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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 2021 term, with a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences. Students can expect to learn virtually for the entirety of the spring 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 made this decision in October to give incoming students time to plan and prepare. We also wanted to provide time for instructors to adequately prepare for a virtual spring 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 October 9, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. CDT

University Update

Fall 2020 Term

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

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

On November 15, Vancouver will move to Phase B. Based on current public health guidance, Chicago will stay in Phase A for the remainder of the fall term.

During the fall term, 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.

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.

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

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

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
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].