Withdrawal Period Extension | Shift to online learning | COVID-19 Testing Info | Clinicals, Student Teaching, and Internships


Extension for 'W' Grade & Adding Spring Credits

Dear Community,

The Mount has decided to extend the official withdrawal deadline for courses this fall semester  in the Traditional and V & D sessions to the last official day of classes – Saturday, December 5 and 12, respectively. We hope this extension will help ease some of the frustration experienced this semester due to ongoing challenges and pressures related to the pandemic. 

Please keep in mind that students would still need to repeat courses to satisfy major requirements in which they were granted a ‘W’, and that some of these courses will not be available in the Spring 2021 semester. Therefore, a withdrawal could mean a delay in students’ programs of study. In the case of Nursing, the ‘W’ is considered an attempt and a student is allowed only one withdrawal throughout the program, unless for medical reasons. The withdrawal would necessitate repeating the course in the same way as if the grade earned were below the minimum required for the program.

Any student considering a withdrawal should not proceed without first consulting with their advisor to ensure their program of study is not being negatively impacted or unnecessarily disrupted.

Additionally, for the Spring 2021 semester only, the Mount is allowing Traditional Full-Time students enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits to add credit-bearing courses – to a maximum of 18 credits – at no additional charge. We hope this will encourage students who selected a ‘W’ during the fall, or if they would simply like to advance in their program of study, to add courses being offered in the spring without having to pay for the 17th or 18th credit typically charged at the per-credit rate. Students ought to consult with their advisors before adding credits to their spring schedule in case restrictions to a program of study or academic probation would limit the total number of credits permitted. Again, this is limited to only the Spring 2021 semester and a maximum of 18 credits. In other words, students will be charged the per-credit rate for 19 credits and above. This also does not apply to anyone registered for less than 12 credits.

Thank you,

Dr. Abaunza

Mount shifting to online learning on Monday, Nov. 16

As noted in President Adsit’s message over the weekend, we have been closely monitoring COVID-19 cases in the region and the results of the pool testing administered by Health Services. The overall numbers in Orange County have been particularly concerning, with the percent of positive results hitting 6.1% recently.

With the health of the Mount community in mind, the college has made the decision to shift to online learning for the remainder of the semester. The decision has been made out of an abundance of caution to protect the Mount community and prevent the spread of the virus. 

The change to on-campus activities will be very similar to the move to online classes in October: Residence halls will remain open, dining services will shift to take-out only, and on-campus classes will transition to virtual and online formats as part of the Hy-Flex approach that was developed for this semester.


  • All classes will move to online/virtual format beginning tomorrow morning (Monday, November 16) through the rest of the semester. 
  • Residence halls will remain open through Tuesday, Nov. 24.
  • The View and Henry’s will switch to take-out only. Mobile ordering for dining is available through the GET website or the GET mobile app (Apple App store or Google Play store). There will be no dining in either The View or Henry’s, but outdoor spaces are available.
  • Late night dining will be available at Henry’s with extra meal plan swipes available for use there.  
  • On-campus activities and team practices are suspended.
  • Non-essential employees will shift to remote work during this period.
  • Please continue to fill out the Daily Health Screener. If you end up with even one symptom during this time, you must alert Health Services (if you’re a student) or Human Resources (if you are staff or faculty).

Testing before returning home

We will continue to do COVID-19 testing Monday and Tuesday for resident students and students renting off-campus housing near the college (if you haven’t already, make your appointment here). 

This is an important responsibility that we share as a community to make sure that we do all we can to prevent the transmission of the virus when everyone returns home for Thanksgiving Break. Students who are currently on campus should wait to receive negative test results before returning home for Thanksgiving Break. 

Campus access

The after-hours area in the south wing of Kaplan Family Library, including the study areas and computer lab, will be open to on-campus students 24/7. The main library will be closed, but books and other library materials can be obtained via its curbside pickup service. All of the Library’s remote resources and research assistance remain available.

The Kaplan Recreation Center gym will remain open for on-campus students. Reservations are required. 

Clinicals, Student Teaching, and Internships

Students may keep their scheduled appointments for Monday, Nov. 16, but should communicate with the School of Nursing regarding clinical placements; the Division of Education regarding student teaching placements; and the Career Center and respective faculty coordinators regarding internship placements. 

Resources for students

Campus resources continue to be available remotely to students. 

Other student services office contacts: Student Services Updates

Staff and faculty

All non-essential employees will be working from home until further notice. Employees should coordinate details with their supervisor, including scheduling if they need to return to the office to retrieve needed items. 

Professors should utilize their plans for moving forward with online classes beginning immediately. Please inform students of any changes to class schedules or activities as soon as possible. Coordinate with your deans and chairs. 

What’s next

The college will continue to communicate details as they become available. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping the Mount community safe. Questions can be directed to Fall2020@msmc.edu.


Answers to frequently asked questions can be found here.

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