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As a new student to Emerson, can I study online?

Last Updated: 2021-01-14 12:49 pm

Under SEVP guidance, students beginning a new program of study (including transfers and change in level of study) are not able to enter the U.S. in F-1 status for study that is 100 percent online.

  • Students beginning a new program may only enter the U.S. in F-1 status to enroll in hybrid (“flex”) courses, with required in-person instruction.
  • New students already in the U.S. who have been actively enrolled since March 9, 2020, may qualify for a transfer of SEVIS status to begin a new in-person program of study.
  • Students who remain out of the U.S. may study without the need for a SEVIS Form I-20. If you have been issued a SEVIS I-20 for this semester, contact the Office of Admissions to defer your I-20 start date until the semester in which you intend to enter the U.S.

Category: International Student Concerns, Travel & Study Abroad, Remote Learning, Flex Learning, Campus Access & Availability

Audience: Students, Parents & Families

What do I do if I test positive outside of Emerson's testing program? What if I find out I've been exposed to a positive case outside of Emerson?

Last Updated: 2020-11-10 09:24 am

If you test positive for COVID-19 outside of Emerson's testing process at Tufts, or if you are exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19, please report it to Human Resources by submitting an HR Request and selecting COVID-19 under What is this request about? on the ticket. You will hear back from HR with further guidance later that day (and note: if you are on campus, you should leave campus and quarantine at home until you hear back from HR).

Category: COVID-19, Testing, Campus Safety Protocols, Health, Wellness, & Prevention

Audience: Staff, Faculty

Do I need to complete a symptom screening checklist every day?

Last Updated: 2020-10-14 11:17 am

Any student, faculty, or staff member who comes to campus must complete a symptom screening checklist every day before arrival. All Boston building tap access will be disabled each morning at 12:00 a.m., and re-enabled once you submit a symptom-free self-assessment.

The symptom screening checklist is available on the Emerson app. If you do not have access to the mobile app, the screening may be completed on the web, using a tablet, laptop, or desktop computer.

Faculty and staff must complete the daily symptom checker regardless of whether or not they have opted to participate in weekly testing.

Category: Campus Safety Protocols, COVID-19, Public Health Response & Testing

Audience: Students, Faculty, Staff

Can I travel out of state for professional or personal reasons?

Last Updated: 2020-09-10 01:16 pm

Emerson employees working on campus are strongly encouraged to remain in Massachusetts and limit travel out of state.
With very limited exception, College-related business travel is suspended until further notice. If you need to travel on Emerson business, please speak with your direct manager and your area VP. All Emerson-related travel outside of Massachusetts must be approved by the CFO.

Employees who want to leave the state for personal reasons must work with their direct manager and discuss any travel plans outside of Massachusetts. In addition, travel outside of the state to states considered higher risk must be approved by the direct manager and Human Resources.

Employees who obtain approval to travel to states that are considered higher risk (as defined by the State of Massachusetts COVID-19 Travel Guidance) must quarantine for 14 days upon return to Massachusetts, and

  • Use accrued and unused vacation time to cover compensation during the 14-day quarantine period

An exemption from the 14-day quarantine may be requested and will be granted if the employee:

  • Takes a first COVID-19 test at the Tufts Medical Center immediately upon return to Massachusetts; and
  • Takes a second COVID-19 test at the Tufts Medical Center 4-5 days after the first test; and
  • Receives two negative test results; and
  • Quarantines until both tests are completed and the results are reported

To request an exemption, please submit a ticket to hr [at] (Emerson College HR) with a copy to your manager, with travel dates. Please indicate Travel Exception on the email. We will share further details at that time.

Category: COVID-19, Travel & Study Abroad

Audience: Staff, Faculty

How do I schedule my COVID-19 tests?

Last Updated: 2020-09-10 12:54 pm

To help combat the spread of COVID-19, Emerson is utilizing several technology tools for our community, including the AppointmentPlus Scheduling application.

Please visit our Help Desk site for a detailed guide


Category: Campus Safety Protocols, College Operations, COVID-19, Travel & Study Abroad

Audience: Staff, Faculty

Will faculty and students teaching and learning in Paramount classrooms encounter students isolating in the Paramount residence hall?

Last Updated: 2020-08-27 11:14 am

A:  While the Paramount theaters, studios and classrooms, and residence hall all share the same name, they have separate entrances and completely separate ventilation systems. It is as if they are three different buildings. You will not be sharing air, elevators, restrooms, or hallways.

Category: College Operations, Flex Learning, Pedagogy, COVID-19

Audience: Students, Faculty

Emerson has installed MERV-15 filters in all campus buildings. Do the hotels (W, Park Plaza) Emerson is using also offer hospital-grade ventilation systems?

Last Updated: 2020-08-27 11:07 am

Our head of facilities has been working with the off-campus sites to ensure that they comport with Emerson’s guidelines.

Category: College Operations, Campus Safety Protocols, Flex Learning

Audience: Students, Faculty

Given that we are wearing face covers, will there be microphones available so that our voices can be projected to throughout the room?

Last Updated: 2020-08-27 11:10 am

Yes. Microphones will be located on the desk near the podium.

Category: College Operations, Flex Learning, Pedagogy

Audience: Faculty

What is being done to ensure that aerosols don’t accumulate in a room that is used for different classes throughout the day?

Last Updated: 2020-08-27 11:04 am

De-densification, hospital-grade ventilation, and wiping down surfaces after each use all are important tools in keeping rooms safe throughout the day. In addition, each classroom will be cleaned extensively with a Clorox 360 system each day.

Category: College Operations, Campus Safety Protocols, Flex Learning

Audience: Students, Faculty

What is the policy for office hours?

Last Updated: 2020-08-27 11:01 am

Office hours should be remote only in order to reduce contact. Many faculty who teach online have found that one-on-one Zoom meetings can be very productive.

Category: College Operations, Flex Learning, Remote Learning, Remote Teaching, Pedagogy

Audience: Faculty, Students