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Coronavirus COVID-19 Communications

Email will remain the College’s primary method of communication with students, faculty, staff, and parents throughout the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, but this page will also be updated as additional guidance and information is shared with the community.


The following message was sent to students and parents on March 30, 2020:

Students and Parents,

Given the stay-at-home order issued today by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, students should not return to campus to collect belongings until informed otherwise. This is an evolving situation, and as soon as the College is able to facilitate future opportunities for you to collect your belongings, we will provide guidance via email. 

Many of you have already returned to gather your belongings over the past week, and we are grateful for your cooperation with the system and precautions put in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 within our community. 

If you have any questions about this or other residence-related matters, please contact Dean of Students Robert Sabbatini at rsabbatini@hsc.edu. As always, please continue to monitor your email for future updates from the College. 


The following message was sent to students, faculty, staff, and parents on March 27, 2020:

To the Hampden-Sydney College Community:

I hope this message finds you and your family, friends, and other loved ones well and managing this crisis with all possible hope and faith. As you know, we have implemented unprecedented measures to protect our community in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, including transitioning to remote instruction for the remainder of the academic year and postponing commencement.

Our brotherhood is strong and now, more than ever, we realize how meaningful it is to be a part of the Hampden-Sydney family. This is not the first crisis Hampden-Sydney or its students have faced since 1775. With great resilience, the College and Hampden-Sydney men weathered the Revolution, which gave birth to our nation, a Civil War that threatened the very fabric of our republic, and other national and global crises, while never wavering from our mission of forming good men and good citizens.

As we all navigate through this time of uncertainty, I am grateful to all of you who have offered your support for our students and our decisions. I am also deeply grateful to our faculty members who are engaging with our students in new ways but with their same commitment to learning and to our College’s historic mission. And, I appreciate the efforts of all of our staff members, and especially those in our Admissions Office, our coaches and others who are recruiting next year’s class of freshmen, and the professionals in the Ferguson Career Center who are assisting our students as they seek internships and job opportunities and apply to graduate programs.

We are all disappointed for our graduating seniors, whose final semester on the Hill has been so abruptly altered. When we made the decision to postpone our Commencement exercises, I promised our seniors that we would give them the most meaningful ceremony possible. So, I am happy to share that we will hold our Commencement ceremony on the morning of Homecoming, Saturday, October 24. A Baccalaureate service for our graduates will be held the Friday evening before, as will a reception for the members of the Class of 2020, their families, and our faculty and staff. Our previously scheduled Baccalaureate speaker, Ken Woodley ’79, and Commencement speaker, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist George Will, were able to accommodate this schedule change. I know they will each have a very meaningful message to share with our graduates, their families, and our community.

It is good, at times like this, for us all to have something joyous to look forward to. We look forward to hosting especially memorable Homecoming and Commencement activities in October as we welcome many alumni home and honor our Class of 2020.

While the College’s leadership team and I have had to make many decisions during these last few weeks, we have been motivated by the goal of seeing the College emerge from this pandemic stronger and more united behind our mission than ever before. It is a tremendous privilege for me to lead such a talented group of young men and such a committed and dedicated group of faculty and staff members, and I am grateful for the loyalty and devotion of the very special Hampden-Sydney community.


Resources

College Contact Information

Student Health Services
(434) 223-6167
204 College Road | Hampden-Sydney, VA 23943
Student Affairs
(434) 223-6128 | Brown Student Center (3 rd floor)
Department of Public Safety and Police
(434) 223-6164
Human Resources
(434) 223-6296 | Gilkeson House

H-SC Community Coronavirus COVID-19 FAQs & Information


Centers for Disease Control Recommendations for Prevention of COVID-19

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
  • Facemasks should be used by health workers and people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
  • Follow and monitor CDC Travel Advisories.

