Annapolis Campus Fall 2020 Opening Plans
Because the pandemic is an ongoing and dynamic threat, we will be updating and adjusting our policies on the pages linked to below to meet the latest health and safety needs of our communities. Our approach has guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control as its foundation and includes many of the principles identified by the American College Health Association. We are also closely following local and state public health office guidelines. If you have additional questions not answered in the materials below, please contact . Graduate Institute students should contact .
Please note that on July 31, 2020, the college announced that the fall semester would move fully online. These FAQs will be updated on Tuesday, August 4, 2020.
The college will use a number of different strategies to protect the safety of all members of the St. John’s College community. Although COVID-19 testing, and pre-semester testing in particular, is not perfect and will not shield us from becoming infected, we believe it is an important part of our multi-pronged strategy.
The college has partnered with FirstCall Medical Center to conduct on-campus COVID-19 testing for all members of the college community on select dates between August 13 and August 25. Employees and students will be scheduled for an appointment for on-campus testing.
Members of the community will receive an email during the week on July 27 with the required registration, medical, and release forms.
All of the costs associated with testing prior to the start of classes and any on-going surveillance testing will be processed through individuals’ insurance plans; any non-covered expenses will be covered by the college. If you receive a bill associated with this testing, please contact the Harrison Health Center.
Students, faculty and staff returning to campus will be asked to access the CampusClear mobile app daily to affirm that they do not have symptoms associated with COVID-19. Those who are symptomatic will be instructed to not come on campus (on-campus students should stay in their rooms) and they will be provided with guidance on next steps for care. Integrity and honesty each day will be critical to keeping each other healthy and safe, as will not trying to “power through” a day on campus if you are experiencing any of the symptoms.
Additional information about the CampusClear app will be sent to the community in August.
The college has partnered with Get Inclusive for COVID-19 training for students, faculty and staff. In August all members of the community will receive an email link to the training. The required training includes a link to the college expectations for all members of the community as well as a disclosure statement around assumption of risk. This includes compliance with any requests for contact tracing or other efforts to gather information to ensure the safety of our campus and community members.
Those not adhering to the required College guidelines and public health practices are reminded that their actions could endanger other community members. While taking disciplinary action against those who do not comply is not our highest priority during these times, they still may be subject to the student conduct process or employee disciplinary action.
Yes, the college has secured a location for quarantine and self-isolation of students residing on campus who test positive for COVID-19, have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 while awaiting test results, and/or are identified through contact tracing as needing to self-isolate. Students who are identified as needing to isolate are expected to follow all medical directives, including those that specify the time frame required for isolation.
Students will be able to participate in online classes while in isolation, provided they are well enough to do so. The college will monitor the health of students in isolation and will provide medical telehealth visits, deliver meals, and provide other assistance as needed.
Face coverings are an important tool in reducing the risk of the spread of COVID-19. All persons on campus are required to wear masks that fully cover their mouths and noses when in indoor common and public areas of the college. This includes classrooms, meeting rooms, hallways, offices, and other shared spaces.
Residential students will not be required to wear masks in their individual residence hall rooms, but will be expected to do so while in all other areas of the college.
Anyone participating in group activities outside, such as outdoor classes, will also be required to wear masks.
Staff and tutors are required to wear masks in private offices only when meeting with others. The use of masks is not required when in an office alone.
Students should arrive on campus with the following personal supplies for the fall semester:
- At least three (3) reusable cloth masks that fully cover your nose and mouth
- Hand sanitizer and basic cleaning supplies
- A thermometer
- Over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen or acetaminophen
Frequent hand washing is strongly recommended, and hand sanitizer will be available in many locations throughout campus.
Students with pre-existing health conditions should consult with medical professionals to determine if online classes are a better option than returning to campus for in-person classes. While the college is taking reasonable prevention and risk mitigation, individual circumstances should be considered when making the decision to return to campus.
Strategies like social distancing, face coverings, and de-densification measures can only succeed at reducing risk with the vigorous participation of the entire campus community. If you see someone not wearing a mask or not following other guidelines, we encourage community members to politely remind them to do so.
Mitigating risks to the health and safety of the entire community is both a shared benefit and a shared responsibility. If you are uncomfortable addressing a situation directly with those involved, please seek out the support of Public Safety, the Assistant Dean, or the Associate Dean.
Classes will begin on August 27 for all students.
The college is committed to implementing prevention and risk mitigation measures, including social distancing, in the classroom. In order to support this, the following measures will be in place for all classes:
- Face coverings are required for both students and tutors.
- All class participants will adhere to social distancing guidelines.
- Doors and windows will be kept open when possible to maximize outside airflow.
- Larger indoor spaces will be used when possible.
