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A Healthy Campus: Our main goal is to keep you safe and healthy while providing the best student experience possible.

The Student Life Office is working hard preparing for your return to school for the fall semester and 2020-2021 academic year. We know the last few months have been challenging, to say the least, and we are so excited to have you back on campus soon!


Please note the following updates:

Archive COVID-19 Student Guidebook 2020

  • Academics—Academic Resource Center and DSU Writing Center

    Academic Resource Center

    The Academic Resource Center is here to help you adjust to the academic rigor of college life. This fall, academic support appointments are offered both in-person and online. To register for an appointment with our staff, visit here.  

    What we do:

    • Academic advising
    • Academic skills coaching
    • Content tutoring by peer tutors
    • Peer tutor training
    • Professional and peer math tutoring
    • Retention outreach programming for undergrads in the Gateway To Success program extended to full freshman year
    • Retention services for all undergraduate students including ACCESS students
    • Study skills instruction
    • Writing support for all undergraduate coursework

    Visit our webpage.  Any questions, please contact Ann Koefer, Director of the Academic Resource Center.

    Writing Center

    The DSU Writing Center provides assistance in academic writing for all students enrolled at DeSales. There are trained peer tutors to support undergraduates in writing for all disciplines; online appointments are available. The professional staff tutors undergraduate, ACCESS, and graduate students both in-person and online. To register for a writing appointment, click here.                       


    • Assistance with academic conventions of English
    • Assistance with academic documentation styles (APA, MLA, Chicago, AMA)
    • Coaching in essay structure and thesis development
    • Instruction in how to avoid plagiarism
    • One-to-one individual appointments by Zoom or in-person
    • Professional tutoring in writing
    • Tutoring in writing by peer tutors

    Visit the DSU Writing Center.  Any questions, please Ann Michael, Assistant Director of the Writing Center.               

  • Academics—Classrooms and Extended Classrooms

    With the assistance of the Office of Campus Environment, physical distancing room capacities have been determined and adjustments to classrooms have been made as needed. This included the removal of furniture, or the designation of allowable seating spaces to allow for six feet of distance between student seats. With these adjustments to learning spaces, the modality of instructional delivery depends, in part, on course enrollment numbers and the newly determined seating capacities. Additional spaces on campus (i.e., conference rooms in the University Center, Wills Hall, tents, etc.) are also being utilized for instruction of courses with large enrollment numbers.

    The following protocols are in place for use of classroom spaces:

    • Students are required to wear a face mask/covering at all times while in the classroom.
    • Students who do not have a face mask/covering must leave and are not permitted to return unless they are wearing a face mask/covering.
    • Students are asked to wipe down their desks before each class period begins. 

    Students in nursing and healthcare programs should anticipate that in courses with laboratory components, it will be necessary to make physical contact with a lab partner and/or standardized patient in order to learn and practice selected skills. Along with each partner wearing masks and observing hand-washing practices previously described, efforts to mitigate excessive exposure will occur by limiting student-to-student to one lab partner for all courses in which this type of learning experience is required.

    Extended Classrooms

    Some classrooms on campus are not in use on certain days/times, and have been designated as “Extended Classrooms” where students can reserve a seat to attend class when it is their turn to attend class via live Zoom (connected), or to conduct other online course activities. Reservations for a seat in Extended Classrooms and spaces in the library can be made one week in advance via a web-based reservation system. In addition to study carrels placed around campus (first-come, first-served basis; no reservations required), Extended Classrooms provide spaces for commuter students and connected students throughout the day.

    Students who have questions about any of the above academics information or other matters related to course instruction, please contact

  • Academics—Course Instruction

    In order to provide a flexible and safe learning environment, courses include a blend of in-class instruction, student participation via Zoom, and online engagement via the Blackboard learning management system. Based on the needs of specific courses, the instructional modality includes one of five formats:

    1. In-Person: Classes with enrollment that does not exceed the physical distance seating capacity meet in-person, with accommodations for attendance via Zoom.
    2. In-Person/Connected: Classes with enrollment that exceed the physical distance seating capacity blend in-person classroom attendance with a live Zoom (connected) classroom presence (In-Person/Connected). Students rotate from attending in-person to attending via live using Zoom. In this mode, all students (classroom and connected) are present in real time and attendance is taken using a system that maximizes in-person attendance and minimizes connected attendance. Students are informed of the class rotation schedule on each instructor’s syllabus which is be posted on Blackboard prior to the start of the course.
    3. Hybrid/In-Person: In general, classes meet with all students in-person half of the time in the classroom and half of the time online (asynchronously). For example, a hybrid course meets in class on Tuesday with online coursework and assignments that complete equivalency requirements for total in-class hours.
    4. Hybrid/In-Person/Connected:  The same as the previous, but due to room capacity, on days when class meets in-person, students are rotated from attending class in-person to attending via live Zoom.
    5. Fully Online: Classes are conducted online, with a blend of synchronous and asynchronous online activities, as outlined by the instructor.

    The assignment of instructional modalities is available in WebAdvisor and can be found in the “Comments” on the My Class Schedule option. Due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, the course instructional modality is subject to change.  To ensure they are appropriately equipped for fall courses, students should review the technology requirements for all University courses; these requirements are also outlined below.  Additional guidance on course instructional modality and learning spaces maybe found in this informational video.

