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 July 9, 2020 at 4:51 pm


Presidential Updates

 


Community Updates

July 3, 2020: Campus Reopening Plan, Fall 2020

(This plan is currently under review by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.)

June 8, 2020: Virtual Town Hall

June 2, 2020: Important information about the College calendar

Dear Sweet Briar family,

In light of COVID-19, I’d like to share some preliminary information with you about important changes we’ve made to the College calendar.

Here are the high points:

  • Classes for the three-week session will begin on Aug. 11.
  • To limit the exposure of our on-campus community to the virus, we will reduce travel.
    • There will be no breaks between the 3-week and 12-week sessions or during the 12-week session.
    • The semester will be complete prior to Thanksgiving.
  • All exams for the 12-week session will be completed online.
Revised Calendar Dates Original Calendar Dates
New students arrive Wednesday, Aug. 5 Saturday, Aug. 15
Returning students arrive Saturday-Monday, Aug. 8-10 Sunday-Thursday, Aug. 16-18
3-week session begins Tuesday, Aug. 11 Thursday, Aug. 20
3-week session ends Friday, Aug. 28 Wednesday, Sept. 9
3-week exams Saturday, Aug. 29 Thursday, Sept. 10
12-week session begins Monday, Aug. 31 Monday, Sept. 14
12-week session ends Friday, Nov. 20 Tuesday, Dec. 15
Reading day Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 21-22 Wednesday, Dec. 16
Exams Sunday-Wednesday, Nov. 22-25 Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 17-19
Winter break begins Wednesday, Nov. 25 Saturday, Dec. 19

Any student who has concerns about her ability to return to campus before Aug. 11 should reach out to Dean Garrett (teresagarrett@sbc.edu).

Because exams for the 12-week session will be conducted online, we anticipate that most students will return home the weekend before Thanksgiving. That said, there will be a process, conducted through the Offices of the Dean and Student Life, for students who may need to take advantage of on-campus resources in order to take their online exams. Likewise, if students have extenuating circumstances and need to stay on-campus after the end of the semester, there will be a process for that as well. Please reach out to Dean Marcia (mthomkaley@sbc.edu) with questions or concerns.

There are still some details to work out in terms of traditional events like Convocation and Founders’ Day weekend. We will send those details when we know them.

Any consideration of changes for spring semester will be done at a later date.

This calendar was developed with input from many across campus and there will be impacts to orientation, advising, athletics and more. However, given the complexity of our calendar and the critical need to do everything we can to keep everyone in our community safe, we wanted to get this information out now. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work out details moving forward.

Please reach out to me if you have questions or concerns.

Dean Garrett
434-381-6205
teresagarrett@sbc.edu

April 29, 2020: Planning for in-person instruction this fall

President Meredith Woo announced that Sweet Briar College plans to resume in-person instruction in the fall of 2020.

President Woo stated, “The most important consideration in this decision is the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and the surrounding community. Located on 3,250 acres of exquisite land and in buildings that can accommodate all students in single rooms, we may be one of the rare colleges in America that can reasonably enforce social distancing. We will most scrupulously meet social distancing requirements. We are putting extensive plans in place for resumption of residential life, dining services and in-person instruction in a safe and responsible manner.”

This fall, the College plans to offer a single dormitory room to every student who wants and needs one. ​It will provide COVID-19 testing that will be in place by the fall​ and​ combine telemedicine with residential care to provide quality health care services to any student in​ ​need. ​

The College​ will provide food services while maintaining ​social distancing through a combination of prepared and served items, as well as contingency plans for a 2-day sanitation process. In addition, Sweet Briar will ​feature new farm-to-table dining service with produce from our very own 26,000-square-foot greenhouse.

Sweet Briar has a student-to-faculty ratio that is highly favorable to students. The College will continue to keep its classes small to allow students to spread out and maintain appropriate spacing. It will also offer hybrid or remote instruction to any student needing it.

“Sweet Briar is a college that cares deeply about its students and the larger community. Social distancing is a requirement that will be with us for a long time, and we will endeavor to be an example of how best to conduct fine education in the most healthful way possible. We miss our students and look forward to welcoming them home,” President Woo added.

For more information about the College’s response to COVID-19 and its commitment to the community, please visit our COVID-19 page.

April 24, 2020: Commencement Announcement

I want to thank you for responding to the survey on how best to celebrate your graduation. I heard you loud and clear that you want an in-person event later this fall.

We plan to celebrate commencement on campus
on Saturday, October 17.

There are many details to sort out about what the celebration will look like. Please rest assured that we will retain as many of our traditions as possible. As we work on the details, I did not want to lose any time in letting you know!

Congratulations, Sweet Briar Class of 2020!

I hope you and your family are safe and well.
Meredith Woo

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

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.

March 10, 2020

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.

March 5, 2020

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.

March 3, 2020

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

General Questions

Q: Will Sweet Briar be offering in-person instruction in fall 2020?
A. Yes. We’re offering in-person instruction and each student can have a room of her own. We’ll be adjusting classes, dining, and more to help keep everyone safe. Read more about our plan.

Q: What are planning to do to lessen the spread of the virus on campus?
A: We will expect members of our community to wear face coverings and adhere to social distancing. In addition, we’ll be doing extra sanitization and adding signage to campus.

Q: How will classroom configurations change?
A: Classroom capacity has been assessed for capacity and class assignments are being adjusted accordingly.

Q: Will students and faculty be required to wear masks?
A: Yes, we will be requiring all students and faculty to wear facial coverings when they cannot maintain social distance.  There may be cases where faculty teach further away than 6 feet and would not have to wear a mask.  They also may choose to wear a clear shield covering.   

