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Coronavirus Communication Updates

Coronavirus Communication Updates

Recent communications to the College community regarding the COVID-19 outbreak. 
  • October 7, 2020 Update
    Dear Endicott College Community,
    We appreciate your dedication to making our new normal on campus a success. All of us, together, continue to follow COVID-19 protocols so that our students, faculty, and staff can complete the semester as planned. While our positivity rate remains low, your diligence and adherence to the COVID-19 policies must not waiver.
     
    For the health and safety of the entire Endicott community, and in consultation with the Endicott College Faculty Association (ECFA), we have made some changes to the academic calendar. The COVID-19 Testing Center hours have been updated and are listed below, as well.
     
    New COVID-19 Testing Center Hours Start October 13 | Interfaith Chapel
     
    Monday 9 a.m.–noon & 1–3 p.m.
    Tuesday 9 a.m.–noon & 1–3 p.m.
    Wednesday 9 a.m.–noon & 1–3 p.m.  
    Thursday 9 a.m.–noon & 1–6 p.m. Extended hours.
    Friday 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
     
    The testing center will be closed on Monday, October 12.
     
    Until further notice, the current testing schedule remains. Students and in-classroom teaching faculty must continue to test weekly. All others on campus must test biweekly. 
     
    Now that testing center hours have been extended on Thursday and have been added on Friday (starting week of October 13), staff and faculty are asked to schedule tests on Thursday and Friday only, whenever possible, as we have been advised that due to volume, test results may be delayed into the weekend on these days.
     
    In order to more effectively monitor testing frequency and compliance, all tests must be scheduled via the CoVerified app. Walk-in appointments are not available and will not be allowed. The daily symptom tracker within the app should also continue to be utilized.
     
    As a reminder, please do not come to the testing center if you are feeling ill. 
    Students, if you feel ill, or show signs of COVID-19 symptoms, stay in your dorm room and:
    • Monday–Friday, call the health center at 978-232-2104.
    • Weekends & after hours, contact Public Safety at 978-232-2222 for further direction.
    Faculty and staff members who feel ill should stay home and contact their supervisor and primary care provider for further guidance.
     
    Fall Semester 2020 Calendar Updates
     
    Academically, the last weeks of a semester are the most critical time for students to have access to Endicott’s wide breadth of academic and social support services on campus. Therefore, classes will resume and students will return-to-campus after the Thanksgiving holiday. In order to return safely, the academic calendar has been adjusted to allow for re-entry testing and quarantine, as necessary. Therefore, normal classroom instruction will take place on Monday, November 23 and Tuesday, November 24, 2020. Faculty have been asked to remain flexible with students who have already made travel plans in conflict with this calendar adjustment.
     
    The Thanksgiving recess will start on Wednesday, November 25. Students will begin returning to campus on Sunday, November 29 for re-entry testing and quarantine. The student return-to-campus will be similar to initial testing at the beginning of the semester and will be scheduled based on their geography. The re-entry process will adhere to the guidelines set forth by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and in some cases, may require a self-obtained negative PCR-test result received less than 72-hours prior to a return to campus. 
     
    Fall semester classes will resume on Wednesday, December 2.
     
    Spring Semester 2021 Calendar Updates
     
    To create the safest re-entry for the start of the spring semester by allowing for a longer period between the end of the fall semester and the start of the spring semester, traditional undergraduate classes in the spring of 2021 will start a week later than usual, on February 1, 2021. To make up for this time lost in the classroom and to keep students safely on campus, Spring Break week is canceled. This change will allow us to end the semester as currently scheduled (last day of classes for Spring Semester 2021 remains May 7).
     
    The dates or events that support or are affected by this academic calendar adjustment are being reviewed and will be made to accommodate these changes. We will post the updates and inform the community as soon as additional information is finalized.
     
    Be well and stay safe.
     
    Sincerely,
     
    The Reimagine Endicott Task Force
  • September 19. 2020 Update
    Dear Endicott College Community,
    First, we’d like to commend all of you for embracing the new normal at the Nest. While COVID-19 protocols may seem inconvenient at times, it is important that we remain diligent to ensure the safety of our campus community.
     
    Our testing results show that Gulls are committed to making our return to campus a success.
     
    To date, the dashboard shows that 9,172 tests have been completed, with an overall positivity rate of .05%.
    In order to help keep positive test results low, here are some reminders.
     
    Students, if you feel ill, or show signs of COVID-19 symptoms, stay in your dorm room and:
    • Monday–Friday, call the health center at 978-232-2104.
    • Weekends & after hours, contact Public Safety at 978-232-2222 for further direction. 
    Faculty, if a student informs you that they are ill, please advise them to stay in their room and immediately contact the health center. Then inform the COVID-19 Coordinator at covidinfo@endicott.edu.
     
    Faculty and staff members who feel ill should stay home and contact their supervisor and primary care provider for further guidance.
     
    Testing Frequency Updates
    • Through October 1, students and in-classroom teaching faculty must continue to test weekly.
    • Through October 1, all others on campus must test every two weeks. 
    We will keep monitoring positivity rates and continue to consider frequency of testing after October 2 for all groups on campus.
    Schedule your tests and continue daily symptom reporting via the CoVerified app.
     
    Thank you for your dedication to these processes. Together, we make our campus safe.
     
    Sincerely,
     
    The Reimagine Endicott Task Force
  • September 14, 2020 Update
    Dear Endicott College Community,
    As we approach mid-September, I am glad to report that our return to campus has been going quite well. Classes are in full swing, campus signage is installed, and touch-free changes to services like dining have been fully implemented. As of today, we have processed 6,793 COVID-19 tests, only four of which showed a positive result.
     
    I also write to inform you that one of these four positive results occurred recently, and is from a student. Per the College’s protocols and Massachusetts guidelines, this student is now in isolation.
     
    Following the plan established by the Reimagine Endicott Task Force, we initiated contract tracing procedures and notified a small group of students who may have been exposed. 
     
    The care and safety of the Endicott community is of utmost importance. I send this communication to reassure you that we are following all necessary and required protocols. Due to the personal nature of the situation, and considering the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), I am unable to share any additional details regarding the specifics of this incident. I ask that you respect the privacy of these members of our community.
     
    However, in an effort to provide transparency regarding testing results, we have developed a dashboard that has been available to faculty, staff, and students since classes began.
     
    This dashboard is now available to the public within the Returning to Campus web section and illustrates cumulative numbers to date for testing results, as well as weekly breakdowns for students and faculty/staff.
     
    While COVID-19 continues to present challenges and complexities for college campuses nationwide, keep in mind that, together, we will get through whatever comes our way. This is what Gulls do.
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D.
    President
  • August 28, 2020 Update
    Dear Students and Families,
     
    The arrival of students to Endicott College has infused energy and excitement back onto our beautiful campus. More than 300 students have officially moved in and more than 1,700 COVID-19 tests have been performed with a positivity rate of .0017%, which is far less than the state at 1.7% and the City of Beverly at 1.2%. We will continue to report our testing results as new data becomes available. 
     
    Faculty, staff, and students will continue to receive surveillance tests based upon the frequency of their movement off and on campus. To start the semester, all students will be tested weekly through the month of September.  Beyond that first month, we will re-evaluate the frequency of testing based upon internal and external data, including local and state positivity rates and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.
     
