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Update from President Caprio

Updated March 30, 2020


Dear Students,

Welcome Back! I hope you had a restful and safe Spring Break.

Even though we are not all together physically, we remain linked as part of our vital Western New England community. Together we are embarking upon a new adventure as you resume classes online. The decision to move to online classes for the rest of the semester was a difficult one, but the events of the past two weeks have reinforced my sense that is was the right decision given the unique threat posed by COVID-19. Your health, safety, and well-being remain our top priority during this pandemic, and always.

During the extended Spring Break, our faculty have been hard at work transitioning all courses to an online format. Similarly, our staff has worked to continue to provide the various academic support and other services available on campus. I am so very proud of their work. While the way you access courses and other resources may have changed, our commitment to your education continues. Avail yourself of the services and individuals ready to help you at every moment.

For seniors, and all graduating students, I know this has been an especially disappointing time. We were all looking forward to the final weeks of celebration and social events, leading to Commencement. We cannot change the circumstances that have come our way, but we can remain in close touch with each other as we plan and look forward to our bright future. While Commencement ceremonies have been postponed, we are currently exploring ways to recognize our graduates.  Details regarding new dates and/or formats for Commencement ceremonies will be announced shortly--as soon as I receive recommendations from a group of faculty, staff, and students.

Students and families have inquired about receiving refunds of room and board charges for the Spring semester. The University is committed to providing financial relief. Our focus for the past two weeks has necessarily been on preparing for online classes. We are now crafting a detailed plan and will have resolved this matter by early April.

Our collective lives have changed much over the past few weeks. As an institution with a 100-plus year history, Western New England has weathered many crises, and I am confident of our ability to meet the challenges posed by this new and unpredictable virus. It will require adaptation and sacrifice, but know we are all in this together. What has not changed is our profound wish to be connected with one another in every way that we can. Even remotely the connection can be solid.

Please visit the University’s COVID-19 information page at www.wne.edu/coronavirus for regular updates.

I wish you a productive and healthy final weeks of the Spring semester. Above all, please do not compromise in any way your efforts to sustain your good health.



Anthony S. Caprio