Below are some reminders and a checklist that you can use to help in your preparations for the spring semester.
Top Things to Know
All New Yorkers age 16 and older now are eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
To schedule an appointment, you may visit New York City’s Vaccine Finder or the New York State appointment tool. You can also call the New York State COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).
For Those Who Have Been Vaccinated
If you have been fully vaccinated, please upload verification of your vaccination here. For the purposes of this guidance, people are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 at least two weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or at least two weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson/Janssen).
Surveillance testing is still required for all students. Close-contact quarantine is not required if you are asymptomatic and your uploaded vaccination information has been approved by Health Services. There is a little more than a month left in the semester, and we want to make sure we finish it without interruption. We also want to make sure that we are keeping you all safe and healthy. Regular surveillance testing is a critical component in making sure that happens.
These protocols are subject to change as we get more information from public health officials and register documented changes in our campus positivity rate. In addition, everyone is still required to maintain social distancing, wear masks and accurately complete the daily symptom tracker. A formal vaccination policy for the summer and fall 2021 semester will be forthcoming.
If you’ve been vaccinated, let our social media team know about it! Share a photo or some words about why you’ve been vaccinated.
March 2, 2021 update
Due to an increase in COVID cases, the following measures will take effect immediately to ensure we’re providing a safe living and learning environment for our community:
No guests will be allowed in residence halls.
There is no bridge access to Lee and Horan Halls.
On Monday, April 19, we are planning to increase our indoor dining capacity to 25%.
We have de-densified Jasper Hall to have fewer students using communal bathrooms.
- Any in-person students with an orange pass that has not been addressed by Friday, March 12 will be referred to the Dean of Students Office for sanctioning.
Everyone who will be on campus this semester is required to participate in regular surveillance testing. The only exception is if you have tested positive for COVID-19 during the previous 90 days. Students will take part in regular testing every two weeks. Each individual will receive an email with advanced notice when it is your turn to be tested.
Students who do not submit a test will be assigned an orange pass and will need to fulfill the test requirements to be in compliance. Any student that has tested positive for COVID-19 within 90 days of their return to campus, does not need to have a return to campus covid test. The positive test result should be on file with Health Services. Please be sure that a copy of the positive test is uploaded to the Portal.
For on-campus testing dates, you can view the schedule on the health & safety page.
Any new students arriving on campus for the first time must follow these testing and quarantine requirements.
Students can now review their COVID compliance status, available in the Glance MC app.
The College has updated its guidance to prohibit the use of neck gaiters or bandanas as face coverings on campus.
- There will be no spring break in the spring 2021 semester.
- To help keep the campus safe, the spring semester began one week later, and the end of the term will remain unchanged. Here is the complete 2020-21 academic calendar.
- For spring 2021, there will be no need to for students to declare themselves as a remote or in-person learner.
- If you rented textbooks through the campus bookstore in the fall and have not returned the textbooks, the bookstore is extending the deadline for return through Wednesday, February 10.
Students simply register for their classes based on their preference and class availability.
Apply for Spring 2021 Housing
All students are invited to come back to in-person learning and the residence halls for the spring term. Resident students can click here to apply for housing for the Spring 2021 semester. Fall residents do not have to re-apply for spring housing.
- Students must complete the daily symptom tracker via the MC Glance app each day they will be on campus. There will be individuals stationed at various campus locations checking your symptom tracker before you can enter certain campus spaces.
- A face mask/face covering is required on campus for everyone, except while eating or alone in a private office or dorm room, with the door closed. For more information on face coverings, visit the Health & Safety page.
- Students who need to become a remote learner for a short period of time due to health or other reasons during the term do NOT need to declare a remote learner status through Self-Service but must keep their professor informed of when they intend to return to in-person participation.
- Study Spaces: For all students, especially commuter students, who need a place to study or participate in a remote class on-campus, there will be designated study spaces.
At this time Manhattan College is planning to fully return to in-person learning for spring 2021, and course registration will be conducted as normal.
