Updated Covid-19 Information

The College administration is meeting often to address the rapidly changing situation and we will update this page regularly. We’re also sending regular emails to parents and students. If you’re not receiving them, contact communications@sbc.edu.

Page last updated: 8:06 p.m., March 30, 2020


Presidential Updates

 


Community Updates

Tuesday, March 24, 2020: Important information about the three-week session

Sweet Briar Family,

Yesterday, the governor of Virginia issued a statement prohibiting gatherings of 10 or more people for 30 days and requiring that all non-essential businesses must telework where possible. In light of continuing health and safety issues, we have made the difficult decision to continue remote instruction for the rest of the academic year. We will also cancel or postpone all remaining on-campus events. However, operations of the College will continue.

The three-week session will be conducted the same way classes are being conducted now: using remote teaching and learning tools. We realize that some of the classes scheduled for the session may not lend themselves to remote instruction. Dean Garrett is looking at all of the classes scheduled to be offered and will be in touch with students and faculty whose classes may need to be substituted or adjusted in some other way.

We know you have many questions, and we do not have all of the answers right now, but we didn’t want to wait to inform you about our decision. We will be working hard over the next few days to determine the details and will communicate them to you as soon as we can.

Here’s what we do know.

Graduation and Other Spring Traditions

At this time, we’re postponing graduation. In the coming days, we will be thinking through all of the possible options for honoring our seniors and recognizing their accomplishments.

Likewise, we know that our spring traditions are incredibly important to our community. We want to take some time to think carefully about how best to handle them. We’re working with the Office of student life, the Student Government Association and other student leaders to advise us on the best way to do this. We’re proud of the achievements – athletic and academic – of every student and we want to honor all of you appropriately.

Collecting Your Belongings from Campus

We cannot encourage anyone to travel right now. Please be assured the residence hall rooms are locked and belongings are safe. We advise students to leave items in their rooms until it is safe to travel. If you have specific items you need right away, please contact the Office of Student Life at 434-381-6134. In the coming weeks, we will be discussing in-depth how move out will work and we will provide you with more details soon.

We know how disappointing this is. Spring is a special time at Sweet Briar and we should be here together to honor our traditions and celebrate with you. That we cannot do so is a loss to us all and I am deeply sorry for the circumstances that led to this decision. We miss you and your indomitable spirit.

As this situation evolves, I will reach out often with timely and important information.

Take care and be well,

Meredith Woo

Thursday, March 12, 2020: Important Information about the spring semester

Dear students, faculty, staff, parents and friends,

As people around the world grapple with how to respond to the coronavirus, I have consulted extensively with my colleagues at Sweet Briar and at other institutions, as well as with experts at the CDC, about how to best keep our community safe. This has been a difficult decision, but the health of our students and community is our top priority.

Sweet Briar College will move to remote teaching and learning until April 17, the end of our 12-week session. Classes will be suspended on Monday and Tuesday of next week (March 16 and 17) so that faculty can prepare to shift their teaching. Remote classes will resume on Wednesday, March 18. All students will be contacted by Dean Teresa Garrett regarding how the remote teaching and learning will work.

Students who are currently on campus are asked to return home, if they have the means to do so. Students who have been away from campus for spring break, are asked to remain off campus. Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Dean of Students Marcia Thom-Kaley at mthomkaley@sbc.edu.

All College events are suspended until further notice. We continue to evaluate large events like graduation and reunion. We will be in touch with you as soon as we have news to share about that.

By April 6, we will contact the community about how we will conduct the three-week session.

We wanted to inform you about this decision as quickly as possible. More information will be coming as decisions are made about how this will impact operations and people around campus. We encourage you to visit sbc.edu/covid-19 regularly for the most up-to-date information.

Thank you and be well.

President Meredith Woo

This message supersedes previous emails from the College about its response to COVID-19.

Tuesday, March 10

Dear students,

As the coronavirus continues to spread around the globe, we wanted to reach out and let you know that we have a plan for dealing with communicable diseases and we are implementing that plan. The most important thing to know is that as of now the College is running in a business-as-usual mode. Your health and safety are our number one concern and your academic success at Sweet Briar is in the forefront of our minds.

We have been monitoring the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and are working to ensure a safe learning and working environment. 

It is important that each of us does our part to prevent the spread of any communicable disease, whether it be the flu, COVID-19 or any other respiratory illnesses. Prevention decreases the pressures on health care resources, freeing them to support patients in grave need, and safeguards against inadvertently exposing vulnerable individuals.  

