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Published 8/4/20: Fall 2020 Return to Campus Update - Protocols and Policies

Dear Curry Students and Families,

As the start of what promises to be a both highly anticipated and extraordinarily unprecedented Fall 2020 semester approaches, we look forward to welcoming our students back to a Curry campus that has been prepared with best practices for the health, safety and well-being of our entire community in mind.

We are pleased that many of our students and families were able to join us for Virtual Town Halls on July 22 and 23, and we hope that the information provided was helpful. We attempted to answer as many questions as possible (both during and after the events), but please do not hesitate to reach out to the College via our web form at any time.

In keeping with our promise to communicate frequently, further information about the College’s plans for the Fall follows. To keep informed on an ongoing basis, I once again encourage you to visit Curry.edu/ReturnToCampus, which contains a plethora of information about all of our plans, policies and protocols to keep Curry safe, and to follow our social media feeds for the latest information at any time. Both the web and social are continually updated.

Finally, I want to once again stress that Curry College is continually monitoring the current public health situation, as well as guidance from federal, state, local and higher education authorities. We are planning for the Fall to the best extent possible under the current circumstances, realizing that those may change, and will communicate all decisions or changes to decisions as soon as they occur.

Fall 2020 Move-In

Given the Executive Order signed by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker on July 24, students arriving to campus who live outside of eight designated lower-risk states (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, or Hawaii) are required to complete the Massachusetts Travel Form and show proof of a negative FDA EUA-approved molecular (PCR) SARS-CoV2 test (not an antibody or antigen test) performed within 72 hours of arrival to campus. 

If students from outside of the eight lower-risk states ARE able to provide the required proof of a negative SARS-CoV2 PCR test upon arrival to campus, they will be allowed to move into their residence hall and do not need to be quarantined.

If students from outside the eight lower-risk states are NOT able to provide the required proof of a negative SARS-CoV2 PCR test upon arrival to campus, they will be required to quarantine until they get the results of their on-campus SARS-CoV2 PCR test, which could be 24-72 hours. Once their on-campus test is negative, students may cease to quarantine.

Parents and Guardians from outside of the eight lower-risk states who plan on spending the night in Massachusetts are also required to complete the Travel Form and provide proof of a negative SARS-CoV2 PCR test performed within 72 hours of arrival to campus. If they are not spending the night and only plan to drop off their student and return home the same day, they are exempt from the travel requirement.

Please note that all residential students (regardless of where they are from) will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival as part of the move-in process. Curry College will continue to follow best scientific practices and state orders as they evolve in this and other matters pertaining to preventing potential virus spread, and will keep students and families informed should these requirements change.

Finally, we encourage students to bring fans to keep cool in the residence halls, but due to the extreme heat, for students who bring them to campus, window air conditioner units will be installed by Buildings and Grounds in non-air-conditioned buildings as time permits during the move-in process. Please note that units must be 5,000 BTUs or less, with one 10V plug.

Testing Protocols

In establishing a baseline for conducting surveillance testing in the Curry community, the College has used guidelines issued by the Massachusetts Higher Education Testing Group. The Testing Group is an initiative of the Massachusetts Higher Education Working Group, which was formed as part of Governor Baker’s Reopening Advisory Board Framework for Reopening Higher Education in Massachusetts.

The Testing Group guidance establishes a baseline for institutions to determine the level of risk for COVID-19 infection or transmission among campus student, faculty and staff populations. Testing is one element, along with contact tracing and isolation protocols, in a proven approach to contain the spread of COVID-19 infections within a community. Using these guidelines, the College has determined that the individuals on campus at high risk for infection or transmission should be tested on a weekly basis. Individuals at the highest risk for infection or transmission are residential students and those that may have prolonged exposure to residential students. Please see the Report of the Massachusetts Higher Education Testing Group for more details.

All residential and commuter students will be onboard tested upon return to campus this Fall. The College also plans to test all faculty and staff (including resident vendors such as dining services, cleaning services and Bookstore services) as the semester commences. Further information about locations and appointment dates/times will be forthcoming shortly.

