Fall 2020 Campus Reopen: Adjusting Our Sails

In alignment with our adaptability model, Mitchell College is continuously assessing the changing winds brought on by the current pandemic, and carefully and thoughtfully ‘adjusting our sails’ in response – with the health and safety of our entire Mariner community as our guiding principle.

With that in mind, the College has reopened campus for Fall 2020, using guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the State of Connecticut and local health authorities. We are also using frameworks geared specifically to colleges and universities, considering options and recommendations for our academic program, health & safety, campus life, athletics, and facilities.

One of the primary changes to support the health and safety of the community involves adjustments to the academic calendar for Fall 2020. We are adopting this plan based on current public health guidance regarding risks associated with coming and going to and from campus, and models suggesting a potential resurgence of COVID-19 cases with the onset of influenza season. Due to the ongoing evolving nature of the pandemic, all plans and dates are subject to change.



Is the campus open this fall?

Yes, after careful and thoughtful planning, using guidance from the CDC, the State of Connecticut and local health authorities, our campus has reopened.

What is the current state of COVID-19 test results?

Cumulative tests: 1,147
Positive test results: 3
Negative test results: 1,144
Positivity Rate: 0.26%

Healthy Community

What are the testing and health monitoring plans?

Surveillance (Random) Testing and Daily Health Monitoring through CoVerified: Mitchell College is partnering with the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard to track daily the health of our student, faculty and staff community, as well as to provide routine, random on-campus testing for COVID-19. The surveillance (random) testing program will be at no cost to the student, faculty or staff, and will use a viral molecular test via the PCR method, analyzed by the Broad Institute. Individuals selected for random testing on Mondays and Thursdays will be communicated to via email about the date and time of their testing and will collect their own specimen under observation at the on-campus testing center located under the tent outside of Yarnall Athletic Center. This test uses a nasal swab that is inserted only a short distance into the nose (anterior nares)—a much less invasive and more comfortable alternative to the deep nasopharyngeal method that was more common at the start of the pandemic.

In addition, all students, faculty and staff who will be on campus will be required to self-report their temperature and symptoms daily, using the CoVerified health tracker application. This information will be used to monitor the collective health of the campus and identify any potential outbreaks of COVID-19.

Download the CoVerified app at https://www.coverified.us/download.
Apple users:  go to the Applestore and download the CoVerified app.
Android users (for the next week or so until available in the playstore, the app is available as direct download at):
Log-in: You will log-in using your @mitchell.edu or @my.mitchell.edu email address and password.
Download the CoVerified User App Tutorial here.

If you have any questions please email covidresults@mitchell.edu.

What other safety measures will be in place?

The health and safety of all members of our community has been a priority in our responses and decision-making to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Each of us must be responsible and act in ways that prevent the spread of the virus.

Our plan includes:

  • Requirement that students, faculty, staff, and approved campus vendors and visitors:
    • wear face coverings in all indoor and outdoor public spaces on campus; masks are not required in student rooms. Review face mask/covering policy.
    • adhere to handwashing protocols
    • maintain 6’ social (physical) distance whenever possible
  • Finding alternative solutions for individuals with medical conditions precluding them from wearing a face covering.
  • Quarantine protocol during first 2 weeks on campus (through September 13, 2020). Details outlined under “Campus Life” FAQ.
  • Protocols for COVID-19 testing, contact tracing.
  • Reducing density in residence halls and other campus buildings and identifying quarantine and isolation spaces.
  • Installation of signage to support wearing of face coverings, hand washing and social distancing practices.
  • Continuation of extensive cleaning and disinfecting protocols consistent with the state guidance on reopening colleges and universities.
Resident students also should…
  • Have a plan ready in the event of illness. A student who tests positive for COVID-19, is required to isolate; a designated residence hall with the ability to utilize telemedicine will be used for isolation for students who are COVID-19 positive. If that is not preferred, the student may go home to isolate if they have access to private transportation and a safe, secure space to isolate. If a student has been exposed to someone COVID-19 positive, that student is required to quarantine in their room for 14 days. All meals will be provided via delivery from dining services to students in isolation or quarantine.
What is the difference between Isolation and Quarantine? 
    • According to the CDC, isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus (those who are sick with COVID-19 and those with no symptoms) from people who are not infected. View Mitchell College Self-Isolation Instructions.
    • According to the CDC, quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. View Mitchell College Self-Quarantine Instructions.

