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Coronavirus Resources at the GTU

The GTU is committed to helping ensure the safety and health of its students, faculty, staff, and extended community, while minimizing the disruption to the academic progress of our students. This page contains the latest resources and information regarding the GTU's prevention and response efforts related to novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The page will be updated regularly as the situation evolves.

(Updated, March 30, 2020)

Updated News

March 30, 2020, 4 pm --  Following Federal Guidelines recommending the extension of social distancing measures through the end of April, as well as forthcoming orders from Alameda County extending “shelter in place” provisions until May 3, 2020, the GTU is also extending building closures and will continue to conduct most campus operations remotely through the same date. Students, faculty, and staff can find more details in the appropriate sections, below. For any additional questions not addressed, please be in touch with CovidResources@gtu.edu

March 25, 2020, 12pm -- The GTU has announced the cancellation of the 2020 Commencement Exercises, and will be crafting a celebratory experience that GTU graduates and their families and friends can enjoy remotely. In addition, 2020 graduates and their loved ones will be invited to attend and participate in next year’s Commencement Exercises. Read more about the cancelation here.

March 16, 2020, 3pm  -- Six Bay Area Counties, including Alameda County, have issued a “shelter in place” order for residents through April 7. Read more about the order here. All GTU buildings will be closed to the public, beginning on Tuesday, March 17, and all in-person classes have been shifted to remote learning modalities for the remainder of the semester, as announced on March 13. Remote library services will continue. Find out additional details below. Information regarding remote work arrangements for faculty and staff may be found under the “Staff Resources” section of this page. Any questions not addressed in that section may be sent to HR@gtu.edu.

March 14, 2020, 7:45pm –  According to a statement issued by UC Berkeley, a member of their community was confirmed as having contracted COVID-19. However, public health officials have determined that there are no high risk contacts from this case, meaning that no one is at significantly higher risk of contracting it from the infected individual than would be expected in the general population. Read the full statement here.

Below you will find some basic health and safety infomation about coronavirus. If you are feeling sick, you are encouraged to stay home. We trust the GTU community to respond to one another in a spirit of calm, empathy, and mutual support.

What is the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Coronaviruses are a subfamily of viruses that normally cause mild respiratory tract infections such as the common cold. The novel coronavirus (often just referred to as “coronavirus”) is a specific viral strain which causes the disease formally labeled Coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19. The virus appears to have begun with an animal-to-human transmission in Wuhan, China, sometime in December 2019.

What are the symptoms of the novel coronavirus?

Common symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, and pneumonia. Less frequently, persons may experience other cold-like symptoms (sneezing, runny nose, or sore throat) or diarrhea. In rare cases, the virus can lead to organ failure and death.

How is the virus transmitted?

The virus is transmitted through close contact through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The virus has a typical incubation period of 2-14 days before symptoms develop and it is possible that it is transmitted when such symptoms are absent.

What health precautions should I take?

To avoid becoming infected or infecting others, please take the following steps:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, and stay at home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze. Try to do so with your elbow or a tissue rather than your hands.
  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19, to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home). Wearing a face mask may reduce the chances of spreading a respiratory virus. If you choose to wear a face mask, obtain one with a rating of N95 or higher and make sure it is tightly fitted to your face.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Should I be tested for COVID-19?

Call your healthcare professional if you feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, or if you have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19. Full travel guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control are available here:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

What is the Shelter in Place Order?

As of Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the Alameda County Public Health Department has issued a Shelter in Place Order that requires most people to stay home unless they are engaged in certain “Essential Activities” which are discussed in the order.  If you are sick, you should self-isolate, including, to the extent you can, from others you live with. The County has responded to many frequently asked questions about the Shelter in Place Order which can be found here.

