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Villanova offices and operations are redesigning their physical spaces and reimagining programs and protocols in order to promote health and safety. 

Residence Life  

Optional Early Drop-Off

All students will have an opportunity for early drop-off of items in order to expediate move-in and reduce congestion. Early drop-off will take place Friday, July 31, 2020 through Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. Early drop-off is encouraged for those who are able. Students will sign-up for a specific window of time to drop off items in their rooms, and they will then return home. Students may then arrive back to campus during their specified move-in time.  

  • Residential students may self-select an early drop-off appointment time through the student housing website beginning July 6, 2020.
  • Appointments will be limited to allow for social distancing. 


A staged arrival is planned for all residential students. In order to limit the density of activities, the number of students permitted to arrive at any one time will be limited. All residential students, including those who participated in optional early drop-off, should arrive to campus on the following dates:

  • First-Year Students:
    • Last Name A-L: Aug. 11, 2020
    • Last Name M-Z: Aug. 12, 2020
    • Students will be assigned a specific arrival time between 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on their designated day. Appointment times will be communicated later this summer. 
  • Sophomore, Junior and Senior Students: August 14-16
    • Students must select a specific arrival time between 8 a.m.-8 p.m., and may sign-up on the Student Housing website beginning July 20, 2020.

Residence Halls

Residence halls will operate at no more than standard capacity, and each residence hall will have posted signage regarding hygiene and sanitation procedures, social distancing, mask usage, and COVID-19 symptoms. Residence hall common areas will be thoroughly cleaned daily, and high-touch points in these spaces will be cleaned twice a day.  

All students will be provided with a personal wellness kit of disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, thermometer, and one cloth face covering. They will be expected to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, to include regular temperature checks. 

Students living in the residence halls are required to observe social distancing and wear face masks at all times, except when in their rooms alone or only with their roommates. Limitations on guests in the residence halls also are necessary to help reduce the possibility of spread of COVID-19; only current Villanova students will be permitted to visit in the residence halls. Visits by family members in the halls will be limited to assistance with pick-up and drop-off of items only and should comply with social distancing and public health guidelines in place at the time.

Accommodation requests for students with special needs (including those at high-risk for COVID-19) will continue to be addressed by the Office for Residence Life and the Office of Disability Services on a case-by-case basis.  

More information about living on campus will be communicated as the move-in dates approach.

Dining Services

In an effort to ensure health and safety best practices in Villanova’s dining facilities, the following modifications will be made:

  • One point of entry and exit for each dining facility (Dougherty Hall, Donahue Hall, and St. Mary’s Hall)
  • Signage will be used to direct customers through the dining halls and queuing areas
  • Most menu items will be fully served by Dining Services staff and carryout will be permitted at all dining locations
  • No permanent ware will be used in the dining halls. All food will be served on disposables, including disposable Styrofoam containers with wrapped plastic cutlery and paper cups with lids
  • The hours of operation for all dining facilities will be extended to accommodate the needs of our community
  • Seating will be reduced to satisfy social distancing requirements in each of the dining halls
  • Additional seating will be made available in the Villanova Room of the Connelly Center, with large tents set up at several dining hall locations
  • Schedules of staff members will be adjusted to stagger shifts, and there will be additional training for staff who must work in close proximity to one another
  • Staff will wear gloves and face masks in the dining facilities at all times, and frequent handwashing will be required for all staff as is already the practice
  • Extended custom sneeze guards have been fabricated and will be installed to enhance protection for both staff and patrons
  • Hand-sanitizing stations will be placed at all dining service entrances and beverage stations, tables and high-touch areas will be thoroughly and frequently cleaned


Off-Campus Students    

Wellness Kit and Chair

At the start of the semester, students living off campus will be provided with a personal wellness kit of disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, thermometer, and one cloth face covering. They will be expected to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 to include regular temperature checks prior to coming to campus each day. 

In addition to the wellness kit, students will receive a personal foldable chair that can be used for outdoor classes, physically distant student gatherings and outdoor dining. 

Off-Campus Students and Graduate Students can pick up a Wellness Kit and a portable chair from Parliament (Coffee Shop in The Commons) on August 17, 18 or 19. Pick up times will be from 9am-1pm and 4pm-7pm each day. Please have your Wildcard available when picking up. Charles Widger School of Law Students will receive information about distribution times in their building.

Off-Campus Student Portal

A dedicated online website for students who live off-campus, and includes pertinent information about community guidelines, resources, and contact information. 

Social Awareness

Students living off campus have increased exposure and an added responsibility to the community outside Villanova. It is Villanova's expectation that off campus residents understand this responsibility and take seriously the safety of themselves and others. Community First must be a central guiding principle when making decisions as an off-campus resident.