4/7/20 - Message from the Financial Aid Office re Additional Support

4/6/20 - Message from the President: Rescheduling of Commencement Day Ceremonies

Dear Members of the Class of 2020,

One of my greatest privileges and personal joys as president of King’s College is the opportunity to shake the hand of each graduate who walks across the stage on Commencement Day. I write to inform you that we at King’s College have every intention of celebrating, and celebrating with joy, your respective accomplishments as graduates of King’s College. Due to the coronavirus pandemic I am announcing that we are rescheduling commencement to Sunday, August the 16th in the Mohegan Sun Arena. This rescheduling of the commencement celebration will happen if there is a relaxation of social distancing guidelines by August 16th.

I imagine that it has been—and continues to be—a hardship for each of you to have let go of so many of the important experiences and landmark moments of a senior year in college. By moving the commencement exercises to August, we at King’s College wish to provide you with an opportunity to engage some of those important landmark moments.

Thus, the traditional Commencement Ball will be held on the evening of Friday, August the 14th. The following day, Saturday the 15th, rehearsal for the Commencement Ceremony will take place in the morning, after which graduates are welcome to attend either a cookout with classmates and invited faculty and staff or a student-athlete luncheon. Later that afternoon, we will celebrate the Baccalaureate Mass, in which we as a community of scholarship and faith give thanks and praise to almighty God for your accomplishments and in hope of the good that you will do in the world. Later that evening the Institutional Advancement Office will host its traditional festive gathering for you, your family and friends in Regina Court and in Connerton's Cafe. And, of course, the Commencement Exercises will be held on Sunday August 16th at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

In addition, we will host in our residence halls those of you who resided in campus housing or in off-campus housing this past semester, without cost during this August Commencement Weekend.

Graduating from King’s College is a significant accomplishment. Your perseverance toward graduation in these unprecedented times will mark your graduation day not only with a sense of accomplishment, but also of hope. Your embrace of the unique challenges of your senior year will have marked you as a bearer of hope for others. Your graduation will witness to others that challenges can be faced and overcome, and that new life emerges from the struggles that we face together. Words cannot express how deeply I look forward to celebrating with you.

Sincerely yours,

Rev. John J. Ryan, CSC
President

3/31/20 - President's Message to Alumni and Friends

Dear Alumni & Friends:

Times like these find us reaching for hope. Times like these find us reaching for hope-bearers.

In recent days, we see everyday heroes answer the call to help a neighbor, support a community, and care for our most vulnerable. I am so grateful for them. I pray for them and their families.

At King’s, these days have revealed so many members of our campus community who stand up, make the extra effort, and do all they can to ensure the mission advances. I am so proud of them; our faculty continue to teach and our students continue to learn. We may be using different forms of delivery and communication in teaching and learning, but our mission endures.

As our campus dramatically transitions, I think of the many additional challenges our students face and how this environment adds even greater pressures to them. In more normal circumstances, too many King’s students face obstacles beyond their control. Not having enough food to eat. Not having a place away from campus to call home. Not having the resources to buy books. Not having the funds to pay tuition. The Presidential Hope Fund has filled these gaps for more than 650 young Monarchs. People like YOU have filled these gaps for our young women and men.

In this time of crisis, the Presidential Hope Fund has served as a stabilizing force for many of our students. Just within the last week, we have granted several requests to help struggling students fill tuition deficits. More need will arise. There will be more requests for help.

We have also learned of new student needs. For example, as the College has pivoted to teaching and learning remotely, we found that some students lack the technology (and the resources to purchase it) to continue their studies online. To address this challenge, I have allocated Presidential Hope Fund dollars to purchase laptops for loaning to students who need them. Thanks to so many of you, we have found yet another way to meet the foundational needs of any student who qualifies.

Because of Presidential Hope Fund supporters – because of our hope-bearers – I am confident that young women and men who are working hard to earn a King’s degree will get the support they need to make it happen, no matter the changing environment. Thank you.

As our students continue to adapt to this uncertain world, so do we. In times like these, I am ever more focused on our students. In times like these, I am ever more grateful for you.

