Fall Semester Plans for Santa Fe: Academics and Student Life


All classes and formal academic occasions (including don rags, seminar orals, and essay and academic advising) are expected to be in-person (excluding the low-residency Graduate Institute classes). Tutors will continue to use discretion when determining if it is appropriate to shift to online sessions for a brief period of time due to cases impacting their classes or their own need to isolate. As was the case last year, we ask that you review and be prepared to meet the minimum technology requirements should a class be required to pivot online. While we hope that the need for specific classes to shift online is minimal, it may be required on occasion.

All of the college’s standard academic policies and practices apply for the coming academic year, per the Student Handbook. This includes attendance, preparation, class participation requirements, grading policy and minimum requirements for advancing through the Program, and essay deadlines and requirements. Unavoidable absences due to isolation required by the college, based on a documented positive COVID test will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Students required to isolate should immediately engage proactively with each of their tutors to determine what supplementary work might be required to maintain satisfactory work in their classes and to be well prepared to return as soon as possible.

Student Life

In order to facilitate a safe on-campus community, students are expected to abide by all policies set out in the prevention and risk management protocols outlined in this document and by the state of New Mexico. Please keep in mind that changing health conditions will impact student life, as access to campus amenities may shift with conditions. When conditions are good, access to the library, bookstore, coffee shop, dining hall, Student Activities Center, and outdoor program rentals will be permitted. If public health conditions worsen, access may decrease.

Residential Life

Residents understand that the college may, at its sole discretion, adopt and implement any measures it deems necessary to reduce or prevent the spread of illnesses, including but not limited to the transmission of infectious agents, bacteria, viruses, toxins, or other organisms that may present risk to residents and members of the campus community or the public in general (collectively, “communicable illnesses”).  Residents understand and agree that such measures may result in changes in the manner or availability of housing, including but not limited to changes to room assignments, reducing the population density of college housing, reconfiguring college housing space, restricting certain furniture arrangements, and modifying cleaning and sanitation services.

Residents agree that they have considered their own personal health status and the increased risk factors inherent with community living, including the risk of exposure to or infection by communicable illnesses, and, where appropriate, have consulted with a medical professional before deciding to live in college housing. 

Residents understand that despite all efforts on the part of the college, residents can still be exposed to or contract communicable illnesses. Residents understand and acknowledge their shared role in reducing the risks of communicable illness for themselves and others in the college community and agree to comply with all college rules, regulations, guidelines, and policies, as well as local, state, and federal guidelines relating to communicable illnesses or other public health issues.

Residents understand that the college may not have adequate or available facilities to provide housing in the event a communicable illness or other public health issue requires quarantine or isolation. Residents further understand and agree that unvaccinated residents may be excluded from college housing if there is an outbreak of a communicable illness for which they are not immunized or if otherwise directed by a local, state, or federal public health authority.