Fall 2021 FAQs
Yes, we plan to operate at normal density in all of our buildings, assuming that doing so is permitted under guidance from the state, city and the CDC.
Our policies will continue to meet all public health requirements. We cannot predict what those requirements will be for this Fall, but at this time it seems likely that masks will still be recommended, and perhaps required.
It is likely that our testing and tracing program will continue in some form, including isolation and quarantine as needed. We will continue to incorporate guidance from state and local authorities and the CDC in our testing plans.
While some employees now working remotely may be required to return to working on campus this Summer, we expect that most employees will be expected to work on campus in the Fall. With the expected return of full residential occupancy by students and most classes held on campus, we will need most staff and faculty back on campus.
The University has established an Advisory Task Force on Remote Work that will develop recommendations for institutional policies and practices for ongoing remote work. More information will be forthcoming.
Yes. The registration system is currently configured for on-campus classes at normal density.
We are currently planning for almost all summer classes to be held online.
Yes. Deans are working with department chairs to identify a relatively small number of classes (~10%) that may be offered online to address student demand and our need for flexibility. Additional courses may be offered in the HyFlex mode (classes taught simultaneously on campus and online). We would like to take advantage of the skill and familiarity with these modalities that our faculty developed, as well as our significant investments in classroom technology, to better serve our students. As was the case in the current academic year, we will still need to be prepared to shift to online classes if required by regulations or public health guidelines.
No. Unless a faculty member normally teaches in an all-online program (an online Master’s program, for example) or is asked to teach in one of the small number of online or HyFlex courses we will be offering, faculty should expect to teach their classes on-campus in the Fall. Faculty and Staff will be able seek a reasonable accommodation in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) if they have a personal medical condition that impacts their ability to work on campus. Please see the FAQs in the Health and Safety section for important information on accommodations.
The Registrar is implementing a normal classroom schedule, at normal density. Deans and their leadership teams will make adjustments to allow classes to begin or to continue instruction if we are required to reduce classroom density for some period of time.
Health and Safety
Suffolk University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to help otherwise qualified employees with a disability, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), perform their essential job functions – including requests due to an employee’s own medical condition that increases the risk associated with severe COVID-19 illness. Note that “reasonable accommodation” may not mean working remotely. It could include additional protective equipment, distancing, or changes to the work schedule, among other possibilities.
If you need to request a reasonable accommodation, please notify Human Resources at email@example.com to make the request (please DO NOT provide personal medical information).
I live with someone who cannot/has not been able to be vaccinated and remains at high risk for complications if they contract COVID-19. Will I be allowed to work remotely for that reason?
Accommodations under the ADA are available for the personal medical conditions of our employees only. Moving forward we will be generally unable to provide accommodations to employees for the medical conditions of persons other than employees.
Suffolk is requiring students, faculty, and staff to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to protect the health and safety of our community, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. In order to begin the fall semester with a fully vaccinated community, we are requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by Monday, August 16. Instructions for employees on where to upload vaccination information will be forthcoming.
I have not been able to be vaccinated because a) my physician advised me that I should not be vaccinated, b) I have a sincere religious objection to vaccinations, c) I have been unable to schedule an appointment for vaccination, d) I prefer not to be vaccinated. Will I still be expected to work on campus?
Expectations for any employee to work on campus will not be affected by whether or not that employee has been vaccinated. We will continue to follow community transmission data and the guidance of health officials.
All members of the campus community — students, faculty, and staff — will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This requirement applies to all current and incoming students regardless of the number of credits for which they are enrolled. Only students who are on leaves of absence, students studying in fully online programs, and international students studying from their home countries are not required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
In order to begin the fall semester with a fully vaccinated community, we are requiring all students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by Monday, August 16. You must upload documentation of your vaccination(s) into the Student Health Portal in the same manner that you upload all other vaccine-related information. Further details will be sent to your Suffolk email address this summer.
Will I know which students in my class have been vaccinated against COVID-19? Will they know if I have been vaccinated?
No. We will not disclose personal health information about students or employees.
At this time, Suffolk University is not authorized by the state of Massachusetts to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to students or employees.