Implementation Plan

Prioritizing the health and well-being of faculty, staff, students, community members and visitors, the campus community will follow detailed mitigation protocols supported by training, awareness, and individual accountability to contain the spread of COVID-19.

the Plan to Return to Campus

The Plan to Return to Campus is designed to adapt campus-wide operations based on the ever-evolving pandemic conditions and following state and federal guidelines. It provides the summary of the protocols and practices that are being implemented to reopen the campus to faculty, staff, students, community members and visitors.

The plan remains ever-changing and is not comprehensive of all university plans, policies and procedures. Yet, it outlines implementation plans associated with various offices and departments that oversee and support plans, policies and procedures that allow Ship to reopen with the utmost attention to health and well-being.

With input from students, faculty, staff, and administration, the plan has been collaboratively designed to reduce the likelihood of COVID-19 transmission in our community, and to mitigate infections should they occur.

The plan also details: 1) steps to reduce contact through social distancing and reduction in campus density; 2) testing and case investigation processes critical to the ability to isolate and contain COVID-19 infections; 3) the mandated use of Personal Protective Equipment; and 4) aggressive cleaning protocols and personal hygiene requirements.

On April 22, 2020, President Laurie A. Carter convened six working groups comprised of faculty, staff, and students to develop recommendations outlining the structure and goals of a COVID-19 recovery organization.


Our short timeline and the urgency of our work have necessitated a compressed and agile process while also ensuring we are broadly engaging with and incorporating input from across the campus community.

Since late February, our campus community has been engaged in managing university work and learning through the pandemic. A COVID-19 task force composed of faculty, staff, and students have been meeting, at times, daily to communicate concerns and needs of the community. That group has been fundamental in keeping the university focused on student success during rapidly evolving conditions.

In April, six working groups were formed to develop recommendations for moving beyond spring 2020. The groups were charged with providing recommendations that outline the structure and goals of a COVID-19 recovery organization and investigated every aspect of Ship’s return to campus life, while carefully stress-testing every component against public health practices.

In developing the plan for academic instruction, the Provost’s Office, along with the academic deans, has worked to gather input from chairs and directors, inviting feedback from academic departments, programs, and individual faculty regarding ideas for instructional formats, classroom needs impacted by social distancing protocols, and other considerations for instruction. The feedback we received has been instrumental in refining our options and has directly shaped our recommendations.

The work has been developed in consultation with SU faculty, staff, and students, and following guidance of state and federal health experts. Survey data from faculty, staff, and students also informed development and implementation of our Fall 2020 Plan.

As the plan began to take shape, constituents across campus were invited to participate in discussions to learn about plans and to provide feedback. Council of Trustee members, President’s Cabinet, Student Government Association (SGA) leadership, the APSCUF, AFSCME, and SCUPA bargaining units, and various leadership teams have provided useful input in shaping the plan. A town hall meeting of campus faculty and staff garnered nearly 200 comments that are being used as considerations in the planning.

Recommendations were studied and tested for viability based on resources and the ability to implement within the framework of campus infrastructure, likelihood for student success, and fit for employees. Every component of planning has been viewed through the lens of health and well-being for the community on campus and beyond, to the extent possible.

This iterative process will continue as the plan is shaped, finalized, and implemented to adjust and improve components as needed.


As we move into implementation, we will need to stay agile and prepared to address the conditions of the community as the pandemic and guidance evolves. While some risk will be present regardless of the model we adopt, we can mitigate COVID-19 risks for our community and provide flexibility for our most vulnerable and at-risk populations by developing protocols that follow public health guidelines, including:

      • Testing, infection notification, and quarantining
      • Providing personal protective equipment and stressing personal hygiene practices
      • Cleaning and sanitation
      • Establish clear social distancing guidelines
      • Training and acknowledgment of compliance with COVID-19 preventative standards


The below groups investigated every aspect of Ship’s return to campus life, while carefully stress-testing every component against public health practices. The groups and their specific charges were:

Remote & Online Workgroup

  • To review and recommend actions needed to continue and/or restart the delivery of remote and online programs.

Graduate & Professional Programs Workgroup

  • To review and recommend actions needed to continue and/or restart the delivery of graduate and professional programs.

Undergraduate Programs Workgroup

  • To review and recommend actions needed to bring the undergraduate academic programs back to campus considering the current and predicted health guidance.

Student Life Workgroup

  • To review and recommend actions needed to deliver the student life experience to students at the university considering current and predicted health guidance as well as student and parent concerns for safety.

