Frequently Asked Questions | Fall 2021

The Emmanuel College campus will re-open for living and learning for the Fall 2021 semester. FAQs will be updated on an on-going basis.

We will also continue to communicate directly with our students and families via email announcements. Please send your questions to emmanuelforward@emmanuel.edu. In addition, please reach out to key offices and departments listed on our Contact Us page. Representatives from each of these offices will be responding to inquiries daily during regular business hours.  

Vaccination, Testing & Safety Protocols

Yes, all students enrolled in classes for the 2021-2022 academic year were required to be fully vaccinated by August 4, 2021. Fully vaccinated is defined as two weeks following a second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, or two weeks following a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Students may upload an image of their vaccine documentation to the Health Services portal.

The College offered the opportunity for students to submit a waiver request for a medical or religious exemption. The deadline to submit materials was July 23, 2021.

At the current time, those who have a COVID-19 vaccine exemption will be able to participate in living and learning on campus. Based on CDC guidance or any increase in infection rates on campus, this policy may be adjusted during the semester.

Yes, those with an exemption will be required to be tested twice a week and/or if they are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. There must not be more than four (4) days between tests. Any unvaccinated student on campus will be required to wear a mask both indoors and outdoors. All current guidance from city, state and federal government will also apply. 

 

Based on the latest recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), masking is required for anyone in a campus building regardless of vaccination status. Those who come to campus who are unvaccinated are expected to be masked both indoors and outdoors. 

The City of Boston has put into place a mask mandate in all indoor public places and students should be mindful of this when traveling in the surrounding neighborhood. 

Yes, all vaccinated students must test weekly. Tests must be administered no longer than seven (7) days apart. Those students with an approved COVID-19 exemption must test twice per week.

The College will closely monitor data and guidance to determine testing cadence moving forward. Testing Center hours are as followed: Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Any student unable to test during this time should email COVIDupdates@emmanuel.edu.  

 

Beginning September 14, 2021, the Testing Center is open 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Below you will find tips to help reduce your wait time: 

  • Only come to the Testing Center at your appointment time unless directed by Health Services or Testing Center Staff.
  • Change your preferred test date to a less busy day. For example, if you tested on Monday but would like to test on Wednesday going forward, just test twice this week with the second test being Wednesday. You will be able to see when there are available times on other days in the CoVerified app.

 

Yes, a limited number of spaces have been designated for isolation should they be needed. Positive cases will be handled on a case-by-case basis in terms of isolation locations. Students also have the option of isolating at home.

Yes, the College has reinstated the daily symptom check requirement within the CoVerified app. Showing a cleared/green screen will be required to enter classrooms and other spaces. It is critically important for everyone on campus to be mindful of their own health and symptoms regardless of vaccination status.

Please start your day by doing a daily symptom check in CoVerified. If you are not feeling well or have symptoms, refrain from going to class and contact Health Services for guidance. It is recommended that you keep your physical distance from others until you can be evaluated by medical professionals. Health Services is open Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please call ahead to make an appointment at (617) 264-7678. 

Click here to download detailed instructions on downloading and using the CoVerified app. Email helpdesk@emmanuel.edu with questions. 

If the College does experience an outbreak, we will have to institute measures you have seen other colleges take. This may include moving to grab-and-go dining only, fully remote instruction, limiting campus access, and other measures that lessen the potential transmission of the virus by reducing exposure. 

Academics

The Fall 2021 semester academic calendar is available at this link.  

Given the College’s vaccine requirement, we have returned to pre-pandemic classroom configurations. This may be adjusted, pending any additional public health guidance from city, state and federal sources.

The College has returned to the face-to-face classroom experience and will not be offering fully online learning options. Individual faculty may supplement in-person learning and online components, but the expectation is that students will attend classes on campus.

Yes, faculty members, as well as staff, were required to have received a COVID-19 vaccination prior to the Fall 2021 semester.

Students continue to have access to a number of services to support their academic success, including:

  • Academic Advising to assist with all academic course and program questions, choice of major and connections with campus resources.
  • Academic Resource Center services, including peer tutoring, study groups, academic coaching for time management and study strategies, writing and science assistance, Toolbox workshops, and disability support services.
  • Instructional Assistants in select courses to support student engagement.
  • Learning Commons Toolbox on each student’s ECLearn dashboard to provide easily accessible resources and activities to assist student with academic strategies, time management, and technology skills.
  • Learning Commons library services, including individual consultations with Research Librarians.
  • Career Center to support each student’s career development, to discuss planning for an internship or job search, applying to graduate school, gaining professional experience, identifying industries related to your major, or anything else on a student’s mind.

