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Will I be required to wear a mask?

All students, faculty, and staff will be required to wear masks in public areas. Of course, students may remove masks when in their room, apartment, or suite and when eating and bathing.

For questions about ADA accommodations and COVID-19, please contact OSAA or 617.879.5995. You can also visit the OSAA COVID Information Website.

What will be expected of me when I’m on campus?

All students coming to campus are asked to join in the community effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We want MCPHS to be a leader in testing, tracing, and safety procedures.

The university has created the MCPHS University COVID-19 Accountability and Community Standards Policies that clearly state expectations for masks, physical distancing, and hygiene protocols. Please review the policies. Students will be asked to sign this document at Web Check-In.

How and when do I get my MCPHS ID photo?

All students must complete the process to get their MCPHS ID to gain access to all campus buildings. In addition, students are expected to wear their MCPHS ID and lanyards at all times while they are on campus.

If you are a new student who does not yet have an MCPHS ID, please read the following about how to upload a picture to be used on your MCPHS ID.

Please follow all guidelines to ensure your ID photo is not rejected:

  • Be sure that the filename of your photo is your ID number—for example, 0456789.jpg.
  • Photos should be in color and within the last year.
  • You must be the only person pictured in the photo.
  • Photos must be clear, be front view, and be a full headshot.
  • Photos should be taken against a plain, light-colored background with adequate lighting.
  • Please, no sunglasses or hats.
  • Photos must be submitted in jpeg/jpg format.
  • Think of this as a passport photo.

When you’re ready, submit your ID photo using our online ID Photo Submission form.

How will common areas change?

Shared, high-touch items such as microwaves, coffeemakers, shared computers, and refrigerators have been removed and will no longer be allowed in common spaces or residential suites on campus. We’ve taken these measures to decrease the number of common surfaces touched by multiple people daily and keep our community healthy and safe. 

Will I have access to study spaces and common areas?

Campus facilities will be open to all students beginning with the fall 2021 semester. These areas will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. We do ask students to clean and sanitize the areas after use. 

Cleaning materials will be available in each space.

Please see the following for details about using campus-specific study spaces and common areas: 

Will Boston campus dining facilities be open?

Yes. Our dining vendors are committed to the safety and well-being of our campus community. Their practices will include daily wellness checks of associates and delivery drivers, increased sanitizing and disinfecting, the wearing of personal protective equipment (PPE), extensive associate training, and informational signage. You can anticipate various to-go options and staffed stations with more limited seating within the dining venues. Access up-to-date hours of operation for all Colleges of the Fenway dining facilities.

Students with questions about dining accommodations (e.g., those with severe food allergies) should contact OSAA at or 617.879.5995.

What if I have health concerns about coming to campus?

We are here to support you and help you feel as safe and comfortable as possible. If you have any concerns about increased risk as described by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) please email or the COVID-19 Team at, who can answer your questions about precautions the University is taking. Talk to your healthcare provider with specific medical questions.

If you are a student who is immunocompromised or otherwise at an increased risk and you are concerned about how that may affect you in an academic, clinical, or housing setting, please contact OSAA as soon as possible. OSAA can be reached at or 617.879.5995.

Will the shared Colleges of the Fenway (COF) facilities be open?

Many options are available to students—including group fitness classes, the Schumann Fitness Center, and the Tansey Auxiliary Space. For more information about what is available, please view the Wentworth Fitness Center web page or email

Should you have issues with your account, please email Please note that this account is not monitored over the weekend or on holidays.

Is the Bookstore Open?

The Bookstore, located in the lower level of the MassArt/Kennedy Building Dining Commons, is open both for in-store shopping as well as online to order textbooks.

Bookstore questions can be directed to 617.739.4770 or email

How will the University execute physical distancing and PPE safety in common areas like libraries, lobbies, lounges, study spaces, and so forth?

Based on CDC guidelines, new occupancy limits will be in effect in each space, and adequate social distancing will be maintained for all occupants. Cleaning and disinfecting protocols have been established consistent with CDC guidelines. All students, faculty, and staff will be required to wear masks. Furniture modifications have been made to support social distancing guidelines, and directional and/or circulation patterns may be established to guide the flow of foot traffic.

Are there cleaning and disinfecting protocols in place?

MCPHS has put in place an enhanced cleaning and disinfection program. The frequency and type of cleaning will be determined by the use of the space and the number of occupants.

Cleaning supplies will be Environmental Protection Agency–registered disinfectants, and our custodial staff will follow specific cleaning protocols. We have designated restrooms, entry door handles, stairway railings, elevator buttons, and so forth as high-traffic/high-touch areas, and they will be disinfected multiple times throughout the day. MCPHS will have assigned staff responsible for cleaning and disinfecting classrooms and study spaces when not occupied. Each person is encouraged to clean the area they use. Libraries, study carrels, study rooms, and shared workstations are spaces where the individual is responsible for leaving a safe area for the next occupant.

Has the University done anything to upgrade its ventilation systems?

Yes. Following recommendations from the CDC and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, MCPHS has increased outside air on all HVAC units to the maximum allowable levels at all facilities. In addition, exhaust settings are set at 100% where equipment allows, and all filters have the highest possible rating from the manufacturer.

Will there be co-curricular programs and campus activities?

MCPHS will offer in-person co-curricular programs and campus activities. Clubs and professional organizations are encouraged to employ virtual meetings and events in addition to in-person activities.

What will the procedures be for on-campus clinics?

All clinic visits will be by appointment only, and visitors must provide a health screening questionnaire when they arrive. They must always wear masks unless they need to be removed for specific procedures, and all students, faculty, and staff will be required to wear masks or other appropriate PPE. Adequate social distancing must be maintained, except in cases where it is not feasible due to the nature of the clinic visit.

Will general health services be available?

Optum Student Health Services will continue to provide urgent and routine medical care for Boston students. They offer appointments in person at the Tree House and also via telehealth. Please call 617.-879.-5220 to schedule an appointment.

Will the libraries be open?

The Division of Library and Learning Resources will continue to provide comprehensive support to students remotely. Specific plans will be outlined for the following: reference services and research consultations, course reserve collection, information literacy instruction, and interlibrary loan services. To ensure low population density, only students, faculty, and staff scheduled for a particular day will be able to access their respective campus libraries.

Will locker leasing be available on campus for the fall semester?

Student Affairs–Boston will host our annual Locker Lease Program starting September 7, 2021. Locker leasing is available on a first-come, first-served basis through our online lease registration that will be available September 7. Find more information about the Boston locker leasing program

Student Affairs–Manchester will offer lockers for lease beginning September 7, 2021. Additional information can be found on the Manchester Cardinal Pride Portal.

What if I need to meet with someone in the Office of Student Affairs?

Students needing to meet with a dean in the Office of Student Affairs/Dean of Students Office on their campus can contact them via email and by phone (see below). Meetings with deans will be done remotely or in person.

What if I am in an emergency situation?

If you are in an emergency situation, please call 911 or Public Safety on your home campus:

  • Boston Public Safety: 617.732.2900
  • Worcester Public Safety: 508.373.5800
  • Manchester Public Safety: 603.314.1771

COVID-19 Team Contact Information