Dear members of the Emerson community:
I hope this note finds you and your families safe and well as we approach the end of this year and the beginning of a new year. As preparations for the spring semester continue on our Boston campus, we have been closely monitoring COVID conditions locally and around the country as cases continue to increase and the news around the Omicron variant develops. I am writing to you today to inform you of an important update to the College’s plans for the start of the 2022 Spring Term that will help keep the campus and our community safe and healthy.
The 2022 Spring Term will begin on Monday, January 10, as previously scheduled. However, at this time, the Spring Term will begin with the following modifications:
- The Spring term will begin with remote instruction for all undergraduate and graduate students from Monday, January 10 through at least the end of the day Monday, January 17.
- Since the College is closed Monday, January 17 in observance of the MLK holiday, in-person instruction on the Boston campus is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, January 18. However, should health and safety conditions change, the college may extend the online instruction period.
- Staff will return to their regularly scheduled work hours and location on January 3.
The College aims to implement these changes following guidance from public health and local officials with minimal disruption to our students, their families, and our faculty and staff as we once again work to rebuild the Emerson bubble after the winter break.
We anticipate additional updates regarding the Boston campus, LA, and international programs will be forthcoming in the coming days and weeks.
International students will receive follow up information from the Office of International Student Affairs.
Students will receive additional information soon from Student Affairs regarding specifics about move in, testing upon arrival, and related details.
Faculty will receive follow up information and details soon from Interim Provost Jan Roberts-Breslin, and staff will receive additional information from Human Resources.
Please note that the College will continue to monitor government regulations at the federal, state, and local level, as well as public health and medical guidance. Along with these resources, we will evaluate what is in the best interest of our community to promote safety and we may make adjustments to classroom experiences, residential options, student services, and activities, at our discretion. Please remember that any statements we make about in-person experiences are not guarantees, as conditions on our campuses may change.
We will, as always, communicate updates in the coming days and weeks. We wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and a restful break.
William P. Gilligan,