Please refer to the list below for answers to common questions regarding how Saint Anselm College is responding to the Coronavirus.
Assistance & Financial Aid
I'm a student in need of financial assistance, can the College help?
Students facing serious financial hardship are encouraged to apply to the Anselmian Student Relief Fund by completing an application and submitting it to email@example.com. The Anselmian Student Relief Fund Committee will review all applications and funding shall be awarded based on the severity of the situation. You can read more information about the type of support you can get on the More information about the fund is available on the Anselmian Student Relief Fund webpage.
How are federal financial aid and VA benefits affected by choosing to receive P/NP grades?
Federal Financial Aid and Veteran’s Benefits both require a student to be making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). Therefore, the Pass grades need to be counted in the SAP calculation.
The Pass equivalency for SAP is a B-. Therefore, if you opt for P/NP for all your classes for the Spring semester, your semester GPA for SAP will be 2.67. We will combine this GPA with your other semester GPAs to arrive at your cumulative GPA (CGPA).
For the purposes of eligibility for SAP, your CGPA must meet the minimum standard: 2.4 for Nurses and for Non-Nurses: 1.8 for freshmen and 2.0 for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. If your cumulative GPA is currently higher than a 2.67, choosing the P option for grades will lower your CGPA for SAP calculation. This may or may not affect your federal eligibility this year or in future years. If you opt to take some classes as P/NP and others with grades, the classes in which you receive grades will be calculated into you cumulative GPA.
How is athletic aid affected by choosing to receive P/NP grades?
Renewal for Athletic aid requires a 2.0 cumulative GPA (determined using the cumulative GPA from the Registrar’s Office). You must be in good academic standing with the Dean’s Office to be eligible to participate in athletics in Fall 2020. Please reach out to your Head Coach for more information or if you have questions about your eligibility.
How is institutional aid affected by choosing to receive P/NP grades?
Institutional grant/scholarship and tuition remission eligibility renewal will be determined using the GPA from the Registrar’s Office. For example, if your cumulative GPA was a 3.0 after Fall 2019 and you elect to earn all Ps for Spring 2020, your scholarship eligibility will be determined based on a 3.0 cumulative GPA. You can find your required cumulative GPA for your merit scholarship on your Net Partner financial aid portal accessed via myAnselm (click on My Finances, then My Financial Aid, and finally My Financial Aid Information-Net Partner). Choose “Required Documents & Critical Messages” from the Main Menu. You can also find more information regarding our aid policies in our Consumer Information Brochure found at www.anselm.edu/aid-offer.
How is other aid affected by choosing to receive P/NP grades?
Any aid for outside sources will use the Registrar’s cumulative GPA to determine eligibility unless a SAP calculation is mandated by the outside source.
Health & Wellness
Is Saint Anselm College screening students?
Currently, all testing for COVID-19 is going through the State of New Hampshire. If a student, faculty, or staff member were to fit the testing criteria, Health Services would work with the State to conduct testing.
What is Health Services doing in response to the outbreak?
The medical staff in Health Services will be wearing protective equipment including respirator masks in order to protect our Health Care Providers so that we can stay healthy and continue to care for you.
How can I access Health Services?
Health services will be open to students residing on campus, but requires that students call Health Services at 603-641-7000 to speak with staff prior to visiting the office. In the coming weeks, they will continue their normal hours of operation.
Students at home can access support services 24/7 by calling 603-641-7000.
Will I be able to access the Geisel Library/Career Development Center/Academic Advising/the Academic Resource Center?
College offices will remain open, staffed, and available to serve and assist students while they are off campus.
How can I access the Bookstore?
Before students leave campus, the Bookstore will be open on Saturday, March 14, from 9 am - 12 pm, and on Sunday, March 15, from 11 am - 4 pm. Beginning March 16, the online Bookstore will be available with free ground shipping to your home address. You can access it at www.anselmshop.com.
How can I access library resources and help from off-campus?
The Geisel Library has created a helpful resource to walk students through the process. For additional assistance, you can call 603-641-7306 Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
How long will remote instruction be in place?
Remote instruction is currently in place beginning on Monday, March 23, 2020 and will continue through the end of the semester.
How will I receive information about my coursework?
Professors will communicate directly with their students via their @anselm.edu email, and will provide information about requirements in that way.
Can I attend classes in person if I live nearby?
No. All instruction will be occurring remotely.
What changes does this make to the academic calendar?
Classes will be suspended from March 16 – March 20 as the College moves to online instruction. No other changes are planned at this time.
- I have concerns about accessibility or connectivity. Who can I work with?
Is Saint Anselm closing for the semester?
No, the College is not closing. We have suspended in-person instruction and extra-curricular activities. Instead, we have moved to a remote-instruction learning environment, where classes will continue and students will be able to complete the semester on schedule. We also are discussing ways to maximize “virtual campus” opportunities for upcoming events, such as annual end-of-the-year awards. More details to follow.
When do I have to move out of my residence hall?
