It is fair to say few historical moments will be as momentous to campus life as the outbreak of COVID-19, a global health crisis that led to a decision not seen at Saint Anselm College since the Spanish Flu in 1918. On March 14, we decided the send our students home and move to a remote instruction environment until the threat of coronavirus has subsided.
To be sure, this decision was disappointing to our students, particularly seniors, but the speed and uncertainty of this serious health threat left us no choice but to take decisive action for the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and monastic community. While our hearts ache for what this means to our students, they have demonstrated their Benedictine values in the face of this challenge.
Having secured the safety of our community, our most important priority now is preparing all our students to successfully complete the semester and to remain on schedule for graduation, regardless of major or class year. We have spent days making a swift transition to remote learning and addressing many logistical issues because we are committed to the continued success of every student.
We will review the possibility of on-campus learning and extra-curricular activities by April 3, but as the arc of the coronavirus continues, all events are suspended indefinitely.
Challenging times reveal human character and values. One of the many attributes that distinguishes the Saint Anselm community is the ability to come together as a family and to work toward a common good, and that certainly has been on display on the Hilltop during this rapidly advancing health threat. I am proud to be an Anselmian, and promise that we will overcome this situation together.
As the world continues to engage the coronavirus, let’s keep one another in our thoughts and prayers. This is an unprecedented moment in the history of the College, but one we will overcome with the help of God and one another.
Joseph A. Favazza, Ph.D
- We ask that students depart campus with their belongings no later than 9 p.m. on Sunday, March 15. This will allow our facilities team to thoroughly disinfect and deep-clean living spaces and school facilities.
- Once they have departed, students will not be allowed back on campus until invited to do so by the College.
- Students who have a critical difficulty returning home, including international students, must apply for a waiver. Please complete this application as soon as possible and no later than noon on Saturday, March 14.
- Although Saint Anselm is maintaining a no-visitor policy for this weekend, we will permit family members on campus who may help facilitate a quicker departure.
- Nursing students completing a clinical placement or preceptorship will be allowed to remain on campus if they choose to. More information from the Department of Nursing will be forthcoming.
- Health Services will be open to serve students residing on campus. Students must first call Health Services to speak with staff prior to visiting the office.
- Dining services will remain open.
- Faculty are transitioning their courses into a remote learning format.
- All classes will be suspended for one week and will resume with remote instruction on Monday, March 23.
- Your professors will communicate directly with you about class requirements so it is crucial that you check your @anselm.edu email.
- Please rest assured it is absolutely our commitment for you to complete the semester and remain on schedule for graduation.
- Students who encounter technology challenges should contact Information Technology; those with accessibility challenges should contact the Academic Resource Center.
- College offices will remain open, staffed and available to serve and assist students during this time.
- All campus events and extra-curricular activities are cancelled for now, but at this time Commencement exercises remain on schedule for Saturday, May 16.
The faculty, staff and administration remain committed to the success of our students. While the delivery of our academic program has temporarily changed, the quality of our exemplary programs will continue.
This message has sought to provide comprehensive information relative to the rapidly changing situation; you may have additional questions. Please know that on Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saint Anselm staff will be available by phone at 603-641-7000 to respond to your inquiries. We will continue to provide updates consistently over the next days and weeks.
We will continue to monitor the spread of the coronavirus and we will make a decision on whether to resume classes on campus for the remainder of the semester by Friday, April 3.