Date last modified: 6/16/2020
Please see the following for the College’s response to the COVID-19 virus. Cottey College has gathered the following information. This is an evolving situation and these items can be adjusted at any point. The College will continue to update this information as changes become necessary.
Fall 2020 Planning
We are currently planning to return to campus for fall classes. Below are the preparations we have in place.
Health Services: Over the past few months, we have met extensively with our partner healthcare provider, Nevada Regional Medical Center (NRMC), to ensure we are informed and have extensive services for our students. A medical provider from NRMC will be available in Health Services 11 a.m.-Noon on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday and 8:15-9:15 a.m. on Thursday. Health Services staff will continue to monitor the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines and talk with local and state health authorities for any adjustments or changes we need to make.
Testing: When students, faculty, and staff return to campus it will be important to identify and mitigate any spread of COVID-19. At this point in time, the College is working with testing providers to implement a testing program for the entire campus community to be administered at arrival on campus and ongoing testing throughout the semester. Additional details of this testing program will be shared later in the summer.
Post-Thanksgiving Learning: All instruction after Thanksgiving break will be conducted online. Students will have the option to 1) stay on campus over the Thanksgiving break, 2) leave for break and remain off campus to finish courses remotely or 3) leave for break and return to campus to finish the fall semester. If students do return to campus, they will be required to individually pay for a COVID-19 test. No room and board refunds will be issued for students who decide to finish the final weeks of the semester from home.
Online Classes: If a student has health or safety concerns related to returning to campus this fall, a selection of online classes will be offered. Many of the courses will include a synchronous component along with students engaged in face-to-face instruction. In order to enhance our online teaching, faculty members have been participating in additional training for online instruction. Students will need to reach out to the Academic Affairs office to apply for this option. Contact them at email@example.com or 417-667-6333 ext. 2128.
Thermal Scanning and Thermometers: The College is purchasing a thermal scanner to be installed at the entrance of Raney Dining Room. During lunch service, students will have their temperatures checked when they enter. Students who are above CDC recommendations for temperature will be given a carry-out option to take with them and monitored for further symptoms.
Each residence hall will also have non-touch thermometers available for students to monitor their temperature.
Housing: We are increasing our housekeeping and sanitization services to ensure the safety of our students living on campus. New cleaning agents have been purchased that are rated to kill COVID-19, and our housekeeping staff will conduct additional cleanings in the residence halls.
The College has also prepared comfortable spaces on campus if there are students who are required to isolate.
Access for residence halls will be restricted to students with a campus issued ID card. No outside visitors will be permitted to visit the residence halls.
Classroom and Campus Safety: We are adjusting classroom capacities and spacing out the furniture to give adequate distancing space for students and faculty. We also are purchasing sanitizing stations to be placed around campus for quick and easy access.
Masks will be provided for students, faculty, and staff. We will ask that all people wear masks in situations where distancing is not an option or in gatherings. When students arrive on campus, they will be given a personal safety box, which will contain a mask, hand sanitizer, and a no contact door opener.
Dining: This fall, the operations for the Raney Dining Room will be changed to limit the amount of contact while maintaining quality and variety. Meals will now be served in packaging to allow students meal options without requiring them to touch shared surfaces.
Students will still be able to eat in the Dining Room if they would like, but the capacity of the room will be lowered to limit the size of gatherings.
There will also be the option to pick up and carry out food if a student is in a rush or would like to eat in a different location.
Financial Considerations: We know that many people across the country have been affected financially due to COVID-19. If a student has been affected please reach out to the staff in the Financial Aid office as assistance may be available. You can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or 417-448-1445.
Athletics: We continue to wait on guidance from the NAIA on return to play procedures. We will share information as soon as it is made available.
For Students Currently Living On Campus
- Campus is dry (no alcohol or drugs permitted).
- No guests are allowed in the residence halls during the summer until further notice.
- Some campus facilities and services may operate on a limited schedule.
- If you choose to leave campus, please understand that you run an increased risk of exposure to COVID-19. Should it be determined that you are an exposure risk to campus (due to off-campus travels or due to exposure on campus), you will be required to self-quarantine for a period of 14 days in order to remain on campus.
Faculty and Staff
- If you have symptoms related to COVID-19, you must stay home and not come to work. Information about symptoms from the CDC may be found at symptoms of COVID-19.
- The College will follow the guidelines set forth by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act for employees who need to use COVID-19 related leave.
P.E.O.s, Alumnae, and Friends of the College
Cottey College is always extremely appreciative of the generosity of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, our alumnae, and other friends of the College. During this time, we ask that if you would like to support Cottey and our students, the best way to do so would be to contribute to the Student Aid Emergency Fund. Information on this fund may be found at http://cottey.edu/emergencyfund.
If you would like to visit Cottey, please contact the Office of P.E.O. Relations at https://cottey.edu/tourCOTTEY.
Question: Can I return to campus to pack my personal belongings?
Answer: To schedule a time to return to campus please contact Meghan Vincent, Reeves Hall director at email@example.com or Cindy Spencer, director of housing at firstname.lastname@example.org; up to two guests may accompany you to assist with packing.
For any student who is unable to return to pack their belongings, please contact Meghan Vincent, Reeves Hall director at email@example.com or Cindy Spencer, director of housing at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can arrange for staff to pack your room.
Please note that you won’t be able to access any other buildings while you are on-campus. If you have Library materials to return please use the bin in the Trunk Bin area. These bins are checked by Library staff between noon-1 p.m. daily.
Question: My family’s income situation has changed and I’m not sure I can afford college anymore. What can I do?
Answer: If your family income has changed due to the Coronavirus, we would like to speak with you regarding possible changes to your FAFSA. Please reach out to Financial Aid at email@example.com or 417-448-1445.
Question: What can I do with my Cottey Cash/Chellie Bucks?
Answer: For students not returning to campus next semester, you are able to purchase items from the bookstore either online or by phone which can then be sent to your home. Contact Lois at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will be able to assist.
For students who are returning next semester, we will accept 2019-2020 Cottey Cash through the end of the fall semester.
Question: What campus services are closed?
Answer: The following buildings and services on campus are closed over the summer:
- Chellie Club
- Fitness Center (TBD)
- Library: The library is closed for renovations. Online services remain available in electronic format. If you have any questions, email the library at email@example.com or call 417-667-8181 x2153.
- Swimming Pool
Question: What about counseling and health services for the summer?
Answer: As in previous years, counseling and health services will not be available during the months of June and July. Services are provided during the academic calendar year. Robin Conner will be available by phone and email for referrals to local providers for health and counseling services throughout the summer. Students and families may contact Robin at 417-667-8181, extension 2157 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Question: Are campus offices open?
Answer: Departments and offices are open and available. If you plan to visit a campus office, we ask that you wear a mask.
Question: What will happen to my mail and packages?
Answer: For students who are now living at home, we will forward all mail to the home location we have on file. We are unable to forward Fedex and UPS packages to your home address. Please work with the sender of the package on getting those sent to your home address. For students who are still on campus, mail and package delivery will still occur.
For questions specific to your situation please contact:
Student Life- email@example.com