As part of Grace Christian University Kick-Off days, all students will visit a wellness tent to complete a COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire with a nursing professional before proceeding with the check-in process.
If students are unable to answer ‘no’ to all questions, and/or record a temperature reading above 100.3 degrees Fahrenheit, they will be directed to follow the Next Steps Instructions before returning to the campus of Grace Christian University.
Please review these forms in order to best help you prepare for a healthy and safe return to campus.
Grace is excited to welcome our students to campus a few short weeks! Our staff and faculty are continuing to put plans in place to ensure a safe and enjoyable educational experience for the entire Grace community. More information about our plans for a safe semester can be found in our Fall Campus Blueprint. A more detailed description of this plan can be found here. We will continue to expand these plans as we follow developments related to COVID-19 and as local, state and federal authorities establish policies and guidelines. Look for an updated “blueprint” in the near future. We hope you’re having a great summer!
We are hard at work making plans for this Fall as we plan for our on-campus student experience, and wanted to share some information with you as you make arrangements for next semester.
Important Fall dates:
|August 11||Early Fall students and student athletes arrive and check-in (time/place)|
|August 12||Early Fall classes begin|
|August 17-21||JOY Project Student Leadership Training (Cafeteria, 12:30 PM – 2 PM each day)|
|August 25||Virtual Orientation for transfer students (Google Hangout)|
|August 27||Check-in day for all students|
|August 27-29||Orientation for all new students|
|August 31||Fall classes begin|
Housing: We are making decisions about housing placements, but they are coming and will be announced when decisions are final. We plan to offer dual occupancy in our residential halls including dorms, apartments and houses. If a student does not feel comfortable with this residential option, Grace will work with individual students to ensure safety is created.
For more information about orientation, you can check www.gracechristian.edu/accepted-students
The US government has created the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act which includes emergency funding for students. For a Grace student to be eligible for these emergency funds, the student must have been attending our On-Campus courses in the Spring 2020 semester, and must have already met all Title IV eligibility requirements by completing a 2019-20 FAFSA. Unfortunately, according to the Department of Education, students who were enrolled exclusively in online programs on March 13 (the date of President Trump’s national emergency proclamation) are not eligible for these emergency relief funds. Students may check their email for further details as it relates specifically to each student.
Grace Christian University plans to make every effort to have On Campus programming for our undergraduate students this fall. We will create a safe environment where students can belong, be loved, and be purposeful. As state and federal guidelines are established, we will continue to build a vision for the fall and communicate that plan to our returning students, new students, and prospective students and families.
Thank you all for the way in which you quickly moved out of campus housing over the March 21, 22 weekend. We know that placed a burden on many. We are thankful that you have been able to return home prior to Michigan’s shelter-in-place order. We appreciate, also, your patience in waiting for an answer to housing refund questions. Grace will be issuing a 40% refund for Spring 2020 Room/Board fees.
Due to the extenuating circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, On Campus undergraduate students will have the option to request (through the google form provided by the Registrar’s Office) for their final letter grades for the Spring 2020 semester to be converted to “Satisfactory” or “NRC (No Record COVID-19)” on their transcripts.
Dining services and all residence halls will close for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester at 6:00 pm, Sunday, March 22. All students and their possessions should be removed from campus by this time. Students with extenuating circumstances who may need ongoing housing should apply for a housing extension through the below form. Classes that normally meet on campus will continue online through the rest of the semester. Our thanks are extended to the faculty who have shifted courses to an online format. Our hope and prayer is that each student will be able to thrive in this new educational environment and meet your learning goals. The Bultema Memorial Library will close as of Sunday, March 22, however learning resources will be available for pickup. Furthermore, all student activities have been canceled for the rest of the semester, including the graduation banquet and the graduation ceremony.
Letter to campus regarding dining services: Due to Michigan’s Executive Order, all meals will be served to-go. The dining room is not available as an eating space. Meals will be served by staff. No more than five people will be allowed in the service area at a time. We ask all to practice social distancing of at least six feet from one another including while in line to enter the Dining Room.
Letter to out-of-state students living on campus: Due to the possibility of domestic travel restrictions, we will provide you the opportunity to complete your Spring 2020 courses online should you choose to return home at this time. We hope that students will be able to resume classroom instruction beginning April 6. This date, however, is not certain. To be clear, if you choose to go home at this time, and classroom instruction does resume on April 6, you will have the option of either returning to Grand Rapids or completing your courses online.
On campus classes are canceled for Friday, March 13, 2020. Classes will resume in an online format beginning Monday, March 16, 2020. Resident Halls, dining, library, and student commons remain available for use. Faculty and staff will be available by appointment as some will be working from home while others will work on campus. Grace discourages large groups meeting on campus and will not allow visitors at this time.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Michigan Department for Public Health have provided a health advisory and recommendations for higher education campuses. While the scope of the infection within the United States is unknown, we are taking this very seriously and are formulating response plans should the coronavirus come closer to our region. We have and will continue to take proper precautions and follow the advice of our local state health officials as we prepare for possible impact.
While we continue to monitor this situation, our cleaning staff are putting extra focus on regularly disinfecting surfaces to prevent the spread of illness. The Grace administrative team is collaborating across the campus to ensure all of our students, faculty, and staff can finish the Spring 2020 semester well whether that be through traditional or nontraditional ways.–
While we continue to monitor this situation, our cleaning staff are putting extra focus on regularly
disinfecting surfaces to prevent the spread of illness. Please join us in this preventative work by taking
some simple actions as recommended by the CDC:
Please join us in the most powerful action step which did not make the CDC list: PRAYER! Pray for
those most affected by this outbreak. Pray that the spread of the coronavirus will end. Thank you for your participation in the preventative measures listed above. Please pray for the protection of our community and for those near and far who are affected by this outbreak.