Fall 2020 Plan Frequently Asked Questions

With the announcement of Kutztown University's Fall 2020 Reopening Plan, there have been questions asked from our community. On this page, we have compiled answers to these questions.  If you have additional questions, you can email University Relations.

Update 9/10/2020

After the rise in positive COVID-19 cases among students over the Labor Day weekend, University Relations and the administration has received some frequently asked question about the university’s plan of action going forward. While we continue to monitor the situation closely over the next few days, we are providing answers below for the FAQs we have received this week.

GENERAL FAQ
  • What is the number of positive cases the university will need to reach before all classes go online?

    The total number of cases is one factor in considering the overall situation. While total cases since August 24th are at 179 (as of 9/10), reported active cases are also considered. Also considered are the resources to serve sick students, number of positive employees, severity of cases and guidance from local and regional health and wellness officials.

  • Have the students who test positive recovered?

    Yes. Most students testing positive have been classified as having a mild case of COVID-19. Their symptoms have been comparable to a “bad cold.” Still, the seriousness of the illness should not be downplayed, and students and employees should follow all health and wellness protocols that are in place. This includes quarantining after exposure, and avoiding anyone with underlying conditions.

  • Is it safe from a health standpoint to be on campus right now given the number of COVID-19 cases?

    We are in regular contact with health and wellness officials, both locally and regionally, regarding the situation on our campus. Safety from the virus cannot be guaranteed anywhere. Students and employees with underlying conditions should make decisions on their in-person attendance, with their health and wellness as a priority. Those of us on campus need to do our part in following all of the protocols that are in place, including communicating with Health and Wellness and quarantining if exposed.

  • How many classes are being taught in person, and how many students are still residing on campus?

    A total of 65 percent of classes are being taught online, either live online at the date and time they are scheduled, or “on-demand” at the time of the student's choosing.  30 percent of classes are hybrid, meaning they meet in-person or online, depending on the day of the week. Five percent of classes are face-to-face. Currently, there are approximately 2,300 students residing on campus.

  • Who will make the decision to move all classes online?

    The President of the university makes the final decision to change classes to online.  President Hawkinson is in consultation daily with our Health & Wellness staff.  The Health & Wellness staff and Pennsylvania Department of Health met as recently as yesterday.

  • If classes go online, would all classes go online?

    There are some courses that are best conducted face-to-face. Every effort would be made to continue to offer those classes face-to-face, with health and wellness as a priority.

  • If classes go online, will campus residence halls be closed for the semester?

    The status of residence halls would totally depend on the status of active COVID-19 cases in the residence halls, and the ability to support the health and wellness of the students, and for the students to support social distancing and health and wellness protocols.

  • If classes go online and residence halls close, will students receive refunds for services not received?

    While there are no details on specifics, a reimbursement plan, similar to what was developed in the spring, would be put in place for the fall.

  • If classes go online, will employees be asked to telework again?

    Since returning to campus fully on August 3, employees have done an excellent job with health and wellness protocols. At this time, there are no plans to move to teleworking for employees who are currently working on campus.

  • When will the outdoor basketball courts reopen?

    The outdoor basketball courts were closed during the first week due to overcrowding.   Recreational Services is considering possibilities for capacity limits for outdoor facilities, including the outdoor basketball courts. No timeline has been set. Students are encouraged to practice social distancing, even when outdoors and off campus.

  • Will intercollegiate athletic practices resume this fall?

    Athletic practices were set to begin September 8th, but were postponed due to rising COVID-19 cases. The Athletic administration and Sports Medicine are reviewing the situation on a week-by-week basis, and could allow practices to begin in the weeks or months ahead. As always, the health and wellness of the student-athletes, coaches, and entire campus will be the determining factor.

Previously posted FAQs

FOR STUDENTS
  • What should students do if they are experiencing COVID-like symptoms?

    Students experiencing COVID-like symptoms should contact KU Health and Wellness Services, Beck Hall, for examination and testing at 610-683-4082. The hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. All students will need to call for an appointment. There will be no walk-in appointments this semester. When Clinical Services is closed, please contact Public Safety and Police Services at 610-683-4001 for immediate assistance. If you have an emergency off campus, call 911. If a student is advised to quarantine or isolate due to possible COVID-19 exposure, tests positive for COVID-19, or believes they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, they should contact Health and Wellness Services by phone (610-683-4082) or email (health@kutztown.edu).

  • How will students receive their two cloth masks?

    MASK DISTRIBUTION FOR STUDENTS 
    Every KU student will receive two reusable masks for their use while on campus. On-campus residents will receive their two masks when they move into their residence hall. Commuters and off-campus residents can pick-up their two masks, beginning Monday, Aug. 17, at one of two locations on campus 

    Students will be required to present their KU ID to receive masks. 

    • KU Card Office, 107 Academic Forum
      • Aug. 17-21: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
      • Saturday, Aug. 22: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
      • Sunday, Aug. 23: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
      • Beginning Monday, Aug. 24: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
    • McFarland Student Union
      • Monday, Aug. 24 through Thursday, Aug. 27 
      • Multiple locations outside MSU: 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
      • MSU Info Desk: 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. 


