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COVID-19 Response – Fall 2021


Eagles Are Back In The Nest

Post University has actively promoted, and encouraged all of our students, faculty and staff to receive the vaccine.  Our campus vaccination rate is 99 percent. The University, this fall, continues to follow all state, local, and CDC guidelines as they relate to our campus operations.

Post University is one of the more than 300 colleges and universities participating in the White House College Vaccine Challenge.

Please continue to check back for updates on the Fall 2021 semester.

Updates from University Leadership

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CARES Act – Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

Note: Students who are experiencing financial hardship should contact their Financial Aid advisor to determine if additional federal student aid may be available to them based on their individual family circumstances.

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On March 12, 2020, John L. Hopkins, CEO and President of Post University, announced that instruction at the Main Campus would transition to online learning through the end of the semester.  To ensure the safety of all students, faculty, and staff, classes at the Main Campus continued online for the Spring Semester beginning March 16, 2020.  The online teaching platform ensures that students can complete the courses they need to meet their academic goals and graduate within their original time frames.  With over 13,000 online students, Post University is a leader in the online mode of delivery.  Technology and student support services are in place and made the transition of the Main Campus students to online education a seamless operation.

Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) providing funding to institutions to deliver emergency financial aid grants to eligible students who incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. On December 27, 2020 new assistance funding, Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF II) was authorized through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA). On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan (ARP) authorized Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) to institutions of higher education to serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Acknowledgement of Certification and Agreement and Funding

Post University signed the Certification Agreement in the grant application package for the Higher Education Emergency Relief funding (HEERF) for students on April 27, 2020. Through the CARES Act, Congress allocated $1,419,702 funding to Post University.

Post University signed the Certification Agreement in the grant application package for the Higher Education Emergency Relief funding (HEERF II) for students on January 15, 2021.  Post University will receive a total of $1,393,742 from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

Post University signed the Certification Agreement in the grant application package for the Higher Education Emergency Relief funding (HEERF III) for students on June 16, 2021.  Post University will receive a total of $676,068 from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

Distribution – HEERF

Under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, 100% of the HEERF funds have been disbursed to students.  As required by the Department of Education, at least 50% or $709,851 of the allocation has been distributed directly to students in the form of student grants. Post University expended the Institutional portion, to students for the unused portion of room and board in the form of refunds directly to the students. The distribution of funds directly to students was done in accordance with the requirements published by the US Department of Education.

The emergency financial aid grants directly to students were awarded to eligible students enrolled in at least one Main Campus course as of the date campus-based courses ended and the facilities were closed to in-person classes. The total number of eligible students who participated in Title IV HEA programs and who attended on-ground courses at Post University is estimated at 631 students. These eligible students were enrolled in at least one course held in-person, and not exclusively online, and all have received the CARES Act grant.

In accordance with the requirements published by the US Department of Education for student eligibility, Post University identified all students enrolled in on-campus classes and established the criteria based on their housing status, including the distance to return home from campus, and their financial need as determined by their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

For HEERF funds, A student enrolled in classes offered exclusively online were not eligible for an emergency HEERF grant. Students who met the criteria were awarded a range of grant funding based on their financial need, campus housing arrangement, and permanent residence proximity to campus.  The award per student ranged from $615 to $3,035. Post University awarded these funds to all eligible students without requiring an application or other formal request. Each eligible student was notified that the funding was available and provided the instructions to select their preferred method of delivery.   

For more information regarding HEERF eligibility, please visit our FAQ’s below.

This reporting covers all remaining HEERF fund expenditures as Post University has fully spent the funds as of July 10, 2020. No further reporting of HEERF funding is required.

Distribution – HEERFII and HEERFIII

As of the date of the report, the total amount of HEERF II and HEERF III funds distributed to students is $55,890 for Post University on ground Main Campus students. The University is in the process of reviewing the eligibility of online students.  The estimated total number of students eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs is 6,997. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs is 206 students. Post University’s method used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs is to prioritize students with exceptional need based on each student’s Pell Eligibility.  Students will need to have submitted the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFAA), have a Zero (0) Effective Family Contribution (EFC) or if all funds are not expended, awards will be made available to students with EFCs higher than Zero (0). Post University will award these funds to all eligible students without requiring an application or other formal request.

