Below are answers to commonly asked questions regarding the fall for campus-based students. We will continue to make updates and communicate changes to the community through email, town halls, and social media.
If you have a question that is not answered below, please contact the COVID-19 Response Team.
With the escalating spread of the COVID-19 virus across the country, Regis College made the difficult decision to slow down the pace of its phased reopening this fall semester. This decision was not made lightly and was steered by our commitment to the health and safety of the entire university community.
We simply do not feel confident the infection rates are heading in the right direction and decided to alter our plans in advance of the students’ arrivals. These changes are in line with Governor Charlie Baker’s recent announcement to delay Massachusetts’ phased reopening.
Our focus is, as always, maintaining academic continuity for all students and providing the tools and support they need to advance in their academic program.
Yes, all individuals on campus will be required to wear protective facial coverings that cover their mouth and nose at all times when indoors, and when within six feet of someone outdoors.
Facial coverings will always be required with certain exceptions, including eating, when a person is alone, or if approved for a medical exemption by OSAS or Human Resources.
In order to ensure the proper fit and usage of protective facial masks and coverings, all students, faculty and staff will be responsible for the provision of their own facial coverings or masks.
Regis will have a supply of facial coverings in case of emergency located at the Regis College Police Department and Health Services. Masks should be made of cloth or be of the three-ply disposable nature.
The Office of Student Accessibility Services is the point of contact for student accommodations. Students can complete an online application to make a request.
Students can upload medical/professional documentation, or they may have it faxed to the office by their medical provider. A staff member from OSAS will review the documents and reach out to the student to set up an intake meeting.
There will be accommodations for students that utilize lip reading and non-verbal communication queues through facial expressions in the classroom, both with their faculty members and their peers. Facial coverings greatly impact their ability to communicate and comprehend. Clear masks, as well as the possible use of face shields, are options for these students and their professors. All decisions related to masks in the classroom for faculty or students will include the Medical Director of Health Services.
Some students may have limited lung capacity or other significant breathing issues that make them medically unable to wear a face mask. Each request will be evaluated individually, in partnership with Health Services, to determine if this is reasonable. If this accommodation is granted, it will be indicated to faculty and necessary staff in a student’s accommodation letter, and the student will receive a sticker for the back of their student ID.
Accommodations will be made in the case of students who are immunocompromised and may not feel safe returning to the campus or the classroom, but still want to continue their studies. Those students may request an accommodation to allow them to continue their studies remotely to avoid any interruption in their academic program.
Regis courses will be offered remotely this semester with the exception of some courses in the following undergraduate majors:
In addition, graduate students in the occupational therapy program will have in-person courses during the second academic term (beginning October 13) during fall 2020. All core courses, lab courses, and courses in other majors will be fully remote.
Undergraduate and some graduate classes will begin August 17. Regis will still follow the two, eight-week term announced previously.
Some graduate courses begin August 31. The academic calendar for all graduate programs (including those that are usually in-person as well as those always online) can be found on the academic calendar page.
No, Regis has established relationships with the clinical sites used for placements and all of these are in the Greater Boston area.
Yes, students may live off campus and commute to their clinical placements.
Faculty will continue to work with students to ensure they have every opportunity to make academic progress. Please work directly with your instructor to determine how you can make up missed simulation lab time and/or clinical hours.
All advising and support services will be available remotely, as well as on a limited, in-person basis for those students living on campus.
The Advising Office will be operating remotely and will be able to meet with students via phone or Zoom. Students are able to schedule appointments with our staff through Starfish. Limited evening hour appointments will be available.
The Center for Internships and Career Development is available remotely to all Regis students, and offers the following resources:
Most students who are participating in internships will do so remotely. Students should contact their advisor with any specific questions.
Seniors may choose to do an internship either in the fall 2020 or spring 2021 semester. Seniors studying in the School of Arts and Sciences and Sloane School of Business and Communication who have not yet completed their internship should contact Susan Kennedy for assistance. Most internships will be remote this fall. In the event of a non-remote internship, students must complete the Acknowledgement and Assumption of Risk form.
Undergraduate students should expect that their course of study will be interrupted and progress to graduation may be delayed.
In programs with limited clinical placements, degree completion may require additional semesters in residence and/or during the summer. Regis faculty and advisors will work with all impacted students to develop individual plans for the resumption of study whenever and wherever possible.