    At orientation, students will be directed to download the mobile application CoVerified for test scheduling and symptom tracking, which will begin on Monday, August 31. The CoVerified app can be downloaded here. Technology such as the CoVerified app has been developed at a very rapid pace in conjunction with our testing partner, the Broad Institute at MIT; it should be viewed not as infallible but as an added layer of safety to the Endicott Community.  
     
    The Health Center on campus will operate as a 24-hour urgent care center for the fall semester. Keep in mind that if you answer “yes” to any of the questions in the CoVerified symptom tracking app or are feeling ill, you should stay where you are and contact the Health Center for further direction. The Health Center will not have walk-in hours, so please do not go directly there. If you speak with the Health Center and are instructed to visit in person, you will need to enter by going down the stairs to the right of the main entrance of the Callahan Center. Signage will direct you into the Health Center from an exterior door to avoid walking through Callahan.
     
    We are excited to release this video from Provost Beth M. Schwartz, Ph.D., discussing the classroom and academic experience on campus. Please join us in sending her best wishes for a successful start to this greatly anticipated semester.
     
    Our dining partners at Sodexo are offering a multitude of meal options including seating inside and outside of the main dining hall, meals to go at Callahan, Gully’s and The Lodge, and a pick-up location under the tent outside of Einstein Bros. Bagels. Students can download the Bite app, which will provide menus and pre-order capabilities. When downloading the app, use Campus Code T7864. Capacity for all venues will be monitored and communicated to avoid long wait times.
     
    Athletics facilities have been spaced in accordance with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts guidelines for fitness facilities, and workout times are limited to allow for proper cleaning of equipment between uses. Workout and aerobics times must be reserved in advance on the athletics website. Members of athletic teams must check with their coaches about organized trainings and use of facilities for their respective teams.
     
    All students must sign the Student Compact in MyEndicott; please review and sign it if you have not done so already. Each and every student is responsible for adhering to the rules which include testing, mandatory mask-wearing, social distancing, and limiting gatherings to no more than 10 people. Failure to do so will result in strict disciplinary action, including forfeiting the remainder of the semester. 
     
    By working together, we will be able to keep our campus community healthy and safe. Be smart. Be proud. Be a Gull.

    Sincerely,
     
    The Reimagine Endicott Task Force
  • July 8, 2020 Update
    Returning to Campus

    As I noted last week, we have already heard that more than 90% of our students are planning on returning in the fall and almost all of the new, incoming freshmen are registered for their courses!   

    Endicott College prides itself on small class sizes and a face-to-face academic environment. This high percentage of enrolled students shows that they are ready to return to campus and learn from the dedicated faculty they have come to know and trust. To be clear, it is the College’s intention to return to an in-person teaching format and a fully residential campus according to the originally published academic calendar.

    Face-to-face, seated classrooms that offer a rich, experiential learning environment are at the core of the Endicott College academic culture. As the decision has been made that students will return to the in-person classroom, the College is making every effort to make those classrooms safe. While the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has entered into phase three of re-opening the economy and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has relaxed its guidelines, to keep our faculty, staff, and students safe the College will maintain more significant standards including frequent testing and symptom tracking and requiring the use of masks, which dramatically reduces the risk of transmission. All faculty, staff, students, and approved visitors will be required to wear masks or face coverings and adhere to social distancing guidelines while on campus.

    The Reimagine Endicott Task Force is working diligently to manage the specific risks related to COVID-19 by embarking on a campaign to change the behavior of our community in a way that keeps everyone safe. Mask requirements, proper social distancing protocols, frequent handwashing, and appropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPE) will be included in the campaign, launching by the beginning of August.

    Staff & Faculty Return to Work

    Now that the new fiscal year has started (FY21), we continue to phase our workforce back to campus. We have implemented budget reductions and a hiring freeze and, as a result, we have not had to furlough any employees. The College has built contingency plans that include furloughs and layoffs, but the implementation of these plans is fully dependent upon the new and returning student enrollment numbers.

    Residence Halls & Visitors

    We have received several questions regarding our new visitor policy, specifically about the statement that no visitors will be allowed in residence halls. Parents and guests will be able to help their students move into residence halls, but we ask that each family limit the number of people assisting with move-in to two and arrive in no more than two vehicles. After move-in day, parents and family members will be able to visit their student in one of the many common areas around campus. If you have any questions about moving to campus, please contact the Office of Residence Life at 978-232-2141 or reslife@endicott.edu.

    In my next update, I will be able to share further and more detailed information regarding the COVID-19 testing protocols, additional updates related to dining services, and student housing and move-in plans.

    Sincerely,

    Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D. 
    President
  • July 1, 2020 Update
    Return to Campus Updates
     
    Last week, I was able to share with you multiple updates regarding our return to campus with acknowledgement that all details have not yet been solidified. In the recent days, additional information has become available on the updates I provided.
     
    Incoming & Returning Students
    • Nearly 95% of the incoming, first-year class has completed new student orientation and 91% of our returning student body has registered for classes this fall, signaling students and their families are ready to rekindle their studies. New, first-year students who were unable to participate in virtual orientation should email orientation@endicott.edu or contact the New Student Hotline at 978-522-0492.
    Coronavirus Testing & Tracing
    • Last week, I noted that all students, faculty, and staff will be tested upon their re-entry to campus with surveillance testing taking place in regular intervals. We are in the process of entering into a partnership with the Broad Institute along with at least 44 other private colleges and universities in Massachusetts to implement this testing plan.
    • Re-entry and surveillance testing will be required starting in August. Until that time, all those returning to campus should follow CDC guidelines related to washing hands, distancing, and wearing masks (required).
    • The swift and non-invasive tests will be self-administered, in the presence of a medical professional, and will involve only the swabbing of nostrils using a normal sized cotton swab, rather than the more invasive nasopharynx test you have likely seen on television or in the media.
    Residence Halls & Visitors
    • Many questions were received from concerned parents and students inquiring if the new visitor policy will restrict family members from coming to campus. To clarify, parents and family members will have the ability to visit their student on campus, outside of the residence halls. As we work to keep our students, faculty, and staff safe, no visitors will be allowed inside the residence halls.
    • Our athletic conference, the Commonwealth Coast Conference, is currently discussing whether the conference will permit spectators at athletic competitions. We are awaiting those guidelines.
    Faculty & Staff Return to Campus
    • As you know, many faculty and staff will begin returning to campus on Monday, July 6.
    • In the coming weeks, all staff will receive a Temporary Work Adjustment Form to help us determine possible changes that will allow all staff to safely return to campus. The form, similar to one already received by faculty, will be confidentially collected by the human resources department.
    • Faculty and staff who return must wear a mask and adhere to social distancing guidelines when in any common spaces. Hand sanitizer and personal protection equipment (PPE) stations have been strategically placed in buildings for ease of use.
    • The main gate on Hale Street will remain the only access point to campus. Those re-entering campus will be required to use their Gull Card to access any building.
    • Typically at this time of the year the College would be hosting a variety of summer camps for children and special events such as wedding receptions and the Misselwood Concours d’Elegance. However, we will not be hosting these events or their visitors on campus this year.
    Look for more updates in the coming weeks as details are solidified for all of our initiatives. As we prepare to celebrate our nation’s independence on Saturday, please enjoy the long weekend, safely.
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D.
    President
  • June 24, 2020 Update

    The past few months have been challenging for all of us, as we still grapple with a pandemic and its associated disruptions, and also confront, accept, and address the systemic racism that has led to the recent protests and demands for change across the country and world. At Endicott College, we are committed to discussing and facing these issues head-on through self-reflection, listening, education, planning, and action. As an institution of higher education, we have a responsibility to do so.

