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President’s Address to Students

Susan West Engelkemeyer, Ph.D. on June 10, 2020

Dear Nichols College Students,

Faced with unprecedented events back in March, the Nichols community quickly adjusted to synchronous online course delivery and technology-enabled support services. Resilience is a trait of the Nichols community that has served us well for over 200+ years and particularly in 2020.

As we plan to return to on-campus classes, residential living, and activities in the fall, we are putting the health and safety of students, faculty and staff at the forefront. In response to Governor Baker’s Reopening Task Force for Massachusetts, the College has created the Safe Campus Task Force with five working groups. These groups are working on incorporating CDC and state guidelines and best practices as we plan for a new normal for (1) Campus Living; (2) Academic Engagement; and (3) Athletics. More in-depth information is to come, but specifics of the plan for the fall semester include:    

  • Academics
    • The fall semester begins Aug. 26 and ends Dec. 9
    • In-person class sessions end Nov. 24 and will be followed by Thanksgiving break
    • Classes will resume completely online after Thanksgiving break
    • A presentation/revision/discussion period is scheduled from Nov. 30 to Dec. 9
    • Classes will be held on Labor Day and Columbus Day
    • In-person classroom capacity will not exceed 50 percent to ensure social distancing, with students rotating between in-person sessions and participating remotely through Zoom/HyFlex
  • Residence Halls
    • Residence halls will open in phased approach
    • Students will be assigned move-in days and times
    • Residence halls close Nov. 25
  • Athletics
    • The Commonwealth Coast Conference is developing a “Return to Play” document that will provide guidance and requirements for athletics
  • Lombard Dining Hall
    • Seating arrangements will be modified to enable social distancing
    • Hours of operation and dining options will be changed to promote flexibility and student safety

Additional information will be forthcoming from Academic Affairs and Student Life by the first week of July. Details on new policies, protocols, and processes to promote a safe on-campus environment for all our students, faculty and staff will be provided.  

We appreciate your patience as we work through all the necessary details to provide a safe return to campus, classes and activities. In the meantime, we wish you well and look forward to seeing you on the Hill soon.  

Take Care and Stay Healthy,  

Susan West Engelkemeyer, Ph.D. 

President


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