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Coronavirus Updates: FAQ

If you do not see your question here or on the main updates page, check back soon as new FAQs are being added regularly. You can also submit a question at our Coronavirus Questions form. 

Housing & Dining on Campus

On March 15th, Chatham requested that all remaining resident students who can return home do so by Saturday, March 21. We feel this is the best decision to support the health of our students and others as this public health emergency continues to unfold each day.

We know that, for a variety of reasons, some students cannot return home. Students that have extenuating circumstances and may not be able to leave immediately, if at all, should complete the Spring 2020 Resident Exemption Form no later than Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

We know that, for a variety of reasons, some students cannot return home. Students that have extenuating circumstances and may not be able to leave immediately, if at all, should complete the Spring 2020 Resident Exemption Form no later than Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

The following criteria will be considered for students permitted to remain living on campus at this time:

  1. Out-of-state student who may need more time to get home and/or needs to remain on campus until the end of term
  2. A student who faces housing insecurity
  3. A student who lives with someone in an at-risk population for COVID-19 and does not wish to risk exposing that member of their household
  4. Students who need housing for student teaching or internships
  5. International students (Note: we plan to offer international students who are planning to return next year the option to stay on campus over the summer at our reduced summer rates).

Those who are approved to remain on campus will be notified by 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, and the following will apply:

  1. You are likely to be required to relocate to an apartment on lower campus within the next two weeks (because each unit has its own bathroom, these will offer the best chance to contain any spread of the virus).
  2. No outside guests are allowed in the apartments/residence halls until further notice.
  3. Dining and other campus facilities and services may operate on a limited schedule.

Chatham is finalizing the details to pro-rate student housing and meal plans for any student who decides to move home based on the date a resident completes the check-out process. This includes those who already moved out following the initial transition to virtual learning.

The exact amount a resident is pro-rated varies individually based on the date they check out of housing and upon the student’s specific situation with respect to Federal aid since some refund may be refunded directly to Federal agencies. Additionally, for meal plans several factors are utilized to determine the meal plan pro-rate amount, which not only include the resident’s check-out date, but also how much flex they have utilized this term and the meal plan they selected.

Residents who check out of housing will have their housing and meal plans pro-rated and handled based on the following criteria:

Returning Students

Any student who is not graduating at the end of this term will have the pro-rated amount for housing and meal plan applied to the Fall 2020 semester.

Graduating Students or Students Not Returning for Fall 2020

Any student who is graduating, transferring, or withdrawing, and therefore not returning to Chatham in the Fall 2020 term, will have the pro-rated amount refunded to them unless they have an outstanding balance on their student account. Refunds will be calculated and issued in accordance with Federal Financial Aid regulations, as appropriate.

The pro-rated amount cannot be determined until a resident student has checked out of housing. Additionally, only students who elect to return home and check out of housing are eligible to have their meal plan and housing pro-rated if they complete the move-out process by March 21, 2020 (unless approved for an extension).

Chatham University will provide partial refunds to students who purchased Spring 2020 Shadyside campus parking permits.  Since the campus closure triggered 1-½ months of parking that was not used, a refund of $54.38 will be processed for each student who had purchased a Spring 2020 parking pass.  The credit will be applied to the student account. Similar to housing and meal plan, refunds will be issued to graduating or non-returning students, with credits applied to the Fall 2020 account balance for all others.  

Questions can be directed to the Office of Student Accounts at StudentAccounts@chatham.edu. 

All students who are returning home must follow the check-out process as outlined below. Chatham has finalized the details and will pro-rate student housing and meal plans for any student who decides to move home based on the date a resident completes the check-out process. This includes those who already moved out following the initial transition to virtual learning. 

Check-Out Procedures

  • Remove all personal belongings from your room/apartment prior to returning your keys and checking out
  • Clean your room; mop/sweep/vacuum all floors in your room, suite, or apartment and return it as best as you can to the condition you found it in when you moved in
  • Remove all personal perishable items you have in your refrigerator
  • If you have a rented MicroFridge, please unplug the unit, open the doors, and allow it to defrost
  • Remove and dispose of any trash resulting from your move-out to the dumpsters
  • Lock your room, suite, or apartment door
  • Return your room and mailbox key to the Office of Residence Life or an RA in a marked envelope with: your name, room number, building location, and mailbox number. NOTE: The Office of Residence Life maintains a drop box location located outside the main door of the Carriage House for residents who need to check out after hours)

Once a resident completes a check out, their room should be free of belongings and/or trash. Any resident who leaves items behind will be charged and items will be discarded per the Terms and Conditions of Residency. The Office of Residence Life will be open this coming weekend, with office hours from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday – Saturday. Outside of these hours, Residence Life staff is available to respond and can be reached at 412-951-0003.

