News and Updates Related to COVID-19

  • Guidelines for the 2020-21 Academic Year: Saint Vincent College and Seminary
    Established in May, the Forward Together Advisory Committee, in conjunction with the President’s Cabinet, has worked to identify the guidelines set forth by government entities and others who are setting the standards for reopening to ensure compliance.

    This group of administrators, faculty members and health care professionals are helping to formulate plans to implement the required guidelines in various areas of campus life while also delivering the Saint Vincent experience that we have all come to expect and appreciate.

    Here, you will find the guidelines for the 2020-21 Academic Year at Saint Vincent College and Seminary, as recommended by the Forward Together Advisory Committee and approved by SVC President Rev. Paul R. Taylor, O.S.B.

    Key Guidelines To Note:
    • Approved face coverings must be worn by all staff and visitors above the age of two in all indoor public locations on campus and when you are within six feet of another person anywhere on campus. If you cannot wear an approved face covering, please contact the Human Resources Office. Information on using face coverings is available at the .
    • Practice physical distancing by keeping six feet away from others.
    • Wash hands often and well with soap and water, or when not available, use hand sanitizer.
    • Monitor your health daily using the checklist provided and act as instructed.
    • Report any concerns or observed violations of the guidelines to your supervisor and/or the Human Resources Office via phone or email.
    • Central to the mitigation of COVID-19 is daily self-monitoring. A checklist of symptoms or exposure is available at the link above, displayed at various locations on campus, available in hardcopy on campus, and provided on the Portal. If you answer yes to any of the items on the checklist do NOT come to campus.

  • Classes to begin Aug. 17; Move-in dates announced
    • Move-In Dates Announced for Fall 2020
      Mary Collins, Vice President for Student Affairs, sent the following message to students on Wednesday, June 17, 2020. 

      Dear Students,
       
      As a follow-up to last week’s announcement that classes for the fall semester will begin on Monday, August 17, the Office of Residence Life has announced the following move-in schedule for residents. 

      Thursday, Aug. 13:
      • Freshman fall athletes move in
       
      Friday, Aug. 14:
      • All other freshmen move in with assistance from the Freshman Orientation Committee
      • Upperclass fall athletes move in
       
      Saturday, Aug. 15 and Sunday, Aug. 16:
      • All other upperclass students move in

      All arriving resident students will be required to proceed through the Welcome Tent in Lot A as they arrive on campus to receive COVID-related information and additional instructions. 
       
      More information regarding returning to campus will be shared as it is available throughout the summer, including the specific move-in time frames assigned to students based on where you are living.

      If you have any questions regarding housing or move-in, please contact the Office of Residence Life at studentaffairs@bath-brass.com.

      To our commuter students, we look forward to welcoming you, and you will also be receiving further details about your campus check-in procedures.  
       
      We look forward to seeing you on campus in August!
       
      Sincerely,
       
      Mary Collins
      Vice President for Student Affairs
       
    • Message from the President Regarding Fall 2020 Start Date
      The message below was sent to the SVC Community on Monday, June 8, 2020. 

      To the Saint Vincent College Community,
       
      As we continue to prepare in earnest for the upcoming fall semester, we are making adjustments to the academic calendar.
       
      Classes for the fall 2020 semester will begin on campus on Monday, August 17, two weeks earlier than our originally planned start date. Additionally, we will forgo fall break. Finals will be completed before Thanksgiving; at which time we will break until the beginning of our spring semester in January 2021.
       
      These adjustments are a proactive measure to limit the number of times our students may be leaving on breaks and then returning to campus, as we implement best practices for the well-being of our campus community.
       
      We know this earlier start date may cause interruptions and inconveniences. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility as we plan for the fall and do so by prioritizing the health and safety of our students, families, faculty, staff and administration.
       
      We also recognize that this change creates a number of questions, especially relating to move-in day. At this time, we are working to finalize the plans for a staggered move-in procedure prior to August 17. More details relating to a new model of on-campus operations and how we are implementing the necessary guidelines to keep our campus safe and healthy will be shared in the coming weeks. Please continue to pay close attention to your SVC email, the SVC Portal and www.bath-brass.com for more information that will address the questions you may have.
       
      You and your families are in my prayers and the prayers of the monastic community. We look forward to seeing you back on campus in August.
       
      Looking forward, always forward,
      Father Paul

      Rev. Paul R. Taylor, O.S.B.
      President 
  • Message from the President: Planning for Fall 2020
    Below is a letter from President Rev. Paul R. Taylor, O.S.B., sent to the Saint Vincent College community on Friday, May 15, 2020.

    To the Saint Vincent College Community,
     
    In this time of patience, we prepare for a day of renewal, as soon as we are blessed with it, to restart campus life as we love it. Now, however, each of us must continue to be good stewards of our community, our campus and our resources.
     
    While we are all eager to be together again, we realize that, in doing so, the health and safety of each member of our community is of the highest priority. As you know, we have shifted all courses this summer to be delivered fully online and canceled all on-campus events through mid-July.
     
    With much still unknown, it is important that our community knows how we are preparing for the fall semester. There are factors with this pandemic that are beyond our control and we will continue to follow all directives and best practices for the health and safety of everyone on campus. With that in mind, we are preparing to begin the fall semester in the manner we are accustomed, as a residential campus with face-to-face instruction. While a return to campus will be met with excitement and anticipation, so too may come feelings of anxiety and uncertainty.
     
