Health & Well-being

We are all in this together. The health and well-being of all people on campus and within the Shippensburg community is a primary focus as we navigate a return to campus for the fall 2020 semester.

All students, faculty, and staff will:


  • Wear face coverings while on campus.
  • Sign a pledge to abide by new campus standards to minimize possibility of exposure and to mitigate spread.
  • Use all provided Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and frequently wash hands and use hand sanitizer to better protect campus life.
  • Embrace social distancing education and abide by revised traffic patterns, social distancing markers, and other certain safeguards.
  • Perform daily “self-checks” to look for common COVID-19 symptoms. Presence of symptoms will activate a layered response and action.
  • Participate as needed in a contact tracing initiative that will respect privacy, but better inform the Commonwealth and local community in case of infection.
  • Participate in staggered scheduling to allow for manageable, socially-distanced traffic in dining services.
  • Residents will enjoy suite-style living, with each suite viewed as a “family unit” in cases of infection, quarantine, and isolation.

The university is working to:


  • Provide recommended Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to all members of the campus community.
  • Install plexiglass where appropriate, according to guidance.
  • Conduct cleaning and sanitizing campus wide to mitigate exposure.
  • Designate Quarantine Housing in case of infection.
  • Provide reasonable accommodations through Human Resources for faculty or staff who need them based upon State System guidelines.
  • Provide reasonable accommodations through the Office of Accessibility Resources for students based upon published guidelines.
  • Diligently work to offer activities that are in line with published recommendations and guidelines regarding social distancing and gatherings.
  • Work with Aramark Dining Services to create dining venues that reflect social distancing guidelines, as well as provide take-out and grab-n-go options. 
  • Reconfigure computer labs, laundry rooms, and other venues to respect social distancing.
  • Provide faculty members with additional training regarding technology and pedagogical development to enhance remote teaching and learning.
  • Encourage faculty and administrative offices to have in-person and virtual office hour options following guidance.
  • Deliver Graduate Courses remotely, with exceptions based on laboratory needs or other mitigating factors.
  • Work closely with town, borough, county, and state leadership and agencies.

As we navigate to welcoming students, faculty, and staff back to campus for the fall 2020 semester, some details of the plan may change based on continuing developments and revised guidelines and recommendations from the federal government, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), and Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education (State System/PASSHE). Shippensburg University is deeply committed to the well-being and success of our campus family, Shippensburg community, south-central Pennsylvania, and the Commonwealth.