Academic Program

We expect to continue our academic program as it has been. If you have experienced any upper respiratory illness, however, it is important that you not expose others and you should not attend class. We have asked faculty to adjust their attendance expectations to accommodate that. If you are sick, please report the illness to the Office of Student Life. 

Likewise, we have asked faculty to stay home if they are sick. We’re working with the faculty to provide alternative modes of instruction so that students and faculty alike may participate in class, even if they’re unable to come into the classroom. 

We are discussing the possibility of offering online instruction should circumstances dictate. Options might include using  Zoom, Go-To-Meeting, Skype, Canvas chat and video lectures.

Athletics

Right now, Sweet Briar athletics is operating as normal. We plan to play home and away contests as currently scheduled. Director Canfield is in communication with ODAC and the NCAA and will implement their recommendations, which may include having competitions without fans or canceling events. We will keep the community up-to-date if anything changes with respect to athletics.

Campus Visitors

Our campus remains open to visitors. However, beginning on Sunday, March 15, we will close the back gates to the College and require all traffic to campus to enter through the front gate. Visitors may be asked to sign in.

Campus events will continue as scheduled. Some presenters may choose not to travel or ask to modify the events to ensure all participants’ wellbeing. We will keep you informed of any changes to the campus calendar.

Planning and Prevention

It is important that each of us does our part to prevent the spread of any communicable disease, whether it be the flu, COVID-19 or any other respiratory illnesses. Prevention decreases the pressures on health care resources, freeing them to support patients in grave need, and safeguards against inadvertently exposing vulnerable individuals.  

To keep yourself and our community healthy, please follow the guidance provided by the World Health Organization, the CDC, and the Virginia Department of Health. Please visit our Campus Safety website for up-to-date answers to frequently asked questions.

Extra housekeeping measures, such as wiping down frequently used surfaces more often, are being implemented across campus. 

I am regularly meeting with the cabinet of the college (vice presidents and deans) to make plans to continue our academic year. Should there be any changes, I will let you know. Until then, if you should have any questions, please contact Marcia Thom-Kaley, dean of students, at 434-381-6134.

We feel confident that our community is safe and that most of our operations will continue as normal. Whether you return after Spring Break is a personal decision for your family and we will support the decisions you make. 

Thank you and be well.

Thursday, March 5

As our community gets ready to head out for Spring Break, we wanted to update you on the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Since President Woo’s update earlier this week, the U.S. has seen an increase in cases, but as of now, there are still no cases in Virginia. As we mentioned earlier this week, for the most up-to-date information on the virus, we recommend visiting the following sites:

The College is in regular communication with health officials and will communicate necessary information as it becomes available both by email and on our website.

In terms of your personal travel, we recommend that you follow the advice of the CDC. You can find information on which countries are under travel notices on the CDC website. As of now, the CDC is recommending postponing unnecessary travel to China, Iran, South Korea and Italy. Please note that although locations may not be under a travel notice right now, depending on where you’re planning to travel, the situation may change quickly, creating difficulties in getting to your destination or returning to Sweet Briar.

Certainly, if you’re feeling unwell, we encourage you to self-isolate and contact the Office of Student Life (studentlife@sbc.edu or 434-381-6134) so that our staff can help you manage your College obligations appropriately.

Of course, the best way to prevent the spread of any virus is to avoid contracting it in the first place. We recommend you follow these best practices:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands. Alternatively, cough or sneeze into the crook of your arm, not into your hand.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
Take care of yourself and stay safe. Have a great Spring Break.

Tuesday, March 3

By now, you’ve heard about COVID-19 virus, also known as the Novel Coronavirus or 2019-nCov. We wanted to provide you with an update about Sweet Briar’s efforts in response to this virus. Please share this information with your families as necessary.

Although the virus is affecting countries around the world, as of now, there are no confirmed cases of the virus in Virginia at this time. If you are not traveling to a place where there has been an outbreak and have not been in close contact with someone who has been ill, your chances of getting the virus are low.

However, hearing the news about the virus can be stressful and that you may be feeling anxious about the situation. The health and safety of the community is incredibly important, so we wanted to provide you with information so that you can take reasonable precautions.

First, to get the most up-to-date information about the virus, we recommend visiting the following sites:

Second, there is currently no reason to change your normal routines and there is no need to wear a face mask.

