Planning for Fall 2020

Moving forward in 2020, Grand View University is excited to start in-person classes and welcome students back to campus this fall. Grand View will continue to work hard all summer in monitoring the COVID-19 situation and making the health and safety of our students and campus community a top priority. We are grateful for the dedication and perseverance to maintain a safe and healthy learning environment shown throughout the entire GV community.

Classes & HyFlex Health & Safety
Housing & Dining Campus Life
Athletics Visiting Campus
Offices FAQs

Classes & HyFlex

IGrand View University is planning for in-person classes this fall with social distancing and safety measures in place. Grand View has also implemented a HyFlex course model that allows for course delivery that is flexible and adaptable so students can continue their education uninterrupted.

  • Fall classes will begin on Monday, August 24.
  • Classrooms will be arranged to allow for social distancing between all students and faculty.
  • Students will be expected to wear masks while in classrooms and anytime they are in common areas and are unable to maintain six feet of social distancing.
  • Grand View has adopted a HyFlex course model that will allow flexible course delivery and will give students the ability to keep attending class even if they are unable to do so in person.
  • If required by the State of Iowa, GV faculty are ready to move to online instruction.

What is HyFlex?

The Hyflex model was built for student success. Grand View students will have flexibility with three options for how to attend class:

  1. Face-to-Face (Traditional)
  2. Synchronous Learning (Live + Online)
  3. Asynchronous Learning (Recorded)

Students in all three learning modes will work together through Zoom meetings, online discussion boards and course blogs to develop skills in writing and analyzing course materials. 

Academic Calendar

Classes will being Monday, August 24, with new student days being held Friday, August 21 - Sunday, August 23.

Fall 2020 Academic Calendar

Health & Safety

Cleaning Procedures

Grand View University has partnered with FBG Service Corporation, a professional cleaning service, to ensure we provide top-notch safety and cleaning procedures focused on infection prevention and control.

FBG uses an Electrostatic Disinfection System (EDS) with hospital grade disinfectants approved by both the CDC and APA to attack key touchpoints around campus, including:

  • Faucets
  • Door Handles
  • Switches
  • Desks
  • Wellness Center
  • Elevators
  • Other High Risk Areas

View a detailed summary of FBG's cleaning procedures here.

Social Distancing

Grand View is practicing social distancing in all buildings on campus. This meets that everyone should maintain a six-foot distance from others. Classrooms will be arranged to allow for social distancing and seating in all public spaces has been spread out. According to the CDC, keeping space between you and others is one of the best tools we have to avoid being exposed to this virus and slowing its spread locally and across the country and world.

Learn more about social distancing here.

Face Masks

Since we are still dealing with COVID-19 cases in Iowa, we expect everyone to wear face masks when social distancing is not possible. According to the CDC, COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice (e.g., while shouting, chanting, or singing). These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Recent studies show that a significant portion of individuals with COVID-19 lack symptoms (are “asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (are “pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms.

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, CDC recommends that people wear cloth face coverings in public settings when around people outside of their household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

For more information about face masks and their importance, please visit the CDC’s website.

Housing & Dining

Grand View University plans for a full return to on-campus instruction and housing this fall. However, campus life will appear different than in the past. Adjustments have been made to many aspects of the campus and community in an attempt to mitigate any risks associated with COVID-19.

Move-In

More information available soon.

What to Bring

More information available soon.

Dining

Grand View’s food service provider, Aramark, is working hard to keep you safe. They have increased cleaning and sanitation of high touch service areas, require frequent hand washing and use of gloves by all employees, have removed potential contamination points, and will be checking the health of dining center staff prior to starting work.

To reduce the social spread of germs, we ask that dining guests also take proactive measures—wear a mask, maintain a six-foot social distance, and use proper hand washing and hand sanitizer.

Campus Life

More information available soon.

Athletics

The NAIA has determined that to protect the health and safety of athletes, the competition start dates for fall sports have been pushed back to September 12, 2020 for football and September 5, 2020 for all other fall sports. We are planning for a successful, competitive season. Student athletes will be able to begin practices in mid-August.

Visiting Campus

We are looking forward to seeing you soon! The health and safety of our campus community and our visitors has been our top priority during the COVID-19 pandemic. As restrictions in Iowa are being lifted, we are now slowly and safely opening our campus. We know there are many questions about what that will look like, so we have outlined the safety and precautionary measures we are taking.

COVID-19 Visitor Guidelines

Offices

Grand View offices will be open normal business hours to serve students and visitors. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing when you are meeting with various departments and with faculty members. You may be asked to meet in a larger room if social distancing is not possible.

The Business, Financial Aid, and Registrar’s Offices will be operating out of the Rodholm Room (second floor of Humphrey) from August 20 – September 4 to help students take care of their back-to-school tasks while being mindful of their health and privacy with appropriate social distancing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Many questions revolve around COVID-19 and how normal operations will be different moving ahead. Provided below are answers to many of the reoccurring questions GV has encountered.

View our return to Fall 2020 FAQ

Additional Resources

Grand View has compiled an extensive list of resources to help students and families navigate through difficulties brought forth by COVID-19.

Visit our Student Relief Resource page