Fall 2020 Health and Safety Plan for Returning to Campus

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:

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General Guidelines for Mitigation

Below are the basic protective health requirements for our campus:

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

It is important to always put on, wear, and remove face coverings correctly and wash hands after handling a used face covering.

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Know the Symptoms

Students, faculty, and staff are responsible for conducting a COVID-19 daily health self-screening by taking their temperature (to monitor for a fever over 100.4 F) and assessing any symptoms. The CDC provides a self-check symptom guide on its website. This action is especially important for those living, attending classes, or working on campus and should be conducted before one leaves their residence, including their residence hall, and arrives on campus. 

Please see Appendix A for a self-monitoring log. There is also an app available for Apple and Android devices to use for screening.

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Ongoing challenges with COVID-19 testing, the uncertain delivery date for an effective vaccine or treatment, and the likelihood of future surges of infection mean we must work to adapt to the current reality rather than waiting for the pandemic to pass. The University developed an academic continuity plan to be All-Modes Ready throughout the fall term, and even the entire academic year, to give Arcadia flexibility to offer a high-quality, unique educational experience regardless of disruptions brought on by COVID-19.

While we cannot guarantee that all classes will be held in person, we will provide a list (subject to change) of all classes and the projected mode in which they will be taught. Although things may be different during the upcoming year due to necessary health and safety protocols, Arcadia’s mission to deliver a high-quality, meaningful—though not identical—experience remains the same. 

Below are the basic protective health requirements for our campus:

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COVID-19 Testing

Employee Testing

Faculty and staff who are symptomatic or who have had known close contact with an infected person should arrange for testing through their private health care
provider or another available testing site. Close contact is defined as having been within six feet of distance, for 15 minutes or longer, from a person who is COVID-19 positive. Persons who are exposed and asymptomatic should self-quarantine and monitor their symptoms using a self-monitoring log for 14 days, and wait five to seven days after exposure due to the average incubation period for COVID-19 to be tested. Tests performed a few days within exposure are not likely to be positive even in persons who eventually become infected. Those who receive a positive test should remain quarantined until three days after resolution of fever and improvement in symptoms.

Student COVID-19 Testing

Student Health Services (SHS) will use COVID-19 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) testing via anterior nares, the least invasive and most accurate test that can be conducted in an outpatient setting. Specimens will be picked up daily by Labcorp. Initially, testing will be conducted on symptomatic students and students who are close contacts of a positive person using the following flowchart:

Guidelines for COVID 19 Testing

SHS will offer COVID-19 testing to any Arcadia students with:

  • Cough OR
  • Shortness of breath OR
  • Two of the following symptoms: fever, chills, muscle or body pain, sore throat, headache, new loss of taste or smell.

Testing will be prioritized for symptomatic students who:

  • Are at increased risk for severe disease and/or have pre-existing chronic
  • medical conditions
  • Reside on campus
  • Work in congregate settings
  • Are close contacts of cases or persons who are associated with a known cluster of cases.

Testing will be offered to asymptomatic students who are close contacts of a known case. This could include being part of a cluster of cases, such as on a residential hall floor. Close contact is defined as having been in contact with a person who is COVID19 positive within six feet of distance for 15 minutes or longer. Persons who are asymptomatic and exposed to an infected student and their roommates should self-quarantine and monitor their symptoms using a self-monitoring log for 14 days, and wait five to seven days after exposure, due to the average incubation period for COVID-19, to be tested. Tests performed a few days within exposure are not likely to be positive even in persons who eventually become infected.

Exposed students should self-quarantine and avoid contact with others for 14 days after the last exposure. This includes staying home from work, not attending classes or on-campus functions, wearing a mask when around others, avoiding contact with persons at-risk for severe disease, and monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19 as detailed above.

Students who are awaiting test results should remain at home or in their campus residence under isolation. Those who test positive and do not require hospitalization should continue isolation for at least 10 days from symptom onset and three days after resolution of fever and improvement in symptoms. Students who do require hospitalization should remain in isolation for 14 days, after they have been discharged from the hospital. Students who test positive for COVID-19 may be contacted by a county health department to identify their close contacts, and/or by the SHS contact tracing team to identify their close contacts from within the University community as a part of University-focused contact tracing and containment activities.

