Dear Marietta College Community,

In keeping with our guiding principles to protect and care for our campus community during the COVID-19 pandemic, Marietta College is implementing a two-week physical-distancing period to help slow the spread of COVID-19 on campus. With the recent spike in cases among students, these additional safety measures are being taken out of an abundance of caution.

It is important to us that we get a chance to speak directly to our students, parents, faculty, and staff, so at 6:00 p.m., Sunday, October 25th, we will conduct a virtual Town Hall meeting to provide additional updates and answer your questions. You can join us at https://youtu.be/SSHvpA2eUeE.

We believe these precautionary efforts are necessary to help us mitigate some hot spots on campus, so a pause in some activities will help us address the jump in positive cases.

Effective immediately and running until November 6th, students, faculty and staff should note the following changes:

  • All varsity athletic activities are postponed.
  • All intramural or club sports are postponed.
  • No students should host or attend off-campus gatherings.
  • Students are permitted to only be in the residence hall that they reside in.
  • No guests will be allowed in residence hall rooms. The only individuals in each room should be those students assigned to live in the room.
  • We are still asking that no one travel outside of the Mid-Ohio Valley until the semester is completed.

While activities involving in-person interaction will be limited, there are several activities and events in which students may participate:

  • Individual exercise is encouraged and the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center will remain open (current rules and restrictions will remain the same), the track at Don Drumm Stadium is also available, as well as normal outdoor activity to and from class and to use our various food service locations.
  • Students who have on- or off-campus jobs or work study positions should continue to report to work.
  • Student Life is offering a variety of virtual events and activities. Check the daily More Marietta email to learn more.

Classes will continue to be held in-person, the library will be open, and campus offices will be open for business during normal hours. A key reason why classes will continue to be held in-person throughout the remainder of the semester is because the mitigation steps that we have taken in class are working. Not a single positive case on campus has been traced back to an interaction in class.

As you can imagine, there are some false rumors spreading on campus. Let me clear up one that seems to be the most prevalent — we have no intention of switching to remote learning. The actions we are taking today are preventive and it also sends a message to the community we live in that we are being responsible. While we have had an increase in cases over the past two weeks, we are not at risk of having to transition our plans in the classroom.

In order for these efforts to be successful and for all of us to keep each other safe, it is essential that all members of the Marietta College community adhere closely to the basic safety measures designed to prevent the spread of COVID — or as we like to say, the Marietta College Cocktail. Wear your facemask (over your nose and mouth). Wash your hands. Practice physical distancing. Carefully monitor your health and report any signs of illness to the Center for Health & Wellness as soon as you display any symptoms to help with early detection.

While these new limitations may be uncomfortable, we believe the interim mitigation efforts will go a long way in ensuring that all of us will remain safe and healthy. Your support and understanding are critical as the College works to move quickly through this period.

We thank you for doing your part as we remain diligent in our efforts and will continue to provide you with updated information.

Bill Ruud
President and Professor of Management