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Healthy Hawk Nation Plan – Spring 2021

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All commuter students are required to check in January 21-22. Those who live off campus and who are taking on-campus classes, labs, or clinics must participate in the on-campus COVID-19 testing program. Students will receive a COVID test upon arrival, and will be placed in quarantine until they receive a second negative test result. Due to the timing of check-in and when classes begin, the first two days of classes – Thursday, January 28 and Friday, January 29 – will be held remotely. There will be no in-person classes held until Monday, February 1. This will provide sufficient time for students to receive results from their second test.  

Resident students are scheduled to move in between January 23-26. For safety purposes, move in is being spread out over more days than a typical semester in order to reduce the number of students moving in at any given time. Students will receive a COVID test upon arrival, and will need to quarantine in their home until they receive a second negative test result. Due to the timing of move-in and when classes begin, the first two days of classes – Thursday, January 28 and Friday, January 29 – will be held remotely. There will be no in-person classes held until Monday, February 1. This will provide sufficient time for students to receive results from their second test.

Announcements

COVID-19: Vaccination and Testing
COVID-19: Vaccination and Testing The Massachusetts Department of Public Health advises that even after the second inoculation, vaccinated individuals need to remain in testing programs and continue to observe preventative safety measures. There is not enough data to confirm that vaccinated individuals can be asymptomatic carriers/spreaders. Therefore, those who are starting or who have completed both rounds of the COVID-19 vaccine MUST continue to use their daily symptom checker on the CoVerified app and must be tested in the College’s COVID-19 testing program. (Posted January 11, 2021)

January 26, 2021:

Find updated information and a video on safety protocols at Dining Services here: https://dineoncampus.com/becker/safety-commitment

January 21, 2021:

Update about the men’s and women’s ice hockey program can be found in Athletics.

January 7, 2021:

Fact sheets for traditional undergraduate students on Quarantine and Isolation have been posted.

View the latest video from Frank Millerick, Vice President of Student Affairs and Director of Athletics, with updated information on the College’s January opening. (Click on thumbnail.)Frank Millerick's 5th message about Spring 2021 Semester

Informational Zoom meetings will be held for students. The flyer can be found in your student email, on the Student Portal, and Canvas. (Or click on thumbnail below.)

January Zoom Meetings with President Crimmin for Students

January 5, 2021:

An update has been made to Resident Students, Campus Housing Move-In and Commuter Students. Please refer to those sections for the most up-to-date information.

November 23, 2020: Plans for Spring 2021 Semester
Becker College is committed to providing an on-campus living and learning experience for the Spring 2021 semester and looks forward to welcoming students back to campus in January. There will be multiple protocols and guidelines in place to ensure the health and safety of our entire community. Students, faculty, and staff are strongly advised to become familiar with the Healthy Hawk Nation Plan, which summarizes important changes to the academic and student experience for the Spring 2021 semester.

Given the continued rise in COVID-19 numbers in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and other U.S. states, as well as uncertainty around travel during Thanksgiving and the holidays, we must be fluid and responsive in our plans. To that end, we are planning for a number of scenarios that will be influenced by:

• Local, regional, and national health data
• Revisions to federal, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and public health regulations

Students, faculty, and staff are required to monitor their health regularly for symptoms of COVID-19. In addition, those who will be on campus (faculty, staff, resident students, and commuters) must sign a Testing Consent Form and participate in the College’s COVID-19 testing program. Baseline testing will begin for employees upon their return to work on January 4 (and 1x/week thereafter) and for resident and commuter students upon arrival to campus (and 2x/week thereafter). Students who opt for remote-only learning are required to sign an Intent for Remote Learning form, which indicates they will not be on campus for any reason, and therefore will not be part of the College’s testing program.

Everyone must follow the health and safety protocols and guidelines outlined in the Healthy Hawk Nation Plan. It is the responsibility of everyone to ensure not just their own personal health and safety, but also that of the entire campus community. These guidelines include, but are not limited to, wearing a mask/face covering, practicing social distancing, and ensuring personal hygiene, including handwashing and overall cleanliness. Again, these required measures are important in order to keep the members of our campus community healthy and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Students who chose to live and learn remotely and employees who have received approval to work remotely cannot come to campus at any time.

Flu Vaccine Requirement: Per the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, all students—residential or commuters—under the age of 30 who will be taking classes on campus are required to receive the flu vaccine by December 31, 2020. This vaccine requirement helps reduce flu-related illnesses that present with symptoms similar to COVID-19. Students who are learning remotely and those who have a documented medical or religious exemption are not required to receive the flu vaccine. Documentation of the vaccine needs to be uploaded to the health portal, Medicat, at: https://becker.medicatconnect.com/ . Students log into this site with the same user name and password as on their Becker-related accounts.
Please continue to check this web page, email, Canvas, and the Student and Employee Portals for up-to-date information.

NOTE: All College offices will be closed beginning November 25, 2020 (Thanksgiving break), and will reopen on Monday, November 30, 2020. College offices will also be closed beginning December 23, 2020 (Holiday break) and will reopen on January 4, 2021.

COVID-19 Campus Dashboard

The COVID-19 Dashboard will be posted in 2021 when COVID-19 testing begins.

Becker College’s COVID-19 Dashboard provides data that informs and supports the community about the number of tests administered to date and regular updates on the number of reported cases on campus for a given week. The data collected reflects faculty, staff, and students who are on campus for the Spring 2021 semester and who are participating in the College’s COVID-19 testing program. Confidentiality laws prohibit the College from disclosing identifying information about affected individuals.

Becker College 2021 Spring Semester

We look forward to welcoming you to Becker as we plan to resume on-campus, in-person classes and residential living for the Spring 2021 semester. All members of the Becker College community must read and abide by the information conveyed in this Plan.

This Plan has been developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It outlines the procedures, guidelines, and protocols set in place for the College’s Spring 2021 semester.  These measures are designed to safeguard the health of our community throughout multiple areas of academic and campus life. The Plan reflects an abundance of caution and is, by necessity, a dynamic and fluid document. Becker College will be responsive to any changes in the guidelines enacted by the Centers for Disease Control, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Department of Public Health, and local Boards of Health, as well as the campus environment. New and/or updated guidelines will be made as needed throughout this Plan, which will be indicated in NEW! next to the title of the subject area. These changes will also be communicated to the campus community through email, Employee and Student Portals, and Canvas.

It is important to check back regularly to be aware of any changes. Please be sure to read this document thoroughly.  For questions related to areas not specifically addressed in this Plan, please email covid19@becker.edu.

