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Spring 2021 Semester

What Our Spring Semester Plans Include

Our spring semester is planned with the health and safety of our community as the priorities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The spring semester will be similar to the fall semester, with a continued commitment to following protocols on campus, remote and in-person learning, in-person and virtual student events, and weekly COVID-19 testing.

We will continue to be #OwlsUnited by wearing masks at all times except when seated and eating, or alone in an office or at home. We will continue to physically distance at 6 feet or more, and keep private social gatherings to 10 people or less. Remember taking these steps and staying home when you’re not feeling well is good for you, and it keeps your friends, professors, students, and many other people around you safe.

As much as we understand that large gatherings and attending parties is something students want to do in college, in this environment it is seriously irresponsible, and will only put your friends, yourself and your neighbors at risk. Remember that you can speak up if you see someone who is not being careful – each choice we make can either keep each other safe, or can put each other at risk. We are #OwlsUnited, and in this together.

Spread the word that we’re #OwlsUnited this spring. Below is a graphic for your email signature or documents, and also our poster, to download and share with others.

Returning to Campus After Winter Break

Updated on November 30, 2020

Students, faculty and staff will be required to have a negative pre-arrival COVID-19 PCR test result before coming to campus for check-in and regular activities. Keene State faculty and staff are currently working through pre-arrival testing plans, and updates will be provided here.

Keene State will provide pre-arrival drive-up testing on campus.

  • For students who are living on campus, this drive-up testing will be held on January 15, 16 and 17.
  • For students who are living off campus, this drive-up testing will be held on January 18 and 19.

All students will then check-in on campus the weekend of January 22. January 25 and 26 will also be check-in days for off-campus students.

  • Students will need to bring proof of their negative pre-arrival COVID-19 test with them to check-in.
  • If a student gets a positive COVID-19 pre-arrival test result, they must stay home. The Rapid Response Team will reach out quickly as possible with next steps.

More details about spring pre-arrival testing options and registration of your choice for pre-arrival testing, will be posted here in mid-December.

Academic Calendar

Spring semester classes will begin on Monday, January 25, 2021, a week later than had been originally planned. The spring 2021 semester will not include a Spring Break, and classes will continue uninterrupted from January 25 to April 30. This will help greatly with safeguarding the health of our community. These two changes will allow us to begin finals with a reading day on Monday, May 3, and end finals as planned, on Friday, May 7. At this time, we are cautiously optimistic that commencement will take place on May 8. Check this page, for updates on commencement.

Weekly College-Wide Mandatory COVID-19 Testing Continues

Once the spring semester begins, weekly COVID-19 testing will continue for all students, faculty, and staff who will be on campus during the semester.

Rapid Response Team and Contact Tracing Remain in Place

The Keene State College Rapid Response Team (RRT) will continue to facilitate quarantine, isolation and contract tracing. The RRT works in support of New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (NH-DHHS) as a tier one, initial urgent response for members of the Keene State community. The RRT provides collected information and data to NH-DHHS to support their comprehensive contact tracing response.

The RRT immediately responds to suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 by facilitating isolation of positive cases and by identifying, within 24 hours, any people with potential exposure to person who tested positive to facilitate quarantine of contacts. Contacts are identified as any person who has been in sustained contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.

The person who tested positive is moved to isolation for 10 days, and until symptom-free. Contacts of a person who tested positive are moved to quarantine for 14 days. If either the person who tests positive or any of the contacts cannot move home, a dedicated space is provided for them.

Isolating cases are followed up with by Health Services at The Wellness Center, and quarantined contacts are followed up with by the Rapid Response Team. People who isolate and people in quarantine must be cleared at the end of their time period before returning to regular daily activities.

If a student is not feeling well or is concerned that they’ve been exposed to COVID-19, and don’t know what to do, they should call Campus Safety for help with next steps at 603-358-2228.

Every person is vulnerable to the virus. Students, if you are living off campus, have a plan in advance for how you’ll get food and supplies, should you have to isolate or quarantine. Know what you’ll need, and express your needs in advance.

Spring Classes and Coursework

While our in-person fall semester is going well, we know that some students are interested in an online learning experience in the spring semester, instead of joining the Keene State community on campus. Our goal is to help you have a successful semester by providing you with as many options as possible for completing course requirements, whether this is done on campus or via online instruction.

The information below provides details on the kinds of courses that are available for selection in the course registration system. Please note that not all classes are designed to be offered remotely. Be sure that the courses needed to complete the semester are available online, if a fully-online learning experience is desired. To see which courses are available remotely, students may use Student Planner in Self-Service. Search the “Course Catalog” by “Locations” and select “Online Accessible.”

Students who are beginning at Keene State in spring 2021, and are in need assistance with adjusting their course schedule for spring, should reach out to Academic and Career Advising to do so. Returning students may adjust their academic schedule through the Student Planner in Self-Service. If a student would like assistance in selecting courses, they should contact their advisor.

Choices in Course Delivery – In-person, Hybrid, Blended or Online

In the Student Planner, there are four general categories of spring 2021 classes. In order to maintain the quality experience that students expect at Keene State, professors are choosing the way courses are being taught, to best fit the learning needs of their classes.

Students can take classes in a variety of ways. Classes are identified in course registration with the information below:

1. In-person: These classes will take place in person, in a classroom on campus or in a field-based placement. In-person classes are identified as Clinical Practice, Field-based Experience, Guided Inquiry, Incorporates Lecture & Lab/Studio, Internship, Laboratory, Lecture-based Learning, Practicum, Seminar, or Studio.