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Contact Tracing

SHS, along with faculty and staff experts in Arcadia’s Master of Public Health (MPH) program, will establish a University-focused contact tracing team. The framework for contact tracing is to be based on training provided by the Montgomery County Department of Health, in accordance with campus needs. The team will consist of a Nurse Practitioner from SHS and an Intern Coordinator and graduate-level students from MPH. The team will be trained to identify, contact, communicate, and coordinate testing, isolation needs, and reporting using technology including, but not limited to, SHS’s electronic medical record system Medicat, and Montgomery County’s tracing program Sara Alert. Every effort will be made to conduct contact tracing for University-based contacts for faculty and staff. If an individual is determined to be COVID-19 positive, it will be promptly reported to the appropriate parties. 

Reporting Positive Tests, Symptoms, or Exposure

  • Students who live on campus and have tested positive for COVID-19, are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, or have been in close contact with a known case should promptly report to Student Health Services (215-572-2966).
    • SHS will provide guidance with respect to self-isolation or quarantine, assisting the student’s close contacts with respect to the same, reporting necessary information to the Department of Health, and arranging for appropriate responsive measures to support those affected with respect to housing, dining, and facilities (e.g., additional cleaning).
  • Employees or others (contractors, volunteers, visitors) who come to or live on campus and have tested positive for COVID-19, are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, or have been in close contact with a known case should promptly report to Human Resources at 215-572-2173.
    • HR will provide guidance with respect to self-isolation or quarantine and how employees can access paid and unpaid leave as appropriate; assist the individual’s close contacts with respect to the same; report necessary information to the Department of Health; and arrange for appropriate responsive measures to support those affected with respect to facilities (e.g., additional cleaning) and any other relevant issues.
  • The University maintains a centralized COVID-19 webpage where relevant information will be shared, as well as a page that details Arcadia’s ongoing plans and processes for the Fall 2020 semester. Consistent with its obligations to report immediate threats to health and safety to the University community, reports indicating a potential “hot spot,” cluster, or other significant factors, may result in additional notifications to the University community. Individual privacy will be respected, and the University will act in conformance with the United States Department of Education’s FERPA & Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) of March 2020.
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Isolation and Quarantine

Anyone exposed or symptomatic must follow CDC guidelines and either (1) self-quarantine (for those who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19) or (2) self-isolate (for those who are symptomatic or test positive for COVID-19, with or without symptoms) as set forth in the below flowchart. In addition, those in a unit with one or more roommates must undertake the stated isolation or quarantine procedures if a roommate is symptomatic or has been exposed. Further, the University reserves the right to instruct an individual to self-isolate or self-quarantine based on additional reasonable criteria that may emerge based on the unfolding public health landscape and as knowledge of COVID-19 develops and in light of the variable accessibility and rapidity of testing.

Self-Isolation Off Campus

Faculty and staff with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 will be promptly sent home for isolation. Students with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 will self-isolate as listed in the chart above, based on whether they live off campus or in a University-managed residential facility. Students may travel to a family member’s home for isolation if they can travel in a private car and social distancing and infection prevention recommendations can be maintained in the home. Students should consider all factors, such as being around persons with high-risk conditions, in where the best location would be for them to isolate.

Steps to Self-Isolation On Campus—Residence Halls

If self-isolation is implemented for a student in the residence halls, the following steps should be taken:

Steps to Self-Isolation On Campus—Oak Summit and University-Managed Housing

If self-isolation is implemented for a student residing in Oak Summit or University managed housing, the following steps should be taken:

Quarantine and Isolation Areas

Quarantine and isolation areas (separate physical spaces) will be spaces of high exposure and may require daily services for trash removal. PPE such as face shields, gloves, coverall, hairnets, and shoe coverings are available for Facilities staff. In the event of emergency repairs, Facilities will work with Student Affairs to notify students of any projects that may affect quarantine and isolation areas. Detail cleaning for isolation areas will take place once spaces are vacated.

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Cleaning Guidelines

All high-traffic areas, including bathrooms, lobby doors, kitchens, copy rooms, elevator call buttons, and security/reception stands, will be cleaned using CDC-approved products.

Enhanced Health and Safety Strategies Include:

Wipe In / Wipe Out

The University is also adopting a simple hygiene mantra, Wipe In / Wipe Out—as one would when using gym equipment—to help with sanitization of shared spaces. When community members enter a public or work space that requires them to touch any
surfaces, they wipe in. When they leave, they wipe out. Cleaning and sanitization supplies such as disinfectant wipes or sprays will be available for individuals to wipe in and wipe out of learning and work areas, including computer labs, classrooms, and offices.

Disinfect Surfaces Regularly

Students, staff, and faculty should regularly clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces such as door handles, light switches, workstations, keyboards, telephones, etc. Individuals should avoid using others’ phones, desks, offices, rooms, or other tools, materials, and equipment when possible.

Shared Space and Classrooms

Facilities Management has met with departments to determine high-traffic areas. Each department is responsible for evaluating and making appropriate assessments of their space for proper shielding and protection; measures instituted include:

Dining Operations

The University’s dining services are managed by Metz Culinary Management, Inc. (Metz). If campus is open and students are in residence, Metz is authorized to serve food, including through dine-in options. The number of students in the Dining Hall at any given time will be limited.

Dine-in, grab-and-go, and takeout options are available, although with some changes to food distribution (i.e., no salad bar). A significant number of tables and chairs have been removed from on-campus eateries to increase distance between the remaining tables. Individuals should eat in locations that allow for appropriate physical distancing; eating outdoors or in an enclosed or private space with the door closed are the safest options.

On-campus catering will be substantially limited, given the need to allocate resources to support students in social isolation and encourage best practices in social distancing and food delivery.

Note: Metz will provide meals to students who are isolating/quarantining in University Housing. This will be facilitated through a process of ordering and delivering meals, which will include the same for Oak Summit and any off-site University-managed residential facility.

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Residential Housing

In-Room Guest Policy

Students are expected to maintain social distancing practices. The University will inform students of expectations as they evolve with the shifting public health landscape. All in-room guest policies will be suspended if Montgomery County is in a red or yellow phase, and possibly even if the County is in a green phase.

Guidelines for Move-In/Move-Out Process

Returning to campus will require changes to the normal move-in process, including:

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Given the special risks associated with athletics and recreation programs, the University is continually accessing its ability to safely support these programs. Athletics is working in conjunction with the NCAA and Middle Atlantic Conference to develop guidance for fall sports.

Student-athletes may receive additional information regarding expectations for testing.

Student Recreation and Fitness Center

Individuals are responsible for cleaning and sanitizing any recreation and fitness areas available for campus usage by wiping in and wiping out before and after use.

To more safely operate facilities, the following modifications are being made until further notice:


Arcadia is reviewing guidelines and recommendations regarding intramural, fitness, and recreational activities. While league-based competition in contact intramural sports is not expected for fall, alternatives and virtual programming will be offered whenever possible. All events and activities will be modified for health and safety.

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Campus Gatherings and Events

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.

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 fall 2020 semester. 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. Campus communications should focus on modes of email, phone calls, texting, or Zoom online collaboration rather than face-to-face expectations.

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Safety and Transport

Public Safety will continue to provide traditional safety and security measures for the main campus (on- and off-campus properties), as well as the Christiana, Del. campus (via CCTV). Public Safety officers’ job functions will be enhanced to support Student Health Services, Student Affairs, University Relations, and other units and departments as needed.

Campus Shuttles

All riders and drivers of campus shuttles are required to wear masks. Shuttle drivers are University employees that are approved per the University’s Vehicle Use Policy. Drivers will wear proper PPE and agree to sanitize (wipe in / wipe out) shuttles before and after usage. Any shuttle service provided by an outside service will be mandated to have their own protective protocols that align with the University’s and CDC guidelines.