    Our Reimagine Endicott Task Force is developing plans for a positive return to campus in August with classes resuming as originally scheduled on September 2. Student athletes and athletic teams will also return to campus according to their original schedule. However, because of the unknowns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, we currently have contingency plans in place that address many different possibilities.

    Preparing campus for faculty, staff, and students to return is a College-wide effort and I thank everyone involved. Here are some important updates to date.

    Returning to Work on Campus

    President’s Council members, some academic deans, and other essential staff have been working on campus since June 1 on a rotating schedule. Each divisional vice president will work with their teams to begin a phased return to campus on Monday, July 6 that complies with the state’s 50% capacity mandate. A return to campus faculty and staff guide will be available to employees returning to campus. All faculty and staff will be required to acknowledge that they have read and understood the document and the return to work requirements.

    Our new Provost, Beth Schwartz, Ph.D., is reaching out to faculty to gain their perspective and insight on a return to the classroom, holding office hours for student consultation, advising, and delivering top quality academic support services. Faculty teaching expertise will help guide how to continue to maintain teaching excellence while also providing a safe learning environment.

    IT is working to be sure that technology remains flexible and helpful so that working from home continues to meet employee needs. With a goal to minimize face-to-face interaction as much as possible, Zoom meetings should still be heavily used, and in-person meetings are discouraged.

    All supervisors should begin communicating with their team members regarding a return to campus. Supervisors will then work in concert with their divisional vice president and human resources to determine which positions and job functions will return to campus at what time.

    Coronavirus Testing & Tracing

    The College will follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocols related to positive COVID-19 tests. School of Nursing Dean Nancy Meedzan, DNP, RN, CNE, and the academic affairs team are working in concert with the City of Beverly Board of Health and Beverly Hospital to develop a testing and tracing plan.

    • All students will be offered access to the MyLahey telehealth system for easy access to virtual medical assistance.
    • All members of the Endicott community will be tested upon initial re-entry to campus and be required to participate in routine “surveillance” testing through a collaboration with the Broad Institute.
    • Symptom tracking apps are being reviewed in collaboration with the College’s Information Technology team.

    Residence Halls, Visitors, & Large Gatherings

    Advanced cleaning and sanitizing solutions are being implemented and reviewed to maximize the safety of all students in and out of the residence halls. The College is de-densifying some residence halls by including approximately 135 beds in the Wylie Inn & Conference Center and off-campus apartments as residence hall options for upperclassmen. As with on-campus housing, residence life staff will be in all off-campus housing.

    Temporary quarantine and isolation space has been identified, starting with The Village, or "mods," which is why it is unavailable for housing this year.

    Single rooms are limited and not available to all students. Students will be placed in residence halls according to the authorized occupancy for each hall. Students who may be in a high risk category under the CDC guidelines who wish to request a single room as an accommodation must submit such a request in writing to Endicott’s Center for Accessibility Services and provide appropriate documentation regarding their need for a private room. These requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and single rooms are not guaranteed.

    For the fall semester, students will not be allowed to have any visitors on campus, unless the visitor is here for a College-sanctioned event that allows outside attendees. This policy will be reviewed and may change for the Spring 2021 semester.

    At this time, large gatherings that are not official College-sponsored events will be limited to 10 people. CDC guidelines related to social distancing will also be followed.

    Changes to Dining Services

    We are working closely with our partners at Sodexo to provide the entire Endicott community with a variety of safely prepared food options.

    • Einstein Bros. Bagels will have a new designated pickup location on the patio outside, where students can grab their orders placed online.
    • Continental breakfast and grab-and-go options will be available at the Wylie Inn & Conference Center for student residents in the Wylie Inn and Myrt Harper Rose Hall. 
    • Gully’s and The Lodge will offer express lunch and dinner as part of the meal plan, with touchless tap ID payment.
    • At the Callahan Dining Hall, in an effort to reduce touched surfaces, students will be able to tap their Gull Card to enter; self-service food stations, drink, and utensil options will now be staffed with a Sodexo employee.
    • Faculty and staff will have the ability to place lunch orders online. Orders will be delivered to a designated dining and food pick-up area.
    • We will be following all state and federal guidelines in regards to social distancing in all seated dining locations. 

    Institute for Remote Teaching Excellence

    As we build contingency plans that prepare for all eventualities, I am so proud of the recent week-long Faculty Institute on Remote Teaching Excellence and the some 400 full- and part-time faculty and staff that participated from across the Endicott spectrum representing graduate, undergraduate, professional studies, and Boston programs, plus international education. One hundred seventy-five faculty members that completed eight sessions received the Endicott College Best Practices in Remote Teaching Certificate.

    A second Institute is scheduled for July to ensure that all faculty will continue to be prepared to provide the central qualities of an Endicott education regardless of the delivery method. Sessions will focus on fall courses should a need for hybrid or online learning occur.

    Updates to On-site Classrooms

    Discussions with faculty are taking place over the summer, with plans for seated classrooms. If the need arises, the faculty do have the ability to move to a remote format. The College has surveyed every classroom on campus to determine socially distanced layouts that comply with recommendations. Several scenarios are being considered, and when final, floors and seats will be marked to identify properly spaced locations for students, with consideration of some larger classes meeting in a hybrid format. If the College is forced to move all instruction to a remote learning format for an extended period, the College will review the cost of attendance.

    • All classrooms will be equipped with stations that include hand sanitizer and cleansing wipes. We are looking at ways to increase touchless options, surfaces, and equipment across campus.
    • Information Technology is adding more technology to classrooms to help accommodate spacing and provide a seamless transition to hybrid or online learning should this be required.
    • Common areas are being assessed and may be repurposed as additional learning space to promote safety and social distancing.

    Cross-Campus Cleaning, Spacing, & PPE

    Physical Plant has been busy applying anti-microbial coating to all door handles across campus including offices, classrooms, bathrooms, entryways, residence halls, etc.

    Directional, social distancing, and CDC guidelines signage is being produced and will be installed all over campus in key traffic locations including restrooms, elevators, and building entrances.

    The College has ordered washable, Endicott-branded masks for faculty, staff, and students to wear when in close proximity to others. In addition, disposable masks will be on-hand for approved campus visitors and will be placed at various locations for use as needed.

    As you can see, preparing for a return to campus with pandemic considerations in mind is a herculean effort. Everyone at the College has an important role. I would like to specifically thank all members of the Physical Plant staff who have worked tirelessly through the pandemic to keep Endicott’s grounds as beautiful as ever. Your campus awaits your return!

    Sincerely,

    Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D.
    President

  • May 8, 2020 Update

    FROM: Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D., president

    DATE: May 8, 2020

    SUBJECT: Envisioning a Return to Campus, Gulls Make a Difference

    Dear Endicott College community,

    The academic calendar indicates that today is the last day of classes for the semester. As final exams approach I would like to thank our faculty and students for adapting so nimbly to this new modality of teaching and learning.

    Last week, I introduced the Task Force, a group of individuals at Endicott who are working on plans for an eventual return to campus, given the considerations that COVID-19 presents.

