Student Information and FAQs
Post University Spring 2021
All classes will remain being taught virtually for the Main Campus Spring 2021 Semester.
- Post University Spring 2021 Continuity Plan (PDF) – updated 1/19/2021
Spring Sport Student-Athlete Return to Campus
We’re excited to welcome our Eagles student-athletes back to campus in late-February for spring practices and competitions!
- Student-Athlete Arrival Schedule (PDF)
- What to Bring for my Move to Campus (PDF) – please email [email protected] with any questions.
Check this page frequently for updates and more information.
Student-Athlete Return to Campus FAQs Spring 2021
LIVING ON CAMPUS
I’m a spring sport student-athlete, when can I return to campus?
We’re excited to have our Eagles spring sport student-athletes returning to campus to practice and compete! While things will certainly be different, we are very much looking forward to your return after almost a year away. In order to welcome you back in as safe a way as possible, we have developed move-in procedures that follow all CDC, state, and local guidelines.
Each team will have a scheduled return date/time that will be coordinated by your coach. Student-athletes will return 21 days prior to the team’s first competition and you should contact your coach directly to schedule an appointment to move-in to your assigned residence hall room. 7-days prior to your scheduled move-in appointment, you must submit a negative COVID-19 test result. Upon arrival on-campus, every student-athlete will be tested for COVID-19 and quarantine in their residence hall room for 7-days. Please make sure to also review the Student-Athlete Arrival Schedule.
Will we be required to quarantine once I arrive to campus?
Yes, all student-athletes will quarantine for 7-days upon arrival, even if they test negative for COVID-19. While in-person interaction will be limited during this time, we will have several virtual engagement opportunities available during this quarantine period. Use of shared restrooms will be permitted during this time and all meals will be picked up from the Eagles Nest. We encourage you to set times with your teammates, other friends, and family members to enjoy meals virtually with one another.
What if I want to leave campus or have visitors during Spring Break?
Once a student-athlete completes the health screening and check-in process, they will be required to quarantine for 7-days, which will coincide with Spring Break (March 1-5, 2021) for those teams that will have moved-in. Because of this, there will be limited opportunities for in-person interactions, but the Athletics Department, Student Life, University Events, and other departments are putting together a schedule for several engaging and virtual events and activities during this time. More information on these events will be shared with you upon arrival, as well as on the mobile app.
Can someone help me move in?
Yes. You can have one support person to help you move-in. It must be the same person throughout the entire move. We will provide a wristband to your support person to easily identify that they are helping you move in. We encourage you to bring only that one support person with you when moving into your residence hall; anyone else who accompanies you will be asked to remain in their vehicle for the duration of your move.
What should I bring?
Make sure that you bring a computer/laptop that can connect to the University’s Wi-Fi. This will be important so that you can continue attending classes and participating in meetings and other activities virtually from the comfort of your residence hall room. If you need a laptop, please contact the Advising Office at [email protected] for more information on participating in the [email protected] program. You should also bring enough clothing, toiletries, personal items, and other necessities you may need. If you prefer to have your own mini-fridge and microwave, please be sure to bring that as well. If you forget something, the coaching staff will gladly work with you to make sure you are accommodated. In addition, bring an emergency “to go” bag. This bag should have items to sustain you for a 14-day period. This bag will be utilized if you need to move to a different building or room to isolate or quarantine due to a positive COVID-19 result or a close contact COVID-19 exposure. The Student Life team has prepared a list of items to bring and you are invited to contact them at [email protected] with any questions.
Can I pick where I’m living?
The Residence Life team is working with coaching staff to place all student-athletes in their assigned rooms. Teams will be living together in a pod on specific floors in each of the residence halls. You will receive your housing assignment via your student email no later than February 15, 2021. Please continue to check your student email for any updates.
Can I visit my friends?
You will be permitted to have contact with the other student-athletes who are living in your pod. This is to limit the potential for exposure to and spread of COVID-19. If you would like to keep in contact with other student-athletes on campus, we encourage you to have virtual meetings or ensure proper 6-feet social distancing outside with a face covering on. It is very important that you make note of the room capacities posted outside each room within the residence halls. All rooms, including apartments, bathrooms, laundry rooms, etc. will have signage displaying the room capacity outside of each room. Outside of the residence halls, please be mindful of all directional signage indicating where to enter and exit Leever for the Eagles Nest/dining hall, as well as the Drubner Center for testing, practices, and accessing the Athletic Training and Weight rooms. The wearing of face coverings and physical distancing (maintaining at least 6-feet of distance between you and others) while walking on-campus is required.