    Students are required to check their symptoms on a daily basis using the HealthChampion app. If a student is symptomatic, they should not come to class in-person, but attend class via live Zoom (connected) using the link in their Blackboard course. When feasible, every class will be conducted to accommodate students who need to attend class via live Zoom in the event that they demonstrate COVID-19-related symptoms or need to self-quarantine. To provide both flexibility and access to in-class lectures during the pandemic, faculty have been asked to record their Zoom sessions.  

    Students who are unable to return to an on-campus learning environment may be able to attend via live Zoom; however, not all courses can accommodate such connected participation if being physically present in the classroom is required for experiential learning.  Students who are seeking to attend class via live Zoom should contact Carolyn Tiger, director of the DSO, who will work with the students and inform their instructors of this accommodation.      

    Students who have questions about any of the above academics information or other matters related to course instruction, please contact

  • Academics—Disability Services Office

    The Disability Services Testing Room is open from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, for students who have an accommodation to utilize the testing room. All other appointments must be scheduled via Zoom.

    Students who have an academic accommodation are required to schedule all tests in Clockwork. This is the notification system that alerts instructors to your accommodations. Clockwork can be found under the Applications tab on the MyDSU homepage.

    Any students wishing to seek more information regarding disability services should contact Carolyn Tiger, director of the Disabilities Services Office.  

  • Academics—Fall 2020 Calendar

    Traditional Day Undergraduate Students

    • Orientation for residential freshmen and transfer students is on campus from Thursday, August 13, 2020, through Sunday, August 16, 2020; commuter students begin orientation on Friday, August 14, 2020. Please see the full orientation schedule for more details.
    • Incoming freshmen and transfer students move into residence halls on Thursday, August 13, 2020; returning students move in on Sunday, August 16, 2020.
    • The first day of classes is Monday, August 17, 2020.
    • Classes are being held on the Labor Day holiday, Monday, September 7, 2020, and there is no Pacer Break, originally scheduled for October 12-13, 2020.
    • The last day of on-campus instruction is Friday, November 20, 2020.
    • The Monday and Tuesday (November 23-24, 2020) before the Thanksgiving Day holiday (November 26, 2020) are designated as Reading Days. On these two days, faculty may choose to hold online review sessions during regularly scheduled class times, or post additional virtual office hours, as students prepare for final exams and other assignments due at the conclusion of the semester.
    • Final exams are administered online and scheduled to follow the traditional procedures from Monday, November 30, 2020, until Saturday, December 5, 2020.
    • A revised academic calendar for Fall 2020 is published on the University website, which includes other key dates in the semester, such as pre-registration and deadlines for drop/add, withdrawal, and pass/fail. 

    ACCESS Students

    The session and course schedules in the ACCESS program remain unchanged.  ACCESS students can direct any questions to the ACCESS Advisor.

    Graduate Students

    Academic calendars and course instruction vary by graduate program. Graduate students should direct any questions about their program directly to the program director and/or program manual (if applicable). 

    Students who have questions about any of the above academics information or other matters related to course instruction, please contact

  • Academics—Healthcare Simulation Center

    • Face masks/coverings that are tight to the face are to be properly worn covering the mouth and nose anytime in the Simulation Center spaces.
    • Students should work to maintain physical distancing requirements of remaining 6 feet apart except during a simulated physical exam or simulated treatment of a human patient simulator, standardized patient or fellow student. This includes when working on training specific tasks.
    • Students are expected to wipe down the spaces they have used during any simulation prior to leaving so that groups entering will enter to a sanitized space. Sanitizing liquid is available in all rooms and wipes will be available either in the rooms or adjacent to the simulation spaces. Students entering those same rooms may also wipe down the spaces as needed.
    • Students are to wear gloves in addition to the mask during any physical exam maneuvers performed on any standardized patient, fellow student, or manikin in order to minimize direct contact and cross contamination.
    • Whenever possible, simulation pre-briefing will occur via Blackboard announcement or other means rather than in person just prior to the simulation to further mitigate avoidable interpersonal contact.
    • Students are required to continue wearing masks when in the conference rooms even when accessing those spaces outside of a simulation.

    Students who have questions about any of the above academics information or other matters related to course instruction, please contact

  • Academics—Technical Requirements for All Courses

    Personal Computing Requirements for All Students - To take courses at DeSales University, students need a laptop computer (PC or Mac) with the capabilities listed below. Tablets, mobile phones, and desktop computers can be used as supplemental technology but are not a substitute for a full-function laptop computer.

    Instructors may require students to bring their laptop to class for exam administration or other instructional purposes. If a student is experiencing a hardship in obtaining a laptop computer, the student should contact Brian MacDonald at

    Minimum Requirements for Windows Laptop Computer

    • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 or higher 
    • Browser: Google Chrome (version 69 or higher), or Mozilla Firefox (version 59 or higher). Pop-up blocking should be disabled in all browsers. 

    Minimum Requirements for Mac Laptop Computer

    • Operating System: Macintosh OS X 10.13 (High Sierra) or higher 
    • Browser: Safari (version 12 or higher), Google Chrome (version 69 or higher), or Mozilla Firefox (version 59 or higher). Pop-up blocking should be disabled in all browsers. 

