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.

Sincerely,
Maria Gallo, President
Delaware Valley University

Latest Update

March 20, 2020

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.

Important Messages from the President

March 19, 2020

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

March 15, 2020

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

March 12, 2020

Important Academic Schedule Changes

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, should not return to campus during this extension.

Instructional plans beginning Monday, March 23, 2020

On March 11, faculty received a detailed communication including tools, resources and upcoming training for delivering instruction remotely from Dr. Rusiloski, VP for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty. Starting the week of March 16, faculty will receive training opportunities and prepare for alternative instructional delivery methods.

From Monday, March 23 through Sunday, March 29, all course instruction will be conducted remotely, as a trial initiative. Students, please be patient and know that your professors will be in touch with you about how that will be implemented for each class. Also, remember that your DelVal email address will be the main source of communication. Please check it daily. For students that 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.

During this period, we will monitor updated information from public health officials and assess conditions related to COVID-19 to inform our next steps. We will communicate our status, including any additional measures or change in plans, by Thursday, March 26.

As noted above, classes which are already in progress as online or remote courses will proceed as normal for the remainder of the semester.

Campus life

Our residence halls will remain open and dining services will be available to a limited number of pre-approved students. Pre-approved resident students are restricted from hosting guests who are not members of the DelVal community during this period. The Middle Atlantic Conference has decided to suspend competition for two weeks from March 16 – 30. Student athletes, please be patient and flexible. David Duda, athletic director, will be in touch with you regarding any resumption of practices or competition.

Campus events

Beginning Saturday, March 14 and continuing through May 1, all external and University events that are open to the public are suspended. This includes the Job Fair and A-Day, among many others. This was a very difficult decision, especially considering the amount of planning and effort on the part of our students and our campus community. Our deep thanks to all who have worked so tirelessly all year on these and other events.

Accepted Students Day will be postponed. Admissions staff will reach out to our accepted students and offer alternatives. No decision has been made yet about events after May 1, including Commencement. We will address these events in a future communication once we are able to monitor public health in the coming weeks.

Employees and campus operations

The campus will remain open and operational throughout this time. Administrative offices and services will be open. Our employees are extremely important to our campus operations, and are expected to report to work as usual, unless they become ill. If you become ill, please see the notes below.

Employees with high-risk factors should speak with their direct supervisor about the possibility of alternative work arrangements. Student employees should not report to work unless contacted by their supervisor.

If you are ill

  • Please do not report to work or come to campus if you are ill. Employees can refer to our paid sick time policy, family medical leave policy or contact Human Resources for guidance on these policies.
  • If you are currently experiencing fever, cough, difficulty breathing and/or body aches, call ahead to a health care professional and report your symptoms. We are still in flu season and many other respiratory illnesses are circulating.
  • 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).
  • Be sure to 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.

On-going prevention

As we have done previously, we continue to encourage everyone to be the best community health stewards possible. Please follow the CDC guidance for staying healthy and take everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses.

The CDC guidelines contain practical and common-sense information we can all use and practice at work, on campus, and at home as we navigate this situation. Staying home if sick, limiting unnecessary contact (handshakes, hugs) and practicing good flu hygiene like frequent handwashing will all go a long way to supporting good community health.

On campus, our custodial staff has received training on products and methods for disinfection and are doing extra cleaning of high-touch surfaces in accordance with CDC guidelines.

Recent travelers

Effective immediately, any member of our community who has traveled to a high-risk CDC Level 2 (Japan) or Level 3 country (China, Iran, Italy, or South Korea) since February 25 should remain off-campus for 14 days upon their return, consistent with the most current CDC guidelines. You should not come in for work, classes, or activities and should follow the CDC guidance after travel.

For faculty and staff who may be returning from high-risk countries and who are asked to self-isolate for 14 days, our sick leave policies will apply. Please work directly with your immediate supervisor or Human Resources for any assistance.

Students who may be returning from a high-risk country and who are asked to self-isolate for 14 days should reach out to Kelly Hojnacki, Assistant Dean of Student Development to receive assistance with an extended class absence.

Future travel

As an update to a previous communication, all international travel sponsored by Delaware Valley University is cancelled at this time. No trips should be scheduled or advertised until further notice, and no deposits as such should be made to any on the ground providers or air carriers. This cancellation includes trips that are already scheduled for April, May, and June departure.

A meeting with trip leaders is scheduled for Monday, March 16, and for those scheduled to participate in these trips, additional information will be forthcoming.

We strongly discourage domestic University-affiliated travel. If you have personal plans to travel domestically or abroad, please be aware of the CDC guidance on international travel and consider how your travel could affect your ability to return to campus.

