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Frequently Asked Questions

Last updated 09/02/2020 2:11 pm EDT.

Reporting COVID-19 Test Results:

Marist College is partnering with Westchester Medical Center’s MidHudson Regional Hospital for COVID testing for the coming academic year.  All students (undergraduate, graduate, and adult students) residing or taking coursework on campus are required to have a PCR COVID-19 test done prior to arrival on campus and to submit the test results through a dedicated secure portal that has been set up by MidHudson Regional Hospital. 

Test results must be uploaded using the following link: wmchealthnetwork.tfaforms.net/273. Follow the simple directions to report your results to the College. Please note: Unless you are a student quarantining in Conklin Hall, you must use the MidHudson Regional Hospital portal to upload your test results. Test results file sizes can be no larger than 35 MB. If you are experiencing an error when uploading your results, please try a smaller file size and use a short, simple filename with no special characters.

View our recorded COVID-19 WebEx Sessions for more information about returning to campus >

Testing & Quarantining

Q: What do I do if I am not cleared to come to campus by the start of classes? 

A: If Marist has not received your PCR COVID-19 test, you will not be cleared to come to campus. In order to be cleared, you must come to Donnelly Hall Computer Lab (across from the card office) in Room 258. Each professor will have a list of the students not cleared to be on campus, and will be asked to leave the classroom to quarantine until test results are uploaded to the Westchester Medical Center intake form

Q: Will there be ongoing/surveillance testing of students?

A: Ongoing surveillance testing is also very important to identify asymptomatic individuals in our community who harbor the coronavirus, but show no symptoms and may be capable of transmitting the virus to others. Participation in surveillance testing is required for members of the Marist community who work or study on campus. Please register here at register.suny-covid.com as soon as possible. This must be done prior to arriving at the test site. Read more about surveillance testing >

Q: I am being asked to self-quarantine for 14 days before arriving to campus. What does “self-quarantine” mean? Why should it last 14 days?

A: Self-quarantining is a best practice, endorsed by the CDC, to limit individual exposure to the coronavirus. It involves what many people have been doing for most of this year: following guidelines to stay at home and not expose themselves to outside possibilities of infection. CDC guidelines recommend the two week period to ensure the health of the population because that covers the period during which any symptoms from infection are most likely to appear. We recognize that this is something special this year, but we know most families know how to do this, and we all need to work together to ensure the safest possible environment for the reopening of the Marist campus in Fall 2020. One of the primary ways to accomplish this is to ensure that, to the greatest extent possible, everyone arrives on campus COVID-free through the combination of pre-arrival self-quarantine and COVID testing.

Q: I am required to get a COVID-19 PCR test prior to arriving to campus. When do I need to get tested?

Students from states designated by New York State as “restricted states” and international students should plan on being tested as soon as possible. Since New York State has mandated that these populations need to quarantine for two weeks after they arrive in New York State regardless of test results, Marist College has several options for students who will need to be housed during that mandatory period.

Students from states other than those designated by New York State as “restricted states” are required be tested in the fourteen days immediately prior to their arrival on campus. In other words, during their period of self-quarantine in preparation for their arrival on campus. 

Marist College is partnering with Westchester Medical Center’s MidHudson Regional Hospital for COVID testing for the coming academic year. Test results must be uploaded using the following link: wmchealthnetwork.tfaforms.net/273. Follow the simple directions to report your results to the College. Test results file sizes can be no larger than 35 MB. If you are experiencing an error when uploading your results, please try a smaller file size and use a short, simple filename with no special characters. Please note: Unless you are a student quarantining in Conklin Hall, you must use the MidHudson Regional Hospital portal to upload your test results. 

Q: How and where do I get a COVID-19 test?

A: All Marist students, including both residential and commuter students, must undergo a PCR-based molecular test for COVID-19 before moving into a residence hall (residential students) or coming to campus for classes or other business (off-campus students).

