The Franklin & Marshall Pledge
[Last updated August 19] 

At Franklin & Marshall, we are a community, diverse and unified. We gather through our studies, interests, and causes as we explore, celebrate, and learn from our differences and shared experiences. We live and grow together. For more than two centuries, the College has brought Diplomats to our campus to forge a learning community, connected by a sense of duty toward each other, to F&M, to Lancaster and our world. 

As we plan to reopen, today’s Diplomats are tasked with new responsibilities. Being on campus during the COVID-19 pandemic will require all of us to be conscientious stewards of our own health and safety and that of our communities, on campus and beyond. By adhering to the necessary policies and protocols, we will exemplify a resilient and considerate community – physically distant but socially and intellectually together. 

If I decide to return to campus as Franklin & Marshall re-opens, I pledge to take the following actions for my health and safety and for the health and safety of the campus and the greater Lancaster community.

  • Reduce potential exposure to COVID-19 by adopting the following behaviors at least 14 days prior to arrival: avoid large crowds and large gatherings, keep a safe distance from other people (at least 6’ apart), wearing a mask at all appropriate times, washing hands often and not knowingly come into contact with a person who has an active COVID-19 infection

  • Monitor myself for cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever of 100.4° or more, chills, shaking, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, congestion/runny nose, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea and/or loss of taste or smell, as well as any other symptoms of COVID-19 as listed by the World Health Organization or Centers for Disease Control

  • Seek medical assistance if I experience such symptoms and immediately notify Franklin & Marshall’s Student Wellness Center if I test positive for COVID-19



  • Actively participate in any required training related to the College’s health measures and stay informed of changes as the pandemic evolves

  • Mitigate risks by following off-campus guidelines and complying with good health practices, including physical distancing and avoiding social gatherings, face covering use, and hand hygiene

  • Adhere to capacity limits, and all related good health practices, with respect to classrooms, residential spaces, and social spaces, both on and off campus

  • Respect others who may have heightened concerns compared to my own and help hold my fellow students accountable to our promise to the Franklin & Marshall and Lancaster community

  • If I experience any symptoms of COVID-19, I will refrain from going to class or participate in any other activities. I will seek assistance from the College, and follow quarantine (and isolation, should I test positive) directives until I am cleared

Solidarity and the F&M Pledge

We are in this together. I will act with understanding and compassion as our community navigates the present circumstances, respect the health privacy of our community members, and condemn all forms of bias or shaming related to the pandemic. I will further refrain from all forms of bias, including but not limited to propagation of racial stereotypes related to COVID-19, anti-immigrant or xenophobic rhetoric, or action against groups of any given religion.  I understand that even though Franklin & Marshall will take measures to reduce the risks of COVID-19, I cannot be completely protected from all risk of illness, and that I have the option to enroll for remote learning during the 2020-2021 academic year. I also understand that everyone is responsible for their own health. As I keep myself healthy and safe, I also protect my community. I am taking the F&M Pledge, and I promise to do my part – for me, my community, and for F&M.