COVID Health and Safety Plan for Returning to Campus

COVID Health and Safety Plan for Returning to Campus

Revised October 20, 2020

Updated Oct. 5, 2020

Arcadia announced that the second phase of our approach to reopen campus begins on Oct. 19 with limited use access to select University facilities such as Kuch Athletic Center. Our health and safety teams continue to gather vital components in our mitigation of COVID-19 within our University community, including securing COVID-19 testing resources; you can monitor campus testing results by following our public COVID-19 dashboard

Any undergraduate student who wishes to use the available campus facilities will need to complete the application process, beginning with this form; please note that applying does not guarantee access. Students must test negative for COVID-19 through Student Health Services before first use, agree to a scheduled surveillance testing process, agree to not participate in large gatherings on or off-campus, and adhere to guidelines and conditions of limited-use access. Usage will be limited, and applications will be processed in the order received. All campus usage will adhere to federal, state, county, and University health and safety guidelines to protect all members of the Arcadia community. The next phase of campus facility usage may expand to include the University Commons. 

Health and Safety Plan

In summer 2020, teams across the University developed a strategy to reduce density and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on campus. The Health and Safety Plan and guidelines we developed were designed with an All-Modes Ready approach in mind. With the Fall 2020 semester moving fully online, many of the campus requirements and guidelines may not apply for the Fall, but these guidelines should continue to apply to anyone who may be on campus for any reason or time during the fall. 

None of us can guarantee a COVID-19-free environment. COVID-19 is a highly infectious, life-threatening disease for which there is no current vaccine. COVID-19’s highly contagious nature means that contact with others, or contact with surfaces that have been exposed to the virus, can lead to infection. 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 three-phase approach to Reopening and Recovery, 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.  

A Campus Community of Cooperation

These guidelines are an important part of establishing a common understanding of the University’s expectations for operating in the time of COVID-19 in a way that reduces risk. These guidelines are subject to change at any time, as policies and guidance will need to evolve as we learn more about COVID-19 and in response to public health guidance and requirements.

The University coordinated with internal and local public health officials to establish a plan for how the institution will:

  • Reinforce practices related to hygiene, sanitation, and face coverings on campus;
  • Implement social distancing and make necessary modifications to facilities to create an environment most conducive to healthy, safe, and inclusive learning and work;
  • Review and adjust attendance requirements, absentee policies, and non-essential travel for students, individuals at high risk of COVID-19, and personnel; and
  • Modify course modalities, schedules, and academic calendars to adapt to changing transmission levels and community spread of the virus.