Messages for Students and Families

Quick Update on the Spring Semester—January 27, 2021 (Lohmann)
I hope this email finds you healthy and well. I imagine you are in the thick of things, supporting your student as they prepare for the return to Brunswick in a little over a week. I am writing to provide a brief, timely, and (I hope) helpful list of resources to guide your pre- and post-arrival planning.

Spring Semester Campus Onboarding Update: Additional Reminders about Pre-Arrival Preparations—January 25, 2021 (Odejimi)
Happy Monday. I am reaching out with a few repeat reminders and additional information to help guide you as you continue your preparations for the return to campus next week.

Spring Semester Campus Onboarding Update: Arrival Days Registration, Let’s Get Checked, and upcoming Office Hours—January 22, 2021 (Odejimi)
We are now officially two weeks away from your return to campus! Below are some end-of-week action items and reminders.

Spring Semester Campus Onboarding Update: Onboarding page, Pods, and Shipping—January 20, 2021 (Odejimi)
As promised, I am reaching out with some additional action items and reminders as you prepare for your return to campus.

COVID-19 Update—January 20, 2021 (Ranen)
We continue to prepare to welcome students for the upcoming semester and are testing faculty and staff as well as the small number of students currently on campus. Yesterday, two employees tested positive for COVID-19. One of the employees had contact with another member of the Bowdoin community off campus who will quarantine at home for ten days from the date of exposure. The other employee who tested positive did not have contact with any member of the Bowdoin community.

Finalizing Your Pod for Spring 2021—January 19, 2021 (Hogan)
You are now able to declare your pod formation for Spring 2021. You can access the form here. Please complete this form by midnight on 1/29. All submitted forms will be considered final, and only one form may be submitted per pod. You can assume your pod has been approved unless you are contacted the week of 2/1. Pods will only be denied if they do not meet the requirements outlined below.

Spring Campus Onboarding Update: Arrival Days, Let's Get Checked, and Additional Resources—January 15, 2021 (Odejimi)
Preparations are well underway for your return to Bowdoin in just a few weeks. Per Dean Lohmann’s email on Wednesday, you will be hearing from me on a recurring basis in the lead-up to arrival days—Friday, February 5 and Saturday, February 6—in order to get you the information you need to be ready for campus. My goal is to keep these emails as succinct and timely as possible—we have a lot of ground to cover, and because you will likely be hearing from others as we get closer to February, I hope my messages will keep you focused on the most pressing issues and action items of the week.

Preparing for the Spring 2021 Semester—January 13, 2021 (Lohmann)
We have entered a new year at a time when our individual and collective worlds are being buffeted by several large-scale forces. The pandemic. Racial disparity and disenfranchisement. Attacks on our political system. I want to recognize what these challenges mean for members of our community. It has been difficult, frustrating, sad, and painful, and we are all carrying the weight of this moment.  

COVID-19 Update—January 12, 2021 (Ranen)
We welcomed 720 employees and students back into our on-campus testing protocol yesterday as the College re-opens for the new year. Two employees tested positive for COVID-19. One of the employees had contact with another member of the Bowdoin community off campus who will quarantine at home for ten days from the date of exposure. The other employee did not have contact with any member of the Bowdoin community.

COVID-19 Update—December 18, 2020 (Ranen)
A dining services employee who works in Thorne Hall has tested positive for COVID-19. While the employee did come to campus to test Wednesday, they have not worked in Thorne Hall since Thursday, December 10. 

Dining Board Information Spring 2021—December 11, 2020 (Bird)
Dining plans for Spring 2021 are limited to students in campus residential housing and those living off campus who are approved for on-campus privileges. Due to limited Dining operations, fewer plans are available for the spring than in the past.

COVID-19 Update—December 3, 2020 (Ranen)
For the second time this week, a Dining Services employee who works in Thorne Hall has tested positive for COVID-19. While the employee did come to campus to test yesterday, they have not worked in Thorne Hall since Monday. 

COVID-19 Update—December 1, 2020 (Ranen)
A College employee in Dining Services who works in Thorne Hall has tested positive for COVID-19.

