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Adler University
Responds to COVID-19

A Message to Future Students

A Message to Future Adler University Students

I hope that this message finds you well. In both the United States and Canada, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and change and uncertainty remains around how the pandemic will ebb and flow over the coming months. For that reason, instruction will be delivered in a virtual format for the fall 2020 term, with a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences. Students can expect to learn virtually for the entirety of the fall term.

Pending public health guidance and campus-specific conditions, limited access to physical campuses will be considered for students who need quiet or private places to study and complete virtual learning.

We have made this decision to give incoming students time to plan and prepare. We also need to provide time for instructors to adequately prepare for a virtual fall term and our classrooms are too small to accommodate full class rosters while practicing social distancing.

To ensure that our decision making was as well informed as possible, we engaged in broad stakeholder feedback – including focus groups with students, faculty, staff, and prospective students, and conversations with authorizing and licensure bodies, several peer institutions, and public health officials in both British Columbia and the city of Chicago.

From all segments of our community we heard loud and clear that, while no one feels that remote learning and working is ideal, we all prefer it to ensure our continued health and safety. Given the World Health Organization’s guidance to prepare for additional waves of COVID-19, we feel our decision is prudent and allows us the flexibility necessary to adapt as the situation changes over time.

We are committed to supporting you and your educational goals. Although our staff and faculty are not physically on campus during this time, we are all fully available for phone calls and virtual meetings. Please reach out to your admissions advisor or [email protected] with any questions.

With Adler University’s long history of campuses in two countries and our vast experience in 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

COVID-19 Resources for Adler University Community
Updated June 8, 2020 at 3:53pm CST

University Update

Adler University has decided to provide virtual instruction on its ground campuses in Chicago and Vancouver through the fall 2020 term to protect the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff.

The University made the decision to continue virtual instruction to give students and instructors time to prepare for the fall term and because classrooms are too small to accommodate full class rosters while practicing social distancing.

The University engaged in broad stakeholder feedback to inform the decision. This included input from current students, faculty, staff, prospective students, authorizing and licensure bodies, peer institutions, and public health officials in both British Columbia and the city of Chicago.

There are still too many unknowns at this time to be able to make a final decision about faculty and staff returning to campus during the fall term. As such, we will continue to monitor public health updates, gather input, and develop proposals as we learn.

Emergency Relief Funding

Emergency Relief Funding

Adler University has been proactively seeking funding from government and philanthropic sources to help support students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through our pursuit of federal CARES Act funding combined with matching funds from Adler University, we have been able to offer student emergency relief funding to a number of Adler students in the amount of $1,000 grants. At this time, a total of 273 grants have been awarded to students across the Chicago, Online, and Vancouver campuses. The University continues the work of identifying additional funding and will add to the pool as funds are secured.

In the weeks and months ahead, we will continue to identify and pursue additional funding opportunities for students. Our Board of Trustees and the Office for Institutional Advancement are hard at work raising new money to support students in the summer term. We will share more information on these initiatives as it becomes available.

Click here for Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

To help keep our community safe and informed, the University’s Operational Continuity Team has created a frequently asked questions (FAQs) document about COVID-19. We will update this document regularly to address questions and concerns from students, faculty, and staff.

Please contact [email protected] if you need guidance, resources, or assistance.

Student Resources
Faculty and Staff Resources

Faculty and Staff Resources

University Policies
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].