-3pm and you are expected to arrive at your assigned time. We understand that things happen, but please do your best to arrive at your scheduled time and not much earlier or later.

  • If you are not feeling well, please stay home!  We will work with you to have you arrive when you are feeling better. The CourseKey app can help you determine if it’s safe for you to come to campus or not.

You will enter the college on your move-in day in accordance with your assigned residence hall.

  • St. Gertrude’s Hall, St. Joseph’s Hall, and McAuley Hall residents will enter through the main entrance. This entrance is marked by a sign that says “Main Entrance” and has a large digital sign. (Please see map)

  • Ihmsen and Misciagna Hall residents will enter through the upper entrance This entrance is marked by a sign that says “Upper Entrance.”  (Please see map)

  • Once you check in and unload your vehicle, you will be directed to a parking lot on campus.

Here’s how the move in process will work:

  • The first stop will include the CourseKey check, temperature check, and guest wristbands. You will be asked to show the results screen of your CourseKey symptom checker on your phone.  Please download this app if you haven’t already. Please use the log-in information sent to you directly by CourseKey. If you are unable to download the app for any reason, staff will have you answer a series of health-related questions in place of showing the “Green Pass” on your phone.

  • Your temperature, and that of everyone in your vehicle, will be taken by a staff member, while you remain seated in your vehicle. If anyone in your vehicle has an elevated temperature, or you do not receive a “Green Pass” on your CourseKey app, you will be asked to move in at another time.

  • You will receive one wristband for the individual who will be assisting you with unloading and moving your belongings into your residence hall.  Your guest must wear the wristband while they are in the building. The wristband can be shared between guests, however, only one guest may enter the residence hall with the student.

  • Once you clear the CourseKey and temperature check station, you will be directed to the unloading area for your assigned residence hall. You will unload your items from your vehicle and will be instructed to park your car in a designated parking lot.

  • Next, you will check in at various tents around campus (according to your assigned building).  At these tents, you will verify that you are cleared financially, verify your housing contract and obtain your room key. Students will also receive a health packet at the entrance of their assigned residence hall, which contains a Mount Aloysius College official face mask, a small bottle of hand sanitizer, and a Mountie Compact card (students only, please).

  • Your (one) guest will have the opportunity to help you move your belongings to your residence hall room. Please unload your vehicle, take your items to your room, and set aside some time for goodbyes within your one hour move in time frame.  All persons who enter the residence hall are expected to wear a mask and comply with social distancing practices. If you have more than one guest with you, only one individual will be allowed in the residence hall with you at any given time and that person must wear the wristband that was provided at check-in.

  • In order to save time on move-in day, we ask that you sign your housing contract before your arrival. Please use the link provided here: https://forms.gle/UCU9YbPCUzTa8hdt9

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are not feeling well or have any symptoms leading up to move-in, we ask that you please contact Health Services (814)-886-6515 or mleamer@mtaloy.edu.  You can also communicate with Residence Life at (814)-886-6472 or residencelife@mtaloy.edu  prior to your arrival. This will allow us to address questions individually and help you plan accordingly for move-in. Please do not come to campus for move-in if you do not feel well!

We are very excited for your arrival and are looking forward to having you on campus!

Dr. Tracy B.McFarland

Vice President for Student Affairs

Greetings, Mounties,

We are less than one week away from the start of classes. There are several items to share with you at this time.

Fall 2020 Student Agreement

As you know, we announced our first COVID-positive student yesterday. I am pleased with the effectiveness of our early-arrival protocols, and the exemplary performance of staff who worked together to address the situation.

This early case is a good reminder of the importance of Mounties to understand their community responsibilities. The Fall 2020 Agreement linked below includes a bulleted reminder of responsibilities, a guide to testing and quarantine strategies, and a notice of risk. As we have noted many times, we have taken steps to mitigate risk on campus, but cannot eliminate risk or guarantee safety. We want to emphasize this as you return to campus and stress your part in taking the steps required to mitigate risk for our community. If you have any questions related to the Agreement, please feel free to use the form below to submit your questions.

Fall 2020 Student Agreement

Google Form to Submit Questions

Move-In Process

Move-in for new students starts on Friday, August 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Returning students arrive on Sunday, August 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. By now you should have signed up and received confirmation for a specific arrival time to allow for staggered move-in. Here is a summary of what move-in will look like this fall. If you have any questions, email ResidenceLife@mtaloy.edu.

  • We will be splitting up traffic through both entrances on campus. You should have already received the entrance that you should use.

  • The first station you will reach will include a temperature check and a series of screening questions. You should download the CourseKey app and anticipate showing the result (as in many settings this semester). We will also have alternative methods for move-in if the app isn’t downloaded yet. If you do not pass the temperature check and screening questions, you will not be able to come on campus.

  • You will receive your Residence Hall Agreement and keys to your room.

  • You will be asked to unload your vehicle at a designated location and then park after you have unloaded.

  • You will take your belongings into your room through designated entrances and exits. Only one person can accompany you at a time.

  • Some moving assistance will be available, but it will be minimal in order to mitigate contact.

  • On Friday, we ask parents to efficiently utilize your assigned one hour move in time slot to unload belongings and reserve some time to say goodbye to your student.

  • Any student who has not been cleared by Financial Aid and the Business Office will be directed to those offices after the initial temperature check station. We strongly encourage students to take care of these issues prior to Friday, August 21st.

Masking

Another reminder, you will need to wear a mask essentially everywhere on campus. If you need accommodations related to masking, please arrange that before Monday. You can contact our Disability Services Coordinator at MSchuster@mtaloy.edu.

When You’re Sick

We understand that in the past, many of our residents, commuters, faculty, and staff may have “pushed through” to attend an important class or event when they weren’t feeling 100% well.

I can’t stress this enough:

IF YOU DON’T FEEL WELL, STAY PUT.

It doesn’t matter what you have lined up that day. It doesn’t matter if you think it is something minor or allergies. JUST STAY PUT! Your professors and supervisors will work with you to make sure you do not fall behind. If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, contact Health Services or your supervisor. Even if you don’t, just stay put, give it some time, and see how you are feeling. For this semester, “better safe than sorry” may mean the difference between staying on-campus for the semester and remote instruction.

Here are some additional links for you to review this week.

Recently Submitted Questions

Thank you for continuing to submit your questions. Here are a few recent questions/answers.

Will there be limitations on how many people can enter a restroom at the same time? Will there be cleaning equipment in computer labs?

Yes and yes. The important thing to remember is always look for signage and follow the instructions. If you are in an area where you do not see cleaning supplies or you notice that the cleaning supplies are running low or empty, please submit a Work Request on the Portal page or talk to someone in that area.

Am I allowed to leave the dorms on the weekends?

Yes, you will be allowed to go home on the weekends as needed – but we are asking students to make every effort to stay on campus as much as possible in order to mitigate the risk of bringing COVID to campus. If you travel to any area that requires quarantine, you should contact Health Services before coming back on campus. Also make sure to use your CourseKey app to answer the screening questions before coming back on campus.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Be Well, Live Mercy,

John McKeegan
President, Mount Aloysius College

Greetings Mounties,

As part of our reopening plan, students traveling from outside the United States, from certain States, and PA counties identified as “hot spots,” were required to arrive on Campus early for testing and quarantine.  Students began to return last week, and as a result of our protocols, we quarantined a student who subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 last night (8/16/20).

