Frequently Asked Questions

Updated Aug. 26, 2020, 5:07 p.m.


Frequently Asked Questions: Returning to Campus for the 2020–2021 Academic Year

Student Access to Campus
Housing and Meals
Classes and Registration Issues
Arrival, Testing, and Contact Tracing
Tuition, Room and Board, and Financial Aid
Protective Measures and Statement of Community
Travel and Visitors
Student Life
Returning to Onsite Work


How many undergraduate students will be permitted to live on campus this coming year? 
Under current conditions, we have single-occupancy room assignments available for approximately 2,300 undergraduate students. Following the class-year framework announced by the president and the provost on June 29, each class year will have the opportunity to spend two of four terms on campus during academic year 2020-2021. Each continuing class has one priority term, and the opportunity to rank the remaining available terms in order of preference. New students have priority for on-campus enrollment for the fall and spring terms and will enroll remotely for the winter. 

FALL: Classes of 2024 and 2022
WINTER: Mixed classes based on preferences and availability
SPRING: Class of 2021 and Class of 2024
SUMMER: Class of 2023 and Class of 2022 members who deferred their sophomore summer residence requirement to 2021 summer

Are students with priority for a term guaranteed housing if they choose to be on-campus that term?
On-campus enrollment terms will be determined by class-year priority, preference, and availability. We cannot offer guaranteed housing at this time. The priority/preference form is a first step in determining demand for each of the four terms for academic year 2020-2021. Students are likely to be able to enroll for two on-campus terms, which is the goal of the priority/preference framework. Students will know what their approved on-campus terms will be by the end of July.

Will students living off-campus be able to take in-person classes?
Most courses will be offered remotely. To the extent that there are classroom components, capacity will be extremely limited because of substantially reduced safe-occupancy levels adjusted for physical distancing requirements. Students living on campus will receive priority for access to on-campus classrooms and facilities. The institution cannot guarantee the same access to students living off campus.

How will the number of terms that a student has already taken remotely impact their permission to return to campus? Some sophomores, for example, will have already taken two remote terms by the beginning of fall term.
The priority/preference framework for the 2020–2021 academic year provides opportunities for on-campus enrollment for up to two of the four terms as follows:

CLASS OF 2021: '21s have priority for spring. They will be asked to confirm whether they would like to be here in the spring, and to rank preferences for fall, winter, and summer as their second opportunity for on-campus enrollment. We know most members of the Class of 2021 are graduating at the end of spring, but not all, so summer will be included as an option.

CLASS OF 2022: '22s have priority for fall. They will be asked to confirm whether they would like to be here in the fall, and to rank preferences for winter, spring, and summer as their second opportunity for on-campus enrollment. Those '22s who received permission to defer the sophomore summer residence requirement to next summer will need to take that into account in their rankings.

CLASS OF 2023: '23s have priority for sophomore summer. They will be asked to confirm that they will be here in the summer, and to rank preferences for fall, winter, and spring as their second opportunity for an on-campus term.

CLASS OF 2024: '24s have priority for fall and spring and will enroll remotely for the winter.

CLASSES OF 2020 and EARLIER: You have not been assigned a priority term. We will ask you to rank fall, winter, spring, and summer in order of preference.

Please note that these are priorities and preferences, and not guarantees. Students will complete a form to indicate their preferences within this framework. Students will receive confirmation of assigned on-campus terms by July 31.


Why is the College handling housing this way this year?
As is the case at many other institutions, the decision to reduce on-campus enrollment is the result of the public health crisis. We have determined that we need to provide single-occupancy room assignments if we are to host on-campus enrollment, that we need reasonable capacity to relocate and care for those students who have been exposed or become symptomatic with COVID-19, that we need to provide remote instruction for all to provide equity and continuity in the educational experience under these conditions, and that we need to plan for the possibility that the on-campus option may need to end mid-term in the event of a significant outbreak.

The health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and the Upper Valley community are our highest priority. Dartmouth and public health experts will be carefully monitoring the use of isolation and quarantine spaces on our campus and infection rates in the local community. In the event of a major health incident, in consultation with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, we would make the decision to move to a fully remote fall term and arrange for the safe return of all students. All of the College's decisions have been informed by our own in-house epidemiological and health care experts and their consultations with counterparts at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, New Hampshire public health officials, CDC resources, peer institutions, other national experts, and ongoing research publication and modeling reviews. As we've seen nationally, our understanding of the science, epidemiology, and transmission dynamics of COVID-19 is constantly developing.