    To ensure our students and their families, as well as our faculty, administration and monastic community are well-cared for, we have formed the Forward Together Advisory Committee. In conjunction with the President’s Cabinet, this committee will identify the guidelines to be set forth by government entities and others who are setting the standards for reopening to ensure compliance.
     
    This group of administrators, faculty members and health care professionals will help formulate plans to implement the required guidelines in various areas of campus life while also delivering the Saint Vincent experience that we have all come to expect and appreciate.

    This includes:
    • Enhanced cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing measures in all campus buildings and residence halls.
    • Residence hall and food service procedures and policies.
    • Evaluating the layout and entering/exiting procedures for classrooms and buildings.
    • Updating protocols for large gatherings and campus visitors.
    • Proper social distancing procedures.
    • Adjustments to course delivery, academic policies and the academic calendar.
    • Providing additional support services through the SVC Wellness Center.
    • Ongoing communication with local health partners and monitoring of all refinements to standards and guidelines that may be made at various times by governmental bodies.
    We will continue to coordinate our planning with those entities responsible for supervising the reopening of various aspects of community life in this area and elsewhere. More detailed information will be shared during the coming weeks and months as we prepare to welcome each of our new and returning students to campus for the fall semester.
     
    At the heart of a liberal arts and sciences education is the dialogue between student and teacher; learner and scholar; and among learners who are discerning the wisdom and knowledge of their discipline and of life. The connectedness of each person at Saint Vincent is what strengthens our College and moves us forward. When we are together to live, learn, worship, play, compete and grow, our community thrives.
     
    While we met the challenge of online learning to successfully complete the spring semester, we wish to return to the learning and growing that occurs in all parts of our lives as members of this academic community. Therefore, we must focus our efforts on preparing to resume operations as a residential campus this fall, albeit in a way that is safe and conducive to the great work of our students, faculty, administration and staff.
     
    Although so much uncertainty exists in our world, we know that our Bearcat family will always be strong. You and your families are in my prayers and the prayers of the monastic community and, with great optimism, we look forward to being together very soon.
     
    Looking forward, always forward,
    Father Paul

    Rev. Paul R. Taylor, O.S.B.
    President
  • CARES Act: Emergency Student Aid Form and Information
    Online Form: http://info.bath-brass.com/emergency-funding
    Printable Form: Download Here

    Students with a significant need related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care, may request Emergency Funding from Saint Vincent College under the CARES Act.

    If you feel that you have a significant need that arose as a result of the coronavirus as noted above, please complete and submit this form. Documentation may be required. If so, it will be requested via your SVC email account and should be sent as soon as possible.

    Emergency funding will be awarded based upon need, the number of requests and the availability of funds.

    According to the Department of Education, students receiving emergency funding must be considered eligible to receive federal Title IV funding. Therefore, if you wish to be considered for emergency funding you should complete the 2020-21 FAFSA at if you have not already done so.
    Completing the FAFSA initially requires 2018 income information to be reported. However families whose 2020 income is significantly less than 2018, may request an adjustment of their EFC by contacting the Financial Aid Office.

    Emergency Funding will be sent via check to the address on file with SVC. If you need to make a change to your home/mailing address, please send an email from your SVC email account to registrar@bath-brass.com.

  • Previous Updates: Academic Affairs
    • Academic Affairs Update: May 18, 2020
      Spring 2020 P/F Option
      Now that the spring term has ended and grades have been posted, you may use the form at  to request a change from a letter grade to a P.  Please remember that only grades of a C- or higher may be changed to a P. Spring 2020 courses with a P grade will count for credit in all programs (core, major, minor, and certificate). A grade of a P does not factor into a student’s GPA calculation. The deadline for requests is 11:59 pm on June 3, 2020.
       
      Summer Session Courses and P/F Option
      All summer courses are now offered online. Take advantage of our investment in you by accepting the 50% summer tuition discount ($1575 for a three-credit course) for summer coursework.  Most PELL-eligible students now have the opportunity to take advantage of this grant year-round without jeopardizing fall and spring semester funding.   
       
      Summer courses may be taken P/F, but students must choose that option prior to the end of the first week of the term the course is offered. You can select Pass/Fail when you register online. If you are already enrolled and wish to change to P/F, you can email Celine Brudnok (celine.brudbok@bath-brass.com) by the end of the first week of class to make the change.
       
      A P grade in a summer core course will satisfy core curriculum requirements and electives only. The chairperson or program director must authorize a P to satisfy program requirements this summer. Registration is open on the Portal.
       
      Summer Tutorial Bulletin
      A summer edition of the Tutorial Bulletin will be posted next week to the Opportunity/Tutoring portal page. Click Academics, then Opportunity/Tutoring Information.  Peer tutoring is available by phone, video conference, or other virtual platforms. Please make use of these free and helpful resources.  If you have questions, please email Dr. Nancy Rottler (nancy.rottler@bath-brass.com).
    • Academic Affairs Update: May 4, 2020

      P/F OPTION – SPRING 2020 COURSES
      This semester, faculty will assess student performance by assigning the appropriate letter grade. Upon the posting of final Spring 2020 grades by the faculty, students may opt to have any of their letter grades of C- or higher changed to a P grade from May 13 - June 3. Courses with a P grade will count for credit in all programs (core, major, minor, and certificate). A grade of a P does not factor into a student’s GPA calculation.  For example, a student enrolled in four courses each for three credits with an A, a B, and two Ps would earn 12 credits and have a GPA of 3.5.  A student with all Ps would not have a GPA for the semester. Note that grades of D+ or D cannot be changed.
       
