Frequently Asked Questions | Spring 2021

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 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.  


The Spring 2021 semester academic calendar is available at this link. Classes will begin on Wednesday, January 27th.

Currently, about half of all courses are virtual and half are face-to-face. There are a number of factors, the first of which is safety. While we understand that many students want all in-person classes, we must be mindful of the need to de-densify not only classrooms, but the entire campus. So, limiting student traffic is important. We have prioritized those courses which absolutely require in-person interactions through labs, art studios, etc. Additionally, we needed to provide a breadth of online courses for those students and faculty who require a virtual format for any reason, whether health concerns, distance from campus and more.

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.

Those living in the residence halls will be expected to attend classes that are designated as face-to-face. However, resident students can register for classes which may only be offered virtually. 

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, 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. 

Those students who require a 100% virtual experience worked directly with their assigned Academic Advisor during the registration process to craft a semester that allows for progress in their major and fulfills their general requirements. Students who wished to take a course designated as face-to-face in a 100% online format could apply for an exception, which were reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Yes, while the registration period has ended, students are able to work with their assigned Academic Advisor up until January 27th to make any adjustments to classes. 

Student Life

The spring semester will be unlike any in the 100-plus years in Emmanuel’s history. While we look forward to students once again living and learning on our Boston campus, we approach this semester with new expectations. The health of each member of the community remains a top priority. To this end, there will be significant changes in institutional operations and expectations for individual habits.

All members of the Emmanuel community have been asked to sign Halo’s Pledge, which outlines the extraordinary steps everyone commits to take to ensure their individual health and safety and protect our community at large. More information is provided in the Spring 2021 Return to Campus Guides for residents and commuters

We do not plan to restrict students from leaving campus, but strongly suggest that students limit their off-campus activity. Students should be aware that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts may change travel restrictions at any time based on leaving the state.

The Office of Residence Life & Housing has shared final assignments with all students, as well as specific move-in times. Move-in will be a phased process, by building, from January 18th-January 24th.  The general schedule is as follows:

New Residence Hall: Monday, January 18th to Friday, January 22nd 

St. Joseph Hall Returning Students: Friday, January 22nd

Loretto Hall and St. Joseph Hall New Students: Saturday, January 23rd

St. Ann Hall: Sunday, January 24th

Overall, residence hall capacity will be at about 60%. 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 will be single occupancy. The New Residence Hall apartments will be 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 housing cancellation deadline has passed. However, the Office of Residence Life & Housing recognizes that unforeseen or extenuating personal circumstances may arise prior to the start of the spring 2021 semester. As such, students are able to submit a housing petition for review by a committee of College administrators that documents the change in circumstances. Submission of a petition does not guarantee the release from Emmanuel housing and related fees.

To receive a link to the petition form, you must e-mail

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.

Yes, the price is based on the room type. If you are the only person in a double room in a traditional residence hall, you will be charged the double rate.  A listing of housing and meal plan prices is available here.

Residents living in the halls are not permitted to have guests who live in other residence halls or outside visitors.

Students will be able to gather within state indoor guidelines, which is currently 10 people or less adhering to physical distancing and wearing of face coverings. 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.

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:

  • Jean Yawkey Center public seating areas (first and second floors)
  • New Residence Hall first floor public seating areas

The College is closely monitoring the changing guidelines from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the City of Boston related to food service. For the first two weeks following the re-opening of campus for living and learning, meals will be “grab-and-go” only. Following this initial period, information will be provided on options for seating within on-campus dining facilities. 

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. Dining hours and menus are posted on the Café Bon Appétit website. 
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.  If you would like to choose a different plan, complete the Meal Plan Selection Form.

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 

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. 

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. 

At this time, the City of Boston has mandated that gyms and fitness centers be closed for general use. This mandate is in place until at least January 27thThe College continues to develop guidelines to have fitness centers open at reduced capacity with several cleaning procedures and protocols in place once the mandate is lifted 

The Office of International Programs will be working closely with international students to prepare for the Spring 2021 semester. Any questions regarding immigration regulations, travel plans, or academics in relation to F-1 status should be directed to Jill Meleedy at

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

Health, Wellness & Safety

Students should plan for their own inventory of personal face masks. Additionally, the College will provide masks as needed.

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. 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.

View The City of Boston's Guidelines

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.

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. This PM work was completed during the summer. Prior to re-opening, building systems will be purged, checked and set to the normal operating settings for temperature and humidity, based on occupancy schedules.   

COVID-19 policies, procedures and protocols will be 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.

There will be extensive safety protocols in place across campus, including reconfigured spaces to promote physical distancing (adhering to state and city guidelines), new cleaning and sanitation procedures, and a comprehensive testing and contact tracing plan. The College will share further details about these extensive protocols in the coming weeks.

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. 

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. All employees who exhibit symptoms are prohibited from coming to campus and must notify their supervisor or department head. Students should notify the Health Center immediately if they exhibit any symptoms.

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 and awaiting a test result. Students who test positive for COVID-19 or are suspected of having the virus and are awaiting their test result 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, prior to arrival on campus, all students are required to submit a negative SARS-CoV2 RT-PCR diagnostic testThis test cannot be a rapid test. Tests must be administered within 72 hours of coming to campus. Students will receive an email the week of January 11th with instructions on how to submit test results. Any students having difficulty arranging for a test before arrival on campus or who have concerns about results turn-around time, should email for further information. 

Please review this list of resources to consider for scheduling your pre-arrival test. These include in-person and online options that may be available in your area. Please note, this test must be a RT-PCR test, not a rapid (antigen) test or an antibody test. Also included on the list is the Emmanuel College Testing Center which will be open to students during select dates/times. Please review the hours of operation and instructions for scheduling a test.

Yes, on move-in day, residential students will be tested as part of the check-in process and must quarantine in their assigned room until a negative test result is received (within 24 hours). Throughout the semester, residential students will be required to test up to 2x per week, with a span no greater than four days between tests. Tests will be scheduled using a smartphone and web-based app called CoVerified. Information regarding CoVerified is available here

In addition to the pre-arrival test requirement, all non-residential students will be tested on their first day back on campus. Once classes start, all non-residential students will be 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 a minimum of one day per week. Students who are unable to be tested prior to the start of classes may be tested on the first day of classes.  However, students must attend classes remotely until a negative test result is confirmed. 

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 with any plans for a campus visit. 

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We understand that the return of test results is taking longer than 72 hours in some areas. Please contact to review options that will allow you to return to campus. This may include quarantining and taking classes virtually until the negative test has been received.  

You will not have to submit a negative pre-arrival test if you have tested positive for COVID-19 and completed the isolation period. 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 to document your exposure and clearance dates in the testing system and CoVerified. 

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Anyone planning to come to the Emmanuel College campus for any reason is expected to comply with the MA Travel Order. Emmanuel College does not require a separate test for individuals coming to campus to assist with move-in though we do ask that students limit the number of people coming to assist and only have one person in addition to the student leave the vehicle to help move belongings into the residence hall. 

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.

Billing & Financial Aid

With Spring 2021 course registration and housing assignments completed, the tuition bill has been made available via EC Online Services. Registered students received an e-mail notification regarding the Spring 2021 tuition bill on December 7th 

The spring 2021 tuition bill will be 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.

For detailed information on payment options, including our monthly payment plan and parent or student loans, visit

Enrollment for the five-month spring semester payment plan is now open via EC Online Services. The plan begins on January 15th.

You will see the credit reflected on your spring bill under the payments section as a "balance transfer." A balance transfer represents the transferring of a credit balance from one semester onto the following semester's bill.

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

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