Living on a residential campus has always presented students with opportunities to experience new things. This fall, the list of new experiences included many things that would have been hard to imagine just a few months ago, such as classes that are taught both in person and remotely at the same time, and dining experiences where food and payment are exchanged without contact. All these changes are in place to mitigate risks of spread for everyone—students, staff, and faculty. 

  • Use of Common Space

    Use of Common Space:

    All shared common and public spaces on campus will have a predetermined reduced capacity. Changes to space capacity will be informed by the latest NH state allowance and determined by the College, based on our success in mitigating the spread of COVID-19.

    • Gatherings in lounges and other informal spaces will be limited to no more than 25 people or the predetermined allowed capacity, or whichever is less.
    • Students must wear a medical or cloth face covering over nose, mouth and chin when in public or within “close” contact with others while maintaining physical distance (6 ft) at all times.
    • Refrain from sharing food and drinks with others.
    • Disinfect and clean area upon arrival, and again upon departure.
    • Students must adhere to all signage specific to: entrances and exits of buildings, direction of travel within buildings and on campus walkways, occupancy limitations of common rooms/areas, etc. 
    • In common areas of a residence, where it is not possible to maintain six feet of physical distance from others - entryways, corridors, stairwells, elevators, for example - students must wear a face covering.
    • The furniture in any public space should not be moved. It has been carefully positioned to maintain at least six feet between chairs and desks.
  • Appointments and Meetings

    Appointments and Meetings:

    At Saint Anselm, we take pride that our community is built upon the Benedictine Hallmark of Hospitality. Our Anselmian values of hospitality and welcoming have not changed because of the times we are in, although it looks a bit different in the 2020-21 academic year.  As students move about campus, it is a good practice to schedule online meetings versus simply walking into offices.

  • Cleaning


    Physical Plant staff have been and will continue to care for all in the community. They will frequently clean high-touch surfaces in all buildings, residence common areas, which include hallways, doorknobs, elevators, elevator buttons, light switches, handrails, stairwells, kitchens, lounges, bathrooms, and laundry rooms.

    All community members are asked to do their part in caring for each other and our space by disinfecting and cleaning areas upon arrival, and again upon departure. 

  • Co-Curricular Learning

    Co-Curricular Learning:

    Saint Anselm College acknowledges the important role of face-to-face interaction and community engagement in providing the highest-quality student experience. If it is possible to meet the learning objectives of a co-curricular learning experience for students, all co-curricular learning experiences should have a virtual/hybrid option in place for the Spring semester. 

    Co-curricular and experiential learning pertains to internships, clinicals & preceptorship, practicums, student teaching, service learning, undergraduate research, and extracurricular programs with experiential components.

    • Some academic programs that have College requirements for field experience and/or experiential learning have been adjusted so students do not need to leave campus (i.e. social work practicums, student teaching, and service learning).
    • Any co-curricular learning experience that requires travel off-campus must be approved by the appropriate department.  
    • While off campus, students should honor their commitment to the Community Care Covenant, CDC guidelines, state and local regulations, and the sponsoring organization’s safety protocols.  
  • Commuter Students

    Commuter Students:

    Commuter students are expected to follow the same guidelines as everyone else when entering campus. Each day, before leaving their off-campus residences, students are asked to take their temperature and monitor how they are feeling. Students should contact Health Services immediately if one or more of the following concerns apply:

    • Fever above 100 degrees or chills
    • Sore throat
    • New Cough (not related to a chronic condition)
    • Congestion or runny Nose (not related to allergies)
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • New loss of sense of taste or smell
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Headache

    In addition to attending classes on campus, commuter students are invited to attend on-campus events and to participate in co-curricular activities that take place outside of the residence halls. Commuter students will not be permitted inside the residence areas on campus until further notice. 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. 

    According to the Center for Disease Control, when a person tests positive for COVID-19 they are to self-isolate at home for at least 10 days. Thus, a commuter student who tests positive will not be allowed to return to campus before they have isolated for a minimum of 10 days, and that during those 10 days they had no fever for at least 3 days without the use of medication. Health Services will work with the student on when is the best time to return. Please note that commuter students who are well but have a sick family member at home with COVID-19, or are otherwise exposed to a person infected with COVID-19 should call Health Services for guidance, and follow CDC recommended precautions to stay at home in quarantine for 10 days from when a family member recovers.

