FAQ – UPDATED

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  1. Who are on the Return to Campus Fall 2020 committees? Please click here to view the list of committee members. 

  2. Are you consulting with health experts? Yes. Roosevelt’s planned response aligns with local, City and State guidelines, CDC recommendations, the higher education community, and guidance from experts within Roosevelt’s internal community. 

  3. How will the specifics of the plan be communicated? Roosevelt formed the Return to Campus Committees early on to prepare for the fall. The details and specifics will be sent to all stakeholders and posted on the Fall 2020/COVID-19 website. Communications intend to be ongoing and filtered through all internal and external channels, including virtual town halls, website, email, text and social. 

  4. What happens if the City or the State's plan shifts? Roosevelt will act in accordance with the Restore Illinois plan, the City of Chicago and leading health officials to adjust campus operations as warranted by the current state of public health. 

  5. What happens if there is an outbreak on campus in the fall? Roosevelt has contingency plans in place if there is an outbreak, including quarantine options and restoring remote class delivery if necessary. 

  6. How will physical distancing and PPE guidelines be enforced? Everyone in the RU community will need to take personal responsibility to protect themselves and others by following published and posted guidelines while on University property. If you see something, please respectfully say something, or submit a report to campussafety@roosevelt.edu. 

  7. Will faculty and student handbooks be rewritten? There are no planned changes to the faculty or student handbooks. 

  8. Will the committees be working collaboratively with the Illinois Board of Higher Education COVID-19 Campus Reopening Committee to determine how students can safely return to campus in coming months? Roosevelt will continue to monitor all public health news and guidance to inform decision-making around campus operations. 

  9. How many students will be allowed on campus each day? We anticipate that traffic will vary day to day based on course schedules. All courses offered this fall have been evaluated as to the delivery format to minimize required on-campus activities. 

  10. Will you be testing students, faculty and staff for COVID-19? At this time, there is no plan to directly test for COVID-19. However, there will be requirements and policies in place before arriving on campus as well as monitoring health concerns in order to monitor anyone who may have COVID-19 and mitigate the spread on Roosevelt’s campuses.
     
  11. What if a family member or someone related to students, faculty or staff tests positive for COVID-19? Will they be required to report this? Yes. Everyone who has been on campus and experienced any of these situations should report this information immediately and begin the 14-day self-isolation at home.  

  12. Will all campuses be open? Yes, but with strict protocols and restrictions. The health and safety of our community is the guiding priority. 

  13. Will you have transportation to the other campuses from the Loop? There is no current plan to provide transportation between campuses. 

  14. When will the bookstores be open? Roosevelt will be following the guidance of the State and City with the hope that the bookstore and other University services will begin to reopen at the end of the summer. The University remains flexible and will only ease restrictions if it is safe and healthy to do so. 
  1. Will I be expected to be on campus for classes? Some classes will be in person or have in-person components. Measures will be in place to maintain campus and classroom physical safety. 

  2. What if I’m not comfortable coming to campus? Please check the course schedule and syllabus for your course delivery format. Remote learning accommodations will be made for students who would prefer to not come to campus for in-person classes.  

  3. How will I know when to come to campus and when to stay home for online classes? Your course syllabus will have the delivery format noted. It will also be indicated in Course Finder. Please be sure to contact your advisor if you have any questions or concerns. There are many resources available to you, and we understand this is a challenging time. 

  4. Can I drop a class if it is online? Yes, drop/add deadlines will remain the same and are noted in the academic calendar.  

  5. Will my classes in Schaumburg now be downtown? No, Schaumburg classes will be held on the Schaumburg Campus. Campus locations are listed in Course Finder. 

  6. Can I meet with my advisor in person? At this point, due to health precautions, it is preferred that advising appointments be held via phone or Zoom. If necessary, some advisors will be available in person, but physical distancing must be maintained and face coverings will be required.
      
     
  7. Will you be doing contact tracing on campus? Yes, contact tracing has already been occurring on campus and will continue once we reopen.  

  8. Will you have a wellness center on campus(es)? We will not have a wellness center on campus. However, students will have access to a remote telehealth platform that will allow them to get medical care from a doctor 24/7/365. This service is unlimited and will be in place at the start of the fall.

  9. When will student groups be able to meet? We are anticipating that student groups will be able to meet in the fall, but this will be dependent on guidelines from the State, City and health officials. Strict guidelines will be enforced regarding the types and sizes of gatherings. 
  10. Is there a plan to reduce tuition this fall for “Remote” or “Online” classes? Each year, Roosevelt University’s Board of Trustees evaluates tuition based on many factors, including operating costs, enrollment, investments in facilities, the economy and where we stand against comparative institutions. At this time, there are no plans to reduce tuition. Roosevelt has implemented emergency funding programs like the Laker Grant and the Stronger Tuition Grant to help students with financial support in times of crisis. We continue to explore strategies around the total cost of attendance that best reflect our values and support the array of offerings that define a Roosevelt University education.

