Merrimack College

Fall 2021 Return to Campus

Fall 2021 Return to Campus

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.

Fall 2021 Return to Campus Handbook

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Please note: The Spring 2022 Return to Campus Handbook is coming soon. 

General Guidelines for Community Members

Vaccine Requirements

Vaccination Requirement for Students

All students, faculty and staff are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19. In order to have a fully on-campus and residential experience, it is critical for our students, faculty and staff to submit verification that they are fully vaccinated.

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 with limited access to vaccines should contact the Task Force before arriving on campus to be assisted by the College.

Student Vaccine Status

Undergraduate, graduate, professional studies and international students must submit their vaccination documentation through their immunizations records on the Merrimack Patient Portal before arriving on campus:

  • Students returning to campus early for athletics, or on-campus positions must submit
    documentation before Sunday, August 1, 2021.
  • New students coming to campus must submit documentation before Wednesday,
    August 18, 2021.
  • Returning students must submit documentation before Wednesday, August 25, 2021.
  • Graduate students, professional and non-traditional students must submit their vaccine documentation no less than one week prior to their arrival to campus or by Monday, August 30.
  • International students must submit their vaccine documentation no less than one week prior to their arrival to the United States, or if already in the United States no less than one week prior to arriving on campus.

Please note as of Tuesday, August 10, 2021, students not in compliance with the vaccination
policy will not be able to access the campus until they are in compliance.

Vaccination Requirement for Faculty and Staff

All faculty and staff will be required to provide documentation of COVID-19 vaccination through the CoVerified App. 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 Tuesday, August 10, 2021.

Faculty and Staff Update Your Vaccine Status on the CoVerified App

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 doing the following:

  1. Open the CoVerfied app on your smartphone.
  2. In the bottom middle, click “+.”
  3. Select “Upload Vaccine Record.”
  4. Select Vaccination type “COVID-19 Vaccine.”
  5. Select Manufacturer of the vaccine you received.
  6. 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.
  7.  Enter Location.
    • Location is where you received your vaccination.
  8. Click “Attach a file.”
  9. Click “Load image from device” and select a photo of the front of your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card as proof of vaccination.

Health and Safety

Surveillance Testing

As the College learns more about the COVID-19 Delta variant and its impact on our campus, every student, faculty and staff member will be surveillance tested once a week from Monday, August 30 - Wednesday, December 22. COVID-19 testing will take place in the Rogers Center for the Arts and will be through a self-administered swab test approved by the Broad Institute.

Daily Symptom Checks

There is no daily symptom check requirement, but students, faculty and staff should use common sense and if they do not feel well – do not go to class, do not come to work, wear a face covering and get a COVID-19 test. If students experience symptoms, please reach out to Hamel Health at (978) 837-5441 for assistance. If a faculty or staff member experiences symptoms, they should remain home and contact their primary care physician for assistance. Any campus community member that is symptomatic should remain off campus

Face Coverings and Social Distancing

The College will not at this time be instituting a campus-wide face covering/mask mandate. Instead, the College will enforce face coverings in academic settings, at institutional events where advertised, in College vans and the Rogers Center Testing Center. In addition, face coverings are required for all indoor athletic games and events at the Rogers Center for the Arts, Gallant Arena, Lawlor Arena and Hammel Court. This includes all athletic competitions, admission events and other large scale indoor events.

Face coverings are not required outdoors, in dining halls, in fitness spaces, in McQuade Library common spaces, in the Sakowich Campus Center, residence halls, locker rooms or at outdoor events. Face coverings are strongly encouraged when students, faculty, staff and guests are moving to and from or within these venues at their own discretion.

Face coverings are required in classrooms and laboratories for all students effective until Wednesday, December 22, 2021.

Campus Access and Operations

Campus Access/Identification

All members of the campus community that are compliant with the COVID-19 vaccination requirement (either vaccinated or receive an approved exemption) will receive a new Merrimack identification card. These cards will look the same for all compliant campus members based on category (faculty and staff, undergraduate student or graduate student), and will serve as the only institutional identification for access onto campus.

Attending Classes

All classes will be on campus and in person (with the exception of online graduate and bachelor completion programs). Plexiglass will be available in all classrooms for faculty to use at their discretion. 
Face coverings are required in classrooms and laboratories for all students effective until Wednesday, December 22, 2021.

Activities on Campus

From student organization meetings to club sports, music and theater, exercising in the fitness center, attending a Division I athletic event and more, the campus will be more accessible and open.

Residential Living

Residential students will be able to visit friends in other residential buildings, capacity limits are increased and registered events will be allowed.

Campus Access/Visitors

The College will continue to monitor the entrances to campus. Visitors and guests to campus will continue to be monitored and must be fully vaccinated. 

The College will remain vigilant and responsive and reserves the right to alter or amend its COVID-19 safety policies.