This page is intended to provide updated information regarding precautions, guidelines, and a compilation of frequently asked questions.
We will continue to communicate via email and social media with the community and post all updates on our COVID-19 (coronavirus) Information Page.
A phone line has been set for questions and concerns at 781.768.7960. Please leave a voicemail and your message will be returned by a Regis staff member. You can also email email@example.com and our response team will be in touch regarding your message as soon as possible.
If you are sick and experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 please contact your healthcare provider for guidance. Health Services is continuing to monitor the health and well-being of students, faculty and staff. If you test positive for COVID-19, please notify Regis Community Health Services at 781.768.7290.
We understand the pandemic has disrupted the traditional educational experience for many of our students. We also empathize with concerns regarding the financial strain that COVID-19 has caused for many students and families.
Regis is not providing tuition refunds or discounts as our faculty and staff have worked tirelessly to ensure that students are able to maintain the expected progress toward their degree. Every effort has been made to provide academic continuity for students by offering class meetings and office hours through remote technology.
Regis has extensive experience in online programming and was able to transition our campus-based classes on a temporary basis. It has allowed for uninterrupted access to support services that will ensure students’ academic success.
Regis will be lowering the room and board rate, and that rate will be reflected on your student account statement in July. The reduced rate is reflected in the total cost of room and board, so you will see that each semester is an equal lowered amount.
Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act which includes funding for institutions of higher education. The CARES Act was created to provide emergency financial relief to those whose lives have been disrupted by the COVID-19 outbreak, with educational funding priority for students who have the most need.
Eligible students are those who met all of the following criteria as of March 11, 2020.
3) had submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form for the 2019-2020 academic year and were determined eligible to receive financial aid.
March 11, 2020, is the date Regis announced that all on-ground academic programs would be transitioned to remote learning and consequently marks the first date of significant disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The U.S. Department of Education has indicated that students exclusively enrolled in remote learning (online) programs before the COVID-19 pandemic are not eligible for CARES Act distributions.
Eligible students will receive an email over the coming weeks with information about their distribution amount.
Please make sure your address and/or direct deposit information is up to date by logging into regiscollege.afford.com.
No, funding received from the CARES Act does not need to be repaid.
No, financial aid packages will not be impacted.
The CARES Act requires Regis to distribute the allotted funds ($512,570) to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations. To decide how to distribute these funds, Regis gathered representatives from the faculty, Graduate Student Affairs, Undergraduate Student Affairs, and the Student Services Center. It quickly became clear that the limited funds provided would not be adequate to meet the needs of every student.
Regis understands that, to varying degrees, all students have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the transition to remote instruction and a virtual campus community. Following guidance from the ED (see above re: online students), Regis decided after much deliberation to grant CARES Act distributions to students enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs and the associate’s degree in Dental Hygiene program as those most affected by the disruption of on-campus operations.
Regis understands that students who are not receiving a CARES Act distribution still have need. The Dear Neighbor Fund is available to try to meet some of that need (see above). Please know we worked hard to distribute limited funding as fairly as possible.
As a preventative measure against the spread of COVID-19, Regis College has transitioned to online learning until the remainder of the semester.
We have heard concerns from both our undergraduate students in the process of moving off campus and our graduate students who are finding it challenging to balance work demands and childcare during this unprecedented public health crisis. Our Vice President of Academic Affairs has shared these concerns with the Regis faculty and reviewed options to accommodate students if needed. If students have specific concerns, they may reach out to their faculty and program directors directly to help ensure that work can be completed in a timely fashion. We will continue to work through this crisis together.
To give students and faculty the most flexibility during these unprecedented times, Regis has decided to split the fall semester for students who take courses on campus into two eight-week sessions. Most students taking five courses in the fall will split their load between the two, completing two of their courses in the first session and the remaining three in the second. We believe that concentrated focus will result in even stronger learning outcomes and ensure the continuity of education should there be further disruptions due to the pandemic.
Our priority is our community’s safety and the timely completion of our students’ academic pursuits. We are committed to opening the campus including residence halls this fall. However, Regis will make adjustments as necessary based on the guidance of health authorities. Read the full statement.
All clinical placements and preceptorships in health care facilities for pre-licensure program nursing students are suspended until further notice. Students will continue to achieve clinical objectives by utilizing alternative methods as determined by their program.
All graduate clinical nursing placements in health care facilities will continue as planned unless determined otherwise.
Students who are asked by their placement sites not to continue in their placements should immediately contact their clinical faculty member and program director to individually assess their status.
If you have any concerns, please reach out to your clinical faculty or program director to determine how to handle your clinical placement going forward.
All hospital based clinical placements are canceled.
Faculty will reach out to individual students who have not completed their competencies to schedule an on-campus completion simulation day to satisfy their academic requirements.
All clinical placements are canceled.
Academic course delivery will continue online.
