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Updated January 19, 2021

In the spirit of community safety, anyone who lives or works at the Marin campus needs to complete the daily health self-assessment in the Redlands mobile app. The following people need to complete the self-assessment on a daily basis whether or not they are on campus that day:

-Faculty/Staff who are coming to campus to work (even if it's just to pick up mail once a week)

-Faculty/Staff who live on campus (regardless if they are not coming in to their office)

-Students who live on campus

-Students who live off campus but come to campus to visit Holy Grounds, Computer Lab, etc. 

If you have any questions please reach out to Chandra Ramirez. Thank you so much for helping to keep our campus safe for all! 

If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 and you are living on the Marin campus or accessing the Marin facilities, please fill out the following form: COVID-19 Reporting Form.

Please refer to these steps if you are experiencing symptoms or are concerned you have been in contact with someone with COVID-19: What To Do If You Feel Sick

FAQ

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 Marin Campus FAQ. For the University-wide FAQ, please click here.

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

Given the state of the pandemic in California at this time, SFTS 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.

  • Student Housing: While monitoring federal and state guidance on residential campuses, we are currently housing students in separate units. Some double units will be single occupancy to limit the number of people sharing one bathroom.  Some spaces on campus will be taken offline to preserve dedicated units in case spaces for isolation or quarantine are needed. As you move in, please be mindful of face-covering and social distancing protocols. For specific housing questions and needs please contact Stephanie LaMonaca or Chandra Ramirez.

  • Meal Service: Community Lunches will be discontinued through the Spring 2021 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 are working hard to offer an engaging and personalized education. Faculty members remain committed to developing meaningful connections within and outside of classes.

Since March 2020, faculty have researched and participated in numerous workshops on the best practices for online teaching and learning. We have steadily built up skills and resources to strengthen the online teaching and learning experience. 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 such as Scott 101 and Geneva 100 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.

Librarian Assistance

  • Ask-a-librarian: available from the library webpages and GTU Moodle, the reference librarians are online from 10a-4p on weekdays. These hours might change due to patterns in chat volume. 
  • Email: Send all questions (about anything) to library@gtu.edu
  • Zoom one-on-one help: by appointment, email us and we can set up a time to meet.
  • Getting Started with Library Research Guide: Getting Started with Library Research guide

Materials & Access

Course Reserves: All course reserves will be online in Moodle, and we can scan materials that are in the library. Click here:  https://www.gtu.edu/library/get-help/course-reserves 

Curbside Pickup: Available in Berkeley or San Anselmo. Click here: https://www.gtu.edu/library/remote-materials-pick 

Scanning Requests: We can scan items that are in the library, such as periodicals, reference items, language exams, archival materials, or book chapters. Click here: https://www.gtu.edu/library/get-help/library-scanning-services 

Suggest a Purchase: https://forms.gle/qVfc5pyjSnHCH2vCA 

Extended due dates: We have extended all due dates, but the book drops at both libraries are open if you would like to return materials. Please login to your library account to see these changes in due dates. 

Full access for special students: Some categories of people (like auditors) only had in-library access to materials like ebooks. We have now extended access to anyone sitting in on classes. If you have students in these categories, and they don’t know how to login, please have them email library@gtu.edu

New Resources! Including: ProQuest Dissertation & Theses Global Database, Project Muse Premier Collection, Sage Premier All Access eJournals, Oxford Reference Collections, Oxford Bibliography of Biblical Studies, LGBTQ+ Source, Digitalia Hispanica, ArtStor, and more. Explore the online resources available to you: https://www.gtu.edu/library/resources

 

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 Interim Chaplain for this semester is Allie Utley, assisted by Pastoral Care Associate Lucas Walker. More information on the services that the Chaplain’s office offers can be found here: Spiritual and Pastoral Care. These services include pastoral care and referrals for mental health services including vouchers for care at the Interfaith Counseling Center, which is offering its services remotely at this time.

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

What Marin Campus facilities are open or are closed? What about the Mailroom and packages?

The Marin campus plans to reopen gradually when conditions allow. However, for the time being, doors to buildings remain locked. On campus, masks must be worn, including in common areas such as Holy Grounds and the Computer Lab even when no one else is present—and social distancing protocols are in place at all times.

Mailroom, UPS, FedEx, and DHL Packages

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. Please schedule any UPS, FedEx, Amazon, DHL or other package deliveries to come to your home address. No one will be available on a regular basis to receive or distribute packages sent to the Marin 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