For the health and safety of the Mitchell College campus community, the following measures are in place:

      • Mitchell College is providing hand sanitizers at the entrances to all buildings, classrooms, and dining halls and through signage reminds the campus community to wash hands frequently.
      • Cleaning solutions or wipes are available in all bathrooms, classrooms and other shared spaces such as multifunction copier/printer spaces and shared kitchen/coffee and vending facilities.
      • The College has increased the frequency of cleaning all public spaces, with special attention given to corridors, entrances and exits, office spaces (and affiliated bathrooms), handrails, door handles, elevators and stairways. 
      • Commonly  used  bathrooms on campus  will be thoroughly cleaned:  Bathrooms will be fully cleaned/disinfected by housekeeping staff a minimum of once daily, using products that meet EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2. Spartan’s HDQ C2 disinfectant will be used.  In areas of high use, the bathrooms will be cleaned more frequently with documentation and sign off. 

HVAC  (where applicable):  

All HVAC systems will be  thoroughly  inspected and maintained  by:  

    • Increasing  fresh air intake to buildings. 
    • Increasing  the timing of  filter changes. 
    • Encouraging  the use of open windows  when available. 
Can I travel off-campus or out of state?

The College strongly discourages non-essential off-campus travel for resident students until further notice. The State of Connecticut released an alert for New London County on October 8, 2020, urging residents to stay home if not feeling well or exposed to positive coronavirus cases; to limit trips outside of your residence; and to avoid indoor gatherings with those you don’t live with. The state has also ramped up rapid response COVID-19 testing sites. Review alert here.

All resident and commuter students should avoid traveling out of state until further notice. 

All students should avoid traveling anywhere off campus – whether in state or out of state – to spend time with any persons who are currently sick, quarantining or awaiting COVID-19 test results.

Students who live in another state and travel to campus for classes should continue to follow the Mariner Promise. When leaving their home state other than to attend class on the Mitchell College campus, they must comply with the current travel policy and procedures.

It is incumbent upon all members of the Mitchell College community to take all the necessary steps to help minimize exposure and spread of communicable diseases, including COVID-19. Students who choose to travel out of the State of Connecticut (or for commuters, out of their home state) and are gone for more than 24 hours, must comply with the current travel policy and procedures which includes submitting the Off Campus Travel Acknowledgement Form to notify the College of their plans. Please use this password: Mariners2020

  • Completion of this form is the acknowledgement that you are providing accurate information regarding your voluntary action of traveling off campus for a period of more than a 24 hours.
  • Please note that if you choose to travel out of state, you may be asked to submit a pre-arrival test before returning to campus and/or be scheduled for an on-campus COVID-19 test. You may also be asked to self-quarantine on campus until your on-campus test results are received, depending on where you have traveled.   
  • In addition, please review the conditions of our Mariner Promise and ensure you are adhering to the latest CDC, state and College recommendations regarding travel and personal safety.  
How can I do my part to keep my community and campus safe? What is the Mariner Promise?

The start of the new academic year presents a “new normal” for our whole campus community. Visit mitchell.edu/mariner-promise to review our “Mariner Promise,” a pledge to keep our community safe by following specific guidelines for campus health and safety. Students and faculty and staff will sign a Mariner Promise.

To adapt to this new normal brought on by the uncertainty of COVID-19, we must adjust our mindset and all work together to follow guidelines for behaviors that will help mitigate any potential risks of coming back together on campus.

Travel: Be sure to abide by the most recent travel policies. View current travel policy and procedures here.

What about Health & Wellness?

For information and Health & Wellness clinic hours, visit mitchell.edu/health-wellness. Mitchell College partners with Northeast Medical Group, part of Yale New Haven Health, to provide health and wellness services to students at Mitchell College and Thames at Mitchell College. The health clinic, located in the Yarnall Center, operates during regular hours Monday through Friday, and is staffed by a registered nurse, a physician’s assistant and a licensed psychologist. A dedicated COVID-19 telemedicine hotline is also available for use after hours.

