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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Options include short-term loans of laptops and portable “hot-spot” wi-fi devices.
Remote services will continue Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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.
The University’s administration teams are covering all essential business services with staffing plans utilizing social distancing protocols.
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.
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