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Spring 2020 Campus Updates

Student Updates

The following updates have been sent to students in reference to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the decision to move all undergraduate and graduate instruction to an online learning format for the remainder of the Spring Semester. You may check back for updates as they are distributed. 

May 2020 Revised Move Out Process: Sent 05/11/2020

Attention McDaniel Residential Students:

We appreciate everyone’s patience regarding the residence hall move out process and we understand that many of you are anxious to recover your belongings. With the health and safety of everyone in mind, we are limiting the number of students who can move out of an individual building at one time. We hope that this reduces the likelihood of crossing paths with groups of people. Please contact the Office of Residence Life at (410) 857-2240 or at reslife@mcdaniel.edu if you have questions or would like to discuss an individual circumstance.

Residence hall move out begins on Monday, May 18, 2020 at 10:00am and goes through Friday, May 22, 2020. Please sign up for a move out time using the McDaniel College Spring 2020 Check Out Sign-Up. The move out process will continue until all students have had the opportunity to return to campus for their belongings.

**Residents of individual campus houses/Garden Apartments/North Village: The Residence Life Staff will continue to contact these residents about move out times. Residents of these areas do NOT sign up for move out time slots using the survey link above.

Below are the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines to follow while on our campus:

  • We are advising anyone with fever, cough or respiratory symptoms resembling COVID-19 symptoms not to travel to campus.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a mask or cloth face cover when around others
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes; and
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

OPTION A:

For students who are able to come to campus:

Students and families are expected to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Arrive to campus at the scheduled time and move all your belongings out of the residence hall.
  • As you arrive to campus, call 410-857-2237 to share with Residence Life staff that you have arrived to start moving out. If you connect with voicemail, please leave your name and information so staff checking messages can log your arrival.
  • Move your belongings out during the time you selected on the Checkout Sign-Up form. For everyone’s health and safety, the move out times are dispersed throughout each day to avoid having too many people in one location at the same time.
  • No more than 2 other individuals may accompany you to campus to move out of your room.
  • All individuals must wear face masks while on campus. We also advise you to wear gloves where possible.
  • The mailboxes are currently inaccessible due to construction in the College Center, but you can enter the building from the middle level near the Post Office and they will be open 9am-4pm. Please see information below about submitting your forwarding address information if you have not done so already.
  • Return your housing keys as well as any other campus issued keys in the envelope provided by Residence Life at one of the two key drop off locations: the Department of Campus Safety Office or the Physical Plant Building (192 Pennsylvania Ave.) key drop.

OPTION B:

For students who are unable to come to campus so a friend or family member will be coming to campus to move out the student’s belongings:

The student who is not able to return to campus should do the following:

  • Complete the McDaniel College Spring 2020 Check Out Sign-Up by 11:59pm the night before your chosen move out time. The form allows for you to identify someone and authorize College staff to allow them entry to your room.
  • The individuals coming to campus must wear a face mask while on campus and we also advise that they wear gloves.
  • When possible, provide your friend or family member with any College issued keys so the keys can be returned while they are on campus. If this is not possible, you must mail all College issued keys in your possession to the College at the following address:

    Office of Residence Life
    McDaniel College
    2 College Hill
    Westminster, MD 21157 

When the friend or family member arrives, they should do the following:

  • Call the Residence Life Staff at (410) 857-2243 upon arrival to campus to share that they have arrived and arrange for staff to key them into the room if they do not have the student’s key(s).
  • Upon completing the move out process, return housing keys as well as any other college issued keys in the envelope provided by Residence Life at one of the two key drop off locations: the Department of Campus Safety Office or the Physical Plant Building (192 Pennsylvania Ave.) key drop.

Additional Move out Information

  • It is important that all belongings are moved out of student rooms. If you cannot take everything home with you in person, we encourage you to make use of off campus storage or shipping options described below. The College is not responsible for any belongings left behind.
  • College-owned refrigerators and microfridges must be emptied but not unplugged. Please note that some perishable items have already been disposed of by Residence Life Staff.
  • Please use the dumpsters that will be on campus to discard unwanted items. We ask that you do not leave personal belongings in hallways and lounges. The dumpsters will be located:
    • Outside Blanche near the WMC Theater
    • Outside Whiteford
    • Between Rouzer and DMC
    • Garden Apartments
    • Water tower lot near North Village
    • Behind ANW
  • Failure to return keys to the Office of Residence Life will result in the resident being charged a lock core change fee.
  • Mail forwarding. The McDaniel Post Office is still looking for responses from students to their survey to collect forwarding addresses. Please visit this link if you have not done so already: Mail Forwarding Form
  • Bookstore Rental Returns: We are pleased to announce that Spring Semester Rentals are no longer due May 15. The due date for all Spring Rental Returns has been pushed back to Monday, June 15. Once this date draws closer, Renters will receive automated email reminders to return their books. As of now students will need to return their rentals via UPS as the Bookstore is still closed to the public. A link will be included in those emails that will take students to a FREE UPS label that can be used to ship their Rentals. Those wishing to return their Rentals early and not wait for the automated emails can use the following link to access a FREE UPS label: Book Return Label. If you are in need of your Order# please email: sm412@bncollege.com

Storage Information

* Please note that McDaniel College does not endorse any of these companies, but is providing a list of options for students and families.

  • Glamour Moving and Storage
    • Company will pack up the residence hall room, transport to storage facility or ship to home address.
    • Contact them before signing up for a time slot to confirm they can commit to the appointment.
    • www.glamourmoving.com
      410-876-6919
  • Legacy Logistics
    • Company will pack up the residence hall room, transport to storage facility or ship to home address.
    • Contact them before signing up for a time slot to confirm they can commit to the appointment.
    • www.shipmyroom.com
      484-637-9333
  • Westminster Self-Storage
    • Student responsible for packing up belongings and taking them to the storage location.
    • Wssmd.com
      410-857-4169
  • EZ Storage
    • Student responsible for packing up belongings and taking them to the storage location.
    • www.ezstorage.com/locations/westminster/
    • 410-753-2315

Shipping Information

If you need to ship belongings, the following information may be helpful.

  • McDaniel College Post Office, Decker College Center 2nd Floor
    • 410-857-2270
      Monday, May 18-Friday, May 22, 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Westminster Post Office
    • 345 Woodward Road
      410-848-4805
    • Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm, Saturday 8:00am-1:00pm, Sunday closed
    • Currently operating under normal hours but you are encouraged to call and confirm this as you get closer to your sign-up time.
  • Westminster UPS
    • 9 Westminster Shopping Center, Westminster, MD 21157
    • 410-871-9750
    • Monday-Friday 8:30am-7:00pm, Saturday 9:00am-3:00pm, Currently operating under normal hours but you are encouraged to call and confirm this as you get closer to your sign-up time.
  • Fedex Drop Off in Walgreens
    • 500 Meadow Creek Drive, Westminster, MD 21158
    • 410-848-0513
    • Monday-Sunday 9:00am-9:00pm (note this is a recent change from their online posted 8:00am-10:00pm hours)
    • Currently operating under normal hours but you are encouraged to call and confirm this as you get closer to your sign-up time.
  • Shipping Station
    • 332 140 Village Rd Ste 7, Westminster, MD 21157
    • 410-857-7979
    • Monday-Friday 12:00pm-6:00pm (note these are current operating hours, different than hours found online)

Please know that the Residence Life Staff is available to answer any questions that you might have about this unique move out process and we thank you for your cooperation.

Thank you,
Office of Residence Life

Important update regarding GPA calculations for Spring 2020: Sent 05/08/2020

Dear Undergraduate Students,  

I am writing with an important update regarding the grading system in use for the Spring 2020 semester. In recognition of the many different challenges students may have faced this semester related to the pandemic, the McDaniel faculty has voted that grades of Ds and Fs will not be calculated into students’ GPAs this semester.

For this semester only:

  • Grades of D+, D, D- or F will not be calculated into students’ cumulative GPAs.
    • Grades in the D range will be recorded as DX, such that credits are awarded, but the GPA is not affected.
    • Grades of F will be recorded as FX, such that no credits are awarded and the GPA is not affected.
  • Grades of DX and FX will be given instead of D or F grades in undergraduate classes, regardless of whether students opted into the Pass/D/F policy or not.
  • Official transcripts will carry a notation explaining the meaning of DX and FX grades.

