Help keep Cairn safe.

You can learn more about our plan to keep you safe and healthy during this upcoming academic year in our Cairn University 2020–21 Health & Safety Plan for Resuming In-Person Instruction. The full document addresses plans for:

  • the academic year and the return to campus for in-person instruction
  • instructional design and strategies
  • residential living & dining services
  • athletics, fine arts and social events
  • mitigation and containment of the virus
  • communication to students, faculty, staff, parents and alumni
  • sanitization of campus facilities, hygiene, and personal protective equipment (PPE)

Please review the document carefully. At any point during the semester, the state could implement new guidelines, dictating the need for Cairn to alter the semester schedule and related activities. We are prepared to change course and adapt as needed. Please be sure to sign up for text alerts, check your email, and refer back to this page regularly for the latest information.

12 Things You Need to Know as a Student at Cairn during COVID-19

  1. Wear a mask indoors when in public spaces, classes, hallways, offices, lines for food service.
  2. Practice social distancing even when not designated by signs.
  3. Practice personal hygiene with thorough washing of hands and covering coughs and sneezes.
  4. Proceed to a health screening station before class, meals and work to be evaluated and given a wristband.
  5. Permission to attend class, get meals, or work in Cairn facilities depends on the screening and wristband.
  6. Assess yourself before you leave home or a residence hall. Stay home if not well.
  7. Familial units will be designated in resident hall living spaces by rooms and suites.
  8. When one person in your familial unit is isolated there is a good chance the rest will be.
  9. Limit weekend travel. The more members of the community travel the greater the community risk.
  10. Professors are ready to deliver face to face instruction while including those needing virtual.
  11. Anticipate Cairn 2020 will be different, yet just as rewarding as you connect in community.
  12. Cairn is planning on and expecting to conduct in-person and on-campus classes all semester.

[Updated December 1, 2020 9:15 am]

The decision has been made to postpone the Fall 2020 Commencement ceremony to a future date due to the recent COVID-19 restriction updates from the PA Department of Health. This decision will undoubtedly bring disappointment to you and your family along with the whole Cairn community. However, our top priority is to keep you, your families, and the Cairn community safe and healthy. Please note that for those graduating, this decision does not change the semester completion date, nor does it affect the timeline for earning your degree(s). You will still receive your degree(s) as scheduled.

For those of you who are graduating, we know that there is nothing that can replace walking across the stage; taking pictures with your friends, family, and professors; and celebrating your achievement on campus one last time. It is for these reasons that we will not be holding a virtual commencement. However, we are hoping to provide restriction-friendly opportunities to celebrate with you over the coming weeks as you complete your courses of study. We will also provide details regarding the postponed commencement date as soon as possible.

[Updated November 13, 2020, 12:00 pm]

Cairn administration has made the decision to extend Thanksgiving break from three days to the entire week. We will not hold classes on campus or use remote zoom learning for on-campus classes during the week of November 23-27. (Online classes will continue as scheduled). This break will provide Cairn personnel the opportunity to deep clean the campus and provide additional mitigation time.

Cairn remains committed to our format of on-campus learning complemented by remote access for instruction when needed. You have the option to attend the final two weeks of classes and the week of final exams either on campus or remote. If you choose to attend remotely, inform your professors and RA via email.

Personally assess what is the best option for you and your family as you make decisions about the three final weeks of the fall semester and your return to campus. All of our classes will be held on campus unless you hear otherwise directly from your professor. Cairn offices and student services will continue to operate as normal. We hope that many of you will feel comfortable enjoying the final three weeks of the semester on campus. There are students in social work placements, student teacher assignments, business internships, international students, and those with jobs on campus and in the community who need to be on campus for the duration of the semester. We want you to know you are welcome to be here and we will continue to provide a safe and healthy environment for you. Our Christmas celebrations are still planned for you with appropriate protocols including student appreciation day, Christmas scavenger hunt, Christmas Chapel and the tenth hour breakfast.

However, if you do not feel safe due to the surge of COVID cases across the nation and locally in Pennsylvania or with exposure, issues as you travel back and forth you may choose to stay home and join remotely for the remainder of the semester.

FAQ
What classes are impacted by the extension of Thanksgiving Break?
This change impacts only the classes physically held on the Langhorne Campus. All online only classes (undergrad and graduate) will continue as scheduled.

