Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information & Resources

In order to help stop the spread of COVID-19, Thomas Jefferson University has announced changes to events, visitors, athletics and more. Below is a summary of the announcements and contact information for the impacted departments. 

  • UNIVERSITY RELAUNCH GUIDE: The University’s entire Relaunch Guide, which contains information about the items below and more, can be accessed on BannerWeb. Log in using your campus key and password, and then select the link: “Student University Relaunch Guide.”
  • OTHER CAMPUS FACILITIES: While most facilities are not to be used now, please note, in particular, that the library building on both of our main campuses are closed. However, most resources are available electronically, including assistance from resource librarians. In addition all athletic and fitness facilities are closed until further notice. Dining in East Falls will be offered on a carry-out only basis and will be limited in the next week.  The use of on-campus learning labs and studios are not permitted at this time.
  • TRAVEL, VISITORS AND MEETINGS: As a reminder, all Jefferson-related domestic and international travel is suspended. No visitors are permitted on campus. All internal or external meetings must be conducted via teleconferencing or other means of virtual communication.
  • STUDENTS RETURNING TO CAMPUS FOR THE FALL SEMESTER: All students must complete an online orientation program, which will include information about COVID-19 risk factors, including symptoms, travel, contacts and exposures, before coming to campus.  Students who identify risk factors must contact Student Health Services (East Falls students) or Jefferson Occupational Health Network (all other campuses) prior to returning to campus. 
    • All students should self-isolate at home for two weeks prior to returning to campus, in order to minimize the chance of being exposed to the virus and potentially transmitting the virus at the campus environment.
    • All International students coming directly from their home country should self-isolate at an off-campus location for two weeks prior to returning to campus, in order to minimize the chance of being exposed to the virus prior to coming to campus. The University cannot support housing students prior to the start of classes, but can assist in identifying local hotels.
    • Students who have completed their orientation and attestation programs and have arrived on campus should avoid any travel outside of the immediate Philadelphia region until the end of in-person education activities at the end of November, 2020, except for travel to clinical rotations as assigned. In particular, students who travel for personal reasons to states where there is an increasing rate of COVID-19 infections, according to any of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey travel advisories, must quarantine for 14 days upon return, and must be cleared by Jefferson Occupational Health Network or Student Health Services prior to a return to on-campus classes. The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey travel advisories can be found at:
    • It is recommended that students speak with their advisor or program director/department chair to discuss the impact travel plans will have on academic program.
    • Regardless of whether students are travelling locally or distantly, all students should take measures to minimize their chances for infection, including wearing face masks, observing social distancing, washing hands frequently, covering your mouth when sneezing or coughing, and avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Students who notice any symptoms of COVID-19 or believe they have had an exposure to someone with COVID-19 while travelling, should NOT return to campus until they have been cleared to do so by Jefferson Occupational Health Network or Student Health Services.
  • EVENTS: All University events are either postponed (including Commencements and Admissions events) or cancelled until it is again deemed safe to convene groups.

 

  • Residential Life
    East Falls: 215-951-2741; ResLife@philau.edu
    Center City: 215-955-8913; University.Housing@jefferson.edu
  • Libraries
    Gutman: AskGutman@jefferson.edu
    Scott: AskaLibrarian@jefferson.edu
  • Student Life
    East Falls: 215-951-2634; StudentEngagement@PhilaU.edu
    Center City: 215-503-7743; StudentLife@jefferson.edu
  • Jefferson Recreation and Fitness Centers
    East Falls: 215-951-2700
    Center City: 215-503-7949
  • Student Accounts
    East Falls: 215-951-5988; StudentAccts@philau.edu
    Center City: 215-503-7669; tuition.office@jefferson.edu
  • IT HelpDesk Support
    East Falls: 215-951-4648; helpdesk@philau.edu
    Center City: 215-955-7975; https://ist.jefferson.edu/solutions-center.html
 

University Updates

Detailed information is being shared via email that will also be posted on this site. It is important that you access this information to ensure you are up to date on the latest guidance regarding COVID-19 and international travel.

August 4, 2020: Reorientation/Attestation for Students Returning to Campus

SENT ON BEHALF OF:

Mark L. Tykocinski, MD
Executive Vice President, Academic Affairs
Provost, Thomas Jefferson University

To All Thomas Jefferson University Students:

With the start of the Fall 2020 semester less than a month away, we continue with our preparations to safely bring you back to campus.

As part of Jefferson’s ongoing efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19, any students who will be attending in-person classes at Jefferson are required to complete the following prior to arriving to campus:

  • Complete a mandatory COVID-19 education module and attestation. A link to the module will be emailed to your Jefferson account and will be completed through Canvas. You will be asked to answer questions that confirm you are symptom-free, and review important campus and safety guidelines. (Please note that some students may have already completed this requirement prior to receiving this communication.)

  • Remain in your home as much as possible for the 14 days prior to arriving on campus or starting in-person classes. If you must go out, maintain six feet of distance from others, wear a mask, and avoid crowded places and large gatherings.

  • Contact Jefferson Occupational Health Network (Center City) at 215-955-6835 or Student Health Services (East Falls) at 215-951-2986 if you have one or more of the following risk factors*:
    • a personal diagnosis of COVID-19 in the last 21 days
    • recent contacts (14 days) with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
    • international travel or travel from a state with a high infection rate
    • symptoms of COVID-19

*Additional information regarding these risk factors will be available in the education module.

Returning to Campus

Please keep in mind that the campus life all of us are returning to is not the one we left last spring. While we wish that we could return immediately to the kind of normalcy we used to enjoy, this moment imposes different responsibilities upon all of us. Be aware of different anxiety levels and concerns, and be sure to be kind and show empathy towards others. If you need support, you are encouraged to use Jefferson’s resources which can be found on Jefferson.edu/Coronavirus.

Additional Updates

We are sure you have a range of detailed questions related to the year ahead. Answers to most of these questions can be found in Jefferson’s Relaunch Guide, available on BannerWeb. Still, other questions and logistics will require some patience as we continue to navigate this uncharted territory. Please continue to check your email regularly for updates and don’t forget to register for our Center City and East Falls Informational Sessions taking place on Wednesday, August 12.

Rest assured that your safety, and that of our faculty and staff remains Jefferson’s top priority. We will continue to reevaluate our plans in the weeks ahead in tandem with city, state and federal public health regulations. Regardless of how the situation continues to unfold, Jefferson is prepared to provide you with a premier academic experience that maximizes your safety and wellbeing.

Thank you in advance for your understanding as we work through the countless details that must be addressed to make the coming year a success. We look forward to seeing you on campus soon. In the meantime, please stay safe and be well.

SENT ON BEHALF OF:

Mark L. Tykocinski, MD
Executive Vice President, Academic Affairs
Provost, Thomas Jefferson University

To All Thomas Jefferson University Students


Subject: Update for Student Exchange and Visitor Program - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Policy

As you may already be aware, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a new policy on their Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP) regarding international students and course delivery format for the Fall 2020 term. As it stands, the policy essentially restricts international students from staying in the U.S. if the delivery format of their course of study is “entirely online” or they have a “full online course load.”

I would like to make it very clear that the fundamental tenant of Jefferson is to create an academic experience where all our students become global citizens who understand, appreciate and embrace the wider world.  Our international students enrich the learning environment for all of us, and we greatly value the perspectives they bring with them to Jefferson. We are here to support them and their right to education.