Undergraduate Classes: Live Dual, Rotation/Flipped, and Remote Teaching Models
As of August 31, 2020, the College moved to highly flexible teaching and learning models that provide in-person, reduced-density learning. Additionally, courses and educational activities are all designed to accommodate remote learning for individuals that are immunocompromised and individuals with physical challenges, as well as for students that may not feel comfortable returning to campus in person.
The models outlined below offer the basic nature of learning on campus.
- Live dual-model (aka hyflex) courses offer face-to-face learning to on-campus, in-person students and simultaneously to students who cannot be on campus and must learn remotely.
- Rotation/flipped model courses are based on the concept of a “flipped” classroom, and include synchronous (see definition below), as well as asynchronous student learning. Due to limited classroom space caused by social distancing needs, cohorts of students take turns having on-campus in-person and remote learning. The instructor adds asynchronous learning as needed in order to meet the requirements of the course.
- Remote model courses are facilitated via synchronous web-conferencing class sessions along with additional online components to meet time-on-task requirements. This model is available to accommodate faculty that cannot be physically in the classroom.
- Online model courses are rare for undergraduate students at Manhattan College because we highly value in-person, synchronous instruction. Online occurs outside of a physical classroom, and most often offers completely asynchronous learning. Instructors are separated from their learners in time and distance. Online teaching is typically facilitated through technology, such as video conferencing software, discussion boards or learning management systems.
- Synchronous learning refers to a learning event in which a group of students are engaging in learning at the same time. Any learning tool that is in real-time, such as Google Meet or Zoom that allows students and teachers to ask and answer questions immediately, is synchronous.
- Asynchronous learning refers to when instructors provide materials, lectures, tests and assignments that can be accessed remotely at any time. Students may be given a timeframe for completing learning activities and be asked to engage with classmates through a discussion forum. Students are expected to follow the pace of the course and meet due dates set by the instructor.
The College has made the decision to move the majority of our graduate courses to a remote format. All classes listed on the course scheduling system will have a notation indicating which classes will be taught in the classroom and which will be taught remotely.
In order to maximize student engagement, remote classes will be taught in a synchronous format. This means you would be attending classes in a live setting by logging in at the time the class is scheduled (Eastern Standard Time). Students living outside of the United States are also expected to attend classes according to the scheduled time. For new incoming international students intending to reside in the U.S., visa regulations currently require at least one on-ground class. Please be in contact with your graduate advisor regarding your schedule.
For all students, especially commuter students, who need a place to study or participate in a remote class on-campus, the following spaces will be designated as commuter student study spaces this semester:
- Kelly Commons 5A, Kelly Commons 5B, Kelly Commons 5C
- Café 1853 Atrium
- Café 1853 Dining Space: while indoor dining is restricted by New York City, we will use this space as additional study space
These are additional spaces open to all students:
- O’Malley Library: Including reservable group study rooms and Alumni Room when not being used for events.
- Leo Hall, 1st floor study space: Please note the individual rooms surrounding this space will be used as faculty offices.
- Empty classrooms: The Registrar will provide an updated list of empty classrooms for each block during the day.
All classrooms are configured to allow for social distancing. Every classroom has sanitary wipes that can be used by students and faculty to clean their working areas (e.g., desk tops, computer keyboards, etc.) as they enter the classroom.
Learning to conduct research in a laboratory setting is usually a face-to-face, hands-on experience. In these courses, as in others, social distancing and safe work environments are priorities. Department chairs and instructors have instituted measures to ensure student health in these teaching environments while identifying opportunities for enhanced remote learning.
Access to Campus Software (Remote Learners)
Students who are remote learners will be provided with access to ALL campus licensed software through a remote-access solution using just a web browser. ITS has deployed a campus-hosted solution that provides remote access to existing lab computers. Due to social distancing requirements, all campus computer teaching classrooms will be at 50% capacity, leaving every other workstation vacant. Vacant workstations will power the remote solution, providing parity between students sitting in the physical classroom and those students remotely accessing the computers in the vacant seats.
