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Published 1/19/22: Return to Campus Updates and Reminders

Dear Students and Families,

As we look forward with excitement to the return of our students to campus next week, we want to provide you with several reminders and updates about what life at Curry will look like over the next few weeks.

NEW: MASKING PROTOCOLS

Effective Sunday, January 23rd, the College will require all students, staff, faculty, and visitors to wear three-ply surgical masks. Proper masking is especially important with the Omicron variant and single-layer cloth masks no longer meet CDC guidance. Surgical masks will continue to be provided and stocked in all classrooms, and throughout campus. Masks will continue to be required to be worn in all indoor spaces on campus. 

NEW: VISITOR POLICY UPDATE

Effective Sunday, January 23rd, the College will modify who is allowed to come to campus during the first week of school. From Sunday, January 23rd until Friday, January 28th only individuals with a “cleared” on their CoVerified app will be allowed on campus. Exceptions include:

  • Family members moving in students to residence halls on Sunday, January 23
  • Individuals coming to campus for job interviews, vetted by Human Resources
  • Prospective student and families coming to campus for limited tours, vetted by the Admissions Office
  • Approved vendors and contractors   

NEW: MASS NOTIFY APP

The College requests that all students, staff, faculty, and visitors enable the MassNotify app on their smartphones for COVID-19 exposure notification.

REMINDER: VACCINE BOOSTER REQUIREMENT

Proof of a vaccination booster needs to be uploaded to the CoVerified app before you return to campus on January 23, if currently eligible or within 30 days of eligibility. Instructions for how to upload your vaccine status may be found here.

Please be advised that if you are eligible for the booster and have not received it, you are considered unvaccinated and you will be required to quarantine on or off campus if you are a close contact. Therefore, it is important that you get your booster for health and safety reasons.

Anyone 16 and older is eligible to receive a booster five months after the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two months after the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Boosters are widely available, but they are in high demand, so if you have not yet received your booster, please schedule an appointment as soon as possible. To find an appointment location, use the Massachusetts COVID-19 vaccine finder or Vaccines.gov. Boosters are also available at CVS or Walgreens

If you have been granted an exemption from COVID-19 vaccination by the College, you are also exempt from the booster shot requirement.

REMINDER: ONBOARD TEST BEFORE CAMPUS RETURN

Onboard testing is required for all members of the Curry community (including all commuter and residential students, faculty, and staff, regardless of vaccination status) before the start of the semester, as follows:

Fully Vaccinated Students:

Must conduct their own PCR test off campus within seven days prior to return to campus or a rapid home test within 24 hours prior to return to campus and provide a report of their test result to the College via the CoVerified app before arrival. We strongly encourage scheduling an appointment for a PCR or Antigen test at a testing site, pharmacy, or urgent care. 

  • Instructions on how to upload test results to the app may be found here. If you are uploading a home test, you need to take a photo of the card with your name, date, and time you took the test. Take the photo next to your Curry College ID. Here is an example.
  • PCR testing is also available at CVS and Walgreens
  • If you have tested positive for COVID and are in the 90-day immunity period, you do not need to onboard test but please remember to upload your test results to CoVerified if you have not already.

Unvaccinated Students with Approved Exemptions:

Must conduct their own PCR test off campus within seven days prior to return to campus or a rapid home test within 24 hours prior to return to campus and provide a report of their test result to the College via the CoVerified app before arrival. We strongly encourage scheduling an appointment for a PCR or Antigen test at a testing site, pharmacy, or urgent care. 

  • Instructions on how to upload test results to the app may be found here.If you are uploading a home test, you need to take a photo of the testing card with your name, date, and time you took the test. Take the photo next to your Curry College ID.
  • PCR testing is also available at CVSand Walgreens
  • If you have tested positive for COVID and are in the 90-day immunity period, you do not need to onboard test but please remember to upload your test results to CoVerified if you have not already.

We will continue to update the Curry community as new information or details become available. You may visit Curry.edu/returntocampus at any time for the latest information.

Thank you for your continued support of each other and your shared commitment to our success, as together we continue to do our best to help Curry stay healthy in the coming year. 

Sincerely,

Maryellen Kiley
Vice President for Student Affairs

Return to Campus Updates:

Dear Curry Students,
We look forward to welcoming everyone back to campus for the spring semester as scheduled, even as the latest wave of the pandemic presents new challenges. It is important to note that our plans for Spring 2022 are developing and are contingent upon the constantly evolving public health situation. The College will be monitoring all guidance from local, state, and federal authorities with regard to COVID-19 and variants carefully and constantly. Should plans or policies change due to changing public or campus health, we will notify the Curry community promptly.
*THIS MESSAGE CONTAINS DETAILED INFORMATION--ONBOARD TESTING, BOOSTER REQUIREMENT, AND MASK POLICY--PLEASE READ TO THE END OF THE EMAIL*
VACCINE BOOSTER REQUIREMENT
Curry has had the benefit of a high vaccination rate for our community (94%), which has helped to keep our campus as safe and healthy as possible over the course of the fall semester. In the interest of the continuing health of our Curry community and in keeping with CDC recommendations for public health, the COVID-19 vaccination booster is required for all Curry students, faculty, and staff members on both campuses this spring. 
Please be advised that if you are eligible for the booster and have not received it, you are considered unvaccinated and you will be required to quarantine on or off campus if you are a close contact. Therefore, it is important that you get your booster for health and safety reasons.
Anyone 16 and older is eligible to receive a booster five months after the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two months after the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Boosters are widely available, but they are in high demand, so if you have not yet received your booster, please schedule an appointment as soon as possible. To find an appointment location, use the Massachusetts COVID-19 vaccine finder or Vaccines.gov. Boosters are also available at CVS or Walgreens.
If you have been granted an exemption from COVID-19 vaccination by the College, you are also exempt from the booster shot requirement.
ONBOARD TESTING
Onboard testing will be required for all members of the Curry community (including all commuter and residential students, faculty, and staff, regardless of vaccination status) before the start of the semester, as follows:
Fully Vaccinated Students:
Must conduct their own PCR test off campus within seven days prior to return to campus or a rapid home test within 24 hours prior to return to campus and provide a report of their test result to the College via the CoVerified app before arrival. We strongly encourage scheduling an appointment for a PCR or Antigen test at a testing site, pharmacy, or urgent care. 
  • Instructions on how to upload test results to the app may be found here. If you are uploading a home test, you need to take a photo of the card with your name, date, and time you took the test. Take the photo next to your Curry College ID. Here is an example.
  • For students within driving distance, Curry’s Covid Clinic at the Cottage will offer onboarding tests for students ONLY next week on Wednesday, Jan 19 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • PCR testing is also available at CVS and Walgreens pharmacies.
  • If you have tested positive for COVID and are in the 90-day immunity period, you do not need to onboard test but please remember to upload your test results to CoVerified if you have not already.
Unvaccinated Students with Approved Exemptions:
Must conduct their own PCR test off campus within seven days prior to return to campus or a rapid home test within 24 hours prior to return to campus and provide a report of their test result to the College via the CoVerified app before arrival. We strongly encourage scheduling an appointment for a PCR or Antigen test at a testing site, pharmacy, or urgent care.
  • Instructions on how to upload test results to the app may be found here. If you are uploading a home test, you need to take a photo of the testing card with your name, date, and time you took the test. Take the photo next to your Curry College ID.
  • For students within driving distance, Curry’s Covid Clinic at the Cottage will offer onboarding tests for students ONLY next week Wednesday, Jan 19 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • PCR testing is also available at CVS and Walgreens pharmacies.
  • If you have tested positive for COVID and are in the 90-day immunity period, you do not need to onboard test but please remember to upload your test results to CoVerified if you have not already.
***On-campus surveillance testing will be required during the first two weeks of the spring semester. This will be once weekly for the first two weeks for residential students, student athletes, and other specific selected populations. This testing will be conducted at Cottage. Further details will be forthcoming. Please note that testing protocols may change due to changing campus or public health situations.
MASK WEARING POLICY
Finally, I want to remind you that masks are required to be worn in all indoor spaces on campus. Cloth masks are no longer recommended as they do not protect against Omicron. Surgical masks and KN95s are recommended. Please remember to carry your masks with you at all times!
We will continue to update the Curry community as new information or details become available. You may visit Curry.edu/returntocampus at any time for the latest information.
Thank you for your continued support of each other and your shared commitment to our success, as together we continue to do our best to help Curry stay healthy in the coming year.