Decision-making Authority

The authority to end in-person instruction and transition to remote learning and/or vacate residence halls rests with the President, who will follow guidelines from the Centers of Disease Control, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and Board of Health officials. The following situations may warrant that decision:
• The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Department of Public Health, and/or the local Boards of Health may mandate the end of in-person classes and direct students to return home based on the direction and health impacts of COVID-19.
• If the rate of infection and health impacts on the Becker College campuses exceeds capability and capacity for successful containment or lowering the risk of infection.
If the decision is made to transition the Spring 2021 semester to remote learning and exit of residence halls, the College will take the following steps:
• Instruct residence students to leave campus with their belongings.
• Complete the semester through online instruction.
• Accommodate students who are unable to leave campus by providing on-campus housing and food service.

Important Information

Flu Vaccine/Immunization Records

Per the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, all students under the age of 30 (both full-time and part-time) who plan to live on campus and/or take on-campus classes, labs, or clinics are required to receive the flu vaccine by December 31, 2020. Proof of flu vaccination needs to be uploaded to Medicat: https://becker.medicatconnect.com/. Student log-in is the same user name and password as on all Becker-related accounts.

  • Students will be expected to have received a flu vaccine by December 31, 2020, for the 2020-2021 influenza season, unless proof of either a medical or religious exemption is provided.
  • College students who are completely off-campus and engaged in remote learning only are exempt from this order.
  • The new flu immunization requirement to enter school in January 2021 is in addition to existing vaccine requirements for all those attending colleges and universities in Massachusetts.
  • Immunization requirements apply to all students who attend any classes on campus, even once or for a brief time.
  • Immunization records must be submitted in the Medicat Health Portal prior to students attending classes or activities in person.

Those over the age of 30 (faculty, staff, and students) are strongly encouraged to receive a flu vaccination before coming to campus.

Refunds

Becker College must abide by the decisions of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as it monitors COVID-19 and adjusts to follow the state and local public health policies accordingly. In the event of a temporary closure and/or adjustments made to academic and housing services, the following will apply:

  1. There will be no refunds of tuition and fees because teaching continues and services will be available remotely.
  2. If the College is forced to shut down residence halls and require students to vacate campus, prorated room and board refunds will be issued at the end of the semester.
  3. If a student makes the determination to leave campus housing but remain in class remotely, the regular refund policy and timeline will apply. More information can be found here.

Removal from Campus

Through this Plan, Becker College assures that policies and protocols are in place to protect the overall health and well-being of the campus community. It is up to each individual to act responsibly and abide by such policies and protocols. Refusal and/or repeated failure to do so may result in removal from campus and/or an automatic transition to remote learning and off-campus residence.

 

Travel Information: Becker College Requirements

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed an executive order on July 24, 2020, regarding requirements of those traveling to Massachusetts from high-risk states. These states are identified here:  https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-travel-order#lower-risk-states-

Incoming students are included in the order.

  • In direct response to the Governor’s order, Becker requires that students traveling to Massachusetts from higher-risk states complete the Massachusetts Travel Form. Please print the form or take a screen shot and bring it with you to campus as proof of submission. On the date of move-in/arrival on campus, every student from a non-exempt state will be required to provide proof of their Massachusetts Travel Form at check-in. Failure to submit this document means you will not be allowed on campus until the requirements are met.
  • All students will have COVID-19 testing upon arrival or check-in.

Note: As the College continues to monitor updates, advisories, and mandates from the Centers for Disease Control, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and Board of Health officials, plans for Spring 2021 will be subject to change as needed. As the College is part of the Worcester and Leicester communities, Becker will consider factors within those communities and seek the guidance of local public health officials in its plans.

Important Resources

 

Healthy Hawk Nation Plan: Table of Contents

NOTE: Throughout this Plan, dates below a section title indicate when that section was last updated.

NEW UPDATES:

An update has been made to Resident Students, Campus Housing Move-In and Commuter Students. Please refer to those sections for the most up-to-date information.

What Is Healthy Hawk Nation?

(Updated: November 23, 2020)

Healthy Hawk Nation is a commitment made by each member of the Becker College community—called Hawk Nation collectively—to abide by all Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Public Health Departments, and Becker College health and safety protocols and guidelines to ensure not just their own personal safety, but also the health and safety of the entire community. In support of the Becker College mission and core values, the guiding principles of the Healthy Hawk Nation are:

  • The health and welfare of our entire community—students, faculty, and staff—are of primary concern and importance.
  • By necessity, our decisions will be guided by policies and information from our local, state, and federal officials. We will not set off on a course that deviates from this guidance.
  • We will have contingency plans in place so we can pivot quickly should there be a resurgence of COVID-19.
  • We are committed to ensuring students make meaningful progress towards their educational goals.

Health & Safety Guidelines

(Updated: November 23, 2020)

The following health and safety guidelines are required of all students, faculty, and staff who will be on campus for any length of time:

  • Compliance: Becker College WILL NOT tolerate non-compliance with the policies and protocols outlined here and within this Plan as they related to ensure the health and well-being of Healthy Hawk Nation. Students, faculty, and staff will be held accountable for such actions such as not wearing a mask/face covering, failure to take COVID-19 tests, and coming to campus at any time when they are registered as fully remote. Infractions of any of the policies and protocols outlined range from warnings to a change from in-person learning to remote learning to separation from the College.
  • Testing Consent Form: All faculty, staff, and students are required to sign a Consent Form for testing. Students will receive the Student Consent Form prior to the start of classes. Faculty and staff will receive an Employee Consent Form prior to December 18.
  • Student and Employee Pledge: All students and employees will be required to sign a Student Pledge or an Employee Pledge—a personal commitment to ensuring the health and safety of the campus community—which will be provided to employees in late December 2020 and to students prior to the start of classes.
  • Wearing a mask/face covering: On November 2, 2020, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Governor Baker signed an updated order related to masks/face coverings. Beginning on November 6, 2020, the revised order requires all persons to wear a mask/face covering in all public places, even where they can maintain 6 feet of distance from others. (See Exception below.) Students, faculty, and staff must wear a mask/face covering in all public places and common areas—both indoors and outdoors. This includes all College facilities (classrooms, dining halls, residence halls outside the students’ rooms, labs, libraries, and so on) as well as in outdoor common areas. This order applies to everyone. The wearing of a mask/face covering will be strictly enforced. The College will give each student two face masks upon arrival to campus at the start of the semester. Students are expected to properly care for these and their own masks/face coverings as needed throughout the semester. Click here to read the revised face-coverings order.

EXCEPTION: Wearing a mask/face covering is required by Massachusetts state law and Becker policy to protect the health and well-being of the entire campus community. Students who cannot wear a mask/face covering will not be allowed to live in campus housing or be on campus at any time. The accommodation provided for students who are unable to wear a mask/face covering is to participate in all online learning. Employees who cannot wear a mask/face covering must consult Human Resources.

