Office of the President
Subject: COVID-19: Summer II, Events, and Student Emergency Fund – A Message from President Clark
Dear campus community,
I hope that each of you are safe and well. As we approach the end of April, I wanted to provide two updates regarding summer and a reminder to our students that BSU has resources to help you cope with the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In recognition of the continuing uncertainties around COVID-19 and the need for faculty and students to plan and prepare, we have made the decision to shift all Summer Session II (July 6–August 7) classes to fully online formats. Class details will be updated and posted on Infobear in the coming days. This represents an extension of our earlier decision regarding Summer I and 10-week summer courses. As a reminder, students can still register for Summer I classes, which run from May 26 through June 29. Please visit our Summer Session 2020 web page.
BSU is also cancelling, postponing or moving to virtual formats all on-campus events through the end of July 2020. The team in University Events has been working with event sponsors, most of whom had already moved to cancel or reschedule such on-campus events. Regrettably, there are several large-scale programs and events that are being cancelled this summer, including Mandela Fellows, Family Performing Arts Center (FPAC), Bridge Partnership, Footbridge and our Pine Ridge Summer Program, to name a few.
Although we are currently focused on summer programming, let me reassure you that our plan is for Bridgewater State University to safely welcome you back to campus in the fall. Of course, we will be guided by state and federal public health directives, and your safety, and the safety of our entire BSU family, will be of the utmost importance in our decision-making. I will have an announcement regarding our fall planning shortly.
Student Emergency Fund
We understand some of the financial stresses our students are facing. That is why BSU was among the very first colleges in Massachusetts to fully and quickly credit students for the costs of residence halls, meal plans and parking that you did not use.
BSU also has created a COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund to provide immediate assistance to those of you experiencing COVID-19 related hardships. Our team is hard at work evaluating and processing applications and has already started to provide resources to students in need. If you have not done so already, you can apply for assistance through a simple online application. As we previously announced, funding is limited, so awards may be made on a first come, first serve basis.
Frederick W. Clark Jr., Esq.