Reopening Decision Overview

[Last updated October 29]

Reopening Decision Quick Facts

  • Campus is open with a blended model of in-person and online instruction

  • The on-campus population is be significantly reduced. Get more information on De-densifying Campus.

  • This decision was driven by health and safety considerations and F&M’s mission

  • F&M engaged consultants Keeling and Associates LLC to provide expert guidance 

  • F&M also consulted numerous organizations and public resources, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Johns Hopkins University planning toolkit, and federal, state and local guidance

  • F&M organized various committees and working groups, as well as a Board of Trustees task force, to strategize viable recommendations and solutions on a number of topics, such as housing, dining, academics, health protocols, and more

  • A Re-Opening Operations Team (ROOT) with faculty and staff representatives from multiple departments, combined and synthesized the college-wide planning to recommend a comprehensive reopening plan to the senior officers and President Altmann

  • On June 30, the plan proposed by ROOT was endorsed by the Board of Trustees



  • Prioritize health, safety and well-being of every member of our community

  • Support equity, provide flexibility for those with medical and travel challenges, and enable our community to be nimble in a fast-changing landscape

  • Prioritize your experience as students and promote the hallmarks of an F&M education: highly personalized experience, close relationships, high academic achievement, and close interactions with faculty and peers.

If we make realistic decisions, stick to health protocols, and hold ourselves and each other accountable, we can have an amazing, unique year—not what any of us could have expected, but nonetheless a powerful learning and living experience, which is really what a residential liberal arts education is all about.