C-SC Update Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Culver-Stockton College has been, and will continue, to work closely with the Lewis County Health Department. As always, our students’ health and safety is our priority. C-SC has a plan in place as a response to COVID-19.

CURRENT STATUS
As of today, there have been no reported cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) on the Culver-Stockton Campus.

Dear Class of 2020,

As your president I am heartbroken that a number of the events and traditions that we hold dear at C-SC will not be occurring. I especially wanted to be a part of those time honored traditions with my last class. A class that I have grown so very fond of. Each day we receive new information about the mandates we must follow for our health and safety and of course that is my main concern and my duty.

So as information is changing frequently, myself and the senior leaders at C-SC will make the best decisions we can based on the information at hand. We are a creative and innovative group. And I trust we will be able to celebrate the Class of 2020 in some way, sometime in the future. Be safe my 2020 Wildcats.

Sincerely and with love,

President Thompson

Dear Culver-Stockton Campus Community,

As the situation with the COVID-19 virus continues to rapidly change, we have made certain decisions at Culver-Stockton to ensure the continued safety of all students, faculty and staff.  As of this announcement, there are no reported cases of the virus on the campus or in the immediate community. 

All classes will be completed online throughout the rest of the Spring semester, which will now end on May 15, 2020.

The residential facilities are being closed to maintain social distancing guidelines and ensure the health and safety of our students and staff. C-SC is asking the small group of students who are currently on campus to vacate the residence halls by Friday, March 20. Residence Life will be providing instructions for students to use to check out of their rooms.

For those students who are not currently on campus, communication will soon be sent regarding when they can return to get their belongings. Please watch for communication from Dr. Chris Gill, Dean of Students, who will be providing information and guidance on this process.

Culver-Stockton is waiting on guidance from the federal financial aid department in order to make accurate decisions regarding any financial credits to be given for room and board.

Regarding commencement, the decision has been made that there will not be a traditional commencement ceremony on May 16. Nonetheless, graduating seniors who complete their required coursework will receive their degrees as scheduled. Plans for some type of celebration at a later date continue to be discussed.

All my best for continued good health,

Kelly M. Thompson, Ed.D.
President

Culver-Stockton College has made the decision to continue all classes in an online format through the 12-week semester which ends April 17. We will have a decision made regarding 3-week classes by the end of this week.

Although there are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on C-SC’s campus or in the surrounding area, our Task Force has discussed all possibilities and have determined this is the best course of action to limit the possibility of exposure.

The NAIA has cancelled spring sports, and under the recommendation of our team doctor, all practices have been cancelled as well.

Students and parents who have questions should contact Dr. Chris Gill, Dean of Students, at cgill@culver.edu or 573-288-6334.

Effective March 14, the Heart of America Athletic Conference temporarily suspended all conference competitions for the athletic programs of its 13 member institutions. The league's Council of Presidents (COP) reached the decision on Friday afternoon.

The decision comes based on the continuing developments across the landscape of athletics from the effects of COVID-19.

"We have chosen to exercise an abundance of caution as we move through the uncharted waters of the COVID-19 situation," stated Commissioner Lori Thomas. "We will use this time to monitor the ever-changing health crisis and determine the best steps for the health and welfare of our student-athletes, coaches, administration, and fans moving forward."

Heart sports impacted by this decision include men's volleyball, baseball, softball, outdoor track & field, men's golf, and women's golf. On Thursday, the NAIA National Office announced the immediate cancellation of all remaining winter national championships: men's basketball, women's basketball, competitive cheer, competitive dance, and women's wrestling.

With the health, safety and well-being of student-athletes as a top priority, Heart officials and the COP view this as the right and necessary step to take relative to COVID-19. Conference officials will continue to monitor the situation and continue working closely with the national office on this extremely fluid situation.

Conference officials will continue to meet regularly over the next two weeks with the next public comment on conference competitions to be released in April. If the suspension is lifted, additional updates regarding conference spring championships will be communicated once information is obtained from the national office on their plan for conducting national postseason events this spring.

Decisions on all non-conference sporting events – both in and out of championship season – along with sports not sponsored by the Heart will be determined at the institutional level.

In addition, as an associate member of the Kansas Collegiate Atletic Conference, the women's lacrosse program as had its season suspended indefinitely due to the KCAC suspending all athletic competitions.

The health and safety of everyone on the Culver-Stockton campus is our main priority. Maintaining that standard is even more important at this time with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. C-SC has been, and will continue to work closely with the Lewis County Health Department.

Culver-Stockton College will extend spring break for one week, March 16-20, in an effort to limit the possibility of exposure to the coronavirus to the campus and Canton community. At this time, there are no reported cases of coronavirus on the C-SC campus or in the surrounding region. This additional week will give College leadership and academic departments the opportunity to thoughtfully consider all options for finishing the semester through alternative methods. All classes will begin Monday, March 23 via online learning. Residential students have the option of returning to campus or staying home.

Culver-Stockton offices will remain open and faculty will be instructed by their departments on how to proceed during the week.

At this time, there is no reason for concern among students, parents, faculty, staff and visitors. A coronavirus task force is monitoring the situation and communicating frequently. C-SC is ready to implement a plan if the need arises.

Please check back on our website’s COVID-19 resource page, culver.edu/covid-19 for further updates. All students will be receiving additional information via your campus email address.

Sincerely,

Kelly M. Thompson

We have set up a covid-19 hotline email: covidinfo@culver.edu.

STUDENT FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do we have to move out?
The residential facilities are being closed to maintain social distancing guidelines and ensure the health and safety of our students and staff. C-SC is asking students who are currently on campus to vacate the residence halls by Friday, March 20. Residence Life will be providing instructions for students to use to check out of their rooms.

