COVID-19 Information

At DelVal, the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is always our top priority.


Covid-19 Cases at DelVal

   

Isolation
On Campus

Isolation
Off Campus

Current Positive Cases

1

0

1

Total Resolved Positive Cases since 8/1/2020

17

   

Cumulative Cases since 8/1/2020

18

   

Current Persons Under Investigation

1

0

1

Number of people in quarantine on campus

1

   

Number of people in quarantine off campus

16

   

Updated October 21, 2020

Numbers will be updated by noon daily on Monday – Friday, with weekend cases added on Mondays.

Definitions:

Current Positive Covid-19 Cases/In Isolation: This is the number of positive Covid-19 cases currently in the community and includes students, faculty and staff, both on and off campus. These individuals are in isolation.

Current Persons Under Investigation/In Isolation: This is the number of cases in which an individual is not a confirmed positive but has symptoms and is awaiting test results. These individuals are in isolation until test results are received.

Quarantine: For individuals with NO SYMPTOMS but who may have been exposed to COVID-19 such as a contact of an individual who is ill or a traveler from an area under quarantine status because of high infection rates.

Resolved Positive Case: This means the individual was released from isolation from their medical provider or the Department of Health.

The criteria for releasing a positive case from isolation are:

If the individual is symptomatic:

  • Minimum 10 days since symptoms first appeared, and;
  • Symptoms have improved, and;
  • At least 24 hours fever-free (without fever-reducing medication)

If the individual is asymptomatic:

  • At least 10 days have passed since the date of their first positive COVID-19 diagnostic test, only if symptoms never developed.
  • If symptoms developed, use symptom-based strategy above.

Cumulative cases are the total number of positive student and employee cases that have occurred since August 1, 2020. This number includes both current positive cases and those that have been resolved.

Bucks County COVID positive rate most recent 7 days: 3.1%
Bucks County COVID positive rate previous 7 days: 2.9%

A Message From The President

October 9, 2020

Dear students, faculty and staff,

We are in the home stretch! Less than 50 days to go and we will have completed a safe and successful fall semester on campus. I know this has not been easy for any of us, but I am proud of our entire community. Mask wearing can be tiring and social distancing is not how we typically relate to each other. But Aggies are strong and we are following the science and the safety guidelines, and that is why we are able to remain open and currently have no active cases.

For the homestretch, let’s “Mask Up for the Win!”  Students, we are providing you with enough masks to bring you to the end of on-campus instruction before you return home for finals and the end of the semester.

Watch this great video - Mask Up for the Win.  As a reminder, wear your mask properly and – fully cover both your nose and mouth!

I also want to share some thoughts on the current social climate. Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, we were already living in an increasingly polarized environment. The political divide, fueled by rhetoric and social media, was permeating our lives. The pandemic and the need for physical isolation has added significant mental and emotional stress to us all.  So, perhaps this is a good time to contemplate one of our core values at DelVal:

“Value the World of Ideas and Differences: Our community recognizes the necessity of cultivating curiosity and honoring diversity. We engage with ideas that challenge us and with people different from ourselves, showing deep respect for diverse points of view and backgrounds.”

This does not mean that we always agree with each other; it means we try to respect each other and engage in honest and productive dialogue. We do not know the path that someone else has walked, but we can listen and try to understand. We are entitled to freedom of speech, and our core values can guide us to build bridges, not tear them down.

One of the many inspirations that Ruth Bader Ginsberg gave us was her friendship with fellow justice Antonin Scalia. Their interpretations of the law were often very different, but they put their differences aside and developed a deep friendship built on common ground.  As RGB said, “You can disagree without being disagreeable.” 

I encourage you to engage in civil discourse and find common ground wherever you can.

Stay safe, mask up for the win, and enjoy this weekend!

Dr. Maria Gallo

Mask up for the win. Video cover image.

FAQs

Academics

Calendar

Classes still begin as originally scheduled on August 24. Labor Day and the previously scheduled fall break days will not be observed this year and classes will be held.

All instruction moves to a remote format after Thanksgiving. Final exams will be held remotely.

Yes. All classes and final exams will move to a remote format after Thanksgiving. The last on-campus class day will be Wednesday, November 25.

No. All students should leave campus on November 25 to continue the semester remotely.

These changes are being made to mitigate the public health risk associated with travel and social interaction that occurs over Thanksgiving.

Exams will be conducted remotely from December 2 through December 8.

No decisions have yet been made about the Spring 2021 semester.  We will continue to monitor public health and communicate decisions when they are made.

Instruction and Class Format

Courses will be offered in a mixture of remote and in-person modalities.  Approximately 75% of all sections will be held in-person. The format for courses scheduled for the Fall semester is now available through the Registrar’s Office.

The majority of courses will be offered in-person for Fall 2020. There is a list of online and remote courses available on the Registrar’s website.

Returning students can adjust their schedule themselves through Student Planning. First-time freshmen need to contact the Registrar’s Office to switch their schedules to available remote sections.  Students with a documented medical issue or disability that will make in-person instruction a challenge may seek an accommodation:

https://delval.edu/life-at-delval/health-services/student-development-accessibility-services/disability-services

Yes. Face coverings are required for all faculty, staff and students in all locations. These are required in all classrooms and other learning environments, including in labs, on the farms and at all campus locations.

Yes. Consistent with CDC requirements, students and instructors are required to maintain a minimum of 6 feet of distance in classrooms, labs, and other learning environments. Labs may operate under more stringent protocols.

By the end of the first week of the semester, students will choose a seat in each of their courses while maintaining distancing of 6 feet from other students and the instructor. Instructors will record the seating arrangement and will use this information to take attendance for each class meeting. These seating assignments will be necessary to facilitate contact tracing in the event of a positive COVID-19 case. Attendance will also be mandatory for virtual classrooms with attendance also being recorded for these sessions.