- Sheltered outdoor spaces will be used for some classes.
- Class schedules will be adjusted in order to spread classes more evenly through the day, reduce congestion, and make the best use of available space.
- Hybrid technology will also be used so that students can participate virtually on a rotating basis, reducing the number of students in the classroom at any given time.
Beyond these measures, additional steps will be taken to prevent the sharing of equipment in lab.
We will have more details available on class schedules and the academic environment as plans are finalized.
Ongoing and sustained conversations between tutors and students is integral to the academic model. Students and tutors are expected to either meet online or masked and with appropriate social distancing. In-person meetings should be outdoors when possible.
Undergraduate classes will be offered in a combination of in-person, hybrid, and online classes.
For reliable connectivity, students must arrive on campus with an ethernet adapter for their personal computer if their device does not have a built-in ethernet port. Students should also bring an ethernet cable long enough to reach their room jack.
Please note that offering online classes to F-1 students in the fall is still pending approval from ICE/SEVP. See the latest ICE guidance.
Graduate Institute programs this fall will be offered in a combination of in-person, hybrid, and online classes. The Graduate Institute is offering classes remotely during the fall semester under a waiver from the Department of Education. The Graduate Institute intends to offer the option of online classes for Spring 2021, pending approval from accreditors and the Department of Education.
Graduate Institute students will follow the same prevention and risk mitigation strategies as everyone else traveling to campus, and will have to log their status each day they will be on campus in the screening app.
Yes, but please be aware that we cannot guarantee you spring housing. Because you will have been sorted into online classes for the fall semester, you may need to continue in those classes and will not necessarily be switched into in-person classes. Switching into in-person classes will be contingent on space being available in in-person classes.
Graduate Institute students, whether online or in-person for the fall, will be asked to choose between online and in-person learning when registering for the spring semester.
It is possible, but will be dependent on space being available in classes. We will try to work with you to increase your number of in-person classes, but we cannot make any guarantees.
If there are travel restrictions or logistical delays, we will attempt to transition you into an in-person class if possible.
Yes, you may switch to online classes, but for more information about student financial aid awards and housing please see the Housing & Financial Aid section below.
The college will respond to local health circumstances as they arise. These circumstances, which may include directives from state and local public health authorities, will determine whether students are allowed to remain on campus.
We expect that less than half the classes will be online. Many classes will be conducted as hybrid classes, with most students present in-person, but some participating remotely on a rotating basis. In some cases, in lieu of a fully online class, a tutor may participate remotely in a hybrid class. The distribution of in-person and online classes will likely change in the course of the year, depending on the wider public health circumstances; more classes will be conducted in person when health conditions improve.
In order to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID through the community, it would be unwise for students to travel from and return to campus over the Thanksgiving holiday. Instead, students will be expected to remain in residence, some classes will be held during the week of Thanksgiving (but not on the holiday), and don rags will be scheduled for other times during the semester. This will result in an earlier completion of tutorials and laboratories.
Students living on campus will be living in singles, split doubles, or divided doubles, which are existing double rooms with a fixed partition.
Additional information on housing will be delivered by Student Services.
Students living on campus will participate in a staggered move-in process designed to promote social distancing between August 12 and August 24. Each student can bring two family members to help them move into their room. Families should not make travel arrangements until they have confirmed a date and time for move-in.
More detailed information about the move-in process and what students and families will be required to complete in advance of confirming a date and time will be sent the week of July 6.
If you have specific questions about the options listed below, please contact the Financial Aid Office. The following is a breakdown of some likely scenarios for this fall:
On campus resident/on campus study: No financial aid adjustment.
On campus resident/online study: No financial aid adjustment.
Off campus resident/on campus study—for example, a student was scheduled to be on campus, but has decided to move off campus for personal reasons: The financial aid directors will adjust the student’s cost of attendance down for the amount of room and board that would have been charged, but will then add in an allowance for off-campus living expenses of $5,000. Financial aid will be calculated on this revised total “cost of attendance”. Additional changes would only be made if a new election is made to go off campus from being on campus.
Online study/living at home: The Financial Aid Office will adjust the student’s cost of attendance down for the amount of room and board that would have been charged, but will then add in an allowance for online study and at home living expense of $2,000. Financial aid will be calculated on the revised total cost of attendance.
School closures: If the college closes due to directives from the state or as a result of the pandemic, there will be a refund room and board the same way we did in the spring – calculating the portion that the student contributed to their overall cost of attendance, using that calculation to figure out their contribution to room and board, and then prorating that contribution by the time spent on campus.
Student comes to campus and then decides to leave voluntarily to study online: Tuition and other fees (such as health center or activity fees) would remain unchanged. Room and board would be subject to our 21-day refund policy–a refund of 80% up to 21 days into the semester. After this period there will be no refunds for room and board for voluntary departure.
