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Fall 2020 Return to Campus

Welcome to the Fall 2020 informational website. Here, you will find the latest and most important information on what to expect on campus (and more) this fall.  Explore the links below, submit a question if you can't find what you are looking for, and keep visiting for regular updates.

Updates: Week of November 23

Below is a recap of new information added to the website this week.  

Campus Communications
Important campus communications are placed here, including this week's note concerning updates about campus operations and COVID testing instructions for over the holiday break and virtual weeks of term. Read more.

Campus Dashboard
The weekly campus metrics dashboard has been updated (regular updates every Tuesday and Thursday).  Read more. 


Updates: Week of November 16

Below is a recap of new information added to the website this week.  

Campus Communications
Important campus communications are placed here, including this week's note about an the impact of new Pennsylvania Department of Health orders and Allegheny County Health Advisory on our campus community and operations. Read more.

Mask Requirements
The Pennsylvania Department of Health issued an order concerning mask-wearing requirements in Pennsylvania. The details of this order are already incorporated in Chatham's masking protocol. Read more. 

Departing Campus Protocol
Protocols were established detailing how to safely pick up students for the end of the term, and help students moving out. Read more. 

Campus Visitors
The Pennsylvania Department of Health mandated that anyone who visits Pennsylvania from another state must have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to entering the Commonwealth. Read more.

Travel Restrictions
The Pennsylvania Department of Health also issued travel restrictions as a result of which all Chatham students and employees returning from out of state must have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to their return to PA or quarantine for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania. Read more. 

Information for International Students
Quarantine information for international students returning in Spring 2021 has been added here. 

Testing and Contact Tracing
We added an FAQ about how far back Chatham contact traces (48 hours from symptoms) on positive cases. Read more.

Cougars Care
If you've been exposed to coronavirus and tested negative, quarantining may feel like a hassle. We've developed a graphic to show why it's not. Read more. 

Campus Dashboard
The weekly campus metrics dashboard has been updated (regular updates every Tuesday and Thursday).  Read more. 


Updates: Week of November 9

Campus Communications
Important campus communications are placed here, including this week's note which includes information about rising coronavirus cases in Allegheny County and how to stay safe when traveling home at the end of the on-campus term. Read more.

Campus Dashboard
The weekly campus metrics dashboard has been updated (regular updates every Tuesday and Thursday).  Read more. 


Updates: Week of November 2

Departing Campus Protocol
The Departing Campus Protocol has been established. This protocol is to be followed by students in advance of their departure from campus at the end of the on-campus term on November 20, and once they get home. Read more

Campus Communications
Important campus communications are placed here, including this week's note which includes information about the new ChathamU app health screening option. Read more.

Daily Health Screenings
As of October 29, you can perform your daily health screening using a convenient new "at-home" model with the ChathamU app. Limited in-person screenings will be available for visitors or those without access to the app. Read more.

Campus Dashboard
The weekly campus metrics dashboard has been updated (regular updates every Tuesday and Thursday).  Read more. 


 

October Updates

Updates: Week of October 26

Below is a recap of new information added to the website this week. 

Daily Health Screenings
As of October 29, you can perform your daily health screening using a convenient new "at-home" model with the ChathamU app. Limited in-person screenings will be available for visitors or those without access to the app. Read more. 

Campus Communications
Protect yourself and others this Halloween with these safe, socially-distant Chatham events. Read more. 

Testing and Contact Tracing
Students and close contacts who are symptomatic but test negative using the rapid antigen test will now be able to take a PCR test on campus. Read more. 

Campus Dashboard
The weekly campus metrics dashboard has been updated (regular updates every Tuesday and Thursday).  Read more. 


Updates: Week of October 19

Operational Alert Level Change
Effective 5:00 pm Friday, 10/23, Chatham will adjust our campus operational alert level from HIGH back down to RAISED. This means in-person classes can resume the Week of 10.26, the limited activity protocol for residence halls is lifted and there are a number of other operational updates. Read the full details here.

December (Virtual) Commencement
Information was sent out regarding the virtual December Commencement, including steps students need to complete before graduation. Read more

Campus Dashboard
The weekly campus metrics dashboard has been updated (regular updates every Tuesday and Thursday).  Read more. 

