Dear Thayer community:
Earlier today, Provost Helble announced a temporary suspension to most on-campus indoor activities, starting today at 4 pm until Tuesday, March 2, when Dartmouth will re-evaluate the decision. I am writing to follow-up with additional specific guidance and clarification for engineering students, faculty, and staff, who may be wondering about the impact on end-of-term projects, ongoing research, and day-to-day work.
While in-person instruction and any in-person TA or study sessions should be offered remotely until at least Tuesday, students may continue academic project work within designated project spaces, such as Couch Lab, Biotech Labs, and MShop annexes under controlled settings, with strict adherence to mask-wearing and physical distancing guidelines. In addition, students may continue on-campus, lab-based research under current safety protocols. Our facilities team will continue to adhere to our strict cleaning protocols in place and it is expected that student-users will continue to use the cleaning supplies provided in each of these locations.
Classrooms, conference rooms, and common areas will not be available for student meetings, study spaces, or problem sessions. Please conduct meetings remotely at least through March 2.
Faculty and staff who report to campus regularly or intermittently as required by their work may continue to work without changes. All employees are encouraged to work remotely whenever possible, and all members of our community must continue to adhere to Dartmouth’s testing and safety policies while on campus.
We know that these measures come at what may be a more stressful time for some in our community, and we encourage our students, as well as faculty and staff, to take advantage of resources available at Dartmouth for support. We are here to help. If you are unsure of where to start, undergraduate engineering students should reach out to your undergraduate dean, and BE, Masters, and PhD students can reach out to Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Affairs Holly Wilkinson at email@example.com with any questions.
The number of rising cases in our community is an important reminder that we must continue to remain vigilant in all areas of our life—at work, at school, at home, and in our interactions with our friends and family. Continue to wear masks, practice physical distancing, wash hands frequently, and take all necessary precautions, so that we may continue to keep ourselves and each other safe.
Thank you all in advance for continuing to adapt to our "new normal," and for your willingness to step up and help minimize the spread of COVID-19 on campus.
All the best,
Thayer School of Engineering Dean's Office
Alexis R. Abramson, Dean & Professor