To support the health and safety of our Villanova community, the following COVID-19 policies are in effect as of September 3:
COVID-19 VACCINE REQUIREMENT
All students, faculty and staff who will be on campus are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This requirement seeks to provide the best safety and protection from the virus on campus this fall. The following information is provided to help answer questions regarding the Fall 2021 semester. Note: the vaccine requirement applies to all students who are enrolled in any in-person class this fall, whether the class is held on campus or at another location.
Villanova will accept Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, which were granted an emergency use authorization (EUA) through the United States’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in December 2020. The Pfizer-BioNTech received full FDA approval on Monday, August 23. Villanova will also accept vaccines that have prequalified for Emergency Use Listing (EUL) 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. Currently, 95% of Villanova’s community members are fully vaccinated.
- Masks are not required outdoors.
- All faculty, staff and students—regardless of vaccination status—are required to wear masks when inside classrooms and any public campus building including dining halls (except while eating or drinking) that is open to the public.
- Masks are not required in the residential sections of residence halls, but are required in residence hall classrooms (unless you are in the classroom alone).
- Masks are required in fitness centers, but are not required while participating in athletic competitions.
- Masks for vaccinated populations are not required in the following spaces or situations:
- Residence halls, whether in your own hall or other residence buildings on campus;
- When alone in an office, classroom or off-hours study space or room.
- Faculty, staff and students who are not fully vaccinated, are partially vaccinated or have received a medical or religious accommodation should wear a mask in all indoor settings. The only exceptions are when these individuals are alone in their personal residence room, or when eating or drinking.
- All visitors to campus, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear masks inside campus buildings (except when eating and drinking) to help protect our community.
Given that vaccination rates in the local community are considerably lower than the 95% rate on campus, community members are encouraged to mask when shopping, dining, or otherwise interacting in the local community, for your protection and that of our neighbors in and around Villanova.
We will continue to monitor the most recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and local public health departments to adjust our masking policies as needed.
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.
SURVEILLANCE AND DIAGNOSTIC TESTING
As of Wednesday, September 8, surveillance testing will be expanded to include a randomized sample of community members, regardless of vaccination status. Find more details on our University COVID-19 Testing and Contact Tracing page.
Students, faculty and staff who are unvaccinated are required to participate in twice-weekly surveillance testing throughout the academic year. Students, faculty and staff who are not fully vaccinated are also required to participate in twice weekly surveillance testing until they achieve fully vaccinated status. (And once fully vaccinated may be chosen as part of the random sample of community members chosen for surveillance testing.) To be considered fully vaccinated, you must be two weeks past the second dosage of a two-shot series or two weeks past one shot in a one-dose series.
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.
Villanova is contact tracing any students, faculty and staff with a positive COVID-19 test result, whether through surveillance testing or diagnostic testing.
- Fully vaccinated students, faculty and staff who are close contacts do not need to quarantine.
- Fully vaccinated community members who are identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19 will be tested 3-5 days following the date of their exposure. Guidance is to wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.
- Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated community members who are identified as close contacts will need to quarantine away from campus.
- Students, faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19 will need to isolate, away from campus, regardless of vaccination status.
ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE
Students, faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate for 10 days, regardless of vaccine status, per CDC guidelines. Students who live within 300 miles will be required to isolate away from campus. For students who live further than 300 miles, limited isolation space is available at/through Villanova.
Students who are fully vaccinated and are identified as a close contact do not need to quarantine unless they have symptoms but will need to wear a mask until a negative test result on days 3 to 5 after exposure regardless of symptoms. This testing will be available on-campus. Students who are not fully vaccinated and are identified as a close contact will need to quarantine away from campus for 7 to 10 days depending on symptoms and testing, per the CDC guidelines. Students who live within 300 miles will be required to quarantine at home. For students who live further than 300 miles, limited quarantine space is available away from the community.
Absences from class because of COVID-19 illness, quarantine, or self-isolation will be excused, and the student will be permitted to make up the work without academic penalty. Each professor/instructor has discretion as to how they will provide material missed during the absence. Note: Instructors are not required to have students to attend via zoom.
We plan to provide many of the evening and weekend activities that students enjoyed last year, and portable chairs were once again provided to new students to encourage gathering together outdoors. It is our hope, given that half of Villanova students have never experienced a normal fall semester on campus, that we can return to a more typical on-campus experience.
EVENTS AND VISITORS TO CAMPUS
Events that include visitors will once again be permitted. Visitors are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated, and regardless of vaccination status, must wear masks inside campus buildings (except when eating and drinking) and at any other time designated by the University.
Visitors will be expected to wear a mask when attending gatherings on campus, and organizers of events should convey this expectation to attendees. 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.
In keeping with Community First, the Nova Now app, which has been used by Villanovans for years, has been updated to include important campus COVID-19 information and resources for students, as well as faculty and staff.