COVID-19: Health and Safety Plan

Campus Gatherings and Events

Revised December 11, 2020

Limitations will be placed on the size of events and number of individuals gathering in accordance with guidance and recommendations for social distancing in indoor and outdoor environments. Space reservations will take into account additional needs for staffing, set-up, health and safety measures, and proper cleaning guidelines to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The University’s academic needs remain a priority for space reservations.

Students, faculty, and staff must request to hold an event on campus; once the request is received,  the University’s Campus Event Team will determine if it meets the necessary criteria: 

  • The event should be proposed to the outline below to include the date, time, expected attendance, staff needed, volunteers needed, campus space requirements, public safety needs, and additional details 
  • The event should adhere to CDC, state, regional, local, and University guidelines for the safe hosting of events and gatherings 
  • The event must be centered on one of the following goals: 
    • Engagement of Arcadia students 
    • Recruitment initiatives 
    • Academic mission
  • The event must be proposed with enough time to mobilize needs, safeguard the University community, and provide enough time for the event’s success.  

Student Club and Organization Activities

Conference and Events Services will provide approval for in-person student organization events in compliance with proper use of on-campus spaces and physical distancing guidelines. The maximum size for events will be determined in compliance with governmental and health officials’ recommendations for campus space. Events will only be approved for members of the University community. Any student group or campus organization that reserves or uses campus space must agree to sanitize the area before and after usage by wiping in and wiping out of the area.

Engagement and New Student Programs will provide tools and training to assist student clubs and organizations with their organization and event planning for the coming year. Engagement and New Student Programs will promote the use of virtual meetings and programming.

Department-Sponsored Events

Departments should explore alternative ways to host meetings and events online. Anyone wishing to schedule an in-person event must take into consideration the amount of space available, number of guests or participants, and location.

External Events

Anyone scheduling or planning an event involving external guests should explore alternative ways to facilitate, as external events will be limited in the 2020-2021 academic year. Campus buildings and spaces, when not in use for academic classes or approved events, will be secured to prevent unauthorized use of space. The University may reschedule or cancel any planned event for health or safety precautions.


Groups and gatherings increase the risk of contracting COVID-19. All meetings should be held online, where possible; where not possible, attendees must follow the social distancing and other health and safety guidelines contained in this document. Campus communications should focus on modes of email, phone calls, texting, or Zoom online collaboration rather than face-to-face expectations.