Fall 2020 Planning

Campus Opens for Fall 2020

First Day of Class: August 24
Final Day of Class: December 13

CTX plans to reopen campus for Fall 2020 while maintaining the flexibility to shift to fully virtual classes if needed. While the changes on campus will be an adjustment for all, the elements that remain unchanged are our CTX spirit of community and our mission of preparing leaders for lives of service.

Classroom Instruction for Fall 2020

Access to Class Content

In regard to classes, please note our three-fold plan to give access to class content in as flexible a way as possible.

  1. In order to reduce density in our buildings for at least a few weeks, most 3000, 4000, 5000, and 6000 level courses will meet virtually only until September 14.  
  2. Most other classes (mostly 1000 and 2000 level) will be offered in person but with both of the following safety measures in place:
    1. HyFlex (Hybrid-Flexible) — All students have the option to participate in every class either virtually or in person.  Students can make this decision based on their own personal situation and needs and do not need permission to do so, although you should communicate with your professor often.
    2. Hybrid — In order to maximize physical distancing within classrooms, we may need to limit the number of students who attend a given class on a given day. Each professor is working through the individual needs of each class and will be communicating with you about when you can come to campus.

Courses that have an in-person option the first three weeks of school will be designated in My Info as well as in Blackboard Learn by August 1.  If you have any questions as to whether or not your course has an in-person option in the first three weeks, please contact Student Central or your instructor. Students enrolled in our Nursing program should contact their Dean for nursing requirements. Programs and courses that are fully online, asynchronous will see no change.

Learn how to see your classes and view how and when they will be meeting using your MyInfo portal

  • Most 3000 level and above will be virtual for the first three weeks, after that each student chooses in-person or virtual. To determine if your class has an in-person option the first three weeks of check your courses in MyInfo.
  • There is no need to opt into HyFlex. All courses* are already built with the option!  
  • Courses on campus will be required to reduce the capacity in each classroom. This means you may have to ‘take turns’ attending class in-person. Each course has specific instructions about how instructors will be reducing the in-person classroom capacity. Please log in to Bb Learn (Blackboard) and review your syllabus for further instructions or contact your instructor.   
  • Courses will be available in Bb Learn (Blackboard) starting Friday, August 21, 2020. 
  • You can email studentcentral@concordia.edu or your professor if you have questions. 

*Specialized programs, like Nursing and Education, may have other requirements. Please defer to your program director.

What is HyFlex?

On-Campus or Virtual Coursework

We are implementing a Hybrid-Flexible model of course delivery that allows students to choose between doing coursework on campus or virtually. Faculty will provide the same individualized support to students, regardless of whether they learn on campus or virtually.

Requirements and recommendations for virtual coursework:

HyFlex – How It Works

CTX has a two-phase approach for course delivery. The first phase is implementing our Hybrid Flexible (HyFlex) model.

The HyFlex model is a student-success-centric method that allows the student and instructor to collaborate in a flexible teaching and learning environment, whether on campus or virtually. The class is structured so that learning objectives can be met in both environments. It is the student's decision which way they will participate in the class, and faculty will support students regardless of whether they choose on-campus or virtual learning.

So what does that mean for students? We want students to feel comfortable and be successful in whichever learning environment works best for them during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have asked our faculty to prepare courses so that students can be either in person or virtual. No matter which learning environment the student chooses, the student should expect to:

  • Attend class. Some courses may require you to log in and attend a virtual conference during class. Students should expect to be "in" class during the posted class meeting time.
    Examples: Join class through Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, participate in virtual chat discussions with other students, etc.
  • Be fully engaged, use active learning, and fully participate. Just like in-person classes, class participation is required and often a part of your grade. While there will be assignment options for virtual learners, students must be ready to jump in and participate.
    Example: Create videos or shared documents with other classmates, watch videos from instructors or other classmates outside of the posted class time, and then come together during class (in person or virtually) for class activities.
  • Communicate regularly with your instructor. While the choice is yours on how to attend and participate in class (either in person or virtually), constant communication with your instructor is the key to your success.
    Examples: Make sure you reach out to your instructor if you are confused; don’t wait! Let your instructor know how you plan on attending class or if you are going to be absent.

As we engage in this HyFlex model, we will all be called to approach the changes with grace and patience as we learn together. As your professors discover the methods that work best for students, there may be some changes to the syllabus that will be clearly communicated. Please be flexible as we navigate these changes.

HyFlex FAQ

Q: Will HyFlex students be meeting in a virtual classroom during designated class times? If so, how can we access the calendar for our courses?

A: Classes will meet during the posted meeting time, which is shown in your My Info account.

