Important Information: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
At this time, the College is planning to resume in-person, on-campus instruction, residence life, and student activities as permitted for the Fall 2020 semester. We are exploring various contingencies and measures that will be required to open the campus. Faculty and staff offices will reopen when the state allows as part of the phased reopening. For communications related to College operations and personal issues related to the pandemic, email COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org. Visit our dedicated COVID-19 website here for up-to-date resources and communications: https://www.mville.edu/content/covid-19-information-manhattanville-community.
COVID-19: Messages to the Community
MESSAGES TO THE MANHATTANVILLE COMMUNITY REGARDING COVID-19
This page provides links to community-wide messages that have been sent to students, staff and faculty regarding changes to campus operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
To Our Newest Valiants:
Although I haven’t met you yet, I already know a lot about you.
I know that you are resilient. I know this because you’ve persevered in the face of unfathomable challenges.
And you are taking your next step forward and setting your sights on better, successful days ahead.
All of us at Manhattanville College want you to know that we are here to welcome you and to support you in all of your endeavors. I also want to assure you that your health and safety are our highest priority, and we are taking extensive measures to make campus safe for you and your classmates while also providing an exciting and rewarding college experience for you.
Our faculty, administrators, and staff are very busy preparing to reopen our beautiful campus safely. Manhattanville College will begin instruction for the fall semester as scheduled on August 31. Our plan is to be on campus, in person, to the extent allowed by the state. The last day of in-person instruction will be November 24. Students will complete their finals remotely after Thanksgiving and return to campus for the spring semester on January 21. We know that time on campus with faculty, staff, and fellow students is invaluable so there will be additional opportunities for face-to-face meeting and instruction during September, October, and November, whether they are one-on-one or in small groups, that can be scheduled outside of regular classroom hours.
We are reimagining class schedules, spaces, and instructional delivery methods. Many classes will be available in a hybrid format, allowing for simultaneous in-person and remote instruction as an added option so that students can receive the same quality education even if attending class is not possible due to illness or other restrictions. Our class sizes have always been small by design – to provide a supportive environment in which personal attention fosters deep engagement and dialogue between students and professors. And small class sizes will now serve us well in the effort to safely distance in the classroom.
Innovative spaces on campus include five new state-of-the-art classrooms in our new Center for Design Thinking which also houses the “Fab Lab” that allows students to make prototypes of products with resources including 3D printers and a laser cutter.
Our reopening plans are being developed based on guidance from the CDC and contingent upon approval by the Governor of New York State for in-person classes for the fall semester. A complete outline of our plans to reopen will be available (and continually updated) at mville.edu. We are evaluating safety measures, including social distancing, face coverings, testing, contact tracing, symptom monitoring and reporting, and for the residence halls – isolation and quarantine practices if necessary. Plans include increased cleaning and disinfecting of common areas, providing cleaning supplies for shared rest rooms, and plexiglass screens in offices where social distancing is not possible. Daily self-assessments of health may be required. Our Student Health and Counseling Center is exploring potential partnerships with health care providers with the goal of offering on-campus testing of students and employees.
We stand behind our mission. And we will deliver on it this fall.
We understand the unique challenges that you face as you enter college during these uncertain times. To help you foster a connection to your new campus community, a group of faculty members has created a 2-credit course, free of charge, to be offered this summer to incoming students, beginning July 6. The course will address the impact of COVID-19 on society and will offer an opportunity to talk about how disorienting and daunting this time is for graduating high school seniors. The faculty believe that this experience will invite you to feel part of our engaged, compassionate, and curious community well before your arrival on campus.
Until then, we wish you a safe and healthy summer and look forward to meeting you in person! And now is a good time to introduce you to our inspirational motto here at Manhattanville College: “To a valiant heart, nothing is impossible!”
