Coronavirus Information

Mount Saint Mary College is actively monitoring the outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please refer to this page for updates on the college's response.

 

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MAY 15, 2020

 

Dear Mount Community,

 

The end of the school year, and a very unusual semester, is upon us. Congratulations to all of our graduating seniors for their perseverance, hard work, and ability to adapt to new learning environments. What our community has accomplished in these last few weeks is nothing short of amazing. 

 

Virtual Commencement Celebration: Saturday, May 16

We will be hosting our virtual Commencement celebration tomorrow, May 16, at 11 a.m. Please join us to hear from president Dr. Jason Adsit and many other faculty, students, and staff. The virtual event will be hosted at www.msmc.edu/livestream 

 

In addition, Fr. Greg Fluet will be hosting a virtual Mass on Saturday, May 16 at 4 p.m. to celebrate the Class of 2020. The link for this Mass is https://msmc.zoom.us/j/3040569182

 

Physical Commencement 

We are working on plans for Commencement ceremonies that would take place on Saturday, August 1 with any necessary adjustments made for social distancing and safety. As guidelines and restrictions continue to evolve, we will need to adjust plans accordingly. Students will receive email updates with further details and an updated RSVP link in the coming weeks. This information will also be posted to msmc.edu/commencement as it becomes available.

 

Move-out

Resident students will begin the move-out process on Saturday, May 16. Move-out will continue through May 29. A detailed letter with important information about the process was sent to all resident students recently, but here are a few important reminders.

  • Students can only bring one helper inside residence halls, but if you require more than one car to fit your belongings, you may bring a second vehicle.
  • Each person in your party must bring and wear a mask the entire time you are on campus. Gloves are optional. 

 

Move-in Day and the Fall 2020 semester

We are moving ahead with plans to host the Fall 2020 semester on campus. As guidance from the state is updated rapidly, not every aspect of the next semester can be finalized at this time, but the Mount will be following the best practices for proper social distancing, cleaning, and personal protective equipment. It is our mission to make this semester as safe and productive as possible.

 

Move-in Day for upperclassmen is scheduled to take place on Sunday, August 23. Classes are scheduled to begin on Monday, August 24. If circumstances dictate changes to this schedule, we will communicate them quickly.

 

Renovations and facilities

The renovations to the third floor classrooms of Aquinas Hall are proceeding on schedule. The classrooms are sheet-rocked and painted, and new ceilings and flooring are currently being installed. Additional improvements include all new lighting, HVAC systems, and renovated restrooms, including a new handicapped accessible restroom. The expected completion date for the ten classrooms is July 1, 2020.

 

Renovations to the School of Business area and the School of Nursing mezzanine floor are also proceeding with the expected completion date of August 1, 2020. More details will follow on this project as the work progresses


 

MAY 5, 2020

 

Dear Mount Saint Mary College Community,

 

As the semester begins to wind down, we wanted to provide you with some updates regarding plans for moving out of residence halls, Summer Orientation, Commencement, and the return to campus in August.

 

If circumstances dictate changes to this schedule, we will communicate them quickly.

 

Move-out

Move-out is scheduled for May 16 through May 29. If you are a resident student and have not signed up yet, please do so here: https://msmc.wufoo.com/forms/moveout-spring-2020/
 

  • Students can sell back their textbooks or return textbook rentals for free via FedEx. For more information, visit http://bkstr.scene7.com/is/content/Bkstr/COVID-FAQspdf
  • Bins will be placed at Guzman Hall, Sakac Hall, and the Dominican Center for the return of library materials. All materials are due by August 31. 
  • A bin will be placed at the Kaplan Recreation Center for returning sports equipment.
  • Mail will be forwarded to your home address.

 

Online Celebration of the Class of 2020

A virtual celebration of the Class of 2020 will be streamed online on Saturday, May 16 at 11 am at msmc.edu/livestream

 

Commencement ceremonies on campus

Commencement will take place on campus on Saturday, August 1 with any necessary adjustments made for social distancing and safety. Students will receive email updates with further details and an updated RSVP link in the coming weeks. This information will also be posted to www.msmc.edu/commencement as it becomes available.

 

Senior Week activities

Senior Week activities are scheduled to be held on campus if it is safe to do so. We will share more information at a later date. 

 

Summer Orientation

Summer Orientation for first-year students and their families is scheduled to be held on campus from Friday, August 21 to Sunday, August 23. Online sessions and events will also take place with our incoming freshman prior to Orientation.

 

Move-in Day and the Fall 2020 semester

Move-in Day for upperclassmen is scheduled to take place on Sunday, August 23. Classes are scheduled to begin on Monday, August 24.

 


 

APRIL 17, 2020

 

Dear Mount Saint Mary College community,

 

As we near the end of the semester, we wanted to provide you with some updates regarding how the college will be moving forward in the summer months.

 

Commencement

We are currently planning to host Commencement on campus in August. Since the COVID-19 situation is so fluid, it is possible that this may have to change. We will keep the Mount community informed as updates become available. 

 

In addition, we are planning to recognize graduates online on the original Commencement date, Saturday, May 16. More details will follow.

 

Residence hall access

Until state restrictions ease and it is deemed safe, we are unable to open the residence halls for students to pick up their items. This is also a matter of safety for students and their families, and safety for the staff who would need to be on campus. We will communicate plans for item pickup as soon as this becomes feasible.

 

Summer classes

All classes will be held online during both summer sessions, and summer housing will not be available. 

 

Summer events

The Mount’s summer sports camps have been canceled, and other events scheduled to take place on campus in June and July are either canceled or rescheduled. If you are already registered for the sports camps or have questions, please contact Ryan Kadlubowski at ryan.kadlubowski@msmc.edu or the respective head coach of your camp.