The number of on-campus rooms reserved for isolation and quarantine was determined based on our experiences in winter and spring and our fall-term projections; it is expected that this level of isolation and quarantine capacity will help us avoid the need to shut down the campus during the term.

Increasing rates of COVID-19 in many states across the country remind us that this pandemic remains a dynamic situation. Consequently, students must be prepared for the possibility that they will need to leave campus in the event of a health incident or other development that leads to a decision to close, similar to the decision reached in March 2020. Students will be asked to bring to campus only those items that they can take with them if required to leave on short notice.

How does Dartmouth's plan compare to other institutions?
We face extraordinary and unprecedented challenges in higher education. Faculty and staff have been consulting regularly with their counterparts at other institutions, with colleagues and experts in their respective fields, and within the context of their field-specific professional associations. Each institution is reaching conclusions for 2020-2021 based on a variety of factors that are similar but apply differently to each campus community. Scale, ratio of on- to off-campus students, programs, services, location, and facilities, for example, are different at other schools. Our leadership made the best possible decision it could for the Dartmouth and Upper Valley communities.

Many people can and have differed on elements of the plan, but the College believes the announced approach is best for Dartmouth students, faculty, staff, and the Upper Valley community. Every possible angle was considered in this process. Senior officers were informed by every message and comment received from students and families, by considerations raised by student leaders from Student Assembly and Paleopitus, and by faculty and staff deeply familiar with the student experience and student concerns. This will continue to be the case going forward.

Did the College consider using local hotels or temporary housing options?
The College thoroughly reviewed these options, including large-scale availability, location, duration, related transportation needs, local business concerns about student occupancy, potential permitting issues and cost and related considerations, leading to the conclusion that neither hotels nor temporary facilities were viable for us this academic year.

How will Residential Life handle the fall single-room assignments process?
Once the list of students who will be here in the fall is confirmed in mid-late July, Residential Life will communicate with those students about the room assignment process. Students confirmed for enrollment on-campus for fall will receive their single room assignment the week of Aug. 16.

How will the UGA system be structured?
Residential Life is developing plans for UGA hiring and assignments for both remote and on-campus support. More information will be available by the end of July.

Will my family/friends be permitted to help me move in and out of my dorm room?
Students will be asked to arrive with no more than they can take with them on short notice in the event that we are required to shut the campus down as we did in March. Move-in will be a simple process, and one which begins a required 14-day quarantine period. To reduce the risk of virus transmission on campus, we expect there will be limits on the number of people who may accompany a student arriving for fall term. Students enrolled on campus for fall will receive information about move-in processes, timing, and requirements when they receive their housing, arrival date, and related information the week of Aug. 16.

Is the 14-day mandatory quarantine part of the term for students approved for on-campus enrollment?
To promote the health and safety of our students, employees, and local community members, all students, no matter where they have been prior to arrival, will be tested and required to quarantine in their residence halls for the first 14 days. As has been the case since March, Health Service clinicians will determine release dates, which will fall during the second week of the term. Health Service clinicians will also determine throughout the term when individual students are to move from their assigned rooms to one of the quarantine halls (for those identified as exposed through contact tracing) or one of the isolation halls (for those who are symptomatic). As the public health and testing context is constantly evolving this summer, more specific details will be provided in the arrival information that students approved for fall on-campus enrollment will receive the week of Aug. 16. Students approved for fall who decide they don't want to be here or can't comply may choose to shift to remote enrollment from home.

How will food be served and consumed on campus in the fall? 
Dining services for undergraduates will be in compliance with all applicable state, CDC, and industry guidelines, and COVID-19 task force recommendations. Daily meals will be pre-ordered and delivered for students in self-quarantine and self-isolation. Students enrolled for fall term will receive more detailed information the week of Aug. 16.


When will fall term classes be posted? When will students elect courses?
The course timetable will be available for the fall term on July 31. For current students, the fall term course election period will be Aug. 3-11. New students will elect fall courses as usual in September during the virtual orientation program.

