Coronavirus Health and Safety Plan
Thomas Jefferson University has assembled a cross disciplinary team to develop a comprehensive Health and Safety Plan (previously called the Relaunch Guide) for faculty, staff and students that details how we will continue to safely move Jefferson education forward.
Health and Safety Plan
The Health and Safety Plan provides a top-level summary of the health and safety measures the University is taking to provide our campus communities with a safe learning, living and working environment and includes information about:
- COVID-19 Screening, Testing & Case Management
- Operations Planning
- Social Distancing
- Reimagined Classrooms
- Remote Work Considerations
- Athletics, and more.
Spring 2021 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 Jefferson.edu email.
All East Falls programs (with the exception of Athletic Training) will start the spring 2021 semester on January 20, one week later than originally scheduled. This necessitates the cancellation of spring break in 2021. All other programs will also follow this schedule, unless there are noted constraints, in which case they will remain on their original schedule. Students with additional questions should reach out to their Program Director directly.
We are actively participating in conversations with the city and state regarding vaccine availability and distribution and will continue to keep you updated as information becomes available. If you have the opportunity to receive the vaccine elsewhere, you are encouraged to do so. Please check your Jefferson.edu email regularly.
Per CDC guidance, we will continue our safety measures (social distancing, masking, etc) as our students, faculty, staff and the general public begin to be vaccinated. We will continue our conversations with infectious disease experts and will make policy decisions accordingly.
Yes, for some majors but not all. Students in majors that require clinical, lab, studio, simulation, or research activities may be required to report in-person in order to progress to graduation.
Until social distancing restrictions are lifted, no visitors will be allowed in residence halls or on campus. Additionally, in person meetings and events are prohibited unless reviewed and approved by your dean or immediate supervisor. Please refer to the Academic Relaunch Guide for additional information.
If I’m scheduled to attend classes, labs or studios in person in the Spring Semester, how and when will I receive my mask?
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
Paul J. Guttman Library Hours:
Starting Wednesday, January 20, building hours will be:
Monday through Thursday: 8 am – 10 pm
Friday: 8 am – 4 pm
Saturday: 11 am – 5 pm
Scott Memorial Library Hours:
Building hours remain 8am-10pm daily. For service desk hours please check the website, https://library.jefferson.edu
The procedure for students who suspect they have COVID-19 is located in the Relaunch Guide (available by logging on to BannerWeb). 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 Jefferson.edu/jeffconnect for more details.
With its first priority being the safety and well-being of its student-athletes and staff, Thomas Jefferson University has made the difficult decision to not compete in the sports of men's basketball, women's basketball, and women's volleyball during the 2020-21 academic year. The University will continue to evaluate its plan to compete in outdoor sports during the spring semester, including baseball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, women's lacrosse, women's rowing, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's tennis, and men's and women's track & field. More information about athletics can be found at jeffersonrams.com.
We have confirmed the location for this year’s ceremonies at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts. Due to current state and city COVID-19 restrictions, the in-person ceremonies will need to be limited to graduating students who have indicated they will attend and a small number of faculty and staff. Students will be able to walk across the stage when their names are called. We will also live-stream the ceremonies and are working with the City of Philadelphia to see what options are available for family participation. For more information please visit Jefferson.edu/commencement.