Information For Students

Important Information for Students

Academic Calendar

In order to help maintain a healthy community and accommodate the State of Vermont’s new quarantine policies, the modified Academic Calendar will help to minimize the flow of students to and from campus.

Important Dates

  • Friday, January 15: Move-in for students required to quarantine 14 days on campus (see below).
  • Monday, January 25: All classes begin remotely.
  • Sunday, January 31: Move-in for all other (non-quarantine) students.
  • Monday, February 1: Testing for all non-quarantine students. Remote classes continue.
  • Thursday, February 4: In-person instruction begins for those classes that have in-person components (when test results are back).
  • Break: There will be three mid-week respite days (break days) during the semester, but no traditional spring break, per the Governor ofVermont’s requirements.  The break days are February 25, March 24, and April 13.
  • Wednesday, May 5: Last day of classes.
  • May 7 – 12: Final exams.

For more information on the Academic Calendar, click here

For more information about testing in the Spring Semester, please see President Sterritt’s recent communication.

“I just went through the testing and it went extremely well. The setup was perfect and flowed smoothly and efficiently.”
Vanessa ’21

For information about procedures for a positive test result, visit the FAQ “About Testing” section.

Updated/Clarified August 19, 2020

As defined under “Move-in schedule and requirements,” students identified within the “non-quarantine cohort” will receive a College-administered COVID-19 test on day 7 after their arrival on campus.

Students in the “home-state quarantine cohort” (or students quarantining at home) can quarantine at home for 14 days and travel directly to campus OR quarantine for 7 days, receive a negative COVID-19 test result 48 hours before arrival and travel directly to campus. All students will then be tested approximately 7 days after arrival.

Students in the “quarantine cohort” will be required to undergo a period of campus quarantine of 14 days after arriving on campus. This cohort will receive a College administered COVID-19 test upon arrival and again on day 7 after arrival. Quarantine may end for those students who receive a negative test result after the day 7 test.

Additionally, all students may receive periodic COVID-19 tests throughout the semester. Tests will also be administered in the event of symptoms or if a student comes into contact with a person who is positive for COVID-19.

A comprehensive COVID-19 testing fee of $150 will be assessed to all students to support the cost of testing.

All students will be subject to the testing and health protocols, including those who commute to campus. 

Updated on July 8, 2020

Though the College knows that some health insurance plans cover the cost of COVID testing, unfortunately Saint Michael’s does not have the ability to bill insurance companies directly. The College can provide families with evidence of the payment and what it was for so that they can seek reimbursement from their insurance company. However, our understanding is that most insurance companies will not reimburse for asymptomatic testing, which is what the College will be doing in nearly all cases. The $150 fee for surveillance testing covers only the lab fee for a number of tests over the span of the semester. It does not cover the administering of the tests, which is a cost born by the College. Should a student require the College to administer additional tests over the course of the semester, the College will cover those lab fees as well.

We know that this is a particularly difficult time financially for many families and we wish we did not have to charge any fee.

Updated 7/24/20
Additional Information on COVID Surveillance Testing

All students who interface with the SMC campus throughout the semester will undergo some surveillance testing in which tests are done when a student is not necessarily symptomatic.

We have contracted with the Broad Institute as our lab for all tests. The Broad Institute is located in Cambridge, Ma and is affiliated with Harvard and MIT Universities. This lab has a high rate of accurate and specific results, and most major medical centers, including UVM Medical Center, have utilized their services since March.

These tests are an anterior nasal test, which can be self-administered in front of one of our healthcare providers. It is a much easier and more comfortable test than the wider known nasopharyngeal test that is more invasive.

All students will be tested sometime in the beginning of the semester and then randomly throughout the semester. No student will be asked to test more than a total of 4 times. There will be approximately 450 students tested each week on a rotating basis.

Students will be notified when and where they should come for testing. The flow will be well mapped out and students should be able to move through the testing within an hour (the actual test takes 20 seconds to perform). Pay CLOSE attention to the assigned times and KEEP your testing appointments. They are MANDATORY!!

The test that will be used is a polymerase chain reaction test (PCR) which is able to detect the virus rapidly with high sensitivity and specificity.

All students will come to the Tarrant Sports Center to test. Your faculty know that many scheduled tests may conflict with your class schedule commitment, and they are willing to waive the attendance so you can go to your test time. Please wear your facial covering and bring your student ID with you.

After checking in with registration, you will be given your Q-tip swab and test vial so you can perform your own test in front of a medical professional. This test is one where you will insert the Q-tip swab just inside the outermost part of your nostrils. It should not be uncomfortable. You will swab and put the Q-tip in the vial for shipping. The vial has a bar code on it with your personal information necessary for test results. Watch this video from the Broad Institute that illustrates the testing procedure.

