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Returning to Campus

NOTE: This is the most up-to-date information regarding the return to campus. This page will be updated as new information arises. See our latest updates below, flagged by date.

This fall the College will be open as a fully residential campus, and in-person instruction will resume as originally scheduled in the academic calendar. The Reimagine Endicott Task Force is working on additional details that will be communicated about safety measures being taken on campus to protect students, faculty, and staff. Because of the unknowns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, we currently have contingency plans in place that address many different possibilities.

Safety is the College’s top priority as we plan a return to campus. Our “Protect the Flock” messaging campaign is well underway and includes directional, distancing, and informational signage in both print and digital formats. 

Information on this page and subpages has been developed following guidelines from trusted coronavirus resources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Endicott College is following Massachusetts regulations regarding the pandemic.

Recent communications to the College community as a result of COVID-19 can be found on our Communication Updates page.

FAQs by Topic

  • Classrooms, Courses, & Buildings

    How will fall classes operate?

    Classes will resume as originally scheduled in the academic calendar. The deans of our nine schools reviewed all classes. Based on each classroom space and the maximum number of students possible given the 6-foot social distance requirements, it was determined whether a class can meet as a whole in a seated environment, or if a class needs to be split into smaller groups and taught in a hybrid model. For the hybrid model, the faculty member is in the classroom with a portion of enrolled students, while other students access the course remotely. We have a number of different hybrid models, all of which involve the student in a seated class at some point. Technology has been added to every classroom allowing those students who are sick or quarantining to have access to their classes.

    At this point, 95% of more than 1,000 classes will be taught in a traditional seated, hybrid seated, offsite, or traditional remote format; 70% of classes are fully seated in person. Only 71 out of 1,000 classes will be taught remotely. 

    All classrooms will be equipped with stations that include hand sanitizer and cleansing wipes. We are looking at ways to increase touchless options, surfaces, and equipment across campus.

    What are the safety protocols for classrooms and buildings?

    All classrooms and shared spaces have been reviewed and set up to maintain a 6-foot social distance between students, their peers, and faculty members. Personal protection equipment (PPE) stations including sanitizing wipes, masks, and gloves have been installed inside of each classroom to ensure all students and faculty have easy access to disinfect all surfaces, computers, and technology regularly.

    Physical Plant has been busy applying anti-microbial coating to all door handles across campus including offices, classrooms, bathrooms, entryways, residence halls, etc. All high touch areas will be cleaned and sanitized regularly, no less than twice daily, by Physical Plant using EPA registered products. Avoid sharing use of office materials/ equipment or be sure to disinfect equipment between use (e.g., telephones, printers, fax machines).

    Other safety measures include the following.
    • All faculty will be provided with their own dry erase markers and erasers to lessen the number of shared surfaces.
    • While in the classroom or in any common area, masks that fully cover the mouth and nose will be required in the presence of others. Those not willing to wear a mask will be required to leave campus.
    • To assist with contact tracing if the need arises, all students will have assigned seating in each classroom. Room templates will be provided to each faculty member to assist in assigning seats.
    • Each door handle and other frequent touch points of Endicott's more than 50 buildings have been coated with a special, anti-microbial coating to help protect surfaces from retaining mold, algae fungi and other viruses.
    • Filter ratings have been increased on heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in buildings. HVAC systems have also been set to bring in more outside air and to circulate air in buildings more frequently.
    • Drinking fountains will not be operational, however, bottle fill stations will continue to be available.
    • Faculty and staff members are asked to disinfect their workspace at the start of every class session; and practice routine cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched objects and surfaces such as workstations, keyboards, telephones, handrails, and doorknobs.
    • Academic buildings will be open and operating under normal hours as posted per building. Cleaning of buildings will occur from 11 p.m.–7 a.m. and on weekends.
    • Building doors remain closed to allow for effective HVAC air circulation and filtration, and are marked as entrance or exit to help control one-way traffic.
    • Hallways are marked as one-way wherever possible with signage and decals indicate traffic flow.
    • Every elevator has capacity signage. Sanitizing hands before entering elevator and after leaving elevator is recommended.
    • Maximum capacity for common areas has been posted.
    • Everyone is expected to follow traffic flows as instructed in hallways, stairs, classrooms, etc., which may mean walking a longer route to the desired location. However, for emergencies, everyone should proceed to the closest exit, regardless of directional arrows.
    • Faculty, staff, and students are expected to disinfect shared surfaces and equipment prior to use (computers, counters, copiers, etc.).
    • Faculty, staff, and students are asked to follow a “leave no trace” policy and dispose of PPE properly; throw away your own trash, including wipes and gloves.
    • Decals clearly mark where classroom seats should be (student space) and designated faculty area is marked, allowing for clear distancing. All students will have assigned seating in classrooms. Room templates will be provided to faculty and floor plans are posted on the wall.
    • Outdoor classroom space is first come, first served and must adhere to social distance guidelines. Faculty should maintain seating chart for outdoor classes.
    • Students should leave class immediately after (no conversations with other students of faculty) to clear the room quickly and efficiently.
    • No students can enter a classroom for an upcoming class until the last class fully exits.
    • Food and drinks are not allowed in the classrooms.

