From Quarantine to Remote… And Quarantine Again

by Maggie Westerman | Staff Writer SCRANTON – When the University of Scranton announced a two-week pause beginning on Sept. 16, students began gearing up for the shift to online learning. For many students, however, remote learning was already all too familiar. According to the University’s Health and Safety email from Sept. 7, 260 students […]

October Commencement Canceled

by Kelsey Wynn | Editor in Chief SCRANTON – The University of Scranton has canceled planned class of 2020 commencement celebrations scheduled for Oct. 24 and 25 amid growing coronavirus concerns. The University released the notice of cancelation in an email to the class of 2020 from Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., president of the […]

University Switches to Targeted Testing Approach

by Kelly Nee | Managing Editor SCRANTON – The University of Scranton is implementing a new approach to testing that will target the most heavily affected groups. Stan Zygmunt, director of news and media relations, said that the university is aiming to conduct 1,200 screening tests per week. These tests will primarily be offered to groups […]

Two Weeks of Remote Learning to Begin Sept. 16

by Kelly Nee | Managing Editor SCRANTON – The University will pause in-person classes for a period of two weeks, beginning Sept. 16 and ending Sept. 30, University President Father Scott Pilarz, S.J., announced today. All students are expected to attend their regularly scheduled in-person classes on Monday and Tuesday of next week. Most classes […]

Counseling Center Encourages Self-Compassion Amid National Suicide Prevention Week

via University of Scranton Counseling Center Twitter page, @uofscc. by Kelsey Wynn | Editor in Chief SCRANTON – The University of Scranton Counseling Center is recognizing National Suicide Prevention Week through social media posts, Zoom support sessions and words of encouragement. National Suicide Prevention Week, Sept. 6 to Sept. 12, is an annual week-long campaign […]

Pilarz Warns University May Need to Pivot to Online Learning

by Kelsey Wynn | Editor in Chief SCRANTON – Father Scott Pilarz, S.J., President of the University, shared an update to the University’s pandemic response plan in a YouTube video via email on Sept. 8. Pilarz addressed the Health and Safety email update sent Sept. 7, which indicated that positive student coronavirus cases have risen […]

Five Things You May Have Missed in the University’s Health

By: Phil Rauch, Aquinas Managing Editor SCRANTON – The University of Scranton, since the COVID-19 breakout in March, has been sending school-wide emails regarding updates on policy, testing results, positivity rate, students who are in quarantine versus isolation, and responses to the pandemic. 1. Students who pursue testing from another provider other than the University […]

Too Close for Comfort: Inside Quarantine

Student Life created an infographic to help understand criteria students must meet to discontinue quarantine or isolation. by Kelsey Wynn | Editor in Chief SCRANTON – The University of Scranton issued quarantines to a number of off-campus student houses last week after residents tested positive for the coronavirus. Two entire houses, one on Clay Avenue […]

Suspended Seniors Question Decision Fairness

By Gabriela Fitzpatrick | Aquinas Staff Writer SCRANTON – At least 10 off-campus students at the University of Scranton have been suspended after ignoring new policies set in place by administration amid COVID-19. University administrators would not confirm the exact number of students who received a suspension. However, The Aquinas has independently confirmed at least […]