October 16, 2020
This is a follow-up communication to the email from Fr. Boroughs sent earlier today.
While the College plan is to bring all students who wish to be on campus back in the spring, for now our current mode of operations will not change. The number of employees who need to be back on campus to prepare for spring operations will increase as we approach the start of the next semester; however, the policy remains that all employees who can work remotely are expected to do so. For more information on the protocols for employees working on campus please consult the Faculty and Staff COVID webpage and the linked pages.
We can anticipate that we will experience a staggered return to normal operations, with some continuing degree of de-densification, informed by the Commonwealth’s rules for institutions of higher education and office spaces, as well as local, state and federal health and safety guidelines.
The work that needs to be done, and the resources needed, to prepare for and to support spring semester operations is being evaluated. Departments have been asked to develop plans for review by the Executive Team, which, once approved, will be shared with the campus community.
The Provost's office is holding open meetings to provide information to faculty who are interested in teaching on campus or including some in-person components in their spring semester classes. They will begin to gather faculty preferences for their mode of teaching next week so this information can be added to the schedule of classes early in November.
Human Resources, along with the Executive Team, will be creating an employee return to work guide to help answer your many questions about working on campus in the spring and beyond.
Thanks for all that you are doing for our students, for each other, and for the College.