    Will tuition charges be lowered if classes are online?

    As we return to a fully residential campus, seated, in-person instruction will take place. If the College is forced to move all instruction to a remote learning format for an extended period, the College will review the cost of attendance. The Endicott College Institute for Remote Teaching Excellence has prepared our faculty to provide quality education in the classroom and in a remote format and the ability to fluidly move between these formats, if necessary.

  • Common Areas, Fitness Center, Mail Room, & Bathrooms

    Will we be able to use common areas across campus? What precautions will be taken for these areas?

    Common areas are being reconfigured to promote safety and social distancing. Capacity signage for common areas has been installed. All furniture that can't be disinfected has been removed.

    Mobile apps and displays are being implemented or installed around campus to allow for proper spacing in some common areas.

    How are you going to handle the common bathrooms? How will you keep them clean and safe?

    Advanced cleaning and sanitizing solutions are being implemented and reviewed to maximize the safety of users of common bathrooms. All restroom hand dryers in administrative and academic buildings have been turned off and paper towels are available. Hand sanitizer is available near bathrooms and throughout buildings. Bathroom occupancy limits are posted. 

    It is also the responsibility of students to maintain the cleanliness of their personal and shared spaces, and follow guidelines for capacity.

    Will the fitness center be accessible?

    Yes. The fitness center will offer the ability to make online reservations to attend fitness classes or use gym equipment.

    How will the mail room work?

    Students will only be permitted to access the mail center during an assigned time. During the assigned time, students may check their mailbox and pick up packages. Packages can only be picked up once a student has received an email notification from the Endicott Mail Center. A notification from a sender such as Amazon does not mean a package is ready for pick up. Packages can take 24–48 hours to process.
     
  • Testing, Contact Tracing, & Health Center - UPDATED 10/23/2020

    Does Endicott have a plan for testing students?

    The goal of testing the Endicott College community is to detect cases of COVID-19 and quickly move individuals who test positive into environments where they can get needed medical attention and prevent the spread of the disease. We will be utilizing PCR testing through the Broad Institute at re-entry to the campus and throughout the semester. All COVID-19 testing, completed on campus will be free of charge to students, faculty, staff, and any visitors approved by College officials.

    The PCR testing is the most accurate method currently available for detecting the COVID-19 virus. The test sensitivity is between 80-90% depending on the method of sample collection and the viral load of the individual. We will use the Anterior Nares (AN) collection method using self-collection under observation of a medical professional. PCR tests also have an extremely low false positive rate. The Broad testing laboratory is capable of processing very large numbers of tests daily and we expect a 24-hour return of results. 

    The testing protocols will be updated based on emerging epidemiological research. We will also continue to follow the research on contact tracing which we are implementing in conjunction with the Public Health Nurse from the Beverly Board of Health.

    When the Broad Institute lab runs each test for COVID-19, they check for the virus and the presence of human ribonucleic acid (RNA). This means that if someone did not swab their nose, the test would come back invalid because no human RNA would be found on the sample. 

     

    What else happens to your specimen when it arrives at the Broad Institute? Click here to learn more.

     

    Procedure:

    • All students were required to provide proof of a negative PCR test result within 72 hours of arrival on campus. If the student was unable to obtain a test, they were tested on-campus and remained in quarantine until a negative test result was obtained.
    • Faculty and staff were tested upon return to campus.
    • Faculty, staff, and students will continue to receive surveillance tests based upon the frequency of their movement off and on campus. All staff and faculty who are teaching in a classroom will be tested weekly through the month of September, and staff and faculty not teaching in a classroom will be tested every other week. All students will be tested weekly through the first month. Beyond September, we will evaluate the frequency of testing based upon internal and external data, including local and state positivity rates and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.
    • As of  September 1, Endicott launched the CoVerified app which is the portal into our COVID-19 community health services. If you are having trouble downloading or signing into the CoVerified app, please submit a ticket to our Information Technology (IT) Department through Freshservice. Everyone in the community must use this app to securely access health systems for the following tasks:

      • Completing daily self-attestation symptom reports
      • Scheduling testing
      • Checking test results
      • Displaying health compliance status
    • The health information from Coverified will be available only to you and to medical professionals assigned for oversight in conjunction with the Health Center. It will be used for no other purpose than monitoring your health relative to COVID-19.
    • All test results will be communicated to the ordering practitioner, the Interim COVID-19 Coordinator James T. Daley, and the Beverly Board of Health. Negative results will be communicated directly to the individual through the Coverified app.
    • Positive results will be communicated through the COVID-19 Coordinator and those testing positive will be asked to stay at home or leave campus immediately to return home. They will follow the isolation policy set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA DPH). They should follow up with their primary care provider regarding symptom checking and health status while in isolation. Students who cannot return home will be provided campus housing in the Village Apartments and will be monitored by the COVID-19 Coordinator throughout the 10-day or greater isolation. Faculty and staff should follow up with their hiring manager and with human resources regarding teaching and work responsibilities while in isolation.
    • Contact tracing of all close contacts will be conducted in collaboration with the Beverly Board of Health and contacts will be informed of the need to quarantine according to CDC and MA DPH guidelines. The COVID-19 Coordinator will monitor all students in quarantine.
    • Meals, personal items, and mental health services will be provided for all students who remain in isolation or quarantine on campus.

    COVID-19 Testing Center Hours Starting October 13 | Interfaith Chapel
     
    Monday:        9 a.m.–noon & 1–3 p.m.  
    Tuesday:        9 a.m.–noon & 1–3 p.m.
    Wednesday:  9 a.m.–noon & 1–3 p.m.  
    Thursday:     9 a.m.–noon & 1–6 p.m. Extended hours.
    Friday:          9 a.m.–1 p.m. 

    All students are required to be tested weekly until further advised. Faculty and staff should schedule tests accordingly: weekly for faculty teaching in a classroom and every two weeks for employees working on campus who are not teaching in a classroom until further advised.

    You must schedule your test using the CoVerified app. Once you download the app, click on the testing tab to book an appointment. Walk-in appointments are not available and will not be allowed. The daily symptom tracker within the app should also continue to be utilized.

    What is the plan if a student on campus gets COVID-19?

    The College will follow the CDC protocols related to positive COVID-19 tests. Temporary isolation and quarantine space has been established on campus should a student be unable to immediately return home.

    If students are worried about a potential exposure, but no one calls them, what should they do?

    Contact tracing has been used for decades by state and local health departments to slow or stop the spread of infectious diseases. You should understand that being called by a tracer only means that they are attempting to evaluate whether or not you meet the criteria to be considered a close contact to someone who has symptoms or is suspected to be positive for COVID-19.

    What to do if you are contacted by a tracer:

    • Understand that they are calling to assess your risk or exposure.
    • Be honest and clear about all of your recent interactions with others.
    • Talk honestly and openly about any symptoms you may be experiencing.
    • Wait for directives from the tracer before taking any actions or sharing information. You may be asked to quarantine, participate in new testing, or isolate.

    What if I am not contacted by a tracer?

    Most contact tracing happens fairly quickly. Therefore, if you are not contacted by a tracer, you should continue to go about your life regularly, monitoring your symptoms and participating in weekly testing. If you have concerns about your health or potential exposure, you should contact the Health Center, Family Medicine Associates, at 978-232-2104.

    What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?

    It's important not to be alarmed if you or someone you know is asked to quarantine. This is a normal and helpful step in the contact tracing process that helps take preventative steps to halt the potential spread of the disease.  

    Quarantine

    • Starts with last date of potential exposure.
    • Does not assume a positive COVID-19 test result.
    • Lasts for 14 days depending on the most recent exposure and the criteria used by the contact tracer.
    • Students in quarantine are spoken to daily by about their symptoms and are tested to ensure negative results.

    Isolation

    • Starts with COVID-19 symptoms and a person feeling ill.
    • Presumes a positive COVID-19 test, or begins once a test result has returned positive.
    • Lasts at least 10 days after initial symptoms or positive testing result, and must remain in isolation for at least 24 hours after symptoms resolve.

    Please note that quarantine lasts four days longer than isolation because it can take up to four days for a positive case to manifest.

    How should students treat others who are in quarantine?

    Be sensitive. The inconvenience and stigma associated with quarantine and isolation, or simply the hassle of feeling sick, are all reasons to be sensitive to a person being asked to quarantine or isolate. Please treat your fellow students with empathy and patience if they are asked to quarantine or isolate.  

    Additionally, every student should follow the directives of the Health Center or contact tracers to protect the campus and comply with the Endicott Student Community Compact. This includes respecting the quarantine directives. Therefore, students not in quarantine should not visit students who are. Additionally, students who are in quarantine who are not in compliance and leave a quarantine space are at risk of disciplinary action up to and including suspension from the College.

    For our part—Student Affairs staff members are delivering care packages to students in isolation and quarantine in an attempt to support students through the experience.

    What can students do to reduce risk?

    Every student should continue complying with the directives in the Endicott Student Community Compact. Those directives include mask-wearing whenever you leave your residence hall room—in hallways and elsewhere on campus. Every student should ensure they operate within small pods—limiting your potential exposure to others. Additionally, any student who feels ill should stay in their room and immediately contact the Health Center for a telehealth appointment. 