Sincerely,

Maryellen Kiley
Vice President for Student Affairs

Dear Curry Faculty and Staff,

As we look forward to the holiday break and the close of the fall semester, I write to share some information regarding health policies and protocols for our January return to campus.

VACCINE BOOSTER REQUIREMENT

Curry has had the benefit of a high vaccination rate for our community (94%), which has helped to keep our campus as safe and healthy as possible over the course of the fall semester. In the interest of the continuing health of our Curry community and in keeping with CDC recommendations for public health, it has been determined that the COVID-19 vaccination booster will be required for all Curry students, faculty and staff members on both campuses this spring.

Anyone 16 and older is eligible to receive a booster six months after the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two months after the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Boosters are widely available but they are in high demand, so if you have not yet received your booster, please schedule an appointment as soon as possible. To find an appointment location, use the Massachusetts COVID-19 vaccine finder or Vaccines.gov. Boosters are also available at  CVS or  Walgreens.

Further information about dates and protocols will be communicated in January- but in the meantime, we encourage you to get your booster ASAP!

If you have been granted an exemption from COVID-19 vaccination by the College, you are also exempt from the booster shot requirement.

Please reach out to Human Resources with any questions you may have about vaccination or exemptions.

ONBOARD TESTING

As was the case in August at the start of the fall semester, onboard testing will be required for all members of the Curry community (including all commuter and residential students, faculty and staff, regardless of vaccination status) before the start of the Spring semester.

For Staff and Faculty Returning in Early January:
Testing will be conducted on campus on Monday, January 3 and Wednesday, January 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days. Once tested, we ask that you “soft quarantine” in your office space while on campus, and limit in-person interactions with others as much as possible until a negative test result is obtained.

  • Testing will be conducted in Cottage (located between the Kennedy Building and White House on the south side of campus).
  • No appointments are necessary, but you must submit the registration form in advance of your first test. If you have already submitted this form, you do not need to do so again.
  • You must have an active account set up in CoVerified to get your results.

For Staff and Faculty Returning Later in January:

  • On-campus testing dates will be communicated in January.

Please contact the Health Services COVID Clinic at 617-333-2122 with any questions about testing.

MASK WEARING POLICY

Finally, I want to remind all members of our community that masks are required to be worn in all indoor spaces on campus. This policy will continue to be in place at the start of the spring semester. Please remember to carry your masks with you at all times!
More specifics around the vaccine booster requirement and onboard testing will be communicated in January. As with all COVID-related policies and protocols, the College will continue to monitor, evaluate and potentially make changes to requirements as we move forward, based on campus and public health conditions. You may visit Curry.edu/returntocampus at any time for the latest information.

Thank you for your continued support of each other and your shared commitment to our success, as together we continue to do our best to help Curry stay healthy in the coming year.

I wish you all the best for a happy holiday season and start to 2022,

Sincerely,

Maryellen Kiley
Vice President for Student Affairs
Mkiley@curry.edu
(617)333-2124

Dear Members of the Curry College Community,

As our semester continues to progress and our campus health statistics remain encouraging, I am writing to share an update to our on-campus masking policy.

Effective Monday, November 1, Curry College will allow vaccinated varsity student-athletes, club sports student-athletes, and student performers to be unmasked indoors while actively participating in indoor athletic competition or indoor performances on the Curry campus. This is in accordance with a new policy adopted by the Commonwealth Coast Conference for inter-Conference athletic competition. It is also in accordance with the College’s commitment to continually examine our COVID-related policies with the goal of helping students engage both fully and safely with all of the experiences and activities that Curry offers.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • ALL unvaccinated individuals (including student-athletes and performers) ARE STILL REQUIRED to be masked indoors in all campus buildings and outdoors on campus, EVEN while actively competing or performing.
  • All individuals (regardless of vaccination status) ARE STILL REQUIRED to be masked indoors in all campus buildings UNLESS actively playing in varsity or club athletic competition or performing. This includes coaches, athletic trainers, sideline personnel and support staff for competition and performances.
    • Masks MUST continue to be worn by all individuals for indoor weight room or conditioning trainings on campus, as well as while they are on the sidelines of competition or backstage/offstage indoors.
  • In order to be unmasked for indoor competition or performance on campus, students are required to be tested for COVID-19 once a week.
    • Students may be tested at Cottage (located between the Kennedy Building and White House on the south side of campus).
    • You must register in advance of your first test by submitting the registration form to kathleen.joyce@curry.edu.
    • No appointments are necessary.
    • Testing is conducted on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • You must have an active account set up in CoVerified to get your results.

