Latest Updates on the COVID-19 crisis

Friday, April 3

College implements new student employment process 

The college is going to automatically pay seven hours worth of compensation per week to student employees who worked throughout February and March, according to an email the Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment sent out Friday afternoon. Students do not need to report these hours in Workday, and the first payment will be sent out April 10. Since students employment ends May 10 for the spring semester, the college will issue the last payment May 15. Until the end of the semester, students with remote work assignments can work up to 13 hours per week and must report these additional hours in Workday. The email also stated that supervisors already sent out a list of students that would like to work remotely, although there isn’t remote work available—both offices will work to help these students find hours in other Emerson departments. Students with Federal Work Study will “see their Federal Work Study award amounts increased where possible. Once the maximum Federal Work Study amount has been earned, students will be shifted to Emerson Employment for the remainder of the semester,” the email read. – Belen Dumont, 1:36 p.m.

Thursday, April 2

COVID-19 cases increase by 1228, death toll rises to 154
COVID-19 cases continue their rampant increase in Massachusetts, with 1228 new cases, bringing the total to 8,966 on Thursday. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health also reported that COVID-19 related deaths totaled 154, with 32 reported Thursday. One of today’s deaths included a woman in her 30s with preexisting conditions from Suffolk county—one of the youngest deaths in the state from the coronavirus, and the second person in their 30s to die from COVID-19 in the past two days. The DPH also reported that 4,870 new tests were conducted for a total of 56,608, meaning 15.8 percent of all tests conducted came back positive. Suffolk County holds the highest amount of cases with 1,896, Middlesex County closely following it with 1,870. There are 813 patients currently hospitalized, with 2,684 patients not hospitalized, and 5,469 of the cases still under investigation. Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced Thursday that the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center has been designated as a field hospital to help fight the coronavirus in the state.-Jacob Seitz, 4:11 p.m.

Wednesday, April 1

COVID-19 cases increase by 1118, death toll rises to 122

COVID-19 cases continue their exponential increase in Massachusetts, with 1118 new cases, bringing the total to 7738 on Wednesday. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health also reported that COVID-19 related deaths totaled 122, with 66 new deaths in the past two days. One of today’s deaths included a man in his 30s with preexisting conditions from Suffolk county—one of the youngest deaths in the state from the coronavirus. The DPH also reported that 4803 new tests were conducted for a total of 51738, meaning 9.2 percent of all tests conducted came back positive. Suffolk County holds the highest amount of cases with 1624, Middlesex County follows it with 1582. There are 682 patients currently hospitalized, with 2340 patients not hospitalized, and 4716 of the cases still under investigation. Governor Charlie Baker also extended the closure of non-essential businesses until May 4 yesterday.-Jacob Seitz, 4:08 p.m.

Tuesday, March 31

COVID-19 cases increase by 868, deaths mount to 89

COVID-19 cases continued to soar in Massachusetts, with 868 new cases, bringing the total to 6620 on Tuesday. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health also reported today the largest amount of deaths in a day, 33, bringing the total coronavirus-related deaths in the state to 89. The DHP also reported that 4142 tests were conducted today for a total of 46935. Suffolk County holds the highest amount of cases with 1373, Middlesex County follows it with 1340. Only 562 patients are hospitalized, with 1941 patients not hospitalized, and 4117 of the cases still under investigation. President Donald Trump extended social distancing practices until April 30 on Sunday.-Tomas Gonzalez, 6:42 p.m.

Faculty vote to support pass/fail option for students

Faculty Assembly overwhelmingly voted to support the policy which would allow students to choose whether they would like to take a pass/fail option for their classes during their meeting Tuesday. The policy lets students choose the pass/fail option after they view their final grades in May. If a student chooses the pass/fail option, it will not have any impact on their grade. Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Michaele Whelan said she would send out a formal announcement to faculty and the student body Tuesday evening. -Parker Purifoy 4 p.m.

Monday, March 30

COVID-19 cases swell with an increase of 797 cases and 8 deaths

The latest increase in cases brings the total number of people with the virus to 5,752, with nearly 43,000 citizens having been tested so far. Of the 8 new deaths that were reported, 5 were diagnosed with preexisting conditions before contracting the virus. All of the patients were over 60 and came from Middlesex, Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk, and Bristol counties. In a press conference today, Governor Baker announced that the federal government approved a request for at least 1,000 ventilators, life saving machines that are in short supply across the nation, which are expected to arrive in early April. With over 450 patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 and more being announced daily, the ventilators could help ease the increase in deaths that are being reported across the state. Baker announced that the approval is even more important since current models show an especially large influx of cases is likely to hit the state between April 7 and April 17. – Jakob Menendez, 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 29

Cases in Massachusetts just shy of 5000 with 698 new cases reported today

More than 39,000 people in Massachusetts have now been tested for COVID-19 with 4,955 of them testing positive. With today’s new numbers came 4 more reported deaths from the virus, 2 of which exhibited preexisting conditions before contracting the virus, bringing the total to 48. Middlesex County, where one of the recent deaths occurred, is now the county with the highest number of cases, topping the list with 981. Globally, there is now 634,835 people who have been diagnosed with the virus and 29,957 deaths associated with the novel coronavirus. Of those numbers the United States accounts for 103,321 cases and 1,668 deaths. – Jakob Menendez, 4:43 p.m.

Saturday, March 28

Over 1000 new coronavirus cases in Massachusetts as testing exceeds 35,000.

COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts soared over 4,257 Saturday with 1,017 new cases in the last 24 hours, the largest single day increase since the pandemic began, the Department of Public Health reported. Suffolk county now has the largest amount of cases with 843. The DPH also reported nine new COVID-19 related deaths since Friday, bringing the total to 44. Of the newly reported deaths, five people had pre-existing conditions and all of them were over the age of 60. President Trump approved a disaster declaration for the state to provide much needed federal funding for several recovery effects both locally, and statewide. Over 35,000 people in Massachusetts have now been tested for the virus. The World Health Organization reported Saturday that there are now 571,678 cases worldwide and 26,495 deaths. – Jakob Menendez, 5:02 p.m.

Friday, March 27

Confirmed COVID-19 cases mount to 3240, 10 new deaths.

