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Coronavirus Updates

News and Resources for Our Community


May 15, 2020

Room and Board Relief Aid

In addition to the CARES Act relief aid which is currently open for application for SEU students who meet the eligibility criteria, we are also in the midst of processing refunds for room and board expenses for the Spring 2020 semester. 

All residential students who were living on campus during the Spring 2020 semester will receive a $1,600 credit on their student account to help offset room and board expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This amount was calculated from the March 20th date when the university announced the move to remote-teaching for the remainder of the semester. 

Commuter students who were participating in a meal plan will also receive a credit to their account for any unused meals. 

Students may expect to see this credit on their account by mid-June. If there is a current balance on the account, the credit will reduce that balance. If there is not an outstanding balance, a refund will be issued either by direct deposit (if banking information is on file) or by paper check to the mailing address currently on file.  

Previous Updates


Southeastern University has made the following decisions in response to coronavirus/COVID-19.

  • May 1, 2020: View our blog for the most current updates.
  • April 28, 2020: View our blog for the most current updates.
  • April 27, 2020: View our blog for the most current updates.
  • April 17, 2020: View our blog for the most current updates.
  • April 3, 2020: View our blog for the most current updates.
  • April 1, 2020: View our blog for the most current updates.
  • March 27, 2020: View our blog for the most current updates.
  • March 20, 2020: View our blog for the most current updates.
  • March 16, 2020: View our blog for the most current updates.
  • March 13, 2020: Watch a video message from SEU President, Dr. Kent Ingle.
  • March 13, 2020: View our blog for the most current updates.
  • March 11, 2020: Watch a video message from SEU President, Dr. Kent Ingle.

Resources


The Missions Office in the Department of Spiritual Formation supports the health, safety and security of students, faculty and staff who travel abroad for mission trips. Contact missions@seu.edu with questions related to mission trips.

Frequently Asked Questions


Updated May 18, 2020

SEU has set up an application for eligible students to submit their request for aid. To access the application, log in to the JICS system, click on the Student tab, and then the CARES Act link on the left hand side.

The application window opens May 8 and closes at 11:59 p.m. EST on May 22.

Visit this page for eligibility and application information and the answers to FAQs.

Yes. The application window opens May 8 and closes at 11:59 p.m. EST on May 22.

Visit this page for eligibility and application information and the answers to FAQs.

At this time, Security is continuing to check SEU IDs at the main gate to campus. The names of any visitors to campus should be sent in advance to David Bright and Security along with the date and time of the visit. Also, visitors should stop by the Welcome Center for a symptom check before proceeding to meetings on campus.

Please visit SEU.edu/virtualvisit for a virtual campus experience.

At this time, both virtual and in-person campus visits are being conducted. SEU will be taking appropriate steps to ensure the health and safety of our campus visitors as well as that of our community. Campus visitors will need to register and complete a precautionary health survey prior to their scheduled visit date. Upon arrival, all guests will need to check in at the main gate and present identification. Symptom and temperature attendants will be stationed at various welcoming points across campus and SEU employees as well as guests will be assessed upon arrival. Personal campus visits will include a personalized tour and information session and will follow all CDC-recommended social distancing protocols. 

Register for an in-person visit here.  

All residential students who were living on campus during the Spring 2020 semester will receive a $1,600 credit on their student account to help offset room and board expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Students may expect to see this credit on their account by mid-June. If there is a current balance on the account, the credit will reduce that balance. If there is not an outstanding balance, a refund will be issued either by direct deposit (if banking information is on file) or by paper check to the mailing address currently on file.

Yes. Commuter students who were participating in a meal plan for the Spring 2020 semester will receive a credit to their account for any unused meals.

The library has several helpful options for you to be able to access their resources. 

You can access the library online at library.seu.edu. The library faculty also will be providing reference help through their “Ask a Librarian” website. To access this resource, go to the library website, and click on the “Ask a Librarian” link on the top of the website. 

If you have any questions, you can reach out to the library at library@seu.edu.

Information Technology (IT) offers Microsoft Office 365 to students at no charge. If you would like access to this free service, call the IT Help Desk at 863.667.5028 or visit their website at helpdesk.seu.edu and submit a request for an account to be created. 

SEU does not want the achievements of our students to go unheralded. Therefore, the university will honor and recognize these accomplishments with two opportunities to celebrate.

A virtual ceremony will be held on Friday, May 29, at 8 p.m. (EDT). This web-based ceremony will include remarks by President Ingle along with the reading of each graduate’s name and conferral of degrees. You can access the ceremony at SEU.edu/graduation.

In addition, each graduate will receive a commencement program book. Diplomas will be mailed during the summer to all graduates who have no outstanding requirements.

