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Dear Undergraduate Students, 

To further increase our commitment to students, we have listened to your concerns about academic scheduling. As announced by Provost Ricker, the spring academic calendar has been revised such that classes will begin on Monday, Feb. 1 and end Friday, May 14, and we have removed spring break. Both of these changes are to minimize the risk of COVID-19, starting later in case there is a spike during the winter months and reducing the amount of off-campus travel during the spring semester. You and the faculty have shared that the lack of a fall break and the compressed schedule have proven challenging, so the spring calendar includes added days off throughout the semester. In addition, given the longer break between semesters, we’ve added an online J-Term, from Monday, Jan. 4 through Friday, Jan. 22. Class schedules for both the J-Term and the spring semester will be available on Monday, Oct. 19 via Self-Service.

Last week, from the more than 500 COVID-19 tests performed, we had only two positive results; this week’s surveillance testing showed no positive results! I am very proud of and thank you for all you have done to ensure that we moved in the right direction after our rise in cases earlier this month. For residential students, upon the recommendation of residence life, CERT has made a change in the visitor policy in residence halls, allowing for in-building, room-to-room visitation. Please see the Visitors to Campus page for details. Any questions can be sent to residencelife@hood.edu; or contact an assistant director (formerly area coordinator) or your RA.

While the College’s numbers have dropped over the past few weeks, unfortunately Frederick County saw a spike in cases such that the county has decided not to increase public gathering capacities and expanded openings per Governor Hogan’s recent order. This is a good reminder that when you are off campus, please follow the same protocols: masks on, even when outside and in cars with others; repeated handwashing; and social distancing.

A critical, non-optional part of the New Horizon Plan is surveillance testing, since many individuals with COVID are asymptomatic, but still contagious. Approximately 100 people are randomly selected each week, typically between 2 and 4 p.m. each Tuesday, with a heavier weight to residential students (see the Testing page for more information).

If you are contacted to be tested and have a conflict, you can reschedule for the following week; please do so by Monday at noon. All members of the Hood community – faculty, staff and students – must adhere to the surveillance testing protocols or face possible sanctions. Additionally, if you would like to be a part of the weekly testing, please let wellness@hood.edu know by the previous Thursday.

As announced by Dean White, Sarah Tansits joined our community this week as interim director of student engagement and orientation. Please reach out and welcome her; I know she is eager to get to know you and to hear your ideas of how we can improve your student life experience and student engagement activities. One of her top priorities is to launch the search for the assistant director of student engagement for diversity and inclusion to fully staff the student engagement office and better support you. 

Election day is six weeks away. If you have not yet registered to vote, I urge you to do so. Participating in elections is a right and a privilege and one that should not be taken for granted. You can learn more on the Hood Votes page; if you have additional questions, you can reach out to the dean of students office.

Join us for Fall Family Weekend with the virtual schedule of events and our on-campus parade of cars! More details can be found here for the October 2-4 events.

Good news to report across campus:

  • In three years, the College has moved quickly ahead on the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education rankings, moving from the 601-800 band in 2018 to 401-500 this year for Best National Institution. Hood was also ranked on four major lists for U.S. News & World Report: Best Value, Best Undergraduate Teaching, Bester Colleges for Veterans and Best Regional Universities.
  • The construction on the renovation of the library and learning commons is moving along well and is still on schedule to be completed by the end of the calendar year.

Please continue to check the Corq app for a listing of programs and activities and register for the app, if you have not done so already. And don’t forget to join the senior team for an exciting GAME NIGHT at next week’s Whitaker Wednesday, Sept. 30 starting at 8 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the first 25 who check in. A surprise gift will be given to one lucky winner at the close of Game Night. You must be present to win. You will not want to miss the opportunity to challenge members of the senior team. 

Best,

Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Ph.D.
President

Dear Faculty and Staff, 

To further increase our commitment to students, we have listened to concerns about academic scheduling. As announced by Provost Ricker, the spring academic calendar has been revised such that classes will begin on Monday, Feb. 1 and end Friday, May 14, and we have removed spring break. Both of these changes are to minimize the risk of COVID-19, starting later in case there is a spike during the winter months and reducing the amount of off-campus travel during the spring semester. Faculty and students have shared that the lack of a fall break and the compressed schedule have proven challenging, so the spring calendar includes added days off throughout the semester. In addition, given the longer break between semesters, we’ve added an online J-Term, from Monday, Jan. 4 through Friday, Jan. 22. Class schedules for both the J-Term and the spring semester will be available on Monday, Oct. 19 via Self-Service.

Last week, from the more than 500 COVID-19 tests performed, we had only two positive results; this week’s surveillance testing showed no positive results! I am very proud of and thank you for all you have done to ensure that we moved in the right direction after our rise in cases earlier this month. 

A critical, non-optional part of the New Horizon Plan is surveillance testing, since many individuals with COVID are asymptomatic, but still contagious. Approximately 100 people are randomly selected each week, typically between 2 and 4 p.m. each Tuesday, with a heavier weight to residential students (see the Testing page for more information).

If you are contacted to be tested and have a conflict, you can reschedule for the following week; please do so by Monday at noon. All members of the Hood community – faculty, staff and students – must adhere to the surveillance testing protocols or face possible sanctions. Additionally, if you would like to be a part of the weekly testing, please let wellness@hood.edu know by the previous Thursday.

As announced by Dean White, Sarah Tansits joined our community this week as interim director of student engagement and orientation. One of her top priorities is to launch the search for the assistant director of student engagement for diversity and inclusion to fully staff the student engagement office and better support our students. 

Good news to report across campus:

  • In three years, the College has moved quickly ahead on the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education rankings, moving from the 601-800 band in 2018 to 401-500 this year for Best National Institution. Hood was also ranked on four major lists for U.S. News & World Report: Best Value, Best Undergraduate Teaching, Best Colleges for Veterans and Best Regional Universities.
  • The construction on the renovation of the library and learning commons is moving along well and is still on schedule to be completed by the end of the calendar year.

Best,

Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Ph.D.
President

Dear Students,

As I announced last week, during a virtual game sponsored by one of our student groups, derogatory and racial language was used, first over the microphone and then in the chat, by two participants. Based on an investigation by campus safety and information technology, it appears that the individuals were non-Hood students. Student engagement is working with all student organizations to ensure that safety protocols are in place so that only Hood community members, using identifying credentials, can enter virtual spaces. The African American Studies program is hosting a Race Café for the entire community tonight at 8 p.m. Check your Hood email for information to register. We must continue to do all we can to promote our values of inclusivity and support each other.