Dean's Hour with Academic Affairs & Student Affairs Webinar
On Wednesday, October 21 at 4:00 pm, join this webinar for updates on our COVID-19 response, 10.16 campus alert changes, and what to expect in the coming weeks, followed by a live Q&A. Read more.

Health Screening Locations & Hours
For the week of 10.19, Shadyside Campus daily health screenings are available at the Chapel on Monday thru Friday from 7:00 am to 6:30 pm, and at the AFC on Saturday from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, and Sunday from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm. Eastside and Eden Hall Campus hours and locations have not changed.


Operational Alert Level Change: 10.16.20

Due to this week’s spike in COVID-19 cases, effective at 5 PM, on Friday, October 16th, Chatham is shifting our campus operational alert level from RAISED to HIGH and implementing additional health and safety measures for the Week of 10.19 to help reduce any campus spread, including:

  • Any in-person undergraduate classes on Shadyside Campus, Chatham Eastside, and Eden Hall Campus will shift to virtual delivery beginning 5 PM, Friday, 10.16 running through Sunday, 10.25. 
  •  Residential housing on Shadyside Campus and Eden Hall Campus is being moved to a limited activity protocol beginning 5 PM on Friday, 10.16 running through Sunday, 10.25. This means that residents should should limit their activity outside of their residence to pick up meals at campus dining locations; visit the grocery store or pharmacy; receive medical attention at the doctor or Student Health Services; participate in outside walks and exercise; or for other essential needs. During this time, residents will not be allowed to visit other residence halls and apartments.

Additional details on these and other measures is available at the link below. We encourage all community members to read these important details and communication. 

 Read Details


Updates: Week of October 12

Spring 2021 Plans
Information is available about the spring term, including academic calendar, shelter-in-place protocol, classroom delivery methods, and refund extension period.  Read more. 

Campus Communications
Important campus communications are placed here, including this week's update providing important safety protocols relevant to recent positive cases from the Campus Dashboard.  Read more. 

Campus Dashboard
The weekly campus metrics dashboard has been updated (regular updates every Tuesday and Thursday).  Read more. 


Updates: Week of October 5

Campus Communications
Important campus communications are placed here, including this week's update providing more details and trends on tests and cases from the Campus Dashboard.  Read more. 

Campus Dashboard
The weekly campus metrics dashboard has been updated (regular updates every Tuesday and Thursday).  Read more. 

 


September Updates

Updates: Week of September 28

Testing & Contact Tracing
Sample testing has been expanded to include on-campus resident students (including RAs and GRDs). Read more. 

Campus Dashboard
The weekly campus metrics dashboard has been updated (regular updates every Tuesday and Thursday).  Read more. 


Updates: Week of September 21

Flu Shot Clinics
Details for the flu shot clinics at Chatham Eastside and Eden Hall Campus during the month of October have been added. Read more. 

Dining
Dining services has updated their hours of operation at Shadyside Campus and Eastside, and modified their services, and expanded their offerings. Read more. 

Campus Dashboard
The weekly campus metrics dashboard has been updated (regular updates every Tuesday and Thursday).  Read more. 


Updates: Week of September 14

Academics
With state and county-level event restrictions still in place, Chatham’s December Commencement will be held as a virtual event on December 11, 2020. Read more. 

Campus Services & Hours
The Jennie King Mellon Library has introduced a new reservation system for physical visits.  
Read more. 

Campus Dashboard
The weekly campus metrics dashboard has been updated (regular updates every Tuesday and Thursday).  Read more. 


Updates: Week of September 7

What to Do If Sick or a Close Contact
Pleaser remember to continue following these important health protocols:
  • For everyone:
    • Wear your mask, stay physically distant and wash your hands regularly.
    • If you are feeling sick, stay home from school and/or work.
  • For students:
    • If displaying symptoms of COVID or if you have been identified as a close contact of someone positive for COVID-19, stay home and contact Student Health Services to schedule a rapid test (this is open to all students, including commuters).
    • If you receive a test off-campus, be sure to report that you received a test (and again later when you receive your results) to Student Health Services.
  • For employees:
    • If displaying symptoms of COVID or if you have been identified as a close contact of someone positive for COVID-19, stay home and contact your medical provider and/or follow the instructions of contact tracers for testing.
    • Contact Human Resources to report that you received a COVID test (and again later when you receive your results).