Will the dining hall be open?
During the 7-day required quarantine period, all student-athletes will select food items from a menu, which will be completed and submitted prior to pick-up at the Eagles Nest in the lower level of Leever. All meals will be pre-packaged based on the student’s menu selections and will be eaten in your residence hall room. Please be mindful of the entrance and exit doors when you are coming to get your food. After the 7-day quarantine period, student-athletes will visit the dining hall with their teams to pick-up food for each meal to be eaten in their rooms. We may institute team meals – allowing all members of each team pod to eat together in the dining hall, following all social distancing and cleaning/sanitation protocols. Expect more information on this from your coach. In addition, if a class interferes with your team’s assigned time to pick-up food/visit the dining hall, please talk with your coach directly on alternative arrangements. The rate for meals is $157.50 per week for each week your team is on campus. If you have any questions on how to pay for this, please contact the Financial Aid team at [email protected].
Can I have my car on campus?
Due to campus being used as a COVID-19 drive-thru site, you will not be able to leave your vehicle on campus. You will need to be dropped off on campus or park your vehicle at Chase Collegiate School, located one mile from campus on Chase Parkway. Plan to leave your vehicle parked at Chase Collegiate School for the duration of your stay on campus. Campus Safety and Waterbury Police Department will do regular patrolling around the Chase Collegiate School lot but there may be periods of time where it will be unmonitored. You will not be permitted to return to your vehicle once you complete the check-in process.
Am I allowed to leave campus?
Outside of scheduled practices and competitions, leaving campus is not permitted. If you leave campus for any reason other than scheduled practices or competitions, you will not be permitted to return to campus and your residence hall room, and you will forfeit the remainder of your season. We will work with student-athletes who experience any personal/family emergencies to ensure they have support in returning home. You will be permitted to return to campus, but will be required to test negative for COVID-19 and quarantine for 7-days upon your return.
What if I forgot something or ran out of something I need?
Coaches will be in contact with all student-athletes on their teams daily to ensure their needs are met. If you are missing items or in need of additional items, you should contact your coach directly.
What happens if I return to campus and begin practicing or competing with my team, then decide I want to leave?
Any student who wishes to leave before the conclusion of their team’s season should talk with their coach, community director, and financial aid representative. This may have an impact on your athletic eligibility, as well as your tuition/fees and the scholarships and/or financial aid you are receiving. You can connect with a member of the financial aid team by emailing [email protected] or visiting their office on the virtual campus by clicking on Torrance Hall and select Go Live in Financial Aid.
What happens if I do not follow protocols put in place?
There is a zero-tolerance policy for any violations to the protocols we have in place during your stay on campus. Our primary concern is to maintain the health, safety, and well-being of our students, associates, faculty, and members of the surrounding communities. We take our commitment to reducing the spread of COVID-19 very seriously and any violation of the protocols in place or the student code of conduct, as outlined in the Student Handbook, will result in your immediate removal from the residence halls/campus and forfeiture of the remainder of your season.
If I choose to return to campus, how will my tuition and financial aid be affected?
Student-athletes who choose to return to campus will not be billed for housing but will pay board fees. Student-athletes will pay $157.50 per week for each week their respective team is living on campus. You are encouraged to connect with a member of the financial aid team with any questions you have on this by emailing [email protected] or visiting their office on the virtual campus by clicking on Torrance Hall and select Go Live in Financial Aid.
What does the quarantine or isolation process look like?
If a student-athlete tests positive for COVID-19, they will take their “to go” bag that should remain packed during the duration of their stay on campus, and isolate from other student-athletes to limit the exposure and spread of the virus. During this time, meals will be provided to the student-athlete and there will be daily check-ins to monitor the symptoms and mental health of the student-athlete. After the 10-day isolation period and symptoms have subsided, the student-athlete will be permitted to return to their originally assigned residence hall room and continue training with their team. In addition, all student-athletes who have recently returned from isolation will have their health monitored.
