Subject: Study spaces on campus
Date: September 3, 2020

Dear students,    
We have heard concerns over the lack of study spaces available on campus this fall. We know that many students—in particular, commuter students—are eager to find safe, comfortable, and WiFi-ready spaces in which to study and engage coursework, particularly on school days.  
To accommodate this need, we have worked to identify several drop-in quiet study classrooms around campus (see list below).  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. These spaces are currently being prepared by our facilities team to ensure adequate furniture and spacing are in place—we expect they should be ready for use later today. 

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 will also be 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 will receive information from their professor regarding specific homeroom assignments. In addition, the homeroom is now listed in their student 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, 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) 

Thank you for working with us as we navigate this new reality of living and learning together in the midst of a pandemic. We will surely experience pain-points as we make this transition, but we are committed to addressing these when they arise, and to doing so quickly. Please feel free to reach out in the coming days to with any questions or concerns you have as we adapt to our life together. 
Finally, please continue making it a daily discipline to follow these protocols that are critical to ensuring the health and safety of our community:  

  1. Complete your daily health check using the #CampusClear app 
  2. Wear a mask in all indoor spaces (besides your private residence) and whenever you cannot keep a consistent distance of six feet from others outdoors  
  3. Maintain six feet of distance between you and others 
  4. Practice good personal hygiene 

Thanks for your help in this effort, 

The Safe Return Team 
Kristen Alford  
Russell Bray  
Laura Champion  
Todd Dornbos   
Tim Ellens  
Jim English  
Juli Haga  
Arlene Hoogewerf  
Todd Hubers (co-chair)
Matt Kucinski  
Sarah Visser (co-chair)
John Witte