Dear Faculty Colleagues,
We wanted to update you on some decisions regarding summer activities on campus, as we know that students are concerned about making their summer plans and that faculty are also in the process of planning for the summer, as we head into this unusual summer for all of us. We have several simple decision rules to apply:
- Research and internship opportunities will only be allowed if they can be conducted remotely, unless and until restrictions are lifted by Vermont state authorities.
- The only research and internship opportunities that will be available to students this summer are those funded by endowments and gifts.
- Student employment this summer will only be allowed if it is considered essential to academic continuity and/or is funded by endowments and gifts.
In making these decisions we have been guided by our twin commitments to facilitating students’ immersive learning experiences and to ensuring faculty research and scholarship. We are also working with the public health advice of Vermont state authorities. In coming to these decisions, we consulted with Lisa Gates, Associate Dean for Fellowships and Research; Peggy Burns, CCI director; and conducted a survey of our STEM faculty, who traditionally rely most on summer student research assistants.
To be sure, COVID-19 has disrupted all of our summer plans, and we hope that offering students remote opportunities will help restore at least partially your research plans. Following Governor Scott’s easing of some restrictions, we are developing protocols so faculty can return to their offices and labs. However, students will not participate in any on-campus research during this summer.
In the coming weeks we will update you with any other policy changes, and we hope that the semester concludes as well as could be expected, given our current circumstances. Please let us know of your questions and concerns.
Dean of Faculty