The Office of Student Affairs continues to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please review the following for answers to frequently asked student questions regarding the impact of COVID-19 on operations at PCOM, PCOM Georgia and PCOM South Georgia.
Ultimately, the guiding priority of our College, from the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, has been to protect the health and safety of our faculty, staff, students and other community members. This priority continues and will continue.
We are pleased to report that as of today, over 1,500 of our students and 500 of our employees have been vaccinated against COVID-19. This demonstrated voluntary support for vaccination across all three of our campuses demonstrates our understanding, as health care professionals that broad immunization will help stop the current pandemic generally and protect our PCOM community from COVID-19 specifically.
Widespread immunization as well as continuation of our other safety measures such as masks, distancing, surveillance testing and #CampusClear will allow us to follow through on our plans to return to on-campus classes, events and activities as soon as possible.
To help enable a safe return to campus for the fall semester, as of July 12, 2021, all incoming and returning PCOM students will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
This policy will also ensure our students will be prepared to meet the mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirements of their experiential and clinical education rotation sites. Students may request an exemption from the vaccination requirement for valid medical or religious reasons by filling out and submitting an exemption request form that will be available starting June 1 on myPCOM. Students who are granted such exceptions will be required to be tested for COVID-19 periodically.
With the extra protection of widespread vaccination, our PCOM community will be able to resume more activities and operations sooner, leading to a more engaged educational and professional experience.
We recommend securing housing as you normally would. Despite programmatic changes in attendance requirements, There will be mandatory small group activities or skills labs within the various programs.
If your original plan was to obtain housing before COVID-19, you may want to follow that plan. If you do not live within a feasible driving distance from the college, you should strongly consider moving closer to campus. If you are within driving distance from the College, you may want to stay home and come in on the days that are mandatory. This is a choice each student will need to make.
PCOM on-campus housing will be available for Philadelphia students starting during the summer 2021 term.
In the event that a student is exposed to and/or contracts COVID-19, the first course of action must be to contact email@example.com and copy the Student Affairs Office at your campus as well as the course director.
The Office of Student Affairs will work with your academic department to address identified concerns and coordinate a response that is tailored to the needs of the individual student.
After you travel internationally:
If you have been exposed to COVID-19, you must stay home, seek medical advice, and immediately notify your program director and email firstname.lastname@example.org. Also copy the Student Affairs Office at your campus as well as the course director.
When sending an email to email@example.com, please include:
Your cooperation in reporting is essential to helping your colleagues and classmates stay safe from infection.
These guidelines can also be found on myPCOM.
As some students begin to transition back to in-person learning, access to College buildings will continue to be limited, based on local restrictions.
Additionally, all students are required to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms via the #CampusClear app. You will have to show PCOM Public Safety the “no symptoms” smiley face on your smartphone or a screen capture/printed image of your green screen to gain access to any campus building.
PCOM community must also provide notice of any symptoms to firstname.lastname@example.org. Anyone who reports symptoms of COVID-19 will not be granted access to campus and should consult the Office of Student Affairs to determine next steps.
Periodically the College will randomly test a percentage of unvaccinated PCOM students. This will allow us to identify any hotspots and determine an appropriate course of action.
Students will still be able to access the on-campus food pantries during these difficult times.
All on-campus events will be canceled or postponed until further notice.
We are monitoring the situation daily, following national and local guidance. Furthermore, we urge all students, staff and faculty to abide by all local, state and national public health directives.
PCOM strongly discourages in-person meetings and gatherings (other than academic classes) of any size, whether on-campus or off-campus.
While preference should be given to virtual meetings and gatherings whenever possible, meetings and gatherings of no more than 10 person indoors or 25 person outdoors are permissible, provided there is strict compliance with the following:
As of June 11, 2021, patrons at PCOM's three locations who are vaccinated will no longer need to wear a mask or maintain social distance in the PCOM libraries. In addition, reservations are no longer required, and all are welcome to visit the library during the hours listed below:
Monday through Friday
8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Note: The PCOM Georgia Library closes at 6 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday.
