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Fall 2022 RETURN TO CAMPUS PLANNING

*Please note that this section will be updated as plans for Fall 2022 continue to develop

Are you planning for students to be living and learning on campus in the Fall 2022 semester?

Our students will return to residence halls and classrooms for the full 2022-2023 academic year with precautions and protocols in place to protect the community from the spread of COVID-19.

Curry College is currently living and learning fully in person, but we will always put our students first, taking as many precautions as necessary at any time to keep you and our campus as safe as possible.

Please note that all plans for Fall 2022 are contingent upon the evolving public health situation. We will be monitoring all guidance from local, state and federal authorities carefully and constantly. Should these plans change, we will notify the Curry community without delay.

How is the College making decisions about Fall 2022 campus protocols?

The College convenes the Return to Campus Institutional Committee to make recommendations and develop plans regarding all aspects of campus life.

As always, these recommendations are made 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 hallmark of our College and deeply valued by our community;
  • Understanding the need to monitor the public health situation as well as guidance from federal, state, local and higher education authorities in real time to ensure continued student success under any circumstances.

Where and when will you post updates on the College’s plans?

Curry is committed to communicating new decisions, changes or plans to our community, including our faculty, staff, students and families promptly. Please check your Curry email, visit Curry.edu/returntocampus, follow our social feeds, or visit the myCurry portal ('Return to Campus' tab) for the latest updates.

ACADEMICS

What will the Academic Calendar look like for Fall 2022?

View the 2022-2023 Academic Calendar

Will classes be conducted online or in-person?

For both traditional undergraduate and continuing education and graduate courses, as well as academic support, Curry College is conducting in-person, face-to-face courses and services. Programs or courses that are designated hyflex, hybrid or online for CE-Grad will continue to be offered in those modalities.

Will there be an option to do online courses only?

We are pleased to be able to offer the traditional Curry face-to-face classroom experience to our students. Programs or courses that were designed and designated to be hyflex, hybrid or online for CE-Grad will continue to be offered in those modalities.

Will academic support services be conducted online or in person?

All of our Academic Support Service offices remain staffed during normal business hours and meetings will take place in person. The Office of Advising and Academic Success is available to assist with any questions you may have related to advising or progress in your classes. Advising questions can be emailed to academicadvising@curry.edu and concerns about academic alerts or progress can be emailed to academicsuccess@curry.edu.

The Writing Center is located on the first floor of the Learning Commons in Room S-109 (near Starbucks). Services are free to Curry students at all levels, from first year to graduate students, and online or face-to-face appointments will be offered. You can access the schedule and/or make an appointment by logging into the Curry portal and clicking on The Writing Center quick launch icon near the bottom of the icons list.

Meetings pertaining to academic accommodations through the Office of Disability Services or through PAL will also be conducted in person. For specific questions related to PAL, please contact your PAL faculty member directly. General questions can be emailed to  pal@curry.edu. For specific questions related to disability accommodations, please contact disabilityservices@curry.edu.

How will lab and clinical coursework be handled?

We are working closely with the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education amongst others regarding clinical experiences. All on campus labs will take place in person.

Will Study Away and Study Abroad programs be held?

Yes. The College notified students that expressed an interest in study abroad programs that these programs were reinstated as of the Fall 2021 semester, with adherence to all public health guidance for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.

View recommendations related to domestic or international travel here.

Please contact Mireille McLaughlin, Director of Global and Career Services at 617-333-2967 or  studyabroad@curry.edu with questions or for more information about future study away or abroad.  

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Is it safe to be at Curry this year?

An important question for families remains: “Is it safe to be at Curry?” We want you to know that the College’s strong commitment to making living and learning at Curry as safe as possible persists. That’s why all members of the Curry community including students, faculty and staff are required to be fully vaccinated, as defined by the CDC, or to have obtained an exemption for medical or religious reasons.

No one can eliminate all risks of infection and transmission in a pandemic, even with strongly effective and widely available vaccines, but Curry is committed to providing you a safe environment for living, working and learning, following all guidance and best practices from federal, state and local public health agencies. In keeping with our mission, we will always put not only the success, but also the safety and well-being of our students first.

Please note that all plans for Fall 2022 are contingent upon the evolving public health situation. We will be monitoring all guidance from local, state and federal authorities carefully and constantly. Should these plans change, we will notify the Curry community without delay.

Are you requiring students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated for COVID-19?

Curry College requires ALL members of our community - students, faculty, and staff - to be fully vaccinated, as defined by the CDC.

Are you requiring students, faculty and staff to receive boosters for their COVID-19 vaccination?

We strongly encourage members of our community to be up to date with vaccines defined by CDC as: “You are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines when you have received all doses in the primary series and all boosters recommended for you, when eligible.”

Do I need to submit proof of vaccination to the College? How do I do that?

Yes. All students, faculty and staff 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.

