The MLC administration, faculty, and staff are excited to welcome students back to campus for in-person learning. Ministerial education involves so much more than just the mechanics of taking classes, and MLC remains committed to Christ-centered education that fully equips students to serve our churches and schools around the world. We are also committed to organizing our courses so all students can complete their programs on time.
We commit to this schedule with the assurance that our faculty is working diligently at developing parallel instructional plans. With these plans at the ready, our faculty has the capability of pivoting to alternate/distance instructional methods very quickly
For updates regarding the 2020-2021 academic year, please refer to the Campus Update tab.
The opening of the fall semester is the same as scheduled – Monday, August 24. The last day of face-to-face instruction will be Wednesday, November 25, followed by a week of distance learning after Thanksgiving and a week for final exams. The last day of class will be Thursday, December 10. Exam week for semester one will be carried out through distance learning one week prior to the dates originally scheduled. Professors will choose the content and format of the exams.
Students participating in field experiences (i.e., clinicals/student teaching) will receive further guidance as it becomes available from our state licensing board as well as local education and health agencies.
In the 2020-2021 academic year, we are planning for most of our courses to be delivered in-person, with less than 5% of courses being a blend of online and in-person instruction, all supported by Moodle and videoconference technology as necessary. All teaching spaces will utilize their maximum capacity based on appropriate social distancing protocols.
The novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes COVID-19, has been identified as a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. At present, there is no vaccine to prevent a person from contracting COVID-19 and no standardized, effective treatment for those who are infected. While it is true that the majority of people who are infected with coronavirus are asymptomatic or suffer only mild symptoms, some infected persons have extremely negative health outcomes, including long-term respiratory damage and/or death. The coronavirus is highly contagious and is believed to spread mainly from person-to-person via respiratory droplets.
As a result, federal, state, and local governments and federal and state health agencies recommend social distancing and have, in many locations, prohibited or dramatically limited the congregation of groups of people. The public health response continues to evolve as we learn more about the virus and the disease it causes.
Martin Luther College (MLC) takes the safety and well-being of its students, faculty, staff, children of families served, visitors, contractors who serve MLC, and our community seriously. We are called to love our neighbors. Accordingly, MLC has put in place a number of preventative measures to attempt to reduce the spread of COVID-19; however, MLC cannot guarantee that you or others in your family will not come into contact with the coronavirus or with someone infected with the virus while you are on campus or attending/participating in an MLC sponsored event. Likewise, we cannot guarantee that you will not become infected with COVID-19.