What You Need To Know
Things will look a little different this fall as we work together to minimize the spread of COVID-19. What will remain unchanged is our commitment to providing an environment in which everyone can learn and succeed.
Four-Phase Approach to Opening: Summary
As we begin the return to campus, Merrimack College’s first priority remains, as always, the safety and wellbeing of our students, faculty and staff. To safely resume person-to-person interactions and the use of campus facilities, the College has developed a four phased plan to re-open our campus. The process to do this safely involves:
Phased repopulation of the campus
Staff, students and faculty will be welcomed back to campus in phases. Access to campus is limited to the Rock Ridge Road entrance so that we can monitor the health and safety of individuals as they enter and exit the College.
Enhanced set of community expectations and support
Our collective health is dependent on the cooperation and coordination of every member of our community. We also want to make sure that every individual is aware of the resources Merrimack provides that can help them through difficult circumstances.
Plan for monitoring health conditions to ensure detection of infection
Using a combination of self-diagnostic apps, symptom surveys, medical testing and general wellbeing checks, the College will help support the health of all members of our community.
Plan for containment to prevent spread of the disease if detected
If COVID-19 is identified on campus, the College will institute tracing protocols, deploy on-campus quarantine locations and provide medical and epidemiological care through our partnerships with medical professionals and local public health departments.
Plan for teaching courses in the classroom and remotely (“multimodality”)
Merrimack students will have multiple ways to engage in learning safely and with the full support of their faculty and campus resources, such as the Academic Success Center.
Plan to live, eat, work, study and socialize on campus
At the heart of a residential campus experience is the opportunity to meet new people, explore new opportunities and expand one’s horizons. A reconfigured approach to the campus experience — from less density in residence halls, to more socializing opportunities, to greater food options — is designed to enhance both the campus experience and safety.