The College announced March 12 that students were being sent home and would complete their coursework online for the duration of the Spring Term to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. Most students immediately began packing and returning home; however, some were unable to do so for various reasons, and the College began making preparations to accommodate them. In the ensuing days, the local travel restriction and other developments caused the College to reevaluate the situation.
The new Level II Travel Advisory for Wayne County and the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in our region warranted a re-evaluation of on-campus staffing and reduction in personnel on site. Should a closure be mandated by the state or federal government, the College would not have enough personnel on site to provide basic food or support service to the number of students currently on campus.
As mentioned elsewhere in this FAQ, the College will issue refunds for room and board charges, prorated based on date of departure from campus housing.
International students unable to return home or without alternative housing locally will be provided meals from a central location for as long as advised. If it becomes necessary for those students to remain in their living space without permission to leave, meals will be delivered to each occupied facility for distribution by available Residence Life and Student Life staff.
If the government were to forbid personnel living off campus from reporting to work, regular meal distribution could be disrupted further, perhaps completely. In such a circumstance, the College would provide a stock of food to be distributed among those remaining on campus, but would not have the employees from off-campus available to help prepare or distribute.
For the health and safety of students remaining on campus, residents are being assigned to select buildings where resident assistants and their live-in supervisors are available. Students should refer to messages from the Residence Life Office regarding these changes for further information.
The Campus Village apartments are being prepared to serve as quarantine space should that be needed.
(Updated March 18, 2020)