Given rises in positive COVID-19 cases including recent positive tests from among our campus population and within our Washington County communities, we have enacted additional protective measures to protect the campus and ensure we finish the fall semester safely.
I have empowered the deans of our four colleges to work with our faculty to adapt teaching modalities to achieve their teaching and learning objectives through the end of the fall term. That may mean that your faculty will be communicating with you that your classes will be fully remote/online for the remainder of the fall semester in order to de-densify our campus and keep you healthy and safe as you ready to depart for the Thanksgiving holiday. Your faculty will continue to support you if this occurs to make any transition to fully remote learning seamless and successful.
Students who wish to depart campus early are permitted to do so through coordination with the Commandant or Residence Life staff. All personal items must be boxed and sealed in advance of your departure as previously communicated to you by the Student Affairs staff. All students should check with their academic advisor, faculty, and Commandant and Student Life staff to ensure departure will not affect successful completion of the fall semester.
Any student who desires to leave campus early cannot do so without a negative test within ten days of departure. Please check the schedule for the testing center, which has extended its hours and availability, to accommodate this requirement. Any student who chooses to depart early will not be permitted to return until January. All students who have not yet done so should complete and return the Intent to Return form in advance of their departure from campus.
The campus will remain open and in full support of faculty and student success through Wednesday 25 November.
We are very close to an organized and safe departure. Please let’s all do our part to continue to comply with the health and safety guidelines to ensure the well-being of our community here and at the destinations where you are traveling to for Thanksgiving holiday and during winter break.
Please join me in thanking everyone who has worked so hard over the past months to create the plans and protocols necessary to comply with the health and safety guidelines to open and successfully operate our campus this fall. We will follow the same discipline and rigor for the spring semester. Offering an in-person residential and educational experience is central to our mission. We are committed to offering our unique academic and leadership experiences as long as we can proceed safely. We request that you stay connected to all university communications over the winter break to remain informed respective to the spring semester.