    Whether classes are remote or in person, Roosevelt has always been dedicated to providing the highest quality academic experience for our students. Over the course of this summer, our faculty are going through additional training to master a myriad of technologies and become experts in remote-learning techniques.

  1. How will moving all classes online affect my immigration status? We have received guidance from the Department of Homeland Security that allows F-1 students to continue their studies with online courses in the United States or your home country without jeopardizing your F-1 student status. This means that you may count all online courses toward the full course of study requirements as long as you are making normal progress toward your degree. This accommodation will remain in place until in-person classes resume. If you choose to return to your home country during this time, please let the Office of International Programs know your plans.  

  2. My U.S. visa stamp in my passport has expired or will expire soon. What should I do? As long as you are in the United States and maintaining your F-1 student status, you may remain in the United States even if the visa stamp in your passport has expired. You only need the visa stamp to enter the United States. If your Form I-20 is expiring soon and you are not completing your degree, please contact the Office of International Programs to discuss your options. If you have left the United States and your visa has expired, you will need an updated I-20 to return to the United States in the fall semester. U.S. embassies and consulates have cancelled routine nonimmigrant visa appointments in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. They plan to resume visa services as soon as possible; however, dates are not yet known. Please check the website of the embassy or consulate in your home country for its current operating status. 

  3. I need a new copy of my Form I-20. How do I receive this since offices are working remotely? Recent guidance from U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement temporarily allows Roosevelt to email you a hand-signed and scanned or electronically signed copy of your Form I-20. Please note that this applies to F-1 I-20s only. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will not allow Form J-1 DS-2019 to be emailed. If documents are needed, please email the Office of International Programs and we will work to issue the necessary documents and send them to you by email. This includes requests for Extension, Change of Level, Curricular Practical Training (CPT), Optional Practical Training (OPT), Reduced Course Load, or a travel signature. When we return to the office, a printed copy of the form will be issued and either mailed to you or held in the office for you to pick up. 

  4. I graduated in May. Can I still apply for OPT? Yes, please visit the International Employment page for application information. You need to submit the OPT request form electronically. Your recommendation will be sent to you electronically and then you will need to submit the complete application to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Please note: you must be physically present in the United States in order to submit an application for OPT. 

  5. What if I decide to take a leave of absence in the fall semester? If you are in your home country, please report your plans to both the Office of International Programs and your academic department. We will make the necessary updates to your Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) record to show that you are on an approved leave. When you are ready to resume study, you should contact the Office of International Programs for updated immigration documents. If you are currently in the United States as an F-1 student, you are required to be a full-time student in the fall semester. Your SEVIS record will not be active and you should plan to depart the United States. Please contact the Office of International Programs to discuss your options. 

  6. I have left the United States and am worried I will not be able to return for the fall semester. We do not currently know how travel restrictions will affect students during the fall semester, but we are watching the situation carefully. If necessary, we will work with you for continued online options. With current permission from USCIS, your SEVIS record will remain active even if you are not in the United States and are conducting your course work remotely as long as you remain enrolled in classes. When you return to the United States — if you have been absent for five months or longer — U.S. Customs and Border Protection may question why you were out of the United States for so long. If you are in this situation, please reach out to the Office of International Programs a few weeks before your planned travel. 

  7. Will I have access to my health insurance during the remote learning period? Students who are covered by Roosevelt’s insurance policy are covered until August 14, 2020. For specific benefit questions, students should continue to contact the insurance company directly (via the phone number on their ID card or other plan materials). Please visit the insurance home page for more details. We also encourage you to log in to your account to access members-only information, including any medical/behavioral health telemedicine service that is included in their plan. If you waived the Roosevelt health insurance policy, please contact your insurance policy for more information. 

  8. I have been admitted to Roosevelt for the fall semester. Will I be able to begin study? U.S. embassies and consulates have cancelled routine nonimmigrant visa appointments in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. They plan to resume visa services as soon as possible; however, dates are not yet known. Please check the website of the embassy or consulate in your home country for its current operating status. You can still apply for your immigration documents (I-20 or DS-2019) so that you will be ready to submit an application as soon as the consulates reopen for visa services. If you have questions about required documents to receive your immigration documents, please email your admission counselor. 
  1. What if I’m not comfortable teaching on campus? Faculty who would prefer not to teach on campus should not select courses that have an in-person component. 

  2. Is work-related travel cancelled for fall? Yes. 

  3. How many faculty and staff will be allowed on campus each day? All supervisors have been asked to evaluate their staff functions and work spaces to accommodate for a continued work-from-home option if necessary. Employee work spaces and work schedules will be adjusted to ensure physical distance and safety protocols.