COVID-19 Communication Log:

 

 

March 20, 2020 COVID-19 Communication

The following message was shared with the Hampden-Sydney community on March 20, 2020:

To Our Students and All Other Members of the Hampden-Sydney Community:

Greetings from the College, and I trust you are doing well. The College’s leadership team has been meeting at least daily to monitor the coronavirus pandemic, assess options, and make the best possible decisions about how we pursue our educational mission while also protecting the health and welfare of our students and all members of our community.  Today, I write to share with you the disappointing news that we will complete the spring semester through remote instruction.  With our last day of classes coming on April 24, the governor now forbidding meetings of 10 or more persons, and the Centers for Disease Control recommending no gatherings of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks, we can’t anticipate a scenario that would allow us to resume on-campus instruction or hold our commencement on May 9.

A decision about when we will hold commencement will be forthcoming, but I want to assure you—especially our seniors—that we are only postponing, not cancelling, our commencement. I understand that you and your families have been anticipating this special day for four years, so we will communicate a decision about the timing of this very important event as soon as possible.

With the shift to remote instruction for the rest of the semester, we want all students to return to campus to gather your belongings starting tomorrow, March 21 through Monday, March 30. To ensure a safe and orderly process and to limit the number of people in residence halls at any given time, you must complete this form to select a two-hour time slot in which to collect your belongings. To help keep our community healthy and safe, do not return to campus until you have completed this form and selected a time slot. Additional important information about the moving process can be found on the form itself. If you have any questions or need to discuss alternative arrangements for retrieving your belongings, please contact Dean of Students Robert Sabbatini via email at rsabbatini@hsc.edu. If you need to see any faculty or staff members while you are on campus, please make an appointment in advance. Your return to campus will, of course, depend on state or national authorities allowing you to travel here.

Students with extenuating circumstances who wish to remain on or return to campus may seek permission to do so by completing the Request to Remain on Campus form. Meals will be available for students who are approved to remain on campus.

We are developing a policy for refunding the unused portion of your room and board charges. This policy will be shared with you soon.

As recently as two weeks ago, no one anticipated that we would be making the decision to teach our classes remotely for the balance of the semester. Everything this College stands for is predicated on personal interaction—our learning, mentoring, and coaching, certainly, but also our life together on the Hill—our brotherhood, our codes of honor and conduct, and even our speaking tradition. I also realize that for most students, your Hampden-Sydney years are among the best years of your life and that, even after your first semester here, many of you call this place home. This has been a year of great accomplishment with every day offering us opportunities to take pride in the many extraordinary ways we fulfill our mission of forming good men and good citizens. Just one week ago, I shared dinner with our lacrosse team and coaches. The dinner had been planned by one of the player’s parents as a “beat W&L event,” but just the day prior, the ODAC had canceled the game and we had extended spring break by one week. I share this story because I know those players were feeling that night what all of us are feeling now—tremendous disappointment over the way this pandemic has taken over and changed our lives, but also great pride and satisfaction in being a part of the extraordinary Hampden-Sydney brotherhood and community.

We begin remote instruction on Monday.  In the days and weeks that follow, we will be sharing more information with you, but we also hope to find new, creative, and virtual ways to strengthen and enhance our brotherhood and community. Please reach out to each other, but also to your professors, members of the staff, and me if you have questions, need assistance, or just want to talk with someone at the College. We are here for you.

Sincerely,
Larry Stimpert     

March 16, 2020 COVID-19 Communication

The following message was shared with the Hampden-Sydney community on March 16, 2020:

Thank you for your patience and support as we all navigate the unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 outbreak. This message is to inform the Hampden-Sydney community that the College will shift to remote instruction for a period of two weeks, beginning Monday, March 23 and lasting through Friday, April 3. There are no classes this week, the week of March 16.

Students will receive direction and guidance from their professors about the transition to remote instruction for each class.

This timeline means that the earliest point at which in-person classes would resume on campus would be Monday, April 6. The College will continue to evaluate this timeline as the situation progresses, and we will provide further guidance about the resumption of in-person classes or an extension of the period of remote instruction.

