Modes of Operation

Preparing for fall 2020 means preparing for uncertainty and possible change in response to local COVID-19 conditions. These modes allow us to quickly react to fluid conditions with a focus on enhancing the student experience and promoting academic success.

Expanded Operations (Fall 2020)


  • Federal, state, and State System guidelines govern in-person operations with appropriate mitigation.
  • Face masks or coverings are required and available for everyone on campus.
  • Physical and social distancing measures are necessary.
  • Testing, notification, and isolation protocols will be in place to assist in achieving containment.
  • Enhanced sanitizing measures throughout campus.
  • In-person classes with appropriate social distancing.
  • Emphasis on faculty/staff support for student success.

Remote Operations (based on spring 2020)

  • COVID-19 experiencing increased community spread; public health stay-at-home orders are in place.
  • Use of some personal protective equipment, testing, notification and ability to isolate.
  • Campus is operating with very limited on-campus residents and critical services only.
  • Learning, teaching, and working conducted remotely for all students, faculty, and staff.
  • Only critical and essential service personnel may work on campus. 

Full Operations (future goal)

  • COVID-19 cases are contained; public health orders allow for events and gatherings at scale.
  • Hygiene and enhanced sanitation measures, as well as personal monitoring for symptoms, continue to be encouraged.
  • There may be case-by-case needs for face coverings and other protective equipment.
  • Testing, notification, and isolation are used as needed for containment.
  • All services and professional staff may work on campus with few restrictions.
  • Campus is at full-scale operations, including large events and domestic/international travel.

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.