Third, it is always prudent to follow normal precautions to prevent becoming ill. Of course, these precautions will not only help protect you from the Coronavirus, but also help protect you against other illnesses common at this time of year, such as cold and flu.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw it in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

Fourth, there are reports associated with the spread of COVID-19 virus, of increasing xenophobia and prejudice against Asians. I want to be clear that such behavior will have no home at Sweet Briar, and trust that you will not condone it in others.

Finally, as we prepare to leave for Spring Break, there may be additional things to be aware of. Currently, the CDC is recommending that all travelers avoid non-essential travel to China, Iran, South Korea and Italy. However, because this is an evolving situation, a country not currently experiencing an outbreak could be declared a high-risk area at any time, possibly necessitating a 14-day self-isolation upon returning to the U.S. If, during your Spring Break travel, you’re asked to self-isolate, please call our Office of Campus Safety at 434-381-6144 (phones are answered 24/7) as soon as possible so that the College can coordinate with you.

The College does have a plan for how to respond to a communicable disease issue. We are regularly meeting with health officials and are closely monitoring this situation. We will keep you aware of any changes to our activities as a result of the virus. For up-to-date information on this evolving situation, in addition to visiting the sites above, you can also visit sbc.edu/campus-safety. We’ll be adding information and FAQs there.

Be safe and be healthy.

Meredith Woo

President

Sweet Briar College


Covid-19 FAQs

Student Life Questions

Q: Now that the three-week session is done remotely, is on- campus storage an option?
A: We don’t have an answer to that right now, but we’ll discuss how we could safely store items.

Q: What about students that may find it difficult to get back to campus?
A: One of the things that we’re looking at is how we can help pack up items and ship them back to students. We’re still working out details.

Q: Are counseling services still available?
A: Horizon Behavioral Health is working to set up remote appointments with students who had existing appointments.

Q: How are we helping students manage their stress?
A: Students can reach out to Horizon Behavioral Health, Dean Garrett or Dean Marcia and they’ll do everything they can to help. We’re going use the creative and design thinking skills that we’ve learned here and we’re going to apply them to this situation to get through it and be better than we were before. The staff in athletics have been talking about setting up a class related to stress management and self-care as well as providing some online physical activities that students can do together.

Q: Do we have any community-building activities planned?
A: It’s still early, but the Student Government Association is working on plans to build connections among different groups and keep the community strong. Dean Marcia also has many ideas about how to put together activities. Dean Garrett has been talking to faculty about how to still do some of the presentations or performances that are part of the academic program. We’re talking about how we can still have the students’ senior art exhibit, for example, in a way that we can all participate. There are lots of ideas are swirling around and we’ll try some out. Dean Garrett is also encouraging students to use Google Meet to spend time with each other. Those tools don’t have to only be used in the context of a class. Students can sit with each other and have a study group together, have coffee together in the morning, or sit and watch a goofy show together.

Q: There are a number of other events that we typically have in the spring. How will we handle those?
A: We’re working to come up with some creative solutions for those events.

Q: How is SGA getting involved even though they are also not here?
A: SGA has been having their meetings virtually using Google Meet. Student elections are going forward and students have received information about that. In fact, round one of elections took place online on March 19. Students will still be able to vote for new student leaders for next year. SGA is a great partner as we get through this.

Q: Are there any students on campus right now?
A: Yes. We have a number of international students and students for whom it would have been very difficult to get back home. They’re all in individual rooms and they understand the ground rules of being on campus.

Q: How are we caring for the students who are on campus now?
A: We’re doing a couple of different things to make sure that they’re safe and secure. That’s our first and foremost thought, not just now, but always. Campus Safety officers are always on duty. They’re staffing the front entrance and they’re doing patrols. Students who need assistance can call Campus Safety. Staff in the Office of Student Life are also available. Dining services are available for take-out. There is also space on campus where they can do their work and be in their living quarters, while maintaining a safe distance from others.

Q: Can students come to campus now?
A: We cannot encourage anyone to travel right now. Please be assured the residence hall rooms are locked and belongings are safe. We advise students to leave items in their rooms until it is safe to travel. If you have specific items you need right away, please contact the Office of Student Life at 434-381-6134. In the coming weeks, we will be discussing in-depth how move out will work and we will provide you with more details soon.

Q: How will room selection be done online?
A: Students should have received an email from Vic Lindsay on March 19 with details about that. Housing selection will be slightly delayed and the process will be completed remotely using a web chat tool. The deadline to “Call Dibs” or declare roommate pairs/groupings is extended until next Wednesday, March 25. More details will come soon.