Tests will be shipped to the lab that same day and results will be available 24 hours later. The Nurse Practitioners will be notified of results as well as the Vermont Department of Health. The NP will alert the student of their result IF it is positive.

If you test positive, even if you have no symptoms, you will be asked to stay in a single room, which could be your own room if you already have a single or it could be another single room on campus. You will be asked to remain there until it is deemed safe for you to move about the campus again. Food and supplies will be delivered to you. You will have daily health check-ins and faculty will work with you around your coursework. Expect a call from a Vermont Department of Health representative to assess with whom you have been in recent contact and how to alert them.

For more information on our lab and testing, visit the Broad Institute at https://www.broadinstitute.org/

If you feel, at any time, you are experiencing Covid-like symptoms you can access the Bergeron Wellness Center and get an immediate test. The surveillance testing will be ongoing throughout the semester, but testing of ill individuals will be available daily. Just call for an appointment at 802.654.2234.

Please rest assured that, while we will be making the necessary adjustments to indoor classroom space in order to adhere to distancing guidelines, we will still be providing the rich, personal, and thoughtful education that distinguishes Saint Michael’s College. That said, this semester will require flexibility, patience, and adaptability from all of us. This may mean that some classes or labs will be in-person indoors, some may meet outdoors when feasible, some will be virtual in real time, and some will be a combination of these modalities. We are actively working to adapt and ensure that courses will be fulfilling and achieve the educational objectives the faculty have set forth.

Students who must study remotely this fall semester, due to personal or health concerns, should contact Associate Dean Tim Mackin at tmackin@smcvt.edu regarding the availability of appropriate remote courses. Tuition will not be adjusted, but these students will not be assessed a housing or dining fee.

Updated 7/16/20

Classroom Spaces

  • Seating in all classrooms has been rearranged with 6 feet between every person in the classroom, with extra space for the professor at the front.
  • Labs, studios, theatre, outdoor spaces such as the farm and natural area, have all determined new seating/occupancy arrangements.
  • In order to accommodate some larger classes meeting in-person, we will be opening up large event spaces for classes such as in the Pomerleau building, the Farrell room in St. Edmunds, and the Hoehl Welcome Center.
  • Despite adding new spaces for classroom use, we will not have enough space to deliver all classes in-person, and so classes will be taught in three overarching categories:
    • Fully remote
    • In-person
    • Hybrid

Class Types

Fully Remote Classes

  • Most fully remote classes will combine both highly interactive synchronous class meetings via Zoom, and also Canvas to post all materials, hold online discussions, collect assignments, and more.
  • Students will still have access to a great deal of one-on-one and small group interaction with professors, either electronically, or in-person via outdoor meetings or in larger rooms or public spaces.

In-person Classes

  • These classes will be taught in a traditional format, in the classroom, with all appropriate safety measures in place.

Hybrid Classes

  • Many in-person classes will be able to accommodate only some of the students in-person at any given time. Therefore, faculty may employ group rotation models such that group A will be in person one day of the week and group B will be remote, and then reverse on another day. Faculty will use the video conference technology Echo 360 or Conference Technology Zoom to facilitate the participation and learning of students who are not in-person on a given day.
  • Some faculty might teach a form of “hybrid” class where students will meet in-person once a week to engage in active discussions of the material, and then other content will be delivered via recorded Zoom, Canvas and Echo technologies.

We are finalizing class spaces now and next, and we hope to be able to communicate with you soon regarding which of your classes will be in each format.

Faculty office hours, and one-on-one student meetings will not be held in faculty offices but will be held remotely, in-person outside, or an indoor meeting space larger than our typical faculty offices.

All science labs, music, theatre, and art faculty have been creative problem-solvers and have reimagined their courses to be taught safely, in-person as much as possible, using Vermont’s beautiful outdoor setting whenever feasible.

All faculty, staff, and students will be required to wear masks, and some faculty might wear face shields as additional protection.

Many social interactions will be different than in the past. Physical distancing, mask use, group size limitations, adjusted capacities in campus spaces, and other safety measures will be in place based on guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Vermont Department of Health. Working together we can make these important changes for the sake of our community’s health and safety, and ensuring we can all stay on campus for the semester.

To help maintain the health and safety of the community, we ask that you:

  • Stay away from large gatherings. You cannot be in a gathering of more than 10 people either inside or outside of your residence hall.
  • There will be no registered parties on campus.
  • Keep track of your interactions with others, and a list of your contacts to facilitate contact tracing if necessary.
  • Agree to educate yourself about the virus and its disproportionate impact on vulnerable populations.
  • Understand that no person or group is responsible for this virus, and so agree to not blame it on anyone in our community.
  • You are required to wear a mask in all public areas of every building. This includes hallways, lounges, and common bathrooms.
  • Stay at least 6-feet away from others when outside of your room.
  • The number of people using a multi-use bathroom will be limited, so follow the signs and directions of your residence hall staff.
  • You will only have access to your own residence hall with your Knightcard.

