Spring 2021 Information
Together, we’re better, and Fall 2020 was successful due to the combined efforts of students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends, and members of the regional community. We learned a great deal last semester and have built on that knowledge to plan a safe and productive Spring 2021.
The foundations of our approach continue to be New Hampshire state guidelines, public health guidelines for supporting higher education on campus, and COVID-19 testing for the campus community. The health and safety of the campus community is our highest priority.
We are #PanthersUnited and follow the six important health actions that enable us to hold in-person classes and on-campus activities.
Spring semester to begin on Monday, February 1, 2021, campus-wide COVID-19 testing begins again on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, and vaccine distribution will be a crucial part of our Spring 2021 planning.
Winter athletics competition plans vary greatly by sport. More detailed information is available at the athletics website: athletics.plymouth.edu/COVID.
Plymouth State is enhancing classroom and building filtering in two ways: with a nanoscale coating that traps droplets in the air and prevents them from recirculating in our buildings, and with medical-grade HEPA filtration and ultraviolet germicidal radiation (UV-C light) air purifiers.
The “nano” coating wraps itself around the individual fibers of HVAC air filters, which physically stops the virus at the filter surface. It’s theorized that the virus is destroyed when the water molecules that carry it through the air are trapped and desiccated. Air that travels through the coated filters has been cleaned and is recirculated more safely. More information is available on the Curran Biotech website.
We are also deploying portable UV-C Air Purifiers for non-mechanically ventilated classrooms for a few smaller spaces where the nano filtering isn’t being used. More information is available on the Tracs Purifiers website.
The result of all of these installations is that every PSU classroom is going to be covered by advanced virus-fighting technology during the spring semester.
Your Choices in Course Delivery – In-person, On Campus; Online (Synchronous or Asynchronous); and Hybrid
- In person, On campus: Classes are taught on campus without an online component.
- Online synchronous: Classes take place remotely during specified days and times.
- Online asynchronous: Classes take place remotely but not during specified day/time periods.
- Hybrid, meaning that some sessions will be taught face-to-face and some online (synchronously or asynchronously); students will be expected to participate during some of the days/times listed on the schedule. Contact the course professor for further details and to find out whether a fully remote option is available.
Expectations for Student Participation
Please note that students are expected to be available during the entire time periods for which their courses are scheduled regardless of their physical location (on-campus or remote) as they should be available to attend all synchronous (regularly-scheduled) instruction that takes place during their classes.
In the face of the ever-changing dynamics of the pandemic, Plymouth State University faculty continue to embrace a variety of approaches to teaching to ensure participation and attendance, whether in person, remote, or hybrid. Please be sure to thoroughly read your course syllabi to understand the established expectations and requirements for each class, and contact your advisor and/or professors if you have any questions.
Face coverings must be worn in all campus buildings, outdoors on campus when social distancing is not possible, and when in stores and buildings in Plymouth. PSU social distancing guidelines are three feet if masks are worn or six feet otherwise. Please note the town of Plymouth public ordinance below, which details requirements for face coverings while in downtown or greater Plymouth.
PSU will provide a full semester’s worth of learning and there will not be reductions in tuition or room and board fees. However, if PSU needs to shut down and students must leave campus, as happened in Spring 2020, appropriate prorated housing and dining reimbursements can be made. Students who do not plan to live on campus or take advantage of campus dining in Spring 2021 will not have to pay for these services if they notify the University before the semester begins.
PSU campus buildings are closed and off limits to anyone not actively teaching, studying, or working at PSU. Guests are not allowed in any campus buildings, including residence halls and student apartments, unless they have approved academic and/or professional reasons. Students residing on campus are only permitted in their assigned residence hall or building. Only faculty, staff, and students who have active PSU identification cards are currently authorized to enter campus buildings. Affiliate faculty and emeriti do not need tests nor do they have campus building access, but the library will do curbside drop offs for emeriti with advance notice.
New Hampshire’s guidance on quarantining is changing, and updated information will be posted to this site by late December.
The residence halls will open for the general student population in late January 2021. More detailed information will be shared later this winter as we plan for a physically distanced return. Students may have no more than two move-in helpers. Students and helpers must wear face coverings and observe social distancing. Helpers are not required to obtain a COVID-19 test.
Students who lived on campus for the fall semester will return to their same assignment. For new students, assignments will be available in mid-January.
Meal Plan Additions/Changes
Students wishing to add or change to another eligible meal plan may do so by submitting this form.
PSU is working closely with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services to coordinate procedures for when an effective COVID-19 vaccine is available for distribution. Specific information for the University community will be posted to this site at that time.