Ethan Bachand ‘22
Chief News Editor
On Monday, Aug. 10, Father Boroughs, S.J., President of the College of the Holy Cross, emailed the Holy Cross community to announce a departure from the original plan of a return to campus. Instead, the College turned to a remote model where only an extremely small number of students would be able to live on campus.
In his email, Father Boroughs S.J. cited the numerous changes with the novel coronavirus that forced an alteration to the College’s predetermined course of action. These events included the mandatory 14 day quarantine put in place by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, new guidelines recommended by local authorities, and the sustained increase of new COVID-19 cases in the United States.
After explaining the reasons behind the change of direction, Father Boroughs S.J. wrote in his email, “As you can imagine, this has been an extremely difficult and heart-wrenching decision to make. We know that we are disappointing many, many members of our community who were making plans to return to campus and, for the members of the class of 2024, to come to campus for the first time to begin their college experience.”
After the initial message, a joint email from Provost and Dean of the College Margaret Freije as well as Vice President of Student Affairs Michele Murray outlined the implications this change would have on the upcoming semester. Despite the switch to a remote format, the College intends to follow the previously released fall schedule. This includes the beginning of the open enrollment period on Aug. 24.
Additionally, students have the option to enroll in only three courses and still be considered a full-time Holy Cross student. The missing fourth course can be supplemented during the January term or a summer course. While the number of required classes has changed, the pass/ fail option that was offered in the spring will not continue, as stated by Provost Freije and Vice President Murray. The final note of the email stated that students have the opportunity to request a leave of absence or deferral.