As mentioned in previous communications, students wishing to gather any essential belongings from residence halls may contact Dean of Students Robert Sabbatini at rsabbatini@hsc.edu. Please know that your belongings are safe on campus and that residence halls are secure. Faculty members are aware that students may not have all of their course materials with them, and they will make adjustments accordingly.

In addition, students with extenuating circumstances who wish to remain on or return to campus may seek permission to do so by completing the  Request to Remain on Campus form. Meals will be available for students who are approved to remain on campus. 

Student Health Services remains open on campus, but we ask that visitors call ahead before arriving in-person. The phone number is (434) 223-6167. We also strongly encourage students, families, faculty, and staff to closely monitor and follow the guidance of public health entities about social distancing and to take all precautions necessary to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

All members of the community should continue monitoring email for additional communications and updates from the College.

March 12, 2020 COVID-19 Communication

The following message was shared with the Hampden-Sydney community March 12, 2020:

To the Hampden-Sydney College Community:

I am writing to update you on the College’s planning regarding the novel coronavirus COVID-19. As you know from the College’s message earlier today, we have made the difficult decision to extend spring break for students through Sunday, March 22.

“Unprecedented” is the word increasingly being used to describe this outbreak. This is an apt description that applies equally well to both the nature of the outbreak as well as the steps being taken in many areas of society, including higher education. Given the unprecedented nature of the situation, we must take many factors into account, harnessing the guidance of public health experts, monitoring the actions of peers institutions, and remembering our own unique mission, situation, and charge.

We are committed to our mission of forming good men and good citizens in an atmosphere of sound learning. The decision to extend spring break is one that we believe advances both elements of that mission, giving the College more time to prepare for a return to class—whether remote or in-person—as well as to continue putting in place the most effective measures to safeguard the well-being of students, faculty, and staff, which is so essential for an atmosphere of sound learning.

Below, you will find more information about safety and other preparatory measures that are being taken across the College as well as specific information and advice for our students and for our faculty and staff members:

For the Entire Hampden-Sydney Community:

Travel information: Are you or have you been traveling? All members of the community should continue to update the College about any travel using this travel information form.
NCAA athletics: Athletic contests and events are postponed until further notice. Student-athletes still on campus may remain on campus until noon on Saturday, March 14.
Custodial operations: Extra efforts are being made to thoroughly clean and disinfect public spaces on campus.
TigeRec Fitness: Effective at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 13, the TigeRec Center will be closed until further notice.
College events: We will be evaluating all upcoming on- and off-campus College events and will issue further guidance next week.
Campus visitors: Please note that we do require that individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19 or have been to a CDC Level 3 country in the last 14 days refrain from visiting.

For Students:

Are you currently on campus? Students who are currently on campus should plan to leave campus by no later than noon on Saturday, March 14.
Do you need on-campus accommodations? Students with extenuating circumstances who wish to remain on or return to campus may seek permission to do so by completing the  Request to Remain on Campus form. Meals will be available for students who are approved to remain on campus.    
Do you need something from your room? Students wishing to pick up any essential belongings from residence halls may contact Dean of Students Robert Sabbatini at  rsabbatini@hsc.edu. Please know that your belongings are safe on campus and that residence halls are secure.
Are you sick or do you believe you have been exposed? Self-monitor your health and be aware of your surroundings. If you are feeling sick, or believe you may have been in close contact with someone affected by the virus, please consider undergoing a health screening with a medical provider, and please notify Student Health Services at (434) 223-6167. 
Study abroad: Later this month, the College will notify program participants with an updated reassessment of H-SC summer abroad programs. All members of the community are encouraged to continue monitoring the  CDC website for the most updated travel advisories.

For Faculty and Staff:

Individuals who are at greater risk: Your health and welfare are of paramount concern. Initial guidance from the CDC indicates that certain individuals are at a higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19, including older adults and people with serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease. College employees who believe that they are at a higher risk, are immunocompromised, or live with family members who are at higher risk should contact Human Resources to discuss alternative work arrangements.
Work-related travel: All non-essential work-related travel is prohibited. Please consult with your area’s senior staff member with any questions.

