After a year of successfully navigating COVID-19 with very limited positive cases on campus, Gordon looks forward, with hope and resolve, to restoring near-normal operations for the fall semester (what we’re calling “Phase Four”). Given the current pace of the vaccine roll-out and predictions for herd immunity statewide by the summer, we are planning for the full return of in-person learning and living while maintaining safety measures. As always, we’ll remain agile; with the tools, techniques and technologies we’ve learned over the past year, we will have full capacity to adjust based on unexpected developments, if needed. We look forward to bringing our vibrant, diverse community of believers together in the fall of 2021 for the best that Gordon has to offer.
*Gordon protocols are compliant with the CDC, Massachusetts and local guidelines and are updated as new guidance is received. Phase shifts are made with the best information available for the health and safety of Gordon students, faculty and staff, and our neighbors and guests. Changes will be made as conditions require.
Note: All activities outlined below are subject to modifications based on local, state and national conditions throughout the fall semester. Should conditions improve or decline, we will adjust and communicate accordingly.
Gordon will resume a traditional, in-person course schedule for the fall semester. Modified digital live provisions will be available so that students who may be temporarily isolating or quarantining can sustain learning without absence. Fully remote learning will not be available in the fall; however, select courses will continue to be offered as online synchronous and online asynchronous as indicated in the fall schedule. Study-away programs will resume as destination conditions or modifications permit. Community-based service-learning opportunities will resume as conditions or modifications permit.
Petitions for remote learning
With this emphasis on returning to full residential learning experiences we will have fewer remote learning courses in the Fall 2021 Schedule. We recognize that in a few extraordinary circumstances crucial academic decisions will need to be made. This remote learning petition should be submitted early to explain special circumstances, and to start the conversation about how to continue academic progress in alternative ways.
Residence halls will be open and occupied, and visitation will be permitted (details pending). Select spaces on campus will continue to be reserved for quarantine if needed. Commuters should follow the normal request process for living off campus.
On-campus dining outlets will conduct full operations for students, faculty and staff, while maintaining community wellness and safety precautions (see below) and temporary support for isolating/quarantining students. Catering for campus functions as well as guest dining access will be available (details pending).
Gordon is preparing for a full semester schedule of in-person events with appropriate wellness and safety precautions (see below), including: