Stritch Unstopped: Fall 2020 Re-Opening Plan
Message from Interim President Dr. Dan Scholz
Announcing Stritch Campus Re-Opening for Fall 2020
Following careful deliberation and planning, Cardinal Stritch University will open its campus for the Fall 2020 semester. Using the best information available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American College Health Association (ACHA) and the North Shore Health Department (NSHD), we are proud to announce the Stritch Unstopped plan that details the re-opening of campus. Three committees – Campus Life, Academic Delivery, and Public Health and Safety – provided guidance and recommendations on how best to prepare for the safe return of our students, faculty, staff and guests.
As the phased re-opening of the Stritch campus begins, a series of protocols have been established to maintain an environment that protects our students, faculty, staff and guests. We anticipate the need to revise existing protocols and develop additional measures based on the outcome of the phased re-opening of campus this summer. Updates will be shared prior to the start of the fall semester.
In shaping this initial plan and as we continue to adapt our protocols based on evolving information on this global pandemic, we are mindful of the ways our Franciscan values must guide our plans. We will fortify our decisions and actions based on recommendations from the CDC, ACHA and NSHD, while maintaining our commitment to creating a caring community, showing compassion, making peace and reverencing all of creation. While physical safety is important, we are equally attentive to the mental and emotional concerns of our campus community.
A COVID-19 Response Team meets regularly to review and address a variety of issues and make recommendations to University leaders.
Phase 2: Campus open to prospective students & Stritch faculty, staff
Phase 2 of the Stritch Unstopped plan will begin Monday, August 3, with the continued re-opening of campus to faculty and staff members. Employees must complete the SafeColleges online training before returning to campus. Faculty who are teaching online courses must complete the training before the start of the Fall semester.
Only pre-scheduled campus visits are allowed at this time.
The campus is open for in-person visits for prospective students.
Stritch Unstopped Safety Protocols
To help maintain a safe environment, Stritch students, faculty, staff and campus guests should conduct a daily self-health screening before coming to campus by answering the following questions:
- Have you experienced any of the following symptoms in the past 48 hours:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
- Within the past 14 days, have you been in close physical contact (6 feet or closer for at least 15 minutes) with a person who is known to have laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 or with anyone who has any symptoms consistent with COVID-19?
- Within the past 14 days, has a public health or medical professional told you to self-monitor, self-isolate, or self-quarantine because of concerns about COVID-19 infection? This includes if you are waiting on the results of a COVID-19 test that was recommended by a medical professional.
If you answer YES to any of these questions, do NOT come to campus.
Students - contact Student Health Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-410-4097 immediately, followed by your healthcare provider.
Employees - contact your supervisor immediately, followed by your healthcare provider.
Guests - re-schedule your visit.
(updated August 3, 2020)
Additional protocols include:
- All guests should enter at the Bonaventure Hall (park in Lot 3 and use Welcome Desk entrance) or the Joan Steele Stein Center for Communication Studies and Fine Arts (park in Lot 5 or 8 and use main entrance). If you have received approval to use another campus entrance, follow the parking and entrance directions provided by the Stritch employee you are meeting, who is required to meet you at the entrance and accompany you to the meeting location after you have completed your check-in process.
- Guests will be asked to provide their name, telephone number, email address, mailing address, purpose of your visit and arrival time upon arrival and will be provided a Guest Badge that must be worn throughout the duration of your visit.
- All students, faculty, staff and guests are required to wear masks when in public places on campus, should practice safe social distancing, and should be mindful of the importance of hand-washing and respiratory etiquette.
- Students will be required to wear their Stritch IDs while on campus. Employees are required to wear their Stritch ID or name tag while on campus.
Information for Students
Before returning to campus, all students must complete four SafeColleges online safety training modules. The trainings will take approximately 45-60 minutes to complete. Further information and instructions has been sent to student Wolfmail accounts.
In order to protect the most vulnerable members of our community, and in alignment with our Franciscan values, all Stritch community members will be required to wear face coverings when in public spaces on campus, including classrooms. Prominent signage will reinforce best practices for frequent hand-washing, social distancing and using hand sanitizers.
New student residence hall move-in - Thursday, August 20
New Undergraduate Student Orientation program - Thursday, August 20 - Sunday, August 23
Classes begin on Monday, August 17 (6-week and 12-week modules) and Monday, August 24 (8-week and 16-week modules)
Stritch Service Day, scheduled for Thursday, October 1, will be rescheduled
Long Weekend Break scheduled for Friday, October 16 - Sunday, October 18 has been cancelled
Face-to-face class instruction will end on Friday, November 20
Classes will continue in an online format starting Monday, November 23
Thanksgiving Break is Thursday, November 26 - Sunday, November 29
Online classes resume Monday, November 30
December Doctoral Weekend will be held online Friday, December 4 - Sunday, December 6
Final exams will be held online from Saturday, December 5 - Friday, December 11
Explanation of Course Delivery Options:
- Face-to-Face Model – faculty will deliver content to students in a traditional classroom with reduced number of students per section, spaced out to accommodate social distancing. Students are required to wear masks during the class period and use disinfecting supplies to clean their work area prior to the start of each class. This is how the majority of courses will continue to be offered.
