Coronavirus Information

Operational and policy changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic will be posted here on an ongoing basis. Our path forward regarding a wide range of return-to-work matters is guided by concern for the safety of our community members and alignment with the state's guidelines.

Last Update: Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - 10:06am

This page will be updated regularly with vital information regarding workplace policies and procedures, as well as health and wellness information. It also includes a running inventory of official communications to date.

Latest update to this page: Updated international student support section.

Information in the FAQ elements in President Wendy Raymond's Thursday email messages to campus are being added to the appropriate dropdowns below. Have a question for Wendy to address in an upcoming message?


  • Calendar Overview

    Classes commence Tuesday, September 8. There will be no fall break, and instead students will have a week-long Thanksgiving holiday—beginning after the last day of on-campus classes, Friday, November 20. Students will not return to campus after Thanksgiving but instead will finish the semester via remote learning and with final exams administered at a distance. Calendar details are now available in the new “Campus Life Health & Safety Protocols" document, and are reproduced here on the Coronavirus Hub.

    First, as we have throughout this COVID-19 upheaval, we will endeavor to accommodate students who are unable to leave campus during and following the Thanksgiving holiday. As I write, nearly one hundred Fords remain on campus from the spring 2020 semester, and we will do all we can to continue to support those students who need it and gain the Dean of the College’s approval. This process will be coordinated during the fall semester.

    Second, for those students who leave Haverford as of the Thanksgiving holiday, which we expect will be nearly all on-campus students, the College will provide a credit for 25% of the fall semester room and board charges. Specific billing and accounting details will be available in the coming weeks.

  • Enrollment Response

    We are asking all students to complete an enrollment survey to let us know whether they plan to return to campus or learn remotely. This survey will be emailed to you separately and must be completed by July 10. It is very important that students respond to the enrollment survey so the college can plan appropriately for the fall semester. The responses will be used to confirm housing selections for the ‘20-’21 school year. We will not be able to guarantee housing for any student who misses this deadline..

  • Academics/Classes

    Any enrolled student who chooses not to return to campus is welcome to learn remotely during the fall semester of 2020. No scheduled classes will be off-limits to remote learners simply because they are remote. Please note that some classes—such as those that are studio-based—will of necessity include equivalent assignments designed to accommodate remote learners. The class schedule has been expanded, and a small number of courses may occur during the weekend. Registration information will be available in Dean Bylander’s follow-up message.

    Students should expect a mix of remote and in-person learning strategies this fall. Some faculty are teaching remotely because of underlying conditions; others are doing so because they judged that this was the best way to teach that particular course to an audience that will have in-person and remote students. For other courses, the faculty member will teach in-person (with some students being online), in some cases because of the hands-on nature of the discipline (e.g., labs and arts), or in other cases because they deem their personal presence to best suit that course. Overall, about half of all courses will be offered remote-only and the other half offered with in-person meetings that will also accommodate remote students. A list of all fall courses and their teaching modalities and revised meeting times will be available before registration begins.

    Building small-group experiences is a key focus for the fall. This is equally true for both online and in-person classes. Many large classes have been subdivided into smaller sections, to avoid large Zoom sessions (for remote) or to fit into physically-distanced classrooms (for in-person). Many classes will deploy some sort of "flipped" experience in which the lectures will be recorded and posted to allow for asynchronous viewing, with in-class time (whether remote or in-person) focusing on active-learning and discussion. Examples: Bio 200 will have nine small-group discussions each week, and eight in-person lab sections; Math 118 will be flipped with seven sections (five in-person and two remote).

    Some courses have been creatively restructured to meet the challenges of the moment, such as room capacities or learning remotely. Examples: Physics 213 is developing a remote option for their electronics lab that could involve shipping electronics kits to remote students; ENVS 201 will be sending remote students a field kit of scientific tools and sampling equipment to enable everyone, on or off campus, to investigate and analyze their local environment; Chamber Singers will be collaborating with several other regional liberal arts colleges in commissioning and premiering a new piece of music composed specifically to be taught and performed online.

    Consortial learning. Our plan has been developed in partnership with our counterparts at Bryn Mawr College, with tight coordination and alignment wherever possible; 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 their dean about those institutions’ still-developing plans.

    First week of classes. We recognize that the traditional course "shopping" experience won’t happen this fall. Instead, we’re making every effort to ensure you are able to browse course information and are given ample opportunity to adjust your schedule this summer, before the start of the semester. You may still change your course selections during the first week of the semester as you navigate the curriculum in this new way, but as you work with your advisors, we will encourage you to try to finalize your schedule by the first day of class.

    Registration and Lotteries. Roughly half of the courses offered in the fall will be delivered in-person and all courses may be taken remotely. In order to promote best practices for health and wellness, a number of classes have been redesigned and meeting times have changed. This work is ongoing and will be completed shortly. Returning students and incoming transfer students will have the opportunity to register and/or make adjustments to their schedules in late July, and lotteries will be conducted as needed immediately after. First Year students will begin registering for classes in early August. Specific registration details and materials will be provided by the Registrar’s Office.

    Safe learning spaces are essential to our success. As noted above, we plan to reimagine and reconfigure a number of classes in order to conform to best practices for health and wellness. You can expect the following cleaning protocols:

    • Classrooms will be sanitized twice daily with social-distancing 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. Social 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 Jamboards.

    Academic travel. All first-semester and year-long Study Abroad opportunities have been cancelled. All other academic travel will be deferred or replaced with virtual experiences, unless it is essential to curricular goals and meets stringent health and safety guidelines.

  • Athletics

    Including Club Sports, Physical Education Classes & the Gardner Integrated Athletic Center (GIAC)

    With approximately 30% of students participating in team sports, athletics is an integral part of the Haverford experience. The Centennial Conference has decided to suspend any inter-collegiate competition for sports scheduled for the fall 2020 semester. More information is available on the website.

    We know how important exercise and physical fitness can be to social and psychological well-being. Guidelines for the controlled and safe use of outdoor and indoor athletic facilities are being developed by our colleagues in athletics in consultation with health professionals and consistent with public health guidance. All varsity sports, club sports, physical education classes, and other recreational activities will follow these guidelines.