Students who are ill should not attend in-person classes, but they must notify their instructors in a timely manner of their absence from class, whether remote or in-person.  Students are responsible for all quizzes, exams, labs, projects, and assignments missed and should coordinate this with their instructor.  However, students will not be penalized for absence due to illness, but they must follow protocol to communicate with their instructors about their situation and make up missed work.

Yes. However, faculty office hours and advising appointments will be handled virtually in the Fall semester to promote social distancing for safety. We encourage you to make use of faculty office hours. Contact information for your faculty member will be in your syllabus. 

Yes. The Educational Technology and Distance Education teams have scheduled enhanced distance education training sessions, new remote teaching training sessions, a next level of both Blackboard and Zoom training, and have developed a Teaching Resources Center for both new and advanced online faculty. The Faculty Professional Development Committee has provided further support to faculty in preparing for online and remote teaching via virtual seminars and the development of a podcast series on these topics.

Health and Safety

The University’s plans will adhere to the directives of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as communicated through the Office of the Governor, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and the Department of Health.

Cleaning and Sanitation

The health and safety of the entire University community remains the highest priority of this plan. We have prepared a thorough cleaning and disinfecting schedule for the campus, and the Blueprint plan includes those details.

Cleaning and disinfection of classrooms, all building bathrooms, lobby and hallway hard surfaces, public spaces, and high touch areas will be performed at least twice a day to meet current CDC guidelines. Residence hall bathrooms will be serviced three times a day by the custodial staff. The use of recommended EPA “List N” approved products will be used to disinfect these areas.

Classrooms and laboratories will be serviced by Custodial Operations twice a day, and will also be stocked with cleaning products. Students and faculty should wipe down surfaces and high touch areas prior to the start of instruction for added safety.

Employees will be expected to clean and maintain their own offices and workspaces and will be responsible for wiping down surfaces in their own office or workspace (i.e. desktops, high touch areas such as doorknobs, light switches and computer keyboards). Trash bags from private offices should be tied up and left outside the office for removal. 

Appropriate supplies will be made available through Custodial Operations. This allows cleaning operations to be focused on areas occupied by multiple users and reduces overall traffic into these areas. 

Campus Life

Athletics

No. In late July, the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) made the difficult decision to suspend all intercollegiate athletics through the Fall semester with hopes to move them to Spring 2021. We value our student-athletes and will continue to keep them updated on developments and decisions related to athletics.

Dining and Food Service

Yes. The University and its corporate partner, Parkhurst Dining, have collaborated on a plan to offer dining services with full attention to social distancing, regular cleaning and sanitation, and employee expectations for hygiene and service delivery.

Traditional dining operations will be conducted in Levin Dining Hall, with reduced capacity, table distancing and table shielding. Moumgis Auditorium will also be configured as an additional traditional dining site with table distancing and shielding. The Pub will offer exclusively grab and go options. Dining hours are subject to change.

For safety, additional mitigation strategies include: 

  • Elimination of self-serve areas such as the salad bar;
  • Availability of grab and go options in all venues;
  • No cash will be accepted – Ram Dollars or meal plans only;
  • Schedule modifications will occur to accommodate more regular cleaning;
  • Revised traffic flow in dining areas with appropriate signage.
Move-In Procedures for Residential Students

Move-in procedures have been altered to manage campus arrival and to adhere to all applicable health and safety precautions. Staggered arrivals and check-in will be followed.

Everyone’s cooperation will be essential for an orderly and responsible process. All health and safety directives, specifically wearing face coverings, maintaining distance, and following traffic flow signage will be expected. Resident students will receive additional details through their housing portal. 

Prior to receiving room keys, students will proceed through a temperature and symptom screening process conducted under the direction of the DVU Health Center. Students with normal temperature readings and no symptoms will receive a clearance badge and will proceed to their residence halls. Those with symptoms or an elevated temperature (100.4º F or higher) will be asked to speak with the Health Center staff for further evaluation and next steps.

Each student is allowed two guests, with only one guest allowed in the residence hall at a time to assist with unpacking and room setup. All students and their guests are expected to wear facial coverings during the entire move-in process. Family pets are not welcome or permitted on campus.

Students arriving from states currently under travel quarantine will complete a 7-day period of modified quarantine on campus and will receive individualized outreach prior to arrival with full directions and guidance.

Yes, students will receive a kit at move-in with 2 masks and other items to monitor their health. Students should bring extra masks and your own supplemental cleaning supplies.

Student Life

No guests will be permitted in the residence halls.

No. For safety, the common areas will be closed in the residence halls this semester.

Although the commuter lounge will not be available, commuter-friendly work spaces are being identified for the Fall semester.  Whether you will need a computer to work at, a space to utilize for a remote class, or a quiet area to work on your own device, we’ll have a list of options for you before the start of the term. Social distancing will be observed and face coverings must be worn at all times.

Students are required to submit a simple safety plan before moving into housing. This plan will be activated if quarantine, isolation or closure of the residence halls becomes necessary.

No, but you will not return to your room in the Fall semester. Your room assignment is yours for the academic year, so you can leave your belongings in anticipation of returning in January.

Outdoor activities, with appropriate social distancing, are supported and encouraged during this time. Students may consult with Student Involvement to explore both formal and informal recreational opportunities that comply with health mandates. 

Until further notice, the use of the Work Gym facilities, including the weight/fitness room is limited to student athletes only. Similarly, physical education courses will not be held given the nature of activity in indoor spaces.

Club sports will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. While generally club sports will be suspended, there may be activities (eSports) where distancing, masking and all other health standards can be successfully met. Student Involvement staff will work directly with club sport leaders this Fall on any programming.

