Guidance for students

Updated August 31

Conduct and academics

Are there new rules for the residence halls or attending in-person classes?

Students are expected to follow the Clipper Pact. In particular, face masks are required on campus and social distancing will be expected in all campus settings. For more details about face mask rules, visit the health and safety page.

Has the academic calendar changed?

All courses will switch to remote instruction after Thanksgiving break. Please visit the new academic calendar for more info.

Will I be penalized for missing classes if I am sick, or am asked to quarantine or isolate?

Faculty members are prepared to be flexible to prioritize the health and safety of the student population and the community. All students (both residential and commuter) are encouraged to have a quarantine and isolation plan in case they experience symptoms or think they may have been exposed to COVID-19, or are instructed to quarantine or self-isolate by a healthcare provider.

Please be sure to communicate with your instructors and your faculty advisor if you are unable to attend class or need to request a different course modality. You may also contact Dean of Students Marnie Kaler ( or commuter student advisor Bonnie Fortini ( if you have a question or concern.

Campus changes and student life

What’s open on campus?

The community and events information page has details about operational changes to campus facilities such as the gym and library.

Will there be activities on campus this fall?

Outdoor, virtual and socially distanced indoor activities are planned throughout the semester. Visit the campus life calendar for student activities and the event calendar for all public events.

Student disability accommodations

I’m having difficulty with accessibility in my online courses, what do I do?

If you need assistance because your course materials are not accessible, please contact and your faculty member to let us know and we will help.  A variety of materials are available to support faculty and students (see links below) in the transition to online instruction and online learning as well as creating accessible course materials.  All requests for captioned videos or lectures or audio descriptions should be made as soon as possible so we can work with vendors to provide captioning.