Frequently Asked Questions

Last Updated September 23, 2020

FREQUENTLY ASKED STUDENT QUESTIONS

Fall Term 2020 programming and instruction at Tuck will commence on time. The fall term will blend in-person, hybrid, and online experiences. We continue to update this FAQ to address common student inquiries.

Tuck COVID-19 policies and safety measures can be found on the Health & Safety page.

TUCK STUDENT LIFE & COVID

Maintaining public health measures is absolutely critical to protecting the health of our campus and local community. Examples of current practices to ensure the safety of students and the community include: 

  • Mandatory COVID-19 testing of all students.
  • An initial 14-day self-quarantine for all students. 
  • Requiring a 14-day self-quarantine for those who travel out-of-state during the academic program.
  • Daily health screenings for all those on campus.
  • Face coverings and physical distancing – Dartmouth requires all persons to wear face coverings at all times when using or accessing shared or communal spaces.
  • Limited gatherings (fewer than 10 people) 
  • Cleaning protocols for all classrooms and common areas
  • Providing self-isolation housing for students, if needed.
     

If your COVID test result is positive, a clinician will contact you by phone and advise you of next steps and appropriate action for self-isolation. Tuck students who test positive are encouraged to notify Associate Dean Sally Jaeger. Sally will walk you through the necessary protocols to ensure the safety of you and the Tuck community. Your confidentiality will be maintained throughout this process. Email: Sally.O.Jaeger@tuck.dartmouth.edu | Office Phone: 603-646-2019 | Cell Phone: 603-275-4328

Tuck has secured isolation housing near campus in case students test positive for COVID-19. If you test positive at any time during the term and you live in an on campus residence hall, we will move you to this space where you can safely self-isolate and we will help make arrangements for food delivery and care.

If you live off campus and test positive, the MBA Program Office will gladly work with you to find a location for you to self-isolate away from your family or housemates. We will also work with you on food delivery, mail delivery, etc.

Tuck Partners can also be tested at Dick’s House for COVID-19 if they are covered by the Dartmouth Student Group Health Plan. If a Tuck Partner is not on the Student Group Health Plan, we recommend reaching out to Clear Choice in Lebanon, New Hampshire for testing.

At this time, we cannot allow visitors in campus buildings. This includes Tuck Partners or any other overnight guests in the residence halls.

Students living off-campus cannot host more than two overnight guests at a time, per off-campus housing unit. All guests must comply with the COVID-19 guidelines from the state of New Hampshire or Vermont, as appropriate.

Gatherings must be limited to fewer than 10 people, and students must observe all face covering, physical distancing and hygiene expectations.

All Tuck students, including students living off-campus and students living in the Dartmouth-owned properties of Sachem Village and South Street Apartments, need to comply with Dartmouth event and hosting guidelines.

Tuck students are encouraged to limit travel during the COVID-19 pandemic. If travel is necessary, students should plan to quarantine as appropriate to their travels upon return. Students who choose to travel, including day trips and regardless of form of transportation, must, upon return, meet a series of requirements before accessing Dartmouth campus buildings and follow the quarantine requirements for their state of residence.

We acknowledge that the pandemic may have altered your personal financial situation.  To the extent that the pandemic has caused you recent financial strain, Tuck’s Financial Aid Office can revisit your financial aid package.

  • Tuition: Students should not anticipate a reduction in tuition for the 2020 – 2021 academic year. And as long as instruction and related programming continues, tuition will not be refunded.
  • Student Fees: The Tuck student activity fee for the fall 2020 term has been waived.
  • Dining: All unused dining funds will be reimbursed in full at the end of the fall 2020 term.

