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August 4: Current COVID Protocols

COVID-19 remains a public health concern and we are continuing to track its presence on our campuses and in our adjacent communities. If community transmission rates return to high levels and severity of the illness rises, we will reevaluate and adjust as we have over the past few years in our management of this disease.

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June 16: A guide to our current Ruskin Campus COVID-19 protocols

We are excited by our first cohort’s start earlier this month, and we are looking forward to the start of our remaining cohorts in August. As we welcome new and returning students and employees to campus for summer sessions and the Fall 2022 semester, we would like to share an update on Gannon’s current COVID-19 policies and procedures.

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June 9: A Guide to our Upcoming Academic Year on our Ruskin Campus

We hope these updates provide you guidance on what to expect and guidelines to follow upon your return this fall so that we may all enjoy our time together while remaining as healthy and safe as possible as the pandemic continues.

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April 12: A guide to Gannon's Easter break hours and operations schedule

There will be no classes April 14-19 in observation of the Easter holiday. Residence halls and dining will re-open and employees will return to work on April 19. Classes will resume April 20. 

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March 15: Surveillance testing program suspended, effective immediately

COVID-19 case counts at Gannon University’s Erie and Ruskin campuses and in the communities surrounding them have plummeted in recent weeks. Given this shift and the success of our other efforts to protect our Gannon community from COVID-19, the university is suspending its surveillance testing program of unvaccinated faculty, staff, and students. This is effective immediately for both campuses.

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March 1: On-campus vaccine, booster clinic planned for Friday, March 11

In partnership with Allegheny Health Network, Gannon will be hosting an on-campus COVID-19 Vaccine and Booster clinic from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 11, in the Yehl Ballroom.

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February 24: A guide to Gannon's spring break hours and operations schedule

Spring break is Feb. 27 - March 6, during which time there will be no classes. Hours and operations have been adjusted on behalf of our Ruskin campus and various Erie campus departments for those who will remain on campus or might need access to campus resources during this timeframe. 

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February 23: Masks now optional indoors on Gannon’s campuses

Effective immediately, face masks will be optional across Gannon University’s Erie and Ruskin campuses.

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February 15: Show us your card

If you received your COVID-19 vaccine or booster dose at last week’s on-campus vaccine clinic, please upload this information to your health records via our vaccine submission portal.

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February 7: On-campus vaccine, booster clinic planned for Friday, Feb. 11

In partnership with Allegheny Health Network, Gannon will be hosting an on-campus COVID-19 Vaccine and Booster clinic from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 11, in the Yehl Ballroom.

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February 4: SNOW DELAY: Opening of campus pushed to 10 a.m.

Gannon University is delaying classes until 10 a.m. today to give our campus and Erie City crews more time to clear snow from roads and walkways.

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January 28: Booster, vaccination clinic planned for Feb. 11 on campus

Gannon, in partnership with Allegheny Health Network, will be offering a COVID-19 vaccination and booster clinic on campus

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January 11: A change to our isolation policy

Gannon University has updated its policy regarding testing out of isolation as part of our ongoing effort to adapt our COVID-19 mitigation strategies and maintain the safety of our campus communities.

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January 6: An updated guide to Gannon's hours and operations

As  the start of face-to-face classes has been delayed until Jan. 18, we have  updated the guide to our hours and operations on our Erie and Ruskin  campuses that was shared prior to the holiday  break. We hope that this revised  guide will assist those who may need to return prior to the  start of in-person classes by sharing the resources available to them during  this timeframe.

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January 6: REVISED: Spring On-boarding and Surveillance Testing

As the university announced the delay of the start of in-person classes to Jan. 18, we have also made adjustments to move-in and required testing for on-boarding and unvaccinated students to align with this revised date.

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January 4: Gannon to delay move-in, start of in-person classes

As we have become accustomed to these past two years, our plans are made to accommodate change based upon our environment and the realities we are managing within our Gannon community. The recent exposures of both students and colleagues to the COVID-19 virus has led to our decision to delay the start of in-person classes at our Erie and Ruskin campuses to Tuesday, Jan. 18, and to shift formal move-in to our residence halls by a week.

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December 31: Be safe this New Year's Eve and return healthy

We wanted to send a message welcoming you back to campus, as well as share some thoughts and information. First, happy New Year’s Eve. We encourage you to ring in the New Year and to do so in a safe setting. Crowded venues and gatherings have been a source of spread over the past few weeks, based on what’s been reported to us and in the news. 

