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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). These students are moved to specially prepared isolation housing where they are by themselves with food delivery and daily check in with the on-campus St. Luke's University Health Center.


The CDC and Health Departments do not support random testing on those that are asymptomatic, we are testing symptomatic people only.


Yes, Moravian College is following the PA Department of Education's checklist, seen below, that has been compiled for "Determining an Institution’s Ability to Mitigate and Manage Risk and the Level at Which It May Resume In-Person and Other Related Operations on Campus." This checklist is included in the PA Department of Education's web page titled Phased Strategies, Expectation, and Considerations for Safely Resuming In-Person Instruction in Pennsylvania.

Step 1: Determine Your Institution's Preparedness to Mitigate and Manage Risks

  • Is the decision to resume in-person instruction consistent with state and local orders?
  • Have you developed a plan consistent with the minimum requirements and expectations put forth by PDE?
  • Have you begun to coordinate with local public health or emergency management officials?
  • Do you have a strategy for the monitoring health conditions on your campus?
  • Are you able to communicate accurate and timely information on COVID-19 related developments to staff, faculty, and students?
  • Does your plan include a strategy for quarantine and isolation in the event transmission occurs on your campus or the county is designated as being in the red phase?

If YES to all, your institution is prepared to consider resuming in-person instruction and other related operations as permitted by the Governor's orders.

NOTE: Guidance and general considerations associated with some of the items in the checklist are provided in Section II of the Preliminary Guidance for Resuming In-Person Instruction at Postsecondary Education Institutions and Adult Education Programs.

Step 2: Determine Your Institution's Capacity to Resume In-Person Instruction. Do you have a plan and adequate supplies to reinforce practices related to hygiene, sanitation, and face coverings on campus?

  • Have you begun to implement necessary social distancing interventions needed to safely resume in-person instruction and other related operations on campus?
  • Have you made the necessary modifications to your facilities to help create an environment conducive to healthy, safe, and inclusive learning?
  • Have you reviewed and made adjustments to attendance requirements, absentee policies, and non-essential travel for students, individuals at high risk for COVID-19, and personnel?
  • Have you modified course modalities, schedules, and academic calendars to adapt to the changing transmission levels and community spread of the virus?

If YES to all, your institution is prepared to make determinations about the provision of in-person instruction and the possible number of students you can accommodate on your campus.

NOTE: Guidance and general considerations associated with some of the items in the checklist are provided in Section II of the Preliminary Guidance for Resuming In-Person Instruction at Postsecondary Education Institutions and Adult Education Programs.

These steps can be found on the PA Department of Education website under the section titled Considerations for Resuming In-Person Instruction on Campus.


Moravian College is closely monitoring the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as the situation continues to unfold. Currently, we are strictly limiting and monitoring any non-Moravian College persons on campus. To ensure the health and safety of all, the following policy has been enacted for essential visitors, LVAIC students, and/or non Admissions related “guests.”  

An “essential visitor” is defined as an individual who, while not a member of the College Community, is still vital to the College operations (such as contractors). Our LVAIC partner schools may continue to send LVAIC students to our campus. All other non-community members are defined as “guests” and must make an appointment before visiting campus.

All essential visitors, LVAIC students, and guests must follow the College’s safety regulations,  including, but not limited to: 

  • Making an appointment with the person or department they are coming to visit
  • Filling out the college daily health survey
  • Wearing masks - such as a CDC-approved, personal mask, or a disposable mask
  • Practice Physical Distancing including adhering to any taped distancing markers and plexiglass barriers

The Office of Admission is offering campus tours. Please refer to our Admission Visits page for more information.


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 College buildings and outside when physical distancing is not possible.

Covid-19 Moravian Mask Definition

Moravian College mandates mask-wearing on campus. 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.


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 clean high-touch areas daily 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.


Please refer to this link for more information: moravian.edu/rlh


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. The focus remains on keeping students on campus and managing the infection rather than returning them to a different community where further infection could occur. Please refer to our COVID-19 Dashboard for more information, visit moravian.edu/fall-2020/covid-dashboard.


Yes. Moravian College 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 College 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.


All Moravian College full-time faculty and staff will receive 2 washable masks. Students are expected to bring their own masks. Several locations on campus will be stocked with disposable masks available for those who may have forgotten or need a mask.


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 asc@moravian.edu 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 hr@moravian.edu.


Academic Instruction

As we continue our academic mission during this time, students and faculty will see several changes this fall that emphasize the health and safety of everyone on our campus. These modifications aim to maintain a robust instruction and learning environment while keeping all of our community members safe.

The student learning outcomes for our courses remain the same, whether they are taught in person or online. Our classes must involve regular and substantive instructor interaction with students. With online teaching, instructors will:

  • Provide regular instruction and regularly interact with their students. 
  • Provide full and substantive assessments and regular responses to students’ coursework.
  • Be proactive and available to provide information or respond to students’ questions about the course content. (Instructors typically begin the semester with a class discussion about the course content to make sure that all students understand expectations.)

Instructors across campus are designing teaching practices that promote learning in face-to-face, remote and online modes. The Teaching and Learning Center and the newly formed Office for Online Innovation, Information Technology, and the Provost’s Office offer workshops and provide resources and individual consultations for faculty on effective, evidence-based practices for remote and online teaching.


Some courses will be entirely online, others will utilize dual modalities and others we plan to be primarily face-to-face. When determining which courses will be offered in-person, we emphasize in-person delivery of labs and fine and performing art courses. We will also prioritize other classes for in-person delivery whose academic outcomes are difficult to achieve virtually.


