Office of the President
Subject: COVID-19: Summer I, Credits/Refunds – A Message from President Clark
Dear campus community,
First, let me express my pride in how our entire campus community – our students, faculty, librarians, staff, alumni and our boards – has adapted, innovated and persevered in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. One hundred percent of our courses are now online and the move-out of our residential students is complete. We have, in most respects, become a virtual university for a few months – a statement that I never imagined writing.
As we turn our attention to next steps, I have a few announcements to share today regarding summer classes and credits/refunds.
In recognition of the continuing uncertainties around the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for students, faculty and staff to plan and prepare, we have made the decision to shift all Summer Session I (May 26-June 29) and 10-week Summer Session classes to fully online/remote learning formats. Also, to assist students who may be facing financial challenges as a result of COVID-19, BSU is keeping the tuition costs for Summer 2020 classes the same as Summer 2019 (as in Summer 2019, all online courses carry an additional $100 online fee).
Further, we have decided to cancel all international programs, including study away and the in-person China program, for the entire summer.
This decision does not apply to Summer Session II (July 6-August 7) classes at this point; we will make a decision regarding the format for Summer II within the next month.
We anticipate completing the processing of pro-rated residence hall, meal plan and parking credits by next week. We understand how the COVID-19 pandemic has financially impacted our students and their families. I want to thank our Board of Trustees for their unanimous approval last night of allocating up to $9.3 million of university funds to finance the credits and refunds to students. We are also grateful for the tireless work of our Division of Finance for expeditiously processing these credits and refunds in support of the needs of our students.
As a reminder, these credits will first be applied to any outstanding balance owed to the university. For those students whose credits result in an overpayment and will thus be receiving a refund, you will be contacted by Student Accounts next week, with information concerning refund checks and eRefunds.
I mentioned earlier that we have become a virtual university for a few months. I look forward to that not being the case. During these challenging days, we remember just how much we miss being with one another. For all of the ways in which technology is helping us to remain connected, each day spent apart reminds us of life’s profound intangibles that must be sacrificed when we cannot have colleagues and friends at our side. Though absolutely essential for containing COVID-19, social distancing cuts against the very grain of our humanity and curtails the shared wonders of learning, creating and inventing. Perhaps the silver lining of this crisis will be found in the rediscovery of just how much we need each other.
Frederick W. Clark Jr., Esq.