  • Gatherings: On November 2, 2020, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Governor Baker signed an updated order restricting gatherings. Beginning on November 6, 2020, the new gatherings order reduces the gathering size limit at private residences: indoor gatherings at private residences are limited to 10 people, and outdoor gatherings at private residences are limited to 25 people. The new order also requires that all gatherings (regardless of size or location) end and disperse by 9:30 pm. The new gatherings order also requires that organizers of gatherings must report known positive COVID-19 cases to the local health department in that community and cooperate with contact tracing. The gatherings order authorizes continued enforcement by local health and police departments and specifies that fines for violating the gatherings order will be $500 for each person above the limit at a particular gathering. Click here to read the revised gatherings order. Becker College will strictly enforce limits to any on-campus gatherings, and strongly urges students to abide by these limits for any off-campus activities to ensure the health and safety of the campus community.
  • Stay-at-home advisory: On November 2, 2020, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Governor Baker signed an updated stay-at-home advisory. Beginning on November 6, 2020, the new advisory urges individuals to “stay at home” between 10 pm and 5 am, with the exception of traveling to work or school, for essential needs (going to a grocery store or pharmacy), seeking emergency medical care, picking up take-out food, or going out for a walk. No social gatherings for non-members of a household or a residence hall should take place between 10 pm and 5 am.
  • Early closure of certain businesses: Effective November 6, 2020, certain businesses (restaurants, theaters, performance venues, and gyms) must close to the public at 9:30 pm and not reopen until 5 am. Restaurants can continue take-out and food delivery during the mandatory closing period. Libraries, labs, offices, and classrooms are not included in the list of places that must close at 9:30 pm.
  • Social distancing: Social distancing, also called physical distancing, means keeping at least a 6-foot space between you and other people outside your home. This includes residence halls, classrooms, and common areas. Limiting face-to-face contact with others is the best way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and is critical to protecting everyone. Masks/face coverings DO NOT eliminate the need for social distancing, even while maintaining a minimum of 6 feet (approximately two arms’ length) from other people. Avoid large gatherings, respect physical distancing from others, and modify interpersonal interactions. This applies to all indoor and outdoor spaces, including walkways. Please observe all directional and physical distancing signage on campus at all times.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The CDC refined its “close contacts” guidelines in October 2020. The updated guidance now defines a close contact as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected individual for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period Read more here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/contact-tracing/contact-tracing-plan/appendix.html#contact

  • Departure Plan: All students living in campus-designated housing are required to have a departure plan on file with Residence Life. These plans must be followed in the event of a student needing to isolate or quarantine, or if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Departure plans will be strictly enforced; minimal changes will be allowed once a student’s departure plan is submitted. Students will be asked to implement these plans as soon as possible after talking with Health Services. For questions, please email housing@becker.edu.
  • De-densification: Classrooms, labs, and residence hall occupancy will be limited to ensure social distancing protocols can be followed. Furniture set-ups that ensure social distancing may not be moved or adjusted at any time.
  • Practicing good hygiene: Good, basic hygiene is key to stopping the spread of COVID-19 as well as other viruses. Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Cough/sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve. Disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Protecting others: Please review the symptoms of COVID-19: Symptoms of COVID-19.
    • If you feel sick, or experience any of the symptoms of COVID-19, DO NOT come to campus—stay home—or stay in your residence hall room and call Student Health Services at 774.354.0471 (Monday-Friday 9-4 pm).
    • If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to isolate for at least 10 days after your symptoms began or after a positive test result. In addition, you must remain fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medications and demonstrate symptom resolution. All students are required to consult Student Health Services for a telehealth visit for clearance to return to campus/classes. All students who test positive for COVID-19 or are close contacts will be required to go home to rest and recuperate. If a student has extenuating circumstances for not returning home because of high family risk or home is too far away, Becker will provide the appropriate accommodations on campus on a case-by-case basis.
    • If you are exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19, you must quarantine for 14 days. All students who can return home will be required to do so. If a student has a valid reason for not returning home because of high family risk or home is too far away, Becker will provide the appropriate accommodations on campus.

Students who isolate or quarantine on campus will receive a daily telehealth check-in and delivered meals. All courses will be online for the duration of the student’s isolation or quarantine.

  • Engaging in safe practices off-campus: Ensuring the health and safety of the entire campus community relies upon the commitment made by all members of the Becker community to follow health and safety protocols while engaged in off-campus activities and interacting with the public. It is important to avoid large social gatherings, wear a mask/face covering, and practice social distancing so the virus is not spread on our campuses.
  • Flu vaccine: A flu vaccine is required by Massachusetts Law, by December 31, 2020.  Students (both full-time and part-time) who are living or learning on the Becker campuses must receive a flu vaccine before returning to campus. Symptoms of the flu and COVID-19 can be very similar. We are hopeful that the health and safety protocols put in place for COVID-19 will help minimize seasonal influenza on campus, but that is not guaranteed. The flu vaccine is available through your local pharmacy and your physician’s office. Upload proof of your vaccine to Medicat at https://becker.medicatconnect.com/  Your Becker username and password will allow you to access Medicat. Please note: You may be asked to upload your flu vaccine information into the CoVerified app once you complete the onboarding process for the app.
  • Testing and contact tracing: The College requires COVID-19 testing of all members of its community. Those who will be on campus for any length of time are required to participate in COVID-19 testing. Individuals with positive test results must cooperate with contact tracing officials. This includes residential and commuter students who are taking an on-campus class or classes, as well as faculty teaching on-campus and employees working on-campus.
  • Re-entry to campus: We ask that students, faculty, and staff be mindful that every re-entry to campus raises the risk level for the entire community. Whenever you venture off-campus, both as a commuter and resident student as well as an employee, it is vital to follow the above health and safety guidelines.
  • Compliance: Students, faculty, and staff will be expected to comply with all policies and protocols and to follow the guidelines on all posted campus signage. It is essential that we work together to reduce the spread of COVID-19 infection in order to protect everyone’s health as well as the health and safety of the Becker community. Each individual will be held accountable for their actions, and it is up to each member of the community to speak up whenever compliance guidelines are being ignored. Those who refuse to comply with the guidelines above may be subject to an immediate loss of on-campus privileges and will not be granted any type of credit or refund.

For information about Quarantine & Isolation (for traditional UG students, SGPS students, and employees, please refer to the Quarantine & Isolation fact sheets.

Terminology

(Updated: November 23, 2020)

The following CDC resources provide information about terminology used in this Plan:

Campus Signage

(Updated: November 23, 2020)

Signage posted inside campus buildings and in exterior spaces conveys important information that must be followed at all times. This includes hours of operation, directional and physical distancing signage signifying flow and where people should stand, area capacity limit, and information regarding safety protocols.

Protocol for Employees

(Updated: November 23, 2020)

All faculty and staff who will be on campus for any length of time are required sign an Employee Consent Form and must participate in the College’s testing program. They will be tested regularly (1x/week). In addition, they must sign an Employee Pledge that assures their understanding of and agreement to abide by the College’s health and safety guidelines and protocols.