How does health insurance work?

All full-time students are required to maintain adequate health insurance, either under your own private plan or under the Student Health Insurance Plan sponsored by the College. By September 15, 2020, all full-time new and returning students must visit www.gallagherstudent.com/Mitchell to enroll in a plan or sign a waiver if you choose to maintain medical coverage in a plan other than the College-sponsored plan. If you do not opt out by the deadline, you will automatically be enrolled.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

From the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) | cdc.gov

Watch for symptoms…

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as more is learned about COVID-19.

Academics & Support Services

What is the Fall 2020 schedule?

Schedule For Mitchell College and Thames at Mitchell College

  • September 1 – Session I instruction begins with online instruction for the first two weeks to support the move in schedule and COVID-19 protocols. Residential students will participate in online classes from campus; non-residential students will participate in online classes from home.
  • November 16-20 – Final Exams. Following final exams, students will depart for Thanksgiving break and will remain home to complete Session II of the fall semester remotely.
  • November 21-29 – Thanksgiving Break
  • November 30-December 16 – Session II instruction begins. All Session II classes and support services will be delivered remotely to you at home.
What will academic delivery look like?

The Mitchell education prioritizes deep student engagement with the campus community and the health and safety of our Mariner community is paramount.  

For two weeks, from September 1-13, 2020, all classes were fully remote. Beginning on September 14, courses are delivered in a variety of ways for the Fall 2020 semester. These differentiated methods of instruction during Session I will be based on careful attention paid to instructor input and best practices for delivering the specific content. As always, courses are being designed to ensure instructors are accessible and that interaction as a class community is emphasized. The delivery of all Session I courses will strive to be as synchronous as possible in all of the designated learning modalities:

  • In person (P)– class meets in person, in the room assigned for all scheduled meeting times throughout the semester in Session I (with the exception of the first two weeks, which will be delivered remotely). In person classes must meet social distancing guidelines.
  • Remote Learning (RL)– class is entirely online, but requires synchronous instruction for all or part of the semester.
  • Hybrid/Blended (HB)– class meets in person for half of the scheduled meeting times and online for the other half, including both synchronous and asynchronous delivery.

Students now have class times and course designations (in person, remote learning, hybrid/blended). 

We remain committed to be responsive to the needs of students, the comfort of our instructors and the appropriate pedagogy that is the hallmark of our Abilities based curriculum. All courses will emphasize synchronous instruction (instruction happening in real time). For those classes meeting in person, classroom spaces have been set up to follow social distancing requirements.

Will I be able to access all of Mitchell's support services?

Mitchell College is working hard to ensure a safe return of our students to campus, with faculty and learning specialists providing the same high quality course content and support services across all delivery modalities.

For the health and safety of the campus community, and while observing social distancing and room density guidelines, our support services will be a mix of online and in-person delivery, by appointment only. In-person schedules vary by department: (*Remote and in-person delivery of support services may be altered based on student needs)

  • The Bentsen Learning Center (BLC) will offer full capacity services for students in a combination of remote and in-person opportunities for support.
  • The Office of Accessibility Services will offer virtual services. The office will be open one day per week for in-person appointments, by appointment only.
  • Academic Coaching for Empowerment (ACE) will be delivered remotely.
  • The Tutoring Center and the Writing Zone will operate online. Tutor.com will also be available to students 24/7 and has increased both their offerings as well as staffing.
  • Advising services will continue online, with individual in-person appointments with your Academic Advisor available one day per week, by appointment only.
  • The Office of Integrative Career Development (ICD) will also operate virtually, with in-person appointments available two days per week, by appointment only.
  • The Registrar will provide virtual services online, with in-person appointments two days per week, by appointment only.

Thames at Mitchell College will offer students:

  • Instructor-led support in all courses through virtual and in-person scheduled appointments
  • Required weekly online or in-person meetings with their academic advisor, who will also be available for support and for academic coordination
  • Online and in-person tutoring for all courses
  • Required weekly online or in-person weekly meetings with their Residence Hall Directors for the social seminar class
Who do I contact if I am having log-in issues?

