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General FAQ: UArts’ Community Health Policy

This FAQ addresses frequently asked questions about the University of the Arts Community Health Policy. For general information and health guidance, visit Centers for Disease Control (CDC) or the World Health Organization.

General FAQ

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How will campus operate in person?

UArts is a vaccine-required community, with few exceptions for religious or medical reasons. All visitors to the university and attendees at all special and public events must show proof of vaccination for admittance. 

Masks that securely cover the nose and mouth are mandatory in all indoor settings, including at all special events and performances (for both performers and audience members), with very few exceptions. Effective Jan. 14 and moving forward until further notice, community members and visitors to campus are strongly encouraged to wear N95, KN95, KF94 or three-ply surgical masks while on campus. Cloth masks are still permitted on campus. However, all masks should fit tight to the face and securely cover the nose and mouth. If you are looking to purchase masks or check the efficacy of your masks, check that they meet National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) requirements. All community members are encouraged to follow the CDC for updates to its mask recommendations. Read the most up-to-date mask policy, which was updated Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. 

As communicated Dec. 13, 2021, the university has updated its immunization requirements to include a COVID-19 booster for eligible students, faculty and staff.

To achieve a de-densified campus, we are delivering a mix of course formats, including in person, hybrid and fully remote. Critical Studies and discipline history courses will be fully remote. Some courses will be offered in a hybrid fashion, but the majority of our classes will be in person.

Area supervisors have made determinations based on the best delivery format for their respective areas, and you will notice that some departments will continue to offer services remotely and/or in a hybrid fashion. Refer to department webpages and communications for specific details.

View the Academic Calendar

When will the spring semester begin?

The university will open as scheduled for the spring semester. In-person New Student Orientation is scheduled to begin Jan. 21, and we welcome returning residential students Jan. 22–23. The first day of classes is Jan. 24.

View key semester dates. 

Will all campus spaces be open in the 2021-2022 academic year?

Yes, we have resumed our usual hours of operation. Please check at a specific office or department website, or with an administrator for a specific department, for details. 

What is the policy for visitors and guests to campus?

External guests will be permitted to join in-person, public-facing programming and special events under the following conditions.

Our vaccine and mask requirement extends to all visitors to campus, including guest lecturers/artists, families, contractors and visitors to public events. Any department hosting visitors must communicate the policy to any guests. 

Relative to special event and performance settings, all departments must require pre-registration to allow any outside guests to certify that they understand our policies and are fully vaccinated. All departments are also advised to limit food and beverage events, and when absolutely necessary, consider limiting the audience only to UArts students, faculty and staff. In instances in which masks will be removed—such as for eating and drinking or in some performance settings—this exception should be communicated to attendees in advance. Though there is no federal, state or local mandate requiring social distancing, we recommend that indoor special events not exceed 50% of the space’s maximum capacity. If you have specific questions relative to a planned event, contact your program director and/or dean to surface your concerns. You may also write to the Covid Response Team at crt@uarts.edu.

  • Visitors must follow our mask policy, which was updated Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. Masks that securely cover the nose and mouth are mandatory in all indoor settings, including at all special events and performances (for both performers and audience members), with few exceptions. Effective Jan. 14 and moving forward until further notice, community members and visitors to campus are strongly encouraged to wear N95, KN95, KF94 or three-ply surgical masks while on campus. Cloth masks are still permitted on campus. However, all masks should fit tight to the face and securely cover the nose and mouth. If you are looking to purchase masks or check the efficacy of your masks, check that they meet National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) requirements. All community members are encouraged to follow the CDC for updates to its mask recommendations. Read the most up-to-date mask policy.

  • All visitors to the university and attendees at all special and public events must show proof of vaccination for admittance. Effective Jan. 24, 2022 this includes a booster dose for those eligible

  • Any persons who are sick or have any symptoms that are indicative of communicable disease (including but not limited to sneezing, coughing, fever, gastrointestinal pain, and diarrhea) are asked not to attend any university event or activity.

  • Any people who have had a possible recent (in the past two weeks) exposure to anyone with a COVID-19 infection are asked to not attend any university event or activity.

Note: All visitors must abide by any department-, space- or event-specific requirements. Capacities for certain events might also be limited.

I am returning from a leave of absence or withdrew from UArts in the past academic year. What do I need to do?
  • For students returning from a leave of absence, see the policy in the catalogue.

  • For students returning from a health- or mental health–related leave of absence, see the policy in the catalogue, and send email medical documentation to Sara Pyle, associate vice president for student affairs, at spyle@uarts.edu.

  • For students reapplying to UArts following a withdrawal from the university, see our policy in the catalogue

Will you be requiring students, faculty or staff to be vaccinated for COVID-19?

Yes. In support of UArts’ commitment to health and safety for all members of its community, the university has updated its immunization requirements for students, faculty and staff to include a COVID-19 vaccine and booster. This health policy update means that, with limited exceptions, all students, faculty and staff must be fully vaccinated (including a booster) by the start of the upcoming semester. Documented medical and religious exemptions will be reasonably accommodated. 

Students, faculty and staff should plan to be fully vaccinated, with the booster received at least two weeks prior to their return to campus. 

We encourage all to visit vaccines.gov to help you find clinics, pharmacies and other locations that offer COVID-19 vaccines in the United States. In addition, visit and bookmark this webpage for FAQs, resources, full policy guidance and updates as we move toward the upcoming semester.

Will you be requiring students, faculty or staff to submit documentation about their vaccination status for COVID 19?

