COVID-19 RESPONSE

Open with Classes On-Campus

Our student onboarding and testing program, explained

Posted: July 16, 2020

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. Don’t have LiveSafe? Find instructions to download it here: https://update.gannon.edu/Documents/GannonLivesafeErieDownload.pdf

On arrival, ALL students will be temperature checked and asked the screening questions. Any non-students attending move-in will also be temperature-checked and asked the screening questions.

We will also be requiring COVID-19 tests for certain populations:

For those using an airline as part of their travel to Erie, they will be tested on arrival on Day 1. The will then be assigned to their small group to participate in Welcome Week programming until tested again on Day 5. As long as both tests are negative and the individual is not symptomatic, they can join the larger Gannon community. Those who test positive will have to get another test for confirmation of the diagnosis and will be in isolation on campus pending that result.

For those arriving by car from a state identified by the state of Pennsylvania as requiring a two-week quarantine, they will be tested on Day 1 and will then be assigned to their small group to participate in Welcome Week programming through Day 5. If their test is negative and the individual is not symptomatic on Day 5, they can join the larger Gannon community. The states, as of July 15, are: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.

For those arriving by car from non-hotspot states or Canada, there is no COVID test required.

Testing will continue as needed beyond move-in for those showing symptoms or suspected of having COVID-19. Future communications will outline this protocol. 

We will continue to keep everyone informed as events unfold. Continue to visit https://update.gannon.edu for our latest decisions and for resources to assist you.

If you have a question or a comment, you can submit it at https://www.gannon.edu/Questions-or-Comments/.