Spring Semester Details Set

Jan 06, 2022

Members of a joint COVID task force outline protocols as classes are set to begin Jan. 18.

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To our students, faculty and staff,

We’re looking forward to welcoming back students, faculty and staff for the Spring 2022 semester, which begins Tuesday, Jan. 18.

With the highly contagious omicron variant of COVID-19 spreading rapidly, we must work together to reduce the risk at California, Clarion and Edinboro.

A joint COVID-19 task force with representatives from our three campuses has been meeting regularly to monitor the evolving situation and provide guidance to help keep our communities safe.

Here are some specifics about testing, vaccinations and mask requirements. The situation remains fluid. We will continue to keep you updated.

  • All three campuses will adhere to the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s updated COVID-19 quarantine and isolation recommendations.

  • Classes will meet as listed in the schedule and residence halls will be open, with health and safety measures in place as they were in the fall. To mitigate risk, we strongly encourage vaccination.

  • Masks will continue to be required in all university buildings, regardless of vaccination status. 

  • If you are a student with a residence hall contract, you will be required to submit to one of the following:
    • Present a negative PCR test that was administered within 72 hours of your arrival on campus. (At-home tests do NOT fulfill this requirement.)
  • Provide proof of receiving all recommended vaccine doses in accordance with the CDC’s recommendation or having tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days. Note that the criteria for those who are required to quarantine after an exposure have changed to include vaccinated individuals who have not received their booster but were eligible.
  • Get tested the first week of class. Free COVID-19 testing will be available to all students throughout the semester. If you are symptom-free, you may visit the testing site in the Convocation Center from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Students with symptoms of COVID-19 should phone the Health Center at 724-938-4232 and make an appointment for testing. The Health Center will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Employees who experience symptoms should seek guidance from their healthcare provider and notify their supervisor.

Cal U will offer an opportunity to receive a free Pfizer booster on Jan. 28 in the Convocation Center. To schedule an appointment, click here.

We’re excited about the new semester. Let’s all work together and start off strong. 

Stay well!

Members of the Joint COVID-19 Task Force