Community Briefing: Students and Families

good afternoon in greetings everyone i’m marvin krislov the president of Pace University and I am very excited for the start of the new year welcome all students and especially the class of 2024 we’re excited to be back in whatever format our plans are flexible our classes will meet both in person and remote and we are prepared to adjust as the situation changes everything we are doing aligns with state guns and the CDC recommendations our plans have been developed in consultation with other colleges and universities in New York remember that New York City and Westchester are both in phase four of Governor Cuomo’s reopening plan so far it’s looking like our region has successfully beaten back the virus we’ve successfully made it through three previous phases and the state has evaluated things at each stage and allowed the plan to continue some adjustments have been made to keep us safe including for instance no indoor dining right now in New York City but things are progressing well here and we’re all remaining vigilant we will make sure to keep you updated in real-time we at Pace are moving forward and remaining vigilant we are here today to answer all your questions how instruction will work how residential life will work what new safety measures we put in place and how we will monitor the health and safety of everyone in a moment we’ll get to our full panel of campus experts but first I want to say thank you again for being part of the pace family for entrusting us with your education or with your students we’re determined to help all our students stay on track to achieve their educational goals and we are committed to everyone’s health and safety I first now want to introduce our Provost quinones which has been leading our efforts to rethink our programs and policies for this new normal Vanya Thank You Marvin and thank you all for being here I hope that you’re excited as I am for our for 2020 semester we’re ready and we’re getting ready in so many different ways as Marvin say we are committed to continue your education and we’re also committed of everybody health and safety how we will do it it there is different academic options as Marvin say we have in person online high flex which is a combination of in-person and online if you want to be all online you will have all online courses and if you want to have some in campus experience we’re providing that June we have also a lot of Campus Safety measurements including distance mask all the time screening etc we will talk about that today we also have new policies for testing and other policies that will be discussed today all of these policies and actions is to ensure that we have a community that is States and a community that is healthy we have today a lot of experts from our group that will talk about these issues that are essential for coming back on for 2020 I’m going to turn everything to both our teams of students Mary Jo Russell or Grady and racial carpenters who will be introducing our panel and will guide the discussion today but once again I want to thank you all I want to thank the parents that are here today the new students the continuing students grad students we are all very excited to see you t-bone and me are here and Marvin and the whole community to ensure that you would have a safety return thank you Mary Jo thank you so much I’m so excited to meet everybody from our new pace family pace in my place is like one of the most special places on earth we put students first in everything we do and this university still continues to offer excellent academic reputation small class sizes you have real scholars in your fields who are going to get you jobs upon graduation and you know what we have this incredible strong ethic of care so we want the students to have the best experience and will challenge to support you to get you through that so now we have the opportunity to introduce you to amazing group of colleagues with a

wealth of information and know all the opportunities that we have for engagement and safety and bringing you back in the ways in which you want to come back and engage so first I wanted to introduce my dear dear colleague Rachel carpenter the interim associate vice president and dean for students on their breast tester campus Rachel tell us about what you do thanks Mary Jo so I am on the Pleasantville campus and the past few months specifically I’ve been working with our teams in residential life and housing regarding move-in procedures quarantine and isolation protocols in the residence halls and also our semester operations and policy development I can also speak on the work that we’ve done with Student Development and Campus Activities teams on the guidelines for hosting events / New York State guidelines and how to best support our student organizations and most importantly the involvement and engagement of our students on campus thank you so much dr. Hilary Knepper the associate provost for student success thanks Mary Jo thanks Rachel I am really excited I am the interim provost as you heard or associate provost for Student Success and as such I’m sort of that connector between student operations and academics in addition to all the folks that you see here tonight there is a whole cadre of professionals working behind the scenes and while we’re all working hard to make sure that we’re delivering this safe experience we also want to make sure you know that we’re working very hard on making sure this is an enriching academic and student life experience and one of the things that I want to make sure everyone’s aware of is that whether or not you are right here on campus taking all of your classes face to face with us the residences and hanging out at all the activities or whether or not you’re working remotely from another part of the country or in a different country of all together we are here we have our learning centers all set up to accommodate you our libraries are ready to go our academic advisors are prepared every operation that we have here is ready to serve our students and make sure it’s the best experience it can be thank you absolutely and next we have Brian Anderson the director of Emergency Management all right thanks Mary Jo thanks for h’lo and welcome everybody it’s great to be here I’m helping to lead efforts of the Cova 19 task force along with hundreds of people here at the University