The university also wants to provide graduates the experience of walking across the stage. Therefore, we invite our spring 2020 graduates back to Lakeland to participate in person in a ceremony scheduled for later this year.

These items will be mailed to the address provided on the Diploma Mailing Address form in JICS under the graduation tab.

You can submit your photos to alumni@seu.edu. Please be sure photos are high resolution. Photos will be included on a space-available basis.

All students who applied for spring 2020 graduation will be contacted at their SEU email address with details about the in-person ceremony.

You may elect to wear your regalia for photo opportunities, including photos for submission to the alumni magazine.

If you have earned a Latin honors designation (Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, or Cum Laude), the Office of the University Registrar will mail your honor cord to you after all final grades are in. You can expect to receive these later this summer.

Cords and stoles provided by Registered Student Organizations, Athletics, and campus departments are managed individually by those organizations. Please reach out to your contact within that specific organization.

Any information about postponement of or alternatives to specialized graduate recognition events (e.g. departmental events, graduate receptions, hooding ceremonies, etc.) will be provided by the event sponsor.

If you complete the requirements for a degree at the end of the spring semester, you will be considered a graduate at that time. Diplomas will be mailed to graduates when all degree requirements are met, usually 8–12 weeks following the completion of requirements.

The graduation fee is an administrative fee to cover the cost of the diploma, transcript, and administrative processes related to finalizing degree conferral. This fee is assessed whether or not a student participates in the ceremony. This fee is an ongoing charge and is non-refundable.

SEU, with support from local health officials and within CDC guidelines, will be planning a phased return to work throughout the month of May. Priority will be given to those offices in which remote work is not as conducive to their given business function. Employees will hear from their supervisors with specific instructions for their department. While we want to return to business as usual, the health and safety of our employees is paramount.

High-risk employees are defined as persons greater than or equal to 65 years old; those with chronic serious illnesses such as hypertension, coronary artery disease and diabetes; pregnancy; and/or immunodeficiency from medications or medical conditions. If you are part of a vulnerable population and are not able to complete your work remotely, please contact the Human Resources office.

Social Distancing recommendations must be followed by all employees. This might mean certain offices that are communal and do not allow for appropriate social distancing (6 feet between workspaces) will need to develop alternative work schedules to ensure employee safety. Your supervisor will explain the specific steps that will be implemented for your office.

Face masks combined with other preventive measures, such as frequent hand-washing and social distancing, help slow the spread of the disease. The CDC recommends widespread use of simple cloth face coverings to help prevent transmission of COVID-19 by people who have the virus but don’t know it.

Face masks are highly encouraged (especially in high-density areas and in meetings where social distancing cannot be maintained) but are not required. Employees are encouraged to bring their own masks, but if they do not have access to a face mask one will be provided by SEU if requested.

All staff will be screened each morning when they enter the campus. This will involve temperature and symptom checks.

Protect yourself and others by following the CDC guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19.

SEU has been taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 since January and encouraging members of the SEU community to do the same.
SEU’s regular housekeeping protocols were expanded to include cleaning of commonly touched surfaces, and hand sanitizer has been more readily available at locations across campus.

Employees who have symptoms of COVID-19 (i.e., fever, cough, or shortness of breath) should notify their supervisor and stay home.

Sick employees should follow the CDC-recommended steps. Employees should not return to work until the criteria to discontinue home isolation are met, in consultation with healthcare providers and state and local health departments.

Employees who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should notify their supervisor and follow CDC recommended precautions.

Depending on the circumstances, you may be entitled to a job-protected leave of absence under the Family and Medical Leave Act or the Americans with Disabilities Act. Placement on an unpaid personal leave for a specified period of time may also be an available option. Contact 863-667-5248 if you have any questions regarding benefits continuation options.

In such an event, you should notify the University’s Health Services office at 863-667-5205 as well as the Human Resources office at 863-667-5248. You should also let your supervisor know that you will be absent due to illness, but you are not required to disclose your medical diagnosis to them. Sick time can be used for the absence.

 

If you have questions that are not answered in the other FAQs, email parents@seu.edu and the university will respond to your question.

There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the university’s campus.

The 2019 novel coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, is a member of a large family of viruses, which can cause a variety of illnesses in animals and humans. Like all members of the coronavirus family, it has a single strand of RNA to carry its genetic code. Among those with the illness, the severity has varied from simple “cold symptoms” all the way up to death. The fraction of those with a severe infection is a small portion of the total number infected with coronavirus, based on initial data.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s routinely updated situation summary is the best source for up-to-date information. The Florida Health Department has also posted a coronavirus information page.

For information on how the coronavirus is spread and treated, make sure to refer to the CDC website.