Research & Experiential Learning Workgroup

  • To review and recommend actions needed to continue the research and experiential mission of the university considering current and predicted health guidance.

Staffing Workgroup

  • To review and recommend actions needed to staff the university in a manner that does not compromise the academic mission while ensuring the health and well-being of our most critical assets—employees.

The groups met at least weekly sharing ideas and scenarios, seeking input from campus stakeholders, and developing as many scenarios as possible for maximum flexibility of action, anticipating that conditions will continue to be fluid and unpredictable. The invited members of the workgroups are as follows:

Remote & Online Workgroup

Christine Royce, Mark Chimel, Co-Chairs


  • Michael Coolsen, Marketing
  • Douglas Dieuvueil, Student Success Coach
  • Scott Gallagher, Instructional Design
  • Carla Kungl, English
  • Amy May, Human Communication Studies
  • Leanne Piscotty, Athletics
  • Rochelle Plummer, Diverse Student Retention
  • Justin Sentz, IT
  • Curtis Zaleski, Chemistry
  • Rachel Bruno, Student

Undergraduate Programs Workgroup

Jose Ricardo. Allen Dieterich Ward, Co-Chairs


  • Ken Bach, University Communications & Marketing
  • Lynne Baynum, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
  • Sam Benbow, Social Work & Gerontology
  • Brandy Brady, Admissions
  • Morgan Clevenger, Management & Marketing
  • Viet Dao, Accounting/MIS
  • Terry Dean, Arts & Sciences
  • Corinne Goyt, Registrar
  • Ashley Grimm, Athletics
  • Victoria Kerr, Career, Mentoring, & Professional Development Center
  • Mike Levinstein, Exploratory Advising
  • David Monaghan, Sociology
  • Jordan Windholz, English
  • Roy Wiser, Facilities
  • Isaac Dietrich, Student
  • Jordan Newsome-Little, Student

Research & Experiential Learning Workgroup

Theo Light, Lorie Davis, Co-Chairs


  • Candace Claar, Partnerships & Prof. Experiences, COEHS
  • Sam Forlenza, Exercise Science
  • Jayleen Galarza, Social Work
  • Tanya Miller, Athletics
  • Bill Oberman, College of Business
  • Tim Paules, Registrar
  • Dan Predecki, Chemistry
  • Mark Renault, Mathematics
  • Alix Rouby, Career, Mentoring, & Professional Development Center
  • Cheryl Slattery, Teacher Ed.

Graduate & Professional Programs Workgroup

Sue Mukherjee, Stephanie Jirard, Co-Chairs


  • Rhonda Brunner, Ed. Leadership
  • Dhiman Chattopadhyay, Communication/ Journalism
  • Jim Griffith, Psychology
  • Irma Hunt, MBA
  • Marcie Lehman, Biology
  • Nicole Meehan, Athletics
  • Kathryn Newton, Counseling & CSP
  • Nathan Favretto, Grad Student

Student Life Workgroup

Barry McClanahan, Carrie Michaels, Co-chairs


  • Marsha Bonn, Recreation and Wellness
  • Alison Dagnes, Political Science
  • Mike Duignan, Campus Life
  • Kurt Dunkel, AOD & Commuter Students
  • Trevor Famulare, Music & Theatre Arts
  • Amy Gebhart, Etter Health Center
  • Tomoko Grabosky, Counseling Services
  • JR Harris, Early Alert and Retention
  • Melissa McNelis, Human Communication Studies
  • Melissa Hazzard, Recreation and Wellness
  • Chuck Payne, Veteran Affairs and Nontraditional Students
  • Javita Thompson, FYECE
  • Bill Yost, Residence Life
  • Averie Bye-Dickerson, Student
  • Stephen Washington, Student

Staffing Workgroup

Lisa Pettit, Anita Weaver, Co-Chairs


  • Lesley Brown, Arts and Sciences
  • Tina Commerer, Accounting/MIS
    Shon-Del Delaney, Dean of Students
  • Stephanie Jones, Administrative Services
  • Hans Lehman, Facilities
  • Jeff Michaels, Athletics
  • Jamie Rhine, IT
  • Lily Lizama Rodas, Admissions
  • Joseph Luna, Admissions
  • Kirk Moll, Library
  • Sabrina Marschall, Learning Center
  • Kimberly Presser, Mathematics
  • Lance Hines-Butts, Student

Shippensburg University is deeply committed to the well-being and success of our campus family, Shippensburg community, South Central Pennsylvania and the Commonwealth. Some operational details 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).

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