COVID-19 Campus Updates Archive (chronological)

Thursday, August 6 — This week’s updates

Greetings students and colleagues,

We are very glad to see students and employees returning to campus! We are preparing for your return in many ways, and as we have said before, as we learn we will change our approaches in light of new information.

We have several updates we wanted to share with you this week related to COVID-19 and our campus:

  1. Change to face shields on campus recommendation: Due to recent learnings and counsel about face shields, we have revised our campus face masks/coverings policy. Please review the policy, especially if you have not done that already. Important changes include:

    • Only face masks will be automatically provided to all students and employees. Employees and students with health risks may also request a face shield if they would like to use one in addition to a mask. Face shields confer additional protection to the eyes and face when worn with a face mask. Face shields and masks each confer partial protection from the virus, but are not the same.

    • Face shields may be worn by employees or students without a mask in limited circumstances, including when instructors and students need to demonstrate something facial, such as while lecturing, or in music or language instruction. This should be kept as brief as possible, and the individuals should maintain physical distance of at least 6 feet and more if possible. If an instructor needs to move among students while in a classroom, a face mask should be worn.

  1. Restricted access for the public and visitors on campus: 

    • Outdoor spaces: Visitors and community members (individuals and very small groups) are welcome on the Goshen College campus outdoors. Large groups need to be in communication with the Events Office.

    • Indoor spaces:

      • Residence Halls: Residential students in Kratz, Miller or Yoder are permitted only on the floors they live on. Students in Romero Apartments and Intentional Living Communities (ILC) will have access to their whole buildings and are not permitted to have visitors. The Connector is open by access-card only to campus this fall. Students who live off-campus are permitted in the Connector, but not in residential spaces. Visitors (non-students and non-employees) are not permitted in residential spaces or the Connector.

      • The Admissions Office is working with prospective students and families for individual and small group visit options to campus, both indoor and outdoor spaces.

      • The Union Building is open to the public Monday-Friday, 8-5. However, the Leaf Raker Cafe will only be open to campus members and not the public, beginning August 18.

      • The Music Center will be open to the public starting August 7, though the public should call ahead to arrange an appointment.

      • The Recreation-Fitness Center is closed to the public and community members until October 12.

      • There are no external rentals for large groups until further notice.

    • Consult goshen.edu/contact for clarity about which offices are open to the public, their hours of operation and how they are providing services.

  2. Elkhart County COVID-19 cases are going in the right direction — down: We’ve been closely monitoring the status of COVID-19 cases in Elkhart County and wanted to share some good news with you. The 7-day positivity rate is now 9.7%, down from 16.2% on July 10. We also have a moving daily average of 37 new positive cases, down from 60 in mid-July. (You can track the data yourself here.) We are not out of the woods yet as a community or nation, and we all need to continue to be vigilant and keep up The Big Four on campus and in all aspects of our lives.

  3. If you test positive for COVID-19 OR are in contact with someone who does, please notify us (students should contact Student Life and employees should contact Human Resources). This is important for all employees and students, regardless of whether you live on or off-campus, and includes before you check-in or start classes. We need to know and we want to help you get what you need.

  4. Returning student check-in will be fully virtual this year. In order to minimize potential exposure to COVID-19, students will not go through the in-person check-in line at the Church-Chapel on Monday, Aug. 17. Please note the following details that need to be taken care of prior to the start of classes:

    • Fall tuition or having a Nelnet payment plan in place to cover your semester balance is due by August 18. If you need to make a tuition payment, finalize your payment plan or ask a question about your bill, the Accounting Office will be located in the Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall between 1-5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 17. Check the Accounting Office webpage for information on retrieving a bill, setting up a payment or finding your current balance.

    • Financial aid awards need to be accepted and thank you letters written. Please contact the Financial Aid Office if you have questions.

    • ID cards that were lost need to be replaced by contacting ITS Media.

    • Personal Information Updates need to be completed online via MyGC.

    • Meal plans changes should be submitted to Chad Coleman, as well as all all questions about room and board charges.

    • Parking passes can be requested online.

    • International students need to contact Dan Koop Liechty to be sure all insurance information is up-to-date.

If you have questions about Goshen College’s response to COVID-19, please contact us at pandemic@goshen.edu.

Be well and stay connected.

Sincerely,

The GC Pandemic Task Force


Wednesday, July 29 — Fall 2020 COVID-19 Plan, pledge, vaccinations and Big Four responsibilities

Greetings students (and parents/guardians),

As you start preparing for your arrival on campus, we’d like to share our “Fall 2020 COVID-19 Plan: Fostering a Culture of Common Good, Kindness, Trust and Learning” on our revamped goshen.edu/coronavirus website, explaining how our framework will guide our actions in the many areas of academics, campus life and college operations.

Here is an outline of the plan, with important information to be found within each of these sections:

You’ll be hearing more from us about many aspects of the plan in the coming weeks and months, but we’d like to highlight several new elements in particular right now:

  1. Goshen College COVID Pledge
    As a community committed to fostering a culture of common good, kindness, trust and learning, we are asking all members — students and employees — to sign on to this pledge before the semester begins. You will receive an email in the coming week with a form to submit your digital signature. If you feel you cannot sign on for any reason, please be in conversation with the dean of students (students) or the director of human resources (employees). There will be an additional agreement for student-athletes.

  2. Flu vaccinations are strongly recommended this year for all GC students and employees. We will host a number of flu clinics on campus early in the fall semester. This is particularly important because the flu and COVID-19 have many similar symptoms. By reducing the flu, not only are we all healthier, we will be better able to identify the true COVID-19 cases and avoid unnecessary quarantine and isolation.

  3. We urge all students to begin practicing the Big Four personal responsibilities starting at least 14 days prior to your arrival on campus. This will build necessary habits, and will also help to ensure that we all start the year in good health. Note that we have updated the mandatory face mask/covering policy and the daily self-screening checklist. We encourage all students and employees to bring your own personal thermometer to use during the day in order to help you easily do your daily self-screening checklist to check for COVID-19 symptoms, as well as your personal supply of hand sanitizer. We also encourage you to bring several of your own cloth face masks, especially if you have ones you already prefer, since you’ll want to wear a clean one every day.

As President Stoltzfus writes in the plan’s introduction,

“We continue to learn at a rapid pace about this novel coronavirus. Best practices, testing regimens, and our advice to you can and should change as we learn more about this virus, how it is transmitted, who is at risk and what will protect us. If a part of our plan does not work, we will change it. …

“Our behaviors will determine how much illness we experience, and indeed, whether we are allowed to enjoy small group interactions, athletics, and face-to-face teaching and learning this year. We must all behave every day with the knowledge that we might be an asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic carrier of the virus who — through our choices and actions — can protect others who might become very seriously ill with COVID-19. …

“No one of us can create a culture; it takes all of us.”

If you have questions about Goshen College’s response to COVID-19, please contact us at pandemic@goshen.edu.

Be well and stay connected.

Sincerely,

The GC Pandemic Task Force


Wednesday, July 22 — Remote learning option

Greetings students (and parents/guardians),

We are looking forward to having you on campus in a few weeks! Our faculty are thoughtfully updating their courses, and our Physical Plant and IT employees are preparing the classrooms to follow best practices for physical distancing. We are working hard to provide a safe learning environment that takes full advantage of our dedicated faculty, small class sizes and spacious campus.

We have created an option for a full semester of remote learning for select students this fall. This option is available if you are unable to be physically on campus this fall due to specific COVID-related circumstances, such as: 1) having one of the CDC high risk medical conditions, 2) living with someone who has a CDC High Risk health condition, 3) supervising children doing remote learning, 4) being an international student unable to return to the U.S. in August, or 5) being unable to wear a mask or face shield for health reasons. We expect these situations to be rare; however we want to support you if you are in one of these circumstances.

Applications for the above options will be reviewed by the Academic Dean’s office. Please first read the steps to take before requesting remote learning. It is very important that you talk with your academic advisor or the registrar’s office to consider the impact of remote learning on your schedule and plan of study. After approval, we will notify you, your advisor and professors. We will work with support services and Student Life to ensure that you have the resources that you need.

Requests for full semester remote learning must be submitted by August 10, 2020. 

>> Learn more
Consistent with our reopening framework, we are working for the well-being of all members of the campus community in support of our mission with integrity and clear communication. We want to support your return to learning in these unusual times and look forward to the start of the fall semester! If you have further questions about remote learning, please contact the Academic Dean’s office at dean@goshen.edu or 574-535-7503. For other questions about Goshen College’s response to COVID-19, please contact pandemic@goshen.edu.
Sincerely,
The GC Pandemic Task Force and Ann Vendrely, Ed.D., DPT, Academic Dean and VP for Academic Affairs

Thursday, July 16 — Follow-up to Tuesday’s Presidential Town Hall meeting

Greetings all,

We wanted to follow-up with you after Tuesday’s Presidential Town Hall meeting. Thank you to all who could attend and ask questions!

  1. You can watch the video recording and see a full Q&A of the Presidential Town Hall meeting here (this includes the questions we answered live and those we weren’t able to get to). The page also includes the video and Q&A from June’s town hall, if you want to revisit that.

  2. A reminder that there will be future virtual update sessions for specific student groups. You will receive more details about them if they relate to you from the leaders of these areas. All times are for EDT.

