The health and safety of the Cornerstone University community are important to us. In the coming days, CU will communicate information about the steps we're taking for the upcoming months and in preparation for the fall semester.
Cornerstone will be tenacious in our resolve to help our students achieve their academic goals. Our community embraces an expansive sense of possibility, rooted in biblical hope, that responds to change and adversity with intelligence and creativity. Our faculty and staff bring dynamic attention and resourcefulness to every encounter, and this will be no different.
Town Hall Recordings
In April, July and August, CU hosted a series of town halls to share about new precautions in place to care for students and the campus community in the 2020-21 academic year.
- Watch the Aug. 5 Town Hall: Athletics
- Watch the July 21 Town Hall: Student Life and Health
- Watch the July 9 Town Hall: Academics
- Watch the April 29 Town Hall: COVID-19 Updates
Our ideal scenario, of course, is that all students are learning on campus with safety precautions in place, such as large classes distributed to multiple classrooms through smaller class sizes and physical distancing, if necessary. With the fluidity of the COVID-19 situation, be assured that Cornerstone's planning is adaptable and prepared for multiple scenarios.
Cornerstone's Professional & Graduate Studies division is actively enrolling students for July and August cohorts. On-campus instruction will resume when the governor's orders regarding COVID-19 permit a return to campus.
The fall Return to Operations (RTO) calls for disciplined practices in physical distancing, campus sanitization, illness triage, virus testing and many other measures to counter the spread of COVID-19 should the situation require. The university has an inventory of masks to comply with Kent County and the State of Michigan executive orders. Campus personnel are trained in utilizing CDC recommended cleaning agents, equipment, techniques and protocols.
Athletics is working closely with our national organization (NAIA) and regional conference (WHAC) to map out plans for our student-athletes to train, practice and compete in the year ahead. Aaron Sagraves (our Athletic Director), his staff team and our coaches are putting together the details and will be in touch with each team.
CU athletics is looking forward to having Golden Eagles on campus again! The way we play, practice and compete may look a little different this semester. We don't have all of the details for fall sports yet, but here are a few announcements:
- Practices and coach-organized workouts cannot begin any earlier than Aug. 15.
- Athletes may begin to move in on Aug. 12 with a scattered schedule throughout the month. Details to follow.
- A complete protocol for health and safety guidelines for athletes is currently being finalized.
- Fall competitions will begin after Sept. 5.
- Some fall sports have reduced their schedules of competition. Travel will be limited to the Great Lakes region.
- As of now, there are no decisions regarding winter sports.
To honor the class of 2020, Cornerstone made available an On-Demand Virtual Commencement on May 8. The special webpages features every graduate's name, graduate status, cohort identification, program and photo. Additionally, you'll find annual awards, messages from faculty, comments from graduates, remarks from Dr. Stowell and more.
Meanwhile, we would have loved nothing more than to send caps and gowns to all grads. However, the vendor through whom we purchase the apparel just completed the production of the order. As soon as we are able to get caps and gowns in hand, we'll be in touch with grads!
In the future, we'll host a special event to celebrate our 2020 grads. The highlight of the event will certainly be each graduate walking across the stage to the announcement of their name. You will receive invitations to the event. As you can imagine, the timing of this event is still in question due to the unpredictability of the COVID-19 situation.
Symptoms, Prevention and Screening
Signs and symptoms of coronavirus are fever, cough, shortness of breath and have been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19 or live in or recently traveled from an area with the ongoing spread of coronavirus. Call before you go to a doctor's office or emergency room. Spectrum Health's COVID-19 Free Screening Hot Line is 616.391.2380, or the Kent County Health Department Communicable Disease Line at 616.632.7228.
Cornerstone is proactively disinfecting all common spaces and restrooms on a daily basis with hospital-grade disinfectant. The best prevention for viruses is to:
- Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- If you have symptoms, avoid contact with others.
University Reports and Additional Resources
- Cornerstone University COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan
- Cornerstone University COVID-19 Facilities and Physical Plant Response and Procedures
- Cornerstone University CARES Act Higher Education Relief Fund Reporting Disclosure
- COVID-19 Information (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)
- COVID-19 Updates for Kent County (Kent County Health Department)
- COVID-19 Global Cases (John Hopkins CSSE)
- COVID-19 Symptoms and Prevention (Spectrum Health)
- COVID-19 Michigan Information
- COVID-19 CU Employee Form: Complete prior to coming to campus before each workday.
- COVID-19 CU Supervisor Reporting Form
- COVID-19 CU Reporting Unsafe Working Conditions