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Visiting Campus this Semester by Jim Terhune, Vice President for Student Affairs

Dear Parents, Families, and Guardians of Fall 2020 Residential Students, 

As part of our commitment to maintaining the safest possible campus environment during the COVID-19 pandemic, the College is working to significantly limit the number of people coming on campus and/or using campus facilities. Our aim is to limit campus access to people who are part of the College’s COVID-19 testing program to the greatest extent possible. For this reason, Swarthmore has closed campus to visitors beginning on Aug. 31. (As noted in the policy, this does not apply to those of you who are helping your student move in next week. One parent, family member, or guardian is still permitted to assist with the move-in process. Please remember to observe all COVID-19 protocols, including masking and proper physical distancing.)

To help us keep the College safe and limit the potential for COVID-19 to spread on campus, we strongly encourage you to avoid visiting your students on campus this semester. After move-in but during the first two weeks when we are in the initial testing period, we ask that you not come to campus. However, we know that circumstances may arise later in the semester when you or a family member may need to visit campus to see your student. The Office of Student Engagement will provide detailed information in September on how to plan a visit to campus, including information on the visitor registration process that we will have in place. 

We recognize that students may experience personal challenges while they are on campus and that parents, family members, and guardians are crucial sources of love and support at such times. We want to remind you that the College provides a wide range of support services for students and families. Should the need arise, neither you nor your student should hesitate at any time to contact either the student’s assigned dean or the Dean On Call through Public Safety.

Thank you for your patience, understanding, and cooperation as we continue to work to create a safe environment for your students. 

Jim Terhune
Vice President for Student Affairs