    • New student July Virtual Summer Orientation: July 18, 7 p.m.
      Register (if you didn’t attend the June orientation): goshen.edu/orientation
    • New residential students: July 23, 4 p.m.
    • New commuter students: July 27, 4 p.m.

You can find all pandemic-related updates at goshen.edu/coronavirus. And please stay in touch with your ongoing questions and feedback.

Be well and stay connected!

Pandemic Task Force


Thursday, July 2 — A few updates about preparing for the fall semester

Greetings students and parents,

As we enter July — just over six weeks from when classes will begin! — we wanted to share several new updates about COVID-related preparations we are making and information you need as you get ready to arrive and return:

Pandemic Task Force (PTF)

First, we are a new group — GC’s Pandemic Task Force (PTF) — and are taking up the work of the Crisis Management Team for pandemic-related decisions. Our members are:

  • Dr. Gilberto Perez, Jr., vice president for student life (chair)
  • Kevin Miller, BSN, MPH, major gift officer (lead campus contact tracer and PTF coordinator)
  • Dr. Rebecca Stoltzfus, president
  • Jodi Beyeler, vice president for communication and people strategy
  • Dr. Beth Martin Birky, associate academic dean
  • Cynthia Good Kaufmann, interim director of facilities and director of events
  • Wesley Beck, a sophomore chemistry and secondary education major from Goshen
  • Ronit Goswami, a junior exercise science major from Goshen
  • Katja Norton, a senior nursing major from Goshen

In addition, we will consult with others on campus and local health officials as needed. If you have any pandemic-related questions or suggestions for GC, please email us at pandemic@goshen.edu.

Important dates for the fall semester:

  • Aug. 1-11: Student leaders, student-teachers, student-athletes and international students will be returning at various times. Members of these groups will receive details directly from coaches or advisors.
  • Friday, Aug. 14: Launch — check-in for all new students and move-in for new residential students (more details to come)
  • Saturday, Aug. 15: Launch continues for all new students
  • Sunday, Aug. 16: Returning students move into the residence halls; Launch continues for all new students
  • Monday, Aug. 17: All returning students check-in at the Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall
  • Tuesday, Aug. 18: Classes begin for traditional undergraduate courses
  • Sept. 30: No class, study day
  • Oct. 13: No class, study day
  • Nov. 20-24 (Friday, Monday, Tuesday): Finals

What will classes be like?

We are working on the plan for classes and wanted to share with you some overall points about your experience in the classroom this fall in order for you to better understand what to expect and how we are working to keep everyone safe.

  1. Classrooms are being reconfigured for physical distancing. Seating will be spread out and there will be no more than 30 students in a class at a time (and those will be assigned large classrooms).
  2. Everyone in class — students and professors — will wear face masks/coverings/shields.
  3. Furniture should not be rearranged in order to preserve physical distancing.

What will student life be like? 

Life is different because of the pandemic, and this will be true in campus life as well. We need your active help to make this fall at GC a positive and safe one for everyone who will be on campus. Here are some points to consider as you prepare to be with your friends, clubs, teammates and other student groups:

  1. We must all work to build a culture of shared responsibility. If all of us respect and adhere to the preventative measures that will be put in place, we will help keep everyone safe and healthy.
  2. We must do this with kindness, support and respect.
  3. We will create opportunities for connection in the midst of physical distancing and smaller group sizes for our activities.
  4. Everyone involved in student activities is expected to follow our mask policy at all times. Student Life staff will be wearing masks or face shields.

Study-Service Term (SST) updates

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is still difficult to plan for international travel. However, immersive intercultural learning is more important now than ever. While we decided to cancel the Spring SST unit to Ecuador due to the uncertainties, we are moving forward at this time with plans to go abroad in May Term and Summer 2021. Though the summer 2021 Ecuador unit is full, there are still spots available in the Senegal unit (which requires two semesters of college French, fall and spring). You can also sign up for China (Fall 2021) and Indonesia (Spring 2022). Experiential and immersive shorter term options in the United States and locally are also available next year (see this flyer for options). We are working on developing a yearlong Global Public Health Virtual Practicum with Mennonite Central Committee partners and will run the local SST “Dreams and Journeys: Immigrants and Refugees” in the spring if there is enough interest. Please contact Jan Shetler (jans@goshen.edu) if you want to explore any of these or other options from outside providers. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore global citizenship up close.

Mark your calendars: July 14 Presidential Town Hall

We invite you to another Presidential Town Hall meeting via this Zoom link for all students (current and incoming), parents and guardians Tuesday, July 14 from 1-2 p.m. EDT. We will share further information and give you an opportunity to ask your questions. You can submit questions or issues you would like us to cover in advance here, and we will also respond to questions raised during the meeting. We’ll record it for those who can’t attend, but we look forward to seeing many of you then.

Be well and stay connected.

Thanks,

GC Pandemic Task Force


Monday, June 15 — Initial update on plans for fall athletics

Greetings,

I am pleased to share an important update about plans for athletics in Fall 2020-21.

We will welcome our fall student-athletes back to campus on Friday, Aug. 7. Following the NAIA’s announcement of a revised fall sports calendar earlier this month, the first official day of practice will be Saturday, Aug. 15. Until that date, teams will conduct conditioning and other off-the-field activities under the direction of GC’s fall head coaches.

The new NAIA calendar permits regular-season play to begin on Saturday, Sept. 5. Due to the shortened fall season, the cross country, soccer and women’s volleyball seasons have been pared back to approximately 80 percent of their original lengths.

The Crossroads League, of which Goshen College is a member, is expected to issue temporary health and safety recommendations for the 2020-21 academic year later this month. The Maple Leafs will then release more information about the upcoming season.

In order to return to campus and begin the preseason with their teams, student-athletes are required to complete their pre-participation forms for athletic training and sports information by Aug. 1:

You can read more about this news here. Please reach out to Dr. Erica Albertin or Rustin Nyce, our interim athletic leaders, with any questions.

Thanks,

Gilberto Perez Jr.
Vice president for student life and dean of students


Wednesday, June 10


Wednesday, June 10 — Follow-up to last week’s Presidential Town Hall meeting

Greetings all,

I wanted to follow-up with you after last week’s Presidential Town Hall meeting. Thank you for your thoughtful and good questions! We couldn’t quite get to all of them during our hour together, but we still wanted to provide you with our current answers.

  1. We have created a Q&A page with all of your questions and our answers to them here (including all of the ones that we answered live).
  2. If you couldn’t join us, you can watch the video recording of the June 4 Presidential Town Hall meeting here.

As further decisions are made this summer, we will keep providing more details and updates to you. And please stay in touch with your ongoing questions. We’ll let you know soon about the next Presidential Town Hall meeting opportunity.

Be well and stay connected!

Becky

President Rebecca Stoltzfus


Tuesday, June 2

  • A way to help our local community during COVID-19: College Mennonite Church (CMC) is helping to meet needs in our local community, such as food, rent and utilities, during the COVID-19 crisis. The CMC pantry is currently feeding 200 people a week. Those wishing to donate funds to help with this can do so by donating to College Mennonite Church (CMC) with the designation “COVID-19.” Checks can be mailed to: 1900 South Main Street, Goshen, IN 46526. Questions can be directed to Tina Hartman, Congregational Administrator at: tina@collegemennonite.org

Friday, May 29 — Important updates about our fall plans

Greetings all,

We are so eager to see you all on campus in just a few short months!

As the green warmth of summer greets us here in Goshen, we continue to work intensively on our plans for the fall semester. As we are all experiencing, our ways of interacting and moving about the world have changed — even as cities, states and nations begin to ease restrictions. This is true here in Goshen and on our campus, and I am writing to tell you about some of the ways that we will be adapting to keep each other healthy this fall.

I know from my years in public health that our small size, our generously spaced campus and our culture of personal responsiveness are significant advantages as we return to campus. Protecting each other’s health will require new and specific policies and procedures, as well as changes in habits and behaviors — nothing short of a truly community-wide effort, including altruism on the part of every student and employee. This is required because in this pandemic the health of each individual depends on the health of the community, and vice versa.

Our scenario planning task force has worked intensively to map out plans for how we can safely hold on-campus classes and open our residence halls this fall. While we continue to work on many details, I wanted to share with you several important decisions.