which is great we’re focused in on establishing plans for reopening the university in accordance with New York State Department of Health guidance some of our recent activity has been the development of a daily health screening tool which we’ll talk about in a bit as long as putting together a training that’s gonna be for students staff and faculty to complete before the start of the semester so we’re getting ready and excited to see you soon thank you Col Thompson VP for administrative operations welcome everyone so as the vp of administrative operations I’ve been working closely with the task force and the subcommittee’s on safety plans and returning our business operations and staff to campus in the fall and so I’ve also been working with facilities and residential life on plans for front-facing student operations such as binding our campus bookstores and our ID card offices thank you and you idiot facilities my team and I respond we’re gonna be responsible for preparing the physical environment buildings and their infrastructure to adhere to all the federal state and local guidelines we are installing the distancing signage on campus reviewing the circulation patterns having moved through our buildings reviewing the B&C levels that’s going to be allowed in our campus during the cleaning disinfecting ensuring we have adequate supplies and installing some of the protective screens and service locations and in classrooms and we could talk a little bit more about that as session goes on Thank You super thank you and Rachel okay thank you so so we’re now gonna get to the questions because we know that that’s really important too why over a thousand of you have logged on today we’ve received dozens upon dozens of questions in advance and we are going to try our best to work through that list with the time that we have I will ask the questions of the appropriate panelists as they’d introduce themselves and we’ll also keep an eye on the chat box for some new questions or to see what’s on people’s minds and if we can address with additional questions we are not going to realistically be able to get through everything so I apologize ahead of time but I can offer you that we have our

return to campus website Paiste d you slash return where you can actually see much of this material we are going to go through the chats chance transcript after the session today and see if there are any additional questions that we need to answer and to provide on that webpage so without further ado let’s get started so I have been kind of monitoring a couple of the questions in the chat but if some of them have to do with safety and so I’d love to turn it over to Jerry to get us started about you know with the information that we know now isn’t it safe to return to college campuses and particularly pace sure Rachel thank you so is it safe to return to campus in a word yes it is safe to return to campus and I say that not only as the associate dean for administration in the College of Health Professions but I also say that as a nurse for nearly 50 years I personally would not go anywhere where I did not feel safe and I can tell you that I have been back to campus and it is safe it is ready and it is going to be a wonderful learning and working environment so return for campus plan which many many of my colleagues on this call have been working on we have taken into account the best guidelines and policies from federal state and local health officials as well as the CDC and the American College Health Association literally hundreds of members of the pace community including students faculty and staff have been involved in developing our plans we also worked with like colleges and universities across the state and with subject matter experts to build the very best plan for the safety of our community case is safe and responsible we also know that New York State has successfully driven down infection rates as of today it was just about 1% at its peak for New York we were at 8% so we’ve come down quite a bit we have moved through the reopening phases very successfully and we are doing so slowly and gradually but should there be an outbreak on campus and we need to go back to remote learning we are ready to do so in fact we were required to do so by New York State and we had to file a plan on how we would make that change if necessary so is it safe to go to campus yes it is safe and we look forward to welcoming you all back thank you thank you Jay thanks Jerry Hillary this next question is for you there’s been a few questions in the chat about classes online remote in-person so could you take a few moments and talk to us about how classes are going to work this fall sure and I’ll also share how I’m going to do it so what we’ve done is we’ve spent this past spring and summer really prepping having our faculty go through new training and everyone’s having to get this online certification and in terms of how to teach online or in web assistant and we’ve divided our modalities for instruction into four main categories and one is fully face-to-face in person it’s going to take place in class with the exception of homework the next one is fully online which is the opposite of that so everything is fully online and then we’re going to have web assisted which is what I’ll be doing this coming semester as well and that’s where it’s some combination of face-to-face and online and in my case because I teach a three-hour graduate course I want to reduce our face-to-face classroom activities so we’ll be meeting every week on campus for our class but then we’ll also have some other activities during the week that take place online and that can be interactive synchronously it can be asynchronously but as a faculty member teaching a graduate class we’ll work on that with my students so that’s that web assistant and then we have the high flex or this sort of this hybrid type of learning where it’s simultaneous it is live for some students and others are taking it synchronously at the same time but from a remote environment so for somebody say who maybe is an international student who couldn’t get back they can sign on the same time as the face-to-face students in class and so that’s a really cool new technology that we’re using that we’ve invested in for this coming semester the other piece to that is have your students and yourselves all of you because I know you’ve got students on this call we are going live with our updated schedule that includes all the modalities hopefully I think the latest July 27th so just keep an eye out on that and what that means is you’re gonna have you’ll get instructions log in check out the modalities your advisors are going to be fully prepared they will be reaching out to you you can also reach out to them you don’t have to wait