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DARTMOUTH COMMUNITY EXPECTATIONS FOR GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL STUDENTS

The Community Expectations do not ask students to waive future claims against Dartmouth. They do, however, require students to acknowledge that even with all the steps being taken to create an environment in which the health and well-being of students are of great importance, Dartmouth cannot prevent the risk of contracting COVID-19 associated with being on campus and engaging in Dartmouth activities. The Community Expectations therefore aim to draw students' attention to the fact that they are choosing to return to campus to begin or continue their education under these conditions. The Community Expectations also ask students to accept their responsibilities to help minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Students who do not sign are not permitted to have access to campus buildings and facilities but could work with their administrations to complete their coursework and/or research remotely to the extent possible. Students who find themselves in a situation in which sufficient progress remotely may not be feasible should discuss possible alternatives with the program director and/or the Student Affairs office at their respective school.

Dartmouth retains the right to make changes to the Community Expectations throughout the year as circumstances change, including considering advice from federal, state, and local authorities and the conditions on campus. You remain responsible for complying with those changes. Changes to the Community Expectations will be communicated through email to your dartmouth.edu account, as well as being posted on the Dartmouth COVID-19 website. If any students wish to rescind their agreement with Dartmouth, they may do so at any time by informing and then receiving confirmation from the Student Affairs Office at the respective school. Doing so will revoke any privileges to be physically present on campus and use associated facilities.

Changes would generally follow advice from federal, state, and local authorities, as well as geographic rates of COVID and conditions on campus. For example, if local positive-test rates exceeded 5%, the general public health guidance for any institution would be to increase restrictions. Currently, New Hampshire has a positive test rate of 1.9% and Grafton County is at 0.8%. This low rate is among the critical criteria that permit some on-campus programs to resume. It is also possible that, based on conditions on campus in response to our current efforts, some of the restrictions put in place at the opening of the academic year could be relaxed, provided rates remain low or decrease.

Compliance with Community Expectations is expected of each individual graduate and professional student and will be assessed individually. For any student who feels unsafe due to the activities of housemates who do not follow public health or Dartmouth guidelines, please bring your concerns to the attention of the Dartmouth Expectations Compliance Team (DECT). The DECT has representation from all graduate and professional schools to ensure the prompt and consistent application of standards across all graduate and professional students.

It is possible that if there is an FDA-approved vaccine that Dartmouth determines is required for the health and safety of you and others on campus, failure to receive such a vaccine- might mean you cannot continue to have access to campus buildings and will need to continue your education remotely. Medical students who see patients will need to follow the vaccine policies of the hospitals and health systems where they see patients, or take a leave of absence until they can continue their clinical studies. Existing medical exemptions for vaccine requirements may apply: for example, if you have a documented disability that would make the vaccine dangerous for you to receive, you normally will not be required to take the vaccine. If and when a vaccine becomes available, students will be able to consult with their personal health care provider and any request for a medical exemption will be addressed following an appropriate evaluation by Dartmouth College Health Services.

The decisions of the DECT are final. Its actions are intended to be prompt and capable of addressing violations effectively without creating a disciplinary record for the student. The DECT may not impose sanctions of suspension or separation. If serious misconduct occurs where such sanctions may be appropriate, the student will be referred to the disciplinary process for their school, which may include access to any appeals that may be a part of those processes.

The Health Service will not disclose health information for disciplinary action. This includes health information provided to the Health Service through screenings, testing, and contact-tracing conversations. As always, the Health Service clinicians at Dick's House are available on a confidential basis, as are individual student primary care providers and state health officials. We are committed to protecting confidential communications between health care providers and the individuals who consult them, as well as encouraging everyone to follow all medical and state guidance to help reduce the risk of spread and transmission.

This is certainly possible, as restrictions will increase or decrease based on local disease rates and the conditions on campus overall. Through robust testing and case management, methods that were unavailable in the spring, our intention is to use more targeted restrictions going forward to the extent we can do so while maintaining the health and safety of the community.

Dartmouth is establishing standards and conditions which we hope will allow the activities of the institution to return to pre-COVID levels over time. However, there are many variables that will affect this goal, some that are within Dartmouth's control and some that are not. The contribution of students, faculty, and staff in behaving in ways that limit the transmission of COVID-19 is an essential part of this shared objective.