 

Summer Orientation

Orientation for new Mount students who will begin their college career with the Fall 2020 semester is now planned for August. More details will follow. 

 

Move-in Day and the Fall 2020 semester

Move-in Day and the start of the Fall 2020 semester are still scheduled to take place at the end of August. If circumstances dictate changes to the schedule, we will communicate that quickly.

 

Attention Lab Science Students

For students looking to take a lab science course at another institution this summer, please note that a permission form still needs to be completed. While under normal circumstances, we do not accept online labs, during the pandemic timeframe and while we are remote-teaching, online lab courses taken during the spring and summer of 2020 at other institutions will be accepted if deemed equivalent to our current course offerings in every other way but the delivery method. Any online lab courses taken outside of this timeline will not be accepted, as per our usual policy. If you have already filled out the course permission form and submitted it to the Registrar’s Office for a science summer course, you don’t need to do anything else. For anyone still looking to sign up for a lab course this summer that is being offered online, email the Natural Science Division’s Administrative Assistant, Sue Petronella (sue.petronella@msmc.edu) to verify the course is one we accept and to get the signed permission form. While the TES is a guideline to what we accept from other schools, it is not complete and you will still need to complete the form (with your advisor’s approval) and submit the form to the Registrar’s Office. 

 

 


 

MARCH 30, 2020

Dear Mount Saint Mary College Community,

 

We are writing today to let you know that the college has its first confirmed case of COVID-19. An employee who was last on campus on Friday, March 20 recently developed symptoms and, today, was confirmed positive for COVID-19. Health Services worked with the employee to identify anyone on campus who they may have come in contact with. The two additional employees who may have had contact have been notified. If you have not been contacted by the college, there is no reason to believe that you were exposed.

 

If you are an essential employee still working on campus and you begin to exhibit symptoms of COVID-19, stay home from work, seek medical attention, and notify the college’s Health Services office. 

 

We are also hearing about additional cases affecting the greater Mount Saint Mary College community off campus, and we are working with those who have been impacted. As always, students who are unable to continue classwork due to illness should work with their academic advisor or Health Services. Our Counseling Services, Campus Ministry, Health Services, and Academic Coaches continue to be available to provide support to students, especially those who face the loss of a family member or someone close to them.

 

During this time, residence halls must remain closed. As soon as it is safe to do so, the college will be scheduling times for students to return to campus to collect belongings. Please contact your professor if you need access to books or course materials that you cannot retrieve from campus. If you cannot access needed medication on campus, please work with your physician or pharmacy to resolve this.

 

It is important that we all continue to practice social distancing. Remember to maintain a distance of at least six feet from other people. In addition to good hygiene practices such as washing your hands frequently, this will decrease the chances of illness transmission. If you develop symptoms, please contact your physician.

 

By the time the Mount community returns, all main areas of the college will have been fully disinfected, including common areas, handrails, exercise equipment, and more.

 

Campus Resources
 

  • Academic Coaches will continue to be available throughout the semester: email oss@msmc.edu. Tutoring sessions will be offered virtually for the remainder of the semester. More information can be found here: https://portal.msmc.edu/ICS/Offices/Tutoring_Center 
  • Counseling Services is offering telecounseling and can also help students to connect with counseling options in their immediate area. Email at counseling@msmc.edu or call 845-569-3115. For an emergency after hours, the MSMC Security and Safety office (845-569-3200) has the ability to connect you with one of our counselors. 
  • Fr. Greg Fluet of Campus Ministry is available to speak with students, faculty, and staff: email Gregoire.Fluet@msmc.edu.  
  • Disability Services can be reached at disabilityservices@msmc.edu
  • Health Services can be reached at healthservices@msmc.edu

 

More resources

NY State Department of Health Coronavirus Hotline: 1-888-364-3065

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

U.S. State Department of Travel 

NYS Department of Health COVID-19 Resources website 

Orange County Department of Health    

MSMC Health Services

 


 

MARCH 30, 2020

Dear Mount Saint Mary College community,

 

The Mount Faculty Senate voted yesterday - Sunday, March 29 - to adopt a revised set of academic policies for the Spring 2020 semester. (See below.) Please note that these new policies only apply to this current semester. 

Very best wishes,

 

_____________________________

Michael J. Olivette, Ph.D.

Vice President for Academic Affairs

Mount Saint Mary College

Newburgh, NY 12550

845-569-3232/3244

 

 

PASS/FAIL GRADING POLICY

At the conclusion of the semester, faculty will follow current grading procedures and award standard letter grades (A-F) to undergraduate students for their work. Once the grades have been recorded, all undergraduate students, regardless of class standing or GPA, may choose to keep some or all of those standard grades, or they may choose to have some or all of the grades recorded as Pass/Fail (P/F).  Only standard grades of D or higher will qualify for conversion to a ‘P’ grade.  Grade conversion request forms will be available on the Registrar office website and must be submitted no later than three (3) days after the final grade due date of May 19. There are certain restrictions to the revised policy that are necessitated by professional licensure programs and by programs that serve as gateways to graduate study.  In addition, students will not be able to utilize the Pass/Fail option for those courses that may require a specific grade (e.g. ‘C’ or ’C+’) as a prerequisite to taking another course.  For these reasons, students MUST consult with their academic advisor, School or Division Chair or Dean prior to requesting a Pass/Fail grade conversion to make sure such conversions are advisable and permissible.  Please note, however, that NUR and HLT courses, as well as Education certification courses, Accounting courses and courses in the MBA programs (School of Business Graduate Programs) cannot be taken Pass/Fail.  Students are also encouraged to consult with academic, military and veteran services advisors if they wish to use the Pass/Fail pass option to ensure there are no negative implications on future plans, visa status, athletic status, benefits eligibility, etc.  As long as a course chosen for Pass/Fail grading counts toward a student’s degree completion, financial aid eligibility will not be affected.