and what that’s gonna look like is you’re gonna check out your schedule if everything looks exactly the way you had anticipated it you’re good to go if you have a question about a modality we can help you if you want to switch to a different modality because the one you’re currently enrolled in has one that you’re not as comfortable with will also work with you on that and we’ll have until August 24th which is the first day of classes to make those changes and then of course the usual add/drop period will remain the same you’ll still have you know you get Ian you check it out my husband changed his entire degree because he was in the class one time and that change disagree so we always will have the add/drop period that does not change this so be on the lookout for our communications coming out will let you know what those modalities are and your faculty will also be available in terms of if I’m doing say a web assisted what is it going to look like so you’ll get a fuller and deeper understanding at that point in time thanks Hilary you thought you were done so there’s I keep saying this because it’s true there’s questions in the chat here about various students wanting to know you know can they do all of their classes remotely if they find their schedule and they see that they have an in-person can they then switch that to remote what are kind of their options of doing all of their classes remotely that’s a great question so one of the things that I want everybody to think about is to the greatest extent possible the answer is yes there are going to be some limitations with some clinical classes that can’t be delivered in a remote environment so we’ll have some that just don’t quite work for that and they know about it so if you’re a student in a program where they don’t have the possibility of working it out for a particular class in that way then you will know for sure and we’ll make arrangements to work with you on these other opportunities but the vast majority of our students as faculty we are prepared to deliver that if you’re able to come to class or if you’re not able to come to class and I’ve got it face to face like mine is a face to face class I’m anticipating a couple of my international students will not be able to join me face to face and as all of the faculty have been prepared for that which is why it was so important for faculty and adjuncts to have this updated pedagogical training so that we were prepared to accommodate folks remotely so that it’s still just as enriching and I think that we are well prepared for that eventuality because we’ve been we are fully aware that not everybody can return to campus so the answer is mostly yes and we know that there are some students and maybe family members from like the performing arts program and then also some courses that require labs so how we’re performing and lab classes be conducted well with our labs that most of them we are anticipating being face to face but for many many of our science labs there are opportunities to do these virtual labs there are plenty of different simulations and we did some of these over the semester and we pivoted and with performing arts we’re still working with the Performing Arts on how we’re going to deliver some of that face to face instruction and I’m not sure if anybody else wants to jump in but it is my understanding that we really are gonna it’s gonna be a smaller number of those face to face classes in the fall but we are figuring out what that balance is is it more of a didactic experience in the fall and is it more performance based in the spring and summer so those are some of the things that we’re working out and as you’re looking at the modality when they go live then we’ll have a better understanding of that and individual professors will be working with you and find it you may have something in addition to advise everybody as you say before July 27 is the day that you will know what are the courses you’re assigned to and what modality they are and if you have any questions use the advisers and you know the counseling of the each department we’re working we’re still working with some of the courses that we’re offering and we’re working on the modalities so this is changing but you know by the 27 everything will be live and you will see the process that you’re taking and as hilary say it would be the flexibility for you to choose the type of courses that suit your I mean not 100% but you know there will be the flexibility for choosing that type of courses that suit your need right now so more to come you know is right at 27 is the day that we will let you know exactly what modality and what are the courses that have completely online etc etc thank you Hilary I’m coming back to you but it is switching away from the academic perspective and there are clearly family members and students who are on the chat that are from the tri-state area but are also from some travel advisory states so we’re getting quite a few questions

about what is the testing and quarantine policy for the arrival of students and I know I have you listed here as maybe taking that question and we need backup we’ll call Jerry who’s got the best bedside manner that sounds good Jerry you can back me up on this so yes all students returning to Pace University in with a physical presence are going to be required to come to pace with a negative Cove in nineteen tests so what that means for students who are safe from my home state of Florida that you need to sort of think about what that is going to look like because we need a test that’s within the two-week period prior to you returning to campus so we’re hoping that people will take all of that into account when they’re recognizing ok I’m in a state where there might be a delay in testing and so think about aligning those opportunities for you when you return so whether or not you are a residential student or a commuter student or you’re in you know any of our students in any area you’re all going to be required to have a negative