Will University of the Arts be offering in-person instruction in the fall? 
Yes. At this time, it is the intention of the University to have new, first-year students begin classes Monday, Aug. 17. All in-person instruction will be completed by Saturday, Nov. 21, just prior to Thanksgiving break, but the semester will officially end Dec. 19. Residential students will be required to move off campus over Nov. 21 and 22. Thereafter, remote and alternate forms of instruction will continue for most courses through Dec. 19. 

Students will receive details on the specifics of their schedule over the course of the summer. We will also continue to post all updates related to our planning in response to the global pandemic at uarts.edu/COVID19, eventually linking to the full Fall 2020 Opening Plan once it is finalized.

When will the fall semester begin?
New, first-year students begin classes Monday, Aug. 17. A remote new-student orientation program will begin Aug. 1. Start dates for new transfer and graduate students will vary—this information will be shared individually. View a table of key semester dates

What is the plan for keeping the student community safe and healthy?
UArts is partnering with Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health to ensure that the health and safety protocols we enact for reopening meet or exceed the social distancing standards recommended by the CDC and governing authorities, as well as surpass best practices for higher education institutions. You can find details about our community health and safety plans at uarts.edu/about/information-about-coronavirus. Additional updates will be shared as they become available and will be posted to uarts.edu/COVID19.
 
When is new student orientation, and how will it be delivered? 
Virtual New Student Orientation will be held Aug. 1–11. On-Campus Orientation will be held Aug. 14–16 for first-year students. Details will be shared with students as they become available at uarts.edu/students/orientation

Will parents and families be welcomed at Orientation/Move-in? Will they be able to tour campus?
Move-in appointment times and procedures will be communicated to residential students directly as they become available. Residential students are permitted to bring two guests with them to assist with move-in, with prior registration. At this time, all in-person campus tours are suspended until it is safe to resume them. 

When will current students be coming back to campus?
Returning students will begin their in-person instruction Monday, Sept. 14. Upper-level students living on campus will move into the residence halls over Sept. 12 and 13. A remote re-orientation program for returning students will be available beginning Aug. 17.

When do upper-level, new transfer students begin classes?
Upper-level, new transfer students will begin in-person instruction Monday, Sept. 14. Upper-level students living on campus will move into the residence halls Sept. 12 and 13. Students will receive details about the specifics of their schedule over the summer.

When do new graduate students begin classes?
Most new graduate students will begin classes Monday, Sept. 14, with the exception of the Devised Performance (MFA and certificate) program, which will start in spring 2021. Additional graduate programs may vary in start date—this information will be shared individually. Graduate students will receive details about the specifics of their schedule over the course of the summer.

My student has pre-existing health conditions. Who should I talk to?
Any students with concerns about health-related conditions can contact Health Services at healthservices@uarts.edu.

Will UArts be following local, state and federal guidelines with social distancing in elevators and classrooms?
Yes, UArts has partnered with Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health to ensure that the health and safety protocols we enact for reopening meet or exceed the social distancing standards recommended by the CDC and governing authorities, as well as surpass best practices for higher education institutions. You can find details about our community health and safety plans at uarts.edu/about/information-about-coronavirus. Additional updates will be shared as they become available and will be posted to uarts.edu/COVID19.

Are there any isolation or quarantine requirements before arrival on campus?
Students arriving from abroad will be required to quarantine at an off-campus location, prior to residential move-in. We also ask that all students self isolate for 14 days before arriving on campus to assist in keeping our entire UArts community safe. If you are not able to isolate, please be mindful of social distancing practices to minimize risk when you arrive on campus. Residential students are permitted to bring two guests with them to assist with move-in. Commuter students should not bring any guests to Orientation. For residential students, if you or your guests have shown symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, muscle aches, chills, sore throat, shortness of breath, or fever) or have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and instructed to quarantine by a medical professional or local public health official, please contact Student Health Services at healthserivces@uarts.edu to notify the University. We will arrange a modified Orientation schedule and reschedule move-in for you, as needed. 

Are there concerns about protests scheduled for August changing the start date for fall?
At this time, we are continuing with our plan to start the fall semester Monday, Aug. 17, for new students and Monday, Sept. 14, for returning students. Any updates to this plan will be shared with students and posted at uarts.edu/COVID19. Additionally, UArts’ Public Safety department works 24/7 to ensure the safety and security of faculty, staff and students at the University, as well as visitors to our campus.

How will dining services work for students living on campus?
Dining services will continue to provide meals for students and will follow the health and safety guidelines put forth by the university and government officials. Students will not be able to eat in the dining halls, however; instead, they will pick up prepackaged grab-and-go meals. Details about the health and safety guidelines will be shared with students and posted to uarts.edu/COVID19 when they are finalized.

When will I receive a room and board credit if we end up in a remote learning environment?
At this time, UArts plans on delivering a hybrid education of in-person and virtual instruction. Residential students will soon receive a revised bill with a prorated charge for room and board, based on the schedule of in-person instruction for fall 2020. If any changes occur, details about room and board credits will be shared with students as they become available.
 
Will tuition be discounted if UArts is in a remote learning environment?
At this time, UArts plans on delivering a hybrid of in-person and virtual instruction for fall 2020. If there are any changes regarding tuition, they will be shared as they become available.

How will updates be communicated? 
Families may sign up for the Generations newsletter, through which important public updates will be shared.