Will classes missed on Monday November 23 and Tuesday November 24 be made up?
No, these classes are cancelled and your professors will adjust content in the remaining sessions before the conclusion of the semester. Some professors may need you to complete additional work. Your professor will notify you if that is the case with a specific class.

I will not be leaving campus during Thanksgiving break. What services are open to me?
Normal student services and facility schedules will be in effect through Tuesday evening November 24th. On Wednesday November 25 through Sunday November 29, services and access will be on a limited schedule as published by the Community Life office.

What happens if I go home and do not return for the remainder of the semester?
You will need to communicate your decision to the resident life staff and to your professors. Please take the time to email your professors and speak directly to your RA. We want you to finish your academic work strong. Evaluate if home is a place of quiet with appropriate internet access especially if others are working or doing schooling from home.

If I come back to campus and complete the semester in residence am I going to be alone?
We anticipate a good number of students who need to be here due to academic and work commitments along with students who cannot travel home until the semester break. Campus will be open and ready to serve all of you. We hope that you feel comfortable completing your studies here and that we can celebrate the Christmas season together.

How does the closing of school on Nov 23-24 and the option for remote learning for the remainder of the semester impact student teachers or internships?
Residence halls, dining commons and all normal student support services will be available for you to continue to live in residence and attend your professional experience.

[Updated July 16, 2020, 5:00 pm]

Governor Wolfe issued new regulations and recommendations to attempt to slow down what is at this time a rise in positive COVID cases in the state. Most of the focus is on targeted mitigation aimed at environments that have aided the climb in positive cases. Most of yesterday’s guidance was targeted at bars and restaurants along with social gatherings where people are more likely to not practice appropriate social distancing and the wearing of masks. However, within the guidelines was the blanket statement that reduced the limit on indoor gatherings to 25 persons. We continue to wait for clarification from the Department of Education and the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Pennsylvania (AICUP) how this affects educational institutions. While we wait further clarity, we are also committed to the redevelopment of contingency plans for commencement, convocation, chapels, classes, activities and social events. Knowing that state mandates might rise and fall over the weeks and months, we will formalize and communicate our responses at a time closer to each scheduled event so that our communication is as up to date and clear as possible.

One additional statement from the Governor was his continued call for businesses to make use of telework when possible. His statement recognizes that within certain work environments this is not possible. In those cases businesses are to comply with business safety orders and in our case with the creation of a Health and Safety Plan. Cairn supervisors will continue to assess within their departments what roles and positions are able to make use of telework and those where work on campus is essential.

[Updated June 16, 2020, 6:30 pm]

We are pleased to announce that our spring commencement ceremony has been rescheduled for Saturday, August 22, 2020, in the Mason Activity Center at Cairn University. The event will also be live streamed at cairn.edu/livestream.

We are planning on holding two ceremonies to safeguard the health and safety of all graduates and guests in compliance with the COVID-19 restrictions for large gatherings. The ceremony for bachelor’s degree candidates, including those in the degree completion program, is scheduled for 10 am. The ceremony for master’s degree candidates, including those in dual-level programs or the dual-level degree completion program, is scheduled for 2 pm. All graduates will receive a limited number of tickets; additional guests are welcome to join for pictures outside of the building. Graduates will be receiving an email shortly to confirm their attendance and provide their regalia size.

Please keep in mind that these events may be modified to accommodate any evolving state and county COVID-19 restrictions in accordance with the CDC and other authority directives.

More information will be forthcoming the week of July 6, including a Frequently Asked Questions section on cairn.edu/commencement. The FAQ will address questions regarding tickets, parking, accommodations for graduates or guests with disabilities, check-in times, and more.

[Updated June 9, 2020, 3:30 pm]

Beginning yesterday June 8, staff and faculty commenced a return to campus in weekly phases leading to the official reopening of Cairn University on Monday, July 6, 2020. We are very excited to welcome our new and current students on campus and resume our life together.During the time of closure due to COVID-19, University personnel have established operational protocols for adhering to social distancing norms, sanitizing the campus daily, and monitoring the health of the community.

