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Return to the Hill (RTTH)

The Return to the Hill (RTTH) Task Force, created by President Roger Casey and led by Executive Vice President/Provost Julia Jasken, is a leadership committee that meets regularly to develop recommendations for the President and the Board of Trustees as the College prepares for the Fall 2020 semester during the COVID-19 outbreak. The RTTH was created as an outgrowth of the Coronavirus Task Force whose work was focused, since its creation in March 2020, on crisis-level planning due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). As the 2019–2020 academic year drew to a close in May 2020 and the College’s focus shifted to planning for the future and the re-opening of campus, the RTTH was formed. 

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365官方体育中文版we look forward to welcoming you back to campus this fall even as we recognize that the coming year will look different than previous years. we continue to be guided by our first principles and realize that our community’s ability to successfully operate will require each of us to commit to the long-term health of our community that will necessitate short-term sacrifices of each of us.

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September 16, 2020 COVID-19 Campus Notification System Today's status is: GREEN

McDaniel College will utilize a green, yellow, and red notification system to inform our campus community of the success of our shared efforts in minimizing the spread of COVID-19. The following information will also be updated regularly on our COVID-19 Campus Notification System webpage:

  • Total of newly confirmed positive COVID-19 cases of our on campus population over the previous seven days.
  • Total cumulative number of positive COVID-19 cases of our on campus population, since August 14.
  • Total cumulative number of Wellness Center administered tests, including the number of surveillance tests, since Aug. 14.
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Community Safe. McDaniel Strong.

“Community Safe. McDaniel Strong.” is our way of uniting our campus in our shared responsibility in preventing the spread of COVID-19. It requires each of us to commit to following all guidelines and proactive measures that have been put in place to positively impact the health, safety and well-being of our community. 

All members of our community are expected to follow the health and safety guidelines as stated in our pledge. By each of us doing our part, we can make a difference that echoes far beyond the Hill.

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Key Decisions

365官方体育中文版our reopening plans have been informed by the recommendations of the return to the hill task force and subcommittees, as well as guidance from state and county health officials. the task force will continue to meet during the semester to assess the plans in place and make any necessary updates.

365官方体育中文版the key decisions below have been made for fall 2020 and will continue to be updated, as needed.

Return to the Hill Frequently Asked Questions

this page continues to be regularly updated with information and details about the fall semester.

If you are unable to find the answer to your question, new students should contact their admissions counselor. Returning students should contact the office of Residence Life.

Undergraduate Academics FAQ

How are decisions regarding the fall semester being made?

The Return to the Hill (RTTH) Task Force, created by President Roger Casey and led by Executive Vice President/Provost Julia Jasken, is meeting regularly to develop recommendations in preparation for the Fall 2020 semester. The RTTH reviewed various options for the fall and McDaniel will offer three types of classes for the fall semester: traditional in-person classes, hybrid classes, and online classes, with a majority of classes being taught as hybrid. Key decisions impacting the Fall 2020 semester were announced on June 17, 2020. The Academic Life Office has compiled Academic FAQs for Returning Undergraduate Students that can be viewed here

How has the academic calendar changed?

the first way we are protecting the health of members of our community is to adjust the dates of our undergraduate academic calendar. this will remove the impact of holiday travel and avoid the start of peak flu season for the vast majority of students.

365官方体育中文版therefore, most students will move on to campus between august 14-august 19 with classes for the fall semester beginning on august 20, 2020.

  • Classes will be held on Labor Day.
  • There will be no fall break in October.
  • Classes will end on November 20, 2020 and the semester will conclude on November 24 following the exam period. No undergraduate instruction or exams will occur after Thanksgiving.
  • The calendars for Graduate and Professional Studies will remain unchanged since all Graduate course instruction will be online for the fall. Fall Session I dates are August 24– October 18 and Fall Session II dates are October 19–December 13.

A full undergraduate academic calendar is available here. Though the total number of instructional days for undergraduate students has been reduced, the number of class hours will be the same to ensure the quality of the academic experience.

How is the semester model changing?

365官方体育中文版embedded within our new academic calendar will be two 7-week academic sessions: session a and session b. instead of taking all of your classes across the normal 15-week period, you will be taking half of your courses during session a and half of your courses during session b. over the course of the semester, you will still be completing the same number of courses. for most students, this means you will be taking two courses in session a and two courses in session b. this change will help students manage multiple modes of instruction in a smaller number of classes while significantly decreasing the number of students you will interact with in classes over the course of the week.

unfortunately, moving to a model that better protects your health as a student is likely to cause some disruption to your schedule as it may mean that classes in which you were currently enrolled may no longer work with your schedule. we apologize for this inconvenience. if you need assistance with modifying your schedule, your academic advisor, a faculty member in your major, or a member of the academic life team will be happy to work with you to revise your schedule. we expect all schedules will be completed no later than july 3rd and you will be notified as soon as your new schedule is available online.

Will fall classes be taught on campus or online?

