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Last Updated: August 4, 2020

Campus Services

Campus services including the shuttle, bookstore and mail services will operate during the fall trimester with all appropriate physical distancing measures and occupancy guidelines. The hours may be temporarily reduced at times to ensure safe and efficient operations.

Library

The Bentley Library will be open for the fall 2020 trimester. Reference and library services have and will continue to be offered in person and remotely to all students, faculty and staff. The library will operate at 40% occupancy capacity to adhere with state occupancy guidelines. 

The library’s hours of operation beginning August 31, 2020 will be: 

Monday – Thursday 
7:30 a.m. - Midnight
Friday
7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday
12:00 p.m. - Midnight

For the fall 2020 trimester, the library will be card-swipe access only. Only those with a Bentley ID will be allowed in the building. Masks must be worn at all times when in the library.   

Most study rooms will be available for reservation with a two-student occupancy limit. Library materials will be quarantined for a period of 60 hours per ALA, ACRL, IMLS, OCLC, MLS and NEDCC guidelines. The library catalog will indicate which materials are in quarantine.

Students and parents can contact library staff here.

Fraternities & Sororities

Similar to our approach for all organizations, we are working to identify and prioritize what in-person activities can be most easily done within policy. Guidelines for fraternities and sororities are as follows:

  • Like all organizations, chapters should prioritize virtual methods for conducting chapter meetings. That being said, recognizing the importance of in-person connections, where chapter or meeting sizes allow, we will try to offer each chapter a minimum number of in-person chapter meetings.
  • We are prioritizing how to make in-person initiation ceremonies for spring 2020 new members possible, as well as ways in which the final stages of fall 2020 recruitment (i.e. invite-only events or bid day) can be conducted in person. These events would need to receive prior written approval from SP&E via this form.
  • Notwithstanding the limited exceptions outlined above, chapters should prepare to hold fall 2020 recruitment and new member education activities almost entirely virtually. We are working with the FSL Presidents Council, Panhellenic and IFC on ways to support this process.
  • We are working to identify space and scheduling options to conduct photography for chapter composites.
  • Chapters should think creatively about ways to maximize the member experience this fall. This may include golf outings (with prior written approval from our office and within the limited travel guidelines listed above), exploring ways to conduct philanthropy activities virtually and other brotherhood and sisterhood activities that can be done within policies. 
  • In the coming weeks, we will be confirming a structure for the FSL Standards Program for the fall 2020 semester.
Student Employment

Students who have already worked under the Federal Work Study (FWS) program or the Bentley Work Program should check with their supervisor. Those jobs may be able to be performed remotely if needed. As always, new students with a Federal Work Study award are given priority in the hiring process in an effort to ensure that they are able to earn any FWS amount included as part of their financial aid package. However, being awarded FWS does not guarantee that you will be able to obtain employment but gives you the opportunity to apply for jobs. While we try to assist students with FWS in finding employment, jobs on campus are limited. A job is not assigned or guaranteed, and we are not always able to place all students. For new students or students who have not worked on campus before, available jobs will be posted on Workday in August.

Club Sports

SP&E is working with coaches to develop guidelines for small in-person team activities where possible. Like our approach with all student organizations, we would like to identify and prioritize what in-person activities can be done safely and within our set policies. Please note that some club sport programs may be able to operate more closely to “normal” than others due to the nature of the sport. For example, sports that are more individual in nature may be able to more easily physically distance than sports that are more team or contact-oriented. In-person competitions and large-scale practices will not be permitted to occur during the fall 2020 trimester. Specific club sports policies will be shared in the coming weeks. If you have any questions in the meantime, including what might be possible for your team, please let SP&E know here.

Performance Groups

Music Groups: If an outdoor performance includes singing or brass or woodwind instruments, there must be at least 10 feet between performers. If there are audience members, there must be 25 feet between performance and audience members. As it stands, the Music Rehearsal Room can only accommodate solo practices for music groups and we are unsure of availability of outdoor spaces to host rehearsals. 

Dance Groups: State guidelines encourage outdoor exercise but do not differentiate physical distancing requirements for indoor and outdoor spaces. Organized exercising, which would include dance activities, that occur without a face covering must maintain 14 feet of distance between dancers, or 6 feet if wearing face coverings. Given these limitations and the availability and size of indoor spaces, is likely best to look at outdoor venues for dance activities.

Performance groups hoping to conduct in person activities this fall must complete this form.

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