COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates
Update: June 18. 2020
- Will there be a graduation ceremony?
- It is our plan to hold a “Class of 2020 Class Reunion” in the Spring of 2021 on the lawn of the Mellor Building that will provide the opportunity for you and your families to celebrate your graduation with your classmates, instructors and administrators. Plans are being finalized and will be posted to the College website, and emailed to the personal address we have on file for you. To update your address as an alumni, please reach out to .
- When will graduates of the Class of 2020 receive our diplomas?
- Diplomas and tassels have been mailed and should be delivered by early next week (the week of June 22).
- When will you announce plans for the Fall 2020 semester?
- We anticipate announcing our plans for the Fall the week of July 6. Thank you for your patience as we work through various scenarios through this uncertain time.
- How will new student orientation be conducted for the incoming Freshmen class?
- Orientation will take place online. Students will be required to attend two Zoom meetings and complete an online class. Zoom meetings will be assigned and both will take place on the same day. The online class must be completed prior to the first day of classes in the Fall. An email will be sent to accepted students by early July with details.
Update: May 12, 2020
Commuter & Dorm Resident Move Out
Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology is announcing a move-out plan to provide our students access to retrieve their personal belongings from campus dorms and labs/shops.
The move-out process was designed to minimize risk to our students, their families, faculty and staff, and our community. Move out is BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, and will occur in two phases – one for commuters to retrieve their personal items from their labs and shops; the other for dorm residents to retrieve items from their dorms and personal items from their labs and shops.
Update: May 8, 2020
Dorm & Lab/Shop Move Out
Thaddeus Stevens College is finalizing plans to have students retrieve their personal belongings from the labs and shops and from residence halls over the course of the next several weeks. We are finalizing plans to have commuter students pick up their tools and other personal belongings from their labs and shops later this week, with residential students retrieving their personal belongings from the dorms and their labs/shops from May 18 – May 29. We will do so while observing CDC guidelines regarding distancing and cleaning of labs/shops and dorm rooms. We will provide you with detailed directions to provide the safest and most orderly move out experience possible. We do understand this may cause various logistical hardships, and we appreciate your patience and cooperation as we work through this time. Please check your Thaddeus Stevens College email and the portal for details in the coming days.
Update: May 4, 2020
When can I retrieve the rest of my belongings from my dorm room?
We are working on a move-out plan, but must wait for further direction from our Governor’s office regarding the current stay at home and business closure directives that impact access to our campus. We will get our students back on campus to pick belongings as soon as we can do so safely and in compliance with the Governor’s directives. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
When can I return to campus to retrieve my personal belongings from my lab?
We are working on a plan to allow our students to retrieve their personal items, such as tools, from their labs. As noted above, we must wait for further direction from our Governor’s office regarding the current stay at home and business closure directives that impact access to our campus. We will get our students back on campus to pick belongings as soon as we can do so safely and in compliance with the Governor’s directives. We will arrange for students who are moving out of the dorms to retrieve their belongings from their labs at the same time. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Are there plans to reschedule the commencement ceremony?
We are evaluating options to make sure we are honoring and recognizing the significance of the achievement of our graduating students during this unprecedented time. As soon as we have final plans we will communicate those to our graduating sophomores.
How will I get my diploma?
Diplomas will be mailed to our graduating students following the end of the semester and final grading.
PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO OUR "MARCH 23, 2020 UPDATE" TO SEE THE CONTINUED LIST OF FAQS
Update: April 21, 2020
Leave of Absence Update
Thaddeus Stevens College has been following the Governor’s plan for paid Administrative Leave, and has done so through April 17 for employees for whom no work is available, or those who could not telework. Beginning Monday, April 20, the College made the difficult decision to limit essential personnel in order to temporarily reduce operations to only the minimum necessary for maintaining College operations under the current circumstances.
What the College is not doing at present is placing anyone on furlough or layoff without pay or benefits. Instead, the College will follow the Commonwealth model and allow employees who have been placed on leave to use their own paid leave while maintaining health benefits. Employees who are impacted by this change have been notified and have received additional detail about the change in their status with the College.
We know this is a stressful time, and want to provide you with additional information regarding this change in staffing levels at the College. For more information about this leave, please go to the Commonwealth’s website at www.oa.pa.gov/covidleave. For FAQ specifically about employees not working please go to https://www.oa.pa.gov/covidleave/Pages/office-closure.aspx. Please contact Heather Burky at for further questions or to indicate your requested leave (paid or unpaid) status.
Update: April 20, 2020
Faculty & Staff Assistance with Student Needs
During this time of potential increased need for housing or food for our students, faculty and staff who wish to donate to our students are encouraged to reach out to our Foundation, who maintains a fund dedicated to students support. You can earmark the donation as “COVID Student Support.” If you are interested in doing so, please use the following link: https://stevenscollege.edu/give-to-tsct/donate-now/.
