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COVID-19 – Garrett College response to coronavirus

Recent Updates

College Status

There are currently 0 suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Garrett College.

Extended Withdrawal Date

In an effort to provide students with greater flexibility as Garrett College adjusts to remote instruction and students deal with potential health and economic impacts of the pandemic, the College is extending the last day to withdraw from classes (without a refund). The new deadline to withdraw from classes is May 6, 2020.

Revised finals schedule

Final exams will be available for students to complete throughout final exam week (May 7-12), rather than the individually scheduled dates by course. All final exams will be changed to “arrange with instructor.” Students will also receive twhis notification on their Blackboard home page.

College extends physical campus closure through May 3rd

Garrett College officials announced on April 1st that the College will remain in a full-telework environment and all physical Garrett College campus locations will be closed through at least May 3rd. “This decision is in keeping with both state and federal government advisories, including Maryland Higher Education Commission recommendations,” said Dr. Richard Midcap, Garrett College’s president, in announcing the extension of the campus closure.

Counseling available for students, faculty and staff

Karl Glocker, licensed professional counselor, is available to assist students, faculty and staff during this time. Karl is also certified in mental health first aid. Contact Karl directly via email

Ruth Enlow Library making internet access available outside all library locations

The Ruth Enlow Library has its wifi turned on 24/7 at all locations. While the connection strength may vary, library officials say those who need to access it should be able to do so outside of its buildings. For more information, please go to the library’s COVID-19 update page:

College has limited amount of loaner laptops available for student use

Garrett College, on the recommendation of Governor Hogan and the Maryland Higher Education Commission, announced March 19th that it is converting to online instruction for the remainder of the spring semester. The College has a limited number of loaner laptops available for students to borrow. For more information, contact the Garrett College Helpdesk at

College to move to full tele-work environment; physical campuses to close through April 12th

Garrett College officials announced on March 20th that employees will be transitioning to a full-telework environment, closing all physical Garrett College campus locations as of 5:30 p.m. through April 12, 2020. The only employees who will be permitted on campus after this time are those employees deemed necessary to ensure the continuous operations of the college.

2020 Commencement Cancelled for May 16th

GC officials announced on 3/23/20 that the College has cancelled its 2020 in-person commencement and will instead confer all degrees in absentia (Latin for “in absence”). College leadership is discussing strategies to honor this year’s graduates now that the May 16th commencement ceremony has been cancelled.

Rest of Spring 2020 Semester to be Completed Online

Based upon Governor Hogan’s latest Executive Order on March 19th – limiting gatherings to no more than 10 people and directing higher education to convert to online instruction for the remainder of the spring semester –College officials announced the extension of all-online instruction for the rest of the Spring 2020 semester.

Reduced-Access Campus Protocol as of 3/18/20

According to the new protocol, Garrett College’s physical locations will only be open to:

  • Garrett College employees;
  • Garrett College credit students accessing online resources (laptops, internet, etc.) to work on college coursework in its Learning Commons;
  • Garrett College students still residing in on-campus housing;
  • Food services staff, and
  • Tenants/customers at the Garrett Information Enterprise Center (GIEC).

Other on-campus visits will be by appointment only until further notice. Individuals are being encouraged to conduct business with Garrett College offices by phone and email whenever possible during the current State of Emergency throughout Maryland.

Extended Spring Spreak

Garrett College is extending its spring break through March 29th followed by a transition to online course delivery as part of a coronavirus strategy announced by college officials on March 12th.

College Events

The college also announced on March 12, 2020, that all college events, as well as events that were to be held at the college, with more than 50 participants will be cancelled through Sunday, May 3rd. The college will make every effort to work with event organizers to schedule their events at a later date.

Academic Credit Classes and Continuing Education & Workforce Development Classes

As of March 18, 2020, the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) has now officially recommended suspending all face-to-face classes not critical to training health care workers. As a result, we are now cancelling Continuing Education and Workforce Development (CEWD) face-to-face classes. The credit Academic Division is studying options for online laboratory instruction and other options that may be available (for example, back-loading labs to the end of the semester and offering incompletes that would be completed once the COVID-19 situation stabilizes.

Garrett College establishes a COVID-19 Team

Comprised of the college’s divisional deans, human resources director, compliance director, and the executive assistant to the president, the COVID-19 Team meets daily at 8 a.m. to discuss and determine ways to implement strategies to address the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact to the Garrett College community.


According to the CDC, reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed COVID-19 cases.

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:

Prevention & Treatment

Our first priority is to protect ourselves. Since there is no vaccine available for COVID-19, it is important that you protect yourself and others against respiratory viruses by taking the following precautions:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your mouth and nose while coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If you are sick, stay home from work or school.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Practice good health habits.

  • CDC Prevention & Treatment Page

There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19. People who think they may have been exposed should contact their healthcare provider immediately.

Emergency Notification

If the college will need to alter operations, the emergency notification service will be utilized, in addition to other means of communication. To enroll in “GCCAlerts”, visit the Regroup Sign-up Page or Text “Join GCCAlerts” to 30890.

Travel/Study Abroad Information

At this time, no travel has been canceled. For the immediate future, the College is recommending faculty, staff and students avoid international travel to any countries that the CDC lists as a level 1,2, or 3.

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