Return to the Hilltop: Frequently Asked Questions

As we embark on an academic year unlike any other in the history of the college, we will rely on the strength of our community. Demonstrating the Anselmian characteristics of care, respect, responsibility and empathy will be more important in the months to come than it ever has before. This year, as we rethink the way we have always done things, we must remember our Benedictine values to keep our community strong.  

As Dr. Favazza has said before, the health, safety and welfare of our community is our top priority in this COVID-19 pandemic. Our success in keeping all safe from the virus and remaining on the Hilltop largely depends on how we care for each other and our community, and fully comply and cooperate with campus protocols and procedures. It is imperative that we all do our part to keep our community safe and hold one another accountable.

We understand how hard these times are for you and how much you are looking forward to being together. We are must care for each other. Masks and physical distancing are proven to significantly lower the chances of transmission, to people of all ages. To start the year, we wish to be reasonably sure of our community baseline for the virus, thus a short quarantine period.


FAQ Categories

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  • How will I receive information about my coursework?

    Professors will communicate directly with their students via their email, and will provide information about requirements in that way. 

  • I have concerns about accessibility or connectivity. Who can I work with?

    Please contact the Academic Resource Center (603-641-7017) for accessibility accommodations and Information Technology (603-222-4295) for challenges connecting online.

  • Will online only be an option for everyone? I've heard that there will be a "menu" of classes available. How do I know if the courses I need are available? Also, when will we be able to sign up for these classes?
    • At this time, we know that about 25-30 percent of the fall courses will be entirely online/remote allowing students to take them from a distance. While there will be a range of courses across departments, it is likely that students will have to change their schedule if they want to take all of their courses online/remotely. Most of the remaining courses will have a hybrid component; there will also be fully on ground courses. 
    • The Registrar’s office will designate those courses that are fully online (asynchronous instruction) and remote (synchronous instruction) on the campus portal in the coming days.  
    • Additionally, a list of all online and remote courses will be published on the campus portal for students to see. Dean Harrington has been working with students who want to attend remotely or partially remote in the fall.  
  • Undergraduate Academic Calendar

    FALL 2020 
    All classes will begin on Wednesday, August 19, and the last day of on-ground classes will be Friday, November 20.  The remainder of the semester for all on-ground, hybrid, and online courses will be completed remotely. Students will not have classes during the week of Thanksgiving (November 23 through November 29). Final exams will begin remotely on December 3 and end on December 9. Unlike in previous semesters, students will attend classes on Labor Day and Columbus Day.  

    The college will have an optional January Term (“J term”) beginning on December 17 and ending January 20. 

    There will be a phased move in scheduled for January 25 through January 31 with the spring semester beginning on ground on February 1. 

  • Course Delivery

    This fall the College will be offering approximately 420 courses. Approximately 30% of the fall courses will be entirely online taught either synchronously or asynchronously. To comply with social distancing protocols and to accommodate students who may need to attend classes remotely due to illness, self-isolation or quarantine, many on-ground courses will include remote/hybrid components.  Students are advised to contact their faculty members directly regarding how their on-ground courses will be taught. 

    Some faculty will teach their classes fully online. Faculty plan to offer approximately 25%-30% of fall courses online, with the intention of bringing the same level of individualized instruction and flexibility, exchange, and feedback to the digital setting as students have come to expect on ground. Some online classes will be synchronous and designated in the portal as OX, and others will be asynchronous and designated in the portal as OL.  See key to instructional methods at the end of this document.  

    Synchronous and asynchronous are terms used to describe a form of communication.  A “synchronous” class is one in which the interaction between the faculty member and the student occurs at the same time in a form of immediate back and forth communication. A class that is synchronous will have a specific day(s) and time that it meets.  An “asynchronous” class is one in which the interaction between the faculty member and the student occurs intermittently with a time delay. Students in asynchronous courses are not required to log in at a specific time to watch a lecture or participate in a discussion, but rather can do their work on their own schedule. 

    Many on-ground courses will have a remote/hybrid component. In this type of course, approximately 50% of the course will be on-ground/in person with a significant online or remote component. Students are advised to contact their faculty members directly with questions about how the course will be taught. These classes will be designated as LH in the portal. See key to instructional methods at the end of this document.  

    There will be classes that will be fully on ground with no remote component. Students are expected to attend all classes in-person. Fully on-ground classes will be designated as LC in the portal. See key to instructional methods at the end of this document.  