For more detailed instructions and frequently asked questions on these health protocols, please visit the What To Do If Sick or Close Contact webpage on our COVID Informational website. 

Campus Communications
Please read the all-campus email from 9.10 concerning the Campus Dashboard update and Chatham’s first positive case. Read here.

Campus Dashboard
The weekly campus metrics dashboard has been updated (regular updates every Tuesday and Thursday).  Read more. 
 
Flu Shot Clinics
The Flu Shot Clinics page has been updated, with more information about the flu shot and an FAQ section. Read more. 
 

Testing and Contact Tracing
Chatham has expanded testing to include select community groups in order to identify asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic individuals. Read more.  

Dining
The Dining page has been updated, including more information about mobile ordering and ordering groceries. Read more.

August Updates

Updates: Week of August 31

Study Abroad
Due to continuing travel advisories and restrictions, Chatham Study Abroad is cancelled for the Spring 2021 term.  Read more. 

Campus Dashboard
The weekly campus metrics dashboard has been updated (regular updates every Tuesday and Thursday).  Read more. 

Dining Hours
A link to the latest dining hours by location (located on MyChatham) has been added to the Dining page.  Read more. 

Events Update
The events policy has been updated to allow small religious or commemorative outdoor ceremonies with approval and restrictions.  Read more. 

Campus Communications
Important campus communications are placed here, including this week's reminder on potential Travel Restrictions for the Labor Day holiday.  Read more. 


Updates: Week of August 24

Campus Testing Instructions
We added information about how and where students can get tested on campus if sick or a close contact of a COVID case. Read more. 

Campus Dashboard
The weekly campus metrics dashboard has been updated (regular updates every Tuesday and Thursday).  Read more. 

Commuter Resources
We've pulled together resources for commuters including information on where to study, eat, and socialize. Read more. 

Internships & Student Work
Because of the challenges presented by COVID-19, Chatham is offering additional ways for students to fulfill their internship requirement in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. Read more. 


Updates: Week of August 17 

COVID Campus Dashboard
This Dashboard compiles several of the metrics, including the number of tests and positive cases, that Chatham uses to inform our decision-making and campus operations. It is updated weekly. Read more. 

What to Do If . . .
We've developed helpful graphics to tell you what protocols to follow in the event that you feel sick, or if you are told that you are a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Read more. 

Mask Requirements
Find out what you need to know about mask requirements and protocols this year at ChathamU. Read more. 

Campus Services & Hours
We've gathered a list of campus services along with their hours and any required COVID-19-related precautions. Read more.


Updates: Week of August 10

Cost & Aid
We’ve added updated information about refund extensions, and about a ninth semester of financial aid for undergraduates. Read more.

Daily Temperature Screenings
Find out where you can get your daily health check. Read more.

Quarantine & Isolation
Updated protocols for quarantine, isolation, and shelter-in-place. Read more.

Contact Tracing
All students must update their personal information on myPortal by no later than Sunday, August 23rd to make sure their cell phone number is listed in the system. Read more.

Dining
We’ve added more detail about what you can expect around dining on our three campuses. Read more.

Shuttles and Parking
All individuals parking on campus will require a parking permit except where noted, and valet service in the JKM Library parking lot will be available for the time being. Read more.

Meetings & Events
Additional guidelines and protocols for campus social events have been released. Read more


Updates: Week of August 3

Academics
The latest updates about new course delivery options (classroom, online and virtual), making schedule changes, requesting medical academic accommodations, and more. Read more.

Before Coming to Campus (Self-Isolation)
Information on Chatham's encouragement to self-isolate before coming to campus. Read more.

Travel Restrictions
Information on travel restrictions and travel-related quarantine protocols. Read more.

Campus Testing & Contact Tracing
The latest on COVID-19 testing plans in Student Health Services and campus contact tracing. Read more.

Alert Levels and Metrics
Find out about campus operational alert levels, how Chatham is assessing campus risk and key metrics being tracked on the COVID Campus Dashboard. Read more.