The number of students who may return to campus in the fall will be limited to those whose work is dependent upon resources that the campus offers that are not accessible remotely, or whose remote access impacts the integrity of the work that they need to complete.
Although our campuses will remain largely closed, some students will be granted access only to those parts of the campus related to the work that they need to accomplish. These include some art students who need to use studio space, students in our Threshold Program, low-residency graduate students, fall student-athletes, as well as students needing housing as a result of housing insecurities, or those with special academic or technology needs.
Of course, students may choose not to participate in select on-campus activities this fall. No one will be required to come to campus. It is entirely the choice of students and their families, and these plans are subject to change if state and local officials recommend or impose new public health restrictions.
Students who are approved to be on campus for the fall semester will be in contact directly with their school Dean’s Office or program leader.
- If you are eligible for campus access, please respond directly to your dean or program leader by August 10, 2020.
- Indicate to your dean or program leader whether you are interested in the limited campus access available to your cohort and whether you would want a hotel room for all or some portion of the semester.
- Based on your responses, we will finalize the planning and let each cohort know, by August 15, 2020, how their program would operate.
- We would need to know your decision, by August 20, 2020, on whether you will participate in your group’s campus-access program. All of these plans will be based on the level of interest among the eligible students and are subject to change depending on evolving public health conditions and government restrictions.
Students Experiencing Housing Insecurities or Special Circumstances
If you are an undergraduate and are experiencing housing insecurity or have other special circumstances that may require limited access to campus facilities or hotel housing this fall, please contact Dean Nathaniel Mays at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than August 10, 2020.
Please know that, because the campus remains closed, and because we are concerned with limiting the possibility of exposure of those using campus resources, students approved for access to emergency housing will be expected to comply with all safety protocols, including not having guests on campus or in the hotel and no off-campus work.
Hotel Housing and Meal Option
Lesley residence halls will not be open during the fall. We are contracting with local hotels, and negotiating reduced rates for single rooms with private bathrooms, to accommodate the housing needs of the students approved to be on campus this fall.
The hotel option that we are making available supports our desire to provide students with single rooms and single bathrooms, which we could not provide on campus. The hotels allow us the flexibility to accommodate different student needs for partial or full-term stays.
We also are developing takeout meal plans for students living in hotels. We are aiming to offer a rate close to what students would pay per day for room and board to live in a single room on campus.
The rate would include weekly cleaning. Students would be able to reserve a room for all or a portion of the fall semester. The options would differ slightly for each cohort (Threshold, College of Art & Design, or athletes), and each cohort would be assigned to live in the same hotel.
To provide maximum flexibility, students would make arrangements for rooms and dining directly with the hotel, based on our letting the hotels know they are eligible to return to campus.
Housing Lottery/Spring Housing
For those students who participated in the Housing Lottery, but will not be on campus for the fall, your housing assignments remain in place for the spring semester. We will communicate about spring housing as the impact of COVID-19 on our plans for the spring become clearer.