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Fall 2020 Semester

Fall 2020 Semester Updates

Watch this brief video highlighting the Campus COVID-19 Guidelines, which are located below.

Student Life COVID-19 Guidelines

While life on campus is different due to COVD-19, we are working hard to preserve as much as possible the unique richness of the Moody experience and the sense of community we all love. For the most current campus student life guidelines related to COVID-19, please download a PDF version here.

Chicago Campus COVID-19 Guidelines
Last Updated: July 31 (updates made to “If You Become Symptomatic” section on page 2)

A Summary of Plans for This Fall

Moody’s campuses are open for the Fall 2020 semester! This web page will answer many of your questions about the necessary changes and adjustments to our learning formats.

As announced by our provost, Dr. Perry, we are utilizing a highly flexible (hyflex) approach to learning, allowing students to attend classes in person, online, or a combination of both based upon your needs and/or preferences and whether you reside on or off-campus. This new learning model will allow us to continue to deliver classroom teaching without interruption this fall, even if a resurgence of COVID-19 becomes a challenge for colleges.

  • Chicago undergraduate and seminary classes began on August 17 as planned, and in-person classes will conclude the week of November 23.
  • Our Spokane and Michigan campuses will have slightly differing start and end dates that are being announced directly from their respective campus leaders.
  • If state or local agencies require that we discontinue our in-person classes due to COVID-19, we will not vacate our residence halls. Instead, we will complete the remainder of the semester using our flexible model where students can choose to remain on campus and in their residence halls, move off campus, or move home.
  • We continue to implement best practices as guided by the CDC and other health agencies to keep everyone safe and healthy, as well as maintain proper healthcare protocols to care for students who are symptomatic or become ill.

We will continue to communicate in a timely manner. Please visit moodybible.org/coronavirus-updates for the most current Moody community email updates. For specific questions not addressed in the below questions, please email 2020@moody.edu, call (312) 329-2020 or text (312) 262-5415.

CHICAGO CAMPUS COVID-19 DASHBOARD*

*The COVID-19 dashboard gives the Moody community a near real-time look into key areas related to the Chicago campus. For more information about each of the condition factors that inform Moody’s overall alert level, click on the short descriptions or hover over with your mouse in that section. This dashboard is updated regularly, so please make sure you refresh this web page to ensure you are viewing the most up-to-date information.

COVID-19 CASE TRACKER**

  Michigan Moody Aviation
On-Campus Student 1 1
Off-Campus Student 0 0
On-Campus Employee 1 0
Off-Campus Employee 0 0

**This chart is updated every Monday around 10 a.m. (CT), and represents the number of active, confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the Moody community. Moody follows all sanitation and cleaning procedures per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, and in the case of an on-campus student in a residence hall, we ensure they are self-isolating per our Sick Student Protocol (located in Chicago Campus COVID-19 Guidelines). Contact tracing efforts are also part of Moody’s protocol when a positive case is confirmed so that we ensure those within the Moody community who were in close contact with the individuals in question have been properly notified. Please note that Moody also follows all rules related to personal health information (HIPAA) and the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA) to protect the privacy of staff, faculty, and students; therefore, the identity of an individual will not be shared with the Moody community. If you are aware of someone’s identity, please respect their privacy and not share their name.

Questions and Answers about Fall Classes

Definitions

Hyflex: hybrid-flexible classes designed to offer their content both in the classroom and online through Canvas, our learning management system.

Moody Online: asynchronous classes offered in 8-week-long modules only online through Canvas. See Learning Venues.

Remote learning, distance learning, online learning: synonymous terms for working on a class online.

 

Table of Contents:

Options
Academic Calendar
Student Accounts
Financial Aid
Residence Life (Housing)
Health
In-Person Classes
Online Classes
Traveling to Campus
PCM and Field Education
General Student Experience
New Student Orientation
International Students
Spokane
COVID-19 Resources

 

Options 

For campus-based students, what are the options for fall semester?

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How should I let you know my plans for fall?

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Will the intermission policy change for fall?

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How should I decide whether to return to campus?

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Can I decide to return to campus or move off campus after the semester starts?

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If I intend to return to campus, do I need to do anything?

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Academic Calendar 

Are there any changes to the Academic Calendar for fall?

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While the beginning and end of the fall schedule is unchanged, our undergraduate hyflex classes will allow you to leave campus for Thanksgiving break and not return until spring, as you will finish your classes and exams online during the final weeks of the semester. There will not be a fall break for undergraduate Chicago students nor a break for the Missions Conference, which will be a mix of virtual experiences and evening presentations. While you are not required to return to campus after Thanksgiving, residence halls will remain open and Food Service will be available.

 

The schedule for seminary and graduate classes remains unchanged.

Student Accounts 

What will the fall semester cost?

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If my roommate decides to study online, will I be charged for a single room?

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If I get sick and choose to go home to recover—after the deadlines for room and board refunds—will my room and board be prorated?

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If I was supposed to receive an 8-week credit for housing this fall, will I still receive this credit if I do not return to campus?

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Do I have to pay tuition if I lived off-campus during the 2019-2020 academic year?

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If the campus has to close again, will we receive a room-and-board refund?

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If I am enrolled in an internship in the fall, will I receive the tuition grant?

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If I choose to stay home, take classes using the hyflex model, and don’t come to campus, which fees will I need to pay?

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Do you offer options for health insurance?

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Do I have to pay tuition if I am getting married this summer and moving off-campus?

