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Health & Wellness

Masks

  • Yes. All members of our campus community, including visitors, must wear masks at all times except: (1) in their individual residence hall rooms, (2) in their private offices, or (3) when out of doors and able to maintain at least six feet of physical distancing. Students who are unable to wear a mask or face covering due to a documented health issue should contact Disability Support Services for guidance. Employees who are unable to wear a mask due to a documented health issue should contact Human Resources.

  • Yes. All students and employees are provided with two cloth face masks, a face shield, and a small refillable bottle of hand sanitizer. Stations to refill hand sanitizer will be placed across the campus.

  • Disposable masks are available around campus at locations including dining areas, the mailroom, Administrative Services, and the welcome desk at Alumni Hall.

Knox Together Pledge

  • A committee of students, faculty and staff worked together to translate public health guidance on matters like physical distancing and mask wearing into a “social contract” that all students and employees sign to affirm our shared responsibility for keeping our community as safe as possible. We have an obligation to protect one another to the very best of our ability, and we must take it seriously. Violations of this contract are addressed through existing campus disciplinary procedures. If you haven’t read and signed the Knox Together pledge, you can do so here.

  • No. Students and employees are, however, asked to acknowledge that they have read the Knox Together Pledge and agree to follow all public health measures.

  • You will need to be logged into Google with your Knox account to access the form.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Yes. All students will undergo a series of two tests for COVID-19 upon their arrival to campus--the first as soon as they arrive, and the second one approximately five days later.

  • Yes. Just like in the fall and winter terms, students will go into initial quarantine following their first COVID test upon arrival.

    Initial quarantine means that you are required to remain in your assigned room, except to use the restroom and pick up meals three times a day from a designated indoor location. You must wear a mask and maintain at least six feet of physical distance whenever you are outside of your own room (both indoors and outdoors). You are in initial quarantine until you get a negative test result.

    After you get a negative test result, you are in modified quarantine. Modified quarantine means that you can hang out in your own suite/house’s common area as long as you wear a mask and maintain at least six feet of physical distance. You can also get fresh air and visit with friends outdoors. We ask that you both wear a mask and maintain six feet of physical distance even when gathering outside.

    Close contacts of individuals who test positive for COVID will not have to quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated.

  • Yes. Even though off-campus students attending classes on campus are not “moving in,” they will still be assigned a testing time and follow the same testing protocol as residential students.

  • We will use the CDC’s definition of a close contact, which is any individual who has spent a total of 15 minutes or more within six feet of the infected person. All close contacts of an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be contacted and evaluated by a trained professional to determine appropriate next steps. Close contacts of individuals who test positive for COVID will not have to quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated.

  • Check out the most common symptoms of COVID-19 according to the Center for Disease Control. If you have one or more of these symptoms, the first thing to do is to stay in your residence hall room or stay home so you don’t spread it to others. If you are a student, contact Health Services at (309) 341-7559. If you are an employee, contact Human Resources at (309) 341-7200.

Facilities

  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing practices are in place at Knox. Common spaces in academic, administrative and residential buildings are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected at least once per day. Additionally, classroom use is scheduled in such a way that will minimize overlapping students being in the same proximity, and outdoor or other alternative learning spaces will be used where possible. Campus offices are stocked with proper supplies and instruction on how to keep shared office spaces clean and disinfected. Dining Services has developed a comprehensive cleaning and sanitation process.

  • Current knowledge has shown that the following mechanisms for spreading the virus are likely to be more significant than aerosol transmission: direct person to person contact; indirect contact through inanimate objects like doorknobs; through the hands to mucous membranes such as those in the nose, mouth and eyes; droplets and possibly particles spread between people in close proximity. For this reason, basic principles of physical distancing, surface cleaning and disinfection, and handwashing or other strategies of good hygiene are far more important than anything related to the HVAC system. However, we have taken the following steps to improve air quality.

    In most buildings (Old Main, CFA, SMC, Alumni Hall, Fieldhouse and Gym, WAC, Seymour Union, and the HOPE Center), HVAC systems are being run 24-hours a day to allow air to refresh while the building is unoccupied. Systems are also pulling in maximum outside air while still maintaining comfortable humidity levels for building occupants.

