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November 25: Health center guidance for the winter break

As we venture home after the completion of the fall semester, we want to provide you with some guidance for what to do should you run into illness while away from us.  

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November 18: Our guide to exiting the semester and January's return

A semester that began more than four months ago with many questions and more than a few anxieties is about to end. We believe it was a successful semester in spite of the challenges and we hope you agree.

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November 18: Pa.'s new travel rules take effect Friday

Pennsylvania announced several new rules Tuesday related to COVID-19, which is surging across the state. Some of these rules – particularly the one involving travel – will have an immediate effect on your holiday plans and, eventually, could impact operations at Gannon University’s Erie campus.

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November 15: Important changes to hours, operations in Ruskin as we conclude semester

In preparation for finals week we have made changes in the building hours. In addition, Gannon is providing additional voluntary testing for students prior to returning home through Passport Health located at 4204 W Linebaugh Ave, Tampa, FL.

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November 13: A guide to Gannon's winter break hours and operations schedule

To assist students and employees with preparing for the winter-mester and extended winter break, we have gathered the revised hours and operations for various campus services and resources that will go into effect throughout this timeframe. Please continue to monitor your email and update.gannon.edu throughout the break for any changes and for any additional information that may be shared.

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November 4: Guidance for finals week and winter break dining

As the semester quickly comes to a close within the next two weeks, we would like to share important updates regarding access to on-campus dining and meal options for finals week and over the extended winter break.

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September 11: Winter-mester Online Courses and Schedule

Gannon has created a “Winter-mester” available for students to enroll in and complete core classes online from Nov. 30 to Jan. 22.

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September 10: What to know about isolation, quarantine

Our Gannon Health and Counseling Center receives several questions each week regarding isolation and quarantine for COVID-19. These questions often involve a misunderstanding of what constitutes a “close contact,” said Brenda Boetger, CRNP, at the Health and Counseling Center. To dispel the confusion, Boetger provided the following explanations as well as some guidance for Gannon students regarding testing.

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September 3: Spring semester calendar revised, start of classes pushed back

We will be starting the spring semester two weeks later than usual and taking a number of other steps to limit the risk of COVID-19 to the Gannon community.

Classes will resume at our Erie and Ruskin campuses on Jan. 25 instead of Jan. 10, as previously planned.

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September 1: October commencement has been canceled

We are canceling this important event out of an abundance of caution for your health and to limit the risk to those currently on campus. We worked hard to have face-to-face classes this fall, and our students have been doing a tremendous job abiding by tight standards for behavior and limited social gatherings and their own travel. We do not want to risk upending those efforts by bringing several hundred of even our favorite visitors to campus from far away places.

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August 19: A guide to study spaces on campus

Looking for a place to study, complete assignments or take a hy-flex course?

Here’s a list of spaces across campus that are available to you.

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August 7: New rules for students about social gatherings

Seeing you back on campus is a healthy reminder that life can move forward in the middle of a pandemic. It is great to have you here.

But you – and we – need to remember that while things might seem familiar, there are safety measures that we must all follow so we can have classes on campus and stay in community together.

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August 6: Visitation rules for residence halls

Here is an important reminder regarding visitors in our residence halls.

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August 1: Important updates on move-in, ITS, campus visits

A busy week is underway at Gannon University. Move-in begins Tuesday morning and will stretch into the weekend. All freshmen have an assigned time that was sent to them by email in early July. Upperclassmen do not have assigned times.

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July 31: Important updates regarding move-in, dining, face masks

A new school year is only a few days away. Final preparations are being made at both of our Erie and Ruskin campuses.

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July 31: RWC opens Monday to community members

All current memberships are eligible for renewal as becomes necessary. However, new memberships and guest day passes will remain unavailable until further notice.

We’ve made modifications to our RWC operations and services that pertain to both our Gannon and non-Gannon community members who use the facility.

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July 29: New traffic flow, entrance plan for Waldron Campus Center

There are two significant changes we want you to know and understand as we are about to start a new school year: The traffic flow through this building will be entirely different, and seating capacity throughout the building has been redesigned to align with “Covid capacity” guidance.

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July 28: Our guidelines for monitoring wellness and for testing

Gannon University is committed to ensuring the health and safety of its students, faculty and staff. To facilitate an organized and controlled return to campus and resumption of face-to-face learning, we have implemented a number of policies and practices.

