(March 2–May 20, 2020)

Below, you’ll find communications that were sent to the Champlain community regarding COVID-19 and its impact on the College (organized by sending office, in chronological order, beginning with the most recent) from March 2–May 20, 2020. Messages sent beginning May 21, 2020 can be found here.

Updates from the President

APRIL 9, 2020: Message to Graduating Seniors

Champlain will host a virtual commencement on May 9, 2020 and an in-person ceremony in the next academic year.

APRIL 6, 2020: Message to Student Employees & Supervisors

Champlain will pay all student employees, both those working remotely and those who cannot, from the beginning of the period of remote instruction through the end of the semester based on their scheduled hours established prior to spring break.

APRIL 2, 2020: Message to On-Campus Students, Families, Faculty & Staff

A video message to on-campus Champlain College students, their families, faculty and staff from Dr. Laurie Quinn, Interim President

APRIL 2, 2020: Message to Champlain College Online Students

A video message to Champlain College Online students from Dr. Laurie Quinn, Interim President

MARCH 20, 2020: Message to Students

A video message to students from Dr. Laurie Quinn, Interim President

MARCH 20, 2020: Message to Faculty

A video message to faculty from Dr. Laurie Quinn, Interim President

MARCH 20, 2020: Message to Staff

A video message to staff from Dr. Laurie Quinn, Interim President

MARCH 16, 2020: Remote Work Scale-Up and Campus Access

Our campus will transition to remote working to the greatest possible extent, effective at the earliest opportunity.

MARCH 13, 2020: Refunds for Residence Halls & Meal Plans

Champlain is actively planning to offer pro-rated credits for campus student housing and meal plans, given recent changes related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

MARCH 13, 2020: Remote Work for Staff & Faculty Update

Staff and faculty, full-time and part-time/adjunct, are asked to assess their decisions about working in person at the Burlington campus on an ongoing basis against specific criteria.

MARCH 11, 2020: Campus Announcement

Champlain College will extend spring break for an additional week until March 20, 2020. Beginning March 23, all traditional undergraduate classes at the Burlington campus will be conducted online.

MARCH 5, 2020: Travel Update

Travel to countries with a “Warning Level 3” advisory is strongly discouraged. Students, staff, or faculty who have traveled to a country with a Level 3 advisory or have been in close contact with a person who is suspected to be infected with or tested positive for COVID-19, will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

MARCH 2, 2020: Campus Announcement for Students, Faculty, and Staff

We are launching a Voluntary Travel Registry for Champlain campus students, faculty and staff. Please log the basic information about any travel plans you have in the U.S. or internationally.


Student Affairs & Residential Life Updates

Messages from the Division of Student Affairs, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and the Dean of Students

APRIL 27, 2020: Message to Residential Students

Vermont remains under the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order issued by the Governor that is in place through May 15, 2020. The College will communicate the move-out process when the State of Vermont updates the status of this order. Students may complete a hardship form to request consideration for summer housing.

APRIL 7, 2020: Message to Students Residing on Campus

Students currently residing on campus may find it increasingly difficult to return home in the coming weeks and are encouraged to do as soon as possible.

MARCH 26, 2020: Student Affairs, Diversity & Inclusion Webinar for Students Housed on Campus

Webinar hosted by Dean of Students, Susan Waryck, Champlain College Medical Director, Annika Hawkins-Hilke, Director of Public Safety, Bruce Bovat and Counseling Center Director, Skip Harris for students currently residing on-campus.

MARCH 26, 2020: Video Message to Students from Student Affairs, Diversity & Inclusion

A video message from Dr. Angela Batista and suggestions for staying connected, taking care of yourself and getting help if you need it.

MARCH 19: Access to Academic Buildings

As of March 20, access to all academic buildings is restricted.

MARCH 18: Revision to 194 St. Paul Street Housing

Champlain is reducing the number of students staying in Champlain housing wherever it is possible for a student to get to another safe location by this weekend.

MARCH 18: Message to Main Campus Students: Hardship Re-evaluation

Champlain is we reducing the number of students staying in Champlain housing wherever it is possible for a student to get to another safe location by this weekend.