      Students interested in this option must fill out the online form at this link: .  Students’ faculty advisors will be informed of this request.
       
      SUMMER SESSION COURSES
       All summer courses are now being offered online. Summer courses may be taken P/F, but students must choose that option prior to the end of the first week of the term the course is offered.  A P grade in a summer course will satisfy core curriculum requirements this summer. Registration is open now on the Portal.  
       
      FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE THROUGH THE 2020 CARES ACT
      Students and families who are experiencing financial issues should apply for assistance:
      o Here is the link to the forms and more information: http://www.bath-brass.com/covidfinancialaid
      o Here is a direct link to the form: http://info.bath-brass.com/emergency-funding
      o Forms can be filled out online or downloaded and mailed to the Financial Aid Office.
      o Students who submit their form by Friday, May 8, 2020 will be given priority consideration for this emergency aid.
      o According to the Department of Education, students receiving emergency funding must be considered eligible to receive federal Title IV funding; therefore, if students wish to be considered for emergency funding they should complete the 2020-21 FAFSA at  if they have not already done so.
      o Students should contact the Office of Financial Aid at financialaid@bath-brass.com or 724-805-2555 with any questions.

    • Academic Affairs Update: April 14, 2020
      EXTENSION OF THE WITHDRAWAL PERIOD
      The deadline for withdrawing from a spring 2020 course and receiving a W on the transcript has been extended a week to Tuesday, April 21. While no credit is awarded, a grade of W has no impact on your GPA. Withdrawals on or after April 22 will receive a WF. A grade of a WF has the same impact as an F on your GPA.
       
      To withdraw from a course, contact your faculty advisor. Please be aware that there are potential negative financial aid and academic progress issues associated with dropping a course.
       
      WAITLIST PROCESSING
      Waitlist processing began today, April 14. Please monitor your Saint Vincent email account if you are on the waitlist for a Fall 2020 course. You will be notified via email and have 24 hours to respond. If you do not accept the invitation by the deadline the seat will be offered to the next student on the waitlist.  The waitlist process runs until the last day of classes, May 1.
       
      VIRTUAL HONORS CONVOCATION AND ACADEMIC CONFERENCE
      Following the Spring 2020 academic calendar, undergraduate classes beginning after noon and before 6pm will remain canceled on Wednesday, April 22. While we cannot gather together physically for these events, virtual events are being planned.  More information will be shared in the coming days.
       
      INTERNSHIPS – SPRING 2020
      For spring 2020, if a student has completed 50% of an internship requirement and cannot finish, they will be assigned the grade they earned at this time and awarded full credit. If a student has completed less than 50% of the internship (1) the faculty advisor can create an assignment that completes the internship at full credit, (2) the student may choose an IP if finishing may be possible in the future, or (3) the student may earn a prorated number of credits based on the internship hours completed with the grade earned at this time.

      P/F OPTION – SPRING 2020 COURSES
      This semester, faculty will grade their courses assigning the appropriate letter grade. Upon submission of final Spring 2020 grades by the faculty, students may opt to have any of their letter grades changed to a P/F grade from May 13 - June 3. P/F grades will count for credit in all programs (core, major, minor, and certificate). The student who elects this option will need to verify that they have met with his or her faculty advisor to discuss this decision because there are potential implications for graduate and professional program admission and education certification, among other things.  
       
      As referenced in the College Bulletin, the course will carry credit toward graduation, but it will not be used in the computation of the student’s grade point average, if a P is earned. An F is computed as a failing grade in the student’s GPA. In order to earn a P, the student must earn the grade of C- or better (1.7 or 70-72). A grade of D+ or lower will be recorded as an F.   
       
      SUMMER COURSES
      Are you looking for an opportunity to invest in your future and to gain a jump start on the fall semester? Do you wish to earn credits in order to add a minor or to explore a double major? Have you recently changed your major and wish to earn credits prior to the start of the semester?  Act now and take advantage of our investment in you by accepting the 50% summer tuition discount ($1575 for a three-credit course) for summer coursework.  Most PELL-eligible students now have the opportunity to take advantage of this grant year-round without jeopardizing fall and spring semester funding.  
       
      Summer courses beginning June 8th and earlier are exclusively online. Act now and register for summer courses today!  
       
      FILE YOUR 2020-21 FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID (FAFSA)
      Please be sure to file your 2020-21 FAFSA by May 15th in order to be considered for the Pennsylvania State Grant (PHEAA) and other campus-based aid programs.  
       
      P/F GRADES FOR SUMMER COURSES
      Students may elect to take online summer courses P/F up to one week after the start of the course. A grade of P in an online summer course will satisfy Saint Vincent College core curriculum requirements. Note this policy differs from the Spring 2020 policy in that it impacts only core requirements, and students must elect this option in the first week of instruction.

    • 2020 Academic Conference Information
      We will hold our first online Academic Conference, beginning next Wednesday, April 22nd, and we hope you can participate. We are requesting that you submit your presentations via your departmental or program representative or your course instructor.

      Please submit your presentation by 12 noon on Wednesday, April 22, (or as directed by your representative). This will increase the likelihood that more people will see your work.  However, we will accept late submissions through Friday May 1st at noon.  

      We suggest an electronic poster (e-poster) as a PowerPoint/PDF file or a video of your oral presentation or description of your e-poster. More information about the conference will be available on the SVC portal here:
      http://mysv.bath-brass.com/Academics/AcademicConference/Pages/default.aspx
      Please be patient as we continue to update this page. This page also has poster templates under the Resources section in the lower right corner.

