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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

McDaniel College is currently making careful preparations in response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and is closely monitoring reports from both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in addition to the World Health Organization.

At this time, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at McDaniel College. The College is working closely with the Carroll County Health Department to follow all CDC protocols and recommendations to ensure the safety and health of the campus community. We remind the McDaniel campus community to continue to practice social distancing and be vigilant with handwashing. Anyone who is sick is reminded to stay home and follow all CDC recommendations.

A Coronavirus Task Force (CVTF) has been formed and meets regularly to evaluate this dynamic situation. 

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

Recent Updates

March 27, 2020 Commencement Announcement

McDaniel announces planned May 23 Commencement ceremonies for both Graduate and Undergraduate students will not take place. Although there may not be a ceremony, students who complete their degree requirements will still receive their diploma in June. Please read President Casey's full letter here.

March 26, 2020 New Pass/D/F Grading Policy

Given the challenges that we know our students may be currently facing, McDaniel College has adopted a 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 24 and can opt into this policy on a course-by-course basis. Learn more about the policy.

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Campus Updates & Information

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

Previous Updates

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March 23, 2020 Campus status update

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.


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March 22, 2020 Residence Hall Move-Out POSTPONED

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 March 23 - March 29.

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March 20, 2020 Meal Plan Refunds and Housing Relief

McDaniel College is announcing meal plan refunds and housing relief to help to ease the financial burden on our students and their families during this time of economic uncertainty. It is important for students and families to read all the details, including eligibility requirements

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March 17, 2020 Message from President Casey

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. WE ARE MCDANIEL. And no virus will ever diminish The Hill. We will Climb Higher. We will See Farther. Read the rest of President Casey's message​​​

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March 17, 2020 Campus Visits

At this time, McDaniel has made the difficult but necessary decision to close the Office of Admissions to visitors to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). As we adjust to these changing dynamics, please check out our Virtual Visit Options. We’ve done our best to package our regular visits into this new digital format to keep you informed and help propel you forward on your college search process. Get ready to discover all that our community can do for you!

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March 19, 2020 Athletics Update

McDaniel has announced, in conjunction with the Centennial Conference, that all athletic events and practices have been cancelled for the remainder of the semester in response to the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation. Visit the McDaniel Athletics Website for more information. 

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March 13, 2020 Travel Restrictions

Based on guidance from heath organizations and the higher-education community, the College has implemented travel restrictions for McDaniel to mitigate the potential impact to our campus. For the most up-to-date travel restrictions, visit our Travel Restrictions page. 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. 

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March 14, 2020 Study Abroad Update

Based on the rapidly changing environment due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), McDaniel College has ordered a mandatory return to the United States of all of our students currently studying abroad, including those at McDaniel Europe in Budapest, Hungary. Budapest study-abroad students will be able to continue their studies online uninterrupted and the College is prepared to assist our other study-abroad students complete their semester remotely in the United States.  More information for Study Abroad Students is available here.