May 11, 2021
Dear ULS Community:
A year ago, we were all faced with the uncertainty and confusion brought about by the pandemic. You should be proud of the many ways ULS came together to face the myriad of challenges to teaching, learning and working remotely. While ULS was well positioned for this sudden turn of events, the sense of isolation from family, friends, colleagues, and fellow students has impacted all of us. A year later, a vaccine is widely available, loved ones are able to gather in person and our lives are slowly and cautiously returning to some level of normalcy.
I am pleased to announce that beginning August 30, the first day of the fall semester, ULS plans to re-open for in person classes, with those classes taught in-person in Gettysburg and Philadelphia with a Zoom option. August intensives and new student orientation will continue to take place virtually. Additional information on how fall classes will be structured will be forthcoming from the Registrar, but I wanted to share this hopeful news with you now. We will also start to reopen common areas on both campuses in September. Residential student housing will continue to be assigned on a first come first served basis. The application can be found here.
We will communicate with staff separately after July 1 regarding work arrangements for the fall.
We will continue to monitor CDC guidelines over the next several months. If pandemic conditions in Pennsylvania change in significant ways and this decision needs to be revisited, we will let you know as soon as we can.
In the meantime, we encourage everyone to get vaccinated. Social distancing and mask wearing is still required on both ULS campuses and in all ULS buildings and we continue to ask that no one come to campus if they’re experiencing COVID symptoms or are feeling ill.
Thank you all for your continued vigilance as we navigate this time of renewed hope in continuing to support each other and the mission of ULS and please watch for further updates.
Rev. R. Guy Erwin, Ph.D.