Q: Are teachers required to wear masks during in-class presentations?

A: We are still finalizing in-person protocols and will announce those soon. We will likely require masks of all students. There will be more space between the instructor and students to allow for instructors to lecture without impediment.

Q:What will office hours look like this semester, particularly for HyFlex students?

A: Faculty office hours will be posted for students via the syllabus. The office hours may be conducted in a virtual format like Collaborate or zoom, depending on the preference of the instructor and student.

Q: For students who choose to be online, how do we officially indicate this decision?

A: There is no official request. Just log into your class in Blackboard and take a look at the syllabus to see how you participate virtually. Communicating your plans to your instructor is really helpful and highly encouraged, but it's not required.

Q: Are students able to take some classes virtually and some classes in person?

A: Yes. You can participate in each class how you choose. We encourage you to communicate your intentions to your professors.

Q: How will this apply to Nursing students?

A: For the fall semester, all didactic (lecture) courses will be delivered virtually. As of now, we plan to still conduct our practicums and skills in an in-person setting with social distancing protocols. However, this is dependent on access to area healthcare facilities. For the most up to date information, please refer to communication from Dean Shuffitt.

Q: Will traditional/transfer undergraduate students still be charged an online fee for classes specifically designated as online only?

A: If the course is listed as fully online, then there will be an online course fee as normal.

Academic Programs

There may be some in-person requirements for programs with stipulations determined by an outside agency (i.e., Texas Education Agency for Education and Board of Nursing for Nursing).

Education

The College of Education is waiting to hear more information from the Texas Education Agency. For more information regarding Education programs, please contact Dr. Chris Winkler.

Nursing

In the Nursing Program, all didactic (lecture) courses will be delivered virtually.  As of right now, we plan to still conduct our practicums and skills in an in-person setting with social distancing protocols. However, this is dependent on access to area healthcare facilities. For the most up-to-date information about Nursing programs, please refer to communication from Dean Shuffitt and Nursing Program - Fall 2020 Plans & FAQ.

Enrollment, Financial & Academic Planning

Admissions

We are accepting applications for Fall 2020 and have temporarily waived the ACT or SAT college entrance exam test requirement for admission of incoming classes through Fall 2021. Admissions Counselors are available to meet with prospective students virtually and in person (by appointment) to discuss next steps.

See Admissions for information about visiting and applying.

Academic Planning

Registration for the Fall 2020 semester is open, and our Student Academic Planning team is ready to assist you in planning your fall course schedule.

If you are a current student who needs to register for fall, schedule a virtual appointment with your Student Academic Planner.

Financial Planning

The FAFSA for the 2020-2021 academic year is open, and our Student Financial Planning team is ready to assist you in planning your financial aid for this academic year.

If you are a current student who needs assistance with financial aid, schedule a virtual appointment with your Student Financial Planner.

Family FAQ

Q: Are Freshman required to live on campus at this time, due to pandemic?  

A: Our Freshman residency requirement is still in place but we are are considering all requests for exemptions.  Please contact your admissions counselor.

Q: How many students plan to live on campus at this time? 

A: We are currently expecting between 236 and 260 people to live on campus.  They will primarily be in double occupancy rooms.

Q: In the dorms, are the common areas going to be used? Or will they be removed because of social distancing?

A: While we are still planning some of the details, you can see our overall plan for Hygiene and Sanitation in our Emergency Operations Plan.  We will follow all social distancing guidelines in the use of all common rooms. 

Q: If someone gets the virus on a dorm floor, how will the university handle that? Will the other students on the floor need to be quarantined? 

A: Detailed information about our plans can be found in the Emergency Operations Plan.

Q: If my son/daughter gets the virus, and moves home for care, can we be reimbursed for the meal plan and dorm stay? 

A: All residential students must sign a Housing Agreement, which states that students are responsible for housing and meal plans for the entire year. If a student chooses to vacate the residence halls at any point during the academic year, typically the student is still responsible for the costs associated with their housing and meal plan.  However, we will review student requests for pro-rated refunds on a case-by-case basis.  Additionally, if the university is required to close the residence halls and send students home, students would receive pro-rated refunds of housing and meal costs.

Q: If we, as a family decide COVID-19 cases are spreading fast among students or in the city and we want to bring our son/daughter home, will we get reimbursed for housing and meal plans for choosing to leave at any time? 

A: All residential students must sign a Housing Agreement, which states that students are responsible for housing and meal plans for the entire year. If a student chooses to vacate the residence halls at any point during the academic year, typically the student is still responsible for the costs associated with their housing and meal plan.  However, we will review student requests for pro-rated refunds on a case-by-case basis.  Additionally, if the university is required to close the residence halls and send students home, students would receive pro-rated refunds of housing and meal costs.

