To read about Beloit’s ongoing coronavirus response, visit our COVID-19 information site.

03/19/2020

“Care and Support” Letter Sent to Beloit Students

Students,

When you left for the mid-semester break, we had no way of knowing how quickly the situation would shift with regard to COVID-19. We realize that you may be concerned about seeing and being with your Beloit family, that you didn’t really get to say goodbye to your friends, and that your living arrangements have abruptly changed. Seniors, you may be concerned about not being able to say goodbye to friends you’ve known over the last 4 years before graduation, you may be worried or upset about not getting to enjoy senior week, and may feel anxious about post-Beloit plans. This is tough! These are challenging times all round! Although this communication will not change any of this, we want to acknowledge the pain, fear, and anxiety you may be feeling.

As the campus COVID-19 task force assessed information from both international, national, and local sources, it became clear that the best way to keep you safe was to move to teaching from a (physical) distance and drastically reduce the number of students on campus. We recognize that these decisions have real impacts on your lives and we’d like to address some of those here.

The College’s first priority is to keep you safe. With that in mind, below are some of the ways that we support you long distance.

Student Life Information

  • International students will be able to remain on campus and continue to work closely with the Office of International Education
  • The Office of International Education will continue to communicate with current study abroad students as well as students who will study abroad and off-campus domestically in 2020-21
  • Residential Life is working with a small group of domestic students who have been approved on a case-by-case basis to stay on campus
  • Student workers who remain on campus may work remotely from their residence halls with permission from their supervisors. Student residents of Wisconsin and Illinois may work remotely from their locations in these 2 states with permission from their supervisors. Students will not work in academic buildings or other closed campus locations unless given specific permission to do so
  • In terms of housing/food, students will get prorated billing adjustments for room and board

Academic Information

  • Students may initiate the process of declaring or changing a major or minor or adding or dropping a course by emailing the Registrar’s Office at registrar@beloit.edu. Using this email address will allow the office to track the status of each request, contact faculty members for electronic signatures, etc.
  • The Writing Center will be offering sessions for you to work with a peer tutor via Google Hangouts Meet. Sessions are currently available only at our regular scheduled times (Sunday - Thursday 3-10 pm Central). Tutors can help all student writers with every aspect of their work–getting started, handling sources, revising and editing a draft, etc. Please use this link for sign-up and instructions for these online sessions: Writing Center Appointments.

Wellness Tips and Resources

  • The Health & Wellness Center will be initiating telehealth (video counseling sessions) beginning Monday, March 23rd. Expect to hear from your current counselor regarding scheduling. If you do not currently have a counselor on campus, but would like to begin telehealth counseling sessions, please send an email to the Health and Wellness Center at healthcenter@beloit.edu.
  • The Nurse Practitioner and Registered Nurse in the Health & Wellness Center will be available for appointments on Tuesday, March 24th and Thursday, March 26th of next week. Please email healthcenter@beloit.edu for appointments.
  • The Steve Fund is aware of the impact that COVID-19 (coronavirus) is having on the mental health and emotional well-being of young people of color, including adolescents, college students, and young adults and their families. As our nation confronts this public health crisis, The Steve Fund is sharing information and tips to help young people and their caregivers cope and remain grounded in the midst of the challenge that coronavirus presents to our entire society. Below are some of the suggestions from Dr. Annelle Primm, Senior Medical Director of The Steve Fund.
    • Create a sense of safety for yourself through a prevention approach. Keep your hands clean using soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Choose a hands-free greeting instead of a handshake
    • Engage in self-care such as getting plenty of sleep. This will help you stay calm and grounded
    • Stay in touch with your people - Snapchat, texting, FaceBook messenger, WhatsApp, or go old school and call
    • Go outside while still maintaining physical distance from others
    • Reach out to your spiritual or religious communities
    • Reduce media exposure if you find yourself on information overload which can trigger anxiety
    • Think of others. Focus on sharing information or resources with your fellow students, neighbors, and friends who might need assistance with obtaining food and housing
    • Stay connected with people and keep in touch with your networks. Let people in your support system know if you need help. To access a culturally trained Crisis Text Line counselor, Text STEVE to 741741
    • Remain reality based on coronavirus using trusted sources of accurate, up-to-date information such as:

What else can you do?

  • Tell someone you love them
  • Learn a new skill, listen to a new podcast, read a new book
  • Be grateful for the little things
  • Go outside, take a walk and enjoy the warmer weather.

Conclusion

COVID-19 has thrown a wrench into the plans of the college, and the weeks and even months ahead will be a real test for us all. Having said that, we want to also remind you that you all would not be where you are were it not for your resilience. We are all here to support you. Please reach out to your faculty and staff advisors and mentors. Please stay tuned for additional information from the College.

Take care and be well,
Tara M. Girard, Atiera Coleman, and Lisa Anderson-Levy
In partnership with the COVID-19 Taskforce

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