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Fall 2021 Semester

We’ll See You Back on Campus This Fall!

We’ll see you on campus, as our fall semester will be held in person, and in community, together!

When a large percentage of our college community gets vaccinated, it will open up in-person opportunities, and will make the campus experience even more exciting. When you’re fully vaccinated (14 days after from the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or single-dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine) and if you choose to provide proof to the College, at this time, you:

  • Won’t need to quarantine when exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19
  • Won’t need to quarantine after any travel
  • Will test less regularly for COVID-19 on campus
  • Have the option to go without a mask outdoors on campus

The health and safety of our community continue to be top priorities. We will continue to be #OwlsUnited. Details about requirements for the fall are being considered by our planning team right now. Updates will be posted here as decisions are made. As always, Keene State closely follows the science around the pandemic.

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COVID-19 Vaccines

While Keene State does not currently require the COVID-19 vaccine, we strongly encourage every faculty, staff and student to be vaccinated. If permanent approval of the vaccines is granted by the FDA, Keene State, in consultation with its board of trustees and the N.H. Department of Health and Human Services, will make a final decision about whether the vaccine would be required for students.

Students: You May Elect to Provide Proof of Your COVID-19 Vaccine to the Wellness Center. After you receive your second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or your single-dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you may upload proof of your vaccine to Keene State’s Health Services. Visit this webpage. Hold onto your vaccination card, too.

Academic Calendar

The fall semester will begin on Monday, August 30. Last day of classes for the fall semester is December 10. The full calendar is posted online.

Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19 Vaccines and Testing

Q. Does, or will, Keene State require the COVID-19 vaccine in order to attend in person?

A. While Keene State does not currently require the COVID-19 vaccine, we strongly encourage all faculty, staff, and students to get vaccinated. Being vaccinated will improve your experience for in-person opportunities. If we reach a high percentage of vaccinated community members, it can open up ways for Keene State to provide a more typical campus experience. If permanent approval of the vaccines is granted by the FDA, Keene State, in consultation with its board of trustees and the N.H. Department of Health and Human Services, will make a final decision about whether the vaccine would be required.

Q. What if I can’t get the COVID-19 vaccine?

A. As we plan for the fall 2021 semester, we are working on delivering the safest and most engaging college experience at Keene State for all of our students, including those who cannot get vaccinated for medical or religious reasons. Please stay tuned.

Q. What’s different about my experience at Keene State in the fall if I get vaccinated?

A. The vaccines are highly effective at greatly reducing transmission and contraction of COVID-19. When you’re fully vaccinated (14 days after from the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or single-dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine) and if you elect to provide proof to the College, you:

  • Won’t need to quarantine when exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19
  • Won’t need to quarantine after any travel
  • Will test less regularly for COVID-19 on campus
  • Have the option to go without a mask outdoors on campus

We are in the planning stages for fall semester, and we expect this list to grow and evolve.

Q. I’m unsure about getting vaccinated. Where can I go to get more information?

A. Reliable, science-based information about the COVID-19 vaccine is important to read. Check out these sources:

Q. Where can I get answers to other questions that I have about COVID-19 testing and vaccinations at Keene State?

A. Please contact our COVID testing and vaccination coordinator by email covidtesting@keene.edu or by phone (603) 358-2230.

Q. Will student clubs and organizations still meet in person (as well as virtually) in the fall?

A. Yes! In fact, the college is working on finding even more ways for students to connect through activities and organizations during the fall semester.