  • All of our summer classes and events will continue to be held virtually through the months of June and July while we aim for on-campus instruction and the return of scaled back events at the start of the fall 2020 semester.
  • Details regarding the 2020-2021 academic year, including information regarding start dates, residential living, classroom/chapel size, social distancing, food services, and health monitoring, are scheduled to be released the week of Monday, July 15, 2020.

[Updated May 18, 2020, 12:00 pm]

Information about the CARES Act Relief Fund for students has been posted to the FAQs section of this page.

[Updated April 30, 2020, 12:00 pm]

Employees: Following PA state guidelines, Cairn University employees will continue to work remotely through June 4 and until further notice.

[Updated April 2, 2020, 2:40 pm]

Employees: Cairn University employees will continue to work remotely as per the recent extension of federal social distancing guidelines to April 30.

[Updated March 26, 2020, 12:00 pm]

Spring Commencement is postponed. We will hold a live event when a safe and acceptable date can be determined. The Undergraduate Commencement Brunch and Graduate, Dual-level, and Degree Completion Banquet typically held the day before commencement will not take place at the rescheduled time.

[Updated March 23, 2020, 2:00 pm]

The Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) has announced the suspension of all athletic activity, including contests and championships, for the remainder of the 2020 spring semester. Read the full release here.

[Updated March 20, 2020, 2:40 pm]

As we prepare to transition on Monday, March 23 to remote alternative instruction for all classes for the remainder of the spring academic term, there are several updates regarding the status of the Cairn campus:

  • Campus remains closed. 
  • Those working on site are predetermined personnel deemed essential to the continued operations and infrastructure of the educational mission of the University, the care of the facility, the safety of campus, and those needed to sustain life for resident students unable to go home at this time.
  • Personnel who need access to instructional or operational materials need to anticipate movement to campus being restricted by local and federal guidelines.

 

Building Access

  • The Biblical Learning Center is closed to students and employees. Entrance to the Smith Administration Building (SAB) will be directly through an SAB exterior door.
  • The Highlands is card reader access only and is for the exclusive use of students residing on campus. Hours of use are 6 am–9 pm Monday–Sunday.
  • The Library is closed.
  • Smith Administration Building
    • Locked Monday–Friday by 5:30 pm. Employees needing access to their offices after 5:30 pm must call the Office of Safety and Security.
    • Locked Saturday and Sunday. Employees needing access to their offices on weekends must call the OSS.
    • The 3rd floor classrooms will be made available if a faculty member needs to occasionally use one for an online course. Requests for use must still go through the EMS system, and requests for access must go through security (classrooms will be locked).
  • The Music Building is card reader access only for music students who remain on campus. Access and building use for music students is limited to 8 am–9 pm Monday–Sunday.
  • The Mason Activity Center (MAC) is card reader access only and is for the exclusive use of dining services and residents of campus during meal hours. Access is limited to 11 am–6 pm Monday–Sunday.
  • The Fitness Center is closed.
  • The locker rooms are locked and off limits.

 

Room Restrictions

  • Custodial crewmembers are sanitizing the building on a daily basis. To assist the cleaning process, there will be portions of the campus interior that are locked or closed with signage. This will include some of the restrooms as we attempt to limit the number of places that need to be resanitized on a daily basis.

 

Practice of Social Distancing

  • Students, staff, and faculty who are on campus as essential personnel must practice health officials’ mandates on social distancing.
    • 6 feet of personal distance must be maintained.
    • Seats in the cafeteria have been spread out and we ask for cooperation in maintaining the proper distance between tablemates. Food will be served to you.

[Updated March 19, 2020, 9:00 am]

The following events and programs have been canceled:

  • Cairn Cares 5K – Canceled
  • JAM – Canceled for May 2020
  • Job Fair – Canceled
  • Kandern – Canceled for Summer 2020
  • Kidsport/Kidsong – Canceled for Spring 2020
  • Music Production Events and the Spring Musical – Canceled
  • Women of Grace weekly Bible study – Canceled for the remainder of the semester
  • Annual Hymn Sing – Canceled

[Updated March 17, 2020, 1:45 pm]

From the President

Dear Cairn Community,

As we begin another week, there are new developments related to COVID-19 and the University’s plan. As a result of changes to the CDC guidelines and Governor Wolf’s recent announcement regarding the intensification and expansion of restrictions and closures, the president’s cabinet and I made some decisions during our daily meeting this morning.