Most courses will be offered remotely. The course delivery mode will be included on the Timetable of Class Meetings and course election/add/drop will occur as normal. The fall term Timetable of Class Meetings will include the course delivery mode for fall course offerings. Given the number of students expected to be on campus and constraints around offering in-person classes, most students will be taking classes remotely.

Please monitor the registrar's website, including the following pages, for regular updates about courses, policies, D-Plans, and related topics:

Will faculty hold in-person office hours in the 2020-2021 academic year?
Because of office space limitations and physical distancing requirements, and to reduce the risk of virus transmission, students should be prepared for office hours, appointments with deans and other staff, health service appointments, and other meetings with faculty and staff to occur remotely.

Will students enrolled remotely have access to library resources?
Library staff will continue to provide remote assistance to ensure access to online resources and to support research, teaching, and learning. Students and faculty can:

BorrowDirect and Interlibrary Loan continue to be suspended at this point; scans from other libraries are limited. Library users will see no overdue fines, in line with standard policy. Recalls of materials will be suspended

When will the College make a decision about study abroad programs?
The College cancelled fall term off-campus programs. It is unlikely that off-campus international programs will be offered during the winter term; a decision will be announced before students need to elect fall classes. A decision will also be forthcoming on spring term 2021 off-campus programs.

If I have an "R" term indicated in my D-Plan. Does that mean I can be on campus that term?
An "R" term means "residential or remote." An "R" indicates you are enrolled at Dartmouth that term and taking courses, whether or not you are on campus. Note that the D-Plan does not reflect or determine whether you may be enrolled on-campus. Priority and preference to be on-campus is a separate process.

Will students living off-campus be able to take in-person classes?
Most courses will be offered remotely. To the extent that there are classroom components, capacity will be extremely limited because of substantially reduced safe-occupancy levels adjusted for physical distancing requirements. Students living on campus will receive priority for access to on-campus classrooms and facilities. The institution cannot guarantee the same access to students living off campus.

When will I know about the delivery modes of courses to be offered winter and spring terms 2021?
As usual, information about courses offered in future terms is available just prior to the course election period.

How do I know what time courses meet in Fall 2020?
Many courses will meet at the times listed on the Timetable of Class Meetings. Some courses will say "ARR" (arranged) and you will need to contact the instructor. The course delivery mode codes will indicate whether the course section is on campus, synchronous, or asynchronous.

Do classes meet according to the usual Schedule of Class Meetings?
The Schedule of Class Meetings times has been slightly adjusted to allow 20 minutes between classes to allow custodial staff to clean classrooms.

What will the grading policy be? Will it be different for '24s?
All instruction will be graded in accordance with normal grading policies as outlined in the ORC/Catalog. This includes the Non-Recording Option.

If I want to change my D-Plan, how do I do so?
You may use the usual methods to change your D-Plan. Either access the D-Plan change tool through DartHub or, if you are requesting a change that is not allowable per faculty legislation, complete a petition for change in enrollment petition and send it to the registrar's office at

Will sophomore summer be mandatory this coming year?
There has been no change in the sophomore summer residency requirement. As announced previously, both '22s and '23s will be able to fulfill their sophomore summer residency requirement next summer (in 2021) if they have not done so already.

Will students graduating during the 2020-21 academic year be required to pass the swim test or meet outstanding physical education requirements?
The College has suspended the requirements of a successful swim test and all remaining physical education credits for those undergraduate students who are graduating in fall, winter, or spring terms of the 2020-21 academic year and have not yet met these requirements.


Will Dartmouth test and monitor students who are living off campus?
We are committed to testing all students who are living off campus in the local area. Furthermore, we will use a 1% positivity rate in our testing cohort—largely undergraduates—in any given week as a trigger for an immediate review of our in-person operational status.

Can students in quarantine "test out" of it or are they required to fulfill the entire 14-day restriction?
Students will be required to fulfill the entire 14-day quarantine requirement regardless of their initial testing results or their locations prior to the opening of fall term. This is in accordance with New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services quarantine guidance and based on the known incubation period of the virus.

