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# In Quarantine or Isolation: 15 | # of Active Positive Cases: 7| # of Confirmed Cases: 46

Updates to this dashboard will be posted each Tuesday and Friday throughout the fall 2021 semester.  The dashboard was last updated on 11/30/2021 at 8:45 a.m.

  • # In Quarantine or Isolation represent the total number of students currently in quarantine or isolation (on and off Campus).
  • # of Active positive cases represent the known # of students currently infected with COVID-19 and in isolation. (Positive cases identified prior to students returning to campus on August 23, 2021, are not represented in this number.)
  • # Confirmed cases represent the total known # of confirmed cases on campus since August 23, 2021.

Health & Safety Plan

Thiel College's health and safety plans are based on current guidelines from the CDC, PA Departments of Health and Education, and NCAA. The information below is meant to provide some initial details of our planning in advance of our start and arrival dates for the fall 2021 semester, and it applies to ALL students (e.g., commuter, residential, undergraduate, and graduate).

For students who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, prior to your scheduled start date you should submit your vaccination records to Campus Health Services to be included in your confidential medical records.  Vaccine records can be submitted by email to health_services@thiel.edu, by fax at 724-589-2875, or via survey link.  You will also need to read and sign an acknowledgement form with information about campus health and safety policies and the risks associated with in-person activities during a pandemic.  For your convenience, the acknowledgement form will be sent via email ahead of your start date and/or can be signed and submitted upon arrival to campus.

For students who are NOT fully vaccinated for COVID-19, you will need to submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test (specimen collected within 72-hours of arriving to campus), and participate in regular surveillance testing throughout the semester and year. You will also need to read and sign an acknowledgement of our campus health and safety policies and the risks associated with in-person activities during a pandemic.  For your convenience, the acknowledgement form will be sent via email ahead of your start date and/or can be signed and submitted upon arrival to campus.

Masks/Face Coverings. During the transition of undergraduates back to campus and the start of the fall semester, the following temporary and universal mask/face covering policy will be in effect. The policy will be revisited for possible adjustment beginning September 15 based on the campus vaccination level and local infection rates at that time.

  • Indoors: Regardless of vaccination status, face coverings are required when indoors, unless you are in your enclosed residence hall room or apartment or in an enclosed private office.
  • Oudoors: Individuals who are not fully vaccinated and/or those who are or reside with someone who is immunocompromised, should wear a face covering when outdoors and unable to maintain physical distancing. All are welcome and encouraged to wear a face covering outdoors based on their own comfort levels and needs.

Physical Distancing. Physical distancing (maintaining 6-ft. of distance from others) is also strongly encouraged for those who are unvaccinated, at increased risk for severe illness, and/or prefer to have the added protection. The College is not requiring physical distancing at this time, but may need to adjust health and safety protocols should we experience high levels of COVID-19 on-campus or in the surrounding region, and/or if mandated by local, state, or federal authorities.

The safety of Thiel College's students, faculty and staff is our top priority. The College has been proactive in relaying information to students, parents and the entire Thiel community during these unprecedented times. Below are all of the COVID-19 specific campus updates and health guidelines.  For questions about health and safety policies, please contact Campus Health Services at 724-589-2195.

We will continue to share campus updates and information to this page as the situation progresses.

Update:  Vaccine Requirement for Graduate Students in the Physician Assistant and Speech-Language Pathology Program:

All students enrolled in the College’s Physician Assistant and Speech-Language Pathology graduate programs are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.  Students should submit proof of at least partial vaccination to Campus Health Services by October 31, 2021.  The only exceptions to this policy will include students who receive approval for a medical or religious exemption.  Medical and religious exemptions can be requested through the Thiel College Health Services Office (health_services@thiel.edu or 724-589-2195). 

COVID-19 Health & Safety Plan and Reference Guide

The following information is a general reference guide to the College’s COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan. (Updated Aug. 2021)

HEERF Act Information

Thiel College HEERF Act FAQ

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