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July 28: Reopening plans announced for bookstore, Nash Library, mailroom

Gannon’s Bookstore has reopened with modified hours and operations to facilitate a safe and convenient way for students to purchase and pick up books in preparation for the start of the semester.

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July 24: RWC to open Monday with new rules

Gannon’s Recreation and Wellness Center will reopen Monday, July 27, as part of the university’s ongoing preparations to return to campus for the new semester.

All Gannon students, faculty and staff are welcome to use the RWC facilities. At this time, however, community members and other guests will not be permitted access to the building.

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July 20: New policies for staff and faculty regarding travel, COVID pay

We continue to prepare for the reopening of campus and the resumption of large parts of our operation. To that end, we have updated a travel policy we issued in May, and we have created guidelines for how the Gannon University community will handle pay if staff or faculty must quarantine because of exposure to someone with COVID-19 or because a staff member or faculty member has developed COVID-19.

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July 16: Our student onboarding and testing program, explained

The safety of our student population begins before you even arrive on campus, based on the plan Gannon University has set in place. Here is how it will work:

Every student is encouraged to self-quarantine at home for the two weeks prior to their arrival on campus and MUST complete the LiveSafe COVID-19 questionnaire for the 14 days immediately prior to arrival – and each day thereafter. Students coming to Gannon from states identified as hotspots by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf must self-quarantine for two weeks prior to their arrival on campus. Self-quarantine in this context means staying at home, not having visitors, and staying at least 6 feet away from other people in your household.

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July 15: Gannon University and PSAC Announce Fall Athletic Season Update

The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) has announced it will suspend all conference athletic events and championships through the fall semester in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision was finalized by the league’s Board of Directors on Tuesday.

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July 15: Gannon Visitor and Guest Policy

Visitors and guests are welcome to Gannon’s campus with preapproved appointments. Employees are responsible to ensure that their visitors and guests comply with CDC and campus guidelines.

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July 8: Key updates for faculty and staff in Academic Affairs

We hope this latest update finds you healthy and safe. It will not be long now before most of us are back on campus together. Our first students and faculty have already resumed face-to-face instruction at our Ruskin campus, and employees in Erie are beginning to return to campus in a phased approach leading to the start of face-to-face instruction of most programs in Erie and Ruskin unless otherwise communicated or arranged on or before Aug. 10.

Reopening our university with consideration for the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff is our top priority. For this reason, we are creating a reopening plan that complies with the guidance of federal, state and local authorities.

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June 29: LiveSafe app will be required at Gannon

The daily monitoring of our health is going to be an important part of our return to campus.

To assist with this, we have upgraded the services available through the LiveSafe app to include a daily COVID-19 survey that each of us will be required to complete prior to arriving on campus – or, if you live on campus, before going to class.

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June 10: Our plan for the fall semester

This has been a year unlike any other in higher education and our Gannon University community is about to be reunited but with another twist. We intend to open our Erie and Ruskin campuses earlier than usual – classes will start Aug. 10 for most students – so we can complete the semester before Thanksgiving.

Our announcement coincides with Florida moving to “Phase II” and in anticipation of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf upgrading Erie County’s status from “yellow” to “green” in coming days. “Phase II” and the “green” status permits the operating of institutions, businesses and universities like ours with fewer limitations than would be allowed in “yellow.”

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May 8: Where we stand as Erie County enters "yellow phase"

Today marks Erie County’s launch into the yellow phase under Pennsylvania’s gradual loosening of restrictions that were set in place nearly two months ago to limit the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

The only workers currently scheduled to come back to campus more regularly over the next couple of weeks will be maintenance, grounds and custodial employees. They will begin preparing the dorms and our other campus buildings for the return of the rest of us later this summer and for our students in August.

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May 7: New guidelines for on-campus operations

Gannon University has developed guidelines to maximize the safety of our employees, contractors and students. They are in compliance with orders issued by the states of Pennsylvania and Florida. These guidelines are applicable to all Gannon University employees (i.e. colleagues) and contractors. The guidelines are effective May 7, 2020, until further notice.