If you have questions about this update, please contact your advisor or your academic deans (academiclife@mcdaniel.edu).

As you move into finals week, I hope that this information will ease concerns if you are currently worried about any longer-term effect that unsatisfactory grades may have on your academic record. I do still encourage you, however, to continue to do your best work in preparing for final exams and completing finals projects/papers.

Wishing you a productive and successful final week of the spring semester.

Sincerely,

Julia Jasken

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Julia Jasken
Executive Vice President/Provost
McDaniel College

 

Important - Advising and Registration Information: Sent 04/04/20

Dear Students,

We hope that you and your families are healthy and safe and that you are starting to settle into the online format for each of your courses.  We recognize that this has been an exceptional time, filled with many challenges. Please know that the Academic Life Team is here to support your academic needs this semester, as always.

Below you will find some important information to help you make decisions about grading options this semester and prepare for fall registration, which begins on April 20th.

For all students:

Discuss the Pass/D/F grading system options with your advisor

You will want to decide whether to opt into the Pass/D/F grading option for any of your classes. You can view a list of Frequently Asked Questions about this policy here. The deadline to opt in is April 24th and you should discuss this option with your advisor and professors. The form to opt in can be found here.

Withdraw from a class (or classes) if there is no way to pass

After you’ve consulted with your professor and advisor, if there is no way to pass a class, then you should withdraw from this class. The deadline to do so with this form is Friday, April 10th by 4:30 pm. and you can find the course withdrawal form here. Normally, you cannot drop below 12 credits and still be eligible for housing, financial aid, or athletics, but this is an unusual semester. Dropping below 12 credits at this time will not affect your financial aid. (If you have specific questions about financial aid, contact your financial aid specialist or finaid@mcdaniel.edu).

Take your math placement test, if needed

The online math placement test is scheduled for Tuesday, April 7th (not the 6th as indicated in a previous email). The test will be open from 8 am to 8 pm. If you plan to take the online math placement test, please register for MAT-1003-02 for the spring semester. If you are unable to register due to a conflict with a class, please send an email from your McDaniel email to regoffice@mcdaniel.edu requesting to be registered.  You will need to do so by 4:30 pm on Monday, April 5th in order to be registered for the tests.

For students registering for Fall 2020 classes:

Registration for fall classes will open on April 20th.

Step 1: Browse the Fall 2020 schedule.

Use self-service to add some courses that you are considering to your Fall 2020 schedule. Review how-to videos about registration, if needed

Step 2: Declare your major if you a sophomore

Sophomore students must declare a major before they can register for fall classes and you can do that with this form. First-year students can declare a major if they are ready to do so using the same form.

Step 3: Make an appointment and discuss your plans with your Advisor

Be sure to meet with your advisor by phone or video conference to discuss your fall courses. Your advisor will need to clear you before you can register for fall classes. When your advisor clears you after your meeting, you will receive an email with the subject line “Cleared for Registration.”

Step 4: Check your registration date/time

Registration happens the week of April 20th, but each student has been assigned a specific date/time. Check your registration date/time when you log onto Student Planning and set a reminder for yourself on your phone or where you’ll be sure to check. Below are steps to check your registration time:

  • Go to the McDaniel Portal Self-Service Menu (left side of page)
  • Select Student Menu
  • Select Student-Registrar's Ofc
  • Select Student Planning and Registration
  • Registration date/time will appear in the upper right

Step 5: Take care of any holds that would prevent you from registering

When you log on to Student Planning, you will see a bar in the top right corner if you have a hold that will prevent you from registering. Contact the office listed to see what you need to do to have the hold lifted so that you can register on time. Sometimes it is a simple matter such as signing a form.

Step 6: Register for at least 12 credits for Fall 2020

You will need to register for at least 12 credits to be a full-time student, which is important for financial aid, housing, and athletics in the fall. To stay on track for a 4-year graduation, you should register for 16 credits. If you are waitlisted for a course, just be sure to add a temporary course that you can later drop so that you have at least 12 credits.  You may register for up to 22 credits: 20 credits at the regular tuition rate and 2 credits at the overload rate. All courses that are exempt from the overload fee are listed with a course type of OVL. When your registration is successful, the sections will appear in green on your Student Planning Schedule.

Consider registering for an online summer course

Registration for summer sessions 1 & 2 is going on now and all summer courses will be taught online. https://www.mcdaniel.edu/academics/special-academic-opportunities/2020-summer-session Summer classes can help you stay on pace for a 4-year graduation if you have had a semester where you completed fewer than 16 credits, as well as help you meet McDaniel Plan requirements.

Contact the Registrar’s Office for technical questions about registration

You can reach the Registrar’s Office at regoffice@mcdaniel.edu or 410-857-2755.

Your academic deans and academic life counselors are here to support you! You can reach us at academiclife@mcdaniel.edu or by calling 410-857-2251 (M-F 8:30-4:30).

Sincerely,

The Academic Life Team

Withdrawing From a Class (All Students) Sent: 03/30/20

Dear Students,

As I reported last week, the course withdrawal deadline has been extended to Friday, April 10th, by 4:30 p.m.

You will be able to withdraw from a course (and receive a ‘W’ on your transcript) up until April 10th at 4:30 pm by emailing the attached form to regoffice@mcdaniel.edu from your McDaniel email account.

The Registrar’s Office will contact the course instructor and your advisor via email for their approval. If needed, the Registrar’s Office will also contact the Bursar and the Financial Aid Office so that they can provide you with any special instructions. You will receive a confirmation email from the Registrar’s Office when the course withdrawal request has been processed.

Before you make a decision to withdraw from a course, please consult with your academic advisor to determine if this is the best course of action or if the Pass/D/F option would better meet your needs. The Pass/D/F policy is below:

Pass/D/F Policy for Undergraduate Students (for the Spring 2020 semester only)

  • Students may choose to opt into the Pass/D/F policy by April 24th, 2020. Students can opt into this policy on a course-by-course basis. If they make this irrevocable decision, grades in that course (or courses) will adjust as described below:
  • Grades in the A+ to C- range will be recorded as a “P” for “Pass” (credits awarded; no effect on GPA).
  • Grades in the D+ to D- range will be recorded as a D (credits awarded; calculated into GPA as 1.00 quality points)
  • F grades will be recorded as an F (no credits awarded; calculated into GPA as 0.00 quality points)

When you are making this decision, you should take the following into consideration:

  • Graduating seniors must achieve a cumulative GPA and major GPA of 2.00 or higher in order to graduate.
  • Students who are retaking a course with the hopes of improving their grade should be aware that a grade of “Pass” will replace a previously earned grade and count toward a graduation requirement; neither the "Pass" nor the prior grade will be calculated into the GPA.
  • Students may not opt into the Pass/D/F policy for ENG 1101 because students must earn a C or higher as college-wide requirement.
  • Education Majors and Minors may not opt into the Pass/D/F grading policy for any courses required by that accredited program because students must earn grades of C or higher.
  • Honors courses are eligible for the Pass/D/F policy.

It is recommended that all students consult with their academic advisor and/or academic counselor or dean (academiclife@mcdaniel.edu) before opting into the Pass/D/F policy or withdrawing from a course.

Stay well,

Sandra Clark
Registrar

McDaniel College
2 College Hill
Westminster, MD 21157
410-857-2217
410-857-2752 (fax)
sgclark@mcdaniel.edu

Message from President Casey for the Class of 2020 (Undergraduate/Graduate Class of 2020): Sent 03/27/20

Dear McDaniel Class of 2020,

You continue to be in the forefront of my thoughts. None of us could have ever imagined all that we are currently facing when you stepped foot on the Hill four years ago. Again, I want to share that I am truly sorry for all of the unavoidable disruptions that you have faced in your final semester. That said, I owe it to you to be the one personally sharing this news with you today. 

We have, unfortunately, decided that our planned May 23 Commencement ceremonies for both Graduate and Undergraduate students will not take place. This also includes our Commencement and Senior Week activities, including the ROTC Commissioning Ceremony, Candlelight Processional, and Senior Investiture and Honors Convocation. Although there may not be a ceremony, students who complete their degree requirements will still receive their diploma in May.

