Special Announcement - Ashland Theological Seminary

Special Announcement

The health and safety of all Ashland University students is of the utmost importance. It is also essential that we remain focused during this evolving and challenging time, to provide AU students with continuity of instruction and learning. All of our decisions are driven by what is best for our students. Please visit these web pages daily to see new information that will assist you in continuing your educational journey while remaining safe and healthy.

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I am writing an update to the March 12 message I sent regarding Ashland Theological Seminary’s Covid 19 Action Plan. This is a fluid situation with each day bringing new directives from state and federal officials that require the Seminary to determine how we will respond.

With the rapid spread of the virus and the probable peak of the pandemic projected to be sometime in mid to late April, a return to face-to-face classes does not seem likely. Consequently, Ashland Seminary will extend the suspension of face-to-face classes for the remainder of the spring semester. All remaining classes will be completed online, in most cases through synchronous learning using Zoom. Your professors and program directors will be communicating with you any specific instructions needed to help make this transition a smooth one.

At this point, Ashland Theological Seminary is canceling all May 16 commencement activities. This decision complies with the March 15 CDC advisory limiting in-person events to 50 people or fewer for the next eight weeks.

We are planning to host a virtual town hall meeting for any interested students scheduled tentatively for Wednesday, March 18th at 8:00 pm. It is my hope to provide you with whatever information we have at the time and to answer your questions/concerns. Joining me on the call will be: Dr. Yvonne Glass (MACMHC), Dr. Dawn Morton (DMin), Dr. Jerrolynn Hockenhull (MAC), and Ms. Laura Bedocs (Registrar). A link to connect to the townhall will be sent prior to the meeting.

The library on the campus of Ashland Theological Seminary is not open, but still operating. If you have any questions or need research assistance, please call the ATS librarians at 419-289-5169.

These are unprecedented times for all of us as we look to God for his blessing and protection. While this is not the spring semester any of us planned nor expected, the faculty and staff at Ashland Seminary are working to ensure that you are able to complete your academic work successfully. You are all in our prayers.

With regards,
John Byron
Interim Executive Dean and Vice-President

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