Founders Hall on a clear spring day

Be Safe, Friends

Haverford College's policies and protocols for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic are 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 with Delaware and Montgomery Counties, as well as the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control.

Current Campus Operations: College open with masking optional if you are vaccinated, boosted, asymptomatic, and not a close contact.

  • Visitors are welcome in most outdoor spaces, including the Nature Trail, and in the Whitehead Campus Center, or may access indoor spaces as guests of Haverford students, faculty, or staff as described in the Access and Guest Policy.
  • See also: Guide to Hosting Haverford College Guests and Guest Form (for HC faculty, staff, and students)
  • The COVID-19 Dashboard will not be updated after May 2022. The College is currently not conducting population COVID-19 testing.

Feeling ill?

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

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 at hc-hr-covidnotify [at] 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 & Boosted

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

Wear a Quality Mask

Surgical, N95, KN95, or KF94 only.

For those who are vaccinated, boosted, asymptomatic, and not a close contact, masking is optional in campus spaces, unless otherwise designated. Please carry a mask at all times. . When masking is required, you must wear a surgical mask, N95, KN95, or KF94. We ask all community members to act with care, empathy, and compassion around one another, and to voluntarily mask up whenever in doubt. See the Face Covering Policy for details.

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

Individuals are required to notify their recent close contacts, as defined by the CDC, in the event they test positive for COVID-19.

Academic Life for Students

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 Travel Policy.

Travel Policy

Health, Safety, and Well-being

COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster Requirements

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


Students must provide proof of vaccination with booster via the HaverHealth Portal.

Visit Health Services for additional information.


Vaccination with booster is a condition of employment, unless an exemption from this policy has been authorized.

Visit Human Resources for detailed information.

Masking Requirements

  • Mask-friendly campus:Masking is optional in College spaces provided you are vaccinated, boosted, asymptomatic, and not a close contact. Hosts will establish masking expectations for all gatherings, inclusive of faculty in their learning spaces, and organizers of events.
  • When masking is required, you must wear a surgical mask, N95, KN95, or KF94.
  • Those members of the community who wish to continue wearing masks are welcomed to do so, particularly those who may have underlying health conditions.
  • All community members should carry a mask with them at all times and be prepared to wear masks in consideration of others.
  • Vaccinated individuals are not required to wear masks outdoors unless events are specifically designated.
  • Unvaccinated/unboosted individuals must keep 6 feet of distance outdoors and wear a mask when in doubt.

Face Covering Policy

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

The COVID-19 Dashboard displays vaccine/booster rates and historical case data but will not be updated after May 2022. The College is currently not conducting population COVID testing.

  • For symptomatic students, testing is available. Employees may access 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.

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.

Anyone who tests positive or is exposed to someone with COVID-19 should follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for when to stay home or quarantine depending on your vaccine status and symptoms.

CDC Guidelines

Close Contacts

  • The College will not be conducting contact tracing. Faculty, staff, students, and visitors who test positive must follow CDC guidance and alert any individuals who meet the “close contact” definition.
  • 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 at least 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.


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.

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.

Additional On-Campus Resources for Students

  • Students with questions about Access and Disability Services' accommodations process should contact 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

Dining on Campus

  • Dining rooms are open at regular capacity unless otherwise designated.
  • Faculty, staff, visitors, and guests who are vaccinated, boosted, asymptomatic, and not a close contact may dine indoors.
  • Visitors and guests who are not vaccinated are not permitted to dine indoors. They may purchase food to go and eat outside.

Dining Services

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 with booster,
  2. face masking when required by specific gatherings or circumstances per 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

Events can be held on campus at regular capacity as detailed in the Event Policy. Event sponsors will designate masking requirements for their events; however, events directly supporting the academic program, or at which attendance may be expected of students for academic reasons, should require masking of all audience members.

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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Community Care Form

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