For frequently asked questions regarding Coronavirus, please refer to the CDC's FAQ page.
Q: Why did Marist decide to move classes online?
A: Marist’s decision to move classes online was guided by the best advice of healthcare professionals and recommendations from New York State and local government officials. Since spring break was extended by one week, classes will resume online on Monday, March 30. Read President Murray’s full message here.
Q: What is Marist doing to protect the community?
A: The College’s senior leadership team and medical doctors have been monitoring this situation closely and meeting daily to review the evolving situation and current recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). All of Marist’s facilities have been provided with hand sanitizer stations in the lobby, and Sani-Hands wipes have been distributed in offices across the College, and housekeeping staff are using the same peroxide-based cleaner that hospitals use to disinfect their facilities.
Q: Can I continue my outside of class academic activity (e.g. internships, student-teacher)
A: Academic Affairs will work with students on an individual basis to determine the completion protocol.
Q: Is Marist planning to cancel Commencement?
A: Commencement for the Class of 2020 has been postponed. President Murray sent a message to the community on April 2, which can be read here.
Q: What will happen to the fall semester?
A: At this time, the situation for the future is unknown. The senior team is monitoring the coronavirus situation on a daily basis leveraging the guidance of health professionals, local and state officials, and the CDC to help guide our policies and decisions.
Q: When and how can I pick up my items?
The College has made the decision to move to fully online classes. The Office of Housing and Residential Life has communicated with resident students regarding returning to campus to retrieve personal belongings. If you have questions, please contact that office at 845-575-3307 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Will I receive a refund for room and board?
A: Letters were emailed to students on Friday, April 17, 2020. President Murray's message to the community regarding refunds/credits can be read here.
Q: What about athletics?
A: All spring sports including competitions, practices, and other related athletic activities have been suspended for the remainder of the semester.
Q: How will residential students select housing for the fall semester?
A: The College is preparing to transition services online, as needed.
Faculty and Staff:
Q: Are faculty and staff with underlying medical conditions required to come to campus?
A: Any employee with specific concerns should contact Human Resources
Q: What support will the College give to Faculty to create an online experience?
A: There are online tutorials from the Office of Digital Education and will also offer on-ground tutorials and assistance.
Q: What about graduate programs not on a traditional spring break schedule?
A: Each program head should work individually with students during this time.
Q: What is the expectation of the faculty and staff during this time?
A: Faculty and non-essential staff are working remotely at this time, in accordance with the NYS Executive Order, "PAUSE."
Health & Prevention Guidelines:
Q: What is social distancing?
A: Social distancing is avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet) from others when possible; Mass gatherings are crowded places where close contact with others may occur, such as shopping centers, movie theaters, or stadiums.
Q: Is it necessary for Marist students to wear masks?
A: In accordance with Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order announced on April 15, 2020, people are required to wear masks or face coverings in public.
Q: Can Marist screen for possible cases?
A: Health Services is not screening or testing for COVID-19. Residential students exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19, please call Health Services 845-575-3270 or the Dutchess County Coronavirus Information Hotline 845-486-3555 for guidance. It is best to call first for information on testing and the next steps.
Q: If faculty and staff have underlying health conditions, who should they contact about reporting to work?
A: Human Resources.
Q: A family member of mine is under self-quarantine, am I allowed to come to campus?
A: Contact the Department of Health for guidance and notify Human Resources.