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Covid-19 Response Planning

It is critically important that we remain open to being adaptable to during these challenging times. Here you will find detailed information on the university's pandemic response that will be updated frequently as state and federal guidelines evolve.

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    Take the pledge: Saint Francis University students, faculty and staff are asked to pledge that they acknowledge the responsibility each of us has in maintaining a healthy campus environment. The pledge document will be available in various locations on campus, or you may print it through the link below and email your signed pledge to

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    Before You Arrive on Campus

    Before your arrival, we recommend that you do the following:

    • Develop a plan to safely quarantine for 14 days prior to your arrival on campus particularly if you are coming from a state with increasing case counts, or feel you may have been exposed to the virus.

    • Make sure you know the rules of our state regarding COVID-19. Review the Pennsylvania state COVID-19 Guidelines including the Universal  Face Coverings requirement and travel recommendations.

    • Pack your face covering, personal thermometer for daily wellness checks, and your favorite sanitizers. 

    • You should be familiar with symptom tracking  and case tracking procedures  on campus.
    • Sign up for Rave Alerts ( ) for wellness check-in and important communications.


    International Student Arrival

    Dear International Students:

    We look forward to your return to Saint Francis University and to our start for Fall.  We know that you have many questions as we all manage the ever changing environment in which we find ourselves, nationally and internationally.  Below are some guidelines for you in planning for your return to campus in Loretto, Pennsylvania. Please keep up-to-date by checking your SFU email frequently from now until your arrival and referencing our informational web pages at and


    1. If you are making travel arrangements, you can arrive any time between August 1 and August 16 (new students arrive before August 12). Arrive in Pittsburgh International or Johnstown airports. 


    1. Email with your flight itinerary and I will email you a link to make a transportation reservation from the airport to SFU. 


    1. All students will be issued a new I-20. New regulations require you to have this new I-20 to get into the United States. The new I-20 will be sent electronically to your SFU email. If you want it sent to another email address, please email me back at


    1. If you arrive between August 1 to August 7, you will be placed into a house off campus for self-quarantine. 


    1. If you arrive between August 8 to August 16, you will go directly to your room in the residence hall and follow strict safety precautions for 14 days.


    1. We are asking all students to self-isolate for 14 days prior to leaving your country. Guidelines for self-isolation will be provided in the COVID-19 Prevention and Response Plan that will be sent to everyone next week and will be available at 


    1. COVID-19 testing will be available and may be required. Test results, after sent to the student, should be sent directly to the student health center (MyHealth@School) by uploading the results onto the student health portal. 


    1. If you have any COVID symptoms once you arrive, you must contact MyHealth@School immediately at (814) 472-3008 or Symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, fever, loss of taste/smell, diarrhea, and sore throat.


    1. Remember, all students must have up-to-date immunizations prior to moving into the residence halls. New students can access the form in your “To Do” Folder in Immunization records must be translated into English. For a list of immunizations, please refer to and “Health and Immunization Requirements”. If you have any issues obtaining vaccinations, contact MyHealth@School at


    Thank you for communicating with us as you travel to the United States and/or back to campus. If you have questions please contact me at for assistance.


    Dr. Renée Bernard

    Dean of Student Success


    Resources for Current Students

    We've been hard at work setting up safety considerations to ease into "normal" face-to-face interactions beginning this summer. Sure things will look different. Daily wellness checks will be a thing. Plus you will see plenty of modifications in the classrooms, dining areas, and residence halls.

    Welcoming Current Students Back - Safely

    Guidelines for Summer Students Returning for In-Person Instruction 

    Guidance on How to Wash Your Cloth Face Covering - An Important Step to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

    Welcoming New Students - Safely

    The  safety considerations in the above link will be used across campus, although generally new students will not receive private rooms.  Housing assignments will be made by the Office of Residence Life throughout the summer. If you have questions you may call 814-472-3029.

    Flexibility is Key

    Some decisions regarding campus protocols may come closer to the beginning of the semester as we must remain flexible and prepared to adjust to the changing trajectory of the virus and government mandates.  Updates will be provided on this page as well as through emails and RAVE alerts.


    Important Links for your Health


    Resources for Employees

    Daily Wellness Check-in and Other Guidance

    During the phased reopening employees will report for a daily wellness check-in at Stokes before reporting to work. 

    Personal Workspace Disinfecting

    We all need to play our part in making sure COVID-19 stays away from campus. The cleaning team uses Quat-Stat 5, a chemical that disinfects surfaces from COVID-19 in daily cleaning. Each department will also receive their own Quat-Stat 5 spray bottle to keep campus extra clean.      

    CARES Act: Public Reporting of Funds

    CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Statement

    Saint Francis University has applied for and received CARES Act funding from the U.S. Department of Education. 

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    COVID-19 State & Federal Information

    More information about the coronavirus as well as guidance on prevention and travel can be found at the following resources:


  • Fall 2020 Schedule

    (earlier start and end dates)

    • New Student Check-in, August 13
    • Returning Student Move-in,  August 16
    • First Day of Classes,  August 17
    • Mass of the Holy Spirit,  August 20
    • Last Day of Classes, November 20
    • Final Exams, November 21-25 (including Saturday) 

    Francis Worldwide

    • Module I August 17 - October 11
    • Module II October 5 - November 29

  • Covid 19 Updates

  • Contact Us

    The university is in the final review phase of our COVID-19 Prevention and Response Plan. In the meantime, we know that you have many questions surrounding our return to campus. Please feel free to submit your questions here and we will get them to the appropriate university resource. 

    Submit Your Questions

  • University Pandemic Response Team

    To inform the leadership teams of the university, the Saint Francis University Pandemic Response Team was formed to bring together representative members of our community.  Members of this committee, Don Miles and Mandy Lasinsky, coordinate with local public health officials.  The Team is charged with continuously reviewing the guidance from federal, state and local authorities, as well as the conditions on campus, in the local community, state and nation.  The Team serves as an advisory board to the university’s leadership team on issues related to, but not limited to, the resumption and suspension of face-to-face instruction and residential living.  The Team will review the response plan weekly in relation to the latest virus developments, the latest guidance from all agencies and the conditions on campus.