April 14, 2021

EmmanuelForward Update: April 14, 2021

We remain grateful to the Emmanuel College community for continued vigilance as we all work together to stay safe and healthy on campus. While COVID-19 infection rates on our campus remain relatively low compared to state-wide cases, we have had nine positive tests in the past seven days. This follows a stretch of seven days with only one positive case reported from on-campus testing. Across the City of Boston, rates have increased among young, college-aged individuals, and the emergence of variants is also cause for concern.

Within the last week, we have seen some local colleges move to virtual learning and limited activities due to spikes in COVID-19 cases and the need to quarantine and isolate larger numbers of students. After a successful on-campus semester thus far, it is vital that we partner as a community to avoid such a situation. The following protocols remain in place. Those failing to comply will be subject to disciplinary actions as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.

  • Wearing of a face mask both indoors and outdoors – there have been numerous reports of non-compliance particularly on the Quad during warmer weather.
  • Maintaining a physical distance of six (6) feet at any small gathering.
  • Avoiding gathering in large groups, especially unsanctioned parties on and off campus.
  • Adhering to residence hall visitation and gathering policies.
  • Practicing good hygiene, including frequent handwashing and sanitizing.
  • Completing daily symptom checks and maintaining regular COVID-19 testing schedules.

The College is in regular discussions with the City of Boston regarding infection rates and health guidelines. If we see any increase in infections on campus, or continued incidents of non-compliance with safety measures, we will revisit policies currently in place to further mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Massachusetts Vaccination Update

On Monday, April 19th, all individuals over 16 years of age will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Due to very high demand, we encourage eligible students to pre-register and plan ahead in preparing to schedule a vaccine appointment. Information and scheduling tools can be found on the Massachusetts’ COVID-19 Vaccination Phase webpage, and resources within the City of Boston are available here. Students do not need to be permanent residents of Massachusetts to be vaccinated in the state.

We ask all students who have been vaccinated to upload documentation to the Health Services portal once all necessary doses are received. Additional information will be shared in the coming weeks regarding COVID-19 vaccination guidance for the Fall 2021 semester.

Upcoming Dates & Deadlines

Course Registration

As communicated by the Office of the Registrar, priority course registration for Summer and Fall 2021 opened on Monday, April 12th. On April 15th, Colleges of the Fenway (COF) courses available for cross-registration will be live to view, and the application period will open on April 20th at 8:30 a.m. All students are encouraged to reach out to their assigned Academic Advisor to discuss course planning.

Residence Life & Housing

The selection process for returning students who completed the minimum requirements of the housing lease, preference questionnaire and the non-refundable deposit is in progress. Eligible students who are interested in submitting a group housing request must do so by this Friday, April 16th. FAQs on housing selection are available here.

Students who missed the initial deadline and are still interested in Emmanuel housing for the 2021-2022 academic year can email reslife2@emmanuel.edu, and they will be placed on the non-guaranteed housing waitlist.

Student Financial Services

To apply for financial aid for the upcoming academic year, please complete the 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov by May 1st. Financial Aid Letters will be available after spring semester grades are posted in late May. Information regarding additional scholarship opportunities may be found at www.emmanuel.edu/endowed and www.emmanuel.edu/privatescholarships. For more information on the Federal TEACH Grant opportunity visit https://studentaid.ed.gov.

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