 

WITHDRAWAL DEADLINE

Students will be permitted to withdraw from a course without academic penalty at any time during the semester up until the last day of classes (May 7 for traditional semester classes; May 16 for Session Y classes). Tuition refunds will not be available for students who choose to withdraw from a course at this point.  Students who have questions about how this might affect financial eligibility should contact the Financial Aid Office.

 

STUDENTS ON ACADEMIC PROBATION

Students currently on academic probation will not be suspended at the end of the semester for failure to improve their grade point average or meet other requirements for continuance. This will allow those students to take full advantage of the revised Pass/Fail option. Students on academic probation who have not met the criteria to be removed from probation will remain on probation through the Fall 2020 semester.

 


 

MARCH 30, 2020

Dear Mount Saint Mary College students and families,

 

Thank you all for your continued patience as we adjust to new challenges and changes in our daily lives. We are writing to you today to let you know how we will be reimbursing you for housing and meal plans that were impacted by this spring’s shift to online learning.

 

The Mount Board of Trustees, in an emergency meeting held this past Saturday morning, approved a reimbursement plan developed and put forward by President Adsit and his team. Mount Saint Mary College will provide prorated compensation to current students for unused portions of housing and meal plans. Each student will be given the choice of receiving this reimbursement either in the form of a refund or a credit towards the housing and meal plan costs of a future semester. Commuter students with meal plans will also receive the refund. 

 

Refunds will be calculated based upon each individual student’s meal and housing plans. Processing of reimbursements will begin as soon as possible. Barring unforeseen circumstances, you should receive a refund within the next 60 days. We realize that some may feel this is a long period of time, but please know that all of our personnel are working from their homes with limited resources. We very much understand the personal and financial strains this situation has placed upon our students and their families and will work as quickly as we can to complete this process.

 

Thank you for bearing with us during these uncertain times. We are truly impressed with the Mount community’s ability to adapt to these rapidly changing conditions, and will continue to work as hard as possible in support of your academic success.

 

Dr. Jason N. Adsit, President 

Charles P. Frank, Board Chair

 

 


 

MARCH 25, 2020

Dear Mount Saint Mary College community,

During this period of online learning, there are a limited number of employees who have been reporting to campus to carry out essential duties needed to keep the campus running. This morning, we learned that one of these employees developed symptoms that could indicate a case of COVID-19. Although this employee does not have a confirmed case at this point, we are proceeding with caution as though it might be.

Here are the details:

  • An employee was on campus this Monday and Tuesday (March 23-24)  before developing symptoms on Tuesday evening. The employee notified us and has self-quarantined. 
  • The symptomatic employee is in contact with a physician and notified his local department of health, but has so far been unable to get a test for COVID-19.
  • We have contacted the 13 employees who came in contact with the symptomatic employee and asked them to also self-quarantine. 
  • We have no reason to believe that anyone beyond those 13 employees was exposed to this possible case of COVID-19. If you have not been contacted by the college, there is no reason to believe that you were exposed.
  • The college’s Director of Health Services is maintaining contact with the symptomatic employee.

Because this occurred very recently, please understand that it does not impact anyone who left campus two weeks ago when the college moved to online learning for the semester. To date, we have not received any indication from any student that they have become symptomatic, nor is there a confirmed positive case in the Mount community that we are aware of.  

What’s next

Please continue to monitor your MSMC email and visit https://msmc.edu/coronavirus for updates.

As students, faculty, and staff continue to work from home, we have already begun an extensive cleaning of the campus. By the time the Mount community returns, all main areas of the college will have been fully disinfected, including common areas, handrails, exercise equipment, and more.

As you work from home, please continue to practice social distancing. Remember to maintain a distance of at least six feet from other people. In addition to good hygiene practices such as washing your hands frequently, this will decrease the chances of illness transmission. If you develop symptoms, please contact your physician.

More resources

NY State Department of Health Coronavirus Hotline: 1-888-364-3065

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

U.S. State Department of Travel 

NYS Department of Health COVID-19 Resources website 

Orange County Department of Health   
MSMC Health Services

 


MARCH 21, 2020

Dear Mount Saint Mary College Community:

Thank you for your patience and support.  With all of the uncertainty surrounding the outbreak of COVID-19, it is important for us to not only ensure that you are informed about what is happening at the College, but that you receive the most accurate information possible.  

We’d also like to thank you for all of your creative ideas and suggestions regarding the operations of the College.  In a world where it is remarkably easy to focus on the negative, it is refreshing to see so many members of the College community step up and offer solutions.  St. Augustine once said that “God provides the wind, but man must raise the sails” – and your suggestions and support are exactly what we need to get the College’s sails up and pointed towards shore.  

It is important for the College community to know that the Board is deeply committed to helping the institution manage the fallout from the COVID-19 outbreak.  The Chair, Vice Chair, and Chair-elect are in regular contact with the President and leadership team, and the full Board is being kept apprised of the latest developments.  The Board understands that we are all in this together – and given the number of alumni and parents of Mount students on the Board, they have a particularly keen sense of the concerns of parents and students.