Our early return protocol was implemented for such a circumstance.  While a positive test is unsettling, these measures allow us to manage the situation. The student was living in, and remains, in a single room with a private bathroom. Contact Tracing is underway and anyone who may have been in “close contact” (as defined below) with the student will be notified.

According to the CDC, close contact is defined as: being within approximately 6 feet of a COVID-19 case for a prolonged period of time (15 minutes). Close contact can occur while caring for, living with, visiting, or sharing a healthcare waiting area or room with a COVID-19 case, or having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case. Close contacts who are not symptomatic should self-monitor and contact their healthcare provider if symptoms arise. Close contacts who are symptomatic should self-isolate and practice physical distancing. To protect the privacy of employees and students, the names of individuals testing positive will not be released.

Rest assured that our team is monitoring the situation on Campus. We will continue to share information as it is known and appropriate to do so.

This situation reminds us to be extra vigilant with practices to reduce the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus.  We ask every Mountie to adhere to our Mountie Compact, including:

  • Wearing a mask on campus

  • Staying physically distanced (6 feet minimum)

  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water, especially before eating or preparing food, after going to the bathroom and after you have been around someone who is sick. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if you are unable to wash with soap and water.

  • If you’re not feeling well, don’t come to campus.

Moving forward, the community will be informed of any significant updates or changes in cases, such as multiple reported cases, signs of community spread, etc.

In the Mercy tradition, please pray for the student’s quick recovery.

If you have a question, please visit www.mtaloy.edu/coronavirus. If your question is not answered by the website, please email covid19@mtaloy.edu.

John McKeegan
President, Mount Aloysius College

Greetings, Mounties,

Today, the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) decided to postpone intercollegiate athletic competition for these sports for the fall 2020 season: soccer, volleyball, cross country, and basketball. Golf and women’s tennis will continue this fall; the conference is still discussing the possibility of moving the postponed seasons to the spring semester. Neither the College nor the conference has made a decision yet regarding bowling or the spring athletic seasons.

While this is a disappointment for our entire community, we want to assure you that we have been making plans in anticipation of this possibility. We are fully dedicated to providing our athletes with the vibrant, robust, and quality experience they are accustomed to here at Mount Aloysius, even if that does not include conference competition.

To our Mountie student-athletes, we want you to know that we are going to go above and beyond to give you the experience you deserve. This video from Athletic Director and Baseball Coach Kevin Kime provides some initial details about the fall semester:

Please reach out to your coaches or our athletic department with any questions you may have.

Be Well, Live Mercy,

John McKeegan
President, Mount Aloysius College

Greetings, Mounties,

Here’s an “Eight is Great” list to review as the new semester approaches. Remember, you can find our entire plan for the Fall at www.mtaloy.edu/coronavirus

  1. 7-Day Quarantine At Home – To promote the health of our community, we’re asking everyone coming to campus for the upcoming semester to quarantine at home for at least seven days before arriving. That should include staying home as much as possible, wearing cloth face coverings, limiting contact with others, practicing social distancing, and avoiding large gatherings. This is an important part of reducing risk to others.
  2. Orientation and Move-In – New Students will begin moving in (during their assigned time window) on Friday, August 21. Returning Students will begin moving in using a phased approach on Sunday, August 23. Orientation is already underway (virtually) and you can find those details on the Orientation webpage.
  3. Daily Routines for Fall 2020
    1. Complete Your Daily CourseKey Wellness Check – Complete the short questionnaire daily.  A green screen means one may proceed with classes and work. A red screen means stay put and follow the instructions to ensure the health of our campus community. Screens will remain yellow when the screening is not completed.
    2. Wear a Mask: We mean it!
    3. Wash Your Hands: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place, blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing or touching your face. If soap and water are not readily available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    4. Physically Distance: 6 feet of physical distancing is crucial in keeping ourselves as healthy and safe as we can.
  4. Dining on Campus – New traffic patterns will guide entry and exit at the dining hall and MAC Shack. Dining hall seating has been rearranged to promote social distancing, with expanded hours. Safety measures will be in place to limit the number of times that food items are handled, including dining hall staff serving items to students, availability of to-go options for salad and deli items, and individually wrapped desserts and meal items.
  5. Engaging Outside of the Classroom – Our staff has been working hard to provide the care and support you need. Our Health & Counseling Services will be open and operating with both virtual and in-person appointments. Our Center for Student Success is here to provide one-on-one support via phone and Zoom. We are shifting larger events and activities online, while increasing the number of small and outdoor events. Our student affairs office is preparing an array of activities and programs to align with our in-person limitations. 
  6. Athletics – The AMCC decided to postpone intercollegiate athletic competition for these sports for the Fall 2020 season: soccer, volleyball, cross country, and basketball. Golf and women’s tennis will continue this fall; the conference is still discussing the possibility of moving the postponed seasons to the spring semester. Neither the College nor the conference has made a decision yet regarding bowling or the spring athletic seasons. While this is a disappointment, we are dedicated to providing our student-athletes with the vibrant, robust, and quality experience they are accustomed to here at Mount Aloysius, even in the absence of conference competition.
  7. Isolation and Quarantine if Needed and Testing Available – We all recognize that we cannot fully protect ourselves from COVID-19, even with the most proactive behaviors. Quarantine spaces have been identified, and testing/isolation protocols are in place.
  8. Town Halls – The ultimate solution to this pandemic requires widespread availability of effective vaccines. Until this occurs, however, we will all be living and working in less-than-ideal circumstances.  We are committed to your success on campus and want to make sure that everyone is both informed and supported. To accomplish that, I will be hosting several virtual town halls, starting next Tuesday, August 11. The times are listed below. You will receive a follow-up email this week with more information, a form to submit questions, and a registration link.
    1. Town Hall for Faculty – 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
    2. Town Hall for Staff (Staff Council) – 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    3. Town Hall for All Students and Parents – 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
    4. Orientation Webinar and Facebook Live for New Students/Parents – Week of August 17

I am so impressed with the teamwork of everyone at the College, and am confident our whole community is ready to work together this semester. We will continue to be in touch regularly, so please continue to check your inboxes. 

Be Well, Live Mercy, 

John McKeegan
President, Mount Aloysius College

Greetings, Mounties,

I have three updates to share with you today.

Student Quarantine

Approximately 70 students received instructions earlier this week to arrive on campus by August 15 in order to conduct appropriate testing and quarantine. This group is comprised of students from countries other than the United States, areas of the United States that have been identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Health as “Hot Spot” states, or counties identified by the Governor’s Office as “PA counties of coronavirus concern.” 

Those students are scheduling their (staggered) arrivals with Residence Life. The rest of our student body will arrive August 21 and 23, also in staggered arrivals. Look for more information soon regarding our plans for handling move-in and wellness checks upon arrival.

