DC Program

A Message for our Students in the American University DC Program

March 12, 2020

Given the evolving situation with the global pandemic of COVID-19, American University, the sponsor of the DC program, has made a decision to close their campus — including residence halls — and continue educational instruction completely online. Saint Mary’s College strongly recommends that you make your way to your permanent residence as soon as possible. While we understand this is very disappointing, the safety of our students is our top priority.  

Returning Home

We are asking you to begin making arrangements to travel home NOW. As you know, you have been instructed to leave the American University campus by Monday, March 23. Most major airlines have waived fees to change roundtrip tickets. Please make arrangements to return to your permanent residence as soon as possible. 

Once your travel arrangements are finalized please share your plans with Dr. Sean Savage, director of American University DC program, by contacting Dr. Sean Savage at ssavage@saintmarys.edu or at (574) 276-4001. Make sure to include your name in these communications.


You will not lose any academic credits because of this development. American University is continuing to facilitate remote learning so that you can complete your semester from your permanent residence. They will provide more information on how to check out and online access in the coming days.  

Campus Return

Yesterday, Interim President Nancy Nekvasil made the decision to extend Spring Break and move all campus classes to an online format, beginning March 23. All students who reside on campus have been advised to return to their permanent residence for the time being and complete their coursework online. As students returning from DC, you should also return to your permanent home to complete the final weeks of your academic program through American University.

Please know that we are here to support you in whatever way we can. If you have additional questions please contact Dr. Sean Savage, at ssavage@saintmarys.edu.