    General Laptop Computer Requirements

    • Headset with microphone
    • Webcam
    • Wifi capability

    Universally Used Computer Applications

    • Blackboard Learn: Blackboard is the online home for all DeSales courses. May be accessed from the MyDSU portal on the Applications tab.
    • Zoom Video Conferencing: Many activities in the fall, including instruction, will require access to Zoom. May be accessed from the MyDSU portal on the Applications tab.
    • Respondus LockDown Browser with Monitor: The Respondus software is used to provide academic integrity for online exams. The Respondus LockDown Browser is available within your courses in Blackboard.
    • Microsoft Office 365 and DeSales Gmail: Information may be found on the MyDSU portal
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader DC or other software that can read PDF format files. Click here for a free download. 

    Mobile Apps - As a supplemental technology, students may find it beneficial to download and use the mobile apps associated with Blackboard, Zoom, and Panopto (software used for video content).  

    Program- and Course-Specific Technology Requirements - Specific academic programs and courses may require additional computer hardware and software. It is the student’s responsibility to be familiar with the information in the syllabus for each of their courses and any program-specific guidance.

    Any questions, please contact

  • Academics—Trexler Library

    Some of the procedures and resources in the library have been updated to accommodate health and safety during this time:

    • There is new a book self-checkout system that helps to reduce traffic at our circulation desk. Directions on using the system are available in the library.
    • All students are required to wear face masks/coverings in the library and to social distance. Signage on the floor lets you know how far apart you should remain.
    • There are two release printers in the building, but students must clean the printer after using. Wipes are available at the printers.
    • Seating in the library has been reduced; many of the upholstered chairs have been removed. Most of the study rooms now accommodate only two students at a time. Students can still reserve a room online.
    • Students must wipe all table surfaces, etc., before and after they are used. Wipes are available.
    • Hours when the Trexler Library is open have been reduced: 
      • Monday – Thursday:  9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
      • Friday and Saturday:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
      • Sunday: Noon to 8 p.m.
    • Students can still checkout the anatomical 3D models for use in the library, but only two people at a time should use them. This is for social distancing reasons.

    Any questions, please contact

  • Athletics & Fitness Centers

    Entrance to Billera

    • Anyone with a temperature over 100.3 is not allowed into Billera Hall.
    • Coaches and staff are permitted to enter at the side door facing the tennis courts.
    • Everyone entering Billera will have their temperature taken. A staff member does this between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. After 5 p.m., an athletic graduate assistant checks ID’s and take temperatures.
    • Everyone entering Billera must show a DSU ID.
    • If it’s apparent a person’s elevated temperature is from an outside source – running or biking to Billera for example – that person is asked to wait at a designated area (concession stand) to cool down. The front desk attendee will retake their temperature after five minutes.
    • There is only one entrance to Billera Hall – the front doors opening up to the parking lot.

    Use of Rec Courts

    • Depending on time of day and time of year, there may be a time restriction placed on use of rec courts.
    • Face masks/coverings must be worn when using the rec courts.
    • One rec court – closest to the storage room under Kresge Lounge – is used strictly for varsity team strength and conditioning and for varsity team meetings. This court is not available for free rec time.
    • Students wishing to use the rec courts for basketball, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, etc. must sign up using CALENDLY.
    • Due to inclement weather, varsity team practices may move inside and supersede any prior reservations.

    Varsity Locker Rooms

    • All varsity locker rooms are day lockers only. Varsity athletes must change in locker rooms, lock their belongings (athletic department will provide locks to varsity athletes), shower after practice and clear out their lockers each day.
    • Assuming no contests will be played in the fall, the “away” women’s locker room may be used by DSU varsity women’s teams.
    • Both men’s and women’s varsity locker rooms and the men’s lacrosse locker room will be sanitized using the Halo Fog machine.
    • Men’s Lacrosse will store their equipment – pads, sticks, balls – in one of the portable locker rooms.
    • The men’s locker room closest to our athletic training room remains available for non-varsity athletes.
    • There are no permanent varsity team locker rooms.

    Compardo Fitness Center

    • Cleaning and sanitation is performed throughout the day with a deep cleaning by DSU facilities every night.
    • Hours for the Compardo Fitness Center are 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, and 2 p.m.-10 p.m. on Sundays.
    • Face masks/coverings must be worn in the fitness center if social distancing cannot be achieved.
    • Maximum number of people allowed in the Compardo Fitness Center at one time is 25.
    • Only DSU students are allowed in the fitness center, faculty and staff are not permitted until further notice.
    • Students need to reserve a fitness center time using CALENDLY.  Times can be reserved up to one week in advance.
    • There will always be an athletic graduate assistant present in the fitness center. This person is responsible for:
      • Check in and record all students who enter. Cross reference who signed up for the time slot and who actually showed up to work out. 
      • Conduct an orderly and safe entrance of students at the beginning of their 50-minute workout
      • Conduct an orderly and safe exit of the students at the end of the 50-minute workout
      • Continual cleaning of used equipment
      • Enforce social distancing and wearing of face masks/coverings.
    • Workouts are limited to 50 minutes.