Current steps and decisions are being directed by recommendations issued by the policies contained in the CDC guidance for higher education institutions. We are also in communication with local agencies charged with ensuring the public health of our citizens.

As we all know, this is a rapidly evolving situation and a team of individuals across campus continues to monitor, update, and coordinate such actions needed to support our community in staying healthy and to carry on our core mission of teaching and learning. There are details and logistics that are similarly evolving rapidly. We will communicate frequently and ask that you check your DelVal email regularly for additional updates and changes. For continuing updates, archived communications, and additional resources, visit this page.

To expedite answers to questions you may have, please use the following link to Submit a question. This will help us centralize common concerns and efficiently respond to our community. Please use this link as your first course of inquiry.

This is uncharted territory for higher education. Much is being asked of us quickly. We need to be prepared to go the extra mile to succeed in the face of this adversity. So be kind to yourself and each other. It is at times like these that we need to adhere to our core values, particularly “Act as one learning community with one purpose” and “Teach, learn and serve with passion and commitment.” I am confident that by working together, we will emerge both stronger and wiser from our experience.

Thank you for your collective efforts to ensure our community’s well-being.

Coronavirus Updates

March 19, 2020

Important Housing Update: Move Out Information

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

March 12, 2020

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

March 9, 2020

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

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.

More information can be found at:

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

Feb. 27, 2020

Message from Health Services: Coronavirus and Spring Break Travel

This is an evolving situation. The message below was sent on Feb. 27, 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.

As spring break approaches, many students, faculty and staff will be looking forward to traveling to destinations locally or abroad for education or relaxation. Some may travel to tropical hot spots, while others may opt for bustling cities, like Amsterdam or Bangkok. Not all spring break destinations are created equal: Some have specific health risks you should be aware of.

According to the CDC travel alerts, there are currently concerns about disease outbreaks, like COVID-19 (AKA, Novel Coronavirus), Measles, Influenza, Dengue, containment and prevention. 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. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

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. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/actions-prevent-flu.htm

After You Return
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.

More information can be found on the following links:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/spring-break-travel
https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/insurance
https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages.html

Miriam Torres RN, BS
Director of Health Services

Jan. 30, 2020

Message from Health Services: Information on Coronavirus

This is an evolving situation. The message below was sent on Jan. 30, 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 message below was sent from Miriam Torres, Director of DVU Health Services.

Dear DelVal community,

By now, most of you are aware of the spread of a new virus called coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Additional cases have been identified in a growing number of other countries, including the United States.

The virus causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person to person although it is not clear how easily this happens. When person-to-person spread has occurred with other viruses such as MERS and SARS, it is thought to have happened mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread.

This past Monday, the U.S. Department of State raised the Travel Advisory level for China to Level 3: Reconsider Travel due to the spread of the coronavirus, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an Alert Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel for all of China. Previously, the CDC warning was for Wuhan only. While the CDC considers 2019-nCoV to be a very serious public health threat, based on current information, the immediate health risk to the general American public is considered low at this time. The CDC continues to closely monitor the situation.

We want to assure you that while there are no cases or even suspected cases at the University, the Health and Wellness staff in collaboration with the Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is monitoring the situation. We are writing to share the below information to educate you of symptoms and provide you with preventative measures during this time.

Signs and symptoms of the coronavirus include:

  • 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. According to the CDC, if you traveled to China in the last 14 days and feel sick with fever, cough or difficulty breathing, you should:

  • Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
     
  • In addition to the above, the CDC recommends the following everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including influenza, which is at its seasonal peak:
     
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
    • 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.

Miriam Torres RN, BS
Director of Health Services

Please note that there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 at Delaware Valley University. Symptoms can be very similar to the flu, which is active across Pennsylvania at this time. Anyone with flu-like symptoms should contact their health care provider for an evaluation.

Delaware Valley University continues to monitor the situation regarding COVID-19, the respiratory virus that until recently had been known as the novel coronavirus. This respiratory illness was first discovered in China. It has since spread to multiple countries including the United States. We want to share information to educate you of symptoms and provide you with preventative measures you can take during this time.

General Information
More information about the coronavirus is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

What are the symptoms?

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

When do symptoms develop?

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

University Response

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.

What can you do?

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.

Travel

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.

More information can be found on the following links:

What should I do if I think I develop symptoms after traveling?

According to the CDC, if you traveled to affected areas in the last 14 days and feel sick with fever, cough or difficulty breathing, you should:

  • Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

Who should I contact on campus if I have concerns?

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.

University Core Values Statement

Delaware Valley University’s core values include “respect all people” and “value the world of ideas and differences.” Please remember to live these values and, interact with others on campus with kindness and respect and, avoid making assumptions about exposure to COVID-19. There have been no reported cases of COVID-19 at Delaware Valley University.