Student Life


Over the past several months, the Atlantic East Conference and member institutions have worked tirelessly to formulate resocialization plans for the return of intercollegiate athletics to our campuses. The health and safety of its member institutions' communities and overall well-being of our student-athletes are top priorities; therefore, the Atlantic East Conference Board of Presidents unanimously decided on July 22, 2020, to postpone all Atlantic East Fall 2020 athletics competitions and championships. Pending NCAA approval, the Atlantic East Conference will conduct fall sport championships in the Spring 2021 semester.

Marywood's traditional fall sport teams (men’s and women’s soccer; men’s and women’s cross country; field hockey; volleyball), as well as dual-season teams that normally compete in the fall and spring (men’s and women’s rugby; men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis), will not compete in the Fall 2020 semester. Traditional spring sport teams will not have competition as part of their non-traditional seasons in the fall. A decision on winter sports will be made at a later date.

In preparation for future competition, enrolled student-athletes may be permitted to participate in practice, conditioning and other athletic training opportunities in the fall, provided they are structured in accordance with federal, state, and local public health recommendations, the NCAA, and institutional guidelines. In addition, the conference competition in the spring of 2021 (for fall sports) will remain under the minimum amount of required games, so that it will not impact a year of eligibility.

Furthermore, the conference will continue to monitor the landscape and conditions surrounding the pandemic, locally, regionally, and nationally, and will make any decisions or announcements in September 2020 regarding its winter sports, as necessary.

Any questions can be directed to

Athletics Facilities

Recreation/Cardio Room
A maximum of 20 People will be allowed in at a time. Individuals will have to sign up for a time slot that does not exceed one (1) hour. Upon arrival, there will be a sign in. Each piece of exercise equipment will be 8’ apart. There will be spray bottles with disinfectant and wipes at every workout station. The Recreation/Cardio Room may need to operate initially with reduced hours.

The Bleachers will be marked with an “X” which designates where spectators will be allowed to sit. The “X” will be six (6) feet apart from other “X” in every direction. After each game, the scorers’ table will be disinfected before the next game starts.

Aquatics Center
The Bleachers will be marked with an “X” which designates where spectators will be allowed to sit. The “X” will be six (6) feet apart from other “X” in every direction. Swimmers surrounding the pool must maintain a distance of six (6) feet. For recreational swim, no more than 10 people will be allowed into the Aquatics Center.

Tables will be placed 6’-8’ apart.

Concession Area
No concessions will be served.

Training Room
The Athletics Department is currently working with Geisinger on a plan.

Locker Rooms
Locker rooms will be offline for the fall.

Student Engagement

The Office of Student Engagement will continue to offer a variety of activities, balancing students’ safety with their need for socialization, entertainment, connection, and leadership development. Virtual events will be offered in addition to limited in-person activities that allow for adherence to physical distancing and all other guidelines. Face coverings are required at all events, and a minimum six-foot physical distance must be maintained. In-person activities will only be held if all guidelines are able to be followed for the duration of the event. Students not adhering to guidelines will not be permitted to attend or participate in events. Additional requirements will be determined on a case-by-case basis dependent upon the nature of the event.

In-person activities may include:

  • Grab and Go events – such as giveaways of free food, t-shirts, or other items; themed art nights, with students picking up supplies and then participating from their residence halls/homes; scavenger hunts.
  • Outdoor events – such as drive-in movies, drive-thru meals, car washes, outdoor fitness classes/sports events, mini golf, laser tag, etc.
  • Indoor events with restricted capacity that students must sign up for or reserve a timeslot to attend – such as performances, workshops, contests/competitions, DIY events, and holiday/seasonal celebrations.

All activities taking place after the Thanksgiving Break will be held virtually.

Off-campus trips may be offered, depending on the status of our state and county at the time of the trip, as well as the status of the county to which we are travelling. Trip destinations will only be considered if they are permitted to be in operation by the appropriate authority, with preference given to outdoor attractions (zoos, state parks, etc.). Additional restrictions, such as reserved seating, 50 percent capacity on buses, and temperature declaration/health screenings will be required in order to make trips possible and safe.

Out-of-state trips will not take place during the 2020-2021 school year.  

Campus Ministry

Sunday Mass will be held in the Marian Chapel according to the guidelines of the Diocese of Scranton. We will ensure that those in attendance practice physical distancing, wear masks, use hand sanitizer, and there will be no singing. Options for Sunday Mass online will be made available.

Faith and spirituality programs, such as Bible Study, Delight, Agape Latte, and other small groups will meet with those in attendance practicing physical distancing, wearing masks, using hand sanitizer, etc. Larger groups will meet using Zoom or Google Meet.

Local service activities will continue but will adjust to new circumstances and new needs. All health and safety precautions will be taken.