Grounded in a Culture of Dignity, Personal Responsibility, and Safety
This Health and Safety Plan documents Arcadia University’s approach to safety protocols for the 2021-2022 academic year. We are opening this fall 2021 semester with most students, faculty, and staff on campus. Though COVID will remain a part of our lives, our return to an in-person campus will be based on fostering a culture of dignity, personal responsibility, and shared safety. We will operate with the pandemic in the background as we monitor the virus data, science, and public health best practices. This plan is subject to change at any time, and the University is prepared to remain flexible with any evolving situation on campus, across the nation, and around the world.
Be sure to check our Fall 2021 and arcadia.edu/COVID pages for regular updates throughout the Fall semester.
October 2021 update:
Anyone unvaccinated after Oct. 1 is required to continue with weekly surveillance testing. Those who have not been granted an exemption from the Interim COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, or who do not participate in surveillance testing or other mitigation measures where required, may face the possibility of restricted access and potentially disciplinary action.
September 2021 udpate:
Testing: Unvaccinated community members will be contacted by COVIDCareTeam for surveillance testing. Vaccinated community members who would like to be added to opt-in testing should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supply Stations: University departments and common areas are stocked with an abundance of wipes, masks, and sanitizers. In the event there is none at the time, University community members should call Facilities at 215-572-2992.
Aug. 29 update regarding Residence Halls and Guest Policy:
Students can have overnight guests in their space within the guidelines of the regular guest policy (e.g., with agreement of roommates), if the guest is another member of the Arcadia community. Students can have non-University community members as guests for no more than two hours over a 48-hour period with agreement of roommates. It is expected that any non-University community member invited to residence halls will wear a mask and socially distance from other members of the University Community. Students are responsible for the behavior of their guests in alignment with the student code of conduct. Overnight guests from outside the Arcadia community are currently not permitted, unless part of a specific University program (e.g., overnight recruitment program).
Individuals who are not employees or students but are regular participants in an Arcadia program or conducting work on campus for a number of days in a row or regularly over the course of the semester should provide vaccination information or participate in surveillance testing. Program leaders (faculty or staff) and supervisors inviting these participants and guests to campus should let COVIDCareTeam@arcadia.edu know of the visiting individual so that COVID Care Team can schedule surveillance testing.
Parents and families should follow the current University guidance for access to different areas of campus, such as residence halls, sports events, performances, etc.
Aug. 25 update: Vaccine exemption request deadline
Arcadia believes the best path for a safe return to full student and campus engagement in the fall is to maximize the percentage of our community members who are fully vaccinated. With the FDA granting full approval to the Pfizer COVID vaccine on Aug. 23, all University community members who do not have approved exemptions are to receive their full vaccine dosage by Oct. 1. Any requests for exemptions should be submitted by Sept. 1, 2021.
None of us can guarantee a COVID-free environment. Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility, and every member of our community must do their part. Arcadia University’s health and safety plan for returning to campus is based on Pennsylvania's response to COVID 19, in conjunction with recommendations by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). Recommendations distributed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and American College Health Association (ACHA), as well as the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Montgomery County Office of Public Health, were also considered.