COVID Updates


We are excited to welcome students for the Fall 2021 term!

Our top priority is ensuring the health and safety of the University community. Please review the Fall 2021 COVID-19 Response Plan carefully. The information provided was developed in accordance with guidelines and protocols from the CDC, the Commonwealth of PA, and the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Public Health.

Please be aware of all safety protocols in place throughout the campus. It will be essential for everyone at the University to read this in advance of coming to campus. Among the most important elements are:

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 nor a student at the University. Visitors include, but are not limited to, guests of students or employees, prospective students, contractors, vendors, and sports spectators. 

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.

Vaccination Policy
As a result of rising levels of cases, and like many of our peer institutions throughout the state, the University will now require that all faculty, staff, and students are vaccinated by the start of the fall semester. 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.We believe strongly that this action is necessary and aligns with our mission of caring for one another and putting family first.