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COVID-19

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June 19, 2020, 5:30 p.m.
Campus Message from President Schneider.

Updates to the FAQ section related to health & safety, returning to campus, classes, residence life and athletics.

Check-in schedule for new and returning students.

 

Previous updates
Classes resume remotely.

 

March 17, 2020, 7:15 p.m.
McPherson College announced today it will complete the second semester remotely using online technology beginning March 30, 2020. More details are outlined in the FAQ section below.

 

March 16, 2020, 2:18 p.m.
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced today that it is cancelling the spring 2020 sports season, effective immediately in response to the current COVID-19 situation.
Read more about the NAIA decision.

 

March 14, 2020, 5:30 p.m.
The uncertainty of this situation presents challenges and many considerations. McPherson College will make a decision by Thursday, March 19 regarding whether students will return to campus for in-person classes or complete the semester remotely using online technology. Students, families, faculty, and staff can find more information in an email dated March 14, 2020 from President Michael Schneider.

 

Message from President Michael Schneider, Prof. Becki Bowman, and our students.

 

March 13, 2020, 4 p.m.
Following the recent decision made by the KCAC, McPherson College Athletics will suspend indefinitely all athletic-related practice, travel, and competitions out of an abundance of caution due to the coronavirus. Read more about the KCAC decision.

 

March 12, 2020, 8 p.m.
McPherson College is dismissing students for the 2020 spring break one week early, beginning Monday, March 16.
Our highest priority at McPherson College is providing a healthy and safe campus environment for our students, faculty, staff, and guests. In addition, we are committed to all of our students completing their degrees and coursework this semester even given the challenges related to the COVID-19 outbreak.Therefore, even though Kansas is still considered a low-risk state for the spread of the novel coronavirus, McPherson College is dismissing students for the 2020 spring break one week early, beginning Monday, March 16.

 

FAQ:

NOTE: This is a complex, challenging, and fluid situation which continues to evolve rapidly. All information is subject to change as deemed necessary by college leadership in accordance with guidance and recommendations issued by federal, state, and local public health and government officials.

Campus Health & Safety
What steps has the college taken to reduce the risk of the virus?
The college has developed a health and safety plan to guide students and staff through the fall semester and beyond. The college continues to follow guidance from national, state, and local health officials. Additionally, four physicians on the college’s board of trustees, including a public health expert, are supporting planning efforts, and the campus health clinic, Partners in Family Care, is actively involved in the health and safety of the campus.
Is there anything I need to do before arriving to campus to prepare for check-in and move-in?
All students will receive a quick survey via email to identify where you will be traveling from when you will arrive in McPherson. All students will be required to complete a pre-screening questionnaire and health and safety agreement before moving in to housing.
What responsibilities do I have to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19?
While McPherson College follows sanitizing guidelines from state and local authorities, students must follow personal hygiene procedures such as:

    • Washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds
    • Avoid touching your face
    • Cover coughs and sneezes with the inside of your elbow
    • Sanitize high-touch areas as lights switches, desks, handles or knobs, and tables
    • Avoid hugging others or shaking hands
    • Don’t share personal items such as mobile phones, clothing, headphones/ear buds, writing utensils, sunglasses, and cups or mugs

<li”>Washing your clothing frequently

  • Shower daily

 

What cleaning and sanitizing precautions has the college taken since students left for spring break?
Custodial crews began cleaning and sanitizing residential halls, classrooms, labs, athletic facilities, the dining hall, and administrative offices as soon as students were safely off campus using guidelines from the CDC, state, and local health officials.
Is the campus health clinic open?
Yes. The clinic has a separate waiting area available for people who have symptoms including a fever, and ask that if you are not feeling well, please call the campus health clinic at (620) 242-0404. Office visits are free to full-time students.
Will testing for COVID-19 be available on campus?
Yes. Currently, the on-campus health clinic can test for the virus and provide results within three to four business days. Plans are for the clinic to offer same-day testing when it is available. Office visits are free to full-time students. Fees for lab and other services are submitted to insurance.
What if somebody tests positive for COVID-19?
In the event of a positive test, the local health department will follow up with anyone identified as a close contact of the infected individual. No student testing positive for COVID-19 will stay on campus. Students who test positive will recover off campus either at home or in isolation at a campus owned residence.
What should I do if somebody I know tests positive for COVID-19?
When somebody you know tests positive for COVID-19, contact the residential life office, your RA/RD, or a faculty member to report the possible exposure. You will receive direction based on your contact history with the individual, which may include a 14-day quarantine.
What is social distancing and will I be required to comply?
Social distancing is the practice of keeping six feet between you and anyone around you where possible. Also, avoid shaking hands and close physical contact. McPherson College strongly encourages social distancing but will not require it unless directed by the local health department.
Will I be required to wear a face mask on campus?
Students, faculty, and staff are not required to use a face mask at this time unless contact with a member of a vulnerable population is unavoidable. Campus will be notified if a face mask is required in this case.
Will I be allowed to leave campus?
The college will follow the Kansas Department of Health and Environment recommends on travel. Students, faculty, and staff are advised not to travel to areas known for widespread community transmission. Students traveling outside of McPherson County are asked to report travel to Student Affairs. More information on the KDHE travel guidelines can be found at https://www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/175/Travel-Exposure-Related-Isolation-Quaran.
Are mental health services available to students?
Yes. The counselors at Client Centered Counseling are available, either in person or remotely, to students, faculty, and staff of McPherson College. Please call (620) 241-2300 to make an appointment and mention you are a student. Services are free to full-time students.
CARES/HEERF Emergency Grants
What is CARES/HEERF and where did the funding for emergency grants come from?
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law on March 27, 2020. One aspect of the act was the creation of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). HEERF provides funds to institutions for emergency financial aid grants to students whose lives have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
How much HEERF funding did McPherson College Receive?
McPherson College has been allocated $397,688 to provide emergency grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds are intended to help with academically related expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.
Who is eligible for HEERF Emergency Grants?
Students must meet the following eligibility requirements:
1) enrolled on/after March 13, 2020, attending in-person courses at McPherson College;
2) degree-seeking student; and
3) eligible to receive Title IV federal aid as evaluated through the completion of the FASFA
4) experienced expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19