COVID-19 Update: Off-Campus Student Cases and Access to Fields—November 24, 2020 (Ranen)
The College has learned that eight upperclass students living in various off-campus locations in York, Cumberland, and Sagadahoc counties tested positive late last week for COVID-19. These students are all isolating in compliance with Maine CDC guidelines and have been in touch with faculty and staff in the dean’s office regarding their academic coursework.

COVID-19 Testing Locations—November 23, 2020 (Health Services)
Health Services provides a list of resources for finding a COVID-19 testing site near you.

2021 Campus Community Agreement—November 19, 2020 (Odejimi)
This message is for students who are eligible and approved to live on or access campus for the Spring 2021 semester. 

COVID-19 Campus Update—November 18, 2020 (Ranen)
An employee of the College who works at the Schiller Coastal Studies Center tested positive late yesterday for COVID-19. This employee is now isolating at home. Our contact tracing team has identified one employee of the College who was in close contact with this individual and who is now quarantining at home for fourteen days. Out of an abundance of caution, the facilities at the Schiller Coastal Studies Center will be closed until noon on Monday.

COVID-19 Update—November 17, 2020 (Ranen)
A first-year student living on campus tested positive for COVID-19 this morning. This individual is not symptomatic and is currently isolating in our dedicated isolation residence hall. In addition, fourteen students have been placed into quarantine because they came into close contact with the first-year student who tested positive. These fourteen students are in the process of being moved to our quarantine residence halls. There were no additional positive COVID-19 test results reported today.

Information on End of the Semester, Registration, and Policy Adjustments—November 16, 2020 (Duncan)
As the end of the semester is approaching, we wanted to reach out about information on a few important items regarding Spring 2021 registration, incompletes, and temporary academic policies that are in place for the upcoming semester.

COVID-19 Evening Update—November 14 (Ranen)
This is a follow-up to my message earlier today about an employee and first-year student who tested positive for COVID-19. Through contact tracing, we have identified three Dining Services staff who will be required to quarantine at home because they came into close contact with the Dining Services employee who tested positive. Separately, we have identified six students who came into close contact with the first-year student who tested positive. The Maine CDC requires these six students to quarantine for fourteen days, and they are in the process of being moved today to individual residences set up for this purpose. There have been no additional positive COVID-19 test results reported today.

COVID-19 Update—November 14, 2020 (Ranen)
A College employee who works in Bowdoin Dining Services and a first-year student living on campus tested positive for COVID-19 this morning. Neither is symptomatic, and both are now isolating.

Important Visitor Information for Student November Departure—November 13 (Odejimi)
For those of you with a student on campus, please read the following message carefully. With a week to go before most students now on campus will depart for home, I am writing to bring you up to date on our plans, to review the rapidly changing situation in Maine, and to offer guidance on how we can work together to best ensure a safe and successful conclusion to this part of the semester.

Spring Residential Plan Email Update—November 12 (Odejimi)
We are writing to provide an update on our spring 2021 residential plan for sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Closing Notice: Please Read, There's Important and Useful Information—November 11, 2020 (Rendall)
Student checklist for moving out and other departure information.

Campus COVID Update: New Employee Case—November 10, 2020 (Ranen)
An employee of the College who has not been on campus since Wednesday, October 28, tested positive late yesterday for COVID-19. This employee, who continues to isolate at home with symptoms, is participating in the College’s COVID-19 testing program this fall. Their last test at Bowdoin—on Wednesday, October 28—was negative, but four days later, the employee developed cold-like symptoms and was tested independently off campus on Monday, November 3. Those test results came back positive late yesterday afternoon.

Campus COVID Update—November 6, 2020 (Ranen)
Yesterday we received word that an elevator technician was in the Roux Center on Monday and later this week tested positive for COVID-19.  The technician followed all safety protocols, including mask and glove wearing, and was on campus for less than 45 minutes.  The technician did come into brief contact with an employee, but not for a duration that meets the CDC guidelines for a close contact. The Roux Center elevator and passages used by the technician have been cleaned and disinfected. 

