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Health Guidelines

  • Personal health responsibility
    • As a community, we will need to take responsibility collectively to follow the necessary guidelines and protocols to keep our community as safe as possible. All faculty, staff, students, residents, and visitors to campus must follow a set of personal health responsibility guidelines.
  • Recognizing that our University is part of a residential neighborhood, it is important that members of the University community abide by these guidelines when they are on and off campus to help protect and respect the health and safety of our community neighbors.
  • We are all mutually accountable for personally adhering to these health guidelines, as outlined, and reminding our colleagues and classmates to do similarly.
  • The guidelines below apply to the following populations: students, faculty, staff, visitors, contracted vendors, and residents.
  • While all of these guidelines will be an adjustment in our daily lives, it is critically important that each member of our community abide by these guidelines to protect the health and safety of our entire community. We are all in this together, because #ExplorersCare.
  • All students, faculty, and staff will be required to complete an online training prior to returning to campus for the Spring semester.
  • To report an incident of a student not abiding by these guidelines, please submit an incident report on the portal. To report a faculty or staff member not abiding by these guidelines, please contact Human Resources at
Daily self-monitoring
  • In order to protect our community, all faculty, staff, students, residents, and visitors (guests, parents, prospective students and families, vendors, contractors, external service providers, etc.) must self-monitor their health daily.
    • Regarding campus visitors: It is incumbent on the designated hosts to share with their respective campus visitors this campus plan and the University’s expectations regarding personal health responsibility, in order to maintain the wellness of the University community. See the Events and Visitors section of this plan for more detail.
  • Be alert for symptoms including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. (Review the CDC’s list of COVID-19 symptoms.)
  • All faculty, staff, and students will be asked to complete a Daily COVID-19 Check-in every day before leaving their residence.
  • Take your temperature each morning before leaving your residence. If your temperature is 100.4 degrees F/ 38 degrees C or higher, do not enter campus or leave your campus residence. Contact your health care provider first. See the Identifying Positive Cases section of this plan for more details on what to do if you are symptomatic.
Respiratory etiquette
  • Since the primary source of transmission for COVID-19 is through respiratory droplets, all students, faculty, staff, visitors, and residents are asked to pay particular attention to their respiratory etiquette to minimize the spread of droplets.
  • If you are not wearing a mask, cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw it away. Wash your hands afterward. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
Face coverings
  • Wear a cloth face mask when traveling across campus, in public spaces, inside a building, on public transportation, or whenever around others. Ensure that the mask is covering your mouth and your nose.
  • According to the CDC, COVID-19 is spread most frequently through respiratory droplets. Cloth face coverings are critical in helping to stop the spread of the virus. Remember, by wearing a face mask, you are protecting those around you. It is a simple step that can prevent you from unknowingly spreading the virus to others (even when you do not have any symptoms).
  • Face coverings must be worn even while practicing physical distancing. Face coverings are not intended as a substitute for physical distancing.
    • Indoors
      • Face masks must be worn at all times when indoors, including:
        • Classrooms and laboratories
          • In certain cases, a faculty member may request to use a face shield during instruction. Based on the latest CDC guidance (12/7/20), the CDC does not recommend using face shields or goggles as a substitute for masks.
        • On-campus living
          • Common spaces in residence halls and apartment living
          • Hallways
          • Entering and exiting the building or complex
          • Communal restrooms
        • Dining halls (except when eating or drinking)
        • Library
        • University offices
        • All University buildings
      • Individuals who are not wearing face masks will be denied entrance to these spaces or will be asked to leave.
      • Face masks should only be removed when you are eating or drinking or when you are in your individual living area.
      • To report an incident of a student not abiding by these guidelines, please submit an incident report on the mylasalle Portal. To report an incident of a faculty or staff member not abiding by these guidelines, please contact Human Resources at
        • Additional information on how to handle non-compliance will be included in the online training.
    • Outdoors
      • Face masks must be worn while outside when you are less than six feet from people from different households.
      • Since physical distancing cannot be guaranteed when traveling across campus or exercising outside on or near campus, a face mask must be worn.
    • Off-campus
      • For students living in off-campus housing, it is particularly important to where a mask whenever you leave your home.
      • Wearing a mask is one of the simplest things that you can do to protect and respect our neighbors and the community in which you are living.
  • One washable cloth mask will be provided to all students, faculty, and staff at or before the start of the Spring 2021 semester.
  • You may wear you own clean, well-maintained face covering as long as it covers both your nose and your mouth.
    • It is recommended that you carry at least two clean face coverings with you daily. This will ensure that you have a replacement in case your mask becomes unusable during the day.
  • Faculty and front-line staff will be provided a small supply of disposable masks to give to students or guests that enter a classroom or office without a mask. More information will follow on the process to replenish this supply.
  • The bookstore will also carry facemasks for purchase.
Personal hygiene
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds frequently throughout the day. This is especially important after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Hand washing with soap and water is the method of sanitizing your hands that is proven more effective than the use of anti-bacterial hand sanitizer.
    • Increase your use of anti-bacterial hand sanitizer when soap and water is unavailable. Use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Guidance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (6/29/20) recommends against the use of particular types of hand sanitizer.
    • The University has secured an additional 150 touch-free hand sanitizer stations that will be placed throughout campus. These will be refilled regularly by cleaning staff.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when sick
  • If you or someone in your household is experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms, stay home.
  • Leaving home when you are sick puts the entire University community at risk.
  • Students are required to notify faculty when they are missing class due to suspected COVID-19-like symptoms. (See the Self-Reporting section of this plan for further guidance.)
  • All University-sponsored travel is suspended. Very limited exceptions will require the approval of the area Vice President.
  • Traveling from or to out-of-state
    • Currently, individuals who are entering Pennsylvania from other states and countries, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to entering or after arrival into Pennsylvania or quarantine for 14 days when you arrive in
  • International travel
  • Domestic travel
    • The CDC cautions that all travel increases your risk of exposure to COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself and others from getting sick is to avoid all non-essential