After you have checked out, Residence Life staff will complete an inspection of your living space. During this inspection, staff will record any damages and compare notes with the Room Condition Report we have on file for you. We will assess the cost of replacing or repairing items to the residents of a particular room, unless an individual responsibility can be established. The Office of Residence Life will communicate any damage charges with residents through email after the check-out inspection within the next few weeks.

Anderson Dining Hall and Eden Hall dining services are open under modified hours and services. For up to date information, please visit our Coronavirus: Campus Info page.

On-Campus Services

In response to new county and state-wide social distancing requirements calling for remote work arrangements for as many organizations and employees as possible, Chatham has shifted to remote work for employees except those delivering critical on-campus services and support that cannot be done remotely. 

This shift will require an adjustment of services, hours and access to campus buildings to meet these new requirements. Hours and services may change as Chatham monitors the health situation, student utilization, and receives any updated guidance from public health officials.

On-Campus & Remote Services

Positions and services that will offer on-campus support at this time, include:

  • Residence Life (on-call staff)
  • Dining Services
  • The Bookstore
  • Office of Academic and Accessibility Resources (OAAR)
  • The Post Office
  • The Copy Center (print jobs by request only)
  • The Business Office (key divisions)
  • Human Resources
  • Public Safety
  • Helpdesk and other key IT functions
  • Facilities & Housekeeping

Please check with individual departments for any modified campus hours or procedures.

All other University offices will be providing services remotely via telephone, Zoom meeting and e-mail with some limited on-campus presence until March 20 and then as-needed or when the county and state guidelines change.

Campus shuttles will run normally from March 16 to Friday, March 20. Following this timeframe, shuttle services and schedule will be adjusted for future days and weeks.

Several spaces will be closed or offer limited access for the next two weeks, including:

  • Athletic & Fitness Center is closed to recreational activities for two weeks.
  • Carriage House: The 24/7 lounge will remain accessible for you to enjoy. There is a printer, TV, and lounge furniture. Please remember that no more than 20 people should gather in the space. All other Carriage House areas–Main Lounge, Game Room, and Conference Room–will be closed until further notice.
  • The main library areas will be closed at this time

The main library areas will be closed at this time. The 24/7 lab is also closed. 

While working remotely, JKM librarians are eager to continue to support students and faculty during this virtual instruction time period.

Our live, real-time Ask a Librarian chat service and Zoom will allow us to continue to provide reference, instruction and consultation services.

  • The Ask a Librarian chat service—which can accessed on our home page—is staffed:
    • 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Monday –Thursday
    • 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Friday
    • 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Saturday
    • 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Sunday 
  • We will also provide research consultation via Zoom.
  • Note that we have a number of instructional videos that describe basic research, which you can access here, and subject-specific videos located in the appropriate Subject Guide here.
  • If you have any items checked out, hold on to them–due dates are flexible.
  • We will continue to monitor the situation and post information on our home page.

Taking care of our mental health is crucial as we move through this new territory in the coming weeks. With that in mind, Counseling Services will continue to support students.

Appointments & Phone Counseling

At the guidance, of Allegheny County, Counseling Services Office will be closed for in-person sessions March 17-29, 2020.  You are able to call and schedule appointments at 412-365-1282 by leaving a message. All calls will be returned and appointments may be conducted by phone for a short time. Our plan is to reopen for in-person appointments on Monday, March 30, but the situation is evolving rapidly. We recognize that we may need to continue to serve students differently as Chatham transitions to virtual instruction for the duration of the semester. If you need to talk with someone immediately, please remember that resolve Crisis Services has a 24-hour hotline 1-888-7-YOU-CAN (1-888-796-8226) and a Drop-in crisis center at 333 North Braddock Ave.; Pittsburgh, PA 15208.

New Service: TalkCampus

In addition, we are excited to announce a 3-month trial of the virtual campus support network, TalkCampus. This is an online, anonymous support community that will allow you to interact with peers, trained volunteers, and professional staff. TalkCampus is available 24/7 and can be used to chat with others about everything from procrastinating to COVID-19 to mental health challenges. The app also offers the option to set your own trigger filters to block you from viewing posts with certain keywords. TalkCampus is monitored in real time so if you are in crisis, you’ll get individual attention quickly. Download and begin using TalkCampus today.