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December 22: REVISED (1/10/22) : A guide to our next semester

The  university announced last  week that it is delaying the start of in-person classes at our Erie and Ruskin  campuses to Tuesday, Jan. 18. Any previously scheduled online courses will  begin as planned on Monday, Jan. 10. The university has also shifted formal  move-in to our residence halls by a week.

  This  announcement has resulted in some changes to our operations and schedule. We  would like to provide this updated guide from what was previously shared in  December to keep you informed of our newest framework for the upcoming spring  semester.

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December 11: A guide to Gannon's Finals Week and Christmas Break hours and operations

Finals week is next week, Dec. 13-17; there will be no classes following this date until the spring semester begins on Jan. 10. Employees will be off Dec. 24 - Jan 1 and the university will be closed these days.

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December 10: Masks required in RWC, elsewhere indoors on campus

A reminder to all those who use the Recreation and Wellness Center: masks are REQUIRED to be worn at all times indoors, unless you are participating in a scheduled team practice. (NCAA guidelines apply for practices.)

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December 1: Register for Spring Semester Testing

There are only a few weeks left in the semester and the time is now to plan a safe exit from campus and a healthy return in January for the spring semester. Our COVID-19 testing efforts can play a key foundation to that effort. 

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November 29: Healthy reminders as we start back after break

Welcome back to campus. We hope you had a happy and healthy Thanksgiving break. As we head into the final few weeks of the semester, here are a few COVID-19 protocols to remember.

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November 29: Show Us Your Card… Again

As many at the university are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster, we have opened our vaccine submission portal to allow you to upload this most recent information to your health records. Gannon is not requiring the booster at this time, but we are highly encouraging it for those who are eligible to receive it.   

 

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November 19: A guide to Gannon's Thanksgiving Break hours and operations schedule

The Thanksgiving holiday break is Nov. 24-28, during which time there will be no classes. Employees will be off Nov. 25-26 and the university will be closed these days. This post includes adjusted hours and operations on behalf of our Ruskin Campus and various Erie campus departments for those who will remain on campus or might need access to campus resources during this timeframe. 

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November 12: Testing updates for holidays and spring semester

As many are planning for the upcoming holidays and winter break, we’d like to share the following important updates regarding COVID-19 testing during university holidays and on-boarding for the spring semester to assist you in your planning.

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October 12: A guide to Gannon's Fall Break hours and operations schedule

Fall Break is Oct. 13-17. There will be no classes these days, and Gannon is providing a day off for all employees on Friday, Oct. 15.

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October 1: On-campus vaccine clinic planned for Thursday, October, 7

Gannon University, in partnership with Allegheny Health Network, will be offering a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on campus next week as part of the University’s COVID-19 mitigation effort.  

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September 29: Power has been restored to campus

Gannon University will resume normal operations and a normal class schedule this morning now that power has been restored to campus. Given that it came back shortly after 6 a.m., which limits food prep time, there may delays in the dining hall and limited selections at satellite food locations. Please show grace.

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September 25: Health reminders as we head into fall

We wanted to provide a bit of guidance as we head into Homecoming and Family Weekend and for the rest of the semester.

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September 10: Reminders of Gannon’s COVID-19 Mitigation Efforts

As we come to the end of the second full week of the semester, here are some important reminders on behalf of the university.

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September 9: Gannon to host COVID-19 vaccine clinic Tuesday

Gannon University, in partnership with Allegheny Health Network, will be offering a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on campus next week as part of the University’s COVID-19 mitigation effort. 

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August 20: On-campus COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic planned for Tuesday

As part of the University’s on-going efforts toward mitigation of COVID-19 on campus, we are pleased to announce our partnership with Allegheny Health Network to make a vaccine clinic available on campus.

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August 11: A guide to surveillance testing for Erie Campus

We are actively working to educate, encourage and support our students and employees to get vaccinated. We are seeing progress toward reaching our goal of having at least 80% of our campus communities vaccinated, but we are not there yet. We have not mandated the vaccine and understand some may have medical or other essential restrictions that might preclude them from getting the vaccine. We have also loosened several other restrictions that were in place last year - for example the removal of social distancing measures across our campuses – and hope to be able to again eliminate the masking requirement when we achieve our 80% vaccinated threshold. 