What expenses are eligible for the grant?
The grant is to be used for expenses incurred due to the disruption of campus from COVID-19. Some examples include expenses related to food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, child care, transportation, and possibly other expenses.
Do I have to fill out a FAFSA to receive the emergency grant?
Yes. Because of the requirement to determine that the recipients must be eligible to participate in the Title IV programs and meet all of the applicable student eligibility requirements, McPherson College is requiring that a FAFSA be on file. If you have not completed your FAFSA, you can still do so at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa.
Will I receive the emergency grant even if I owe the College money?
Yes. If you are eligible for these emergency grants, you will receive the money even if you have current financial holds or owe the campus fees or fines.
Does it matter how many credit hours I am taking in spring 2020?
Emergency grants are to be pro-rated for part-time students.
Do I need to apply for the Emergency Grant?
Students who lived in Baer or Harter do not need to apply for a grant. These students were displaced and did not receive an adjustment to their account for room and board. All other students will need to apply at https://mcstudentlife.formstack.com/forms/covid19. The spring grants have limited funds and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please apply as early as possible.
How will I receive my Emergency Grant?
Paper checks will be mailed. Students should immediately log in to their student account on Bulldog Connect to update the CURRENT mailing address.
I lost my job as a result of the coronavirus. Can I receive a CARES Act Emergency Grant to replace my lost wages?
No. The grant cannot replace lost wages. However, if you are not able to meet expenses related to food, housing/rent, technology expenses, travel expenses, etc. due to the campus disruption caused by the Coronavirus, you may apply for a grant.
My parents lost their jobs or had reduced hours during the coronavirus pandemic. I am worried I cannot afford to come back to McPherson College in the Fall. Can I apply for a CARES Act Emergency Grant for this reason?
No, the funds are not intended for this purpose. However, please contact the Financial Aid Office so that we can reconsider your financial aid application to determine if you might qualify for other types of financial assistance.
Do I have to repay a Federal Emergency Aid Grant?
Typically, you would not have to repay the amount awarded to you. The Federal Emergency Aid Grant funds are designed to be a grant, not a loan.
Would this funding reduce my financial aid?
No, this fund does not negate nor replace financial aid.

30-Day Report
Updated May 27, 2020

McPherson College acknowledges that the institution signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement for the use of Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. The institution intends to use no less than 50 percent of the funds to support students.

The institution has received from the Department of Education, pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students, $795,375.

As of May 27, 2020, 30 days since the funds became available, McPherson College has distributed $91,681 to 59 students. The college estimates that 605 students are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in the Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, which could qualify them to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) if student eligibility requirements are met as established by the Department of Education.
In determining Emergency Financial Aid Grants, the College requires students to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for verification of eligibility to participate. If a FAFSA was completed in a previous year, a certification form is completed verifying that nothing has changed since the FAFSA was completed. As required under the CARES Act, the College will identify students with the most need based on food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, childcare and other possible expenses due to the disruption of campus operations. The College does this through an automatic grant to students known to have additional housing and food costs and a self-reporting application for everyone else. To identify funding limits, an analysis of the cost of attendance used for packaging aid was used to identify the average expected costs of the applicable expenses for the duration of the campus shutdown. Grants for room and board were standard amounts based on the funding limit. Students must self-report the amount of expenses they incurred for the remaining categories of expenses subject to the determined limits. Pell-eligible students received larger grants than non-Pell eligible students. Communications via emails, student newsletter, website presence, and campus groups, assisted in educating students of this opportunity.

