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At Elizabethtown College, the overall safety and wellbeing of our campus community is our priority. We are closely monitoring the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) updates regarding the Novel COVID-19 or coronavirus and have taken preventative measures both on and off our campus in a proactive effort to protect our community from the coronavirus. Any students or parents with questions can reach out to 717-361-1197 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Important COVID-19 Campus Updates - April 8, 2020
In light of the changes to our learning environment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Elizabethtown College faculty adopted the following changes to the College’s grading policies for the spring 2020 semester. The following policies apply for students in the traditional College and SCPS undergraduates in the S3 2020 session.
- Students will have the option to convert a final course grade from a letter grade to S (A, B, C, D) or NS (F) . Students will be permitted to make this change after final grades have been reported. Letter grades are calculated in the GPA as usual; S/NS grades are not. Students will want to consult with their academic advisors to ensure that they have considered carefully the implications of these decisions (e.g., for entrance to graduate schools and professional programs). By the final week of April, Department Chairs will communicate with students whether or not particular prerequisites or graduation/accreditation requirements cannot be met with a grade of S/NS. Please be patient as academic departments consider the implications of the new policy and convey any necessary considerations to students.
- Incomplete Grade Options: Students may also request that a faculty member submit a COVID-19 specific incomplete grade of IC, COVID-19 Incomplete or RC, COVID-19 Repeat. Each option is at the faculty member’s discretion, and are described in greater detail here.
- Signature Learning Experiences: Any student in the traditional program who is enrolled currently in a Signature Learning Experience (SLE) and earns a passing grade will receive credit toward fulfillment of the SLE graduation requirement. If the SLE also fulfills a departmental program requirement, the academic department chair will identify a suitable plan for a student to fulfill the graduation requirement.
- Academic Honors: Academic Honors policies that stipulate letter-graded coursework will be upheld as published.
Please consult your instructor, academic advisor, and/or department chair concerning specific advising questions related to spring 2020 semester grading options.
General inquiries may be directed to Brian Newsome , Dean for Curriculum and Honors.
April 1, 2020
Dear Elizabethtown College Students:
I hope you and your family are doing well and staying safe. I am continuously inspired by the degree of commitment and impressive work you are producing in your courses as we have transitioned online. Your professors are sharing positive messages of your optimism and dedication to completing your spring semester successfully.
The administration and College’s Emergency Management Group (EMG) continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, and as you are likely aware, we have all learned this week that the nation has been advised to continue to social distance through April 30. Lancaster County is also currently under a stay-at-home mandate. As a result, we have no choice but to delay our return-to-campus schedule that was slated to begin on April 6, and we will provide updates regarding a new timeline for students to return to campus and retrieve their belongings when it is safe to do so.
I know this may cause some disappointment, however, all of our decisions have been based on the safety and well-being of our campus community and beyond as well as the guidelines provided by our government and health agencies.
We appreciate your understanding as we all navigate this unprecedented time. I’m so proud of all you are accomplishing and encourage you to work hard toward achieving your goals as you complete your spring semester.
Cecilia M. McCormick, J.D.
April 1, 2020
Dear Elizabethtown College Faculty and Staff:
I hope you and your family are all doing well and staying safe as we face these unparalleled times during the COVID-19 pandemic. I am so impressed by our dedicated faculty and committed staff who continue to provide our students with an exceptional online learning experience.
As you are most likely aware, we learned this week that the nation has been advised to continue to social distance through April 30. The state of Pennsylvania also is under a stay-at-home order. This means all faculty members, as we have previously communicated, will remain teaching their courses online, and all employees, unless otherwise authorized as essential personnel, will continue working remotely.
While we had previously anticipated bringing our campus community back by April 6, the evolving coronavirus situation presents too much uncertainty. The Senior Leadership Team (SLT) continues to monitor the coronavirus situation very closely along with the College's Emergency Management (EMG) team. We will provide updates regarding a timeline for employees to return to work on campus as we determine it is safe to do so.
As a community, we remain diligently focused to meet the needs of our students so they can successfully finish their semester.
Cecilia M. McCormick, J.D.