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Return to Campus


Welcome, students. Whether you are returning or new to Manhattan, you will experience the uniquely friendly, supportive and stimulating environment that drew you to our Riverdale campus. 

Find the top things to know about returning to campus

Top Things Students Should Know

Below are some reminders and a checklist that you can use to help in your preparations for attending classes and returning to campus.

  • Undergraduate classes currently are being prepared as dual-mode/hybrid classes to accommodate on-campus, in-person learning for commuter and residential students, as well as remote learning for commuter and residential students who are unable to return to campus.
  • 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. Approved face coverings include, but are not limited to, cloth masks (e.g. homemade sewn, quick cut, bandana), surgical masks, and N-95 respirators. Face shields (without a mask) are not an acceptable face covering. Also, consistent with CDC recommendations, masks with one-way valves or vents are not permitted on campus. 
  • Students who need to be remote learners for the fall term must take action by August 17th. Find out how to declare remote learner statusAfter Aug 17th:  Go to Jasper Connect and "Raise Your Hand" to make this request.
  • The majority of graduate classes will be remote, in a synchronous format.
  • All class sessions after the Thanksgiving Break will be fully remote through the fall term with no in-person meetings.  
  • 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. 

  • Due to logistical and space issues, any student who begins the term or switches for the remainder of the term to remote learner status and wishes to change their status to in-person learner will need to obtain permission through Jasper Connect.

  • Students are expected to attend class at the scheduled times and as instructed by their professor, regardless of their remote or in-person status. As during normal times, students must communicate with their professor if they will not be attending class prior to the class meeting time. If they cannot communicate their absence prior to class time, they should notify their professor as soon they are able.

  • Move-in will take place over two weeks beginning on Monday, August 17. Arriving students will be required to make an appointment for a two-hour period to move into their assigned residence. Students will be contacted by Residence Life with additional move-in instructions to allow for social distancing and campus access.

  • Resident students will be required to be tested on campus by Monday, August 31. Residential students will be required to test on campus, even if a student submits negative COVID pre-arrival test results in the two weeks prior to return.

  • All commuter and resi-commuter students (those living in off-campus housing) are required to be tested. Commuter students must complete a Covid-19 test by Monday, August 31. Test results should be submitted to the Health Services office through the COVID-19 test portal before August 31. 

  • The College is conducting mandatory training based on research around the best practices for communicating and maintaining healthy protocols with colleagues and students. All employees and students will receive an email about the training from Everfi and must complete it by August 31.

  • 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. Additionally, ITS has released recommendations regarding technology and headsets, so that students may be able to take remote courses with as few distractions as possible. These spaces will be in addition to locations already available to all students, including the library, which has some quiet study spaces, as well as reservable group study rooms.


Additional Details on COVID-19 Testing

Any student that already has had COVID-19 and received a test to confirm, may submit a copy of the positive viral test or positive antibody test to the COVID-19 test portal to satisfy the Manhattan College testing requirements. Please check with your insurance carrier for coverage before having a test. If you do not have health insurance coverage, you may access no-cost testing at several of these locations. 

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