  1. Streamlined fall calendar: We will start the fall semester two weeks earlier than originally planned, replace our fall mid-term break with several mid-semester study days and end the fall semester by Thanksgiving. This change is motivated by the need to reduce exposures from students’ travel away from campus and back for fall and Thanksgiving breaks. Move-in days will be August 14 for new students and August 16 for returning students. The first day of classes will be August 18. A final academic calendar for the fall will be communicated to you soon.We have reviewed this shift in the academic calendar with the NAIA, and they are supportive. The NAIA and our Crossroads League will make a decision about fall intercollegiate competitions by July 1. Coaches will be in touch with fall student-athletes about arrival dates and any other impacts.
  2. Flexible residential options: We are offering students who live on campus their choice of whether to live in a shared room or in a single room at the same price. This will be offered both semesters this year. Both single and shared rooms have benefits and are valid choices, and we want to give you as students — with your families — the opportunity to make that decision without finances being a factor. We will be preparing all of our residence hall rooms on campus to welcome you back in this flexible manner, and in addition, we are setting aside rooms for isolation in case students become ill, and for students who must be quarantined due to possible exposures to COVID. We are working with Chef Jeremy Corson and our dining partner, AVI Fresh, to make changes to our dining hall and meal services that will be safe and flexible for you.
  3. Flexible classroom formats: As we return to in-person classroom instruction, we are planning accommodations for students and professors who will not be able to be physically present due to individual health concerns. Class sizes will continue to be small and classrooms will be adjusted to allow for physical distancing. This plan will enable us to continue to offer the rich educational experience we are known for, while also recognizing that we will need to be flexible, constantly monitoring and managing the risks involved.
  4. Guided by public health science: Our campus life this year will be guided by a public health approach based on sound science, state and local guidance, and Goshen College values. Our guiding framework is depicted in this document. At the highest level are the four goals we’ve stated to you previously. We must create together a supportive and pervasive public health education campaign, designed to help each of us take responsibility for our roles in disease prevention. We are forming a new pandemic management team, which I will lead and it will include other public health and medical professionals, faculty and students. This approach will only work if all voices are represented, which is why we need student leaders on this team.
  5. Continued communication: We know that regular communication and dialogue are especially important right now. As further decisions are made this summer, we will keep providing more details to you. And we also want to hear your questions and concerns. I invite you to a Presidential Town Hall meeting via this Zoom link for all students (current and incoming) and parents/guardians next Thursday, June 4 at noon EDT to share further information as well as give you an opportunity to directly ask your questions. Ann Vendrely, academic dean, and Gilberto Perez Jr., dean of students, will also join me. You can submit questions or issues you would like us to cover in advance here, and we will also respond to questions raised during the meeting. We’ll record it for those who can’t attend, but we look forward to seeing many of you then.

Be well and stay connected!

Becky

President Rebecca Stoltzfus


Friday, May 22 — Guidance for re-opening campus

Greetings campus,

Stage 3 of Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb’s stages for getting Indiana “Back on Track” is set to take effect today and we wanted to give you further information about what that means for our campus and re-opening plans in various areas.

>> GC Guidance for Reopening Campus

The two changes from Stage 2 are:

  1. Outdoor spaces will be open, including outdoor fields and tennis courts.
  2. The library lobby will be open for pre-order only.

We want to particularly note that as we re-open across all stages and contexts, compliance is required with campus mitigation strategies for COVID-19: six-foot physical distancing, face masks and daily self-screenings. And we would also add that all guidance and dates are subject to change and reliant upon the key principles of health remaining positive.

Be well and stay connected.

Thanks,

President Rebecca Stoltzfus and the GC Crisis Management Team:
Jodi Beyeler, vice president for communications and people strategy
Chad Coleman, director of student life operations and campus safety
Glenn Gilbert, director of facilities
Cynthia Good Kaufmann, director of events
Gilberto Perez Jr., vice president for student life and dean of students
Ann Vendrely, vice president for academic affairs


Thursday, May 14 — First confirmed COVID-19 case

Greetings campus,

Yesterday we received confirmation that one of our employees, who has been working on campus, tested positive for COVID-19. We invite you to keep this person in your thoughts and prayers for a speedy and thorough recovery. They are a beloved and valued member of our campus community, and we know your support and care will mean a great deal to them.

We also want to commend this employee for having worn a mask regularly and limiting their interactions with people on campus to brief and appropriately distant encounters, reporting and going home immediately when their symptoms appeared, and working closely with the Elkhart County Health Department’s contact tracer. This person will remain in quarantine at home until released by the Health Department.

As a result of these precautions, no one on campus was identified in the contact tracing process who met federal, state and local guidelines of having interacted with the infected individual in the prior 48 hours for more than 10 minutes and within 6 feet. If there had been, they would have been asked to self-isolate. We have communicated directly with individuals who we know interacted with the individual in the week prior for a shorter period of time and at a greater distance in order to be vigilant about watching for symptoms.

We on the Crisis Management Team have been preparing the policies and guidelines that we sent you this morning well before this case occurred. It is an important reminder to all of us to be vigilant and consistent in practicing good hygiene and following safety recommendations:

  • Wear a face mask/covering while in shared spaces or in close contact with others
  • Respect personal space and maintain 6-feet physical distance during interactions
  • Avoid touching your face, use hand sanitizer when appropriate and wash your hands frequently
  • Disinfect your workspace regularly
  • Use hand sanitizer after touching doors, railings and other high contact areas
  • Self-monitor daily

Be well and stay connected.

Thank you,

President Rebecca Stoltzfus and the GC Crisis Management Team:
Jodi Beyeler, vice president for communications and people strategy
Chad Coleman, director of student life operations and campus safety
Glenn Gilbert, director of facilities
Cynthia Good Kaufmann, director of events
Gilberto Perez Jr., vice president for student life and dean of students
Ann Vendrely, vice president for academic affairs


Thursday, May 14 — State guidance for reopening, mask policy and daily self-screening checklist

Greetings campus,

On May 1, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb shared guidance on beginning to reopen the state over multiple stages. The second stage outlined began that day, and extends until May 23.

The college’s Crisis Management Team has been assessing what the various guidance from the governor means for our campus. For now, we have focused on the implications of Stage 2 and you can see that here. While we are eager to see each other again, we will proceed with caution as we welcome people back to campus. We are working on plans for the following stages and will share those with you as they are ready and we are closer to those roll-out dates.

We have also developed a new policy related to the requirement for wearing of face masks/coverings on campus for employees, student-employees, students, contractors and guests. Please read it carefully. We will continue to improve it as we move forward, so please offer your feedback.

Employees and student-employees, as we return to working on campus, we also need to develop some new daily self-screening habits in our schedules. Here is a Daily Self-Screening Checklist to help you with that. We will soon have this translated in Spanish and Ukrainian, and will recommend some tech-friendly methods to do this. We would encourage you to hang this at home and in your workspace where you will see it daily. It offers guidance about what to do before coming to campus each day, what to do while you are on campus and what to do at the end of the day. The checklist isn’t intended to be turned in, but do talk with your supervisor if you answer “yes” to any of the questions.

Note that the governor’s stages to reopen are based on several guiding health-related criteria. If they are not met, the governor has said that all or portions of the state may need to pause on moving forward, or we may collectively need to return to an earlier stage of his stay-at-home order.

Let’s take this slow, and do it right, for the sake of each of us and each other. Be well and stay connected.

Thanks,

President Rebecca Stoltzfus and the GC Crisis Management Team:
Jodi Beyeler, vice president for communications and people strategy
Chad Coleman, director of student life operations and campus safety
Glenn Gilbert, director of facilities
Cynthia Good Kaufmann, director of events
Gilberto Perez Jr., vice president for student life and dean of students
Ann Vendrely, vice president for academic affairs


Thursday, May 14

  • Counseling services update: In an effort to continue support for all students in this COVID-19 crisis, our counselors will be able to hold virtual sessions with any current students through the end of May. Any student needing or desiring to schedule an appointment are asked to contact our counselors via the appointment request page.
  • Yesterday’s Special Virtual Convocation video recording now available here (Password: 8X=&Df@=). The event featured a series of short interviews that Duane Stoltzfus conducted with students, faculty and staff to share their varied experiences during the pandemic: Gilberto Perez Jr., Eden George, Jeremy Corson, Khampha Stempel, Emma Burton, Minnie Avila and President Becky Stoltzfus.

Friday, May 1 — Apply for COVID-19 Student Relief Funds by May 14

Dear students,

As a follow-up to our email last week, we have finalized an application process for the COVID-19 Student Relief Fund to make support available to those of you who have incurred unexpected expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. This includes expenses for food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care.

Goshen College is receiving federal funds through the CARES Act for this purpose, and we also are raising additional funds to help meet the COVID-19 related emergency needs of students who are not eligible for the federal funding, including undocumented, DACA and international students. The maximum amount of funding available per student is $1,000.

Learn more and apply here.

The application deadline is May 14. Please apply as soon as you can if you incurred unexpected expenses as outlined above. Our goal is to notify you of a decision within one week of the deadline and provide payment within two weeks after approval.

Stay well and stay connected.

Rebecca Stoltzfus, president
Deanna Risser, vice president for finance
Gilberto Perez Jr., vice president for student life


Friday, April 24 — Our plans for the fall

Dear students and parents,

I am thinking about the fall semester, and I am sure you are too. It is clear that the COVID-19 pandemic will be with us for an extended time.

First, watch this video I made for you about this: 

As I say in my short video message although we cannot yet rule out other possible scenarios, our plan is to see you on campus in August. And that brings great joy to all of us!

I am writing to provide more detail on what that could entail. As you know, there are still uncertainties, and we will know much more by the end of May. Nonetheless, we want to convey these three commitments.

First, our decisions will be centered around you, our students, as well as our employees. The well-being and health of all members of our campus community is our guiding concern. 

This means that our re-opening plans will involve coordination with our local and state officials, as well as our athletic conference, and will use the best scientific evidence at hand. Goshen’s small class sizes and spacious campus are great advantages. And we are fortunate to be just across the street from Goshen Hospital, a highly respected facility with capacity that has not been strained in the recent peak period in COVID-19 cases.

