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Following entry testing, Middlebury to test 750 people per week for Covid-19 this fall

Upon their arrival to campus, all students will undergo Covid-19 testing at Virtue Field House.

By James Finn

August 11, 2020

With more than 3,000 Middlebury students, faculty and staff set to return to campus in late August, the college is planning to test 750 of them — on top of those who develop viral symptoms — for Covid-19 each week over the course of the fall semester, in a “targeted” testing approach directe...

Over half of fall courses to be offered completely remotely, Campus analysis finds

Over half of fall courses to be offered completely remotely, Campus analysis finds

By Benjy Renton

July 27, 2020

When Middlebury announced its reopening plans on June 22, the college estimated that roughly a third of classes — approximately 175 of 530 courses — would be taught remotely in the fall. Based on a Campus analysis of the most recent version of the course catalog, that figure is actually over 50%.

‘Pure Xenophobia’: New ICE policy evicts international students taking only online courses

International students' orientation in August 2019. Trump administration visa regulations could force international students at schools holding online-only classes to leave the country.

By Florence Wu

July 14, 2020

UPDATE — Tuesday, July 14 The Trump administration has rescinded its policy that would have forced international students pursuing remote learning to leave the country. Middlebury alumna Judge Alison D. Burroughs announced the decision on Tuesday. —— International students who only tak...

Petition calls for the inclusion of students abroad in July housing draw

By Lucy Townend

July 14, 2020

Over 160 students have signed a petition requesting that the college allow students currently abroad to participate in the July housing draw with other students.  The petition came after an announcement on June 26 from the Residential Life Office that all international students and students currently abroad, r...

Staff brace for an uncertain on-campus fall semester

Some dining workers, many of whom interact closely with students, are skeptical that students will adhere to health and safety requirements.

By Jake Gaughan

July 6, 2020

Looking ahead to August and the return of students to Middlebury, staff members are imagining what work might look like on a campus once again populated by students.

Should I stay or should I go? International students deliberate the fall

International orientation leaders welcome new students in August 2019. International students are facing tough decisions with regards to the fall semester.

By Florence Wu

July 6, 2020

As the college unveils its fall semester plans, anxieties about making a decision with limited information and a pressing deadline are overshadowing previous uncertainties related to the fall. While most international students would like to return and reunite with friends, they are also concerned about whether the dramatically altered college experience is worth the long trek back.

Administrators discuss plans for fall semester, systemic racism during virtual town hall

Administrators shared information related to the fall semester and responded to the widely circulated email from departed professor Marissel Hernández-Romero.

By Ideal Dowling

July 6, 2020

Panelists from the Student Leadership Group (SLG) and other administrative offices shared an overview of the school’s plans for fall semester during a June 29 student Town Hall hosted by the Student Government Association (SGA).

Leaked via social media, letter from four accused professors criticizes administration’s response to racism allegations

By James Finn and Lily Laesch

July 3, 2020

Update — July 3 AAUP chapter president Laurie Essig said in an email to The Campus that the AAUP would seek to support both Dr. Hernández-Romero and/or the accused professors if either went forward with filing an official complaint. However, she also stated the AAUP’s concern that “the accus...

‘Sent Without Permission: A Farewell from an Unwelcome Hire’: Departing visiting professor alleges incidents of racism

The Luso-Hispanic department, where Professor Marissel Hernández-Romero served as a visiting professor, is located in Warner Hall. In an email titled “Sent Without Permission: A Farewell from an Unwelcome Hire,” she describes allegations of racist behavior in her department and at the College.

By Lily Laesch

July 1, 2020

Marissel Hernández-Romero, departing visiting assistant professor of Spanish and Portuguese, sent an email to the Middlebury community on Sunday evening describing in detail a series of alleged incidents of racism she experienced in her department and at the institution during her three years as a...

BREAKING: Middlebury announces on-campus instruction for the fall

Middlebury has announced plans for students to return to campus in the fall, with various health protocols and a portion of classes online.

By Riley Board, Hattie LeFavour, and Bochu Ding

June 22, 2020

Middlebury will reopen its campus to students, faculty and staff in the fall with certain precautions. The College plans to welcome students back on September 8 for a 12-week semester, which will continue without interruption until Thanksgiving Break, before a transition to remote learning.

News In Brief: CCI announces “Midd Gigs” program, SGA reveals donation-matching campaign

By Lily Laesch

June 22, 2020

CCI announces new “Midd Gigs” program  The Center for Careers and Internships launched Midd Gigs, a new initiative empowering alumni to post short-term projects for Middlebury students and recent graduates. Students can join through their Midd2Midd profile — a module piloted by the center help...

Faculty vote in favor of students returning in the fall

The faculty voted overwhelmingly in support of an on-campus fall semester, although many chose not to vote after a proposal tabling the motion failed.

By Abigail Chang

June 21, 2020

A majority of faculty members voted in support of students’ return to campus this fall, passing the “motion regarding modality” during a Tuesday faculty meeting.

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