Quad from an drone view

Villanova offices and operations have redesigned their physical spaces and reimagined programs and protocols in order to promote health and safety. 

Residence Life  


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

All students have been provided with a personal wellness kit of disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, thermometer, and one cloth face mask. They are 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.  


Dining Services

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

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