and the college’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 Response Plan
Throughout the spring and early summer of 2020, staff, students and faculty across the college worked to construct a plan for Smith’s response to COVID-19—a plan with health and safety, students’ education and the Smith experience at the center. That plan, titled “A Culture of Care,” underscores the core value that must guide every person living and learning on our campus—caring for ourselves and for one another.
Please check this site often, as Smith’s plan will evolve in response to emerging local, state and federal public health guidance.
Smith Announces Plan for Fall 2020
President McCartney provided an update on the plan for the coming year.
“In developing our plan, we reviewed the best medical and public health guidance available and mapped that information to Smith’s values, especially the transformative power of a liberal arts education. At Smith, this value is exemplified by dedicated faculty and staff who are invested in each student as a learner and an individual.”
A Multimodal Learning Model
Most classes will be simultaneously delivered in-person and remotely to accommodate all students.
See: Academic Planning
A Smaller Residential Population
With few exceptions, only first-year students, sophomores, January graduates, new transfer students and Ada Comstock Scholars with campus housing will be invited to be in residence for the fall semester. Juniors, seniors, new transfer students and Ada Comstock Scholars with campus housing will be invited to be in residence for the spring semester. All student rooms will be converted to single occupancy.
See: Residence Life
A Robust Testing and Monitoring Plan
All students and student-facing staff and faculty on campus will be tested for COVID-19 as often as twice per week, at no cost.
See: Health & Safety
A New Academic Calendar
First-year students will arrive via a staggered schedule for an abbreviated orientation; move-in dates will be sent to students in early July. Classes will begin September 1, 2020, and will be a combination of in person and remote up until Thanksgiving. All students will return home November 24, 2020. Remote classes will begin after Thanksgiving break and end December 17.
See: Academic Planning
A Flexible Schedule
Students may elect to take three—versus four—courses in the fall term, for a total of 12 credits, and will have the opportunity to take an additional four credits during a six-week, remote-only January/February Interterm.
See: Academic Planning
|September 1–November 24, 2020||November 25–December 17, 2020||Winter Break||Interterm||Spring Semester|
|First-Years||In residence||Not in residence|
|Sophomores||In residence||Not in residence|
|Juniors||Not in residence||In residence|
|Seniors||Not in residence||In residence|
|January Graduates||In residence||Not in residence|
|Select Student Leadership||In residence||Not in residence||In residence|
|New Transfers||In residence||Not in residence||In residence|
|Students With Extraordinary Circumstances||In residence and by application only|
|Adas in On-Campus Housing||In residence|
|Administrative Buildings||Closed to the public. On-campus employee and student access only.|
|Campus Center||Closed to the public. Limited hours and capacity.|
|Campus Center Café||Open for pre-order and take-out only.|
|Campus Center Post Office||Information to come.|
|Conference Center||No external events or visitors.|
|Libraries||Closed to the public. Contactless pickup only.|
|Lyman Plant House||Closed to all visitors. Academic use only by approval.|
|Residential Houses||Only open to students assigned to each house with limits on non-resident students. No off-campus or overnight guests.|
|Smith College Museum of Art||Closed to all visitors. Academic use only by approval.|
|Student Affinity Spaces||Unity House, Helen Hills Hills Chapel, Kosher Kitchen, the Mwangi Cultural Center, and the Resource Center for Sexuality and Gender are open with limited hours and capacity.|
|Print and Copy Services||Open for Smith production needs. Contact email@example.com.|
|Center for Early Childhood Education||Opening mid-August with amended schedules and polices.|
|Campus School||Information to come.|
|September 1||Classes begin|
|September 7||Labor Day (classes scheduled)|
|November 10||Cromwell Day (all classes canceled)|
|November 24||Last day of on-campus instruction and residency|
|November 25||Residential move-out deadline|
|November 25–29||Thanksgiving recess|
|November 30||All-remote instruction begins|
|December 4||Last day of instruction|
|December 7||Mountain Day make-up|
|December 8–11||Review period|
|December 14–17||Final examinations|
|December 23–Jan 3||Winter recess|
|January 4–Feb 11||Interterm instruction (remote)|
Stay 6 feet (2 meters) from others at all times.
Wear a well-fitted face mask or approved face covering at all times on the central campus, unless you are alone in your individual room or office.
Handwashing or Sanitizing
Clean your hands when transitioning from one space to another.
Cleaning and Disinfecting Surfaces
Clean and disinfect all high-touch surfaces. The college will supply cleaning products.
If Experiencing COVID-19 Symptoms
Students: Contact the Schacht Center.
Employees & off-campus students: Stay away from campus and call your healthcare provider.