COVID-19

COVID-19 Reopening Plan

Safe on the Summit

Clarks Summit University previously announced plans to welcome on-campus students for in-person classes as scheduled for the fall 2020 semester, starting August 24. 

As a community of students, faculty and staff who desire to love and care for one another, the CSU family will follow the Safe on the Summit plan that prioritizes the health and safety of one another and the greater Clarks Summit region. The details of that plan are presented on multiple pages in this section of the website, with more information to come.

Our small class sizes, spacious campus, uniquely designed residence halls and our care for one another are already part of the CSU experience. These things give us a head start in being able to follow best-practice health recommendations and guidelines from experts such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Guiding principles:

Our care for students is holistic; it extends to each student’s spiritual, academic, emotional and physical health. We believe residential instruction under caring professors and trusted mentors is the best option to keep our on-campus students on the path to becoming Christ-centered, career-ready graduates.

To accomplish this goal while keeping health and safety a top concern, CSU leadership has created the Safe on the Summit plan to put in place the most responsible and least disruptive strategy. This plan is designed to protect students, faculty, staff and the greater community while delivering the best possible education for our students in a caring environment. 

The plan detailed on these web pages has been created using the guidelines provided by the CDC, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Overview:

  • Safety is a major consideration in our decision to welcome students back to campus.
  • On-campus classes will begin Monday, August 24, 2020. All courses will be delivered in a hybrid format, reducing face-to-face time and implementing physical distancing in classrooms.
  • Monitoring health daily, wearing face coverings in public areas, practicing physical distancing and communicating best preventative practices are all part of the strategy to keep students and employees safe.
  • While the on-campus experience will look different, as does nearly every area of public living during this pandemic, the core of the CSU experience remains: a loving community who points one another toward Christ while delivering high-quality career preparation and a biblical foundation for life through higher education.
  • An individual commitment to adhere to these guidelines will build on that community to keep one another’s best interest in mind and to help us make the CSU campus as safe as possible. All on-campus students and employees will be asked to follow an Individual COVID Responsibilities plan, which will be provided when it is available.

Important information:

  • Please check this section of CSU’s website frequently. Additional or updated information will be posted when it is available.
  • Students will receive consistent communications via their student email accounts, Remind and Schoology with updates and further details; students, please check those platforms regularly.
  • Questions can be directed to CoronaResponse@ClarksSummitU.edu.
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