On a weekly basis throughout the Fall semester, the College plans to conduct testing for the following groups in partnership with the Broad Institute’s Fall Testing Program:

  • All residential students;
  • Commuter students who are:
    • Student-athletes practicing during the Fall semester;
    • Undergraduate Nursing/Education students participating in clinicals/field placements (except ACCEL students);
    • Student employees who work for Public Safety, the Curry Early Childhood Center (CECC), Sodexo; Athletics; and the Student Center including the Fitness Center;
  • Staff members from Public Safety, Residence Life, Health Services, Facilities, the Student Center (including the Mail Room, Bookstore and Fitness Center), Athletics staff (including coaches), and the CECC, along with contract janitorial and dining services workers and other staff members on an individual basis who meet the criteria in the Testing Group guidance;
  • Other groups as appropriate as circumstances evolve.

Based on the Testing Group guidance, the College will not test other students, faculty and staff who are at lower risk for infection and transmission on campus on an ongoing basis, given the College’s strict protocols for mask usage, hand washing, social distancing and daily disinfection.

Importantly, the College’s daily health screen requirement further limits the presence on campus of individuals that may be symptomatic or may have been exposed to infected individuals.

Any community member who obtains a test from an external entity will have a responsibility to immediately report positive tests and negative test clearances to the College, both for tracking and reporting to the Board of Health.

  • Faculty and staff should contact Human Resources at 617-333-2263 or hr@curry.edu;
  • Traditional undergraduate students should contact Health Services at 617-333-2182 or healthservices@curry.edu;
  • CE-Grad students should confirm with their test provider that the test provider will contact their local Board of Health (who will contact Curry College);
  • ACCEL Nursing students should contact their clinical coordinator;
  • MSN students should contact the Graduate Program Coordinator.

Throughout the semester, a notification protocol will be in place to ensure that the campus community is rapidly and accurately advised of positive cases. Further information will be forthcoming in the near future.

Should one occur, we are prepared to navigate a COVID-19 outbreak on our campus using best practices and guidance from state and federal agencies, as well as following our established emergency protocols including the Infectious Disease Preparedness & Response Plan developed by the College’s Emergency Preparedness Committee.

At this time, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has not released specific metrics around school closure. Unless the College is required to do so by a statewide mandate, a decision to close the campus, if necessary, would be determined on a case-by-case basis in conjunction with the Milton Board of Health and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Some of the metrics would include: the number of connected cases on campus; the total number of cases; and, the College’s capacity to safely isolation and quarantine students.

Community Agreement and Personal Departure Plans

All students last week received the Community Agreement via Curry email, and have been asked to read it carefully and sign the document by August 5. For the safety of our entire community, it is mandatory for all students living and learning on campus to adhere to the standards of the Agreement at all times. It is important that on an ongoing basis, our students understand that together, by always thinking of how their actions may impact their friends, fellow students, families, professors and staff members, we can all help to create and maintain a safe environment at Curry. Residential students have also been asked to create a Personal Departure Plan in the event it becomes necessary for them to leave campus for COVID-related reasons.

Visitors to Campus

At the beginning of the Fall semester, a “no-visitor” policy will likely be in place on campus. This policy will be reviewed frequently and restrictions may be eased or revised as the semester progresses. In the near term, a process will be put in place for families to schedule weekend visits with students. *Note that students will be allowed two people to assist in move-in to residence halls in August, and that this policy excludes accommodations for personal care attendants or disability needs as well as registered Admissions Tours.

While we do not prohibit resident students from leaving once they are moved in, we do encourage them to stay on campus, as it is safest for them and for our community. Should students need to leave, we ask that they continue to be conscious of best practices for health and safety and to uphold the Community Agreement and guidelines for campus while off-campus.

We look forward to your return, and to helping keep Curry safe together.

Kenneth K. Quigley, Jr.
President
Curry College

Return to Campus Updates:

Dear Curry Students and Families,

As the summer progresses and our College’s plans to welcome our students back to campus continue to evolve, I am writing with additional announcements about Fall 2020 at Curry College.

Please note that to answer some of the questions that we know are foremost in the minds of our students and families, we have augmented the Return to Campus section of our website, including an FAQ section. This webpage will be updated regularly, and we encourage you to visit Curry.edu/returntocampus and to follow our social media feeds for the latest information at any time.

Keep Curry Safe

Now, more than ever, we all need to reflect on and embody the Curry values of supporting and caring for one another. All of us have the responsibility to promote and maintain the health and safety of our entire community on campus. By adopting new policies, procedures, and a shared expectation of commitment to one another, we can do our best to help Curry stay healthy.

