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Updates Regarding the Coronavirus for the CTS Community

BEGINNING AUGUST 11, THE SEMINARY WILL BE OPENED TO NEW STUDENTS FOR NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION. THE CAMPUS WILL BE OPENED TO ALL STUDENTS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC BEGINNING THE FIRST DAY OF THE FALL SEMESTER, MONDAY, AUGUST 23 .

Christian Theological Seminary is actively monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. This page will house important announcements and information for the CTS community regarding our response to it. We encourage everyone to be safe and to take adequate preventative measures to remain as healthy as possible during this time.

August 1, 2021

As the CTS leadership continues to monitor and adapt to the changes in public health protocols in light of the more recent Delta variant, our top priority remains the health and safety of our community. The following updates were recently announced:

  • Effective Friday, August 1, all students, faculty, staff, and visitors—regardless of vaccination status—will be required to wear masks indoors when in classrooms, hallways, and common areas.
  • Proof of a COVID-19 vaccination by August 23 will be required for all students, faculty, and staff. Medical and religious exemptions will be accommodated for all required vaccinations.

December 7, 2020

As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 coronavirus situation with concern for the health and safety of all, please note the following important updates announced on December 7, 2020.

  • The main campus building will remain closed; faculty and staff will continue to work remotely until further notice.
  • During this time a limited number of staff members will continue to access the building for essential work.
  • All classes will be offered online through the Spring semester 2021.
  • Masks are required to be worn in all CTS and Butler campus buildings.
  • CTS Library is open and continues to provide additional services (e.g. non-contact curbside circulation, socially distanced workspaces by reservation, etc.). Library Staff will be onsite Mon – Fri from 8am to 6pm.  Please refer the Library website (click here) for the most up-to-date information concerning operations and safety procedures.
  • The Counseling Center building will remain closed until further notice. All services will continue using online platforms.
    Virtual Front Desk hours: Monday thru Thursday 10:00 am – 4:30pm. To contact the Virtual Front Desk, please call (317) 924-5205.
  • All events, including weekly worship, will take place online until further notice.

What You Can Do to Help

The following are CDC recommendations to help protect and prevent the spread of coronavirus or any other illness:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Social Distance and wear a mask
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Use hand sanitizer frequently.
  • If you have been exposed to COVID19 you must self-quarantine for 14 days.

We will continue to keep the CTS campus community informed about any new updates on the coronavirus, but please check back periodically along with checking the following sites to stay up to date.


May 27, 2020

As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 coronavirus situation with concern for the health and safety of all, please note the following important updates announced on May 27, 2020.

  • The main campus building will remain closed; faculty and staff will continue to work remotely until further notice.
  • During this time a limited number of staff members will continue to access the building for essential work.
  • All classes will be offered online for the remainder of 2020.
  • The CTS library will be closed until further notice. The library will continue to support students and faculty in their work.
  • The Counseling Center building will be closed for the remainder of 2020. All services will continue using online platforms.
    Virtual Front Desk Hours of Operation:
    Monday thru Thursday 10:00 am – 4:30pm. To contact the Virtual Front Desk, please call (317) 924-5205.
  • All events, including orientation, convocation and weekly worship, will be scheduled to take place online for the remainder of 2020 or they will be postponed.

What You Can Do to Help

The following are CDC recommendations to help protect and prevent the spread of coronavirus or any other illness:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

We will continue to keep the CTS campus community informed about any new updates on the coronavirus, but please check back periodically along with checking the following sites to stay up to date.


April 23, 2020

As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 coronavirus situation with concern for the health and safety of all, please note the following important updates announced on April 23, 2020.

  1. CTS offices will operate remotely through June 1st.
  2. During this time a limited number of employees will be on-site for a few hours each day to handle business affairs.
  3. All spring and summer CTS courses will be delivered online.
  4. The CTS library will be closed until further notice. Staff will be available by email for reference and writing center assistance.
  5. To ensure the safety of our clients, our clinicians, and our staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, The CTS Counseling Center has transitioned its clinical operations to a virtual environment. Virtual Front Desk Hours of Operation:
    Monday thru Thursday 10:00 am – 4:30pm
    To contact the Virtual Front Desk, please call (317) 924-5205.
  6. All events have been cancelled until further notice. Commencement will be held online via a virtual platform with details to come.

What You Can Do to Help

The following are CDC recommendations to help protect and prevent the spread of coronavirus or any other illness:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

We will continue to keep the CTS campus community informed about any new updates on the coronavirus, but please check back periodically along with checking the following sites to stay up to date.


March 30, 2020

As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 coronavirus situation with concern for the health and safety of all, please note the following important updates announced on March 30, 2020.

  1. CTS offices will operate remotely through May 1st.
  2. During this time a limited number of employees will be on-site for a few hours each day to handle business affairs.
  3. All spring and summer CTS courses will be delivered online.
  4. The CTS library will be closed until further notice. Staff will be available by email for reference and writing center assistance.
  5. The Counseling Center has modified building access until further notice. Our Clinic and Program Directors are working to move counseling sessions to secure and approved video and phone platforms to offer TeleMentalHealth services.
  6. All events have been cancelled until further notice. Commencement will be held online via a virtual platform with details to come.