We are planning a range of activities to include face-to-face, virtual/remote and outdoor events. All club and organization meetings and activities will adhere to the use of face coverings and distancing requirements. Event sizes will be limited. The Student Involvement team will provide guidance and support for student leaders on ways to engage their members.

The overall plan for a safe re-opening is addressing sanitation, PPE (personal protection equipment), social distancing and shielding, testing and screening procedures, treatment, and positive-case management (notification, reporting, quarantine, and isolation). At a minimum, you can expect that all of us will be required to practice social distancing and wear a face covering when we return to campus.

The Delaware Valley University COVID-19 Task Force continues to monitor and update information about the COVID-19 pandemic on regular basis. We are in regular contact with the following entities for the most current information and recommendations related to the pandemic  to ensure the health and safety of our community:

  • Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Pennsylvania Department of Health
  • Bucks County Health Department
  • Pennsylvania Department of Education
  • Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Pennsylvania (AICUP)

Please continue to check this page frequently for important updates.

COVID-19 FAQs

Fever

Cough

Shortness of breath

The CDC believes the symptoms of the coronavirus may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure.

We are coordinating our planning with other educational institutions and our response will be in accordance with local, state, and federal experts. For the latest updates, please check this page. Due to the evolving nature of the situation, we encourage everyone to stay as informed as possible.

The CDC recommends the following everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including influenza:

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Stay home when you are sick.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or the inside of your elbow. Immediately throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Get a flu vaccine if you have not yet done so.

Do not share personal items that come in contact with saliva or other body fluids, such as water bottles, drinking glasses, utensils, cosmetics, lip balm, toothbrushes or smoking materials.

Students with concerns should immediately contact the Health and Wellness Center at 215.489.2252 during regular business hours or Public Safety at 215.489.4444 after hours for access to medical care. Members of the faculty and staff with symptoms or concerns should contact their healthcare providers. More information about the coronavirus is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

As many of you are aware, information regarding COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving situation and the risk assessment may change daily. Countries worldwide are working diligently and taking drastic measures to contain the disease. These actions may include quarantine of exposed persons, limiting travel and closing highly visited public facilities. The latest updates are available on CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) website.

Wherever your travels take you this spring break, stay healthy and safe with these tips from CDC Travelers’ Health. And as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases.

The CDC advises, if you’re not feeling well after your trip, call your doctor and tell them where you have traveled, including where you went and what you did on your trip. You may have picked up a virus or other infection during your trip, even though you did not have symptoms until you returned. Telling your doctor where you have been will help your doctor consider infections that are rarely found in the United States.

A woman wearing a mask and coughing, purple virus is in the air.
IF YOU FEEL ILL:

Students with concerns should immediately contact the Health and Wellness Center at 215.489.2252 during regular business hours or Public Safety at 215.489.4444 after hours for access to medical care. Members of the faculty and staff with symptoms or concerns should contact their healthcare providers. More information about the coronavirus is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Previous Messages From The President

Dear students, faculty and staff,

Who are Aggies? Aggies are tough, smart, practical students with plenty of school spirit. Aggies also are team players who know how to win, because we are succeeding in holding back the COVID-19 virus. Our case count, as you know, has been minimal and that is because of your diligence.

We are four weeks into our fall semester and most of us are doing a great job following the guidelines that are in place. In fact, we conducted random COVID-19 testing of 60 students late last week and are very pleased to report all tests were negative.

I know that we are all getting weary of wearing our masks, but we must continue to be vigilant in our mask wearing and social distancing for our success to continue. I want to remind you of a few simple things that make all the difference in keeping you and our community safe.

  • Please complete your Medicat screening every day. This has helped us identify the few cases of COVID-19 we have had and keep it from spreading.
  • If you are eating outside of the dining halls, with no plexiglass safety dividers, please stay six feet from your friends. It is not safe to sit in close proximity to others without any protection while you eat. 
  • If you are driving to campus, be sure that everyone in the car has their mask on during the trip. Enclosed spaces are known to be the most dangerous for transmission of the virus.
  • Please wear your mask properly – covering both your nose and mouth completely.

And get outdoors! Fall weather is here (fall is my favorite season) and this is the perfect time to be outside with your friends and enjoy our beautiful campus. We have plenty of space to spread out so let’s take advantage of our campus and celebrate the season.

It also is important to remember that COVID-19 protocols are not the only things happening on our campus. We have great programming coming up, including the next “Racism: Question it! Change it! Colloquium Series” on September 21.st This session, which you can join on Blackboard, will focus on Monuments, Memorials, Race and Power. And you can join the Career Exploration Series that takes place October 19 to 30th.   Plenty to do to expand your mind and horizons!

Sincerely,

Dr. Maria Gallo

Dear DelVal Community,

The start of the Fall 2020 semester is fast approaching, and we are excited to welcome back students, faculty members and staff to campus once again. Our return is especially gratifying this year as we all continue to cope with the challenges of the pandemic, and I am very proud of the resiliency and grit that each of you has shown in your commitment to adapt to the many changes we have seen since March.

As you know, the University has committed to re-opening the campus so that we can continue to provide the special brand of experiential learning and “science with practice” that are hallmarks of a DelVal education. We recognize that while this is exciting news, it also comes with questions about how we will re-open campus, and specifically, what steps the University will take to ensure the safest environment possible on our campus.

To address these issues, I am pleased to share with you the “Fall 2020 Blueprint: COVID-19 Re-opening Plan,” which details how we will return to campus. At the outset, I want to thank all of those who worked swiftly and diligently to put this plan together, and particularly the members of the President’s Re-opening Task Force and its Health and Safety subcommittee. In developing the Blueprint, we prioritized the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff while upholding our core values and educational mission.

This letter summarizes the key elements of the Blueprint, and the full plan can be found here.