Q: Will junior rings be sent to students?
A: The rings are safely stored at the Book Shop. We will arrange for them to be shipped out safely.

Q: How can students get postal mail forwarded to them?
A: As a contracted postal unit the Sweet Briar post office must follow all federal guidelines while handling postal mail and packages. Students and residents needing to forward mail to a new address can do at moversguide.usps.com/mgo/disclaimer. When filling out the form, please use your PO Box number only and do not include “134 Chapel Road” as an address on the form. Once processed, all postal mail and packages will be forwarded to you. UPS and FedEx do not offer any sort of forwarding service. Please remember to check your shipping address while making purchases online. If a package is shipped to the SBC Post Office inadvertently, please contact us immediately. We can refuse the delivery or can resend the package to you at the cost of shipping. We have some packages currently on site. Please contact us regarding your options to retrieve your package. All postal and package shipping questions may be sent by email to mailingservices@sbc.edu or by phone at 434-381-6176.

Q: Is Sweet Briar restricting visitors to campus?
A: All College events are suspended until further notice. As of March 18, visitors to campus will be limited and asked to sign in at the front gate. The back gates have been closed. If you are a prospective student, we are allowing individual driving tours by appointment. Please contact admissions@sbc.edu or call 1-800-381-6142 to schedule an appoint.

Q: Have any students, faculty or staff on campus been diagnosed with the virus?
A: At this time, no students, faculty or staff been diagnosed with the virus.

Office of Student Life
studentlife@sbc.edu
434-381-6134

Questions about Academics, Three-Week Session and Graduation

Q: What about graduation?
A: Graduation has been postponed and we are working to come up with options for honoring our seniors and recognizing their accomplishments.

Q: How are we supporting students who may not have good access to the Internet at home?
A: We are really working hard to make sure that they get what they need in order to do their coursework. We are mailing materials. We’re providing them with external drives with their course work on them so they can just load the material onto their computers. They can write their papers, save it to the external drive and then send the drive back to us. Even if they have to write papers longhand, we’ll be accepting those as well. Faculty are being flexible and working with each student to make sure that they have all of the access to their education here no matter what their technological barriers might be.

Q: Will there be a new course listing replacing the more hands-on classes with things that are more easily done removed?
A: Dean Garret is looking at the composition of the three-week courses to see which ones may need to be changed.

Q: How will students get their belongings?
A: We’re currently working through the logistics of how this will happen, but rooms are locked and belongings are safe. If you have questions, please contact the Office of Student Life.

Q: How are you handling classes that are more hands-on like labs and art classes, performing classes?
A: Our faculty are really stepping up to the plate and doing all sorts of creative things.

  • Our art faculty are mailing art supplies to students so that they can do an art project at home and then photograph it and send it in for evaluation.
  • Our engineering classes are sending kits so students can do the hands-on work that they need to in their lab classes.
  • Some of our lab classes are moving to a more data analysis driven mode. Datasets are being sent to students so they can do the intellectual work of analyzing the data.
  • Students are doing deeper dives into research projects, learning about other people’s work and dissecting that work in a deep and meaningful ways.
  • Our dance faculty are having students record their dances and send in the recordings. The recordings are critiqued them in the same way that they would in the classroom.

It’s early days yet and we’re excited to see all of the creative ways that our faculty—and students – will meet this challenge.

Q: What about making classes pass/fail?
A: This is a complicated issue and Dean Garrett is weighing all of the implications of it and discussing it with faculty. She anticipates having an answer the next two weeks. The withdrawal deadline for all spring courses was Monday, but that is no longer the case. It is now April 3.

Q: How would pass/fail affect a student’s GPA?
A: Here at Sweet Briar, those classes are actually pass, credit, or no credit. These classes do not count into a student’s GPA. That’s one of the things that Dean Garrett is considering about making these classes available more broadly. A student’s hard work to earn an A in a class is not the same as a P. That hard work should be reflected in a student’s grades and be counted in their GPA.

Q: How is this change affecting syllabi and due dates?
A: Faculty have obviously needed to make changes to their syllabi. Canvas is the mode that many faculty members are using to relate those changes. Students should be getting clarity from their faculty about what the new expectations are. If students are having trouble in this regard, they should reach out to Dean Garrett.

