Siena Safe Campus

Welcome to Siena Heights University’s Safe Campus Dashboard. The University’s highest priority is the safety of its students, faculty, staff and visitors. As a way to keep our University community informed, the following dashboard has been created to outline our Safe Campus Plan for this semester and report the latest University numbers on the Adrian campus regarding COVID-19.

Current COVID-19 Alert Level and Campus Statistics:

To simplify operations, Siena Heights University’s Adrian campus will follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Community Level protocols to simplify operations. Levels can be low, medium, or high and are determined by the hospital beds used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in our community (Lenawee County).

The Adrian campus is currently at low level.

Here are a couple of definitions to remember when viewing the campus statistics chart below:

  • Isolation: separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
  • Quarantine: separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.

COVID-19 Statistics on the Adrian Campus for the 2021-22 academic year as of 09/18/2022

  • Year to Date Positive Results 191
  • Students in Isolation On Campus 2
  • Students in Isolation Off Campus 2
  • Employees in Isolation
  • Current Adrian Campus Threat Level Low

Click on the tabs below to learn more about the Siena Safe Campus Plan and other important information related to COVID-19

President Sister Peg Albert

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

Warm greetings to every one of you! I hope this letter finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy during this unprecedented pandemic. This has been and continues to be a challenge to us daily on many different levels. As a community that cares for one another, we will make every effort to keep all our members safe.

Although COVID-19 continues to influence our lives, we want to offer the safest environment that we can to our students, professors, and staff. If you have not already, I would encourage you to get vaccinated if you are able. Although Siena Heights will not mandate vaccinations on the Adrian campus for the 2022-23 academic year, we strongly encourage you to do so.

Below you will find our Siena Heights University’s Safe Campus Plan for reopening this fall. We believe it is a plan that can protect us all if we all do our part. Everyone is responsible for being accountable for their actions to keep themselves safe. However, it is also our obligation to act responsibly and respectfully to keep others safe. I am sure we will make every effort to do just that.

CDC and state and local recommendations influence this plan. As you might imagine, this is a fluid plan. If something changes in our environment regarding COVID-19, our current plan may need to be altered.

I look forward to seeing many of you back on campus! I ask God’s most profound blessing on each one of you, your family and loved ones, and our Siena community as we come together during this 2022-23 academic year!

Peace,
Sister Peg Albert, OP, PhD
President

PLANS FOR THE 2022-2023 SEMESTER AT THE ADRIAN CAMPUS OF SIENA HEIGHTS UNIVERSITY

The expert guidance for U.S. colleges and universities operating toward COVID-19 prevention and response for fall continues to revise based on the latest conditions and knowledge. In line with our mission, our cross-functional Covid Task Force has worked hard to establish our plans given the ever-changing environmental conditions in the most competent, purposeful, and ethical means possible while respecting the dignity of all. We will consider our vaccination and infection rates within our Siena community and Lenawee County, follow CDC and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) regulations, and update our operational plan.

COVID-19 vaccination, symptom monitoring, hand sanitization, enhanced cleaning protocols, and testing will be at the forefront of our efforts this fall. In addition, we have joined the White House’s College Vaccine Challenge and will have on-campus opportunities to vaccinate interested faculty, staff, and students this year. Vaccination is not mandatory at SHU, but we strongly encourage every member of our community to be vaccinated. Also, we understand that not every member of our community wants to be vaccinated; however, there are some activities such as field experiences, clinical placements, experiential learning activities, or programs of study where the vaccination may be required to participate due to internal and/or external requirements. Please remember that individuals should have completed their full vaccine regimen and receive a booster to be considered fully vaccinated.

The COVID-19 vaccine is available. Please click here to see where people can get a vaccine locally, or visit the Lenawee County Health Department website for more information. To schedule a vaccination appointment locally, visit the Lenawee County Health Department website or call them at (517) 264-5226. Also, please feel free to call (517) 264-7722 or email our Covid-Coordinator, David Mills, with any questions.

Reporting positive tests: 

Self-reporting helps university health care professionals and provides resources and support you may need for working, learning, and living in our campus community.

If students, faculty, or staff receive a positive COVID-19 test result, please stay in your living space, and call the DPS Welcome Center at (517) 264-7799 or the Covid-Coordinator at (517) 264-7722 without delay. In addition, students, faculty, and staff who develop COVID-19 symptoms contact either the DPS Welcome Center or Covid-Coordinator. The Covid-Coordinator or the university nurse will support and determine your best course of action.