Q: Will there be barriers of any kind?
A: Barriers are being set up at reception areas that require close customer interaction like financial aid, student life, the post office and the registrar’s office. Faculty members may request barriers in the classroom.

Q: Are visitors allowed on campus right now?
A: Visitors may come to campus to take advantage of our outdoor recreational activities. They will be required to sign in and must have masks with them. Campus buildings are off-limits to guests, except the FAC, which is open Monday-Friday in case of emergencies. When we return in the fall, visitors will not be allowed in the residence halls and will only be allowed in common areas of campus.

Q: Will there be on-campus health services?
A: Yes. We are working on creating an on-campus health center right now.

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 or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Q: How can I prevent myself from becoming sick?
A: It is always prudent to follow normal precautions to prevent becoming ill.

  • 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: 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: How is this affecting recruitment?
A: We are still recruiting our next class of students. We are implementing innovative and fun ways to bring students to campus virtually, including a virtual open house and accepted student weekend April 24-25. Although this is a challenge, it is also an opportunity to personalize the process for each student. Right now, recruitment numbers look good and we continue to see students depositing and connecting with us.

Student Life Questions

Q: When students return this fall, will clubs and traditions be maintained?
A. Yes, but there will be modifications made in order to keep the community safe. Modifications may include more social distancing, changes of location and possibly virtual meetings.

Q: How will orientation and move-in work?
A. There will be a staggered return for students. The Office of Student Life will send more information soon.

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.

Q: Are there any students on campus right now?
A: Yes. We have a small 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: Can students come to campus now?
A: We cannot encourage anyone to travel right now. If you have a specific need to come to campus, please contact the Office of Student Life at 434-381-6134.

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: Visitors may come to campus to take advantage of our outdoor recreational activities. They will be required to sign in and must have masks with them. Campus buildings are off-limits to guests, except the FAC, which is open Monday-Friday in case of emergencies.

Q: If I want a room to myself in the fall, is that possible?

Yes. Every student who wants a room of her own may have one at no additional cost. Contact the Office of Student Life with questions.

Questions about Academics, Three-Week Session and Graduation

Q: What about graduation?
A: Graduation has been postponed to Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. We are working to come up with additional ways to honor our seniors and recognize their accomplishments.

Q: Has the grading policy changed for the spring 2020 semester?
A: Effective for both the 12- and 3-week terms of the spring 2020 semester only, all students will be permitted to request for any courses to convert to pass/credit/no-credit (P/CR/NC) after the completion of the term.

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.

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: The Sweet Briar College JYF in Paris program suspended the spring 2020 program. Current students will be completing their Sweet Briar and Paris University course work remotely. Please contact Marie Gree (mariegree@sbc.edu) 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.

Financial Questions

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

Even though the college decided to go to Remote Teaching and Learning after the date when no credit should be issued per the college’s Refund Policy, the college will issue pro-rata room & board credits to all students who comprise our Sweet Briar family. The Business Office has determined the appropriate pro-rata amount based on the duration students are away from campus and meal plan selected to apply a credit towards student’s accounts.

Q:  Will a student receive any credit for tuition?

No, since all academic coursework was completed through Remote Learning and Teaching methods and the student will still receive full academic credit for the successful completion of courses.

Q:  Will any other fees be credited?

Some situations, such as horse boarding or riding fees, have had proper pro-rata credits issued. These credits will be applied first to any outstanding balance on a student’s account. 

Q:  How are the room & board credits calculated?

The room and board fees cover a full semester, which is 17 weeks. For the spring 2020 term, students resided on campus for the eight weeks before spring break, and classes moved to remote learning for the final nine weeks of the semester.  Therefore, we prorated 9/17th of the double room rate ($3,500 for the semester), and the selected meal plan (10 per week is $1,800 or 19 per week is $3,060) less the $200 in dining dollars.  We did not reduce the calculated credit by amounts for financial aid UNLESS someone’s institutional aid (funded by the college) exceeded tuition.  

The double room credit is $1,850, and the meals credit is $1,510 for the 19-meal plan and $845 for the 10-meal plan.

For the few students who remained on campus post-spring break, they are being reviewed individually related to their meals received during that time.  

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

If you are a senior graduating at the end of this term, and your account is in good standing, you will qualify for a refund check.  “Good standing” means that you have satisfied your financial obligations to the school.  

The credit will be applied to your account by June 15, 2020.

As a new alumna, we respectfully request you consider donating a portion of your refund to the Sweet Briar Fund, which supports the college in an unrestricted way. The remainder will be sent to you via a refund check and mailed to your official permanent address.   

Q:  I am an underclasswoman.   What will happen to my credit?

The spring semester balances are owed in full.  The credits for room and board will apply toward your Fall semester charges and be posted to your account in July 2020.

Q:  I am an underclasswoman and will not be returning to Sweet Briar College for the Fall 2020 semester.   What will happen to my credit?

The spring semester balances are owed in full.  The credits for room and board are only available to be applied towards the Fall 2020 semester charges and will otherwise be forfeited.

Q:  I have unused dining dollars. Do they expire at the end of the spring 2020 semester?

Dining dollars usually expire at the end of the semester if they are not used. Due to the pandemic, you may use any remaining dining dollars as a store credit at the Sweet Briar College Book Shop by June 30, 2020. Go to Shop Sweet to see the available merchandise and call the Book Shop at 434-381-6106 to look up your credit and place your order. All merchandise is online, so get your new swag!

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

Q:  I have questions about my student account. Who do I contact?

Please email Kath Carwile at kcarwile@sbc.edu or call her at 434-381-6266.

Q:  I have questions about my financial aid. Who do I contact?

Please email Wanda Spradley at spradley@sbc.edu or call her at 434-381-6156.

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