Keeping each other healthy will require changes in our behaviors, and voluntary cooperation within our GC community. This will likely include:

  • a range of individual and institutional actions to prevent, monitor for and respond to illness;
  • limits on gathering sizes and overall de-densification;
  • offering ways for vulnerable members of our community to still engage meaningfully through a blend of virtual learning and in-person activities.

These ideas are preliminary, and will evolve as we continue to learn about the course of the pandemic, but I wanted to give you an initial sense of what it might look like.

Second, we will enthusiastically pursue our mission and vision in ways that respond to the challenges and opportunities of this time. We will, as always, prioritize and integrate academic excellence with real-world learning and active love for God and neighbor. At Goshen, we are accustomed to encountering the world near and far with open minds and hearts, and a sense of adventure! During this pandemic, our travel and interactions off campus will likely need to be curtailed. This pandemic is bringing real-world learning straight to us — up close and personal. We did not choose this, but we can still practice our values as we learn, serve, lead and take steps toward peace. Especially in this time of challenge and losses, we will cultivate joy, growth and purpose.

Third, while this continues to unfold, we will stay connected with you and keep you informed. Our close relationships are what makes us Goshen! We’re going to figure out how to be GC as safely as possible in new ways. Please be in touch, and let us know your concerns, questions and ideas.

For now, be well, keep learning and stay connected.

Becky

President Rebecca Stoltzfus


Thursday, April 23 — New COVID-19 related funding for GC students

Dear students,

As you may have read in the news, the U.S. Department of Education recently announced funding available to higher education institutions to support students who have incurred unexpected expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. This includes expenses for food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care.

Goshen College is set to receive $396,450 of federal funds for this purpose and we are finalizing a plan for distributing the funds to help meet your needs. We aim to communicate that plan to you by Friday, May 1. We will then seek to get the money directly to you as quickly as possible.

Even though the federal funds can only be disbursed to US citizens, we will provide additional dollars to help meet the COVID-related emergency needs of our undocumented, DACA and international students. We are grateful that our generous alumni and donors are making this opportunity for emergency funds available beyond the federal funding.

Stay tuned for more details in the days ahead!

Rebecca Stoltzfus, president
Deanna Risser, vice president for finance
Gilberto Perez Jr., vice president for student life


Thursday, April 16 — May term and summer course updates (from the Registrar’s Office)

General May term updates:
  1. All May term courses are being offered as an online course from April 29-May 20.
  2. The drop/add date is April 30, 5 p.m. A course dropped by this time will not show on the transcript.
Due to the change in the delivery mode for May term courses, some policies have been adjusted to help students with the transition. Students should work with their academic advisor when considering the following adjustments:
  • The deadline for students to request a withdrawal from a May term course is extended until May 15. Withdrawing from a course will have a “W” grade on the transcript but does not impact the GPA.
  • Students may request to change the grade type from a letter grade to Credit (CR) or No Credit (NC) option. The deadline for requesting this change is May 26.
For the traditional online summer courses:
  • Classes will run from June 15-July 31. Summer registration should happen by June 1.
  • Summer online courses will continue with traditional letter grades and the deadlines for drop/add and withdrawal are consistent with the academic calendar dates.

Thursday, April 16 — FAQ: GC room and board credits due to COVID-19, Spring 2019-2020 (from the Accounting Office)

Q: When will I get my credit or refund?

A: Credit adjustments for unused spring semester room and board services will be calculated and applied to student accounts 6-8 weeks after the student moved off campus due to COVID-19. For most students, the credit adjustment will remain on student accounts and can be applied to future semester charges. Students who are not returning to Goshen College for Fall 2020 will have this credit balance refunded to them via Paymerang eCheck.

Q: How much will my room/board credit adjustment be?

A: The specific amount is based on each student’s room and board selection and related charges. As such, the amount of the credit adjustment will depend on where the student lived, which meal plan they had, and if the move-out date was substantially later than the March 19 deadline. Because spring classes are continuing, albeit at a distance, there will be no credit adjustment given for spring semester tuition charges. There is no refund for students who were on spring SST.

If a student has a current balance due to the college (including any unpaid Nelnet contracts for the spring semester), the credit adjustment will first be applied to the balance due. Any remaining balance due is the responsibility of the student and no refund will be issued. If applying the credit adjustment creates a balance due to the student (a credit balance), it will remain on the student’s account to be applied to future semester charges.

Q: Will there be a refund for May term costs included in this credit for spring semester?

A: As the Tuition & Fees sheet states, “There are no additional costs for on campus May term classes for students who are registered full-time, living on campus and with a meal plan at Goshen College in both fall and spring semesters.” Since there are no additional charges for May term, there will not be any refunds of May term room, board or tuition. Despite moving out early in spring semester, students still get full credit towards May term discounts.

Q: I am having other funds credited to my student account for May Term off-campus courses, SST and housing deposits. Do I have to complete an online refund request or will these be automatically issued?

A: The college is planning to automatically refund credit balances resulting from returned May Term, SST and housing deposits and 2019-20 financial aid via Paymerang eCheck. There is no need to complete an online request.

If you wish to opt out of receiving this automatic refund (except for financial aid balances), please email your request to Greg Sommers by noon on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.

Q: I’m not sure if I’m coming back in the fall. What do I do?

A: Talk to your academic advisor to map out a plan. Adela Hufford, associate vice president for retention, is also available to help you through the discernment process. If a student chooses to withdraw from the college, they should work with Adela to submit their withdrawal paperwork by June 10, 2020 in order to receive a refund.

Q: I would like to donate my credit balance refund back to Goshen College for students who have financial hardships. Can I do that and how?

A: Please contact the Development Office, at give@goshen.edu or (574) 535-7564 to make those arrangements.


Thursday, April 16 — SST Opportunities and Cancellations

Dear students and faculty,

We regret the need to cancel Fall SST units to Indonesia (China) and Ecuador due to uncertainties about global travel because of COVID-19. The good news is that we are adding a creative, new domestic SST unit in the fall and a Senegal unit next summer to meet students’ needs. Students can also choose from the new SST-Alt opportunities we are piloting in 2020-21 or find an SST unit that fits their schedule. We added China in 2021-22. We need at least 12 students in each of these programs, so register soon! See the attached document for all of the options.

You can enroll in any of the full semester SST options (including the fall US option) from GC online – SST Enrollment. Students access the SST enrollment form by logging into MyGC. On the Resources page, which is where you should land after logging in, there is a box in the lower right corner called Forms. The SST Enrollment Form is located in this section.

Thank you for your patience as we worked out these details. We still believe that a global education is needed now more than ever, in this time when fear is often directed toward those who are different. Let me know if you have any further questions.

Sincerely,

Jan Bender Shetler
Director of International Education


Tuesday, April 14

As a way to recognize the achievements of the Class of 2020 at a time when we are unable to be together in person, we’re hosting a virtual commencement ceremony on Sunday, April 26 at 3 p.m. ET at facebook.com/goshencollege and at goshen.edu/live-stream! So gather with your household, make some popcorn and join us as we celebrate our Class of 2020!


Thursday, April 9

  • Change to use of outdoor recreation areas on campus: Effective today, all outdoor tennis courts, sand volleyball and outdoor basketball courts on campus will be closed until further notice. This will help further combat the spread of COVID-19 and remain in lockstep with Goshen Parks and Recreation closings. As long as persons practice social distancing, the outdoor track, sidewalks and bike paths will remain open to walkers and joggers. Taking in some fresh air while giving your body and mind a healthy break from the indoors can be a key piece of a strong-functioning immune system.

Wednesday, April 8 — An update on commencement plans and celebrating you (a message to graduating students from President Stoltzfus)

Dear graduates,

We miss your presence here on campus so very much! And while we are sad that we cannot hold our commencement celebration as planned, I am happy to share our new plans for the 2020 Commencement and the ways in which we will celebrate your years of accomplishment at Goshen College.

We are lucky to have great event planning, film and media talent here at GC, and they are humming away to create a virtual celebration to mark the date you all have been waiting for. In addition, we are looking ahead to create a real, in-person celebration in the future, probably in association with our Homecoming weekend in October.

So, I invite you to mark your calendar (and invite your friends and family!) for Sunday, April 26 at 3 p.m. ET, to a virtual commencement event in which we’ll celebrate each of you for your remarkable achievement. This will be streamed at goshen.edu/live-stream and on Goshen College’s Facebook page.

This is an opportunity for us to show the creativity, adaptability and resilience of our Maple Leaf community. We know it won’t be the same as a traditional in-person event, but we hope to create a meaningful experience for you and your loved ones. This will include slide shows of your achievements, words and music from some of you, a brief speech from me and a reading of your names along with your photos. If you haven’t done so already, please add the headshot that you’d like to use to this folder.

More details of the virtual celebration, as well as future celebrations, are being determined and will be shared in the coming weeks. Stay tuned at goshen.edu/graduation.

Before April 26, we will send each of you a package in the mail (sent to your address on file) containing your diploma cover, a cap and tassel, commencement booklets with each of your names listed and a T-shirt. As happens every year, diplomas will be mailed at a later date once final grades are received.

Thank you each for your patience and know that you are deeply loved and valued by me and each of the faculty and staff here!

Be well, keep learning and stay connected.

Becky

President Rebecca Stoltzfus


Wednesday, April 8

  • Indiana Primary Election: All Indiana voters may choose to cast a ballot by mail in the upcoming June 2, 2020 Primary Election (it was postponed from May 5). To request an absentee-by-mail ballot, please complete this form (ABS-Mail Primary 2020) and return it to your county election officials. The deadline to return the form is May 21, 2020 by 11:59 p.m. local time. Here is more information.