There are 823 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 3240 in the state, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported Friday. There are also 10 new deaths bringing the total to 35. As of today, more than 29,000 individuals have been tested, up from yesterday’s 23,621. Quest Laboratories has tested the largest amount of people with 1530 out of 14210 patients testing positive for the virus. Middlesex County still holds the most reported cases with 685, Suffolk county follows it with 631. Cases of coronavirus in the United States soared in the past weeks, as cases in the nation surpass 80,000—the most of any other country in the world. -Tomas Gonzalez, 6:50 p.m.

Students receive updated housing selection process timeline 

The Housing Operations team emailed students an updated timeline of the 2020-2021 housing selection process Friday afternoon. Housing applications will open March 31 for students with guaranteed housing and those seeking to remain on campus—on/off campus lottery decisions will be released the same day. The application closes at noon (EST) April 7 for those granted housing, while non-guarantee applications can be submitted at any point. On April 14, the college will notify students via email their status in the housing process, “this email will let students know if they have received approval to select housing through their chosen method (e.g., Full Suite, Gender Free, or Theme/Learning Community) or if they will select housing through Individual Housing Selection” along with their randomly assigned day and time to select their room. Selection will then take place from April 16 to 24. The Office of Housing and Residential Education will decide where to place students who completed an application but fail to choose a room during selection, according to the email. – Belen Dumont, 1:48 p.m.

Thursday, March 26

Mass. COVID-19 cases rise to 2,417 with a total of 23,500 people tested

There are 579 new cases identified along with 10 more deaths today, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The state’s total of positive cases is at 2,417 while deaths are up to 25. Seven of the deaths were males from Essex, Middlesex, Hampden, Suffolk, Worcester, and Franklin county; two were females from Norfolk and Middlesex county. Individuals ranged from 50 to 90 years old, seven had known preexisting conditions. Over 23,500 individuals have been tested as of today. – Belen Dumont, 4:22 p.m.

Wednesday, March 25

College removes tuition payment plan late fees 

The college decided to remove all late fees from tuition payment plans due to recent unprecedented circumstances, according to an email sent by Director of Student Accounts Kathleen Shine Wednesday evening. “We are here to help and work with you on any difficulties you may be having with your final payment. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or concerns,” Shine wrote. – Belen Dumont, 7:35 p.m.

Emerson staff member tests positive for COVID-19

An Emerson staff member on the Boston campus tested positive for the coronavirus, they’re currently recovering in quarantine at home, according to a community-wide email sent Wednesday evening. The individual was last on campus March 21, they did not show symptoms at the time and did not come into contact with students or faculty, according to the email. The college will remain in communication with the person and provide support while they recover. President M. Lee Pelton included in the email that public health officials will monitor the staff member daily, and the school is also dedicated to protecting the individual’s privacy. Emerson’s Human Resources department is currently “contacting those who may have had exposure and it will provide further guidance to those community members regarding recommendations for evaluation, monitoring and testing.” Students with health-related concerns can contact the Center for Health and Wellness at 617-824-8666 and Emerson Counseling and Psychological Services at 617-824-8595. Staff seeking support for themselves or family members may reach out to the Employee Assistance Program at 1-800-828-6025. “I ask that you keep all those who have been impacted by COVID-19 in your thoughts,” President M. Lee Pelton wrote. – Belen Dumont, 5:16 p.m.

COVID-19 cases rise to 1838 with four new deaths

The total number of positive cases in Massachusetts rose to 1838, with 679 new cases identified today, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. There were four new deaths: two males from Norfolk and Barnstable county, and a male and woman from Worcester county. All individuals were in their 80s to 70s, three had known preexisting health conditions. The state’s total of deaths is now at 15, with over 6,000 people tested since yesterday’s numbers for a total 19,794. – Belen Dumont, 4:48 p.m.

College adjusts spring academic calendar

The Registrar’s Office made changes to the spring Academic Calendar in an effort to make up for lost class time due to the COVID-19 related disruptions, according to an email sent Wednesday afternoon. Thursday March 26 was a scheduled make-up day, and will now follow a regular Thursday academic schedule. Monday April 20 was initially scheduled as a day off but will now be a normal Monday schedule. Friday April 24 will continue to follow a Monday schedule. — Dana Gerber, 4:06 p.m.

The Social Justice Center releases statement against racist and xenophobic acts

The Social Justice Center called for the Emerson community to take responsibility and stand in solidarity with Asians and Asian Americans affected by racism and xenophobia, which has heighted in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, in a campus-wide email Wednesday afternoon. “We must do more than appreciate the community messages sent by others or ‘like’ social media posts that denounce racist acts. We must interrupt racist and xenophobic acts wherever and whenever they occur,” Vice President for Equity and Social Justice Sylvia Spears wrote. The email included suggestions such as speaking up against racist or xenophobic behaviors, expressing dissent towards prejudice media, being an active bystander, and educating oneself on anti-racist practices. The SJC is launching a FaceBook Live series on anti-racist practices on Fridays at noon Eastern Time, according to the email. The first event will take place this week, March 27, accessible at . – Belen Dumont, 2:44 p.m.

President Pelton condemns racism and xenophobic attacks 

President M. Lee Pelton condemned racist and xenophobic acts against Asians and Asian Americans in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in a community-wide email Wednesday. “At a time when so many people are working to reduce the spread of COVID-19 around the world, the Emerson community needs to hold all the more strongly to our values, and be united in denouncing racism and xenophobia,” he wrote. Pelton said the Social Justice Center plans to email suggestions for addressing xenophobic and racist incidents and ways the college can implement stronger anti-racist attitudes. Pelton added that although the campus is operating remotely, resources remain available. The presidential communication comes after Emerson College Student Union released a list of demands including that the administration condemns such attacks. -Belen Dumont, 11:19 a.m.

Tuesday, March 24

Academic Affairs updates faculty on course evaluations and a pass/fail policy

Michaele Whelan, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, emailed faculty members Tuesday evening that she suggests individual faculty should be able to decide, after receiving course evaluations, whether or not those for spring 2020 should count in any tenure, term, or affiliated review. Whelan added that since the topic of a pass/fail policy for students has arisen, she proposes that faculty discuss “an approach that would give students the choice—after receiving their grades at the end of the semester—to opt for pass/fail instead” at their upcoming assembly March 31. “There are many elements that individual students would have to weigh such as academic standing, honors, probation, and transfer records, which is why I believe that choice is better than a college-wide decision for all,” Whelan wrote. – Belen Dumont, 11:22 p.m.

COVID-19 cases up to 1159 in Mass.

