SLOW THE SPREAD

The number of COVID-19 positive cases on campus among the student population over the past week warrants significant action to slow the spread. As a result, and effective immediately, there is a two-week directive for all students to slow the spread. The spread is happening in many settings, and while no one source is responsible, it is clear that social gatherings, both on and off campus, have caused our current situation. As a result, these measures are a call to action that will impact all parts of life on campus. We want to stay on campus. To do that, we must work together and follow these directives.

During this two-week period, students should continue to attend in-person classes and may utilize certain campus facilities and resources. Outside of instruction and essential purposes, students must stay in their own residence to the greatest extent possible and curtail in-person interactions with others outside their own room, apartment or household. Students are permitted outdoors to eat, exercise and get fresh air while remaining physically distant from others. 

SLOW THE SPREAD STUDENT DIRECTIVES

ON-CAMPUS RESIDENT STUDENTS

  • Students must stay on campus and are only permitted off campus for emergency or essential purposes such as employment, medical care, religious services, or to purchase groceries or other essential items. On-campus resident students are not permitted off-campus for social, recreational, dining or entertainment purposes.
  • On-Campus students are only permitted in their own residence hall, Wildcard access to other residence halls will temporarily be suspended. Visitors per room will be further restricted.

Type of Room

Total Number of Occupants (including residents) Not to Exceed:

Single Room

2

Double Room

3

Triple Room

4

Four-person Room, Suite or Apartment

5

 

STUDENTS LIVING OFF-CAMPUS

  • Students are permitted on campus to attend in-person classes, labs, research, employment or to utilize campus resources or facilities. Off-campus students are not permitted in any campus residence hall buildings.    

All in person co-curricular student organizations and activities may function only in a virtual or remote setting, consistent with student organization guidelines. NCAA programs may continue under NCAA and Villanova-regulated guidelines.    

Students may continue to utilize on-campus services including fitness centers (by appointment only), health-related services and academic support services as necessary.

All Sunday Evening Masses in the St. Thomas of Villanova Church will be limited to only 50 in-person attendees and registration is required. All Masses will also be available via livestream. Additional details will be available on the Campus Ministry website

Students need to limit the number of people with whom they gather. It is recommended that students always have at least six feet of distance when with another person, regardless of the setting, and that masks are worn 100% of the time when outside of their own personal room or household. This measure applies inside and outside, in all common areas, academic spaces and campus facilities.

Student study spaces, with the exception of classrooms, will remain open; however, no eating or drinking is permitted    

Seating within dining halls will be more limited. As a reminder, masks should only be down when actively eating and/or drinking and six-feet physical distancing should be maintained even when eating. Dining Services will continue to offer numerous grab-and-go options.

Students are NOT permitted to eat in classrooms at any time.  

Masks
Students must wear a mask at all times—indoors and outdoors; in a classroom, lounge, study space, or other common area; even in a room alone on campus. Masks must be worn at all times except during the following circumstances:

  • When actively eating in a designated eating location
  • When a student is in their room/apartment/place of residence or their vehicle either alone or with their roommate(s)/household
  •  When showering or brushing teeth (in a common bathroom)
  • Other exceptions as determined by medical professionals

Maintaining six feet of physical distancing when wearing a mask is your best protection against being a close contact. Therefore, when interacting with anyone, wear a mask and maintain six-feet physical distancing.

A critical component of our COVID-19 Health and Safety plan is that any student who lives within 300 miles of campus must return home to isolate or quarantine. We need everyone’s cooperation with this policy to remain open. We do not have unlimited resources or space, and there will come a point when we could have too many cases to remain open on campus regardless of resources.

The Student Health Center’s Contact Tracing Team provides detailed instructions for families to protect themselves and live safely with their isolating or quarantining student. In the Fall semester, more 900 students returned home to isolate or quarantine. Without this, Villanova would not have been able to remain open. The single biggest threat to Villanova’s ability to continue our on-campus Spring semester is running out of isolation beds for our COVID-19 positive students. It is imperative, especially now as we face rising numbers of cases, that students who live within 300 miles return home without exception.

Students are permitted only in their own residential building and may not visit other residence halls at any time, except to use fitness centers (by appointment only) or campus resources located in another residential building.

Students may have guest(s) who live in their same building visit their room in accordance with the following capacity restrictions: 

Type of Room

Total Number of Occupants (including residents) Not to Exceed:

Single Room

2

Double Room

3

Triple Room

4

Four-person Room, Suite or Apartment

5

 

The University recognizes this difficult time for our students. Please continue to utilize the student support services available as outlined on our Self-Caritas website. Many campus offices have trained staff members to help students in times of need—no request is too small. These services are available to all students, whether on-campus, off-campus or at home.

Additionally, an online module, “Mental Health Well-Being,” provides information, strategies and practical tools to deal with the challenges of day-to-day life, anxiety and stressors.