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Updated July 31, 2020

The University is monitoring and responding to the rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other agencies. We would like to keep you up-to-date on our latest policies and prevention measures with this Graduate School of Theology FAQ for the Marin Campus. For the University-wide FAQ, please click here.

 

Will SFTS at the Graduate School of Theology be open for residential programs in the fall?

Given the state of the pandemic in California at this time, the University of Redlands must begin the next semester/session with remote teaching and learning. We will continue offering classes remotely until state and county guidance indicates we can pivot and bring students back to our classrooms, at which point we will begin the process of reintroducing in-person and hybrid experiences with all necessary safety protocols. Students who are planning to move into housing on the Marin Campus may continue to do so, and study remotely for the time being.

  • Fall Schedule: Students may begin moving into residential housing on Monday, August 17. Orientation Week, comprised of online and socially-distanced activities, will run from Monday, August 31 – Friday, September 4. The first day of classes is Tuesday, September 8.

  • Residence Halls: While monitoring federal and state guidance on residential campuses, we are currently planning for students to  live in separate units.  Some double rooms will be single occupancy to limit the number of people sharing one bathroom. Some spaces on campus will be taken offline to preserve dedicated rooms in case spaces for isolation or quarantine are needed. As you move in, please be mindful of face-covering and social distancing protocols.

  • Meal Service: Community Lunches will be discontinued through the Fall semester.

Academic Experience

Although It will be necessary for all classes to begin the semester online, we are poised to move quickly to hybrid format. As soon as it is safe to do so, we anticipate a number of courses will be making such a change. Given SFTS' small population, large (outdoor and indoor) spaces and the nature of its student housing (separate units as opposed to dormitory style residence halls) we are a bit more nimble than some other Institutions when It comes to making such an adjustment. Meanwhile, no matter the modality in which they are teaching—online, in-person, or hybrid—SFTS professors y are working hard to offer an engaging and personalized education. Faculty members remain committed to developing meaningful connections within and outside of classes.

In contrast to the spring semester, faculty have had time to plan and to adapt their teaching to approaches tailored to a virtual format. Throughout the summer, faculty have researched and participated in workshops on the best practices for online teaching and learning. Also, the University has had the opportunity to invest in enhanced technology to help ensure students have a high-quality experience. This includes upgrading on-campus classrooms that faculty can use to provide instruction using fast, stable internet connections, as well as ensuring technology assistants are available to help if connection or software difficulties arise.  

If you are a student who has unmet needs related to the technology required to support virtual learning, please reach out to resnet@redlands.edu. Options include short-term loans of laptops and portable “hot-spot” wi-fi devices.

Are the Graduate Theological Union libraries open?

Remote services will continue Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Student Services and Academic Affairs Resources

  • Information Technology Services will remain available to assist students, faculty, and staff in need of technology support. 

  • The Office of Academic Success and Disability Services will continue to work remotely.

  • The Office of Career and Professional Development remains open and has transitioned all of its offerings to an online format. 

  • The Office for Campus Diversity and Inclusion and Native Student Programs will remain active in planning programming and events. 

  • The Counseling Center will resume services via video platform and phone to all registered U of R students starting Wednesday, August 26. In the meantime, students with counseling emergencies should call the 24/7 crisis line at 909-748-8960.  The Counseling Center also encourages students to reach out to care providers they have worked with in the past or who are near their home, as they may be offering virtual therapy and can help prevent gaps in care. If you are a student having difficulty finding a community mental health provider, please reach out via email to Counseling Center Director Matt Gragg, at matt_gragg@redlands.edu. If you know a student who needs help, please also encourage the student to connect with the Counseling Center.

  • The Registrar’s Office will continue to provide services remotely to students and faculty.

What are some Marin Campus facilities that are open and that are closed?

The Marin campus plans to reopen gradually. Doors to buildings, however, will remain locked so arrangements must be made to greet visitors and accept deliveries. Masks must be worn when indoors, and social distancing protocols are in place at all times.

Mail on the Marin campus is collected twice per week by Su Hanson and distributed to Marin mailboxes, or, if intended for Redlands, forwarded  to the Redlands campus.

What other administration departments of the University are operational?

The University’s administration teams are covering all essential business services with staffing plans utilizing social distancing protocols. 

Human Resources

The Human Resources Department remains open and fully functional, although with a significantly reduced physical staff presence in the office at any one time. All HR staff are actively reviewing their email and voicemails and returning messages. If you would like to meet with a member of the HR team, please reach out directly to determine how best to meet. The entire department is set up to conduct transactions remotely relying heavily on Webex. The HR team is working with the University’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to identify additional resources available to our employees, free of charge, during these uncertain times.

Building Maintenance and Custodial Services

Custodial Service will service only those areas on campus that are occupied. For Building Maintenance, please submit work requests as normal as staff will be monitoring the work order system. For any facilities emergencies, please contact Public Safety at 909-748-8888. Facilities Management staff will remain on call for emergency situations.

Contact Info

For academic and general questions, please contact the Dean’s Office at 415-451-2859 or email Jana_Childers@redlands.edu

For questions about residential housing or students with health needs, please contact Stephanie LaMonaca, at 415-451-2824 or Stephanie_LaMonaca@redlands.edu, or Dean Hansen, at 415-686-2388 or Dean_Hansen@redlands.edu

Links to State and County Resources