What is close contact?

The CDC defines close contact as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over 24 hours starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic clients, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection).

Close contact is defined as follows:

  • Being less than 6 feet apart for brief encounters that total 15 minutes or more in 24 hours.
  • Being coughed or sneezed on.
  • Hugging or kissing.
  • Sharing utensils or drinking glasses.
  • Roommate, intimate partner, or caregiver.

Personal responsibility remains critical to keeping our community safe. According to the CDC, the more closely you interact with others, the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread.

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure to the virus. Here are some general precautions you should always take to avoid spreading respiratory diseases.

  • Masks should cover both your mouth and nose.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home if you are sick. Do not go to work or class.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Learn what factors to consider before you go out. Remember: Your activities can directly impact the safety and well-being of your friends, neighbors, and colleagues.

Sharing the names of colleagues or friends you were in contact with at work, the gym, or a party will not get anyone in trouble. Providing this information will generate a notification so they can seek testing and guarantee they get the support and resources they may need during isolation if they are positive.

COVID-19 Accommodations:

The COVID-19 Accommodation Request form remains active for any student or employee to request accommodations if needed. The University strongly encourages employees and students to get COVID-19 vaccinations and any required boosters for the 2022-2023 school year.

COVID-19 Task Force: 

The University COVID-19 Task Force, which the Covid-Coordinator chairs, comprises faculty and staff representation across campus and will continue to meet frequently to respond to our community’s needs. The team will continue to make recommendations to The President’s Cabinet for the health and safety of the SHU community. The team is also available for questions and to provide information to the Siena Heights community. You can email the team at covidresponse@sienaheights.edu.

What are the indicators for the university to change its plans?

As we navigate the pandemic, every activity we undertake carries some risk of virus transmission. SHU will remain open for face-to-face instruction for as long as we can manage and mitigate the risks related to COVID-19. No set threshold or a number of cases would trigger a shift to remote instruction. Instead, the decision to shift will be based on various factors, including guidance from our local health department, counsel from our SHU Health medical professionals, input from our local hospitals and health care providers, and suggestions from our Covid Task Force.

The university will monitor several data points carefully as we move forward with campus plans. Among these factors are:

  • Spread of COVID-19 locally and regionally.
  • Capacity of area hospitals.
  • Campus isolation capacity.
  • Capacity for case investigation and contact tracing.

If we reach a point where it is no longer safe to offer in-person instruction, we have prepared for various scenarios and possible futures, including a shift back to remote-only instruction. We will monitor our situation carefully and make adjustments and decisions appropriately as we move forward.

The CDC’s COVID-19 Community Level recommendations align precautions for educational settings with those for other community settings. Siena Heights University offers and promotes vaccination to help increase the proportion of vaccinated students, faculty, and staff to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and prevent interruptions to in-person learning. In addition, masking and hand hygiene stations are available throughout the University.

People may choose to mask at any time. However, people who have symptoms, test positive, or are exposed to someone with COVID-19 should wear masks. CDC recommends indoor masking in public for everyone in medium or high transmission areas.

  • Regardless of vaccination status, those who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate for five days. The day of the test is day 0. Count 5 days from that date, and you may leave isolation on Day 6. If, on day 6, you display no symptoms of COVID-19 and have been fever-free for 24 hours without the aid of medication, you may exit isolation. However, you must wear a tight-fitting mask when around others for 5 days following your isolation period to minimize the risk of infecting others. Please continue to isolate for a full 10 days if symptoms are not improving. For details, see Isolation. Also, it is your responsibility to alert others you have been in recent contact with of your positive COVID-19 results.

Updated guidance from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services states that regardless of vaccination status, individuals no longer need to quarantine following a close contact exposure but should self-monitor for symptoms for 10 days. Those who experience exposure from contact in their living environment should wear a mask when around others for 10 days AND get tested 3-7 days after exposure or if symptoms develop. Others should consider wearing a mask for 10 days, at a minimum, in settings with a higher risk of exposing vulnerable individuals.

What happens to a student who tests positive (regardless of vaccination status)?