test before you’re allowed physically on campus that said we have folks coming from states that may be under quarantine now and not later or we may have folks who are coming from states that are currently not on a mandatory quarantine list from the state of New York so if you happen to be coming from a state that is quarantined at the time you are arriving then yes we are here making these quarantine arrangements for you it will be a two-week quarantine period and we’re gonna start moving folks in sometime around August 10th there’s a communication that will be going out to you about that it explains it in detail we are going to quarantine our residential students who come from outside of the tri-state area in hotels that are right by campus and we are going to have our residential life folks spending the night on campuses excuse me on the in hotels as well so we’ll have a pace presence there we are going to have folks working very closely with our students who are under quarantine from ResLife folks to our student life folks and we’ve got a lot of detail we’ll be sharing with everybody I don’t into too much detail with that once on campus our students who are residential students we will be having everyone take another test within that first week you know after that first week five to seven days we want to make sure he gets one more test and then we’ll be testing again once everybody has been in school for about a week we’re gonna follow through with some more testing for our students who are in the tri-state area we are also going to ask that folks attest to whether or not they went to Disney World for vacation two weeks prior to coming to campus and if you did then we’re gonna add you to the quarantine list but you can quarantine at home if you if you prefer because you’ll be home so if you’re a commuter student and you have an apartment you’ll go ahead and quarantine there we have monitoring set up we have some really nice things set up to try to keep folks from getting stir-crazy and we will have a real strong support system for our folks who are in quarantine as we’re moving through some of that Jerry did I answer everything or is there anything that any wanted to add to that no I think you cover the important parts Hilary I would just add that if anybody is being quarantined or their home being quarantined and they don’t feel well University Health Care has nurse practitioners that are available for telehealth visits and so even though students are being quarantined and won’t be leaving their rooms or their homes health care services are available through University Health Care and that’s been true for the past five months so that will continue thank you very much follow up on that also tell it we telehealth we can use counseling services and the quarantine for individuals impacted by the grips a travel advisory of course we’d include meals and Internet because all that’s taken care of and and for those folks are residential students arriving from out in one of those states that are under a New York state quarantine pase pase is taking care of that expense so and there’s been some questions about if I’m a commuter student but let’s say I live in another state and I have an apartment off-campus our expectation would be that you then quarantine in your apartment so if you have other accommodations and also if you are a family member if you are bringing your whole family with you to move in your students there’s been some questions about do you then have to quarantine as well currently according to the guidance from New York State not Pace University is that if you are coming into New York State from these areas you are expected to quarantine it would probably be a little uncomfortable if you were to maybe quarantine in a single room with your student and in fact we would prefer that you don’t do that if there has been actually some

suggestions in the chat from family members who have said that they would like to maybe quarantine in a different accommodation that’s something that we would be able to discuss with families as worship cases when I jump in a second and remind everybody that everything is moving everything is changing we’re gonna follow CDC and New York state guidelines and that’s as of today we have a 14 day quarantine requirement for out-of-state in certain groups and we will send communications to everybody but the situation changes so we will follow what New York say you know there is gonna be for us today there’s gonna be 14 days quarantine and I’m gonna take care of this based on the areas that are high-risk but please you know if you have any questions you know contact advisors or contact here to clarify any questions if you have any questions later on thank you thank you it’s been a moving target for everybody and I’m sure that whether you live in the Bronx or you live in California having an idea of your travel plans and availability is really important that it has been a moving target for us we recognize that and we are trying our best to hit the target as close as we can the next question is for Mary Jo Mary Jo how are we going to make sure that people on campus are maintaining physical distance and wearing appropriate face coverings particularly there’s people from states who wear them all the time and then there are states that haven’t quite mandated it but what are we going to do to make sure it’s really our hope and expectation that they will wear their masks and it’s really about education and awareness we really need them to to comply with this and we will be doing education reaching out to them making sure that folks do it reminding folks you know to do this and ways in which and are you know sensitive but also ensure our having students first it’s all about our community so we will you know try to elicit so everyone is responsible for everyone and I think we can do this you know my students are really lovely people they’re lovely individuals you know they want to help people they’re like good Souls they have a good ethic of care so they’re true to themselves a core value so I think they will comply and they also listen to me because I’m like their mom away from home and you know like you know I kind of get on them and say like hey let’s do this and so I think I think so when we and I’ll add on to that since they Joe and I have similar positions on different campuses and you know we are gonna follow