Updates on Coronavirus
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.
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 (email@example.com).
Reach out to Sheila Lally, Fisher College's COVID-19 officer.
Community & external Resources
COVID-19 Financial Hardship Form (Day/Residential Students Only)