Comply with these COVID-19 guidelines, not only to keep yourself safe, but for those around you who may be at greater risk. Help remind others to wear masks and to practice physical distancing and to stay home and care for themselves when they feel sick.

Campus visitors

We regret that students will not be allowed to have outside guests on campus. Other campus visitors, such as academic guest speakers or contractors doing work for the college, will be highly restricted as well.

Off-campus guests are NOT allowed, including Saint Michael’s students who are living off-campus.

Students who live in residence halls on campus are allowed to visit other students in other residence halls, but are asked to limit visits. Students in residence halls cannot visit residents of the townhouses. Townhouse residents are allowed to visit other Townhouse residents. All visiting should be limited.

Students can still gather in the common areas on campus (the picnic tables, the library lawn, Alliot, Dion, the view, etc.) in groups of 10 or less.

Here are the amount of people allowed in a room, suite or townhouse, based on the area you live in:

  • Lyons – 4 people in the room
  • Alumni – 4 people in the room
  • Aubin – 8 people in the room
  • Suites – 16 people with no more than 10 people in the common room
  • 4-person townhouse – 8 people
  • 5-person townhouse – 10 people
  • 6-person townhouse – 10 people

Accessing off-campus resources

Students may leave campus to visit downtown or explore the area. Students must wear masks, practice social distancing, avoid crowds and events where they may find themselves unable to maintain distance from others.

At this time, students are not allowed to leave the state. If a student has a family emergency and must leave the state, they must speak with the office of Student Life at 802.654.2566 or email housing@smcvt.edu.

Accessing on-campus facilities

Your access cards will only open the residence hall in which you live and any academic buildings to which you need access. Access to other campus facilities is still being determined. While we understand that you will visit friends in other halls, unlimited building access is inconsistent with our need to maintain physical distancing to the extent we are able.

Changes to Residence Hall Guidelines

  • Masks are required in all common areas in your residential hall including hallways, bathrooms and lounges.
  • Only buildings with common bathrooms, Alumni and Lyons will be provided toilet paper. Facilities staff are no longer provide toilet paper in the suites and Townhouses.
  • All trash and recycling in the residential halls will now need to be brought directly to the receptacles outside of the buildings.  This is already the case in all Townhouse areas.
  • Outdoor Furniture– Only furniture intended for use outdoors (patio/deck furniture) may be used or stored outside. Indoor furniture (for example, couches, loveseats, etc.) as well as structures (bars, tables, etc.) may not be used or stored outdoors.  All college-issued furniture must remain in the assigned room/apartment.  Students will be charged for removal of furniture that is not in compliance.  Please plan accordingly.
  • There is a new lock-out policy.  Facilities and Reslife will now be charging for excessive lock outs.  The new policy is in your housing contract.
  • Registered parties will not be allowed this semester. All Townhouse residents will need to follow current guidelines.  While we understand that you will visit friends in the townhouses if you live in the townhouses, allowing any gatherings is inconsistent with our need to maintain physical distancing.

Residence hall programming

There will still be plenty of programs and activities, though it will be different than in years past. There will be more online programs, smaller programs and more outdoor programming.  If you have ideas, please let your RA know!

Unfortunately, we will not be hosting Late Night Grilling this semester, but we are working on alternatives. Stay tuned for more information.

Campus Offices and Services

Campus offices are open, but will be a combination of working remotely and in person. Any office can always be reach by email. Knight Card form and Meal Plan Change form will all be online.

Student Life Office

The Student Life Office has adjusted its hours.  The AD/RD on call can be reached at 654-2000 24 hours a day for any emergency needs or can direct you to the RA, RD, or AD on call.

Post Office- Mail Room

The mail room hours for the fall will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Campus Store/Book Store
The Campus Store will be open with regular hours Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm, and Saturdays 11am – 3pm. In addition, the Campus Store will be open on Move-In weekend from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday, Aug. 29 and Sunday, Aug 30.

Dining On Campus (Updated 8/21/20)

The following outlines some of this fall’s modifications to dining as well as trash, recycling, and compost protocols due to COVID-19.  

