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Covid Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Safe on the Summit Plan

(UPDATED 1.5.2021)
At a time when things are changing rapidly around the globe, we understand that providing you with accurate and up-to-date information is important. We also understand that these rapid changes mean that new questions will arise and we will continue to update this page as needed.

CSU’s response team is actively monitoring information and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. We will be updating this page as new information becomes available. The health and safety of our students, employees and the greater community is paramount.

Thank you for your prayers and patience as we work together to navigate this unique time together.

For additional questions and concerns not addressed here, please email

CSU COVID-19 updates:

General Questions

Q: Is the university closed?
A: No. Regular hours remain Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. On-campus classes will begin for the spring semester on Monday, January 18, 2021.

Q: What can I do to protect myself?
A: Please find information from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention as well as the “Health and Safety Resources” tab.

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 see the “Health and Safety Resources” tab 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 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.

Spring 2021 Questions

Q. What do I need to do before I arrive on campus?
A: Please read the section “Before I arrive to campus for spring 2021” on the “Student Information” page.

Q. Am I required to take a COVID-19 test before returning for the spring 2021 semester?
A. Yes, students are asked to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result to their resident director via an email from their student email account before returning to campus. However, if after doing their best to obtain a test, a student is still not able to obtain a test, the student must communicate this with his or her resident director and limit activity and travel to only what is essential (quarantine at best) prior to returning to campus at CSU. Please read the section “Before I arrive to campus for spring 2021” on the “Student Information” page for full details.

Q: What are the requirements I need to know about the test?
A: Type: PCR (rapid response tests are NOT permitted, as they are not reliable enough)
Timeline: Testing should occur five to seven days prior to your return to campus.
Proof: You should provide your resident director proof of a negative test result within seven days of returning to campus. You should send your RD proof of that negative test result through an email from your student email account. You will not be permitted to return to campus without providing this negative test result. (Exceptions are made for those who cannot obtain a test; please read the section “Before I arrive to campus for spring 2021” on the “Student Information” page for full details.)

 Q: Where can I find options for testing?
While there are many options that may vary by location, you can consider these options:

  • Pennsylvania residents can call Geisinger’s COVID hotline (570.284.3657) to see if there is a testing location nearby
  • Search for local PCR COVID-19 testing sites near you
  • Order one online to test yourself at this FDA approved site:

Q: Why are we starting later and replacing spring break with multiple shorter breaks?
The later start date allows you enough time to complete the recommended two weeks of limited travel and/or self-quarantine time after you’ve celebrated Christmas and New Year’s Day. Spring break is typically considered a high-risk recreational travel time; to be wise in an effort to keep our students and community safe, this longer break will be replaced with multiple shorter breaks. Students will still enjoy periodic days off from classes during the spring semester.

Q. How does the PA Department of Health statement from November 17, 2020 affect me?
A.  CSU leadership is working with health and legal experts along with leaders from other universities in Pennsylvania to get clarifications on how the recent PA DOH announcement specifically affects universities and their students. You can refer to the PA Department of Health site FAQs to get further information.

Academic Questions

Q: What will my course schedule look like?
A: All of your residential courses will be delivered in a hybrid format, combining face-to-face and remote instruction. For each three-credit class, two hours of instruction each week will be in the classroom, and one hour each week will be delivered remotely. (You can find your course schedule through your student Portal.) This will reduce the face-to-face time for each class by using remote tools to insure high-quality instruction. It also allows us to utilize our classroom space to the fullest extent while we practice the recommended in-classroom physical distancing.

Q: What happens with my academic responsibilities if I become infected with COVID-19 or have to self-quarantine during this period?
A: Online and residential students, please communicate with your professors if you are physically unable to complete coursework due to COVID-19 or other health issues. They will be sensitive to your health needs and will work with you on a plan related to academics. You also need to contact the Academic Office ( to make them aware of your situation regarding COVID-19 issues you are experiencing. Please find the new COVID-19 Class Attendance policy.

