Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information & Resources

Welcome Back, Students


Dr. Stephen Klasko, President of Thomas Jefferson University, emphasizes the importance of taking care of yourself this semester. Watch now for key reminders regarding the upcoming year, including how we each play a role in responsibly and safely bringing our community back together.

Thomas Jefferson University has announced changes to events, visitors, athletics and more. Further details about these and other important information regarding the 2020-2021 academic year can be found in the University’s full Academic Relaunch Guide, available to students by logging in to BannerWeb and faculty and staff by visiting MyJeffHub.

  • 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.

COVID Case Dashboard

This dashboard shows the number of COVID-positive cases and number of persons who may have been exposed and are being tested among Thomas Jefferson University students.

Current COVID-19 Summary (since August 24, 2020)

Total Number of Students Under Investigation: 84

Total Number of Students With Positive Tests: 23

(data is current as of 9/25/20)

Any students who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, or are showing symptoms, please reach out to Student Health Services at 215-951-2986 (East Falls) or Jefferson Occupational Health Network at 215-955-6835 (Center City).

Any faculty and staff who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, or are showing symptoms, please reach out to Jefferson Occupational Health Network at 215-955-6835.   

Anyone who has been in contact with a Jefferson student who has tested positive will be notified via the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. 


University Updates

Detailed information for students 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 communications.

August 19, 2020: Jefferson COVID-19 Community Standards


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

To All Thomas Jefferson University Students:
To assure the safety and wellbeing of all members of the Jefferson community, the University has added supplemental requirements to the Community Standards for the 2020-2021 academic year. These supplemental requirements are in accordance with federal, state, and local health and safety guidelines related to the pandemic.

In keeping with the University’s goal of halting the transmission of COVID-19, you as students must do your part and adhere to the following additional requirements while on Jefferson property:


  1. Students shall wear face masks, which cover the nose and mouth, at all times while in public spaces, including Residence Hall lounges, campus greenspaces, and in any and all campus facilities. Students are not required to wear face masks in Residence Hall bathrooms and in individual residential rooms.
  2. Students shall prominently wear their Jefferson identification badges while on campus and on any property owned or operated by the University.
  3. Students shall use their Jefferson identification badges to swipe into all campus buildings, including Residence Halls and classrooms to gain entry.
  4. Students shall adhere to CDC and University COVID-19 guidelines regarding social distancing, hygiene, and health and safety.
  5. Jefferson campuses will be closed to guests for the foreseeable future. Guests will not be permitted on University property. Students residing in the residence halls will not be permitted guests from Jefferson students residing on or off-campus
  6. Students should act responsibly while off campus and be mindful that their actions have a direct impact on the health and safety of the Jefferson community and beyond.
  7. Students are reminded that the overarching Community Standards Policy requires compliance with federal, state, and local “laws, ordinances, and regulations,” which include adherence to COVID-19 specific health and safety requirements.

We’ve already seen other colleges and universities having to quickly change to all online course delivery because of large-scale parties and students not complying with their school’s regulations related to COVID-19.  It is important for you to understand that we are a family and lack of adherence to these requirements could increase infections on our campus, in Philadelphia and beyond. Increased infections could lead to our need to close campus facilities and classrooms. We all want to be able to continue on-campus operations and we must work together to reduce the chance of spread. Most importantly, increased infections could lead to increased human suffering, morbidity and mortality.

Our COVID-19 Community Standards reflect the importance of these requirements, as well as what many other colleges and universities are doing to maximize your safety. Given the seriousness of the pandemic and our collective obligation to protect each other’s health, these Community Standards can encompass up to and including the following disciplinary actions when students do not adhere:

  • 1st violation – Written warning and conversation regarding the reasoning behind the COVID-19 Community Standards requirements.
  • 2nd violation – Probation & restriction of access to campus for student.
  • 3rd violation – Suspension from the learning environment; i.e. clinical site, academic buildings, campus, for the remainder of the semester. 

Violations of COVID19 Community Standards will be reported to the Dean of the student’s college. As our policy states, Jefferson reserves the right not to follow the progressive disciplinary steps outlined above and to impose a more serious sanction based on the nature of the violation as warranted. The above policy will be outlined in the Relaunch Guide, which can be accessed on BannerWeb.

We’re all in this together, and each of us plays a role in responsibly and safely bringing our community back together. Thank you in advance for doing your part to keep our University safe.

Please refer to for more information about the upcoming semester, and remember to check your Jefferson email regularly for updates.