Students can locate a testing site anywhere in the USA using this tool: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you

While diagnostic testing at a health care facility is preferred, Marist recognizes that not all students have ready access to testing facilities and may need to utilize at-home testing kits to fulfill these requirements. Marist will accept FDA approved at-home testing kits for the purposes of pre-screening students prior to move-in. 

When registering for an at-home test, you will typically be asked a series of questions to determine eligibility for testing. If asked, students should check ‘yes’ to questions that inquire about residing in “congregate settings.”

At home testing services:

Pixel by LabCorp
Everlywell
Vault
Vitagene
hims & hers

Urgent Cares with NYC locations advertising COVID-19 PCR testing services:

- CityMD
- Med Rite
- Northwell Urgent Care
- ProHealth Urgent Care

Q: How do I report my test results?

As communicated to all Marist students on August 7, Marist College has implemented a testing and reporting protocol with Westchester Medical Center’s MidHudson Regional Hospital, whose campus is contiguous to the Marist College campus.  Recognizing that testing and results reporting are challenging in several areas of the country, the policy below outlines the updated process in place.

Marist College is partnering with Westchester Medical Center’s MidHudson Regional Hospital for COVID testing for the coming academic year. All students (undergraduate, graduate, and adult students) residing or taking coursework on campus are required to have a PCR COVID-19 test done prior to arrival on campus and to submit the test results through a dedicated secure portal that has been set up by MidHudson Regional Hospital. 

If you have negative test results or are still awaiting your results, you must use the following link: wmchealthnetwork.tfaforms.net/273 to upload your information. Follow the simple directions to report your results or give information about pending results to the College. Please note: Unless you are a student quarantining in Conklin Hall, you must use the MidHudson Regional Hospital portal to upload your test results. Test results file sizes can be no larger than 35 MB. If you are experiencing an error when uploading your results, please try a smaller file size and use a short, simple filename with no special characters. 

- If you have positive test results, DO NOT come to campus. You must contact Marist Health Services at (845) 575-3270 and consult your personal healthcare provider immediately. Anyone who tests positive may not travel to campus until they are cleared by Marist Health Services.

- If you have been tested but do not have results yet, please use the comment section of the “upload” box on the Westchester Medical Center intake form to provide the date of your test.

- The College recognizes that some people may have challenges getting tested or having the results confirmed prior to arrival.  It is critical that if you have not been able to get a COVID PCR test, you indicate this need on the official Westchester Medical Center intake form. By doing so, you will receive access to the Westchester Medical Center "Healow" Portal to schedule an appointment for rapid COVID testing within 24 hours of submission of the intake form. It is expected that students complete this process prior to their scheduled move-in date.

Any students who upon arrival are awaiting test results or have scheduled tests at MidHudson Regional Hospital will be required to maintain quarantine behavior until negative test results are reported to the College and may be required to take a test at MidHudson Regional Hospital at the discretion of the Marist College Health Services.  Any students not following this protocol will be subject to strict disciplinary action.

Q: I have already completed my COVID-19 report via the MidHudson Regional Hospital portal and indicated that I had not yet received my test results. I have since received my negative test result. What should I do?

A: Please complete the report again, this time indicating that you have received negative test results and upload them.

Q: Can I email my test results? 

A: Test results should not be emailed, per HIPAA requirements. Test results must be uploaded using the following link: wmchealthnetwork.tfaforms.net/273. Follow the simple directions to report your results to the College. Please note: Unless you are a student quarantining in Conklin Hall, you must use the MidHudson Regional Hospital portal to upload your test results.

Q: How do I know if Marist has received my COVID-19 test results?

A: Upon logging into myMarist, a pop-up box will show anything the College is missing from the student. If COVID-19 test does not appear in this box, then the student's test records are confirmed. Students who have been cleared to come to campus also received an email from Marist on August 23 indicating that they have been cleared.

Q: Why is flu vaccination required this year?