Please know that we held off making this decision as long as we possibly could. However, because of the continued uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the planning required by the College and many families to attend, we could not wait any longer.  

I know how disappointing this decision is for me. Commencement is my favorite College event each year. So I understand how disappointing this news is for all of you—all of the members of our Class of 2020, and your families and friends who were looking forward to celebrating your achievements. I especially feel for those families like mine was, those who would be the first to celebrate a member of their family graduating from college.

I will continue to keep my promise that we will find a way to celebrate you in a special way once we know what is safe and possible. Until then, please continue to focus on your studies and the last few weeks of the semester. Please know that McDaniel will continue to support you every step of the way as you make your transition to post-college life. I am proud of each and every one of you. WE ARE MCDANIEL. 

Stay Well and Stay Strong, 
President Roger Casey 

Important update: New Pass/D/F grading policy (Undergraduate Students): 03/26/20

*Policy Updated 05/08/2020

Dear Undergraduate Students,

Given the commitment laid out in our First Principles to place students at the center of a humane environment and given the challenges we know students may face in this new modality, the franchised faculty recently voted to adopt an optional Pass/D/F policy outlined below:

Pass/D/F Policy for Undergraduate Students (for the Spring 2020 semester only):

Students may choose to opt into the Pass/D/F policy 24th, 2020. Students can opt into this policy on a course-by-course basis. If they make this irrevocable decision, grades in that course (or courses) will adjust as described below:

  • Grades in the A+ to C- range will be recorded as a “P” for “Pass”(credits awarded; no effect on GPA).
  • Grades in the D+ to D- range will be recorded as a D (credits awarded; calculated into GPA as 1.00 quality points)
  • F grades will be recorded as an F;(no credits awarded; calculated into GPA as 0.00 quality points)

When you are making this decision, you should take the following into consideration:

  • Graduating seniors must achieve a cumulative GPA and major GPA of 2.00 or higher in order to graduate.
  • Students who are retaking a course with the hopes of improving their grade should be aware that a grade of “Pass” will replace a previously earned grade and count toward a graduation requirement; neither the "Pass" nor the prior grade will be calculated into the GPA.
  • Students may not opt into the Pass/D/F policy for ENG 1101 because students must earn a C or higher as college-wide requirement.
  • Education Majors and Minors may not opt into the Pass/D/F grading policy for any courses required by that accredited program because students must earn grades of C or higher.
  • Honors courses are eligible for the Pass/D/F policy.

It is recommended that all students consult with their academic advisor and/or academic counselor or dean (academiclife@mcdaniel.edu) before opting into the Pass/D/F policy.

Please note that you have until April 24th to make a decision regarding whether you feel this would be beneficial for you. To select this grading option for one or more courses, please fill out the attached form and submit to the Registrar’s Office at regoffice@mcdaniel.edu.

In closing, I want to extend a sincere note of gratitude to you for your resilience and flexibility during these extraordinary times. Please know that, although we are not physically together at this time, you are still a very important part of the McDaniel family.

Wishing you a productive and positive semester. I hope to see you back soon on The Hill.

Sincerely,

Julia Jasken

 

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Julia Jasken
Executive Vice President/Provost
McDaniel College

Residence Hall Move-Out POSTPONED: Sent 03/22/20

Due to Maryland Gov. Hogan’s latest communication asking all Spring Break travelers to self-quarantine for the next 14 days and to avoid people over the age of 60, McDaniel College has made the decision to postpone the residence hall move out scheduled for this Monday, March 23 through Sunday, March 29. 
 
We apologize for the inconvenience and disruption this may cause, especially if you are on your way to campus now. Again, this means that students may not access college residence halls to retrieve their belongings this week
 
The Office of Residence Life will be in touch with residential students with further instructions once we receive information that move out can safely occur. In the meantime, those with questions or those who would like to discuss individual circumstances should contact reslife@mcdaniel.edu or 410-857-2240.  

McDaniel Residence Hall Move Out Process (Undergraduate Students): Sent 03/19/20

Attention McDaniel Residential Students:

The past week has most certainly been difficult for all of us and we greatly appreciate your patience as you have waited to learn about how you can retrieve your belongings from campus housing. With the health and safety of everyone in mind, we are limiting the number of students who can move out of each building at one time. We hope that this helps to ease the concerns many individuals may have about being in and crossing paths with large groups of people. Please contact the Office of Residence Life at (410) 857-2240 or at reslife@mcdaniel.edu if you have questions or would like to discuss an individual circumstance.  


OPTION A:
For students who are able to come to campus:

Move out will begin on Monday, March 23, 2020 at 10:00am and go through Sunday, March 29, 2020. Please sign up for a move out time using the McDaniel College Spring 2020 Check Out Sign-Up.

Students and families are expected to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Arrive to campus at the scheduled time and move all your belongings out of the residence hall.
  • Move your belongings out during the time you selected on the Checkout Sign-Up form. For everyone’s health and safety, the move out times are dispersed throughout each day to avoid having too many people in one location at the same time.
  • No more than 2 other individuals may accompany you to campus to move out of your room.
  • Check your campus mailbox and remove all the mail in it.
  • Return your housing keys as well as any other campus issued keys in the envelope provided by Residence Life at one of the three key drop off locations: the Residence Life Office, the Campus Post Office, the Department of Campus Safety Office or the Physical Plant Building (192 Pennsylvania Ave.) key drop.

OPTION B:
For students who are unable to come to campus so a friend or family member will be coming to campus to move out the student’s belongings …

The student who is not able to return to campus should do the following:

  • Complete the McDaniel College Spring 2020 Check Out Sign-Up by 11:59pm the night before your chosen move out time.
  • When possible, provide your friend or family member with any College issued keys so the keys can be returned while they are on campus. If this is not possible, you must mail all College issued keys in your possession to the College at the following address:

     

    Office of Residence Life
    McDaniel College
    2 College Hill
    Westminster, MD 21157

When the friend or family member arrives, they should do the following:

  • Call the Office of Residence Life at (410) 857-2240 upon arrival to campus if they do not have the student’s key(s). In this case, a College staff member will provide access to the building and room.
  • Upon completing the move out process, return housing keys as well as any other college issued keys in the envelope provided by Residence Life at one of the four key drop off locations: the Residence Life Office, the Campus Post Office, the Department of Campus Safety Office or the Physical Plant Building (192 Pennsylvania Ave.) key drop.

Additional Move out Information

  • It is important that all belongings are moved out of student rooms. If you cannot take everything home with you in person, we encourage you to make use of off campus storage or shipping options described below. The College is not responsible for any belongings left behind.
  • College-owned refrigerators and microfridges must be emptied but not unplugged.
  • Please use the dumpsters that will be on campus to discard unwanted items. We ask that you do not leave personal belongings in hallways and lounges. The dumpsters will be located:
    • Outside Blanche near the WMC Theater
    • Outside Whiteford
    • Between Rouzer and DMC
    • Garden Apartments
    • Water tower lot near North Village
    • Behind ANW
  • Failure to return keys to the Office of Residence Life will result in the resident being charged a lock core change fee.

 

Storage Information

See Email Attachment

Shipping Information

If you need to ship belongings, the following information may be helpful.

McDaniel College Post Office, Decker College Center 2nd Floor

  • 410-857-2270
  • Monday-Friday, 9:00am-4:00pm

Westminster Post Office

  • 345 Woodward Road
  • 410-848-4805
  • Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm, Saturday 8:00am-1:00pm, Sunday closed
  • Currently operating under normal hours but you are encourage to call and confirm this as you get closer to your sign up time.

Westminster UPS

  • 9 Westminster Shopping Center, Westminster, MD 21157
  • 410-871-9750
  • Monday-Friday 8:30am-7:00pm, Saturday 9:00am-3:00pm, Sunday closed
  • Currently operating under normal hours but you are encourage to call and confirm this as you get closer to your sign up time.

Fedex Drop Off in Walgreens

  • 500 Meadow Creek Drive, Westminster, MD 21158
  • 410-848-0513
  • Monday-Sunday 9:00am-9:00pm (note this is a recent change from their online posted 8:00am-10:00pm hours)
  • Currently operating under normal hours but you are encourage to call and confirm this as you get closer to your sign up time.

