CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) Updates

COVID-19 Updates for the Peirce College Community 

Updated on 7/8/20

In alignment with the latest guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Peirce College’s physical campus will remain closed until December 31. 

 

In addition, all Session 1 and Session 2 courses will be delivered entirely online for all students, and no on-campus courses will be offered. Classes for Session 1 begin on September 8, and registration is now open for courses. Students should contact their advisor for assistance registering for courses. 

 

Using web conferencing tools, we have added more synchronous learning experiences to our online courses so students can have live interactions with faculty and classmates. Students should contact their professors with additional questions.

 

Lastly, Peirce is excited to share that, for the fourth consecutive year, there will be no tuition increases in the 2020-2021 academic year.

 

Visit the COVID-19 Information and Resources page to access resources and information for support during this extraordinary time. 

 

 

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Updated on 5/21/20

In alignment with the latest guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Peirce College’s physical campus is now scheduled to remain closed until August 31.

In addition, all courses for Session 6 are being delivered entirely online for all students and no on-campus courses will be offered. 

Also, the College's Pass/No Grade undergraduate grading option is being extended to courses taken in Session 6 to help reduce students’ stress as they continue with their courses and manage through the impacts of COVID-19.

Undergraduate students have the option to convert any of their Session 4, 5 or 6 courses to Pass/No Grade, subject to these conditions:

  1. At the end of the session, all faculty will submit final letter grades as usual. Students will have (7) seven calendar days after the date on which letter grades are posted to change the grading option to P/NG*. Using their Peirce email address, students must email their request to Dr. Shannon Begley, Dean, Academic Advising and Registrar at SVBegley@peirce.edu.
  2. Courses converted to Pass/No Grade and for which a pass is earned will count toward graduation requirements.
  3. If “No Grade” is issued, the transcript will read “NG*” and the course will not count toward degree and graduation requirements.
  4. Pass/NG*grades are not included in the calculation of the semester or cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA).
  5. Grades of “Pass” will count toward meeting minimum grade requirements in sequential courses.
  6. In the case of a repeated course, the new grade will replace the previous grade. For a course converted to Pass/No Grade, the new pass/no grade will replace the earlier letter grade.

All grades of D or higher will convert to P. 

Students who believe that withdrawal from one or more courses is the best decision still may choose to do so through the withdrawal deadline. However, we hope that the P/NG* option will encourage students to remain enrolled in courses in which it is possible to earn the credits. 

We hope this new option will encourage students to remain enrolled in their undergraduate courses. 

Visit the COVID-19 Information and Resources page to access resources and information to support you during this extraordinary time. 

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Updated on 4/22/20

In alignment with the latest guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Peirce College’s physical campus is now scheduled to remain closed until May 31. The timeline to reopen our campus may change based on local and state guidelines.

In addition, the College has recently approved a Pass/No Grade undergraduate grading option for Session 4 and Session 5 to help reduce students’ stress as they continue with their courses and manage through the impacts of COVID-19.

Undergraduate students have the option to convert any of their Session 4 courses to Pass/No Grade, subject to these conditions:

  1. At the end of the session, all faculty will submit final letter grades as usual. Students will have (7) seven calendar days after the date on which letter grades are posted to change the grading option to P/NG*. Using their Peirce email address, students must email their request to Dr. Shannon Begley, Dean, Academic Advising and Registrar at SVBegley@peirce.edu.
  2. Courses converted to Pass/No Grade and for which a pass is earned will count toward graduation requirements.
  3. If “No Grade” is issued, the transcript will read “NG*” and the course will not count toward degree and graduation requirements.
  4. Pass/NG*grades are not included in the calculation of the semester or cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA).
  5. Grades of “Pass” will count toward meeting minimum grade requirements in sequential courses.
  6. In the case of a repeated course, the new grade will replace the previous grade. For a course converted to Pass/No Grade, the new pass/no grade will replace the earlier letter grade.

All grades of D or higher will convert to P. 

Students who believe that withdrawal from one or more courses is the best decision still may choose to do so through the withdrawal deadline. However, we hope that the P/NG* option will encourage students to remain enrolled in courses in which it is possible to earn the credits. 

We hope this new option will encourage students to remain enrolled in their undergraduate courses. 

Visit our recently redesigned COVID-19 Information and Resources page to access resources and information to support you during this extraordinary time. 

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Updated on 4/10/20

In alignment with the latest guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, courses for Session 5 will be conducted entirely online.

Peirce has also made the decision not to hold our traditional Commencement ceremony on June 8. Instead, we are planning a virtual Commencement. This decision was guided by our goal to keep our community as safe as possible. We are selecting a new date for Commencement and details will be released when they are available.  

On the legislative front, Peirce is awaiting details on how colleges and universities will receive funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which provides $14 billion to higher education. According to the Department of Education, we estimate that Peirce may receive approximately $611,000 to support our students and institution.

We continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation and the timeline to reopen our campus may change based on local and state guidelines.  

For resources and additional information, please scroll down.

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Updated on 3/24/20

Peirce College continues to closely monitor the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on a local, regional and national level.

In alignment with the latest guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Peirce College’s physical campus is scheduled to remain closed until April 30. We will continue to serve students via online courses and remotely provided student services during this time. As the COVID-19 situation changes rapidly, the timeline to reopen our campus may change based on local and state guidelines.

We are working with Sen. Bob Casey and Sen. Pat Toomey to help ensure the "phase three" coronavirus stimulus package to aid the economy helps to relax financial aid requirements and provides support for students and colleges and universities, especially minority-serving institutions like Peirce College. We have also reached out to Rep. Dwight Evans and are collaborating with the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and National Association of College and University Business Officers on advocacy efforts. 

In addition, Peirce College has implemented a COVID-19 communications plan that includes informational updates and content designed to keep the College engaged with students, faculty and staff, alumni, partners, prospective students and the general public.   

For Faculty and Staff

  • Faculty and staff are directed to work remotely from home using the College's VPN until at least April 30. 
  • All College-related travel, including conference and event attendance, has been restricted until further notice.

Executive Leadership Breakfast

The Executive Leadership Breakfast has been rescheduled for Wednesday, June 17. Learn more

Resources:

Tips to Stay Productive When Working from Home

  • Know yourself - Consider when you are most productive. Then, if possible, plan your most demanding or high attention tasks during that time. Realistically evaluate the length of time it takes for you to complete certain tasks. Chunk your tasks and schedule your day accordingly. Pause and think about what type of help you may need and allow time to let others know.
  • Start off well - Use the first 10-15 minutes of your workday to get centered and to set the tone for the rest of your day. Make sure that you have the necessary tools to help you focus and to work with minimal distractions.
  • Create a "Done!" List - Instead of a traditional to-do list, which for many of us defaults into a wish list of tasks that we often try to complete, focus on the top 2-4 priorities for your day. Write down the associated goals and turn your intention into action.
  • Make decisions - Even the best advice or tips will be ineffective if you are not willing to apply them, or more importantly, committed to the goals that you set in the first place. Make decisions about what needs to be done. Deciding will help you to free up your time to focus on your key tasks and allow you to decide proactively what should be delegated or removed from your list.
  • Communicate effectively - How we communicate through our day can make a difference. For example, could that 1-hour phone exchange have been handled better as an email? Or could that phone call that turned into an hour conversation have been better managed as a chat message? Use time and technology to your advantage.
  • Break it up - Take brief planned breaks throughout the day. Breaks can help to counteract the monotony of the day, refresh the mind, boost creativity, and reduce stress. Add a brief walk or some intentional movement such as stretches, if possible, to combat tension in your body.

Tips for Working Remotely

  • Identify a place to access email and (if possible) print documents you may need with minimal disruptions.
  • Treat your day similar to your day in the office; resist the urge to complete household chores during working hours.
  • If you are concerned about privacy when using your cell phone, press *67 before entering a number – this will automatically block your cell phone number. 
  • Schedule regular check-ins with your colleagues if needed, especially if you are concerned about feeling isolated. 
  • Consider resources like Google Hangouts and Zoom to communicate with others.
  • Take breaks: when we are working from home, taking time for breaks can be a little more difficult to navigate; giving yourself room to take a breather, grab a snack, or go for a walk are ways to help stay focused and calm when you get back to your desk.
  • Know when to end your day: set a time to call it quits and stick to it rather than burning yourself out.  

For more tips, consider reading this article from the Glassdoor blog.

Precautionary Tips for Disease Prevention:

Free Online Course - COVID-19: How to be Safe and Resilient

This free course offered by Northeastern University’s Global Resilience Institute provides life-saving skills for dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has provided the following preventative tips:

  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects with a household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water - Download WHO hand washing flyer

For additional information, please access the following:

Please check this page regularly latest updates and resources.  

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Updated on March 16, 2020

Peirce College is continuing to closely monitor the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation on a local, regional and national level and remain committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of the College community and providing the highest quality of service to our students. 

In alignment with Philadelphia and Pennsylvania guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Peirce College’s physical campus will close at 5 p.m. on March 16 and remain closed through Tuesday, March 31. We will continue to serve students during this time via online courses and remotely provided student services. We are scheduled to reopen the physical campus for students, faculty and staff on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. 

For Faculty and Staff

  • Faculty and staff are directed to work remotely from home using the College's VPN until at least March 31. 
  • All College-related travel, including conference and event attendance, has been restricted until further notice.

