Announcement from President Darr: Fall 2020 Undergraduate Schedule – July 23, 2020
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 HU Community 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.
Harrisburg University staff have developed new and innovative practices and activities to connect new and returning students to each other as well as to the wider HU community. Please watch for additional information about community building and connections. We are in this together, and together we will thrive.
Prior to, and throughout, the Fall 2020 semester, please continue to monitor HU’s COVID-19 webpage for news and developments: https://covid.harrisburgu.edu/.
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. I will miss seeing you throughout the hallways, buildings, and student union in the coming months. Yet, I am comfortable and confident that with our outstanding faculty and staff, you will continue to receive the highest quality education and continue to be on the path to an amazing career.
May you and your families remain healthy and safe.
Eric D. Darr, Ph.D.
NOTE: Any HU student who is experiencing concerns such as anxiety, depression, or academic stress as a result of this issue should contact the BHS Student Assistance Program. You can login via the app/web, https://portal.bhsonline.com, or call 800-327-2251. The username is HarrisburgU. Outreach to BHS is confidential, and each student is assigned a master’s level clinician as a care coordinator. BHS will provide HU students with quality, in-the-moment support.
Update for Returning Graduate Students May 19, 2020
As COVID-19 cases continue to grow, Harrisburg University continues to take action to limit personal contact consistent with the Pennsylvania Governor’s Proclamation. Harrisburg University will offer the Late Summer Semester (July 10 – October 16) completely online. No face-to-face sessions will be held. No student access to laboratories or classrooms will be provided. This may change if the Governor of Pennsylvania issues new directions or SEVP changes its current guidance.
Federal guidelines for international students studying in the US have shifted to allow for greater flexibility in how programs are delivered and managed. Under the new (temporary) federal guidelines, students will still need to be monitored (e.g., attendance taken and verified), show academic progress (through their work), and maintain their full-time course load at 6 credits.
Please be assured that if you are an international graduate student studying at HU, you will maintain your visa status and be allowed to remain in the US to study and work as long as you continue to attend and fully participate in classes online to include attending Executive Sessions online versus in person. Should you have any questions, please review the information available at https://isohelp.harrisburgu.edu and generate a new support request if you have specific questions. You can also call (717) 901-5154 between 9 am and 5 pm EST.
Harrisburg University will continue to monitor the coronavirus situation and will provide periodic updates as necessary. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is the primary resource for up-to-date information on all diseases and biological threats. CDC information about this virus is available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html. Any HU student who is experiencing concerns such as anxiety, depression, or academic stress as a result of this issue should contact the BHS Student Assistance Program. You can login via the app/web, https://portal.bhsonline.com, or call 800-327-2251. The username is HarrisburgU. Outreach to BHS is confidential, and each student is assigned a master’s level clinician as a care coordinator. HU has contracted with BHS to provide quality, in-the-moment support
Update for New International Students May 19, 2020
To maintain the health of the Harrisburg University, all graduate education activities and programs for the weekend of July 10, 2020 have been moved to online delivery. There will be no face-to-face sessions. You will not be required to travel to Harrisburg.
Additionally, the University plans to offer the Late Summer Semester (July 10 – October 16) completely online. This may change if the Governor of Pennsylvania issues new directives or SEVP changes its current guidance.
Federal guidelines for international students studying in the US have shifted to allow for greater flexibility in how programs are delivered and managed. Under the new (temporary) federal guidelines, students will still need to be monitored (e.g., attendance taken and verified), show academic progress (through their work), and maintain their full-time course load at 6 credits. Please be assured that if you are an international graduate student studying at HU, you will maintain your visa status and be allowed to remain in the US to study and work as long as you attend the mandatory online orientation and continue to attend and fully participate in classes online to include attending
Executive Sessions online versus in person. Should you have any questions, please review the information available at https://isohelp.harrisburgu.edu and generate a new support request if you have specific questions. You can also call (717) 901-5154 between 9 am and 5 pm EST.
New students who need to obtain their I-20 will not need to come to campus and will receive additional communication in the coming days. Please note, I-20s will not be released unless a student is registered for classes and has paid the full tuition. Additional information will be sent to your HU email address, including:
- A personal message including any requirements you still need to address prior to the semester start.
- Links to the mandatory online orientation with presentations from key University offices.
