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Carthage and COVID-19

Planning and Policies

Carthage has implemented the following plans and policies as we respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. This document will continue to evolve as needed.

General Preparedness


  • On issues of community health, Carthage takes our guidance from the experts at the Kenosha County Health Department, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Our Health and Counseling Center follows all protocols established by these agencies.
  • Carthage has a Coronavirus Campus Preparedness Team made up of senior leadership and representatives from across campus who serve on the Carthage Emergency Management Team. The team is meeting regularly to discuss the coronavirus outbreak, necessary precautions, and our community’s evolving response.

Extended Spring Break / Move to Remote Instruction


  • Carthage’s regularly scheduled spring break (March 9-15) was extended one week (March 16-20). There were no classes during this time. The added break gave faculty the ability to receive training for moving their courses to an online only/virtual learning format.
  • Beginning Monday, March 23, all undergraduate and graduate classes will resume through remote teaching and learning only. Remote instruction will continue through the end of final exams on May 20.
  • Deadlines for semester activities have been altered to accommodate the additional week of spring break. Please see the 2019-2020 academic calendar for new dates and deadlines.
  • Given the transformative connections that occur regularly in Carthage classrooms, it’s natural for students and faculty alike to feel apprehensive about the adjustment to remote instruction. Students, your professors have spent the past week training for remote teaching, so remember that they and other members of your support network are still readily accessible!
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  • We look forward to resuming in-person instruction, residential living, and our full range of campus activities in the fall.

Advising and Registration


Advising and registration for returning students for Fall 2020 will be delayed. Advising will run from March 30 through April 24. Students will still need to gain clearance from their advisors before they are able to add classes.

We do acknowledge and expect that advising will look different this semester as campus makes accommodations for everyone’s wellbeing. Students will be notified about the steps they will need to complete prior to registration, including the expectation of communicating with their faculty and student success advisors.

Online registration will open for students on Monday, April 27, and will continue through Thursday, April 30. Students will see their registration time in the my.carthage portal by the start of the advising period and the Fall 2020 course schedule will also be posted.

Athletics


All Carthage sponsored activities, including all athletic competitions and practices, will be canceled through the end of the term. The NCAA canceled all remaining winter and spring sport championships for all divisions, and the CCIW canceled all remaining spring conference competition. Additionally, as of March 17, Carthage has decided to cancel all non-conference competitions for the remainder of the spring semester. Additional information on eligibility can be found in the Athletics FAQs:

Campus Housing


Now that a return to in-person instruction this spring is no longer viable, Carthage plans to close all residence halls for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year. 

Residential students who are currently away from campus should not return to campus to move out their belongings at this time. It is very important that we follow all precautions from the State of Wisconsin and public health officials. For this reason, our residence halls will be closed through April 13. Only students approved for extended stay are permitted to enter the buildings.  

All residents will be assigned a specific date and time to collect their belongings and move out of their rooms beginning April 14, 2020. Again, we need to be very careful to control the flow of people and comply with current social distancing guidelines. See move-out schedule and procedures

If you’ve already moved out, please make arrangements to return your keys and complete the check-out process by notifying the Office of Residential Life at housing@carthage.edu or 262-551-6169.

We will work with Extended Stay students currently in campus housing to make arrangements to return home or find alternate housing. Extended Stay students should watch their email this afternoon for additional details from the Office of Residential Life.

We appreciate your cooperation and patience as we work through this process. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact housing@carthage.edu or call 262-551-6169.

Campus Facilities and Buildings


We are in the process of consolidating the functionality of most of our campus buildings and condensing the use of our facilities in order to be responsible during this health emergency. Sections of buildings, and in some cases, entire buildings, will be closed. 

Students, faculty, and staff will not be able to utilize TARC facilities, many academic buildings, or the Student Union, though there are some exceptions. The Red Zone in the Student Union and the Health and Counseling Center in the TARC remain open for students who must remain on campus, with specific rules for access and reduced hours. As students start moving out for the year, we will start closing residence halls.

Spring 2020 Refunds and Credits


Residential students registered for the Spring 2020 semester will receive a prorated credit for housing and meal plans. Credits will be first applied to any outstanding balances, including tuition.

Graduating seniors will receive a refund for any remaining credit balances as of May 31, 2020; refunds will be issued in June. All other students will receive a credit applied to the fall 2020 semester. Credits for housing and meal plans will be adjusted based on financial aid regulations where applicable.

In addition, late fees during the time period of April through June 2020 will be waived. Students will be able to modify any existing payment plans to reflect the applied credit. Registration holds will also be lifted for students to register for the fall 2020 term.

Please direct questions regarding student accounts to studentaccounts@carthage.edu or (262) 551-5771. Questions related to Fall 2020 registration can be directed to registrar@carthage.edu or (262) 551-6100.

Student Workers


W e will not have the ability to continue employment of student workers with the exception of a few essential functions. We urge students to stay in touch with their supervisors in anticipation of resuming employment when we return to campus .

Travel Guidelines


On March 12, 2020, the State of Wisconsin issued a Public Health Emergency and the City of Kenosha issued a State of Emergency. Per the recommendations of the Kenosha County Division of Health, nonessential travel for all individuals is discouraged. All College-sponsored travel has been discontinued until further notice.

Faculty / Staff Expectations


  • All faculty will be expected to teach Spring 2020 courses online starting Monday, March 23, through the end of the Spring term on May 20.
  • At this time the campus is closed and faculty and staff should be working remotely. There are a few exceptions that have been made at this time for essential campus operations. Please work with your supervisor to understand the expectations of work. 
  • Employees who do not feel well, or who are caring for an individual who has symptoms or has been confirmed to be sick, should not report to campus. It is especially critical that employees do not report to campus while they are experiencing respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, or fatigue. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that employees remain at home for at least 24 hours after they are free of fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 37.8 degrees Celsius) or signs of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medications.

Campus Offices and Remote Work


At the moment the campus is closed. Employees will continue to be in communication with their supervisors regarding remote and essential on-campus schedules. Should you have a question about your current work assignment, please contact your area supervisor or vice president. 

Even with remote locations, we will continue to remain available and supportive to our students. While the location and way in which we work will change temporarily due to this crisis, the goal of our work and the energy and values we bring to it will remain steadfastly student focused and student first.

Facilities / Cleaning


  • All Carthage classrooms and communal spaces were deep-cleaned during the spring recess, and our Environmental Services team continues to frequently clean high-touch surfaces using hospital-grade disinfectant.
  • Additional hand sanitizer dispensers have been installed in high-traffic areas of all academic and residential buildings.
  • Students are encouraged to replenish their personal cleaning supplies for their residence hall rooms and off-campus apartments before returning to campus, whenever that return occurs.
  • See CDC cleaning tips

Further Updates


  • Please continue to check your email and this website, www.carthage.edu/coronavirus, for additional updates from Carthage.
  • Any College-wide changes to our spring semester classes would be communicated through email, our Parent and Family Connection e-newsletter, the College’s official social media accounts, and this website.
  • These plans may be subject to change should future Department of Education guidance require modifications.