For Students and Families
Stonehill has taken a number of proactive steps to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on our campus. Below please find answers to and resources for common questions that students and families may have.
Stonehill’s faculty are navigating the COVID-19 pandemic along with our students and staff. They understand the wide range of challenges that students may face due to COVID-19 and will be flexible in their approach. Students are encouraged to communicate directly with their professors regarding any issues they encounter.
The add/drop period for students begins on Monday, November 30 and ends on Thursday, February 4. Students can view current courses on MyHill and, if they still need to consider which schedule changes to make before add/drop ends, they should consult with their academic advisor. We encourage remote students, especially, to take a careful look at their schedule and to ensure their courses are fully remote.
Students will have until Friday, April 23 to choose to take a course Pass/Fail and until Wednesday, May 5 to choose to withdraw from a course. As always, it is recommended that students discuss these decisions with their academic advisor.
The College has worked through every learning space on campus, removing seats as necessary and rearranging layouts to ensure physical distancing guidelines are met and maintained.
In addition, converted some larger non-classroom spaces into classrooms to accommodate larger classes, and have added additional class scheduling options to maximize the number of classes that can safely be held each day.
Yes, regardless of the learning option chosen, all students will have access to academic support, advising, and other supportive services that Stonehill provides. Remote students will be able to take advantage of these services via digital platforms.
No, students who are residential or commuting will be expected to attend all in-person sections of their courses.
In order to provide a rich and engaging classroom experience as we practice physical distancing and work to protect the health and safety of students and faculty, Stonehill continues to provide three modes of teaching and learning: HyFlex teaching model, Hybrid courses, and full-online courses. The full-online courses will constitute around 25% of seats in spring semester classes.
Courses being taught in person and on campus will also allow for remote access to the course and course material via eLearn, Zoom, or a camera installed in the classroom. An online course is designed to be purely online, without any students meeting in a classroom.
No, students who are choosing the remote option will not be able to attend any in-person portions of their courses.
It is possible as faculty also assess their own health that we may need to move some courses from face-to-face to online.
If you have concerns about a course that has shifted to fully online, please reach out to the Office of the Registrar to discuss any concerns you have regarding your schedule.
Students will access their online courses via eLearn. Once there, faculty will have directions on the tools they will use during the semester.
Students may defer their enrollment for up to two semesters and take a full course load of online classes elsewhere. Students must work with the Registrar’s Office to obtain prior approval for transfer of course credits from another institution. When those students plan to return and seek to confirm their enrollment at Stonehill, they will be required to demonstrate that they did take courses online during their period away from the College. If, instead, a student chooses to take in-person instruction at another institution, they will be required to apply as a transfer candidate. Both deferred and transferring students will retain the scholarships they were initially provided—subject to our ability to return to an in-person and residential experience in the semester they choose to enroll.
The College had a successful fall semester on campus, with an average COVID-19 positivity rate of 0.1%—well below the average rate for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a whole. We remain focused on providing a safe living and learning environment for our students.
With that being said, no institution, including Stonehill, can guarantee that its students will not become exposed to COVID-19. We encourage families to have open and honest dialogue regarding the student’s level of comfort with living on a residential campus. If students choose to commute for a period of time, they are encouraged to contact the Office of Residence Life when they feel ready to move onto campus.
Any student wishing to request a housing accommodation due to medical reasons should do so through the accommodations process, which is outlined on the Accessibility Resources website.
The College will work to best accommodate students with documented disabilities. Limited space will be available for vulnerable populations. As such, medically vulnerable individuals are encouraged to consider opting for remote learning for the spring semester.
Protocols are posted for communal bathroom use and additional cleanings will continue to take place in-line with local, state, and federal guidelines.
We are limiting campus access to just Stonehill staff, faculty, students, and delivery and service providers. This is a temporary measure, but one we know is necessary to protect the health and safety of everyone in the College community and in the communities that surround us.
We have always valued welcoming people to campus with open arms, and we look forward to the day when we can return to sharing our beautiful home with friends, family, and neighbors. In the meantime, we deeply appreciate the understanding and patience of the campus community and beyond. More information on our Information for Visitors page.
Students required to isolate or quarantine are expected to return home, if deemed safe to do so following consultation with and guidance from Health Services, for a two-week period. Students unable to return home will be temporarily reassigned into alternative housing for isolation/quarantine. No other individuals are permitted in these spaces.
The College requires weekly tests of everyone who is spending time on campus. As part of that requirement, commuters are tested each week as well. If there are weeks in which commuters are not on campus, they do not need to come to campus just to get tested; however, in those cases, they would need to onboard test again and receive a negative result prior to returning to campus.