To this end, the Board of Trustees met this morning to discuss the latest developments in the COVID-19 outbreak, and to collaborate with the College’s leadership team on a comprehensive plan for addressing the crisis.  There is nothing simple or clear-cut about this situation, and the College has to balance the interests of safety, security, and health while still maintaining its core function:  educating students. 

We wish we had all the answers, and that the answers were crystal-clear.  Unfortunately, clarity is hard to come by at this point in time.  We receive daily updates and guidance from state and federal officials, and over the past 2 weeks, there are times when this information may be contradictory.  Additionally, some state and federal decisions have been reversed or significantly changed within days of their pronouncement.  To that end, we are trying to avoid making impactful decisions until we are absolutely sure that the guidance and instructions we use for making those decisions is as firm and accurate as feasible. We will do our best to keep you informed as quickly as we can with prudent and firm decisions.  With this in mind, we’d like to address some questions that have cropped up in the past few days:

Will students be able to stay on track towards their degree?  Yes.  While the College is subject to the policy dictates of New York State, the State Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Education, and its accreditors, you can rest assured that the College will do everything in its power to ensure that everyone stays on track, and that no one is left behind. 

Is the College moving to a pass/fail model for every course?  No – for now.  While the College has been discussing a proposal to move to a pass/fail model for the semester, it is not something that can be implemented in every program.  For example, some of the College’s outside accrediting agencies (especially for professional programs like Nursing and Education) have fairly stringent guidelines for grading, and the agencies themselves would have to allow this change across the board in order for the College to implement a plan of this type.

What are the implications of the disruption in the clinical assignments of our nursing students?  Our Dean of Nursing, Dr. Susan LaRocco, and her staff have been diligently working in this issue.  Obviously, this is not an area where we can make our own decisions.  We depend upon New York State, as well as our accrediting agencies, to determine what remedies will be applied here.  To that end, Dr. LaRocco has sent out current detailed information to all nursing students.  She will continue to update all of our nursing students as she receives updated guidance from all of the organizations who maintain control over the process.  We would ask all nursing students to follow her communications as closely as possible through this period.

Is the College in financial distress?  No.  Like most colleges and universities across the country, the Mount is facing its fair share of financial challenges – but these challenges do not rise to the level of an “existential threat” that would imperil the future of the institution. 

Why did the College set a date of April 6 for more information regarding the financial aspects of its approach to COVID-19?  Is this somehow tied to registration?  No and no.  Sometimes the simplest answer is the best:  The date was chosen because the Board wanted to select a date at a point in the future that will allow the leadership team to develop and share a range of potential “financial impact scenarios.”  The Board is working hard to have more clarity for you well before that date.

Please be assured that the entire board is extremely focused on ensuring we minimize the impact of this surreal event as much as possible.  But realize also that we must operate within the confines and laws of both governmental and accrediting authorities, and in these times, interpreting guidance and requirements from those organizations is not something we can accomplish instantly.  We will work as quickly as possible to make prudent decisions, and to communicate those decisions out as soon we possibly can.  We humbly ask for your patience. 

Most importantly, we ask all members of our MSMC community to remember the fundamental principles of charity, compassion and respect upon which Mount Saint Mary College was founded. The true measure of how committed we are to those principles will be evident in how we treat each other and those around us in the most difficult of times.  As challenging as the days ahead of us may be, let us all approach each of those days asking ourselves “What can I do to make a positive difference?”  Let us be an example of the spirit of service that lies in the heart of the Mount Saint Mary tradition.  Please stay safe wherever you are, and know that our prayers are with you.

Sincerely,

Charles Frank – Chair
Michael Horodyski – Chair-Elect
Anthony Liotti – Vice Chair
Jason Adsit – President

 

MARCH 20, 2020 

Dear Mount Saint Mary College Community: 

 

The Mount Saint Mary College Board of Trustees met this evening to discuss the college’s next steps in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In the interest of our community’s health and wellbeing, the Board has made several key decisions regarding the remainder of the school year. 

 

  • Online learning will continue for the remainder of the semester and all of the academic support will be available to support students as they do their work online.
  • Residence halls will remain closed for the reminder of the semester, and students will be able to schedule times to pick up their belongings at some point in the future.
  • We are working on a solution regarding housing and meal costs for this lost time and will have an answer by April 6.
  • Commencement will be delayed.
  • Faculty and nonessential staff will continue to work remotely.

Please know that a great amount of thought and research went into this decision, and that more information will follow in the coming days and weeks. Here are the details as they stand now:

 

Online learning

The remainder of the 2020 spring semester will be taught online. Professors, students, staff, and administrators will work together to address the challenges that this change in format presents. 

 

Residence halls

Residence halls will be closed for the remainder of the semester. We will be providing a schedule for students to gather all of their belongings from the residence halls. However, given the latest health guidelines and mandates from New York State, the full move-out schedule will be delayed until travel and health restrictions are relaxed. Until that point, all residence halls will be locked down and students’ belongings will be secured. More detailed information on the move out process will follow as soon as it becomes available.

 

Housing and meal costs

The college is working through a number of scenarios on the financial impact of this decision. After the board has had a chance to review the information, it will follow up with the campus community on or before Monday, April 6. 

 

Commencement 

It has become clear that Commencement ceremonies cannot be held on May 16 as originally planned. We know the importance of this event for our graduating students and their families and have decided to postpone the ceremony until it can be safely held on campus. We will do everything in our power to host the ceremony and make sure it is as special as it should be for our seniors. Our Commencement committee will provide you with biweekly updates on the ceremony beginning next week.  

 

Events and Sports

All spring semester events and college sponsored trips need to be cancelled or postponed. In addition, the Skyline Conference recently canceled spring sports for the 2020 season. 

