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April 8, 2020 Coronavirus Update to Faculty & Staff

Faculty and Staff:

I am so grateful for the extra effort that is demonstrated in your ongoing commitment to our students. Your response to this crisis is a shining bright spot in my own time at Belmont.

Your Senior Leadership team continues to monitor our nation’s efforts at flattening the curve of COVID-19. While there are some encouraging signs, the next several months are still very much colored by uncertainty. Our commitment remains to make decisions with the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff as the top priority, and we simply do not see a clear and safe path to resuming normal activities this summer. With this in mind, we have made the following decisions related to summer programming on campus:

  • All summer courses will be conducted virtually. Making this decision now should allow our faculty valuable time to plan online instruction for existing courses and consider new offerings, and allow our students more time to consider what they can achieve during what will likely be a quieter-than-normal summer.
  • Summer Orientation will be conducted virtually. While we will miss the opportunity to host our incoming students on campus for our annual Towering Traditions programming, the orientation planning team is committed to building a robust slate of online offerings to prepare the class of 2024 for their next four years at Belmont.
  • All Summer camps scheduled to take place on or off campus are being cancelled. This includes Belmont athletics, academic and music camps as well as outside organizations like M-Fuge who use our campus to conduct their camps.

These were difficult decisions to make, but we feel they are necessary to ensure that we don’t let our guard down too soon and take steps backward as a result. While we will miss the flurry of activity that is commonplace on our campus in the summer months, we take these steps with an eye toward August when we can hopefully welcome our students back to campus with open arms.

In the middle of all that is now surrounding us, I hope that you are able to find a moment to, in the words of a great old hymn, “Take time to be Holy” as we move through this most holy of weeks. 

Be well,

Bob Fisher