Apr. 2, 2020

A Letter from the VP for Finance and Administration

Dear Students,
 
We hope you have been keeping safe and healthy in the midst of the coronavirus crisis and are adapting to your second week of remote teaching and learning. Our faculty and staff have relished the opportunities to connect with you through courses, advising, and other meetings. Of course, we miss having you on campus.
 
We are writing today to provide information on the credits you can expect to receive for your room and board as well as for your remaining on-campus employment. Thank you for your patience as we have worked through these details.
 
Room and Board Credits and Refunds
Because of the unprecedented circumstances requiring you to move off campus before the end of the term, the College will be returning a credit for the unused portion of your spring semester room and board, adjusted for any institutional and federal financial aid you received.
 
If you are a first-year, sophomore or junior and were charged a room and board fee for the spring semester, you will receive a credit applied to your fall 2020 student account. This credit will appear on your account statement on July 1, 2020.
 
If you are a senior, you will receive a refund according to the same criteria. You can expect to see your refund deposited directly into your bank account before the end of April.
 
Student Employment
The College would also like to recognize the wages you lost by leaving campus jobs before you expected to. If you had an on-campus job this spring, you will receive a lump-sum payment for the anticipated earnings that you would have received had the College remained open. The payments will be based on what you earned between Jan. 18 and March 13. This sum will be deposited directly into your bank account for the April 17 pay period.
 
Now that you have settled into a new routine, some of you have asked if you might continue performing your former job remotely. For those currently residing in the United States, the answer is “yes.” If your job can be done remotely and you would like to continue working, you should contact your supervisor to discuss arrangements. Please note that your supervisor will limit you to the number of hours you worked in the first part of the semester.
 
If you are not residing in the United States, there are regulations restricting your ability to be paid for continued work. In that case, we will simply issue the amount of your projected lost wages based on your prior work schedule and you will no longer be able to continue your student employment. Funds will be deposited on April 17. Again, you may contact your supervisor with questions.
 
We hope that you are finding new ways to connect during this difficult time. We encourage you to check the campus calendar and social media accounts for the latest news and remote events. Your faculty and deans are always ready to help you. Please know that we are thinking of you and wishing you all the best.
 
If you have further questions, do not hesitate to reach out to us directly.
 
Sincerely,
 
Rich Madonna
Vice President for Finance and Administration
 
Jefferson Singer
Dean of the College