Students will be able to access medical and behavioral health care in-person and remotely through telehealth. Students can now upload their health and immunization forms remotely, schedule a telehealth visit, connect with a provider, and access prescriptions or follow up without having to step foot on campus. Very limited in-person medical visits must be scheduled in advance for certain high-stakes tests or procedures, including reproductive health.
Most counseling visits will occur over telehealth, while there will be limited in-person visits for students who do not have access to telehealth or who are presenting in an acute psychological state that requires an in-person evaluation or intervention. At least one counselor will be present in the office during business hours, while the remainder of the clinical staff will work remotely to provide telehealth.
While in-person performances are not yet allowed under the Massachusetts Phased Reopening Plan, academic affairs continues to work with the creative and performing arts departments on how to manage in person curricular activities safely at this time.
Academic department leadership, in conjunction with the Center for Creative and Performing Arts, have developed protocols for rehearsals and recorded performances (absent audience) that follow current public health guidance and the university's Covid-19 operations plan. These protocols are regularly reviewed by the safety implementation team and updated as additional guidance is released by the state.
Berry Library and Learning Commons
The Berry Library is open to Salem State students, faculty and staff with enhanced cleaning, social distancing guidelines, and mask requirements in place.
SSU community members will need to present their Clipper Card to be admitted to the library and other offices in the learning commons. Students will tap their card to a Navigate reader; faculty and staff will need to give their name and ID number to the staff member. Staff members will be wearing masks and face shields and will stay 6 feet or more apart during the check-in process.
Library visitors may be asked to show a "CLEARED" badge on their CoVerified app prior to entry.
All people entering the learning commons and the library must wear a mask per the SSU safety protocols.
Members of the general public will not be permitted to use the physical library spaces until further notice, but members of the public with a NOBLE public library card may request books for check-out online and they may use Berry Library's contactless book-pickup service. The book pick-up table is located in the 1st floor lobby in the learning commons, just before the ID checkpoint.
In coordination with MASCAC, we have made the difficult decision to suspend the fall and winter athletics seasons, like all of our state sister institutions. Athletics staff and coaches will continue to engage SSU athletes and provide in-person training opportunities as the state, NCAA and institutional guidelines allow.
Gassett Fitness Center
The fitness center is currently closed to all students, faculty, staff and community members.
We are working to safely reopen in a limited capacity this spring, with a reservation system in place. All plans are subject to change based on state, local and university guidelines, as well as public health guidance.
We will continue to host programs and events in virtual, socially distant, and safe ways, and we will communicate a reopening plan when appropriate.