Saturday and Sunday
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Effective Monday, June 14, 2021, 24/7 after hours access will be available when the library is closed by swiping the keypad adjacent to the library entrance.
At this time College fitness facilities at PCOM and PCOM Georgia remain closed. PCOM South Georgia students have access to fitness facilities at a location near the College. Please check with that facility as to availability.
Please be aware that the fitness staff is providing online fitness classes and resources.
As of May 3, College cafeterias/dining facilities will be reopened in a limited capacity.
Take-out services will be available; seating will not be available in the cafeteria/dining facilities.
Visit the Information Technology Services new users page to view computer recommendations including hardware specifications.
A high speed internet connection with a connection speed of 5 Mbps (download and upload) or better. If the internet connection is being shared by multiple devices a faster connection speed may be required. The use of satellite and cellular connections (hot spots) may result in slowness or errors (timeouts, access problems) when accessing the classroom and course materials. The use of public internet access (for example, at restaurants and public institutions such as libraries) is not recommended.
Students with COVID-19 related safety concerns at their site should report concerns immediately to their site supervisor, the clinical training director of their program as indicated below and PCOM’s Chief Occupational and Environmental Safety Officer.
Clinical clerkships and experiential learning opportunities for osteopathic medicine and physician assistant studies students will be reopened at the discretion of individual sites. As students are called back to their clinical sites, they should confirm the site follows applicable Pennsylvania Department of Health and CDC safety guidelines. Students should continue to communicate any questions or concerns with their program directors. Additionally, other clinical teaching modalities have been implemented.
Psychology students returned to their practicum experiences in the summer term. In response to COVID-19, practicum sites should follow applicable Pennsylvania Department of Health and CDC safety guidelines.
Students with COVID-19 related safety concerns at their site should report concerns immediately to their site supervisor, the clinical training director of their program (below) and PCOM’s Chief Occupational and Environmental Safety Officer.
PCOM's DPT department is working with clinical partners to ensure all students have access to quality clinical rotations while making sure to respect the difficult situation our clinicians are facing during this time. PCOM greatly appreciates all the help our clinical partners have offered our clinical education program.
PCOM will continue to provide academic support online, through email and the use of online video platforms. Students can direct any questions to the academic support specialist on their campus:
The college personal support counselors will be working remotely and are available to students. Please continue to email them with questions or concerns.
In addition, please know that the Carebridge Assistance Program is available to students.
Identify yourself as a student at PCOM. PCOM's access code is: R5SAF.
These services are available at no cost to all PCOM students and their dependents.
Remember: Carebridge is not replacing the comprehensive support services you receive from the Office of Student Affairs. Carebridge is an additional resource option for those who wish to utilize confidential resources, if you are away from campus, or if you need emergency confidential assistance when PCOM is closed.
PCOM has announced the creation of the Student Emergency Fund (SEF) in an effort to provide relief for students having financial hardships. This fund was made possible by generous donations from the PCOM Alumni Association, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of PCOM.
The SEF is designed to provide relief to students who need assistance with unexpected and additional costs related to basic needs such as housing, food, travel, healthcare and other personal expenses incurred as a result of personal or a national emergency such as COVID-19. The Offices of Student Affairs and Financial Aid ask that if you are in hardship, please complete the PCOM Student Emergency Fund Application. Please note that completion of the application does not guarantee funding will be provided; however, every effort will be made to assist the student.
Students are able to access the on-campus food pantries during these difficult times.
Please visit the Office of Financial Aid’s frequently asked questions page for information relating to tuition, loan disbursements and other financial aid questions.
PCOM facilities will continue to comply with governmental guidelines and limit student access to common areas (such as the cafeteria, labs and gym). As a result, PCOM will not charge the comprehensive fee for the spring term. Parking fees will also be waived.
This decision will be evaluated on a term-by-term basis.
For more information, please visit the Leave of Absence information page.