Read Smith’s UPDATED plans as of August 5, 2020,
for an entirely remote fall 2020 semester.
Remote Support Resources
At a time when Smith students can't be together on campus, Smith is committed to providing equitable, inclusive, dynamic services. The goal is to help students connect with the offices, centers and resources that they can rely on for personal and academic support, community engagement, inclusion and self-care, as well as a variety of other forms of assistance.
Support & Engagement
- Department of Athletics and Recreation
- Office of the Class Deans
- Office of Disability Services
- Office of Student Affairs
- Lazarus Center for Career Development
- The Design Thinking Initiative
- Wurtele Center for Leadership
- Center for the Environment, Ecological Design and Sustainability (CEEDS)
- Jandon Center for Community Engagement
- Conway Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center
- Office of Fellowships and Postgraduate Scholarships
- Lewis Global Studies Center
CLiC will use a small group (cohort) model, a model that has proven to be highly successful at Smith in other areas in the college. This program will establish connections between the new first-year students and staff with expertise in conflict resolution, time management, wellness, inclusion and team-building. CLiC is also designed to enhance faculty/instructors' support of our remote learners this fall and to complement the work of the liberal arts advisers.The goals of CLiC are to facilitate engagement across the college; build connections within a small group and their CLiC adviser; address isolation and increase student belonging; and have fun!
Clubs & organizations will continue to meet and program throughout the semester. Re-registration is currently happening through the Smith Social Network and training through Moodle. Each organization is required to follow up with a 30-minute Zoom meeting with the OSE to answer organization-specific questions before the process is complete. We currently have 86 of our 143 organizations in process. The Virtual Involvement Fair will be hosted on Flipgrid and open Welcome Week on September 1. Information about Club and Organization programs can be found in the Smith Social Network.
The Lazarus Center prepares students for meaningful undergraduate and postgraduate opportunities and helps them develop decision-making skills to use during college, in their careers and throughout life. Our “By Design” approach to career development encompasses highly customized programs that enable students to imagine and create a career that fulfills their passions, fits their life goals and manifests the Smith spirit of doing well to do good in the world. The Lazarus Center has adapted all of its programming and services to be delivered remotely this fall. We offer a comprehensive suite of programs designed to meet the needs of all students, whether you’re exploring what majors you’re thinking about to finding summer internships to how to talk to alumnae to exploring post-graduate opportunities.
Congratulations to our new students for completing their New Student Orientation! Please note: New students will participate in an on-campus orientation once residence halls re-open.
- Families are directed to the recorded Family Orientation sessions on the Family Handbook page.
SPHL will continue offering up-to-date public health information and campus-related COVID-19 updates via their Instagram page.
Everyone who was enrolled was assigned a house on August 24, 2020. Students did not receive a roommate assignment and returning students were assigned to the last house they were assigned to. Our virtual house communities will engage in our residential curriculum, which includes house meetings, individual connections with a reslife student staff member and making house connections. While we are not able to guarantee that this will be the house that new students will be assigned to next year, we will make every effort to work with students' residential preferences.
- The residential curriculum will include house meetings 2 times a month, individual conversations twice a semester, a weekly newsletter, a Moodle discussion board for connections, and collaboration with other house connection activities.
- Student leaders, including Heads of New Students (HONS), will be reaching out to new students in the house to plan house activities and "getting to know you" events.
A range of services will be available depending on each student’s proximity to campus. Health and wellness services will be available to all students including support groups and educational outreach on health and wellness
Follow the Wellness Services Instagram page to stay up to date on offerings. Wellness will have a variety of programs for students via zoom and/or our social media outlets. There will be opportunities to connect with the director of wellness services or the Community Health Organizers for one-on-ones, lesson-style engagement and group activities/informal coffee chats. Topics will include: Wellness Check-ins, navigating sex and relationships in pandemic, navigating connection and making friends remotely, nourishment and eating in pandemic, developing holistic schedules for maximizing remote learning, safer Trick-or-Treating in COVID, staying healthy in pandemic and flu season and contraception. We are also hoping to offer a virtual pet-a-pet day in October.
Contact ODS also to find connections, friends, and community through our Disability Peer Mentors, join a community event held in collaboration with the Disability Student Alliance org, and consider becoming part of Empowered Voices, a weekly space for students to explore, talk and write about navigating Smith and the world with a disability. Need support transitioning to college? Attend one of the ASSETS program skill building workshops throughout September.
SGA Cabinet, Senate and Finance will continue to meet weekly through the fall semester. Open SGA Senate meetings will be registered in the Smith Social Meetings and those interested in joining will be provided a Zoom link to do so. As a reminder, Senate Meetings are open to the entire student body. The fall election will serve as an opportunity to fill all open senate, class cabinet and committee positions and will take place in September. Information about the Fall Election will be put out through the Elections & Appointments Committee of the SGA in early September and registration will take place through the Smith Social Network. The first full Senate meeting of the semester will take place on Thursday, September 24th at 7 p.m. on Zoom.
- Welcome Week 9/1/20-9/14/20
- 7pm daily wellness programs
- Programming every weekend
- Engagement and tours with Museum and Botanic Gardens
Prepare for the elections season with SmithVotes.
The Virtual Involvement Fair opens on 9/1/20 through Flip Grid. View a collection of 2-3 minute videos introducing students to the clubs and organizations on campus. Join us for a follow-up round table lunch in first month to help find individual connections through the “Find Your Fit” program.