MARCH 13, 2020: Dean of Students Message to Burlington Students

Champlain College is prepared to provide continuity of critical services to students.

MARCH 11, 2020: Dean of Students Message to Residential Students

Students are expected to stay home after spring break and during the period of remote/online instruction that follows.

FEBRUARY 10, 2020: Update From the Dean of Students and Medical Director of Champlain College Student Health

This is the initial communication sent to Champlain students. Please see the College’s most recent communications for the most up-to-date information.


Academic Instruction Updates

Messages from Academic Leadership

MAY 6, 2020: Faculty & Academic Staff Briefing

This brief includes:

  • Virtual Commencement: Saturday, May 9
  • Congratulations Lyman & Page Award Winners
  • SGA Virtual Care Package selected for EAB Student Affairs Compendium
  • Student Employee Recognition Awards 2019-2020
  • Virtual Pet Parade

MAY 1, 2020: Faculty & Academic Staff Briefing

This brief includes:

  • Reminder: Final Grades Due Sunday at midnight

APRIL 30, 2020: Deans’ Message to Students

Reminder to students: Friday, May 1 is the deadline to request S/U/F grades for the Spring 2020 term and to register for Summer and Fall 2020 classes.

APRIL 29, 2020: Faculty & Academic Staff Briefing

This brief includes:

  • Reminder Final Grades Due Sunday, May 3rd
  • Recent Student Communications: Housing & Meal Plan Credits
  • CLT: Summer Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Group

APRIL 27, 2020: Faculty & Academic Staff Briefing

This brief includes:

  • Reminder: Incomplete Grade Process Spring 2020
  • Reminder: S/U/F Grading Policy Spring 2020
  • Recent Student Communications: Residential Student Update

APRIL 24, 2020: Faculty & Academic Staff Briefing

This brief includes:

  • IDEA Student Ratings of Instruction Close Tonight
  • Reminder: 2020 Faculty Awards & Recognitions
  • Reminder: Covid-19 Reflection Project Being Launched By Archivist Erica Donnis
  • Review and Resource:  Resiliency Webinar Slide Deck

APRIL 22, 2020: Faculty & Academic Staff Briefing

This brief includes:

  • Ramadan Reminder
  • Incomplete Grade Process Spring 2020
  • Update on OIE And Champlain College Study Abroad
  • CLT Tip: Communicate Week 15 Expectations
  • CLT Webinars: Developing Skills for Remote Instruction 

APRIL 20, 2020: Faculty & Academic Staff Briefing

This brief includes:

  • A Message From Jeff Brown: Security, Zoom, and Google Hangouts Meet
  • Reminder: Video Request For Virtual Commencement Due Tuesday April 21
  • IDEA Survey Deadline Extended

APRIL 17, 2020: Faculty & Academic Staff Briefing

This brief includes:

  • Faculty & Staff Webinar on Student Resiliency
  • Update on Study Abroad Summer & Fall 2020
  • IDEA Reminder
  • Video Request for Virtual Commencement

APRIL 15, 2020: Faculty & Academic Staff Briefing

This brief includes:

  • Reminder: Week 15 will Follow Regular Class Schedule
  • “Let’s Talk” Student Counseling Sessions
  • Champlain College Service-Learning Faculty Award
  • Additional Faculty Awards and Recognitions
  • CLT Article: Re-envisioning Final Exams and Assessments
  • AAC&U Webinar: Designing High-Impact Practices For Equity and Impact in New Contexts

APRIL 13, 2020: Faculty & Academic Staff Briefing #20

This brief includes:

  • Faculty & Enrollment Management Shout-Out

APRIL 10, 2020: Faculty & Academic Staff Briefing #19

This brief includes:

  • S/U/F Grade Request Form Now Available
  • Recent Student Communications

APRIL 9, 2020: Faculty & Academic Staff Briefing #18

This brief includes:

  • Virtual Admitted Student Day News
  • Gradebook & Course Withdrawal Deadline
  • COVID-19 Reflection Project
  • CLT Presentation:  Work/Life Balance

APRIL 8, 2020: Faculty & Academic Staff Briefing #17

This brief includes:

  • IDEA Reminders
  • CLT Updates

APRIL 7, 2020: Faculty & Academic Staff Briefing #16

This brief includes:

  • Resources For Faculty To Support Students
  • Teaching Tips: Making Expectations Clear: Non-Graded Assignments
  • Recent Student Communications

APRIL 6, 2020: Faculty & Academic Staff Briefing #15

This brief includes:

  • For Students: Champ Hub: Stay Connected, Stay Informed!
  • Dean’s email & Division Webinar Invitation
  • Week 15 Schedule Update
  • Teaching Tips: Balancing Asynchronous and Synchronous Workloads

APRIL 3, 2020: Faculty & Academic Staff Briefing #14

This brief includes:

  • Virtual Graduation May 9 And In-Person Ceremony
  • Summer Courses will be Offered Remotely
  • Getting Ready For IDEA SRI
  • Teaching Tips: Time Zones

APRIL 2, 2020: Faculty & Academic Staff Briefing #13

This brief includes:

  • Student Employee Update
  • SCART Referrals
  • CLT Tip of the Day: Remind Students of Deadlines

APRIL 1, 2020: Faculty & Academic Staff Briefing #12

This brief includes:

  • Guidance on S/U/F Grades
  • Guidance on Incompletes 
  • CLT Tip on Contact Hours in Remote Instruction
  • Upcoming CLT Webinars
  • Safeguard your Google Meet and Zoom Sessions

MARCH 30, 2020: Faculty & Academic Staff Briefing #11

This daily briefing includes:

  • Thank You for Your Generous Contributions to the Angel Fund
  • Synchronous Remote Instruction Guidance
  • Remote Teaching Tip of the Day: Recording your Class Meetings
  • CLT Presentation: Rethinking My Plans
  • NASPA 2020 Virtual Highlights Conference

MARCH 27, 2020: Faculty & Academic Staff Briefing #10

This daily briefing includes:

  • Canvas Notifications: A Reminder for Your Students
  • CLT Updates: New Canvas resources available
  • Message from Angela Batista to all Trad Students

MARCH 26, 2020: Deans’ Message to Students

This message includes details about changes to the Registration and Advising calendar as well as an update to the Spring 2020 grading policy.

MARCH 25, 2020: Faculty & Academic Briefing #9

This daily briefing includes:

  • Grading Policy Updates For Spring 2020
  • IDEA Student Ratings To Use Short Form
  • CLT Faculty Learning Communities

MARCH 24, 2020: Faculty & Academic Briefing #8

This daily briefing includes:

  • Updates to Registration Deadlines
  • Use SCART Form To Report Attendance Concerns
  • CLT Updates – Teaching Support

MARCH 23, 2020: Faculty & Academic Staff Briefing #7

This daily briefing includes:

  • Caring For Our Students: Transparency In Our Process(es)
  • Digital Course Resources
  • Update on Student Communications

MARCH 20, 2020: Faculty & Academic Staff Briefing #6

This daily briefing includes:

  • The 2nd First Day – advice for an easy start
  • Tips & Tricks for Work/Life Balance and Remote Instruction
  • Office Hours – How to manage them remotely
  • Career Collaborative & Insight Milestone Update 
  • Canvas Course for Students to Support Remote Instruction

MARCH 19, 2020: Faculty & Academic Staff Briefing #5

This daily briefing includes:

  • Internship guidance message
  • Reminder: Reach out to your students this week
  • Inclusion, Equity, & Access in Remote Teaching
  • Campus Lab’s Closed & IS Support For Virtual Access
  • Technology & Student Support
  • Grading & Faculty Support

MARCH 18, 2020: Faculty & Academic Staff Briefing #4

This daily briefing includes:

  • FERPA Reminders
  • Attendance Policy
  • Fundamentals of DEI for Faculty – Delayed Release

MARCH 17, 2020: Faculty & Academic Staff Briefing #3

This daily briefing includes:

  • Campus Access Closed After Thursday 3/19/20
  • SCART Form Continued Use with Remote Instruction
  • Registration Update
  • Admitted Student Day Update
  • Extended Spring Break & Adjusting Student Assignments
  • Library Access to Digital Course Texts