    Seymour Library, GDH, and the residence halls and houses do not have full building level exhaust systems.

    Where possible, we suggest opening a window to allow for outside air to enter the space. Knox has purchased portable, standalone air purifiers to enhance air quality in spaces without high capacity air exchange such as Seymour Library and GDH.. These units have Ultraviolet-C Spectrum lighting (UVC), a HEPA filter, and a carbon filter. They have been placed in locations that have been identified as having comparatively lower air flow or are heavily used for learning or student services.

  • Each common area has disinfecting wipes that are replenished by the custodial staff. These materials are for personal disinfection of shared spaces, such as meeting tables or classroom desks outside of the standard schedule. If you would like supplies or hand sanitizer in an additional space, please submit a work order.

  • While the water itself is safe, the virus may be on the surfaces of the drinking fountains, so most are temporarily turned off. Those fountains that include a touchless bottle filling dispenser remain on.

    Faucets are also safe for filling up cups or water bottles. Tap water is safe to consume.

    Most academic and administrative buildings have at least one bottle filling station:

    • Alumni Hall - 2nd floor, outside the Bastian Family Center for Career Success
    • Fitness Center - main floor near the stairwell leading to the basement level
    • Fitness Center - basement level near the hallway leading to the locker rooms
    • Ford Center for Fine Arts (CFA) - 1st floor, in restroom alcove
    • Ford Center for Fine Arts (CFA) - 1st floor in music wing
    • George Davis Hall (GDH) - 1st floor hallway and
    • George Davis Hall (GDH) - 2nd floor hallway
    • Old Main - 1st floor, in hallway outside the Business Office
    • Post Hall - south end of lobby, near wing entrance
    • Seymour Library - 1st floor, in center of building next to elevator
    • Seymour Union - 1st floor, outside gender neutral restroom
    • SMC - 1st floor of B wing, just off the A core next to the entrance to the elevator area
    • Whitcomb Art Center (WAC) - 1st floor, near restrooms

Quarantine & Isolation

  • Isolation is the process of separating people who are sick with COVID-19 from people who are not sick so that they can get better without infecting anyone else.

    Quarantine is the process of separating and restricting the movement of people who were exposed to COVID-19 during the incubation period when they may become sick with the virus and infect others. Close contacts of individuals who test positive for COVID will not have to quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated.

  • We’re prepared for this. If a member of our campus community tests positive for COVID-19, we have arranged for Knox Health Services staff to be certified to carry out tracing for close contacts both on and off campus. Affected students will follow quarantine and isolation protocols within campus residences that have been reserved for this purpose. Students in quarantine or isolation will have a designated staff member to support them. They will receive meals in their residence, take their classes online, and have their health and wellbeing actively monitored by a member of our professional Health Services staff. Affected faculty and staff will follow quarantine and isolation protocols at home. Close contacts of individuals who test positive for COVID will not have to quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated.

Living on Campus

Returning to Campus Housing

  • Students not currently residing on campus but who plan to live on campus for the spring term should return on Sunday, March 21.

  • You should plan on arriving on March 21.

  • Yes. Just like in the fall and winter terms, students will go into initial quarantine following their first COVID test upon arrival.

    Initial quarantine means that you are required to remain in your assigned room, except to use the restroom and pick up meals three times a day from a designated indoor location. You must wear a mask and maintain at least six feet of physical distance whenever you are outside of your own room (both indoors and outdoors). You are in initial quarantine until you get a negative test result.

    After you get a negative test result, you are in modified quarantine. Modified quarantine means that you can hang out in your own suite/house’s common area as long as you wear a mask and maintain at least six feet of physical distance. You can also get fresh air, walk around campus, and visit with friends outdoors. We ask that you both wear a mask and maintain six feet of physical distance even when gathering outside.

    Close contacts of individuals who test positive for COVID will not have to quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated.

  • Students taking on-campus classes are limited to travel within Knox County, and then only after completing their initial quarantine. All other travel must be planned in consultation with Health Services. Preventing the spread of COVID-19 remains our priority.