Athletics

As of Tuesday, 37 NCAA Div. III conferences have announced cancellation or postponement of fall sports. Six conferences have still not made a decision about fall athletics, and the AMCC is among that number. 

Although the AMCC has yet to make a formal decision, three of our conference members have announced the cancellation of their fall sports. 

We are expecting more clarity from the presidents of the AMCC tomorrow, but regardless of what is decided, we will keep our student-athletes practicing, scrimmaging, and engaged and active this fall with a variety of team-centered events that will highlight the College’s dedication to a vibrant experience at the Mount.  We will send more information as soon as we have an update.

Safety Reminders

As the semester draws closer, I can’t stress enough the importance of the following three items. 

  • Wear your mask
  • Wash your hands
  • Social distance

Mounties take care of Mounties, and these simple steps are how we will accomplish that this fall. Join me in following the Mountie Compact!

Be Well, Live Mercy, 

John McKeegan
President, Mount Aloysius College

Greetings, Mounties,

We have identified August 15 as the arrival deadline for students who are traveling internationally, as well as from “hot-spot” states and certain PA counties. This will allow for an appropriate testing and quarantine timeline leading up to the start of the semester.

If you are in this group, you will receive a message on or about Wednesday, July 29, from Dr. Tracy McFarland, Vice President for Student Affairs. That message will contain details about your anticipated arrival, as well as a form to fill out so we can document your trip details. 

We understand that due to the pandemic’s ever-changing nature, it might be difficult to make travel plans.  Please know that the Office of Student Affairs recognizes that this is a complex situation, and will work to address individual circumstances to the extent possible. 

Be Well, Live Mercy, 

John McKeegan
President, Mount Aloysius College

Dear Mount Aloysius College community,

With just a month until the start of the fall semester, this is an update on our reopening plans and processes.

First, we are aware of increasing COVID-19 cases across the nation, as well as concerns about how viable certain activities will be this fall, including in-person living and learning. Changing circumstances are necessitating a number of modifications, such as the postponement of study abroad for the fall semester, the transition of planned large events from in-person to virtual, and a restructuring of our food services processes.

As of this writing, the federal government has set restrictions on traveling from various countries, and Pennsylvania has made recommendations about traveling from certain states. Some of our Mounties call these places home. Whether near or far, there are various levels of COVID risk across the country, and we are striving to calibrate our response accordingly.

With all of this in mind, our state guidance remains supportive of resuming in-person living and learning under the condition that we, as a community and as a family, act in accordance with the most updated health and safety guidance.

It is important to remain transparent about our decision making process, so here are some of the factors and steps (in addition to our Reopening Plan) that are keeping us on track for an in-person experience this fall.

1. Returning to Campus

Nearly 70% of our students come from the six surrounding counties. Half of our international population is already in the U.S., with more than half in these same counties. At this writing, only 10 of our students are from states on PA’s recommended quarantine list.

Why is this important? We know that these types of numbers do not eliminate all risk, but they give us a clearer picture of what our testing procedures will look like in August. We are arranging for both on-campus, point-of-care testing capabilities, as well as sampling tests for higher-risk populations. Those traveling from other countries or high-risk states will be asked to return to campus early and will also be tested on campus before the start of the semester. If you are in that group, you will receive further details by August 1. We are also investing in personnel to make sure we are situated to handle the amount of testing that will be required.

2. On-Campus Life

Once everyone is back, maintaining a safe environment on campus will be our top priority. We have already started preparing for this stage.

  • CourseKey app – This app is an effective way to keep those with symptoms from interacting on campus. CourseKey is a simple screening tool in the form of a mobile app and/or web page. For the well-being of our community, Mountie students and employees will complete the short questionnaire daily and receive either a green screen or a red screen. A green screen means one may proceed with classes and work. A red screen means stay put, and follow the instructions to ensure the health of our campus community. Screens will remain yellow when the screening is not completed.

  • Fogging machines and campus cleaning – We invested in “fogging machines” which will allow us to effectively (and quickly) disinfect our larger gathering areas. We are also investing in personnel and supplies to make sure we are effectively and efficiently cleaning classrooms and other high-traffic areas.

  • Going outside – With the sometimes unpredictable Cresson weather in mind, we are taking steps to utilize our beautiful campus grounds this fall. That will mean dedicated outdoor areas for various classes and activities (we are allowed to have larger gatherings outside). We will also be enhancing our student life experience by trying new things, such as outdoor movie nights and purchasing additional equipment for outdoor activities. This is another area where we would love your feedback and ideas!

  • Residence halls – The Office of Residence Life will be implementing the following measures to mitigate risk for students living on our campus by reducing exposure and close contact to others.

    • Signage will be posted in all residence halls delineating specific entrances, exits, hallway and stairwell traffic patterns, and appropriate social distancing measures.

    • Designated quarantine areas and isolation spaces have been identified and are separated from other rooms. Procedures for arrival and departure of students who need to be quarantined or isolated have also been put in place.

    • Hand sanitizer will be provided at the entrances and exit areas of all residence halls and sanitizing stations (including disinfectant and paper towels) will be supplied in kitchenettes, laundry rooms and near vending machines. Students will be required to clean these areas after each use.

    • All students will receive a Welcome Back Safety Kit with a mask, hand sanitizer, and a card-sized Mountie Compact. Please remember to bring some extra masks with you.

    • Common area lounges in residence halls will be replaced with outside community seating areas and gathering spaces, allowing students to socialize while following physical distancing and masking protocols.

  • SAGE Dining Service – New traffic patterns for entry into and exit out of the dining hall and MAC Shack have been implemented. Dining hall seating has been rearranged to promote social distancing, and facility hours have been expanded. A variety of safety measures have been put in place to limit the number of times that food items are handled, including dining hall staff serving items to students, availability of to-go options for salad and deli items, and individually wrapped single-serve desserts and meal items.

Residence Life will soon release information on staggered move-in. First year students will be allowed to move in on August 21, and returning students will be allowed to move in on August 23. Students will be assigned a move-in time, and will be allowed to bring one family member to assist. This will help ensure that we can follow physical distance protocols and will also reduce congestion as students move in.

What’s next?

We will continue to seek guidance from health and government officials about the safety and well-being of our campus. We will communicate with you more frequently as we approach the start of the semester. We will continue to assess and plan, and to chart the best course for our community.

By August 1, students will begin to receive communication from various offices with exact details related to the testing plan, residence hall assignments, moving in, and more.

As I’ve said many times already and will continue to say all semester, our success depends on the commitment of our community in caring for each other and acting in a safe manner. And again, our plans remain fluid and are subject to change!

Here are steps you can take now for our community.

  • Embrace the Mercy values: Service, Hospitality, Mercy, and Justice.

  • Stay in touch. Start checking your emails daily or at least multiple times per week.

  • Commit to masking. It is a required step to keep our campus safe.

  • Be smart before returning. Think carefully about where you are going, and what you are doing, in the two weeks leading up to your return to MAC to mitigate the risk of bringing COVID to campus.

  • Residents – pack lightly and plan to settle in on the weekends. Focus on bringing only essential and important items to campus in case of relocation or changes to state mandates that affect living on campus. Travel between home and the residence halls adds risk to you and the community, and should be avoided.

