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Fall 2020 Schedule Changes

  • Monday, September 7 (Labor Day) - No Break - Classes will be held
  • Friday, October 16 - No Fall Break - Classes will be held
  • November 23 - ALL in-person classes move to hybrid online delivery remainder of fall semester (students will NOT return to campus after thanksgiving break). NOTE: Residence halls and the Mabee Dining Center will remain open until the conclusion of the semester.

Campus Announcements

A message from Newman University President Dr. Kathleen Jagger (8-7-2000)


Hello Colleagues,

While it is still officially summer break, we are deep into a very busy time of preparation for fall at Newman University. Activity has picked up briskly as community members get ready for the new semester to begin later this month.

As they say, “It’s about to get real”! 

Yes, the faculty summer symposium is just around the corner. Our “One Community, Many Voices, Transforming Society!” community gathering, formerly known as the Fall Institute, is August 19th. Student move-in is on the 20th, followed by a virtual orientation for our new students the next day! The first day of classes for the Fall 2020 term is August 24th, only 17 days away!

As the most unique semester many of us have ever experienced quickly approaches, I wanted to provide an update regarding the latest information and actions being taken as we return to campus.

You may have heard that other colleges and universities are requiring students to be COVID tested prior to arriving on campus. Our task forces researched the topic but in the end made a decision NOT to make testing a requirement for coming onto our campus.

Sedgwick County health officials concurred with us and provided these helpful considerations:

  1. Individuals may be positive but do not have a high enough viral load to test positive (false negative)
  2. Testing results can take 3-7 days and another exposure can occur during that time
  3. Testing results are only accurate for that specific time period and cannot be used to predict future infections

We do recommend that anyone who experiences symptoms get tested and isolate while awaiting test results. If you test positive for COVID-19 follow your health provider’s directives. For students housed in the residence halls, the university will provide isolation and quarantine accommodations in Merlini Hall.

We do encourage Newman employees to notify HR if:

  • they need to work from home 
  • they are experiencing symptoms 
  • they are undergoing testing 

We also would hope faculty and staff members would let HR know if they test positive for COVID-19 and have been on campus, so we may protect the Newman community. Then NU can connect with the county health department who will conduct confidential contract tracing.

Although we would prefer to have this information to help make the best decisions for our Newman community, we understand that you have a right to privacy in these matters and respect your decision if you prefer not to share health information. Also, know that Kansas House Bill 2016 requires health department officials to secure written permission from employees prior to disclosing information to employers. So, if you test positive for the virus, the health department will be notified but cannot inform us if you wish to keep the news private. 

We are committed to the health and safety of each community member, and as mentioned in previous communications, our return to campus plans have flexibility built in to be able to make adjustments if needed.

Please know how grateful I am to the many individuals who are working diligently to provide updated technology in classrooms, to set up physically distanced spaces, and to deliver PPE and cleaning materials around campus. I am equally humbled by the thousands of hours dedicated by faculty and staff to planning and implementing COVID mitigation strategies for the fall semester. 

Wichita, Kansas — Newman University has announced its plan for a return to in-person classes for the fall 2020 semester. The initiative, "Together We Soar — Return to Campus," is a flexible plan detailing calendar changes, safety measures and directives for the Newman community.

Newman University President Kathleen S. Jagger, Ph.D., said she is looking forward to students returning to campus in the fall and is excited to begin meeting students, staff and faculty.

"The ever-changing nature of the pandemic has been and continues to be a challenge but many faculty, staff and administration members collaborated over the past few months to tackle the complex issue," said Jagger. "The result is a clear, safe path forward and one that is flexible enough to adjust for future coronavirus realities."

Changes were made to class schedules that will ensure students have enough physical distance to safely attend sessions. Some classes were moved to larger rooms and days and times were changed in some cases to accommodate.

In addition, students will be asked to wear facial coverings, which the university is preparing to provide, and sanitization products will be available in classrooms for students to use as they enter and exit the classroom.

The semester will begin as scheduled with the first day of classes taking place Aug. 24, however, the previously scheduled Labor Day closing, Sept. 5-7, has been canceled as well as the 1-day fall break, which would have taken place Oct. 16.

Additionally, all classes with exception for certain nursing and allied health courses will move to distance learning Nov. 23. Students will break for the Thanksgiving holiday beginning Nov. 25 as scheduled but will not return to campus for in-person instruction.

As previously announced in May, student housing for the 2020-21 academic year has been moved to single-room occupancy.

The calendar changes were made in order to minimize exposure to community spread of illness to the greatest extent possible.

Students will be provided with resources to help them navigate their way through a safe return to campus, including communication regarding safe on-campus practices and expectations for all members of the community.

View the Newman Today article to learn more

 

It is with excitement that I send this message to explaining details of our plan for a return to in-person classes this fall.

The ever-changing nature of the pandemic has been, and continues to be a challenge, but many faculty, staff and administration members collaborated over the past few months to tackle the complex issue. The result is a clear, safe path forward and one that is flexible enough to adjust for future coronavirus realities. My thanks goes out to all for committing so many long hours on this important work.

