As we navigate the changes, protocols and practices the COVID-19 pandemic has brought into our lives and our campus community, we understand that you have questions. Here are a few answers.
How soon will we have a definite schedule of our classes?
Officials in the Office of Academic Records have already begun the process of reworking your class schedule, and your updated schedule will be available on Monday, July 27. For more information about your class schedule, please reach out to your academic advisor or the Office of Academic Records after July 27.
Are LINK groups also included in the 7-7 plan?
LINK groups are a vital way you build community on campus, so they are included in the 7-7 Plan. LINK groups will meet throughout the entire semester, so across both seven-week modules. This means they’ll begin on Aug. 17 and run through Nov. 23.
Will the 7-7 Plan be the same for students who have research classes?
Research classes will follow a seven-week schedule, but FLARE groups will last the entire semester (Aug. 17-Nov. 23).
I’m a music student. Will private lesson still be 14 weeks long, and how will music ensembles and shows work?
Private lessons will span the entire semester. At this point, theatre productions and musical performances are still being planned for the Fall 2020 semester. As those dates draw near, we will base any decisions regarding these events on COVID-19 trends and the recommended health and safety recommendations at that time.
Will in-person classroom sessions be extended?
Class times will remain the same, but you'll complete courses faster (in seven weeks rather than 15). Since you’ll be juggling fewer classes at a time, you’ll be able to more deeply engage with the course content, which will likely include online assignments to be completed outside of class.
If my friends and I all set our classes up so we would be together. Will we still be able to have the same schedule in the 7-7 Plan?
Officials in the Office of Academic Records are currently working to update each student’s class schedule. For most students, schedules will be very similar to the schedule you created in preregistration. In some situations, officials have needed to tweak schedules to give students a more balanced schedule (such as 2-3 classes each seven-week module).
I’m pursuing my bachelor’s or graduate degree through Trevecca’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies. Does the 7-7 Plan apply to me?
No. The 7-7 Plan only applies to our traditional undergraduate students. Students completing their bachelor’s degree or earning a master’s or doctoral degree in Trevecca’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies will continue to follow their previously outlined schedules, taking one class at a time. If a change in this schedule should become necessary, program directors or student success advisors will communicate directly with students.
Will chapel look any different?
Spiritual life is a vital component of our campus community and will continue to be so, even though it will take a different shape this fall. Chapel will be offered in an online-only format through the first half of the Fall 2020 semester. Learn more.
Is chapel mandatory this semester?
While the 24 chapel credit requirement is being temporarily suspended for this semester due to necessary adjustments during a global pandemic, there is still an expectation that students engage in spiritual life content on a weekly basis and take every opportunity to participate in the opportunities for Christian discipleship on campus.
Will attendance be taken during chapel?
Attendance will be taken using the self-check-in feature Qwickly each week of the semester. Students should log in to the Fall 2020 Spiritual Life module at least once a week and check-in using that feature.
Will there be fines if I miss chapel?
Fines are also being temporarily suspended during this semester. If you miss checking in, you will be kindly reminded that participation in Christian community through worship and other spiritual practices is expected and is an important part of the Trevecca experience.
What is the process for obtaining a chapel exemption this semester?
We won’t be offering chapel exemptions this semester. Since all Spiritual Life content will be offered online, it’s our hope that each student will be able to find opportunities to engage in this content regardless of his or her schedule. We believe that all students will benefit from these offerings and will find the online format flexible enough to fit their schedules.
What will happen during Fall Module 2 (the second seven-week section of the Fall 2020 semester)?
We will be offering a fully online Spiritual Life experience for students all semester for students who choose to be remote. Our hope is that, at some point in the semester, we would be able to shift to an in-person format for worship/chapel. We will reassess that possibility as we progress through the semester.
I set up my schedule so I only have to come to campus a few days a week. Will it stay the same with the 7-7 Plan?
Officials in the Office of Academic Records are currently working to adjust every students’ schedule. Care will be taken to preserve the schedule you previously designed as much as possible.
As a commuter, will I have to take part in any health screenings or symptom monitoring?
Any student taking classes on campus will be required to follow specific screening procedures, safety practices and contact tracing protocols. For more information
COVID-19 Best Practices
So, we’re going to monitor our health and symptoms, practice hand hygiene and social distancing and wear face coverings on campus. Why is all this important?