Important COVID update to campus status and travel—November 6, 2020 (Ranen)
Given the significant daily increase in COVID-19 cases in Maine, including in Cumberland County, the College is amending our current “yellow” status to require the use of face coverings at all times, indoors or outside, with the following exceptions: Masks are not required when a student is alone in their private room or when an employee is alone in a private office and masks are not required outdoors when a student is eating, as long as they are appropriately distanced (at least six feet apart) from others.

An update to today's positive COVID case and an executive order from Governor Mills on facial coverings—November 5, 2020 (Ranen)
I am writing to update my message of earlier today about a faculty member who tested positive for COVID-19 and also to highlight a new executive order issued today by Maine Governor Janet Mills that requires the use of face coverings in all public settings, regardless of the ability to maintain physical distances.

COVID-19 Testing Update—November 5, 2020 (Ranen)
We learned today that a member of the Bowdoin faculty received a positive COVID-19 result from a test administered yesterday.

Housing Lottery Spring 2021—October 27, 2020 (Rendall)
In case you missed the all-student email last week from Communications, Housing Lottery information has been updated on the Residential Life website. The videos will be updated soon but have been left active so you can have a general sense of how things work. I will be hosting a Webinar on November 18 from 1:00 to 2:00. p.m. to answer questions about the process. The link will be sent that week so it doesn’t get lost in your inbox.

Health Services Update for Students—October 16, 2020 (Health Services)
Health Services November 21–December 21: Bowdoin College Health Services will transition to an entirely virtual service once students move off campus for the week of Thanksgiving.  We will be available for Tele-Health consultation and for routine office tasks such as prescription refills and lab orders.   Laboratory services will be performed off campus.  Please take this time to wrap up any health care needs that can be anticipated for the longer winter break. 

Indoor Dining—Reservations Required!—October 16, 2020 (Gipson)
Exciting news! Beginning Monday, October 19 students will be able to eat in the Thorne Hall dining room!

Town Hall for Upperclass Students and Families—October 14, 2020 (Hood)
Next Monday, October 19, President Rose, Dean Lohmann, and Dean Scanlon will host a ninety-minute virtual "town hall" meeting for sophomores, juniors, seniors, and families to discuss and answer questions about the College's plans for the spring semester.

Town Hall for First-Year Students and Families—October 14, 2020 (Hood)
On Tuesday evening, October 20, President Rose, Dean Lohmann, and Dean Scanlon will host a ninety-minute virtual "town hall" meeting for first-year students and families to discuss and answer questions about the College's plans for the spring semester.

Housing for Extenuating Circumstances and Personal Leave of Absence Information—October 9, 2020 (Odejimi)
Happy Friday and happy Fall Break. I hope you can use the long weekend to catch up on academic assignments, participate in many of the offerings available in Campus Groups, and, if you are on-campus, get outside into the beautiful fall weather that is predicted for the next few days.

Fall Break Information and Activities—October 6, 2020 (Lohmann)
This weekend, our campus will take a collective pause as we observe Fall Break. I’d like to offer up some suggestions on how to safely make the most of your extended weekend.

Missed Test Policy—Important—Please Read—October 5, 2020  (Ranen)
As we near the midpoint of our time on campus this fall, I’d like to inform you of a development in College policy.

Mandatory Influenza Vaccination—October 5, 2020  (Maher)
Thank you for participating in our annual mandatory influenza vaccine clinic.  We successfully vaccinated 85% of our in-residence student population in just 2 days earlier this week!  Due to the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic, the College is requiring influenza vaccination for ALL on campus residents this season.  Only students with a medical exemption will be excused from this mandate.    Students must have documentation of a flu shot given this season or obtain one through Health Services by October 16th, 2020   Please submit documentation to

Safety Protocol Reminder—September 25, 2020 (Odejimi)
As we head into the fourth full weekend of the semester—and with recent temperatures signaling the inevitable weather changes ahead—it continues to be important that we do the following to stay safe.

COVID-19 Update—September 24, 2020 (Ranen)
A member of the Bowdoin staff received a positive COVID-19 test result today. This individual, who is the first College employee to test positive for the virus since the start of the fall semester, was on campus briefly yesterday and also earlier in the week but was not in close contact (defined as being less than six feet apart with another person for greater than fifteen minutes) with students or other employees. This was determined through contact tracing conducted this afternoon with the employee, who is currently asymptomatic and isolating at home.

