The fall semester will begin on August 20 and conclude on December 4. In addition to regular course introductions on August 20 and 21, students and faculty will spend time learning the flow of the semester’s schedule and practicing several safety protocols. Classes will be held on campus through November 24, followed by a week of remote instruction after Thanksgiving break—November 30 through December 4. There will not be a typical final exams week, but students will hear directly from faculty about the timing and content of summative assessments. Instruction will be held on Labor Day and during quad break.
The College aims to achieve social distancing in academic spaces this fall. Face masks will always be required in class, whether the social distancing guideline is met or not.
Course Delivery Models—updated July 21
A flexible model is key to our planning. Faculty from across a broad range of disciplines are involved in professional development to help prepare for a new adaptable model of instruction that allows us to offer the gold standard of a Gordon education both in person and digitally, and to prepare to toggle to fully online if outside factors deem that to be necessary. Courses will be offered in two formats this fall:
- In-person with digital live: We are seeking to achieve as much face-to-face instruction as possible this semester. At the same time, we recognize that health concerns and the potential need for quarantine require an additional level of flexibility. This fall, each in-person class will also have the ability to be offered in a digital-live format. Digital live provides students with live or recorded access to the course, but allows them to view the course from elsewhere (on or off campus). This means that a student who becomes symptomatic and needs to self-isolate on or off campus could continue to keep up to date on their classes. Due to social distancing, some classes will require smaller groups of students rotating between in-person and digital live. For example, for an impacted Tuesday/Thursday class, half the class might attend in person on Tuesday while the other half attends in person on Thursday. While all labs will take place in-person, it is likely that most students will experience at least one course in which they attend partially in person and partially in a digital live format. Should health concerns escalate, in-person with digital live courses will pivot to the online model.
- Online: A fully online course allows a student to participate through digital live synchronously (at the scheduled time) or asynchronously (at any time). Courses are being reimagined to support participation and collaboration appropriate to the program. International students and students with extenuating circumstances who are not able to return to campus should anticipate engaging in online experiences while making progress toward their degree.
We understand that some students may prefer primarily virtual instruction, and others may prefer to be in the classroom as much as possible. While we cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate every request, we will make every effort. As of July 21, new and returning students can access a form under the “Academics” tab in my.gordon.edu where they can share their intentions, preferences and reasons. A team will be reviewing responses and following up with students as quickly as possible. Instructions will be sent to students’ Gordon email account.
Library Usage—updated July 21
Studying in the library may look different this semester, but access to Jenks Online will continue. Visit the Remote Learning at Jenks page to learn more about Jenks’s robust offerings of online services and resources. For in-person library usage, the following changes are being implemented to protect Jenks Library staff and patrons:
- Building access and traffic flow. New entrances into Jenks will be opened via the second-floor stairwells at either side of the Jenks Library building. These will be one-way entrances into the building, with the only exit being through the main doors. All stairwells will be one-way traffic only, and clear directional signage will be posted to help you navigate your way around the new Jenks.
- Gordon community only. Jenks Library is open to the Gordon community only. Our community is defined as current students, faculty, staff and those on campus for official college events. Because of our strengthening partnership with Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, we will continue to allow their students to studying in the library.
- De-densifying of study space. In efforts to establish social distancing around the library, study seating has been rearranged to make accommodating six feet of social distancing possible. Study guidelines will be posted around the library.
- A new borrowing experience. We are working to implement “touchless” check-out at the circulation desk. This will involve students being responsible to scan their own ID cards and material barcodes at the Circulation Desk to limit contact between library staff, patrons and material. All material should be returned to the book drop only, except in the case of oversize material (see more details on the Library’s reopen page). Additionally, the library is making efforts to protect our community by instituting a mandatory 72-hour quarantine of all material being returned to the library.
- Face covering and distancing required. We want our students back studying in Jenks! But we ask that all those visiting the library be respectful of others, always wear a face covering when in the building, even while studying, and keep six feet apart from others at all times.
Visit the Jenks Library reopening plan for details. This page is a work-in-progress and will be continuously updated as more details of the plan for reopening are solidified in the coming weeks. Questions or concerns can be directed to email@example.com.
Music Participation—updated August 18
Some types of music-making have been deemed more high-risk in this time of COVID-19 because of increased aerosol dispersion. The Department of Music has set up guidelines designed to protect our students and community and allow for the safest and most meaningful in-person music education possible. Learn more ➔
Graduate Program Information
Graduate education and graduate leadership will continue to offer fall courses online using current technology options that provide increased accessibility to our graduate students. Graduate financial analysis will continue with their existing course schedule and delivery; however, if an undergraduate student is enrolled through Gordon Plus and returns home after Thanksgiving (following the new undergraduate schedule for the fall), they will have the opportunity to finish their semester via remote instruction.