Michael E. Geisler, President
Dear Manhattanville Community,
During these past few months, we all have been faced with a barrage of seemingly insurmountable challenges, unlike anything most of us have experienced in our lifetimes. And I have been amazed—though not surprised—to have witnessed myriad examples of ingenuity, fortitude, and compassion demonstrated by our students, faculty, staff, and essential workers. They truly have been a credit to the College and a testament to the tight-knit community we all treasure.
Some examples of faculty and students’ creativity and perseverance: Associate Professor of Biology and Department Chair Chris Pappas, PhD, created a video for students demonstrating how to effectively wear a mask to protect against the coronavirus; Student Health and Counseling staff sent a Zoom message offering comfort and telehealth resources to students; dance and theatre students posted performances online, some of which were featured on BroadwayWorld.com; Manhattanville’s Earth Week team took its planned campus events marking the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and created a fantastic “Virtual Earth Week Celebration” online, which was featured on NBC; doctoral students defended their dissertations in “Zoom rooms” with their families; and the new School of Nursing and Health Sciences remains on schedule to welcome its first class of students next week.
At the same time that we are planning a proper send-off for our 2020 graduates at a future date, we are extending a joyful welcome to our incoming first-year students who will comprise the Class of 2024! We are all looking forward to meeting them in person and on campus, along with all returning Valiant students, faculty, and staff. While considering many possible contingencies and constructing many hypothetical scenarios that would allow a timely return to campus, my Cabinet’s first priority remains the safety and well-being of our entire community.
I know that until we can all meet, teach, learn, play, and laugh again on our beautiful campus, things will continue to feel a bit uncertain. But I am not only hopeful, I am thoroughly convinced that Manhattanville will carry on with its educational mission and will be ready to resume in-person instruction, athletics, and other campus events and activities as soon as it is safe and as New York State permits. I would like to take a moment to thank Chief Compliance Officer Seann Kalagher and the rest of the emergency management team for their tireless efforts in laying a foundation for our return.
Look for regular updates from me regarding the state of the College and our plans for reopening. For general campus updates, please continue to check Manhattanville’s COVID-19 website, which was recently updated to make information easy to find. It also has added features, including a new page called “Valiant Pride” that showcases the creativity of the Manhattanville community in the face of adversity.
I look forward to welcoming both new and continuing students to our beautiful campus this fall, along with our dedicated faculty and staff. Now, more than ever, I am proud to be a Valiant!
Michael E. Geisler, Ph.D.
Dear Manhattanville Staff:
I hope this letter finds you and your families safe and healthy.
During the past few weeks we’ve had to adjust to a new way of life and work – while delivering the critical parts of our mission and continuing to serve our students. I want to thank all of you for your hard work and resilience in the face of extreme personal and professional challenges.
Thanks to a number of decisions we have made over the past ten years, the most recent examples being the introduction of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences and the Center for Design Thinking, Manhattanville is well positioned for the future.
But our successes in adapting to a rapidly evolving environment do not prevent unprecedented hurdles. Manhattanville, like so many colleges and universities, is facing significant financial challenges. The cash reserves tied to our endowment that the College draws upon to help fund operating expenses and student financial aid awards, have contracted along with the financial markets; at the same time, we are refunding a portion of room and board to assist our students’ families with their own growing financial burdens. We are also preparing for the possibility of an extended online learning period and that comes with added expenses for technology and training.
In addition, we don’t know how long current stay-at-home orders will last, nor can we precisely predict what the short- and long-term financial effects of all of this will be. In the coming academic year, we may experience decreased enrollment and fewer students living on campus. With all of these unknowns, we must prepare for several different scenarios, including ones with substantial budget shortfalls, and we must plan to take responsible steps so that Manhattanville remains a strong institution, ready to face the future. All the steps we have taken to this point have been implemented while avoiding furloughs, salary cuts and reduction in Manhattanville work force.