Therefore, we will be requiring that all students adhere to a new Community Agreement, which includes behavioral expectations such as observing restrictions on social gatherings, wearing face coverings, maintaining social distancing, following Residential Life rules and policies, completing weekly testing, and self-monitoring and reporting on your health. For the safety of our entire community, it is mandatory for all students living and learning on campus to adhere to the standards of the Agreement at all times. Together, by always thinking of how our actions may impact our friends, fellow students, families, professors and staff members, we can all help to create and maintain a safe environment at Curry.

Fall 2020 Move-In and Welcome Week

The College has created a plan for a staggered move-in process beginning Monday, August 10. First-year students will move in August 10-13, followed by upper class students August 13-16. Reservation times will be assigned to each student in two-hour blocks, with scheduled intervals afterwards for cleaning. Students may bring no more than two people to assist them, and all participants will need to complete the health screen. Students will also be tested for COVID-19 as part of the move-in process. The Office of Residence Life and Housing will be communicating further details (including roommate assignments and specific move-in dates and times) directly to students and families by August 5; please monitor your Curry email closely. *Note that payment of your Fall 2020 bill is required in order to receive your room assignment.

Students who reside outside the seven states articulated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as allowable for travel without quarantine will be asked to move in on August 10, to be tested upon entry, and to self-quarantine in a designated residence hall for 14 days or the duration recommended by public health authorities following arrival on campus. Students with this circumstance will receive additional information and guidance from the Office of Residence Life and Housing. Curry College will continue to follow best scientific practices as they evolve in this and other matters pertaining to preventing potential virus spread, and will keep students and families informed should these requirements change.

In keeping with our Welcome Week tradition, special events and programming will also be held during the week of August 10, culminating in a virtual Academic Convocation on August 17, the first day of classes- please save the date! The College will present both in-person and virtual special events for student groups, as well as programming for all students on a variety of topics and areas including (but not restricted to):

  • Civic Engagement
  • Wellness
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Leadership
  • Career Development
  • Campus Health and Safety
  • Academic Success
  • Spiritual Life

A full schedule with event details will be forthcoming, as we look forward to welcoming our first-year students to our beautiful campus for the first time, and our upper class students back to their home away from home.

Visitors and Campus Life

As previously noted, overnight guests will not be allowed on campus this semester, with exceptions for personal care attendants or disability needs. The College continues to explore the safest best practices regarding general visitors to campus and will communicate policies as soon as they are available. *Note that students will be allowed two people to assist in move-in to residence halls in August.

In keeping with social distancing best practices, no visitors will be permitted in residence halls this fall. This includes fellow students and other members of the Curry community not housed in the residence hall, as well as external visitors who are not members of the campus community (if allowed on campus). Students may meet in public spaces on campus, including the Student Center and the Learning Commons.

While we do not prohibit students from leaving once you are moved in, we do encourage you to stay on campus, as it is safest for you and for our community. Should you need to leave, we ask that you continue to be conscious of best practices for health and safety and to uphold the guidelines for campus while off-campus.

We are looking forward to having our students back at Curry, and the entire Student Affairs team is working hard to create safe events and opportunities for the engagement with your fellow members of the Curry community that make our campus life so vibrant. Throughout the semester, we will be offering both virtual and small, appropriately socially-distanced, in-person events and happenings, including:

  • Extended hours in the Fitness Center and Student Center.
  • Enhanced outdoor offerings, including movies, wellness events and hiking trips.
  • Intramural activities like hacky sack tournaments.
  • Virtual and in-person Paint Nights.
  • Enhanced offerings for dining, including:
    • Satellite dining options on the North and South sides of campus.
    • Bite +, a new app that will allow you to order food from the Market Place.

Life at Curry, and everywhere, will be different this fall; but we are committed to ensuring that your experience on campus will be both safe and enjoyable, as you reconnect with classmates, faculty members, mentors, and friends.

Athletics

The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) today announced its decision to suspend all athletic competition for the Fall 2020 semester. As disappointing as this is for all of us at Curry, it was a decision ultimately made with the health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches and staff members at the forefront. A more detailed email to our community will be forthcoming shortly from our Director of Athletics.

Virtual Town Halls

To provide first-year, transfer and returning students and families with opportunities to hear directly from College leadership regarding our Fall 2020 plans, ask questions and share feedback, we invite you to attend one of two Virtual Town Halls which will be held via Zoom Webinar on Wednesday, July 22 (entering first-year students, transfers and families) and Thursday, July 23 (returning students and families) from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. An invitation to register will be emailed to you.