There are several measures which reduce the likelihood of getting or spreading the virus:

  • Regularly wash your hands and use alcohol-based hand sanitizers
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze
  • Do not share food or drinks
  • Avoid close contact with people who have fever, coughing, sneezing or difficulty breathing

According to the CDC, current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Read more about the symptoms on the CDC website

Southeastern University Health Services and several other campus partners are following the CDC guidelines on screening and response protocols. Targeted outreach is already underway, and ongoing informational measures will be issued as the outbreak unfolds. The university also has increased the cleaning of high-traffic areas around campus (dining facilities, the Student Activities Center, etc.).

Southeastern has a pandemic plan outlined in its Emergency Response Plan and is refining details for the current situation.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and flu symptoms can be similar. Even if you have traveled to impacted areas, or have contact with someone who has, it is possible that your fever, cough or body aches might still be the flu. If you have flu-like symptoms, please contact your health care provider or pursue care at an urgent care center.

Self-isolation can prevent the spread of illness. Anyone who feels ill, becomes sick or may be exposed to the coronavirus should consult with Southeastern Health Services and/or their supervisor and stay home or self-isolate. If you have returned from any international travel or a cruise within 14 days and you’re sick, self-isolate and call your healthcare provider or county health department. We must do everything we can to keep our community as healthy as possible at this time.


Following the guidance from the CDC, 14 days of self-isolation is required for:

  • Any travelers to the U.S. (returning or coming for the first time) from any country under a CDC Warning Level 3 (Avoid Nonessential Travel), regardless of whether that direction is specifically given to them at the U.S. point of entry.
  • Any students or employees who have had direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Any students or employees who have had direct contact with someone who is under care for suspected exposure to COVID-19.

For exact questions about self-isolation, including if you recently traveled, please visit the Florida Health Department and the CDC websites.

If you are asked to self-isolate, you should stay in your home or apartment in your room. Do not go to work, stores or other social gatherings until you are told it is safe to return to normal activities by your medical provider. Even if you are not sick or showing symptoms, self-isolation is important to help minimize the spread of the virus to others. 

  • Stay in your home or apartment. 
  • Limit contact with others as much as possible. This also means limiting contact with persons living in your residence. Stay 6 feet away from other individuals at all times.
  • Limit contact with animals and pets as well. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with your upper sleeve or a tissue, and then discard the tissue immediately in a trash basket. Never cough in the direction of someone else. 
  • Wash your hands with soap and water, or use alcohol-based hand rubs after coughing or sneezing or throwing a used tissue in the garbage. 
  • Avoid sharing household items. Do not share drinking glasses, towels, eating utensils, bedding or any other items until you are no longer asked to self-isolate. 
  • Keep your surroundings clean. While contact with contaminated surfaces isn’t the primary mode of transmission, it is still important to clean surfaces that you share with others, such as doorknobs, telephones and bathroom surfaces, with a standard household disinfectant such as Clorox wipes. Wash your hands after cleaning the area.
  • Monitor yourself for signs of possible infection, including fever (100.4 degrees F or or higher, measured twice a day), cough or difficulty breathing.

If you develop a fever or cough or have difficulty breathing during this 14-day period, avoid contact with others and seek medical attention through your primary care physician or a local urgent care center. If you must make a medical appointment, call ahead and make arrangements.

If you have had direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or are under care for suspected exposure to COVID-19, you are expected to self-isolate.

If you are worried that you may have been exposed through contact with a person whom you suspect might have been exposed to COVID-19, it would be prudent to self-isolate until a medical provider has determined the significance of the contact.

If you have a legitimate reason to believe you have been directly exposed to COVID-19 (i.e., you have had close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19), you should immediately contact your health care provider for further instructions. You are further required to self-isolate for 14 days and are not permitted on campus. If you have the ability to complete your job functions remotely, you should discuss the possibility of a remote work arrangement with your supervisor.

If you believe you have had a secondary exposure to COVID-19 (e.g., someone in your household had direct contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19) and you are not exhibiting symptoms of the illness, you are not required to self-isolate. However, you should continue to socially distance as much as possible and self-monitor for signs of illness. 

If you are self-isolating and you have the ability to complete job functions remotely, you are expected to work from home. 

If you are not able to complete your job duties from home, you should use PTO.

In such an event, you should notify your supervisor, Human Resources and Health Services. When you provide notice that you have been confirmed positive, please also provide a list of any members of the Southeastern community who you recall being in direct contact and close proximity to during the last 14 days.

Upon notice of a confirmed diagnosis, Health Services will:

  1. Forward a notice to all potentially impacted individuals
  2. Track any self-isolation
  3. Work with the supervisor to map the impacted area/and spaces for cleaning
  4. Work with Facilities and outside contractors to clean the impacted areas

An email will be sent to anyone working in your workspace, as well as those individuals you identified, notifying them that they are required to self-isolate for 14 days. Your personal information will be confidential unless you give permission otherwise.