I am working with the consolidated Advisory Budget Committee (ABC) to come up with viable solutions to help mitigate our existing and potential financial challenges. The committee is made up of representatives from staff, faculty, and administration. We need to plan for a budget shortfall of 15% or more. This projection assumes overall college enrollment will likely be down at least 10%. Though we can achieve savings of about $2,000,000 by cutting deeply into operations across the college, we may have to consider either temporary salary reductions and/or furloughs for administration, faculty, and staff to make up more of the possible deficit. We will do everything possible to avoid this and a reduction in force.
I have already committed 10% of my salary, beginning now, to set the tone for the spirit in which we must work to remain a strong community of Valiants. To be clear, all of these efforts, both this year and in the coming years, may not completely mitigate a budget shortfall. We are also exploring options for loans and grants to help us get through the immediate crisis.
I believe it is beneficial to talk through this situation as openly as possible. There will be pain. I can only promise that it will be shared, and we will try to do everything we can to limit the impact on employees’ salaries and lives. My expectation is that all of these efforts will allow us to move forward with renewed strength after next year.
Our shared goal is to preserve the institution for the current generation and for those joining us in the future. We all have to work together to create viable efficiency while preserving our tight knit and intimate community of learners.
With our sudden shift to remote learning and services, some of the lessons we are learning this term will serve us well in creating this future. We may see some long-term changes to campus life as a result of this pandemic, including fewer residential students and hybrid course delivery. These changes will have an impact on our work lives, as we bend to meet the new, diverse needs of students. However, our mission will remain the same, and we will remain strong as we implement modifications during the new normal this virus will leave behind.
I am enormously gratified and continually impressed by the incredible effort you all have made to reinvent your work and student interactions and the collaborative spirit that drives your work. I invite you all to participate in a Q&A with me on Tuesday, April 28, as part of Staff Assembly from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. It will be a forum not only to have your questions answered but to voice your ideas of how we might move forward in addressing the challenges that lie ahead. The meeting will take place via videoconference through Microsoft Teams.
We are in this together. We will get through this together. To the Valiant of heart, nothing is impossible!
Michael Geisler, President
In forty years as a faculty member and then as an administrator at four very different institutions, I have never experienced anything remotely resembling the current crisis, and I am sure that goes for all of you as well.
However, I am writing to you now not to provide more bad news or issue more dire warnings and directives but for one simple purpose: to stop for a moment to take a deep breath and celebrate what this incredible community has so far achieved under the most taxing circumstances.
With practically no time to prepare, we have transitioned an entire semester’s worth of our curriculum online, we have kept our community as safe as any institution can under these difficult circumstances, we have managed to continue paying salaries and benefits, we have made the right decisions (right in hindsight) at the right moments, painful though some of them were, and most importantly, we have supported our students and we have supported each other.
This - is Valiant Pride!
You should all take a moment, amidst the relentless onslaught of catastrophic news to realize what a momentous accomplishment this has been for all of us. Not for any one of us, or for any particular constituency, but for all of us, faculty, staff, and students. I have not heard from any students or parents that crossing over to online teaching has been a disaster; on the contrary, I have seen all the wonderful moments and experiences you have shared with each other and with me.
We all realize that online teaching cannot replace the give-and-take and communal learning experience of face-to-face instruction, but it seems that we have discovered some unexpected joys amid the hardship. We miss the physical companionship of meeting each other in Benziger and having a cup of coffee or watching a movie with our students or watching one of our Valiant athletic teams compete. And yet we have been more successful than I expected in moving a surprising amount of our sense of community and close interaction online. But perhaps I should not have been surprised: this was, after all, one of the reasons why I “flunked retirement” and decided to come to Manhattanville instead.
So this is a time to say “Thank You” to all of you, on behalf of the institution, on behalf of our students, on behalf of our alumnae and alumni, and on behalf of future generations, for working together and for working so hard to keep this community going, not just hanging by our fingernails, but with energy, creativity, sacrifices, and a relentless belief in the future of this institution. And, above all, with a sense of humor and empathy for each other. It is in times like these, that the true mettle of this faculty and staff shines through, as it has these past weeks.
