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Q&A for students and families

Aug. 12, 2020

Here are the answers to questions most often asked by students and their families now.

Is COVID-19 testing required? No


Students are encouraged to be tested for COVID-19, where possible, before they arrive at Augustana for the fall semester.

However, surveillance testing will start with students who arrive early, and continue with the first week of classes and throughout the term.

Only students, faculty and staff who volunteer to participate will be tested.

Please read the details about testing

When will I hear about my distance learning status?

Students who have applied for distance learning status will get a letter from the Dean of Students by Aug. 14. The letter will include a link to Arches to view their updated financial aid packages.  

Students will have until Aug. 17 to commit to distance learning.

When will the dining hall be open? Yes

Can I still get a parking pass? Yes

Aug. 12

Yes, parking passes are still available.

Contact Trisha Hines-Morrison, secretary of Facilities Services, 309-794-7278.

Also, see See Student parking information.

Will students be allowed to leave campus once they arrive for fall classes? Yes

On Aug. 24, the college announced that students who move into campus housing will be asked not to leave campus until Sept. 14.

President Steve Bahls said Augustana is taking extra protective measures after seeing other colleges that have been forced to close their campuses recently.

Students will be allowed to travel home, to a relative's home or to an off-campus job. Students consider whether their off-campus employer is following state-mandated safety protocols.

Students will be allowed to leave campus if they have an urgent need to buy or pick up a necessary item. They are advised to bring two weeks' worth of necessities with them.

Will students move into the dorms? Yes

Yes. Students will be expected to practice social distancing and wear masks.

There will be space for quarantine and isolation if needed.

See details of Residential Life plans and policies for fall 2020.

Will classes resume on campus this fall? Yes

Will classes resume on campus this fall?

Is Augustana considering the plan that other schools are taking, under which students don't return after Thanksgiving break until J-term?

Classes will start on campus Aug. 31. 

The academic calendar has been revised. Students now have the option not to return to campus after Thanksgiving.

Please see detailed information about fall semester and distance learning options.