Updated March 25, 2020

  • All face-to-face courses at the GTU are suspended through the end of the Spring 2020 semester, and will be conducted using remote modalities. This applies to all schools of the GTU Consortium. SFTS is adopting policies consistent with the wider University of Redlands, until further notice. Learn more here.
  • All GTU buildings will be closed to public beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020, and will remain closed through May 3, 2020.
  • Student services will be by appointment only.
  • Due to reduced campus access, GTU will not be providing intercampus mail beginning Monday, March 16.  If you need to send something to another school, please prepare it for mailing as you would any other mailed item. If the Mailroom receives an item for another school which is not mailable, it will be returned to the sender. Mail within GTU will continue to be processed and delivered as usual.

  • All public events hosted by the GTU have been canceled until the end of the Spring 2020 semester.
  • The 2020 Commencement Exercises are canceled. Learn more here. The GTU is crafting a celebratory experience that GTU graduates and their families and friends can enjoy remotely. In addition, 2020 graduates and their loved ones will be invited to attend and participate in next year’s Commencement Exercises.
  • Please check the GTU’s event calendar for the most up-to-date information about GTU events; Check member school websites for current information about public events and activities on each campus.
  • Members of the GTU community are encouraged to sign up for updates via the GTU's emergency notification system. Visit https://gtu.omnilert.net/subscriber.php
  • The cancellation of events follows the Shelter in Place order from Alameda County Public Health Department. Find answers from the County to frequently asked questions about the order, here

Updated April 2, 2020

  • All face-to-face courses at the GTU are suspended through the end of the Spring 2020 semester, and will be conducted using remote modalities. This applies to all schools of the GTU Consortium. SFTS is adopting policies consistent with the wider University of Redlands, until further notice. Learn more here.
  • The GTU is committed to ensuring that all students are able to make sufficient academic progress.
  • The GTU's Director of Digital Learning, Diandra Erickson offers virtual office hours for students every Wednesday at 1pm for assistance on online learning.  Students can schedule a one-on-one meeting via Zoom with Diandra by emailing her at derickson@gtu.edu 
  • The LeConte building, the Annex, and the library will be closed to the public through at least May 1.
  • Student services will be by appointment only.
  • If you are an international student on F-1 visa, the shelter in place directive does not impact your visa status, provided you continue to participate in online learning procedures. Given the extraordinary nature of the COVID-19 emergency, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) will allow F-1 students to temporarily count online classes towards a full course of study. This temporary provision is only in effect for the duration of the emergency. 
  • For questions or information regarding bill payment, contact accounting@gtu.edu. Students are encouraged to pay using Sonis or by mailing a check.
  • If you are a prospective or admitted student planning a visit, please get in touch with our admissions team to discuss your situation and how we can help you at admissions@gtu.edu.
  • For more infomation on GTU Library services, see the Library Services section of this page. 
  • The 2020 Commencement Exercises are cancelled. Learn more here. The GTU is crafting a celebratory experience that GTU graduates and their families and friends can enjoy remotely. In addition, 2020 graduates and their loved ones will be invited to attend and participate in next year’s Commencement Exercises.
  • Faculty are encouraged to consult the "Instructions for Moving In-Class Courses Online" (updated March 25, 2020) prepared by GTU's Director of Digital Learning, Diandra Erickson. The following are additional resources for this semester.
    • Weekly Virtual Office Hours: Faculty requiring additional assistance about online teaching methods/pedagogies or using Moodle/Zoom or other technologies for teaching are encouraged to meet Diandra at her weekly virtual office hours on Zoom which begin March 23. Office hours are Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:00am-12:00pm.  If you would like to attend any of these office hours, please contact the Director of Digital Learning for a link.  Additionally, you can schedule a one-on-one meeting via Zoom with Diandra by emailing her at derickson@gtu.edu 
    • Additional Course Design Workshops: ​The regularly scheduled course design workshops will continue to take place via Zoom for the remainder of the semester.  Along with the regularly scheduled workshops, Diandra will also provide a "Moodle overview" workshop every Wednesday at 2pm starting March 23.  In this workshop, she will provide a walkthrough of Moodle's most helpful features for developing good quality online courses.  If you would like to attend any of these Moodle Training Sessions, please contact the Director of Digital Learning for a link.

    • Moodle Tutorial Videos: Soon after Spring Break, Diandra will have short Moodle Tutorial Videos posted on the Moodle site home that will be available to faculty.  These videos will be based on FAQs received from faculty in the past weeks. Video topics will include: 

      • Posting video lectures and PowerPoint to Moodle 

      • Setting up assignments to be submitted through Moodle 

      • Setting up and using the Moodle Gradebook

      • Using VoiceThread for lectures and discussions

      • Using VoiceThread for student assignments

      • Creating groups for discussion forums 

      • Changing course formats on moodle

Updated March 30, 2020

Updated April 2, 2020

  • All GTU staff who are able to work from home are required to do so beginning March 17, 2020. Employees with remote work arrangements should plan to continue with those arrangements through May 3, 2020. Questions should be directed to immediate supervisors. Working on campus will be limited to maintaining minimum basic operations as outlined in the new County Orders. Those whose work requires them to come to campus, as agreed upon with their supervisor, will do so on alternating schedules so as to observe mandatory protocols for social distancing. All GTU buildings will be closed to the public.
  • All meetings will be conducted via telephone or Zoom. If you need to arrange for a Zoom account, please reach out to Diandra Erickson, Director of Digital Learning, at derickson@gtu.edu.
  • GTU employees working from home during this period should follow the revised guidelines for employees seeking to work remotely, approved in January 2020. 
  • Questions about work-from-home arrangments can be directed to hr@gtu.edu.
  • See the attached letter from GTU Director of Human Resources Debi Walker (March 31, 2020) for additional infomation about GTU work policies during the shelter in place.  

Updated April 3, 2020

  • Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to avoid all non-essential travel.
  • Students in the GTU's MA or PhD program who are planning to travel should inform Chai Motupalli, the GTU's Director of Student Life. Any students who are native to an impacted area, level 2+, for whom this causes disruption in travel home should coordinate with Chai to help make reasonable accommodations.
  • Please ensure that you have a travel signature on your I-20 if you leave the country. You can make an appointment with the Associate Dean of Students for a signature. 

  • Staff or faculty planning to travel should inform Debi Walker, the GTU's Director of Human Resources.
  • Full travel guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control are available here:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
  • CDC guidelines for travel in the US can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html   
  • As of Tuesday, March 17, 2020, Alameda County Public Health Department has issued a Shelter in Place order. The County has provided a helpful FAQ sheet.

Updated March 25, 2020

  • All in-person events until the end of the Spring 2020 semester are canceled. 
  • No new events for this semester should be scheduled.
  • The 2020 Commencement Exercises are canceled. Learn more here. The GTU is crafting a celebratory experience that GTU graduates and their families and friends can enjoy remotely. In addition, 2020 graduates and their loved ones will be invited to attend and participate in next year’s Commencement Exercises.
  • For the most up to date infomation about events planned and/or hosted by GTU member schools, visit the website of the host school. 
  • If you are an event organizer please update the event on the GTU event page with “CANCELED” in the title so that attendees are aware. If you have questions about this or have trouble accessing, please reach out to communications@gtu.edu

Updated March 25, 2020

In these unprecedented times, we continue to live out the mission of the GTU by drawing from the wisdom in our world’s religious traditions and bringing those insights into conversation with our modern moment. We have compiled resources to help build spiritual community.  It is not an exhasutive list. We also invite you to our new initiative "Spiritual Care and Ethical Leadership for Our Times" where each Friday beginning March 23 on the GTU Voices blog we will hear from GTU scholars who offer inspiration and insight on the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 9, 2020

Members of the GTU Community:

The GTU administration considers it essential to keep the members of our campus community healthy and safe. As you are likely aware, the situation regarding COVID-19 is rapidly changing, prompting neighboring campuses such as UC Berkeley and Stanford University to move most courses online.

At this time, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on any of the GTU Consortium’s campuses, nor on UC Berkeley’s campus. However, as public health recommendations shift to include mitigation of transmission, many institutions of higher learning are proactively taking steps that will help to protect their communities. Therefore, as a precautionary measure, the GTU will shift all in-person courses to an online format beginning Tuesday, March 10th and continuing through Sunday, March 29th, at the conclusion of Spring Break. Additionally, full-time, part-time, and student staff are encouraged to work with their supervisor and in accordance with GTU’s policies to make suitable arrangements for remote work during the same period. All other campus services and the library will operate as usual. Currently, it is anticipated that regular classes and work arrangements will resume on Monday, March 30th.

Further updates and information regarding the GTU’s preparations for, and response to COVID-19 may be found below. This includes dedicated sections for Health & Safety, Campus Operations, Academic Resources (Faculty & Students), Staff Resources, Travel Guidelines, and Guidelines for Events and Activities. Additional questions or concerns not addressed by the resources on this webpage may be directed to CovidResources@gtu.edu.

Instructions for moving courses online have been shared with faculty and are accessible in the Academic Resources section below. If faculty require assistance in moving their course online, they may refer to guidelines provided by the Director of Digital Learning or email derickson@gtu.edu, or moodle@gtu.edu. Students with questions or concerns regarding course accessibility may address those questions to their instructor. The GTU remains committed to making sure that all students are equipped and empowered to make academic progress in their classes through this time, and will be making maximum use of alternative modalities for learning and instruction, such as Moodle and Zoom.

Please keep in mind that as we take steps to help ensure the health and safety of our community, we are also trusting our community to respond in a spirit of calm, decency, and mutual support and respect. We ask everyone to be mindful and steadfast in observance of these values, and to learn more about stigma and resilience with facts and information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Thank you for your partnership, cooperation, and flexibility as we work to keep our campus and our community healthy, vibrant, and safe.

Peace and blessings,
Uriah Kim
President (Interim)
Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs

March 13, 2020

Members of the GTU Community:

Over the past week, the scope of COVID-19’s impact has continued to rapidly evolve locally, nationally and globally. As many individuals and organizations have taken measures to adjust, I would like to commend our students, faculty and staff in demonstrating incredible resilience, agility and professionalism as our campus joined other higher education institutions nationwide in shifting all in-person courses and many administrative functions to an online format, as well as taking steps to postpone or cancel gatherings and non-essential travel.

Many of you may already be aware that today the President of the United States declared a national emergency in response to the rapid spread of COVID-19. To reiterate, at this time there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the GTU community, nor at neighboring UC Berkeley. That said, the fluid nature of events necessitates that we take even broader, decisive precautionary measures intended to support efforts to contain and mitigate transmission of COVID-19.

To that end, the GTU is taking the following immediate steps to ensure the safety and health of our community:

  • All face-to-face courses are suspended through the end of the Spring 2020 semester, and will be conducted using remote modalities. This applies to all schools of the GTU Consortium, with two exceptions:
    • JST face-to-face courses are currently planned to resume on April 13th, until further notice. Learn more here.
    • SFTS is adopting policies consistent with the wider University of Redlands, until further notice. Learn more here.
  • LeConte, Annex, and 3rd Floor Library buildings will close to the public. Student services, inclusive of Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Life, Registrar and Student Accounts, will all remain operational, but in-person services will be by appointment only.
  • The library will shift to limited hours, remaining open from 10am-5pm on weekdays, and closing on weekends. In-person services will be suspended, with the exception of book checkout. Remote services will continue.
  • Due to reduced campus access, the GTU will not be providing inter-campus mail beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, and continuing through the end of the Spring 2020 semester. If you need to send something to another school, please prepare it for mailing as you would any other mailed item. If the Mailroom receives an item for another school which is not mailable, it will be returned to the sender. Mail within GTU will continue to be processed and delivered as usual.

Further updates regarding remote work accommodations for full-time, part-time and student staff will be forthcoming, as will guidance on events (inclusive of Commencement). These and any other changes will be continually reflected on the GTU’s dedicated webpage, gtu.edu/covid-resources. Questions or concerns not addressed on the site may be directed to CovidResources@gtu.edu.

We appreciate your continued cooperation and flexibility as we navigate this situation together.

Peace and blessings,

Uriah Kim
President (Interim)
Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs