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Adler University
Responds to COVID-19

A Message to Future Students

A Message to Future Adler University Students

May 17, 2021

I hope that this message finds you well. In both Canada and the United States, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and change. Vaccines are becoming increasingly available in both our countries, and with them will come changes in guidance from public health officials.

In early March, British Columbia’s Provincial Health Officer advised post-secondary institutions to prepare for a safe resumption of on-campus education in the fall. This advice is based on the latest information within the province’s vaccination plan, which indicates that all adults in British Columbia who want the vaccine will be able to receive it this summer. Similarly, in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is planning changes to its guidance on social distancing, as vaccines become more widely available this spring.

With this in mind, we are planning for a return to on-campus, in-person instruction for fall 2021 at both the Vancouver and Chicago campuses.

Our ability to social distance on our ground campuses is limited, so the decision to return to campus comes with the assumption that social distancing guidelines will indeed change in the coming months. We will closely monitor public health guidance in both countries and modify our implementation plans accordingly, reserving the ability to continue operating in a virtual environment if necessary.

We made this decision early to give incoming students time to plan and prepare to be within daily commuting distance of their home campus by the start of the fall 2021 term.

To ensure that our decision making was as well informed as possible, we engaged in broad stakeholder feedback – including surveys of students, faculty, staff, and training sites, as well as conversations with authorizing and licensure bodies, peer institutions, and public health officials from British Columbia and Illinois.

Please note that instruction will continue to be delivered in a virtual format for the summer 2021 term, with a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences.

We are committed to supporting you and your educational goals. Our admissions team is available for phone calls and virtual meetings during this spring and summer. Please reach out to your admissions advisor or [email protected] with any questions.

With Adler University’s vast experience in both in-person and virtual education, we can deliver the high-quality education required for our students to become the next generation of social change agents.

Craig Hines
Vice President of Admissions

Return to Campus Plans
Updated July 14, 2021, at 8:30 a.m. CDT

University Update

Return to Campus Plans

To protect the health and safety of our community, Adler University has developed a phased Return to Campus Plan for each of our ground campuses.

Currently, the Chicago Campus is in Phase B of the Return to Campus Plan. The Vancouver Campus is in Phase A of the Return to Campus Plan and will remain in Phase A until further notice. The Reopening Campus Task Force and campus administration will continue to assess the situation in Vancouver and move the campus to Phase B when it can be done safely.

We will continue to monitor public health guidance and provide updates on the phases of our re-opening as they become available. If you have any questions in the meantime, please direct them to [email protected].

Summer 2021 Term

To protect the health and safety of our University community, for the summer term (May 3 – August 22, 2021):

  • Instruction will be virtual on the Chicago and Vancouver campuses, with a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences.
  • Faculty and staff will continue to work virtually until it is safe to return to campus.

We made this decision as early as possible to provide time for students and instructors to adequately prepare for the summer term.

Fall 2021 Term

In both Canada and the United States, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and change. Vaccines are becoming increasingly available in both our countries and with them will come changes in guidance from public health officials.

In early March, British Columbia’s Provincial Health Officer advised post-secondary institutions to prepare for a safe resumption of on-campus education in the fall. This advice is based on the latest information within the province’s vaccination plan, which indicates that all adults in British Columbia who want the vaccine will be able to receive it this summer. Similarly, in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is planning changes to its guidance on social distancing, as vaccines become more widely available this spring.

With this in mind, and after careful consideration of the options available to us, we have determined that it is in the best interest of our community and the University to plan for a return to on-campus, in-person instruction for fall 2021. This decision applies to both the Vancouver and Chicago campuses. Given this decision, all students, faculty, and staff should plan to be within daily commuting distance of their home campus by the start of the fall 2021 term.

Our ability to social distance on our ground campuses is limited, so the decision to return to campus comes with the assumption that social distancing guidelines will indeed change in the coming months. We will closely monitor public health guidance in both our countries and modify our implementation plans accordingly, reserving the ability to continue operating in a virtual environment if necessary.

A new Re-Opening Campus Task Force has been appointed and will address the many questions that need to be answered for a safe and healthy return to campus. In addition, the Task Force will review conditions in both locales in the coming months and make independent decisions regarding campus access.

Emergency Relief Funding

Emergency Relief Funding

Adler University’s Emergency Response Scholarship Fund has provided grants totaling nearly $1 million to support students experiencing financial hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To date, we have made 962 awards to students at all three campuses totaling $974,416 in three rounds of funding, in a combination of U.S. and Canadian dollars. The most recent round of awards was made on March 11.

The student relief awards were made possible by gifts from our philanthropic community, secured by the Office for Institutional Advancement, and U.S. federal government funding. We also dedicated additional institutional funds to increase the total number of awards available to students.

The Emergency Response Scholarship Fund aims to help students struggling with expenses such as food, housing, course materials, and health care during the pandemic.

During each round of funding, we awarded grants to eligible applicants with the greatest level of demonstrated need. Most students received grants in the amount of $1,000 or $2,000. Adler University is committed to supporting our students who are experiencing financial hardships during the pandemic. We continue to identify and pursue additional funding opportunities to support students.

Quarterly Reports

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

To help keep our community safe and informed, Adler University will answer frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and our plans for upcoming terms.

Click here to access the latest return to campus FAQ document.

We will continue to provide updates as they become available. If you have any questions in the meantime, please direct them to [email protected].

Student Resources

Student Resources

Community Resources

Find community resources related to housing, health care, technology, and other student needs. We hope that these resources, some of which are free or low-cost, can help you meet your immediate needs.

Student Health Care Provider Information

Illinois Telehealth Information

Faculty and Staff Resources

Faculty and Staff Resources

University Policies
Vancouver International Students
Resources for Staying Active

Staying Active During the COVID-19 Pandemic

With many in our community now under emergency orders to stay at home, the Sport and Human Performance faculty and students have compiled a list of resources to help students, faculty, and staff stay active during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information, questions or recommendations, please email [email protected].