  • Commit to the CourseKey testing app. Students – you will receive more information soon.

  • Work together. Send your ideas, concerns, and questions to covid19@mtaloy.edu.

Be Well, Live Mercy,

John McKeegan
President, Mount Aloysius College

On Friday, July 3, the PA Department of Health issued a 14 day quarantine recommendation for anyone traveling to the following states upon return to PA.

The Department of Health website states, “If you have traveled, or plan to travel, to an area where there are high amounts of COVID-19 cases, it is recommended that you stay at home for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania. If you travel to the following states, you will need to quarantine for 14 days upon return”:

Alabama
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Florida
Georgia
Idaho
Louisiana
Mississippi
Nevada
North Carolina
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Utah

https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Travelers.aspx

COLLEGE RESPONSE
Based on the State issued recommendation, if you are traveling to any of the states listed above, you must notify your supervisor, PEC member or Dean and me.  We will evaluate the appropriate course of action on a case by case basis and may require you to self isolate at home for 14 days BEFORE returning to work.  This time away from work may be handled as follows:

1) If you are well, you might be able to telework to the extent possible based on your position and with supervisor permission;
2) For any hours you are unable to telework, you may take additional vacation time; or
3) You may request FFCRA provided Paid Leave entitlements if you are subject to a Federal, State or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19. This time is limited and available through December 31, 2020.

If you choose to be tested, you may do so at your discretion.  It is recommended that you wait 3 days after your return before testing.  Testing sooner may be too early for the virus to be detected.  If you are tested, you may return to work with documentation of a negative test result.

If additional states or locations within the US are added, the College will follow the same protocol above.  If you plan to vacation in any of these states, you should talk with your supervisor in advance of your trip and determine what steps you will take upon your return.

 

If you have questions, or concerns, please contact me.
— —
Tonia Gordon, MHRM, SPHR, CDTLF
Director of Human Resources

To the Mount Aloysius College community,

Today I am pleased to present our initial plan for our return to campus for the Fall 2020 semester.

Promoting the safety and health of our community is at the forefront of the plan, which provides our current strategies for effective communication and COVID-19 responses.

First and foremost, and on behalf of the entire College community, I am deeply grateful to everyone who worked tirelessly on this important project. This includes each member of our Task Forces (listed at the end of this plan), the experts and community partners who helped us along the way, and our stakeholders who offered input through the entire process. In addition to all those working hard to create a safe campus environment, I want to thank our faculty, who are once again doing extraordinary work to prepare for the fall. Our Mountie educators are diligently continuing to build out engaging and challenging courses in several formats. This will allow us to prepare for the fall with flexible in-person, and if necessary, remote offerings.

A sense of place is part of the power of Mount Aloysius College. There is comfort in the clean mountain air here and the abundance of space on campus for our community. And 70% of our students are from seven neighboring counties, where COVID-19 rates remain low.

With that said, it is impossible for us to eliminate all risk for our community this fall. The goal of this plan is to mitigate risk as optimally as possible.  This summer, we will align our resources with this plan to make strategic facilities investments for the upcoming academic year. This includes a wide range of equipment, supplies, and technology to support health and safety initiatives.

This plan presents strategies for a vibrant on-campus learning and living environment, as well as the opportunity to succeed in a physically distanced but still socially close-knit environment. In light of a constantly changing environment, the plan provides more of a “direction forward” than a “detailed map.” It will evolve in many ways as we approach August 24, based on guidance from the government and health experts, as well as the response of our community. At each stage, the key to the plan’s success is the community’s continued involvement.

Mountie Compact

Please take note of the Mountie Compact linked below. You will also see it around campus this fall.

Being a Mountie means more than caring for ourselves. In the tradition of the Sisters of Mercy, being a Mountie means caring for each other. This community pledge is a way for our entire campus to stand together, and to take responsibility for the well-being of our entire community.

As Sister Catherine McAuley once stated, “We should be shining lamps, giving light to all around us.” Let’s all love our neighbor this fall by reading the plan, taking it to heart, and acting – both on-campus and in the community, in grace-filled ways that demonstrate our commitment to caring for each other.

I know this pandemic has already demanded so much from all of you, and there will be more adaptation in the fall. However, I am confident in the power of this place and our mission.  This community will work together to succeed this year and beyond.

Thank you for your dedication to this wonderful place and your patience with this process. I look forward to seeing you soon.

Be Well, Live Mercy,

John McKeegan
President, Mount Aloysius College

Greetings, Mount Aloysius College community,

The College’s leadership team is diligently working out details for the fall semester. In the past week, we received additional guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Today, I am pleased to announce we will begin classes in-person on Monday, August 24 (a week prior the original schedule), and finish in-person, standard classes on Tuesday, November 24. Reading Day will occur on November 30, with final exams on December 1 through December 4, 2020.  Final exams will be delivered remotely

By ending in-person classes before Thanksgiving break, we seek to minimize a possible COVID-19 resurgence due to extended travel to and from campus. 

To achieve this new academic calendar, Labor Day and the two days set aside for Fall Break will now be standard instruction days. However, college offices will be closed on Monday, September 7.

We are planning to use each residence hall as designed, but are still reviewing guidelines and safety protocols around shared bathrooms to ensure we are taking the most appropriate steps. 

We will follow health agency guidelines as well as recommendations by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. We are already taking measures to ensure our campus is as reasonably safe as it can be. While we cannot completely eliminate all risk, we are striving to mitigate it.

Our Campus Reopening Task Forces are working toward the goal of completing a comprehensive reopening plan by June 26, including a strategy on how we will coordinate with local public health officials, resume in-person instruction, monitor health conditions of our on-campus community, mitigate and contain the spread of the virus on campus, and communicate accurate and timely information to our students, faculty, and staff.

Like all of our COVID-19 plans and procedures, our calendar and plan may change in light of guidance from medical professionals and/or to comply with government directives.

More information will follow in the coming weeks, including specific instructions for Move-In Day/Orientation, dining, and clinical information. The AMCC conference is also anticipated to make a determination about fall athletics in the next several weeks.

In-person classes and an on-campus learning community are at the core of our mission. With that said, things will look different this fall as we seek a healthy environment. Of course, if we are required to provide virtual instruction, our faculty and staff have demonstrated their flexibility and readiness to provide a high-quality experience online. We are taking steps to make sure that capacity continues. Thank you for your patience as we work out the optimal plan for moving Mount Aloysius College forward.

Please continue to check your emails regularly, and visit mtaloy.edu/coronavirus for recent updates.

I cannot wait to see you all in the fall!

Be Well, Live Mercy, 

John McKeegan
President, Mount Aloysius College

View the Fall 2020 Academic Calendar (PDF)

MAC student wearing a mask standing on campus

The Fall 2020 Reopening Plan is now available! It will continue to evolve leading up to the Fall semester.

Read the Fall 2020 Reopening Plan
CARES Act Report – 5/21/20
Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report

Masking & Social Distancing

There have been several questions about what that looks like on campus. These videos do a great job demonstrating exactly that:

Steps to Stay Healthy

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • 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 using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

Social Distancing

Per the CDC’s recommendation, social distancing involves “remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance” whenever possible to limit the ability of the virus to spread.