Presumptive and confirmed COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts rose by 382 cases on Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 1,159, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. There have also been two more COVID-19 related deaths since yesterday. All 11 deaths in the state have been people ranging in age from 50 to 90. The DPH reported that 13,749 COVID-19 tests have been administered in the state, with 8.4 percent of test results coming back positive. – Jacob Seitz, 11:00 p.m.

ArtsEmerson suspends remaining performances and screenings

ArtsEmerson has decided to suspend all remaining performances and screenings in their 10th Anniversary Season, according to an email sent by Artistic Director David Dower and Executive Director David C. Howse. “This is part of our commitment to support urgent civic efforts to flatten the curve on the spread of the infectious coronavirus (COVID-19). In this way, we stand together by standing apart,”  the email reads. The organization has cancelled the final two shows of the season, 69º S. (The Shackleton Project), Metamorphosis, and screenings of Wise Children. The Box Office will email all ticket-holders with instructions by the end of this week. In accordance with the stay-at-home-advisory issued by Gov. Charlie Baker, the Box Office has suspended in-person operations but phone and email service continues during hours of operation, Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. As of right now, the summer’s Special Engagement, Step Afrika!’s Drumfolk, is scheduled to proceed from July 22 to Aug. 1. “The decision to postpone Parable of the Sower and to cancel remaining public programming of our 10th Anniversary Season were not easy decisions, but certainly the right ones. Our team has moved well throughout the swift and abrupt transitions, and we are now focused on and preparing for our return to the theater,” the email reads. – Belen Dumont 2:08 p.m.

College postpones Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement

President M. Lee Pelton announced that Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement Weekend activities and events will be postponed this year, in a community-wide email sent Tuesday. The events were originally scheduled for May 9 and May 10. “While the traditional exercises will be postponed, I want you to know that we are committed to celebrating this year’s graduating class, and the College is exploring ways to honor the achievements of the Class of 2020,” Pelton wrote. The college plans to have a virtual ceremony that will take place close to the original Commencement date. The college will share more information on the virtual event and awarding diplomas to graduating students once it’s available. It is also considering an in-person event during the fall, once it’s safe for students, family, and friends to get together. “Although a virtual ceremony cannot replace an in-person one, I trust that the creativity of our community, and the individuality and indomitable spirit represented by the members of the Class of 2020, will make our event memorable just the same,” Pelton wrote. – Belen Dumont, 1:46 p.m.

Monday, March 23

SEAL to hold daily office hours via Zoom

The office of Student Engagement and Leadership is holding daily information sessions for students to talk with faculty from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST, the office announced Monday. In a social media post, the office encourages students to connect with the Emerson community and ask questions and talk with faculty members. -Tomas Gonzalez, 11:00 p.m.

COVID-19 related deaths mount to 9 as cases surge in Mass.

Total presumptive and confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 777, with 131 new cases in the state, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported Monday. Today also saw the most deaths in the state with four people dying due to COVID-19 related illnesses. The DPH reported that commercial and private labs have currently conducted over 8,900 tests. Governor Charlie Baker issued a stay-at-home advisory and ordered the closure of all non-essential businesses in the state, in a press conference Monday. Middlesex County is in the lead for most confirmed cases with 232, Suffolk county follows with 154. Dukes and Nantucket county reported their first confirmed case. Of the total cases, only 79 patients are hospitalized, with 286 not hospitalized and 412 patients still under investigation. -Tomas Gonzalez, 4:10 p.m.

Sunday, March 22

COVID-19 cases increase to 646, three men die from COVID-19

The total of presumptive and confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 646, an increase of 121 identified cases from yesterday, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Middlesex and Suffolk County continue to have the highest number of cases with 199 and 126 as of today. Two men in their 70s from Hampden County and Berkshire county and one man in his 90s from Suffolk County also died on Sunday due to COVID-19 complications, according to a statement from DPH. A woman in her 50s from Ayer died Saturday. Total COVID-19 deaths in the state now sits at five. – Belen Dumont, 5:13 p.m.

Saturday, March 21

COVID-19 cases see largest increase, totals 525 cases

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported 112 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 525. This marks the largest increase in presumptive and confirmed cases in the state since the start of reporting on March, 13. Middlesex County leads with the largest number of cases at 177, while Suffolk County reached past the hundreds with 108 cases—an increase from yesterdays 86. 61 people are currently hospitalized, with 215 patients not hospitalized and 249 cases still under investigation. Yesterday marked the first death in the state due to the novel coronavirus, a man in his 80s from Winthrop. -Tomas Gonzalez, 4:42 p.m.

Friday, March 20

COVID-19 cases mount to 413

Presumptive and confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose to 413 Friday, a jump from Thursday’s 328, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced. Middlesex County still maintains the largest number of cases at 144, while Suffolk and Norfolk counties follow with 86 and 64 respectively. Just 58 people are currently hospitalized, with 199 not hospitalized and 125 still under investigation. Cases in the US surged over 16,000 Friday afternoon while worldwide, COVID-19 diagnoses topped 250,000. -Andrew Brinker, 6:03 p.m.

College President sends out spring 2020 credit policy 

College President M. Lee Pelton emailed the Emerson community the spring 2020 credit policy Friday afternoon. For continuing students who evacuated Boston, Los Angeles, or Kasteel Well residence halls, the college will transfer a credit to their student accounts which can be used for any future charges. “The credit amount will be based on the type of residential room that was charged to the student account for the spring 2020 term,” the policy reads. The college will refund graduated students who lived on campus this spring semester for room and board—which will also be based on the type of residential room that the college charged to their student accounts. According to the email, the Office of Student Accounts will check-in with individual students via email, as soon as possible. Students who remain in campus housing due to extreme circumstances are still responsible for room and board charges. The email urges students experiencing extreme financial hardship to contact the Office of Financial Aid or Office of Student Accounts at 617-824-8655, or the Office of Student Success at 617-824-8650. The statement reiterated that Emerson will not offer tuition reimbursement for students who decide to continue their enrollment. “As many art and music schools have shown, it is possible to learn fully and richly in an online environment with students practicing their craft and skill-development in an off-campus environment.  The essence of an Emerson education is the special interaction between faculty and students, and also among students in a class, and this will be preserved,” Michaele Whelan, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, wrote in a statement included in the email. – Belen Dumont, 2:06 p.m.