Academic Affairs

To All Thomas Jefferson University Students:

As we all prepare for the beginning of the fall semester, we would like to provide you with even more detailed information about what your classes and schedules will look like.

Jefferson has been delivering exceptional professional education for nearly two centuries. Our philosophy has and always will be to match your instruction, as closely as possible, with the environment you will experience in the work world. For us, this approach to learning remains top of mind as we plan for your education amidst pandemic that has caused so much disruption to our daily lives. Like all colleges and universities, we have taken great care to adjust our teaching delivery methods to maximize the safety of our students, faculty and staff, while continuing to provide you with a Jefferson education. This pandemic does not change Jefferson’s commitment to offering you a highly engaged learning experience, and we will accomplish this through a model we call Jefferson Engaged.

Most of your courses will be offered in a “Hybrid” or “Hyflex” model that will include a mixture of live synchronous online, asynchronous online, and on-campus, in-person instruction. This means that:

  • Most pure lectures will be provided remotely online.
  • Many online sessions will be live or synchronous, so you will have to log in at a specific time and you will be able to interact in real-time with your professors and classmates. This will require access to a computer and high-speed Internet.
  • Most courses will include some in-person and on-campus components, especially those involving: laboratories, studios, simulation, research, clinical rotations, clerkships, preceptorships and small discussion groups.
  • All in-person activities will be done using the recommended local, state and federal safety precautions, including: small class sizes to maintain social distancing; mandatory masks; proper hand hygiene; enhanced cleaning protocols; partitions in some classrooms; and personal protective equipment when necessary.
  • There will be some courses that can and will be offered entirely online.
  • If you become ill with COVID-19, are exposed to someone who has COVID-19, or live with someone at high risk, there will be remote instruction available in most cases (Hyflex model). However, this will not be available in all courses due to the type of instruction required (e.g., clinical experiences or access to certain equipment such as 3D printers or sewing machines). Instructors will be as flexible and accommodating as possible within curricular requirement limitations. Faculty, advisors and student affairs staff are here to help you navigate these situations.

Synchronous, asynchronous, hybrid and hyflex courses are defined as follows:

  • Synchronous Online: Online learning that occurs live, in real-time, with the course instructor. You will virtually interact with your instructor and classmates during a scheduled time slot assigned by the Registrar. 
  • Asynchronous Online: Online learning that occurs through virtual methods without live, real-time interaction with your instructor and classmates. Your engagement in sequenced course work occurs on your own time-frame within the requirements and deadlines established in the course syllabus, assignments and schedule. 
  • Hybrid Course: In this modality, face-to-face learning and online learning are paired together in a single course. The percentage that is held in person or via a web-based platform is determined by each instructor. The instructor also establishes whether the online learning is synchronous, asynchronous or a combination of both.
  • Hyflex Course: The hybrid flexible, or “hyflex” course format is an instructional approach that combines face-to-face and online learning. Each class session and learning activity is offered in-person, synchronously online and/or asynchronously online. This is available for students who meet the requirements listed above.
  • Specific instructional delivery methods are highly dependent on your field of study and program. If you have not already received your schedule, you will receive a finalized version no later than August 14. This can be viewed on BannerWeb and will list the delivery method (in-person, online, hybrid, or hyflex). If you have questions related to your program, please contact your department chair or program director.  

At this time, it is important to note that there is no way to know how the year will evolve. Jefferson will continue to reevaluate its plans in the coming weeks and months. Should local, state and federal regulations, and/or circumstances related to the pandemic necessitate that we pivot to an all-remote learning model, we are prepared to do so. As a reminder, Jefferson intends to return to remote learning after Thanksgiving break.

In addition to class schedules, please refer to the newest Gathering Guidelines PDF for Jefferson’s policy on all events, meetings, trainings and social gatherings. This document has also been posted to BannerWeb, along with the Relaunch Guide which can be found by clicking the Student Relaunch Guide link. Additional information will continue to be posted to

Information on Jefferson’s plans for your courses and more will be outlined in our Information Session on Wednesday, August 12, which all students are encouraged to attend. If you are unable to join live, a replay link will be sent to all students. Please check your email for the invitation and registration link that was sent on Monday, August 3.

We look forward to welcoming you back to campus soon. Thank you and be well.


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

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.


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).


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  
  • 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

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

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.

April 30, 2020


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


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 or 215.951.2940 in East Falls or 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


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


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.