Academics, Technology & Classrooms
We are excited to welcome students back for a new semester. While students have been away, we have been making investments on campus to create classrooms that will be able to support both in-person and virtual (synchronous) instruction, and our faculty have been spending their summers getting ready to teach in hybrid formats. We will be ready to offer options so students can access Mercy at their comfort level.
Although things may look a little different, we are committed to keeping our students on a seamless path toward graduation. This fall the high-quality, personalized attention students have come to expect from Mercy remains the same.
Mav Days Spring 2021
The College has canceled the 2021 spring break to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 viral transmission to our community. In place of the traditional week-long spring break, students and faculty will have specific days when no classes will be held known as “MAV Days.” MAV Days are scheduled throughout the spring semester. Please see the Spring 2021 Academic Calendar for the complete term schedule.
|Mav Days include:|
|Monday, March 22, 2021|
|Tuesday, March 30, 2021|
|Wednesday, April 14, 2021|
|Thursday, April 22, 2021|
|Friday, April 30, 2021|
Please note that if unforeseen circumstances result in class cancellations during the spring term, MAV Days may be used as make-up days for courses at the discretion of the Provost.
Mercy is fully open with a full curriculum offered through a mix of in-person and online instruction. Your individual faculty and advisors will share more details about your scheduling options. To maintain social distancing, some classes will move to blended format, which means that in many on-campus classes, some students will participate in person while others will join in live online in a rotation system to be determined.
In addition to blended courses, we we have also increased our online course offerings. This will give students options for different types of learning based on their comfort level.
Major investments in new on-campus technology will ensure maximum flexibility for teaching and learning. Faculty also participated in extensive training to make sure that online classes are delivered at a high level of quality.
Across campus, desks and chairs have been removed and moved further apart to create more space between students. Classroom capacity is being reduced from its normal occupancy to ensure proper social distancing.
We also took extra measures across all our campuses to make sure students will be as safe as possible. Changes include: face coverings, enhanced sanitation, social distancing and daily self-screenings.
Across all of our campuses, classrooms are optimized for synchronous distance learning.
We added video and recording technology to classrooms to offer a synchronous learning environment to allow our students to log in from where they are most comfortable.
To ensure that classrooms meet social distancing requirements some classes may operate on a rotation system, where groups of students switch between in-person and online attendance.
Whether students attend class in person, or participate online, they will be getting the high quality learning experience they have come to expect from Mercy.
We know that learning happens in so many more ways than just in a classroom: it happens by doing. This is why we’re working to ensure students can safely continue their fieldwork, clinicals and other off-campus learning experiences. We continue to work with our partners to allow these fieldwork-based courses to continue
We will be taking extra measures across all our campuses to make sure students will be as safe as possible. For more information on community academic spaces like the library and computer labs, please visit our Community Spaces page.
The Mercy College Libraries are committed to providing its reference and instruction services both in-person and virtually. Reference services will be offered via CHAT, Email, Zoom and limited In-Person appointments. Information Literacy Instruction will continue to be offered synchronously and asynchronously.
Please visit the libraries website for additional information.
Bookstores are located at the Dobbs Ferry and Bronx Campuses and materials are available online. The stores will be operating with enhanced safety measures including plexiglass and social distancing guidelines.
Be sure to check the website for updated store hours and return policies.
If you are adversely impacted by COVID-19 and require an accommodation, contact the Office of Accessibility at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re here to support student learning needs and have options available to help with obtaining technology to complete coursework.
Discuss your options with your PACT mentor if you need to borrow technology in order to succeed in your classes.
The Center for Academic Excellence and Innovation will offer tutoring services both in person and online. To schedule an appointment, please use EAB.