  • Campus Cleaning Protocols

    Students will be responsible for cleaning their individual rooms and apartments. 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.

    • All residential spaces, academic, dining, and administrative buildings will be cleaned thoroughly before students arrive on campus.
    • Students should be aware that cleaning schedules will start earlier than usual - likely around 5:30-6 a.m. and happen twice a day. Cleaning will end by 2 p.m. each day.
    • Facilities will post public information indicating the time each campus location has been cleaned.
    • Facilities is prioritizing:
      • High touch areas; handles, door frames, buttons, crash bars on doors, etc. twice a day
      • Administrative and residential bathrooms twice a day
      • Providing cleaning wipes for personal use in common areas - they must be disposed of in garbage receptacles!
      • HCA residents receiving bathroom cleaning supplies
      • Classrooms will be cleaned twice a day
    • Residential common spaces are the responsibility of students in the hall. Supplies will be provided!
  • Career Services

    The CCPA is here for you! When you are ready to jump back into career planning, visit the CCPA website to see the ways we can help.

    • CCPA has converted all our career advising appointments to virtual meetings.
    • Handshake is still an available and robust resource for those seeking job and internship opportunities. New opportunities are posted frequently.
    • Pay attention for virtual events throughout the summer. Information about CCPA’s events and workshops are listed in the Events in Handshake. The Zoom link for CCPA sponsored virtual events will appear at the very top of the event listing.
    • The College’s 14,000+ alums are friends that current students just haven’t met yet. They would welcome the chance to advance your career interests, and virtually all of them have lived and worked through economic downturns. We’ve invited them to help with career mentoring and networking via the new CCPA "Haverford Connect" website. Please check it out.
    • No need to leave a gap in your resume for Summer 2020! Expand your current skill set and gain valuable experience this summer through the free, non-credit bearing, seminars and workshops that Haverford alumni, staff, and friends of the College have built just for you. Some spots are still available.
    • Take advantage of the Self-Guided Learning that CCPA has discovered to help you build your skills.
  • COVID-19 Screening & Flu Vaccines

    COVID-19 Screening Tests

    Students who will be returning to campus must take and pass a COVID-19 diagnostic test no more than 7 days prior to arrival to campus. Details about specific testing options for students will be made available in coming weeks. Students must upload negative test results for COVID-19 to the HaverHealth Portal in order to be cleared to receive their room key. Students who test positively for COVID-19 will need to delay their return to campus until they have quarantined and are able to travel safely.

    In addition, all students will be screened upon arriving on campus. If unusual circumstances arise so that a student arrives on campus without a prior COVID-19 result, they will be screened on site and quarantined for 48-72 hours until the test results are available.

    COVID-19 surveillance testing of the student body will continue throughout the fall semester.

    We are asking all faculty and staff who return to work on campus to be screened.

    Flu Vaccines

    All students are required to receive a flu vaccination for the 2020-2021 season. Students are encouraged to receive their flu vaccine prior to arriving on campus and upload this information into their HaverHealth portal for monitoring by Health Services. The College will assist students in obtaining the vaccine if they are not able to do so before arriving on campus.

  • Dean’s Office Protocol
    • Make appointments before visiting someone in their office—virtual is the first choice! No drop-ins, please. This applies to faculty and staff!
    • If a meeting cannot be hosted virtually and the office does not accommodate 6ft social distancing, an alternate meeting location will be designated.
    • Dean’s Office interns will primarily be working remotely...please be thoughtful about social distancing requirements when visiting offices that have lounge spaces.
    • Some folks will be working remotely throughout the week. Be sure to email and inquire about someone’s schedule; they might not be on-campus, but are always willing to meet.
    • If you require a private space for virtual meetings (and cannot use your room), please inform the faculty or staff member beforehand so alternate arrangements can be made.
  • Dining

    Dining Center (DC) Capacity: The DC will be open for students only, with capacity limited to approximately 100 students at one time. Seating capacity in the East and West Wings will be reduced by 70% and tables will accommodate one person each. Locations will be made available for students to eat outside, weather permitting. Some DC meeting rooms will be used as classrooms for social distancing purposes.

    Dining Center Operations: Grab-n-Go (prepared and packaged foods) will be expanded and available for pick-up in the DC Lower Level, Coop, and Library Cafe. 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 procedures previously put in place by the College. Students who have food allergies or dietary restrictions can get their meals via the Grab-n-Go and Take-Out options as well. Students with nutritional requests or questions should contact Natalie Zaparzynski, the college’s dietician.

    Meal Plan Equivalencies (MPEs): Dining Services is working to make MPEs available at all of the College’s dining locations—DC, Coop, & Library Cafe.

  • Events & Gatherings

    In the COVID-19 era we are learning new ways to connect with the people around us that minimize health risks. Our ability to hold an in-person fall semester rests on each of us acting out of trust, concern, and respect in order to reduce the chances of viral transmission. Deans and student leaders have begun the work of adapting some of our structures for next year. Gatherings will be limited to 25 or fewer students, and the availability and configuration of indoor spaces is being adjusted accordingly. We will also be adding temporary outdoor spaces in the form of one or more large tents to provide additional flexibility and opportunities for students to gather in physical community while adhering to our health and safety protocols.

    Event Reservations & Catering: All spaces must be reserved in EMS (Event Management System) before accessing them for study, event, or meeting purposes. Students can still reserve meeting and event spaces, but must adhere to the capacity limits indicated on EMS. Failure to adhere to those capacities may result in an individual’s loss of EMS access. Spaces permitted for events and parties will be indicated as such and should not exceed capacities of 25 people. Catering for events and meetings can be ordered through EMS and will be coordinated by the Dining Center on a very limited basis. Outside vendors are permitted in limited situations and approval must be granted via Student Engagement and Conferences & Events.

  • Health & Safety

    All our decisions are guided by our four principles, and when it comes to our residential community, health and safety are paramount. Extensive signage across campus will remind us to observe safe practices at all times. 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.

    As noted above, the College will be strictly limiting guests to campus. This includes residential, academic, administrative, and outdoor spaces as well as student events. Related, students are expected to limit their off-campus activity. Trips to in Ardmore...every off-campus engagement puts you and others at risk.