Thursday, March 19

SGA extends deadline for 2020 election intent form 

The Student Government Association extended the deadline for the spring 2020 Election Intent Form to Friday, March 27. The association announced the change in a social media post Thursday, encouraging students to apply using a form on EmConnect. -Tomas Gonzalez 9:00 p.m.

College to restrict access to all campus buildings on Friday

Starting March 20, the college will restrict access to all campus buildings until April 5 at 6:00 p.m, according to a student-wide email sent Thursday. Members of academic and administrative staff will continue to have access to buildings and departments. Employers must email the Dean of Campus Life to coordinate access to the building for student employees who will continue to work on campus. The 25 Boylston Place entrance will continue to be open for students to pick up pre-packaged meals. The college reminded students that residence halls will close on Friday, March 20 at 3:00 p.m. and that moving forward only residential students will have access to the buildings.

A complete list of plans will be shared on Monday, March 23, detailing how students and community members will continue to receive services. Residential students will receive an update about on-campus services over the weekend. Off-campus students and ELA students will also receive updated in the coming days. -Tomas Gonzalez, 7:45 p.m.

WARC moves to online appointments

The Writing and Academic Resource Center is providing academic support through online platforms starting Monday, March 16 and though the remainder of the semester. In an email to students Thursday night, the center outlined several staff members to contact when in need of academic support. The center urges students to make appointments with tutors online through the website. Students are encouraged to email Matt Phelan, the director of the center, regarding individual assessments. Students concerned with time management for online classes are to email Jodi Burrel, associate director of academic support. International students are to contact Associate Director of International Student Support Tyler McPeek. Appointments with writing consultants, academic success consultants, and English language learning consultants can be done online through forms. Appointments with undergraduate peer-to-peer consultants are still available and students are encouraged to check with a Peer Tutor list to figure out which mentors are available for an appointment. -Tomas Gonzalez, 6:55 p.m.

COVID-19 cases mount to 328

Presumptive and confirmed cases jumped to 328 on Thursday, up from Wednesday’s 256, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced. Middlesex County still holds the largest amount of cases at 119, Suffolk and Norfolk follow it with 72 and 52 respectively. Currently, only 43 people are hospitalized, with 160 not hospitalized and 125 still under investigation. Cases in the US surged past 10,000 on Thursday morning with at least 10,822 cases confirmed across the country. -Tomas Gonzalez, 6:15 p.m.

College plans to issue partial credit for room and board costs 

Students will receive partial credit from the college for the costs of spring semester room and board due to the “unprecedented circumstances” of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the college’s COVID-19 FAQ. The outbreak forced the college to ask all students to leave campus housing by Friday, March 20. The exact amounts and specifics are unknown at this time, and the FAQ states the college is “continuing to review” their policy. A Wednesday evening tweet from the college said more information would be forthcoming in the coming days. – Dana Gerber, 1:09 p.m.

Iwasaki Library to operate virtually

Beginning Wednesday March 18, the Iwasaki Library will operate as a virtual library for the remainder of the spring semester, according to an email sent Wednesday morning. Research assistance will be available via Zoom, email, text, and Instant Messenger consultations, Monday through Friday. Ebooks, online articles, and streaming material will all remain available, as will the Inter-library loan as long as the lending library stays open. Information regarding Kindle book content for students to complete their coursework when eBooks are not accessible will be forthcoming. Students can return physical books when the Walker Building is open, when they arrive back on campus in September, or by mailing them to the library. Overdue fines and recalls are now suspended for students, but if items are not returned in September students may be charged a fee. – Dana Gerber, 1:30 a.m.

Wednesday, March 18

OISA to operate remotely

The Office of International Student Affairs will operate remotely starting on Wednesday, March 18, for as long as the offices are closed. The office is encouraging students to reach out via email, phone, and zoom to make remote appointments. The office asks students to indicate their full legal name as well as their Emerson ID when they leave a phone message or email. -Tomas Gonzalez, 2:45 p.m.

Career Development Center hosts virtual appointments, internship fair

The Career Development Center has started its virtual programming for the remainder of the spring semester, according to an email sent Wednesday morning. The Spring Internship and Career Fair will be held online, launching on Monday March 30, and there will be an online fair preparation webinar on March 19 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Students can schedule phone or video appointments with faculty, with unchanged hours of operation. Online review for resumes and cover letters is still available. The Handshake and Careerbuzz websites will remain online resources for students. – Dana Gerber, 2:34 p.m.

Tuesday, March 17

Student Success and Student Care and Support Offices to continue operations The offices of Student Success and Student Care and Support are transitioning to virtual meetings with students for the remainder of the semester, according to an email sent Tuesday afternoon. They are holding in-person meetings with reduced staffing through Friday March 20, and will move to using the Zoom video-conferencing service, phone, and email after that from Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5 p.m. The email noted they will still review requests for and try to provide assistance through the Student Assistance Fund, but some of these transactions will require in-person transactions that are currently unfeasible. Programming from the offices, including Money Matters financial counseling, Veteran Support, and First Gen Fridays, will also be available virtually. They plan to keep the Food Pantry open through noon on Friday, March 20, but this is subject to change due to reduced staffing. – Dana Gerber, 5:07 p.m.

COVID-19 cases jump to 218 in Mass.

Presumptive and confirmed cases jumped to 218 on Tuesday, up from Monday’s 197, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Middlesex County has the most number of cases with 89, Suffolk and Norfolk follow it with 42 and 43, respectively. Only 21 of the patients are hospitalized, 145 are not hospitalized and 52 are under investigation. -Tomas Gonzalez, 5:00 p.m.

Monday, March 16

Emerson extends deposit deadline 

The college’s undergraduate admission Instagram account posted that the deadline deposit for incoming students is extended to June 1st, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The post added that people should contact [email protected] for additional information. – Belen Dumont

Social Justice Center to Stay Open Virtually for Student Meetings

 The Social Justice Center will continue meeting with students virtually “in alternative ways that best support community health and well-being” throughout the COVID-19 health crisis, according to an email sent Monday afternoon. The staff at the SJC will be available through phone, email, and online via Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, WhatsApp, Google Hangout, etc., to meet with students. Staff at the Healing and Advocacy Collective, the Elma Lewis Center, and the Title IX Office hold the same availability, according to the email. – Dana Gerber, 5:16 p.m.