If a student-athlete has been in close contact with another individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, they will be notified immediately and will need to take their “to go” bag and will quarantine. The quarantine area and isolation area are not in the same building which helps to maintain safety and limit the spread of the virus. During this time, meals will be provided to the student-athlete. The student-athlete will need to remain quarantined for a 14-day period and test negative for COVID-19 before resuming athletic activities.
If a student-athlete wishes to return home during any quarantine or isolation period, they are welcome to do so and the coaches and Student Life will support them in making those arrangements, however they will not be permitted to return to campus and will forfeit the remainder of their season.
Once practices and games start, will we be tested again?
Yes, every student-athlete will take two rapid COVID-19 tests per week. Any student-athlete experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 will be administered a PCR test for medical diagnosis. In addition, every student-athlete will undergo random COVID-19 testing throughout their team’s season.
How are we going to practice and compete?
All practices and competitions will adhere to all CDC, federal, state, local, and Post University guidelines with the overall goal of keeping all our student-athletes, coaches, and University associates healthy and safe. Practices will be scheduled to limit individual teams from crossing paths on campus. All facilities will be disinfected prior to and after each team’s use and use of the locker rooms will be restricted. All student-athletes and coaching staff are required to wear face coverings while indoors in all facilities. Student-athletes should also regularly wash their hands with warm water and soap, or using hand sanitizer, for at least 20 seconds.
Will the Athletic Training Room be open?
Yes, but athletic training will be available by appointment only. Athletic training staff will be available to help with rehabilitation and treatments throughout the spring season and trainers will provide direct and personal care to all student-athletes in accordance with health and safety guidelines. The wearing of face coverings, physical distancing, and hand washing requirements will be strictly enforced. The Athletic Training Room will be disinfected and sanitized regularly throughout each day. In addition, each team will have a designated area for pre-practice and pre-game taping needs.
Will we be permitted to use the Drubner Weight Room?
Yes. We know how important it is for student-athletes to have opportunities for regular workouts and conditioning. Each coach will schedule specific times for their teams to use the weight room. There won’t be any “free lift” times. Due to capacity restrictions, each team will be broken up into pods assigned by your coach and all weight room activities will be monitored by a coach or other member of the Athletics staff. The wearing of face coverings will be strictly enforced. The Weight Room will be disinfected and sanitized regularly throughout each day.
How will we get to and from games and practices?
Baseball and men’s and women’s Track and Field will travel to practice in University vans each day. Student-athletes on those teams will not be permitted to drive their own vehicle to practice sites. All teams will travel by bus or van to all competitions. The bus companies will follow all CDC and federal guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting the buses prior to and after use and University-owned vans will be cleaned and sanitized by Athletics Department staff after each use.
Will spectators be allowed at games?
In accordance with CACC regulations, spectators will not be permitted at any competitions, on- or off-campus. While we can’t guarantee that away games will be streamed, we do encourage family members and other fans to cheer on the Eagles by safely viewing the livestream of our home competitions, available on the Athletics website.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
What documentation do I need to submit before arriving on campus?
Please review your own health insurance and make sure it provides adequate coverage while on campus in Waterbury, CT. Post does provide students with accident and athletic insurance, but there are limitations that may not encompass all your needs. You have until February 17, 2021 to submit a request to waive the Post University Student Health Insurance. The waiver process remains the same; please consult the Student Handbook for more information on the waiver process. In addition to COVID testing all student-athletes must undergo, you must be current and up to date on all immunization requirements prior to moving into a residence hall on campus. You can find more information on immunization requirements on the Health Services page.
New Students and Returning Students who haven’t lived in a residence hall previously: you must complete the immunization list prior to arriving on campus. Returning students who have lived in a residence hall previously should contact Health Services with any compliance questions:
Kellie Brown – Nurse
Email: [email protected]
If I am a first-year or transfer student, are there any additional steps I need to take?
All student-athletes who entered the University at the beginning of the fall 2020 or spring 2021 semesters must complete all immunization requirements to be cleared by Health Services prior to your arrival on campus. In addition, you must submit all required paperwork (physical and impact testing) to the Athletic Training office prior to your arrival. Finally, please contact the Campus Safety office at [email protected] to make sure your student ID card is ready upon your arrival to campus.
Who will be doing the COVID-19 testing?
We are currently exploring several options, including working with Allied Health and Waterbury Health on testing. More information will be available when you return to campus.
Where will COVID-19 testing occur?
All testing will occur on campus in the gymnasium in the Drubner Center. This will allow ample room for social distancing and teams will have scheduled times for testing each week.
