Dear MECA&D Students, Faculty, and Staff,

I hope this email finds you well. I am writing to update you on a change to the spring semester Academic Calendar.

Due to the recent increase in Covid-19 cases locally and the Omicron variant surge predicted to reach Maine in the coming weeks, Maine College of Art & Design is delaying the start of the BFA and MFA Spring 2022 semester by two weeks.

Revised/New BFA & MFA Start Dates

The first day of BFA and MFA classes will now be on Monday, January 31, 2022. The entire semester has been adjusted by two weeks. We have updated the Academic Calendar and you can find it here.

The MAT program and the Salt Graduate Certificate Program will continue as currently scheduled.

Faculty, staff, and students will all be taking PCR tests on Saturday, January 29 between 12:00 and 4:00pm so that the test results will be in before classes start on Monday, January 31. Students who live in MECA&D residence halls will also take a rapid test at the time of move-in.

At the current time, a two-week postponement is the most prudent approach. This also gives time for everyone to receive a booster shot in advance of the spring term—a requirement announced on December 31, 2021, and an additional layer of protection for our community.  

Students, faculty, and staff will receive additional details about these important decisions in a separate email to follow that will also include answers to many of your questions. Please review that information carefully, as it will also include updates to some of our Covid-19 safety protocols.

The Dean’s Office and Student Life will co-host an Open Forum for students on Zoom early next week to answer any outstanding questions. Paul Gebhardt, Dean of Undergraduate Studies, will also host a meeting next week with BFA Program Chairs and BFA Faculty to discuss these changes. Staff members are encouraged to contact their supervisors with any questions.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and your commitment to keeping our community safe and healthy during this pandemic.

Best wishes,

Dr. Laura Freid