As always, our first priority is keeping our entire community, especially our students, safe. As we continue to move towards the start of the semester, and additional information becomes available, Curry College will continue to communicate with you frequently.

We look forward to your return, and to helping keep Curry safe together.

Kenneth K. Quigley, Jr.
President
Curry College

Dear Members of the Curry College Community,

Earlier today, the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) announced its decision to suspend all athletic competition for the Fall 2020 semester. This was an extremely difficult decision, which was made only after a great deal of deliberation. The conference considered all options and strategized extensively to discern ways in which competition could take place this season. Ultimately though, based on the federal, state and campus information and guidelines at this time, the decision not to participate in fall intercollegiate competition was made with the health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches and staff members at the forefront.

This news is especially frustrating for our student-athletes, who have continued to train all spring and summer under diverse circumstances, with enthusiastic anticipation of competing with their teammates and representing Curry this fall. While we all share their disappointment, we were also prepared for this possibility, given the changing landscape that the continuation of the COVID pandemic has engendered. However, our goal is to provide our entire community with a top-notch experience, and at this time we are not confident the fall season would be either safe or manageable, due to the restrictions resulting from the virus.

In the coming weeks, Curry Athletics department staff will be working with coaches to develop guidelines on conditioning and strength training, as well as practice opportunities that will allow student-athletes to conduct safe training in some capacity upon their return to campus, if state guidelines and health and safety conditions allow. Though the season will most certainly be different from any before it, we will continue to explore ways for our student-athletes to actively engage with their coaches and teammates, including the possibility of competing during the spring season.

At this time, the CCC is still considering plans of action for the remainder of the fall semester, including winter sports that are scheduled to start their seasons this fall. Currently a proposed start date of January 1 has been established for competition, but this date will be re-evaluated throughout the fall semester as the current NCAA and public health landscape evolves. Practice opportunities for winter sports will still occur in the fall, following institutional, state and public health guidelines for health and safety. Per the CCC, spring sports currently remain on schedule as planned, with the exception of canceling their non-traditional fall play date. In addition, should NCAA legislation permit fall sports teams to conduct athletic activities and competition in the Spring 2021 semester, CCC schedules and championships may be adjusted accordingly. Final determinations will be made at a later date.

Fall student-athletes will return to campus with all Curry students beginning on August 10. Please monitor your Curry email closely for communications from the Office of Housing and Residential Life concerning your move in date and related details. Coaches will contact student-athletes soon thereafter to provide information on practices, workouts, and other related matters.

This is a time of great challenge, and I know we are all saddened by this unfortunate but necessary decision. Nevertheless, we will continue our work to fully support our student-athletes and coaching staff, and we will take this opportunity to demonstrate the resilience and unity that are proud hallmarks of our Colonels and our College. We look forward to competing even more strongly in the future, and in the meantime, to keeping our entire Curry community safe and healthy.

Vinnie Eruzione
Director of Athletics
Curry College

View the 2020 - 2021 Academic Calendar

Dear Curry Students and Families,

As promised in my communication to you a few weeks ago, I am writing with additional announcements pertaining to decisions that Curry College has made for Fall 2020. We are committed to updating you as frequently as possible, and will continue to provide information as our plans continue to evolve. Please continue to check your Curry email and Curry.edu/returntocampus for updates.

Fall 2020 Academic Calendar
In the interest of safeguarding against possible adverse future public health developments, as well as meeting learning requirements and ensuring that our students receive a full and unique Curry educational experience this fall, the College has adopted emerging best practices and made the following changes to the Fall 2020 Academic Calendar:

  • A staggered move-in to residence halls will begin on Monday, August 10.
  • Fall semester classes will begin Monday, August 17 for traditional undergraduate students.
  • The normally observed College holiday on Monday, October 12 will be cancelled. Classes will be held and offices will be open.
  • The last day of classes will be Tuesday, November 24. This will conclude all traditional undergraduate in-person and online classes for the Fall semester.
  • Residence halls will close on Wednesday, November 25.
  • Online exams will be scheduled for the week after Thanksgiving, with the semester formally ending on or about Friday, December 4.