  • During both initial and modified quarantine, students will pick up their meals three times a day from a designated indoor location. Vegan and meat-based options will be available.

  • We are working on the details of how this will happen, but we will make sure you can access essential textbooks and mail during the quarantine period.

  • You can work in your on-campus job during initial quarantine if you can do so remotely. You can work during modified quarantine if you can do so remotely or outdoors while masked and maintaining physical distance. Exceptions may be made for students who remained on campus during the winter break/start of winter term.

  • Not during initial quarantine. You can travel within Knox County during modified quarantine, as long as you wear a mask and practice appropriate physical distancing.

Living on Campus

  • We have developed a number of processes and policies designed to make community living as safe as possible. That means living on campus looks a little different. Here are a few examples: (1) Although current public health guidance for higher education does not require students to be assigned to single rooms, we recognize that some students may prefer single accommodations and will accommodate as many students in single rooms as possible. (2) The number of guests/visitors a student may have in campus housing is limited to one at a time. Guests/visitors who do not attend Knox are limited to family members/significant others and must be pre-approved by Campus Life. (3) The number of students who can occupy shared spaces such as suite common areas, restrooms, kitchen, and laundry facilities is limited.

  • Yes. We value the social and educational opportunities that Knox’s many student organizations bring to campus life, and recognize them as a key component of the student experience. Campus Life, Dining Services, and other offices are doing everything in their power to support student organizations, recognizing that meetings and events need to look different to encourage safety. Event planning guidelines can be found here.

  • The College will not sponsor team intramural sport leagues for fall 2020 and winter 2021 term. The College is committed to closely monitoring the COVID-19 landscape, noting that intramural programs may occur for spring term.

Athletics

  • Please review the current Athletic Facility Hours & Protocols.

  • This decision was reached after many deliberations and countless hours devoted by our member institution campuses, the league’s COVID-19 Working Group and the MWC Presidents’ Council to developing protocol and best practices for the resumption of sport. Our goal was to “re-open” intercollegiate competition for our student-athletes. As recently as July 15, the MWC Presidents’ Council reaffirmed our commitment to move forward with planning for the fall, while taking the significant action of limiting competition to that among MWC institutions. Yet, even at that time, there was apprehension based upon the unexpected trajectory of COVID-19 infection rates in this country, including the states within our league’s geography. The Council committed to continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 landscape noting “that fall competition may not occur if public health guidance changes in the coming weeks.”

    Since that time our nation has seen an increased number of states implement travel restrictions and mandatory masking protocol and still, the cases of COVID-19 are climbing. Additionally, the NCAA Sport Science Institute, in consultation with the NCAA COVID-19 Advisory Panel, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) COVID-19 Working Group, the Autonomy-5 Medical Advisory Group, the National Medical Association and the NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports, released supplemental guidance about resumption of practice and competition in light of new and emerging data. Included in these recommendations is guidance about testing for individuals in sports with low, medium and high contact risk. Ultimately, due to the recent sustained surge of cases across the country, and a lack of guaranteed access to timely and reliable testing with the frequency recommended by the NCAA, the Conference does not feel it is in a position to sponsor intercollegiate athletic competition at this time.

  • The NCAA’s Sport Science Institute has provided a series of documents and podcasts through their COVID-19 website, conference offices and other platforms that provide guidance to member institutions on the resumption of practice and competition amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. You will find full details of the Resocialization of Collegiate Sport: Developing Standards for Practice and Competition, Second Edition document here. The NCAA is continuing to monitor all information around COVID-19 and provides frequent updates. Please continue to check the website for updates.

  • The fall Midwest Conference sports included in the suspension of league competition are men's and women's cross country, football, men's and women's soccer, men’s and women’s tennis and volleyball. Men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s swimming & diving, men’s and women’s indoor track & field are among those winter sports for whom league competition is suspended through December 31. Decisions about winter sports will be made in the near future. This decision impacts only those sports in which member institutions participate within the Midwest Conference and does not necessarily apply to competition in sports sponsored by league institutions within affiliation with other athletic conferences.

