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FAQs About SHU and Coronavirus and The CARES Act


UPDATE: To access SHU's Current Plan to Return Fall 2020, click here

UPDATE: To access information regarding the CARES Act, click here

UPDATE: To access the CARES Act Student Aid Report #1, click here

UPDATE: To access the CARES Act Student Aid Report #2, click here


How will classes be conducted for the Fall 2020​ semester?

  • Main Campus: Classes will begin in Adrian on Tuesday, Aug. 25 instead of the original Monday, Aug. 31 start date. The earlier start to the semester also means that there will be classes conducted on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7, and on Friday, Oct. 23. Because of the earlier semester start, in-person classes will end at the Thanksgiving break (Tuesday, Nov. 24). Classes on the Adrian campus will then move online and/or to a remote learning environment for the remainder of the semester. However, the campus will remain open for any students who wish to remain on campus. Fall CAS classes will then end on Friday, Dec. 11.
  • Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS): Fall classes will be conducted online or remotely(online-real time). We hope to return to face-to-face classes at our community college centers in the winter semester.

How can I access specialized software or get Information Technology assistance?
If you are experiencing any difficulties with access to Canvas or if you need assistance with computer and/or technology resources, please visit

I do not have a personal computer or laptop. How will I be able to take classes online?
Please email or call the IT helpdesk at or (517) 264-7655 to let us know your situation. yhis is for main campus students only.

Are labs open?
If you are engaged in individual research, please contact your faculty supervisor to discuss options.

What if I need to get library resources from off campus?
Students who have reference questions can email Melissa Sissen at Inter-library loans and sharing of materials are at a standstill. Students should utilize what they can find in SHU databases and online search resources such as Google Scholar for their research and papers.

Is the bookstore open?
No, the bookstore is currently closed along with campus.

  • However, the bookstore will be open when the fall semester starts on Tuesday, Aug. 25.
  • Masks will be required at all times in the bookstore as well as following the social distance markers around the store. Hand sanitizer will be provided in multiple areas of the store. There will be 6-10 students permitted in the store at one time.
  • The bookstore encourages cashless transactions due to employee safety with handling dirty money and the coin shortage. There are contactless options available such as Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay.
  • The bookstore website is open 24/7 at The Bookstore is fulfilling all textbook orders from its fulfillment center in Missouri. All orders will be placed online. Students are encouraged to order early as we will not carry most books in the store. SFA starts Aug 3. Orders will start shipping Aug. 4.
  • Any orders containing supplies or clothing will be shipped directly from the store. In-store pickup will be available for items available in the store.

How do I return my textbook rentals to the bookstore?
Use the prepaid return shipping label available on the bookstore's website. Visit the "rental returns" page to start your textbook rental return. Fill in the order number and email address that the rental is under. You can print it as often as you like, but you can only use it once. If you are returning multiple books, please put them in one box and use one shipping label. Please email the bookstore with any questions at The bookstore has built in a large grace period to account for shipping, so as long as you have the books back by June 15, you're covered. 

Are Career Services available?
SHU Career Services will be maintaining all student appointments previously scheduled, as well as future appointments scheduled by phone. Those who would like to schedule an appointment, please click here. Make sure to include your number when scheduling an appointment.

Are advising services available? 
Our advising staff is happy to assist you via email, phone or video chat. We are maintaining regular business hours. You can find staff email addresses here. If you have questions or concerns contact the Director of Advising, Ashley Wisniewski, at

Should your class be canceled or sections of the same class consolidated due to the remote conversion, your advisor will connect with you. Know that if questions arise, your advisor continues to work remotely and can be contacted via email to assist with any questions and concerns you present them. 

Student Life:

Are Counseling and Health Services available for students?
The Director of Counseling is available remotely for students currently living in Michigan. For out-of-state students, the Director of Counseling can assist local referrals and national resources. For more information, contact Sandy Morley, at

Is the Office of Accessibility available? 
The Office of Accessibility has created a resource page for accommodations in a distance-learning environment at Appointments can still be made at All appointments will be conducted remotely (by phone or Zoom). For any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to Cody Mathis at

What If I Need Additional Financial Assistance?
Siena Heights University has received federal funding from the CARES Act, which provides assistance for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. Students must be eligible to receive Title IV federal financial aid.  Generally, if you receive any type of federal or state financial aid including federal grants or guaranteed student loans you likely meet this requirement. Eligible students for the CARES Act can request additional funding for extenuating circumstances here. Current students who are not eligible for CARES Act may instead apply to the Saints Strong Fund here. The Saints Strong Fund is made possible by generous Siena Heights’ donors to assist students with unanticipated financial needs due to an emergency, accident, or unplanned event.