Which vendors has Dartmouth chosen to perform testing of students, faculty, and staff and why were they selected? Pre-arrival testing for domestic students will be provided by Vault, which offers efficient and reliable testing using an FDA-approved saliva test. Vault has experience implementing testing programs across institutions, including several other universities.

Arrival testing and the majority of our ongoing surveillance testing will be done by the Broad Institute, which performs an FDA-approved PCR test of a specimen collected from the front part of the nose. Broad is providing both the capacity needed for our large testing dates and rapid turnaround times and is also the chosen vendor for of our peer schools. 

We will continue to monitor and evaluate testing options and make updates as needed. 

Will Dartmouth Coach be running in the fall?
Dartmouth Coach, an independently run area bus service, has announced that it will resume operation on Aug. 16. Public transportation has been limited because of state pandemic guidelines. We will know more about public transportation options later this summer and will provide updates to students who will be here in the fall as soon as we have more information.

Will the College provide face masks and hand sanitizer to students?
Yes. More details will be available for fall students in the arrival information they receive the week of Aug. 16.

What kind of COVID-19 testing will take place this fall?
Our Health/Epidemiology Working Group, led by physicians Mark Reed, director of the College Health Service, and Lisa Adams, a COVID-19 Task Force co-chair who works in the Infectious Disease Section, have consulted with Dartmouth's Department of Epidemiology, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC), the New Hampshire Department of Health, professional associations, and peer institutions and will continue to assess the viability of developments for COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, and other risk-reduction strategies. They will continue to work closely with the state health department, DHMC, and other experts over the next six weeks to finalize and prepare to implement our contact tracing and testing protocols. COVID-19 testing using the PCR diagnostic test will begin on arrival for students new to, or returning to, campus and will likely be performed periodically throughout the term.

Undergraduate students will receive detailed information about these expectations the week of Aug. 16, when they receive information about housing assignments, staggered arrival assignments, and other arrival information. Graduate and professional school students will be contacted by their respective schools with details pertaining to their COVID-19 testing protocols and procedures. Recommendations for testing employees who will be on campus in the fall will also be shared in the coming weeks.

Our top priority is the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and the greater Upper Valley community. As we open for a reduced number of students and activities on campus, compliance with all College risk-reduction policies will be required. Students who don't wish to participate in COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, and other health protocols can choose to enroll remotely.

Is COVID-19 testing mandatory? 
Testing and compliance with all college health requirements will be mandatory. Many other institutions have announced that testing and contact tracing protocols will be prerequisites for their ability to host students on campus.

Will I be able to access my COVID-19 test results? Who else will receive them?
Students, faculty, and staff who are tested through our initial testing-upon-arrival process will receive their COVID-19 test results with a priority on alerting those who test positive. Individuals will be notified by a clinician and/or public health official. When test results lead to a health requirement to quarantine, isolate, or transport for medical care, test results will be known only to those directly involved in support functions.

How will contact tracing on campus work? 
See above. Undergraduates who will be on campus this fall will receive details regarding COVID-19 testing and contact tracing in arrival information they will receive the week of Aug. 16. Graduate and professional students will receive information prior to the start of their academic year in early August. If contact tracing protocols using cell phones will be required, we will ensure that all students on campus have the ability to participate. 

Will students be required to keep track of/report on the state of their health?
All undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students will be required to participate in daily screenings similar to those currently required of all faculty and staff who are on-site. Details will be provided in the arrival materials that undergraduate students will receive the week of Aug. 16 and graduate and professional students will receive prior to the start of their academic year in early August.

What is the current status of COVID-19 cases in the Upper Valley? How many people in the Dartmouth community have tested positive?
As of June 29, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (NH DHHS) reports a total of 5,638 total cases in New Hampshire, 80 in Grafton county, and 15 cases in Hanover. Of New Hampshire cases, 27% have been in workers in health care settings and 35% have been in residents or staff of long-term care facilities. As of June 25, there are a total of 911 active cases in New Hampshire, concentrated in the southern counties and no current active cases in Hanover. Daily updates including breakdowns by sex, age, race/ethnicity and can be found on the NH DHHS website. Since Dartmouth moved to remote classes for spring term with a limited number of students remaining in residence, there have been no COVID-19 cases among Dartmouth students on campus since early April. These low rates in New Hampshire indicate that there is limited community transition and has allowed the governor's reopening plan to proceed. Despite the evidence of decreasing community transmission, NH DHHS reminds us that New Hampshire communities remain at risk for a resurgence of COVID-19 and the importance of all persons continuing to follow public health guidance including face covering, physical distancing of at least 6 feet, and frequent hand hygiene. Vermont's Department of Health provides similar COVID-19 data and breakdowns.

