- Please review the University’s Return to Campus website, which outlines in detail the many aspects of Villanova’s plan for fall. In case you missed it, please take some time to watch the video presented by Father Peter on that site.
- For all campus programs, Villanova’s fall 2020 semester will be a mix of on-campus, online and hybrid class formats. Please be aware that we have been directed to move as many graduate classes as possible to a 100% online format. Classes that still need to occur on campus will only occur in spaces that afford proper social distancing. To ensure the safest possible return to campus, the University has developed a comprehensive Health and Safety Plan.
- For all programs (excluding HRD and MPA online), classes will begin on Monday, August 17, one week earlier than originally planned.
- There will be no fall break this semester, and the last day of classes will be on Tuesday, November 24. HRD and online MPA will follow their normal schedules. Please review the academic calendar for important dates throughout the semester.
- The Master Schedule is in the process of being revised to reflect the shifting of course modalities. The Registrar will update the Master Schedule beginning in the middle of July. We are told that the updates to the Master Schedule should be complete by the start of August. As this may be a long time to wait, please feel free to reach out to your program director in a few weeks, as by that time they should be able to tell you the format for the courses in your program. When the revised schedule comes out in early August, you will be able to make changes to your fall schedules through the regular drop and add period. You may be able to navigate selections that coincide with both your course needs and concerns.
- If you find that your health and safety concerns are still not addressed, the University is developing a process by which you can request formal accommodations for your COVID-19 concerns through Learning Support Services or the Office of Graduate Studies. If granted, instructors will be obligated to make course materials accessible through simulcasting or other alternative means. Information about how to formally register for these accommodations is forthcoming. Students may also request such accommodations informally of their instructors with approval at the discretion of the faculty member.
Community First: The CARITAS Commitment
Students with in-person classes will find that campus will look and feel different with a number of safety procedures in place. All on-campus students will be expected to read and comply with Villanova’s Community First: The CARITAS Commitment, which outlines our shared responsibility to be considerate of others and capable of complying with health and safety requirements.
This upcoming semester will look different than anything in Villanova’s history. What will not change is our commitment to make Villanova a special place to pursue your graduate education.