If the college, which was founded in 1868, can open campus doors again in the fall, plans include social distancing, COVID-19 testing, pre-testing “before students get back,” retesting them when they come to campus and taking the temperature of students, faculty and staff every day, Gibralter said. A combination of distance education and in-person education would be implemented so “perhaps some of our students can maybe stay home while others return,” he added.
Various revenue sources are “up in the air,” the letter said, amid the virus. The college’s proposed business degree completion program with Monroe Community College has been delayed indefinitely. The program needed to be approved by the state Department of Education, but the department “cannot act on our proposal or any others at this time,” the letter said.
Another revenue source affected by the virus this year was Wells’ study abroad program in Florence, Italy. The college mandated that the 173 students in the program return home following the Italian government extending its previous order in March for all college institutions to be shut down due to the county’s high amount of COVID-19 cases. Gibralter previously said the program generates about 18% of the college’s operating budget. Every student in this year’s program came from different colleges.