New students: To upload your Vaccination information, please visit the myCurry Portal and click on the "Pyramed" icon (located towards the bottom of the menu area on the left side) and follow the instructions.

Please note that vaccine uploads must be approved by the College once they are submitted. Please allow 24 hours for the process to be completed.

I am having trouble downloading CoVerified, or uploading my vaccine status to CoVerified. Can you help?

If you need help downloading the  CoVerified App, please click on these instructions:  Curry College CoVerified Instructions.

Instructions on how to upload vaccine records.

  • Take a photo of your completed COVID19 Vaccine Card
  • Open the CoVerified App on your phone
  • Tap on the word "Report"
  • Tap on the phrase "Upload Vaccine Record"
  • Fill in the quick form and upload your vaccine card photo.
  • Tap the word "Submit" and you're done!

Check out our troubleshooting guidance for help with some common issues with upload.

If you are still unable to upload your status, please contact Enrollment Management at 617-333-2125 or enrollmentmanagement@curry.edu.

Are there exceptions to the vaccine requirement? Are exemptions available?

Yes. As with all College vaccine requirements, exceptions may be made for medical or religious reasons.

To request an exemption from COVID-19 vaccination, you were required to fill out the application form on the MyCurry portal and submit the required documentation by August 5 for students and August 15 for faculty and staff.*

APPLICATION FORM ON MYCURRY PORTAL

All requests for exemptions will be addressed within two weeks of submission.

The College’s Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy may be found here.

Please contact Human Resources with questions about policies or exemptions if you are an employee, or contact Health Services if you are a student.

What happens if I do not submit proof of vaccination to the College, and I do not apply or become approved for an exemption by the start of the semester?

Students who have not uploaded their vaccine status or been approved for an exemption will not be allowed to remain on campus. If you have plans to become vaccinated, are partially vaccinated or would like to apply for an exemption, please contact Enrollment Management at 617-333-2125 or enrollmentmanagement@curry.edu to discuss your options in order to facilitate your return to campus.

Will fully vaccinated students and other members of the community be required to wear masks on campus?

According to the CDC as of August 19, 2022, Norfolk County is currently at “medium” risk and Curry will follow CDC recommendations where all students, faculty, and staff will no longer be required to wear masks when inside campus buildings except in designated areas such as Health Services and the Covid Clinic.  Any student, faculty, or staff member, who feels more comfortable wearing face coverings should feel free to do so. Surgical masks will continue to be provided and stocked in all classrooms, and throughout campus.

What if there is an outbreak of COVID-19 on campus?

Despite our vaccine requirement and proven effectiveness of vaccines, given uncertainties around variants, we are still prepared to navigate the possibility of 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.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.

People with these symptoms may have COVID-19*:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

* This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

What happens if I develop and show symptoms of COVID-19? 

If a student develops symptoms of COVID, he/she should immediately inform Health Services and arrange to be tested at the College’s Satellite Health Clinic (which has been established solely for this purpose). Do not go in person to any medical provider without first speaking to medical staff over the phone for advice. Students should call Health Services at 617-333-2182 (8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.). Outside business hours, call Public Safety at 617-333-2222. Faculty and staff should contact their primary care provider.

What happens if I test positive for COVID-19?

If a student tests positive for COVID-19 during the 2022 fall semester, they should follow these procedures:

  • Students should report their positive COVID-19 tests by calling Health Services at 617-333-2182.
  • Resident students who test positive and live more than 200 miles from campus will be provided space on campus to isolate. Resident students who test positive and live closer to campus and commuter students may isolate at home.
  • Students who are isolating can attend classes remotely through Curry’s hyflex module. Faculty will be notified when any students—residential or commuter—are in quarantine or isolation.
  • If after 5 days, a student is fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication, and symptoms are improving, or they never had symptoms, isolation can end after day 5.  However, regardless of when isolation ends, student should avoid being around people who are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19 until at least day 11.  A high-quality mask is required to be worn through day 10.

What will it be like in the isolation spaces?

Students will have their own rooms with a micro-fridge, and meals will be delivered to them on a daily basis. Academic accommodations will also be provided for students in isolation so that they can do their course work online (this will apply for the entire period for which the student is unable to attend face-to-face courses, no matter how long that period is). The Satellite Health Clinic staff will monitor students in this space via telehealth.

How will you handle counseling and wellness care for students who find themselves struggling as we navigate resuming “normal” life?

Our Counseling Center & Health Services staff remain fully available to assist students in managing their mental and physical health. To access help, students may contact Carol Moser, our Administrative Assistant, either by calling the front desk at 617-333-2182 or email cmoser@curry.edu.  Students will be directed to speak with the Clinician of the Day or a Nurse Practitioner who can provide support and guidance via a telehealth appointment.

The Counseling Center also offers a self-help resource for all Curry students. Students may access TAO Connect for anonymous online use at any time. TAO is free, and available with a Curry email account. Students may sign up with their Curry email by visiting the Counseling Center web page.