The Emmanuel College campus has re-opened for living and learning for the Spring 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Based on conversations with the city of Boston and the increasing level of travel restrictions, we can anticipate that a week-long break may be problematic in terms of minimizing the risk of the spread of COVID-19.
All classrooms are set up with the required physical distancing. Larger spaces on campus are now being used for classes, as well, including the Auditorium and the Gymnasium.
Other guidelines in place include the following:
The Information Technology team has worked closely with members of the faculty on a variety of trainings related to online learning and tools. We have invested significantly in outfitting classrooms, labs and studios with the latest video systems to ensure those students who are unable to attend face-to-face have a high-quality experience.
Yes, these students can come to campus and will be part of the College’s testing protocols. Furthermore, there will be courses offered that require face-to-face attendance, and if a student registers for these courses they will be expected to attend in person, unless unable to attend in person due to a need for isolation or quarantine. It is important that all students are adhering to the College’s policies on social distancing, use of masks and other safe hygiene both on campus and when they are off campus.
Yes, study spaces on campus are available to all resident and commuter students. Existing study spaces such as the Library Learning Commons and study carrels will be reconfigured for social distancing. In addition, the below study spaces are available. Maximum occupancy will be posted in each study area and students will be required to adhere to safety standards.
|EAB 354||Tab-armed chairs||Quiet Study Space|
|EAB 355||Tab-armed chairs||Quiet Study Space|
|EAB 435||Tab-armed chairs||Virtual Classes|
|EAB 438||Tab-armed chairs||Virtual Classes|
|EAB 442||Tab-armed chairs||Virtual classes|
|EAB 443||Tab-armed chairs||Virtual Classes|
|LIB G15||Moveable chairs/tables||Quiet Study Space|
|LIB G16||Moveable chairs/tables||Quiet Study Space|
|LIB G17||Tab-armed chairs||Quiet Study Space|
|MAR 316||Tables w/ chairs in row||Quiet Study Space|
|MAR 322||Tables w/ chairs in row||Quiet Study Space|
|MAR 401||Tab-armed chairs||Quiet Study Space|
|MAR 402||Tab-armed chairs||Virtual Classes|
|WSC 107||Tab-armed chairs||Virtual Classes|
|WSC 409||Tab-armed chairs||Virtual Classes|
Yes, all face-to-face classes will occur in classrooms with the technology to offer remote participation should a student be unable to attend due to a need for isolation or quarantine.
Students will continue to have access to a number of services to support their academic success, including:
To connect with these services, students are encouraged to reach out via email or phone. Students can access a list of key contacts, here.
In-person experiences off campus are dependent on the guidelines of the organization. The College will not limit students’ ability to participate in these activities, we will just ask students adhere to all the health and safety guidelines that are in place.
Additionally, the Career Center is committed to supporting each student’s career development. This semester we encourage students to meet with their Career Advisor and attend an event.
With your Career Advisor you can discuss planning for an internship or job search, applying to graduate school, gaining professional experience, identifying industries related to your major, or anything else that's on your mind.
We do not plan to restrict students from leaving campus, but strongly suggest that students limit their off-campus activity, especially in terms of attending any gatherings. Students should be aware that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts may change travel restrictions at any time based on leaving the state.
Overall, residence hall capacity is at about 50%. Given the need for dedicated space for isolation and quarantine, and for proper physical distancing in all areas of campus, rooms in St. Joseph Hall, St. Ann Hall and Loretto Hall are single occupancy. The New Residence Hall apartments is being used as designed, with four students per two-bedroom apartment and one student per studio. We believe this configuration provides the safest environment possible for resident students.
The New Residence Hall offers different configurations and amenities, including bathrooms within each unit, which allows for expanded occupancy. In the traditional residence halls, the occupancy is lessened to singles based on the configuration of the floors. Please contact the Office of Residence Life for additional information.
Residents living in the halls are not permitted to have guests who live in other residence halls or outside visitors.
A maximum of three individuals will be able to gather in a traditional residence hall room (with masks) and no more than six within a two-bedroom apartment overall. Only those living within the same residence hall will be able to gather, meaning that visitors from other residence halls will not be permitted.
Any college approved meetings or gatherings in common areas must be within state guidelines or 10 people or less adhering to physical distancing and wearing face coverings.
Students have received information from the Division of Student Affairs regarding the Student Code of Conduct, particularly as related to COVID-19 protocols. All policies are outlined in the Student Handbook. Behaviors which put the college community’s health and safety at risk, including gatherings not adhering to guidelines, failure to wear a face covering or physically distance, hosting or attending parties, and more are taken very seriously. Sanctions for these types of violations can include dismissal from the residence halls, residence hall probation, and in very serious circumstances, dismissal from the college.