If case rates remain as they are now a month or two after campus has opened for the fall term for undergraduates, graduate, and professional students, the level and type of permitted activities may increase. If disease rates worsen, there could be an increase in remote instruction, depending on the rates.

Yes, because of the potential impact of off-campus behavior on members of the on-campus Dartmouth community, including fellow students, faculty, and staff, Dartmouth is taking the off-campus behavior of students particularly seriously during the global coronavirus pandemic. This expectation for off-campus behavior falls under the Community Expectations, the Honor Code, and/or policies of the different programs and professional schools. However, as the Community Expectations and DECT process make clear, it is our hope that in bringing students' conduct into alignment with the Community Expectations, we can do so without the necessity of creating a disciplinary record for students. Where the behavior is severe or the student is unwilling to abide by the standards put into place for their protection and the protection of the community, the matter will be referred to the disciplinary process of each school for review and resolution.

A guest, as referred to in the Community Expectations document for graduate and professional students only, means overnight guests, and the term applies to individuals who are not currently Dartmouth College students.

As mentioned above, the two-person guest policy applies to overnight guests only. The event guidelines are intended to establish standards for gatherings of fewer than 10 individuals.

Yes, the gathering limit of fewer than 10 people applies to all gatherings, sponsored events and impromptu gatherings, both indoors and outdoors. Whenever possible, gatherings should be held outdoors.

Due to the risks associated with congregate living settings, overnight guests are not allowed in residence halls.

Group sports and other recreational activities, outside of structured classes or practices scheduled by Dartmouth, are allowed for groups of nine people or fewer provided participants can keep 10 feet of physical distance between themselves and others at all times. Activities that do not allow for 10 feet of distance between individuals (e.g., pick-up basketball games) are not allowed at this time. Participants must wear a face covering at all times unless engaged in a workout or activity where a face covering may make it difficult to breathe, and they must follow cleaning and disinfecting guidance for shared equipment. These terms apply whether or not the team or activity is considered Dartmouth-sponsored.

The Temperature Self-Assessment (TSA) screening needs to be completed each day you plan enter Dartmouth campus buildings — before coming to campus — even if you are making a quick trip in to pick up materials (for example). If you live on campus, you have to complete the TSA screening every day even if you stay in your room or suite for the day.

All students living in Tuck residence halls on campus must quarantine in their residence for 14 days upon initial arrival and upon return from any travel outside of New England.

All graduate and professional school students living in off-campus residences, including Sachem Village, South Street, and North Park apartments, must meet a series of requirements before accessing Dartmouth campus buildings and must follow the quarantine requirements for their state of residence.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) guidance allows medical students to report to DHMC for clinical rotations. However, medical students are expected to meet a series of requirements before accessing Dartmouth campus buildings and follow the quarantine requirements for their state of residence outside of DHMC.

Following travel or upon arriving in the Upper Valley, students and employees should follow Dartmouth's guidance regarding accessing Dartmouth buildings and their state guidance outside of school/work, whichever is more restrictive.

New Hampshire state guidance does not allow testing to shorten the 14-day quarantine period, thus one may choose to get tested at any time on their own, but they must still quarantine for 14 days if indicated based on travel or a known exposure. You must wait 14 days before accessing Dartmouth buildings and follow your respective state guidance outside of work/school.

Yes, approximately 25% of the student body (undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, both those living on campus and off campus) will be tested each week. Approximately 25% of the faculty and staff who are needing to come to campus will also be tested weekly.

Because the incubation period of the virus can last up to 14 days, someone can still be incubating the virus and can test negative and go on to develop symptoms as late as 14 days after their last possible exposure. Waiting for the full 14 days to pass is critical to our efforts to identify any instances of COVID-19 among members of our community.