Guidance for Students Fall 2020
Will the residence halls be open this fall?
The fall semester will begin with fewer students living in the residence halls and limitations on common spaces as well as practicing important personal hygiene behavior. Residence hall staff will be prepared to implement social distancing with single-point entry, bathroom assignments, and one-way stairwells to prevent the spread of the virus on campus.
When will I receive my housing assignment?
Returning students will receive their housing assignments on June 1. New students will receive their assignments in mid-July. The fall semester will begin with fewer students in the residence halls and limitations on common spaces as well as practicing important personal hygiene behavior.
Is there anything I need to do before arriving to campus to prepare for check-in and move-in?
All students will receive a quick survey via email to identify where you will be traveling from when you will arrive in McPherson. All students will be required to complete a pre-screening questionnaire and sign a Health & Safety Agreement before moving in to housing.
How will students check-in when arriving to campus?
Arriving on campus will be phased and an arrival schedule will be updated at https://www.mcpherson.edu/check-in/. Campus personnel will be contacting students who are traveling to campus outside Kansas from areas with community disease spread first to coordinate—starting with international students. All international students traveling from abroad should plan to arrive on campus by July 25th.
How will the move-in process work this fall?
To help reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread during the move-in process, students should expect:

  • Prescreening verified
  • Health and safety training
  • All students will sign a Health & Safety Agreement
  • Modified move-in schedules and procedures to reduce traffic and density
  • Staggered arrival and drop-off times for furniture and belongs
  • Limit of two non-resident participants per student at any one time
  • No visits from students from other residence halls
  • To observe any quarantine rules or warning in the residence halls
  • To maintain six-feet social distancing when possible
How will I enroll for my fall 2020 classes?
All but a few returning students have been enrolled. They can view their schedule in Bulldog Connect by selecting the relevant term. To make changes to course schedules, email your academic adviser. The registrar’s office will enroll all new students for the 2020-21 year. New students will work directly with admissions to complete the information on their enrollment checklist form. Once the information is verified with their admissions counselor, it is forwarded to an enrollment specialist. After the student has been enrolled in classes, admissions will email the directions to show them how to view their course schedule on Bulldog Connect.
Will classes resume on-campus this fall?
Classes are scheduled to begin on August 17. The college is prepared to welcome students on-campus for the beginning of classes.
Will courses take place in classrooms?
Faculty and staff are preparing for several different scenarios that allow classroom and on-campus instruction this fall. Faculty is developing delivery of coursework considering that some students and faculty members might need accommodations based on their health situation. Faculty will be ready to deliver courses in hybrid or blended formats as needed if students need to complete coursework off-campus because students need accommodations because of health or ability to get to campus. We expecting that nearly every course will be in-person with hybrid capabilities.
Will the classroom set-up be different from last year?
Special health accommodations for students are built in a spirit of preparation and adaptability. The campus has proven that it can adapt to a remote operation and is prepared to flex as needed in the upcoming academic year. Faculty who need classroom accommodations will list those in their course sylibi and students will be required to follow those requests, which may include wearing masks and honoring a modified desk spacing scenario. Additionally, staff may need accommodations that might require wearing masks as well as different office set-ups.
Will labs, studios, and shops be accessible to students?
All classrooms, labs, studios, shops, and other campus facilities will be accessible to students provided there are no mandates from local health officials. In the event of a health restriction, the college is prepared to implement social distancing measures in these spaces.
Will there be opportunities for student-travel in the fall?
All overnight student travel for 2020-2021 will be reserved only for capstone student events, projects, and athletic post season play.
When will the fall semester end?
The fall semester has been condensed and finals will be finished by Thanksgiving break on November 25. Adjustments to the academic calendar include:
• Classes will meet on Labor Day, September 7
• Classes will meet on September 22 a day previously set aside for campus assessment
• Midterm will be October 9 instead of October 5
• Rather than a five-day fall break (Oct. 7-11), students will have a Reading Day on Oct. 7
• A Reading Day prior to final exams is scheduled on Nov. 19
• Final exams will take place on Nov. 20-21, and Nov. 23-24.
• Winter break will be Nov. 25-Jan. 3
Will the condensed fall semester mean a reduction in instructional time?
There is no substantive reduction in the instruction time with the change in the fall 2020 calendar. By scheduling classes on Labor Day, omitting a day of classes canceled for assessment activities, reducing the fall break from three class days to one and by scheduling final exams on the Saturday, Monday and Tuesday preceding Thanksgiving (which were scheduled to be part of Thanksgiving break), the fall semester includes exactly the same number of days of instruction as the spring 2021 academic calendar. There are no compromised learning experiences with the change to our fall calendar.
What if I am unable to return to campus for my classes?
Faculty will be ready to deliver courses in hybrid formats as needed if students need to complete coursework off-campus.
Will the dining hall be open this fall?
Yes. The dining hall will open with a small reduction in seating as well as other protective measures such as individually wrapped items and fully-serviced food stations.
Will athletic facilities be available in the fall?
Yes. All athletic facilities will be open in the fall as long as there are no restrictions from state or local health officials.
Guidance for Student Athletes
Will athletic facilities be open this fall?
Yes. All athletic facilities will be open in the fall as long as there are no restrictions from state or local health officials.
What has the NAIA announced regarding the upcoming fall season?
NAIA announced a return to play threshold where half the participating institutions in each sport need to receive clearance from local authorities to return to competition before the season can begin. For example, NAIA football has 95 participating institutions. When half (47) of these programs gain clearance from authorities to play, the NAIA football season will be authorized to begin. We expect the KCAC conference will be ready to play on time.
When will fall practices begin?
Beginning on August 15, student-athletes may practice consistent with MC health and safety protocols. While practices can begin August 15, only individuals identified with Bulldog athletics can participate in these practices.
When will competition begin?
All sports except football can compete on September 5 (providing 3 weeks of practice prior to competition.) Football will compete on September 12 (providing 4 weeks of practice prior to competition.)
How will the delayed start effect the athletic schedule?
There is a reduction in number of contests allowed proportionate to the shortened seasons. McPherson College will release fall schedules as soon as they are available. Please continue to check social media for the latest updates. https://macbulldogs.com
Will there be any overnight travel for athletes?
Overnight student travel for 2020-2021 will be reserved only for capstone student events, projects and athletic post season play.
What steps will the college take to reduce the risk of spreading the virus in the athletic facilities?
Athletics will follow sanitization protocols using guidelines from the campus health and safety plan, CDC, state, and local health officials, as well as the KCAC for all facilities including the weight room, athletic training room, Sports Center, McPherson Stadium, Bulldog Park, and the tennis courts.
Will fans be allowed on campus for McPherson College athletic events this fall?
McPherson College is ready for fan attendance at athletic events as long as there are no restrictions from state officials, local health officials, Kansas Collegiate Athletics Conference or the NAIA. The college can accommodate capacity numbers that support social distancing.
Will housing and food service be available to winter sports athletes competing after the academic calendar is complete?
Yes. Student-athletes who compete over the winter break will have access to housing and food service.
Guidance for Automotive Restoration Students
Will the shop facilities be open this fall?
All classrooms, labs, studios, shops, and other campus facilities will be accessible to students provided there are no mandates from local health officials. In the event of a health restriction, the college is prepared to implement social distancing measures in these spaces.
What steps will the college take to reduce the risk of spreading the virus in the restoration facilities?
Automotive Restoration program will follow sanitization protocols using guidelines from the campus health and safety plan, CDC, state, and local health officials for all facilities.
Will there be opportunities for students to travel this fall?
Automotive restoration events at which the college would participate, including Fall Break travel, have been postponed or canceled.
What are the plans for open shop time? CARS Club?
Once students return to campus and safety guidelines are in place and being practiced, it will be determined how open shop time will be offered. CARS Club meetings will also follow campus guidance.
Guidance for Families
How do students find help with financial hardship?
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is the third COVID-19 relief package passed by Congress on March 27, 2020, and allocates funding to higher education. To find out if assistance is available to you through the CARES Act or from McPherson College, contact the Financial Aid Office at ask@mcpherson.edu. You will be asked to fill out a questionnaire detailing your financial hardship and contacted about your options.
What assistance is available in the CARES Act for college students?
Student Loans

