The health and safety of the Cornerstone University community are important to us, and we are continuing to assess the health-related coronavirus concerns. There are confirmed cases of coronavirus in Michigan, and Cornerstone is monitoring the outbreak with the assistance and guidance of local, state and federal health officials.
At this time, Cornerstone has suspended on-ground classes and will be offering courses in a fully online format for the remainder of the spring semester. CU is deeply saddened to have had to cancel on-site classes for the rest of the academic year and cancel all three commencement ceremonies at CU and our Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.
Cornerstone will be tenacious in our resolve to help our students finish this year strong—especially for those graduating. 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.
Currently, the United States is on a Level 4 Global Health Advisory. For travel information, see the U.S. Travel Advisory.
All CU community is required to report when they have traveled; are planning on traveling; or have been in contact with anyone who has tested COVID-19 positive using the Coronavirus Survey.
Along with the prevention of the spread, we would ask that any visitors arriving on campus that have symptoms of the coronavirus to seek medical advice before coming. If you have arrived or returned from the high impact areas, self-isolate for 14 days and be symptom free before returning to classes or work or visiting our campus.
Domestic travel guidance in an area experiencing the spread of the coronavirus is to self-monitor for 14 days. During your self-monitoring check for a fever of at least 100.4 or higher every day. Should you develop symptoms seek medical care by calling your primary care doctor or use Spectrum Health or Kent County numbers below.
Symptoms and Prevention
Signs and symptoms of coronavirus are fever (100.4 or higher), 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.
- Classes are canceled Thursday, March 12 through Friday, March 20 to provide faculty the opportunity to begin moving course content online so that students may successfully finish their courses.
- Beginning on Monday, March 23, traditional undergraduate students will complete courses in a fully distance learning format. All face-to-face traditional undergraduate courses for the spring semester will continue in an online format through the end of finals week.
Professional & Graduate Studies
- Beginning on Monday, March 16, students will complete courses in a fully distance learning format.
- PGS on-ground classes will remain in an online format through the first week of May. A determination will be made later as to when they will return to a classroom setting.
Grand Rapids Theological Seminary
- Classes are canceled on Thursday, March 12 and Friday, March 13 to provide faculty the opportunity to begin moving course content online so that students may successfully finish their courses.
- Beginning on Monday, March 16, students will complete courses in a fully distance learning format. All face-to-face seminary courses for the spring semester will continue in an online format through the end of finals week.
Campus Events & Facilities
Effectively immediately all public events and rentals on campus through May 10, 2020, involving more than 50 people will be rescheduled or canceled.
During this challenging season, we are committed to decisions that are student-focused and Christ-centered. With that in mind, we will be reducing, by approximately 46%, the spring 2020 room and board charges of students who have moved out of their residence halls for the balance of the spring semester. Scholarships requiring on-campus housing will remain in place.
The reduction in charges will be applied to any remaining balance due. If this results in a student account credit balance, Student Financial Services will be in contact with students next week to provide instructions on how to request a refund. Please watch your email for notifications and updates.
Chapel, Student Activities and Large Events
All student activities are canceled. This includes chapel and Evensong.
Athletic Events and Facilities
Cornerstone has canceled all athletic practices and competitions through the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year. This includes all competition and practices for all varsity and junior varsity programs sponsored by Cornerstone.
The university has also made the decision to close all athletic facilities to outside rentals, students and faculty until March 31. CU will re-evaluate at that time but will continue to follow recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Center for Academic Success and Career & Life Calling
The Center for Academic Success and Career and Life Calling will offer services for students online for the foreseeable future.
Miller Library is closed until April 13. While CU librarians will not be accepting requests for physical materials during this period, our staff and resources are available online to serve students and CU library patrons during this time.
Out of an abundance of caution, Cornerstone Commencements—Traditional Undergraduate, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary and Professional & Graduate Studies—have been canceled. We recognize the significant disappointment this is, particularly to our seniors and their families who have worked so hard to get to this point. Know that our entire CU community grieves that loss with you.
Individuals Identified as Designated Workers (Executive Order No. 2020-21)
Pursuant to the Michigan Governor's Order, dated March 23, 2020 (Executive Order No. 2020-21), the individuals identified below are designated as worker(s) necessary to conduct minimum basic operations for Cornerstone.
- 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