Message from President Ruud


Preventing The Spread of Viruses

Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs for Faculty & Staff

Additional COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resources

Most Recent COVID-19 Update

Most Current Update is below, an archive of past updates is found on the COVID-19 Messages page.

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 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 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:

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