- An invitation to an online orientation Question and Answer session where you will be able to ask questions directly to representatives from HU Graduate Student Services, International Student Office, Records and Registration, and Business Office. The University will reassess the delivery of our academic programs on a frequent basis. We are focused on ensuring our students succeed academically with as little interruption as possible while safeguarding everyone’s health, safety, and welfare.
COVID-19 Update: March 24, 2020
Dear Harrisburg University Community,
As citizens around the globe manage the disruptions caused by the current pandemic, Harrisburg University is proud of the perseverance and resilience shown by our students, faculty, and staff. In order to continue doing our part to protect the health and well-being of our campus community, and to provide graduating students and their families as much time as possible to adjust their plans, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 commencement. We reached this conclusion after careful consideration of the advice provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Pennsylvania State Health Officials, and out of a commitment to the health of the Harrisburg University community.
We share the disappointment that this news means for our students, who have worked so hard and come so far. Commencement is a time for bringing families together and celebrating the academic accomplishments of our remarkable students. Our graduating students’ final semester is not as they had imagined. And, they will also be entering the next phase of their lives during an uncertain time.
No virtual gathering can possibly match the emotion and joy of our usual events, but we will come together online on Thursday, May 7, to award degrees so that everyone will graduate as expected. The process of earning a college degree takes hard work and commitment and we believe our graduates and their families deserve recognition. Once we know it is safe to bring people together again, we plan to host an in-person celebration. By then, we will be eager not just to celebrate our graduating students, but also to recognize and acknowledge the sacrifices that so many have made to ensure the well-being of our community. Please watch for updates as plans are finalized. We look forward to the day when the HU family can reconvene to celebrate the remarkable Class of 2020.
Thank you for your continued support of our students and your colleagues and your ongoing commitment to Harrisburg University.
I hope you and your loved ones are doing well, and that you are finding moments to connect, raise your spirits and take care of yourself and each other.
Eric D. Darr, Ph.D.
COVID-19 Update: March 17, 2020
All functional areas at HU will continue to support our students to the best of our ability during this transition period as we move our courses online. We have listed important information regarding how best to access support from various functional areas below.
Academic Support and Tutoring: For the time being, all academic support and tutoring will move online. You will still have the opportunity to meet with a peer tutor-it will just be virtual! We know this might be a change for some of you, so we have put together some information on how to connect with a peer tutor virtually on our Sharepoint site.. We still offer 24/7 tutoring via our Smarthinking platform. You can connect with Smarthinking through your Canvas course dashboard. Many faculty members have also volunteered to tutor virtually. We will provide more information regarding how to connect with faculty tutors on our Sharepoint site as soon as the plan is finalized.
Mental Health Counseling Services: The Counseling Center is committed to supporting our students through this transition to remote learning. HUCC counselors will continue to contact current clients directly. If you are a current or former HUCC counseling client interested in remote counseling services, you may also contact your individual counselor or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. If you are a student who has not used HU counseling services in the past but are interested in receiving supportive services, we encourage you to start by calling HU’s BHS student support program at 800-327-2251. BHS also offers a live chat option and lots of resources online at https://portal.bhsonline.com/ (Login: Harrisburgu). Masters level clinicians are available 24/7/365 to all HU students, to provide free, confidential, in the moment support, as well as to connect students with local mental health resources. The Counseling Center will also continue to update our Sharepoint site with information and resources, including how to help cope with anxiety and depression, complete self-evaluations, or learn how to help a friend on HU’s ULifeline page http://www.ulifeline.org/HU/
Housing: Please see our Housing-COVID-19 Page
Student Success: Student Success is a functional area that addresses students in a proactive and inclusive manner. We acknowledge that students need multiple methods of outreach and connection in order to successfully complete their academic goals.
Starting March 16th, Student Success will be offering the following as replacements/additions for our in person appointment and programmatic structure:
- Students will be able to choose the option to have a Teams meeting (either chat, voice or video conference) through our online booking link – https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/OfficeofStudentServices@my.harrisburgu.edu/bookings/
- Please download the Teams App to your computer or phone in order to easily access the services!
- These appointments can address academic advising questions, course/faculty concerns, withdrawal questions, and anything else!
- Students will be able to join one of 3 open sessions held weekly for academic advising or addressing of concerns, please see the SharePoint site for dates/times of these sessions.
Please be sure to be checking your emails for updates from your Success Coordinator!
