Emerson to resume in-person classes Friday


Domenic Conte

The Piano Row dorm building boarded up with plywood ahead of potential election fallout protests.

By Diana Bravo, Copyeditor/Photographer

Emerson will resume all in-person courses Friday morning after holding only virtual classes starting on Election Day.

President M. Lee Pelton first announced the shift to online classes Tuesday morning, as the college braced for potential civil unrest stemming from the 2020 presidential election. 

The Iwasaki Library, 172 Tremont, and the Fitness Center will resume operating on normal schedules Friday after closing at 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. Buildings will no longer be limited to tap access, and the plywood boards on multiple college properties, like Piano Row and Little Building, will be removed. 

“As we await the final results from this consequential and historic presidential election, the College continues to monitor events and activities that are taking place,” Pelton wrote in an email Wednesday. “While uncertainties remain as results are tabulated, we are committed to ensuring our community remains safe and secure.”

Results from the presidential election are still uncertain, as the Associated Press has not called key states that would show either candidate surpassing the 270 electoral vote threshold needed for a victory. 

Two peaceful demonstrations took place near campus Wednesday evening.