  • The card swipe checker will be located outside of the dining room in the Alliot Lobby. 
  • The dining room will be divided into living areas/residence halls (Lyons, Alumni, etc.). All students must dine in the appropriate area to facilitate contact tracing, if necessary.  
  • All full board students will have the option to sit in the dining room OR do take out.   
  • All 40-swipe students will be required to do take out food or separate dining area may be provided area until the dynamics of the new dining protocols can be assessed.  
  • If you are taking your food out of the dining room for any meal, please be aware that all trash, recycling and compost receptacles are now ONLY located outside throughout campus.  Additional receptacles have been placed around campus and outside of Alliot with clearly marked signage for compost, recyclables, and trash.   
  • We will not have trash, recycling, or compost rooms in the residence halls. All students must now dispose of their waste directly outside. Students doing take-out will be provided to-go containers at the entrance of the dining room.  
  • Students must maintain physical (6ft) spacing while in line to enter Alliot and in the food line.  
  • Flow into and out of the dining hall has changed. Students will enter the dining hall on the Joyce/Dion side, disabled access will be from the Alliot doors facing the Chapel. The east doors of Alliot (facing Hoehl) will be exit only.   
  • Einstein’s hours will be Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
  • The Grill will be open from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday and Sunday from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. 
  • Café Cheray will have extended hours from 8.am. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Café Cheray guests will enter from the patio side doors, and exit using the foyer/stairwell doors of Cheray. The Café will have a 3guest maximum capacity, not including the Sodexo staff member. 

Einstein’s and The Grill – new hours

On Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. only Einstein’s will be open. The Grill will be open from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. and Einstein’s will be closed

The Grill will be open on the weekend from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Café Cheray

Café Cheray will have extended hours from 8.am. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Café Cheray guests will enter from the patio side doors, and exit using the foyer/stairwell doors of Cheray. The Café will have a 3guest maximum capacity, not including the Sodexo staff member. 

Dion Workout Space

The workout space in Dion will not be open at the start of the semester. We hope to open it a few weeks into the new semester.

Durick Library

The Library building will open beginning August 24th for limited hours and will start regular hours on August 31.

Librarians can help you with your research either online or in person. You can schedule a research appointment with a subject librarian to meet in the Library or for a remote consultation via phone or video conferencing.

Visit Info for Students and Remote Library Services to learn more about library services.

What will the Bergeron Wellness Center look like this fall?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we ask that all students seeking medical or mental health care first call our main number at 802.654.2234. Heidi, our administrative assistant, will help you to get an appointment with a counselor or a nurse practitioner who will direct you to next steps in order to meet your care needs. Medical and mental health care will be conducted via zoom as well as in person, where appropriate and based on your individual needs.

Water Fountains

Water fountains will still be available to refill water bottles, but not for drinking from.

Extracurricular activities

Mobilization of Volunteer Efforts – MOVE

MOVE is excited to be able to offer some local volunteer opportunities this fall. The office is working with community partners on the details and looks forward to updating the campus community soon with more information.  Because MOVE values the relationships built with local youth and cares about the health and safety of both mentees and mentors, mentor programs will be happening in a remote capacity only this fall.

Additionally,

  • MOVE will offer NEW volunteer opportunities on campus that will support our SMC community needs during COVID-19. More information will be available soon.
  • The MOVE service trip program will be on hold for this academic year. We know many of you look forward to service trips each year, we do too. We are sad to pause this program and know it is the right thing to do to ensure the health and safety of both students and community partners country-wide.
  • The MOVE office will, unfortunately, not be available for hanging out, connecting, and doing homework during the fall semester. We are open for individual students to stop in with questions and other needs. We are excited to connect with you one on one and will miss the typical feel of our space as much, or more, as you all.
  • Much more information will be coming about details and logistics of service that is available – how to sign up, where to meet for the vans, etc.
  • Please contact the MOVE office for more information.

Center for Multicultural Affairs and Services (CMAS)

CMAS will be open 7 days a week so that students will be able to use the space as often and as easily as possible. Hours will be determined with student feedback soon. Given COVID, there will be signage throughout the Center to encourage mask wearing, use of hand sanitizer, and maintaining social distancing of 6 feet. The capacity for the Center and each individual space will also be clearly indicated.

Programs will be offered but details are still to be determined. Services will be offered as well and details are forthcoming. Stay tuned for more soon.

The new Director, Sarah Childs, would like to meet with students individually to get more acquainted. Students are encouraged to schedule meetings in advance, especially given COVID, but walk-ins are welcomed too.  Please stop by CMAS to introduce yourself to Sarah or email her at schilds@smcvt.edu!

Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry is excited to offer many of our typical events and programs with some changes.

  • We are excited to welcome students back into the Chapel! Sunday liturgies are celebrated at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. throughout the semester (the 7 p.m. Mass begins on August 26th).  We do require that masks are worn in the Chapel and we recommend bringing hand sanitizer.  Some pews are taped off to allow people to maintain a distance of 6 ft from each other. Instructions about receiving Communion is given during the liturgy. Our daily Mass schedule will be shared and posted once it is determined.
  • Our Liturgical Ensemble and Singers is looking for new members – singers and those who play multiple different instruments.
  • We are also excited to continue to offer Liturgy of the Word (LOW) lunch on Fridays.
  • VITA, our peer ministry group, anticipates offering our weekly small group sharing opportunities, although how and where we do this might be modified.  Look for more information on our location and times once the semester begins.
  • Our retreats are sought after so we are doing everything possible to offer them this fall with only a few changes. We look forward to making them available to you soon.
  • Please feel free to reach out to any of the Edmundite Campus Ministry staff via email if you have any questions and we look forward to being in touch with you.

