COVID-19 Updates  |   Opening Plans

Campus Life

All campus, floor, and building events will be modified to maintain the safety and health of our community. We plan to host many of our traditional welcome week activities including our Back to School Bash and outdoor movie night, with some accommodations due to safety requirements such as lowering capacity and spacing out attendees.

Move In

Residential students will be invited to check in to campus August 21 through August 25 at an assigned move in time. Student leaders and other early arrivers may receive instructions on returning prior to this date and should look to information from supervisors.

ENC will require all residential students to complete a COVID-19 test on campus before moving into residence hall spaces. These tests will require a minimum of 24 hours in seclusion while waiting for test results. It is recommended that students seclude at home as possible, or at a nearby hotel with family to wait for results. In cases where this is not possible, students will be able to isolate on campus, though it may not be in the space assigned to the student as their residence for the fall semester.

By August 3, we will ask students to submit their intention to return to campus residence halls or remain at home to attend classes virtually for the semester. This form will also allow students to prioritize their desired move in date from the dates provided, and their preferred location for awaiting COVID test results. Move in times will be determined by several factors, including the date and time the form is submitted, and whether all items on the student’s clearance checklist are completed.

Because of the changing nature of COVID19, we do not recommend that students make final travel arrangements for move in until after check in times are assigned. Travel plans should be made with companies that allow for refunds or credits as dates and plans may continue to change.

Students must complete all items on their clearance checklist prior to arriving to campus. Students will be issued a room key only after they are able to produce a printed or electronic copy of their Clearance Certificate.

ENC staff, guests, and families will not be able to assist students in moving into the residence hall spaces. Students should pack lightly, understanding that they will need to move any items from their vehicle into the residence halls unassisted. Rolling bins will be made available for use in Young Hall. Parents and families are invited to celebrate their student and say goodbye prior to arriving to campus. Guests are invited to depart campus once their student has unloaded into the residence hall.

Residential Life

As you consider your return to the residential halls, our community will commit together to support the health and well-being of everyone. There will likely be some fluidity to guidance as we monitor the local and national COVID-19 situation. The following list should nonetheless help give you an idea of some planned measures for this fall:

  • All residential students will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival and regularly through the semester.
  • All residential students will track their health and temperature daily using a simple form.
  • Masks will be worn in all common spaces outside of a student’s assigned dorm room.
  • Residents will have modified access to other students’ dorm rooms and will only be allowed in their own residential hall.
  • Sanitization of bathroom spaces and common spaces will be frequent, and both spaces will have some distancing measures in place.
  • There will be designated entrances/exits for buildings, and maximum occupancy in spaces to ensure 6’ distancing.
  • Off-campus overnight stays will need to be authorized (responses/guidelines will be based on state quarantine guidelines).
  • Visitors to campus will not be allowed in residential spaces.

Our successful return will require each of us to care for one another well by embracing guidelines as well as communicating with staff about questions, concerns, and ideas.

If you have any questions about returning to campus, your housing assignment, or any COVID-19 concerns related to living on campus, please reach out to  We are committed to walking this journey with you.

Dining Services

Students will have the option to dine in the cafeteria or use grab and go containers.  For those choosing to dine in, note that social distancing protocols will be practiced.  The arrangement of tables and chairs will support social distancing guidelines.  Students will be served by cafeteria staff.  The cafeteria will be closed between meals to allow for thorough cleaning.

Hebrews and the Dugout will both be open to serve you.  Just as in the cafeteria, service areas, tables and chairs will be arranged to support social distancing guidelines.


After significant discussion with conference leadership, the President’s Council of the New England Collegiate Conference has voted to suspend intercollegiate play during the upcoming fall semester. We encourage you to read the official NECC announcement and the athletic department’s full statement to our students-athletes and community at

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