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Be Safe, Friends

Haverford College's policies and protocols for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic will be rooted in the health, safety, and well-being of our faculty, staff, and students, and for the public with whom we interact.

Haverford College's response to the COVID-19 pandemic is guided by our four overarching principles:

  1. we will provide an excellent liberal arts education;
  2. we will prioritize the health, safety, and well-being of students, faculty, and staff;
  3. we will contribute to the greater good;
  4. we will steward Haverford as a perpetual institution.

Haverford’s plans are aligned and consistent with local orders and ordinances of Delaware and Montgomery Counties, as well as the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Haverford’s plans follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Pennsylvania Department of Public Health.

Current Campus Operations: College Open with Universal Masking Indoors

Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard for current data about COVID health.

Haverford is pleased to welcome visitors back to the Nature Trail and its outdoor spaces.

Visitors are welcome in most outdoor spaces and in the Whitehead Campus Center, or may access indoor spaces as guests of Haverford students, faculty, or staff as described in the Fall 2021 Access and Guest Policy.

See also: Guide to Hosting Haverford College Guests and Guest Form (for HC faculty, staff, and students)


Students, if you are feeling ill or test positive for COVID please self-isolate, contact Health Services, notify your professors/coaches/deans.

Staff/Faculty, if you are feeling ill please stay home and notify your supervisor and a medical professional. If you test positive for COVID please contact Human Resources and self-isolate.

Health related questions: hc-healthservices [at] or call (610) 896-1089.

Course registration, lotteries, or class schedule questions: hc-registrar [at]

Cleaning, facilities and operational questions: facilities [at]

When in doubt, you can always contact your dean.

Community Care Form

Get Vaccinated

You are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to work or study at Haverford. View the Vaccine Policy.

Wear Your Mask

Universal masking is expected indoors per the Face Covering Policy. We ask all community members to act with care, empathy, and compassion around one another, and to voluntarily mask up whenever in doubt.

Self-Monitor for Symptoms

All faculty, staff, and students must monitor themselves for all COVID and flu-like illness. Any individual who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home. Students should reach out to the Health Center; faculty and staff should reach out to a medical provider.

Keep Track of Your Contacts

We all need to be able to quickly identify our recent close contacts in the event there is a positive COVID-19 case in our community. You might use a calendar, phone app, or download a contact journal template.

Academic Life for Students

Fall 2021

Classes will be conducted in person, at full density, with universal masking.

Travel & Off-Campus Activities

Employees or students who have been fully vaccinated may travel and engage in off-campus activities within the United States and return to live and/or work on campus provided they are asymptomatic. For international travel, or if you are not fully vaccinated, view the Fall 2021 Travel Policy.

Fall 2021 Travel Policy

Health, Safety, and Well-being


COVID-19 Dashboard

Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard for current data about COVID health.

COVID-19 Dashboard

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

All students, faculty, and staff are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, per the Vaccine Policy.


Students must show proof of vaccination status via the HaverHealth Portal.

Visit Health Services for detailed information.


All Haverford Employees were required to upload proof of vaccination to Workday by August 1, 2021. Vaccination is a condition of employment for all new hires, unless an exemption from this policy has been granted as an accommodation or otherwise.

Visit Human Resources for detailed information.

Authorized Accommodations

Faculty, staff, and students who have been granted an exemption due to a medical reason or sincerely held religious belief, practice or observance must continue to follow all College COVID guidelines as well as additional requirements detailed in the Vaccine Policy.

Universal Masking

For the Fall 2021 semester, masking is generally required indoors, for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. Vaccinated individuals are not required to wear masks outdoors unless otherwise designated (e.g. Admission tours and special events). Unvaccinated individuals must keep 6 feet of distance outdoors and wear a mask when in doubt. See the Face Covering Policy for additional details.

Safety in Vehicles During COVID-19

Traveling in a personal vehicle is comparable to being in an enclosed room. Unless the driver is alone, masking is required on the Blue Bus, TriCo van, College and rental passenger and utility vehicles, and Campus Safety vehicles. If you must ride in a car with someone else who you do not know to be vaccinated, or you yourself have received an exemption from the vaccine requirement, wear a mask before entering the vehicle and throughout the whole trip, put the windows down, do not use the "recycle" setting for A/C, and avoid touching surfaces with your hands. Keep trips short, ideally under ten (10) minutes. Upon disembarking, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol as soon as possible and before removing your mask.

Symptoms of COVID-19

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported–ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. The CDC will continue to update their list as they learn more about COVID-19. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.

CDC: Symptoms of COVID-19

Testing for COVID-19

  • Students will be tested prior to the start of the Fall 2021 semester, upon return from Fall and Thanksgiving Breaks, and through a series of population snapshots to inform ongoing mitigation and testing strategies.
  • Faculty and staff will participate in a COVID testing snapshots at 2 and 4 weeks into the semester to inform ongoing mitigation and testing strategies.
  • Any students, faculty, or staff who received an exemption from the vaccine requirement will be tested on a weekly basis.
  • For symptomatic students, testing is available. Employees may access free testing via a medical professional or local provider/pharmacy.
  • Anyone who has a close contact (longer than 15 minutes of contact with a COVID-positive individual at a distance of less than 6 feet) must follow these rules which include obtaining a COVID test 3-5 days after exposure.
  • Regular surveillance testing is currently not required for faculty, staff, and students who are asymptomatic and vaccinated.