*Note that the Continuing Education/Graduate semester will conform to the previously published Calendar for Continuing Education and Graduate Studies. Full semester (e.g. ACCEL) and Term I CE/Grad courses will begin Monday, August 31 and Term II will begin Monday, October 26. Full semester and Term II CE/Grad courses will be offered fully online in the post -Thanksgiving period ending as scheduled on Saturday, December 19.*

We understand that this abbreviated timeframe may present challenges for students and families, including the completion of health forms and other documentation to prepare for the start of the semester, and we will be flexible and work with individuals to accommodate these needs. *Please note that any financial aid for which you are determined to be eligible will not be negatively impacted by the earlier start date.*

Health and Safety
Based on current public health and scientific guidelines, Curry College understands testing, contact tracing and isolation to be three key elements of a health and safety protocol designed to help keep our community safe. With that in mind, we have established the following:

Testing: The College is partnering with the Broad Institute to facilitate testing throughout the semester for all students, faculty and staff. All faculty, staff and visitors will also be required to self-monitor and faculty and staff will receive a daily email reminder to submit a required health check via Qualtrics.

Contact tracing: The College continues to explore options to establish and maintain contact tracing for the campus community, including working with the School of Nursing and the Broad Institute.

Isolation: As previously noted, several residence hall spaces will be reserved should isolation/quarantine housing become necessary at any time due to the COVID outbreak. In this event, the College is prepared to follow the Infectious Disease Preparedness & Response Plan developed by the College’s Emergency Preparedness Committee.

Residence Life and Campus Life
As previously communicated, the College will offer only single and double occupancy bedrooms for the 2020-2021 academic year. In order to further ensure health and safety in the residence halls, several protocols (to which additions may be made) will be in place:

  • Students can expect to receive communication from the Office of Residence Life & Housing in the coming weeks regarding the details of the staggered move-in plan for August.
  • We are asking all resident students to have a personal departure plan in the event that they either display symptoms or are identified in contact tracing; details will be forthcoming from Residence Life & Housing. Students who live less than 200 miles away from Curry College should plan to self-isolate and quarantine at their homes in this case.
  • Kitchen spaces will be locked, with exceptions for specific individual dietary needs.
  • Overnight guests will not be allowed on campus this semester, with exceptions for personal care attendants or disability needs.

As always, our first priority is keeping our entire community, especially our students, safe. As plans are developed and further information becomes available in the coming weeks, we will continue to communicate with you frequently.

Best wishes for a happy and healthy July 4th holiday,

Kenneth K. Quigley, Jr.
President
Curry College

Dear Curry Students and Families,

As the reopening of businesses and public spaces from the coronavirus pandemic continues across our country, I hope that you and your families are well and (safely) enjoying the start of summer.

I write to update you on the progress that our College has made on various initiatives pertaining to the Fall semester and our developing plans for your return to campus. The Return to Campus Institutional Committee (RTCC) and subgroups have worked diligently on recommendations and plans for all areas of campus life. I am deeply grateful to all who participated for their time, energy, and exceptional service to our College in moving us forward.

What follows is an outline of our initial conclusions and plans, which have been developed with three major considerations at the forefront:

  • Safeguarding the health and safety of the entire Curry community;
  • Providing the distinctive in-person and on-campus living and learning experience that is a hallmark of our College and deeply valued by our community;
  • Understanding the need to provide options and flexible learning modalities and virtual experiences in the current environment to ensure continued student success under any circumstances.

Please note that additional communication with more detailed information will follow on many of these matters as our plans evolve this summer, from Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Athletics, and others. Please continue to check your Curry email and curry.edu/returntocampus for updates. We appreciate your patience as we work towards a successful and safe Fall semester on campus for our students!

Academics and Fall Calendar

At this time, the College is considering moving the start of the Fall semester up two weeks, to begin classes on August 17. We anticipate making this decision before June 30 and will be communicating further detailed information about the Academic Calendar to students and families immediately. The last day of in-person classes will be November 24, with residence halls closing November 25. Online exams will be scheduled for the week after Thanksgiving, with the semester formally ending on or about December 4.

Prior to November 25, for both traditional and continuing education and graduate courses, we will be incorporating a mix of face-to-face (FTF), hybrid flexible (Hyflex) and, to a limited extent, online courses in our offerings. The Hyflex model for coursework, which will include both online and FTF components for a given course, is designed to reduce contact intensity and frequency. The in-person experience for classrooms, labs and studios will be designed consistent with social distance standards as well as health and safety protocols. Please note that every effort will be made to provide first-year students with a fuller FTF experience as they begin their Curry journey.