Please know that the Residence Life Staff is available to answer any questions that you might have about this unique move out process and we thank you for your cooperation.

Thank you,
Office of Residence Life

Message from the President: Sent 03/17/20

Dear McDaniel Community: 

A presidential colleague of mine noted that the COVID-19 virus response has made him feel like “I’m trying to put together a 10,000-piece picture-puzzle while riding a roller-coaster during a hurricane.” I’m not sure I can provide a better description of what the last two weeks have felt like for all of us around the globe. 

My fellow senior administrators and I have spent hours developing responses to a myriad of scenarios. Who would have thought that we would be facing a global pandemic like COVID-19? Nonetheless, COVID-19 is a reality. It’s hard to imagine that our lives would be so inextricably changed because of it. But they certainly have. 

To help flatten the curve of virus transmission, we have moved McDaniel online for the rest of the semester. Though this difficult decision results in a significant upheaval of expectations about what McDaniel looks and feels like, I want everyone to remember the message I share each year at our first-year convocation. I remind everyone that a college is not a place, it’s not buildings, it’s not curriculum. A college is people. And you are those people. You are those people no matter where you are. “You are McDaniel College.” 

Whether you are taking an online class from Wichita Falls or Ellicott City, whether you are staffing our registrar’s office from Elderdice or your kitchen phone, whether you are teaching in Hill Hall or your own hallway in Westminster, whether you graduated from WMC in 1961 or McDaniel in 2013: WE ARE ALL STILL MCDANIEL COLLEGE.

I ask for your patience over the next few weeks as we transition to a new way of learning. Everything won’t always go smoothly. But it will go on. We are here for you on The Hill, whether we are there in person or in spirit. And to the Class of 2020, I especially say, “I’m sorry.” You got cheated out of eight weeks you thought you had left for friends and celebrations. No one imagined you wouldn’t be able to hang out in a group of more than ten. We don’t yet know what will happen to your graduation ceremony, but we will celebrate you in a special way once we know what is safe and possible. This I promise. 

Meanwhile, I hereby declare that even though millions today may be stuck inside self-quarantined for the good of the many, on this March 17, I hereby request that around the world people wear green in celebration of being a Green Terror. I believe millions globally will join us in cheering our green pride. WE ARE MCDANIEL. And no virus will ever diminish The Hill. We will Climb Higher. We will See Farther. 

Stay Well, 

President Roger Casey

Important update regarding classes for the Spring Semester: Sent 03/17/20

Due to the ever-changing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation and our continued commitment to the health and well-being of our community members, McDaniel College has made the difficult but necessary decision to move all undergraduate and graduate instruction to an online learning format for the remainder of the Spring Semester. Online instruction will still begin Monday, March 23, and we have taken steps to ensure that our students’ education, including access to academic and student support services, is uninterrupted. Information on how to access these services can be found at www.mcdaniel.edu/student-life/health-wellness/covid-19-coronavirus-information/student-academic-support.

Within the week, the Office of Residence Life will communicate via email the process for residential students to return to campus to gather the remainder of their belongings. At this time, the residence halls are still closed to all students who have not already received approval to be on campus. Further information will be forthcoming. Please direct all questions regarding Residence Life to reslife@mcdaniel.edu.

The campus itself remains open on a limited basis and visitors to campus are restricted to those with appointments only. Faculty and staff will be receiving further communication about their options during this time.

In compliance with Governor Hogan’s mandate to limit the size of public gatherings, all on-campus events through the end of the Spring semester are now canceled. These cancellations include cultural events and performances, lectures, and large-format admissions and alumni events. Further information about Athletics will be distributed following decisions being made by the Centennial Conference. No final decision has yet been made about Commencement.

We recognize that questions will arise as a result of this decision. The College’s COVID-19 (Coronavirus) webpage will continue to be updated with the latest campus information.

Please know that the College remains committed to our students-first mission. We are dedicated to our students and their future. Thank you to our tremendous campus community for your flexibility and adaptability to the sudden changes that have been required during this uncertain time. We are here to support you and look forward to your physical return back to the Hill.

The McDaniel College Coronavirus Task Force

Remote Learning: Strategies and Resources (Students): Sent 03/16/20

Good morning,

While you are on spring break, you are likely wondering what it will be like to return to classes in a remote learning environment.  To help you prepare for this shift, this email from the Office of Academic Life will share advice and strategies for ways to be successful in a remote learning environment.

First, we want to thank you for your patience and flexibility as our community transitions to remote learning for the two-week period following Spring Break. We acknowledge that this unprecedented transition to remote learning will be just that – a transition. Just like any transition, we know that this is going to take some time to get used to. Please know that the Academic Life Office will be here with you every step of the way.

When we approach the final days of spring break, you will begin to hear from your instructors who will give you a sense of how they are planning to take each one of your courses online after the break. Just as in the classroom, each one of your instructors is going to have different course formats and expectations. We ask that you take the time to read through and familiarize yourself with those altered expectations for each of your courses very carefully so that you are prepared when classes resume. One aspect that we would like to emphasize about remote education is that communication is going to be essential. If something seems confusing to you or if you have any questions, please reach out to your respective instructor(s) immediately. Additionally, the Office of Academic Life is fully prepared to help you navigate these questions and concerns.

Please note that remote learning does not equate to less work or easier work. You are expected to dedicate the same amount of time and effort to your remote learning environment as you would for your in-person courses. The nature of your learning is going to be much more independent during these next two weeks, and that is going to require a good amount of self-discipline on your part.

Knowing this, we would like to share some strategies we recommend as you transition to remote learning:

  • Frequently monitor your McDaniel email account and your Blackboard courses. Your email is the place professors and your academic support team (advisors, academic deans, academic counselors, etc.) will send information that is key to your academic success.  Most professors will rely heavily on Blackboard and you should log into your courses regularly.
  • Ask questions and ask for assistance – early and often.  Your professors are here to help you but, without seeing the look of confusion upon your face in person, they may not know you need help.  As soon as you have any questions, ask them!  Do not feel like you have to navigate this new learning format alone.  Ask questions all along the way. If your professor, or any member of the academic community, doesn’t know the answer right away, they will do their best to find the answer and get back to you.
  • Actively participate in the online learning environment. Your instructors need to know that you are participating and learning. So, respond to emails, post in discussion boards, and write in learning logs as frequently as possible. Show what you know and try to be as detailed as possible.
  • Take notes as you would in class.  You should take notes in order to gather and integrate what you are learning – during discussion groups, during videos and lectures you watch, when the professor or your peers make important points you want to remember, and while you are reading and studying on your own.
  • Be aware of and stick to deadlines. Your instructors may alter some of the deadlines for your current assignments, modify assignments, and/or create different assignments to assess your learning. Nevertheless, you will still have plenty of assignments that are due.  Keep track of all due dates and turn in assignments on time. 
  • Keep an academic routine.  Online learning can be quite flexible regarding WHEN you do your work, and creating a structured schedule will allow you to stay on track with all of your coursework. Develop a daily schedule so that you know you will do work for each of your courses during specific windows of time.  If any of your instructors want to use the regularly schedule class time to do something virtual with the class, include those times in your daily schedule.
  • Continue to use campus resources. The Writing Center, research support through Hoover Library,  Student Accessibility & Support Services (SASS), the I.T. Help Desk, and the Office of Academic Life are still operating, just in a remote capacity.  If your course/department had tutors available for in-person classes, you can ask your professor how to contact the tutors for remote support.
  • Have a success mindset. As you transition to remote learning, you may not feel comfortable initially with the new format. However, you can learn to be successful with this format by following our recommendations above, communicating with your instructor regularly, and discovering what works best for you as you go. As you transition to this new mode of learning, know that you have people and resources ready to help you.
  • Consider options for WiFi access, if needed.  If you are staying in a location without WiFi and your data plan is not sufficient, you may want to explore a deal that Comcast is offering for 2 months of free WiFi to new Internet Essentials Customers (low income households) in response to COVID-19. The following link provides more information: https://www.internetessentials.com/ . Please read all the information carefully so that you make an informed decision about this possible service.  The equipment needed to have the internet into your home takes 7-10 days to arrive from the date of order. It is also important for you to know that the College is not endorsing this internet option. We simply wanted to pass it on to students in case it would be helpful to you in the coming weeks. 
  • The Office of Academic Life is here for you.  Should you need or want any academic related advice, assistance, and/or support during this time, we strongly recommend that you contact us, in the Office of Academic Life, immediately. The Office of Academic Life is reachable by phone (410) 857-2251 or email (academiclife@mcdaniel.edu) Monday through Friday from 8:30am – 4:30pm and our team will respond to messages as quickly as possible. Finally, we would like to make you aware that the Office of Academic Life will be sending out additional information to students about the plan for handling upcoming academic-related procedures remotely (e.g., advising, registration, declaring a major, withdrawing from a course).