365官方体育中文版there are two factors that will significantly affect the instructional model for the fall. the first is the need to provide safe, physical distancing protocols in the classroom, and the second is the reality that some of our students and faculty are unable to be physically present in the classroom due to age or other risk factors that make them more vulnerable to health complications connected to covid-19. given these factors, mcdaniel will offer three types of classes:

  • Traditional in-person classes: As many of these classes will be offered as possible, but one of McDaniel’s significant benefits under normal circumstances—small classrooms that only have a capacity for around 20 students—becomes a constraint in this environment where physical distancing is required, which requires reducing the capacity of those classrooms to about 50%. Space limitations due to physical distancing requirements mean the number of traditional in-person classes will be limited.
  • Hybrid classes: These classes are held partially in person and partially online. This enables professors to safely meet at least once a week with smaller groups of students from the same class in traditional sized classrooms. Most 1000-level classes will be held in this format. Our Information Technology Department is upgrading a number of our classrooms to support video conferencing to facilitate a high-quality hybrid learning experience.
  • Online classes: These classes are primarily online, but faculty may still hold optional in-person activities with students throughout the session to deepen and enrich the educational experience. The majority of classes at the 2000 level and above will be in this format.

all faculty who have not already been trained in online pedagogy are working hard this summer to redesign their classes to be highly engaging regardless of the modality.

365官方体育中文版we recognize that the modality in which your classes are offered may impact your decision to live on campus for the fall semester, and you will be notified of the modality on your revised schedule when it becomes available. we are committed to working with you on a decision that best meets your needs. our hope is to return to our traditional mode of in-person instruction for the spring term, but, of course, we must adhere to guidelines from the centers for disease control (cdc) and the carroll county health department as well as the governor's orders for the state of maryland. those guidelines largely dictate what we are able to do in this regard.

What will happen if I need to quarantine but my class has in-person meetings?

365官方体育中文版while each faculty member may have a different way to handle this, given the specific assignments and expectations for their courses, all faculty will work with students during quarantine so that students can continue learning and doing assignments virtually.  

What will happen if there is a spike of COVID-19 cases in Maryland? Will all classes shift online again?

365官方体育中文版we are working hard to ensure that, even if there are cases of covid-19 on campus, we are able to safely handle them through a combined process of quarantine and testing without closing the campus. unfortunately, it is possible that instruction may need to move online if the local health department makes this determination due to a significant outbreak. should that need arise, the transition should be fairly seamless given the flexible way courses have been redesigned.

I am a returning undergraduate student. Do I need to re-register?

you will not necessarily need to re-register although it will be important that every student log into student planning so they can be aware of their new schedule. you will be notified when your new schedule has been built. if your schedule is unevenly distributed between session a and session b, or there is a time conflict within a session, you may be moved to another section of the same class. if your schedule cannot be resolved in this way, you will be contacted directly to make schedule changes. students may also make changes to their new schedules based on preference not related to uneven schedules or time conflicts.

Returning undergraduate students should expect to see their revised fall schedules no later than July 3rd and every student should log into Student Planning so they can be aware of their new schedule. Click here for “Instructions for How to Review and Modify Your Schedule for Fall 2020.

when checking your new schedules, it will be important to notice the modality:

  • McDaniel Westminster Campus: This means your class will be held in-person. You must be physically present on campus to enroll in this class.
  • McDaniel Campus/Online: This means your class will be hybrid, which means you will meet physically on campus at least once a week. You can still complete the class without being physically present on campus if you are not a residential student, but the experience may not be as robust.
  • Online: This means the class could be entirely online or may occasionally meet in person, but you are not expected to be on campus.

if you plan to be a residential student or commuter for the fall term, you may enroll in a class offered in any of the three modalities.

if, however, you would prefer not to be a residential student, and are not a commuter, you are encouraged to enroll in courses designated online. you may also enroll in courses designated mcdaniel campus/online (hybrid). in both of these modalities, faculty will provide an alternative to you for the in-person elements. you may not, however, enroll in a class designated as mcdaniel westminster campus as those classes will be held in-person.

If you have additional questions, view the Academic FAQs for Returning Undergraduate Students here or contact the Academic Life Office at 410-857-2251 or academiclife@denysphoto.com.  

Will music lessons be offered, and if so, how?

private singing lessons will be allowed with the following protocols in place: 

  • lessons will be no more than 60 minutes 

  • 365官方体育中文版lessons will utilize two rooms linked via low-latency systems for all applied lessons. 

  • the teacher and accompanist will be in room a, while the student singer is in room b. 

  • the teacher and accompanist will wear masks and maintain a 6 ft. distance for the duration of the lesson. 

  • the student singer will not be required to wear a mask while alone in the room. 

  • room a will remain vacant for a minimum of 30 minutes after a lesson anytime the accompanist changes. 

  • 365官方体育中文版room b will remain vacant for a minimum of 60 minutes after each lesson to allow for adequate air exchange.  

  • 365官方体育中文版faculty and students will be responsible for cleaning of music stands, piano keyboards and other surfaces with disinfectant wipes before and after each lesson.  

  • both rooms will be disinfected daily per campus cleaning protocols.  

How will we help maintain socially distant classrooms?

classroom furniture has been set up to maintain a 6-foot distance; if there is a need to move seats temporarily, 6-foot distance between chairs must be maintained and furniture should be returned to its original location at the end of class.

“place furniture here” indicators, designed for the front right corner of each chair, desk or table, help our students, faculty and custodial staff know where classroom furniture belongs in case it gets moved.

365官方体育中文版high-touch surfaces should be wiped down using the cleaning supplies available in the classroom upon arrival and before departure.

View the Classroom Health and Safety Guidelines.

Are there health and safety measures that will need to be adhered to in classrooms?

In conjunction with the health and safety guidelines throughout campus, Classroom Health & Safety Guidelines have also been established. It is important that students understand that if these classroom guidelines are not followed, instructors reserve the right to ask a student to leave the class.  

What Academic and Student Support Services will be available to students this fall?

Please visit this link for a list of operating hours and contact information for select campus services this fall. Please note that this information is subject to change.

Admissions FAQ

Is the Office of Admissions open to visitors?

