MMC’s Plan for Spring 2021
MMC’s Virtual Classes/Open Campus model with expanded in-person options will continue to provide the safety, flexibility, and community that have been our guiding principles throughout the development of the College’s Restart Plan. Whether students are near or far, their MMC education will be dynamic, engaging, and personalized.
Academics and Campus Access
Classes will take place online on MMC’s enhanced Virtual Campus, with expanded options for in-person instruction (view a list of those courses). MMC’s 71st Street Campus will be open at reduced capacity, as will our two residence halls.
- Academic Calendar: We will observe the academic calendar as planned, with a February 1 spring semester start and a May 20 end of the semester.
- Small, personalized classes: Virtual Campus classes will be small and immersive, with a continuous synchronous component throughout the semester to ensure an easy exchange of ideas and a high level of individual attention in all courses.
Access to Main Campus: On-campus studios, performance spaces, study spaces, technology, and equipment will be available for students and faculty to reserve throughout the semester, in accordance with state and local public health directives, for those who choose to utilize them. In addition to the College’s Health and Safety guidelines (including proper social distancing and face mask usage while on-campus), anyone who plans to visit Main Campus must complete the following steps:
COVID-19 Daily Health Screening: The screening will be available through the MMC Engage App (Download for iPhone or for Android) or web version. A reminder to complete the health screening will be emailed out frequently, and must be completed before your arrival on any day that you intend to be on Main Campus. If you are a student and will not be at Main Campus that day, you do not need to complete the health screening. However, all employees visiting any campus buildings will need to take the screening each time they visit the campus. Once completed, take a screenshot of your MMC Engage confirmation, or find the receipt in your MMC email.
Temperature Check: Upon arriving at Main Campus, you will be required to have your temperature checked by a hands-free device that will scan your forehead. These devices will be located at the main entrance.
Scan your MMC ID: Once you complete the temperature check, you will be asked to scan your MMC ID via Touchnet.
Show Health Screening Confirmation: The final step upon entering Main Campus is to show a member of the Campus Safety team the confirmation email or a screenshot of the confirmation page from the COVID-19 Health Screening you completed that day.
Reserving Space — Astra Scheduler: To facilitate social distancing, rooms and workspaces across the College require reservations made through our online reservation system, Astra Scheduler. Astra will allow you to reserve both individual work stations for taking class remotely, studying, and projects, as well as group spaces for small events or meetings. Watch a short tutorial video here on how to make a reservation.
These spaces require reservations for any individual workstation use:
CH 410 PC Computer Lab
Lower-level Scene shop
CH 411 PC Computer Lab
Lower-level Costume shop
CH 612 Physics lab
Both floors of the Library
CH 615 Biology lab
NH 248 Theatre Design Studio
CH 801 Art Studio
CH 802 Art Studio
NH 556 Media Lab
CH 803 Art Studio
NH 557 Media Lab
NH 559 Media Lab
Theatre and Dance students will be able to reserve studio spaces through Astra Scheduler on a limited basis. More information and additional instructions will be shared with students in those departments as soon as possible.
There will be spaces on campus that do not require a reservation for individuals. Those spaces include the Lowerre Terrace and Commons, as well as the Nugent (Starbucks) lounge. However, while those spaces do not require a reservation, we will be monitoring those rooms to make sure social distancing and safe and appropriate density levels are being upheld. These particular rooms will also be reservable for group meetings through Astra Scheduler.
Science Labs with an In-Person Option: A very small number of science lab classes will have an in-person option but no requirement to be in-person (see a list of those courses).
Advising and Schedule Changes: Students will have the opportunity to confer with their advisors and make changes to their course schedules based on their needs and priorities.
- Continuing Students: Continuing students can reach out to the Academic Advisement Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss possible changes to their spring schedules.
- New Students: Incoming students should contact the Academic Advisement Office (email@example.com) to discuss possible changes to their spring schedules.
- Program Change Period: a virtual Program Change Period will be available to all students during the first week of the spring semester. Students will receive more information about this prior to the start of the semester.
Administrative Offices and In-Person Meetings: If you’re looking to meet with a specific office on campus for in-person services, we kindly ask you to schedule a meeting through the MMC Engage app. This allows our staff to properly prepare for visits and ensures safe density levels and social distancing in our offices. If you’re unable to schedule an appointment, we ask that you call the respective office in advance of your visit. Note, not all staff will be on-campus this semester, but all staff members are available via zoom or phone. Visit the College directory for more information.