    The Task Force meets weekly and I am happy to report some promising progress.

    We know that a return to campus must include personal protection equipment (PPE) so we have purchased the following:

    • 10,000 disposable masks to have on-hand for campus visitors and to be placed at various locations for use as needed;
    • 6,000 washable, Endicott-branded masks for faculty, staff, and students; and
    • 10,000 pairs of gloves to keep our Physical Plant department safe as they work to clean and sanitize the campus more frequently.

    Physical Plant has surveyed every classroom on campus to determine new, reduced capacities that comply with current social distancing recommendations. Several ideas are being considered, and when final, floors and seats will be marked to identify properly spaced locations for students. Reducing the capacity of each room is a must and may require an investment in new technology to assist with smaller classrooms.

    All classrooms will be equipped with stations that include hand sanitizer and cleansing wipes.

    We are looking at ways to increase touchless options, surfaces, and equipment across campus.

    Sodexo, our dining services partner, launched its “Reopening with Resilience” effort that includes the following.

    • New seating arrangements that follow industry and government recommendations
    • Grab & go retail options
    • Mobile app ordering & food delivery

    The College is also exploring COVID-19 testing and tracing options. More details on this will be shared when available.

    Endicott College has been awarded a grant of $113,762 from the Davis Educational Foundation that will allow us to develop a two-year college-wide curricular initiative in news and information literacy. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Mark Herlihy and Dr. Amy M. Damico, who, along with Dr. Sam Alexander authored the grant proposal. The program will inform instruction that supports the integration of news and information literacy skills, and help students become active, life-long critical news and information consumers. It will improve students' ability to determine the reliability of news and information from conventional sources and from the increasing array of digital platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube that shape their understanding of contemporary issues and events. The development of a digital resource center at the Diane M. Halle Library that gives students and faculty access to news and information literacy materials and resources will also be supported by this program. The grant was received from the Davis Educational Foundation, established by Stanton and Elisabeth Davis after Mr. Davis' retirement as Chairman of Shaw’s Supermarkets, Inc.

    This week, National Nurses Week, we celebrate all nurses, especially those who are members of the Endicott community. We launched the Coronavirus: Alumni in Action section of our web site that features two nursing alumna who are fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • Ashley Mueskes ’16 is glad her Endicott experience gave her the tools she needs to succeed as an ICU nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital. She and her colleagues have been working with those who have tested positive for COVID-19 and have become very ill.
    • Jeanna Barbieri ’12 works at Lowell General Hospital and recently made headlines on CNN and Boston 25 News for her work on Pictures for Patients, an effort that helps patients stay positive during this pandemic when they can’t be in contact with their loved ones.

    School of Communication Assistant Professor Dr. Lara Salahi wrote the poignant “I Studied The 2014 Ebola Outbreak. Here’s The Lesson We Didn’t Learn” for HuffPost, and was featured on CNN’s The Lead With Jake Tapper discussing pandemics and outbreak culture.

    We also published a new story on the extraordinary efforts of adjunct faculty member Dr. Wisam Breegi who identified a need—over a decade ago—for an infant incubator device that could be utilized across a range of scenarios, including a pandemic. He and his team recently adjusted the design to assist patients with COVID-19.

    These are all true examples of what it means to be a Gull—expertise, ambition, creativity, and a commitment to community. Traits like these are often first instilled in us by our parents. So, I would like to wish all of the mothers in our Endicott community and beyond a wonderful Mother’s Day.

    Be well and stay safe.

    Sincerely,

    Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D.
    President

  • May 1, 2020 Update

    FROM: Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D., president

    DATE: May 1, 2020

    SUBJECT: May Brings us Reasons to Celebrate

    Dear Endicott College community,

    May is here. Signs of good things to come are surfacing, like warmer New England weather and plant life dotting the landscape. The birthstone of this month is the emerald, a rich green gem that represents love or success. We have plenty of both within our Endicott community.

    With May also comes commencement—a celebration of academic achievement, of new beginnings, of collaborations between students, faculty, and staff. Even though a pandemic has forced us to postpone our on-campus ceremonies, which would have been just weeks away, there is still so much to celebrate. We are still defining details for rescheduling the College's Commencement ceremonies, and we will share information as it becomes available.

    In the meantime, several departments at the College are collaborating on projects that will celebrate students and the conferral of degrees. We are also working on providing Certified Electronic Diplomas (Cediploma) to all graduates sometime in early June. A Cediploma is an official, secure, and verifiable PDF version of a student’s accomplishment, with unlimited sharing to family, friends, graduate schools, and employers.

    The College has formed a task force with the charge of determining what the transition back to campus will be like for all of our constituents including students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The task force must anticipate several scenarios that keep everyone safe while continuing to provide an exceptional educational experience. The primary focus is on the academic transition and all of its related activities. The group is scheduled to meet weekly and develop a list of action items necessary to produce a seamless transition back to the Endicott campus.

    Serving on the task force are:

    • Nancy Meedzan, Dean, School of Nursing
    • Michael Paige, Dean, School of Business
    • Sara Quay, Dean, School of Education
    • Bryan Cain, Vice President, Communications & Marketing
    • Tony Ferullo, Vice President, Finance & Chief Financial Officer
    • Evan Lipp, Vice President, Admission & Financial Aid
    • Beth Schwartz, Provost Designate
    • Rick Gagnon, Director, Facilities
    • Paul Belski, Director, Dining Services (Sodexo)

    I hope you have read some of the incredible stories coming from Gulls who are making a difference during this pandemic. We’ve added a new page to the Coronavirus Faculty Expertise section of the website:

    • Staying Fit While Staying Home–Marisa Mickey, Assistant Professor of Exercise Science in the School of Sport Science & Fitness Studies, and Jacob Mickey, Athletic Trainer for Endicott Athletics & Recreation, collaborate to provide mental and physical wellness expertise during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Our nursing students, among others, are working long hours in tough conditions because they want to provide quality patient care and colleague support. The latest nursing stories include:

    • Graduate student Samantha Sapienti ’20, who says despite long hours, dwindling supplies, and an increased patient-to-nurse ratio, she remains inspired by teamwork and an outpouring of support.
    • Holly Roberts ’20 who is immersed in the unpredictability of COVID-19 and dealing with the devastating conditions first-hand. She says the Endicott and greater communities keep her going strong.
    • Heather Pozzi ’21 who sees patients in their most vulnerable state. She’s committed to providing quality care and comfort—while feeling grateful for the opportunity.
    See our Coronavirus: Students in Action page for all stories to date.

    Sharing and reading these stories is a way to stay connected. I encourage you to take advantage of the many opportunities available to engage with our community, from virtual events for students and alumni, to training sessions for faculty and staff, to a friendly Zoom call to someone you miss seeing in person.

    Be well and stay safe.

    Sincerely,

    Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D.
    President

     
  • April 24, 2020 Update

    FROM: Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D., president

    DATE: April 24, 2020

    SUBJECT: COVID-19 Information & Impact

    Dear Endicott College community,

    With each passing day, I continue to feel pride in being a Gull. Gulls are looking out for each other. They are keeping the College running. And, most impressively, Gulls are working on the front lines.

    I am amazed at the stories coming in from students regarding their direct impact during this crisis. Some of our latest profiles include the following.