Please know that you and your family are in my prayers.

Peace and blessings,

Fr. Jack Ryan, C.S.C., Ph.D.
President

*If you would like to support the Presidential Hope Fund, you may do so here. Thank you.

3/25/20 - Message to Resident Students

Dear Resident Students,

I know you have seen Fr. Jack Ryan's email cancelling in-person classes for the remainder of the spring semester and would like to come to campus to clean out your rooms and collect the rest of your belongings. Rest assured, your belongings are secure in your rooms and buildings and Residence Life is developing a plan for your safe and orderly return to campus to collect your things.

Currently, Gov. Wolf maintains his order requiring closure of all non-life sustaining businesses, an order which includes colleges and universities. College employees are working remotely, and the physical plant of the College is closed. In light of this order, we are currently unable to provide specific dates for your return to campus. Once the order is lifted, the College will determine dates that students will be permitted to return to campus. We will email you this plan, with instructions for compliance, and it will also be posted on the College’s webpage for all COVID-19 information.

Please do not come to campus, as you will not be permitted into your building.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact reslife@kings.edu. Thank you for your patience and cooperation in this endeavor, please stay well and best wishes in completing your spring semester classes.

Megan M. Casey
Associate Dean of Students for Residence Life

3/24/20 - Message from the President

Dear Members of the King’s College Community,

On March 11, I wrote to you with the decision to suspend in-person classes and resume them through distance modalities. At that time, we announced that distance learning would occur though at least April 13.  Since that announcement, the number of COVID-19 cases has continued to increase, especially in the mid-Atlantic states – our home area. Additional restrictions to business operations and personal movement have been requested and required by the state of Pennsylvania.  Throughout this time, King’s College has continued its commitment to mitigate risk to the health and welfare of the entire King’s College Community. I would like to thank all of you for your understanding and for your excellent work as we have made necessary changes.

Among public announcements, one of the most notable for our College is the March 15 recommendation issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that no gatherings with 50 or more people be held for the next eight weeks.  Informed by this recommendation, I have decided to extend the in-person suspension of classes at King’s College through the end of the spring semester. All courses will continue through distance learning during this time.

With the announcement of the suspension of in-person classes, I am sure that there is an array of questions. For resident students, please know that our Student Affairs team is working on plans for you to come to campus and retrieve the rest of your belongings. This will take some time, since on-campus operations are closed in support of the Governor’s order to limit activities of non-life sustaining businesses. Additionally, resident students need to know that the College will pro-rate room and/or board charges for the spring semester. I thank all our students and their families for their patience as we work through this process. Members of our Business Affairs team are working through this process and will communicate more details as soon as they are available.

In conjunction with the CDC guidance, no College events will be held through May 10. Commencement is scheduled for May 17. At present, I think it premature to make a final decision on holding an in-person Commencement on May 17. Each year, we look forward to celebrating and recognizing the accomplishments of our students in community at the May Commencement. The events create cherished memories for family and friends. We will continue to monitor the situation and communicate a final decision as soon as possible. I would like to assure our seniors and all members of our community that in the event we are unable to hold an in-person Commencement in May, we will do everything possible to find an alternative way to provide students with an opportunity to come together, spend time with one another, and celebrate with family and friends.

Since our classes resumed through distance learning on March 19, I have been impressed and inspired by the dedication, flexibility, and creativity of our faculty, staff, and students. I have heard wonderful success stories of members across our community adapting to this new environment, continuing to fulfill our enduring educational mission —namely, to pursue excellence in teaching, learning, and scholarship through a rigorous core curriculum, major programs across the liberal arts and sciences, nationally-accredited professional programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and personal attention to student formation in a nurturing community.  This mission continues to flourish because of your excellent work and your determination.

To summarize:

  • In-person classes are suspended through the remainder of the semester.  Distance learning will continue in all courses. 
  • No College events will be held through May 10, 2020.
  • The College has not reached a final decision on whether it will hold Commencement on May 17. A decision will be communicated as soon as possible.
  • The College will pro-rate room and/or board charges to resident students. Business Affairs will develop a plan and communicate it to our resident students.  Please direct questions to our Business Affairs Office (janetkobylski@kings.edu) . We thank students and families for their patience as we work through this process.
  • Student Affairs will communicate to resident students a plan for moving out of the residence halls. This is complicated by current state restrictions on operations, and so again we thank our students and families for their patience and understanding.  Please direct questions to our Student Affairs team (RobertMcGonigle@kings.edu).

