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Fall 2020: Return to Campus Planning

In the wake of the continuing COVID-19 public health crisis, Moore College of Art & Design is committed to designing and planning a return to campus that emphasizes a rich art and design educational experience for our students and a safe space for our entire community to learn, work and live.  

The Moore community is one that students can count on. Our faculty and staff are equipped to provide students with personalized attention and assistance. In spring 2020, we worked individually with most students to ensure they received technical, academic, financial or mental health support. In addition, we built and executed many creative solutions for rich educational and extracurricular student experiences. This collaborative spirit, no matter the scenario, will continue to carry us forward in fall 2020, and our commitment has not faltered. 

We are planning for a return to campus this fall, given that state and city guidelines allow for it. Our plans fall under the assumption that by August 2020, Philadelphia county will be designated “green stage by Pennsylvania’s Governor, public health officials and the Mayor of Philadelphia. To help ensure the ongoing health and safety of the community, we will begin a week earlier and end all on-campus educational activity on the day before Thanksgiving. Exam and critique activity will be posted on each class’ syllabus. 

Fundamental principles for consideration as we plan for a socially distanced return are as follows:  

  • Prioritize the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff 
  • Limit the number of employees on campus that are not directly involved in servicing students 
  • Limit the number of employees and students accessing commonly used areas  
  • Follow expertise and guidelines from our local and state governmental agencies, along with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) 

The following text contains highlights from a more robust and detailed plan, developed by Moore’s Emergency Response Team. Please refer to the following sections for current information around various aspects of return planning. 


As members of a working college community, we all must play a role in keeping ourselves well and thereby looking out for others—this includes new and returning students, faculty and staff.   

Universal Honor Code  

  • All students, both residential and commuter, as well as faculty and staff, will be asked to sign an “honor code” that states their commitment to following health and safety protocols for as long as necessary and to keeping each other safe. 

Symptom Monitoring & Temperature Checks 

  • Students, faculty and staff must conduct symptom monitoring every day before reporting to campus and will have their temperature checked upon entering campus each day. 
  • Students, faculty and staff with a temperature above 100.4°F or who display other symptoms of COVID-19 will be denied access to campus. 
  • The Director of Student Health Services will make recommendations about student testing as needed, in collaboration with the City of Philadelphia. Staff and faculty will need clearance from a primary care provider to be eligible to return. 

Contact Tracing, Isolation in Place and Quarantine in Place

  • Following CDC guidelines, Student Health Services will gather preliminary contact tracing information for each student and share it with the Philadelphia Department of Health. This will aid the College in notifying community members promptly of possible exposure to a suspected or positive COVID-19 case. Human Resources will do the same for faculty and staff. 
  • Rooms have been reserved in Stahl and Sartain residence halls for isolation and quarantine purposes, should one or more students test positive for COVID-19 or become exposed to someone who tests positive. 
  • Students who test positive and need to stay on campus will isolate in place in one of these reserved rooms, in order to avoid spreading the virus to other people on campus. They will be asked to document their temperature and symptoms twice a day and report the information to Student Health Services. 
  • Following swift contact tracing, students who are thought to be exposed to a positive case of COVID-19 will quarantine in place in one of the reserved rooms. They will be asked to document their temperature and symptoms twice a day and report the information to Student Health Services. 
  • If you are coming to Moore after traveling internationally, you will be required to self-quarantine and to monitor your symptoms for 14 days before returning to campus.

Social/Physical Distancing 

  • Social distancing practices, which involve limiting direct physical contact with others to help stop or slow the spread of the virus, will include staying at least six (6) feet apart, avoiding groups and staying out of crowded spaces.  

Face Masks/Coverings 

  • Face masks or face coverings must always be worn when on campus.  
  • Students will be issued a cloth face covering, which must be washed between uses. 

Handwashing and Hand Sanitizing 

  • Students, faculty and staff should wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place or using one’s hands to catch a cough or sneeze. 
  • Sanitizing stations will be located throughout campus for easy access and usage, containing sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. 


New and returning students will have the robust academic experience they expect and deserve from Moore. Academic excellence is our main objective in shaping our fall plan, which means that there is no one-size-fits-all approach and that each student's individual learning path will be considered.  

Adjusted Fall Academic Calendar 

  • To help ensure the health and safety of the community, classes will be held on campus from August 20 to November 24, 2020, with end-of-semester requirements taking place remotely the week of November 30, after Thanksgiving. 
  • Classes will be evenly distributed each week on a Monday through Friday schedule, from 8:30 am to 9:30 pm. 

Fall Orientation 

  • Orientation for new students will take place Saturday, August 15 to Wednesday, August 19. 
  • Convocation and the first day of class will follow on Thursday, August 20. 
  • For new students living in the residence halls, please visit the “Residence Hall Safety” section for move-in schedules. 

Small Class Sizes 

  • Moore commits to maintaining small class sizes with an 8:1 student-to-faculty ratio, and an average class size of 13 students.  
  • Our fall 2020 in-person classes will be capped at no more than 20 students per class.  

In-Person Vs. Remote 

  • We are examining every fall class and each student’s schedule to ensure a healthy balance of in-person and remote classes, with the majority taking place on campus.  
  • Classes with 20+ students such as Liberal Arts lectures, will be remote or hybrid (mix of in-person and remote), to ensure that students don’t have to convene in large groups. 