Download the PDF for the detailed expenditures of the Institutional Share of the CARES Act funding >>

 

​Fall 2021 Return to Campus FAQs

Updated August 25, 2021

Academics

I am a new student to Post University, how do I register for classes this term?

New students, whether you take your classes online or at our main campus, your Academic Advisor will help you register for your first year courses.

I am a returning student, how do I register for the Fall 2021 semester?

Online Students
If you are a returning online student, you may register for your courses via your student portal.  Look for the tile marked “View/Register for Classes” in your portal.  You can follow the prompts to register for courses. Please know your Academic Success Counselor is available to help you with any questions or make changes to your schedule.

Campus Students
If you are a returning main campus student, your Academic Advisor is available to you either via the phone or via email.  If you have not done so already, you can make an appoint with your Academic Advisor to register for the Fall 2021.  If you have any questions, please email campusadvising@post.edu.

Will my classes be in-person and will I be able to access student services in-person?

Yes!  Your professors and the University community are eagerly awaiting your return to the classrooms, halls, and offices. 

In-person support from advisors, financial aid representatives, the Library team, the Center for Academic Success, and the Center for Career and Professional Development will also resume and will follow all gathering and distancing requirements.  In addition, you will still be able to utilize the support from all campus departments virtually, if that’s what you prefer.

More information will be shared in the Fall 2021 Return to Campus Plan later this summer.

If I remain a virtual student (meaning I do not take my classes in person on Main Campus) will I receive a reduction for tuition?

No.  Main Campus Tuition and Fees, as well as academic and athletic scholarships, will return to pre-pandemic rates, as listed on the Post University website.

Where can International students with questions about immigration status, visa or travel endorsements find information?

Post University was pleased to see the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement guidelines, which threatened the education of international students, rescinded in early July. This means students can take courses online and reside in the United States.

The Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP), through Homeland Security, has made a number of accommodations to help students during this crisis.  For the most current information, please see this link on the Study in the States website: https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/covid-19-resources. This website was created by Homeland Security to assist students with understanding their privileges and responsibilities in the student visa process and can be trusted to provide accurate, official updates.

The Office of International Admissions is available to assist current, new or future international students with questions or concerns. Please call or email Bill Stadler at 203.828.2931.

I’ve decided that I don’t want to continue this semester on-campus, what should I do?

We understand that this is still a time of uncertainty and we want you to feel as comfortable and safe as possible. Residential student should contact their RA and the Residence Life/Student Life (studentlife@post.edu) Team to discuss how they are feeling and to review their options. Students living off-campus should consult with their advisor (campusadvising@post.edu) on their options for continuing the semester virtually through Microsoft Teams.

Financial Assistance

When will I hear back about financial aid?

Please log into your student portal (visit Post.edu and click on Student Login in the upper right) with your Post University email account. This is how the student aid office will communicate with you. If you haven’t already submitted your FAFSA, it’s crucial that you do so as soon as possible.

CARES EMERGENCY GRANT - Who is eligible and how do you apply?

You may have received communication from Bank Mobile about the CARES Emergency Grant, which unfortunately was misleading, short on pertinent information and not an approved message by Post University. The Bank Mobile message was not intended to imply that emergency funds are available or that you may qualify.

The process to determine eligibility is still evolving as the Department of Education is issuing guidance on the processes daily. There are many factors that are to be considered when determining who is eligible to receive these funds. Once the Department of Education finalizes the guidelines, which is expected imminently, we will immediately implement the process to access funds for those who qualify.

Who is eligible for this Emergency Grant?

Post University students enrolled in a Main Campus program of study at the University’s main campus (800 Country Club Road in Waterbury, CT) and only those Main Campus students, who are eligible for the Federal Financial Aid program, may be eligible for an Emergency Grant. Please speak to your financial aid advisor about your specific circumstances.

Students who are enrolled exclusively in our online programs are not eligible to receive an Emergency Grant.

However, please be sure to speak to your Academic Success Counselor or Financial Aid Counselor about any challenges you may be having, regardless of your eligibility for CARES Act relief. Post University is committed to working with each student to resolve individual challenges.

Why are online students not eligible?