As always, please continue to visit the College’s COVID-19 (Coronavirus) webpage for additional information and campus-wide updates.

We would like, again, to thank you for your continued patience during this time. Enjoy the rest of your Spring Break! You deserve it.

Sincerely,

Lisa Breslin, Associate Dean (lbreslin@mcdaniel.edu) - Juniors, seniors, & transfer students
Stephanie Madsen, Associate Dean (smadsen@mcdaniel.edu) - Sophomores & first-year students
Tommy Schoolman, Academic Life Counselor (tschoolman@mcdaniel.edu) - First-year students
Emily Ruff, Academic Life Counselor (eruff@mcdaniel.edu) - General student support

Update about campus events and facilities during and after Spring Break: Sent 03/12/20

We are writing to inform you about the status of campus events and facilities in light of yesterday’s announcement that all on-campus, face-to-face undergraduate and graduate instruction will be moving to an online format for a two-week period following Spring Break.

Campus Events

--All on-campus events through at least Sunday, April 5, will be canceled. This is in an effort to minimize potential exposure to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Cancellations include arts and cultural events and performances, lectures, and large-format admissions events.

--Beginning Friday, March 13, events will be updated by the Office of Communications and Marketing as “Canceled” on the College’s online events calendar. Those who submitted events as “Requestors” through the College’s 25Live system will be notified as their events are changed to “Canceled.”

Campus Facilities

--Athletic facilities, including the gym, the pool, the Fitness Center, the golf course and the playing fields will be closed starting Sunday, March 15, at 5 p.m. through at least Sunday, April 5.

--Glar will be serving meals through dinner on Sunday, March 15, then will be closed starting Monday, March 16, through at least Sunday, April 5. Additional information related to dining services during Spring Break and the two-week online period will be forthcoming.

--Hoover Library will be open via swipe card access to current students, staff and faculty. Hours may be limited. Check the library’s website for current hours: https://lib.hoover.mcdaniel.edu/hours.

--Please be aware that although campus offices remain open, some services may be limited.

Continue to visit the College’s COVID-19 (Coronavirus) webpage for additional information and updates.

The McDaniel College Coronavirus Task Force

Important campus update about classes after Spring Break: Sent 03/11/20

The health and well-being of our campus community remain our top priority. At this time, McDaniel has no reported cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Out of an abundance of caution and in light of decisions made by the University System of Maryland and our regional peer institutions, McDaniel College will move all on-campus, face-to-face undergraduate and graduate instruction to an online format for a two-week period following Spring Break. This will begin Monday, March 23.

Off-campus graduate cohorts that teach face-to-face should continue to do so, unless otherwise notified.

When preparing for Spring Break, students should take all materials needed to resume coursework remotely, such as laptops, textbooks and notebooks. Students should also take all essential belongings, including medication and valuables, in case a sustained period will pass before they return to campus. In light of these changes, residence halls will now close at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 15. Requests to remain in campus housing during or after Spring Break due to extenuating circumstances may be directed to the Office of Residence Life at residencelife@mcdaniel.edu or at 410-857-2240.

Students completing student-teaching internships should continue to follow the guidance given by their home school system.

During this two-week period, campus offices will remain open, although campus activities may be impacted.

Travel restrictions as previously communicated remain in effect. For the most up-to-date travel restrictions and the travel registry, visit www.mcdaniel.edu/student-life/health-wellness/covid-19-coronavirus-information/covid-19-corona-virus-related-travel.

The McDaniel College Coronavirus Task Force continues to actively review this dynamic and evolving situation. Continue to visit the College’s COVID-19 (Coronavirus) webpage for new information and campus updates.

Please note this correspondence replaces the previously scheduled memorandum that was to be issued on Thursday, March 19.

The McDaniel College Coronavirus Task Force

Wellness Center Procedures: Sent 03/09/20

Wellness Center Enhanced Precautions

In response to the COVID-19 situation, please note the following additional precautions that Wellness Center staff will be taking until further notice.

  • When students call to make an appointment with Health Services, they will be asked some basic questions about their symptoms. They may also receive a follow-up screening call from one of the medical professionals to further assess their health situation and determine the appropriate treatment steps.
  • Upon arrival to the Wellness Center, students may be asked to put on a mask and wait in a separate area designated for students experiencing cold and/or flu-like symptoms. Additionally, the medical professionals treating students may wear personal protective equipment (i.e. mask, protective suit that covers their clothing and exposed skin, and goggles).
  • For those who have upcoming counseling appointments and are experiencing cold, fever, shortness of breath, and/or other flu-like symptoms, please call the Wellness Center ahead of your appointment so the staff can assess where your counseling session will occur; in person, by phone, or other electronic means.

Elizabeth Skeffington Towle
Dean of Students

Phone: (410) 857-2241
Fax: (410) 857-2773

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Planning Update (Faculty/Staff/Students): Sent 03/03/20

Dear McDaniel College faculty, staff and students,

McDaniel College is currently making careful preparations in response to a potential COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. This is a dynamic situation and we are committed to the health and well-being of all our community members. The College is closely monitoring reports from local, regional and national organizations. We have been in communication with other colleges and universities and McDaniel Europe in Budapest.

A cross-campus operational Coronavirus Task Force (CVTF) has been formed and meets weekly to evaluate this changing situation. The members of this operational team include Roger Casey, Julia Jasken, Tom Phizacklea, Vicky Shaffer, Janelle Holmboe, Liz Towle, Jenni Glennon, Cheryl Knauer, Jackie Graves and Marissa Cormier.

For up-to-date information on campus planning related to a potential Coronavirus outbreak, please visit: https://www.mcdaniel.edu/student-life/health-wellness/coronavirus-information. We will use this webpage to keep our community members informed about the college’s preparation and resources available to our students, staff and faculty.

For more details regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), please consult:

Thank you.

Flu Prevention and Coronavirus Update (Students): Sent 2/28/20

To the McDaniel Community:
 
The CDC is currently reporting that influenza (flu) activity in Maryland is still high and expected to continue for several weeks. The symptoms of the flu include a sudden onset of fever, sore throat, cough, chills, headache, nasal congestion, fatigue and body aches. For additional information about the flu: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/.
 
We ask all members of the community to adopt the following preventative measures to prevent from getting sick and to prevent illness from spreading.

  • ​Wash Your Hands - Use soap and water and wash for at least 20 seconds. Alcohol based hand sanitizers are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth; germs spread this way.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or cough and sneeze in your sleeve. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Do not share food or drinks.
  • Drink plenty of fluids and eat a healthy diet.
  • Get Plenty of Rest - 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night
  • Moderate exercise helps prevent colds and flu.  
  • Get A Flu Shot – shots are still available, but may take about two weeks to have an effect. If you become ill, the following is recommended:
    • ​Limit contact with others to decrease the spread of the flu. Stay in your residence/home except to get medical care or other necessities. It is best to do so until your fever is gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.
    • Avoid work, classes, travel, shopping, social events, and public gatherings.
    • Avoid the dining hall. Students should utilize the Sick Tray Form and arrange to have a friend bring meals to them while they are sick.
    • Sick students are encouraged to go home if they live in the vicinity. If you must leave your residence/home, for example, to get medical attention, wear a face mask if you have one, or cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Residence Life staff will have face masks to provide to sick students.
    • Students who experience severe flu symptoms, such as fever above 101 degrees, persistent cough, shortness of breath, dizziness or confusion and severe sore throat should contact the Wellness Center for an appointment.

