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.