January 26: Spring Semester Highlights; COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan Updates

TO: SJU Community (Faculty, students, staff and parents)
FROM: Saint Joseph’s University
RE: Spring Semester Highlights; COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan Updates
DATE: January 26, 2021 at 12:30 P.M. 

What You Need To Know:

  • The University is continually updating the online Health and Safety Plan to align with new information and current public health guidance.
  • This email outlines some of the changes that will impact our operations at the start of the spring semester, as well as some enhancements to the on-campus experience.

As we begin the spring semester, health and safety remains paramount. We continue to communicate with public health officials at government entities, higher education associations and peer groups to remain up-to-speed on best practices and current restrictions. Community members should refer to our online Health and Safety Plan often during the spring semester, but we also wanted to provide some changes that you can expect:

  • The Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) is not permitting any indoor events until further notice. However, outdoor events will continue, including a Winterfest planned for Friday at 3 p.m., hosted by Hawk Hill Productions. Head to the Maguire-Wolfington Welcome Center lawn to enjoy ice skating, giveaways, french toast bites and more.
  • Bookstore capacity is limited to 25 customers at a time, based on Philadelphia’s requirements. Please be patient when picking up your books and dress accordingly, in case you need to wait outside.
  • Villiger lawn and Barbelin beach have enhanced lighting and furniture for outdoor, physically distanced socializing.
  • Dining will be grab-and-go until further notice per the PDPH.
  • The University will observe 14-day quarantine for those exposed to COVID-19. While private physicians and health professionals may only advise 7 or 10-day quarantines, access to SJU’s campus will require a full 14-day quarantine until more is known about the effectiveness of shorter durations. This is consistent with other universities in the region.
  • A rotating selection of regional food trucks will be offered on select Thursdays throughout the semester for students to enjoy in a physically distanced, outdoor environment. Catch the trucks from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. most Thursdays near the Maguire-Wolfington Welcome Center lawn tent.
  • This semester, the University expanded its testing strategy. In addition to pre-arrival, surveillance, symptomatic, cause and exposure testing, all undergraduates are required to complete an entry test as soon as possible upon arrival to campus. An entry test is highly encouraged for graduate students, faculty, staff and affiliates.
  • Additional study spaces have been identified. Some you will need to reserve and others you can pop in to as needed. Thirty-two spaces across six buildings have been identified in addition to the many that are still available from the fall semester.

Thank you to everyone who has lived out their ICARE pledge by taking a pre-arrival or entry test, caring for yourself during break, isolating or quarantining to keep others safe, and to those who walk out of the house each and every day with their mask on.

Best wishes for a healthy and successful semester.