  • Students who test positive will need to isolate for 5 days from their test date and follow isolation rules.
  • Students who test positive for COVID-19 off-campus should report their test results to the Covid-Coordinator or the DPS Welcome Center.
  • When an individual tests positive and reports their result, they will be sent guidance, including notifying individuals they have been in close contact with during their infectious period.
  • The student may not have been infectious while in the classroom, but faculty can notify others within the class if a student tests positive. They will not identify individuals by name. Regardless of vaccination status, students, faculty, and staff no longer need to quarantine following a close contact exposure but should self-monitor for symptoms and wear a mask for 10 days.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to notify their professors that they cannot attend class due to Covid-19. The Vice-President’s Office of Student Affairs (517-264-7600) will also contact your professors to confirm your isolation status. The Vice-President’s Office of Student Affairs and your professors will continue to provide any needed academic support to you.

Siena Heights University may implement (depending on the community’s level of transmission) an entry screening and testing strategy before the beginning of each term, including for those who live off-campus. Also, the University may initiate increased serial screening testing among students, faculty, and staff, including rapid case investigation and contact tracing for medium or high levels of community transmission.

Instructional Delivery

The plan for the fall semester of 2022 is to offer classes in classroom/lab/studio settings. These on-ground settings provide opportunities for student-to-student interactions and student-to-faculty interactions that are vital to the learning process. At the same time, we recognize that some course delivery modes (e.g., online, hybrid, in-person) developed by faculty members enhanced the learning process. As a result, some of these may become part of the “new normal” at Siena Heights.

Meanwhile, we know that the COVID-19 virus and its variants remain a threat to any “new normal.” Some individual faculty or students may still prefer to wear a mask whether or not they have been vaccinated. Again, we ask that such decisions be respected.

Students who will be doing student teaching, clinical, and internships will need to honor the facility’s expectations in which they are working. Faculty preparations will include clear guidelines about remote work if the state of the pandemic or expectations of public health officials warrant it.

Siena Heights University will continue to maintain close attention to guidelines from the CDC, state and local health departments, and conditions on the campus. Fall semester classes will begin on August 29th. If the level of infection on campus or advice from the health departments warrants it at any point in the semester, classes will be moved remotely. Faculty members will provide guidance regarding expectations for levels of participation, submission of assignments, and other class requirements. Students must maintain appropriate communication with faculty members to ensure they can accomplish the course requirements.

Faculty Office Hours: Office hours will be offered both virtually and face-to-face. Course syllabi will provide information for contacting faculty. A careful study of the course syllabus is a vital step toward success in the class.

Center for Student Success (Academic Advising): Academic advising, tutoring, library, and technical services will adjust their systems to continue to offer quality support to students. You may contact your academic advisor for an appointment through Navigate. If you do not know your advisor’s name, do not hesitate to get in touch with css@sienaheights.edu.

Experiential Learning: Experiential learning on and off campus will require particular adaptations. Information will be provided for each opportunity through the appropriate course.

Academic Calendar: The fall academic calendar is posted on MySiena.

Graduate and Professional Studies includes Siena Heights University’s off-campus locations, online degree completion programs, and the Graduate College.

Academic Calendar: The fall 2022 Academic Calendar for GPS will have the following fall start and end dates:

  • Fall 1 sub-session: Aug. 29-Oct. 14, 2022.
  • Fall 2 sub-session: Oct. 24-Dec. 16, 2022.
  • All previous dates for adding, dropping, or withdrawing from a course remain as previously published. Student census dates will also stay as initially published. The academic calendar can be viewed on MySiena.

Course Delivery: Fall 2022 GPS courses will be offered in one of the following methods: remote, modified remote, blended online, online, or face-to-face. The University will continue to monitor CDC and State guidelines and recommendations concerning the upcoming fall 2022 session. Here is other information to note:

  • Graduate and Professional Enrollment (GPE) Advisors Off-campus: The GPE Advisors can assist you with admissions and advising questions during regular business hours. Off-campus GPE advisors will return to their respective offices when permitted by the host Community College (CC) Partner. As access to our CC partners varies from campus to campus, students are encouraged to contact their GPE advisor if they need a face-to-face meeting. GPE advisors conduct face-to-face (where permissible), phone, and virtual advising meetings. When face-to-face meetings are possible, we ask that all who visit Siena’s off-campus locations follow the safety protocol and procedures recommended by the host CC partner.