At this time, Cairn University will assume that the spring semester will not resume on-site. We will plan to complete all academic work via remote instruction, and housing and services on campus will be provided only for those students who cannot leave or have extenuating circumstances and reasons to stay. In the event that this crisis takes an unexpected turn in a favorable direction, the University may attempt to resume a significantly modified semester on-site; however, this is not likely.

Students, faculty, and staff will be receiving additional necessary communication from the appropriate departments of the University. There will be information forthcoming regarding residence halls, online services, course registration, and work hours. The University will also be communicating an approach to refunds and/or credits related to room and board.  

I want to acknowledge the extent of disappointment we are experiencing individually and collectively—this is a hard one. Our routines have been broken, our life together has been interrupted, and so many of our anticipated experiences this spring are lost to us. This unforeseen and unprecedented situation and its far-reaching impact and implications have changed many things for us. But let us remember that God’s faithfulness and lovingkindness are great and never ending; His mercies are new every morning. This is more than our University verse and hymn—it is an eternal truth that we must remind ourselves of every day. In the midst of this crisis and the changes it has brought to our world and the University, we have tremendous opportunity to bless and encourage one another, to pray for one another, and to exercise our God-given creativity to utilize the tools at our disposal to stay connected and stay productive. I have been personally very encouraged by the character, capability, and collaboration exhibited by the faculty and staff as well as the students in navigating these uncharted waters. I look forward with great anticipation to what God will do in and through the Cairn community in the weeks to come.

As always, please make your questions and concerns known, and visit  cairn.edu/covid19 for the latest information regarding the Cairn COVID-19 plan.

Yours,

Todd J. Williams

[Updated March 13, 2020, 2:08 pm]

Will on-campus classes be cancelled for the remainder of the semester?

According to Dr. Williams’ announcement, “When instruction commences on March 23, it will be by remote delivery (online) only. This practice will continue until such a time as the University determines that students may return to campus and the affected classes can resume in person.” In other words, this situation is constantly in flux, and there are simply too many variables outside our control for us to be able to say definitively if and when on-campus classes will resume this semester. I hope it goes without saying that we want to see you all return to campus as soon as possible. Your presence on campus is integral to the vitality of this university learning community. However, we also want to respond to health concerns surrounding COVID-19 with all due wisdom and caution. It’s entirely possible that, after consulting public health and safety experts, the University could resume on-campus courses before the end of the semester. It’s also entirely possible that we will continue remote delivery courses through the end of the semester. Either way, we will keep you informed as best we can, and we will do all we can to help each of you complete your academic responsibilities and meet your educational goals for the semester.

 

Should I pick up all of my belongings from my residence hall now?

Considering the answer to the questions above, I think this decision is entirely up to you. If you would like to pick up all of your belongings now, that is certainly your prerogative. I do ask, however, that if you are picking up all of your belongings, you coordinate with your Resident Director to check out properly from the residence hall. Also, please understand that, if you check out of the residence hall, and on-campus courses resume this semester, you may be asked to move back into the residence hall. Otherwise, you are welcome to keep your belongings in your room. If courses continue in a remote delivery format through the end of the semester, you would then coordinate with your Resident Director to collect your belongings and check out of your room at the end of the semester. If you choose to leave your belongings in your room, you are welcome to come to campus to retrieve what essential belongings you may need for an extended time away from campus.  Whatever you decide, please remember to complete this form.

 

What if, after I’ve gone home, on-campus classes resume, and I’m not able to travel back to Cairn to finish out the semester?

This question is, of course, most pertinent to those who are traveling great distances, and especially those who live internationally. For those of you who are making this decision and are concerned that you may not be able to return if on-campus classes resume this semester, please don’t feel you need to leave campus. Please remember that, if on-campus classes do resume, students are expected to return to campus, and residential students will be asked to move back into the residence hall. If you decide to go home, and if on-campus classes do resume, and if you find it is impossible for you to return, you will need to coordinate with your faculty advisor to come up with way for you to complete your academic responsibilities for the semester.

 

What are the financial implications to me and my family concerning the University’s response to COVID-19?

Here is the latest from the University concerning that particular question:

“We understand your interest in financial implications to you and your family related to the COVID-19 virus and our delivery of education in alternative ways developed in a response to that to serve our students. We are continually reevaluating the situation in order to make decisions in the best interest and safety of our students.