 

In conclusion

Our guiding principle throughout this unprecedented situation has always been maintaining the quality of the educational experience while protecting the health and safety of the entire Mount community. We are all committed to giving you the best online experience possible. But we also know that one of the reasons our community flourishes is our friendship and camaraderie. We are deeply sorry that we won’t be able to see each other in person for some time. For the graduating seniors, we know that this is far from what you were expecting for your final semester. To be frank, this is not what we envisioned for this semester either. 

 

But throughout all of these changes, we’re with you - ALL of you, students, faculty, and staff. We will get through this … together.

 

Jason N. Adsit, President

Charles P. Frank, Board Chair

 

 

MARCH 18, 2020

Dear Fellow Members of the Mount Saint Mary College Family,
 
These are unusual times. The idea of shifting all classes online would have seemed far-fetched just a few months ago, yet we have seen the Mount’s faculty, students, staff, and administrators rally to bring this about in a remarkably short period.
 
I am proud of the leadership shown by so many people on campus, and the way that the college has responded swiftly throughout this evolving pandemic with appropriate measures to protect our community’s health while at the same time focusing on the education and well being of our students.
 
I want you to know that the Mount’s Board of Trustees is with you through these trying times. We have been in frequent contact with the College’s leadership team as the COVID-19 situation has evolved, and we are staying abreast of the rapid changes both globally and here in New York State. I am personally in communication with Dr. Adsit almost every day, and his reports of all of your efforts speaks so well as to your dedication to this institution.
 
As you know, this pandemic is unlike any other challenge that our college has ever faced. And we know that you have questions: How long will we be learning remotely? When can students return to campus? Will Commencement be affected? We hear you, and I want you to know that the Mount Saint Mary College Board of Trustees, our dedicated administrators, and our talented faculty have been working tirelessly since the beginning to make the right decisions for the safety and health of our entire community. I can tell you that conversations are ongoing and that we will be revisiting these issues in the coming days.  Up until this past weekend, we had a Board meeting scheduled for this coming Friday and Saturday.  This meeting will still take place but will do so utilizing electronic means and video conferencing. During this meeting, we will receive the latest updates from the senior leadership team, and discuss the many challenges all of us are facing.  At the same time, we must be ready to respond to the many different directions and mandates we are receiving almost daily from Federal and State officials and will have to take all of these into our considerations.  Please believe me when I commit to you that as soon as any major decisions are made, we will be quick to communicate them.  Additionally, all of those decisions will be made with the wellbeing of both our students and each of you as the highest priority.
 
As a parent of a current Mount senior, I know that our students are feeling the impact of the shift to online learning very deeply. And as a parent of two Mount graduates, I also understand the importance of the last several weeks of the senior experience. We as a Board are committed to doing everything we can to help you ensure the education of our students maintains its quality, and to deliver as much as possible the best experience we can to our graduating students. It is our mission and our duty to help our students succeed. And our students, our faculty, and our staff have risen to the occasion beautifully.
 
At the same time, we on the Board are also aware of the high level of stress and pressure this worldwide crisis has placed upon each and every one of you as you work to support our students.  We strongly support your efforts and will do everything we can to continue to support you through the completion of this challenge.  I am truly impressed with what you, as a community, have accomplished in such a short time. I know it hasn’t been easy, and I applaud you all for your continued professional demeanor. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.  May God bless each and every one of you.
 
With warm regards,
 
Charles P. Frank
Chair, Mount Saint Mary College Board of Trustees

 


 

MARCH 17, 2020

 

Dear Mount Community:

 

As we continue to adapt to online learning and remote work, I wanted to take a few minutes to update you on where things stand and how our response to the COVID-19 pandemic is evolving.

 

As you know, this is a highly-fluid situation, and the information changes very quickly – but rest assured that we are incorporating information from the most respected scientific and public-policy resources. In addition, scientists (epidemiologists and virologists) and public health researchers are helping colleges and universities to get the best available guidance from the top minds in the business – and we are taking full advantage of what they have to offer.

 

Online Classes

The transition to online learning, especially in such a tight timeframe, inevitably comes with challenges; but as time goes on, we are confident that we will overcome the hurdles. Through collaboration and good communication, students and professors should be able to address any concerns. For technical issues, please connect with the IT Help Desk at IT.Support@msmc.edu  .

 

Timeline

A big question on everyone’s mind is how long we are planning on using the online format. The answer is that we don’t know yet. We are continually assessing our options as the situation evolves, and the possibility of extending online classes is looking more likely. We know that the whole community is anxious to return to campus, and for many, this spring is the culmination of a four-year journey. We will not make a decision of this magnitude lightly – and frankly, we miss you!


When we do make a decision, it will be based on what is best for the health and wellbeing of the entire Mount Saint Mary College community. Although we will email any communications directly to you and the other students, faculty, and staff, you can always see our newest updates at msmc.edu/coronavirus.

 

Residence Halls

If our situation changes and we need to continue online learning past Friday, March 27, resident students will be notified on how they will be able to retrieve their belongings.

 

Events and Sports

All campus events and college sponsored trips through March 29 have been cancelled or postponed. Since new CDC guidelines suggest limiting the number of people at gatherings, events following that date will be reviewed as necessary. We will communicate the status of these events as it gets closer to the event date.

 

The Skyline Conference recently made the difficult decision to cancel Spring Sports for the 2020 season. 

 

Commencement

No decision has been made yet regarding commencement. The CDC issued guidance on Sunday that cautioned against holding events that have more than 50 people for at least the next eight weeks. This guidance, which may be formalized at the state or national level in the near future, certainly cuts quite close to the current commencement date. 

