As we have examined the overall public health situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and New York State, we are shifting the start of the spring semester to January 25, 2021.
Students participating in classes and other on-campus activities will return to campus between January 22 and January 24. This timing is particularly important for those living in the Residential Commons who will be given specific arrival dates and times. Each student will be contacted by their arrival ambassador beginning the week of January 4, 2021.
Consistent with federal and New York State public health guidelines, the semester will begin with a two-week in-place quarantine for all students, with online instruction beginning on January 25, 2021. In-person instructional activities will begin on February 8, 2021.
As in the fall semester, all elements of the T3SQ/I program, and our on-campus health and safety protocols, will continue to be implemented.
We all are eager to return to campus life and remain committed to making the required decisions, with careful planning and a focus on safeguarding individuals and the community. The steps we are taking are intended to preserve the health, safety, and well-being of all members of the Rensselaer community. Even during these challenging times, we are fully committed to delivering the curriculum, and carrying out our educational and research mission, at the highest levels.
Should there be further changes, dictated by the overall health situation, we will promptly notify you.