Dear Clark Students,
Yesterday Governor Baker extended the order closing non-essential businesses, as well as the accompanying stay-at-home advisory, through May 4, 2020. These actions are vital to our community’s efforts to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and mitigate demands on our health care system.
The adjustments we have made in campus operations will continue through May 4. Please note in particular the following:
- Most campus offices will be physically closed through May 4. These offices will continue to be available to you online during regular business hours, all by card access only:
- Higgins University Center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
- The Academic Commons is open noon to 8 p.m. daily.
- Jonas Clark Hall is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
All other buildings are locked and are only open to those with designated card access.
- Undergraduate students remaining on campus have been re-located to Blackstone Hall, where the students have access to kitchens in their apartments. Student Council maintains a food bank for non-perishable items in the Rosenblatt Conference Room, University Center.
- University Police are open 24/7 and can be reached at 508-793-7575.
- Clark student escort service is operating out of the Academic Commons noon to 8 p.m. daily.
- The ITS Help Desk is available online.
- When possible in light of state and federal laws, the Center for Personal Growth (CPG) is available for counseling support online during the day (firstname.lastname@example.org). CPG After Hours enables crisis tele-therapy from 5 p.m. to 9 a.m. by following the prompt in calling 508-793-7678.
- Student employees working at Clark will continue to be paid over this period. This includes student employees who are currently working for Clark, and a small number of students who are scheduled and approved by their hiring manager to work on campus during a particular pay-period, but are prevented from doing so as a direct result of the Governor’s directive only. We will continue to review our guidelines on student employment as needed and as the situation changes.
- Whether you are on the Clark campus or at home, please continue to follow CDC guidelines regarding social distancing, hand washing, and other preventative health measures.
The May 4 extension takes us past the last day of classes (April 27) and into the period of final exams. As has become increasingly clear, the COVID-19 pandemic will be with us for an extended period. To the extent that we can, we are all seeking to establish a new schedule in our work and home lives that we can maintain with our family and friends.
Please take care of yourselves.
David Angel, President
Francy Magee, Dean of Students