Dear Saint Anselm Community,
As we continue to adjust to the disruption in our daily lives caused by COVID-19, we wanted to share a few updates from the Hilltop. For all of us, it has been a dizzying pace of change, and we are responding to the new conditions on what seems like an hourly basis.
A week ago, we made the decision to move to a remote-instruction environment, beginning March 23. Today, we are sharing with you that Saint Anselm will suspend all on-campus classes for the remainder of the Spring semester. This difficult decision is disappointing to all of us, especially our seniors, but we believe it is in the best interest of the safety of our community.
Surely there are questions related to the continuation of remote instruction for the balance of the semester. Among them:
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.
Will Commencement be held on schedule?
At this time, there is no change to Commencement exercises, which are scheduled for Saturday, May 16. However, we will continue to monitor developments related to coronavirus and will take all necessary precautions to maintain a safe campus environment. If we are forced to postpone Commencement, we would try to find an optimal date that maximizes participation for graduates, families, and faculty.
Does this mean I will not graduate?
In the event that Commencement is delayed, seniors who complete their course of study will have their Bachelor's degree certified in May of this year. The later conferral of the diploma will be more celebratory in nature.
Will I receive a refund for room and board for the rest of the semester?
We recognize the disruption to campus life raises questions about room and board costs and we are working to develop a formula to fairly respond. More information will be forthcoming soon.
How long before I can return to campus?
We have made today’s decision so that our students and faculty may plan on remote instruction continuing through the end of the semester. A date for a return to campus will be made following the guidance of federal and state officials.
Regretfully, there are many uncertainties as we all navigate this global health crisis. Saint Anselm College’s senior leadership team is meeting daily to address each question and we promise you will be hearing from us frequently. Please visit www.anselm.edu/coronavirus for the latest developments on how we are responding.
We wish you and your family health and wellness in this uncertain time. Let’s keep each other in our thoughts and let us pray for the safety of all Anselmians.
Joseph A. Favazza, Ph.D.