    The College will continue to clean and disinfect common spaces to follow state and local Board of Health guidelines in our efforts to maintain a safe and healthy campus environment.  

    As always, students should continue to monitor their symptoms and schedule weekly tests using the CoVerified app. Students who are not in compliance with this testing mandate will be referred for disciplinary action up to and including suspension from the College.   

    What happens if there's a second wave of COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts? How will the College decide to move courses online?

    The Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the federal government will provide guidelines in the event of a second wave and the College will make decisions according to those guidelines. A model of spread scenarios on campus is being developed.

    Will Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) be made available to students?

    Yes. See details under “Classrooms, Courses, & Buildings” category.

  • Sports, Events, & Activities

    What restrictions will be in place for student activities and events on campus?

    We continue to await guidance from state and local officials on the allowed size of gatherings and events on campus before announcing restrictions.

    Homecoming & Family Weekend
    Due to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ guidance related to gatherings no larger than 100 people, the Commonwealth Coast Conference’s announcement suspending conference athletic competition for the fall, and the College’s newly established no-visitor policy, Endicott's Homecoming & Family Weekend, scheduled for September 25–27, will shift to a virtual celebration. In-person events are canceled, and we will release an exciting lineup of virtual events soon.

    What is happening with fall sports?

    On July 17, the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) announced its plan to suspend conference competition for the Fall 2020 semester.
     
    However, this decision does not preclude individual institutions, such as Endicott College from scheduling some athletic competition. This means that all varsity and club sports will be evaluated with COVID-19 safety protocols as our top priority, and student-athletes may have the opportunity to participate in competitions including games and scrimmages not under the umbrella of the CCC.
     
    All student-athletes will still be provided athletic opportunities, including strength and conditioning training, practices, and team-related activities.
     
    With improved public health conditions and relevant National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) guidance, we hope to begin winter sports athletic competition as early as January 1, 2021. Spring sports currently remain on schedule as planned, with the exception of canceling their non-traditional fall play date. In addition, should NCAA legislation permit fall sports teams to conduct athletic activities and competition in the Spring 2021 semester, CCC schedules and championships may be adjusted accordingly. 
     
    Any updates to our 2020-21 athletics plan will be shared with the members of our community as decisions are made.
     
    Communication on check-in and move-in dates, facility usage, eligibility questions, etc., will be sent as details are confirmed.
     
    Specific questions regarding the Endicott College Fall Athletics Plan should be directed to individual coaches or to Dr. Brian Wylie, Assistant Vice President & Athletics Director at bwylie@endicott.edu or 978-232-2440.

    Where can I find more information regarding sports/athletics for the 2020-21 academic year?

    With a return to campus on the horizon, the Endicott Athletics & Recreation Department has been receiving many questions from our community, so they developed the Endicott Athletics COVID-19 FAQs.

    Is there news on the Class of 2020 Commencement?

    Since Endicott College moved to remote work and instruction in March, I have been committed to celebrating the Class of 2020 with an in-person Commencement ceremony—with all the pomp and circumstance that comes along with our students’ great achievement. We had hoped to reschedule Commencement for a time this summer or fall, but due to the fluidity of coronavirus, and as we must comply with the state’s regulations on large gatherings, we have determined that this plan is just not possible. Though we are now looking to celebrate the Class of 2020 in person and on campus during the weekend of May 22, 2021, our commitment to commend this year’s graduates remains the same.

    Class of 2020 graduates will receive an email from the Office of the Registrar to arrange shipment and distribution of diplomas and official diploma covers. Further details related to the May 2021 Commencement celebration will be released as we await guidance from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

  • Residence Halls, Housing, & Move-In - UPDATED 10/23/20

    What safety measures are going to be in place for the residence halls? Will there really be quads and triples?

    Advanced cleaning and sanitizing solutions are being implemented and reviewed to maximize the safety of all students in and out of the residence halls. 

    The College made the decision to utilize the Wylie Inn as a residence hall this academic year. The Wylie Inn, along with leased off-campus housing, has allowed us to de-densify the residence halls so that each room in each residence hall accommodates the number of students originally intended. In some cases, groups of students have themselves opted to increase the occupancy of their residence suite, which the College has allowed.

    Will all students have a single in campus housing?

    No. Students will be placed in residence halls according to the authorized occupancy for each hall.

    Is it true that the residence halls have been restricted from any student or non-student guest?

    It is TRUE. Effective immediately, only resident students will be allowed in their assigned residence hall. No student or non-student guests are allowed at any time in any residence halls. This was issued as an addendum to the Endicott Student Community Compact and therefore the existing policies and guidelines students originally signed continue to be in effect.

    To aid in this enforcement, the Public Safety & Police Department and the Office of Residence Life will step up their patrols and expand the presence of staff at entrances and exits to the buildings. Students who violate this directive will be at risk for disciplinary action up to and including removal from the residence halls.