Q: With changes to syllabi, some students might find classes more challenging. How do they get help from their faculty if they need it?
A: Students who need assistance should reach out to faculty members and to set up a meeting on Google Meet, by phone, or using the other tools available. You can call faculty on the phone, send them an email, or send them a post on Canvas. You can also reach out to Dean Garrett. She can help you navigate the changes as well.

Q: How is this affecting students who live in a different time zone from Sweet Briar?
A: Dean Garrett has talked to faculty and encouraged them to move away from requiring any synchronous participation for early classes that have students in different time zones, and also to make opportunities for students to participate and engage in ways that are asynchronous. Students who may be struggling with this should reach out to Dean Garrett who will work to smooth that path.

Q: How will this affect finals?
A: Finals for the 12-week session will happen remotely, but all of the details have not been worked out yet. Dean Garrett will reach out as soon as there is more information to share.

Q: How will academic accommodations be handled? Are tutors available?
A: Our tutors are available to be scheduled the same way they always have been, using LibCal (https://sbc.libcal.com/appointments). Students can pick the ARC tutor they to schedule with and see what hours are available. The tutoring session will take place using Google Meet, over the phone or using whatever means we have available. If the current circumstances have made it such that a disability is now impacting a student’s ability to engage with academic program, Jenny Carlos, our accessibility coordinator, can meet with students remotely and help any student who needs an academic accommodation set up.

Q: How will this affect senior capstone projects?
A: Faculty who are guiding you through your senior capstone should have been in contact with you about the kind of modifications that will need to happen. There are many ways these are being handled by the faculty, including sending out material so that students can continue to work, and connecting students to various library resources, if you need them. Reach out to Beth Daniel Lindsey and tell her what sort of resources you need to continue your research project. She’ll figure out a way to get you those resources where you are.

Q: For students who may have an internship as part of their requirements for their graduation, will that requirement be waived or can they use a previous internship to meet that requirement?
A: Students in this situation should reach out to Dean Garrett. She will help you find a solution and that will her to help other students in similar situations.

Q: What do you do it you have paperwork that needs to be signed by somebody on campus?
A: We’re almost completely done converting all of the forms on my SBC into fillable PDFs so you can fill them out on your computer or phone and then virtually sign it. Faculty who need to sign it can email a response that says they approve and send that to Dean Garrett. The dean’s office will then make sure that the form ends up where it needs to go. If you have any trouble with forms, call the dean’s office.

Q: How is the JYF program responding?
A: In light of the rapidly worsening COVID-19 outbreak in France, the closure of all schools and universities in France, and based on the best available official sources, including the CDC, the French Ministry of Health, and the World Health Organization, the Sweet Briar College, JYF in Paris program has made the difficult decision to suspend the spring 2020 program. Current students will be able to complete their Sweet Briar and Paris University course work remotely. Students should make plans to return to their homes as soon as possible. Please contact Marie Gree (mariegree@sbc.edu) with your travel plans or if you have any questions or concerns.

Enrollment for fall 2020/academic year 2020-21 remains open and applications to the Sweet Briar College JYF in Paris program are being accepted.

Office of the Dean
teresagarrett@sbc.edu
434-381-6205

Financial Questions

Q: Will refunds be issued for tuition?
A: Because classes are continuing, there will not be any kind of refund of tuition.

Q: Will refunds or credits be issued for room and board?
A: We are prorating room and board and we will credit the pro-rated amount to student accounts as they return for the fall.

Q: Will other fees be credited?
A: Yes. We’ll be looking at other fees, like riding fees, for example, and looking at appropriate credits for those.

Q: How will seniors get credited?
A: Upon successful graduation, seniors will receive a refund.

Q: What does the crediting mean for students who may be on payment plans?
A: It is important to follow your payment plan. At the end of the semester, we’ll look at fall balances for returning students and first apply any credit to existing balances and credit or refund the remainder.

Q: Why was the decision made to change the locks and is there a financial cost to that?
A: The locks on all buildings have what’s called a core. When buildings are not used or students are off-campus, we change the core for security reasons. There’s no cost to the College to do that.

Q: Will there be a refund for parking passes?
A: No.

Q: How are we supporting students whose on-campus jobs provided a necessary source of income?
A: Some campus jobs can be performed remotely (for example, such as a tutor for our ARC or a student doing some kinds of technology work). For work study students, we’re doing what we can to make sure the students can get the hours that they need for those kinds of jobs. Some jobs may not be possible to perform remotely, but there are other things those students can do remotely. In the next week, we’ll go through and determine what will work for those students.