To the students who have belongings on campus but are not currently living on campus, we have developed a schedule for you to come get your belongings. Please see below:

Friday, March 20
9 a.m. to 12 noon: Johnson 1st, Shannon 1st, Wood 1st, Weldon 1st
Noon to 3 p.m.: Helsabeck, Clough, Stone

Saturday, March 21
9 a.m. to 12 noon: Johnson 2nd, Shannon 2nd, Wood 2nd, Weldon 2nd
Noon to 3 p.m.: Zenge, Cason, McDonald

Sunday, March 22
9 a.m. to 12 noon: Johnson 3rd and 4th, Shannon 3rd, Wood 3rd, Weldon 3rd
Noon to 3 p.m.: Gerlach, Turley, Brown

Someone from Student Life will be in the office during these check out times to assist you or answer questions. We want to limit large crowds coming at the same time so it is important that you stick with your time frame. If you cannot make the time given please contact Megan Catalano, Director of Residence Life, at mcatalano@culver.edu to schedule a time that is best for all.

Do I have to take all of my belongings?
Yes, students will be moving out of the residence halls for the remainder of the academic year.

Will I get a credit for the spring semester?
Culver-Stockton is waiting on guidance from the federal financial aid department in order to make accurate decisions regarding any financial credits to be given for room and board.

Will all 3-week classes be online?
Yes, 3-week classes will be online. These classes will now begin on April 20 and end on May 15.

Can I drop my 3-week class?
Consult with your academic advisor to discuss considerations with your financial aid and graduation date. There is no refund for room and board if you drop your 3-week course.

What if I still need ACE credits to graduate?
All students have been granted 4 additional ACE credits. Graduating seniors who need more than 4 ACE credits have been contacted separately about completing the requirements.

Will there still be graduation?
The decision has been made that there will not be a traditional commencement ceremony on May 16. Nonetheless, graduating seniors who complete their required coursework will receive their degrees as scheduled. Plans for some type of celebration at a later date continue to be discussed.

What is going on with athletics?
The C-SC Athletic Department will follow the direction of the NAIA and cancel the remainder of its spring 2020 sports season and all athletic-related events.

Are campus events cancelled?
All campus events are cancelled through the end of the academic year.

I am currently in an online course, will that continue as planned?
If you were enrolled in an online course, your course will begin or continue as planned. If you have specific questions please make sure you contact your professor.

How will I select my fall classes?
Faculty will be in touch during regular advising week, March 23-27 to help you select your courses.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is novel coronavirus (COVID-19)?

COVID-19 is a newly identified coronavirus that is causing an outbreak of respiratory illness. It was first identified in December 2019 in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Since then, the virus has been identified in multiple other countries, including cases in the U.S.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), human coronaviruses are common throughout the world and usually cause mild to moderate illness in people. This new virus is a public health concern because:

  • It is newly identified, so much is still unknown about it.
  • Two other human coronaviruses, MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV, have caused severe illness.

What is the risk?

The CDC considers this new virus a public health concern based on current information. However, the immediate health risk to the general US public is considered low at this time. The CDC and the World Health Organization are closely monitoring the situation and providing ongoing guidance.

It is important to remember that Influenza A and B are more widespread and more of a concern at this time so even if the COVID-19 has not affected our area, the safety precautions for personal hygiene should be followed for Influenza.

Symptoms and transmission

Symptoms may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing in severe cases.
  • Symptoms do not include gastrointestinal problems

Person-to-person spread is occurring, although it’s unclear exactly how it is transmitted and how easily the virus spreads between people.

What should I do if I think I have COVID-19 or have been exposed?

People infected with 2019-nCoV should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. Currently, there is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for 2019-nCoV infection. (source: CDC). If you are showing symptoms please contact your doctor, they will offer you the best guidance. You will probably not be asked to go to the Emergency Room, except in cases of respiratory distress, in case you expose other people to this virus.

Students - you can call Student Life at 573-288-6334 or Campus Safety at 217-440-6394 to assist you if you are unsure what to do. We are here to help, no matter what.

Prevention

There is no vaccine to prevent this virus, and the CDC advises that the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

Here are everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Stay at least six feet away.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

CDC links about COVID-19
coronavirus.gov
Steps to Prevent Illness
Symptoms
How it spreads
What to do if you are sick

Missouri Department of Public Health
Updates specific to Missouri, including the number of cases

Helpful information regarding COVID-19 and how to stay healthy this semester

There is no higher priority than the health and safety of our students at Culver-Stockton College. In these unprecedented times, we hope the below information is helpful to you to stay informed about how to keep yourself healthy.

As always please remember these four important tips:

  1. Wash your hands like you just sliced a jalapeno pepper and you have an uncontrolled urge to touch your eyes. Twenty seconds with soap and warm water is the standard rule.
  2. If you are sick with a fever and cough, please stay home. Going to work, school, or out and about when you are sick will definitely increase the risk that others will get sick. Notify your professors if you are going to miss class.
  3. If you do have a fever, please contact Student Life (573-288-6334) so we can help you with the assistance that you might need.
  4. Be a student of promise. Show everyone that we don’t panic and that we remain understanding of those that are sick. The large majority of people who have this virus have mild symptoms, easily treatable at home. This is especially true of younger adults, like yourselves, without other health issues.

The mission of Culver-Stockton College is to prepare students of promise for a dynamic world through our distinctive experiential curriculum within a supportive learning community founded upon the best values of faith and the human spirit.

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