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Spring 2021 - Campus Communications

Spring 2021 - Campus Communications

Letter from the Vice President of Academic Affairs on Returning to In-Person Courses in Spring 2021 (October 26, 2020)

Greetings CHC Students, Faculty, and Staff,

I write to express my appreciation for all that you are doing in support of learning at Chestnut Hill College (CHC).  Each of you, through your ingenuity, tenacity, and perseverance, is demonstrating your commitment to the academic experience at CHC.  I especially want to thank our faculty members for your tireless commitment to our students, which began with your preparations in the summer, creating courses that were flexible and deliverable in multiple formats, including the online learning alternative that we implemented this fall.  Given that experience, we now look to the spring and have laid the groundwork for a semester driven by the preferences and needs of students, faculty, and staff as we reopen to the campus in January.

Our return to campus in January will mean different things for different populations at the College, as we have committed to a model for academic program delivery that is flexible and responsive to the needs of each individual member of the College community.  All courses in the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) will be offered online, with most of the other activities associated with those programs also provided remotely.  Similarly, the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS), which offers our Accelerated Adult Degree Program, will deliver its classes online in spring 2021, with advising and student support also provided remotely. 

The School of Undergraduate Studies (SUS) will deliver a combination of in-person, online, and hybrid courses, which will allow us to offer low-density classes to bring students back to campus for learning experiences that are among the most difficult to replicate in an online environment.  For undergraduate students, our commitment is to offer a schedule that accommodates your needs or concerns related to COVID-19.  We also seek to offer each SUS student the opportunity to return to campus, since you have told us repeatedly that this is your preference once we can reasonably assure the health and safety of the College community.

In our review of the data, we observed that the primary reasons that students wish to return are:  1) interest in laboratory, studio, or classroom-based experiences offered face-to-face in their major; 2) participation in co-curricular activities that require them to be on campus; and 3) their recognition that the campus provides an exceptional learning environment.  We are working diligently to provide those opportunities.  For SUS students, to ensure that you receive the course delivery method (online vs hybrid vs in-person) that you need, the most important task is to complete the spring course registration.  Students who wish to live on campus should complete the 2021 Spring Housing Intent Form. You can also find updated SUS Academic Calendar information here.

In planning for the spring, our top priority is to have a schedule and presence on campus that allows choice for all students, faculty, and staff.  Members of vulnerable populations will be able to remain in remote learning, teaching, and work experiences, and we are committed to supporting each of your experiences in spring 2021. 

We look forward to working with all of you in the coming semester!

Christopher Dougherty, Ph.D

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty

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Letter from the President on Returning to Campus in Spring 2021 (October 16, 2020)

Dear Members of the Chestnut Hill College Community:

I am writing to share some exciting news about the College and the beginning of spring semester of 2021. 

I am very pleased to confirm that we will re-open the campus and welcome back students, faculty and staff for the spring 2021 semester. Our return to campus will be different for students in each of the three schools as outlined below:

  • Students in the School of Undergraduate Studies will begin classes on January 25, 2021 following an adjusted spring calendar using a low-density, hybrid course model. This model will provide students with the option to return to campus, where instruction will be provided both in-person and online.
     
  • Students in the Adult Accelerated Degree Program and in the School of Graduate Studies will continue with fully online courses beginning January 11, 2021.*

* Graduate students in the Cyber Security and Organizational Leadership programs will begin their semester on January 4, 2021.

I wish to share that the decision to return to campus comes after a careful and thorough review of guidance from the state and includes the implementation of a number of new health and safety protocols for our returning students.  Under the leadership of the COVID-19 Task Force, we will implement a series of measures to protect health and safety for all who visit our campus, in accordance with the guidance we are receiving from the City of Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Departments of Health and Education, as well as the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These safety measures include: required wearing of masks by all who enter the campus; strict adherence to social distancing; restricted gathering sizes and reduced capacity in classrooms and common areas; installation of plexiglass barriers in high-traffic locations; and a brief daily health self-assessment that all students will be required to complete every day.

It is strongly recommended that every undergraduate student receive a flu shot in order to return safely to campus this spring.  If you have not already done so, you should arrange to get the vaccine as soon as possible.

We will be sending additional information to you in the weeks to come. Specific information about our re-opening, including the dates of return from student-athletes and residential students, will be sent once our return to campus plan is approved by the state. We expect approval later this month. Once we receive approval, we will update our website and forward our re-opening plan to you.

Recognizing that COVID-19 can force us on very short notice to alter these decisions should conditions worsen, I nevertheless am delighted to welcome students, faculty and staff back to campus in January.  I will continue to update you about the details of our return to campus plan in the days and weeks ahead.

In the meantime, thank you for your continued commitment to the College and those we serve.  I look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

With Sincere Gratitude,

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Carol Jean Vale, SSJ, Ph.D

President

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