Employees are urged to complete a daily self-check for any symptoms of COVID-19 before reporting to work. If you are not feeling well, you must stay home and arrange with your primary care provider to get tested. Those who test positive are required to self-isolate at home for at least 10 days. No employee who tests positive will be allowed to return to campus before completing isolation at home for a minimum of 10 days, and until they have not had a fever in the past 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication. The College will work with employees on when is the best time to return.

More information about the College’s 2021 return to work for faculty and staff can be found on the Employee Portal, in Human Resources.

Testing

(Updated: November 23, 2020)

Students who are living off-campus and taking classes online will not be part of the testing program—and may not come to campus at any time.

COVID-19: Vaccination and Testing
COVID-19: Vaccination and Testing The Massachusetts Department of Public Health advises that even after the second inoculation, vaccinated individuals need to remain in testing programs and continue to observe preventative safety measures. There is not enough data to confirm that vaccinated individuals can be asymptomatic carriers/spreaders. Therefore, those who are starting or who have completed both rounds of the COVID-19 vaccine MUST continue to use their daily symptom checker on the CoVerified app and must be tested in the College’s COVID-19 testing program. (Posted January 11, 2021)

Becker College is participating in a college surveillance testing program called the Safe for School Program, created by the Broad Institute. The Broad Institute is a Harvard and MIT laboratory that developed the SARS-CoV-2 testing program in order to help colleges and universities safely reopen their campuses in Fall 2020. Testing protocols are required for any institution with students residing on campus and for anyone (faculty, staff, or student) who will be on campus for any length of time. Testing protocols are to be aligned with the Higher Education Testing Group’s “Developing an Integrated COVID-19 Testing Strategy: Considerations for Institutions of Higher Education in Massachusetts” report.

Becker College will be engaged in regular testing of all community members who will be on campus during the Spring semester. Testing at 1x/week will begin with faculty and staff in early January 2021; students will be tested 2x/week upon return to campus. Regular updates about the College’s COVID-19 testing results and metrics will be posted on the College’s COVID-19 Dashboard, located on the web homepage (www.becker.edu).

Testing Sites

Two testing sites—one on each campus—will be available for students, faculty, and staff. The Leicester testing site is located in Marsh Hall; the Worcester testing site is in the Multipurpose Room in Boutin Student Center. Hours of operation will be posted at the sites.

CoVerified App

Becker College is using the CoVerified app to support the College’s mitigation and surveillance testing plan. This web-based and smart phone application allows users to show proof of clearance through daily symptom screening, receive test results, and more. Testing appointments will be tracked through the app. Failure to show up for testing at regularly scheduled times may result in removal from campus and transitioning to online classes. Anyone living, teaching, or working on campus during the Spring semester must download the CoVerified app. More information will be available on how to register for the app.

Contact Tracing

Once a student or employee has been notified of a positive test, Becker College will undertake contact tracing with that individual, in partnership with the local Department of Health and following CDC and Massachusetts Department of Public Health guidelines for exposure. Contact tracing will include conversation with the student or employee to determine potential exposure to others on campus. The goal of contact tracing is to minimize the spread of the virus on campus. All potential contacts will be instructed to go into quarantine.

Testing Fees

While Becker College is absorbing most of the testing costs, students will be required to pay a testing fee for the semester, which will be included in their bill. Students who are fully remote will not be required to pay the testing fee.

Academics

(Updated: November 23, 2020)

Academic Calendar

The Spring Semester will start on January 28, 2021, and end on May 6, 2021, with no Spring Break. Classes will be held on Presidents’ Day (Monday, February 15, 2021) and Good Friday (Friday, April 2, 2021). View the Academic Calendar here.

  • Course schedules will include a mix of on campus and online course options. Students may opt to learn remotely or on campus, and many will have a blend of course types.
  • Remote-only instruction will be provided for those students who choose not to participate in face-to-face or hybrid learning or for those students who are in quarantine or isolation.

Delivery Modality

Spring 2021 courses will be offered on online and on-campus. When registering for classes, students will find the following course types on the schedule. NOTE: Students will not be required to have an in-person class to live on campus; they can engage in 100% remote learning while living on campus.

  • Online Asynchronous: These courses are fully online and have no scheduled meeting times. All course materials will be delivered through the Canvas learning management system.
  • Online Synchronous: These courses are fully online and will have scheduled meeting times. Real-time online meetings will be held using Microsoft Teams; other course materials will be delivered through Canvas. Students must plan to attend scheduled Teams meetings.
  • Hybrid: These courses will be held in-person on campus and will also have additional online course activities. *COVID-19 testing will be required, as per Becker policy.

Classroom and Lab Protocols

In-person classes will look and operate differently from the way they have in the past. This includes but is not limited to reducing seating density to maintain adequate physical distancing, and the requirement that faculty and students wear masks/face coverings and other PPE as designated by the faculty in the lab. Class size will be determined by a number of factors, including the physical distancing capacity of the classroom.

In addition, the following procedures will be implemented:

  • All classroom capacities will be reduced to allow 6 feet of space between students.
  • Students must sit in the same seat each time they go to class to enable contact tracing should they test positive for COVID-19.
  • Seating and furniture cannot be moved or adjusted.
  • For large spaces with fixed seating (such as lecture halls), seats will be blocked off so they cannot be used.
  • For larger classes, students will be split and rotated between the in-class and online formats in a hybrid model (e.g., half the class attends face-to-face on one day; half the class on another day).
  • Non-academic spaces may be used on both campuses as classroom space.
  • As many classes as possible will be scheduled in larger classrooms and other spaces.
  • In-person laboratory classes may meet for reduced times to allow the class to operate with smaller groups of students in the lab at one time.
  • Disinfecting spray and paper towels as well as hand sanitizers will be provided in classrooms. It is strongly advised that students use these cleaning supplies to disinfect high-touch areas. Class schedules will be adjusted to allow students to wipe down surfaces before and after use.
  • All faculty will be equipped with a “Go Bag” containing additional sanitizing products.
  • While some nursing clinicals will be held off-campus, some will take place in the nursing simulation lab.
  • When feasible, dedicated entrances and exits will be designated to minimize congestion during class changes.

NOTE: Cross-registration for in-person classes offered by colleges in the Worcester Consortium is currently suspended. Cross-registration for online courses is offered. 

Learning Commons (Libraries)

Both Ruska Learning Commons and Swan Learning Commons will have signage for traffic flows, limitations on the number of patrons in the libraries at any given time, and use a reservation system for computer and study carrel use. Please check the library website or student portal to make reservations.

Library hours will be reduced for the spring semester in both locations. Reference/research assistance at Swan Learning Common will be limited to use of the 24/7 Chat or by calling the Ruska Learning Commons in Worcester @ 508-373-9710 or email library@becker.edu during business hours.  For hours of operation and information, click here.