    Who is currently at the Wyle Inn?

    There are no current positive cases at the Wyle Inn. The quarantined students on the third floor are there as a precautionary measure as a result of contact tracing. Students were moved to this building in order to provide ample private restrooms. These students are tested frequently, and will be sent to the Mods if they test positive at any point. If this were to happen, they will be escorted through the building in a safe way that will not interfere with the other residents. Additionally, many of the close contacts have opted to quarantine at home, which has in turn prevented overcrowding in the building.

    Current residents of the Wyle Inn should not be concerned about walking in the hallways, as CDC guidelines state that one must be within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes over a 24-hour period to be considered a close contact. As meals are delivered directly to the rooms of those in quarantine, these students will not be out in the hallways. In the event of a fire drill, all Wylie residents will exit to the front of the building and the people in quarantine will exit through the rear door.

    All rooms in the Wylie Inn have traditional hotel style HVAC units that operate individually and ventilate directly outside.   

    How will move-in work?

    In order to facilitate a safe return for our students, the College has coordinated a process that promotes social distancing and adheres to statewide guidance that requires we test and clear students before move-in.

    New and returning students must drop off belongings prior to official move-in date.

    • For students currently living 70+ miles away from campus, you are required to book a drop-off time between August 26 and August 28, and you must sign up for a COVID-19 test to be administered immediately after their drop-off time on campus.
    • For students currently living fewer than 70 miles away from campus, you are required to book a drop-off time between August 14 and August 23, and participate in the Endicott College testing process to submit a sample for clearance.
    • drop off, all new, incoming students will arrive back to campus on August 29 to start their semester.
    • After drop off, all returning students will arrive back on August 31 to start their semester.

    This scheduled and facilitated visit to campus will reduce the typical move-in congestion, and serve as a way for students to bring their belongings to their assigned room before the official start of the school year.

    Students will be allotted a two-hour time frame to drop off their belongings and will be expected to depart from campus directly after, unless they are receiving a COVID-19 test.

    Negative COVID-19 test results required prior to arrival.

    All students are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result 72 hours prior to their arrival to campus. If you have the ability to receive a test near your home, you may forgo the College testing process by dropping off your belongings as scheduled and then arriving back on August 29 or 31 with a negative test result (taken within 72 hours) in hand.

    A small number of students who are unable to return to campus for a facilitated drop-off appointment and do not have access to local testing may be allowed to move-in and quarantine for up to 72 hours or until a negative test is provided. If you require this special consideration, please contact reslife@endicott.edu to file a request.

    As information regarding COVID-19 is updated, we will continue to follow local and state guidelines and communicate frequently to the Endicott community. In this fluid situation, these processes may require updating with little notice. Please continue to check the Returning to Campus website for information and be attentive to your email for all future updates.

    What medical documentation could we provide to guarantee a single and/or private bathroom to avoid COVID-19?

    Students with ADA medical accommodation requests are currently being reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

  • Deferring Acceptance

    Can students defer their acceptance to January or fall 2021?

    All requests to defer admission to either the Spring 2021 or Fall 2021 term will be reviewed and handled by the Office of Admission on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the Office of Admission directly to learn more about the policy and how to submit a request at admission@endicott.edu.

    Any deferral request must be submitted/made by July 31, 2020.
  • Dining on Campus

    What safety measures are going to be in place for the dining hall?

    All campus dining options have been outfitted with a tap-pay system, eliminating the need to hand your Gull Card to a dining services employee to be swiped. Where seating is offered, tables will be spaced according to social distance guidelines. Stations that were previously self-serve, will now provide service by a staff member.

    The dining hall is outfitted with a density counting system that will display the number of people and percentage of capacity currently occupied in each space, alerting students, faculty, and staff if they can enter. See the current density count.

    Sodexo, our dining services partner, launched its “Reopening with Resilience” effort that includes the following:

    • Callahan Dining is offering to-go meals available from all stations, during all meals. Customers may simply ask to have their meal packaged for takeout. Items like salads, desserts, and beverages are also available for takeout.
    • Callahan Dining is opening earlier for brunch on the weekends starting at 9:30 a.m. and earlier for dinner Friday–Sunday at 4:45 p.m.
    • Natural! smoothie station is turning into an express to-go location during lunch and dinner, Monday–Friday. Simple Servings entrée and sides, along with  bottled water, dessert, and fruit will be available. Simple Servings is usually our busiest station, so this change allows for a popular food option, as well as a choice for customers with food allergies, to be easily accessible.
    • Einstein Bros. Bagels is converting to 100% online ordering only through the Bite app. Orders can be picked up from a tent on the patio just outside the eatery.
    • Gully’s is offering express lunch and dinner Monday–Friday.
    • The Lodge will add an express dinner seven nights a week.
    • The Fountain Café at the Wylie Inn will offer a continental breakfast, Monday–Friday.
    • There will be a designated pick up area for faculty and staff.
  • Tuition

    Will tuition charges be lowered if classes are online?

