Returning to Campus

With the fall semester underway, we have returned to our Stonehill campus and continue to offer an education of the highest caliber—one that inspires both the minds and hearts of our students.

COVID-19 and Testing FAQs

Get more details and answers to frequently asked questions regarding how the College is handling COVID-19 and testing on campus.

Fall Semester FAQs

Stonehill has two task forces—one focused on academics and another focused-on campus safety, logistics, and College policies and guidelines—guiding our fall semester planning. Much of their work to-date is reflected in the College’s Returning to Campus page.

They will continue to refine the academic structure for this upcoming fall, ensure our community protocols best support a safe return to campus for faculty, staff, and students, and identify and prepare for potential contingencies that may occur. In this work, the College takes its lead from guidance shared by federal, state, and local experts on COVID-19—something we continually monitor and use to update our plans and policies. 

Given our commitment to the health and safety of our community, we are confident that we will be able to continue taking the steps to ensure we can be in-person and on campus for the fall, if permitted to do so.

We will continue to update our plans and policies throughout the summer and share them here and on the Returning to Campus page.

Yes, we are preparing to house students on campus this fall using a reduced density model where possible. Learn more at our Returning to Campus—Residential Living page.

The July 20 deadline for students wishing to select the fully remote learning option for the fall semester has passed. As we recognize that first-year student schedules will not be finalized before this date, please know that first-year students will have the opportunity to reconsider this option again once schedules are released.

No, students in the classes of 2021, 2022, and 2023 will need to choose by July 20. Class of 2024 students have until they review their course schedule to decide.

  • Residential: Students live on-campus and engage in classes that may be offered in a hyflex, hybrid, or online format.
  • Commuter: Students have access to the campus, its programs, and facilities while living at home or off-campus. They may engage in classes offered in a hyflex, hybrid, or online format.
  • Remote: Students engage in a fully remote education while living at home or off campus. Students may take fully online courses or may remotely access any in-person elements of other courses via technology. Remote students will have virtual access only to all College resources and programs. The expectation is that remote students will not be coming to campus, without prior approval, or participating in any on-campus activities and athletics.

As an institution, we are committed to a high-caliber, in-person residential and academic experience for as many students as possible.

To make that happen, the College is instituting a number of changes to ensure the health and safety of everyone in our community. That includes daily self-check expectations for everyone on campus, changes to our public spaces to align with expert health and safety guidance, and more flexible academic and community programming.

There are still many questions that we do not yet have answers to, and we recognize that this uncertainty can be unsettling. But we will continue to communicate with parents, students, faculty and staff throughout the summer, as well as update our Returning to Campus webpage, as new details are finalized.

As academic leadership plans for the fall, they are working with our faculty to ensure that all of the College’s courses are prepared, both in structure and in technological capacity, to deliver remote instruction if necessary. You can find more details on our Returning to Campus—Academic Experience page.

Along with our work in preparing for students on campus this fall, departments are also developing detailed plans that include all elements of the Stonehill student experience in order to engage our off-campus students in as many aspects of campus life as possible.

Academics

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.

Students will be able to begin dropping and adding courses on August 1. Students can view current courses on MyHill and, if they still need to consider which schedule changes to make before add/drop begins, they should consult with their academic advisor. The Add/drop period will end on September 3.

Yes, students will have until November 13 to choose to take a course Pass/Fail and until November 25 to choose to withdraw from a course. As always, it is recommended that students discuss these decisions with their academic advisor.

No, students will not be penalized for choosing the pass/fail option for any course. It is always good practice for students to consult their academic advisor before taking any course pass/fail.

Members of the Classes of 2021, 2022, and 2023 can see their schedule by logging into MyHill and should go into the course description in MyHill to see if the course will be a fully online course. Members of the Class of 2024 will be able to view their schedules by August 1. For first-year student questions, please contact Academic Services or your Academic Advisor.

Yes, regardless of the 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.

The College is working through every learning space on campus, removing seats as necessary and rearranging layouts to ensure physical distancing guidelines are met and maintained.

In addition, we are looking to convert larger non-classroom spaces into classrooms to accommodate larger classes, and we are exploring additional class scheduling options to maximize the number of classes held each day. 

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 will 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 fall course selections.

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.

Yes, it is preferable that students who choose the remote option for the fall semester should try to add as many fully online courses as possible. They should discuss their options with their academic advisor, Department Chair, or Dean.

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.

Residential Living

The College is working diligently to provide 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.

In early August, Stonehill will implement a phased move-in process where students will have the option to drop off their belongings over several weeks to avoid typical move-in crowding. Students will then return home until their official move-in date on August 20th for first-year students or August 22nd/23rd for returning students.

The Office of Residence Life will be sending out information regarding the phased move-in process by the third week of July.

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 fall semester.

To minimize density in rooms and buildings, students will primarily be living in singles and doubles in the fall.

