One Emerson

Return to Work Guide (Faculty/Staff)

One Emerson

Guiding Principles

An essential feature of what makes Emerson College so extraordinary is that our small and tight-knit community of students, faculty, and staff represents an abundance of experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives, and, when put to good use, has the capacity to respond effectively to the COVID-19 pandemic challenges that we face. Guided by The Response and Recovery Leadership Working Group, our unified process is charting a course forward that is informed and, indeed, strengthened by the collective diversity of voices and viewpoints in our community. Emerson College’s policies and protocols for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic are rooted in the following three principles:

  1. Ensure that the health and safety of our faculty, staff, and students is our utmost priority.
  2. Create inclusive, humane, responsive, and fiducially sound solutions.
  3. Identify and devise solutions to critical problems informed by pandemic epidemiology, health and safety data, and other relevant considerations.

Emerson’s plans are aligned and consistent with local orders and advisories from: the City of Boston, the Boston Public Health Commission, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Phased Reopening Model introduced by Governor Charlie Baker.

Emerson’s plans also follow recommendations from:

Our knowledge and understanding of the COVID-19 virus continue to evolve, and our policies and plans will be updated as needed and as information becomes available.

Guidance for Specific Workplace Scenarios

Returning to campus means access to shared spaces. Review guidelines regarding public areas such as kitchens, restrooms, and more.


Please note that this guide is not an employment contract nor is it part of an employment contract. It contains no express or implied promises or commitments. The policies and procedures described here will change from time to time, and you should check the Emerson COVID-19 website regularly for updates. This guide contains a lot of information, so please use the search feature to quickly identify your desired content.

Thank you for supporting public health and our Emerson community. 

This guide may be updated as new guidance is received by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or other local officials.