A: The College is working to minimize the chances of both a COVID-19 peak and a flu peak on campus. Therefore students are required to be vaccinated for the flu by January 15, 2021. The vaccine is not a requirement for fall semester attendance because flu season typically peaks from late December through March. The College will offer flu clinics on campus during the fall semester.  

Q: If a student from a "restricted state" completes their quarantine in a non-restricted state, can they move into their residence hall?

A: Yes. All students and their families must adhere to New York State quarantine guidelines: coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory

Q: What is the process if a student tests positive during the semester? Where do they quarantine?

A: Students will isolate at home if they can travel there safely and without potentially exposing other people. However, there is limited space on campus to house students who are unable to travel to their home residence.

Q: What if a student from a restricted state doesn't have a COVID-19 test back before returning to campus?

A: Moving into quarantine housing will be permitted as long as the student has taken the test within the last 14 days. Results can come in after they are in quarantine at Marist.

Q: How will Admissions know if a Freshman/Transfer student can move in? Will they provide a verified COVID-19 test?  

A: Prior to arrival, all students will be required to self-quarantine, participate in daily health monitoring in the (two weeks prior to arrival), and procure a PCR COVID test. Marist College is partnering with Westchester Medical Center’s MidHudson Regional Hospital for COVID testing for the coming academic year. All test results must be uploaded using the following link: wmchealthnetwork.tfaforms.net/273.

Q: I do not have a medical or religious reason, but I do not want to take the flu vaccine. Will I be required? 

A: Flu vaccines are required for everyone unless the student provides documentation of a medical or religious exemption. Medical exemptions must be documented by a medical provider and religious exemptions should be notarized. 

Q: Are there exceptions to the testing policy?

A: No. In order to protect the health and wellness of the entire Marist population, every student must have a PCR test to ensure they do not have COVID-19. 

Q: If I am from a high-risk state and I get a negative PCR test, does that mean I can end my quarantine early?

A: No, it does not.  New York State requires quarantine for the full 14 days. 

Q: Can I have an antibody test instead?

A: You are welcome to have an antibody test. However, you will still be required to submit a PCR test.

Q: What if I had an antibody test done that shows I’ve already had COVID?  Do I still need to get a PCR test done?  

A: Yes, you will still need the PCR test to be completed.  This is the appropriate test to determine the presence of an active infection. Scientists do not yet know if having antibodies to the virus that causes COVID-19 can protect someone from getting infected again.  

Q: If I become ill, can I get tested at Marist?

A: Yes, Marist will arrange testing with our healthcare provider partner, MidHudson Regional Hospital a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health network. 

Q: If I am exposed, can I get tested at Marist?

A: Yes, Marist will arrange testing with our healthcare provider partner, MidHudson Regional Hospital a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health network. 

Q: With cars permitted on campus and students free to leave, will the college adopt a policy to routinely test for COVID-19 to identify systematic and asymptomatic people?

A: Marist is permitting cars on campus to provide students with transportation, should they need to return home to isolate/quarantine and to complete essential errands or work off-campus. All students will be expected to follow Marist and NYS guidelines for health and safety. Marist and its health partners, MidHudson Regional Hospital will test symptomatic individuals, as directed by medical professionals. 

Q: If students get COVID 19 and are in quarantine at Dutchess Community College, will there be medical staff there to monitor them?

A: Students who test positive for COVID will be required to isolate at home, or at Marist's designated residence hall, Talmadge Court. Staff from Marist's Student Health Services will conduct a telehealth visit with students in on-campus isolation on a daily basis and will refer students to MidHudson Regional Hospital, as appropriate. 

Q: What happens if I am exposed to COVID-19 from one of my room or suitemates? 

A: Students who are defined as close contacts by the CDC will be required to quarantine for 14 days and submit to testing protocols, as required. 

Q: Should students who travel by plane be tested again once they arrive on campus since they could be exposed during their travel?

A: All students returning to campus from "restricted states" will be required to quarantine for 14 days, as per New York State Department of Health guidelines. All students will undergo daily monitoring and mandatory adherence to health policies when they come to campus. 

