The Emmanuel College campus has re-opened for living and learning for the Spring 2021 semester.
In an effort to create the safest conditions for our community, the EmmanuelForward plan is focused on 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.
For the Spring 2021 semester, courses will be offered in both face-to-face and 100% virtual formats to both de-densify classrooms and to meet the needs of students and faculty. All face-to-face courses will be conducted in spaces set up with physical distancing protocols and other safety measures. The College has also upgraded technology to enhance virtual learning.
Classes will begin on Wednesday, January 27th. The full Spring 2021 semester academic calendar is available at this link.
For more details related to academics for the spring, access the Spring 2021 Students and Families FAQs.
The College has been able to accommodate all students desiring to live on campus for the Spring 2021 semester, while also de-densifying the residence halls and allocating isolation and quarantine space. At this time, the residence halls will operate at about 60% of full capacity. Resident students have received a comprehensive Return to Campus guide outlining the measures that have been put into place related to COVID-19.
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.
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.
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.