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Quiet Phase

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

In the past few weeks, the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 around the country, including western Pennsylvania, has surged. We have also seen an increase in positive cases on our campus, though our positivity rate remains relatively low.  It is our goal to finish the semester strong, to slow the spread of the virus on our campus, and to help protect the family members, friends and loved ones you will soon be traveling to see. To that end, we are implementing a Quiet Phase, effective Wednesday, November 11 at 8 a.m.  The following strategies are designed to limit your close contacts for the next two weeks. For the remainder of the semester, students should only leave their rooms or apartments for the following:

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Adjusted Academic Calendar for Spring 2021

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Dear Titans,  Earlier this morning, the Board of Trustees approved an adjusted academic calendar for the spring 2021 semester.  The adjusted calendar mirrors much of what the College has done this fall in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Key highlights:  1. Spring classes will begin on Tuesday, January 19.  2.  Spring break has been removed to avoid potential exposure through mass exit and return.  3. Two self-care days have been added to the calendar when classes will not be held.  4. Good Friday will be observed with no classes, but classes will be held on the Thursday before and after Easter.  5. We plan to hold URAC on April 21, combining in-person and virtual events to showcase student scholarship and creativity.  6.  We plan to hold Commencement on Saturday, May 8, assuming no additional federal or commonwealth mandates that limit our ability to do so.  More information about Commencement will be sent to eligible graduates in mid-spring.

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Student Affairs Update: Details for Returning to Campus

Friday, July 10, 2020

It’s been what feels like decades since I’ve written, but it is time for me to begin regular weekly communication with you again. Over the next few weeks, I will be sending emails each Friday with updates and expectations for a successful Fall semester. We are really looking forward to having you back on campus. We are also very clear about what it will take for us to be able to do so and to remain open for the duration of the semester. Westminster will need to rely on the “We” like we’ve never done before. This means that each of us will need to do our part – follow the policies we’ve carefully crafted to keep everyone safe and healthy and provide support to one another. Community is what we do well. Community is why you chose Westminster. And community is what will make this work.

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