C-SC Update Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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

We are all working diligently to make sure that our students’ return to campus is as safe and healthy as possible, and we are focused on providing an exceptional learning environment for everyone at C-SC this fall.  Many colleges and universities around the country are making changes to their fall semester schedules in light of COVID-19 concerns.

We plan on starting in the fall as originally scheduled. Classes will begin, in person, on Monday, August 24.

Move-in times and dates have been adjusted in order to maximize your safety and the safety of others by following best practices by the CDC for physical distancing. Below is the new schedule. More details will be emailed to students for check-in.

  • August 8 - Catalyst students move in 10 a.m. - noon
  • August 13 - Football move in; 9 a.m. – noon freshmen, 1 – 3 p.m. returners
  • August 14 – Women’s Soccer, Women’s Volleyball and Sophomore Nursing Majors move in 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.; Men’s Soccer move in 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • August 15 – Athletic practices can begin
  • August 16 – Marching Band members move in noon – 3 p.m.
  • August 21 – freshmen and new transfers (who are not in a fall sport) move in
    • 9 – 11 a.m. last names A-H
    • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. last names I-Q
    • 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. last names R-Z
  • August 23 – returning students move in
    • 10 a.m. – noon last names A-M
    • Noon – 2 p.m. last names N-Z

Culver-Stockton College has officially made a fall semester calendar change. You can find the new calendar on MyCulver and the College website. Please keep in mind that these changes have been made in an effort to maximize our ability to remain on campus with regular, face-to-face classes. Fall courses will remain the same, and there is no need to change course registration. 

Some key changes are highlighted here:

  1. Classes will start as scheduled on August 24.
  2. There will be no Labor Day holiday. Classes will be held on Labor Day.
  3. There will be no midterm break on Monday, October 5. Classes will be held on that day.
  4. There will be no Reading Day between the last day of the 12-week session and the first day of finals, however there will be a weekend included during the finals period.
  5. There will be a one day break between the end of the 12-week finals period and the start of 3-week classes.
  6. The 3-week session will start prior to Thanksgiving, and there will be classes held on the Monday and Tuesday (November 23 and 24) of Thanksgiving week. Students are expected to be in attendance on these days, particularly since each day of the 3-week session is equivalent to one week of class during the 12-week session.
  7. Thanksgiving break will be held Wednesday, November 25 through Sunday, November 29. Students who need to remain on campus during Thanksgiving Break will be accommodated.
  8. The last day of the 3-week session (and thus the last day of the fall semester) will be on December 11. This lengthens the winter break by one week.

It is our hope that we will be able to remain in face-to-face classes as scheduled throughout both the 12-week and the 3-week, but this calendar change allows for a significant portion of the 3-week session to occur in person if we determine that we must move to remote learning following the Thanksgiving Break. We will continue to monitor all available public health information, and we will make a decision at a later date on whether face-to-face classes will need to be offered remotely following Thanksgiving Break. Please be reminded that, as always, flight schedules and conflicts are not acceptable reasons to miss classes or request final exam changes.

Please use this new calendar as travel plans are made for the fall semester. We look forward to seeing you back on campus soon.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) at Culver-Stockton College

Culver-Stockton College will be mailing the first round of checks to students as a result of funding received through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act by May 23. This funding provides direct emergency grants to college students whose lives and educations have been disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak. Funds may be used for costs related to the disruption of campus operations such as food, housing, course materials, health care, technology and transportation. Initial grants may range from $250 to $750.

In order to be eligible for consideration students must be eligible for Title IV financial aid determined by filing a FAFSA, and be making satisfactory academic progress. Students also must have been enrolled in on campus (not online only) courses on March 13, 2020, and continue to be enrolled. Priority for receiving a grant has been given to students who were forced to relocate from campus in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, and who have significant demonstrated financial need based on the results of their 2019-2020 FAFSA. 

These funds are not considered financial aid, so will not affect the financial aid students received for 2019-20 or will receive for the 2020-21 academic year. The Internal Revenue Service has also indicated that these funds will not be taxable to the recipient.

While funding for the HEERF grants is limited, students whose families have experienced significant financial hardship such as a parent’s extended loss of employment as the result of the COVID-19 pandemic should submit an email fully explaining their circumstances to financialaid@culver.edu in order to be considered for all funding that may be available for the 2020-21 academic year.

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

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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