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November 14, 2020

Campus Update

Husson University is continuing to closely monitor the spread of COVID-19 in Maine, our community, and on Husson University’s campus. Similar to other colleges and universities in our state, we have seen a recent uptick in the number of positive cases among students.

Out of an abundance of caution, Husson University has made the decision to transition the majority of our classes online for a brief time, as a way to make sure we are protecting the health and safety of our campus community, while continuing to provide you with a high-quality education.

For the coming week of November 16 – 20, 2020, the majority of our classes will be delivered online.  This will include synchronous Zoom engagement and asynchronous work, depending on the course material. The move to online classes will reduce the footprint of our campus in ways similar to those seen on other campuses across Maine. Professors will be in touch with any students who have classes with experiential learning components involving equipment to discuss how classes will be handled during this period. 

Students can continue to live on campus until the scheduled Thanksgiving break beginning on Thursday, November 26, 2020. The campus and student services will remain open. Dining Services will continue to provide meal pickup and delivery for on-campus residents. The library, computer labs and other facilities will be made available to ensure you have access to the material you need to complete your required coursework. Student activities will take place in a virtual setting. The Swan Center, Newman Gymnasium and the Webber Pool will all be temporarily closed. Employees will still be on campus to address your needs. If you are a student who has an internship, employment or a clinical, either on-campus or off-campus, you will still be able to meet your obligations.

We are currently planning to return to live instruction in the classroom on November 23, 2020. During the week before our scheduled holiday break, you will have access to COVID-19 testing to help ensure you are safe to return to your family. We will continue to keep you informed of any further developments. It is our hope that this temporary restructuring of classroom instruction will help protect the health of our campus community. 

As you know, we had hoped to offer face-to-face instruction on campus until Thanksgiving. Taking a brief pause at this time is in all of our best interests. Please continue to monitor our Protect Husson webpage for new information and updates. 

Thank you for your continued efforts to keep Husson healthy!

 

Sincerely,

Lynne Coy-Ogan
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost       

Together we are transforming our campus to protect Husson.

At Husson University, our vision is to provide professional programs where students succeed, experiential learning is championed and global engagement is emphasized. During this unprecedented time, the health and safety of our Husson community continues to be a top priority in our decision making. 

To make sure our campus is a safe and healthy learning environment, we’ve carefully considered all of the challenges associated with a return to campus. This has been a complex process. 

To see what steps the University has taken to protect our students, faculty and staff as we returned to campus, please read our Return to Campus Plan.

As we move forward, we will provide you with as much timely information as possible. Please note the link below to updated COVID testing numbers, as well as information regarding the CARES Act. If you have any questions not answered on this page, please contact the COVID Information Line at 207.992.1919 between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm.

CARES Act Student Grant Updates

Core Responsibilities & Guiding Principles

Husson University’s plan for return to campus Fall 2020 was guided by two key principles:

  • to protect the health and safety our community including students, faculty, staff and the greater Bangor area.
  • to return to on-campus instruction with residential opportunities for students.

To make sure our campus would be a safe and healthy learning environment, Husson created a series of task forces responsible for developing policies and protocols for different aspects of the University while complying with the health and safety guidance from the State of Maine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other public health organizations. These task forces addressed issues affecting housing, dining services, academics, athletics, health, safety and more. Questions concerning cleaning protocols, hygiene, testing, contact tracing, isolation and quarantine, and the use of personal protective equipment, physical distancing policies, and other measures were all addressed. 

This was a complex process, as we looked at all of the anticipated challenges associated with reopening campus. Our plans were part of a much larger effort. Husson University was one of 38 colleges and universities in Maine who helped develop a reopening framework for higher education.

Flexibility, compassion, and patience continue to be needed as we face this challenge together. We want to do all that we can to reduce the risk of a COVID-19 exposure on our campus to protect Husson.

Academic Calendar

  • August 31 - Classes Begin
  • September 7 - Labor Day - Classes WILL be in session
  • October 12  (Normally Fall Break) - Classes WILL be in session
  • November 26-27 - Thanksgiving Break - No Classes
  • December 7 - Last Day of Classes
  • December 8-11 - Final Exams
  • January 25 - Spring Semester Begins
Read Full 2020-2021 Academic Calendar