The Community Expectations and campus-wide restrictions apply to all students. Because the duration of protective antibodies following COVID-19 is unknown, we can't be sure when someone might become susceptible again. Therefore, for everyone's safety, the current expectations and restrictions apply to all.

Household members who are not Dartmouth students or employees should follow the quarantine guidance of the state in which they live. The Dartmouth student or employee should stay apart as much as possible from any household members who are quarantining due to recent travel, including sleeping and eating separately and, ideally, having separate bathrooms during the quarantine period.

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T’22 ARRIVAL QUESTIONS

T’22s living on campus in Tuck residence halls have received an arrival survey to sign up for a move-in time slot as well as an initial COVID-19 test. All students whether living on campus or off campus, will go through the check in process, pick-up keys and receive their student ID.

COVID-19 testing will be mandatory for all Tuck students and will be conducted using the PCR diagnostic test. All students will be tested twice at the beginning of the fall term—once upon arrival (day 0) and then again at day 7. 

All students living in on-campus housing, including those living in Tuck Residence Halls, regardless of where they traveled from, must go through a 14-day quarantine process upon arrival to campus. Students living in off-campus housing, including Sachem Village, South Street Apartments, or local rental properties, must follow the quarantine requirements in their state of residence and may only access Dartmouth campus buildings 14 days after their arrival, provided they have not had symptoms.

Detailed information about COVID-19 testing and quarantine can be found on the Health & Safety page.

Each student is allowed to have two visitors during their move-in timeslot to help them move into their room. When you are moving in, please wear a face covering and maintain proper hand hygiene. If you do not have a mask or rubber gloves, the MBAPO will provide them for you when you arrive. 

For the first 48 hours on campus or until you have received your initial COVID test results, you should not leave your room other than for COVID testing. After you have received a negative test result, you are free to leave your room for outdoor exercise provided that you remain physically distant and use a face covering when appropriate. We encourage you to stay active, as long as you can do so in a safe manner. 

Students are permitted to use the laundry rooms in the residence halls after they have taken two COVID-19 tests (day 0 and day 7) and both results are negative.

During the 14 day quarantine, you should not be using the communal dorm kitchens, lounges, study rooms or gym. Food will be available to you by delivery and curbside pickup. The gym is closed at this time. 

Byrne Dining

All Tuck students have access to Catertrax online ordering through Byrne Dining. During the first 48 hours on campus, students living in the residence halls will pre-order food and have it delivered directly to their room. After the first 48 hours, Byrne dining is available to on-campus residents through delivery or pick up. Byrne Dining curbside pick up will also be available to students living off campus. Access to Catertrax requires authentication with your NetID. 

A few details about how this online ordering will work: 

  • Lunch deliveries will start at 11:30 a.m. Dinner deliveries will start at 5:00 p.m.  
  • Meals must be ordered by 6:00 p.m. for next day delivery.
  • Delivered items will be secured in a delivery bag and left outside your dorm room door. The delivery staff will knock on your door as they leave the hall for you to retrieve your food safely.
  • Pantry boxes with utensils, condiments and napkins have been placed in each dorm room for your convenience. If you require additional pantry boxes please let us know.
  • Delivery will be available starting Monday, August 3, and will continue through Monday, August 24. As of August 24, all Byrne Dining will shift to pick up only. Pick up will be available Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. 
  • Pick up orders will be placed on a rolling rack outside the front entrance to the Byrne Café. 
  • From August 3 – August 24 Byrne Café hours will be 8:00 a.m. – 4: 30 p.m. Please do not enter the facility if quarantining. 
  • Food charges entered through Catertrax will be added to your student account. These charges cannot be deducted from your DBA. If you add food items to your additional comment section, you will be charged accordingly. 
  • Call 603- 646-2361 if there is a problem with your order. This line is monitored from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

53 Commons

Tuck students may order food in three-day packages for pick up only through 53 Commons, the dining service available for Dartmouth students. These meals come refrigerated for easy reheating and can be picked up between 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily. Options include a lunch and dinner plan, or a dinner only plan. 24 hour notice is required for orders. Call 603-646-2271 or email dartmouth.dining@dartmouth.edu to sign up. 

