Information for Students

Information for Students

Jefferson is closely monitoring the evolving situation related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) in order to evaluate the outbreak’s impact on our students, faculty and staff who are or will be attending programs overseas, as well as international visitors/professors/researchers who may be traveling to our campus. The health and safety of the Jefferson community is of the utmost importance to us. This site contains updates on communications to the Jefferson community and general information about COVID-19.

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.