COVID-19 Update for our Resident Students from the Vice President and Dean for Student Development, Dr. Kirk Manning
As you navigate this challenging time, please know that all of us continue to keep you in our thoughts and we stand ready to help you as best we can.
We are moving forward with further reductions in our residence hall services, I want to apprise you of several important steps being implemented.
- Dr. Fitzpatrick announced earlier today, we will be transitioning commencement to a virtual format. Graduating Seniors will be getting another message soon, with further details. Those seniors who live far away (100 miles plus) and want to go home soon are invited to stop by President Fitzpatrick's office on Wednesday, March 18 or Thursday, March 19 (9:00 am-4:00 pm) to take a picture with her in cap and gown (which we'll provide). More details will be coming soon, regarding other commencement items.
- Unless you are granted an extension, for extenuating circumstances, resident students who are currently on campus are expected to move out of their residence hall room by 4:00 pm on Sunday, March 22, 2020.
- We realize that some students have not returned from Spring Break. Resident students who are not currently on campus should complete this form to set an appointment time to check out. Unless you have extenuating circumstances, check-out is required by no later than 4:00 pm, Sunday, April 5, 2020. It is important that you set an appointment time if you're moving out after March 22, since we will be restricting access (electronic and key access) to residence halls after March 22.
- We understand that some students have extenuating circumstances that make the above schedule difficult or impossible. We are willing to work with you. Please contact Mr. Norman Huling at [email protected] to make this request. Include details to support your request.
- Some students have requested information about whether there will be any financial adjustments made regarding room and board charges. Please know that we have been dealing with the health and welfare needs of resident students first. We will soon be distributing information about these financial questions. Any financial adjustments that may be made are predicated on an on-time checkout; students who stay past that date would have their financial status considered on a case-by-case basis. Campus services will be extremely limited during the current period during which face-to-face instruction has been suspended. The gym and fitness center are closed, and only take-out meals can be provided (per governmental mandate).
As Dr. Fitzpatrick, Dr. Murray and I have said in previous communications, I want to close by reminding you how much we care about you and value you as members of the STAC community. These are tough times, but together, we are strong. Be safe, be well, use available resources, help each other, and we will all share in a bright future once this crisis is over.