Student Life – COVID-19 FAQs
Student life on the Providence College campus in Fall 2020 will be different from any other semester. We are going to ask students to do things that are inconvenient, uncomfortable, and even difficult. Nobody wants it to be this way, especially our students, and we get it – it is a lousy deal.
But we ask that you think about a few things as you make decisions, day to day and minute to minute.
- All of these rules and requirements are based upon the best expert advice that’s available. And we are doing the same things at PC that people are doing at just about every other residential college in the country.
- The primary goal is to keep everyone in our community healthy. College-age students can get COVID-19 and it can be extremely serious. Even a mild case will mean tremendous inconvenience to you and those around you. On top of that, you could feel fine or just mildly sick, but give it to someone who is more vulnerable, with potentially catastrophic results.
- This represents our best chance of getting back to normal as soon as possible. Setbacks will cause delays, not just here at PC but in communities everywhere. Working together, we can help keep us on track so that we will have a better chance of having a spring semester that is closer to what we all want it to be.
Let’s look out for ourselves, for each other, and for everyone around us. It will be tough, but we really have no choice. We are all in this together.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some answers to the most common questions we’ve been receiving. Check back often for updates and visit the Reopening Providence College website for more information.
- FAQs: Masks on Campus, Remote Study
- FAQs: Screening & Testing
- FAQs: Orientation
- FAQs: Residence Life (Rooms & Roommates, Move-In, Visitation & Guests, Hall Common Areas, Cleaning, Safety & Security)
- FAQs: Dining Services
- FAQs: Rec Sports
- FAQs: Campus Common Areas
- FAQs: Student Clubs & Events
- FAQs: Personal Counseling Center
- FAQs: Center for Career Education & Professional Development
- FAQs: Campus Parking
Page Updates: 7/28/20 (Screening/Testing, Personal Counseling, Career Education); 7/29/20 (Dining Services); 7/31/20 (Study Remote Form)
Masks on Campus, Remote Study
Q. Where on campus do I have to wear a mask?
A. Face masks are required in all areas of campus, in public and indoors, with the only exception being when a student is in their assigned residence hall room.
Q. Can I take my classes remotely for the semester?
A. Yes, students who would like to study remotely for the fall semester should fill out this form by August 15, 2020. Please note that this a new deadline.
Screening, Testing, and Quarantine
Q. What will the screening protocol on campus be?
A. Before their first interaction with the campus community each day, faculty, staff, and students will be required to complete a self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms or recent exposure to someone who has tested positive. Employees and students who live off campus will complete self-screening before coming to campus. Students who live on campus will complete screening before leaving their rooms. This will occur through the use of a mobile/desktop messaging system, to be announced the week of Aug. 10. Those currently studying or working on campus should use the Crush COVID RI app, available for download through the state’s website.
Q. Do I need to be tested for COVID-19 before I come to campus? Will I be tested once I am on campus?
A. Students are required to have a test, with documentation of a negative result, before arriving at PC. In accordance with current federal and state guidance, that test must occur within 3-5 days of arrival, and students should then take steps to limit contact with others until coming to campus. Students will have another test upon arrival at PC. In fact, they will be directed to Peterson Recreation Center to be tested as a first step before moving into residence halls. DO NOT COME TO CAMPUS IF YOU DON’T FEEL WELL, IF YOU TEST POSITIVE , OR IF YOU HAVE AN INCONCLUSIVE TEST RESULT.
Q. Where do I go for my point-of-origin (pre-move-in) test?
A. The College has arranged for students to be tested at certain CVS locations, with the fee to be charged directly to the College. Please note that this is not allowed by law in New York or New Jersey, but students from those states may go to another state to be tested. More details about this program will be provided soon.
Students who cannot access a CVS test and live near PC may come to campus prior to their move-in date to be tested, also at no direct cost. Only a limited number of these tests will be available, so students are asked to pursue the CVS option first.
First-year students may come to campus on Aug. 21 to be tested. Returning students may come to campus on Aug. 23 to be tested.
