Information For Students

Important Information for Students

COVID-19 Alert Levels

For the spring semester, the College is using color-coded Alert Levels to help students and the community more easily access our current status and what associated requirements are in place. Alert Levels depend heavily on the guidance of the State of Vermont and the Vermont Department of Health and may be altered accordingly. The community will be notified when alert levels and related requirements are altered.

Visit the COVID Alert Levels page to see the current status and level descriptions.


Spring Semester Move-in

Quarantine requirements

The State of Vermont has established new criteria for arrival and quarantine for the spring term. All quarantining will be in Ryan Hall this spring semester. Please review these two categories carefully to determine which of them applies to your circumstances:

  • Campus Quarantine (Move-in January 15):
    • If traveling to campus with people from outside your household, via private vehicle, bus, rail or commercial airlines, you must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival to campus (after day 7 you may get a COVID-19 test and upon receiving a negative result, end your quarantine).
  • Home Quarantine (Move-in January 31):
    • If traveling 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), you must quarantine at home for 14 days immediately prior to traveling (you may complete a shorter quarantine if you receive a negative COVID-19 test after day 7 and travel directly to campus without breaking the quarantine).

Please note that these quarantine categories apply to all students, including students from Vermont and also for students who have already tested positive for COVID-19.

Student drop-off during move-in: Parents/guests dropping off students for move-in are asked to not enter any campus buildings, and it is requested that only one parent/guardian accompany the student for drop-off.

January 31 Arrival and Move-in

In trying to limit the number of people moving (back) into their rooms on Sunday, January 31, we ask that all students & family members try to keep to this move-in schedule as much as possible. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate requests to arrive on Saturday, 1/30.

  • Students with Last Names A-Cl: 9am
  • Students with Last Names C0-Ga: 10am
  • Students with Last Names Ge – K: 11am
  • Students with Last Names L-M: 12noon
  • Students with Last Names N – R: 1pm
  • Students with Last Names S-V: 2pm
  • Students with Last Names W-Z: 3pm

Key Dates

  • Friday, January 15: Move-in for students required to quarantine on campus. Students in this cohort will be tested on Saturday, January 16 and again on Saturday, January 23.
  • Monday, January 25: All classes begin remotely for all students.
  • Sunday, January 31: Move-in for students required to quarantine at home (see below). Students in this cohort will be tested on Monday, February 1 and Monday, February 8.
  • Monday, February 1: 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’s requirements. The break days are February 25, March 24, and April 13. The Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean of the Faculty, and the faculty are working to ensure that break days are truly restful for everyone—faculty and students alike.
  • Wednesday, May 5: Last day of classes.
  • May 7 – 12: Final exams

Spring Semester Guidelines

Gatherings – Defining your “Household”

The State of Vermont is currently restricting gatherings to only take place with members of a single household. The only way to contain the virus is by having the least number of contacts possible, and by knowing who your household is interacting with. Saint Michael’s is defining “households” as the following:

  • Townhouse residents: members of your townhouse only
  • Suite residents: members of your suite only
  • Apartment residents: members of your apartment only
  • Single rooms or double rooms residents in Alumni/Lyons/Aubin: yourself and four other members from your residence hall wing (for Lyons and Alumni) or floor (for Aubin)
  • For Resident Assistants living in single rooms in Alumni/Lyons/Aubin, your household is defined as yourself and one other suite or Townhouse.
  • Note: for those living in a double room on a residence hall wing, please be aware that you are not allowed to have more than 4 people total in your room at one time
  • Note: for those living in a suite or townhouse with empty rooms thus not having a full household, your household will be defined as those living in your space and 4 other members from your building not to exceed 8 people.
  • Registered parties will not be permitted this fall or spring semesters.

Outdoor gatherings are permitted with limitations – please check the current COVID Alert Level to determine what is permitted.

Quarantine

If you are placed into quarantine as a result of being a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID 19, or to await results from a symptomatic test, these are the requirements and what you can expect:

  • You will live in Ryan Hall for the duration of your quarantine period.
  • Your quarantine will be at least 7 days and will include the result of a negative day 7 COVID test result.
  • Your quarantine may be extended if you fail to maintain your quarantine. or if you develop symptoms and then test positive for Covid while in quarantine.
  • You will not be allowed to leave your room with exception of using the bathroom or the kitchen or to pick up meals and packages.
  • You will not be able to have any guests while in quarantine including other people in quarantine.
  • You are not able to go outside during quarantine.
  • Meals:
    • Meals will be delivered to you twice per day: 12:00 p.m. and 12:30pm and again between 5:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Please remain in your rooms while meals are being delivered.
    • Kitchens are located in rooms 150, 250, 350, and 450. A refrigerator, microwave, and snacks can be found there
  • Cleaning common areas: Please remain in your rooms during these times so that Facilities may clean common bathrooms and hallways:  11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
  • You will have access to virtual check-ins with Bergeron Wellness; physical and mental health.
  • You will have access to a daily check-in from Residence Life.
  • You will have access to virtual programming through Residence Life and SMC CAN!
  • You will have packages and mail delivered to you twice per week while the College is open.
  • If you have other students or services drop off belongings while you are in quarantine, the delivery needs to be left on the outside, north (facing the tennis courts) stairway.
  • No alcohol is permitted in Ryan Hall.
  • All other rules and expectations of student conduct still apply.
  • Requests to quarantine at home must be approved by Bergeron Wellness Center and your family and must adhere to the safety guidelines of the state of Vermont.
  • Sanctions for violating quarantine may include removal from campus and/or expulsion. View a PDF of violations and associated sanctions.
  • Read Bergeron Wellness Center letter to students identified as contacts.
  • Read Bergeron Wellness Center packing list for going into quarantine or isolation.

Isolation

If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be placed in isolation, and are required to adhere to the following:

  • You will live in Joyce Hall or Senior Hall for the duration of your isolation period.
  • Your isolation period will be determined by the collaboration of the Bergeron Wellness Center and the Vermont Department of Health and will be a minimum of 10 days from your positive test and/or the development of symptoms. If you went into isolation without symptoms, and develop them during isolation, your isolation may be extended.
  • You will be able to leave your room and visit with others in isolation.
  • You will not be able to leave Joyce Hall 2nd, 3rd or 4th floors or Senior Hall for any reason.
  • To travel between Joyce 2nd, 3rd or 4th floors you may only use the center stairwell. The end stairwells are for emergency exit only.
  • You will not be able to have any non-isolating guests visit you.
  • Meals:
    • Meals will be delivered to you twice per day: 12:00 p.m. and 12:30pm and again between 5:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Please remain in your rooms while meals are being delivered.
    • In Joyce, meals will be placed inside the door on the end of the North Hallway (side closest to Dion).
    • In Senior Hall, meals will be placed inside of the main door.
    • Kitchens are located in Joyce 251, 312, and 416 and on the first floor of Senior Hall. A refrigerator, microwave, and snacks can be found there.
  • Cleaning common areas: Please remain in your rooms during these times so that Facilities may clean bathrooms and hallways:
    • Senior Hall:  9:15am – 10:15am
    • Joyce Hall:  10:15am-11:15am
  • You will have packages and mail delivered to you twice per week
  • If you have other students or services drop off belongings to you while you are in isolation, the delivery needs to be left on the outside, south (facing St. Ed’s) stairway.
  • No alcohol is permitted in Joyce Hall or Senior Hall.
  • All other rules and expectations of student conduct still apply.
  • You will receive daily phone calls from Bergeron Wellness Center to check on your physical and mental health needs.
  • You will have access to a daily check-in from Residence Life
  • You will have access to virtual programming through Residence Life and SMC CAN!
  • Requests to isolate at home must be approved by Bergeron Wellness Center and your family and must adhere to the health and safety guidelines of the State of Vermont.
  • Sanctions for violating quarantine may include removal from campus and/or expulsion. View a PDF of violations and associated sanctions.
  • Read Bergeron Wellness Center letter to students who test positive.
  • Read Bergeron Wellness Center packing list for going into quarantine or isolation.

Testing

Please review the Testing Information page for an explanation of arrival testing, symptomatic, and contact testing, as well as ongoing surveillance testing.

Vaccinations

Alert the Bergeron Wellness Center if you have had a vaccination. You will still need to quarantine and follow all health and safety guidelines. The vaccine lowers the risk of COVID, but does not eliminate it. Additionally, research has not determined whether someone who has received the vaccine can still carry COVID and infect others.

Campus Visitors

Students will not be allowed to have outside guests on campus. This includes any Saint Michael’s College students who are living off-campus. Other campus visitors, such as academic guest speakers or contractors doing work for the college, will be restricted as well, and require the permission of the Dean of Students.

Leaving Campus

Please check COVID Alert Level page for any specific requirements currently in place. Students are asked to limit leaving campus to trips that are absolutely required, such as for work, shopping for necessities, medical appointments, etc., and to limit those trips to areas nearby campus. Apart from emergencies, no student can leave Vermont or visit with others off campus (including home). Students must obtain prior approval from the Office of Student Life, and then undergo a quarantine of 14 days, or seven days with negative test result before returning to campus.
If Alert Levels permit, students will be able 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.

