Coronavirus Updates and Resources

Senior leadership at Marist has been actively engaged in monitoring developments daily with the goal to protect the health and safety of all community members and to keep everyone well-informed. The College is following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in setting policy for the Marist community on this issue in an effort to protect everyone. 
 


 

Marist Coronavirus Health Policies

Below please find the list of the Marist Policies based on the CDC threat level classifications for international travel. The College, in its sole discretion, may amend relevant policies and procedures based on changes in public health or other risk-related matters.


General Marist Policies

Last updated: April 20, 2020

Please note the College is complying with New York State Executive Order,"PAUSE."

Academic:

  • The College is moving to fully online learning for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. 

  • International and domestic attachment programs have been canceled for the remainder of the spring semester.

Events:

  • All spring sports including competitions, practices, and other related athletic activities have been suspended for the remainder of the semester.

  • All on-campus events are canceled until further notice. 

 

Travel:

  • All College-sponsored travel is prohibited.

General Student Policies

Last updated: April 20, 2020

In addition to the General Marist Travel Policy listed above, the following also applies to all students:

  • All College-sponsored student trips have been canceled. 

Student Study Abroad Policies

Last updated: March 17, 2020

In addition to the General Marist Travel Policy listed above, the following also applies to all students studying abroad:

  • Marist has suspended all study abroad programs for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. Students will complete their coursework via distance learning or directed study.

Employee Policies

Last updated: February 27, 2020

In addition to the General Marist Travel Policy listed above, the following also applies to employees:

  • Faculty and staff who become ill, exhibiting symptoms of a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, should consult with their healthcare provider as soon as possible, seek medical attention as necessary, and notify their supervisor. Specific questions related to employment leave options should be directed to the Office of Human Resources at 845-575-3349.

  • As information about this situation continues to unfold, a wide range of thoughts, feelings, and reactions may be experienced. Self-care is important for all members of the Marist community. The College offers assistance through its Employee Assistance Program. Private, confidential support can be reached by calling 845-338-5600.

 
 

Marist College is committed to maintaining an educational, working, and living environment that is free of all forms of discrimination and where every member can thrive. It is essential that we all be supportive, respectful, and inclusive of the members of our community who are affected by this global issue.

In the wake of this outbreak, several colleges and universities have experienced the targeting and exclusion of individuals due to fear and misinformation about the virus. 

Acts of bias, discrimination, and harassment run counter to our College values and to Marist’s policies.

If you see someone wearing a mask, do not assume that the individual wearing it has symptoms or is at risk. Wearing a mask is a widespread preventive habit in several countries, and is viewed as a gesture of consideration for others. 

The College continues to monitor for new information, including updated guidance from state and national authorities. Updated information and answers to frequently asked questions are always available on this website.

Please direct any questions to response@marist.edu. Your email will be forwarded to the appropriate office to answer. 

General Health Guidelines

The CDC’s full preventative guidelines can be found in this fact sheet. Information about symptoms can be found here. For detailed information about the coronavirus, visit the CDC’s coronavirus FAQ webpage.

According to the CDC, the best preventative guidelines are:

  • Practice social distancing by 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.
  • Clean your hands often by washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

If you become ill, exhibit symptoms of fever, cough, or shortness of breath, consult with a healthcare provider as soon as possible.

The health, safety, and security of Marist students remains paramount. The College will continue to monitor this situation closely. We ask that you regularly visit our website for updates. We understand this situation has been stressful for many in our community. We continue to offer our support and compassion to members of the community who have family, friends, and colleagues impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact response@marist.edu.

For frequently asked questions regarding Coronavirus, please refer to the CDC's FAQ page

General Questions:

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. 

Academics: 

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. 

 

Students: 

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 housing@marist.edu.

 

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.