  • Academic Policies

    The college attendance policy remains in effect for on ground and hybrid courses. For remote courses, faculty will specify on their syllabi the expectations for attending synchronous class meetings, which students are expected to attend.  Students who are required to isolate or quarantine should contact their faculty member immediately and notify their class dean.

    The regular letter grading system will resume for the fall semester.

    Students should refer to the portal for their current course schedule as class times have been adjusted to allow for additional time in between classes. Classes will begin at 8:00 AM each day (instead of 8:30).

    The revised fall schedule will soon be available on the portal and will reflect these changes. The portal remains open for changes through the add-drop period. Students are advised to contact their academic advisor and/or their class dean to review their course selections. 

    Students planning to attend remotely may need to change their schedule based upon their major and the availability of online courses. Please contact Anne E. Harrington ( with questions regarding remote attendance.  

  • Attending Class on Campus in the Fall

    Over the summer, the College made changes to its facilities and classrooms to allow for safe social distancing. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to remain vigilant and follow recommended social distancing practices outlined below and listed in the revised Student Handbook. 

    Students are expected to comply with social distancing protocols including keeping desks and workstations 6 feet apart and maintaining 6 feet of distance between themselves, other students and the faculty member. 

    The following protocols are designed to ensure the safety of the Saint Anselm Community.  

    Students are required to wear masks in all public spaces, including classrooms. If a student refuses to wear a mask, they will be asked to exit the classroom, and the faculty member will contact either the Dean of the College’s Office or the Dean of Students Office. 

    Students cannot share any materials or objects (e.g., pens, notebooks, textbooks) that they bring into the classroom or those that are part of the existing classroom set-up (i.e., instruments, keyboards).  

    Classrooms have been set up to maintain appropriate social distancing protocols; students therefore should not move any furniture in the classroom. 

    Each classroom will have some combination of wipes, Lysol spray, and hand sanitizer.  Students will be required to clean their area upon entering the classroom (wipes and disinfectants will be provided) and to wear PPE during the duration of class including entering and leaving the classroom. 

    In certain unique settings (e.g., labs), students must follow the social distancing, health, and safety protocols outlined by the instructor for the space. These may vary somewhat from those already listed above.

    Students will be expected to follow their faculty member’s instructions for exiting the classroom in a staggered way to avoid crowding. Congregating in hallways will be discouraged.  There will be general signage for direction and awareness, as well as modifications to entries/exits, in each building. 

  • Key to Instructional Methods

    LC:  Lecture (fully on ground)

    LH: Lecture/Hybrid (hybrid or blended, where approximately 50% of class meetings are on ground and there is a significant amount of online content delivery)

    OX:  Remote Synchronous (No on ground classes or classroom assignment, synchronous class time meetings can be held, 100% online delivery of content)

    OL: Online Asynchronous (No on ground classes or class times, 100% online and asynchronous delivery of content)

Assistance & Financial Aid

  • I'm a student in need of financial assistance, can the College help?

    Students facing serious financial hardship are encouraged to apply to the Anselmian Student Relief Fund by completing an application and submitting it to The Anselmian Student Relief Fund Committee will review all applications and funding shall be awarded based on the severity of the situation. You can read more information about the type of support you can get on the  More information about the fund is available on the Anselmian Student Relief Fund webpage.

  • How has Saint Anselm College used CARES act funds for eligible students?

    Please refer to CARES Act Reporting »

  • How are federal financial aid and VA benefits affected by choosing to receive P/NP grades?

    Federal Financial Aid and Veteran’s Benefits both require a student to be making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). Therefore, the Pass grades need to be counted in the SAP calculation.

    The Pass equivalency for SAP is a B-. Therefore, if you opt for P/NP for all your classes for the Spring semester, your semester GPA for SAP will be 2.67. We will combine this GPA with your other semester GPAs to arrive at your cumulative GPA (CGPA).

    For the purposes of eligibility for SAP, your CGPA must meet the minimum standard: 2.4 for Nurses and for Non-Nurses: 1.8 for freshmen and 2.0 for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. If your cumulative GPA is currently higher than a 2.67, choosing the P option for grades will lower your CGPA for SAP calculation. This may or may not affect your federal eligibility this year or in future years. If you opt to take some classes as P/NP and others with grades, the classes in which you receive grades will be calculated into you cumulative GPA.

  • How is athletic aid affected by choosing to receive P/NP grades?

