Frequently Asked Questions
Students who remained on campus for the spring 2020 semester will be able to continue to reside on campus over the summer if one or more of the following applies to them:
- Difficulty booking flights limits their ability to leave campus by the May 16 end of semester move-out day.
- Restrictions on crossing borders limits their ability to return home or move to a third location.
- Safety concerns at home related to the COVID-19 pandemic make it unwise to leave campus.
- Optional practical training (OPT) application approval is pending, necessitating remaining on campus until a graduating senior can relocate in the U.S. for OPT.
These conditions apply to domestic students and international students, including exchange students.
All students residing on campus in spring 2020 will receive a request to complete the Summer 2020 Housing Agreement form to request permission to live on campus.
Students can use the form to indicate
- Whether they plan to remain on campus for all or a portion of the summer;
- If they will remain for a portion, include a planned departure date, even if the departure date is not yet confirmed;
- The reason(s) why the need to remain on campus; and
- the activities they plan to engage in over the summer (courses, work, internships, etc.).
No, you have flexibility, as summer room and board are calculated on a per day basis.
No, as long as you formally check out, which you can do 24-hours/day, you will not be liable for daily room and board charges beyond your actual final day on campus.
As in past years, students who remain on campus during the summer live in a limited number of residence halls. In summer 2020, they will live in one of the following air-conditioned residence halls: Blaisdell, Brannon Hall, Mauer, Peet, Porter, or Whitney.
The daily room rate is $11.90 and the daily meal rate $17.36. These rates are lower than in past years. The rates will help the college and Bon Appetit to cover costs. They will not generate any additional income for either the college or Bon Appetit.
This depends on the timeframe.
- May 17-May 31: Students may opt in or opt out of daily meals. If they opt out, they will not be able to receive any meals from Bon Appetit.
- June 1-September 6: The daily meal plan will be required for all students living on campus. Billing will be prorated for students who depart campus before September 6.
The daily rate includes two meals per day (one includes food for breakfast and lunch, the second for dinner) plus $15 in flex dollars. The flex dollars can be used to purchase food students can store in their rooms for use in between meals. Students will order meals for pick up from Commons.
Meals and flex dollars will reset every Friday morning. This means meals and flex dollars can not be carried over from one week to the next.
The accounting office will issue bills once it is informed by residence life of your planned stay on campus (start and end dates). You will have 30 days to make payment.
What do I do if I have difficulty making payment?
The accounting office will work with you to develop a payment plan. Students can also request consideration for emergency financial assistance.
- The mail room will continue to be open.
- Commons will be open to pick up meals.
- Students will have access to the building in which they live.
Other facilities will remain closed for most of the spring and summer.
It may be possible to work on campus, but positions will be limited. Check the student employment page for job listings.
The simplest answer is COVID-19. We want all of our students with us on campus. But we cannot predict right now if the virus will subside enough to let everyone safely return in the fall.
So we wanted to identify the best set of circumstances that could:
- Bring you back to campus in the fall, and
- Make it more likely that you would not need to disrupt your studies with a switch to online classes in the middle of a term.
The best solution that seemed to satisfy these requirements was to:
- Start the term later, giving the virus more time to subside.
- Make the term shorter, increasing the probability that you could stay on campus and complete your courses without disruption.
Thus, the following decisions were made for the fall 2020 semester:
- The semester will start on September 8.
- The semester will be two modules with a break in-between. You will take a full load of classes as you would with the regular semester, but regrouped into two sets of two classes.
We want you to be back on campus, living in the residence halls and taking classes with your friends and faculty in a physical classroom. However, having everyone return to campus requires that students, faculty, and staff can be healthy and safe. We simply do not know now what the virus situation will look like in September.
If government or public health guidelines require people to maintain social distances and stay in place, then we will start the Module 1 online with the hope that students can return to campus for the Module 2.
If the virus has subsided through the summer, then we are hoping that everyone will return for in-person classes in Module 1 on September 8. It is possible that some students may not be able to arrive for September 8 because of travel bans in their home locations.
Your faculty did an amazing job of moving all of the courses being taught this spring to be online. They did this in only two weeks!
Faculty will need to redesign their courses for modules whether the courses take place in-person or online. Over the summer, all faculty will be working to re-create their courses for the new time period, but also so that instruction could happen in-person or online.
If the course is online, it will probably include some of the same activities and assignments that you are participating in now, but may also involve you in new learning experiences as well.