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: March 17, 2020


  • The College is moving to fully online learning for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. Classes will resume in this fashion on Monday, March 30.

  • The College has extended the spring break period by an extra week. Spring break will begin on Friday, March 13 and end on Sunday, March 29. This extended break does not apply to online courses, either those underway or beginning on March 23. Graduate Allied Health students (Physician Assistant and Doctorate of Physical Therapy) will follow their normal class schedule. 

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


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

  • All on-campus events hosted by external groups are canceled until further notice.  If you are the Marist contact for an outside event, please notify the organization and work with your supervisor and line executives as needed.

  • All Marist meetings and events on campus are encouraged to practice social distancing* preventative measures including congregating in smaller groups, and leveraging technology (e.g. WebEx) to limit in-person meetings. 

*Social Distancing: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “social distancing” is the best measure to limit a person’s risk of exposure to coronavirus (COVID-19) or of spreading the virus. The CDC defines “social distancing” as “remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible. Below are some recommended methods for practicing social distancing:

  • Use technology to communicate, rather than in-person communication
  • Remain a distance of 6 feet from others
  • Cancel, postpone, or reconfigure events that require the gathering of several or more people
  • Avoid spaces that require close proximity with others, such as grocery stores, movie theaters, or event spaces
  • If you must enter spaces that may result in close contact with others, do the best that you can to maintain distance between yourself and others



  • All College-sponsored international travel is prohibited.

  • All College-sponsored non-essential domestic travel is prohibited.  Supervisors must work with line executives to determine what is considered essential travel in each operating area.

  • The College is advising all members of the Marist community to exercise extreme caution in planning personal travel. Please be aware that because travel advisories can change quickly, if there is a change to the travel warnings, individuals will be subject to the strictest interpretation of the suggested policies in order to limit the risk of spread to the Marist community.

  • 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 or cruise ship 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.

  • Those who are returning from a CDC designated Level 3 country, like Italy, will not be permitted to return to any Marist location until after a self-quarantine of 14 days in which they show no signs of illness. We have provided guidance on self-quarantine best practices to those affected. Any member of the College community who does not comply with the College’s policies or procedures related to the coronavirus may be subject to serious disciplinary action.

General Student Policies

Last updated: March 17, 2020

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

  • All College-sponsored international student trips have been canceled. College-sponsored student trips within the US are being evaluated on a case-by-case basis and student participation is optional. 

  • The College is strongly recommending and encouraging students to be prudent in their travel choices—now—and during the upcoming spring break. This is a rapidly changing situation. This epidemic and how it is affecting travel across the world is evolving.

  • As countries are evaluating travel into and out of their regions, limitations and bans are being put into effect, often with little or no prior warning. To stay updated on these designations by country, please see the CDC’s travel notices, which can be found here.

  • There is a no guest policy in effect in the Marist residence halls until further notice.

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 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

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. 


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


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.