Parent and family visits will be limited indoors and will be highly dependent on the latest travel guidance from both the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and other states regarding testing and quarantining. At this time, no guests, including parents, friends or family members will be able to enter the residence halls. While we will not limit students’ ability to see family members off campus, we will be asking our entire community to commit to adhering to behavior which minimizes risk.
Parent visiting locations include:
The Marian Hall Dining Room and the Muddy River Café are open for seating with a number of guidelines in place. Hours and menus are available on the Café Bon Appétit website. To-go options continue to also be available in Joe Di’s and Dunkin’.
Emmanuel College’s food service partner, Bon Appetit, is providing a variety of food options in the Marian Hall Dining Room and the Muddy River Café, in addition to Joe Di’s and Dunkin.’ While there will be a transition away from any buffet-style options such as salad bars, students will be able to select from “grab-and-go” served and pre-packaged hot and cold menu items.
The dining staff has been trained on coronavirus-specific food safety protocols and all dining locations will be closed between meals to allow for cleaning and sanitization.
This minimum meal plan requirement for all resident students is to reduce the need for students to come and go from campus and to ensure that the College is able to provide food to any student who may need to quarantine or isolate due to COVID-19. The price of room and board includes the meal plan for students living in Loretto Hall, St. Ann Hall and St. Joseph Hall. Students assigned to the New Residence Hall will be enrolled in the 75 Semester Block Plan.
On-campus co-curricular activities and events will be limited to ensure the health and safety of our community. Virtual engagement opportunities through Emmanuel as well as the Colleges of the Fenway will be available. Changes to activities and events will be communicated to students via their Emmanuel College email account. Information about events can be found at events.emmanuel.edu.
The GNAC has decided to cancel winter competition, a decision which Emmanuel College supported. The Athletics Department is working to develop meaningful athletic-related activities such as practices and training for varsity athletes. A decision on spring competition will be made by the GNAC in February.
The Emmanuel College fitness areas in the Jean Yawkey Center (general use) and the New Residence Hall (resident use) are open as of February 16th at a 25% capacity with six-foot distancing in place. The St. Joseph Hall fitness area will be used for Athletics training only. Detailed health and safety guidance, as well as information on the process for booking appointments is available here.
The deadline has passed to request an on-campus parking pass. For the Spring 2021 semester, there will be no fee for a semester parking pass, but a $110 fee will be assessed for lost passes. Commuter students with a valid parking pass will be asked to limit their time on campus to academic requirements and on-campus employment, and overnight and weekend parking has been temporarily suspended. Daily parking passes will not be available, and there will be no guest parking. Failure to comply with parking guidelines will result in student conduct violations.
Any additional questions about parking for the Spring 2021 should be directed to Maryellen Page at email@example.com.
The College is committed to providing employment to as many students as is possible while maintaining a safe environment. While in-person jobs may be limited, offices are exploring ways for virtual work. Open positions will be posted on HireSaints.
Yes. All members of the Emmanuel community are expected to wear a face mask or covering when unable to physically distance on campus. This entails wearing a face mask that covers both an individual’s nose and mouth and has a snug fit. Students will be reminded to wear their face masks upon entering and exiting their residence halls as well as entering and exiting all buildings across campus. Students and faculty also being required to wear face masks in the classroom to ensure as safe a learning environment as possible. Additionally, there will be an expectation that Emmanuel students, faculty and staff will wear face masks within the neighborhood in adherence with the City of Boston’s guidelines when unable to physically distance.
The only times a student does not need to wear a face covering is when a student is:
In their Residence Hall Room: A student’s room is a semi-private space and is not prone to frequent traffic by other students. As such, students are not required to wear a face covering when in their bedroom. However, roommates must discuss in their apartment agreement whether face coverings must be worn if students who do not live in the bedroom are in the room. This includes bathrooms, kitchens and living rooms in New Residence Hall apartments.
Eating or Drinking: Face coverings may be removed to eat or drink. Students can temporarily remove their face covering if they are actively eating or drinking outside of their residence hall room. Students must remain at least six feet away from others while eating or drinking, unless the students live in the same room or apartment.
Personal Grooming/Hygiene: Students are required to wear their face covering while navigating the bathroom. There are a variety of personal grooming/hygiene actions that may require removal of a face covering, such as showering, brushing teeth, shaving facial hair, etc.). If a student must remove their face covering in the bathroom for personal grooming/hygiene, they are required to stay at least six feet away from other students. Personal grooming/hygiene is only permitted in residence hall bathrooms.
A full commitment by the community will ultimately contribute significantly to a successful re-opening. We have seen what the implications to not adhering to guidelines has meant at other schools. We will be offering educational programs for students related to wearing of face coverings, proper hygiene, physical distancing, limiting gatherings (including in off campus apartments) and travel. All members of the community have signed Halo’s Pledge, a commitment to protecting the community. Not adhering to the guidelines set forth can result in a code of conduct violation.
