Welcoming you back to campus

To ensure an exceptional experience this fall, Alverno College has spent the past few months gathering data and seeking information from local and national health experts as we plan for a safe return to campus for our students, faculty and staff. This webpage will serve as the college’s main information hub, including for announcements, FAQs and resources.

The health and safety of the Alverno community are our highest priority, and all of our plans will align and comply with state, local and/or national orders and Milwaukee Health Department and CDC recommendations. All policies, procedures and plans will be updated and adjusted as new information and knowledge about COVID-19 is obtained. We are Alverno Strong!

Academic Overview

Our goal is to be as flexible as possible to meet student needs, including providing remote access to learning, while still delivering the personalized in-classroom experiences students have come to expect at Alverno. It is our commitment to provide students with the content, teaching and support they need to be successful, even if they are not able to attend in-person classes this fall.

Undergraduate Students

  • Undergraduate students will begin in-person classes on Aug. 26, 2020. December 9 is the last day of the semester.
  • To meet the standards for credit hour delivery, as well as minimize potential exposure and the spread of COVID-19, classes will run straight through without holiday or break until Wednesday, November 25.
  • Final assessments will be conducted remotely from December 2-4 and 7-8. No in-person final assessments will occur.

Graduate Students

  • Graduate students will begin courses on Friday, August 28. December 9 is the last day of the semester.
  • All graduate classes and assessments after Thanksgiving break will be virtual. No on-ground, in-person courses will take place after Thanksgiving for the fall semester.
  • All courses and programs that were designed for online delivery will remain fully online.
  • All courses and programs that were designed for hybrid learning — meaning a combination of in-person and online learning — will remain so unless otherwise communicated by the instructor or program director.

Adult Students

  • The first classes will meet on August 25. December 9 is the last day of the semester.
  • To meet the standards for credit hour delivery, as well as minimize potential exposure and the spread of COVID-19, classes will run straight through without holiday or break until Wednesday, November 25.
  • Final assessments will be conducted remotely from December 2-4 and 7-8. No in-person final assessments will occur.
  • All courses and programs that were designed for online delivery will remain fully online.
  • All courses and programs that were designed for hybrid learning — meaning a combination of in-person and online learning — will remain so.

Safety and Health Precautions

  • If you have a temperature above 100.4 degrees, please do not come to campus and contact your health care provider.
  • If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms associated with COVID-19, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches, sore throat, unexplained loss of taste or smell, diarrhea or headache, please contact your health care provider and stay home.
  • The MMAC provides a helpful checklist screening tool.
  • If you believe that you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please stay home and contact your health care provider.
  • All college employees should practice physical distancing by maintaining a minimum of 6 feet distance.
  • The CDC recommends that people wear a cloth face covering over their nose and mouth in community settings. The Alverno community and guests should wear a face mask when moving about the public areas of campus, including hallways, restrooms, common areas and in offices where there is frequent exchange with students or visitors. Masks must be worn by all on campus whenever physical distancing is not possible or may be difficult to maintain.

Cleaning Protocols and Campus Facilities Guidelines

  • Alverno’s COVID-19 cleaning practices are informed by CDC best practices. This includes regular cleaning of restrooms, wiping down surfaces and disinfecting high-touch surfaces.
  • Hand sanitizing stations have been placed in high-traffic areas. When you see one, use one!
  • Plexiglass and other barriers have been ordered for high-traffic transactional counters.
  • The facilities department will lead procurement and maintain PPE levels and sufficient disinfectant products and cleaning supplies for faculty, staff and students.
  • On drinking fountains with a spout and a bottle filler, the drinking spout will be turned off to encourage hands-free use of the fountain.
  • Most elevators should be limited to two occupants per cab.
  • Please be mindful of the number of individuals inside a restroom to maintain physical distancing.
  • Common spaces are not off limits, but please be mindful of how you use these spaces.
  • Some furniture in public and common spaces has been removed to encourage physical distancing.

Campus Services

  • The A-Store is open Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Alverno community, as well as friends and family, can shop online.
  • The Computer Center is be open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. It will be closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
  • Library circulation is open Monday through Thursday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Students will need to make a request for materials at the Help/Circulation Desk for retrieval. Access to the Reading Room, library stacks and other public spaces in the library will remain closed.

Discover how Alverno will get you ready for what’s next. We invite you to get in touch with us to learn more.

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