Students should plan to be fully vaccinated (including a booster), with the booster received at least two weeks prior to their return to campus for the upcoming semester.

  • Students who are fully vaccinated (with a vaccine approved, for emergency use authorization, by the FDA or the WHO) should update their Health Form record with Student Health Services.

  • Students who want to request accommodation should contact Student Health Services at healthservices@uarts.edu to request either the medical or religious exemption form. The form will then be emailed to the student and upon return to Health Services students will be notified within 5 business of a decision. 

  • Students who will not be fully vaccinated by the time they arrive on campus, but plan to receive the COVID vaccine or their booster dose at a later date, should email the COVID Response Team at crt@uarts.edu to make arrangements for their return to campus. 

Faculty and staff should plan to be fully vaccinated (including a booster), with the booster received at least two weeks prior to their return to campus. Faculty and staff upload proof of vaccination or request accommodations through the HR Portal page. Faculty and staff with questions about submitting documentation should email hr@uarts.edu

What is UArts’ on-campus vaccination rate? 

View data related to COVID-19 vaccination rates, positive cases and recovery rates at uarts.edu/covid-dash. Data is updated weekly. 

How can I find out how many positive COVID-19 cases are active on UArts’ campus?  

View data related to COVID-19 vaccination rates, positive cases and recovery rates at uarts.edu/covid-dash. Data is updated weekly. 

Where are COVID-19 test sites in Philadelphia?

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health maintains an up-to-date website of testing locations throughout the city. 

What countries currently have travel advisories?

Visit the CDC for the most current guidance about traveling. 

Students: If you have questions related to travel, contact Student Health Services at healthservices@uarts.edu.

Faculty and staff: If you have questions related to travel, contact Human Resources at hr@uarts.edu

How will updates be communicated? 

Updates will also be shared via the Community Health Policy section of the UArts website

Families are encouraged to sign up for the Generations newsletter, through which important public updates will also be shared. 

Students, faculty and staff will also receive updates via their UArts email accounts. 

Student & Community Health

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Do I have to wear a face covering on campus?

Effective Friday, January 14th 2022 and moving forward until further notice, community members and visitors to campus are strongly encouraged to wear N95, KN95, KF94 or three-ply surgical masks while on campus. Cloth masks are still permitted on campus. However, all masks should fit tight to the face and securely cover the nose and mouth. If you are looking to purchase masks or check the efficacy of your masks, check that they meet National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) requirements. All community members are encouraged to follow the CDC for updates to its mask recommendations.
 
Community members and visitors to campus who need a mask may visit a Public Safety desk at our building front desks to request one. If you are on campus and your mask breaks or otherwise becomes unwearable, visit Public Safety for a replacement.

Masks are mandatory in all indoor settings, including at all special events and performances (for both performers and audience members), with only the following exceptions.

Designated spaces for eating and drinking
Masks may only be removed temporarily when actively eating and drinking and should be replaced as soon as possible. We encourage all students, faculty and staff to practice social distancing when eating and drinking in communal settings. Eating and drinking is not permitted in hallways or other passageways on campus. Community members can eat or drink in the outdoor gardens at Hamilton Hall, Solmssen Court, Mangia Cafe, Terra Market, Gershman Student Lounge, Gershman Lobby and other areas designated for eating and drinking with a sign indicating such use is permitted. Commuter lounges in Juniper and Pine residence halls are also available for eating and drinking, but masks should be worn when not consuming food or beverages.
 
Private spaces within residence halls
Masks may be removed within private spaces (apartments and shared bedrooms) in residence halls but must be worn in all shared and communal facilities within the hall, including lounges, laundry rooms, hallways, elevators and lobbies.

Temporary removal for playing certain instruments
Masks may temporarily be removed to play wind instruments but must be worn at all other times. Bell covers and/or other alternate safety measures must be followed as communicated by the School of Music.

Special and public events with food / beverage
Masks must be worn at all special and public events and may only be removed temporarily if food and/or beverages are being consumed. Staff and faculty are encouraged to limit or eliminate food and beverage service at events and continue to operate at reduced capacity, not to exceed 50% of the maximum stated capacity of any indoor location. When feasible, outdoor environments for the service of food and/or beverages are preferable.

A note about performances and performers
This policy means that from here forward, masks are mandatory for performers across all disciplines—music, dance, theater and interdisciplinary collaborations of all descriptions—as well as all attendees and staff. As stated above, wind instrumentalists may only temporarily lift their mask when playing and must abide by all other alternative safety precautions as communicated by the School of Music.

We recognize that wearing masks at performances and special events is not what any of us would choose, but we must place the health and safety of our entire community first. As the omicron variant continues to heighten the risk posed to our immediate community, we must take measures now to ensure that our in-person operations can continue without interruption.

Read the full announcement about this updated policy. 

What is a proper face covering?

Effective Friday, January 14th 2022 and moving forward until further notice, community members and visitors to campus are strongly encouraged to wear N95, KN95, KF94 or three-ply surgical masks while on campus. Cloth masks are still permitted on campus. However, all masks should fit tight to the face and securely cover the nose and mouth. If you are looking to purchase masks or check the efficacy of your masks, check that they meet National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) requirements. All community members are encouraged to follow the CDC for updates to its mask recommendations.

I am unable to wear a face covering due to a health condition. What do I need to do?

Contact the office of Educational Accessibility at access@uarts.edu

Are all students, faculty and staff being tested before returning to campus?