    However, the Midwest Conference (MWC) announced that it will resume competition for the spring sports of baseball, softball, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, men’s outdoor track & field and women’s outdoor track & field. Member institutions, based upon campus and local realities of the pandemic, retain ultimate authority over the decision as to whether or not to participate in intercollegiate athletics this spring.

  • The Midwest Conference (MWC) announced that it will resume competition for the spring sports of baseball, softball, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, men’s outdoor track & field and women’s outdoor track & field. Member institutions, based upon campus and local realities of the pandemic, retain ultimate authority over the decision as to whether or not to participate in intercollegiate athletics this spring. 

    At this time, Knox College is optimistic that Prairie Fire student-athletes will be able to participate this spring under the MWC umbrella.

    MWC schools are allowed to engage in spring competition against non-league opponents as long as they adhere to the league’s COVID-19 return-to-play protocol and end competition against non-MWC institutions 15 days prior to the start of league play in each respective sport. MWC competition in most spring sports is expected to start between late March and mid-April and will conclude by mid-May. Conference schedules will be posted online in the coming weeks but are subject to change due to the current health circumstances.

    The MWC will closely monitor the COVID-19 environment on MWC campuses, local communities and at the regional and national levels as the ten member schools prepare for the upcoming spring season. At this time, no decision about spectators has been made so current guidance (no spectators at MWC events) remains in place and will be reviewed at a later date.

    The Prairie Fire men’s and women’s golf teams compete in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC). At this time, the SLIAC is committed to pursuing competition in the spring.

  • The Midwest Conference (MWC) announced that it will resume competition for the spring sports of baseball, softball, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, men’s outdoor track & field and women’s outdoor track & field. Member institutions, based upon campus and local realities of the pandemic, retain ultimate authority over the decision as to whether or not to participate in intercollegiate athletics this spring. 

    At this time, Knox College is optimistic that Prairie Fire student-athletes will be able to participate this spring under the MWC umbrella.

    MWC schools are allowed to engage in spring competition against non-league opponents as long as they adhere to the league’s COVID-19 return-to-play protocol and end competition against non-MWC institutions 15 days prior to the start of league play in each respective sport. MWC competition in most spring sports is expected to start between late March and mid-April and will conclude by mid-May. Conference schedules will be posted online in the coming weeks but are subject to change due to the current health circumstances.

    The MWC will closely monitor the COVID-19 environment on MWC campuses, local communities and at the regional and national levels as the ten member schools prepare for the upcoming spring season. At this time, no decision about spectators has been made so current guidance (no spectators at MWC events) remains in place and will be reviewed at a later date.

    The Prairie Fire men’s and women’s golf teams compete in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC). At this time, the SLIAC is committed to pursuing competition in the spring.

  • No. For Division III student-athletes, participation in workouts, meetings or practices in their usual season during the fall term will not trigger the use of a season of participation. Additionally, the NCAA recently issued a blanket waiver that states that Division III student-athletes will not be charged with participation, regardless of the number of competition dates, for the 2020-21 season. Visit the NCAA website for the most recent full announcement. It is important to note that a student-athlete must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester or quarter hours, regardless of institutional definition of what it means to be full-time, to be eligible to practice or compete in DIII athletics.

  • Any intercollegiate competition involving fall or winter sports must be approved by institutional leadership and be conducted in accordance with NCAA Division III rules, and campus, local, state and NCAA health directives. Per NCAA rules these contests count against the team’s contest maximums. Only student-athletes that are certified as eligible per NCAA and MWC rules, may participate in intercollegiate competition. Intercollegiate competition conducted prior to January 1 is not sponsored by the Midwest Conference and will not have bearing on Conference standings, records or awards. The NCAA recently issued a blanket waiver that states that Division III student-athletes will not be charged with participation, regardless of the number of competition dates, for the 2020-21 season. Visit the NCAA website for the most recent full announcement. It is important to note that a student-athlete must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester or quarter hours, regardless of institutional definition of what it means to be full-time, to be eligible to practice or compete in DIII athletics.

  • Please review the current Athletic Facility Hours & Protocols.

International Students

FAQs for international students are available on the Office of International Student Services page.

