guidance for the Saint Francis University community

Coronavirus Updates


University Operating Status


  • Face-to-face classes are scheduled for the 2021 - 2022 academic year.
  • Campus operations have resumed within CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health guidelines (including guidelines surrounding face masks, social distancing, and capacity limits). 
  • The University does not require proof of COVID-19 vaccination from faculty, staff, or students, however, vaccinations are highly encouraged.  Vaccinations are available to campus community members.   
  • Admissions visitors may schedule tours at (814) 472-3100.   
  • Measures are in place that will allow for smaller classes and the ability to be flexible if virus cases emerge.
  • Gatherings may be restricted.  Changes to event formats will be shared with the campus community as plans are finalized.  

Response Plan and Contacts 


Our Fall 2021 COVID-19 Prevention and Response Plan is posted here and answers many questions. If you have a question that is not addressed in the plan, please contact us at and we will assist you.

Strategic Operations Committee 

The Saint Francis University Strategic Operations Committee is comprised of members from across the university and 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.   Members of this committee, Don Miles and Mandy Lasinsky, coordinate with local public health officials on regional plans.  The committee 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 committee will review the response plan weekly in relation to the latest virus developments, the latest guidance from all agencies, and the conditions on campus. 

Case Tracking and Resources

Anyone who has been in close contact with an individual who tests positive will receive official notification along with instructions for precautionary steps to take.  Anonymity for these individuals remains paramount. Please respect their privacy so they can focus completely on their own health


Dashboard Statistics

The Fall 2021 semester has concluded and the Fall 2021 COVID Dashboard has closed. 

The University continues to experience success in managing and mitigating the spread of COVID on campus.  Several vaccine clinics were offered throughout the semester.  Nearly 1400 COVID tests were completed from August 1 - November 30.  The University experienced 36 total positive cases in the Fall semester (1.56% of the total student population).  


Regional Case Tracking Data:

Pennsylvania Department of Health COVID-19 Data 

CDC COVID-19 Data Tracker by County 


Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund


The U.S. Department of Education provides emergency relief funds to institutions of higher education to mitigate the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) provides funding "to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.”