Please continue to check your email and the College’s emergency updates webpage for further guidance. 

The essence of Hampden-Sydney is our highly personal approach to education, specifically the highly personal connections between faculty and staff mentors and our students. So we understand that this national health crisis and our own precautions affect virtually everything we do as a College. The College has faithfully pursued its important mission for nearly 250 years by being resilient and adaptive, and those same qualities will see us through this current challenge.

March 12, 2020 COVID-19 Communication

The following message was shared with the Hampden-Sydney community early on March 12, 2020:

While there are currently no confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) at Hampden-Sydney College, there is now a presumptive positive case at Longwood University.  

Out of an abundance of caution, and after considering many scenarios as well as guidance from the Virginia Department of Health and other public health experts, Hampden-Sydney College has decided to extend spring break for students through Sunday, March 22.

This additional week will give the College the opportunity to more fully understand and monitor the evolution of the outbreak and to continue putting in place the most effective measures to safeguard the well-being of students, faculty, and staff. This extension will also enable the College to be as well-positioned as possible to resume classes – whether in-person or online – on Monday, March 23. 

Later today, the College will share more detailed information for students, faculty, and staff, so please continue monitoring your email for additional communications and guidance.

The College will also provide further guidance by Thursday, March 19 at 5pm Eastern about plans for the resumption of classes the following week.

March 11, 2020 COVID-19 Communication

The following message was shared with the Hampden-Sydney community on March 11, 2020:

While the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 remains in the single digits in Virginia—and while there are no known cases on our campus—we understand the concern many are feeling about this outbreak. Hampden-Sydney’s mission is to form good men and good citizens in an atmosphere of sound learning, and this commitment to an atmosphere of sound learning makes the health and wellness of our community a top priority.

The College is continuing to monitor this evolving situation, and we are considering and preparing for a variety of scenarios—out of an abundance of caution and based on the assumption of many public health professionals that the virus will continue to spread. At least one individual at Longwood University is under quarantine and being monitored as a potential coronavirus case, and we are aware that many colleges and universities around the country have extended spring break, closed campuses, and/or shifted to distance learning.

Given the fluid nature of this situation, the College is continually monitoring and assessing options, so please continue monitoring your email this week for any further communications or guidance from the College that could require altering schedules or travel plans. And, as mentioned in previous communications, please report any long-distance travel using this form on the College website.

Below, you will find more information about precautions and preparatory measures that are being taken across the College as well as specific information and advice for faculty and staff members and for our students:

Information for the Entire Hampden-Sydney College Community:

  • Preparation for remote instruction/distance learning: We are taking steps necessary to prepare for and implement remote/online class instruction should a temporary cancellation of face-to-face instruction be warranted. At this point we do not foresee a scenario in which this would be necessary for the duration of the semester.
  • Campus dining: The College has been coordinating with Thompson Hospitality, and precautions are being implemented to maintain a sanitary dining environment and most effectively control the healthy delivery and distribution of meals.
  • Custodial operations: Extra efforts are being made to thoroughly clean and disinfect public spaces on campus.
  • Guidance from public health officials: The College will continue to coordinate with and seek guidance from governmental organizations including the Virginia Department of Health as we monitor this outbreak.
  • NCAA athletics: Chad Eisele, our athletic director, is monitoring NCAA guidelines and coordinating with fellow athletic directors and the Old Dominion Athletic Conference leadership about travel policies and spring sports schedules, and he will keep our student-athletes and coaches informed of developments.

For Faculty and Staff:

  • Flexibility for individuals at greater risk: Initial guidance from the CDC indicates that certain individuals are at a higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19, including older adults and people with serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease. College employees who work in environments where exposure is more likely, believe that they are at a higher risk, are immuno-compromised, or live with family members who are at higher risk should contact Human Resources to discuss alternative work arrangements.