In light of the move to virtual classes, we know students will be adjusting to this new mode of learning. Counseling Services will offer Zoom workshops in the coming weeks on time management, stress management, and more. Be on the lookout for offerings starting the week of March 30th and through the rest of the semester.

Student Emergency Fund

Finally, Chatham is aware that being asked to leave campus earlier than originally planned may be a cause of stress and financial hardship for some students. We would like to remind students that you may apply for assistance with essential needs related to move out expenses through the Student Emergency Fund, as outlined here. If you have questions related to the application process, please email and someone from Student Affairs will get back to you as soon as we are able.

The following cleaning and sanitation measures have been implemented: 

  • Chatham's custodial staff has increased and enhanced sanitization and cleaning of all surfaces and touch points across campus. 
  • Cleaning frequencies are being increased in public gathering areas across campus.
  • Cleaning supplies and wipes have been distributed to various academic buildings, dining locations, and residence halls for community use.
  • An additional 60 hand sanitizer dispensers have been installed (or are being installed) across campus in high-traffic areas.

If you see a space on campus that you feel needs cleaning, please email Facilities Services.

Student Emergency Fund

The Chatham University Student Emergency Fund is provided through the generous donations of University students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members.

This aid is for limited, short-term, financial assistance when students are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses because of temporary hardship related to an emergency situation. Some funds are counted as income and are subject to federal taxes. Funds may also be loaned to students with repayment plans less than twelve (12) months in duration to be determined at the time funds are approved.

The Emergency Fund is reserved for short-term assistance in emergency situations. Given the nature of the current COVID-19 crisis, requests related to loss of resources and employment due to shutdowns of a number of businesses is the most common emergency situation.

Other examples of emergencies could include (but are not limited to):

  • Apartment or House Fire
  • Death of a Relative / Family Member / Friend / Student or Former Student
  • Life Stressor or Family Emergency Impacting a Student’s Campus Life
  • Sexual Assault, Interpersonal Violence or Stalking
  • Natural Disaster
  • Injury or Illness

There are a range of incidents that may incur financial hardships. Typical expenses that may be covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Medications/Prescriptions or costs related to medical care
  • Assistance with rent or utilities due to an emergency situation
  • Travel arrangements to attend funeral services
  • Books, fees or other school-related expenses
  • Safety related needs (i.e. changing a lock on vehicle or home)
  • Replacement of personal belongings due to theft, robbery, accidents, fire or natural disaster
  • Vouchers for temporary food assistance
Applicant must be a currently enrolled student at Chatham University and have temporary financial hardship resulting from an emergency situation. Applicants must pursue all other forms of assistance and determine those to be insufficient or unavailable. Applicants must be able to provide sufficient documentation of financial hardship. If approved for a loan, a Promissory Note will be required.
Please submit the application through WuFoo at this link. Someone from the Office of Student Affairs will be in touch to confirm receipt and provide follow-up information.
You will receive confirmation of your approval from the Office of Student Affairs. At this time, we will ask you to confirm how you would like to receive the funds. Please monitor your Chatham email after submitting an Emergency Fund request and be responsive to help us process your request quickly.
There are a few options available for disbursement of Emergency Funds. If you are still currently housed on a Chatham campus, we can provide funds to your Cougar Dollars that will allow you to purchase food and groceries from Parkhurst. In most scenarios, funding will be issued as a check mailed to the address you provided on your application. Please carefully check this address for accuracy.
Due to the current national economic climate around COVID-19, there is an expedited process for processing applications in the amount of $250. That said, staff are working remotely, and check requests are processed on a weekly basis. You can expect an average turnaround of 1-2 weeks, depending on whether follow-up information is needed before we can process your request.
We understand that financial strain is likely to be significant for many students and more funds may be needed. This temporary limit allows us to assist a larger number of students. You will receive an extensive list of local and national resources for support related to COVID-19 loss of employment when you submit your application. In addition, you may submit an appeal for additional emergency funds 10 days after your initial approval.

Academics, Student Employment & Internships

Chatham announced that the University will be transitioning all face-to-face classes to virtual instruction formats for all on-campus classes for the remainder of the spring semester.

To provide time for the Schools, Deans and faculty to complete this transition, the University will suspend all classes Thursday, March 12 through Monday, March 16. Most classes will resume in the new virtual learning protocol on Tuesday, March 17. Existing online classes will operate as normal. 