As communicated last week, we did see eight COVID-positive cases on campus, plus an additional 14 who needed to be isolated or quarantined. Thanks to contact tracing, we were able to quickly identify those individuals and determine that transmission occurred during social networking. No transmission was found to have occurred in academic settings. Many times, the contact tracers will call from their personal phones. It’s very important for you to answer your phone and/or check messages from numbers you don’t recognize for this reason. 

Surveillance testing is also an important tool to reducing the spread of the virus on campus. Compliance with random testing is a mandatory condition of you being on campus. If you are contacted for weekly surveillance testing, you must comply or reschedule immediately. Failure to appear a second time is in violation of COVID protocols and will be sanctioned.

As we saw last week, we are not immune to the virus on campus. While most have been following the protocols, there were some unintentional lapses. Recognizing this is not about blame or judgment but a reminder to us all that we must support each other and remind each other of the rules when we see them not being followed. Being isolated or quarantined is a very challenging situation and we want to avoid others having to go through this, nor do we want others to experience the coronavirus illness. We must remain committed to the protocols in the plan – wearing masks (even while outside and in cars); symptom monitoring and daily use of the #CampusClear app; washing hands and using hand sanitizers upon entering buildings; and social distancing. Also, furniture should not be moved, including the tables and chairs in the tents. If you’re not feeling well, contact Health Services. Don’t second-guess yourself. It’s safer to call than to let even mild symptoms go unchecked.

As we look to making it to the end of the semester on campus, we must be more vigilant and not lapse into old habits. Wherever you are, you must assume that everyone has COVID. I know we can do it. I believe in the Hood community!

Be sure you are checking the Corq app for ways to stay involved and engaged this semester. Check out Hood Votes for important information about voter registration, education and engagement. Find out how, when and where you can exercise your right to vote via absentee or mail-in voting or in person. Informative lectures/webinars and other exciting events have been planned. Make your voice heard and your vote count! And make sure you have Fall Family Weekend on your calendars. The planning committee has a weekend full of virtual and on-campus events.

Stay well. 

Sincerely,

Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Ph.D.
President

Dear Faculty and Staff,

As I announced last week, during a virtual game sponsored by one of our student groups, derogatory and racial language was used, first over the microphone and then in the chat, by two participants. Based on an investigation by campus safety and information technology, it appears that the individuals were non-Hood students. Student engagement is working with all student organizations to ensure that safety protocols are in place so that only Hood community members, using identifying credentials, can enter virtual spaces. The African American Studies program is hosting a Race Café for the entire community tonight at 8 p.m. Check your Hood email for information to register. We must continue to do all we can to promote our values of inclusivity and support each other.

As communicated last week, we did see eight COVID-positive cases on campus, plus an additional 14 who needed to be isolated or quarantined. Thanks to contact tracing, we were able to quickly identify those individuals and determine that transmission occurred during social networking. No transmission was found to have occurred in academic settings. 

My thanks to those staff members who are certified contact tracers. We are in need of more contact tracers. If you are interested in taking the free online certification, it can be found here. Once you have completed it, send a copy of your certificate to Meg Timmons at timmons@hood.edu.

Another important part of our response has been the Blazer Support Team, volunteers who support individuals in quarantine and isolation. We could use more BST help. Coordinated by Jennie Bowker and Thomas Chatfield, the BST team delivers meals to our residential students, texts or calls individuals in isolation or quarantine daily to help ease loneliness and ensure they have what they need. If you are able to help out in any of these ways, please email Thomas at chatfield@hood.edu.

Surveillance testing is also an important tool in reducing the spread of the virus on campus. Compliance with random testing is mandatory for those of us working on campus. If you are contacted for weekly surveillance testing, please comply or reschedule immediately if there is a conflict.

My thanks to everyone for complying with the protocols of the New Horizon Plan – wearing masks (even while outside and in cars); symptom monitoring and daily use of the #CampusClear app; washing hands and using hand sanitizers upon entering buildings; and social distancing. With the recent cases on campus, it was evident that when these protocols were followed, the virus did not spread. As we look to making it to the end of the semester on campus, we must be more vigilant. I know we can do it. I believe in the Hood community!

I know that we all share the disappointment of not having been able to properly say our goodbyes and congratulations to the Class of 2020, Hood's Class of Hope. As a show of support for our newest alumni, please complete this form if you’d like your well wishes, advice and congratulations for the Class of 2020 to be included in Hood Magazine. I know they'll love hearing from all of you. Submissions must be received by September 21 to be considered for print. 

In place of my regular office hours, senior team will join me today at 1 p.m. via Zoom. Please join us!

Stay well. 

Sincerely,

Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Ph.D.
President

Dear Hood Community,

On Sunday evening, upon the recommendation of CERT (COVID-19 Emergency Response Team), I issued a shelter-in-place order for the campus. First, I would like to apologize as the notice did not allow a lot of time to prepare or have questions answered and led to some understandable confusion and anxiety. Unfortunately, these times are marked by uncertainty and, as I have said before, require patience and flexibility. I thank all of you for the quick pivot to the shelter-in-place. I am deeply grateful to our faculty for making the necessary adjustments to provide fully online instruction, and to the area coordinators, resident assistants, CERT, contact tracers, Blazer Support Team volunteers, campus safety, dining services, facilities and countless other staff members for supporting our students through this difficult transition. And I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to our students and their families for your understanding and compliance with our directive, despite the hardship on you, in order to help ensure the safety of the community.

The shelter-in-place was enacted in an over-abundance of caution to ensure that the cluster of cases we were following did not spread and to provide time to gain a better understanding of its potential extent on campus. Since Saturday morning, when we were notified of the first symptomatic community member, we have contact traced 22 individuals who were either exhibiting symptoms or had possible exposure. All were immediately placed in quarantine or isolation and have been tested. 

As of right now, eight community members have tested positive; all others have tested negative. We are awaiting a second test result from one symptomatic individual who originally tested negative. 