Q: If a student is feeling ill, not sure if its COVID-related, how is Marist distinguishing between students who need a COVID-19 test and those who do not? Is Health Services assessing this? How does quarantining and testing work with general illnesses?

A: Marist medical professionals will assess every instance of student illness and respond appropriately. 

Q: What is the metric Marist will use to determine when a “shutdown” is necessary?

A: Marist will continue to utilize state and local guidance to make operational decisions, including a shutdown if necessary. New York State has identified a 9-10% infection rate as the threshold for which the governor will require a shutdown of primary education schools. While specific metrics for higher education have not been set by New York State, Marist will adhere to all appropriate guidance and is in close communication with the Dutchess County Department of Health. 

Q: What mechanism will Marist use to screen students, prior to move-in, to ensure they have submitted their test results?

A: Marist students will be required to submit their test results prior to move-in. Marist College is partnering with Westchester Medical Center’s MidHudson Regional Hospital for COVID testing for the coming academic year. Test results must be uploaded using the following link: wmchealthnetwork.tfaforms.net/273.

Q: Are staff and faculty being tested? 

A: As per NYS guidelines, all Marist employees are required to complete a daily health screening tool, and will be referred to consult their medical provider as appropriate. 

Q: Are we going to be lenient with test dates? Or will people with early test dates from restricted states be first for an on-campus test?

A: Please see the policy FAQ for the recommended dates for testing. 

Q: In the event that a student tests positive, how will they/their roommates/floor be isolated? How will we be able to pick them up?

A: Close contacts (as defined by the CDC) of any students who test positive will be subject to quarantine and/or testing. To complete quarantine/isolation requirements, students may use their personal vehicle to return home or parents can pick them up to transport them home. 

Q: How often will students be tested?

A: All symptomatic students, as determined by Marist Health Services, will be tested. 

Q: In the event that a student or staff member tests positive, how will students that have come in contact with them be notified? Also, what is the protocol for students that have come in contact with someone on campus that tests positive? Especially if they live in a dorm in which they use common area showers/bathrooms?

A: Marist has an extensive contact tracing protocol, which will be coordinated with Dutchess County DOH and will follow all CDC guidelines. 

Q: Is Conklin Hall also where students who test positive during the school year will go to quarantine?

A: Under limited circumstances, the College will provide accommodations for students who are unable to return home due to travel restrictions or other health restrictions. A separate residence facility, Talmadge, has been dedicated to accommodate this need. 

Q: With more students having access to cars, will the college be conducting routine COVID-19 testing? A surveillance testing policy?

A: Marist will be working with its medical partner, MidHudson Regional on additional testing protocols that may be appropriate during the fall term.

Q: How frequently will faculty and staff be tested?

A: As per NYS guidelines, all Marist employees are required to complete a daily health screening tool, and will be referred to consult their medical provider as appropriate. 

Q: Will Marist re-test students coming from restricted states and high-risk areas?

A: Marist will be working with its medical partner, MidHudson Regional on additional testing protocols that may be appropriate during the fall term. Current New York State guidance requires quarantine and does not allow testing to opt-out of quarantine. 

Academic Experience

Q: When do classes begin and end? 

A: The Fall 2020 semester will begin on August 24 and will conclude on December 11. Please note this is one week earlier than previously scheduled. Graduate programs in physical therapy and physician assistant studies will continue to follow their own academic calendars. 

Q: How much of my coursework will be in person and how much will be online? 

A: This will vary according to each student’s particular schedule of courses. Every single class will have some online component to it, including the last week of classes and the week of finals. All classes will require the use of iLearn. Classrooms will operate at a reduced capacity (50% or less). Some classes with small enrollments may be able to meet in class with all students. Others will need to adopt a rotating schedule of students who participate in class and students who participate remotely.  

Q: When will students know which classes are online versus in the classroom?  How will they be informed?

