Check out answers to many of the frequently asked questions about MMC’s Fall Restart Plan. Select a category below to jump to a specific section.
1. Which classes will be virtual and which classes will be in person? Will I be required to be on campus in some fashion?
In MMC’s Virtual Classes/Open Campus model, all classes will be online and there is no requirement to be on campus to complete the semester.
A small number of science lab classes will have an in-person option but no requirement to be in-person (see list of those courses here). Science department faculty will be reaching out to students in those classes with more information. In-person science labs will be conducted in compliance with all health and safety directives, with students and faculty wearing required face coverings and practicing social distancing.
The Course Bulletin shows the meeting days and times for classes. Students need to be available during these times so that they can participate in online class sessions. If you see a classroom listed on the Course Bulletin or on your class schedule, do not worry—you are not required to attend classes in person.
There will be one course section with an in-person component for international students whose visa status requires such. Please contact Kean Hawker at email@example.com for more information.
2. Do I have to re-register for my classes?
No, students do not need to re-register—your current class schedule remains active. However, students can make changes to their course schedules.
- Continuing Students: Continuing students can reach out to the Academic Advisement Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss possible changes to their fall schedules. Students can also make changes throughout the summer via MMC Connect.
- New Students: Incoming students should contact the Academic Advisement Office (email@example.com) to discuss possible changes to their fall schedules.
- Program Change Period: a virtual Program Change Period will be available to all students during the first week of the fall semester. Students will receive more information about this prior to the start of the semester.
3. Will MMC’s online courses, offered through the enhanced Virtual Campus, be similar to the classes MMC offered in Spring 2020?
MMC’s fall 2020 Virtual Campus will provide an enhanced educational experience for students. Students choose MMC for a reason, and our goal is to foster a vibrant academic and student life experience that keeps our students engaged with the College and with each other, whether virtually or in person, while adhering to recommended health and safety guidelines.
MMC’s enhanced Virtual Campus will feature:
- Courses that are small, personalized, and immersive to ensure an easy exchange of ideas and a high level of individual attention in all courses—unlike traditional online courses.
- A variety of engagement opportunities, leadership development experiences, and social connections, that foster student connection and immersion in the opportunities of New York City, no matter where students are located, near or far.
- Programs and events, both in-person and virtually, to ensure a signature MMC experience is available to all students.
4. If most classes are online, how will time zone differences be managed?
Students who live in different time zones should notify their professors as soon as possible. They will work with you to make a plan that allows you to participate in your classes while taking into consideration this time difference.
5. How will virtual classes work—will there be a scheduled time I need to be online, or can I complete work independently?
Both! All virtual classes will include synchronous components—meaning that students will meet with each other and their professors in “real time” throughout the semester. Professors will discuss their specific plans for these synchronous meetings at the start of the semester, but all students should plan to be available during the days/times listed for each of their classes.
Classes will also include asynchronous work—work that students will complete outside of the assigned class meeting times.
6. Can students use the campus as a quiet place to engage in their Zoom classes?
Yes! Although classes will be conducted online, the campus will remain open at reduced occupancy levels (subject to federal and state guidelines and directives). We are currently implementing safety measures in spaces such as the Library and Nugent Lounge. We are also identifying additional spaces on campus such as computer labs and classrooms to be available to students throughout the day. To ensure compliance with social distancing and building capacity requirements, there may be limitations to how and when students use campus facilities, including the implementation of a reservation system for spaces and workstations. More details about accessing campus will be provided closer to the start of the semester.
7. What is the Fall Final Stretch? Do I need to come back to campus after Thanksgiving?
During the Fall Final Stretch (from Monday, November 30 through the end of the semester), faculty will focus even more on individualized and small group work as students complete end-of-semester essays and exhibitions, portfolios and performances, and projects and experiments. Students will continue to engage with faculty and each other virtually, while also continuing to have access to labs, studios, the library, production suites, and other campus facilities. During the final two weeks of the semester, MMC’s 71st Street and Virtual Campuses will be transformed into exciting spaces that showcase student work.
There is no requirement that students be on campus during the Fall Final Stretch. The Fall Final Stretch also offers students flexibility in their travel plans.
