About the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
May 19, 2020
Dear Point Park Students and Families:
In light of the enormous uncertainty that we all have experienced over the past two months, I am writing to confirm for you that we expect the Point Park University campus in Downtown Pittsburgh to be open and fully operational for the start of the Fall 2020 semester. Saturday and Online only classes begin August 29, 2020. All other classes begin the week of August 31, 2020. All classes will begin as scheduled.
The University has closely monitored all Federal, State, and local government agencies and have followed directions accordingly. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has moved our county, Allegheny, from Red to Yellow status. Given the public health data in the Commonwealth, Point Park University will be fully prepared to open when Allegheny County transitions to Green status. This means that Universities can be fully operational on campus while following the appropriate public health guidelines of social distancing, wearing face masks when required, enhanced hygiene efforts, contact tracing and COVID-19 mitigation strategies.
Point Park is developing all necessary plans and guidelines for students, faculty, and staff to follow so that we can come back together safely. All University facilities have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected with state-of-the-art materials and equipment. This enhanced cleaning will continue throughout the new academic year. We will make sure that the University campus is as clean and safe as possible. All students, faculty, and staff will be required to follow all public health measures that are directed at the time.
In the event that the virus re-emerges in Allegheny County or Pennsylvania, we will be prepared to take action as directed by government and public health agencies to help mitigate the spread. Given our collective experience halfway through the Spring term, we have learned a lot as a University and as a community. All students had the opportunity to complete their courses and earn their credits. This is our commitment to you.
The safety of our students and University community remains one of our top priorities. We have established various COVID-19 Task Forces to make sure that the University campus is and will be a safe place to learn and grow. All of these plans will be available on the University Website well before the Fall term begins. Some of these Task Forces are developing innovative approaches to some of the challenges we may face during the 2020-21 academic year. We will be prepared to modify our learning community in ways that protect public health and also allow students to complete their courses and earn their credits.
Point Park is a thriving, diverse, and inclusive University community. We have a strong commitment to student success through distinctive innovative and experiential learning. We focus on the learning that all students need to be career ready upon graduation or to enhance an existing career. We are prepared to welcome you to campus this fall and ask that you bring your energy, passion, and enthusiasm. You motivate us. I am looking forward to seeing the work that you will be doing in the classroom, in the studio, on the field, and in our community.
At Point Park, you will have the opportunity to be career ready when you graduate, regardless of what circumstances may come our way. Learning how to deal with difficult and unusual circumstances while staying focused on your goals will be the hallmark of your generation. Let’s nurture this strength together.