Labs in the sciences and health sciences, problem-based learning classes and creative studio classes are cancelled March 16-20 and will resume in their new virtual format on Monday, March 23. This also now includes Pathways-to-Nursing students at UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing. 

Students involved in clinical placements and internships will continue at this time and should follow the protocols of their program site. If their program site status changes, inform your advisor.

More details will be provided by individual faculty members and the University over the coming days and weeks as they become available and the transition is implemented. 

Yes. Recognizing that the uncertainty of this unprecedented situation can be a source of significant anxiety, and to help decrease stress and facilitate your continued academic success, the University is adopting a significant level of flexibility in course grading for this semester as detailed below. 

Graduate Course Grading

Graduate courses will continue with their current grading systems (either pass/fail or grading scale). However, Chatham recognizes that there may be individual extenuating or exceptional circumstances that arise. Students should work with their course instructor, academic advisor, and/or program director to address any individual concerns regarding courses and grading.

Undergraduate Course Grading (Pass/Fail)
After the conclusion of this term, undergraduate students will be permitted for a limited period of time to convert any of their courses during this Spring 2020 term only from a letter grade basis to a Pass/Fail (P/F) basis.* Courses that are awarded P grades will count toward graduation/degree requirements, will satisfy future course prerequisites, and will not impact a student's GPA. This exception only applies to courses currently in progress and not courses for which a final grade has already been recorded for Spring 2020.


By allowing this change to be made after grades have been assigned, we are enabling students to consider all of their options and have time to contact academic advisors to fully discuss the potential impact of their decisions, including effects on specialized program accreditation, external scholarship eligibility, impact on future educational pursuits (e.g., graduate school, medical school, residency applications), etc. Additional guidance to help you, your faculty, and advisors with this process and decision will be forthcoming.
 
*Courses taken at other institutions may not be able to be converted to Pass/Fail. 

Incomplete Grades

While maintaining instructional continuity is important to your continued academic success, we understand that this challenging situation may pose unforeseen obstacles for students. If completion of a course or courses is temporarily insurmountable for a student, faculty will discuss incomplete (I) grades and completion dates. In those cases, Chatham will do what is necessary to ensure that subsequent completion of those I grades does not result in additional tuition charges for affected students. In addition, and as needed, flexibility will be granted with respect to the disposition of the I grade.
Chatham's existing online programs and courses are running as planned for  current and future academic terms. There are no changes to their delivery method, schedule or curriculum. 

In light of the university’s shift to virtual learning and remote working protocol, there are several considerations concerning student employment positions. These include:

  • If you have job duties that you can perform remotely, contact your supervisor to discuss options. If your supervisor agrees, you may continue your student employment remotely.
  • If your student employment location on-campus is still open and you are staying locally, you may be permitted to work on-campus. As the situation can change rapidly, please check with your direct supervisor prior to reporting to work.
  • If your student position is no longer available due to department or facility closure but you still would like to work, email Career Development. There could be a limited number of other positions available.
  • If none of these options are available, your student employment will not be able to continue. 

We appreciate your patience, flexibility and understanding during this time. Reach out to Career Development if you have other questions or concerns.

Students are encouraged to continue their student internships for the remainder of the term. Below are some considerations for various situations: 

  • If you are staying locally and your internship site is open, you should continue your student internship.
  • If your internship site moves to a remote work situation, you should inquire if you too can work remotely to complete your internship.
  • If your internship site terminates your internship and does not offer a remote option, email Lesli Talley in Career Development.

You are still expected to attend the required internship workshops, which will be held virtually. Regardless of your current internship situation, rest assured that if you have kept up with your internship hours and done the work expected to this point, we will work with you to find a solution.

After an academic review of summer courses, and to comply with Governor Wolf’s stay-at-home order (in effect through April 30, 2020), Chatham will be adjusting the course schedule for classes running between April 27 and June 16 (regardless of term length). All previously scheduled online courses which have sufficient students enrolled, will run as normal.
 
For summer terms and classes running after June 16, a decision on course offerings and delivery format will be made by May 15 based on government and public health directives in place at that time.
 
To review Summer 2020 academic dates, please visit the Academic Calendar on our website. To review scheduled summer classes and/or to register, please visit the Schedule of Courses on my.chatham. The summer schedule will be undergoing updates over the next 10 days to reflect new and revised offerings.
 
If you have questions about specific summer classes, please contact your faculty advisor. If you have general questions about summer courses or other academic considerations, please e-mail AcademicAffairs@chatham.edu. 
 

