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Return to Campus FAQ

Newman University provides educational experiences in a community that respects and cares for one another. This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document has been created to help offer all Newman community members clarity on how they can play a role in the safe return to in-person classes and other aspects of working and connecting on campus. 

Note: The health and safety of students, faculty and staff continues to remain the university's top priority. Best practices and recommendations from agencies, such as, the CDC, Sedgwick County Health Department and state and local officials, have been considered in creating our policies and procedures. If, and when, guidance from health experts evolves, Newman will make appropriate updates to protect the community.

The health and safety of the members of our community has been our first priority throughout our Return to Campus planning process. 

Be aware that your classes and/or class schedule could have changed since you originally registered for the fall 2020 semester. Please know that any potential class changes you may incur 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 moved to new rooms or to locations that perhaps you have never been in before. Because there are now relatively fewer spaces on campus that allow for classes more than 12 students to meet at one time under physical distancing guidelines, class days and/or times for some courses have also changed.

To ensure a smooth start to your semester, we encourage you to log into your Jetstream account to view your updates and schedule.

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. 

Yes, gatherings will be allowed in public spaces on campus but you must follow current health directives including maintaining six feet or greater distance from one another at all times and wearing a face covering at all times in public spaces on campus, including residence hall lobbies.

Yes, the Mabee Dining Center will be in operation during the regularly posted hours.  When entering Mabee, all community members are required to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer upon entering the cafeteria and before interacting with any of the food lines. Food will be served in disposable containers. Community members may eat in the center but must sit a minimum of six feet apart.

As of right now, we plan to hold our regular Mass and confession schedule: Monday-Friday at 12:05 pm and Sundays at 7:00 pm, with confession starting thirty minutes before Mass. While we do not know our exact schedule for adoration just yet (we typically wait to see how many students we have signed up for the semester), we will offer adoration once a week as per usual.

We are distancing ourselves in the chapel and providing hand sanitizer.

Of course, our schedule and Mass requirements could change based on guidelines the Bishop releases for the Diocese.

We have many events in the planning stages for the fall. We will follow the direction from the university administration to determine best practices for taking care of each other -- and we will make sure to have ways for the students to build community and practice their faith!

For the 2020-21 academic year ONLY, the Newman administration has waived the requirement that all freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus. The decision includes students with scholarships, which are normally required to reside in campus housing.

All students living in the residence halls will have a single room. No shared spaces will be available until further notice. Students are expected to observe hand-washing protocols, wear face covering while traveling from residence halls to classes and other activities on campus and maintain six feet or greater distance from one another at all times.

Students will be expected to conduct a self-screening every morning before venturing out to encounter others on campus. Those who determine they may be a risk to others will be expected to remain in their rooms and notify their resident assistant (RA) and faculty members. Faculty will not penalize students for lack of physical attendance in their classes.

If a student receives a positive COVID-19 test result, he or she is required to contact the dean of students and will be moved to Merlini Hall for quarantine. The student will not be allowed to return to his or her residence hall until it is safe to do so. The housing director and dean of students will coordinate the quarantine period and the return to regular housing. 

During the 2020-21 academic year, Merlini Hall will be used ONLY to house students required to isolate.

If you have already paid your housing deposit, but have now decided to not live on campus, your housing deposit will be credited toward your fall bill. If you have not yet done so, you should fill out the Off-Campus Waiver Request and the Parent/Legal Guardian Confirmation. Both are located at

If you have decided to no longer live on campus and you have not yet taken action on your meningitis shot, you do not need to worry about getting vaccinated. However, if you decide to move into campus housing in the future, you will be required to have a meningitis vaccination prior to moving in. Additionally, if you have already been vaccinated you will NOT be reimbursed for any costs incurred, but by doing so, you have already satisfied the vaccination requirement if you do move into campus housing in the future.

Although it was not in use last year, Merlini Hall has been maintained for future on-campus students. Housekeeping has been and will continue to clean and disinfect the building. Merlini Hall will also be inspected for any potential health and safety issues. If there are any identified needs, we will be sure to address them accordingly.

We are almost at full capacity at this time. Once we reach full capacity, students desiring to live in campus housing will be added to a waiting list. If we are unable to provide housing for those on the waiting list, their $75 housing deposit will be credited toward their fall bill.

A return to Newman’s normal policy is expected after the 2020-21 academic year. Here is that policy (which is waived for this academic year only): 

Newman University has a freshman and sophomore on-campus living requirement. Students that meet the following criteria may apply for an exemption to the policy by filling out and mailing or faxing the Off-Campus Waiver Request and Parent/Guardian Permission Form available on the Residence Life Forms section:

  • Are 21 years of age or older
  • Have reached junior class standing credit hours (60+ credit hours successfully completed prior to the start of the fall semester)
  • Live at home with a parent/guardian
  • Are married
  • Have a child that lives with them
  • Are a veteran of the Armed Forces who has served a full tour of duty

Each student-athlete will follow the guidance of coaches as participants in their sports.

Where physically possible, all persons on campus will be required to maintain six feet or greater distance from one another at all times and wear face coverings in public spaces on campus. Participants and spectators shall follow hand-washing and sanitizing protocols. All persons will use hand sanitizer before entering a new space and upon leaving that space.

Classrooms have new limits on occupancy and some classes have been moved to new rooms or to locations that perhaps you’ve never been in before. These class changes have been driven by the need to ensure we allow enough physical distance in each class to minimize risk to student health and the health of faculty.

We will begin the semester as currently scheduled (August 24) but we are making the following changes to the calendar.

  • Like many universities in Wichita and across the U.S., Newman will not take a Labor Day break nor a fall break this fall.
  • Unless you are in a specific major (e.g. nursing or allied health), specific practica or clinical experiences, your classes will move to a fully-online format beginning November 23. 

Additionally, students will not return to campus after Thanksgiving.

Due to the scheduling changes across campus, personal class schedules have likely changed since last reviewed. Please take the time to carefully review your schedule. If you have any questions or concerns, there is a team of folks ready to assist you.

An email was sent to all students in late June with information regarding advisors and his/her contact information. 

If you did not receive the original email or a reply within 24 hours of reaching out to your advisor, please reach out to the dean’s office of your school (  The dean’s office will able to direct you to someone who can help you.

Students agree to submit to impromptu or planned health screenings as it pertains to COVID-19 and consider others’ needs to help protect those who are most vulnerable by engaging in outlined protocols.  

Testing and Contact Tracing – Sedgwick County Health Department provides free testing. Anyone who desires may call 211 to schedule testing. Students who test positive for COVID-19 will be expected to report this information to the Dean of Students. Faculty and Staff shall report positive test results to the Director of Human Resources. Sedgwick County Health Department will manage contact tracing.

Rapid Identification and Isolation – Testing and contact tracing, along with self-screening, will allow the university to rapidly identify anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, and those with whom anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 has come in contact. We will then implement isolation strategies. Students who live on campus will be quarantined. All others will be required to quarantine off campus.