Please contact technology support at 860-701-5190 or support@mitchell.edu for all log-in issues. Library staff is also available to assist with Moodle/Open LMS and library database log-in help (asklis@mitchell.edu; 860-701-5156).

Will I be able to access Library Services?

Library services will operate a full schedule online, with more limited library building hours. Following health and safety protocols, building occupancy guidelines limit the number of patrons and staff allowed in the building at the same time. Library patrons are encouraged to use the library virtually instead of physically using the building by way of chat, appointments by phone and Zoom, email, enhanced online tutorials and guides, access to expansive digital collections and virtual instructional support. 


I'm wondering about Fall 2020 tuition, room and board.

Mitchell College is working hard to ensure a safe return of our students to campus, with faculty providing the same high quality course content across all delivery modalities (in person, hybrid/blended and remote). Support services associated with advising, accessibility, the Bentsen Learning Center, the Mystic Program, and Thames at Mitchell will also operate regularly, regardless of modality. As you know, during COVID-19, extra precautions must be taken to ensure the health and safety of the campus community, which come with additional costs. In light of these added expenses, we are not able to adjust our tuition.

Additionally, although room and board fees for Fall 2020 will remain as billed, resident students may extend their room and board at no additional cost when enrolling in either a May or June 2021 MiniMester.

Campus Life

What items should I bring/have with me on campus?

What to Bring/What not to Bring

Whether you are returning for your final year at Mitchell or beginning your first year, because we are living in COVID-19 times, the “what to bring” list differs slightly this fall. Of special note:

    • Have a grab-and-go bag packed in the event that you will go into isolation. Include clothing, toiletries, and items for school work.
    • Pack lightly for the fall semester and only bring what is needed. When you return home for Thanksgiving break and Session II, the residence halls will be sanitized; living with the “less is more” mindset will allow for the most effective sanitation. As a reminder, Session II classes and support services will be delivered remotely to you at home.
    • Required:
      • Double-layer cloth face coverings (wash often and bring enough to accommodate laundry habits), thermometer, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, other cleaning supplies
      • Plenty of snacks and other items needed (school supplies, First Aid supplies, etc.) to limit shopping trips

Mitchell Students
Download What to Bring/What not to Bring Checklist

Thames Students
Download What to Bring/What not to Bring Residence Hall Checklist
Download Academic Supplies/Technology Checklist

Was there a quarantine period?

