Coronavirus FAQs

Covid Monitoring & Reporting

Everyone who comes to campus will participate in daily health self-assessments using an app provided by the university. Use of this electronic screening tool will be required to report any virus symptoms.

If you feel sick, do not come to campus. If you are presenting any symptoms, contact your doctor to obtain a COVID-19 test. Self-isolate and contact Student Health Services at 610-499-1183 or Also, contact your supervisor if you are an employee.

We will notify the county health department, follow mandated quarantine requirements, use dedicated residence hall space for student isolation, and notify those who may have been in close contact. We will also post information about the number of positive cases to our website so everyone is informed.

Contact Student Health Services immediately at 610-499-1183 or

Contact Student Health Services immediately at 610-499-1183 or

Contact Student Health Services immediately at 610-499-1183 or


Presently, dates on the academic calendar are unchanged.

Using Fall Break as instructional days is under serious consideration to make up for lost in-person time because of the move to distance format at Thanksgiving. A decision related to Fall Break will be announced very soon.

As a reminder, all instruction will be remote after November 20, 2020.

It depends on the class. In-person instruction will be available for classes that are difficult to teach from a distance, like labs, simulations, clinical experiences, and performance courses. See the coronavirus information page for a list of fall classes that will be conducted in person.

The coronavirus information page has been updated with the list of fall classes that will be conducted in person.

It might change slightly as we may need to utilize different classrooms to promote social distancing. Please continue to check your course schedule on

Classroom capacity has been reviewed by an industrial hygienist and by our facilities and teaching technology staff. The number of students accommodated in a room with adequate personal distancing varies by its layout. Most will hold about half of their normal capacity. In practice, few classes with more than 25 students will be held in person, and it is likely that many with less will be offered only in a distance format.

Your classes will be taught in high-quality distance format unless you are registered for a hands-on class that is difficult to teach virtually, such as a laboratory, performance, or studio time experience. You may also take these classes online if necessary.

Yes! Our plans include an online option for every class, including those offered in person.

Yes. Personal support and attention from faculty are what make a Widener education distinctive. We support our faculty in continuing to develop mentor relationships with students and share their knowledge and industry contacts to prepare students for success.

Yes, but they will be dependent on the opening and agreement of internship, co-op, practica, and clinical sites.

Widener will have work spaces available on campus for students with down time between classes.

Facilities & University Operations

We developed the plan with input from our Health Advisory Group comprised of public health experts and our Crisis Management Team, Provost's Council, President's Leadership Team, Education and Enforcement Group, and multiple task forces that include faculty and staff, an industrial hygienist, and students, in accordance with public health information and local, state, and federal guidelines.

We will continue to communicate accurate and timely information via our webpage; campus email and newsletters; Widener Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts; and virtual town halls

Yes, but there will be significant changes to dining on campus and the Freedom and Kirkbride POD stations will be closed. More information will be shared with the campus community soon.

A decision about opening the Pride Recreation Center will be made closer to the start of the academic year.

Yes, with modifications. More information on the modifications will be shared before the fall semester begins.

Open-access computer labs will not be open, but some specific classroom computer labs will be open. Students will be able to continue to access most software that was available in open labs through our virtual computer lab solution available on

No. Parking permits will not be required for the Fall semester.

We will announce a finalized mail plan soon.

No, few offices will be staffed in person. Most offices will be working entirely remotely and the focus will continue to be on achieving work outcomes, not physical presence. If you need to reach a specific office, please call or email the office rather than going to their physical location. 

Yes. The bookstore is open Monday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Maximum occupancy is 25 and all individuals in the store must wear a mask. You can place an online order 24/7 on their website. Check their website often for additional updates.

Campus Activities & Events

Yes, just not in person. Groups will only be physically gathering if their purpose involves approved classroom instruction.

The Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) has announced there will not be intercollegiate competition this fall.

Homecoming and other major events will be held virtually.

The university will foster student engagement with a combination of virtual programming and "al fresco" events, including meet and greets; performances, speakers, documentaries, and movies; and playing games; as well as virtual resident assistant check-ins and group meetings. 

Safety & Personal Protection

We have a detailed plan. Highlights include requiring everyone to wear masks and practice social distancing. We are also enhancing cleaning and disinfecting of campus spaces and making hand sanitizers available across campus. We are limiting campus visitors and using a comprehensive education and signage campaign so everyone understands expectations and is ready to comply.