The Adventure Sports Center

The Adventure Sports Center will be offering a full schedule of outdoor and adventure-based programs. All of our programs have been modified to comply with the College’s guidelines, the Do the Knight Thing initiative, and recommendations from national awarding bodies.  One big change is that programs will have fewer available spaces, so sign-up early.

In addition, all students participating in Adventure Sport Center programs will have to complete a quick COVID-19 screening before heading out in the field. Adventure sport and outdoor pursuits have proven to be a relatively safe option for physical and social engagement during the pandemic; therefore, the Adventure Sport Center is committed to making these programs available to our community.

Fall Theatre Production

“Mill Girls”

In 1826, hundreds of young women across New England left their farm-homes to improve themselves by working in textile mills, and ended up improving the world. “Mill Girls” tells their story – in their own words……

This original play with music about the lives of 19th century girls who worked the mills of New England towns like Lowell, MA, and Winooski, VT, first premiered on campus in November 2017 and played to overflow crowds. It was created from primary source materials by St. Mike’s theatre Professor Peter Harrigan and features an ambitious musical score by the well-established Burlington-area talent Tom Cleary, who long has been involved with Saint Michael’s Playhouse productions and many other local projects.

We originally planned a new production of the play for Fall 2020, but given the difficulty of gathering larger numbers of people in one space to perform – let alone to watch performances – we are pivoting to an online video project, that will capture the play, piece by piece, in a safe, socially distant manner, and then make it available online.

This project is open to all Saint Michael’s College students, and academic credit is available for many aspects of your participation. Please contact Peter Harrigan pharrigan@smcvt.edu if you are interested in auditioning as a singer or actor, or John Devlin jdevlin@smcvt.edu if you would like to serve in a technical capacity in the production of the video. Thanks for your interest!

Student Clubs and Organizations

  • The Student Government and Student Activities will be working individually with each club’s unique needs to make sure they can accomplish their goals and follow guidelines.  Student leadership and the Director of Student Activities will meet with each club and/or their advisors to come up with a plan.
  • SGA fall elections will take place this fall with modifications.
  • Club Fair will happen with modifications.
  • SGA meetings will happen in a live/ virtual forum.  More details to come.
  • SGA Leadership and Clubs will be working with Student Activities this fall to put on fun and appropriate weekend programs.
  • Fall Fest/ Alumni and Family weekend have been canceled this fall.

Intramurals

The fall intramural schedule is currently being developed and will be posted online as soon as it is finalized.

Ross and Tarrant Athletic Facilities

The Ross and Tarrant facilities are currently open only to students, who must make reservations via IMLeagues.com. In an effort to provide a safe atmosphere for all, equipment has been moved to create social distancing and locker rooms are closed. Some exercise equipment has been moved to the indoor track, which is closed to runners. Face masks must be worn at all times inside the facilities, and a valid SMC ID is needed for entry. Visit SMCAthletics.com/information/facilities/reservations for additional information, including how to make a reservation.

Saint Michael’s College Community Commitment

COVID-19 is still present in all 50 states. Until there is a safe and effective vaccine available, we cannot guarantee a completely risk-free environment. However, we can take steps to mitigate the impact on you and our campus. YOU are part of that solution.

Please read this document carefully and share it with your parent or guardian. It will explain the steps that Saint Michael’s College is taking to mitigate the risks from COVID when you return to campus, as well as outline the steps you can take. This may include assessing your medical risk and consulting with your healthcare provider. Our goal remains to take steps to reduce the risk to your health and the health of others, while realizing that we will see some disease presence on this campus once students reconvene.

What is Saint Michael’s doing?

Here are some of the things your campus community is doing to prepare:

  • Monitoring disease presence and prevalence in the country as well as the state of Vermont and Chittenden County.
  • Following all government, state and local guidelines.
  • Having all faculty and staff follow a set of health guidelines (which will apply to students as well).
  • Setting up spaces to allow for physical distancing (in common areas, dining, classrooms, etc.).
  • Increasing cleaning, especially in high use areas.
  • Conducting Surveillance Testing, Tracing and Isolation – obtaining adequate testing supplies and making testing available to any student who may either be symptomatic or a direct contact of a diagnosed individual, with rapid ability to support a student’s recovery in their room or in an assigned isolation space on campus.
  • Providing instruction that is flexible and available to all – whether it is in-person, remote, or a hybrid of the two.

What Can YOU do?

