July 23, 2020

College Updates on Residence Life and COVID-19 Testing

Dear Emmanuel College Students and Families,

Many of you have reached out with questions regarding both the schedule and logistics for moving into the residence halls, as well as plans for testing.  Based on information shared regarding our face-to-face/hybrid and 100% virtual academic models, as well as student expectations for living on campus, the number of students intending to live on campus has shifted. This required additional work to finalize housing assignments. By next Wednesday, July 29th, all students opting to live on campus will have received both their final assigned residence hall and room, as well as information on specific move-in dates and times based on residence hall. The phased move-in will take place between August 18th and 24th. Additionally, students and families will receive a guide for campus living, health and safety.

As communicated in prior messages, the College has partnered with the Broad Institute in Cambridge to develop our testing protocols and implementation plan. As students, staff and faculty prepare to return to campus in August, we will provide details on the logistics of this plan for testing. All students returning to campus will be tested by the College upon arrival; results will be available within 12-24 hours. Students commuting from home or living in off-campus apartments will also be tested upon arrival for classes on campus. Following the initial baseline test, all members of the community will be tested a second time within 7–10 days of their arrival. After the initial return period, testing will occur throughout the semester based on criteria including presentation of symptoms and level of potential exposure.

At this time, the College is not requiring pre-arrival tests for individuals who are asymptomatic. Those who are exhibiting symptoms or may have been exposed to an individual with COVID-19 are required to get a test per Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines and to self-quarantine at home. 

While a 14-day quarantine is not a requirement prior to campus arrival, we ask that in the coming weeks students adhere to the same expectations that will be in place at the College—maintaining proper physical distance in public areas, wearing masks and face coverings, and practicing good hygiene including regular hand washing. Most importantly, we ask that students use good judgment in terms of being in high-risk situations such as large public gatherings, parties and other activities in which physical distancing is not possible. It is important to note that a student who tests positive for COVID-19 upon arrival would be immediately isolated and could be asked to return home.

A decision on any quarantine period once students arrive on campus will be determined closer to move-in dates based on the latest guidance from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

We are all eager to welcome students back to campus for the fall semester. We appreciate your continued patience as we all navigate together these ever-changing circumstances. Our EmmanuelForward website will be updated continuously with additional FAQs in the coming weeks. Please continue to send your questions to emmanuelforward@emmanuel.edu and our teams will respond as quickly as is possible.

Dr. Joe Onofrietti, Vice President of Student Affairs

Dr. Josef Kurtz, Vice President of Academic Affairs/Chief Academic Officer

Explore Emmanuel

Let's Get Started.

Emmanuel is a place where students broaden their sense of what’s possible and prepare for inspiring careers in an ever-changing world. Be here.