    The Pennsylvania Department of Health requires currently, under COVID 19 protocols, that every person wears a mask at all times while in public, maintains social distancing of 6 feet or greater from others, practices frequent handwashing and performs a "self symptom checker" daily prior to leaving their premises. Students are encouraged to electronically notify their professors/coaches/deans if they are feeling ill and cannot participate in classroom or other activities.

    Staying healthy

    Any one of us can only be as safe as every one of us. Here's what the College expects of anyone living or working on campus:

    • Universal face covering. Until there's a vaccine, face coverings are an essential way to limit transmission and are a sign of care and respect for those around us.
    • Self-monitoring for symptoms. Daily temperature and other symptom checks will be an effective way to identify the onset of illness.
    • Physical distancing while socially connecting. As we’re all doing at home, we will adapt to new ways of being together with peers.
    • Hand washing. As our friend the Black Squirrel will be reminding us via signage, effective hand-washing is a cornerstone of healthy living.
    • Ongoing COVID-19 screening. The College will provide surveillance screening throughout the semester at no cost.
    • Contact journaling. Students will be expected to keep track of your contacts throughout each day.

    If a student contracts COVID-19/Quarantine Spaces

    The Health Center is staffed with healthcare professionals who have the ability to test any student who is suspected of COVID-19 or is symptomatic. A student who is tested, if stable, will be relocated to a designated quarantine space on campus and monitored via daily telehealth visits while awaiting test results. If a student tests positive, they will remain in quarantine where they will have daily contact with health services to monitor their symptoms and medical needs. They will also have access to academic support, counseling, and meal service. If an illness is too severe to manage on campus, Haverford has a partnership with Bryn Mawr Hospital, to which students may be transported via ambulance at any time of the day or night. If a family member or caretaker wishes to pick up an ill student from campus, the Health Center will facilitate that process. Per CDC guidelines, students with COVID-19 may not travel on public transportation.

    The Health Center will follow Pennsylvania Department of Health contact tracing protocols and will have access to the Pennsylvania State database to monitor contacts. Students in close contact (less than 6 feet for greater than 15 minutes) of a confirmed case would also be placed in quarantine. The Health Center is happy to answer any questions and can be contacted at 610-896-1089 or at

  • International Student Support

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued a new set of rules regarding visa-holding students pursuing degree programs at U.S. colleges and universities during fall semester 2020. We are committed to charting a path forward that will minimize disruption, risk, and fear for our international students and all of us. With our plans for hybrid course delivery in the fall, the College is well positioned to adapt to many kinds of changing circumstances, including these.

    We understand that students and their families have many questions regarding F-1 regulations, their ability to return to the United States, and the fall semester. The ISSO office is developing an FAQ document that addresses these questions and concerns. If you have questions that you’d like us to consider and address, please fill out this very short form.

    Remote Learning from Home Country: We are still awaiting guidance from the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) for the fall regarding whether returning students and incoming first year students will be allowed to study online from their home country in Active SEVIS status.

    International Student Orientation (ISO): ISO will run from August 18 to September 2. Most of the programming will be conducted virtually to accommodate students in quarantine and those who are unable to join us physically on campus. First year students and SRPs participating in ISO will receive information regarding move-in and other logistics pertaining to ISO directly from the ISSO office.

    Returning F-1 students and U.S. citizens residing abroad: F-1 students returning from their home countries and U.S. citizens living abroad will be able to arrive on campus on August 24 -25 to allow for time to quarantine (per CDC recommendation) before classes start. Students will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival on campus.

  • Lutnick Library

    Lutnick Library will be open for students, but will have social distancing protocols in place.

    • Building is 24/7 card access and only accessible to the Haverford community.
    • Furniture, meeting and study spaces capacities will be reconfigured and cleaned regularly to accommodate social distancing and health & safety protocols. Students should expect to see changes to EMS regarding capacity and space use.
    • For cleaning purposes, the library will not have 24/7 access on Level 1 during the fall semester—hours are 8 a.m.–2 a.m.
    • Student library workers will likely work in a hybrid model—virtual and in person.
    • The Library Cafe will remain open with social distancing guidelines in place.
  • Mail Center

    Inbound Packages: The Mail Center has created an automated system that will notify students when a package arrives and allow you to select a pick up time, thus alleviating wait times. The Mail Center will be able to accommodate 10-15 students every 15 minutes. Students must receive a notification and reserve a time slot before coming to receive their package, which will ideally reduce wait times and lines. Student Life is also working with the Mail Center to arrange for package delivery to your residence hall for items received prior to arrival on-campus./

    Outbound Packages: The Mail Center will be making both windows accessible to increase capacity and expedite mail processes. Before coming to the Mail Center, students will need to complete an online form; this will allow for the Mail Center to prepare labels and postage before the student arrives.

    Mailboxes: Student access to mailboxes will still be 24/7 and they will be cleaned frequently.

  • Move-in Dates & Residential Life

    Move-In Process: The move-in process will be staggered to help keep students and those on campus safe; time slots will be capped. Dates and details will be communicated via Residential Life in the coming weeks.

    Early Arrivals

    • August 16th - On-Hall Customs Folks & International Student Resource People (ISRPs)
    • August 18th - August 19th - First-Year students participating in International Student Orientation (both U.S. citizens and F1 visa holders)
    • August 22nd - Horizons Student Resource People (SRPs)
    • August 24th - August 25th - Returning F-1 students and students residing abroad
      *Per CDC guidelines, all students traveling from residences abroad will need to be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival on campus and will need to quarantine and symptom self-monitor for 14 days. Guidance regarding quarantine will be provided closer to the date of arrival. These arrival dates have been selected so that students will be finished with quarantine by the start of classes, barring any complications.
    • August 25th - Horizons First-Year participants
    • August 29th - Fall Pre-season athletes (pending a Centennial Conference decision; if there will be no fall sports competition, then pre-season athletes will join the schedule below for First-Year and Returning Student move-in)
    • August 30th - Residential Student Liaisons and Off-Hall Customs Folks

    First-Year (FY) Move-In:

    August 30th–September 2nd - All First-Years not arriving for a pre-orientation / pre-season program (on a staggered basis, dates to be assigned)

    Returning Student Move-In:

    September 2nd - September 7th - All Upperclass students not returning for a pre-orientation / pre-season program (on a staggered basis, dates to be assigned)

    • PLEASE NOTE: All students living in College housing will be assigned a specific move-in date. Please do not plan travel arrangements until you hear from Residential Life!

