COVID-19 Information Center

Last Updated 8/20/2021

Please note that these plans are subject to change; check back regularly to this page for the latest updates.

Classroom Experience

JPCatholic is continuing to provide multiple modalities of instruction, including in-person and online courses. The majority of courses offer in-person modality while also remaining accessible online.

  • We currently expect students to attend classes in-person when it is available; however, students wishing to attend their courses exclusively online may apply to do so, and should discuss their situation with the Registrar’s office.
  • Students who are feeling unwell are expected to attend class online instead of in-person.
  • We expect to offer online learning through the end of Fall Quarter 2021, and there is a possibility of extending that further.

Summer Quarter 2021 has been conducted with some courses inside and some courses outside (in “The Harbor” and “St. Paul Pavilion” tents). We currently expect that Fall Quarter 2021 will be conducted with the same model. Please see our class schedule for details on course locations.

JPCatholic will continue to follow state guidance as it pertains to higher education.

Vaccination Policy

JPCatholic currently does not require students or staff to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Visit Student Healthcare Page.

How JPCatholic Adapted to COVID

In this video (March 2021), President Derry Connolly reflects on how the pandemic impacted JPCatholic, how the university quickly adapted to each development, and the ways we are keeping students safe while continuing to offer a quality, in-person education.

CARES Act

The federal CARES Act provided money to colleges and universities for emergency student grants.

On March 11, 2021, the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) was authorized by the American Rescue Plan (ARP.) It provided $39.6 billion in support to institutions of higher education to serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic. On 5/4/2021, JPCatholic was awarded $448,045 for student emergency financial aid and $448,044 in institutional support.

On 01/19/2021, the US Department of Education increased the first HEERF (Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund) student emergency aid grant award portion in the amount $171,903.00 and increased the Institutional portion grant award in the amount $334,189.

That new CRRSAA grant funds were awarded pursuant to Section 314(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Pub. L. 116-260, and are governed by Section 314 of CRRSAA.

Previous CARES ACT unliquidated (unspent) grant funds awarded previously pursuant to Section 18004(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Pub. L. 116-136, pursuant to CRRSAA Section 314(d)(2), may be used consistent with the provisions of CRRSAA Section 314(c)(3) for obligations incurred on or after December 27, 2020, subject to the requirements in CRRSAA Section 314(d)(5).

As of March 31, 2021, all $171,903 of the initial CARES HEERF I funding received was expended in emergency financial aid grants, under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. It was awarded to 168 students. Of those, 71 were Pell eligible and 97 non-Pell eligible.

As of March 31, 2021, $161,066 of the CARES HEERF II 01/19/2021 grant award of $171,903 award was expended in emergency financial aid grants awarded to 199 students.

As of June 30, 2021, all $171,903 of the CARES HEERF II 01/19/2021 grant award was expended in emergency financial aid grants awarded to 199 students, as well $419,772 of the CARES HEERF III 05/04/2021 grant award was expended.

Read more details on the distribution of funds received.