Earlham to hold virtual Commencement on May 9
April 7, 2020
Earlham College will hold a virtual Commencement for the Class of 2020 on Saturday, May 9. Details will be announced soon.
Alumni support for students during COVID-19
April 6, 2020
Hundreds of Earlham College students have benefited from alumni support in recent weeks following campus action to respond to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
About 75 gifts have been made to the Dean’s Discretionary Fund from alumni and other supporters to address the College’s most pressing needs since the suspension of in-person classes on Friday, March 13.
These gifts have funded emergency air travel for students and transportation to airports for students with high financial need. Groceries and catered meals from locally owned restaurants have also been purchased during the weekend to supplement regular dining services for all students remaining on campus due to international travel restrictions or other unique situations.
Help Earlham support students during the global COVID-19 pandemic by donating to the Dean’s Discretionary Fund.
Earlham College announces ‘The Pulse’ to keep campus community connected
March 27, 2020
Earlham College has launched a new website called “The Pulse” (earlham.edu/pulse) to keep the campus community connected during the COVID-19/novel coronavirus pandemic.
Earlham, in following state and federal action to stop the spread of COVID-19, has canceled in-person classes and college-sponsored events and travel for the remainder of the spring semester and summer terms. Effective Tuesday, March 23, employees have been required to work from home with the exception of designated, “essential personnel” responsible for maintaining campus operations, ensuring business continuity, and supporting students who have been unable to return home.
Pulse will collect news, videos, stories and photos that members of the temporarily far-flung Earlham community post to social media using the hashtag #EarlhamPulse. Campus photos and announcements will be posted there as well.
A key component of Pulse is the debut of “Flat Earl the Squirrel,” a paper figure inspired by the campus fascination with squirrels that can be downloaded, printed and incorporated into social media posts. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to take selfies with Earl in their new work or study area, or from other spaces in their social-distancing location, and to share other news and observations using the special hashtag.
Earlham announces 'essential personnel only' workforce policy
March 20, 2020
Effective Monday, March 23, at 5 p.m., Earlham will implement an "essential personnel only" policy for its workforce in light of more stringent measures taken by local and statewide government to contain COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. Only individuals Earlham has identified as critical to ongoing operations and business continuity will be permitted to come to campus. All nonessential personnel will work from home until the policy is lifted.
Essential personnel include Public Safety, Facilities, Mail Room, Housekeeping, Dining and Residential Life employees. A few additional individuals in other offices may be identified due to their special skill sets and the needs of the College.
Offices will still be reachable by their listed phone numbers and email addresses. Office phones will be directed to personal cell phones when possible. For those phones that have not been redirected, leaving a message will trigger an email that includes the voice message. If members of the public are having any difficulty reaching someone, please call the main switchboard at 765-983-1200.
All campus buildings with the exception of residence halls still in use will be closed as of 5 p.m. Monday and remain closed indefinitely.
The offices of Student Life and Residence Life will continue to inform students of services available in some form on campus or via distance technology, such as counseling and summer advising, . For students remaining on campus, pick-up meals will continue for the short term. Preparations are being made for alternative distribution longer-term.
Other cancellations announced by Earlham include EPIC summer programs and collaborative research, both on- and off-campus. EPIC summer programs include EPIC Advantage/LIFT faculty-led programs, internships, community-based service and learning, and Senior EPIC projects. May Term and on-campus summer conferences also have been canceled.
The administration continues to discuss possible alternative formats and dates for Commencement.
Finally, regarding the admission of new students, the May 1 deposit date for incoming students starting this fall has been moved to June 1.
All Earlham students studying abroad notified to return home
March 20, 2020
Earlham College has notified all students studying abroad to book flights back to the U.S. or their home country as quickly as possible in response to a U.S. Department of State Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory covering all international travel that was issued yesterday. The State Department is asking U.S. citizens to not just avoid international trips, but also, if overseas already, to arrange for immediate return to their home.
With airlines canceling international flights and many countries closing borders, travelers may find themselves stranded indefinitely, the State Department warned. The Level 4 advisory further noted: On March 14, the Department of State authorized the departure of U.S. personnel and family members from any diplomatic or consular post in the world who have determined they are at higher risk of a poor outcome if exposed to COVID-19 or who have requested departure based on a commensurate justification. These departures may limit the ability of U.S. Embassies and consulates to provide services to U.S. citizens.
Earlham President Anne Houtman announced on March 9 a policy to suspend student travel to areas designated Level 3 (essential travel only) by the Centers for Disease Control or Level 4 (do not travel) by the State Department. At that time, only China, South Korea, Italy and Iran were so designated. In compliance with the elevated State Department warning covering all international travel, the College is now pulling students from New Zealand and Japan—the only study abroad sites where Earlham students remain.
All affected students have been notified, and Earlham faculty and staff are working with them and their families to get them safely back home--including seven students from other colleges who were enrolled in Japan Studies.
President Anne Houtman announced these changes in a campus email. “I want to again emphasize the extremely fluid circumstances we are now operating under,” she said. “As much as we hate to see disruption to students’ studies and had hoped to maintain some continuation of study abroad, where possible, there are many circumstances beyond our control. Our goal now is to get all of these students safely reunited with their families.”
Athletics & Wellness Center closing for indefinite period
March 19, 2020
Under an order of the Wayne County Health Department, Earlham’s Athletics and Wellness Center will be closing indefinitely as of 8 p.m. tonight. Wayne County Health Officer David Jetmore, MD, announced a directive today to close gyms, fitness centers, spas, nail salons, tanning and beauty salons, barber shops and tattoo parlors until further notice, effective no later than 9 p.m. today, as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus.
"It is imperative that over at least the next two weeks the public limits their movement to essential services only," Jetmore said in the announcement.
Today’s directive comes on the heels of a Level II travel advisory issued for Wayne County on Wednesday, restricting travel to essential purposes only, such as to obtain food or medicine.