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Note from President McLean: Examinations Week Canceled

Posted: December 8, 2017

Dear Students, Parents, Faculty, and Staff,

Thank you for your patience as we have tried to respond to the many challenges posed by this week’s Thomas Fire. We are grateful to the firefighters who have helped to save our campus, to the many generous families who have assisted our students by providing housing and other essentials, and to the countless friends who have offered prayers for Thomas Aquinas College. We ask that you continue to pray for the continued safety of the campus, for the well-being of our displaced students and faculty, and for alumni and other friends who have lost their homes.

Throughout this week we have tried to find a way to preserve the remainder of the semester and our previously scheduled final examinations, allowing students to review the semester together and affording all students the opportunity to demonstrate their mastery of the material. Unfortunately, these hopes have proved untenable. Although the safety of the campus is stable, and we have secured generators to provide electricity, the road to campus remains closed.

Consequently we are canceling our regularly scheduled first-semester examinations. Students should note that we will still administer some form of exams, perhaps at the start of the next semester, or take-home exams of some kind, but those plans are still being formulated and will depend, in part, on when we can access the campus once again.

As such, students need not return to campus until the start of the next semester. We understand, of course, that most would like to retrieve their books and personal belongings, and as soon as the campus becomes accessible, we will let you know.

Students who, due to prior travel arrangements, cannot go home until the end of the semester, will be welcome to stay on campus as soon as we are granted access through December 16. Food service will be made available throughout that time.

Thank you, once again, for your patience and prayers. Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, pray for us!

Michael F. McLean

PS — The College’s email servers remain out of commission. If you have any questions, please use this temporary address: You can also reach Assistant Dean Christopher Decaen at 805-774-9774.