Business Office
businessoffice@sbc.edu
434-381-6208

Athletics Questions

Q: How will the end of the athletic seasons affect awards that are based on how many seasons or years an athlete has played on a team?
A: Athletics Director Jodi Canfield is still working on that. In particular, she has been looking at what the calendar is going to bring in terms of events like the athletic banquet. We do not want our spring sport athletes to be penalized because they did not complete their seasons.

Q: Will any athletic championships be considered for rescheduling?
A: No. Both the NCAA and the ODAC have canceled their spring seasons and all of the spring championships.

Q: Are teams still competing?
A:

  • The NCAA has cancelled all winter and spring NCAA championships (DI, DII, DIII).
  • The ODAC (Old Dominion Athletic Conference) has suspended league competition indefinitely. The ODAC Board of Directors will meet every week to determine resuming competition.
  • The IHSA and NCEA equestrian organizations have cancelled their remaining events for the season.
  • Sweet Briar has suspended competition. We will resume play no earlier than April 17, and will evaluate the status based upon the guidelines from the NCAA and the ODAC.

Athletics Director
jcanfield@sbc.edu
434-381-6730

Other Questions

Q: How is this affecting recruitment?
A: We are still recruiting our next class of students. We are developing some innovative and fun ways to bring students to campus virtually. Although this is a challenge, it is also an opportunity to personalize the process for each student. We are contacting each prospective student and asking them what they need, from help with financial aid to getting them into contact with a faculty member or a student. Right now, recruitment numbers look good and we continue to see students depositing and connecting with us. We’re working hard to keep them engaged in the process.

Q: Are visitors allowed on campus right now?
A: From a public health standpoint, we have limited access to invited guests on College business and contractors. The back gates are closed and guests will be asked to sign in at the front gate.

Q: Where can I go to get more detailed information about the virus?
A: To get the most up-to-date information about the virus, we recommend visiting the following sites:

Q: What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
A: Per the CDC: Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Q: How can I prevent myself from becoming sick?
A: It is always prudent to follow normal precautions to prevent becoming ill. Of course, these precautions will not only help protect you from the Coronavirus, but also help protect you against other illnesses common at this time of year, such as cold and flu.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

Q: What about the flu?
A: Flu season is in full swing in the U.S. and flu symptoms could be confused with symptoms of COVID-19.

Fortunately, the same precautions that will protect someone from the COVID-19 will also help protect against the flu. If you haven’t gotten the flu shot, we recommend you do so. Shots are available at many locations, including at the CVS in Amherst. Medical systems may be taxed during this season of respiratory illness. Protecting yourself against the flu can help alleviate some of that stress on our systems.

Q: How will I know if there have been changes in the status of the Coronavirus at Sweet Briar?
A: If anything changes, we’ll email students, faculty and staff. You can also keep visiting this website for updates as well as the CDC, VDH and WHO websites.

Q: I’m a prospective student. Are you still accepting applications? What else should I know?
A: We are still accepting applications! You can apply online at sbc.edu/apply. If you haven’t visited campus, you can read all about our individual virtual tours on our website at sbc.edu/visit. If you’re in the area, you may be able to schedule an in-person driving tour of campus with an admissions counselor by contacting the Office of Admissions at 1-800-381-6142 or admissions@sbc.edu.

Q: What do I need to know about traveling?
A: We recommend that people avoid all unnecessary travel.

 

Spring Term Student Credit FAQs

Will a student receive credit for the room and board charges (meals) if they are not on campus?

Even though the College decided to move to remote teaching and learning after the date when, according to the College’s refund policy, no credit should be issued, these are extraordinary circumstances. As such, Sweet Briar will issue pro-rata room and board credits to all students who comprise our Sweet Briar family.

The Business Office is working towards determining the appropriate pro-rata amount for each student based on the length of time students are away from campus and the meal plan they selected.

A credit will be applied toward students’ accounts when underclass women return in the fall and when seniors successfully graduate.

Will a student receive any credit for tuition?

No. All academic coursework will be completed through remote learning and teaching methods and the student will still receive full academic credit for the successful completion of courses.

Will any other fees be credited?

Some situations, such as horse boarding or riding fees, are being reviewed for the proper pro-rata credits.

How will credits be applied?

Credits will be applied first to any outstanding balance on a student’s account. Then they will be applied to fall 2020 semester fees.

I am a senior. What will happen to my credit?

If you are a senior, and your student account is in good standing after successfully graduating, a refund check can be processed.


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