In response to the announcement of this policy, Jefferson has convened a group that includes Academic Affairs, Global Affairs, Student Affairs, Legal, Government Relations and Enrollment Management to monitor this development and create a strategy that benefits and assists our international students.

We are in the process of learning as much as we can about the details of the new requirements and how hundreds of our students from more than 40 countries will be affected. As you know, the University is planning on a hybrid model of instruction for the Fall 2020 semester. This will include both online and in-person components of courses or program curriculum. I am hopeful that this academic model, or a variation of it, will allow our international students to continue pursuing the opportunities they deserve.

We will communicate with you as more updates become available. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact Janice Bogen (Center City Campus) or Hannah Bar-Giora (East Falls Campus).

SENT ON BEHALF OF:

Mark L. Tykocinski, MD
Executive Vice President, Academic Affairs
Provost, Thomas Jefferson University

To All Thomas Jefferson University Students:

I want to take a moment to thank all our incredible students – who quickly adapted to making the most out of the unprecedented ending to their spring semester. These are challenging times, not only for higher education, but for our country as a whole.  Be assured that we are committed to doing our utmost to make your experience at Jefferson as stress-free as possible, while delivering a rewarding and fulfilling education.

While coronavirus is not yet going away, Jefferson is here to reassure you that we have taken the necessary steps, in accordance with CDC recommendations, to maximize your safety when you begin your education this fall. Your well-being and our commitment to delivering the highest standards of education continue to be our top priorities.

To help put you at ease, we wanted to share with you a comprehensive Relaunch Guide we developed for students, faculty, and staff, that details how we will move Jefferson education forward, and safely welcome you to back to campus.

The Relaunch Guide outlines important operational procedures and more to ensure a safe environment as we continue to deliver a great curriculum to you that blends digital tools with human connection. In the Guide you will find details on:

  • Returning to Campus: Students should self-isolate for 14 days prior to returning to campus. If returning from a Coronavirus Hotspot State, Jefferson will provide a detailed policy and guidelines that will be available on Jefferson.edu/coronavirus.  
  • COVID-19 Screening, Testing & Case Management – All students and staff will complete an online screening information form prior to returning to campus. Those who are symptomatic should follow the instructions listed in the Relaunch Guide.  Those who test positive will follow isolation protocols also in the Relaunch Guide.
  • Operations Planning – The University has developed a plan to operate in a hybrid model for fall 2020, beginning on campus and then moving to online instruction after the Thanksgiving holiday. These plans allow for a quick pivot back to a complete online operation, if necessary. 
  • Social Distancing – Details are provided on how to adhere to social distancing guidelines, wearing a mask when on campus, and other protocols to ensure safety.
  • Reimagined Classrooms – Classroom, lab, studio, and student study spaces will need to be reconfigured to accommodate social distancing guidelines. Deans will decide which classes can be delivered in an online or hybrid fashion.

Other sections of the guide include details on:

  • Campus Operations
  • International Travel 
  • Dining
  • Housing 
  • Athletics
  • Events
  • Absenteeism
  • Education Scenario Planning, and much more.

Download Our Relaunch Guide

The above is just a glimpse of the specifics that are detailed in this Guide. The entire Relaunch Guide can be accessed on BannerWeb >>. Log in using your campus key and password, and then select the link: “Student University Relaunch Guide.” A link to the Relaunch Guide will also be available on CANVAS, and an Executive Summary of this Guide will be posted on Jefferson.edu.

You are strongly encouraged to review this Guide document thoroughly before returning to campus this fall.

Information Sessions in August

We will be holding two information sessions for all students in early August to review the Guide and answer any questions you may have. We will send out an invitation to these sessions through your Jefferson email account, as well as a link to submit your questions. It is imperative that you check your Jefferson email often. 

Be assured that we are using a coordinated approach to safely move your education forward while remaining as flexible as possible this fall to address your needs and preferences.

We have faced this virus together, and we are eager to move your education forward together. We are especially thrilled to welcome you to campus.

I look forward to answering your questions at our upcoming information sessions and look forward to seeing you in the fall. Please safely enjoy your summer.

Thank you and be well.

 

June 10, 2020

SENT ON BEHALF OF:
Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA
President, Thomas Jefferson University
CEO, Jefferson Health

Mark L. Tykocinski, MD
Executive Vice President, Academic Affairs
Provost, Thomas Jefferson University

To All Thomas Jefferson University Students:

As previously announced on April 28, 2020, Thomas Jefferson University is planning to return to in-person classes and campus operations for the Fall 2020 semester. In delivering your education in-person, we will operate within a framework that maximizes safety and abides by local, state and federal regulations related to the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of that framework, we have made the decision that all on-campus classes, activities and programs will end at the Thanksgiving break and classes and other course activity will resume remotely/online until the normal end of the semester, including final exam periods. Classes and other course activities will resume after the Thanksgiving break but will be held remotely until the normal end of the semester, including final exam periods. Residence halls and dining facilities will be limited, with permission, and will re-open for the beginning of the Spring 2021 semester. Fall 2020 room and board charges will be adjusted accordingly. Student clinical rotations are not affected by this decision and will continue as scheduled.

We have made this decision to minimize the exposure risks associated with large numbers of students travelling home or to other destinations over the Thanksgiving break, and then returning to campus.  Many other colleges and universities have made the same decision in an effort to maximize the safety of students, faculty and staff, especially late in the semester where there is a projected possibility of an increase in COVID-19 cases.  Our academic programs are incorporating this decision in their planning for their fall course schedules.

As a reminder, all summer classes remain online and University-sponsored travel is suspended.

If you have any questions, please contact your academic program directly.

We look forward to welcoming our students back in-person for the Fall 2020 semester, and wish all of you an enjoyable and safe summer.

May 15, 2020

SENT ON BEHALF OF:

Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA
President, Thomas Jefferson University
CEO, Jefferson Health

Mark L. Tykocinski, MD
Provost and EVP for Academic Affairs
Dean, Sidney Kimmel Medical College

SUBJECT: 05-13-2020 COVID-19 Update: CARES Emergency Financial Aid Grants for Students

TO ALL THOMAS JEFFERSON UNIVERSITY STUDENTS:

We hope this email finds you well. You have likely heard about the federal government's Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and its provision of Emergency Financial Aid grants for students. As part of the CARES Act stimulus package, Thomas Jefferson University has been awarded grant funding that will provide students with additional resources to meet unexpected expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. CARES funding is intended and should be used for student expenses associated with the cost of attendance related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child-care expenses. While we understand that each and every one of you has experienced an upheaval of your day-to-day life as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to ensure that students with the most urgent need are the first to receive these emergency funds.

To apply for an individual CARES Act grant, we ask that you complete and submit the online application by logging into Bannerhttps://banner.jefferson.edu and then clicking on the CARES Act Grant link. The University is committed to reviewing applications and providing answers to students within a week of the application being received.

Please note that the Department of Education has specified that students are eligible to apply for funding under this program if they:

  • Have filed or are eligible to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Are a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen;
  • Have a valid Social Security number;
  • Have registered with Selective Service (if the student is male);
  • Have a high school diploma, GED, or have completed high school in an approved homeschool setting;
  • Are not in default on a federal student loan nor owe money back on a federal student grant;
  • Do not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale; and
  • Were not enrolled in an entirely online program on March 13, 2020.

For additional information about the CARES Act Grant funding and JeffSecure funding, please visit www.Jefferson.edu/coronavirus.

