Fall Semester

October 30, 2020
Richie C. Hunter, Vice President, Strategic Communications and External Relations

Driven by our focus to protect the health and safety of the Rensselaer community, and to reduce the risk from COVID-19 disease, the last day of in-person academic instruction for the fall semester will be Friday, November 20, 2020. Classes for the remainder of the fall semester will be delivered remotely.

Provost Prabhat Hajela will coordinate with the academic deans to transition all laboratory and other hands-on instructional activities scheduled between November 23 and November 25 to a remote format. 

COVID-19 Testing

Based on our ongoing T3SQ(I) protocol testing frequency, all students with access to campus will be tested within 72 hours prior to traveling away from campus. 

Only faculty and staff who are designated as “Essential” by each portfolio owner will have access to the campus over the Thanksgiving holiday (November 26 through November 29, 2020). 

While there will be a reduced total number of overall tests conducted, due to fewer residential students, faculty, and staff requiring access to the campus, the frequency of testing will remain unchanged during the period of November 30, 2020 through January 11, 2021. 

Students who remain on campus during the winter break (December 24, 2020 to January 3, 2021) will be tested for COVID-19 at least once during this period. 


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