March 2: A Message from the President

TO: SJU Community
FROM: Mark C. Reed, Ed.D., President
RE: A Message from the President
DATE: March 2, 2022 at 3:15 P.M. 

Dear Members of the SJU Community:

I write to announce a very positive update to our University masking policy.

Given declining numbers regionally and nationally, our very high community vaccination rate, and updated guidance from the CDC, City of Philadelphia, and Montgomery County, the University will no longer require masks be worn indoors in all shared or common spaces at all times. Beginning, tomorrow, March 3rd, masks will be optional on campus with the stipulations and exceptions described below.

As we take this important step forward, individual faculty members at higher risk may still require students to wear masks in their classrooms, labs and offices and students must comply. Likewise, any student or staff member may make this request of others when meeting in private offices and everyone should be prepared to wear a mask if asked. To this end, all members of our community must carry masks (cloth, surgical, or KN95-type) at all times as we navigate the remainder of the semester. Please note, the University’s shuttles will continue to require masks.

The last two years have tested us in ways we never could have imagined and yet at every turn, we continue to stand together, ready to do what is best for our campus community. I wish to express my sincere gratitude and admiration for the ongoing commitment to the iCARE pledge you have all shown. We will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as needed.


Signature of Mark C. Reed, Ed.D., President of Saint Joseph's University

Mark C. Reed, Ed.D.