AMERICAN BAPTIST COLLEGE ANSWERS QUESTIONS ON THE IMPACT OF NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PANDEMIC

Distributed & Posted, Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

The Presidential Directive 2020-07, that was distributed on Friday, March 13 outlines major changes the college has undertaken to maintain academic continuity in striving to complete this Spring Semester regarding the novel coronavirus pandemic.  Some frequently asked questions are below.

 

SPRING BREAK

When does spring break begin?

Spring Break began Monday, March 16.

 

ACADEMICS AND ACADEMIC CALENDAR REVISIONS

When will classes resume?

Classes will resume Monday, March 23.

How will instruction be delivered?

Instruction will be provided electronically.

How will I complete my courses?

The instructor may complete the course as defined in the current syllabus or redesign to accommodate the current reality.

How will I be graded?

All courses for this semester will be graded on a pass/fail basis.

What academic resources are available?

Library access will be limited to electronic holdings. On-line consultation with the ABC Librarian, may be scheduled as needed. Please contact the library, if you require specific library services. rspinelli@abcnash.edu

Are there any computers available for student use?

Computers in Griggs Hall will remain available to dormitory residents. Any students challenged by hardware, software, or connectivity issues, may contact the Student Success Office for assistance.

studentsuccess@abcnash.edu

 

LONG RANGE ACADEMIC CONCERNS

What is the impact on classes?

Alternate modes of instruction will be offered for the duration of the semester beginning on March 23, per instructor designation.

Will seniors still graduate and receive a diploma?

Yes.

Will Commencement be held?

While we do not feel we have enough information yet to make a final decision on Commencement, we ask that students and families ensure their travel plans are as flexible as possible should cancellation or rescheduling be required.

Will summer programs still go forward?

The college has not yet made a determination for summer programs.

 

ACADEMIC CONTINUITY 

Will students remaining on campus have access to teaching and learning spaces?

Because the entire curriculum is moving to alternate modes of instruction, academic buildings will not be available to students. All students, regardless of their physical location, will receive the same level of curricular delivery. Students remaining on campus will have access to housing, limited dining and essential health and wellness services through the Health & Wellness Center.

 How will Spring 2020 classes be graded?

While faculty will record letter grades, all spring 2020 classes will be moved to mandatory P/F grading.

Why are spring 2020 classes being moved to mandatory P/F grading?

ABC changed this semester’s grades to P/F to recognize the extraordinary character of current circumstances. As we move instruction into alternative modes, we are necessarily changing our agreements about expectations and assessments. In a new and unfamiliar environment, we cannot hold faculty and students to expectations constructed in and for a different instructional experience.

What if students require letter grades for professional programs, employment or graduate studies?

Because letter grades will be recorded, it will be possible for students to request an official letter attesting those grades should that be necessary. This letter would attest only to grades, not to GPA. We will ensure those who need evidence of your academic achievements this spring will be able to get it.

How will this change affect my GPA?

Grades for Spring 2020 courses will not enter into GPA calculations and the college will not be able to calculate or communicate alternative GPAs. If seniors have questions, contact your academic advisor.

How will labs and performances required for credit be completed?

The Vice President for Strategy & Academics, along with the Academic Team will work with faculty on how to best deliver the curriculum.

 

RESIDENCE LIFE

May I stay in the dormitory, during spring break and when classes resume?

The College is committed to allowing those students who prefer to remain in residence on campus to do so until and unless government and public health officials declare otherwise.

What are the requirements to remain on campus?

Students remaining on campus will be required to assist the College in its efforts to maintain a safe and healthy environment by presenting themselves for daily temperature scans, not inviting or entertaining visitors on campus, and assisting with keeping the campus sanitized and clean.

Each student remaining on campus will be required to sign an amendment to their housing agreement releasing the College from liability in the event the coronavirus is contracted and acknowledging their obligation to comply with such additional rules intended to mitigate coronavirus exposure (including, but not limited to those mentioned above).

What happens if I do not comply with these requirements?

Students who do not comply with these and other residence life rules will be required to vacate the campus.

Is food service available during this modification?

Current plans are for food service operations in the Flame to operate on the same schedule it maintained prior to the outbreak of the coronavirus.

 

ADMINISTRATION

How will I receive updates and information regarding the campus’ COVID-19 status?

The ABC emailing system is the official means of communication for the institution. Therefore, students, faculty and staff should regularly check their assigned email for important messages and notices.  The college’s website (abcnash.edu) will also be updated regularly. And your ABC messaging alert system is active for emergencies

Will there be any reductions in the workforce or pay?

There are no planned changes to the workforce at this time.

Are campus buildings open?

All college buildings – including academic buildings and residential buildings – are closed to the public.  Students, employees whose offices are in those buildings – or employees providing support to those whose offices are in those buildings – will be permitted inside.

What if I exhibit symptoms or suspect I have been exposed to someone with COVID-19?

Refer to CDC guidelines. Inform your direct supervisor of the situation and do not come to work until you have been cleared by a medical provider and evidence provided.

What steps is the college taking to disinfect residence halls and common areas after students retrieve their belongings?

ABC has purchased additional cleaning and disinfecting supplies, and we are working to carry out the proper sanitizing and cleaning of our facilities.

 

EVENTS

Are ABC sponsored events and on-campus meetings and events canceled?

Yes. The college is requiring all in-person gatherings and events not deemed critical for continued operations be canceled or moved to remote delivery methods.

Will chapel services be held?

Chapel services will be continuing occasionally by way of technology via email.

 

GARNETT | NABRIT LECTURES

Were the Garnett | Nabrit Lectures postponed?

Yes, GNL was postponed based on the novel coronavirus pandemic. The announcement was made on Wednesday, March 11.

Were any components of GNL held?

The Lecture Series, Presidential Luncheon and Reception and the

Nannie Helen Burroughs Scholarship Luncheon, as well as Midnight Services were all postponed.

Was the Nashville ABC Day Rally held.

The events were postponed based on public health advisories that major meetings be postponed.

 

HEALTH & PREVENTION

Who should I contact if I have questions about COVID-19) at American Baptist College?

Questions about ABC’s response to COVID-19 should be sent to PQualls@abnash.edu.

How do I get updates about the impact on the Coronavirus on campus?

The ABC email system is the official means of communication, therefore students should regularly check their assigned ABC email address (and the College’s website) for important messages and notices.

What should I do if I think I have COVID-19?

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough and difficulty breathing. If you have had close contact with someone showing these symptoms who has recently traveled from an area affected by COVID-19, please follow the guidance below. Do not go in person to any medical provider without first speaking to medical staff over the phone for advice.

Students should call the Health and Wellness Center at 614.687.6936, jharris@abcnash.edu.

Faculty and staff should contact their primary care providers.

What should students, faculty and staff do to minimize the risk of transmitting the disease on campus?

The college strongly recommends following CDC prevention guidelines, including:

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Stay home when you are sick.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

Review the below website for health information.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/colleges-universities/checklist.html

Visit our sister HBCU health institution, Meharry Medical College’s website to find more useful information about the health and prevention concerns.

Home.mmc.edu/covid-19-info/

Please read the President’s Directive -7 that was emailed earlier and that is located on the website under policy for more details.