While Dartmouth has not previously required reporting of COVID-19 testing or cases among faculty, on May 11, Dartmouth instituted an online health screening requirement in accordance with the New Hampshire Governor's Economic Reopening Taskforce's universal guidelines for New Hampshire employers to promote a healthy work environment. Information on this screening process can be found online. This screening tool allows us to address employee concerns, provide support to those who may be experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, and ensure that protocols for maintaining a healthy workplace are followed.

What can we expect when our students return in the fall? What do current epidemiologic models predict? 
Dartmouth is preparing for a careful and intentional re-opening for the start of the academic year. All epidemiologic models are highly sensitive to assumptions and indicate that, in accordance with New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services guidance, continued adherence to current public health measures is important to keep our campus and broader community safe. The guidance for individuals—both students and employees—is described in detail at


Is Dartmouth returning students to campus because it cannot afford not to do so?
This was not a financial decision; financial forecasts for a hybrid versus a fully remote re-opening were not significantly different. Rather, our decision was one in which the health and safety of our community were prioritized as we determined the best way to realize our mission as a residential undergraduate college in the midst of a pandemic.

When will current students be receiving their financial aid package for the 2020-2021 academic year?
Financial aid packages will be available in early August.

How will financial aid work?
Financial aid awards meet 100% of a student's demonstrated need. A higher-cost term (e.g. on-campus learning) generally results in a higher scholarship; a lower-cost term (e.g. remote learning) may result in a lower scholarship, but a student's bill will also be lower. In both cases, the College will meet 100% of the student's demonstrated need.

How will work-study awards be impacted?
Dartmouth continues to wait for federal guidance on how to handle work-study positions in the new academic year. Once the government announces guidance on work positions, Dartmouth will be able to better support students.

What will the charges be for room, board, and tuition?
Charges for the new academic year will be posted as usual.

What is the College's refund policy?
The College's posted COVID-19 Summer Refund Policy can be found here. The refund policy for the fall term will be posted by the week of Aug. 16.

Will tuition be reduced for students who decide not to be on campus?
The provost has announced that there will be no reduction in tuition for remote learning. Full tuition will be charged for all enrolled students whether they are enrolled and residing on campus or taking courses remotely. The most fundamental component of delivering a Dartmouth education to our students is the faculty who teach the courses and the resources that support them. Tuition at its current rate is necessary just to pay for the courses students are taking, whether those courses are conducted in person or remotely.


What precautions is Dartmouth taking as part of its back-to-campus plan?
Our plan provides for pre-arrival testing for domestic undergraduate students; testing on the first, third, and seventh day for all students following arrival; 14 days of quarantining; wastewater monitoring at residential buildings; regular surveillance testing throughout the term; a required daily temperature and symptom self-assessment screening for all students, faculty, and staff entering campus buildings; group-meeting restrictions, a hygiene campaign, and a mandatory face-covering policy; and clear community expectations that all enrolling students are expected to sign as a condition for access to campus. The majority of classes and office hours will be held online.

What scenario would trigger the closure of campus, given the shifting nature of the public health crisis?
We recognize that it is impossible to project the regional progression of this disease over the coming months. For that reason, we will remain attentive to the numbers of positive tests in our campus population relative to the surrounding region, the rate of change in numbers of positive tests, the availability of sufficient quarantine and isolation capacity in our system, and the status of local health care systems in assessing our continued operation. Our COVID-19 dashboard will allow community members to view many of the metrics we will use to evaluate whether a transition back to fully remote learning will be required. Data we will be monitoring closely include the number of tests administered, positive cases, and quarantine and isolation information. While setting a threshold for an absolute number of cases on campus does not take into account important factors such as identifiable risk factors or whether cases were part of a containable cluster, we will use a 1% positivity rate in our testing cohort in any given week as one of several triggers for an immediate review of our in-person operational status.

