For the most current update and resources, visit the COVID-19 Resource page. Below is an archive of all Marietta College messages updating campus about COVID-19.


Monday, April 6, 2020

Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

Today marks the start of Week 4 of Marietta College’s endeavor into virtual education. I cannot overstate how proud I am of our students, faculty and staff as we continue to show our agility when it comes to achieving the mission of the College while also maneuvering the COVID-19 pandemic.

There are now eight confirmed cases in Washington County and 10 in Wood County, West Virginia. I know this is a challenging time for everyone, but we must continue to do our part to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Continue to practice social distancing, resist the urge to interact with family and friends who are not part of your original quarantine group, and resist the urge to travel and receive travelers.

Virtual Monday Music Night:

Join the all virtual Monday Music Night from 7:00-8:00 p.m., Monday, April 6th, which is being hosted by Raquel Ravaglioli, Marietta College’s Director of Music Therapy. This is the second weekly song sharing event. All are welcome to join the Zoom meeting here. Each week, five people will have the opportunity to share a song they have been listening to, followed by a facilitated discussion. You can sign up here.

Grading Options:

The College’s Faculty and Administration have announced grading options and alternatives for the Spring 2020 semester. You can read about those modifications here.

Prevent Phishing Scams:

Marietta’s IT Department is aware of numerous phishing attempts over the past week, and ask that if you receive a suspicious email, do not open it. Forward the email to Aaron Cowdery at cowderya@marietta.edu. Also be aware that there are phone scams related to the 2020 U.S. Census, Coronavirus Stimulus Checks, and the IRS. You should hang up on these calls without pressing any buttons, as that would indicate a “valid” phone number to scammers.

Marietta Brings Resources to You:

Amanda Haney-Cech, Director of the Academic Resource Center, has created a quick video on taking notes and effective study skills for students. You can watch the video here. You can connect with the ARC via email at arc@marietta.edu. The ARC staff, as well as other departments on campus, will continue to provide these short videos throughout the semester.

Food Pantry:

Students, staff and faculty who are experiencing food insecurity have access to Marietta College’s Food Pantry. All requests are confidential. If you are in need of food, please submit this form: bit.ly/mcfp_19.

In case you missed it, over the weekend I sent out a video update from The Christy Mall. You can watch it here. I look forward to seeing you in person on campus soon. Until then, do your part to keep you and your family safe and healthy, continue to work hard on your studies, and do your best to keep a positive attitude — we will get through this together!

Go Pioneers!

Bill Ruud
President


Saturday, April 4, 2020

Greetings to all you Pios who are still in campus housing!

We’re happy to have you on campus — and we’re going above and beyond to keep your living environment safe and healthy. This message is to remind you that we need each and every one of you to do your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19, too.

I'm sending you this e-mail to make sure you understand that all students currently residing in campus and sorority housing are required to follow Ohio’s shelter-in place mandate, which means that you may not travel outside of the Marietta/Parkersburg area and you may not receive guests. Please tell your parents, family, and friends that you can't go to visit them until the shelter-in-place order is lifted, and they can't come to visit you.

If you travel outside of Marietta/Parkersburg and we become aware of that travel prior to your return to campus, you won't be permitted to return to campus housing. If you wish to return to campus before the end of the semester, you'll have to first complete a 14-day period of self-quarantine at another location in Marietta/Parkersburg. You'll receive a credit on your student account for pro-rated room and meal plan charges to reflect any time you've been denied access to campus housing. Any student denied the ability to return to campus housing will have the right to appeal that decision, if extenuating circumstances make it impossible for you to comply with our requirements. Such appeals will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

If you travel outside of Marietta/Parkersburg and we find out about it after you've already returned to campus housing, or if we learn that you've received guests, you'll be required to self-quarantine for a 14-day period in a location identified by College personnel. You'll also be found responsible for violation of the Student Code of Conduct and fined to cover the expenses associated with managing your quarantine and/or the College's mitigation response.

I know this may be a scary and lonely and stressful time for you, but it’s very important to your health and the health of our community that we follow the Ohio shelter-in-place mandate.

Please remember that you’re not alone — the staff and faculty are here for you. Below are some important contact numbers and email addresses you should keep on hand for your use:

Marietta College Police Department — 740.376.3333 (or dial 911 for emergencies)

Marietta College Center for Health & Wellness (medical or counseling needs) — 740.376.4477 or email healthandwellness@marietta.edu

COVID-19 Crisis Text Liine — text “home” to 741741 to be connected with a Crisis Text Line Counselor

Office of Community Living — 740.376.4784 or email ocl@marietta.edu

You can also contact me at any time, I'm more than happy to provide you with my help and support.

Continue to practice social distancing and enhanced hygiene practices, but also try to remain active — take walks, sit outside, FaceTime or Skype with friends and family, and don’t forget your classes!  We care about your health and will do our part to make sure you have the support you need.

My best to all of you, and keep Pio'ing on!

Dr. Danford


Friday, April 3, 2020

Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

Days like today really make me miss our Pioneer family being together. The sun is shining and campus is bright with spring colors — but it is very quiet. Judy and I are looking forward to seeing you all again on campus. As for now, I am honing my cooking and baking skills (Chocolate Chip Cookies), and staying productive throughout the day. Try to stay positive at this time; we will be together soon!

Bill Ruud baking cookies

Travel Reminder:

With Passover and Easter coming soon, we know it is difficult to be away from family and friends — but it is vitally important to everyone’s health that we do not travel at this time or invite others to visit us. We must comply with Ohio mandates that require visitors to quarantine for 14 days prior to entering the state — and we will enforce Marietta College mandates, which require anyone traveling to campus from outside the Mid-Ohio Valley to quarantine in the Mid-Ohio Valley for 14 days prior to coming onto campus. This includes students, faculty and staff living in this area who travel outside of this community on weekends or at any other time.

This policy extends to students and families attempting to return to campus to move items out of the residence halls. Move-outs cannot happen until May 1st, at the earliest. Anyone who comes to campus for this purpose will be turned away by MCPD and staff in the Office of Community Living. If you have items in your room that you absolutely must have, please email the Office of Community Living at ocl@marietta.edu and we will have those items shipped to you.

Any student currently residing on campus who disregards the shelter-in place mandate, either by traveling or by receiving guests, will be required to self-quarantine in their approved campus housing assignment for 14 days. They will also be subject to student conduct proceedings for violating this College mandate.

Ohio Has Essential Positions Open:

The Ohio Governor’s Office has created a site where healthy Ohioans who are in search of work can look through available positions currently hiring essential workers. Temporary and permanent positions can be searched at Coronavirus.Ohio.gov/JobSearch. Stay connected with Marietta College’s Career Center by following the LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marietta-college-career-center-59237819a/.

Internet Security and Scam Prevention:

We recently partnered with Knowbe4, a security training company that specializes in Internet safety and scam prevention. With the increase reliance on email and digital sharing for remote learning and working, it is even more important to stay one step ahead of scammers and become an expert in recognizing fraud. Fraud campaigns revolving around taxes, COVID-19, and the stimulus checks have already started and will only get worse. We have stepped up our efforts to help protect you by deploying a new state of the art email security system that identifies the ground work for this fraud and starts blocking it before it hits your inbox. Now you can also help contribute to our efforts by ramping up your skills at cyber-sleuthing! We have put together a package of videos that are both educational and entertaining. There are three very informative videos that we felt were important for our community: Security Awareness Fundamentals, Security Awareness Proficiency Assessment, and Phishing Fundamentals. These provide a very solid base for recognizing electronic fraud. And for those wanting a more entertaining experience, after building your fundamental knowledge of course, check out the series The Inside Man! These are short mini episodes in Netflix binge worthy delivery! You can find all you need here: https://training.knowbe4.com/. You will need to log in with your Marietta College email address and then you will be redirected to our email system to enter your password (if you are already logged in and using the same browser then it will take you straight to the videos). Enjoy and thanks for your help squashing fraud!

Don't Forget to Vote:

The Secretary of State’s office recently announced that April 28, 2020, will be the final day of Ohio’s Primary Election. There will be no in-person voting. Voters may request an absentee ballot by completing an Absentee Ballot Application. The applications may be printed from this website or be obtained by calling the Washington County Board of Elections office at 740-374-6828. The Board of Elections website is https://www.boe.ohio.gov/washington/

Stay Positive:

Marietta Women’s Basketball assistant coach Jenna Andersen put together a fun clip of the team practicing. The video is gaining popularity on social media. You can watch it on Twitter here.

Please continue to practice safe social distancing — we are making a difference. I know it is hard and it is OK to reach out to ask for help or to talk about how you are feeling. The resources that are on campus are accessible to you — including our Health and Wellness Center (740.376.4477), which continues to offer telemedicine and telecounseling services. You can also reach out to your professors or to me. We are here for you and we will get through this together.

Go Pioneers!

Bill Ruud
President


Thursday, April 2, 2020

Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

Today, we had our fourth productive live Q&A event. I enjoy being able to interact with students and families in this way, and I hope that these updates provide you with good information and a sense that we miss you, we care about how you are doing, and we want you to take care of yourselves at this time. Locally, our COVID-19 cases remain the same as yesterday, which is three in Washington County and two in Wood County, West Virginia.

As I asked during today’s live Q&A, please share these updates with your family — mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, brothers and sisters. We are all in this together and we need to have the same information in order to make the best decisions possible.

Move-out Date Has Changed:

The earliest date at which students can return to completely move out of their residence hall rooms has been changed from April 6 to May 1, in alignment with Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s recent announcement that Ohio public K-12 schools will not re-open until that date. This is in order to ensure that Marietta College is doing all we can to mitigate community spread of COVID-19. Specific instructions on finalizing move-outs will be announced as we gain greater clarity on when travel for non-essential purposes becomes possible.

Housing Selection for Returning Students:

Housing Selection is coming soon! A reminder that students must be registered for the Fall 2020 semester to be eligible to participate in the housing selection process. Housing applications will go live for eligible students to access and complete on April 15, 2020, at:

https://marietta-residence.symplicity.com

*If you register for classes late, you will need to email a screenshot of your confirmed Fall 2020 class schedule to OCL@marietta.edu to initialize housing application/roommate matching access. All full-time undergraduate students are guaranteed a housing assignment on campus, even if you register late. Students who are registered but do not select their own rooms in the housing selection process will be placed individually into available housing assignments by Office of Community Living professional staff unless OCL has already approved the student to live off-campus.

Housing Selection Important Dates:

  • April 15: Access to housing application will go live (for students registered for Fall 2020) & students can begin forming roommate groups with other eligible students
    • Date/time slot assignments for housing selection will be assigned and communicated within the RESIDENCE website; see the attached guide for additional information  
  • April 20: Building/room selection begins (according to assigned date/time slot assignment of the roommate group)
  • April 23: Selection process ends

Please visit the housing page for a detailed guide to the Housing Selection Process. Even if you are a seasoned veteran at Housing Selection, you are encouraged to review this guide as it has information important to this year. As always, please feel free to reach out to the Office of Community Living with any questions, comments or concerns at OCL@marietta.edu.