Social Distancing 

  • To ensure social distancing can take place, we will rearrange classroom furniture and equipment as needed and create additional sections to thin out class size.  
  • For tighter spaces, such as computer labs, we will create accommodations for social distancing. 

Studio and Workspace Safety 

  • Usage of spaces such as studios, workshops, the Fab Lab, spray booth and other areas for individual work and creative exploration will be scheduled in advance by our staff technicians. 

Other Remote Measures 

  • In order to reduce the number of visitors in classroom spaces, all guest lecturers will speak to classes via remote means.  
  • Field trips and external outings will be postponed until spring 2021 or moved to a remote format. 
  • Faculty will hold office hours via Zoom and advertise days and times to students in advance. 


From the very start, our top priority has been the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff, which means maintaining a safe campus atmosphere, including communal spaces. 

Small Numbers 

  • Moore has fewer than 500 students, which means that we rarely have over 600 people on campus at any given time.  

Safe Location 

  • We are located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, an area known for its open space and walkability.  
  • When students leave Moore, they will not be surrounded by crowds and sidewalks.  
  • We are across the street from Logan Square and Aviator Park, which are both open spaces without much foot traffic. 

Clear Pathways and Nearby Amenities 

  • Our Race Street main entrance and exit provides an extremely clear and safe pathway.  
  • The Parkway is also the entrance to Fairmount Park, the largest inner-city park in the country, where students can safely enjoy exercise, fresh air and world-renowned public art.  
  • Pharmacies and major supermarket chains can be accessed within short walks from campus and all offer delivery services. 

Monitored Campus Entry 

  • Entry to buildings will be regulated and monitored.  
  • We will coordinate arrival and departure times of commuter students, faculty and staff to reduce congestion.  

Phased Staff Return 

  • Most staff members will continue to work remotely, to ensure the safety of students and faculty.  
  • For the first phase of our return plan, we will allow no more than 30% of our staff on campus at any given time, with an average of 10–20% of staff reporting daily or on a regular schedule. 

Visitor Protocols 

  • Visitors who are not students or employees of the college will not be allowed to enter campus buildings.  
  • Invited guests (e.g. contractors) will be allowed only with explicit permission and will be expected to abide by all campus and building-specific protocols.  

Scheduled Cleanings 

  • Surfaces with high touch points, such as classrooms, corridors, restrooms and other highly trafficked areas will receive multiple cleanings each day.  
  • We will clean and sanitize each classroom in between classes.

Dining Hall & Food Service 

  • Dining Hall hours will be extended and meal times will take place on a staggered schedule, with students spaced out in line when they arrive. 
  • Meals will be prepared in advance and provided in to-go containers with disposable utensils. 
  • Students will be encouraged to eat outside or, for residential students, inside their rooms. We will offer additional tables and dispersed seating in the Dining Hall, Fox Commons and Widener Gallery.  
  • Faculty and staff will not be permitted to eat in the Dining Hall or other designated student dining areas.  
  • Dining Hall staff will routinely disinfect designated touch points throughout the day. 


  • Campus public restrooms will be cleaned on an hourly schedule. 


  • No more than one (1) person may enter an elevator in Stahl Hall or Sartain Hall at a time.  
  • No more than two (2) people may enter an elevator in Sarah Peter Hall or Wilson Hall at a time.  
  • Students, faculty and staff will be asked to use the stairs whenever possible. 


We will take every precaution to ensure that residential students will be safe in Moore's residence halls. We will provide students with the resources they need to keep themselves and their fellow residents safe. 

Fewer Occupants Per Room 

  • Stahl and Sartain residence halls will house no more than 1–2 occupants per room, depending on the building and the type of room.  
  • This will also reduce the number of students sharing bathroom facilities.  

Sanitizing Supplies 

  • We will provide sanitizer to students to use in their living spaces, to help keep their areas clean and disinfected. 

Move-In Schedules 

  • The schedule for move-in dates is as follows: 
  • New Students: Saturday, August 15 (Students will be assigned slots in advance.) 
  • Returning Students: Sunday, August 16 – Wednesday, August 19 (Students will be assigned slots in advance.) 
  • Each student will be allowed to have one person with them to help with this process and will otherwise be assisted by Moore staff. 

Visitor Protocols 

  • After move-in, off-campus visitors will not be allowed in residence halls.  
  • Residents will not be allowed to visit other students in their rooms.  
  • Commuter students will not be allowed inside residence halls. 

Off-Campus Code of Conduct 

  • Residential students will be asked to sign off on an “Honor Code” to demonstrate their commitment to keeping fellow residents and other students safe.  
  • The code will include a promise to limit social interaction when going off campus for any reason, and to follow safe practices, including social distancing and wearing a face covering or mask. 

We look forward to the day when there is a widespread and effective vaccine to prevent COVID-19 and to protect the ongoing health of our community. Until such time, we will work to safeguard everyone’s health and to ensure the highest level of learning and creative development.   

Thank you for your cooperation as we move forward toward an exciting and robust school year. The College will continue to monitor the situation as it develops throughout the summer and make modifications and improvements to this plan as new guidance evolves and emerges. More information about the specifics around instruction and advisement will be available later this summer. 

Last Updated: May 29, 2020.