 

I am in touch with other presidents around the country, and we are all thinking through how to best handle the current situation – and, down the line, how to handle commencement ceremonies. It is a very special time for seniors, and we don’t want to take away that experience if we can avoid it.  Senior Week, and all the events that surround commencement, matter a great deal to our students – and that is certainly at the forefront of my mind.  I’m working on it.

 

Academic resources 

Academic Support will be available to students (and faculty) as needed by telephone, video conferencing and/or email during regular office hours.

 

  • Writing Center: Students seeking help for their writing can contact the Writing Center at writing.center@msmc.edu 
  • Tutoring: The Office of Student Success will continue to offer tutoring, coaching, and more though video or phone meetings. Contact oss@msmc.edu
  • Career Center: Students with questions about their internships should contact their employers to iron out specific details. For additional guidance, students can also contact the Career Center at careercenter@msmc.edu 
  • IT Support: Students and staff can continue contact the IT Help Desk by email for issues: IT.Support@msmc.edu 
  • Library: Kaplan Family Library will continue to provide research assistance, as well as access to books, articles, and other materials. For more information, visit the library website www.msmc.edu/library or contact library@msmc.edu 

 

Support resources

Counseling Services is now offering our students “telecounseling,” which can be scheduled by email at counseling@msmc.edu or phone at 845-569-3115.

 

Disability Services can be reached at disabilityservices@msmc.edu

 

In addition, Fr. Greg Fluet of Campus Ministry is available to speak with students, faculty, and staff. Anyone is welcome to speak with him by email: Gregoire.Fluet@msmc.edu

 

More resources
 

In closing

Thank you to everyone who is working hard to make this transition successful. It is a highly unusual situation, and we are working around the clock to ensure that things can return back to “normal” as quickly as possible. I will continue to keep you informed as new information becomes available.

 

Onward….and as my father always points out in times of trouble: This, too, shall pass.

 

Jason


 
 
Mount Saint Mary College learned this evening that an Orange County resident tested positive for COVID-19 at Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in the City of Newburgh on Thursday, March 12. The patient had first arrived at the hospital on Tuesday, March 10. 
 
Mount Nursing students engage in clinical work at hospitals throughout the region, including Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital. However, none of our students have been in clinical at any facility since Tuesday. Before this, Mount Nursing students were not caring for any patients on respiratory precautions.
 
Additionally, the Mount’s Health Services office did not refer any students to this hospital this week. 
 
As always, the safety and wellbeing of all of our students is our top priority. As we continue to learn and work online, please monitor your health. 
 
If you feel ill:
 
  • You should stay home or seek medical attention. If you have symptoms of cough, shortness of breath, and fever, you should call your medical provider and follow instructions. In the case of an emergency, as always, call 911, but make sure that you describe your symptoms.
  •  If desired, employees with the college’s health insurance can use the Teledoc service, which will allow them to speak to a medical professional via smartphone.
  • Prior to returning to campus following an illness, please contact Health Services at (845) 569-3152.  
 
Tips for illness prevention:
 
  • Frequently wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating, after using the bathroom, and after blowing your nose.
  • If you cannot wash your hands, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Make sure any used tissues are not placed on the desk, but are immediately thrown away.
  • Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough.

 


 

MARCH 11, 2020

Dear Mount Community,

As we prepare to leave campus for Spring Break and the transition to temporary online learning, please keep the following in mind.

Scheduling

The Mount is committed to making sure that students do not lose instructional time andthat all students can remain on track academically. Moving to a temporary online structure will not negatively impact the length of the semester, or the time it takes students to complete their degrees.

  • March 12-13: Classes resume in an online format. Students are expected to attend their online classes as they would normal classes. Students should work with their professors to ensure they keep up with requirements.
  • March 14-22: Spring Break
  • March 23-27: Classes will resume online.
  • March 29: Residence halls are tentatively scheduled to reopen at noon.
  • March 30: Face-to-face classes resume on campus.
  • All campus events, college sponsored trips, and athletic events between March 12 and March 30 have been suspended or will be rescheduled.

 

Academic Support
Academic Support Units will be available as needed by telephone, video conferencing and/or email during regular office hours.

  • Writing Center: Students seeking help for their writing can contact the Writing Center at writing.center@msmc.edu
  • Tutoring: The Office of Student Success will continue to offer tutoring, coaching, and more through video or phone meetings. Contact oss@msmc.edu
  • Career Center: Students with questions about their internships should contact their employers to iron out specific details. For additional guidance, students can also contact the Career Center at careercenter@msmc.edu
  • Counseling Services: Online counseling services are available to most students. Please email counseling@msmc.edu for more information.
  • IT Support: Students and staff experiencing technical difficulties during this time are encouraged to contact the IT Help Desk by email for issues: IT.Support@msmc.edu
  • Library: Kaplan Library will continue to provide research assistance, as well as access to books, articles, and other materials.  For more information, visit the library website www.msmc.edu/library, contact library@msmc.edu, or call 845-569-3600.

 

Facilities
After leaving on Wednesday, March 11, students will not be allowed back on campus until March 29. During this time, the college will be doing an extensive cleaning of the campus, including common areas, handrails, exercise equipment, and more.

  • The Desmond Campus classes are suspended until March 30.
  • The Kaplan Family Library will be closed to the public until classes resume.
  • All athletic fields and facilities are closed until classes resume.
  • The mailroom will remain open from March 12 to March 29. Offices can pick up mail between 9 am and 3 pm weekdays, but there will be no deliveries until March 30.

