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A message from President Bateman regarding spring break and returning to campus

The following e-mail regarding spring break and travel was sent to students and faculty today.


Dear Randolph community,

In this time of uncertainty regarding our public health, I know that many of you are worried about re-starting classes next week. This letter is meant to communicate about our plans as this situation nationwide unfolds and as we work out how best to keep the campus safe.

The first news that I need to share with you is that we are extending spring break one week. Students should not return to campus this weekend, and we will not start classes next Monday March 16. This allows us some time to continue assessing our options. Faculty and staff, however, should report as usual.

Next Thursday, March 19, we will make an announcement about whether the College will take instruction on-line or have students return to campus.

One thing that we will work out during the next week is how to adjust the schedule for the remainder of the semester to make up next week’s classes. There will be an announcement on Thursday March 19 about this.

All campus events scheduled for next week are canceled. We will reschedule activities and events as is feasible.

Students with extenuating circumstances who would like to return to campus next week may contact Dean of Students Chris LeMasters ( to seek permission.

In the meantime, if you have direct contact with anyone who has coronavirus, of if you develop any symptoms of respiratory illness, report your situation to the College ( and seek medical treatment. In either case, you should also consider placing yourself in self-quarantine. Anyone experiencing any respiratory illness should not return to campus without a release from a physician.

I thank everyone in the community for their patience and goodwill while we work through a difficult situation. These are unusual times, and they will take unusual co-operation.

Bradley W. Bateman

For more information, please see the website Randolph has created with information and resources for our community.


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