THOMAS MORE COVID-19 FAQ
What is Thomas More doing in response to the COVID-19 outbreak?
The University is implementing its emergency preparedness plan following the declaration of a state of emergency by Governor Beshear and in consultation with local, regional, and national health officials. Though there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Thomas More’s campus, the University is taking immediate action to protect the health and safety of our community. The University will be extending spring break for most students (though not if you are currently enrolled through TAP) through Sunday, March 22. We will be shifting to remote learning using Canvas for all classes beginning Monday, March 23. Classes that are already online and graduate and undergraduate 8-week courses that begin on Monday, March 16, will continue as scheduled, but those courses will be exclusively online (even if initially designed to be a hybrid course) – faculty members will be in touch with additional details.
Will the University remain open?
All offices and on-campus resources will be available to students during this time, but the University may limit the number of students in any designated area. Residence halls are closed until further notice. The University will continue to work closely with public health officials to monitor and evaluate the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to keep the community informed of any additional interim measures as decisions are made. Students are encouraged to regularly check their Thomas More email, as well as their Canvas courses, for updates and additional announcements. Please note that the Library will be closed but can be accessed virtually.
How does this impact employees?
For faculty and staff, the University will adhere to the recommendations of the CDC as it pertains to potential illness for the individual and/or family member. The University will continue to allow employees to complete their work remotely during this period of time. Supervisors have informed certain members of their teams if they are essential to ensure the continuity of the business enterprise.
Are classes cancelled?
Classes will continue as scheduled through remote learning using Canvas for all classes beginning Monday, March 23. Classes that are already online and graduate and undergraduate 8-week courses that begin on Monday, March 16, will continue as scheduled, but those courses will be exclusively online (even if initially designed to be a hybrid course).
What is happening to the residence halls as a response to COVID-19?
The University will close all residence halls as of Monday, March 30. Any student requesting the option to remain on campus until April 30 may request an exception by contacting the Dean of Students. The Dean of Students will send all resident students an email with further instructions. The University is reviewing several options regarding the unused portion of room and board for the spring semester. Additional details will be available by April 17.
Does Thomas More require me to self-quarantine if I travel or plan to travel outside of the U.S.?
If students, faculty, and staff plan on traveling internationally and returning to campus, they must self-quarantine for 14 days off-campus and report all travel to the dean of students (students only) and to the director of human resources (faculty and staff only). If someone has traveled internationally over the last 14 days, they must report this travel to the appropriate person listed above, and they must self-quarantine for 14 days off-campus.
What University-sponsored events have been cancelled?
All University events have been canceled through Sunday, May 10.
Has May’s commencement been cancelled?
Thomas More University is committed to completing the spring semester and providing our students the academic instruction necessary to fulfill their degree requirements. We are hopeful that these precautions will allow the University to conduct its Commencement exercises on May 18. However, the University will need to assess the potential risk and safety requirements before any final determination is made. A decision regarding Commencement will be announced by April 10.
How do I access my classes?
We will be shifting to remote learning using Canvas for all classes beginning Monday, March 23. Classes that are already online and graduate and undergraduate 8-week courses that begin on Monday, March 16, will continue as scheduled, but those courses will be exclusively online (even if initially designed to be a hybrid course) – faculty members will be in touch with additional details.
Faculty members are adapting courses into distance education formats. Please be patient and know that your professors will be posting updates to Canvas ASAP. Your courses will not be exactly like you have known them this semester – we will adjust the best we can based on the course content, number of students/course, course goals, and so on.
What do I do if I don’t have proper technology access needed to complete my classes?
Students should contact their faculty members, the Canvas helpdesk, or IT Services if they need assistance. Please complete the survey link in President Chillo’s (3.12.2020) message or let your faculty know if you have any concerns.
What about advising and fall course registration?
Registration will continue as scheduled – with online registration starting on: March 23 (seniors), March 25 (juniors), March 27 (sophomores), and March 30 (first-years). Advisor clearance is automatically granted, but you may reach out to your advisor if you have questions. Faculty advisors will be reviewing schedules after registration. Students should refer to their degree audits in MyTMU and the sample course patterns for guidance. More information will be sent regarding registration soon. If you have any questions regarding the registration process for the fall semester, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is grad fair still happening?
Grad fair, which was scheduled for Thursday, March 19, has been cancelled.
I’m on an athletic team, do I still have practice?
All in-season spring sports have been cancelled through the remainder of the semester. Student-athletes are encouraged to contact their coaches for any clarifications.
What about my work study position?
We do realize that some students rely on work study/student employment as a primary (or secondary) source of income or to offset tuition expenses. For students receiving federal work-study funds, they will continue to be paid through the end of the spring semester. You’ll need to reach out to your supervisor to discuss further details.