Fall 2020 at Bowdoin
President Rose announced Bowdoin’s plan for the fall semester on June 22. The plan was developed with insights and advice from experts in medicine, science, and public health and with input from Bowdoin faculty, staff, students, parents, the Committee on Governance and Faculty Affairs, the senior staff, and the board of trustees. Additionally, a comprehensive report produced by the Return to Campus Group was essential to informing the plan.
- First and foremost, the health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and our neighbors in the Brunswick community;
- Providing an excellent ile-sein.comcation to every student;
- Strengthening the bonds of our community; and
- Being good stewards of our financial resources.
- About 40 percent of our students will be back in the fall, including:
- new first-year and transfer students;
- students who have home situations that make online learning nearly impossible;
- a small number of senior honors students who cannot pursue their preapproved projects online and who require access to physical spaces on campus (and can do so under health and safety protocols); and
- student residential life staff.
- All other sophomores, juniors, and seniors will remain off campus for the fall semester and will take their courses online. The College is expecting to have our seniors, juniors, and sophomores on campus for the spring semester, with priority given to seniors. We anticipate that first-year and transfer students will study remotely in the spring.
- In order to provide the best learning experience possible, nearly all classes, including for those on campus, will be taught online. The exception to the online learning model is that many first-year writing seminars will be taught in person or have in-person components.
- The campus will remain closed to the public for the fall semester in order to protect the health of Bowdoin students, faculty, and staff and the broader Brunswick community.
2020五大联赛开赛时间In order to provide the best learning experience possible, nearly all classes, including those on campus, will be taught online. This learning model will bear little resemblance to the emergency version that was created in the spring. Allowing faculty to focus on a single model of teaching, and directing our resources to that single model—rather than a hybrid model—will create the conditions for crafting powerful online course offerings.
The Continuity in Teaching and Learning Group (CTLG) spent the spring and early summer researching best practices for online learning and teaching and making recommendations for how best to prepare for online learning this fall. The Bowdoin Online Learning and Teach (BOLT) team with representatives from the Baldwin Center for Teaching and Learning, the library, academic technology and consulting, and information technology, is conducting training sessions this summer for faculty informed by the CTLG report and recommendations. And this work will be enhanced by a partnership with a firm that has expertise in online teaching and learning, and that “gets” the specific nature of our liberal arts model. While it will be very different from the on-campus teaching and learning experience we’re accustomed to, our faculty have embraced the opportunity to translate their courses into an online environment, including our lab and performance-based classes, and will deliver an excellent education to all of our students this fall.
- The College will have a normal fifteen-week semester, with classes beginning on Wednesday, September 2, and exams ending on Monday, December 21.
- All students will leave campus ahead of Thanksgiving and finish the term online.
- The College will return to its standard grading for the 2020–2021 academic year. However, recognizing that students may encounter challenges this fall, several temporary grade-related policy changes for the fall semester will be implemented. Please see the email from President Rose about the fall grading policy for more details.
Health and Safety Protocols
2020五大联赛开赛时间Protecting the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff and our neighbors in the Brunswick community is a top priority. Reducing the density of our campus population in combination with risk-reduction practices that include physical distancing, the use of face coverings, regular handwashing, and symptom reporting on a daily basis allows us to manage complex systems well, learn, and improve without putting health at undue risk.
2020五大联赛开赛时间All students currently in the United States who will be coming to campus this fall will be sent a self-administered COVID-19 test, and any student who receives a positive result on the pre-arrival test will have to wait to come to campus until they have been cleared by their local health provider. For our on-campus COVID-19 testing program the College has partnered with the Broad Institute. All students will required to be tested immediately upon arrival before gaining access to their residence halls, with additional tests every other day during their first week on campus, and twice weekly through November 20. Others at the College will be tested regularly throughout the semester. This will allow us to identify the presence of the virus early and to quickly isolate those infected and quarantine those who come into contact with an infected person. In addition to testing, we have acquired masks, gloves, and other personal protective equipment for the campus community, and we are establishing procedures for safe dining and for quarantining those who become ill, installing campus signage, and instituting best practices for effective contact tracing.
