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COVID-19 Response – Spring 2022


SPRING 2022 COVID-19 INFO

 Post University is committed to the health and safety of our students, associates  and community members.

As we continue to monitor the evolving situation around the COVID-19 pandemic, our primary focus is keeping all members of the Post community, including students, healthy and safe.  Please continue to check this page for timely updates regarding the spring 2022 semester.

Here is our updated campus COVID-19 protocols that all students are expected to follow beginning in January 2022.

Updates from University Leadership

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CARES Act – Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) and American Rescue Plan Act, 2021 (ARP)

Note: Students who are experiencing financial hardship should contact their Financial Aid advisor to determine if additional financial assistance 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 virtual 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).

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 received $1,393,742 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 FAQs 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 – HEERF II

As of the date of the report, the total amount of HEERF II funds distributed to students is $1,326,195. The University is in the process of reviewing student eligibility to distribute any remaining funding.  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 5,889. 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 5,852 students. The University is currently reviewing the eligibility of the remaining 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 the results of the student’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFAA).  Student’s whose Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) reflect a Zero (0) Effective Family Contribution (EFC) are eligible for review.  If all HEERF II 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 >>

 

​Spring 2022 Return to Campus FAQs

Updated January 11, 2022

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 Spring 2022 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 2022.  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 is in listed in the Spring 2022 Campus Plan.

 

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.

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.

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.

Health & Safety

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

While more detained information will be included in our Spring 2022 Campus Plan, all students can generally expect the following:

The University is committed to promoting a safe campus environment for students, faculty, and staff.

  • Indoor masks– Masks will be required in all classrooms and campus buildings, except Leever Dining Hall while eating/drinking or in the privacy of your residence hall room.

Face coverings must be worn at all times in any shared spaces. This includes student residence halls (not in your residence hall room) and in all University buildings. Wearing a face covering does not replace the need to maintain physical distancing and observing safety protocols in shared spaces.

Students are expected to provide their own masks to ensure they have an ample clean supply and are advised to avoid touching their eyes, nose, or mouth when removing their face coverings, and wash their hands immediately before and after removal. Face coverings should be changed daily and stored in a clean paper bag when not in use. Disposable face coverings should be discarded daily.

Indoor masks must meets the following criteria:

    • Fits comfortably against the sides of the face and covers the nose, mouth, and chin
    • Fastens securely with ties or ear loops
    • Includes multiple layers of fabric:  Surgical grade masks or N-95 masks are preferred.   
      • Cloth masks are not considered safe against the virus without an additional surgical grade mask worn in addition to the cloth mask
    • Allows for breathing without restriction
  • Proof of Fully Vaccinated

All students (resident or commuter) taking in-person classes or participating in activities or athletics on our Main Campus must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  Fully vaccinated means, you have completed either the Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, or Pfizer vaccine and the booster injection.  If you are not currently eligible to receive your booster, Post expects you will receive the booster within fourteen days of becoming eligible.

An individual is eligible for the booster five months after completing the primary COVID-19 vaccination series with Moderna and Pfizer vaccines and two months after receiving the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Available booster vaccination sites can be found by visiting vaccines.gov.

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.

Documentation of the COVID-19 booster must be sent to healthservices@post.edu by Thursday, January 31, 2022. Individuals not yet currently eligible for the booster will upload documentation within fourteen (14) days of reaching eligibility. All documentation will be kept confidential.

We encourage students to get a booster shot before returning to campus, if possible. In addition, Post University will host booster clinics on campus in late January and February for students and associates.  More information will be provided once dates and details are finalized.

Additional health and safety measures include:

  • Social distancing – All classrooms, meeting rooms, offices, and other social spaces will have clear signage indicating the maximum capacity.
  • COVID-19 testing will be in place throughout the semester.
  • Hand sanitization stations are located at entrances and in high traffic areas throughout buildings.
  • Directional and procedural signage is in buildings to promote social distancing, use of personal protective equipment, and other safety procedures
  • Individually wrapped plasticware is in the Leever Dining Hall. Paper cups will be dispensed one-at-a-time from a wall-mounted unit.

In addition, Post’s maintenance partner, PBM, Inc., will fully disinfects buildings on a weekly basis and as needed.  Communal restrooms will be cleaned and disinfected frequently.  High touch areas, including handrails, elevator buttons, doorknobs, will be wiped down and disinfected throughout the day.  The Post Facilities department also has the ability to disinfect large areas, including entire floors on an immediate basis, should the need arise. 

