Graduate Students

News and Updates

COVID-19 News and Updates

Frequently Asked Questions


Watch the Virtual Town Hall Meeting for Students and Parents 7/24/2020

All students are required to sign an informed consent form if they intend to return to campus. It acknowledges the expectations we have that individuals will engage in the social and hygiene practices we have identified as important. An informed consent is not the same as a waiver of liability. It is a recognition that a student understands what is expected and that it is their individual responsibility to follow behavioral and safety practices that we hope will mitigate risks for students, faculty and staff who return to our campuses.

Watch the Virtual Town Hall Meeting for Graduate Students with President Dean and Provost Jones 7/1/2020

You will receive support and flexibility while progressing toward your degree.

How to Prepare

  • All students will commit to follow UNH and public health guidelines—including restrictions on large gatherings and the use of cloth face coverings/masks—to support the health and safety of the university and Durham communities.
  • All students will have a COVID-19 test upon or prior to arriving to campus
  • All students should bring at least three cloth face coverings

Campus Community

  • There will be quick-service dining options in Durham, including takeout and order-ahead.
  • All dining facilities will have health and safety modifications as well as enhanced cleaning and disinfection.
  • Students will have the opportunity to take part in campus life, resources and services with health and safety modifications like prescheduling and limits on capacity to ensure health and safety.
  • Campus activities and events will scale based on health and safety conditions, beginning with things like scheduled trips and visits, and additional remote programming with clubs and organizations.

Teaching & Learning

  • All classes will be fully remote starting Monday, Nov. 23 for the remainder of the fall semester and university housing will be closed.
  • Small classes and in-person instruction of graduate students will be prioritized.
  • The university will maintain agreed-upon teaching percentage levels, with potential adjustments of graduate teaching assignments or reassignment of teaching assistants to serve as tutors or in related roles.
  • The university will maintain agreed-upon research assistantship percentage levels to the extent possible depending on grant funding.
  • For in-person courses, physical distancing will be practiced in classrooms.
  • Rotating attendance for some courses may be necessary to keep the overall density low in classrooms. Most classrooms will be outfitted with enhanced technology.
  • Some large lectures will be delivered remotely to comply with public health guidelines and will have smaller in-person discussion groups.
  • In-person delivery of labs, performance and studio courses will be prioritized.
  • The use of technology to participate remotely will allow flexibility as needed to ensure campus safety or as required by your personal circumstances.
  • A mix of in-person and virtual office hours with professors and instructors will be offered.

Academic & Professional Support

  • The university will ensure your progress to your degree, with continuous review and adjustment of policies and procedures as feasible.
  • Students will receive professional development and support services tailored to the specific challenges that COVID-19 poses to their graduate research and teaching.

Health & Wellness

  • The university will provide aggressive cleaning protocols, and ask everyone to wear a mask and practice strong personal hygiene discipline, particularly when indoors.
  • Studetns will have access to a full range of health and wellness services and additional resources for COVID-19 testing and notifications, should the need arise.

Frequently Asked Questions