August 31, 2021 - Arrival information from Dr. Reed and Dean Wooten to returning students
Dear returning students,
We have been planning all summer and are excited to welcome you back. We're thrilled to see many of you starting to arrive, and look forward to residence hall move-in for returning students the weekend of Sept. 11.
We have some important updates for you as you prepare to return to Hanover. Please read carefully below so that you know what to expect, and please watch for additional updates later this week. Don't hesitate to let us know if you have questions. We'll post this on our 2021-2022 arrival page on the Student Affairs website so that you can find it easily.
We are conducting pre-arrival testing for students who will be living on campus and are scheduled to return on Sept. 11 or 12. If you haven't already done so, please follow the instructions you received from the Health Service late last week, using your unique link to schedule your pre-arrival test as soon as possible. Timing will be critical to ensure that pre-arrival test results are back before you begin travel to Hanover. If you are notified of a positive test result, please do not travel, and follow the guidance of the Health Service clinicians who will be in touch. We will work with you to support your delayed arrival if you are positive and unable to travel as planned.
Please note that those of you who will be living off campus or have international home addresses are exempt from this process.
If you have a temperature, feel ill in any way, or are concerned about a possible exposure, please call the Health Service at 603-646-9440 to consult before travel begins. The health of our community is our highest priority, and we all play a part. Please follow all pre-arrival instructions.
Regardless of vaccination status, all returning students must test upon arrival. You must have a negative arrival test result to attend class in person and use campus facilities (following health guidelines) as you normally would. This will be the first of what will become our fall term testing protocols for all students, whether vaccinated or exempt on medical or religious grounds.
Returning students arriving on Saturday, Sept. 11 or Sunday, Sept. 12 will test at the Hitchcock tent on Mass Row between 9:30 am and 8:30 pm on Saturday, or between 10:30 am and 8:30 pm on Sunday. The Hitchcock tent should be your first stop. Students living on campus will not be able to proceed to residence hall check-in until you test.
Those of you living off campus should test the day you arrive. As on-campus testing locations may vary daily or weekly, please be sure to follow this link for testing hours and location (typically Hitchcock or the West Gym) on your day of arrival.
If you have not tested at Dartmouth this past year, you must complete this testing consent form prior to your arrival on campus. Completion of this form is required to receive your first on-campus COVID-19 tests. It will take only a moment to do now, and doing it in advance will streamline your testing process. We all want your arrival to be as quick and easy as possible.
POSTITIVE TEST RESULTS
If you test positive on arrival, you'll need to isolate in consultation with the Health Service clinicians so that we can interrupt the rate of transmission in the community. They will explain how and where to isolate and will be in touch daily to provide support. Dining will take your orders to go, and we will do all we can to be sure you have what you need during that time.
We continue to plan for all instruction to be in person. If you are placed in isolation, we will help you communicate with your faculty members, and they'll work with you individually on a plan to support you through the isolation period. The undergraduate deans, counseling, wellness staff, and on-call resources will also be standing by to support you.
All students, faculty, and staff will continue to be required to comply with the masking policy in campus facilities. Family or friends assisting with move-in must be masked in the residence halls at all times.
We are watching public health conditions closely, and for now, we all need to mask up to interrupt transmission of the virus and protect students, faculty, and staff in our community. We hope to be able to relax that expectation soon, but until that time, we want to do all we can to protect the community and to minimize the likelihood that more restrictive measures will be necessary. Failure to comply could put your peers, faculty, and staff at risk and curtail our normal activities. As you return, please do the right thing for the good of all.
UPDATES FROM CAMPUS SERVICES
Dining for students living locally off campus: For fall term, students living off campus are not required to have a dining plan. If you would like to cancel or change your plan, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hinman Mail Center: If you have packages arriving at Hinman, please check the website for pick-up times and hours of operation. You can arrange for after-hours package pick-up by sending a message to email@example.com. And if you are not feeling well, you can contact Hinman to arrange for a friend to collect your packages.
Parking for off-campus students: Daily parking for undergraduate students who are living locally and driving to campus will be available at no cost in the A-Lot. Please email Dartmouth Transportation Services at firstname.lastname@example.org to order your off-campus parking pass (please note that overnight parking will not be permitted).
Again, please watch for additional updates later this week. We look forward to seeing you soon. Working together—all playing our part—we hope fall 2021 will be a wonderful term for all.
Dr. Mark Reed, Director of the Health Service
Mike Wooten, Associate Dean of Residential Life