Academics & Classrooms

COVID Response / Academics & Classrooms


All Calvin courses are offered through in-person instruction in classrooms configured to support physical distancing, with requirements for wearing face coverings and sanitizing surfaces such as desks, computers, or other equipment. Calvin class sizes are small. All classes physically distance desks. Some classes have moved to larger spaces on campus, including some rooms that are not normally used for instruction.

When students or faculty are not able to attend class in person due to illness or isolation orders, they are able to access course content remotely.

Classroom Policies and Setup

Cloth face coverings must be worn by all faculty and students in classrooms, labs, and studios.

Classrooms are configured to promote physical distancing. Room-specific plans have been developed for every classroom and instructional space, including labs, studios, and rehearsal spaces.

Calvin provides cleaning supplies so students and faculty can clean surfaces and shared computers and equipment when they enter and leave classrooms.

Specific class guidelines were communicated by faculty at the beginning of courses and are included in course syllabi.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged faculty and staff to re-imagine where and how teaching and learning take place, but it does not change our commitment to rigorous Christ-centered teaching and learning.

All courses are designed and taught in ways that allow students who are unable to travel to campus, those who are in quarantine or isolation, or those who must shift to fully remote learning for other reasons to continue to complete the coursework. Faculty are available to assist students in remote learning to ensure they understand the course expectations and resources available to them.

Policy on Recording Classes

Please be advised of the following regulations:

  • Recorded lectures may not be shared with other people without the consent of the lecturer.
  • Recorded lectures may not be used in any way against the faculty member, other lecturers or students whose classroom comments are recorded as part of the class activity.
  • Information contained in the recorded lecture is protected under federal copyright laws and may not be published without the consent of the lecturer.
  • All lectures should be erased immediately following the end of the semester.

Places to study

We have reserved several drop-in quiet study classrooms for students around campus. Each space is available for student use on weekdays during normal building hours of operation. Please note that students will need to adhere to seating capacity limits (which will be clearly stated outside each classroom) and need to maintain at least six feet of distance between themselves and others at all times. As is the case with all indoor spaces, face masks are required.

Drop-in Quiet Study Spaces

(Available to all students, but please allow priority access for commuter students)

  • CFAC 230
  • CFAC 263
  • Commons Annex 209
  • Hiemenga Hall 320
  • Hiemenga Hall 333
  • North Hall 157
  • North Hall 198
  • Science Building 202
  • Science Building 203
  • Science Building 303
  • Spoelhof Center 220

In addition to these drop-in quiet study spaces, students who are taking the majority of their courses in-person but who have particular courses that will be fully online this semester have also been assigned a “homeroom” where they will be welcome to engage in their online course(s) during their assigned class time. Students who fit this category should have received information from their professor regarding specific homeroom assignments. In addition, the homeroom is now listed on a student’s schedule. Please note that not all homerooms will have the capacity to accommodate the full list of course enrollees, so we’re encouraging students who live on campus to allow commuter students priority access to these homerooms. If you find that the demand for your homeroom space is greater than the room’s capacity, please reach out to ResponseTeam@calvin.edu, and we will be happy to identify additional space on campus.

We also want to remind you of some other indoor quiet study spaces available on campus:

Additional Quiet Study Spaces on Campus

  • CFAC (West and East Lobbies)
  • Hekman Library (reservable study spaces)
  • Hekman Library Fireplace Lobby
  • Hiemenga Hall study nooks
  • Hoogenboom Health & Recreation Center Lobby
  • Johnny’s Café seating area (available for seating only—no eating permitted at this time)
  • North Hall study nooks
  • Spoelhof Café (available for seating only—no eating permitted in this space at this time)

Off-campus Programs

International Off-Campus Programs

Due to COVID-19 the Off-Campus Programs office has made the difficult decision to cancel all international travel for both fall and spring semesters and for the January interim. The health and safety of our students is our top priority. Some international January interim programs are planning to move to May. Some programs have changed their program site to a domestic location. Please consult individual program leaders for more information.

Students who have made a deposit but whose programs have been canceled will see a credit on their next statement.

Domestic Off-Campus Programs

Currently the Chicago Semester Program is continuing for the 2020-21 school year and is still accepting applications. The Washington D.C. Semester will take place as planned during the spring semester.

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