What happens if I test positive for COVID-19 while I am on campus?
If you test positive for SARS-CoV-2 at any time, you are required to self-isolate for a period of 10-days following the positive test result, per the CDCs requirements. Students will isolate in University provided accommodations (with security detail present) and all meals will be provided. Any student who is in self-isolation should continue to attend classes remotely, however if they are unable to do so due to illness, they should communicate with their coach, their instructors, and the Advising team at [email protected] directly.
Any student in isolation will complete a health check-in daily via phone or telehealth. If, at any time, you experience severe illness related to a positive SARS-CoV-2 diagnosis, please call 9-1-1.
Students do not need a post-infection negative test result to return to practice if:
- You did not require hospitalization, AND
- It has been at least 10-days after symptom onset and you have not had a fever (temperature reading of below 100.4 degrees F) for at least 24-hours without the use of fever-reducing medications, and with the improvement of other symptoms, AND
- You have been cleared to return to campus by the Student Health Services clinician and the Athletics Department.
Will contact tracing occur for any positive COVID-19 cases reported?
Yes. We have developed a partnership with Waterbury’s Health Department, specifically the unit conducting the contact tracing, to develop expanded capability at Post, which may also include the use of trained University associates and our robust and expansive IT Network in the event of needed “surge capacity.” Please see the section on “Contact Tracing” in the Post University Spring Continuity Plan for more details.
What happens if I get sick, but it isn’t COVID-related?
Contact Nurse Kellie Brown at [email protected] or call 203.596.4503. Please DO NOT visit Student Health Services.
What are emergency symptoms and when should I seek medical attention?
People can experience a range of mild to severe symptoms that may be related to COVID-19. Be alert for any of these severe warning signs, and if you are experiencing any of these signs or symptoms, seek emergency medical care immediately:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- Inability to wake-up or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
Call the emergency on-call duty phone at 203.288.8708 or 9-1-1. Notify the operator of the symptoms you’re experiencing and that you may have COVID-19.
What should I do if I think I’ve been exposed?
If you have been in close contact (6-feet or less) to a person diagnosed with SARS-CoV-2 infection for at least 15-minutes and do not have symptoms:
- You MUST get tested. Testing is recommended for all close contacts of persons with SARS-CoV-2 infection. Because of the potential for asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission, it is important that those who have been in contact with an individual who has a diagnosed SARS-CoV-2 infection be quickly identified and tested. Student-athletes who think they may have been exposed to the virus should contact Health Services immediately.
- Even if you test negative, student-athletes identified as having been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with SARS-CoV-2 will be required to self-isolate away from others for a period of 14-days, per the CDCs requirements.
What do I do If I need a new prescription medication or run out of a prescribed medication I take?
CVS on West Main Street offers a 2-day free delivery service if you know you will need additional medication. CVS also offers on demand prescription delivery for a small fee if you need the medication the same day. If you need any help filling your prescription, please connect with coach or email Health Services for assistance at [email protected].
I heard that campus is a COVID-19 Vaccination site. Can I sign-up to get vaccinated?
As part of our commitment to stem the spread of COVID-19, we have partnered with Waterbury Health to offer our campus as a drive-through COVID-19 vaccination site. Waterbury Health is currently following all state and CDC guidelines when it comes to the phased distribution of the vaccine. Most students without an underlying medical condition with increased risk for severe illness aren’t currently eligible to receive a vaccine, and therefore, will not be vaccinated on-campus at this time.
Questions About Campus & Courses | July 24, 2020
I’m a newly admitted student. Where can I find more information?
The University is developing ways for newly admitted undergraduate students and their families to connect with each other and with Post. Students can ask questions through a chat feature with members of our admissions or advising teams. Faculty and staff across campus are also working to connect students with information about academics, campus life, and student organizations. Finally, we recommend that you and your family members like and follow our official social media channels, where we will continue to share important updates on campus operations: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.
If you are registered for the semester, please join the Post University Class of 2024 Facebook group to begin meeting and interacting with your incoming classmates and the University community.
Will my virtual class experience be different from an in-person class meeting with a professor?
The big difference this fall is that your courses will meet synchronously through the Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing link in your Blackboard course. Instead of walking into the classroom, you will access your course through Blackboard Collaborate where you will be able to virtually interact with your instructor and peers. We will be unveiling fun new tools and fun, virtual activities within Blackboard Collaborate to create an even more engaging and interactive learning experience in this platform.
