June 12, 2020

Important Update From Conn College Dean Andy Strickler

Dear Class of 2024,

I am writing with three updates on topics very important to the Connecticut College Class of 2024.

First: the fall semester. Will you be here on campus? Yes! We are making plans to welcome students to campus in late August, the details of which are still being worked out by our re-population task force. Our fall semester will feel a bit different in this era of COVID-19. The semester will be split into two seven-and-a-half-week modules: You'll take two classes during the first module and two classes during the second. Some classes (likely in the sciences and languages) will be allowed to run for 15 weeks to make sure you get enough practice and lab time. This flexible format will allow you to maintain appropriate social distancing in person and provide effective virtual learning when necessary.

Second: the current moment. This is an extraordinary time in our history, an inflection point. Recent acts of racial violence have caused people across the United States and around the world to rise up and call for an end to racism and brutal policing. Connecticut College supports the constitutional rights of all members of our community to protest matters of conscience in a peaceful manner. Your admission will not be jeopardized if you choose to participate in peaceful demonstrations.

Third: your choices. Some of you think you might want to defer your admission for another semester or a year. If that’s the case, I'd like to tell you more about what we will need from you. To request a deferral, you will have to submit a written plan for the deferral year to me at astrickl@conncoll.edu by June 15. I, along with Dean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion John McKnight and Dean of the College Jefferson Singer will review deferral requests and make, and communicate, our decisions by July 1.

Please contact me if you have any questions about any part of this letter. Emily Morash, the dean of first-year students (Emily.morash@conncoll.edu) and I stand ready to help you.

Most sincerely,

Andy Strickler
Dean of Admission & Financial Aid