Curry College offers an online certification process through the Faculty Center, which all faculty members will be encouraged and supported in completing before the Fall semester. Thanks to our dedicated faculty and staff, and the willingness of our students to adapt admirably to a new and unfamiliar environment, our experience this spring has helped us understand better how to navigate the challenges and benefits of online teaching and learning. We will continue to improve, to evolve, and, most importantly, to safeguard our promise to deliver on a uniquely Curry educational experience.

We will also be splitting lab sections and expanding our classroom inventory to provide social distancing. Gaps between scheduled classes and labs will be expanded, as feasible, to support cleaning and disinfecting on a regular basis, and directional signage will prevent massing at points of ingress and egress. Where appropriate we will also be lowering course size caps consistent with space and facility limitations.

Further details on academic schedules and classroom safety protocols will be forthcoming. Please note that all of our Academic Support Service offices will remain staffed during normal business hours, regardless of whether study is online or on campus. We also encourage you to visit our Remote Academic Resources webpage for much more information about the many resources (technological and otherwise) that are currently available to you.

Facilities, Health and Safety

A number of safety measures will be instituted throughout all campus facilities. The following is not exhaustive, and additional measures may be implemented following federal, state, and local guidance. Signage will be posted throughout campus to support hygiene, disinfection, and wayfinding for social distancing.

  • An aggressive twice-daily cleaning and high-touch disinfection protocol for classroom and common spaces (including restrooms) will be enacted throughout campus, including in residence halls. Should a member of the campus community test positive for COVID at any time, heightened cleaning protocols, including electrostatic sprayers, will be enacted.
  • Hand sanitizer dispensers will be provided in common areas throughout campus.
  • All HVAC systems are currently being evaluated for air cleaning capacity.
  • Plexiglass or other clear dividers will be installed in open public spaces throughout campus to protect employees and student interactions.
  • The College has sourced PPE, including reusable cloth masks and level 3 surgical masks, which will be provided to employees (including student employees).
  • All students will be provided with masks and required to wear them in public spaces (with exceptions for dining).

We realize that appropriate and effective testing and monitoring is vital to community health and safety, and that these practices and standards are evolving rapidly. The College is continuing to monitor and develop options for partnerships and other means to implement a testing program for students, faculty and staff informed by current scientific best practices. All students, faculty, staff and visitors will also be required to self-monitor and submit a daily health check. In addition, several residence hall spaces will be reserved should isolation/quarantine housing become necessary at any time due to the COVID outbreak. In this case, the College will follow the Infectious Disease Preparedness & Response Plan developed by the College’s Emergency Preparedness Committee. More information on testing and self-screening will be forthcoming.

Athletics

As we consider what our Division III Varsity, Club, and Intramural athletics, as well as general fitness activity, may look like at Curry this fall, we are following guidance from the NCAA and Commonwealth Coast Conference, which will continue to evolve.

The College is preparing to enact a number of protocols for the safety of both student-athletes and the entire community engaged in athletic or fitness activity, including addressing issues of personal protective equipment (PPE), social distancing, visiting team access, screening, sanitary and disinfection processes, safe and appropriate care of student-athlete injuries, amongst others.

Athletics will also build in sufficient time for the medical clearance process, anticipating delays for student-athlete access to physicians and other medical personnel, as well as for distribution of sports equipment (allowing for social distancing, sanitizing and use of protective equipment). Further guidance and information on Athletics and fitness protocols will be forthcoming.

Residence Life and Campus Life

To support social distancing, the College has decided to only offer double and single occupancy rooms for the 2020-2021 academic year. Additionally, we have increased the number of single rooms available on campus, and rooms that previously accommodated three or four residents will be occupied as doubles for the coming year (eliminating all triples and quads). Additional information and details about move-in in August and other protective protocols in residence halls will be forthcoming.

We will be reducing the seating capacity for the Student Center and providing wayfinding signage to direct the flow of traffic. We are also working with Sodexo to establish criteria to provide quality dining in the safest way possible, which may include grab-and-go, take-out, delivery, reservations, and an increase of venue options throughout campus.

We realize that these precautions will represent a somewhat different and unfamiliar campus experience for our students; however, we are committed to providing the opportunities for engagement and involvement, as well as the wholehearted support, which have always been hallmarks of the Curry experience. Further information about events, as well as other campus involvement and engagement initiatives (virtual and face to face) will be forthcoming.

Our first priority is keeping our entire community, especially our students, safe. We recognize that the many precautions we, along with other colleges and universities nation-wide, will be taking for the health and well-being of our campus will represent changes for us all in how we live, learn and work at Curry, and require a great deal of flexibility. We also know that there are many factors at work that are beyond our ultimate control, and that our plans may need to be altered, should the need arise.