Note: The Libraries are open only to the Becker community. Students who are fully remote are not allowed to physically be in the libraries and must use online access to library services only.

Academic Support

Becker College is committed to student success and providing students with the academic support they need. The following are important resources:

  • Collaborative Learning Center: Students at all academic levels come to the Collaborative Learning Center for a variety of reasons. Some students make one-time appointments for help on a specific assignment, while others schedule recurring weekly tutoring sessions to ensure they stay on top of their coursework. Collaborative Learning Center staff help students master testing strategies, make study schedules, and write research papers.
  • Academic Consulting and Engagement Supports (ACES): Each student in this program is assigned a coach who assists in building self-confidence, motivation, and self-reliance through the creation of individualized study and life strategies adapted to each student’s needs and style. Professional Academic Coaches act as guides for students through their transition to college. Coaches and students work together to not only stay on track academically, but to also become fully engaged in campus life.

Students with Disabilities

If you are a student with a documented learning disability, as determined under the ADA and as defined in Chapter 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, you may benefit from certain accommodations. If you believe you qualify and would benefit from appropriate and reasonable accommodations, please contact the Director of Student Support Services, Brenda Hackett, at Brenda.Hackett@becker.edu or call 508.373.9704 to schedule an appointment for a confidential conversation. It is strongly suggested that students make appointments each semester in order to receive their academic accommodations. Please download and complete the Disability Services Accommodation Registration Form and submit with your disability documentation, so your information can be processed promptly.

Documentation for students with learning disabilities should be sent directly to Brenda Hackett (contact information shown above). Please do not send documentation to other departments, including Admissions.

Computer Labs

Becker College will limit the number of individuals in computer labs, with capacity limits that adhere to mandated social distancing. Guidelines for lab usage include the following:

  • Facilities will thoroughly clean, disinfect, and wipe down all computer labs once a day using EPA-recommended products and practices.
  • Students are expected to use College-provided sanitizing wipes/paper towels and cleaner to disinfect before and after each use of desk and/or table, chairs, and computer keyboard and mouse.
  • Containers of hand sanitizer will be available in all computer labs. Each student is asked to use hand sanitizer upon entry to the computer lab.
  • There will be protective sleeves on the keyboard and mouse.

The following labs will be open, with reduced capacity, from 8 am-6 pm (times are subject to change):

  • Worcester Campus
    • Library
    • Weller 313
    • Weller 306
    • Weller 305 (Commuter Lab)
    • Weller 105 Annex (Mac)
    • MFA Labs, Barrett Center, 1st and 2nd floors
    • VR/AR Lab, Barrett Center, 2nd floor
  • Leicester Campus
    • Swan Library
    • Borger 224
    • O’Connor Study Room

Technology and Course Materials Assistance

Becker understands that students may encounter technology challenges or may be struggling to purchase books and course materials—all necessary to help continue studies. To request assistance from the Student Support Fund, students should login to Canvas, access the “ACAD-2020-ONL-2020FA-Covid19 Emergency Fund” course and download and submit the Student Support Fund Form.

Resident Students

(Updated: January 5, 2021)

Campus Housing Move-In/Check-In Information:

All students are strongly encouraged to self-quarantine in their homes for a minimum of 14 days prior to arriving to campus.

On Friday, January 15, 2021, students will receive their final move in information via email. This email will include housing assignments, roommate information, and the students assigned move-in date and time. For planning purposes, students can expect their information to follow this schedule:

Returning Student Move-In:  January 23 and January 24

New Student Move-In:  January 25 and January 26

Students will be assigned a one-hour window to move into their residence hall. They may bring one person to campus to assist them. However, only the student may enter the residence hall and check-in sites. In the days prior to arrival, students can look to Becker College social media and emails to view videos of what they can expect at the check-in process.

Students will check in and be tested prior to their move in. Therefore, residential students are asked to arrive one hour prior to their scheduled move-in window.  All students will check in on the Leicester Campus, regardless of which campus they will reside on for the Spring semester.

On the date of move-in/arrival to campus, every student from a non-exempt state will be required to provide proof of their Massachusetts Travel Form. You will be asked to provide this information at check-in. Failure to submit this document means you will not be allowed on campus until the required information is furnished to us.

All students will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival to campus. Residential students will be able to move in their belongings and are required to isolate in their rooms until they and their roommates receive two negative test results. Usual turnaround time for results is 24-48 hours from the date of each individual test.

All students will be provided with a checklist in early January of things needed prior to arrival in January. Students are encouraged to pack lightly and focus on bringing only essential and important items to campus, which will allow for a faster move-in. We encourage students to keep in mind that they must have the ability to pack fully and quickly to evacuate campus within 24-48 hours in the event the campus must close due to the pandemic. Students are required to have a departure plan to leave campus in the event of a positive test or need to quarantine; this plan should include a pre-packed bag of essential items and transportation plans to move off campus. More details about move-in will be provided to students.

Residence Halls

Given COVID-19 conditions, residential spaces will be de-densified to provide housing that is as safe as possible—including lowering room occupancy from quads and triples to doubles and singles, limiting the number of students using the bathrooms at one time, and creating self-isolation/quarantine locations.

Resident students signed a housing contract when they completed the preference form in July 2020. The Office of Residence Life will collect the signed housing contract from those resident students who did not sign the form. In addition to the housing contract, students will also need to sign a housing agreement that includes COVID-19 information, the Student Pledge, and the Testing Consent Form prior to moving into their residence hall.

Students also need to abide by the following:

  • Students must wear CDC-approved masks/face coverings in residence halls.
  • To limit exposure, no guests will be allowed inside residence halls until further notice. Guests are welcome to visit outside of residence halls as long as students abide by physical distancing, wearing masks/face coverings, and limit outdoor group gatherings.
  • All signage in residence halls rooms and common areas must be followed.

Isolation/Quarantine Housing

The College has set aside student housing to serve as quarantine and isolation accommodations for residential students. Students may continue their studies in these areas through remote learning. Persons in quarantine or isolation will receive regular delivery of food and beverages. Quarantine and Isolation housing will be assigned by Student Health Services on an individual basis. Students within a commutable distance must go home. Residential students must provide Residence Life with their departure plan in the event of a positive test or a need to quarantine.

Quarantine Housing is used when someone has been identified as a close contact to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. Commuter students must stay at home and move to remote learning. Resident students need to return home, or move to an assigned on-campus location and move to remote learning. Students in quarantine on campus are not allowed to move freely on campus unless attending a medical appointment. Students must remain in their residence hall or, for commuters, at home. Residence hall bathroom space will be cleaned by the College’s housekeeping staff daily. Students in quarantine are required to clean surfaces, toilets, sinks, and showers after their use, especially bathrooms that are shared with other residents in quarantine. Cleaning supplies will be provided.