A: Approximately 85% of all classes for the fall semester will have an on-ground/in-person component modified for safety precautions as per CDC guidelines. Individual schedules will be determined by student major. 

Students are able to look up the information in Banner Self Service. Courses have section numbers that correspond with the method of instruction. The section numbers and corresponding pedagogical methods are available on the Registrar website

Q: How is Marist handling classes during the fall semester?

A: Marist’s course offerings in Fall 2020 will take advantage of a range of teaching modalities, ranging from fully in-person to hybrid, fully remote, and fully online. Fully in-person will take place in classrooms large enough to hold the entire class while allowing for social distancing. Hybrid classes blend in-person and remote instruction. For instance, students could attend class in person on one day per week and participate via simulcast on the second day per week. Marist classrooms are currently being outfitted with cameras and microphones for this purpose. In another hybrid model, students participate in class once per week, and participate in directed discussion and watch pre-recorded video lectures for the second. Most undergraduate courses (about 85%) will be delivered using a hybrid blend of in-person and some remote instruction.

Fully remote classes will be taught by members of our faculty who have been approved for remote teaching. These courses will have class times and will be conducted synchronously via a platform like Zoom or WebEx. Lastly, Marist always has a complement of fully online courses, and fall 2020 will be no different. These are courses that go through a rigorous Quality Matters framework and, following best practices, are for the most part asynchronous. Only students who opt-in to fully online courses will be enrolled in them.

Q: Why is Marist adding Saturday classes to the academic calendar? Are they necessary?

A: The decision to hold Saturday classes was made in light of Marist's high standards for safety. Every classroom will undergo thorough cleaning before the next session, requiring class sessions to be shortened by 10 minutes. According to New York Education Department guidelines, that leaves 25 hours of instructional time (for a student taking 15 credits) per semester that need to be made up. This also supports our altered academic calendar and provides additional opportunities for students to engage with faculty, to provide additional learning experiences at a time when other activities are restricted, and to limit travel back and forth from campus, which is discouraged in an effort to keep Marist safe.  

Q: Is Marist planning to use tents to hold courses outside?

No, there is no formal plan for use of tents to host academic classes. 

Q: What if I want to only take online classes?

A: The opportunity to make changes to fall schedules is during the period of add/drop, Monday, August 24 to Friday, August 28. Students are encouraged to register for fully online, fully remote, or blended synchronous classes. These are identified by section number, as described on this chart.

Most students wishing to take classes remotely should be able to do so. However, some courses, like clinicals, labs, and studio courses, contain elements that cannot be completed online.

Q: What if I decide to go fully online after add/drop?

A: How students attend class will be subject to individual faculty members’ attendance policies. Faculty members understand this is an unusual semester and care about your feelings of safety, and they will accommodate requests to participate remotely when reasonable to do so. Students seeking to study fully remotely are expected to make mutually agreeable arrangements with their instructors.

Q: May students take online classes but still live on campus? If so, what is that process?

A: While a student theoretically may enroll in online classes and live in the residence hall, our expectation is students who live on campus will have an on-ground/in-person academic experience. 

Q: If I am going to be a fully online student for the Fall 2020 semester, can I still come to campus? 

A: If you are registered as an online student for the Fall 2020 semester, you are not cleared to come to campus. If you need to come to campus at any point during the semester for any reason, you will need to fill out the mandatory health form prior to your arrival.  

Q: What is the difference between remote and online courses?

A: Fully remote classes will be taught by members of our faculty who have been approved for remote teaching. These courses will have class times and will be conducted synchronously via a platform like Zoom or WebEx. Marist always has a complement of fully online courses, and Fall 2020 will be no different. These are courses that go through a rigorous Quality Matters framework and, following best practices, are for the most part asynchronous. Only students who opt-in to fully online courses will be enrolled in them.

Q: What is the difference between blended asynchronous and flexible hybrid?