The dormitories will remain open to students over breaks, but please be aware there will be no dining services. There may also be a daily fee for staying in the dorms over breaks.
If you chose a room in the spring, we will do our best to see to it that you return to this chosen room in the fall—but we cannot guarantee this. In order to add some space to the residence halls we have had to reassign some of you. Your housing assignment will be emailed to you in early August.
No, there will not be any triples this year. Everyone will reside in a single, a split double, or a divided double.
A split double is a room with a wall that runs down the middle of the room and ends about three-quarters from the end. The wall is floor to ceiling and the entrance to the room is on one side of the wall. Both sides of the wall have windows.
A divided double is similar to a split double except the dividers will have a little bit of space at either the top or the bottom. Every divided double has at least one operable window and airflow circulates thorough both sides. Divided doubles are meant to help students remain physically separated.
First year students will be emailed their roommate assignments on or before July 17.
- Students who are traveling internationally or arriving by plane, train or bus, both first year and upper-class students, will need to arrive on campus August 12 or 13 in order to self-isolate for 14 days before classes begin.
- Domestic, upper-class students who are arriving by car will need to arrive on campus August 19 and 20.
- Domestic, first year students who are arriving by car will need to will arrive on campus August 23 or 24.
Every on-campus student will be given a specific move-in time.
It is strongly recommended you pack as lightly as possible. If the college has to vacate the residence halls mid-semester, students will be expected to take their belongings with them.
Resident Advisors will work with the residents on each floor to ensure the guidelines for restroom use are made clear to everyone.
The Harrison Health Center will be open for students on campus with modified appointment times and procedures to allow for additional cleaning and safety measures.
In order to protect the safety of our campus, there will be no walk-ins allowed. Students must call 410-626-2553 to schedule an appointment and to complete a COVID phone screening questionnaire. Upon arrival, students will need to call to be admitted. We will not be able to permit anyone to accompany students during their appointment, as we cannot have anyone waiting in our lobby. Students should not arrive more than 10 minutes prior to their scheduled appointment time.
All counseling and psychiatric appointments will be done via telehealth this fall. Students who were actively engaged in a counseling relationship during the spring 2020 semester can email their counselor directly to schedule appointments. All other students should email . There will be no walk-in counseling appointments available.
Students who need crisis support are encouraged to contact CareConnect for immediate support.
Students who want to explore telehealth counseling outside of the counseling center are encouraged to explore BetterHelp.com.
Times will be blocked out to separate sick visits from other services between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Contact the Harrison Health Center for a virtual screening; do not come to the office or go to class. Next steps will be based on the information shared during the virtual screening. The Harrison Health Center is prepared to conduct COVID-19 tests for students where clinically indicated and will direct students to local resources if necessary.
Students who believe they have contracted COVID-19 should immediately self-isolate in their room and call the Harrison Health Services during normal office hours (or Public Safety after hours) for further instructions.
The decision to quarantine or self-isolate a student will be made by the medical staff within the Harrison Health Center. Students experiencing symptoms should contact the Harrison Health Center and follow the directions they are given. Students who are directed to report to the health center to be tested should arrive with the belongings they will need for quarantine pending test results. Once tested, students will be transported to the quarantine location. Students will be provided with basic medical supplies from the health center before moving into quarantine.
Students who test positive for COVID-19 and have symptoms will be required to either go home or remain in isolation until ALL of the following criteria have been met:
- They must be fever free for at least 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications;
- Have improvement of all respiratory symptoms
- It must have been at least 10 days since the symptoms first appeared
- Additional testing may be required based on clinical symptomology
Students who test positive for COVID-19 but DO NOT have any symptoms will be required to either go home or remain in isolation until ALL of the following criteria have been met:
- It has been at least 10 days since positive test results were received
- They have remained asymptomatic with documented twice-daily temperatures less than 100.0 F
- Additional testing may be required
Quarantine Requirements for Contacts of a COVID-Positive Person
Students who have had close contact (defined as closer than 6 feet for ≥15 minutes) with a COVID-19 positive person with or without symptoms will be provided with additional information from the Harrison Health Center medical staff and/or staff from the Anne Arundel County Health Department.
Understand that these protocols may change prior to your arrival or after student arrival on campus as the CDC and our local Health Officials update requirements.
It is very important to not stigmatize anyone who requires isolation or quarantine. These procedures are for the health and safety of everyone in our community. Stigmatizing, identifying, or profiling anyone placed isolation or quarantine by way of social media, verbally, electronically, or otherwise has no place on our campus and, in some cases, may be a violation of conduct policies.
