COVID-19 Updates

Merrimack College will be a fully open campus this coming fall semester. We look forward to having students and faculty back on campus, and coming together in ways that were taken away this past year. We will continue to make prudent decisions based on science and advice from public health leaders as to how best to proceed.

General Guidelines for Community Members

Vaccine Requirements

Vaccination Requirement for Students

All students (including undergraduate, graduate, professional, and non-traditional students) must provide documentation of vaccination through the CoVerified App by August 1, 2021. Fully vaccinated is defined as completing the full course of a vaccine – one dose of Johnson & Johnson, two doses of Modera or Pfizer or WHO-approved international vaccines – and completing the necessary post-vaccination waiting period.

Students who have been remote will not have a CoVerfied app. In these cases, students should notify the Task Force who will assist them. This measure should be completed before August 1, 2021. Fully vaccinated is defined as completing the full course of a vaccine and completing the necessary post-vaccination waiting period.

Like other vaccine requirements in place for students, medical and religious exemptions will be considered. Students requesting an exemption from this requirement for medical or religious reasons must call Hamel Health at 978-837-5441 for next steps.

Students with limited access to vaccines before arriving on campus will be assisted by the College shortly after their arrival in order to receive a vaccine.

Vaccination Requirement for Faculty and Staff

All faculty and staff will be required to provide documentation of COVID-19 vaccination through the CoVerified App by August 1, 2021. Fully vaccinated is defined as completing the full course of a vaccine – one dose of Johnson & Johnson, two doses of Modera or Pfizer or WHO-approved international vaccines – and completing the necessary post-vaccination waiting period.

Employees who have been remote will not have a CoVerfied app. In these cases, employees should notify the Task Force who will assist them. This measure should be completed before August 1, 2021. Fully vaccinated is defined as completing the full course of a vaccine and completing the necessary post-vaccination waiting period.

Employees may request a medical or religious exception. Faculty and staff requesting an exception to this requirement for medical or religious reasons must contact the Office of Human Resources.

CoVerified App Requirements

Symptom Checks

All members of the community will still have the CoVerified app and should continue to remain disciplined about filling it out each day. It will be checked as you come to campus as it has been throughout the past academic year. Filling out the symptom checker is a good reminder for us all to review our health, and if necessary avoid putting ourselves or others at risk.

Update Your Vaccine Status on the CoVerified App

Students, faculty and staff may update the College with their vaccination status by using the CoVerified App. Taking steps to update your vaccination information is easy and will be used to track documentation by the institution. CoVerified is a secure application for storing vaccination information.

You can report that you have been vaccinated in your CoVerified app by:

  1. In the lower-left, click “Report.”
  2. Select “Upload Vaccine Record.”
  3. Select Vaccination type “COVID-19 Vaccine.”
  4. Enter date in “Date performed.”
    • Date performed should be the date of your second dose if you receive Moderna or Pfizer. Import this information only after you have received your second dose.
    • Date performed for those who received a single dose of Johnson & Johnson will be the date of your vaccination.
  5. Enter the location in “Name of healthcare facility.”
  6. Select “Choose” under attachment and upload a photo of the front of your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card as proof of vaccination.
    • Please note, all employees or students who have been remote will not have a CoVerfied app. In these cases, remote employees and students should notify the Task Force to get step-by-step instructions as to how to download, launch and update the app. This measure should be completed before arriving on campus.

Testing

Starting Monday, May 17, all members of the community are advised to test once a week at the testing center in the Sakowich Campus Center Multi-Purpose Room (MPR) through June 30, 2021. Testing will be available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1-6 p.m. No appointments are necessary.

Test results will continue to be posted on the CoVerified app, and the contact tracing system will remain in place to speak with those who have tested positive and must isolate, as well as identify those who are close contacts and must quarantine.

As of July 3, all regular testing will cease for the remainder of the summer. More information about testing in the fall will be forthcoming.

Campus Access and Operations

Campus Entrance

Effective Monday, May 17, access to campus is through the Elm Street Gate. Members of the Merrimack community will be able to access campus as long as they show their CoVerified app and have a cleared status as a result of completing their symptom checker. The gate will be staffed 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

CoVerfied App for First Time Campus Arrivals

All employees or students coming to campus for the first time will not have a CoVerfied app to show at the gate. In these situations, community members should notify the Task Force prior to their first arrival to campus and get approval to access the campus and assistance with the CoVerified app. 

Campus Access for Guests

Effective Monday, May 17, all guests must have the approval of the Task Force to enter campus. Approval for guests must be requested by a member of the Merrimack community. Such requests do not require Dean or Vice President approval. Guests must be accompanied by a Merrimack community member and all guests must agree to our campus face coverings policies regarding vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.

Food Services

The Den will be available to all members of the Merrimack Community Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Travel Policy

The College’s official travel policy will remain the same. No institutional travel is permitted without the approval of the Executive Vice President or Provost. All employees are responsible for their own personal travel and should comply with all Massachusetts COVID-19 related travel regulations.

Face Coverings

Unvaccinated Community Members

  • We encourage all members of the Merrimack community to get vaccinated. Vaccines are now readily available and we strongly urge all members of the community to take advantage of the resource.
  • Members of our community who have not been fully vaccinated must adhere to CDC and Mass DPH regulations and still wear a face covering inside and outdoors.

Vaccinated Community Members

  • Consistent with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, all vaccinated students, faculty, staff, vendors and visitors will no longer have to wear face coverings outdoors or indoors effective May 29, 2021.

Return to Work

Effective Tuesday, June 1, we ask that all staff return to campus for work. Any employees who have a hardship may request an accommodation from Human Resources to work remotely for the month of June. Effective immediately, only Human Resources can provide such an accommodation (not supervisors). Our goal is for all staff to be fully working on campus no later than Tuesday, July 6; and all faculty teaching in the fall semester do so on campus (with the exception of faculty teaching courses in fully online programs).

It is strongly encouraged for all employees to return to campus fully vaccinated and having reported their vaccination through CoVerified. Those who return not fully vaccinated (or those who fail to provide proof of vaccination) must adhere to CDC and Mass DPH guidelines regarding social distancing and wearing a face covering.

Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave

Effective Friday, May 28, 2021, and until Thursday, September 30, 2021, or the exhaustion of $75 million in program-designated funds as determined by the Commonwealth, whichever is earlier, Massachusetts employers are required to provide emergency paid sick leave to employees who are unable to work for specific reasons associated with COVID-19.


To learn more about this state mandate, please review the “Notice to Employees” below.

If you should have questions or concerns, or if you believe you may qualify for the Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave, please contact the Office of Human Resources at humanresources@merrimack.edu or by calling 978-837-5157.

Notice to Employees

Hygiene

You should continue to maintain proper hygiene.

  • Hand sanitizing and wipe stations will remain throughout campus. Members of the community should continue to use them, especially wiping down shared spaces like workstations and learning environments.
  • Vaccinated community members must still wear face coverings inside and outside when social distancing is not possible.
  • Unvaccinated community members must adhere to CDC and Mass DPH regulations and still wear face coverings inside and outdoors.