Residence Hall Guidelines

Please check COVID Alert Levels page for any additional specific requirements that are in place.

  • 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 lockouts.  The new policy is in your housing contract.
  • No parties will be allowed – registered or not.

Community Commitment

The commitment you “signed” for the fall is still in place. Please review the Community Commitment to be sure you refamiliarize yourself with expectations.

Anti Stigma

  • 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.

Health and Safety Protocols and Information

NOTE: If you have had COVID, or have received a vaccine, you are still required to adhere to all health and safety practices. This is because even if the vaccine protects you from illness, we still don’t have enough information on whether you could still transmit the virus to someone else. Even once we do learn this, there are a number of things we need to know before we can ease up on things like mask-wearing and physical distancing, including how many people get vaccinated and how the virus is spreading in communities.

  • 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: 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.
  • Maintaining social/physical distancing: Students must maintain social distancing of at least six feet from others when outside of their rooms.
  • 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: Contact the Bergeron Wellness Center at (802) 654.2234. For moderate symptoms, the Bergeron Wellness Center and Student Life staff will check on you and provide for your care during any quarantine, isolation, and recovery. Any student with serious symptoms will receive treatment at the UVM Medical Center.

Sanctions

Sanctions for violations of COVID guidelines range from fines of $250, to probation to removal from campus. To see a full schedule of sanctions for COVID guideline violations, click here.

Daily Health Affirmation

Students are required to complete an online daily health affirmation. This includes both weekdays and weekends. If you do not feel well or are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID, you must not leave your room and contact the Bergeron Wellness Center at (802) 654.2234 to be evaluated.


Events and Extracurricular Activities

This section of the website will be updated soon with links to activities and events being organized this semester. It will include information from:

  • MOVE
  • CMAS
  • Campus Ministry and Mass
  • The Adventure Sports Center
  • Theatre
  • Student Clubs and Organizations
  • Intramurals

Student Employment

Students who have positions on or off-campus should check the current COVID Alert Level. During certain levels, in-person work may be suspended.


Access to Campus Facilities

Your access cards will only open the residence hall in which you live and any academic buildings to which you need access. For a list of protocols or guidelines specific to certain campus offices and services visit the Office and Services page.


Dining on Campus

Dining on campus is available. To determine what requirements are in place, check the current COVID alert level and associated dining requirements. You can also visit the dining pages of the website for hours and current requirements that are in place at https://smcvtdining.sodexomyway.com/dining-near-me/hours.


Helpful Resources

You can find links to information about COVID-19, the College’s testing partner, best practices for staying safe and healthy, and other helpful information on our Resources page.


Academics

Just as in the fall semester, the spring semester will include in-person, remote, and hybrid courses. All classes will start fully remote on Monday, January 25, and those that are in-person will begin on Thursday, February 4, or when the final arrival testing results have been received. All faculty, staff, and students will be required to wear masks, and some faculty might wear face shields as additional protection.

Please rest assured that, while we have made the necessary adjustments to indoor classroom spaces 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, we must all work to be flexible, patient, and adaptable. 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.

Students who must study remotely this spring 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.

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 have opened 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.

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.

Pass/No Pass

This grading will not be an option for the spring of 2021. The Pass/No Pass was an important part of our adjustments to the shock of the pandemic last spring, but over the long term it creates a number of problems for students. The Pass/No Pass makes it more difficult to identify and help students who are struggling academically, and to gauge whether students are adequately prepared for upper-level courses in their majors, minors, and programs. There are also important differences between the Spring 2020 semester and this semester. Unlike last spring, there has been no larger movement in higher education toward Pass/No Pass or Pass/Fail grading for the 2020-21 academic year. The Pass/No Pass therefore could place our students at a competitive disadvantage when applying to graduate and professional programs and create problems for students transferring Saint Michael’s credits to other institutions. We have also known about Covid-19, the potential for an outbreak, and the possibility of moving to virtual courses on short notice. That possibility has been a central part of our academic and campus planning and our communications to the College community about the fall and this spring of ‘21. Finally, multiple semesters of Pass/No Pass grading involve a significant compromise of our academic standards. Over the long term, reducing academic standards could diminish the perception of a Saint Michael’s degree and possibly create problems for our accreditation. For all of these reasons, we have decided that an additional semester of Pass/No Pass grading would not be in the best interest of the college and its students.