The following memo was sent to Maryville College students, faculty and staff this afternoon.
Tom Bogart, President
TO: Maryville College Students, Faculty and Staff
FROM: Dr. Tom Bogart, President
RE: Campus responses to COVID-19
DATE: March 24, 2020
I and other campus leaders continue to assess the COVID-19 outbreak and follow guidance from government and public health authorities. This week, more decisions were made regarding the Spring Semester and our campus community. Details are below.
As announced on March 18, residence halls will remain closed to students for the remainder of the semester (except for students who have been given permission to stay), but we will begin to allow students to move out of their rooms. To ensure social distancing and adequate staff support, however, students will need to make a reservation for a specific 3-hour shift and limit their number of helpers to two. Today, Residence Life staff members will email residents details and instructions. The shifts start tomorrow, March 25, but please keep in mind that the College may be forced to suspend move-out if orders from officials call for greater restrictions.
Distance education begins next Monday, March 30. Faculty are now updating their syllabi and assignments and readying the technology to successfully complete the semester. We have not answered every question regarding course delivery, and we will experience bumps along the way, but know that our commitment is to make distance learning as engaging an experience for students as possible. The Academic Dean’s Office has developed a guide to help students navigate this new style of learning and meet their educational goals. I recommend that all members of our campus community become familiar with these tips.
The College’s normal satisfactory/unsatisfactory (“Pass/Fail”) policy has been stretched for this semester. Students may notify the Registrar that they would like to take any course for an S/U grade at any point up to one week after final grades are posted. This is an option with many consequences, so students are encouraged to talk to their professors and academic advisors before making a decision.
The campus community’s response to this challenging time is inspiring and encouraging. Thank you for all you are doing to keep Maryville College moving forward. Stay focused, stay healthy, and stay positive!