First Two Weeks – Quarantine on Campus

For the first two weeks on campus, through and including Monday, September 13, 2020, resident students were required to quarantine and strongly encouraged to limit their indoor social interactions with only those in their “family unit” while wearing a face covering and adhering to social distancing. A family unit is the people with whom residents share a room, suite, on-campus apartment or part of a floor. Residents were also asked to remain on campus during this two-week quarantine. 
For everyone’s safety, guests of students were not allowed on campus and students were not allowed to go home during the two-week quarantine. 
What are the quarantine requirements for commuter students?
Commuter students must self-quarantine for two weeks prior to their first day on campus and provide a negative COVID-19 test result from a test taken within five (5) days prior to their first day on campus. A commuter’s first day is considered the first day on campus for in-person classes, after the initial two weeks online.
What does residence life look like this fall?
Living with Others in Your Room, Suite or On-Campus Apartment
Whether you are living in a double, triple, suite or on-campus apartment, the roommates/suitemates with whom you live will be viewed as a “family unit.” Floors in some designated residence halls will also be divided into a group of rooms or “pods,” denoted by color. Pods are considered a “family unit.”
“Family Units” by Residence Hall
  • Mariner Hall: Your suitemates
  • Montauk: by the first floor as one family unit, and by apartment for the second and third floors
  • Simpson, Saunders, Matteson & Waterfront: assigned pod on your floor
Guidelines for Family Units
  • Socialize freely when in your room, pod, suite or on-campus apartment. However, we recommend face coverings and social distance whenever possible.
  • If a member of your “family unit” tests positive for COVID-19, the other(s) in your room, pod, suite or on-campus apartment are required to quarantine in place, while the positive person will be relocated to the designated isolation residence hall.
  • It is important to keep your areas clean and sanitized for the collective health and safety of everyone in your “family unit.”
Communal Bathrooms
Students will be assigned to a designated shower, sink, toilet/urinal to use in Simpson, Saunders, Matteson and all Waterfront residences.
Shared bathrooms
Mariner suites and Montauk Apartment bathrooms will be viewed as “family unit” bathrooms. Students are responsible for keeping bathrooms clean and sanitized. Mitchell will provide students with directions and appropriate cleaning supplies.
Cleaning protocols for both communal and shared bathrooms:
  • Use the disinfectant wipes placed near sinks, shower stalls and toilets.
  • Wipe/spray the basin of the tub/shower and faucet handles following use.
  • Wipe/spray sink basin/faucet handles and soap dispensers following use.
  • Close toilet lids before flushing, if lid is present.
  • Wash hands every time you use the bathroom.
  •  Minimize time in all shared bathrooms.
  • Leave cell phone in room when using bathroom.
  • Use hairdryers in room, NOT in bathroom.
  • Residents are expected to store personal hygiene items in their rooms.
  • All bathrooms in the residence halls will have the following:
  • Paper towel dispensers
  • Hands-free garbage bins 
Students in Montauk Apartments and Fair Haven will be responsible for cleaning their own kitchens and will be provided with the appropriate cleaning materials. The kitchenettes with microwaves in the other residence halls will be stocked with cleaning materials, and students are required to disinfect before and after use.
Stairwell Etiquette:
  • One set of staircases will be designated as UP and the other as DOWN.
  • If another resident is not following this protocol, yield to the person going down, and wait until the person going down has passed and then go up.
  •  If you touch the hand railing, make sure to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.
Elevator Etiquette
  • One resident is allowed in the elevator at a time.
  • If a resident sees someone in an elevator, they will be expected to wait until the next one to provide space between themselves and the other resident.
  • While waiting for the elevator, residents are expected to wait six feet apart.
Laundry Recommendations
  • Clean bed sheets, towels and clothes regularly.
  • One resident uses the laundry facilities at a time.
  • Shake dirty laundry in room, not in the laundry area.
  • Use the warmest setting for water and dry completely as both help to kill viruses.
  • Fold clothes once you return to the room.
  • Wash your hands or sanitize them after leaving the laundry room.
  • Wash or disinfect your laundry bag/hamper as well.
  • Consider storing laundry in a disposable bag.  

Visitors and Guests

Students will be prohibited from visiting other residence halls or allowing students from other residence halls in their building. Guests and non-residents are not allowed on campus during the two- week quarantine.

After the two-week quarantine, students can follow the steps below for permission to have visitors on campus:

  • Fill out a visitor request form in RoomPact.
  • Once the request is approved by your Residence Hall Director, guests can visit in common areas only.
  • Social distancing and wearing face coverings is required.
  • Guests will not be allowed in the residence halls or rooms.

Residents living within the same residence hall are permitted to visit one another after the two-week quarantine. During the two-week quarantine students should limit interactions to their “family unit” as much as possible.

Commuter students are not allowed to enter residential buildings, rooms or suites.

What about dining services?
Although the delivery of meals in the dining hall has changed to adapt to the pandemic, the same excellent food choices will be offered. 
Dining Services has made the following accommodations, which will be in place for students after the initial two-week quarantine on campus:
  • The cafeteria traffic flow in Milner Dining Hall will be one lane in and one lane out – signage will be posted.
  • Students will self-swipe their dining card.
  • Seating has been rearranged to both inside and outside the dining area to maintain social distance.
  • Disposable plates, cups and utensils will be used.
  • “Grab and go” meals will be offered.
  • Pre-ordering of meals with timed pick-up will be utilized.
What about students' visitors and guests?

Visitors and Guests:

  • Students will be prohibited from visiting other residence halls or allowing students from other residence halls in their building.
  • Guests and non-residents are not allowed on campus during the two-week quarantine.
  • After the two-week quarantine, students can follow the steps below for permission to have visitors on campus:
    •  Fill out a visitor request form in RoomPact.
    • Once the request is approved by your Residence Hall Director, guests can visit in common areas only.
      • Social distancing and wearing face coverings is required.
      • Guests will not be allowed in the residence halls or rooms.
  • Commuter students are not allowed to enter residential buildings, rooms or suites.
  • Residents living within the same residence hall are permitted to visit one another after the two- week quarantine. During the two-week quarantine students should limit interactions to their “family unit” as much as possible.
Will the mailroom be open?