    Housing: Haverford is fortunate to have a very high percentage of singles in its residence halls, and we are working to add enough additional single rooms to accommodate all students who wish to return to campus. In the unlikely event that the number of on-campus students were to exceed the number of singles in the fall, a small number of students would voluntarily live in doubles, each as a “pod” and without needing to mask in their room, much like a family unit at home. Students who wish to live off campus may do so and would accept the additional responsibilities borne by commuting employees to maintain health and safety as they travel to and from campus.

    Social Distancing Guidelines: All students will be required to follow CDC recomendations and state guidelines regarding 6-foot social distancing, frequent hand washing, and face coverings in all campus spaces, except in your own dorm room.

    Students Residing Abroad: Per CDC recommendations, all students residing abroad will need to be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival to campus and will be quarantined until their results are available.

    Visitor/Guest Policies: Guests to campus will be limited and will require pre-registration. Further details about this policy will be provided closer to the start of the semester.

    Dorm & Building Access: Students will have access to only their individual dorm, via the OneCard system. Students will need to utilize their OneCard to access administrative and academic buildings.

    Cleaning Protocols: Students will be responsible for cleaning their individual rooms and apartments. Facilities will be instituting enhanced and frequent cleaning of hallways, common spaces, and community bathrooms per CDC and Pennsylvania guidelines.

    Residential Agreement: All students residing on-campus for the Fall ’20 semester will be required to sign a residential agreement, outlining that they have read—and agree to—the College’s health and safety protocols.

  • Outdoor Campus Spaces

    Outdoor campus spaces—for social gatherings or activities—must be reserved through EMS before utilizing. Students using outdoor, reservable spaces must abide by the college’s social distancing and health / safety protocols including masking, limiting gathering to 25 people or less, and maintaining 6ft distancing between peers. The college will be identifying outdoor areas where students can gather to eat, study, and/or socialize—i.e. Founder’s Green. The nature trail will be accessible for faculty, staff, and students who are part of the Haverford community. Social distancing guidelines apply at all times.

  • Student Engagement, Clubs & Organizations

    Club / Organization Activity: Student clubs and organizations are encouraged to virtual means of engagement—when possible—throughout the Fall ’20 semester. Clubs and organizations are permitted to operate and can access Students’ Council funding as per normal semester processes.

    Invited Guests: Student clubs and organizations are permitted to contract with virtual guests for programs that are supported via Students’ Council and/or the college. Contracts must be reviewed and signed by a college department and/or Student Engagement.

    Party/Event Capacity: The college will allow parties and events with less than 25 people in attendance. Approved party and event spaces will be identified via EMS (room reservation system). Parties and events cannot exceed a capacity of 25 people and must follow established health and safety protocols, the college reserves the right to shut down parties and events that exceed 25 people or fails to follow the health and safety protocols.

    Reservable Spaces: Student Engagement and Conferences & Events has identified 14 campus spaces that will accommodate student events with less than 25 people in attendance. Approved party and event spaces will be identified via EMS. All meeting spaces will be adjusted in EMS to reflect 50% capacity outlined in Pennsylvania’s phase green guidelines. Student use of spaces should not exceed the capacity limits outlined in EMS.

    Travel: College-sanctioned student travel will be strictly limited and will require pre-approval. Students will also commit to stay on or close to campus between the beginning of the semester and the Thanksgiving break. For the health and safety of the residential community, students who must travel for personal reasons during the semester will be asked to quarantine or be screened upon their return to campus.

    Customs: The Customs program will be operating almost entirely virtually, starting on September 3rd and concluding on September 7th. Communication regarding Customs, to the FY class and Customs folk, will be done through Katrina Glanzer, First Year Dean, and the Student Engagement Office.

Faculty & Staff

While we expect to push out community emails at least once a week (and possibly more often), not every development will result in an email.

Don’t hesitate to contact HR leadership with suggestions for material that should be included or issues that should be addressed on that site. We thank you for your ideas!

Return to Work

  • Guiding Principles

    Haverford College’s policies and protocols for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic will be rooted in safety for our faculty, staff, and students, and for the public with which we interact.

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

    • we will provide an excellent liberal arts education;
    • we will ensure the safety and well-being of students, faculty, and staff;
    • we will contribute to the greater good;
    • 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.

    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.

  • Workplace Expectations & Guidelines

    All employees are expected to fully comply with the policies, protocols and guidelines outlined in this document as part of Haverford’s Workplace Expectations and Guidelines.

    The pillars of the College’s health and safety approach include the universal expectation of:

    • Face coverings
    • Hand washing and sanitizing
    • Social distancing
    • Self monitoring
    • Contact journaling

    Failure to comply with policies, protocols and guidelines may result in corrective action.

  • Phased Staffing

    Haverford will phase in a return of staff over time in a coordinated process to ensure appropriate social distancing, availability of personal protective equipment(PPE), and sanitizing supplies.

    The need to reduce the number of people on campus to meet social distancing requirements will continue for some time. Employees who can continue to perform the majority of their essential functions while working remotely will continue to do so until restrictions are eased in accordance with directions from the College.

    Haverford will assess expanding on-campus staffing based on mission-critical operations, ability to control and manage specific work environments, and necessity to access on-campus resources. These decisions, once approved, will be communicated through your respective Senior Staff Member or the Office of Human Resources.

    Expanded on-campus staffing will be coordinated to mitigate potential risks, and ensure the safety of faculty and staff, as well as the communities we serve. No department should increase on-campus staffing levels beyond current needs to support essential on-campus operations without prior approval from your respective Senior Staff Member, in conjunction with the Office of Human Resources. Once decisions to expand on-campus staffing in certain areas have been made, staff should follow the policies and protocols detailed in this guide for returning to work on campus.