Update in Dining Services

Dining services will shift to offering pre-packaged meals for students to grab-and-go starting Tuesday, March 17, according to an email from the college. These meals can be picked up in the Private Dining Room and there will be options for dietary restrictions. Breakfast will be from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., lunch will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m, with dinner from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Max Cafe’s hours will be adjusted to 11 a.m. to 12 a.m., and its grille will no longer be serving prepared food. The Paramount Cafe, the Lion’s Den, and the Backstage Cafe will all be closed. – Belen Dumont, 1:11 p.m.

MBTA reduces services starting Tuesday

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority announced that trains and buses will run with reduced service beginning March 17, in hopes of slowing the spread of COVID-19. The MBTA has also increased cleaning and sanitation on vehicles and at stations. “Service changes will help riders and employees avoid large crowds and allow for social distancing. These decisions are based on guidance from public health professionals and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health,” the post reads. Check out their website for more information on available services. – Belen Dumont, 12:27 p.m.

OHRE postpones housing selection process 

The Office of Housing and Residential Education decided to push back the housing selection process in light of recent events on campus, according to an email sent out to students. The on-campus lottery application deadline is extended until Friday at 5 p.m. The office will reach out to students with an updated timeline and more information sometime soon, according to the email. – Belen Dumont, 12:22 p.m.

Academic Advising Center provides registration updates

The Academic Advising Center emailed students regarding spring virtual advising options—which comprise of 30-minute remote meetings, contacting via email or phone, and virtual walk-ins that will be available during the week of class registration.  The email reminded students to view their updated registration date/time, and that there will be no PINs assigned/required to access registration. For students who have not registered before or attended a group Meeting for Academic Planning, their Academic Advisor will reach out soon to share a virtual MAP session. “As you adjust to your new learning environment, you can rely on us to meet your academic needs throughout the remainder of the semester. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions and/or concerns,” the email reads. – Belen Dumont, 9:10 a.m.

Sunday, March 15

Emerson Enhancement Fund extends application deadline 

The Emerson Enhancement Fund, available to students with demonstrated financial need who need $250-$4000 for extracurricular experiences, has extended its application deadline to April 13, according to an email from the Financial Aid office sent Sunday night. Students who apply now must use the funds for Summer or Fall Term programming. Selected applicants will be notified on April 27. The application is available on the EEF information page. – Dana Gerber, 9:52 p.m.

Baker bans gatherings over 25 people, all restaurants move to take-out only

All public gatherings of more than 25 people will be banned from Tuesday until April 17, Gov. Charlie Baker announced Sunday. Baker also announced that on cite consumption at restaurants would be banned by the state for the same period, citing concerns over the spread of COVID-19. “Now that we have evidence based on the testing results that we have community transmission in seven counties in Massachusetts, I think at this point in time it’s particularly appropriate we not only move on the school closures, but also that we get a lot more aggressive around other places and spaces that people gather,” Baker said. According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, there is evidence of community transmission of unknown proportions in seven counties, including Suffolk County. – Jacob Seitz, 6:51 p.m.

COVID-19 cases jump to 164 in Mass.

Presumptive and confirmed cases of coronavirus rose to 164 on Sunday, up 26 from Saturday, according to new numbers released by the Department of Public Health. Middlesex still has the highest number of cases with 75 and both Norfolk and Suffolk counties have 31 cases. 13 people have been hospitalized but none have died yet. An overwhelming majority of the cases—108—still stem from the Biogen Conference. According to figures released by the World Health Organization, there have been 9,769 new confirmed cases globally within the last 24 hours, bringing the total up to 142,539. The Director-General at WHO said Saturday that Europe has now become the epicenter of the pandemic, with more reported cases and deaths than the rest of the world combined outside of China. -Stephanie Purifoy 5 p.m.

Bright Lights postpones Emerson Film Festival 2020 

The Bright Lights Film Series will reschedule most remaining programs of the 20th annual Emerson Film Festival in the fall semester, ending this spring’s showings with the movie The Lighthouse, which is scheduled to screen Sunday evening. “With the college moving instruction online and a string of advisories on social distancing we wanted to put the health and safety of our community first…We are looking into ways to host online cinema discussion events in the coming weeks,” Director of Programming Anna Feder wrote in a statement on the program’s website. -Belen Dumont 4:44 p.m.

Walsh declares public health emergency, puts restrictions on businesses 

Mayor Martin Walsh declared a public health emergency at a press conference Sunday afternoon in order to free up more resources for the city to fight the COVID-19 outbreak. He announced that all restaurants, clubs, and bars, will be required to lower their capacity by half, moving tables and chairs to reflect this new capacity and social distancing regulations. The city is imposing a new 11 p.m. mandated closure time for all restaurants, bars, and clubs starting Sunday. All establishments that do not comply with these regulations will be forced to close for 30 days. “I also have to send a strong message to anyone who is thinking about going out and being in large crowds. This is not about you,” he said during the press conference. “This is about your fellow Bostonians. It’s about your grandmas and grandpas, about your neighbors. . .This is a time of shared sacrifice and I know first hand that we are capable of that here in the city of Boston.” -Parker Purifoy 4:30 p.m

WERS radio station to stay on the air, students replaced with staff

The Emerson WERS-FM radio station will replace student hosts with professional staff but will remain on the air, advisor Jack Casey wrote in an email Sunday to the Beacon. Casey said that since WERS-FM falls under a federally licensed facility regulated by the Federal Communications Commission, they are obligated “to stay on the air no matter what.” Casey said that in the interest of safety, professional staff and paid employees will be encouraged to work remotely when possible, and professional on-air hosts with fill shifts regularly hosted by students. Casey said he hopes WERS will serve in “keeping our listeners informed” and “providing an ‘oasis in the midst of public anxiety and uncertainty.” -Dana Gerber, 2:31 p.m.

Massachusetts Department of Public Health announces increased testing

The Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory has tested 799 for COVID-19 as of Sunday morning, up from the 475 individuals tested as of March 14. Testing protocols have become more flexible, as clinicians now only need to submit a nasal swab to labs, rather than a nasal and throat swab. This will double the amount of people the State Lab can test daily, from 200 to 400. Additionally, Massachusetts clinicians will now have more individual discretion in deciding which patients to test. Since national labs can now conduct testing, clinicians can submit testing directly to these labs, which will increase the amount of people who can be tested. More Massachusetts clinical labs are seeking FDA approval to conduct tests, which will further boost testing capacity. -Dana Gerber 2:21 p.m.