New York state guidelines which does require me coverings in public and especially when physical distancing is not possible you think about hallways inside buildings classrooms our student centers event spaces and we really understand as Mary just said they’ll be a learning curve in the beginning but eventually if a student or anybody really fails to comply with these measures has multiple documented cases of not of actively not complying when we’ll have to start treating these as student conduct concerns because the Savior can be considered a threat to public health and we will take their refusal to comply pretty seriously but I want to bring a little silver lining to this we had our student newspaper conduct a poll and it showed actually about a majority of our respondents or a mix from New York City in Pleasantville who responded they believed that face coverings and physical distancing are important in fact the top three measures that they felt were most important number one was face covering number two was physical distancing and number three was testing so those came our students so I want to give an element of hope that our students are going to comply but we also are prepared when students don’t that we will take additional steps and and Rachel that’s something that EB might talk about later is the fact that we are using signage and we are using for marking and we are using campaigning to ensure that students actually understand what that distancing looks like and to help them to figure out needs to comply with it when they’re in a particular area so I think that will be helpful as well because there’s guidance everywhere in every building stairwells yeah perfect said wegg Nicole because actually one of the follow-up questions it’s asking about EB this is for you is asking about the specific changes that have been made to in classroom setups and bathrooms and then to make sure that there is air flow circulation and physical distance a perhaps you could share with us to create a 6-feet social

distancing guidelines guidelines there will be a physical plexiglass or glass buildings highlighting orders staircases will be assigned whether to go up or down the elevator capacity will be greatly reduced so we encourage those who can to take the staircase and and leave the elevators to those within the elevators we also will indicate where to stand and which way to face we will have the air filters changes with UV light be increasing fresh air intakes in all of our spaces we not only accommodating the CDC guidelines we going even a step further by including additional circulation there will be some will not be able to use distancing guidelines but also UV light in all the public restrooms as well thank you thank you okay so you did talk about elevators which came up Eva can you talk a little bit more about the cleaning and sanitation on campus as far as frequency or the areas that will get more of the attention all classrooms conference room dining halls libraries all the public spaces have been disinfected we are in the process of cleaning we actually the frequency were increased and increased evening cleaning electrostatic cleaning which proved to be appropriate for the urban 19 endemic been instituted to instituted the frequency was as mentioned interview introduced not only in the classroom but all the other spaces the classroom will be also disinfected after each and every day there will be hand sanitizers all around campus and also disinfecting wipes at the classroom and the public spaces thank you maybe there’s a lot of work that goes into maintaining three campuses and changing all of our protocols so thank you this next one is for Brian with backup from Jerry if there is a person who test positive for covin 19 perhaps it could be a faculty member or student even a residential student how will be how will we be notified and what does that mean for our students and even their family members all right so the the actual response will be coordinated by a new position that we’re creating it’s going to be the coronavirus coordination officer or Kovac coordinator and and with any sort of exposure or positive test that individual has to be required to isolate for 14 days so if it were a faculty member the course would likely transition to remote for that period or they may have to rely on a peer instructor to cover the course any sort of close contact that’s an individual that had a prolonged period of time with the individual less than six feet for 15 minutes they would be classified as a close contact by the Department of Health so Department of Health contact tracers would work with individuals from pace who have taken the Johns Hopkins contact

contact tracing training sorry that’s a mouthful to develop a plan for identifying those individuals according to New York State guidelines those closed contacts would be required to quarantine for 14 days following an exposure it’s a student or faculty member they would wind up quarantine at home if they were a residential student they’d be able to use some of our quarantine or isolation rooms that we do have AB set aside for that purpose and Brian it’s a follow-up question and I apologize if we don’t have a specific percentage that we can give but there is a couple questions about under what circumstances might we have to transition to a virtual campus and I know you’re leading a team just talking about that so maybe talk about some of the parameters that were looking at sure yes so so with that New York State Department Health does require that our reopening plan actually as a component that does include the contingency for returning to a remote learning so if we do have to go to remote learning we will be ready some of the drivers and triggers that we are looking at case rates operation routes really the the parameters that the New York State forward plan follows would be our main drivers the next question Mary Jo there’s been quite a few much earlier in the chat about students being able to go home residential students or maybe commuters if you’re off campus and you’re not from the local area our students allowed to go home on the weekends or on holidays I really think you could go you know and do some traveling but you really have to be responsible but where are you going and are you able to ensure that you have not you know been exposed on that trip and you know I think if you do so