Important Information: Summer Research 2021 (during COVID)

We very much hope to run our summer research program in person this summer, and many at the College are working hard to make that happen. The one important remaining hurdle is that our Health Center is not open in the summer months. We are currently working on health staffing that will allow us to track the results of the Broad testing program, as well as identify and care for any positive cases. Obviously, this is an essential component, and we will have to have a system in place in order to invite students to campus. We are optimistic that we will be able to staff it, but in the spirit of full transparency, in the unlikely event that we cannot, we will have to cancel in-person programming and revert to a remote program, as we did in 2020.

Details (assuming an on-campus summer program) — please read carefully:

  • Students will depart campus during exam period at the end of May, as usual, and then return on Monday, June 14 to begin an onboarding/quarantine period. As is now familiar, this onboarding consists of quarantining, and the accumulation of two negative COVID tests 72 hours apart. Faculty should therefore not expect students to be available for in-person work until Friday, June 18th at the earliest. Students will be paid from June 14th, and can do remote, preparatory work for those first days. Due to the large amount of work which many staff units must accomplish immediately after the semester and prior to the summer program, we cannot allow students to ‘work straight through from exams’ based on student or faculty preference. Students who feel they cannot leave campus in the intervening weeks should contact the Dean’s office who will consider each case on an individual basis.
  • Student summer housing will therefore be available starting Monday, June 14, and is open for NINE weeks until Friday August 13th. This summer, it will not be possible to extend housing beyond Aug 13 due the large amount of preparatory work that must occur between this date and the start of the fall semester. Therefore, we expect that all students will work for 9 weeks or fewer (eight of which could be in-lab weeks). Once on campus for the summer program, students must remain on campus for the entirety of the program. No
    student travel will be permitted during the program — once a student leaves they cannot return again until the start of the fall semester.
  • COVID guidelines will be in place this summer. The specifics will depend on government guidelines and the public-health landscape, but it is possible that students would be expected to remain physically on campus (no cars, etc) for the duration. Some Faculty-supervised field trips will be allowed in certain circumstances, and can be vetted and approved in advance. Details to follow on that procedure.
  • Public health guidelines will inform maximum allowed gathering sizes (outdoor, indoor, and in-laboratory).  Details will follow closer to the summer, but we would expect no large lunch gatherings or in-person lectures to large audiences. Regarding in-lab student/faculty limits, we will be establishing protocols in keeping with the evolving public health situation, but for planning purposes, faculty should plan on having no more than three students at a time in a standard research lab space.
  • The summer program is designed to be an on-campus experience, thus we expect students to participate in-person rather than remotely.