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May 1: Gannon Intends to Resume Face-to-Face Classes in August

These are normally busy days across our campuses in Erie and Ruskin with finals and the approach of commencement. But these are not normal times. Instead, our beautiful campuses are largely empty and all of those exams and projects are being done remotely. Commencements for both campuses have been delayed until later in the year, when we hope the environment is more conducive to gather in larger numbers.

The spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, has disrupted life across the world as well as the natural rhythms of Gannon University. Many have been asking and eagerly awaiting the University’s plans for opening our homes away from home. The emerging signs of transition and the intensive planning and preparations being done here at Gannon have led to this message of our intent to resume face-to-face classes in August.  

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May 1: CARES Act provides financial options via your 403(b)

These are unprecedented times and some legislation passed recently that was designed to provide some financial assistance for families that are struggling. Please keep in mind, however, that the intention of the funds in your retirement account are for income replacement when you retire. Depleting your account could have a significant impact on your ability to retire when you would like to. As always, we recommend reaching out to your financial consultant to review your current situation – along with short- and long-term financial goals – before making any decisions.

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April 29: Additional relief funds to be released beginning this week

Gannon University has just received its allocation of CARES Act funds and will begin distribution to students as early as this week. This money is in addition to Gannon University funds that are being distributed to support the needs of our students in this challenging time.

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April 27: Virtual conferral of degrees

Gannon University will honor its graduating Class of 2020 with a conferral of degrees at a special, first-ever virtual event at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, 2020. This degree conferral celebration is in advance of the University’s in-person commencement ceremonies, which were rescheduled for Aug. 30 for our Ruskin campus and for Oct. 4 for our Erie campus.

Visit www.gannon.edu on May 9 to join in the celebration. It will also be on Facebook Live.

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April 23: Ruskin Commencement Rescheduled Date

Previously we communicated a commencement date of Saturday, Aug. 29. However, the date for the Ruskin commencement ceremony is being rescheduled to Sunday, Aug. 30.

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April 8: A state of the University as we begin Easter break

As we all prepare for Easter break, we thought this would be a good moment to reflect on the great number of changes that have happened at Gannon in the past six weeks and give you a brief state of the University. The adjustments the University and each of us, individually, have had to make have been monumental. The speed and scale of our collective response to the threat of COVID-19 is unprecedented, and deeply appreciated.

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April 7: Technology resources and reminders

As Gannon’s virtual education and working from home continues, we’d like to share a few technology resources and reminders with you.

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April 2: Temporary change in the Pass/Fail policy for Spring 2020

Gannon University has adopted a temporary change in the Pass/Fail policy for Spring 2020. You must complete a digital form for each course that you want to complete with a Pass/Fail grade.

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March 31: Commencement plans announced for Erie, Ruskin campuses

As the University continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in ways that will continue to keep our students, faculty and staff as safe and healthy as possible, we are working together in making a series of important decisions. Please know that we are not taking these decisions lightly during this time as the situation continues to rapidly change each day. Each decision is made in the best interest of your well-being.

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March 31: Refunds, credits being distributed

We continue to share regular updates focused on actions and decisions of the day, topics regarding questions we are hearing from you, and efforts to stay connected and let you know we are here and thinking about your work and learning. This latest update is related to credits to your financial account and/or refunds for housing and meal plans, and pay for student workers.

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March 31: Summer sessions to be taught using alternative delivery methods

The recent extension of social distancing guidelines to April 30 and the prospect that they might continue into May has lead us to make a change to our summer classes.

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March 27: Temporary Pass/Fail grading option now available for spring courses

Gannon University has adopted a temporary Pass/Fail grading option for Spring 2020 undergraduate courses transitioned to remote instruction, effective immediately.

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March 25: Most May, summer GIFT, ABST, Travel trips canceled

We continue to try and share regular updates focused on actions and decisions of the day, topics regarding questions we are hearing from you about, and efforts to stay connected and let you know we are here and thinking about your work and learning. This latest is related to travel activities that were planned for the remainder of the academic year and summer.

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March 23: Online classes resume in Ruskin and Erie

Things are calm and quiet across campus today, but we know that is not a reflection of all that is happening around us.

