UNIVERSITY COVID-19 TESTING AND CONTACT TRACING PROGRAM
Villanova University has a COVID-19 surveillance testing and contact tracing program as part of our ongoing efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our campus community.
SURVEILLANCE AND DIAGNOSTIC TESTING
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. 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.
As of Wednesday, September 8, surveillance testing will be expanded to include a randomized sample of community members, regardless of vaccination status. Emails will be sent out to alert those selected for testing. If you are selected for testing, this email will include further instructions on scheduling your appointment at the Finneran Pavilion. Participation in surveillance testing is mandatory and students, faculty and staff may be asked to participate in surveillance testing more than once during the semester.
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.