As we move forward, the College will continue to actively evaluate masking policies, and as with all matters COVID-related, restrictions may be reinstated based on public and campus health developments. We will be communicating all updates to campus policies promptly. We invite you to visit Curry.edu/ReturntoCampus at any time for all the latest information. 

Thank you for your continued cooperation as we work to keep Curry safe for all.

Maryellen Kiley
Vice President for Student Affairs
Curry College

Dear Members of the Curry College Community,

As our semester progresses, I am writing with an update on both our campus health and our COVID-19 testing program.

ONLINE TESTING DASHBOARD

I am pleased to report that the results of our on-campus surveillance testing are encouraging. Currently, testing is conducted for students, faculty and staff who are unvaccinated (and have received a vaccine exemption from the College) and students who are symptomatic, are close contacts or are student-athletes.

Testing results for the week of September 27 through October 1:

  • Total Tests: 513
  • Negative Results: 506
  • Positive Results: 1 (1 additional positive result reported from off campus testing)
  • Inconclusive Results: 6
  • 7-Day Positivity Rate: 0.19%

Weekly results of surveillance testing may now be viewed on the College’s online dashboard. This dashboard will be updated on Mondays. Please note that these numbers will reflect tests conducted in the previous week on campus only. For current Commonwealth of Massachusetts COVID data, please visit https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-response-reporting.

NEW VOLUNTARY TESTING PROGRAM

Curry remains committed to providing resources to support the health and wellbeing of our entire community. As we continue to open campus to visitors, host events and gatherings, and acknowledge upcoming holiday travel, we also want to be vigilant in ensuring the continued good health of our campus.

We are pleased to announce that beginning on Tuesday, October 12, Curry College Health Services will offer voluntary weekly COVID-19 testing on campus for any community member who would like to participate, for the remainder of the Fall 2021 semester. We hope that this will be a benefit and a source of reassurance to all those living and learning at Curry, as we make every effort to keep ourselves and each other safe.

Please note the following details of the voluntary testing program:

  • You must register in advance of your first test by submitting the registration form to kathleen.joyce@curry.edu. Submission of the registration form will serve as your notification of participation to the College.
  • Testing will be conducted in Cottage (located between the Kennedy Building and White House on the south side of campus).
  • No appointments are necessary, but you must submit the registration form in advance of your first test.
  • Participants may test every week, but are not obligated to do so- you may test as frequently (up to once a week) or as infrequently as you like.
  • Next week, testing will be conducted on Tuesday, October 12; Wednesday, October 13; and Thursday, October 14. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each of these days.
  • Beginning Monday, October 18, testing will be conducted on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • You must have an active account set up in CoVerified to get your results.

Please contact the Health Services COVID Clinic at 617-333-2122 with any questions about the online dashboard, registration for voluntary testing, or the voluntary testing program. As with all things COVID-related, changes may be made to testing programs or other health and safety protocols in response to changing public or campus health conditions, and we will notify the community of any changes promptly.

As a general reminder, all individuals are required to be masked indoors in all campus buildings, and all visitors must adhere to College health and safety protocols. Please visit Curry.edu/KeepCurrySafe for the most up-to-date information at any time.

As always, we appreciate your shared commitment to helping keep Curry safe for our entire community.

Maryellen Kiley
Vice President for Student Affairs
Curry College

Dear Members of the Curry College Community,

As we enter October, I am writing to share an update to our campus visitor policy.

Effective Monday, October 4, Curry College will be allowing visitors onto campus in both indoor and outdoor spaces. We are pleased to welcome our friends, families, fans, partners and guests back, with the following restrictions in place for the health and safety of all.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • ALL individuals ARE REQUIRED to be masked indoors in all campus buildings.
  • The number of individuals in any one large event space on campus is capped at 50% of capacity for that space.* Additional individuals will NOT be allowed to enter if an event is already at capacity. *Please note that this generally does not apply to classrooms/labs and that capacities may be impacted by room setup.
  • Outdoor tailgates or pre- or post-game gatherings WILL now be allowed at athletic events.
  • Visitors MUST  enable the MassNotify app on their smartphones for COVID-19 exposure notification. Visitors MAY be asked to show this app before entering any indoor event.* *Members of the on-campus Curry community may be asked to show proof of cleared status in the CoVerified app before entering campus buildings.
  • Visitors ARE now allowed to enter residence halls. Please note that the no overnight visitors policy for outside guests is still in place.
  • Unvaccinated visitors ARE REQUIRED to wear masks outdoors as well as indoors, and to socially distance.

As with all matters COVID-related, this policy will be continuously reviewed and visitor restrictions may be reinstated based on public and campus health developments. We will be communicating all updates to campus policies promptly. We invite you to visit Curry.edu/ReturntoCampus at any time for all the latest information. 

Thank you for your cooperation as we work to keep Curry safe for all, and we look forward to welcoming our families and friends back to campus!

Maryellen Kiley
Vice President for Student Affairs
Curry College

Dear Members of the Curry College Community,

As we settle into the semester, I am writing to share an update to our campus visitor policy, which will continue to be under active review, as we hope to be able to safely welcome guests to more spaces and events moving forward.

Effective Thursday, September 23, Curry College will be allowing visitors onto campus in outdoor spaces AND the Dr. Eleanor Meyerhoff Katz Gymnasium ONLY. Visitors will be allowed to be on campus and attend outdoor events, as well as indoor events in Katz Gymnasium, which we have determined to have the greatest square footage capacity for social distancing and safe attendance of up to 200 people. We are pleased to welcome our friends, families and fans back to campus for events in this space, with the following restrictions in place for the health and safety of all.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • All individuals ARE REQUIRED to be masked in Katz Gymnasium.
  • Athletic team members ARE ALLOWED to have up to two (2) visitor guests attend athletic events in Katz Gymnasium, and guests MUST be registered and check in at the front gate. Please visit CurryAthletics.com for more details on attending athletic events.
  • Visitors MUST  enable the MassNotify app on their smartphones for COVID-19 exposure notification. You WILL be asked to show this app before entering Katz Gymnasium.
  • Visitors MUST enter Katz Gymnasium via the dedicated entrance on the south side of the Student Center. Please DO NOT enter the Student Center via any other entrance.
  • Visitors are NOT ALLOWED to enter College buildings apart from Katz Gymnasium at this time, including residence halls.*
    *ONLY members of the on-campus Curry community on campus who are cleared in the CoVerified app will be allowed to enter College buildings other than Katz Gymnasium (via the dedicated entrance). Individuals may be asked to show proof of cleared status. As a reminder, all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, ARE REQUIRED to be masked indoors in all campus buildings.
  • NO unregistered social gatherings (including tailgates or pre- or post-game gatherings) are allowed.
  • Unvaccinated visitors ARE REQUIRED to wear masks outdoors and to socially distance.

