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Update: College maintains opt-in Pass/D/Fail policy

Students can declare Pass/D/Fail using an electronic form from the Registrar’s Office.

By BOCHU DING

April 3, 2020

The college will not alter its current opt-in Pass/D/Fail grading policy after student groups called for changes to the existing guidelines, but will extend the deadline to invoke the option to May 8, according to an email sent to students by Provost Jeff Cason, Dean of Faculty Sujata Moorti and Dean ...

Acceptance rate sees uptick to 24% amid Covid-19 uncertainties

A Preview Days 2019 sign on the Emma Willard House, where the Office of Admissions is housed. The college will not host its annual Preview Days — or any other in-person admissions events — this year.

By BOCHU DING

April 2, 2020

The college offered a total of 2,228 students admission to its class of 2024, comprising 24% of the 9,165 students who applied, according to Dean of Admissions Nicole Curvin. The overall admissions rate saw a major uptick from last year’s 16% — an 8% difference.  21.5% of applicants received o...

With no end to Covid in sight, college will finish semester remotely

The college will hold two commencement ceremonies — one virtual celebration in May and an in-person one at a later date.

By JAMES FINN

April 2, 2020

Following the lead of other colleges and universities, Middlebury will not bring students back to Vermont this semester and has ruled out the possibility of an in-person commencement in May, President Laurie Patton confirmed in an all-campus email Thursday afternoon. In a separate email, Treasurer David Provost detailed a plan t...

“Stay Home, Stay Safe”: stricter guidelines reshape college’s plan for staff

In the new system, staff — including many “essential” facilities workers, will end up working fewer hours. The days they will be forced to take off because of the stay-at-home mandate will come out of their Covid-19 Pay Banks.

By AMELIA POLLARD

April 2, 2020

The college's game plan identifies "essential workers" and reduces the number of staff on campus at any one time.

Work(out) from home: Middlebury athletes adjust to training during a pandemic

An example of one of the at-home workers college athletes now rely on to stay in shape.

By BRINLEA LA BARGE

April 2, 2020

For college athletes, sheltering in place poses an additional question: how to stay in shape.

Seasons end abruptly due to coronavirus

The NCAA canceled all remaining competitions and winter championships, including the women’s hockey’s NCAA quarterfinal between Middlebury and Endicott College. The game was slated to take place on Saturday, March 14.

By MIGUEL ESPINOSA

April 2, 2020

The NESCAC canceled all competitions, including conference championships, on March 11 to reduce the spread of Covid-19. The presidents of all 11 NESCAC institutions agreed unanimously on the decision.

Over 120 students remain in near-empty dorms, dining halls

To promote social distancing, students are no longer permitted to eat inside Proctor dining hall.

By ABIGAIL CHANG

April 2, 2020

Students remaining on campus have limited access to facilities as the college implements social distancing measures.

Joining forces with town, Middlebury repurposes resources and offers support

As Covid-19 spreads throughout Vermont, Middlebury is prepared to repurpose Chip Kenyon Arena to host a Department of Health mobile hospital unit in the event that coronavirus cases exceed Porter Medical Center’s current capacity.

By SOPHIA MCDERMOTT-HUGHES

April 2, 2020

The college is preparing its facilities to provide additional support to Porter Medical Center and the greater community.

Midd students scramble to get home as Covid-19 shuts down programs abroad

Shuttered storefronts in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where Middlebury's programs abroad were cancelled on March 13.

By JAMES FINN

March 23, 2020

Students struggled with quickly-changing travel restrictions and a chaotic return home as their study abroad programs were suspended.

The college’s ‘first priority’: continuing staff wages

College employees were all-hands-on-deck as students were asked to move out mid-semester due to Covid-19.

By AMELIA POLLARD

March 22, 2020

At Middlebury--the largest employer in Addison County--the college’s crisis management team has developed a roadmap for maintaining staff wages after most students departed during the unfolding pandemic. 

Approximately 175 students approved to stay on campus

By CAROLINE KAPP

March 19, 2020

Fewer than 140 students remain on campus as they wait with uncertainty for the college's next steps.

Senior Week in March: Covid-19 truncates seniors’ final semester

Seniors trekked to the football field for the time-honored tradition of watching the sunrise the day of graduation. But this time, no one was graduating.

By AMELIA POLLARD

March 19, 2020

Last Tuesday, an email leaked announcing Middlebury's move to remote learning. Within minutes, a self-proclaimed "Senior Week" had begun.

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