We are grateful for th e strength and commitment of everyone in the Jefferson community during this uncertain time.

May 12, 2020


SENT ON BEHALF OF:
Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA
President, Thomas Jefferson University
CEO, Jefferson Health

Mark L. Tykocinski, MD
Executive Vice President, Academic Affairs
Provost, Thomas Jefferson University

TO ALL THOMAS JEFFERSON UNIVERSITY GRADUATING STUDENTS:

As you know, due to the unexpected and unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, it was necessary to redesign this year’s Commencements. We thank you for your patience while we carefully thought through these decisions. We are excited to share our plans with you now.

•        Over the coming days, you will be notified by your respective dean about the official conferral of your degree, timed for the original date of your graduation. You will also hear from your dean about the logistics for receiving your regalia and a special stole to commemorate this extraordinary time.

•        On July 12, 2020, we will hold formal Commencement ceremonies, virtually, for you and your family and friends. During these special virtual ceremonies, you’ll hear from Thomas Jefferson University leaders, and each of the deans will present their graduating students to the president for the formal conferral of degrees. The schedule is as follow:

DATE

TIME

LEVEL

SCHOOL(s)/COLLEGE(s)

July 12, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9 a.m.

Undergraduate (East Falls)

Architecture and the Built Environment

Health Sciences (East Falls Campus)

Humanities and Sciences

Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce

-         School of Business

-         School of Design and Engineering

Humanities and Sciences

Life Sciences

Rehabilitation Sciences

School of Continuing Professional Studies

10:30 a.m.

Undergraduate (Center City)

 

Graduate

Health Professions (Graduate and Center City Undergraduate)

Rehabilitation Sciences (Graduate)

School of Continuing Professional Studies (Graduate)

12 p.m.

Undergraduate

 

Graduate

Nursing

1:30 p.m.

Graduate

Sidney Kimmel Medical College

Life Sciences

3 p.m.

Graduate

Architecture and the Built Environment (Graduate)

Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce (Graduate)

Pharmacy

Population Health

 

You will receive your Commencement program book and your diploma via mail. 

Instructions on how to register for participation in the July 12 ceremony, how to submit a photo of yourself to be shared on screen during the event, and instructions on how to enter a student video competition will be sent to your Jefferson email. Please keep an eye on your email for this information. We hope that you’ll share your photos from this special day with us on social media using the hashtag#JeffersonGrad2020.

We are in the process of finalizing plans for an in-person celebration for the fall. Dates and other details are still being solidified, and we look forward to sharing that information with you once confirmed. Nevertheless, you can expect to receive your official diploma via mail later this summer.

We are incredibly proud of how you positively adapted to the many challenging transitions in the face of a global pandemic. Jefferson recognizes that our students will be entering a very different work world as this century unfolds. We are confident that you are properly equipped with the skills to be ahead of the curve, and that you will embrace all the enormous opportunities that are sure to come your way. We are so proud of our graduates, now more than ever before.  

We look forward to “seeing” you all on July 12, 2020, and celebrating your outstanding accomplishments. 

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions at graduation@jefferson.edu. In addition, please continue to visit ourcommencement website for specific updates and FAQs. 

Thank you and be well.

April 30, 2020

SENT ON BEHALF OF:

Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA
President, Thomas Jefferson University
CEO, Jefferson Health

Mark L. Tykocinski, MD
Provost and EVP for Academic Affairs
Dean, Sidney Kimmel Medical College

04-30-20 COVID-19 Update: 2020-2021 Academic Year Tuition Freeze

TO ALL THOMAS JEFFERSON UNIVERSITY STUDENTS:

As a follow-up to our email outlining our plans for the fall semester that we released on Tuesday, we are providing you with another important update: To assist all our students during this uniquely challenging time, we have made the decision to freeze tuition, room/board and fees for the 2020-2021 academic year. In the coming weeks, as we learn more, you will also receive information about additional opportunities for financial assistance through the CARES Act Stimulus Package.

If you have any questions about tuition or need further assistance with financial aid, please do not hesitate to contact Financial Aid at financialaid@jefferson.edu or 215.951.2940 in East Falls or financial.aid@jefferson.edu or 215.955.2867 in Center City.  Our goal is to answer all calls and emails  within 24 business hours.

Jefferson remains committed to providing you, our students, with the high quality education you deserve and to serve you well during this difficult time.

Thank you, stay safe and be well.

April 28, 2020

SENT ON BEHALF OF:

Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA
President, Thomas Jefferson University
CEO, Jefferson Health

Mark L. Tykocinski, MD
Provost and EVP for Academic Affairs
Dean, Sidney Kimmel Medical College

TO ALL THOMAS JEFFERSON UNIVERSITY STUDENTS:

As we approach the end of what has been a unique spring semester, we are writing with an important update regarding our plans for the fall 2020 semester.

Many universities are still deciding on their path forward, but we want you to know now that we plan to resume on-campus classes and operations this fall. In delivering your education in-person, we will operate within a framework that maximizes safety and abides by local, state and federal regulations related to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have heard from so many of you about your eagerness to return to campus, a feeling shared by our faculty and staff. This sentiment has in no small part informed our decision.

In the spirit of a ‘Jefferson Engaged’ back-to-campus roadmap, we intend to be as flexible as possible this fall in addressing your needs and preferences. In doing so, we will tap into the creative spirit that has defined our university’s approach to education and discovery for two centuries. Innovation in our in-person learning formats—in studios, labs, simulation centers, all kinds of small group didactics—will be complemented by an expanded toolbox of state-of-the-art digital education tools and approaches.

At a time when many other universities will be retrenching, we will be investing even more. In optimizing learning formats, spaces and tools, we will, as always, focus on your educational experience and professional development, but now ever more attentive to maximizing safety. 

More specifically, our plans for the fall 2020 semester include:

  • Expanding class schedules so we can create smaller classes, labs and studios to incorporate appropriate social distancing practices
  • Opening residence halls, as well as dining, athletic and other campus facilities maximizing safety
  • Restarting clinical rotations in accordance with best safety practices
  • Developing more options for digital learning, even while you are on campus
  • Exploring an all-digital learning opportunity for those students who might prefer this option for the fall 2020 semester
  • Investing in even more professional development for our faculty, especially in the area of digital education
  • Expanding academic and personal support services for our students

In all of this, we will reinforce our commitment to our compelling value propositions for students: pioneering transdisciplinary Nexus Learning; emphasizing experiential learning; and infusing our professional training tracks with the liberal arts. These are being enhanced with newly developed creativity and professions-focused computational thinking offerings. Jefferson has been at the forefront in recognizing that our students will be entering a very different work world as this century unfolds, and no doubt, the change will only accelerate in a post-COVID-19 era. We are positioned to train you for this new professional landscape—to embrace its enormous opportunities and face down its challenges.

The message is clear. Regardless of the situation this fall and recognizing circumstances may change and require a different course of action, we will be prepared. Out of what has been a very difficult time for universities, students, the nation and the world, we are confident new creative possibilities will emerge. We are positioned to tap into those possibilities, with you, the students, front and center.

Undoubtedly, the means by which we had to finish out the spring semester in crisis mode was not ideal and certainly not something any of us wanted to do. Yet, we did what was necessary to ensure that you were able to continue your academic progress toward graduation. No one could have predicted that our faculty would have to move more than 2,700 course sections online in such a short period of time.  That is exactly what they did, and we are proud of how they addressed this unimaginable task. We are equally proud of you, our students, and how you reacted to this transition in the face of a global pandemic. The Thomas Jefferson University community will be stronger for how we came together to not only survive, but to thrive during this time.

