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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?

Beginning Monday, Aug. 22, 2022, masks will be optional for all members of our community and campus visitors in all of the university’s public spaces, including during performances, special events and other community gatherings. However, masks will still be required during student move-in and in a number of university spaces, including certain classrooms and studios as decided by faculty, and in Health Services and some other offices, where clear signage will indicate the need for a mask. All community members are encouraged to follow the CDC for updates to its mask recommendations. 

The university immunization requirements include a COVID-19 booster for eligible students, faculty and staff.

We no longer require proof of vaccination against COVID-19 for campus visitors. 

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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 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. 

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-19 vaccine or their booster dose at a later date, should email the Student Health Services at healthservices@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

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?

Beginning Monday, Aug. 22, 2022, masks will be optional for all members of our community and campus visitors in all of the university’s public spaces, including during performances, special events and other community gatherings. However, masks will still be required during student move-in and in a number of university spaces, including certain classrooms and studios as decided by faculty, and in Health Services and some other offices, where clear signage will indicate the need for a mask. All community members are encouraged to follow the CDC for updates to its mask recommendations. 

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.

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

I think I might have been exposed to COVID-19 or I am experiencing symptoms. What should I do?

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

  • Wear a mask as soon as you find out you were exposed. 

  • Watch for symptoms

  • Students should contact Health Services. Employees should contact the COVID Response Team

  • The incubation period of COVID-19 is up to 14 days, though most often present within 3-5 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, a healthcare professional will tell you what symptoms to look for 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

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

Testing is available for students that are symptomatic or have a known exposure through contact tracing. Students should contact healthservices@uarts.edu for questions about testing. 

The university does not provide tests to employees. 

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.

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

 

Academics

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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. 

Can I study abroad?

We have supported many students through study abroad and through exchange programs since 2020. 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?

Beginning Monday, Aug. 22, 2022, masks will be optional for all members of our community and campus visitors in all of the university’s public spaces, including during performances, special events and other community gatherings. However, masks will still be required during student move-in and in a number of university spaces, including certain classrooms and studios as decided by faculty, and in Health Services and some other offices, where clear signage will indicate the need for a mask. All community members are encouraged to follow the CDC for updates to its mask recommendations. 

Are visitors allowed in residence halls?

Yes, visitors are allowed in the residence halls. Residential students must follow the Guest Policy as outlined in the Student Handbook

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.

How can I contact the Advising Center?

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

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.

Information for Faculty & Staff

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Do I have to wear a face covering on campus? 

Beginning Monday, Aug. 22, 2022, masks will be optional for all members of our community and campus visitors in all of the university’s public spaces, including during performances, special events and other community gatherings. However, masks will still be required during student move-in and in a number of university spaces, including certain classrooms and studios as decided by faculty, and in Health Services and some other offices, where clear signage will indicate the need for a mask. All community members are encouraged to follow the CDC for updates to its mask recommendations. 

Downloadable signage will be available on the UArts portal and through uarts.edu/brand beginning Monday. Masks will continue to be available at the Public Safety desks in all university buildings. 

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 a COVID variant?

The university is committed to health and safety for all members of its community. We continue to monitor the COVID-19 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. 

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.