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Spring 2022 COVID-19 FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

With the surge in Omicron across the country, flight disruptions and our return to campus so close to New Year’s Day, Belmont's classes for this semester will begin fully online on Wed., Jan. 5. Residence halls will remain closed until Sat., Jan. 15, and the University plans to resume fully in-person classes on Tues., Jan. 18 after the MLK holiday.  

Why has Belmont decided to begin the semester fully online and delay in-person classes until January 18?

We are committed to the health and safety of our entire campus community. Given the Omicron surge, as well as our scheduled return so close to the New Year’s holiday, we decided to begin the semester fully online and delay in-person classes until mid-January. This pause in our return to in-person living and learning will allow any infections contracted over the holidays to run their course while giving extra protection to more vulnerable members of our campus.

Because we are a largely residential community, we must consider the impact that a large surge in cases of COVID, and the increased transmission rate seen with the omicron variant, could have on on-campus living. While current information indicates that the severity of symptoms for those infected by the omicron variant is less severe than previous strains, especially among a largely vaccinated community like ours, we must consider the potentially negative impacts that come from the significantly increased transmissibility of this variant among a large group of people who are living and learning together. The impact that large numbers of infections would have on our campus resources, our ability to support students and our surrounding community weighed heavily in making our decision. With this in mind, we decided to begin fully online this semester to give our community more time and greater runway from the holiday season and the surge in case counts across the country. 

We are confident that these measures will increase our ability to move forward successfully with in-person instruction this semester. Belmont continues to commit significant resources towards maintaining robust testing, treatment, contact tracing, isolation and quarantine protocols. We are pleased these efforts resulted in the successful completion of a fully in-person experience for Fall 2021. This has been and will continue to be our primary goal for Spring 2022 as well.

We also recognize this change in schedule will create additional questions, and the FAQ below is intended to respond with details as information is confirmed. Please check back often as this page will be frequently updated.

CLASSES / BRUINBOOKS / ORIENTATION

  • My classes are online for two weeks. Will they meet at the same time? And how will I know how to join them?
  • New and Transfer Student Orientation sessions were scheduled for Monday, January 3 and Tuesday, January 4. Is that canceled, too?
  • Updated

    My BruinBooks shipment is being delivered to my dorm/apartment. How will I get them?
  • New

    Will classes meet on MLK Day Jan. 17?

RESIDENCE HALLS 

  • There are supplies in my dorm that I need access to for the semester. Can I get into my room to get them?

ROOM & BOARD REFUNDS

  • With the delayed start, will I get a refund on my housing and meal plans?
  • New

    How were proration/refund amounts determined?
  • New

    When will I be notified of my proration/refund amount?
  • New

    How will proration/refunds be processed?
  • New

    What happens to the credit on my account?
  • New

    If I’m getting a refund, what’s the fastest way to receive it?

WITHDRAWALS & LATE FEES

  • New

    Will Belmont extend the withdrawal deadline to allow students the option for a full refund?
  • New

    What if I withdraw after the January 21, 2022 deadline?
  • New

    Will Belmont be assessing late fees to the student accounts?

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS?

This site will be updated as needed when new details are confirmed so please check back often. In addition, faculty and staff are encouraged to reach out to their chair/dean or supervisor with specific questions. Students and parents are encouraged to directly contact the offices listed below if they have urgent concerns or questions. Thank you for you patience and understanding as we all do our best to navigate this pandemic and minimize its impact on our community.

Course questions: Please contact individual faculty for Spring 2022 courses via email/Blackboard.

Orientation: orientation@belmont.edu

Residence Life: reslife@belmont.edu

Student Financial Services: finaid@belmont.edu