In order to minimize the risk of spreading illness both on and off campus, it will be expected that all students will leave their residence hall or off-campus dwellings only to:

  • Pick up food
  • Go outside for physically distanced exercise
  • Seek medical care
  • Participate in COVID testing
  • Go to or from employment

Isolation Housing is used when someone has COVID-19 symptoms or tests positive for the virus. Commuter students must stay at home and move to remote learning. Resident students need to return home or move to an assigned on-campus location and move to remote learning. Students will receive regular telehealth check-ins from Health Services. Residence hall bathroom space will be cleaned by the College’s housekeeping staff daily. Students in isolation are required to clean surfaces, toilets, sinks, and showers after their use, especially bathrooms that are shared with other residents in isolation. Cleaning supplies will be provided.

For more information, please contact Health Services: 774.354.0471 or email nurse@becker.edu. If you are in isolation or quarantine, you may not move about freely on campus and must remain at home or in your assigned quarantine or isolation room—unless you are attending a scheduled medical appointment or require emergency medical care.

All students under isolation or quarantine, both commuters and residents, must be cleared by a Student Health Services nurse before returning to campus life. Call 774.354.0471 or email nurse@becker.edu to arrange for a callback.

Commuter Students

(Updated: January 5, 2021)

Students who live off campus and who are taking on-campus classes, labs, or clinics must sign a Testing Consent Form and the Student Pledge, download and use the CoVerified app, as well as participate in the on-campus COVID-19 testing program.

Initial commuter check-in: January 21 and January 22

Commuter students who are taking hybrid (on-campus) classes and need to remain on campus between classes can access a number of spaces on the Worcester Campus and Leicester Campus for quiet study. Students must observe room capacity limits (posted through signage at the locations), cannot rearrange furniture or seating, and must follow the College’s health and safety guidelines and protocols at all times.

Please also refer to the Quarantine & Isolation: Traditional UG Students fact sheet.

Reminder: Students who choose to be fully remote cannot come to campus at any time.

Graduate & Professional Studies Students

(Updated: November 23, 2020)

Courses in the School of Graduate & Professional Studies (SGPS) will be held online for the spring semester, with the exception of courses in the ASN program which require labs or clinicals. Students in the ASN program should contact their academic advisor for more information any requirement to come to campus. Students in the graduate programs may be required to come to campus for certain courses or events. Graduate students should contact their graduate program director for more information about the on-campus dates/times.

Any SGPS student who is studying entirely online is not permitted to come to campus.

Students in the ASN program who have labs on campus or clinicals will be required to participate in the College’s testing program, sign the Student Consent Form, and agree to be tested on one of the two campus testing locations. Tests should be scheduled 72 hours in advance of being on campus or at a clinical site in order to receive results.

Graduate students will have the option of participating in the College’s test program. If a graduate student chooses to participate, the student must sign the Student Consent Form and agree to be tested on one of the two campus testing locations. Tests should be scheduled 72 hours in advance of being on campus in order to receive results. Students who opt out of the College’s testing program must elect to obtain a PCR test on their own and provide the results via the College’s Co-Verified app 72 hours before coming on campus.

Those who elect to participate in the College’s testing program will be assessed an additional fee to cover the cost of testing.  More information will be provided at a later time.

SGPS students who will be on campus at any time should become familiar with this Plan—in particular, the Health & Safety Guidelines, which include wearing a mask/face covering, practicing social distancing, and other protocols vital to keeping our community safe.

Please also refer to the Quarantine & Isolation: SGPS Students fact sheet.

Advisors are available to SGPS students by email, phone, or Zoom to discuss course delivery.

Professional Studies Student Advisors

Graduate Program Advisors

Bookstore

(Updated November 23, 2020)

The Bookstore will be open January 25-February 5, Monday through Friday, from 10 am to 6 pm. Before and after these dates, the Bookstore will be open Monday-Thursday, 10 am-6 pm, and Friday 10 am-1 pm. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only five customers will be allowed in the store at one time and can expect a 15-20 minute wait. All customers entering the store must wear a mask/face covering.

In order to minimize the risk to students and to reduce wait times, students are encouraged to place book orders through our website. All books and course-related supplies can be purchased through the site. Financial aid is available as a payment method online to make the ordering process easier for all students. If you are a Worcester Campus student, you can skip the line and pick up your books at the pick-up table located behind the bookstore at 30 Roxbury St. Details on pick-up will be provided in your email once you place an order. Students can also choose to have books shipped to their homes. To order books online, go to https://www.bkstr.com/beckerworcesterstore

Purchasing Textbooks Online

To order books online, go to http://www.bkstr.com/beckerworcesterstore

  • Find the “Get Your Textbooks” section on our homepage. Select “Spring 2021,” and click on “Find Courses.”
  • Select your courses by clicking in the boxes. You can search all your courses at once, or one at a time. When you’ve added your courses, click on “Find Materials.” The site will display any books or supplies needed for your classes. For textbooks, you will often have the option to buy and rent print books or purchase a digital copy. Check the box next to the option you want, and click “Add to Cart.”
  • Continue to add your books and supplies to your cart. When you are done, click the cart icon in the top right corner and check out. Remember, financial aid is now available as a payment option.

Using Financial Aid

Students who have eligible aid will be sent an email the first day that their credit can be used. This email will let you know your available credit balance and provide a direct link to our website. You may use this link, or simply type our URL right into your browser: https://www.bkstr.com/beckerworcesterstore Financial aid can be used on books, supplies, and technology.

  • Once you have added your books and supplies to your cart, start the checkout process. Log in/create an account and select your delivery method. On the payment tab, you will select “Financial Aid.”
  • Enter your student ID number. This is a seven-digit number starting with “0”.
  • Click “Find Accounts.” It will show your balance and the last day you can make a purchase online. If the site does not bring up an account, please contact the Financial Aid Office to verify or update your balance. Updates will typically be applied within 24 hours.

Financial aid can only be used to buy/rent textbooks or purchase course supplies and laptops/tablets. If you put something restricted in the cart, the site will display the “restrictions in bag” message. Click on the “restrictions in bag” link to see which items are not allowed to be purchased with financial aid. At that point, you can choose to pay for the restricted items with a credit card/Paypal, or remove them from the cart.

  • If there are no restrictions, simply check the box next to “Please agree to Financial Aid Terms/Conditions,” and click on “Pay with this.” Follow the prompts to complete the checkout process.