Monday, April 6

  • Yesterday, the Indiana State Department of Health released new and helpful guidance about wearing face-coverings in public.

Friday, April 3 — Adjustments for spring semester room & board charges 

Greetings students,

We hope and pray that you and your loved ones are well. Thank you for all the adaptations you are making this semester!

We know that our residential students have had questions related to room and board charges. Although the required residence hall move-out date was beyond our regular refund date, we understand that you are facing numerous hardships and we want to offer you all the support we can. We have now finalized decisions regarding a process for credit adjustment for the remaining portion of spring semester room and board charges for residential students who moved out when the residence halls closed on March 19.

Spring residential students who moved off campus in response to COVID-19 will receive a credit adjustment for 30 percent of the semester room and board charges paid, which represents the remaining weeks of the semester after you moved off campus. This adjustment will be added as a credit to your student account, available to cover your charges (tuition, room or board) for the 2020-21 academic year. We will issue refunds of the credit adjustments (minus any remaining Nelnet payments or outstanding charges on the student’s account) to graduating students, as well as those unable to leave the credit balance on their account for a future semester.

  1. Room credit adjustments will range from $870-$1,020, depending on where you lived on campus. Note that if you moved off campus after March 19 your adjustment amount will vary from those stated above. Students still living on campus will not receive a credit adjustment.
  2. Meal plan credit adjustments will be as follows:
    • Unlimited – $740
    • 65 Block – $300
    • 30 Block – $130

Please contact Greg Sommers (glsommers@goshen.edu) in the Accounting Office if you have any questions about the process and how it applies in your situation.

Please note that the crediting process may take up to eight weeks. You will receive an email from the Accounting Office toward the end of this process, with specific details about your expected credit/refund.

Thank you for your patience as we work out these important details. We eagerly look forward to seeing you again!

Deanna Risser, vice president for finance
Gilberto Perez Jr., vice president for student life and dean of students


Wednesday, April 1 — April 1 (no joke) community health update

Greetings GC community,

A week ago we shared an update on our community health, and we wanted to again today, along with a resource that could be helpful to you.

Elkhart County is in the midst of a surge in COVID-19 cases that is (so far) smaller and slower than the large urban centers in the headlines. Nonetheless, the pandemic is here. There are 23 confirmed cases in the county as of last night, and 2 deaths.

It is also beginning to affect our students, employees and their families. To our knowledge, there are still no test-confirmed cases of COVID-19 directly in our GC community, though we are aware of several presumptive cases among students, employees and employee families. To the best of our ability, persons who have had direct contact with those individuals during the window of potential transmission have been informed.

To help all of us know how to respond as cases occur, we created a flowchart guide for students (on and off campus) and employees with COVID-19 symptoms or confirmed cases. Please familiarize yourself with it in case you would need it so you know what to do.

And we would encourage you to visit goshen.edu/coronavirus daily for updates that don’t warrant a separate notification, but could be helpful, along with the page dedicated to campus support resources.

Be well, keep learning and stay connected.

Sincerely,

President Rebecca Stoltzfus and the GC Crisis Management Team:
Jodi Beyeler, vice president for communications and people strategy
Chad Coleman, director of student life operations and campus safety
Glenn Gilbert, director of facilities
Cynthia Good Kaufmann, director of events
Gilberto Perez Jr., vice president for student life and dean of students
Ann Vendrely, vice president for academic affairs


Wednesday, April 1 — Approved academic policy changes for Spring 2020

Dear students:

I know this as been a period of adjustment as we all learn what it means to stay home and learn online. I applaud your work so far and recognize the stress that comes with these changes. Faculty have been discussing ways to support you and today faculty approved some more flexible grading options for you to use this semester and May term.

Here is the full policy change and some frequently asked questions. Please read them carefully.

These changes will allow students to have some flexibility in the grading of courses this semester, such as: selecting credit (CR)/ no credit (NC) grading option after the letter grade has been calculated for the course; requesting an incomplete grade at the end of the course; or deciding to withdraw from a course at the end of the semester. Each choice has different ramifications and should be considered carefully. Students should consult with their Academic Advisor before making any academic changes to ensure that the decision won’t have negative implications for academic progress and plans of study. Once a course of action is agreed upon, the advisor will submit the grade change or withdrawal request to the registrar’s office by the identified deadlines. Incompletes will still be initiated by the student using existing processes in the Registrar’s Office.

Please consider these options carefully and discuss them with your advisor. We hope that these will help you complete the semester with confidence.

Sincerely,

Ann Vendrely
vice president for academic affairs & academic dean


Sunday, March 29

  • A new guide for GC students (on and off campus) and employees if you have COVID-19 symptoms or a confirmed case (at right).
  • Elkhart County state of emergency status update: On Saturday, March 28, 2020, Elkhart County increased its travel advisory to a level orange (from an Advisory to a Watch) because Elkhart County now has one or two COVID-19 positive cases that appear to be the result of community spread. Everyone is allowed to travel, but the status change is indicating people should take additional precautions and be more discerning about need to travel. A WATCH level means that the conditions are threatening to the safety of the public. Only essential travel, such as to and from work or in emergency situations, is recommended, and emergency action plans should be implemented by businesses, schools, government agencies, and other organizations. Read the full release here.

Friday, March 27

  • Paperwork for the Accounting Office: Please submit all paperwork to the Accounting Office via Campus Mail, including credit card receipts and invoices.
  • Monday morning prayer with Campus Ministries: Join Joanne Gallardo, our campus pastor, and the Student Ministry Team for prayer on Monday mornings at 10 am. The Zoom ID is: 204-305-583. The gathered group will be praying for themselves, our community and our world. If you have a prayer request, fill out this Google form and the group will include it in their time together. You can remain anonymous if you wish.
  • Emergency Student and Employee Assistance Fund: An Emergency Student and Employee Assistance Fund has been created to help the most vulnerable among our campus community during this crisis. Alumni have already been invited to contribute. If you are able and want to support each other in this way, you can give online and choose “Emergency Student and Employee Assistance Fund.”

Wednesday, March 25 — Community health update

Greetings GC community,

We are fully behind you and with you, as we all adapt to new conditions these days.

Today we are writing about our individual and collective health. As a college community, we continue to adapt to our changing reality; however, our number one goal remains consistent: to slow down the transmission of COVID-19, on and off-campus. This priority remains, even after we have taken the enormous steps of learning and teaching and working from home, keeping social distances, to the utmost extent that we can.

We must all now assume that community-based transmission of the virus is ongoing around us, wherever you may be. There are now several confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the City of Goshen. Cases in all counties of Indiana are reported daily by the Indiana State Department of Health. For those of you in other states and nations, I am sure that local or state health departments are also making data about COVID-19 cases public and transparent.

As we write this, we are not aware of any test-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our GC community (in Goshen or elsewhere), although that could change rapidly. We are praying that any cases we experience will be mild, and that you will seek care swiftly if you become ill.

We each must act to slow down transmission. Please review the essential actions here.

If you are diagnosed with COVID-19:

  • Students on or off campus: Inform Chad Coleman, our director of campus safety and student life operations, even if you no longer live on campus.
  • Employees: Inform Jodi Beyeler, our interim HR director and VP of communications and people strategy.

This is necessary for now so that we can try to understand who might have been in contact on campus with you while you were possibly infectious. We also want to offer our care and support to you.

We are required by law to keep your health information confidential, while also working to protect potential contacts of suspected cases. If cases arise among us, we will rely on state and local health authorities to report cases anonymously to the public. If we identify that the person might have been in contact with you, we will reach out to you personally. And we will continue to communicate with all of you in ways that are timely and with as much transparency as possible, adapting as the situation changes.

This is not an easy time, but we stand together on our core values. These days require an unusual combination of:

  1. Calm focus on the essential actions we must take to stop the spread of the virus,
  2. Steady attention to our work of teaching and learning, and
  3. Living life as generously and faithfully as possible in this strange time.

Be well, keep learning and stay connected.

Sincerely,

President Rebecca Stoltzfus and the GC Crisis Management Team:
Jodi Beyeler, vice president for communications and people strategy
Chad Coleman, director of student life operations and campus safety
Glenn Gilbert, director of facilities
Cynthia Good Kaufmann, director of events
Gilberto Perez Jr., vice president for student life and dean of students
Ann Vendrely, vice president for academic affairs


Tuesday, March 24

  • Room & board refund/credit: The President’s Cabinet is working closely with Student Life on a process for refunding/crediting a portion of spring semester room and board charges for residential students. This process will begin after April 1. More information will be communicated when the process is finalized.
  • Criteria for exemptions of essential work on campus during the Indiana Stay-At-Home Order:
    • support for online education and students who are still living on campus
    • essential business operations
    • emergency situations
    • legal compliance

Monday, March 23

  • Indiana Governor orders Hoosiers to stay at home, starting Wednesday: Today, Governor Eric Holcomb delivered a statewide address ordering that Hoosiers remain in their homes except when they are at work or for permitted activities, such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies, and for health and safety. The Stay-At-Home Order takes effect Tuesday, March 24 at 11:59 p.m. and ends on Monday, April 6, at 11:59 p.m., but could be extended if the outbreak warrants it. Read more here.
  • Rec-Fitness Center closing: In an effort to further combat the spread of COVID-19, we will officially close the Recreation-Fitness Center indefinitely to students and employees beginning Wednesday, March 25. At that time, the RFC will only be accessible to employees with an office inside the building via ID card access. As long as you practice social distancing, we encourage you to continue activities and exercise outdoors. Taking in some fresh air while giving your body and mind a healthy break from the indoors can be a key piece of a strong-functioning immune system.
  • Locking buildings: Starting Wednesday, March 25, all campus buildings will remain closed and locked until further notice. Employees needing into buildings after Tuesday will have to use their own keys. Building keys can be checked out at the Physical Plant office between 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. weekdays.