    Varsity Team Room & Centaur Room

    • Both rooms must to be reserved through Jodie Morgan.
    • Capacity for the team room and Centaur room is determined by the Vice President of Campus Environment.
    • Face masks/coverings must be worn when in these rooms.
    • Large varsity teams – lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer – should reserve the rec courts if full team meetings are necessary.
    • Social distancing must be practiced in both rooms.
    • These rooms are for varsity teams only. No PE classes should use these rooms.
    • These rooms will be sanitized once per day using the Halo Fog machine.

    Billera Common Areas—Concourse, Hallways, Mailroom, etc

    • Coaches, athletic staff, students, and visitors are required to wear a face mask/covering in all areas of Billera Hall. This includes the recruiting lounge, conference room, mailroom, hallways, concourse, graduate assistant room and when visiting other coaches’ offices.
    • No workouts are allowed in the concourse or hallways. This includes lifting and running.
    • Social distancing must be practiced in all Billera Hall common areas.

    Aerobic Room

    • Capacity for this room is determined by the Vice President of Campus Environment.
    • Face masks/coverings and social distancing must take place in the aerobic room.
    • Outside classes – yoga, Zumba, etc. – are not allowed in the aerobic room.
    • Varsity coaches and/or athletes must reserve the aerobic room through Jodie Morgan.

    Athletic Training Room

    • Athletes waiting to be evaluated or treated must wait at designated spots in the hallway outside the training room. Depending on the availability, students may be asked to wait in the aerobic room.
    • Capacity for this room and the external athletic training room is determined by the Vice President of Campus Environment.
    • Continual cleaning of this room is being done throughout the day. Taping tables are wiped down between each athlete.
    • If appropriate, coaches can accompany their student-athlete to our athletic training room.
    • Face masks/coverings must be worn.
    • No work-study students are allowed in the athletic training room.
    • Only athletic trainers and students being evaluated, getting treatment or completing rehabilitation are allowed in the athletic training room. 
    • Social distancing must be adhered to in the training room.
    • This room is being sanitized each night either by our facility team or using the Halo Fog machine.
    • Whenever possible, taping and prepping for practice should be done at the field or court.

    Varsity Team Practices

    • A phased in approach will be used for all teams. Specific instructions and policies for each phase has been communicated to each head coach and their teams.
    • All coaches must wear face masks/coverings and practice social distancing while coaching their team.
    • Athletes must wear face masks/coverings at all times. This includes during practice if practical. It also includes wearing a face mask/covering while walking to and from the practice venue, to the locker room, and to the athletic training room.
    • Every athlete will take the self-screening test online and have their temperature checked immediately before every practice.
    • Every effort needs to be made to avoid teams intermingling. This includes in the locker rooms, athletic training room, team rooms, and Compardo Fitness Center.
    • No whistles should be used for any team practices.
    • Practice times are staggered to help foster social distancing between teams in the athletic training room and on practice fields and courts. This may include early morning or late-night practices.
    • Team meetings should continue to be virtual or, if in-person, face masks/coverings and social distancing must take place.


    • DeSales Athletics and Recreation is currently reviewing safe activities to replace these sports for the fall 2020 semester. Further details will be announced regarding these activities at a later date.
    • Traditional intramural sport leagues and one-day events are suspended for fall semester 2020.

    Club Sports

    • Decisions on practice and competition opportunities for club sport will be forthcoming.
    • Safe options for club sports are under review for fall 2020.
  • Before You Begin Your Day

    All members of the DeSales community (students, faculty, and staff) who will be visiting campus that day will conduct a daily health check by completing a health assessment using, Health Champion, a COVID-19 screening app. Prior to arrival on campus, you will receive an invitation to download the app.

    Upon successful completion of the health screening each day, the result will be either a green screen or a red screen:

    • Green—No further action is needed. You may report to campus, attend class, participate in daily activities, etc. 
    • Red—Do not report to campus; do not report to class. Remain where you are and call 610-282-1002, or extension 1250, if you are on campus and follow the instructions provided to you. Immediately call 911 in the event of an emergency. 
  • Campus Dining—DUC Food Court and Dining Hall

    Maximum Capacity: Food Court – 40; Dining Area Seating – 132

    We are introducing several significant changes to our menus, hours of operation and customer traffic patterns in the DUC (DeSales University Center). 

    Hours of Operation

    (Subject to change based on needs and flow control)

    Monday – Friday

    • Breakfast - 7:00am - 10:00am
    • Open - 10:00am - 11:00am
    • Lunch - 11:00am - 3:00pm
    • Open - 3:00pm - 4:30pm
    • Dinner - 4:30pm - 7:30pm
    • Late Night - 7:30pm - 10:00pm

    Saturday and Sunday

    • Continental - 9:30am - 11:00am
    • Brunch - 11:00am - 2:00pm
    • Open - 2:00pm - 4:30pm
    • Dinner - 4:30pm - 7:30pm
    • Late Night - 7:30pm - 10:00pm
    • All non-food items are prepackaged (e.g., napkins, plates, to-go containers, etc.)
    • Bistro and Sauté stations are located in the Main Food Dining area Monday – Friday. Bistro is located in Food Court Saturdays & Sundays.
    • Late Night Menu is mobile ordering only with designated pick up areas.

