Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line, 

Our plans for the fall semester are coming into clearer focus, and although we recently held a virtual town hall Q&A session, I want to make sure our Pioneer community also receives a written update as to where we are in terms of the upcoming academic year. You will notice in the coming weeks that the College’s communication regarding the fall semester is going to increase as we get closer to students returning to campus. 

We will host another virtual town hall session on our FacebookYouTube and Instagram channels at 6:00 p.m. Monday, August 3rd. As always, I invite you to submit questions in the comments section during that live event. 

The Fall 2020 semester is going to be a new experience for everyone — so even if you are a returning student, a parent of a returning student, or a seasoned faculty member, there will be changes to which everyone must learn and adjust. What will not change is the quality education Marietta College offers and our commitment to providing educational opportunities and growth within our special community. 

As a very important reminder, students, families and employees are asked to stay within their quarantine group for two weeks prior to arriving on campus and to avoid traveling to designated coronavirus “hot spots.” 

Marietta College Cocktail: The Marietta College Cocktail is our way to help limit the spread of COVID-19 within our community. It includes wearing masks, physically distancing whenever and wherever possible, washing your hands at least five times a day, and screening for temperature and symptoms. Employees are asked to complete an online Personal Health Assessment every day before coming to campus. This fall, students will also be asked to complete a similar assessment. Please help us do all that we can to combat COVID-19 and to successfully complete our Fall semester. 

Student Move-In Dates: Marietta’s Office of Student Life has been working hard to develop a schedule for students to move into their residence halls. Later this week, Student Life will send an additional email to students regarding what to expect upon arrival for check-in and move-in. 

  • August 3, EXCEL Leaders, 1:00–4:00 p.m., check-in at Andrews Hall 
  • August 4, New RAs, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., check-in at Andrews Hall 
  • August 6, First-Year EXCEL Participants, 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., check-in at Hermann Fine Arts Center Lobby 
  • August 6, Returning Resident Assistants, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., check-in at Andrews Hall 
  • August 7, HOME Orientation Leaders, 1:00–4:00 p.m., check-in at Andrews Hall 
  • August 8, Pio Prep Academy Participants, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., check-in at Hermann Fine Arts Center Lobby 
  • August 9, Greek Movers, Noon–3:00 p.m., check-in at Andrews Hall 
  • August 10, Remaining New Students (including First-Year commuters and all transfer students) and Education interns, 8:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., Hermann Fine Arts Center Lobby 
  • August 11, DBRC Student Supervisors, 1:00–4:00 p.m., check-in at Andrews Hall 
  • August 14-16, Remaining Returning Students, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., check-in at Hermann Fine Arts Lobby 

Please note that all students must go through check-in before going to their residence halls (or their first day of classes for commuter students), so that the College can verify each student’s health status before entering any other buildings on campus. All sorority women who are living in their chapter houses must also go through check-in on campus before proceeding to move-in at their houses. 

Stay Safe: I would like to ask everyone to watch three classroom safety videos we have created featuring Provost Janet Bland. Each one of the videos touches on classroom guidelines for the fall semester. 

Video 1 
Video 2 
Video 3 

Faculty & Staff: Marietta College’s Health & Wellness Center and the Washington County Behavioral Health Board will offer an education and support session to employees on Wednesday, August 5th via Zoom. This session focuses on helping employees identify how the pandemic has impacted their professional and personal lives, as well as mental health. An email was sent to faculty and staff on Monday with instructions on how to sign up for the session. It can also be found in the MyMarietta portal. 

Dining Update: Our partners at Parkhurst Dining have been working hard this summer developing plans to safely offer great meals to students, faculty and staff. Dining Services will use the FoodU app — available on the Google plan and the App Store — for students to place pick-up orders, learn pick-up times and locations, and to see daily menus and hours of service for each location on campus. Another change for this academic year is that Dining Service will not accept cash transactions for this semester. Employees are encouraged to load money onto their College IDs. Dining Dollars can be added at Students and employees will notice a large tent on The Christy Mall this semester, which will offer additional seating during peak meal times. The Gathering Place will also offer dining options such as chicken wings, Paninis and flatbread pizza.   

Athletics: As announced last week, the Ohio Athletic Conference has postponed intercollegiate athletics for the fall season. This does not mean athletics have been canceled. We are committed to providing a full year’s worth of athletic activity to our student-athletes. Additionally, the DBRC is open and has traffic, health and distancing guidelines to help visitors safely utilize the workout spaces.  

As I mentioned during the last town hall Q&A, the best place to get information about Marietta College is from Marietta College. We have created a FAQ page on our website — which can be found at — that will be updated with our latest information. All departments at the College have been working throughout the summer to prepare for the return of our students and for a successful Fall semester. We are increasing our bandwidth on campus, we have equipped each classroom with cleaning kits to ensure surfaces are disinfected, and we have set up directional signage to help navigate walking traffic in each building. We are ready for a great semester and we are excited to welcome you all back home! 

Bring Forth A Pioneer! 

Bill Ruud
President and Professor of Management