We understand that some of these practices (washing your hands) are common sense while others (wearing face coverings, social distancing and monitoring your health and symptoms each day) are a little uncomfortable. Public health experts and local, state and federal guidelines outline these as some of the best practices for lowering the risk of spreading the virus. As a campus community, we have a responsibility to care for each other. By following these guidelines and living out the Trevecca Community Commitment, we not only protect ourselves but also love our neighbors and care for the greater campus community.
Will masks be provided for students?
Two reusable face coverings with proper care instructions will be provided to each student. Additionally, Trevecca face coverings will be sold in the bookstore. You are also welcome to bring your own reusable face coverings to campus with you when you return to campus this fall.
Are there plans for students going to and from classes safely without crowds?
Yes. The 7-7 Plan helps with this in part by ensuring that fewer classes are happening at the same time, which lessens the foot traffic on campus and in hallways. In addition, you may be asked to follow specific entry and exit procedures for specific buildings and classrooms. We’re also requiring students to practice social distancing (maintaining a distance of six feet) in common spaces and to wear face coverings in common spaces and classrooms.
What will self-monitoring look like?
All students attending classes on campus during the fall semester (including traditional undergraduates living on campus or commuting and students in Trevecca's School of Graduate and Continuing Studies) are expected to perform daily health screenings and temperature checks prior to coming to class. Residential students should do this before leaving their residence hall or apartment. Students traveling to campus for in-person classes will be asked to monitor their health as well. All students coming to campus will be required to self-report each day using this link: www.surveymonkey.com/r/C67N8QP. Thermometers and checklists will be provided to residential students. Residential students must immediately report temperatures greater than 100.4 Fahrenheit or any COVID-19 symptoms to the Trevecca Clinic at (615) 248-1261.
Will the University do contact tracing and/or testing?
What’s the difference between quarantine and isolation?
Quarantine is when a student who has been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 moves to a new housing assignment or remains at home away from campus for 14 days, monitoring his or her health to see if symptoms develop. Isolation is when a student tests positive for the virus and must move to a new housing assignment or stay home until it is determined he or she is no longer sick, receive a negative test result and is no longer experiencing symptoms.
Does Trevecca have quarantine and isolation plans in place for students living on campus?
Yes. Learn more
What should I do and where should I quarantine or isolate if I've been exposed directly to COVID-19 or if I've tested positive for COVID-19?
Any student who has been exposed directly to COVID-19 as defined by the CDC or state/local health authority should quarantine for a minimum of 14 days. In addition, any student who tests positive for COVID-19 should isolate for 10 days or more until they are symptom-free as defined by the CDC or state/local health authority.
Students will be required to relocate and quarantine from their permanent residence (go remote) if they are exposed to or test positive for COVID-19. Exceptions will be made for international students and anyone requiring a drive more than 420 miles from campus. If students are unable to relocate to their permanent residences, Trevecca will consider other options to the degree that they are available and reasonable. At their permanent residences, students will have the ability to continue their classes remotely.
The decision to relocate students home for any necessary quarantine or isolation involved the consideration of the following factors:
- Per guidance of medical professionals, students will not be able to quarantine or isolate in their current shared housing assignments.
- In light of the returning residential population, students who are quarantining or isolating must move to a separate location. This decisive action will help decrease the potential spread of COVID-19.
- This measure will assist in the University's efforts to mitigate the potential exposure for other members of the Trevecca community, which includes residence life professionals, professors and other students.
Some colleges and universities are requiring mandatory testing of all students to return to campus. Is Trevecca doing that?
In short, no. After consulting with the Tennessee Department of Health, it was determined that the COVID-19 PCR test (the swab test commonly used to detect the virus), simply determines whether or not the genetic material of the virus is present in the body of the person being tested. A certain amount of the virus must be present for the test to detect it, so depending on when in the incubation cycle a person is tested, he or she could test negative and then become positive later on. This means that requiring a negative test up to 10 days prior to coming to campus is likely not very helpful in protecting our campus community while also creating a false sense of security for families, staff and students.
What exactly do you mean by the term exposure?
