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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 is being delivered in a virtual format for the spring and summer 2021 terms, with a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences.

Students can expect to learn virtually for the entirety of the spring term. For the summer term, if conditions on the ground allow, we will explore optional blended (online and in-person) instruction.

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 made this decision early to give incoming students time to plan and prepare. We also wanted to provide time for instructors to adequately prepare for a virtual learning experiences 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 December 30, 2020, at 10:35 a.m. CDT

University Update

Return to Campus Plan

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 and Vancouver campuses are in Phase A, which means the campus facilities remain closed and instruction is virtual. Students are not able to access either campus facility during Phase A.

During Phase A, faculty and staff are working remotely. Access to the ground campuses for faculty and staff is limited, and subject to prior approval, to protect the employees who must provide essential services from campus. Please see the Campus Access Policy for more information.

We will continue to monitor public health guidance and will communicate with our community regularly to provide updates on our re-opening plan.

Spring 2021 Term

In both Canada and the United States, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and change. To keep our community safe, instruction for the spring 2021 term will remain in an online format. Students can expect to learn virtually for the entirety of the spring term, January 4 – April 25.

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 primarily virtual on the Chicago and Vancouver campuses, with a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences.
  • If conditions on the ground allow, we will explore optional blended (online and in-person) instruction with input from faculty and other key stakeholders.
  • Students do not have to move to Chicago or Vancouver just for the summer term and can continue virtual instruction even if an in-person instruction option is available. (Vancouver international students, depending on their circumstances, may have to study in Canada during this time to be eligible for the Post Graduate Work Permit. Please check with International Student Services should you have questions about your situation.)
  • Faculty and staff will continue to work virtually until it is safe to return to campus.

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

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 and philanthropic gifts, we have been able to offer student emergency relief funding in the amount of $1,000 and $2,000 grants to students across the Chicago, Online, and Vancouver campuses.

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. We will share more information on these initiatives as it becomes available.

Quarterly Reports

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
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].