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Back at Beloit

Safe, Sensible, Smart: What to Expect in Fall 2021

We're getting back to business. Safely.
(And chemistry. And literature. And political science.)

Fall Semester is in session.

We draw on a track record of success in keeping our community safe as we welcome students to campus for Fall Semester 2021. With vaccines encouraged and widely available, we are offering an in-person student experience: residential living, campus activities, amenities, and services.

At the same time, the changing conditions due to COVID-19 and its variants require that we continue to review and adjust our policies to keep our community healthy and well. 

As we have done from the beginning of the pandemic, we are closely monitoring regional, national, and international developments, including vaccination rollouts and CDC recommendations for in-person activities. As always, our focus is on safety, agility, and creativity. We will continue to take any precautions that remain necessary, and adapt quickly to changing conditions.

Vaccinations required to return to campus

The College is requiring vaccines for all employees and students. Students should submit their vaccine documentation to the Health and Wellness Center at Students will not be permitted to move into on-campus housing without submitting their vaccine documentation.

Employees should send documentation to Terri Dahl at

If you are unable to be fully vaccinated, please contact the Health and Wellness Center (students) or Human Resources (staff and faculty) for more information.

Face masks and physical distancing

In conjunction with the most recent CDC guidance on face coverings, all students, current and emeriti faculty, staff, and guests (regardless of vaccination status) are required to wear face masks indoors with the exception of their personal space (i.e. dorm room or office). Masks are not required outdoors.

Physical distancing is encouraged as it continues to be a highly effective way to avoid illness.


Classes are meeting in-person, although instructors may incorporate a variety of pedagogical tools as part of their in-person courses and instructors will be available for in-person interactions outside of class time. Since classes will be meeting in-person, students will not be studying remotely.

Arrangements will be made for students who are not able to attend class because of a brief illness or quarantine, as has always been our policy.

Self-care is community care

During the 2020-21 academic year, we worked together to enjoy a safe and sensible campus experience. The New York Times took notice, identifying us as a “bright spot” in their coverage of colleges and COVID.

Our students have adhered to their Statement of Culture and Behavioral Expectations that mandated masks, physical distancing, and small group gatherings to keep COVID cases low and allow them to remain on campus. Students were widely praised in national media outlets for their mature, proactive approach to the pandemic.

We expect that to continue this fall, with our students taking the lead in our #WorthAShot campaign to encourage vaccinations.

Campus Alert Status

We know you have questions

Beloit has risen to every challenge we’ve ever faced. We’ve updated our frequently asked questions to address ever-changing concerns.

Things have changed, here’s what you need to know:

The classroom and residential experience will look a little different, especially at first.

Students wear masks and practice social distancing

We’re reducing class sizes, incorporating online and hybrid classes, and adjusting housing and dining options to safeguard the health of our community.

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The choices you make outside of class will have an impact on our community.

Students exit the Chapin building where the cafe is

We have size limits for in-person gatherings— especially indoors. And everyone in our community must follow health guidelines and protective practices.

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We’ll be ready to adapt quickly if new outbreaks or disruptions require action.

Favorite swag options for every Beloiter.

We’re monitoring the situation on campus. We have protocols in place to help us make quick decisions about teaching, learning, and working as circumstances change.

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Our primary commitment is keeping our community safe and healthy.

Fall colors on the Beloit College campus.

There’s nothing more important than the health and safety of our community. At the end of the day, that’s what guides our planning.

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Updates & Announcements

August 5

Beloit is looking forward to welcoming students, faculty, and staff back to campus in a few short weeks, establishing our full on-campus community.

June 14

The COVID-19 Task Force has released guidance through August 1 for those who will be living, working, or visiting campus over the summer.

May 21

The newest CDC guidelines make it crystal clear that the way we return to a more normal on-campus experience is to require all Beloit College students, faculty, and staff to be vaccinated.

The following Protective Practices will be expected of all members of the campus community:

Maintain Distance

At least 6 feet, inside and out.

Limit Physical Contact

Avoid handshakes and other physical contact when possible.

Wear a Mask

At all times when inside, unless you are alone in a personal space, such as your office, dorm room or home. Masks are not required outside.

Clean Hands

Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer regularly.

Frequent Cleaning

Of all common spaces and frequently used surfaces.

Stay Home

If you’re feeling sick, stay home and get a checkup.

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