Dear Students,

I write to follow up on the message President Beilock sent out earlier this evening.

The University and the College have decided to suspend classes on Monday,  March 9 and Tuesday, March 10, to prepare for offering virtual classes for the remainder of the week. Barnard faculty have also been asked to offer midterms as take-home exams or postpone them for the time being. There has not yet been a decision made to offer remote classes beyond this week, and we will keep you posted and updated as we have more information.

As has been previously communicated, Barnard students are strongly urged to postpone personal international travel; however, many of you have also asked for guidance for domestic travel. At this time, we do not have specific guidelines. We are starting to see an increase in the number of diagnosed COVID-19 cases in the United States. Domestic travel may be impacted and the College may make determinations about recommended or required measures as the situation continues to develop. Throughout this week and during spring break, the residence halls will be open and we ask all students who plan to stay on campus during break to complete this Spring Break Staycation Form so that we can appropriately plan for campus services.

I understand that this situation may be disconcerting for many of you. Rest assured that I and many others at the College are monitoring this situation and working to maintain the safety of the campus community. I recommend that you regularly check the COVID-19 Guidance for the Barnard College Community site and share this information with others who may be concerned about your well-being.

As needed, please reach out to any of the below resources for support:

Class Dean/Dean of Studies Office: 105 Milbank Hall, (212) 854-2024

Furman Counseling Center: 100 Hewitt Hall, (212) 854-2092

International SOS for students who are abroad: +1-215-942-8478


Dean Grinage