We cannot wait to be able to welcome you back to campus! Please continue to check your University email and we will keep you updated throughout the summer as we have more information. As a reminder, if the COVID-19 pandemic has personally impacted you or your family and you need assistance, please reach out to Student Life by calling 215.951.2740 for the East Falls Campus or 215.990.6920 for the Center City Campus.

Thank you. Please stay safe and be well.

April 24, 2020

To All Thomas Jefferson University Students:

Today I wanted to provide an update regarding summer programming. University academic programs will provide all summer and pre-fall semester didactic academic programming via online delivery.  

However, the University will also seek to re-start clinical rotations and other experiential education opportunities such as some labs, studios, and simulations as soon as safely possible. This will be dependent on directives from local and state governments, and on the ability for these facilities to provide to appropriate safety precautions such as social distancing, PPE, cleaning, and screening procedures.

For any questions regarding Summer 2020 academic programming, please contact your academic advisor directly.

Thank you and be well.

April 14, 2020

SENT ON BEHALF OF:
Charles A. Pohl, MD
Vice Provost of Student Affairs, Thomas Jefferson University
Vice Dean of Student Affairs and Professor of Pediatrics, Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University


To All Thomas Jefferson University Students:

We know that navigating life during the COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging, and we want to remind you that Jefferson is here to support both you and your healthcare needs during this time. 

If you are feeling sick in any way, or if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and have symptoms, the best thing you can do is contact your primary care physician, or utilize JeffConnect – Jefferson’s video technology that delivers face-to-face care and consultation from the comfort of your home.

JeffConnect is easy to use and can be accessed from any mobile device or from a computer with a webcam, 24/7. Visit theJeffConnect website for more information, and see instructions on how to use the system. No co-pay is required to use JeffConnect – it’s one of your student benefits. 

Currently, many are suffering from seasonal allergies, which are kicking up this time of year, and can present many similar symptoms of COVID-19. See the attached infographic on how to tell the difference between allergies and COVID-19 symptoms, and read what Jefferson allergist, Dr. John Cohen, says about differentiating the two on The Health Nexus.

In addition, please be sure to utilize Jefferson’s wellness resources and tips that are available to you and your families during this trying time on Jefferson.edu/Coronavirus

Our primary interest is always protecting the health and safety of our students, especially now. We will continue to communicate with you regularly and ask that your monitor your email for updates.

April 9, 2020


SENT ON BEHALF OF:

Charles A. Pohl, MD
Vice Provost of Student Affairs, Thomas Jefferson University
Vice Dean of Student Affairs and Professor of Pediatrics, Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

Alexandra C. Leto
Lead Coordinator, Jefferson Student COVID-19 Volunteer Efforts, SKMC Class of 2021


To All Thomas Jefferson University Students:

The spirit of volunteerism throughout Thomas Jefferson University has been unprecedented during this time. In the transition from learning in a clinical setting to an online forum, we have seen many of you crave to reconnect with your patients, teachers, and mentors, while also feeling a strong desire to serve the community. While unable to provide assistance in the clinical setting, you have found many ways to help support the health system during this trying time. As we continue to forge through this time of uncertainty, we would like to offer a streamlined forum for students to access volunteer opportunities to assist the Jefferson Health System in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

We have received a number of inquiries over the past 3 week from various departments at TJUH calling for student volunteers to assist in COVID-19 efforts. These efforts have served to help alleviate the burden on the department's staff and provide comfort and support to patients. Many of these projects have included triaging patients over the phone, assisting patients in making telemedicine appointments, providing necessary CDC guideline information about COVID-19, and staffing the Jefferson Employee Hotline. 

Additionally, students have been eager to help! In the last poll sent out to the University calling for volunteers, we received over 200 student responses across various colleges. We want to express our sincere gratitude to all of those who have been willing to help. The altruistic nature of the student body is truly incredible. 

In order to streamline these volunteer efforts, we have developed an online Student Volunteerism Platform. This website will serve as a forum where departments in Jefferson Health System can display their COVID-19 volunteer projects on a centralized website, and students can sign up to assist with that specific department's project directly. Below is a link to the Student Volunteerism Platform. Departments in need of student volunteers will fill out a form to display information about their project. These projects will then be advertised on the Student Volunteerism website, and students interested in participating in a specific project can sign up to assist with that project directly through the platform. 

Student Volunteerism Platform:
https://jeffline.jefferson.edu/education/programs/volunteer/

Once you have volunteered for a project and filled out the required form, you will receive a message confirming your response. The coordinators for the project will then be automatically notified. You will then receive communication directly from the department with the information necessary to begin your volunteer efforts. There is no limit to the number of projects for which you can volunteer. From now on, please use this platform to volunteer for COVID-19 efforts at Jefferson rather than the previously distributed Qualtrics poll.


Please contact Charles.Pohl@jefferson.edu or Alexandra.Leto@jefferson.edu if you have any questions.

April 6, 2020

SENT ON BEHALF OF 
Mark Tykocinski MD
EVP and Provost, Thomas Jefferson University
Dean, Sidney Kimmel Medical College


To All Thomas Jefferson University Graduating Students:

Today I am reaching out to you to give you an update about an event that has been on all of our minds, especially those of you who are approaching the time when we formally celebrate your achievements at Thomas Jefferson University – Commencement.

In the coming weeks we will be sending an invitation for you and your families to attend the first of our celebrations – albeit online. Our plan is to hold this virtual ceremony this summer, hosted by President Klasko and me, where each of the deans will present their graduating students to the president for the conferral of degrees. At the same time, we are working on plans for an in-person celebration later in the fall. The dates are still being solidified with the venues. As soon as these plans are firmed up, we will let you know.  

Many of you have been asking about your regalia. Due to the nature of the city and state Stay-at-Home orders, we have been delayed in receiving and processing those items. We will get them packaged and shipped to you when the Stay-at-Home orders are lifted and it is once again possible for us to return to campus. When your regalia (as well as some other special items to be enclosed) do arrive, we hope that you’ll share your photos with us on social media using #JeffersonGrad2020

We know these are challenging times that can take a toll on your mental and physical wellness. Jefferson has a number of resources of which we hope you’re taking advantage. Please visit Jefferson.edu/Coronavirus for more information. 

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions at graduation@jefferson.edu.

Thank you and be well.

** 4/8/2020 update: Visit our commencement website for specific FAQs.

March 30, 2020

SENT ON BEHALF OF

Mark Tykocinski MD
EVP and Provost, Thomas Jefferson University
Dean, Sidney Kimmel Medical College

To All Thomas Jefferson University Faculty, Staff and Students:

Many colleges and universities around the country are providing an in-semester pass/fail option [or credit/no credit (CR/NC) as it has been designated at the Jefferson – East Falls Campus] as a result of changes and decisions that have necessarily been made as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Providing a credit/no credit (CR/NC) option has been discussed by Jefferson administrators, deans and faculty as a viable option to relieve stress in students at this point in the spring semester.

The rationale for providing a CR/NC option for you, our students, is based on several factors, including possible difficulty adapting to online learning, as well as students trying to learn while dealing with life issues impacting themselves, their families and friends secondary to the outbreak.

