I am writing to share an update on our plans for the 2021 January term (J-term) and spring semester.
Since the onset of the pandemic, our decision making has been motivated by our commitment to provide the highest-quality professional education possible. That commitment, in turn, is conditioned by the guidance of state and county health authorities, as well as by immigration policies and procedures set by the federal government. While not all details have been finalized, I hope that you find the following information helpful as you make your plans for the coming year.
We know that many of you may prefer, for personal, financial, or health-related reasons, to continue your studies from locations around the world far from Monterey. Moreover, it is possible that some of you who are outside the United States will encounter difficulties with travel and obtaining visa appointments. And there remains a likelihood that any on-campus activities in the first half of 2021 could be interrupted again by a deterioration of the pandemic situation.
Given all these factors, we commit now to new and continuing students that the course work you need to complete in pursuit of your degrees from the Middlebury Institute will be available in the remote format during the J-term and spring semester. We will continue to build on the lessons we have learned from our first semester of fully remote teaching as we continue into the new year.
At the same time, we have a dedicated group of staff members who are working on plans for a phased return to campus as the public health situation evolves. Over time, access to on-campus services, facilities, and activities may become possible for students in the spring semester. Much remains uncertain at this date, but I will regularly share more information on the possibilities for students’ return to campus as our plans take shape. I underscore that whatever the situation, students’ presence on campus during J-term and the spring semester will not be required to begin or continue your degree progress.