Social distancing is not the same as self-quarantine or isolation, two other practices being utilized to minimize the coronavirus spread. The key difference is that a quarantine or isolation restricts the movement of people within a certain area or zone to limit transferring and spreading an infection. Social distancing places no such locational constraints, rather it is a behavioral practice to lower the risk in most circumstances.

Purpose

Due to the increase in the spread of infectious diseases, Mount Aloysius College is taking measures to protect its students, faculty, staff, and their families from potential exposure to disease.  One of these measures is social distancing.

Policy

Social Distancing is an attempt to limit the spread of disease through human to human contact.  Actions to minimize contact between infected and healthy individuals will range from the use of sick time, limitation or cancellation of events, remote working, and actually physically distancing yourself from others.

Social Distancing measures may include:

Maintaining a personal distance between oneself and a person showing symptoms of illness.

Recommend minimum distance is three to six feet.  Avoid shaking hands or any physical contact.

Maintaining significant personal distance from students and coworkers via the use of sick time when you are experiencing symptoms of an illness.

Limit meetings that can be held via conference call.

If you have personally traveled or have been close to a person who traveled, use extra caution.  No face to face meetings should take place for a period of 14 days while you monitor yourself for symptoms.  If you become ill, do not report to the workplace and contact your healthcare provider.  Contact Health Services via phone to report the risk.

Students who must be on campus during this time or will return to campus after leaving for any reason should minimize contact with others on campus.

Students who have left campus and return will need to monitor themselves for a period of 14 days.  If you become symptomatic (fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose) contact Health Services via phone.

Beyond keeping whatever distance is possible and keeping encounters to a minimum people must be mindful of their hygiene routine, making sure to wash hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

Offices

Admissions
(814)886-4131
Admissions@mtaloy.edu

Advising
(814)886-6398
JWeyandt@mtaloy.edu

Bookstore
(814) 886-6380
Bookstore@mtaloy.edu

Business Office
(814)886-6368
BusinessOffice@mtaloy.edu

Campus Ministry
(814)886-6483
CampusMinistry@mtaloy.edu

Campus Police
(814)886-6327
CampusSafety@mtaloy.edu

Financial Aid
(814)886-6357
FinancialAid@mtaloy.edu

Health Services & Counseling
studenthealthservices@mtaloy.edu
(814) 886-6515 or (814)886-6336

Library
(814)886-6477
AskALibrarian@mtaloy.edu

Registrar
(814)886-6343
Registrar@mtaloy.edu

Residence Life
(814)886-6388
ResidenceLife@mtaloy.edu

Student Affairs
getinvolved@mtaloy.edu
(814)886-6472

Mount Aloysius College Travel Guidelines

Mount Aloysius College has new guidance and requirements from Health Services for travelers who are returning from countries with elevated Travel Health Notices from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention due to novel coronavirus. This includes members of the Mount Aloysius community who are returning from Italy and South Korea, which have been placed on the restricted list for college-affiliated travel.

This document details Mount Aloysius College’s requirements for those that are returning from CDC Level 3 countries. Also, information and guidance is provided for those who have traveled from a CDC Level 2 country, for those that may feel sick, may be traveling in other areas, information from Health Services for home quarantine, guidance for household members, and general hygiene and prevention.

This is a rapidly evolving situation and the requirements are likely to change. A team of college officials have been developed to monitor and inform the campus community. It is critical that individuals continue to check for ongoing updates and guidance.

The health and well-being of Mount Aloysius College students, faculty, staff and visitors is the college’s highest priority. These actions are being taken to protect the health of Mount Aloysius College community and to assist in preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus on and near our campus.

Mount Aloysius College requirements

Consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for travelers returning to the United States from China, Mount Aloysius College is requiring a 14-day quarantine period for travelers from CDC Level 3 countries before they return to campus. At this time, these countries include: China, Iran, Italy and South Korea.

Students and employees who traveled to one of these countries must isolate themselves from others in their place of dwelling while monitoring for signs and symptoms of illness as described below. Of note, many students may be returning to a home away from campus. However, students and their families should follow the same recommendations and advice included in this document.

If you are returning from a country with a CDC Alert Level 2 or “watch” level you should follow many of the below recommendations — including maintaining vigilant hygiene practices, self-monitor for symptoms and assess temperature twice per day for 14 days after return.

If you feel sick

If you spent time in a CDC Alert Level 2 or Warning Level 3 country during the past 14 days and feel sick with fever or cough or have difficulty breathing:

  • Take your temperature.
  • Seek medical advice. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Do not travel while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60%-95% alcohol immediately after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.

Prevention is the best way to limit the spread of disease. If you find that you are not feeling well after returning, then please seek medical care as described. Otherwise, quarantine yourself for the specified time so that if you do become ill, the risk of spread of your illness to others is minimal.

Health Services guidance for home quarantine

  • Stay home except to get medical care — as noted above, call ahead before visiting your doctor.
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home.
  • Wear a facemask when you are around other people or pets.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze; wash your hands afterward with soap and water or use an alcohol-based sanitizer (see above).
  • Clean your hands often with soap and water or with an alcohol-based sanitizer; use soap and water preferentially if your hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid sharing personal household items.
  • Clean “high-touch” surfaces daily with a household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Monitor your symptoms and if they develop or worsen then call your health care provider BEFORE seeking in-person care.

Guidance for household members during quarantine

  • Help with basic needs in terms of food, medications, and other personal needs.
  • Stay in another room or be separated from the patient as much as possible; use a separate bedroom and bathroom if possible.
  • Prohibit visitors without an essential need from coming into the home.
  • Household members should care for any pets.
  • Clean your hands often with soap and water or with an alcohol-based sanitizer; use soap and water preferentially if your hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • The patient and household members should wear disposable facemasks when in the same room; throw masks away after using them.
  • Avoid sharing household items with the patient.
  • Clean “high-touch” surfaces with a cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash laundry thoroughly: use disposable gloves while handling; wash hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitizer after removing gloves

Returning from a country without a coronavirus warning

At this time, domestic travelers and travelers to countries that do not have an elevated CDC Warning Level do not need to take any action other than monitoring their health and practicing good hygiene and prevention. However, if you begin to have symptoms it is important to follow up with your health care practitioner.

Upcoming international travel

Mount Aloysius College has no college-planned trips to CDC Warning Level 3 countries on the restricted travel list. Faculty and staff travel to these countries also has been restricted and would require approval from the risk task force.

Further, the college strongly discourages personal travel to these countries. Travelers to these countries will be required to quarantine themselves in their dwelling for 14 days before being permitted on campus.

Before booking travel and departing the country, travelers should check the CDC website for the latest threat level rating for their destination. The CDC website also includes answers to frequently asked questions regarding travel abroad. This is a rapidly evolving situation with government policies and recommendations changing as the situation changes. Travelers should exercise caution when traveling abroad as quarantines and re-entry restrictions, particularly for non-U.S. nationals, could be implemented as the situation evolves.

