Andrews University is working toward a campus reopening for this fall semester. Our students and employees are World Changers. We have been for almost 150 years. World Changers (are still) made here. We are World Changers for a changing world.

Campus Reopening Webinars

Do you have questions about our reopening plans? Please join us for a series of Campus Reopening Webinars. Several campus administrators will be on hand to present information and take your questions about living and learning on the Andrews campus this fall.

Join the conversation in Zoom. Programs will also be livestreamed on the Andrews University Facebook page.

Schedule of Events

Undergraduate Students & Parents

  • Tuesday, July 7, noon–1:30 p.m. EDT (Zoom Link)
  • Tuesday, July 28, noon–1:30 p.m. EDT (Zoom Link)

Graduate Students

  • Wednesday, July 1, noon–1:30 p.m. EDT (Zoom Link)
  • Wednesday, July 29, noon–1:30 p.m. EDT (Zoom Link)

International Students

  • Thursday, July 2, noon–1:30 p.m. EDT (Zoom Link)
  • Thursday, July 2, 8–9:30 p.m. EDT (Zoom Link)

A message from President Andrea Luxton

The world is changing. So are we.

World Changers are resilient, adaptable and tenacious. At Andrews, we face challenges head-on with determination, kindness and faith. Safety, Community and Inclusivity will be the three guiding principles of Andrews University's philosophy and approach this fall. You will find them reflected throughout the six key areas of focus below.

How we will...

 

As students, faculty and staff return to our campus in August, we will rely on a variety of approaches to assure that we keep each member of our campus community safe:

  • We will have initial testing of all individuals and will rely on a daily health monitoring system.
  • We will periodically and systematically test a rotating set of groups throughout our community.
  • We will have prepared a robust contact tracing system.
  • We will expect physical distancing to remain the norm.
  • We will ensure all students and employees have face coverings and will have guidelines for use.
  • We will ensure individuals who test positive or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive are quarantined for the recommended period.
     

 

As we begin to study together as a University community, we will be taking a variety of steps to help ensure that the learning process, and available options, will reflect the needs of our students, faculty and staff while keeping them safe:

  • We will arrange classrooms and laboratories to ensure appropriate physical distancing is possible and use face coverings as much as is feasible.
  • We will encourage faculty and staff to exchange office visits with colleagues or students with virtual visits or visits in larger spaces.
  • We will make it possible to continue studies or teaching in a remote format when needed for faculty or students. 
  • We will make all reasonable attempts to accommodate other unique teaching and learning needs of individuals that may result from COVID-19. Faculty may apply for teaching accommodations here. Students may also apply for a variety of accommodations here
  • We will develop classroom and shared study space etiquette to maintain clean and safe spaces.

 

We’ll also gather together as a community outside of class, through spiritual, social and physical activities, and will rely on these guidelines to assure a safe community:

  • We will ensure that the sizes of various groups meeting together reflect and support the current expectations outlined by the State of Michigan and Berrien County and that physical distancing can be maintained wherever groups gather.
  • We will seek to find activities with friends and colleagues, that through physical distancing and/or use of face coverings, will make these new activities and options enjoyable and safe.
  • In our worship gatherings, our social activities and our recreational activities we will seek to build community and engagement in new and creative ways.
  • In our counseling and student support services we will look for larger spaces and/or virtual means to connect meaningfully.

 

A return to in-person instruction means that we will be intentional about how we each live and share spaces safely this fall semester:

  • We will have an education process for all students and employees to encourage and reinforce safe personal habits and share expectations of how we want to live safely in shared spaces.
  • In residence halls, plans will be in place to create smaller family units and limit the numbers of students in shared spaces. Students may apply for a variety of accommodations here
  • We will develop classroom and shared study space etiquette to maintain clean and safe spaces.
  • We will provide maximum group sizes for shared social and recreational spaces and we’ll arrange furniture in those spaces to manage physical distancing.
  • We will create a community approach to ensuring surfaces and spaces remain clean.
  • Dining Services will follow best practice procedures on safely preparing the food we eat and ensure a safe distance environment for the dining rooms where we’ll share our meals.

 

We’ll change how we work together as a campus employee community, to assure safety and protection for that community:

  • We will work with employees, allowing for remote work as needed and shift work where practical. Employees may apply for specific accommodations here
  • We will evaluate all of our office spaces to ensure that physical distancing is possible when people come to work, and we will discourage visitors in personal office spaces.
  • We will add additional precautions in the public spaces on our campus, such as increased cleaning and plexiglass.
  • We will expect employees to wear face coverings in all public internal spaces as is practical and to also use face masks elsewhere where physical distancing is not possible.
  • As we do all of this, we will continue to make ourselves available to students, colleagues and the public in creative and flexible ways.

 

With the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the world, our approach to travel and movement has changed. As a community, we will also take steps to ensure that our approach to travel and movement helps assure safety:

  • We are asking our employees and students not to travel internationally during the fall semester of 2020.
  • We are asking our employees and students not to travel within the United States to large events during fall semester and to minimize travel in the U.S. to smaller venues/events.
  • We are asking that the campus community as a whole be cautious as they travel locally and ask that they follow the expected guidelines in the State of Michigan or in nearby states.
  • To help minimize travel, the schedule for the semester will be adjusted to remove the Labor Day holiday and fall semester break and instead end face-to-face classes on November 24.

We’re not backing down, we’re standing up.

World Changers are resilient, adaptable and tenacious. We’ve never been one to back down from a challenge. We are problem solvers. We are fixers. We are World Changers.

Key Dates for Fall Semester 2020


 
March 23, 2020
July 1, 2020
July 2, 2020
  • Reopening Zoom Webinar (Q & A) for International Students. 12–1:30 p.m. / 8–9:30 p.m.
July 7, 2020
  • Reopening Zoom Webinar (Q & A) for Undergraduate Students and Parents. 12–1:30 p.m.
July 28, 2020
  • Reopening Zoom Webinar (Q & A) for Undergraduate Students and Parents. 12–1:30 p.m.  
July 29, 2020
  • Reopening Zoom Webinar (Q & A) for Graduate Students. 12–1:30 p.m.
August 17–22, 2020
August 24, 2020
  • Fall semester classes begin
September 2, 2020
  • Registration for fall semester ends
November 24, 2020
  • Final day of fall semester exams. End of face-to-face classes.
November 25, 2020 – January 9, 2021
  • Year-end break
December 10, 2020
  • End of fall semester (for any final remote assignments/projects)
January 11, 2021
  • Spring semester classes begin

 

Important COVID-19 Information

ANDREWS' COVID-19 RESPONSE 

Begining in January 2020, Andrews University, as one of the United States' most internationally diverse universities, began to share information with the University community about the potential threat of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In March 2020, when cases of COVID-19 emerged in the State of Michigan, the University made the decision to begin remote operations to help assure the safety of its community, including our students, faculty, staff and neighboors. 

If you would like to see an archive of that website you can find it here.

Additional online resources

World Health Organization (WHO) COVID-19 Overview
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Overview
Berrien County Health Department COVID-19 Overview

GOD'S PROMISES

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11, NIV

 

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. 

Isaiah 41:10, NIV

 

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Philippians 4:6, NIV