How will Dartmouth ensure that students adhere to the community expectations document they signed?
While we cannot ensure universal adherence, through the community expectations agreement we are trying to create a culture of accountability and bystander intervention based on the belief that our students want to be on campus and understand that their ability to remain means that rules and regulations must be followed by everyone.

We are encouraging students, faculty, and staff to talk with someone who is violating the rules surrounding COVID. They can also download the LiveSafe app to report violations to the Office of Safety and Security.

Concerns about situations observed off-campus should be reported to the local police.

If there is a major COVID-19 outbreak on campus, how will Dartmouth prevent students and others from infecting the community?
As part of our plan, we have set aside nine buildings with more than 500 rooms for quarantine and isolation.

How can the College encourage and monitor physical distancing in student social spaces?
All students on campus and living locally will be required to agree to COVID-19 behavioral requirements, including that students who fail to comply will lose the privilege of being enrolled on campus and will be required to leave. Our ability to maintain on-campus living and learning options is dependent on our collective commitment to promoting the health and safety of the campus and greater Upper Valley community. Students who cannot meet these expectations may choose to enroll remotely, or not at all. 

What happens if students violate institutional protocols?
Students who fail to comply with their agreement to abide by College COVID-19 behavioral requirements will lose the privilege of on-campus enrollment. They will be required to leave campus and the Upper Valley and continue the term remotely. Separately, they may also be subject to disciplinary action following our normal standards and processes. 

What protective measures will be in place this fall?
Maintaining recommended public health measures is critical to protecting the health of our campus and the Upper Valley community. These recommendations must be strictly adhered to and will be strictly enforced.

Cloth face coverings
Dartmouth requires all persons to wear cloth face coverings at all times when using or accessing shared or communal spaces in any Dartmouth campus building and when a minimum of 6 feet of physical distancing is difficult to maintain. This requirement is designed to protect the health and safety of the community by reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Read the entire policy for further information.

Physical distancing
Keep a safe distance of at least 6 feet, or the length of two arms, between yourself and people who are not from your household. This applies both indoors and outdoors.

Physical distancing should be practiced in combination with other preventive measures including, but not limited to, wearing a cloth face covering, not touching your face with unwashed hands, covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or using a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap is not available.

Limited gatherings
Limit gatherings to fewer than 10 people, practice physical distancing, and always wear a face covering.

What will happen if there is a significant health event/COVID-19 outbreak on campus or in the Upper Valley?
Students should be prepared for the possibility that they will need to leave campus in the event of an outbreak that leads to a decision to close, similar to the decision reached in March 2020. Students will be asked to bring to campus only those items that they can take with them if required to leave on short notice.

Will I be required to sign a waiver?
In August, students living on campus or locally for the fall term will receive details of Dartmouth's institutional policies and practices for reducing the risk of transmission, promoting the health and safety of students, faculty, staff and the greater Upper Valley community, and supporting and promoting the College's academic mission during the pandemic. Students will be advised about their role in these efforts, including compliance expectations for the 2020-2021 academic year. The response to COVID-19 is a shared responsibility. The Supplemental Undergraduate COVID-19 Enrollment and Housing Policy for academic year 2020-2021 will require students to acknowledge their understanding and agreement to comply before they will be permitted to return to campus.

Many other schools are welcoming back all their students. Why is Dartmouth being selective?
Every college or university is working to make the best and most informed decisions for their own campus and greater community. Some schools have announced there will be no residential component. Some have announced there will be more limited on-campus opportunities given the need to reduce the risk of transmission by reducing campus density, particularly in congregate living conditions. As the provost has indicated, the health and safety of the campus and greater community are our highest priorities.

Given the configuration and scale of our buildings, we have identified the number of rooms that could be assigned for single occupancy after designating Maxwell, Channing Cox, the Lodge, French, Judge and the Choates for self-isolation and quarantine needs. We will host the number of students we can accommodate in single-room assignments until further notice.