What You Can Do to Help

The following are CDC recommendations to help protect and prevent the spread of coronavirus or any other illness:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

We will continue to keep the CTS campus community informed about any new updates on the coronavirus, but please check back periodically along with checking the following sites to stay up to date.


March 16, 2020

As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 coronavirus situation with concern for the health and safety of all, please note the following important updates.

  1. As of Tuesday, March 17, CTS offices will operate remotely through March 30.
  2. During this time a limited number of employees will be on-site for a few hours each day to handle business affairs.
  3. All CTS courses will be delivered online until the end of the spring semester.
  4. The CTS library will be closed until further notice. Staff will be available by email for reference and writing center assistance.
  5. The Counseling Center has modified building access until further notice. Our Clinic and Program Directors are working to move counseling sessions to secure and approved video and phone platforms to offer TeleMentalHealth services.
  6. All events through April 30th have been cancelled. No decision on baccalaureate or commencement has been made.

What You Can Do to Help

The following are CDC recommendations to help protect and prevent the spread of coronavirus or any other illness:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

We will continue to keep the CTS campus community informed about any new updates on the coronavirus, but please check back periodically along with checking the following sites to stay up to date.

World Health Organization

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Indiana State Department of Health

American College Health Association

U.S. Department of State

 


March 15, 2020

Butler University’s President, James M. Danko, has mandated that all residential housing close until at least April 4, 2020 (click here to read the article).  We have confirmed with representatives from Butler that CTS occupied housing is not covered under this mandate and CTS residents are not required to vacate their apartments or homes on campus.  However, they should continue to follow recommended guidelines from the CDC as it relates to ensuring their residence is cleaned and disinfected regularly.

All Butler buildings will be completely locked down once all students have moved out.  However, we have confirmed that, effective immediately, CTS will be accessible but only through the use of your CTS ID badge.  Therefore, all staff and faculty of CTS will only be able to access the seminary through the main door by the Fountain Entrance.

With the move to online classes starting March 16, 2020, this should have limited impact on CTS students.  However, if students need to access any of the student computer/work rooms in the seminary or for any other reason, please remember to bring your ID and access the main door by the Fountain Entrance.

CTS Leadership continues to monitor this ever changing situation and will update applicable parties when appropriate.  Please also refer to the CTS home page for more information concerning the COVID-19 virus and our current actions to mitigate the threat of this virus to our students, staff, faculty, and related constituents.

 


March 12, 2020

Out of concern for the health and safety of the CTS community, as well as those with whom the community interacts, the Seminary announces the following:

  • Students: All classes will be conducted online beginning Monday, March 16. The online mode of delivery will be operative until at least Monday, April 13.
  • CTS Offices: All administrative offices, the admissions office, and the library will remain open and operating under normal business hours.
  • Chapel: There will be no Wednesday morning chapel services until Wednesday, April 15 at 11:30 AM.
  • Events: All other events sponsored and/or hosted by CTS have been postponed. The public will be informed about each event as information becomes available.
  • Counseling Center: The CTS Counseling Center will remain open to the public during normal operating hours.

 


March 9, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently alerted communities to begin preparing for the spread of the coronavirus [COVID-19] in the United States.

As of March 9, 2020, the Indiana State Department of Health noted the CDC reported the risk of infection to the general public of the United States is low. We have been advised that multiple cases of the virus have been reported in the State of Indiana; however, we are not aware of any reported cases on the CTS or Butler campuses. In response to this rapidly evolving situation, and as the virus continues to spread globally, CTS is exercising prudent preventative measures in order to prepare for possible scenarios.

Spring Break Travel Advice

With spring break around the corner, we urge that all students, faculty, and staff pay close attention to the CDC Travel guidelines and remain vigilant and follow the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the virus. The Seminary strongly discourages any personal travel to a location with a CDC Level 3 Travel Advisory (currently China, South Korea, Italy and Iran).

Personal travel to these locations could result in an assessment with a health care provider and a required 14-day self-quarantine upon return.

What You Can Do to Help

To help protect the CTS campus community from the spread of coronavirus or any other illness, we strongly encourage employees or students who are not feeling well to stay home or in their residence and not come to work or class until symptoms have subsided. The CDC also recommends the following:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

Also, in the unlikely event that we close the seminary, we are working on a plan to offer temporary distance learning or online courses. Therefore, please take the appropriate actions to ensure you and your home have the necessary technology tools required to perform your tasks and attend virtual classes/meetings. This would primarily be ensuring you have a computer and access to the Internet, along with a web camera. In addition, please become familiar, if you haven’t already, with your available web conference (Zoom) and phone communication (3CX) tools/software. We will do our best to provide extra training on Zoom and 3CX tools but appreciate your proactiveness in becoming familiar with these tools. You can access both software tools within the CTS Portal.

Lastly, we will continue to keep the CTS campus community informed about any new updates on the coronavirus, but please check back periodically along with checking the following sites to stay up to date.

World Health Organization

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Indiana State Department of Health

American College Health Association

U.S. Department of State