Over the next week, we hope to retest all residential students, essential employees and any other members of the campus community who wish to be tested (email wellness@hood.edu). Given that we have had no reports of additional symptomatic individuals in the past 36 hours, have completed all contact tracing and reviewed our metric dashboard as well as consulted with health officials, as of 7 a.m. tomorrow, the shelter-in-place will be lifted and the College will resume normal operations per the New Horizon Plan

We had planned on loosening the visitor policy in mid-September. Because I believe that we all have collectively learned from these events and are all strongly committed to ensuring it does not occur again, I hope that we can still do so in the coming weeks. 

As I said in my email on Sunday, the existence of COVID-19 on our campus indicates a lapse in protocols. I implore you to consider the dire and pervasive consequences of having to extend a shelter-in-place or move fully to remote instruction for the remainder of the semester or academic year.

Remember the protocols you pledged to uphold when you made the decision to be on campus this semester: 

  • Mask on, everywhere except your residence room and when eating. Even when outside, if you are unable to socially distance, you must wear a mask. This includes inside a car when with others and when you are off campus.
  • Monitor your symptoms daily and alert health services when you are not feeling well. You are also required to show up for testing when you are notified. Failure to show up may result in losing your privilege to live on campus for the remainder of the semester.
  • Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer, especially after coming in contact with high-touch areas.
  • Social distancing – maintain at least six feet between you and others. Do not move furniture to create larger social groups, whether in the buildings or in the tents.

It depends on each and every one of us to ensure that we can continue on this path. We knew the semester would look different but imagining it and living it are two very different things. I know it is hard and I and all members of our community are here to listen and provide support to each other. This is what it means to be a part of the Hood community, to be a true Blazer.

As I said in my August 7 email: If we are not all fully committed and Hood Strong together, we will not be successful. 

My belief in the strength of the Hood community and our willingness to have this different kind of semester has been tested but remains steadfast. Yes, we are forgoing some things, but we are also gaining so much more – fortitude, compromise, flexibility and the opportunity to be together in community. 

Stay safe. Stay well. Make smart choices.

Warm regards,

Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Ph.D.
President

Dear Students,

It is with regret that I inform you that over the past 48 hours, we have had to move 14 students into quarantine, several of whom are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. All students are being tested and while awaiting results, we believe we must take action at this time.

Therefore, I have made the difficult decision to put the campus in shelter-in-place status for the next 72 hours. Although we only have one confirmed case at this time, it is prudent to exercise extreme caution for the safety of our community and to allow us to better understand the extent to which the virus is present on campus. The shelter-in-place will stay in effect until at least 7 a.m. Thursday, September 10. We will communicate our next steps no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Shelter-in-place will include the following:

  • All classes will shift to a fully online modality. In-person internships will be suspended for the next few days.
  • Faculty who need access to offices, labs or classrooms in order to deliver their courses are permitted on campus.
  • Campus offices will be closed and employees will work remotely. Only essential personnel should report to campus.
  • Whitaker Campus Center, including the Blazer, will be closed.
  • Commuter and graduate students should not come to campus.
  • Residential students:
    • Should stay in their rooms as much as possible, leaving only to go to the bathroom or retrieve meals. RA’s will provide additional instructions, including use of common areas.
    • There will be no in-person dining in Coblentz, the tents, or in or outside Whitaker. Meals should be picked up at Coblentz and brought back to room. Off-campus food delivery is not allowed during this period.
    • Students with off-campus jobs or any other off-campus obligations that cannot be canceled, must inform their RA. All such students will be required to participate in COVID testing on Tuesday.
    • It is very important that students do not leave campus. National health officials have urged colleges to not shut down completely – thus spreading possible cases to other communities and households. Leaving Hood to go home for these shelter-in-place days would be highly irresponsible, and could result in removal from campus housing for the remainder of the semester.

Following these new protocols, in addition to those already in place, will enable us to recreate our campus bubble. As I have warned, failure to follow the basic protocols of mask wearing, washing hands, symptom monitoring and social distancing has brought us to this very disappointing place. From here, two things can happen. We can collectively learn from our mistakes, reaffirm our commitment to the Heart, Mind and Hands pledge, and be able to lift the shelter-in-place. Or if we do not, I will have no choice but to close campus. I still believe we can be here together until Thanksgiving and I know that is what we all want, but I need each of you to stand with me, please.

Sincerely,

Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Ph.D.
President

Dear Students,

We have made it through three weeks of classes! Congratulations on all your hard work, new habits and healthy behaviors. One reminder is that the new signage is an important part of our protocols to help maintain social distancing. Please pay attention to and follow the signage – even if that means going out of your way to exit or enter a building or get to another floor. Also, furniture should not be moved. It has been placed specifically to allow for low density and social distancing.

I want to also remind you about the Chap Challenge. I’ve received some suggestions for the celebration/prize when we make it to the end of the semester on campus, including karaoke on the quad, a food truck rally or a concert. How do you think we should celebrate? You have until the end of next week to get your ideas to me at president@hood.edu. I want to hear from you!

As I said in my email last week, we are watching science unfold in real time. I cited a study by Duke University about gaiters as face masks. I was rightly challenged by a student who had found another study disputing the Duke findings. If you do use a gaiter, like all face coverings, it should be double-layered. Multiple layers of protection are the best way to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, including masks, monitoring your daily health, washing your hands and social distancing. If we continue to do all of those things, we can and will make it to Thanksgiving safely.

A reminder that with the new academic calendar, offices will be open and classes in session on Monday, Sept. 7 (Labor Day). As you navigate this semester with no long breaks, please reach out to the Student Success Center and the resources available to help you, including the Online Success Toolkitonline tutoring support and counseling services.

Thank you to all who have shown up when called for the random weekly testing. You will be notified by email if your test is negative and, depending on how tests are batched in the lab, you may receive your results at a different time from someone tested the same day. 

Join tonight’s mask painting at 5 p.m. on Whitaker Patio. See Hood College Intramurals for the schedule of fall 2020 Intramural Tournaments, and don’t forget to download the Corq app to keep up with campus events.

I encourage all of you to get outside and enjoy the last bit of summer this weekend. As Maryland enters Phase 3 tonight at 5 p.m., remember to continue with smart and healthy habits, not just when you are on campus. As Governor Hogan says, “be vigilant!” If you have any questions, please send them to covidquestions@hood.edu

Sincerely,

Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Ph.D.
President

Dear Faculty and Staff,

We have made it through three weeks of classes! Congratulations on all your hard work, new habits and healthy behaviors. One reminder is that the new signage is an important part of our protocols to help maintain social distancing. Please pay attention to and follow the signage – even if that means going out of your way to exit or enter a building or get to another floor. 