Congress provided Emergency Grant funding only for students who may have incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus and excluded online students. We suggest that you contact your Legislators and ask why online students have been excluded. Follow this link to locate your US Senator. Please use this link to find your member in the US House of Representatives. There is no rationale that could legitimately validate this decision.

Our on-line students are faced with as many, if not more challenges, than traditional students who take classes on campus. Often, online students have full-time jobs, children and typically no parental financial support. This government decision is inexplicable and grossly wrong in our opinion. It is important for you to have your voice heard…please call or email your legislators ASAP.

How do I apply for an Emergency Grant?

Post University is receiving updates from the U. S. Department of Education about which students may be eligible to receive the Emergency Grants. Unfortunately, this information keeps changing, making it difficult for Post, or any other College or University, to develop a concrete plan. Please know that we are working diligently to obtain official guidance to develop a plan to best assist our students. We will communicate that plan with eligible main campus students as soon as possible. Meanwhile, we will “make it personal!” You can expect that we will work with each student on an individual basis to help resolve individual challenges.

Health & Safety

What health and safety measures will be in place on-campus?

While more detailed information will be included in our Fall 2021 Return to Campus Plan, which will be shared later this summer, all students can generally expect the following:

  • Minimal social distancing, the facilities are open, students can move freely between classroom buildings and residence halls, and guests are welcome
  • All classrooms, meeting rooms, offices, and other social spaces will have clear signage indicating the maximum capacity.
  • Frequent handwashing will be encouraged, and recommend masking if sick.

 

What should I do if I’m feeling unwell?

While we’ve taken measures to ensure the health and well-being of all members of the Post community, there is always the possibility that you may feel unwell. All students should continue to monitor symptoms for COVID-19, the flu, and other health-related issues daily. The University’s mobile app has been enhanced to support daily health screening and contact tracing. All students are expected to utilize this important tool each day. If you haven’t already done so, please download the mobile app and register, using your student email address and password, by texting ‘app’ to 697678. Once you register, choose the “Waterbury Campus” option.

If you do feel sick, please notify Health Services (healthservices@post.edu) as soon as possible and please do not attend your classes in-person. Students living on-campus should remain in their residence hall room and limit the use of public and common spaces (bathrooms, lounges, etc.). Arrangements will be made with dining services and student life regarding your meals. Students living off campus should not come to campus unless Health Services directs them to do so.

If you feel well enough, please continue participating in your classes virtually through Microsoft Teams, notifying your instructors and advisor (campusadvising@post.edu) in advance. If you don’t feel well enough to do so, please contact your instructors and advisor to create a plan to keep you on track. The faculty and advising team are committed to your success and will do everything in their power to continue your academic experience with minimal disruption.

You are still invited (and encouraged) to participate virtually in the events and activities being held during the semester. Most of these experiences will have a virtual component and you will be able to access those through your computer or mobile device on the Virtual Campus and Mobile App.

I’m anxious, stressed, and worried about being on-campus, who can help?

We understand that this pandemic may still cause you to feel anxious, uncertain, and worried. Please know that you are not alone in feeling this way. Our Counseling Center team has several resources, including SOAR and YOU@Post, available to support your mental health. In addition, we encourage you to speak with a member of the Counseling Center team about how you’re feeling – they are here to listen and provide you with support in managing how you’re feeling. Please don’t hesitate to contact the team at counseling@post.edu for more information and to schedule an appointment.

Are vaccines required?

Yes. To achieve our goal of a normal semester on campus this fall, students (resident or commuter) taking in-person classes or participating in activities or athletics on our Main Campus must be vaccinated before the start of the Fall semester.

A broadly vaccinated student body provides our best hope for returning to the hands-on, inclusive, and personalized learning environment that we all know and love.  On campus, this vaccination requirement will allow you to attend in-person events, play sports, dine with friends, attend lectures, cheer for our athletes, and have more in-person interactions with classmates and faculty

How do I report my vaccination status to the University?

All students are required to be vaccinated for the fall semester.

Moderna, Pfizer, or Johnson & Johnson—whatever COVID-19 vaccine you’ve already gotten or will get by the start of classes, students will have to upload your documentation along with your other medical information, especially if you are an incoming student. A photograph (jpg) of both sides if your vaccination card will be proof of your immunization please email it to healthservices@post.edu by August 1, 2021.