To connect with these services, students are encouraged to reach out via email or phone. Students can access a list of key contacts, here.

Residence & Student Life

Given the vaccine requirement for all students, the College has mostly returned to pre-pandemic configurations in the residence halls, including double occupancy in the traditional residence halls (St. Joseph, Loretto and St. Ann halls). There are no triple rooms.

The College will continue with rigorous cleaning and disinfection protocols in all residence halls.

The College’s guest policy for the beginning of the semester is as follows: 

  • Residential students are permitted to visit other residence halls during visiting hours and are permitted to stay overnight.  All aspects of this will follow the Residence Life & Housing Guest Policy outlined in the Student Handbook.
     
     
  • Emmanuel commuter students are permitted to visit residential students during regular visitation hours: Sunday through Thursday (8 a.m. to 12 a.m.) Friday and Saturday (8 a.m. to 2 a.m.). Commuters are not permitted to stay overnight.  
  • There are no external guests, including members of the COF community, permitted during the day or overnight for the first six weeks of the semester in the residence halls. Once the six weeks have been completed, an assessment of current data and trends related to COVID-19 will inform decisions on further guest policy for the remainder of the semester.   

  • Families and other guests are permitted to visit in other areas of campus, including outside and in building common areas. All must be masked while indoors regardless of vaccination status. 

 

As this point, there are normal dining services throughout campus including self-service. Grab-and-go options will still be available in the Muddy River Café, Joe Di’s and Dunkin’. Adjustments may be made if public health guidance changes. For information on menus and hours, visit https://emmanuel.cafebonappetit.com/.

The Great Northeast Athletic Conference has announced policies related to fall 2021 varsity sports. A full schedule of competition will proceed. All Emmanuel College student-athletes are required to test twice per week. Those with an approved exemption must wear a mask during all athletic activity whether indoor or outdoor. Vaccinated athletes must wear masks in all indoor spaces.

Yes, families and other guests may attend both outdoor and indoor athletic competitions. At indoor events, masking is required regardless of vaccination status. 

Emmanuel College students are welcome to use the fitness centers in the Jean Yawkey Center and New Residence Hall. Masks are required during fitness center usage, as well as all indoor spaces on campus. Signage in the fitness centers will indicate rules for the centers as well as occupancy limits. Fitness center users will be asked to limit their time to 45-minute blocks and 30 minutes on any given piece of fitness center equipment. Regular cleaning protocols will be posted in each location. 

The College has planned a full slate of co-curricular and curricular events for the Fall 2021 semester. A schedule can be found at: https://events.emmanuel.edu. Additional guidance for student clubs and organizations will be provided by the Office of Student Affairs early in the semester.

Yes, commuters have a new lounge and locker space on the third floor of Marian Hall, in addition to access to all common areas and services on the Emmanuel College campus.

The College’s services will be fully operational for the Fall 2021 semester, including in-person sessions with licensed clinicians for short-term counseling needs and referrals. Students can use Connect@EC, a 24/7 resource which gives access to mental health counseling any day, any time.

Student Financial Services

The Fall 2021 tuition bill was due August 4th. To ensure a smooth move into the residence hall and begin classes, please resolve any outstanding balances as soon as possible. 

To access your tuition bill, log in to EC Online Services with your Emmanuel username and password and select the Billing and Payment Center.

Parents and other individuals who you have designated as an authorized user for your account can also view your bill by logging into EC Online Services with their own Emmanuel username, which was emailed to them when you granted them access. Once logged in, they will need to select your account in order to access your bill via the Billing and Payment Center. Click here for more information.

To add an authorized user log in to EC Online Services and select "User Options". Click here for detailed instructions on sharing tuition bill access.

For detailed information on payment options, including the monthly payment plan and parent or student loans, click here.

If you have not yet completed a 2021-2022 FAFSA it is not too late to apply at www.fafsa.gov.

Although the deadline was August 4th, it is not too late to waive enrollment in the health insurance. We encourage students to complete this requirement as soon as possible at University Health Plans.   

Yes, tuition insurance is available through GradGuard. For detailed information on the College’s withdrawal and refund policies, click here. 

If you see a negative amount due on your account then your total payments and/or financial aid exceed your charges for the semester. You can request a refund of the excess funds or contact us to discuss other options. 

For more information on HEERF visit our HEERF Information Page. Students that qualified for a HEERF grant based on Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the FAFSA were notified via email. To apply the grant to the tuition bill, the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Authorization Form is required.

Student Financial Services counselors are available at 617-735-9938 or financialservices@emmanuel.edu. 

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