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Guiding Principles

In Spring 2020, seven interdisciplinary teams were formed to work toward the goal of bringing all students, faculty and staff safely back to campus for a Fall 2020 semester. Given what we know and what we don’t know about COVID-19 and its future impact, the plan required flexibility in addressing different possible approaches to in person instruction, residential living, co-curricular activities and all of the deep traditions that we value at Belmont. These teams relied on the following Guiding Principles to direct their work:

  • The safety of Belmont students, faculty, staff and guests is paramount and will be at the forefront of our decision-making processes.
  • Our mission to provide a transformative education fostering students’ intellectual, social, personal and spiritual growth must be realized.
  • We will proceed thoughtfully, carefully and deliberately, allowing data and the recommendations of leading medical experts along with federal, state and local officials to inform our actions.
  • We will be flexible, ready to adjust operations as needed.
  • We will build upon new processes and technologies implemented as a result of the pandemic and commit to further improvements in order to achieve successful outcomes for all.
  • We will help the Belmont community stay healthy through providing proper protocols and trainingmask wearing, handwashing, social distancing and staying home when sick will be emphasized.
  • We will maintain our personal connections as an engaged community of learners through creative methods.
  • All plans and recommendations will be regularly assessed, evaluated and amended as needed.