I had originally intended to give specific “Thank You” shout-outs to a number of faculty and staff who have been particularly helpful and supportive in this transition. I had to abandon that idea because the list of specific names has now become so long that this communication would tax your patience. So I will just pick one name for now, and he shall stand for all the others, for faculty, staff and administration: With imperturbable patience, good will, endless energy and unflappable good manners, Bancha Srikacha, our Instructional Technologist, has stepped forward when we needed him most. He has done so on his own initiative, without a directive from me, like one of my favorite characters from American literature, Jurgis, in Upton Sinclair’s classic The Jungle who, whenever things got even tougher for his family than they had already been before, simply said “I will work harder!” Like Upton Sinclair’s fictional character, Bancha Srikacha, in his quiet, unassuming way, simply moved up his game, saying quietly and reassuringly, “I will work harder.” Thank you to Bancha for setting such a great example for all of us, and thank you to all of you who have followed his example!
So tonight, I would like each and every one of you, if you can, to pick up a cup of your favorite beverage and to toast yourselves for doing such a great job under such difficult circumstances. And as you do so, please know that, at exactly 8:00 p.m. tonight, my family and I will raise a glass of wine to toast all of you, to celebrate you, to thank you and to wish you well. If you have the time and are so inclined, please feel free to do the same wherever you are at 8:00 p.m. tonight. We would love to enjoy your company, even if it has to be virtual for now.
As I have quoted our motto so often before, it applies even more so now: “À coeur vaillant rien d'impossible” – “To a valiant heart, nothing is impossible.”
I am proud to be serving this community!
Thank you and stay healthy!
Michael Geisler, President
Dear Manhattanville Undergraduates,
We appreciate your understanding and flexibility as we implement changes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to share information regarding financial adjustments that may help alleviate some of the uncertainty our students and their families are facing at this time.
All full-time undergraduate students will receive a fall semester credit in the amount of $350.00 for a portion of fees paid for the 2020 spring semester. Residential students who have left campus housing this semester and had paid for both room and board will receive an additional Fall semester credit in the amount of $1,500.00 for a total of $1,850.
Graduating seniors who do not have an outstanding balance will receive a refund check by the end of May. Checks for graduating seniors will be mailed to the address those students have on file with the College. The College will only be able to provide checks for graduating seniors.
Students are not required to submit a request to receive the credits. The credits will be automatically applied to student accounts for the Fall semester.
We are Here to Support You
These are unprecedented times in which we find ourselves and due to the financial hardship that this has caused for many of you and your families, the College has also decided to raise the threshold of outstanding balances with which students can enroll for classes and participate in the room selection process to $2,000. This is a temporary change for Fall 2020 enrollment only.
As always, if you are having trouble keeping up with your payments, Student Accounts will be happy to work with you. Please contact them at email@example.com for assistance.
This is an unusually challenging time and we could not be prouder of the resiliency of the Manhattanville community. We hope these adjustments will provide additional flexibility to students and their families in the coming days.
Please visit our COVID-19 site regularly, as it is updated with new information and is home to important FAQs, resources and guidance. You can also connect with our COVID-19 resource center at COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, you can virtually access health and counseling services by emailing SHAC@mville.edu or calling 914-323-5155 for an appointment.
As you know, the housing room selection process has begun for residential students and registration for Summer and Fall classes is open. We look forward to brighter times ahead and seeing you all back on campus in the Fall!
Cindy Porter, Vice President for Student Affairs
Jean Hall, Interim Vice President for Finance
Dear Students of Manhattanville College:
The past four weeks have turned our entire world upside down. A great deal of the reality that most of us have taken for granted crumbled under the onslaught of a virion that is 125 nanometers in size (or 16 million times smaller than a .5mm pencil tip), and in 3 short months has brought the entire world’s population to its knees.