MARCH 16, 2020: Faculty & Academic Staff Briefing #2

The second daily briefing for faculty & academic staff includes:

  • What it means to have “Regular and Substantive” instruction in remote learning
  • Reminder: CLT Webinars and 1:1 Support
  • Faculty Canvas Mentors
  • Emergent Facebook Resources
  • FAQs

MARCH 16, 2020: Deans’ Message to Students

Your faculty are actively preparing classes for the upcoming weeks and are dedicated to making your remote learning experience the best one possible. Resources, tips and tools for a successful start are provided here.

MARCH 13, 2020: Faculty & Academic Staff Briefing #1

This daily briefing includes:

  • Faculty Expectation: Please reach out to your students next week
  • Reminder: CLT Support & Survey
  • Most recent communication to Students

MARCH 13, 2020: Academic Update from the Center for Learning & Teaching

Classes resume March 23 and the Center for Learning & Teaching is ready to assist faculty with the transition to remote instruction.

MARCH 12, 2020: Academic Update Faculty from Acting Provost Catherine Morgan

This communication describes plans for providing instructional support to faculty and learning support to students; information about library support and availability and plans for how the Curriculum Committee and Senate will conduct their work.


Study Abroad Updates

Messages from the Office of International Education (OIE)

New Zealand

MARCH 23, 2020: Message to Students in New Zealand

Champlain College is asking all students to depart New Zealand, and return home as soon as possible.

MARCH 21, 2020: Message to Students in New Zealand

On March 19, 2020, The US State Department Issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel. In light of the new advisory, Champlain College recommends that students and families carefully consider the new State Department warning.

MARCH 16, 2020: Message to Students in New Zealand

Our partner programs in New Zealand continue to operate, and Champlain College is not recommending that students return home at this time.


Dublin Campus

MARCH 12, 2020: Message to Students in Dublin

Students studying at the Champlain College Dublin campus are to return to the United States.

MARCH 5, 2020: Message to Students in Dublin

Students studying at the Champlain College Dublin campus in Ireland are required to follow specific travel advisory guidelines if visiting other European countries.

FEBRUARY 28, 2020: Message to Students in Dublin

Initial communication from Dr. Stephen Robinson, Director of Champlain’s Dublin Campus, sent to Dublin students. Please see the College’s most recent communications for the most up-to-date information.


Montreal Campus

MARCH 13, 2020: Message to Students in Montreal

Students studying at the Champlain College Montreal campus are to return to the United States.

MARCH 5, 2020: Message to Students in Montreal

Information for students studying at the Champlain College Montreal campus in Canada.


Other Institutional Messages

Messages from the Information Services, Office of Financial Aid, People Center, Office of International Education, etc.

APRIL 28: Message to Students Eligible for Housing & Meal Plan Credits

Students who departed campus housing between March 8–March 30 will receive a 44% credit based on their individual Spring 2020 housing and meal plan charges.

MARCH 21: Remote Work & Learning Resources for Faculty, Staff and Students from Information Systems

Updated resources to support off-campus technology access and remove learning/working.

MARCH 17: Remote Learning Resources for Students from Information Systems

Information Services offers these considerations and resources to support students off-campus technology access and remote learning.

MARCH 16: Remote Work & Instruction Resources from Information Systems

Information Services offers these considerations and resources to support faculty’s off-campus technology access and remote learning/work.

MARCH 16: Message to International Students & Exchange Visitors

ISS recommends that all international students and exchange visitors (non-degree, Short-Term scholar, and Professor categories) remain in the U.S. for the duration of both the extended Spring Break (March 16-22) and the remote instruction period (March 23 until at least April 6). 

MARCH 13: Message to Student Employees

The College is in the process of working with your student employment supervisors to pursue all of the options possible for students to resume employment during the extended spring break and period of remote instruction.

MARCH 13: Message to Supervisors of Student Employees

If students reside in the local area, and if the supervisor’s office remains open, there will be the option to work on campus.  Due to the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, the College will allow students to work remotely when available.