Posted: December 16, 2020
Dear HIU Community,
After careful analysis of the current level of local community spread of COVID-19 in Orange County, balanced with a desire to return to in-person learning as soon as the science and state guidelines may permit, I’m announcing Hope International University will begin the Spring 2021 Semester with remote learning, with a target of returning to. in-person learning beginning the week of March 22, 2021. If we are able to return safely to in-person learning at that time, neither students nor faculty will be mandated to participate face to face though I assume many, if not most of you will choose that option. If students continue remotely through the end of the semester, they will not miss any lectures or activities thanks to our online capabilities.
I’m so grateful for how the entire HIU community has preserved and shown what it means to be a Royal over the past extraordinary nine months. Although we have persevered as a community during this past year, it has come for many of us at the cost of lost opportunities for meaningful connection, engagement and experiences that come with in-person learning. Although the Spring semester will begin like the Fall semester with the same rigorous level of instruction, my sincere hope is for the HIU community to have the opportunity to return to in-person learning in Mid-March as previously stated.
Over the course of the Fall semester, we have continued to update our protocols in accordance with state and local guidelines and have made additional operational and capital investments not only to support remote learning, but to support a safe reopening of our campus for in-person learning in the Spring semester. Although disappointing, starting the Spring semester with remote learning is the safest approach to protect the health and safety of our community. Please find below important information regarding the Spring semester.
INSTRUCTION | The Spring semester will begin on January 21, 2021 with remote learning and will pivot to optional, in-person learning on March 21, 2021, if it is deemed safe after a careful review of the health and safety conditions and regulations present at that time. We will be monitoring data both on campus and regionally daily throughout the semester. Please note that the traditionally on-ground Marriage and Family Therapy program will continue to be in a remote learning format for the Spring semester.
TUITION & STUDENT FEES | Tuition and student fees will remain at the 2020-21 academic year published rates.
RESIDENTIAL HOUSING | In accordance with the State of California’s industry guidance for Institutions of Higher Education, we are limiting residential housing capacity to no more than two (2) students per room for the Spring 2021 semester. Students that choose to live on campus without a roommate will be charged the double room rate, while students that choose to live with a roommate will be charged the triple room rate. We encourage all students to carefully consider the necessity to live on campus or in the local community for the Spring semester. Residential housing will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis, although preference will be given to students based on hardship needs. In preparation for residential living, we have made operational investments in our housing facilities, including the installation of ultraviolet light filtration in our air handlers and upgrades to our air filters in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the State of California. We have also adopted robust cleaning and disinfecting protocols for all common areas in our residence halls and dorm rooms. A communication from Residence Life will be made soon with more information.
MEAL PLANS | Students will only be charged for meal plans if they will be residing on campus for the Spring semester. At the start of the Spring semester, we expect that all meals will be packaged “to go” since indoor dining is currently not permitted in Orange County. For the Spring 2021 semester, students may select either 5, 10, 15 or 19 per week meal plans. Please note that common area kitchens in the residence halls will be closed in connection with our COVID-19 protocols. Given the risks of community spread of COVID-19 off-campus, we encourage our residential students to dine on campus as much as possible. Our meal plan protocols are subject to change based on updates to State of California guidance and Orange County’s tier assignment in connection with California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy.
PARKING FEES | There will be no parking fees assessed for the Spring semester.
FINANCIAL AID | All academic and athletic institutional financial aid and scholarships will remain unchanged for the Spring semester. Any institutional financial aid provided in connection with residential housing will only be provided to students that reside on campus during the Spring semester.
ATHLETICS | The Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) and other non-conference local colleges and universities in Southern California are working feverishly to finalize Fall and Spring sports competition schedules for the Spring semester. Student athletes will receive more information from their respective head coach as schedules are finalized in the weeks ahead.
STUDENT WORKERS | There will be limited student worker opportunities during the Spring semester. For more information on Student Worker opportunities, please contact Stacey Gerhart, Director of Career Development, at (714) 879-3901 x 2309 or [email protected].
CAMPUS BOOKSTORE | Our bookstore is open on campus during regular business hours and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at http://www.hope.bkstr.com/ for all of your course material, HIU gear and supply needs. Course materials are posted on the bookstore website and on the HIU website with course schedules and students should consult those lists when placing orders with the bookstore. Please note that store capacity may be reduced in accordance with Orange County’s tier assignment in connection with California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy.
STUDENT LIFE | Our student life experience opportunities in place for the Fall semester will resume as we start the Spring semester. We look forward to enhancing our student life experience with a return to optional, in-person instruction in March. More information about our student life experience, including Chapel and mental health services will be provided upon the start of the Spring semester.
Finally, I want to tell you how much I appreciate the support of the HIU community over the past nine months. I have been blessed and overwhelmed by the prayers, notes, and emails I have received from you and your loved ones. We are in this together, we will be through this together. We are ROYALS!
Together in Him,
Dr. Paul H. Alexander