Effective August 1, 2020, Massachusetts has implemented a TRAVEL ORDER that requires travelers to MA from HIGH RISK STATES and international travelers to either have a negative result from an FDA EUA-approved molecular (PCR) SARS-CoV2 test, on a sample obtained 72 hours or less prior to arrival in Massachusetts or quarantine for 14 days. This means that if you are to arrive in Massachusetts by 9am on 8/21, ideally you’d want to have your test done during the morning on 8/18 to give the highest probability that you’ll have the result back by the time you are scheduled to move in on 8/21. Students coming from a restricted, high risk area are encouraged to be tested prior to arriving on campus to avoid having to quarantine per the Massachusetts regulation. Students will be reimbursed up to $50 by submitting a receipt for testing that meets the Massachusetts criteria that was conducted as part of the initial move-in process. Any testing conducted due to travel to high risk states after the initial move-in process will not be eligible for reimbursement. Students who are not able to be tested in advance will be tested on campus and required to remain in quarantine until a negative test result is confirmed.
If you are tested as part of AIC surveillance testing or as part of the initial move-in process per the MA TRAVEL ORDER, you will not be billed for this test. If you are tested because you have symptoms, the test will be billed to your insurance company, most insurance companies cover symptomatic testing at 100%. As a reminder, students who are coming from HIGH RISK STATES or international travelers, are encouraged to be tested prior to arriving on campus to avoid having to quarantine per the Massachusetts regulation. Students will be reimbursed up to $50 by submitting a receipt for testing that meets the Massachusetts criteria that was conducted as part of the initial move-in process. Any testing conducted due to travel to high risk states after the initial move-in process will not be eligible for reimbursement.
All students and staff must wear masks and maintain physical distancing whenever possible. You will complete a short symptom screen daily. Health Services will be open for telehealth or in-person care for anyone who is feeling sick and wants to be seen by a licensed medical provider.
If diagnosed with covid-19 while on campus, the staff of Dexter Health Services will monitor your health and wellbeing daily. If you are not able to go home to recover, you will be relocated to designated isolation housing on campus until you are deemed no longer contagious.
Dexter Health Services, along with the local department of public health, will notify anyone who has been deemed a “close contact” of a person who has tested positive for covid-19. You will be relocated to designated quarantine housing on campus for 14 days or the amount of time established by the CDC.
Yes, Health Services will see patients by telehealth and in-person visits by appointment only. Appointments can be made through the PATIENT PORTAL or by calling (413) 205- 3248.
Contact Dexter Health Services for an appointment to be seen. You will be asked some screening questions, possibly examined, and tested if deemed appropriate.
No, daily self-symptom checking is required of all students and staff, but students are not required to check their temperature before coming to campus each day, unless they are feeling ill. Students are encouraged to check their temperature and screen for symptoms prior to coming to campus for the first time to move into their residence hall. Students that present with a temperature on their assigned move-in day, will be tested by Health Services and may be required to return home or move to isolation housing while they await their test result.
With the exception of certain health sciences and education courses, the majority of courses will be offered through a synchronous (live) remote delivery during the Fall 2020 semester. This means that you will get your schedule, with days and times for classes, in early August, and you’ll log in to participate with classmates and your professor via Zoom at that time.
If you are anticipating being out of class for more than a week, please work with your dean to ensure you are supported in remaining on track academically.
Using a Clorox disinfectant wipe or a wipe containing 70% alcohol, gently and carefully wipe the hard, nonporous surfaces of the computer, including the display, touchscreen keyboard, mouse and the exterior surface of the item. If you have concerns about the cleaning product being used, please refer to the manufacturer’s recommendations and warning label. Apple and Microsoft have both stated the above approved wipes. Please note: Do not use glass cleaner on computer products.
A low-end computer with a webcam is all that is needed. Zoom, Blackboard and Office365 are the primary tools used. As a student at AIC, you are allocated Office365 email and applications, Zoom and Blackboard accounts; these are all free to students. All are available on macs, windows, and mobile devices.
If you do not have access to an appropriate device for remote learning, or you lack consistent wifi, please let us know, by contacting your dean. We can loan out laptops for a short period of time and there are services for free and reduced wifi.
Numerous students are able to fully participate in classes with a computer that is a few years old. We have computer labs available for the times that a class assignment requires a higher-end computer or specialized software. In a pinch, even a mobile phone can get you by for a few days.