Online Exercise Classes:

We have been working hard to get some available online group Exercise classes that you can be a part of via Zoom. We have taken extra safety precautions to be sure that the classes are safe and secure. We will be using a Zoom Webinar Room, which means you will be able to hear and see the instructor but they will not be able to hear and see you. When you enter the room your camera and microphone will be disabled. There will be a Q&A chat feature that the instructor will be able to see. Some of the classes will be answering questions in live time but some they will have to answer at the end.

This is a private link for all Faculty, Staff, Students and DBRC Community members. These classes will start on Monday April 6th. The link to these classes will be sent via the More Marietta email on Friday morning and we ask that you do not share the links publicly. Here are a list of online ZOOM Classes that are being offered:

Hatha Yoga – Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. – Joy Held

Join Joy from her home studio for a live 55-minute basic hatha yoga class. We’ll practice the essentials of the 24 fundamental hatha yoga poses slowly and gently using only a yoga mat and blanket or large towel for props. Suitable for all levels.

Home Bodies – Tuesday and Thursday at 9:00 a.m. – Marybeth Peebles

This fitness class focuses on strength training, flexibility, and correct form using various “props” that are available in local stores or already in your home, e.g. broom stick, water bottles, towel, heavy rubber bands, etc. Each HOME BODIES class includes a full-body warm up, exercises in the “work zone” that target specific muscles, and a cool-down segment that incorporates restorative yoga stretches. Participants progress at their own pace through carefully modulated exercise routines.

Pilates Mat Class – Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. – Joy Held

Join Joy from her home studio for a live 30-minute Pilates beginner level mat workout. You won’t miss your crunches when you practice Pilates! All you’ll need is a yoga mat and a blanket or large towel for props. Suitable for all levels.

Hopefully you can take advantage of one of these classes. We will also be working to add more classes as time goes on. Thanks for the support as we move through this transitional time.

Marietta Brings Resources to You:

In another helpful video, Kelly Campbell, who is the Assistant Director of Career Services & Employer Relations, introduces students to Handshake, our Career Management Software. Learn more about Handshake and Marietta’s Career Center here. You can send questions about Handshake to Kelly at khc001@marietta.edu.

Alumna Competing on Tonight’s Jeopardy!!!!

Long Blue Liner Tiffany Eisenhauer ’96 will be on Jeopardy! Tonight — so be sure to root for your fellow Pioneer.

Lastly, I know that most of you are back home and have no way of seeing campus at this time, but I want to send a special shout-out to our staff in Physical Plant. Our dedicated grounds crew and our building services crew are working tirelessly to keep our campus — inside and out — clean and beautiful. They are making sure your home away from home remains cared for and picture-perfect. Thank you for that!

We will all continue to work hard and blaze this trail together!

Go Pioneers!

Bill Ruud
President


Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

Greetings, fellow Pioneers! All is well on campus and in the community. Washington County, fortunately still only has three confirmed COVID-19 cases and Wood County is also holding at two cases. We will be conducting our fourth Livestreamed Q&A session on Thursday, April 2nd, starting at 11:30 a.m. I encourage you and your parents to join us via Facebook, Instagram and YouTube Live — and submit questions!

Senior Survey:

We conducted a town hall forum for our graduating seniors on Tuesday and received great ideas and information about how the Class of 2020 would like to commemorate their achievements. Seniors are asked to complete the short survey they were sent in an email so we can move forward on planning any upcoming celebration.

Zoom Security:

Zoom recently published a great resource for helping with educating, working, and running events through Zoom. It also includes a great section on securing your session to keep the Crashers out of your meetings and classes. The main topics include: Effective Remote Working, Educating Over Zoom, Hosting Virtual Events, and Telehealth. The security tips can be found under the first section of Effective Remote Working under the Stay Secure list. These tips include how to password protect your meetings, disable join before host, using waiting rooms, locking a meeting, and managing participants. A highly recommended item to review is the second item under Stay Secure, Blog: How to Keep the Crashers From Crashing Your Zoom Event, which includes how to remove unwanted guests, disabling video and muting participants, and putting participants on hold. You can find the full page here: https://zoom.us/docs/en-us/covid19.html.

Marietta Brings Resources to You:

Alicia Abramski, Counselor in our Center for Health & Wellness, shares tips on how to establish a routine while you are learning and working from home. You can watch her video here. The Center continues to provide virtual medical and counseling services to students. Call 740.376.4477 or email healthandwellness@marietta.edu to make an appointment.

Virtual Events:

The College has a variety of virtual events in the works for students to enjoy. Every Wednesday (starting tonight) through the end of the semester, Marietta students are invited to join a 7:00 p.m. Netflix Party. Tonight’s screening will be of “American Factory,” which won the Academy Award for Best Documentary. If you haven’t already, download the Netflix Party extension on your laptop or desktop via www.netflixparty.com/. Click on the link below and click on the NP icon to join the party. To join on Wednesday, go to www.netflix.com/watch/81090071?npSessionId=0422ed537f0ec3de&npServerId=s97.

Contact Information:

We want to make sure you have access to people who can help answer specific academic, student life, financial aid and other questions, so we have created a quick resource list for families:

 

Area Contact Number Hours
Academics Angie Stevens 740.376.4741 Monday-Friday
8:00 a.m.-5:00p.m.
Campus Police On Call 740.376.3333 24/7
Finance & Administrative Services Michele Marra 740.376.4720
614.506.9059
Monday-Friday
​8:00 a.m.-5:00p.m.
Financial Aid Stacy Miller 740.376.4712 Monday-Friday
​8:00 a.m.-5:00p.m.
Office of Admission Katie Fennell 740.376.4369 Monday-Friday
​8:00 a.m.-5:00p.m.
Physical Plant Paul Miller 740.376.4789 Monday-Friday
​8:00 a.m.-5:00p.m.
President's Office Paula Lewis 740.376.4701 Monday-Friday
​8:00 a.m.-5:00p.m.
Records Office Tina Hickman 740.376.4740 Monday-Friday
​8:00 a.m.-5:00p.m.
Student Life On Call 740.376.4784 24/7

 

Census Day:

Today is Census Day. Students should be counted in the place where they would normally be residing for most of the year (even if COVID-19 has them staying somewhere else for the moment). The Census Bureau has produced a short video and fact sheet to clarify how college students are to be counted. You can watch that video here.

April is here and the end of the semester is just a few short weeks ahead. Keep working hard, stay focused on your goals and be vigilant with your health. We care about you and we are excited seeing and celebrating your success during this challenging semester.

We are in this together!

Go Pioneers!

Bill Ruud
President


Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

Hello from campus! There are a few updates to share today that you will find helpful. In recent days, we have heard from a few parents for whom we do not have email addresses to share these daily updates. If your parent is not receiving regular updates from us, please share these messages with them. One bit of good news is that the Ohio River does not appear to be rising to flood levels. We will continue to monitor what is happening weather-wise and are ready to respond when necessary to protect our fields and other areas on campus. Also, the current COVID-19 cases in Washington County remain at three with two in Wood County, West Virginia. The city of Marietta has also created a COVID-19 resource site that includes information pertinent to the city’s response to the pandemic.

More Good News — Taco Tuesday:

Our partners at Parkhurst Dining continue to provide free breakfast, lunches and dinners to our students on campus, as well as to faculty and staff who are working on campus during this time. Christy Burke, Director of Education Abroad, sent in a pic of today’s lunch:

Marietta College free Taco Tuesday lunch during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Marietta Brings Resources to You:

As we get further into this unique semester, faculty and staff want to reassure students that they will continue to provide academic and wellness support. Amanda Haney-Cech, Director of Marietta’s Academic Resource Center, created a video to help students maintain successful routines and study habits while working from home. You can watch the video here.

The ARC staff, as well as other departments on campus, will continue to provide these short videos throughout the semester.

Special Circumstances Information for Campus:

Marietta College understands that the disruption from the COVID-19 Pandemic has caused income reductions and job losses that are impacting many of our current and future students. As financial aid administrators, the financial aid staff has statutory authority to use professional judgment to adjust on a case-by-case basis. As we make decisions, we appreciate your willingness to share your individual circumstances so that we can assess the depth and scope of the impact on our community for the 2020-2021 academic year. To request a review of your unique circumstances, please email covid19appeal@marietta.edu. One of our administrators will review your request and share important information with you about timelines and required documentation that is specific to your case.

As a reminder, we have a live Q&A event planned for 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Submit your questions via Facebook, YouTube and Instagram, and we will do our best to answer them. Please share this message with your family members so they can be informed — and continue to be well, work hard and share your good news with us so we can celebrate together.

Go Pioneers!

Bill Ruud
President


Monday, March 30, 2020

Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

Greetings from a very windy Marietta College campus! Today marks the start of Week 3 of online instruction — continue to challenge yourselves and to celebrate your progress. As you may have seen on the news, President Trump has extended the social distancing mandate through April 30, 2020. The College’s Leadership Team is in discussion on how this will affect the move-out process and timeline. You will receive updates on these changes as soon as they are available. Please remember that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused our long-term planning to remain fluid.

Current COVID-19 cases in Washington County remain at three with two in Wood County West Virginia.

Painting the Rock:

On Friday, Provost Janet Bland and Associate Provost Suzanne Walker — while practicing safe social distancing — spent some time Friday painting The Rock.

Students, faculty and staff still in the Marietta area can sign up to paint The Rock here.

Service to the Community:

Earlier today, I served as a moderator for Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce’s Virtual Town Hall meeting, which featured updates from Marietta’s Mayor Josh Schlicher, U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, Marietta Police Chief Rodney Hupp, Marietta Fire Chief C.W. Durham, Washington County Commissioner David White, Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks, MACC President & CEO Carrie Ankrom, and MACC Board Chair Kris Justice. This is the first of several Virtual Town Halls for the community. You can watch the re-broadcast on the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook page or use this link to view the recording directly.

Don't Forget to Vote:

The Secretary of State’s office recently announced that April 28, 2020, will be the final day of Ohio’s Primary Election. There will be no in-person voting. Voters may request an absentee ballot by completing an Absentee Ballot Application. The applications may be printed from this website or be obtained by calling the Washington County Board of Elections office at 740.374.6828. The Board of Elections website is https://www.boe.ohio.gov/washington/

Questions About Refunds:

If you would like to learn more about Marietta’s pro-rated room and board refunds, you can find additional information here.

Telemedicine:

In an effort to support all our students while also alleviating pressures on health care providers in their communities, Marietta College’s Center for Health and Wellness is now offering medical and counseling appointments via Zoom. These are available whether the student is at home or on campus. In order to proceed with a Zoom appointment, we will ask the student to sign a privacy disclosure form. Currently, all modalities of tele-technology are acceptable, and state boundary laws for telemedicine have been waived during the current COVID-19 pandemic. If you are interested in a telemedicine appointment, please contact the Center for Health and Wellness at 740.376.4477 or by e-mail at healthandwellness@marietta.edu and they will work to accommodate your needs.

It is as important as ever that we all practice good health and mental health habits. Take care of yourself, keep your mind occupied with positive things and if you need to, reach out for help.

I cannot stress this enough: what you are doing is making a difference!

Bring Forth a Pioneer!

Bill Ruud
President


Friday, March 27, 2020

Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

We need to continue to find reasons to celebrate. Today, students and faculty can celebrate completing two full weeks of remote/online learning. It is remarkable how quickly Pioneers are able to adapt and excel to changing situations. Keep up the good work and thanks!

There is still only one case of COVID-19 in Washington County, one case in Athens, and two cases in Wood County, WV.  Keep practicing social distancing and stay safe.

Online Tutoring:

Students now have access to 24/7 on-demand, individual instruction and support from expert tutors. Marietta College has partnered with Smarthinking to offer students access to expert tutoring in a wide range of subjects, including Accounting, Business, Computers and Technology, Mathematics and Statistics, Psychology, Reading, Science, Spanish, and Writing. In addition, students can continue to use Marietta’s Academic Resource Center and Tutoring, and the Communication Resource Center. Students can access the link to Smarthinking and campus tutoring services through MC Tutoring Moodle page. This is FREE, LIVE TUTORING for students. Contact Marietta College’s Instructional Technologist, Linda Roesch, at lr002@marietta.edu  or Associate Provost, Dr. Suzanne Walker, at walkers@marietta.edu to gain access to the Marietta College Tutoring Page.

Esports At Marietta College:

Students are still able to participate in esports online. Though some of the tournaments have been canceled or postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19, Marietta teams are still able to compete in some tournaments while finding other tournaments as well.

For example, Marietta’s PUBG team competed in its Collegiate PUBG match yesterday, and they’ve advanced to the finals, which will consist of several matches for the next few weeks. Another example, Marietta’s Rainbow Six team is actually competing tonight, Friday, March 27, in Collegiate R6 against Baylor University. Marietta’s esport teams are also trying to broadcast some of our practices on Twitch, if anyone wants to watch.

To watch most of the matches, you can go to Marietta’s Twitch channel at https://www.twitch.tv/MariettaCollege. We’ve also opened up our Discord server to allow students, faculty and staff to communicate with each other. You have to create a free account first, but you can then join by going to https://bit.ly/PioDiscord. I know we have a lot of students who are playing video games during this crisis, so our Discord server could be a way to help them stay in touch with each other.

If any students want to participate in any of our teams, reach out to Esports Head Coach and Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Dr. Matthew Williamson at williamm@marietta.edu.

Career Center Update:

The Career Center is offering ALL resources online and we are interested in partnering with students and professors! The most critical students are those who graduate in May or August or still need an internship to be on track to graduate on time. Résumé reviews, interview prep, job search guidance, connecting to alumni — all of these can be done via Zoom or a phone call.

Appointments: Students can be directed to Handshake to make an appointment with a member of the team. (All students have a Handshake account and do not have to create one). If that doesn't work, students may reach out to Career Center Director Betsy Knott directly (emk004@marietta.edu) and we will find a time that works. Twice a week (Wednesday and Thursday), appointments between 5:00–9:00 p.m. EST will be available for students.

Handshake: Handshake may seem like only the place where students apply for jobs on campus, but it is so much more. There are nearly 3,000 jobs and 1,800 internships available for current college students in the system, for the state of Ohio and throughout the country. Students can also access opinions and tips from other students (from over 800 colleges and universities) to better understand a company’s culture, their interview process, and what worked well within a past internship or job role.

Connections: Alumni are eager to help students with where they are in their career development process.  If you (student) are looking for valuable insight, please connect with Betsy Knott (emk0004@marietta.edu) and she will introduce you to an alumnus or alumna.

Please continue to take care of yourselves. I know this physical isolation from your friends, professors and others is difficult. Try to stay in contact via email, social media and phone calls. You may also reach out to your professors during office hours. Continue to celebrate your accomplishments and those of others — regardless of how small. Remember: you are not alone — you have a very large Pioneer family thinking about you every day and we are ready to help!

Go Pioneers!

Bill Ruud
President


Thursday, March 26, 2020

Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

It is a beautiful day in Marietta. A few of the trees on The Christy Mall are beginning to bloom and our landscape experts in Physical Plant have begun planting flowers in many of our large outdoor planters. As I closed today’s live-streamed Q&A, I encouraged each of you to step outside to enjoy a bit of sunshine and fresh air. There aren’t many new updates to share with you today, but during the broadcast, some of you asked for specific contact information.

For Questions About Move-out Approval & Having Items Shipped to Your Home; Address to Return Keys:

Office of Community Living

215 5th St.
Marietta, OH 45750
ocl@marietta.edu
740.376.4784

Room & Board Refunds, Tuition Credit for Fall 2020, Payment Information:

Office of Student Accounts

mcbill@marietta.edu
740.376.4619

Telemedicine/Telecounseling Appointments:

Center for Health and Wellness

healthandwellness@marietta.edu
740.376.4477

Tutoring:

Academic Resource Center

arc@marietta.edu

Tutoring Services

https://mariettacollege.mywconline.com/

Work Study:

If you have questions about work study jobs, contact Stacy Miller at seo@marietta.edu. For questions about paychecks or amounts, please contact Robin Eschbaugh at rse001@marietta.edu or Rhonda Bumgarner at rjb006@marietta.edu.

Legacy Library Resources:

Contact the Research Help Desk by phone at 740.376.4543, by email at library@marietta.edu, and by messaging using Microsoft Teams at library@marietta.edu.

Changes to Student Loan Repayment:

The U.S. Department of Education made an important announcement affecting student loan borrowers. Read that announcement here.

Commencement:

Seniors will be sent emails inviting them to join a livestream event next week to discuss commencement options. Seniors are strongly encouraged to be a part of this discussion.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act:

Under the FFCRA, every covered employer must post a notice of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requirements in a conspicuous place on its premises. According to the Department of Labor, since many employers have all or part of their workforce working remotely an employer may satisfy this requirement by emailing or direct mailing this notice to employees, or posting this notice on an employee information internal or external website. You may read the notice here.

Keep up the hard work and be sure to make some time to enjoy your day. Be sure to reach out to your friends and family via texts, phone calls, emails, social media and even hand-written letters. It is important to stay connected during this time — we will get through this together.

Go Pioneers!

Bill Ruud
President


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

As we get further into our semester and become more seasoned to adjusting to frequent change, I hope these updates will continue to inform you on what we are doing as a College to help continue to progress learning, as well as keep you connected to Marietta. Even though we are apart for the semester, we will remain united as a campus community!

As an update, there are no new cases of COVID-19 in Washington County (still only 1), but there is one new case in Wood County West Virginia.

Alumni Speaker Series Continues Via Zoom:

The Long Blue Line Speaker Series is set to continue, with Christian Sanders ’14 speaking to students tonight. The event begins at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 25th, via Zoom using this link.

Sanders, who majored in Broadcast Communication, works for St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland. He is the Assistant Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Director of REACHing Magis. During his time at Marietta College, he played football and was an Admission tour guide. For three years he was involved with Forensics, and was an Orientation Leader for three years. He was a member of Student Senate for two years, a peer mentor for two years, a senior interviewer for one year, and the president of Pi Kappa Delta for one year.

On Thursday, March 26th, the Long Blue Line Speaker will be Ashlyn Heider ’06, a regulatory intelligence analyst for KeyBank in Cleveland. Her talk will begin at 7:00 p.m. and can be accessed via Zoom using this link.

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Grade Option:

In light of Marietta College’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Faculty Council plans to enable students to employ the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grade option for a limited number of classes per student during the spring 2020 semester. This may not be the right decision for every student, so students should consult their advisors about making this shift in certain courses they may need for their academic standing, licensure, graduate admission, and so onBecause the consequences of this policy will impact the campus community in different ways, Faculty Council is working with departments, students, and administration to work out the details. We will make a more detailed announcement via President Ruud's daily communication in the coming days. At this point, please reach out to your faculty advisor if you are struggling with a class, and we ask that you delay any decision to drop a course until the S/U policy has been made official.

Yoga With Joy:

Joy Held’s yoga class will take place during her normal time (5:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays) via Zoom. To access the Yoga Zoom class, click on the link below — if you have a webcam, great, but it is not necessary; and if you have a microphone, even better. Please mute your microphone when you get into the meeting. You do not have to use the video access but you may choose to do so. If you are joining from a smart phone or tablet, please download the Zoom app and enter the meeting ID provided below:

https://mariettacollege.zoom.us/j/807230954

If you have any questions, please contact Dash McNeal at dm008@marietta.edu. You will use this link every time that you want to access the class. This is just one step that we are trying to take to help fill a void in your fitness routine. Additional fitness classes will begin as early as next week.

Questions About Refunds:

If you would like to learn more about Marietta’s pro-rated room and board refunds, you can find additional information here.

Security Advice From Marietta's IT Department:

Here is a comprehensive resource about COVID-19 scams to avoid and remote working/learning security tips. It was put together by the National Cyber Security Alliance and also contains information about Government Assistance and Guidance. I would like to bring special attention to the items towards the bottom from TrendMicro. TrendMicro is an antivirus and anti-malware company that offers a free online system scan. If you do not have antivirus software on your personal computers, then I highly recommend using this tool to help ensure your system is safe and clean.

https://staysafeonline.org/covid-19-security-resource-library/

Gilman Dining Menu:

Our partners at Parkhurst Dining will continue to serve a continental breakfast, lunch and dinners to students and employees. You can check out what is on the lunch and dinner menus in the links below:

 

Facebook/Instagram/Youtube Live Event:

The College is hosting the third livestreamed event starting on Thursday, March 25, starting at 11:30 a.m. for students and parents who may have questions about what is happening in Academics, Finance or the College overall. Please remember to submit questions in the comment section during the broadcast.

We are working on a number of ways to continue to keep our students, faculty and staff engaged — both inside and outside of the classroom. Don’t forget to engage with SGA and your class representatives to share your ideas and be a part of the conversations happening in Student Life. Your input matters!

Go Pioneers!

Bill Ruud
President


Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

Spring has definitely reached campus. Our resident hawk remains on her nest and the familiar sounds of mowing and leaf-blowing can be heard from my house. I definitely miss seeing students, faculty and staff — especially during this season — but I know following health officials’ orders this is what is best for the community.

Again, there continue to be no NEW cases of COVID-19 in Washington County. We still are at only one positive and that individual is quarantined at home.

Building Access:

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has prohibited non-essential travel, SO STUDENTS CANNOT COME TO CAMPUS TO MOVE OUT OF THEIR RESIDENCE HALLS UNTIL APRIL 6TH — at the earliest. When Gov. DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health approves resuming travel, students must first obtain approval by the Office of Community Living (ocl@marietta.edu or 740-376-4784) to re-enter residence halls for move-out.