How do I get a medical exemption for the COVID-19 vaccine?

Students should contact Health Services for instructions.  Please email: healthservices@post.edu

I am having trouble getting a vaccination appointment. What should I do?

Post University continues to partner with Waterbury Health to host a vaccination drive-thru clinic on our campus and appointments are currently available until May 26.  Additionally, in Connecticut, more than 50 vaccine sites are offering walk-up appointments for COVID-19 shots.  For a list of providers offering walk-up shots, visit https://portal.ct.gov/vaccine-portal/COVID-19-Vaccination-Walkup.

I’ve been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, now what?

*These guidelines are subject to change as we deal with the Delta variant transmission in our community.

Please, do not stress! All vaccinated and unvaccinated students will need to take a COVID-19 test, coordinated by Health Services, and will be required to quarantine until they receive a negative result.

Students who receive a positive COVID-19 test result will be required to isolate, which will be coordinated by the Residence Life team for students living on-campus. Students living off-campus should isolate where they are living and notify their advisor and instructors to attend classes virtually through Microsoft Teams or to make alternative arrangements.

Note: Current guidelines from CDC regarding exposure and fully vaccinated persons as of July 27th:

Fully vaccinated people with COVID-19 symptoms

Although the risk that fully vaccinated people could become infected with COVID-19 is low, any fully vaccinated person who experiences symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should isolate themselves from others, be clinically evaluated for COVID-19, and tested for SARS-CoV-2 if indicated. The symptomatic fully vaccinated person should inform their healthcare provider of their vaccination status at the time of presentation to care.

Fully vaccinated people with no COVID-like symptoms following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19

Fully vaccinated people who have come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 should be tested 3-5 days following the date of their exposure and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result. They should isolate if they test positive. Fully vaccinated people who live in a household with someone who is immunosuppressed, at increased risk of severe disease, or unvaccinated (including children <12 years of age) could also consider masking at home for 14 days following a known exposure or until they receive a negative test result. Most fully vaccinated people with no COVID-like symptoms do not need to quarantine or be restricted from work following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, if they follow the testing and masking recommendation above.

Fully vaccinated people should monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following an exposure.

Will contact tracing occur, and how will it work?

Yes. Contact tracing, which identifies who may have been exposed to the virus, both on and off campus, is an integral part of our plan to ensure the wellness of all community members. Our goal, should we experience cases of COVID-19 among members of our community, is to effectively break the chain of transmission and prevent further spread of the virus on-campus and in the surrounding community. All contact tracing will be done in coordination with state and local health officials and adhering to all local requirements and guidelines.

In addition to enhancements made to the University’s mobile app to support daily health screening and contact tracing efforts, students who test positive for COVID-19 will be contacted by Health Services and/or Waterbury’s Health Department to identify those individuals they may have been in contact with.

All on-campus students are required to download the Post University mobile and register using their student email address and password. You can download the mobile app by texting APP to 69768.

Are face coverings/masks required?
  • Masks are not required outdoors.
  • For fully vaccinated faculty, associates and students, masking indoors is encouraged.
    • While no longer required for fully vaccinated individuals, all community members who feel more comfortable wearing a mask are encouraged to do so, whether indoors or outdoors.
    • Vaccinated individuals may wear masks in classes, or offices, and when meeting or traveling in groups (e.g., on the Post shuttle bus). The University expects everyone to be respectful of these decisions. The reasons why individuals may choose to wear a mask can vary widely, so I ask that you show kindness and respect in these situations.
    • Regardless of vaccination status, all community members are expected to carry a mask with them at all times.
  • Faculty members may require students to wear masks in their individual classrooms.

Students, faculty and associates who are not fully vaccinated (those partially vaccinated and/or those who have an approved religious or medical accommodation) are required to wear masks inside campus buildings. The only exceptions are when these individuals are alone in a private office/space, in a personal residence hall room, or eating or drinking.

We are regularly monitoring the current conditions and, in the future, may require face coverings based on guidance from the CDC, the City of Waterbury, and the Connecticut Department of Public Health.

