Updates on Coronavirus

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News and Updates

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker recently communicated a new travel order (effective August 1, 2020). These guidelines apply to students coming into Massachusetts from outside of the New England states, Hawaii, New Jersey, or New York.  The College is in the process of modifying plans to ensure that all students arrive safely on campus.

 

All visitors entering Massachusetts, including returning residents, are required to:

o   Complete the Massachusetts Travel Form prior to arrival, unless you are visiting from a lower-risk state (mentioned above) designated by the Department of Public Health.

o   Quarantine for 14 days OR produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to your arrival in Massachusetts.

 

If you cannot provide a negative test result prior to arrival you MUST contact health services at healthservices@fisher.edu to discuss if there are other options before your arrival.

 

Testing throughout the fall 2020 semester will also be conducted for all students on a periodic basis.

 

As state and local regulations related to COVID-19 continue to evolve, you will receive updates on measures that Fisher College plans to take to comply with the new guidelines to make campus safe for our entire community.

As stated in the President's July 1 message, Fisher plans to re-open residence halls at a reduced capacity with single and double-rooms only. This will reduce the number of rooms available on campus and Fisher is currently working to secure additional beds off campus to accommodate as many students as possible.  Please fill out the following survey by July 15, 2020 so that the housing office knows your intent and preferences for the Fall of 2020.

Fisher staff and faculty have spent the last several weeks planning for the Fall 2020 semester. Many of our students have expressed a strong desire to return to Fisher, and I am pleased to announce, Fisher plans to welcome returning students and the Class of 2024 to campus in the fall.

The health and safety of the Fisher community is our first priority. The College has appointed Shiela Lally, Dean of Students, as its Interim COVID-19 Officer. The College also has a Reopening Task Force that is working on plans for a safe reopening. 

COVID-19 is still a significant health issue, but the news is very positive in Massachusetts. We now have one of the lowest COVID-19 transmission rates of any state in the country, with the key metrics the state is monitoring to determine the pace of reopening trending positively.However, the College remains vigilant and is monitoring the national and global situation.

Below you will find an overview of our strategy and tactics to address a safe return to campus.

Mitigating the Risk of Infection

Faculty, staff, and students are expected to consistently practice social distancing wherever possible. Faculty, staff, and students are required to wear a face mask or face covering at all times.Facilities Services will provide frequent disinfecting of classroom spaces, residence halls, common areas, and public spaces.Campus facilities will be modified to support a safe environment.

Testing, Screening, and Contact Tracing

Working with community health leaders and epidemiologists, the College is in the process of finalizing its testing and contact tracing protocols for students and our campus community. Fisher plans on conducting symptom tracking, screening, and will provide access to testing for community members. Plans include contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine protocols, as well as enhanced cleaning and disinfection in all campus buildings.

We have developed our plans with flexibility in mind. Over the days and weeks ahead, you will receive updates via email, and you can also refer to the College’s website at https://www.fisher.edu/. In the meantime, learn more about how academics, housing, athletics, and student life will be affected in the FAQ sections below. 

As of this writing, the Back Bay Events Center is still closed and cannot provide us with any information regarding their ability to house our event or the capacity at which they would be permitted to operate should they be open in time.  As a result, after careful deliberation and consideration, we have made the decision to celebrate commencement virtually.  The ceremony will take place as planned on August 23rd at 11:00 am and will run for approximately one hour and 15 minutes.

While for some of you this will be a tremendous disappointment, Fisher's commencement committee promises to work diligently to ensure it is a very special event. 

Over the next several weeks, the Fisher College staff are coming together to prepare packages for each of you to include your cap and gown (if it was sent to the Campus), your diploma (unless you previously requested it), and some commemorative items. Graduate packages will not be sent until early July, following the completion of your June classes and degree conferrals.

Additionally, a special discount program has been created for our Spring 2020 Bachelor Degree graduates, which will allow you to take your first graduate class for free, and your next five classes at a 25% discount.  This is only being offered to students who complete their bachelor degrees and have them conferred in May 2020 or August 2020. Full eligibility details and requirements will be provided in your Commencement packages. 

Please keep checking your Fisher email as we will be sending updates every few weeks and will be requesting that you upload a photo in your cap and gown in the near future. For those who would like to provide us with a personal email for future communications, please contact the Registrar’s Office (registrar@fisher.edu).

Frequently Asked Questions And Policy Announcements

Community Guidelines and Policies 

COVID-19 Financial Hardship Declaration Form

Fill out this form if you are a residential/day student who has suffered from financial hardships due to COVID-19.

About COVID-19

Sources: www.cdc.gov and www.who.int