COVID-19 COMMUNICATIONS

July 12, 2020

Greetings from the Hurst!  

We hope you and your families are safe and well!

We’re writing today to share information as it pertains to your return to campus for the fall.  On Thursday, July 2, the Office of The Governor of Pennsylvania issued travel restrictions for the following designated “hot spot” states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah.

Mercyhurst requires a mandatory quarantine of 14 days for all students who are traveling from a “hot spot” state(s) - OR - who cross an international border in the 15 days prior to their arrival to campus.

Students who are required to quarantine (designated “hot spot” state or international travel) MUST submit the following form: Travel and Required Quarantine Information Form.

When will I need to return to Mercyhurst?

Students who are subject to this requirement will have the option to return to Mercyhurst between July 28 and August 31. Should you wish to complete quarantine before the start of classes (August 19) you will need to arrive no later than August 4. 

It is important that you know how to calculate your individual quarantine period as you make travel arrangements. Please see the COVID-19 FAQs for guidance. Should you have further questions, please contact the Residence Life Office at reslife@mercyhurst.edu

Can I quarantine on the Mercyhurst Campus? 

Mercyhurst has facilities on Erie and North East campuses for our students to live in during quarantine. Meals will be provided during the quarantine period. There is limited availability of quarantine apartments and they will be provided on a first come, first served basis.  If you plan to quarantine in Mercyhurst housing, we recommend you contact us soon. 

How much will on-campus quarantine cost?

For each day in quarantine prior to August 16, the university’s official move-in date, you will be assessed a $35 early arrival accommodations fee. Charges will not be assessed past August 16. The early arrival fee will be posted to your student account when you arrive. We understand that this cost may be an added burden. However, this fee provides for additional days of housing beyond those in your housing contract, meals during quarantine, and the appropriate security and cleaning staff. We have worked hard to keep this cost low.

Can I quarantine with friends/family that do NOT live in one of the “hot spot” states instead of quarantining on campus? 

If you have friends/family who do not reside in the states listed above and are willing to have you stay with them during your quarantine period, you are welcome to do so.  Please note, this housing arrangement cannot include any Mercyhurst employees or current students. You will need to verify that you stayed in mandatory quarantine throughout the entire period and that you were not in your home country or in any one of the “hot spot” states listed above during this time.

Canadian students who are planning on quarantining in the U.S. prior to the start of classes should contact the International Student Office before making arrangements in order to ensure that their plans follow the current travel restrictions.

I am an international student, can I travel to the United States?

Travel restrictions listed in our ‘important travel information email sent on June 4 are still in place. Travel restrictions change quickly — students should be sure to keep an eye on their individual circumstances and should make the decision to travel based on their own comfort level and timeline. Students should also continue to monitor official advice published by their home government and embassy as well as advice published by The U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Who can I contact if I have additional questions?

For more information regarding the quarantine process, see the COVID-19 FAQs. In addition, this information will also be posted on the Mercyhurst COVID-19 website

Finally, feel free to contact the Residence Life Office at reslife@mercyhurst.edu.

We’ll continue to provide updates and look forward to seeing you on campus soon.

Safe travels!