As the situation remains dynamic and uncertain, we will be assessing the length of this alternative approach and the implications around that regularly. Decisions regarding any financial implications as well as possible credits due to students will be communicated when we are able to have more certainty on how long students will remain off-campus. This information will be communicated to you as soon as possible and updates will be provided on an ongoing basis.”

[Updated March 15, 2020, 12:35 pm]

Our Plan to continue online and hybrid classes this week and our plan to start alternative remote instruction on March 23 remain in place.

Based upon Governor Wolf’s recent actions and announcements, which call for the closing of all schools including universities for two weeks in order to minimize social contact, we will be making modifications to the number of faculty and staff working on campus. Some employees will need to continue working on campus; others will fulfill their duties off campus.  The senior vice presidents will work with deans and directors to determine the necessary on-campus/off-campus configuration.

For the next two weeks, as we implement the first phase of our COVID -19 plan, the University is committed to ensuring there are no changes to employee compensation related to work stoppages. I want to encourage everyone to be patient as this situation unfolds.  Lord willing, this will all begin to calm down in a few weeks and we can return to our normal routines.

Staff will be receiving communication through their appropriate chain of command.

[Updated March 13, 2020, 5:15 pm]

Cairn University Athletics will be suspending all athletic activity until April 3rd in light of the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and in compliance with the decision of the Colonial States Athletic Conference. We will continue to closely monitor the developing situation regarding COVID-19 and will update the Cairn athletics community with further information as it becomes available.

The CSAC’s statement is below for your convenience:

In light of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the Colonial States Athletic Conference Board of Directors has announced that all athletic activity shall be suspended for three weeks, starting on Friday, March 13, 2020 through Friday, April 3, 2020.

The CSAC administration is closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and its impact on member institution campus operations. The health and safety of CSAC student-athletes and their campus communities are of paramount importance. The CSAC, along with its Board of Directors, shall assess, discuss and implement further action as needed.

For any additional questions and concerns, please refer to cairn.edu/covid19 for the latest updates from Cairn University concerning the developing situation.

[Updated March 13, 2020, 10:15 am]

Will I be able to return to campus to collect my belongings?

Yes.

If possible, please utilize the extended Spring Break (March 16–March 22) to return to campus to pick up any personal belongings you may need. If you are returning to campus to retrieve belongings, and/or if you are residing on campus for any of the extended Spring Break (March 16–March 22), please complete this form.

 

Will I be able to stay on campus beyond March 22, 2020? 

For international students and other students who cannot return home, the University will provide continued housing on a case-by-case basis. Please utilize this form to request and seek approval to remain in the residence halls beyond March 22.

Thanks again for your patience as we navigate this situation together. Stay tuned for more information coming over the next few days, and feel free to reach out directly to your Resident Director with questions more specific to your individual circumstances.

[Updated March 12, 2020, 12:14 pm]

The University has determined that spring break will be extended for one week for on-campus students. 

For students enrolled in online courses, instruction will continue as scheduled.

During the spring break extension week, and until further notice, Cairn faculty and staff will report for work. Faculty will be preparing alternate means of campus instruction. When instruction commences on March 23, it will be by remote delivery (online) only. This practice will continue until such a time as the University determines that students may return to campus and the affected classes can resume in person.

For students who are currently participating in internships for which they cannot live at home, the University will provide continued housing on a case-by-case basis.

For international students and other students who cannot return home, the University will provide continued housing.

Student Life will be providing additional information about other resident students’ housing in the coming days.

Other impacts of this decision related to internships, research, and placements not addressed above will be considered by the appropriate school or department in consultation with the Office of the Provost.

Decisions on spring athletics continue to be under review by the University and NCAA. Additional information will be forthcoming.

Communication regarding international trips and other campus events will be available as decisions are made at cairn.edu/covid19.  

Remote library services will not be interrupted as a result of these changes. The  on-campus library will be open for Cairn University community members only over the next few weeks. 

Our intention is to resume our life together on campus as soon as it is feasible and deemed appropriate.

