Students strolling the grounds during the fall.

Bears Return to Campus.

What you need to know to about our response to COVID-19, our phased opening and the procedures in place to keep our campus safe.

Campus return plan Update: June 24

Current Students

Faculty and Staff

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Visitors

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As we turn to the summer months, our plans for the fall semester—which is already rapidly approaching—have come into focus.  And while much uncertainty remains regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and the unpredictable impact it will have in the coming months, we intend to move forward with the understanding that the situation demands flexibility, particularly as we prioritize the health and well-being of all faculty, staff and students.

Phased Campus Safety Strategy

The different phases below correspond to different levels of health practices on campus depending on the health situation on campus, and to a lesser extent, in the surrounding community. The color of the shield for each phase represents a more general reference for the phases (Red, Old Gold, and Black) Please refer to Ursinus.edu for current campus status.

Phase< Characteristics Staff & Faculty Students Visitors

Phase 0

Only essential functions—County in red phase

Only those maintaining essential campus operation on campus

Students at home, all instruction remote

As campus is essentially empty, community may use campus for walking with masks & distancing

Phase 1

Preparation for re-opening—County must be at least in yellow phase

Minimal presence on campus, staggered schedules, remote work where possible

Students remain at home, but preparing for return to campus, including quarantine and testing

As campus occupancy is low, community may use campus for walking with masks & distancing, minimal visits from prospective students

Phase 2

Phased return: first-year students

Faculty begin in-person CIE; other functions remain remote where possible

First-year students arrive, along with RAs and others in support roles. Upper class students quarantine and testing

Visitors to campus are discouraged during phase-in process. For In-person admission-related visits, please visit Interact with Ursinus.

Phase 3

Phased return: upper class students

Faculty begin full in-person semester; other functions remain remote where possible

Upper-class students arrive.

Visitors to campus are discouraged during phase-in process. For In-person admission-related visits, please visit Interact with Ursinus.

Phase 4

Campus remains healthy. Relaxation of some campus restrictions

Additional staff and faculty return to regular work on campus

Gradual reopening of common spaces, shared dining, some larger gatherings

Visitors are allowed to return in socially distanced groups

Phase 5

End of in-person instruction at Thanksgiving

Campus closes for Thanksgiving break; remote instruction to follow

Students go home; small subset may remain

Campus grounds open for visitors; buildings closed

Phase 6

If small outbreak; temporary quarantine of campus

Faculty and staff follow phase zero practices as possible. Instruction continues remotely

Students confined to rooms for a period of several days as contact tracing completed and isolation enforced

No visitors to campus

Questions?

Please direct all questions to covid19@ursinus.edu
 and a member of our taskforce will reply at our earliest opportunity!