2020五大联赛开赛时间All of us at the College are very mindful that a ile-sein.comcation is expensive and that for all of our families it is a significant sacrifice. Our comprehensive fee and tuition for the 2020–2021 academic year is something that was given significant thought. Central to the decision to keep the comprehensive fee and tuition at 2019–2020 levels is that the essence of what we do is to provide our students with an outstanding liberal arts education delivered by outstanding faculty who develop personal connections with our students. While the experience will certainly be different in the fall, the essence of what we do will not change. In addition, we have 100 percent of employees working, and they are each dedicated to ensuring that we deliver an excellent ile-sein.comcation to our students.
Beyond this central reason, our costs will be going up this year as we invest in this education and create the conditions for health and safety on campus. Of our peer liberal arts schools and the Ivies (plus Chicago, Stanford, and MIT), there are only two schools that are lowering their fees from the 2019–2020 level—Williams and Princeton. A few have done as we have and kept the fees flat with last year, including Amherst, Swarthmore, Trinity, Chicago, and Pomona (which will have no students on campus), and a number of schools have raised their fees over what was charged last year, including all of the NESCAC schools (except Williams, Amherst, Trinity, and ourselves), Brown, Carleton, Dartmouth, Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Wellesley, and Yale.
- There will be no increase in the comprehensive fee or tuition for the fall 2020 semester over what was charged in 2019–2020.
- The room and board charge will be prorated for the period at the end of the semester when on-campus students will no longer be in residence.
- The fall semester fee for on-campus students will total $33,935. Those who will be off campus will be charged only the tuition component of this comprehensive fee for the semester, which is $27,911.
- Students with the highest need who are studying off campus this term may have a credit up to $3,500, and those with the highest need who are studying on campus this term may have a credit up to $2,000.
- Bowdoin has removed the expectation that aided students will earn money during the summer and for the fall term and has increased their Bowdoin grant to meet their newly established need.
International first-year students and other international students who qualify to be on campus, and who can get to Brunswick, will be able take their classes as described in President Rose's June 22 message about the College's plan for the fall without any impact to their visa status. Those students who plan to participate in online classes from their home countries or other locations will also be able to proceed without worrying about their visa status.
The deadline to apply for campus housing for international students who qualify to be on campus was Sunday, July 19, at noon (EDT). Because of unique circumstances affecting international students, first-year international students continue to have until August 26, 2020, to ask for a deferral, and upperclass international students also continue to have until August 31, 2020, to make a request for a personal leave of absence. International students with questions should be in touch with Khoa Khuong, associate dean of upperclass students.
The Division of Student Affairs is working all summer to create an engaging experience for students beyond their academic coursework. These will include activities and experiences and help students build virtual communities through residential life, student activities, the Office of Career Exploration and Development (CXD), athletics, and the Office of Inclusion and Diversity. In addition, residential life staff will continue to shape virtual communities throughout the fall.
Housing and Dining
2020五大联赛开赛时间All on-campus students will be housed in single rooms for the fall semester. Thorne Hall and Moulton Union will be open for students, but there will be strict guidelines on the number of students permitted at the dining hall and the expectation of physical distancing during meals.
2020五大联赛开赛时间Bowdoin will not be participating in fall and winter varsity sports during the fall semester, and the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) has canceled conference competition during the fall sports season. A decision regarding conference competition for winter and spring seasons will be made at a later date. The College anticipates providing opportunities for Bowdoin coaches to work with their student-athletes from each sport season during the fall semester, as NESCAC guidelines have been adjusted to provide greater flexibility with playing and practice seasons. Unfortunately, students not returning to campus for the fall semester will not be permitted to participate in individual or small group in-person workouts with our coaches. While there are many details to be finalized, the College is working on ways to provide a competitive athletic experience for fall, winter, and spring teams during the spring semester in accordance with federal, state, local, and institutional safety guidelines.
The Spring Semester
2020五大联赛开赛时间The College is planning to have sophomores, juniors, and seniors back on campus in the spring—with priority given to seniors. Adherence to the plan for the fall is critically important for achieving this goal in the spring, as it will allow the College to test, learn, and adapt systems for health and safety in preparation for the spring semester. Specific plans for the spring semester will be announced in late November or early December.