Each day, members of the Holy Cross Community and I are praying for you, for your families, for the community of health care providers, and for all those whose extraordinary work is critical during this time. On Sunday, March 29th, I will celebrate Mass in the Chapel of Christ the King for you, and your loved ones. Please join together with me through your livestream. I look forward to the day when we can return to campus, and person to person, continue our important work.

Sincerely,

Fr. Jack Ryan, CSC
President

3/20/20 - Update for Students

Dear King’s Student,

As the College’s leadership continues to implement best practices related to the containment of the spread of COVID-19, and to ensure optimal distance education, please know of our concern for you during this unsettling time. As part of the implementation of best practices, the College has announced more restrictive measures concerning physical access to campus. As of March 21st, the following guidelines and restrictions are in effect:

  • Students in Residence: Students who have been granted permission to remain on campus due to emergency/extraordinary circumstances will have access to their residence hall and the first floor of the Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center only. Please practice the prescribed norms for social distancing (6 feet between persons, and no in-person group meetings), frequent handwashing or hand-sanitizer use, and avoid touching your hands and face).
  • All Students: all the buildings on campus, including the library, are closed . We encourage you to reach out virtually for the support that will be beneficial to you. Members of the Counseling Center, Residence Life Office, Shoval Center, and Campus Ministry Office may be reached through email or phone. In terms of academic matters, your instructors and academic advisors, as well as the Academic Skills Office, Achievement Plus Office, and the Office of the AVP for Academic Success (thomaslooney@kings.edu) may be reached through email or phone as well.

Please address issues related to the following items to the office or person indicated.

We appreciate that you are facing unique challenges as you adjust to the new realities that are before us. Please reach out to us for the support that will be helpful to you. Know of our prayers for each of you.

Peace,
King’s College Administration

3/18/20 - Message from the President

Dear Alumni and Friends:

We find ourselves in an extraordinary time. COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, has changed our world, and it has done so quickly. Each of our lives – and the lives of each of our neighbors both near and far – has been disrupted in profound ways. I pray that this message finds you and your family safe and healthy. I write to connect with you, let you know that we are praying for you and your family, and share with you steps that King’s has taken to respond to this challenge.

The safety and well-being of the King’s family is my top priority. In the interest of our campus community’s safety – based on the guidance of experts, government leaders, and other key advisors – we have taken quick action to modify much of our school’s work, most notably teaching and learning. A few key actions taken:

  • Suspended all in-person classes at least through April 13 (effective end of day on Wednesday, March 11).
  • Resuming in-person classes through an on-line format beginning tomorrow (March 19).
  • Directed all residence hall students to return home to be with their families (no later than Saturday, March 14). Of course, we have made provisions for the limited number of students who do not have somewhere to go.
  • Transitioning all employees whose work does not require them to be at a campus facility to working remotely (effective today, March 18).
  • Cancelling or postponing all College events and College travel at least through April 13. This includes the cancellation of all athletic and alumni events. The President’s Dinner (scheduled for April 18) has also been cancelled.
  • Following direction by the Diocese of Scranton, Masses will continue each weekday at 12:05 p.m., but will only be available online via live-streaming. A link to the live-stream can be found here: https://www.kings.edu/chapel-stream. This includes the live-streaming of the next monthly Alumni Memorial Mass, which is scheduled for tomorrow (March 19) at 12:05 p.m.

