COVID-19 Information

Last Updated October 9, 2020, 9:45 a.m. EDT

Mask Reminder

All students, faculty, and staff must wear masks at all times while on the AdventHealth and/or the AHU campus.

This includes walking to and from campus and while inside all parking garages.

Fall 2020 Information

Information related to the limited return to campus for the Fall 2020 Trimester is now available.

View Fall Campus Guidelines

Student and Employee Resources: View COVID-19 Resources for Students and Employees →

The AHU Orlando campus is closed, except to those with assigned labs and/or simulations. The reopening of campus will be determined in alignment with federal, state, and local guidelines in the weeks and months ahead.

For any questions related to COVID-19 practices at AHU, please send an email to one of the following options:

Questions for Orlando Campus

Question for Denver Campus

Questions for AHU Online

Important International Student Information

AHU and F1 Students:

AHU is currently operating in a hybrid course delivery state regarding classes, labs, clinicals, and internships according to the definition of hybrid provided by USCIS. We have chosen to limit the amount of individuals allowed on campus at any given time during the fall semester resulting in all programs providing a mix of online and on campus education for the Fall 2020 term.

If you have additional questions please send and e-mail to ahu.international.students@adventhealth.com.

Academics

AdventHealth University uses Remote Learning during a crisis. Fully remote teaching solutions are utilized, which replace the traditional instruction format. The aim is to make it convenient for students to continue an uninterrupted education experience at AHU.

AHU Online classes are not affected and continue without interruption.

AHU On-campus classes continue via a blend of internet-based remote learning platforms, including Zoom, Bluejeans, Canvas, and Microsoft Teams.

Beginning June 1, 2020, campus will be open only to faculty and students with assigned labs and/or simulations, on the days assigned. Students who have assigned labs and/or simulations will receive an email from their instructor/s. Department Chairs and Program Directors will also continue to update students directly. For more information, please refer to the COVID-19: Summer Campus Guidelines.

Clinicals continue as planned as sites permit and students are scheduled to participate unless there are feasible, accreditation-sanctioned alternatives. If a student opts out of clinicals for susceptibility, risk category, or other Chair-approved reasons, they may need to extend their academic program. Program requirements may be delayed but cannot be waived. Students must fulfill all program requirements for graduation.

Exams will be completed within the trimester calendar, utilizing available remote resources and adapted methods as necessary.

All community-based student service-learning projects are suspended until further notice.

Although graduation is postponed, students may still order graduation regalia using the link available at the graduation information page.

Registration

Spring 2021 Registration Start Dates:

  • Denver and Online Campus - October 19, 2020
  • Orlando Campus- October 26, 2020

Registration Deadlines (last date to register for Spring 2021):

  • All Online Courses - January 6, 2021
  • All Face to Face Courses - January 17, 2021

Last Day to withdraw from classes and receive a grade of "W" for 14 week courses - March 26, 2021.  For terms longer or shorter than 14 weeks, please contact Office of the Registrar at registrar@ahu.edu

Spring 2021 Trimester Start Date

  • January 11, 2021 to April 23, 2021

Students in Housing

Students with assigned labs and/or simulations who need to return to AHU Housing should contact Dean Cassandra Philogene at 239-877-8743. Students may not return to AHU Housing for any reason without advance, written permission from the Dean.

Campus Visits and AHU Events

The AHU campus is closed. At the moment, no campus tours are being conducted or scheduled.

All scheduled conferences and events that bring groups of individuals from outside the organization to AHU are postponed. Please speak with your respective VP or equivalent if you have questions about a specific event or conference.

Information Sessions

Live and prerecorded video presentations from campus departments will keep both current and prospective students informed during this time. Current and prospective students will be notified as sessions are scheduled.

Spring 2021 Commencement

The Spring Graduation Commencement will be held on Spring 2021 Commencement April 26, 2021

Health and Safety

Please remember the CDC guidelines regarding things you can do to prevent illness and avoid being exposed to the virus. To protect the health of students, employees, visitors and others:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, even inside your household.
  • Put distance between yourself and other people outside of your home. Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people. Do not gather in groups and stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.
  • Remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Monitor your health. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.

University Planning

The administration of AdventHealth University has assembled a team from across the institution to identify and plan for various scenarios related to COVID-19 and potential short- and long-term impacts for the campus community. This team continues to meet daily and will provide timely updates to leadership, faculty and staff, and students.

University Messages and Updates

AdventHealth University will communicate through the AHU website and email as the situation develops and information is received. In the event of cancellations or closures, the University will send a message through the emergency notification system.

Inclusive Campus

AdventHealth University is an inclusive community with faculty, staff, and students from around the world. As such, it is important that members of that community take care not to make assumptions or discriminate against others based on perceived symptoms or ethnicity and/or national origin. Learn more about the University's Non-Discrimination policy.

Resources for Spiritual and Mental Health

AHU recognizes that the ongoing situation with COVID-19 may cause stress for members of the University community, especially those with family and friends affected in other areas of the nation and the world. Students can contact the AHU Mental Health Counselor or Chaplains through email:

Mental Health Counselor
Betty Varghese, betty.varghese@ahu.edu

Chaplains
Reynold Acosta, reynold.acosta@ahu.edu
Niesha Steinke, niesha.steinke@ahu.edu

AdventHealth Church Resources

AdventHealth has created a Coronavirus Hub for churches, universities, schools, and other faith communities

AdventHealth Church Resources

Community Resources

Community Resource Hub

AdventHealth has launched www.CoronavirusSignsAndSymptoms.com where consumers can get answers on top COVID-19 questions, such as:

  • Am I at risk?
  • What should I know if I am pregnant?
  • How can I protect myself?

Coronavirus Information Line

AdventHealth is launching a free phone service for Floridians who have questions about COVID-19, including the opportunity to speak with a nurse as appropriate. The AdventHealth Coronavirus Information Line, 877-VIRUSHQ (877-847-8747), is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It serves as a one-stop-shop to connect Floridians with resources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Florida Department of Health.

While the phone line is not intended to replace a physician-patient relationship, nurses can answer general medical questions and will refer the caller to the appropriate next steps, such as connecting them to a nurse, AdventHealth Centra Care, AdventHealth eCare or other health care provider.

Additional Resources

For information regarding the current number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Florida, please visit the Florida Department of Health website. AdventHealth University will also continue to monitor reports from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as we actively plan for various scenarios and potential short- and long-term impacts.