While traveling domestically or abroad, take the following precautions:

  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at 60%–95% alcohol; soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty. It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.

Domestic travel recommendations

The potential public health threat posed by COVID-19 is high, but individual risk is dependent on exposure. For members of the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to the virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low. More cases are likely to be identified in the coming days, including more cases in the United States. It’s also likely that person-to-person spread will continue to occur, including in the United States. If you travel domestically, take the following routine precautions:

  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty. It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.

Upon returning from domestic travel, if you feel sick with fever, cough or difficulty breathing, particularly within 14 days after you left, you should:

  • Seek medical advice — call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Not travel on public transportation while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to avoid spreading the virus to others. Wash your hands with soap and water immediately after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose. If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Hygiene and prevention

To prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus and other respiratory infections, the CDC recommends the following prevention measures:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Voluntary Home Isolation: 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 using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    •  CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Messages from Spring 2020 Semester

Dear Mounties,

We hope you are staying safe and healthy. We miss seeing all of you on campus and look forward to your return.

We know that many of you have been anxiously awaiting details on the housing and meal plan (room & board) adjustments relating to your shortened stay on campus this semester resulting from COVID-19. We appreciate your patience as we have awaited guidance from the Department of Education and other agencies.

The college’s policies and procedures for calculation and distribution of the housing and meal plan adjustments are as follows.

– The amount of housing and meal plan adjustment will be unique for each student and will be based on 1) the individual housing and meal plans selected by the student, 2) the number of days the student resided on campus, and 3) a proportionate allocation of certain Mount Aloysius College institutional scholarships awarded to the student.

– The housing and meal plan adjustment have been posted to your student accounts as of today.

– If the housing and meal plan adjustment results in a credit balance on your account, the credit will remain on your account for future semesters.

– The college will issue refunds of credit balances next week to graduating students who will not be continuing their studies with the college. Refunds will be in the form of a check which will be mailed to your address on file.

– Students planning to continue their studies with the college who face extreme hardship may request a cash refund in lieu of the credit balance carried to future semesters. To request a cash refund in lieu of the credit to future semesters, please email businessoffice@mtaloy.edu with a brief rationale for your request. The college will make every effort to accommodate as many students as possible.

For further information, please contact the Business Office at businessoffice@mtaloy.edu.

Again, thank you for your patience. Stay safe. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Sincerely,

Ann Booterbaugh
Assistant Controller

Watch the video above to hear a message from President Mills related to coronavirus updates (recorded on March 23, 2020)

Dear MAC Residential Students,
The ever changing landscape of COVID-19 and the ensuing state mandates for shutdown of non-essential businesses has impacted Mount Aloysius College as it has other Pennsylvania institutions of Higher Education. Like other institutions such as Penn State and Drexel University, Mount Aloysius College is temporarily delaying plans to allow students who reside in on campus residence halls to return to campus to retrieve their personal belongings. This decision is in light of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s March 19 order to close non-life sustaining businesses (see links below).
 
As a result of the imposed shutdown, we modified our original student check-out/move-out process to allow students to retrieve ONLY items that are essential to their health and continuation of education. The dates for retrieval of those essential items will continue as planned for the week of March 23-27.  We have implemented social distancing procedures as part of that process, only allowing students access to two residence hall buildings per day, scheduling buildings that are not in close proximity to each other, and only allowing a small number of students in each building at the same time.
We are sending this communication to remind you of the items you are allowed to remove and to ask for your full cooperation in meeting the guidelines set.  
Students are approved to retrieve the following items from their rooms: Items related to health or continuation of instruction
Health
include items such as:
 prescription medications
 durable medical equipment necessary for a diagnosed medical condition
Continuation of Instruction
includes items such as:
textbooks
computers,
syllabi, binders, folders
art projects & supplies
Items such as TVs, gaming components, clothes or knick knacks do not fall into the health or continuation of instruction categories and SHOULD NOT be removed from your residence hall room.
We will be back in contact with all residential students in the next few weeks with more details about a future move-out time.
We thank you in advance for your cooperation and compliance with the information and procedures outlined in this email.  Please direct any questions to residencelife@mtaloy.edu.  Thank you.

Dear MAC Community,

I am contacting you in response to Governor Wolf’s announcement last night mandating all nonessential, “non-life-sustaining” businesses to close. Higher education has been deemed a nonessential business.

I wanted to inform you that this announcement will not further affect our current operations.

In alignment with the Governor’s mandate, the College will continue to offer remote learning to our students, and we will be ensuring the safety and smooth transition of our students as they move off campus.

The following will continue as planned:

  • Dining operations will continue as scheduled for those students still on campus;

  • Faculty are continuing work to transition face-to-face classes to remote coursework, which will begin on Monday, March 30 as scheduled;

  • The Health Services office remains open with a call first policy; and

  • The Counseling Center, the Center for Student Success, the Learning Commons, and the Registrar will continue providing remote services.

I know there has been a lot of changing information during the past two weeks both in your personal and academic lives. I understand how this can be overwhelming, and I want you to know that your professors, the staff, and the Mount Aloysius administration are fully dedicated to helping you during this time.

Please continue to monitor your MAC email for updates from the College. There is an office contact list at www.mtaloy.edu/coronavirus which you can use to reach any department.

Thank you, and stay safe.

Dr. John W. Mills

President, Mount Aloysius College

Dear MAC Community,

First of all, I want to say thank you for your patience and goodwill towards Mount Aloysius College as we work through these trying times. The way that the Mount Aloysius College community takes care of each other is what brought me here, and I am not surprised to see that sense of caring in action and stronger than ever during this time of global crisis.

The safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our highest priority. As this unprecedented situation continues to unfold, campus leadership has determined that the best course of action is to move all classes to a remote learning format for the rest of the spring semester.

Beginning March 30 and for the rest of the spring 2020 semester, all courses will move to a remote learning format. This applies to all course formats and locations.

  • Students will be expected to move out by Wednesday, April 1. An email will be forthcoming with check-out procedures and options. All students will be required to schedule a move-out time in order to limit the number of students in any building at a certain time and to practice social distancing guidelines. We understand this may present challenges for some students, and we will work with any student who needs assistance. Again, an email with more information will follow this announcement.

  • Students involved in student teaching, nursing clinicals, internships and other off-campus education formats will receive additional updates from their program chair or dean.

  • In addition, all on-campus athletic, academic, and co-curricular events have been canceled for the remainder of the spring semester.

  • We are postponing Commencement at this time. It is very important to us that we honor and celebrate our graduating students, and we are discussing alternative plans for this event.

Prorated Reimbursements

In the tradition of the Sisters of Mercy, we are also very mindful of the financial strain that some of our students are facing during this time.

In response, Mount Aloysius College is committed to issuing prorated reimbursements for housing and meal plans in some form. Student reimbursements will differ based on factors including (but not limited to) housing location, meal plan selected, and college scholarships. The reimbursement may also take various forms (such as fall 2020 credit for returning students). As we finalize details over the coming weeks, we will communicate with residential and meal plan students. We know there will be questions related to this matter. We ask that you please be patient and wait for the next communication.