Events & Athletics

On March 18th, Chatham announced that Spring 2020 Commencement and related activities will be indefinitely postponed as part our efforts to help curb the potential spread of COVID-19.

Our goal moving forward is to create as many opportunities as possible for our graduates to celebrate this occasion and accomplishment. We will finalize and share details, dates and more as they take shape around the following:

  • An August Commencement ceremony and related activities
  • Inviting Spring 2020 graduates who cannot attend in August to participate in the Spring 2021 Commencement ceremony and activities
  • Digital/virtual recognition and celebration opportunities for graduates in April & May

Read the Full Announcement

Students that placed requests for regalia on the Herff Jones portal have not yet paid for their regalia. We are not requiring students to complete payment for their request if they will no longer need it. 

For those who do want to purchase their regalia and have it shipped, it can be done online at the link below. Students can pay and provide shipping information on the Chatham Bookstore website; however, due to COVID-19, the products have been delayed. Orders will be shipped out when the merchandise is received from Herff Jones. 

For orders of regalia and/or nursing pins, please click here.

For orders of alumni apparel and gifts, please click here.

Questions can be emailed to the Chatham Bookstore or call 412-365-1661. 

On March 11, Chatham announced that the University is implementing the following actions to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19:

  • The cancellation of all campus events larger than 20 people until Friday, April 17, 2020.
  • Asking all departments and campus groups to suspend on-campus meetings for groups larger than 20 or more participants and/or shift to a virtual meeting whenever possible.
  • All Chatham varsity sports are cancelled, including games and practice for teams currently in-season and those teams in spring training, following The President's Athletic Conference (PAC) decision to indefinitely suspend all PAC athletics.

To help limit and reduce the potential spread of COVID-19, the NCAA made the unprecedented decision on March 12 to cancel the remaining winter and spring championships, including March Madness.

Given the NCAA announcement, the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) determined yesterday that it is in the best interest of the health and safety of students, faculty, staff and campus communities to indefinitely suspend all varsity athletic activities at PAC schools, effective immediately.

At Chatham, this means that beginning March 13, all varsity sports are cancelled, including games and practice for teams currently in-season and those beginning spring training. 

If you have questions, please email Leonard Trevino, Director or Athletics, or call him at 412-365-1650.

The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) issued new guidance on March 13 strongly encouraging residents to avoid recreational gyms for 14 days as a measure to mitigate the potential for local spread of COVID-19 in the community.

Based on this new health guidance, Chatham will close the Athletic & Fitness Center (AFC) to recreational activities beginning Saturday, March 14 for 14 days. Offices are still open for employee use, and Chatham will revisit this based on guidance from ACHD in 14 days.

Travel Restrictions at Chatham

Following the guidance of the CDC, Chatham has implemented a 14-day at-home self-isolation for anyone who has recently returned from a country with a CDC Level 3 Travel Warning for a COVID-19 outbreak. 

If you have recently traveled to one of these countries (even if not feeling sick), please complete our online form or email Dr. Ron Giles, Director of Student Health & Wellness, or call 412-365-1269 to report your travel and receive instructions on next steps if not already provided when returning to the US.

In addition: 

  • All University-sponsored and funded international travel and domestic airline travel for staff, faculty and students is suspended until April 17, 2020. Limited exceptions for essential travel may be granted by a departmental Vice-President.
  • The Chatham Abroad summer trips to Greece and Costa Rica in May have been cancelled. 

Please email Jen Hoerster, AVP of Finance & Administration, or call 412-365-1145 to discuss the process and steps for cancelling any University-related trips.

On March 11, it was announced that the Chatham Abroad field experiences to Greece and Costa Rice scheduled for May have been cancelled.

Effective March 13, all current and upcoming University-sponsored (or affiliated) study abroad has been suspended and students abroad have been recalled. Chatham has a small number of students who were or are studying abroad, and Chatham is actively assisting students to return home who are not yet home.

Following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Chatham has implemented a 14-day self-isolation for anyone who has recently returned from a country with a CDC Level 3 Travel Warning for a COVID-19 outbreak. 

If you have recently traveled to one of these countries (even if not feeling sick), please complete our online form or email Dr. Ron Giles, Director of Student Health & Wellness, or call 412-365-1269 to report your travel and receive instructions on next steps if not already provided when returning to the US.

