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Safe on the Summit

Updated 5.17.2021

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. 

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. 

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.
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.

An individual commitment to adhere to these guidelines will 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 are asked to follow the Safe on the Summit COVID-19 plan, which is detailed on multiple pages of this section of the website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is the university campus open?
A: Yes! Please see below for more specifics.
Main Campus: Offices are open during regular hours.
Recreation Center: CSU’s Recreation Center is not open to the public. It is open to students, staff and faculty.
Underground Café: The Café will be open to the public during posted hours.
Murphy Memorial Library: The physical library is open, and online resources are always available here. Those who would like to request curbside pickup may email the library.
Prospective Student Visits: Schedule your in-person visit here.

Q. Are residential students required to get a COVID-19 vaccination?
A. No, CSU is not requiring students to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. If Pennsylvania or another official agency requires student vaccinations in the future, CSU will need to abide by those requirements. At this time, the commonwealth and CDC recommend students receive the vaccine, but it is not required.

Q. Are masks required?
A. CSU follows the guidance for masking by the CDC, the PA Department of Health and the PA Department of Education.

Q: What can I do to protect myself?
A: Please find information from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

Q: Can CSU guarantee that I won’t be exposed to or infected by COVID-19 on campus?
A: No community or institution can eliminate all risk of exposure to COVID-19; however, the Safe on the Summit plan uses strategies recommended by the CDC, the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the PA Department of Health as best practices to prevent and limit the spread of COVID-19 on campus. Please follow their current guidelines to learn steps you can personally take to lower your risk.

Q: How can I stay up to date on emerging announcements?
A: General information is posted at ClarksSummitU.edu/coronavirus. Student-specific information will be communicated via Schoology, Remind and/or student CSU email account. Please check all of these regularly.

Q: What is CSU using to create these guidelines?
A. All CSU policies are guided by and comply with recommendations for higher education by the CDC, the PA Department of Health and the PA Department of Education.

Q. I have more questions. What is the plan for…?
A: Because of the unique, rapidly changing nature of COVID-19 and corresponding guidelines, plans can change at any time. Employees and students will follow the recommended guidelines from the CDC, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Department of Education regarding health and safety. For additional questions and concerns not addressed here, please email CoronaResponse@ClarksSummitU.edu.

Event Updates

All CSU events will take place in a way that meets or exceeds guidelines set by the CDC, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Department of Education with the safety of our students, employees and greater community in mind

Prospective Student Visits: Various Opportunities

See if you are a good fit to join the CSU community! Reserve your space here.

Big Blue Sports Day Camp: Basketball: June 28–July 2

Kids entering grades 1–8 hone their skills during a week of fun and learning. Register today.

Teen Leadership Conference & National Youth Ministries Conference: July 12–17, 2021

Teens converge for high-energy learning; while youth leaders grow their ministry skills. Register today.

LYFE Women’s Conference: July 23–24, 2021

Sheila Walsh is keynote speaker, with entertainment by award-winning artist Ginny Owens. Register today.

Big Blue Sports Day Camp: Soccer: August 9–13

Kids entering grades 1–8 hone their skills during a week of fun and learning. Register today.

Man Up! 18-hour Men’s Event: POSTPONED to May 2022

Sports executive Pat Williams, formerly with the Orlando Magic, Chicago Bulls and Philadelphia 76ers, is the keynote speaker. Register today.

Go to CSU’s full event calendar.

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