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Financial Aid 

If I was supposed to receive an 8-week credit for housing this fall, will I still receive this credit if I do not return to campus?

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If I choose not to come back to campus and prefer to register for Moody Online classes, does my tuition grant apply to these classes?

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If I am an undergraduate on-campus student who wants to take a Moody Online class, will the tuition grant cover this class?

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How will my Federal Pell Grant be applied?

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Residence Life (Housing) 

Is there a summary of Moody’s policies and procedures for this fall?

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What areas of campus and student services will be open this fall?

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How will we move back to campus this fall?

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Will individual rooms be available this fall?

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Will ADA housing accommodations be impacted?

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How does this impact my room assignment?

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Will I need to wear a mask on campus?

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What will our floor and bro/sis communities look like this fall?

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Are visitors or overnight guests allowed in the Residence Halls this fall?

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Will we be able to visit one another in our Res Hall rooms?

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What preventative measures will be taken for common spaces such as bathrooms, kitchens, lounges, or elevators on campus?

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Health 

What should I do if I get sick or come down with COVID-19 symptoms?

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What happens if my temperature is high?

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If I have to self-isolate, how will I get food?

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If I have to self-isolate, how will I be able to continue my classes?

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What happens to my healthy roommate if I have to self-isolate?

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What accommodations are available for immunocompromised or otherwise at-risk students, in regards to both coursework and residence life?

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Will Moody provide masks for students?

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Will I have access to Health Services?

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What measures is Moody taking to ensure the health and safety of our community?

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In-Person Classes 

How many students will be in a classroom this fall?

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Will my schedule change?

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Will students be required to wear masks while in class?

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What if I need to do an internship in order to graduate, but none are available? Will this still be required?

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How will professors take attendance if I am quarantined and doing the class online?

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How will I complete lab-type courses that require hands-on training (aviation courses, lifetime fitness, chorale and music courses)?

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Will speech, preaching, and singing classes be held in person, given the higher possibility of spreading the virus while in close proximity to singing and speaking?

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Will the alternative Pass/Not Passed grading scheme be available for classes this fall?

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Will students be required to maintain full-time status?

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Will the requirement be different for those living off campus and paying tuition?

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Online Classes 

What is the difference between a hyflex class and an online class?

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Do online students have access to tutoring and writing help?

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Will I still be able to check out books from the library if I live locally?

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Will there be ways to access library materials online?

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Will I still have access to the U-Pass?

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If I take only online courses for fall semester, can I choose to come back to campus for Spring 2021?

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If I choose to take only online classes, will all of my classes be offered? Can I still fulfill all my degree requirements online?

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What will be the format of hyflex classes? Will virtual lectures still be offered?

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Will taking remote classes affect my ability to graduate from a program with residency requirements?

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Traveling to Campus 

What is guiding Moody’s current travel guidelines?

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Am I able to quarantine where I live before I travel to Moody from a high-incidence state or a country outside of the U.S.?

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If I test negative for COVID-19, can I be released from my 14-day quarantine?

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What is expected of me if I quarantine at Moody upon arrival at Moody?

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Are my parents able to help move me in if they are coming from a high-incidence state?

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PCM and Field Education 

Will we have PCM?

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If I have online classes, will I be required to have a PCM?

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Will fall semester graduating seniors and prospective seminary grads be able to complete their internship or practicum in the fall?

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General Student Experience 

Will student access to the city be limited?

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During the semester, can students travel out of the city, state, or country and be able to return to campus?

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Do students have to be tested for COVID-19 before returning to campus?

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Students who attend the Spokane campus will be informed of their screening protocols (which depend on local guidelines).

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If I'm traveling from out of state to Moody, do I have to self-quarantine for two weeks?

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What will chapel look like this fall?

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What will Student Programs and Groups look like this fall?

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How will the SDR function this fall?

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If I am an international student and cannot return to campus due to travel restrictions, how will this impact me?

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How will student on-campus employment be impacted? Will I get my job back when coming back to campus?

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Will Study Abroad take place in Fall 2020?

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How can I receive mail I may already have on campus if I choose to study online this fall?

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New Student Orientation 

What will undergraduate New Student Orientation (NSO) be like this fall?

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Will there be adjustments to NSO Move-in Day?

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If I am unable to come to campus this fall, can I delay my enrollment until spring and not lose my matriculation deposit?

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International Students 

How do I maintain my immigration status this fall semester if I return to campus?

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How do I maintain my immigration status this fall semester if I cannot return to campus?

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Do current and returning international students, missionary kids, and third culture kids have to quarantine for two weeks upon arrival to the United States?

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What if I am a new international student starting in the fall? Do I need to quarantine for two weeks upon arrival to the United States?

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Spokane 

When will fall classes start?

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Do I need to arrive early to quarantine?

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Will any classes be offered remotely?

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Are students required to take remote classes?

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If I am unable to return to campus or am not comfortable doing so, will I be able to start classes online and transition on campus at a later date?

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Will classes be cancelled if COVID-19 flares up again later in the fall or winter?

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How will these scheduling changes affect my program plan and expected graduation date?

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Should I expect changes to the plans for fall?

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What health & safety protocols are put in place for the Aviation campus?

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Will I need to wear a mask in the classroom?

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Will social distancing be implemented?

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Is student housing still available in Spokane?

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What if a student starts to show COVID-19 symptoms?

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What if someone in my house starts to show COVID-19 symptoms?

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Are there any traveling restrictions?

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Who can I contact if I have more questions?

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COVID-19 Resources 

Are there resources available for more information about the COVID-19 pandemic?

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