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NYCC Plans Safe Summer, Fall Return to Campus

June 18, 2020 New York Chiropractic College
Outside of an NYCC campus building during the summer months

New York Chiropractic College (NYCC) has invited Doctor of Chiropractic students to return to campus this summer for a phased re-opening of College facilities, and has also announced an adjusted schedule in preparation for an in-person Fall 2020 term.

New York State is now permitting medical colleges to once again offer in-person coursework. This provides NYCC the opportunity to resume the intensive hands-on instruction its Doctor of Chiropractic program requires. As such, the College will welcome Chiropractic students to return to campus in phases, beginning at the end of June.

The College has also adjusted its academic calendars to proactively plan for many experts' projection of a probable "second wave" of COVID-19 cases later in the year. Returning students will begin the Fall trimester early, starting in August, with new incoming students joining them in September. This will allow face-to-face instruction to be completed and transition to remote learning by mid-to-late fall.

As well, holding the health and safety of the entire College community as the highest of priorities, NYCC has worked closely with public health experts and professionals across the College to create the NYCC Campus Safety Reopening Plan.

Actions the College is taking as part of this blueprint to guide a safe return campus include:

  • increasing cleaning of high-traffic areas and high-touch surfaces,
  • expanding learning times and spaces, such as using large open spaces as new, physically-distanced technique labs,
  • implementing physical distancing and the wearing of face coverings in learning spaces, offices, and common areas, 
  • limiting non-essential gatherings and meetings, and
  • instituting screening and health checks for all those who enter campus

As the College's reopening plan has been taking shape, President Dr. Michael Mestan has been updating the College community via email and through virtual town hall meetings. In his most recent communication, Dr. Mestan called on every member of the College to work together for the successful return to campus. He also stated that the plan will continue to evolve as the understanding of the pandemic also evolves.

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