To be clear, the Blueprint requires all of us – every one of us – to abide by the policies and practices set forth in the plan.   It also requires us to remain flexible as we navigate the weeks ahead. I am counting on each of you to work together for our safety. We will continue to update the Blueprint as conditions may warrant in the weeks to come, guided as always by directives from state and county Departments of Health, the state Department of Education, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Key highlights in the Blueprint for Fall 2020 include:

Academics
  • The academic calendar for Fall 2020 has been modified to conclude in-person instruction by Thanksgiving break. All students will leave campus on November 25 to continue instruction remotely. No one will return to campus after the holiday in an effort to reduce risk associated with travel and social interaction.
  • Course instruction will include a combination of in-person (75%) and remote (25%) offerings.
  • All in-person courses will abide by social distancing guidelines and will require the use of face coverings by everyone.
Student Life on Campus
  • Following guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the CDC, residence halls will be open with additional safety measures in place, including shielding, enhanced cleaning, and social distancing.
  • Traditional dining operations will be conducted with reduced capacity, distancing and shielding, increased cleaning, and availability of grab-and-go options.
  • Lounges, residence hall common spaces, and other congregation areas, including the commuter lounge, will be closed at this time.
  • Commuter students are expected to follow the same health and safety guidelines as those living on campus.
Health and Safety
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfection of classrooms, all building bathrooms, lobby and hallway hard surfaces, and high touch areas will be performed to meet current CDC guidelines, including the use of approved products recommended to disinfect these areas.
  • Signage will be prevalent throughout campus to remind the community of CDC guidelines on the use of mandatory face coverings and social distancing (6 feet), general and hand hygiene, and health and safety practices to reduce the spread of infection.
  • Hand sanitation stations will be placed at 130 locations throughout campus.
  • All faculty, staff, students, and any pre-approved campus visitors, such as contractors and vendors, are required to wear face coverings while on campus.
  • A COVID Compliance Concerns online form will be available for all community members to report observations of non-compliance.
COVID-19 Response
  • Students with a positive diagnosis or with known exposure to COVID-19 must notify the DVU Health Center. Similarly, employees must notify Human Resources.
  • In the case of a positive test result, the DVU Health Center will initiate contact tracing and report directly to the Bucks County Department of Health. Contact tracing will be done in a manner that preserves the confidentiality and privacy of all involved.
  • The University has established procedures for isolation and quarantine of resident students in collaboration with the Bucks County Department of Health.
  • If a case is confirmed on campus, the University may rely on a third-party sanitation provider to treat and disinfect areas with known exposure to the virus.

In the weeks ahead, we will provide updates as conditions require. Students, faculty and staff should check their DelVal email regularly. I also urge you to read the full Blueprint report and review the FAQs available on our site. If you have remaining questions, please submit them here. 

Thank you again for your continued patience and support as we work together to meet the challenges of the “new normal” in the weeks ahead. I look forward to seeing you on campus when the Fall 2020 semester begins on August 24th, and in the meantime I hope you have a great rest of Summer!

Sincerely,

Dr. Maria Gallo

The MAC announced this morning that fall sports will be postponed until spring 2021 due to the ongoing pandemic. The decision was made with the safety and well-being of our athletes, trainers, coaches and the DelVal community in mind. 

My heart goes out to our student athletes and coaches who are affected.  I know that the entire community is disappointed that we will not be able to cheer on our beloved Aggies this fall.  

I shared with the student athletes in a separate communication that I believe that strong bonds develop when a community unites to fight adversity together. At DelVal, these bonds grow stronger each day.

As Vince Lombardi once said, “Individual commitment to a group effort, that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work,” And I know it will make DelVal work too!  We will look out for each other’s health and we will support one another through this pandemic. 

I can’t wait to welcome all students back to campus in a few weeks, and remember…Go Aggies!

Maria Gallo, President

Dear Students,

The COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges for all of us as we move through summer 2020. We know that many individuals and families continue to suffer economic hardships as a result of the very real impacts this pandemic has on our daily lives and work environments.

As a result, DelVal has decided to freeze the rates for room and board at current 2019-2020 levels. This decision follows our earlier decision to freeze tuition and fees for the coming year and is consistent with our commitment to provide high quality, affordable education to our students.

You will note that the room and board fees included on your upcoming bill will reflect a lower amount than previously communicated for the 2020-2021 year.

Your safety is our number one priority. DelVal is undertaking significant protocols to provide the safest possible environment for our learning community this fall. These precautions include, but are not limited to, personal protection equipment (PPE) for all students, faculty and staff, increased cleaning protocols, revised meal protocols, and the addition of Plexiglas dividers on residence hall sinks and in offices and classrooms as needed to ensure social distancing guidelines are met. We have invested in enhanced testing equipment at the health center not only for COVID-19 but also for strep and flu detection.

As you know, the impact of the revised academic calendar for fall means that on-campus activities will end when we break for the Thanksgiving holiday. This change was made in the interest of the health of our students and the campus community, so that we can limit possible COVID exposures that might occur due to Thanksgiving travel. We are not pro-rating room and board fees to reflect this change, but we are eliminating the planned room and board rate increases, maintaining the tuition and fee freeze, and absorbing significant additional costs to ensure that we can provide the safest possible campus experience. We are all in this together.

We look forward to welcoming you back to campus in August. In the coming weeks, we will be sharing details of our added safety protocols and other changes you may find when you return that are necessary due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Each of you will have a role in keeping our campus safe. We will work together to battle the pandemic and remain a united DelVal family.

Stay well, Maria

Dear Delaware Valley University Community:

As we move closer to the start of the Fall 2020 semester on August 24th, I know that we all share the same feelings: excitement about finally returning to campus; concerns about protecting everyone’s health and safety; and questions about how the “new normal” will work on a daily basis.

