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For information about cleaning measures, testing and tracing, and other COVID-19 precautions, please visit Campus Health & Safety.


Federal Cares Act at MassArt
    • A. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law to provide economic relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. One section of the CARES Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to provide money to colleges to use for emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the pandemic.
    • A. MassArt will use the CARES Act HEERF funds to provide a standard amount of relief to every eligible student. These funds are meant to help students pay expenses for technology, health care, child care, course materials, art supplies, rent, food, moving or other expenses incurred this term. If you have yet to experience financial stress due to COVID-19, these funds can help with unanticipated expenses or income loss that may occur throughout the spring term and into future terms.

      MassArt will receive $755,133 from the Department of Education for CARES Act Grants to students.

      As of October 30, 2020, $564,400 in CARES Act Grants have been distributed to students. The estimated total number of students at MassArt eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive CARES Act Grants is 1,411.
    • A. Students who meet basic eligibility criteria for federal financial aid are eligible to receive the aid. The MassArt Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) used the 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine eligibility.

      Under U.S. Department of Education rules for the program, these funds can be awarded to undergraduate, certificate, or graduate program (excepting graduate students enrolled in the MFA Low-Residency program) students and were registered for at least 1 credit for the Spring 2020 term. Students must have a 2019-2020 FAFSA on file, which was reviewed by OSFA staff, and were determined to have met all TIV eligibility requirements. All eligible students received a CARES Act Grant of $400.

      Unfortunately, the U.S. Department of Education does not allow these funds to be given to international students, undocumented students or non-matriculated students.

      For additional information, please read the MassArt Cares Report or visit CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.
    • A: Under U.S. Department of Education rules for the program, students who are not eligible for federal financial aid programs are not eligible for these federal grants. International students, undocumented students and non-matriculated students are not eligible for these funds. In addition, students who withdrew for the term are not eligible.

      If you are ineligible to receive funds under the CARES Act for any reason, please email financialaid@massart.edu. We are an institution that values a just compassionate, and equitable learning environment for all students.

Thanksgiving Break
    • A. November 25th through November 29th is Thanksgiving Break at MassArt. Students are allowed to stay on campus during the break if they so desire. Students may plan to travel to visit family/friends. Students can choose to come and go as they please during this time.

      You will need to follow all health and safety protocols that are in place for this semester: you will be required to wear a mask, physical distance, and will need to comply with testing if you are staying on campus.

      ALL students will be required to take a test upon returning to campus. Please schedule a test for the day of your return.

      Immediately after your testing, you will need to quarantine until you receive your test results through the CoVerified app (estimated 24 to 36 hours).

      For purposes of tracking and providing additional information as you determine your plans, please fill out the Thanksgiving Break Intent Form.

      Some additional ResLife & Dining Services Information:
      • • Chartwells will have limited hours (specific hours will be posted on their website/social media)
      • • Residence hall mailrooms will be closed for the break. For prescriptions please connect with the RD on-call
      • • There will be no guests or visitors allowed on campus during holiday break
      • • Public Safety and residence hall security desks will be staffed as usual throughout the break time. You can reach Public Safety 24/7 by phone at 617.879.7810 or by going to one of the residence hall security desks for assistance
      • • Residence Life Staff will be serving in on-call capacities as well throughout the break time

Access to Campus & COF Facilities
    • A. We are working to put the final touches on a scheduling tool for study space and studio access once on-campus access begins starting Wednesday, 9/16. We will notify students when the tool is available for use. Here are the basics of how it will work:
      • • There will be 3 types of access available: scheduled classes, recurring weekly access for assigned studios (set by Studio Managers), weekly requests;
      • • All access with the exception of hybrid classes must be scheduled; you will schedule your time between Sunday and Wednesday of the week before you need access
      • • Access will be available for study spaces, majors studio access and specialty shops based upon how each department has structured time around class meetings
      • • In order to access campus for any of the above mentioned reasons, you must have completed testing according to your testing schedule and be able to provide proof of negative results from your CoVerified app. You must also have completed your daily symptom checker through the CoVerified app.

      IMPORTANT NOTE: For both of these options of access to campus, we will need you to comply with all health and safety measures we are implementing for the MassArt community. These include:

      • • physical distancing
      • • regular handwashing
      • • required mask wearing
      • • symptom tracking
      • • COVID testing

      In our MassArt COVID Testing Program, students who plan to access campus regularly throughout the semester will be tested every other week by using the CoVerified app (see details below). Please make sure you can login to CoVerified to manage your testing schedule, as well as daily symptom tracking that will be required for access to campus.
      CoVerified mobile apps are available for download for iOS and Android devices or via browser on a laptop/desktop.
      We ask that if you are feeling any symptoms, please do NOT come to campus and we will work with you to reschedule.
      Questions about health and safety can be directed to covid@massart.edu.