Saturday, March 14

WEBN cancels spring semester programming

WEBN suspended all studio and campus productions for the spring semester due to recent developments with COVID-19, according to an email from the organization’s News Directors. WEBN plans to continue web writing until the end of the academic year. “Any individual journalists who feel the desire to shoot stand-ups and packages in their free time can and will have them posted on our YouTube and Website,” the email read. “Although our shows will be on hiatus, we are excited to continue our work from home!” The organization is looking for individuals interested to work as executive and assistant producers for sports, politics, general news. WEBN is also looking to hire a treasurer, secretary, marketing director, and website director. Those interested should send a resume and a brief explanation of what position they want by April 1.  – Chris Van Buskirk, 10:01 p.m.

IT grants access to Zoom Pro, college’s VPN

Emerson College Information Technology informed community members that they have access to Zoom Pro to conduct class meetings, interview, one-on-one sessions, and hold presentations with up to 100 attendees. The license does not have a time limit for sessions. Community members can log in to Zoom via Students will also have access to the college’s virtual private network to reach on-campus resources such as Isilon. For additional information visit More information can be found here:

The move comes as students are slated to move home by March 20 as COVID-19 continues to spread in the Commonwealth. – Chris Van Buskirk, 9:34 p.m.

Baker launches COVID-19 command center
Gov. Charlie Baker announced at a Saturday press conference in the State House that his administration created a new COVID-19 Response Command Center headed up by Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders. The center gathers experts to work toward expanding lab capacity testing, planning quarantine operations, coordinating governmental communications, responding to local boards of health, monitoring supply chains, and identifying surge capacity in the state’s health network. Baker’s administration also lowered barriers to advance coronavirus testing by instituting a change to the state’s clinical and health care structure. Moving forward, clinicians no longer need to receive state approval prior to submitting samples for patients in an attempt to speed up COVID-19 testing. The center will have access to state funds including a $15 million aid package the State Legislature approved Thursday.  – Chris Van Buskirk, 9:05 p.m.

NCAA grants athletes extra season
The NCAA Division III Administrative Committee announced Friday that all students competing in spring sports will receive an extra season of eligibility. The statement also said the NCAA has given schools flexibility to assist students with “travel, lodging, and meals as a result of campus displacements.” All 14 of the college’s varsity sports teams compete at the Division III level of the NCAA. – Ethan McDowell, 8:53 p.m.

WECB cancels spring semester shows 

The college’s web-based radio station, WECB, canceled shows for the rest of the spring semester in light of the COVID-19 developments, according to an email from the organization’s program directors. Radio hosts can retrieve shows from the station’s desktop through Friday. “Thank you so much for the work you have put in so far,” the email read. “Everyone who has stayed involved up to this point will receive their non-tuition credit.” – Chris Van Buskirk, 6:16 p.m.

172 Tremont and Iwasaki shorten operation hours

With students moving out by Friday, the Campus Center at 172 Tremont St. and Iwasaki Library are shortening their operational hours. Starting March 14 the Campus Center will move to a break schedule open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m and closed on weekends. Starting March 16, Iwasaki Library will be open to Emerson community members Monday through Friday 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Study rooms in Walker Building will remain open during building hours. – Chris Van Buskirk, 6:13 p.m.

Housing and Residence Education provides moving and storage information

The Housing and Residence Education provided storage, shipping, and move out options in an email to community members Saturday. Students can sign out carts from each residence hall for up to 30 minutes. The mailroom remains open Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Guests are allowed into buildings for two hours to help students move out. To check out, pack up all belongings, remove trash, and lock the dorm door. Students can then fill out an express checkout envelope located in residence hall lobbies.  The college plans to offer limited storage for residential students. – Chris Van Buskirk, 4:23 p.m.

COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Mass. 

Presumptive and confirmed cases of COVID-19 cases rose to 138 on Saturday, up 16 from Friday, according to new numbers released by the Department of Public Health Saturday afternoon. Middlesex remains the leader in cases with 65, Norfolk with 28, Suffolk with 27, Berkshire with 9, Essex with 5, Worcester with 2, and Barnstable and Bristol each with one case. Of the 138 cases, 105 people were not hospitalized, 11 were, and 22 are under investigation. A majority of the cases, 104, are related to the Biogen meeting. The World Health Organization reported 142,539 confirmed cases and 5,393 deaths related to COVID-19 worldwide in a situation report released Saturday. – Chris Van Buskirk, 4:18 p.m.

Dean of Campus Life sends out an update

Dean of Campus Life Jim Hoppe emailed the Emerson community a few campus updates: The Campus Life Suite in 411 Walker Building will be open and staffed Saturday (3/14) and Sunday (3/15) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m, reach them at 617-824-8620, or 617-824-8640. No appointments are necessary, staff will be answering phones and meeting with students. The Emerson Los Angeles staff will be in the main lobby of the ELA building Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon. Student Financial Services staff will also be answered phones over the weekend, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., reach them at 617-824-8655. The Boston campus mailroom will be open Saturday from noon to 2 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The email included that the college is working to offer storage for on-campus students, and they anticipate having boxes available Monday for pick up. Space will be limited. Students who rented textbooks from the bookstore can ship them back free of charge up until 11:59 p.m. on May 1 by printing out a return label from the bookstore website. Lastly, the email stated that students seeking information on short term housing “can contact the Office of Campus Life at 617-824-8620 for information on hotels that offer discounts to members of the Emerson community.” Students needing assistance finding an apartment can contact Desiree Bradford, Assistant Director for Off-Campus Student Services. – Belen Dumont, 9:56 a.m.

Friday, March 13

Students shocked by college’s decision to send them home

The college announced in an email Friday night that all students must vacate campus residence halls in both Boston and Los Angeles by March 20—a reversal of an earlier decision that gave students the option to stay. Junior Joe Davidi said he will submit a request to stay on Emerson’s Boston campus despite the college asking students to leave because of fears of him going back to his family, who are quarantined with COVID-19. “I was going to stay here because my sister is quarantined and my mom is quarantined and now I have to go home to that,” Davidi said in an interview. “Hopefully they don’t have [Coronavirus] at all so I don’t have it going home to them because my mom is in a risk group.” -Tomas Gonzalez, 10:30 p.m. 