Exposure means that you have spent more than 10 minutes at a distance of six feet or less with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 starting from 48 hours before the person began feeling sick until the time the person was isolated (or for asymptomatic person, 48 hours prior to positive test collection).
Dining on Campus
What’s the plan for the Caf?
The Apple Dining Room (or the Caf, if you’ve been on campus long) will be open to students only during the Fall 2020 semester. To create a one-way traffic pattern, students will enter through the exit door and leave through the double doors where you’ve traditionally swiped your card. We will have an Express Lane for those students who want to get their food and leave quickly. We will also practice social distancing in the Caf, so expect more space between tables and chairs. Additional seating for students will be available in the President’s Dining Room as well as at bistro tables on the balcony overlooking the main dining hall. While we love the conversation and fun that happens around tables in the Caf, we do ask that students leave soon after eating to free up tables for other hungry students.
Will the hours for the Caf be any different?
Apple Dining Room hours will be:
- Monday-Friday: 7 a.m.-7 p.m. (The lunch service time has been extended and will now be served from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.)
- Saturday and Sunday: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
On Saturday and Sunday, the Caf will feature a continental breakfast from 8-10 a.m., brunch from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., and dinner from 4:30-6 p.m.
What about the Hub or Tú Taco? Will they be open?
Yes! The Hub and Tú Taco will be open to students and employees. Hours for the Hub are:
- Monday-Friday: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
- Saturday and Sunday: 5-10 p.m.
At Tú Taco, you’ll be able to call ahead and pick up your order Monday-Friday from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. You’ll simply call your order in then come to the counter to swipe your ID to use your meal plan or Boone Bucks.
What precautions are being taken to protect food service employees as well as students, faculty and staff?
Chartwells has adapted procedures to include daily wellness checks for food service employees. In addition, they’ve also have also increased the frequency of sanitization procedures, introduced new PPE and implemented social distancing signage throughout Trevecca’s on-campus dining locations. Associates will wear gloves at all times and plexiglass barriers will be used at registers and all points of service. Food will be served by associates and individually wrapped or in to-go containers. Most drinks will be canned or bottled while utensils and condiments will be pre-packaged.
What are the cleaning/sanitation protocols for on-campus dining locations?
Throughout operating hours, associates will be continuously cleaning and sanitizing tables, chairs and high-touch surfaces. After closing, food service employees will disinfect the entire facility. In cooking and food prep areas, cleaning will take place every 30 minutes.
Will there be other dining options on campus?
Yes! In addition to the Caf, Hub and Tú Taco, you’ll also have a couple other options to consider when you’re hungry. You’ll be able to choose grab-and-go options at the Nineteen|01 location in Waggoner Library and also pick up food at the concession stand in Moore Gymnasium (grab-and-go and the same food options available at the Express Lane in the Caf). The Nineteen|01 location in Bud Robinson will offer coffee, tea and smoothies.
What are the hours for both Nineteen|01 locations and the concession stand in Moore Gymnasium?
- Nineteen|01 in Bud Robinson: Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., serving coffee, tea and smoothies. No grab-and-go options will be available at this location.
- Nineteen|01 in Waggoner Library: Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; and Sunday from 3-8 p.m., serving grab-and-go options as well as coffee and tea. New items include toast, bagels and warm muffins.
- Concession Stand in Moore Gymnasium: Monday-Friday from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. for lunch and 4:30-7 p.m. for dinner, serving Express Lane options as well as grab-and-go items. Hours may be adjusted during the semester.
Can employees eat in the Caf?
For the Fall 2020 semester, the Caf will be for students only. Employees will not eat at the Caf or pick up food there. Employees are invited to pick up their food at Tú Taco, Nineteen|01 in Waggoner Library or the concession stand in Moore Gymnasium. However, we are asking that employees please leave the Hub and the seating in the Hub area for students to use since student seating is so limited.
How can I pay for my meals?
We will only be accepting meal plan swipes or Boone Bucks this semester. On-campus food services will be restricted to students and employees only.
When are finals scheduled in the 7-7 Plan?
For traditional undergraduate students following the 7-7 Plan, finals will take place in two blocks, one at the end of each seven-week module. Fall Module 1 final exams scheduled for Oct. 2-3, while final exams for Fall Module 2 are scheduled for Nov. 21 and 23.
