Dear Springfield College Community,

I am writing today to begin communicating about the fall semester. We have just concluded a challenging academic year, and I congratulate our students, faculty, and staff on a job well done with remote learning. Even before the end of this academic year, we have been looking towards next year and emerging from this pandemic. I am providing a general update now and we will communicate more specifics in the near future.

It is our expectation that we will reopen our campus in person for the fall semester. You can be assured that we will proceed in a manner that has the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff as our top priority. As you can imagine, this is a highly complex endeavor. All steps that we take to return to full operations will be made cautiously – following guidance from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and our local government. Details for fall move-in will be shared once we finalize our plans.

We have planning groups developing protocols and procedures to enhance safety on campus in a number of areas - classroom usage, course delivery, residence hall occupancy, dining, athletics, student activities, and other aspects of campus life. These groups are reviewing and, where necessary, transforming every aspect of how the college will operate in this new reality. Protocols will include using face masks, increasing the availability of hand sanitizer, staggering business hours, setting aside room/apartments for quarantining and isolation, increasing sanitization and cleaning, and large-scale deployment of testing and contact tracing. We intend to offer a residential experience for the full semester. However, we will be prepared to transition to online-only instruction if there is a resurgence of COVID-19.

Eventually, this crisis will pass, and the pandemic will end. Throughout, Springfield College will be here, educating future leaders, contributing to the world, and growing stronger each day. In fact, all of us on campus need to recognize that this presents an opportunity for us to rethink how we live, work, and learn at Springfield College. I have no doubt that we will emerge stronger and more resilient as an institution. That is, after all, the Springfield College Way.

Please reach out to us if you have any questions by contacting the Office of the President at OfficeofthePresident@springfield.edu.

Sincerely,

Mary-Beth Cooper
Springfield College President