Special Announcement: Updated University Response to COVID-19

March 25, 2020

Dear Holy Family University Community,

Given significant shifts in the past 24-hours, and our steadfast commitment to the health and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff, we are taking additional steps to minimize possible exposure to the coronavirus on our campus. At this time, there are no known confirmed cases in our campus community. The dynamic nature of this situation requires us to act quickly, and with your support we will approach this work in a smart, calm, and effective manner.

  • The University will move to online learning through the end of the semester. During this time period, students will be able to participate in distance learning through Canvas, our learning management system in order to complete their required course work. In order to prepare for this move, classes will be suspended for the next three days -- March 13, 16 and 17 -- to accommodate planning and faculty training for online learning. Students will have this time off.
  • In an overabundance of caution, residence halls and dining services will be closed as of Sunday, March 15 at 5 pm, for the remainder of the spring semester. Effective immediately and until closure, access to residence halls will be limited to residents and staff only. Students should take their belongings out of the dorm rooms.
    • Residential students will be sent a message by close of business on March 12 with more information.
  • In-season athletic events (Track and Field, Softball and Lacrosse) will continue as scheduled with guidance from the CACC and NCAA. Out of season athletic events are immediately cancelled.
  • We will be evaluating upcoming scheduled events on a day-by-day basis. Please check the website regularly for updates or contact your event organizer.
  • Essential campus operations will remain open, until further notice. This includes the computer labs in ETC 307 and 308 on the Philadelphia campus and Room 132 at the Newtown location. These rooms will be regularly serviced and sanitized to create the safest possible environment for students who do not otherwise have access to technology necessary for online learning, which includes a computer or laptop with microphone, and access to high-speed internet.
  • All student service offices will remain open, but communication will be limited to email, telephone or video conferencing, with the following exceptions:
    • Counseling Services will remain available on an appointment-only basis. Appointments can be made through the online booking system.
    • The Health Center will remain available on an appointment-only basis. Appointments can be made through the online booking system.
    • Title IX Services will remain available, but students are encouraged to call or email to schedule an appointment. In-person meetings will be scheduled at the discretion of the Title IX Coordinator. Email communication can be sent to titleix@holyfamily.edu.
  • Supervisors will work with their teams over the next two days to make individual work arrangements. Additional guidance will be coming from Human Resources in the next few days. In the meantime, we will assess the viability of keeping such offices open for the duration of the semester.

The Holy Family leadership team will continue to meet daily to monitor the situation in our local area and around the world and update the University community regularly via email and https://www.holyfamily.edu/coronavirus-information. To the extent possible, we will continue seeking input from our campus stakeholders to recognize the varying impact of these decisions. Ultimately, our primary concern is for the health and safety of the entire Holy Family community.

Coronavirus is spread through close personal contact, so it is important for all members of the Holy Family community to maintain a healthy social distance from others. Limit your exposure to large gatherings, practice good personal hygiene and stay home if you feel sick.

These are extraordinary times that require unusual measures to ensure your safety and security. Rest assured that you and your academic success and well-being are our primary concerns. Over the coming weeks, we will be doing everything possible to assure you have a successful academic experience.


Sister Maureen McGarrity, CSFN, PhD

University President