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Students receive email containing important information about fall 2020

Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Andrea Connor issued an email to all students outlining the process for the fall 2020 semester.

Here is the content of the email that was sent on June 17:

Dear students and families,

At the bottom of this email you will find the link for the Fall 2020 Residential Intention Form. Please read this email in its entirety and then discuss it with your family.  Then, please complete the Intention Form by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24.  

We received a couple of ‘frequently asked’ questions from my email on Friday, which I will address here as a supplement to the information you’ve received and the text in the Intention Form.

Decisions
Yes, I’m afraid we really do need you to designate your intentions now, but there will be more information coming your way soon! Later this week, I will send you the results of the faculty vote on the academic calendar, along with the related changes to early arrival dates for fall athletes, student leaders, and new students. You’ll also receive the room rate for Fall 2020, which will be on the low end of the range of rates that were previously published. Shortly thereafter, you will receive updates on board (meal) plan options and rates, all of which are similar to our previously published rates. 

Academic Instruction
How will courses work? The faculty are being queried right now (concurrently with you) to learn who will be able to teach in person, and who will teach remotely. Therefore, we are still working out the specifics of what the status of each individual course will be, and we expect to have those details ironed out in the coming weeks. We are guided by two priorities: the safety of our community and the quality of the education we offer. So, we will offer some of our courses in person (on campus) in the fall, while others will be offered remotely, with a strong commitment to synchronous instruction. Students who learn remotely will be able to register for all available courses, including those that have a lab, and will be able to complete courses that are taught in-person/on campus from their remote locations. The College will publish a list of which courses will be remote and which will be in person, but your access to courses is guaranteed. Only in rare cases may the content of the course not lend itself to remote instruction, and students will be individually advised as to how to set their academic schedule to ensure progress toward their degree. Furthermore, a student living on campus will likely take some courses by walking to class and some courses remotely, on the computer in their room.  Students who commute but are comfortable learning in person would come to campus for some courses and participate in others via their computer at home. Students who feel more comfortable learning remotely will do all their courses that way. Once we have the specifics about each course set, students will be able to assess the schedule for which they are registered and see what their combination of in person/remote will be. Of course, changes will be possible during the Add/Drop period. More information will come soon, but I hope this gives you a sense of our thinking and our priorities.  We are committed to offering our students the best possible education–no matter the teaching format–until we can all be together again.

Accommodations
Supporting our students with disabilities is a priority for us, and we will continue to give personalized attention to the needs of these students. If you have been working with Disability Services to secure residential accommodations, you can indicate that on the Intention Form and we will continue to partner with Kara Fifield to ensure that your accommodations are met. 

International Students:
Returning F-1 international students will want to make efforts to return to the United States to resume classes on-campus, if possible. The U.S. Government has not yet issued guidance to permit international students to continue remote learning in the fall semester. As soon as the College learns that the U.S. government has finalized guidance for the fall semester, we will update F-1 international students with further information. 

Hotels & Shuttle
No contracts have been signed yet, but the hotels that are in the running are the Hilton Garden Inn and Residence Inn in Mettawa, and the Staybridge Suites and Homewood Suites in Lincolnshire. We are consulting with the hotels and ITS to ensure appropriate internet service. Socially-distanced busses will run to-and-from campus and the hotel(s) multiple times a day and will be cleaned frequently per COVID-19 protocols; the schedule will be set once we have a better sense of the numbers of students housed there.

Personal Belongings
We encourage all residential students (on-campus or in hotels) to PACK LIGHT.  With very little notice, students may be asked to move, so maximum flexibility is important for fall. For example: Residential students who test positive—or are presumed positive—for COVID-19 will be required to self-isolate for at least 14 days at home or in a designated location. Hotel students may be welcomed on campus as space becomes available. Residential students may be asked to consolidate. And, at any time, if a COVID-19 outbreak occurs, we may have to pivot to a remote semester. Therefore, we urge students to pack light and bring only the essentials for Fall 2020. 

Thanks for reading, folks. Please continue to send additional questions to coronavirus@lakeforest.edu and we’ll get back to you as soon as humanly possible. 

And finally, here is the link to the Fall 2020 Residential Intention FormALL STUDENTS must complete the form by Wednesday, June 24 at 5:00pm.  

 

Best wishes to you and yours. I hope you are well.

Andrea

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Andrea B. Conner
Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Lake Forest College