FILL OUT—Campus Departure Plan—September 17, 2020 (Odejimi)
I hope your first two weeks of classes have been going well.  This weekend will have cooler temperatures but it will be sunny!  I encourage you to get outside and enjoy the fresh air…physically distanced (6 ft or more) of course!

ID Holders—September 14, 2020 (Ranen)
ID holders will be available for pick up this week at the COVID testing center.  Due to the campus being closed to visitors we are asking all students on campus and faculty/staff to display their ID.  Faculty and staff will also be given a sticker to place on their ID to identify that they are allowed on campus.

Campus Status Change: Yellow—September 13, 2020 (Ranen)
I am pleased to report that we are ready to move to campus status “yellow” effective today

Weekend Update and Status Level—September 11, 2020 (Ranen)
Tomorrow (Saturday) will be fourteen days since most students arrived on campus, and during this period, we have remained in campus status “orange.” Because of the very low rate of infections and compliance with our safety protocols by most on campus, we are prepared to move to the less restrictive “yellow” status on Sunday, as long as results from today’s tests don’t present a problem and as long as compliance and other conditions continue to move in the right direction. We will make a final assessment early Sunday morning and will send a note to the campus community to confirm the change.

Reminder: Read the Code of Community Standards—September 10, 2020 (Odejimi)
Welcome to the 2020 – 2021 academic school year! Although not a typical year, the College strives to provide a quality academic experience while providing thoughtful programming and opportunities for students to engage and connect. If you find that you need support over the course of the semester and year, please do not hesitate to reach out to the hosts of resources you have on campus. We want to help. We recognize that this year is an adjustment for everyone in the Bowdoin community and the College is prepared to help you navigate this academic school year. While acclimating to the changes for this year, it important that students are knowledgeable on what we expect of Bowdoin students and policies that govern student behavior.

Investigation Update—September 9, 2020 (Ranen)
As Dean Lohmann wrote to you on Sunday, we learned over the weekend about a gathering on Friday evening where it was said that students compromised the College’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols. We have conducted a thorough investigation, and I write to both clarify what happened and to lay to rest some of the rumors that have been circulating about what took place.

Supplemental and Emergency Funding—September. 7, 2020 (Odejimi)
In the spirit of Bowdoin’s commitment to equity and access, the Office of the Dean of Students offers supplemental and emergency funding for students who need financial assistance for situations and expenses that fall outside their overall financial aid package.  This funding is available through the generous contributions from alumni, parents and friends of the College, and is a community effort to assist students in gaining opportunities that may be difficult or impossible due to financial constraints.  These funds do not need to be repaid to the College.

Remote Resource List—September 7, 2020 (Lohmann)
I am writing to provide information about resources from the Division of Student Affairs that will be available to students who will be remote for the Fall 2020 semester. Many students have reached out to ask what resources will be available in a remote setting; I hope that this updated list will help to illuminate the resources offered by offices throughout student affairs.

Violation of Protocols—September 6, 2020 (Lohmann)
We learned last night about a Friday evening gathering on the fields adjacent to Farley Field House where students compromised the College’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

COVID-19 Update—September 5, 2020 (Ranen)
A third student has tested positive for COVID-19 and is now in isolation, supported by the College. This result was included in test results received today for tests performed yesterday (Friday, September 4). At the current time, we have two active cases, as the student who first tested positive for COVID-19 has been cleared by Bowdoin’s Health Services and released from isolation. Bowdoin’s COVID-19 dashboard has been updated to reflect this information.

COVID-19 Update—September 3, 2020 (Ranen)
A student has tested positive for COVID-19 and is now in isolation, supported by the College. This result was included in test results received today for tests performed yesterday (Wednesday, September 2). It is the first positive case identified through the College’s testing program in partnership with the Broad Institute. Bowdoin’s COVID-19 dashboard has been updated to reflect this information.