 

Travel
 

  • The college highly recommends that you do not travel internationally. Limit travel to what is essential.
  • For travel inside the United States, please consult the CDC website for updated information: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices

 

More resources

 

 

Please continue to check your Mount email and the website (https://msmc.edu/coronavirus) for updates during this time.

 


 

MARCH 10, 2020

Residence Hall Closing Information
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - Sunday, March 29, 2020 (Tentative Opening)

CLOSING DETAILS

All Residence Halls will close on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 9:00 PM.

Please arrange to leave your room by 9:00 PM on Wednesday, March 11th.

 

If you are unable to leave by 9 PM on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, please send an email toreslife@msmc.edu, as soon as possible, but no later than Noon tomorrow, Wednesday, March 11th. Please include your ID number, building and room number, why you are unable to leave on time, and when you will be able to leave in your e-mail.

 

If you had prior approval to stay during Spring break, please send an email too, as soon as possible at the above noted email address.

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR LEAVING

Students should take with them any items essential to carrying on their education from home, such as laptops, textbooks, notebooks, essential papers, and whatever other items you need. Students should also plan to carry home valuables and indispensable items. You should also take enough clothing and personal items with them through the duration of the expected closing. You do not need to remove all of your belongings from the residence halls.

Before you leave, please make sure you complete the following:

 

  • TAKE ALL CLASS MATERIAL, BOOKS, and other items needed for classwork home with you.
  • Close and lock your windows
  • Close all blinds/shades
  • Empty your trash
  • Unplug all electrical appliances (except for refrigerators)
  • Throw out all garbage and recyclables in your room/suite
  • Remove your personal belongings from the bathroom(s)
  • Take all valuable personal property with you (The College IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY THEFT OR DAMAGE to personal property.)
  • Turn off lights and LOCK your door

 

Heat Settings:

Please make sure you leave your heat on the following setting:

 

Sakac – Set the heat on Low, between the blue and red setting.

Guzman – Set the thermostat at 65 degrees.

College Courts – Set the thermostat at 65 degrees.

CC 20 – Set the dial on the heater under the window to 3.

Dominican Center – Set the thermostat at 65 degrees.

 

The Residence Life staff will be checking each room for compliance of check-out procedures on March 13th.

 

DINING

Dining services will remain open through the evening of Wednesday, March 11th. If you have questions regarding dining services, please contact Stephen Andrade (Parkhurst) atsandrade@parkhurstdining.com

 

 

SHUTTLE SCHEDULE

The shuttle will provide service from MSMC to the Beacon Train Station at these times this week:

 

Wednesday, March 11th (departure times)

9:45 am, 10:45 am, 11:45 am, 12:45 pm, 1:45 pm, 2:45 pm, 3:45 pm, 4:45, 5:45 pm, 6:45 pm, 7:45 pm, 8:45 pm

 

Thursday, March 12th (departure times)

12:45 pm, 1:45, 2:45 pm, 3:45 pm, 4:45 pm, 5:45 pm, 5:45 pm, 6:45 pm, 7:45 pm, 8:45 pm

 

Friday, March 13th (departure times)

9:45 am,10:45 am, 11:45 am, 12:45 pm, 1:45 pm, 2:45 pm, 3:45 pm, 4:45 pm, 5:45 pm, 6:45 pm, 7:45 pm, 8:45 pm

 

 

REOPENING

The residence areas will tentatively reopen on Sunday, March 29th, at 12 PM.

 

Information will follow as the date approaches. Please make sure you are checking your MSMC email account regularly while you are away from campus.

 


 

MARCH 10, 2020

Dear MSMC Community,

 

With the health and safety of our community at the forefront, we have made the decision to move classes online later this week, suspend or reschedule college trips, cancel events, and close the residence halls early. I want to emphasize that there are no cases of COVID-19 connected to campus, and we are taking proactive steps.

 

CLASSES
 

  • Today:  Classes will run as normal through the end of the day.
  • March 11:  Classes are cancelled to provide maximum flexibility for travel arrangements.
  • March 12-13:  Classes will move online.
  • March 14-22:  Spring Break will proceed as scheduled.
  • March 23-27:  Classes will continue online.
  • March 29:  Residence halls are tentatively scheduled to reopen.
  • Monday, March 30:  Face-to-face classes are tentatively scheduled to resume.

We will be monitoring the situation continuously and will notify the campus as information becomes available.

 

CLINICALS, STUDENT TEACHING, AND INTERNSHIPS

Students should work with their clinical coordinator, faculty, or the Career Center as appropriate. We will make sure that students will be able to meet the requirements of their respective obligations.

 

EVENTS & TRIPS

All campus events, college sponsored trips, and athletic events between March 12 and March 30 have been suspended or will be rescheduled. If you are a coordinator of an on-campus meeting, work with Marketing & Communications (marketing@msmc.edu) to draft language and communicate this change.

 

RESIDENCE HALLS
 

  • Students should leave residence halls by 9 p.m. on Wednesday. If you are unable to do this for any reason, please contact reslife@msmc.edu
  • Dining services will continue through Wednesday evening.

 

TRAVEL
 

  • The college highly recommends that you do not travel internationally. Limit travel to what is essential.
  • For travel inside the United States, please consult the CDC website for updated information: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices

 

FACULTY
 

  • Professors should utilize their plans for moving forward with online classes beginning this Thursday, March 12. Coordinate with your deans and chairs.
  • For online teaching support, visit the Mount’s Office of Digital Learning and Instructional Design Services at https://www.msmc.edu/Academics/online_learning or contact onlinelearning@msmc.edu

 

STAFF
 

  • All non-essential employees will be working from home from March 12-March 29. All directors should be in touch with their vice presidents before arrangements are made.
  • IT and Human Resources have made the necessary arrangements to accommodate these changes.

