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Carthage and COVID-19

#StaySafeCarthage

As we move forward in this new era, Carthage College is excited to announce plans for our return to in-person, residential education this fall. Carthage remains committed to providing a transformative education for our students, and a safe and healthy environment for the entire Carthage community.

Our plan for reopening campus has been developed carefully, after much research and consultation with internal and external experts, as well as local and state public health officials. We have made important modifications to our buildings to facilitate a safe environment. All Carthaginians will play a part in keeping our community healthy.

Below are the steps we are taking. This website provides additional details on all areas of campus life and our new #StaySafeCarthage guidelines. 

To our returning students and colleagues: We have missed you! We are counting the days until we can see you back on campus again. To our new students: We cannot wait to welcome you into the Carthage family! It’s going to be a great year.

Calendar Modifications


Like colleges across the country, Carthage will modify our fall semester calendar to help minimize risk. We will begin the fall semester one week early and stagger residential students’ arrival to allow for physical distancing during move-in. Classes will now begin on Wednesday, Sept. 2, with three days of remote instruction from your home or residence hall. In-person classes will begin on Monday, Sept. 7. There will be no fall break this year, and students will finish the fall semester with remote-only classes for one week after Thanksgiving Break. Final exams will be remote Dec. 7-9.

Return to Campus: What to Expect


While Carthage plans a full return to in-person instruction and on-campus housing this fall, campus life will look a little different. There will be necessary adjustments to classes, campus facilities, residential life, athletics, campus dining, workspaces, and more. Use the links below to learn more.

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#StaySafeCarthage: Community Standards


All of us play an important role in keeping our community healthy. Therefore, all members of the Carthage community, as well as visitors to our campus, will be expected to follow new #StaySafeCarthage standards. Everyone will be expected to wear face masks, practice physical distancing, wash hands frequently, participate in efforts to disinfect surfaces, self-monitor for symptoms, and self-isolate in the event of symptoms. Use the links below to learn more.

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Updates to the Carthage Community


Please note: Because the world’s understanding of COVID-19 continues to evolve, all policies and plans listed on this website are subject to change. Carthage will make sure our community is notified of changes through email, The Bridge, social media, and this website. Those updates will also be posted here.

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