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Requirements and Conditions for Remaining on Campus

March 24, 2020, 5:40 p.m.

Like many other universities and businesses, Shepherd has undergone many changes during the extended Spring Break.  Helping to keep our community safe is a top priority, which means slowing the spread of COVID-19.  You have been approved to remain on campus for the primary purpose of completing classes.  You will find many differences on campus, whether it is adjusted policies and expectations, limited support for health care, or the wide range of building closures.  In essence, if you are remaining on campus, you will have a much more solo experience than before the break because faculty and staff support will be offered at a distance.

I am being transparent with you about what to expect for the rest of the semester so that you can make a decision whether staying on campus is really the best option for you.  By choosing to remain on campus you understand and accept these conditions, which will likely change in the future.

If you decide that you no longer want to live on campus, please respond to this email, remove all your belongings, return your keys, and complete the Express Checkout form on the Good Living portal.  If any refunds are offered (this issue is still being assessed and has not been decided), the date you officially check out will be important.  Alternately, if you are not able to remove your belongings at this time, please respond to this message so that we can develop a plan of action. 

In order to limit the potential for community spread of COVID-19, the following measures have been taken

Policies and expectations:

Health Care

Limited Services and Access on Campus

Your interaction with faculty and with staff will be digital or by phone.

We look forward to supporting you as you finish out the semester successfully.  Unless I hear otherwise, I will expect to see you on campus on Sunday for the re-start of classes on Monday.  While these provisions may be challenging, we believe that they are important for everyone’s safety and health.

Please let me know if I can provide any additional information with you.

Dr. Liz Sechler
Director of Residence Life