Dear Members of the Barton College Community,
As Barton College continues to navigate these uncharted waters, we remain steadfast in our commitment to this campus community. We are grateful for the partnerships we share with the Wilson County Health Department and others across the state as their guidance continues to help us determine next best steps moving forward.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our decisions have been guided by two key priorities: to make sure our students, staff, and faculty are safe, and to provide an excellent education in a rapidly changing environment.
As trends in the pandemic have escalated, these updates define Barton College’s service and support through the end of the spring 2020 semester:
- Barton College classes will continue in remote delivery through the end of the semester. For many students, this will mean continuing in the remote courses that began a week ago. For others, end-of-the-semester activities will need to be adjusted in order to ensure that the course outcomes are met. We are committed to ensuring that students meet the learning outcomes for all of their courses.
- Commencement will be postponed until the end of Fall Semester 2020. The date for the commencement ceremony will be announced in the upcoming weeks. Postponing the commencement does not impede students from graduating. All students who have applied for graduation and met graduation requirements will receive their Barton diplomas by mail at the end of the spring semester in May. More details about the date of commencement will be forthcoming.
- All public and College-sponsored events that were to have been held on campus during the rest of spring semester are either postponed or cancelled. Event organizers will be in touch with their audiences about postponement or cancellation.
- With the Governor initiating a state-wide shelter at home order, Barton employees will move to a work from home option with a small contingency of essential personnel working on campus, as allowed by the essential services provision of the Executive Order. College resources will continue, and constituents should check email regularly for information about ongoing programs and services. A small number of students remain on campus and will shelter-in-place at Barton.
- To assist with the hardships associated with COVID-19, work study students employed with the College as of March 13, 2020, will have their pay continued based on the schedule of hours submitted by their supervisor. This means whether students have performed work or not worked due to the COVID-19 caused interruptions between March 13, 2020 and April 29 (last day of previously scheduled classes), the College will issue this pay for time scheduled to work. Students will see direct deposits made to their bank accounts on file with payroll during the regular pay dates of April 24, and May 25 if applicable.
- Barton is reviewing room and board charges for the spring semester in order to extend partial credit as appropriate. Students who have room or board plans will hear from the Business Office by April 10th about any account adjustments.
Even while traditional courses and on-campus services are changing, we will continue to meet our mission. The College is committed to providing personalized service during this period of remote operations. Watch, for instance, for a virtual Day of Scholarship that goes live on April 7, as well as other opportunities to stay connected to the Barton College community.
Thank you for your patience as we work to prioritize the safety of our community and the academic enterprise we all value. Know that we even though we are separated by distance, we are united in spirit and resolve. Barton College continues to offer the light of life as we endure this uncertain time, and I send my personal best wishes to each of you for health and hope until we are together again.
Grace and Peace,
Douglas N. Searcy, Ph.D.
(Information continues to be provided on Barton’s Coronavirus Response webpage at www.barton.edu/coronavirus where you will find contact information and links for additional resources and support.)