    Renewal for Athletic aid requires a 2.0 cumulative GPA (determined using the cumulative GPA from the Registrar’s Office). You must be in good academic standing with the Dean’s Office to be eligible to participate in athletics in Fall 2020. Please reach out to your Head Coach for more information or if you have questions about your eligibility.

  • How is institutional aid affected by choosing to receive P/NP grades?

    Institutional grant/scholarship and tuition remission eligibility renewal will be determined using the GPA from the Registrar’s Office. For example, if your cumulative GPA was a 3.0 after Fall 2019 and you elect to earn all Ps for Spring 2020, your scholarship eligibility will be determined based on a 3.0 cumulative GPA. You can find your required cumulative GPA for your merit scholarship on your Net Partner financial aid portal accessed via myAnselm (click on My Finances, then My Financial Aid, and finally My Financial Aid Information-Net Partner). Choose “Required Documents & Critical Messages” from the Main Menu. You can also find more information regarding our aid policies in our Consumer Information Brochure found at

  • How is other aid affected by choosing to receive P/NP grades?

    Any aid for outside sources will use the Registrar’s cumulative GPA to determine eligibility unless a SAP calculation is mandated by the outside source.

Cleaning Protocols

Commuter Questions

  • General Expectations

    Commuter students are expected to follow the same guidelines in the Community Care Covenant. Beyond attending classes on campus, commuter students are invited always to attend on-campus events and to participate in co-curricular activities that take place outside of the residence halls. Unfortunately, commuter students will not be permitted inside the residence areas on campus at this time and until further notice, with the exception of attending a class if held in the LLC classroom. All other common space outside of residence halls is available. Any student using any common space on campus is expected to adhere to the College’s protocols. There will be limited refrigerator space for commuters to store meals.  Information will be available in the intercultural center.

  • As a commuter, what are the guidelines regarding travel on/off campus?
    • We encourage responsible behavior including masks, social distancing, and avoiding high-risk activities both on and off campus. Limiting contacts on and off campus helps decrease exposure to the community and helps us to manage surveillance and contain an outbreak.
    • Every member of the Saint Anselm College Community is asked to self-screen daily by taking their temperature, assess for COVID-19 symptoms, fever >100, cough, difficulty breathing, sore throat, body aches or loss of taste/smell. If so, they should avoid coming to campus and seek medical attention. 
    • We will also be asking people who travel to high-risk areas or via common carrier (bus/plane/train) to stay home.  
  • Will commuter students be required to be tested?

    Commuters will receive an email with a designated testing date & time. You are asked to Quarantine at home until contacted by Health Services with the results. You will be directed to come to campus to receive your cleared wristband. 

  • Will commuting students have access to dorms to visit friends?

    To mitigate spread, residents are not able/permitted to accommodate visitation or overnight guests in the halls at this time.  This alas includes family members, those from other halls/areas, and commuters.

  • Where will commuting students be able to meet up with friends who are residential students?

    Members of the Anselmian community (faculty, staff, students -- both commuter and residential – and the monastic community) will be able to gather in public spaces on campus (recreational, academic, and co-curricular spaces) while abiding by college policies and procedures and the Community Care Covenant. 

  • I am living off-campus in an apartment for the academic year; will I be able to go home on weekends so I can work?

    We understand that students, including commuters, have employment and family obligations. We ask that you wear a mask, maintain social distancing, and self-monitor for symptoms daily. Check in with Health Services if you feel unwell, that you are at risk, or wish more frequent testing.  

  • As an apartment dweller locally, what is the recommendation for travelling home on weekends?

    The College is strongly asking all students to limit traveling distances beyond the local community unless there is a great need to travel home. This is to help mitigate exposure and spread. If you must and do travel home, then notify Health Services. The medical staff will review protocols for safety precautions/additional testing with you. 

  • When will the academic offerings be released (online vs in-person)?

    Dean Harrington  is your resource person until this list is published. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Prevention


General Life on Campus Post-quarantine

  • Must I stay on campus during the week or weekends and how will this be enforced? Will off campus activities like service learning be suspended?

    In the interest of health, safety and community welfare, we are asking that students to be mindful and remain on campus during the Fall semester. This action will help to limit exposure of the virus to the campus community. If you need to leave campus for any reason after the first week of school, please contact Health Services. This should be done either, before you leave campus to review proper procedure or after you return to campus so they can administer a rapid response COVID-19 test prior to your return to your residence hall. Please keep in mind that as Anselmians, we have a shared duty to protect one another during these times.  

