Salus University has developed these guidelines to assist the University community to prepare for and respond to the emerging outbreak of COVID-19. As the outbreak evolves, so too shall these guidelines.

Updated 3/26/2020, 6:40 p.m. 
Summary of Update History
March 26
Spring commencement details update

March 23
Per Governor Wolf’s mandate, Salus campus and clinics closed until further notice

March 20
Food pantries in the region for students in need

March 17
Spring Commencement will be held virtually on May 22

March 16
Externships cancelled/continued as notified by individual program

March 12 (p.m.)
Per Governor Wolf’s mandate, Salus campus and clinics closed effective March 13

March 12 (a.m.)
Didactic instruction moved online effective March 16

March 10
University-related travel and meeting restrictions enacted

March 5
Salus University’s initial COVID-19 Guidelines announced

Reduced Operations 

In accordance with Governor Wolf’s mandates for Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, we are further modifying our operations. Beginning Friday, March 13, 2020, until further notice (presumably through the end of the spring semester – May 9), we are:

  • CANCELING all face-to-face didactic instruction. Each individual program will be in touch regarding logistics for on-line instruction and assessments.
  • MODIFYING face-to-face laboratory instruction. Each individual program will be in touch with its students and faculty regarding logistics for instruction and assessments. 
  • CANCELING all student instruction at Salus-operated clinics. Each individual program will be in touch with its students and faculty regarding modifications to and/or alternatives for clinical instruction. Please note, that each program will individually determine, and notify its impacted students directly, if its off-campus residential externships will continue or be suspended. 
  • CANCELING all on campus events. 
  • EXPANDING the travel restriction to include all university-sponsored travel by any means of transportation (please note that this restriction does not include commuting).
Beginning Friday, March 13, 2020 until further notice, we are:
  • CLOSING our Elkins Park campus and all clinics, except for essential personnel. All departments will be in touch with their staff regarding scheduling essential personnel.

Spring Commencement

Commencement will be held virtually on May 22. While it will be different than our traditional ceremony, Dr. Caldwell and the Student Affairs team will work tirelessly to make the virtual event meaningful and celebratory. Spring graduates and their families will also have the option of participating in our fall graduation ceremony on October 13. We will provide more specific details regarding the virtual ceremony as they are developed.

Sources of Information

Individual Action

COVID-19 PosterThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following to help prevent the spread of all infectious diseases:
  • Ensure you get a flu vaccine.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. Then wash your hands immediately.
  • Routinely washing your hands with soap and water often for at least 20 seconds. You can use an alcohol-based (60% or greater) hand sanitizer if you cannot access soap and water, but you need to use copious amounts and still rub your hands for 20 seconds.
  • If you are sick, stay home and do not travel so you do not spread germs to coworkers, patients or others.
  • Take flu antivirals, if prescribed by your doctor.

The University is providing additional hand sanitizer dispensers throughout its campuses.

As the COVID-19 outbreak spreads amongst our local community, we want to implore that if
you or a family member is sick, or has been exposed to someone who is sick, STAY HOME and
contact your health provider. Any absence that is related to illness (including as a care taker or child care) will be excused for students and excused and paid for faculty and staff. 

Any individual with a confirmed case of COVID-19 is asked to report this information to Human Resources (faculty/staff) or Student Affairs (students).

Social Distancing

As recommended by the CDC, it is important to practice “social distancing.” Accordingly, we are initiating the following restrictions, applicable to all Salus students, faculty and staff, through the end of the spring semester:
  • NO travel to countries identified as Level 2 (practiced enhanced precautions) or higher; anyone returning from a Level 2 or higher country must self-quarantine for 14 days prior to returning to a Salus facility.
  • NO university-sponsored travel (domestic or foreign).
  • NO hosting, at a Salus facility, of an event. 
  • NO participation at a Salus-related, off-campus event. 
We also strongly encourage all students, faculty and staff to limit their personal long distance travel and follow the directives of the national and local health authorities.

Academic Considerations

Contingency plans are in place to deliver online didactic classes.   

Those contingency plans include remote online education, either synchronously or asynchronously, in lieu of face-to-face classes. 
  • Synchronously occurs in real-time, with live instruction through the web-based Blackboard Collaborate system. Everyone in the class would meet at the same time. Collaborate can be accessed through a personal computer, tablet or smartphone. A web camera is not required.
  • Asynchronous instruction occurs without real-time interaction. Asynchronous instruction can be provided via (i) recorded lectures through Blackboard Panopto, (ii) posting PowerPoints and class notes on Blackboard or (iii) holding class discussions through the Blackboard Discussion Board feature. Panopto recorded lectures can be created on a personal computer and viewed on a personal computer or tablet. The Backboard Discussion Boards feature can be accessed via personal computer, tablet or smartphone.
All faculty and students are encouraged to re-familiarize themselves with the operation of Blackboard and its Collaborate, Panopto and Discussion Board functionalities. In addition, faculty and students are encouraged to confirm their off-campus access to Blackboard, which is a web-based application requiring internet connectivity for access.

Clinic Considerations (for when we reopen - all clinics currently closed)

For individuals involved in patient care in our clinics, in addition to your own preventative actions, you are also responsible for monitoring your patients. Through salusuhealth.com, we are educating our patients, including directing them to reschedule appointments if they are symptomatic. During appointments, we are conducting preliminary screenings and requiring patients to reschedule if they are symptomatic. All clinics have a supply of personal protective equipment available. 

If you encounter a patient with an acute respiratory symptoms and risk factors for COVID-19 please follow these Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

In addition, following all patient visits, students and faculty are responsible to ensure that all exam room clean procedures, including the use of the provided wipes, are followed.

Cleaning Protocols

The University has instituted enhanced procedures for its campus and clinics.

Inquiries

Please direct any questions or concerns to Brian Zuckerman, Compliance Officer, 215.780.1281 (office), 267.879.8597 (mobile). The University’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak is being coordinated by President Mittelman and our Crisis Management Team.