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March 20: Operations restricted at Erie campus

Gannon University, in accordance with directives issued by Gov. Tom Wolf late Thursday, is taking additional steps to restrict operations across its Erie campus. The focus going forward will be serving the needs of the students who remain in our residence halls who have no other housing option and supporting the launch of classes via alternative teaching methods beginning Monday, March 23.

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March 19: Gannon University's Recreation and Wellness Center and the Nash Library Closed

Gannon University’s Recreation and Wellness Center and the Nash Library will be closed tonight and will remain closed until further notice to stem the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

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March 18: The first positive COVID-19 case has been reported in Erie County

The first positive COVID-19 case has been reported in Erie County, according to the Erie County Department of Health, which held a news conference today. At this time, there are no known cases on Gannon’s Erie or Ruskin campuses.

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March 17: Gannon Campuses in Erie and Ruskin Closing

We will be closing our Erie and Ruskin campuses by the end of today with the exception of essential services and staff. Alternative delivery of courses begins Monday, March 23.

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March 16: Gannon University Campuses will be closed by end of day Tuesday

Gannon University’s Erie and Ruskin campuses will be closed by end of the day Tuesday, March 17 with the exception of essential services and staff. Alternative delivery of courses will continue as planned on Monday, March 23 as well as the support of transition of students planning to move off campus this week through March 22. All staff and administration are expected to report to work tomorrow – Tuesday, March 17 -- and then will be expected to work from home going forward until further notice. Supervisors will meet with employees tomorrow morning to determine the personnel required to report to work on campus to provide essential services after that date.

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March 13: Gannon to shift to alternative delivery, campuses stay open

I am writing today to detail the latest decisions for the Gannon community in response to the global COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. We continue in confidence that our campus environment is currently healthy and safe. In light of the many new realities in communities surrounding our campuses, Gannon University’s Erie and Ruskin campuses will transition to alternative instructional delivery methods yet remain open to offer support.

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March 13: Gannon Athletics Announces Cancelation Of Spring Competition

In light of the ongoing developments regarding COVID-19, the Gannon University Athletics Department announced Friday morning that all athletics competitions have been canceled for the remainder of the spring semester effective immediately. The announcement came in conjunction with the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference's decision that all PSAC athletic competition for the remainder of the spring semester has been canceled, effective immediately.

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March 12: All winter and spring NCAA Division II championships effective immediately

NCAA President Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors canceled all winter and spring NCAA Division II championships effective immediately. "This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities," indicated Emmert via e-mail.

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March 11: For students and employees with health conditions

Students and employees who have a health condition that puts them at high risk for serious illness from COVID-19 or who have unique circumstances should consult with Gannon's Health Center regarding how to minimize their risk. An example of a unique circumstance is a person who is a caregiver for an immunosuppressed family member.

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March 11: Message from the President on COVID-19

COVID-19 is on everyone's mind and I want to take this moment to provide some updates on what we have been and are doing and to provide reassurance that Gannon University is taking all necessary steps and will remain open.

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March 10: Gannon's steps in response to the virus

As the University continues to monitor developments regarding the coronavirus, we would like to share the following reminders and updates with the Gannon community.

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March 4: Gannon implementing updated procedures for students, faculty and staff

As we continue to monitor developments regarding the coronavirus, Gannon University has decided to implement updated procedures for students, faculty and staff who have traveled to locations with a health notice of level three or higher according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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March 2: Two cases of COVID-19 have now been reported in Florida

According to the Florida Department of Health, two cases of coronavirus have now been reported in Florida in Hillsborough and Manatee Counties. Although these cases are not connected to our Gannon campuses, we want to update the University on the development in this location. At this time, there are no cases at our Ruskin, Florida or Erie campuses.

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February 29: Gannon community members traveling for spring break

In an effort to keep you updated in regard to the coronavirus and our Gannon community members traveling for spring break and currently studying abroad, we would like to share recent developments with you.

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February 27: Preparing for spring break

As you prepare for spring break next week (March 1-8), we want to underline that our primary concern is your safety and well-being while you are away from campus.

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February 5: We are closely monitoring the outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus

We are closely monitoring the outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19, recognizing our mission as a globally inclusive university that seeks to ensure the wellbeing of our students, faculty and staff - especially those who are arriving from or are traveling abroad. We are aware of the exposure risks, signs and symptoms of COVID-19, and are implementing procedures and protocols in accordance with guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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