No decisions have been made as of this date, pending the public health guidance available to Regis. Students will be notified of any changes in the calendar or mode of instruction as soon as possible.
No, tuition will remain the same for the fall semester. Regis College is committed to continuity of academic and student services in a remote learning environment. Although courses will be instructed remotely, students will continue to have full access to academic support services, such as tutoring, academic coaching, accessibility services, and academic advising, as well as co-curricular virtual programming. Regis has expertise in delivering quality remote education, and the faculty and staff are committed to providing the expected level of service to students.
Merit scholarships will not be impacted. The Resident grants will be cancelled. Regis grants, alternative loans, and other sources of financial aid may be reduced. All adjustments will be made by August 24. Please note adjustments only apply to fall semester, unless students tell us they will be commuting for spring.
Updated billing statements and financial aid packages will be sent out by August 24.
For undergraduate students who have had their financial aid and bills adjusted due to the change in status to commuter, bills are due on Monday, August 24.
Any credit amount that results from your account being adjusted will be refunded back to you.
Massachusetts law requires all students in Massachusetts to carry health insurance either on their family’s plan or on their own plan, or through a student insurance plan offered by Regis. You still need to either waive or enroll in the university’s health insurance plan. Please note the enrollment/waiver period ends September 21, 2020.
If you do not currently have health insurance, you will need to be enrolled in our health insurance plan per state regulations.
If you do currently have health insurance, and your request to waive the university health insurance was approved, no further action is required. If you have not yet submitted your request to waive the university health insurance and wish to do so, please follow the instructions below.
If you do not currently have a health insurance policy, you will need to be enrolled in our health insurance plan per state regulations.
If you do currently have health insurance, but your request to waive the university health insurance was denied, we will review each denial with our partner Gallagher and determine if the decision can be reversed based on the insurance information you provided during your waiver. If we are able to reverse the decision please not that this will only be for the fall 2020 semester. If you have not yet submitted your request to waive the university health insurance and wish to do so, please follow the instructions below.
For more information or if you have any questions, please contact the Student Accounts Department.
Students permitted to live on campus this fall are:
First-year students will not be permitted to live on campus for the fall semester.
Students will move back to campus the last weekend of August:
In order to facilitate a successful and socially distanced move in process, every student will be assigned a move in a specific time, which will be emailed.
Additional information about #RegisMoveIn can be found here.
As with every year, your fall housing deposit will be applied as a payment to your account.
No. You will not receive a residential grant. This will be reflected on your updated fall semester bill.
If you are an undergraduate student eligible to live on campus this semester, you will be notified of your placement and move-in date and time by August 14.
All residential students will move off campus during the Thanksgiving break and finish their semester remotely.
All students who participated in housing selection in April 2020 and new students who were placed into housing in August will have the option to retain their original placement for spring 2021.
Residential students may not opt out of their dining plan. Aramark has worked to modify the main dining hall for health and safety guidelines.
No, Regis will not have any in-person practices for any team this fall semester.
The Great Northeast Athletic Conference and Regis will make a decision in October about whether to move fall sports to the spring.
The GNAC has decided that winter conference competition will not take place until the end of January (for swimming and diving), or after February 1 (for basketball.) Conference basketball games could be further revised or changed if the NCAA does not change their scheduled championship.
Yes. We are still medically clearing all of our student-athletes so we are ready to perform physical activity safely (in-person or remotely) when we are approved to do so.
If you were planning to enroll in the student health insurance plan but live outside of Massachusetts, you have the ability to waive the insurance for this semester and can join at the beginning of the spring semester.
Student-athletes will have access to an assistant coach, head coach or assigned administrative liaison at various points throughout the first semester.
No student will use up a season of eligibility this fall. You will be updated on all NCAA blanket waivers that apply to you and your coach can answer any additional questions you have. Laura Violette can answer any other compliance related question you have.
A designated fitness center will be available for students on campus, and residents are free to use the outdoor facilities, including the track. Access to the gymnasium and pool will not be provided.
Questions and concerns may be directed to the COVID-19 Response Team, who will triage your request to the appropriate department.
Please leave a voicemail and a staff member will respond to your message as soon as possible.