A: The difference is explained on the following page: marist.edu/reopen/academics/instruction

Q: Will the same students be virtual each week or will they rotate in-classroom students?

A: The schedule for in-classroom learning will rotate on a weekly basis. This information will be communicated by individual instructors. 

Q: Will I be required to maintain 6 feet of social distancing in classrooms? 

A: Consistent with the New York State recommended guidelines: students and faculty are to maintain at least 6 feet of distance to the extent possible when seated in a classroom setting or meeting, unless the core activity requires a shorter distance or if individuals are roommates. 

Q: Will I be required to wear a mask or gloves in academic buildings? 

A: All students and faculty must wear masks or face coverings in all academic buildings. The use of gloves is not required. Students who do not comply with this policy will be asked to leave the building by Security.   

Q: Will academic buildings be cleaned regularly? 

A: Classrooms will be cleaned between classes. Restrooms and high-touch surfaces will be cleaned regularly. 

Q: Will the Bookstore be open or only for pick up or will items be delivered to post office after paying online?

A: The Marist Bookstore will be open on August 10 with capacity limitations to ensure social distancing. 

Q: Will the College supply personal protective equipment (PPE) to students? 

A: Yes, the Office of Safety and Security will provide two (2) cloth face coverings upon request. 

Q: If my child is sick and cannot go to class, can they attend online/remote so they do not miss class?

Yes, for instances when those classes are available. However, every class (e.g. labs) may not be available for online learning. As is always the case, students should work with their professors on individual course requirements.

Q: If my student has to quarantine, will they do remote/online courses?

Yes, for instances when those classes are available. However, every class (e.g. labs) may not be available for online learning. As is always the case, students should work with their professors on individual course requirements.

Campus & Residential Life

Q: What types of face coverings/masks are allowable on campus?

Marist requires that approved face coverings/masks be worn by all members of the Marist community on an ongoing, daily basis in all public and common areas. General community members should wear cloth/reusable masks, three-layer disposable medical face masks, or approved see-through masks.  Supplies are available through the Office of Safety and Security and can be requested by emailing PPE.requests@marist.edu. Please note: neck gaiters and/or masks with valves are not permitted on campus.  

Q: Will the Bookstore be open or only for pick up or will items be delivered to post office after paying online?

A: The Bookstore will be open extended hours during move in. Starting August 10th and continue thru August 29th.  It is strongly recommended to place your book orders on our website at Marist.bncollege.com and choose store pick up. You will receive an email when your order is ready for pick up. Our textbook aisles will be closed to the public. If you still have rentals to return, please bring them back before September 1st, to avoid late charges.

If you have any questions please email Bookstore@marist.edu

Q: Is the post office open? What are the hours?

Due to the uncharacteristic high volume in packages coming into the mail room, we are expanding the hours at the Marist Post Office. For the immediate future, you no longer need to make an appointment to pick up a package. Expanded hours for the Post Office are:

Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Please note, social distancing guidelines must be followed when picking up your packages. 

Q: Will students be able to use the recreation facilities?

A: Marist is working with the local health department for the strategic re-opening of Fitness and Recreation Centers on campus. In the Mid-Hudson Region, recreational facilities are permitted to open the week of August 24, once they receive approval from the NYS Department of Health. We anticipate our McCann Fitness Center will be open in the near future. In the meantime, there will be a Home Run Derby from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm on Sunday, August 30, at North Field, and registration is available online at IMleagues.com/marist. In addition, free recreation classes, including sunset yoga, are being offered in-person and outdoors, while online fitness classes can be found in Guidebook.

Q: Will Starbucks and other retail locations be opened?

A: All retail locations will open on Monday, August 24. 

Q: Why is the price the same for room/meal plan if students will be on-campus less time? Will the price be prorated?

A: The price for housing is determined on a semester basis. In light of the COVID pandemic, the price for housing in academic year 2021 includes costs associated with increased cleaning, sanitation, and security. The price for meal plans is determined by the number of meals purchased for the semester.