Are we (traditional undergraduates) really taking finals on Saturdays?
Yes. We don’t love it either, but scheduling finals on Saturday allowed us to create a short break between the two seven-week modules in the 7-7 Plan. This also allows us to finish the entire semester before Thanksgiving.
I have an internship or practicum lined up for the Fall 2020 semester. Will the 7-7 Plan or any of the other health and safety protocols affect that?
Internships and practicums are expected to run throughout the entire semester. If living on campus or attending in-person classes, we ask that you practice all prescribed health and safety practices while off campus, understanding that travel does introduce some risk to the campus community. When possible, we ask that you ride alone to off-campus internships, practicums or jobs.
I have an off-campus job. Will that be affected?
We understand that many students work off-campus during the semester. We’d ask that you take every precaution you can and strive to comply with health and safety guidelines, best practices and local mandates while off campus. When possible, travel to and from your job alone. Travel does introduce some risk to the community, and we’re calling for every member of the Trevecca community to do what he or she can to help us keep our risk low.
Remote Learning Option
I am considered high risk or feel uncomfortable returning to in-person classes or residential living. What can I do?
We understand. We’re all living through a season few of us expected. We’re offering three options to our students this semester: traditional on-campus residency, traditional commuting and a remote learning option. For students who are high-risk, immunocompromised or feel uncomfortable returning to campus this fall, this option provides the opportunity to fully engage in classes taken remotely from home. Students who choose this option should not come to campus for any reason during the online period. This option allows us to create more density control on campus. More information
What are some reasons I might consider the remote learning option for Fall 2020?
There are three specific reasons students may choose the remote learning option: students with pre-existing medical conditions that make them high-risk for COVID-19; students who feel uncomfortable returning to campus for in-person classes or do not want to live in residence halls; and students who don’t want to comply with the health and safety guidelines, such as wearing face coverings and practicing social distancing.
I want to choose the remote learning option for the whole 2020-2021 academic year. Is that possible?
At this time, we are only allowing students to make a remote learning designation for the Fall 2020 semester. When you make that choice, it’s for the entire semester, but we recognize you may change your mind. If that’s the case, simply contact the Center for Student Development to discuss housing options. Learn more
Will my tuition be less if I choose the remote learning option?
The University has invested significant resources to add the technology necessary to create robust remote/online learning options. As a result, the cost of tuition will be the same for traditional undergraduate students who choose face-to-face or remote learning.
Will I need to practice social distancing and wear a face covering in my residence hall or apartment?
Students living in the same room, suite or apartment are considered to be family groups. While in your own home with your home or family group, you will not be required to practice social distancing. Your family group should discuss any reasons why you might want to wear face coverings while in your room, suite or apartment, putting others’ needs before your own. Face coverings will be required in common spaces in residence halls, lobbies, hallways, study rooms, chapels, computer rooms and laundry rooms.
Can I leave campus?
We are strongly discouraging travel during the fall semester, particularly overnight trips. If travel is necessary, we are asking that you take every precaution while away from campus and self-monitor carefully for illness for 14 days following your return to campus. When leaving campus briefly, for an internship, job or other location, it’s vital that you practice the health and safety guidelines and mandates in place in Nashville at that time. Through our Trevecca Community Commitment, we’re asking all students to take personal responsibility for protecting themselves, loving your neighbors and caring for our campus community.
Will curfew change?
Curfew will remain the same at this time. Learn more
Can I have visitors in my room or overnight guests?
At this time, visitors will not be allowed in residence hall hallways outside of Move-In Day and University personnel.
Will open apartments and open dorms still be allowed?
At this point, we are suspending open house visitation in our residence halls and apartments until state and local restrictions are lifted. This is an important way we can limit the spread of the virus and protect each other as part of a campus community.
What about clean room checks and nightly room checks?
Residence Life staff will conduct virtual monthly room/apartment health and safety checks during the fall semester. It is vital for you to keep your room clean in order to protect yourself as well as others. Cleaning supplies will be available for your use, but we also encourage you to bring their own. There will be no nightly room checks in the residence halls. While residential students are strongly discouraged from staying off campus overnight during the semester, you must notify Residence Life staff if you choose to do so. Learn more