Spring Arbor University is excited to have our students back this fall. As our traditional undergraduate students return this fall you will notice just the right balance of changes on campus that will help us care for the health and well-being of our campus community and still enjoy what makes SAU special. We remain fully committed to providing a Christ-centered and transformational education to our students in a community that considers the value of each and every individual: the students, the faculty and staff, and our neighbors.
HEALTH SCREENING & TESTING PRIOR TO THE FALL:
SAU will be providing COVID-19 testing for students on their arrival to campus. Testing will take place before classes begin. We are offering the FDA-approved Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) which boasts a 99 percent accuracy rate of whether the virus is currently present. The PCR test is a gentle swab of the nostril rather than the more invasive nasopharyngeal procedure that some have heard about or undergone. SAU will also offer group testing dates throughout the summer to meet the needs of athletic teams and student leaders when they arrive at their predetermined time.
Students will be asked to complete online health screening each day before arriving on campus or leaving their residence hall; If a student identifies COVID-19 symptoms, it will be reported through the screening, and a Holton Health and Wellness Services professional will make contact and provide direction. Any student feeling unwell must commit to staying home or in their room. Students with symptoms will be asked to complete a COVID-19 test in the Holton Health and Wellness Center or with their healthcare provider and avoid campus until further notice.
COURSE DELIVERY & TEACHING IN THE FALL:
SAU will resume in-person classes. Occupancies for classrooms and labs have been reduced, and the arrangement of tables, desks, and seats are being adjusted to maintain social distancing. With these adjustments, all students will be allowed to attend all face-to-face class sessions physically, unless they are unable to attend due to illness or COVID concerns. If a student is quarantining they will be expected to attend class via Zoom. If a student is unable to attend due to illness, they may view the recorded classroom session later online if needed. Technology in classrooms, including webcams and microphones, is being enhanced to allow for this approach.
In light of the Executive Order made on July 13, we expect faculty and students will be required to wear a mask when they are in classrooms and labs. Students who are unable to wear a mask due to medical reasons may contact the Director of the Academic Support Center, Manda Kelly, at email@example.com.
Some learning activities will be done via Zoom or online. Handouts and course materials will be distributed online, and students will submit assignments online. Longer class sessions will be shortened, with some instruction moving online or to Zoom. Evaluation is underway to determine how hands-on learning activities such as labs can best be accomplished with adjustments. We are committed to ensuring the high-quality learning experience and personal attention from faculty that SAU is known for.
Most residence areas on campus will continue to house two students per room, but a limited number of single rooms will be available to students on a case-by-case basis. The move-in process will be modified with options added to provide a safe, socially-distanced experience. Revised occupancy levels and protocols for residential lounges and kitchens will be posted.
In order to minimize the potential impact of COVID-19 on our community, guests (people who are not members of the SAU community) will not be allowed on campus or in the residence halls. SAU students may visit each other in the residence halls, with appropriate social distancing and face coverings, but not in individual rooms. SAU will provide each student with a mask; additional masks are the responsibility of the student.
For questions on learning accessibility and residential accommodation for at-risk individuals please e-mail the Director of Academic Student Connections, Manda Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEALS AND COMMON AREAS:
SAU will also be implementing minor changes within our dining facilities and food service procedures, depending on the state requirements at that time. You will notice increased spacing throughout the dining area, and food will be served to students to minimize the spread of germs. There will be regular and increased cleaning of public spaces to follow the CDC-recommended standards with special attention on high-traffic intersections and high-touch areas. Occupancies for auditoriums and athletic facilities will be reduced for appropriate spacing.
GENERAL SAFETY PRACTICES:
As a campus community, we will abide by a new set of practices to ensure the safety and well-being of our campus community. Students, faculty, and staff will be asked to follow the 6’ physical distance in navigating the campus and in all public spaces, including the library and dining facilities. We are encouraging individuals to greet one another with social distancing in mind. We ask that all individuals on campus wear a mask in accordance with the current executive order which includes being inside a public space where 6’ social distancing is not possible. We are also encouraging everyone to practice frequent hand washing and respiratory hygiene practices.
EVENTS & ACTIVITIES:
- We will follow current state guidelines regarding public gatherings (assuming our area of Michigan is in Phase 4 at the start of classes)
- Chapel programming will be adjusted to accommodate social distancing
- SAU Chaplain Brian Kono and Student Development are developing a Chapel experience that meets our community’s desire for worship together and incorporates the appropriate safety requirements. The attendance requirement may be adjusted as needed to recognize the unique setting of and opportunities within the large group and small group activities
- Athletic practices, competitions and travel will be adjusted according to guidance from the NAIA, CDC and other relevant authorities.
- Athletes and coaching staff will participate in a health screening (including having their temperature taken) before practices and competitions
Any students who have concerns or reservations may direct those questions to Student Development and Success (email@example.com) to review options.
For more information on our full community preparedness plan, please review the document below:
For more information on protocols and health screening for employees visit mysau.arbor.edu