If you are formally diagnosed with COVID-19, please stay home and contact Davenport University and your professor(s) immediately.
What resources are available for students?
Advising: Your advisor remains your main point of contact and is ready to help you with any questions or concerns. Call 866-383-3548 or contact your advisor directly via email or phone.
Computer problems: For questions about your computer and accessing classes online, contact the ITS Customer Support Center at email@example.com or call 616.732.1200.
Testing: Davenport University testing centers are closed. We are effectively waiving Accuplacer for all incoming freshmen effective immediately and until further notice. We are also waiving the TEAS examination for freshman and sophomores and will ask them to take it when operations return to normal.
Financial aid: We will continue to answer and support your financial aid needs. Please email any questions or concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Library: Our library remains open online with most of the same in-person resources available to students digitally. Visit https://davenport.libguides.com/online-library-services for more library resources.
Tutoring: Online tutoring is available online at my.davenport.edu/tutoring-services.
Campus Life: If you think you are sick or have symptoms, please consult your medical provider. Please also reach out to Campus Life at email@example.com.
Bookstore: While the Tyrus R. Wessel Bookstore will remain closed, books and additional university materials are still available by visiting the online bookstore. Merchandise and apparel are also still available for purchase via our online store.
Counseling: Take care of your mental health as well as your physical health and make sure to utilize the services we provide as a benefit to our students. Visit my.davenport.edu/campus-life/health-wellness for more information.
Student Access: If you are a student with a disability and having difficulty with the academic transition, please reach out to your student access coordinator at my.davenport.edu/campus-life/student-access.
Housing: Housing and Residence Life has closed all of its residence halls and apartments for the Winter, Spring and Summer 2020 semesters. The housing application for the upcoming Fall 2020 semester is available at https://davenport.erezlife.com/. If Davenport decides not to have housing in the fall due to the coronavirus pandemic, housing deposits will be refunded.
- Call your healthcare provider. Be sure to tell the person you speak with if you believe to have had contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19.
*If you are a Michigan resident, Spectrum Health is offering free COVID-19 virtual screenings.
- Stay home. As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home or residence hall. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available, and avoid public areas and public transportation – ridesharing, taxis, buses, etc.
- If you live on campus, you should let your resident assistant, advisor, professor(s) and coach (if applicable) know immediately. If you have general concerns, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Cover coughs and sneezes. If you sneeze, you should immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Clean and disinfect. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
Davenport is committed to offering classes in the fall in the format that meets the needs of its students – with in-seat and online options. It is also exploring hybrid models that will enable students to participate in-seat or online for any course they take.
Yes, all students will be required to answer questions regarding COVID 19 symptoms including a temperature check before entering our buildings as part of our Healthy@Work screening. If you are sick, do not come to class, but do communicate with your professor.
Through early phases, anyone entering our buildings will be screened at a Healthy@Work checkpoint for COVID 19 symptoms and possible exposure. Those with symptoms or exposure will be asked to get a medical assessment or isolate themselves until symptoms have abated. We will evaluate, update and communicate changes to screening procedures as appropriate.
- In preparation for the fall semester, students living in residence halls and student-athletes will be tested once at the beginning of the semester.
- Faculty, staff and students who are on campus and present symptoms of COVID 19 will be advised to remain home and seek medical attention which may include testing.
Davenport has created a coronavirus preparedness taskforce to initiate safety protocols to protect its university community while following state, federal and NCAA guidelines for returning in the fall including:
- Utilizing our small class sizes and a hybrid approach to hosting classes that will combine in-seat and an online experience to maintain social distancing
- Initiating strict and consistent cleaning protocols including advanced whole room disinfectant devices
- Requiring and utilizing facial masks, hand washing, offering disinfectants at contact points and health screen protocols for the university community
Visit davenport.edu/coronavirus to see a full list of what Davenport University is doing to ensure a safe return to campus.
Despite all precautionary measures, there is always a risk of workplace exposure to communicable diseases. The following steps will be taken should a student, visitor or employee contract COVID 19 and potentially expose others on our campus.
- Employees or students who have been potentially exposed will be sent home and asked to contact their health professional and telework or take classes online for 14 days.
- A general notification will be made to individuals working or present in the same area/building
- A specific notification will be made to all individuals who had “close contact” with the affected individual.
- There will be a thorough cleaning of the workspace used by the infected individual as prescribed by our facility COVID 19 cleaning protocol and potential closing of an area if needed.
- Notification will be made to the appropriate country health department.
Davenport will reimburse students for deposits they make towards housing, should the university need to make the decision to remain online in the fall.
For students with barriers to participating in online classes (such as internet access, computer equipment and etc.), we have put together a list of resources below to help you in this time of need.
Several media companies have vowed to offer free internet while schools and universities across the country are closed. If you need access to the internet to complete your work but don’t have it at home, here are a few resources.
The company has opened its Xfinity WiFi hotspots to all users, whether they’re current customers or not, for the next 60 days. To find a hotspot near you and learn how to connect, visit: wifi.xfinity.com.
Comcast is also offering its Internet Essentials plan for free to low-income families for two months of service. You must be a new customer to take advantage of the offer.
If you’re not a new customer, inquire about making your current plan more affordable or how you can keep your internet during the outbreak, even if you can’t pay. Contact Comcast for more information.
Spectrum by Charter Communications
- The company is also opening its WiFi hotspots to all users free of charge for the next 60 days. Find a hotspot hear you and learn how to connect by visiting spectrum.com/wifi-hotspots.
- Offering free broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
If you need to work or complete school work from home, but don’t have access to a computer, there are resources available.
If you become a customer of Comcast’s Internet Essentials plan for low-income families, you may also be eligible to apply for a low-cost computer. Find more information here.
Here are a few places you can find free or very low-cost computers:
- Detroit residents and those in the surrounding area, check out this list of food and education-related resources.
- Grand Rapids and West Michigan residents can find a list of nonprofits and restaurants donating food here.
- For those with children, check with their schools first – many districts are offering lunches during the closures. Some offer breakfast as well.
- Many local businesses and non-profit organizations have been stepping up to help out, too. Research restaurants, grocery store chains, food pantries and other non-profits in your area for specifics.
- If you’re stuck and can’t find the resources needed to feed yourself and/or your family, call the United Way Hotline at 2-1-1. The hotline is open 24/7.
We have heard your concerns and have come up with a possible solution — Davenport is now offering two new options including an extended Incomplete and Credit/No Credit.
1. Apply for an Incomplete — who is this for?
You should apply for an Incomplete if you:
- Are overwhelmed due to the pandemic or moving online and find it necessary to stop out temporarily.
- Have become sick, need to attend to someone who is ill, or have to be quarantined, etc. before the end of the term.
- You do not have to meet a certain percentage for course completion in order to be eligible for an Incomplete for the winter 15-week or session II 2020 semester.
What you need to know before applying for the “I” grade:
- You must submit the Grade Request Form to your instructor prior to the last day of class.
- Your instructor will decide whether or not to allow the request and will submit the completed form to the Registrar’s Office.
- You do not have to have a minimum percentage of coursework completed.
- An “I” grade on your transcript does not indicate that you have earned credit for the course. Once you have successfully completed the required work, your instructor will submit a Change of Grade Form to the Registrar’s Office to convert the Incomplete to a standard letter grade.
- You will have until Friday, August 21, 2020, to complete the coursework agreed upon with your instructor. If the coursework and assessment assigned by your instructor is not completed and submitted by Friday, August 21, 2020, the “I” grade will convert to an “F” on your transcript. An “F” will then be used to calculate your GPA.
- If you are a graduating student expecting to sit for a certification exam (such as the NCLEX for nursing), an "I" will prevent the Registrar's Office from issuing a Certificate of Completion until the course is successfully completed. This will delay your ability to sit for testing for any professional credential.
- As is normal practice, a student may submit a grade appeal if the Incomplete is denied.
2. Apply for Credit/No Credit — who is this for?
You should apply for Credit/No Credit if you:
- Are worried about this disruptive semester affecting your GPA
What you need to know before applying for the “CR/NC” grade:
- You must submit the Grade Request Form to your instructor at least one week before the last day of class if you are not receiving an Incomplete.
- If you apply and are approved for an Incomplete, you can also apply for the CR/NC grade by August 14, 2020.
- Your instructor will decide whether or not to allow and will submit the completed request form to the Registrar’s Office.
- If you receive a grade of “CR,” you will have earned at least the minimum passing percentage according to your course syllabus. A grade of “CR” will neither positively nor negatively affect your GPA. If you are struggling with your minimum major GPA, earning a “CR” will not help raise the GPA as there are no GPA points assigned to such a grade. If your goal is to graduate with distinction, this option will not necessarily help.
- If you receive a grade of “NC,” you will have earned less than the required minimum to pass the course according to your course syllabus. A grade of “NC” will neither positively nor negatively affect your GPA. However, there could be financial aid implications regarding standards of progress if you have not previously completed other courses.
- If a course with an “NC” grade is a prerequisite for another course(s), the other course(s) may not be taken until the credit has been earned for the prerequisite course. You will need to repeat and earn a passing grade. You will be allowed to take other courses but should consult your advisor.
- As is normal practice, a student may submit a grade appeal if the CR/NC grade option is denied.
If you think you are sick or have symptoms, please consult your medical provider. Please also reach out to Campus Life at email@example.com.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has launched a statewide hotline to answer coronavirus-related questions. Residents can call 1-888-535-6136 to speak with health officials.
Any other need
United Way hosts a hotline to help people access resources during times of crisis. If you have a need that we haven’t covered here and you don’t know where to turn, start by contacting United Way – just dial 2-1-1. The hotline is open 24/7.
For continuing updates and information on COVID-19, visit davenport.edu/coronavirus.
Students who are diagnosed positive must report their outcome and a list of close contacts via incident reporting or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please refer to the "Return to Campus Plan" for more information.
Davenport University recognizes that many households have had a significant drop in income in the 2020 calendar year due to the pandemic and accompanying economic downturn. The information provided on the 2020-2021 FAFSA by students and families may not reflect the current economic situation.
Students, their spouses and parents (if the student is dependent) who have suffered a loss of income and/or job due to the COVID-19 pandemic or economic downturn should submit a Special Consideration Request.