- Hybrid Model – faculty will deliver some content to students in a traditional face-to-face model, while incorporating a portion of classes online.
- Online Only Model – faculty will maximize the use of technology to deliver academic content in an online format.
Due to the diversity of our courses and faculty’s teaching style, in both the hybrid and online models, faculty may offer courses in different ways. This includes offering courses synchronously, meaning that students will be able to virtually attend class all at the same time using technology such as Zoom. At times, these classes may also be recorded in case a student is ill or has been granted advanced permission to miss the synchronous session. Other faculty will offer their course asynchronously, which allows for flexibility as to when students log on to complete mandatory participation requirements. Lastly, to support student learning, faculty may incorporate face-to-face or virtual small group or individual study sessions. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure they are aware of the expectations of course participation.
Attendance Policy for Main Campus - Fall 2020
A student will be considered in attendance and marked “present” when physically attending a class on the Stritch campus. If a student cannot be present in a face-to-face class due to having COVID-19 or having been exposed to the virus, or completing a required quarantine period then the student will be marked “present” by meeting any of the requirements listed below:
- Participating in an online, synchronous class experience (if available)
- Submitting an academic assignment in Canvas
- Taking an exam, an interactive tutorial, or computer-assisted instruction in Canvas
- Attending a study group that is assigned by Stritch faculty, either in person or online
- Participating in an online discussion about academic matters in Canvas
- Initiating contact with a Stritch faculty member to ask a question about the academic subject studied in the course.
A student will be marked “absent” when none of the above apply.
August 3, 2020
We are eager to welcome students back to the residence halls this fall. Returning students will notice the modifications made for the health and safety of our residential community. There are physical changes, as well as policy and procedural modifications. Only single-occupancy accommodations will be offered. The number of students allowed to live in a suite-style room will be reduced. There will be modifications to room pricing, yet we remain committed to providing affordable on-campus housing.
For the 2020-2021 academic year only, the first-year housing residency policy will be waived so that students who live close enough to Stritch have the option to commute instead of being required to live on campus. Residence hall selection priority will be given to international students, out-of-state residents and students who live more than 30 miles from campus. As always, students who do not have reliable transportation and/or a safe home environment will be allowed to live in the residence halls. Move-in days will be lengthened to reduce the number of people in the building at any given time.
No guests will be permitted in the residence halls during the Fall 2020 semester.
Final housing assignments will be announced soon.
Meal plans and on-campus food services will be offered, and extra precautions have been put in place to ensure safety. All Food Services staff have been required to participate in COVID-19 re-opening training for restaurants and dining services. Self-serve stations have been replaced, and meals will be prepared and served by staff who will be required to wear masks.
Changes on campus
Service centers such as the Welcome Desk, Office of Information Systems Help Desk, Business Office, Financial Aid, Residence Hall front desks, Library service desks, Athletics service desk and Food Services are vital for campus operations.
Plexiglass dividers have been installed in these areas. Hand sanitizers and disinfectant wipes are available at each location. Cleaning procedures have been established and will be followed after all interactions.
Common areas such as the Leadership Commons, Great Hall, Bonaventure Hall second floor, Clare Hall Lounge and Union provide opportunities to build community.
The number of people in these common areas will be limited to adhere to social distancing practices and help keep the areas clean. Frequent cleaning and disinfecting will occur in these areas and hand sanitizers and disinfectant wipes will be available.
Signage will reinforce the need for social distancing and cleaning protocols.
The use of all athletics and fitness facilities is limited to student-athletes, coaches and Athletics personnel. A check-in and check-out process using Stritch IDs will be implemented. All equipment will be cleaned with disinfectants following use. Locker room use is limited to student-athletes. There will be no overnight storage of items in locker rooms. Athletic training services/treatments will be by appointment only. There will be no walk-in services/treatments. Athletics facilities are not available for rent to outside groups.
The National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced plans to move national championships for fall sports to the spring. The Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) has announced plans to maintain men’s and women’s cross country conference competitions in the fall and to move men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball conference competitions to the spring. Student-athletes will receive additional information regarding practices and competitions from their coaches and Intercollegiate Athletics staff.
August 3, 2020