Also, Campus Police are reminding those who are on campus: DO NOT PROP OPEN DOORS FOR ANY REASON. This is for the safety and security of our campus community.

Barnes and Noble Bookstore Temporarily Closed:

The health and well-being of customers and employees of the Marietta College Bookstore are incredibly important to us. It is with careful consideration that we have made the difficult decision to temporarily close the Bookstore starting on Tuesday, March 24th, with a tentative plan to reopen on Monday, April 6th. The Bookstore will continue to accept orders online for delivery with free shipping, though you may experience longer shipping times than usual. Orders can be placed here. Any purchases returned via shipment to Barnes and Noble will be processed when the stores reopen. Stay safe and healthy​! You may contact Jessica French with any questions or concerns regarding the Bookstore at jaf007@marietta.edu.

Gilman Dining:

Parkhurst Dining offers packaged meals — both hot and cold options — as well as grab and go items to students and employees on campus for breakfast, lunch and dinner. THIS TAKEOUT IS AVAILABLE ALL DAY, WITHOUT LIMIT, AND DOES NOT REQUIRE A MEAL SWIPE. Students and Marietta College employees who have food allergies or dietary restrictions (who have not already communicated with Parkhurst since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak) should contact General Manager Adria Handley at alh007@marietta.edu. If you have any questions, please call 740-376-4433.

COVID-19 Continental Breakfast Info
COVID-19 Lunch Menu
COVID-19 Dinner Menu
COVID-19 No Swipe Information

I remind all of you who may have additional questions or concerns to please join our livestreamed event at 11:30 a.m. Thursday on Facebook Live, Instagram Live and YouTube Live. As always, take care of yourself, practice healthy habits, keep practicing social distancing, continue to work hard, and know that your entire Pioneer family supports you.

Bring Forth a Pioneer!

Bill Ruud
President


Monday, March 23, 2020

Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

After a busy weekend of many students moving out of their residence halls and preparing for this week’s virtual classes, and our faculty, Student Life and Enrollment Management folks working to enroll incoming first-year students for the fall, plus our buildings and grounds crews working hard to keep our campus ready for everyone’s return, I would have to say the Marietta College community is as productive as ever. I have included some new information and some reminders of other important items below.

Please read and share this message with your fellow Pioneers!

Hold Off On Your Campus Move-Out!

Pursuant to Governor Mike DeWine’s recent announcement prohibiting all non-essential travel in the state of Ohio through April 6th — at the earliest. Please note that Governor DeWine has stated that this is a health ORDERnot a health suggestion. As such, he expects people to comply, and local health departments and local law enforcement agencies will begin enforcing this order on Tuesday. The goal of this travel restriction is to slow the community spread of COVID-19 so that Ohio hospitals don't become overwhelmed, and to reduce the number of COVID-19 infections and associated deaths. This means that students who have not moved out of their residence halls cannot do so until April 6th — at the earliest — and must contact the Office of Community Living before doing so. If there is something in your room that you absolutely must have, please notify the Office of Community Living by email at ocl@marietta.edu or by telephone at 740-376-4784, and we will have it shipped to you.

Don't Travel!

This is just a reminder that under Gov. DeWine’s new directives regarding travel through April 6th, you should not be going anywhere, with anyone, unless it is for essential purposes (for health care treatment, food, gasoline, essential work, etc.). Please continue to follow the CDC’s guidelines of keeping a six-feet social distance around other people.

Reminder About Keys:

If you have already completely moved out of your residence hall but have not turned in your key, please mail it to us as soon as possible. If you have a mailbox key, you can also send that to us that. The address to return keys is:

Office of Community Living
Marietta College
215 Fifth Street
Marietta, Ohio 45750
 

News About Financial Aid/Student Loans:

In a press release, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced all borrowers with qualifying loans would automatically have their interest rate set to 0% for at least 60 days from March 13, 2020, and added that they would be able to halt payments on their loans for at least two months by requesting an administrative forbearance through their loan servicer. Borrowers that choose to forgo asking for an administrative forbearance would not see a reduction in monthly payments. Rather, the full payment would be applied toward the principal balance of the loan.

Posters:

The College has created two posters for our community to download and post when their classes are “in session.” They are below and you can download them from the Covid-19 website.

Keep Calm and Pio On
Education In Progress

Yoga With Joy:

Staff in the DBRC are looking at ways to offer some virtual instruction so the community can continue exercising and maintaining healthy habits. The College will be offering Joy Held’s yoga class at her normal time (5:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday) via Zoom. We are working some of the other classes as well.

To access the Yoga Zoom class, click on the link below — if you have a webcam, great, but it is not necessary; and if you have a microphone, even better. We ask that you mute your microphone when you get into the meeting. You do not have to use the video access but you may choose to do so. If you are joining from a smart phone or tablet, please download the Zoom app and enter the meeting ID provided below:

https://mariettacollege.zoom.us/j/807230954

If you have any questions, please contact Dash McNeal at dm008@marietta.edu. You will use this link every time that you want to access the class. This is just one step that we are trying to take to help fill a void in your fitness routine.

Telemedicine & Telecounseling:

In an effort to support all of our students while also alleviating pressures on health care providers in their communities, Marietta College’s Center for Health and Wellness is now offering medical and counseling appointments via Zoom. These are available whether the student is at home or on campus. In order to proceed with a Zoom appointment, we will ask the student to sign a privacy disclosure form. Currently, all modalities of tele-technology are acceptable, and state boundary laws for telemedicine have been waived during the current COVID-19 pandemic. If you are interested in a telemedicine appointment, please contact the Center for Health and Wellness at 740-376-4477 or by e-mail at healthandwellness@marietta.edu and they will work to accommodate your needs.

Voting in the Ohio Primary:

The Secretary of State’s office has changed the Primary Election day to June 2, 2020. There will be no in-person voting. Voters may request an absentee ballot by completing an Absentee Ballot Application. The applications may be printed from this website or be obtained by calling the Washington County Board of Elections office at 740-374-6828. The Board of Elections website is https://www.boe.ohio.gov/washington/

Facebook Live Event:

Members of the College’s Leadership team and COVID-19 Task Force have conducted two Facebook Live events for current and incoming students, parents, alumni and the community. We will expand the opportunity to watch upcoming broadcasts by adding Instagram Live and YouTube Live, in addition to Facebook Live. The next broadcast will start at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, March 26th.

I cannot express how proud I am of each of you. I know these are challenging times for everyone, and everyone is facing different challenges — but I also know that we are Pioneers and, together, we will continue to work hard to get through this adversity. We will rise to this challenge together and we will be a stronger community.

Go Pioneers!

Bill Ruud
President


Sunday, March 22, 2020

On Sunday, March 22, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced a broad-based shutdown of activity in Ohio. The governor’s order begins at 11:59 p.m., Monday, March 23, and continues through April 6.

The order follows several other governors who have made similar orders in their states. Among the alternative models in various states, Ohio has followed the Illinois model, which from a higher education perspective is the best of the alternatives. The highlights of the order are as follows:
 

  • All individuals in Ohio are to remain in their residences except for a number of exemptions listed in the order.
  • All "non-essential businesses" must cease operations, and all essential business must practice social distancing.
  • All public and private gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited.
  • Most travel is prohibited, except with social distancing travel for health and safety, procuring supplies such as food, essential work, and outdoor activity (in essence, exercise).


Essential business operations include several activities including higher education, defined as follows:

"Educational institutions. Educational institutions-including public and private pre-K-12 schools, colleges and universities-for purposes of facilitating distance learning, performing critical research, or performing essential functions, provided that social distancing of six-feet per person is maintained to the greatest extent possible." (Section 12(m))

Beyond that. "Travel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related services" is permitted. (Section 14(c))

In addition, it is clear that certain activities of higher education institutions beyond that paragraph are also permitted. These include: health activities; food provision and preparation; critical trades such electricians, janitors, security, HVAC, etc.; residential facilities; and professional services such as legal and accounting. These provisions are all that will be necessary to support the operation of student housing.

Further, minimum basic operations are permitted while carrying out exempted operations, such as physical plant, security, payroll and employee benefits, and related functions.

The order provides the College’s administration with the necessary authority to continue to support students who remain on campus, to determine which staff are necessary to work on campus, to support the work of staff who work from home, to determine which staff will work from home, and to support staff who are working in a safe manner on campus performing functions necessary to maintain the institution.


Saturday, March 21, 2020 — President Ruud

Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

A full week of virtual classrooms is in the books, and today the College conducted its First Ever Virtual PioSOAR for our accepted students who will join our campus community this fall. Even though the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we operate on a day-to-day basis, it has not stopped us from continuing our educational mission.

DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE YOUR KEYS:

As you move out of your campus housing, or if you’ve already moved out, please remember that we Need your keys returned to us. This includes your residence hall key, as well as your mailroom key (if you have one). Both of these can be placed in the same envelope and deposited in the black key deposit box at the front entrance to your residence hall, or you can mail them to:

Office of Community Living
Marietta College
215 Fifth Street
Marietta, Ohio 45750
 

TELEMEDICINE:

In an effort to support all our students while also alleviating pressures on health care providers in their communities, Marietta College’s Center for Health and Wellness is now offering medical appointments via Zoom. These are available whether the student is at home or on campus. In order to proceed with a Zoom appointment, we will ask the student to sign a privacy disclosure form. Currently, all modalities of tele-technology are acceptable, and state boundary laws for telemedicine have been waived during the current COVID-19 pandemic. If you are interested in a telemedicine appointment, please contact the Center for Health and Wellness at 740-376-4477 or by e-mail at healthandwellness@marietta.edu and they will work to accommodate your needs.

TIPS TO IMPROVE AT-HOME WI-FI AND INTERNET:

We know that some of you may be having some challenges with technology services. There are many factors involved with Internet and Wi-Fi experience at home, and it all starts with your provider. In general, the types of providers are listed below in fastest speed order:

  1. Cable
  2. DSL
  3. Cell
  4. Dial Up

Note that DSL and Cell are almost neck-in-neck, depending on what is available to you and what providers are in the area. Also, when configuring your network, make sure you have an Internet connection available to Google information. This can be a cell phone, or even a computer hard-wired to the cable modem or new router while you tweak Wi-Fi configurations. Google is your best friend for information during this process. If you need help getting into your equipment, just type in the manufacture and model number and your question to Google. And remember, you can also always call the manufacturer for help — they are usually happy to walk you through and make recommendations.