2. Online: These classes take place entirely online and are identified as Online.

  • Students are expected to be available for the entire class meeting time to participate in regularly-scheduled instruction.
  • With these classes, there are no times scheduled for in-person classes for students and instructors.
  • These courses are delivered entirely online using regularly-occurring meeting times (synchronous), classwork that is completed outside of regular class times (asynchronous), and/or flexible participation approaches.

3. Hybrid: These classes take place both online and in-person on campus, using rotating student groups for the in-class experience and are identified as Hybrid. Students are expected to attend in-person class meetings as scheduled. Students who are not in the classroom access the course online during the regularly-scheduled class times. Some of these courses are identified as Remote Hybrid – these are Hybrid courses that can be fully accessed remotely. Remote-Hybrid courses meet the needs of students planning to participate fully remotely during Spring 2021.

  • These classes take place both online and in a physical location on campus.
  • A portion of the scheduled in-class time between students and instructors is delivered online during regularly-occurring meeting times (synchronous), and includes classwork that is completed outside of regular meeting times (asynchronous), and/or flexible participation approaches.
  • These classes frequently rotate student groups. Students are expected to participate in in-person class meetings as scheduled.

4. Blended: These classes include a combination of scheduled in-class time on campus, with the online portion of the class primarily or entirely asynchronous (completed outside of a regular scheduled class time) and are identified as Blended. Students are expected to attend in-person class meetings as scheduled. Some of these courses are identified as Remote Blended – these are Blended courses that can be fully accessed remotely. Remote Blended courses meet the needs of students planning to participate fully remotely during spring 2021.

  • These classes take place both online and in a physical location on campus.
  • The scheduled in-class time between students and instructors is reduced by 20% to 80%.
  • These classes may include rotating groups of students. Students are expected to participate in in-person class meetings as scheduled.

If a student is selecting courses for remote-delivery only, they must select course that are delivered either Online, Remote-Hybrid or Remote-Blended. All other course modalities require in-class participation.

Expectations for Student Participation

Please note that students must be available during the entire time periods for which their courses are scheduled regardless of their physical location (on-campus or remote) as they should be available to attend all synchronous (regularly-scheduled) instruction that takes place during their classes.

Courses have been taught using different approaches to accommodate students in the past. The world continues to face this unprecedented time during the coronavirus pandemic, therefore, faculty continue to embrace a variety of approaches to teaching, to ensure participation and attendance. Please be sure to thoroughly read your course syllabi to understand the established expectations and requirements for each class.

Choices in Accessing Campus Resources and Events

Students can choose to access on-campus resources and events in different ways. Keene State is committed to providing a rich living and learning experience, with a combination of virtual and in-person student engagement activities.

Full Campus Experience: This is the option for a student who wants to take some or all of their classes in person, and will have full access to all online and in-person events and on-campus resources. Regular, weekly COVID-19 testing is required. Failure to participate in regular testing may result in disciplinary sanctions.

Remote Classes with On-Campus Experiences: A student who chooses this option will take all of their classes online, but will access events and physical resources on campus, including Zorn Dining Commons, the Student Center, Mason Library, Recreation Center and any other building or resource located physically on Keene State’s campus. Regular, weekly COVID-19 testing is required. Failure to participate in regular testing may result in disciplinary sanctions.

Fully-Remote Experience: In this case, a student chooses to take all classes remotely, and will not access any resources physically on-campus or attend any on-campus events. Mason Library, Spaulding Recreation Center, Student Center and all other buildings located physically on campus are not accessible. Regular weekly COVID-19 testing won’t be administered to students who remain away from campus full-time. Faculty advisors, Academic and Career Advising staff, Wellness Center staff, and other supports will be available to these students online.

Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19 Testing

Q. Will there be weekly COVID-19 testing during the spring semester? How will it be done?
A. Yes, there will be weekly COVID-19 testing. We will follow the same weekly testing process used in the fall.

Q. Will required testing provided by the college continue to be free for students?
A. Yes, these testing costs will be covered by the college for students who are taking in-person classes or are entering campus buildings to access resources, and for those employees who are working on campus.

Q. What should I do if I’m not receiving my COVID-19 test results through the Quest portal or my email?
A. To get this resolved, call the Quest Back to School Support Line at 855-324-7472, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST.

Classes and Coursework

Q. Who should I contact if I need help with my spring schedule?
A. Students should contact Academic and Career Advising for assistance with their class schedules. They can be reached by or 603-358-2500.


Q. Do you expect to have travel for spring athletic teams?
A. At this time, yes, regular competition is being planned. We are hopeful, and will closely monitor pandemic - the health of our community is the priority.

Q. I’m a student-athlete. When do I need to get my pre-arrival test? Who can I talk to for help? A. Please contact your coach with questions.

Residential Life

Q. If I want to move onto campus for the spring semester, and I’ve been remote for the fall, what do I need to do?
A. Please contact Residential Life for help by January 8 - they can work with you to find a living space and a roommate. You can reach the team at or by calling 603-358-2339.

Student Clubs and Activities

Q. Will student clubs and organizations still meet in person (as well as virtually) in the spring?
A. Yes! In fact, the college is working on finding even more ways for students to connect through activities and organizations during the spring semester.

Events, Visitors, and Performances

Q. Will visitors not in the COVID-19 testing protocol have to remain outside campus buildings in the spring?
A. Contractors and visitors on business with the college who complete a health attestation in coordination with their college contact may enter buildings to conduct their business. Otherwise, visitors and guests outside the COVID-19 testing protocol cannot enter buildings. This is a policy from the fall semester that will continue for the health and safety of our community.