Students residing in Davis Hall or Bedford Hall at PC may come to campus on Sept. 2 to be tested.
Any student who gets a test on campus according to this schedule will return home to await results.
In the event that neither of these options is workable, students may get tested on their own (3-5 days prior to arrival) and bring a receipt so that the College may provide reimbursement for the cost.
Q. Where is the on-campus testing facility?
A. It is in Peterson Recreation Center. Security personnel at the Huxley Ave. entrance gate will direct students to parking. Remember that face masks are required at all times on campus.
Q. What is the test like?
A. It involves a self-administered, minimally invasive nasal swab. Students will sign in at Peterson, and a trained professional will guide them through the process. It takes only a few minutes, and results are generally expected within 24 hours.
Q. How do off-campus students access testing in Peterson?
A. Off-campus students will need to schedule a test before accessing campus. Information on scheduling will be provided soon.
Q. Will I be tested again during the semester, even if I don’t develop COVID-19 symptoms?
A. Yes. PC plans to test approximately 150 people per day, throughout the fall semester, as part of its effort to contain positive cases that may arise within our community. This is known as surveillance testing. Students should reasonably expect to be included in this protocol, one or more times, at various times during the semester.
Q. What if I have been tested on my own, somewhere other than at PC, but the results are delayed and I am scheduled to move in or start classes?
A. Students should bring proof that they have been tested (e.g. a receipt or a copy of a confirmation email). They will be tested again upon arrival as part of the population testing protocol.
Q. Is it true that all students will have to quarantine after moving in?
A. Yes. Limiting contact among students who have not yet tested negative is critical to containing the virus at the outset of the semester. Students will quarantine in their rooms until they get notification of a negative test result (most likely a period of less than 24 hours).
Q. What about meals?
A. In partnership with Sodexo, the College will make arrangements to have meals delivered to rooms or, in some cases, to make them accessible in outdoor spaces where students will go in small groups appropriate for physical distancing. Dietary restrictions will be taken into account for meal preparation.
Q. What would cause me to have to go into quarantine during the semester?
A. If you are identified as a “close contact” with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, you could be placed in quarantine. It is the College’s expectation that you will return home to quarantine but, if that is not practical, you would quarantine on campus, most likely in Davis Hall or a nearby hotel. This would be for a period of 14 days.
Q. What should a student do if he/she has symptoms of COVID-19?
A. If a student has symptoms of COVID-19, they should call the Student Health Center at 401.865.2422 to arrange to be seen by a provider in the Student Health Center Respiratory Clinic. Any person experiencing symptoms of illness must avoid in-person interactions with the campus community until they receive results of their test. If a symptomatic case tests positive for SARS-CoV-2, this individual is then considered a confirmed COVID-19 case, and they will follow the College’s isolation procedures.
Q. What happens if I test positive for COVID-19?
A. When a student tests positive for COVID-19, it is the College’s expectation that they will return to their home to isolate for the appropriate amount of time. This option is applicable for students within a reasonable commuting distance where the student can be transported home safely by a parent/family member. If the return home option is not feasible due to travel distance, availability of care at home, presence of an at-risk/immunocompromised individual at home, etc., the student will be isolated on-campus. Students are required to isolate for a minimum of 10 days, with the last 24 hours of isolation being fever-free and symptoms resolved. Please visit the Re-Opening: Healthy & Safety site for detailed information about quarantine and isolation.
Q. What is the process for a visit to the Student Health Center Respiratory Clinic?
A. After calling to make an appointment (401.865.2422), the student will arrive at the Respiratory Clinic in Davis Hall wearing a mask. The clinic doors are locked 24/7, but will be unlocked when the student notifies staff that they are approaching the clinic. The student will be immediately brought into an exam room, and given a surgical mask and asked to clean their hands. The student’s temperature will be checked. Providers will be in full PPE. The provider will complete a full exam and arrange for testing on-site if warranted. Symptomatic students will immediately be placed into isolation pending test results. Students will not be allowed to bring guests with them to appointments.