Q. Will we be sent home early and need to switch to campus-wide remote learning again?
A: CSU plans to complete the entire semester on campus as scheduled. However, we cannot predict the future, and issues like this have the potential to remain outside of our control. Therefore, a remote delivery option has been created for each course. This option can be implemented in case remote delivery is necessary for an individual and/or campus-wide at any point in the semester due to COVID-19. Again, we do plan to complete the entire semester on campus as scheduled.

Residential Questions

Q. What do I need to do before I arrive on campus?
A: Please read the section “Before I arrive to campus” on the “Student Information” page.

Q. What will move-in look like?
A: According to guidance from the CDC, a phased approach to student arrival and move-in is recommended. We are able to make small adjustments to our regular move-in approach to help the process go as safely and smoothly as possible. Please find more about the phased-approach move-in dates and what to expect when you arrive on campus to move in on the “Arriving on Campus” section on the “Student Information” page.

Q. Do I need to bring my own health supplies and PPE?
A: You do need to bring face coverings.
You might also want to consider bringing other supplies such as:

  • A digital thermometer (a thermometer will be provided to each student, but you are welcome to bring the thermometer you prefer for your own personal use.)
  • Hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes (sanitizing cleaner is provided in the residence halls, and hand sanitizer will be available in public areas across campus, but consider bringing other items if you would like additional supplies for your residence hall room or your own personal use.)

Q. What will on-campus dining look like?
A: Plans for on-campus dining meet or exceed guidelines set by the CDC, the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Please see details in the “Residence Hall Life” section of the “Student Information” page.

Q. What will residence hall living look like?
A: At CSU, we realize that safely living in community within your suite and residence hall is an important part of the university experience where lifelong friendships are made and valuable mentoring is done. Please see the “Residence Hall Life” section of the “Student Information” page for more.

Q. Can I travel home for the weekend?
A: It’s possible; please see the “Travel and Visitors” section of the “Student Information” page for details.

Q. What will I need to do if I have symptoms or a confirmed case of COVID-19?
A: Please see the “Care and Containment” section of the “Student Information” page. You’ll also want to have a health care plan in place that you’ve discussed with your parents and physician (please see the “Before you Arrive to Campus” section of the “Student Information” page for details).

Miscellaneous Questions

Q: Is everything going to be the same as it was before we left when we return to campus for the fall 2020 semester?
A: Simply put, our world is experiencing differences in many aspects of life due to COVID-19. At CSU, you will notice many proactive ways in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. Some of those changes are physically visible on campus, such as partitions, physical distancing floor stickers and an abundance of hand sanitizer. Your course schedule is different than usual, and you’ll see differences in your on-campus dining, too. Although life at CSU, and life just about everywhere, is looking different than usual, at our core, CSU will remain the same. You will still be welcomed warmly as a part of the CSU family; you’ll still build relationships with friends and mentors, and you’ll still receive high-quality preparation for your career through a Bible-centered education.

Q. Will we still have athletics?
A: CSU participates in NCAA Division III Colonial States Athletic Conference, and we will be following NCAA and CSAC guidelines regarding athletic contests. Announcements regarding athletics will be posted at

Q. With changes to CSAC athletics, will I lose a season of eligibility?
A: No, your eligibility will not be affected by the July 21, 2020, CSAC announcement about suspending the Fall 2020 athletic season.

Q: Will typically held, public on-campus events take place?
A: Updates on events that are typically open to the public will be communicated on the “Event Updates” page as information becomes available.

Q: What will Student Leadership Council activities look like?
A: All non-instructional gatherings will follow guidelines outlined by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Q. When will I need to wear a face covering?
A: Students and employees are expected to follow guidelines in place from the Centers for Disease Control and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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. See below for an email address to send your additional questions.

Additional Questions and Updates

Please email with questions and concerns not addressed here.

COVID-19 updates:

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