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Mitigation Practices

Recommendations from Student Life

During the past 16 months, Moody students and staff have approached this season with grace and vigor, supporting one another as we continue to live on mission and equip men and women to proclaim the gospel. We are excited to announce the Fall 2021 protocols for on-campus students and staff, as we continue in our commitment to provide students and employees with a safe and healthy learning and work environment.


 

Table of Contents:

Our Community Commitment
Chicago Campus
Michigan Campus
Aviation–Spokane Campus (available soon)

Our Community Commitment

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In developing our Fall 2021 COVID-19 mitigation protocols, we have used guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the state of Illinois, the city of Chicago, our growing experience over the past three semesters, and our trust in God’s guidance through continued prayer. We will closely monitor the emerging research, as well as public health guidance, and revisit our COVID mitigation protocols as changes are warranted.

It is important to understand that the Moody Bible Institute’s COVID mitigation protocols:

  • Are not an expression of political belief by the Institute.
  • Are not flowing out of a spirit of fear. We continue to move forward in prayer and trust that it is God who will watch over us and keep us safe.
  • Are not intended to marginalize students who are unable to or have chosen not to be vaccinated.

The expectations outlined below and in our FAQ align with the guidance given by the CDC, and they comply with an executive order issued by the governor of Illinois and public health order issued by the city of Chicago.

Chicago Campus Fall 2021 Student Intentions Form

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Student Acknowledgement Form

Do you plan to be on-campus in the fall? Let us know how you will be attending classes before the semester starts. We want to plan well to support our student body, as students continue to live on-campus or commute and study through the Hyflex format off-campus. All students are required to fill out the Fall 2021 Intentions Form.

Fill out the Form

Chicago Campus Vaccination Policy

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As announced last spring, Moody Bible Institute strongly encourages all students, faculty, and staff to be fully vaccinated. There is no requirement to be vaccinated at Moody Bible Institute, but it is highly recommended. Our goal is to provide a student life experience this year that allows as much freedom from restrictions as possible, while still keeping our community safe.

Fully vaccinated students do not need to:

  • provide a negative PCR test result for COVID-19 at least 72 hours prior to returning to campus in August and January.
  • participate in weekly COVID-19 surveillance testing.
  • close-contact quarantine.
  • wear a mask indoors.

Fully vaccinated students must email Health Service or fax proof of their vaccination to 312 329-4419 by Friday, August 6, or prior to their return to campus, whichever comes first.

Chicago Campus Sick Student Protocol

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All students, whether vaccinated or not, are required to adhere to Moody Bible Institute’s sick student protocols as described in the Student FAQs. Consequently, all students are expected to bring a thermometer to monitor their temperature and to bring at least five masks. When students experience COVID-19 symptoms, they will be expected to:

  • Enter our sick student protocol.
  • Increase hand-washing and use of hand sanitizers.
  • Quarantine and limit movement on the floor to essential needs.
  • Wear a mask when leaving the room for essential needs and retrieving meals.
  • Monitor their symptoms.
  • Get tested for COVID-19.

Chicago Campus Surveillance Testing

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To continue our commitment to our community’s health and safety, all non-vaccinated on-campus students will be required to participate in weekly surveillance testing through our on-campus COVID-19 testing site. This assists in monitoring campus well-being. Students who are fully vaccinated can be exempt from the required surveillance testing throughout the semester by submitting documentation of their COVID-19 vaccination to Health Service by fax at 312 329-4419 or by emailing healthservice@moody.edu.

Chicago Campus Mask Policy

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  • Fully vaccinated people on campus (defined as those who are two weeks or more beyond their second or final dose of the coronavirus vaccine) are not required to wear a mask on campus. If a vaccinated individual prefers to wear a mask, he or she is welcome to do so.
  • Unvaccinated individuals on campus are expected to wear a mask indoors and maintain social distance from other persons wearing masks. The only exception to this policy is when a student is on the floor on which he or she resides.  This exception is because we define a family unit as the floor on which a student resides.
  • It is important to note that the mask policy for unvaccinated students above is based on an expectation of personal responsibility and trust we place on students who are unvaccinated. We are placing trust in our unvaccinated students and expecting them to take personal responsibility and apply these expectations to their daily life.