Information for International and “Hot Spot” State Residents
Q. Which students are subject to the state’s rules regarding quarantine for college students traveling from other states or countries?
A. This guidance applies to any student from a country other than the U.S., any student from Puerto Rico, and any student on the list of states the state characterizes as “hot spots.” If a student lives in any of those places, they will be required by the state to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. College students cannot “test out” of the quarantine by providing proof of a recent negative test result.
Q. Can I satisfy the international/hot spot quarantine requirement by staying with family or friends in Rhode Island or another non-hot spot state for 14 days before moving to campus or starting classes?
A. Yes, but any student who does this will be required to sign an affidavit stating that they have been in Rhode Island or another non-hot spot state for 14 days and that they have followed strict quarantine guidelines. Note: A student’s 14-day countdown will start over if the state in which they are staying becomes a hot spot during their 14-day quarantine period.
Those who choose to quarantine anywhere besides the PC campus are asked to please email residence life with their quarantine plans.
If quarantining in a non-hot spot sate is not an option, students traveling from these locations will quarantine upon arrival on campus.
Q. Can I move to campus early, to complete my quarantine before classes begin?
A. Yes. The College is asking international students to move to campus Aug. 10 or Aug. 14 (most of this schedule had been arranged previously). Students from hot spot states are asked to arrive on Aug. 14 or 17, unless they are quarantining for 14 days in Rhode Island or another non-hot spot state. Students from those states are asked to please contact Residence Life if they cannot move in on the 14th or 17th.
Q. Will I be tested when I get to campus?
A. Yes. This is the first thing that students will do upon arrival at PC. They will wait in quarantine until confirmation of a negative test result. Students who test negative will remain in quarantine for the balance of the 14-day period. Any who test positive will go into the College’s isolation protocol.
Q. Where will I stay during quarantine?
A. Those students who are already assigned to an apartment or suite for the fall and arrive on Aug. 14 will be able to quarantine in their fall assignment for the quarantine period.
Students who arrive on Aug. 17 will be required to quarantine in Davis Hall or Bedford Hall. Students who are assigned to a traditional hall will quarantine in Davis or Bedford Hall regardless of what day they arrive.
Q. What will day-to-day life be like in quarantine?
A. Meals will be delivered to students in quarantine (with dietary restrictions taken into account), and each student will have an assigned residence life staff member who will serve as a point of contact and check in regularly. Students in quarantine will have scheduled opportunities to go outside to walk/stretch/read and, in some cases, eat meals. Campus ministers and chaplains will also be available to students, and student-athletes in quarantine will receive daily check-ins from their coaches.
New Student Orientation
Q. Will fall orientation be in-person?
A. We are currently planning on a hybrid program this fall – primarily online, with some small in-person meetings – beginning shortly after students move onto campus. More information will be available on our orientation website by early August.
Residence Life: Rooms and Roommates
Q. I am attending Providence College in the fall, but wasn’t able to see a residence hall room during my campus tour. Can I come to campus to see what the rooms look like?
A. No, we cannot accommodate tours of residence halls at this time. We encourage you to use our residence hall virtual tours to check out rooms in each hall.
Q. How many students are going to be living in a room?
A. This will vary depending on your housing assignment.
Q. When will first-year student housing assignments come out?
A. Housing and roommate assignments will be distributed via email to Providence College e-mail addresses in early August. We are unable to provide assignments over the phone or by any means other than email and we cannot provide this information prior to distribution of the emails.
Q. Will housing assignments for returning students change?
A. In order to de-densify the residence halls, the College will limit occupancy and some students will be relocated. We are working to minimize these changes, and the Office of Residence Life & Housing will be in touch with those who will be affected to work on alternative arrangements.
