College Coronavirus Impact and Resources

This page will be updated with more information and resources as they become available.

The College transitioned from classroom-based instruction to online courses for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester. The Campus is remaining open and is implementing social distancing as suggested by the CDC.

  • All campus events are cancelled for the next eight weeks and further adjustments may be made.
  • Faculty members are working with students to make the learning experience as enriching as possible.
  • Our Library/Learning Commons and Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) are providing student support to enhance their distance learning experience.
  • All community classes and workshops are cancelled. The Alfond Center and the College’s Art Studios are closed.

Commencement and all end-of-year celebrations are suspended. We share in the disappointment this news will cause graduates and their families, and we are actively exploring alternative ways to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates. Just because it is not scheduled to happen on May 9, doesn’t mean it’s cancelled—just postponed while we navigate these uncertain times.

UPDATE, May 2020: Virtual Commencement ceremony held on May 9. Watch the recording at sjcme.edu/graduation.

Find Answers

Is my new student deposit still due May 1? How can I contact the library? Check out our frequently asked questions.

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Resources

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We’re Here to Support You

Academic Center for Excellence
askACE@sjcme.edu | 207-893-7563

Admissions Office
admissions@sjcme.edu | 800-338-7057

Counseling Center
lwiesen@sjcme.edu | 207-893-6630

coronaquestions@sjcme.edu

Health Center
healthcenter@sjcme.edu | 207-893-6634

Human Resources
humanresources@sjcme.edu | 207-893-7757

Information Technology
iteam@sjcme.edu | 207-893-7851

Mercy Center
mercy@sjcme.edu | 207-893-7794

Residence Life
resliving@sjcme.edu | 207-893-6603

Student Financial Services
studentfinancialservices@sjcme.edu | 207-893-6657

Tutoring support
jrivine@sjcme.edu | 207-893-7825

FAQs

Q: Is there funding available for SJC students though the CARES Act?

A: A portion of the HEERF funds will also be distributed to returning, eligible students who apply and have additional documented expenses as a result of the campus disruption from the pandemic. The applications will be reviewed by a small task force meeting weekly in an effort to ensure that the request for assistance meets the criteria set forth by the Department and Congress for the HEERF grants. Read the CARES Act Relief for SJC Students and application.

Q: Is Tuition being adjusted, since we have transitioned to online learning?

A: We will not be refunding tuition. Our faculty have transitioned from providing quality campus learning to quality distance learning, and our students remain on track to successfully complete their semester – and in the case of seniors, earn their degrees.

Q: Is Room and Board being adjusted?

A: Yes,  Saint Joseph’s College (SJC) will be making an $1800 rebate adjustment to our room and board charges based on our residence hall closures due to the COVID-19 epidemic response.

Q: How was the amount of the adjustment calculated?

A: Although SJC’s policy prohibits Room and Board refunds after the third week of classes, we recognize that the current pandemic is a unique and unforeseen situation that calls for flexibility and a need to work outside established policy. In keeping with our Mercy tradition and core values, we determined an amount deemed equitable and as generous as possible for students and families, while also balancing the fixed costs associated with maintaining our residence halls and student support.

Q: Will the credit toward next year’s bill affect my eligibility for aid?

A: No. The adjustment for the Spring 2020 semester’s room and board will not impact your financial aid eligibility for the 2020-21 academic year.  As always, your financial aid offer for 2020-21 will be based on the information that we receive from your FAFSA.

Q: What if I currently  have an outstanding balance with the College?

A: The room and board adjustment will be applied to any current charges on your account. Please note that charges relating to any residence hall damages will be applied to students’ accounts later this spring.

Q: When will I receive my refund?

A: The credit adjustment will be posted on student accounts by mid-April.  All students may view their accounts via their campus Café student portal, under “My Info” and “Billing Statement”.

Q: How will my TMS/Nelnet Payment Plan be impacted?

A: For families using the Payment Plan, once the credit adjustment is posted on the student’s account, Student Financial Services staff members will communicate with each family to resolve their student balance and TMS/Nelnet accounts.

Q: Will Commuter Students receive an adjustment to their charges?

A: Only those commuter students with the Commuter Meal Plan who have unused meal plan dollars will receive a refund of the unused portion of the meal plan dollars they paid for.  This will be posted to their student account, and if a credit results, a check will be processed and disbursed to the student. Credits of less than $25 for returning students will remain on the account.

Q: What academic resources are available to students?

A: The Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) is committed to providing continued academic support to students as they work to complete their remaining course work through distance learning. Please contact Shanna Webster, Director ACE, swebster@sjcme.edu | 207-893-7563 should you need assistance or have questions about specific academic support available.