  • It is best to communicate with your advisor through your SHU email. Below are the off-campus GPE advisor email addresses:
  • GPS Student Technical Needs: Learning in a remote or online course delivery mode may present technical challenges for several GPS students. Any qualifying GPS student who requires a computer can discuss options with their GPS advisor. The University has a limited number of computers that may be loaned to students in good standing. Because of the limited nature of these resources, we encourage students to reach out to their academic advisor early in the session for the best availability.

  • GPS Tutoring Needs and Library Access: GPS students will continue to have access to quality tutoring options and Siena’s Library Services. Students are encouraged to review the Tutoring and Library section of the Reopening Task Force Report for complete details. GPS advisors will also have information for students about these available resources and can help students navigate tutoring and library resources.

  • GPS Faculty Technical Needs:With the ongoing delivery of courses in the remote or online formats for GPS courses in 2022, our GPS faculty may need access to additional technical resources. Our Academic Coordination of Online Learning, Keri Griffin, is working collaboratively with Siena’s IT Department to supply faculty with the necessary tools and training for successful remote or online course delivery.

Faculty Preparedness for Teaching Online: All full-time GPS faculty are OLAC trained and have several years of online teaching experience. The majority of GPS adjunct instructors are also trained to teach online. The adjunct instructors who have not been trained to teach online have been asked to consider completing the OLAC Training Course.

Will classes be in-person for the fall 2022 semester?

Yes. See the tabs above for appropriate fall schedules and information.

How can I access specialized software or get Information Technology assistance?

If you are experiencing any difficulties with access to Canvas or if you need assistance with computer and/or technology resources, please visit https://informationtechnology.sienaheights.edu/useful-information.html.

I do not have a personal computer or laptop. How will I be able to take classes online?

Please email or call the IT helpdesk at helpdesk@sienaheights.edu or (517) 264-7655 to let us know your situation (main campus students only).

What if I need to get library resources from off campus?

Students who have reference questions can email Melissa Sissen at msissen@sienaheights.edu. Inter-library loans and sharing of materials are at a standstill. Students should utilize what they can find in SHU databases and online search resources such as Google Scholar for their research and papers.

Is the bookstore open?

  • The bookstore website is open 24/7 at sienahts.bncollege.com. The Bookstore is fulfilling all textbook orders from its fulfillment center in Missouri. All orders will be placed online. Students are encouraged to order early as we will not carry most books in the store. 
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided in multiple areas of the store.
  • The bookstore encourages cashless transactions due to employee safety handling money. Contactless options such as Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay are available.
  • Any orders containing supplies or clothing will be shipped directly from the store. In-store pickup will be available for items available in the store.

Are Career Services available?

SHU Career Services will be maintaining all student appointments previously scheduled, as well as future appointments scheduled by phone. Those who would like to schedule an appointment, please click here. Make sure to include your number when scheduling an appointment.

Are advising services available?

Our advising staff is happy to assist you via email, phone or video chat. We are maintaining regular business hours. You can find staff email addresses here. If you have questions or concerns contact the Center for Student Success at css@sienaheights.edu. Your advisor will connect with you if your class is canceled or sections of the same class are consolidated due to the remote conversion. If questions arise, your advisor continues to work remotely and can be contacted via email to assist with any questions and concerns you present.

IMPORTANT NUMBERS

Here are some important Siena Heights University phone numbers:

  • Adrian Campus Public Safety: (517) 264-7800
  • Welcome Center/Ledwidge Hall: (517) 264-7799
  • Residence Life Office: (517) 264-7171
  • Vice-President of Student Affairs: (517) 264-7600
  • Covid-Coordinator: (517) 264-7722

Housing, Dining and Health Tips

This overview of life on campus has been created with our students’ continued health, safety, and well-being as our University’s top priority. Building community in our residential campus environments is worthy of the hallmarks of our University’s mission. As we begin a new academic year, we expect students will adhere to our plans with strong cooperation, respect, and social responsibility for one another.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Students living on campus who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate. Isolation rooms are available on campus with meal delivery from dining services. However, students may complete this period off-campus, depending on the student’s preference and housing availability. Do not hesitate to get in touch with the Covid-Coordinator at (517) 264-7722 as soon as you realize you have developed symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19.