Students who are not fully vaccinated upon arrival to campus are required to get a PCR or rapid viral test (i.e., a test for current infection) within the 3 days prior to arrival on campus, and provide written documentation of the test result (in hard copy or electronic) to the COVID Response Team at crt@uarts.edu.  If students choose not to take a test, they will be denied access to campus (deactivate ID card, deny access to residence halls, de-register student from in-person/hybrid classes). Additionally, unvaccinated students will be required to participate in random COVID testing throughout the academic year. 

There is no testing requirement for faculty and staff. 

The following policy is for Spring 2022 Pre-College Saturday School non-vaccinated students.

  • Families will be responsible for required weekly COVID-19 testing for non-vaccinated Pre-College students. COVID-19 tests can include at home self-tests and should be administered no more than 3 days before each Saturday School class. Pre-College students should only attend classes if they receive a negative test result, do not have COVID-19 symptoms and do not have a known COVID-19 exposure.

Does UArts have COVID testing requirements for unvaccinated students?

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health has mandated that all unvaccinated students at Philadelphia area colleges be tested twice weekly for COVID. Please see below for details about testing on campus. If you have any questions, please email COVIDtest@uarts.edu

  • All testing is free of charge to the student. 

  • All tests will be administered between 9:20am-4pm, Monday-Friday. 

  • Testing will be conducted in Gershman Hall, Levitt Auditorium. 

  • Each appointment will be approximately 20 minutes.

We will be using rapid antigen tests that have received Emergency Use Authorization by the FDA. Tests will be administered by Health Services staff. Health Services is both CLIA Certified and has a PA Clinical Lab Permit. The test is a nasal swab with results in 10 or 15 minutes. All test results, positive or negative, will be reported to the Pennsylvania Department of Public Health via the PA-NEDSS system. If a student tests negative, they can return to classes and campus. If a student tests positive, they are required to leave campus (if a commuter) or move to an isolation/quarantine space (if a resident). A member of Student Affairs staff will call/video chat with the student within 30 minutes of the positive test notification to review the plan of care. 

If you are not vaccinated 

  • You will be required to get a COVID test twice weekly throughout the semester. 

  • The link to sign up for COVID testing is shared with all students required to participate in testing via email. Tests must be administered at least 36 hours apart. 

  • Students will be emailed each Friday with a reminder to sign up until they are fully vaccinated. 

  • If a student chooses to become vaccinated, they should contact the COVID Response Team at crt@uarts.edu to update their vaccination status and testing requirements. 

If you are partially vaccinated

  • You will be required to get a COVID test twice weekly until you are fully vaccinated (2 weeks past the date of your final dose).

  • The link to sign up for COVID testing is shared with all students required to participate in testing via email. Tests must be administered at least 36 hours apart. 

  • Students will be emailed each Friday with a reminder to sign up until they are fully vaccinated. 

  • Once you receive your final dose of the vaccine, please upload your COVID certification record here

  • Failure to participate in testing will result in loss of access to campus; student ID card will be deactivated and deregistration from in-person courses.

If you develop symptoms of COVID, please notify covidtest@uarts.edu. Students experiencing symptoms should not go to class, they are encouraged to stay home, and to wear a mask and isolate themselves if living in a communal environment. A member of the COVID Response Team will be in touch to review the plan of care. However, if you have trouble breathing, or have any other emergency warning signs, or if you think it is an emergency please call 911 or call ahead to a local emergency facility. 

The following policy is for Spring 2022 Pre-College Saturday School non-vaccinated students.

  • Families will be responsible for required weekly COVID-19 testing for non-vaccinated Pre-College students. COVID-19 tests can include at home self-tests and should be administered no more than 3 days before each Saturday School class. Pre-College students should only attend classes if they receive a negative test result, do not have COVID-19 symptoms and do not have a known COVID-19 exposure.

What should I do if I have symptoms of COVID-19 or feel sick?

Do not go to class. Employees should notify the COVID Response Team by emailing crt@uarts.edu. Students should email covidtest@uarts.edu, who will discuss whether you need to be tested for the virus. 

I think I might have been exposed to COVID-19. What should I do?

If you are unvaccinated and believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, there are a few important steps to take.

  • Stay in your home and minimize interactions with others. 

  • During any essential interaction, you should maintain a strict 6 foot distance—including your roommate.

  • Residential students may be moved to an isolation/quarantine space on campus and will be required to follow the guidelines in our Residential Guide to Quarantine, Isolation and Contact Tracing. 

  • Contact both the COVID Response Team at covidtest@uarts.edu

  • The incubation period of COVID-19 is up to 14 days, though most often present within 4-5 days, which means there is no test that will detect the disease minutes or hours after you have contracted it. Based on the nature of your exposure, your healthcare professional will tell you what symptoms to look for, how to practice quarantine if deemed appropriate and when to consider testing.

In order for a person to become infected by COVID-19, they need to be exposed to a certain number of infectious particles for a certain amount of time. “Close contact” exposures are generally required for infection (kissing, sharing toothbrushes or cups, getting coughed or sneezed on or being within 6 feet of a person for more than 15 minutes. Exposures that do not meet these criteria are generally not adequate to transmit the disease and do not necessarily require testing.

Remember that the efficacy of mask wearing, handwashing and physical distancing of at least 6 feet are extremely effective at preventing this disease. If you happen to get closer than 6 feet to someone, correct the situation promptly. Fewer than 15 minutes of exposure is highly unlikely to result in transmission unless they sneeze or cough directly on you—or kiss you.

If you are vaccinated and you are not experiencing any symptoms, contact covidtest@uarts.edu or your healthcare provider for guidance. 