Dining & Food Service on Campus

  • Yes. Dining Services has made many changes to help protect students, faculty and staff during the pandemic. You can read the complete list here. Dining hours and locations are being extended to allow students to eat in dining areas in a safe manner. Additional Grab and Go items will also be available for those who prefer it.

  • Grab and Go at The Gizmo and in The Outpost convenience store will be extended to 12 hours per day during the week, and options are being enhanced to include new heat-and-go full meal options. We are currently planning for the following hours of operation: (1) Hard Knox dining room will be open Monday through Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Sundays 10:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (2) The Gizmo will be open for full service Monday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m to 10:00 p.m. Grab and Go will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. (3) The Outpost convenience store will be open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m and weekends from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Grab and Go will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

  • The Gizmo, the Outpost convenience store and both Grab and Go locations will be open between normal dining room hours during the week.

  • Three fully served concepts will be available in Hard Knox during service times, including theme meals. Each concept will include a full balanced meal. Menus will be posted online and through our daily menu mail option.

  • Dining Services will continue to offer accommodations for all dietary needs and one of the three concepts in Hard Knox will specialize in both vegan and dietary needs. Virtual consultations will be available for any students or staff with the Chef and GM to address additional needs. The Gizmo will continue to offer dietary substitutions.

  • Face coverings will be required for all dining services staff, and physical distancing procedures will be implemented in accordance with public health guidelines. Additional personal protective equipment (PPE), including face shields, will be required for some employees. Dining rooms will be fully disinfected between meals and have dedicated entrances and exits with one-way traffic patterns and floor markers to ensure 6-foot distancing between patrons. All serviceware will be single use and distributed through contactless methods. Dishwashing machines will be checked for proper temperature and chemicals every hour, and machines will be drained and cleaned every 30 minutes when in high use. Returned serviceware will be scraped and sent through the dishwasher once for sanitizing before being sprayed or scrubbed and washed in the machine a second time.

  • No. Catering operations are currently suspended.

Student Employment

  • Yes. Students with campus employment or federal work study included in their financial aid award will be eligible for positions on campus. There may also be some employment opportunities for students studying remotely.

  • You can work in your on-campus job during initial quarantine if you can do so remotely. You can work during modified quarantine if you can do so remotely or outdoors while masked and maintaining physical distance. Exceptions may be made for students who stayed on campus during winter break/start of winter term.

Teaching & Learning

  • Winter and spring terms will each follow our typical 10-week calendar. Winter classes will begin as scheduled on January 4, 2021, and spring term classes will begin as scheduled on March 24, 2021.

    However, winter term courses will all begin remotely. Students will not return to campus until the week of February 8, at which point there will be a one-week pause in the academic calendar. Classes begin again remotely on February 15 and continue with in person/hyprid classes on Februray 22. Winter term will be extended by one week. Spring break is shortened to 3 days, March 21-23.

  • You may continue your Knox education remotely if you don’t wish to return to campus in the winter or spring. Many courses will be available for students studying remotely. There might be certain courses that have significant on-campus components that are difficult to reproduce online. These courses will be indicated on the Course Schedule.

  • Yes. Please inform the Office of Student Financial Services if you decide to return to campus. Your financial aid and billing information will be adjusted appropriately.

  • Remote learning to On-Campus?

    A move on to campus will be dependent on the availability of appropriate housing and may be subject to health protocols for rejoining the on-campus community. Students will be able to participate in on-campus components of courses that have them. Courses that are remote instruction only must be completed online.

    On-Campus to Remote Learning?

    Most courses are designed for students working in either on-campus or off-campus environments, but not all. Before moving to remote learning, students should consult with their course instructors to address on-campus work they might not be able to complete.

  • The Seymour Library and the Science Commons will be open with reduced capacity. Hours of operation will be reviewed and updated regularly. We are anticipating standard operating hours for all campus computer labs with decreased occupancy to maintain social distancing. Hours will be reviewed and adjusted based on usage. CFA practice rooms will be available, but protocols for use of these spaces will be in place and must be carefully observed by all users.