One thing we all know for sure, while the Fall 2020 semester promises to be an exciting one, it will be different from any other year in the history of our university.  The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our community and our country has been enormous. You all have made sacrifices and displayed a remarkable level of patience and “grit” in coping with its effects.  The University will continue to follow the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Pennsylvania Departments of Health and Education to safeguard the health of the DelVal community as we move forward.

Because there are many shifting factors to address daily, our return plan, known as the Blueprint for Fall 2020, is a playbook, so we will continue to count on your flexibility and patience as we progress. With that in mind, I want to offer you the following outline of the Blueprint for Fall 2020 as it has been developed, recognizing that we will continue to provide additional updates and details as they are finalized in the weeks ahead.

Enrollment Update

Amidst all of the challenges and uncertainty that we have faced over the past few months, there is good news to share.  We are pleased to report that our percentage of returning students is running higher than it has for the last two years.  And, we look forward to welcoming a large class of new learners this Fall.  This group is diverse, academically prepared and engaged.  They will add much to the DelVal community.  We continue to help all of our students navigate their unique situations and will do so all through the summer months. 

Academics

Calendar

  • On campus instruction commences as originally scheduled on August 24.  
  • Classes will be held on Labor Day (September 7) and there will be no Fall Break in October.
  • The last day of ON CAMPUS instruction will be Wednesday, November 25, just prior to Thanksgiving.
  • The last two days of classes (November 30 and December 1) will be held remotely.
  • Final exams will take place from December 2-8, and also will be conducted remotely.
  • No decisions have been reached about the Spring 2021 semester yet.  We will monitor public health conditions throughout the Fall term to aid in the planning for Spring 2021.

Format of classes

  • Students can expect a mixture of remote and face-to-face course offerings with approximately 75% of all sections being offered face-to-face.  
  • The format for each of your courses will be available by July 24.
  • We are committed to providing the “hands on” experiences for which DelVal is known, both in lectures and laboratory courses.
  • Social distancing will be required in all in-person classes (36 square feet per person) and labs (66 square feet per person).
  • All faculty and students will be required to wear face coverings in the classroom.
  • Faculty office hours and advising appointments will be handled virtually in the Fall semester.
Campus Life

Housing

We will open our residence halls according to federal, state and local health and safety guidelines, so that our students can prosper from the DelVal campus-life experience.  This will include the installation of protective shielding in residence hall bathrooms, enhanced cleaning to CDC standards, reduced occupancy where appropriate, limitations on common facility use, and isolation and quarantine contingencies.

A staggered and safe move-in experience is currently being developed and details will be announced when finalized. Housing questions can be directed to housing@delval.edu.

Dining

We also are finalizing the campus dining plan that incorporates modifications for safety and social distancing using both Levin Dining Hall and Moumgis Auditorium.  Signs and shielding will be in place when students return to campus.  More details about campus dining will be forthcoming.

Athletics

We continue planning for a safe re-start to the DelVal athletics program. We are relying on guidance for collegiate sports recently released by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the NCAA, and in coordination with our conference.  Important decisions are expected from these entities in early July and we will announce our plans in the upcoming weeks.

Extracurricular programs

Meetings and activities will be offered with a combination of in-person opportunities (following CDC, state, and college guidelines for health and safety) and virtual events.  Student leaders will receive guidance and ideas for engaging their members.  Club and organization travel, domestic and international, is suspended for the academic year in an abundance of caution for safety.

Gatherings and events

We will comply with public health orders, including occupancy adjustments for the number of participants or attendees, but the health and safety of our campus takes precedence.  If events are permitted, specific safety guidance will be provided and must be followed.

Health and Safety

Testing and screening

In keeping with prevailing guidance and the advice of medical and epidemiology specialists, we will execute a confident screening and testing strategy that mitigates community spread through early identification and personal responsibility.

Our campus health center will manage testing and referral procedures for students and provide guidance and consultation to the University on employee procedures.  

All members of the community will be asked to self-monitor for symptoms and will receive guidance and tools for how that will be accomplished. Additional health screening procedures will be implemented during fall move-in and as the repopulation of campus occurs.  

Contact tracing

University staff have been working closely with the Bucks County Department of Health on the process of contact tracing and our role in support of that process.  Health Center personnel have completed contact tracing training through Johns Hopkins University.  Specific details related to testing and tracing are under development and will be forthcoming.  

Distancing and shielding

We also will continue to observe physical distancing (at least six feet) from other people, which provides additional protection against transmission and spread of disease.  Physical adaptations will be made to high traffic customer service areas, residence hall bathrooms, dining space, and other areas around campus to maximize distancing.

Face coverings and PPE

All faculty, staff, and students are required to wear face coverings while on campus and must observe social distancing.  Face coverings are an important part of our community health practices as they can help protect others by containing respiratory droplets when the mask wearer coughs, sneezes or speaks. “Aggie” branded face coverings will be made available to our community members to supplement those that individuals will be asked to provide for themselves.

Face coverings will not be required when in one’s own residence hall room or suite; when alone in an enclosed office or study room; or in one’s own personal vehicle.

As indicated by work and role on campus, personal protective equipment (PPE), including surgical masks, face shields, goggles, and gloves, will be required in certain situations and provided by the University.  More details will be provided to those who are affected by these procedures including but not limited to health service clinicians, athletic training staff, those who work in certain labs and work environments, and custodial services.   

Isolation and quarantine procedures

In collaboration with the Bucks County Department of Health, procedures for isolating and quarantining resident students are being finalized. Students will be asked to prepare departure/safety plans in the event that they must be directed to isolate off campus.  Resident students will receive additional direction on completing these plans.

Cleaning and sanitation

The health and safety of the entire University community remains our highest priority moving forward, and we will continue to observe the guidance of the CDC to decrease the transmission of diseases, including frequent hand washing, respiratory hygiene, cleaning and disinfection of personal spaces, and staying home during times of illness.  

