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The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) and Indigenous Students at Hopkins (ISH) hosted Dennis E. Seymour to deliver a virtual Indigenous Peoples’ Day talk on Oct. 12. Seymour is a former dean emeritus of the Community College of Baltimore County School of Business, Criminal Justice and Law.
Once the University decided that the fall semester would be entirely online, student service clubs had to rethink how they could continue helping their community partners. While the virtual format made it easier for some organizations to continue conducting their meetings and tasks over Zoom, others have not been as successful and have even had to put a pause on their club’s activities.
National Coming Out Day, observed annually on Oct. 11, is a day of awareness to support LGBTQ individuals. It also marks the anniversary of the second major National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.
Title IX is a civil rights law that prohibits sex-based discrimination in universities that receive federal funds. In May the Department of Education issued changes to Title IX regulations, giving accused students more rights.
Hoptoberfest, an annual festival by a student organization of the same name, was held virtually for the first time ever from Monday, Oct. 5 to Friday, Oct. 9. The events, intended to relieve stress and celebrate the start of autumn, featured activities including concerts, a baking class and a virtual zoo.
The University announced the creation of the Innovation Fund for Community Safety on Sept. 30. This four-year, six-million-dollar fund will support community-based public safety programs and alternatives to policing in Baltimore.
First-Year Mentors (FYMs) are being paid for the first time this year. The University made this decision in the spring after FYMs were accepted into the program.
While all students are facing challenges adapting to a virtual semester, freshmen are in the unique position of adjusting to a new school without being there in person.
Since the University cancelled all in-person classes on March 10, student groups have been forced to move their activities entirely online.
Provost Sunil Kumar and Vice Provost for Student Affairs Alanna Shanahan announced in an email to the student body on Oct. 1 that the University will have a plan for the spring semester by Thanksgiving at the latest. They also noted that all intersession classes will be held virtually.
The Counseling Center is offering a variety of new online support groups for students during the fall semester. There are 17 new resources, including the Critical Coping Group, Pandemic Support/Discussion Space, Parenting Support Group, Racial Trauma Group and Virtual Support Group for Loved Ones of Individuals with Eating and Body Image Issues.
At the beginning of the fall semester, Student Disability Services (SDS) changed its user interface from Accessible Information Management (AIM) to Accommodate. Under this change, students requesting learning accommodations must email their professors directly; before, professors were notified of their students’ accommodations automatically.
The University announced on Sept. 24 that all affiliates spending time on campus will be required to get a flu vaccination by Nov. 20. The policy applies to all students participating in on-campus activities, as well as University employees and non-employees working in University properties or leased facilities.
Michael Barbaro, host of the New York Times podcast The Daily, spoke at the first event of the Milton S. Eisenhower (MSE) Symposium series “2020: Living Through History” on Sept. 15 via Zoom.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has changed how many Americans will cast their ballot in the upcoming election. To limit COVID-19’s spread, many states have made mail-in voting more accessible as a safer alternative to voting in-person.
The Coalition for a Humane Hopkins (CAHH), which aims to hold Hopkins accountable to the communities it has harmed, held a protest on Sept. 15 against the University’s practice of suing patients over alleged medical debt.
The University released a dashboard on Monday to track coronavirus (COVID-19) cases confirmed through the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Call Center (JHCCC) and regular testing of students living on campus. Contact tracing is not part of the website.
U.S. News & World Report ranked Hopkins at ninth best university in the country in its 2021 Best National University Rankings, moving up from the 10th place spot last year.
With the prospect of starting college from a completely online platform, many incoming college freshmen , both across the U.S. and internationally, have chosen to defer their admissions for a semester or year.
When University President Ronald J. Daniels announced that the semester would be entirely remote in his August 6 email, he noted that tuition would be reduced by 10 percent and that the Office of Financial Aid was allocating $15 million in additional assistance money. Heading into the fall semester, students who requested additional aid are ultimately pleased with their grants, but feel that they lacked support throughout the process.