What happens if I or someone else on campus tests positive for COVID-19?

Unvaccinated students who test positive for COVID-19 will need to self-isolate. 

Based on their housing situation, the university and Health Services may determine they can self-isolate in their own rooms. If they cannot, the student will be moved to an isolation/quarantine space on campus. Students temporarily staying in isolation/quarantine housing will have their meals delivered and will be able to work with professors to stay on pace with their classes virtually. Health Services and university staff will be in touch with them each day as they recover.

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health will also conduct contact tracing and notify any students who need to quarantine in their rooms after a possible exposure. Those students will also have their meals delivered and be able to continue their studies by working with their professors.

If you live off campus, you will most likely need to isolate in your apartment or house. Health Services and university staff will still be in touch regularly.

For privacy reasons, the university will not release the names of students, faculty or staff who test positive for COVID-19 or those who might have been exposed. If you have been exposed and need to quarantine for the recommended 14 days, Health Services and/or the Philadelphia Department of Public Health will contact you.

The following policy is for Spring 2022 Pre-College Saturday School non-vaccinated students.

  • If a Pre-College student tests positive for COVID-19, has COVID-19 symptoms or has had a known exposure

    • Do not come to campus. Do not go to class.

    • Email crt@uarts.edu to notify us of your positive test, symptoms or known exposure.

    • If you have not been tested, get a COVID-19 test.

    • If your test is positive, stay home and follow the isolation plan from the COVID-19 Response Team.

What is UArts’ on-campus vaccination rate? 

View data related to COVID-19 vaccination rates, positive cases and recovery rates at uarts.edu/covid-dash. Data is updated weekly.

How can I find out how many positive COVID-19 cases are active on UArts’ campus?  

View data related to COVID-19 vaccination rates, positive cases and recovery rates at uarts.edu/covid-dash. Data is updated weekly. 

What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?

Isolation is the separation of people who have either tested positive for the virus or who are presumed positive from a larger community. Quarantine means separating people who might have been exposed from a larger community to see if they become symptomatic.

Residential students who need to isolate on campus will do so in a private hall in Furness.

Can anyone get tested for COVID-19 even if they don't have any symptoms?

If you are a student seeking peace of mind and access to a COVID test, contact covidtest@uarts.edu for assistance. The Philadelphia Department of Public Health continues to recommend that only symptomatic and reported close contact patients be tested. This approach is the same at area hospitals and other community health agencies. 

Can I get tested at Health Services on campus?

Yes, but please contact Health Services if you are experiencing symptoms. Additionally, there are many local testing options in Philadelphia. If you need assistance locating a testing location in the city, contact covidtest@uarts.edu.

Pre-College Saturday School students are responsible for their own testing.

  • Families will be responsible for required weekly COVID-19 testing for non-vaccinated Pre-College students. COVID-19 tests can include at home self-tests and should be administered no more than 3 days before each Saturday School class. Pre-College students should only attend classes if they receive a negative test result, do not have COVID-19 symptoms and do not have a known COVID-19 exposure.

I need to go to Health Services for another reason. Are there any changes to visiting the office?

We have implemented several changes to our operations.

  • Walk-in students experiencing respiratory illness are not permitted. We are asking that any student with signs of respiratory illness call before coming to the office. 

  • Walk-ins are permitted for other types of injury and illness.

  • We are asking that students not bring guests with them to the office.

  • Seating is spaced out in the waiting area. Do not arrive more than five minutes before your appointment.

  • There will be an increased frequency of cleaning.

  • The staff prefers that students come in with a mask on, but one will be given to them if they arrive without it.

  • Students with COVID-19 concern will have a telehealth visit and will then be given directions.

  • Telehealth visits are available for all students and can be booked online.

 

Is there extra cleaning on campus?

Yes, the housekeeping staff has stepped up cleaning efforts in common areas of campus and have prioritized high-traffic and high-touch areas. 

 

Are students responsible for bringing their own thermometers, or will UArts be providing them?

Students should bring their own thermometer with them. We also encourage students to bring their own medical supplies.

  • Adhesive bandages (include small, medium and large bandages for all sizes of cuts)

  • Antibiotic ointment

  • Elastic bandage

  • Icepack/heating pack

  • Over-the-counter medications: acetaminophen, ibuprofen, antacids, Benadryl, cough drops or lozenges, tweezers and eyewash

I’ve been doing the daily screening as outlined in the Healthy Promise. Is there a place where I need to report my answers?

There is no official place you need to report your answers to the Healthy Promise screening questions. You should just answer them each day beginning 10 days before returning to campus and only if the answer to one or more of them is "yes" do you need to take action. If on any day you answer yes to one or more of the questions, you will need to contact Health Services at healthservices@uarts.edu.

Academics

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What will in-person classes look like?

We plan to be as close to normal as possible, with Critical Studies and discipline history courses fully remote, some courses offered in a hybrid fashion, and the majority of our classes offered fully in person. Students can see the method of instruction for each of their courses in Self Service. There might be some classroom precautions in place, based on guidelines and the overall public health situation. We plan for classroom capacity to return to normal levels.

I have a remote course, is there a space on campus I can attend that class?

Study Halls are on-campus spaces designated for students to participate in their remote classes. For locations of Study Halls, please visit the Portal. Please review the policies and resources for Study Halls are listed below.

  • Occupancy is limited to the number of chairs and desks in the space. We ask that you do not move the furniture.

