Coronavirus

Latest Updates

April 2: As we continue to abide by Federal, State, and Local pronouncements, the Gratz College building will continue to be closed through April 30, 2020.

March 31: The Commencement Ceremony has been postponed until Sunday, September 6, 2020.

March 25: As we continue to monitor and abide by the edicts of our Local, State and Federal Governments, the Gratz College building will remain closed through next week April 3, 2020. Faculty and Staff will continue to work remotely until further notice.

March 23: Governor Wolf announces that beginning at 8 pm tonight, residents of multiple counties including Montgomery County and Philadelphia County must stay home unless life-threatening.

March 22: A Letter from the President

March 22: All guest lectures on campus are postponed. Please check the Events page for further updates. Several Continuing Education classes are operating online. 

March 21: The Gratz Gala will not take place in May and is being rescheduled for the fall.

March 20: The Commencement Ceremony is being postponed until August 31st.  Summer Institute will NOT be held this year on campus. Instead, courses will be incorporated into the Summer B session.

March 12: Gratz College is abiding by the decision of Governor Wolf and the Montgomery County Department of Public Health, who announced on Thursday, March 12, 2020, that all schools, including schools of higher education, and centers of gathering, in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, are to be closed for 14 days starting Friday, March 13, 2020. Please note: Graduate courses and JCHS classes are continuing uninterrupted online. All faculty and staff are working remotely.

 

Mental Health

COVID-19 can be very stressful, especially when it starts to impact your everyday life. Different people react differently to this type of stress. Some common behaviors can be:

  • Overeating or undereating
  • Angry outbursts
  • Drug or alcohol misuse
  • Social withdrawal

Gratz College wants you to know that you are not alone. Here are some great resources to help you or someone you love through this stressful time.

CDC: Managing Stress and Anxiety

Mental Health Awareness

Healthline: 16 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress and Anxiety

Mayo Clinic: Stress Management

Social Distancing

As recommended by the CDC, it is important to practice "social distancing." Social distancing is not the same as quarantining or isolating oneself. It's simply trying to keep some space between you and other people, about six feet of space. We 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.

What I Need to Know

How is coronavirus spread?

Coughing and Sneezing

Touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes

Close contact with people

What are the symptoms?

Fever

Cough

Shortness of breath

How can I help protect myself and others?

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects

Avoid putting fingers in your mouth, ears, or eyes

Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze – and wash your hands afterward

If you are sick, stay home until your fever is gone for 24 hours

Sources of Information

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