MOVE-IN:

  • Residents and guests should only come to campus if they are free of any flu-like symptoms and have been free of close contact with someone who has had COVID-19 within 10 days.
  • Free health and test kits containing SHU face masks, hand sanitizer, gloves, and alcohol wipes are available.
  • Upon arrival and within ten days, residents who cross U.S. borders must follow current CDC guidelines found here.

UNIVERSITY HOUSING:

Shared housing (for example, dormitories) in institutions of higher education is considered a lower-risk congregate setting due to the lower risk of severe health outcomes (such as hospitalizations and death) associated with young adults. Therefore, CDC recommends shared housing in IHE settings following the general public guidance for isolation.

  • The Director of Residence Life will work with the Residence Life staff, the Director of Student Health, The Covid-Coordinator, the Director of Public Safety, the Vice-President of Student Affairs, the Dining Services Manager, and the Lenawee County Health Department to continue adjusting health and safety protocols as needed.
  • Residence Life staff are trained on COVID-19 precautions, prioritizing health and safety issues, and recognizing symptoms. Healthy responsibilities and proper hand hygiene fliers and bulletin boards will be posted throughout the housing area.
  • Multiple community hand sanitizing stations will be available on every floor.
  • Custodial staff will clean community bathrooms twice a day, seven days a week. Additional cleaning supplies will be available in community bathrooms for students needing extra precautions.
  • Cleaning a suite and private bathrooms will still be the responsibility of the assigned residents. However, custodial support is available in potential situations of isolation.
  • Isolation rooms are aside across campus. This will aid the University if residents develop COVID-19 symptoms or test positive. Residents needing to isolate will work with the Director of Student Health and the Covid-Coordinator to determine their health plan and identify others who may be at risk through contact tracing.
  • If on-campus isolation rooms are fully occupied, impacted students will be assisted in making arrangements to isolate off-campus. In these cases, residents are encouraged to request funding for extenuating circumstances here. Students will receive a prorated room and board refund calculated by the isolation time off-campus when this happens. No refund will be issued if on-campus rooms are available and a student chooses to isolate off-campus.

SHU DINING (DINING SERVICES):

SHU Dining welcomes the opportunity to serve students. Students must observe and practice respectful behaviors in our convenience store in the dining room or SHU Shop Market.

  • The dining room will be open during regular dining hours with All-You-Care-to-Eat service. Students who cannot eat in the dining room can get a to-go meal during that meal period. Take-out meals cannot be consumed in the dining room.
  • Students may “flex” one meal per weekday in the SHU Shop Market rather than using the meal swipe in the dining room.
  • Student IDs must be presented to gain entrance to the dining hall.
  • Hand sanitizer stations are available at the dining room entrance, dining room, and SHU Market.
  • Plates and cups may not be reused. You must use clean plates and cups for every visit to the service lines. Reusable water bottles may be brought into the dining hall but may not be refilled at the beverage stations.
  • Please clean up after your meal to help keep our dining room clean. All solid trash must be thrown away in the trash receptacles in the tray return area.
  • Backpacks are permitted in the dining room and must be stored under your chair or table or in the cubby at the dining room entrance.
  • Large sport equipment bags will not be permitted in the dining room.
  • Ice packs not being used must be disposed of before entering the dining room.
  • Students with dietary and nutritional preferences should talk with SHU Dining Management about meeting their needs.
  • Online menus, hours of operation, and other important dining information will be available here.

HEALTH TIPS:

Students are asked to do their part in creating a healthy environment for each other. Every student must take responsibility for keeping themselves healthy during this unpreceded time. Here are some healthy recommendations:

  • Frequently wash hands for a minimum of 30 seconds or use hand sanitizer.
  • Wipe down high-touch items in your room, including doorknobs, keys, and light switches.
  • Take room trash to the dumpster regularly.
  • Wipe down hard surfaces like desks and dressers with disinfectants.

If you are sick with flu-like symptoms, stay in your room or apartment and immediately call the DPS Welcome Center at (517) 264-7799 or the Covid-Coordinator at (517) 264-7722. If you have non-related COVID symptoms, set up an appointment with the Director of Student Health here.

Co-curricular (sometimes incorrectly referred to as extra-curricular) engagement guidelines are in place to promote student learning, development, and success for student engagement activities while maintaining safety for students, faculty, and staff.

