COVID-19 Information

Holy Family University has taken an important step in protecting our community with the requirement of the COVID-19 vaccination for all students, faculty, and staff. Vaccines protect persons against contracting or being significantly ill from COVID-19, and also protect the community against spread. Requiring the vaccine will allow us to return to the experience our students expect at Holy Family University, one that is student-centered, individualized, and manifests itself through highly engaged curricular and co-curricular experiences.

As you prepare for Summer and Fall 2022, Holy Family University would like to remind you that it will require all students, faculty, and staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including any recommended boosters prior to the beginning of the Fall 2022 semester. The deadline for submission of either proof of vaccination or request of an exemption for students is July 30, 2022.

Students who have not been granted exemptions and do not provide proof of being fully vaccinated for the COVID-19 virus will not be permitted on campus during the academic semester, and may not be able to maintain a full-time course load. Online classes for full-time undergraduate students will be available on a limited basis.

Let Health Services Help You

If you have any questions regarding access to the COVID-19 vaccine, how to verify your vaccination information, or are nervous about receiving the vaccine, contact a member of our Health Services team for support and guidance. Please email or call 267-341-3262 for available support team members.

All students, faculty, and staff are required to notify the University if they have tested positive for COVID-19, a COVID-19 variant, or are self-isolating or self-quarantining.

Access to COVID-19 Testing

Holy Family University Health Services will be providing COVID-19 testing services throughout the academic semester to students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and/or have been exposed to the virus. Students who are enrolled in Summer 2022 courses are eligible for COVID-19 testing services for the duration of time for which their academic course runs. 

Vaccine and Booster Information

Boosters are recommended per CDC guidelines as follows:

  • The recommendation for boosters is five months past your last vaccination for Moderna, and five months since your last vaccination for Pfizer. Johnson and Johnson recipients should receive their boosters two months after the initial vaccination. 

Information about the COVID-19 booster can be found below:

Verification of COVID-19 Vaccination

Holy Family University requires students to provide verification of COVID-19 vaccination and, as of July 20, 2022, verification of the COVID-19 Booster. This verification must confirm that a person is fully vaccinated and has received at least one COVID-19 Booster. Student verification will be completed via Canvas. 

How to Submit Your Verification of COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster

Student verification are completed via Canvas in the Health Services Course. Login to your Canvas account using your HFU sign-on credentials, and review the detailed information on how to submit verification information provided within the Canvas course. Students will be required to provide a copy of your vaccination card and must include a Booster. 

Please email or call 267-341-3262 with questions regarding available options for verification of vaccination.

Exemption Information

While Holy Family University recognizes the personal and communal health benefits of vaccination, the University also respects the individual beliefs and personal circumstances of all members of our community, and, in accordance with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the institution will review all applications in request for exemptions for medical and religious reasons.

Those who choose to remain unvaccinated will be required to submit an exemption request form and must continue to wear face coverings on campus in accordance with CDC guidance. Medical or religious exemptions to Holy Family University’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement will be granted based on the specific circumstances of each request. Exemption requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and are not automatic.

Exemption Considerations

Vaccination exemption provides only that students may attend in-person, on-campus courses, seek student support services and participate in on-campus student engagement opportunities, regardless of vaccination status, for the ‘22-‘23 academic year. 
Additional information on the scope of this exemption is outlined below:

  • The vaccine exemption applies solely to the verification of COVID-19 vaccination for on-campus, in-person academic course attendance, on-campus student support services, residential living requirements and interscholastic and intramural/club team participation.
  • Students entering third-party sites for practicum, clinical, or internship work must follow guidelines implemented by those entities. University exemptions do not apply to sites outside of the University's purview.
  • Exemptions cannot be applied to any other activity for which vaccination is required, even if such activity is related to your enrollment at the University. Your vaccine exemption may subject you to exclusion from certain campus related activities, including internships, student teaching assignments, and clinical site participation, at the sole discretion of Holy Family University, in the event vaccination is required for participation.
  • Holy Family University will aim to accommodate academically any absences from campus due to a communicable disease. Nevertheless, Holy Family University will not be responsible for any costs associated with missed classes or exclusion from academics during the period of communicability.
  • Access to remote learning is not a provision of this exemption.
  • Residential Students: Required to show proof of a negative test prior to being approved for move-in and at any time in which re-entry to the residence hall is required upon return from a following campus closures. Required to follow all guidelines as related to COVID-19 response, testing and risk mitigation efforts. This may include required surveillance testing.
  • The University reserves the right to require surveillance testing for those who are unvaccinated. The University will communicate further information and test access details to exempt students via University email throughout the academic semester, should testing requirements be recommended or changed. 
  • Student Athletes: Required to follow all guidelines as related to COVID-19 response, testing and risk mitigation efforts. This may include required surveillance testing.
  • Requests for COVID-19 vaccination exemptions will be required annually.

Surveillance Testing

Surveillance testing may be required on a periodic basis for those persons who have approved exemptions.

Testing requirements to begin for the summer and fall 2022 semesters are outlined below:

  • Any Student with a COVID-19 Vaccination Exemption: The University reserves the right to  require you to participate in surveillance testing as deemed necessary by the institution. The University will communicate further information and test access details to exempt students via University email throughout the academic semester.
  • Residential Students: Required to complete surveillance testing of up to 1-times per week.
  • Club Sport Participants: Required to complete surveillance testing of up to 1-times per week.
  • Residential Students: Required to show proof of a negative test prior to move-in, as well as much be approved for re-entry to the residence hall upon return from the following campus closures, Thanksgiving Break, Christmas Break, Easter Break, and Spring Break.

Masking Policy

Indoor masking is optional for all faculty, staff, students, and visitors. The University asks that all individuals continue to have a mask with them at all times, should the need arise, and we strongly encourage those who are not vaccinated or who have certain medical conditions to continue to wear a mask. It is important to remember that some people may feel uncomfortable being around unmasked individuals. Additionally, many vaccinated individuals may choose to wear a mask for their own safety or for the safety of their loved ones. Please be respectful of everyone’s choices.

Masking is not required, except in the following cases:

  • In health care clinical settings, and in the counseling center and health services clinic (wearing a mask is required);
  • When you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19;
  • When you are instructed to wear a mask by a healthcare provider; administrator or professor
  • If you feel ill with upper respiratory symptoms or you are COVID-positive, and isolate.

In instances such as one-on-one meetings, either party may request that a mask be worn. If that is not acceptable to either person, an alternative arrangement should be scheduled.