[Updated March 11, 2020, 5:20 pm]

From the President

Cairn is working to ensure our ability to continue our work and to care for those who study and serve here. We have arrived at some decisions and will be implementing a number of actions and procedures outlined in this communication. These decisions are based upon the information available to us at present and appropriate CDC guidelines, as well as what we believe to be the most effective approach for our institution. Cairn University is attempting to take a measured approach that is attentive to the seriousness of the situation and the needs of our students while also allowing us flexibility to adapt to changing conditions.

We must all keep in mind that the current COVID-19 outbreak situation is an extremely fluid one. It is entirely possible that this situation and its impact will diminish significantly over the coming weeks; it is also possible that it will escalate. Furthermore, it is possible that the government agencies responsible for public safety and welfare will either issue new directives and guidelines or amend existing ones. This will require us to make additional decisions or modify present ones. We have appointed a team of individuals to monitor all relevant official reports, findings, and directives from the various groups and agencies. This team will keep administration and appropriate University personnel and departments informed of any new developments that will require further decisions and/or actions.

The University administration is monitoring the situation closely and meeting frequently to discuss how best to address the crisis that has so many feeling uncertain, concerned, or even afraid for their own well-being and the well-being of those they love. Perhaps the most difficult and unnerving element for us as human beings, living in this moment, is that this is beyond our control. This is precisely why we need a clear perspective—putting our worldview and theology to work—remembering that while we must be wise, careful, and diligent, we must also be resolved to trust God, believe in His care and provision, and not be driven by fear of the unknown or uncontrollable.

In addition to health concerns and personal fear and uncertainty, situations like this always have social, political, and economic impact as well. We as a community need to be praying for the nation and the world; for those affected by this virus; for our public and institutional leaders and experts who are at the center of research, decision-making, and policy-setting; and for our spiritual leaders who are called to both encourage and build up Christians by providing care and counsel as well as proclaim the truth of God’s faithfulness, sovereign care, and goodness—even in the midst of crises such as this.

Finally, we need to pray for one another, that we, of all people, may remain calm—not given to fear or panic—that we may steady those around us, uplift one another, encourage one another, and set an example as those who trust in Almighty God. We as followers of Jesus trust in a sovereign God and echo the words of His servant Job who testified that His purposes cannot be thwarted and rejoiced that his Redeemer lives. Before us is not merely a threat, but an opportunity. Yes, these are serious concerns that must be wisely addressed and real issues to be prayerfully and carefully managed. But there is also an opportunity to exercise and strengthen our faith and resolve and to bear up in a manner that pleases God and brings Him glory.

On Friday March 13, 2020 the University will be closed to prepare campus for the resumption of classes and activities. This one-day change in schedule will allow a team of employees to do a thorough deep cleaning/sanitizing of all common surfaces. In the following weeks, a more detailed plan of sanitizing will be implemented that includes thoroughly disinfecting common surfaces on a continual basis.

Faculty and Staff: Prepare to work from home on Friday unless you are requested to be part of the support services needed for the cleaning process.

Cairn will resume classes as scheduled on campus as of Monday, March 16, 2020.

Resident students: Be aware that you are responsible for the cleaning and sanitizing of your rooms on a regular basis, particularly if you are sick. University personnel will sanitize all common areas of the resident halls, including your room doorknob. Everything on the inside is your responsibility.

All members of the Cairn community need to comply with the following guidelines in determining if they are healthy and should be returning from spring break at this time.

To limit our campus community risk of transmission, Cairn University requires that all individuals who meet either of the following criteria self-isolate for a period of no less than 14 days.

  1. You traveled in a country or region in the last 14 days identified by the CDC with a Warning Level 3 or 4 Travel Health Notice for COVID-19. Please refer to the CDC Travel Health Notices website for current information by country.
  2. You have been in direct contact with a person in the last 14 days confirmed as testing positive for COVID-19.

This guideline applies to all individuals, including students, faculty, staff, contractors, or visitors, whether or not they have shown symptoms of COVID-19. All such individuals should follow the CDC guidelines for Preventing the Spread of COVID-19.

If you meet either of the criteria listed above, please complete the following:

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Will the University issue refunds if campus closes due to COVID-19?

If the University decides or is required to halt in-person classes and activities due to COVID-19, we plan to have students  “shelter in place” in their University residence, continue to attend classes online, and obtain food from the dining hall.  In this situation, students may also choose to leave campus housing, drop their meal plans, and return home.  Students who do elect to return home in the event of a mid-semester, University-wide shift to remote learning will receive a potential refund of room and board charges based on existing policy for voluntary withdrawal.

