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Salem State’s guide to navigating campus this fall

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Salem State’s guide to navigating campus this fall

While we will not be returning with our full campus community in September, Salem State has created a plan to safely de-densify our campus while providing our students with the academic experiences and support services they need to succeed.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a novel highly contagious disease that causes respiratory illness and flu-like symptoms. Visit the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for updates and resources. 

This page will be updated regularly to reflect the latest campus preparations and guidelines in response to this evolving situation.

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Stay up to date on the latest campus response


Campus Community Reporting

Salem State’s COVID-19 emergency response team coordinates closely with both the Salem Board of Health and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and strictly adheres to the guidance and recommendations provided by those agencies when we learn of a member of our community who may have contracted COVID-19 or been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. 

In the event the circumstances warrant notification to individuals on campus due to a risk of exposure then we will do so in coordination with DPH, who takes the lead on the notification process.

We respect the privacy of individuals and the confidentiality of medical/healthcare information and therefore will not share information unless there is a fact pattern to support that other members of the community may be at risk. 


Virtual Salem State

Student on computer in the library

While we may not be together on campus, Salem State has created a number of ways for students, faculty and staff to engage online. If you need to reach a specific department or individual, please call or email us and we’ll respond. If you’re not sure who to contact, visit our directory. Many departments are also offering Zoom meetings.

Virtual Salem State brings together offices from across campus to highlight student services being offered online as well as a number of free online resources for fitness, entertainment and more.

  • Public Safety: University Police at 978.542.6111
  • Students and Families: Student Life at 978.542.6401
  • Registration, tuition and financial aid: Student Navigation Center at 978.542.8000
  • Study Abroad questions: Center for International Education at 978.542.6351
  • Faculty and Academic questions: Academic Affairs at 978.542.6240
  • Administrators and Staff: Human Resources at 978.542.6123
  • You may also email with your question and it will be sent to the appropriate department.

Learn More

To learn more about the coronavirus, risk assessment, situation updates, and more, please visit the following links: 

A Message from President John Keenan

President John Keenan

A Message from President John Keenan

President Keenan on Salem State's response to the coronavirus epidemic.


Campus Messages Archive

President John Keenan, Assistant Vice President, Public Safety and Risk Management Gene Labonte and Elisa Castillo, Assistant Dean of Students for Wellness have shared the following campus-wide messages to keep the Salem State community up to date.

Please note: guidelines and recommendations reflect the date the message was sent. The most recent information will be posted to this page as it develops.

An archive of faculty and staff specific communications about the coronavirus response can be found on this page.

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