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Fall 2021 COVID-19 Guide

Keeping our campus and community safe in the time of COVID-19.

In keeping with our mission of maintaining the health and safety of our community, DeSales University strongly urges all who are eligible to obtain a COVID-19 vaccination. Currently, receiving the COVID-19 vaccination is not required for students, faculty, staff, or other members of our community. However, the more individuals who are vaccinated, the more relaxed associated restrictions may become.

For your convenience, you can view a list of vaccine providers

Thank you for your continued cooperation and patience during these unprecedented times.

Vaccine Self Disclosure Submission Forms

Student Submission    Faculty & Staff

Active Protocols

Masking Mandate

  • As of Monday, August 16, 2021, masking is required inside all campus facilities regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. 
  • You may remove your mask in residence halls and while eating/drinking in the dining areas.
  • We will revaluate our University’s masking policy as CDC guidance evolves.

Remote Learning

  • Remote learning via Zoom will be available only for students in isolation or  quarantine approved by the Wellness Center, unless experiential learning makes that modality unfeasible.
  • Students with an approved letter of accommodation from the Office of Student Accessibility will have access to recorded lectures and/or other materials in consultation with their instructors.

Symptoms and Testing

  • Weekly surveillance testing will resume beginning the first week of the semester, regardless of vaccination status and/or prior COVID-19 infection. 
  • The Wellness Center will provide symptomatic testing for students.

Protocol for Residential Students needing Isolation or  Quarantine:

  • If students live more than 300 miles from campus, the University will reimburse room and board on a prorated basis and will also assist them with finding suitable accommodations.
  • If students live within 300 miles of campus, the University will reimburse room and board on a prorated basis with the expectation that students return home for that period of time.  


Contact Tracing

Any University student, faculty, or staff member who experiences COVID-19 symptoms, or has tested positive for COVID-19, will be asked to assist with contact tracing. Depending on the circumstances, the University will notify those impacted if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 exposure on campus.


COVID-19 Statistics on Campus

See a weekly data report on COVID-19 at DeSales University for the Fall 2021 semester.

View the Fall 2021 COVID-19 Statistics Dashboard


COVID-19 FAQs — Fall 2021

  • What do I do if I test positive for COVID-19 or am exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?

    If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please contact the University:

    • Monday-Friday, 9:00AM–4:00PM: Call the Wellness Center @ 610-282-1100 ext. 1776 to speak with a health professional.
    • After 4:00PM and before 9:00AM on weekdays and weekends: Call University Police dispatch @ 610-282-1002 –for further instructions.
  • When do I need to quarantine?

    If you are not fully vaccinated:

    You MUST quarantine if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. "Close contact" means you’ve been within 6 feet of the infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more within a 24-hour period.

    If you ARE fully vaccinated:

    You do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. However:

    • If you develop COVID-19 symptoms you should get tested immediately. 
    • If you are not displaying symptoms the CDC recommends you should get tested 3-5 days after your exposure and wear a mask when in public indoor spaces for 14 days following exposure, or until your test result is negative.
  • What do I need to do if I’m mandated to quarantine?

    • Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with the person who has tested positive for COVID-19.
    • Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, and other symptoms of COVID-19.
  • What is Isolation?

    • Isolation separates people infected with COVID-19 from those who are not infected.
    • People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others.
  • What should I do while in Isolation?

    • Monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately.
    • Stay in a separate room from other household members, if possible.
    • Use a separate bathroom, if possible.
    • Avoid contact with other members of the household and pets.
    • Don’t share personal household items such as cups, towels, and utensils.
    • Wear a mask when around other people if able.

    In addition to the protocols outlined above, the mandates described in the August 11, 2021 communication will continue to be observed at this time.

  • Do I have to use available time off for COVID-19 related absence from work?

    Faculty & Staff:

    • If you must be absent from work due to COVID-19 related illness/isolation or quarantine, you will be required to use your available time off under the University’s current policies.
    • If you have exhausted available sick, personal and vacation time, you may take any remaining COVID-19 leave you may have available for COVID related illness/isolation or quarantine.
    • The University has extended the COVID-19 leave policy through December 31, 2021 to provide time off in this case. For part-time employees, the amount of available leave will be pro-rated based on the standard part-time hours worked in a week. This time off will become available only if all other time off is exhausted and you must use available COVID-19 leave for the following, but not limited to, conditions:
          • Diagnoses of COVID-19, or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, and seeking a diagnosis or requiring time to take a COVID-19 test.
          • Care of an immediate family member who has a diagnosis of COVID-19 or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and is seeking a diagnosis.
          • Care of an immediate family member subject to a quarantine or self-isolation order or who has been advised to self-isolate.
          • Child/elder care due to school/day care closures related to the effects of COVID-19.
          • Employees who are affected by conditions related to COVID-19 and who are unable to perform their assigned duties by working remotely (telecommute or telework).
          • COVID-19 leave use, including a determination that an employee is unable to perform their assigned duties, is subject to approval by his/her vice president in consultation with the Office of Human Resources.
          • Use of COVID-19 leave is only available through December 31, 2021.
          • There is no entitlement to the COVID-19 leave after December 31, 2021.
          • COVID-19 leave does not accrue and may not be rolled-over or combined into other types of leave. COVID-19 time that is unused will not be paid-out to the employee for any reason.

        COVID-19 Contact Info

        If you experience symptoms of COVID-19:

        • Monday-Friday, 9:00AM–4:00PM: call 610-282-1100 ext. 1776 to speak with a health professional.
        • After 4:00PM and before 9:00AM on weekdays and weekends: call University Police dispatch at 610-282-1002 for further instructions.

        If you are experiencing emergent symptoms such as chest pain or shortness of breath, do not wait. Go to an ER or call 911.