Fall 2021 Reopening Plans
We will reopen our campuses for classes, activities, and residential living in Fall 2021. Find the latest information on our Fall 2021 Plan page.

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Information

Lesley University is monitoring the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) situation, offering guidance, support, and regular updates. The health, wellbeing, and safety of our students, faculty, and staff, as well as members of our extended community, are always first. Please read the following information, policies, and key decisions, and check this page for regular updates.

Plan for Students for the 2021-2022 Academic Year

As plans unfold for the 2021-2022 academic year, we'll be posting them here.

Learn more about our operations for 2021-2022.

Related Articles, News, and Stories

Read about virtual learning at Lesley, our plans for the Fall 2021 semester, how we honored our 2020 graduates, and more.

Health & Safety

We encourage you to continue to take steps to keep yourself and those around you safe.

  • Symptoms & Staying Healthy

    Who Is Most At Risk

    Currently, individuals who are most at risk of developing COVID-19 are those who have traveled to areas of sustained community transmission or have been in close contact with a person confirmed to have the disease. Visit the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) website for up-to-date information.


    Symptoms of the Coronavirus occur between 2 and 14 days of exposure and include fever, cough, body aches, and shortness of breath.

    Staying Healthy

    Effective steps you can take every day to protect yourself from this and other respiratory viruses:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Wear a cloth face-covering in public at all times—pursuant to orders from the Cambridge Board of Health.
    • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol (such as Purell) when soap and water are not available.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Wipe down frequently touched surfaces, such as tabletops and doorknobs, with disinfecting wipes.

    Please continue to follow the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Cambridge Board of Health, and Governor Baker.

    If You've Been Exposed

    If you are concerned that you may have been exposed to COVID-19 please contact your primary care physician.

    If you have been tested, please notify Lesley University at michele.trifiro@lesley.edu so that we may take appropriate steps to support you and protect the Lesley community.

    Self-Reporting Your Diagnosed Illness

    Students diagnosed with seasonal flu, or with a confirmed Coronavirus diagnosis or exposure, must notify Student Health Services at lesleyhealthservice@lesley.edu.

    Faculty and staff diagnosed with seasonal flu, or with confirmed Coronavirus diagnosis or exposure, must notify Human Resources at 617.349.8787 or hr@lesley.edu.


  • Taking Care of Your Mental Health

    Lesley's Counseling Center

    In this time of uncertainty, we know many of you are struggling to make sense of everything that is happening. Lesley's Counseling Center continues to support our students the best way they can. The Counseling Center is offering counseling services via teletherapy. They are also happy to help you locate resources and referrals that work for you.

    • Email counselingcenter@lesley.edu or call 617.349.8545, and leave your name and number in a message. The Counseling Center is checking voicemail and emails each day, and a member of the team will be in touch with you.

    Resources on the Counseling Center's Web Page

    Visit the Counseling Center's web page for resources such as crisis hotlines, meditation apps, and more.

  • Respect for Privacy

    We are committed to supporting our colleagues, students, and the broader community through the challenges presented by COVID-19.

    In the event that members of the Lesley community test positive for COVID-19, we ask that you be respectful of their need for privacy.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

  • Applying & Accepted Students

    Accepted Students

    Our admission decisions won't change because of the current pandemic.

    Undergraduate Students

    If you are an accepted undergraduate, take a virtual tour of our campus and learn more about our programs. If you have questions, contact Undergraduate Admissions at admissions@lesley.edu or 617.349.8800.

    Graduate Students

    If you are an accepted graduate student, take a virtual tour of our campus and learn more about our programs. If you have any questions, please contact Barbara Selmo, Associate Vice President of Graduate Admissions: bselmo@lesley.edu; 617.349.8300.

    Students Applying to Lesley

    We are still accepting applicants. We have a very flexible approach and can work with you if you've experienced disruption due to the global pandemic.

    Undergraduate Applicants

    If you are applying as an undergraduate and have any questions, please contact admissions@lesley.edu or 617.349.8800.

    Graduate Applicants

    If you are applying as a graduate student and have any questions, please contact Barbara Selmo, Associate Vice President of Graduate Admissions: bselmo@lesley.edu; 617.349.8267

  • Academics & Study Abroad

    Fall 2021 Academic Calendar

    The first day of classes for the 15-week semester and Spring Term 1 is Wednesday, September 8, 2021.

