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A Culture of Care >> Read Smith’s plans for the summer and fall 2021 semesters.

For Accepted Students

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Welcome! We are excited to have you in our remote and in-person programs this summer. Please review the information on this page that is pertinent to your program experience. Please let us know if you have any questions. We are here to help you.

Withdrawal Policy

Students may withdraw from a course and receive a tuition refund on or before June 1, 2021. Your deposit and application fee is nonrefundable. Notification of all withdrawals must be submitted in writing to Smith College Precollege Programs. If you are unable to attend your program, contact summerprecollege@smith.edu as soon as possible. After June 1, tuition refunds are prorated according to the following schedule.

Remote Session 1 Remote Session 2 In-Person Session 3* Refund, Less the Deposit & Application Fee
June 1 June 1 June 1 100%
June 2 to June 14 June 2 to June 28 June 2 to June 22 50%
After June 14 After June 28 After June 22 No refund

*If you test positive for or have been exposed to COVID-19 within 14 days of attending the in-person program, contact summerprecollege@smith.edu as soon as possible. Participants who are not able to attend because they have to isolate or quarantine will be eligible for a full refund (less the application fee).


Summer at Smith Precollege Programs Student Code of Conduct

Participants in Summer at Smith Precollege Programs are expected to abide by the Code of Conduct, which states:

  • Participants are expected to adhere to the highest standards of good citizenship, honesty, and integrity in their academic work and in their personal conduct.
  • Participants are expected to show courtesy and respect for their fellow participants and for Smith College faculty and staff.
  • Participants shall not take part in or facilitate discrimination of any kind, including, but not limited to, discrimination based on gender, gender identity, race, national origin, ethnicity, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, handicap, or intelligence.
  • Participants are expected to be well behaved and follow the instructions of the faculty and staff. Unruly behavior will not be tolerated.
  • Participants shall not commit or threaten to commit any act of aggression or violence on persons or property.
  • Participants shall not engage in any form of harassment or bullying. Harassment consists of conduct of any type (including but not limited to written, verbal, graphic or physical conduct) which has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s academic or work performance, or which creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive learning or working environment.
  • Participants shall not engage in any form of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment includes sexual conduct, or conduct with sexual overtones, which has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s academic or work performance or which creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive learning or working environment.
  • Participants shall uphold high standards of academic integrity through honesty, trust, fairness and responsibility. Participants are expected to demonstrate a spirit of cooperation and exploration within the academic guidelines provided by their instructors, and to meet the intellectual challenges of the program through honest effort and hard work.
  • Participants shall abide by all federal laws and the laws of their state or country.

Failure to abide by any Code of Conduct rule may result in the immediate removal from a Smith Summer Program. In addition, violations of the law (for example, drug or alcohol use) will be reported to the student’s local authorities. Parents or guardians will immediately be notified of violations.

Participants in Summer at Smith Precollege Programs are expected to abide by the Code of Conduct, which states:

  • Participants are expected to adhere to the highest standards of good citizenship, honesty, and integrity in their academic work and in their personal conduct.
  • Participants are expected to show courtesy and respect for their fellow participants, for Smith College personnel, and for College visitors.
  • Participants must abide by the Summer at Smith COVID-19 Culture of Care protocol. 
  • Participants shall not take part in or facilitate discrimination of any kind, including, but not limited to, discrimination based on gender, gender identity, race, national origin, ethnicity, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, handicap, or intelligence.
  • Participants are expected to show respect for and take reasonable care of College property, including their residences, dining halls, classrooms, and other Smith facilities, equipment and furnishings (for instance, course materials, computers, street signs, and other structures in outdoor areas).
  • Participants are expected to respect the belongings of their fellow participants. They shall not borrow, use, or disturb items belonging to other participants or Summer at Smith summer staff without clear prior permission. Participants also are expected to respect the belongings of the participants of other programs at Smith and other Smith visitors.
  • Participants shall not use, possess, or distribute alcohol, tobacco, electronic cigarettes, or drugs, including cannabis, with the exception of prescription and over-the-counter medications approved for use by the participant’s parent or guardian and Precollege Health Care Team. Participation in an incident involving the above-mentioned substances is cause for immediate dismissal.
  • Participants are expected to be well behaved and follow the instructions of the residential staff, instructional staff, and other College personnel. Unruly behavior will not be tolerated.
  • Participants shall not commit acts of violence on persons or property, nor shall they threaten to commit any act of violence. Any threat or act of violence is cause for immediate dismissal.
  • Participants shall not engage in any form of harassment or bullying. Harassment consists of conduct of any type (including but not limited to written, verbal, graphic or physical conduct) which has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s academic or work performance, or which creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive learning, residential, or working environment.
  • Participants shall not engage in any form of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment includes sexual conduct, or conduct with sexual overtones, which has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s academic or work performance or which creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive learning, residential, or working environment.
  • Participants shall uphold high standards of academic integrity through honesty, trust, fairness and responsibility. Participants are expected to demonstrate a spirit of cooperation and exploration within the academic guidelines provided by their instructors, and to meet the intellectual challenges of the program through honest effort and hard work.
  • Participants shall abide by all federal, state, and local laws.