8. Will performance-based classes such as dance, voice, and acting courses be conducted in person?
No. Because performance-based classes come with increased risk of COVID-19 transmission and higher health and safety standards, all of these classes will be conducted virtually. However, on-campus studios and performance spaces will be available for faculty and students to reserve throughout the semester. As with all classes, no faculty or students will be required to come to campus, but these spaces will be available for those who choose to utilize them. We are developing a reservation system for campus facilities, and more information will be coming soon.
9. Am I guaranteed to be able to use campus facilities during the fall semester?
Unfortunately nothing is completely guaranteed during this pandemic. Currently, we do plan to open our main campus buildings for use beginning in August, and we are developing a reservation system so that we can ensure proper social distancing and safety measures for the students and faculty who wish to make use of campus. But we all know that things can change quickly given the trajectory of the pandemic—we will keep you posted on any changes that must be made to our plans due to local and state directives and public health guidelines!
10. I left items in my locker when we left the College in the spring. How can I get my belongings back?
We know many students were unable to empty their on-campus lockers before leaving campus last semester. Don’t worry—your items will not be discarded during the summer! Once the College is able to reopen, students will be invited to retrieve items from their lockers. Those who currently have lockers will hear from the Student Affairs team soon with more information about the retrieval process.
We expect to have some lockers available this year, but only after the lockers that were used in spring 2020 are emptied.
11. Will the Pass/Fail Policy and class Withdraw Policy from Spring 2020 extend to Fall 2020?
No. These policy changes were specific for Spring 2020. For Fall 2020, we have returned to all of the academic policies as outlined in the College Catalogue.
1. Will my tuition decrease with online classes?
Yes. MMC rolled back a tuition increase set for the coming academic year in recognition of the financial challenges many of our students and their families are experiencing due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. The roll-back was made possible through the MMC Together Grant, generously funded by alumni, donors, and friends, and will be reflected as a credit on tuition bills. MMC is also waiving some standard fees (see #2 in this section). The College does not anticipate further across-the-board tuition reductions, but will continue to work with students and their families individually to make an MMC education affordable.
If you have questions about your specific aid package or expected cost of attendance, please contact the Center for Student Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-517-0500.
2. What fee reductions will be in place?
In light of the new model for the upcoming semester, the College conducted a review of our fee policies to reflect our virtual status for the fall. These adjustments have been made to our standard fee, performing arts fees, and to numerous course fees. This document lists all the fee waivers and adjustments automatically made to your bill.
3. Are deposits for incoming students refundable?
Incoming students who defer their enrollment to Spring or Fall 2021 can roll their tuition deposit forward. We very much hope you will continue to plan to make MMC your home (virtually or physically), but the College will return tuition deposits for those who ultimately decide to take another path by July 31, 2020. After July 31, deposits will be non-refundable. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
Students who submitted a housing deposit but who decide not to live in campus housing will be able to apply their housing deposit toward their student account.
4. Is there an opportunity for students to take this semester off until circumstances around the pandemic begin to resolve? What is the deadline for withdrawal from the fall semester?
Yes, it is possible for students to take the semester off if they choose and retain spring 2021 financial aid:
- New students interested in this option should contact the Admissions office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Continuing students interested in this option should file a “Maintenance of Matriculation” form with Academic Advisement (email@example.com).
Please contact Admissions or Academic Advisement if you would like to discuss your specific situation.
Before the start of the fall term on August 31, 2020, students can withdraw without being liable for tuition costs. As of September 1, 2020, MMC’s tuition forfeiture schedule begins (see chart below).
Tuition Forfeiture Schedule
Time of withdrawal
Tuition Forfeiture Charged
On or before term start
During the first week
9/1/2020 - 9/7/2020
During the second week
9/8/2020 - 9/14/2020
During the third week
9/15/2020 - 9/21/2020
During and after the fourth week
5. If I decide to go part-time for the fall 2020 semester, will my financial aid be impacted?
Yes, some aid will be impacted. All MMC scholarships and grants and NYS aid are awarded based on full-time enrollment. Federal grants will be reduced due to part-time credits and federal loans can be processed as long as you are registered for at least 6 credits. Any reduced course load will impact the cost of attendance at MMC and may impact the maximum aid you are eligible to receive. You should speak with a Counselor in the Center for Student Services (212-517-0500) and an Academic Advisor (212-517-0568) before deciding to attend part-time.