For more information on the College’s actions relating to COVID-19, please see the dedicated web page at: https://www.kings.edu/mykings/covid-19-information

Please know that despite these disruptions we continue to operate – our teachers will be teaching, our students will be learning, and our staff, administrators, and Holy Cross priests and brothers will continue their service. The members of our Campus Ministry and Institutional Advancement teams remain available to support you however we can. For Campus Ministry services, please contact Fr. Thomas Looney, C.S.C., at thomaslooney@kings.edu or Fr. Jarrod Waugh, C.S.C., at jarrodwaugh@kings.edu. For Alumni Relations services, please contact Beth Doherty at alumni@kings.edu or (570) 208-5900 ext. 5732. We will continue to assess and evaluate circumstances as they arise, and we will continue to communicate about alumni-related programming and events as appropriate.

I appreciate that we encounter these challenges during the sacred season of Lent. I hope that our daily Lenten reflections serve as a source of comfort and peace. They will continue daily through Lent. From March 17 through March 25 we are participating in a novena to Blessed Basile Moreau, founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, for the healing of those who have contracted the coronavirus. It is important that we find quiet moments of reflection and prayer in these days. Please pray for those afflicted. Please pray for those who care for the sick and suffering. Please pray for our students and their families.

I am so impressed by and grateful for the extraordinary effort, resourcefulness, goodwill, and grace demonstrated in these past days by our students, staff, faculty, administrators, parents, alumni, and my brothers in Holy Cross. This is a time like none of us have experienced before. It has been challenging, and it will continue to be challenging. No matter the challenge, however, together we will persevere. Our mission deserves it. Our mission demands it.

As I reflect upon who we are, what we do, and how we proceed onward in the face of adversity, I think of important language proclaiming the vision for our beloved school:

Inspired by the teaching and example of its namesake, Christ the King, who taught by example and ruled by love, King’s forms graduates who will champion the inherent dignity of every person and will mobilize their talents and professional skills to serve the common good.

You, my dear alumni, are those graduates. You, my dear friends, are our partners in this mission. I pray that you each find your path to serve the common good in these perilous times. Our world needs you.

Peace and blessings,

Fr. Jack Ryan, C.S.C., Ph.D.
President

3/11/20 - Message from the President

Dear Members of the King’s College Community,

I have no doubt that you have all been following the latest information regarding COVID-19, a coronavirus, and how it is affecting our nation and the world. While there are currently no confirmed cases here at King’s College or in our local community, the associated uncertainty has created anxiety and a need to act with an abundance of caution.

As a result, and because of our concern and our desire to mitigate risk to the health and welfare of the entire King’s College Community, the College has made the difficult decision to suspend in-person classes effective at the end of the day today, Wednesday, March 11. In-person classes will resume through distance learning on Thursday, March 19. Offering of classes through distance learning will continue at least through Easter Break, which ends on Monday, April 13. The College will continue to evaluate the situation and update the entire College Community on the status of in-person instruction.

Courses that are currently conducted online will continue as scheduled. The College will remain open during this period and beyond, and faculty and staff should report to campus as usual, beginning tomorrow, Thursday, March 12. This upcoming one-week period can provide faculty and staff with the opportunity to collaborate towards the continuation of our academic endeavors through distance modalities. Faculty have already begun planning for this, and they will be communicating with students in their courses on how their coursework will continue.

Many students are currently participating in clinicals, internships for credit, or student teaching assignments. Our current plan is that these will continue as long as the host institutions are operating.

Resident students will be asked to leave the campus by Saturday, March 14 at 3:00 PM. We recognize that not all students are in a position to leave college housing. A process will be in place for students who need to stay in on-campus housing to request this opportunity. Details will be forthcoming from the Office of Residence Life.

The College will report on implications for athletics in the next day or two. Leaders of institutions in the MAC Conference are working together towards the best interests of our student athletes.

The College also recognizes a need to further update its policies on travel and events. These will be forthcoming later in the week.

Please know that this has been a difficult decision, and that I understand the additional unknowns that this decision may present. Success will require flexibility, tolerance for ambiguity, and good communication and collaboration from all of us. Our commitment to the pursuit of learning should aid us in this time. I am sure that there are many additional questions. Further statements will be forthcoming from campus leaders.