Graduate Student Services: Harrisburg University’s Graduate students come from all across the United States, so many are you already well-versed in “virtually connecting” with our office. Rest assured, we are here to support you and will be checking email and answering your questions. Graduate Student Services can be your clearing house for information – if you do not know who to contact, we will connect you with the right person/office. We also can provide guidance on:
- Institutional Policies
- Access to campus resources
- Academic support programs
- General Advising
Reach out to our Graduate Student Services coordinator, Joann Noel, at GradStudentServices@HarrisburgU.edu if you need anything!
Office of Information Services: Students that are experiencing technical issues should review the following site: https://ithelp.harrisburgu.edu.
If you cannot find a resolution via the search, please review the article “How to submit a ticket” at the following link: https://ithelp.harrisburgu.edu/a/solutions/articles/44001701457.
Internet based submissions via the built-in form or email are the preferred method of contact. If there is no answer via the phone, a voicemail will also generate a helpdesk ticket. Regardless of the method of contact, please provide your name, HU student ID number, a description of your issue, and your best method of contact.
International Student Office: The International Student Office will remain open during normal business hours to assist students. For more information specific to international students, please visit our International Student Support Portal at https://isohelp.harrisburgu.edu.
Records and Registration: Records & Registration is available for students during normal business hours. If you have any questions or concerns, our student support portal at https://reghelp.harrisburgu.edu has a variety of solutions you may find helpful. However, if you cannot find a solution, please do not hesitate to submit a ticket and we will be happy to assist you. Records & Registration also has a SharePoint site at https://myharrisburgu.sharepoint.com/sites/Academics with additional information for students. We are here to support you any way we can.
Library: The Harrisburg University Library continues to serve students although some services may be delayed. Overdue fines are waived until the end of the spring semester. We have open hours on Adobe Connect (https://harrisburgu.adobeconnect.com/library) Monday-Thursday 11-1 PM EDT and Wednesdays 7-9 PM EDT. Contact us with any questions or library needs at email@example.com .”
Experiential Learning: The Office of Experiential Learning is available to meet with students virtually Monday thru Friday for appointments for Project I, Project II, and Internships.
Students can book virtual appointments through this link: https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/OfficeofExperientialLearning@my.harrisburgu.edu/bookings/
Starting March 16th, Experiential Learning will be offering the following as replacements/additions for in person appointments:
- Students will be able to choose the option to have a Teams meeting (either chat, voice or video conference). Students can book virtual appointments through this link: https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/OfficeofExperientialLearning@my.harrisburgu.edu/bookings/
- Please download the Teams App to your computer or phone in order to easily access the services!
- Check the email notification, you should have a link to a Teams invite.
- You can utilize your computer OR download the Teams app for your phone.
- These appointments can address project I, Project II, or Internship questions or any other experiential learning related questions.
The Experiential Learning Facebook group will still be posting internship postings throughout this time. You can check out the page/join the group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/HUExperientialStudents currently registered for Project I, Project II, and Internships, please be sure to be checking your emails for updates from The Office of Experiential Learning and your Faculty Advisors!
The Office of Experiential Learning is currently working on plans with Faculty Advisors, Registrar, and the Provost on students projects and internships that have been impacted. Please stay tuned for further instructions.
Career Services: The Office of Career Services is open and we look forward to assisting you in all your career needs! Employers are still recruiting for multiple positions and are still holding interviews, shifting their focus to phone screens and programs like Skype. If you are in need of a resume review, or are seeking advice on any career topics whether it’s how to search for jobs, cost of living analysis, mock interview prep or any other career topic, please do not hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You also can reach Rebeakah Harriger in Experiential Learning and myself at the same time by emailing us at email@example.com
We also strongly encourage you to join these two Facebook groups if you have not done so already as we constantly post job openings and important articles and websites for you to read and bookmark regarding finding an internship or career opportunity. Just answer a few simple questions to verify you are a student or an alum.
HU Career Services focuses on full time opportunities and career related discussions: https://www.facebook.com/groups/HUcareer
HU Experiential Learning focuses on internships and part time job opportunities and undergrad related discussions https://www.facebook.com/groups/HUExperiential
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (717) 901-5100 x 1672.
We would like to remind students and their families that the filling deadline for the FAFSA is May 1. You may complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA online at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa.
Business Office: The Business Office will continue to operate as normal. During this time of uncertainty, email will be the best way to contact the Business Office – BusinessOffice@HarrisburgU.edu but can also be reached at 717-901-5105.