More details on the spring 2021 semester coming soon.
The following FAQs will be updated as new information is shared. All decisions are based on prioritizing the health and safety of students, faculty and staff, and on incorporating CDC and state guidelines. See the full Nichols College COVID-19 Policy here.
Yes, when social distancing is not possible indoors or outdoors, and when in any common areas including hallways, all community members should wear a face mask. Click here for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s video on face coverings.
Gaitors used as masks will no longer meet the campus requirement for face covering. This is based on the research widely accepted that illustrates that gaitors do not prevent the airflow at enough of level to minimize risk of transmission between individuals.
All campus community members should practice social distancing of 6 feet between people, both inside and outside of buildings. Classes will be taught in a synchronous HyFlex format, with rotating in-person and remote attendance. This will allow classroom capacity to be reduced by 50%. Residence hall, common area and dining area policies will be announced. Click here for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s video on social distancing.
Access to Nichols is currently restricted to only essential students, faculty, staff, designated vendors, and invited guests (such as prospective students and families). All must follow the face covering, physical distancing, and hygiene guidelines outlined in the Universal Mask Policy.
Our tentative plans are as follows:
Friday, May 14 – Graduate & Professional Studies Commencement for both 2020 and 2021 graduates. Time TBD.
Saturday, May 15 – Undergraduate Class of 2021; likely split into multiple, smaller ceremonies. Times TBD.
Sunday, May 16 – Undergraduate Class of 2020. Time TBD.
For questions and updates: https://www.nichols.edu/commencement
Sodexo, which provides food service for Nichols College, has produced guidelines for its college and university accounts to ensure dining safety. Click here.
Plans to modify the dining experience at Nichols currently include removing self-serve stations, adding grab ‘n’ go options, and arranging seating to allow social distancing.
Nichols has increased the frequency and intensity of cleaning and issue new protocols for students, faculty and staff. All classrooms have been electrostatic disinfected nightly.
– updated as of March 10, 2021