      If you have questions or concerns, please either contact your representative or email us at academic.conference@bath-brass.com.
    • Academic Affairs Update: March 31, 2020

      Summer 2020 Courses
      Saint Vincent summer school courses with start dates in May will be online. Changes to the summer school course offerings are noted on the portal. You may register for any course offered this summer using the portal.

      Registration Information
      Registration for Fall 2020 begins this week. If you have not done so already, please contact your faculty advisor prior to your registration day.

      Due to the Easter holiday, waitlist processing will begin on Tuesday, April 14 and run through the end of the spring semester. You will not have to monitor email for waitlist notifications over Easter break.

      2020欧洲杯24强 Information Services offers the following advice to students preparing for registration in the upcoming days:

      • Under current circumstances, Internet resources and bandwidth are becoming less reliable. With registration coming up, it is recommended that you sign in and review the Portal before you are ready to register. Remember to search for and add your courses to your cart before your registration time slot.
      • Chrome users: In recent weeks, Google Chrome released an update that interferes with Portal login. While this affects only a small percentage of users, please sign into the Portal to see if you are affected. As a workaround you can clear your cache and restart Chrome. Or you can use another supported browser: Firefox/Safari/Edge, etc. Please reach out to the Service Desk (servicedesk@bath-brass.com) with questions.


      Library Services
      Interlibrary Loan is still available. Requests can be made via EBSCO, the Library Portal Page, or by e-mailing ILL@bath-brass.com. The majority of other libraries we work with are working remotely and can offer items from their digital collections. Articles and copies are provided to students and faculty as digital scans via e-mail. Books may not be available at this point in time, but we will find and provide a table of contents to see if we can get a chapter or two as a digital scan. If you have any questions about interlibrary loan, please contact Bridget Hornyak at bridget.hornyak@bath-brass.com.

      A reminder that when clicking “Search Library Resources” on the portal, you may be presented with another log in screen. On this screen, DO NOT use the @bath-brass.com. Use only your firstname.lastname log in and your SVC password. (For example bridget.hornyak or john.smetanka).

      If you need assistance in finding sources or have other reference questions, please contact Denise Hegemann at denise.hegemann@bath-brass.com.

      Tutoring Information
      A revised edition of the Tutorial Bulletin is now available on the portal. Click on Academics, then Opportunity Office/Tutoring Information. Peer tutoring is available for many courses by phone, video conference, or other virtual methods. You are also encouraged to utilize faculty virtual office hours for assistance in any course. Please make use of these free and helpful resources.

  • Previous Updates: Spring 2020
    • Information Regarding Prorated Room and Board Credit: April 3, 2020
      When College President Father Paul Taylor, O.S.B., announced last month that courses would be moved online and the residence halls would close for the remainder of the spring semester, he also announced that any student who departed by 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 29, 2020, would receive a prorated room and board credit. “Departing” meant a student checking out of their residence hall, even if their belongings remained.
       
      The prorated room and board credit will be based on the percentage of the semester that was completed when a student departed campus. It will apply as follows:

      45% credit for students who departed campus prior to March 15, which was a few days after the initial announcement of the dorm closure.

      35% credit for students who departed campus prior to March 29.

      0% credit for students who remained or remain on campus past March 29.
       
      For current Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors, and non-graduating Seniors, this credit will be applied to their 2020-21 academic year account, unless the student has a past due balance at the end of this semester. In such a case, the credit will be applied to satisfy that balance.
       
      Graduating seniors will receive their credit amount in a refund upon graduation unless they have an existing balance due. Again, in such a case, the credit will be applied to satisfy that balance.
       
      Students or families/guardians with questions should contact the Saint Vincent Business Office at studentaccounts@bath-brass.com.
    • Staying Connected – Resources for Students and Families: March 26, 2020

      Academic Affairs
      As always, please contact your instructors with any questions pertaining to your courses. Your faculty advisor is also available by email to answer any questions you might have about registration for the summer and fall, career plans or general academic issues. For any other academic concerns or questions please contact academics@bath-brass.com.

      Information Technology 
      Contact servicedesk@bath-brass.com with questions regarding technology.

      Business Office
      In order to provide timely responses to requests related to student accounts, please direct communications to studentaccounts@bath-brass.com. We will continue to process payments on account balances. If arrangements need to be made to pay via credit or debit card, contact studentaccounts@bath-brass.com. Payments received through the mail will be processed as they are received. Mailed payments can be addressed to the Business Office. Please visit www.bath-brass.com/covidfinancialaid2020欧洲杯24强 for more detailed information related to the Business Office and student accounts.

      Financial Aid
      Students and families who are experiencing financial issues and would like to discuss options for the current semester, summer 2020 or fall 2020, should feel free to contact the Financial Aid Office at 724-805-2555 or by emailing financialaid@bath-brass.com. While we are not physically in the office, we are able to answer any questions you may have and work with you to address your concerns. Students should also visit www.bath-brass.com/covidfinancialaid2020欧洲杯24强 for more detailed information regarding financial aid and the impact of COVID-19.

      Residence Life 
      Contact studentaffairs@bath-brass.com for information regarding move-out procedures, housing selection or other residence life-related questions.

