Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, Salem State University has decided that all Summer Session I (May 18, 2020 to June 26, 2020), including week-long Summer I institutes and full summer (12 week) courses will be offered exclusively online. This applies to both graduate and undergraduate courses. Given that students do not have an option to take a course in person, the Salem State Board of Trustees has voted to remove the online course fee from all Summer I courses. A revised PDF of the summer schedule will be on the www.salemstate.edu/summer webpage shortly.
Some veterans have raised concerns over taking courses online as in the past it would affect their Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA). The good news is that thanks to a newly passed Federal law, Post-9/11 GI Bill students who pursue resident courses converted to an online modality solely due to COVID-19 will continue to receive the MHA rate for resident training. The law only authorizes this special status from March 1, 2020, to December 21, 2020. The SSU Veterans Affairs Office will be following up with Veterans with more specifics on signing up for summer classes.
The decision about the delivery mode for Summer session II courses will be made no later than May 15. We are currently planning to be teaching back on campus for the start of the new school year in September but are monitoring the situation as the health and safety of the entire Salem State community remains our top priority.
David J. Silva
Provost and Academic Vice President