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Welcoming you back to campus

Welcoming You Back

 

This webpage will serve as the college’s main information hub, including for announcements, FAQs and resources. Questions or concerns can be sent to covidresponse@alverno.edu, which is checked daily. 

Return to Campus Guidelines

Alverno College’s Toward a Safe and Engaging Fall 2020: Return to Campus Guidelines has been drafted by the members of the COVID-19 taskforce in consultation with the Administrative Council, members of the Incident Response Team (IRT), academic deans, faculty leaders, Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees, and the president. Additionally, the return to campus plan has been reviewed by the Milwaukee Department of Health.

Due to the changing conditions of COVID-19, the college has taken an adaptive approach to this plan, as it will with its implementation. The plan and its implementation will be reviewed regularly and updated based on current conditions, public health guidance at the local, state and national levels, and feedback from community members. Implementation of this plan will require cooperation among everyone. We are Alverno Strong!

Academic Plans

Across Alverno’s undergraduate, graduate, adult and weekend courses, academic leaders and faculty have shifted the fall 2020 academic calendar to provide for an earlier start (by one week to August 24) that will allow classes to run straight through to Thanksgiving without a break.

After Thanksgiving, all classes will resume remotely without any in-person course meetings. All final assessments will be conducted virtually, and there will be no return to campus for students for in-person instruction from Thanksgiving until the start of the spring 2021 semester in late January 2021.

Faculty will conduct office hours remotely or in areas where physical distancing is easily maintained.

Our goal is to be as flexible as possible to meet student needs, including providing remote access to learning, while still delivering the personalized 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.

Fall 2020 courses requiring face-to-face instruction for both content and pedagogical reasons have been prioritized by academic departments, based on both course content itself as well as outside board, accreditation or licensure requirements.

Undergraduate Students

  • Undergraduate students will begin in-person classes on Aug. 26, 2020. December 9 is the last day of the semester.
  • Final assessments will be conducted remotely from December 2-4 and 7-8. No in-person final assessments will occur.
  • Courses planned for face-to-face instruction include:
    • Laboratory courses: examples include Human Anatomy & Physiology; organic chemistry, microbiology
    • Nursing and Social Work courses: skills and practicum and clinical courses; (all)
    • Performing Arts courses: examples include ballet; selected topics in theatre; voice; instrumental ensembles
    • Studio Art courses: examples include Art Therapy; Sculpture, Fibers; Ceramics; Expressive Drawing
    • General Education courses: especially for first-year students

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.
  • 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

  • Face coverings are required in all public spaces on campus, including in classrooms, hallways, restrooms, common areas and offices where there is frequent exchange with students or visitors. 
  • 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.

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!
  • Plexiglas and other barriers for high-traffic transactional counters have been installed.
  • 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. to 2 p.m. The Alverno community, as well as friends and family, can shop online!
  • The Computer Center is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.,
    Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed Saturday and Sunday.
  • The Library reading room will be open for use in a safe and welcoming environment, and the library stacks will be accessible for students and faculty to retrieve materials. Additionally, the library computer lab will be open for student use.
  • The Fitness Center will be opened 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (weekdays and Saturdays); closed Sundays
    • Alverno Teams will have priority access from 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
    • The Fitness Center is limited to a maximum of five users at a given time.
    • Some equipment, including lockers, will be taken offline to ensure physical distancing.
    • In addition to enhanced cleaning, users are responsible for using the sanitizing materials provided before and after use of the equipment.

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