you need to find ways to sort of self isolate if you make those choices you know so that would be my response at this moment today I just want to jump in that there is a cautious that if you go to a place that requires a quarantine so let’s say you’re from from Texas and you go you know to Texas for an extended for five days then you have to do quarantine so you have to be careful because we have we had to Monday in New York state guidelines so if you are traveling without with within the tri-state area that’s a reframe aspect of it so you have to follow whatever the mandate is from New York State so just your thoughts in there yeah and I and I agree vanya this we’re not restricting students from leaving campus there’s no way we would we would keep students on campus that way but we do encourage you as students to stay on campus as much as possible if you’re a residential student and for commuters to also consider really limiting some of your travel we as staff and faculty or even limiting our own travel even with emergency travel so we really would like for us to take the perspective of protecting the pace family or you know we’re setters so protect the pack and we’ve actually shifted our academic calendar specifically specifically so that students would not hopefully need to return to campus after Thanksgiving break so we’re trying to take all of these measures into consideration to reduce the amount of exposure and spread and non-essential travel is one of those things though it’s totally essential to see your family that’s not what I’m saying fam family first but New York State does require anyone who visits a designated travel advisory area to quarantine for 14 days upon your arrival back in New York and we can’t necessarily guarantee that we will have room for everybody that decides to go and travel we have set aside isolation quarantine Suites for those people who do test positive throughout the semester or are potentially could have been exposed but we really want to reduce the potential for people to travel and come back and we really want to protect that family unit here and so our next question is for Nicole if a student wanted to get Amazon groceries or uber eath delivered how would they campus handle this the wild door-to-door delivery will not be permitted in the poll residential students will be able to receive deliveries to a designated security station set up on their respective campus and all

so mention that because we have or know that we have a reduced density in the dining halls we are increasing our mobile program so for online ordering and pickup across each of the various campuses we’re going to be adding additional delivery station so I think that will be helpful to students as well Brian we’re gonna kind of jump through some topics here you actually you already addressed this unless you want to add anything what if pace does have to transition to a virtual mode again I think you’ve already answered that but do you have one thing I wanted to mention from the question before that if that’s okay we talked about testing and Quarantine one important thing to mention is screening so we have a pace safe app on the pace safe app there’s a daily questionnaire that faculty staff and students will be required to do just to monitor symptoms look for any possible symptoms of covin 19 ask if you’ve had a positive test in the last 14 days or if you’ve had any known exposure so it will be required to conduct this daily so just a great tool that’s available for free on Google Play in the App Store and we will also have a web-based form that individuals can fill out if they don’t have a smartphone this next question is for Hillary possibly Vanya will tuition or fees be reduced if we are online only or have to go to remote learning I’ll start in on that and in my my boss can correct me as we move forward no at this point we are not reducing tuition and to really when you look at it our tuition is to support the same quality education and the investment in the technology it’s the same quality faculty it’s the same course for the most part with some adjustments to moving into that remote period and that’s also why it’s important for us to understand we still have to maintain all of these expenses moving forward with that so if it’s delivered remotely or delivered face-to-face we’ve still got to make sure that we’ve got all the great folks doing their jobs to keep delivering the quality of that education we’re also continuing even though it might be remote versus face-to-face our support services so our tutoring our libraries our university health our counseling centers our academic advising all of those are going to continue and we’ve had to really significantly ramp up technology it’s been important for us both in terms of pedagogical tools and in terms of our other support services so our tutoring centers when our library is able to deliver how our academic advising is going to take place so we’ve really been working on that with these so that’s to support that tuition supports all of these services that continue what we’re doing in terms of our operations now some fees are gonna be adjusted here and there and you know I know they’ve been something some questions about the meal plans and you know if you’re not on campus then you can’t use the meal plan so obviously in that case that’s a perfect example of meal plan fee that would be adjusted and there are some others as we go forward and you’ll see they’ll be sharing them about them probably in writing and also from our advisors as we move forward to identify some of those ideas I think Hillary you did a great job answering that question I just want to add that you know even though we’re changing the format of the courses you still have a synchronous a synchronous teaching do you have a lot of interaction with the faculty and you have extensive opportunities to have individual faculty and student interactions and in the classroom so most courses are not 100% online these are just faculty and the small courses the small classroom size still there and the ability to interact with faculty one-to-one still there and Rachel I’ll jump in just to clarify on the meal plan if you are commuter student and you add our online completely and not physically coming to campus we will waive for 20 21 the commuter meal plan and we are also working on some other plans for adjustments policies around meal plans so stay tuned for those to be communicated as well prior to the beginning of the semester Thank You Nicole and on that vein there’s been questions as well about the housing rates so Hilary what are currently our refund policies for the housing feeds because I remember that that went out and so it would be nice to kind of to be able to summarize that for our folks it did and for all of our students who are residential students that information went out directly to you we also have it available on our