    Michael Lydon ’20, Criminal Justice
    Serving citizens as a firefighter with Boston Fire Tower Ladder 3 and member of the U.S. Army Reserve, Lydon works the COVID-19 front lines—all while earning his bachelor’s degree. Through it all, he is a strong example of leadership and dedication in action.

    Maureen McLaughlin ’22, Doctoral Education
    Doctoral degree student McLaughlin works on her Ed.D. in Higher Educational Leadership remotely—one of seven in her house who are distance-learning during the COVID-19 public health crisis. She hopes sharing her insight will help others in “houses doubling as classrooms.”

    Camilla (Cami) Risicato ’20, Biology/Biotechnology
    International student Risicato represents bravery in the face of the COVID-19 public health crisis. While completing her senior year, she is also tackling the pandemic head-on as a volunteer emergency medical technician (EMT) for the Beauport Ambulance Service, Inc.

    We are also starting to hear incredible reports from alumni who are working the front lines, such as:

    Michael Minerva ’16, Business Administration
    An EMT in Westchester County, N.Y., Minerva works eight to 16 hours per shift minimum, responding to COVID-19 patients. He was highlighted in an NCAA story posted earlier this week. “Responding to the need” features current and former student-athletes from all over the country—those who are stepping up during the COVID-19 pandemic and putting their own health at risk to serve others.

    It is heartening to know that so many Gulls are helping to lead us through these uncertain times.

    Strong leadership—especially during a crisis—must include constant communication with those affected. College administration and I will keep you updated as we continue to manage and plan for what we know today, and, based on the facts that are available to us, what we can project for the future.

    We have developed FAQs on the website that will be updated as needed. Please take a look at our Coronavirus FAQs from the Bursar's Office and a more general COVID-19 FAQs.

    Lastly, I want to let you know that I am conversing and collaborating with other college presidents who are members of the Association of Independent Colleges & Universities in Massachusetts (AICUM). AICUM serves as the leading voice on public policy matters affecting independent colleges and universities in Massachusetts.

    Our affiliation with AICUM and its members is particularly helpful as all colleges look toward returning to campus in the future. While plans are fully dependent on the unknown course of this virus, we will be ready to return when it is safe.

    Until then, I encourage you to stay connected to the Endicott community virtually. Let’s all envision a bright future at the Nest and everywhere.

    Sincerely,

    Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D.
    President

  • April 17, 2020 Update

    FROM: Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D., president

    DATE: April 17, 2020

    SUBJECT: COVID-19: Positivity rises as we plan & respond

    Dear Endicott College community,

    Many of us begin each week by watching the news for pandemic updates, planning as best we can for the unexpected, and thinking about our loved ones and greater community. Despite the many challenges we all face, I hope that you can find something positive to focus on, and a reason to smile.

    At Endicott, we are doing just that. We are focusing on what’s best for our community. Faculty, staff, and students have stepped up during this public health crisis, providing expertise, telling personal coronavirus impact stories, and moving extracurricular activities online.

    Since the COVID-19 pandemic is fluid in nature, and its aftereffects hard to pinpoint, the College is developing multiple contingency plans for the new fiscal year including budgets, internship and co-op placements, and more. We are also looking toward the future including a return to campus—a plan that is fully dependent on the unknown course of this virus. Whenever it is safe, and we are authorized to return, we will be ready.

    The outpouring of community support I have witnessed is another reason to remain positive. Neighbors are doing their best to support local businesses, students and alumni are working on the front lines, and Gulls are helping fellow Gulls.

    Many of our Endicott community members have asked how they can help. As a result, the Wings Fund has been created to assist returning students most affected by the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Several families are facing new expenses or experiencing personal hardship, and may be at risk of not returning to campus in the fall. Others will return to campus, but with an increased need for financial aid. To learn more about the Wings Fund, click here.

    Although the Boston Marathon will not occur on Monday, it is still Patriots’ Day and a holiday on our academic calendar. It is a good time to take a break and spend some quality time with your family. I wish you all well, with hope for a bright future here at the Nest, and everywhere.

    Sincerely,

    Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D.
    President

  • April 10, 2020 Update

    FROM: Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D., president

    DATE: April 10, 2020

    SUBJECT: Coronavirus Update, April 10

    Dear Members of the Endicott College community,

    I hope this finds you in good health as we all continue to do our part fighting the coronavirus pandemic. All reports point to this week being the most challenging in Massachusetts, as new cases face an apex and the number of fatalities continues to rise. Our collective responsibility to flatten the curve requires unorthodox behaviors including staying in place, no contact with loved ones who are at high risk, wearing masks and gloves in public, and continuing to practice social distancing. For our Endicott community, so rooted in building relationships with our students, faculty, and staff, these challenges force us far out of our norms. Yet, we know they must be done if we are to persevere as a college, a community, a nation, and a world.

    This week also coincides with the holiest of times for both the Christian and Jewish members of our community. The celebrations of Passover and Easter mark significant times on the calendar for religious communities around the world. These holidays remind us of the importance that suffering and sacrifice have on our ability to find faith in the future. Together we must find solace in knowing that hope springs eternal, and we will rise above to find light in the darkness.

    Many have resorted to celebrating religious ceremonies, birthdays, and other milestones through Zoom, unable to shake a neighbor’s hand or hug a relative. Yet through it all, we have been given a gift to spend time with family members, reach out to friends and neighbors, and rekindle relationships with those with whom we have lost touch. During this time, you may be reevaluating where and how you live, your career path, or placing greater importance on seeking family over fortune. I encourage you to make peace with your inner self, to reflect on where you have been, and where you want to go.

    May you embrace the gift of time and all that it has to offer, even during these tumultuous circumstances. What you may find is that we are all bound by one human element and that is love. We love our family and we love our friends. We love our community and we love our nation. And together we all love the home we call Endicott.

    Wishing you and your families much love, peace, and good health this week and always.

    Sincerely,

    Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D.
    President

  • April 2, 2020 Update

    FROM: Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D., president

    DATE: April 2, 2020

    SUBJECT: Coronavirus Update, April 2

    Dear Students and Families,

    We, as a community, continue to struggle with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic that has infiltrated all aspects of our lives—socially, emotionally, financially, academically, and beyond.

    This week, our undergraduate students transitioned to a very different mode of course delivery. Remote learning can be both rewarding and challenging, and certainly is not the same as having quick access to your friends on campus or an in-person conversation with your advisor. I am saddened for each of you, that you were not able to complete this semester­—and in some cases, your senior year­—at your second home, Endicott College.

    As I noted in my update to the campus community on March 24, the College is committed to refunding or crediting the balance of room and board (meal plan) charges to students and families. All residential students who plan to return to campus for the fall 2020 semester will receive a pro-rated credit to their student account that will be applied to their fall room and board charges. Current seniors will receive a pro-rated refund check in the amount of the unused portion of their room and board.

    You likely know that each one of our residence halls is priced at slightly different rates. Also, there are a variety of meal plan options for students to select from each year. Given the individual pricing for every student on campus, the refund or credit amount will be different for each. However, Endicott is committed to reimbursing the unused portion of room and board which equals 45% of the charges incurred for this semester. This equates to nearly $9 million in total refunds and credits to our students.

    The processing of refund checks and credits to accounts will begin on April 15 and will be completed by June 1, 2020. Please keep in mind that the refund or credit will be reduced by any outstanding balances on student accounts.

    I would like to thank you in advance for your patience with this process as the manual calculations of refunds and credits are intense, and our primary concern to date has been the health and well-being of all members of the Endicott College community.