Q. If I decide to take all my classes remotely, can I still live in the residence halls?
A. No, students who chose to work fully remotely cannot reside on campus.
Q. If I study remotely in the fall, will I still be able to live on campus in the spring?
A. Yes. More details about spring housing will come at a later date.
Q. Will room change requests during the semester still be accommodated?
A. Yes, after the second week in October.
Q. How do I talk with my roommates about boundaries in our room related to COVID guidelines?
A. It’s better to put those things out in the open in the beginning. Communication is key to any successful relationship–even roommates. If you are a first-year student, reach out to your roommates via FaceTime or Skype to get to know your new roommate(s). When you all get together on campus, bring up any concerns, voice your opinions, and ultimately come to a compromise about what goes on in your space. Our community is filled with people who have backgrounds, cultures, and even languages that may be different from yours. Think of it as a lesson in tolerance.
Q. What happens if my roommate tests positive for COVID-19? Do I have to quarantine?
A. When a student’s roommate tests positive for COVID-19, the person who tests positive is immediately placed into isolation on-campus or at home. Any students who live with or are a close contact of a student who tests positive will be contacted by the contact tracing team and required to complete a 14 day quarantine on-campus or at home. The preference is for students who need to quarantine to return to their home for the 14 day time period. This option is applicable for students within a reasonable commuting distance where the student can be transported home safely by a parent/family member. If the return home option is not feasible due to travel distance, availability of care at home, presence of an at-risk/immunocompromised individual at home, etc., the student will quarantine on campus. Please visit the Re-Opening: Healthy & Safety site for detailed information about quarantine and isolation.
Residence Life: Fall Move-In
Q. When will students move into their rooms?
A. All members of the Class of 2024 are scheduled to move onto campus the week of August 24th. Returning student move-in will happen on a staggered basis over the course of a few days, just prior to the start of classes on August 31st. Confirmation of our move-in schedule depends on confirmation of our virus testing protocol. We are close to the final details of the testing plan and will provide additional details as soon as possible. Additional information will be shared on the Class of 2024 Move-In page and the Returning Student Move-In page.
Q. I have been able to move-in as an Early Arrival Student in previous semesters. Will I be able to move in early this Fall?
A. To protect our community, move in will be staggered over the course of a few days; as a result of this we are not able to entertain early arrival requests at this time.
Q. Once the move-in dates are confirmed, what happens if I am not able to get a reasonably-priced flight in time to arrive before the start of classes?
A. You may begin classes online and adjust to your in-class schedule upon your arrival and completion of the requirements for testing and quarantine.
Q. Can I still ship packages with my move-in belongings to the PC on-campus mail room, and then pick up the packages once I arrive on campus?
A. No, unfortunately, we are unable to offer this service in a safe and efficient manner given the current COVID-19 restrictions. We are unable to accept any packages shipped to our mail room prior to your fall arrival. In place of our prior process, we have partnered with The UPS Store to establish the PC Ship Ahead Program, which will allow you to ship your belongings to a local UPS Store, and then the UPS Store will deliver your packages to your on-campus residence prior to your arrival.
Residence Life: What to Bring
Q. What should I keep in mind when packing to come to campus for the fall semester under these unusual circumstances?
A. To facilitate a seamless move-in, which will be challenging because of the need to practice physical distancing, PC is asking students to minimize the belongings they bring to campus this fall. Please consider limiting yourselves to one large suitcase and one carry-on-type bag, plus bedding. Refrigerators, etc., are allowable, but please coordinate with your roommates to maximize efficiency.
Q. Are there any particular things I should bring?
A. Yes. Please bring these items:
- A 14-day quarantine bag with essential items in the event that you must quarantine on campus or at the Marriott Hotel (Orms Street, Providence).
- A personal thermometer.
- A 14-day supply of prescription medications and any over-the-counter medications you routinely take.
- Cleaning supplies, including disinfectant wipes.
- Multiple face masks.
Residence Life: Visitation and Guests
Q. Will my parents/siblings/boyfriend/girlfriend be able to visit me in my room?
A. No, for the safety of the community, no outside visitors are permitted in your residence hall after move-in day. Your family however, may visit campus public spaces while maintaining social distancing.
