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FAQs for students about spring break and COVID-19

Updated March 20, 2020

More information will be added here as it becomes available. If you have other questions, send them to covid19info@augustana.edu.

How will Augustana communicate updates? 

Watch for official emails from covid19info@augustana.edu.

Health

Have there been confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Augustana College?

As of March 19, there were no known cases of COVID-19 on campus.

On March 18, the Quad-Cities received its first confirmed case of COVID-19, in an Iowan who lives outside Scott County but tested positive through a UnityPoint facility in the county.

A second person has tested positive for COVID-19 in Scott County. The person is not a resident of Iowa or Illinois, and the case is travel-related. The person currently is recovering in the hospital.

What should I do if I fall ill and suspect coronavirus?

If you experience any symptoms of coronavirus, stay home and call your doctor.

Academics

Are there classes on campus?

No. At the end of spring break, Monday, March 30, all classes will move to distance learning through the end of this semester. Students and parents were notified of this March 18.

Your instructors will contact you with information about assignments and work. You must regularly check your email and respond quickly.

Semester-length courses will be shortened from 14 weeks to 13. We are committed to ensuring you have the chance to complete courses and earn academic credit for this semester.

I was planning to drop a 14-week course. How can I do that now?

The deadline for dropping a 14-week course and being able to re-use the course credits has been extended to 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 30.  (Academic calendar)

I was planning to declare a major next week. How can I do that now?

The deadline to declare a major prior to fall semester registration has been extended to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 1.  (Academic calendar)

I was planning to add a second 7-week course next week. How can I do that now?

You can request to add an open second 7-week course by emailing the course number and title to registrar@augustana.edu.

Have internship requirements changed due to the extended spring break?

Yes, there has been a reduction of work hours. Carefully review this detailed information.

Housing and dining

When do I need to leave campus? What if I can't?

We ask all students who can to travel home. Those who already had made plans with the Office of Residential Life to stay during spring break (from March 20-29) may continue with those plans.

Accommodations will be made for those requiring any additional day(s) in their residence and meals. Additional accommodations ​will be available for those with no option, including those from countries with travel restrictions and those with other extenuating circumstances.

Detailed information is available in this message from Residential Life March 19.

What hours will dining be available?

Meal plans will continue to remain active and Dining Services will remain open for the remainder of the academic year with limited hours for students registered for housing and meal plans and any essential Augustana staff. 

Events, athletics and services

All college events, activities and athletics have been canceled through the end of the semester.

The Pepsico center, Westerlin Activity Center, library, CORE, Student Counseling and other offices will be closed as of March 29.

Library materials may be renewed online. If you need assistance with this, contact  librarycirculation@augustana.edu or 309-794-7310.

We have not yet determined whether to postpone commencement. By April 15 we will notify campus of the decision.