What is the CARES Act Relief Fund and do I qualify?

According to the U.S. Department of Education (DoED), “The CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund-IHE/Student Aid provides funding to institutions to provide emergency financial aid grants to students whose lives have been disrupted, many of whom are facing financial challenges and struggling to make ends meet. Students cannot apply for assistance directly from the U.S. Department of Education but should contact their institutions for further information and guidance” (U.S. Department of Education).

Requirements:

First, you need to have a 2019-2020 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) submitted to Cairn for the 2019-2020 school year.  If you didn’t complete the FAFSA for 2019-2020, you’re still able to do so until June 30, 2020 to be considered for these funds.  You should always complete the FAFSA, by the way – It can only help, and never hurt you financially, and it’s free!

Second, Cairn’s Financial Aid Office will use the information provided from your submitted FAFSA to determine if you qualify for CARES Act funds, and how much you should receive. This determination will, as the paragraph above from the DoED indicates, be based on you and your family’s need.

Third, since Cairn University will be mailing these relief dollars to you, it’s important that you make sure the University has your correct address (sorry, we can’t Venmo you). You can verify that Cairn has your current address here. If you need to update your address, you can do so via this form on the Student Portal. Please make sure that your address is up to date by the end of next week, so that, if you qualify for CARES Act dollars, we can send a check to your correct address in a timely manner.

The U.S. Department of Education’s website provides a helpful overview of the CARES Act Fund. And, of course, you can contact Cairn’s very own Financial Aid Office: finaid@cairn.edu.

 

What is COVID-19?

We urge you to examine these links from the Centers for Disease Control regarding the most up-to-date descriptions of the virus and its impacts to the population.

 

Will community members returning from travel destinations need to isolate?

Students, faculty, and staff who have traveled over spring break do not need to isolate themselves simply because of their personal travel. Students, faculty, and staff who have traveled to locations that are identified as Level 3 or 4 international travel restriction or domestic communities in isolation do need to isolate themselves for at least 14 days.

 

How do I protect myself?

Follow the normal protocols for avoiding the spread of common cold and flu:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home while you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Clean and disinfect your frequently touched surfaces daily.

 

What if I find out I had contact with someone who is now presumptive or confirmed with COVID-19?

Students must notify the University Health Center by phone or email for guidance. Staff and faculty should contact their individual health care provider for guidance.

 

What will Cairn do if a positive or presumptive case is identified among students, faculty, or staff?

Cairn will follow the immediate guidelines presented to us by governing officials.

 

I am feeling ill; what should I do?

We are still in the midst of cold and flu season and anticipate that members of the Cairn community will experience the normal impact of localized illnesses. Be aware that at the present time, there is a significant limit on available test kits for medical providers. Just because you feel ill does not mean you will be tested for COVID-19. If you begin to feel ill, we suggest the following:

  • Resident Students: Contact the University Health Center by phone or email to discuss your symptoms. Most cases involving colds and/or flu will simply require over the counter medicines, plenty of fluids, rest, and a temporary expectation of staying in your resident room away from the community while displaying symptoms.
  • Faculty and Staff: Contact your local health care provider and follow all the normal expectations of getting well and protecting others by staying home during your illness. Faculty and staff are reminded that you are not to attempt to utilize the University Health Center, which is for students only.

 

What if my place of internship, ministry, or academic research has suspended operations?

Cairn is prepared to work with you on an individual basis to help remedy disruptions to your location. Please notify the academic leader in your area of study for guidance and planning.

 

What is the University decision on future international travel?

All international travel for University faculty, staff, and groups is suspended until further notice. Decisions on future travel will be made in the near future.

 

 

 

What will the format of distance education courses look like?

The format of distance education courses will vary depending on the nature and content of the course. You will be receiving information from your professors shortly with details about how each of your courses will be formatted. It is the students’ responsibility to make sure that they are available to meet via Zoom (or other video conferencing tools) during the regularly scheduled class time.

 

How will the cancelation of athletic competition impact my NCAA eligibility?

