Thomas College is committed to providing a safe campus environment for all faculty staff and students. Thomas invites and expects all members of the campus community to assist in exercising and respecting the range of risk mitigation strategies that are designed to promote a healthy campus, recognizing that individual actions help contribute to the community’s overall experience. The College intends to follow local, state and federal guidelines, to provide support to the members of the community, to remain flexible to respond to changing circumstances, and to communicate with the campus on an ongoing basis.
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For more information about specific areas of campus, please click the links below. These FAQs are designed to provide answers to the most frequently asked questions related to the College’s operations for the 2020-21 academic year. If an individual has questions which
If an individual has questions which are not addressed here, they are encouraged to contact:
- Cheryl Daggett, ARNP, CNP, Director of Health Services: 207-859-1401
- Lisa Desautels-Poliquin, Vice President for Student Affairs: 207-859-1220
- Michelle Joler-Labbe, Chief Human Resources Officer, 207-859-1240
- Media Inquiries: MacKenzie Riley Young, Assistant Director of Media Relations, 207-859-1313
The Thomas College Return to Campus Safely Plan has two goals that are simple and focused:
- Provide a safe campus environment for all students, faculty, and staff
- Safely re-open campus for on-campus learning for the Fall 2020 semester
Community Health and Safety
Following new safety protocols and committing to each other to abide by these changes to campus life will give us our best shot at achieving that goal.
Supporting these goals are seven guiding principles:
- The health and safety of the Thomas College community is our top priority
- We will follow all local, state, and federal guidelines and be CDC compliant to minimize risk of exposure wherever possible
- We will continue to partner with community hospitals for guidance, support, and resources
- We will provide support for students, faculty, and staff during transition, regardless of learning modality
- We are committed to remain flexible with changing information and circumstances
- We will continue to communicate regularly with the Thomas College community to keep them informed
- We will maintain our strong Thomas College community spirit and connection
The Plan is comprised of the following primary components:
- Faculty and Staff: We are safely phasing staff back to campus over the summer, a process that began in early June.
- Academic: We are changing how and where we instruct, reducing class size and changing delivery models to provide a mix of online, face-to-face, and hybrid instruction that delivers the highest academic quality possible. Thomas College is also the recipient of the Davis Education Foundation grant to provide additional faculty development and training for online and hybrid-model classes.
- Preventative Safety: We are increasing the frequency of cleaning in high touch areas and bathrooms and have added more hand sanitizers stations around campus. We are actively exploring access to self-administered testing. Masks, social distancing, traffic flow management, plexiglass barriers, and campus education are also in place. COVID-19 related signage around campus will communicate important rules and reminders as well as room occupancy limits and help keep our community as safe as possible.
- Physical and Mental Health Services: We are expanding our health services including Telehealth options and providing additional counseling hours.
- Residence Life: We are reducing overall housing capacity and reserving spaces for quarantine use should the need arise.
- Dining Services: We are implementing enhanced safety precautions around food preparation and consumption such as no self-serve. We are increasing dining space by using the Summit Room to provide adequate social distance seating.
- Facility Rentals: We will continue to prohibit use of campus facilities by outside groups through Fall 2020 semester.