NMI’s Procedures

On-Campus Protocols

NMI has been following the directives of the governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and its Department of Public health as well as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to guide us in our approach to delivering our curriculum to our students and opening our campuses for the fall semester. Please note that while NMI will certainly follow Massachusetts’ guidelines, it may pursue additional or stricter measures where necessary to keep everyone in the NMI and local community safe. Do not assume that because something is permitted in Massachusetts, that the same is permitted under the NMI guidelines for the semester. Fairhaven is currently in the Red Zone, and therefore at greater risk of COVID-19.

Commitment to Safety

Northeast Maritime Institute is implementing a number of protocols and policies for student learning and for the safety of all students, staff and faculty. These protocols and policies apply to both learning locations and campus housing and may be updated from time to time based upon evolving guidance and directives from the CDC and Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Following Failure to adhere to these protocols will be considered a violation of the student Code of Conduct and may result in discipline, to include removal from campus. These policies include:

Wearing Masks or cloth face coverings – while in class, and in public common areas, community members will be required to wear a cloth face covering

Physical Distancing – while wearing a mask, maintain six feet between you and others when possible

Hand Washing and Sanitizing – frequently throughout the day

Temperature screening – students, faculty and staff may be subject to temperature screening protocols

Daily Self-Reporting – students will complete a daily self-reporting survey of their symptoms and contact with possible COVID-19 carriers

Isolation and Quarantine – students, faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19, are symptomatic or were in contact with those who test positive for COVID-19 may be subject to isolation and quarantine protocols

Waivers – students who choose to return to campus may be required to sign a COVID-19 waiver as well as agree to abide by the Institute’s identified safety policies and procedures

Travel – student travel to states outside of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ identified low-rise states will be restricted for the Fall 2020 semester until otherwise posted. This policy is put in place for the safety of the entire campus as well as to ensure compliance with the state’s travel guidelines. Students’ initial return to campus will require compliance with state travel guidelines, including arriving to campus with a negative COVID-19 test (dated within 72 hours) as well as on-campus housing quarantine at the start of the semester with virtual learning.

Face Masks

Consistent with the latest federal, state and local guidance related to COVID-19, Northeast Maritime Institute College of Maritime Science requires employees, students, vendors and visitors to wear face coverings/masks while they are in common spaces, including outdoor spaces on campus, even if healthy distancing can be maintained, common gathering areas, shared workspaces, shared academic spaces, or when interacting face to face with others. Note: All visitors and vendors must be approved for presence on campus.

This protocol may be modified and updated from time to time in accordance with ongoing guidance from public health authorities. For purposes of this protocol, the term face covering includes cloth coverings and/or masks that fully cover the nose and mouth.

Different types of face coverings and their purposes are listed below:

For more information about different types of face coverings, CLICK HERE

Social Distancing

Northeast Maritime Institute College of Maritime Science will be practicing social distancing upon students’, faculty’s and employees’ return to campus. This means that anyone on campus should keep at least six feet of space between themselves and others. This will help decrease the risk of COVID-19 spreading.

Each space must also contain no more than 25 percent of the space’s regular capacity.


Washing your hands thoroughly will support the community in staying safe and healthy. Hands must be washed with soap and warm water for a minimum of 20 seconds, especially and immediately after the following:

  • Using the restroom
  • Entering or exiting a public place
  • Blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, or touching your face

If warm water and soap are not available, you may use a hand sanitizer containing a minimum of 60% alcohol content. When applying hand sanitizer, cover the entire surface of the hands, and rub them together until dry. Once your hands are clean, remember to avoid touching your face as much as possible.

Break Rooms and Social Spaces

Avoid social gathering in break rooms and social spaces and wipe all appliances (coffee machine, refrigerator, microwave, water dispenser) and surfaces after individual use.

Pay attention to signage throughout campus with updates about social distancing.

Cleaning / Disinfecting

Facilities will disinfect offices and workstations, conference and break rooms, doorknobs, common areas and restrooms on a frequent, recurring basis—as well as on-demand as needed. Disinfection will be in addition to regular nightly cleanings. Facilities will also maintain hand sanitizer stations at major building entrances, offices and lab suites, and other high-traffic areas. Each individual should personally wipe off surfaces after touching them, particularly if they may be touched by others.


Use of restrooms should be limited to support six feet of healthy distancing between individuals. Wash your hands thoroughly after use to reduce the potential for transmission of the virus.

Dormitory Protocols

Protecting Yourself

  1. Social distance by staying at least 6 feet apart from others that you do not live with.

  2. Wear face masks or coverings in public settings when around people who don’t live in your dormitory, especially when social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

  3. Seek out a “buddy” who will check on you and make sure you are getting basic necessities, including food and household essentials.

  4. Follow everyday preventative actions recommended by the CDC.

The Facility

COVID-19 prevention supplies should be provided in common areas, such as soap, alcohol-based hand sanitizers that contain at least 60% alcohol, tissues, trash baskets, and cloth face coverings that are washed after use.

Non-essential visitors in shared areas should be limited or avoided. Staff should avoid entering residents’ rooms or living quarters unless it is necessary. Staff should use virtual communications and check ins as appropriate.

Common Areas

Be flexible, rules may change in common areas. Maintain 6 feet of social (physical) distance between yourself and others. Try to avoid having more than a few people in smaller spaces to maintain social distance.

Do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, or eating utensils. Non-disposable food service items used should be handled with gloves and washed with dish soap and hot water or in a dishwasher. Sinks could be an infection source and should avoid placing toothbrushes directly on counter surfaces. Totes can be used for personal items so they do not touch the bathroom counter top.

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