Marlboro closing dorms, transitioning classes online

Marlboro College asked students to vacate campus by March 28 and announced plans to transition to online classes for at least two weeks after their spring break, President Kevin Quigley announced in a post on the college’s website Friday. -Jacob Seitz, 9:30 p.m.

College extending office hours to help students 

EVVYs cancels both in-person awards show 

The EVVYs announced the cancellation of their April 19 Gala and May 8 Majestic Awards Show due to public health risks with the current COVID-19 pandemic. The EVVY nominations will still be revealed on April 6, “we are evaluating alternative ways to announce the winners and will inform you after the date,” their statement reads. – Belen Dumont 7:40 p.m.

College announces closure of residential operations 

The college will shut down residential operations on March 20, asking students to vacate both the Boston and Los Angeles campuses by 3 p.m., President M. Lee Pelton announced in an email Friday evening. Exemptions will be provided for international students and those with “special circumstances.” ELA will also shift all classes and internships to remote operations beginning March 23. – Andrew Brinker 6:25 p.m.

ECAPS to switch to remote therapy sessions

Emerson Counseling and Psychological Services is shifting therapy appointments to remote sessions via phone or Zoom, the office announced in a social media post Friday afternoon. The office said it may have to reschedule some existing appointments in order to create more availability for crisis services. -Tomas Gonzalez, 6:12 p.m.

RA decisions postponed

The office of student affairs is delaying Resident Assistant application decisions until the week of March 23, it announced in an email to applicants Friday afternoon. Danielle Merrill, Associate Director for Residential Education, said in the email that the housing selection timeline will also be pushed back so participants have time to make housing decisions for next year. -Tomas Gonzalez, 5:45 p.m.

COVID-19 cases on the rise in Mass.

The number of COVID-19 cases jumped up to 123 from 108 yesterday. Middlesex County still has the largest number of cases, 60, while Suffolk County now has 26 cases. Ten patients have been hospitalized but none have died. The number of cases that originated from the Biogen conference is now up to 94. The World Health Organization reported 132,758 confirmed cases globally—7,499 of them are new since yesterday—and 4,955 people have died of the virus, 342 since yesterday. -Parker Purifoy, 4:44 p.m

SEAL provides organizations information on how to proceed for remainder of semester

The Student Engagement and Leadership office announced that the Annual Budget Requests process will proceed remotely. The office also encouraged organizations to utilize EmConnect, Google Hangouts, Zoom, and other video conferencing applications in their elections and hiring process. SEAL also introduced Jenna Coviello as a new program coordinator, working with student leadership development programs & student organizations. – Tomas Gonzalez, 3:50 p.m.

ArtsEmerson suspends remaining March events 

ArtsEmerson has cancelled all public gatherings starting March 13. The organization hopes to continue with some programming by the end of April. The following events are suspended: Plata Quemada, La Chana, part of Shared Stories: A POC Film Series, Cyrano de Bergerac showing, All My Sons showing, Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower, Wise Children showing. “For anyone holding tickets to one of these performances, ArtsEmerson requests that you wait for an email with instructions rather than calling the box office. Staff members are working as quickly as possible in these challenging times,” reads their emailed statement. – Belen Dumont 2:50 p.m.

EVVYs to proceed without an appeal from SGA 

The EVVYs will be proceeding without an appeal from SGA, according to an email from an EVVYs producer to SGA obtained by The Beacon. – Tomas Gonzalez, 2:00 p.m.

Gov. Baker bans gathering of large crowds

Gov. Charlie Baker issued an order to prohibit the gathering of 250 people, effective immediately. These restricted gatherings include “community, civic, public, leisure, faith-based events, sporting events with spectators, concerts, conventions, fundraisers, parades, fairs, festivals, and any similar event or activity that brings together 250 or more persons in a single room or single space at the same time in a venue such as an auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall, theatre, or any other confined indoor or outdoor space.” Some exceptions to this order include grocery stores, office environments, government buildings, airports, schools, medical facilities, and shopping malls. The order encourages restaurants to practice social distancing. This order will exist until the State of Emergency has ended, or the order itself is rescinded.  – Dana Gerber, 12:30 p.m.

College pushes registration dates back one week 

The Registrar’s Office has delayed Fall 2020 class registration dates by one week, to March 30, in response to the transition of Spring classes to an online format. This change, according to an email from the college, is intended to “bolster staffing levels,” as well as ensure students in all time zones are accommodated in the registration process. The email also stated that the Academic Advising Center will be communicating with students shortly to ensure virtual assistance in the fall registration process. Both the Registrar’s Office and the Academic Advising Center are open to questions from students. – Dana Gerber, 11:41 a.m.

SGA to proceed with “business as normal”

The Student Government Association will attempt to proceed with “business as normal” via online communication for the remainder of the semester, the organization determined at a late-night “auxiliary” Joint Session meeting Thursday. SGA’s typical meeting schedule, which consists of four meetings each week, will be abridged. Instead, Joint Session will meet once weekly at their typically scheduled time over video conference, while the Executive Board, Financial Advisory Board, and Senate will work through email correspondence with no scheduled meetings. Student organizations will still be able to complete the typically scheduled Annual Budget Request Process, which funds organizational activities, through online forms with assistance from an expanded FAB and Executive Treasurer Abigail Semple. Spring elections will still take place as scheduled albeit online. Thursday’s meeting was the last in-person Joint Session meeting of the academic year. – Andrew Brinker, 12:24 a.m.

Thursday, March 12

Colleges report potential COVID-19 cases

Several more college’s around the state have announced online classes, joining other major institutions who have made the move. Massasoit Community College announced that a person at the college has been tested for the COVID-19, with another person coming in contact with the virus who had been on-campus. Bunker Hill Community College announced that it had a presumptive case of COVID-19 on its Chelsea campus and that the test would be available in the next 72 hours. – Jacob Seitz, 11:04 p.m.

Students in Spain and France advised to return home

Emerson students studying abroad in Spain and France are being advised to return to their homes following the COVID-19 outbreak and the travel ban from Europe announced by President Donald Trump Wednesday evening. Director of Communications and Media Relations Michelle Gaseau said the college is in constant contact with the students. In an interview with The Beacon, sophomore John Raffaele III said the college is not aiding in purchasing transportation to the students’ homes. – Aaron J. Miller, 10:53 p.m.