  • First, KNOW YOUR RISK
    • Have a discussion with your healthcare provider if you feel you may be more medically vulnerable than others. Some medical conditions that may need assessment of risk include:
      • Autoimmune diseases
      • Heart disease
      • Diabetes
      • Lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
      • Obesity
    • Ask your provider if living in a communal collegiate setting is right for you at this time.
    • Get a flu vaccine as soon as they are available! Many symptoms of COVID-19 can be confused with the flu. Getting a flu vaccine will provide added protection against the flu virus. If the vaccine is not yet available, plan on getting the vaccine at a local pharmacy in the fall.
  • Second, take vigilant steps to STAY WELL!
    • Bring a self-care kit with you to school. This may include a thermometer, over the counter medicines, vitamins, etc.
    • Keep track of any symptoms and refrain from going to class if you have a fever or flu-like symptoms.
    • Take advantage of Vermont’s wonderful outdoor recreational opportunities. Your off campus-activities should follow the same safety guidelines as on-campus. (Note: in your first weeks on campus you will be asked to limit trips off campus to shopping for necessities only – clarification added 8/25/20)
    • As of August 1, 2020, aligning with a State of Vermont mandate you will be required to cover your nose and mouth with a cloth mask whenever you are in a public space on campus, including the hallways, common space and multiuse bathrooms in the quad buildings, until further notice. Please refer to the following when on campus:
    • When outdoors: All employees, students, and visitors are required to have a mask or facial covering readily available on their person (e.g., around neck) when on campus outdoors, and to put on their mask or facial covering when it is NOT feasible to maintain physical/social distancing measures (i.e., at least 6 feet of separation).
    • When indoors: Anyone entering a building is required to put on a mask or facial covering prior to entering the building and to continue to wear a mask or facial covering in common areas such as elevators, lobbies, hallways, bathrooms, when traveling around the building and working in shared spaces. Masks and facial coverings are required in classrooms, and common areas of academic buildings, office buildings, residence halls, dining halls, and community gathering spaces across campus. Facial coverings or masks can be removed when alone in an office or residence room or when eating/drinking but must always be available in case circumstances change.
    • Note: Make sure your facial covering covers your nose and mouth. Wash your cloth facial covering often. Have 3-4 coverings available to use. Students and employees are expected to supply their own facial coverings.
    • Click hereto visit the CDC website for additional mask guidance.
    • There may be some instances where a face shield might be an alternative to the use of a cloth mask. NOTE, a face shield does not offer as much protection as a cloth mask and MUST fully cover the face expanding out to both ears and below the chin. Some instances where this may be an alternative could include:
      • In science labs where chemical droplets getting on cloth masks may cause harm.
      • In a theater setting where facial expression is critical to instruction.
      • In a counseling setting where facial expression is critical to instruction/care.
      • If the wearer has a medical reason that prohibits them from wearing a cloth mask.
    • Face shields may hold droplets on them, so clean them frequently with the recommended solution. AGAIN, this should not be seen as a universal alternative to cloth face coverings.
  • Wash your hands well and frequently with soap and water.
  • Know your pod of people and strive to keep each other healthy.
  • GET TESTED as soon as you feel ill.
  • Keep your appointment when you are scheduled for random, surveillance COVID screening days on campus.
  • Third, DO THE KNIGHT THING and be a good steward of your St. Mikes Community!
    • Stay away from large gatherings.
    • Keep track of your interactions with others.
    • Keep a list of your contacts.
    • Agree to educate yourself about the virus and its disproportionate impact on vulnerable populations.
    • Understand that no person or group is responsible for this virus, and so agree to not blame it on anyone in our community.
    • Comply with these COVID-19 guidelines, not only to keep yourself safe, but for those around you who may be at greater risk. Help remind others to wear masks and to practice physical distancing and to stay home and care for themselves when they feel sick.
    • Know and follow the guidelines of the campus community.
    • Off campus visitors and guests are not allowed at this time.
    • You are required to wear a mask in all public areas of every building.
    • You are required to stay 6-feet away from others when outside of your room.
    • The number of people using a multiuse bathroom will be limited, so follow the signs and directions of your residence hall staff.
    • There will be no registered parties on campus.
    • You cannot be in a gathering of more than 10 people either inside or outside of your residence hall.
    • You will only have access to your own residence hall with your Knightcard.
    • There will be very specific guidelines when going to Alliot to eat.

Compliance with these standards is required and subject to the student Code of Conduct.  If you do not comply, your ability to remain on campus will be affected.

If we all work together and make some adjustments to our daily lives, together we can CREATE a safe and vibrant campus for all!

Please click the link to sign the Community Commitment acknowledgement.

Required Health and Safety Practice

Maintaining the health and safety of the community is everyone’s responsibility. With this in mind, the College will require all students, faculty, staff, and administrators to adhere to all health and safety guidelines related to maintaining good hygiene and practicing physical distancing and other protocols, which include:

Maintaining a health log: Students, faculty, staff, and administrators who will be accessing campus are asked to self-monitor daily for symptoms and complete maintain a daily health affirmation log. This requires that you affirm that you are symptom-free via an online tool before leaving your room or home.

