On this webpage, Spalding will share important information about the University’s plans to return to campus in Fall 2020 and the impact of the coronavirus. Please scroll all the way through to find info that may apply to you. Also refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization and Kentucky Department of Public Health for COVID-19 information. The state’s COVID-19’s hotline is 800-722-5725.
From President McClure | Spalding to Welcome Students Back to Campus this Fall | June 17, 2020
June 17, 2020
Dear Spalding Community,
Thanks to the diligent work of many, I am pleased to announce that Spalding University will welcome students back to campus this fall.
Led by Chief of Staff and Dean of Operations Chris Hart, the Coordinating Committee for the Return to Campus has been meeting regularly to plan for the safe reopening of campus for in-class instruction, housing, athletics and other campus activities. The Return to Campus committee will issue a report in the coming weeks with guidelines for the Spalding Community.
All aspects of how the University operates will be in the context of ensuring the health and wellness of our students, faculty, staff and visitors, following guidance from state and local officials. This will include considerations for personal protective equipment and the safe configuring of classrooms, labs, residence halls, athletic facilities and other campus spaces.
Some initial updates:
- Fall classes will include courses that are face-to-face, hybrid and online.
- Web cameras will be in seated classes so that students who do not feel comfortable attending class in person will have the option to participate from home.
- Leaders from Athletics and Residence Life have been working on protocols for safely welcoming student-athletes and residential students back to campus.
- For several weeks, Spalding University’s Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facility (CORF) has been operating and seeing clients in a safe manner, and its successful reopening will serve as a model for other clinical and lab settings around campus.
We look forward to sharing additional updates from the planning committee.
We encourage our current and incoming students to move forward with registering for fall courses in anticipation of our return. We can’t wait to see our students again this fall.
May you, and all those you love, be well.
All the best,
Tori Murden McClure
Spalding University President
Other Return to Campus and COVID-19 Info
Public Health Resources
- The CDC website has a wealth of information on the Coronavirus and COVID-19.
- The Kentucky Department of Public Health has created this page with information.
- Link to a Louisville Metro handout with quick tips on prevention.
- Kentucky Educational Television has a comprehensive webpage with resources.
- A printable, downloadable quick reference guide with lots of easy-to-read facts and advice regarding COVID-19.
- Kentucky's Council on Postsecondary Education has a resource page details ways to get Internet access during the pandemic, including a list of offers from Internet service providers.
- Among them, Spectrum is offering free broadband to k-12 and college students beginning March 16 for up to 60 days. To enroll in the service you can call 1-844-488-8395, the company says it will waive installation fees for student households. Charter will also open its Wi-Fi hotspots for public use.
- Comcast: The cable giant is offering free access to its Xfinity WiFi hot spots for everyone, including non-subscribers, for the 60 days. It's also providing unlimited data to its customers for no extra charge and is not disconnecting internet service or charging late fees for customers who say they can't pay their bills. The company is also providing 60 days of free basic internet service to new customers. https://corporate.comcast.com/covid-19
- AT&T is waiving overage fees for 60 days on wireless data plans and lifting caps for home broadband. https://about.att.com/pages/COVID-19.html
- Spalding students can download Microsoft Office for free at https://portal.office.com using a Spalding login.
- Students who need access to a scanner are advised to download a free PDF scanner app on your phone, such as Microsoft Office Lens or Genius Scan.
- Enterprise rental car company is offering college student travel assistance by waiving young renter fees and reducing the minimum age to rent a car.
- Here is a community-sourced document with a range of local information and resources.
- Free Educational Resources: https://www.cato.org/blog/free-online-learning-resources-when-coronavirus-closes-schools
- Information on how COVID-19 is impacting higher education: https://bryanalexander.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-higher-education-resources/
- Comprehensive guide for Spalding employees working from home (accessing voicemail, having your office phone direct to your cell phone, using GoToMeeting and Microsoft Teams to conduct virtual meetings, etc.): https://spaldinguniversity.freshservice.com/support/solutions/folders/8000089365
- Comcast: The cable giant is offering free access to its Xfinity WiFi hot spots for everyone, including non-subscribers, for the 60 days. It's also providing unlimited data to its customers for no extra charge and is not disconnecting internet service or charging late fees for customers who say they can't pay their bills. The company is also providing 60 days of free basic internet service to new customers.
- Here is a community-sourced document with a range of local information and resources as folks work from home and socially distance.
- Spalding Center for Teaching and Learning Director Dr. Donna Elkins wrote a blog post offering five tips to taking your courses online.
Previous campus updates
Aaron Roberts, Director of Residence Life, sent the following message to students on June 18, 2020, regarding on-campus housing this fall: Dear Golden Eagles, It has always been a priority of our Residence Life team to provide a home away from home where you feel safe, connected, and empowered. As we anticipate the course of […]
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