The UArts logo in white and red, with the words Healthy Promise to the right of the logo.

Spring 2022

Now more than ever, we as individuals must commit to protecting not only ourselves, but also our entire community. In order to reduce person-to-person transmission of COVID-19 and reduce the risks for all who return to University of the Arts, each of us—all students, faculty and staff—is required to agree to the following UArts Healthy Promise. Each student and employee returning to campus will be responsible for upholding the policies outlined in this Healthy Promise.  

UArts Healthy Promise


I recognize that as a member of the UArts community during the 2021–2022 academic year, my actions and the actions of all who return to campus will be important in order to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. I promise to do my part, and to the best of my ability, uphold the following.

In support of UArts’ commitment to health and safety for all members of its community, the university has updated its immunization requirements for students to include a COVID-19 vaccine and will also require all faculty and staff to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. This health policy update means that, with limited exceptions, all students, faculty and staff must be fully vaccinated 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 final dose of the vaccine received at least two weeks before their return to campus for the upcoming semester. As communicated Dec. 13, 2021, this includes a booster dose for those eligible.

Before Returning to Campus

I agree to the following.

  • I will follow all federal, state, and/or city mask mandates. 

  • If I or another member of my household tests positive for COVID-19, I will voluntarily share this information with UArts Health Services if I am a student, or HR if I am an employee, and seek advice on my return to campus.

  • I understand that opening plans for UArts may change if federal, state, city or university guidelines and directives change, and I agree to abide by all current and future federal, state, city and University of the Arts mandates, policies, protocols and procedures. 

On Campus: Daily Health Check & Self-Care

I agree to the following.
I will voluntarily participate in a daily self-care and health assessment (self-screen).

  • I won’t attend any in-person events on campus if I am ill (exhibiting any COVID-19-like symptoms), including classes, functions and/or reporting for work.

  • If I exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 and I am a student, I will contact Health Services to determine my next course of action; if I am a faculty or staff member, I will contact my healthcare provider.

  • If I test positive for COVID-19 and I am a student, I will notify Health Services immediately and follow guidance with respect to campus activities. I understand that if I am a residential student and am unvaccinated, I may be required to relocate to the isolation and quarantine housing area on campus. I will only return to classes when I am medically cleared by Health Services staff. I agree to follow the isolation and quarantine procedures prescribed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and UArts.

  • If I test positive for COVID-19 and I am a faculty or staff member, I will notify HR immediately and follow guidance with respect to campus activities. 

Face Coverings & Personal Hygiene

I agree to the following.

  • I understand that University of the Arts has required masks, for students, faculty, staff and visitors. I will wear a mask that covers my nose and mouth. I will follow all federal, state, city and/or university mask mandates.

  • I will wash my hands throughout the day, and for a minimum of 20 seconds, with soap and water. When I am unable to wash my hands, I will use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • I will follow all cleaning protocols, using the provided supplies as communicated, in studio, classroom, office and/or communal spaces. Those protocols might include wiping my desk or work area, studio tools, computer equipment or other frequently touched objects before and after I use them.

Social Distancing & Building Conditions

I agree to the following.

  • Should social distancing restrictions be reintroduced, I will maintain appropriate social distance from others in all locations on campus.

  • I will abide by all posted signs, which could include elevator or space occupancy limits, and classroom or office spacing designations. I will also prioritize individuals with special access needs for elevators and seating in communal areas.

  • I understand that measures have been taken to improve air circulation, including opening windows in some spaces and increasing outdoor air handling by HVAC systems. This may result in spaces that have variable temperatures, and I will prepare accordingly.

Visitors, Guests & Special Events

I agree to the following.

  • If I am a residential student, I understand that the residential guest policy has been modified, and I am not allowed to have any non-UArts guests visit my room, with the exception of move-in and move-out. Other UArts students are permitted to sign in as guests in all residence halls.

External guests will be permitted to join most 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. 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. 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.

Travel

I agree to the following.

  • I will only travel for personal reasons when I absolutely must and will abide by all protocols regarding self-quarantine, as required by the Pennsylvania Department of Health or the city of Philadelphia, before I return.

  • Faculty and staff requesting domestic travel for work must communicate with their supervisor for arrangements and safety protocols. 

  • Faculty and staff requesting to participate in international travel will require approval from senior staff. 

Dining on Campus

I agree to and understand the following.

  • Should social distancing restrictions be reintroduced, I will maintain appropriate social distance from others in all dining locations on campus.

  • I understand all dining services will be grab-and-go and that seating inside dining locations will be limited. Alternate seating locations are available across campus and will be included during the campus tour at Orientation. 

In Closing

I understand that as a member of the UArts community, I will play an important part in keeping our entire community healthy and safe. I understand that failure to comply with the standards outlined above, and those policies detailed on the UArts Community Health Policy page and other sections of the website, may result in disciplinary action, which may include, but is not limited to, imposed limits on my ability to be on campus in person and remain at UArts.

I also understand that the expectations outlined above apply to all members of the UArts community, and it will take all of us doing all we can to reduce the risk of transmission. Should I see a community member not upholding the promise, I will feel empowered to kindly remind them of their pledge to the UArts Healthy Promise. If I myself am reminded, I will thank them and take the necessary steps to ensure my actions align with the UArts Healthy Promise. I also know that I may report incidents that are in conflict with the UArts Healthy Promise to the COVID Response Team at crt@uarts.edu.

Still Need Assistance?

Our plan is a work in progress that will be updated constantly through the summer and into the fall semester. But you might need assistance and answers now. Below is a collection of resources and contacts for different needs.

For academic questions: Office of the Provost: provost@uarts.edu

For financial aid questions: Student Financial Services: finaid@uarts.edu 

For health-related questions (students): Student Health Services: healthservices@uarts.edu 

For health-related questions (faculty/staff): hr@uarts.edu 

For housing-related questions: Office of Campus Life: reslife@uarts.edu

For international student questions: Office of Student Affairs: studentaffairs@uarts.edu

For Accommodations: Office of Educational Accessibility: access@uarts.edu

For Advising: advising@uarts.edu 

For Campus Life: campuslife@uarts.edu

For Counseling: counseling@uarts.edu

For Help Desk: helpdesk@uarts.edu

For UArts Cares: studentaffairs@uarts.edu

For UArts Libraries: libraries@uarts.ed