Example Google query to find info quickly:

Google screenshot of search for netgear router login info

  1. Call your provider and ask for free speed increases and data cap removals during the COVID-19 situation (while you have them on the phone, ask for the admin password to your modem so that you can manage Wi-Fi settings).
  2. Ensure you have a password set for all the Wi-Fi options you are broadcasting (even guest Wi-Fi settings). You may be accidentally providing free Wi-Fi to neighbors who are using your bandwidth to stream their movies. Even if they have their own service, the devices could have seen a stronger signal from your Wi-Fi and used it, so don’t assume it is intentional use. A password protects you from this.
  3. Use your own router and not the Wi-Fi built into the equipment provided from your provider. Not all equipment is of the same quality and quantity of internal components to handle numerous devices and network streams. When you have your router installed and set up, be sure to go into the settings for the providers equipment and disable Wi-Fi so the signals don’t interfere with each other. Marietta’s Chief Information Officer Aaron Cowdery’s home router is the Netgear Nighthawk series. It is expensive but worth the investment. The other brand our IT Department most trusts is the Linksys lines from Cisco.
  4. Name your 2.5Ghz and 5Ghz channels the exact same name with the exact same password, and turn off the guest network (more on that later). Not all devices work on both channels, and 5 is faster. So rather than you figuring what to connect to what, this will allow your device to pick which is best for you with no work or decisions on your part — so fast devices will use the fast speed and you will spread out the load on your router.
  5. Enable QOS option if it is disabled, but don’t provide your own rules. This is quality of service and the router will likely have some built in rules that handle prioritization of traffic for performance increase and still have quality in the service. These rules can be counter intuitive and are very complicated, so resist the urge to tinker.
  6. Lastly, test the signal strength in locations where you are using service, then relocate your router to be closer to important locations. Wi-Fi speed decreases with distance. After you relocate the router, test the strength again. You will have new obstacles between your device and router after you move it that may interfere with the signal strength so always post test. A good free app for this is the NETGEAR Wi-Fi Analytics app for your phone — just make sure you are connected to your Wi-Fi when you use it since it will test the signed in Wi-Fi.
Guest Wi-Fi:

If you have your home network working as desired, you might consider adding a new layer of security. Many home routers are coming with a guest network, so you don’t have to give out your Wi-Fi password to short-term visitors that may also be your bank password (btw - never do this!!!!! Always use different passwords for different services). You can also use the guest network to separate your non-personal and IOT (internet of things - Alexa, smart lights, TVs, game consoles, etc...) devices from your personal devices (computers, tablets, and phones). The same rules apply for set as above. TIP: Name the Wi-Fi the same as you home with an apps at the end and use a different password. So, if you call your home Wi-Fi: mynetwork, then call your guest Wi-Fi: mynetwork apps. Also make sure you DON’T allow cross talk between the main network and guest network (usually disabled by default). After you move your non-personal devices to the guest Wi-Fi, you will have much less to worry about if your IOT devices get hacked. It will keep your personal systems and information just a little more protected.

GILMAN DINING AND LOCAL RESTAURANT OPTIONS:

Parkhurst Dining offers packaged meals — both hot and cold options — as well as grab and go items to students on campus for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This takeout is available all day, without limit, and does not require a meal swipe. Students who have food allergies or dietary restrictions (who have not already communicated with Parkhurst since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak) should contact General Manager Adria Handley at alh007@marietta.edu. If you have any questions, please call 740-376-4433. The weekly menus will be posted online.

Clutch MOV has also created a list of Marietta-area restaurants that continue to offer takeout and delivery meals: https://clutchmov.com/distance-socially-eat-locally/

Once again, THANK YOU to our entire campus community for its patience, perseverance and commitment to finish this challenging semester successfully. This is going to be a marathon, so it is important for everyone to follow the safe distancing guidelines, be mindful of their physical and mental well-being, eat, sleep, exercise and know that we will get through this together.

Bring Forth A Pioneer!

Bill Ruud
President


Friday, March 20, 2020 — President Ruud

Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

Our students and faculty have completed their first full week of remote/online classes, and I continue to be impressed with the ability of the Pioneer community to respond to the challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue the great work you are already doing and know that you have the entire Long Blue Line supporting your efforts.

STAY CONNECTED:

Students — it is important for you to remain in contact with your professors, not just in class but also through Beacon, which is our student success software. This will let us know of any challenges you may be experiencing such as limited wi-fi access or the need for tech support. We are here to help cause your success.

RESIDENCE HALL SPRING SEMESTER MOVE-OUT:

Our Physical Plant staff will be available in residence halls this weekend to assist students who are moving out. They will also make best efforts in keeping common surfaces such as door handles and bannisters cleaned throughout the process.

Thanks to all the students who have already completed the questionnaire letting us know your plans with regard to campus housing during our current closure of the residence halls. THERE ARE STILL MANY OF YOU WE NEED TO HEAR FROM! We need to know what your plans are so that we can prepare for when you will be on campus and make sure you have the building access you need.

  • We need to hear from you if you’ve already been approved to stay and still intend to stay!
  • We need to hear from you if you’ve been approved to stay but now intend to leave!
  • We need to hear from you if you’ve already completely moved out of your room!
  • We need to hear from you if you still need to completely move out of your room, regardless of when you plan to be able to do that!
  • We need to hear from you if you live in a sorority house!

Please complete the survey provided at the link below to indicate your move-out plans:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ResHallClosure2020

SUPPORT FOR WELLNESS AND HEALTH:

As we continue to adapt to our current realities, it is important to take care of your emotional and physical health. Remember that you can receive COVID-19 counseling support by texting “home” to 741741. You can also receive guidance from the staff in the Center for Health and Wellness by following them on Instagram: @mc_healthandwellness. You can also send them an e-mail to healthandwellness@marietta.edu or call them at 740-376-4477. Your well-being is important to your ongoing success, so please do not hesitate to reach out for support.

As always, stay tuned to our website and social media pages, keep checking your emails, touch base with your professors, take care of your selves, and reach out if you need help. We care about you and understand that this is a challenging time. We will get through this together.

Go Pioneers!

Bill Ruud
President


Thursday, March 19, 2020 — President Ruud

Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

Important emails were sent to the campus community on Thursday (March 18, 2020) regarding the College’s next steps for the semester. Marietta will continue with remote/online learning until the end of the spring semester (April 24, 2020) and will include finals (April 27, 2020 – May 1, 2020).

Commencement will not happen in May — the College is looking at how the ceremony will take place at a later date. Again, if you are a senior and have completed all of the requirements for graduation, you will graduate and receive a diploma.

MOVING OUT:

Dr. Richard Danford, Vice President for Student Life & Diversity, sent students an email Thursday afternoon asking students who are able to be moved out of their residence halls by Sunday, March 29. If that is not feasible, students need to contact the Office of Community Living via email (www.ocl@marietta.edu). The College will continue to make exceptions for students who absolutely must remain in campus housing — and campus dining and other student support services will continue to operate for the remainder of the spring term.

Visit this link to learn about Express Checkout: https://www.marietta.edu/sites/default/files/documents/mc_032020_express_check_out.pdf (PDF)

All students — including students who have already completely moved out of their residence halls and students living in a sorority house — must complete this survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ResHallClosure2020

The Office of Student Life reached out to local storage companies to help families in need of storage solutions. Here is a list of companies that currently have space available:

Wheaton World Wide Moving
  • 800-282-9703
Reno Rentals
  • 740-373-4539
    Limited Spaces
Vienna Mini Storage
  • 304-295-0965
Safe-N-Secure Storage
  • 304-295-1010
Azinger Self Storage
  • 304-991-4314
    ​One Space Left
U-Haul Moving and Storage
  • 304-485-6220

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS:

With classes moving online for the remainder of the semester, International Students need to communicate with the Office of Education Abroad regarding travel plans BEFORE leaving campus. Christy Burke and her team will continue to help our international students with questions they may have about traveling, returning to their home country, and more. Please fill out the information on the following link as soon as possible and contact the office with any additional questions: https://edabroad.wufoo.com/forms/zpuhqsp04uabnu/. You may email Christy with your questions at cb002@marietta.edu.

ROOM & BOARD PRO-RATED REFUNDS:

The Business Office will be doing an overall review of all students accounts for room and board and will begin sending out pro-rated refunds for room and board after May 4th.

FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID NEWS:

For students who are in repayment of their student loans who need assistance during this time, please contact your loan servicer. You can locate your loan servicer information by logging into the National Student Loan Database at www.studentaid.gov.

New and returning students are encouraged to the 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for next Fall by visiting www.fafsa.ed.gov or www.studentaid.gov. The financial aid office continues to process new and returning FAFSAs daily.

ACCESS TO LEGACY LIBRARY:

Students may still use Legacy Library to access Wi-Fi, and are asked to maintain healthy distances from each other. On Saturday, March 21st, faculty and staff will conduct a virtual PIOSOAR event using the library to register incoming students for the fall semester, so limitations may be placed in various areas of the library to accommodate this event.

The College is also looking at other areas on campus, including The Gathering Place, for local students to be able to access Wi-Fi.

NAVY BLUE AND WHITE DAY:

The Office of Admission is hard at work recruiting the next class of Pioneers, but has had to adjust scheduled events due to COVID-19. The April 4th, 2020 Navy Blue & White Day is canceled, including the Group Fly-In. We are continuing to register students this Saturday, March 21, 2020 during a virtual PIOSOAR.

Lastly, we conducted our second Facebook Live broadcast today. Our panel answered questions about refunds, federal student loans, finals, book rentals and more. You may access a recording of this broadcast on Facebook.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to the College with any questions and to your professors for help. We are in this together, you are doing remarkable things right now, and I am proud of how the Pioneer community is adapting to change.

Be well,

Bill Ruud President


wednesday, March 18, 2020 — Dr. Danford

Hello again, Pioneer Students,

After careful review of current information regarding the COVID-19 situation, Marietta College has made the decision to close our residence halls for the remainder of the spring term. This is a difficult decision, but it’s being made with the safety and welfare of the greater community in mind. We’re asking that if at all possible, you try to be completely moved out of College residence halls by the end of the day on Sunday, March 29, 2020. Please be assured that if this isn’t feasible for you, your belongings will be safe in your room until you’re able to get them moved out (but no later than 12 noon on Monday, May 4, 2020, after we wrap up the semester). No student needs to move their belongings into storage in Marietta, unless that’s what you’d be doing anyway at the end of the semester, and you have until that time if you need it to get your items moved.

We’ll continue to make exceptions for those students who absolutely must remain in campus housing this semester. This includes all students who’ve already been approved to remain in campus housing. Campus dining services and other student support services will continue to operate for the remainder of the spring term.

RESIDENCE HALL SPRING TERM MOVE-OUT

Please complete the survey provided at the link below to indicate your move-out plans, even if you’ve already completely moved out of campus housing. This will be particularly helpful in ensuring that you have appropriate ID card access to your residence hall on your intended check-out date.