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.

How do I report my vaccination status to the University?

Moderna, Pfizer, or Johnson & Johnson—whatever COVID-19 vaccine you’ve already gotten or will get by the start of classes, should be submitted the Health Services (healthservices@post.edu).  If you are a new student to Post this information is on the medical information that your physician has signed and you submitted the health services.

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.  Our focus is your well-being. The University has many resources to assist students during this crisis, including tips to combat overwhelming feelings. In addition to the Counseling Center , we offer YOU@Post and SOAR. Both services are free to students. 

Students can contact a counselor at the Counseling Center by calling 203.596.4585 or via email:  counseling@post.edu

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.  Our focus is your well-being. The University has many resources to assist students during this crisis, including tips to combat overwhelming feelings. In addition to the Counseling Center , we offer YOU@Post and SOAR. Both services are free to students. 

Students can contact a counselor at the Counseling Center by calling 203.596.4585 or via email:  counseling@post.edu

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

Any student who tests positive for COVID-19 and lives within 100 miles of the University will be required to isolate away from campus for ten days and attend classes virtually. Isolation space is available through Post University for the mandatory ten-day isolation period for students living further than 100 miles from campus.

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

Yes.  Information available on our COVID-19 Dashboard and will be updated weekly.

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 and University services like Center for Academic Success will operate.  The University is working on a plan to address Shuttle bus service and its schedule for the spring.  More information will be coming.  When in the library or any University buildings, or office  – like the Center for Academic Success – individuals must wear a mask. 

Will the Shuttle Bus operate this term?

The Shuttle Service will follow the following precautionary steps for the health and well-being of passengers and drivers:  all passengers are required to wear a mask at all times while getting into the shuttle van, throughout the duration of the shuttle ride, and while departing the shuttle van.  A maximum of four (4) passengers will be allowed in the shuttle van at any given time.  ALL vans are being thoroughly cleaned/disinfected daily, and are equipped with alcohol-based sanitizer dispensers or wipes available for passenger and driver use.

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

As noted in the University Student Handbook, the Residence Hall Guest Policy is as follows:

Post University does not permit residents to host outside guests in the residence halls. Only other vaccinated Resident and Commuter Students are allowed as guests in the Residence Halls. This includes overnight stays. No other visitors or guests of any kind are allowed in the Residence Halls. Residents are strongly encouraged to communicate with their roommate(s) prior to hosting guests. Post University reserves the right to refuse guest entry and revoke guest privileges for a residence hall, specific floor, and/or individuals at any time. Residents and Commuters who remain in another resident’s room after 12 a.m. are considered overnight guests and the following requirements must be honored:

  1. Residents may not have an overnight guest for more than three nights in a seven-day period. In addition, residents may host overnight guests no more than six nights per calendar month. One guest is allowed per resident.
  2. Hosts must always accompany guests.
  3. Residents are responsible for the actions of their guest(s) on campus.

There is a no guest policy in effect during 24-hour quiet hours (this includes, but is not limited to, final examinations and all Post University academic breaks). Students who do not comply will be subject to disciplinary action, which may include removal from housing.

Post Associates

I am a Post Associate, what are the protocols I should follow?

Post Associates must be fully vaccinated by January 31, 2022.  Fully vaccinated means, you have completed either the Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, or Pfizer vaccine and the booster injection.  If you are not currently eligible to receive your booster, Post expects you will receive the booster within fourteen days of becoming eligible.

  • Whenever working onsite in a public area, please adhere to standard six feet social distancing, regular hand washing, and mandatory indoor mask wearing (unless in an enclosed cubicle/office, eating, or drinking).
  • Do not report for onsite work if experiencing COVID symptoms. Notify your manager in advance of your scheduled start time or as soon as possible. (Completion of a new COVID test may be warranted based on consultation with your physician.)
If I test positive what are the protocols I must follow?

If you test positive, associates should do the following:

  • The respective associate must immediately notify their supervisor and Associate Experience.
  • Associates who have reported a positive test are required to a.) Discontinue working onsite or outside of the associate’s personal residence to any extent and b.) Avoid any physical contact with other Post associates or students until completing 10 days of quarantine, and c.) Provide a negative COVID-19 test result to Associate Experience.
  • If the associate is unable to work due to their diagnosis, contact Jenny Naes-Herrmannsdoerfer in Associate Experience for additional guidance.

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