  • Once I move onto campus, what if I have a family event before November 20th?

    College Health Services is an available resource for those who must make a personal trip and wish to discuss whether further measures may be required before returning to campus.

  • What about short-trip travel off-campus?
    • Mitigating risks of infection to our community and safeguarding the health of the entire community depends on compliance to measured protocols. One important element, to lessen the introduction of new sources of infection to our community, is to limit travel off campus, as much as possible. Any travel off campus should be essential and limited. 
    • The College further expects that students will avoid personal travel away from campus, their homes, or the local area during the Fall 2020 semester except under exceptional circumstances. If you must use public transportation for essential travel off campus, you must adhere to health guidelines (Community Care Covenant). 
    • In an effort to keep our community safe, delivery from off-campus vendors will be limited and drop off locations have been designated. Food delivery drivers will not be able to enter any campus buildings. There is signage in the residence halls indicating drop off locations for each hall. Delivery drivers are to be notified and met at the following drop off locations.
      • Location #1 – Coffee shop lot with the designated “maintenance vehicle” spots located next to the dumpsters behind the Coffee Shop
      • Location #2 – At the blue light emergency call box in the Baroody Lot next to Sullivan Arena
      • Location #3 – Brady/LLC Drive next to the bollards leading to the walkway of LLC
      • Location #4 – By big rock in the rear of the SBC lot
      • Location #5 – St. Mary’s parking lot
      • Location #6 – Falvey Hall parking lot
  • Can a student be exempt from wearing a mask?

    A cloth face covering is mandatory for attending in-person classes on campus and being within 6 feet of others. This is a noted part of the Saint Anselm College Community Care Covenant and included in the New Hampshire State Guidelines. Contact Health Services if you have concerns about covering your nose and mouth ( ). 

  • What policies and procedures have been implemented to promote and sustain the wellness of the community and to ensure the successful in-person completion of the semester?

Health & Wellness


  • Will nursing students be doing clinical and if so, will they be housed separately for their patients safety and ours?
    • Nursing students are housed all over campus and are not being housed separately. 
    • Nursing students are fitted and protected properly with PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) to care for patients. They will follow strict protocols at their clinical facilities, and will be tested, quarantined and isolated when indicated. 
  • How will additional spacing be done in residence halls? Will Holy Cross common rooms be restored so the whole building isn’t sharing one common space?

    Generally speaking, our residence halls will not be overcrowded within rooms. Some halls, including Holy Cross Hall, have had to sacrifice their study rooms/common rooms for student housing space. Common spaces and lounges in residence halls have been reimagined to adhere to capacity and distancing requirements. In some cases, these spaces were better used as student housing than common space.

  • How will room capacities be enforced?

    Just as any other year, students will be required to adhere to the guest and occupancy policies set by the College. Furniture may not be moved or re-distributed from the way it is first provided. Resident Assistants will work to remind students, but in these times, the College will rely on all students, faculty and staff to keep community safe, in any number of ways. It will be important to impress upon the entire community the requirements and standards critical in keeping all members safe and healthy, and the College open for both living and learning.


  • What if I need more than one car to assist with moving me on to campus?
    • While the College is trying to minimize the density on campus during the move-in days, as well as trying to limit the amount of actual moving to be done on those days, we certainly understand that some people may not be able to fit everything they deem as essential into one vehicle. We will not turn your secondary vehicle away at the entrance to the College. The secondary vehicle will be queued up, directly behind your vehicle, and will have to sit and wait for you to be cleared to proceed to your residence hall. Once that occurs, you and ONE family member and/or friend will be able to unload both vehicles.  
    • Students are asked, if possible, not to bring a car to campus for the fall semester in order to limit unnecessary travel off campus and mitigate risk.
    • All students bringing cars to campus are required to purchase a parking permit for the fall semester prior to bringing their vehicle to campus and are expected to obey all parking rules and regulations. Students will be able to purchase a spring permit, if they elect to leave their car at home in the fall.
  • What can I do if I have a conflict with my move-in date/time?

    We ask you to make every effort to move-in at the assigned date/time.  If extraordinary circumstances prevent you from making your assignment, please e-mail to request an accommodation. Please note: we may not be able to grant each accommodation request specifically and will work with you.

  • What happens if I miss my assigned move-in date/time?

