Student Behavior Matters

January 25, 2021
  • What you need to know: Student behavior matters
  • What you need to do: Register your quarantine plans

Dear Students and Parents:

Students are returning to Mount St. James, and we have been pleased to see that everyone seems well-prepared for the semester ahead. As you know, our campus alert level is orange, and movements about campus are restricted. Whether and when we transition to the less restrictive level of yellow depends entirely on campus and local metrics for infection rates, availability of campus isolation and quarantine space, and compliance with behavioral expectations as outlined in our shared Community Commitment.

Student behavior matters, whether you are living on campus or off. The College is serious about this fact, and we need you to be as serious. Please understand that endangering behaviors, including gathering above capacity limits or repeated violations of distancing and/or masking requirements, will have significant consequences up to and including suspension and dismissal. We must protect ourselves, one another, and our surrounding community. Students, if you are unprepared to live within the College’s expectations, please help yourself by staying at home and studying remotely.

Even when everyone adheres to the expectations, we can still experience some COVID transmission on campus. The more highly contagious COVID variant that was first noticed in Great Britain is now here in Central Massachusetts. In anticipation of positive cases and close contacts on campus, we are requiring every student to review and complete the quarantine planning form. Completing these plans now will save time and stress in the event you become a close contact and need to quarantine.

Everyone at the College is as eager as you are to complete a successful semester together. We will support you with activities that get you outside and allow for socializing in safer conditions and will provide this information in the next day or two. With each of us doing our part, we are confident that we will remain #HCTogether.


Michele C. Murray, Ph.D.
Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Paul Irish
Associate Dean of Students

David ShettlerDirector of CO
VID Operations