    Beginning Friday, Aug. 28
    , the KU Card Office will be the only location on campus students can receive their masks. If any student needs a new mask during the course of the semester, they can inquire at the KU Card Office (kucard@kutztown.edu). Branded KU facemasks are also available for purchase at the KU Campus Store. 

     

  • Are there any changes to tuition, housing, meal plans and fees?

    For the decreased days students will have available to them on campus, even with the additional expenses to be incurred to open for the fall semester, Kutztown University will provide a 10% discount to students' housing cost, base meal plan cost, Student Union fee, Recreation Center fee and Transportation fee. No changes have been made for tuition. 

     

  • What accommodations will be made for students who have to miss class for medical reason?

    For an extended medical leave of absence, the student or family member should contact Clinical Services (Beck Hall) at 610-683-4082 or health@kutztown.edu. Additionally, all students will be informed that they need to contact their professors directly regarding accommodations and missed classwork, exams and projects. 

  • Can a student opt into all online classes?

    UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
    From August 14-31, students are able to change their schedules by adding and dropping courses through MyKU. Students are urged to check first with their department (search for contact information) prior to making changes to ensure that they are selecting their courses appropriately. 

    Should students desire to make any changes to their schedule, it’s important to keep in mind that they need to maintain full-time status or their financial aid could be impacted.  Full-time status is defined as 12 credits. 

    Students can view online courses offered for the fall in MyKU.

    GRADUATE STUDENTS
    Graduate students are able to make changes to their fall schedule on MyKU.

  • I am high-risk for COVID-19 – what are my options?

    Students identified as high-risk for COVID-19, with concerns about their return to campus, should contact KU’s Office of Disability Services at 610-683-4108 or dso@kutztown.edu to discuss accommodations. 

     

  • Will students need to move out of on-campus housing when KU goes online Nov. 30?

    Yes, residence halls will close at 9 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 25. Students planning on returning to their residence hall for the Spring 2021 semester may leave belongings in the room; however, after the halls close, no student may re-enter until the designated reopening day and time. 

  • Is the fall semester going to be in person?

    Yes, we plan to start the semester in-person, on-campus and end face-to-face instruction Nov. 20. All calendar information is available on the Fall 2020 plan under Academic Calendar. 

  • Will students be able to take labs or other classes that require hands-on learning?

    We currently expect to have in-person classes and labs, etc., with increased mitigation efforts, following social distancing/hygiene requirements. 

  • What is the university going to do about off-campus behavior when it comes to requiring social distancing and following guidelines?

    We encourage our campus community to utilize social distancing on and off campus. While we don’t have the ability to place guidelines for off-campus locations, we strongly encourage our students and employees to practice proper hygiene, as described in our reopening plan, to practice social distancing and self-monitor their personal health. 

  • Will Spring 2021 semester be in-person or online?

    At this time, there have been no changes to the spring semester operation. 

  • Can students move back to campus early if they are recommended to quarantine due to out-of-state travel?

    Students are not able to return to campus early to quarantine. If a KU student has been recommended to quarantine, but has nowhere in Pennsylvania to do so, the university recommends students to quarantine at their home for 14 days prior to their return to KU. 

    If you travel to an identified state, it is recommended that you quarantine for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania. Identified states and full quarantine guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health can be found online. International students have been contacted by the International Admissions and Services Office and should remain in contact with that office regarding plans to return to campus. 

  • Why have some of my classes changed their course modality?

    As professors are approved for teaching accommodations for the fall semester, course modalities may change. Students can view the current state of their fall classes on MyKU. As changes are made, those changes will be reflected on MyKUIf a student wishes to alter their fall schedule, they should contact each of these three areas for assistance: their advisor, department chair and department secretary (search for contact information). Drop and Add will begin August 14. At that time, students can make their own class changes. 

  • I've noticed other schools are moving to online instruction for the fall semester – will this happen at KU?

    At this time, KU is continuing to plan for a face-to-face return to campus this fall semester, with various instructional formats and modalities in place. The university is following all protocols to mitigate COVID-19 risk when students, faculty and staff return to campus. View KU’s Fall 2020 reopening plan at www.kutztown.edu/fall2020. 

  • What cleaning is being done in classrooms?

    Hand sanitizer dispensers and disinfection wipes will be available in each classroom. Students and faculty should wipe desks, keyboards and computer mouse devices before using them. Used wipes should be immediately thrown in the trash can. Classrooms will be cleaned, disinfected and trash emptied daily by custodial staff. In addition, custodial services will regularly clean high touch point surfaces including door knobs/handles.

  • What cleaning will be done in residence hall restrooms?

    Residence hall restrooms will be thoroughly cleaned, disinfected and trash emptied daily. High touch point areas will be disinfected at least twice daily.

  • How will dining facilities be impacted?

    Dining Services' fall semester plans include adjusted hours, required face coverings, capacity limits, touchless payment and the introduction of mobile ordering.  Read the fall dining plan here. 

