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Guiding Principles

At the onset of the pandemic, seven interdisciplinary teams were formed to work toward the goal of bringing all students, faculty and staff safely back to campus for the ‘20-’21 academic year. These teams adopted a set of guiding principles to direct their work and decision making in preparing for an initial return to campus in the Fall of 2020, and continue to guide us today.

  • 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, a voluntary sentinel surveillance testing program for asymptomatic students, faculty/staff, 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.