Full List of Actions & Guidelines
Below is a current list, organized by topic, of Asbury Theological Seminary’s actions, decisions, and guidelines for our campus communities. This list is authoritative and takes precedent over any guidelines previously released as “Updates”. Please note that our site is searchable, so you may search for any topic, word, etc. Due to the various uses of cookies by different browsers, you should refresh this page each time you arrive to ensure you are viewing the latest information.
- The Seminary’s “Phase 1 Reopening Plan” can be accessed here (all employees are expected to read and follow the plan). Asbury Seminary’s physical sites are now fully open. What this means in more detail:
- All employees are expected to follow all CDC and local guidelines for distancing, masks, hygiene, etc.
- If an employee believes they have a situation or medical condition of concern that might qualify for FMLA, etc. (i.e. keep them from working in a socially-distanced office setting), they must contact the Director of Human Resources immediately for consultation and a determination. Such situations should not be handled through the employee’s direct reporting structure, as these are federally-guided matters.
- Per CDC guidance, meetings that involve fully vaccinated persons may take place without masks.
- Non-academic, non-worship, and non-business gatherings in Seminary facilities (regardless of location) are still limited to 10 persons. This applies to all Seminary owned or operated facilities (e.g. Kalas Village, Gallaway Village, residence halls, etc.) and for all of its sites (unless local guidance allows or restricts these numbers more than indicated above; local guidance should always be followed). All guidance regarding distancing, hygiene, masks, etc. must be followed for any approved gatherings.
ACADEMICS / COURSES / REGISTRATION / GRADUATION
- For its Spring 2021 semester, Asbury Theological Seminary is following its regular schedule; all in-person instruction is proceeding according to this schedule while following all distancing and mask protocols. What this means in more detail:
- The academic calendar will unfold as originally presented, and it can be found here: http://asburyseminary.edu/academics/registrar/academic-calendar-important-dates/. Any adjustments that might be made will be updated at the link above, so please check it regularly.
- All students will be expected to sit in an appropriately distanced manner in all classrooms, and masks will be required as well. Please direct any questions about in-person instruction to the Registrar’s Office.
- In person graduation ceremonies will take place on the Wilmore campus on May 21-22 for graduates and faculty only; there will be multiple ceremonies to allow for social distancing and other safety guidelines. What this means in more detail:
- Please contact the Provost’s Office for detailed information on who can attend, the currently planned schedule, what guidelines will be followed, etc.
- All Asbury Seminary-related international travel remains suspended until summer 2021; domestic travel should follow all relevant/related governmental guidance for all states involved in such travel. What this means in more detail:
- Seminary employees may resume domestic travel (non-air travel is still preferred whenever reasonably possible). All domestic travel is subject to supervisor approval in advance of making any travel plans.
- Seminary employees may resume international travel effective June 1, 2021 under the following guidelines:
- Employees must carefully review the CDC links below and follow all guidance as it pertains to the entirety of the time before, during, and upon return from international travel (note there is specific guidance for both fully vaccinated persons and non-vaccinated persons):
- Per the guidance provided in the above links, travel to any Level 4 country is not allowed.
- Due to the regularly changing nature of the guidance, guidelines, and restrictions by all countries, please note that any employee who travels outside the U.S. does so at their own risk.
- The Seminary reminds the community of their responsibility to educate themselves about all government guidance regarding travel in and out of all states, and it expects all Seminary employees, students, and their families to adhere to any mandatory state travel guidance.
- The Seminary reserves the right to restrict access to its campuses and instructional sites if it determines that a person may place the community at risk due to their travel choices. (Please see II. under GENERAL / MISCELLANEOUS below for additional reporting requirements.)
- All Seminary international travel courses, or international travel that is part of a U.S. course, are cancelled until further notice (currently at least through summer 2021).
- Any currently enrolled student who travels to any country outside the U.S. does so at their own risk (i.e., as to whether U.S. Customs will allow them to return), and if they choose to do so, when they return to any Asbury Seminary site they must follow all applicable CDC and/or local government quarantine requirements before reengaging with the community.
- Persons currently in other countries or outside of the states in which the Seminary operates are expected to adhere to the prevailing travel guidance as it relates to traveling into any of our campuses or instruction sites as well as follow all applicable CDC and/or local government quarantine requirements before reengaging with the community.
GENERAL / MISCELLANEOUS
- For consistency, Asbury Theological Seminary will use CDC recommendations as the baseline guidance for considering and establishing the Seminary’s policies and actions. All such guidance will be appropriately applied to our context and be processed by our COVID-19/Coronavirus Response Team before being issued as official policy statements of the Seminary and posted on our website. These policies may include guidelines that exceed current CDC guidance.
- Any faculty, staff or student who has tested positive for COVID-19 or has had a bona fide exposure (click here for definition of exposure) to anyone who has tested positive must report this to HR (faculty/staff) or Student Services (students) immediately AND must follow all applicable CDC and state/local guidance for self-quarantining, etc. before returning to any campus facility, instructional site, or their individual room in a residence hall. Any student residing in a Seminary residence hall who falls into any of these categories must contact Residence Life regarding special quarantine housing that is available and must use this housing before returning to their room in their residence hall. Kalas Village is considered a personal home for purposes of quarantining within that unit. The national COVID-19 Hotline may be reached at (800) 722-5725 to receive additional guidance.
- Seminary staff remain available to support anyone in our community who desires it. Please contact the appropriate person/office below based on your particular category or need:
- Faculty – Provost’s Office 859.858.2206
- Wilmore students – Ty Konopinski 859.858.2093
- Wilmore staff – Human Resources 859.858.2221
- Non-Wilmore students and staff – Eric Currie 407.482.7635
- Prayer or any other support – Community Formation 859.858.2391
Any employee with any questions about any of these, or other, matters should first contact their director and/or vice president directly for assistance.
For the most up-to-date information regarding our plans, preparedness and information from the CDC and World Health Organization, visit the special site we have established below and review the various links and information.