Dear Students,

To help you prepare for the start of classes, we are reaching out with some important information and reminders.

Transitional Class Attendance Policy for the 2021-2022 Academic Year

Faculty governance committees approved this week a transitional class attendance policy for the coming academic year. This transitional policy creates the opportunity for all faculty and students to better communicate and understand expectations surrounding attendance and illness-related absences as we navigate the pandemic. Please read the full policy available at this link. (You may need to log into Cobbernet to access the document; it is located on the Registrar’s Office Cobbernet site>For Students>Resources>Transitional Class Attendance Policy.)

Fall Class Schedule and Modes of Learning

As we have shared with you a few times this summer, the Registrar’s Office and faculty have been reviewing course schedules and moving more classes to in-person learning.  While Concordia will still offer some online and blended courses, because those modes of instruction best support the learning goals of certain courses, we are delighted that most courses are returning to a fully in-person format.  Faculty are eager to create vibrant in-person learning experiences for the fall semester.  You can find the most up-to-date schedule in BannerPlease be sure to review your class schedule closely as the Transitional Class Attendance Policy noted above states that “students should attend their courses in the format listed in Banner (e.g., classes offered in-person should be attended in person).”

Additional Reminders & FYIs

  • Effective the first day of class (August 26), masks are required in all classes, laboratories, and studios. Faculty members may remove their masks during class, to be easily heard, if they can maintain social distancing. Masks are also required in public indoor spaces and in workspaces where distancing cannot be maintained.  Masking requirements will be in effect until reviewed on September 17.  Unvaccinated individuals continue to be required to wear a mask indoors at all times.        
  • To promote a healthy campus community, all students who are not yet fully vaccinated are required to submit proof of a negative COVID test when they return. Failure to do so may result in referral to the conduct system and a $50 disciplinary fine. Use this site to learn more and access the form to submit your test. Unvaccinated students are also expected to get a COVID test every two weeks. 
  • If you are fully vaccinated, or have chosen not to get vaccinated, be sure you have submitted your Student COVID Vaccination Form. The unique link to your form was sent directly to you - if you no longer have this link, email and include "I need the link to my vaccination form" in the message.

We hope you enjoy your last few days of summer and we are eager to welcome you back to campus and start the academic year. 

Susan Larson, Provost & Dean of the College

Lisa Sjoberg, Registrar