      Wellness Center 
      Contact Wellness Center Director Gretchen Flock at gretchen.flock@bath-brass.com2020欧洲杯24强 with any questions or concerns you have about your physical or emotional well-being, ways to handle stress and anxiety, or other issues you may be facing related to these uncertain times in which we find ourselves.

      Campus Ministry and Campus Life
      Even though we are not together, the Campus Ministry and Campus Life offices are working to keep our community connected through daily virtual events and by providing a support system for all Bearcats. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to campus.ministry@bath-brass.com or deanna.wicks@bath-brass.com (campus life) if you need anything in the coming days and weeks, including just someone to talk to. A list of weekly interactive events can be found at http://www.bath-brass.com/student-life/campus-ministry#cm-interactive. As always, you and your families are in the prayers of campus ministry, the College and the entire monastic community.

      Career and Professional Development Center 
      Please contact Director Courtney Baum (Courtney.baum@bath-brass.com) with any questions or concerns you may have as you continue with your career goals, including searching for internships, full-time jobs or wrapping up graduate school applications. Your Career Consultant can help you remotely.

      Bookstore
      The campus bookstore is currently closed. However, students who may need assistance with something from the bookstore can reach out to Fr. Anthony Grossi, O.S.B., at anthony.grossi@bath-brass.com with their inquiries. 

    • Resident Move Out

      Due to recent directives from Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, students will not be permitted to return to campus to retrieve their belongings from the residence halls until further notice. The Office of Student Affairs will continue to provide updates for when students may again schedule times for moving out of their rooms. As a reminder, residents are NOT required to move belongings out of the residence halls by March 29 to be eligible for prorated room and board credit. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to adapt to these changing circumstances. Any questions or concerns should be directed to the Office of Student Affairs at studentaffairs@bath-brass.com

    • Registration for Fall 2020 and Advising Meetings

      2020欧洲杯24强In order to accommodate one-on-one remote meetings, we will delay registration for Fall 2020 by one week. The new schedule is shown below.  You are urged to reach out to your advisor via email over the next two weeks to schedule a meeting to (1) report how you are doing with the online instruction, (2) schedule courses for Fall 2020, and (3) discuss your long-term educational and career objectives.

      Tuesday, March 31 - Seminary Students
      Wednesday, April 1 - Graduate Students, Continuing Education, and Pre-College
      Thursday, April 2 - Seniors (87 or more credits earned or in progress)
      Friday, April 3 - Juniors (54-86 credits earned or in progress)
      Monday, April 6 - Sophomores (24-53 credits earned or in progress)
      Tuesday, April 7 - First-Year Students (fewer than 23 credits earned or in progress)

      Since registration is an online process, you will proceed as normal registering at midnight of the date above. If you have any questions about the process, reach out to academics@bath-brass.com.

    • Internships - Spring 2020
      For spring 2020, if a student has completed 50% of an internship requirement and cannot finish, they will be assigned the grade they earned at this time and awarded full credit. If a student has completed less than 50% of the internship (1) the faculty advisor can create an assignment that completes the internship at full credit, (2) the student may choose an IP if finishing may be possible in the future, or (3) the student may earn a prorated number of credits based on the internship hours completed with the grade earned at this time.
    • P/F Option - Spring 2020 Courses

      Updated May 4, 2020
      P/F OPTION – SPRING 2020 COURSES
      This semester, faculty will assess student performance by assigning the appropriate letter grade. Upon the posting of final Spring 2020 grades by the faculty, students may opt to have any of their letter grades of C- or higher changed to a P grade from May 13 - June 3. Courses with a P grade will count for credit in all programs (core, major, minor, and certificate). A grade of a P does not factor into a student’s GPA calculation.  For example, a student enrolled in four courses each for three credits with an A, a B, and two Ps would earn 12 credits and have a GPA of 3.5.  A student with all Ps would not have a GPA for the semester. Note that grades of D+ or D cannot be changed.
       
      Students interested in this option must fill out the online form at this link: .  Students’ faculty advisors will be informed of this request.

      April Update
      This semester, faculty will grade their courses assigning the appropriate letter grade. Upon submission of final Spring 2020 grades by the faculty, students may opt to have any of their letter grades changed to a P/F grade from May 13 - June 3. P/F grades will count for credit in all programs (core, major, minor, and certificate). The student who elects this option will need to verify that they have met with his or her faculty advisor to discuss this decision because there are potential implications for graduate and professional program admission and education certification among other things.

    • Online Instruction and Accommodations
      Online Instruction and Accommodations

      Faculty will begin online instruction this week and at the latest by Monday, March 23.  Instructors will be reaching out and each student will be asked to check in. Please respond promptly to your instructors.

      If you have issues with Internet access or have not heard from you instructors by the end of the day on March 23 please contact academics@bath-brass.com or call 724-805-2062.


      Palumbo Grant Extension

      2020欧洲杯24强 The deadline for the Palumbo grant applications will be extended two weeks to Monday, March 30.  Additional information will be sent to students and faculty in the next few days.

      Online Library Resources

      With the transition to classes online, we wish everyone to know that the online Library Resources are still available. Databases must be accessed through your portal page. (MySV > Quick Links: Latimer Library > Search Library Resources)

      If you are prompted for a username and password after clicking Search Library Resources, this will be your SVC Username and Password you use to log into everything SVC related, but WITHOUT the @bath-brass.com.  (example: bridget.hornyak).

      Interlibrary Loan will continue to run as best as possible in providing articles electronically. For books, we recommend utilizing the Ebsco E-Books collection to which we have access.