IF YOU LIVE IN A SORORITY HOUSE, PLEASE COMPLETE THE SURVEY BELOW AS WELL SO THAT WE CAN SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH YOUR CHAPTER’S HOUSING CORPORATION AND THEY CAN COMMUNICATE WITH YOU ABOUT YOUR MOVE-OUT PLANS.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ResHallClosure2020

HOW TO DO AN EXPRESS CHECK-OUT

  • For students moving out of College residence halls (not sorority houses), see the instructions below or the attached PowerPoint (PDF):
    • There’s a black key deposit box hanging on the wall near the designated front door of every College residence hall. Blank express check-out envelopes will be located on top of or next to these key deposit boxes. To return your key:
      • Fill out an express check-out envelope with your information;

      • Put your key inside the envelope and seal it;
      • Drop the key inside the black key deposit box.
    • If you lost your key, you can complete your express check-out by emailing ocl@marietta.edu and confirming your lost key and move-out completion.
  • If you’ve already completely moved out and returned home, you can complete a remote express check-out by mailing your key to the Office of Community Living at:

    Office of Community Living
    Marietta College
    215 Fifth Street
    Marietta OH 4575

SPECIAL PROTOCOLS FOR MITIGATING SPREAD OF ILLNESS DURING MOVE-OUT
  • Any student or visitor who is experiencing fever and/or symptoms of upper respiratory illness should not come to campus at this time and should delay coming to campus until those symptoms have completely disappeared. Please email ocl@marietta.eduto schedule an appointment for check-out once symptoms have cleared.
  • Any student or visitor who has been in direct contact with someone who has received a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 should not come to campus at this time, and should wait for at least 14 days since last contact with that individual before coming to campus. Please email ocl@marietta.eduto schedule an appointment for check-out once you have passed the 14-day self-quarantine period.
  • While completing the move-out process, please note that moving carts will NOT be available for your use. This is part of the College’s efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by reducing contact between individuals, so please plan accordingly for your move-out needs.
  • Housekeeping staff will continue to regularly clean and disinfect the residence halls during this move-out process, with particular attention to high-touch surfaces in common areas in those buildings.
  • Be prepared to encounter large numbers of people during the move-out process. We ask that all students and visitors practice proper hygiene and social distancing techniques– for example, that you avoid sharing elevators with others, that you avoid standing in close proximity to one another, and that you avoid congregating in groups of 10 or more.
STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES
  • For any student who is absolutely unable to return to campus and complete check-out by Sunday, March 29,2020,please email ocl@marietta.eduand include detailed information regarding your circumstances so that we can develop an individualized alternative move-out plan for you.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
  • Please be in contact with Christy Burke (cb002@marietta.edu) regarding your travel itinerary and plans to confirm completion of all immigration paperwork with the Office of Education Abroad before departure if you choose to move out of your current housing, regardless of whether you live on-campus or off-campus.


We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has created, and will continue to create, unique challenges and hardships for you as a student, and we want to do all we can to support your needs, as we also work to do our part as responsible citizens to mitigate community spread of this illness. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if there’s anything at all we can do to make sure your needs are being met. And just another gentle reminder about the valuable services available to you through our Center for Health and Wellness by calling 740-376-4477 or sending an e-mail to healthandwellness@marietta.edu.

Be healthy, be safe, and continue to Pio on!

Dr. Danford


wednesday, march 18, 2020 — President Ruud

Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

The College’s Leadership Team and COVID-19 Task Force continue to work diligently to evaluate what our best options are for the care and education of our students, and the well-being of our entire campus community.

We believe that it is in the best interest of our students and employees to continue remote/online instruction through the end of spring semester (May 1, 2020). This is a difficult but necessary decision, and it is being made out of care and consideration for everyone’s health. The College remains open and faculty will continue to deliver their classes remotely.

This will also mean Commencement and related activities will not take place in May. We are in discussions within our campus to come up with a way to celebrate the achievement of the Class of 2020, and we will communicate those plans as soon as they are made.

On Thursday, March 19 we will convene for our second Facebook Live broadcast. It will begin at 11:30 a.m. EST. With me for the session will be Dr. Janet Bland (Provost & Dean of the Faculty), Michele Marra (Senior Vice President for Finance & Administrative Services/CFO), Amanda Mullen (Associate Dean of Students/Office of Student Life), and Emily Schuck (Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management).

RESIDENCE HALLS:

The Office of Student Life/Office of Community Living will be emailing students with instructions on when to move out of the residence halls and other important details that must be completed during this process. Students: please read your emails and respond accordingly, and also please share that information with your parents.

WORK STUDY:

The College will be paying students based on the number of hours they would have been scheduled to work vs. an average amount as required by U.S. Department of Education guidance. If you have questions about work study jobs, contact Stacy Miller at seo@marietta.edu. For questions about paychecks or amounts, please contact Robin Eschbaugh at rse001@marietta.edu or Rhonda Bumgarner at rjb006@marietta.edu.

LOCAL MARIETTA COLLEGE STUDENTS:

Current Marietta College students who live near Marietta and who need wi-fi access can connect with the College for help. Please let your professor know you need assistance
 

VOTING IN THE OHIO PRIMARY:

The Secretary of State’s office has changed the Primary Election day to June 2, 2020. There will be no in-person voting. Voters may request an absentee ballot by completing an Absentee Ballot Application. The applications may be printed from this website or be obtained by calling the Washington County Board of Elections office at 740-374-6828. The Board of Elections website is https://www.boe.ohio.gov/washington/

One bit of good news I want to share with the campus community is that our resident hawk has apparently laid her eggs and is now staying on the nest. Our Hawk Cam is up and ready, and can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BK86npNsqNY

I hope you can tune into Thursday’s Facebook Live event. Again, keep checking your emails and our website for updates, keep practicing healthy habits, keep up with your coursework — and keep your head up. We will get through this together!

Go Pioneers!

Bill Ruud, President


tuesday, March 17, 2020 — President Ruud

Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

Marietta’s Leadership Team and COVID-19 Task Force continues to meet on a regular basis, and our campus community stands ready to adjust our schedules to the latest changes being made to help prevent the spread of the virus. I am incredibly proud of our students, faculty and staff for their ability and willingness to be flexible during this time, and I look forward to the time when we can be together again as a campus.

WORK STUDY

Marietta College is pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Education has given institutions the ability to make Federal Work-Study payments under limited circumstance to disaster-affected students who are unable to continue working while off campus. Students who were enrolled and working under the federal work-study program before Marietta transitioned to remote/online classes and residence halls enacted restricted on March 15, 2020 due to the COVID -19 outbreak will continue to be paid as long as the student has available work-study funds in their financial aid award.

The College will be paying students based on the number of hours they would have been scheduled to work vs an average amount as required by US Department of Education guidance. This payment does not apply to students who are continuing to work a federal work-study job remotely or on campus during this time. If you have questions about paychecks or amounts, please contact Robin Eschbaugh at rse001@marietta.edu or Rhonda Bumgarner rjb006@marietta.edu in the Payroll Office. If you have questions about work-study jobs, please contact Stacy Miller at seo@marietta.edu. Students will receive paychecks under this new provision beginning April 3, 2020. Please note this program only applies to student workers funded by the federal work-study program. Students funded solely by institutional funds (including Blue Card) are not subject to this policy.

Students are permitted to work on campus only if they reside locally or if they have been approved to live on campus. Just as with everyone else, students should not be working in groups larger than 10. Local students and those approved to live on campus are the only students that are permitted to work right now.

LEGACY LIBRARY RESOURCES

The Legacy Library’s electronic resources (research databases, full-text journals, and E-books) remain available from off-campus locations as they always have been. For instructions on remote authentication, please see our Off Campus Access FAQ.

If you have any need for research assistance, there are several options available. You may contact the Research Help Desk by phone at 740-376-4543, by email at library@marietta.edu,

and by messaging using Microsoft Teams at library@marietta.edu. We can also use Zoom to work with you directly on screen. Please message us using one of the contact points above to set up a Zoom consultation.

The Circulation Desk will be extending loan periods for students off campus with books and other physical resources checked out. If you have any questions please contact the Circulation Desk at 740-376-4757 or circulat@marietta.edu.

If you live in Ohio, you can request books to be delivered to a college near you using OhioLINK’s Pick Up Anywhere capability.

The Legacy Library will provide services according to the following schedules during the COVID-19 Response. For more details on the services available, see the library website at: library.marietta.edu.

Legacy Library Building Hours:

Monday: 8:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.

Tuesday: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 8:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.

Thursday: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Friday: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Saturday-Sunday: CLOSED

Virtual Research Help Desk Hours:

Mon-Thu: 8:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.

Friday: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Saturday: CLOSED

Sunday: 2:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. Contact the Research Help Desk by phone at 740-376-4543, by email at library@marietta.edu, and by messaging using Microsoft Teams at library@marietta.edu.

Special Collections will follow their traditional schedule. They will be closed to the public, but available to the college community.

Monday-Thursday: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Friday: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Saturday-Sunday: CLOSED Contact Special Collections by phone at 740-376-4545 and by email at SpecColl@marietta.edu.

DYSON BAUDO RECREATION CENTER

As of Monday evening, access to the DBRC’s exercise and recreation areas (weight room, climbing wall, basketball courts, racquetball courts, walking track, etc.) are closed to students and employees. This was in response to Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s order to close all gyms, fitness centers, recreation centers, bowling alleys and movie theaters to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

ISSUE WITH MYMARIETTA NOT WORKING WITH FIREFOX BROWSER

Firefox recently updated how the browser handles secure communications and now no longer works with myMarietta. Our IT Department is looking into options for resolving this, but in the meantime, students and employees will need to use an alternate browser like Chrome or Edge to access the myMarietta site.

ADVICE FROM OUR CENTER FOR HEALTH & WELLNESS

Center for Health & Wellness would like to encourage you to take some time from your day to disconnect from media, get some fresh air, and practice some self-care. If you need to talk to someone, immediate crisis services are available. Text “home” to 741741 to be connected with a Crisis Text Line counselor. The Center for Health & Wellness will continue to offer one-on-one counseling services to students in-person, and phone consultations and/or referral resources for students where applicable. If you have any questions or concerns about our services or about an upcoming appointment please call (740) 376-4477 or email healthandwellness@marietta.edu.

As always, we will work hard to keep our community informed, and I strongly encourage students to frequently check emails, keep an open communication with professors, and reach out for help when concerned or in need.

Be well,

Bill Ruud
President


monday, March 16, 2020 — President Ruud

Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

Remarkable things are happening at the College as we address the global threat that is COVID-19. We are modeling what it means to be a Pioneer, and we are doing it together.

CLASSES:

Online/remote instruction began at 8:00 a.m. this morning. We have decided to extend the remote and virtual classes format until April 10th. The Marietta Leadership Team and COVID-19 Task Force will continue to monitor and adjust the College’s operations as needed, and will pay close attention to the guidance set forth by the CDC, local health officials, and federal, state and local governance.

GRADUATION:

Graduating seniors: if you complete all of the graduation requirements at the end of this semester, YOU WILL GRADUATE AND EARN A DEGREE FROM MARIETTA COLLEGE. However, the graduation ceremony is likely to be postponed. You and your families will be kept up to date on when and how the ceremony will take place.

HEALTH & WELLNESS CENTER:

Students can reach out to the Health & Wellness Center for questions or concerns or to schedule an appointment or to discuss existing appointments at healthandwellness@marietta.edu or 740-376-4477.

DINING:

Gilman Dining Hall is open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. for TAKEOUT ONLY, in compliance with Governor Mike DeWine’s most recent announcement closing dine-in for restaurants and bars. Takeout meals are available to students living on campus, students not living on campus, and employees.

FOOD PANTRY

I know these are uncertain times, but the people who are connected to Marietta College are showing how much they care and appreciate what we do. Over the weekend, we had a number of significant gifts to support Marietta College’s Food Pantry. So it has a great supply and our food pantry is available to students and employees of the College — and it is confidential. If you are in need, please submit this form: bit.ly/mcfp_19.

KEEP IN TOUCH:

Students: please read the email updates and website updates on a regular basis and communicate that information to family members who may also need to know. Today, I gave a video update, which can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/j_R2o_jvpu8. We will also share it on our social media pages. Last week, we conducted a Facebook Live update, and we will provide another Q&A broadcast on Thursday. If you have questions, concerns or ideas you can share, please send an email to campusinfo@marietta.edu or to me directly at wnr001@marietta.edu

Be safe,

Bill Ruud
President


monday, March 16, 2020 — Dr. Danford

Hello again, Pio Students:

As the College works to transition to online course delivery during the current COVID-19 pandemic, we want to be sure we're able to support each and every one of you regardless of where you're located physically. To that end, please take a few quick moments to respond to the 2-item questionnaire provided at the link below, which will allow you to share with us where you are and how to best contact you:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/OCLTempHousing

And you're all aware that Coronavirus talk is everywhere and that it can feel overwhelming. The Center for Health & Wellness would like to encourage you to take some time from your day to disconnect from media, get some fresh air, and practice some self-care. If you need to talk to someone, immediate crisis services are available. Text “home” to 741741 to be connected with a Crisis Text Line counselor. 

We will continue to offer one-on-one counseling services to students in-person, and we will also work to provide phone consultations and/or referral resources for students where applicable. If you have any questions about our Counseling services or about an upcoming appointment, please call 740.376.4477 or email healthandwellness@marietta.edu

Finally, even though primary voting is scheduled in Ohio tomorrow, Governor Mike DeWine has just filed a lawsuit that seeks to have in-person voting postponed until June, and his lawsuit will likely be successful. Other states with primary elections tomorrow are Illinois, Florida, and Arizona, which may also postpone in-person voting. If any of these states moves forward with opening their polls tomorrow and you're registered to vote there, we strongly encourage you to participate in the democratic process, while being mindful of mitigating the risk of community spread of COVID-19. As you go to the polls, be sure to practice appropriate social distancing and good hygiene. Wash your hands, don't touch your face, cover your coughs and sneezes, and stay home if you're sick.

We appreciate everyone's continuing dedication to making the best out of the challenging circumstances you're facing, and we encourage you to contact us if there's anything we can do to support your success.

All our best, and Go Pio Nation!
Dr. Danford


saturday, March 14, 2020 — President Ruud

Dear Marietta College Community and The Long Blue Line,

I know many students and parents are preparing their vehicles for a trip to campus tomorrow to pick up books and other items from residence halls. Yesterday, Dr. Richard Danford, Vice President for Student Life & Diversity, sent an email to all students detailing information on housing and other areas related to Student Life. The contents of that message were posted yesterday on this site and linked on Marietta College’s social media pages. For questions, email the Office of Community Living at ocl@marietta.edu or call 740-376-4784. If you are traveling to campus, be safe.

If you are unable to return to campus tomorrow, and there are essential course materials and equipment in your room that you absolutely must have, please email the Office of Community Living at ocl@marietta.edu and we will arrange to ship those items to you.

On Friday, members of the College Leadership and COVID-19 Task Force conducted an hour-long Facebook Live presentation that discussed what our students can expect for the coming weeks with regards to their education, housing, work study, possible reimbursements, study abroad and athletics. The full recording can be viewed on the Marietta College Facebook page — thank you to all who sent in great questions and words of encouragement.

DINING OPTIONS

Our partners at Parkhurst Dining say that Gilman Dining Hall will reopen for students who are approved to return to campus on Sunday, March 15th. Dining will operate normal hours in Gilman Monday through Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. All other dining locations will be closed at this time.

FOOD PANTRY

We know food insecurity is a concern for some of our students. Marietta College has a stocked food pantry that will make accommodations for students who are leaving campus on Sunday. If you need items to take home, please submit this form: bit.ly/mcfp_19

MAIL ROOM

Marietta College’s Mailroom will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, March 15th, to allow students to pick up packages and mail. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the mailroom at lja002@marietta.edu.

HEALTH & WELLNESS CENTER

Students can reach out to the Health & Wellness Center for questions or concerns or to schedule an appointment or to discuss existing appointments by emailing healthandwellness@marietta.edu.

ACCESSING BUILDINGS

Students who are permitted to live on campus will have access to their specific residence hall; students who do not obtain a waiver to live on campus at this time will not have access to their residence hall using their Student ID. All Marietta College students, faculty and staff will have card reader-access to Legacy Library, the Gilman Hall, the DBRC and other specific buildings. If you need assistance or have questions about access, call 740-376-3333. The DBRC will be open Monday 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. to students and employees. Use your College ID to access then building using the north side entrance only.


friday, March 13, 2020 Update: Fall Registration

COURSE REGISTRATION FOR SUMMER & FALL 2020

Pre-registration for Summer and Fall 2020 will be postponed one week and will begin on March 30. This delay will allow faculty and students time to settle into the recently adapted strategies and technologies for learning online.

Students will receive updated registration dates by email next week. However, you can calculate the new date by simply adding 7 days to the date originally assigned.

With the vast majority of students off-campus, advising appointments will take place electronically. The specific method will be at the discretion of the academic advisor and may include Zoom meetings, Skype, FaceTime, email exchanges, or other methods convenient for both the advisor and advisee. As always, students are encouraged to review their program evaluation and the course offerings prior to the advising meeting and to select a tentative schedule.

After the virtual advising meeting, pre-registration will proceed as normal. Advisors will clear students electronically for registration, and students will submit their registration online via WebAdvisor in MyMarietta. Those who are unable to register online may be registered by the academic advisor or may request assistance from the Records Office by emailing the selected course section details to records@marietta.eduThe email must be sent from the MC email account.

Students registering for a course that requires an override (e.g., enrollment over capacity or waiving a course requisite) should email the instructor to discuss the exception. If approved, the instructor should then forward the email to records@marietta.edu noting approval for the specific override.

Similarly, students enrolling in more than 18 credits for the fall must ask their advisor to email the Records Office with approval for the overload. Registration in greater than 19 hours requires a 3.500 or higher cumulative grade point average, as well as advisor and Registrar approval, and will result in overload fees. Please note that the new fee tables allowing up to 19 hours at the full-time tuition rate replaces ALL prior overload fee exceptions.

Please contact Registrar Tina Hickman at perduet@marietta.edu or by phone at 740.376.4740 with any questions.

MARIETTA COLLEGE ATHLETICS

The OAC has canceled all spring sports and all spring exhibition games and practices.

OTHER INFO

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday that all K-12 schools in Ohio are closed for the next three weeks.

friday, March 13, 2020 Update — Dr. Danford

Good afternoon, Pio Students:

As you're very likely aware, there have been significant changes in Ohio and across the United States in the last couple of days with regard to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. These developments have shifted Marietta College's plans for allowing students to return to campus housing after Spring Break. At this point in time, all residential students are asked not to return to campus housing after the Break (including sorority housing). This measure is intended to mitigate -- to the greatest degree possible -- the spread of COVID-19 on campus and in the surrounding community. The College's COVID-19 Task Force will re-visit this situation on March 27, and further information will be provided at that time about a possible timeline for your return to campus housing.

You can still return to your room on Sunday, March 15 starting at 9 am to retrieve any course materials and personal belongings you feel you might need during this temporary change in the College's normal operations.You do not need to completely move yourself out of your residence hall room at this time. Your course instructors will be working to make all your course materials available to you electronically, so if you can forego returning to campus to retrieve items from your room, that would be ideal. If you do choose to return, please don't plan to stay in your room for any longer than it takes to gather the items you need, and then leave. We'll be turning off student card access to residence halls and other buildings on campus at 6 pm on Sunday, March 15. The Mail Room in Upper Gilman will also be open from 9 am to 6 pm, in case you have any mail or packages you need to retrieve.

If you're a student athlete returning from Spring Break with your team and your arrival on campus falls outside the 9 am to 6 pm time frame on Sunday, March 15, we'll be working with Campus Police to ensure that you still have card swipe access upon your return. Our encouragement to spring athletes is the same as to all other students, namely that you gather whatever items you need from your room and then leave as quickly as possible, keeping in mind that we also want you to be safe and not get on the road to go home if you're driving and are not well rested.

Please be assured that during this temporary campus housing closure, College personnel will not be entering your rooms unless it's with your express written authorization, or for legitimate purposes that are outlined under the terms of your housing agreement.

We're also committed to addressing food insecurity challenges that individuals may face as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we want to be certain that you have access to items from our campus food pantry. If you need items to take home with you for the next couple of weeks, please complete a request form at bit.ly/mcfp_19. The campus food pantry will be open on Sunday to fulfill and distribute orders. The online request form represents a typical week of need, so if you're requesting multiple weeks, keep those numbers in mind when submitting the form. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Amanda Haney-Cech at cecha@marietta.edu or 740.376.4837. 

We recognize that for some of our students, returning to or staying at home after Spring Break will be an impossibility or a serious hardshipThis is true of:

  1. international students;
  2. students whose home is beyond a reasonable driving distance from Marietta;
  3. students whose home is within a reasonable driving distance from Marietta but who don't have access to transportation to return home;
  4. students who would face such significant challenges in accessing internet resources in their home community that this would substantially impact their ability to successfully participate in the temporary online course delivery that Marietta College is providing;
  5. students who would be safer, or whose household members would be safer, if they remain in campus housing because of their own health conditions or the health conditions of their family members.

If you're a student who resides in campus housing (including sorority housing) and you fall into one or more of these categories and you wish to return to campus housing after Spring Break, we need you to complete the housing application at the link provided further below.

Please be assured that for those students who do need to return to campus housing after Spring Break, the College will be implementing measures to effectively manage and minimize any spread of COVID-19 among our residential student population. This includes requiring each student who applies to remain in campus housing to complete a questionnaire that will allow us to assess any possible risk of COVID-19 infection, so that we can provide appropriate guidance and care as needed. We also have plans in place should it become necessary to quarantine or isolate anyone. In addition, College employees will be managing their respective areas of operation to intentionally create distance between work stations (including computer stations in the Library), as well as enhancing daily cleaning measures.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Because of the College's change in plans regarding students' return to campus housing, you MUST complete this new housing application if you wish to return after Spring Break, even if you already completed the application that was sent out earlier this week.

Here is the link to the new housing application and associated questionnaire:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/OCLApplication

We recognize that the COVID-19 outbreak is providing you with unique challenges as a student, and we appreciate your patience and collaboration as we work to move your Marietta College education forward as smoothly as possible in the face of current realities. Please stay tuned for further updates from the College, send us any questions you might have, and by all means do everything you can to keep yourselves and those around you healthy and safe. This means: 

  • exercising social distancing practices such as not shaking hands with others, keeping as much distance between yourself and others as possible, avoiding close contact with those you know or suspect to be ill, and doing the same if you yourself are ill;
  • practicing effective hygiene measures, including washing your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer (minimum 60% alcohol) for at least 20 seconds, avoiding touching your face, and covering coughs or sneezes;
  • immediately contacting a health care provider by telephone or e-mail to seek guidance if you believe you are ill. If your only, or your best, health care resource is the College's Center for Health and Wellness, please call them at 740-376-4477 or send them an e-mail to healthandwellness@marietta.edu

Thanks again for all you're doing to Pio on in the face of these current challenges, and our very best to all of you!

Dr. Danford


thursday, March 12, 2020 — President Ruud

Dear Marietta College Community and The Long Blue Line,

Members of our College’s Task Force of COVID-19 continue to meet with key groups, including members of the local health agencies, the NCAA, Ohio Athletic Conference schools, and task forces from other Ohio colleges and universities.

Students — Your professors are working to transition classes to online-only formats — which will utilize programs such as Zoom, Moodle, FaceTime, Skype and others.

If your class is virtually meeting as a group, it will/must take place during the normal class time/day.

All Scholars Day -- It will not be presented in the traditional format this year. The College is working out how this very special event will take place and will communicate those plans as soon as they are in place.

All building access (academic and residence halls) will transition to card reader-only for at least the next two weeks. Access to buildings on campus is restricted to current students and employees. Campus Police asks the community to not prop open doors.

Work Study students should contact their supervisors via email to determine how they can do work remotely.

Here are other changes to the upcoming schedule:

  • The McDonough Leadership Conference (April 3-4, 2020) is canceled;
  • The Esbenshade Series performance by The Steep Canyon Rangers concert (March 22) at the Peoples Bank Theatre has been canceled and we have a tentative date in November for it to be rescheduled for the 2020-2021 Esbenshade Series;
  • Beginning March 16th, Marietta's Dyson Baudo Recreation Center (DBRC) is solely limited to Marietta College students and employees. All usage by family members, community members, walkers and guests is not permitted until March 30th. This includes all group exercise classes. This is a fluid situation that will be continuously reassessed;
  • Alex Tha Great's performance play, "Passport to Womanhood," scheduled for March 18 in The Gathering Place, is canceled;
  • Career Connect Job Fair, scheduled for March 19th in Marietta's DBRC, is postponed indefinitely;
  • The Krause Lecture and related events and programming (April 1, 2020) are canceled;
  • The Pioneer Pipeline Program is canceled; and
  • Phi Beta Kappa speakers (March 16, 2020) are canceled.

We will continue to monitor what is happening on campus, in our community and in the rest of Ohio/U.S., and will make adjustments when needed. We are all in this together and I appreciate your patience at this time.

Bill Ruud
President


wednesday, March 11, 2020 Update — President Ruud

Dear Members of the Marietta College Campus Community,

The College’s Task Force on COVID-19 continues to evaluate risk and develop contingency plans. Yesterday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine made the recommendation to Ohio-based higher education institutions to transition to online and/or remote learning for the foreseeable future in an effort to combat and mitigate the spread of Coronavirus. Based on the recommendations from Governor DeWine, the College is following those recommendations and taking proactive measures. Currently there are no confirmed cases on the Marietta College campus or in Washington County, Ohio, and most individuals remain at low risk. These actions are being taken to enhance public health measures aimed at slowing the spread of the virus. The College remains open and offices are still open.

The College is taking these actions:

As we move to alternative delivery formats; Marietta College offices, residence halls, dining facilities and other support services remain open to students, faculty and staff.

  • Professors/Instructors are currently preparing for remote and virtual instruction. You will hear more from the Provost’s office regarding training(s) to enhance online/remote delivery.
  • Students will receive instructions for accessing classes prior to the start of online/remote coursework. Students can also expect additional instruction as the online and remote instruction continues.
  • All divisions of Marietta College are working on other challenges, including health and wellness, athletics, student life, campus police, IT, and food delivery for a variety of circumstances. We will keep faculty, staff, and students up to date as we progress.

Effective Monday, March 16th, all College classes will be moved online or remote at least through March 27th, and we will reevaluate the situation continuously. Again, residence halls, dining facilities and other campus services remain open to students and employees.

  • While completing classes online or remotely, students may stay locally or in their residence hall or choose to return to their permanent place of residence. Students should make the choice that is best for their own personal situations.
  • Students, faculty, and staff should maintain appropriate social distancing and hygiene measures.
  • Clinical placements, student teaching, and internships can continue if the host organization is continuing its activities and business. Consultation with the Provost’s Office is appropriate.
  • No face-to-face labs, one-on-one instruction, and other necessary hands on learning methods are being held. Instruction for these particular courses will be coordinated with the instructor and the academic department.
  • The Provost’s Office has created a technology team to help students who do not have access to the technology required to participate in online learning. Assistance can be reached at teachingtech@marietta.edu
  • Advising and tutoring will move to online and telephone delivery. Contact information will be made available.
  • A separate communication related to residence halls and dining services will be forthcoming.

Events: We are beginning to cancel and postpone events, either College-sponsored or on College property, until at least March 27th. This includes student organization events, speakers, and events that generally have groups larger that 50-75 participants.

  • We strongly recommend the use of teleconferencing, group chats, or live streaming as alternatives to in-person gatherings.
  • We will address public events on campus, if the goal is to limit exposure to groups. We are beginning to cancel speakers (Phi Beta Kappa, for instance on Monday March 16th Kenyon had invited the same speaker and they have cancelled also.), and we’re considering canceling artistic and theatrical performances. We will need to address rehearsals for group ensembles. The cancellations and/or changes will be included in future daily updates.
  • Additional information will be provided to the event organizer for events that are impacted by these cancellations.
  • We have admissions and visit days for prospective students, and on March 21st we have early PioSOAR. We are currently exploring ways to conduct these events virtually, including registering incoming new students for classes and selecting housing. Campus visits may be postponed until later dates.

Sporting events: Effective immediately, at least through March 27th , indoor sporting events will be held without spectators other than athletes, parents and others essential to the game.

  • We will be working with the NCAA, the Ohio Athletic Conference, and state and local authorities to determine other limitations to events and practices as needed.
  • An update will be provided tomorrow, March 12, 2020 after a meeting between Presidents and Athletic Directors in the Ohio Athletic Conference.
  • Athletic events will be streamed for viewing.
  • Student-athletes should follow NCAA Recommended Healthy Tips

International Travel: We are prohibiting all international College-related travel through August 19th, 2020;

  • For additional information on student travel, please contact the Christy Burke at cb002@marietta.edu or 740.376.4708.

Domestic travel: Through March 27th, College-related travel will be limited to business essential travel; travel is not recommended to U.S. areas experiencing widespread community outbreaks or to large events or conferences; exceptions to this policy must go through your Vice President.

  • We also strongly discourage all members of the College community from any personal travel that could result in quarantine or isolation upon your return — for example, countries designated as high risk (level 2 or 3) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or to domestic areas experiencing widespread community outbreaks.
  • Work with your Vice President regarding travel through the end of the fiscal year (June 30th).
  • Please note: the CDC differentiates between the terms “isolation” and “quarantine.” Isolation means the separation of a person or group of people known or reasonably believed to be infected with a communicable disease and potentially infectious from those who are not infected to prevent spread of the communicable disease. Isolation for public health purposes may be voluntary or compelled by federal, state, or local public health order. Quarantine, in general, means the separation of a person or group of people reasonably believed to have been exposed to a communicable disease but not yet symptomatic, from others who have not been so exposed, to prevent the possible spread of the communicable disease.

Employees are expected to continue to report to work. If you are at high risk, or are experiencing symptoms (i.e., cough, shortness of breath, fever (over 100.4)) you should not physically be in offices or public spaces on campus.

  • Professors/Instructors will work with students who are at high risk, or symptomatic, or required to self-quarantine.
  • Human Resources will work with employees who are at high risk, or symptomatic, or required to self-quarantine, and managers should be flexible in allowing telecommuting when possible.
  • We strongly recommend the use of teleconferencing, group chats, or live-streaming as alternatives to, or in conjunction with, in-person meetings.
  • We must treat all members of our community, students, faculty, and staff, with patience and flexibility through this crisis.

Center for Health and Wellness: If you are a student who is symptomatic and need to access health services, call the Health Center prior to coming in for services, 740.376.4477.

If you are a member of the faculty or staff who is symptomatic and need to access health services, please consult your primary care physician or preferred health care provider prior to coming in for services for the correct procedures.

The Ohio Department of Health Call Center regrading COVID-19 is 1.883.427.5634 seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Continued Evaluation: The College’s Task Force on COVID-19 continues to evaluate risk and develop contingency plans, working directly with the Washington County Public Health Department and following the guidelines of the CDC and local, state, and federal authorities. We have established regular updates on the Marietta College Website to provide up-to-date information. Check this page regularly for answers to frequently asked questions. If you have questions related to the College’s response and plans for COVID-19, you can email campusinfo@marietta.edu.

Marietta College greatly appreciates your partnership in this important and urgent effort. We are committed to sustaining our core educational mission even in the face of this unexpected global health crisis, and we are confident that we can count on every member of the Marietta College community and The Long Blue Line to work alongside us.

We will continue to update you as more information emerges.

tuesday, March 10, 2020 Update

All Marietta College courses will be moved to online-only starting on March 16th until further notice. Marietta is following the recommendation that all Ohio colleges and universities received from Ohio Governor Mike DeWine on Tuesday (March 10th).

It is important to know that Marietta College has no reported cases of coronavirus on campus.

Residence halls and dining services will be open to students who choose to remain on campus during this time. Residency on campus is optional for as long as the online-only coursework is implemented.

Students will continue to have access to dining services, student life services, student financial services, academic/tutoring services, health services and varsity athletics during this time.

For students who choose to remain home and complete online coursework from home, they will have access to their residence hall to retrieve books and personal belongings starting at 9:00 a.m. Sunday, March 15th. Students choosing to take courses from home are asked to contact their Residence Assistants to communicate those plans.

Parents who have questions or concerns about these changes may contact Dr. Richard Danford, Vice President for Student Life & Diversity at danfordr@marietta.edu.

Faculty and staff with questions regarding workplace flexibility should contact their immediate supervisor, who will work with the Human Resources Department to assess work options.