website and we provided in detail what it looks like week by week so hopefully we’re not going to need this but should this become necessary you will know what that credit adjustment will be week by week should every fund need to be made because we have to move more folks into a remote environment so that was emailed directly to our residential students it is available on our website we’ve got our return to campus go on the student side and you’ll find that information and it is really clearly detailed so that we don’t have any confusion and folks know exactly what would be coming back to them and I think that’s a really good question so thanks for asking Brian and Nicole for a lot of our New York City students and their family members there has been some concern about the number of protests going on outside of City Hall especially for commuter students who tend to use a lot of the station exits and entrances around that area what is the university doing to keep students safer during this time so raychel New York City remains you know one of one of the safest large cities in the country and the vast majority of the protests in New York have been very peaceful we have been monitoring all of that activity around campus as we typically do in regular practice we have a great team of Public Safety professionals our our policy and practice is to track any activity that’s near our campuses and we also make staffing adjustments accordingly if there’s something that we’re monitoring we also utilize our place alert system to notify people in the community if there is any type of safety concern and we’ve seen that in the past few years I want to make sure I also know Bryan brought up earlier the pace safe app on our pace safe apps we have a direct link to all of our emergency contacts the ability to report incidents and a feature that many students have used previously which is a friend look that sort of allows a student to have another individual move with them from point A to point B and actually watch them as they go and I think that’s a great direct line to security always the other thing that the Westchester students tend to utilize more than the New York City students is that we do have a chaperone program if you will we do have security officers that will walk with you from one building to another on a pace campus and that’s offered both in Westchester and in New York it’s just a matter of notifying security that you’d like an escort and they will move with you around campus our campus building and we do have a great relationship with our local law enforcement and our community board and partners and still please be assured that we are monitoring the areas in and around the campus always and safety is a priority for us for our staff faculty and to do it I don’t know Brian if you have anything to add to that from an emergency perspective I mean I mean we we also have a great Emergency Management relationship with New York City emergency management Westchester County Argentine judgment the departments of health and the pace AFF you can also get push notifications of those same alerts emergency alerts through that as well and we have emergency training materials as well that we share with our students and all of that information they are able to do either via computer or via their mobile they call one of the questions that we have gotten is particularly around face coverings and I know that your area is responsible for the distribution of those I wonder if you could talk about face coverings and then also the welcome backpacks that have additional things in them so yeah thank you feel we are working closely with security to purchase the face covering so every staff faculty and student that is on campus as you mentioned in a public space will be required to wear a face covering we will provide all students faculty and staff with to face coverings when they return to campus along with hand sanitizer and within each of our security locations as you walk onto the campus we will also have materials there as well if a student again faculty or staff member perhaps forgets to bring their their face covering with them for the day we

will have those available as well and we have disposable masks at every station for security as well for any visitor that might come on campus although we’ll have limited visitation in the fall thank you do do staff get those goodie bags as well they do that faculty and students will all receive that goodie bag I was just kidding but I’m very thankful thanks Nicole there is a lot of questions in the chat that about move-in and our process especially if you are not coming from the travel advisory area so I did want to be able to ask myself that question on behalf of the the chat so currently we are anticipating our move-in process to begin around the 14th of August and the reason why I have to say around because this is a moving target a little bit we around the 14th into well into the first week of September and we say that because there are some students who even in an or all year need more flexibility and time to get here so we will we allow students to move in late if they prefer and we will have physically distance time slots that students will be able to move in throughout the days that we have the move-in process they will be able to come currently with two people to help them move in everybody does need to have face coverings on that we do need to maintain our physical distance as well and as we continue to get more updates around the quarantine for our travel advisory states we’ll be able to confirm what that actual time frame is but I wanted to give everybody on the chat at least an acknowledgement that that is about the timeframe that we’re looking at and we should be sending out that information very soon and there was a question about can I leave my things in my room over Thanksgiving break so I