Local Groceries & Restaurants 

The following local restaurants are within a mile of campus and accommodate takeout orders: Tuk Tuk Thai, Pine, Ramunto’s, Molly’s, Lou’s Bakery, Boloco, Starbucks, Basecamp, Sushiya, Jewel of India, and Domino’s.

Order ahead grocery pick-up is available at the Hanover Co-op and Price Chopper stores. 

If you are arriving after August 9, please contact us and we will help you secure a testing appointment.

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T’22 HOUSING

We want you to join us in the Upper Valley only when you feel you are in the position to be here safely. Although we look forward to the time when all students will be present with us in the Upper Valley, we encourage each student to move here only when it is best for him/her personally to do so.

  • Tuck’s on-campus residence halls will be ready for student move-in as regularly scheduled, starting August 2.
  • Students intending to live in Sachem Village and South Street Apartments will be able to take residence in accordance with individual lease terms.
  • When you do choose to move to the Upper Valley, you will need to observe all federal, state, and local public-health regulations in force at that time. In addition, you will also need to comply with all Dartmouth College health guidance and COVID-19 policies. Currently, this includes a 14-day self-quarantine for students coming from out-of-state, including international locations.

There is currently a waitlist for students who desire on-campus housing in the Tuck residence halls this fall. We are unable to hold or prorate rooms for students who wish to defer their on-campus housing assignment.

We will work with those students who are unable to join us on campus due to visa delays, travel restrictions, health conditions related to or impacted by COVID-19, or other extenuating circumstances. Students with such extenuating circumstances will be assessed the on-campus housing fee for the full fall term up front, and we will reimburse prorated by week, until the end of Fall A.

There is currently a waitlist for Tuck students who desire a housing unit in Sachem Village. For both Sachem Village and the South Street Apartments, we are unable to hold units for students who wish to defer their housing assignments. Students are expected to honor the terms of their leases with the Dartmouth Real Estate Office.

The Dartmouth Real Estate Office will work with those students who are unable to join us in the Upper Valley due to COVID-related extenuating circumstances to include visa delays, travel restrictions and health conditions related to or impacted by COVID-19. They will prorate rent from the start of your lease term until the end of Fall A.

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T'22 CLASSES AND CO-CURRICULAR PROGRAMMING

Tuck’s online instruction occurs synchronously to create the same level of engagement and discussion among students that happens in our physical classrooms. First-year core classes take place in the morning hours (Eastern Time Zone), which maximizes the ability of students worldwide to connect with one another and our renowned faculty in real time. Online learning at Tuck incorporates multiple platforms, including synchronous instruction and classroom discussions delivered via Zoom and asynchronous engagement in online forums and Canvas. Co-curricular offerings such as speaker series, visiting executive chats, and company briefings invite synchronous participation and lively exchanges; selected items may also be recorded for students to reference later. And, faculty continue to hold office hours and out-of-class meetings virtually, to provide students the same access as they might like or need.
 

We anticipate that recruiting activities through the fall will very likely be online regardless of the School’s instruction format. Recruiting lends itself well to virtual interactions, whether it is an office hour or a 1:1 chat with an alum over the phone, the process of networking and learning about a company continues quite the same. We expect that virtual recruiting will likely expand the number of companies recruiting from Tuck.

Tuck Career Services is currently booking companies for fall recruiting. All of our usual recruiters have booked. At this time, Tuck Career Services has not heard of any company planning to cancel recruiting for next year.

