Frequently Asked Questions | Spring 2022

The Emmanuel College campus will be open for living and learning for the Spring 2022 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, the College required a booster shot for all students as soon as eligible with a final deadline of February 4, 2022. This is consistent with the vaccine requirement put in place prior to the Fall 2021 semester. Eligible for a booster means five months after receiving the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines or two months after the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Booster documentation can be submitted at this link. Those who have contracted COVID-19 are still required to receive a booster shot, per the CDC. 

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. Those with an exemption must test 2x/week on non-consecutive days. A student with a non-medical exemption who tests positive during the Spring 2022 semester must leave campus for the 10-day isolation period.

If you have tested positive in the past 90 days using an off-campus PCR test and have not shared this information with the College, please use the External COVID-19 Test Submission form. The current CDC guideline is that anyone testing positive does not test for 90 days. These dates will be tracked in the CoVerified app.    

Those taking an at-home rapid antigen test may upload results by using the submission instructions below: 

  • Take a picture of your rapid test result next to your Emmanuel ID*. Both the test result and your ID must be in the same photo and clearly legible. 
  • Go to the External COVID-19 Test Submission form. 
  • For #2 ‘where’ question, answer home test kit 
  • Upload the photo of your test result and ID 
  • Click on ‘Submit’ button 

*If you do not have your Emmanuel ID, please use a government issued ID such as a driver’s License or passport. 

As of Monday, February 28th, masks are optional on the Emmanuel campus, including indoors. Those with approved vaccine exemptions must remained masked within campus buildings. Those who exhibit any symptoms will be expected to stay home or within residence hall rooms and to seek medical advice. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has provided information on those who should continue to mask. 

Please note that while masks are optional, in some situations members of the community will be required to mask. For example, a faculty member can require all those within a class be masked. It is important to recognize there are many reasons why an individual may continue wearing a mask or require it when in an indoor space. We ask all members of the community to respect that others may remain masked based on personal preference or the Massachusetts Mask Advisory 

Vaccinated students are expected to test 1x/per week, athletes and those with approved exemptions are expected to test 2x/week. If you are vaccinated and would like to test more than once a week you are welcome to do so, but please do not test on back-to-back days. 

Those who have tested positive for COVID-19 within a 90-day period will be taken out of the surveillance testing protocol per the CDC.  Please alert COVIDupdates@emmanuel.edu if you develop COVID-related symptoms during the 90-day period. 

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.   

Based on the latest CDC guidance, we will be reducing the positive test isolation period from 10 to 5 days for those who are fully vaccinated.  Please note, the onset of symptoms or positive test collection is considered day 0.  You will not be cleared from isolation until day six (6).  Isolation will be extended if symptoms persist.  An individual must be without fever for at least 24 hours (without fever reducing medication). 

Those who are unvaccinated must isolate for the full 10-day period unless they have tested positive for COVID-19 within 90 days.

A student testing positive while on campus is strongly advised to return home for the isolation period. As noted above, this isolation period is anywhere between five (5) to 10 days based on symptoms and vaccination status. Based on data trends, it is anticipated that we will see more positive cases early in the semester and adequate space is not available to isolate each case. Students and families are encouraged to devise a campus departure plan, as well as to discuss how a home isolation will work.  

Those for whom it is not feasible to return home will isolate within their assigned residence hall room. Given our high vaccination rates and booster requirement, as well as CDC guidelines for exposures, isolating in place represents the least disruptive course as we manage this phase of the pandemic. Most vaccinated individuals will exhibit no or very mild symptoms if they test positive. We encourage residential students to come to campus with any supplies that may be helpful if mild symptoms are present.  

Those with approved COVID-19 vaccine exemption based on religious reasons will be required to leave the residence halls to complete the 10-day isolation period. Additional information will be shared with these individuals. 

