covid-19: university updates and information

covid-19 has caused unprecedented disruptions around our region, the nation, and the world. arcadia moved all courses this fall 2020 semester online and suspended on-campus housing for our students. since the fall semester began, we have made significant progress with the early phases of our campus reopening plan, including having small groups of students engaging in highly controlled, in-person learning opportunities. information on our spring 2021 semester is below. 

the arcadia university dashboard was created to provide information about the number of confirmed covid-19 cases among students and employees on campus.

covid-19 dashboard of testing results

i’m feeling sick. what should i do?
the number of covid-19 cases are spiking nationwide. we ask the arcadia community to be diligent in knowing the symptoms, taking safety precautions, and reporting to the covid care team.

quick reference guide. 

for students for employees  questions or concerns?
  1. know the symptoms
  2. call student health services to schedule a phone evaluation.  
  3. did you test positive for covid-19?
    - fill out the self-disclosure form
  1. know the symptoms
  2. call your pcp.
  3. did you test positive for covid-19? 
    - call your supervisor. 
  4. did you test positive for covid-19, and you were recently on campus? did someone in your home recently test positive?
    - use the self-disclosure form  
  • have you been in close contact with someone positive?
  • i visited campus within 48 hours and tested positive. what should i do?
  • someone in my home has covid, what should i do?

any arcadia community member (students and employees) who have questions can contact

i’ve reported my positive test. what’s the next step?

once you self report you will be contacted by a member of the arcadia university contact tracing team shortly. this team will help you trace your most recent movements and contact those who may need to be informed they have been exposed to covid-19. 

health and safety remain the priority for our university community. it will dictate our options and planning decisions for the spring semester to maximize our educational and extracurricular possibilities on campus. our goal is to expand the number of students learning and engaging safely on campus.

oct. 21: president nair update on spring 2021 semester

visit for montco issues and emergency declarations, data, maps, and resources to stay up to date and informed on the local status of covid-19.

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for questions about academic and campus life, prevention and self-care, study abroad programs, and more, please refer to our faqs.

frequently asked questions

spring 2021 semester fully online

our spring 2021 semester plans and detailed information regarding these plans will be soon to follow. please know that any plans need to be flexible to respond to the unpredictable paths of covid-19 and this season's flu. our decisions this year have been grounded in the health and safety of the arcadia community, and that philosophy and our values will continue to drive university decisions moving forward.

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covid operational tiers

arcadia's tier model has been adopted by the university to put the health and safety of our community at the center of our decision making. this matrix will help us manage our response to covid challenges and outlines the steps we must take towards mitigation.  the covid pandemic is a rapidly changing situation and thus we may need to make updates to these operational tiers in order to ensure we are utilizing the most current information and best practices. please make sure you check this arcadia covid page for the most current version and download our color-coded covid operational tiers chart for reference.

covid-19 update

fall 2020 semester

campus events planned for the fall will be moved online wherever possible, and possibly suspended, postponed, or canceled. contact conference services if you had any events planned on campus for the fall for revised planning.


arcadia university education abroad program updates

the university’s international travel policy outlines a protocol for consideration of all university-sponsored travel for all students, faculty, and staff. the decision to suspend any course or travel is based on travel health notices identified by the u.s. state department, and the centers for disease control and prevention (cdc), and the university’s travel assistance provider – international sos.

what if i still have questions?

contact information

if you are a member of the university community and need a place to direct your question, our central point of contact is public safety at 215-572-2800 or 215-572-2999 (emergency) for more information.

for specific questions, please direct to the following arcadians:

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jan finn
associate dean of international programs

international students 

chelsea herskovitz
assistant director of international student services
267-620-4843 or 215-572-2867

health and safety at arcadia centers abroad

hannah leidich
assistant director or health, safety, and security
the college of global studies

study abroad programs

scott terry
director of study away

student health services

theresa smith
director of student health services

arcadia glenside housing

susanne ferrin
director of residence and commuter life or call 215-572-4076

student worker inquiries

dennis darvas, shrm-scp
Director, one-stop shop & KnightCard services

staff and faculty employment-related questions

mary sweeney
avp of hr and employee experience

it related questions or concerns

please submit a ticket via

parent and family inquiries

if you are a parent of a current student, please join our email listserv or send any questions to

press and media inquiries

dan diprinzio
director of communications