Earlier today, Provost Helble announced Dartmouth's decision to tighten COVID-19 protocols and extend restrictions through March 5 in light of the continued increase in the number of student cases on campus. While the additional measures primarily affect undergraduate students, I want to follow up with clarification and additional guidance for the engineering community.
Undergraduate Engineering Students and BE Candidates
Undergraduates and 5th-year BE candidates will no longer have regular access to Thayer School buildings through at least Friday, March 5 — including project spaces, research labs, or work study in alignment with the phase II quarantine guidelines.
We recognize that many of you are at a critical point in your project courses. Please know that faculty are aware of these new challenges, and you will not be penalized for work that cannot be accomplished due to the change in circumstances. If you are in a project course and can safely transport key project components from Thayer to your room/apartment, you are permitted to enter Cummings and MacLean buildings to pick them up in a "grab and go" fashion only. Your instructors in the MShop and Instrument Room are ready to help if you have questions and would like their advice on how to proceed. Please complete your daily TSA before you enter our buildings, arrive by yourself, wear your face covering, maintain social distancing, and follow all safety protocols while in the building. Students observed to be congregating or remaining in the building to work will be asked to leave immediately and may forfeit the privilege of on-campus enrollment for the remainder of the year.
Course-related questions should be directed to the relevant professor. For other questions, please reach out to your undergraduate dean or to Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education Douglas Van Citters. BE students can reach out to Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Affairs Holly Wilkinson.
Undergraduates with on-campus jobs or research positions should arrange with their supervisors to work remotely, at least through March 5. If the work cannot be done remotely, students are encouraged to ask their supervisors if hours can be made up when the current restrictions are lifted.
Masters and PhD Students
Masters and PhD students may continue to access designated project spaces and on-campus research labs, with strict adherence to mask-wearing, distancing guidelines, testing, and other safety protocols through at least March 5.
Faculty and Staff
Faculty and staff who report to campus regularly or intermittently as required, may continue to work without changes through at least March 5. All employees are encouraged to work remotely whenever possible and continue to adhere to Dartmouth’s testing and safety protocols while on campus. Please reach out to your supervisor or to Peg DeLucia, Director of Human Resources at Thayer, with any questions or concerns.
These new safety measures have been extended to help curtail the transmission of COVID-19 at Dartmouth, and they are another reminder of the need for each of us to not let our guard down. Continue to wear masks, practice physical distancing, wash hands frequently, and take all necessary precautions, so that we may continue to keep ourselves, each other, and our community safe.
Thayer School of Engineering Dean's Office
Alexis R. Abramson, Dean & Professor