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Will I be required to wear a mask?

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

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

All students coming to campus will be 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, and the University has created the MCPHS University COVID-19 Accountability and Community Standards Policies that clearly state expectations for cloth face coverings or 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

In order to gain access to campus, all students MUST complete the process to get their MCPHS ID. Students are expected to be wearing their MCPHS lanyards at all times while they are on campus. Submit your ID Photo by August 14th, so we can have your ID at check-in. Below you will find the instructions that were previously sent out from Information Service.

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

  • Be sure that the filename of your photo is your ID #, i.e. 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, 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 should 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 like microwaves, coffee-makers, shared computers, and refrigerators are currently being removed and will no longer be allowed in common spaces or residential suites on campus. These measures are being taken to decrease the numbers of common surfaces touched by multiple people daily and to keep our community healthy and safe.

Can students attend fully online classes but still live in the dorms?

Students who have gone through the housing selection process on the Boston or Worcester campus and also chose online options for the fall semester are still permitted to live on campus in extenuating circumstances. If you are going to be fully online, please contact Residence Life on your respective campus for additional guidance.

If I choose to be online, will I have access to the on-campus library?

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 I have access to study spaces and common areas?

During the first phase, which will run for the first few weeks of the fall semester, campus facilities will be open to students choosing the hybrid learning approach on days when they are scheduled to have in-person classes. Residential students will have access to campus at all times. Fully remote online-only students will not have access to campus during this first phase.

Depending upon the outcome of the first phase, during which demand for space, availability of new space, population density, etc., will be carefully evaluated, our hope is that subsequent phases will be possible, in which fully remote online-only students will be allowed on campus.

Please see below for details about using campus-specific study spaces and common areas.

Will 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. We are working with them to create a plan for our dining facilities that ensures compliance with CDC, state, and local guidelines. You can anticipate a variety of to-go options and staffed stations with more limited seating within the dining venues.

I'm a hybrid student and I am concerned about taking public transit. Are there any other options available?

The University is working to provide discounted parking in the Longwood Medical Area for hybrid students for the Fall 2020 semester. If you anticipate needing daytime parking due to your hybrid schedule please contact for more information.

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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), please reach out to Student Affairs at or the COVID-19 team at, who can answer your questions about precautions the University is taking. Consult your healthcare provider with specific medical questions.

Will shared Colleges of the Fenway facilities be open?

We will be coordinating with COF schools to have consistent policies and procedures. There will be more guidance in the near future as each school finalizes their plans.

How will the University execute social distancing and PPE safety in common areas like libraries, lobbies, lounges, study spaces, etc.?

New occupancy limits, based on CDC guidelines, will be implemented in each space, and adequate social distancing will be maintained for all occupants. Cleaning and disinfecting protocols will be established consistent with CDC guidelines. All students, faculty, and staff will be required to wear cloth face coverings or masks. Furniture modifications will be 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 implemented 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 EPA-registered disinfectants, and specific cleaning protocol will be followed by our custodial staff. We have designated rest rooms, entry door handles, stairway railings, elevator buttons, etc. as high-traffic/high-touch areas, and they will be disinfected multiple times throughout the day. MCPHS will have assigned staff whose responsibility will be to clean and disinfect classrooms and study spaces when not occupied. Each person is encouraged to clean the area they personally 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 Centers for Disease Control and 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. Exhaust settings have been 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?

To the extent allowed, programs will be held in safe spaces and in limited numbers with adequate supervision. All safety protocols, including physical distancing, will be implemented and followed.

What will the procedures be for on-campus clinics?

All clinic visitors will be by appointment only and must provide a health screening questionnaire when they arrive. They must wear cloth face coverings or masks at all times, unless they need to be removed for certain procedures, and all students, faculty, and staff will be required to wear cloth face coverings or 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 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. For students attending classes on our campuses, to ensure low population density, only students, faculty, and staff scheduled for a particular day will be able to access their respective campus libraries.

I still have not cleaned out my locker from the Spring 2020 semester on Boston Campus, what do I do?

Students who were unable to clean out their spring 2020 locker can contact

Will locker leasing be available on the Boston campus in the fall 2020 semester?

To ensure low population density, locker leasing on the Boston campus has been postponed. The Office of Student Affairs will revisit the postponement at the end of the fall semester and advise on the next steps for the spring 2021 semester. Lockers will not be available for the fall 2020 semester. Students can also visit the Boston locker program page for up to date information on locker leasing.

What will happen to student organizations?

Campus Life staff will continue to advise and support students involved in student organizations. Small, in-person meetings and gatherings will be limited and must be held in accordance with guidelines from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Executive board and general board meetings should be conducted in a virtual setting to maintain social distance protocols.

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

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

What if I am in an emergency situation?

If you are in an emergency situation, please call or 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

Flexplan 2020

Flexplan Our plan for the safe reopening in the fall

Our plan for the safe reopening in the fall.

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COVID-19 Team Contact Information



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