A letter from President Carol A. Taylor
on schedule changes to Fall 2020 semester
I’m excited to welcome everyone back to campus this fall. As you know, we’re working very hard as a campus to do everything we can to keep our community safe in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
One thing I want you to know now so you can adjust your calendar. For our traditional undergraduate students, we are moving the start of Fall semester up a week and canceling fall break. This will allow us to have a full semester meeting all Department of Education requirements for instruction. This also means we will conclude the semester before Thanksgiving, and students won’t return to campus until the start of the spring semester in January. This will lessen the amount of travel during the fall semester and protect students, faculty, and staff from increased risk of spread of the virus. We will work with any individual students who may need to extend their time on campus.
Here is the revised timeline for traditional undergraduate students for the fall semester:
|EU Launch||Monday – Thursday||August 17 – 20|
|New students move in||Monday, Tuesday||August 17, 18|
|Returning students move in||Wednesday||August 19|
|First day of classes||Friday||August 21|
|Last day of class||Friday||November 20|
|Final exams||Saturday, Monday, Tuesday||November 21, 23, 24|
|Semester ends||Tuesday||November 24|
|Spring classes begin||Wednesday||January 13, 2021|
The new schedule eliminates fall break. It also gives students a longer holiday break. I so regret how this may impact some of our traditional Christmas celebrations on campus, but based on what we know today, this is the wisest course to help reduce the risk of infection on campus.
The fall schedule is not changing for College of Adult and Graduate Studies or graduate programs at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary unless otherwise noted.
You’ll find more specific details on our coronavirus info page as details become available, and we’ll keep updating that site as we have more information related to the fall semester.
Since the outbreak of the pandemic, I have been working diligently with our Cabinet and with a special task force of people from across the campus to protect our community. We’ve expanded that task force with the help of the University Planning Council, which is made up of leaders from across campus. The task force subgroups are addressing every aspect of campus life and how we best serve our students, faculty, and staff through this time.
We are dedicated to providing the best – and safest – community we can for the success of our students. The university will provide more information through email and on the website as we monitor the progress of the phased opening the country and continue to follow CDC and our local public health guidelines for safety.
Please know how grateful I am for you and all you’ve done through this time. The Evangel community has remained true to its character: an incredible place where people show God’s love through the care we show for one another. While campus life will be different this fall due to COVID-19, the heart of who Evangel is remains unchanged. Thank you for continuing to be part of this community. We continue to pray daily for God’s protection, provision, and peace over you and your families.
I’m looking forward to seeing you back in the fall.
We are EU!