    As we return to a fully residential campus, seated, in-person instruction will take place. If the College is forced to move all instruction to a remote learning format for an extended period, the College will review the cost of attendance. The Endicott College Institute for Remote Teaching Excellence has prepared our faculty to provide quality education in the classroom and in a remote format and the ability to fluidly move between these formats, if necessary.

    Can I wait to pay until there is a final decision for the fall?

    The College will open in the fall. Tuition payment is due on August 3.

  • Visitors to Campus

    Will students be allowed to have guests on campus? What is the policy for visitors?

    In order to reduce the spread of COVID-19, students should expect a “no-visitor” policy to be in place at the beginning of the semester. This policy will be reviewed frequently and restrictions may be lifted as the semester continues.

    Will visitors be allowed in residence halls?

    Upon returning to campus, there will be a strict visitor policy that does not allow outside visitors in the residence halls. This will be enforced by an increased security presence, a swipe-in requirement for all those attempting to enter a residence hall, and more frequent checks by resident assistants, residence directors, and area directors. Students who live on campus will be able to visit a residence hall different from that to which they are assigned, under specific guidelines and strict capacity limits. Policies and move-in related material will be available soon from Residence Life. Building-to-building visitation will end each day at 9 p.m. For traditional halls, in-hall visitation may continue past 9 p.m. with the restriction of no overnight guests at any time.

  • Internships & Co-ops

    What resources are available to me virtually when we return in the fall?

    Internship Coordinators communicate with students about new internship opportunities as they become available and provide general and individualized guidance on the internship search via email and through one-on-one Zoom meetings. In addition, they can help students develop a personalized search strategy and refine internship materials such as resumes, cover letters, references, LinkedIn profiles, portfolios.

    Also, Internship and Career Center Staff are available on a full-time basis during the academic year as well as the summer and offer virtual career support for students in several ways:

    • One-on-one appointments via Zoom (appointments can be scheduled on Handshake)
    • Current internship and job postings on Handshake
    • Virtual career events online via Zoom
    • Weekly email newsletter sent via Handshake with the latest internship and job search information to help students
    • Online resources including InterviewStream (practice interviewing), The Nest (flash mentoring with alumni), TypeFocus, and YouScience (career assessments)

    What happens if I can’t find a fall internship due to pandemic restrictions at businesses and organizations?

    For INT100/200 you will be able to complete it during the winter break (January) 2021 or during the summer of 2021. You also may be able to complete your internship during the fall or spring semester while classes are in session (you should consult with your academic advisor or dean and internship coordinator to discuss this option). 

    If you cannot find a semester internship for the fall, you should work with your school’s dean to take courses for the fall semester and delay your internship until the spring 2021 semester. Please make sure your degree audit is complete and all of your required courses are offered when you need to take them.

    Since things seem uncertain now, what should I be doing now for my search? Should I just wait, or should I keep looking?

    You should continue to look and utilize all the resources available to you. Specifically:

    • Stay in contact with your internship coordinator
    • Take advantage of the resources being offered by the Internship and Career Center
    • Perfect and customize application materials for internship opportunities, including resume, cover letter, references, LinkedIn profiles, portfolios (optional, but highly recommended
    • Follow, engage with (online), and join relevant professional organizations
    • Research and become fluent on the key issues that COVID-19 has had on the industry and related organizations
    • Check your email daily to receive the latest communications from your internship coordinator and the Internship and Career Center
    • Check Handshake on a regular basis for new postings

    When is my proposal due for a fall internship?

    The deadline is August 1, 2020. We understand that things are constantly evolving and we will be as flexible as possible to help you secure the right internship.

    I have accepted an internship. Should I check with the site to make sure it will still happen? What should I do if my internship gets cancelled?

    You should follow up with your employer to find out what their plans are for your internship. In some cases, they may change to a remote model depending on decisions that get made at the state level about returning to work. If your internship gets canceled, contact your internship coordinator as soon as possible to discuss alternatives.

    What happens if I get removed from my site because of changes related to COVID-19?

    If you were unable to complete your internship on site, and you cannot complete the internship remotely, you may be asked to complete an assignment specific to your major to complete the internship requirements in lieu of completing the hours. Your academic program will address this on a case by case basis, but please contact your internship coordinator or department chair directly with specific questions.

    Can I do an internship with my family’s business?

    You can complete an internship with a family member outside of your immediate family (i.e. family other than your parents, or siblings). If your parent owns the organization, then you will need to report to someone that is not an immediate family member. 

    Can I do my internship at a site where I have already interned? Or at my summer job?

