Summer and Fall Semester 2021

April 20, 2021
Prabhat Hajela, Provost

As we approach the final weeks of instruction for the Spring semester, planning is in full swing for the summer and fall semesters. With an increased availability of vaccines, and more members of the Rensselaer community receiving vaccinations, there are clear indications of a projected return-to-normal operations in the near future. We continue, however, to operate under strict guidance of limited access to campus, social distancing, wearing of facial coverings, limiting the size of gatherings on campus, and operating under the T3SQ/Ism protocol to monitor the spread of infections among the campus community. 

The Arch Summer Semester

The fall and spring semesters of the 2020-2021 Academic Year have allowed a subset of our students to return for an in-person experience under strict health and safety protocols as outlined above. Unlike Summer 2020, when The Arch summer experience was completely remote, rising juniors are required to live on campus this summer for The Arch and take advantage of living and learning with their fellow students. They will be the only full undergraduate class on campus. 

Protocols designed to safeguard the health of campus community members will continue to be enforced during the summer semester, and vaccines will be required. Events and activities will be determined by the ongoing public health situation. Students will continue to see a mix of fully in-person, hybrid, and online classes.

Graduate Research

We will continue to monitor the public health situation throughout the Summer semester, and will make adjustments to the degree to which additional graduate researchers are allowed to return to campus.

Fall Semester 

We are looking ahead to a return to a full in-person experience in the Fall semester with members of the community protected by required vaccinations, and the spread of infections under greater control.

We look forward to continuing to support your academic progress throughout the rest of the spring term and beyond. We will continue to proactively share information with you as the public health situation evolves. Please be well and continue to take the recommended steps to keep yourselves and our community safe and healthy.

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