LATEST GUIDANCE

To support the health and safety of our Villanova community, the following COVID-19 policies are in effect:

COVID-19 VACCINE REQUIREMENT

All students, faculty and staff who will be on campus are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The vaccine requirement applies to all students who are enrolled in any in-person class, whether the class is held on campus or at another location.

Villanova accepts the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Villanova also accepts vaccines approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) evaluation process. A listing of COVID-19 vaccines that have been evaluated by the WHO and have met the necessary criteria for safety and efficacy can be found on the WHO website.

Proof of vaccination should be uploaded through Villanova's secure portal. Information submitted through this portal will remain confidential.

COVID-19 BOOSTER

The COVID-19 booster dose is recommended for all eligible students, faculty and staff. Individuals are eligible for the booster five months following their second shot in the two-dose series (Pfizer and Moderna). Individuals who received the Johnson & Johnson shot are eligible to receive the booster two months following their initial vaccine.

MASKS

  • Masks are not required outdoors or indoors, effective Monday, Feb. 14.
  • Any community member who feels more comfortable wearing a mask is encouraged to do so.
  • All community members are expected to continue to have a mask with them at all times, and KN95 masks are available on campus for all community members.*
    • Faculty may require students to wear masks in their classes, laboratories or offices, and students must comply with this request. Students and staff may ask the same of one another when meeting or getting together.

    • Everyone is expected to put Community First and be respectful of these decisions. The reasons why individuals may choose to wear a mask can vary widely, so everyone is expected to show respect in these situations.  
  • Masks are recommended inside campus buildings for all visitors to campus.

*KN95 masks are available at the main desk on the upper level of Connelly Center for all community members—students, faculty and staff. KN95 masks can also be ordered by your office or department through NovaBuy under the PPE section.

CAPACITY

All campus spaces—classrooms, labs, residence halls, dining spaces, Masses, offices, libraries, common spaces, administrative offices, etc.—will be at full capacity.

CLASSES AND ACADEMIC CALENDAR

Classes will be taught in person and Villanova will observe its traditional fall/spring, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter breaks. The full 2021-22 academic calendar can be found on the Office of the Provost website

For additional information on academics, please visit our website.

DIAGNOSTIC TESTING

Any student, regardless of vaccination status, who experiences any COVID-19 symptoms should promptly contact the Student Health Center for evaluation and diagnostic testing. Diagnostic testing is available for students at the Student Health Center. Any faculty or staff member who experiences these symptoms should stay home and reach out to their primary care provider for a COVID-19 test.

 

CONTACT TRACING

Villanova contact traces any students, faculty and staff with a positive COVID-19 test result.

ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE

Students:

Any student who tests positive for COVID-19 and lives within 300 miles of the University will be required to isolate away from campus for five days following their positive PCR test, regardless of vaccination status. Isolation space is available through Villanova for the mandatory five-day isolation period for students living further than 300 miles from campus. If a student in isolation remains asymptomatic, or if symptoms resolve, they may leave isolation on Day 6, but must wear a mask for an additional five days. If you are still symptomatic on Day 6, you should continue to isolate and complete a 10-day isolation period.

With regard to quarantine, students identified as close contacts or who have a known exposure to COVID-19 must follow this guidance:

  • People who are unvaccinated or are more than five months out from their second mRNA dose or more than 2 months after the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and not yet boosted, need to quarantine for 5 days followed by strict mask use for an additional 5 days with a test on Day 5.
  • People who have received their booster shot (or who have completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines within the last five months, or who have completed the primary series of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the last two months) do not need to quarantine following an exposure, but need to wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure, with a test on Day 5.

Faculty and Staff:

Any faculty or staff member who tests positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate at home for five days following their positive PCR test, regardless of vaccination status. If an individual in isolation remains asymptomatic, or if symptoms resolve, they may leave isolation on Day 6, but must wear a mask for an additional five days. If you are still symptomatic on Day 6, you should continue to isolate and complete a 10-day isolation period.

With regard to quarantine, individuals identified as close contacts or who have a known exposure to COVID-19 must follow this guidance:

  • People who are unvaccinated or are more than five months out from their second mRNA dose or more than 2 months after the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and not yet boosted, need to quarantine for 5 days followed by strict mask use for an additional 5 days with a test on Day 5.
  • People who have received their booster shot (or who have completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines within the last five months, or who have completed the primary series of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the last two months) do not need to quarantine following an exposure, but need to wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure, with a test on Day 5.

EVENTS AND VISITORS TO CAMPUS

Events that include visitors are permitted. Visitors are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated, and masks are recommended inside campus buildings.

Community members are encouraged to be creative around the use of technology to facilitate virtual programs or speakers and consider using outdoor spaces as appropriate.

PROGRAMMING INVOLVING VILLANOVA-SPONSORED STUDENT TRAVEL

Currently, domestic service-learning trips planned by Campus Ministry and professional development programs, such as Villanova on the Hill, are approved for fully vaccinated students. Participating students will be asked to sign a waiver form and are expected to follow the safety requirements of partner organizations. Students will be tested for COVID-19 before they depart and when they return to campus.

Vaccinated students may also participate in Villanova-sponsored domestic overnight trips and weekend trips. These trips are only one or two nights in duration. Participating students will be asked to sign a waiver form and pre- and post-trip testing will not be required.

Vaccinated students and unvaccinated students (because of an accommodation) are permitted to participate in daily service activities off-campus. Students will need to wear a mask when traveling to and from the location, while indoors and otherwise comply with the partner organizations’ requirements. If the partner requires vaccination, then only vaccinated students may participate.

PROGRAMMING INVOLVING VILLANOVA-SPONSORED FACULTY/STAFF TRAVEL

The University recommends that only vaccinated faculty and staff travel on University business, per CDC guidelines. In the event unique circumstances make University travel highly desirable for an unvaccinated individual, the faculty or staff member should confer with their Chair or supervisor to determine the best course of action. In all cases, CDC guidelines should be followed.   


If you have additional questions or concerns regarding Villanova's COVID-19 policies, please contact us:


Students (undergraduate, graduate, law):

Student Health Center
Email: covidsurvey@villanova.edu
Phone: 610-519-4070


Faculty and Staff:

Human Resources
Email: hr@villanova.edu
Phone: 610-519-7900

Community First
The Caritas Commitment


Community First

Community First: The CARITAS Commitment is our pledge, as Villanovans, to modify our behaviors to ensure the health and safety of the community.