Public Safety Emergency Transports

(for medical emergencies)

Ailing or sick students requesting transportation to Student Health Services can contact Public Safety. The responding officer will contact SHS during their operational hours before transportation and provide them with an assessment.

In the case of individuals exhibiting coronavirus symptoms or other medical conditions that would, by protocol, constitute a life-threatening emergency (heart, lung, or special physical needs), Public Safety will dispatch an ambulance. If the estimated time of arrival for an ambulance is longer than the affected individualnand/or responding officer believes it would not be appropriate for the individual to wait for a transport:


Campus Emergency Call Phones

All Emergency Call Boxes located throughout the campus are active. Emergency Call Boxes will be regularly cleaned, sanitized, and covered to lower infectious contact.

Housing Patrols in Off-Site University-Managed Residential Facility

Students residing in off-site University-managed residential facilities through University Housing will be provided limited services, including transportation to Student Health Services and Abington Hospital, pursuant to the guidelines described above. Public Safety will work with Cheltenham Township Police and the facility’s Property Management to address the safety of residents and include the off-site University-managed facility in vehicle patrols.

Facilities Services

For routine maintenance needs, individuals may submit a request here. For emergency maintenance needs, especially those that implicate health and safety, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., individuals should call 215-572-2992; after 4 p.m., they should call Public Safety (215-572-2900).

Purchasing/Requesting Supplies

Initial purchasing of all COVID-19 related supplies will be done by Purchasing. Facilities will receive, distribute, and track all inventoried supplies. Facilities will recommend to Purchasing on increasing or decreasing the amount of inventoried items and quantities on hand. Once the initial inventory is exhausted, Facilities will order supplies for general cleaning and individual departments will order supplies needed for their units.

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Global Programs and The College of Global Studies

The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University is supporting a select number of study abroad programs in the United Kingdom for the fall 2020 semester. This decision has been made in close consultation with the medical and security experts at International SOS, Arcadia’s international assistance provider, and after a thorough assessment of the current conditions for travel to and study in the U.K., as well as plans from our University partners. The College’s Health, Safety, and Security team, in conjunctionwith our Resident Directors abroad, also evaluated the ability to adapt throughout the semester to mitigate risk.

Programs in the United Kingdom are supported by Arcadia staff at the Arcadia London Center and Arcadia Edinburgh Center. These offices will adhere to local guidance and requirements from Public Health England and Public Health Scotland, respectively, for operating, including social distancing, cleaning and disinfecting, and other precautions.

All programs offered are able to provide students with an online learning plan, should it become necessary, and have the demonstrated capability to quarantine or isolate students properly. All activities and events offered by Arcadia staff will be carefully evaluated and risk-assessed.

Students enrolled in these programs have received extensive communication regarding The College’s risk mitigation strategies and emergency planning. All participants will sign a document acknowledging the risks associated with travel as well as the rules of participation, which are necessary to promote the health and wellbeing of students and the community in which they study. Participants will also be provided with details about how to access support from Arcadia staff and International SOS 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, as well as information on how to access COVID-19 testing.

All participants are required to attend an advising interview with Arcadia TCGS staff to discuss:

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Domestic and Local Travel Guidelines

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University-Related Travel

International Travel

The University's Travel Advisory Committee (TAC) is reviewing all University-sponsored international travel, per University policy. As of July 2020, the U.S. Department of State has a Level 4 Global Travel Advisory in place, recommending U.S. citizens avoid all non-essential international travel. The TAC will continue reviewing travel conditions and recommendations on a monthly basis and release relevant guidance to the University community. There may be certain restrictions on U.S. citizens entering foreign countries.

As University-sponsored international travel resumes, Arcadia will:

Domestic Travel

These Guidelines apply to all University employees (faculty and staff) and students. 


