Letter from the President to On-campus Students

I trust that you all are doing well this semester as we navigate the contours and challenges of this global pandemic. You have done wonderfully amidst these challenges and it is your responsible efforts that have allowed us to engage in an on-campus experience for all of our traditional students.

Many of you are starting to think about the Spring semester and a dedicated team of people have been working out a detailed plan we’ll use to navigate through next May. The plan assumes the pandemic will still be a health risk for the community until there is a widespread dissemination of a safe vaccine.

To that end, we are announcing today our plans for the spring. Below are the key points. ALL DETAILS AND FAQ’S are posted on the SaintStrong site so please visit that site for additional information.

Of course, these plans are subject to change should local public health guidelines dictate such changes.

  1. The first day of classes will be pushed back a week and begin Tuesday January 19. (January 18 is the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday).
  2. The EXCEPTIONS to the delayed start are ONLINE courses (8 and 16-week) and ON CAMPUS GRADUATE (8-week) courses which will begin on January 11 as originally planned. The on campus graduate courses will meet virtually for the first week of classes.
  3. Move-in for residents will begin Wednesday, January 13 and all residential students and student athletes will be tested, with quarantining measures for students who test positive.
  4. Spring break, which was scheduled for March 8-12 has been moved and modified. It will now take place from Thursday, April 1 through Tuesday, April 6. There will be no classes on April 1, 2, 5 and 6.
  5. Upon returning from Spring break, all residential students and student athletes will be tested again.
  6. We WILL have graduation on May 1 as previously scheduled. In all likelihood it will be a virtual or hybrid event and we will provide additional information on that event as soon as we have the details worked out.
  7. We are optimistic that we can continue with our hybrid model in the Spring semester and adapt as need be to the changing public health conditions.

    Thank you for your excellent and responsible work and be safe and healthy.

    Mark Lombardi