    As on-campus staffing increases and operations expand, per applicable federal, state, and local guidelines, all individuals will continue to wear facial coverings in public, use hand sanitizers or hand washing, practice social distancing and self-monitor for symptoms daily. If there is an increase in COVID-19 cases, the College will closely monitor the situation, and tighter restrictions and reduced staffing may need to be implemented again.

  • Scheduling

    Remote Work

    As PA moves to the green phase, the return of employees to on-campus work will be a slow, phased process. During July and early August, those who can continue to fulfill the majority of their essential functions productively while off campus will continue to complete some or all of their work remotely. This will assist in reducing the number of individuals on campus and the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus. Remote work arrangements should continue to be approved by the immediate supervisor.

    Helpful tips for successful remote work:

    Information on IITS remote services:

    On-Campus Work

    Departments are planning several options to maintain required social distancing measures and to reduce population density within buildings and work spaces for staff members who are scheduled to return to campus.

    Alternating Days

    In order to limit the number of individuals and interactions among those on campus, departments with large numbers of essential staff should phase the scheduling to full return to work. Where possible, schedules will be arranged so that employees work staggered days, if necessary. Such schedules will help ensure social distancing, especially in areas with large common spaces.

    Staggered Reporting/Departure Times

    The beginning and end of the workday typically bring many people together at common entry/exit points of buildings. Staggering reporting and departure times by at least 15 minutes will reduce traffic in common areas to meet social distancing requirements. Each department will determine how best to implement staggered reporting and departing (See Entry/Exit in the Guidance for Workplace Scenarios section for further details).

    Symptom Self-Monitoring Requirement

    Staff who have been instructed to return to the workplace MUST conduct symptom self-monitoring every day from home prior to reporting to work. Please use this form for daily symptom monitoring. This form is for your personal reference, and should not be submitted to the College. Employees MUST be free of ANY symptoms each day before reporting to work, and should follow the guidance provided on the Health and Wellness page for information on seeking medical care, self-isolating, contact tracing, etc.

    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.

    Once an employee has been cleared to return to work, they should contact the Office of Human Resources ( for information on the process and documentation required prior to the return to work. Employees should not return to work until they have received confirmation to do so by the Office of Human Resources.

  • Distancing and Health Guidelines

    Employees at Higher Risk

    According to the CDC, individuals with certain conditions may have higher risk for COVID-19 infection. Those conditions may include:

    • Older adults (aged 65 years and older)
    • People with HIV
    • Asthma (moderate-to-severe)
    • Chronic lung disease
    • Diabetes
    • Serious heart conditions
    • Chronic kidney disease being treated with dialysis
    • Severe obesity
    • Being immunocompromised

    Staff members who have been instructed to return to work on campus and have concerns about doing so due to their being in a higher risk group, those who are pregnant, or those who wish to seek ADA Reasonable Accommodations related to Returning to the Workplace should email Donna Hawkins in the Office of Human Resources (, or if comfortable, email for guidance.

    Face Covering Protocols

    Pursuant to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, all employees (faculty and staff) and students are required to wear a facial covering, disposable mask or face shield while present on College grounds, when in the presence of others, and also in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., common work spaces, meeting rooms, classrooms, laboratory settings, etc.).

    The use of reusable cloth masks is strongly encouraged. This will help ensure an adequate supply of masks for those in need, including medical and first responder personnel. Cloth face coverings must only be worn for one day at a time, and must be properly laundered before use again. Having a week supply of cloth face coverings can help reduce the need for daily laundering.

    Employees and students are strongly encouraged to provide their own reusable cloth mask or face covering. If an employee or student is not able to provide their own reusable cloth mask or face covering, the College will provide up to five (5) reusable cloth masks or up to five (5) non-medical disposable face masks. Non-medical disposable masks can be reused for a maximum of one week and then must be placed in the trash. If unable to wear a facial covering or mask due to a medical condition, or if it interferes with safety at work, please follow the procedures below.

    If employees or students are unable to wear a facial covering or mask due to a medical condition, or if it interferes with safety at work, please reach out to HR (for employees), or Health Services (for students) to discuss alternate possible accommodations, such as a plastic face shield. Employees isolated in their personal office spaces that are not shared with any other colleagues do not need to wear a mask. However, when the employee leaves their office or invites another colleague in, they must wear a mask. Employees or students who refuse to wear a facial covering or disposable mask may face disciplinary action.

    Additional information about masks and facial coverings, including guidance on cleaning and removal, can be found at:

    Types of Face Coverings

    Cloth face covering: Home-made or commercially manufactured face coverings that are washable and help contain wearer's respiratory emissions.

    Disposable mask: Commercially manufactured masks that help contain wearer's respiratory emissions

    Intended use: Required for campus community use in non-healthcare settings (office spaces, general research/work settings, shops, community areas where 6’ social distancing cannot be consistently maintained. Must be replaced weekly. (While likely necessary for ingress and egress, not required when working alone in an office).

    Medical-grade surgical masks and N95 respirators are reserved for healthcare works and other approved areas with task-specific hazards as determined by the College.

    Use and Care of Face Coverings

    Putting on the face covering/disposable mask:

    • Wash hands or use hand sanitizer prior to handling the face covering/disposable mask.
    • Ensure the face covering/disposable mask fits over the nose and under the chin.
    • Situate the face-covering/disposable mask properly with nose wire snug against the nose (where applicable).
    • Tie straps behind the head and neck or loop around the ears.
    • Throughout the process: Avoid touching the front of the face covering/disposable mask.

    Taking off the face covering/disposable mask:

    • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth when removing the face covering/disposable mask.
    • When taking off the face covering/disposable mask, loop your finger into the strap and pull the strap away from the ear, or untie the straps.
    • Wash hands immediately after removing.

    Care, storage and laundering:

    • Keep the face coverings/disposable mask stored in a paper bag when not in use.
    • Cloth face coverings may not be used more than one day at a time and must be washed after use. Cloth face coverings should be properly laundered with regular clothing and detergent before first use, and after each shift. Cloth face coverings should be replaced immediately if soiled, damaged (e.g., ripped or punctured) or visibly contaminated.
    • Disposable masks must not be used for more than one week and should be placed in the trash after your shift or if it is soiled, damaged (e.g., stretched ear loops, torn or punctured material) or visibly contaminated.

