On-Campus Instruction Resumes at Scranton

    The University of Scranton will resume in-person classes on Wednesday, Sept. 30.
    September 30, 2020

    Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., president of The University of Scranton, announced the University would resume in-person instruction (or mode of teaching established at the beginning of the semester) on Wednesday, Sept. 30. The University had paused in-person instruction for a two-week period that began Sept. 16 in an effort to reduce the spread of the SARS-Cov-2 virus on campus.

    In addition, Masses will resume in person on Sunday evening in the Byron Recreation Complex and on Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon in the Madonna della Strada chapel on campus. University facilities, such as the library and fitness center, will resume schedules established prior to the two-week pause, and most of the other restrictions put in place during the pause were lifted. The University has continued to limit informal gatherings in residence halls or off-campus residences to no more than 10 people and urged on-campus students to avoid gatherings at Hill Section residences.

    Health and safety measures put in place through the Royals Safe Together Plan remain in place throughout the semester. These measures include the wearing of masks on campus, following social distancing guidelines, cleaning and disinfecting procedures and completing a daily wellness screening application screening for symptoms related to the virus, among other protocols.

    The University is also continuing screening tests for all students, faculty and staff on campus in a proactive effort to identify individuals with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, especially when they do not have symptoms.

    “As we have done from the start of the pandemic, we will monitor this situation with great care and will respond to developments accordingly. I remain deeply grateful to our entire community for your commitment to the sacred work of the University. Your patience and resilience are an inspiration. Please continue to hold one another up in prayer,” said Father Pilarz in an email sent to the University community on Sept. 28.

    Father Pilarz’s full message can be seen here.

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