Add to this the sense of isolation from your friends and classmates that many of you are experiencing right now (even the best online or social media environment cannot quite make up for the laughter and personal satisfaction of face-to-face interaction) and I can only imagine what this period of anxiety must mean for so many of you. I myself miss saying hello to many of you while walking around campus, or seeing you at Benziger, or attending some of our wonderful theatre, music, and dance productions or athletic competitions, all of which always make me so proud to be a Valiant!
As I am sure many of you know from personal experience, families and businesses everywhere have been hit hard. Not surprisingly, this also applies to Manhattanville College.
Thanks to a number of decisions we have made over the past ten years, with the most recent examples being the introduction of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences and the Center for Design Thinking, Manhattanville is well positioned for the future.
However, there is one significant short-term hurdle we must overcome. Due to the recent downturn in the financial markets the cash reserves tied to our endowment, that the College depends on in part for operating expenses and student financial aid awards, have been somewhat depleted.
Nevertheless, we understand that many of you and your families are also experiencing financial challenges, so the College will provide a credit towards next year’s bill for a portion of expenses incurred by students this year. Graduating seniors who do not have an outstanding balance will receive a cash refund. Look for a letter today from Vice President of Student Affairs Cindy Porter and Interim Vice President of Finance Jean Hall with details.
The College hopes to receive some modest assistance from the federal government that may offset a small fraction of the financial burden incurred by the College. Unfortunately, the sum earmarked by the federal government to support students at educational institutions is less than 25% of what the higher education community had requested to meet the most urgent needs. This modest sum, if it arrives, comes with an understanding that colleges should set aside 50% of this federal subsidy to assist students directly. You should know that Manhattanville College has committed to allocate more than 75% of the anticipated amount of the federal funds for student assistance.
It is also expected that faculty, staff and administration will need to make some temporary sacrifices to offset these costs and ensure a stable future for the College. I have started working on this with an Advisory Budget Committee consisting of members of our faculty, our staff, and our administration. To set the right tone, I have decided to reduce my salary by 10%, effective immediately.
In all of these calculations, my Cabinet, our Board of Trustees and I have been guided by the need to preserve Manhattanville as an institution. We want to make sure that your Manhattanville degrees will still be worth your investment not just five years from now, but twenty years from now and thirty years from now.
With all of us putting our shoulders to the wheel, as Valiants have done so successfully through similar crises in the past, Manhattanville will emerge on the other side of this unprecedented human and economic global crisis as an even stronger institution that will graduate students equipped with the critical skills needed most in the economy of the future.
Michael Geisler, President
Notice to Manhattanville Community,
In response to the growing number of cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) worldwide, Manhattanville College continues to closely monitor reports from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and is working with local and state health officials to keep our campus well-informed.
Given the international COVID-19 situation, we recommend members of our community exercise caution with regard to travel plans over spring break, especially to or through areas included in CDC travel alerts. Since the College’s update on Friday, February 28, the CDC has revised its travel guidance related to COVID-19. CDC guidance, as of March 4, is as follows:
- China — Level 3, Avoid nonessential travel
- South Korea — Level 3, Avoid nonessential travel
- Iran — Level 3, Avoid nonessential travel
- Italy — Level 3, Avoid nonessential travel
- Japan — Level 2, Practice enhanced precautions
- Hong Kong — Level 1, Practice usual precautions
Destinations with risk of community spread currently include Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. The CDC also recommends travelers reconsider cruise ship travel into or within Asia. Visit the CDC’s website for up-to-date information and travel guidance.
Countries may be elevated to the CDC’s Level 2 or 3 travel advisories with little warning. Students, faculty, and staff should be aware that their return to the United States, or to campus, maybe interrupted by quickly evolving federal or state restrictions. Faculty, staff, or students who travel to the countries listed above, as well as other countries that may be added to the CDC travel guidance, could be required by the College to self-quarantine prior to returning to campus. In the event this occurs, the College will work with individual students and/or employees to plan accordingly.
Effective immediately, we are instituting the following policies regarding all international travel, whether academic or for business purposes:
- No student, faculty, or staff will be required to participate in international travel.
- The College is canceling any immediate college-sponsored travel to countries the CDC has designated as Level 3. If a country reaches Level 3 while students, faculty, or staff are visiting, they must notify Student Health and Counseling before they return to the Manhattanville campus. Pursuant to CDC and NYS Department of Health guidelines, those returning from a Level 3 affected area must observe a 14-day home isolation prior to returning to the Manhattanville campus. We will do everything possible to ensure that you stay up-to-date with your studies or responsibilities via remote access.
- We will continue to evaluate future College-sponsored trips and make determinations as conditions change.
All community members returning from international travel who exhibit signs of illness, such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, should immediately contact their Health Service Provider and note their travel history in detail; students should contact Student Health Services at (914) 323-5245.
The CDC is asking all individuals to do their part in response to this emerging public threat.
Please follow the stated guidelines below to help keep yourselves, as well as the community, safe and healthy.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning product.
Residential students who reconsider their travel plans and opt to stay on campus over break may do so by visiting http://mville.edu/myhousing, clicking the menu button, and selecting “Applications & Forms”.
We understand that this situation can be frightening, given the evolving information and the daily media coverage, but please be advised that we are closely following guidance set forth by the CDC and the Westchester County Department of Health. One of the challenges associated with the coronavirus situation is that information can change rapidly. We will continue to provide updates to the campus community as more information emerges. Our priority is the health and safety of our college community.
- NYSDOH COVID-19 Hotline 1-888-364-3065
Dear Manhattanville Community:
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and government mandates that prohibit large groups from gathering, Manhattanville College is forced to cancel all spring events and we will not be able to hold our 2020 Commencement as scheduled. We recognize how important Commencement exercises are to our community and are actively exploring options regarding Commencement and finding suitable ways of celebrating the accomplishments of our graduating students, both undergraduate and graduate, with our community.
Students who have purchased regalia may keep it or return it for a refund if it is unopened. This is a very challenging time and we appreciate your understanding as we work to protect the health of the campus community. We look forward to honoring our graduates in some form in the future and celebrating their hard work and achievements. Please look for additional communications in the coming weeks regarding this situation.
As a reminder, check https://www.mville.edu/covid-19-planning-information for additional messages related to campus activities including bookstore hours, dining updates and SHAC services. Any questions can be emailed to email@example.com.
Michael E. Geisler, President
Louise Feroe, Provost
To the Manhattanville Community,
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to grow and new advisories emerge from public health officials and local, county, state governments, we need to adjust our plans for curricular delivery in accordance with the Governor’s directive that all New York State for-profit and nonprofit institutions are to move their businesses completely online wherever this is possible in order to provide a maximum of safety and a minimum of infection risk for all our populations, students, faculty, and staff.
Therefore, as of today, all spring semester classes at Manhattanville will be taught remotely. In the interest of providing the safest possible learning environment, remote instruction will remain in effect and we will not resume in-person classes for the remainder of the semester.
Students and faculty should remain in frequent communication to ensure effective distance learning and to be aware of follow-up announcements as the semester progresses.
Students who choose to leave campus housing should take with them all the supplies they need for their classwork, including laptops, textbooks, notebooks, and course material. We have asked the faculty to make online options to their students for texts if they are unable to retrieve their course material.
Internships and student teaching will continue as planned unless the internship sites close or become unsafe. Students will earn credit for credit-bearing internships that were completed through March 6, if they are unable to complete the regular hours initially agreed upon.
We are monitoring the situation, and adjusting our plans and policies, as this evolves. Please check email and the website for additional updates throughout the week. You can read about all of our policies and actions at https://www.mville.edu/covid-19-planning-information.
As a reminder, if you have been exposed to coronavirus, or if you are feeling unwell, please notify SHAC at (914) 323-5245.
We know this is a hard time for everyone. We are grateful to all in our College community who are working so hard to keep us safe and healthy. As we go through this together, we encourage you to take care of yourselves and let us know if there is any assistance you need. We will continue to update you with new information as it becomes available. To a Valiant heart, nothing is impossible!
Michael Geisler, President
Louise Feroe, Provost
Important notice to students, faculty, and staff regarding move to online instruction
To the Manhattanville Community:
Effective Thursday, March 12, Manhattanville will suspend in-person instruction and move all classes to remote learning through March 29.
We want to make clear that we have no reported cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) on our campus or in the college community. We are acting out of an abundance of caution in order to encourage the social distancing that authorities believe will be crucial to stopping the spread of COVID-19. This is a precautionary measure, not a reactive one. Our goal is to do everything we can to keep everyone in our community healthy.
The following new policies and protocols will be in effect through March 29. There will be further updates as the situation evolves, and a decision will be made and announced no later than March 25 whether to resume on-campus instruction and events on March 30. Please monitor your e-mail regularly for follow-up communications.
- All classes will continue remotely. To keep students on track to meet their educational requirements, it is imperative that instruction continue. Faculty teaching courses that cannot be moved online (i.e. certain lab classes, performing arts, and fine arts) should discuss with department chairs and school Deans for guidance.
- Students and faculty should remain in frequent communication to ensure effective distance learning.
- If students choose to leave campus housing, they should take with them all the supplies they need for their classwork, including laptops, textbooks, notebooks, and course material.
- Internships and student teaching will continue as planned unless the internship sites close or become unsafe.
- Residence halls will remain open. Students will not be permitted to sign in guests to their residence halls or other facilities in the period through March 29. This includes both daytime and overnight guests.
- Athletic competitions will continue but will be closed to spectators, intramural events are canceled. The fitness center will be closed.
- Dining services will remain open; some food options may be limited. Adjustments to dining services will be communicated and posted online.
- The library will be closed.
- The Valiant bus service will be suspended during this period.
- All campus events will be canceled, postponed, or changed to virtual events through March 29.
- Students should practice social distancing (staying 6 feet apart if possible) and avoid large gatherings and close contact with others.
- Students without access to computers may request access to a computer lab through IT.
- College operations will continue with reduced staffing during this period, especially those that support students, faculty, and staff. Staff should speak with supervisors to determine scheduling needs.
- Students who live and work on campus may continue to work as needed but should be in touch with their supervisors for up-to-date scheduling information.
- The College will be closed to outside visitors, such as those coming for tours and events.
- In-person meetings should be replaced with conference calls or video conferences.
- Effective immediately, there will be no international business travel and no nonessential business travel. Essential travel should be reviewed by unit directors, such as deans and vice presidents.
- Regarding personal travel, we ask that members of our community avoid travel to a foreign country designated as Risk Level 3 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and avoid U.S. regions that the CDC has designated high risk.
- If you do travel to a high-risk region, either internationally or domestically, you must notify Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) at 914-323-5245. You will be asked to observe the 14-day quarantine recommended by the New York State Department of Health or provide documentation from a health care provider that you are authorized to return to school or work.
We believe that taking preventive measures is the best way to mitigate the risk of an outbreak on campus. As the situation evolves, we will continue to update the community. You can find all of our announcements and policies regarding the coronavirus situation on theManhattanville web site.
The health and well-being of our community is our first priority. Please continue to take the recommended precautions. Wash your hands frequently. Avoid touching your face. If you’re not feeling well, stay home. And if you’re concerned about your health, please contact a health care provider immediately. Students who are not feeling well or are experiencing anxiety related to this situation should contact SHAC at 914-323-5245.
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out. Students can contact Student Affairs staff. Faculty and staff should contact their department chairs, deans, and supervisors.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we work together to keep the Manhattanville community safe and healthy.
Michael E. Geisler, Ph.D.