Hand sanitizing stations will be placed in 130 locations throughout campus – outside of building and classroom entrances, common spaces, and other high traffic areas.  These should be used regularly by all on campus.

Cleaning and disinfection of classrooms, residence hall and classroom building bathrooms, lobby and hallway hard surfaces, public spaces, and high touch areas will meet current CDC guidelines and use EPA approved products recommended to disinfect these areas.  Additional information will be forthcoming.

Employees

Employee work schedules

To decrease the number of people on-campus at a given time, selected staff will continue to work remotely throughout the summer and into the Fall semester, and work schedules are being finalized within each division of the University.  Employees can expect to learn these details from their respective supervisors as schedules are completed.

I will continue to update you as our plans develop over the next few weeks. Please do not hesitate to reach out to submit your questions through this link.

I look forward to seeing you back on campus on August 24th, which is fast approaching! In the meantime, I hope that you continue to enjoy your summer.  Take good care.

Sincerely,

Dr. Maria Gallo

To the Delaware Valley University Community:

As you know, our intention is to welcome all back to campus with a combination of in-person and virtual learning in the Fall. While the President’s Re-opening Task Force continues to develop and finalize detailed plans for the Fall semester, I want to share with you the following updates.

First, I am pleased to share the finalized Fall Academic Calendar, which is also posted online:

  • Fall classes will begin on-campus as originally scheduled on August 24th;
  • Classes will move to a remote or virtual format following the end of Thanksgiving Break, starting November 30th;
  • Classes will end on Tuesday, December 1st;
  • Finals will be held remotely beginning on Wednesday, December 2nd and end on Tuesday, December 8th;
  • To meet the demands of this schedule, please be advised that we have omitted the Labor Day and Fall Break holidays. Classes will be held on those days and on Wednesday, November 25th.

Second, we intend to open our residence halls to provide the DelVal campus-life experience in alignment with federal, state and local guidance for safety. We recognize that students want to take advantage of the opportunities and responsibilities that living on campus affords.

We have developed a detailed housing plan that is being sent to students currently assigned to or registered for housing. A separate communication is being sent to students’ DelVal email addresses today. Students and families should review that communication thoroughly and reach out as instructed with questions. After reviewing these plans, students who would rather opt-out of housing will be released from their housing registration and contract with no penalty or additional fee. The deadline to notify Housing of any change in plans is June 25, so make sure to review the plan promptly so you can make the best decision for your circumstances.

Third, we continue planning for a safe re-start to the DelVal athletics program. We are relying on guidance for collegiate sports recently released by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the NCAA, and in coordination with our conference. We expect to announce our plans in the upcoming weeks.

All of these recommendations have been vetted by the Task Force’s Health and Safety Subcommittee. The subcommittee is following guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Bucks County Health Department, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Pennsylvania (AICUP) to ensure the health and safety of our community. The overall plan for a safe re-opening is addressing sanitation, PPE (personal protection equipment), social distancing and shielding, testing and screening procedures, treatment, and positive-case management (notification, reporting, quarantine, and isolation). At a minimum, you can expect that all of us will be required to practice social distancing and wear a face covering when we return to campus.

As we have all learned during this tumultuous year, events and conditions can change rapidly, and we must be prepared to move quickly to safeguard the well-being of all members of the DelVal family. For this reason, the Subcommittee will continue to advise on health and safety best practices as we move forward into the semester and beyond, and we will continue to share additional updates as they become available.

I want to thank all of you for your continued patience and support in dealing with the impact of the pandemic on our community. You have demonstrated remarkable resilience and creativity over the last three months, and I am proud to work and learn with all of you.

I hope that you have the chance to enjoy a wonderful summer, and I look forward to seeing you again when campus re-opens in the Fall.

Sincerely,
Maria Gallo, President
Delaware Valley University

Prior COVID Announcements

Delaware Valley University Creating Plans to Open Campus for the Fall 2020 Semester

Delaware Valley University announced today that the school is creating plans to hold classes on campus for the fall 2020 semester.

"We will follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania regarding how we open campus," said DelVal President Dr. Maria Gallo. "There is no question that our students, faculty and staff want to be together as a community again.”

Governor Wolf recently created the Governor’s Paths Forward Education Committee to provide recommendations for reopening education at the K-Graduate levels.

Dr. Gallo is on the board of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP) and added, “AICUP leadership, which is on the Path Forward committee, will be working closely with the Governor to develop strategies for a safe opening for schools.”

The University’s opening will prioritize public health and safety and will include enhanced safety measures. Senior administration is working with individual areas to develop a specific reopening plan. An implementation task force will coordinate those plans with strategies for social distancing and other contingencies that may be required for a safe opening.

"We will provide updates over the coming weeks as we work through the details for opening the campus to students," said Dr. Gallo. "DelVal faculty, staff and administration are working tirelessly to bring our community back together safely on campus as soon as possible."

A Message to the Delaware Valley University Community on Commencement 2020

I am writing to share news that I know will be disappointing to the DelVal family. The  spread of COVID-19 is unlike anything schools and students have faced before, and our lives are changing rapidly as we work together to slow the spread of this dangerous virus. Therefore, based on public health guidelines about large gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided that it would not be responsible for the University to hold an in-person Commencement ceremony in May 2020. This decision was made to protect the health of the entire DelVal community, including our graduating class, their families, and other campus guests.

My heart goes out to the graduates and families who will be affected by this decision. I am truly sorry that this semester has not been what you had looked forward to or imagined. I want to assure you that the Class of 2020 and your many achievements will be proudly celebrated. We are exploring alternatives and will share details as information becomes available.

The DelVal community will continue to find new solutions as well as ways to support each other and all our students through this trying health situation. Now is a time for coming together, and I thank you for your ongoing understanding and support as we face the unprecedented challenges of this pandemic.