Q: If the government steps in and sends students home like last semester, we will be reimbursed for meals and dorm stay?

A: Yes, if we are required to send students home, housing and meal costs will be prorated appropriately.

Q: If we decide to let our son/daughter take classes online only this year and live at home due to concerns with COVID-19, would they have the option to enroll for on-site classes and live in the dorms next year?

A: Yes. They could even come physically back to campus in the Spring if you chose and we will work with you all on those changes from an academic and financial aid perspective through Student Central. 

Q: Will Embark be taking place in person or on-line for new incoming students?

A: Embark will be a combination of in-person and online.  Details will be coming out soon.

International Students

The Department of Homeland Security's Student and Exchange Visitor Program recently announced a change in regulations regarding international students holding an F-1 Visa for study this Fall at U.S. institutions of higher education. Concordia University is proud to have an international student community that represents many countries from across the world.

We recognize this announcement has created some complexities however our goal is to ensure our students have options this Fall in hopes that they continue their educational goals at CTX.

The announcement can be found here: SEVP News Release, 7/6/2020

In short, guidelines from the Student and Exchange Visitor Program for the Fall 2020 semester are as follows:

  1. F-1 students enrolled in schools operating exclusively online may not take a full course load online and remain in the U.S.; or
  2. F-1 students enrolled in schools offering face-to-face instruction can continue their studies as they normally would under federal regulations; or
  3. For F-1 students at universities offering a hybrid model of learning, a mix of online and face-to-face classes, certifying school officials are reviewing program requirements to authorize the minimum number of online courses required to make normal progress.

Currently, we are moving forward with re-opening campus in the Fall with on-ground, hybrid, and fully online course options. We are implementing a HyFlex model for Fall 2020 (see above), which would fall under the hybrid model of learning that the Department of Homeland Security has described as an option for F-1 Visa students.

We are praying for the safety of our students and look forward to seeing all of our international students this Fall for classes. We will be sure to communicate when/if any updates are available on this page and via email to our F-1 Visa students.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to Cindy Melendez, Designated School Official, at cindy.melendez@concordia.edu or 512.313.4617.

Student Housing

In order to avoid crowding and to practice social distancing, this year, students will register for a designated time to move into the residence halls. We will also be offering the opportunity for students to drop off belongings to be locked in their room prior to move in.

An email to all residential students with more details on updates for the fall, move in, and room and roommate assignments will be sent on July 15. In the meantime, please note the following dates:

  • August 10-14:  Residential students may drop off belongings in their room (by appointment)
  • August 19-20:  First year student move in (by appointment)
  • August 21-22:  Returning student move in (by appointment)

At this time, Concordia is not making any changes to our Residence Hall room plan. We are honoring all current requests for housing and are still able to accept new requests as well.

The University will continue to evaluate both the need to accommodate on-campus housing requests as well as the public health scenarios, and we will make adjustments as necessary. As always, we will keep the health and safety of all of our students a priority, in addition to their educational needs.

New students, please contact Admissions to request housing. 

Returning students, please contact Residential Life to request housing.  

Student Life

Changes to life on campus for our students include:

  • Student Orientation
  • Counseling Services
  • Student Activities
  • Campus Ministry

For more information, see Student Life on Campus for Fall 2020.

Physical Spaces on Campus

As students return to campus, it is important for us to provide protocols to keep our students and employees safe. Some of these protocols include increased cleaning processes, wearing face masks and configuring classrooms for social distancing. For more information regarding protocols, see COVID-19 Response & Prevention.

Athletics

The Concordia Athletics department is currently planning how to keep student-athletes safe to return to campus for practice and play. Details regarding procedures for each sport concerning dates, COVID-19 testing, safety measures, insurance requirements and NCAA compliance will be shared directly with student- athletes via coaches and the sports medicine staff.

Campus Events

All of our planned campus events are still scheduled to take place over the summer. We may adjust the event to a virtual format where appropriate. Our next round of updates will be shared during the first week of July.

List of Campus Events

Are you looking for a venue to host your next event? We welcome our community to begin reserving space on campus for summer, fall, or spring events. We are adhering to all county and local COVID-19 guidelines to ensure safety of our guests. For more information and to submit a reservation, see Scheduling & Events.

Schedule Your Event

Response & Prevention

As students return to campus for Fall 2020, response to and prevention of COVID-19 cases is a priority. Our plans outline what we will do if there is a confirmed case on campus as well as steps we are taking to prevent COVID-19 from spreading on campus.

Response & Prevention Plans for COVID-19