Should employees report to work?
In compliance with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order No. 2020-21, Siena Heights will only permit those employees who, “are necessary to sustain or protect life or to conduct minimum basic operations” to perform work on campus effective immediately. Only the following offices/personnel will be permitted on campus to perform limited essential functions using modified work schedules and ensuring social distancing while on campus (maintain 6-foot distance between staff at all times): 

  1. Public Safety Staff:  As Determined by the Chief Public Safety Officer.
  2. Maintenance/Custodial: Modified schedule as developed and communicated by the Associate VP of Facilities.
  3. Residence Life Staff: Modified schedule/on-call as developed and communicated by Director of Residence Life.
  4. IT Staff: Modified/on-call schedule as developed and communicated by the CIO.
  5. HR Staff: Remote Work, besides once per week for payroll processing.
  6. Mail Services Staff: Reduced to once per week (TBD).

All other University employees will continue to work remotely with guidance from their direct supervisors. We appreciate the flexibility and work ethic of our Siena community during this unprecedented time.

What if I need to visit campus to pick up files or materials?
Employees who need to return to the Adrian campus to pick up necessary files, materials, etc. should first do the following:

  • Contact your ECA member to get their approval to come on campus.
  • Email (Adrian campus access) with the who, what, when and where. Please do this M-F 8am-5pm and give a 24-hour notice if possible.
  • Contact Public Safety at 517-264-7799 to make sure you have access to the necessary building.
  • Once on campus avoid touchpoints and restrooms as much as possible.
  • If an area is entered that has a hang tag please reverse it so that the custodians know to re-clean.

  • Face coverings, gloves, and alcohol wipe packets are available at the Welcome Center in Ledwidge Hall if needed.

What if I need to pick up my campus snail mail?
The University Mailroom has suspended all departmental deliveries until further notice. The Mailroom will be open for department scheduled pickups and mail dropoffs on Wednesdays. Those who do not know your scheduled pick-up/drop-off time, please contact Robin Rumler at 264-7209 or to schedule.

How do I access voice mail? 
Voice mail is accessible from off-campus by dialing (517) 264-7575. You will need to know your extension and voicemail password. Those who do not remember your voicemail password please contact IT and they can help reset it.

Are employees allowed to continue business travel?
No. All business travel, incoming and outgoing, has been canceled unless approved.

Health and Wellness Guidelines:

What is Covid-19?
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan, China, late last year. It is not the same as the coronaviruses that cause the common cold, or the viruses that cause seasonal influenza.

What are the symptoms of Covid-19?
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

How does Covid-19 spread?
Experts are still learning about COVID-19, but the virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes being within approximately 6 feet of someone with the illness for a prolonged period of time or having direct contact with infectious secretions (such as being coughed on) are the most common ways the infection is spread. It is possible the virus can be spread from contact with infected surfaces, but CDC says this is not the main way the virus spreads.

What can I do to protect myself?
The CDC recommends people take the same preventative actions they would for any respiratory disease.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19, though researchers are working to develop one.

Will wearing a facemask protect me?
In light of new data about how COVID-19 spreads, along with evidence of widespread COVID-19 illness in communities across the country, CDC recommends that people wear a cloth face covering to cover their nose and mouth in the community setting. This is to protect people around you if you are infected but do not have symptoms. 

What should I do if I feel sick?
We are currently in cold and flu season, and influenza is still high in the United States. Keep in mind the prevalence of those illnesses is currently much higher than COVID-19. However, if you develop a fever and symptoms such as cough or difficulty breathing, and have been in regular, close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19, the CDC advises you call ahead to your healthcare professional. You can also contact Sr. Sharon Spanbauer, OP, in the Health Services Office by phone at (517) 264-7190.

What is the University doing in response to Covid-19?
The health, safety, and wellbeing of our campus community is our top priority. While there are no cases of COVID-19 at or associated with Siena Heights University, the University has decided to take proactive measures, including suspending all face-to-face on-campus instruction and continuing with remote format through summer 2020 sessions. Siena Heights University continues to monitor the situation and is working closely with the Michigan Governor’s Office, Michigan Department of Health and the Lenawee County Health Department, as well as following the guidance of the CDC and WHO. A University task force is meeting regularly to review the latest developments and has created plans for dealing with a variety of potential scenarios.


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