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Adler University
Responds to COVID-19

A Message to Future Students

A Message to Future Adler University Students

Updated January 19, 2022, at 8:45 a.m. CDT


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 and boosters are more widely available in both our countries, and with them comes changes in guidance from public health officials.

We returned to on-campus, in-person instruction in fall 2021, at both the Vancouver and Chicago campuses. However, in both Canada and the United States, new cases of COVID-19 have been on the rise since the discovery of the Omicron variant – which is now the dominant strain in North America.

Out of an abundance of caution to safeguard our community from what is expected to be a continued spike in new cases, the Vancouver and Chicago campuses will begin the spring term in a virtual/remote format and will remain so through Sunday, January 24. If the situation worsens, we may extend the delay of in-person learning.

We will continue to closely monitor public health guidance from British Columbia’s Provincial Health Officer and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and modify our plans if needed.

We are committed to supporting you and your educational goals. Our admissions team is available for phone calls and virtual meetings with you as needed. 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

Health and Safety Protocols

Health and Safety Protocols

To protect the health and safety of our community, Adler University has developed Health and Safety Protocols for our Chicago Campus, as well as a Communicable Disease Plan for the Vancouver Campus.

We will continue to 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. If you have any questions in the meantime, please direct them to [email protected].

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].

Policies and Resources

Policies and Resources

University Policies

The following policies are available to the community to help provide guidance and support.

Student and Community Resources

Student Resources

  • Keep Learning: Strategies and tips for online learning at Adler University

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

Vancouver International Students
COVID-19 Dashboard

COVID-19 Dashboard

Updated on January 3, 2022 at 9:45 am CST


Chicago Campus

In accordance with Chicago Department of Public Health guidance, Adler University’s Chicago Campus will provide public notification of our vaccination rates and reported cases of COVID-19.

Moving forward, the dashboard will be updated at the end of every month. Please note that anyone who has been in close contact with an employee or student reporting a positive COVID test is notified immediately by the University’s COVID Response Task Force.

Vancouver Campus

The Vancouver Campus does not track the vaccination status of our students, staff, and faculty, consistent with the recommendation of the Provincial Health Officer. Given a highly immunized population in the province, educational environments such as ours are considered low-risk settings for COVID-19 transmission.

Since Sept. 7, there have been fewer than five transmissions detected in post-secondary learning settings, and 219 cases overall among students and staff. Within the VCH region there are more than 150 post-secondary institutions at over 200 campuses, with more than 100,000 students enrolled.

Recent surveys of post-secondary institutions in the Vancouver Coastal Health region have suggested a double vaccination rate of between 90-92% for students, staff and faculty. Current data as of late November, indicates a vaccination rate of 99% for individuals aged 18-29 within the VCH region.

The Vancouver Campus will continue to do with what we know is working – encouraging vaccination, making it easier for students and employees to get vaccinated, and wearing masks. This is, by far, the best way to keep ourselves and our community safe.