Attendance and participation is a requirement in all courses. If you are unable to attend a class meeting, you are expected to contact your instructor before the virtual classroom meeting, per the Attendance Policy. Students with ongoing technology issues or time zone differentials that may prevent them from attending class synchronously should contact their instructor to work out an alternative means to assess attendance and participation.
I’ve never taken an online course before, are there special things to know?
New first-year and transfer students will be enrolled in the course Post102, delivered via our learning management system, Blackboard. This is a self-paced course where students will be introduced to their learning environment and support services available prior to arriving on campus.
How can I stay on track with my schoolwork if I’ve not taken a course online before?
- Online Study Group. Arrange with a group of friends to meet virtually to go over schoolwork. A group will help keep you on task and help keep you focused. Remember, you still have access to resources like TutorMe and the Center for Academic Success ([email protected] or 203-596-4686). Stay in communication with your professors and academic advisors via emails and phone calls.
- Use Your Time Productively. This is a great time to make sure your resume is in top shape and to arrange for summer jobs or internships. You can make an appointment to meet virtually with the Center for Career and Professional Development. Contact [email protected] or 203 828-2989.
Will nonacademic buildings and facilities, such as Traurig Library and Leever Center remain open?
All Library services and resources are available virtually to students through Blackboard course links. Library events and programming will be offered virtually through a web-conferencing platform. Librarians will be available to students for phone calls or virtual meetings 7 days per week. At the start of the semester, the University library will remain closed to students and the public.
Students and faculty can access our library associates and ALL our services and resources via our virtual library or research assistance or [email protected]. If you need any assistance obtaining online government documents, please email [email protected].
The Leever Center, Drubner Center, the Fitness Center and the Eagles Nest in lower level of Leever are all closed for the remainder of the semester.
These resources are available to you:
- TutorMe – is available 24/7. You can find the link in Blackboard. We are extending additional TutorMe hours to students for the 2020-2021 academic year.
- The Center for Academic Success helps with professional tutoring via phone and email. Contact information: [email protected] or 203-596-4686. You can also schedule an appointment here: https://postcas.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php
- The Center for Career and Professional Development helps with resume writing and internships. Contact information: [email protected]or 203 828-2989. You can also schedule an appointment here.
- [email protected] a free online tool that can help with your physical well-being as well as help you achieve your academic goals.
- SOAR (Student Online Assistance Resource) offers mental health counseling, financial and legal support, and personal convenience services to students and their families.
- Health Services at Post – [email protected]
Are all events canceled across campus?
Campus event are being held virtually. Residence Life, the Dean of Students, Student Activities, and many student clubs are working to develop highly interactive and engaging programming virtual programs and outlets through which student can meet and build a community with fellow Post Eagles. You will receive more information over the summer and during fall semester.
Events organized by outside groups who use our facilities are cancelled until further notice.
In addition, The Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference has postponed all athletic contests for the Fall Semester. These sports will compete during the Spring season. Coaches will abide by the CACC and NCAA guidelines related to remote practice and training.
Will I be reimbursed for my room and board during the time I am not able to stay on campus?
Yes. In April, we began to process credits and refunds. Students were reimbursed a pro-rata share of room and board in the form of a credit toward the upcoming Fall semester housing, less any balances owed to the University. Because some students are graduating in May, they will receive a cash reimbursement, less any balances owed to the University.
If I have questions about remote technology, who should I contact?
If you need other technical help from the University, please contact: 1.888.458.POST
What are some resources to help stay connected to the Internet?
- Spectrum is offering free Wi-Fi to students for 60 days call 1.844.488.8395
- Comcast is also offering free Wi-Fi for 60 days to new low-income families as well as opening their Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots to everyone for free.
- Altice through Optimum and Suddenlink is offering free internet connectivity for 60 days.
- Optimum is also offering access though their special Wi-Fi hotspots SSID: optimumwifiemergency.
Call the numbers below for further information on getting internet at your home
- 866.200.9522 to enroll in Optimum region
- 888.633.0030 to enroll in Suddenlink region
- AT&T is also offering public access to their Wi-Fi Hotspots for free. There are also offering internet access for qualifying limited income households at $10 a month through our Access from AT&T program