  • Please keep in mind that all students in these spaces are attending class. Headphones/earphones are required and we ask that you keep your volume to a minimum.

  • If you are having technology issues, please contact the Help Desk at helpdesk@uarts.edu, or click here for instant remote support.

  • If you are having trouble with online learning, please visit uarts.edu/remotelearning for resources and information.

 

Will students have the option of taking fully online classes if they want to?

Students have the option to search and register for classes with different meeting times and methods, though there are typically very few online-only classes that satisfy major course requirements. We anticipate that it will be rare for us to make accommodations for a student to attend their scheduled in-person classes remotely. If you would like to talk with someone about your concerns, please contact your academic advisor and program director. 

Will students still have to wear masks in classrooms and keep socially distanced?

University of the Arts requires masks in all indoor settings of all students, staff, faculty, contractors and visitors to our campus. 

All visitors and guests to UArts public events and programs must also be fully vaccinated and be able to provide proof of vaccination.

Effective Jan. 14, 2022 and moving forward until further notice, community members and visitors to campus are strongly encouraged to wear N95, KN95, KF94 or three-ply surgical masks while on campus. Cloth masks are still permitted on campus. However, all masks should fit tight to the face and securely cover the nose and mouth. If you are looking to purchase masks or check the efficacy of your masks, check that they meet National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) requirements. All community members are encouraged to follow the CDC for updates to its mask recommendations.
 
Community members and visitors to campus who need a mask may visit a Public Safety desk at our building front desks to request one. If you are on campus and your mask breaks or otherwise becomes unwearable, visit Public Safety for a replacement.

Masks are mandatory in all indoor settings, including at all special events and performances (for both performers and audience members), with only the following exceptions.

Designated spaces for eating and drinking
Masks may only be removed temporarily when actively eating and drinking and should be replaced as soon as possible. We encourage all students, faculty and staff to practice social distancing when eating and drinking in communal settings. Eating and drinking is not permitted in hallways or other passageways on campus. Community members can eat or drink in the outdoor gardens at Hamilton Hall, Solmssen Court, Mangia Cafe, Terra Market, Gershman Student Lounge, Gershman Lobby and other areas designated for eating and drinking with a sign indicating such use is permitted. Commuter lounges in Juniper and Pine residence halls are also available for eating and drinking, but masks should be worn when not consuming food or beverages.
 
Private spaces within residence halls
Masks may be removed within private spaces (apartments and shared bedrooms) in residence halls but must be worn in all shared and communal facilities within the hall, including lounges, laundry rooms, hallways, elevators and lobbies.

Temporary removal for playing certain instruments
Masks may temporarily be removed to play wind instruments but must be worn at all other times. Bell covers and/or other alternate safety measures must be followed as communicated by the School of Music.

Special and public events with food / beverage
Masks must be worn at all special and public events and may only be removed temporarily if food and/or beverages are being consumed. Staff and faculty are encouraged to limit or eliminate food and beverage service at events and continue to operate at reduced capacity, not to exceed 50% of the maximum stated capacity of any indoor location. When feasible, outdoor environments for the service of food and/or beverages are preferable.

A note about performances and performers
This policy means that from here forward, masks are mandatory for performers across all disciplines—music, dance, theater and interdisciplinary collaborations of all descriptions—as well as all attendees and staff. As stated above, wind instrumentalists may only temporarily lift their mask when playing and must abide by all other alternative safety precautions as communicated by the School of Music.

Should social distancing guidelines be reintroduced, we ask that all community members follow all federal, state, city and/or university distancing mandates. 

Can I study abroad?

We currently have students study abroad on exchange for the spring semester. There are summer study aboard courses planned for summer 2022. Contact Director of International Programs Mara Flamm if you have any questions. 

Housing & Residence Life

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Are social distancing or face coverings required in residence halls?

University of the Arts requires masks in all indoor settings of all students, staff, faculty, contractors and visitors to our campus. 

Designated spaces for eating and drinking: Masks may only be removed temporarily when actively eating and drinking and should be replaced as soon as possible. We encourage all students, faculty and staff to practice social distancing when eating and drinking in communal settings. Eating and drinking is not permitted in hallways or other passageways on campus. Community members can eat or drink in the outdoor gardens at Hamilton Hall, Solmssen Court, Mangia Cafe, Terra Market, Gershman Student Lounge, Gershman Lobby and other areas designated for eating and drinking with a sign indicating such use is permitted. Commuter lounges in Juniper and Pine residence halls are also available for eating and drinking, but masks should be worn when not consuming food or beverages.

Private spaces within residence halls: Masks may be removed within private spaces (apartments and shared bedrooms) within residence halls but must be worn in all shared and communal facilities within the hall, including lounges, laundry rooms, hallways, elevators and lobbies.

Should social distancing guidelines be reintroduced, we ask that all community members follow all federal, state, city and/or university distancing mandates. 

Are visitors allowed in residence halls?

Currently, visitors—including family members—are restricted in UArts-managed housing. Students who live in student housing are only permitted to have other members of the UArts community sign in as guests. The lounges in Pine and Juniper halls are open to all members of the UArts community.

Are residence halls being cleaned more often?

High-traffic areas and high-touch items (doorknobs, shared counters, etc.) are prioritized for regular cleaning by housekeeping staff. It is students’ responsibility to clean their apartments.

Is hand sanitizer/disinfectant spray available to students living in residence halls?

Hand sanitizer and handwashing stations will be available across campus, but students will need to bring their own disinfectant spray to clean their apartments.

Campus Events

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What can I expect regarding campus life and some traditional events that students look forward to?