    Grab-N-Go & Takeout in Food Court

    • Grab-N-Go sandwiches, salads, desserts, yogurts, etc. are available for purchase.
    • Meal swipes (Board Swipes) are available for all stations.
    • One entrance in and one exit out signage is in place.
    • Pizza, Grill, Deli, and Build-A-Salad (Sauté Station) stations are available all day with the exception of the Build-A-Salad being served only during the lunch hour. A salad bar is being utilized at dinner with a side salad and full-size Grab-N-Go salads.
    • Queue lines with social distancing are in place along with decals on the floor, sneeze guards at the registers, and each student, faculty, or staff must swipe their own Paws Pass or credit card. No cash is being accepted after August 1, 2020.

    Mobile Ordering Pickup - DUC Conference Area

    • All food is prepaid through Dining Dollars, Paw Bucks, or credit card.
    • Available menus are from Pizza, Grill, and Deli.
    • Late Night Menu is available until 10 p.m.
    • Meal swipes are also available for mobile ordering, however it is limited to menu items available.
    • Mobile ordering pickup is in the Wood/Heritage Room located in the DUC Conference Center (near main entrance of building).
    • One entrance in and one exit out signage is marked by stations.
  • Campus Dining—Modifications and Options

    DeSales University’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in partnership with Sodexo Dining Services, includes implementing a plan of operational and procedural changes to ensure the safest environment possible for students, faculty, staff, guests, and Sodexo employees.

    The previously discussed face mask/covering protocol and social distancing protocol is in effect in all food service areas. These guidelines will help you navigate your way through our Dining Services.

    Following the recommended governmental and agency guidelines, DeSales has elected to implement a cautious, measured approach that best ensures that the campus community will enjoy their dining experience, as well as provide flexibility for students to choose the dining options that maximizes their comfort.

    Dining Modifications and Options

    Some procedures and operations are changing within the Dining Services in order to deliver safe, high-quality food in a carefully controlled environment. Please be aware that these are temporary solutions as we navigate through the changes being made according to all guidelines from the applicable federal and state authorities:

    • All appropriate health and sanitization protocols are followed.
    • All dining facilities are cashless as of August 1, 2020.
    • All self-service stations have been eliminated in the main dining area. All meals are ordered through mobile ordering, or in-person with limited capacity and served by the dining staff in the DUC only. All other locations are mobile ordering.
    • Grab-N-Go options are available in the DUC & Sandella’s.
    • C-Store is only available in-between meal periods.
    • Load stations to add Paw Bucks to cards are offline for the 2020-2021 school year; funds should be added to your account using eAccounts Online or the eAccounts Mobile app.
    • Mobile ordering has been established for take-out food through Transact. Information on mobile ordering will be provided as soon as the system is operational.
    • Occupancy in each dining area is limited (or not allowed) based on state guidance, but we encourage students to take advantage of our mobile ordering app for convenience.
    • One-way entrance and one-way exit foot-traffic patterns have been established in the main dining facility (DUC), along with a separate entrance for mobile ordering pick-up.
    • Pre-packaged flatware, napkins, containers, cups, and condiments are to be used.
    • Six-feet distance markers are placed around dining food stations and all diners are expected to comply with these demarcations.
    • There are PPE stations located at each entrance and face masks/coverings are required at all times (unless you are eating or drinking).


    There is no catering or concessions available for the Fall 2020 Semester.

  • Campus Dining—Pulse Cafe (Peets Coffee) in Gambet Hall

    *Mobile Ordering Only*

    Hours of Operation

    (Subject to change based on needs and flow control)

    Monday – Thursday 

    • Open - 7:30am – 8:00pm


    • Open - 7:30am – 1:00pm

    Saturday and Sunday

    • CLOSED

    Mobile Ordering in Pulse Café

    • All items are prepaid through Dining Dollars, Paw Bucks, or credit card.
    • Mobile ordering pickup is located in the pickup area.
    • Meal Swipe option is available in this location.
    • One entrance in and one exit out signage is marked by stations.
    • Peets Coffee, Made-to-Order Deli sandwiches, chips, or bottled beverages available only.
  • Campus Dining—Sandella's & C-Store in Dorothy Day Student Union

    Maximum Capacity: Sandella’s – Mobile Ordering Only, C-Store – 10

    Hours of Operation

    (Subject to change based on needs and flow control)

    Monday – Friday

    Open - 7:30am – 1:00am

    Saturday and Sunday

    Open - 7:30pm – 1:00am

    Mobile Ordering for Sandella’s

    • All food is prepaid through Dining Dollars, Paw Bucks, or credit card.
    • Mobile ordering pickup and C-Store have separate entrances and exits.
    • One entrance in and one exit out signage is marked by stations.
    • Sandella’s is available for a meal swipe option.

