See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. (1 John 3:1)
This week’s updates include more information about fall classes, getting campus ready for students’ arrival, international travel guidelines, practical tips for caring well from Dr. Misti Grimson, and the Labor Day holiday for staff.
Fall 2020 Academic Calendar – As announced in our June 9 update, we have revised our 2020 fall semester calendar so that classes begin on Monday, August 17, and conclude on Tuesday, November 24, for most courses and programs. Please review the original announcement for some of the exceptions to this plan.
We believe our mission is best accomplished through personal engagement between students and professors and students with their peers. This week, Dr. Tom Mach, Vice President for Academics, offers additional information about our plans for returning to face-to-face instruction in ways that instill confidence for both our students and our faculty:
- Changes to the schedule do not reduce total class time in most cases. If there are instances of reduced class time, faculty will take supplemental actions to make up the time so there will be no loss in educational quality, rigor, or engagement.
- Our faculty prefer to teach face to face. We will limit the number of online courses as much as possible while still protecting those who are at greatest risk from COVID-19.
- For those faculty members who need to teach online in the fall due to underlying health concerns or age, we will follow CDC recommendations in these cases and make every effort to protect our faculty.
- We are working to determine appropriate protocol for classrooms in order to keep students and faculty healthy, including sanitation, physical distancing, and masks.
- For classrooms where appropriate physical distancing is not possible, we may utilize a hybrid teaching model to protect students.
- We will continue to assess state guidelines between now and the start of the academic year to determine the appropriate plan for each course.
We will provide more detailed updates through the summer as plans continue to be finalized. Please visit the Student Information page on our Caring Well. Staying Well. website for the latest information.
Getting Ready for Fall – The new buildings on campus are continuing to make great progress. You can almost see students filing into Chick-fil-A for lunch, studying in the Civil Engineering Center, and hanging out in vibrant community in the new residence hall. We can’t wait to welcome them back to campus in August!
International Travel – Following the current guidance of the U.S. State Department, we are requiring that any faculty, staff, or student who has traveled abroad or will be coming to campus from another country must quarantine for 14 days after returning to the U.S. and before coming to Cedarville. A very limited number of rooms are available for quarantine on campus for these early arrivals. Priority will be given to our international students who do not have other accommodations within the U.S. If this applies to you, please contact one of the following offices to confirm your travel and quarantine plan:
- Faculty and Staff: Contact Human Resources at 937-766-7885 or email@example.com
- International and MK Students: Contact Brenda Reid, Coordinator of International Student Services, at 937-766-7982 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Other Students: Contact Nancy Ranger, Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Student Life and Christian Ministries, at 937-766-7871 or email@example.com.
If State Department guidelines change, Cedarville will adjust this requirement accordingly.
Caring for Others – Continuing our “Caring Well. Staying Well.” video series, Dr. Misti Grimson, Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies, shares practical ways the Cedarville community can care for others as we coexist on campus.
Labor Day Staff Holiday – Staff members should confer with their supervisor to determine needed coverage for Labor Day since classes are in session this year. Staff will have Labor Day or another day during the same week as a paid holiday.