Graduate, Commuter & International Students
Learn more about COVID-19 protocols for graduate, commuter and international students.
Commuter Student Commuter Agreement
All commuter students were required to read and sign the 2020-2021 Commuter Agreement which can be found on MyMack. Students who do not sign this agreement prior to arriving on campus may not be granted access to campus.
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 10 days.
Massachusetts Travel Order Exemption
Students commuting from outside of Massachusetts for class daily are exempt from the Massachusetts travel order.
Spring 2021 Return to Campus
All undergraduate and graduate commuter students will return to campus to be baseline tested on the weekend of January 30, 2021 and January 31, 2021. Students can “walk-in” to the testing center between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on these days.
The following are important details about arriving onto the campus:
- Enter the campus through the gate at Elm Street. Please show your ID and CoVerified app for compliance with the symptom checker.
- Once on campus, proceed directly to the Testing Center in the MPR of the Sakowich Campus Center.
- Students will then get their baseline test.
- Once the test is complete, students should leave the campus and quarantine until the negative test result.
- All students are also encouraged to have a family conversation regarding their individual care plan should they need to quarantine or isolate for COVID-19 precautions.
Social Events and Meetings
In addition to attending classes on campus, commuter students are always 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 is open and available to students. This space is considered a common space on campus and is cleaned in accordance with the College’s cleaning protocols.
All commuter students are required to have a 2020-2021 Commuter Student Parking Pass. Commuter students can request a 2020-2021 Commuter Parking Pass on MyMack.
All graduate students were required to read and sign the 2020-2021 Graduate Commuter Agreement which can be found on MyMack. Students who do not sign this agreement prior to arriving on campus may not be granted access to campus.
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 10 days.
Massachusetts Travel Order Exemption
Graduate students commuting from outside of Massachusetts for class daily are exempt from the Massachusetts travel order.
Spring 2021 Graduate Student Calendar
For graduate programs that have a Spring 1 term, courses begin on January 18, 2021. For programs that are built around a full Spring semester, courses begin on February 1, 2021 and will end on May 12, 2021. The Spring 2 term will run from March 15 to May 7, 2021. All graduate students will receive their start dates directly from their program directors. The Spring 2021 semester ends on May 12, 2021.
Graduate Commuter Lounge
The Graduate Commuter Lounge in Cushing 300 will remain open and available to students. This space is considered a common space on campus and will be cleaned in accordance with the College’s protocols.
All graduate students are required to have a 2020-2021 commuter Student Parking Pass. Graduate students can request a 2020-2021 graduate Parking Pass on MyMack.
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. In the event a fellowship placement requires a graduate student whose academic program’s courses are all remote to be on campus regularly, the student is required to pay the COVID-19 mitigation fee.
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 spring plans. Graduate students with off-campus fellowship placements will be contacted regarding their fellowship placements and specific protocols by their program directors.
Merrimack recognizes that COVID-19 creates barriers for international students, including suspension of travel to the United States, suspension of visa services, limited international flight availability and more. International students will be required to produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered during the previous 72 hours before boarding a flight to the United States of America and should provide the same results to firstname.lastname@example.org before arrival onto the campus. The Director of Global Education and International Student Support will work with each student to coordinate plans to travel back to campus and will communicate all protocols.
Please bear in mind that policies with the Department of Homeland Security are subject to change and students should review these instructions and adhere to them. Any questions on this should be referred to the Director of Global Education and International Student Support at email@example.com. Currently, the Department of Homeland Security’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has extended the spring temporary exception for online classes in the spring and summer semesters in response to schools moving online because of COVID-19. However, this policy applies (currently) to all ACTIVE (non-INITIAL) Status F-1 students only. Should the current guidance continue through Spring 2021, then all INITIAL status students should anticipate having to fulfill a minimum in-person requirement. The College continues to monitor Department of Homeland Security guidance and will update students accordingly.
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.