Executive Leadership Breakfast

The Executive Leadership Breakfast has been rescheduled for Wednesday, June 17. Learn more

Resources:

Tips for Working Remotely

  • Identify a place to access email and (if possible) print documents you may need with minimal disruptions.
  • Treat your day similar to your day in the office; resist the urge to complete household chores during working hours.
  • If you are concerned about privacy when using your cell phone, press *67 before entering a number – this will automatically block your cell phone number. 
  • Schedule regular check-ins with your colleagues if needed, especially if you are concerned about feeling isolated. 
  • Consider resources like Google Hangouts and Zoom to communicate with others.
  • Take breaks: when we are working from home, taking time for breaks can be a little more difficult to navigate; giving yourself room to take a breather, grab a snack, or go for a walk are ways to help stay focused and calm when you get back to your desk.
  • Know when to end your day: set a time to call it quits and stick to it rather than burning yourself out.  

For more tips, consider reading this article from the Glassdoor blog.

Precautionary Tips for Disease Prevention:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has provided the following preventative tips:

  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects with a household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water - Download WHO hand washing flyer

For additional information, please access the following:

Please check this page regularly latest updates and resources.  

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Updated on March 13, 2020 

Supporting students with the highest quality of service and ensuring the safety and well-being of the Peirce College community is our top priority. As such, Peirce College has enacted the following measures out of an abundance of caution and to help reduce potential pathways for the spread of COVID-19 within our community. 

As of Monday, March 16:

For Faculty and Staff

  • Faculty and staff are directed to work remotely from home using the College's VPN until at least March 30. During that time, the College will be open for essential business operations only and accessible to staff who need to be on campus.
  • All College-related travel, including conference and event attendance, has been restricted until further notice.

Executive Leadership Breakfast

The Executive Leadership Breakfast has been rescheduled for Wednesday, June 17. Learn more.

We understand this may cause some disruption, but we believe it is the best way to minimize the risk of spreading the virus within our campus community.  Our actions are also consistent with recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health

The College will evaluate current and potentially new measures on an ongoing basis and continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely with local, state and federal health officials to determine the best course of action for Peirce. 

Resources:

Precautionary Tips for Disease Prevention:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has provided the following preventative tips:

  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects with a household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water - Download WHO hand washing flyer

For additional information, please access the following:

Please check this page regularly latest updates and resources.  

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Updated on March 10, 2020

Peirce College continues to closely monitor reports about the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and remains dedicated to sharing information about the disease with the Peirce College community.  

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, there are presumptive cases in Pennsylvania, including Philadelphia.

On campus, the Auxiliary Services team is continuing its expanded sanitizing efforts, which includes common areas and individual work spaces. While the College is currently maintaining normal operations, we are closely monitoring developments daily and are prepared for business continuity if the virus impacts our campus. 

  • Classes will proceed as planned. All courses are accessible online, and all student support services, including advising, financial aid, academic counseling and tutoring, and career services, are accessible remotely.
  • Student Advisory:  Session 4 course drops or non-attendance can have an impact on financial aid eligibility, but online options allow for continued participation. Students should contact their professors or academic advisor with any concerns they have about attending class on campus. Students who are sick should complete their coursework online.  
  • Faculty and staff have the ability to work remotely via the College's VPN network and should speak with their supervisors as needed about this option and if other closings, such as school closings, are causing an impact.
  • Peirce College will address College events on a case-by-case basis.

As this is a rapidly-changing, complex situation, Peirce College is working closely with local, state and federal health officials to determine the best course of action for our institution. 

Precautionary Tips for Disease Prevention:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has provided the following preventative tips:

  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects with a household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water - Download WHO hand washing flyer

For additional information, please access the following:

If you traveled to China, especially Wuhan City, on or after Dec. 1, 2019, and feel sick with fever, cough or have trouble breathing, you should:

  • Seek medical care immediately. Before you arrive at your doctor’s office or an emergency room, call ahead to report your symptoms and your recent travel.
  • Avoid contact with others; do not travel while sick.
  • If you have to cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve. Do not use your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

Please check this page for the latest updates regarding the situation as it is updated regularly.

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Updated Feb. 26, 2020

To the Peirce College community,

Peirce College is monitoring reports about the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), which was first identified in Wuhan City, China, and is dedicated to sharing information about the disease with the Peirce College community.  

At present, there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Philadelphia. On our campus, the Auxiliary Services team has expanded its sanitizing efforts as a precaution.

For additional information, please access the following:

If you traveled to China, especially Wuhan City, on or after Dec. 1, 2019, and feel sick with fever, cough or have trouble breathing, you should:

  • Seek medical care immediately. Before you arrive at your doctor’s office or an emergency room, call ahead to report your symptoms and your recent travel.
  • Avoid contact with others; do not travel while sick.
  • If you have to cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve. Do not use your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

Peirce College will keep you updated on any significant changes in the situation, especially as it pertains to our campus.

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