To summarize:

  • In-person classes are suspended effective at the end of the day today, Wednesday, March 11.
  • Classes currently online continue as scheduled.
  • In-person classes will resume through distance education on Thursday, March 19. Faculty will be in touch with information about how their individual classes will operate. These classes will continue to operate this way through at least Easter Break, which ends on Monday, April 13. Updates will be provided in time.
  • Beginning tomorrow, Thursday, March 12 and moving forward, College employees, including faculty, should report as scheduled.
  • For-credit Internships, Clinicals, and Student teaching may continue as long as the associated institutions are operating.
  • Resident students are asked to leave college housing by 3:00 PM on Saturday. There will be a process for students who need to stay to make such requests.
  • An update on implications for athletics will be provided in the next day or two.
  • Updated policies on travel and events will be forthcoming.
  • Updated statements from college leadership will be forthcoming as needed.
  • Students are to check their course Moodle sites and email regularly for updates from instructors and from the College.

Thank you again and know of my prayers for you, for your families, and for our community during this challenging time.

Sincerely,
Fr. Jack Ryan, CSC
President

3/18/20 - Academic Advisement Memo

As your classes move to an online, I want to make sure you know that our office is here to help and assist you. Below are a few processes that you may be wondering about. If you should have any questions, please don’t be afraid to contact us via email at AcademicAdvisement@kings.edu.

Advisement / Distance Advising

Academic Advisors are available to help and assist with advisement. Discussions can be held over the phone, though email, and in some instances, advisors may provide a way for students to text or video chat in Microsoft Teams. Email your advisor to discuss what works best for the both of you.

In terms of advising to figure out summer and fall classes, Students are still required to consult with their advisor prior to registering for fall classes. If you haven’t heard from your advisor yet, contact your advisor via email and inquire how they wish to conduct “distance advising” with you. Below is a list of items you should complete during the Advisement and Registration Period:

  1. Schedule an appointment with your advisor.
  2. Review your academic planner and program evaluation (in Web-Advisor) to determine which courses you should, could, or want to take in the fall.
  3. During your advising meeting, discuss and determine with your advisor which courses you should take for the fall semester.
  4. After your advising meeting, your advisor will notify the Registrar. Your hold will then be released by the Registrar’s Office.
  5. You will be able to access Web-Advisor to register on the day and time assigned by the Registrar’s Office. Click here to look up your registration day and time.

Don’t be afraid to contact your advisor with any questions or concerns. Your advisor and the Academic Advisement Team are here to help.

Course Withdrawal – Students wishing to withdraw from a course should follow the steps below:

  1. Consult with your Academic Advisor and Instructor first (through Moodle or email)!
  2. Complete and submit the online Course Withdrawal Form.
  3. If there is a question regarding your withdrawal, you may receive an email or phone call from a member of the Academic Advisement Team.

Change of Major / Advisor – Students wishing to change their major should follow the steps below:

  1. Consult with your Academic Advisor and the Department Chair of your new major first (through email)!
  2. Complete the Change of Major / Advisor Request Form online.
  3. Your request will be processed by the Academic Advisement Office. If there is a question regarding your Change of Major / Advisor, you may receive an email or phone call from a member of the Academic Advisement Team.

3/18/20 - STUDENT UPDATE: ACADEMICS

  1. ONLINE/DISTANCE INSTRUCTION: In order to stay current with your courses that begin on March 19th, check your King’s College email and the Moodle pages for each course daily
  2. CONTACT INFORMATION:
    a. Contact your instructors directly regarding any questions or concerns about course content.
    b. Email Moodle@kings.edu if you encounter difficulty utilizing Moodle, Zoom, Panopto, or Turnitin.
    c. Email helpdesk@kings.edu if you cannot access King’s Email, Office 365 or Moodle. Or Call 570-208-5900, EXT. 4397.
  3. MID-TERM GRADES: Mid-Term grades for all first-year students and those who earned a grade of D or F are posted. Your grades can be accessed through WebAdvisor. Please review your grades. If you have earned a D or an F, please contact your instructor and academic advisor to discuss your status in the course and strategies for improvement.
  4. LAST DAY TO WITHDRAW FROM A COURSE: April 17th is the last day for withdrawal from a course. To access the online form to process a course withdrawal click here.
  5. TUTORING: For information regarding tutoring please review the email sent to your King’s Email Account from Peter Charney on March 16th at 4:16 P.M.
  6. STUDENTS WHO DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO A COMPUTER: Please contact Fr. Thomas Looney at thomaslooney@kings.edu.
  7. ADVICE FOR SUCCESSFUL ONLINE LEARNING:
    A. CHECK YOUR KING’S EMAIL AND COURSE MOODLE PAGES DAILY
    B. USE A PLANNER TO KEEP TRACK OF ASSIGNMENT DUE DATES
    C. DEVELOP A ROUTINE FOR ACADEMIC ENGAGEMENT: CALENDAR REGULAR STUDY PERIODS
    D. KEEP IN VIRTUAL CONTACT WITH YOUR CLASSMATES TO ENCOURAGE, ASSIST, AND SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER
    E. DISCUSS YOUR NEED FOR STUDY TIME, QUIET, AND WORK-SPACE WITH FAMILY MEMBERS