Yes, the commuter student lounge is accessible, though it continues to have an occupancy limit to ensure that time spent there by students is as safe as possible. There are cleaning supplies available for individual use and, like other spaces on campus, the lounge is be subject to our enhanced cleaning procedures.
No. To help protect everyone’s health and safety, commuter students continue to not be allowed in any residence halls.
The College did not have issues with parking during the fall semester and does not anticipate new challenges in the spring. As always, the College will closely monitor parking on campus and consider making changes to our policies major concerns or issues arise.
The Dining Commons, The Hill, Gigi’s Café, Au Bon Pain, Ace’s Place, and Dunkin Donuts are all available to commuters. We are continuing to reduce dining-area congestion through a combination of dine-in and to-go options, new technology, and food trucks.
Areas have signage communicating health and safety tips, plexiglass partitions to keep students and staff appropriately distanced, changes to seating options to allow for physical distancing, and a shift away from self-service options. As in other public spaces across campus, we have increased the frequency of cleaning in our dining areas.
Yes, all students, including commuters, will have access to academic support, advising, and other supportive services that Stonehill provides. Primarily, commuter students will be able to take advantage of these services via digital platforms.
Our 60+ student clubs and organizations contribute significantly to the life of the College and will continue to do so. To best ensure safety, organizational meetings and events are held virtually or in a hybrid format that allows a small gathering of in-person participation to allow for appropriate physical distancing.
Yes. Student clubs and organizations have been working to ensure the inclusion and engagement of their remote members through virtual or hybrid meetings and events.
The College remains committed to providing a robust and engaging campus experience. While we are currently unable to gather in large groups, our staff is building on our successful fall semester to find additional, creative ways to engage our students while following guidance from state and local public officials.
The College uses its seven dining venues across campus to help reduce dining-area congestion. A combination of dine-in and to-go options are available, and our Byte App allows for pre-ordering of meals.
Dining areas have signage communicating health and safety tips, plexiglass partitions to keep students and staff appropriately distanced, changes to seating options to allow for physical distancing, and have shifted away from self-service options. As in other public spaces across campus, we have increased the frequency of cleaning in our dining areas.
In December, after consultation with our peers in the NE10 Conference, the College made the difficult decision to cancel the winter athletic season. At this time, spring sports are scheduled to take place. However, the College continues to monitor all updates from the NCAA and the NE10 Conference. Any changes will be communicated as received.
The College has opened the Sports Complex to the Stonehill Community, in-line with public safety guidelines from local, state, and federal health officials. In order to maximize the availability of equipment, a second fitness area has been created within the fieldhouse.
Yes, office managers have hired students for work study positions so long as their buildings can accommodate physical distancing and the work required is deemed essential to office operations.
Many departments have forgone work study for the spring semester so that College resources could be redeployed to fund work study students assisting in classrooms and helping faculty with technology needs.
Computer labs on campus remain open, with layout changes as necessary to ensure proper physical distancing. Each station has materials for disinfecting the area to ensure that students are able to use the space safely. Students without regular access to personal technology can also reach out to Information Technology for additional assistance.
All health and safety policy violations are handled through ongoing education, and if need be, through our Community Standards process.
No. We continue to monitor this policy along with the guidance of public health and safety experts, but at this time we are not allowing students to enter any residence hall that they do not live in.
We continue to encourage students to avoid any unnecessary travel, as the more individuals a person comes into contact with, the greater risk they are at for contracting COVID-19 and potentially spreading it to others.
The College has long been extremely careful with both our annual budget and our endowment to ensure we were prepared for any economic challenges, so we are well positioned for this moment. In fact, Moody’s Rating Service recently affirmed our A3 rating with a “stable” outlook. While Stonehill, like every organization whether it is a college or a business, has seen a financial impact, we’re confident the College will remain strong through COVID-19 and well into the future.
The College maintains a commitment to making education accessible for both new and returning students. All students are encouraged to work individually with our Office of Student Financial Assistance to address any changes in their household circumstances and ability to afford a Stonehill education.
No, the College is not adjusting the cost of tuition for remote students.
Any significant changes that impact housing would result in a reevaluation of both costs and of eligibility for financial assistance. If payments for room and board have already been made but the semester has not yet begun, the College would make a number of adjustments, including housing costs. If students are allowed to move in, but the College is required to close, they will receive a prorated room credit (less any applicable financial aid) for every day that they are not living in their rooms. That credit would be applied to a future semester or any existing balance.
Students who need to leave campus for a period of time in order to isolate or quarantine will not be issued a pro-rated room and board refund.
If a residential student leaves campus during the fall semester, the College's standard refund policy applies. Information regarding refunds can be found online.