  • The bill directs the Department of Education to automatically suspend payments on most federal student loans – Direct Loans and FFEL Loans held by the federal government – through September 30, 2020.
  • No interest will accrue on any loans during the six month pause in payments.
  • The bill allows for temporary suspension of involuntary collections on default loans.
  • Payments on private education loans will not paused and borrowers holding private loans will be required to continue their normal loan repayment schedule.

Emergency Aid

  • The CARES Act allows more flexibility for colleges and students to facilitate access to funds from the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG). Student emergency aid disbursed through the SEOG structure will not be treated as financial aid for purposes of student need analysis.
  • The bill also takes steps to ensure students who have to leave school due to the effects of COVID-19 will not be penalized in the future by excluding the term from counting toward financial aid time limits and waiving Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements.

To find out if assistance is available to you through the CARES Act or from McPherson College, contact the Financial Aid Office at brubakes@mcpherson.edu. You will be asked to fill out a questionnaire detailing your financial hardship and contacted about your options. Find more details about the CARES Act at, https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/coronavirus.

What happens if a student has lost their job?
The McPherson College Career Service Office offers resources for students seeking employment. Contact Amy Beckman, director of career services, beckmana@mcpherson.edu.

If you are having trouble making your monthly tuition payment due to a loss of job, please contact the business office at studentbilling@mcpherson.edu. You will be asked to complete a questionnaire and contacted about options available to you.