3/17/20 - Library Schedule of Operation

For now, the library will continue to be a 24/7 facility, to provide a quiet place for individuals to study and to use our computers. But, consistent with current King’s College guidelines, beginning on Tuesday, March 17 at 4:30, we are curtailing or discontinuing the following services and practices:

  1. Access is limited to members of the King’s College Community.
  2. We are closing our group study rooms.
  3. There will be no in-person reference services and no face-to-face instruction sessions. We will be providing reference services and instruction via phone or online. Virtual reference hours will be M-W 9am – 9pm and Thursday and Friday 9am- 4:30 pm. There will be library staff in the building only between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm M-F, and library staff will only be here to replenish paper in printers and photocopies and monitor the facility, not to engage in face-to-face interaction.
  4. We will not be checking out any materials at the circulation desk.
  5. Interlibrary loan will be limited to requesting articles. As is our practice, filled article requests will be send to the requestor’s e-mail account.
  6. Computers in the library will be available for students and faculty. When the building is staffed, Facilities and the library staff will try to monitor use of machines and efforts are being made to sanitize mice and keyboards, but it is also each visitor’s individual responsibility to protect himself or herself from germs. Please use our sanitizers and rest rooms to limit your personal risk of contracting or transmitting the virus.

With digital access to more than 40,000 journals and 180,000 books, we are confident that we can continue to help students and faculty meet their academic goals.

If you have any questions about these changes feel free to contact me at 570-208-5944 or davidschappert@kings.edu.

3/17/20 - Scandlon Facility and the Recreation Center

Effective today (3/17/20), the Scandlon Facility and the Recreation Center will be closed until further notice. This decision stems from Gov. Wolf’s announcement yesterday requesting closure of non-essential facilities and businesses, including gyms and fitness centers. The Intermetro Wellness Center also remains closed until further notice.

3/16/20 - Guidelines for Students, Faculty and Staff

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

As the College implements online instruction and seeks to safeguard the health and wellbeing of all the members of our King’s community, please be attentive to the following guidelines which take effect on Tuesday, March 17th at 4:30 PM.

1. Faculty and Staff are strongly encouraged to work remotely. Please review the extent to which your job performance requires the use of physical facilities on campus. Staff are to consult with their supervisors in making this determination. If your job performance does not require the use of physical facilities on campus, with the approval of your supervisor, please work remotely.

2. Internal Meetings and Student Study Groups: All internal meetings and student study groups are to be conducted virtually, not in a face-to-face setting.

3. Student Interaction with Faculty and Staff: Students are strongly encouraged to remain in contact with their instructors and support staff by electronic means. Face to face interaction ought not to occur, exceptions include Health Center and Counseling Services.

4. Access to Campus Buildings: All buildings on campus will be accessible by means of swipe card access only. Student access will be limited to the library, and for those students in residence to their residence hall and the Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center. A communication with further information on the operation of the library will be forthcoming.

5. Campus Visitors: The campus and its buildings are not accessible to visitors except for contracted vendors.

The College continues to monitor the present situation and will provide ongoing updates. We thank you for your cooperation and patience. Know of our prayers for the health and wellbeing of all those associated with our King’s College community.