      Many colleges and universities are undergoing the same circumstances that we are, and because of this, many libraries are closing and are only able to provide a limited number of resources.

    • Mail/Summer Mail

      • All first-class mail and packages will be forwarded to the address you registered under in the fall. If this has changed please notify the Post Office staff.
      • All junk mail and newspapers will be discarded. A good idea is to call your paper and suspend delivery or change address.
      • All magazines are donated to local hospitals. If you want your magazines, you must call or write them to have your address changed to your home.
      • All international students, your mail will remain here at SVC.
      • All seniors, your first-class mail will be forwarded for one year. Please make proper arrangements to have your address changed to your home or new location.
      • If you are withdrawing, please return your mail box key to the Post Office.
      • Any housemail that is in yourbox will remain there until your return.

       

    • Free Internet Access
      Check out this helpful link regarding free internet:
    • A Prayer of Encouragement
      Please visit the Campus Ministry page for a list of Interactive Events scheduled to keep everyone connected to one another.

      A Blessing for Saint Vincent College Bearcats

      Last week we were in a world that was full of our friends, classmates and teammates, concerned faculty and staff at Saint Vincent; today we might feel isolated and alone. Let us not let the isolation lead us to feeling disconnected, but in the midst of it may we be united with the Lord and one another. Let us look at those around us who are part of our present situation and give thanks and ask God’s Blessing.

      We are grateful for our administrators who put our health and safety first among their concerns and ask God’s blessing upon them as they continue to deliberate and struggle with the best response to this crisis.

      We appreciate the faculty and staff from all areas of campus life who have prepared to continue to instruct and provide services for us through online courses, and various offices and services. We ask God’s blessing on them in appreciation for all the efforts they are making to do this effectively.

      We are grateful for our students who became our best friends, students and workers throughout campus. May God bless all students by diminishing anxiety and giving them a deeper sense of peace.

      2020欧洲杯24强We give thanks to the Benedictine Community for their prayers throughout each day for us, and their willingness to be present even from a distance. May God keep them safe during this time.

      We remember and pray for our alumni and friends who hold all of us in their hearts, minds and prayers during these times. May the Lord Bless them and remind all of us that “Once a Bearcat, always a Bearcat.”

      We offer these prayers and all of our prayers as a family united by our love of Saint Vincent College. Prayer brings us together even at times when we are physically apart.

      Although we are not on campus, we are Bearcats and need to stay connected with one another. Make the most of your online courses and take advantage of the various opportunities to connect with offices and clubs via the internet. Be assured that all of us on campus are thinking about you and are concerned about how you are doing, and we are praying for you and your families. Remember, Jesus told us that he is present whenever two or more gather in his name. Let us gather through technology to support one another and to allow Jesus to be present to us.

      2020欧洲杯24强Finally, this is not the first time that Saint Vincent College has experienced a crisis. Back at the ourbreak of the Civil War Father Boniface Wimmer wrote:

      “In the holy sacrifice of the Mass, we find real consolation in a life full of trouble and suffering, of crosses and adversity. Let us meet each other there, under the cross. There is little time, though we must always take courage, gather fresh hope, and have confidence that is firm as a rock.”

      2020欧洲杯24强—Boniface Wimmer, Letters of An American Abbot, May 17, 1860

      Saint Vincent College Campus Ministers

      Father Killian Loch, O.S.B.
      Father Canice McMullen, O.S.B.
      Jody Marsh
      Bridget DiVittis
      Samantha Pashel
      Brother Barnabas O’Reilly, O.S.B.
      2020欧洲杯24强 Brother Cassian Edwards, O.S.B.

    • Library to Close

      2020欧洲杯24强The Dale P. Latimer Library will be closed until further notice.

    • The CPDC is Ready to Help
      The Career and Professional Development Center is here to serve your career needs.  Many of you are searching for internships, full-time jobs or wrapping up graduate school applications.  Your Career Consultant can help you remotely, by phone or email, with any questions or concerns you may have as you continue with your career goals. 
       
      Please log into your Handshake account at  to request an appointment with your Career Consultant. If you do not have an account, please take the time to create your profile. Additionally, the Handshake App is extremely convenient and can be downloaded from your App store or Google Play. 
       
      Please contact Director Courtney.baum@bath-brass.com or call the office at the number below if you have any additional questions. 
    • Keeping Campus Healthy
      As classes are moved online and the campus population remains low, FMO continues to work diligently to disinfect and sanitize all areas of campus.
    • Key Ways to Cope During Challenging Times
      Key Ways to Cope during these Challenging Times:

      #1 Focus on What you Can Control 
      Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds. Alcohol based hand sanitizers also effective.
      Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and dispose of it.
      Avoid physical contact with others, especially with someone who is sick.
      Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs will spread that way.
      Keep your immune system well-rested and fed and get exercise when you can.

      #2 Use Healthy Coping
      Give yourself permission to look away from the news and social media. Find trusted sources and take breaks.
      Make a list of things that restore you and bring you joy and then use it!
      Keep a journal, written from a place of self-compassion which can help reduce the intensity of your feelings.
      Call friends and family so as not to feel isolated.
      Seek help if you need it. If you are having more trouble than you can manage, reach out to a mental health professional.
      Counseling Services and Medication Management
    • Work Study Paychecks
      Students can pick up work study paychecks at the Guard Booth at any time over the coming days. Students must have proper identification with them to pick up their checks.
    • Portal Notifications
      You can sign up for Email Notifications when new Portal Announcements are posted by visiting the Portal homepage at mysv.bath-brass.com.
    • Campus Statement on Coronavirus COVID-19, March 6, 2020

      At present, there are no suspected cases of COVID-19 on campus or near Latrobe. The health and safety of the entire Saint Vincent community is of the utmost importance, so we are asking that each member of our campus does their own part in preventing the spread of all communicable diseases.