    It is my sincere hope to see all of our seniors back on campus on a future date for the Class of 2020 Commencement ceremony and other related events. I look forward to welcoming back our returning students to campus for the fall semester.

    Until then, please be safe and well.

    Sincerely,

    Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D.
    President

  • March 24, 2020 Update

    FROM: Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D., president

    DATE: March 24, 2020

    SUBJECT: Coronavirus Update, March 24

    Dear Endicott College Community,

    The activities of the past month on Endicott's campus, and surely around the globe, have been unprecedented, to say the least. I am thankful to our dedicated faculty and staff who have ensured the safe return of our students studying abroad to the U.S., and for the significant work of migrating undergraduate and graduate courses to an online experience, in order to maintain the integrity of an Endicott degree.
     
    I am proud of our faculty, staff, students, families, alumni, and friends for remaining calm and patient during this time as the conditions around the world change quickly.
     
    As you now may know, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has issued an emergency order that requires non-essential businesses to close, and an advisory that all Massachusetts residents stay at home. In an effort to do our part in “flattening the curve,” I am sharing with you the following announcements.
     
    Remote Learning for the Remainder of the Spring 2020 Semester  
    Extending spring break allowed our faculty to effectively move their courses online and prepare for the possibility of course completion in a remote format. Courses will resume online as planned on Monday, March 30 for all undergraduate and graduate programs and continue through the end of the current semester. Faculty will be in touch with students in each of their courses if they have not already done so. Students who may not have access to high-speed internet, or who may live in areas with frequent internet interruptions, should contact their faculty directly, as soon as possible, to develop alternative plans as necessary.
     
    Room & Board Credit  
    As a result of current events, all returning residential students will receive a pro-rated credit to their student account that will be applied to future charges. Current seniors will receive a pro-rated refund of the unused portion of their room and board. Keeping in mind that every member of the Endicott family is facing adversity since this pandemic has impacted every facet of our world, families will be offered an additional option to apply their room and board credit to the newly established Wings Fund.
     
    The Wings Fund is a new concept, created at the suggestion of Endicott families to assist returning students most affected by the economic downturn caused by the pandemic. In addition to traditional financial aid, students facing financial hardship, who are at risk of not returning to campus in the fall, may apply to the Wings Fund for assistance. Families interested in supporting the Wings Fund should email the College’s Chief Financial Officer, Tony Ferullo, at aferullo@endicott.edu.
     
    International students who were unable to return to their homes and currently remain on campus will continue to have access to our grab-and-go meal options at the Callahan Center Dining Hall. 
     
    Moving Out
    A comprehensive move out plan for residential students has been created and will be communicated to resident students early next week. While details of this plan are not included in this email, the move out process will be orderly and limit the number of people on campus during any given period. The move out process will begin after the stay-at-home advisory is lifted by the Governor. As a reminder, campus remains highly restricted at this time. There will be no access to the residence halls for any unauthorized individuals.
     
    Faculty & Staff Compensation
    While most of our students may be off-campus, the faculty and staff of Endicott College still provide vital services to the Endicott College community. During this time of uncertainty, Endicott College is committed to ensuring all faculty and staff will continue to receive their normal compensation. Divisional vice presidents will work with their teams to define essential staff to maintain the effective operations of their departments in a way that services our students and community members. We will continue to work remotely until such a time that we receive clearance to return to normal operations.

    The College's executive team and I will work closely to build a budget for the new fiscal year that will reevaluate and prioritize Endicott's needs on July 1, 2020 and beyond.

    Commencement Ceremonies
    As the parent of a current college senior, I recognize the disappointment, anxiety and impact that the pandemic has had on all students, especially our seniors who are so looking forward to the culmination of their academic efforts. We all must remember, however, that our responsibility is to our greater community and the very nature of higher education is one that develops a stronger society, to keep each other safe. We have made the difficult decision to postpone the commencement ceremonies originally scheduled for May. We plan on conferring degrees and to issue electronic versions of diplomas upon completion of coursework. This will allow seniors to complete graduate school applications and apply for employment opportunities.  
     
    However, we are committed to rescheduling the College's commencement ceremonies at a later date with the pomp and circumstance that is due for such a momentous occasion. More details related to the commencement ceremonies and related activities will be forthcoming.
     
    Major Events
    Major events on campus, hosted by Endicott College, will be canceled or postponed through May 31, 2020. Future events, including Reunion Weekend, will be evaluated in the coming weeks. A cancelation or postponement message will be sent to event attendees individually in the coming days and weeks.

    Additionally, I want to reiterate Endicott College's commitment to our community. Over the past weeks, the School of Nursing and the Athletics department have donated medical supplies to local hospitals and we have worked closely with Sodexo to offer already purchased food to local food banks and hospitals in need.

    Finally, during this challenging time, I have had the opportunity to reflect on Endicott College’s founding principles and specifically our greatest differentiator—the Endicott Model. When Eleanor Tupper and her husband, George Bierkoe, founded Endicott College in 1939, the Endicott Model was noted as being relevant in an ever-changing world. From the moment first-year students arrived on campus, they would begin thinking about life beyond Endicott College. The pandemic that is circling the globe has forced us to do exactly that. To think about how we adapt our expectations to incorporate new realities, to recognize the need to protect our fellow citizens at the cost of our own inconvenience, and to remain calm and level-headed while facing extraordinary challenges. 
     
    Whether you call Endicott your alma mater, your home, your workplace, or a destination to visit, we as a community are no strangers to adversity. I am confident this will become just another chapter in the remarkable history of one of America’s most unique colleges.
     
    Be well and stay safe.
     
    Sincerely,

    Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D.
    President

     
  • March 20, 2020 Update

    FROM: Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D., president

    DATE: March 20, 2020

    SUBJECT: Reflecting on Our First Remote Week

    Dear Endicott College Community,

    We are nearing the end of our first week working from home, and I think we can agree that it’s been a learning experience for us all! These unprecedented times have required us to be agile and accommodating, and I thank you for your flexibility, solidarity, and leadership. We may not be working in the same buildings or even the same towns, but through communication and dedication, we remain focused on our students and how to best provide them with a meaningful college experience despite circumstances.

    Please do your best to stay safe, adhering to the CDC guidelines to protect yourselves and those around you. Take some time this weekend to relax and care for your state of mind—we must all do what we can to maintain a semblance of normality. 

    Come Monday and days following, let’s keep checking in with our students and each other, preparing to resume classes, and maintaining transparency through constant communication. We are all in this together, and I know this community is ready to do whatever we can to help one another.

    Please be smart, be safe, and be proud to be a Gull!

    Sincerely,

    Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D.
    President

  • March 16, 2020 Update

    FROM: Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D., president

    DATE: March 16, 2020

    SUBJECT: Coronavirus Work From Home (WFH) Policy, March 16

    Dear Endicott College Faculty and Staff,

    As you can imagine, navigating Endicott's response to COVID-19 is difficult given the ever-changing and often conflicting reports that arrive to my office hourly. At this time, we have two priorities on which the College will focus. First, our responsibility to the entire community is to help “flatten the curve” of the Coronavirus spread by ensuring social distancing, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Secondly, we must ensure the successful completion of the semester for our students, be it remotely for the one week currently planned, or for a longer period of time (to be determined later should the need arise).