We welcomed all students back to campus with in-person programming in January 2022. Including our popular Late Night Bites, Commuter Lunch, and meetups of Community Channels. 

Student clubs and organizations continue to host events. 

Campus Life has shared a full events calendar via the UArts app and the portal. Students are encouraged to follow Campus Life on Instagram (@uarts_campuslife) and keep an eye out for the weekly Keepin' Up with Campus Life email.

Will 2022 Commencement be held as usual?

Though we still have plenty of time before the May 2022 Commencement ceremony, we are confident we will be able to move forward with an in-person event, as scheduled. Updates will be shared via email and the Commencement website.

Transportation

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Is SEPTA still running? Are there additional regulations for riders?

SEPTA is still running on its regular schedule. SEPTA customers are required to wear face masks or coverings on vehicles and in stations. For updates on SEPTA, visit septa.org

Is PATCO still running? Are there additional regulations for riders?

PATCO is still running on its regular schedule. PATCO customers are required to wear face masks or coverings on vehicles and in stations. For updates on PATCO, visit ridepatco.org

Financial Aid & Student Employment

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My family’s finances have changed due to COVID-19. Do I qualify for more financial aid?

We understand that some family finances have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and are here to work with you. Contact the Financial Aid Office at finaid@uarts.edu to request a Change in Income form to reflect your current financial situation.

Can I still do work-study?

If you have been awarded a work-study and have a job on campus, you may complete the work-study. Please connect with finaid@uarts.edu to find out which offices on campus have vacancies.

Campus Operations

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Are there fall, winter and spring breaks this year?

Yes. Details are available in the academic calendar.

Dining on Campus & Common Areas

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Is Terra Market open?

Terra Market is open to students with several important changes, including 

  • Increased cleaning and sanitation,

  • Removal of self-service stations,

  • Reconfiguration of dining areas, with limited seating  

  • Menu adjustments for faster service, and

  • PPE (personal protective equipment) requirements for food service workers.

We will also be providing food in takeout containers that include disposable plates and utensils, and increased grab-and-go and takeout options. Terra Market operates as a marketplace, grab and go style, dining location.

Is Mangia open?

Mangia is open to students with several important changes, including 

  • Increased cleaning and sanitation,

  • Removal of self-service stations,

  • Reconfiguration of dining areas, with removal of seating

  • Menu adjustments for faster service, and

  • PPE (personal protective equipment) requirements for food service workers.

We will also be providing food in takeout containers that include disposable plates and utensils, and increased grab-and-go and takeout options. Mangia will operate as a marketplace, grab and go style, dining hall location. Students are invited to enjoy the new seating in Solmssen Court, on the living steps, as a dining seating option.

Can I get my food to go, so I don’t have to eat in the dining hall?

Disposable to-go boxes will be available and seating will be very limited in campus dining locations.

Are buildings and facilities on campus open?

All buildings on campus are open, though some might have amended hours. Visit our website to find up-to-date hours of operation.

Academic Support Services FAQ

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I have a disability. How do I apply for accommodations?

New or current students who would like to register for course accommodations can do so by completing an online pre-intake form and scheduling an intake appointment.

Students and families can connect with an Office of Educational Accessibility staff member via phone, email or virtual formats to discuss pre-intake and accommodation needs. Note: Accommodations apply in any course format—online or in person.

Can I make an appointment to discuss academic success planning or my accommodation needs?

You can make an appointment by emailing access@uarts.edu or a staff member below, or through the Office of Educational Accessibility Appointment Booking page.

I am an international student. Is my I-20 still active even though I have been out of the U.S. for over five months?

Yes. As long as you have been enrolled in classes, your I-20 is still active, and you will be able to return to the U.S. on your current I-20. 

What is the process for returning to the U.S. and UArts for international students?

Contact Mara Flamm at mflamm@uarts.edu at least two months before your return, so she can update any signatures needed on your I-20.

Will the Advising Center be open?

Advising Center in Gershman Hall will be open Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Though we will begin offering in-person advising and tutoring appointments, virtual appointments by phone and Google Meet or Zoom will still be available. 

How can I contact the Advising Center?

Please reach out to the general office email, advising@uarts.edu, for assistance.

Who is the academic advisor assigned to my school?
How can I schedule an online or phone advising appointment?

Contact the Advising Center at advising@uarts.edu or contact your academic advisor directly. 

Will the Advising Center be accepting walk-ins for advising or other services?

Not at this time. The Advising Center will hold virtual walk-in hours and is available for questions via email at advising@uarts.edu. In-person appointments must be scheduled ahead of time. 

When should I schedule virtual/phone appointments, and when should I schedule in-person appointments?

Students can receive any type of advising or academic support via virtual meetings. Students seeking assistance with any of the following topics can meet with their advisors virtually. 

  • Adding/dropping/withdrawing from courses

  • Academic dismissal appeals or financial aid appeals

  • Academic grievance or complaint

  • Grade/academic appeal

  • Graduation planning

  • Leave of absence/withdrawal from the university/readmission

  • Probation and academic standing

  • Incomplete grade requests and completion

  • Minor program declaration and advising

  • Major program change

  • Studying away

  • Schedule and registration

  • Transfer credits

  • Any other academic concerns, questions, or issues

Students may request in-person appointments, however students seeking help with the following will be directed to email, call, or virtually meet with their advisor. If an in-person follow up appointment is needed, the advisor will arrange it. 