      Saint Vincent College continues to closely monitor the growing outbreak of COVID-19, with a group of administrators regularly communicating to discuss protocols and recommendations, based on the information available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as the local and state health departments. Additionally, we will maintain strict adherence to any advisories relating to travel or preventive measures from the CDC, the U.S. State Department, the World Health Organization and others. As the situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve, we will pass along any applicable updates as they relate to the health and safety of our campus community.

      Guidelines

      We are asking all members of our campus community to follow the guidelines for prevention, as recommended by the CDC.

      • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
      • Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow or a tissue.
      • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
      • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
      • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
      • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are unavailable, use hand sanitizer.

      Medical experts continue to emphasize that handwashing, maintaining proper hygiene, avoiding close contact with people who may be sick and avoiding touching your face are the best ways to prevent COVID-19.

      Adherence to these guidelines will also aid in preventing the spread of other communicable diseases, which can be easily transmitted on a college campus and in shared living/working spaces. Furthermore, we ask that all members of campus remain diligent in maintaining cleanliness in all residence hall rooms and offices, including regularly disinfecting surfaces and frequently touched areas.

      Symptoms

      2020欧洲杯24强Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include:

      • Fever
      • Cough
      • Shortness of breath

      2020欧洲杯24强If you begin experiencing symptoms related to the flu or respiratory issues and have recently traveled to a region with COVID-19 or have been in close contact with a person who may have COVID-19, please take the following steps:

      • Do not come to campus.
      • Contact your doctor or a medical professional.
      • Advise your department chair or work supervisor of your situation.

      If upon your return to campus, you begin experiencing these symptoms, please report this to the Wellness Center, your Prefect or Residence Hall director and your professors via email/phone. Do not go in-person to report these symptoms.

      • If these symptoms are present, it is important that you self-isolate immediately and do not interact with others.
      • Students who are experiencing these symptoms, or symptoms of another illness, will not be penalized for class absences.
      Travel

      2020欧洲杯24强Moving forward, all college-related or business travel, including trips with students, must be approved by your Vice President/President’s Cabinet Member. Travel for athletic competition will continue as planned, but the College will continue to monitor the situation with COVID-19 and make any adjustments, as necessary.

      In regard to personal travel, we recommend that all members of the SVC community:

      • Avoid travel to any regions with large or growing outbreaks of COVID-19, as outlined by the CDC and the U.S. Department of State.
      • If travel to a region with a large or growing outbreak is absolutely necessary, alert John Smetanka (john.smetanka@bath-brass.com), Vice President of Academic Affairs and Academic Dean, of your intentions.
      • If you have recently traveled to a region experiencing a large or growing outbreak, please alert Alert John Smetanka (john.smetanka@bath-brass.com).
      Campus and Residence Halls

      Our Facilities Management Office continues to work diligently to disinfect high traffic areas and surfaces, including residence halls, restrooms, door handles and common/shared spaces. Additional hand sanitizer locations will also be available throughout campus.

      Food Service/Dining

      On-campus dining services will continue as normal, but with enhanced precautions, particularly with more frequent replacement of shared utensils in self-service areas.  

      In the interest of precaution and in an effort to reduce the number of frequently touched surfaces, there will be some adjustments to the dining areas. In the Community Center Dining Hall, self-service areas have been temporarily eliminated. Employees will now be present at each station throughout the cafeteria, including the salad bar, to distribute food and utensils. In The Shack, self-service condiment stations have been eliminated and, instead of using a pencil and paper to place their order on a form, students will give their order to a food service employee directly. Everyone’s cooperation is appreciated as these changes are implemented in order to ensure the health and safety of our students and guests.

      Questions and Concerns

      Should you have any questions or concerns regarding COVID-19, or the spread of any other illnesses on campus, please contact John Smetanka (john.smetanka@bath-brass.com), Vice President of Academic Affairs and Academic Dean, or the Office of Student Affairs (studentaffairs@bath-brass.com).

      2020欧洲杯24强As a reminder, the campus Wellness Center is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and can be reached by calling 724-805-2115. During non-business hours, students with questions or concerns are encouraged to contact residence life staff or campus ministers.

      The situation with COVID-19 remains fluid, with new information and updates being shared multiple times per day. It is important that we are all mindful of misinformation and how quickly rumors may spread. We encourage all members of campus to refrain from engaging in the sharing of misinformation and to look to resources provided by the CDC, the WHO, the Department of State, local and state health departments and the College for updated and accurate information.

      Thank you for your cooperation as we work to keep our campus community safe and healthy.  

      Important Links from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

      What You Should Know: COVID-19

      Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary

      Stigma and COVID-19

      How COVID-19 Spreads

      COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

      COVID-19 Travel Information

  • Previous Updates from SVC President Rev. Paul R. Taylor, O.S.B.
    • Campus Statement on Coronavirus COVID-19, March 17, 2020

      To the Saint Vincent College Community:

      The past few weeks have presented a set of challenges which many of us have never experienced. We have continually acted in the best interest of the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and the entire campus community. These decisions, while difficult and disruptive in many ways to our on-campus experience, have been necessary as we examine the vast uncertainty with COVID-19.

