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COVID-19 Update

As of March 23 all classes will be taught remotely through the remainder of the semester.

While faculty and staff continue to work remotely, only authorized personnel may access campus facilities. Read the full update.

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Housing and Meal Plans

    • A. Students who remain on campus will have access to food takeout in accordance to the Mass Department of Public Health (DPH) directives issued earlier in the week. Food choices will be limited, but Chartwells will be open to provide meals to students still on campus. Beatty Hall Cafe at Wentworth will be open Monday-Friday 8AM -2PM. (Closed Saturday and Sunday). The C store will be open Monday-Friday 1PM-5PM, Saturday -Sunday 12PM-5PM. Pre-packaged food is being prepared daily.
    • A. No. Collins was slated to be closed this summer to allow new heating units to be installed. In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, that plan will be reevaluated and updates communicated to the community.
    • A. If you have been directed to quarantine or ill, you Must Not come to campus under these circumstances. Your belongings are safe and secure until you are able to retrieve them. Once you have been cleared, please contact Housing and Residential Life and/or Academic Affairs regarding access to your room or studio.

Housing and Meal Plan Prorated Refunds for Spring Semester 2020

    • A. Yes. Students who are leaving campus will receive prorated adjustments; if these adjustments result in an overpayment, then the student will receive a refund. A separate email was sent to students in housing.
    • A. Yes. Students will receive a prorated adjustment for mandatory meal plans; if these adjustments result in an overpayment, then the student will receive a refund. A separate email was sent to students with balances on meal plans.
    • A. Students living in residence halls who move out completely will receive a prorated adjustment of their room and board costs for the semester. The credit will be applied to any outstanding balance owed; if the credit results in an overpayment on the account, then a refund will be issued.
    • A. No. Classes will continue to be held for the remainder of the semester, but in an online environment.
    • A. We are completing courses and granting credit, so we are not refunding tuition and fees. The cost of education at MassArt is the same as that of private art and design schools like RISD and Pratt, but as a state school, we charge considerably less. Tuition and fees cover about 46% of what it costs to provide our education, and the state and other sources cover the rest of our expenses. There are other costs, like facility improvements and emergency repairs, that are further supplemented by the state. We are refunding prorated amounts of residence hall costs to residential students and also refunding unused dining credits, though we have no guarantee that the state will reimburse us for the housing/dining refunds we’re providing.

Remote Learning

    • A. In consideration of the national health emergency affecting all universities and colleges in the U.S., MassArt needs to temporarily adjust how it delivers educational content. MassArt is equipped and has strong quality standards in place to provide a very high-quality education through online platforms.
    • A. Online classes will start March 23rd. Faculty members have been working diligently to ensure quality instruction. Moving to online instruction was a difficult decision and we waited to see if any other options would be available, but the seriousness of this evolving health crisis gave us no choice. We know many of you are disappointed as we interrupt an essential element of learning at MassArt, the interactions that occur in our classrooms and studios. However, our first priority is to keep our community members safe. Each course will have its own unique adjustments to online delivery. If your instructor has not contacted you yet, they will shortly. The Association of International Colleges of Art and Design has been an important resource for all of the art and design schools as we all move to online instruction at this unprecedented moment.
    • A. Yes.
    • A. Classes will be online for the rest of the spring semester.
    • A. Each class will address this requirement in their revised class plan.
    • A. Governor Baker has issued an order that all non-essential business must close from noon March 24th until noon April 7th and that colleges and universities are considered essential and may remain open for the purposes of facilitating distance learning, provision of school meals, or performing other essential student support functions, if operating under rules for social distancing. MassArt must comply with the Governor’s Order and thus, we will not be able at this time to provide you access to the studios to retrieve your materials and art. Rest assured that these materials are secure and are not being required by faculty for the completion of your semester.
    • A. Your faculty will provide instructions. There are many resources and tools available to successfully share work and critique online.
    • A. No. The majority of classes will NOT be cancelled.
    • A. If your class was cancelled, the Business Office will be addressing these financial questions.
    • A. Yes.
    • A. All final grades will be Pass/No-Credit in every class, except for some Art Education classes.

Summer and Fall Registration

    • A. At this time, it is our intention to provide access to the facilities during the summer months. However, we do not know when the government will lift their restrictions and guidelines, so will need to wait to make a final decision.
    • A. Major's Registration will begin on Monday, April 6 and Open Registration for all students on Monday, April 13.
    • A. Registration will open for summer classes that have already been scheduled to be online on Friday, March 20. CE is determining with instructors what other courses can be moved online. Those courses will be added for registration on or around Tuesday, April 7.

Financial Issues

    • A. No. Financial Aid will not be impacted. For any financial aid-related questions, students should contact
    • A. No - the Senate and the House passed S.3503 which will give the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) the authority to continue GI Bill payments uninterrupted in the event of national emergencies. The new law allows for the VA to continue to pay benefits regardless of the fact that the program has changed from resident training to online training. Also, students will continue to receive the same monthly housing allowance payments that they received for resident training.
    • A. We are awaiting information from the MBTA to see if they are offering refunds for discounted student passes. We will be in contact with students who have purchased passes as soon as we have information.

Student Employment

    • A. Federal work-study may continue for the spring term. FWS students should be in touch with their supervisors about how much they may be able to earn. If you have questions about processing your FWS timesheet, feel free to email the Office of Student Financial Assistance at
    • A. Earnings may be paid depending upon the department. You should be in contact with your supervisor to determine what they may be able to pay.
    • A. Graduate assistants should contact their supervisors for further guidance.
    • A. If you have Direct Deposit, it will be deposited as normal. If you receive a paper check please email Valerie Gilliard for further details.

Life on Campus

    • A. MassArt is not closed. MassArt staff are working remotely to offer services as usual, and may be reached Monday through Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm through their normal email addresses, available in the online Faculty and Staff directory.
    • A. The physical bookstore will be closed until further notice. The online bookstore is open.
    • A. All physical events on campus have been cancelled or postponed for the foreseeable future. However, the MassArt MAC Board, Student Development Office, and Academic Affairs have created unique virtual events to keep the campus community connected. Please visit the MassArt Calendar to participate and learn more.
    • A. Local, state and federal restrictions will determine future guidelines for resuming standard operations.
    • A. Facilities staff uses an EPA-registered disinfectant to clean touchpoints, public and common area restrooms and other common areas. Students living in on-campus housing are expected to clean the private bathrooms in their residences.

      Facilities crews have also implemented extra measures to clean and disinfect surfaces in public areas that are touched frequently. This includes surfaces such as door handles, banisters, and elevator buttons. An increased cleaning of these “touch points” has been in place since October to reduce health risks during flu season. We have stepped up these preventative measures to further mitigate risks of the novel coronavirus. We will continue to monitor recommendations from the CDC for preventing the spread of the virus. Additional information is available on the Facilities wiki page.
    • A. Our cleaning measures have taken into account the presence of design and art works in campus areas. These works are treated with care and attention. We worked with studio managers in every department to identify “no clean zones,” where students’ works/materials might be at risk and/or technology/equipment might be damaged.

Academic Calendar, Commencement & Related Changes

    • Yes, please see below:
      • April 6 - Major Advising deadline extension
      • April 13 - General Registration deadline extension
      • May 18 - Last day of classes, extended by one week to make up for suspended instruction week March 16-20.This extension has been approved by the MSCA presidents.
      • May 20-29 - Virtual Reviews will be scheduled at each department’s discretion
      • June 5 - Grades due
    • A. For Spring Semester 2020 all grades will be pass/no credit except for some art education courses. Most universities around the country are moving to this grading system.
    • A. Online book titles for most courses will be free until the end of May 2020..
    • A. MassArt's annual Commencement ceremony was scheduled for May 22, 2020. We now know from the realities communicated by public health officials that we will have to reschedule Commencement from May 22 to a later date. While we are unsure at this moment of the precise timing, our seniors deserve to have their moment with their families, friends, and faculty - and with one another – to celebrate their accomplishments. We want to assure them along with the entire MassArt community, this will happen!

      Maureen Keefe has assembled a working group of staff along with Student Government Association leaders who are gathering input from seniors about how best to plan the event. We are also planning to include the usual Academic Awards and Honors to recognize the achievements of the Class of 2020.

      Look for future updates about Commencement and related events.

Internships & Jobs

    • 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.
    • A. Employers are still posting 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, 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: 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.
    • A: Yes, undergraduate students should register their internship for academic credit by the deadline which is Friday May 22 by 5pm. By registering your internship for credit using your Career Development Handshake account, you will automatically be on the list for consideration once your internship is approved by your academic department. Here you can find more information about the awards.
    • A. The May 22nd deadline is for the $2,000 Internship Award. After that date, you should still register your internship for academic credit with Career Development and be approved by your Academic department before starting your internship.
    • A. Access your Handshake account with your MassArt Net ID. Once you log in, click Career Center > Experiences > Request an Experience.
    • A. No. All undergraduate students with internships that are registered with Career Development and approved for academic credit by Friday, May 22, 2020 will be on the list to be considered for the $2,000 award. You do need to have a current FAFSA form on file. Here you can find more information about the awards
    • A. There is no guarantee of receiving the stipend. Award recipients are selected based on financial need as determined by the Office of Student Financial Assistance. Visit $2,000 Internship Awards for 2019/20 for more information. Last Academic Year (2018/19) 65 students received the State University Internship Incentive (SUII) stipend. This program offers a base award of $2,000 which helps selected students off-set the cost of completing an approved credit-bearing internship.
    • A: If you are in the process of finalizing an internship but you are not sure you’ll be able to submit the application for credit by the deadline, please contact Rebekah Wright, Internship Manager,
    • A: Undergraduate students are not charged for the 3 studio elective credits for a summer internship.