Additional Questions? 

If, after reviewing this page, you have additional questions about Spring 2021 return to campus (or arrival to campus for our transfer students!), please email

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. *Due to the ongoing evolving nature of the pandemic, all plans and dates are subject to change.

Return to Campus Spring 2021


Spring 2021 Expectations - Before Arrival to Campus and Once on Campus

Self-Quarantine at Home and Pre-Testing Requirements

Prior to coming to campus for the first time for Spring 2021, both resident and commuter students should:

  • Self-quarantine at home for two weeks. What does this mean? Stay home, monitor your health daily and limit activity outside of your home. If you do need to leave your home, wear a face covering, social distance, wash your hands frequently and stay connected to friends and loved ones virtually.
  • Take a SARSCOV2 Viral PCR pre-test (no rapid tests will be accepted) within seven (7) days prior to the date you return to campus. Pre-test at a testing facility in your area and submit this negative SARSCOV2 Viral PCR test result prior to coming to campus via the CoVerified app or email to; include your name and date of birth, the date of the test and the test type.
  • If you tested positive for COVID-19, either during Fall Session II or over winter break, and have since recovered, you must submit a report of your positive test to either the CoVerified app or before your return to campus. Include your name and date of birth, the date of the test and the test type. You will be retested by Mitchell College Health and Wellness 90 days after the date of your positive test and do not need to submit an additional test result, prior to your return. You may not come to campus if you are still experiencing symptoms or if it has been less than 10 days since you tested positive, with symptoms or no symptoms, per CDC guidelines.
  • Continue to follow all state and CDC guidelines.
  • Review the Mariner Promise. Failure to comply with College policies including the Mariner Promise will result in consequences. View COVID-19 Judicial Process here.

Planning your Move Back to Campus

As you plan your move back to campus, please be aware of any travel advisories/requirements in effect in your home state, and:

  • Travel via private transportation if at all possible, as advised by the Connecticut Department of Public Health.
  • Adhere to the CDC’s Guidelines for Travel.

Move-In and First 2 Weeks Initial On-Campus Quarantine

A staggered move in for resident students takes place January 19-24. Please reserve a move-in time slot using the schedule and links under “January 2021 Move-in Procedures” on this page.

  •  All students, faculty and staff on campus will be tested weekly by appointment only for COVID-19. Please see What are the testing and health monitoring plans” under “Healthy Community” on this page for important details.
  • Upon return, resident students will immediately begin the initial on-campus quarantine and continue to quarantine on-campus through February 7. View/download Initial Quarantine fact sheet here.
  • Commuter students will remain at home during this period and are not allowed on campus until the first day of in-person classes on February 8. Commuter students should base their 2-week self-quarantine schedules on the date of their return to in-person class.
  • All classes meet remotely the weeks of January 25 & February 1.
  • During quarantine resident students will utilize grab and go dining, not delivery to residence halls (*a change from the fall semester*).
  • COVID safety precautions will remain the same as the fall semester for the foreseeable future:
    • wear face coverings over both mouth and nose
    • practice social distancing of a minimum of 6 feet
    • wash hands frequently
    • follow all updated guidelines and policies, including the Mariner Promise
    • on-campus testing will be administered Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; watch for information about test scheduling.

Beginning January 25

Spring Session I Classes begin on January 25, with remote instruction only for two weeks.

Beginning February 8

On Monday, February 8, instruction begins for assigned mode of delivery and commuters may return to campus. Committed to creating personal, dynamic learning opportunities, we have increased our offerings of in-person classes, while continuing to observe safety protocols. The spring schedule will be followed as planned, provided safety concerns at the time allow it.

January 2021 Move-In Procedures

Sign Up for a Move-in Day/Time

Resident students are required to return to campus on specific check-in dates by their assigned Residence Hall. 
  • Resident Assistants – Saturday, January 16
  • Basketball Athletes –Monday, January 18
  • Moorings, Harbor House & Saunders Hall–Tuesday, January 19, and Wednesday, January 20
  • Simpson Hall & Matteson Hall– Thursday, January 21, and Friday, January 22
  • Mariner Hall, Montauk Apartments & Fair Haven – Saturday, January 23, and Sunday, January 24
Select your move-in day and time using the following links to SignUp Genius: 
  • Each student will be allowed one 90-minute time slot. 
  • Please use your Mitchell email address when signing up and select the correct building and floor
  • To verify your building and room number, please check your housing assignment in eRezLife prior to selecting a time slot.
  • Time slots will be available from 8:00am to 9:00pm, with a midday break for the housekeeping staff to deep clean the residence halls.
  • Students will not be allowed to bring anyone in the Residence Halls to help them with carrying anything into the building. If you will need assistance with carrying your belongings, please note this on your sign-up and we will arrange assistance for you.

