February 27, 2023

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

I am writing to make you aware that a group of students is engaging in a peaceful sit-in in Fanning Hall that began last night. The College supports students’ right to peaceful protest. Members of the administration continue to pursue constructive dialogue with the student leaders as we address the important concerns they have raised.

Fanning Hall is currently not accessible to other members of the community. Arrangements have been made with faculty and staff who work in the building so that any affected classes, advising, co-curricular programs or other professional work can continue without interruption. Students who have classes, office hours, or appointments in Fanning are being contacted by their professors, deans, and other staff with the plans for those meetings going forward.

My colleagues in the senior administration and I will do our best to keep you informed as new information becomes available.

Katherine Bergeron