As we continue to monitor events surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue working to protect the health and safety of the Shippensburg University community. Our faculty and staff are our most valuable resource, and our university mission is not successful without your dedication and hard work.
Shippensburg University is implementing work protocols that further support Governor Tom Wolf’s directives to enact practices of social distancing and community spread mitigation. These protocols will ensure we continue our essential mission of preparing students for success.
The health and well-being of faculty, staff, and their families is important in continuing our tradition of educational excellence. So, beginning Monday, March 16, we will shift, as much as possible, to remote work. Employees will be notified by their supervisor if they should continue to report to work, work from home, or take a State System mandated administrative leave.
These coming days will most assuredly be challenging, but we will do what we always have done, work together to ensure our students are successful and our community is safe. This act of community spread mitigation is a dramatic demonstration of what it means to be a responsible citizen. Shippensburg University has always lived by that value. I began this academic year talking about the Raider Way and our values of respect for each other, pride in who we are and laser focus on our students. This challenge will be no different.
As our situation evolves, make sure to take care of not only the physical health, but also the mental health of you and your loved ones. If you need help ask for it, and if you can safely do so, offer to help a neighbor, a friend, or a stranger. We are all navigating this together, and we will come through this stronger for what we have worked together to preserve. Thank you for your commitment to our students and this great university.
Laurie A. Carter