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Accreditation Issues

Middle States Accreditation Operational Changes - The commission has a recorded webinar on how COVID-19 will affect its accreditation operations.

Academic Program Accreditors & Guidance Relating to COVID-19 - WCET/SAN has compiled a list of web links to the COVID-19 pages of academic  program accreditors (e.g. nursing, social work, physical therapy, etc.)

Campus Facilities 

EPA Listing of Antimicrobial Products for Use Against COVID-19 - A listing of EPA-registered disinfectants for cleaning surfaces for the COVID-19 virus.

CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief - Minority Serving Institutions

           Letter from the Secretary of Education on funds to Minority Serving Institutions (April 30, 2020) 
           Certificate of Funding and Agreement to be signed by Minority Serving Higher Education Institution

CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund & Student Aid

Information Site - Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund - Student Aid
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund FAQs (October 14, 2020)

CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund-Institutional Portion

Letter from the Secretary of Education-Institutional Portion (April 21, 2020) 
CARES Certification and Agreement-Institutional Portion (April 21, 2020)
Frequently Asked Questions about the Institutional Portion (April 21, 2020)
Guidance on How to Apply for Funding-Institutional Portion -
The funding opportunity number is  ED-GRANTS-042120-00

CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief - Strengthening Institution Programs

Letter from the Secretary of Education on funds for the Strengthening Institutions Program (April 30, 2020)   
Certificate of Funding and Agreement to be signed for the Strengthening Institutions Program

Creating a Student Community in a COVID-19 World

Asking Students for Social-Distancing Ideas. Here’s What They Proposed
College Obligations Related to Student Voting: Issues During COVID-19 (ACE Issue Brief)
Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Student Life Community Building
 

Student Mental Health and Well-Being in Fall 2020 Under COVID-19


Faculty Concerns on Returning to Campus

1,000 Penn State Faculty Raise Concerns about Reopening Plan 
Addressing Concerns of Employees Who Refuse to Return to Work
After Reopening Must Employers Extend Teleworking Upon Request?
Can Organizations Require Employees to Have a COVID-19 Vaccination? 
EEOC Updated Guidance on Teleworking Arrangements (September 8, 2020)
Faculty Want a Say in Whether They Teach Face to Face. The Conversation is Not Going Well
Faculty and Staff Guide for Returning to Campus-Villanova University
Measures to Support Faculty During COVID-19 (Inside Higher Education)
More Than Half of Purdue Faculty, Staff Feel Unsafe Returning to Campus (June 17, 2020)
Faculty Want a Say in Whether They Teach Face to Face. The Conversation is Not Going Well
Reopening College Campuses Amid COVID-19: Transitioning Faculty Back to Campus (podcast, registration required)

Family & Medical Leave Act & COVID-19

Family and Medical Leave Act (U.S. Department of  Labor)  - Q&A from U.S. Department of Labor on the Family and Medical Leave Act and COVID-19.
Paid Sick and Family Leave Enacted into Law in Response to Coronovirus (March 19, 2020)  - Guidance on the sick and family leave requirement in the  Families First Coronavirus Response Act legislation, prepared by Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP.

Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA)

FERPA and Its Application to Virtual Learning (webinar, March 30, 2020)  - The Student Privacy Office of the U.S. Department of Education produced a webinar on the application of FERPA to online or virtual learning during the COVID-19 crisis.  
FERPA and COVID-19: FAQs from the U.S. Department of Education - A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) resource from the U.S. Education Department, Students Privacy Policy Office. 

Federal Financial Relieve & Assistance Resources

Congressional Research Service - Unpacks Various Forms of Federal Financial Assistance for Businesses


Financial Aid to Students: Federal

Federal Student Loan Annual Acknowledgement Delayed  (March 27, 2020)  
Student Loan Borrowers May Suspend Payments (March 20, 2020)
  

Federal Work Study Payments Can Continue During Campus Closure
  
Effects of COVID-19 on Student Lending (Credible Webinar on 5/5/2020)

Room and Board Refunds and Financial Aid (from NAICU 3/18/2020)
 

Q: Generally does U.S. Department of Education have in place a policy regarding the impact of Room & Board refunds on R2T4 and financial audits for the institution?  We are looking for clear direction on how refunds are to be processed and treated. Can credits be issued for subsequent semesters? It seems like there are multiple strains of guidance from various groups. 
A: The decision whether to give students refunds or adjustments is entirely up to each institution and beyond the Department’s purview. If an institution decides to make refunds or adjustments, no recalculation of a student’s aid for the current year is necessary. Credits applied against next year’s charges are permitted. However, any credits applied against charges for upcoming periods of enrollment will be considered Estimated Financial Aid (EFA).

Financial Aid to Students: Pennsylvania

PHEAA State Grant Program Guidance  - The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) has been monitoring the impact of COVID-19 on students as it relates to the PA State Grant Program. The Agency has issued guidance for institutions on administering PHEAA grants during this outbreak.

Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA)

HIPAA Regulations Now Allow Telehealth Services (March 19, 2020)  - During the COVID-19 national emergency, health care providers subject to the HIPAA Rules may communicate with patients, and provide telehealth services, through remote communication technologies that may not fully comply with the original requirements of the HIPAA Rules. 

