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Students and Families

Resilience is a trait of the Nichols community that has served us well for over 200-plus years, particularly in 2020.  We are putting the health and safety of students, faculty and staff at the forefront of our plans to return to campus. More information on our plans for the Fall 2020 semester provided below:

  • View the Fall 2020 Undergraduate Academic Calendar here
  • View the Fall 2020 Undergraduate Adult Academic Calendar here
  • Classes will begin on Wednesday, August 26 and end Wednesday, December 9.
  • Classes will be held on the Labor Day and Columbus Day holidays. In-person classes will end on Tuesday, November 24.
  • A presentation/revision/discussion period is scheduled from November 30 to December 9. This revised schedule allows students to remain home after the Thanksgiving holiday in order to reduce the risk of a resurgence of infection from COVID-19.
  • Courses will be delivered in HyFlex, students will alternate between in-class and synchronous participation via Zoom. Details on your in person class schedules to be provided by your professors.
  • Classrooms have been reconfigured to allow physical distancing with 50% capacity restrictions.
  • Prior to moving in and/or attending a class at Nichols College a negative COVID-19 test will need to be produced. Read full announcement on return to campus testing expectations here.
  • View 2020 and 2021 GPS Academic Calendar here.
  • Classes will be held remotely through Zoom until at least December 20 (end of fall session 2).
  • Session start dates and lengths will remain the same.
  • An open meeting with graduate students and staff will be held in October 2020 to discuss progress and future plans for in-person classes.

Campus Activities Board (CAB) will continue to provide quality programming, delivered with social distancing measures and safety considerations in place.

Types of events include:

  • In person events (outdoor movies, mini golf, lawn games, Bingo, etc.), advance sign up may be required to ensure a 50 person capacity limit
  • Virtual events
  • Grab & Go events

Large-scale events and actively engaging programs such as dances, pub nights, concerts, and wellness classes, etc., will be temporarily paused until College guidelines permit them to begin again.

  • Student organizations will be allowed to meet virtually or in very small groups.
  • The Campus Shuttle will not be operational to begin the semester.
  • Students will be asked to avoid large, off-campus events and to practice all necessary health and safety behaviors while off campus.
  • Drop-in service will be temporarily discontinued at Health Services in South Hall – and students will be asked to call ahead of arriving at the center to seek medical attention.
  • Residence Halls will close on Wednesday, November 25.
  • Face coverings must always be worn when outside of personal living spaces.
  • No visitors will be allowed into residence halls; only those who live in a specific residence hall can enter that building.
  • To minimize virus transmission, bathroom guidelines will require that no personal items can be stored in the bathroom, and bathrooms should be wiped down by each individual after their use. Cleaning and disinfecting supplies will be provided for each private bathroom, and community bathrooms will be cleaned twice daily at a minimum.
  • Students who live locally, close enough to commute to campus, or those who live with an already compromised immune system or with an underlying health issue are asked to strongly consider remaining at home during the fall semester. In the case of a quarantine, this will allow us to isolate resident students who are unable to return home. 

Students please check your email for further details.

If you have any questions, email

Fall athletic programs (men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, football, men’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis, and women’s volleyball) must postpone intercollegiate competition for the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is our hope to be able to resume these seasons during the spring semester of 2021 but first need improved public health conditions and NCAA approval, which has yet to be determined.

Our athletics department will continue to work in conjunction with the CCC to develop guidelines on how to safely provide our athletes with fall non-traditional practice seasons upon their return to campus. Read full announcement here.

  • Sodexo, which provides food service for Nichols College, has produced guidelines for its college and university accounts to ensure dining safety.
  • Sodexo team at Nichols Dining is working closely with the Dudley Board of Health to be sure we are meeting restaurant guidelines for safety to our students and community
  • Alterations to the dining hall will include limiting capacity at any given time and the temporary loss of self-serve stations.
  • Tent seating will be available behind Lombard and at the Auditorium.
  • Grab and Go options will be readily available.
  • Davis Café and Becker Market will be closed for the fall semester.
  • Some alterations to the hours of operation in Lombard, WOW and Jazzman’s will be implemented to allow proper time for cleaning between meal service.
  • Students will be introduced to a new Sodexo App that will allow them to pre-order items at various locations
  • As the rest of our Nichols community, Sodexo employees will be Covid-19 tested and following both Nichols College and Sodexo guidelines

– updated as of September 9, 2020