On Thursday, August 13th, Emmanuel College announced the decision to be completely online for the Fall 2020 semester. This site will be updated with new information, including revised FAQs, in the coming days. Please read the announcement below from Emmanuel College President Sister Janet Eisner, SNDdeN.

Message from the President: Important Change to Fall Semester Plans

Dear Members of the Emmanuel College Community,

I had planned to write to you today with details on the reopening of our campus. Instead, I must announce that Emmanuel College, in light of rapidly changing public health conditions, has made the difficult decision to conduct all courses virtually and to not reopen our residence halls for the Fall 2020 semester.

We recognize how disappointing and disruptive this change of course is for many of you, particularly considering that our phased residence hall move-in was scheduled to begin next week. Just as much as you were excited to arrive, we were looking forward to welcoming you.

However, based on our analysis of the latest state and city data on the pandemic’s trajectory, we recognized that a reopening would pose undue risk to the health of students, faculty and staff, which continues to be our highest priority. Clearly, the pandemic has entered a new, more problematic phase, with infection rates increasing in a significant number of communities in Massachusetts and throughout the country. Just yesterday, Mayor Marty Walsh expressed his continued concern about the impact of so many college students returning to the City of Boston, our home. In addition, new state mandates—and the burgeoning policy changes we would need to make to comply with them—gave rise to concerns about the limited nature of the campus experience this fall.

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Academics: Flexible Ways to Engage

As part of our effort to de-densify learning and living spaces, classes will employ both face-to-face/hybrid and 100% virtual learning modalities. To better protect community health, we have also revised the Fall Academic Calendar, which includes an earlier-than-usual start date for classes: Wednesday, August 26th. Prior to Thanksgiving Break, all resident students will return to their homes and all classes and exams will be virtual for the remainder of the semester. Spring 2021 classes will resume as scheduled on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

For more details related to academics, access the Students and Families FAQs.

Residential Living

The residence hall experience will be different this fall, as we honor our commitments to keep ourselves and one another healthy and well. Amid these new expectations, students living in residence halls will continue to be in an environment that fosters enduring friendships.

Based on an earlier start to the semester on Wednesday, August 26th, move-in will take place in a staggered fashion from August 18th-24th to allow for proper social distancing. Move-in days will be pre-assigned. Students will be permitted to bring only one person to assist with their move-in process.

For more details related to student life, access the 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, 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, symptom monitoring, the use of face-coverings and personal protective equipment, classroom configurations, cleaning, and quarantining and isolation. Detailed instructions on these and other measures necessary for the health of our campus community will be communicated in the coming weeks.

For more details related to health and wellness, access the 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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