We hope this finds you well and successfully completing your academic work, which we know hasn’t been easy during this semester of unprecedented challenges. Traditionally, this is the time of year to gather and celebrate your hard work and accomplishments. And it’s natural to want to gather together.
On Monday, the College informed students who remain in campus housing for Spring Term that they will not be able to stay on campus during the summer. The College’s senior leadership made this difficult decision after careful consideration of many factors. (The announcement is here.) The College will continue to provide housing and meals to students on campus through Sunday, May 31.
We are writing to you today about Middlebury’s policies for work at any Middlebury location, in order to comply with local executive orders. Our first priority is the safety of all our employees.
On Monday, the College informed students who remain in campus housing for Spring Term that they will not be able to stay on campus during the summer. The College’s senior leadership made this difficult decision after careful consideration of many factors. (To read the full announcement, please go here.) The College will continue to provide housing and meals to students on campus through Sunday, May 31.
| by Baishakhi Taylor
I hope you’re well and have been finding ways to get the most from the semester in this extraordinary time. The Student Life team and I know it hasn’t been easy, and we admire the way you’ve navigated difficult terrain. We appreciate all you’re doing to stay healthy and mindful of the well-being of the whole Midd community.
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 write to follow up on our April 24 message about guidance on returning to work. We want to share with you what is taking place initially and what will be the next step.
| by Laurie Patton
Even though we are in more of a steady rhythm now, we didn’t want to let a week go by without updating you on the progress we are making in determining how Middlebury will operate in the months ahead. Like every institution around the country, this week we have been scenario planning. Scenario planning is its own form of storytelling.
| by Karen Miller
I want to invite you to visit a new Middlebury website we’ve created to support those of you who have transitioned to temporary remote work. The site includes a variety of links and articles as well as free online training classes and workshops you might find helpful. We’ve also consolidated much of our Covid-related policy information into one area so you can easily find answers to your questions.
| by Carlos Vélez
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.