In the event you may need to isolate-in-place in your residence hall, it will be important that you have any items to manage possible symptoms. This would include existing prescriptions, fever-reducing medication, hydrating beverages, tissues, cough drops, a thermometer, and any other products you would usually need for a common cold. Those in isolation will be able to pick up food in designated areas, but we also advise packing snacks to have on hand. 

Yes, 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 report the symptoms you are experiencing on CoVerified. Please contact COVIDupdates@emmanuel.edu for more information about our policies and protocols.  For medical evaluation and guidance, please contact Health Services.  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. For medical emergencies, please call 911.  

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 changes to dining, fully remote instruction, limiting campus access, and other measures that lessen the potential transmission of the virus by reducing exposure.  

Academics

The Spring 2022 semester academic calendar is available at this link.  

Given the high percentage of fully vaccinated students, faculty, and staff, we have returned to pre-pandemic classroom configurations.

The College has returned to the face-to-face classroom experience and will not be offering fully online learning options unless necessitated by public health issues. 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 and receive a booster shot by February 4th.

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 students 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

With about 98% of all residential students being fully vaccinated, 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.

As of February 15th, external guests are now allowed to visit within the residence halls. All guests must comply with the College’s vaccination and masking policies while on campus. Hosts will be asked to complete an attestation form for their guest prior to arrival on campus and have access to their individual vaccination card.  

Seating is now available within the Marian Hall Dining Room and the Muddy River Café.

The Great Northeast Athletic Conference has announced policies related to Spring 2022 varsity sports. A full schedule of competition will proceed. All Emmanuel College student-athletes are required to test twice per week on nonconsecutive days. Those with an approved exemption must wear a mask during all athletic activity whether indoor or outdoor. Emmanuel College is working closely with the GNAC in reviewing COVID-19 related protocols on an ongoing basis.

Yes, spectators are permitted. Those who are not vaccinated are required to be masked.

Emmanuel College students are welcome to use the fitness centers in the Jean Yawkey Center and New Residence Hall.

The fitness area in St. Joseph Hall will be limited to athletic teams. 

Students are encouraged to hold in-person meetings and events. Food is now allowed at these gatherings. 

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 Spring 2022 semester.  The Counseling Center will be utilizing telehealth to provide mental health services for short-term counseling needs and referrals.  Students should call the main counseling office number at 617-735-9920 and press #1 to set up a time to for an assessment or appointment.  In addition, the College offers a 24/7 student support line for use for Emmanuel Students at any time.  To access the support line, please call 617-735-9920 and press #2.   

Student Financial Services

To apply for need-based financial aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each academic year at fafsa.gov. Emmanuel’s FAFSA priority filing date was February 15th. However, it is not too late to apply. Students are encouraged to complete their application as soon as possible so they meet the deadlines for any state or outside financial aid they may be eligible for. 

The 2022-2023 Endowed Scholarship Application is available by selecting “Applying for Financial Aid” in the “Money Matters” section of the Current Students webpage. Emmanuel College’s endowed scholarships are awarded according to criteria established by the individual donors, including but not limited to academic performance, service and/or leadership accomplishments, community affiliation, and financial need. The deadline date for applications was February 15th. Students are encouraged to complete the application as soon as possible as funds are limited. 

Scholarships offered by your community or other organizations are a great way to help pay for college expenses. Many private scholarships have early application deadlines for the upcoming academic year, so start your search now. For more information and tips, visit www.emmanuel.edu/privatescholarships 

The Spring 2022 tuition bill was due on January 7th. Students with outstanding balances may not be able to participate in housing selection or register for classes for the 2022-2023 academic year. 

For more information on the payment options available to students and their families, visit the Money Matters section of the Current Students webpage. 

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.  

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.   

  

The Office of Student Financial Services may be reached by phone at 617-735-9938 or financialservices@emmanuel.edu.   

Current students participating in housing selection for the 2022-2023 academic year should pay their housing deposit using ACH or credit card on the housing deposit payment portal. Please do not use the Billing and Payment Center on EC Online Services to pay your housing deposit. 

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