  • Why are students allowed to have an on-campus roommate during the COVID-19 pandemic?

    KU is following the CDC’s guidance for Living in Shared Housing in regards to on-campus housing, which includes numerous social distancing and hygiene recommendations for residents. We are implementing those precautions on campus and will communicate them to students upon move-in. It is expected that each student will adhere to our guidelines and be respectful of their fellow students and housemates. More information from the CDC can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/shared-housing/index.html

  • How do I request to not return to campus this fall?

    Classes
    From August 14-31, students are able to change their schedules by adding and dropping courses through MyKU. Students are urged to check first with their department (search for contact information) prior to making changes to ensure that they are selecting their courses appropriately. 

    Should students desire to make any changes to their schedule, it’s important to keep in mind that they need to maintain full-time status or their financial aid could be impacted.  Full-time status is defined as 12 credits. 

    Students can view online courses offered for the fall in MyKU.

    Please see the following links if you are experiencing difficulty in adding or dropping a course.  

    Housing
    If you do not plan to live on-campus and are seeking a release from the Residency Requirement, follow the instructions on our housing website (under the Residency Requirement Exception Request Application tab) on how to submit the Residency Exception Request application. If you have any further questions, please reach out to housing@kutztown.edu.

    Meal Plan
    Students may cancel their meal plan prior to, or during the first two weeks of the semester. Students can cancel their Fall 2020 meal plan by contacting KU Dining Services at 610-683-4027 or kudiningservices@kutztown.edu.

  • Are students who are asymptomatic, without known exposure to a person with COVID-19, required to be tested before returning to campus?

    No. According to the CDC, testing of all students, faculty and staff for COVID-19 before allowing campus entry (entry testing) has not been systematically studied. It is unknown if entry testing in IHEs provides any additional reduction in person-to-person transmission of the virus beyond what would be expected with implementation of other infection preventive measures (e.g., social distancing, cloth face covering, hand washing, enhanced cleaning and disinfection). Therefore, CDC does not recommend entry testing of all returning students, faculty, and staff. Learn More.

  • I have a question about housing – who do I contact?

    Housing can be contacted by phone (610-683-4027) or email (housing@kutztown.edu).

  • I have a question about financial aid – who do I contact?
    Financial Aid can be contacted by phone (610-683-4077), email (financialaid@kutztown.edu) or through our new online chat feature (start chat). In addition, Financial Aid FAQ's can be found online.
  • I have a question about bills and payment plans – who do I contact?
    Student Accounts can be contacted by email (studentaccounts@kutztown.edu).

FOR EMPLOYEES
  • What should employees do if they are experiencing COVID-like symptoms?

    Employees experiencing COVID-like symptoms should contact their healthcare provider for diagnosis, testing and/or treatment. If an employee is advised to quarantine or isolate due to possible COVID-19 exposure, tests positive for COVID-19, or believes they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, they should contact Human Resources by phone (610-683-1353) or email (humanresources@kutztown.edu).

  • How will employees receive PPE, including their two cloth masks?

    Staff employees will be issued PPE during July through a department-based order form from the Office of Business Services. PPE on order forms will be delivered to departments to distribute to their employees. Non-instructional departments can request cloth masks, face shields, hand sanitizer and sanitizer wipes. 

  • Do employees need to provide their own PPE?

    The university will supply PPE to all employees. PPE has begun to be delivered to campus and will continue through July. Employees requesting PPE should utilize the department-based order form, sent from the Office of Business Services. If employees return to work before the full allotment of PPE to delivered to campus, employees should contact their supervisor regarding their return to campus. 

  • Can a professor elect all online classes?

    Please review the Human Resources announcement at the following link regarding professors, and all employees, seeking accommodations. 

  • What cleaning is being done in office spaces?

    To minimize entry into offices and possible contamination of surfaces, custodians will not enter offices to collect waste cans. Office occupants are asked to place their waste cans in the corridor outside their offices when leaving at the end of the day of their scheduled pickup. The office waste pickup schedule can be found here. 

  • I've noticed other schools are moving to online instruction for the fall semester – will this happen at KU?

    At this time, KU is continuing to plan for a face-to-face return to campus this fall semester, with various instructional formats and modalities in place. The university is following all protocols to mitigate COVID-19 risk when students, faculty and staff return to campus. View KU’s Fall 2020 reopening plan at www.kutztown.edu/fall2020. 

  • Are employees who are asymptomatic, without known exposure to a person with COVID-19, required to be tested before returning to campus?
    No. According to the CDC, testing of all students, faculty and staff for COVID-19 before allowing campus entry (entry testing) has not been systematically studied. It is unknown if entry testing in IHEs provides any additional reduction in person-to-person transmission of the virus beyond what would be expected with implementation of other infection preventive measures (e.g., social distancing, cloth face covering, hand washing, enhanced cleaning and disinfection). Therefore, CDC does not recommend entry testing of all returning students, faculty, and staff. Learn More.