Grading for this semester: First and most important, for this spring semester only, you will have the option to take as many of your current courses as you wish on a Pass/D/Fail basis—and these will not count toward the two Pass/D/Fail courses to which you are normally limited. Such Pass/D/Fail courses from this semester will also not count toward the limit of five nonstandard grades. Faculty will still report letter grades for all students, and if a student requests Pass/D/Fail, the grades will automatically be converted to a P for grades of C– or higher and recorded as a D or F if those are the grades that are submitted. You will be allowed to invoke Pass/D/Fail grading for any course—including courses that count toward all College requirements—and will have until May 1 to do so. The Registrar’s Office will provide additional details and will make available an electronic form that you can use to invoke the Pass/D/Fail option. Please note: You will not be able to revoke the Pass/D/Fail option once selected, so please make this decision carefully.
Online resources available to students: In the next several days, student interns at our office of Digital Learning and Inquiry (DLINQ) will be creating a student academic continuity resource page. This page will offer guides for the technologies students can expect to use, tips for learning in this new environment, and other resources. Among these resources will be what we are calling a Student Continuity Planner, which will help students keep track of all the new technologies and expectations for their courses. These resources will focus on what students need to know to complete their courses in this new environment. In addition, when classes resume, DLINQ interns will also offer drop-in support hours for students via Zoom. We expect that this support should be available daily for some period of time. More information on this support will be forthcoming in the upcoming days.
Course schedules: Because we are moving to remote teaching, and because our students will now be around the world in different time zones, we are recommending that the majority of course work be asynchronous. We are working on the most flexible, least disruptive way to do that while still ensuring that students do not have time conflicts or unreasonable meeting times, given their time zones. Faculty will communicate with students in their classes about expectations around synchronous meeting times.
The symposium committee has decided to cancel this year’s Spring Student Symposium, which was scheduled for April 17, 2020. They express deep regret but feel it is in the best interests of our students and our campus community.
Students Staying on Campus
Parton Health Services will stay open. You will be required to make an appointment to visit.
Counseling Services has moved online. You can still make appointments with your counselors via Zoom.
The nursing hotline (802-443-3290) and the 24-hour counseling line (855-465-5013) will stay open.
For medical questions related to COVID-19, please call the nursing hotline at 802-443-3290.
Counseling Services will be available remotely via Zoom video conferencing. Students can continue to schedule via the student health portal or contact Counseling at 802-443-5141.
The Counseling Support Line will remain available 24/7: 855-465-5013.
Will my health insurance work while I am away?
Students who are enrolled in the Gallagher Student Health plan are covered while they are off campus for remote learning (both within and outside of the U.S.) through August 14, 2020. There is one exclusion that applies to international students only: international students who are residing in their home country and are eligible for coverage under a national health insurance plan.
Contact Gallagher Student Health directly at 800-430-0697.
The College will provide routine communication via email and then post information to the website FAQ section.
You can also access information about COVID-19 through the following resources: ·
Students are welcome to spend time in their own residence halls and in buildings on campus that are open. Do not congregate in groups of more than 10 people. As a reminder, students are expected to stay in the town of Middlebury unless they plan to leave campus to reside elsewhere. Athletic facilities are closed until further notice.
Students should contact Parton Health Center if they begin to feel ill. All students need to call ahead to make an appointment. Walk-in appointments have been halted in an effort to comply with social distancing recommendations. Health Center phone: 802-443-5135.
For general questions about COVID-19, contact the nursing hotline: 802-443-3290.
Facilities staff will be working rigorously to keep public spaces and residence halls clean and disinfected.
The situation is rapidly evolving both on our campus and in wider communities. Unfortunately, this means we cannot yet communicate about what a plan for either of these situations will look like. It is our promise that we will provide communication as promptly and as clearly as we are able to. It is prudent to explore other options available to you for housing, finances, and food should students be asked to leave campus, though there is no current plan to do this.