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.

  • First day of classes: Monday, August 31
  • Last day of on-campus instruction: Tuesday, November 24
  • Thanksgiving Holiday: November 25-29
  • Instruction resumes remotely: November 30-December 11
  • Final exams administered remotely: December 14-18
  • Spring semester start: TBD

Note: The traditional October break will be replaced by two mid-week no class respite days with fun and relaxing activities during the fall semester.

Please check the Move-In Schedule & Requirements tab.

Move-in Schedule & Requirements

In response to the State requirements we just received, we have adjusted our planned schedule. The State of Vermont is requiring a quarantine period of 14 days for some students arriving from certain areas or via certain transportation methods. To adhere to these requirements, some students will be moving in on August 29 or 30, and other students will be moving in on August 15.

Updated 7/14/20

Non-quarantine cohort

Students traveling from within Vermont or traveling to Vermont from a non-quarantine county as identified by the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development on August 1, who travel in a private vehicle without making a prolonged stop, may move in without completing a quarantine. For first-year and new transfer students meeting these criteria, move-in will take place on Saturday, August 29. Returning students meeting these criteria will move in on Sunday, August 30.

If you are a Vermont resident who has been out of state in a “quarantine county” for the summer, you may quarantine at your home in Vermont for 14 days before coming to campus and move in on Sunday, August 30.

Home-state quarantine cohort
Students who will be coming from a quarantine county as identified by the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development on August 1, and will be traveling directly to campus in a private vehicle without making a prolonged stop (avoid gatherings such as restaurants, limit gas stops, if overnight travel is required—reduce social contacts), must quarantine at home for 14 days immediately prior to traveling to Vermont. For first-year and new transfer students meeting these criteria, move-in will take place on Saturday, August 29. Returning students meeting these criteria will move in on Sunday, August 30.

Campus quarantine cohort
Students traveling to Vermont with people from multiple households, via bus, rail or commercial airlines, must quarantine in a specified location on campus or local accommodation for 14 days upon arrival to Vermont. These new and returning students, if they chose on-campus quarantine, will move in on Saturday, August 15.

Students who have questions about move-in may contact housing@smcvt.edu

Campus move-in procedures
Students should minimize the number of individuals who come with them for move-in. We recommend only one guest, and no more than two are permitted. These guests must meet the State of Vermont travel guidelines and adhere to all campus health and safety protocols while on campus. Student orientation leaders and staff will be available to help students with move-in procedures. New students will experience Saint Michael’s traditional enthusiastic (and loud!) welcome. More information about move-in procedures will be communicated in the coming weeks.

If students would like to come to campus for the earlier move-in as part of the quarantine cohort, can they?  

We will work with students who have specific situations that would necessitate moving in earlier (August 15) on a case-by-case basis, even though they do not meet the criteria defined in our quarantine cohort move-in protocols.  In the event that requests for beds from those who qualify for quarantine housing remain low, we will work with students who fall outside of the quarantine cohort guidelines. The number of students we can house early on campus is limited, so we ask that only students with serious concerns make this request using the Planning to Quarantine on Campus form 

Are parents/family members allowed to move their student in and help them set up their room?

We recommend one family member, but no more than two, may accompany students to campus on 8/29 for new students and 8/30 for returning students. Family member(s) must meet the State’s guidelines for travel, wear a mask and socially distance if they come to help their student move in/set up their room. Family members will be asked to depart campus by the end of their respective dates.

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” must either receive a College administered COVID-19 test upon arrival or in their home state within 48-hours of coming to campus and travel directly to campus. These students will be tested again on day 7 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.

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).

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.

All positive cases will work closely with a provider from the Vermont Department of Health to initiate contact tracing. If the student is not already in a single room, one will be provided to them and we ask the student to stay in that private room until cleared to leave by the Vermont Department of Health. Food delivery, academic support and outreach will be provided to the student, as well as daily telehealth checks.

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.

Updated 7/10/20

Are students who commute to campus subject to the same testing and health protocols? 

Yes. All students will be subject to the testing and health protocols. 

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.

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.

  • First day of classes: Monday, August 31
  • Last day of on-campus instruction: Tuesday, November 24
  • Thanksgiving Holiday: November 25-29
  • Instruction resumes remotely: November 30-December 11
  • Final exams administered remotely: December 14-18
  • Spring semester start: TBD

Note: The traditional October break will be replaced by two mid-week no class respite days with fun and relaxing activities during the fall semester.

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.

Housing

New incoming students’ housing assignments will be released on July 27 to allow more time for the Student Life team to ensure adherence to new policies. Student Life will be providing additional details regarding residence life in the coming weeks.

Dining

Dining services is finalizing a plan for ensuring a safe and high-quality dining experience. This is likely to require distancing, possible assigned schedules for dining, and delivering of meals to residence halls as necessary for students required to quarantine. Washing hands and wearing face coverings at all times except when eating will be required.

Working on campus

Faculty and staff have been provided with return to work guidelines issued from Human Resources. That information will also be posted to the Return to Campus web pages in the coming week.

“Do the Knight Thing” 

Students, faculty, staff, and administrators will be required to read and sign a community commitment that acknowledges an understanding of the health and safety requirements, and a commitment to abide by them. It will also ask everyone to acknowledge that despite everyone’s best efforts, the College cannot guarantee that individuals do not get sick. Our shared commitment to each other to take this situation very seriously will, however, help us stay healthy and allow us all to continue our important work. This community commitment will be sent out to everyone prior to arrival.

As a community we must also commit to understanding all we can about COVID-19 and the devastating toll it is taking. We have a shared responsibility to educate ourselves about its disproportionate impact on people of color around the world, within our society, and within the Saint Michael’s family.

Please familiarize yourself with the full Shared Community Commitment, which you will receive in your email and be required to acknowledge and sign before your arrival on campus.

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 will be asked to self-monitor daily for symptoms and maintain a health log. This is likely to require taking your temperature daily, recording it, and affirming 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.

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.