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.
Mercy will be fully open this fall, with a full curriculum offered through a mix of in-person and online instruction. Later this summer, we will be in touch to share more details about specific student schedules. For now we do know that 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 will be further supporting our students by increasing 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 are also spending their summers engaged in extensive training to make sure that online classes are delivered at a high level of quality.
Even with our investments in enhanced technology, we know that some classes are hard to replicate online which is why we're prioritizing those classes for spaces on campus.
As we finalize our fall course schedules, communication with students about any changes to their course schedules will occur as soon as any changes are finalized.
Across campus, desks and chairs are being 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 will be taking extra measures across all our campuses to make sure students will be as safe as possible. Changes will include: face coverings, enhanced sanitation, social distancing and daily self-screenings.
We will also clearly communicate expectations to all campus members about how to keep the community safe.
Accommodations are also being made for labs, studios and other facilities that may only be available on campus.
Please keep checking back for more information.
Across all of our campuses, classrooms are being optimized for synchronous distance learning.
We’re adding 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.
Please continue to check back on this site for more information.
Fieldwork, Clinicals and Off-Campus Learning
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 resume their fieldwork, clinicals and other off-campus learning experiences.
As we continue to work with our partners, we will be adding more detailed information here. Please continue to check back.
Fall Terms - Start Dates
Please see below for information on specific start dates per term:
- Term A (15 weeks), Term B (8 weeks) | September 9
- Term C (8 weeks) | November 3
- Term A (15 Week Semester) | September 9
- Term R (15 Week Trimester) | September 9
- Term Q (10 Week Quarters) | September 14, November 30
Community Academic Spaces
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 email@example.com.
We’re here to support student learning needs and have options available to help with obtaining technology to complete coursework.
More information on technology will be available soon. Please continue to check back.
The Center for Academic Excellence and Innovation will offer tutoring services both in person and online. To schedule an appointment, please use EAB.