Wearing a facial covering or mask: All Saint Michael’s College community members (students, faculty, staff, administrators, the Edmundite community, contracted employees) and its campus visitors must do everything possible to limit the spread of Covid-19. Data show that 90-95% of the COVID-19 virus is transmitted via respiratory droplets. Since COVID-19 may be transmitted by someone who does not have symptoms, a facial covering helps you protect others, and is required on campus.

Arriving on campus with a “health kit”: Students should arrive on campus with items that will be required for maintaining the health and safety of themselves and the community. This should include 2-3 facial coverings/masks, a thermometer, hand sanitizer, and over-the-counter cold and fever reducing medication. Community members should also get a flu vaccine prior to returning to campus.

If You Feel Sick or Become Sick
Bergeron Wellness and counseling staff have a care plan in place and are prepared to coordinate services for students who test positive and require a period of isolation. For moderate symptoms, the Bergeron Wellness Center and Student Life staff will check on you and provide for your care during any quarantine and recovery. Any student with serious symptoms will receive treatment at the UVM Medical Center.

Employees who feel sick should contact their primary healthcare provider, supervisor, or Human Resources before coming to work and consult the College’s PTO and time-off policies related to COVID-19.

How do students see the jobs that are posted for on-campus student employment?

Handshake LogoAll jobs are posted on Handshake.

  • Students log in using SSO (single sign-on) = MikeNet credentials.
  • Students will begin to see job postings in mid to late August and are encouraged to check back often to see new job postings.
  • Students with financial aid tied to student employment (Federal Work-Study or Saint Michael’s Student Employment) are given advance access to the job postings through September 18th.

How do students know if they have financial aid tied to student employment? 

  • Students can see their financial aid by logging into mySMC and choosing KnightVision; selecting WEBADVISOR FOR STUDENTS and then Financial Aid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Students must accept or reject for both semesters. 

Do students have to work on campus to get their financial aid tied to student employment or is it theirs? 

  • Students must work to earn their financial aid associated with student employment. 
  • We plan for students to earn at least $875 each semester.  If a student does not work enough hours for the fall semester, the remaining amount carries over to the spring.   
  • Unearned financial aid tied to student employment is forfeited. 

How should students prepare themselves to apply for a job? 

  • Once students log into Handshake, they should take the time to update their profile and note any skills they possess that will be helpful for a supervisor to know. 
  • Students can prepare for applying to jobs by writing a resumé and drafting a cover letter. 
  • Resources for writing resumés and cover letters are available on the Careers & Internships pages on the SMC website and on the mySMC portal on the On-Campus Student Employment site (under Campus Services). 

Where can students get help finding a job on-campus? 

  • Check the Events section of Handshake, the Daily Digest and email for information about On Campus Student Employment Information Sessions using Zoom that will be held during the first two weeks of classes. 
  • Drop in sessions will be held during the month of September via Zoom.  Check Handshake, the Daily Digest and your email for dates and times. 
  • Have questions?  Contact Renée Davitt, Coordinator of On-Campus Student Employment at rdavitt@smcvt.edu. 

Can students have more than one job on campus? 

  • Yes – many students work in multiple areas. 

Can international students work on campus? 

  • Yes – some visas allow international students to work.  International students should contact Melissa Holzman, International Student Advisor, 802.654.2391, mholzman@smcvt.edu. 

Where can students find more information about student employment? 

  • Visit the On-Campus Student Employment site on the mySMC portal. 
  • Contact Renée Davitt, Coordinator of On-Campus Student Employment, rdavitt@smcvt.edu. 

We understand that for some members of our community with health conditions that put them at more risk, being housed, working, and studying on campus may require additional considerations. The health, safety, and emotional well-being of our community members are at the center of our concerns. After consulting with their primary care provider, students who have special needs or concerns should contact the Office of Accessibility Services at amessuri@smcvt.edu to discuss the coming semester. Employees with particular concerns about returning to work should speak with their supervisor or contact Human Resources.

Updated 7/24/20

The Council of Presidents of the Northeast-10 Conference voted unanimously on Thursday, July 16, to suspend all NE10-sponsored competition and championships through December 31 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The NE10 considers the health and safety of its student-athletes, coaches, administrators, staff and wider campus communities to be of paramount importance. Despite each institution’s planning over the past few months and the Conference’s collective efforts to forge a path forward, it has become clear that we are not able to conduct outside competition at this time in a manner that is consistent with the prioritization of our campuses’ collective well-being.

The NE10 and its member institutions are striving to ensure a meaningful regular season and conference championship experience for its fall sport student-athletes during the Spring 2021 semester, as long as a return to competition can be safely executed. Initial plans for spring competition for fall sports will be provided at a later date.

