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COVID-19 Updates

FOR THE SPRING 2022 SEMESTER THE CAMPUS WILL BE OPENED TO ALL STUDENTS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC BEGINNING, JANUARY 31, 2022.

 

All students, faculty, and staff who will be present on campus must be fully vaccinated. Additionally, all individuals living in campus housing who are eligible for vaccination are required to receive a vaccine in order to stay in campus housing. Exemptions may be made for medical or religious reasons. Those individuals who are not vaccinated and have approved exemptions should continue to practice social distancing, mask wearing, testing, and self-isolation when traveling domestically and internationally.

 

Due to the increased transmission of COVID-19 in the region, the continued spread of the Delta and Omicron variants across the globe, and the CDC having approved COVID-19 booster shots for everyone ages 12 and older, Garrett has decided to require all students, faculty, and staff to receive a COVID-19 booster as soon as possible, and no later than March 1, 2022. This deadline is six months from when most faculty and staff were fully vaccinated, making most non-exempt individuals eligible for their boosters within this window.

 

For the safety of our community members, during the Spring 2022 semester, all seminary-related events and gatherings will be limited to our students, staff, and faculty who have been fully vaccinated. For those who have not been vaccinated, or who are not a current member of our campus community, virtual options will be made available whenever possible.

 

The Senior Leadership Team, in collaboration with the Campus Safety Team, will continue to assess the current situation and you can anticipate updates on the Garrett COVID-19 webpage. In an effort to centralize communication at this time, all questions related to the campus closing and the seminary’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) should be directed to CampusSafety@Garrett.edu.

 

We urge our beloved seminary community to care for their whole selves during this time and to follow the guidelines provided by the CDC. Finally, we join with so many around the world in prayer for those who have been impacted directly by COVID-19, for our healthcare workers, and all who are at a high-risk.

 

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
2121 Sheridan Road, Evanston, Illinois 60201
CampusSafety@Garrett.edu

Information for Prospective and Current Students, Faculty, and Staff

In-person instruction will continue in the Spring 2022 semester. Classes offered during the 2021-22 academic year will be in the following modalities:

 

  • Face-to-face: We assume that this will be the primary modality for the academic year, and encourage F-1 students to plan on returning or moving to campus for in-person classes.
  • Fully online: A combination of synchronous and asynchronous online learning with regular and substantive engagement with instructor and peers.
  • Hybrid: A combination of in-person and online learning, the latter of which may be synchronous and/or asynchronous.
  • HyFlex: A few pilot classes with flexible hybrid modalities from which students may choose based on need or preference.

 

Every required course of our Master’s degrees will be offered in two (2) modalities over the course of the academic year (e.g., face-to-face or hybrid in one term, fully online or hyflex in another term). Course schedules are available online and registration is open for all current and incoming students here.

For the Spring 2022 semester, the seminary’s three apartment buildings, Loder Hall, and Old Dorm will be available for students who have shown proof of vaccination for COVID-19. To learn more about Housing at Garrett-Evangelical, visit the Housing webpage.

 

We want you to know that the safety and well-being of our students and staff is our top priority. We are working under the guidance of the Center of Disease Control (CDC), the State of Illinois, the local Health Department and Garrett Seminary in the implementation of our housing plans, protocols, and programming for the 2021-2022 Academic Year. To that end, any person eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine (currently everyone age 5 and up) who resides in Garrett Housing must be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. Additionally, those in housing that are medically eligible must have the booster shot by March 1, 2022. Proof of evidence must be provided to the Office of Student Life. To learn more, residents and students should visit the Health Care and Wellness webpage on myGETS. If you encounter any difficulties, please contact student.life@garrett.edu with the subject line “Issues with immunization verification.”.

 

We also are requiring face covering to be worn over (mouth and nose) and social distancing in all common areas. If a student is unwilling to receive a COVID-19 booster and/or have residents age 5 years old and up vaccinated, Housing will begin the process of voiding housing agreements after March 1, 2022. The student will have up to 30 days to move out of Garrett housing.

 

International students who are not able to acquire a vaccine prior to arrival in the United States should notify the Office of Student Life prior to their arrival. Such students will be required to obtain a vaccine within 14 days of arrival. These students should also complete a PCR test within 3-5 days of arrival and self-isolate for a full 7 days after arrival, or self-isolate for 10 full days if a test is not completed. These students will be permitted to stay in their assigned housing but should not attend courses in-person until they have completed their entire vaccination course (2 weeks after 2nd shot for Pfizer and Moderna, or 2 weeks after single-shot Johnson).

 

Food Services

 

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary has worked with Northwestern University to provide Garrett students an opportunity to participate in a meal plan. In working with Northwestern University, we asked the following to be taken into consideration:

 

  • Cost of plan
  • Food variety
  • Food accessibility (locations and times)

 

This meal plan is not required, however, if interested the selected meal plan is directly arranged between the student and Northwestern University. For more information, please visit the Dine On Campus webpage.