Fully vaccinated people with no COVID-like symptoms following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19

Fully vaccinated people who have come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 should be tested 3-5 days following the date of their exposure and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result. They should isolate if they test positive. Fully vaccinated people who live in a household with someone who is immunosuppressed, at increased risk of severe disease, or unvaccinated (including children <12 years of age) could also consider masking at home for 14 days following a known exposure or until they receive a negative test result. Most fully vaccinated people with no COVID-like symptoms do not need to quarantine or be restricted from work following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, if they follow the testing and masking recommendation above.

Fully vaccinated people should monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following an exposure.

Is social distancing required?

At this time, there aren’t any social distancing requirements in place, however, we are regularly monitoring the current conditions and, in the future, may require social distancing based on guidance from the CDC and the Connecticut Department of Public Health.

*These guidelines are subject to change as we deal with the Delta variant transmission in our community.

Please, do not stress! All vaccinated and unvaccinated students will need to take a COVID-19 test, coordinated by Health Services, and will be required to quarantine until they receive a negative result.

Students who receive a positive COVID-19 test result will be required to isolate, which will be coordinated by the Residence Life team for students living on-campus. Students living off-campus should isolate where they are living and notify their advisor and instructors to attend classes virtually through Microsoft Teams or to make alternative arrangements.

Note: Current guidelines from CDC regarding exposure and fully vaccinated persons as of July 27th:

Fully vaccinated people with COVID-19 symptoms

Although the risk that fully vaccinated people could become infected with COVID-19 is low, any fully vaccinated person who experiences symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should isolate themselves from others, be clinically evaluated for COVID-19, and tested for SARS-CoV-2 if indicated. The symptomatic fully vaccinated person should inform their healthcare provider of their vaccination status at the time of presentation to care.

What is the University’s plan for isolation/quarantine housing in the event of a COVID-19 infection on-campus?

The University will provide accommodations for both isolation and quarantine housing in dedicated spaces located on and off campus, to be used as needed.  Food service accommodations will be provided. 

More information will be shared in the Fall 2021 Return to Campus Plan later this summer.

Will the University share the current campus status/COVID-19 data with students/parents/families/community on a regular basis?

Similar to what we did this spring for the spring sports student-athletes, parents, and families. We will provide COVID-19 updates on a regular basis throughout the fall semester. 

Campus Operations

Will campus services like the Library and Post Shuttle Service be operating in the fall? Will safety protocols be followed?

Yes.  Both the campus library will resume services in the fall as well as the Post Shuttle Service.  For the early part of the fall semester, the shuttle may operate with a reduced number of passengers on board at any one time.  The Shuttle service schedule for the fall semester will be confirmed in mid-August.

The Shuttle Service will follow the following precautionary steps for the health and well-being of passengers and drivers: all buses are being thoroughly cleaned/disinfected daily, and all buses are equipped with alcohol-based sanitizer dispensers or wipes available for passenger and driver use.

The University’s Facility department and its maintenance partner, PBM, Inc., will continue to disinfect buildings on a weekly basis, and communal restrooms will be cleaned and disinfected four times per day. High touch areas — handrails, elevator buttons, and doorknobs — will be wiped down and disinfected on a continual basis throughout the day. As an additional safety measure, classrooms will be equipped with portable UV air purifiers that will kill harmful germs and viruses and clean the air.

Can I have friends/family visit? Do they need to be fully vaccinated to visit?

Visitors will be allowed on-campus, however they must be registered in advance with Campus Safety. We welcome all visitors, regardless of vaccination status, however all visitors who are unvaccinated must wear a face covering/mask at all times and abide by social distancing guidelines while on-campus, in accordance with CDC guidelines and requirements.

No outside visitors or guests will be permitted in the residence halls, including no overnight stays. Only vaccinated resident students are allowed as guests in residence halls.

As an incoming student for the Fall 2021 semester, what can I expect?

We encourage you to connect with our Admissions team on any questions you have about your campus experience prior to joining us for Orientation in August.  Currently, virtual tours and experiences are being offered to prospective and incoming students.  Orientation planning is underway, and more information will be sent this summer, as well as posted on our website.  In addition, registered incoming on-campus students are encouraged to join the Post University Class of 2025 Facebook group to connect with other freshmen joining the nest this fall.

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