Sunday, March 22

  • 3/22/20: Ecuador group at the airport!

    SST updates: The Tanzania group all returned last night and the Ecuador SST group has arrived in Fort Lauderdale, Florida! If all goes as planned, the Ecuador students and leaders coming back to Goshen should get to South Bend at 5:45 p.m. today.

    In the Quito airport, when the U.S. Embassy staff called the Goshen College names on the confirmed passenger list, she asked whether the whole group got on or not. When confirmed, she said, “Oh thank goodness, I’ve been getting so many calls from your congressional representatives!”


Saturday, March 21

  • Elkhart County Health Department update and travel advisory: The Elkhart County Health Department announced today the first presumptive case of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) in the County.A travel advisory is in place beginning 5 p.m. today Saturday, March 21, 2020. With that, residents are advised to only travel for essential reasons such as work, grocery stores, dinner pick-ups, pharmacies, doctor appointments, helping and/or checking in on family members. Read the full press release here.
  • SST updates: We have been working around the clock to bring students home from study abroad in Tanzania and Ecuador after travel restrictions were precipitously announced due to the pandemic response. Progress is being made with the support of many. Read more.

Thursday, March 19

  • Online learning and technology support: ITS has created two FAQ documents that address technology and support for students and employees:
  • Campus Post: Until further notice, Campus Post will continue to receive daily US Postal Mail, UPS, Fedex and Amazon deliveries. Campus Post and our delivery agents continue to pay attention and follow CDC guidance regarding mail handling and distribution. The CDC and the US Postal Service have indicated a very low risk related to transmission of COVID-19 via mail or packages, and all delivery services have communicated that they are taking extra precautions during this season. Read more details here, including their new hours and processes.

Wednesday, March 18

  • Academics: May term classes will only be online. There will probably be a few new classes added to the offerings due to the cancelation of international and off-campus travel during May term, those will be added to the course offerings announcements.
  • Current SST units updates:
    • In Ecuador, travel has been completely restricted and the airport is closed. Fortunately, our Ecuador SST students are safely at a beautiful retreat center for at least two weeks. Their scheduled flights are on April 6, when the first flights are to leave the country again.
    • Gratefully, we have tickets confirmed for the Tanzania group to fly out on Thursday morning and arrive in Goshen on Saturday.
  • Institutional travel:
    • All institutional international travel is canceled through the summer. This includes our Study-Service Theology Term to Guatemala for high school students and our Collaborative MBA trip to Costa Rica.
    • Transportation home is considered essential travel and employees are allowed to drive students to the airport, bus or train station.
  • Ongoing Title IX resources: For the next few weeks of modified campus life, all members of the campus community — students and employees — need to know that the Title IX Office will continue providing resources to anyone participating in on-campus and digital campus activities. We recognize that people may experience harm through online interactions as well as in modified living and working situations. Please know that we are here to help. Here are more details.
  • Virtual counseling services: Our counselors are offering students virtual sessions at this time. Unfortunately, they are only able to provide those services to students in Indiana due to licensure restrictions.
  • Expanded Crisis Management Team update: The college’s Crisis Management Team is led by Jodi Beyeler, vice president for communications and people strategy; and Chad Coleman, director of student life operations and campus safety; and includes Glenn Gilbert, director of facilities; Cynthia Good Kaufmann, director of events; Gilberto Perez Jr., vice president for student life; and Ann Vendrely, vice president for academic affairs. It has been meeting regularly about COVID-19 since Feb. 25 and twice a day since March 12, including President Stoltzfus, and has expanded to include others as needed. The team is processing updates and recommendations from local and federal authorities, and overseeing the college’s needs and responses in the midst of this pandemic.
  • Building availability: Buildings that don’t have access control and do have offices will be unlocked Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All buildings that have access control will continue to be available with access cards (ie. Music Center, Union, Rec-Fitness Center). Remember to carry your cards and keys on campus. Any employees that don’t have entrance keys to their own building can submit a key request online and pick it up at Physical Plant between 8-9 a.m. when they are physically open.
  • Red Cross Mobile Blood drive still on: Thursday, March 19 from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in the Church-Chapel’s south parking lot. Donors urgently needed. Make an appointment or stop by.
  • Bookstore:
    • Free online shipping offer: Visit the campus store website for free shipping on all items with no minimum purchase. This includes various formats of course materials, supplies, apparel, technology and more.
    • Access to eBooks at no additional charge: Visit the campus store website to gain access to eBooks at no additional charge with your goshen.edu email address. You can access up to 7 eBooks for the designated period free of charge.
    • Free access to Lumen Learning OER courseware: Lumen Learning is offering FREE access to courseware to help supplement content, and offer additional resources to faculty, click here for the Lumen offer.
    • Free shipping on rental returns and deadline extensions: The campus store is offering free shipping return labels and is also extending the non-return period without penalty to assist with increased returns by mail. Click the COVID-19 message on the campus store website.

Monday, March 16 — URGENT: Further campus changes regarding COVID-19

Greetings campus,

The COVID-19 situation continues to evolve very rapidly. Travel restrictions are increasing, and Governor Holcomb has announced that dining-in at restaurants is no longer allowed. Therefore, we are taking some further actions today and this week to keep our community as healthy as possible while we continue our educational mission. Please read this email carefully.

    1. Academics: After today, we are canceling all classes for the rest of the week. Instruction will resume next Monday online. We will complete this semester online. Prior planned training sessions for faculty will continue using technology on Thursday and Friday.
    2. Residential students: It is time to transition home or off-campus. Please make plans to be moved out of campus housing by Thursday noon at the latest, and plan to take everything with you that you can.
      • Residence Life will provide residential students with instructions for checkout.
      • If you need more time, we will work with you on a case-by-case basis. If going home isn’t possible for you right now, please fill out this form as soon as possible so that residence life staff can work with you directly.
      • The dining hall will continue to support us in responsive ways through this transition.
      • We understand that this raises financial questions. We will answer those questions as soon as we can.
    3. International education:
      • In light of increasing travel restrictions, we are working to bring the Tanzania and Ecuador SST groups back at the earliest possible time. They will be routed directly to their homes where possible.
      • International May Term classes and Summer SST Units will not be offered. These include destinations in London, Spain, Nepal, Senegal and Ecuador. We will work with students to find ways to fulfill the credits they are missing because of these cancelations. Students can get full refunds for the deposits they have already paid for these classes.
      • We have not canceled Fall SST units to Indonesia and Ecuador yet. Indonesian language class will be offered in May term as scheduled, online, to keep that option open.
    4. Events: We will not hold large gatherings and public campus events until the CDC advises otherwise. We therefore cannot plan to hold Commencement as usual. We will continue to determine if there is an alternative approach to conferring degrees and celebrating this important occasion with you and your loved ones.
    5. Athletics: The NAIA announced this morning their decision to cancel the spring 2020 sports season, effective immediately.
      • In an effort to provide relief, no spring sport student-athlete will be charged a season of competition. Any spring sport student-athlete who was enrolled full-time in 2020 will be awarded two additional semester terms of attendance, or the equivalent.

We understand that these decisions are disruptive and emotional. In these unprecedented times, we will continue to work daily to do what is best for each of you, our community and the world.

We are all in this together. Thank you for the many acts and words of kindness you are showing. Be well, keep learning and stay connected.

Sincerely,

President Rebecca Stoltzfus and the GC Crisis Management Team:
Jodi Beyeler, vice president for communications and people strategy
Chad Coleman, director of student life operations and campus safety
Glenn Gilbert, director of facilities
Cynthia Good Kaufmann, director of events
Gilberto Perez Jr., vice president for student life and dean of students
Ann Vendrely, vice president for academic affairs

P.S. We will continue to evaluate new information as it develops and share updates as they become available. Learn more about our campus response to COVID-19 at: goshen.edu/coronavirus.


Sunday, March 15

At this time the campus (indoors) is closed to the public.


Sunday, March 15 — A video message from President Stoltzfus regarding COVID-19 and our campus community (with text below)

Hello, Maple Leaf community!

What a week this has been! Life has changed, and there is so much for us to understand and talk about.

The purpose of this video message is to stay in touch with updates and information during this challenging time.

These are our goals at this time:

  1. To slow down the transmission of COVID-19, on and off-campus
  2. To protect vulnerable individuals — those who are older or have other risk factors
  3. To continue to provide excellent education with as much support to you as possible
  4. To support the physical and emotional health of all of you.

We have not closed campus because we want to support all of our students, including those who cannot go home or do not want to go home. At the same time, we are working continually to protect you.

