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Return to Campus

The fall semester will begin on Monday, August 17. With that in mind, the phased reopening of on-campus operations will begin on Monday, July 13, and continue through the beginning of August.

As we move toward reopening, please know that the health and safety of all community members is of utmost importance at Villanova and the primary goal of the University’s policies and protocols continues to focus on minimizing the spread of COVID-19.

Pre-Return Preparations

Decisions regarding the timing of particular departments’ return to campus will be made by the respective Vice President or College Dean. Department heads, chairs and managers should prepare now regarding how soon after July 13 their faculty and staff need to return and what phasing process makes sense for their individual areas in order to maintain social distancing and minimize office density. Key considerations should be centered around operational needs that must be completed on campus to prepare for the fall semester. Telework arrangements, where feasible, may be considered and continue into the fall in order to reduce campus and office density. However, student and operational needs must be met under all established arrangements. All University offices that require on-campus operations will reopen on Monday, August 3.

In making decisions, it is important that department heads, chairs and managers recognize that faculty and staff will have unforeseen challenges both now and throughout the next semester. These can include, but are certainly not limited to, child and elder care issues, health concerns and other matters. All managers are encouraged to be empathetic and to work with your employees to understand challenges they may face and to collaborate with both them and the Office of Human Resources to determine what options may be available.

Returning Safely to Campus

The Faculty and Staff Returning to Campus Guide and Returning to Campus Training provide preliminary guidance on how we will ensure a safe educational, working and residential experience based on the health information currently available. All faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to review Villanova's Health and Safety Plan materials to familiarize themselves regarding the steps that Villanova is taking to keep our community members safe.

Campus health and safety are a shared responsibility. This shared responsibility—to be considerate of others and capable of complying with health and safety requirements—is at the heart of Villanova’s Community First: The CARITAS Commitment. As we work to ensure a successful return to campus, it is important that we all do our part to ensure the health and safety of our entire community.

As we prepare for the fall semester, we recognize that there may be a need for a COVID-19 Workplace Accommodation or COVID-19 Telework Arrangement. Should you have an accommodation need, please complete the COVID-19 Workplace Accommodation Request Form. If you would like to request a continued telework arrangement, please complete the COVID-19 Telework Request Form.

SEPTA Updates and Service Information

With most of the region preparing to enter the Green Phase of reopening this weekend, SEPTA will increase service frequency on Regional Rail and restore service to all Market-Frankford Line, Broad Street Line and Trolley stations. These service enhancements are being implemented as part of SEPTA’s phased return-to-service plan. Click here for more details.