Weekly Update - July 3, 2020

To: Students and Families July 3, 2020

Dear Students and Families,

We will be updating you each week with any new information related to the fall semester. The updates and reminders for this week are below. Updates will be sent to you each week on Wednesdays going forward.

In addition, we will hold a Town Hall webinar for students and families on Monday, July 13, at 7:30 p.m. to update you and answer your questions. A separate invitation will be sent for the webinar.

Class Formats and Schedules
As you know from Fr. Boroughs’ announcement, we have made a number of changes to the fall academic calendar. These can be found on the College's COVID-19 Response and Reopening webpage. We are also making some modifications to the fall schedule of classes to facilitate social distancing. We are adjusting course start times to provide a minimum of 25 minutes between classes in order to reduce the number of students in the hallways and building entrances and exits at any one time. The changes will not affect class enrollments; students will remain in their current classes. The modified start times will extend class periods later in the day.

Faculty have been working hard to develop their classes for the fall. Classes will be held in different formats: in person, online, or hybrid - part online and part in person. Based on space considerations and faculty preferences, a large number of courses will be available online. As faculty are continuing to revise their courses in preparation for the fall, it is possible that a course may move to a different format either later this summer or, depending on the course of the virus, later in the fall.

We will be adding new information to the schedule of classes in STAR to provide the format of each course so that students will be able to see the current expected format. The revised schedule will be posted on July 10th so that students will have this information before making their decisions about housing. In addition we will have an open enrollment period later in July for 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students who may want to make changes to their schedule. Incoming first-year students will have the opportunity to meet online with a faculty advisor in mid-July through the Gateways program. These students will need to submit their first-year questionnaire and course preferences by July 23rd.

Students will have another open enrollment period in late August if they want to make additional changes to their schedules.The Registrar's office will be sending additional information to students regarding the schedule changes and open enrollment early next week.

We will send additional information when we release the updated schedule on July 10.

Intentions for Fall Semester
We know most students will be making decisions about whether to return to campus or to remain studying from home once they have been able to review their revised academic schedules. On Wednesday, July 8, all students will receive a brief survey by email about their intended plans for fall semester. We will also provide basic guidelines about what to expect for life on campus. In order to make the best possible plans for students’ experience, we need to know everyone’s intention for fall.

Students who intend to live on campus will then be prompted to complete a new and revised housing contract which will reflect the new dates for fall semester. We have extended the previously communicated deadline, and the new expected return date is Sunday, July 19. These revised dates will allow students to complete the new contract after considering the planned format and schedule for their classes and expectations for campus life.

COVID Wellness Assessment
The Office of Student Wellness Education is working on a campaign of COVID-19 prevention strategies to promote the health and safety of all Holy Cross students, whether they live on or away from campus. In order to develop materials that meet students’ needs, the Student Wellness Education Office has prepared a quick survey so the materials best address the specific needs, values, and concerns of the Holy Cross student community. The survey is intended for Holy Cross students only and will only accept responses from the @g.holycross.edu email. Students, thank you, in advance, for taking 5 minutes to complete this anonymous survey by July 10.

Students should have received an email on July 1 from the Bursar’s Office outlining actions to be taken and information to be considered with regards to fall tuition bills. If you did not receive this email or if you have questions, please email bursar@holycross.edu. This email only goes to students.