Academics & Classrooms

Safe Return / Academics & Classrooms

All Calvin  courses will be 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. Many classes will physically distance desks. Other classes may be 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 will be able to access course contents remotely.

Classroom Policies and Setup

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

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

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

Specific class guidelines will be communicated by faculty at the beginning of courses and will be 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 will be 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 will be 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  • Information contained in the recorded lecture is protected under federal copyright laws and may not be published without the consent of the lecturer.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.

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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