Dickinson has made the decision to move classes online for the rest of the semester. The campus is not open to visitors until further notice.
President Margee Ensign sent the following message to the campus community on March 20 to report that no parents or students will be permitted to return to campus to retrieve belongings after 9 p.m., Friday, March 20.
To Dickinson Students and Parents:
I write to inform you that, due to an order by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf asking all non-life-sustaining businesses to close, we must close the campus to visitors as of 9 p.m. today. After that time, no parents or students will be permitted to return to campus to retrieve belongings. I am sorry for this change, particularly since some of you have planned to return to campus this weekend. However, the governor has said enforcement measures will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, March 21, and for the health and safety of our community, we must comply.
Students who have successfully petitioned to remain on campus will be permitted to do so.
I know this COVID-19 situation has been difficult for all of you and I appreciate your understanding as we work to navigate in an environment that is changing hourly. If you can’t get back to campus by 9 p.m. today, please check dickinson.edu/spring2020moveout if you need to have essential belongings sent to you and to let us know you will not be able to come back to campus.
Students have received a survey from faculty members for each of their courses. Faculty must know what students have access to in order to plan online courses. Classes begin Monday, March 23. It is important that students respond to the course surveys quickly.
In addition, students should sign on to Gateway and update their emergency information.
We will continue to keep you informed as we move forward and manage this unprecedented experience.
Margee M. Ensign
Published March 20, 2020