Will the condensed fall semester mean a reduction in instructional time?
There is no substantive reduction in the instruction time with the change in the fall 2020 calendar. By scheduling classes on Labor Day, omitting a day of classes canceled for assessment activities, reducing the fall break from three class days to one and by scheduling final exams on the Saturday, Monday and Tuesday preceding Thanksgiving (which were scheduled to be part of Thanksgiving break), the fall semester includes exactly the same number of days of instruction as the spring 2021 academic calendar. There are no compromised learning experiences with the change to our fall calendar.
What steps has the college taken to reduce the risk of the virus?
The college has developed a health and safety plan to guide students and staff through the fall semester and beyond. The college also continues to follow guidance from national, state, and local health officials.
What cleaning and sanitizing precautions has the college taken since students left for spring break?
Custodial crews began cleaning and sanitizing residential halls, classrooms, labs, athletic facilities, the dining hall, and administrative offices as soon as students were safely off campus using guidelines from the CDC, state, and local health officials.
Will testing for COVID-19 be available on campus?
Yes. The on-campus health clinic can test for the virus and provide results within three to four business days. Office visits are free to full-time students. Fees for lab and other services are submitted to insurance.
Is the campus health clinic open?
Yes. The clinic has a separate waiting area available for people who have symptoms including a fever, and ask that if you are not feeling well, please call the campus health clinic at (620) 242-0404. Office visits are free to full-time students.
What if somebody tests positive for COVID-19?
In the event of a positive test, the local health department will follow up with anyone identified as a close contact of the infected individual. No student testing positive for COVID-19 will stay on campus. Students who test positive will recover off campus either at home or in isolation at a campus owned residence.
What should a student do if somebody they know tests positive for COVID-19?
When somebody tests positive for COVID-19, students should contact the residential life office, the building RA/RD, or a faculty member to report the possible exposure. Students will receive direction based on their contact history with the individual, which may include a 14-day quarantine.
Will students be allowed to leave campus?
The college will follow the Kansas Department of Health and Environment recommends on travel. Students, faculty, and staff are advised not to travel to areas known for widespread community transmission. Students traveling outside of McPherson County are asked to report travel to Student Affairs. More information on the KDHE travel guidelines can be found at https://www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/175/Travel-Exposure-Related-Isolation-Quaran.
Are mental health services available to students?
Yes. The counselors at Client Centered Counseling are available, either in person or remotely, to students, faculty, and staff of McPherson College. Please call (620) 241-2300 to make an appointment and mention you are a student. Services are free to full-time students.
Guidance for Prospective Students
Can I visit campus in person?
Campus visits resume on June 3 following these guidelines:

  • One student and family per visit
  • Social distancing of six feet
  • Fill out questionnaire at time of registration and at campus check-in
  • Tour guides will wear face masks and offer to visitors
  • Campus will follow the travel-related quarantine guidelines put forth by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment
  • Visitors and tour guides will cleanse hands before entering and exiting every building
Are virtual visits still available?
Prospective students can sign up for a virtual visit here. During the virtual visit prospective students will visit with an admissions counselor and ask questions related to being a student at McPherson College.
What if I am unable to take the ACT or SAT?
Given the current situation and the cancellation of ACT/SAT test, we have implemented revised standards for fall 2020, including a test optional process.
Are enrollment/orientation days cancelled?
Enrollment/Orientation will be delivered in an online format.  Students who have committed to McPherson College by sending in their $150/$250 deposit will be invited to participate.    Enrollment/Orientation will take place over a series of 5-6 weeks beginning the week of April 27. Deposited students will receive an email with more information.
Are you still doing Presidential Scholarship Days?
The final Presidential Scholarship Day took place online April 4th.  Contact admiss@mcpherson.edu if you have questions about this event.
When will I find out if I've been accepted?
The offices of admissions and financial aid are committed to timely communication. This includes communication about acceptance, visit days, enrollment and next steps.
Information related to the Spring 2019 semester
Will there be an adjustment to the grading policy this semester?
Yes, but you won’t see a change in the grades professors keep in their class gradebooks. Professors will assign and report grades as always—on an A, B, C, D, and F scale. However, after final grades for the spring semester are submitted to the registrar’s office, all D’s will be converted to P’s (Pass). Faculty overwhelmingly approved this one-time policy change because they recognize the significant disruptions created by the coronavirus outbreak can affect students’ academic performance. A grade of P earns the credit hours for the course but does not affect the GPA. The policy eliminates the negative impact of a D on students’ GPAs while still allowing them the chance to improve their GPAs with grades of A, B, and C.
Will on-campus classes resume this semester?
Students will complete courses remotely using online technology.
What if I don't have a computer?
Students who do not have a computer or wifi should contact Carole Barr, Director of Academic Development, at barrc@mcpherson.edu. Be sure to set yourself up for success by prioritizing academics in your new environment! If you need assistance with the new process, access, etc., please reach out to the staff at in academic affairs: Carole Barr, barrc@mcpherson.edu; Linda Barrett, barrettl@mcpherson.edu; or Lisa Goering, goeringl@mcpherson.edu.
How will courses with labs, studios, performances, or other hands-on projects required for credit be completed?
Your faculty are committed to developing creative, realistic solutions for meeting all of course requirements. You will hear directly from your instructors about how to proceed.
Do I attend class during the regularly scheduled time?
A few classes may still meet virtually at the regularly scheduled time, but most will not. Each professor will give clear instructions on the expectations for class attendance and participation.
What if I have issues with Bulldog Connect?
Students who are struggling to access their online course through Bulldog Connect should contact helpdesk@mcpherson.edu. Be sure to set yourself up for success by prioritizing academics in your new environment! If you need assistance with the new process, access, etc., please reach out to the staff at in academic affairs: Carole Barr, barrc@mcpherson.edu; Linda Barrett, barrettl@mcpherson.edu; or Lisa Goering, goeringl@mcpherson.edu.
What tutoring services are available?
Tutoring services are available. Please contact Carole Barr, Director of Academic Development, at barrc@mcpherson.edu. Be sure to set yourself up for success by prioritizing academics in your new environment! If you need assistance with the new process, access, etc., please reach out to the staff at in academic affairs: Carole Barr, barrc@mcpherson.edu; Linda Barrett, barrettl@mcpherson.edu; or Lisa Goering, goeringl@mcpherson.edu.
How will I enroll for my Fall 2020 classes?
We want you to focus on finishing your courses this semester so the registrar’s office will take care of enrolling you for next fall! If questions come up, we will certainly reach out to you by phone or email. Students will be notified once they have been enrolled to view their schedule in Bulldog Connect by selecting the Fall 2020 semester. Your enrollment will also be coordinated with your online touchpoint person (Carole Barr, Linda Barrett, or Lisa Goering) to let them know when you are enrolled. Once you return to campus, you will work with your advisor to enroll for Interterm and Spring 2021.
Will the library remain open?
The library building is closed through the rest of the semester. Librarians are still available to help with research needs, and can be contacted at library@mcpherson.edu or 620-242-0487. Visit the Online Catalog to access off-campus links to the library’s 100,000+ eBooks and Online Journals. A chat service will also be available on the Online Catalog M-F, 10a-4p. Materials borrowed from Miller Library are now due back on 5/25/2020.
Will the college hold a graduation ceremony?
McPherson College will host a virtual commencement on May 24, the same day that the on-campus ceremony was scheduled. Highlights of the day will include a virtual President’s Brunch at 11 a.m. and a Livestream commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. Instructions for seniors can be found on Bulldog Connect, and more details regarding the decision can be found in President Michael Schneider’s Campus Message, April 24.
How will I get my diploma?
Diplomas are always mailed to home addresses about six weeks following commencement.
Is campus open?
Yes. While students have been asked to leave dorms, staff will continue to provide services both in-person and virtually.
Will offices remain open?
The administrative offices will be open unless the threat of COVID-19 continues to spread and it is a threat to the safety of the campus. At that time, employees may work from home.
When can students come get personal belongings from resident halls?
Once it is safe for students to return to campus to collect the items they have stored in their residence hall rooms an email will be sent with directions as to how to collect these items. Arrangements can be made by contacting Danielle Sutter (sutterd@mcpherson.edu) or Jamie Pjesky (pjeskyj@mcpherson.edu) in the Office of Student Affairs.
Will students be reimbursed for room and board?
Students displaced from dorms (Metzler, Morrison, Dotzour, Bittinger) will receive an adjustment to their account beginning on April 6. The process and amount of credit was outlined in an email and letter that was sent to students on April 6.
Will I get a refund if I live in campus housing other than Dotzour, Metlzer, Bittinger, or Morrison?
Students in campus apartments (Baer, Harter, Lakeside Towers, Tara Nova, Deerfield) and other McPherson College housing who have not been asked to vacate, will not receive a credit for room and board.
Is tuition being refunded?
Tuiton is not being refunded as students will be finishing the academic year.
How do I find help with financial hardship?
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is the third COVID-19 relief package passed by Congress on March 27, 2020, and allocates funding to higher education. To find out if assistance is available to you through the CARES Act or from McPherson College, contact the Financial Aid Office at ask@mcpherson.edu. You will be asked to fill out a questionnaire detailing your financial hardship and contacted about your options.
What assistance is available in the CARES Act for college students?
Student Loans

  • The bill directs the Department of Education to automatically suspend payments on most federal student loans – Direct Loans and FFEL Loans held by the federal government – through September 30, 2020.
  • No interest will accrue on any loans during the six month pause in payments.
  • The bill allows for temporary suspension of involuntary collections on default loans.
  • Payments on private education loans will not paused and borrowers holding private loans will be required to continue their normal loan repayment schedule.

Emergency Aid

  • The CARES Act allows more flexibility for colleges and students to facilitate access to funds from the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG). Student emergency aid disbursed through the SEOG structure will not be treated as financial aid for purposes of student need analysis.
  • The bill also takes steps to ensure students who have to leave school due to the effects of COVID-19 will not be penalized in the future by excluding the term from counting toward financial aid time limits and waiving Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements.

