Message Confirming Carleton’s Plan for the 2021-22 Academic Year

18 June 2021

Dear Members of the Carleton Community,

In a late April message, President Poskanzer shared with you the framework that was developed to guide Carleton’s campus operations for the 2021-22 academic year. We write today to confirm that the College will move ahead with these plans, and to share additional details guiding the year ahead.

As a result of the decision to require all students, faculty, and staff to be vaccinated against both COVID-19 and influenza, we are confident that students will be able to return to a traditional living, learning, and working environment on campus in the fall, and that faculty and staff will be on campus to teach, mentor, and support them. These are core elements of the Carleton experience and represent a welcome return to a more normal environment for our community.

A new page on the COVID-19 website—Returning to Carleton: Our Plan for Academic Year 2021-22—has been developed to provide information about what we expect in terms of health and safety, the student experience, the campus environment, and college operations and planning. While this page is intended to address general themes and provide guidance to our community, it does not seek to answer every question; rather, Carleton’s return to more normal operations also means a return to more normal decision-making and communications practices. Looking ahead, activities and plans specific to offices and departments will be shared by those units, as relevant, and added to the COVID-19 website when necessary.

We hope this information addresses many of your thoughts about 2021-22 and brings optimism and anticipation for the coming year. We look forward to being together again soon. 


The COVID-19 Core Team

Carolyn H. Livingston, Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students
Eric Runestad, Vice President and Treasurer
Elise Eslinger, Vice President and Chief of Staff
Gretchen Hofmeister, Associate Dean of the College
John Bermel, Director of Security and Emergency Management
Helen Clarke, Director of Digital Strategy and Public Affairs