  • Adding/dropping/withdrawing from classes

  • Graduation planning

  • Incomplete grade requests

  • Leave of absence/withdrawal from university/readmission

  • Minor program declaration and advising

  • Schedule and registration

  • Studying away

  • Transfer credits

Is tutoring available? What tutors are available?

Depending on the type of tutoring you need, you will meet with an academic advisor or peer tutor. Peer tutors can provide discipline-specific tutoring in all areas, as well as general guidance with online learning tools. Contact us at tutoring@uarts.edu for more information.

Can I schedule weekly tutoring as well one-time tutoring appointments?

Recurring, weekly appointments as well as one-time and drop-in tutoring will be available.

When is advising for spring and summer 2022?

Advising and registration for fall 2023 begins in March. All current students plan and register their fall courses in Student Self Service with the help of their advisors. New incoming students will be registered by their advisors and departments. 

Advising: March 28–April 8, 2022
Registration: Begins April 18

This semester, advising begins March 28, and registration begins April 18. Students’ registration start times are assigned based on class level and the number of credits they’ve completed. For example, most rising senior students begin registration on Monday, April 18. Registration remains open until drop/add in the fall 2023 semester, but returning students should register before the end of the current semester.  

Every student is assigned two advisors: one academic advisor from the Advising Center assigned to their school and one faculty advisor from their major program. Students can find their advisors listed in Student Self Service. Advisors are still holding virtual meetings, but students may be able to request in-person meetings as well. 

Summer 2022 courses are already posted, and students can register for them now through July 2022. Courses in Art History, Critical Dialogues, Literature, Psychology, Sociology and Written Composition are available and offered at the special estimated rate of $640 per three-credit course. (Summer courses are not included in the academic year tuition). Classes begin July 6 and end Aug. 9.

A complete guide to advising, registration and degree planning is available in the university catalogue.

How are you conducting appointments for résumé reviews, job search assistance, etc.?

We are able to offer appointments via webchat (Zoom or Google Meet), phone or in person upon request. To schedule a virtual appointment, visit uarts.edu/careerappointment.

I’m interested in doing an internship. What is the process I need to follow to find an internship and register to earn credit?

View the virtual Internship Program Information slideshow. If you still have questions, contact careerservices@uarts.edu or schedule a virtual appointment by visiting uarts.edu/careerappointment.

Note: Internships must follow whatever public health restrictions or mandates are in place for the geographic location of their specific internship. There might be some internships that can take place in person or onsite, but in other locations, such opportunities must remain remote until restrictions are lifted. 

Are there other online career-related resources available to me?

In addition to uartscareers.com, check out our extensive list of Online Career Resources. We are also happy to help identify resources related to your specific questions or interests. Feel free to email us at careerservices@uarts.edu or schedule a virtual appointment.

Information for Faculty & Staff

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Do I have to wear a face covering on campus? 

University of the Arts requires masks in all indoor settings of all students, staff, faculty, contractors and visitors to our campus. Effective Jan. 14, 2022 and moving forward until further notice, community members and visitors to campus are strongly encouraged to wear N95, KN95, KF94 or three-ply surgical masks while on campus. Cloth masks are still permitted on campus. However, all masks should fit tight to the face and securely cover the nose and mouth. If you are looking to purchase masks or check the efficacy of your masks, check that they meet National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) requirements. All community members are encouraged to follow the CDC for updates to its mask recommendations.
 
Community members and visitors to campus who need a mask may visit a Public Safety desk at our building front desks to request one. If you are on campus and your mask breaks or otherwise becomes unwearable, visit Public Safety for a replacement.

Masks are mandatory in all indoor settings, including at all special events and performances (for both performers and audience members), with only the following exceptions.

Designated spaces for eating and drinking
Masks may only be removed temporarily when actively eating and drinking and should be replaced as soon as possible. We encourage all students, faculty and staff to practice social distancing when eating and drinking in communal settings. Eating and drinking is not permitted in hallways or other passageways on campus. Community members can eat or drink in the outdoor gardens at Hamilton Hall, Solmssen Court, Mangia Cafe, Terra Market, Gershman Student Lounge, Gershman Lobby and other areas designated for eating and drinking with a sign indicating such use is permitted. Commuter lounges in Juniper and Pine residence halls are also available for eating and drinking, but masks should be worn when not consuming food or beverages.
 
Private spaces within residence halls
Masks may be removed within private spaces (apartments and shared bedrooms) in residence halls but must be worn in all shared and communal facilities within the hall, including lounges, laundry rooms, hallways, elevators and lobbies.

Temporary removal for playing certain instruments
Masks may temporarily be removed to play wind instruments but must be worn at all other times. Bell covers and/or other alternate safety measures must be followed as communicated by the School of Music.

Special and public events with food / beverage
Masks must be worn at all special and public events and may only be removed temporarily if food and/or beverages are being consumed. Staff and faculty are encouraged to limit or eliminate food and beverage service at events and continue to operate at reduced capacity, not to exceed 50% of the maximum stated capacity of any indoor location. When feasible, outdoor environments for the service of food and/or beverages are preferable.

A note about performances and performers
This policy means that from here forward, masks are mandatory for performers across all disciplines—music, dance, theater and interdisciplinary collaborations of all descriptions—as well as all attendees and staff. As stated above, wind instrumentalists may only temporarily lift their mask when playing and must abide by all other alternative safety precautions as communicated by the School of Music.

Proof of vaccination required for all guests
Moving forward, all visitors to the university and attendees at all special and public events must show proof of vaccination for admittance. Effective January 24, 2022 this includes a booster dose for those eligible. It is the responsibility of the department hosting the visitor(s) or organizing the event to verify guest vaccine cards and/or images of vaccine cards.

