Resources and Information
Please remember to fill out the Health Log every day you are on campus.
The form will ask participants to affirm that they do not a fever or any symptoms of the flu, including: chills, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.
Cross State Travel Information
The State of Vermont has released its Vermont Forward Plan providing the steps for a phased reopening of the state. You can read about the Plan here.
Information Technology Resources
In an effort to support the SMC Community the best way possible, the Information Technology office will continue to update these resources as the College continues to navigate through so many working/teaching & learning from home.
Student Resources: All students have been sent an invitation to join the Student Online Learning Guide Canvas course. The Canvas course has information and detailed instructions about technology tools that your faculty may be using to teach online, as well as general technology information and policies and procedures for course registration, advising, academic support, and your overall all wellbeing.
Faculty Resources: All teaching faculty have been sent an invitation to join the Instructional Continuity Resources for Faculty Canvas course. The Canvas course has information and detailed instructions and videos about tools that can be used to teach online, as well as general technology information and policies and procedures for course registration and advising.
All teaching faculty have also been invited to the Echo360 Training and Information Course. This course contains many short tutorial videos of only a few minutes each. If you have not accepted the invitation, please do so. https://smcvt.instructure.com/courses/11605
Staff Resources: A link to the “Guide to Working from Home” has been sent to all staff via email. This is a collection of tools and best practices for working from home and includes tips for using SMC and personal computers. This guide is located on our IT portal page under the Knowledgebase tab. Please email email@example.com reach out to the helpdesk with any questions.
IT Services Status: While we strive to make a number of services available to you, issues occasionally arise that will reduce or remove access to these systems. When there is an interruption in service, we will update the “Status” to reflect the severity of the outage, along with a note to give some additional context. Please check smcvt.edu/itstatus for any network issues.
Helpdesk Hours in Response to COVID-19
Please continue to send requests to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-654-2020 for technical support.
Preventative hygiene practices when you are on or off campus can help keep you healthy and slow the spread of disease. Here are some things you can do:
- Wash your hands often and carefully with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick. This applies to students, faculty, and staff.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Use disinfectant wipes to clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces.
- Avoid shaking hands.
- Use your own pens and pencils as possible.
Information for staying healthy:
CARES Act Information
What is the CARES Act?
- The federal CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act is intended to help students by providing emergency grants for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. The funds are for students – to help with eligible expenses related to the cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare.
How much funding was allocated to Saint Michael’s College for student aid?
- Allocation of the federal CARES Act funding to higher education institutions was based on total enrollment and the ratio of Federal Pell Grant recipients to total enrollment. Saint Michael’s College has signed and returned the Certification and Agreement form to receive our federal allocation for students of $593,400.
- More information about the CARES Act and the College’s Institutional HEERF award can be found here.
Am I eligible?
- 1195 Saint Michael’s College students were deemed potentially eligible to receive these funds according to government guidelines. Eligibility was determined solely based on the results of your 2019-2020 FAFSA and the criteria below. If you filed a FAFSA, no additional application was required. If you did not file a FAFSA, but wish to be considered for CARES funds, you must submit a request to SMCares@smcvt.edu.
- CARES relief funds are not financial aid and acceptance of other federal, state, or institutional funds is not required in order to receive CARES relief funds. To be eligible to receive the funds, you must have incurred expenses directly related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. You must also meet all federal student financial aid criteria, as determined through the FAFSA, including the following:
- Be enrolled in a degree or certificate program in the Spring 2020 term, at the time of the campus closing.
- Have Selective Service registration verified.
- Have Social Security Number verified.
- Be making satisfactory academic progress, according to SMC’s policy.
- Not owe an overpayment on federal student aid.
- Not be in default on a federal student loan.
- Be A U.S. citizen or national, permanent resident, or other eligible noncitizen.
- Have returned fraudulently obtained federal student aid if convicted of or pled guilty or no contest to charges.
- Not have fraudulently received federal student loans in excess of annual or aggregate limits.
- Have repaid federal student loan amounts in excess of annual or aggregate limits if obtained inadvertently.
- Not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale.
How much have eligible students received?
- Colleges and universities have been encouraged by the federal government to prioritize students with the greatest need. To adhere to that guidance, Saint Michael’s College distributed the funds to eligible students as outlined below:
- Amounts have been based on a student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC), as reported on the FAFSA.
- Students with an EFC under $10,000: $450-$850
- Students with an EFC of $10,000 to 25,000: $300-$450
- Students with an EFC greater than $25,000: $0-$300
What steps do I need to take to receive my allocated funds?
- If you filed a 2019-2020 FAFSA, you do not need to submit a new application. You were considered automatically for the CARES funds. If you did not file a FAFSA, or were notified you would receive funds but have not, please contact SMCares@smcvt.edu.
- As of September 30, a total of $588,025 has been distributed to 1,053 Saint Michael’s students. Remaining funds are expected to be disbursed to students by November 30.
- The College partnered with Heartland ECSI to facilitate the disbursement of funds.
- By accepting a disbursement, students attest that they have incurred expenses related to education disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
My family’s financial situation has changed, and I’m concerned about paying my tuition. Can the CARES Act help?
- The CARES Act funds are a federal government grant, intended to help with the immediate impact of disruption of campus operations (e.g.: extra trip to campus, upgrading wifi at home to take online classes, etc.). This money is separate from your Saint Michael’s College financial aid. Regardless of your eligibility for the CARES Act, if you are struggling with your College bill or other educational expenses, please reach out to our Student Financial Services team at FinAid@smcvt.edu.
If I do not qualify for financial aid, can I still qualify for CARES Act funds?
- If you incurred unexpected expenses due to disruption of campus operations, and did not already receive CARES funds or your expenses exceeded the amount you received, you may be eligible for CARES Act funds. Please contact SMCares@smcvt.edu.
Who can I contact if I have additional questions?
- Please send CARES Act questions to our designated inbox: SMCares@smcvt.edu.
- The CARES Act funds are a federal government grant and are separate from your Saint Michael’s College financial aid. Regardless of your eligibility for the CARES Act, if you are struggling with your upcoming tuition, or an outstanding bill, please reach out to our Student Financial Services team at FinAid@smcvt.edu.
More information about the CARES Act and the College’s Institutional HEERF award can be found here.