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Point Park University will re-open to appointments on July 6, 2020. Until that date, Admission counselors will continue to accommodate prospective families via email, phone, live chat, virtual tour, virtual appointment and Admitted Students Day 2.0.

June 9, 2020

Dear Point Park Returning Students and Families,

I am writing to update you on two important items: Emergency aid for students from the Federal CARES Act and On-campus learning and operations starting with the Fall 2020 semester.

First, over 1,100 students have applied through the University for emergency aid under the Federal CARES Act. If you have not yet applied, please do so here.

Second, regarding the University Planning process for on-campus learning and operations starting with the Fall 2020 semester, there are many factors we have been closely tracking to ensure that all students not only receive a quality learning experience but one that takes place on a campus that is safe and welcoming for all.

We are witnessing growing racial tensions throughout our country, including protests taking place in Pittsburgh. I recently emailed our students, staff, and faculty to express the University’s commitment to standing with and supporting those in our community who are hurting. As a University, we affirm that there is no place for hate, racism, or discrimination, and we work to make Point Park a welcome place for everyone. Part of that welcoming environment is our community oriented police department led by Chief Jeff Besong. Our Officers are friendly, familiar faces on campus, ready to help in all situations. One way that our Officers communicate with all students, staff, and faculty is through the University’s Point Alert system, which provides campus notifications. Find out more about our Campus Police and Point Alert system here.

Regarding COVID-19, since the middle of March, local university presidents have been in regular communication with officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Education regarding University operations during the COVID-19 pandemic and re-opening our campuses for the 2020-21 academic year. We have developed comprehensive re-opening plans that have now been affirmed by the State of Pennsylvania.

At Point Park, we have a number of University task forces dedicated to redefining the University so that students continue to receive the quality education that they expect from Point Park. We are working closely with medical professionals from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center who are advising us on public health and its application to an urban campus. We will share our University Reopening Plan with each of you. This Plan includes guidance from state and local governments and the CDC, and will be followed by all students, faculty, staff, and visitors when on campus.

We will make this document available on the Point Park University COVID-19 webpage during the week of July 6, and we will email all students, staff, and faculty once posted.

I am also planning to host a live virtual Town Hall with returning students and their families the week of July 6. During this Town Hall, we will discuss how we plan to operate as a University community, on campus for the 2020-21 academic year. We will discuss campus safety, academics, student success and career readiness. Our medical advisors from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center will be available as well. You will receive an invitation to this Town Hall meeting, and I look forward to connecting with each of you in early July. In the meantime, please stay healthy and enjoy this unconventional summer.

Thank you,
Paul Hennigan