Shippensburg University is committed to protecting our community and the communities beyond our campus. If you have been identified as someone who has been in contact with, or in close proximity to, any individual who has tested positive for the virus, please follow the guidance of public health officials and the protocols found on the Raider Respect page.
Any university employee or student who has tested positive for COVID-19 may notify the university with complete confidentiality by contacting the SU COVID Office at [email protected] or (717) 477-1007.
Updated October 30, 2020
Total Positive Case Reports Since August 1,2020
[Confirmed positives cases updated below same day as reported]
What are the Fall 2020 case counts by week?
(Week-of Month is determined by having 3+ business days. Weekly counts are updated at the conclusion of the week on the following Monday.)
When are the case counts on this page updated?
This webpage is updated daily as the data warrants, based upon the latest information and positive case counts available from the COVID-19 office.
What happens when a positive case is reported?
- Residential students are placed into appropriate housing arrangements with the guidance and assistance of University staff.
- The University’s COVID-19 Office activates the SU Case Investigation Team and provides same-day notification to impacted persons to advise of possible exposure, testing options, and next steps, including self-quarantining for 14 days.
- The University executes a deep-clean and sanitizing of affected public spaces.
- Etter Health Center/Wellspan Health notifies appropriate government agencies.
- Email updates are provided to the campus community on Mondays and Thursdays from the COVID-19 Office.
- Case counts are updated daily on the Health & Well-being webpage.
How is testing being conducted?
- CampusShield: Daily self-assessments can be performed by downloading the CampusShield app to conduct daily self-assessments, and using the temperature taking stations located throughout campus, to determine if testing or medical attention is necessary.
- Symptomatic Testing: All symptomatic students are tested free of charge at the Etter Health Center/WellSpan Health, in accordance with State System guidance.
- Asymptomatic testing: Available to ALL students free of charge by contacting Etter Health Center at 717-477-1458 and scheduling an appointment. The University is also conducting randomized testing for asymptomatic students by invitation.
- Test Type: Etter Health Center performs the Polymerase Chain Reaction tests, known as PCR, which are the most common and most accurate tests for determining whether someone is currently infected with the novel coronavirus.
- Test results: Positive cases are confirmed within 48-72 hours, with case counts updated on the Navigating Fall 2020 website same day as notification. The COVID-19 Office emails updates on Monday and Thursday of each week.
How many positive cases were reported at Shippensburg University before August 1, 2020?
Shippensburg University received 11 self-reports of positive COVID-19 cases from members of the University community during the period March 1 through July 31, 2020.
Let’s tackle COVID-19 together.
Shippensburg University is committed to the comprehensive Raider Respect plan which includes definitions, temperature and health monitoring, convenient on-campus testing, personalized quarantine and isolation responses to positive cases and exposure, and a robust case investigation response. We are counting on everyone to help Keep Campus Open.
All students, faculty, and staff will:
- Wear face masks while on campus.
- Sign a pledge to abide by new campus standards to minimize possibility of exposure and to mitigate spread.
- Frequently wash hands and use hand sanitizer to better protect campus life.
- Embrace social distancing education and abide by revised traffic patterns, social distancing markers, and other safeguards.
- Perform daily “self-checks” to look for common COVID-19 symptoms.
- Participate as needed in the case investigation initiative that will respect privacy, promote well-being and better inform the Commonwealth and local community in case of infection.
- Participate in staggered scheduling to allow for manageable, socially-distanced traffic in dining services.
All students will:
- Abide by the updated student code of conduct and related policies, including compliance with COVID- 19 public health requirements..
- Residential students will enjoy suite-style living, with each suite viewed as a “family unit” in cases of infection, quarantine, and isolation.
The university will:
- Provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to all members of the campus community.
- Install plexiglass where appropriate.
- Conduct enhanced cleaning and sanitizing campus wide.
- Designate isolation housing in case of infection.
- Offer activities that abide by published recommendations and guidelines.
- Provide faculty members with additional training regarding technology and pedagogical development to enhance remote teaching and learning.
- Encourage faculty and administrative offices to have in-person and virtual office hour options following guidance.
- Reconfigure computer labs, laundry rooms, and other venues to respect social distancing.
- Create Virtual Lounges so students may participate in courses remotely while on campus.
- Deliver Graduate Courses remotely, with exceptions based on laboratory needs or other pedological factors.
- Work closely with town, borough, county, and state leadership and agencies.
- Provide reasonable accommodations through the Office of Accessibility Resources for students based upon published guidelines.
- Provide reasonable accommodations through Human Resources for faculty or staff who need them based upon State System guidelines.
- Enhance dining and food options in close collaboration with Aramark to enhance sanitizing effectiveness and offer:
- Reduced seating capacity in all dining areas by 50%.
- Remote ordering, take-out, and grab-n-go food options throughout campus.
- Screenings of all team members before each shift.
As we navigate to welcoming students, faculty, and staff back to campus for the fall 2020 semester, some details of the plan 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.