March 12, 2020

Dear Cutter House residents:

In response to increasingly restrictive measures the federal and state governments have recommended over the past 24 hours, we need to make an adjustment to our housing policies through at least April 6. We deeply regret this; earlier this week, we believed you could stay in Cutter and have in-person lessons and coachings.

Nearly 50% of Cutter residents have indicated a plan to return to campus. As much as we appreciate your desire to be on campus at this time, your health and safety—and that of the campus community—demands that we limit the number of students living in Cutter House. The risk of transmission of infection is simply too high to have so many of you in these relatively close quarters.

Effective today (Thursday, March 12), CIM will allow students to stay on campus only if they meet one of two criteria:

  1. Their home is abroad and they have no options for housing in the US with relatives.
  2. Living somewhere other than on campus poses significant hardship (financial or otherwise) and/or risk to their health and well-being.

If you meet either of these criteria, please complete this form to apply to stay in campus housing. Please note that applications requesting to stay due to student employment, community engagements or gigs, or volunteer commitments will not be approved.  

We recognize that some students face circumstances that make living off campus inadvisable or untenable, and we do not want to increase the difficulties that those situations already create. We are absolutely committed to meeting student needs within these criteria – we just can no longer accommodate a simple preference to be on campus.

If you are on campus now, please make arrangements to leave Cutter no later than Tuesday, March 17, at 5pm. If you are off campus and need to gather items essential to continuing your education, please do so, again, by 5pm on Tuesday. Keep in mind that the main CIM building has adjusted hours for Sunday (noon-4pm only), Monday (7:15am-10pm) and Tuesday (7:15am-10pm).

Please direct your questions about housing to David Gilson, Associate Dean of Student Affairs, or Cicely Schonberg, Resident Director.

We regret the need to make this change to our housing practices during this time of remote learning, and for the disruption it is causing to your spring semester. Unfortunately, the hazards of this outbreak require that we take more significant measures to protect each of you and the broader campus.

Paul Hogle, President | CEO
Judy Bundra, PhD, Chief Academic Officer and Dean