Founders Hall on a clear spring day

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 will also be aligned and consistent with local orders and ordinances of Delaware and Montgomery Counties, as well as the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Phased Reopening Model. Haverford’s plans will also follow recommendations from the federal government (Opening Guidelines), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Pennsylvania Department of Public Health.

Current Campus Operations: Level 1

Review updated details of the current level of campus operations. More information on the Levels of Campus Operations can be found in the BiCo Mitigation Plan (PDF). Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard to learn more.

Campus and the Nature Trail are closed to outside visitors. To minimize the potential for vectoring and to support the health of the Haverford community and those with whom our community members interact, visitors to campus will be permitted on the Haverford College campus only as authorized guests.

Our knowledge and understanding of the COVID-19 virus continues to evolve, and policies and plans will be updated as appropriate as more information becomes available.


Students, please notify your professors/coaches/deans and self-isolate if you are feeling ill and cannot participate in classroom or other activities.

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.

Report a Health or Safety Concern

Get Screened

You are required to have a COVID-19 screening test prior to arrival on campus. Surveillance testing for students, faculty, and staff will occur at regular intervals throughout the semester. View the COVID-19 Dashboard.

Wear Your Mask

A face mask or face covering is required at all times in all campus facilities and on College grounds, as well as when traveling in a vehicle. Review the Facial Covering Policy (PDF).

Maintain Physical Distance

You must maintain a distance of six feet or greater between yourself and others everywhere on campus (and off).

Self-Monitor for Symptoms

All faculty, staff, and students must conduct symptom self-monitoring (temperature and other symptom checks) every day that they are present on campus. Download a daily self-checklist.

Wash Your Hands

Use soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

Keep a Contact Journal

A "contact journal" helps us to quickly identify contacts in the event there is a positive COVID-19 case in our community. Download a contact journal template.

Academic Life for Students

Academic Approach for 2020-2021

Spring 2021

The Bi-Co Continuity Planning Group approved an extension of the Bi-College’s current educational approach along with the following key dates:

  • Friday, February 12: First Day of Class
  • Friday, February 12–Sunday, February 28: All Classes Remote
  • Thursday, May 13: Last Day of Class
  • Friday, May 14–Saturday, May 22: Reading Days and Finals. All final exams will be remote.
  • Sunday, May 23: All residential students who are not seniors will leave campus housing no later than this date.
  • Due dates for submitting grades remain unchanged.
  • Saturday, May 29: Commencement

To allow for a controlled return and any necessary quarantines, we will stagger student move-in as we did in the fall.

Specific registration details and materials will be provided by the Registrar’s Office. You may also download the Academic Calendar for 2020-2021 .

Safe Learning Spaces

Everyone is required to wear a face mask or face covering in all campus facilities and on College grounds. It is also vital to observe physical distancing rules by maintaining at least six feet (two meters) separation between yourself and others everywhere on campus (and off).

Registrar's Office Classroom Guidelines

You can expect the following cleaning and safety protocols:

  • Classrooms will be sanitized twice daily with physically-distanced seating already in place.
  • Occupancy limits and cleaning schedules will be posted.
  • Labs, studios, and other hands-on classes will observe strict protocols, and sanitizing supplies will be provided to sanitize instruments, equipment and devices. Physical distancing with respect to occupancy will be posted.
  • Libraries will be open with seating configured to support appropriate distancing. Supplies will be provided for students to sanitize high-touch areas such as computer keyboards and mice, scanners, self-checkout machines, and touchscreens. Visit the Library website for more information.

Spring Break

The calendar for the semester will also include a "spring pause" for rest and restoration. There will be no classes from Saturday, March 27 through Tuesday, March 30. No travel is permitted during this pause.

Consortial Learning

Our plan has been developed in partnership with our counterparts at Bryn Mawr College. Students will be allowed to travel to BMC to take face-to-face courses, and vice-versa. Students planning to take courses at Swarthmore or the University of Pennsylvania should consult with their dean.


To minimize the potential for vectoring and to support the health of the Haverford community and of those with whom our community members interact, ​all College-related or -supporting travel, regardless of funding source, will be strictly limited and will be permitted only as authorized prior to such travel. Personal travel should be strictly limited to essential trips only. Refer to the Travel Policy (PDF).

Please note that the Travel Policy was revised on March 2, 2021 to reflect current Pennsylvania requirements.