Failure to abide by any Code of Conduct rule may result in the immediate dismissal from a Smith Summer Program and removal from the Smith College campus, even for first time offenders. In addition, violations of the law (for example, drug or alcohol use) will be reported to the Smith College Campus Police. Parents or guardians will immediately be notified of violations.

What To Expect

Your course will consist of a combination of synchronous (at the same time) and asynchronous (not at the same time) work. Summer Science & Engineering Program courses will have a total of 6–7 hours of work per day; all other courses/programs will be 3-4 hours each. Synchronous class meetings and office hours will be conducted on Zoom in Eastern Standard Time (EST). Synchronous class meetings will not be recorded and attendance is required. Asynchronous work can be done when it’s convenient for you, though there will be deadlines.

After-Class Activities

We will have instructor-led, remote activities 3x a week and tea once a week with a counselor. They will not be recorded. Attendance is not required; come to what you'd like!

Program Access & Communications

Depending on the course, you may use Moodle WorkPlace, Slack or WordPress to communicate and interact (links on your course Moodle WorkPlace site). 

You may access Smith resources, like the library, or log in to Smith computers through the Splashtop remote desktop to access Smith-owned software.

Moodle Workplace

Your course’s Moodle WorkPlace site is your “home base.” There you will find a course schedule, links to Zoom sessions and other resources, completion criteria, handouts, assignments, and a place to upload work.

Prior to your first day of remote class, you will be emailed login information. Check your email for more information in mid-June.

Using Slack

Slack is a communication platform that will allow you to connect with your classmates, instructors and other students in remote programs this summer. More information to come.

Online Learning Expectations

The Smith Precollege Student Code of Conduct applies to online behavior as well as in-person or classroom behavior.

Across all platforms:

  • Keep confidential stories confidential
  • Listen respectfully, without interrupting
  • Allow for vulnerability and mistakes in yourself and others
  • Critique ideas, not individuals or groups

Precollege Programs COVID-19 Safety Plan

As of May 27, 2021, all members of the Smith community are required to be vaccinated before returning to campus. Smith College’s COVID-19 Incident Response Team (CIRT) has determined that for the safety of our community, all Precollege Program participants, staff and faculty must be fully vaccinated prior to arrival on campus this summer. We are updating our summer operating modes and safety protocols based on recent state guideline changes that require us to take into account the vaccination status of everyone living on campus over the summer. We will share our updated COVID-19 Safety Plan for Smith Precollege Programs as soon as we can.

The on-campus Summer Precollege Program experience is being developed in the spirit of Smith’s COVID-19 Culture of Care and in keeping with local, state and federal guidelines. We will continue to update information leading up to our summer programs.

SEE THE CULTURE OF CARE SUMMER 2021 PLAN

Campdoc.com Portal

In early June, students and parents/guardians will receive a welcome email from CampDoc.com., an electronic health record system we use to consolidate and integrate student enrollment forms and health information. The security, confidentiality and privacy of your personal health information will always be protected. A completed Campdoc profile includes:

All enrollment forms signed:

  • Assumption of Risk
  • Media Consent
  • Rules & Regulations Contract
  • Policy on Acceptable Use of Computer Resource

Medical Examination form completed by a physician. Examination is acceptable when performed no more than 12 months prior to your arrival at Smith.
Proof of all required vaccinations.
TB risk assessment completed by you and your physician.
If applicable, current and accurate prescribed medication profile.
Accurate allergy information (if you have an EpiPen you need to list it in the medication profile).

Student Information & Travel Details

In early June, deposited students will receive a link to a form to provide student information and travel details. This form provides our office with additional details about the student as well as intended travel plans.

Weather in New England

New England is famous for its changing weather, but summers in Northampton are usually warm and sunny, with the occasional rainstorm. Sheets, pillow, blanket, towel and washcloth are provided. When packing, use the packing list below as a helpful guide.

Facilities on Campus

Smith has two gymnasiums, indoor and outdoor track and tennis facilities, squash courts, dance studio, croquet court and fitness center. Smith is also home to a distinguished art museum, an award-winning botanic garden and greenhouse, four exciting libraries and a rare book room. The Campus Center features a bookstore and café.

By Bus

Peter Pan, Greyhound and Vermont Transit serve the area. Most routes go to the main bus terminal in Springfield, where you can catch another bus to Northampton. Buses run almost hourly between Springfield and Northampton. Smith is a 10-minute walk or a short taxi ride from the bus station. Call 413-586-1030 for bus schedules.

By Train

Amtrak’s Vermonter stops in Northampton. Smith is a short taxi ride from the train platform. For more information, visit Amtrak's website or call 800-872-7245.

 

By Airplane

Bradley International Airport (BDL), located in Windsor Locks, Conn., is the only airport for which we will be providing transportation to campus. We are unable to assume responsibility for unaccompanied minors.

Please note the specific times for this service and plan your travel accordingly. Smith shuttles will only pick up students at assigned time slots. If the assigned times create a conflict, students should contact an outside transportation service, which the student must pay for. See the "By Air" section on the Visiting Smith page for a list of outside transportation services.