 

Specific information for students, faculty, and staff will be coming later today.

 

Colleges and universities in the region are working together on what is a highly-fluid and still developing situation. There is still a great deal about the COVID-19 outbreak that is unknown and we will seek to keep the campus community informed about the latest information.

 

Rest assured, your educational success and health are our top priorities. Although this is a temporary inconvenience, classes will be held through the end of the semester.

 

Updates will also be posted at https://msmc.edu/coronavirus

 

Jason N. Adsit, president

 


 

MARCH 6, 2020

Dear students,

 

Even though there is no immediate threat to the campus, we wanted to share some information about the Mount’s COVID-19 (Coronavirus) preparations.

 

Preventative measures

Mount Saint Mary College is dedicated to proactively protecting the health of our community. Here are some wellness safeguards being practiced currently:
 

  • For its normal cleaning procedures, the college is using products that kill Coronavirus.
  • We have added hand sanitizer stations throughout campus and plan to have nearly two dozen of these stations by next week.
  • The college has provided large containers of disinfecting wipes in many classrooms, with more on the way.
  • Tables in The View are cleaned after meals by Parkhurst, our dining services provider.

 

Classes and Events

All classes and events will proceed as planned at this time. You will receive notification if the class schedule is changed or if any events are cancelled.

 

Travel tips

With spring break on the horizon, you may have travel plans. The college advises you to exercise caution when traveling.

 

  • Reconsider international trips: Governments can enact travel restrictions, institute quarantines, and activate additional border screening processes at any time. Additionally, flights can be suspended without prior notice. 
  • Be aware of current travel warnings. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/
  • As noted previously, out of an abundance of caution, the Mount’s planned study abroad trips have been cancelled or suspended.

 

Tips for illness prevention

It is important for everyone to follow these basic steps to keep our community safe and healthy:
 

  • Frequently wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating, after using the bathroom, and after blowing your nose.
  • If you cannot wash your hands, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Make sure any used tissues are not placed on the desk, but are immediately thrown away.
  • Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough.
  • In Kaplan Recreation Center: utilize the disinfectant spray and paper towels (available in the gym) to wipe down machines and equipment after use.

 

If you feel ill
 

  • If you are on campus and if you have a cough, shortness of breath, and a fever, please call Health Services at 845-569-3152 before coming, and we will schedule an appointment for you.
  • Students should stay in their room and can contact their RA or Security by phone to assist them in getting treatment if they feel ill when Health Services is closed.
  • If you are off campus, you should stay home or seek medical attention.
  • Prior to returning to campus following an illness, please contact Health Services at (845) 569-3152.

 

Counseling Services and Campus Ministry

Concerns about the Coronavirus may lead individuals to experience a wide range of reactions and emotions, including hyper-vigilance regarding personal health, anger, sadness, and more.

 

The Mount’s Counseling Services are available to students who need support in coping with stress and anxiety related to Coronavirus. To schedule an appointment with a counselor, please email counseling@msmc.edu or call 845-569-3115. Students experiencing a crisis after hours can connect with a counselor by contacting Campus Security at 845-569-3200.

 

In addition, Fr. Greg Fluet of Campus Ministry is available to speak with students, faculty, and staff. Anyone is welcome to see him in his office in room 111 of Hudson Hall. You can also email him at Gregoire.Fluet@msmc.edu and or call him at 845-569-3154.

 

In an effort to protect our campus community, if you are ill, please call these offices for support. Counselors or Fr. Greg will be happy to speak with you via the phone.

 

Information page

The Mount’s Coronavirus information page is a central source for information on our preparations, responses, and resources. Please visit msmc.edu/coronavirus

 

More resources

NY State Department of Health Coronavirus Hotline: 1-888-364-3065

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

U.S. State Department of Travel

NYS Department of Health COVID-19 Resources website

Orange County Department of Health

MSMC Health Services

 


 

FEBRUARY 28, 2020

As the international response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to rise, the Mount is developing a central information page, increasing our emergency preparedness, and cancelling or suspending international travel for the foreseeable future.

Information page
This Coronavirus information page will be a central source for information on our preparations, responses, and resources. Please check back for updates.

International travel 
Out of an abundance of caution, the Mount’s planned study abroad trips are being cancelled or suspended.

If you are planning to travel internationally, or have recently returned from such a trip, please inform the Mount’s Health Services at healthservices@msmc.edu 

Tips for illness prevention:
It is important for everyone to follow these basic steps to keep our community safe and healthy:

  • Wash hands and/or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer frequently
  • Make sure any used tissues are not placed on the desk, but are immediately thrown away
  • Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough

If you feel ill:

  • If you are a student and are on campus, visit Health Services. Students can contact their RA or Security to assist them in getting treatment at an Urgent Care facility if they feel ill when Health Services is closed.
  • If you are a student and off campus, you should stay home or seek medical attention. 
  • If you are faculty or staff member, you should stay home or seek medical attention.
  • Do not return to campus until you are fever-free without the use of Tylenol, Advil, etc. for 24 hours. For students, remember to get a note from your doctor or call Health Services for guidance. (Please note: a cough following a viral illness may last for a number of days/weeks, even after the person is no longer contagious)

College response
The Mount is dedicated to proactively protecting the health of our community. In order to be prepared in the event that the Coronavirus becomes a pandemic, the Mount’s Emergency Management Team has established a Pandemic Response Team and will continue to meet on a regular basis. 

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