International Students

The Office ofInternational Programs is in regular contact with international students with F visas and continues to monitor restrictions between home countries and the U.S. International students residing in the U.S. have been advised not to leave the country, as they have no assured re-entry back into the U.S. has restricted entry for immigrants and non-immigrants who have been physically present in the two weeks prior to coming from China, the U.K., Iran, Republic of Ireland, Brazil, and the 26 Schengen countries in Europe. These restrictions do not, generally, apply to U.S. nationals or U.S. residents. If entering the U.S. from Canada or Mexico via land entry points, students should be admissible; however, it is unclear whether border agents will permit students to enter if their University offers predominantly online instruction.

On July 6, the U.S. government announced new restrictions for F1 visa holders in the U.S.; these students are not permitted to take all classes online in the fall semester. Students who left the U.S. and intended to stay abroad in the fall semester can continue to be enrolled at Arcadia and are not subject to these same restrictions. OIP is working with students and faculty to ensure compliance and maintenance of active status in the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVIS). Arcadia will be All-Modes Ready, and the University plans to have a portion of fall courses in person. Any students with questions should email oip@arcadia.edu for additional assistance.

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Conduct and Compliance

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. Additionally, individuals who may have been infected with COVID-19 may be asymptomatic for a period of time, or may never become symptomatic at all. All of this means that the University's health education and prevention efforts are critical and require the compliance, diligence, and respect of all members of the University community and visitors to University property.

The University has put in place health and safety rules and precautions, as are described in this document and which may be updated at any time, to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. It is expected that all members of the University community, including faculty, staff, students, independent contractors, volunteers, and visitors, will comply with the rules and precautions set forth herein, and as they may be changed from time to time. For students, failure to comply will constitute a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and could result in disciplinary actions; faculty and staff who fail to comply with the expectations and precautions in this plan could also face disciplinary actions. For independent contractors, failure to comply will constitute a material breach of the University's Independent Contractor Agreement and Addendum.

Information about safety rules and precautions will be prominently posted on the University's website and on University property in order to make volunteers and visitors aware of expectations so they can conform their behavior accordingly. Those who do not do so will be asked to leave the premises. Individuals who are unable to comply for disability-related reasons should seek accommodation under the University's Disability Support Services Policy for Students and/or Disability Support Services Policy for Employees, as appropriate. Exceptions for wearing masks are as set forth by the Pennsylvania Department of Health for those with certain medical conditions, or for whom wearing a mask would create an unsafe working conditions, or for those communicating or seeking to communicate with someone who is deaf or hard of hearing.

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility and every member of our community must do their part. We hope if you observe behavior that is not compliantwith the health and safety rules and precautions, you will hold each other accountable. This could involve simply reminding a person, “You forgot to wipe in” or “You forgot to pull up your mask.” But, you should feel comfortable bringing concerns to the attention of the relevant parties should any additional enforcement action need to be taken. Staff or faculty should report observed health and safety violations to Human Resources (215-572-2173); students should report observed violations to Student Affairs (215-572-2932). Individuals who observe non-compliance, but who wish to remain anonymous, can contact Public Safety or the Campus Conduct Hotline (1-866-943-5787). Please note: the Campus Conduct Hotline should not be used in time sensitive or emergency situations. All time-sensitive or emergency health and safety concerns should be directed to Public Safety.

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Workplace Operations for Employees

As faculty and staff move towards an All-Modes Ready approach to returning for the fall, online and on-campus, our business operations will need to be flexible to meet all needs and considerations. The way we conduct business on campus will adapt to account for social distancing measures in and out of our offices' physical space.

University Operations

In addition to following protocols described pertaining to facilities use and cleaning, vice presidents and deans will work with unit supervisors to evaluate each unit’s work environment and make necessary changes and adjustments. This could include changes to work schedules, to the work environment itself, and reinforcement of employment-related COVID-19 protocols. Employees are expected to bring their own face covering or mask to campus.

