Frequently asked questions by subject:
- Employee Information
- International Students
- Residential Life and Dining
- Study Abroad
What is the status of Fall 2020 semester planning?
Planning processes and discussions are underway for the '20-'21 academic year. The College hopes to provide more concrete plans after wider planning discussions in April and May. Decisions regarding the fall semester will be made in collaboration with Haverford College, given our collaborative academic programs.
- Board of Trustees meeting (April 24-25)
- Full faculty update and discussion (April 29)
- BiCo Academic Continuity Group (ongoing)
- Bryn Mawr faculty academic advising group (ongoing)
- Senior staff cross-divisional coordination (ongoing)
- An open online meeting to provide information on budget and operational issues, hosted by President Kim Cassidy and CFO Kari Fazio (May 14, 1-2 p.m.)
- Two faculty Zoom meetings on academic options, hosted by President Cassidy and Provost Mary Osirim (May 19, 1-2 p.m. and May 20, 3-4 p.m.)
- Zoom meeting with student Self-Government Association leadership (April 27)
- Zoom meeting for student Dorm Leadership Teams (mid-May)
- College Budget Committee meetings (May)
What is the status of in-person courses taking place on campus?
Are there updates to grading policies under these circumstances?
Changes have been made to the Credit/No Credit policy and the Pass/Fail policy for this term, as announced March 20. Read the detailed frequently asked questions page.
Where can I find information on end-of-semester deadlines and registration?
The Office of the Registrar maintains an updated schedule that includes registration for next semester, examination period, grades deadlines, and other information.
Bookshop Information (updated March 16, 2020)
The BMC Bookshop remains open weekdays during this remote learning period. Read the March 25 blog post to learn more about current operations.
What is the status of summer research for undergraduates on campus?
The College will not be able to have undergraduate students on campus this summer for in-person research experiences. Read the full message to learn more.
What is the status of in-person events related to campus visits and prospective students?
- For prospective students and families: COVID-19 Information and Updates from Admissions
- For admitted students and families: COVID-19 Information and Updates from Admissions
The Office of Admissions is canceling all in-person visits and events through July 6.
How will school closings affect applicants to Bryn Mawr College?
If a student's school has closed or moved its coursework online in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, that student's application will not be affected. Bryn Mawr's Office of Admissions representatives understand that sweeping measures must be taken during this unprecedented time. Please contact Admissions with any questions or concerns.
What are the College's guidelines for social distancing and wearing of masks while on campus?
Update April 20, 2020: At this time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises everyone to wear a mask around other people. It is not necessary to wear a mask when alone in one's room or office. Masks do not replace social distancing, so please continue to maintain six foot or greater distances from others.
Masks are now available from the service window at the mail room in the Campus Center, Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and upon request. Be sure to bring your OneCard so that you can get into the Campus Center, as the doors are ordinarily locked. You will not need your card to obtain masks.
You may also choose to wear a home-made or other cloth mask. If you have questions about universal masking, please contact Environmental Health and Safety at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What should employees do during this time?
Read updated information from Human Resource: Tools to Cope With COVID-19
What is the status of College-related events?
Through the end of the semester, all College events on campus will be canceled, including athletic and performance activities, or will be delivered virtually.
What should international students do during this period?
As always, students need to assess what is right for them and their family. As they are making their plans and decisions students must consult with Patti Lausch, Director, International Student and Scholar Services, to receive guidance about visa implications and to update SEVIS. The College is not terminating anyone’s SEVIS record if they are not in the U.S. due to this public health emergency.
International students who complete their coursework (including a short remote portion or even if the rest of the semester is completed remotely) will receive full College credit for the course.
What guidance is available for international students remaining on campus?
As indicated in the March 20 message from President Cassidy, every effort will be made to provide remaining international students with access to on-campus summer housing and help identifying opportunities for work and study.
What information is available for students who have questions about current and/or future housing issues related to the impact of COVID-19?
Residential Life posted a FAQ that addresses questions such as obtaining items left behind in dorm rooms, returning room keys, and how the room draw process will proceed.
Will student mail that arrives to campus be forwarded?
The campus post office will forward mail and packages that arrive on campus for students upon request throughout the duration of remote learning. Students should email forwarding requests to email@example.com, and include the following:
- The student's name and box number
- The sender's name/company (e.g., Target, Amazon, etc)
- The tracking number, if available
Which campus buildings will be open?
View the Building Access Plan to learn more.
What is the status of Department of Transportation services, including Blue Bus?
Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, the Lantern Shuttle will be operated by a professional transportation driver, from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., every day. Escorts are for on-campus locations only.
Please call (610) 526-7911 for rides until the College resumes normal operations.
Effective Monday, March 16, 2020: scheduled transportation runs have been suspended until further notice.
What is the upcoming Dining Services schedule?
In accordance with instructions by the governor of the State of Pennsylvania, as of March 19 New Dorm Dining Hall will be moving to providing take-out service only until further notice.
Summer Hours, May 16 to Aug. 1:
Monday through Sunday:
Brunch 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Dinner 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Erdman Dining Hall will be closed until further notice.
Wyndham Catering, Restaurant and Bed and Breakfast will be closed until further notice.
UnCommon Grounds will be closed until further notice.
What is the status of study abroad students?
For updates on the status of programs, deadlines, travel, and other information, visit the FAQ pages.
How has Bryn Mawr College limited College-sponsored travel?
- Update March 20: College-sponsored travel remains suspended until further notice for students, faculty, and staff.
- See Summer 2020 Program Advisories for information on summer travel.
How has the College limited personal travel?
The College cannot restrict personal travel. That said, given the rapidly changing nature of the situation, community members are asked to consider the following:
- All travel should be registered with the Bryn Mawr College travel registry.
- Anyone visiting a Level 4 State Department destination may be prevented from returning to the United States. Anyone visiting these locations will not be permitted to return to campus until they complete the CDC-recommended 14-day self-isolation and are symptom-free.
- Many cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed around the U.S., and it is likely that the virus will spread to additional regions. All community members are encouraged to approach any travel with abundant caution and weigh the benefits of travel against the risks to yourself and to the community. Given the changing nature of the situation, domestic travel could also result in the need to self-quarantine.
For general guidelines and helpful information, visit the College's web pages on travel resources.