6. How will Dining Dollars work for residential students?
On-campus dining services will be scaled back to reflect reduced campus occupancy and will be modified to meet all health and safety protocols. However, we will be expanding off-campus dining options so that students can fully utilize their Dining Dollars. Details about dining services are being finalized and will be made available shortly.
Dining Dollars are also now able to be used for online purchases from the Griffin Gear store.
7. What are the plans for student workers and Federal Work Study programs?
The College is planning to hire student workers for the fall 2020 semester. Individual departments are currently identifying their staffing needs, and are exploring both remote and in-person student staffing options. As positions become available, they will be posted on Career Connection, the Career Services Office’s job site.
1. What are students required to do before coming back to school?
There are three things students should keep in mind when returning to campus:
- Keep MMC Healthy Pledge: We encourage all students, faculty, and staff to join in our efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to take the Pledge to Keep MMC Healthy. We must all join in the mutual, continuous effort to keep our community safe and take responsibility for our own health and actions to protect ourselves and others.
- Testing: MMC recommends that all students, faculty, and staff be tested for COVID-19 in their home state in the 14 days prior to returning to campus or upon arrival, but testing will not be required. Positive cases must be reported to firstname.lastname@example.org accordance with MMC’s screening process.
Screening: An electronic screening questionnaire will be used within Main Campus facilities and Residence Halls to help control the spread of COVID-19 within the MMC community by ensuring that those individuals who are or who may be sick do not enter campus.
- Faculty, staff, and visitors to main campus will be required to complete the questionnaire daily;
- Students will be asked to complete the questionnaire intermittently.
- Residential students will be required to complete the screening process upon move-in, and then may be asked to do so periodically throughout the semester.
More details on how to sign the Keep MMC Healthy pledge and how to access and complete the screening questionnaire are forthcoming.
2. I’m coming from one of the states that is required to quarantine upon arrival New York. How will that work?
Per an Executive Order issued by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo on June 25, 2020, a travel advisory is in place for travelers from many countries and states with significant rates of transmission for COVID-19. Anyone arriving in New York from one of the restricted locations will be required to observe a 14-day quarantine upon arrival. Read MMC’s Quarantine & Isolation 101 for Fall Move-In Guide for specific details about the quarantine requirements upon arrival. (Please note that this document is intended to provide guidance for students traveling to New York from out-of-state and moving into the residence halls in August 2020. Comprehensive, College-wide quarantine and isolation protocols for the full academic year will be shared via email and posted to the website prior to the beginning of the semester.)
3. What happens if I get sick?
If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, you should not come to campus and you should practice self-quarantine until your symptoms resolve. Please contact your doctor or the Dow Zanghi Student Health Center (call first!) and report your symptoms to email@example.com immediately.
A member of the Student Affairs team will follow to ensure you are supported and obtaining medical care. The Dow Zanghi Student Health Center is available for student use free of charge, in-person or for telehealth appointments.
Confirmed cases of COVID-19 will require isolation. The College has set aside isolation spaces for students living in the residence halls. Non-residential students, faculty, and staff will be required to isolate in their own homes.
Detailed quarantine/isolation practices and notification protocols will be coming soon
1. Can I still apply to live in a residence hall for the fall semester?
Housing applications were due on July 15. Due to the limited amount of space within the residence halls, student housing is offered on a first-come, first-served basis with priority given to the students who have submitted their housing application and deposit. Other students will be considered for housing on a rolling basis as they submit their application and deposit.
2. I already submitted my housing deposit but I no longer want to return to campus for online courses. Can I get a refund?
Enrolled students who submitted a housing deposit but who decide not to live in campus housing will be able to apply their housing deposit toward their student account. This will happen automatically.
Students who withdraw from the College by July 31, 2020 will receive a refund on their housing deposit. After July 31, housing deposits will be non-refundable.
3. If I choose not to apply for housing for the fall semester, will I be able to live in the residence halls for the spring semester?
Yes, if space is available and if local and state guidance permits the residence halls to be open, there will be a Spring housing application.
4. Will the housing contract be binding for a full academic year?
Yes, students who sign the updated 2020-21 Housing Contract, which includes the COVID-19 addendum, will be obligated to remain in housing for the full year. It is important to read and understand the contract in its entirety before signing.
5. Why can’t we have guests in the residence halls?
We must carefully limit the number of people in the residence halls to comply with social distancing and building capacity requirements, and therefore only residential students and staff will be allowed in the residence halls until further notice.