Should social distancing guidelines be reintroduced, we ask that all community members follow all federal, state, city and/or university distancing mandates. 

Read the full announcement about this updated policy. 

What is a proper face covering?

Effective Jan. 14, 2022 and moving forward until further notice, community members and visitors to campus are strongly encouraged to wear N95, KN95, KF94 or three-ply surgical masks while on campus. Cloth masks are still permitted on campus. However, all masks should fit tight to the face and securely cover the nose and mouth. If you are looking to purchase masks or check the efficacy of your masks, check that they meet National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) requirements. All community members are encouraged to follow the CDC for updates to its mask recommendations.

Are all students, faculty and staff being tested before returning to campus?

Students who are not fully vaccinated upon arrival to campus are required to get a PCR or rapid viral test (i.e., a test for current infection) within the 3 days prior to arrival on campus, and provide written documentation of the test result (in hard copy or electronic) to the COVID Response Team at crt@uarts.edu.  If students choose not to take a test, they will be denied access to campus (deactivate ID card, deny access to residence halls, de-register student from in-person/hybrid classes). Additionally, unvaccinated students will be required to participate in random COVID testing throughout the academic year. 

There is no testing requirement for faculty and staff.

Does UArts have COVID testing requirements for unvaccinated students?

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health has mandated that all unvaccinated students at Philadelphia area colleges be tested twice weekly for COVID. Please see below for details about testing on campus. If you have any questions, please email COVIDtest@uarts.edu

  • All testing is free of charge to the student. 

  • All tests will be administered between 9:20am-4pm, Monday-Friday. 

  • Testing will be conducted in Gershman Hall, Levitt Auditorium. 

  • Each appointment will be approximately 20 minutes.

We will be using rapid antigen tests that have received Emergency Use Authorization by the FDA. Tests will be administered by Health Services staff. Health Services is both CLIA Certified and has a PA Clinical Lab Permit. The test is a nasal swab with results in 10-15 minutes. All test results, positive or negative, will be reported to the Pennsylvania Department of Public Health via the PA-NEDSS system. If a student tests negative, they can return to classes and campus. If a student tests positive, they are required to leave campus (if a commuter) or move to an isolation/quarantine space (if a resident). A member of Student Affairs staff will call/video chat with the student within 30 minutes of the positive test notification to review the plan of care. 

If you are not vaccinated 

  • You will be required to get a COVID test twice weekly throughout the semester. 

  • The link to sign up for COVID testing is shared with all students required to participate in testing via email. Tests must be administered at least 36 hours apart. 

  • Students will be emailed each Friday with a reminder to sign up until they are fully vaccinated. 

  • If a student chooses to become vaccinated, they should contact the COVID Response Team at crt@uarts.edu to update their vaccination status and testing requirements. 

If you are partially vaccinated

  • You will be required to get a COVID test twice weekly until you are fully vaccinated (2 weeks past the date of your final dose).

  • The link to sign up for COVID testing is shared with all students required to participate in testing via email. Tests must be administered at least 36 hours apart. 

  • Students will be emailed each Friday with a reminder to sign up until they are fully vaccinated. 

  • Once you receive your final dose of the vaccine, please upload your COVID certification record here

  • Failure to participate in testing will result in loss of access to campus; student ID card will be deactivated and deregistration from in-person courses.

If you develop symptoms of COVID, please contact both the COVID Response Team at crt@uarts.edu and Student Health Services at healthservices@uarts.edu. Students experiencing symptoms should not go to class, they are encouraged to stay home, and to wear a mask and isolate themselves if living in a communal environment. A member of the Health Services staff or COVID Response Team will be in touch to review the plan of care. However, if you have trouble breathing, or have any other emergency warning signs, or if you think it is an emergency please call 911 or call ahead to a local emergency facility. 

The following policy is for Spring 2022 Pre-College Saturday School non-vaccinated students.

  • Families will be responsible for required weekly COVID-19 testing for non-vaccinated Pre-College students. COVID-19 tests can include at home self-tests and should be administered no more than 3 days before each Saturday School class. Pre-College students should only attend classes if they receive a negative test result, do not have COVID-19 symptoms and do not have a known COVID-19 exposure.

What is UArts’ on-campus vaccination rate?

View data related to COVID-19 vaccination rates, positive cases and recovery rates at uarts.edu/covid-dash. Data is updated weekly. 

How can I find out how many positive COVID-19 cases are active on UArts’ campus?  

View data related to COVID-19 vaccination rates, positive cases and recovery rates at uarts.edu/covid-dash. Data is updated weekly. 

Should faculty and staff continue to telework?

Vice presidents and deans are working with staff to determine when on-campus work is appropriate. Speak to your supervisor if you have questions about your return to campus or telework options.

Who determines if I’m eligible for telework?

The vice president or dean in your area will determine which employees are eligible for telework.

What is UArts’ response if the city, or our campus, experiences an increase in cases due to the Delta variant?

The university is committed to health and safety for all members of its community. We continue to monitor the COVID variants and COVID-19 cases in our region and on campus. Decisions about masking, social distancing, housing, dining, travel and in-person/virtual instruction will be made in partnership with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and in accordance with their guidance. 

View UArts’ COVID-19 dashboard.

I have questions about the fall campus operations. Where can I find more information?

Contact the COVID Response Team at crt@uarts.edu, and we will route your questions to the appropriate office.