Health, Hygiene, & Prevention

Social distancing is an evidence-based public health practice to mitigate the spread of viruses. Per the latest public health guidelines, we encourage members of the Chatham community to avoid large public gatherings/events and continue to follow standard wellness practices, such as:

  • Frequent handwashing (20 seconds with soap and water) along with use of hand sanitizer
  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue and then throw the tissue away; if you do not have a tissue, cough into the crook of your elbow
  • Do not shake hands if you’re sick or fear others may be
  • Avoid sharing personal items such as utensils, water bottles, or beauty products
  • Do not travel to countries currently under CDC Level 3 travel warning for a COVID-19 outbreak
  • Stay home when sick and avoid others who are sick
  • If feeling sick, follow the steps as outlined here on our updates page 

 

Following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Chatham has implemented a 14-day self-isolation for anyone who has recently returned from a country with a CDC Level 3 Travel Warning for a COVID-19 outbreak.   

Self-isolation is an agreement to remain at home and not go to work or school while monitoring health for 14 days. People in self-isolation may never show any signs of sickness and this is done as a precautionary measure. 

Below are some suggested guidelines to follow whether on campus or not:

  • Stay in a space with access to your own room and bathroom.
  • Practice social distancing of 8 feet if others are in the household with you. 
  • Do not go to class, work or participate in any public activities. 
  • Do not allow visitors. 
  • Take your temperature twice a day and monitor your health. 
  • Call your healthcare provide immediately if you become sick and follow their advice. If you do not have a health care provider, you can call UPMC Urgent Care at 412-623-4114.
The CDC reports that patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection have flu-like symptoms ranging from mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 (coronavirus), so the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this and other flu viruses. All members of the Chatham community should continue to follow standard wellness practices, such as:

  • Frequent handwashing (20 seconds with soap and water) along with use of hand sanitizer
  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue and then throw the tissue away; if you do not have a tissue, cough into the crook of your elbow
  • Do not shake hands if you’re sick or fear others may be
  • Avoid sharing personal items such as utensils, water bottles, or beauty products
  • Do not travel to countries currently under US State Department Level 3 travel warning for a COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Stay home when sick and avoid others who are sick
  • If feeling sick, follow the steps outlined here

The CDC has also issued interim guidance for preventing COVID-19 from spreading to others, and implemented a self-isolation policy and travel restrictions for those returning from Level 3 travel warning countries (along with guidance for lower level travel alerts). Links to these are below:

Cases of the new coronavirus continue to climb around the world and in the United States. In the midst of these uncertain times, it’s important that we come together to protect each other and the most vulnerable populations in our communities. 
 
While the situation is still evolving, currently available data shows that, like the flu, COVID-19 poses a much higher risk to the elderly population and people with underlying medical conditions (such as heart and lung diseases, diabetes, and immune-suppressing conditions). Combined with the fact that we are in the midst of a very active traditional cold and flu season, public health officials (and Chatham) are implementing policies and guidance that are intended to keep ourselves and, critically, the most vulnerable around us healthy.
 
For more information on how to prevent the spread of coronavirus, please visit this page.
If you experience cold- or flu-like symptoms, please stay home and rest. It is still the regular cold and flu season, so you can also still catch the common cold or flu at this time of year. Follow these What To Do If Sick guidelines, and be sure to communicate with your advisor and professors accordingly. 

The CDC and local health officials continue to review and issue updated guidance on who should be tested. For this information, please visit their website.

If you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath, within 14 days after travel from an impacted region, or have had close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, please contact your healthcare provider and mention your recent travel or close contact.  Your provider will use the most recent guidance from local, state, and federal authorities to determine if you need to be tested.

Testing when not clinically indicated diverts essential resources from where they are most needed. Only a healthcare professional can make the determination if you need testing at this time.

If your roommate is sick or becomes sick, it is important to remember that it may just be a cold or traditional flu and not COVID-19. Only a health professional can make that determination based on the risk factors outlined on our Coronavirus Updates webpage and through consultation and testing.

Everyone should take the usual precautions they would normally implement if your roommate has a cold or flu, including:

  • Maintain a distance of three to six feet between you and your roommate.
  • Limit personal contact by avoiding shaking hands and having direct physical contact with your roommate and their personal belongings.
  • Clean your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer frequently, and after any contact, you have had with your roommate.
  • Don’t share towels or personal belongings.
  • Avoid touching your face with your hands, unless you have thoroughly washed them or used an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Practice routine cleaning procedures listed above.
  • Ask the roommate to use separate dishes, cups, pens, and any other commonly shared items.
  • Maintain your immune system by getting plenty of rest and enjoying your usual activities.