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Frequently Asked Questions

  • The last day of classes before the pivot is November 24, 2020.  After November 30, and for the balance of the semester, including Exam Week, students will be online.

  • After pivoting to remote instruction the week of November 30, the final day of classes is December 7; December 8 is Reading Day; and December 9-15 is Exam Week.

  • The library will be open the following schedule:

    • November 30-December 14 
      • Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
      • Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
      • Sunday, Noon-8 p.m.
      • (December 4, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.)
    • December 15-January 25             
      • Monday– Friday, 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
      • (December 24 and December 31, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.)
      • (December 25, January 1, January 18, Closed)

    Check https://www.easternct.edu/library/index.html for details.

  • Yes!  Wintersession classes help students take pressure off the spring semester and can help you graduate on time. This year, all wintersession classes are online. They start on Dec. 28.  You can register now at https://ssb-prod.ec.easternct.edu/PROD/bwskfcls.P_TermSel.

  • Spring registration has been going on since Oct. 12. Consult your advisor(s) as necessary and visit https://ssb-prod.ec.easternct.edu/PROD/bwskfcls.P_TermSel for course availabilities.

    • From now until Nov. 24, the Advising Center (Library 108) is open for in-person meetings from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. Virtual appointments are available Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Wednesdays/Thursdays from 9 a.m.- 7 p.m.
    • From Nov. 24 to Dec. 15 (end of fall semester), virtual appointments only are available Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m.- 7 p.m.
    • From Dec. 15-Jan. 19, virtual appointments only are available Mondays-Fridays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    • Schedule an appointment via GradesFirst or by emailing advise@easternct.edu
    • In-person and virtual tutors are available before Thanksgiving Break; check GradesFirst for hours. For instructions, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxMlBSm0O6U
    • From Nov. 30-Dec. 15, only virtual tutors are available; check GradesFirst for hours.
    • Subject tutoring is not available over the Winter Break (Dec. 15-Jan. 19)
    • The Writing Center staff is available via email Mondays-Fridays virtually before Thanksgiving Break; visit https://www.easternct.edu/writing-center for details.
    • From Nov. 30-Dec. 15, Writing Center tutors are available Mondays-Fridays; during Exam Week, hours will be limited; visit https://www.easternct.edu/writing-center for details.
    • Writing center staff are not available over the Winter Break (Dec. 15-Jan. 19)
  • Students must be out of the residence halls by 6 p.m. on November 24. If a student has an evening class on Nov. 24, they must make arrangements by Nov. 20 with their hall director to allow for departure by 10 a.m. on Nov. 25.

  • Students will be allowed to leave their belongings in their bedrooms over the break. Belongings in common areas should be moved into bedrooms. Students will not have access to their belongings after Nov. 24, so plan accordingly.

  • Students will be able to move back into the residence halls after 10 a.m. on Sunday, January 24, 2021, and after 10 a.m. on Monday, January 25, 2021. On January 24, move-in will be staggered by alphabetical order; on January 25, students will be able to move in at their convenience. The Office of Housing and Residential Life will be providing more information on the process.

  • Students retain their same housing assignments from the fall for the spring.

  • Any resident student can request to cancel their housing for the spring. A committee will review the request and give a decision to the student by email. See https://www.easternct.edu/housing/forms-documents/annual-contract.html for details on the annual housing contract.

  • As was the case in the fall, resident students cannot move into campus housing until they provide Health Services with proof of a negative RT-PCR COVID test within 14 days prior to their arrival.

    Further information will be sent via email to all residents about the requirements for returning if they live in or have travelled to states on the CT Travel Advisory website.

  • Based on State of Connecticut authorization, we hope to continue random testing of resident students in the spring as we have this fall.  Contact tracing and other health and safety protocols have served the campus community well this fall and will be continued in the spring.

  • The dining hall opens at 5 p.m. on Jan. 24, 2021.

  • Classes will start on January 26, 2021.

  • CAPS services will continue be offered virtually over Winter Break, including phone consultations, counseling sessions and intakes. The only exception is we cannot work with clients who are not located in Connecticut, unless the counselor can be assigned a temporary license with the state the individual is located in. Some states are allowing for this and others are not; the situation is fluid and subject to change.

    • Some virtual programs may continue; those volunteers will be contacted directly.
    • Virtual programs for the spring semester will be open for registration on Dec. 1, 2020.
    • The Center for Community Engagement house will be closed during Winter Break but full-time staff will be working remotely and can be contacted by email or phone.
  • Students will be able to access all online services. They can also schedule virtual appointments with center staff.

    • OAS services such as consultations, intake appointments, and Testing Center services are available by phone, email or Microsoft Teams. No in-person meetings or exams will take place from Nov. 25-Jan. 25.
    • The OAS Support Program, which provides one-on-one coaching for all Eastern students, will remain open for virtual bookings (phone, email or MS Teams via the following link: OAS Support Program Bookings Page)
  • Student Health Services will have the regular business hours but limited in-person visits. Should you need an appointment, email bretonjo@easternct.edu and allevoj@easternct.edu and you will hear back the same business day.

  • Student Health Services will have regular business hours but limited in-person visits. Should you need an appointment, email bretonjo@easternct.edu and allevoj@easternct.edu and you will hear back from someone the same business day. Faxes will be checked weekly on Wednesdays, including prescription refills. If a student needs a refill, they should contact their healthcare provider or Janine Allevo. Use the same process for holds and new student health information submissions; submit documentation electronically.

  • The Student Activities Office and the Campus Activity Board will continue to offer virtual programming through the end of the semester and will host a week of events for Welcome Back Week the first week of the spring semester that will include virtual and in-person events.

    • Wednesday, November 25: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
    • Thursday, November 26–Sunday, January 17:  Closed
    • Monday, January 18–Friday, January 22: Open 8 a.m.-5p.m. (Fitness Center closed)
    • Monday, January 25: Student Center and Student Center Fitness Center reopen for these hours:
      • Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. (Fitness Center closes at 9:30 p.m.)
      • Saturday and Sunday: noon-10 p.m. (Fitness Center closes at 9:30 p.m.)
      • Hours are subject to change
  • Unity Wing professional staff will be available to support students during virtual office hours: Monday–Thursday, noon–2 p.m. Appointments are also available by email.

  • Workout facilities in the Sports Center (weight room, pool, cardio) will be closed from Thanksgiving break until the start of spring semester.

  • The Facilities staff will be performing deep cleaning of most buildings but will not be entering student suites or rooms.  They will concentrate on restrooms, lounges, computer rooms, and other common areas.  Facilities staff will also deep clean all academic, athletic and office buildings. In addition, they will be instituting a new inspection tool for cleaning and providing training to ensure that all cleaning and disinfection practices continue to meet CDC Guidelines.

  • All on-and off-campus shuttle operations will end on November 24 at 4:30 p.m. Shuttle operations will resume on January 25 at 4:30 p.m.

  • Students are encouraged to take their cars with them during the break. This may not be possible for everyone. Student vehicles left on campus during the break must have a valid campus parking permit and must be parked on the 2nd or 3rd floors of the Cervantes Parking Garage. Any vehicle left in an open air lot will be ticketed and may be towed to facilitate snow removal.

  • Media Services staff will be available to assist faculty and staff for the last week of classes, Nov. 30-Dec. 7.  The Help Desk and CIT will continue to be available via telephone and email after November 30, 2020, for Winter Break.