I have six important messages for you today in light of the email message we sent yesterday. I’ll count them off for you as we go along, so you don’t get lost.

ONE: We’re all in this together. To get through this, we need to value our own health and the health of those around us. These are inseparable: to stay healthy ourselves, we have to keep others healthy. And to keep others healthy, we have to keep ourselves healthy.

This is a very emotional time.

  • Many of us are vulnerable to the virus or feel helpless for loved ones who are.
  • We feel deeply disappointed by the cancelling of public events and athletic programs that mean a lot to us.
  • Many of us already struggle with anxiety, and this adds to that.

Facts can help address fears. One fear people have expressed is around cases on campus and students in quarantine.

TWO: Facts around quarantines on campus. 

As of today, we have no known or suspected cases of COVID-19 on campus. A few students, in consultation with us, have self-isolated due to illnesses that do not have symptoms which fit the pattern of COVID-19. Over spring break one student was in South Korea, had no symptoms of illness, and agreed to closely self-monitor in isolation. That period has ended and the student continues to be healthy. We have rooms and procedures in place for those who need to be isolated due to vulnerability or flu-like symptoms. We accommodate roommates on a case-by-case basis. I want you to know that if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19, the campus will be informed immediately, along with any new actions arising from that.

THREE: We want you to make the choices you need to make regarding where you live and work.

Students: You may go home now or at any time if you need to. It is important to let your professors know if you won’t be present on campus this week so that they can support your learning. Instruction will continue and you won’t be penalized for distance learning. Online learning will begin in some courses tomorrow, and our transition will be complete by Monday, March 23.

Employees: Consider how you can change your work patterns to decrease interactions. This is especially important if your health would make you more vulnerable to severe disease, or if you live with people who are vulnerable. Share your ideas and questions with your supervisor.

FOUR: Increase your social distance. 

Be with your friends and loved ones if they are healthy, but keep groups small — under 25, as a guideline — and keep more distance than usual. The World Health Organization advises at least 3 feet apart whenever possible.

Stop shaking hands. Wash your hands carefully and thoroughly. Sneeze into a tissue and throw it away.

FIVE: If you are ill…

  • Stay home or in your dorm room. Do not go to class, work and other public activities to limit the spread of infection, whatever the type of infection.
  • If you have fever, cough or shortness of breath, call your doctor.
  • Testing is now available locally if prescribed by a doctor.
  • In case of an after-hours emergency, Contact your RA, Res Life Coordinator or Chad Coleman.
  • We have additional rooms available in our residence halls and we will move you or your roommate to a single room if needed.

SIX: And here is something that matters so very much: increase your kindness and compassion to everyone, especially to people whose home countries — by birth or association — have already been hard hit. It is a global pandemic. We are all in this together.

We are obviously connected now in ways that are dangerous — AND we can continue to be connected in ways that will help us stay well in body and spirit. We need social distance AND social solidarity.

So consider these options:

  • Spend time outside in nature. Hug a tree. Kiss the ground. Take a walk or a run with a friend.
  • Be joyful! Be funny — even while we are also sad and sobered. Last night, Kevin and I read aloud our favorite Winnie the Pooh story: The one in which Kanga and Roo come to the forest and Piglet has a bath. Do the quirky things that make you laugh.
  • Stay informed, but don’t follow the news obsessively. This is really a challenge for me! So I have started this practice: when I compulsively go to my phone or a news site, I try to pause and pray for a specific person.
  • Nurture your faith: pray, meditate, read Scripture, sing!
  • Remember that God works for good in all things. Do justice, love mercy, walk humbly with your God.
  • Thank the people who are working extra hard in very difficult circumstances: our custodians, the people providing good food for you, people making sure our technology systems are working well, the people who are showing up to care and teach in new ways.

Let’s use the time freed up by all the canceled events to find new and creative ways to stay connected and care for one another — whether working or learning on campus or at home.

If you have a good idea for how we can best support one another and our broader community, please let me know at president@goshen.edu.

Be well, keep learning, and stay connected. Bye for now!

— President Rebecca Stoltzfus


Friday, March 13 — Current changes to campus dining service: 

  • Self-serving selections will now be served.
  • Box lunches are available for pick up or isolated delivery. Send an email to jcorson@goshen.edu with at least an hour’s notice.
  • Bulk food pick ups are available and can be prepared hot or cold. Consult with Student Life if you have this need. The dining hall would need at least an hour’s notice to provide this.
  • Bulk grocery ordering are available: aviserves.com/Goshen
  • Use the “GET APP”

Friday, March 13 — Important campus update about COVID-19 action plan

Greetings campus,

Goshen College’s top priority is the health and safety of our students, our employees and our broader community. At this time, the risk of contracting COVID-19 in Goshen is low, and there are no confirmed cases in our county. Nonetheless, Goshen College is rapidly ramping up mitigation efforts to keep our community as safe as possible, while also supporting students to continue learning well and to complete their courses successfully.

We are not closing and will remain a residential campus (dining service, RFC, library, residence halls, etc.). At the same time, we are making the following changes to our approach as a campus in responding to COVID-19, until further notice (effective immediately unless otherwise noted):

  1. Over the next week, we will move from in-person instruction to online instruction wherever possible. Normal class schedules will continue March 16-18 (Monday-Wednesday). On March 19 and 20 (Thursday and Friday), normal class schedules will be replaced with training opportunities to prepare for this change for faculty and students. Classes will resume Monday, March 23 in their new format. More information will be communicated to you as soon as possible.
  2. We will work to accommodate any member of our campus community who has reasons to further limit their in-person engagement. Students should be in conversation with Corie Steinke. Employees should talk with their supervisor.
  3. We will not hold large gatherings and public campus events. Chapel and convocation events are canceled for the rest of the semester and students will receive credit during this period of time.
  • All campus visits organized by the Admissions Office (including Admitted Student Weekend, Explore Goshen Day and individual/group visits) will be canceled or postponed, March 13-April 5.
  • Athletic competitions are suspended until April 1 and will not be rescheduled.
  • Travel:
    • All non-essential professional travel should be cancelled or postponed. Employees, please be in conversation with your supervisor to determine what is essential and non-essential professional travel.
    • Study-Service Term (SST) students in Tanzania and Ecuador are currently on service assignments and in stable contexts in the last weeks of their term, and will travel home as currently scheduled. We continue to closely monitor this though and will take action as needed.
    • We are in direct communication with students pre-enrolled in off-campus May term courses and summer SST units.

Additional information on these changes will follow with specific details for faculty, staff and students.

There is no doubt these changes will disrupt and inconvenience our campus community. However, we strongly believe these short-term disruptions will greatly reduce the risk of significant long-term negative consequences.

Please remember that we are all responsible for our community’s well-being. Being a strong community for each other is one of our greatest strengths. We reiterate that the best actions we can each take right now are strong preventative measures and good hygiene, so please take good care of yourselves and each other.

We will continue to evaluate new information as it develops and share updates as they become available. Learn more about our campus response to COVID-19 at: goshen.edu/coronavirus.

Thank you for your patience and support through this evolving and difficult situation.

Sincerely,

President Rebecca Stoltzfus and the GC Crisis Management Team:
Jodi Beyeler, vice president for communications and people strategy
Chad Coleman, director of student life operations and campus safety
Glenn Gilbert, director of facilities
Cynthia Good Kaufmann, director of events
Gilberto Perez Jr., vice president for student life and dean of students
Ann Vendrely, vice president for academic affairs


Wednesday, March 11

Greetings campus,

We have been closely monitoring national, state and local guidelines in how we are addressing COVID-19. We are working with local county and city government and health authorities, as well as tracking all Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations and changes (they recently created this helpful guide for higher ed specifically).

There are currently 6 confirmed cases in Indiana, with the closest being in Kendallville, Indiana, 37 miles southeast in Noble County, where our Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center is located. It is likely there will be confirmed cases in Elkhart County at some point and all residents and organizations must be proactive and preventive. As we strive to make the best possible decisions for Goshen College, we are also in conversation with other colleges and universities inside and outside of Indiana. At this time, no single approach best fits all contexts. Based on what we know at this time, and in line with the advice of the CDC and state and local health authorities, we are continuing with our normal approaches to class and operations, with increased public health vigilance as detailed below. 

Nothing is more important to us than the health and wellbeing of our students and employees. We anticipate that there may be a time when face-to-face interactions with students need to stop and we need to cancel public events or large group gatherings. We will update you regularly. There is no need to panic or cause panic in others. Overall, our goal is to keep everyone safe, while also supporting students to continue learning and to complete their courses.

Here are important reminders, new updates and messages for specific campus groups at this time:

Prevention and good hygiene are essential:

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hands).

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Watch these videos (available in English and Spanish) to learn more. There is also more signage around campus with reminders as well.

If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Note that this is a Plan B, not your first option. Always wash hands with soap and water if they are visibly dirty.

It is time to change how we physically interact with each other on campus. At this time, we strongly discourage all handshakes, hugs, kisses and even fist bumps or elbow taps. Find other ways to greet each other without physically touching.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

Don’t share water bottles, glasses or eating utensils with others.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Get a flu shot – it’s not too late.

Be aware that facemasks are not advised for the general public.

If you need to travel, don’t fly or take the train if you have a choice. If you don’t have a choice, read up on how to take hygiene precautions while traveling.

Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.

You should know that our custodial staff continues to maintain best practices, including those specific to COVID-19, for routine cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects in public areas that are touched often, and they also take extra precautions in areas that are identified as needing it.

If you become ill:

Limit your physical contact with others.

Please remain home from class, work and other public activities to limit the spread of infection. You should be fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication before returning to classes and work.

Note that the most clear signs of COVID-19 are a fever and a dry cough. Res Life Coordinators have thermometers to check your temperature if you think you might have a fever.

If you have these symptoms, call your primary care provider. Only go to the hospital (after calling) if you are having a hard time breathing as well.

See a doctor or provider at the first sign of flu-like symptoms to potentially shorten the impact of the virus, but call ahead first.

Students who exhibit flu-like symptoms (fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headache, tiredness, diarrhea or vomiting) should immediately contact Goshen Family Physicians, which serves as the primary medical service provider for students. Appointments can be scheduled by calling (574) 534-8200 or (574) 534-0050.

In case of an after-hours emergency, students should contact their resident director or resident assistant, or go directly to the Goshen Hospital emergency department (after calling ahead).

Let others know:

Students: Contact your RA, RLC or Chad Coleman immediately so we can be of assistance to you and track campus health needs and trends.

  • There are extra rooms on campus that can be made available to students who need self-isolation.
  • Residence Life staff will assist in providing pack out meals from the dining hall upon request.
  • Contact parents/family members and let them know you are taking the necessary steps to restore your health.

Employees: You or your supervisor should contact the Human Resources Office to report absences due to flu-like symptoms.

If your roommate is sick with flu-like symptoms: 

  • Encourage them to follow the guidance above.
  • Provide assistance to them as you are able to.
  • Be extra cautious and exercise, good hygiene and preventative measures.
  • Avoid sharing household items with them.
  • Monitor your own health closely.
  • Limit others coming into your room who are not essential.
  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces, such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables, every day.

Teaching Faculty:

If and when in-person contact becomes more restricted, all teaching might move from the traditional classroom to an online format. Faculty should begin to prepare for this change, including adding materials to Moodle in anticipation. We recognize that online teaching will be more difficult for laboratory and practicum courses, so we ask faculty to think carefully about how they can manage all types of courses to maintain our excellent academic outcomes.

The schools meeting on Thursday, March 12 and the Teaching Faculty Forum on Thursday, March 19 will provide resources for faculty to adapt their courses. You may reach out to our instructional technology staff (Erin Milanese and Kelsy McLane) at any time.

Thank you for your creativity in managing courses in these uncertain times and for doing what is best for our students!

All Employees: In addition to your available sick time benefit if you or your family members are sick and you cannot work, know that we have a policy in place about how we will handle compensation if the campus were to close.

And finally, I (President Stoltzfus) wrote this blog post on this topic that you may find helpful at this time.

Find all of our updates and info about this at: goshen.edu/coronavirus.

Sincerely,

President Rebecca Stoltzfus and the GC Crisis Management Team:
Jodi Beyeler, vice president for communications and people strategy
Chad Coleman, director of student life operations and campus safety
Glenn Gilbert, director of facilities
Cynthia Good Kaufmann, director of events
Gilberto Perez Jr., vice president for student life and dean of students
Ann Vendrely, vice president for academic affairs


Wednesday, March 11

The WHO’s handwashing instructions put to the Goshen College Alma Mater:


Friday, March 6 — A message from our Food Service Provider, AVI Fresh.

To Our Valued Guests:

We take your health and safety with the utmost of importance.

AVI Foodsystems has been actively monitoring the recent novel coronavirus (COVID-19) respiratory disease reported in the United States. COVID-19 was initially detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.

At this time, it is important to note that the known transmission of this virus is similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread. There are no cases of COVID-19 which have shown any evidence of humans being infected by another route, such as through food supply or food consumption.

AVI is actively monitoring the development of this outbreak and are working with our food distributors to ensure services provided will not be affected.

In regards to preventive measures, AVI has strong policies and procedures in place to ensure food safety and prevention of illness transmission. These policies, which mirror CDC recommendations, are closely followed. The policies include but are not limited to: * Enforcement of proper and careful handwashing
* Following of all safety guidelines including appropriate food handling
* Proper sanitation of food preparation areas.

We continue to enforce our team member illness reporting policy which includes immediately reporting symptoms and restricting anyone with high-risk conditions.

In addition, each location follows AVI’s firstLINE Safety System, which includes a robust Business Continuity Plan to ensure we are able to serve our guests in any type of situation.


Thursday, March 5 — Goshen College guidelines concerning COVID-19 and study abroad programs

Goshen College is committed to providing all students with opportunities for immersive global education, while also seeking to ensure the health and safety of students and faculty. With the recent global spread of COVID-19, we want to share with you our guidelines for working with the travel risks to our study abroad destinations.

Goshen College will make its decision to cancel study abroad destinations based on whether the U.S. State Department Travel Advisory is at Level 3 or 4 and/or whether the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)l has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Advisory, “Avoid Nonessential Travel.” If these advisories go into place after students are already in the country, we will return them to campus.

Given these guidelines, we have decided to relocate the China fall Study-Service Term (SST) program to Indonesia.

As of March 5, there are no travel advisories at level 3 or 4 to any other pending GC destinations and they have not been identified currently as having any limited, sustained or widespread community transmission. This includes our May/Summer and Fall destinations in England, Spain, Nepal, Ecuador, Senegal, Kenya and Indonesia.

Students or faculty who feel uncomfortable with the risks of COVID-19 will be given the opportunity, within a limited time frame, to opt-out of their study abroad program and their deposit will be refunded. The college will work with them to find other ways of fulfilling these credits, potentially at another time. If there are not enough students remaining in the group to make it financially viable, the destination may still be cancelled.

SST programs currently in Tanzania and Ecuador, scheduled to return to campus on April 6 and 7, will continue to function normally unless they move to a different advisory level as noted above.

Although the risk of contagion at these destinations is low, so long as precautions are taken, we advise students or faculty with pre-existing metabolic (diabetes) and respiratory (COPD, asthma, etc.) illness to consult their health care provider on their level of personal risk. We also want you to know that there could be risk of travel disruption through government actions. These could include denial of entry into or immediate exit from a country or region and quarantine up to 14 days.

Given the uncertainties of this quickly evolving situation, we cannot predict when the CDC will lift current restrictions or if additional countries will be impacted by future advisories. We will continue to monitor the situation around the globe, and we will update you and take action should the situation change.

Please be in touch with Jan Shetler, director of international education (jans@goshen.edu) if you have any questions about this.


Wednesday, March 4

Employees, if you would like to pick up a pump bottle of hand sanitizer for your respective shared work areas or classrooms, we are making them available at the Physical Plant window during business hours.


Monday, March 2 — Update about Coronavirus (COVID-19) precautions

Although there have been no confirmed cases of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Indiana, we have been closely monitoring the situation in the United States and around the world. In the United States, the threat to the general public for contracting COVID-19 remains low. We are working closely with local health providers and various campus offices in order to be prepared though if that changes. Nothing is more important to us than the health and wellbeing of our students and employees.

We are following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for decisions, including about travel abroad. If you have traveled to a country with a CDC Level 3 warning (currently China, South Korea, Italy, Japan, and Iran) in the last 14 days or plan to in the future, please contact Chad Coleman to take appropriate precautions.

Even if you haven’t recently traveled abroad, taking good care of yourself is important not just for you, but for the entire community. We encourage everyone to take these basic steps to help protect yourself and others from viral illness:

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if they are visibly dirty.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Don’t share water bottles, glasses or eating utensils. Limit close contact, like kissing, with people who are sick.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hands).

Get a flu shot – it’s not too late.

Be aware that facemasks are not needed for the general public.

Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.

You should know that our custodial staff continues to maintain strong procedures for routine cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects in public areas that are touched often, and they also take extra precautions in areas that are identified as needing it.

If you become ill with flu-like symptoms (fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headache, tiredness, diarrhea or vomiting):

Limit your physical contact with others.

Please remain home from class, work, and other public activities to limit the spread of infection. You should be fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication before returning to classes and work.

See a doctor or provider at the first sign of flu-like symptoms to potentially shorten the impact of the virus.

Students who exhibit flu-like symptoms should immediately contact Goshen Family Physicians, which serves as the primary medical service provider for students. Appointments can be scheduled by calling (574) 534-8200 or (574) 534-0050.

In case of an after-hours emergency, students should contact their resident director or resident assistant, or go directly to the IU Health Goshen Hospital emergency department.

Let others know:

Students: Contact your RA RLC or Chad Coleman immediately so we can be of assistance to you and track campus health needs. Contact parents/family members and let them know you are taking the necessary steps to restore your health.

Employees: You or your supervisor should contact the Human Resources Office to report absences due to flu-like symptoms.

We are monitoring the situation closely and will communicate updates or any changes as they become available. We will continue to post related updates and information on this webpage.

Please be understanding and as flexible as possible when a member of our community needs to take time away. Thank you for helping us create a campus community that is safe, welcoming and inclusive for everyone, and where all are treated with respect and dignity.

Sincerely,

Gilberto Perez Jr., vice president for student life
Jodi Beyeler, vice president for communications and people strategy
Chad Coleman, director of student life operations and campus safety