Updated 8:31am, November 24, 2020

A COVID-19-ready campus, prepared for Students and Success

With guidance from public health officials, trusted leaders in the scientific community, and input from our campus community, Shippensburg University returns to campus with a focus on the well-being of our campus community, providing learning opportunities to meet the needs of the community, and delivering a high-quality education and academic support for our students. The university is deeply committed to the well-being and success of our campus family, Shippensburg community, South Central Pennsylvania and the Commonwealth.


Creating a community that is COVID-19-aware to mitigate risk

  • Revised policies and procedures support student, faculty and staff well-being.
  • Campus-wide prevention and mitigation capabilities.
  • Case investigation program incorporates smart phone technology and comprehensive personal interview.
  • Strategies and designated spaces for quarantining and isolation.
  • State of the art sanitizing measures throughout campus.
  • Robust social distancing and density protocols on campus and in classrooms.
  • Increase awareness of the public health risks of COVID-19 through comprehensive communications of public health guidelines and recommendations.
  • Maintain flexibility as our community adapts to the physical and social constraints necessary to mitigate risks posed by COVID-19.
  • A cohort of leaders will remind all on campus of the policies and protocols and reinforce their universal adoption.

Implementing flexible academic instruction

  • Aug. 17- Nov. 20: Classes offered in-person
    In-person and remote/online instruction will be conducted in a regular 15-week semester using a HyFlex instructional model designed to provide a high-quality academic experience.

  • Aug. 10-11: New faculty orientation
  • Aug 11-13: New students arrive to campus
  • Aug 12: Faculty meetings
  • Aug. 13: Fall welcome week kick off
  • Aug. 14-16: Returning students arrive to campus
  • Aug. 17: Regular class schedule begins
  • Sep. 7: Labor Day, University open for class
  • Nov. 20: Last day of classes
  • Nov. 23, 24: Fall Break
  • Nov. 30-Dec. 4: Final exams delivered remotely
  • Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement Dates to be announced

The HyFlex model allows for an in-person academic experience, synchronous and asynchronous remote options, and ensures an easy transition to a remote mode of operation if necessary. 

Embracing a wholistic approach to resources and student success

  • Provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to members of the campus community.
  • Require the use of face masks for all persons in all public spaces.
  • Additional sanitizing stations and signage regarding physical distancing throughout campus. 
  • On-campus COVID-19 testing of symptomatic students.
  • Temperature-checking locations throughout campus.
  • COVID-19-compliant access to resources such as campus activities, services, events and support on campus.
  • Prioritize resources for enrichment of technology-enabled instruction to support each course.
  • Updated student code of conduct and related policies to include compliance with COVID- 19 public health requirements.
  • Classroom spaces that meets The American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) standards and guidelines.
  • Create Virtual Lounges where students may participate in remote classes while on campus.

Health & Well-being

By adopting recommended polices and procedures, together we mitigate risk and promote success.

Implementation Plan

Six interdisciplinary teams worked collaboratively to support the safety of our campus and local community.

Modes of Operation

With the goal of fully restoring in-classroom instruction, our plan supports multiple contingencies.

What Does Fall 2020 Look Like?

Undergraduate Students

In-person instruction, select internships,  campus life and activities and academic success support.


Graduate Students

Flexibility, predictability and dedicated academic and career counseling.


Faculty & Staff

Risk assessments and impact to student success will inform work on campus and work at home.


As our Mighty Ship navigates having students, faculty, and staff on campus, some operational details may change based on continuing developments and revised guidelines and recommendations from the federal government, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), and Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education (State System/PASSHE). Shippensburg University is deeply committed to the well-being and success of our campus family, Shippensburg community, south-central Pennsylvania, and the Commonwealth.