COVID-19 Testing Update—August 29, 2020 (Ranen)
A first-year student notified the College early this morning—several hours before arriving in Brunswick—that they had received a positive test result for COVID-19 while driving to campus from out of state. Upon arrival this afternoon, the student went directly to the College facility set aside for isolation. The student did not visit any other parts of campus or town.

Town Hall for First-Years, Transfer Students, and Their Families—August 29, 2020 (Communications)
Town Hall for First-Years, Transfer Students, and Their Families  
Dean of Students Kristina Bethea Odejimi and five colleagues from the Office of Student Affairs held a town hall-style Zoom meeting for the Class of 2024, transfer students, and their families Tuesday evening.

Public Access to Campus—August 28, 2020 (Communications)
Effective Monday, August 31, portions of the central campus and parts of the Schiller Coastal Studies Center in Harpswell will be closed to the public until further notice.

A Message to On-Campus Students for the Fall—August 25, 2020 (Lohmann)
You are receiving this information because you are currently slated to be on campus for the fall semester. There has been a great deal of media attention in recent days focused on situations at other colleges and universities, some of which have had to revise their fall plans and/or discipline students for violating safety protocols. 

IMPORTANT: Required COVID-19 Education and Residential Community Agreement—August 21, 2020 (Lohmann)
I hope this email finds you enjoying these last days of summer. As the medical community continues to learn more about COVID-19 and how it is transmitted, we believe it is essential for all Bowdoin students to review some basic information about the virus before the beginning of the semester.

Class of 2021 CXD Information—August 21, 2020 (Brennan)
Thanks in advance for a year of true partnership helping CXD help you. The first step is to tell us what you need so we can work with you in an early and personalized way. Where are you in your search for opportunities after Bowdoin?

IMPORTANT: Please Read Through Multiple Times...Please, We're Begging You—August 20, 2020 (Orientation Interns)
We are eagerly awaiting your arrival to campus. For those attending virtually, we can't wait to welcome you to the Class of 2024. We are excited to meet you all and start orienting you to our campus and community. Before your arrival, we wanted to inform you of some important updates/events for the upcoming week.

A Message to Students not on Campus for Fall 2020—August 18, 2020 (Lohmann, Odejimi)
Like you, we very much wish that we were celebrating the start of the 2020 – 2021 academic year in a few short weeks by welcoming you back to campus and catching up on the Quad, Smith Union, or somewhere else on campus.

Textbook Information—August 17, 2020 (Orientation Interns)
As the start of the semester approaches, many of you have questions regarding the process of buying textbooks.

First Year Orientation—August 5, 2020 (Orientation Interns)
You’ll find a list of important updates and reminders below. Please be sure to read through the entire message before clicking any of the links.

Courses for the Fall—August 4, 2020 (Duncan)
We hope this finds you well. We are pleased to let you know that your course schedules for Fall 2020 have been posted to Polaris. We appreciate your diligence in participating in your advising appointment. 

Update on Bowdoin's COVID-19 Testing Plan: New Pre-Arrival Test Requirement—July 31, 2020 (Ranen)
Given recent nationwide developments in the COVID-19 pandemic, Bowdoin has decided to send self-administered COVID-19 tests to students currently in the continental United States who will be on campus this fall.

IMPORTANT: Bringing Chairs to Campus—July 29, 2020 (Orientation Interns)
We are STRONGLY RECOMMENDING that you bring a chair to campus to use during Orientation events as well as at various outdoor events during the fall semester. We will, of course, have chairs available in the outdoor classroom spaces, but a small personal chair will assist with physical distancing, help create communal seating, and offer comfort no matter where you are on campus.

Flight Information Survey—July 29, 2020 (Orientation Interns)
We are writing today to gather information from those of you who plan on traveling to Bowdoin by plane.

Important Message Regarding Bowdoin Student Health Insurance—July 29, 2020 (Hayes)
Because you may need medical services during the upcoming 2020-2021 academic year, Bowdoin College requires all students to carry adequate health insurance coverage. To ensure adequate coverage, students are automatically enrolled in the Bowdoin College Student Health Insurance Plan.

