December 21 Student Memo

Information for students regarding testing, a staggered arrival and a remote start to the Spring 2022 Semester.

Dear Students -

I want to thank you for doing your part to ensure a healthy fall semester! Overwhelmingly this community did everything asked of them to ensure a safe educational environment, and every one of you should be proud of not only your own efforts but also those of your peers.

As we work to ensure an equally successful spring semester, I want to provide you with updates regarding the College’s plan. MICA, like the rest of the world, is adapting to the rapid surge of the Omicron variant. MICA will open this spring in Operational Mode 4 as we have long anticipated, but will take key steps to open safely, informed with the data necessary to proceed with our spring semester.  

As previously announced, MICA will be requiring two rounds of COVID-19 PCR testing for students upon your return to campus. This testing regime will be critical to understand how prevalent the virus is at the start of the semester, and will allow the College to adjust accordingly to safeguard our MICA community’s health and safety. Please refer to the memo linked above for testing program details.

As a further measure to ensure a successful start to the semester, all BFA and residential graduate courses will be conducted virtually the first week of classes (Tuesday, January 18 - Friday, January 21). The College plans to resume our hybrid modality beginning the second week. The College is asking that students spread their return to campus over the full first week of classes in order to keep overall density at key locations such as the dining facilities and residence halls reduced. Specifically:

  •  January 10th - 13th: Graduate and other students already in the Baltimore area are encouraged to get their initial test through the MICA testing program during the week of January 10th, with the follow-up test 5-7 calendar days later.
  • January 14th: Newly admitted students should arrive on Friday, January 14th as planned. New student Orientation will take place as scheduled.
    • Student leaders who are approved to return to campus early should still do so unless instructed otherwise by their supervisor.
  • January 14th - 20th: On-campus residential students will receive a follow-up message directly from the Office of Residence Life, no later than Wednesday, January 5th, with guidance regarding the return to the residence halls and how that will be staggered throughout the first week. Residence hall move in will take place from January 14th - January 20th.
  • January 14th - 20th: Off-campus students are strongly encouraged to return to the Baltimore area using Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. weekend and the full first week of classes.

Please note that, if you already have travel plans that cannot be changed, you are permitted to arrive as previously planned.

Additionally:

  • If you are exhibiting symptoms of any kind, do not return to campus until approved to do so by a medical provider.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to take a PCR COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to arrival on campus. If you test positive, stay home until medically cleared. Please contact Student Health Services (410-225-4118) to notify them of this test result.

Again I want to thank you for your incredible work as a community this past fall semester. If we exercise the necessary precautions and prioritize the health of our community, I am confident we will have an equally successful spring. Please stay on the lookout for additional information as the spring semester approaches.

I wish you all the best over this holiday season,

Michael Patterson