    • A: Due to public health guidelines from local and state officials, we are not able to accommodate 24 Hour Access this semester. Please use the Scheduling Tool for Campus Access to plan your campus visits.
    • A. Only those MassArt, MCPHS, and Wentworth students who are part of their campus testing protocol and are cleared via the CoVerified app may access the facilities.
      What is Available for Use?
      Schumann Fitness Center: Capacity - 18
      • • Free Weights, Deadlifting areas (3), Selectorized weight equipment, as well as treadmills (2) and stepmills (2)
      • • Locker rooms, showers, and stretching area are unavailable for use.
      • • Hours: Monday – Thursday: 6:00am – 10:45pm, Friday: 6:00am – 8:45pm, Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am – 7:45pm

      Tansey Auxiliary Space: Capacity – 25

      • • Arc trainers (4), Treadmills (4), Stages Spin Bikes (11), Expresso Bikes (3), Stages Solo Bikes (2), Les Mills Interactive Bike (1), Rowing Machine (1)
      • • Outdoor use of Kettlebells, Bands, Sandbells, Battle Ropes, Jump Ropes is permitted in designated areas
      • • Locker Rooms, Showers, and Weight Room are unavailable for use
      • • Hours: Monday – Friday: 6:00am – 4:45pm, Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am – 5:15pm

      What Can I Bring? You can bring yourself, your phone, and a water bottle. Backpacks, equipment, extra clothing items, etc. are not permitted.
      What Are the Restrictions? You MUST wear a mask (properly) at all times inside our facilities and in our designated spaces.
      You MUST not be showing any symptoms of COVID-19. If you are not feeling well, please do not come to our facilities. We love you and we want you to be well, but we also don’t want the risk.
      Facilities Rules

      • • All equipment must be brought to the cleaning station after use (plates, attachments, dumbbells, etc.)
      • • When done using a machine, please turn “Clean” card over to present “Dirty”
      • • You have no more than the allotted time (45 minutes weekdays and 60 minutes weekends)
      • • You MUST exit the facility and all fitness areas should you need to remove your mask
      • • You must exit the facility immediately at the end of the allotted time
      • • You cannot superset between pieces of equipment. Use one piece at a time

      To Check In

      1. State your name and reservation time
      2. Show school-issued COVID app and that you are "Cleared""
      3. Present forehead for temperature check
      4. Ensure your mask is on and fitted properly
      5. Sanitize your hands
      6. Enter facility to tap ID

      Making an Account

      • • Go to Fitness Reservation FAQ and follow the instructions on the page
      • • These instructions MUST be followed exactly in order for your account to work, so please read them thoroughly
      • • If you created an account prior to today, it will not work
      • • If you are having account issues, please email fitrec@wit.edu. Please note: This account is NOT monitored 24/7, so please be patient

      Group Fitness Classes

      • • Group fitness classes will begin on Monday, September 14th
      • • All classes will be held on the Wentworth Quad (weather pending)
      • • Classes will also require a reservation. To reserve your spot in class, please go to fitrec.wit.edu and click on “Group Fitness”. This will only work if you have an account already
      • • The class schedule for the Fall is as follows:
        Monday 5:00PM - Cycling with Kirsten 6:00PM - Yoga with Matt Tuesday 5:00PM - Yoga with Matt 6:00PM - Barre with Sara M. Wednesday 12:00PM - Yoga with Matt 5:00PM - Cycling with Kirsten 6:00PM - Greatest HIITs with Sarah P. Thursday 6:00PM - Metabolic Mash with Heather Questions? Please email fitrec@wit.edu.

Campus Life
    • A.Virtual Student Drop-In Hours
      Missed a town hall? Have an unanswered question? Need help connecting with the right department? Just need to talk through what is going on? Join us for a virtual drop in session!
      • Tuesdays, 9-10am Google Meet • Wednesdays, 12-1pm Zoom Link • Thursdays, 5-6pm Google Meet Staff will be available on the days/times via Zoom/Google Meets to talk through any questions or concerns you have about this semester and direct you to the appropriate resources or to just say hello! Everyone is welcome and no sign-up is needed!
      Sponsored by The Student Engagement and Support Hub; contact continuity@massart.edu with any questions.
    • A. Be sure to check the MassArt Calendar regularly as all events will be posted there; You will receive an email from Marketing each week with the upcoming week's events from the calendar - be sure to read it!
      Follow @massartmac on IG for information on virtual events, in-person events and social media contests.
    • A. Clubs and departmental groups will be active this year. There will be a virtual Involvement Fair later in September where you can learn about the different student organizations on-campus and how to get involved.