    If you did not make your assigned move-in date, then e-mail to schedule an arrival time on 8/17.  Please note: you will need to quarantine until you receive the results of your test; thus, you will not be able to attend in person classes until results are in and Health Services clears you. Classes begin on 8/19.

  • What happens if I cannot test on the day/time I am scheduled?
    • Testing times are set and there is not much flexibility. If you are not here and tested by the end of the day on the 16th, you may not be able to attend the first day of classes, as you need to be tested and quarantined for 48 to 72 hours before your test results would be available.  
    • Once tested, you will remain on campus throughout the quarantine time, and you will follow the procedure stated above. 
    • Once cleared from quarantine, you are asked to limit your travel.
  • If my roommate moves in after I have moved in and I am already cleared, how does he/she quarantine?  If his/her result comes back positive, will I have to be re-tested?  What happens if his/her test is positive?

    To mitigate risk, even in your living space while your roommate is in quarantine, you should wear a mask, maximize distance in your room, open windows, stay 6 feet from others, wash hands frequently, avoid touching your face, disinfect surfaces, and stay healthy by following good health and hygiene practices. Once your roommate is cleared, there is no need to wear face masks or stay 6 ft. apart with your roommate in your room. You are then like a family unit or a pod, because you live together.  If your roommate is not cleared but rather tests positive, then per the State guidelines: if a close contact tests positive, then you need to quarantine for 14 days and proceed with testing. 

  • What if a student already tested positive for COVID-19, can they waive testing on move-in?

    If a student tested positive for COVID-19 antigen and has tested positive for the antibodies (blood draw), they should contact Health Services ( ).


  • What does Quarantine mean?
    • Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who may have been exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.
    • As of this writing (7/10/20), the state of New Hampshire is asking anyone who enters the state from outside of New England to quarantine for 14 days. 
    • The College is asking that students quarantine in their room until their tests results are back. You may leave your room to use the restroom assigned to you, pick up your meals as directed, or get fresh air or exercise (alone or with a roommate) under the supervision of Residence Life. We expect test results will take 48-72 hours after the test is administered.
    • Virtual programming, and where possible outdoor programming, are planned for the quarantine time period.
  • What happens after I am cleared from Quarantine?


    • Post Quarantine- When you receive your test results from Health Services, clearing you from Quarantine, you will receive a different colored wristband. This signifies you now must abide by the facemask and physical distancing protocols outside the hall, and may attend classes. 
      • We strongly urge students to remain on campus to limit the community’s exposure to COVID-19. Limiting contacts on and off campus helps us to manage the surveillance of spread and contain an outbreak. 
      • Wearing a cloth face covering, washing your hands, and keeping a distance of 6 feet is the best way to prevent the spread of a pandemic illness. 
    • If you must leave campus for a length of time, use public transportation, travel outside of New England, or risk exposure to COVID, please be sure to notify Health Services for guidance prior to departure.


  • What happens if I break Quarantine?
    • If a student breaks Quarantine, s/he will be sent home for 14 days and must present negative test results in order to return. These instances of breach will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. 

Safety Measures

Student Services

Testing at Move-in

  • What kind of testing will be done on campus?
    Testing at move-in

    At move-in, students will receive two tests for COVID-19. A PCR lab test and a rapid antigen test will be administered with a shallow nasal swab by a member of the medical team. The rapid antigen test will be used to release students from quarantine, while the PCR test, under the supervision of ClearChoiceMD, which operates the state of New Hampshire testing sites, will be used to confirm the result. The college is paying for the rapid antigen test. The PCR test will be covered by students’ insurance. You will need identification with your address as well as your insurance card during move-in testing.


    Testing during the semester

    The college will conduct surveillance testing throughout the semester. Students who leave the campus for practicums, internships and other purposes will be tested frequently and a process for testing all students throughout the semester is being developed. The surveillance tests will be conducted with the college’s Sophia 2 rapid test machines.

  • What if a student tests positive for COVID-19?
    • If a student tests positive for COVID-19, s/he will need to isolate at home for 10 days. 
    • Isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus (those who are sick with COVID-19 and those with no symptoms) from people who are not infected.
    • If a student is unable to return home for isolation, they will be assigned a room in isolation housing. They should collect the items that they will need for 10 days such as: clothes, toiletries, medication, phone, computer, chargers and schoolwork. They may return to their residence hall room or apartment only after completing at least 10 days of isolation and receiving clearance by Health Services. It should be noted that Saint Anselm College Health Services is not an infirmary, and does not have licensing to provide overnight beds.