Sincerely yours,

The King’s College Administration

3/14/20 - Update for Resident Students

Dear Resident Students— 

All residence halls and College apartments will close Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 3pm. 

All students should vacate their college housing by this time. Be sure to pack all necessary belongings, including academic materials, as courses will transition to an online format, and personal items you’ll need during your time away. 

We recognize that not all students are in a position to leave college housing. If you need to stay in your on-campus housing location, you must fill out the Campus Closing Housing Inquiry Form located on your Self-Service Portal. 

King’s Court will be open the following dates and times: 

• Thursday, March 12 and Friday March 13th

o 7:30a-9:00a for breakfast 

o 11:00a-1:00pm for lunch 

o 4:30p-6:00p for dinner 

• Brunch on Saturday, March 14th

o 11:00am-1:00pm 

All retail outlets will be closed, except Chick-fil-A, which will operate on normal business hours. Dining Service hours of operation past Saturday, March 14th will be announced in due course. 

Once the College determines plans to resume classes on campus, we will be in touch regarding the re-opening of all College residence halls and apartments. 

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Residence Life at reslife@kings.edu or 570-208-5856. 

3/13/20 - Housing and Meals - Monetary Adjustments

As would be expected, we are certain you have questions about possible adjustments to your account for housing and meals for the time period you will be off campus. Right now, our priority has been focused on keeping our students, faculty, and employees safe and continuing our commitment to quality instructional activity. We are awaiting further guidance from the federal and state financial aid agencies and want to be certain that we comply with their requirements to safeguard our students’ finances. Please be assured that we will offer prorated refunds or credits based on your individual situation for housing and meal plans. Importantly, we do not yet know the date when students will be able to return to campus. Notification about any adjustments to room and board charges will be released once the college determines when in-person instruction can resume, but not before April 13.

We will share more information with you as the details of our plans unfold. We will also continue to post new information as it becomes available on our website at https://www.kings.edu/mykings/covid-19-information. If you have questions regarding this, please direct them to: Darlene Gavenonis at (570) 208-5830.

3/13/20 - Frequently called Phone Numbers

Admissions (570) 208-5858
Alumni Relations (570) 208-5900 x5359
Athletics (570) 208-5900 x5756
Business Office (570) 208-5831
Campus Ministry (570) 208-5890
Dining Services (570) 208-5900 x5388
Facilities (570) 208-5805
Financial Aid (570) 208-8115
Health Center (570) 208-5852
Human Resources (570) 208-5902
IITS (570) 208-5828
Registrar (570) 208-5975
Residence Life (570) 208-5856
Security (570) 208-5950
Student Affairs (570) 208-5875

A complete directory of King’s College offices can be found here.

3/12/20 - Updates Related to Coronavirus Protocols for Faculty and Staff

The following protocols are in effect until further notice.

College Sponsored Travel: No College-sponsored travel is permitted. Exceptions may be made for critical mission-based activities vetted through the appropriate divisional vice-president.

Public Events: No public events are permitted. Exceptions may be made for critical mission-based activities vetted through the appropriate divisional vice-president.

College Meetings (internal): Meetings of internal college groups are permitted. Participants need to be attentive to the protocols established to prevent the spread of illness, including proper hygiene and social distancing. Please begin planning to limit face-to-face meetings and to utilize electronic meeting platforms.

Athletic Facilities: The Intermetro Wellness Center is closed. The Scandlon Facility and the Recreation Center will remain open on a modified schedule.

NCAA Team Competitions and Practices: All competitions and practices are cancelled.

3/12/20 - Access to King’s Athletic Facilities

Intermetro Wellness Center - Because of extensive hand/touch contact with center equipment and the effort required to keep it sanitized, the Intermetro Wellness Center (weight room and second floor fitness center) will be closed immediately to all users until further notice.

Scandlon Facility and Recreation Center - Until further notice, the Scandlon Gym and the Recreation Center will be open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday and closed weekends.

3/12/20 - MAC Announces Response to COVID-19

Competition will be suspended for two weeks from March 16-30

ANNVILLE, Pa. (Conference News) – Thursday morning, the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Presidents determined it is in the best interest of campus communities to suspend athletic competition over the next two weeks, effective Monday, March 16 through Monday, March 30.

