COVID-19

Graduate, Commuter & International Students

Graduate, Commuter & International Students

Learn more about COVID-19 protocols for graduate, commuter and international students. 

Commuter Students

Arriving on Campus

Undergraduate and graduate commuter students must follow the same guidelines as everyone else when entering campus

Commuter students must also follow the College baseline and weekly testing procedures. Any student who tests positive for COVID-19 must follow guidelines and self isolate for 14 days. 

Social Events and Meetings

In addition to attending classes on campus, commuter students will be invited to attend social events and to club and organization meetings and to participate in co-curricular activities that are sponsored by the Office of Student Involvement and take place outside of the residence halls. Commuter students will not be permitted inside the residence areas on campus. The Commuter Lounge on the second floor of the Sakowich Campus Center will remain open and available to students. This space is considered a common space on campus and will be cleaning in accordance with the College’s cleaning protocols.

Parking

The College will share commuter parking information in July. Parking availability will be limited for overnight parking, however, the College expects adequate day-time parking availability for commuter students.

Graduate Students

Arriving on Campus

Graduate students must follow the same guidelines as everyone else when entering campus.

Graduate students must also follow the College baseline and weekly testing procedures. Any student who tests positive for COVID-19 must follow guidelines and self isolate for 14 days. 

Fall 2020 Graduate Student Calendar

Start times for graduate programs will vary by program. All graduate students will receive their start dates directly from their program directors.

Beginning Monday, November 30, the final week of classes for graduate students will be conducted remotely, with the Fall 2020 semester ending on Friday, December 4, 2020.

Parking

The College will share graduate parking information in July. Parking availability will be limited for overnight parking. However, the College expects adequate day-time graduate parking.

Graduate Campus Fellowships

As both students and fellows working on campus, graduate students with campus fellowship placements must follow all campus policies and health measures while on campus. Fellowship work that can be performed remotely will be coordinated on an individual basis.

Graduate Off-Campus Fellowships

Off-campus fellowships are being evaluated site by site to determine plans. The College is also in contact with school districts to understand each town’s fall plans. Graduate students with off-campus fellowship placements will be contacted regarding their fellowship placements and specific protocols by their program directors.

International Students

The Department of Homeland Security’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) previously instituted a temporary exception for online classes in the spring and summer semesters in response to schools moving online because of COVID-19. The program has not extended this policy into the fall at this time. Students attending schools adopting a hybrid model - that is, a mixture of online and in-person classes at Merrimack - will be allowed to take more than one class or three credit hours online. These schools must certify to SEVP, through the Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status,” that the program is not entirely online, that the student is not taking an entirely online course load for the Fall 2020 semester, and that the student is taking the minimum number of online classes required to make normal progress in their degree program. The above exemptions do not apply to F-1 students in English language training programs or M-1 students, who are not permitted to enroll in any online courses.

Schools must update and reissue all Forms I-20 to reflect these changes in program enrollment and student information within 21 business days of publication of this Broadcast Message, on Aug. 4, 2020. When issuing new Forms I-20, please prioritize students who require new visas and are outside of the country.

Students with Medical Concerns

Students with medical concerns are advised to communicate with their doctors about the risks associated with being on campus, including the weekly COVID-19 test. Students who need to advance their education remotely are afforded that opportunity. Please contact the Dean of Students Office at (978) 837-5175 to discuss any individual medical concerns or questions related to the decision to return in the Fall.

Students with Documented Disability

All student accommodation requests should be referred to the Accessibility Services Office and each student circumstance will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.