Update: April 16, 2020
STEVENS SCRAMBLE GOLF OUTING CANCELLATION
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and the unknown impact of this disease long-term, a decision has been made to cancel the 2020 Stevens Scramble Golf Outing that was scheduled for June 19th at Crossgates. For more information about this, please click here.
Update: March 31, 2020
For any student who has a balance that they would like to pay by Visa, MasterCard or Discover Card; you may do so by calling 717-391-3519.
Or if you would like to pay by check/money order, please send payable to “Thaddeus Stevens College” to the following address:
Thaddeus Stevens College
Attn: Accounts Receivable
750 East King Street
Lancaster, PA 17602
If you are unsure of your balance, please feel free to e-mail .
Update: March 24, 2020
Encouragement from the Office of Counseling & Accessibility
Coping with Unknown Circumstances
Thaddeus Stevens College is here to help and encourage students. World-wide this is an unprecedented event. While frustrating, this situation has opened some opportunities to learn and refocus. We hope that each of our students are able to find something positive out of a difficult situation. As a reminder, please check in with Ms. Bareuther or Ms. Schuch if you need help coping with this current situation or just need to talk! You can find their information by clicking here.
Click here to view a helpful article about coping with unknown circumstances and change.
Update: March 23, 2020
THE CAMPUS IS CLOSED – WHY IT IS CLOSED, WHY THE COLLEGE CAN’T MAKE AN EXCEPTION
Governor Tom Wolf has ordered all “non-life-sustaining” businesses in PA to close their physical locations to slow the spread of COVID-19. Enforcement actions against businesses that do not close physical locations started today, Monday, March 23, at 8 AM. Per the Governor’s order, entities that fail or refuse to comply with the governor’s orders that protect the lives and health of Pennsylvanians will forfeit their ability to receive any applicable disaster relief and/or may be subject to other appropriate administrative action. Such action may include termination of state loan or grant funding, including Redevelopment Assistance Capital Project (RACP) grant funding and/or suspension or revocation of licensure for violation of the law.
Compliance with the Governor’s order will be enforced by state agencies and local officials, including the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, the Department of Health, the Department of Agriculture, the Pennsylvania State Police, and local officials using their resources to enforce closure orders within their jurisdictions.
Individuals who violate the order are subject to fines or imprisonment. Thank you for understanding and respecting the Governor’s director, and our inability to consider waivers. Allied Security has been granted an exception and will be onsite to ensure the security of our campuses. The State Police, who provide coverage to the College, are also aware that our physical locations are closed while we continue remote learning and work.
REFUNDS FOR STUDENT TRIP TO GREECE
Based on guidance issued by the Center for Disease Control relating to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) which recommends Institutes of Higher Education postpone and/or cancel student international travel programs, the College made the difficult decision to cancel the upcoming trip to Greece. The College is in the process of working with the travel company to determine whether the trip can be rescheduled for a later date. We will continue to keep you updated on this process.
CANCELLED OR POSTPONED EVENTS
- The Stevens Essay is on hold until further notice.
- The Creative Arts Festival has been cancelled for this year, and is expected to carry over into the next academic year. More information will be provided when available.
- The Commencement Ceremony scheduled for May 9, 2020 has been cancelled; however we recognize how important this event is to celebrating and recognizing the hard work our students have put in to achieve their degree from TSCT. The College will continue to evaluate options related to this important milestone, and will keep you informed.
Colleges throughout Pennsylvania, and in our area, need to comply with Governor Tom Wolf’s order that all “non-life sustaining” businesses in Pennsylvania – including colleges – must close by Friday evening, March 20. As a result, we are not able to schedule a move-out date until further notice. Thaddeus Stevens College will comply with the Governor’s order, and remains focused on the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and our community. Please understand that these measures are being put in place in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus in our community and across the Commonwealth. Further information about move-out will be forthcoming. but at this time, students are not permitted to return to campus until they hear otherwise.
TRANSITION TO REMOTE INSTRUCTION/IMPACT OF REFUND OF RELATED FEES
Decisions about pro-rated refunds for various services that have been terminated due to the COVID-19 outbreak will be communicated to students by the end of the semester. This includes information about refunds for housing and food services. All other student services, including program instruction, are moving to remote delivery and virtual platforms and will remain available to students.
COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS
Community Service hour requirements for the Spring 2020 semester have been waived due to the restrictions imposed by the Governor’s recent directives.
Due to the recent COVID-19 crisis we will no longer adhere to our original deadline of March 24th.
What does this mean for applicants? For those who were notified they needed to test… Next week we will be providing some additional testing options for students that need to complete the entrance exam. For those who are interested in applying to the college… Our online application is still available. We would request that any supporting documents (waivers, transcripts, etc.) are sent via email or through our file upload option.
File upload – www.stevenscollege.edu/admissions/apply/file-upload/
How does this effect offers of admissions? Starting on Monday March 30th we will move to a rolling admission cycle. Students will be notified via email of their status the week of April 6th.
For questions regarding the process, please contact the Admissions team at .