As with all matters COVID-related, this policy will be continuously reviewed and visitor restrictions may be reinstated or eased further based on public and campus health developments week to week. Other campus spaces are under consideration for opening, and as always, we will be communicating all updates to campus policies promptly. We invite you to visit Curry.edu/ReturntoCampus at any time for all the latest information. 

Thank you for your cooperation as we work to keep Curry safe for all, and we look forward to welcoming more of our families and friends back to campus!

Maryellen Kiley
Vice President for Student Affairs
Curry College

Dear Members of the Curry College Community,

As the semester is now successfully underway, I write to share several updates regarding Curry College’s campus health status and policies.

As you know, the College is pleased at the high rates of vaccination for traditional students who have officially checked in for the fall semester (92%) and faculty and staff (96%). We are even more pleased to report that 99% of both traditional students and faculty and staff are now fully cleared, meaning that they are either vaccinated or have received approval for an exemption. As noted on the online dashboard, there are members of our community who are partially vaccinated, or who have not yet checked in to campus for the semester, and therefore are not yet cleared. We will be providing updated data via the dashboard as it becomes more complete in the coming weeks. Finally, we are happy to report a current 0% positivity rate from testing conducted in the past week.

With this positive campus health data in mind, I am writing to share an update to our campus visitor policy, which has been under active review pending the establishment of this start-of-semester campus health baseline.

Effective Saturday, September 11, Curry College will be allowing visitors onto campus in outdoor spaces ONLY. Visitors will now be allowed to be on campus and attend outdoor events, including home athletics scrimmages, competitions and games that are scheduled to take place on campus in outdoor locations. We are pleased to welcome our friends, families and fans back to campus, with the following restrictions in place for the health and safety of all.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • NO unregistered social gatherings (including tailgates or pre- or post-game gatherings) are allowed.
  • Visitors are NOT allowed to enter College buildings at this time, including residence halls.*
    *ONLY members of the on-campus Curry community on campus who are cleared in the CoVerified app will be allowed to enter College buildings. Individuals may be asked to show proof of cleared status. As a reminder, all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, ARE REQUIRED to be masked indoors in all campus buildings.
  • Visitors MUST enable the MassNotify app on their smartphones for COVID-19 exposure notification.
  • Unvaccinated visitors ARE REQUIRED to wear masks outdoors and to socially distance.

As with all matters COVID-related, this policy will be continuously reviewed and visitor restrictions may be reinstated or eased further based on public and campus health developments week to week. As always, we will be communicating all updates to campus policies promptly via email, and social media, and invite you to visit Curry.edu/ReturntoCampus at any time for all the latest information.

Thank you for your cooperation as we work to keep Curry safe for all, and we look forward to welcoming our families and friends back to campus.

Maryellen Kiley
Vice President for Student Affairs
Curry College

Dear Members of the Curry College Community,

We are so excited to welcome our students back to campus, and to be starting another academic year together as a community at Curry. As we begin the semester this week, I write to update you on campus health and policies.

THIS MESSAGE CONTAINS DETAILED INFORMATION. PLEASE READ TO THE END OF THE EMAIL.

Vaccination Rates and Dashboard:

As President Quigley noted in his email earlier today, we are setting campus health protocols this fall with an abundance of caution, and with keeping Curry safe for all as our highest priority. During this initial phase of the semester, it is very important that we determine a clear baseline for campus health to inform future actions. The College is pleased and proud to report a 92% vaccination rate for all traditional students, faculty and staff who have officially checked in to campus for the fall semester. Please note that data is still being compiled for those who have not yet checked in, as well as our continuing education and graduate population, as individuals continue to arrive on campus this week. Thank you to all members of our campus community, especially our students, who helped us to get to this great place!

More detailed vaccine and campus health information may be viewed on the online dashboard, which will be updated throughout the semester.

Campus Visitor Policy Update:

In addition to vaccinations, we are still processing onboard testing results for those returning to campus this week, and beginning surveillance testing for unvaccinated individuals. For this reason, we will be maintaining our established “closed” campus status until further notice, meaning that only students, employees and approved visitors are allowed access. In keeping with this policy, we are unfortunately not able to allow families or any other spectators who are not members of our on-campus community at events, Athletics scrimmages or competitions that are scheduled to take place on campus. Please note that accommodations for personal care attendants or disability needs will continue to be allowed access as needed.

While campus will remain closed, families may meet or pick up their students in the parking lot just past the front gate, and there are currently no restrictions on travel away from campus, including for resident students. However, if vaccinated or unvaccinated students, faculty or staff must travel at any time during the semester for business or personal purposes, we ask that they follow Massachusetts and CDC guidance for precautions, testing, quarantine or isolation as necessary.  View recommendations related to domestic or international travel here.

As with all matters COVID-related, this policy will continue to be under active review and it is our hope that visitor restrictions may be eased or revised in the coming weeks. We will be communicating all updates to campus policies promptly via email, and social media, and invite you to visit Curry.edu/ReturntoCampus at any time for all the latest information.

Mask Policy Update:

Finally, I want to remind all members of our community that masks are required to be worn in all indoor spaces on campus. Please remember to carry your masks with you at all times!

Please note that effective immediately, following CDC guidelines, the following masks/facial coverings are no longer allowed to be used by students, faculty or staff in campus buildings:

  • Neck gaiters (if single layered. Per the CDC, double layered gaiters are permitted)
  • Bandanas
  • Mesh masks
  • Vented masks

Temporary masks are available in Safety Stations installed in public spaces throughout campus, however, these are available in case of emergency only. We ask that our campus community members plan to utilize their own masks (making sure to adhere to the policy above) whenever possible.

We look forward to welcoming our families, friends and fans back to campus for visits, events and athletic competition as soon as possible, and appreciate your cooperation in the meantime as we work towards our shared goals of maintaining the health and safety of the entire Curry community.