As in other areas of the college, the mailroom will have occupancy limits but will operate during regular hours, following state and federal guidance.

What is the state of Athletics this fall?

Fall semester conference play has been suspended by the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) due to health and safety concerns around COVID-19. Adapting to these changes, Mitchell College Athletics is working hard at planning numerous opportunities to keep our student-athletes engaged, including use of our brand-new artificial turf fields, conditioning workouts, scrimmages, team building and leadership programs. Read more here.

Prospective Students

I'm hoping to visit as a prospective student. Can I visit campus?

Yes, we have re-opened limited, guided on-campus tours for Fall 2020 and are also hosting virtual tours, and our campus drive-through tour. Visit mitchell.edu/visit-us to view all the ways to visit Mitchell College this fall!

You may also contact Kelby Chappelle at chappelle_k@mitchell.edu or 860-701-5034 for campus visit information.


The following resources offer guidance regarding the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

World Health Organization (WHO)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Connecticut State Department of Public Health

Ledge Light Health District (our regional health department)

Know how COVID-19 spreads

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
    • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
    • Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.
What are the symptoms and who is at risk?

Watch for symptoms…

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as they learn more about COVID-19.

What you need to know…

  • Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms.
  • Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.
How can I help protect myself and others?

Everyone should…

Wash your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • It’s especially important to wash:
    • Before eating or preparing food
    • Before touching your face
    • After using the restroom
    • After leaving a public place
    • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
    • After handling your mask
    • After changing a diaper
    • After caring for someone sick
    • After touching animals or pets
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact

Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • The mask is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Everyone should wear a mask in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
    • Masks should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • Do NOT use a mask meant for a healthcare worker. Currently, surgical masks and N95 respirators are critical supplies that should be reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The mask is not a substitute for social distancing.

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Clean and disinfect

Monitor Your Health Daily

  • Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19. 
  • Take your temperature if symptoms develop.
    • Don’t take your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that could lower your temperature, like acetaminophen.
  • Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.


Practice common sense cafeteria and personal etiquette:

  • Do not refill drinks from a cup you have been drinking from.
  • Avoid touching utensils that others may be using.
  • Do not share towels and only handle your own towels.
  • Do not share water bottles or other food/drink utensils.
What is the CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant?

The CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant Fund provides emergency financial aid assistance to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, as stipulated by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Please visit mitchell.edu/cares-act for more information on this grant, eligibility and methodology.

Statement on combating stigmatization, bias and xenophobia

As a reminder, this disease does not discriminate against race or ethnicity. We encourage our community to work together to help others understand that the risk of coronavirus is not at all connected with any specific national, ethnic or racial identities.

 Information on these pages is not intended to be all-encompassing and should not be considered to be providing medical or legal advice. In all instances, you should consult with a relevant expert for guidance specific to your circumstances.

A few words on fit.


"Fit” is the modern buzzword of the college search process. And frankly, rightly so. As you consider your college experience, we encourage you to look for a place that feels right. It’s also a good idea to make a list of the qualities and characteristics that make a college and you a winning combination.


If you are looking for a college that: 


  • Gets to know and understand each student as a uniquely talented individual

  • Identifies potential and encourages students in very intentional ways

  • Fosters growth in each student, giving them a foundation for life and career success

  • Is small enough to deliver on the promise of a personalized experience

  • Goes beyond “career services” and offers a progressive 4-year career development model, partnering with local businesses and nonprofits for professional experience

  • Promotes an inclusive culture that encourages students to experiment in new clubs and activities

  • Is nationally recognized for its academic support systems, from professional content tutors (not students) to proven comprehensive support for students with learning differences

  • Connects students to service opportunities that impact their world

  • Is in a location that offers access to New England’s natural places and some of America’s greatest cities




…Mitchell College delivers in a powerful way.

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