Q: Is there an option to do 100% remote for incoming freshmen for the fall semester? If so, will a housing spot be guaranteed for the spring semester?

A: The opportunity to make changes to fall schedules is during the period of add/drop, Monday, August 24 to Friday, August 28. Students are encouraged to register for fully online, fully remote, or blended synchronous classes. These are identified by section number, as described on this chart. Please contact Toni.Constantino@marist.edu with any scheduling questions and housing@marist.edu to discuss housing options for the spring.  

Q: Will I be able to visit my friend in another dorm?

A: Social gatherings in student rooms of residence halls are permitted to have Marist students from outside of their traditional hall or apartment/townhouse visit with them as outlined on this page. 

Q: How many students are allowed in residential rooms to maintain social distancing?

A: Students are allowed to have a maximum of one (1) guest above the occupancy of their room. The maximum number of students allowed in a common space at any given time is equal to the occupancy of that traditional hall or apartment/townhouse. See more details on occupancies for specific residence areas >

Q: How are shared dorm bathrooms being modified for social distancing? Are any plexiglass partitions being installed between sinks? Nothing has referenced those modifications.

A: Housekeeping services have implemented an increased protocol for cleaning (twice daily) and disinfecting (three times daily) in all traditional residence hall bathrooms on campus. Touchless faucets have been installed in all shared traditional residence hall bathrooms. Additionally, partitions have been installed between shower stalls. 

Q: If a student decides to do all classes online for fall, what happens to their assigned housing? Where will they be for spring 2021? 

A: Returning students who wish to complete all academic coursework online should contact housing@marist.edu to discuss housing options for the spring.  

Q: Where can I find the student required training like the staff are required to do? 

A: The social contract is a component of Marist’s COVID Code of Conduct. Students should complete the required online training here

Q: Where is the socially binding contract? 

A: All students are required to complete online training modules in regard to COVID-19, which outline the new policies and procedures put in place to protect the pack. As you’ve seen through the many emails we’ve sent over the last few weeks, there will be a lot of changes to our campus.

The training program includes the new COVID-19 Code of Conduct, which will be in place for the remainder of the pandemic. At the completion of the training module, you will be asked to click the link to confirm that you have read and understand the new requirements and agree to abide by these rules to ensure the safety of all community members.

Complete your student training in myMarist.

Q: Are students permitted to work off-campus?

A: Yes.

Q: Is Parent's weekend officially canceled?

A: Fall 2020 Parents Weekend has been canceled.  

Q: What are my Dining Plan options?

A: First-year students are automatically assigned to the 205 plus $550 Thrifty Cash dining plan. All first-year students are required to be on this plan. The plan provides flexibility for a first-year student to dine in or pre-order a meal via Grubhub from the Dining Hall or using a Pick Meal Swap at North End Dining. Sophomore students living in campus housing are required to participate, at minimum, in the 20 Plan plus $225 Thrifty Cash. Transfer or sophomore residents housed in Mid-Rise have the option to select any of the following plans: 205 Dining Plan + $550 Thrifty Cash, or 120 Dining Plan + $550 Thrifty Cash. All upperclass students (juniors and seniors) may choose from any of the flex dining plans.

For more FAQs about dining, visit the Marist Dining FAQs page

Q: Will the Commuter Lounge still be open? Where can commuter students go for extended periods of time between classes?

A: The Commuter Lounge, along with various other spaces on campus, will be open for students and have been modified to ensure social distancing requirements. 

Q: Can you please let us know if the shuttle schedule has been posted/revised? This is for thanksgiving. Are shuttles running to NJ, CT, etc?

A: As with previous years, Marist will provide shuttles to Boston, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Long Island. Additional information is posted on marist.edu/student-life/services/transportation.

Q: Are students allowed to use their cars freely? Or only in this case of an emergency, if they need to travel home?

A: Cars are to be used for emergency situations or essential transportation needs such as food shopping, doctor appointments, or employment off-campus. 