    Convenience Store Availability

    • Mobile ordering not available for C-Store items.
    • C-Store is available in between meal times.
    • One entrance in and one exit out signage is marked by stations.
    • Please touch only the products you plan to purchase.
    • Queue lines with social distancing are in place along with appliques on the floor, sneeze guard at the register, and each student, faculty, or staff must swipe their own Paws Pass or credit card. No cash is being accepted after August 1, 2020.
    • Self-service will function similar to a convenient store, but capacity is limited because of location size.
  • Campus Dining—Skylight Cafe (Starbucks Coffee) in Dooling Hall

    *Mobile Ordering Only*

    Hours of Operation

    (Subject to change based on needs and flow control)

    Monday – Friday

    • Open - 7:30am – 1:00pm  

    Saturday and Sunday

    • CLOSED

    Mobile Ordering in Skylight Café

    • All coffee and pastries are prepaid through Dining Dollars, Paw Bucks, or credit card.
    • Mobile ordering pickup is located in the pickup area.
    • No meal swipe option is available in this location.
    • One entrance in and one exit out signage is marked by stations.
    • Starbucks Coffee and pastries available only.
  • Campus Store


    • Monday - Thursday
      • 10:00am - 4:00pm
    • Friday
      • 10:00am - 3:00pm
    • Saturday and Sunday
      • CLOSED (except open August 15, 16, and 22)

    Store Capacity

    The bookstore is allowing 25 people, including employees, into the store at one time to meet the social distancing guidelines.  All those entering the store are required to wear a face mask/covering and must maintain social distancing while in line. The aisles in the textbook area are one way and there are arrows on the floor to direct traffic flow. 

    Register Area

    There are stanchions in the store to control the lines with six feet markings and signs are posted inside and outside the store to communicate to visitors the guidelines.

    Web Orders

    There is a separate line for web order pickups that are outside the store. There are stanchions outside the store for students who are picking up web orders and six feet markings to keep the social distancing. The web order pickup area is at the window right outside the store. Web order pick-up options will display on the campus store website beginning August 8. Students also have the option to have their books shipped to their homes prior to August 3. 

    Store Cleanliness and Safety

    Store cleaning and disinfecting will take place before, during and after the store opens. Employees and visitors must wear face masks/coverings and there is hand sanitizer at the entrance of the store and at the register area. 

  • Facilities & Environment—Cleaning and Disinfecting

    Housekeeping teams will clean campus spaces based on CDC guidelines for disinfection and OSHA protocols. Facilities will also maintain hand-sanitizer stations at major building entrances, elevators, and high-traffic areas.

    Students are expected to assist with cleaning their rooms, personal areas, and workspaces with products provided by

    Residence hall and University building occupants should also assist by wiping down commonly used surfaces before and after use with products that both meet the CDC’s criteria for use against COVID-19 and are appropriate for the type of surface. This includes any shared-space location or equipment (e.g., fitness centers, library tables, copiers, printers, computers, A/V and other electrical equipment, coffee makers, desks and tables, light switches, doorknobs, etc.). Facilities will provide products for disinfection.

  • Facilities & Environment—Elevators and Stairs

    Occupants are encouraged to use stairs for vertical circulation through buildings and should follow the right side of stairways.

    Elevators are limited to one occupant. Those waiting for elevators in lobbies should practice appropriate physical distancing. The use of elevators will be limited to those who have a necessity in an effort to avoid proximity with others in a confined space. Those using elevators are required to wear a face mask/covering. Users must avoid touching the elevator buttons with exposed hands/fingers, if possible. Wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers with greater than 60% alcohol as the preferred form of hand hygiene upon departing the elevator.

  • Facilities & Environment—Entering, Exiting, and Circulating Through Buildings

    Among other measures, larger buildings may have doors designated as “Enter” or “Exit” in order to minimize congestion in these areas.

    Building occupants navigating through building corridors and hallways should follow the right side of these passageways and should avoid congregating.

  • Facilities & Environment—Meetings

    Convening in groups increases the risk of viral transmission. Students, faculty, and staff should communicate with one another, to the extent possible, by email, text message, telephone or other available technology rather than face-to-face.

    Where feasible, meetings should be held in whole or part using available online collaboration tools (e.g., Zoom). Students who require an in-person meeting with a faculty or staff member must schedule ahead of time. Walk-in meetings are not permissible. 

    If it is necessary to hold meetings in-person, faculty and staff are asked to limit the number of attendees present, wear a face mask/covering, and ensure that all individuals are able to appropriately physical distance (i.e., six feet apart).

  • Facilities & Environment—Outdoor Campus Spaces

    When walking on campus sidewalks, please always stay to the right side of the walkway to provide at least six feet of distance from pedestrians walking in the opposite direction.

    Tents will be set up around campus for student use. While inside of a tent, please maintain use of face masks/coverings and social distancing protocol. 

  • Facilities & Environment—Restrooms

    Individuals are expected to keep at least six feet of distance in restrooms across campus. Please be mindful of the number of individuals inside a building restroom, and limit occupancy to ensure appropriate physical distancing. 

    Wash your hands thoroughly after each use.

  • Facilities & Environment—Signage and Posters

    The University has developed a portfolio of signage and decals to guide building occupants and visitors as they enter, travel through, occupy, and exit buildings. Common areas in buildings such as: main entry doors, corridors, lobbies, waiting areas, will be populated with signage with reminders of safe hygiene practices and other important information.

    Please continue to view and comply with signage from the University.

  • Facilities & Environment—What to Expect on Campus

    DeSales University has implemented various campus protocols designed to protect the health and safety of our community, prevent infections, and mitigate risks as students return to campus. This section offers further details regarding these protocols. Additionally, the campus community should be alert for supplemental policies, signage, and other directions. For additional information, please visit the CDC website.