2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

McDaniel College continues to actively monitor the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) first identified in Wuhan, China. There have now been confirmed cases of the virus in additional countries including the United States. There are currently no confirmed cases in Maryland. Commonly reported symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, shortness of breath, and pneumonia.
 
If you’ve recently traveled to China or had close contact with somebody who has just returned from China, you are encouraged to monitor yourself for symptoms for 14 days after your return or exposure. At the first sign of symptoms, seek immediate medical attention. Call in advance to let the provider know you are coming so appropriate precautions can be taken.
 
With spring break around the corner, students, faculty, and staff may be planning or have already made travel arrangements for destinations far and wide. The CDC has issued travel advisories related to Coronavirus and other disease outbreaks. Please visit this site for updates on all travel advisories https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel
 
For more details regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), please consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html; the Maryland Department of Health: https://phpa.health.maryland.gov/Pages/Novel-coronavirus.aspx; or the Carroll County Health Department: https://cchd.maryland.gov/covid-19/
 
Thank you for helping to promote the health and safety of our campus community. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Wellness Center at (410) 857-2243.

Campus Updates

The following updates have been sent to relevant campus constituents. You may check back for updates as they are distributed. 

Latest campus status update (Faculty/Staff) Sent: 03/30/20

In response to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s latest stay-at-home order beginning at 8 p.m. tonight, we are issuing an update about campus access.

Again, only McDaniel faculty and staff performing essential critical infrastructure functions as identified by their Vice President will be allowed access to campus. These employees have received a letter from Human Resources. All other McDaniel faculty and staff will remain working remotely and online learning instruction for our students, including access to academic and support services, will continue to operate as planned.

A list of approved essential critical employees will be kept with Campus Safety. When an approved employee arrives to campus, they must call Campus Safety (410-857-2202) to check in before entering campus and will need to call again to check out as they leave campus. It is recommended that all approved employees carry their McDaniel ID and the letter from Human Resources at all times while on campus.

The College’s website, including access to the Portal and Colleague, as well as email will continue to be able to be accessed remotely. The College’s phone system will also remain operational with the voicemail system available from off campus.

Continue to visit the College’s COVID-19 (Coronavirus) webpage for the latest campus information.

The McDaniel Coronavirus Task Force

Timecard Considerations for Staff (Faculty/Staff): Sent 03/27/20

Dear Faculty and Staff:

Today marks the end of our first week operating under Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s executive order closing all non-essential businesses. I have appreciated the resiliency, creativity and consideration our community has shown as we continue to work through this transition. Throughout the week, the Office of Human Resources has received various questions about timesheets and paid time off balances. Below you will find the procedures that will be in effect until further notice.

Submission of Timecards

All McDaniel staff are still responsible for submitting the normal information needed to process payroll. For most staff, this means continuing to record time using ADP’s online timesheet. The payroll schedules in place prior to the COVID-19 outbreak remain in effect. All McDaniel staff continue to be accountable for recording accurate hours of work, paid time off or unpaid leave.

Types of Hours Recorded on Timecards

The pay codes and recording procedures in ADP remain the same. All non-exempt, hourly employees should continue to record time in 15-minute increments using the 7/8ths rule, and exempt, salaried employees should record time off in half-day or full-day increments. If you are working remotely or on campus, this continues to count as regular hours. If you are no longer working your regularly scheduled hours per week for any reason, you must use sick, vacation or unpaid leave for the remaining hours per week. If you have diminished all of your vacation and sick leave, these hours must be recorded as unpaid leave. You can check your balance of vacation and/or sick leave in ADP using the attached directions.

Unpaid Leave Considerations

Finally, the outbreak of COVID-19 has slightly changed the context of using unpaid leave. While those hours are unpaid, you remain eligible for your current benefit package including health insurance. Additionally, the State of Maryland has modified their eligibility rules to make it easier for employees to qualify for unemployment. Now, employees who are taking unpaid leave may be eligible for unemployment benefits. This rule applies even if an employee is continuing to receive a portion of their paycheck. Further, the eligibility rules have been expanded to include many types of part-time employment. While the State is the final decision maker for awarding benefits, the College will make every effort to support each claim filed. For information on filing a claim, click here.

Should you have questions about your work assignments or schedules, please contact your supervisor directly. If you have questions about your leave balances, you can contact Cindy Gordon or Diane Weeks in Payroll. If you have questions about unpaid leave or unemployment, please contact April Tuggle or Amanda Blankenship in Human Resources.

Sincerely,

Jenni Glennon, MS, PHR, SHRM-CP
Director of Human Resources
McDaniel College

Procedures for Reporting Potential Exposures (Faculty/Staff): Sent 03/27/20

Dear Faculty and Staff,

McDaniel College remains committed to the health and well-being of our campus community.  Part of our commitment includes a continued strong partnership with the Carroll County Health Department and Emergency Operations Center. As we are continuing to work through the transition of working remotely, the College is still responsible for reporting any suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 impacting any faculty, staff, student or third-party vendor to the Carroll County Health Department. At this time, there no confirmed cases of COVID-19 related to our campus community. Should this change, the campus community will be notified.

The Carroll County Health Department has reviewed and approved our reporting procedures.  The procedures specify that any faculty or staff member who believes that they have been exposed to COVID-19 must notify Director of Human Resources Jenni Glennon directly (jglennon@mcdaniel.edu or 410-857-2403) who will complete a COVID-19 Exposure questionnaire. As a reminder, exposure is defined as you or someone you have been in close contact with is experiencing any flu-like or COVID-19 symptoms, particularly fever, cough, or shortness of breath, or having traveled to a CDC Level 3 Country or area within the United States that is experiencing a significant outbreak.

Those experiencing symptoms should also contact their health-care provider and follow their instructions for evaluation. Further, if a faculty or staff member learns about a student who may have been exposed to COVID-19, this should be reported to Dean Liz Towle directly (etowle@mcdaniel.edu or 410-857-2202).

The faculty or staff member will be required to remain off-campus for a 14-day self-quarantine period in accordance with CDC and local health department guidelines and should not report to campus for work. During this time, the faculty or staff member will use sick leave and will be evaluated for FMLA eligibility.

In order to return to work, the faculty or staff member will need to notify the Director of Human Resources that they have been released from their health practitioner’s care by either showing evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result or affirming that they have self-quarantined for a minimum of 14 days. The faculty or staff member will receive confirmation in writing that they are allowed to return to work.

As a reminder, please continue to practice social distancing and follow these preventive tips, including:

  • Wash Your Hands - Use soap and water and wash for at least 20 seconds. Alcohol based hand sanitizers are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth; germs spread this way.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or cough and sneeze in your sleeve. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

Stay Well,

Jenni Glennon, MS, PHR, SHRM-CP
Director of Human Resources
McDaniel College

A message from President Roger Casey (Alumni): Sent 03/23/20

First and foremost, I hope this message finds you and your family safe and healthy. I know that each of you is facing your own unique challenges. During these unprecedented times where terms like social distancing and COVID-19 are now part of our everyday vernacular, we remain rooted in one constant—we are all in this together. That's true of our families, our neighborhoods, and of our McDaniel family. As I said in my previous message, McDaniel College is so much more than a campus of buildings. We are a community of people. And while we can't gather in the same physical place, we are finding ways to stay connected like never before. 

Our alumni are the backbone of our community, and it is important to me to stay connected with you and keep you informed of life on (or off) the Hill. We’ve taken a number of actions in recent weeks to keep our community safe. Full details can be found on the College’s COVID-19 webpage, but some highlights include:

  • A movement to online classes for the remainder of the Spring semester. Our faculty and staff have mobilized quickly to navigate technology and make the necessary adjustments to curriculum to ensure that our students can continue their coursework for the remainder of the academic year. 
  • Reimbursement of room and board. To ease the burden on our students and families, our Board of Trustees has voted to reimburse 100% of the prorated amount of their meal plan for eligible students. Additionally, students will receive a Housing Relief Grant of 100% of the prorated amount of room costs to be applied to the 2020-2021 academic year. Eligible graduating seniors will receive prorated refunds. 
  • Cancellation of campus and alumni events. Following Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s executive order limiting gatherings of 10 or more people, the College has canceled all on and off campus events for the remainder of the academic year. This includes regional alumni events, Golden Reunion Weekend, and our annual donor recognition gala, With Purpose. 
  • Cancellation of athletics. Following the lead of other athletic conferences nationally, the Centennial Conference has canceled all spring athletic competitions and championships for the remainder of the year. NCAA Division III, however, approved measures allowing for additional semester and season eligibility for all student-athletes participating in spring sports.

