John U. Free Seminar Series – 2023 Schedule

We are pleased to share the complete schedule for the 2023 John U. Free Seminar Series. Students, Faculty, and Staff will receive an email notification on the Thursday before each event. Alumni and other interested individuals may use the form below to sign up for...

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Weekly COVID-19 Briefing 4/16/2021

Apr 16, 2021

Campus Case Update

The case pendulum continues to swing. As of today, we have 13 active COVID cases and a total of 56 students in quarantine or isolation (Q/I) either on-campus or at their homes off-campus.  We had 9 new positive cases this week as opposed to 5 last week.  For those of you keeping score at home – this is the wrong direction.

You are our best line of defense! Please maintain the RCI protocols listed below!

Accurately Reporting Contacts Matters

In order to prevent campus and community spread it is very important to accurately identify your close contacts when asked by Health Service or the Community Tracing Collaborative.  Not revealing your contacts to save a friend the hassle of quarantine could result in dangerous exposure to vulnerable members of our community and could jeopardize a successful conclusion to the Spring term.  If you are concerned about revealing your contacts due to a potential ENC policy violation, Student Accountability will consider amnesty for Community Covenant violation if you are forthcoming in contract tracing efforts.  Thanks for doing the right thing to care for our campus community.

Vaccinations Available to the General Public on MONDAY

Starting April 19, 2021 (Patriots Day) vaccinations we be available to all people over age 16 or older residing in the Commonwealth – including college students!

You can preregister, find area testing sites and learn more about the Commonwealth’s vaccination initiatives at:

Student’s please note that you will want to pay attention to which vaccinations you are preregistering for.  Both the Pfizer and the Moderna vaccinations are sequences of two injections.  You will want to be sure you are either in Massachusetts long enough to get both shots or that you have access to the second shot from the same maker (Pfizer or Moderna) in the state you will be residing in over the summer.  The Johnson and Johnson vaccination is currently on hold and not available in Massachusetts.

We encourage all member of the ENC community to get vaccinated if you are able!

Restricted Community Interaction (RCI) Remains in Effect

Cases rose this past week even in the midst of RCI protocols in place.  These protocols only work when they are observed – please make the small sacrifice so that we can reap the rewards of a successful conclusion to the semester.  We will be actively monitoring the situation through the week and keep you posted of any needed changes in restrictions.  Please plan to remain in RCI next week.

All employees and students need to observe the following requirements to help stop campus transmission:



Indoor eating should be restricted to personal residence space.

(Only roommates or apartmentmates may dining together without social distancing in personal residences)

All campus meals are To-Go only.

(Eating is not permitted in any of the share lounge and dining areas on campus)

Personal living space visitation temporarily suspended.

(Student should not visit the private rooms of other students including rooms on the same floor or in the same building)

Limit unnecessary travel or errands.

(Student should limit their off-campus travel to work and essential errands)

Face covering are required everywhere on campus.

(Students may only remove their face covering when in their room alone or with their roommates with the door closed.  Employees may only remove their face coverings while only in their offices with the door closed.)

Outdoor eating is permitted with enhanced social distancing.

(Community members must allow for 12 feet of distance between themselves and others who are eating)

Limited social gatherings.

(Official campus sponsored events can occur if they are fully supervised, socially distant, outdoors, and food offered is take-away only)

Limited athletic activity.

(Official practices and competitions may proceed under enhance restrictions managed by the Athletic Staff)

Classroom and Lab Learning activity.

(Faculty and students should continue to work together to ensure social distance is being maintained)

Limited contact casual gatherings.

(Students can meet with friends outside, in lounges and common spaces as long as they are wearing their mask and maintaining social distance.  Employees should follow similar guidelines and conduct group meetings virtually whenever possible.)

Got Symptoms? Tell Health Services.

We are seeing an increased number of symptomatic COVID-19 cases in the month of March.  It is very important that you are monitoring you symptoms and reporting to Health Services when you are not feeling well.  Please call the on-duty Health Services number at (617) 745-3777 seven days a week and leave a message if you are experiencing symptoms.  Reporting symptoms does not mean you will automatically be moved to isolation – it does mean that you will receive a medical assessment to determine what if any precautions you need to take.  Please note the sooner you report symptoms the sooner we can determine what you need including expediting testing.

Testing Center Update

Please remember that the Testing Center is only open Monday-Thursday and is closed on Friday.  It is very important that you schedule and attend your testing on the day you are invited.  In order for us to get everyone through weekly surveillance testing we need students to be diligent in promptly scheduling testing appointments when invited and showing up at the scheduled time.  THANK YOU!

Remember testing is a major component of our in-person learning safety strategy – let’s sign-up and follow through!

Summary testing results are published weekly at:

We will continue to communicate regularly and transparently with you as the days and semester progresses.  Thanks for Protecting the Den!


Jeffrey Kirksey
Vice President for Student Life and Campus Services
Emergency Response Team, Chair

23 East Elm Avenue
Quincy, MA 02170-2999

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