I hope that this message finds you well. In both Canada and the United States, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and change. From the very beginning, Adler University has leaned on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and British Columbia’s Provincial Health Officer to shape the health and safety protocols on our campuses.
In August 2022, the CDC relaxed many of the guidelines for COVID-19 in communities, a major shift that emphasizes living with the virus rather than strict prevention of infection. The new guidance puts the responsibility on individuals to assess their own personal risk levels, rather than businesses, governments, or schools.
As we return to classes this fall, our COVID-19 policies and procedures for the Chicago Campus have been revised to reflect the shift from the CDC. We will continue to monitor public health guidance and modify our policies and procedures as needed to help keep our learning community safe.
We are committed to supporting you and your educational goals. Our admissions team is available for phone calls, virtual meetings, and campus tours. 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.
Mark Branson, M.B.A.
Vice President, Enrollment & Communications
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].
Adler University’s COVID-19 Student Support Scholarship 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 COVID-19 Student Support Scholarship 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.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have leaned on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and British Columbia’s Provincial Health Officer to shape the policies and procedures on our campuses. To help keep our community safe and informed, Adler’s COVID Response Team will provide answers to frequently asked questions about our ongoing response to the pandemic. 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].
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.
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.