The policy for the spring 2020 semester is that all students will be permitted to designate any, or all of their courses as being completed on a credit/no credit (CR/NC) basis. This means that if you pass the course, you will receive credit; if you do not pass the course, you will not receive credit. This includes undergraduate and graduate students on all campuses.

Students are advised to discuss this choice with their faculty advisor, and will be informed by the university about potential ramifications of the CR/NC option on probation status and financial aid.

Traditional letter grades will be provided to students and recorded by course instructors, but the course grades on student transcripts will reflect the CR/NC designation if chosen by students. Students will be able to choose the CR/NC designation in place of traditional letter grades for a period of two days after the letter grades are released by the professor. Students should speak to their advisors about CR/NC prior to this period.

Courses with CR grades will still count toward their credits earned but will not impact your current grade point average (GPA) calculations. As mentioned, a NC grade will carry no credit for that course and will not impact your current GPA. In some programs, however, a NC grade could impede academic progression. The threshold for what constitutes “Credit” will be determined and communicated to students at the college or department/program level.

This policy will override the current policy (in the University Catalog) for the Spring 2020 semester only.

Students will receive supplemental information about this new policy from their academic programs or colleges, as well as from the Registrar’s Office.

The faculty and staff of the University wish all students continued success in your academic studies, and hope that you, your family and friends all stay safe and healthy during this challenging time.

4/24 Update: Instructions for declaring a Credit/No-Credit option

March 26, 2020

SENT ON BEHALF OF
Mark Tykocinski, MD
EVP and Provost, Thomas Jefferson University

TO EAST FALLS CAMPUS RESIDENTIAL STUDENTS:

We appreciate your support and patience in responding to our move to a fully online learning environment. Universities across the country are dealing with this very same situation and you have helped the transition at Jefferson to go smoothly. As we all adjust to this new way of teaching and learning, we will be making ongoing enhancements to ensure that you continue to get the same educational experience with the same faculty and professionals who support you every day. 

We are pleased to report that residential students will receive a pro-rated refund for housing and meal plans effective March 23, 2020 (the end of Spring break) to the end of the semester. 

Every refund will be different; we ask that you continue to be patient during the next weeks as we calculate the refunds for each student, which will differ based on scholarships, meal plan, account balance, and differences in pricing for different housing options. 

Please check your student account via BannerWeb to see the status of your housing and meal plan credit. If you are due a refund from this credit please be sure you have an eRefund profile set up to receive the funds.

Again, thank you for your patience. Best wishes for the successful completion of the spring semester.

March 20, 2020

SENT ON BEHALF OF:

Stephen K. Klasko MD, MBA
President, Thomas Jefferson University
CEO, Jefferson Health

Mark L. Tykocinski, MD
EVP and Provost, Thomas Jefferson University
Dean, Sidney Kimmel Medical College

Dear Graduating Students:

We are writing to you today with another difficult decision that we, as well as many other colleges and universities, have had to make. We have an obligation to follow the instructions recently issued by local and state governments and guidelines issued by the CDC to help contain the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes not holding large events. As a result, we must inform you that all Thomas Jefferson University in-person May commencement ceremonies will be postponed. Our goal is to have a virtual celebration with you, and explore ways to hold formal in-person celebratory ceremonies that acknowledge your achievement when it is safe again to bring large groups together. More details to follow on these plans, as well as logistics for conferral of degrees.

You have worked so hard. You have forged wonderful friendships. You have accomplished so much—and now this unforeseen global situation has no doubt caused distress, disappointment, and difficulty for you and your family. COVID-19 is a public health crisis; and this painful step is one that we know is necessary to help slow the spread of the virus. Even more importantly: taking this action will help protect your wellbeing and that of your families and friends, as well as Jefferson faculty and staff.

As engaged students, we know that you empathize with how upsetting and challenging the present moment is for so many people in our University, across the nation, and around the globe. And we think you understand that by pulling together—by thinking and acting as a community—we can emerge stronger from these trying times. 

When we do emerge, we will celebrate your academic accomplishments with even more fervor and joy than we might have even in “normal” times. And, throughout the coming weeks, months, and years, Jefferson will continue to do its utmost to help you thrive and succeed.

We will update you as plans/dates are firmed up, so you can inform your families and friends. Please check your email and direct mail to your homes for those updates.

Thank you for your patience and understanding, and, most of all, for your participation in making Jefferson a university that improves lives.

** 4/8/2020 update: Visit our commencement website for specific FAQs.

March 12, 2020
SENT ON BEHALF OF

Stephen Klasko, MD, MBA
President, Thomas Jefferson University
CEO, Jefferson Health

Mark Tykocinski, MD
Provost, Thomas Jefferson University

To the University Community,

We are writing to share an important update on our response to the novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19, and our plans for the remainder of the spring semester. While we have not had any COVID-19 cases at Thomas Jefferson University to date, we are faced with making difficult decisions related to what has become a global pandemic.

Our number one priority is what is best for you. We also need to do what is best socially, including mitigating any spread of COVID-19 and minimizing exposure for our campus community, your families and the broader community. Therefore, we have made the difficult decision, as have many other colleges and universities, to suspend in-person classes and transition to online classes for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester.

This means….

  • There will be no in-person classes tomorrow, Friday, March 13.  Classes will begin in an online format on Monday, March 16 for those who are not on spring break. For students on spring break, your classes will be delivered in an online format beginning on Monday, March 23. Your academic programs will provide you with detailed information and instruction.
  • Accommodations for critical access to on-campus resources will be made.
  • All University policies, including Community Standards and the Student Sexual Misconduct Policy, remain in full effect during this period of online learning. Students are expected to adhere to Jefferson policies and procedures just as they would if classroom learning was still taking place.
  • For those students who are leaving campus for spring break as well as all students, we strongly encourage you to complete your spring semester course work at home. This applies to all students who live on or off campus. 
  • We will do our best to accommodate students or situations where this may not be possible.  If you have a special circumstance and must remain on campus, or need assistance in moving your belongings, please call Residence Life in East Falls at 215.951.2741 or in Center City at 215.955.8913.
  • University events with more than 30 people are prohibited for the foreseeable future and should be postponed, cancelled, or offered virtually. We are working on a number of contingency plans for events. At this point, planning for our commencement ceremonies continues. We will keep you informed.
  • Please note: the University will remain open. For the time being, staff should continue reporting to work as usual and take the recommended steps to prevent illness. 

We completely understand the enormity of these decisions and how challenging this may be for all members of the University community. As we are sure you are aware, we are not alone in taking these actions. Many other college students, faculty and staff are dealing with this same situation.  Please know that our decisions are guided by our goals to protect the health of our students, faculty and staff; to help slow the spread of the virus, and to ensure the continuity of teaching, research and clinical care. We can help achieve these goals by reducing the number of people who are living and meeting on our campuses. We are doing everything we can to make sure you are able to complete what is necessary for your academic progress. We are here to help you. 

We thank all of members of the University community who have worked so hard to ensure your safety and wellbeing. And, we thank all of you for your patience and understanding, and for your willingness to do your part to keep others safe and make the best out of this situation.

Please continue to read your broadcast email as this global pandemic situation is rapidly changing.  Also, you can find updated information on the www.jefferson.edu/coronavirus site, as well as information about COVID-19 at the CDC site.

