Update on Winter and Spring Terms
The Educational Leadership Committee (ELC), comprised of a group of faculty and staff leaders, along with the Enterprise Leadership Team (ELT), comprised of administrative leaders, concur that the winter and spring terms will continue to be fully online.
Staff and faculty continue to exercise maximum flexibility to work from home. If and when staff would like to work in the office on campus, our policy is to have no more that 25% of folks in offices at any one time. As ever, our priority is the health, safety, and well-being of the entire community.
Custodial Cleaning for Fall 2020
Because a clean, sanitized campus is especially important during this pandemic, the Luther Seminary facilities staff has outlined a cleaning plan to keep the campus safe.
The facilities staff will regularly clean and sanitize public areas; however, you should assume that someone may have touched door handles, equipment, and other surfaces since the last cleaning. Per CDC guidelines, please wash or sanitize your hands frequently, particularly after touching a surface others may have touched, and avoid touching your face.
Common areas cleaning:
The Luther Seminary facilities staff will clean and sanitize common areas daily, Monday through Friday, in Bockman Hall, Olson Community Center, and Gullixson Hall, including classrooms, lounges, meeting rooms, and halls. This work includes wiping down handrails, door handles, drinking fountains, bathrooms, kitchen areas, elevators, and other common hard surface areas that are shared. Arrangements will be made for areas that might need additional attention.
Individual offices will only be cleaned upon request. If any special cleaning or other details are needed, arrangements can be made by an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please leave trash and recycling containers outside office doors in the hallway for removal. The CDC has stated that the coronavirus can survive up to 72 hours on most hard surfaces. If your office is unoccupied for that period of time, sanitizing isn’t as necessary. However, sanitizing is only effective on clean surfaces. With that in mind the facilities staff will schedule regular area cleaning projects throughout campus. Students and staff will be notified in advance of areas to be cleaned.
Bockman Residence 3rd Floor
The residence floor in Bockman Hall will require extra cleaning and sanitizing, which will be a joint effort between students and staff. Each resident will be responsible for their individual room. The facilities staff will clean the bathrooms and common areas on the third floor. Student employees will be assigned to clean the lounge on the third floor and basement kitchen.
Staff or students who need supplies to clean offices or other areas on campus can obtain them from the facilities office in Bockman Hall, Room 130. You may request supplies by emailing email@example.com.
Tom Mullaney, facilities manager, leads a small, dedicated team of facilities professionals: Ron Hosek, Doug Peterson, and Jake Ratkovich. This team is supplemented with a number of contractors and hard-working student employees. We want you to feel safe on campus. Please contact either Tom or Michael Morrow, vice president of finance and administration, if you have concerns or suggestions for improvement.
Phased Campus Reopening
- Luther Seminary’s Phased Campus Reopening Guidelines
- Frequently Asked Questions About Reopening Campus
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A message from President Robin Steinke on Fall 2020 Classes:
- Classes will be held online during fall semester 2020.
- The one exception is that the MDivX planning team is considering the possibility of holding an in-person RFS course for the second MDivX cohort in September. The MDivX team will share directly with the cohort in early July following their decision.
- Behind this decision is our commitment to providing high-quality education for our students in the safest and least disruptive manner possible. Holding classes online helps us protect the most vulnerable in our community, especially those who are in caretaking roles or are themselves in populations at greater risk for severe infection. Additionally, if a renewed wave of COVID-19 occurs this fall, it will be less disruptive to start and end classes online rather than shifting course delivery modalities partway through the semester.
- If you’re an international student, the Office of International Student and Scholar Affairs (ISSA) will continue to be in touch with international students about their immigration status.
- If you currently live in on-campus housing, you may remain there according to your lease terms. The plan is not to open up housing to new residents until on-campus classes resume—however, if this poses a hardship for you, you are invited to submit a petition for consideration.
- We have not yet made a decision about dining services for the fall; however, we are committed to meeting the needs of residential students and will continue to keep you updated.
- No decision has been made about winter term and spring semester. We’re continuing to look ahead and will stay in touch as the situation unfolds.
- If you have academic advising questions or concerns, please talk with your faculty advisor, Sarah Luedtke-Jones (M.A. and M.Div.), Jeni Mullinex (Th.M., D.Min., Ph.D.), or the Registrar’s Office.
- Please don’t forget that we offer spiritual direction and counseling resources. Contact Pastor Jeni if you would like to know more.
A message from President Robin Steinke:
All classes for the remainder of the spring semester will be held online, including the Residential Focus Session scheduled for April 24 – May 2. The Seminary’s leadership team and COVID-19 task force will continue to monitor the situation to determine if additional actions will be needed for June.
Employees Work From Home
Employees who are able to work from home are authorized to do so. If you need or desire to work on campus, please observe the Minnesota Department of Health’s (MDH) guidelines and keep a distance of at least six feet from others. Members of the seminary’s leadership team will schedule regular Zoom meetings to keep employees connected and informed as this situation unfolds.
Campus Closed to Public
Luther Seminary’s campus is closed to the public until further notice. No outside visitors will be permitted in campus buildings, including residential halls, the library, and all Luther Seminary buildings. All buildings will be locked at 5 p.m. each day.
Employee Travel Temporarily Suspended
All business travel has been suspended and employees should not book any travel until further notice. Decisions will be made in the coming weeks on when we will be able to resume travel.
Facility sanitizing is ongoing. Now that all buildings are closed to the public, the facilities staff has implemented a plan to systematically sanitize classrooms, common areas, and offices. Please communicate with your supervisor or, for faculty, the assistant dean if you will be working from home so that your office can also be sanitized.