      SGA E-Board elections will be held in September. Drop-in sessions to learn more about SGA and what being on the Executive Board involves are being held on the dates/times below. Check the MassArt Calendar for more information.
      Drop-In Hours for current SGA Reps to touch base with the Office of Student Engagement are being held on the dates/times below. Check the MassArt Calendar for more information.
      SGA will be hosting bi-weekly hangouts on Wednesdays from 1:30-2:30pm beginning on September 16th; all students are welcome!
      Questions about getting involved on campus can be directed to Laura Flynn at lflynn@massart.edu.
    • A. Yes! MassArt students have complimentary access to area museums. Read the instructions on obtaining timed tickets for the MFA and the Gardner Museum.

Registrar
    • A. All BFA classes in Liberal Arts and Fashion Design will change to a Pass/No Credit system.

      All other Fall 2020 classes will follow their normal grading policies.
    • ADDING:
      • • Once classes begin, students need faculty permission to join classes. Please email the instructor to ask for their permission to join. Instructor’s names can be found using the Course Catalog in MassArt Self-Service.
      • • Please be sure to include your MassArt ID #, and the course code (2DPA-100-01 for example) in the subject line.
      • • Once you get the approval, please forward it to: registrar@massart.edu. Instructors may also forward the approval to us.

        (Once again, please be sure your MassArt ID # and the Course ID are included in the email.)

      DROPPING: Once classes begin, students may also drop classes using MassArt Self-Service:
       

      • Go to the Plan and Schedule tab, and click the DROP button.
      • Your course title will turn from green to yellow once it is dropped, and your total "Enrolled Credits" will be less.
      • Please be advised that you cannot add classes online. Those need to come with instructor approval in an email.
      • To change your classes, we recommend that you do so in this order:

        1) Try to ADD any new classes you want to change into, and then once you have received instructor approval
        2) You can DROP your current classes.
      • Students can also drop classes by emailing their student ID and the course # they want to drop to: registrar@massart.edu.
      • Students cannot drop all of their classes online. If you need to take a Leave of Absence, or Withdraw from MassArt, please email the Academic Resource Center at arc@massart.edu for assistance.

        Important Note: Check your schedule! After you make any changes either by email or Self-Service, please be sure to check your schedule to make sure that the change happened. Self-Service changes happen immediately. Emails sent to the Registrar’s Office will be processed within 24 hours.
    • A. Please email the instructor directly. They can send you the link to their remote class.
    • A. Please email the instructor directly. They can send you the link to their remote class.
    • A. Please email the instructor directly. They can send you the link to their remote class.
    • A. Attendance is really important -- especially for the first meeting. If you can’t attend the first meeting, but plan to keep the class, please email your instructor right away and let them know what’s going on.

      If you aren’t planning on attending the course, please drop it as soon as possible, so your instructors know if they can add students off the waitlist.
    • A. Once add/drop begins, BFA students should email ce@massart.edu if they want to add a CE class. CE classes almost always start at 6:30 at night. They also have a green ($) in the course catalog. Once CE approves the addition, they will send their approval to the Registrar's Office, and you will be added to the class. BFA students do not have to pay an extra fee for CE classes.
    • A. MassArt is pushing back fall registration for spring courses by two weeks to allow for additional time to plan the course schedules. Please note that the registration dates have been changed to the following:

      Spring 2021 BFA Major Registration by Class Begins: Original: Monday, October 26, 2020 Moved to: Monday, November 9, 2020
      Spring 2021 BFA Open Registration by Class Begins: Original: Monday, November 2, 2020 Moved to: Monday, November 16, 2020
      *Graduate programs will follow the same registration dates, and the Grad Programs office will be in touch with more detail.
      Students will receive registration information and instructions from the Registrar as the dates approach.

College-Sponsored Travel

    • A. Because of the unpredictability of travel now and in the foreseeable future, the suspension of all inbound and outbound college-sponsored international travel will remain in place for the 2020-2021 academic year. This is an important temporary measure due to the COVID-19 situation, to protect our community and to help minimize risk for all during the global crisis.

