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Coronavirus Campus Updates

As part of our ongoing and proactive preventive health measures, Chatham switched to virtual learning in March 2020, and is planning for a return to campus this fall under enhanced physical distancing and other changes. Latest updates below. For information on our Fall 2020 plan, please visit this page.

Fall 2020 Return to Campus

Chatham plans to be back together on campus in the Fall of 2020, with all aspects of the Chatham experience—from academics to athletics, housing and dining to events—operating under enhanced physical distancing and other changes. Please review our Fall 2020 Planning website outlining our planning and strategies for being back on campus, safely.

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Green Phase Reopening (June & July)

Allegheny County moved to the Green Phase in the Governor’s Reopening Plan on Friday, June 5, 2020. The information on this page provides important details for faculty, staff and students regarding Green Phase campus operations during June and July.

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CARES Act (5.8)

Chatham University received $1.16 million in funding for student financial assistance for specific expenses that are a direct result of the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. This funding is separate from financial aid students may receive from Chatham University.

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Student Emergency Fund (3.26)

The Student 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.

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Campus Operations & Services (3.23)

Chatham has shifted to remote work for employees except those delivering critical on-campus services and support that cannot be done remotely. Several campus spaces are closed or offer limited access at this time.

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President Finegold Campus Update (3.20)

A message from President Finegold was sent to the Chatham Community on 3.20.20 to share important updates on the latest status and implementation of social distancing requirements, campus operations and the impact of a recent order by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf.

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Important Commencement Update (3.18)

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.

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Important Housing Update (3.15)

An increasing number of social distancing recommendations and requirements are being implemented by governments and organizations around the country in response to the outbreak of COVID-19.

Given this rapidly evolving situation, Chatham is requiring 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. 

Housing Exceptions

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).

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Virtual Learning at Chatham (3.11)

On March 11, Chatham announced that the University will be switching to virtual learning for the remainder of the term, effective Tuesday, March 17, to allow for a short transition period. In addition, the University is also implementing the following actions:

  • 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 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 cancellation of the Chatham Abroad summer trips to Greece and Costa Rica.
  • Chatham is requiring that resident students who can return home do so by Saturday, March 21. 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.

For more details, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Frequently Asked Questions

For additional information about campus preparedness and answers to commonly-held concerns, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page. If you cannot find an answer to your question, please submit it through our Coronavirus Questions form

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What to Do If You Feel Sick

If you experience cold- or flu-like symptoms, please stay home and rest. It is the regular cold and flu season, so you can still catch the common cold or flu at this time of year.

If your symptoms persist or worsen, you have recently traveled internationally or to an area in the US with an active COVID-19 outbreak, or have been in proximity to a person infected with COVID-19, call your healthcare provider immediately for an initial phone consultation before going to see them. Students should call their Primary Care Physician or UPMC Urgent Care at 412-623-4114. 

Follow the recommendations and next steps provided by your healthcare provider. If any students need transportation assistance, please contact the Office of Student Affairs at 412-365-1286 Monday – Friday from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. or Public Safety at 412-365-1111 after hours and on weekends.

Please contact Chatham University to inform us if you are advised to engage in self-isolation by your healthcare provider. Contact instructions for students and employees are as follows:

  • Students: Please email Dr. Ron Giles, Director of Health Services or call 412-365-1269 (you may also call the Office of Student Affairs at 412-365-1286) 
  • Faculty: Please contact your program director or department chair 
  • Staff: Please contact your supervisor 

COVID-19 Planning Guidance

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) and Pennsylvania Department of Health (PDH) are taking proactive preparedness precautions to help contain the spread and mitigate the impact of COVID-19. The University is following the guidance of these organizations in our efforts and plans concerning this virus.