  • All participants in an in-person class will wear masks or face coverings at all times. Physical distancing will require that classes meet in smaller subgroups, interactions with faculty and peers occur both in virtual and in-person settings, and daily and weekly schedules be flexible to support engagement of all students. Some classes will be moved to larger spaces. Courses that rely heavily on classroom, lab, and studio spaces will be re-envisioned so that physical distancing and cleaning protocols can be observed. Most courses will operate in hybrid modes, with a combination of in-person and remote components to serve students both on campus and those learning from home. We have also instituted rigorous cleaning and sanitation processes for all classrooms and other academic spaces, residence halls, and meeting spaces.

  • Although we plan to offer our regular academic calendar in winter and spring, we have also developed an alternate calendar that allows us to delay the return to campus this winter if public health conditions warrant. The alternate calendar allows students to begin their courses remotely before returning to campus later in winter term. We will make a decision on implementing this alternate calendar no later than the end of fall term.

  • There will be the regular drop/add period for all students during the first week of the term.

  • Generally, yes. “Remote only” courses can be taken anywhere. As discussed elsewhere, however, a small number of courses may not be appropriate for remote participation, whether the student is on or off-campus, due to unique in-person requirements on campus.

  • No. Some courses will be delivered fully remotely and will be identified on the course schedule.

  • A small number of courses have heavy on-campus performance or lab components and may be inappropriate for remote participation. These courses are indicated on the revised course schedule. Students should consult their academic advisors if they have questions about these courses or potential impact on their academic program. A wide variety of hybrid and fully remote courses are available in most programs.

  • Yes, but policies for delivering all library services continue to evolve. Updates on library services will be posted on the Library Resources page.

  • With most students on-campus in the fall, the fall daily class schedule will revert to its usual Central time zone schedule.

  • Many courses will include a blend of synchronous and asynchronous activity to enable students in different time zones to engage in coursework. Some remote courses have been shifted to increase access to real-time participation to the extent possible.

  • Off-campus study options in fall 2020 have been sharply limited by travel and border restrictions. Students should remain in close contact with the Stellyes Center for Global Studies and their academic advisors regarding their study abroad options for future academic terms.

Fifth-Year for Free

  • This is an excellent question. Please keep your focus on post-graduate and career plans and the potential benefits of a fifth year for achieving those goals. Maybe a fifth year helps you achieve your goals. But it is also possible that staying an extra year interrupts or delays those plans. Please discuss your goals with your academic advisor and weigh the costs and benefits of a fifth year at Knox. You can find more information here.

  • As a general rule, you should complete degree requirements when you have a chance to do so. It is not the aim of the “fifth year for free” to stop you from taking a course you should take now. Instead, it is an opportunity to do something new, different, or better. Perhaps you want to complete a second major or minor. You may want to do more in the areas of “civic engagement” and “Immersion and active learning.” These are degree requirements too. Discuss with your academic advisor how a fifth year can be an enhancement.

  • It is assumed that students will be full time each term while taking advantage of this opportunity. Full time enrollment is required for some opportunities such as athletics participation, remaining in status for student visas, and some financial aid opportunities. Students should consult Student Financial Services.

  • Students can complete one, two or three terms during the fifth year, in whatever combination makes sense for the students’ programs. Please note: all terms must be completed within a single academic year and in the year immediately following your fourth year at Knox.

  • Yes, students are expected to live on campus according to our usual regulations regarding on-campus housing. A request to live off-campus could be pursued through the regular process established by Campus Life.

  • Any honors project must be approved through our usual typical procedures. Any honors proposal requires faculty support and availability. A second honors project proposal would need to consider some important qualifications. The project must be in a different academic field from the first honors project. It could not be a continuation of the first project. Honors students have a number of resources and travel funds available for a first honors project. These funds would be limited for a second honors project to ensure that other students completing their first honors project have sufficient resources.

  • Perhaps. But you should discuss with your academic advisor whether delaying is the best option. While there may be sound academic reasons for waiting to start your senior project, it is important to preserve flexibility in your schedule too. Perhaps a new post-graduate opportunity such as a job, fellowship, or graduate programs becomes available. You would not want to be held back by uncompleted graduation requirements.