We've heard from many students, faculty, and staff that one of the most difficult things about the past four months has been the unknown and the inability to plan. We are announcing this full-year approach now to provide everyone with a framework for their own planning. If COVID-19 conditions relax and we are able to invite more students back to campus for winter, spring, or summer, we will do so. If COVID-19 conditions become more restrictive and exceed our capacity to manage them with two classes in residence, we have to be prepared to shut the campus down, send everyone home, and continue teaching and learning remotely. The good news is that we are able to give everyone the opportunity to come back at some point during this year if they wish to be here.

How will the College facilitate the safe use of academic buildings? 
The College has determined the reduced occupancy of every classroom based on physical distancing requirements. Entry and exit protocols and paths of travel will be designated for all buildings and all classrooms. Additional passing time has been added to the class schedule. Students will be required to follow those expectations and will lose the privilege of on-campus enrollment if they fail to do so.

How do you plan to encourage social distancing in student social spaces?
All students enrolled on campus for fall will be required to read, acknowledge, and comply with all applicable health guidelines, including physical distancing, wearing face coverings, limits to group gatherings, and other requirements. Students who fail to comply will lose their privilege of on-campus enrollment and will be required to leave. Contact tracing protocols will be shared with students in the arrival materials they will receive the week of Aug.16.

Did  Dartmouth consider using student  "pods"  to allow small groups of students more flexibility?
We did consider the pod concept but decided that it would be difficult to implement in our campus community, and therefore would be of limited benefit. Dartmouth students have made it clear in the past that they do not want the College to influence how they choose their friend groups. We know that students have many identities, and that one motivation for returning to an on-campus term is the opportunity to interact across a wide variety of friend groups and classmates. We would not propose to limit students' ability to engage with one another as long as they are following face covering, physical distancing, group gathering, and other health guidelines. The "pod" concept limits interactions to very small groups that live, eat, and learn together. Students might certainly choose to limit their interactions to a small group of students, but the College will not impose it. 


Will professional and student residential life staff receive additional training in light of the pandemic and campus health requirements? 
Yes. Professional and student staff always receive training before the start of the academic year, and on an ongoing basis. Dartmouth Health Service clinicians and Environmental Health and Safety staff will provide additional pre-opening and ongoing trainings in the context of the pandemic and campus health requirements. 

Can students have visitors to their rooms on campus?
Students will not be permitted to have visitors in College facilities. For the benefit of everyone, students will be expected to follow all specified health guidelines to retain the privilege of on-campus enrollment. Students may interact with others and will be allowed to meet in small groups of less than nine people while wearing face coverings and maintaining a 6-foot distance. Weather permitting, such small meetings of students would be best conducted outside.

Who is permitted to be on campus?
Given the risk of transmission and restrictions on travel, and to protect everyone's health, visitors who have not received specific authorization to be at Dartmouth should not come to campus.

Can students leave campus for personal travel?
Students who wish to enroll on campus will not be permitted to travel. Failure to follow the COVID-19 requirements will result in revocation of the privilege of enrolling on campus and living in College facilities. Specific details will be provided the week of Aug. 16 when students approved for on-campus enrollment receive arrival information. Students should be prepared to remain on campus throughout the term, and to engage in employment, internships, interviews, and other activities virtually. Following the initial 14-day quarantine, we encourage students to explore the trails and hiking paths that are accessible within walking distance of campus.

If there is a chance that travel outside of the Upper Valley will be necessary during the term, students will have the flexibility to travel if enrolled remotely from home. For the protection of students, faculty, staff, and the Upper Valley community, students will lose the privilege of on-campus enrollment if they violate travel restrictions.


What kinds of activities and programs will be available?
Student organizations and programs have developed creative virtual opportunities to stay connected, participate in activities together from all over the world, and form new friendships. While nothing can replace the experience of being together on campus, Dartmouth will continue to do all we can to support alternative ways of maintaining connections and building relationships virtually. Student leaders and student organizations have been meeting with the Dean of the College and Student Life staff throughout the past few months. The dean's Student Advisory Board will work with the dean on community-building strategies throughout the year.