Q. Can I have my friends over in my residence hall room/suite/apartment if they live in a different building?
A. No, for the safety of the community, students will not be able to visit other residence halls.
Q. What about if my friends live in the same building, but on a different floor?
A. Yes, students who live within a building can visit other students within the same residence hall.
Q. Will we be able to host parties in my suite/room/apartment?
A. No parties or large gatherings will be permitted.
Q. Am I allowed to leave campus?
A. We strongly encourage students to stay on campus for the entirety of the fall semester for safety reasons. If you choose to leave campus, you are required to follow the state’s safety guidelines.
Q. Am I allowed to go home on the weekend? Is there a process to request to go home for a weekend?
A. We strongly encourage students to stay on campus for the entirety of the fall semester for safety reasons. You do not need to request to go home for a weekend, but we request that you let your RA or CD/HD know that you are going home. If you do choose to go home, please continue to wear your mask and social distance.
Q. How will I access my Resident Assistant (RA)/Graduate Assistant Hall Director (GAHD)/Complex Director(CD)?
A. Reach out via text, GroupMe, email, zoom, or visit the RA hall office during duty hours (see duty schedule.) You can also directly contact the Office of Residence Life & Housing.
Residence Life: Hall Common Areas
Q. Will there still be common areas in the residence halls?
A. Yes, however, usage of common area spaces (including kitchen common areas) will be limited based on social distancing protocol.
Q. Will there be limits on how many people in the bathrooms?
A. Occupancy limits in restrooms will be reduced as needed based on distancing guidelines. Instructions will be posted on restroom entrances.
Q. Can I leave my shower caddy in the bathroom?
A. No, students are not permitted to leave personal items in common spaces for health reasons.
Q. Will there be limits on how many people in the laundry rooms?
A. Laundry usage will be coordinated based on floor assignment – times will be staggered. The laundry machine app will be expanded to provide for more accurate and timely information. Full cleaning of laundry rooms will be performed once per day. Students will be expected to maintain social distancing guidelines.
Q. How many people can ride in an elevator?
A. Occupancy limits in elevators will be reduced as needed based on distancing guidelines. We encourage individuals to use the stairs when possible. Pay attention to signage as some stairwells and hallways may be designated as one way.
Q. Can I still store my hockey and ROTC equipment in the stairwells?
A. No. There is no designated space in the residence halls for athletic equipment. Students will need to store this equipment in their residence hall room.
Residence Life: Cleaning Protocols
Q. How often are the bathrooms, hallways, elevators, lobbies, and common areas being cleaned?
A. Shared bathrooms in traditional halls and all hall common areas will be fully cleaned once per day. There will be additional touch point cleaning throughout the day. Staff will post a log of bathroom cleanings.
Q. Will my room be cleaned by staff? Will my bathroom in my suite/apartment be cleaned by staff?
A. No, students are responsible for cleaning their rooms as well as the common areas of their suites and apartments. We suggest you bring general cleaning supplies with you for the semester.
Q. Can I hire someone to clean my room/suite/apartment?
A. No, no one is allowed to enter the residence halls other than students who live there and approved college staff.
Residence Life: Hall Safety and Security
Q. Who is allowed to enter my room? Under what circumstances can they come to my room?
A. Roommates & other residents of the building as invited, Residence Life and Housing Staff, Maintenance Staff and Public Safety. Everyone is required to maintain social distancing guidelines and to wear masks.
Q. How are you going to ensure that policies in residence halls are actually enforced?
A. The Office of Residence Life & Housing and The Office of Public Safety will be enforcing all policies within the residence halls as usual; however as a community, it is responsibility of all Friars living in Friartown to adhere to COVID-19 policies because Friars protect Friars.
Q. What happens if students break a policy?
A. We all recognize that these are difficult circumstances, and we want to encourage everyone to work together to stay safe (and keep others safe). As with any rules, we need to have sanctions to help ensure compliance, and that is the case with the College’s COVID-19 requirements, described on page 78 of the Student Handbook. Instead of sanctions, we want to focus on our shared commitment to the common good by wearing masks, staying physically distant, paying attention to symptoms, letting medical personnel know if we are feeling sick, and following all the other guidelines designed to get PC back to something close to normal as soon as possible. Of course, serious violations will result in serious sanctions (ranging all the way from official warnings to dismissal), but a focus on that shared commitment will help us avoid getting to that point.