Here are plan information and resources:

Fall Semester Schedule Changes

  • Classes meet on Labor Day (Sept 7)
  • Classes meet on Fall break (Oct 16)
  • Classes move online for Thanksgiving week (Nov 23) through finals

Links

Enjoy the remainder of your summer and God bless you and your family.

Kathleen S. Jagger

President, Newman University

 

NOTE: In addition to watching the video above you can access a text version of the script here.

Message from Dr. Kim Long, Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs

Greetings,

A few weeks ago, I shared with you information about Newman University’s plans for fall classes. As of June 18, we have completed updates to the fall 2020 calendar. The health and safety of the members of our community has been our first priority throughout the process.

For your classes, that means some changes have been made. These class changes have been driven by the need to ensure we allow you enough physical distance in each of your classes to minimize risk to your health and to the health of others.

Classrooms have new limits on occupancy for example, and some classes have been moved to new rooms or to locations that perhaps you’ve never been in before. Because there are now relatively fewer spaces on campus that allow for classes over 12 students to meet at one time under physical distancing guidelines, class days and/or times for some courses have also changed.

We will begin the semester as currently scheduled, but we are making some changes to the calendar.

  • Like many universities in Wichita and across the US, we will not be taking Labor Day break, nor are we scheduling a fall break this year. This is to contain Newman University’s exposure to community spread of illness to the greatest extent possible.
  • Unless you are in specific (e.g. nursing or allied health) major courses or other specific practica or clinical experiences, will be moving to a fully online format beginning November 23rd. Students will not return to campus after Thanksgiving. if you have specific questions about courses in your major, please reach out to your advisor or school dean.

We are busy updating and adding technology to classrooms, to accommodate new, flexible means of teaching and learning where it is appropriate. Your faculty and the entire staff have been working to make sure you return to an open, welcoming campus that is mindful of the health and safety of all.

Due to the scheduling changes across campus, your own schedule has likely changed since you last reviewed it. Please take the time to carefully review your schedule via Jetstream. Instructions to access your Jetstream account are attached to this message. This document tells you:

  • How to login/logout of Jetstream (page 1)
  • How to look at your schedule and your unofficial transcript (page 1, under student records)
  • How to look for available classes if you need to make a change (page 1, under search functions)
  • How to find your advisor (page 1, under search functions)
  • And more!

If you have any questions or concerns, we have a team of folks ready to assist you. You may reach out to your regular advisor with questions. Not all advisors work in the summer, so if you do not receive a reply in 24 hours, please reach out to your program director or dean’s office, where they will be able to redirect you to someone who can help you. You may also find help available through the Runway Learning Center student support services. You may reach out for assistance at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

You can expect that there will be additional information coming regarding a safe return to campus this fall. You will soon learn more about safe on-campus practices and expectations for all members of the community, so please continue watching your Newman email.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you back this fall. Be safe and enjoy this summer!

Newman University has announced that it plans to resume in-person classes for the fall 2020 semester.

During the past month, several university groups have worked diligently on plans for the safe return to campus for students, faculty and staff. Currently, two task forces are nearing completion of the university’s mitigation and success blueprint for the restoration of its face-to-face education. The teams are ensuring that all classes will be responsive to the needs of community and public health and flexible enough to adapt to the needs of a rapidly changing environment.

Interim President Teresa Hall Bartels is excited to welcome students back to campus. “With the health and safety of the Newman community as our top priority, and flexibility to adjust to future pandemic realities, we’re confident we can deliver the in-person academic excellence that our students desire and deserve this fall.”

Inspired by its namesake, St. John Henry Newman, the university has a special mission—to create an environment of academic excellence available to a diverse range of students and to empower those students to transform the world.

“The best way to accomplish our mission is with in-person learning experiences within a nurturing community,” Bartels said.

With this fall’s implementation of Newman’s new student support program, Navigator, undergraduates will have access to additional resources and experiences to enhance their success. Noting a student’s higher education path is never a solo journey at Newman, Navigator is also designed to help students who may feel increased stress heightened by these unprecedented times.

While specific details are still forthcoming on most of the plan, a decision has been finalized to make all on-campus housing single room occupancy.

Additionally, for this coming academic year, the university has waived the requirement that all freshmen and sophomore students live in the residence halls if their home address is more than 30 miles from campus.

Dr. Kim Long

Dr. Kathleen Jagger, Ph.D.
President, Newman University

Message from the President

Because of our size, our facilities and the creative efforts of many people, Newman University will return to on-campus classes this fall. While the COVID19 pandemic presents many challenges, after months of planning, involving thousands of hours work, and the ongoing support of everyone in the Newman community we believe we can bring students back to campus in person while prioritizing the safety of our community.

I want to thank all who have served on our two task forces which have mapped out the many details – from modifying class schedules and physical spaces to facilitating in-person academic program delivery and student support services, to implementing best practices in health and safety for all.

As you no doubt have come to understand over the past months, the pandemic situation is ever changing and based on directives from the health department, CDC as well as local and state government officials, we may need to adjust our plans. Know that your health and safety has been, and always will be, our highest priority as we strive to deliver consistently the unique, personal and exceptional education that is characteristic of Newman University. This fall will indeed be quite an adventure, and I know that Together we can Soar!

Kathleen S. Jagger
President, Newman University