want everybody to know currently the plan is that this is just like leaving for winter break so take the things that you need for you for your extended winter break but you do not need to send the u-haul up and bring everything back with you if you’re returning to us for spring housing Mary Jo will students have space to relax and gather our students couldn’t be able to spend time together because that’s very important to a lot of the students who are on the child it is in students need space so we won’t have space and we will designate how they use the space in so many ways no tables will be separated they will be using space that’s separated out so there’s at least six B students will have space in libraries in the student centers in the open space in our beautiful new spaces in 41 Park Row one phase blast but we will be like mindful if we need to designate the areas and and and you know basically identifying it visually so that the students know how we interact within these new spaces it’s the new space order right so I think that it’s we’re gonna be okay and the students will it’s it’s it’s it’ll be alright I think and I think the students will actually find that they can do this and be you know together with their students but also feel that they’ve connected but they’re not isolated completely and I think that’s important for our students we want the best of them holistically from you know thinking about student organizations since we have a very active student organization population on all of our campuses there will be according to New York State guidelines the number of people that can be present at an event outdoors is it indoors can we be physically distanced while we do those that will make our student organization events look pretty different so I know our student development campus activity teams are currently looking at their fall calendar which they’re trying to be flexible on because we’re trying to give priority to spacing for classes so that we can have in-person classes perhaps in some of our larger event spaces so we’re trying to be good partners and collaborate with our academic side of the house and so that’s gonna make some of our event timings and our space look a little different for our student organizations in particular but there will be training associated with how to host a socially physically distanced space or event and then also about how we can keep things virtual and accessible as well and we’re rolling out our welcome events so you know you wait to you see what we’ve got rolling here so it’s gonna be great you know we can

have fun we still could have fun it’s gonna be great so we have reached 555 which means I have about time to ask one more question and then we did get a couple questions Hillary about deferral policies so if a transfer an undergraduate or a graduate student which pretty much everybody wants to defer what do they need to do what should they consider or most of our programs you can fur for one semester and everything remains the same you’ve been admitted you stay admitted there is no challenge if you defer for two semesters in some cases you’ll need to reapply your if that second semester becomes a little more problematic and have an automatic transfer for some of our highly selective programs it would be more challenging to defer for one semester so you want to check in with admissions and you want to check in just to make sure if you’re considering a deferral that you understand what that means for your particular program of study and what it would mean you know if you take one semester off and if you’re a fresh student coming in or a returning student what that would look like what the impact is it’s easier in some programs than in other so I want to make sure you understand before you make any final decisions and I also wanted to just take this quick moment to remind everybody that this is being recorded you will have access to watch this again I think it’s important because certain things I know come back around because folks come in and out their system throws them out so they don’t hear something it will be available also we’ll be taking some of the information the questions we didn’t get to and we’ll be reaching out to folks with that information as well and pointing you to where that information may be housed on our website but I did one is a yes there are opportunities for taking a deferral one semester for many many programs is not going to be a heavy lift beyond that you want to follow in and make sure you know exactly what the implications are but in any case please please check with the admissions folks or your program if you’re a returning student just to make sure you understand what the possible implications are but the answer is yes Thank You Hillary and there’s I lied I have half a question left there’s a lot of concern about when our students are in isolation and Quarantine the impact on their mental health that that can have and it’s one of the many reasons why we are going to make sure that students are checked on at least daily by staff members particularly for food medicine social interaction academics and also psychosocial support but also looking at our virtual programs we can we’re in a mix of virtual and in-person same thing with academics students will not be penalized to prioritize the health of themselves and the health of their community by being in a quarantine or isolation situation so flexibility is the name of the game this year and so if we didn’t get to answer your questions tonight we are gonna look through the very lengthy chat I mean there’s 1200 of you that are participating today and we will add some fa Q’s and recurring questions onto that returning to campus website that I mentioned earlier so please make sure if you haven’t visited to go to pay CDU slash return I’d love to thank all of these wonderful panelists president krislov Provost quinones for their leadership over there the entire four months that we’ve been here trying to do this but also a thank you to the faculty and staff who are not currently on camera as they have really been working behind the scenes for the past four months to shape our future and to be the epitome of New York tough so we thank them but most importantly we want to thank our students and our families we know this is a really challenging time and it has been and we just thank you for putting your trust in us