COVID-19 FAQs | University of Valley Forge

COVID-19 FAQs

COVID-19 FAQs

April 3, 2020 Update

GENERAL

When can we expect updates?

Updates for the UVF community will be communicated weekly on Fridays or as needed. UVF faculty, staff, and students are requested to check the UVF website, social media, and their email regularly.

Is UVF closed?

The University is still conducting operations. Seated classes moved on-line March 18, 2020 and will continue through the end of the semester. Residence halls and other public buildings on campus are closed.

 

University services remain available. Contact specific staff or faculty by email, or call the UVF main number at 610-935-0450. 

Why did UVF make the decision to ask students to leave campus?

On Saturday, March 14, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf enacted aggressive social distancing procedures for Chester County for 14 days, effective March 15, in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Pennsylvania Department of Education advised that these procedures mandate the closing of institutions of higher education. Therefore, beginning Monday, March 16, the University campus closed for the mandated period and seated classes were moved online.

Are there any confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the University?

No.

What should I do if I feel sick?

Call your personal health care provider. The University of Valley Forge continues to track the illnesses and symptoms of our community. Please call the Health Center at 610-917-1465 to report your symptoms.

HOUSING/CAMPUS QUESTIONS

Are students required to leave the residence halls?

Yes. Students were required to leave campus during the online learning period as of Monday, March 16 at 8:00 p.m.

 

All resident students are required to fill out this form to let UVF know where they are staying or their plans if anything has changed. Students are allowed to leave items on campus, but are encouraged to take home essential belongings (i.e. medications, important documents, digital devices, and chargers).

What if I want to stay on campus?

Students who felt they needed to remain on campus due to extenuating circumstances were required to complete the Exception to Remain on Campus Form and were notified in writing if approved to remain.

Will dining options be available on-campus?

Yes. Prepared food is available to those students who were approved to remain on-campus.

Can I still choose my housing for next year?

Yes. Information on the housing lottery was sent via email on Friday, March 20. Housing selection night has been moved to Thursday, April 16 and will be held virtually.

 

In the meantime, students must register for classes and fill out their FAFSA (or complete the FAFSA waiver found on the UVF website) before they are eligible to choose their fall housing. 

Can students who leave campus return during this time period?

Students are not permitted to return to campus at this time.

 

In the case of an emergency need, please contact Student Life to request permission for access at studentlife@valleyforge.edu.  

How will I get my belongings since the closure has been extended?

Information on how students may completely remove their items and checkout will be sent by email when government directives indicate that access is safe and legal. 

Am I allowed to have guests if I am approved to remain on-campus?

No. Students may not bring non-residents on campus during the online learning time period.

Are there restrictions for access to University buildings?

The Anvil, Student Center, Gymnasium, Capeci Hall, and Storms Research Center are closed. Library resources remain available online.

What should I do about library books that I still have checked out?

All due dates have been extended.  Students can return books on the date they return to campus to pick up their belongings, check out of their room, and turn in their mailroom key.

I’m a commuter student; how am I affected by these changes?

Since all seated courses will be held on-line during this period and Chapel is suspended, commuter students should not be on campus. Commuter students should restrict travel according to CDC recommendations.

Will summer housing be available to students?

We will continue to follow the guidelines of the government mandate. Students who have already been approved to remain on campus and who wish to stay should complete an application for summer housing by April 16. All other applications for summer housing have been placed on hold, and the summer housing meeting has been postponed indefinitely.

UPCOMING EVENTS/ACTIVITIES

Will advising and course registration for Summer and Fall 2020 continue?

Yes. Registration will continue as scheduled. Advising meetings may be held virtually or over the phone.

Are any campus events canceled?

  • Spring Banquet (April 3, 2020) – canceled
  • Open House (April 4 & 18, 2020) – will be held virtually
  • Grad Center (April 7, 2020) – will be held virtually
  • Community Service Day (April 15, 2020) – canceled; classes will be held
  • Spring Concert (April 17, 2020) – canceled
  • Forge Fest (April 27, 2020) – canceled

What about Commencement (graduation)?

The May 1 Commencement has been postponed to August 29. The day will include rehearsal, Baccalaureate, and the Commencement ceremony. A schedule is forthcoming.

Will there be any on-campus activities?

Student activities, including athletic practices, contests and intramurals, are canceled during the online learning period.

FINANCIAL/STUDENT SERVICES

Do I still need to make payments on my payment plan?

Yes.  Students should contact their Financial Services Counselor if they anticipate having a difficulty with a payment.  In some cases, there are additional loans or other resources that Financial Services can help students apply for.

Is the University considering refunds or discounts for housing or dining?

There is not a plan at this time to reduce either charges or financial aid awarded during the period of online learning. As we cope with the State mandated campus closure, we will continue to monitor the government’s response to assist universities and students with this unexpected change.

Will health & counseling services be available on-campus?

Yes. Information about health & counseling services can be found on MyValleyForge, or you may contact the UVF Health Center at leborn@valleyforge.edu to ask questions and discuss options.

What is the job status of student employment during the online learning period?

Some student employees have the option to continue to work virtually during the online learning period. We ask that student employees communicate with their supervisors for more information.

Who should I contact with other questions?

At this time, all offices are still open virtually. Please direct your questions to the appropriate offices.