Fall 2020 Semester Updates
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 email@example.com, 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**
**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
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.
Table of Contents:
For campus-based students, what are the options for fall semester?
How should I let you know my plans for fall?
Will the intermission policy change for fall?
How should I decide whether to return to campus?
Can I decide to return to campus or move off campus after the semester starts?
If I intend to return to campus, do I need to do anything?
Are there any changes to the Academic Calendar for fall?
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.