  • Health & Safety—Face Masks and Coverings

    • All students, faculty, staff, and visitors are required to wear a face mask/covering at all times while they are on campus. Face mask/covering must fully cover the nose and mouth. Exceptions for wearing a face mask/covering includes times when individuals are alone outdoors, and while in personal spaces at times when contact with others is not suspected or likely (provided a face mask/covering is available to wear if the situation changes). 
    • Please wash or sanitize your hands each time prior to handling your mask.
    • Students are encouraged to bring their own face mask/covering, provided that they:
      • Allow for breathing without restriction
      • Are secured with ties, ear loops, or equivalent
      • Can be laundered without damage or change of shape
      • Cover the nose and mouth properly
      • Do not display any offensive images or language
      • Fit snugly, but comfortably, against the side of the face
      • Include multiple layers of fabric
    • The University will provide a face mask/covering to any student who requests one, please email: in order to obtain a mask.
    • Wash your cloth mask after each daily use.

    For more information on the use of face masks/covering please see the DeSales University Return-to-Campus Guide.

  • Health & Safety—Hand Washing

    Wash your hands often with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, or touching your face. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

    Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Health & Safety—Social Distancing

    Keeping space between you and others is one of the best tools we have to avoid being exposed to COVID-19 and slowing its spread. Because people can spread the virus before they exhibit any symptoms, it is important to stay away from others when possible, even if you do feel well. Social distancing is important for everyone, especially to help protect people who are at higher risk. We expect that all members of the campus community follow these social distancing practices:

    • Do not gather in groups of 10 or more.
    • Stay at least six feet from other people at all times.
    • Stay out of crowded places and avoid large group gatherings.
  • Ready for Anything

    At DeSales University, it is our priority to keep our students healthy, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, we will abide by governmental guidelines when possible as we strive to balance public health concerns with the needs of the University. This guide details how we plan to reopen the University, while keeping our campus community as safe as possible for all.

    This plan will only succeed with the support of each and every member of the DeSales University community: students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The purpose of this guide is to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on campus and to minimize risk for all.  To achieve this purpose successfully, requires the consistent commitment from all persons. All must abide by the procedures and policies outlined below, including social distancing, wearing face masks/coverings, handwashing hygiene, and more. 

    This guide outlines information provided by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), as well as guidance from other regulatory organizations.

    While the University will implement protocols to ensure safety, it is up to each individual on campus to execute on these protocols daily. In order to keep our University safe, it is imperative that from the individual level to an organizational level, all parties abide by the regulations outlined in this guide. In addition to communicating our plans to move forward, DeSales University offers this guide to highlight campus protocols now in place to protect student, faculty, and staff’s safety, and to establish a level of comfort for all of our students, employees, and visitors, for your return to campus.

    All students are expected to fully comply with the policies, protocols, and guidelines outlined in this document and others as part of the DeSales University Ready for Anything commitment. Failure to comply could result in drastic changes to campus life and jeopardize the University’s ability to offer a full educational experience. 

    In an emergency, please call 911, or if you are on campus, (610) 282-1002 or extension 1250. If you have non-emergency questions related to COVID-19 and DeSales University, please email those questions to You should expect to receive a response within 24-48 hours. Please note that this email is not for emergency use.

    Our knowledge and understanding of the COVID-19 virus continue to evolve, and our policies and plans will be updated appropriately as more information becomes available.
  • Student Life—Career Development Center

    The Career Development Center is committed to serving our student, alumni, and community partners through a full complement of virtual offerings:

    • Appointments with students and alumni continue through Zoom or via phone. Any individual seeking an appointment is encouraged to register online through a provided link or via phone (x1738); however, through appropriate social distancing protocol, students may enter physically to schedule a virtual appointment. These appointments include everything from Career Coaching, to Resume Reviews, to Internship Guidance, and Mock Interviews.
    • Daily "drop-in" Zoom hours are offered with an adjusted protocol for signing up for a time slot, using an online link to select a day/time.
    • Students in need of a private space to conduct a virtual interview with an employer for an internship or a job have access to the Career Center Interview Room, once again, to be scheduled through phone or social distant visit in the Career Center.
  • Student Life—Center for Faith and Justice

    • All sacraments, including the celebration of the Eucharist, retreats, Bible studies, and other ministry activities are available in an appropriately socially distant context and with the use of face masks/coverings.
    • Service learning and community service projects are continuing while adhering to the norms provided for campus safety.
  • Student Life—International Spring Break Trips

    The International Spring Break Trips for 2020-2021 are currently postponed until further notice.