    Disposable Gloves

    Consistent with CDC Guidelines, the College does not require the use of disposable gloves for most employees: for the general public, CDC recommends wearing gloves when you are cleaning or caring for someone who is sick. In most other situations, wearing gloves is not necessary. Instead, practice everyday preventive actions; washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds (or using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol).

    Contact Journaling

    All community members are expected to maintain "contact journals" for their time on campus. These can take many forms, from handwritten notes to text entered on a computer or smartphone. These journals will remain private to each individual, but they will allow you to quickly identify contacts in the event there is a positive COVID-19 case in our community. This will be a tool to assist you or a community member who might have been at risk of transmission. For the purposes of journaling, a "close contact" is contact with anyone for greater than 15 minutes within 6 feet of space. By conducting contact journaling we can quickly identify and assess anyone who might be at risk in order to protect that individual and their fellow community members.

  • Guidance for Specific Workplace Scenarios

    Public Transportation/Carpooling: If you must take public transportation to or from campus, or if you carpool with other employees, wear a mask before entering the bus or vehicle, and avoid touching surfaces with your hands. Upon disembarking, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol as soon as possible and before removing your mask.

    Business Travel: Business Travel: Under PA phase yellow and under green, business travel is not permitted. We will continue to monitor the situation and review and potentially update the policy during July.

    Haverford's Travel Council makes policy decisions about Haverford-related travel and will continue to monitor travel risks related to COVID-19 in consultation with program partners, the U.S. Department of State, and other relevant resources.

    Refer to the Travel Guidance for students, faculty, and staff document for the most up-to-date information about College Travel.

    Working in Office Environments: If you work in an open environment, be sure to maintain at least 6 feet distance from co-workers. If possible have at least one workspace separating you from another co-worker. You should wear a face mask or face covering at all times while in a shared work space/room.

    Using Restrooms: The number of people using a restroom should be limited based on size to ensure at least 6 feet distance between individuals. Wash your hands thoroughly afterward to reduce the potential transmission of the virus.

    Elevators: No more than one person may enter an elevator at a time, so please use the stairs whenever possible. If you are using the elevator, wear your mask or face covering and avoid touching the elevator buttons with your exposed hand/fingers, if possible. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol upon departing the elevator.

    Meetings: Convening in groups increases the risk of viral transmission. Where feasible, meetings and communications should be conducted in whole or part using the extensive range of available collaboration tools (e.g. Zoom, e-mail, Google, telephone, etc.).

    In person meetings are limited to the restrictions of local, state and federal orders and (50% of the room’s capacity during the green phase), assuming individuals can still maintain 6 feet of separation for social distancing requirements. In-person meetings should not exceed fifteen (15) minutes in duration. Departments should remove or rearrange chairs and tables or add visual cue marks in meeting rooms to support social distancing practices between attendees.

    Entry/Exit: Entry to buildings will be regulated and monitored. Your Haverford OneCard is required for entry to all buildings, and you may not hold or prop open exterior doors for any other person.

    Departments and building coordinators should identify usable building access points and coordinate arrival and departure times of staff to reduce congestion during typical “rush hours” of the business day.

    If you are scheduled to return to campus, you should report to work or depart work through the designated building access and at the designated time to limit the number of people entering and exiting buildings at any one time.

    On-Campus COVID-19 Case: CDC protocols will be followed to trace on-campus contacts and require self-quarantine in the case of a confirmed COVID-19 case for an employee who worked on campus.

    Visitors / Volunteers / Contingent Workers: No visitors, volunteers, or contingent workers are permitted on campus, except those approved to be on campus to conduct college business. Where permitted, such persons will be instructed on the College's expectations and guidelines.

  • Training for Employees

    All College employees, both staff and faculty, must watch this Covid-19 Returning to Work training session prior to returning or immediately upon return to campus this summer. This course was originally prepared for the University of Connecticut community by their Department of Environmental Health and Safety. Although the training refers to UConn in a number of places, be assured that it is based on current CDC guidelines and is fully applicable to the Haverford community. Completing this training session should take about 20 minutes. There is no need to sign the UConn signature page at the end of the training session, however you will be expected to indicate in Workday that you have watched the training, read this document, and agree to abide by the College’s safety protocols.

Teaching at Haverford

  • Online Teaching Resources

    EPC, working together with colleagues in IITS, the Libraries, and the LACOL initiative, have put together a number of helpful ideas, resources, and contacts that will help you begin to think about how to make the most of a challenging situation.

    Online Teaching Resources

  • Staying Healthy

    Our best defense against infection remains the practice of social distancing coupled with good hygiene: please wash your hands, and sneeze (or cough) into the crook of your elbow.

    Faculty experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 infection (cough, fever, shortness of breath) should contact their healthcare provider and the provost. Please do not report for work if you feel unwell.

  • Travel

    Haverford's Travel Council makes policy decisions about Haverford-related travel and will continue to monitor travel risks related to COVID-19 in consultation with program partners, the U.S. Department of State, and other relevant resources.

    Refer to the Travel Guidance for students, faculty, and staff document for the most up-to-date information about College Travel.

Working at Haverford

  • Employee Scheduling & Pay
    Vacation Rollover

    The Office of Human Resources is pleased to announce that due to the numerous disruptions and effects caused by the COVID-19 crisis on so many facets of our lives, the College created an exception to the vacation rollover policy for the academic year, ended June 30, 2020. As you know, Haverford provides a generous vacation package, paid leaves and additional paid days or breaks such that all colleagues can use these days periodically throughout the academic year. Requested and approved vacation rollover days, (up to five (5) days of unused vacation) will be rolled into the start of the new FY 2020-21 year, to be used by August 31, 2020. These days will be recorded in Workday and added to the available balance by mid-July. For employees planning to depart the College between July 1 and August 31, 2020 these rollover vacation days are not added to the payout for unused pro-rated vacation time.

    Time Entry

    Non-exempt staff, please review the Time Entry Instructions PDF.