 

March 10, 2020

To All Thomas Jefferson University Students

SENT ON BEHALF OF:
Mark Tykocinski, MD
Provost, Thomas Jefferson University

University Contingency Planning:

You may have heard that we are in the process of developing contingency plans to deliver your education online if it should ever become necessary due to any new developments with the current coronavirus. Yesterday, we sent an email to faculty and staff asking them to develop these plans. It is important for you to understand that it is not necessary at this time and there has been no decision made to implement such a plan now. But, like all colleges and universities, it is prudent to proactively plan to ensure the most continuity in your academic progress.

What Should I Do If I Think I’ve Been Exposed or Have Symptoms?

Some of you have asked what you should do if you think you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive with COVID-19 or if you are experiencing symptoms. The likelihood of contracting COVID-19 is still low. However, if you think you have been exposed or have symptoms, the best thing to do is contact your primary care physician by phone or, if you are enrolled, contact JeffConnect (there are IOS/Android apps for JeffConnect).

Please remember that our primary interest is protecting the health and safety of our students, staff and faculty. That is exactly why we take the steps we do and make sure we are planning appropriately. We will be communicating with you regularly and ask that you monitor your email and the website set up to keep our community informed at www.jefferson.edu/coronavirus.

 

Thank you.

March 9, 2020
TO ALL THOMAS JEFFERSON UNIVERSITY FACULTY, STAFF AND STUDENTS

SENT ON BEHALF OF:
Incident Command Center
Thomas Jefferson University

As you are aware, Jefferson is continuing to closely monitor all developments related to the COVID-19 respiratory disease. We are working across the Jefferson enterprise to proactively take steps aimed at protecting the safety and wellbeing of our students, faculty and staff. In order to do our part in taking necessary social distancing precautions to limit the spread of this and other illnesses, and out of an abundance of caution, we are instituting the following restrictions:

Domestic Travel

Effective immediately, all University supported domestic air-travel by students, faculty, and staff is suspended through May 12, 2020 due to COVID-19. We are continuously monitoring the situation with the possibility that this date could change. This includes travel for professional conferences, research meetings, and any other university-related work. Many universities have adopted the same policy. Unusual exceptions may be requested of the office of the Provost of Thomas Jefferson University.

Internal Meetings

We strongly advise against University supported in-person gatherings where we are anticipating 30 or more attendees through May 12, 2020. For all internal meetings, consider using audio visual technologies such as Zoom (can be used across mobile devices, desktops, and telephones) or phone conferencing.

University Events

All university-sponsored events through May 8, 2020 will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by university leadership to determine if they will be held. Event sponsors will be notified directly as to the decision of the event. All administrative units hosting upcoming events should create contingency plans in case of cancellation or postponement. All university events must be uploaded by the deans or leadership who have access to our University Provost Cabinet SharePoint Site including all relevant event information.

Returning from International Travel

A reminder faculty and staff, and students who are returning from international travel should follow the policies which were posted February 27, 2020 at our University website www.Jefferson.edu/coronavirus. We will continue to revise policies about incoming visitors, as the situation evolves.

Thank you for your patience and compliance with these policies. Again, we will continue to keep you updated with any changes that may result from the evolving COVID-19 situation and CDC guidelines. If you have any questions, please contact your Dean or supervisor.

TO ALL JEFFERSON STUDENTS

SENT ON BEHALF OF

Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA
President, Thomas Jefferson University

Mark L. Tykocinski, MD
Provost, Thomas Jefferson University

Jefferson is closely monitoring all developments related to the COVID-19 respiratory disease. We are working across the Jefferson enterprise to proactively take steps aimed at protecting the safety and wellbeing of our students, faculty and staff. This morning, out of an abundance of caution, we made the difficult decision (as have other colleges and universities) to suspend all international university-related travel until May 12, 2020. This means that we are restricting any university-related travel for students, faculty and staff to anywhere outside of the U.S. for the spring semester. We will continue to monitor this situation carefully and make the appropriate and necessary decisions based on changes with the virus and CDC guidelines. We are processing applications for the upcoming summer and fall study abroad programs as planned. We will communicate with you if it becomes necessary to make the decision to suspend those programs as well.

Again, for Center City students currently abroad or are planning personal travel internationally, you must contact Jefferson Occupational Health Network (JOHN) on the Center City Campus at 215-955-6835. For students on the East Falls Campus, please contact the Student Health Center at 215-951-2986. This must be done before returning to campus.

We are doing everything we can to avoid disruption to your academic progress. Additionally, we are working to ensure that you do not bear the direct financial costs that may result due to this decision. Please consult with the Office of International Affairs on the Center City Campus at oia@Jefferson.edu or the Study Away Office at TJU_EF_StudyAbroad@Jefferson.edu on the East Falls Campus for instructions and more information.

As a reminder, the CDC recommends the following actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases such as the Flu and COVID-19:  

  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean your hands often by washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Please see our coronavirus website at www.Jefferson.edu/coronavirus for more information and FAQs, as well as the CDC website for travel guidelines and details about this coronavirus.

If you need answers to more specific questions, please email Peter Miller, Senior Associate Provost for Academic Enterprise Initiatives, at peter.miller@jefferson.edu.

To Thomas Jefferson University Faculty, Staff and Students

SENT ON BEHALF OF

Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA
President, Thomas Jefferson University

Mark L. Tykocinski, MD
Provost, Thomas Jefferson University

SUBJECT: 03-03-2020 COVID-19 University Update

First, it is important to remind all of you that while COVID-19 is a serious situation, most people who contract the virus only experience mild symptoms. People who are susceptible to more severe symptoms are older adults and those with underlying medical conditions. Again, as with other viruses of this type, you should focus on taking the necessary steps to maintain your health, including washing your hands frequently.

Second, this morning, we made the decision to suspend or postpone faculty-led short course to France and group travel to Spain scheduled for this upcoming spring break. While there have not been any elevated warnings from the CDC related to those countries, we are acting with caution given a reported rise in cases in those areas.

Students who are participating in these study away short courses or group travel coordinated by the University will not be held responsible for program or travel-related costs due to the program’s cancellation or postponement. In the coming weeks, we will make a determination as to whether or not we will postpone these programs to the summer.

www.Jefferson.edu/coronavirus.

 

To the Thomas Jefferson University Faculty, Staff and Students

SENT ON BEHALF OF

Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA
President, Thomas Jefferson University

Mark L. Tykocinski, MD
Provost, Thomas Jefferson University

Subject: 03-02-2020 COVID-19 Update

Good morning. It is important that all of us are informed about the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation and Jefferson’s response. We will be providing you with updates through regular emails and on the COVID-19 information webpage at www.Jefferson.edu/coronavirus

Thomas Jefferson University currently has 15 undergraduate students studying at the UArk Rome Center this semester. Over the weekend, the University of Arkansas, which operates the UArk Rome Center, made the decision to suspend all academic operations at that location due to the CDC’s decision to raise the travel warning to a Level 3 – Reconsider Travel – for all of Italy. We informed our students that we are also closing our in-person academic operations in Rome at the Rome Center for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester.  In addition, we made a decision at the end of last week to cancel an upcoming faculty-led short course to Japan.

Our Office of International Affairs and our Study Away Office, in particular, have been working closely with the students and their families to assist them in arranging travel back to the U.S. as soon as possible. We have instructed our students to follow the CDC and state guidelines to be screened by their family physician upon returning home and self-quarantine at home for 14 days before returning to campus. Once their self-quarantine is completed, they also must contact the Student Health Center by phone (215.951.2986) for additional clearance before returning to campus. Please note that all faculty, staff and students who are abroad and who meet the CDC criteria must contact the Student Health Center in East Falls or Jefferson Occupational Health Network (JOHN) in Center City (215.955.6835) for clearances before returning to campus.