Students will be notified as to when they will be able to complete remaining clinical hours. The DMS program director will reach out to individual students with additional information.
All clinical placements are canceled.
Academic course delivery will continue online.
Students will be notified as to when they will be able to return to the Dental Center to complete remaining clinical hours and dental materials labs. The Dental Hygiene program director will reach out to students with additional information.
The policy for requesting an Incomplete may be found on page 33 of the Academic Catalog. Students who have extraordinary circumstances beyond their control may request a grade of Incomplete by contacting their instructor and completing a contract that specifies the work that is outstanding. A grade of Incomplete will not be entered until the Registrar receives the contract, and the grade will be entered once the instructor receives and evaluates the outstanding work.
The final day for the Registrar to change an Incomplete to a letter grade for spring 2020 courses is September 16, 2020.
Incomplete Course Work for Students Wishing to Graduate in Spring 2020
Students with Incomplete contracts who wish to be eligible for a spring 2020 graduation date must submit outstanding work to their instructors no later than May 21, 2020. The final day for the Registrar to change an Incomplete to a letter grade for spring 2020 courses for spring 2020 graduation is May 26, 2020.
The university has not made any changes to the registration dates for summer/fall 2020 classes. Students should meet virtually with advisors about their schedule. Please refer to the Academic Calendars for Registration dates.
Summer I and II courses have been moved online.
While we are unable to confirm a new Commencement date yet, the ceremony has not been canceled. No decision regarding adjustments to graduation fees has been made at this time.
We are exploring options and will communicate a new plan for celebrating the graduating class of 2020 as soon as possible. If you have ordered regalia, please contact the bookstore directly to have it shipped to your home. Please note that there may be shipping delays due to COVID-19. Read the full statement.
Diplomas will be mailed to the student once the degree is conferred. Student should note that the COVID situation has interrupted the production of diplomas by the printer. Students will be updated on the status as information becomes available.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, delivery of Commencement regalia (cap, gown and hood) has been delayed. If you ordered your regalia to be delivered to the campus bookstore we will ship it to your home or an alternate address. Please send the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you ordered your regalia to be delivered directly to your home, it will be shipped as soon as restrictions are lifted. All questions should be directed to the campus bookstore at email@example.com.
Students who need proof of their degree completion may request a transcript once their degree has been awarded.
Current students can request a transcript through Regis Access.
Alumni and former students request through our National Student Clearinghouse at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Academic coaching will be offered via phone, email, and Zoom. To schedule a coaching appointment, students should contact their academic coach via email. If a student does not know their academic coach, they should email Marcia Kuchta and she will connect them.
Our Library has all your research resources ready for you to access online using your Moodle username and password. You can find databases, eBooks, and research guides as well as contact information for making an appointment with a librarian.
Library services are available online and via email and phone.
We understand the spring semester is a critical time for students as they conduct their internship and job searches. Susan Kennedy, director of the Center for Internships and Career Development, is available to connect with students via email and phone to provide career support. Please contact Susan at email@example.com or 978.460.4601 to schedule an appointment.
Graduate and Professional Career Planning looks forward to assisting you by preparing for your next career step including: field placements, part-time or full-time job search, interview prep, salary negotiation techniques, and branding yourself on social media. Join us for virtual office hours and workshops, schedule posted on Career Link.
Reach-out via email for questions and submit your resume for review:
We encourage prospective students to get a feel for the Regis campus through our virtual campus tour. You can take a self guided tour of areas on campus or watch videos of student stories and highlights.
We recognize the importance of making an informed enrollment decision. To provide students and families with additional time, Regis College has extended the undergraduate enrollment deposit deadline for incoming first-year students to June 1. Members of the undergraduate admission team are available to speak to students and their families about their admission status and specific program capacities, which may fill prior to June 1.
We recognize the changes in SAT/ACT administration during spring 2020 due to COVID-19 have created challenges for students who wish to take or retake these examinations as part of their application process for fall 2021. For students applying for fall 2021 admission into the undergraduate nursing program within the Young School of Nursing during the 2020-2021 admission cycle, we have adopted an SAT/ACT optional policy. Students may submit scores, but they are not required.
Regis will recognize for credit or advanced standing courses taken by students in other accredited institutions of higher education during the spring 2020 semester that have been graded as Pass rather than through the assignment of a quality letter grade.
In the unusual circumstance that a student cannot provide an official transcript of previous work, Regis will review unofficial transcripts as part of the admission process. Students who do not provide an official transcript may be accepted on a provisional basis only. Every student who receives a provisional offer of admission must be notified that in order to continue in their program, an official transcript must be received no later than December 31, 2020. Students who fail to do so will not be allowed to continue their academic program until the official transcript has been received
All on-campus dining services are closed as of Saturday, April 18.
The ITS Helpdesk is available remotely to assist you with all of your IT needs online during our regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. No services will be available at the College Hall 131 location until further notice.