Maryellen Kiley
Vice President of Student Affairs
Curry College

Dear Curry Students, Faculty and Staff,

Welcome to the start of the 2021-2022 academic year. I am delighted that as a community we are all back in person on our beautiful campus, and I want to thank each and every one of you - our Curry students, your families, and our faculty and staff - for your hard work and commitment to making this a successful start to the year.

As I mentioned in my last email communication, we are exercising an abundance of caution in our health and safety protocols this fall, and especially in these initial weeks of the semester, as we work to set a clear baseline for campus health to inform our future actions. While we all wish that precautions such as indoor mask wearing and visitor restrictions were not still necessary, our first priority remains as always, keeping Curry safe for all. It is essential that our entire campus community consistently follow these and all other College health policies. To our students, please be sure that you are in compliance with the Community Agreement at all times. I know that every member of the Curry community takes the responsibility to protect themselves, their friends, families and colleagues very seriously, and I thank you for your constant vigilance and dedication to our common goals.

With that in mind, I am pleased to report that as of today, our overall vaccination rate for all traditional students, faculty and staff who have officially checked in to campus for the fall semester is 92%. Please note that data is still being compiled for those who have not yet checked in, as well as our continuing education and graduate population, as individuals continue to arrive on campus this week. As we did last year, we soon anticipate providing an online data dashboard with further campus health details and statistics. I encourage you to visit Curry.edu/ReturntoCampus at any time for the most up-to-date information on campus health and protocols. Thank you to all who helped to get us to this point. Your commitment to keeping our entire community healthy as we look forward to this academic year together is appreciated.

I am also pleased to announce an exciting new addition to our campus this fall: The Diversity Center. At the heart of our College’s mission and our Strategic Plan is a commitment to foster an inclusive campus community that attracts, respects, supports and celebrates diversity. In recognition of the importance of a physical space dedicated to these values, the Center (located on the 2nd floor of the Student Center) was created to be a welcoming home on campus for all students. I want to thank everyone who worked on this important project. The Center is currently open, and we look forward to a formal celebration of the completed space in October at Homecoming and Family Weekend. In the meantime, I encourage our students to visit, participate and get involved.

Finally, to formally begin the 2021-2022 academic year, I invite you all to join us for a virtual version of our traditional Academic Convocation and welcome to new students today at 2:00 p.m. A link to the event will be sent to you via Curry email.

I look forward to welcoming you all more fully at that time; in the meantime, I wish you all the best for the academic year ahead.

Kenneth K. Quigley, Jr.
President

Dear Members of the Curry Community,

As we look forward to the start of the 2021-2022 academic year and welcoming our students back to our beautiful campus, I am writing as a follow up to Vice President Kiley’s email last week with regard to the protocols and policies that Curry has put in place in order to best safeguard the health of our entire community.

As you know, the COVID-19 delta variant continues to present challenges to public health nationally and within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Widespread vaccination continues to be the most powerful tool that we have to mitigate its effects, and I must reiterate that a high vaccination rate for our community is critical to campus safety for the fall. This is why we made the decision in late spring to require vaccination (or an approved exemption from the College) for all students, faculty and staff returning to campus.

If you have not yet been vaccinated, we strongly urge you to do so as soon as possible. Please reach out to Enrollment Management at 617-333-2125 or  enrollmentmanagement@curry.edu with any questions you may have about vaccination or exemptions.  If you have been vaccinated, but have not yet uploaded your vaccine status to the CoVerified app, please do so immediately.  Instructions for how to upload your vaccine status may be found here.

In addition to the vaccination requirement, as we plan for the return of our students, we are also reviewing and determining health and safety protocols. We are doing so with an abundance of caution related to the current evolving public health situation. It is important that we set an initial clear baseline for campus health, taking into consideration vaccination rates and onboard testing results, to inform future actions. As with all matters COVID-related, these protocols will continue to be under active review and may change throughout the semester based on changing campus and public health conditions. Currently, I do wish to convey the following:

The College will initially open the academic year with an indoor mask requirement for ALL community members, regardless of vaccination status. Masks will be required in any and all indoor public spaces on campus, including residence hall common spaces. This policy will become effective as we begin to re-populate campus on Saturday, August 14.

We will be maintaining our “closed” campus status until August 30, meaning that only students, employees and approved visitors are allowed access. This policy will be reviewed and visitor restrictions may be eased or revised after the start of the semester. *Note that students will be allowed family members to assist in move-in to residence halls, and that this policy excludes accommodations for personal care attendants or disability needs.

In the coming weeks, we will be closely monitoring guidance from local, state and federal public health authorities to inform the best possible decisions designed to achieve our goal: Keeping our entire Curry community safe, healthy and together again this year.

We know that with a shared commitment to our goals, we can accomplish great things at Curry. The last academic year, which concluded with a historic double Commencement weekend celebrating the classes of 2020 and 2021, was an impressive example of how we came together to keep each other safe while living and learning on campus despite the continuing challenges of the pandemic. Thank you very much to everyone who participated and sacrificed to allow that to occur.

The proactive safety measures we are taking are essential to preserving our success as we move forward together. Our campus will be full, active and vibrant this year, while the health of the entire Curry community remains our utmost priority at all times.

As always, we will communicate updates or changes to these or any other campus policies, and I encourage you to visit Curry.edu/ReturntoCampus for the most up-to-date information.

Thank you for your cooperation and your support of our community goals. I look forward to welcoming you all in just a few weeks. In the meantime, be well and best wishes,

Kenneth K. Quigley, Jr.
President

Dear Members of the Curry Community,

As we look forward with excitement to the return of our students to campus later this month, we want to provide you with several updates and resources for more information about what life at Curry will look like this fall. While we anticipate a “return to normal” in many ways, our commitment to making living and learning here as safe as possible is stronger than ever, and we are setting protocols and policies that are designed to protect our entire community. 

It is important to note that our plans for Fall 2021 are developing, and are contingent upon the constantly evolving public health situation. The College will be monitoring all guidance from local, state and federal authorities with regard to COVID-19 and variants carefully and constantly. Should plans or policies change due to changing public or campus health, we will notify the Curry community promptly.

*THIS MESSAGE CONTAINS DETAILED INFORMATION. PLEASE READ TO THE END OF THE EMAIL*

VACCINATION REQUIREMENT

This is a reminder that full vaccination for COVID-19, or an approved exemption from the College, is mandatory for all students, faculty and staff returning to campus. Vaccination of our community is a vital component of campus safety for the fall. If you have not yet been vaccinated, we strongly urge you to do so as soon as possible. Please reach out to Enrollment Management at 617-333-2125 or enrollmentmanagement@curry.edu with any questions about vaccination or exemptions. If you have been vaccinated, but have not yet uploaded your vaccine status to the CoVerified app, please do so immediately. Instructions for how to upload your vaccine status may be found here.

MASKING PROTOCOLS

Effective Monday, June 14, following Commonwealth of Massachusetts guidance, for fully vaccinated individuals, masks are optional on the Curry campus in both indoor and outdoor spaces. Under this same guidance, if you have not yet provided proof of vaccination to the College via CoVerified, if you have not yet completed your vaccination shots, or if you have obtained an exemption from vaccination, you must continue to wear a mask indoors on campus at all times, and outdoors if not able to socially distance.

The College has not yet determined if changes will be made to our current masking policy for fall. We are closely following the developing public health situation with regard to COVID-19 variants and guidance from federal, state and local authorities, and will communicate any updates to the community promptly.

TESTING PROGRAM

Onboard testing will be required for all members of the Curry community (including all commuter and residential students, faculty and staff, regardless of vaccination status) before the start of the semester, as follows:

  • Fully Vaccinated Students: Must conduct their own PCR tests off campus within the 72 hours prior to arrival, and provide a report of their negative test result to the College via the CoVerified app before arrival.  Instructions on how to upload test results to the app may be found here. Free testing is available at  CVS and  Walgreens pharmacies.
  • Unvaccinated Students with Approved Exemptions: Must conduct their own PCR tests off campus within the 72 hours prior to arrival, and provide a report of their negative test result to the College via the CoVerified app before arrival. Instructions on how to upload test results to the app may be found here. Free testing is available at  CVS and  Walgreens pharmacies. A rapid PRC test on campus will be required as part of the move-in process (for residents) or upon arrival (for commuters). Resident students will be allowed to move in once a negative rapid result has been received. A second on-campus PCR test will be required 72 hours after arrival.
  • Faculty and Staff Arriving on Campus for the First Time: Must conduct their own PCR tests off campus within the 72 hours prior to August 27, and provide a report of their negative test result to the College via the CoVerified app before arrival. Instructions on how to upload test results to the app may be found here. Free testing is available at  CVS and  Walgreens pharmacies.
  • Faculty and Staff Working on Campus Over the Summer: Must conduct an unobserved self-swab test on campus the week of August 23, following summer testing protocol. This will only be offered Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and test samples must be dropped off at Cottage from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on these days. There will be no testing on Thursday, August 26 or Friday, August 27.

Weekly on-campus surveillance testing throughout the semester will be required only for unvaccinated individuals who have obtained exemptions. Student testing will be conducted at Cottage, and faculty and staff will conduct unobserved self-swab testing. Further details will be forthcoming. Please note that testing protocols may change due to changing campus or public health situations.

COMMUNITY AGREEMENT

Last year, all Curry students were required to read and sign the Community Agreement, before returning to campus, and we will be asking students to do the same this year. 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. Students will be receiving more information by separate email from Student Affairs shortly, including the Agreement signature form.

RETURN TO CAMPUS WEBSITE

In order to provide you with additional information about each of the areas above, as well as other aspects of life at Curry, we have updated the Return to Campus section of our website for Fall 2021, including an FAQ section. This webpage will be updated regularly with new information, and we encourage you to visit Curry.edu/returntocampus and to follow our social media feeds for the latest updates at any time.

Thank you for your continued support of each other and your shared commitment to our success, as together we continue to do our best to help Curry stay healthy.

We look forward to welcoming our students back in just a few weeks, and in the meantime, wish you all the best for a relaxing and enjoyable remainder of your summer.

Maryellen Kiley
Vice President of Student Affairs

Dear Curry Staff Members,

As you know, we are delighted to be looking forward to a “new normal” for the Fall 2021 semester, and as we plan for a traditional 2021/2022 academic year, we are also planning how best to continue to keep Curry safe for all.

Science and research have determined that COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective in preventing virus infection in real-world conditions. As you know, Curry College is requiring all enrolled students on both our Milton and Plymouth campuses to be fully vaccinated before arrival in the fall. Many colleges and universities nationwide have determined this to be best practice, not only for students, but for all members of their communities.At this time, in the interest of public health in our community, the COVID-19 vaccination will also be required for all Curry faculty and staff members on both campuses. Faculty members were notified of this requirement on June 3.

We encourage you to get your vaccine as soon as possible. You may schedule an appointment through  vaxfinder.mass.gov or  MaCovidVaccines.com. All students have been required to be fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to returning to campus, and we are requiring all faculty and staff members to be fully vaccinated by August 27, 2021. To ensure this, you should plan to get your first vaccine shot before July 16, 2021.

You must submit proof of vaccination to the College via the CoVerified application. Instructions for how to upload your vaccination status may be found here. Please note that you should wait until you are fully vaccinated to upload your status.

Fully vaccinated members of the Curry community who have uploaded proof of vaccination to CoVerified will NO LONGER be required to conduct bi-weekly testing on campus. Members of the community who are NOT fully vaccinated will still be required to conduct testing at this time.

As with all College vaccine requirements, exemptions may be made for medical or religious reasons. A waiver is forthcoming and these will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Please contact Human Resources with any questions or concerns regarding vaccinations.

In the coming weeks and summer months, the Return to Campus Institutional Committee will be continuing to plan for our Fall semester. As always, the College will communicate with you promptly as additional information about life on campus, including health and safety measures, becomes available. We thank you for your continued commitment to keeping Curry safe.

Thank you.

Mirlen Mal
Vice President of Human Resources

Dear Curry Students and Families,

As you know, we are delighted to be looking forward to a “new normal” for the Fall 2021 semester, with a return to full on-campus operations and activities, including in-person classes, student activities and support, and athletics here at Curry.

At all times over the past year, our first priority has been the health and safety of our students, our campus and our community. That will continue to be true for this coming fall and beyond. As we plan for a traditional 2021/2022 academic year, we are also planning how best to continue to keep Curry safe for all.

Science and research have determined that COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective in preventing virus infection in real-world conditions. We look forward to broadening immunity and increasingly positive public health as they have become widely available. All individuals aged 16 or older who live, work or study in Massachusetts are now eligible to receive them. Therefore, in the interest both of public health and the ongoing health of our campus community, along with an increasing number of colleges and universities nationwide, Curry College will require all enrolled students on both our Milton and Plymouth campuses to be fully vaccinated before arrival in the fall. This includes Continuing Education and graduate students, as well as undergraduate resident and commuter students.

