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University Operations

The University will gradually reopen campus beginning June 22. The fall semester will begin on August 17 with a full semester of on-ground instruction planned.

On June 16, Fr. Pilarz announced that, after consulting extensively with the Faculty, Staff, and Student Senates, he has approved a plan proposed by the Fall Planning Group to resume campus-based classes for Fall 2020. The campus-based Academic Calendar has shifted, with classes beginning two weeks earlier on August 17, and Final Exams concluding on Wednesday, November 25. Classes will be held on Labor Day and on October 12 and 13, with further information about move-in procedures and health and safety guidelines forthcoming. The full announcement can be found here.

The University is continuing with remote education through the summer, with campus-based classes resuming in the Fall. Additional information, including about course schedules that accommodate social distancing, will be shared by Fr. Pilarz and the President’s Cabinet later in the Summer.
While we are gradually reopening campus beginning on June 22 in accordance with the Governor’s orders, residence halls remain closed for the summer months absent special exception. Residential students received information from Dr. Davis, Vice President for Student Life, on May 14th outlining the process for students to remove their belongings from campus housing from May 19 through June 4. Students who have not yet removed their belongings from the residence halls are asked to contact Residence Life at to make special arrangements. Information about Fall Move-In schedules and procedures will be shared by early July.
The DeNaples Center 1st Floor Food Court is open for the limited hours listed below. All meals are for takeout only; the seating area is closed. Students who need to purchase items from the DeNaples Center 1st Floor POD are asked to notify the cashier that they need to speak to a manager.  
Hours: Monday-Sunday   
  • Lunch 11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m.  
  • Dinner 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m
From June 8-21, Facilities Operations staff will begin to ready campus for a gradual reopening. As per Dr. Gingerich’s communication, the University is limiting personnel on campus as much as possible prior to June 22 out of respect for the health and safety for the community.

On June 22, we will begin a gradual reopening of the campus. Faculty members will be granted increased access to offices as needed to support summer courses and to prepare for the fall. Faculty members should request access through their dean’s office. Research activities that involve students will be permitted to resume during this period so long as students also adhere to the general guidelines noted below. Faculty members should notify their dean’s office of any students participating in research.

Please note the following during this period:
  • Royal card swipe access will be required to enter campus buildings.
  • Campus will remain closed to visitors and the general public except by appointment (e.g. admissions visitors).
  • Masses will not be offered in University chapels.
  • Employees should remain within their designated work areas as much as possible.
  • Food service will not be available on campus immediately, but we will be assessing when the opportune time will be to open up food service.
  • Daily campus mail delivery to departments will resume with possible changes to timing to accommodate social distancing.
The University celebrated the Class of 2020 through virtual Commencement celebrations from May 29-31. Note that regalia was shipped on June 10 to those who graduated from their undergraduate program and diplomas were shipped to graduates on June 15th.

We look forward to celebrating our graduates again in October. Our preliminary plans include hosting Baccalaureate Mass and a Commencement Party on campus on Saturday, October 24, and conducting a combined Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement Ceremony at the Mohegan Sun Arena on Sunday, October 25. Please see the Commencement website for additional information

The University cancelled on-ground Reunion, which was scheduled to take place on campus June 12 – 14, 2020, and replaced it with Virtual Reunion events.

The University will approach other campus activities in the same manner as we do other academic activity, moving forward when permitted and when we deem it safe.

Given the need to maintain social distancing and the risks associated with gathering large groups of people in one location, we made the difficult decision to move New Student Orientation, typically held in June, to a virtual format. Detailed information will be shared with members of the Class of 2024 and will be available on the Orientation website. We are preparing to welcome new and returning students to campus at the end of August.

Campus tours for prospective students and their families will resume on Monday, June 29. The number of guests on tours will be limited. Visitors will be required to wear masks while on campus and adhere to social distancing and other health and safety requirements. Tours can be scheduled by contacting the Admissions Office at or by calling 888-727-2686.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health has issued additional safety measures related to COVID-19.  In light of these requirements, all members of the University community are required to wear a mask when on campus.  The University will provide masks for essential employees. Faculty and staff may use their own mask as long as it was obtained or made in accordance with PA Department of Health Guidelines.


Status beginning June 22

Delivery of mail to campus offices will resume on June 22. Schedules may be adjusted to allow for social distancing. Packages being delivered to campus should continue to be delivered to 315 Jefferson Avenue, since Royal Card access will prohibit delivery drivers from entering buildings. More information can be found here.


Yes. In accord with the directive of the Diocese of Scranton, and in full support of the Bishop Bambera’s difficult decision, The University of Scranton suspended all celebrations of Mass and other public gatherings in our chapels, effective Monday, March 16, 2020.


Since the beginning of the typical flu season, Facilities staff have been following an enhanced cleaning regimen for all campus buildings. In light of COVID-19, Facilities has further enhanced cleaning practices, ensuring that all products used on campus are effective against the virus. Sanitizing wipes and additional hand sanitizer dispensers were placed in strategic locations around campus for use by the campus community.