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.

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7-7 Plan

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 lessons 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.


 

Chapel

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.


 

Commuters

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. All students coming to campus are expected to perform daily health screenings and temperature checks prior to coming to campus. Students must self-report each day using this link: Trevecca.edu/selfscreening. While on campus, you will be required to wear face coverings and practice social distancing. If you develop symptoms or are exposed to the virus and have been on campus, you must report this information to the Trevecca Clinic at (615) 248-1261.

Returning commuter students (traditional undergraduate) are being asked to go remote for the first week of classes and return to in-person classes on Aug. 24. What does that mean for check-in, my books, etc.?
To help with population density, we are encouraging returning commuter students to join us in a phased return process. This will help us slowly and methodically increase our campus population in a way that helps keep every member of the community self and healthy. If you need info about check-in or books, please visit the Returning Commuter Students page in the Back Home to the Hill Plan


 

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?
Yes.

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 the 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 15 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 an 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.


 

Finals

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.


 

Internships/Off-Campus Jobs

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.


 

Quarantine/Isolation

I have been exposed to COVID-19. Now what?
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 someone without symptoms, 48 hours prior to positive test collection).

Any student who has been exposed directly to COVID-19 as defined by the CDC or state/local health authority will be required to quarantine for a minimum of 14 days from last exposure. Residential students will be required to relocate and quarantine from their permanent residence (go remote) if they are exposed to 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.

I have been informed that I have been exposed to COVID-19. If I get a test and it is negative, can I be released from quarantine early?
Students are welcome to get tested for COVID-19 if they have been exposed. Unfortunately, even if the test is negative, a 14-day quarantine from last exposure will still be required. The Tennessee Department of Health recommends completing the full quarantine because an individual can become positive at any time during the 14-day infectious period.

I have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Now what?
Please notify the Trevecca Student Health Clinic as soon as your health care provider confirms or suspects COVID-19. This helps us track our case count and start contact tracing to help other campus community members minimize their risk of becoming sick and spreading the virus.

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. Residential students will be required to relocate and isolate from their permanent residence (go remote) if they 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.

I had a test for COVID-19 but I am waiting for the results. What should I do in the meantime?
Any student who is waiting on tests results for COVID-19 will be required to follow the same procedure as someone who has tested positive for COVID. As recommended by the Tennessee Department of Health, regardless of the test results, they will need to isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms, have resolution of fever and improvement of symptoms for at least 24 hours.

What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?
Isolation is what you do if you have COVID-19 symptoms, or have tested positive. Isolation means you stay home and away from others (including household members) for the recommended period of time to avoid spreading illness. If you are in isolation, do not go to work, school, or public areas.

Quarantine is what you do if you have been exposed to COVID-19. Quarantine means you stay home and away from others for the recommended period of time in case you are infected and are contagious. Quarantine becomes isolation if you later test positive for COVID-19 or develop symptoms.

Persons in isolation or quarantine should restrict activities outside their residence, except for getting medical care, for the period of time they are at risk of secondary transmission.


 

Refunds

Will Trevecca offer refunds for rooms this semester if the virus forces us to move to remote/online instruction? 
Room revenue will not be refundable this semester if the virus makes it unsafe for us to continue in-person classes. This anticipated revenue has already been used to fund COVID-19 testing, campus cleaning/sanitation, increasing Trevecca Clinic staff, providing PPE for faculty, staff and students as well as upgrading classroom technology to allow for robust remote instruction.


 

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.


 

Residence Life

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


 

Wellness Center

Who can use the wellness center?
This semester, the wellness center will be open to students only, rather than all members of the campus or city community (such as members of the Metro Nashville Police Department or Fire Department). This will help us as we strive to keep population density low and reduce contact and risk of transmission.

What are the hours for the wellness center?
The hours are as follows:

  • Monday-Friday: 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Sunday: 1 p.m.-6 p.m.

There will be no after-hours use of the wellness center. Athletic teams will reserve a time to work out in the center and abide by that schedule. Classes that require use of the wellness center will have priority.

 Will there be a limit on the number of people in the wellness center at one time? A time limit?
Yes! Only 25 people will be allowed into the wellness center at one time. In addition, you’ll have a one-hour time limit to complete your workout.

What kind of precautions or protocols will be in place?
All students will need to present a valid student ID to enter the wellness center, no exceptions! Some equipment may be marked as unavailable to allow for greater social distancing, which will be practiced throughout the center. Students are asked not to congregate in small groups and to allow for at least six feet of distance between individuals when in the center. Cardio equipment, squat racks and other equipment will be spaced out to promote social distancing. You will be asked to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer when entering the center and should wear a mask at all time, except when doing cardio exercises. If you use or touch any equipment, you will be expected to clean it. Failure to do so will result in your usage privileges being revoked. If you’d like to use a yoga mat, please bring it with you. No sharing will be allowed.

What precautions will employees be taking?
Employees will wear a face covering while working in the wellness center and are required to wash and sanitize their hands frequently. Every 20 minutes, employees will clean and disinfect throughout the center.

I want to workout. What will the check-in process look like?
When you arrive, a wellness center employee will ask you a few questions and check your temperature. This health screening is designed to keep you, wellness center employees and other students safe and healthy. Once you’ve been successfully screened, you’ll need to check in (don’t forget your ID!) You are then free to complete your workout, observing the one-hour time limit and cleaning any equipment you touch or use. Be sure to practice social distancing!

Can I bring personal items?
At this time, no personal items will be allowed in the wellness center or the cubbies. Wellness center employees can walk you through the process of what to do with your phone, keys or other items.