Q. Will I have to wear a mask in the dining halls?
A. Yes, face coverings are required for all guests and employees entering any establishment. Face coverings must be worn when moving about the dining hall but can be removed when seated at a table and eating.
Q. Will all meals be to-go, or will we be able to sit down to eat?
A. There will be both full-serve and grab and go options. You will be able to sit down to eat, but we have reduced capacity to 75% inside dining locations with reduced dine-in seating based on current regulatory, social distance guidelines by the Rhode Island Department of Health. In order to provide more sit-down space, an outdoor seating area with a large tent is planned for the circle area in front of Raymond.
There will be full transferability for those on meal plans so students can eat at all our on-campus eating venues —Raymond, Alumni, Eaton Street Cafe, Ruane Cafe plus new grab and go locations.
Q. Are you adding any dining locations on campus?
A. In order to meet anticipated increased demand for to-go options, we have added Grab & Go kiosks in McPhails and on the first floor of the Ryan Center, near the elevators.
Q. Can I order ahead?
A. Yes, we have a robust mobile ordering platform in place for Alumni Hall, Eaton Street Café, and Ruane Café to minimize traffic and to accommodate reduced dine-in capacity.
Q. Will take-out options be available everywhere?
A. Yes, we will now be offering to-go containers at every dining location including Raymond Hall.
Q. Will there still be self-serve options?
A. No, replacement of self-serve, unattended buffets, topping bars, U-Cook and other communal serving areas as defined by the Rhode Island Department of Health regulatory guidelines, will be suspended and served by a member of our staff. Beverage stations will be operational with the use of single use wipes and single serve cups.
Q. How will dining services promote social distancing?
A. Signage delineates traffic patterns and queuing distances throughout each location. Guests should maintain social distancing requirements of six feet while entering locations, waiting in lines and exiting.
Q. How will payment/meal plans work?
A. Touchless entry and contactless payment are available at all our locations to limit the contact between dining staff and students. Cash will be accepted but it is not encouraged.
Q. I have special dietary needs, will dining services be able to accommodate?
A. Yes, we are still able to meet most dietary needs, if you have specific questions, please contact our registered dietitian, Michelle Switach at MSwitach@providence.edu
Q. What is the cleaning/sanitizing schedule like?
A. We will have enhanced cleaning protocols in place for all service and seating areas. High touchpoint areas are sanitized every 15-30 minutes. In Raymond Hall Dining and Alumni Hall tables and chairs will be sanitized regularly with Stop/Go signs in place to notify guests and staff when a table is safe to eat at.
Q. How will the employees be screened?
A. Employees will be screened daily per Rhode Island Department of Health guidelines. These measures include a daily questionnaire focused on exposure and health upon arrival. All employees are required to attend new COVID safety training before the start of work for the academic year.
Q. What will the hours be?
A. Raymond Dining Hall (Mon-Fri 7:30am-9:00pm, Sat-Sun 9:00am-9:00pm); Eaton Street Cafe (Mon-Wed 8:00am-11:00pm, Thurs 8:00am-12:00am, Fri 8:00am-4:00pm, Sat 4:00pm-12:00am, Sun 10:00am-10:00pm); Eaton Street Late Night Window (mobile ordering only – Thurs-Sun 12:00am-2:30am); Alumni Food Court (Mon-Wed 10:30am-11:00pm, Thurs-Fri 10:30am-1:00am, Sat-Sun 12:00pm-1:00am), Ruane Cafe (Mon-Thurs 7:30am-8:00pm, Fri 7:30am-3:00pm, Sat-Sun closed), McPhail’s Grab & Go Kiosk (Mon-Fri 11:00am-5:00pm), Ryan Center Grab & Go Kiosk – 1st floor near elevator (Mon-Fri 11:00am-5:00pm)
Rec Sports: Fitness Center
Q. Will the fitness center be open?
A. We do expect that the fitness center will be open and are working on policies and procedures to support appropriate social distancing while creating a safe overall environment. Masks will be required while exercising in the fitness center.