      Students: Both incoming and outgoing domestic and international off-campus fall and spring semester study abroad programs have been suspended, including MassArt’s faculty-led travel courses. If you are interested in studying abroad during a future semester when the suspension is lifted, please contact Amy Holland, Study Abroad Advisor, at aholland@massart.edu.

      Faculty and Staff: No college-sponsored international travel, such as conference attendance, by faculty or staff will be approved. If you have begun to make plans for travel associated with MassArt (this policy does not apply to personal or self-sponsored travel), please place them on hold. No payments for international travel will be approved/reimbursed by the College unless a specific exception is requested via the International Education Center and approved by the Provost.

      International Visiting Artists: International visiting artists provide a vibrant addition to the community. We encourage you to coordinate virtual meetings or lectures with international visiting artists. Physical visits to the campus are suspended and will not be supported this academic year. Please contact Erica Puccio at erica.puccio@massart.edu to discuss payments for virtual visiting artists. Communication regarding lifting the travel suspension will be sent in the future as such decisions, carefully weighed, are made.

Student Employment
Work Study
    • A. Students who are eligible for workstudy are welcome to apply for both on and off campus workstudy positions that are open and listed on Handshake, Career Development’s job listing platform. All students, including first year students, with an active MassArt email have access to their Handshake account and can use their MassArt Net ID to login.
      Student employment on campus is determined by individual departmental needs. We expect any positions that may be open for the fall semester will be posted between early-August through mid-September.
      All students, including First Year students, are receiving the Thursday email sent by Career Development. This weekly email will highlight any on and off campus workstudy positions that may be listed by individual departments. Students apply for open positions, typically with a resume and cover letter. View a basic resume template.
    • A. MassArt’s Center for Art and Community Partnership (CACP) is the only office that posts off campus work study positions for students. CACP lists open positions on Handshake and we will highlight any current openings in the Thursday email.
    • A. Your Handshake account will offer you listings for current Part Time, Fulltime and any short term paid job opportunities that have been sent to the college. Login with your MassArt Net ID.
    • A. Individual virtual appointments (video/audio or audio only) can be scheduled with Career Development by accessing your Handshake account with your MassArt Net ID. When you log in, click on Career Center > Appointments.
  • Internships
    • A. Employers are currently posting Fall 2020 internships on Handshake. You may access your Handshake account with your MassArt Net ID. Many students also find internships outside of Handshake. You can look for opportunities on sites like LinkedIn and Indeed.com, talk with your faculty, fellow students and others in your personal network to find internships. To see where MassArt students have interned in the past see: Where MassArt Students Have Interned Before 2010-2020.
    • A. Access your Handshake account with your MassArt Net ID. Once you log in, click Career Center > Experiences > Request an Experience.
    • A. Remote internships for academic credit are permitted and encouraged for the Fall 2020 semester. The internship employer must be an established business, organization, or artist with a business location/address. You must register for credit before beginning your internship and before the add/drop deadline of the semester. All internship hours and work must be completed by the end of the semester.
    • A. Review the Internship Guidelines for Students:
      • • Eligible internships may be registered for 3 elective credits
      • • Students apply for internship credit which includes an approval process before an internship is registered for academic credit
      • • Your faculty internship advisor has final approval regarding credit for your internship
      • • You must register for credit before starting your internship and by the add/drop deadline for the semester
      • • Credit cannot be given retroactively
      • • You can register either a paid or unpaid internship for credit
      • • Credit bearing internships may be completed in the Fall, Spring or Summer semesters
      • • There is no tuition cost to complete a summer internship for credit for undergraduate students
      • • You must have a registered and approved internship with Career Development to be considered for the internship stipend. For AY 2019/20, $2,000 stipends were awarded to 59 students
    • A. MassArt has participated in the State University Internship Incentive program since 2013. Program funding is typically announced early in the spring semester (in late January). Career Development manages the internship award program.
  • For the Class of 2021
    • A. Wherever you are in your thoughts about employment or direction: looking for opportunities, a resume or cover letter critique, preparing for an interview or any questions about your next move, we are here to help. It’s easy to schedule a remote appointment with Career Development by accessing your Handshake account with your MassArt Net ID. Click on Career Center > Appointments.
    • A. Yes, your Career Development Handshake account is yours to access after you graduate. There is no time limit on how long you can access the listings or request assistance from Career Development.