I want to also remind you about the Chap Challenge. I’ve received some suggestions for the celebration/prize when we make it to the end of the semester on campus, including karaoke on the quad, a food truck rally or a concert. How do you think we should celebrate? You have until the end of next week to get your ideas to me atpresident@hood.edu. I want to hear from you!

As I said in my email last week, we are watching science unfold in real time. I cited a study by Duke University about gaiters as face masks. I was rightly challenged by a student who had found another study disputing the Duke findings. If you do use a gaiter, like all face coverings, it should be double-layered. Multiple layers of protection are the best way to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, including masks, monitoring your daily health, washing your hands and social distancing. If we continue to do all of those things, we can and will make it to Thanksgiving safely. 

Thank you to all who have shown up when called for the random weekly testing. You will be notified by email if your test is negative and, depending on how tests are batched in the lab, you may receive your results at a different time from someone tested the same day.

A reminder that with the new academic calendar, offices will be open and classes in session on Monday, Sept. 7 (Labor Day). Keep Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. on your calendar for the senior team webinar via Zoom.

I encourage all of you to get outside and enjoy the last bit of summer this weekend. As Maryland enters Phase 3 tonight at 5 p.m., remember to continue with smart and healthy habits, not just when you are on campus. As Governor Hogan says, “be vigilant!” If you have any questions, please send them to covidquestions@hood.edu

Sincerely,

Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Ph.D.
President

Dear Students,

Welcome back to another academic year and congratulations on completing the first week of classes – whether on campus or at home. I’m sure you’ve read that some schools didn’t even reach this point, but I am encouraged by what I’ve seen thus far on our campus. With a few exceptions, including protocols not being followed off campus, you have all been masked, socially distanced, following signage, and honoring the Heart, Mind and Hands Pledge you signed. I do want to remind you that, per Governor Hogan’s executive order, face masks are required outside if you are unable to socially distance. If you are outside and alone, you do not need to wear a face mask, but make sure you have it and your Hood ID with you at all times. Also remember to always use sanitizer whenever you touch anything others may have touched such as doorknobs, keyboards and the like. 

I thank all of you for taking the pledge seriously. I believe we can be one of the schools who makes it! So, let’s dig deep and show our Hood spirit and pride – Go Blazers! I know this is hard and so we are doing the following to help keep us all motivated:

  • Ideas for Student Engagement Activities: Forward your best ideas to studentengagement@hood.edu by noon, Friday, Aug. 28 to enter a drawing for a $25 Amazon Gift Card! Please make sure to include your name, email address and contact number. 
  • Free Drinks: We will be handing out coupons for a free drink from the Blazer (thanks to Aramark) when we see members of the community following the protocols. 
  • Daily use of #CampusClear app: These reports are reviewed daily as one metric to ensure it is still safe to be on campus. Each day that you use it, your name will be entered into a drawing. Each month, on Spirit Friday (the first Friday of the month), we’ll do a drawing for Amazon gift cards. The more you use the app, the better your chance to win! 
  • The Chap Challenge: by Friday, Sept. 25 send to president@hood.edu your ideas for what Hood should do if we are able to continue our current status until the end of the semester. I have shared this idea with a few students and to help stimulate your thinking, suggestions thus far include a big concert, a few random days off in the spring semester, and bookstore coupons for everyone. 

As I shared in my email last week, we have a public dashboard listing the current and cumulative totals of COVID-19 cases on campus, as well as our overall positivity rate. This dashboard will be updated weekly, although it will not include identifying information in accordance with privacy laws. As you can see, we have had four confirmed cased on campus since August 3, with no known cases on campus for nearly two weeks. In other words, we are doing extremely well but this will only be the case if we continue to follow all protocols. Breaking the rules this semester means a threat to the health and safety of our Hood community and to the Frederick community. If you are found not complying with the protocols, you will be sanctioned. If it happens again, you will be removed from campus.

A critical part of our COVID mitigation plan is a quick response to any cases on campus. To help manage that response, we have added a student COVID case manager, Dr. Sue Kolb, our athletic director. Dr. Kolb will support students and ensure our protocols, including quarantine and/or isolation if necessary are followed. If you are tested on campus, Dr. Kolb will contact you immediately if the test is positive. If negative, you will receive an email. If you have any questions, you can contact Dr. Kolb at kolb@hood.edu or Teresa Cevallos, our director wellness at wellness@hood.edu.

As part of that response, we have a team of certified contact tracers on campus to immediately contain the spread of the virus by identifying and reaching out to all close contacts. A close contact is identified as any individual who was within six feet of the infected person for at least 15 minutes, starting from two days before illness onset. You may find yourself to be in a room or classroom with someone who develops the virus this semester. If you follow the social distancing and mask protocols, you are not at risk. 

Our understanding of COVID-19 is growing daily and as the research progresses, behavioral protocols may change. To that end, a recent study has shown that neck gaiters may be worse than no mask at all. If you are wearing a neck gaiter on campus, they must be double-layered. Please use the bandanas we gave away as masks; do not just tie them around your head. Disposable masks and double-layered cotton masks are the best. Face shields are also not a substitute for masks. If you are wearing a face shield to protect your eyes, you must still wear a mask. Extra masks are available at the switchboard in Whitaker.

Many have asked how many individuals chose to be remote this semester. Currently, just under 40 percent of students are studying entirely online; while 31 percent of faculty and 23 percent of staff are teaching or working remotely.

A big thank you to all who all who volunteered last week in Whitaker for testing and key pick-up, on the sides of campus roads and near buildings to wave hello to new and returning students, and to those in the Welcome Tent. The Hood Hello was evident, and campus was alive in a way that it hasn’t been since early March. Students living in our new residence hall also returned this past weekend. Thank you for your patience with the last-minute delay. It was fun to see your excitement as you moved in. I know everyone on campus is anxious to see it but remember only residents and employees with official business are allowed. We will plan a belated ribbon-cutting and building tour when the time is right.

Last Tuesday marked the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, granting women the right to vote. It would take until 1965, with the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, for all to have the right to vote. The very best way you can honor the fight of the suffragettes and civil rights activists is to vote. The Dean of Students Office will be sending more information about how you can vote depending on your state residency.

Mark your calendar and plan now to attend Whit Wednesday, weekend and other campus events:

  • Aug 26 Stress-free night 5 p.m. Whitaker patio Lots of fun events, snacks and a drawing for a free planner 
  • Aug 29 Painting door stops 5 p.m. Front of Coblentz Hall; prizes and giveaways 
  • Sept 2 Virtual Organization Fair noon-4 p.m. 

AND that’s not all—check in daily to keep up with campus events, including information about weekend activities via one of the following apps:

I will continue to have virtual office hours most Tuesdays throughout the semester; and as always, if you have questions, send them to covidquestions@hood.edu. Stay safe. 

Sincerely,

Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Ph.D.
President

Dear Faculty and Staff,

Welcome back to another academic year and congratulations on completing the first week of classes – whether on campus or at home. I’m sure you’ve read that some schools didn’t even reach this point, but I am encouraged by what I’ve seen thus far on our campus. With a few exceptions, you have all been masked, socially distanced, following signage, and honoring the Heart, Mind and Hands Pledge you signed. I do want to remind you that, per Governor Hogan’s executive order, face masks are required outside if you are unable to socially distance. If you are outside and alone, you do not need to wear a face mask, but make sure you have it and are wearing your Hood nametag (or carrying your Hood ID) at all times. Also remember to always use sanitizer whenever you touch anything others may have touched such as doorknobs, keyboards and the like. 

I thank all of you for taking the pledge seriously. I believe we can be one of the schools who make it! So, let’s dig deep and show our Hood spirit and pride – Go Blazers! I know this is hard and so we are doing the following to help keep us all motivated:

  • Free Drinks: We will be handing out coupons for a free drink from the Blazer (thanks to Aramark) when we see members of the community following the protocols. 
  • Daily use of #CampusClear app: These reports are reviewed daily as one metric to ensure it is still safe to be on campus. Each day that you use it, your name will be entered into a drawing. Each month, on Spirit Friday (the first Friday of the month), we’ll do a drawing for Amazon gift cards. The more you use the app, the better your chance to win! 
  • The Chap Challenge: by Friday, Sept. 25 send to president@hood.edu your ideas for what Hood should do if we are able to continue our current status until the end of the semester. I have shared this idea with a few students and to help stimulate your thinking, suggestions thus far include a big concert, a few random days off in the spring semester, and bookstore coupons for everyone. 

As I shared in my email last week, we have a public dashboard listing the current and cumulative totals of COVID-19 cases on campus, as well as our overall positivity rate. This dashboard will be updated weekly, although it will not include identifying information in accordance with privacy laws. As you can see, we have had four confirmed cased on campus since August 3, with no known cases on campus for nearly two weeks. In other words, we are doing extremely well but this will continue to be the case only if we continue to follow all protocols. Breaking the rules this semester means a threat to the health and safety of our Hood community and to the Frederick community. If you are found not complying with the protocols, you will be sanctioned per the Faculty Code or Staff Manual. 

A critical part of our COVID mitigation plan is a quick response to any cases on campus. To help manage that response, we have added an employee COVID case manager, Meg Timmons. If you are tested on campus, Meg will contact you immediately if the test is positive. If negative, you will receive an email. If you have any questions, you can contact Meg at timmons@hood.edu or Teresa Cevallos, our director wellness at wellness@hood.edu

As part of that response we have a certified team of contact tracers on campus to immediately contain the spread of the virus by identifying and reaching out to all close contacts. A close contact is identified as any individual who was within six feet of the infected person for at least 15 minutes, starting from two days before illness onset. You may find yourself to be in an office or classroom with someone who develops the virus this semester. If you follow the social distancing and mask protocols, you are not be at risk. 

Our understanding of COVID-19 is growing daily and as the research progresses, behavioral protocols may change. To that end, a recent study has shown that neck gaiters may be worse than no mask at all. If you are wearing a neck gaiter on campus, they must be double-layered. Please use the bandanas we gave away as masks; do not just tie them around your head. Disposable masks and double-layered cotton masks are the best. Face shields are also not a substitute for masks. If you are wearing a face shield to protect your eyes, you must still wear a mask. Extra masks are available at the switchboard in Whitaker.

Many have asked how many individuals chose to be remote this semester. Currently, just under 40 percent of students are studying entirely online; while 31 percent of faculty and 23 percent of staff are teaching or working remotely.

A big thank you to all who all who volunteered last week in Whitaker for testing and key pick-up, on the sides of campus roads and near buildings to wave hello to new and returning students, and to those in the Welcome Tent. The Hood Hello was evident, and campus was alive in a way that it hasn’t been since early March. Students living in our new residence hall also returned this past weekend. Thank you for your patience with the last-minute delay. It was fun to see your excitement as you moved in. I know everyone on campus is anxious to see it but remember only residents and employees with official business are allowed. We will plan a belated ribbon-cutting and building tour when the time is right. 

Last Tuesday marked the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, granting women the right to vote. It would take until 1965, with the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, for all to have the right to vote. The very best way you can honor the fight of the suffragettes and civil rights activists is to vote. 

I will continue to have virtual office hours most Tuesdays throughout the semester, and senior team will begin virtual sessions for faculty and staff. The first will be September 15 at 1 p.m. 

As always, if you have questions, send them to covidquestions@hood.edu

Sincerely,

Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Ph.D.
President

Hello-

Let me start by saying how excited the dining team is to welcome you to the beautiful Hood campus. We can’t wait to see your smiling faces (even if those smiles are behind masks)! We know you have a lot of questions surrounding dining services, so let me take a moment to try and answer some.

Coblentz Dining Hall and the Blazer will be open for regular operating hours, which you can view at hood.campusdish.com.

You’ll notice some differences – all of which are put in place to protect you:

  • We’ve rearranged the dining room tables and have 81 seats in Coblentz Dining Hall.
  • We have added additional seating outside on the Quad. Enjoy your meal al fresco!
  • There are directional signs and floor decals set up throughout to define safe social distancing. Please use the floor markers to social distance while in line.
  • You will have the option to dine in Coblentz Dining Hall or to take food to-go.
  • There is also a separate grab & go station available in Coblentz Dining Hall to help speed up your service.
  • Drink cups, napkins, and silverware will all be served to you when you go through the serving line.
  •  All to-go containers will be held behind the line and given to you by a food server, and all condiments will be individually portioned and served to you.  
  • There will be no self-service options.

We will also offer a pre-order box breakfast or lunch!

  • Simply go to hood.campusdish.com and click on the link to place your breakfast or lunch order.
  • Pre-order meals will be picked up in the Coblentz basement Dreiling Seminar Room.
  • You will enter through the basement door to pick up your meal. This way you can get you breakfast or lunch in quick fashion.

You can watch this video to see how the Dining Hall is set up and will work.

The Blazer will also have directional signage for placing orders and picking up your meals. Please be aware of these new traffic patterns to keep everyone socially distanced. We are happy to let you know that the Blazer now has an online ordering app. Information on the App will be available at the Blazer and online.

One very important thing to note, and we will need your help with this, facial coverings must be worn at all times in Coblentz Dining Hall and in the Blazer, except when you are seated at a table eating or drinking. You will not be allowed into Coblentz or Blazer if you are not wearing a facial covering.

If you have a special dietary need or food allergies, I ask that you contact me as soon as possible so we can have a quick discussion. I want to be sure dining takes care of any requirements you may have.

This is a lot of information to take in. Please feel free to reach out to me directly at

bragel-john@aramark.com. There will be a manager or supervisor during each meal period to assist you in navigating these changes and to answer any questions to may have. Again, I want to thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as work through these changes together.

I wish you all a happy, healthy and safe semester!

John Bragel
Food Service Director

Dear Faculty & Staff, 

We are in the home stretch and the moment we have been planning for months is upon us. By now, all of you should have read the New Horizon Plan and should be using the #CampusClear app each day. Both of these are so important to our success this semester. Failure to comply with any protocols can result in disciplinary action. More important, it is critical that we serve as exemplary role models to our students.

For our undergraduates, local returning residential students can move items into their rooms on Monday; and then move in next weekend (August 15-16). New students will move in next Thursday and Friday. For the past few weeks, we have been communicating with our students coming from states where COVID cases are on the rise, ensuring that they are able to self-isolate at home before moving back to Hood, be tested and/or arrive on campus early to be tested and self-isolate. As of today, we are expecting approximately 700 residential students or 80% occupancy. 

So far, on-campus COVID-19 testing has targeted employees, all resident assistants and orientation assistants. As of today, we have no confirmed COVID-19 cases on campus. Weekly random testing will begin the week of August 24. Those chosen for testing will be notified via email. If you would like to be tested before being chosen, email wellness@hood.edu

If you have not yet signed up to help out as part of the crew at the Welcome Tent, please do so now. There are many places we need your help to give a great big Hood Hello to our students and their families. We also still need volunteers for theBlazer Support Team, who will support (no contact) students in isolation or quarantine. If you are interested in joining the Blazer Support Team, please reach out to Jennie Bowker or Thomas Chatfield, the BST coordinators.

To minimize the spread of the virus on campus, it will be imperative for every office to keep track of visitors (both external and internal) who are in the office for 15 minutes or more, as well as the locations on campus that you visit and the people you interact with for 15 minutes or more. A sample visitor log can be found here  or you can make notes in your Outlook calendar.

A reminder that our virtual fall forum will be held Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 4 p.m. via Zoom. I will give an update on the semester ahead and we will honor employees for their years of service and exemplary award winners.

For the past few weeks, we have held virtual town halls with students (new, residential, commuters and graduate). It has been gratifying to hear their excitement to return to the classroom, whether virtual or in person. They are ready to start the semester and be back together with their Hood family. Similarly, it has been so gratifying to see you back on campus, as well as some of our students.

A big thank you to all who helped deliver the Center for Teaching and Learning's (CTL's) Pandemic-Proof Pedagogy (P3) Conference for faculty this week. The sessions were dynamic and engaging. 

I want to extend a thank you to all who have contributed to the New Horizon Plan. We are ready for our students and to begin the semester because of your hard work and dedication. That said, we will continue to monitor our key metrics and will continue to make all decisions guided by our goals of minimizing the risk of COVID-19 to our community and providing a quality educational experience for all our students. 

Sincerely,

Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Ph.D.
President

Dear Students, 

We are in the home stretch of our preparations for reopening campus for the fall semester. By now, it is imperative that you have read the Welcome Home, Blazers website.

For those of you planning to return to campus, it is imperative that you have been social distancing and minimizing exposure to others. Also, please begin using the #CampusClear app each day so it is as much a habit as brushing your teeth before coming to campus. Your understanding and compliance with all listed protocols and policies are critical to the health and safety of our community; simply put, they are non-negotiable. I ask each of you to do the following. Over the next several days, think deeply about your ability to fully adhere to the Heart, Mind and Hands Pledge. If there is any doubt in your mind that you cannot do so, then you may want to reconsider being on campus. If we are not all fully committed and Hood Strong together, we will not be successful. I believe Hood can be a shining example of how the strength of our community and our willingness to sacrifice for each other enables us to learn, work and play together, even in the face of a pandemic. But that depends on each and every one of you. Also, we must all recognize that uncertainty and flexibility will continue to be part of our daily lives so patience and willingness to adapt to sudden changes are also important.

For the past few weeks, we have been communicating with residential students coming from states where COVID cases are on the rise, ensuring that they are able to self-isolate at home before moving back to Hood, be tested and/or arrive on campus early to be tested and self-isolate. Students from any states with a positivity rate above 10% must bring to campus proof of a negative test result that is less than 72 hours prior to arrival If this is not possible, please contact Dean White immediately to determine if you can be quarantined on campus until you’re the results from the test you take upon arrival are received or if you must delay your move in date. As of today, we are expecting approximately 700 residential students or 80% occupancy. Local returning residential students can move items into their rooms on Monday; and then move in next weekend (August 15-16). New students will move in next Thursday and Friday. 

So far, on-campus COVID-19 testing has targeted employees, all resident assistants and orientation assistants. As of today, we have no confirmed COVID-19 cases on campus. Weekly random testing will begin the week of August 24. Those chosen for testing will be notified via email. If you would like to be tested even if not selected, email wellness@hood.edu

For all students – residential, commuter and graduate – we will have a Welcome Tent set up on the residential quad next Monday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Thursday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Be sure to stop by, say hello to our faculty and staff, and pick up some swag. If you are unable to visit, the swag is available at the campus switchboard in Whitaker or in the Graduate School Office.

For the past few weeks, we have held virtual town halls with students (new, residential, commuters and graduate). It has been gratifying to hear your excitement to return to the classroom, whether virtual or in person. You had great questions and we’ve compiled those in this attachment

I am so excited to see you on campus next week. Continue to stay safe and make smart decisions. As always, send any questions to covidquestions@hood.edu

Sincerely,

Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Ph.D.
President

Dear Hood Community,

Both uncertainty and flexibility are now part of our daily lives. And so, soon after I sent my message this morning regarding the testing plan, both Goucher College and St. John’s College announced that, based on the trends of COVID-19 in both Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties, they have made the difficult decision to move their fall semester entirely online. 

Although the current situation in Frederick is very different than in surrounding regions, rest assured that we are constantly monitoring a set of both internal and regional metrics, including such indicators as positivity rates, availability of testing, sufficient PPE supplies, and more. I have asked public health experts at the county health department to review these metrics to ensure that they are appropriate determinants of our institutional decisions. Following their review, we will add these metrics to our COVID-19 website. At any point, should those metrics indicate a need to re-evaluate our current plan to reopen on-campus operations, we are prepared to respond accordingly.

As of now, we are excited to welcome employees back to campus on Monday, and our new and returning students soon thereafter. 

As always, please send questions to covidquestions@hood.edu.

Sincerely,

Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Ph.D.
President

Dear Undergraduate Students,

Since this pandemic started, I have reminded you that together we are stronger. That will continue to be true as we come together this semester. It is incumbent on all of us to do our part to keep each other as safe as possible. That includes wearing a mask, washing your hands, monitoring your symptoms daily and practicing social distancing. In addition, the College has developed a comprehensive testing plan, the details of which I would like to share with you now. This information can also be found on the Welcome Home website.

First and most important, the Hood College Health Center on 7th Street will provide testing for any member of our community who may have COVID-19 symptoms. In addition to accessible and timely symptomatic testing, we will also conduct surveillance testing throughout the fall semester. 

Hood College understands the critical role that surveillance testing can play in mitigating the spread of COVID-19. Partnering with Frederick Health, the College will provide on-site, clinical testing for all members of the community who are asymptomatic throughout the semester, as follows:

Testing will begin the week of August 3 with residence life staff (including resident assistants), the student engagement team, campus safety and others with direct student contact.

All residential students will be tested upon arrival to campus during move-in. Students will receive a detailed email with testing details, which will occur before you pick up keys. If residential students have received a negative test result within 72 hours upon arriving to campus, they can send test results to wellness@hood.edu to be excused from this testing.

Beginning the week of August 24 and then weekly throughout the semester, 10 percent of the campus community (approximately 100 people) will be chosen randomly to be tested. The group will include every constituency of the on-campus population (faculty, staff, residential students, commuter students, graduate students, and bookstore, dining and facilities staff). You will be notified by email that you have been chosen to be tested. Testing is not an option and is one of the College’s COVID-19 behavioral protocols. Failure to comply will result in disciplinary action. Students who are learning remotely will not be included in the random testing. 

Frederick Health will administer the tests following all COVID-19 protocols, wearing full PPE. The test will be nasal swabs, not the “brain tickler” type that has been generally used for COVID-19 testing. Any member of the community seeking asymptomatic testing may also be tested during any of the testing periods by emailing wellness@hood.edu to request an available time. 

Individuals will be notified of test results directly by Frederick Health within 48 hours. Upon a positive test result, you must follow the protocol outlined here, and contact Hood College Health Services and the dean of students. Residential students will be moved to a quarantine room (if going home is not an option) and will not be able to return to class until medically cleared. 

Campus is starting to come alive again. I’m looking forward to Welcome Week!

My continued well wishes to all of you and your families. If you have any questions, please use covidquestions@hood.edu

Sincerely,

Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Ph.D.
President

Dear Graduate Students,

Since this pandemic started, I have reminded you that together we are stronger. That will continue to be true as we come together this semester. It is incumbent on all of us to do our part to keep each other as safe as possible. That includes wearing a mask, washing your hands, monitoring your symptoms daily and practicing social distancing. In addition, the College has developed a comprehensive testing plan, the details of which I would like to share with you now. This information can also be found on the Welcome Home website.

First and most important, the Hood College Health Center on 7th Street will provide testing for any member of our community who may have COVID-19 symptoms. In addition to accessible and timely symptomatic testing, we will also conduct surveillance testing throughout the fall semester. 

Hood College understands the critical role that surveillance testing can play in mitigating the spread of COVID-19. Partnering with Frederick Health, the College will provide on-site, clinical testing for all members of the community who are asymptomatic throughout the semester, as follows: 

Testing will begin the week of August 3 with residence life staff (including resident assistants), the student engagement team, campus safety and others with direct student contact. All residential students will be tested upon arrival to campus during move-in. 

Beginning the week of August 24 and then weekly throughout the semester, 10 percent of the campus community (approximately 100 people) will be chosen randomly to be tested. The group will include every constituency of the on-campus population (faculty, staff, residential students, commuter students, graduate students, and bookstore, dining and facilities staff). You will be notified by email that you have been chosen to be tested. Testing is not an option and is one of the College’s COVID-19 behavioral protocols. Failure to comply will result in disciplinary action. Students who are learning remotely will not be included in the random testing. 

Frederick Health will administer the tests following all COVID-19 protocols, wearing full PPE. The test will be nasal swabs, not the “brain tickler” type that has been generally used for COVID-19 testing. Any member of the community seeking asymptomatic testing may also be tested during any of the testing periods by emailing wellness@hood.edu to request an available time.

Individuals will be notified of test results directly by Frederick Health within 48 hours. Upon a positive test result, you must follow the protocol outlined here, and contact Hood College Health Services and the dean of the Graduate School

Campus is starting to come alive again. I’m looking forward to Welcome Week! 