I am especially saddened for our Class of 2020. Our graduating seniors thought they had 8 more weeks of college life, time with friends and end-of-year celebrations. We don’t yet know what commencement will look like, but I have assured them that we will indeed celebrate. And we will be with them every step of the way as they make the transition to post-college life.

We are facing such unique challenges, and I am in awe of how our McDaniel community has responded. Our students, faculty and staff have faced these challenges with resilience and courage. Our alumni have responded en masse with messages of compassion and support for our students or gifts to the Emergency Relief Fund. We hear every day, “How can I help?” Thank you. 

During times of struggle, true colors are often revealed. Our community has come together in extraordinary ways, revealing the power of green and gold like never before. I've never been prouder to be a Green Terror, and I hope you feel the same way. Thank you, and stay well. 

With Best Wishes, 

President Roger Casey 

Campus status update: Sent 03/23/20

In response to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s executive order to close all non-essential businesses beginning at 5 p.m. tonight, all McDaniel faculty and staff will transition to remote work except for those performing essential critical infrastructure functions, as identified by their Vice President.

Please be aware that this will not affect online learning instruction for our students, including access to academic and support services, as McDaniel faculty and staff will continue to work remotely.

Access to campus will be limited to only identified essential critical employees who have been approved by their Vice President. No other faculty or staff will be allowed on campus. It is recommended that all essential critical infrastructure employees carry their McDaniel ID at all times while on campus.

The College’s website, including access to the Portal and Colleague, as well as email will continue to be able to be accessed remotely. The College’s phone system will also remain operational with the voicemail system available from off campus.

Continue to visit the College’s COVID-19 (Coronavirus) webpage for the latest campus information.

Employee Working Options: Sent 03/17/20

Dear Faculty and Staff:

The COVID-19 outbreak continues to be an unprecedented situation and has left us with responding to circumstances that seem to change on a daily basis. Earlier today, the College announced the decision to extend the period of online instruction until the end of the Spring 2020 semester. Additionally, the latest federally mandated executive order reduced the number of individuals in a group setting to ten. Vice presidents are currently working to reduce the number of staff on campus while balancing our mission of providing essential services for current and future students. Vice presidents in conjunction with supervisors are assessing staff positions to determine those that are critical to the function of the College at this time and what positions can be performed remotely. Requests to work remotely continue to be subject to Vice President approval.  

If your position requires that you remain on campus, there are preventative measures in place to enable you to work safely. These include:

  • Frequent hand washing.
  • Replace face-to-face meeting with phone calls, conference calls or other group meeting technology, where possible.
  • When face-to-face meetings are necessary, sit at least six feet apart and no more than ten employees at a time.
  • Expand space between workstations to at least six feet apart.
  • Stay home if you are sick and especially if you are experiencing any flu-like symptoms, even if it is an illness not related to COVID-19.
  • Remain off-campus for 14-days if you are returning from travel to an area that has been identified as a hot-spot, have someone in your house that has been diagnosed as positive with COVID-19 or have directly interacted with someone who has been recently diagnosed as positive with COVID-19.

As communicated on March 14, 2020, if your circumstances make it challenging to report to campus, you may have alternative options. We understand that these circumstances may change quickly. Therefore, timely communication with your supervisor is essential. 

Requests for alternative options must be submitted to your supervisor first for consideration.  Supervisors will evaluate your request and send their recommendations to your respective vice president.  Vice presidents will make the final determination on each request. 

The alternative options include:

  • Use vacation/sick leave if you are considered high-risk (age 60 or over or has a serious medical condition) or need to care for school-age or younger child(ren).  
  • Request a voluntary furlough. You would not have any responsibilities related to their position during this timeframe. You would maintain full-time benefits, but would not receive any salary.  
  • Request a partial voluntary furlough. You would reduce their scheduled hours per week during this timeframe. You would maintain full-time benefits and a reduced salary based on the reduction of hours. 

Thank you for your support and perseverance through these unprecedented times.

The McDaniel Coronavirus Task Force

IA/Alumni Update: Sent 03/16/20

Dear Alumni Community,

The continued impact of the global COVID-19 outbreak is disrupting events and gatherings around the world, and unfortunately, our programs and activities are not immune. Please know that the decisions that we are making are for the care of our community in light of the current concerns surrounding COVID-19. The health and well-being of our students, the campus community, alumni, and the local community is paramount. Therefore, we have decided to cancel the following:

  • All upcoming alumni events until further notice
  • Golden Reunion Weekend, scheduled for May 1-3. We are working on plans to reschedule class reunions that are part of this event
  • With Purpose, our annual donor recognition gala, scheduled for May 9

Please know that the entire McDaniel community is immensely grateful for you and your lasting support, and we will continue to find ways to express our gratitude and celebrate your relationship with your alma mater. During these uncertain times, we hope our community can continue to come together in ways that support our students and our alma mater. Thank you for your understanding.

For more information on how COVID-19 has impacted the College, please visit the College's website.

Working options for faculty and staff through the period of digital instruction (Faculty/Staff): Sent 03/14/20

Dear Faculty and Staff: As we continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on our community, we are aware that there are extenuating circumstances impacting our staff and faculty. As we transition our delivery of instruction to a digital format, we remain committed to delivering a quality experience for our students. Based on recent guidance from our federal, state and local government, we have updated reporting options for faculty and staff through the period of digital instruction. As you consider your circumstances, it is important to note that children of faculty or staff will not be permitted on campus during this period. Also, the travel restrictions previously communicated remain in place.

Faculty: Faculty may work remotely or on campus to deliver online instruction to our students beginning on March 23, 2020. 

Staff: Staff are encouraged to continue to report to campus as scheduled. If your circumstances make it challenging to report to campus, you may have alternative options. We understand that these circumstances may change quickly. Therefore, timely communication with your supervisor is essential.

Requests for alternative options must be submitted to your supervisor first for consideration. Supervisors will evaluate your request and send their recommendations to your respective vice president. Vice presidents will make the determination on each request.

The staff options include:

  • Continue to report to campus as scheduled. (no action required)
  • Use vacation leave beginning on March 16, 2020 through April 3, 2020. **Vacations that were approved previously do not need to be resubmitted.
  • Use sick leave if the staff employee is considered high-risk (age 60 or over or has a serious medical condition) or needs to care for school-age or younger child(ren).  
  • Request to work remotely. The employee must already have access to the technology required for this option.  Please use the attached form to make this request.
  • Request a voluntary furlough. The employee would not have any responsibilities related to their position during this timeframe. The employee would maintain full-time benefits, but would not receive any salary.  
  • Request a partial voluntary furlough. The employee would reduce their scheduled hours per week during this timeframe. The employee would maintain full-time benefits and a reduced salary based on the reduction of hours. 

If you have previously made an alternative arrangement with your supervisor since the COVID-19 outbreak, your respective vice president still reserves the final approval decision. If vice-presidential approval has been given, arrangements can be made for the alternative work option.

Thank you for your support and perseverance through these unprecedented times.

The McDaniel Coronavirus Task Force

All College-affiliated/funded travel taking place after Sunday, March 15, at 5 p.m., is now prohibited unless expressly approved by your Vice President. This includes travel to conferences and other professional activities. Travel restrictions as previously communicated remain in effect. For the most up-to-date travel restrictions and the travel registry, visit www.mcdaniel.edu/student-life/health-wellness/covid-19-coronavirus-information/covid-19-corona-virus-related-travel.

See travel notice from the CDC:  https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/alert/coronavirus-global 

Continue to visit the College’s COVID-19 (Coronavirus) webpage for new information and campus updates.