The COVID-19 Dashboard displays vaccine rates and positive test results for the on-campus community. We will not be sending general notifications about individual cases of COVID-19.

COVID Testing Schedule

Enhanced Cleaning Protocols

Facilities has instituted enhanced cleaning of hallways, common spaces, and community bathrooms. Hand sanitizer will be readily available at entrances to buildings and in classrooms.

Review the Cleaning Protocols

Community Kitchens

Shared kitchens in academic, administrative, and residential buildings are open for community use. For your own health and the health of others, please be sure to wear a mask, avoid crowding, and wash all dishes, utensils, and surfaces with disinfecting soap and water when you're done.

If You Exhibit COVID-19 Symptoms or Test Positive

Any individual who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home. Students should reach out to the Health Center; faculty and staff should reach out to a medical provider. If the symptoms resolve within 24 hours, individuals can return to campus activity. If symptoms persist, individuals should not return to campus activity unless cleared by a medical provider.

Any individual who tests positive (regardless of vaccination status) must isolate for 10 days and can only return to campus activity when cleared by a medical provider.


  • A student who tests positive may be placed in a designated isolation space with access to telehealth, counseling, as well as academic support and dining services
  • If a student receives a positive COVID test from any source other than the Health Center (e.g. rapid test, outside provider, or pharmacy) they must inform the Health Center immediately via their main number (610) 896-1089

Visit Health Services for detailed information.


  • Employees who are experiencing symptoms at home should contact their supervisor and the Office of Human Resources, and should not report to campus until they have been cleared by a physician.
  • If you become symptomatic during your work shift, you must contact your supervisor and the Office of Human Resources, alert them to your symptoms, and immediately leave campus. You should not report back to campus until you have been cleared by a physician.
  • Employees must report any disclosed positive COVID-19 test results or potential infection immediately to the Office of Human Resources (for employees) or to the Student Health Center (for students).

Visit Human Resources for detailed information.

Close Contacts

  • The College will perform on-campus contact tracing, through which any person identified as coming into close contact with the COVID-positive individual will be notified and provided instructions.
  • As appropriate to each case, the College may notify nearby community members who are not close contacts that there has been a COVID case in their proximity and to answer questions, without disclosing the identity of the affected individual unless they have the individual’s permission.
  • Vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine if they are identified as a close contact unless they are, or become, symptomatic. They must wear a mask at all times indoors and obtain a COVID test 3-5 days after exposure. Students identified as close contacts will be tested by Health Services; employees must secure a PCR test from an off-campus provider. Once a vaccinated individual is cleared by a negative test by Health Services (students) or Human Resources (employees), they are eligible to follow our regular face covering protocols for people who are vaccinated.
  • Any unvaccinated individual who is identified as a close contact (longer than 15 minutes of contact at a distance of less than 6 feet) of a COVID-positive individual will need to quarantine for 10 days. This quarantine may be shortened to a minimum of 7 days, if the exposed individual receives a negative PCR test administered on day 5 from exposure or later.


Additional On-Campus Resources for Students

  • Students with questions about Access and Disability Services' accommodations process should contact Sherrie Borowsky at hc-ads [at]
  • Counseling and Psychological Services will be open and accessible for all students. Request support by emailing hc-caps [at] Contact Campus Safety with any urgent or crisis concerns in order to be connected with a CAPS counselor.
  • You@Haverford is a confidential and personalized hub of resources that is available to all students. Learn more about this unique resource and set up an account.
  • Campus Safety is available 24/7 and you can call (610) 896-1111 if you're sick or concerned about someone else.

Campus Life

Residential Life

The College will return to double and single rooms in the residence halls for the Fall 2021 semester.

Fall 2021 Move-In Process

Dining on Campus

Dining facilities are open at regular capacity.

  • Employees and students may temporarily unmask while actively eating indoors, inclusive of the Dining Center, Coop, Library Cafe, or other shared spaces. You must mask in lines, serving areas, before/after meals, and at all other times when you are not actively eating. Unvaccinated visitors may purchase food to go and eat outside.
  • Vaccinated, accompanied guests are permitted to dine indoors only as part of an approved, College-hosted event.
  • Visitors and unvaccinated guests are not permitted to dine indoors. They may purchase food to go and eat outside.

Dining Services

Related Links

Working & Teaching at Haverford

Workplace Expectations and Guidelines

Each of us who works on campus will strictly live by these data-driven health practices:

  1. required COVID-19 vaccination,
  2. universal face masking indoors, except as allowed in the Face Coverings Policy,
  3. daily symptom monitoring
  4. frequent hand washing,
  5. and keeping track of contacts.

For our own well-being and that of those around us, we should also all follow these evidence-driven COVID-19 mitigation practices away from campus in our personal lives and as we might teach, learn, or work remotely.

Visit Human Resources for the COVID-19 policies, protocols and guidelines for working and teaching at Haverford College.

COVID-19 & Working at Haverford

Athletics & On-Campus Events

Fall 2021 Athletics

Haverford intercollegiate athletic programs will resume competition this fall in accordance with the Centennial Conference’s COVID safety framework and NCAA guidance.

Visit Haverford Athletics to Learn More

Events & Gatherings

Internal and public events can be held on campus as detailed in the Event Policy.

Event Policy


Family & Friends

Haverford's Office of the President and Office of the Dean provide regular messages to current students, and the campus community, with operational updates. These messages are offered as a reference for current family and friends of Haverford students.

Information for Families

Safety Posters

Download and print COVID-19 safety posters for use around campus.

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