In closing, please continue to take care of yourselves and those around you. We will get through this. Eventually, we will look back and know that we did our best for this college and for each other.

John W. Mills
President, Mount Aloysius College

Dear Faculty and Staff,

IMPORTANT: Please check your email and the MAC Portal page daily for updates on this situation.

As many of you have already heard, Gov. Wolf has issued a two-week, statewide shutdown in response to the coronavirus. This includes asking nonessential businesses to close their doors. Higher education has been deemed a nonessential business.

With a number of students still living on campus and remote education underway at the College, the campus will remain operational in a limited, modified capacity.

In alignment with the CDC’s guidelines on social distancing and in response to Gov. Wolf’s message, we are asking all employees not to report to work until further notice unless deemed essential.

Essential employees will be immediately notified by their supervisors and arrangements will be made to work in-person or remotely.  As things progress, the list of essential employees may change to meet operational business needs.

Full-time and adjunct faculty will continue with their current workload as planned.

Please see your email for more information. Thank you.
John W. Mills
President

TO: The Mount Aloysius Community
FROM: Dr. John W. Mills, President of Mount Aloysius College
March 12, 2020

Dear Mount Aloysius Community,

While Mount Aloysius College has no reported cases of coronavirus, the safety of our students is our top priority and we are taking every precaution in light of the spread of this virus.

In response to the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and in coordination with the CDC’s guidelines on social distancing, the college is implementing the following measures.

  • We will be extending spring break for students by one week (March 14 through March 28).

  • After the extra week, the campus will shift all in-person classes to remote learning (online courses) for the following two weeks (March 29 through April 10). This timeline may be extended at a later date based on the pandemic trends.

  • 7- and 8-week online courses will begin on Monday as scheduled, and courses that are currently delivered online will continue as scheduled.

  • Information on the resumption of clinicals, internships and student teaching will be addressed during the first week of spring break. You will receive more details from your department chair.

  • The residence halls will close as planned at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 13. We will be working with any student that needs to remain on campus. More information about residence on campus will be in the follow-up email to students. We will make a decision about the return of in-person classes by April 3.

  • Little People’s Place will be closed from March 13 through April 3. We will continue to monitor the situation in that time.

  • Our campus will remain open and operational, and all office and support personnel are available to answer questions.

  • At this time, there are no plans to move Commencement which is scheduled for May 16, 2020.

  • All of MAC’s current policies, messages, and information related to the coronavirus can be found at www.mtaloy.edu/coronavirus.

Additional Information

Students, you will be receiving another email with information about online learning and campus services. The extra week will provide you with additional time to become familiar with Canvas and online learning. The most important things for you to know at this point are:

  • Follow the guidelines for staying healthy.

  • Take all of your educational resources (books, computers, etc) with you when you leave campus (if this creates hardship based on travel plans, please see the follow-up email for more information).

  • Check your email regularly as we continue to share updates.

The faculty, administration and I will work closely with you during this challenging time and take every step to ensure a quality and successful academic experience.

Faculty, you will be receiving additional information from your Dean in the near future.

Staff, our campus will remain open and operational at this time.

Parents, Mount Aloysius College is fully committed to the well-being of our students and slowing the spread of the coronavirus while also supporting our students’ educational goals and needs during these challenging times. We take extreme pride in the quality of our academic programming, and that will not change in any way.

We encourage you to stay up-to-date with information related to the coronavirus and campus operations by visiting www.mtaloy.edu/coronavirus.

This is an unprecedented time in higher education for everyone and we will continue to face daily questions with which we do not have immediate answers. We appreciate your patience and good-will as we navigate the situation in the coming weeks.


Finally, I know many of you have had to change plans for different reasons over the next couple of weeks because of what is happening nationally and globally, and I appreciate your resiliency as we work together as a community during this challenging time and make the rest of your semester as productive as possible.

John W. Mills, President

Dear students,

As you saw in the President’s email, in response to the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and in coordination with the CDC’s guidelines on social distancing we will be extending spring break for students by one week. After the extra week, the campus will be shifting to remote learning (online courses) for at least the following two weeks (March 30 through April 10).

What you need to know at this point

  • It is crucial for you to check your email regularly in the coming weeks. The college is closely monitoring the situation and will be sending regular updates to the community.

  • You will receive further instruction on how to prepare for your online courses and be successful in Canvas. You will be added to a “Building with Canvas” course to help you with the transition no matter what your background is with online learning.

  • 7- and 8-week online courses will begin on Monday, March 16 as originally scheduled.  Courses that were originally delivered online will continue as originally scheduled. Please remember to sign in and engage next week to document your attendance.

  • Resident Assistants will be hosting meetings in each residence hall this evening. Please try to attend – St. Joe’s and St. Gert’s at 4 p.m. McAuley at 8 p.m. Misciagna at 9 p.m. Ihmsen at 9 p.m.

  • As planned, residential students are instructed to move off campus by March 13 at 6 p.m. Students leaving campus are instructed:

    • to take with them any devices, textbooks and other critical materials to be able to continue their coursework remotely. If this is not possible because of your travel plans, you must coordinate with Student Life before reentering the dorms.

    • to bring with them any personal effects, valuables or other items they may need for a potential extended period of time away from campus.

    • Please note: You are not required to move everything out at this time, but take these items in the case of extended absence from classroom learning.

  • The college campus is NOT closing. While on-campus instruction will be suspended, the College will otherwise remain open for normal business operations until further notice.

    • Those who are not able to complete their online work from home or need further assistance with online learning may come to the library for assistance and a workspace.

    • For those who cannot leave campus for various reasons such as international students, athletes, and those facing other circumstances, the residence halls and dining center will remain open with modified service.

    • Card access for all residential students except those who are on the extended stay list will be shut off during the break. If you need accommodations for housing or if you need to retrieve belongings, contact Residence Life at 886.6472.

  • There is currently no plan to alter Commencement plans. It is still scheduled for May 16.

Most importantly, the administration and faculty understand that this change to remote learning may present a number of challenges for you. Our transition plan will allow us to offer you a quality, remote education while working with you to be successful. This is an unprecedented time in higher education for everyone and we appreciate your patience.

Dr. Tracy B. McFarland
Vice President for Student Affairs

Dear MAC Community – Please review the notice below regarding Clinicals 

Out of abundance of caution, all learning experiences in in-patient and out-patient healthcare settings are canceled for the remainder of the week. Instructors are currently notifying students who fall under this category. If you have questions regarding your clinical status, please contact your instructor. More information will be shared during spring break as the college monitors the situation.

While Mount Aloysius College has no reported cases of coronavirus, the safety of our students is our top priority and we are taking every precaution in light of the spread of this virus.

Mount Aloysius College has a dedicated web page containing policies, recent messages shared with the campus community, resources for students and parents, as well as tips for staying healthy. www.mtaloy.edu/coronavirus

President John Mills

Mount Aloysius College is closely monitoring the Coronavirus Outbreak

International Travel –Spring Break Week

The spread of COVID-19, or Coronavirus, is a significant concern for Colleges & Universities across the country including Mount Aloysius especially due to upcoming Spring Breaks when many students travel internationally.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has published risks to those considering international travel including unpredictable circumstances, travel restrictions, challenges returning home, and difficulty accessing health care.  Anyone considering international Travel over the spring break week must consider all the risks to themselves as well others with whom they live and work.

