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MVNU announces fall schedule

TOGETHER, AGAIN

MVNU exists to shape the lives of our students through the love of Christ. Without you on campus, this does not happen with the quality and care we have all come to expect. Since the day you left, we have been focused on your return to campus and what that might look like.

Today, we announce a schedule for fall semester. While we don’t know every detail, we know that together we can make it work.

NEW FALL SCHEDULE

Leadership and working groups throughout campus have been thoughtfully, diligently, and prayerfully analyzing several scenarios to safely bring students back to campus for Fall semester. This week, the Senior Leadership Team voted to accept an updated academic calendar that provides an on-campus, full-semester schedule that places student health and safety in the forefront.

Classes will begin on Wednesday, Aug. 19, and the semester will end Nov. 24, just before Thanksgiving. Students will get a Mid-term Break on Wednesday, Oct. 7. A similar calendar has been adopted by colleges and universities throughout the country. Our hope is that this will help us minimize travel to and from campus to reduce the risk of a COVID-19 outbreak.

WHAT WILL FALL SEMESTER LOOK LIKE?

While it is still too soon to give a complete picture of what Fall semester will look like, we can say we are making every effort to provide the MVNU Experience our students have come to love and appreciate.

Campus

It is our goal to welcome you back to an environment that is safe and as close to “normal” as possible. We have multiple teams working across campus to determine best practices for residence life, spiritual formation, dining, facilities, housekeeping, academics, health services, student life, events, travel, student success, and communications. Each team is focused on keeping the MVNU Experience as intact as possible while maintaining the highest levels of well-being for the MVNU Community. We are coordinating with public health officials to assure we are creating protocols and best practices that meet or exceed their guidelines.

New best practices may include, but are not limited to:

•Installing clear barriers in areas with direct person-to-person contact such as the dining hall, financial aid, admissions, Cougar Corner, etc.

•Providing sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and other cleaning supplies in classrooms, lobbies, and offices throughout campus

Classes

We are excited to return to teaching classes face-to-face in the fall, supplemented by remote instruction. Face-to-face instruction will be adapted to allow for appropriate social distancing. Our model allows for significant flexibility to accommodate the needs of our students and campus community.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

We want to assure you that our Facilities and Housekeeping Department has not stopped their intensive protocols to keep campus buildings clean and disinfected. From installing foot pulls on doors to increased changing of HVAC filters, every precaution to kill and stop the spread of viruses on campus is being made and will continue when students, faculty, and staff return to campus.

As we are doing everything we can to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19, we know the adjustments made to the academic calendar, and the MVNU Experience, will require sacrifices by everyone on campus. This could include:

•Social distancing;

•Face masks or other PPE;

•Temperature checks; and

•Careful considerations to others if you are ill, and the possibility of isolation or quarantine if required.

We will communicate the decisions regarding campus life later this summer as they are approved by the senior leadership team in consultation with public health officials. We will post them on mvnu.edu/stayinformed. In the meantime, mark your calendars for these important dates:

UPDATED FALL ACADEMIC CALENDAR

•Aug. 2-8, Nease Institute

•Aug. 10-15, Lead Week

•Aug. 15, Move-In Day for residential new students

•Aug. 16-17, Move-In Day for residential returning students

•Aug. 19, Classes begin

•Oct. 7, Mid-term Break

•Nov. 18, Last day of classes

•Nov. 19-24, Finals

•Nov. 24, 6 p.m., Residence halls close

ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE

We will return to campus in a safe and logical approach while addressing any new protocols or needs as they arise. Because state, federal, and local guidelines remain in flux, we will continue to plan and pivot. We fully expect to remain adaptable throughout the fall semester to maintain the highest levels of health and wellbeing for students, faculty, and staff.

We were all heartbroken when we had to send you home in March. It is not what any of us wanted. We have listened to you, we have read your social media posts, and we know how much you want to come back. While there will be challenges, we are confident that we will be able to provide the quality education and college experience that has become synonymous with MVNU. We eagerly await your return to campus and anticipate great things in the year ahead.