Frequently Asked Questions
Find answers here to some frequently asked questions about MMC’s Onward plan for Fall 2021. Select a category below to jump to a specific section.
There are several things students should keep in mind when returning to campus:
- Submit your vaccination information: Students are required to be vaccinated unless they have an approved exemption.
- Keep MMC Healthy Pledge: We encourage all students, faculty, and staff to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and recommit to the Pledge to Keep MMC Healthy. We must all join in the mutual, continuous effort to keep our community safe and take responsibility for our own health and actions to protect ourselves and others.
- Screening: All members of the MMC community are required to self-monitor for COVID symptoms and refrain from entering any MMC facility if feeling unwell, and/or following a COVID-19 close contact.
- Read MMC’s Quarantine & Isolation 101 Guide for specific details about quarantine requirements. (Please note that this document is intended to provide guidance for students living in the residence halls.)
If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, you should not come to campus and you should practice self-quarantine until your symptoms resolve. Please contact your doctor or the Dow Zanghi Student Health Center (call first!) and report your symptoms to firstname.lastname@example.org immediately. If you are a residential student living in one of our three residences this fall, please copy ResidenceLife@mmm.edu in your message to Safety.
A member of our Safety team will follow up to ensure you are supported and obtaining medical care. The Dow Zanghi Student Health Center is available for student use free of charge, in-person or for telehealth appointments.
Confirmed cases of COVID-19 will require isolation. The College has set aside isolation spaces for students living in the residence halls. Non-residential students, faculty, and staff will be required to isolate in their own homes.
If a case of COVID-19 is confirmed on campus or within the MMC campus community, MMC Contact Tracers will inform NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH). To the extent possible, Contact Tracers will work with the NYC DOHMH to conduct contact tracing.
Contact Tracers will conduct contact tracing to help identify:
- MMC facilities that may require cleaning and disinfection after a confirmed case has been identified; and
- “Close contacts” (as defined by the CDC) of the confirmed case. Close contact is defined as the proximity of 6 feet or closer for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period with a person who tests positive.
Additionally, Contact Tracers will seek out the help of NYC DOHMH (to the extent possible) to determine what, if any, community transmission has been identified and whether MMC can continue to contain/manage confirmed case(s) within their own facilities.
For Fall 2021 the majority of classes will be in-person. These classes will be listed in the Course Bulletin with a numerical section number (01, 02, 03, etc.) and will list days and times and the assigned room. Some courses will be taught online. These classes will be listed in the Course Bulletin with OL in their section number (OL01, OL02, OL03, etc.). Some classes will blend in-person and online components. These blended classes will be listed in the Course Bulletin with BL in their section number (BL01, BL02, BL03, etc.).
If your classes are in-person or blended, refer to the Building Locations chart on the Course Bulletin page to find out which building your class is in.
Yes, masks are required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, in all indoor MMC spaces, including classrooms, labs, studios, library, theatre, residence halls, and common spaces.
The mask policy will be re-evaluated continuously throughout the semester and may be revised with consideration given to internal vaccination rate, local infection and transmissibility rates, and guidance from public health officials
Though most of our classes will be in-person, students who enroll in blended and online classes will be able to join them from campus. Spaces include the Thomas J. Shanahan Library, the Commons, the Lowerre Family Terrace, and the Regina Peruggi Room. Additionally the PC labs in Carson 410 and Carson 411 are available for attending online classes but only when in-person classes are not meeting in those rooms.
Students can reserve spaces for meetings, events, and rehearsals using Astra Scheduler.
Yes, almost all performance and studio-based classes will be offered in-person.
Yes! Families who are experiencing financial difficulties during these stressful times should consider contacting the Office of Financial Aid. A family who has filed a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form and has experienced a loss of employment or income, disability or death due to recent circumstances, may qualify for a review of their financial situation.
How to Appeal:
- Families are encouraged to outreach to Financial Aid by email email@example.com to explain their situation and request an appeal.
- Financial Aid will email the needed forms or request needed documents to review the appeal.
- Once the documents are returned to the College they will be reviewed to determine if the family qualifies for federal aid or additional institutional funds if available.
- Appeal decisions are sent via email and/or regular mail. The student will receive a revised award letter.
- Reviews are a lengthy process and take time. Allow enough time for the review – process your paperwork early.
- Pending reviews do not release you from making payments on your account. Adjustments will be made once the appeal is finalized.
- The Center for Student Service is available to respond to any questions you may have. Please call 212-517-0500 to speak with our Student Service Representatives.
Residence halls will remain open for all College breaks except for Winter break (i.e., residence halls will close during Winter break). Students will have the option to return to housing for the January session at an additional cost.
If you have borrowed a book, laptop, or equipment, please hold onto them and await further instructions. During this period, borrowers may continue to use their laptops, and MAC IT may contact borrowers regarding needed software and security updates. The Library will waive any fines accrued during this period. When it is safe for the return of these items, the Library will email borrowers with a new date for dropping off or mailing in the items.
MMC’s standard Dining Dollars policy continues to be in place and is available on the College’s Dining Dollars webpage. In the event of an announced campus closure, you will carry any Dining Dollars balance to the next semester. If you have any additional concerns or questions about Dining Dollars, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Should a campus closure be announced, tuition refunds will not be provided. All science labs that are being offered on campus will be accessible virtually. Professors would share specific plans for continuing with these labs in the event of a campus closure.
It depends. If you are required to vacate your room because of an announced campus closure, the College will credit prorated housing amounts to your MMC account. If you decide to withdraw from the College or move out without an announced campus closure, you will not receive a refund. If you personally are asked to leave housing for not following health and safety protocols, you will not receive a refund. Leaving housing at any point after moving in reduces the eligible refund amount as outlined in the Housing Contract. Please see the Cancellation Schedule for more details.
In the event of an announced campus closure, residential students will be provided with as much notice as possible to pack their belongings before departure. Students should plan to take all belongings with them. If that is not possible, students will be responsible for retrieving all personal property by a yet-to-be-determined date. Options for retrieval include:
- Scheduling a socially distanced pick-up
- Working with a College-identified packer/shipper to ship your belongings home at your expense.