De-densifying Campus

[Last updated November 30] 

On August 3, 2020, F&M announced the decisions to further de-densify our campus population during the fall term. We will also de-densify campus during the spring term. Read the announcement on de-densifying campus

F&M made the difficult decision to reduce the number of students in our on-campus residential halls, which primarily house first-year students and sophomores, as follows:

Fall term (Module 1 and Module 2): 
  • First-year students lived in on-campus housing

  • The sophomore cohort was required to continue remote instruction, with the exception of sophomore HAs, who were permitted to live on campus. The sophomore cohort is defined as any student who started at F&M as a first-year in fall 2019, and is NOT based on credits earned or expected graduate year.

  • A small number of sophomores were approved to live in off-campus housing and attend the in-person portion of classes in which they were enrolled.
  • New transfer students living in on-campus and off-campus housing were permitted to come as planned.

  • Juniors and seniors living in on-campus and off-campus housing were permitted to come as planned.

Spring term (Module 3 and Module 4):
  • First-year students are required to complete the year with remote instruction.

  • The sophomore cohort will live in on-campus housing. Sophomores approved to live in off-campus housing are still able to do so.

  • Juniors, seniors, and transfer students living in on-campus and off-campus housing are still able to do so.

     

FAQ

See below for answers to the following questions:

Can first-years petition for permission to live in on-campus housing? Could sophomores do the same in the fall?

There is a petition process for first-years who have a specific need to return to campus to apply for permission to live in on-campus housing. Please be aware that petition approval will be extremely limited.

Sophomores were also able to petition to live on campus in the fall, and a limited number were approved.

Will first-years be billed for room and board in the spring? Were sophomores billed for room and board in the fall?

No. Students with remote learning status will not be charged room and board. 

Will the College be offering reimbursements for travel expenses already incurred by some sophomores who had been intending to return to campus?

We recognize that some sophomores may have already incurred expenses, such as airline tickets, for a return to campus. We will make reimbursement funds available and ask that you submit requests and documentation of those expenses using a form that we will send soon to sophomores affected by this decision. 

What other ways is the College de-densifying campus?

In addition to sophomores studying remotely in the fall and first-years studying remotely in the spring, a number of other students chose to continue learning remotely for personal reasons or due to travel restrictions, which also reduced our residential population. 

All students are housed in single rooms, and the College has established separate isolation and quarantine spaces. We also use the guideline of 36 sq. ft per person to de-densify the classroom, which results in the capacity of most classrooms being reduced by 50%. Wherever possible, employees whose presence on campus is not essential for the day-to-day operations of the College will continue to work from home.