Return to Campus Plan for Fall 2020

Messiah University is in session this fall with flexible in-person and remote learning options, health and safety protocols and student care and support.


For Graduate Students

For Graduate Students

The first day of graduate classes is Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020. The last day of classes is Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020 for DPT and MOT students.   It is Saturday, Dec. 19 for all other graduate and ADP students.

See important dates from the academic fall 2020 schedule

Yes, for those graduate students taking all courses online, adult degree program (ADP) students, or those in the dietetics internship program, fall break is Oct. 18-25, 2020. 
However, there is no fall break for on-campus graduate students in the DPT and MOT programs.

All students and employees in on-campus graduate programs are expected to wear a mask.

Yes, all on-campus graduate students and all staff (whether at the Mechanicsburg campus or at Winding Hill) will take their temperature at least daily. Employees need to record their temperature before work (no more than one hour before reporting to campus). This is to be recorded daily on the Falcon Health COVID-19 Check In app on the Falcon Link portal.


On-campus graduate students moving to the area from COVID-19 warned states or other “hotspots” by the CDC should plan to move into their local housing no less than 14 days prior to their first day on campus (August 10). 

On-campus graduate students will be sent to their home/local residence and may not continue to attend campus.

Prior to resuming clinical, field work and or practicum experiences, students must complete the School of Graduate Studies Return to Clinical, Field Work/Practicum check list indicating they have read and agree to comply with the policy including signing and returning the form. Students must also sign the institutional waiver that informs them of the potential disease risk. Students must also follow all the clinical site-specific policies and procedures.