  • Health & Wellness

    If you had close contact* with a person with confirmed COVID-19, but you do not have any symptoms (fever, coughing, shortness of breath):

    • Contact your healthcare provider for direction.
    • Stay at home for 14 days after your last contact with the ill person. Do not report to work or come to the Haverford campus. Avoid public places and contact with others.
    • Notify your supervisor and the Office of Human Resources that you will be away from work for 14 days. Provide the Office of Human Resource with the expected first and last dates of self-quarantine.
    • During the 14 days, monitor your health for fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Take your temperature twice a day.
    • Before returning to the campus, your physician should send a confidential fax authorizing return to work. This authorization should be sent to (833) 864-4257. This incoming fax to this number is monitored by two designated staff in the Office of Human Resources. General inquiries can be sent to .
    • You may be involved with "contact tracing" to identify others that may have been exposed.

    *Close contact is defined as being within approximately 6 feet (2 meters) of a person with confirmed COVID-19 for a prolonged period of time, or having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case (e.g., being coughed on) without wearing personal protective equipment.

    If you have developed symptoms of COVID-19 infection (fever, coughing, shortness of breath):

    • Call your health provider in advance. Please do not show up at a clinic, urgent care or other health facility without calling first. Your provider will need to take special measures to protect other people in the clinic. Telemedicine may also be available, enabling you to consult a provider from home.
    • Stay at home for 14 days from the date that your symptoms developed. Do not report to work or come to the Haverford campus. Avoid public places and contact with others.
    • You will be asked to participate in "Contact Tracing" to identify others that may have been exposed.
    • Notify your supervisor and the Office of Human Resources that you will be away from work for 14 days and provide the expected first and last dates of self-quarantine.
    • During the 14 days, monitor your health for fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Take your temperature twice a day.
    • Do not travel while sick.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
    • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60%-95% alcohol immediately after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
    • Before returning to the campus, your physician should send a confidential fax authorizing return to work. This authorization should be sent to (833) 864-4257. This incoming fax to this number is monitored by two designated staff in the Office of Human Resources. General inquiries can be sent to .
    • More information about potential exposure to COVID-19 can be found on the Montgomery County Office of Public Health.


    Visit the HealthAdvocate Coronavirus Resources site to access their materials, videos, and recorded webinars related to COVID-19.

  • Medical Plan Updates

    Independence Blue Cross (IBC) is closely monitoring the situation with the respiratory illness caused by the new COVID 19 virus (Coronavirus). IBC is committed to making sure that members can receive appropriate testing and treatment for this virus if needed. Please visit IBC's Care and Services available for COVID-19 (Coronavirus) site for more information.

    Below are enhancements that IBC is making to their plans to improve access for members:

    Testing will be covered. During this public health crisis, IBC will cover as a preventive service and waive cost sharing (such as co pays and coinsurance) for the COVID 19 test when performed at a hospital or an approved laboratory.

    Telemedicine is available. To help reduce potential exposure, IBC is encouraging members to use telemedicine services by waiving cost-sharing on these visits for the next 90 days. Telemedicine is available to support your physical as well as emotional health.

    Treatment will be covered. At this time, there is no specific antiviral treatment or vaccine for COVID 19. Members should receive care from their doctor to help relieve symptoms as they would other viral respiratory infections. IBC continues to cover medically necessary health care costs to treat infectious diseases, including COVID 19, based on the terms of the member’s insurance plan.

    Prescriptions can be filled. IBC has lifted prescription refill restrictions on maintenance medications, such as the “refill too soon” limit, for members in states that have declared a state of emergency because of the virus. IBC is carefully monitoring COVID 19 developments and will make adjustments to policies as appropriate. It is recommended that members call the Pharmacy Services number on their ID cards as needed if they require additional medication refills due to a potential quarantine situation.

  • Search Committees & Interviews

    The College has implemented a hiring freeze through September 1, 2020, at a minimum. Vacant positions that have not been filled will not be posted. Any exceptions will require approval of the senior staff member who has oversight for the administrative division; there will also be a supplemental review by President Wendy Raymond, in partnership with Senior Vice President Mitch Wein, to provide final approval. A majority of currently vacant positions will remain unfilled through the summer at least. For current searches in progress, and for approved vacant positions, interviews may be scheduled remotely using Zoom.

    Please contact for additional details about searches or interviews.

  • Sick Time & Leave
    • Employees who self-quarantine will continue to receive regular base pay during the 14 days. Benefits will continue uninterrupted. During the self-quarantine period, employees are expected to remain at home unless seeking medical care. Exempt employees should expect to work remotely during this period, as their health permits.
  • Student Workers

    Information about student summer internships, research assistantships, and employment is available in the Haverford Student Summer Internships, Research Assistantships, and Employment document.

  • Summer Sabbatical for Staff

    The Office of Human Resources is pleased to announce that the College is offering a Summer Sabbatical opportunity for non-faculty staff. Please see “Eligibility” below. The Program is entirely voluntary. The College knows this has been, and continues to be, a challenging and disruptive time for all and would like to offer employees the option of having some down-time and personal time this summer, with pay and benefits during a six-week period.

    Eligibility: The Summer Sabbatical for Staff program is open to all non-faculty staff who:

    • were a Haverford College employee as of March 16, 2020 and are scheduled to remain in their current position after August 1, 2020, and,
    • are regularly scheduled to work at least 30 hours per week for non-exempt (hourly) employees, or scheduled as a 0.75 FTE or more for exempt (salaried) employees, as applicable; and
    • are 12-month, full-year employees.

    Pay and Benefits: Employees will continue to receive 50% of their base pay during the Summer Sabbatical. Your benefits, the coverage and the cost of such that is deducted do not change during this period. Healthcare coverage is unaffected. Certain benefits, such as retirement contributions that are a percentage of base pay will be aligned to match the new pay rate. In order to provide further financial support for certain non-exempt employees, the College has set a floor of $10.00 per hour. For all non-exempt employees earning less than $20 per hour, the Summer Sabbatical rate will be $10 per hour even though that is greater than the standard 50% Program rate.

