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.

New Student Relaunch: Frequently Asked Questions

As we begin a new academic year, we are so excited to welcome our new students and families to the Jefferson community.

To help ease some of the uncertainty of this time, Thomas Jefferson University has developed a University Relaunch Guide for faculty, staff and students that details how we will safely move Jefferson education forward. A selection of frequently asked questions, Town Hall recordings, and University Updates can be found below.

Academic Calendar

The fall term will start as scheduled for your college and program. Academic calendars can be found on our Academic Calendars webpage.

To maximize safety, on-campus classes, activities and programs will end at the Thanksgiving break. After the Thanksgiving break, classes and other course activities will resume remotely/online until the normal end of the semester, including final exam periods.

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,. Our academic programs have adjusted the course content and scheduling in their planning for their fall courses. The Thanksgiving break also coincides with the beginning of flu season, which may complicate the COVID-19 health and safety measures we are enacting for students, faculty and staff.

Students living on the East Falls Campus and in Martin Hall in Center City will have their Fall semester housing costs prorated, to cover from the start of the semester until the beginning of Thanksgiving Break.

Thomas Jefferson University is planning to deliver education in person, along with hybrid and online components, and operating within a framework that maximizes safety and abides by local, state and federal regulations related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The University also acknowledges that its planning for the academic year must remain flexible to respond to changes related to the pandemic in our local and regional communities.

Modifications to campus space setup and usage are being made to promote social distancing, cleanliness and other health and safety measures.

Safety & Health Measures

All students are asked to stay at home for two weeks before coming to campus, to minimize the chance of being exposed to the virus and potentially transmitting the virus at the campus environment. Students must complete an online return-to-campus orientation and initial screening prior to return to campus; if they have signs or symptoms, or positive risk factors, they must contact the University’s student health services before arriving on campus.

Students living on campus will be participating in a socially distanced move-ins.  Each student will receive an e-mail with their housing assignment information and a move-in timeslot.  Please check your Jefferson e-mail for more information. 

The University has developed a protocol for managing students who are symptomatic or who have a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, which includes:

  1. Sending residential students who are symptomatic or diagnosed home immediately if they can safely do so.
  2. Providing isolation space on campus for those students who cannot immediately or safely return home.
  3. Providing Jefferson telehealth services to symptomatic and diagnosed students.
  4. Providing support services to students in isolation.
  5. Providing criteria for students to safely return to campus.
  6. Providing isolation requirements for students who have been in contact with confirmed COVID-19 individuals.

The University has established a working group that is charged with monitoring the health and safety of the University campuses relative to COVID-19 on an ongoing basis and coordinating all actions relative to exposures or outbreaks impacting the campus communities. The University has established a protocol to manage campus operations, communicate with campus stakeholders, and ensure the safety of campus stakeholders in cases of confirmed COVID-19 individuals on campus.

University policies on class attendance have been modified to encourage students to stay “home” if they are not feeling well, without negative impact on their course standing. Students are responsible for reaching out to faculty regarding their absence but are not obligated to provide information on their health status. Students and faculty will work together to ensure that students still meet the class requirements for assignments, reading, etc.

All academic programs are creating contingency plans to teach courses in a completely online format if necessary. Clinical rotations will continue even if classroom-based courses transition to online delivery unless conditions warrant the suspension of rotations.

Educational Delivery

In anticipation of the start of the 2020-21 academic year, Thomas Jefferson University has committed to delivering education in person, along with hybrid and online components, and operating within a framework that maximizes safety and abides by local, state and federal regulations related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The University also acknowledges that its planning for the academic year must remain flexible to respond to changes related to the pandemic in our local and regional communities.

The hybrid approach will vary depending on your curriculum. For many of our programs this may mean that: traditional lectures will be provided online; many labs, studios, and clinical experiences will be in-person with social distancing or PPE; and discussion groups and case-based learning may be delivered either online or in-person.

Modifications to campus space setup and usage are being made to promote social distancing, cleanliness and other health and safety measures.

Our academic programs are incorporating the decision to end on-campus classes at the Thanksgiving break and to resume them remotely/online until the normal end of the semester in their planning for their fall courses. We have been developing more options for digital learning, even while you are on campus, and investing in even more professional development for our faculty, especially in the area of digital education.

Academic advising and tutoring meetings and programs will continue to be held, mostly online. Some freshmen-level advising and tutoring will still be done in-person with social distancing, mask use and other protections.

Housing

A limited number of students will reside on the East Falls campus. Occupancy in traditional-style residence halls areas will be reduced to accommodate physical distancing. Off-campus housing is being arranged for with shuttle service to campus for students. Housing accommodation is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are interested in University housing, you must submit a housing application as soon as possible.

In addition, dining services on the East Falls Campus will primarily be grab-and-go for all meals and food items, with limited seating in dining areas. All food services and venues are being modified to promote contactless interactions and food procurement.

On all campuses, students will be required to wear masks and practice social distancing.  Guests will not be permitted on campus or in the residence halls to support social distancing.

Students should speak with their admissions counselor if they wish to change from resident to commuter. 

Students living on the East Falls Campus and in Martin Hall in Center City will have their Fall semester housing costs prorated, to cover from the start of the semester until the beginning of Thanksgiving Break.

Student Engagement Guidelines

The opportunity to be a part of a living and learning community can be one of the most exciting and rewarding times of your life. Campus offers the ideal environment to get involved and pursue your studies with the comfort of your fellow classmates and academic resources nearby. As always, we are prioritizing Jefferson’s community at this time and looking forwarding to another outstanding year during these unprecedented times, while ensuring that we are maximizing safety.

Costs, Payments & Financial Aid

There are no changes to tuition and rates have been frozen from last year. Enrolled students will receive a quality Jefferson education and have the option to take a full credit load.

There are no change to lab/studio fees, but housing and meal plans will be prorated.

Make sure you have also completed the FAFSA form for 2020-21 at www.studentaid.gov so that the Office of Financial Aid can evaluate your family’s current financial situation.

A payment plan is available to every student through Tuition Management Systems. It allows you to pay your tuition costs over 10 equal monthly payments for a small annual enrollment charge. Please visit our Payment & Payment Plans webpage for more information.

Miscellaneous

In anticipation of the start of the 2020-21 academic year, Thomas Jefferson University has committed to delivering education in person, along with hybrid and online components, and operating within a framework that maximizes safety and abides by local, state and federal regulations related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The University also acknowledges that its planning for the academic year must remain flexible to respond to changes related to the pandemic in our local and regional communities.

Modifications to campus space setup and usage are being made to promote social distancing, cleanliness and other health and safety measures.

You can find more information in the student guide on BannerWeb with your campus key credentials, review the Relaunch Guide on our Life at Jefferson page, and find general information and university updates about COVID-19 on Jefferson.edu/Coronavirus

We will be hosting a Town Hall soon for new admitted and deposited international students to address specific questions and concerns at this time—please keep an eye on your email for the invitation to this session.

New Student Town Hall Recordings

  • New Student Town Hall (40 mins):

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 Jefferson.edu/Coronavirus.

July 20, 2020