Important Fall 2020 Updates—July 27, 2020 (Khuong)
First of all, I want to acknowledge that last week brought a roller-coaster of emotions for you and your families. I’m sorry for the uncertainty and anxiety caused by changes to US government regulations. After careful review of new fall guidance issued this past Friday by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), I am writing to confirm that those of you who wish to begin your studies at Bowdoin on campus will be permitted do so, provided you are able to obtain an F-1 visa. 

Your Personal Address at Bowdoin College—July 27, 2020 (Taylor)
Ensuring that mail and packages reach you in a timely manner is part of my department’s responsibility and this happens best when mail is correctly addressed. Every incoming First-year and transfer student has a unique address and will for their entire college career at Bowdoin.

iPad Program—July 24, 2020 (Scanlon)
As President Rose has emphasized in his messages to the community, the College is committed to providing an excellent online education this fall—one that is fully accessible for all students—and to making the necessary investments to ensure this goal.

Black Lives Matter Engagement Opportunity in August—July 21, 2020 (Stern, Harris, Pazos, Reinke)
The Inclusion & Diversity in Student Affairs team invites you to join us to deepen our engagement with the Black Lives Matter movement and our efforts to work towards racial justice as part of the Bowdoin Dialogues program.

Student Parking Information—July 19, 2020 (Nichols)
Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, the College has chosen to forego its first-year student vehicle prohibition and permit first-year students to have cars on campus during the Fall 2020 semester, specifically to facilitate timely departures from campus should a campus closure become necessary.

Message to All Students—July 13, 2020 (Duncan)
We are thrilled that your registration week is here! We understand that a lot of information has been coming your way, and that can be a bit overwhelming. We strongly recommend that you read this entire email before you begin opening any of the links.

Message to Class of 2024—July 13, 2020 (Quinby)
You should have received an email message about fall course registration from Martina Duncan, Registrar, shortly after 5 p.m. (EDT). Several of you immediately had questions about which advisor to sign-up for your course registration advising meeting with.

Message to Class of 2024—July 10, 2020 (Quinby)
I’m writing to you today to provide further details about Arrival Day, which is scheduled for Saturday, August 29. We will post all of this information to our Orientation webpage by early next week.

Message to Class of 2024—July 6, 2020 (Quinby)
As promised in my email message last Friday, Fall 2020 course registration information is now available in Blackboard under the link titled: Class Registration Info. I encourage you to log-in to Blackboard, review the registration information carefully, and watch the posted video.

Message to Class of 2024—July 3, 2020 (Quinby)
I’m writing this morning to provide some important details about your upcoming fall course registration process.

Message to Students—July 2, 2020 (Rose)
I hope that you and your families are well and safe in this difficult time. I know that the plan for the fall that I announced on June 22 is disappointing for many of you—you want to return to campus and we very much want you back.

Message to All Students—June 29, 2020 (Lohmann)
I know students are weighing a number of decisions and I am writing to share updated information and deadlines for the Fall 2020 semester.

Message to Seniors—June 26, 2020 (McCormack)
As described in Clayton’s announcement about the fall, most of you will complete independent studies/honors projects from off campus. A limited, select number of seniors who cannot pursue their pre-approved projects remotely because they require access to physical spaces and resources on campus, and who can do so under health and safety protocols, may be allowed to live on campus, in accordance with the social contract for those on campus this fall.

Message to All Students—June 24, 2020 (Lohmann)
To those who participated in the Zoom “town hall” last night, thank you for watching or listening in and for submitting questions for us to answer. We received more than 2,000 questions during the ninety-minute “town hall” and of course, we could not get to all that students and their families were hoping to have answered.

Message to First-Year Students and Families—June 23, 2020
 (Student Aid)
We are delighted that you will be joining us in the fall as a member of the Bowdoin Class of 2024 or as a new transfer student. The purpose of this letter is to share information with you about student and parent financing options including loans and monthly payment plan options.

Message to Returning Aided Students and Families—June 21, 2020
 (Student Aid)
We have completed the process of evaluating aid applications, and in accordance with President Rose’s recent announcement regarding the coming academic year, have posted your Fall 2020 aid notification to the MyAid portal.

Message to Returning Aided Students and Families—June 21, 2020 (Student Aid)

Earlier this evening you received a notice from our office regarding your aid decision. Part of that information included our estimated cost for your Fall 2020 semester.