    While we prefer that you not intern at the same site twice, you may be able to return to a former site if you are able to work in a different department. For a summer job, if you can work with your supervisor to devise an internship that meets the academic requirements, then you should try to do so. Please indicate that you have worked at the site previously within your proposal. In either case, please discuss the details with your internship coordinator so he/she can let you know if it would meet the requirements for an internship.

    Can I do a remote or virtual internship?

    Yes, if it meets the academic requirements, there is appropriate supervision and structure for learning, and regular feedback from your site supervisors. Please discuss this option with your Internship coordinator.

  • Job Searching in Uncertain Times

    I am worried about the job market, what is the best strategy to take in my job search?

    This is an uncertain time, but there are still opportunities out there. You may find that your dream company may not be hiring at this time so you will need to align yourself with companies/industries that are hiring. Your plan A job/industry may not be an option but it is a great time to work with an advisor to create a plan B. Get your job search materials up to date and reviewed by the Career Center. Since your interviews will likely be conducted virtually make sure to become a pro and practice interviewing on InterviewStream. When you see a position you are interested in, don’t just apply, but see if you have connections in that organization in order to get higher visibility on your application.

    What resources does the Internship & Career Center offer to help with my job search? Will the Internship & Career Center help me after I graduate?

    The Internship & Career Center offers numerous resources to help you be successful in your job search. Whether a current student or alumna/ae, as a Gull you have lifelong Internship & Career Center support. We have individual appointments available to help you strategize for your internship, job, and graduate school search. Make appointments through Handshake.

    Handshake
    What is it? Online internship & job search platform for EC students & alumni.
    How can I access it? Go to endicott.joinhandshake.com/login.

    Career Research
    What is it? Research is key to a successful job search.
    How can I access it? Try Glassdoor, LinkedIn, or CareerShift. For access to CareerShift email careers@endicott.edu.

    Individual Coaching
    What is it? Individual career appointments are available to meet the unique career development needs of alumni.
    How can I access it? Alumni can make individual appointments through Handshake. We can connect over email, phone, or Zoom.

    Assessments
    What is it? Alumni can take self-assessments to help identify their strengths, weaknesses, and potential career compatibility.
    How can I access it? If you are interested in a self-assessment, please contact Kate Chroust at chroust@endicott.edu.

    The Nest: Flash Mentoring Program
    What is it? This online networking & mentoring platform connects Endicott grads and current students. Become a mentor or request one!
    How can I access it? Go to: thenest.endicott.edu. Contact Kate Chroust at chroust@endicott.edu with any questions.

    Virtual Events
    What are they? Industry based events to learn from experts. Skill-building career Zoom videos with Q&A from the Internship & Career Center.
    How can I access it? Zoom links will be provided in the events and resources section in Handshake.

    Online Resources
    What are they? Students & alumni have 24/7 access to career resources that can assist them with all their career-related needs.
    How can I access it? Resources & guides can be found by clicking here or at endicott.edu/internships-careers/internship-career-services-resources or on Handshake.

    I enjoyed my internship and would like to work for that company or organization after I graduate. How should I try to move my internship into a job opportunity?

    Connect with your contacts in the company and see how they are faring during this time and learn how the pandemic has affected hiring. Once you understand this, you can express your interest in the company and the role. If they are not hiring, you can ask for advice on other companies or contacts that they may know that are hiring. A warm connection is key, especially during this time.

    How should I be reaching out to employers and what are the best ways to network virtually during this time?

    Build your professional brand online. During this time it is more important than ever to showcase and share your brand. Use LinkedIn University to make sure your LinkedIn profile is complete and effectively demonstrates your experience, accomplishments, and key industry skills. When reaching out to employers through email or LinkedIn, make sure you use empathy and be patient on their response time. They are adjusting to remote work and uncertainty on start dates and hiring needs. Following companies on social media and being engaged/responding to articles on LinkedIn are other great ways of connecting and reaching out. Select companies and professional organizations to follow on LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram that align with your career goals and thoughtfully respond to content to begin to build your brand. Also, be sure to connect with your fellow Gulls. Check out our new online networking and mentoring platform, The Nest. The platform connects current students to Endicott grads. They can share their professional knowledge and guidance for students embarking on their internship and career search.

    What can I do to make myself more valuable when the economy does rebound?

    Upskill! Use free online platforms like Coursera and edX to take classes or gain a certificate in your area of interest. For a list of micro-credentialing opportunities, visit this link.

    Keep notes on what you are doing during this pandemic―employers will want to know that you used your time in a valuable way when you look for a job.

    Is a Fifth Year master’s degree program a better option than looking for a job right now?

    A Fifth Year program is great way to deepen your knowledge and skills, but you should not take the plunge just because you can’t find a job. Make sure the program is a good fit for you and that it makes sense when considering your long-term goals. If you are interested in learning more, Fifth Year programs are listed within each school, and are currently available through the Curtis L. Gerrish School of Business, School of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Nursing, School of Sport Science & Fitness Studies, and School of Visual & Performing Arts.