    Six-Week Period: The Program will run from the middle of June through the end of July, 2020. The dates are aligned to coincide with the College’s standard pay cycle for exempt (salary) and non-exempt (hourly) employees. The Summer Sabbatical opportunity will start on June 15, 2020 and run through and including July 26, 2020 for hourly employees and from June 16, 2020 and run through and including July 31, 2020 for exempt and salaried employees. Specifically, given the partial month in June 2020, employees will earn the calculated average of their full wage for the first half of June and 50% for the second half of June which corresponds to the Summer Sabbatical period. At the end of the sabbatical period, pay rates will be adjusted back to their pre-sabbatical levels.

    Employee Requirements During the Summer Sabbatical: An employee is not expected to perform any work for the College during this period as the sabbatical is provided to detach from the work at Haverford and fully utilize the personal time and down-time away from College employment. Only in exigent or emergency circumstances might the College reach out to ask for support or address a question or a problem. The request for such support is anticipated to be rare, if any, and would be captured within the pay being provided by the College for this period within the Program. The Summer Sabbatical employee remains a College employee and may retain the College ID, equipment and other College items they may have in their possession. The responsibilities and policies of the College remain in force and effect during this period for employees on Summer Sabbatical.

    Vacation: For employees who were scheduled to take vacation between June 15 and June 30, 2020 and whose participation in the Program would cause them to “lose” the effectiveness of those vacation days, the College will allow those individuals to roll over an additional five (5) days, for a total of up to ten (10) days, to the next year and will further have another month to use those rolled vacation days (to September 30, 2020). If you want to participate in the Program, the College does not want you to lose planned vacation days in doing so. The presence of the July 4 holiday during this period is already included in the construction of the voluntary program without additional holiday pay.

    Process: If you are interested in this voluntary Summer Sabbatical, you must inform your senior staff member and your supervisor prior to Friday, May 29 at 12:00 noon. Please complete the Summer Sabbatical Election Form to indicate your interest in participating in this program. Please know that all employee requests to participate in the Program may not be granted. The College reserves the right to accept or decline the request based on the needs and workloads of the College, its mission and the safety and security of the campus and fellow employees. All employees will be informed of the College’s decision no later than June 4, 2020.

    Furloughs and Pay Continuation: The College does not plan to implement furloughs for staff during summer 2020.

    Unemployment Compensation: The College has not determined or assessed the likely or potential eligibility for any employee regarding unemployment compensation during the Summer Sabbatical period, but it would not be anticipated as this is an entirely voluntary program.

    Questions and Next Steps: If you have any questions, please contact Muriel Brisbon, Director of Human Resources, at, in confidence. If you are interested in participating in the Summer Sabbatical for Staff program, please apply via the Summer Sabbatical Election Form by 12:00 noon on Friday, May 29, 2020.

  • Visiting Faculty & Fixed Term Employees

    Benefits-eligible fixed-term employees who will not return to Haverford for the FY 2020-21 year will receive scheduled pay and benefits through the scheduled end employment date. For benefits-eligible visiting faculty who will not return for the 2020-21 academic year, pay and benefits will continue through June 30, 2020. At the conclusion of the fixed-term appointment, benefits-eligible fixed-term employees may continue medical coverage through COBRA, which provides a continuation of medical insurance at the individual’s expense. Prior to departure, please contact either the Office of Human Resources at or explore the Health Advocate site for assistance with medical coverage.

    Departing fixed-term employees may qualify for Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation, if they are unable to secure employment. To apply for Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation, the individual begins the process by filing a claim for benefits with the PA Department of Labor & Industry, Office of Unemployment Compensation. Upon the filing of an application, the department will determine eligibility for benefits and whether the individual will qualify for partial or total benefits. A departing employee who is unable to secure full employment will generally qualify for some level of unemployment compensation benefits.

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.

Stewarding the Haverford Response

  • Haverford Emergency Response Team (HERT) (standing)

    • Membership: Department heads and colleagues overseeing College operations
    • Duties: manage emergency response issues in real time; raise policy questions to Senior Staff.
  • Senior Staff (standing)

  • BiCo Continuity Planning Group (revised / ad-hoc)

    • Membership: See BiCo Planning Group Charge and Principles (PDF)
    • Duties: Ensure BiCo alignment of planning efforts on each campus, andco-development of plans as needed to ensure continuity of our shared academic program. Recommend administrative decisions to presidents and curricular decisions to HC and BMC faculty.
  • Presidential Advisory Group on Academic Continuity (new / ad-hoc)

    • Membership: Faculty, students appointed by Students’ Council, and presidentially-appointed staff in relevant areas
    • Working groups: See Academic Continuity Working Groups (PDF)
    • Duties:  Begin envisioning and developing potential academic plans for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021, including considering academic calendar changes to maximize possibilities for on-campus learning when public health conditions allow our safe assembly on campus.  
  • Operations Planning Group (new)

    • Membership: See Operations Planning Group (PDF)
    • Duties:  Develop, recommend, and ultimately implement operational and administrative continuity plans in support of the academic mission. Coordinate with Presidential Advisory Group, BiCo Group, HERT, and advise the president and Senior Staff on institutional policy questions.


Many have asked how they can provide financial support for Haverford students. There are several options, including our LIFTFAR program. Thank you for your support!

COVID-19 Resources

Safety Posters

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Campus Access

In light of how the COVID-19 crisis is progressing, Haverford College is taking the unfortunate but necessary step of closing the campus and Nature Trail to outside visitors. As Governor Tom Wolf has emphasized in ordering the temporary shutdown of all non-life-sustaining business activity, social distancing is our strongest weapon against the virus. And though we had hoped to permit continued access to College grounds and the Trail, it is now clear that such access increases the threat level and should not continue.

That’s why only Haverford College campus residents, students, faculty, staff, and emeriti may access the campus and Trail, effective immediately. Approved vendors will continue to have campus access for business purposes only.

COVID-19 can and will be overcome, but only if we all do our part to thwart its spread. Thanks for understanding. We look forward to welcoming you back to campus when the COVID-19 danger has passed.


All campus events (guest speakers, concerts, symposia) scheduled through the end of the semester will be cancelled or postponed.

Prospective Students & Families

Beginning with the admission process for students entering in Fall 2021, Haverford is adopting a test-optional admission policy for a three-year period. Given the significant disruptions students are experiencing, we believe this change to our standardized testing policy will reduce stress and provide students with much greater flexibility as they navigate a college admission process that is unfolding much differently than expected.