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Alert Message Return to Campus - Updated August 5

Husson plans to resume face-to-face instruction on August 31. Read more about Return to Campus.

Updated August 5, 2020

A Message from President Clark

Back in March 2020, Husson University made the difficult decision to postpone Commencement until October. Our hope was that the United States would have made significant progress in battling COVID-19 and the limits on public gatherings would have been lifted by then. Unfortunately, under the restrictions put in place by Governor Mills the current Maine limit on indoor public gatherings is 50 people. Nevertheless, understanding how disappointing it would be to all parties to cancel Commencement, we have developed an alternative ceremony to recognize this singular achievement. 

Instead of a large Commencement ceremony in an arena, Husson will offer students the opportunity to participate in smaller graduation ceremonies via Zoom. These online ceremonies will recognize students by college or school. This will allow our graduates to be honored in their regalia with their families, friends and professors able to join these Zoom events. The graduation sessions will take place, in the early evening during the week of October 12. A save the date correspondence about each ceremony will be forthcoming. 

Prior to the graduation ceremony, each student will be mailed a diploma cover and a copy of the full Commencement program. Students who earned honor cords will also receive them in the mail. Our talented faculty and staff in our New England School of Communications will be producing this high-quality presentation where every 2020 graduate will have the opportunity to be recognized.

Students who graduated in December 2019, May and August 2020, may join their school’s Zoom Commencement ceremony. These ceremonies will recognize students from the following Husson colleges and schools: College of Science and Humanities, New England School of Communications, School of Accounting, School of Business and Management, School of Hospitality, Sport and Tourism Management, School of Legal Studies, School of Nursing, School of Occupational Therapy, School of Pharmacy, and School of Physical Therapy.

Despite Maine’s restrictions on public gatherings, Husson University is determined to give all of our students the recognition they deserve for their academic accomplishments. We continue to be incredibly proud of the Class of 2020, and look forward to seeing you in your regalia online as part of your special 2020 Commencement ceremony.

 

Best regards,

Robert A. Clark, Ph.D., CFA
Husson University President

Updated July 9, 2020
A Message from President Clark

Dear Student,

As I think about you returning to campus in the fall, I’ve wondered how you are feeling. In our current pandemic environment, I certainly understand that this year is different than usual. We all have concerns and questions. We all want as normal an environment as possible, but life will be different at 1 College Circle. 

Information changes daily around COVID-19, but we are busy evaluating the best available information as we prepare to bring you to campus this fall.  Our number one goal is the safety of our students, faculty and staff. I encourage you to visit our new “Return to Campus” section of the website often for the most recent updates. In the meantime, here are some of the highlights of our plans.

The current best practices to keep our campus community safe will be through physical distancing and the wearing of facemasks. These two measures are the cornerstone of our efforts to minimize the risk of COVID-19 on our campus. We need you to do your part—wear a mask when required and physically distance when possible--so that together we can keep you, your friends and your teachers safer. An additional suggestion is that you get a flu shot prior to leaving for campus. While it is not mandatory at this time from the CDC, it is highly recommended.  

We will be conducting regular screenings for COVID symptoms. Details are also being worked out for proactive testing of students to help identify COVID cases. In the interest of reducing the amount of external interaction that could bring the coronavirus to our campus, Husson is compressing the academic calendar. Classes will be held on Labor Day and there will be no fall break. Most students will return home for the Thanksgiving holiday and not return to campus until the beginning of the next semester. These students will complete the last week of classes and their final exams online.

While we hope our preparations will be sufficient to allow students to remain on campus through the Thanksgiving holiday, we recognize that infection rates can quickly escalate. Our faculty are prepared to move classes online if needed. Along these lines, it may interest you to know that Edmit, a website dedicated to helping families navigate the financial challenges of paying for college, recently evaluated the online experiences offered by colleges and universities in Maine. They shared their results with the Boston Globe. Husson University was the only school in Maine whose online experience Edmit rated highly.

Rest assured, we are dedicated to continuing to deliver a quality education regardless of whether you are studying in the classroom or online. We are seeking to provide you with the safest environment possible. To do so we are monitoring events and will post changes that are necessary. Check the website regularly, stay tuned for more detailed information in the coming weeks, and plan to do your part to keep Husson safe this fall. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Robert A. Clark, Ph.D., CFA
Husson University President

Updated June 11, 2020
A Message from President Clark

Dear Husson Students,

With COVID-19 on everyone’s mind, I wanted to keep you posted on the efforts being undertaken at Husson to protect your health. The University is continuing to focus considerable time and effort on COVID-19 prevention as we prepare for the reopening of our campus in the fall. We’re following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and doing everything we can to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in an effort to keep our campus community healthy.

Actions we have already taken include:

  • Providing training and personal protective equipment (PPE) to Wellness Center medical professionals and staff.
  • Installing Plexiglas physical barriers and signage to help protect the health of students and staff in strategic areas.
  • Distributing cleaning products effective in fighting COVID-19 as part of a more aggressive campus-cleaning regimen on door handles, handrails and other frequently touched surfaces.
  • Adopting new PPE protocols in dining services as part of a strict adherence of ServeSafe food handling sanitation guidelines.
  • Installing new mobile payment and touchless remote card readers in various campus departments that will reduce contact during payment transactions.
  • Rearranging furniture in the Campus Center to encourage social distancing.

In the weeks to come, we will be sending you a guide with more information about social distancing, masks, and other activities that will help prevent the spread of the coronavirus when you return to campus.

Later this summer, we will be making decisions about the disposition of our fall collegiate sports seasons based on future conference and NCAA guidelines.

Even though the pandemic has changed life for all of us, Husson University is continuing to move forward in preparation for the fall. We will get through this. Our best days still lie ahead!

Sincerely,

Robert A. Clark, Ph.D., CFA
Husson University President