Effective June 15, the Office of Admissions is open for prospective student visitors. All visitors must have an appointment and follow established health and safety protocols. Learn more about visit options.

Athletics / Student Life FAQ

Has a decision been made about intercollegiate athletics?

Updated August 14, 2020

365官方体育中文版the centennial conference presidents council has announced the following decisions:

  • The Council has decided to cancel intercollegiate competition for all fall and winter sports through Dec. 31, 2020.
  • The Conference is exploring alternative competition options such as shifting fall athletics to the spring. Further updates will be provided as information becomes available.
  • McDaniel will continue to use the guidance of the CDC, State of Maryland and Carroll County Departments of Health, NCAA and National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) in all decisions to allow for the safe return of sport, including a decision about practices and team workouts.

365官方体育中文版to read the full announcement, visit the .

Regardless of competition, will athletic teams be able to practice in the fall?

365官方体育中文版regardless of intercollegiate competition, mcdaniel’s academic schedule for the fall continues to include a daily activity period which can allow for practice and team activities that adhere to all state and local health and safety guidelines.

while final details have yet to be determined, it is expected that conference members will be permitted to have team meetings, individual and small-group strength-and-conditioning sessions and modified non-contact practices.

365官方体育中文版in addition to following all cdc and maryland health guidelines, mcdaniel will use guidelines set forth by the ncaa and national athletic trainers’ association (nata) to allow a safe return of its athletes.

current green terror student-athletes should expect to receive additional communications from their head coaches with sport-specific details.

Will athletic teams be able to hold team meetings and events?

365官方体育中文版regardless of intercollegiate competition, mcdaniel’s academic schedule for the fall continues to include a daily activity period which can allow for practice and team activities. while all activities must follow the health and safety protocols in place, this will allow athletic teams to maintain what makes athletics at mcdaniel so special—a team committed to athletic, personal and academic growth. the ncaa states that division iii athletics “place special importance on the impact of athletics on the participants” and it is through this lens that all teams are committed to continuing the development of student-athletes.

Will intramural activities be offered in the fall?

mcdaniel is currently assessing its offerings for intramural activities this fall. decisions on available opportunities will be communicated to students once they are finalized via campus announcements and imleagues.com.

Will student clubs and organizations be able to operate?

365官方体育中文版we understand the value of co-curricular involvement on campus through participation in clubs, organizations and athletics. the new academic schedule still includes a daily activity hour to give you time to engage in these pursuits. though any form of community engagement will still need to abide by physical distancing and other health and safety guidelines, we plan for this vibrant aspect of campus life to continue.

Will student support services be available on campus?

all of our student supports will still be available, either through in-person meetings or through zoom conference calls. although the modality may be changing for some office engagement in the short term, you will still have the same friendly connection you have always had to staff to our wonderful staff in the bursar office, the center for experience and opportunity, financial aid, hoover library, the office of diversity and inclusion, the registrar, student accessibility & support services (sass), student engagement, the wellness center and more.  

Dining FAQ

How will dining options be changed to help with social distancing?

Campus dining will undergo changes with fewer students able to be in the dining facilities at one time due to physical distancing requirements. Additional take-out ordering options will be available, including the new Hilltop Pub in the Student Center, and a new app will allow students to reserve a time at their preferred dining location. We will also have additional options available to enjoy meals in outdoor settings. 

Dining hours have also been expanded throughout campus. Visit the  for complete hours of operation.  

Will Caseys’ Corner and/or other food service options be available in the fall?

Yes. McDaniel Culinary Services plans to have several to-go and grab-and-go options available throughout campus, and students will be able to utilize the new McDaniel Online mobile app. Caseys’ Corner will be set up as take out only option, as well our Hilltop Pub in the Student Center.

How will students make a reservation to eat in Englar Dining Hall (Glar) or order take-out on campus?

Students will need to utilize the new McDaniel Online mobile app to make a reservation in Englar Dining Hall (Glar) or to order take-out at the new Hilltop Pub, Caseys’ Corner, or in Klitzberg Pavilion.  

To download the McDaniel Online mobile app, go to the “Transact Mobile Ordering – Food and Drink” mobile app. Select “McDaniel Online” and choose a screen icon. Then, login using your McDaniel username and password. Please note, this is the same app that residential students used to select their move in time.

Campus Facilities FAQ

Will Hoover Library be open in the fall?

365官方体育中文版the library is working closely with the rest of mcdaniel college to establish its cleaning and distancing procedures for the coming year. please visit the webpage for the most up-to-date information. at this time, we can confirm:

  • Masks will be required at ALL TIMES while in the library. This is NOT OPTIONAL
    • No food or drink that requires mask removal will be permitted in the building. Community members drinking from straws behind their masks may continue to do so. Community members seen removing their masks to eat or drink may be asked to leave the building, or to throw their food or beverage away. 
    • Even library users sitting 6 feet apart will be required to wear masks. This is not optional.
  • Signage will be placed throughout the accessible areas of the library to explain spatial limitations of individual areas. 
  • There will be no direct contact with library staff. Plexiglass shields will be installed to separate front desk staff from library guests, and digital meetings with librarians will be scheduled ahead of time. 
  • The majority of the library building will be closed. Students will not be able to access the LL, L, or 3rd Floors. On the 1st floor, stacks will be closed to student access, and on the 2nd floor, group study rooms will be closed to groups, and accessible only to one student at a time. 
  • On the 1st and 2nd floors, seating will be limited to enforce social distancing. Group work is prohibited. 
  • Housekeeping may be cleaning at a higher frequency to try to prevent contamination in shared spaces. 