However, please know that the enduring mission and heart of our College, to ensure the achievement of our students in every way possible and to provide a meaningful and transformational academic and life experience, will never change. As we continue to lay the groundwork for a successful Fall semester on campus amid many challenges, I am grateful for all of the ways our community has continued to come together in that spirit.

I look forward to sharing further information and plans as they come to fruition in the coming weeks, and to welcoming you all back to our beautiful campus soon.

In the meantime, my best wishes to all for the health and safety of you and your families,

Kenneth K. Quigley, Jr.
President
Curry College

Dear Members of the Curry College Community,

As you are likely aware, as the stay at home order for the state of Massachusetts expired on May 18, Governor Baker instituted a “safer at home advisory” and rolled out a 4-phase plan for reopening. This plan did not explicitly include guidance for institutions of higher education; however, we expect that further guidance will follow in the coming weeks as phase 1 unfolds.

Please note that although the Governor’s plan includes provision for offices to reopen on May 25, Curry College will NOT be asking employees to return to campus at that time. All employees not designated otherwise should continue to work from home. You will be notified when we are ready to begin to transition employees safely back to campus.

Campus is at this time still closed to students, faculty and staff. If you need to retrieve work materials or personal belongings, please communicate with your Senior Staff member for approval. Please be sure to bring your Curry College ID card, your keys and a mask with you. You will be asked to identify yourself to gain access.

In accordance with the general Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards included in the reopening plan, the Return to Campus Institutional Committee (RTCC) and subgroups are working hard on recommendations for precautions to ensure your safety and security upon returning to campus, and to prepare for that transition. These include social distancing office protocols, hygiene protocols, cleaning and disinfecting procedures, PPE, and staffing and operations guidelines, amongst other considerations. That work is currently ongoing.

We realize that many questions remain, and the RTCC is working to develop answers as quickly as possible. In the meantime, please be assured that we will be proceeding with adherence to all state guidance, as well as to Massachusetts Department of Public Health guidelines, and with the utmost concern for the health and safety of our entire community. Further information about campus safety protocols and precautions will be forthcoming.

Best wishes to all for the health and safety of you and your families,

Mirlen Mal
Vice President of Human Resources
Chair, Return to Campus Institutional Committee

Realizing that the public health situation may develop in a number of ways over the coming months, Curry College is actively planning to resume campus operations and for a return to campus in the fall. With this in mind, the College has convened a Return to Campus Institutional Committee (RTCC) chaired by Mirlen Mal, Vice President of Human Resources, with members:

Sarah Augusto, Associate Professor, Sociology and Criminal Justice
Maryellen Kiley, Vice President of Student Affairs
Michael Loconto, College Counsel
William Nancarrow, Professor, Politics and History
Robert O’Connell, AVP of Buildings and Grounds        
Michelle Adams O’Regan, Vice President of Marketing and Communications
David Rosati, Vice President of Finance and CFO
Erin Simmons, Director of Health Services
Patricia Stephens, Professor, Writing Program
David Szczerbacki, Provost
Diane Webber, Faculty Chair and Professor, PAL

The Committee’s charge is to prepare for faculty, staff, and students to return under several possible scenarios, in accordance with public health recommendations and federal and state government mandates and guidelines.

The RTCC has already begun its work, initiating subgroups comprised of faculty and staff members ( a complete list may be found here) , who will make recommendations and develop plans regarding:

Academic Affairs
Residential and Campus Life
Technology
Facilities (including campus access and housekeeping)
Athletics
Business Offices

These recommendations will be made to the Institutional Committee, with the goal of ensuring the safety and security of our campus and our community this summer and in the fall. To inform these, we will be proceeding in compliance with all further recommendations and guidance from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as well as with adherence to all Massachusetts Department of Public Health guidelines.

Whatever the future holds, we look forward to continued success for Curry College. Thanks to our dedicated faculty and staff, and the willingness of our students to adapt admirably to a new and unfamiliar environment, which are testaments to the strength of our Curry community, our experience this spring has prepared us to navigate the challenges that lie ahead of us together. We will continue to improve, to evolve, and most importantly, to safeguard our community and our promise to deliver on a uniquely Curry educational experience.

As decisions are made, we will be communicating them to the entire Curry community, realizing that they will impact us all as we move forward.