There are currently no known or suspected cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) at Mount Aloysius.  However, we are instituting several measures proactively to protect the campus community following the Break.

New Policy

Any student, faculty, or staff member who is traveling internationally, regardless of destination, is REQUIRED to inform the Director of Student Health, Ms. Shannon Grove, of their travel plans BEFORE leaving Campus.  You may do so by emailing sgrove@mtaloy.edu or calling 814/886-6391.

Those who intend on traveling overseas must be aware of the following:

  • You may be subject to involuntary quarantine by the United States and/or Pennsylvania State governments upon returning to the United States. This applies regardless of your travel destination, and is contingent upon the government’s evaluation of public health risk. This includes those traveling on foreign and U.S. passports.
  • Those who travel internationally, particularly during the upcoming spring break, may not be able to return to the United States as a result of federal travel restrictions or quarantines imposed by U.S. or foreign governments. While there is evidence that the United States government has been repatriating citizens quarantined overseas, there is no guarantee of expediency, and these costs are generally not covered by the government.
  • College health officials may require anyone who has traveled to certain countries to impose a 14 to 21-day self-quarantine prior to returning to campus.  Please be aware that the College cannot provide accommodations for students or employees who miss significant work or class time as a result of travel quarantine or restrictions. Please be aware of this risk if you opt to travel internationally in the near future.

Countries for which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3, Avoid Non-Essential Travel, will require at least a 14-day self-quarantine period before a Student or Employee is permitted to return to campus.

Each of us is responsible for following good public health practices to minimize the spread of illness. Please practice good handwashing techniques and take frequent advantage of the alcohol-based hand sanitizers located in dispensing units throughout College buildings.

All Employees

The Centers for Disease Control recommends that employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness (e.g., fever, trouble breathing, consistent coughing) not come to work, “until they are free of fever (100.4° F or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g., cough suppressants).”

As a result of the CDC’s recommendation, Mount Aloysius College is requiring that any employee who is experiencing symptoms of acute respiratory illness refrain from coming to work until the Symptoms have resolved.  Supervisors are asked to send employees home if they are exhibiting symptoms of acute respiratory illness.

Students and Faculty: Students who are experiencing symptoms of acute respiratory illness should refrain from going to class and limit their contact with others.

We encourage students who are experiencing symptoms of acute respiratory illness to immediately make an appointment with the Health Services Office by calling 814-886-6515.

The Health Services office can provide written excuses for students who they treat, which can be used to address individual faculty member’s attendance policies. We ask that faculty consider providing opportunities for students who miss class to engage in alternative educational activities (e.g., assignments through Canvas).

International Student Travel: The College is currently working to identify opportunities for international students who may be unable to travel home to remain on campus. International students who are not able to travel home for the upcoming Spring Break should contact the Office of Residence Life (814) 886-6510 and follow the regular Spring Break Extended Stay process.  If the Coronavirus continues to be a concern as the semester progresses, additional information will be provided regarding housing options for any international students who may not be able to travel home for the summer.

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL (CDC) INFORMATION

Types of Notices

Please check the travel notice level of where you are traveling.

Warning Level 3 (Red)Avoid all non-essential travel to this destination. The outbreak is of high risk to travelers and no precautions are available to protect against the identified increased risk.

Alert Level 2 (Yellow)Practice enhanced precautions for this destination. The Travel Health Notice describes additional precautions added, or defines a specific at-risk population.

Watch Level 1 (Green)Practice usual precautions for this destination, as described in the Travel Health Notice and/or on the destination page. This includes being up-to-date on all recommended vaccines and practicing appropriate mosquito avoidance.

In case of symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness either during or after travel, travelers are encouraged to seek medical attention and share their travel history with their health care provider.

Coronavirus:  Respiratory Illness

CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. The outbreak first started in Wuhan, China, but cases have been identified in a growing number of other locations internationally, including the United States.

How it Spreads

Person-to-person spread

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Spread from contact with infected surfaces or objects

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Can someone spread the virus without being sick?

  • People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
  • Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

How easily does the virus spread?

How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained.

The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected. 

Symptoms

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.  Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure*:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Diagnosis

At this time, diagnostic testing for 2019-nCoV can be conducted only at CDC. State and local health departments will be notified when a person is identified a person under investigation (PUI).

Treatment

There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. For severe cases, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions.

People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.

Prevention

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • 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 using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website

For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings.

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.

Mount Aloysius College is closely monitoring the Coronavirus Outbreak

There are no known or suspected cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) at Mount Aloysius College.

Spring Break Travel Update

The College sponsored mission-trip to Honduras over Spring Break has officially been cancelled.  

Although Honduras has no reported cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) currently, the speed at which the virus is spreading and the number of countries reporting human-to-human transmission is too alarming to continue with the trip as planned.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has published risks to those considering international travel including unpredictable circumstances, travel restrictions, challenges returning home, and difficulty accessing health care.  These factors were considered in reaching our decision to cancel the trip. The College’s primary concern is for the safety and well-being of our students.

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL (CDC) INFORMATION

Types of Notices 

Please check the travel notice level of where you are traveling.

Warning Level 3 (Red): Avoid all non-essential travel to this destination. The outbreak is of high risk to travelers and no precautions are available to protect against the identified increased risk.

Alert Level 2 (Yellow): Practice enhanced precautions for this destination. The Travel Health Notice describes additional precautions added, or defines a specific at-risk population. 

Watch Level 1 (Green): Practice usual precautions for this destination, as described in the Travel Health Notice and/or on the destination page. This includes being up-to-date on all recommended vaccines and practicing appropriate mosquito avoidance.

In case of symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness either during or after travel, travelers are encouraged to seek medical attention and share their travel history with their health care provider.

Coronavirus:  Respiratory Illness

CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. The outbreak first started in Wuhan, China, but cases have been identified in a growing number of other locations internationally, including the United States. 

How it Spreads

Person-to-person spread

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Spread from contact with infected surfaces or objects

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Can someone spread the virus without being sick?

  • People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
  • Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

How easily does the virus spread?

How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained.

The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.

Symptoms

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.  Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure*:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Diagnosis

At this time, diagnostic testing for 2019-nCoV can be conducted only at CDC. State and local health departments will be notified when a person is identified as a person under investigation (PUI).  

Treatment

There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. For severe cases, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions.

People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.

Prevention

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • 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 using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website

For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings.  

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.

Due to the increasing concern about the coronavirus in the United States, Health Services has composed a fact sheet that is attached to this email.  Any students,staff, or faculty should be educated on how to protect yourself, especially if you will be traveling inside or outside of the United States.  The CDC website continues to update the information as it changes. Please review any updated information prior to travel. Please reach out to the Director of Student Health Services with any questions or concerns. 

Ms. Shannon Grove

Director of Student Health Services

sgrove@mtaloy.edu

814-886-6515 or 814-886-6391

Covid 19 Safety