Health, Safety, and Well-being


Here's what the College expects of anyone living or working on campus in Fall 2020 or Spring 2021:

  • By choosing to return to campus, students commit to the Community Expectations and Judicial Processes that have been shared by the Dean's Office.
  • Students are required to upload their negative COVID-19 screening test results in the HaverHealth portal prior to arrival on campus. Students will be rescreened once on campus. Health Services will test the student body on a regular schedule to determine any changes in infection rates.
  • Commuter students are required to participate in campus wide testing protocols and expectations, including a pre-arrival COVID test (uploaded to HaverHealth) and on campus surveillance screening tests.
  • Haverford will be imposing a 14 (fourteen) day campus quarantine for all students on campus from the date of arrival. Students may not leave campus during this time. The food pantry will be open. We are asking students to follow health/ safety guidelines when accessing the pantry. Students may have groceries and other necessities delivered to campus.
  • Any student who arrives from outside the US borders will be retested on day 3-5 after arrival to campus because of international flights.
  • Pursuant to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and guidance from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, all employees (faculty and staff), students, and authorized visitors are required to wear a facial covering or disposable mask while present on College grounds or in campus facilities. This includes travel in vehicles and essential trips to public spaces off campus. Review the Facial Covering Policy (PDF).
  • You must maintain at least six feet of separation between yourself and others everywhere on campus (and off).
  • You must conduct symptom self-monitoring every day that you are present on campus. For your own health you are encouraged to do so every day regardless of whether or not you will be on campus.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • You are expected to use contact journaling to keep track of your contacts throughout each day. For the purposes of journaling, a "close contact" is contact with anyone for greater than 10 minutes within 6 feet of space.
  • You are required to watch the Your Campus and COVID-19: The Road Back training course prior to returning or immediately upon return to campus. Details on logging into the training course can be found in the Spring 2021 Workday task in your Workday Inbox.



Visit Health Services for important information regarding CDC guidelines, COVID-19 testing, flu vaccines, quarantine spaces on campus, and more.

Health Services


Visit Human Resources for important information about working on campus and returning to work protocols.

Human Resources

Safety in Vehicles During COVID-19

Traveling in a personal vehicle is comparable to being in an enclosed room. If you must ride in a car with someone else, 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.

COVID-19 Dashboard

Haverford will be surveillance testing all students, faculty, and staff at regular intervals throughout the semester. The COVID-19 Dashboard reflects the sum of positive test results for the on-campus community. We will not be sending general notifications about individual cases of COVID-19.

Current Campus Operations: Level 1

Review updated details of the current level of campus operations. More information on the Levels of Campus Operations can be found in the BiCo Mitigation Plan (PDF).

COVID-19 Dashboard

COVID-19 Vaccination Status

All students learning on campus for the 2021-2022 academic year, whether residential or commuting, will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Consistent with CDC guidance, the College urges faculty and staff to get a COVID-19 vaccination. Once you have been vaccinated, we ask that students update their vaccination status via the HaverHealth Portal, and faculty and staff via Workday.


Health Services requests that you wait until you receive the full vaccination series before uploading your proof of vaccination card. To upload this information to your HaverHealth Portal, click Document Upload, then COVID Vaccine- 2 Dose (Moderna/Pfizer).

Visit Health Services for detailed information.


Once you have been vaccinated, please enter the details into your Workday record. Download the Workday Self-Service COVID-19 Vaccination Information Job Aid to learn how.

Visit Human Resources for detailed information.

For the immediate future, please expect all campus testing, health, and safety policies and protocols to remain in effect regardless of individuals’ vaccination status.

Health & Safety Concerns

Do you have a concern you’d like to share about health and safety on our campus? Are there places where it's hard to remain physically distant? Are you concerned about structures, policies, or behaviors that might put members of our community at risk? Use this anonymous form to let us know. The more specific you can be—about what’s happening, where, when, and the people involved—the more likely it is that the College can helpfully take action.

Report a Health or Safety Concern

Enhanced Cleaning Protocols

Facilities will be instituting enhanced and frequent cleaning of hallways, common spaces, and community bathrooms per CDC and Pennsylvania guidelines. Hand sanitizer will be readily available at entrances to buildings, while sanitizing wipes will be available in restrooms, common/break rooms and public computing areas.

Review the Cleaning Protocols

If You Exhibit COVID-19 Symptoms or Test Positive


  • Students arriving from the states currently listed in the governor's orders must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.
  • Students will receive regular reminders with a monitoring checklist and instructions for what to do in the case of experiencing any symptoms.
  • Any student who is symptomatic will be placed in quarantine until test results are reviewed. Any positive student will be placed in designated isolation spaces with access to telehealth, counseling, as well as academic support and dining services.

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.

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

Haverford will continue to be an all singles environment for the Spring 2021 semester. This choice is intended to help decrease the chances of spread of the virus by providing each student with a separate bedroom and opportunity to social distance. The College will evaluate the decision to revert to double-rooms for the fall and communicate that decision with students before the Fall 2021 Room Draw held at the end of the spring semester.

Spring 2021 Move-In Process

Dining on Campus

The Dining Center (DC) will be open. A maximum occupancy has been set for spaces that follows the guidelines of the CDC and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for safe occupancy in this pandemic.

