Housing & Dining
DeSales’ 400+ acres of scenic residential campus located in Lehigh Valley, PA, are peaceful, beautiful, and safe. A sense of of acceptance, belonging, and community can be found everywhere…a feeling that makes campus feel like home.
Student Life: COVID-19 Response FAQs
An important note from the Student Life Office about this FAQ list
We remain grateful for your patience, flexibility, and understanding as we work through these challenging times.
Many of you are asking fine questions about immediate next steps and long-term expectations. Until further notice, DeSales University will conduct classes using an online learning platform. Also, while we are trying to address your questions with our communications and website updates, we realize that some of your questions may not be addressed.
A new email account, email@example.com, has been created for you and your families to ask all of your questions. Members of staff will receive these and direct them to the appropriate party for a response.
Do I have access to the Residence Halls?
Not at this time. Due to the recent Lehigh County stay at home order from PA Governor Wolf, assess to the residence halls will not be available until April 30.
Although, Governor Wolf has indicated that "travel to and from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, recovering meals, and any other related services" will be allowed.
We are currently in the process of developing official move out procedures to take place at the end of the semester. Please stay tuned for further details.
I am on campus. Will I have access to food?
Operations Update: All Dining Locations Are CLOSED Until Further Notice. Please see the DeSales Dining Website for more info.
If I am not allowed to reside on campus, will I get a refund?In the coming weeks, we will address the issue of refunds for room and board in a fair and equitable way for all students living in campus residence halls. Since we do not yet know how long resident students will be away from campus, we do not know the amount of this reimbursement. We will communicate and process these refunds when we have more information about the duration of this present situation.
What will happen with my student mail and packages?
Students should have packages and mail sent to their place of residence during the period in which our residence halls are closed. Please do not send packages and mail to your campus address. More information about mail will be posted on the website next week.
When is the Mailroom open?
Effective immediately through Monday, April 6, 2020 (pending further updates) the mailroom will be closed on campus.
However, the mailroom will continue to receive mail from the Center Valley, PA post office.
Margaret Huber, mailroom supervisor, will notify Mike Sweetana, director of finance, on the volume of mail received for the Treasurer's, Institutional Advancement and Enrollment Management Offices. Arrangements will be made for delivery of mail for the aforementioned areas to a contact person for each office.
Will this FAQ be updated as things change?
Further information about campus resources will be updated on this site.
Please remember that our campus resources are available to you. We will continue to update these FAQs on COVID-19 as this situation continues to evolve.
We will communicate as necessary, via website, email and social media, as we move forward.
Our residence halls are modern and spacious and offer so much more than the old style dorm rooms. All first-year residential students live in suites of four: two students in each double room with a shared bathroom in the middle. Incoming first-year students are required to either reside on campus or commute from home.
When it comes to dining options, DeSales is truly world class. The DUC—DeSales University Center—is our gorgeous dining hall facility offering all kinds of delicious fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner…and plenty of snacks to keep you going in-between meals. There are also three other dining spots on campus that bring convenience and variety to the table.