Wartburg Theological Seminary COVID-19 Response as of April 2021

In our ongoing efforts to care for one another and our neighbors, Wartburg Theological Seminary has put into place temporary policies that will remain effective through July 1, 2021 to help us steward our shared life together.

Care for one another during this time is our top priority!

Temporary Policies from President Kristin Johnston Largen

Detailed Information and Updates

HIGHER EDUCATION EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND (HEERF)

Student Portion Public Reporting

Recently, the U.S. Congress allocated funding to colleges and universities to assist students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) was created to enable colleges and universities to provide cash grants to current students for expenses related to disruptions to their education due to COVID-19.

Click here for Section 18004(a)(1) Student Portion Public Reporting.

Institutional Portion & FIPSE Public Reporting

Recently, the U.S. Congress allocated funding to colleges and universities to assist students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) was created to enable colleges and universities to provide cash grants to current students for expenses related to disruptions to their education due to COVID-19.

Click here to view Section 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion and 18004(a)(3) FIPSE Public Reporting.

STUDENT LIFE & COURSE DELIVERY DETAILS

Summer TEEM Courses

All TEEM intensives in June and July will convene digitally as planned.

Fall 2021

As you know, spring semester courses have been offered digitally only and campus has remain closed to visitors, but it is our plan to start reopening campus beginning July 1, 2021 and convene Prolog Week and the Fall Semester residentially in addition to our regular distance learning models.

All students, faculty, and staff are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated for the sake of the health of the whole community.

Worship

We gather as a community for worship each day at the regular 10:30am CST hour as a part of the daily rhythm of our life together. Worship will be internal to the WTS community to maintain a space for worship that allows us to experiment and practice the leadership of worship in a digital environment.

Read the story to learn more about how we continued as a worship-centered community during the the Spring of 2020 as the pandemic unfolded.

Campus Accessibility

Campus will remain closed to the public through the end of June, but will remain open with modified operations. Student on-campus housing also remains open but there will be no guest housing at this time. Students, faculty, and staff are expected to follow COVID-19 best practices as prescribed by the seminary—including mandatory mask use in campus buildings outside of private offices and residences.

The library continues to be open with modified operations for WTS students, faculty, and staff.

The food pantry continues to be open with modified operations.

We will begin reopening campus on July 1, 2021, with new policies about this reopening forthcoming.

Contextual Education

Master’s level and certificate students—including those as students on internship, in CPE, and in fieldwork—are expected to follow the policies set forth by the government(s), organizations, and synods where they are serving.

Guidelines for WTS Internship, Collaborative, and TEEM Students

ADDITIONAL UPDATES AND RESOURCES

Online Visit Opportunities (Admissions)

The Admissions Team has added several new Online Open Houses to its calendar. Individual online visits are also available for a more personalized and tailored experience.

Participants will hear from current students, faculty, and Admissions & Student Services staff, and have an opportunity to ask questions. Visit our website to learn more and register. Contact admissions@wartburgseminary.edu with questions or for help signing up.

Class of 2021 Commencement

Class of 2021 Commencement will be held as a digital celebration on May 16, 2021. More details forthcoming here: https://www.wartburgseminary.edu/event/commencement-2021/.

From the Chair of the Board of Directors

Reflecting on Interim President Kris Stache’s cogent COVID-19 update and call to prayer, and based on frequent conversations with Dr. Stache and data-driven dashboards provided by our Administrative Cabinet, I am thankful to add my assessment and assurance. Dr. Kris Stache, cabinet, faculty and staff are remarkably well—prepared and proactively poised for each eventuality that emerges; each day as if on wings like eagles—effectively executing Wartburg’s core mission, forming valued leaders.  

With gratitude to our gracious God and Wartburg’s servant leaders,

Dr. Stephen J. Cornils
Chair, Wartburg Seminary Board of Directors

Resources for Information on COVID-19

Please practice care and consideration for yourself and others. If you are symptomatic, stay home. If you have questions or need assistance, ask for help. Consult with medical staff if symptoms persist. Be conscientious about how you interact with others in public.

In addition to your state’s health department website, we encourage you to access the following resources:

ELCA Public Health

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

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