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Quarantine is when someone is exposed to someone who has been identified as COVID +. These are the students identified through contact tracing (which we are doing quickly). These students quarantine in their assigned living space with permission to leave the room only for bathroom use and food delivery pick-up (masked). In addition, there may be students who are not feeling well but are not confirmed positive yet - we keep them quarantined until we have a test result. Isolation is for those with a confirmed positive case (or presumed positive case of COVID-19).

All students must submit their vaccination status to the University. Those who are unvaccinated will need to provide a negative per COVID test 72 hours prior to their arrival on campus. Residential students who are not vaccinated will be tested weekly at the Health Center. Varsity athletes will be tested in accordance with Landmark, Centennial, and NCAA expectations.

As of August 2, 2021 masks will be required inside all Moravian University campus facilities.

On July 14, 2020 the CDC affirmed that cloth face coverings are a critical tool in the fight against COVID-19 that could reduce the spread of the disease, particularly when used universally within communities. There is increasing evidence that cloth face coverings help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others. Face coverings will be required when inside all Moravian University buildings and outside when physical distancing is not possible.

COVID-19 Moravian Mask Definition

Moravian University mandates mask-wearing inside campus facilities as of August 2, 2021. We continue to follow CDC guidelines and the CDC does not recommend using masks if they have an exhalation valve or vent. The best masks are multilayered, tightly woven, cloth fabric. Masks with space for filters are highly recommended. However, surgical masks and disposable masks are also viable options, if replaced after each use. We ask that masks fit the face, over the nose and under the chin, either tied off with elastic around the ears or around the head. A recent study suggests that single layer bandanas and gaiters may not be as effective at protecting the community.

Note: Face shields do not fulfill the requirements of the Moravian University mandate. Face shields may be worn in addition to a mask that fulfills the requirements of the mandate, but face shields may not be worn instead of a mask. A face shield is effective at protecting the person wearing it from splashes to the face, particularly the eyes, but face shields do not protect others from respiratory droplets exhaled by the wearer. A face shield is worn without a mask also does not protect the person wearing it from inhaling respiratory droplets.

If those students [or employees] with disabilities are unable to wear a mask, they cannot be on campus. Students unable to wear a mask on campus must make plans to participate in online learning. Disability accommodations could be made for specific situations (i.e.: labs); however, they will not be permitted to be in class unless they are properly wearing a mask. If the student would like ADA accommodations, a physician’s note is required. Please contact the Accessibility Services Center or Human Resources as applicable for additional information or if you have specific questions.

As staffing on-site increases and operations expand, campus healthcare personnel will closely monitor and assess the potential spread of the virus, as well as existing policies and procedures to mitigate it. If localized outbreaks emerge, tighter restrictions and reduced staffing may need to be implemented. Updated tracking numbers and trend monitoring can be viewed on the COVID-19 Dashboard page.

Facilities Management, Planning and Construction (FMPC) teams will regularly clean high-touch areas in addition to the overnight cleaning of office and workspaces based on CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfection and Occupational and Environmental Safety Office (OESO) protocols. FMPC will also maintain hand-sanitizer stations at major building entrances, elevator stops, and high-traffic areas. 

It is also important for faculty, staff, and students to take responsibility for wiping down surfaces before and after use with supplies that will be available in academic buildings.

Changes in operating status may occur depending on the college's assessment of a combination of community and campus criteria. These changes may include a shift in campus restrictions, changes in the format of course delivery, or partial or full closure of the college. We are focusing on maintaining the in-person and on-campus experience that students, faculty, and staff expect during their time at Moravian. Please refer to our COVID-19 Dashboard for more information.

Yes. Moravian University has in-house experts in our public health, nursing, and rehabilitation science programs. We also partner with St. Luke’s University Health Network, one of the premier hospital networks in the nation. The Moravian University Health Center is managed by St. Luke’s, which gives us capabilities and resources often only seen at much larger universities with a medical school.  Consequently, we have been in regular contact with their leading infectious disease expert, Dr. Jeffrey Jahre, on key aspects of our plans.

Masks are available for all Moravian University students, faculty, and staff. Students and faculty required to wear specialized see-through masks to support students with appropriate accommodations will be issued those masks.

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves guidance from public health authorities and CDC are likely to change. The College will continue to follow the most up to date information on maintaining workplace safety. We will work with students to address all concerns for the most equitable educational experience possible. Any student with questions or who needs additional assistance is encouraged to contact the Accessibility Services Center by emailing or calling (610) 861-1401. Similarly, our employees expect and deserve the safest work environment. Employees needing additional assistance are encouraged to contact Human Resources at

Yes. We are fortunate to be partnered with St. Luke’s University Health Center, one of the nation’s premier university hospitals. They will provide us with the most current testing and expertise in dealing with containment, mitigation, and treatment. We have testing capabilities for students at our campus Health Center.

If you lose your vaccination card, it’s OK. If you were vaccinated in Philadelphia, you can contact the city’s COVID Call Center at 215-685-5488 or email them at to get your COVID immunization record. The staff at the center will “walk you through the process, verify your address, and figure out the best and quickest way to get your records to you,” said acting Health Commissioner Cheryl Bettigole at a recent press conference.

For those vaccinated outside the city, meanwhile, can contact the Pennsylvania Statewide Immunization Information System (PA-SIIS) for a copy of their vaccination records. PA-SIIS is an immunization registry system operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Health that collects and organizes vaccine history information.

To get your records, you can email the PA-SIIS at, and you will receive a form to fill out and send back in, DOH deputy press secretary Maggi Barton says. Currently, there is no defined timeline for a response, but Barton says that the DOH “will respond as soon as we can,” and that the department is working on improving the process.

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Academic Instruction

FMPC teams will clean high-touch areas in addition to the overnight cleaning of office, workspaces, and administrative offices based on CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfection and Occupational and Environmental Safety Office (OESO) protocols. FMPC will also maintain hand-sanitizer stations at major building entrances, elevator stops, and high-traffic areas. 

For public-facing administrative offices, many tasks/requests can still be completed online, via email or phone calls. However, if students, faculty, or staff need to come into the administrative offices, they will follow physical distancing protocols and many offices have been equipped with plexiglass shields.

Faculty, staff, and students must also take responsibility for wiping down surfaces after use. The EPA's criteria for sanitizing will be communicated and posted. This includes any shared-space location or equipment (e.g., copiers, printers, computers, A/V and other electrical equipment, coffee makers, desks and tables, light switches, doorknobs, etc.). 

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued guidance to colleges and universities that enables international students to temporarily participate in additional distance learning credits beyond what is allowed under visa rules if in-person courses are converted to online courses in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Contact the Center for Global Education for advice and updates about your particular situation.

Clinicals, student teaching, and internships are planned for this coming year. Be in touch with your instructor about the details. If you cannot participate because of illness, are in quarantine or self-isolation, or if your site is closed, contact your supervisor or instructor and find out how hours can be fulfilled. We will require students to follow protocols within their clinical settings. Please note that some off-campus placement sites or programs may require vaccinations.