We know you are processing the information we shared yesterday regarding our plans for the spring trimester and have many questions regarding how to move forward. KUA’s Emergency Preparedness Team hopes to clarify a few points below to assist students and families in their planning.
FAQ Regarding COVID-19 and the KUA Campus
Can I return to campus?
Students are not permitted to return to campus until further notice.
Will returning home jeopardize my ability to complete the term?
Not at all. We will provide ongoing distance learning for the remainder of the year regardless of whether we re-open campus for classes again. Your education is critical to us, as it is to you, and we will do everything to support your completion of your schoolwork this year. If you complete the distance-learning program to the satisfaction of your teachers, you will complete the term.
Will I graduate if I don’t return to campus?
If you complete the distance-learning program to the satisfaction of your teachers, you will graduate and receive your diploma. While we hope to hold our on-campus commencement exercises, we cannot confirm we can do so at this time.
If I’m in a different time zone, how will I be able to participate in the distance-learning program?
Faculty are creating a schedule that will accommodate our global community. We are structuring our class time in a way that makes it possible for all students to participate regardless of where they live. We also plan to hold all-school meetings and advisory meetings. Stay tuned for a schedule.
What will happen to my belongings?
Your belongings will remain on campus and all items are safely secured in dorms. We will ship laptops and medications, and ensure your receipt of a passport or I-20. You can contact Kathy Langevin at email@example.com
with a request for those items. While it is our hope to reopen campus this spring, in the event we are not able to do so, we will work with families to either pick up belongings or have them shipped home.
What if I don’t have my textbooks with me?
Any course materials for distance learning will be provided by faculty members. You will not need your textbooks.
What if I receive counseling services?
Please contact the Health Center at firstname.lastname@example.org
and the team will work with you on a plan to accommodate your needs.
Will I still be able to access college advising?
The College Advising team will still provide all the guidance and support you need throughout the trimester.
Will I be able to take the SAT/ACT/AP test?
College Advising is in contact with both the ACT and CollegeBoard regarding how this situation impacts upcoming SAT/ACT/AP tests and should be able to share more information soon. Because school is closing, we will be unable to offer the April 4 ACT.
What about my visa?
The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has been monitoring developments and says “SEVP is focused on ensuring that nonimmigrant students can continue to make normal progress in a full course of study as required by federal regulations. SEVP intends to be flexible with temporary adaptations.” KUA will provide SEVP the required notice of accommodations it is making for its F nonimmigrant population and continue to follow carefully all adjustment to the current guidance and additional information provided.
What if I miss my friends?
Here at KUA, we are already missing all of our students. Our tight-knit community is one of our greatest strengths, and distance will not change that. We will offer plenty of opportunities to socialize and have fun “together.” Please, take time to reach out to one another, check in on your friends and classmates, or find opportunities to complete your assignments together. Also know that all of us here in Meriden are available if you need us for support, a familiar voice, or even just a check on the start of New Hampshire’s famous mud season.Guidance for International Families
Dear KUA Students and Families,
Hopefully you just received an email from Mr. Lewis with some clarifications to how we are moving forward with the spring trimester. The information is also available at kua.org/covid19
. We know it’s especially hard for our international families who have been separated from one another during this stressful time.
Due to the rapidly changing nature of this situation and uncertainty of how long we will need to suspend on-campus learning, we encourage international students without long-term accommodations in the U.S. to return home.
Please know that we will continue our distance-learning program throughout the entire spring trimester. That means that even if you go home and cannot return to the U.S., you can still complete the term online. Going home will not impede your progress nor make your KUA experience any less unique and genuine.
Regarding student status in the U.S., the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has been monitoring developments and says “SEVP is focused on ensuring that nonimmigrant students can continue to make normal progress in a full course of study as required by federal regulations. SEVP intends to be flexible with temporary adaptations.” KUA will provide SEVP the required notice of accommodations it is making for its F nonimmigrant population and continue to follow carefully all adjustment to the current guidance and additional information provided.
Many of you are concerned about what will happen to your belongings once you depart the U.S. If this concern is keeping you from returning home to your family, please contact me and we will make arrangements to get you your belongings. We will do everything we can to keep people safe and healthy in this time of transition.
We have no idea what the future will look like and how the U.S. will reinstate international travel once the virus is better contained. We can ensure that you will continue to receive your education no matter where you are in the world for the spring trimester and our hope is to resume normal residential operations as soon as we can.
Dean of Students