  • You do not need to apply right now. There will be a brief application required before the end of your fourth year. Instead, it is important that you speak with your academic advisor about your plans. Make sure you maintain your eligibility according to the “Fifth Year for Free" Guarantee rules. Also remember to file your FAFSA.

  • No, students must be enrolled for Knox courses only.

  • Most questions about whether this program makes sense for you academically can be answered by talking with your academic advisor. For questions about financial costs or financial aid eligibility, you can speak directly with your advisor in the Office of Student Financial Services. For specific questions about credits and degree requirements, please contact the Registrar at registrar@​knox.edu or 309-341-7205.

Workplace for Faculty & Staff

  • Employees who are unable to wear a mask due to a documented health issue should complete a Face Covering Accommodation Form.

  • If you have concerns about returning to work, please speak with your supervisor to see if any modifications to your workplace can be made, which may include but not be limited to: a temporary remote work assignment, physical distancing (such as staggering shifts), alternative work locations, modified or flexible schedules and/or the use of personal leave, etc. If you feel you need a workplace modification, please complete a Workplace Modification Form.

  • Yes. Testing protocols are in development and will be announced to employees as soon as they are finalized.

  • If an employee feels they are at increased risk for severe illness due to COVID-19 (or are caring for someone in their household that is at increased risk), they can request a workplace modification. Reasonable workplace modifications will be considered based on CDC Guidelines. If no reasonable modification can be determined, the Office of Human Resources and/or the Provost Office will determine if other COVID-related accommodations can be provided, including any paid or unpaid leave options.

  • No. To limit exposure to COVID-19, children are not permitted in the workplace, especially during the pandemic.

  • Employees are entitled to protections against discrimination based upon age, disability and a number of other protected categories. Such conduct could implicate the college’s Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action policy. Others should not presume to determine if someone is at increased risk. Employees should assess their own health with their health care provider to determine if they believe it is safe to come to work. Employees who learn of an increased risk factor for a coworker should maintain confidentiality about that information, only reporting it to the Office of Human Resources.

  • Before the start of the academic year, employees will be asked to affirm that they read and understand the conditions outlined in the Knox Together pledge. Failure to meet or uphold the Knox Together pledge could lead to corrective action according to the College’s normal procedures for addressing workplace performance issues.

  • Employees who have depleted their sick leave balances should contact Human Resources to determine if they would be eligible to use any other type of leave. For other health-related absences, employees should follow regular procedures for using their sick time and requesting a leave of absence.

  • No. Employees should not return to campus until they are symptom and fever free for a minimum of 72 hours or until they have received a negative test result. See a list of COVID-19 symptoms.

  • Yes. Knox College provides benefit-eligible employees an Employee Assistance Program through Precedence Inc. that allows for up to five free mental health counseling visits each calendar year. Please contact Human Resources for additional information.

Tuition, Fees, & Financial Aid

  • The student’s cost of attendance will be adjusted for each individual situation. Students not living on-campus will not be charged for room and board. If a student is remaining at home and taking classes remotely, eligibility for need-based financial aid will be based on the “commuter student” cost of attendance and necessary financial aid adjustments will be made. If a student is living off-campus and taking classes in person, eligibility for need-based financial aid will be based on the “off-campus” cost of attendance and financial aid will be adjusted accordingly. Students living off campus may still choose to participate in a meal plan.

  • Yes. Students with campus employment or federal work study included in their financial aid award will be eligible for positions on campus. There may also be some employment opportunities for students studying remotely.

  • Yes. The federal government distributed funds to each college and university to award directly to students whose lives and studies have been disrupted by COVID-19. Under the act, Knox received $664,035 to distribute to affected students.

  • Students enrolled at Knox during the spring 2020 term, who filed a FAFSA to demonstrate eligibility for Title IV funds, and whose estimated family contribution did not exceed $20,000 were eligible. Students were also able to request funds through the College’s COVID-19 Student Relief Fund.

  • With the generous support of Knox alumni, parents, employees, and friends, Knox established the COVID-19 Student Relief Fund. Students not eligible for CARES Act funds received and can continue to receive emergency, need-based financial support directly from the College and our donors.

  • Detailed reporting is available here.

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