Here are answers to many of the most common questions we have received from students and their families regarding Catholic University’s response to the coronavirus emergency. We appreciate the patience, cooperation, and creativity of our community as we seek to navigate together this unprecedented public health crisis. Answers may change as the situation evolves. Please refer back to this page for the most current information.

Fall 2020

For information regarding the opening of campus in fall 2020, visit the Student Affairs website

Academics and Classes

A detailed FAQ for students can be found on the Provost's website. 

University Housing

  • When should I plan to move my belongings out of the residence halls? - UPDATED

    Over the course of the past week, greater numbers of students and families have been sporadically arriving and requesting access to the residence halls to move out. Given this reality, we have determined that the better approach is to allow move outs to occur under a scheduled and coordinated plan that follows strict recommendations and guidance from the CDC on social distancing. We are thankful for the patience you have shown over the last several weeks and we are pleased to announce the following move-out plan.

    In an effort to continue practicing safe preventative measures and provide families the flexibility and time to complete the move out process, students will need to reserve a date and time to return to campus. The first available date for students to return is Friday, May 22. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. To sign up for a move-out date and time, please log into Cardinal Students, navigate to MyHousing, and schedule your move-out using the drop-down menu in the Room Assignments section.

    For more information, visit the Spring 2020 Closing page on the Housing Services website.

  • What if I can’t return? Will CatholicU pack and ship my room items home?

    We are exploring options with local companies that provide packing, shipping and storage solutions. More details will be shared as soon as possible.
  • Will mail/package be forwarded to home address? - UPDATED

    Until further notice, the mailroom will be open for pick up and sending from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday and the package room will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.

    All First Class mail and packages received for students will be returned to the sender.

    If a student has a question regarding mail or a package, please email the with your name and forwarding address and your request will be forwarded to the appropriate person. " 

Student Services

  • If I rented a book from the bookstore, how do I return it?

    Students will receive three reminder emails (on April 20, May 4, and May 25) before the rental due date with a list of their rental books, links to purchase their rental if they wish, and a link to print a shipping label to mail their returns back.
  • Are the chapels on campus open? Is there still daily Mass?

    All University chapels remain open for private prayer. Caldwell Chapel is the only campus chapel that has the Blessed Sacrament reserved in the Tabernacle. 

    Daily Mass will be live-streamed every morning at 9 a.m. on Catholic University's Campus Ministry Instagram and Facebook accounts. Praise and Worship Adoration (9 p.m. on Wednesday’s) and Stations of the Cross (3 p.m. on Friday’s) will also be live-streamed via the Campus Ministry Instagram and Facebook Videos and will be kept up so you can view later. Please join us as we unite our community in prayer.  

    Sunday Mass is live-streamed on the University's Facebook account every Sunday at 6 p.m. A link to the video is posted on the University's Twitter and Instagram accounts after it is filmed.