Yes, while some work student positions may be modified to allow for increased remote working and physical distancing, many of the work study positions students are used to are still available. All work study positions will be posted at www.aic.edu/swarmjobs.
Homecoming is not scheduled for the fall, but we remain hopeful that we can reschedule in the spring.
Yes, residence halls will be open for the 2020-2021 academic year with new health and safety guidelines in place. Students who still need to apply for housing, should go to www.aic.edu/myhousing for more information.
To ensure students and their families can make an informed decision that fits their individual circumstances, the residency requirement has been suspended for the 2020-2021 academic year. This means any student can choose to live off campus during the 2020-2021 academic year; however, if a student moves into campus housing, they are required to live on campus for the duration of the academic year (subject to withdrawal policies).
The full move-in process can be found HERE.
Yes, all residence halls will be open with new health and safety procedures in place.
Yes, most students will have a roommate. Roommates and suitemates will be considered a “family unit” per the CDC guidelines and will not be required to wear a face covering while in their own assigned room. The number of single rooms on campus is limited. Students who have a medical condition requiring a single room should contact email@example.com for more information. A letter from a medical provider outlining the medical necessity for a single room will be required.
All high touch areas will be cleaned and disinfected throughout the day using Center for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) approved chemicals. In addition to the typical cleaning, all common restrooms will be disinfected using electrostatic sprayers multiple times per day.
Yes, laundry facilities will remain free and open to residents of the building with occupancy limits in place to promote physical distancing.
Due to the COVID-19 safety procedures, early arrivals cannot be accommodated. Residence Life has provided early-drop off options and ample move-in dates for students to return to campus over a multi-day arrival period. If you have extenuating circumstances that cannot be accommodated by the available move-in process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Both the Dining Commons and the Hive will be open when students move to campus. All food items will be individually packaged or served by a staff member and we plan to offer the same number of options for students within the dining facilities. We are also exploring options to allow students to pre-order from the Hive and pick it up as a take-out order.
Students can choose to eat in the dining facility or take their food out of the facility to eat somewhere else on campus. There will be limited indoor seating in each area with expanded seating for dining purposes in other areas of the campus such as the Campus Center.
There is no change in tuition based on reopening measures.
If you change residency status, the total cost of attending AIC will change. Your financial aid is based on the total cost of attending AIC. Any change in this total cost may change your financial aid. If you have made changes to your housing and meal plan selection please reach out to the Financial Aid Office (Financial.Aid@aic.edu) to discuss changes to your award package.
All sports teams will follow the student move-in process and move in at the time they reserve. Athletes will not return to campus early unless given written permission by Residence Life.
Currently, the College, conference, and NCAA are planning for competition to be held in the spring semester.
The Fitness Center will remain open following Massachusetts safety guidelines. This will result in a decreased capacity and operating hours to ensure appropriate distancing and ample time for cleaning the facility.
This is a decision that will be made by the NCAA. At this time a final decision has not been made by the NCAA.
You can attempt to participate in both as we will do our best to limit crossover especially with competition. If may be best to speak with your coaches and determine the best plan for you.
You will start workouts as a team in small groups starting within the first couple weeks you arrive to campus.
That is still being determined but you can plan for a robust conference championship and the NCAA will be flexible to the needs of the membership providing as much as they normally can from a championship perspective.
There will be a phased in process for returning employees to campus.
The college has a process in place to address these types of situations. Please contact Debra Rico at email@example.com to discuss your unique situation.
Yes. AIC Admissions will begin providing tours to prospective students and their families in mid-August. Tours will be held by appointment only and will be limited to one family per visit, a maximum of 8 individuals.
Virtual meetings and tours will be available for students and families unable to comply with Health and Safety Protocols.
For further information regarding campus tours, please contact the Office of Admissions at 413-205-3201.
AIC is currently following all travel visitor guidelines put in place by the State of Massachusetts. For a guidance on visiting Massachusetts, please visit: https://www.mass.gov/guidance/guidance-for-travelers-arriving-in-the-commonwealth-of-massachusetts#requirements-for-quarantine-
Please be advised, all visitors to AIC will need to show proof that they are in compliance with MA requirements upon arrival.
The Office of Admissions will host a variety of virtual information sessions and open houses this fall. For a full list of events, please visit www.aic.edu/admissions
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