Frequently Asked Questions

The Emmanuel College campus will be open for living and learning for the Fall 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 the appropriate email addresses mentioned on our Contact Us page. 

FAQs for Students & Families

Yes, the College requires the first booster shot for all students as soon as they are eligible.  This is consistent with the vaccine requirement put in place prior to the Fall 2021 semester. Booster documentation can be submitted at this link. Those who have contracted COVID-19 are still required to receive a booster shot.

The College offers the opportunity for students to submit a waiver request for medical or religious exemption. Contact Health Services healthservices@emmanuel.edu or by phone at 617-264-7678 for guidance on submitting an exemption request.

At the current time, those who have a COVID-19 vaccine exemption will be able to participate in living and learning on campus. A student with an exemption who tests positive during the Fall 2022 semester must leave campus for the 5-day isolation period and wear a mask at all times for days 6-10 when on campus.

Masks are optional on the Emmanuel campus. Those who exhibit any symptoms will be expected to stay home or within residence hall rooms and to seek medical advice.  Students should keep a supply of masks on hand in the event they begin to feel symptoms or if the mask mandate is reinstated by the Commonwealth.

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.

Testing is available for students experiencing COVID symptoms only by appointment at Health Services. Testing will be performed using a rapid test. Students are encouraged to bring a small supply (5) of rapid tests to use in the event the Health Services is closed at the time testing is needed.

If you are not experiencing symptoms and need a test, a test finder is available on the Mass.gov website. Free tests are also available from U.S. government at https://www.covid.gov/tests

All members of the Emmanuel community are asked to follow CDC guidelines for quarantine and isolation. This includes isolating for 5 days after testing positive and wearing a mask at all times from days 6-10. You are able to return to campus on day six if you are no longer symptomatic.  

A student testing positive while on campus will be asked to return home or an off-campus location for the isolation period and follow CDC guidelines regarding isolation and quarantine.  Students will be able to return to campus on day six if they are no longer symptomatic.  Students and families should devise a campus departure plan, as well as discuss how home isolation will work.

Those for whom it is not feasible to return home will be isolated within their assigned residence hall room. Information on how to isolate on campus will be provided when the student is confirmed to stay on campus.

Emmanuel College has a 98% vaccinated population. Due to capacity on campus, there is no isolation space available on campus for COVID positive students or relocation of roommate(s).

It is important to think about current health concerns that you may have to manage symptoms for COVID, flu, or other illnesses. Some items to bring would include existing prescriptions, fever-reducing medication, thermometer, hydrating beverages, tissues, and any other over-the-counter products and medications that you typically use. Those in COVID-19 isolation will be given further instruction on how to pick-up food in designated areas, but we also advise packing snacks to have on-hand.

No, students should monitor their own health and take appropriate action if they feel ill. It is important for everyone on campus to be mindful of their own health and symptoms.

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.

If the College does experience an outbreak, we will institute measures employed in the past as needed. This may include changes to dining, fully remote instruction, limiting campus access, moving social programs to virtual format, and other measures that lessen the potential transmission of the virus by reducing exposure.

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 including the first booster.

With over 98% of all residential students being fully vaccinated, the College has returned to pre-pandemic configurations in the residence halls, including double and triple occupancy in the traditional residence halls (St. Joseph, Loretto and St. Ann halls). The College will continue with cleaning protocols in all residence halls.

After the first two weeks of school, external guests will be allowed to visit the residence halls.  All guests must comply with the College’s vaccination and masking policies while on campus. Guests may be asked to provide vaccination documentation.  Please be advised that if you or your roommate are in isolation, guests are not permitted in the room.

Seating is available within the Marian Hall Dining Room and the Muddy River Café. Students who are isolated in place will be provided further information upon testing positive.

Yes, spectators are permitted.  

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

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

Yes, commuters have a dedicated 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 Counseling Center will be utilizing both in-person and telehealth services 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. 

FAQs for Faculty & Staff

Yes, all employees are required to submit vaccination information including documentation of the first booster shot at this link.

Yes, the College requires the first booster shot for all employees once eligible. Employees should expect that follow-up boosters will be required and are encouraged to get them as soon as they are eligible. Booster documentation can be submitted at this link.

Masks are optional on the Emmanuel campus. Those who exhibit any symptoms will be expected to stay home 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.

In addition, if an employee enters the Wellness Center in Marion Hall, they will be required to wear a mask in this physical space.

Emmanuel College has concluded its surveillance testing program. Currently, tests are readily available. If you need a test, a test finder is available on the Mass.gov website.

Free tests are also available from U.S. government at https://www.covid.gov/tests.

No. If you have symptoms, please contact your PCP, and arrange for testing.

If the duties of your position can be done remotely and you are not sick, you may work remotely upon the approval of your supervisor.

Email hr@emmanuel.edu with questions about Emmanuel’s COVID policies and procedures.

If a staff or faculty member is concerned that a student is at-risk (i.e., they are facing academic, financial, technical, life, physical, emotional, or behavioral issues) that may impact their ability to succeed at Emmanuel, please enter a referral for the student in EC 360 (EC 360 uses your Emmanuel login credentials).

The referral will be reviewed by Dean of Students Dr. Jenn Forry and assigned to an appropriate staff member who can connect the student to the resources that they need to be successful. However, please remember if you think that someone is going to harm themselves or others, do not complete the referral form and call Campus Safety (617-735-9710) or 911.

Emmanuel College provides access to an EAP for all employees. AllOne Health Has a multitude of counseling and referral programs available to employees who need assistance for personal and work-related issues. AllOne Health can be reached 800.451.1834 or on-line at https://allonehealth.com/blog/. This is a free and confidential service.

 

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