  • Dining


    Opportunities to gather together and to share a meal are an important part of what makes our campus “home.”  Recognizing both the importance of the campus dining experience and the need to keep members of our community safe, adjustments to our on-campus dining procedures can be found at: Https://

  • Health Services

    Health Services:

    Health Services will be open for medical and counseling appointments in person and via telehealth, but will temporarily not be able to accept walk-ins. Call (603) 641-7028 for an appointment.

    If students have a mental health concern and need to speak to a counselor after hours, call (603) 641-7000 and ask to speak to the Counselor on Call.

    Students should call Health Services, and avoid contact with others, if they develop any of the symptoms listed below:
    • Fever above 100 degrees or chills
    • Sore throat
    • New Cough (not related to a chronic condition)
    • Congestion or runny Nose (not related to allergies)
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • New loss of sense of taste or smell
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Headache
    ​​​​​Students should call 911 and seek emergency medical care immediately if they experience:
    • Trouble breathing
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion
    • Inability to wake or stay awake
    • Bluish lips or face
  • Events on Campus

    Events on Campus

    Saint Anselm College groups who sponsor co-curricular and extra-curricular programs and events are encouraged to explore hybrid programs. Meaning, if creating an on-the-ground (in-person) program (with COVID in person safety practices in place), there should be a virtual option for participation included. If there cannot be a COVID safe on-the-ground program, or if the program would be just as effective virtually, the organizing sponsor (i.e., Club Presidents, SGA Officials, and Departments) should consider a virtual program as a first option.

    In adherence to the interim guest policy, no third parties or visitors will be permitted on campus, including, but not limited to: contracted artists, performers, and guest lecturers. There may be an exception to the guest policy if the program is offered to the entire student body and with approval from the Director of the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership. Reach out to the SEAL Director for policy exception, protocols/procedures, and necessary paperwork. All clubs, organizations, centers, student affairs and academic departments are encouraged to continue to plan such events through a hybrid or virtual format. This interim policy is in place while students are on campus, until May 2021 or until further notice.

  • Library


    Geisel Library is open only to SAC Community members until further notice. The library continues to provide robust library services while implementing reduced building capacity and other temporary measures to promote community health and well-being - relating to the social pandemic environment and the College’s Community Care Covenant. Please visit the Library homepage for the very latest changes and hours of operation – see link for Library COVID Policies & Services.

  • Off-Campus Food Delivery

    Off-Campus Food Delivery:

    In keeping with the visitor policy, food delivery drivers will not be allowed inside residence halls, apartments or other campus buildings. Those who order food should meet the driver outside of the delivery location.

  • Residential Living

    Residential Living:

    Students will be grouped in communities, or family units, that are a key component of our living on campus. A family unit is defined as a group of students who share the same communal bathroom where they live (i.e. wing/hallway/floor of a residence hall, pod in Holy Cross Hall, singular townhouse or apartment).  “Family unit” may expand over time as determined by the health and safety in mitigating risks of the spread of COVID-19 in our community. The expansion of a family unit will be reviewed and adjusted based on COVID data as part of the College’s phased approach to student life during the spring semester. Please refer to the “Levels” section of the COVID-19 website for more information.

    The College expects all residential students to contact Health Services should you feel ill, to self-isolate, if advised to do so, and return home (if you live within 200 miles of the campus) should you test COVID-19 positive.

    The College requires all students to pack cleaning supplies for their private bedroom and/or apartment spaces, to ensure the health and safety of all community members.

    The College expects all students to abide by the updated Visitation/Guest Policy.

  • Service Events Off-Campus

    Service Events Off-Campus

    All off-campus events are postponed or canceled until further notice. All service (volunteer and service-learning to sites) for the 2020-2021 will be remote.

  • Travel Off-Campus

    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. 

    Once the semester begins, students are asked to refrain from extended personal travel, except under exceptional circumstances, until such time as they return home or move elsewhere after the semester has concluded.  Extended personal travel is defined as leaving the campus overnight or engaging in any activity off campus that would increase the risk of COVID-19 exposure. 

    Students should refrain from travel over weekends, on holidays or otherwise from the time they arrive at the start of the Spring semester until the time they depart at the end of the semester. Attending an off-campus large gathering that does not align with the Community Care Covenant and may be viewed as egregious behavior, as you are taking risks that can impact our community. 

    Any off-campus travel related to co-curricular, clubs and organizations, internships, service must have a purposeful and specific reason for travel and must be approved by the sponsoring office/department where oversight falls. Students are expected to abide by the Community Care Covenant.

    If students must use public transportation for essential travel off campus, they must adhere to health guidelines. 

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