Return to Campus Fall 2020
Dear Culver-Stockton Community,
The faculty, staff and administration of Culver-Stockton have been researching, studying and reviewing plans for opening the campus in August for the return of students. Our core mission is to teach students as a residential community and so our plan is to use all of the latest information we have in order to safely open the College and welcome our students back to campus. If we were to make the choice to not have students return in the fall semester, it would be a last resort decision. Currently, the number of students who have indicated they will be returning to campus is quite strong, and we are excited about the number of new students who will become Wildcats in August.
We have now reached a point where decisions had to be made concerning Homecoming and the Class of 2020 Commencement. Our current priority must be to keep our returning students, staff and faculty safe. The Administration, with guidance from the Board of Trustees, has decided to postpone 2020 Homecoming activities. Tentative Spring dates will be considered when a clearer picture emerges later in the Fall.
We have also decided to cancel the Class of 2020 Commencement. Members of the Class of 2020 are welcome and encouraged to return to any future commencement and to walk in the graduation ceremony. We will also plan a special reunion celebration in 2025 to honor the Class of 2020.
While this decision was incredibly difficult, events bringing other people to campus may add the potential for unwanted COVID-19 health issues for students, faculty and staff as well as those who are visiting campus. The safety of our entire community and ability to continue to provide our students with the education experience they expect is of the greatest importance.
Dr. Douglas Palmer
President Dr. Douglas B. Palmer announced today Culver-Stockton College’s plan for the safe return of students in August.
The Return to Campus plan details the guiding principles Culver-Stockton will follow to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Plans call for students to return to campus throughout August and classes will begin as scheduled on Monday, Aug. 24.
To maximize our ability to stay on campus with regular face-to-face classes, Thanksgiving break will be shortened to Nov. 25-29, and the last day of the 3-week session (and last day of the fall semester) will be Dec. 11. These changes will lengthen winter break by one week.
The Culver-Stockton COVID-19 Task Force has been working on a comprehensive plan outlining guidance for the entire institution. They have consulted the Lewis County Health Department, local health care leaders, the Missouri Department of Health, athletic associations and other higher education organizations to ensure Culver-Stockton follows the safest guidelines possible.
Some of the measures Culver-Stockton plans to put in place in an effort to reduce the risk of COVID-19 include:
- Wear a face covering inside all campus buildings, except private residence hall rooms and offices
- Athletic programs will operate in accordance with NAIA and Heart of America Athletic Conference guidelines.
- Physical distancing of 6 feet
- Modify dining services to comply with physical distancing and safety protocols
- No college-sponsored student travel during the fall semester without prior approval
- During the first phase of reopening, no guests will be allowed on campus. No spectators are allowed for athletic games and other events. Any special guests must be approved by the President.
As Culver-Stockton continues to monitor the changing dynamics of COVID-19, the College’s plan may be subject to change.