To find out if assistance is available to you through the CARES Act or from McPherson College, contact the Financial Aid Office at brubakes@mcpherson.edu. You will be asked to fill out a questionnaire detailing your financial hardship and contacted about your options. Find more details about the CARES Act at, https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/coronavirus.

What happens if I’ve lost my job?
The McPherson College Career Service Office offers resources for students seeking employment. Contact Amy Beckman, director of career services, beckmana@mcpherson.edu.

If you are having trouble making your monthly tuition payment due to a loss of job, please contact the business office at studentbilling@mcpherson.edu. You will be asked to complete a questionnaire and contacted about options available to you.

What will happen to my sports eligibility?
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, according to a statement released by the NAIA.
Will resident halls be closed for the remainder of the semester?
We will make available limited housing and dining services for those who are unable to leave campus.
What if I can’t go home now?
Students who are unable to go home are allowed to stay in the residence halls. These students need to coordinate with the Office of Student Affairs by contacting Danielle Sutter (sutterd@mcpherson.edu) or Jamie Pjesky (pjeskyj@mcpherson.edu). However, students staying in the residents halls are not allowed to travel outside of McPherson County.
Will packages and mail be forwarded from school to home?
Please complete the form found at https://mcstudentlife.formstack.com/forms/forwarding_addresses to submit the address you would like to have your mail forwarded to. All USPS mail and packages will be forwarded. We are unable to forward UPS or FedEx packages.
If I live on campus where can I eat?
The dining hall will remain open for brunch hours Monday-Sunday 11:30 AM-1:00 PM and 5:00-6:30 PM. The food, single use utensils, plates, cups, napkins, and condiments are no longer self-serve and will be served by cafeteria staff (new cups will be used for refills). Students are also reminded to practice social distancing (maintaining a 6-foot distance from others if possible.)
What steps are McPherson College taking during meals to protect student safety against COVID-19?
  • Students are instructed about any new policies or procedures and asked to use hand sanitizer before entering the dining hall.
  • Cafeteria staff monitor students during check in and ensure there are no more than 40 patrons total at any time in the cafeteria.
  • Food, single use utensils, plates, cups, napkins, and condiments are no longer self-serve and are served by cafeteria staff (new cups will be used for refills).
  • Students are asked to touch only the chair they sit in and get assistance when needing additional service (i.e. microwave, blender, etc.).
  • Students are also reminded to practice social distancing (maintaining a six-foot distance from others if possible).
  • Cafeteria staff presence has also been increased in the dining hall to aid in disinfecting the areas in use and assist students with their needs in navigating all of changes during meal times.

If the COVID-19 situation progresses, cafeteria staff are prepared to move toward a to-go service only and provide delivered meals if a quarantine situation were to occur.  All cafeteria staff are frequently reminded that if they are symptomatic in any way, they are asked to go/stay home for everyone’s safety.  Please note during this time the cafeteria will only serve students and essential staff, no public or non-essential staff will be served.

If I am in town with a meal plan, can I still eat on campus?
Yes, students living in town will still be able to eat on campus. The dining hall will remain open for brunch hours Monday-Sunday 11:30 AM-1:00 PM and 5:00-6:30 PM. The food, single use utensils, plates, cups, napkins, and condiments are no longer self-serve and will be served by cafeteria staff (new cups will be used for refills). Students are also reminded to practice social distancing (maintaining a 6-foot distance from others if possible.)
Will I be allowed to come back if I visit home for spring break?
Students living in the residence halls who travel outside of McPherson County will not be permitted to return to campus. This includes residence halls and dining facilities. Students who do not live in residence halls but have meal plans and travel outside of McPherson County must self-quarantine for two weeks before returning to the dining facilities. Food service will deliver meals to those students during that time. Any student traveling outside of McPherson County must contact the Office of Student Affairs.
Can students leave their car on campus?
Students may make arrangements to leave their car on campus and make arrangements to pick up their belongings at a later date. Students should coorindate with the Office of Student Affairs.
Will my access card be turned off after I temporarily check-out?
Once you have left campus, your access card will be shut off. This will prevent access to those who are not approved to be in the residence halls. When you return to campus students should contact the Office of Student Affairs to have their access reactivated.
What services are available to me if I am still on-campus?
For those students who remain in campus housing, dining services will provide modified meals.
Is the campus health clinic open?
Yes. The clinic has a separate waiting area available for people who have symptoms including a fever, and ask that if you are not feeling well, please call the campus health clinic at (620) 242-0404. Office visits are free to full-time students.
Are mental health services available to students?
Yes. The counselors at Client Centered Counseling are still available, either in person or remotely, to students, faculty and staff of McPherson College. Please call (620) 241-2300 to make an appointment and mention you are a McPherson College student. Services are free to students.
Will the campus store remain open?
The campus store will be open Monday-Friday from 9:30 AM-Noon.
Can I use the gym or other workout facilities?
At this time campus facilities will not be accessible to students.
Is the CARS Car show cancelled?
Due to circumstances surrounding the coronavirus, the McPherson College C.A.R.S. Club has announced the cancellation of its 2020 car show scheduled for May 1-2. Pre-registrations for this year’s show will be retained and registered for the 2021 event.
How can I secure housing for next semester?
Students can complete the 2020-21 Housing Application found at https://mcstudentlife.formstack.com/forms/returning_student_housing_application
What is the timeline for reopening campus?
McPherson College will follow the recommendations of state and county health officials as it moves through the three phases and eventual phase-out plan. Timing of each phase will be determined by state and county recommendations. We will move into Phase 1.5 on Monday, May 18. Phase Two will be in effect no sooner than Monday, June 1 as the state meets key health metrics. This plan is subject to change with guidance from the state and county. Here is an overview of the college plan:

Phase 1.5 – No gatherings of more than 10, social distancing of six feet

  • State stay-at-home order lifted
  • Limited residence life staff, business office staff and enrollment services return to campus as needed
  • Kansas students and families begin recovering personal belongs from dorms
  • Limited campus visits from known locations
  • Campus personnel continue remote operations

Phase Two – No gatherings of more than 30, social distancing of six feet

  • Additional administrators return to campus
  • On-campus and summer students move to Baer, Harter, and smaller dorms
  • Metzler and Dotzour Halls cleaned
  • Campus continues remote operations

Phase Three – No gatherings of more than 90, social distancing of six feet

  • All staff members may gradually return to offices on campus
  • Mohler Hall opens for normal business hours with limited staff
  • Out of state families and students begin recovering personal belongings from dorms
  • Campus facilities available to small groups of students when supervised and while practicing social distancing
  • Remote operation continues with staff meetings and other group meetings

Phase-Out – Personal hygiene guidelines in place

  • Faculty may begin work from campus
  • Social distancing orders are lifted but recommended whenever possible and supervised gatherings including athletics can commence with new safety guidelines
  • Small in-person group meetings allowed with continued use of remote technology for larger groups
  • College travel reconsidered based on CDC guidelines
  • Campus fully open
When can I return to campus to pick up my personal belongings?
The Office of Student Affairs is implementing a plan for students and their families to return to campus to retrieve personal belongs that were left prior to spring break in the dorm rooms.

Dotzour Metzler, Bittinger, Morrison:
Beginning on May 11, Kansas students living in Dotzour, Metzler, Bittinger, and Morrison can request an appointment to return to campus to pick up their belongings. Out-of-state students can sign up for appointments beginning May 23. Students have until June 5 to check out, and can sign up for an appointment time here. Students unable to return to campus in person or by June 5 can fill out this form.

Baer, Harter:
Baer and Harter residents have until May 25 at noon to check out. Students who have already moved out need to contact Danielle Sutter, director of residence life & housing. Any student unable to return by May 25 can fill out this form. Late check outs will be subject to a fee.

Terra Nova, Lakeside, and MC Houses
Residents of Terra Nova, Lakeside, and MC Houses also have until May 25 at noon to check out. Students who have already moved out need to contact Danielle Sutter, director of residence life & housing. Any student unable to return by May 25 can fill out this form. Late check outs will be subject to a fee. These residents also have an option to stay during the summer, and need to fill out this form and contact Dara Dix at (620) 242-0450 to make arrangements. Residents returning to the same apartment next fall need to fill out this form and contact Dara Dix at (620) 242-0450 to make arrangements, and contact Danielle Sutter with roommate information or have a roommate assigned.

Can I live on campus this summer?
Campus housing is available during the summer to residents of Terra Nova, Lakeside, and MC Houses. Other students remaining on campus during the summer will be moved to Baer.
Can I use campus facilities?
As soon as the campus is able to move into Phase Three of its reopening plan, campus facilities including athletic facilities will be open to students in small groups, with supervision, and practicing social distancing.
When will students return to campus?
Plans are underway for students to safely return to campus during Phase Three of the campus reopening plan in accordance with state and local health guidelines. Instruction for the fall semester is scheduled to begin on August 17.
When can I sign up for housing for fall?
Applications for fall housing are now open. Housing application and demographic forms can be completed online now. Notifications about placements will be made by June 1 for returning students and by mid-July for new students.
What is the plan for the fall semester given the outbreak?
McPherson College plans to open in the fall with in-person classes and social distancing as necessary. A new housing plan is under consideration that allows for social distancing in dorms. Faculty and staff will be prepared to accommodate students’ individual situations as well as outbreak disruption. McPherson College is working with state, county and local officials as well as our on-campus clinic partner to be ready to welcome all students in August. Plan details for the fall semester will be shared by June 1.

 

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Staying Healthy:

Follow these guidelines to limit exposure to COVID-19:

  • 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.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home if/when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Avoid sharing personal household items
  • Practice social distancing

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