 

Garrett housing has also supplied small refrigerators in all on campus occupied units. Furthermore, there are vending machines including frozen food options, chips and various beverages located in Loder dining area on the 1st floor. Additionally, there are two kitchens available to be utilized in Loder Hall. These amenities are for all on campus housing residents.

Who to Contact

 

General admissions items, setting up a virtual or in-person visit, your admission, or specifics related to admitted students, please contact the Admissions office at getadmitted@garrett.edu or by phone at 847.866.3945.

 

To continue your discernment and learn more about Garrett, please be in contact with Rev. Grant Swanson at grant.swanson@garrett.edu or by phone or text at 224.221.6924.

 

For questions about financial aid and scholarships, please be in touch with our financial aid office at financial.aid@garrett.edu.

 

Please be assured, we will still be able to get you information, process applications, make admissions decisions, and get you registered for classes.

Campus Visits

 

As Garrett continues to watch and be responsive to what is happening at Northwestern University, the cities of Evanston and Chicago, and within the U.S. and globally, our top priority remains keeping our students, staff, and faculty safe. This is an evolving situation, and, as such, our Leadership Team continues to assess our current reality and to determine the best ways to safeguard our seminary community and the campus moving forward. Garrett expects to re-open campus to employees on August 9, 2021, and to students for orientation in late August. Campus visits will be available by appointment to vaccinated individuals beginning mid-September. To arrange your campus visit, please email getadmitted@garrett.edu.

 

We would also invite prospective students to consider virtual visits and meetings with staff, students, and faculty, especially if travel poses a barrier to you. Virtual visits can also be arranged by contacting the admissions office at get.admitted@garrett.edu.

PhD Applications

 

In response to COVID-19 pandemic, PhD applications WILL NOT require GRE scores for those applying during the 2021-2022 academic year. The TOEFL test will still be required for students who have not completed a previous degree in English. Those who are unable to complete the test due to COVID-19 should contact the admissions office at get.admitted@garrett.edu for alternative options.

This statement provides information to comply with reporting requirements for Garrett-Evangelical’s participation in the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.

 

  • On April 9, 2020, in a letter from Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Garret-Evangelical learned that the seminary would receive an allocation from the HEERF program of $54,902 of which no less than $27,451 must be distributed to eligible students in the form of emergency grants related to disruption of instruction due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • On April 17, 2020, Garrett-Evangelical submitted the required grant documents for the first part of the HEERF funds for student emergency grants. Garrett submitted the required certification document at that time.
  • On May 5, 2020, Dean of Students, Rev. Benjamin L. Reynolds issued a notice to all students concerning the availability of the emergency grants, along with a form to apply for the funds.
  • On May 6, 2020, Garrett received notice that the HEERF emergency student funds grant of $27,451 was approved and ready for drawdown in the G5 system.
  • On June 8, 2020, Garrett disbursed 15 grants totaling $21,315.75 to eligible students. The average grant size was $1421.05.
  • As of June 10, 2020, Garrett disbursed 16 grants totaling $22,736.80 to eligible students.
  • As of June 15, 2020, Garrett disbursed 17 grants totaling $24,157.85 to eligible students.
  • On June 29, 2020, Dean of Students, Rev. Benjamin L. Reynolds followed up with the students who had been issued grants in the first round and emailed all students about the opportunity for a second ground of emergency grants, along with a form to apply for the funds.
  • As of July 16, 2020, Garrett disbursed 20 grants totaling $25,657.85 to eligible students.
  • As of July 23, 2020, Garrett disbursed 28 grants totaling $31,500.40 to eligible students.
  • As of July 30 2020, Garrett disbursed 29 grants totaling $32,000.40.
  • In the first round of grants, 19 students were each awarded $1421.50. In the second round of grants, 10 students were awarded $500 each. The total amount awarded was $32,000.40.

 

Garrett estimates that 126 Title IV eligible students are enrolled in Spring 2020; the number is based on the number of students who filed FAFSA for Spring 2020.

 

Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act

 

Beginning on Monday, January 31, the library will be open Monday to Thursday from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm and Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. These hours will be in effect throughout the Spring Semester. Also, we are expanding our curbside pickup and scan services. If you are unable to visit the library during the open hours or are uncomfortable entering the library, we will retrieve items and check them out to you for curbside pickup. All requests made by 3:00 pm will be filled the same day and can be picked up anytime for the next 48 hours. Requests made after 3:00 pm will be filled the next weekday. Finally, we encourage you to explore Northwestern University’s Main Library where you can study for longer hours.

 

For more information, check out these links:

 

Library Hours

 

Curbside Pickup and Scan Requests

 

COVID-19 Precautions

 

Northwestern Main Library

 

Details about general library resources and services can be found on the library website. You are also welcomed to contact us with any questions or concerns you have via email (styberg.library@garrett.edu) or phone (847-866-3909).