Guidelines for Move-In and Campus Living

Dear Residential Students,  

Villanova and the Office for Residence Life are excited to welcome you back to campus!

Living in our residence halls is a rewarding experience, but the current pandemic adds new practices we need to follow in order to have a successful semester. Now more than ever, we need to put Community First and be considerate and respectful of others and practice self-care. The policies and guidelines outlined below were developed to keep our whole community safe.

Please read this email in its entirety. We recognize there is a lot of information to digest, but it is critical to our community’s success. Please contact us with any additional questions you may have.

COVID-19 TESTING

Prior to move-in, all students residing in the United States will be sent an at-home testing kit, the result of which must be negative before you move into the residence halls. If you have not yet registered for your test, please do so right away.

If you signed up for early drop-off of belongings, this process is not impacted by testing, but face masks must be worn at all times while on campus. If you or anyone accompanying you to campus are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or are not feeling well, please do not come to campus. We will gladly extend your window of opportunity to drop off items or move in to ensure that you are well.

ARRIVAL AND MOVE-IN

Move-In

The Office for Residence Life will implement a systematic move-in designed to reduce congestion, promote social distancing and expedite arrival for students and their families. Move-in for incoming students will take place Tuesday, August 11, and Wednesday, August 12, according to last name. Move-in for returning students will take place Friday, August 14, through Sunday, August 16.

  • All returning students—including those who participated in optional early drop-off—must sign up for an arrival time on the Student Housing website. Incoming students will be assigned an arrival time.  
  • Students may bring no more than two additional people to assist with move-in.  
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times during the move-in process.
  • Residence Life staff will check you in at a centralized location in proximity to your residence hall while you are still in your vehicle.
  • Students should unload their items near their residence hall. Once personal items have been unloaded, please move your vehicle to a campus lot or other parking area.  
  • If you participated in optional early drop-off, you may drive directly to your residence hall to drop off additional items or drive directly to a campus parking area to avoid potential wait times and reduce congestion near your hall. If you drive directly to a campus parking lot, you can check in at a centralized walk-up location near your residence hall. 

IMPACT OF POTENTIAL CHANGE IN OPERATIONS

As this pandemic continues to be a rapidly changing situation, the possibility exists that the University will need to move to a fully virtual learning environment during the semester. If that decision is made, the residence halls will close, and students may be asked to vacate their rooms in as little as 48 hours. Each student will be responsible for either taking all personal belongings with them as they depart, coordinating and storing items, or shipping items home. Each student will be responsible for removal of their personal items (including storing or shipping items). For this reason, please pack light and consider bringing only what you need for the semester.

LIFE IN THE RESIDENCE HALLS

Community First: The CARITAS Commitment

This is our pledge, as Villanovans, to modify our behaviors to ensure the health and safety of the community. This shared responsibility—to be considerate of others and to comply with health and safety requirements—is at the heart of the CARITAS Commitment. The following guidelines and expectations have been established in the residence halls in accordance with this commitment.

Staying Healthy

Safeguarding your own health and the health of others begins with making good personal decisions about your everyday actions.

Wellness Kits and Outdoor Gathering Spaces

  • Upon move-in, a personal wellness kit of disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, a thermometer and one reusable cloth face covering will be waiting for you in your room. We recommend that you bring additional face masks, hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes with you to campus.
  • To encourage spending time outdoors, a personal foldable chair that can be used for outdoor classes, physically distant student gatherings and outdoor dining will also be in your room.
  • Outdoor tents equipped with lighting and physically distant tables and chairs will be set up throughout South, Main and West campuses to provide alternative space for study, dining or social gathering. 

Healthy Habits

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing or touching your face. 
  • You must conduct symptom monitoring, including temperature checks, every day while at Villanova. The CDC provides a self-check symptom guide on its website. 
  • Please bring cleaning supplies and clean your room/suite/apartment on an ongoing basis, especially high-touch surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, bathrooms and kitchens.

Face Masks and Social Distancing

  • Students must wear face masks that cover both the mouth and nose at all times in the residence halls, except when in their rooms alone or only with their roommate(s). 
  • Face masks must be worn in common areas of residence halls, such as hallways, lounges, laundry rooms and bathrooms (except when showering and brushing teeth).
  • Students should maintain at least six feet of distance between themselves and other individuals in the residence halls whenever possible, even when wearing a mask. Even though considered a “family unit,” roommates are encouraged to maintain social distance in their rooms whenever possible.

Guests

  • Only current Villanova students are permitted in the residence halls. Non-Villanova student visitors are not permitted. 
  • All students must comply with face mask, social distancing and other public health requirements while in the residence halls. 
  • If you visit someone else’s room in your own or another residence hall, you are a guest of that room and must wear a face mask.
  • Visits by family members to the residence halls are limited to assistance with pick-up and drop-off of items only. Face masks must be worn and social distancing guidelines must be followed at all times. 

Given space limitations and to ensure social distancing, the following guidelines have been established for the number of guests and total occupants permitted in a room/apartment at any one time:

 

Type of Room

Number of Guests Not to Exceed:

Total Number of Occupants Not to Exceed:

Single Room

1

2

Double Room

2

4

Triple Room

3

6

Four-person Room, Suite or Apartment

4

8

 

UPDATES TO RESIDENCE LIFE POLICIES

In response to COVID-19, policies related to compliance with health and safety guidelines, quarantine and isolation, housing assignments, relocation and cancellation have been adopted and added to the Residence Life Policies in the Student Handbook. 

In addition, students should also be familiar with the Room and Window Decoration Policies prior to move in. Items outwardly displayed in, on or around residence hall room windows are not permitted.  

DINING

Learn about health and safety modifications to on-campus dining.

TRAVEL

In the interest of the health and safety of our community, we highly encourage all students to remain in the local Villanova area, unless for essential travel, until departing campus at Thanksgiving. If a student needs to leave campus, they must continue to wear a mask and practice social distancing. The University will continue to reassess this guidance and will update restrictions as appropriate. 

RESOURCES

Student Health Center

The Student Health Center is open 24 hours a day/seven days a week and can be reached at 610-519-4070. Students who develop COVID-19 symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19, or have been in close contact with another individual who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 must contact the Student Health Center.

University Counseling Center

The University Counseling Center provides confidential personal/psychological counseling for all Villanova students. Appointments can be scheduled by phone by calling 610-519-4050. A psychologist will be on campus Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to address urgent concerns.

Online Resources

Thank you in advance for your continued cooperation and understanding. Together, we can put our Community First for a safe, healthy and successful semester.

Sincerely,

The Office for Residence Life