Coronavirus Information and Resources

Official updates from HU regarding the current status of the
COVID-19 virus and its impact on the university

Coronavirus Information and Resources

Official updates from HU regarding the current status of the
COVID-19 virus and its impact on the university

Emergency
Notification System

Frequently Asked Questions

What you need
to know

What to do if you
are sick

Official Statement

Coronavirus Update for the Harrisburg University Community

July 24, 2020

Announcement to all HU Employees: Fall 2020 Undergraduate Schedule

Since its outbreak in early 2020, Harrisburg University has actively monitored the trends, developments, and science of COVID-19 with one primary concern in mind: keeping the HUCommunity safe and healthy. Throughout the past several months, this has required us to make difficult decisions in what are truly unprecedented times.

After multiple discussions among leaders of the HU Community, as well as reviewing a wide range of options being considered by other universities, HU has decided that all undergraduate classes will be delivered online for the Fall 2020 semester. No face-to-face sessions will be held and no student access to HU classrooms or facilities will be provided. Limited students will be offered housing if personal circumstances would curtail their ability to learn online. Additionally, in order for a small set of senior students to meet graduation requirements, plans are being developed to allow limited access for a concentrated period of time to HU laboratories consistent with CDC and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania COVID-19 guidelines. Additional information will be posted in the near future regarding logistics for the Fall 2020 semester. Please continue to monitor HU’s COVID-19 webpage for news and developments: https://covid.harrisburgu.edu/.

Consequently, most HU employees will continue to work from home. Staff directly involved in the life-support of our students such as student services, student housing, security, maintenance, information technology, and student mental healthcare personnel as well as staff directly responsible for facility cleaning and maintenance may continue entering University facilities on a regular basis. University personnel who are directly involved in the provision of food and supplies to our students may also enter University facilities.

As we have operated since March, HU will not staff student facing functions including but not limited to the Registrar’s Office, the Library, the Office of Admissions, the Business Office, the Office of International Students, and the Financial Aid Office from University facilities. Rather, these functions should remain staffed during normal business hours by employees working from home. All other functions should also continue to be staffed from home offices, including all course delivery. Faculty are asked to remain in regular contact with their program lead, and to continue to offer regular office hours electronically. Faculty needing help or ideas for online course delivery are encouraged to continue working remotely with the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning.

The “work from home protocol” will continue until 8:00 am on Monday, October 5, 2020 unless otherwise notified. Employees who work their regular hours remotely, will continue to receive their regular pay based on their normal work schedule. Standard protocols for PTO apply for applicable employees if you are unable to work due to illness or if you need to take personal time.

Requirement to Maintain Confidentiality of Business Information and Educational Records

Employees must take all precautions necessary to secure sensitive and confidential information, including student, staff, alumni, donor records and information, etc., and prevent unauthorized access to University equipment and proprietary information. The performance of job duties remotely may require the handling of confidential information, and continued compliance with all applicable policies is an essential requirement in this arrangement. Employees must protect information from improper disclosure to, or access by, other persons, including other members of the employee’s household. Employees must take appropriate steps to ensure the security of all work-related materials, data, and equipment.

I had hoped that HU would resume its prior and what some would call “normal” operations for the fall semester. But to do so would comprise the health, safety, and welfare of the HU Community and this would be irresponsible. In the near future, I am looking forward to hosting another Town Hall so that I can share with you my thoughts on what HU will be pursuing and achieving in the coming months. The University is in a great position to continue building and growing.

I want you to know how exceedingly proud I am of the commitment each of you has exhibited since moving to a remote status in March. The quality and responsiveness of your work has been terrific and exceeds what many of our colleagues in higher education across the country have been able to achieve. We have remained student-focused and it has shown! Your commitment is very much appreciated by me and the members of the University’s Board of Trustees. Thank you.

May you and your families remain healthy and safe.

Eric D. Darr, Ph.D.
President
NOTE: Any HU employee needing 1) financial resource information, 2) legal resource information
or 3) help coping with anxiety and stress should contact the confidential Employee Assistance
Program at 1-800-316-2796

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Support Services

Pa. launches statewide helpline for those struggling with anxiety due to coronavirus

The number to call: 1-855-284-2494. For TTY, dial 724-631-5600

Read Full Article for more information
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/04/pa-launches-statewide-helpline-for-those-struggling-with-anxiety-due-to-coronavirus.htm

If you are a member of the HU Community who is experiencing concerns, such as anxiety, depression, or stress please contact the following 24/7 confidential support services:

Students: BHS Student Assistance Program. Login via the app/web, https://portal.bhsonline.com,  or call 800-327-2251. The username is HarrisburgU.

Employees: Mutual of Omaha Employee Assistance Program (EAP): 1-800-316-2796.

Financial Aid: The Office of Financial Aid will remain staffed, so we will be available during regular business hours to answer any questions or concerns that you might have. Reach out to financialaid@harrisburgu.edu or call (717) 901-5100 x 1672.

Also, If you are a former HU student or alumni who is currently paying on student loans, and have questions regarding the government response to the COVID-19 outbreak as it pertains to student loans, please do not hesitate to contact the Financial Aid Office.  We will answer your questions to the best of our knowledge and ability. 

Philadelphia Location

By now you are aware that the University is moving all classes to an online format. During this time all students will continue to have access to Student Services. If you have regularly scheduled bi-weekly meetings with me, or any other needs, questions and concerns, I am still available as your point of contact.  Please be aware that you also have Academic Resources such as tutoring and learning strategies available on SharePoint. I know this shift was unexpected so let’s stay connected to make sure you are receiving the support you need.

Also, If you are experiencing concerns such as anxiety, depression or academic stress as a result of this issue, please contact the BHS Student Assistance Program

https://portal.bhsonline.com  Username: HarrisburgU, or call 800-327-2251.

Philadelphia Student Support Contact:

Melissa A. Morgan
Director of Student Services
717-901-5149
mmorgan@harrisburgu.edu

Students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to sign up for emergency campus alerts via email or text message by logging into MyHU and accessing the Omnilert (formerly e2Campus) signup form. Students will find the form under the Student Services tab. Staff and Faculty will find it under the Intranet tab. Harrisburg University’s Emergency Notification Service (ENS) is used to communicate with subscribers through voice, text, and email messages, as deemed appropriate in the event of an emergency. Each subscriber can designate up to three contact numbers and specify text, email and/or voice messages. The Emergency Notification Service is designed for use with portable devices and is only one aspect of a layered approach to notifying the University community of emergencies.

HU Contact Information:

 

Graduate Student Services

Any general questions related to International student’s affairs, orientation, travel, parking etc.

International Student Office

Questions related to CPT, SEVIS and I-20

Records and Registration

Questions related to class schedule, registration and transcripts

Business Office

Questions related to tuition or payments

IT Help Desk

Questions related to MyHU Login credentials, Canvas and laptop requirements

IT Help Desk
717.901.5177

HU Security Desk

Questions related to security and campus safety

Financial Aid

The Office of Financial Aid will remain staffed, so we will be available during regular business hours to answer any questions or concerns that you might have. 

financialaid@harrisburgu.edu
717.901-5100 x 1672

Philadelphia Student Support Contact

Questions related to Philadelphia Student Support

jmackey@harrisburgu.edu
717.901.5100 x 1734