Reimagine Endicott Task Force & Sub-Task Forces

Reimagine Endicott Task Force

The charge of this task force is to reimagine what the transition back to campus will be like for all of our constituents including students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Several scenarios that keep everyone safe while continuing to provide an exceptional educational experience must be anticipated. The primary focus is on the academic transition and all of the related activities associated with it. The group meets weekly and creates a list of action items necessary to produce a seamless transition back to the Endicott campus.

Reach out to the following task force members with questions or concerns at contact@endicott.edu.

Co-Chairs: Bryan Cain, Vice President, Communications & Marketing; &
Tony Ferullo, Vice President, Finance & Chief Financial Officer

Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D., President
Beth M. Schwartz, Ph.D., Provost
Brandi Johnson, Vice President, Student Affairs & Dean of Students
Evan Lipp, Vice President, Admission & Financial Aid
Amy Donovan, Chief Information Officer
Rick Gagnon, Director, Facilities
Paul Belski, Director, Dining Services (Sodexo)
Nancy Meedzan, Dean, School of Nursing
Michael Paige, Dean, Curtis L. Gerrish School of Business
Sara Quay, Dean, School of Education
Katherine Whidden, Interim Associate Vice President, Human Resources
James T. Daley, Interim COVID-19 Coordinator

Academic Safety Protocols Task Force

The charge of this task force is to develop and communicate protocols relating to Academic Safety.

Co-Chairs: Rick Gagnon, Director, Facilities; & Gene Wong, Dean, School of Arts & Sciences 

Sara Quay, Dean, School of Education 
Nancy Meedzan, Dean, School of Nursing 
Josh Lynch, Environmental Health & Safety Manager 
Susan Schraffa, Administrative Assistant, School of Nursing 
Emily Smith, Associate Professor of Nursing 

Faculty Institute Planning Task Force

The charge of this task force is to design two summer faculty institutes aimed at providing Endicott faculty with tools and strategies for maintaining the key elements of an Endicott classroom during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Co-Chairs: Sara Quay, Dean, School of Education & Hedrick Ellis, Senior Instructional Technologist

Grace Kwan, Assistant Professor, Biology
Amy Damico, Professor, Communication 
Michael Diehl, Professor, Mathematics 
Dina Gentile, Professor, Sport Management 
Anna McAlister, Associate Professor, Marketing 
Sharon Paradiso, Associate Professor, English 
Amy Smith, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Nursing 
Warren Jaferian, Dean, International Education 
Allison Muise, Dean of Academic Success 
Todd Comen, Dean, School of Hospitality Management 
Laura Douglass, Academic Dean of Professional Programs 
Cherie Lynch, Assistant Professor, Experiential Learning & Internship Coordinator, School of Communication 

Student Affairs Reopen & Reimagine Task Force  

The charge of this task force is to work on the preparation for the arrival of our students on campus including logistics, support, and engagement for a successful fall semester. Specific action items have included reconfiguration of the student move-in process, safety and policies for on-campus residences, increased access to counseling services, and safe student engagement during the pandemic. The task force will continue to focus on a safe residential experience, strong measures of accountability, adjustments to traditional on-campus events, as well as the personal and emotional support of our students.

Chair: Brandi Johnson, Vice President, Student Affairs & Dean of Students

Will Schimpf, Associate Dean of Student Conduct
Caraline Moholland, Assistant Director of Conduct
Brianne McGann, Associate Dean of Student Engagement  
Maureen Gebhardt, Director of Counseling  
Corie Quill, Assistant Director of Housing Operations  
Samantha O'Neil, First-Year Area Director  
Jeremy Krugh, Housing Operations Area Director  

Test & Trace Taskforce

This task force is charged with following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocols related to positive COVID-19 tests and working in concert with the City of Beverly Board of Health and Beverly Hospital to develop a re-entry and surveillance testing and tracing plan.

Chair: Nancy Meedzan, Dean, School of Nursing 

Cindy Bashaw, Chair, Master's Nurse Practitioner Program 
Jessica Ochs, Associate Professor, School of Nursing 
Colleen Zamagni, Nurse Practitioner, Family Medical Associates (FMA) at Endicott College 
Dr. Lawrence Gordon, Medical Director, FMA at Endicott College
Estelle Mullen, Director of Site Operations, Lahey
Tammy Medros, Site Coordinator, FMA at Endicott College
Kerri Koulouris, Practice Manager, FMA
Leslie St. Pierre, Executive Director, Lahey Physician Community Organization
Teresa Kirsch, Public Health Nurse, Beverly Board of Health
Dr. Joseph Gross, Infectious Disease Physician, Beverly Hospital
Brandi Johnson, Vice President, Student Affairs & Dean of Students