Welcome back to Campus!
The safety of all students, loved ones, staff, and faculty is our top priority and we are committed to providing a positive move-in experience. We hope the information below helps you best prepare while understanding that things continue to evolve daily with guidelines and best practices regarding COVID-19.
Thank you in advance for your flexibility as we do our best to navigate these times.
The well-being and safety of our community remains our priority.
+ We will be back for face-to-face instruction this spring and for our residential campus experience starting in January
+ Our planning is rooted in our faith commitments: hospitality, graciousness, kindness, responsibility, and others focused
+ Our protocols are based on the best guidance issued to date from the CDC, the American College Health Association, the NCAA, and other local, state, and federal agencies
+ Our plan is built to be nimble- we can and will make adjustments as our circumstances dictate and in close coordination with the CDC, the American College Health Association, the NCAA, and other local, state, and federal agencies
+ As is always the case on matters of well-being and safety, individual responsibility and participation are required for the best outcomes
Key Points of Our Planning:
Our curricular and co-curricular programs are being designed to ensure to the extent possible reasonable social distancing measures
Public spaces, classrooms, and restrooms will be sanitized regularly with a focus on touchpoints. Sanitation supplies will be available in all classrooms and bathrooms for individual use. In large gathering spaces like food service areas, the university will operate appropriately sized air filtering and cleaning devices rated to support the elimination of bacteria, mold, and viruses- including the virus that leads to Covid-19.
Community members need to be aware of and monitor their own personal health and well-being. Those exhibiting signs of illness will be asked to stay at home or in their residence hall room and work with their Physician or the Student Health Center for evaluation and to gain the appropriate treatment. SNU is pursuing phone apps and other tools to make consultation with our health care professionals in the Student Health Center quick and easy. SNU offers robust student health and mental health support services for our community.
One of the single best strategies for staying safe is to keep hands clean by washing for at least 20 seconds routinely with soap and water or using an appropriate hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer stations will be available in classrooms and across campus to ensure broad implementation of good hand hygiene.
Our student health center is prepared to do on-site testing for the virus that causes Covid-19 and for the seasonal flu. Community members who have symptoms of illness will be tested so that we can implement the appropriate care protocol. The University strongly recommends that all members of the community get the seasonal flu shot when offered to the campus.
Staff members have been trained to execute a robust protocol to ensure proper tracing of community members as needed.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
All SNU students, staff, faculty, contractors, vendors, suppliers, and visitors must wear a face covering (mask) upon entering any campus building. We know that COVID-19 can be spread when people are asymptomatic, which means they don’t know they are sick yet. Wearing face coverings has been shown to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to others. Facemask use is not about protecting ourselves, but ensuring that we do not unknowingly and asymptomatically spread the virus.
SNU traditional undergraduate and professional and graduate studies (PGS) classes
that typically meet in a classroom will be delivered in a modified format of instruction.
- Students are encouraged to attend class in person. All in-person classes will
adhere to mask policy, socially distanced seating, and cleaning protocols as
outlined in the university reopening plans.
- Students who are ill, quarantined or experiencing personal or family-related
health concerns may choose to utilize Zoom and Canvas learning tools to access
class virtually, in real-time or later in a recorded fashion.
a. Classroom Flexibility Guidance for Traditional Students
b. Classroom Flexibility Guidance for PGS students
- Students attending SNU in fully online degree programs through the College of
Professional and Graduate Studies will continue their education in asynchronous
fashion, as normal.
- All SNU courses, no matter the modality, adhere to a stringent quality process of
course creation and assessment that prescribes student learning objectives and
Do you have questions? We have answers! Check the COVID: Frequently Asked Questions
Spring Move-in Dates and Times
complete information regarding move-in for all new and returning students can be found on the SNU Residence Life page.
NSI begins January 11, 2021
Storm the Campus takes place January 13-14, 2021
Traditional Classes begin on January 14, 2021
Extensive planning and preparation are ongoing as SNU works to ready the campus, and details will be distributed to our constituents in a timely manner. Our goal is that our students and their families will have confidence in our preparedness and return to campus with the assurance that we’re doing all we can to make SNU the healthiest environment it can be.
Our Operational Plans will continue to be based on guidance from public health officials as well as federal, state, and local government as the campus prepares to be open for in-person classes and co-curricular activities as well as residential life.