Health Alert: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Saint Michael’s College continues to closely monitor the developments around the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and together with the College’s Emergency Management Team, are actively working on contingency plans to address its potential impacts on the College, its people and programs. As the situation continues to change rapidly, our top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of our community, on and off campus. We will continue to update the community regularly to keep you informed of additional measures.


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Update of March 26, 2020

From Lorraine Sterritt, President

Dear Saint Michael’s College Community,

I hope that you are all well and staying healthy. Thank you all for your continued work on adapting to remote learning and supporting one another.

I am writing to communicate important decisions and updates about instruction and certain events for the remainder of the semester. Since the beginning of the outbreak of COVID-19, the College’s emergency management teams have been meeting regularly, consulting with our own health experts as well as with peers at other institutions, and with state and federal health agencies. These conversations led us to make several very difficult decisions. We know that these decisions will come as a disappointment, and we all share in that disappointment.

Remote Instruction:

For the health and safety of all students, faculty, and staff, we have decided that the remainder of this semester will be conducted through remote instruction. Understandably, this is sad news, especially for our beloved seniors. We fully understand your desire to return to campus, and we strongly wish that that were possible. We will continue to do everything in our power to make online learning as smooth as possible for you. If you are having any technical/computer connectivity challenges, please contact IT at 802.654.2020 or via email at ithelp@smcvt.edu. They will even try to support issues you may have because of home internet connectivity.

In the very near future, the Office of Student Life will be sending students and families a schedule and process for when and how students may pick up their belongings. While we will strive to be flexible, we will insist that students come to campus only on their scheduled date. We must stagger student pickups appropriately over the coming months to help ensure the health and safety of everyone and to practice social distancing. Please stay tuned for more information from Student Life.

Commencement:

In addition to suspending in-person instruction for the remainder of the semester, the College has made the very difficult decision to postpone Commencement. Seniors, we have heard you, and we have read your messages about postponing commencement. We are heartsick that it has become necessary to make this decision, and we fully understand your disappointment. You have worked so hard, and you have made so many friends at Saint Michael’s. Please rest assured that we based the decision on advice from public health experts. We will preserve as much as possible of the celebration that recognizes your accomplishments and honors the class of 2020 for another date, ideally in-person. Rest assured also that your degrees will still be conferred on May 10 as originally planned, and that we will mail your diplomas to you. We will watch national developments and work to find a date as soon as possible that will provide the safe and celebratory event that you all deserve. For many of us, commencement is our favorite day of the year, and we very much look forward to celebrating it with you.

Note: Student leaders are collecting commencement ideas from the senior class and sharing these with the commencement committee. If you have ideas and suggestions, please be sure to reach out to them:

Dimitrios Stamoulis, Class President:  dstamoulis@mail.smcvt.edu

Arianna Boscia, Class Vice President:  aboscia@mail.smcvt.edu

Katelynn Briere, SGA President:  kbriere@mail.smcvt.edu

Brenna Broderick, SGA Vice President:  bbroderick@mail.smcvt.edu

Reunion:

This year’s reunion, which was to take place May 28 – 31, has also been postponed. This is an event alumni, faculty, and staff look forward to each year, and I share in your disappointment in having to postpone. The Office of Alumni Engagement will be communicating with all alumni as new reunion plans unfold.

I am truly sorry to have to convey this news. Thank you for all the patience and fortitude you are showing during this world-wide crisis. Please continue to care for yourselves and for those around you. Please also continue to practice social distancing so that we all do our part to resolve this crisis.

We very much look forward to resuming our normal in-person activities. We can’t predict when that day will come, but it will come, and we will welcome you back with open arms.

Sincerely yours,

Lorraine Sterritt
President