Top Ten Frequently Asked Questions

A number of new and important questions have been asked at our recent Town Hall Meetings about health and safety; campus housing; classes and tuition; campus facilities and events; and Human Resources. Here are the top ten most frequently asked questions, with links below to all of the FAQs on each of these topics.

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Is the two-year on-campus living requirement still in place?

First-year undergraduate students who choose to take a fully online course schedule can waive their residential living requirement for this academic year and remain in their permanent place of residence rather than live on campus. First-year students taking any in-person or hybrid classes must stay in the university residence halls. First-year students taking any in-person or hybrid classes must stay in the university residence halls unless living with a parent or guardian within a 30-mile radius of campus (as has always been the case). To request the residence hall waiver, please complete this form and provide a screenshot of your schedule. This must be done by Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. CST.

Sophomore students will have the option to be released from their residential living requirement for this academic year, regardless of whether taking in-person or fully online classes. Sophomore students can opt to retain their residence hall assignment, choose to live in university apartments or off-campus housing, or remain in their permanent place of residence. Please complete this form to opt out of your residency requirement.  

Undergraduate juniors and seniors in Marquette-operated apartments will have the option to be released from their leases if they choose to take a fully online course schedule. Students with leases at non-Marquette-operated apartments will need to work with their landlords. To request a release from your university apartment lease, please complete this form and provide a screenshot of your schedule. This must be done by Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. CST.

If I choose to opt-out of the residence halls for Fall, will I have the opportunity to reassess for the Spring semester?

Yes. If a student chooses to opt-out of residency, that decision can be reassessed for the Spring semester, based on availability.

Is Commencement still taking place?

In the most prudent interests of public health, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all in-person Commencement events for the year. Please read the announcement from President Lovell and Provost Ah Yun in Marquette Today for more details, including ways the university will celebrate 2020 graduates virtually.

What percentage of classes will be in-person vs. online vs. hybrid, and how will it work?

We will offer a mixture of in-person, hybrid and fully online learning options for students where reasonably possible. Additional hybrid and online learning sections will be added as necessary and where possible to meet student demand.

Undergraduate and graduate students will receive additional information on options related to class modalities soon (law students already received such information and dental students will receive information at an upcoming orientation). Students are encouraged to check with an academic adviser to discuss implications before making schedule changes.

Can I choose to take a fully online class schedule?

The Fall 2020 classroom assignment process is complete with all class sections assigned to their classroom space and instructional mode (how classes are taught). This information is for undergraduate students only. Separate communication will be sent to students in the Graduate School and Graduate School of Management. The Health Sciences Professional Programs (PT/PA/OT/AT) will reach out to students by individual department. Any pertinent separate communications have already been sent to students in the School of Dentistry and Law School.

While in-person classroom and campus life experiences are irreplaceable, we recognize that some undergraduate students are seeking a fully online course schedule for this Fall, and we will work as hard as possible to make this happen as your program allows. Please know that not every course is able to be taught in an online format, and schedule changes could impact your academic progress to graduation, so working closely with an academic advisor is highly recommended. Our goal is to work with students to identify the best available schedule and to accommodate as we are able. If you want to make a schedule change, please make sure you reach out to one of your program point person contacts that you will find below. If you are seeking to construct a fully online course schedule, you will need to e-mail your program point person by Monday, August 10th, as schedule changes need to be resolved no later than Thursday, August 13th for our planning and scheduling purposes.

What is the process for COVID-19 testing/screening/contact tracing/quarantines on campus?

  • All faculty, staff and students on-campus will undergo a daily screening process for COVID-19. Qualtrics software will be utilized to aid this process and help with contact tracing. More information will be shared in the coming week.
  • An on-campus testing center to test symptomatic students and their close contacts is being established. The testing center will be managed by the Marquette University Medical Clinic in coordination with the Marquette Department of Clinical Laboratory Science. As required by law, test results will be provided to the Milwaukee Health Department and State of Wisconsin.
  • For students living in residence halls, Marquette has identified rooms in residence halls and near campus to isolate infected students, and to quarantine close contacts, as needed. Students living in off-campus housing will be able to request quarantine or isolation space from the university if their current living situation does not allow for such space. Families are encouraged to discuss their plans in case of quarantine or isolation of the student is required.
  • Faculty, staff and students are asked to complete this form to voluntarily disclose whether they have been diagnosed with COVID-19, are presumed positive or have been exposed to the virus. This will aid in earlier identification of cases and allow efficient contact tracing and therefore decreased transmission.
  • To provide transparency around the number of faculty, staff and student COVID-19 cases on or near campus, the university has launched a coronavirus dashboard that is updated weekly, consistent with local government updates.

What is the process if a student tests positive for COVID-19?

For students living in residence halls, Marquette has identified rooms in residence halls and near campus to isolate infected students, and to quarantine close contacts, as needed. Students living in off-campus housing will be able to request quarantine or isolation space from the university if their current living situation does not allow for such space. Families are encouraged to discuss their plans in case of quarantine or isolation of the student is required.

How will mask-wearing be enforced? Will students receive masks and education on best practices for reducing the spread of coronavirus?

We will expect all members of our community to commit to a pledge that outlines a new social contract we are all expected to follow to keep each other safe. Mask wearing is a part of that. We hope our students help each other reinforce the need to wear cloth face coverings or disposable masks to stop the spread.

All students, whether living on-campus or off, will receive a welcome back kit that will include a mask, a thermometer and hand sanitizer.

All students will also be required to complete an online COVID-19 education module before the start of the semester. This applies to students who have already been back on campus for instruction or student employment.

Will tuition be reduced?

Whether a student chooses to learn in person, in a hybrid format or fully online, our priority is for our students to keep making progress toward their degree completion as we provide the top-tier Catholic, Jesuit education that is Marquette’s promise to its students. Whether online or in-person, we believe the value of a Marquette education does not change. Our faculty, who are master teachers and scholars and leaders in their respective fields are ever committed to delivering the best Catholic, Jesuit higher education. We intend to deliver on that promise; as such, we have no plans to lower tuition for this academic year.

How will Marquette decide if it needs to go back to a fully remote environment?

In consultation with the Medical College of Wisconsin, the university has developed five gating criteria to determine when and how to reassess our current state. The five gating criteria are: testing results timing, percentage of positive tests, quarantine/isolation capacity, access to personal protective equipment and percentage of contacts reached within a 24-hour period when a positive case is confirmed.

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