CORONAVIRUS: University Updates and Information

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is a swiftly developing situation with outbreaks in several countries around the world. World Health Organization Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak has made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic. On-campus and at our centers abroad, Arcadia University has an experienced and well-networked Crisis Management Team, with protocols in place to manage significant health and safety issues. Arcadia will update this page regularly Monday through Fridays and as important information becomes available. 

This page was updated on April 7, 2020.

Challenging situations require us to adapt quickly, and I am so proud that we continue to approach the needs of our community in a smart, calm, and effective way. We are...forever, Arcadia Knights and #ArcadiaStrong.

3/16 - Important COVID-19 Message from the President

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For questions about academic and campus life, prevention and self-care, study abroad programs, and more, please refer to our FAQs.

Frequently Asked Questions

April 1: Gov. Wolf Expands Stay-at-Home Order

Earlier this week, Gov. Wolf extended the stay-at-home order through April 30, following the extension of federal social distancing guidelines through April 30. Arcadia staff will continue working remotely through this extension. We will continue to provide updates as we receive guidance from state, county, and local officials. 

Staff who need to visit campus to gather personal belongings can email Public Safety ( at any time during the week, including weekends, to make arrangements.  

On March 16, Arcadia University made the necessary decision that all academic courses and experiences will remain online for the rest of the Spring 2020 semester. This decision has been made after careful assessment and in consultation with local officials and experts in public health and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recommends that, for the next eight weeks, organizers of in-person gatherings of 50 or more people postpone such events throughout the United States. You might have seen late today further guidance from the federal government advising an even smaller limit on social convenings (of 10 or fewer). Many details are still developing, and we will continue doing our best to keep faculty, staff, students, and families informed. 

Faculty and staff are pursuing this academic transformation with energy and creativity, working to bring courses, assignments, and projects to life in a virtual environment. Important academic milestones such as Capstone, final exams, and projects will also occur online. 

On March 16, the Middle Atlantic Conference canceled all practices and athletic contests for the remainder of the spring semester. 

Arcadia will always be home to students absolutely have nowhere else to go will be able to remain in housing for as long as we are able to offer this option. Although there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus that we are aware of on Arcadia's campus, we will move to minimize the number of individuals needed to maintain operations. We are monitoring the situation closely and will update the campus community accordingly. 

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MAC Cancels Spring Athletics Practices and Competitions

On March 16, the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Presidents decided to cancel all spring athletics practices and competition through the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The announcement follows the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) decision on March 12 to cancel all remaining winter and spring championships.

Arcadia University Education Abroad Program Updates

The University’s International Travel Policy outlines a protocol for consideration of all University-sponsored travel for all students, faculty, and staff. The decision to suspend any course or travel is based on travel health notices identified by the U.S. State Department, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the University’s travel assistance provider – International SOS. 

Spring 2020 GFS Travel Portion Cancelled

On March 30, Arcadia cancelled the travel portion of the remaining spring 2020 Global Field Study courses to the UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Ukraine, and Costa Rica.   

GFS faculty are committed to redesigning their courses so that students can earn their four credits and maintain the Arcadia Undergraduate Curriculum (AUC) requirements; students should contact their GFS faculty about course continuation. Undergraduate students can opt for  a pass/fail grade (further details are here). Students are encouraged not to withdraw from the course, but to speak with their GFS faculty and their faculty advisers if they choose to do so.  Students need to also understand the effect on a student’s financial aid if dropping below 12 credits (nine credits for graduate students).

The GFS travel fee will be credited to student accounts. If this creates a credit balance, students will need to submit a student refund request to obtain a refund.  Please contact Cheryl Lewis,  International Program Manager (, with any questions or concerns.    

Spring 2020 Programs Ireland, UK, Europe, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand Are Suspended

Effective Friday, March 16, The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University is immediately suspending all on-site spring 2020 programming in South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. We have arrived at this decision after careful consideration of a variety of factors, including increasing border closures and travel restrictions affecting student mobility, as well as the capacity of local healthcare systems to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak.

March 13, Arcadia suspended all programming in England, Greece, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Spain, and Wales.

February 29, Arcadia suspended its on-site Italy programming in Rome, Florence, and Perugia.

PREVIEW PROGRAMS, GFS 381.1., GFS BI 355 Field Biology, Travel Portion Suspended 

Arcadia University is taking an unprecedented step in suspending the travel portion of the spring 2020 Preview courses and GFS 381.1, and GFS BI 355 Field Biology. The decision to suspend any course or travel is based on information compiled daily, along with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, International SOS, and the Department of State. We will be determining the status of the other GFS courses in mid-April.

For Preview, Arcadia commits to providing each student impacted by this suspension an opportunity to have a global experience during the 2020-21 academic year; fees paid this year will be applied to next year’s opportunity.

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Continuity Planning for Instruction

All members of the campus community share the responsibility for emergency preparedness. Planning for continuity of instruction is core to our mission and vision. IT has built a framework for faculty and staff instructors to prepare their courses for emergencies and unexpected closures to help ensure that students can complete their academic work on time despite any event or circumstance that may disrupt operations.

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COVID-19 Resources

The spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving situation. There are outbreaks of COVID-19 in several countries. Explore resources below with regularly updated information about travel restrictions related to coronavirus. 

What if I still have questions?

Contact Information

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:

Preview and GFS

Jan Finn
Associate Dean of International Programs

International Students 

Chelsea Herskovitz
Assistant Director of International Student Services
267-620-4843 or 215-572-2867

Health and Safety at Arcadia Centers Abroad

Hannah Leidich
Assistant Director or Health, Safety, and Security
The College of Global Studies

Study Abroad Programs

Scott Terry
Director of Study Away

Student Health Services

Theresa Smith
Director of Student Health Services

Arcadia Glenside Housing

Susanne Ferrin
Director of Residence and Commuter Life or call 215-572-4076

Student Worker Inquiries

Dennis Darvas, SHRM-SCP
Director, One-Stop Shop & KnightCard Services

Staff and Faculty Employment-Related Questions

Mary Sweeney
AVP of HR and Employee Experience

IT Related Questions or Concerns

Please submit a ticket via

Parent and Family Inquiries

If you are a parent of a current student, please join our email listserv or send any questions to

Press and Media Inquiries

Dan DiPrinzio
Director of Communications