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May 18 Message from the Vice President for Student Life

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Dear Residential Students,

Following recently updated guidance from Governor Wolf, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and working alongside local authorities, Villanova is moving forward with a controlled, systematic and scheduled move-out process beginning on Tuesday, May 26.

Thank you for your patience as the University worked out logistics of a move-out plan in accordance with the many state and local restrictions in place due to COVID-19. We know this has been a difficult situation, and we appreciate your understanding as we managed the ever-changing circumstances surrounding the pandemic.

Please be aware that the county in which Villanova is located continues to be under a stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 crisis. Before arriving at Villanova, we ask that you review Pennsylvania’s restrictions, along with those of your home state regarding travel, personal protective equipment (PPE), social distancing and safety.

Below is important information that we ask you to read carefully about returning to campus:

Signing Up for Move Out

  • Students must sign up by Friday, May 22 to select a date and time for move out by visiting Villanova’s Student Housing website. Students will not be permitted to enter residence halls without a confirmed appointment.
  • The number of available appointments in each time slot is limited by residence hall size with consideration given to social distancing mandates.
  • Roommates will not be permitted to arrive on the same date. Please coordinate with your roommate to arrange move out on different days.

Preparing for Arrival

  • If you feel sick or have symptoms of fever, cough and/or shortness of breath, do not come to campus.
  • Students may only bring one additional person to assist with move out. Ideally, this person should be a relative or someone currently living in your household.
  • All students and accompanying visitors must wear their own masks and gloves while on campus and will not be permitted to enter residential buildings without them.
  • Be sure to arrive promptly since access to your residence hall is restricted to your assigned day and time. Move out must be completed within your assigned window of time.
  • Students must bring their Wildcard in order to check in and access their room/apartment.

Once You Arrive

  • Please report directly to your residence hall. Villanova staff will then direct you to a designated parking and check-in area near your residence hall.
  • To comply with county requirements, the temperature of you and the individual you bring to campus will be taken during check in prior to entering each building.
  • Members of the Public Safety Department will work with University staff to ensure social distancing, mask and glove requirements are being followed.

Move-Out Process

  • Please come prepared to depart with all your items and, if possible, bring your own moving carts and other devices to expedite the move-out process. There is no storage available on campus.
  • We ask that you have patience with other students and their helpers as they also move out of their rooms/apartments.
  • Practice social distancing guidelines, which will be clearly posted throughout the residence halls.
  • The residence hall common areas will be cleaned daily with trash removal during move out. Dumpsters will be available outside each residence hall for trash disposal.
  • Prior to leaving your residence hall, doublecheck your room to ensure all belongings and items are removed.

If You Are Unable to Return to Campus

  • There are other move-out options available to you, including hiring a third-party vendor to come to campus to gather your things.
  • We have been notified by several vendors that they will utilize live video chat during the packing process to identify and pack your items.
  • You are required to provide the University with authorization via the online “Student Move-Out Form” on the Student Housing website to allow the vendor into your room.

I want to thank you again for your patience as the University navigates the many challenges presented by this pandemic. If you have any additional questions about returning to campus to gather your belongings, please contact us at



Rev. John P. Stack, OSA
Vice President for Student Life