Last Friday, Middlebury faculty voted to implement a Credit/No-Credit grading system at the undergraduate College for the current spring semester. This was done in recognition of the impact of the pandemic on our students and faculty. In consultation with the Office of the Provost and the Office of the Registrar, we have decided that the optional Credit/No-Credit grading will also apply to all students attending the Middlebury Schools Abroad as well as to Middlebury students participating in externally-sponsored programs. The Pass/D/Fail option in place will no longer be available.
We are writing to give you some guidance about registration and housing for the fall 2020 semester. As recently announced by Professor Suzanne Gurland, Dean of Curriculum, and Jen Thompson, Registrar, the College is delaying fall registration until mid-summer. You also heard from the Residence Life Office earlier this month that room draw for the fall semester has also been delayed.
The U.S. Department of State has just announced a Global Health Advisory Level 4: Do Not Travel. This advisory indicates that American citizens abroad should either return home or stay in place due to the coronavirus pandemic. Those who stay in place must be prepared to remain abroad indefinitely.
As you are well aware, COVID-19 has disrupted life around the world, including here at Middlebury. While we cannot predict if and how study abroad will be impacted in the fall, we wanted to reach out to you with information and recommendations given the current situation:
Last night Middlebury undergraduates received a message from the Office of the Provost titled “Middlebury’s Academic Program.” Among other things, the message indicated that considering current circumstances, Middlebury students will have the option to take their courses Pass/D/Fail this spring semester.
I am writing to follow up on the email I sent to all Schools Abroad students yesterday. When the message was sent, we were waiting to make a decision about the continuation of the Schools Abroad in Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay) and Cameroon.
I write to you with the disappointing, yet not unexpected news that, effective immediately, the Schools Abroad in France, Germany, Spain, Russia, Morocco, Japan, Jordan, and India are suspending in-country activity. We are still in discussion about plans for the Schools in Latin America and Cameroon.
You may have already heard about President Trump’s announcement Wednesday night during his speech to the nation about coronavirus. We know that there has been quite a bit of concern about his statements regarding travel to the US from Europe.
I’m writing as a follow up to President Patton’s message earlier today regarding the decision to have students leave campus at the end of this week and to deliver all instruction remotely beginning March 30.
Given the latest reports concerning the coronavirus, I’ve just sent the following communication to students enrolled in our School in Italy. We’ve also forwarded the letter to parents. We’ll keep you up to date on our decisions as situations continue to unfold. The letter will also be posted to our Resources page.