FALL 2021 UPDATE FOR ADMITTED STUDENTS
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Villanovans have been asked to adhere to the Caritas Commitment, a pledge to modify our behaviors to ensure the health and safety of our campus community. Tenets of the Caritas Commitment include wearing a mask, social distancing, washing hands, self-monitoring and limiting non-essential travel. Villanova conducts robust daily surveillance testing of faculty, staff and students, has a well-trained contact tracing team, and has ample quarantine and isolation facilities.
Villanova is planning for a residential experience this fall. We plan to build on the success of our 2020-21 academic year, in which students were able to reside on campus for the entirety of the Fall and Spring semesters. In order to ensure the health and safety of residential students, the Office of Residence Life has redesigned some spaces, posted signage, enhanced cleaning methods and adjusted capacity standards this year. Adhering to local and national guidance, halls will open and function next fall for our residential students.
Villanova plans on holding in-person classes in the Fall of 2021, but the final schedule of classes will depend on local and national guidance around health and safety measures. We will review and finalize our plan for Fall 2021 in June. If social distancing is required, classroom spaces can be modified to ensure the safety of each student. These changes in classroom capacity may necessitate some adjustments to course modalities, where hybrid or online classes may also remain an option. Our faculty have worked tirelessly to develop distinctive and engaging course materials across all types of instruction. Information for Fall 2021 about specific buildings and classrooms will be add to our Academics website in June 2021.
We are planning for a normal semester with nearly all classes scheduled to be in-person. There likely will some hybrid courses in the Fall 2021, but few 100% distance. As in the past, our in-person approach will not allow for 100% remote learning. We will decide by June 2021 if we cannot have a normal semester. If we decide in June that we need to adjust the Fall 2021 schedule to have a semester more like Spring 2021, then we will be able to accommodate some students who ask to learn remotely. In short, students should expect to return to campus in Fall 2021.
If public health concerns necessitate significant changes to Villanova’s plans for the Fall semester, students and parents will be notified no later than June 30. Plans will be communicated via email, social media and other channels.
For the 2020-21 academic year, Villanova developed the Caritas Commitment and implemented a robust surveillance and diagnostic testing program that administered tens of thousands of tests to students, faculty and staff. Students diagnosed with COVID-19 or identified as close contacts were isolated or quarantined as needed, either at dedicated on-campus or off-campus facilities or at home. During the academic year, zero students required hospitalization for COVID. Villanova reports the number of COVID cases on its public dashboard, which is updated daily.