University events, including student events and activities, are permitted to be in-person and without limitation on capacity. With respect for the dignity of all, we ask all students to respect other participants who choose to wear face coverings and social distancing according to their personal needs and preference. Some in-person events may require additional requirements by the COVID-19 Task Force, Athletics, Campus Ministry, Residence Life, and the Office of Student Engagement. Attendance or registration may also be required to assist with contact tracing. Some additional updates by type of co-curricular engagement include:

ATHLETICS

As a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) member, we do not intend to complete screenings as done in the past year. Still, we will be ready to resume these screenings should the institutional or conference conditions change. The Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC), our regional conference, determines proper protocols for our conference teams; therefore, Siena Heights University will comply with these protocols fully.

When required, WHAC Athletic Trainers will assist with the University’s random sample testing for COVID-19 from the population of selected student-athletes. If needed, student-athletes will be expected to participate with a negative COVID-19 test at the point requested before resuming practices and competitions.

STUDENT ENGAGEMENT

Student Engagement activities are an essential part of the SHU Student Development Model. Student Life departments will do everything possible to consider hybrid (e.g., an in-person program that can be streamed to students attending remotely) engagement when particular students cannot attend in person for various reasons. 

Some student organizations and clubs may continue to hold their meetings virtually for ease of gathering. However, student clubs and organizations must confirm their group’s registration for the 2022-2023 academic year with Liz Artz, Director of Student Engagement, before reservations for space on campus can be secured. The Office of Student Engagement will review program submissions and address any COVID-19 concerns based on current conditions and policies.

RESIDENCE HALLS PROGRAMMING

The residence halls and on-campus apartments will have in-person programming with virtual and passive community building (e.g., online video game competitions and bulletin boards). In addition, Resident Assistants and Community Living Assistants can talk with residents about any concerns or questions about health and safety while living and learning on campus.

RELIGIOUS SERVICES AND SPIRITUAL PRACTICE

  • The Meditation Room on the second floor of the University Center is available to students of all faith and spiritual backgrounds.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to attend Mass in St. Dominic Chapel on Sundays at 7 p.m. Students may also go to St. Dominic Chapel at any time to pray and reflect.
  • Some religious and spiritual services will also be offered virtually when possible.
  • Campus Ministry retreats, service projects and trips, small faith communities, Bible studies, and dialogues on justice issues will continue.

SPECIAL CAMPUS EVENTS

  • Outside performers must follow all COVID-19 protocols on campus before, during, and after their performances while on campus. If any external group member is experiencing flu-like symptoms, has tested positive for COVID-19, or has come in close contact with someone with COVID-19 within 10 days, they are required to report to our University Covid-Coordinator, at (517) 264-7722, before coming to campus to determine if the event can proceed as planned.
  • Non-Siena student participants and spectators will only be permitted when advertised as such (opened to the public).

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) is authorized by the American Rescue Plan (ARP), Public Law 117-2, signed into law on March 11, 2021, providing $39.6 billion in support to institutions of higher education to serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

ARP funds are in addition to funds authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260 and the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Public Law 116-136. Emergency funds available to institutions and their students under all emergency funds total $76.2 billion.

Siena Heights University acknowledges that the University signed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education’s Certification and Agreement.  The institution further certifies it will use a minimum of 50% of the funds or $772,940, received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, an equal amount received under Section 314(a)(1) of the CRRSA Act and $2,634,319 received under section 2003 of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions provided by Siena Heights University. 

AM I ELIGIBLE?

Students who are or were enrolled in an institution of higher education on or after the date of the declaration of the national emergency due to the coronavirus (March 13, 2020) are eligible for emergency financial aid grants from the HEERF, regardless of whether they completed a FAFSA or are eligible for Title IV. The CRRSAA requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants or are undergraduates with extraordinary financial circumstances, in awarding emergency financial aid grants to students.  However, students do not need to be only Pell recipients or students who are eligible for Pell grants. In addition, the CRRSAA (HEERF II) explicitly provides that financial aid grants to students may be provided to students exclusively enrolled in distance education. Students who are qualified aliens, as defined within 8 U.S.C. section 1641 (including refugees and persons granted asylum), and international students may also receive ARP (HEERF III) financial aid grants

DO I NEED TO APPLY?

You do not need to identify yourself as eligible. Siena Heights will review all students for eligibility.

HOW MAY I USE MY FINANCIAL AID GRANT?