What to Bring

Bring these REQUIRED items: 

  • Go-Bag packed in the event that you test positive for COVID-19* while on campus and must go into isolation. Your bag should include:
    • clothing
    • toiletries
    • bedding
    • items to complete class work

* If you test positive during your time on campus, you will be notified by Mitchell College Health & Wellness and have one hour to be ready to move to the isolation space. Be prepared!

  • Double-layer cloth face coverings (bring enough to wash them frequently and to accommodate laundry habits)
  • Thermometer, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, other cleaning supplies
  • Plenty of snacks and other necessary items (school supplies, First Aid supplies, etc.). Limited supplies will be available for purchase at Michael’s Dairy and through a health & beauty vending machine located in the Yarnall Center lobby.

Check-in Day Procedures

Protect your campus community as you move into your residence halls for the spring semester.

Students must move in during their pre-registered day and time only.

Students will not be allowed to bring anyone in the Residence Halls to help them with carrying anything into the building. If you will need assistance with carrying your belongings please note this on your sign-up and we will arrange assistance for you.

Students are required to check in with the Residence Life staff at the Student Center (on upper campus next to the Red Barn) before proceeding to their Residence Hall. Returning students with a new room assignment will receive their room key at check in. New students will receive their room key, student ID, and a welcome packet at check in. 

When on campus all COVID-19 safety protocols must be followed, including: 

  • Wear a face covering over your mouth and nose
  • Use proper hand hygiene – wash hands or use hand sanitizer frequently
  • Use proper cough/sneeze etiquette
  • Practice physical distancing (minimum 6 feet)
  • Follow traffic flow indicators* and signage directions for the health and safety of others.

*When moving back into your residence hall, please note one stairway is for going upstairs and one stairway is for going downstairs. Please follow this protocol.

Dining Services Move-in Week, January 19-24

During move in, January 19-24, Milner Dining Hall hours are:

8:30am-8:30pm, with grab-and-go-meals available

    • At the time of move in, resident students will receive one reusable insulated bag to use for meal pick-ups throughout the initial quarantine. One bag/per student, so students should remember their bag each time they pick up a meal.
    Spring 2021 Schedule and Academic Calendar

    Schedule For Mitchell College and Thames at Mitchell College

    • January 25: Spring Session I Classes begin, with remote instruction only for two weeks. 
    • February 8: instruction begins for assigned mode of delivery and commuters may return to campus. Committed to creating personal, dynamic learning opportunities, we have increased our offerings of in-person classes, while continuing to observe safety protocols. The spring schedule will be followed as planned, provided safety concerns at the time allow it.
    • For important dates and information, visit:

    Healthy Community

    Dashboard - COVID-19 Testing

    As of February 22, 2021


    What are the testing and health monitoring plans?

    Weekly Testing Procedure Beginning January 25, 2021

    COVID-19 on-campus testing will take place by appointment only, by last name on Mondays (9am-noon), Tuesdays (9am-noon), Wednesdays (11am-2pm) and Thursdays (9am-noon). All testing will be at the Market Café. 

    All Mitchell and Thames students, faculty and staff who will be on campus must be tested on campus weekly. Commuters, do not come to campus for testing or any reason until the week of February 8.

    Last Name:*
    Monday A-F
    Tuesday G-L
    Wednesday M-S
    Thursday T-Z

    Location: Market Café

    How to set an Appointment: You must set your appointment through the CoVerified app. Download instructions below.
    Procedure on campus: Proceed to the Market Café entrance, following all campus signage and directions. Masks and social distancing are required.
    *If you have a major conflict, please coordinate an alternative testing date with Health & Wellness by emailing

    About CoVerified 

    COVID-19 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 weekly testing for COVID-19. The weekly 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. 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
    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 or email address and password.
    Download the CoVerified User App Tutorial here.