The MAC will be actively monitoring the situation and reassessing this action over the next two weeks to determine if further action is warranted.

MAC institutions will suspend athletic contests, on or off campus, during those two weeks.

General questions will be addressed through an FAQ document available here.

Questions about the MAC’s response not addressed in the FAQs can be directed to questions@gomacsports.com.

FAQ Document: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PGzoZx4oZ9IwbxA79jiRY_d3JraqSlmQYoOISAXhysk/edit?usp=sharing

3/9/20 - Health Center and COVID-19 General Information

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY:  NO WALK-IN HOURS. MUST CALL FIRST.

570-208-5852

PLEASE CALL BEFORE COMING TO THE STUDENT HEALTH CENTER

Open Monday through Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm

In response to the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the American College Health Association (ACHA) recommendations concerning screening patients with respiratory illnesses, EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, ALL PATIENTS  MUST CALL the Student Health Center prior to coming for ANY REASON. Our staff will perform a phone triage and provide guidance on when to come for evaluation or stay at home. This will allow us to limit exposure of patients with respiratory symptoms.  A nurse, administrative assistant, physician assistant and doctor will be available to answer questions and see patients at various hours to meet your  needs.

If it is after hours and you are severely ill with  respiratory symptoms, contact the Urgicenter or Emergency Room you plan to visit prior to presenting for services so the staff is prepared for your arrival. 

Symptoms of coronavirus:  Fever, cough, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.

Ways to prevent the transmission of ALL viruses:

  • Wash hands frequently with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds or with 60% alcohol based hand sanitizer
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when sneezing or coughing and then discard tissue
  • Avoid sharing cups, utensils, and personal items
  • Stay home when sick and avoid others who are sick
  • Decontaminate surfaces frequently

3/6/20 - Important Information related to the Coronavirus

The King’s College Administration is aware that the outbreak of the Coronavirus is a cause of anxiety among our students.  Please be assured that the College is monitoring the situation and adhering to the protocols provided by the CDC.  The College is aware that students, faculty, and staff have traveled during the spring break. Any member of our community who has traveled to a Level 3 or 2 country will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days prior to returning to campus.

If you will be absent from the College, due to illness, please follow the usual procedures: 

1) Contact your instructors to inform them of your absence and to request information regarding assignments

2) Contact the Office of the AVP for Student Affairs to inform them of your absence and illness.

The College will issue protocols for students who following return to campus wish to be seen at the Andre Student Health Center.

King’s College is following the guidance of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Pennsylvania Department of Heath and the American College Health Association (ACHA) to provide accurate information to the College community, regarding COVID-19, a respiratory disease.

The American College Health Association has advised there currently is “no basis for changing business as usual regarding housing, campus events, and other circumstances under which large group of people will be gathering.”

The College continues to follow the guidance of the CDC and other government agencies in addressing concerns and preventive actions.

Prevention

Members of the College community should take precautions to prevent the spread of the flu and other diseases by:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Do not share food or drinks
  • Stay in your residence if you are ill
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

Travel

Following CDC guidance, the College strongly discourages travel to any country identified as level 3 --as of today, this includes China, Italy, South Korea and Iran while discouraging unnecessary travel to level two countries- currently, Japan. The current list of CDC restrictions can be found here. All travelers should follow travel alerts and restrictions issued by the U.S. Department of State.

Persons traveling from overseas should expect delays in re-entry into the United States at ports of entry and travelers from affected countries may be required to be quarantined or self-quarantine (14 days). Travelers should follow directives issued by authorities. If you are ill do not travel.

The College is monitoring travel for its Study Abroad, Athletics and Service programs both currently taking place and upcoming as part of the summer program. Further information as to the status of these programs will come from the offices of Study Abroad, Athletics or Campus Ministry.

The College will issue a separate guidance policy on foreign travel.

The College will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as the situation changes.

We ask the College community to keep in their prayers those who are ill, as well as healthcare providers and caretakers.

Travel Policy