The McDaniel College Coronavirus Task Force

McDaniel College remains committed to the health and well-being of all our community members and continues to actively monitor and make preparations in response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Based on the latest CDC recommendations, the College has added new travel restrictions.

Cruise ship travel has now been added to the travel restrictions for McDaniel. This means that if you travel on a cruise ship, you will not be allowed to return to campus before undergoing a 14-day self-quarantine off-campus.

As previously communicated on March 6, 2020, McDaniel has requested that all students, staff and faculty who will be engaged in travel outside of a 100-mile radius submit their plans through the College’s Travel Registry.

The College’s most up-to-date travel restrictions are as follows:

Travel Restrictions

International

All College-affiliated/funded international travel is prohibited until further notice.

Additionally, per CDC guidelines, any student, faculty or staff returning from a country designated by the State Department Travel Advisory as Level 2, 3, or 4 because of COVID-19 or who travel by cruise ship will not be allowed to return to campus before undergoing a 14-day self-quarantine off-campus. International areas currently designated as Level 2, 3, or 4 because of COVID-19 include China, Iran, South Korea, Japan, and Italy.

Domestic

The College is discouraging College-affiliated travel to locations within the United States where states of emergency have been declared related to significant numbers of cases of COVID-19, as well as travel by cruise ship. At this time, states include California, Washington State, and New York City and surrounding suburbs of New York City. If you choose to travel to these affected areas, you will be expected to self-quarantine off-campus for a 14-day period before returning to campus.

Students are banned from hosting visitors who have been exposed to the virus, whose school is temporarily closed due to the virus, or who have recently traveled to one of the areas specified in the College’s Travel Restrictions.

Traveling to other International or Domestic areas

Given the rapidly changing nature of the virus, please be mindful of all upcoming personal travel, particularly international travel. Please note that State Department Level designations are subject to change. If you travel to an international location that is designated to a Level 2, 3, or 4 because of COVID-19, or a state where a state of emergency has been declared related to significant numbers of cases of COVID-19 while you are there, the self-quarantine expectation will still apply.

*IMPORTANT: Because this is a dynamic and ever-changing situation, the College plans to issue an updated memorandum on Thursday, March 19, to assist students, faculty and staff who have traveled over Spring Break with guidelines on returning to campus.

If you are a student who is impacted by the College’s restriction on travel regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) for spring break, and you do not have an alternative place to stay over the break, please contact the Office of Residence Life at 410-857-2240 or email residencelife@mcdaniel.edu to discuss your situation.

Please continue to visit the College’s COVID-19 webpage for additional information and campus updates.

The McDaniel College Coronavirus Task Force

Dear McDaniel Community,

As you are all aware, COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus, continues to spread domestically and internationally. Based on guidance from heath organizations and the higher-education community, the College has implemented new travel restrictions for McDaniel to mitigate the potential impact to our campus. 

We understand that restrictions such as these may cause stress. These decisions are preventative measures with the health and well-being of our entire community in mind, while also following federal and state guidelines.

Travel Restrictions

International

All College-affiliated/funded international travel is prohibited until further notice. 

Additionally, per recently revised CDC guidelines, any student, faculty or staff returning from a country designated by the State Department Travel Advisory as Level 2, 3, or 4 because of COVID-19 will be expected to self-quarantine off-campus for a 14-day period.  This policy is effective immediately. State Department Level designations are subject to change, so please be mindful of all upcoming international travel, especially personal travel. If you travel to a location that is designated to a Level 2, 3, or 4 while you are there, the self-quarantine expectation will still apply.

Domestic

The College is discouraging College-affiliated travel to locations within the United States where states of emergency have been declared related to significant numbers of cases of COVID-19. Currently, California and Washington State are examples of such states.

Given the rapidly changing nature of the virus, if you choose to travel to affected areas, you may also be expected to undergo a 14-day self-quarantine off-campus upon return.

Returning From Travel

Any student, faculty, or staff returning from or traveling through Level 2, 3, or 4 countries should immediately notify Campus Safety. If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, you should contact a health-care provider and follow their instructions for evaluation. 

Additional questions related to College-affiliated travel may be directed to the appropriate vice president.

McDaniel Travel Registry: Communicating about Travel

To assist in the process of maintaining a healthy campus, the College is also implementing a Travel Registry as the College’s official means for sharing urgent health, safety and security-related information. Having a working knowledge of where all community members are traveling during this outbreak is important to help ensure the safety of our campus.

To that end, we request that all students, staff and faculty who will be engaged in travel outside of a 100-mile radius submit their plans through the Travel Registry.

Thank you in advance for helping us gather this important information. We will continue to update you as the situation evolves. Please visit the College’s COVID-19 webpage for more information and campus updates.

The McDaniel College Coronavirus Task Force

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Planning Update (Faculty/Staff/Students): Sent 03/03/20

Dear McDaniel College faculty, staff and students,

McDaniel College is currently making careful preparations in response to a potential COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. This is a dynamic situation and we are committed to the health and well-being of all our community members. The College is closely monitoring reports from local, regional and national organizations. We have been in communication with other colleges and universities and McDaniel Europe in Budapest.

A cross-campus operational Coronavirus Task Force (CVTF) has been formed and meets weekly to evaluate this changing situation. The members of this operational team include Roger Casey, Julia Jasken, Tom Phizacklea, Vicky Shaffer, Janelle Holmboe, Liz Towle, Jenni Glennon, Cheryl Knauer, Jackie Graves and Marissa Cormier.

For up-to-date information on campus planning related to a potential Coronavirus outbreak, please visit: https://www.mcdaniel.edu/student-life/health-wellness/coronavirus-information. We will use this webpage to keep our community members informed about the college’s preparation and resources available to our students, staff and faculty.

For more details regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), please consult:

Thank you.

Flu Prevention and Coronavirus Update (Faculty/Staff): Sent 02/28/20

Dear Faculty and Staff:

I want to share some information regarding the outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) first identified in Wuhan, China. The College is actively monitoring this outbreak. While there have been confirmed cases of the virus in the United States, there are no current confirmed cases in Maryland. Below, you will find information about signs, symptoms and preventative measures to avoid the spread of the illness. 

Reported symptoms of COVID-19: fever, cough, shortness of breath, and pneumonia. More information can be found here. If you believe you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact your physician directly.

Please help our community stay healthy by engaging in these preventive measures:

  • Wash your hands frequently. Use soap and water and wash for at least 20 seconds. Alcohol based hand sanitizers are also effective.
  • Routinely clean hard surfaces with disinfectants.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or cough and sneeze in your sleeve. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. Wash hands immediately afterwards.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Do not share food or drinks.
  • Stay home if you are sick or if an immediate member of your family is sick

Travel Considerations: If you’ve recently traveled to China or had close contact with somebody who has just returned from China, you are encouraged to monitor yourself for symptoms for 14 days after your return or exposure. At the first sign of symptoms, seek immediate medical attention. Call in advance to let the provider know you are coming so appropriate precautions can be taken. More information can be found here.

Considerations for Undergraduate Students: If you learn about a student experiencing these symptoms, please refer them to the Wellness Center for further care and assistance. You can also remind sick students that a friend can pick up meals for them in the dining hall. To utilize this service, please click here. If you have a student who many need an academic accommodation related to illness, please refer them to the Academic Life Office or email at academiclife@mcdaniel.edu for further assistance. 

Considerations for Graduate Students: If you learn about a graduate student experiencing these symptoms, please refer them to their physician for further care and assistance. If you have a student who may need an academic accommodation related to illness, please consult with your Program Coordinator to determine if the Incomplete Grade Process needs to be initiated. 

Flu Shots Still Available: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to report that influenza (flu) activity in Maryland is still high and expected to continue for several weeks. If you have not received your flu shot, please consult with physician for further assistance. While the flu is a different virus than the coronavirus, some of the symptoms are similar. The symptoms of the flu include a sudden onset of fever, sore throat, cough, chills, headache, nasal congestion, fatigue and body aches. For additional information about the flu: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/.

Many of the same preventative measures listed above will also help prevent the spread of the flu as well.   

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me directly at jglennon@mcdaniel.edu or 410-857-2403.

Jenni Glennon, MS, PHR, SHRM-CP
Director of Human Resources