365官方体育中文版more information will be shared as we progress toward the library's reopening. visit the r webpage for detailed plans. 

Will Merritt Fitness Center and Gill Gym be open in the fall?

Merritt Fitness Center reopens on Thursday, Aug. 20, and reservations will be required. Operating hours for the fall semester will be Monday–Friday, 6 a.m.–11 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m. 

Other requirements for the fall semester include: 
-Masks must be worn at all times while in the fitness center. 
-Patrons must check-in at the front desk upon arrival to verify reservations. 
-Patrons must sanitize equipment before and after use. 
-Patrons must complete a COVID-19 daily symptom review prior to entering the fitness center.

Reservations will also be required to use Gill Gym. Further information will be communicated directly to students.  

Will the Campus Store be open in the fall?

the mcdaniel campus store is open monday-friday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. please note the hours are subject to change and visit the for updates.

Events/Visitors on Campus FAQ

Will events take place on campus?

the college has made the decision to not allow on-campus events hosted by external groups through the fall 2020 semester. events hosted by campus constituents may occur so long as they align with all campus health and safety protocols in place.

Will volunteers be allowed to work on campus?

volunteer opportunities will resume on-campus once the governor of maryland has endorsed the phase three of the road to recovery plan. prior to the implementation of phase three, volunteers will be limited to remote opportunities only.

Will McDaniel Local still take place for first-year students?

Effective June 5 at 5:00 pm, Governor Larry Hogan announced that Maryland will begin to move into Stage Two of the ‘,’ with a safe and gradual reopening of workplaces and businesses. Stage Two will allow us to offer McDaniel Local in person. Virtual sessions will also be offered for students who may prefer an online experience. Register for McDaniel Local virtually or in-person here.

Is McDaniel still planning to hold Family Weekend?

although our traditional activities for family weekend will not be able to occur this year, the college is beginning to make alternative plans and more information will be forthcoming.

What are McDaniel’s plans for Homecoming and Reunion Weekend?

Due to the recent decisions made by the Centennial Conference Presidents Council and McDaniel’s , our traditional Homecoming and Reunion Weekend activities, including tailgating around the stadium bowl, will not be able to occur this year. The Alumni Office is beginning to make alternative plans and more information about this year’s event will be communicated as additional details are available. For specific questions, contact alumni@denysphoto.com or 410-857-2296.

Financial Matters FAQ

Will there be any billing changes for the 2020–2021 Academic Year?

in light of the uncertainty covid-19 has caused, mcdaniel college understands that families may require additional payment flexibility for the 2020-2021 academic year.

to accommodate the needs of our students and families, mcdaniel has made the following changes to our billing policies:

  • Effective July 1, 2020, the $75 enrollment fee for McDaniel’s 5-month payment plan will be waived for all families.
  • Final payment deadlines have been changed as follows:
    • For incoming students: from July 1 to August 1
    • For returning students: from July 15 to August 15
  • As long as payment plans are in good standing at the time of registration, no student participating in the payment plan will be prevented from registering for the spring semester due to an existing balance.
  • No late fees will be issued for the 2020-2021 academic year.
  • In partnership with the Bursar’s Office, the Financial Aid staff will continue to offer one-on-one opportunities for students and their families to meet with their Financial Aid Specialist.

I'm concerned about being able to pay my fall bill. Are there any options for me?

Yes. Please submit the McDaniel College: Additional Financial Support Application365官方体育中文版, which can be found online in the  under “Student Menu”, “Student – Financial Aid”, “Funding Request Forms".

Will there be any changes to tuition for the fall semester?

McDaniel College's tuition rates for the 2020-2021 academic year can be found here. Tuition charges have been set and will not change for the 2020–2021 academic year regardless of instructional modality (online, hybrid or face-to-face instruction). Courses will continue to be taught by McDaniel faculty and we remain committed to keeping the low faculty-student ratio that is a hallmark of a denysphoto.comcation.

Will there be any changes to room and board charges?

Room and board charges for the 2020-2021 academic year have been set and will not be changed or reduced due to changes in the academic calendar. Because room prices are highly variable based on building and single/double occupancy, students may contact the Bursar's Office for exact room costs. To provide increased flexibility, all students on a McDaniel College meal plan will receive double the amount of McDaniel Bucks for the fall semester. 

If I move off-campus, will my financial aid be impacted or reduced?

Financial aid is based off the expected cost of attendance which, in the case of a student who plans to live on-campus, includes room and board costs. Students who change their mind and therefore change their status from "on-campus resident" to "commuter" will have their financial aid package recalculated to reflect the reductions in cost and, by extension, need. 

The way the packages are recalculated are as follows:

  • McDaniel institutional aid will be reduced by 20%. (Note: Legacy Scholarship recipients who move off campus will have their scholarship reduced by $5000.) 

Because room and board is equal to approximately 26% of total costs, the reduction in institutional financial aid by 20% when a student movesoff-campus reflects the reduction in cost while also providing a buffer for off-campus expenses that may be incurred.

What is the deferral policy for admitted students?

365官方体育中文版for students deposited for fall 2020, our goal is to be as generous as possible with our deferral policy. this means that any student may request a deferral for up to one academic year, starting in either spring 2021 or fall 2021. approved deferrals will allow students to “lock in” their financial aid package for their chosen semester and the $500 confirming deposit will be applied to their future balance. to discuss a deferral, deposited students may contact their admissions counselor. 

If I choose to take a leave of absence from McDaniel for the fall and/or spring semester, how would that affect my scholarships and financial aid?

For any questions about your financial package and to discuss your personal financial situation, contact the Financial Aid Office at (410) 857-2759 or your Financial Aid Specialist.

What other resources are available for students with financial challenges?

McDaniel's Financial Aid staff continues to offer one-on-one opportunities for students and their families to meet and discuss personal financial situations with their Financial Aid Specialist.

Who do I contact if I have questions about my bill or payment plan?

contact the bursar's office at 410-857-2209.

What is the undergraduate refund policy?

Undergraduate Refunds

The College must make financial commitments to its faculty, staff, and service contractors on an annual basis. It is assumed a student will not withdraw from the College during a semester. Should withdrawal become necessary because of prolonged illness or similar unusual circumstance, the following refund policy will prevail. 

I understand that I am registering for educational courses at McDaniel College (“College”) and that I am fully responsible for the cost and expense of all tuition, fees, housing, meal plans and other related educational expenses associated with my enrollment and status as a student at the College (“educational expenses”).  I further understand that payment for any amounts due for these educational expenses must be made by the deadline that is published at http://catalog.denysphoto.com/ and selecting “Tuition, Fees, and Financial Policies” for the semesters/terms that I am enrolled.  Should I incur any expenses for items not set forth therein, payment is due at the time they are incurred, or I am otherwise informed they are due.  Any payments not made by these deadlines will be considered an unpaid balance on my account.

Tuition, Room and Board Withdrawal Refund Policy

Fall & Spring Semesters

(for 2020-2021 the academic semester includes both Sessions A and B)

  • First week = 80% 
  • Second week = 60% 
  • Third week = 40% 
  • Fourth week = 20%
  • After fourth week = No Refund or discounts

Effective Date of Withdrawal

The effective date of withdrawal is the date upon receipt of the Withdrawal Form in the Office of Academic Affairs. Students receiving financial aid may have a portion of their original award returned to the program as required by federal regulation and the McDaniel College refund policy, thus creating a balance due to the College.  If the result is a credit balance, the credit balance will be mailed to the billing address within 3 weeks of the withdrawal date.  Please review the financial aid brochure for more information.

Credit Balances

It may happen that financial aid postings may exceed the cost of tuition, room and board. If this occurs, a credit balance will appear on the billing statement.  Refunds are automatically processed starting the second Friday of each semester.  Student refunds will be placed in the student CAMPUS MAIL.  PLUS loan refunds will be mailed as designated per the PLUS loan application. If you would like to use a portion of the credit towards books we can transfer up to $600 to your McDaniel 1Card. Please stop by the Bursar’s Office to authorize that transfer.   

Federal Title IV Aid Refunds

FEDERAL TITLE IV aid includes programs such as Pell grants, SEOG grants, Perkins Loans, Subsidized Loans, and Unsubsidized Loans. Federal regulations require McDaniel College to use these funds to pay for your tuition, mandatory fees, room and meals that we charge. Your bill or account may also include other charges on it, such as parking, McDaniel 1card, library fines etc. Federal regulations allow the college to use Title IV funds to pay for these other charges only if you authorize the college to do so.  The authorization form is available on the Bursar’s home page on the portal.

Force Majeure

I understand that there may be instances beyond the control of McDaniel College that result in a modification or cancelation of classes and/or closure of the college.  Such instances may include, but are not limited to: (a) acts of God; (b) flood, fire, earthquake or explosion; (c) war, invasion, hostilities (whether war is declared or not), terrorist threats or acts, riot, or other civil unrest; (d) actions, embargoes or blockades in effect on or after the date of this Agreement; (e) action by any Governmental Authority; (f) national or regional emergency; (g) strikes, labor stoppages, or industrial disturbances; and (h) epidemic or pandemic (each a "Force Majeure Event"). 

I understand and agree that the Tuition, Room and Board Withdrawal Refund Policy above will not be offered in the case of modification or cancelation of classes and/or closure of McDaniel College resulting from a Force Majeure Event, and hereby waive any and all claims against McDaniel College arising out of or related to the modification or cancelation of classes and/or closure of McDaniel College that arise out of or relate to a Force Majeure Event.  However, in the event of a campus closure, the college will provide a pro-rata refund of the board plan.

If the college has to close in the middle of the semester, will I be issued a refund?

in the event that the college has to close in the middle of the semester due to covid-19, the college's force mejeure policy will go into effect. this policy, along with the college's refund policy, was sent to all students along with their fall 2020 bill.

Force Majeure

I understand that there may be instances beyond the control of McDaniel College that result in a modification or cancelation of classes and/or closure of the college.  Such instances may include, but are not limited to: (a) acts of God; (b) flood, fire, earthquake or explosion; (c) war, invasion, hostilities (whether war is declared or not), terrorist threats or acts, riot, or other civil unrest; (d) actions, embargoes or blockades in effect on or after the date of this Agreement; (e) action by any Governmental Authority; (f) national or regional emergency; (g) strikes, labor stoppages, or industrial disturbances; and (h) epidemic or pandemic (each a "Force Majeure Event"). 

I understand and agree that the Tuition, Room and Board Withdrawal Refund Policy above will not be offered in the case of modification or cancelation of classes and/or closure of McDaniel College resulting from a Force Majeure Event, and hereby waive any and all claims against McDaniel College arising out of or related to the modification or cancelation of classes and/or closure of McDaniel College that arise out of or relate to a Force Majeure Event.  However, in the event of a campus closure, the college will provide a pro-rata refund of the board plan.

Will the cost for campus parking permits be adjusted?

There are no plans to adjust the cost of parking permits for this academic year. Parking permits will continue to be $300 for the full academic year for all students. Students can visit the Campus Safety page on the My.McDaniel Portal to register for parking. Those with questions can contact Campus Safety at campussafety@denysphoto.com.

Graduate & Professional Studies FAQ

Will GPS classes be online for the fall semester?

the decision was made to continue all graduate course instruction online for the fall, as many courses were already being delivered online or in a blended format. this allows us to eliminate any disruption to your studies due to covid-19, particularly during a time when you may be dealing with other professional and life changes.

Will there be any changes to the dates of the fall sessions?

365官方体育中文版the dates for both fall session i and fall session ii will remain the same. fall session i dates are august 24, 2020 – october 18, 2020 and fall session ii dates are october 19, 2020 – december 13, 2020.

When is Fall registration available?

Fall registration opens July 1. If you need help with advising, please contact your program coordinator. If you are a new student looking to enroll at McDaniel for the Fall, visit our Graduate Admissions webpage to apply.

Health/Safety FAQ

Will there be testing protocols in place for students throughout the semester?

Not only did the College provide COVID-19 PCR testing to every residential student who did not supply a negative test result at move in, but the College is also continuing to test students weekly throughout the semester as part of our surveillance testing program, as outlined in our Student Prevention, Testing and Treatment Protocols for COVID-19. The sample group will contain a combination of actively enrolled residential students, actively enrolled commuter students, faculty reporting to campus and staff reporting to campus. This is in addition to the tests being administered to those who develop COVID-19 symptoms.

I heard that the State of Maryland has issued an out of state public travel advisory. What states are included on this advisory and what does this mean if I am a student from one of these states?

for those students from out of state, please be aware that maryland’s governor hogan recently issued an out of state public travel advisory for all individuals traveling to maryland from states with covid-19 positivity rates of more than 10%. as of july 31, 2020, these states include florida, texas, georgia, louisiana, arizona, alabama, south carolina, nebraska and idaho.

365官方体育中文版per the governor’s advisory, if you are from one of these states, you will be required to either provide a negative covid-19 test result that was administered within the 14 days prior to your arrival on campus or take a covid-19 test upon arrival, which will be provided to you. if you are from one of these states only, and are unable to quarantine prior to your arrival, you may instead self-quarantine on campus for 14 days beginning on the day of your scheduled arrival window. your classes will still be available to you online during this time.

while less than 3% of mcdaniel students are from the advisory states mentioned, we believe taking proactive steps will benefit the overall health of our community.

if any additional states are added to the maryland public travel advisory between now and the start of residence hall move in, these same testing and quarantine options may also take effect.

Will masks be required on-campus?

per governor hogan’s orders, all members of the mcdaniel college community—faculty, staff, students, visitors—will be required to wear facial coverings when inside buildings and residential common areas. this includes but is not limited to:

  • When in class or in all classrooms
  • When in the library
  • When walking throughout residential spaces
  • In a department or campus office
  • When walking around in the Student Center or any communal spaces
  • When in communal gatherings or meetings, (whether formal or informal) where two or more people are present
  • In communal restrooms, except when showering or brushing teeth

365官方体育中文版all mcdaniel college students, faculty, and staff reserve the right to kindly ask that students and other community members wear a face covering if they are not wearing one in a required setting. it is recommended that all students carry an extra face covering while on campus.

What type of face covering or mask is allowed?

per governor hogan’s orders, faculty, staff, students, and visitors, including vendors, are required to wear face coverings at all times when in common areas of all campus buildings or in the presence of others. face coverings do not need to be worn when eating or drinking or when isolated in a private office or private vehicle. face coverings are also required in outside spaces when social distancing of at least six feet is not possible.

365官方体育中文版face coverings are a critical preventive measure used to help protect others in our community. whether disposable or reusable, it is important to understand what is defined as an acceptable face covering on our campus. all face coverings, with the exception of humanity shields, must:

  • be made with at least two layers of breathable material;
  • fully cover the nose and mouth and secure under the chin;
  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face; and
  • be secured with ties or ear loops, allowing one to remain hands-free.

the following are not acceptable face coverings: open-chin triangle bandanas and face coverings containing one-way valves, mesh material or holes of any kind. face coverings with two-way filtering valves are acceptable. per centers for disease control and prevention (cdc) guidance, face shields cannot be used as a substitute for an acceptable face covering.

here is that shows some simple steps to make sure that you are wearing your cloth mask properly.

Are there any exceptions to wearing a face covering?

we are fortunate to have a beautiful open-air campus and tents have been acquired that will expand our ability to utilize our outdoor spaces. masks will not be required in outdoor spaces as long as physical distancing is maintained.

365官方体育中文版other exceptions to when/where one is not required to wear a face covering (unless it is requested by another individual):

  • Residential student in your bedroom with just your roommate/roommates
  • Residential students when showering or washing their face in the floor/communal bathrooms
  • A space where you are physically eating your meal

What measures will be in place for students and employees to monitor for and prevent COVID-19?

All members of our campus community are expected to complete a daily symptom check for COVID-19. We have partnered with CampusClear for daily symptom monitoring. You can download the app by searching for CampusClear# in the AppStore or you can create an account online at .  

Students should complete this check before they engage in their daily activities outside of their residential room if they live on campus or before coming on campus as a commuting student. Faculty and staff, as well as student workers, will be expected to conduct a symptom review each day before they arrive to campus or report to work and will be asked to document that this symptom review occurred upon their arrival to campus.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified the following symptoms to be COVID-19 related:  
-Cough 
-Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing (Call 911 if you experience this)  
-Fever of 100.4 degrees or more • Chills  
-Repeating shaking with chills  
-Running nose or new sinus congestion  
-Muscle pain  
-Headache  
-Sore throat  
-Fatigue  
-New GI symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting or stomach pain  
-New loss of taste or smell 


If a student is experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, they should follow the Procedures for a Potential Exposure as outlined in theStudent Prevention, Testing and Treatment Protocols for COVID-19. 

If a faculty, staff member or student worker exhibits any of the symptoms listed above, they should not report to work. Instead, they should inform their supervisor (staff or student worker) or Dean of the Faculty (faculty) that they are experiencing symptoms and then contact their health care provider for guidance. 

What are the College's COVID-19 prevention, testing and treatment protocols for students?

covid-19 testing protocols will be central to our return to campus and we are working in collaboration with the carroll county health department, who has already agreed to partner with the college should any student test positive for covid-19.

Our Student Prevention, Testing and Treatment Protocols for COVID-19 are applicable to all students spending time on campus, both residential and commuter. These policies and guidelines pertain to the prevention of COVID-19, procedures for potential exposure or if a student receives a positive test result, student isolation and quarantine, and voluntary surveillance testing.

Those with further questions about isolation or quarantine should read this planning guide prepared to help students plan for an isolation or quarantine scenario. Included within this planning guide is the suggestion of assembling a “To Go Bag” with essentials that students will need in isolation including toiletries, comfortable clothing, masks, hand sanitizer, snacks such as protein bars, applesauce and water, thermometers, electronic devices such as cell phones, laptops, chargers, and all academic materials.  

Please note that residential students have the option to isolate at home and all students who live within 200 miles of campus should have a plan in place for isolating at home. 

Do I have to isolate on-campus?

no. we understand that many students and families would prefer for their student to isolate at home. in fact, all students who live within 200 miles of campus should have a plan in place for isolating at home. this includes preparing an isolation bag, having your academic materials organized, and identifying a transportation plan to get home. due to the hybrid nature of our course design for the fall semester, students will be able to continue their coursework while they are isolating at home.

Compliance with all the College’s safety guidelines and restrictions is non-negotiable. It is important to note that the College’s Code of Student Conduct applies to behavior that occurs on and off campus. View the COVID-19 Sanctions Chart

examples of behaviors that will result in swift disciplinary action include:

  • Hosting or attending a party on or off campus
  • Hosting an off-campus guest on the campus
  • Failing to comply with instructions related to isolation or quarantine

students who do not adhere to the college’s guidelines related to covid-19 will be referred to the student conduct process. for serious violations such as hosting a social gathering either on or off campus, students could be subject to immediate removal and restriction from campus, which could potentially result in losing the ability to complete their courses. there is no financial refund for a student under these circumstances.

How will the campus community be informed if there are COVID cases on campus?

The College will utilize a green, yellow, and red notification system to inform our campus community of the success of our shared efforts in minimizing the spread of COVID-19. The design of this alert system is to provide our community members a snapshot of the effectiveness of our efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Because COVID-19 spread is a result of individual choices, our alert system is intended to help our community understand the collective impact of following health and safety protocols. 

Please be aware that the Yellow level alert status will be used within the first two weeks of the semester as we bring our community back on campus. During this time, we will be actively working to encourage the safest possible behaviors and highlighting our health and safety protocols.

In addition to being posted on our Return to the Hill website, the College's color-coded status will be communicated daily through our on-campus digital signs. Visit the COVID-19 On Campus Notification System webpage for more information about each of the alert levels.  
 
The webpage will also be updated regularly with the following information: 
 

  • Total of newly confirmed positive COVID-19 cases of our on campus population over the previous seven days.
  • Total cumulative number of positive COVID-19 cases of our on campus population, since August 14.
  • Total cumulative number of Wellness Center administered tests, including the number of surveillance tests, since Aug. 14.

Will there be any new cleaning protocols?

365官方体育中文版the housekeeping staff will frequently and thoroughly clean all campus facilities, including common and high-touch areas, in accordance with centers for disease control and prevention (cdc) guidelines.

in order to facilitate the increased frequency of cleaning and sanitization our our campus facilities, the college has committed to nearly doubling the size of our current housekeeping staff and adding a second shift for additional coverage. 

View the updated Cleaning Protocols for Fall 2020365官方体育中文版 for more information on cleaning and sanitizing classrooms, offices, and other campus facilities, as well as the coordination of traffic in and out of campus spaces. 

Will the Wellness Center be open to students?

our wellness center will be focused primarily on providing covid-19 related medical care, including surveillance testing, and will not be open for walk-in appointments. telehealth appointments will be provided for students who are seeking medical care or counseling and mental health services, unless for urgent situations.

McDaniel has also announced that starting this fall, the College will be partnering with LifeBridge Health to expand the college’s student health service offerings provided by McDaniel’s Wellness Center. Through this partnership, McDaniel students can receive routine medical care and telehealth appointments directly from LifeBridge Health. This also offers greater access to medical specialists within the LifeBridge Health Network, as well as coordination with Carroll Hospital. Read the full announcement. 

Will the Wellness Center still offer counseling and mental health services?

365官方体育中文版yes, although walk-in appointments will not be available. telehealth appointments will be provided for students who are seeking medical care or counseling and mental health services, unless for urgent situations.

Will campus shuttle vans be in operation for the fall semester?

Vans will be used in a limited capacity this semester and will transport two passengers at a time with a driver. Protective measures, like adding barriers between the front and back seats have been taken so those riding in the van will remain safe. These measures also include requiring masks while in the van and maintaining 6 feet of distance. View the Shuttle Van COVID-19 Health & Safety Procedures.

Residence Halls FAQ

Has there been a decision about move-in for students?

365官方体育中文版information about residence hall move in was emailed to all students on august 4, 2020, by residence life. students will follow the directions as outlined to reserve a residence hall move in time between august 14 through 19 through the mcdaniel online mobile app. please note that the move in process is happening over 6 days in order to minimize the number of individuals coming into contact with one another during the move in process. incoming and transfer students should plan to arrive and move in by august 18. returning students should arrive and move in by august 19.

Please be aware that McDaniel will be conducting voluntary surveillance testing for COVID-19 during move in, as well as weekly throughout the semester. See McDaniel’s Student Prevention, Testing and Treatment Protocols for COVID-19 for further information about our quarantine procedures and testing protocols.

Will there be testing protocols in place for students throughout the semester?

Not only did the College provide COVID-19 PCR testing to every residential student who did not supply a negative test result at move in, but the College is also continuing to test students weekly throughout the semester as part of our surveillance testing program, as outlined in our Student Prevention, Testing and Treatment Protocols for COVID-19. The sample group will contain a combination of actively enrolled residential students, actively enrolled commuter students, faculty reporting to campus and staff reporting to campus. This is in addition to the tests being administered to those who develop COVID-19 symptoms.

How will housing policies be changed to protect the health and safety of students?

the college is pleased to welcome students back to residential life on campus, though this too will look and feel different. students are able to reside in double rooms, though the college will not be utilizing triples or quads for student housing.

A draft of the Fall 2020 Housing Policy can be found here

students are required to comply with health and safety laws, orders, ordinances, regulations and health and safety guidance adopted by the state of maryland, local health department, and mcdaniel college as it relates to the covid-19 crisis. these guidelines will evolve as the public health crisis evolves and may include, but are not limited to, social distancing, limitations on group gatherings, covid-19 diagnostic and surveillance testing, contact tracing, wearing a face covering, disinfection protocols, limitations on guests into residence halls, and quarantine/ isolation requirements. adherence to health and safety requirements applies to all residents, staff and visitors and extends to all aspects of residential life, including bedrooms, bathrooms, lounges, outdoor spaces, and other common spaces. 

Will students need to move all of their belongings out of the halls at Thanksgiving? 

yes, students will need to completely move out of their room prior to thanksgiving break closing - wednesday, november 25 at 10am. housing assignments will most likely change between fall and spring.

How is McDaniel preparing its campus internet service for students to take online and hybrid courses?

our it infrastructure is prepared to handle the increase of students utilizing campus internet for online and hybrid classes and we do not expect there to be any issues. our it department has made several updates over the past several years, including doubling the internet feed on campus last year, and continues to make improvements as necessary.

When will students receive their fall housing assignment?

365官方体育中文版as of july 31, 2020, students should log into  to view their fall housing assignments with their mcdaniel email username and password. on the left menu you will see a link about 2020-2021 academic year housing. click there and it will bring up information about your fall housing assignment as well as your roommate (if applicable). there have been some changes to roommate pairings due to some students’ decision to complete the semester remotely. please note that there may still be changes to roommates so if you are currently living alone in a double room that may change in the weeks to come.

If you are no longer intending to live on campus for the fall semester, please contact the Office of Residence Life at reslife@denysphoto.com  immediately so that your housing assignment can be cancelled and your student account updated by the Bursar's Office and Financial Aid.

365官方体育中文版additional information about the august 14th-19th move in process will be provided to all students by august 4, 2020.

Is there anything that a student who already participated in housing selection in June and selected a room needs to do if they still want to live on campus?

students will receive an email instructing them to complete the fall 2020 student planning survey (housing and classes). returning students who recently participated in the housing selection process and selected rooms will most likely be required to participate in a new room selection process. students will receive an email with information about the process once they complete the fall 2020 student planning survey (housing and classes).

Will students who already went through the room selection process and requested triples or quads be able to reside on campus?

the decision to not allow triples or quads was made after the room selection process. although we hope to accommodate any student who would like to live on campus, we first need students to confirm their housing plans for the fall since there are now new factors that have been announced. all students who have indicated that they plan to live on campus in the fall will receive a short survey asking them their housing preference by july 10. once residence life receives the survey responses, they will be able to get a better picture of who needs to be relocated and what housing is open.

Student Employment/Work Study FAQ

Will students be able to work on campus in the fall?

365官方体育中文版student workers will return to campus in a phased approach to be determined in coordination with the return to the hill (rtth) committee and the respective vice president. additional information will be communicated to students and their supervisors closer to the start of the fall semester.

Can a student leave campus to work at an off-campus job?

there currently is no rule that prohibits a student from working off-campus, though they are being discouraged from leaving campus as this increases exposure. when students are off campus, they should continue to comply with health and safety laws, orders, ordinances, regulations and health and safety guidance adopted by the state of maryland, local health department, including wearing facial coverings when inside buildings.

Travel FAQ

Are there any restrictions in place for College-affiliated travel?

All College-affiliated/funded travel remains suspended unless expressed permission is given by the your respective vice president. Information on personal travel considerations can be found in the COVID-19 (Corona Virus) Related Travel Restrictions Policy.

Are students able to Study Abroad for Fall 2020?

McDaniel made the decision to suspend the Fall 2020 study abroad program to Budapest and will encourage students to instead study abroad in the spring. Students with questions are encouraged to contact Elizabeth M. Davis, Director of International and Off-Campus Programs, at ipo@denysphoto.com.