Update on Campus Reopening

Emmanuel is working to create the conditions for a safe reopening of campus for the Spring 2021 semester. The College is collaborating with peer institutions, as well as state and city agencies, on best practices for minimizing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. To that end, Emmanuel has focused planning efforts around: the need for de-densified facilities; rigorous testing, contact tracing and isolation/quarantine protocols; and the development of clear expectations for our community’s behavior, including the adherence to social distancing and use of masks both on and off campus.

Academics: Face-to-Face and Virtual Learning

While classes are being conducted 100% virtually for the fall 2020 semester, students will be welcomed back to campus to participate in face-to-face course models for the spring. Some courses will continue to be offered virtually as well. Course listings and their expected model of delivery (face-to-face or 100% virtual) will be made available the first week of November; for those students living on campus, the goal is for a balance of face-to-face and online classes.

The Spring 2021 semester will now begin on Wednesday, January 27th, one week later than originally planned.

For more details related to academics for the spring, access the Spring 2021 Students and Families FAQs.

Residence Life: De-densified Campus

While the College’s preference would be to invite back all students who desire to live on campus, public health guidelines dictate limited resident numbers. The initial criteria that will be used to prioritize housing assignments includes (in order): academic programs for junior and senior majors which require on-campus facilities such as studios and laboratories; sophomore nursing majors; first-year students; and seniors.

Given the need for dedicated space for isolation and quarantine, and for proper physical distancing in all areas of campus, all rooms in St. Joseph Hall, St. Ann Hall and Loretto Hall will be single occupancy. The New Residence Hall apartments will be used as designed, with four students per two-bedroom apartment and one student per studio. The College believes this configuration provides the safest environment possible for resident students.

For more details related to student life for the spring, access the Spring 2021 Students and Families FAQs.

Maintaining a Safe and Healthy Campus Environment

A key prerequisite for repopulating the campus is COVID-19 testing. We are pleased to be working with the Broad Institute, an internationally respected biomedical research center, and CoVerified, to coordinate this vital component of our reopening plan. 

Testing is one element of our comprehensive strategy for preventing and containing the spread of COVID-19 on campus. This plan includes detailed protocols for social distancing, visits and gatherings, daily symptom monitoring, the use of face-coverings and personal protective equipment, classroom configurations, cleaning, and quarantining and isolation.

For more details related to health and wellness for the spring, access the Spring 2021 Students and Families FAQs.

Our Common Commitment

The speed and magnitude of the changes we have seen in 2020 underscore the importance of an Emmanuel education. For over 100 years, we have equipped students with the skills and agility to succeed in a constantly shifting marketplace and to advance a better and more just society. This commitment is as strong as ever as we prepare students to thrive in the post-COVID era. In a similar sense, the challenges posed by the pandemic are casting a light on the values that have always characterized our community: empathy, respect, service, and concern for the common good. Together, let us continue to model these values to one another and to our world.

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