The PA required plan is available on our main Coronavirus Information page

No. Our plan is designed to mitigate risk beyond basic guidelines.

The university has been working diligently to prepare for the return to campus. Students will see adjustments to classroom set-ups and physical additions where appropriate. Hand sanitizers and cleaners will be available throughout campus and increased cleaning, increasing the efficiency and fresh air to our HVAC systems, and efforts to reduce touchpoints where possible are also being made. We are also reducing housing occupancy.

Housekeeping will maintain cleaning and disinfecting practices in accordance with CDC guidance for COVID-19. You can read more about the cleaning and precautions we are taking in the PA Return to Campus Plan or in the President's message from June 22, 2020, on our Coronavirus Information webpage

The University expects everyone on campus to properly wear a mask, adhere to social distancing, promote proper hygiene and hand washing, complete the symptom tracking app every time you are coming to campus, and follow all other directives. Everyone should wash their hands immediately after being in a public place, touching frequently used items or surfaces, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Additionally, employees are asked to wash their hands hourly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Everyone should wash their hands immediately after being in a public place, touching frequently used items or surfaces, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

Yes. Masks covering the nose and mouth will be required in all indoor spaces and in outdoor spaces when unable to consistently stay six feet away from those who are not members of your household. Appropriate use of face masks is critical in minimizing risk to others even if you do not feel sick. Failing to comply with this or any other safety requirement will result in disciplinary action, up to and including suspension. See our Face Covering Policy.

Students should contact Student Accessibility Services and employees should contact Human Resources if you need to request an accommodation specific to the use of a mask. See our Face Covering Policy.

Students should bring their own masks as they return to campus. Any student who does not have their own mask, or has forgotten one, will be provided one.

No, it is not okay. A face mask must cover your nose and mouth to be effective. Otherwise droplets can be spread through coughing, sneezing, talking, and other actions.

Residence Life

Yes. Resident students will live on campus this fall, but at a reduced number.

Limited single-room housing is available for sophomores, juniors, seniors, ROTC cadets, international students and students with housing insecurities.

We want first-year undergraduates to have the best experience possible transitioning to life in the residence halls, and with current distancing requirements that will be a challenge. Those students will be able to more successfully engage with their classmates and the people who live around them, after distancing restrictions have eased, so we are asking them to wait until they can successfully engage with their classmates on campus and build friendships with the people who live around them.

Students will live in single rooms. Some will be in suites and some will have shared bathrooms.

Sophomores, juniors, and seniors will be placed in single-occupancy rooms within our traditional-style and suite/apartment-style residence halls.

You will be notified by July 31 via email. 

Students who have not already done so should inform us of their fall on-campus housing intent by submitting their plans on our Modified Room Preference Form.

Housing for those submitting the form for the first time is not guaranteed, however, as the due date to submit the request was July 6. Students submitting this form for the first time will be placed on a wait list and will be informed of a room assignment as soon as something becomes available.

The Office of Residence Life will reach out to you about housing for the fall.

Returning students will be assigned to single rooms.

We will try to keep you in that housing assignment or place you in a comparable space.


No. The university's housing policy has been suspended for 2020-2021.

Fraternity and Sorority housing will operate at 50% occupancy.  A minimum threshold of sorority or fraternity residents will be required to re-open each house. For more information contact Mr. Phillip Gatling.   

Details for move-in are being finalized and will be communicated as soon as they are available, but likely not until the beginning of August.

Yes. We will still have Living Learning Communities (LLCs) this upcoming academic year. They will be offered virtually.

Community-style bathrooms in traditional buildings will be cleaned and disinfected twice daily. Students are responsible to clean their own rooms.


Generally, no. Only students with compelling reasons who have advanced permission from the assistant dean of students for residence life will be able to return to campus after Thanksgiving.

We are reducing the cost of fall accommodations. The semester residential period is being shortened from Aug. 24 to Nov. 20, 2020, for an early end of on-campus, in-person experiences. Bills will reflect this.

Please contact the Office of Residence Life at

Faculty & Staff

Faculty& staff should refer to My Widener for frequently asked questions about the return to campus plan related to them. 


This page was last updated on August 10, 2020 at 8:34 a.m.