COVID-19 UPDATES

FAQs: How COVID-19 is changing AU operations

The health, safety and well-being of Anderson University faculty, staff and students is the University’s top priority. 

Out of an abundance of caution, President Whitaker announced on March 11 the University is suspending all undergraduate seated and hybrid classes for the week beginning Monday, March 16, as a result of the ongoing spread of COVID-19 throughout the United States. Online classes already scheduled will continue as normal, including during the week of March 16. 

The following FAQs have been designed to provide additional information regarding topics that may be of concern to students. It will be updated as needed. 

COVID-19 FAQs

Is it really necessary to transition to an online learning environment at this time? 

Unfortunately, it is not possible to isolate the campus, and we have limited ability to have control over our environment when students or others leave campus. The strategy we've outlined focuses on social distancing in order to prevent a local or regional surge in cases and preserve critical medical services. Due to shared facilities, including residence halls, bathrooms, dining facilities, and classrooms, college environments are not ideal places for social distancing. Avoiding gatherings, classes, and meetings, ideally before there is a known case on campus, allows for the strongest level of social distancing.

How will Anderson University’s online education environment work? 

On March 11, the University suspended all undergraduate seated and hybrid classes for the week beginning Monday, March 16, as a result of the ongoing spread of COVID-19 throughout the United States. Online classes already scheduled continued as normal, including during the week of March 16.

The week of March 16th-22nd was essentially an extension of Spring Break. This time was utilized by the campus to transition to an online learning environment.

Beginning Monday, March 23, all courses converted to online learning environments for the duration of the semester.

How will courses be taught beginning March 23? 

All online courses – undergraduate and graduate – will continue as planned and as currently scheduled. Beginning on March 23, for at least one week and perhaps longer, undergraduate seated and hybrid courses will be taught online. Faculty have a wide variety of online teaching tools, supported by the University’s Center for Innovation and Digital Learning. We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust accordingly.

How will the suspension of normal University operations affect my CEP and Journey (Campus Worship) credits?

We are waiving CEP and Journey (Campus Worship) credits for May 2020 graduates, who will graduate in good standing provided all other degree requirements are completed successfully. All other students will be given a credit of three (3) CEP credits. All students regardless of grade classification will receive the required eight (8) Journey (Campus Worship) credits for the spring 2020 semester.

Are athletic events canceled?

Yes. All athletic events are canceled

What if I am an Education student and have teaching placements to complete?

Education majors will be provided instructions from the College of Education with information regarding their  student teaching experience.

How will Nursing students complete their clinical rotations?

Nursing students will be provided information from the School of Nursing regarding clinical hours.

How will students who have internships complete their course?

Please contact your professor for specific information and guidance. 

Will I be able to access the library and other academic spaces?

All academic buildings, including Thrift Library, will be closed to students while we devote our attention to equipping faculty to convert their courses for online delivery. Stay tuned for more details.

Is Anderson University still hosting campus visits and events for prospective students?

Out of an abundance of caution and based on the recommendations of local, national, and global public health organizations, Anderson University has made the decision to cancel all campus visits and events through Friday, May 1. To learn more about scheduling a visit in the future, please contact the Office of Traditional Admission at (864) 231-5780. Also, while we may not be hosting you for an on-campus visit yet, you can still get a glimpse into what it means to join the Trojan Family by visiting our YouTube channel here.

Will there be any activities happening on campus?

No, all campus activities will be postponed or canceled. This includes Campus Worship, CEP events, intramural activities, and formal or informal large-group gatherings. Students will not be penalized for and canceled or postponed Campus Worship and CEP events.  Students on campus will be required to practice social distancing, and those in Residence Halls will not be allowed to visit students in other rooms or congregate in common spaces.  Dining services will be limited until normal operations resume.

Will the Campus Recreation areas be open?

No, the Fitness Center and the Athletic campus gym will be closed until further notice.  

Is Thrive Wellness still seeing students?

The Thrive Wellness Health Services will be working regularly scheduled hours Monday-Friday.  Beginning March 16, students will be seen on an appointment basis.  Students can schedule  online, phone or email for an appointment.

Is Thrive Counseling available? 

Yes, counseling is available. Students can email Thrive Wellness  for an appointment.  

When is the new date for Spring Commencement excercises? Has that decision been made?

Graduation is perhaps the most exciting event on any college campus, and it is especially celebrated at Anderson University. That’s why postponing Spring Commencement exercises this year in response to the unprecedented Coronavirus pandemic was such a difficult decision. However, given the uncertain nature of the crisis, it was a prudent and responsible measure. Anderson University, along with most colleges and universities around the world, is keeping its focus on ensuring quality online education for all of its students, and doing its part to protect the campus and surrounding community from being a source of COVID-19 transmission. Once the immediate crisis abates, the University will be in a better position to address these and other important issues, and we ask for your grace, patience, and understanding in the interim. In short, we are working diligently and quickly toward a solution, and will notify graduation candidates as soon as possible and with plenty of notice so friends and family have time to make plans to attend.

Residence Life Frequently Asked Questions Regarding COVID-19 

Can I come back to my room?

While the best practice is for students off campus for Spring Break to remain off campus until they must return, students who live on campus may choose to remain, or return, depending on their individual needs. For these students, campus will remain open but with reduced services.

Please understand that as we continue to monitor the COVID-19, we may need to restrict access to the campus depending on the circumstances.

How is Anderson University addressing possible remittances for residential student housing and food costs?

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we develop a plan for this all-important issue. Our entire administrative team, including President Evans Whitaker, the Anderson University Board of Trust, the Senior Leadership team, and many others, are working daily to find a solution. In the days ahead, it is our intention to clearly share what our traditional, residential students can expect.

As you can appreciate, these are difficult issues, and we are so thankful for your patience as we carefully and prayerfully explore all options. We respectfully ask that you continue extending the same compassion and grace you’ve shown thus far while remaining in prayer for everyone impacted by this unprecedented global pandemic.

What if I left something in my room?

Students may return to retrieve items from their room at any time.  However, students should be careful to limit their time on campus in close proximity to others.

Do I need to move out of my room?

No, students can keep all their belongings in their room and can continue to live on campus until notified otherwise.

Will meals will be available on campus?

Yes. Aramark will offer three meals per day, however, meal options are limited. Students will not be allowed to eat meals in the Dining Commons.  More specific dining plans will be announced next week.

Will housing sign ups take place as scheduled?

Yes, right now the housing sign up process will take place as scheduled.  However, the Residence Life staff will communicate with students if adjustments need to be made.  If you have specific questions about the sign up process, please contact the Residence Life Office.  

What if I only need to stay on campus for a few days?

Currently, students can come and go as needed.  However, we ask that all students be diligent about taking all items that they might need while away (clothing, toiletries, medications, school materials, etc.).  We also ask that you turn off all lights, unplug electronic equipment, and be sure that your door is locked when you leave.