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Athletics, Fitness, and Recreation

The NEWMAC presidents are scheduled to meet in late February to decide if the NEWMAC will sponsor conference play in Spring 2021. Clark University will continue to pursue competitive opportunities for all sports during the spring semester if the public health situation allows.

Clark University continues to work to identify ways in which each program can resume limited competitive opportunities if conditions allows. Athletes will be notified directly when there is more information.

The safety and well-being of our student-athletes, staff, and community is at the forefront of these decisions. We will adhere to the NCAA’s Core Principles of Resocialization of Collegiate Sport and follow CDC, federal, state, local, and University guidelines as we start athletic activity. Teams will be able to practice this spring under the supervision of their coaches. Enhanced hygiene and equipment cleaning practices put into place this fall will continue.

Clark’s athletics and recreation facilities will open on the first day of in-person classes (March 10). Hours remain the same as the fall semester to limit exposure and allow time for enhanced cleaning throughout the day.

The Bickman fitness center, Kneller pool, Dolan field house gym and outdoors fields will open this spring. The racquetball and squash courts and the Kneller gym will remain closed. All indoor facilities will use the same reservation system as last semester. Students can find more information about making reservations on the Clark Athletics website here. All facilities will continue to operate at reduced capacity to allow for social distancing.

Club sports will not travel or compete during the spring semester. Club sports will be permitted to engage in practices pending a full review of their plans. Formal plans must be sent to Athletics and Recreation for review. A practice start date will be determined in conjunction with campus health officials but will be no earlier than March 22.

Student Counseling Services

The Center for Counseling and Personal Growth (CPG) will continue to offer telehealth appointments for registered Clark students who live in Massachusetts. Appointments may be scheduled from Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., by calling 508-793-7678.

All students, no matter where they are located, may access CPG After Hours on weekends and daily between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. EST. To speak with a CPG After Hours counselor, call 508-793-7678 and select option 2.

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency during our non-business hours, please contact 911 or University Police  (x7575) or go to your local emergency room.

Clubs and Activities

  • Virtual events will continue to take place, and in-person student activities supported and advised by Student Leadership and Programming will begin as it is deemed safe to do so.
  • Students receive a “What’s Happening” email every Thursday that includes all of the events in the Engage platform, and support programming is included in Tuesday Student News emails. Students can log into Clark Engage at any time to see the full schedule of events and sign up. Also, @clarku_campuslife and @clarkuniversity on Instagram advertise events. Over Wintersession, events can be viewed online at clarku.edu/wintersession.
  • We are planning Clark’s first Wellness Day on March 23, which will include some outdoor programming to kick off in-person events.

Yes. Students are encouraged to participate in virtual activities and they can find out more through Clark Engage and the weekly newsletter emailed to them.

Work-Study and Other Employment

Student employees who were scheduled and approved to work on campus at the start of the spring semester, but who are not able to work due to the delayed return to campus, will continue to be paid for their missed time. They should enter their scheduled hours in the “COVID-19 Related Absence” field on their time sheet, then inform their supervisor so the time sheet can be approved accordingly. Students who are unsure of their scheduled hours should check with their supervisor. Additional information on student employees can be found here.

Work-study positions are still available, with some positions offered virtually for some departments.

We encourage students to use the Clark Handshake website.

You should reach out to the Career Connections Center. A team member will work with you.

Please contact the office of the Dean of the College to discuss your individual circumstances.