We encourage you to get your vaccine as soon as possible. You may pre-register for an appointment at one of the Commonwealth’s mass vaccination sites or schedule an appointment through  vaxfinder.mass.gov or  MaCovidVaccines.comAll students must be fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to returning to campus. To ensure this, you should plan to get your first vaccine shot before July 1.

Prior to arriving on campus this fall, you must submit proof of vaccination to the College via the CoVerified application. Instructions for how to upload your vaccination status may be found here. Please note that you should wait until you are fully vaccinated to upload your status. Incoming students should also enter their vaccination status on their Health Forms where indicated.

As with all College vaccine requirements, exemptions may be made for medical or religious reasons. Please contact Student Affairs with any questions or concerns regarding vaccinations.

In the coming weeks and months, the Return to Campus Institutional Committee will be continuing to plan for our Fall semester. As always, the College will communicate with you promptly as additional information about life on campus, including health and safety measures, becomes available. We wanted to share the vaccine requirement for students with you as soon as a decision was made this spring to allow families as much time as possible to plan this summer. At this time, College faculty and staff members are also strongly encouraged to become vaccinated as soon as possible.

We all look forward to gathering in person again in the Fall and seeing our beautiful campus once again full of vibrant activity when we welcome all of our students back to their Curry home. In the meantime, we wish them the best of luck as they complete the Spring semester, and we are excited to celebrate the Classes of 2020 and 2021 along with their families at our in-person Commencement ceremonies later this month.

Maryellen Kiley
Vice President of Student Affairs

Dear Curry Students and Families,

As we pass the halfway mark of the Spring semester, I want to thank each and every one of you for your continuous hard work, cooperation and dedication to the success of our entire campus community.

Our students, faculty and staff continue to show an extraordinary shared commitment to keeping each other and our College healthy in our classrooms, study spaces, playing fields and residence halls. This is a worthy accomplishment. Your continuous hard work and dedication to the success of our entire campus community are what have made this possible to date. Thank you.

As a result of your efforts, we have contained the spread of COVID-19 on campus, increasingly continue to re-introduce some of our regular campus activities, and are now actively planning for an in-person Commencement ceremony for our Classes of 2020 and 2021 on the weekend of May 22 and May 23.

As we look to the future, we're pleased to share that the College is planning to return to our full on-campus operations for the fall semester, including in-person classes, student activities and support, and athletics. Though we anticipate some safety precautions may remain in place as informed by the then current guidance, we're excited for a traditional 2021-2022 academic year.

We have all long anticipated the day when our community could gather again in person, and I have great confidence that our campus will be full and busy again with activity this year. Please know that our community's health and safety will remain our utmost priority in all of our planning for the upcoming academic year.

I am immensely proud of how our Curry community has come together this academic year to make learning and living on our campus at this challenging time successful, safe and healthy. It is crucial that we remain vigilant and committed to our health and safety protocols so that we can continue to stay together through the rest of the semester this spring successfully.

Thank you for all you do.

Sincerely,

Kenneth K. Quigley, Jr.
President

Dear Members of the Curry College Community,

We’re excited to report that today the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) announced its decision to return to conference competition for the spring 2021 season. The planned start date is March 27, with sponsored competition exclusively against other CCC member institutions in the sports of Baseball, Softball, Men’s & Women’s Lacrosse and Men’s & Women’s Tennis.

We could not be more thrilled for the student-athletes and coaches of Curry and the Commonwealth Coast Conference. This news is especially validating for our student-athletes, coaches and athletics staff members who have remained vigilant in their work each day to adhere to our health and safety protocols in hopes to compete and represent Curry this spring. It is with that same diligence that we will start the spring sports season. In hopeful anticipation of the March 27 start date, we are prepared to meet all additional testing and safety guidelines established by the College, the CCC and NCAA. Our utmost priority is to ensure a healthy and safe environment for competition this spring to allow our teams to play as much of a season as possible.

As part of the CCC’s announcement today, all competing schools will be required to test student-athletes and team personnel twice per week, with a negative PCR test result required at least 72 hours before competition. In addition to this new COVID-19 testing protocol which exceeds NCAA recommendations, the CCC will require universal masking for all competitors, team personnel, and officials. Additionally, no spectators will be admitted to the sites of competition.

The CCC will also allow member institutions to engage in contests against other non-conference schools independently. We do intend to compete in non-conference games only until the official CCC season starts on March 27.

While we continue to be hopeful and act with cautious optimism for spring competition, we will also work closely with our Sports Medicine and Health Services staff to carefully monitor for the spread of COVID-19 to minimize the impact on our campus and community.

This time last year was devastating and challenging for all of us, but I will have great joy from seeing our spring athletes compete this year. I am grateful to the Presidents and Athletic Directors of the CCC and our Sports Medicine and Health Services staff members on campus for making this possible.

Stay Safe!

Vinnie Eruzione
Director of Athletics
Curry College

Dear Members of the Curry College Community, 

Earlier today, the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) announced its decision to suspend all sponsored athletic competition for winter sports for the 2020-21 season.

As part of the announcement, the CCC will allow member institutions to determine whether they independently could safely engage in winter sports athletic competition, including contests against other conference or non-conference schools that choose to play. If it is deemed safe to do so following the established safety procedures and guidelines as set by the College, the state and federal government, and NCAA regulations, Curry College intends to explore competition opportunities for men’s and women’s basketball and men’s ice hockey.

As you would imagine, the CCC’s decision to suspend the formal conference schedule and championships was a challenging 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 current infection rates, state regulations on travel, and campus information and guidelines at this time, the decision not to participate in winter intercollegiate competition was made with the health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches and staff members, at the forefront. This will continue to be the College’s basis for decision making.

This news is especially disappointing for our student-athletes, who have trained the entire fall and during the winter break under unprecedented circumstances, with enthusiastic anticipation of competing and representing Curry this winter. 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.

At this time, the CCC still intends to sponsor competition for spring sports beginning March 27, pending a review of health guidance and travel restrictions. Spring sports at Curry include baseball, softball, men’s and women’s lacrosse, and men’s and women’s tennis. 

This is a time of great challenge, and I know we are all disappointed by this unfortunate but necessary decision. Nevertheless, we will continue our work to support our student-athletes and coaching staff. 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 in the near future, and in the meantime, to keeping our entire Curry community safe and healthy.

Stay Safe!!