Will the library, the gym and other campus facilities be available?
Facilities and Environmental Health and Safety staff have been working with the library and other campus facilities to assess reduced occupancy levels for buildings and rooms given physical distancing and group gathering limitations. They are also assessing paths of travel for entry and exit, seating arrangements, cleaning protocols, and other factors that will provide the framework for the use of facilities in September. This work is well underway and will continue to be informed by new developments prior to the start of fall term. Students approved for on-campus fall enrollment will receive facilities-use details in the arrival information that will be shared the week of Aug. 16.  If students approved for on-campus fall enrollment decide that they would prefer not to be on campus after receiving that information, they may shift to remote enrollment from home.

How will Greek-life organizations be affected by these new protocols? Will Greek recruitment (rush) take place this fall?
The Office of Greek Life has been meeting with house advisors and has begun to discuss parameters for fall occupancy of Greek-letter organization facilities, both College- and privately-owned. Students approved for fall on-campus enrollment will be eligible to live in Greek facilities in single-room assignments similar to those applicable in the residence halls. Students approved for fall on-campus enrollment will receive more information about the assignments process by the end of July. For the 2020-2021 academic year, there will be no in-person recruitment activities, and significantly reduced group gathering limitations. All student organizations, including Greek-letter organizations, will be required to follow College COVID-19 operational and behavioral requirements.

What about House Communities and Living Learning Communities?
House Communities will be functioning virtually this year. As always, involvement in House activities will be on the basis of membership rather than room assignment or physical location. Living Learning Communities will be fully virtual this year as well. Students will have the opportunity to apply to participate, but involvement will not be residentially based.

Will athletes be given preference to return early this fall? Will there be sports competition?
The Ivy League has announced that all fall sports have been postponed, with no date set for resuming the conference's athletic events. Our Athletic Department will communicate directly to student athletes when more information is available.

What will happen to community events this fall such as homecoming, fall alumni reunions, or performances and exhibits at the Hopkins Center and the Hood Museum?
We do not expect to be hosting large groups or traditional events on campus during the 2020-2021 academic year. All activities will be in compliance with College COVID-19 guidelines, including reduced occupancies for social distancing, group size, limitations and related risk reduction strategies. 


When will staff return to on-site work?
Many essential employees have been working on campus this spring and summer to maintain our facilities and support our faculty and students. As on-site activity increases this fall, many more will return to campus. In order to fulfill our mission of teaching, scholarship, and research while maintaining a low population density, we will ask certain groups of people to return to work at different times.

Research staff and faculty have begun returning to their labs and offices while following detailed health protocols. Graduate students, whose research often depends on lab or clinical access, and who live predominantly off-campus or in single-apartment residences, will begin returning in early August. Undergraduates will begin coming to campus in September. Administrative and other non-research staff who can perform their jobs effectively online may be asked to continue working remotely through the fall and possibly into winter. We are grateful for their flexibility.

Will Dartmouth reopen the child-care center?
The College is working to reopen the Dartmouth College Child Care Center later this summer in a way that can safely accommodate as many families as possible.

How is Dartmouth supporting our employees as students return to campus?
Dartmouth is providing all employees with the equipment or space needed to safely perform the duties of their position. Additionally, any employee who is able to perform their duties remotely is being asked to continue doing so and provided with appropriate support.

All employees, including faculty, staff, and researchers, will be included in asymptomatic testing both as a one-time process at the start of the term and as part of ongoing surveillance testing throughout the term. The schedule for testing is being coordinated between Human Resources and a representative in each division or school. More information will be provided within the next week. We anticipate all of the one-time employee testing to be completed by mid- to late-September through a combination of mail-in test kits and an on-site employee clinic. Because of the low prevalence of disease and absence of community transmission in our area, testing prior to student arrival is not indicated. Testing has begun for employees in the graduate and professional student spaces and will be extended to all eligible employees after our full student body has returned.

Additionally, we have introduced an occupational medicine telehealth service available to all employees to screen for COVID-19. Employees expected to work on site who report symptoms or exposure through the daily temperature screening assessment, are now referred to Axiom Medical for further assessment. If an employee is instructed to self-isolate or quarantine due to the results of the occupational medicine screening, they should contact Human Resources to discuss options for use of paid time during their absence.

Lastly, an Interim Furlough and Reduction in Hours Policy has been published outlining options for employees who are unable to work due to personal circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 employee FAQ has also been updated to provide further guidance related to this policy. Further questions can be sent to Human Resources at Human.Resources@Dartmouth.EDU.