SGA auxiliary meeting moves into executive session

Members of the Student Government Association gaveled into an auxiliary meeting Thursday at 10:05 p.m. and quickly moved into executive session with Executive President Will Palauskas presiding. Chief Joseph Johnson said the organization closed the meeting to facilitate questions various members might have. Johnson did not specify whether or not the student government would talk about recent events surrounding the college and the COVID-19 outbreak. However, he said a statement from the organization is expected late Thursday night. SGA can move into executive session “in the case of a sensitive issue” under a constitutional article. The last SGA auxiliary session saw a vote on Executive Treasurer Abigail Semple’s Financial Equity Board proposal pushed.  – Chris Van Buskirk, 10:23 p.m.

Student Union pushed for extension on housing intent form

The Emerson College Student Union organized a phone bank Thursday night, asking for an extension to the mid-spring intent form which asks students to declare their decision whether to stay or go from campus. The student union asked parents to call Director for Housing and Residential Education Christie Anglade who sent the form to students early Thursday morning. The student union previously held a phone bank on Feb. 18 to express their disapproval of tuition increases for the 2020-2021 school year. – Tomas Gonzalez, 9:48 p.m.

Marlboro to move classes online

In an email to the community Thursday night, Marlboro College announced it would be moving all classes online for two weeks following the college’s spring break, which runs March 16-27. The announcement comes less than 36 hours after Marlboro President Kevin Quigley announced that there was a possibility of delaying commencement because of COVID-19 and that students may not return to campus as soon as expected. The Beacon previously reported that Quigley was debating whether to allow its students who will be going home for the college’s upcoming two-week spring break to return to campus. – Jacob Seitz, 8:40 p.m.

Career Development Center cancels spring programming

The Career Development canceled all in-person events for the spring semester including the Spring Internship & Career Fair in response to the concerns surrounding COVID-19. The office plans to host an online webinar, “How to Connect with Internship & Career Employers,” on March 19. – Chris Van Buskirk, 8:20 p.m.

Emerson Contemporary cancels Curator Talk

Emerson Contemporary canceled a Curator Talk with Leonie Bradbury scheduled for Sunday at 2 p.m. in response to the college’s updated policy on COVID-19. The Media Art gallery remains open through March 16. – Chris Van Buskirk, 8:14 p.m.

DPH releases new COVID-19 numbers

The Department of Public Health raised the number of confirmed and presumptive positive cases to 108 from 95. Middlesex County has the largest number of cases, 49 with Norfolk County sitting with 24. Suffolk County, where Emerson College is located, has 22 cases. – Chris Van Buskirk, 5:34 p.m.

College releases FAQ

The college released a Frequently Asked Questions page with information concerning the COVID-19 crisis. Some of the most important takeaways: 

  • All classrooms, labs, studios, production spaces and the EDC will be open for their regular hours for the foreseeable future.
  • Campus tours admissions events including Picture Yourself at Emerson have not been canceled. Any decision to cancel Picture Yourself at Emerson will be made on or before March 13th.
  • Students who have been hired with federal work study, you should consult your supervisor to see if the position will still be necessary. Student Employment within the Financial Aid Office (617-824-8655) may be able to assist with placement should it be necessary. The goal is to keep all student jobs for those living on campus.
  • All other students with jobs will be able to keep them, although hours might be shifted. If in-person operations are halted, supervisors will determine whether jobs can be done remotely. -Parker Purifoy and Belen Dumont, 3:52 p.m.

Bright Lights cancels screenings

The Bright Lights Screening Series announced Thursday that all previously scheduled screenings for this semester are canceled. “The Lighthouse” screening on Thursday will continue as normal but it will be the last of the semester. Bright Lights will look to host discussions online in the coming weeks in an attempt to keep some aspects of the series going. – Charlie McKenna, 3:15 p.m.

NEWMAC cancels conference games

The NEWMAC announced in a statement Thursday afternoon that the conference’s President’s Council decided unanimously to cancel all of spring sporting events starting March 16. Emerson Director of Athletics Patricia Nicol said they are canceling all non-conference games as well. – Ethan McDowell, 3:00 p.m.

SEAL cancels large events

Jason Meier announced via email that all on-campus events and meetings, beginning March 14th until April 10, that take place in the following spaces are canceled: The Cabaret, Bill Bordy Theater, Lion’s Den, Center Stage, Office of the Arts spaces, Media Art Gallery, Huret & Spector Gallery, Ansin 503, Walker 202, Walker 210, and Walker 233. – Belen Dumont, 1:09 p.m. 

OHRE releases housing intention form 

The Office of Housing and Residential Education emailed students living on-campus a MidSpring Intention form to fill out before noon this Friday, March 13, which includes the altered guest policy. -Parker Purifoy, 10:55 a.m.

Wednesday, March 11 

Utah Jazz player diagnosed with COVID-19

Two Utah Jazz players—Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell—have tested positive for COVID-19 following a practice at the college’s gym on March 5, according to a statement from the team and reporting by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. – Aaron J. Miller and Ethan McDowell, 11:00 p.m.

Marlboro College preparing for spring break delays

Marlboro College is weighing if it will allow students to return to campus following their upcoming two-week spring break, according to college President Kevin Quigley. – Jacob Seitz, 10:30 p.m.

College considering refunds for castle students

The college is “leaning in the direction” of providing housing refunds to Kasteel Well students planning to return home for the remainder of the semester, Assistant Vice President of International and Global Engagement Anthony Pinder said in a meeting with castle students. – Lara Hill, 8:00 p.m.

College postpones Comm. Days

The School of Communications announced that Comm. Days, a two-day conference with speakers from around the country, is postponed until the fall semester. – Parker Purifoy, 4:34 p.m.

OISA opens office for international students with questions 

The Office of International Student Affairs extended office hours so that international students with questions could seek help. The office hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.  The office is also holding Q&A sessions on Wednesday at 4 p.m. and Thursday at 11 a.m. – Parker Purifoy, 3:41 p.m.

Tuesday, March 10

Classes to transfer online 

College President M. Lee Pelton emailed the entire Emerson community announcing that the last day of in-person classes would be March 13, and the college would transfer all classes online afterward. – Chris Van Buskirk, 8:20 p.m.

Gov. Baker declares state of emergency

Gov. Baker declares a state of emergency and announces that the number of COVID-19 cases spiked to 92, more than doubling the number of cases reported on Monday. Only six people have been hospitalized so far and no one has died so far.   – Parker Purifoy, 3:30 p.m.