Students will need to depart campus by 9 p.m. on Sunday, March 15, 2020. This will allow our facilities team to thoroughly disinfect and deep-clean living spaces and school facilities.
I can’t move home. Can I stay on campus?
Students who have a critical difficulty returning home, including international students, must apply for a waiver (https://form.jotform.com/200725573636053). Please complete this application as soon as possible and no later than noon on Saturday, March 14.
If I live off-campus do I have to leave?
Students living off-campus will need to make their own determination on whether or not to return home. They will not be permitted on campus to attend class or gatherings.
If I am staying on campus, can I have visitors?
The College is closed to outside visitors. Only those with a Saint Anselm identification will be allowed on campus, with few exceptions that must be cleared in advance with the Student Affairs office or the Academic Dean of the College. The College also asks that students limit travel off-campus to necessary activities, such as clinical and student-teaching experiences.
Will I receive a refund for room and board for the rest of the semester?
Most residential students will receive a refund or a credit for a portion of their room-and-board charges. The details of this refund plan were carefully considered by senior leadership in consultation with a group of parents and has been unanimously supported and approved by the Board of Trustees. Seniors will be receiving a refund; all other returning students will receive a credit.
How much will be returned in the form of a refund or credit?
Refunds and/or credits will be provided in the amount of 25 percent of each student’s room charges, less a fixed cost assessment of $250 to cover a portion of the full cleaning and annual operating costs of campus housing. Students will receive a refund or credit equaling 100 percent of their remaining meal plan balance. Total refunds/credits will not exceed the amount a student paid for room and board.
How was this amount calculated?
This calculation closely aligns with the College’s housing refund policy, which states that students who leave the College, “either through official withdrawal procedures or otherwise,” will receive a 25-percent rebate within the third four-week period of the semester. While no one could predict a pandemic would force the closure of the entire College, we seek to be fair and equitable with our students and parents, while balancing the necessity of covering the fixed costs associated with maintaining our residence halls. Questions may be referred to FinancialServices@Anselm.Edu.
When will I receive this refund?
Credits for returning students will by posted to accounts on July 1, 2020 as a credit towards next semester’s room and board. Credits for graduating seniors will be posted on their student account by April 3. For seniors, if the refund results in a total credit balance on their account, refund checks will be processed automatically by April 10.
What if I want to help the college?
We have heard from a number of parents that they would like to know how they could help the College. In lieu of a refund, students and families will also have the option to apply their credit to the newly established Anselmian Student Relief Fund (see below) as a charitable contribution for tax reporting purposes
Whate about tuition?
There will be no tuition refund. Although students are not on campus, we have fully transitioned to a remote-learning environment and classes will continue on schedule this spring. All students will be positioned to successfully complete the semester and continue to progress toward graduation.
Will Dining Services be open for those living on campus?
Davison Hall will be open with limited hours beginning on Monday, March 16, 2020. Hours will be forthcoming.
Meetings & Events
What is happening with on campus events?
All events, both those sponsored by the College and external events, will be cancelled through April 3, 2020. A decision on when to resume events will be made by that date.
Will Commencement be held on schedule?
Saint Anselm College has decided to postpone Commencement to a later date.
While surely disappointing, we are guided by the fact that New Hampshire has implemented an advisory restricting non-essential travel and limiting gatherings to 10 people or less, which will remain in effect until at least May 4. With the real possibility the state will extend this advisory, and knowing it is unlikely the threat of COVID-19 will subside substantially by mid-May, our senior leadership team decided it was prudent to move Commencement from May 16 to a later date.
Does this mean I will not graduate?
All seniors who complete their course of study will have their Bachelor’s degree certified in May 2020. The ceremonial conferral of the diploma will be part of the future Commencement exercises.
What about travel to outside events?
Employees are asked to refrain from travel other than for essential purposes.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Prevention
What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. Here is information from the CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/)
How is it transmitted?
The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/transmission.html
What are the symptoms?
Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness. Common symptoms include: fever, fatigue, weakness, and a cough.
What health precautions can I take to avoid getting the coronavirus?
Current recommendations include: wash your hands, disinfect surfaces, stay home if you are sick, limit travel, practice social distancing by 6 feet, and do not share drinks or utensils.
- Where can I get the most up-to-date information about the status of coronavirus/COVID-19?
Should I wear a facemask to prevent myself from catching coronavirus, the flu or other illnesses?
CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. The use of facemasks is crucial for reducing spread of infection in health care settings and for people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a healthcare facility).
If someone is wearing a facemask, does it mean they are sick?
No, wearing a facemask does not mean someone is sick. While in the United States, facemasks or surgical masks are typically worn and seen primarily in healthcare settings, in many countries and cultures, people wear facemasks in public, particularly in the winter. Wearing a mask is something many people have done throughout their lives and it makes them feel safer.
I’m feeling anxious. Who can I talk to?
Health Services is available to answer any questions, provide reassurance, or connect you with additional resources.