We also have students who are studying away in other locations around the world or who are preparing to travel to countries that have not been determined to be at risk at this point. However, we are continually monitoring those risks and the CDC guidelines, and we expect to make decisions in the coming days as changes in the COVID-19 situation warrant. Our top priority is the safety and welfare of all members of the Jefferson community. This is why we canceled the faculty-led Japan trip and have instructed students in Rome to return to the U.S. We also have authorized the necessary support and resources to help our students transition back to campus. 

As a reminder to all members of the Jefferson Community:

Travel

  • If you are an East Falls Campus student who is currently participating or planning to participate in a study away program and have questions, please contact Dr. Madeleine Wilcox at madeleine.wilcox@jefferson.edu. For questions related to programs and travel originating from our Center City Campus, students should contact the Office of International Affairs (oia@jefferson.edu). 
  • Faculty and/or staff who are scheduled for University-sanctioned travel, please reconfirm with your supervisor that your trip is still approved given the current and evolving circumstances. You must also register your travel plans with the Office of International Affairs (oia@jefferson.edu) so we know your whereabouts and are able to assist you, if needed.

Wellness

  • As always, but particularly during times of a global health issue, it is important that you take the steps necessary to maintain your health.
  • Wash your hands frequently,
  • get a flu vaccine,
  • avoid sharing utensils,
  • cover any coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve,
  • get enough rest, and
  • stay home if you are not feeling well.

We ask that you pay attention to this evolving public health issue and keep informed of the changing guidelines issued by local, state, and federal health agencies. We also will continue to keep you updated.

Thank you.

TO ALL UNIVERSITY FACULTY AND STAFF

SENT ON BEHALF OF:

Mark Tykocinski, MD
Provost
Thomas Jefferson University

Kathleen Gallagher
EVP, Chief Operating Officer
Thomas Jefferson University

Subject: Thomas Jefferson University Updates – Coronavirus Updates as of 2/27/20

I wanted to provide the University community with an update on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and our response. We are carefully monitoring this situation and working with Dr. Jonathan Gleason, Chief Quality Officer for Jefferson Health, the Jefferson Center for Global Engagement, Study Away Office, and local and federal health officials.  Earlier today you received an email from Dr. Gleason that outlines what we currently know about the virus and how we are responding to an evolving situation. It also included detail about a myJeffHub Coronavirus site that is being created and updated regularly for internal use.

Faculty, staff and students who have questions about travel abroad should consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for guidance on travel restrictions. The CDC has recently issued travel warnings and alerts for China, South Korea, Iran, Italy, and Japan, which include avoiding all non-essential travel to mainland China and South Korea.

If you are planning an international trip on behalf of Jefferson you must reconfirm your travel plans with your supervisor and notify the Office of International Affairs (oia@jefferson.edu).

We will continue to follow CDC travel guidelines. At this time, the CDC has issued a Warning Level 3 for China and South Korea and recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to these countries.  The CDC has also issued an Alert Level 2 for Iran, Italy and Japan and recommends that older adults and those with chronic medical conditions consider postponing travel to these countries. If the CDC raises a warning to level 3 for any country, we will restrict University-affiliated travel to that country or region. We will adopt further guidelines for travelers from other countries as recommended.

Anyone returning from international travel must reach out to their local Jefferson Occupational Health Network (JOHN) 215-955-6835 or the Student Health Services East Falls 215-951-2986 prior to returning to the University. During off hours you may contact our JeffConnect telehealth service.

While this is a very serious global health situation and has caused deaths, most cases of the novel coronavirus are mild or less severe. However, it is important that you take the steps to stay healthy. Wash your hands frequently, get a flu vaccine, avoid sharing utensils, cover any coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve, and stay home if you are not feeling well.

Finally, we are in the process of creating a webpage on Jefferson.edu that will contain updates, links to external resources, and answers to Frequently Asked Questions to keep our students and parents updated on decisions the University may make regarding study away programs, etc. 

This is rapidly evolving situation and we will continue to update you and let you know when the webpage is live. 

Thank you for your cooperation.

To all Thomas Jefferson University Students Studying in Rome:

As you may know by now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of State elevated their travel warnings to Level 3 for all of Italy. That means the CDC has advised against all nonessential travel to Italy. In addition, our host institution in Rome, the University of Arkansas, has made the difficult decision to suspend all academic operations in Rome for the foreseeable future. As a result, we regret to advise you that Thomas Jefferson University’s program in Rome will close our in-person academic operations for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester.

Some students have requested the ability to stay in Europe and finish course work online. Given the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation and to prevent the least disruption of your academic progress, you need to return to the United States. Gather your belongings, make arrangements to leave Italy, and return home. Both the president, Dr. Steve Klasko, and the provost, Dr. Mark Tykocinski, have authorized us to provide you with support and resources to help you in this transition and welcome you back to campus.

In addition to contacting the Rome Center and completing their form, we will be asking you to complete a questionnaire about your return in the Study Away portal that will be open tomorrow so we can be ready to assist you. Please complete the form on the portal by Tuesday, March 3 so that we know your travel itinerary and housing plans. 

Students who have booked their travel as part of the Rome Semester Group flight should be in contact with the Study Away office for assistance with rebooking. If you are in need of housing, the University can provide this in our Martin Residence Hall, located at 201 S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107. While Martin is on the Center City Campus, we will assist you with transportation between the campuses. More information about Martin Hall will be forthcoming.


This situation requires your immediate attention,
and we are here to help you. Please contact me at madeleine.wilcox@jefferson.edu if you need anything. We know you will have many questions that are not covered here, and we will continue to update you as more information becomes available. The Rome Center staff and Study Away office will be available over the weekend to assist.

You should be aware that as you travel, you may encounter heightened screening at airports and borders. Please leave yourself extra time so that you don’t miss your flights.

Jefferson will coordinate with UARK to offer remote Jefferson-based classes so students will not interrupt their course of study. We will send you more details about how this will work in the coming days.

We realize that this may be disappointing to you, but your safety and welfare are our top priority. We must follow the guidelines as outlined in the Study Away Handbook, as well as federal, state and university policies. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you on your way home and the completion of your semester.

Sincerely,

Madeleine Wilcox, PhD
Director, International and Domestic Study Away Programs
Office of Global Education and Initiatives

Matt Dane Baker, PA-C, D.H.Sc.
Senior Vice Provost, Academic Affairs

TO ALL UNIVERSITY FACULTY AND STAFF

SENT ON BEHALF OF:

Mark Tykocinski, MD
Provost
Thomas Jefferson University

Kathleen Gallagher
EVP, Chief Operating Officer
Thomas Jefferson University

Subject: Thomas Jefferson University Updates – Coronavirus Updates as of 2/27/20

I wanted to provide the University community with an update on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and our response. We are carefully monitoring this situation and working with Dr. Jonathan Gleason, Chief Quality Officer for Jefferson Health, the Jefferson Center for Global Engagement, Study Away Office, and local and federal health officials.  Earlier today you received an email from Dr. Gleason that outlines what we currently know about the virus and how we are responding to an evolving situation. It also included detail about a myJeffHub Coronavirus site that is being created and updated regularly for internal use.

