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Important Update for Fall On-Campus Return

Dear Denver Seminary Student Community,

At Denver Seminary, our goal is to do everything possible to ensure that we are able to continue in the calling God has given us to prepare men and women to engage our world with the redemptive power of the Gospel and the life-changing truth of Scripture: a calling that has become even more critical in a time like this.

We are doing all that we can to prepare for the beginning of the fall semester in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our hope is to avoid undue restrictions but also care well for one another, while contributing positively to the public health efforts in our area. This endeavor of education in the time of COVID is an invitation for all of us to grow spiritually, intellectually, and professionally for the sake of God’s mission in the world.

On Denver Seminary’s campus, we are working hard to ensure a safe return for students:

  • HVAC System Updates: In accordance with CDC recommendations for air quality that can positively impact COVID‐19 risks, we are upgrading our filtration to the maximum recommended level (MERV 13) and increasing fresh air intake to maximum. MERV 13 filters are high efficiency filters typically used by institutions requiring very clean air such as hospitals, general operating rooms, and clean air‐sensitive commercial buildings. We are also conducting “fresh air purges” twice a day and running the supply and exhaust fans around the clock.

  • Cleaning between classes: Classrooms will be disinfected after each session.

  • Classroom set up: Classrooms are set up to allow for 6 feet between each student seat.

  • Staff screening: Any staff working on campus will undergo a health screening before entering their offices.

  • Plexiglas: Plexiglas has been installed at front desks with high traffic and in classrooms.

  • Face Shields: Faculty will wear face shields while they teach.

As we begin a new school year unlike any other and anticipate our classrooms and community spaces once again opening, we want to invite you into a commitment toward practicing love for one another through prioritizing the health and safety of our community. We acknowledge that this season will inevitably be uncomfortable; what we hoped for and expected out of our learning and working experience will inevitably be changed. Let us remember, however, that we are all called to sacrifice for the sake of others.

Toward that end, we are asking all students who come on campus to commit to the following practices that promote a safe environment.

Personal Protective Measures 

  • Wear a mask that covers both nose and mouth when in public campus spaces, including in classrooms, acknowledging that “my mask protects you, and your mask protects me.” 

  • Make every effort to remain at least 6 feet away from others and work to keep space when others pass by in the hallways.   

  • Wear masks outside when meeting with others if 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained. 

  • Wash hands often and use hand sanitizer on a regular basis while on campus.  

  • Be mindful and observant of any instructional signs, classroom spacing, or posted guidelines.  

  • Find creative, non-touch ways to acknowledge and greet others on campus.  

Health Status

  • Bear the responsibility for choosing not to come to campus when feeling ill or when advised by a medical professional. 

  • Monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and ensure temperature is normal before coming on campus.  

  • Let the Dean of Students know if tested positive for COVID-19 to facilitate the contact tracing process.

To keep our community safe, the appropriate authorities will follow up with those who choose not to follow these community expectations.

Our Encouragement: We are still learning these new rhythms for how we interact and are seeking to prioritize public health and safety. We ask that you both ask others about their level of comfort and share your level of comfort regarding space and personal protective equipment and that you withhold judgment should someone navigate life in a pandemic differently than you do.

Fall Courses and Staffing We realize for some students on-site learning is not advisable or manageable during this time. All class formats and offerings have been updated in the Student Portal and we encourage you to reach out to the Registrar’s office for advising if you have further questions about your options.

As we anticipate the fall semester, this is what you can expect in terms of availability of staff and services.

Until August 14

  • Offices will be open to students Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for drop ins and appointments.

  • Our staff continue in full operation and will be working part-time on campus to keep office occupancy at 50% as recommended by state mandates. Staff are available for in-person meetings on their days in the office and during regular business hours M-F (8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.) through Zoom. To minimize unneeded contact, we encourage phone and Zoom appointments.

  • Library– Monday/Tuesday/Saturday (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) Patrons will be limited up to 50% occupancy. A time limit may be imposed to be in the library if there is a queue for entry.

  • Student Center – A limited area of the Student Center is open. Proper social distancing must be maintained.

  • Wild Goose – Monday-Thursday (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)  Entrance from the set of doors closest to the café.    

Starting August 17, the campus offices and buildings will expand open hours. More details will follow in the coming weeks.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Kristy McGarvey, the Dean of Students.

We realize this is unfamiliar territory for all of us and we pray that through this season of discomfort, loss and disorientation, God opens our eyes to His work among us as a community and His mission in the world.

Kristy McGarvey

Dean of Students

Department of Student Life

Student Life and Enrollment Management

Open Monday-Friday from 8:30 am – 5 pm

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