Attention Granite State College Community

Updated: September 3, 2021

Due to the health challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic, the College has been essentially remote since March 2020. In the same way that technology has, for over 20 years, enabled Granite State College to bridge gaps for students to complete their degree programs, technology has empowered faculty and staff to work predominantly remotely during this time. Despite the challenges, students were able to make progress with their academic plans and employees were able to work in new ways to serve the needs of our students in fulfillment of our public mission. Therefore, moving forward, members of our Granite State College staff will have flexibility to work in campus offices, remotely, or a combination of the two based on the business need within their division and the College.

Our Manchester academic center at 1750 Elm Street Manchester will be utilized primarily for campus-based and hybrid course offerings, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) programming, and professional development.

Whether students seek career guidance, registration support, financial aid, or academic advising, our team will be available by chat, phone, via Zoom, or email. Visit our Contact Us page for more details and a staff directory.

Updated Safety Guidance for Re-opening

As one of the four campuses of the University System of New Hampshire, Granite State College will share updated safety protocols based on the CDC and NH Department of Health and Human Services recommendations. Our requirements will be subject to change based on conditions in the campus, community, and region.

We know the following:

  1. COVID-19 vaccines are effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19.
  2. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine will also help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19; and
  3. COVID-19 vaccination is an important tool to bring you closer to enjoying the activities you have missed

In light of the growth of Delta Variant cases, for Fall Term, the College will only be open for regularly scheduled courses, professional development, and OLLI programming. We have put in place the following mitigation protocols:

  • Do not enter any Granite State College facility or participate in any Granite State College program if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19, or have had known exposure to COVID-19 within the last 14 days.
  • Cloth masks covering nose and mouth are required in all Granite State College facilities and indoor programming locations.  Masks are not required for outdoor activities.  Masks can be removed when working alone at a desk with at least 6 feet social distancing.
  • 6 feet social distancing should be maintained when feasible.  Avoid unnecessary physical contact.
  • Surveillance testing of faculty and staff who are frequently using Granite State College facilities will be required regardless of vaccination status.

We are paying close attention to changes relative to the Delta variant. While infections happen in only a small proportion of people who are fully vaccinated, preliminary evidence suggests that fully vaccinated people who do become infected with the Delta variant can spread the virus to others. Again, any changes to policy and safety procedures based on changing conditions in the campus, community and region, will be announced here.

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