As a result of this solution, students with previously less-capable or incompatible computers (e.g., Mac computers that need to run Windows software, Windows computers with insufficient specs), will now be able to access and run all software simply through a web browser.
Immersive experiences are an important part of a Manhattan College education. Clinical and teaching placements, internship, externship and other programs prepare students to apply classroom knowledge and skills in an actual working environment.
Due to COVID-19, the College will strive to provide this valuable experience while taking special measures to ensure student safety in compliance with the expectations of New York State and accrediting agencies regarding placement hours, etc.
Each academic program has its own distinct needs for experiential learning, including a variety of host sites that have specific guidelines and restrictions. Therefore, the instructor or academic program coordinator will communicate the status of these experiences directly with enrolled students.
- While face-to-face meetings occasionally remain preferable, most advising will occur remotely via Google Meet whenever possible.
- Students will be able to make appointments through Jasper Connect for regular advising through Google Meet or directly through email.
- In-person advising will still occur when a student is unable to meet remotely or is in a crisis situation; walk-ins or students without appointments will be asked to schedule a meeting through Jasper Connect.
- In-person meetings will be held in larger spaces (such as conference rooms), where students and advisers will be able to maintain social distancing and follow other health guidelines
- For international students, virtual advising will continue in all areas related to immigration status (e.g., employment authorization, financial issues, Social Security numbers and school transfers).
- Throughout the semester, advisers will engage in ongoing communications and additional outreach through emails, phone calls, text messages, social media and Moodle sites.
- Students will now need to schedule appointments with peer counselors and peer career advisers (PCA) by phone or through CSM Handshake.
- Career Development has a large interview and presentation room where PCAs can meet with students while observing social distancing; meetings also may be held on Google Meet.
For resident students, the Riverdale campus literally is home — a place to relax, eat and sleep after a day of hard work in our classrooms, labs and athletic facilities. The College has taken a wide range of steps to continue providing a high-quality residential experience while ensuring health and safety at this difficult time.
Our residential students will be welcomed back to the campus community starting on Wednesday, January 20 through Tuesday, January 26. The office of Residence Life will provide specific information to students for scheduled move-in dates and times to their Manhattan College email address. Students must move in on their assigned date and time to help ensure proper social distancing.
- International (Level 1 - 4) and Group A (non-bordering states) (January 20-21)
- Group B (bordering NY states - NY, NJ, CT, PA, MA, VT (January 22-26)
Residence Hall Guidelines
All residence halls will operate at a reduced capacity to ensure that students will be able to maintain social distancing (6 feet). Residence Life has allowed for housing selection and placed students in “families” that will share living spaces, kitchens and bathrooms. Within the traditional halls (Chrysostom/Jasper), floormates are considered “families” and can be grouped together according to state mandates and will act as your primary grouping on campus.
Opening-week floor meetings will introduce new norms related to visitation, bathrooms and common areas. Pursuant to New York City and State regulations, all individuals who must enter a residence hall will be required to wear a face mask for the duration of time spent in the building. The only exception will be resident students when they are occupying their assigned room/suite.
The following practices will be adhered to by College personnel and facilities partners:
- Post enhanced educational materials throughout the buildings, including common areas and inside student rooms.
- Clean facilities routinely and effectively.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces (e.g., doorknobs, handrails, etc.) and nonporous surfaces in bathrooms, sleeping areas, etc.
- It is recommended that bathrooms within living areas, such as suites or apartments, be cleaned by the student residents twice a day (cleaning supplies will not be provided by the College).
- Traditional halls with communal bathrooms will be cleaned by the College at least twice a day.
- Maintain hand-washing supplies (soap, paper towels, hand sanitizers), general cleaning supplies, and effective disinfectants.
Those who live in Jasper or Chrysostom Halls, where there are communal bathrooms, will address appropriate use with their RAs and set up schedules for bathroom use that are in accordance with CDC health code regulations. Similarly, the College has new products, policies and schedules for cleaning and sanitation that align with the Department of Health and CDC guidelines.
- In partnership with the office of Student Health Services, training sessions will provide resident assistants (RAs) with basic knowledge of medical treatment protocols and best practices to protect residents from the spread of COVID-19.