    I am proud of the entire Endicott community for tempering panic as we move incrementally and take measured steps to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff. To that end, effective immediately, Endicott College will move to a remote work policy with a planned return on Monday, April 6 at the earliest.

    During this time, the campus will remain open, operated by a rotating personnel schedule. The rotating personnel need is different by division and school. Therefore, each divisional vice president and dean will communicate with their teams by the end of the day today to define the staff needed to continue the College's business operations.

    Staff members not on a rotating schedule are expected to work from home. The College is committed to continuing to pay all employees, without having to use accrued sick, personal, or vacation time during this three-week time period.

    In order to work from home, we understand you may need to retrieve some items such as electronics or files from campus. Please keep in mind the goal of this policy is to maximize social distancing and reduce contact with others. If you do need to return to campus, you must coordinate that return with your supervisor to accomplish this goal.

    If you are on campus now, as you plan your departure, please remember to take your laptop computer, if you have one, and all necessary items to effectively work from home. Before leaving for the day, please familiarize yourself on how to check your office voicemails remotely and plan to do so multiple times daily. Please work with your supervisor to adjust your outgoing voicemail to note that you are working remotely and are checking your voicemails multiple times each day. Phone manuals can be found here. Also, contact the information technology department if you need VPN access into certain systems. These requests will be prioritized based on operational need.

    Information Technology Resources & Information:

    Help Desk can be reached at: 978-232-2072 or support@endicott.edu.

    Academic Technology Resources & Information:
    • Web Conferencing with Zoom: Zoom is available as the standard web conferencing application to any faculty or staff member, school or department, by request. To request access, please create a ticket on Freshservice.
    • Training is available at the Zoom Help Center.
    • Please note that faculty will be relying on Zoom for some online learning as students move to remote courses starting March 30. Staff should use this service during off-peak hours and keep meetings as brief as possible.
    Academic Technology can be reached at 978-232-2282 or kbarclay@endicott.edu.

    In order to monitor the number of people on campus, the east and west gate entries to campus will be closed. The main entrance will be opened but monitored and require your Gull Card for entry.

    The majority of our resources in the coming weeks will be dedicated to ensure our students complete their semester successfully and on-time. We will continue to monitor and assess the situation and communicate frequently to the Endicott community and follow the guidelines recommended by the Massachusetts Governor’s office, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO). Please visit these provided links for more information and specifically if you are not feeling well or must self-quarantine.

    These updates reflect Endicott College’s position as of March 16, 2020. In this fluid situation, these policies may require updating in the future with little notice. Please continue to check the website for information or email contact@endicott.edu with specific questions or directions.

    Please remember that the health and well-being of the entire Endicott College community remains a top priority. Be well and safe.

    Sincerely,

    Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D.
    President

     

  • March 12, 2020 Update

    FROM: Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D., president

    DATE: March 12, 2020

    SUBJECT: Coronavirus Update, March 12

    Dear Endicott College Community,

    As information regarding Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) proves to be ever-changing, the College leadership team and key officials continue to meet daily to discuss mitigation efforts and the safety of our College and greater community. The College is unaware of anyone in the Endicott community who has tested positive for COVID-19. We continue to follow guidelines recommended by the Massachusetts Governor’s office, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO).

    Considering the information available to us today, the College has made the following decisions. Please note that these decisions are not easy and the College’s leadership team has considered all options and is very cognizant of their impact to students, families, faculty, staff, and the greater Endicott College community.

    Students

    Traditional undergraduate students

    • The spring break currently scheduled to begin at the end of classes on Friday, March 13 will be extended through Sunday, March 29. 
    • Remote learning will begin Monday, March 30, and run through at least Friday, April 3. Faculty will contact their classes during the extended spring break week to inform them of the process of remote learning. Students will remain off-campus during this time and should plan to return on Sunday, April 5. Please continue to monitor the Endicott College website for further developments.
    • Students leaving for break should plan to take any necessary materials to continue their studies online along with primary belongings and accessories with them for this extended time period.
    • Students on internships are subject to their employer policies regarding Coronavirus, and should also communicate with their internship coordinator to determine any changes needed in order to successfully complete their internship.
    • Students in nursing clinicals, student teachers, and athletic trainers will be moving to simulation labs and should contact their faculty advisors.
    • Varsity student athletes participating in spring sports will be allowed to remain on campus and compete during the extended spring break and will stay on campus to participate in remote learning starting Monday, March 30. The College will adhere to all developments and guidelines provided by the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) and the NCAA.
    • Club sports will be suspended until further notice.
    • International students currently on campus will be allowed to stay on campus during the extended spring break and participate in remote learning starting on Monday, March 30.
    • Study Abroad (SA) programs have been canceled and the remaining SA students that are out of the United States are now returning home. SA students should continue with their academic plans already received or await contact from the Interim Provost’s office upon their return from their study abroad location.
    • Students who have specific questions or concerns regarding housing during this period should contact Student Affairs and Residence Life: reslife@endicott.edu, 978-232-2141. 
    • Registration for fall 2020 classes is still scheduled to begin on Monday, March 23, 2020. Reminder communications will be sent to all students and advisors will be available to students leading up to registration.

    Graduate & Van Loan School students

    • Those currently enrolled in programs that run fully online will remain in these courses and complete as normal. 
    • Effective Monday, March 16, those currently attending classes face-to-face will move to remote learning for the rest of their current terms and terms that start on or before April 3.
    • Students who have specific questions or concerns should contact their faculty advisor.
    • Students studying at the Boston location and veteran students will be contacted by the Dean of the Van Loan School of Professional Studies, Laura Douglass, to develop a course completion plan.

    Faculty & Staff

    • All staff should continue to report to work as usual.
    • All faculty are expected to return to campus on Monday, March 23 to migrate course curriculum to the remote platform for the following week. 
    • If you feel ill, contact your supervisor and do not come to the College.
    • Shuttle service around campus and to the Beverly Depot will be discontinued as of Monday, March 16.
    • Employees who feel that they are at risk due to underlying health conditions (such as heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, pregnancy) should contact their supervisor for additional direction.  

    Travel 

    • Effective immediately, the College is prohibiting all college-related international travel for faculty, staff, and students. 
    • College-related domestic travel considerations will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis with each department’s supervisor.
    • We prefer that students, faculty, and staff limit non-essential travel during spring break.  Should you elect to continue with your travel plans, you must follow the protocols set forth by the CDC for the area to which you have traveled up to and including the 14-day self-quarantine.

    Events

    • Effective Sunday, March 15, the College is postponing Endicott-hosted or -sponsored events, with the exception of some varsity athletic competitions. Spectators will be restricted according to NCAA guidelines which note “essential staff and limited family attendance” at athletic events. All event postponements are indefinite until further notice.
    • Misselwood Events and the Wylie Inn and Conference Center will continue to operate as usual, and clients will determine whether or not they wish to hold or cancel an event.

    We will continue to monitor and assess the situation and communicate frequently to the Endicott community.

    These updates reflect Endicott College’s position as of March 12, 2020. In this fluid situation, these policies may require updating in the future with little notice. Please continue to check the website for information.

    Please understand that our primary concern is keeping members of our community safe. Your patience and cooperation is greatly appreciated as the College responds to the growing concerns surrounding Coronavirus.

