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.

Why the Shift to Primarily Remote Learning for the Fall Semester?

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.

General Health and Safety

  • Is there a cost for on-campus testing?

    No, there will be no charge for COVID testing. For further information regarding how COVID-19 testing works please visit our Health and Safety protocol page.

  • Do I need to wear a face covering on campus?

    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.

  • I need an accommodation. Who do I contact?

    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.

    Clear Mask Accommodations

    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.

    Students with Breathing Concerns

    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.

    Immunocompromised Students

    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.

  • Are events still happening on campus?

    On-Campus Events

    • Due to limited campus access and statewide restrictions, there will be no on-campus events this fall semester
    • Regis College will not host any events during the fall semester for outside organizations or individuals.

Academic Information

Tuition

  • Will tuition be discounted for the fall semester now that classes are being offered remotely?

    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.

  • Will there be any impact to my financial aid or scholarships?

    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.

  • When will I receive my updated fall semester bill?

    Updated billing statements and financial aid packages will be sent out by August 24.

  • When is my fall semester bill due?

    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.

  • What happens if I already paid my fall semester bill?

    Any credit amount that results from your account being adjusted will be refunded back to you.

  • Does the transition to remote instruction for the fall impact health insurance requirements?

    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.

    Massachusetts Residents

    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.

    Out-of-State Residents

    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.

    Instructions for Waiving the University Health Insurance

    • Go to gallagherstudent.com/regis
    • On the left toolbar, click ‘Student Waive/Enroll’
    • Log in by following the instructions on the website (if you have not already)
    • Click the ‘I want to Enroll/Waive’ button
    • Follow the instructions to complete the form
    • Print or write down your reference number. Receipt of this number only confirms submission, not acceptance, of your form.

    For more information or if you have any questions, please contact the Student Accounts Department.

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