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General

Public spaces are those places where people gather in a confined area, such as classrooms, labs, and conference rooms. To minimize risk, Clark is asking everyone to exercise caution and use their best judgment at all times regarding mask-wearing. Even an outdoor event where many people are gathered closely might be an occasion to wear a mask.

Suite mates are encouraged to set ground rules surrounding the wearing of masks in the common area of their living space.

Visitors are allowed in the residence halls, and are required to wear masks. Students are expected to inform their guests of Clark’s vaccination policy.

Activities

Yes. Residential students are invited to participate in a series of activities to help acclimate them to campus, Worcester, and Clark’s resources. Central to these activities is the first-ever Welcome Back BBQ on Sunday, August 22, at 4 p.m.

Athletics, Fitness, and Recreation

Yes, the Kneller Athletic Center and the Dolan Field House will be open at full capacity this fall. Mask-wearing protocols inside the facilities apply. (Masks do not need to be worn in the pool.)

Clark expects to restore intramural and club sports under conditions that are as normal as possible. Participants will be expected to comply with mask-wearing and testing requirements.

Clark is working with the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference to develop guidelines that will allow for competition in a safe and healthy manner. Guidelines are expected to be released in about a week.

Student Employment

Yes. With staff returning to campus, more employment opportunities will be made available to students than in the past year. Students can log into Handshake using their Clark ID and password to view available positions and apply for jobs.

Dining

To help reduce potential transmission of COVID-19, any fully vaccinated student identified as a close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 is strongly encouraged to use the grab-and-go feature from the Higgins Café and Bistro until they have received a negative COVID test. Please note that students on the meal plan have the option of obtaining a reusable grab-and-go container from the cashier at the Café, serving themselves, and then enjoying their meal in their room, outside in nice weather, etc. According to Clark’s quarantine and isolation policy, fully vaccinated people should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure.

Yes. Students, staff, and faculty can eat in the dining hall. However, visitors to campus can eat in the dining hall only when Clark is at Alert Level 1. No one is allowed in the dining hall if Clark reaches Alert Level 4. The current alert level can be found on the Healthy Clark Dashboard.

Student Counseling Services

Clark’s Center for Counseling and Personal Growth has a full staff of eight therapists and seven doctoral interns, in addition to psychiatry services. CPG offers several types of one-on-one counseling, including short-term therapy, single-session therapy, and same-day crisis appointments. CPG After Hours provides telephone support with a therapist when the counseling center isn’t open, and Peer Support Workers are available in the evenings in the library to help students with non-crisis emotional support.