Message to Aided Students With CARES Act Funding Eligibility—June 2, 2020 (Student Aid)

Department of Education guidance has directed that higher educational institutions allocate federal CARES Act funding to students who meet federal Title IV aid requirements and have experienced financial emergencies due to the College’s transition to remote learning during COVID-19 in the spring of 2020. The money is intended to offset unexpected financial crises, such as housing, food, transportation, course materials, technology, health care, child care, or other expenses necessary to participate in remote learning.

Message to Students Without CARES Act Funding Eligibility—June 2, 2020 (Student Aid)

Department of Education guidance has directed that higher educational institutions allocate federal CARES Act funding to students who meet federal Title IV aid requirements and have experienced financial emergencies due to the College’s transition to remote learning during COVID-19 in the spring of 2020.  The money is intended to offset unexpected financial crises, such as housing, food, transportation, course materials, technology, health care, child care, or other expenses necessary to participate in remote learning.

Message to Class of 2024—June 1, 2020 (Quinby)
Please complete this mandatory Pre-Major Academic Advising Survey by Monday, June 15. Your responses will be shared with your new pre-major academic advisor at Bowdoin so that they can get to know you both as a scholar and as an individual.

Message to All Students—May 5, 2020 (Lohmann)
I hope this note finds you safe and well. The email below went out earlier this morning to all faculty and staff responsible for hiring summer students. If you have been offered an on-campus summer job or fellowship prior to COVID-19, you should reach out to your direct supervisor to see whether that opportunity is still available.

Message to Returning Aided Students—April 21, 2020
 (Student Aid)
We hope this note finds you and your family safe and healthy, and that the last few weeks of classes are going smoothly. We recognize that every family is experiencing its own unique combination of stresses related to COVID-19, including current or potential financial limitations. To that end, we have an announcement about your Summer Work Expectation for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Message to Incoming Aided Students—April 15, 2020
 (Student Aid)
We recognize that every family is experiencing its own unique combination of stresses related to COVID-19, including current or potential financial limitations. In an effort to relieve some of the pressure, we are eliminating—for the 2020-2021 academic year only—the student summer work expectation that is part of your student aid package.

Message to All Students—March 27, 2020 (Lohmann)
You haven’t heard from me since March 18, but a lot has been happening here at Bowdoin. As you know faculty have been hard at work readying for remote teaching and you should be getting familiar with this new approach to your learning. I hope you have found a routine, wherever you are, to engage with your new academic landscape and that you are also taking the time to tend to your health, wellness, and safety.

Message to Work Study Students—March 21, 2020
 (Student Aid)
The transition to online learning and students having been required to leave campus presents clear challenges to meeting the work expectation outlined in your financial aid package. Now that the campus is restricted to essential staff only, there will be significantly limited work opportunities, available only to those living on campus. While there are some opportunities to continue working in student jobs remotely, these will be limited as well, and not available to all aided students.

Message to All Students—March 20, 2020 (McCormack, Lohmann)
The last two weeks have been extraordinary, a time in which we have all had to dramatically change the way we think about our communities, our connections to one another, and how best to continue the academic program for the remainder of the semester. We write here to update you on our grading policy for Spring 2020.

Message to All Students—March 18, 2020 (Lohmann)
Today is the last day students are permitted to be on campus without permission. All students, except those who have received approval to stay, must be off campus by 5:00 pm. OneCards will be deactivated at that time. Students who are on campus without permission after 5:00 pm will be subject to disciplinary action.

COVID-19 Updates—March 7, 2020 (Orlando, Lohmann)
We learned yesterday that a student who had been studying in Italy, and who returned home following the outbreak of COVID-19 in that country, visited campus from 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, until 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6, when we became aware of their presence and they were asked to leave campus and return home.

Message to All Students—January 27, 2020 (Lohmann, Spoerri)
The College is actively monitoring the outbreak of respiratory illness linked to a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. There is currently no known threat to the Bowdoin community, and health officials in the United States still consider the risk of contracting the coronavirus here to be quite low (as of this morning, there are five known cases of the virus in this country).