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During the pandemic, Arcadia University has implemented varying restrictions and recommendations designed to protect our community. Early on we published a tiered system indicating which actions would likely be taken when certain benchmarks were reached in the pandemic. To make it easier for our community to understand and follow the University's mitigation efforts, the COVID Care Team has developed a new system of COVID response levels. Read more here.
Arcadia Students, staff, and faculty who have tested positive for COVID must report it through the Self-Disclosure Form.
Communications, Information, and Planning
Please be sure your form is submitted at least four (4) weeks prior to the proposed event date. Any approved events face cancellation based on campus Operational Tier Status.
Hear the thoughts and experiences of Arcadia's students through the pandemic.
A GLOBAL JOURNEY THROUGH THE COVID PANDEMIC
Arcadia University took a values-based, community-focused, strategic approach in responding to the disruptions that have been brought by COVID since early 2020. Each initiative enacted and measure taken placed students and those most vulnerable in our community at the center, with University units and leadership setting an example of steady, unwavering strength and vision in the face of challenges.
On Campus Through the Semester
It is highly recommended that students and employees who believe they may have come in contact with the virus, self-monitor in their place of dwelling while monitoring for signs and symptoms of illness as described by the CDC.
For questions about academic and campus life, prevention and self-care, study abroad programs, and more, please refer to our FAQs here.
Our scalable testing approach is tied to a number of risk factors, such as the level of positivity in our community and vaccine coverage. It is designed to be sufficient to secure shared safety. Our approach to testing is:
At all times, we have:
|Close contact of case||Only if symptomatic||Yes|
|Return to campus (entrance testing at start of semester)||Opt-in or Yes, based on community spread||Yes|
|Low community spread (less than 10 per 100,000 in last 7 days)||Opt-in||Opt-in|
|Moderate community spread (at or between 10 – 49 per 100,000 in last 7 days)||Opt-in||Yes|
|High community spread (at or above 50 per 100,000 in the last 7 days)||Yes, sample||Yes|
|Moderate to low AU community vaccination coverage (below 75%)||Opt-in||Yes|
|High AU community vaccination coverage (at or above 75%)||Opt-in||Opt-in|
|Concerning campus spread||Yes, sample Opt-in||Yes|
|Waning vaccination immunity or increasing cases in fully vaccinated individuals||Opt-in or Yes, based on other conditions listed above||N/A|
Note: This approach is meant to serve as a guide. When conditions indicate conflicting approaches,or if emerging data supports a different approach, Arcadia will utilize the factors indicated above along with other information such as but not limited to COVID variant characteristics and recommendations from public health agencies to determine the current surveillance testing response.
What if I still have questions?
If you are a member of the University community and need a place to direct your question, our central point of contact is Public Safety at 215-572-2800 or 215-572-2999 (emergency) for more information.
For specific questions, please direct to the following Arcadians:
Director of Student Health Services
Director of Residence and Commuter Life
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-572-2189
If you are a parent of a current student, please join our email listserv or send any questions to email@example.com
Please submit a ticket via firstname.lastname@example.org