New FAQs for 03.13.20

Note: Messiah College does not have any reported or confirmed cases of the COVID-2019 Novel Coronavirus as of the time and date of this posting.

Below are some of the new FAQs that have been added to the emergency response page today. We will continue to update as additional decisions are finalized.

As a Messiah employee, What should I do if I have a childcare issue because of the closure of PA schools?

With the governor’s closure of all K-12 schools, the College recognizes that employees may need to take time off to address child care. Employees who are able to successfully telecommute should be encouraged to do so. Employees who cannot telecommute may use sick, personal or vacation time to cover any time off needed. Employees without adequate accrued but unused time may borrow against future accrued but unused leave. You should have a conversation with your supervisor before you adjust your schedule.

Employees who are considered essential staff should speak with their supervisors about how to best handle attendance during this transition period.

Please note: faculty, per our existing policy, are credited with 10 sick days per year of service.

Will Messiah continue its undergraduate admissions events and visits?

At this time, the March 27 Accepted Student Preview Day has been postponed to April 24. Currently, we are planning to hold our April 18 Open House as scheduled. Campus is still open for individual visits through

For students or family member who have recently traveled to a locality with widespread sustained transmission of Coronavirus, we ask that you please refrain from visiting campus until the 14-day window has passed to ensure community safety. If you are scheduled for a campus visit during this time, we would be happy to work with you to reschedule.

 Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this rapidly changing situation. We are closely watching and following the recommendations and advisories from state and national health agencies. Please continue to follow Messiah’s response to the Coronavirus and watch for email communication from Messiah Admissions pertaining to your scheduled visit. Due the fluid nature of this virus, the college may need to reschedule your visit to ensure the safety and health of our guests and employees. Where possible we will work to provide a 24 hour notice.

What will happen with student mail/packages for students who are not living on campus during the revised spring semester?

For undergraduate students who WILL NOT be on campus during the revised spring semester schedule:

Mail: All first class letters (those that cost a minimum of .35 cents to send) will be forwarded to the address we have on file. In most cases, this is probably your home address.

Packages: If your package was mailed via the United States Postal Service (USPS), you will receive an email stating your package will be home delivery.  Your package will be forwarded to the address we have on file.

If your package is UPS, FedEx, Amazon OR any other shipper, you will receive an email telling you we are not able to forward your package. In this case, the email we send you will give you a list of options for how to receive your package. Please read all emails thoroughly.

Before placing any additional orders, please change your default address with the shipper to your home address until you have a confirmed return-to-campus date. No packages should be delivered to Messiah College when you are not residing on campus.

Note:  All perishable orders (MISFITS, HELLO FRESH, etc.) must be cancelled or rerouted. Any perishables received will need to be discarded!

What are Dining Services’ revised hours during the adjusted spring semester schedule?

Messiah College Students and Staff: Please review the UPDATED Dining Services Hours through Monday, April 13.

Monday, March 16 – Friday, March 20

The Falcon will be open 7:30am – 2pm.  Order online at 

Saturday, March 21 – Monday, April 13

Beginning Saturday, March 21, Lottie Nelson Dining Hall will be open DAILY for the following hours:

  • Breakfast: 7am-8am
  • Lunch: Noon-1pm
  • Dinner: 5pm-6pm

The following restaurants will be CLOSED through Monday, April 13:

  • Union Café
  • Café Diem
  • Café @ Winding Hill

Please visit the Dining Services webpage for additional hours on specific location hours and menus.

Will students and employees have access to athletic facilities during the adjusted spring semester?

Some athletic facilities will be open to students and employees (but not the general public) during the adjusted spring semester. The outdoor Rec Fields (located on Grantham Road beside the Office of Safety) and the indoor track located in the Falcon Fitness Center will be accessible to students and employees from March 13-April 13 (please be aware, you may be asked to show your Messiah ID). Note: the indoor track hours will be 12-3 p.m., Monday-Friday.

All other indoor and outdoor athletic facilities are closed for use from 6 p.m. on March 13 through April 13. Facilities will be re-opened pending the College’s decision on whether to extend or make further changes to its adjusted spring schedule.