No, students who return home to quarantine or self-isolate will be able to leave their belongings in their on-campus room.
Staff will work with quarantined students to have meals delivered and debited from their meal plan.
As a matter of precaution, students in isolation should not have direct contact with others, except in a medical emergency. Students will be set-up with telehealth appointments with the Harrison Health Center during their time in quarantine. Although physically most students will not require any medical intervention beyond symptomatic treatment, students should contact 9-1-1 in case of an emergency.
Staff will advise the students’ tutors that the student should plan to participate in classes and academic assignments remotely during the required isolation period. Students should also contact tutors to ask about how to connect and continue coursework during quarantine.
For the health, safety, and wellbeing of the St. John's College campus community, our friends and families, and the wider Annapolis population, we are closing our campus to outside visitors, groups, and events through May of 2021.
These restrictions include:
- Any outside visitors to campus without previously authorized business to conduct with the college.
- Use of the college grounds for pedestrian traffic, recreation, and dog walking.
- Visitors to the Mitchell Gallery (closed through 2021).
- Use of the Iglehart Gym.
- Use of the Hodson Boathouse.
There will be changes to the operations of all of these and other campus facilities in support of de-densification and social distancing goals.
Randall Dining Hall will continue to provide food for those on the meal plan. The seating area will be rearranged to reduce capacity by 50 percent, and outdoor seating options will be expanded. All local regulations governing restaurants will be followed by the dining hall.
Iglehart Gym will be accessed by appointment only, and the capacity will be restricted in order to implement social distancing. Only Hodson Boathouse staff will be permitted in the building, and the recreational use of canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards will be by appointment only. Intramurals will take place outdoors with no contact sports. All local regulations governing gyms and fitness centers will be followed.
Greenfield Library will remain available for lending of books in support of on-campus students, staff, and faculty. Additional guidelines for the library will be shared later this summer.
The on-campus bookstore will remain available for the purchase of books through online orders and limited in-person hours.
Social events will be held both in-person and virtually. In-person events will be modified to support social-distancing and give everyone lots of extra room. Many in-person events will be held outside under large tents. Some of the events and activities we’re planning include scavenger hunts, an on-line quiz wits tourney, local hiking, outdoor movies, and a Johnnie Video Challenge.
Yes, there will be team and individual sports, although we will not be able to play sports that involve close contact. Other sports and events are being developed in their place, though the schedule is not yet finalized. These include sports like tennis, volleyball, track and running events, disc golf, wiffleball, kickball, and similar activities. Contact Chris Krueger () for more details.
Unfortunately, no. Large scale parties will not be possible under current pandemic conditions. There will be smaller parties organized, but numbers will be limited and social-distancing will need to be maintained.
Students are not restricted to staying on campus. If you do leave campus, we ask that you remember to wear your mask, remain socially distant from everyone you encounter and wash your hands frequently. While it will be possible to go into town, we will be encouraging everyone to keep in mind that the safety of the entire community depends upon everyone taking precautions to limit the situations in which they might come into contact with the virus.
This includes being thoughtful about going to visit bars, restaurants, or events in Annapolis; we strongly discourage students from going to indoor bars and restaurants.
In general, we would discourage students from planning to take trips to other cities during the semester; leaving the Annapolis region and returning from other cities could increase the potential for spreading infection on campus.
Students who have family in D.C., Maryland or Virginia may visit home. If your family lives outside the DMV, we ask that you not visit them.
While we understand that friends and family may wish to visit during the semester, this social contact from outside the campus also increases the risk to everyone in the community. Visitors will not be allowed in the dormitories. We ask that you consider carefully before inviting guests to campus.
The Dining Hall will be serving three meals a day through a variety of grab-and-go options. The Dining Hall will not accept cash payments. Details about how and when these meals will be served will be available closer to the opening of the semester.
Yes, the Coffee Shop will be open. There will be limited seating in the Coffee Shop in order to meet social-distancing requirements. Orders to the Coffee Shop can be picked up and taken elsewhere to enjoy. The Coffee Shop will not accept cash payments. Strict social distancing will be observed and masks will be required in the Coffee Shop seating areas.
As with the Dining Hall, more details about the operation of the Coffee Shop will be available closer to the opening of the semester.
The common rooms and kitchens in the residence halls will be closed. There will be outdoor seating, tents, and spaces within our larger indoor areas (FSK lobby, Fishbowl, Boathouse, Mellon Courtyard) for spending time with others.
Yes, you will be able to hang out with your friends as long as you’re doing so while social distancing. This hanging out will be most easily done outside on some of the many Adirondack chairs that will be scattered around campus.
Students who live in the residence halls will be allowed to have one other student visit at a time.