Campus Re-opening Fall 2021
East Stroudsburg University students, faculty and staff have returned to campus for Fall 2021.
Classroom spaces are being continuously reviewed to ensure appropriate social distancing guidelines and technological advancements are in place.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How will classes be taught for Fall 2021?
ESU will be using the following instructional modalities for the Fall 2021 Semester: Face-to-Face (F2F), Hybrid (HB), Multi-Modal (MM), Remote Synchronous (RS), Remote Asynchronous (RA), and Distance Education (DE). The instructional modality of each course is listed on Banner.
Although ESU can move to 100% classroom occupancy at this time, with masking required of all employees and students when inside university buildings, many classes will continue to operate in a hybrid or reduced occupancy mode. Hybrid instruction is the combination of F2F classroom learning and online learning in which students are expected to attend instruction both in-person and online/virtual. As the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Pennsylvania Department of Education review and recommend COVID-19 protocols, there is the likelihood that more courses listed as hybrid may revert to 100% F2F.
Courses with Multi-Modal (MM), Remote Synchronous (RS), Remote Asynchronous (RA), and Distance Education (DE) will not change modality as the semester progresses. Students should contact their faculty advisor or college dean with questions specific to their schedule and instructional modality.
In the event that CDC guidance or a Governor’s order calls for stricter COVID-19 protocols, ESU may then have to revert to remote delivery of its courses during the fall semester, and that information would be communicated to ESU students, faculty and staff via our official communication channels.
- Can I use my smartphone for remote and distance education (DE) classes?
Smartphones are not recommended as they are not compatible with ESU's online platforms.
Recommend Specifications for Student-owned Computers:
A computer with sufficient memory (RAM) and hard-drive space is recommended.
- Average model: for basic applications (word processing, spreadsheets, desktop publishing, Internet access, educational software).
- High end model: for multi-media applications (3D modeling, video production, etc.). For the more advanced computer user.
Average High End Processor 7th / 8th generation
i5 3.8GHz - 4.5GHz
i9 4.8GHz - 5GHz
Memory 8GB 16GB - 32GB Hard Drive
(ssd recommended and preferred)
250 - 320GB 500GB - 1TB Screen Size 13" - 15.6" 15.6" and above
Access to computers will be available for local ESU students in the Kemp Library. Please check the Kemp Library website for hours and further information.
- If I don’t have a computer or internet in my home, what support is available?
- What is the CRRSAA Act and how can I apply to help with my current financial challenges?
The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (formerly CARES) provides funding to individual colleges and universities in the U.S. in order to provide financial grants to students who are facing financial challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of Education has provided general guidelines to indicate how funds are to be distributed and has given each institution discretion on how funds will be disbursed.
For more information or to apply for funds, please see the CRRSAA / CARES fund website.
- What is the travel status for University business?
Automobile travel for University business or to regional conferences has been reinstated. Travel via commercial carriers (plane, train, bus, etc.) remains suspended. We recognize that this decision continues to have major implications for students and faculty members who have planned travel to study or on behalf of ESU, especially cost implications associated with many of these plans.
The following links to important information may help new and current students.
We still understand that the threat of COVID is real. The safety of our campus and local community members remains a top priority.
- All members of the campus community (and visitors) will continue to be required to follow all CDC, Pennsylvania Department of Health and State System guidelines.
- Wearing masks and remaining socially distant will be required.
- ESU will administer regular COVID testing.
We understand that students, parents and other members of our ESU community have questions about ESU's Fall 2021 plans. Be assured that important campus information will be shared via ESU email (to students, faculty and staff), on this page and via social media.
- Campus Address
- 161 Smith Street, Suite 100
- (570) 422-3235
- Title of Department Leader
- Nathan Black
- Manager, Environmental, Health and Safety