Faculty, staff and students who have questions about travel abroad should consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for guidance on travel restrictions. The CDC has recently issued travel warnings and alerts for China, South Korea, Iran, Italy, and Japan, which include avoiding all non-essential travel to mainland China and South Korea.

If you are planning an international trip on behalf of Jefferson you must reconfirm your travel plans with your supervisor and notify the Office of International Affairs (oia@jefferson.edu).

We will continue to follow CDC travel guidelines. At this time, the CDC has issued a Warning Level 3 for China and South Korea and recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to these countries.  The CDC has also issued an Alert Level 2 for Iran, Italy and Japan and recommends that older adults and those with chronic medical conditions consider postponing travel to these countries. If the CDC raises a warning to level 3 for any country, we will restrict University-affiliated travel to that country or region. We will adopt further guidelines for travelers from other countries as recommended.

Anyone returning from international travel must reach out to their local Jefferson Occupational Health Network (JOHN) 215-955-6835 or the Student Health Services East Falls 215-951-2986 prior to returning to the University. During off hours you may contact our JeffConnect telehealth service.

While this is a very serious global health situation and has caused deaths, most cases of the novel coronavirus are mild or less severe. However, it is important that you take the steps to stay healthy. Wash your hands frequently, get a flu vaccine, avoid sharing utensils, cover any coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve, and stay home if you are not feeling well.

Finally, we are in the process of creating a webpage on Jefferson.edu that will contain updates, links to external resources, and answers to Frequently Asked Questions to keep our students and parents updated on decisions the University may make regarding study away programs, etc. 

This is rapidly evolving situation and we will continue to update you and let you know when the webpage is live. 

Thank you for your cooperation.

To All Jefferson Faculty, Staff and Students:

SENT ON BEHALF OF:

Mark L. Tykocinski, MD
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs,
Thomas Jefferson University
The Anthony F. and Gertrude M. DePalma Dean,
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

Ellen M. O’Connor, MD, FACP
Medical Director, Medical Review Officer
Jefferson Occupational Health Network (JOHN)

As a follow up to the email distributed last week regarding the Coronavirus, please be aware that the State Department has changed their travel warning for China to a level 4 (do not travel).

More information and the full travel warning from the state department can be found here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/china-travel-advisory.html     

Advice from the CDC can be found here https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/china

Please abide by the State Department and CDC advisories and guidelines. Please note that travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice and should be aware that commercial carriers have reduced or suspended routes to and from China.

Faculty, staff or students should immediately contact the Jefferson Occupational Health Network (JOHN) in Center City at 215.955.6835 or Health Services on the East Falls Campus at 215.951.2986 for any of the reasons below:

  • If you have been exposed to others with suspected nCoV infection.
  • If you are returning from China.

If you have any other questions or health concerns, please call:

JOHN (Center City) - 215.955.6835

East Falls Health Services - 215.951.2986

Thank you.

 

 

TO ALL UNIVERSITY FACULTY, STAFF AND STUDENTS

SENT ON BEHALF OF:

Mark L. Tykocinski, MD
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs,
Thomas Jefferson University
The Anthony F. and Gertrude M. DePalma Dean,
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

Ellen M. O’Connor, MD, FACP
Medical Director, Medical Review Officer
Jefferson Occupational Health Network (JOHN)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is monitoring an outbreak of a novel coronavirus (nCoV) initially identified in Wuhan City, China. A coronavirus is a part of a family of viruses that causes varying levels of respiratory illness.

Currently there are several confirmed cases of nCoV in the U.S. There are hundreds of confirmed cases and over 20 deaths worldwide currently attributed to this novel coronavirus. There have been no confirmed cases in our region, and there are ongoing investigations to learn more. This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.

There is no vaccine for the nCoV. To protect yourself, the guidance includes many of the same recommendations to prevent infection with other respiratory viruses, i.e. influenza. They include:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Staying home or in your dormitory room when you are sick.
  • Covering your cough or sneezing into a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Faculty, staff and students considering international travel should review the up-to-date recommendations available on the CDC website at:

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/watch/novel-coronavirus-china

We also recommend that you follow the State Department guidelines, which currently advise people not to travel to Hubei province. If you are returning from international travel involving destinations where nCoV has been reported and have symptoms of a respiratory illness, you should seek medical assistance through your primary care physician or through student health services. Clearance must be obtained through Jefferson Occupational Health Network (JOHN) on the Center City campus or East Falls Health Services, prior to a return to work or school.

Influenza activity on Jefferson campuses remains high. JOHN and East Falls Health Services continue to evaluate and treat students with influenza and influenza-like illness. Influenza vaccination remains the best preventive measure to protect yourself from the flu.  JOHN and East Falls Health Services will continue to offer the vaccination free of charge until May 1. The offices may be contacted as follows:

JOHN (Center City) - 215.955.6835

East Falls Health Services - 215.951.2986

 
 

Clinical Precepting Guidelines for COVID-19

Thomas Jefferson University
Clinical Precepting Guidelines for COVID-19
March 9, 2020

Jefferson is closely monitoring the evolving situation related to COVID-19 in order to evaluate the outbreak’s impact on our students, faculty and staff. The health and safety of the Jefferson community is of the utmost importance to us.

An excellent source of updated information can be found at https://www.jefferson.edu/coronavirus

Based on CDC recommendations, the clinical enterprise seeks to develop focused teams to care for individuals with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection, thereby limiting potential exposures to healthcare workers and risk of further transmission. Students are not part of these dedicated teams. Therefore, our goal is to avoid student contact with individuals suspected to be, or confirmed to be infected with COVID-19.

Students who are ill should not be involved in the care of patients and should be told to go home and report an excused absence.

Inpatients and ICUs: Students are not to be assigned to cases where there is suspicion or confirmation of COVID-19 infection.

Outpatients: Patients should be screened by the ambulatory site for COVID-19 risk and concerning symptoms. This can be done by telephone prior to the visit or by office staff prior to students being involved in the clinical care of the patient. Students are not to be in contact with patients deemed high risk for COVID-19 (i.e, fever, cough, shortness of breath, recent travel to a high-risk location per CDC guidelines).

Emergency Department: Prior to assigning a patient for student evaluation, the patient should be screened by the precepting faculty member. Students are not to be in contact with patients deemed high risk for COVID-19 (i.e, fever, cough, shortness of breath, recent travel to a high-risk location per CDC guidelines).

Exposures: the CDC defines exposures as high, medium and low risk. Depending on the degree of exposure risk, recommended monitoring can be assigned to either active monitoring or self-monitoring with delegated supervision. Any student concerned regarding a possible exposure should report immediately to Jefferson Occupational Health Network (JOHN) by phone (215-955-6835) or JeffConnect telehealth.

Online Learning Resources for Faculty:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jefferson faculty have had to quickly transition their courses online. The Center for Faculty Development and Nexus Learning is mindful of the challenges this transition may have posed. 

To help, the Center created a Canvas site (Faculty Support for Online Teaching and Learning) dedicated to supporting faculty with their online teaching and learning needs. The site offers practical guidance and support to adapt classroom- and workplace-based teaching practices to the realities of interacting with learners at a distance as well as several discussion boards that aim to share best practices and success stories among our faculty and to support one another.

To access the ‘Faculty Support for Online Teaching and Learning’ Canvas site, click the link below and log-in with a Jefferson campus key and password. Once the invitation is accepted, faculty can take full advantage of this resource.

https://jefferson.canvas.faculty.support.for.online.teacing.and.learning