  • Take Out is available. View Hours.
  • DC Lower Level: Not Available-please use the west side patio entrance.
  • All meal plan swipes are accepted at every Dining Services location. The Coop, Library Café, and the DC plus both Grab and Go locations.


Grab-n-Go (prepared and packaged foods) will be expanded and available for pick-up in the DC Lower Level, Coop, and Library Café. All Grab-n-Go locations will have the same meal offerings, and students can pay for Grab-n-Go options with their meal swipes at all dining locations. The DC is exploring options for having a mobile ordering process.

Food Allergies & Dietary Restrictions

All dietary requests and accommodations will follow the Nutritional Needs procedures previously put in place by the College. Students with nutritional requests or questions should nzaparzyns [at] (subject: Nutritional%20Needs) (contact Natalie Zaparzynski), the College’s dietician.

Dining Services

Outdoor Spaces

  • Outdoor campus spaces—for social gatherings or activities—must be reserved through EMS before utilizing. EMS has been programmed to provide you with the maximum number of occupants for all reservable spaces on campus.
  • Students using outdoor, reservable spaces must abide by the College’s physical distancing and health / safety protocols including masking, limiting gatherings to the posted maximum number of occupants, and maintaining 6ft distancing between peers.
  • The College has identified outdoor areas where students can gather to eat, study, and/or socialize. Download a map of Gathering Spaces (PDF).
  • The Nature Trail will be accessible only for faculty, staff, and students who are living or working on campus. Physical distancing guidelines apply at all times. We look forward to welcoming neighbors back as soon as it is safe to do so.

Reserve a Space in EMS

Visitors On-Campus

To minimize the potential for vectoring and to support the health of the Haverford community and those with whom our community members interact, visitors to campus will be permitted on the Haverford College campus only as authorized guests.

Campus Access and Guest Policy (PDF)

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Working & Teaching at Haverford

Workplace Expectations and Guidelines

Each of us who returns to campus will strictly live by five cornerstones of data-driven health practices:

  1. universal face masking,
  2. six-foot physical distancing,
  3. daily symptom monitoring,
  4. frequent hand washing,
  5. and keeping a faithful contact journal.

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


We continue to receive expert public health advice which is incorporated into the College’s plans for testing of all students, staff and faculty. All students who return to campus will be tested prior to the start of the semester and will continue to be regularly tested throughout the semester. All employees who will work on campus will also need to be tested at the start of the semester and in regular intervals thereafter.

The COVID-19 Dashboard reflects the sum of positive test results for the on-campus community.

Athletics & On-Campus Events

Spring Semester Athletics

After extensive consultation with its panel of COVID-19 medical professionals, Haverford College has made the difficult decision to cancel all intercollegiate athletic competition for the spring 2021 semester. Canceling competition comes as a result of the College's ongoing concerns related to the health and safety of its student-athletes, coaches, staff, and the entire campus community. Current restrictions governing visitors, travel, and on-campus activities will remain in place until further notice.

Visit Haverford Athletics to Learn More

Events & Gatherings

Campus and the Nature Trail are currently closed to outside visitors. We look forward to welcoming neighbors back as soon as it is safe to do so.

To minimize the potential for vectoring and to support the health of the Haverford community and those with whom our community members interact, visitors to campus will be permitted on the Haverford College campus only as authorized guests.

All spaces must be reserved in Event Management System (EMS) before accessing them for study, event, or meeting purposes.

Campus Access & Guest Policy (PDF)

Club & Organization Activity

For all in-person student gatherings and meetings, students must remain masked, maintain 6ft of physical distance, and abide by the College's Health & Safety Guidelines, including the capacity guidelines in EMS.

  • Students who tested positive for COVID-19 will be required, per American Medical Association recommendations, to have a physical exam and a “clearance to participate in physical activity” note from their healthcare provider.
  • Student clubs and organizations are encouraged to virtual means of engagement when possible. Clubs and organizations are permitted to operate and can access Students’ Council funding as per normal semester processes.
  • Students can still reserve meeting and event spaces, but must adhere to the capacity limits indicated on EMS.
  • The club sports program will not have scheduled competitions during the fall semester.

Full details are available in the COVID-19 Guidelines for all Clubs & Organizations.


Family & Friends

Haverford's Office of the President and Office of the Dean have been releasing regular messages to current students, and the Campus community, with operational updates during this unprecedented time. 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. If the available templates don't meet your specific needs, please complete the sign request form.

Contact Information Signs

Contact Info Signs in Google Docs Tempaltes

To help folks on campus contact those of us who are remaining remote, please consider using our sign templates. Two versions are available via your Haverford College Google account.

Once you're done, select "File" and then "Email as attachment". Send it to hc-centralservices [at], and add your name and the place you'd like the sign posted in the message itself. Central Services will print and post the sign for you.

How to Access the Templates

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