For more virtual engagement opportunities, check out the following programs:
- Jandon Center for Community Engagement Programs
- Wurtele Center for Leadership Introduction to Engagement Opportunities
- Conway Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center Activities and Support
- Center for the Environment, Ecological Design and Sustainability (CEEDS)
For More Information
- Academic Accommodations and Services
The Office of Disability Services provides support services and arranges academic accommodations for students with a wide range of disabilities. Our learning specialist also works with students one on one and in groups to develop academic, organizational, and personal skills and strategies for success, including exploring helpful types of assistive technology. Sign up for the ASSETS workshops through September, identify your learning strengths and challenges, build self-care skills, develop new learning strategies and find community with other students wanting to “upgrade” their game for college. Contact ODS@smith.edu to learn more!
- The Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning
The Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning offers a variety of services and resources, including individual writing conferences, the opportunity to use student tutors or serve as a student tutor and workshops on time management, study skills, public speaking and other academic issues.
- Spinelli Center for Quantitative Learning
The Spinelli Center for Quantitative Learning offers tutoring, workshops, and class study sessions outside the regular classroom.
- Time Management
24-Hour On-Campus Support: 413-585-2840
Appointment Desk: 413-585-2250
After-hours Answering Service: 413-585-1260
On-campus emergencies: Call Campus Safety at extension 800 or 413-585-2490.
Off-campus emergencies: Dial 911 for law enforcement and emergency services.
Disabled students, including chronic health or mental health should reach out to ODS for support even if you are not sure what you need. No medical information is required to start a conversation and learn about what ODS can offer. Any student with existing academic, housing, or dining-related accommodations or supports will be able to retain their accommodations unless they are no longer relevant or not necessary in the changed living and learning environment. Requests for specific new accommodations and services or to update existing accommodations should be directed to ODS@smith.edu.
Are you a student who could use a little extra support right now? Would you like to connect with someone at the College who would like to check-in with you to see how things are going, who can answer some questions, or connect you to a support system? A member of the Student Care Team would love to reach out. Sign-up here. Members of our community are invited to nominate students to the Care Team for additional support.
- Digital Support
The Office of the Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Office will send a follow up message to students regarding the recent technology needs assessment survey. For general assistance with technology matters, please visit the Digital Support site, select Request Help (you may be asked to sign in with your Smith login), and then complete your help request.
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Individual Services for Students
The Counseling Services staff provides assessment, therapy, coaching and case management—depending on proximity to campus and emerging legislation governing practitioner licenses and practice.
Group Online Services for Students
Staff members offer affinity-based, campus connection and mental health special-topic groups.
Enhanced Online Programming
Students can access educational and Smith-specific supportive videos on the Counseling Services website.
The staff provides ongoing medication treatment for students in Massachusetts and for students in other states based on clinical appropriateness and regulations governing medical licensure across state lines. We also provide psychiatric evaluations for students in Massachusetts and clinical consultation to students’ local primary care physicians.
The Schacht Center provides general medical care for on-campus and approved local off-campus students, and will also provide case management beyond the campus, bridging care and helping students connect to services in their current communities.
On-Campus COVID-19 Support
Staff members provide campuswide testing for the on-campus community and approved local off-campus students; case management services for on-campus students who test positive; and care for students who are feeling very ill but do not meet criteria for hospitalization.
The Wellness Services staff offers five virtual service opportunities that mimic our traditional on-campus resources: one-on-one appointments with the director of wellness services; open hours with members of Community Health Organizer teams; synchronous/asynchronous lessons and casual coffee chats; virtual fun activities, tutorials and small challenges (asynchronous); and passive education on various wholeness and pandemic-related topics posted to social media. Like our on-campus programs, each virtual offering is grounded in inclusion, equity and accessibility. All synchronized Zoom programs and recorded programs will be captioned as possible.
Get Fit Smith Program
Here are a few of the online programs offered:
- Fitness classes—CrossFit, Zumba, weight lifting, awesome abs
- Wellness classes—yoga, mediation, stress management
- Outdoor programs—navigation, leave no trace, first aid, thermoregulation
- DiZY—De-Zoom Yourself—stretching, posture exercises and mental breaks from computer use
Varsity Athletic Teams & Club Sport Teams
- Workouts and virtual competitions
- Strength and conditioning
- Inclusion and diversity initiatives
- Weekly mental-health support and programming
- Leadership development course
- Mentorship program with alums
During these uncertain times, students should find ways to get in touch with their inner selves in positive, self-affirming, self-nurturing ways. CRSL will help students create or seek out a place of refuge—outdoors or indoors—to nurture their spirit and engage in self-discovery, learning and contemplative reflection. We can help students reenvision their living spaces as places for healing and coping.
Your behavior affects you, those around you and the Smith environment. Students have freely associated themselves with Smith College in a relationship based on mutual trust, personal respect and individual integrity, as noted in the Statement of Student Ethics. As a result, living successfully in this community will always depend on balancing the greatest possible freedom for the individual with a sensitivity to and respect for the rights of others. This code is based on the conviction that ethical student conduct is crucial to a supportive and inclusive community that fosters achievement and learning.
Joining the Smith community entails both rights and responsibilities. These rights and responsibilities include:
- a willingness to discuss, negotiate and take responsibility for personal conduct
- a dedication to free inquiry and to the exchange of ideas and criticism, while maintaining respect for the opinions and individuality of others
- a commitment to the creation of a sustainable college and world
- an embrace of academic integrity and honest academic conduct
Please reach out to Student Affairs with any questions or concerns.