Frequently Asked Questions
Distance (remote) learning involves using a variety of technologies to deliver instruction and facilitate learning. There are many ways—and no best way—to do this. Your instructors are identifying the remote modes of instruction appropriate to the goals of each course.
Yes, all spring 2020 instruction will be delivered remotely, including for students who remain on campus.
The instructors for each of your classes will give you guidance on this. However, if this situation applies to you, please be proactive by reaching out to your instructors so solutions can be found.
Advising and registration will be conducted via email, phone, and video for all students.
This information will be made available by faculty.
You will want to consult with the faculty member(s) supervising your work.
The LEADS staff are providing support and assistance remotely. Please contact them with any questions or concerns.
Communicate absences to instructors by email or the preferred means they communicate to you.
Residence Hall Check-Out Procedures
You can collect your belongings through 5:00 pm on Sunday, March 29. Please use this form to schedule your pick-up.
Students may stay overnight in their assigned room to pack their belongings. The stay should not exceed 24 hours. Relatives or friends may not stay overnight in residential spaces. Students must check in with Residential Life staff when they arrive, check out and return their keys upon their departure.
Yes. Family members can assist.
Students who cannot return due to personal circumstances should contact Ryan Schamp, Director of Residential Life to make alternate arrangements.
Yes, storage will be assigned by Residential Life.
Changes to Residence Hall Operations
All students are expected to be away from campus by March 22 unless they are unable to be elsewhere. Students who have applied to remain on campus will be notified by this evening. Some of our international students and others with unique circumstances will remain in the residence halls and will take all of their classes using the same distance methods as those of you away from campus.
Students must depart campus by 5:00pm on Sunday, March 22.
No, you will not be allowed to have visitors.
Students who remain on campus can visit the mail center to retrieve packages and other mail.
Students who have left campus should send inquiries about packages and other mail to Jim Locke (email@example.com).
Packages and mail sent through the U.S. Postal Services can be forwarded to students who have sent forwarding addresses to Jim.
At student request, the following options are available for packages shipped through other services (UPS/Fed-Ex, etc.).
- be held
- returned to the sender
- forwarded once the student has sent a pre-paid label to the mail center
Students should contact Jim Locke (firstname.lastname@example.org) to learn how.
Please contact Jim Locke (email@example.com).
The COVID-19 Task Force is recommending avoiding travel beyond the stateline area.
The college is offering services and operating remotely on campus. Whether students are on or off-campus, they can access services and support online. Students who must remain in the residential halls have on-campus access to security, housekeeping and facilities, health and wellness, the mailroom and takeaway meals from dining services.
Buildings and Grounds
Yes with the following exceptions: the residence halls are open for students currently staying on campus-ONLY. The Commons is open for takeout meals. The mailroom in Persons is open for limited hours.
No. All students, including those remaining on campus, have access to representatives from the library via email, phone, chat, social media, etc.
The Powerhouse is closed, and all programs, meetings and group activities have been canceled.
Commons is providing takeaway meals for students who must remain on campus.
The Sports Center and the The Powerhouse are closed.
Campus Events and Athletics
No. The Mid-western conference has cancelled the remainder of the spring 2020 schedule.
Tuition and fees will not be adjusted, as instruction will continue remotely through the remainder of the semester.
Students who reside on campus and leave campus due to guidance related to coronavirus (COVID-19) will receive prorated refunds of room and board.
The Financial Services Office is now processing those reductions, and a credit will be posted to your student account by Friday, April 17, 2020. If you have an outstanding balance on your student account, the credit adjustment will be applied against the balance you owe to the college. If the reduction in room and board results in an overpayment on your student account, you are due a refund. Refunds will be processed no later than Friday, May 1, 2020.
If you are due a refund, you have four options available to you. Please fill out the Beloit College Room and Board Refund Option Form no later than Wednesday, April 8, 2020 to let us know which of the following four options you prefer:
- I want Beloit College to apply my refund to my 2020-21 student account balance.
- I want Beloit College to keep my refund and reduce my student loans.
- I want Beloit College to send me the refund via check or direct deposit.
- I want to donate my refund to the Beloit College Annual Fund, 100% of which goes to student financial aid.
What happens if I don’t complete the form and give my preference?
Continuing students who do not select a refund option by Wednesday, April 8, 2020 will have the overpayment applied to their 2020-21 student account balance. Graduating seniors who do not complete the form will receive a refund payment.
No. Students who received approval to remain on campus this semester continue to have access to their rooms and the meal plan and thus are not eligible for reimbursement.
Please contact the Financial Services Office at firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions or concerns.
Information for Prospective Students
At this time, in-person Admitted Student Open Houses have been suspended for the safety of our admitted students and their families. Alternate opportunities to connect with Beloit are under development and will be announced shortly.
College Operations / Information for Faculty & Staff
The majority of campus offices are working remotely. Please email or call for assistance.
The facilities staff are diligently focused on keeping our campus clean to reduce the spread of infection. Please help by keeping work surfaces, telephones, computer equipment, and other frequently touched surfaces and office equipment clean. The security staff remains on campus and the dining commons is providing takeaway meals.
Unfortunately, at this time we cannot say with certainty if commencement will be held in our normal format. Beloit College is committed to celebrating our students and their achievements and will work diligently to balance celebration with the safety of our campus community.
A decision about commencement will be made by April 15.
The simplest answer is COVID-19. We want all of our students with us on campus. But we cannot predict right now if the virus will subside enough to let everyone safely return in the fall.
So we wanted to identify the best set of circumstances that could:
- Bring you back to campus in the fall, and
- Make it more likely that you would not need to disrupt your studies with a switch to online classes in the middle of a term.
The best solution that seemed to satisfy these requirements was to:
- Start the term later, giving the virus more time to subside.
- Make the term shorter, increasing the probability that you could stay on campus and complete your courses without disruption.
Thus, the following decisions were made for the fall 2020 semester:
- The semester will start on September 8.
- The semester will be two modules with a break in-between. You will take a full load of classes as you would with the regular semester, but regrouped into two sets of two classes.
We want you to be back on campus, living in the residence halls and taking classes with your friends and faculty in a physical classroom. However, having everyone return to campus requires that students, faculty, and staff can be healthy and safe. We simply do not know now what the virus situation will look like in September.
If government or public health guidelines require people to maintain social distances and stay in place, then we will start the Module 1 online with the hope that students can return to campus for the Module 2.
If the virus has subsided through the summer, then we are hoping that everyone will return for in-person classes in Module 1 on September 8. It is possible that some students may not be able to arrive for September 8 because of travel bans in their home locations.
Your faculty did an amazing job of moving all of the courses being taught this spring to be online. They did this in only two weeks!
Faculty will need to redesign their courses for modules whether the courses take place in-person or online. Over the summer, all faculty will be working to re-create their courses for the new time period, but also so that instruction could happen in-person or online.
If the course is online, it will probably include some of the same activities and assignments that you are participating in now, but may also involve you in new learning experiences as well.