My continued well wishes to all of you and your families. If you have any questions, please use covidquestions@hood.edu

Sincerely,

Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Ph.D.
President

Dear Faculty and Staff,

Since this pandemic started, I have reminded you that together we are stronger. That will continue to be true as we come together this semester. It is incumbent on all of us to do our part to keep each other as safe as possible. That includes wearing a mask, washing your hands, monitoring your symptoms daily and practicing social distancing. In addition, the College has developed a comprehensive testing plan, the details of which I would like to share with you now. This information can also be found on the Welcome Home website.

First and most important, the Hood College Health Center on 7th Street will provide testing for any member of our community who may have COVID-19 symptoms. In addition to accessible and timely symptomatic testing, we will also conduct surveillance testing throughout the fall semester. 

Hood College understands the critical role that surveillance testing can play in mitigating the spread of COVID-19. Partnering with Frederick Health, the College will provide on-site, clinical testing for all members of the community who are asymptomatic throughout the semester, as follows:

Testing will begin the week of August 3 with residence life staff (including resident assistants), the student engagement team, campus safety and others with direct student contact. All residential students will be tested upon arrival to campus during move-in.

Beginning the week of August 24 and then weekly throughout the semester, 10 percent of the campus community (approximately 100 people) will be chosen randomly to be tested. The group will include every constituency of the on-campus population (faculty, staff, residential students, commuter students, graduate students, and bookstore, dining and facilities staff). You will be notified by email that you have been chosen to be tested. Testing is not an option and is one of the College’s COVID-19 behavioral protocols. Failure to comply will result in disciplinary action. Faculty and staff who are telecommuting will not be included in the random testing. 

Frederick Health will administer the tests following all COVID-19 protocols, wearing full PPE. The test will be nasal swabs, not the “brain tickler” type that has been generally used for COVID-19 testing. Any member of the community seeking asymptomatic testing may also be tested during any of the testing periods by emailing wellness@hood.edu to request an available time.

Individuals will be notified of test results directly by Frederick Health within 48 hours. Upon a positive test result, you must follow the protocol outlined here, and contact your health service provider, your supervisor and Meg Timmons. You must not return to campus until you have been medically cleared.

Informal contact tracing will begin on campus before the official tracing is done by the state health department. If you are interested in taking the free certification from Johns Hopkins University to serve as a College contact tracer, or have completed it, please email Teresa Cevallos at wellness@hood.edu

The New Horizon Plan is now on Hoodtranet, under Campus Announcements. This document is a working document and will be updated as the situation warrants. 

I’m looking forward to seeing those of you returning to campus on Monday. Campus is starting to come alive again. 

My continued well wishes to all of you and your families. If you have any questions, please use covidquestions@hood.edu

Sincerely,

Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Ph.D.
President

Dear Hood College student, 

The fall semester is almost here, and, as promised, I’m writing with an update on the teaching modalities of your fall classes. I’d like to share with you a video from Iqra Rafiq, one of our student members on the Academic/Curriculum Delivery Working Group, that explains the different types of classes you’ll see on your fall schedule in self-service.  

You’ll also find details on these different modalities in the information below. 

Beginning today, in Self-Service you will see your fall schedule which lists all of the classes for which you are registered. To access this information: 

  • Log in to Self Service 
  • Click the “Classes” tab 
  • Select “Schedule”, then “Student Schedule” 
  • Make sure you are in “Text” mode (not “Grid” mode) 

Your schedule may look something like this:

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The listing of classes will show whether your class will be taught in HYBRID mode or ONLINE. If neither of these designations appears on your schedule, then your class will be taught in TRADITIONAL mode. 

You may notice a start and end time for some courses of 12:01 - 12:02 AM. Don't worry; you don't have to attend class at midnight!  This is simply a system default for all Online and Hybrid courses that indicates the asynchronous nature of the course. For some Traditional courses with TBA listed or showing the 12:01-12:02 AM meeting times, these are typically internships and/or independent study courses where the instructor will be working with individual students to identify a time for course meetings.

So what does TRADITIONAL, HYBRID and ONLINE mean?  

Traditional Courses 

Students will connect with the faculty member and other students in the class LIVE (or “synchronously”). You may participate in these live class sessions either in a classroom or remotely. Your professor may also be joining the class from a remote location. All of these options are feasible. The common feature is that all members of the class will be engaging synchronously on the day, time and classroom location posted on your schedule. And this synchronous, live engagement will occur for every class throughout the semester. 

It is unlikely that all students will be able to attend class at the same time due to physical-distancing requirements, but don’t worry – we’ll make sure you won’t miss anything if you’re participating remotely. 

All synchronous classes will also be recorded and available through the course Blackboard site for students who may need to engage the course material at a different time (or “asynchronously”), yet consistent with course expectations listed in the syllabus. If recording is not feasible due to technical challenges, then the instructor will provide all course materials and follow-up information via Blackboard to students who are unable to engage synchronously. 

Hybrid Courses 

More than half of the classes for the semester will occur live, in a classroom (as described above). These classes will occur on the day, time and in the classroom listed on your schedule. The remaining coursework will be offered asynchronously, and students may engage the course material on their own time, consistent with course expectations listed in the syllabus. 

As with traditional courses, all synchronous classes will also be recorded and available through the course Blackboard site. If recording is not feasible due to technical challenges, then the instructor will provide via Blackboard all course materials and follow-up information to students who are unable to engage synchronously. 

Online Courses 

The entire class will be offered online, and no live or synchronous components will be required. The professor will provide opportunities for individual or small group meetings virtually each week. Even though these courses are offered asynchronously, they still require the same amount of work and commitment as your other courses.  

Still have questions?  

Check out the attached infographic (Your Learning Options) that describes these different modalities.  And, be sure to check out Hood's Online Success Toolkit, which offers a variety of tips and resources to help you navigate some of the changes we will all experience this fall.  Of course, we welcome your questions at covidquestions@hood.edu.

Course modalities and room assignments may change, so please check Self Service immediately prior to the first day of class on August 17 for the most up-to-date information available.  Also, don’t forget to check the course Blackboard site for further information about course modality and expectations. 

If you are unable to come to campus this semester for health reasons and need connectivity or technology to engage with your classes, please contact Dean Schum (undergraduates) or Dean Boulton (graduate students) to explore your options.  

In closing, rest assured that your Hood family has been working hard to plan your return to campus this semester. Whether you will be in a classroom on campus physically distanced, or logging in remotely, we look forward to a successful fall semester with you! 

Best wishes,

Provost Ricker