Workplace Accommodations and Process

We learn more about COVID-19 every day, and as more information becomes available, CDC will continue to update and share information about risk for severe illness. People of any age with the following conditions are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19:

Alternative Work Arrangements and Staggered Schedules

Unit supervisors should consider extending alternative work arrangements for employees whose roles and responsibilities can be fulfilled remotely or implementing new alternative work arrangements such as staggered schedules in order to dedensify office spaces. Examples include, but are not limited to:

Faculty were provided information about options for teaching in-person, remotely, and online. Staff members who are concerned about their unit’s plans for returning to work should contact their supervisor.

Individuals requiring reasonable accommodations should make their requests pursuant to the Disability Support Services Policy for Employees by contacting Human Resources directly. If an employee receives medical advice or any other directive (such as the guidelines set forth herein) to be isolated or quarantined or otherwise not come into work, the employee should immediately discuss the matter with their supervisor to identify the best work arrangement for their safety, the safety of other members of the University community, and the operational needs of the University.

Employees who become ill or must provide care to a family member and are thus unable to work, even on an alternative work arrangement, should reach out to Human Resources to discuss available paid and unpaid leave, including sick leave and leave pursuant to the Family and Medical Leave Act. Human Resources can discuss with each employee which leave of absence is most applicable to the employee’s situation.

Alternatively, staff may contact Human Resources (Associate Vice President for Human Resources and Employee Experience Mary Sweeney, sweeneym@arcadia.edu, or Employee and Labor Relations Specialist Hector Figueroa, figueroah@arcadia.edu) to discuss their concerns should they not feel comfortable approaching their supervisors directly. 

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The University is committed to keeping the Arcadia community informed about preparedness efforts and expectations of students, faculty, and staff in reducing the spread of COVID-19 with:

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Campus Health and Safety Resources

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University Contacts

Academic Affairs 
215-572-2924, provost@arcadia.edu

Human Resources
215-572-2173, humanresources@arcadia.edu

Student Affairs
215-572-2933, sa@arcadia.edu

Public Safety
Emergency: 215-572-2999
Non-emergency: 215-572-2800, publicsafety@arcadia.edu

Student Health Services
215-572-2966, SHS@arcadia.edu

215-572-2955, devines@arcadia.edu

Residence Life
215-572-4026, housing@arcadia.edu

University Relations
215-572-2969, universityrelations@arcadia.edu

Information Technology
215-572-2898, helpdesk@arcadia.edu

For more information about Arcadia’s All-Modes Ready approach, email allmodes@arcadia.edu.

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Appendix: Self-Monitoring

Arcadia is committed to the health and well-being of its community members. For important COVID-19 (coronavirus) information, including FAQs, visit our Coronavirus page.

Student Health Services recommendations 

For the health and safety of all University community members, Arcadia’s protocol is in accordance with Governor Wolf’s Stay-At-Home Order to avoid being exposed to COVID-19 and in order to slow down the rate at which it spreads. 

Guidance for self-monitoring

This guidance is to help you closely monitor your health. It is very important for you to monitor your health so that you can be taken care of and treated quickly if you do get sick. Based on what is known from other coronavirus infections, 14 days is the longest time between when you were last exposed to coronavirus and when symptoms begin.

What are the signs and symptoms of coronavirus?

The most common symptoms of coronavirus are fever, chills, and cough. Some people also report difficulty breathing, congestion or runny nose, shortness of breath, muscle or body aches, lack of taste and smell, headache and more rarely sore throat or abdominal discomfort. These symptoms can also be due to many other illnesses. If you develop a fever or any symptoms, it doesn't mean you have coronavirus.

Proactive protective and careful measures during this time period:

What should I do if I become ill during this monitoring period?

DO NOT GO to a clinic or hospital without first calling your primary care provider, Student Health Services, or consult a physician through TeleHealth. If your symptoms are mild, it is possible that you may be able remain at home. It it is determined that you need medical attention, we will assist you in getting the help you need. Prevention is the best way to limit the spread of disease.

Arcadia University Student Health Services


If you feel your symptoms are at EMERGENCY LEVELS i.e. severe shortness of breath, fever over 103.0F, severe chest pain, etc., that cannot wait until the morning, call 911 and explain that you are being monitored for potential exposure to coronavirus and need emergency medical care.

Self-Monitoring Guide

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