Vinnie Eruzione
Director of Athletics
Curry College

Dear Members of the Curry College Community,

As our Fall semester is now well underway, I write to you with both gratitude and pride in how our Curry community has come together to make living and learning on our campus at this challenging time successful, safe and healthy so far.

As I reflect on our current 14-day positivity rate (which is 0.033%, compared with 0.28% in the Town of Milton and 0.90% in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts), I appreciate the efforts that each and every one of you have made on campus every day to get us to this point. These include, but are not limited to, the many reasons our community has shared about why they wear their masks, the innovative strategies our faculty have implemented in the classroom (and under the tents), and the multitude of ways in which our students have adapted to engage and participate in campus life under unprecedented circumstances.

It is still a long road to Thanksgiving, and we all must remain constantly vigilant to ensure continued success. I want to stress how important it is for all of us to adhere to the health and safety protocols that have been set forth at all times - wear your masks, wash your hands, keep your distance, and monitor your health - to ensure our collective wellbeing and importantly, our continued presence on campus. Your sustained efforts are both essential and appreciated.

Curry College continues to look forward, and at this time, I want to share with you some plans for the Spring 2021 semester.

Academic Calendar

In the interest of providing our students and faculty the maximum amount of time to plan their academic journeys, as well as continuing to support community health and safety with the pandemic likely to continue into the winter months, the following changes have been made to the Spring 2021 Academic Calendar:

  • A staggered move-in to residence halls with an onboard testing program will be conducted. Dates and details will be forthcoming.
  • Spring semester classes will begin Monday, February 1 for traditional undergraduate students.
  • The normally observed College Spring Break will be cancelled. Classes will be held and offices will be open throughout the semester (with the exception of Monday, April 19 when offices will be closed for Patriots Day, while classes will be held).
  • The last day of classes will be Monday, May 10.
  • Final exams will be held Tuesday, May 11 through Saturday, May 15.
  • Residence halls will close on Sunday, May 16. Please note that residential students must move out no later than 24 hours after their last scheduled exam.

*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 III CE/Grad courses will begin Monday, January 25 and Term IV will begin Monday, March 22, ending as scheduled on Saturday, May 15.

For Winter Term, we will be offering three fully online options for students wishing to either catch up on coursework or get ahead in credits:

  • Two 3-week sessions:
    December 7 - December 28, 2020 and January 5 - January 24, 2021
  • One 6-week session:
    December 7, 2020 - January 24, 2021

Course Modalities

As in the Fall, for both traditional undergraduate and continuing education and graduate courses, for the Spring semester Curry College will continue to incorporate a mix of face-to-face (FTF), hybrid, hyflex and, to a limited extent, online courses in our offerings. The hybrid and hyflex courses will include both online and FTF components for a given course, designed to reduce contact intensity and frequency. 

We have learned much since March 2020 about how to effectively design and deliver our curriculum using multiple modalities, as well as supporting this curriculum through virtual advising and our full portfolio of student support services. The College has invested in both faculty development and technology to support these efforts. As we move favorably along this “experience curve,” the quality of the student academic experience will continue to be enhanced.

Commencement

At this time, we are hopeful that it will be possible to hold traditional in-person Commencement exercises for both the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021 in May; however, please be aware that these plans will be entirely subject to Commonwealth of Massachusetts mandates regarding gatherings, which are currently restricted to an extent that would not allow for this event. We will adhere to all federal, state, local and public health guidance and requirements in this respect, and will provide further information to the Curry community about this event.

Finally, I want to note that all plans for Spring 2021 are contingent upon both public health and our campus health situations. We will be monitoring all guidance from local, state and federal authorities, and the status of our on-campus testing program carefully and constantly. Should these plans change, we will notify you without delay.

I am proud of the progress that we as a College have made in navigating the challenging and changing landscape of this Fall - a semester unlike any other before it. As we forge ahead, we must continue to be flexible, resourceful, and resilient, but we have also continued to learn, to evolve and to improve daily. We know that together, we can keep each other healthy and safe so that we can keep living and learning on our beautiful campus. I again thank you for your continued care and caution, which are what makes that possible.

My best wishes for a productive and enjoyable semester, and for the continued health and wellness of our Curry community,

Kenneth K. Quigley, Jr.
President
Curry College

Dear Members of the Curry College Community,

As we enter the final days of our Fall 2020 Move-In, I want to thank each and every one of you - our Curry students, your families, and our faculty and staff - for your hard work, patience, cooperation and dedication in making the long-awaited return to our beautiful campus a success. We knew that it would take our entire community’s efforts to effectively manage this unprecedented process, but you have made it possible. Thank you.

As we look forward to the start of an extraordinary academic semester on Monday, I know that we will all be adjusting to new and unfamiliar schedules, processes and ways of being on our campus. Please know that Curry is here for you as we all navigate this new reality together; do not hesitate to reach out to your advisors, faculty members, department chairs, or administrators for assistance or with questions and concerns.

I want to stress again how important it will be to the success of this semester for ALL of us on campus to continue to uphold the Curry Community Agreement with regard to safeguarding our health and safety. Demonstrating care and concern for each other by adhering to the protocols set forth in the Agreement at all times, both on and off campus, is critical. Wear your masks; wash your hands; keep your distance, and monitor your health. The well-being not only of ourselves, but of our friends, families and colleagues, is a collective responsibility that I know every member of our community will take very seriously.

One of the important responsibilities that we all have is to monitor our own health daily. All students, faculty and staff should continue to conduct and submit the daily self-health check which is being sent to you every morning via your Curry email (please note that you will start to receive these once you have checked in to campus). Soon, we will be launching the CoVerified app through our partnership with the Broad Institute, which will serve this purpose. More information and instructions on the app will be forthcoming shortly; but in the meantime, it’s essential that all members of our community continue to be vigilant about monitoring and reporting on their health. Throughout the semester, the College will ensure that the campus community is advised of tests conducted and positive cases.

Finally, to formally begin the 2020-2021 academic year, I invite you all to join us for a virtual version of our traditional Academic Convocation and welcome to new students on Monday, August 17 at 10:00 a.m. A link to the event will be sent to you via Curry email. I look forward to welcoming you all more fully at that time; in the meantime, I know I speak for our entire College when I say that we are delighted to have you returning to campus.

Kenneth K. Quigley, Jr.
President
Curry College

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

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

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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.

Due to the winter storm, all Curry College weekend classes will be held fully online beginning Saturday, January 29.