  • Student Life—Off Campus University Sponsored Trips

    • Per the University’s travel policy, the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership is not permitting off-campus events and travel unless approved with complete guidelines.   
    • One event CAB is offering throughout the semester (starting August 20) on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays is FREE admittance to Putt U during their hours of operation and weather permitting. Students must show their valid DSU ID, face masks/coverings must be worn the entire time students are there, and no transportation is being provided.
  • Student Life—Office of Residence Life and Housing

    Undergraduate residence halls are operating at standard occupancy, though significantly enhanced cleaning and other adjustments in our common life are necessary to keep one another safe. Adjustments to residence halls and their operations include:

    • Assigned roommates are considered a “household” for purposes of contact tracing. Students do not need to wear face masks/coverings when they are in their assigned rooms, but they must wear face masks/coverings in all other rooms and common spaces, including hallways and lounges.
    • Hall lounge capacities are adjusted for physical distancing.
    • Protocols and designated areas have been developed for quarantine and isolation in case residential students report COVID-19 exposure or symptoms.
    • Residential students are not permitted to enter residential buildings other than their own. Additionally, residents should maintain six feet of social distancing if welcoming others into their rooms.
    • Social distancing is required in all residence hall lounges, restrooms, and common areas. Plexiglass barriers have been installed where necessary. Reduced capacities are posted and must be respected.
    • The University’s housekeeping staff has put in place a schedule to maintain regular cleanings, including disinfecting high touch surfaces multiple times a day.
    • To help prevent congestion and prevent potential transmission in the residence halls, outside visitors are not permitted. There are designated locations in the Dorothy Day Student Union where students can welcome visitors.
  • Student Life—Office of Student Conduct

    Creating and maintaining a healthy environment that limits the opportunity for transmission of COVID-19 is crucial during these times. We need to respect and support each other in meeting these standards and holding each other accountable. Compliance with the established social distancing, personal protective equipment (PPE), and health and hygiene protocols is expected of us all. Repeated or intentional disregard of the protocols is not permissible and will result in disciplinary action and possible loss of privileges to reside on campus and/or attend in-person classes.
  • Student Life—Student Activities

    All events and activities sponsored and approved by the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership are a combination of virtual and in-person (where permitted) until further notice. 

    • All in-person events require a student ID that will be swiped. Approved face masks/coverings, temperature checks, and social distancing are mandatory for all in-person events sponsored by the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership. No exceptions. Students are asked once to put on a face mask/covering, if they do not comply, they will be asked to leave. The covering of the face with a shirt does not count and will not be permitted, appropriate face masks/coverings only.
    • The maximum size for events is determined by compliance with governmental and health official’s recommendations for campus space as well as within DeSales University’s space regulations. 
    • ENGAGE, the online portal for student engagement, is being used in the following ways this upcoming fall:
      • All events must have proposals submitted and approved.
      • All sponsored and approved events are posted. 
      • All students must RSVP to in-person events.
    • The Office of Student Engagement and Leadership does not anticipate permitting the following in-person events in the fall. This list is subject to change.
    • Events that were scheduled for fall 2020 and need to be postponed to a later date will hopefully be made up in spring 2021.
  • Student Life—Student Organizations

    • All student organizations events, approved by the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership, are encouraged to take place virtually, however, there will be an opportunity to meet in-person in accordance with appropriate University public health practices and the student organization guidebook. Attendance must be taken at all in-person events to allow for contact tracing if needed.
    • All student organizations must submit and post all events and meetings on ENGAGE.
    • All student organizations meetings, approved by the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership, are asked to be virtual until further notice.
    • The Office of Student Engagement and Leadership does not anticipate permitting contact student organization events
    • The Office of Student Engagement and Leadership is working with DeSales University’s COVID-19 team to create a student organization guidebook prior to your return to campus.
  • Student Life—The Dorothy Day Student Union

    • The Dorothy Day Student Union is open and operational this fall. The building has enhanced sanitization and disinfection protocols, modified furniture, and adjusted capacities to University physical distancing requirements. Operating hours may be reduced to ensure deeper daily cleaning or accommodate academic classes. 
    • All outdoor grounds, including the Dorothy Day Park and the main green, can be reserved by student groups and may also be used informally by students when there is no prior reservation.
    • In collaboration with Auxiliary Services, three tents (eight, campus wide) have been installed outside Dorothy Day in the parking lots as space that can be reserved for additional outdoor student programs or informal gathering.
  • Student Life—The Orientation Program

    • The orientation program for the Class of 2024 and transfer students is a combination of virtual and in-person events.
    • August 13, 2020, is Move-In Day for all members of the Class of 2024 who will be residing in Tocik Hall, Conmy Hall, and Aviat Hall. Transfer students who are participating in Character U may move in on this day as well. 
    • The schedule for August 14-16, 2020, is posted on the orientation website and has been emailed to all students.
    • Transfer students not participating in Character U may move in with the rest of the student body on August 16, 2020.
    • For more information on the orientation program, please visit the following resources or send an email to:
      • Class of 2024 and Transfer student Blackboard page
      • Instagram pages @dsuclassof2024 and @desalesuorientation
      • Orientation website
  • Student Life—Wellness Center

    • All appointments for the health and counseling centers will be made by telephone or online with a no-walk-in policy until further notice.
    • Counseling services continue to be a hybrid of online and in-person sessions, with proper social distancing and face mask/covering procedures. In-person sessions are only being conducted if necessary.  
    • To schedule an appointment with the health center, please call 610-282-1100 ext. 1776. 
    • To schedule a counseling appointment, please complete this request.
    • A COVID-19 suite is being constructed with a separate entrance, designated exam room, and detailed protocols with a series of steps for no-contact assistance and on-site, rapid testing for anyone on campus experiencing symptoms.

Ready for Anything: Student Life Announcements

Do you have additional questions not addressed on this page?

Per Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) guidelines, Jerry Joyce, executive vice president, has been appointed as our campus liaison for all issues pertaining to COVID-19 matters. Please send any questions to


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