Human Resources Issues 

Campus Police  Security Officers & COVID-19 Response (Johns Hopkins University)

Employee Legal Issues Related to COVID-19 (March 29, 2020) - Link to resource guide on safety & legal issues for employers (Pepper Hamilton LLP)

FAQs on COVID-19 Issues for Employers - Link to questions and answers on employment issues (Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP)

Families First Coronavirus Response Act - What Employers Need to Know (March 19, 2020

COVID-19 and Employees (CUPA-HR) - This link provides access to a variety of human resource items related to COVID-19.   
Information on Workplace Accommodations for COVID & the Americans with Disability Act (ADA)


Legislation: COVID-19: Federal

Federal Legislation - Phase 1 Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Federal Legislation - Phase 2 Supporting Students in Response to Coronavirus Act
Federal Legislation - Phase 3 Coronavirus Aid, Relied & Economic Security (CARES) Act
Employee Retention Credit - FAQ - On April 29, 2020, the IRS released additional FAQs on the ERC. (BKD) 

Licensing Regulations -Suspension for COVID-19

Suspended Licensing Regulations for Retired/Out-State Healthcare Professionals  
State-by-State Guide to Regulations on Mental Health Services by Telehealth Across State Lines 

Loans & Grants for Higher Education for COVID-19 Response 

PA Emergency Declaration Approval by Federal Government

Reopening Plans - Other Resources

College Crisis Initiative - Davidson College: National College Reopening Dashboard               
Chronicle of Higher Education List of Reopening Plans (mix of announcements and detailed plans)
California University of Pennsylvania 
Connecticut Universities Reopening Plans (Google Drive file) 
Harvard University
Indiana University of Pennsylvania 
Purdue University - The Protect Purdue Plan 
The Pennsylvania State University                 

Reopening Campuses after COVID-19: Residence Halls

COVID-19 Checklist for Reopening Campus Housing (May 6, 2020, Association of University Housing Officers
Reopening Campus after COVID: Focus on Student Housing (video, May 26, 2020, Association of University Housing Officers)
Contact Tracing of COVID-positive Students (video, June 1, 2020, American College Health Association)

Reopening Campuses after COVID-19: State & Institutional Plans

Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security COVID-19 Planning Guide for Reopening
Pennsylvania Preliminary Guidance on Resuming In-Person Instruction at Post-Secondary Education Institutions 

Reopening Campuses after COVID-19: Considerations

American College Health Association - Considerations for Reopening Institutions of Higher Education in the COVID-19 Era (May 7, 2020)  (PDF, 20 pages).
CDC Considerations for Institutes of Higher Education (May 21, 2020)
CDC Reopening Guidance for Cleaning & Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools & Homes
Considerations for Reopening for Institutes of Higher Education (May 19, 2020)
Getting Back on Campus: COVID-19 Issues of Opening or Partial Opening of Educational Institutions (5/14/2020 Webinar, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr)  
Getting Back on Campus: COVID-19 Issues of Opening or Partial Opening of Educational Institutions - Presentation Materials
Higher Ed Return to Campus Guide  - Created by Kuali, an AICUP Endorsed Program Provider of Business Continuity
National Collegiate Athletic Association - Core Principals of Resocialization of Collegiate Sport (April 2020)
National Association of College and University Business Officers - Several short checklists to help  streamline planning & response efforts for Fall 2020
Occupational Safety & Health Administration - Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
U.S. Centers for Disease Control (revised March 2020) - Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Institutions of Higher Education (PDF, 10 pages) 

Teaching Online 

Faculty Playbook: Delivering High Quality Instruction Online in Response to COVID-19 (May 2020)
Copyright and Fair Use for Educational Institutions Amid COVID-19 (April 27, 2020)  - 
Remote learning raises important questions about how  materials purchased or licensed for traditional classrooms can be used in an online learning environment. For example, “Do licensing or copyright law restrictions apply to an institution’s use of these materials for distance learning?"(McKnees Wallace & Nurick LLC)

International Online Education Programs: A Global Regulatory Perspective (podcast, May 2020) - The COVID-19 crisis has prompted many colleges and universities to deliver courses online, across borders, to serve their international student community. This 30 minute audio briefing provides information on common international regulatory challenges in such programs. This includes issues such as foreign education regulation, tax, privacy, and internet connectivity, with a segment on China to illustrate these issues in action.

Online Teaching Toolkit from the Association of College and University Educators - This site provides resources in various topic areas for college instructors teaching remotely.

Difference Between Emergency Remote Teaching & Online Learning (EDUCAUSE, March 27, 2020) - A discussion of moving from online courses offered in response to a crisis to well-planned online learning experiences.

Moving to a Culture of Accessibility for Disabled Students (2020, 60 minutes) - Colleges that are moving from classroom to online courses must ensure that the courses are accessible to students with disabilities. This video, produced by Wichita State University, discusses the difficulties faced by the University in trying to create a culture of accessibility  for students in both classroom and online courses. 

Unemployment Compensation 

Information for Pennsylvania Employees Impacted by COVID-19 - A summary of unemployment benefits and worker’s compensation benefits that may be available to Pennsylvania workers because of the COVID-19 crisis.

Voting in Pennsylvania

Voting in Pennsylvania by Mail - Students, faculty, and staff can participate in future primary and general elections in Pennsylvania by utilizing a mail-in ballot.

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