Yes, visiting executives, alumni, recruiters, and guest speakers will continue to make time to connect with Tuck students in small groups and/or individually. Among the visitors Tuck students were able to personally connect with during the virtual spring term were: Steve Schwarzman, Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder of Blackstone; David Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Chairman of The Carlyle Group; Jacqueline Novogratz, CEO of Acumen; Jim Esposito T’95, Global Co-Head of the Securities Division at Goldman Sachs; Leela Srinivasan T’06, Chief Marketing Officer at SurveyMonkey; Kevin Demoff D’99, T’06, COO of the Los Angeles Rams; Russell Wolff D’89, T’94, EVP & General Manager of ESPN+, and many more.
 

In-person components of the early fall term will include study group orientation and regular study group assignments and meetings. These gatherings are to be held in a manner consistent with all public health guidance in force at the time.

Study groups are a required and integral part of Tuck’s first-year MBA curriculum, and much of your learning and assignment preparation will occur in these groups. Anyone unable to be physically present for these meetings should reach out to the MBA Program Office at MBA.Program.Office@tuck.dartmouth.edu.

Students who leave the school voluntarily in good academic standing any time after the Fall A term of the first year, but before completing the MBA degree, remain degree candidates for a period of five years from the date of leaving. Tuck students meeting this criteria are permitted to take a leave of absence and the MBA Program Office works personally with interested students, case-by-case, to ensure each has the information necessary to make their personal decision. The option to take a leave of absence is guaranteed for those in good academic standing after Fall A. Taking a leave of absence does not guarantee that a student will be granted the same financial aid package upon return.

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T’22 INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

The Office of Visa and Immigration Services (OVIS) at Dartmouth College has an FAQ webpage that is updated regularly. OVIS also provides timely updates via this Facebook page.

You remain eligible for CPT if a summer internship is a required part of your academic program.  It is possible for Tuck students who are not U.S. citizens to use a summer internship in the U.S. to satisfy Tuck’s global learning requirement, TuckGO. Fulfilling the TuckGO requirement through an internship ensures you will remain eligible for CPT. 

OVIS will issue original Forms I-20 for admitted international Tuck students with a program start date of August 8, 2020. This date coincides with the start of Tuck’s required orientation program, Tuck Launch, and in-person study group sessions. Under the F-1 student regulations, students can enter the U.S. no earlier than 30 days prior to the program start date.

We will work with those students who are unable to join us on campus due to visa delays. Students with such extenuating circumstances will be assessed the on-campus housing fee for the full fall term up front, and we will reimburse prorated by week, until the end of Fall A. At that point, we will work with international students who have visas pending to reassess their individual circumstances and determine if individuals should be released from their on-campus residence hall commitment. Tuck will support all students in finding accommodations upon arrival.

If you are unable to join us in the Upper Valley because you are unable to obtain a visa, you may submit a written notice of that inability to the Dartmouth Real Estate Office with a request for lease termination until October 2020. The Dartmouth Real Estate Office will then terminate your lease, return your security deposit, and no penalty will be charged. Tuck will support all students in finding accommodations upon arrival.

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T’21 FALL PLANS

We anticipate that travel restrictions and public health guidelines will prevent us from being able to offer international Onsite projects or GIXs to second-year students through fall 2020. We remain hopeful that we will be able to resume TuckGO travel in the spring. At the same time, we anticipate that the transition back to normal TuckGO operations will also be phased and gradual, with our community’s health and well-being foremost in mind. 

You may take a leave of absence. Students who leave the school voluntarily in good academic standing any time after the Fall A term of the first year, but before completing the MBA degree, remain degree candidates for a period of five years from the date of leaving. Should you want to withdraw from the second-year fall term, you would need to inform the Tuck Registrar.

We acknowledge that the pandemic may have altered your personal financial situation.  To the extent that the pandemic has caused you recent financial strain, Tuck’s Financial Aid Office can revisit your financial aid package.

  • Tuition: Students should not anticipate a reduction in tuition for the 2020 – 2021 academic year. And as long as instruction and related programming continues, tuition will not be refunded.
  • Student Fees: The Tuck student activity fee for the fall term has been waived.
  • Dining: All unused dining funds will be reimbursed in full at the end of the fall term.

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