The heart of DelVal’s work – to empower all learners to transform the world – will not change because of COVID-19. We will get through this together. I am impressed by what everyone is doing, and I know that we will continue to work hard. I am especially proud of the Class of 2020, and look forward to enthusiastically acknowledging your accomplishments in a meaningful way.

Please adhere to the health guidelines and stay safe.

Prorated Reductions in Housing and Meal Plan Charges to be Offered to Delaware Valley University Students

The spread of COVID-19 has disrupted daily lives all over the nation and the world. This is an unprecedented situation for higher education students and their families, many of whom are already feeling the financial impact of this public health crisis. With this in mind, Delaware Valley University will offer affected students prorated reductions in housing and meal plan charges for the spring 2020 semester.

The University will determine details and share them in a future message to students and parents. Currently, the University is focused on immediate steps to protect the health of our community.

“Delaware Valley University is grateful for the support and trust of our parents and students, especially as we navigate new territory together,” said Cheryl Moyer, Interim VP for Finance & Administration/Associate Vice President of Finance. “We would like to provide some reassurance during this stressful situation that we are committed to working in collaboration with students and families to address the financial challenges this pandemic is creating. We will provide additional details as soon as they are available.”

The prorated reductions in room and board charges may differ depending on individual circumstances. After this reduction is applied, students with a credit balance on their student account will be offered various options, such as to apply the credit to Fall 2020 or receive a refund. More information will be known by April 1 at which time we will communicate to each individual student who has a credit balance. To submit a question or contact us about a need for immediate support, please visit this link.

Dear Aggies,

I hope this email finds you well. Please read this entire email thoroughly. You recently received an email from Dr. Gallo announcing that DelVal is moving to online courses and the residence halls are closing.
Instructions follow on the move-out process.

Please click here to download the full message and move out schedule (PDF).

Please make every effort to come during one of the assigned times below. This schedule is intended to maintain the social distancing expectations established by the CDC and the Governor. We ask that each of you limit the individuals in your room to one additional person if such assistance is needed. All other individuals should wait outside by the curb or by their vehicle. This is for everyone’s health and safety.

Staff will be available in the halls with you during the move-out process.

Move out details:

  • You will be required to swipe into your hall before entering (bring your DVU ID). The front doors will be propped, but you must swipe your ID card the first time you enter.
  • There will be a staff member in the South and Centennial lobbies during the designated move out times to answer any questions.
  • You will be required to remove all of your belongings and take your trash out to the dumpster.
  • If you rented a microfridge, please unplug the unit, leave the doors open and leave it in your room.
  • Lock your door and place your key in the key envelope.
  • Key envelopes will be in the lobby of each building. Please fill out all the information on the envelope and place your key in the sealed envelope. Please bring your own pen to fill out the envelope.
  • Return the key envelope to bin outside your RCD’s office (the offices are located in South and Centennial Halls).
  • Do not leave anything in your room.
  • Delaware Valley University will address any refunds in the near future.
  • Please continue to check your DVU e-mails often for new updates.
  • We also recommend that you bring hand sanitizer and/or disinfecting wipes. We will be unable to clean door handles, elevator buttons, etc. often enough during these times.

The resident student MUST be here to enter the room. We will not permit other family or friends to collect your items. You must come to access your room in person, and you must leave when finished.

If you need longer access or special assistance, email housing@delval.edu to make those arrangements before entering your room.

Mail room:

The mail room in the Student Center will be open on Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22. Hours will be 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. If you have packages or mail to pick up, or other mail related business to conduct before you depart please take care of it before or after you clean out your room.

Furthermore, if you or someone you are living with has been ill or if you have traveled outside of the United States in the past 30 days, please do not come to campus. Email housing@delval.edu and we will work with you to gather your items.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we navigate this unprecedented event together.

Please stay safe and email housing@delval.edu with questions. We will respond to you within 24 hours...

Sincerely,

Carey Haddock
Director of Residence Life and Housing

Message from the President: Remote Instruction through the remainder of the Spring 2020 Semester

Dear Students,

Thank you for the cooperation and understanding you have shown while we have adjusted our campus schedule to do our part to limit the spread of COVID-19. While there are no reported cases on campus at this time, we are making proactive adjustments to keep you and the University community safe. This health crisis is rapidly evolving and we are keeping pace with the guidelines provided by the CDC, the PA Department of Education and other federal and state governmental agencies.

Please read the important information below.

Key Information:

DelVal Will Be Moving to Remote Instruction for the Rest of the Semester (Students Do Not Report to Campus for Spring 2020 Courses)
Instruction for the rest of the Spring 2020 semester will be provided remotely. For the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester, all in-person classes will be moved to remote instruction. During this time, you should not report to campus. This was a difficult decision to make, and we know this will be disappointing news to receive; however, the spread of COVID-19 is requiring us all to change our way of living to do our part to protect the health of our communities. Your faculty are working to make sure that remote instruction is the best experience it can be for you.

Technology Support 
We recognize that moving to remote instruction this month may present challenges. If you have a technology challenge regarding instruction online or remotely, please click Technology Access to let us know and we will be in communication with you to provide support.

Faculty Training 
Your professors have received training and tools to use to make adjustments to courses and will be in touch with you about how these changes will be implemented for each class. Questions about a specific class should be directed to your professor.

Resident Students
Residence halls will close to all but those students already granted access to stay. No additional permissions will be granted. We understand that many of you who are already off-campus have belongings that remain in your room. There will be a future communication from Housing with instructions about the process of retrieving belongings from the residence halls in a way that adheres to social distancing guidelines

Class of 2020
To our graduating seniors, I am saddened to see your final year with us disrupted. I know that many of the experiences you were looking forward to – including athletic competitions, A-Day, other events, presentations, and time with friends – have been impacted by the changes to our academic year, and I know that this situation has been stressful and challenging. I am thinking of all of you during this time. 