Q: Is the Wellehan Library open?

A: The library facility is now closed; however, staff are working remotely and available to assist members of the SJC community during our service hours: Sunday 1pm-9pm, Monday-Thursday 8am-11pm, and Friday 8am-4pm.

Q: What is the best way to reach the Wellehan Library?

A: Send an email to askalibrarian@sjcme.edu. Several library staff are actively monitoring this inbox and will reply promptly during our service hours (see above.)

Q: Will Commencement still occur?

A: While we are disappointed that we can’t hold Commencement ceremonies live we will hold a virtual commencement on Saturday, May 9, at 10 am. Senior campus students and graduating online students are encouraged to submit a photo of themselves at https://forms.gle/xtxoX3dTjp7b9deh9 by April 24. These photos will be shown during the virtual ceremony as your name is announced.

Graduates that have ordered their caps and gowns will have them mailed directly to their homes before Commencement. Your diplomas will be mailed to you after the virtual Commencement.

The College would still like to celebrate each graduate’s accomplishments in person and hopes that a date in the future can be chosen to celebrate on campus.

Q: How can I help/volunteer?

A: If you’d like to volunteer on behalf of the College, the Mercy Center is exploring a number of options for folks to help others. like calling people who live alone in our community, conducting online storybook readings for children, and other opportunities that can be hosted virtually. You can find out more by contacting Kathryn Cody at kcody@sjcme.edu.

Q: Will you still have Admitted Student Days?

A: Due to COVID-19, the College has decided to cancel the two Admitted Student Days that were scheduled for March 21 and April 4. The Admissions Office will reschedule as a virtual experience and will let students know when there is more information.

Q: Are tours still available?

A: The Admissions Office is offering in-person and individualized tours to Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont. Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey residents. We ask that you limit the amount of guests you bring to campus. Out of state residents (except NH, VT, CT, NY, and NJ) will need to self-isolate for 14 days before a tour can be given.

During your visit, face coverings are required at all times during the tour and please practice social distancing. We ask that you bring your own mask. If needed, the Admissions Office will have masks available to you upon your arrival.

Please review the following questions, provided below, on the day of your visit. If you answer “yes” to any of the following, we kindly ask that you do not come to campus and contact our Admissions Office to reschedule your visit.

  • Have you been diagnosed with COVID-19 and not been cleared by a medical professional?
  • Have you been in contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
  • Have you had or felt like you have had a fever in the last 24 hours?
  • Do you have a new or worsening cough?
  • Are you experiencing loss of taste or smell?
  • As a guest on our campus, it is important not only for your health and safety but for the health and safety of our community members that you wear a mask, use hand sanitizer/wash hands, and if you are feeling sick to reschedule your visit.

The Saint Joseph’s College community thanks you and your guests for taking the time and adhering to our policies!

In the meantime check out our virtual tour.  The Admissions Office will have materials outside of St. George Hall for any families or students that want to self tour campus.

Q: When is the deadline to deposit?

A: Due to COVID-19, the College is extending it’s deposit date deadline to June 1, 2020.

COVID-19 Tips and Resources

Stop the Spread

Avoid close contact with people who are sick

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • Or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose or eyes.

Stop the Spread by Practicing Social Distancing

  • Do your part to keep those at risk safe.
  • Telecommute from home if you are able.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Limit gatherings to 10 or less people.

Keep yourself safe

  • Stay away from people who are sick.
  • Cover coughs/sneezes with a tissue, then throw away the tissue. Use your elbow if a tissue is unavailable.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Importance of Social Distancing

Power of social distancing graphic

Watch a video about Understanding the rationale.

Announcements

  • Important COVID-19 Update: PPE & Face Covering Protocol

    June 19th, 2020

    UPDATE: On 7/21/2020, Human Resources updated the Face Covering Policy. As a learning community, we can each play a role in enhancing the level of security and personal health on campus, and at the same time, we can all work together to limit the spread of infectious viruses, germs, and other illnesses.

  • Governor’s Executive Order

    March 25th, 2020

    Dear Colleagues, As you undoubtedly know, Governor Mills this afternoon issued an Executive Order that further limits which businesses can operate in Maine through April 8th.

  • SJC Coronavirus Update: Residential Program Closure

    March 16th, 2020

    Dear Saint Joseph’s College Community, The constantly changing landscape surrounding the COVID-19 coronavirus means that our response must be equally dynamic in order to keep our community safe and healthy.

  • Important Coronavirus Update

    March 13th, 2020

    Good afternoon students, faculty, and staff, Today we are announcing the transition from all classroom-based instruction to alternative/distance formats at Saint Joseph’s College, for the duration of the Spring 2020 semester.

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