  • Planners in the FMPC department are drawing up diagrams for physical distancing in specific Moravian College buildings, classrooms, study spaces, and hallways using relevant guidelines from the CDC and others.
    • These diagrams will depict a conservative capacity of a classroom or study space given physical distancing and maximum group size guidelines, model seating arrangements, and traffic patterns around classroom spaces. 
  • Offering classes in a variety of modes
  • Moving classes to larger spaces
  • Splitting classes into multiple sessions
  • Limiting the number of students present in person on a rotating basis
  • Altering class schedules to increase the time between classes to allow for disinfecting.
    • For instance, each semester, we offer some 8-week classes. If students are enrolled in fewer courses at one time, they have fewer contacts with other students in the classroom. This diminishes the opportunities for virus spread. Also, shorter sessions create natural “breakoff points” within a semester if we need to end in-person instruction.

As we did in Spring 2020, Moravian College is fully ready to provide a quality education, no matter the delivery mode. Our distinction as an Apple Distinguished School and the fact that all students, faculty, and staff are issued MacBooks and iPads ensure that the entire campus community has access to the proper technology to be successful. All faculty are prepared to deliver classes online in the fall or at any other time. One difference between the Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 semesters is that the governor has indicated that students should remain on campus, even if we are entirely online, to prevent passing infections onto other communities. Another is that faculty are engaged in intensive discussion and preparation throughout the summer on how to best continue the academic work, whether they meet with students in-person or online.


We are committed to delivering on our mission of education for all, and that is best done in person. We believe a great deal of learning and growth occurs in the residence halls, in academic and campus clubs, which cannot be fully simulated by online means. We have instituted a flexible model that can pivot fully online if necessary and can also enable increasing dual modalities/in-person instruction, based on a strong mitigation model to isolate and contain COVID-19 spread, in line with recommendations from public health entities like the CDC.

We also know that an effective form of education is hybrid, where some are face-to-face, and some are online. Consequently, most of our courses will have a mixture of face-to-face and online education. For a variety of reasons, some of our students, an online choice may be most desirable, and we are going to seek to fulfill that need. For other students, a mixture of online and face-to-face works best. 


This decision discourages travel back to campus after the break and allows students to remain home until the spring semester, reducing the chances of carrying the virus back and forth between home and campus.


FMPC teams will clean high-touch areas daily 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.


Contact the faculty member who is supervising your research and work with them to focus on different aspects that can be completed remotely (e.g., data analysis and conducting tests in virtual environments) if progress on your research project is affected by the campus moving to a “limited” or “remote” operating mode, your illness, or because you are in quarantine or self-isolation.


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.


If you have concerns or are unsure about your instructor’s plans for remote teaching, stay in touch and ask questions. You and your instructor know best where you are in the class. It’s best to reach out yourself rather than having someone else do it for you. Check your syllabus and Canvas course shell and other communication from your instructors to see if your question or concern has already been addressed. As we work through transitions to remote learning, your questions might not be resolved in one email or message.


At Moravian College, all students have the right to lodge a complaint or grievance they deem important without fear of retaliation of any sort or any other adverse consequence. See the Student Handbook for the processes regarding student appeals, complaints, and grievances.


  • If you are already registered with Accessibility Services, please contact the office with specific questions at asc@moravian.edu or (610) 861-1401. 
  • If you are not registered, you will need to register with Accessibility Services and provide appropriate documentation of a disability.

Yes, you can still place an online order from the Moravian Book Shop. The book shop is shipping orders as quickly as possible. However, you may experience delays in delivery as many carriers are experiencing heavier than normal volume.


Students can order books online. In-store pickup or ship to home is available. The textbook aisles will be closed for shopping in-store. Shop at the Moravian Book Shop online.


Campus Experience

The College has prepared a COVID-ready campus experience so the traditional campus experience can be preserved to the greatest extent possible, with safety protocols and guidelines that protect students, faculty, and staff. 


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.


The governor’s office’s information is that it is best to keep college students on campus, rather than sending them back to their communities and risking further spreading the virus. Therefore, if public health agencies notify us of an outbreak, Moravian will reduce in-person activities and move to entirely online classes, while having students remain on campus. The College is also prepared to test, trace, quarantine, and isolate affected students on campus. St. Luke’s University Health Network will provide hospitalization to affected students, if necessary. If the governor orders a campus closure, we will work with families for an orderly exit. 


We expect everyone who comes to campus to observe and respect our campus health and safety protocols. Likewise, we expect our students to adhere to public health orders in the community. We expect that they will be held accountable by local law enforcement in a manner equal to any other resident.


Reeves Library will be open following the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Library Reopening Guidelines, with cleaning and disinfecting protocols in place and with the expectation of appropriate social distancing of patrons. Hours are posted online (moravian.edu/reeves) and on location.


If you feel you are being treated unfairly, singled out, or targeted based on your health, skin color, race, ethnicity, or national origin, please know that there are reporting and support options available on our campus. You can visit BRIT (Bias Response and Intervention Team) to explore your options. Discriminatory and harassing behaviors are against College policy and have no place in our community. Additional information about other health and wellness related support is also available.


No. Varsity sports are scheduled to resume January 1, 2021.  For more information, please read the announcement made on July 31 here: Moravian College announces plans for fall sports


Yes, the Fitness Center opened on August 3. The Fitness Center summer hours are Monday through Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Fall semester hours will begin on August 21 and will be posted on the Fitness Center website. Reservations will be required and safety protocols are in place. For more information, please contact Rebecca May, Director of the Fitness Center at mayr@moravian.edu or visit the Fitness Center website.


Resource Alignment

Tuition has been established for 2020/2021. The student learning outcomes for our courses remain the same, whether they are taught in person or online. Financial relief for other services, such as Room and Board that may be impacted by COVID-19, will be determined based on the disruption level.


There are no plans to adjust or remove fees for the 2020/2021 academic year at this time. Fees have been lowered since last year.