Residence Halls Move-out Plan & Fall Semester Update
Dear Albright faculty and staff,
As finals week comes to a close and we get ready to celebrate our graduates on Sunday in our live, online conferral of degrees, we want to first say congratulations to all of you for making it through the spring 2020 semester. Though it has been a challenging and uncertain time for all of us, the spirit and resilience of this community has been tremendous. Despite our distance, our strength comes from our community, and that has never been clearer.
Though this situation continues to evolve and many questions remain, today we write with two important updates:
- A timeline for making decisions about what the fall semester may look like
- A plan for current students to return to collect belongings from residence halls
A Timeline for Decisions about the Fall Semester
We know that you are all wondering what the fall semester will look like at Albright College. While many uncertainties remain, we wanted to take this opportunity to let you know that we will communicate the college’s plans for the fall by July 1.
Through the excellent work of the Pandemic Planning Task Force, which continues to monitor and carefully review the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and from Pennsylvania State health officials, several teams of staff and faculty have been formed to think through plans for the fall, including the logistics of reopening campus. These teams are meeting twice a week to consider various options and scenarios based on the state’s plans for reopening, and will be making recommendations to the Pandemic Planning Task Force in the coming weeks. Decisions will be made using the best data available and will be guided by our priority to protect the health, safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff.
Regarding the collection of belongings from residence halls, please note that the following information was sent to residential students today. We wanted to send it to you as well in case you receive questions from the students with whom you engage.
The move-out process will be conducted in stages. Resident students will receive an email from Residential Life on Monday, May 18 with a link to sign up for a move-out time slot, along with specific building instructions.
The schedule for moving out is as follows:
- Students who are immuno-compromised and require special accommodations may make arrangements by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org directly.
- Move out for students in the Quad, Albright Court, North Hall, the Woods, and affinity houses will begin on Tuesday, May 26. Please note that the college will be closed in observance of the Memorial Day holiday on Friday, May 22 and Monday, May 25.
- Move out for students in Rockland Hall will begin on Monday, June 1.
With the health and safety of our community at the forefront, the number of daily time slots available are based on consideration of building layout and appropriate social distancing parameters. Each resident student may bring up to two guests to assist with move out, and all parties must wear masks, adhere to social distancing guidelines, and wash or sanitize hands frequently. In order to limit access to the Student Center, the process for picking up mail that has been delivered to the mailroom since Spring Break will be included in Monday’s building-specific email. Requests to retrieve items from other places on campus should be emailed to email@example.com
Thank you, faculty and staff, for your spirit, strength and resilience during this time of challenge!
Please know that as a residential liberal arts college committed to educating students for success in life and careers, we want more than anything to be back on campus in the fall. Being together on campus is where our students thrive. It is where they not only learn from you, our stellar faculty and staff, but also from one another. It’s where they have the opportunity to engage in spirited discussions and experience the in-person connections that we all value at Albright College. The Pandemic Planning Task Force will continue its good work in planning for the fall and we will update you on July 1.
Please continue to stay healthy and well, to take time to care for yourself, and to celebrate every accomplishment. And don’t forget to tune in to our live, online conferral of degrees on Sunday, May 17 at 10 a.m. where we will celebrate our graduates!
Very truly yours,
Karen A. Campbell, Ph.D.
Acting President and Provost
Samantha J. Wesner, DNP, CRNP, WHNP-BC
Senior Vice President of Student and Campus Life and Chief Health Officer