All spring student-athletes who did not complete this season will be granted another year of eligibility, provided they maintain a full-time academic schedule. If you are a senior and plan to return to Cairn in Fall 2020 to complete a five-year program or graduate program, please contact Jay Butler. If you have further questions, please email the athletics department at jbutler@cairn.edu.

 

Is the mailroom open? / How do I get my mail? 

The mailroom is open Monday through Friday from 11 am-1:30 pm to receive incoming mail. If you have a package that needs to be forwarded home, email Teri Annan at tannan@cairn.edu, using your Cairn email, to give Teri permission to mail it to you. Please provide her with your home mailing address. Also, be careful to use your home address, not your Cairn address, when placing any new orders

 

What are the financial implications to me and my family concerning the University’s response to COVID-19?

Here is the latest from the University concerning that particular question:

“We understand your interest in financial implications to you and your family related to the COVID-19 virus and our delivery of education in alternative ways developed in a response to that to serve our students. We are continually reevaluating the situation in order to make decisions in the best interest and safety of our students.

As the situation remains dynamic and uncertain, we will be assessing the length of this alternative approach and the implications around that regularly. Decisions regarding any financial implications as well as possible credits due to students will be communicated when we are able to have more certainty on how long students will remain off-campus. This information will be communicated to you as soon as possible and updates will be provided on an ongoing basis.”

The following events and programs have been canceled or postponed as noted:

  • Homecoming 2020 – Canceled
  • Fall Commencement – Postponed (click here for more information)
  • Cairn Cares 5K – Canceled
  • Experience Cairn Day (Open House) – April Undergrad Open House has been canceled. A virtual event is being planned.
  • JAM – Canceled for May 2020
  • Job Fair – Canceled
  • Kandern – Canceled for Summer 2020
  • Kidsport/Kidsong – Canceled for Spring 2020
  • Music Production Events and the Spring Musical – Canceled
  • SOAR Days – April SOAR Day has been canceled. A virtual event is being planned.
  • Women of Grace weekly Bible study – Canceled for the remainder of the semester
  • Annual Hymn Sing – Canceled

The following services are being made available to students online:

Academic Resource Center

All services are available remotely. Schedule a call or video chat through the ARC intake form.

Career Center

Career services are still available remotely. Students can request an appointment with the Career Center director through the online intake form as usual.

Additionally, the Career Center is hosting live Career Chats online every Tuesday from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, and Thursday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm EDT. Learn more at cairn.edu/careercenter.

Masland Library

All online library resources remain available to students. Shipping of print material is also available to Cairn students living in the contiguous United States. Request shipping at https://lib.cairn.edu/book_ups

Oasis Counseling Center

Oasis telehealth support services are available via remote sessions. Please contact oasis@cairn.edu.

What is the CARES Act Relief Fund and do I qualify?

According to the U.S. Department of Education (DoED), “The CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund-IHE/Student Aid provides funding to institutions to provide emergency financial aid grants to students whose lives have been disrupted, many of whom are facing financial challenges and struggling to make ends meet. Students cannot apply for assistance directly from the U.S. Department of Education but should contact their institutions for further information and guidance” (U.S. Department of Education).

Requirements:

First, you need to have a 2019-2020 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) submitted to Cairn for the 2019-2020 school year.  If you didn’t complete the FAFSA for 2019-2020, you’re still able to do so until June 30, 2020 to be considered for these funds.  You should always complete the FAFSA, by the way – It can only help, and never hurt you financially, and it’s free!

Second, Cairn’s Financial Aid Office will use the information provided from your submitted FAFSA to determine if you qualify for CARES Act funds, and how much you should receive. This determination will, as the paragraph above from the DoED indicates, be based on you and your family’s need.

Third, since Cairn University will be mailing these relief dollars to you, it’s important that you make sure the University has your correct address (sorry, we can’t Venmo you). You can verify that Cairn has your current address here. If you need to update your address, you can do so via this form on the Student Portal. Please make sure that your address is up to date by the end of next week, so that, if you qualify for CARES Act dollars, we can send a check to your correct address in a timely manner.

The U.S. Department of Education’s website provides a helpful overview of the CARES Act Fund. And, of course, you can contact Cairn’s very own Financial Aid Office: finaid@cairn.edu.

 

Department of Education – CARES Act – Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Section 18004 Reporting Disclosure (Updated June 5, 2020)

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