Information on COVID-19

As we prepare for a return to on-campus classes and in-person student support, 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.

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 fall 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 healthservices@holyfamily.edu 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.

Verification of COVID-19 Vaccination

Holy Family University requires students to provide verification of COVID-19 vaccination. This verification must confirm that a person is fully vaccinated or has begun the process to full vaccination. We will require proof of a first shot for the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or proof of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson's vaccine by the beginning of the term. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) defines fully vaccinated as the date that is two weeks after receiving a second dose of a two-dose vaccine, or two weeks after the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Student verification will be completed via Canvas. Students may also drop off verification directly to Health Services located in Stevenson Lane Residence (SLR), available Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

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.

 

Masking Policy      

The following policies apply to all faculty, staff, students, and visitors. A visitor is anyone who comes to campus and is neither an employee or a student at the University. Visitors include, but are not limited to, guests of students or employees, prospective students, contractors, vendors, and sports spectators. Please note that more specific guidance about masking for student-athletes will be available shortly.

Policy for UNVACCINATED individuals

All faculty, staff, students, and visitors who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 must wear two masks (a cloth mask over a disposable or surgical mask) while indoors at all times. Residential students who are unvaccinated may remove their masks only when they are alone and/or sleeping in their bedroom.

Policy for FULLY VACCINATED individuals

All faculty, staff, students, and visitors who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are required to wear masks while indoors. A few exceptions to that vaccinated people may remove their masks for the purposes of delivering instruction or leading discussions, as long as they are able to maintain a 6-foot distance from others. Vaccinated students should remain masked during class, and while congregating in common areas. Vaccinated faculty and staff should wear masks when moving through common areas and in group settings. 
 
Thank you for the important role you play in helping to keep our campus community safe and together on campus.