    Fall Term 1 starts Tuesday, September 7, 2021.

    Fall Term 2 starts Monday, November 1, 2021.

    Review the Fall 2021 Academic Calendar.

    Internships & Field Placements

    All field placements and internships will be conducted remotely/online until future notice. Review the Spring 2021 Internships & Field Placement Guidance. We came to this decision after our faculty and field offices contacted students, faculty, sites, and the licensing boards to determine how to best move forward. During this time, please be in contact, virtually, with your practicum/internship supervisor and/or your school's field training/internship office.

    For students in licensure programs, you will (or will have) received communication from your school's field offices that remain in contact with external regulatory bodies. For specific guidance, please refer to those correspondences.  

    Our Field Placement Offices remain your partners in experiential learning throughout this situation and will guide you through this transition. Field experience and internships are key parts of a Lesley education and we recognize how difficult it is to imagine long-term online engagement as a replacement for face-to-face contact. As the situation continues to rapidly evolve, we will review the circumstances again when the state and national declarations of emergency are lifted and we will be guided by ongoing consideration of state and health agency recommendations.

    Study Abroad

    Given the pandemic’s global impact and ongoing international travel restrictions, we have made the difficult decision to not approve all Fall 2021 international travel. 

    This includes study abroad, exchange programs, and faculty-led programs scheduled through December 2021. Programs planned for January 2021 and the upcoming Spring 2022 semester will be reviewed in the Summer of 2021.

    Summer Residencies

    Summer 2021 residencies are either switching to an online format or have changed their timing.

  • CARES Act

    Updated October 13, 2020

    Lesley University has signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The University intends to use no less than 50% of the funds it receives under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

    Under the CARES Act, Lesley University will receive $998,930 from the Department pursuant to its Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

    As of October 13, 2020, the institution has made $952,350 in emergency grant funds to 1,270 students.

    The University estimates that 2,353 students were eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 of Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus would be eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

    The institution has distributed a questionnaire to the 2,353 students determined to be eligible and as of October 13, 2020, has received 1,270 completed questionnaires which were used to help determine for whom and in what amount to award the Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

    Eligible students were notified by email, provided instructions, and a link to an application to request Emergency Financial Aid Grants. Students were also directed to our Lynx Solution Center at https://solutioncenter.lesley.edu for additional information and guidance.

    Review the Lesley University Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting Form (.PDF)

  • Grading Policy

    We returned to letter grades Fall 2020. For undergraduate students, the Pass/Fail courses that they took during the Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 will not be counted against the total number of allowed courses with P/F grades.

  • Faculty and Staff

    Office Access

    If you need access to your office or need to come to campus for a short period of time, please contact Michele Trifiro (michele.trifiro@lesley.edu) to receive authorization and instructions.

    Cleaning Protocols

    We have adjusted our campus cleaning protocols, with special emphasis on frequently touched areas. 


    • Travel to Overseas Conferences: All Lesley-sponsored foreign travel has been suspended until further notice.
    • Travel within the United States: Any essential work-related domestic travel via airplane or Amtrak requires Cabinet-level approval, even if you have already obtained department approval. 
    • Personal / Vacation Travel: We urge community members to consult the CDC’s travel advisory page and the Department of State’s travel advisory page as you consider travel. 

    Tools & Software

    Staff members are very important in supporting our students and keeping the university functioning. In March of 2020, we moved to an online/hybrid learning format and over a year later, employees are still working remotely. Employees can access guides and instructions for Lesley's technology and systems on the Information Technology help portal, including Microsoft Office 365 products, online collaboration tools, software, phones, and more. Please contact it@lesley.edu with questions.

    Lesley purchased an enterprise site license for Zoom’s Video Conferencing software. These licenses are available to all current faculty, staff, and students. Each user has received an invitation email directly from Zoom to their Lesley email address. For questions or help with training, visit our resource page for more information.

  • Contacts

    Questions should be directed to the following individuals:

    Student and parent questions:

    Faculty questions:

    Staff questions:

Email Communications from Lesley University

Here is an archive of the email communications we have sent to the Lesley community regarding the Coronavirus.

Contact Us
Here's who to contact with regard to your concerns regarding Coronavirus and the flu.