Cleaning & Disinfecting

(Updated November 23, 2020)

SSC, the College’s facility, maintenance and grounds department, uses EPA-approved disinfectants, and follows the CDC guidelines for cleaning. High-priority areas—including entrances, elevators, restrooms, and classrooms—are disinfected 2-3 times daily. Normal priority areas, such as common and public areas, high-touch surfaces (light switches, door handles, desks, egress doors, water faucets, handrails, elevator buttons, etc.), are disinfected 3 times daily. Other areas of the College follow a disinfecting schedule Monday-Friday at agreed service times. Buildings with 7-day service receive cleaning 7 days a week. Ionizers have been installed in the two COVID-19 testing sites (one on each campus). Six disinfecting sprayers/ foggers are used in the morning to clean classrooms and labs, in addition to high-touch surfaces, such as hand-railings, elevators, etc.

All residence halls and campus facilities have been cleaned and sanitized prior to student and employee arrival. Cleaning protocols involve a combination of regularly scheduled and enhanced actions by the College’s housekeeping and facilities vendor (SSC) trained staff. In addition, students and employees are encouraged to disinfect of desk spaces, tables, chairs, etc., using SSC/Becker-provided and EPA-approved disinfecting products that have been provided.

Ventilation

SSC has created a more aggressive schedule of filter changes while increasing the MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) filtration rating to the maximum specification of the manufacturer. Following building engineer recommendations, new MERV 9 filters have been installed in all academic buildings and labs on both campuses. MERV 9 are particle-capture filters that last up to 9 months (good through June 2021).  Air conditioners in buildings have HEPA filters and can be used in the fan mode through winter months to safely circulate air.

Where feasible, HVAC systems have been adjusted to provide greater air exchange (up to 100% make-up air) where possible. Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization technology is present on both the Leicester and Worcester campuses in areas where students may be quarantined. For buildings where installed technologies are not feasible, SSC has increased cleaning frequencies, particularly in high-touch areas. These cleaning frequencies, using EPA-approved disinfectants, are based on CDC guidelines, risk, and other considerations. They have introduced the use of daily electrostatic sprayers in all classrooms, restrooms, and high-touch areas (electrostatic sprayers work by positively charging liquids that actively seek out and stick to environmental surfaces. This results in disinfecting hard-to-reach areas that manual cleaning can miss or be hard to reach).

In summary, sanitation practices and protocols have been expanded, and include:

  • Disconnection of all hand dryers in bathrooms.
  • Frequent cleaning of high-touch surfaces through the campuses, including doorknobs, elevators, elevator buttons, handrails, light switches, etc.
  • Current cleaning and disinfecting operations in low/medium-risk spaces continue as currently scheduled (generally 1X daily).
  • Classrooms and public spaces are cleaned 2X daily.
  • High-risk/high-touch areas have disinfecting frequencies of 3X daily (elevators, lobbies, handles, restrooms, and doorknobs).
  • Disinfectant is available to those who prefer to clean a specific space in addition to the regularly scheduled disinfection.
  • Disinfecting spray cleaners and paper towels will be available in each classroom.

Student Support Services

(Updated: November 23, 2020)

Health Services

To ensure Healthy Hawk Nation, all students are required to complete a daily symptom tracking survey, found on the CoVerified app. The purpose of the app is to review potential symptoms of COVID-19.

Persons with underlying health conditions are at higher risk for medical complications if exposed to COVID-19.  Do not attend classes if you are sick. Call Health Services at 774.354.0471 for triage and instructions.

  • A Registered Nurse will be available for Telehealth screening. Telehealth includes regular check-ins with students who are quarantined/isolated.
  • No walk-ins will be accepted.
  • For a medical emergency, call Campus Police at 508.373.9555—or 911 if off-campus.
  • Visitors are not allowed in exam rooms, or office or waiting room areas.

Counseling Services

Counseling Services will utilize the ACHA (American College Health Association) guidelines for Reopening Institutions of Higher Education in the Covid-19 Era. Procedures:

  • There will be no walk-ins. Call 508.373.9551 or email counseling@becker.edu. We will work with students to ensure they meet with a counselor as soon as possible.
  • We use the doxy.me telehealth platform—a HIPPA-compliant service allows counselors to consult with any student, with a computer or phone equipped with a camera and an internet connection.
  • Senior staff will decide when a student must be seen in person, which will be determined after the Counseling Center is able to interview the student. If a student is to be seen in person, all physical distancing regulations will be in effect.

If you encounter a psychiatric emergency outside of Counseling Services hours of operation, please contact Campus Police at 508.373.9555, or emergency Mental Health services at UMASS Medical Center at 508.334.3562.

Campus Activities

The Office Campus Activities & Student Life will work with RSOs (Registered Student Organizations) and other campus groups to develop programming and activities that enrich student life and build and strengthen the Hawk Nation community. Information about programming—both on-campus (with limited group gatherings) and virtual—will be communicated directly to students during the Spring Semester. All guidelines and protocols outlined in Healthy Hawk Nation and in compliance with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and public health officials will be followed. At this time, only Becker students will be allowed to attend on-campus events.

Athletics

(Updated: January 21, 2021)

It is the intent for Becker College to participate in intercollegiate athletics in some form for the Spring 2021. Last fall, the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) cancelled the fall and winter seasons. On January 20, the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Board of Directors voted to cancel conference competition for winter sports for the 2020-2021 season. The decision impacts Becker College’s men’s and women’s ice hockey programs for the 2020-2021 season. (Read the full press release here.) The Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) has cancelled shows for fall 2020 but hopes to host limited shows in Spring 2021. The Department of Athletics, through head coaches, will reach out to student-athletes directly with updates.

Campus Operations

(Updated: January 26, 2021)

Dining Services

Find updated information and a video on safety protocols at Dining Services here: https://dineoncampus.com/becker/safety-commitment

The dining halls will be open, serving all meals in “to go” disposable containers. Stations include the Grill, Pizza, Entrée, Vegan, or Vegetarian options. The salad bar will consist of pre-packaged garden salads and special salads of the day. Desserts and deli options will also be pre-packaged and feature specials of the day. Seating in the dining halls will be limited.  Chartwells will follow the CDC and local board of health recommendations which may change throughout the semester. Resident students are encouraged to return to their residence hall to dine.

The Hawks Nest will offer a menu including sandwiches, salads, snacks, candy, and beverages. There will be limited accessibility to the service area, allowing a maximum of four guests in the area at a time. We will follow the CDC and local board of health recommendations which may change throughout the semester and may impact entrance and exit patterns. Seating will be limited.

Accommodations for students with allergies and special needs can be made on a case-by-case basis. The accommodation request information can be found here. If you should have any questions please contact Robert.Wilder@becker.edu ; Director of Dining Services or by visiting the dining service website at www.dineoncampus.com/becker for additional information.

Campus Shuttle

A limited shuttle service will be provided between the two campuses. A detailed schedule will be released prior to the start of classes. Students are encouraged to provide their own transportation whenever possible.

Campus Police

Due to limited space at both the Worcester and Leicester Campus Police locations, the following guidelines will be observed.

  • Only one community member will be allowed into the lobby at any time.
  • A mask/face covering must be worn.
  • Procedures outlined on signage and/or markings must be followed, both within the lobby and outside the entranceway.
  • Sanitizing and cleaning will take place in office areas and entry doorways.

Safety Escorts

  • For all Safety Escorts provided by the Department, whether walking or vehicle-assisted, the officer on duty executing the escort will wear a mask/face covering; the party being escorted will be requested to do the same.
  • In the event that the party requiring an escort has a mobility issue, medical necessity, or other significant issue that requires the use of a vehicle in safety escort, there will be one vehicle on each campus designated to conduct safety escorts.
  • All contact surfaces in Campus Police vehicles are regularly cleaned/sanitized.

Student/Staff IDs

  • Information on new/replacement IDs for students and staff will be available at a later date.

Motor Vehicle Registration Issuance

  • The current system allows for processing of all in-state decals remotely. The decals will be made available at the same check in-locations.
  • Those who need this service need to complete automobile registration at www.becker.edu/parking by clicking on the “Register On Campus Parking” icon and completing the form.
  • The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires a specific form for any “Non-Resident” student. This means that any student with a vehicle registration from a state other than Massachusetts will need to complete the document and be issued a separate decal that must be displayed in the center of the windshield behind the rearview mirror. An electronic copy of the required document (must be filled out in writing) will be posted to the www.becker.edu/parking site.

Fitness Centers (Worcester and Leicester)

The Fitness Centers in Leicester (Fuller Campus Center, 2nd floor) and Worcester (Health Sciences Building basement) will have posted hours of operation and reduced density. Signage will indicate important procedures and protocols, including physical distancing and proper cleaning procedures of equipment, both before and after usage. To minimize contact with others, it is advised that students come dressed for a workout and shower in their residence hall or at home.

Meetings, Events, and Gatherings

Based on CDC, public health, and Commonwealth of Massachusetts guidelines, convening in groups carries a high risk of viral transmission. Currently, social gatherings are limited to 10 indoors, and 25 outdoors, as long as physical distancing is maintained and safety protocols are followed (wearing masks/face coverings. Changes to gathering size restrictions, based on state, city, and health guidance, will be updated.

The following are guidelines for meetings and gatherings:

  • Whenever possible, use virtual and other collaborative technology tools rather than in-person meetings.
  • In-person meetings are limited to restrictions of gathering sizes—and must ensure attendees can maintain physical distancing.
  • Use of a room for small, in-person meetings must be scheduled in advance to ensure the space has not been set aside for classroom use.
  • Small group events may be offered in-person, as long as all state guidelines and Becker health and safety protocols are followed.
  • There will be no external events/visitors allowed on campus until further notice.
  • Sanitation must occur both before and following an in-person meeting,

NOTE: Classrooms and labs are considered indoor gathering space as defined by the Commonwealth’s guidelines and will be de-densified to accommodate for proper physical distancing.

Public Restrooms

Do not enter a public restroom on campus if you cannot maintain physical distancing.

  • Wear a face mask/covering.
  • Wait outside the restroom in a physically distanced line until physical distancing inside the restroom can be achieved.
  • Avoid touching your face after touching door handles.
  • Wash with soap or sanitize your hands after using the restroom.

Campus Visitors

Only authorized visitors will be allowed on the College’s campuses.

  • Academic, administrative departments, and RSOs will not be allowed to invite non-Becker visitors to campus for lectures, events, or social activities. Guest lecturers must present virtually to classes virtually.
  • Prospective students and their families will be allowed to visit Admissions in ways that ensure they are following Healthy Hawk Nation protocols and have limited contact with members of the Becker College community. Visit becker.edu/campusvisits or email admissions@becker.edu for more information.

Vendors/Contractors

Vendors, such as WB Mason and others, may make deliveries to campus offices and departments as long as the delivery person and the person receiving the delivery are wearing a mask/face covering and maintain social distancing. After a delivery has been made, those receiving/touching the packages should wash their hands thoroughly and sanitize their work/common areas.

Contractors will be authorized for work on the campus through the Business Office and must follow health and safety guidelines, including wearing a mask/face covering and practicing social distancing. Contractors will not be allowed on campus who have tested positive for COVID-19, have symptoms of COVID-19, or have come in contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Information for Prospective Students

(Updated: November 23, 2020)

Prospective/future students and their families will be allowed to visit Admissions in ways that ensure they are following Healthy Hawk Nation protocols and have limited contact with members of the Becker College community. Visit www.becker.edu/campusvisits or email admissions@becker.edu for more information. Students planning on enrolling at Becker should continue to work with Admissions on next steps, guidance, and how the reopening plans relate to their individual status and situation. All prospective and future students should regularly check their email for updated information and communications.

Travel

(Updated: November 23, 2020)

All Becker College-sponsored domestic and international travel are suspended until further notice. Faculty, staff, and students are strongly discouraged from personal travel to destinations outside of Massachusetts, especially to states not included in Massachusetts’ list of COVID-19 lower-risk states. It is vital to keep in mind that travel over weekends, holidays, or otherwise—and return to campus—can place our entire community at risk.

Any member of the Becker College community who engages in travel outside of Massachusetts must comply with Massachusetts’ COVID-19 orders and guidance related to travel upon returning to Massachusetts.

Higher Education Control Plan

Business Control Plan

Technology Assistance

Becker understands that you may encounter technology challenges with online learning. To report technology challenges, please login to Canvas, access the “ACAD-2020-ONL-2020FA-Covid19 Emergency Fund” course, and download and submit the Technology Challenges Form.

Emergency Student Support Fund

Thanks in part to a generous donation from The Karen Stapelfeld Dreyer ’61 and Frederic C. Dreyer ’61 Endowed Commuters Scholarship (In Honor of Karen Stapelfeld Dreyer ’61), the College established the Emergency Student Support Fund to provide this much-needed financial support.

The Emergency Student Support Fund assists Becker College students by providing limited financial support due to unexpected circumstances that may jeopardize their ability to successfully continue their studies. This funding does not reimburse for expenses already paid,  or can be used to replace or supplement existing financial aid. They are not loans and do not require repayment, although some funds may be considered income and therefore subject to federal taxes. Funding requests will be considered for items necessary to begin the semester – for example, books and other course materials.

To be eligible, a student must:

  • Have a documented financial academic-related hardship from an emergency, accident, or other unplanned event
  • Be currently enrolled as a student at Becker College
  • Be enrolled as a student at Becker College when the funds would be used
  • Be a student in good academic standing at Becker College

Decisions regarding the amount and disbursement of funds are made on a case-by-case basis. To request assistance, login to Canvas, access the “ACAD-2020-ONL-2020FA-Covid19 Emergency Fund” course, and download and submit the Student Support Fund form.

 

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