    If you have any questions please email

    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 upon return to campus for Spring Session I. Students should watch for details in their email inbox.
    • 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. 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. 
    What about Health & Wellness?

    For information and Health & Wellness clinic hours, visit 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. For information on plans, waivers, and deadlines,  visit

    What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

    From the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) |

    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

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

    Most support services in the Duques Center (Accessibility, Advising, BLC, Integrative Career Development) will continue to operate in an appointment- only hybrid model, similar to the fall. Make an in-person or virtual appointment through Starfish.

    Tutoring remains fully remote – make an appointment through or with our own professional Mitchell or Thames tutors via Starfish.

    Who do I contact if I am having log-in issues?

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

    Will I be able to access Library Services?

    The library is open without an appointment beginning Monday, February 8.  Library hours may be found here:  The library staff is also available for remote assistance by phone, chat, email, and Zoom appointment.  Remember to wear a mask and observe social distance in the library. 

    I'm wondering about 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 the 2020/2021 academic year 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/Residence Life/Student Activities

    What is a family unit?
    For resident students, 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
    • Keep your areas clean and sanitized for the collective health and safety of your family unit!
    • Socialize freely when in your room, pod, suite or on-campus apartment. However, we recommend face coverings and social distance. 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.
    What is the state of Athletics this Winter/Spring?

    Athletes will continue to participate in some non-conference gamesWinter season play will be abbreviated with no conference championship option (at this time), but spring sports are projected to play a full conference schedule in addition to non-conference games. Club sports and intramurals will continue to operate as they did in the fall semester.

    What about Performing Arts this Winter/Spring?
    • Romantic Fools, our fall play, will be posted to the Mitchell website soon! More info to come.
    • Auditions for Select Chorus and Spring Musical/Theatre will take place during the week of February 8 and close on February 19. Watch for sign-ups.
    • Students are strongly encouraged to bring their instruments to campus. Any and all varieties welcome. The Performing Arts program can provide secure practice and storage spaces, as required.
    • Private lessons in Voice, Piano, Brass Instruments and Guitar continue both remotely and in-person. Current students are working remotely with their private teachers through December and January. New students can begin in-person lessons the week of February 8. Students seeking lessons in instruments other than those listed above should contact Jonathan Babbitt by email so that he can secure instructors for them. If you have an interest in other instruments, he can connect you with a teacher!
    What about dining services?

    Move-in Week, January 19-24, 2021
    Milner Dining Hall Hours:
    Monday-Sunday (7 days per week)
    Grab & Go 8:30am-8:30pm

    At the time of move in, resident students will receive one reusable insulated bag to use for meal pick-ups throughout the initial quarantine. One bag/per student, so students should remember their bag each time they pick up a meal.

    Initial Quarantine, January 25-February 7, 2021
    Milner Dining Hall Hours:
    Monday-Sunday (7 days per week)
    Breakfast 7:30am – 10:00am
    Lunch/Brunch 11:00am – 2:00pm
    Dinner 5:00pm – 7:30pm

    During the initial quarantine on campus, Dining Services has made the following accommodations:
    • Resident students will pick up their grab & go meals and snacks from the dining hall and return to their rooms to eat them. (This is a change from the fall semester quarantine dining process.)
    • Students will be allowed to order food or items through Instacart, Grubhub, DoorDash or other delivery services during the initial quarantine period.

    Spring Hours Beginning February 8, 2021
    Milner Dining Hall Hours:
    Breakfast 7:30am – 10:00am
    Lunch 11:00am – 2:00pm
    Dinner 5:00pm – 7:30pm
    Grill 7:30pm – 8:30pm
    Grab & Go (Market in Milner) 7:30am – 8:30pm

    Saturday & Sunday
    Brunch 11:00am – 2:00pm
    Dinner 5:00pm – 7:30pm
    Grill 7:30pm-8:30pm
    Grab & Go (Market in Milner) 11:00am – 7:30pm

    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.

    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 Winter and Spring 2021 and are also hosting virtual tours, a video tour and our campus drive-through tour. Visit to view all the ways to visit Mitchell College this fall!

    You may also contact Kelby Chappelle at 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)

    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 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.