- RAs will regularly share this information with all resident students.
Our RAs play an important role in fostering the supportive, close-knit environment that distinguishes life at Manhattan College. This is especially significant as Residence Life continues to ensure our students’ health and safety especially in relation to COVID-19.
Accordingly, RAs will use hosting mediums such as Google Meet to build community through virtual programs and activities that supplant the need to gather in large groups. Support also will be provided for anxiety, depression, substance abuse and grief.
New York State Travel Advisory and Quarantine Guidelines
New York State guidelines have been established for people entering the state. These guidelines require that each traveler complete a traveler health form and advise that travelers to the state who do not comply with the 10-day quarantine period are subject to a $10,000 fine. Please note that students should get the mandatory COVID-19 testing on campus following their completion of their required quarantine period.
All off-campus students are required to meet the College’s requirements for entering campus. If students are coming from a state on the quarantine list or are international students, the student is required to fulfill the quarantine requirements on his/her own and in accordance with New York state guidelines.
Additional Quarantine Guidelines
If you have to quarantine due to being in close contact with someone who has tested positive, and you are symptom free, you now have the option to test out of quarantine at the 10-day mark with a negative test.
To ensure that our students are being properly attended to in quarantine, regardless of the numbers, we have added a concierge staff member to assist in coordinating meal delivery, making sure care packages are delivered quickly and assisting with any needs a student may have. We are also adding additional staff to make sure that coverage of students’ needs is comprehensive and efficient.
Our Contact Tracing team will provide specific details to each student who has to quarantine.
Leaving campus generally
The College, as a whole, has limited its travel on all levels. Students are strongly encouraged during the semester to avoid out-of-state travel. If students must travel, they need to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Manhattan College remains an open campus and welcoming of its commuter student body.
Student clubs and activities are central to life and learning at Manhattan College. Partnering with student leaders and administrative offices, the College has created its “One Manhattan” strategy for engaging our community in maintaining a vibrant campus life while protecting against COVID-19. Toward that end, the College has implemented these measures:
- The office of Student Engagement will guide and support clubs, organizations and interest groups in planning their activities using Google Meets, virtual spaces, and social distancing and outdoor venues for in-person events.
- Student Government will hold larger Assembly meetings virtually, open to the entire Manhattan College community, as it did with its town halls on racial injustice this past summer; due to its smaller size, the Executive Committee may hold meetings in person, with provision for students to attend at a distance. These meetings take place every other Wednesday at noon. Please email email@example.com for more information.
- The spring’s major events, such as lectures and Springfest, will take place. Some will take place virtually, while those that take place in-person will be done while ensuring that social distancing takes place.
- Performing Arts has developed a detailed proposal for safe rehearsals and performances. All Performing Arts musical ensembles and groups will continue to meet, rehearse, and perform to the public, as took place in the fall semester. The performances will be a combination of virtual performances and in-person performances.
- The College will continue to employ effective social distancing rules for holding Sunday Mass on campus in the Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers
- Mass also may be live streamed to accommodate those who are unable to visit the Chapel.
The College also will continue to survey students regarding additional activities and programs they would like implemented in adherence to new protocols.
Cafeterias and food courts are hubs of campus life for the entire College community — students, faculty and staff. New policies and protocols will maintain the continuing high level of food service in these shared spaces while protecting patrons against COVID-19.
On Monday, April 19, we are planning to increase our indoor dining capacity to 25%.
- Locke's Loft is open for breakfast starting at 7:15 a.m., Monday-Friday.
- Locke’s Loft will have one designated entrance and one designated exit to allow for one-way flow.
- Decals and arrows will mark the floors in all dining locations to create social distancing at each station and as people walk throughout the dining room.
- All stations in Locke’s Loft are planned to be open; however, self-serve stations will now be served.
- Coffee and beverage stations will be open and cleaned every 20 minutes.
- All stations will be open in Kelly Commons, except for the pizza station.
Visit our CampusDish website for more information on dining hours and locations, daily menus and meal plan information.