COVID-19

Graduate, Commuter & International Students

Graduate, Commuter & International Students

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

Commuter 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 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

There is adequate parking available on campus for commuter students. 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.

Graduate Students

Graduate Student Commuter Agreement

All commuter students must read and sign their 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 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

There is adequate parking available on campus for commuter students. All graduate commuter students are required to have a 2020-2021 commuter Student Parking Pass. Graduate students can request a 2020-2021 graduate Parking Pass on MyMack.

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.

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

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 quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours upon arrival back 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 there are a number of important items still to be determined for Spring 2021. Most importantly, the Department of Homeland Security has not yet issued guidance for Spring 2021. That is compounded by the uncertainty of global travel conditions such as travel restrictions, bans and flight availability. 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.