Update: March 20, 2020
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and Governor Wolf’s recent directives, please be advised of the follow changes that will impact all of us as we make every effort to support mitigation efforts of the coronavirus pandemic in our county and our communities.
EXTENSION OF DISTANCE LEARNING
The College will continue the distance learning format through the end of the Spring Semester. Following the lead of several other colleges in our area, making this decision now will provide continuity and better planning for our faculty and our students.
The Commencement ceremony scheduled for May 9, 2020, is cancelled. More information be shared within the next few weeks.
ACCESS TO CAMPUS
The campus of Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology has been closed to all faculty, students, staff and visitors this week with few exceptions. However, to comply with the Governor’s most recent directive, effective today, March 20, 2020, at 6 p.m., all TSCT campuses/locations will be closed to all Faculty, Students, Staff and visitors until further notice. Following the closure, no persons are permitted on campus. Campus security and local law enforcement will continue to patrol our various locations.
ONGOING COMMUNICATION AND UPDATES
Please continue to monitor your email, telephone and any other methods that you utilize to communicate with the College for further information. If you do not have access to email, your supervisor will share information that is important to your role at the College. More information and updates will also be posted to www.stevenscollege.edu and on the portal.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES – Faculty and Employees are encouraged to check the portal for information related to the State Employee Assistance Program (SEAP), which offers access to a variety of programs designed to support state employees in the areas of emotional health, legal questions, social services and other programs. I encourage you to take advantage of these services if you need them during this uncertain time.
Students are reminded that the College’s counseling services are available by emailing or scheduling an appointment through the portal. Online academic coaching and tutoring are available to students. Contact to schedule those services.
MOVE OUT DATE
Colleges throughout Pennsylvania, and in our area, are finding that our need to comply with Governor Tom Wolf’s order last evening that all “non-life sustaining” businesses in Pennsylvania – including colleges – must close by Friday evening, March 20. As a result, we are not able to schedule a move-out date until further notice. Thaddeus Stevens College will comply with the Governor’s order, and remains focused on the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and our community. Please understand that these measures are being put in place in an effort to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus in our community and across the Commonwealth. Further information about move-out will be forthcoming. but at this time, students are not permitted to return to campus until they hear otherwise.
The steps we are taking are in support of efforts to mitigate the spread and shorten the time this virus is active in our country and our communities.
Any questions regarding these directives should be addressed to the Office of the President.
Update: March 12 & 15, 2020
Thaddeus Stevens College continues to monitor developments regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in partnership with local and state agencies. As you may be aware, there have now been cases reported in the Commonwealth and although none of those cases have been reported locally, including none that we are aware of at the College, it is imperative that we remain prepared should the situation changes. As COVID-19 (the coronavirus) continues to evolve, the health and safety of the Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology community is our primary concern and focus. The College has made a decision to move to an alternate mode of instruction for a limited period.
Campus housing will be closed beginning, Friday, March 13 at noon. This closure will last a minimum of two weeks. Check the College website and your stevenscollege.edu email for updates. Residents are advised to take personal belongings and materials needed to continue their classes – i.e. text books, laptops, tools, etc. Remember to take medications and other critical items you may need.
Until further notice, majority of College operations will be done remotely. Staff and administrators will still be available remotely during regular business hours through email to respond to student needs and concerns.
Academic support, enrollment and other student support services will be available online.
The campus is closed to all outside visitors for any reason.
Entrance exam testing and campus tours are currently suspended until further notice.
All campus public events and student events up to May 8th have been cancelled until further notice.
Decisions regarding room and/or meal plan refunds will be made at the end of the semester.
Please continue to check our website for updates regarding this changes. As updates become available, they will be posted here.
Update: March 6, 2020
Thaddeus Stevens College Health Services is closely monitoring the global spread of the 2019 Novel coronavirus COVID-19. We are taking every preventative measure to protect the well-being of the college as the coronavirus outbreak continues.
The College is asking anyone who has traveled in the US or out of the country to please fill out the Travel Screening Tool in the Link below. This is just a screening tool for the college to help monitor and prevent any increased risk for COVID-19.
Health Care Tips:
WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN WITH SOAP AND HOT WATER FOR AT LEAST 20 SECONDS, MAKING SURE YOU WASH YOUR THUMBS, WRISTS AND IN-BETWEEN YOU FINGERS. THIS IS THE BEST DEFENSE AGAINST THE SPREAD OF ALL VIRUSES.
Cover your cough/sneeze with a tissue or the crook of your arm……. , and then immediately wash your hands or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Stay home if you are ill. Get plenty of rest/sleep. Get you flu vaccine. This is not protective against the coronavirus but the vaccine may prevent against the flu, which is circulating on campus and can cause similar symptoms.
Please use the following links for more information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19):
- Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
- PA Department of Health (PA-DOH): https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx
- World Health Organization (WHO): https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/getting-workplace-ready-for-covid-19.pdf
- American College Health Association (ACHA): https://www.acha.org/ACHA/Resources/Topics/2019_Novel_Coronavirus_2019-nCoV.aspx