    Sincerely,

    Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D.
    President

     

     
  • March 10, 2020 Update

    FROM: Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D., president

    DATE: March 10, 2020

    SUBJECT: Coronavirus Response & Planning

    Dear Endicott College Community,

    Since COVID-19, known as Coronavirus, became a global concern in January, we have been tracking its progress daily, meeting internally regarding communications and planning, and alerting our community regularly.

    Our communications and other helpful information will continue to be posted on the Endicott website. Please check the site frequently for updates.

    With spring break travel around the corner, I am writing to share important new policies and guidelines about travel and events as we are intensifying our institutional response. I ask that all faculty, staff, and students read and adhere to these new policies, even though our current risk level remains low.

    We all need to make smart choices to protect our College community’s health and the broader communities beyond our campus, while still maintaining some regularity as we work and learn here on campus.

    Currently, we are operating on the sound advice from experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as peer institutions, while creating travel and event guidelines around Coronavirus.

    Such guidelines represent our understanding and best judgement at this time. We recognize that what we are asking may seem inconvenient, but we do ask for everyone’s cooperation for both your safety and the safety of those around you.

    Study Abroad
    As you may know by now, all Study Abroad (SA) students from Florence, Italy have returned to their homes in the U.S. In light of yesterday’s news that the Spanish government has closed schools, colleges, and universities in Spain, the Office of International Education is working on bringing our SA students who remain in Madrid back to the U.S. as soon as possible. The Madrid students will be returning to their hometowns and under the 14-day self-quarantine restrictions identified by the CDC. Endicott’s SA students who chose to stay abroad in other locations are still in place and we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation in each country to maintain the safety of all of our students.

    Travel Abroad
    Effective immediately, and in line with recommendations with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, we are suspending any future international travel for both business reasons and education programs abroad. This is applicable to all faculty, staff, and students.

    Travel in the U.S.
    We ask that each person in our community weigh the pros and cons of traveling domestically now through the end of the semester, and recommend suspending any unnecessary trips until a future date.

    Visitors to Campus
    While prospective students and their families are still invited to visit and tour campus, effective immediately, and through the end of the semester, guests and visitors of current students are not allowed in the residence halls, including overnight guests.

    Visitors from countries that the CDC labels as having “widespread sustained (ongoing) transmission” of COVID-19 are not allowed on campus until they have successfully completed a 14-day self-quarantine.

    Events on Campus
    As of now, we are not cancelling events that are already scheduled on campus. We will continue to monitor the situation and make decisions as necessary. If you have the ability to postpone or virtualize an event, please consider this option. Please know that the College has alternative plans for large-scale events should a cancellation occur.

    For all events, no matter the size:

    • Encourage thorough handwashing
    • Provide hand sanitizer and tissues
    • Minimize communal food
    • Educate attendees about proper precautions
    • Urge those who feel unwell to stay home, or participate online if possible
    • Consider postponing face-to-face meetings, and try using conference calls or virtual programs instead

    Classes & Instructional Meetings
    All academic-related meetings and classes attended by members of the on-campus community can continue to be held as they normally would. We are not cancelling classes. However, should the need to cancel classes arise, Academic Technology has a contingency plan for faculty.

    These policies and procedures reflect Endicott College’s position as of March 10, 2020. In this ever-changing situation, these policies may require updating in the future with little notice. Please continue to check the website for information.

    Please understand that we are taking every precautionary measure to keep members of our community safe. Thank you all for your patience and cooperation as the College responds to the growing concerns surrounding Coronavirus.

    Sincerely,

    Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D.
    President

  • March 3, 2020 Update

    FROM: Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D., president

    DATE: March 3, 2020

    SUBJECT: Coronavirus Update

    Dear Endicott College Community,

    You have no doubt been watching the news and are seeing daily developments regarding COVID-19, known as Coronavirus. Many colleges are dealing with the impacts of Coronavirus, especially those with study abroad programs.

    Please be assured—we have been actively communicating with students studying abroad, and their parents, since this became a global concern. Our first communication has been posted on the Endicott website. We offered all students studying or interning abroad the option to return to their hometowns, and the Office of International Education has been working with families on travel arrangements for those who chose to return.

    Twenty-one students have returned from Florence, 10 from Spain, and one from Ireland. These students have been advised to follow the recommendation from both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) that all who have traveled abroad self-quarantine for 14 days after returning home to the U.S. Our health care insurance provider, Blue Cross Blue Shield, has disseminated important information regarding Coronavirus. Please read this information, and practice good, simple hygiene for your safety and the safety of those around you.

    Students who opted to return are receiving a personal academic plan so that they may successfully complete the semester, and also a credit for housing and board expenses.

    The majority of our study abroad students have opted to remain at their international location, and we have advised this group to stay in place for learning and activities, and not travel, go on field trips, or visit highly populated places like museums.

    It is important to note that fears of the outbreak have fueled a wave of xenophobia toward Asian-American populations across the country. While I have not seen or received reports of this happening on campus, I encourage our community not to engage in such behavior and instead focus on practical concerns, while supporting our international students and their respective cultures, as we always have.

    So, I invite you to attend the Endicott College Global Village on Wednesday, March 4, in the Business & Science Center Lobby from 4­–6 p.m. The Intercultural Club and the Office of International Education are collaborating on this global “tour” that will feature food, games, raffle prizes, and music. Let’s celebrate the many cultures here at Endicott, together. I also look forward to hosting our international students for lunch on Friday at the Callahan.

    I want to thank the Office of International Education, academic deans, the Office of the Interim Provost, and the many others who stepped up over these past weeks to quickly and effectively respond to the growing concerns surrounding Coronavirus.

    Should you have further questions, please direct them to the appropriate contact listed below:

    Faculty/Staff/Domestic Students                           
    Brandi Johnson                                                        
    Vice President, Student Affairs                              
    bjohnson@endicott.edu                                         
    978-232-3096

    International Students/Families
    Warren Jaferian
    Dean, International Education
    wjaferia@endicott.edu
    978-232-2272

    Sincerely,

    Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D.
    President

  • February 25, 2020 Update

    Updated 5 p.m. on Tuesday, February 25 

    FROM: Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D., president

    DATE: February 25, 2020

    SUBJECT: Coronavirus Update: Option to Return Home

    Dear Students and Parents,

    Endicott College officials continue to follow news regarding COVID-19, known as the Coronavirus, and are communicating with our international education partners. Student safety is our top concern. Given recent developments in Northern Italy and Florence, we are offering all students the option to return to their hometowns.

    Families who make the decision for their student to return to the U.S. must contact our Office of International Education by sending an email to wjaferia@endicott.edu. Endicott College must be aware of your decision to return to the U.S. by this Friday, February 28, noon EST. Upon receiving notification of your decision to return, students must return to the U.S. by no later than March 5.

    Students who choose to return from their international location will not lose the semester academically, as we will work to put each impacted student on a pathway to successfully completing this semester.

    Our goal is to help students return as soon as possible, however, keep in mind that all will be subject to travel reentry protocols established by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

    If students decide not to leave their current international location, we advise you to stay in place for activities and learning, and avoid field trips, international or spring break travel or visits to sites that are heavily populated.

    While considering this decision, we encourage you to visit WHO’s Coronavirus web section and the CDC for information that will help you make the most informed decisions possible.

    Please direct any questions or concerns directly to:
    Warren Jaferian
    Dean, Office of International Education
    +1.978.232.2272
    wjaferia@endicott.edu

    Sincerely,

    Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D.
    President