      2020欧洲杯24强When we made the decision to move coursework online and close the residence halls at the end of last week, we remained hopeful that the disruption would be temporary. While continuing to evaluate this fluid situation, the goal of bringing our students back to campus at the end of this month persisted.

      However, as new information and directives emerge daily surrounding COVID-19, and after consulting with the members of the President’s Cabinet and administration, we have decided that classes will remain online through the end of the Spring 2020 semester. While this is certainly not the way that we had hoped or planned for this semester to transpire, we feel it is in the best interest of our entire Saint Vincent community to proceed in this manner.

      2020欧洲杯24强At Saint Vincent, our campus community thrives when we are together. This shift to remote learning means that we will be physically apart, but it does not mean that our students will lack engagement and connectedness. We will continue to remain engaged through coursework, ongoing communication, interactive virtual events and personal connections. The spirit of community which lies at the heart of the Saint Vincent experience will not be stifled by these temporary changes. Rather, it is precisely this spirit that will continue to drive us forward, even in these most unprecedented of circumstances.

      We realize this decision will impact every student in a number of ways and we are prepared to provide assistance. What follows are answers to some of those questions. We know you will have more. In the coming days, we will continue to communicate with everyone and provide additional information as it is available.

      Residence Halls (Updated 3/20/20) 

      Due to recent directives from Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, students will not be permitted to return to campus to retrieve their belongings from the residence halls until further notice. The Office of Student Affairs will continue to provide updates for when students may again schedule times for moving out of their rooms. As a reminder, residents are NOT required to move belongings out of the residence halls by March 29 to be eligible for prorated room and board credit. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to adapt to these changing circumstances. Any questions or concerns should be directed to the Office of Student Affairs at studentaffairs@bath-brass.com

      Room and Board (Updated 3/20/20)
      In light of the decision to move courses online and close the residence halls for the remainder of the semester, students who depart by 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 29, will receive a prorated room and board credit. To clarify, students do not need to have their belongings out of the residence halls prior to March 29 to receive this credit. Any student who has checked out with Residence Life prior to March 29 is considered “moved out” and can schedule their time with the Office of Student Affairs accordingly to retrieve their belongings. As of Friday, March 20 and based on directives from PA Governor Tom Wolf, students will not be permitted to return to campus to retrieve their belongings from the residence halls until further notice. The Office of Student Affairs will continue to provide updates to students as they are available. Any questions or concerns should be directed to the Office of Student Affairs at studentaffairs@bath-brass.com.

      Events
      All on-campus and College-sponsored events for the remainder of the spring semester are canceled or postponed. Information regarding the rescheduling of any canceled events will be shared, as available.

      Commencement
      We plan to have Commencement ceremonies and we will announce the plans for that, including a new date, at a later time. When we are safely able to gather together again, we will properly recognize and celebrate our graduates, along with their families, friends, professors and all others who have been part of their college experience.

      2020欧洲杯24强We know that these times bring much uncertainty and that the situation will evolve over the coming days and weeks. We will continue to communicate with our entire campus community and pass along additional information and updates as they are available.

      2020欧洲杯24强You all remain in my prayers and the prayers of the monastic community.

      Sincerely,
      2020欧洲杯24强 Father Paul

      Rev. Paul R. Taylor, O.S.B.
      President

    • Campus Statement on Coronavirus COVID-19, March 12, 2020

      To the Saint Vincent College Community:

      Over the past two weeks, we have continually acted in the best interest of our campus community when it comes to COVID-19. Be it cancelling the spring break trip to Rome, Italy, implementing enhanced precautions to guard against the potential spread of the virus, or enacting strict protocols restricting travel, each decision made has been with the health and safety of everyone at Saint Vincent in mind. In each instance, our campus has shown remarkable strength and adaptability.

      2020欧洲杯24强After the final class on Thursday, March 12, Saint Vincent College will suspend face-to-face classes. Coursework through March 27 will be presented in an online format and specific instructions on how each class will proceed will be provided to students within the next week. Students should continue to check their college email and Schoology for updates from their professors.

      Any student who may need accommodations for online instruction should contact the Office of Academic Affairs at academics@bath-brass.com2020欧洲杯24强 or 724-805-2062.

      As of Friday, March 13, at 5:00 p.m., the residence halls will be closed for a period of two weeks. Any student in need of alternative arrangements to remain on campus past Friday at 5:00 p.m. must contact the Office of Student Affairs as soon as possible at studentaffairs@bath-brass.com. Students should take with them all necessary items for continuing their coursework online.

      By Sunday, March 29, we hope to welcome students back to the residence halls and to resume regularly-scheduled classes on Monday, March 30. Updates will be regularly provided moving forward. Regardless, students will still be able to complete the semester.

      Effective immediately, all College-sponsored on-campus events through April 1 are cancelled. All Saint Vincent athletic competition and practices will also be suspended during this time. The Presidents’ Athletic Conference will provide further information on this in the near future.  

      2020欧洲杯24强As the circumstances with COVID-19 continue to evolve, we will remain vigilant in our monitoring of the situation and will provide updates to the entire Saint Vincent community as they are available.

      Thank you very much for your patience and understanding. As we continue through these difficult times, we do so together as students, faculty, staff and Benedictines. We remain a strong community, even as our circumstances change. You all remain in my prayers and the prayers of the monastic community.

      Sincerely,
      Father Paul

      Rev. Paul R. Taylor, O.S.B.
      President