The student emergency financial aid grant is provided to the student and may be used by the student for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or childcare.

HOW MUCH WILL I RECEIVE AS A HEERF III FINANCIAL AID GRANT?

We are committed to assisting all eligible students who may have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic to the greatest extent possible with the HEERF funds. The University will apply HEERF III support in the following way to all eligible students:

Pell Awarded Students

  • Full-time: $2,500
  • Part-time: $1,500

Non-Pell Students

  • Full-time: $1,100
  • Part-time: $650 

HOW WILL MY GRANT BE DISBURSED?

HEERF III financial aid grants will be processed through the Office of Student Accounts. Students will receive their funds via BankMobile Disbursements according to their refund preference. Students who have not established their refund preference with BankMobile Disbursements should follow these steps to select how you would like to receive your funds:

  • Visit refundselection.com and enter your personal code (if you still have the initial green envelope or via email).
  • Don’t have a code? Click here.
    • When using this option remember to use your Siena Heights email address (ex: student@sienaheights.edu).
  • Select how you want your money delivered. You have two options:
    • ‘Existing Account’: Direct deposit to your current bank account (no additional account to manage).
    • Open an online account with BankMobile Disbursements (a monthly service fee is charged).

For more information about BankMobile Disbursements, visit www.refundselection.com. Your Student Accounts Team is happy to answer your questions or concerns. Please visit the Student Accounts webpage on My Siena or email the team at studentaccounts@sienaheights.edu.

DO I NEED TO REPAY THE MONEY?

No, you will not need to repay any money received through HEERF.

IS THE EMERGENCY FINANCIAL AID GRANT UNDER HEERF CONSIDERED TAXABLE INCOME?

No. Emergency financial aid grants made by a federal agency, State, Indian tribe, higher education institution or scholarship-granting organization (including a tribal organization) to a student because of an event related to the COVID-19 national emergency are not included in the student’s gross income. For more information, please see the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) bulletin Emergency aid granted to students due to COVID is not taxable (March 30, 2021).

CAN I APPLY FOR ADDITIONAL FUNDING?

The HEERF III grant is a one-time disbursement.  The University has disbursed all eligible grant funds to all eligible students.  If you have extenuating circumstances or you are not eligible for HEERF grant funding, Siena Heights University encourages you to apply for support through the Saints Strong Fund at the Saints Strong Application. This fund was established by donations from Board members, alums, faculty, staff, and friends of the University specifically to assist students with emergency needs like the current COVID-19 pandemic.

DOES THIS FUNDING AFFECT MY OTHER FINANCIAL AID?

No. These are emergency grant funds to help you manage unexpected expenses related to the coronavirus, and it will not have any impact on other financial aid you may be eligible to receive.

WHERE CAN I FIND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING HEERF III?

https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/arp.html.

QUESTIONS?

Please contact the Office of Student Accounts or Financial Aid Office with any questions about processing or eligibility of HEERF III grant funding:

Questions regarding additional funding through the Saints Strong Application may be sent to Dean for Students, Michael Orlando, at morlando@sienaheights.edu.

To access the CARES Act Student Aid Report #1, click here.
To access the CARES Act Student Aid Report #2, click here.
To access the CARES Act Student Aid Report #3, click here.
To access the CARES Act Student Aid Report #4, click here.
To access the CARES Act Student Aid Report #5, click here.
To access the CARES Act Student Aid Report #6, click here.
To access the CARES Act Student Aid Report #7, click here.
To access the CARES Act Institutional Report #1, click here.
To access the CARES Act Institutional Report #2, click here.
To access the CARES Act Institutional Report #3, click here.
To access the CARES Act Institutional Report Addendum A.3, click here.

To access the CRRSA Act Student Aid Report #1, click here.
To access the CRRSA Act Student Aid Report #2, click here.
To access the CRRSA Act Institutional Report #1, click here.

To access the ARP Act Student Aid Report #1, click here.
To access the ARP Act Student Aid Report #2, click here.
To access the ARP Act Student Aid Report #3, click here.
To access the ARP Act Institutional Report #1, click here.
To access the ARP Act Institutional Report #2, click here.
To access the ARP Act Institutional Report #3, click here.
To access the ARP Act Institutional Report #4, click here.
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To access the ARP Act Institutional Annual Report, click here.