Coronavirus Information:
Bradley University will continue on-campus, in-person classes for the spring 2021 semester with limited restrictions.

Spring 2021 Remote Requirements

Dear Students,

As we head into November, we know there’s a lot on your mind, including registering and getting ready for the Spring 2021 semester. We have several updates to help you prepare. This communication is lengthy and will need your careful review.

Registration

Early registration begins Nov. 12 and continues through Nov. 19.

Course Delivery

As you meet with your advisor and prepare to register, you’ll see new course delivery methods listed in the schedule of classes. These are designed to help you find the courses you’re looking for and the delivery method you desire. It is possible there may be some changes to the delivery methods for courses between now and the start of the semester, if so we anticipate they will be minimal. The table below provides a snapshot of our Spring course delivery options.

Course Delivery Method

Percent offered

Suitable for on-campus preference

Suitable for remote learner preference

On Campus

47 %

On Campus NOT eligible for Remote Learners On Campus NOT eligible for Remote Learners

13%

x

Hybrid Hybrid

5%

Online Synchronous or Asynchronous Online Synchronous or Asynchronous

35%

Remote learner or attending classes on campus – verification needed!

Once you log into your Webster account, click on red Remote Learner Request form and follow the prompts and answer each question. You may update your Remote Learner Request preference between now and 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, 2021.

If you prefer to ATTEND CLASS ON-CAMPUS - complete the Remote Learner Request form and then proceed with registration.

If you prefer to be a REMOTE LEARNER - complete the Remote Learner Request form and follow these important steps:

  1. Return to the Remote Learner Request form on Webster and look for a large green to verify that you are approved as a remote learner.
  2. You must register for courses that do NOT require on-campus attendance. To help you find courses that are delivered remotely
    1. Go to Schedule of Classes
    2. Under Course Types, click on Eligible courses for remote-only learners
    3. Click on any other additional filter options to help narrow your search
  3. You will not be approved for remote learning if you register for courses that require on-campus attendance On Campus NOT eligible for Remote Learners.
    1. If you see a On Campus NOT eligible for Remote Learners, follow these steps to revise your schedule.
      1. Identify the course in question
      2. Revise your schedule with an alternative course
      3. Contact your advisor to discuss other course options. Your decision to be a remote learner may impact your graduation timeline. Double check.
      4. After you change your schedule of classes, return to the Request form on Webster to confirm you see .

Changing your learning Preference

You may update your learning preference between now and 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. However, Jan. 15 is a hard deadline, and we do NOT plan to accommodate changes after this date. This is different from the fall semester as we allowed for ongoing requests. If you don’t declare your preference by Friday, Jan. 15, we will presume you are planning to attend some or all of your classes on campus, and you will be responsible for room, board and/or rent charges due to the university accordingly.

Billing

We will release university bills for the Spring 2021 semester in early December. If you choose to be a remote learner, you may initially receive a bill that doesn’t accurately reflect your financial aid and/or university charges. Please note revised financial aid information and bills will be available after Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. You will be able to make payments and claim classes, even if your bill is not entirely accurate.

Leave of Absence

Undergraduate students can request a leave of absence (gap semester) from the university. Leave of absence requests must be approved before Wednesday, Jan. 27 (first day of class). 

Housing – residence halls

Moved out during the fall: If you moved out of the residence halls at any point during the fall semester and would like to return to live in the residence halls for spring, please complete the sign-up link by noon Wednesday, Nov. 25. You are eligible to live in the residence hall for the spring semester and be a remote learner.

If you left items in your residence hall room during the fall and don’t plan to return for the spring, you must completely move all items out of your room by Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021 or you will be charged housing fees for the entire semester. To move-out, please use this link to sign-up: residence hall move-out appointment.

Lived in residence halls all fall: If you lived in the residence halls all semester and plan to return in the spring, no action is needed from you. You may leave items in your residence hall rooms over the break.

If you plan to learn remotely in the spring, you can live in the residence halls if you choose. If you don’t plan to live in the residence halls, you must notify housing@bradley.edu to cancel your housing for the spring semester. You will not be allowed to leave items in your room, and you must move out entirely by Sunday, Nov. 22, at 1 p.m.

Residence Halls will open at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24. Residential dining facilities will also reopen Sunday, Jan. 24.

Current SAC resident: If you live in the Student Apartment Complex and intend to stay in your apartment after Nov. 20, you will need to submit a request. If we do not hear from you by Nov. 16, we’ll assume you’re staying in the apartment, and you’ll be responsible for full payment as usual.

Fall 2021: Looking ahead to Fall 2021, we do not anticipate releasing students from our first and second year residence requirements as outlined in the residence hall agreement. If you do not meet the release requirements, do not sign contracts for off-campus housing.

Housing – St. James

Moved out during the fall:  If you left your St. James Apartment during the fall 2020 semester, the Off-Campus Properties Office will allow you to return for the spring semester. If you choose to return, your lease will be for five months, starting Jan. 8, 2021, and ending May 16. You will be given priority status during the re-application process if you want a one-bedroom apartment or if you’re returning to your fall 2020 apartment/roommate assignment. All other apartments will be leased on a first-come, first-served basis starting Monday, Nov. 16. If you’re interested, please contact Bradley's Off-Campus Properties Office at 309-677-2100 or email the office at stjamesinfo@fsmail.bradley.edu. Visit www.bradley.edu/stjames for more information on St. James. 

Current St. James resident:  If you are a current St. James resident, you should have received an email from the Off-Campus Properties Office about Dec. 2020 rent. Please respond before Nov. 15 to ensure you retain access to your apartment or receive a rent adjustment for December. If you have questions, contact stjamesleasing@fsmail.bradley.edu.

Tuition and Fees

As communicated in August, there won’t be an adjustment to tuition and fees for the spring 2021 semester. If we must pivot to 100% online learning at some point during the spring semester, we will provide a prorated reimbursement of housing and dining fees. Tuition adjustments will not be made.

More on Spring 2021

There is a lot more to do to prepare for the upcoming semester. We are still well over two months away from its start and if we have learned anything, it’s that two months is a long time in our COVID-19 world. We wish we could predict the future, but we can’t, so we promise we’ll continue to work diligently and provide updates as best we can.

We anticipate opening the spring semester with similar campus restrictions as the ones currently in place. Our genuine hope is to loosen these restrictions a few weeks into the semester, including having our student organizations host safe indoor events. Additionally, we’re looking at COVID-19 testing strategies and ways to serve your mental health and well-being. 

We will provide full communication on some of these details early in January to ensure you have an opportunity to make adjustments to your learning preference before the Jan. 15 deadline.

Thank you!

Your mental well-being remains at the forefront of our thoughts. Keep your eyes on our university social media accounts and the Bradley Unite page for daily mental health tips. And, as always, please take advantage of Bradley Counseling Services if you need more personalized support. 

On Wednesday, our region begins mitigation measures through the State of Illinois, and there is a growing concern across the state and country about the ever-increasing number of COVID-19 cases. Let’s finish strong and go home healthy!

We still have a ways to go to meet our goal of being together through Nov. 20. Please stay with it! You are doing great!

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