Monk Strong Community Pledge

Students & Campus Life

If we are to convene on campus in academic and residential environments while the threat of a COVID-19 outbreak is still active, the ways in which we live, teach, study, research, and work will be different from what we have previously known. 

Every member of our community will need to commit to a collective effort to protect the overall safety of our campus, and we should all be fully aware and prepared to contribute to the health, safety, and well-being of our Saint Joe’s community. 

To this end, we are implementing the following Monk Strong Community Pledge.  As a student enrolled in classes at Saint Joseph’s College this year, you agree to read and implement the following concepts:   

  • Expectations for Conduct.  For us to successfully reopen our residence halls, and keep them open, we expect every student to make changes in their daily lives, so that we can all remain a safe learning destination.  This also means confronting and reporting behaviors that might put our College at risk.  This cannot be solely the task of faculty and staff – it’s up to every person on campus, and in particular and most importantly, our students.  If we care about Saint Joe’s, care about one another, and care about our education, we will all agree to follow these guidelines.
  • Monk Strong means “Together”: Reopening, and staying open, means that all members of our SJC community agree to: 
    • wear facial coverings in public when unable to socially distance, including in classrooms; 
    • practice physical distancing of at least six feet in public, and when possible in labs, libraries, and common spaces; 
    • avoid large gatherings of 50 or more people where social distancing is not possible, including co-curricular and extracurricular activities; 
    • regularly monitor your health, and when necessary, get tested for COVID-19 (and, if you’ve tested positive, agree to self-isolate and quarantine); 
    • self-report any COVID-19 symptoms; and, 
    • when appropriate, agree to teach, learn, work, and engage remotely.
  • The Importance of Consistent Self-Monitoring. In an environment in which the prevalence of COVID-19 is low enough to allow some or all students to return to campus, it is important to have the capability to detect new cases, based upon the best scientific recommendations in the coming months.  We need students who are not feeling well to schedule an appointment immediately with the Health Center, so that we can keep you, and our community safe.
  • Understand the changes to our Residential Living program. While our on-campus housing is a traditional and vibrant aspect of student life at SJC, it thrives on students living and learning together in close quarters with programs that encourage interaction.  Remaining on campus with the residence halls relies on every student complying with these new campus protocols.  As is the policy on-campus, we ask that all students in residence hall common areas, hallways, elevators, and bathrooms wear a mask.
  • Adapt to alternate Dining and Food Service Options. New approaches to dining include a reservation system, which would limit the number of diners at any given time for purposes of physical distancing, or a take-out system of timed pickups locally or via delivery.
  • Fitness and Recreation. Highly utilized spaces such as the Alfond Fitness Center will be operated with strict adherence to public health practices. Students should expect that we may need to close or restrict access for deep cleaning, operate under restricted hours, or limit the number of those exercising at one time.
  • Student Life Programs and Events. A vast array of extracurricular and co-curricular activities on our campus entail very close personal contact among many individuals. This is what makes our campus such a vibrant place to live and learn!  As our public health situation evolves, know that each of these programs and events will be evaluated to ascertain if some could be safely offered in smaller group settings, others possibly taking place online.  Students should also expect that we may not be able to offer some programs at this time because of safety concerns.

In all of our activities, the College will continue to be guided by our Mercy values, and expert medical and public health advice. Actions such as those outlined above may seem onerous and even limiting, but they are proven practices for preventing, or reducing, the spread of the virus. 

Thank you for taking the Monk Strong Community Pledge, and ensuring our campus continues to be a safe and healthy one.


To reduce the number of people on campus during Move-In and to provide additional flexibility for our students and families, the College will open the residence halls to new students on Thursday, August 20th for their scheduled move-in appointment. Returning students will also receive an assigned move-in appointment, for Sunday, August 24th.

During your designated move-in time, you will check in at a central location on campus, and be called or texted when you are able to drive to your residence hall for move-in.  In order for the College to manage the number of students arriving on campus at one time, and to prepare card access and residence hall keys in advance of your arrival, students who arrive on campus outside of their assigned time will not be permitted to move-in or enter their residence hall.  

Please be sure to arrive on campus at your assigned time.  Residence hall key pick-up, dropping off medical information, and clearing you for move-in will take place at the Alfond Center front patio (look for the tent in front of the building).  Reserved parking will be available in the lot behind (to the right) of the Alfond Center.

While on campus for your drop-and-go appointment, it is required that you wear a mask at all times inside our residence halls or campus buildings, and that you maintain six-foot physical distance from anyone who is not assisting you with your move. 

In the Residence Halls

Each student may bring two family members/support persons to help them move into their room. While moving into your room, everyone is required to wear a mask/face covering and to maintain a distance of six feet from others who are moving in as well. Face coverings or masks (covering the nose and mouth) are required indoors on campus, even where a plexiglass barrier is present. 

The only exceptions to this rule are the following:

       When a student is in their residence hall room, suite, or other living space with their assigned roommate(s)

       When a student is in their residence hall bathroom

       When a student is walking or exercising outdoors

       When a student is eating

When you are finished moving your belongings into your room, you will be able to say goodbye to your parents or others who accompanied you to campus to move-in.  Although we are unable to offer an in-person College Welcome at this time, students and families will receive a virtual welcome from the College on Move-In Day.

If you have questions about move-in times and your assigned appointment, please contact Student Engagement & Residential Living at


We are currently preparing to hold New Student Orientation activities in both virtual and small group, in-person formats. 

“College Conversation” is a series of programs that introduce new students to Saint Joseph’s College values and expectations of joining this community. Our intention with this series is to gather in small groups on Friday and Saturday, August 21 and 22, to discuss these important topics with you. This will help to ensure a smooth transition to college and get your Saint Joe’s experience off to a productive start. 

The class photo for the Class of 2024 is also being planned for orientation weekend, with planning given to doing so in a socially distanced manner.  More specific details about these sessions, small groups, and other opportunities during Orientation and the first week of classes will be forthcoming.

The College continues to update our COVID-19 website, Prepared with Purpose, so please check regularly for the latest fall semester decisions and details. If you have any questions about the residential experience or housing that are not addressed here, or on the website, please contact us at   


Please stay tuned for our guidelines on indoor gatherings in campus buildings, including residence halls.