I’m writing today with an important update about course registration for fall 2020. We’ll publish the new course schedule this Friday afternoon, May 8, and will open registration next Wednesday, May 13.
Even though we are in more of a steady rhythm now, we didn’t want to let much time go by without updating you on the progress we are making determining how Middlebury—and the Institute in particular—will operate in the months ahead. Like every institution around the country, we have been scenario planning. Scenario planning is its own form of storytelling.
To help students who are experiencing unexpected financial needs, we have set up the MIIS Student Emergency Fund, which is supported by donations from faculty, staff, the MIIS Student Council, and friends in the community. The Fund is a way for students to receive additional support for pressing needs. This is not a loan, but a gift.
As we work to ensure academic continuity in this period of great disruption, we strive to be as adaptable and responsive as possible. Many people proposed changes to our grading policies for the spring semester, echoing a nationwide debate on this subject. In considering such changes, we started out by surveying the community so we could better understand your perspectives on the issue. More than 500 of you shared your thoughts. We thank you and want to say, we heard you.
As we all do our part to help limit the spread of COVID-19, it has become increasingly clear that our spring Commencement celebration cannot take place as planned, in-person, on Saturday, May 16. Our celebrations will instead be adapted to be a series of virtual events.
We are dealing with extraordinary circumstances, at the Institute—and the world—and how the staff have taken the lead to rally us as a community, showing remarkable resourcefulness, positivity, and professionalism, is deeply heartening.