There are three ways to get in touch with ITS:
Regis student-athletes will be returning to campus as per their assigned move-in dates as distributed by the Residence Life Team. Incoming student-athletes will move in over the Aug 28-30 weekend, with returning student-athletes moving in over the Labor Day Weekend.
The status of all of fall sport seasons continues to be evaluated in conjunction with our medical personnel, athletic training staff, Regis administration and The GNAC as we research the safest conditions for "return to play." As additional updates are available we will continue to update all of our fall student-athletes in a timely manner.
Athletic facilities at Regis, including the pool and residence halls gyms, are closed until further notice per the governor’s emergency order.
During the COVID-19 crisis the campus bookstore is closed, but the online store is open for business and offering support to students and faculty in the following ways:
For students who have rented textbooks, free shipping return labels and extending the non-return period without penalty to assist with increased returns by mail.
The campus post office will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for those who need to pick up items or need assistance. Mail boxes are accessible 24/7 as usual.
To learn more about healthy coping strategies for managing COVID-19, Anxiety and Depression Association of America Psychologist Jelena Kecmanovic provides science-based strategies and tips for coping with COVID-19 anxiety.
As our campus community adapts in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, it’s normal to feel stressed, anxious, or overwhelmed. As part of our commitment to our students’ whole health, we’re working with SilverCloud, a clinically proven online mental health platform, to offer programs that build resilience, help you manage anxiety or depression, and help you develop skills to manage stress and sleep issues. Based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, and positive psychology, these action-oriented programs build self-awareness and self-management skills for your emotional health.
To sign up, go to SilverCloud.com and choose Regis College (MA) from the drop-down list to get started. Please note, to confirm your eligibility, you will need to use your Regis-issued .edu email address. This service is confidential and your e-mail address will not be used outside of the SilverCloud platform.
Per guidance from the Department of Education, schools may continue paying Federal Work Study (FWS) student wages with the school closure. Students who have been actively working since the start of the spring semester and now must stop due to the disruption caused by COVID-19, will still be paid.
If students are continuing to perform their duties remotely, the students must enter their hours in Paycom. The supervisor will approve those hours. For students unable to work remotely, Financial Aid and Payroll will use these hours to determine how much they will receive up to the maximum of their FWS amount for the remainder of the semester. FWS for this academic year ends on May 8, and we anticipate a lump sum payment will be available for students by the April 23 payroll. If students have not already done so, they should sign up for direct deposit. This can be done by logging into Paycom and selecting the payroll tab.
Please contact your work-study supervisor or the Office of Financial Aid with any questions.
If a supervisor determines that the functions of the institutional employment position can be performed remotely, in the interest of Regis’ operations during the COVID- 19 crisis, the student may continue to work. They should consult with their supervisor.
If a supervisor determines that the functions of the institutional employment position cannot be performed remotely, the position automatically terminates as of March 21.
Please contact your work-study supervisor or the Office of Financial Aid with any questions.
We understand the transition from classroom to fully online instruction will likely impact graduate assistantship positions. We encourage supervisors and graduate assistants to communicate with each other, and determine if remote work is possible until further notice. If working remotely is not possible due to the nature of the position, please discuss the option to defer work until later notice or determine if cancelling the remainder of the position is appropriate. Please note that financial aid will not be discontinued due to the inability to work remotely. Contact the Graduate Affairs team if you have any questions or concerns.
The health and safety of our community is our number one priority, and we have taken measures to mitigate the potential of COVID-19 on campus. An extensive cleaning of high-touch surfaces throughout campus buildings and residence halls was conducted over spring break.
We ask everyone to practice preventive measures including the following:
For high risk individuals (older adults and people with chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, lung disease and others) per the CDC it is extra important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick. Read more on the CDC's COVID-19 page.
All university-related domestic and international travel has been canceled until further notice.
Per Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, a 14-day self-quarantine period is required for all travelers from current Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Level 2 and 3 Travel Warning countries. Travelers from Level 2 or 3 countries should self-quarantine at their home or off-campus residence for 14 days, monitor their symptoms and contact Health Services before returning to any Regis facility.
Regis community members are asked to please complete a Travel Registry form for international travel since February 18, 2020, and any upcoming personal international travel. Providing travel information is a voluntary decision. Any information provided will be shared on a strict need-to-know basis for community health protection (e.g. disclosed to Regis College Health Services, the Center for Global Connections).
We are asking anyone that is experiencing flu-like symptoms (cough, fever, congestion, aches, etc.) to not come to campus. If you are already on campus and begin to experience any of these symptoms, please call Health Services at 781.768.7290.
Regis North and Online students should seek medical care from your local healthcare provider.
Students with serious illness or a medical emergency on the Weston campus should contact the Regis College Police Department at 781.768.7777.
Students experiencing non-emergent medical issues that cannot wait until the next business day should call the after-hours on-call provider at 781.790.3799.
We strongly encourage that the Regis community follows the recommendations from the CDC, including: