Dear State System Family:
As Pennsylvania, the nation, and the world respond to the spread of coronavirus/COVID-19, our universities are doing the same. We are focused on helping our students complete the semester successfully while keeping everyone safe. We have come together as never before and have rallied the will, the strength, and the collective intelligence from across the State System to tackle challenges—both big and small.
As a result, all 14 universities remain operational. In a short span of time, they have moved (or are moving) instruction, advising, counselling, etc. to remote (non-face-to-face) modalities. And they are working to protect our communities by instituting measures to impede the transmission of coronavirus—issues related to the use of student housing, dining services, healthcare, athletics, travel, and group gatherings.
These efforts, and so many more, demonstrate the skill, agility, and dedication of our people all across the State System—showing how we can unite behind a common cause. To our faculty and staff, we are so grateful to you for everything you are doing for our students during these challenging times. And to our leadership at the universities and at the System office, we deeply appreciate your tireless efforts to see us through to the other side of this challenge.
To our students, we say thank you for your patience with all of these transitions. You didn’t plan to have your semester follow this path, but you are showing amazing resilience as you stay focused on finishing successfully.
We encourage everyone to continue monitoring communications from their home university, which is the best source of up-to-date information about institutional operations. We still have more work to do and—no doubt—more hurdles to jump before this is over. But, we are resolved to do this together, as one State System family.
Chair, Board of Governors