Yes. Those spaces are primarily doubles and will still be used as residences for students.

Reducing density in the residence halls, which allows for appropriate isolation as well as quarantine rooms, may result in returning students being assigned to a different room than the one they chose during room selection. If students have questions or concerns, they should contact the Office of Residence Life. Students will be notified as soon as housing assignments are finalized.

The majority of assignments will be finalized by August 1.

Protocols will be developed and posted for communal bathroom use and additional cleanings will take place in-line with local, state, and federal guidelines.

We are monitoring emerging safety guidance in regard to the use of air conditioners in residence halls and will communicate additional information once we know more.

We are monitoring emerging guidance regarding items such as air purifiers and will communicate any potential restrictions when we know more. 

We will be asking students to bring specific items to campus: a thermometer, additional masks/face coverings, fever-reducing medication, and EPA-approved cleaning products.

We recognize that residential students may need to leave campus for work, externships, or other necessary activities. With that said, all of us have a responsibility to ourselves and our neighbors, as what we do as individuals protects the entire community. As such, we will be advising students to avoid unnecessary travel so as to limit their potential exposure and help keep Stonehill safe. 

In order to limit exposure and best ensure the safety of our community members, the College will not be permitting guests within the residence halls—additional restrictions will be communicated as soon as they have been finalized.

Residence Life will make rooms available for isolation and quarantine should they be necessary. No other individuals will be permitted in these spaces.

The College plans to give students who selected the remote learning option for the fall the opportunity to return to campus in the spring. Those details will be shared during the fall semester.

We cannot guarantee that you will be able to live with your originally selected roommates, but we plan to do our best to accommodate all students.

First-Year Students

We started the academic advising process at Orientation this June with general academic information sessions, which were offered for all students.

At the same time, new incoming students were assigned a faculty member/academic advisor who will work with them to develop an individual plan for fall coursework.

Residence Life staff will be completing housing assignments for first-year students in July.

First-year students planning to live on-campus this fall must complete their housing application. This link can be found on the new student checklist on the Summer Orientation website. The housing application was due July 5th.

Yes. Fall Orientation will start on August 20. The schedule is still being finalized, but when it is completed it will be published on the orientation website.

Members of the Class of 2024 will be able to view their schedules by August 1. For first-year student questions, please contact Academic Services or your Academic Advisor.

Students in the classes of 2021, 2022, and 2023 will need to choose by July 20. Class of 2024 students have until they review their course schedule to decide, but after that point they will not be eligible for the credit.

Campus Life

The College is committed to providing a robust and engaging campus experience. While we are currently unable to gather in large groups, our staff is already working on creative ways to engage our students while following guidance from state and local public officials.

Our 70+ 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 will be either held virtually or be restricted to small gatherings to allow for appropriate physical distancing.

Yes. Clubs and student organizations—especially those with larger memberships—will operate both through small gatherings and virtual events.

On July 16, the College, in conjunction with the Northeast-10 Conference and in the interests of health and safety, decided to suspend all varsity athletic competition, as well as all club sports until December 31, 2020.

The College is preparing to use its seven dining venues across campus to help reduce dining-area congestion. A combination of dine-in and to-go options will be available, as well as new technology that will allow for pre-ordering of meals.

Areas will 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 are increasing the frequency of cleaning in our dining areas.

Yes, office managers will be able to hire students for work study positions if their buildings can accommodate physical distancing and the work required is deemed essential to office operations. Many departments will be asked to consider forgoing work study for the fall semester and possibly the spring so that College resources can be redeployed to fund work study students assisting in classrooms and helping faculty with technology needs.

Computer labs on campus will be open, with layout changes as necessary to ensure proper physical distancing. Each station will have 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 will be handled through ongoing education, and if need be, through our Community Standards process.

No, we are not allowing students to enter any residence hall that they do not live in.

We are encouraging 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.

Financial

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.

Students choosing to be fully remote for the fall semester will receive a $3,000 credit to their bill, without any impact to their institutional financial aid. For remote learners who were originally planning to live on campus this fall, the College will adjust their total cost of attendance so that it no longer includes the semester's room and board cost. Please note that students should contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance to verify any impact on any federal or state aid as a result of this credit.

Any significant changes in instruction or 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 required to move off campus for a period of time, they will receive a prorated credit 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.

Athletics

On July 16, the College, in conjunction with the Northeast-10 Conference and in the interests of health and safety, decided to suspend all varsity athletic competition, as well as all club sports until December 31, 2020.

The College anticipates being able to open the Sports Complex to the Stonehill Community this fall, in-line with public safety guidelines from local, state, and federal health officials.

Yes, student athletes that select the remote option for the fall semester will retain their athletic scholarships.

Student support resources

The College has collected resources and information from Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and Information Technology, as well as details on Spring 2020 deadlines and more.