All Students
I want you to reach out for help and support. You are not alone. The DelVal administration, faculty, and staff will continue to serve you. Our faculty want to see you succeed and will work with you through any challenges. We are in this together. If you need help or support, please reach out to your professor and we will work to help you.

Delaware Valley University is more than a physical location; we are a small, close-knit community of caring people who support one another. Whether we are on campus together or communicating from a distance, please know that the DelVal community will be here to support you through this challenging time.

How to Ask Questions: 
I know that you will have questions as we implement these changes. To assist with these questions, we have created a list of Frequently Asked Questions on this page. If your question is not answered directly in the FAQs, please use this link to submit your question.

Future Communications
As we work to keep everyone safe, we will share updates, information, and decisions with you on Commencement, and housing and dining reimbursements. Your DelVal email address will be the main source of communication. Please check it daily.

Sincerely,

Dr. Maria Gallo, President
Delaware Valley University

IMPORTANT DelVal closure on Monday, March 16

At 3:16 p.m. today March 15, I received notice from the PA Department of Education regarding clarity on the COVID-19 response effort that “Within counties under aggressive social distancing guidelines: All schools – including private, parochial, and institutions of higher education – are required to close.” Therefore, DelVal will be closed tomorrow, March 16, as the Cabinet evaluates the new guidance and response directives which include provisions for essential personnel needed for operations and continuity of education such as remote teaching and learning.

Essential personnel physically required tomorrow March 16 are: public safety, custodial services, dining services, mail room, staff for all animal care, and the health center. Supervisors will be in touch with specific details for these personnel.

Thank you for your cooperation and forbearance as we navigate these rapidly evolving circumstances. 

Maria Gallo, President
Delaware Valley University

Message to Residential Students: IMPORTANT COVID-19 Housing Operation Updates

Dear Residential Students:

As you are aware from Dr. Gallo’s message about COVID-19, residence hall occupancy will be restricted to pre-approved students through the period of March 29.

We recognize that some of you may have academic requirements (internships or student teaching, for example) for which you need to be on campus. To request approval to remain in housing during this time click here. Requests must be received by Sunday, March 15 at 8 p.m. and approvals will be granted by Monday, March 16. Approved students will get follow up about logistics.

As a result of this extended closure, some of you may need to gather essential items from your room. Essential items include medications, IDs and keys, and/or small pets. Please be advised that classes will resume virtually on Monday, March 23, so it is important to retrieve items necessary for your coursework at this time as well.

The following open windows have been established so that you can return to campus to retrieve these essential items:

  • Friday, March 13, Noon to 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 14, Noon to 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 15, Noon to 3 p.m.

Although we have no reason at this time to believe that there is an active case of COVID-19 on campus, students who must briefly return for items are strongly encouraged to mitigate their risk of exposure by minimizing their time in the building, avoiding social contact, and practicing proper hygiene (e.g. handwashing).

Thank you for working with us to ensure the well-being of our residential community. If you have any questions, please contact us at housing@delval.edu or 215-489-2215.

Sincerely,

Carey Haddock
Director of Residence Life and Housing

This is an evolving situation. This message was sent on March 12, 2020. Since then, the University has announced additional steps to slow the spread of COVID-19. All classes will be conducted remotely and students will learn from home for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. Please see the message at the top of this page for the most current information on academics and housing. Additionally, all non-essential employees are working remotely. Campus is open to essential employees only at this time.

A Message from the president

Important Academic Schedule Changes

Additional University Steps and Academic Schedule

Spring Break for all students (including graduate and doctoral students) will be extended through Sunday, March 22, 2020.

However, please note if you are currently enrolled in a class that has been meeting remotely or online, you will not observe an extra week of Spring Break. These courses will be held during the week of March 16 as normally scheduled.

Undergraduate resident students, other than those previously approved to be on campus during Spring Break.

Update on Central Bucks School District

This is an evolving situation. The message below was sent on March 9, 2020. For the latest information, please see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. We will continue to update the University community as new information becomes available.

The Bucks County Department of Health provided an update on Central Bucks School District on Friday, March 6.
Read the update below:

"Central Bucks Coronavirus Assessment Proves Negative for COVID-19," March 6, 2020

This is an evolving situation. The message below was sent on March 6, 2020. For the latest information, please see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. We will continue to update the University community as new information becomes available.

Update Regarding Central Bucks School District

As you may be aware by now, the Central Bucks School District closed five of its schools today for a deep cleaning out of an abundance of caution upon report that members of the Central Bucks community may have been exposed to a confirmed case of the coronavirus that originated in another state.

It is important to reiterate that there are no known or reported cases of coronavirus at Delaware Valley University. Throughout this evolving situation, the University will remain in contact with both the Bucks County Health Department and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Additional updates to the community will be shared as we learn more information. The safety of our students and staff remains our top priority.

Spring Break Travel Update

We want you to be safe, well and enjoy well deserved time off during Spring Break. This week is also peak flu season and we have been carefully monitoring the information provided by the CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health about the emerging COVID-19. The CDC advises to prevent the spread of flu, COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses we should follow the following recommendations:

  • If you become ill during the break with flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing, body aches) you should stay home and not return to campus for class or work pending the information that follows
  • Call ahead to a health care professional and report your symptoms. If you are diagnosed with Influenza (flu) do not return to class or the workplace until you are fever-free for 24 hours without having taken any medications to reduce your fever ( like acetaminophen or ibuprofen).
  • Tell your health care professional if you have recently traveled or if you have had close contact with a person with the flu or COVID-19. Your health care professional will work with your state’s public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.

Follow all CDC preventative actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases:

    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.