University Update on Residence Life for Fall 2020

Dear Students,

As we continue to plan for the fall, this is an update on Residential Life on campus for those planning on living in our residence halls.

We will be giving students the option to live in single or double rooms. We will also be restricting capacity in the common areas of the residence halls in accordance with guidance from the PA Department of Health, the City of Philadelphia, and the CDC. Students will be expected to follow health and safety guidelines, including wearing masks in the residence hall common areas, in order to protect themselves and their peers. In an additional effort to keep residents safe, students will not be permitted to have guests from outside of their same residential building.

In the unfortunate event of someone testing positive for the coronavirus, we have reserved accommodations for students who cannot safely quarantine at home and need to remain on campus.

Dining services will be fully functional, but hours of operation will be modified to ensure safety. We are also changing the traffic flow and the capacity in our dining area, and if a student is ill or quarantined, we will arrange for food to be brought to them.

For our international students living on campus, there will be a requirement for a 14-day quarantine once they arrive in the US for the fall semester. A member of the residential life staff will be contacting each of you directly to make appropriate arrangements.

In the coming days, all students who have applied and placed deposits on housing will receive a survey from Kim Maguire, Director of Residence Life, in order to verify ongoing interest in housing and to update preferences. 

To answer your questions about Residence Life and other matters related to the reopening of campus for students, we will be hosting a virtual Town Hall, and we encourage both students and parents to participate. The meeting will be Thursday, July 23 at 6 pm. An invitation to participate will be sent to you by email, so please stay tuned for more information.

Working together with you, we look forward to creating a safe and meaningful residential life experience this fall.  



Abigail Wernicki, PhD
Vice President | Student Affairs
267-341-3237  office