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.

COVID-19 within the Lesley University Community

  • 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.

  • Getting Help if You're Concerned about Exposure

    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.

    • 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.

    • Health and Safety

      We encourage you to continue to take steps to keep yourself and those around you safe. We have provided guidance on health and safety, enhanced our cleaning protocols, and are doing our best to support our community's safety and wellbeing.

      Social distancing, wearing a cloth face mask in public, and frequent handwashing are essential. 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.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    • 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)

    • General

      Q: IS LESLEY UNIVERSITY STILL OPEN?

      A: Yes. Students are continuing their studies online and faculty, most staff, and administrators are working remotely to provide the same level of office operations and services as before. Further information is available on this webpage.

      Q: WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS?

      A: On the Centers for Disease Control and Prevent website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

      Q: WHAT ARE HEALTH EXPERTS RECOMMENDING?

      A: Watch for symptoms, wash your hands, wear cloth face coverings in public, and practice physical distancing. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Also, assess whether you have traveled from a place experiencing widespread reported cases of Coronavirus, or if you believe you’ve had contact with someone exposed to it. If so, experts advise self-quarantining at home, if at all possible. Consult cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/symptoms.html

      Q: ARE CAMPUS EVENTS BEING CANCELED?

      A: The university has postponed all on-campus events and major celebrations. We are reviewing the next steps, all with an eye toward the health, safety, and wellbeing of our community members. Our goal is to resume full on-campus operations at a later date when it is prudent to do so.

    • Students and Parents

      Q: ARE STUDENTS COMING BACK TO CAMPUS DURING THE SPRING 2021 SEMESTER?

      A: No. Lesley University will employ a hybrid and mostly virtual model through the end of the Spring 2021 semester.

      Q: WHAT ABOUT STUDENT EXCHANGE AND STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS?

      A: Given the pandemic’s global impact and ongoing international travel restrictions, Lesley has made the difficult decision to cancel or postpone all Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 international travel.

      This includes study abroad, exchange programs, and faculty-led programs scheduled through mid-May 2021. Programs planned for next summer will be reviewed in the spring of 2021.

      Q. WHAT ABOUT MY INTERNSHIP OR FIELD PLACEMENT?

      A. 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 on-line 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.

      Q. WHAT ABOUT SUMMER RESIDENCIES?

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

      Q. I’M AN ACCEPTED STUDENT, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

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

      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.

      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.

      Q. IS LESLEY STILL ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS?

      A. Yes. And we have a very flexible approach and can work with you if you've experienced disruption due to the global pandemic.

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

      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

      Q. I’M A STUDENT (OR PARENT): TO WHOM SHOULD I DIRECT QUESTIONS?

      A.  Nathaniel Mays, Dean of Students | Email: nmays@lesley.edu | Phone: 617.894.2765

    • Faculty and Staff

      Q: I NEED ACCESS TO MY OFFICE, WHAT CAN I DO?

      A: 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.

      Q: WHAT KIND OF CLEANING IS BEING DONE ON CAMPUS?

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

      Q: WILL TRAVEL TO OVERSEAS CONFERENCES BE ALLOWED?

      A: No. All Lesley-sponsored foreign travel has been suspended until further notice.

      Q: WILL TRAVEL WITHIN THE UNITED STATES BE PERMITTED?

      A:  Any essential work-related domestic travel via airplane or Amtrak requires Cabinet-level approval, even if you have already obtained department approval. 

      Q: WHAT ABOUT PERSONAL/VACATION TRAVEL?

      A: 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. 

    • Contacts

      Questions should be directed to the following individuals:

      Student and parent questions:

      Faculty questions:

      Staff questions:

    Teaching and Learning

    Here are some important changes to how courses will be delivered and other events.

    • Fall 2021 Academic Calendar

      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.

    • Moving Courses Online

      Since March 23, 2020, we have moved our undergraduate and graduate courses online. As an urban university in a region that was one of the pandemic’s early hot spots, our decision to employ a hybrid and mostly virtual model for the 2020-2021 academic year reflects the sober, and perhaps likely, reality that the Boston metro area could experience another surge.

    • 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.

    • Guidance for Faculty

      Please see the Provost’s communication for guidance. The Provost and E-Learning and Instructional Support team (eLIS) will share additional information to support faculty.

    • Guidance for Staff

      Staff members are very important in supporting our students and keeping the university functioning. We have moved to an online/hybrid learning format and employees are 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.

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

    University Travel and Meeting Policies

    Contagion patterns are not well known and global hotspots are ever-changing. With that uncertainty, we need to make prudent choices to protect the health of our own community and the broader communities we belong to while continuing our educational mission.
     
    In step with advice from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the following policies are in place.

    • Lesley-Sponsored Travel
      • We are suspending all Lesley-sponsored international travel for all students and employees.  
      • Any essential work-related domestic travel via airplane or Amtrak requires Cabinet-level approval, even if you had already obtained department approval.  
      • We encourage everyone in our community, students and employees, to weigh whether domestic travel is essential.
    • Study Abroad Canceled for Fall 2021

      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.

    About COVID-19

    Learn about symptoms, staying healthy, university resources, and other information.

    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.