For Students:

  • Have you been exposed? There have been additional confirmed cases of individuals affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus at events attended by some of our students, including the recent CPAC conference in Washington, DC. If you’ve attended such an event, or believe you may have been in close contact with someone affected by the virus, please consider undergoing a health screening with a medical provider, and please notify Student Health Services at (434) 223-6167.
  • If you are not feeling well, see a doctor before returning to campus. Do not unwittingly bring the COVID-19 virus to campus.
  • On-campus self-quarantining: The Virginia Department of Health and federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have provided guidance on self-quarantining, and the College is prepared to assist any student who must self-quarantine on campus. Should you begin showing symptoms while on campus, the College has designated a facility to serve as a quarantine location if you choose to remain on campus rather than returning home.
  • Study abroad: Later this month, the College will notify program participants with an updated reassessment of H-SC summer abroad programs. All members of the community are encouraged to continue monitoring the CDC website for the most updated travel advisories.

Again, the situation is rapidly changing and we are constantly evaluating our options for carrying-out our educational mission while also maintaining the health of all members of our campus community. Please continue to monitor your email for any further direction from the College about scheduling and precautions.

And, as always, please continue to follow basic preventative health measures:

  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soapy water
  • Avoid sharing anything that has come in contact with saliva
  • Cough and sneeze into a tissue or your bent elbow
  • Take care of yourself and your immune system by getting adequate sleep and eating healthy
  • Stay home from work or class if you feel sick—and drink lots of fluids

March 4, 2020 COVID-19 Communication

The following message was shared with Hampden-Sydney students, faculty, staff, and parents on March 4, 2020:

Members of the Community,
Hampden-Sydney College and the College’s Critical Incident Management Team are continuing to monitor the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. Currently, there are no confirmed cases in Virginia.

As you will recall from the College’s March 2 email, we strongly recommend that students, faculty, and staff not travel to locations assigned Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Warning Level 3 or higher, which currently includes China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea. Also, be aware that those who return from a country that is classified at CDC Warning Level 3 status or above will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days and not return to campus. Following this period, the individual must be cleared for return by a qualified health care professional. The CDC provides guidance here on self-monitoring and self-isolation

An online form has also been created to enable students, faculty, and staff to inform the College of international travel over spring break and beyond. That form can be completed here. As you prepare for any personal travel plans, please continue to monitor guidelines from the CDC and U.S. Department of State so that you are fully informed of potential health risks and travel restrictions that may be in place upon your return.

The College will offer updates to the community as necessary. We continue to urge all members of our community at home and abroad to practice prevention behaviors and hold each other accountable in following safe and healthy practices.

March 2, 2020 COVID-19 Communication

The following message was shared with Hampden-Sydney students, faculty, staff, and parents on March 2, 2020:

Members of the Community,
This message is to inform you that Hampden-Sydney and the College’s emergency management team are monitoring developments related to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 and taking precautions consistent with guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO), U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH).

While there are currently no confirmed cases of the virus in Virginia, the CDC has indicated that it anticipates the virus to impact the United States to a greater degree than previously forecasted. Given the rise of COVID-19 reports in Europe and Asia, the CDC is consistently updating travel advisories. The College’s spring break begins after classes on March 6 and lasts until classes resume on March 16, and we strongly recommend that students, faculty, and staff not travel to locations assigned CDC Warning Level 3 or higher, which currently includes China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea.

This Q & A with Dr. Kristian Hargadon may be helpful to anyone interested in learning more about the virus from a member of the Hampden-Sydney community. The College is continuing to monitor this evolving situation and will offer updates to the community as necessary. Members of the community should follow basic wellness precautions, including frequently washing your hands. Please find below additional precautionary measures and resources that may be of use.

Basic Preventative Measures

  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soapy water
  • Avoid sharing anything that has come in contact with saliva
  • Cough and sneeze into a tissue or your bent elbow
  • Take care of yourself and your immune system by getting adequate sleep and eating healthy
  • Stay home from work or class if you feel sick—and drink lots of fluids