Additionally, a student-driven awareness campaign has launched! Please visit this link for details.
Building systems vary widely across campus. Emmanuel has followed guidelines to increase the amount of fresh air, ventilation, and exhaust for buildings with air conditioning. Some buildings have no air conditioning and can only be ventilated by opening windows. Our building systems are maintained on preventative maintenance (PM) schedules that include operational checks and filter changes. Building systems have been purged, checked and set to the normal operating settings for temperature and humidity, based on occupancy schedules.
To be clear, it is our goal to remain open for the entire semester – unless we are mandated by the city or state to close due to public health conditions. In the extreme case that this must occur due to an increase in cases or isolation space being maxed out, we will be asking resident students to limit the number of items moved onto campus so we can have an efficient move-out process since no storage for student belongings will be available.
If there is a need for the College to close the residence halls/in-person experience after the start of the semester, room and board will be prorated, but tuition and fees will not be pro-rated as instruction and activities will continue uninterrupted.
COVID-19 policies, procedures and protocols have been incorporated into Residence Life staff training. Staff will be updated regularly as more information from health agencies such as the CDC and Massachusetts Department of Health is shared with the College.
There will be protocols in place for social distancing during emergency evacuations. These will be fully explained to students at the beginning of the semester and will be shared in written form with all students.
Yes, student have access to our own licensed clinicians for short-term counseling needs and referrals. These appointments are currently virtual. In addition, the College recently launched Connect@EC, a 24/7 resource which gives access to mental health counseling any day, any time.
As of January 15th, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has amended the flu vaccine mandate for college students. While the flu vaccine is no longer required by the state, Health Services still recommends that students receive an annual flu vaccine.
Symptom Monitoring: Emmanuel has partnered with both the Broad Institute and CoVerified to provide the end-user tools for managing COVID-19 response. Through the CoVerified mobile app and website, all faculty, staff and students must complete a daily symptom check whether coming to campus or not.
Surveillance Testing: All faculty, staff and students will be tested up to two times per week, a rate that scientific models have demonstrated will greatly limit the potential spread of the virus by detecting infections in individuals prior to them becoming contagious. Emmanuel will use an anterior nasal swab test, which is considered the least invasive COVID-19 test available. The test, which is free of charge to all faculty, staff, and students coming to campus, is quick and accurate. Test results will be provided electronically to the individual and to Emmanuel within 24 hours of delivery to the lab. Please visit this link for more information on testing procedures.
Isolation and Quarantine: To mitigate the spread of the virus, Emmanuel College will isolate students who have tested positive or who are suspected of having the virus. Students who test positive for COVID-19 or are suspected of having the virus will be isolated per the latest CDC guidelines in campus housing.
Students who have been exposed to the coronavirus (identified through contact tracing efforts) will be asked to quarantine in their assigned room. During this time, meals will be provided, and academic instruction will be offered virtually.
Yes, all non-residential students are required to test up to 2x per week, with a span no greater than four days between tests. This will be expected of all non-residential students who anticipate being on campus more than one day per week. If a student is only on campus once a week, then the requirement is one test on that day.
Students who have opted to only participate in 100% virtual classes will not be required to send a pre-arrival test or be part of the College’s testing program. Please note that in this case, students will not be able to come to campus at all and must contact COVIDupdates@emmanuel.edu with any plans for a campus visit.
Based on CDC guidance, a person who has tested positive may continue to test positive for as long as 90 days after their initial test. Please contact COVIDupdates@emmanuel.edu to document your exposure and clearance dates in the testing system and CoVerified.
Students will be asked to inform their family if they test positive for COVID-19. If a student is experiencing a medical emergency, their emergency contacts will be contacted.
The Spring 2021 tuition bill was due January 15, 2021.
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.
Students can grant other individuals (parents or guardians) access to real-time online account information by designating them as “Authorized Users.” To set up an Authorized User, log in to EC Online Services and select “User Options.” Click here for detailed instructions on sharing tuition bill access.
If after paying your Spring 2021 tuition bill you have a credit on your account, you can request this credit by submitting the online Refund Request Form. Financial aid is disbursed after the add/drop period each semester. For the spring semester, refunds will be available starting in late February. We recommend students budget accordingly if they plan to use their refund for living expenses.
If circumstances change and a stay-at-home order is issued or a COVID-19 outbreak requires the College to close the campus after the start of the Spring 2021 semester, housing and meal plan (room and board) charges will be prorated. Tuition and fees will not be prorated as classes will continue in a virtual format. For detailed information on the College’s withdrawal and refund policies, including the impact on financial aid and tuition insurance visit www.emmanuel.edu/withdrawalsandrefunds.