Academic and Student Life
The Fall 2020 academic calendar has been altered — classes will now begin Tuesday, August 18, and end Tuesday, November 24. There will not be a fall break, and campus will close for most students at Thanksgiving. Finals will be administered remotely after Thanksgiving. Students will not return to campus until Spring 2021 classes start in January, with the possible exception of select populations of winter student-athletes. For more information, consult the Academic Calendar.
Our goal with this calendar has always been to act upon the best information we have regarding the pandemic. Models indicate if a resurgence occurs, it is more likely occur late-fall; our hope is that ending at Thanksgiving will be our best chance to complete the semester in person. Moreover, research indicates that best practice is not to allow large populations to gather, return home, then gather again, only to return home a short time later. Based on the information we have, our belief is that the new schedule allows us to meet our educational goals while also protecting our community.
Housing Charges and Room Assignments
Fall 2020 housing charges will remain as published. The College will endeavor to accommodate student requests for private rooms. The process for making such a request will be communicated to students directly via email. Students who wish to live with a roommate will have that choice.
Residence Hall Policies During COVID-19
Enhanced cleaning will take place in all common areas, especially high-touch surfaces in residence halls. Students will be given instructions about how to sanitize their personal areas. Hand-sanitizing stations will be available at all major residence hall entrances. Furniture in common areas will be reduced to allow for more spacing between furniture pieces. Students are to wear facemasks when outside of their personal room. Residence hall access will be restricted to Monmouth College students. No off-campus, non-Monmouth students or other guests may be hosted in the residence halls until COVID-19 restrictions are reduced. All social activities in the halls must comply with current state of Illinois social distancing and group size restrictions. Additional information about safety measures — including plans for self-quarantine and isolation measures — will be sent out as soon as plan details are confirmed.
Communal Microwaves and Refrigerators
Students will be permitted to use their microwave ovens and refrigerators in their rooms, but communal microwave ovens and refrigerators will not be in operation in residence halls, classroom buildings or offices in order to reduce the risk of virus transfer.
Dining Services and Meal Plans
Semester meal plan charges remain as published. Additional Flex dollars — in addition to flex dollars that come with a given student’s meal plan — will be added to accounts to make up for the difference of having nine fewer meal days during the Fall semester. The precise amount of additional Flex dollars will be announced later this summer. Students who left campus with unused Flex dollars from the Spring 2020 semester will can use those Flex dollars in the Fall 2020 semester.
Dining offerings, hours and locations may vary in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions. More information is available at: monmouthcollege.campusdish.com. Meal schedules will be adjusted to reduce numbers served at any one time. To assist with social distancing in dining halls, furniture has been removed and additional signage, floor markings and stanchions will be utilized.
The NCAA has adjusted to the number of contests required to qualify for its championships. The Midwest Conference (MWC) is working on best practices for competitions. Presidents of member MWC schools will meet in late June to consider the fall sports schedule. Information will be updated after details are confirmed. We will be in contact with all student-athletes in advance of the fall with information about each sport, including safety protocols specific to training, practices, travel and competition.
In order to hold campus events of more than 50 people, the State of Illinois must declare that conditions of Phase 5 of the “Restore Illinois” plan have been achieved. This will affect campus events such as Matriculation, Family Weekend, the on-campus Commencement ceremony and Homecoming. Decisions about larger on-campus events will be made on a case-by-case basis.
Move-in for most new and returning students will be August 15-17:
New Students – Saturday, August 15
Returning Students – Sunday, August 16–Monday, August 17
Fall sport student-athletes and other select student groups (orientation leaders, RA’s, etc.) may have earlier move-in dates; we will contact those groups separately to confirm move-in details. Preparations are being made for a move-in experience with safety measures built into the process. Additional information about move-in days will be communicated to students and families in July.
New Student Orientation
This fall’s New Student Orientation will be held August 15-17. All programs will be held in accordance with CDC and Illinois Department of Health guidelines. Summer Orientation activities will be held in a virtual format. Questions about both events should be directed to the Office of Student Affairs.
Questions or Concerns
Students who have concerns about being on campus because of a condition that places them in a high-risk group, or for other reasons, should contact the Office of Student Affairs.