Michigan Campus

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This web page will answer many of your Michigan campus-specific questions about the necessary changes and adjustments to our learning formats for the 2021 academic year. Communication from Moody will generally address Chicago specifically and you should expect the Michigan campus (including the Detroit Durfee classroom location) to follow those guidelines, except where the state of Michigan restrictions are stricter. To stay up to date with the state of Michigan regulations, you can visit the state of Michigan website for updates: https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/.

Michigan Class Delivery

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We are utilizing a highly flexible (Hyflex) approach to learning for most classes, allowing you to attend classes in person, online via Zoom, or asynchronously accessing course videos in Canvas (course link will be in Canvas for all classes). This learning model will allow us to continue to deliver classroom teaching, even if a resurgence of COVID-19 becomes a challenge. Check with the teachers of the Durfee location classes for potential limitations to this option.

Michigan Campus In-Person Classes

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We will be following CDC guidelines. Teachers who are vaccinated will not be teaching with masks, nor will students who have been vaccinated (though all are welcome to if you feel more comfortable doing so). Unvaccinated teachers and students are required to wear masks. The distance between desks and tables will now be three feet (rather than the previous six-foot guidelines). Social distancing is still expected by those unvaccinated.

Michigan Campus Vaccination

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MTS Michigan is not requiring students to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. However, for the safety and health of you, your loved ones and our campus community, we strongly recommend that you receive the vaccine when it is made available to you.

Masks on the Michigan Campus

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Masks are required for unvaccinated individuals inside the campus building, and optional for vaccinated. All faculty, staff, and students, vaccinated and unvaccinated, should have a supply of masks with them in case the need arises.

Return-to-Campus Testing and Weekly Testing

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Since MTS Michigan is not a residential campus like Chicago, we will not require a negative COVID-19 PCR test 72 hours prior to your first class, though you are encouraged to get tested as a way to establish a healthy baseline for our student body. The same applies to weekly testing. Students of the Michigan campus are not required to be tested weekly. Again, if you experience symptoms, please get tested immediately and always be in good communication with the office here in Michigan.

Michigan Campus COVID-19 Symptoms

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Contact the MTS Michigan office at (734) 207-9581 or amber.tucker@moody.edu for further directions if you experience COVID-19 symptoms, test positive for COVID-19, or come into close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. You will be given directions regarding your ability to be on campus and your course options at that point.

Student Life Activities at Michigan Campus

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Student Life activities have returned to normal operations. This includes the reopening of the student lounge, missions and ministry fairs, along with other corporate social and library-operated gatherings. Questions about student life activities or upcoming events can be directed to amber.tucker@moody.edu and micah.jelinek@moody.edu.

Michigan Campus New Student Orientation

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New Student Orientation will return to an in-person environment on Thursday, August 12 at 6:00 p.m. Unvaccinated students on campus are expected to wear a mask inside the building. Some parts of the orientation will be available virtually to accommodate those who might not be able to attend in person. For virtual orientation, you will access this on the NSO Canvas page: https://moody.instructure.com/courses/6110.

Michigan Chapels

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Chapels will return from 5:15-5:45 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday (depending on the schedule). These in-person gatherings are strongly recommended for all students. Fully vaccinated students will have the option to wear or not wear a mask. For unvaccinated students, wearing a mask is required during chapel.

Michigan Internship and Field Education

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For MTS Michigan internships and field education, we will follow health and safety protocols, as we did this past year. Please contact the field education instructor, Professor Dan Thorpe, at daniel.thorpe@moody.edu for direction and adjustments.

Michigan Urban Scholars

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For the Urban Scholars program, we will follow similar protocols to last year. Please contact Amber Tucker at amber.tucker@moody.edu for questions in regards to your site and activities that must be completed during the semester in order to maintain your scholarship.

Michigan Counseling Services

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Counseling will be provided this fall through the Michigan Campus Counseling Clinic. Whether counseling is offered in a virtual or in-person format will be determined closer to the start of the fall semester. Questions can be directed to the clinic director, Dr. John Restum, at john.restum@moody.edu or (734) 207-9581.

Michigan COVID-19 Testing Resources

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Plymouth COVID Testing: https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/clinic-locator/covid-19-testing/plymouth-covid-8077.html.

Metro Detroit COVID Testing: https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-99891_99912---,00.html.