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: As of right now, Marist Commencement exercises are still scheduled.
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: The College has received many questions from Marist parents and students regarding prorated adjustments for housing and meal plans that will not be used for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. We are working through a detailed policy on how we will calculate and process these adjustments. This policy will need to be approved by our Board of Trustees, which will be accomplished before the end of the semester. As soon as a policy is finalized and approved, the College will notify students and their parents. The College recognizes the disruption that this unprecedented pandemic is causing all members of the Marist community, and appreciate your patience as we develop this plan.
Q: What about campus events currently scheduled (especially during the second week of spring break)?
A: All College-sponsored events, aside from athletics, have been canceled for the immediate future.
Q: What about athletics?
A: The College is being guided by the MAAC conference and the NCAA and all spring sports including competitions, practices, and other related athletic activities have been suspended for the remainder of the semester. Any changes will be communicated to student-athletes by Athletic Director, Tim Murray.
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: If coursework transitions to an online format, what is the expectation for faculty and staff to come to the Poughkeepsie campus?
A: Although coursework will transition online, the Poughkeepsie campus will remain open.
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 do we do if assignments are due the week they come back? Are students expected to complete their coursework that week?
A: Middle States have given flexibility and permission to offer online classwork during this situation. Faculty should reach out to their classes on next steps.
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 staff should report to work as scheduled.
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: Masks are only recommended for those with symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, runny nose), to reduce the spread to others. The evidence regarding using masks for prevention is mixed. The CDC and leading public health authorities are not currently recommending masks for the prevention of this virus. We understand that many individuals are concerned about exposures outside of Marist. The best prevention that we know of is good personal hygiene habits.
Many of us may see individuals moving about campus with face masks. Please know that the wearing of a mask by any member of the community is not a signal of infectiousness nor an invitation for stigmatization. We strongly encourage everyone in the Marist community to help to reinforce this sentiment.
Q: I have recently returned from a trip abroad or have had contact with someone who may have COVID-19. What should I do?
A: Out of an abundance of caution, any person exhibiting symptoms of illness within 14 days of returning to the U.S. following any international travel, must obtain written medical clearance before returning to any Marist location. Employees must submit materials to the Office of Human Resources and students to Health Services.
The CDC’s current guidance states that any travelers entering the U.S. who have been in China during the prior 14 days are required to participate in monitoring by health officials until 14 days after their departure from China.
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.