Q. Will you still offer group fitness classes?
A. Yes. Classes will likely be smaller due to social distancing and group gathering guideline, but we also hope to use some larger spaces and even move certain classes outdoors in order to offer a variety of classes. Masks will be required while attending group fitness classes.
Rec Sports: Intramurals and Club Sports
Q. Will there still be intramurals?
A. More information about intramurals to come.
Q. Will fall club sports be allowed to play?
A. More information about fall club sports to come.
Campus Common Areas
Q. What will shared study spaces look likes? (i.e. Slavin, the library, the Great Room in Ruane, etc.)
A. Social distancing capacity limits have been determined for all classrooms, labs, studios, and other learning spaces, including group and individual study spaces. Furniture will be removed where appropriate to create more space. Multi-person furniture will be marked for proper social distancing or will be removed. Users are asked not to move furniture as has been common in some areas in the past.
Q. What extra cleaning measures will be taken in common spaces?
A. Full cleaning will be performed once per day (24-hr period) in common areas and student lounges, with up to four additional touchpoint cleanings performed during the hours of operation. Additionally, disinfecting stations, with hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes, will be available for occupants to clean seating areas before/after use.
Student Clubs and Events
Q. Will we be able to have club meetings?
A. Student groups will be encouraged to hold their meetings via zoom. Space will be extremely limited on campus and we want to ensure the safety of all members. Club executives will be receiving more information directly from the Office of Student Activities & Cultural Programming in the coming weeks.
Q. Can clubs still host events?
A. Clubs will be able to host events this fall primarily in a virtual setting. We will be following state and college guidelines as it pertains to private gatherings. We anticipate fewer events taking place this fall then have occurred in the past but are working hard to offer a well-rounded student experience. Club officers will be provided with detailed information regarding fall event planning in the coming weeks.
Please see Re-Opening Providence College: Activities & Events for more information
Personal Counseling Center
Q. Will Personal Counseling appointments be in person?
A. At this time, appointments will be held via telehealth platforms – video conference or voice calls, pending which is most appropriate.
Q. What other campus mental health resources will be available this semester given the change in the academic schedule and increase in stressors that COVID-19 brings for many?
A. We are collaborating with various departments and students on campus as the College looks to expand campus-wide resources to our students. We will provide more specifics prior to the start of the semester.
Center for Career Education and Professional Development
Q. Will Career appointments or drop-ins be in person?
A. Most scheduled appointments and drop-ins will be held virtually through Zoom. You can schedule an appointment through Handshake. We are working on how to set up drop-ins through Zoom – more info to come.
Q. Will we still have the Fall and Spring Career Expos?
A. Yes, both will be held his year. The Fall Career Expo will be held virtually, through Handshake. We are waiting to see what happens with COVID-19 to determine the Spring Expo.
Q. Will the Major/Minor Fair happen this year?
A. Yes, the Major/Minor Fair will be held virtually.
Q. How will I know what career events are available to me?
A. You will receive a newsletter every Sunday and you can search events in Handshake.
Q. Will employers be interviewing candidates on campus this year?
A. In the fall, employers will be conducting interviews virtually. We are waiting to see what happens with COVID-19 to determine spring interviews.
Q. Can I still have an internship in the fall?
A. Discussions are taking place on fall internships. As in the spring, many students still had a virtual internship and that will continue into the fall. In-person internships are still being discussed.
Q. Are there any changes to the on-campus parking rules for students?
A. Same as in past years, resident parking on campus is reserved for juniors and seniors only. The parking application process that would have taken place in April was moved to August 3rd due to the pandemic. Students should check their email for more information about the parking lottery and application process.