Q: Are shuttles owned or privately hired by Marist and for use only by Marist?

A: Shuttles are operated by Marist. Passengers will only be from the Marist Community. 

Q: If we move some gym equipment outside under a tent, can it be used if the Governor does not exempt NYS from the "gyms/fitness" facilities?

A: Marist must follow NYS guidelines. We will be offering socially distanced yoga, zumba, and other fitness classes outside until we receive further approvals from NYS. 

Q: Marist is offering campus delivery from the dining hall and cafes via Grubhub. Are the delivery personnel employed by the campus? Will they be tested for COVID-19?

A: Sodexo employees will be delivering food ordered through the Grubhub app. In accordance with New York Forward requirements, all Sodexo employees are required to complete a daily health screening. Employees are restricted to deliver food to a designated location in all residence halls and will not have access to student living quarters. All Sodexo employees are required to follow Marist COVID protocols.  

Q: Can my student still move in? If so, where?

A: Any queries regarding housing should be directed to housing@marist.edu.

Q: Marist conducted a number of live WebEx sessions about returning to campus in the fall. Were these sessions recorded? How can I watch them?

A: We have recordings available of all of the live WebEx sessions regarding return to campus this fall. All of the recordings are available on this page.

Q: Will varsity sports take place?

A: The Metro-Atlantic Athletics Conference (MAAC) and the Pioneer Football League have both decided to cancel fall sports competitions. Read more >

International Student Services

Q: How can international students stay updated on federal policies regarding student visas? 

A: Conditions around student visas are determined by the federal government and can change without notice. The Office of International Student Services will work to keep students abreast of changes. Marist also encourages international students to visit https://www.ice.gov/coronavirus and click on “Non-immigrant Students” and then “Frequently Asked Questions” for the most current information on federal policy.  

Q: What if I am a senior who is interested in Optional Practical Training (OPT)?  Can I take on-line courses in my country of origin and still apply for OPT? 

A: No. Seniors who are interested in Optional Practical Training (OPT) must complete their senior year in the United States. OPT eligibility requires that students take on-campus/on-ground (or hybrid) courses in the United States for your last year of classes. Online course work from a students’ country of origin in the final year at Marist excludes then from applying for OPT.  International students must be in the United States to apply for OPT. 

Q: If I am traveling from outside of New York State will I have to quarantine? 

A: Yes. Per NYS requirements, international students who are arriving in New York from abroad must quarantine for fourteen (14) days.  

Q: Will someone coming from outside the US have to take the COVID-19 test twice? When should international students be tested?

A: International students or those arriving from restricted states have been instructed to obtain a PCR test during the last week in July and begin quarantine in New York August 1-3. 

Please note: International students who are returning to campus from a state deemed restricted (“hot spots”) by NYS, must quarantine for fourteen (14) days.  Please note the list of states is changing rapidly; visit the NYS website to stay updated on which states are included.

Deborah Holtman, PDSO
Director of International Student Services

Wendy L. Fritz, Ed.D, DSO
Assistant Director of International Student Service

Student Financial Services

Q: If I defer one semester, how will my financial aid be determined?

A: If a student defers for one semester, their financial aid package will be prorated by one semester. 

Q: If I defer a year, do I have to reapply for a new financial aid package?

A: Yes, students must reapply for financial aid each year. 

Q: If I decide to go online, will it impact my financial aid?

A: Financial aid may be impacted if a student decides to complete their academic coursework online. Please contact Student Financial Services to discuss your specific situation. 

Q: If I make my payment by August 3 and then receive my schedule and my classes are all or mostly remote/online, will I be able to get a housing and room and board refund?

A: Students who are living in housing will not be eligible for a housing refund if they remain in housing for the Fall semester. Approximately 85% of all classes for the fall semester will have an on-ground/in-person component modified for safety precautions as per CDC guidelines.  If a student chooses to complete their academic coursework from home, they may be eligible for prorated board which are outlined in the academic calendar. 

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