Academic Relaunch Guide

Thomas Jefferson University has assembled a cross disciplinary team to develop a comprehensive University Relaunch Guide for faculty, staff and students that details how we will safely move Jefferson education forward.


Relaunch Guide Outlines Important Operational Procedures Including

  • COVID-19 Screening, Testing & Case Management
  • Operations Planning
  • Social Distancing
  • Reimagined Classrooms
  • Remote Work Considerations
  • Housing
  • Athletics, and more.

Fall 2020 FAQs

As we continue to navigate our “next normal” here are the answers to some Frequently Asked Questions. For questions relating specifically to your college or program, please reach directly out to your program director or Dean. Please refer to the Academic Relaunch Guide, available on BannerWeb, for the University’s comprehensive re-opening plans, protocols and procedures. These FAQs will be updated as needed and pertinent information will be communicated with students via their email.

If you haven’t already, you will receive your mask from your college during your first in-person experience. Masks may also be distributed through residence halls or at stations set up throughout campus. Please note that gator masks and bandanas are not permitted. Masks must have ear loops or tie behind the head.

It is critical for all members  of the University community to adhere to  campus safety guidelines by:

  • Wearing a mask everywhere on campus and maintaining proper social distancing
  • Washing your hands frequently or using one of the sanitizing stations located throughout campus
  • Avoiding touching your face and staying home if you feel ill Report any signs and symptoms, and or possible exposure to Jefferson Occupational Health Network (JOHN) at 215-955-6835 or Student Health Services at 215-951-0618
  • Presenting your Jefferson ID when entering campus buildings (required)
  • In addition, we suggest that students on the East Falls campus use the interior paths, but when walking on public sidewalks, to continue to wear masks and adhere to physical distancing protocols

Residential students are permitted to leave campus and go home to visit family. Any students coming from a state designated by Pennsylvania as a “hot state” will be required to self-isolate for 14 days upon returning to campus before attending in-person classes.

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.

Residential students residing on East Falls, Hilton Hotel and Martin hall are not permitted guests in their rooms including Jefferson students from other residence or off-campus housing.

No, students would be required to move off campus and room and board costs would be prorated. For any questions regarding housing, please reach directly out to Office of Residential Life: (Center City); (East Falls).

The procedure for students who suspect they have COVID-19 is located in the Relaunch Guide. Students who are feeling ill should contact JOHN (Center City): 215-955-6835 or Student Health (East Falls): 215-951-0168. Students can also access JeffConnect (Jefferson’s telehealth platform) free of charge if they are feeling ill. Visit for more details.

Students should reach directly out to their Program Director to discuss their options about their studies. They should also consider calling JeffConnect (Jefferson’s telehealth platform) for medical advice. It is a free service and information can be found at

The following spaces have been approved as designated study areas. Proper use of masks (covering mouth and nose) and social distancing (maintaining six feet of distance between yourself and others) are required at all times.

East Falls:


  • Gutman Library
  • RavenHub
  • DEC Café area
  • Tuttleman 2nd floor Café
  • Outside areas
  • Search 2nd Floor open area

    *In East Falls, Downs Auditorium and the DEC Forum are booked for classes.


Center City:


  • Jefferson Alumni Hall (JAH): Mezzanine Lobby, Student Lounges (located in the front of the building)
  • Hamilton Building: Lobbies on the 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 6th floors
  • Curtis Building: 2nd floor seating area
  • Scott Library
  • Lubert Plaza

    *In Center City, the Hamilton 1st floor lobby, JAH Atrium, and 901 Walnut 1st floor lobby are booked for classes.

Library hours have been extended on both campuses to give students additional time to study and utilize resources:

  • Guttman Library (East Falls): Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Scott Library (Center City): Everyday, 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.

On the East Falls campus, non-academic buildings, Kanbar and Ravenhill, are open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 12 p.m. – 10 p.m. RavenHub hours will be 12 p.m. – 10 p.m. daily. Center City academic building hours are 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

East Falls:

Phone: 215-951-2990
Appointments via Zoom available by request. Documents can be dropped off outside of Archer Hall using the drop box, which is being installed the latter part of the week of August 17, 2020. Non-confidential documents may be emailed in the interim.

Center City:

Phone: 215-955-2867
Appointments via Zoom available by request. Documents may be dropped off at Curtis Building, Ste. 115 using the locked mail container on the wall outside the suite.

East Falls:

Phone: 215-951-2940
Appointments via Zoom/phone available by appointment HERE. Documents may be dropped off at the East Falls Mail Room using the mail slot.

Center City:

Phone: 215-955-2867
Appointments via Zoom/phone available by request. Documents may be dropped off at Curtis Building, Ste. 115 using the locked mail container on the wall outside the suite.

East Falls:

Phone: 215-951-5988
Appointments via Zoom/phone available by request. Documents may be sent via email.

Center City:

Phone: 215-503-7669
Appointments via Zoom/phone available by request. Documents may be sent via email.

On East Falls campus students can call the Dean of Students Office at 215-951-2740 or Center City students should reach out to the Office of Student Life and Engagement at 215-503-7743.

A quarantine is when an exposed or at risk individual is separated/restricted from others to see if she/he is confirmed infected from test results) Isolation refers to the separation of a confirmed COVID-positive individual from people who are not sick.  

University Updates

Thomas Jefferson University is closely monitoring the situation related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Detailed information on the ongoing impact to students, faculty and staff is being shared via campus email. General university updates are available on

July 20, 2020