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August 11: A guide to surveillance testing for Ruskin Campus

We are actively working to educate, encourage and support our students and employees to get vaccinated. We are seeing progress toward reaching our goal of having at least 80% of our campus communities vaccinated, but we are not there yet. We have not mandated the vaccine and understand some may have medical or other essential restrictions that might preclude them from getting the vaccine. We have also loosened several other restrictions that were in place last year - for example the removal of social distancing measures across our campuses – and hope to be able to again eliminate the masking requirement when we achieve our 80% vaccinated threshold.

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August 10: Additional guidance on our mask mandate

Today is the first day since spring that Gannon University is requiring face masks to be worn inside its buildings in Erie and in Ruskin. This protocol will be in effect until 80 percent of the population of each campus is vaccinated and as long as the local health departments have lifted their recommendations for community masking.

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August 9: An update from the president to employees, Aug. 9: Masks mandatory indoors starting tomorrow

Masks will again be required for all of us inside all University facilities on both the Erie and Ruskin campuses beginning August 10 in recognition of climbing rates in our local communities. 

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August 9: An update from the president to students, Aug. 9: Masks mandatory indoors starting tomorrow

Masks will again be required for all of us inside all University facilities on both the Erie and Ruskin campuses beginning August 10 in recognition of climbing rates in our local communities. 


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August 4: Student Instructions for Fall Move-In

August has arrived and we are counting down the days until you arrive, too, Knights. With just a few weeks before the start of the semester, we are sharing important instructions for move-in and on-boarding procedures with you.

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August 3: Ruskin Campus: Medical & Healthcare Community Support COVID-19 Vaccines for Healthcare Workers

As you are preparing to start the fall semester as a new or continuing student in one of our recognized health professional programs on the Ruskin campus, we are urging you to please act now to become fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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July 30: A message from the president

Beginning August 2, we will be transitioning the majority of us back to campus as we prepare for face-to-face instruction, in-person support of our offices and colleagues, and an exciting new academic year.

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July 29: Student Acknowledgment and Testing Consent

We are looking forward to welcoming you back in just a few short weeks for the 2021-2022 Academic year.

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July 28: Employee Acknowledgment and Testing Consent

As valued members of our Gannon community, we are excited and grateful to welcome colleagues for the 2021-22 Academic Year and back in person after more than a year of remote work.

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July 20: Gannon University has received its allocation of American Recovery Plan (ARP) funds

The University received $3.7 million from the federal government and is forwarding this support directly to students via direct deposit or check. The payments are expected to begin the week of Aug. 2. For eligible students to receive these funds via direct deposit, please ensure you are signed up for direct deposit by Sunday, July 25.

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July 15: A Guide to our Upcoming Academic Year

As we roll through summer, the university is busy adjusting our COVID-19 mitigation protocols and completing plans to return to an in-person academic year. We, like many of you, are looking forward to a more normal Gannon experience and are pleased to be coming back to be in community together on our Erie and Ruskin campuses. We hope these updates provide you guidance on what to expect upon your return this fall so that we may all enjoy our time together while remaining as healthy and safe as possible as the pandemic continues.

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July 8: On-Boarding Update for Fall Move-In

We are eager to welcome you back to campus in the fall and we understand many of you are eager to begin making plans for Move-In and Welcome Week. To aid in your planning, we would like to share a broad update regarding move-in for students who plan to live in Gannon-owned housing in the fall. A more detailed update with specific instructions will be shared prior to housing assignments that will be issued later this month. 

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June 24: No more masks, and other important changes

Masks are no longer required to be worn on Gannon University property on our Erie and Ruskin campuses effective immediately. This is yet another step toward a more normal experience on campus, and it follows the lifting of social distancing and on-campus gathering restrictions in late May.

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June 21: Reporting Vaccination Status

We hope you are enjoying your summer vacation. We are busy at Gannon planning for your return this fall. As we do, we are aligning our university guidelines with Pennsylvania and Florida Departments of Health and CDC guidance, including guidance relative to vaccinated individuals.

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May 21: You'll need a mask indoors, but most everything else has changed

Gannon University is adjusting its COVID-19 protocols and planning for face-to-face instruction at both of its campuses in summer and fall.

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