The NE10 will also endeavor to provide a regular-season schedule and/or conference championship experience for its winter sport student-athletes during the Spring 2021 semester, with the intention of aligning with appropriate NCAA selection criteria and dates, as long as a return to competition can be safely executed.

To best support a meaningful but safe student-athlete experience during the fall semester, team activities, practice and training opportunities will be determined and defined by each member institution and shall adhere to NCAA policies and state public health regulations.

NE10 institutions are unanimously committed to honoring athletics aid agreements that have been issued to student-athletes for 2020-21 in accordance to the terms and conditions laid out in those agreements.

The Natural Area

As we prepare for an unusual Fall, I wanted to address socially distant use of the Saint Michael’s College Natural Area.  The area is open for use and with 360 acres, we can certainly maximize social distance.  That said, for instructors leading students groups, there are practical limits to distance while still maintaining group cohesion.  I anticipate several area uses in the coming semester:

  • Class engaged moving as a group or dispersing and returning to regroup at appointed times and places.
  • Individual students or pairs assigned to work in the Natural Area without an instructor.
  • Athletic team use.
  • Scholarly creative and/or research activities as part of faculty and/or student research projects.
  • Recreational users from on and off campus.

Rules/tips:

  1. Physical distance between masked participants is required; follow the laws of the state and rules established by the college.
  2. We instituted a dog leash rule during the pandemic following CDC guidelines.  This rule has been posted since May.
  3. The blue trail markers are numbered 1 near the main campus entrance, through 18  near Woodside Avenue.  If you plan to meet with students regularly, pick a trail marker number as your meeting place and communicate that with other instructors in your time slot to spread people out. Be flexible and shift your number as needs be.
  4. If you need to install something (art, sampling devices, cameras etc), communicate first with me (dmccabe@smcvt.edu) and then signpost them including a contact person with phone number or email.
  5. If you have any questions regarding activities that may change the nature of the Natural Area (plantings; construction; weeding; trail work; art installation) please let me know so that I can help coordinate those and minimize conflicting uses.  I’m not discouraging any activity; simply encouraging communication.  Our philosophy is one of active landscape use while maintaining a natural character that captures carbon, reduces soil erosion, and enhances biological diversity; we are pursuing restoration activities, but also actively maintaining trails, performing research, and installing art.
  6. Unauthorized motor vehicles are prohibited. Trucks and other vehicles are authorized on a case-by case basis and are important for delivering compost, tools and transporting alternatively abled participants (no requests have been declined to date).  Motorbikes are not permitted at any time; report any you see to Public Safety.
  7. Hunting and trapping is strictly prohibited and enforced by reporting infractions through Public Safety to the state game warden.

Others you can expect to occasionally encounter:

  • Facilities workers staging landscaping materials and handling our waste management including compost. The compost facility is on the main trail.
  • Utility workers: waste water pumping station; Champlain Water District maintains the water line and brush hogs part of the main trail that strategically follows their pipe.
  • USDA/APHIS officials fire small cardboard rockets to disperse seagulls infringing on the airport flight path. They also trap, radio collar, and releases opossums as part of a non-target rabies bait study.
  • A UVM graduate student is researching rodent and parasite populations.
  • Federal and state officials (Fish and Wildlife; NRCS) are actively engaged in site restoration (see the map).
  • Bird watchers; at any time but particularly during the major migrations in Fall and Spring; our Natural Area is a local hotspot with 161 bird species recorded thus far.
  • iNaturalist users logging biological diversity.
  • Law enforcement agencies training their K9 teams.

New and established trails: About 2 miles of very well-placed trails were generously installed by Jeff Vincent bringing out total to just over 3 miles and approaching our eventual goal of 4 miles of trail. From the compost, simply follow the road downhill to the right to connect with this loop; there’s a connector trail from that loops back uphill to the upper former cornfield.  The new trails are not yet on the map; perhaps an activity for the fall.  The existing blue trail runs 1.3 miles from Col. Cook’s statue to Woodside Ave where you can connect with a 1-mile loop in Woodside Natural Area. Together with the 1 mile Gilbrook loop, we are well endowed with trails and outside space.

Finally, a word about site restoration.  The larger of the two former corn fields (55 acres) is being actively managed by NRCS and other collaborating agencies. More than 18 acres of this is has already been naturally colonized by tree seedlings during the two years post corn planting. Professor Trevien Stanger’s classes have been planting trees since 2018. You can anticipate seeing construction vehicles digging pits and installing tree snags and logs to simulate natural wetland conditions in that site once the archeological permitting is complete. Depending on the extent of your wanderings, you may see conservation easement signs on metal posts ringing a protected area; these are certainly not intended to keep anyone out of that area. Restoration outside that area is up to us and again, Professor Stanger’s has lead the charge on tree planting in the upper field (former P-Day field)…..and by now, even the tallest of us can look up at the fruits of that labor capturing carbon and reaching for the light.