Dear Faith Theological Seminary Family,
Faith Theological Seminary continues to actively monitor the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and provide updates to the FTS community. There are currently no confirmed cases at Faith Theological Seminary.
The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff remains our primary concern. We recognize that these are extraordinary times that require exceptional measures to deal with a health risk that affects us all.
Each of us plays a role in preventing the spread of COVID-19, and Faith Theological Seminary is taking measures to better protect our students, our staff and our faculty. Today, we are providing the following updates:
Learning and Working
All in-person classes are cancelled for the duration of the Spring 2020 semester.
FTS faculty have been advised to continue teaching their courses through Populi and through alternate distance education platforms which may include Zoom or another provider. Students are expected to fulfill ALL course requirements as stated on the course syllabi unless changes have been made through their individual professors.
Faculty, staff and students will receive updates through FTS email and through Populi.
FTS staff will continue to work on campus with very limited access to students and faculty during this period. If you need to reach a staff member, send an email to him/her BEFORE you travel to the 529 Walker Avenue campus. FTS email and Populi will continue to function, so your professors and the administration will stay in touch with you using these technologies or email.
The library will continue to be closed through the duration of the Spring 2020 semester. The FTS website has information regarding online databases which you can use for research purposes. Anita Taylor, FTS Librarian, is available to answer your questions regarding research tools and how to use the databases. Her email address is email@example.com.
All finals for Spring 2020 will be online. Faculty is encouraged to hold asynchronous exams during finals week–allowing students a day or more to complete the final when feasible. If faculty wishes to hold synchronous exams, they must follow the schedule as laid out in the course syllabus given to students at the beginning of the Spring 2020 semester.
Graduation Requirements and Commencement
Faith Theological Seminary is postponing the Spring 2020 commencement ceremony scheduled for May 30, 2020. This postponement will not have any impact on students who fulfill graduation requirements. Students who complete their degree coursework (Bachelor’s and Master’s) and/or defend their dissertations (Doctoral) will be awarded their degrees on their Spring 2020 semester completion date.
The 83rd Annual Commencement Ceremony of Faith Theological Seminary will occur in the Fall at the earliest possible date dependent on public health guidelines.
Cancellation of Summer 2020 Classes
Faith Theological Seminary is cancelling all Summer 2020 classes (either online or in person). This cancellation is due to 1) the ongoing public health crisis of COVID-19; and 2) the move of the campus to the Catonsville site during the summer months. FTS will offer a full schedule of courses for the Fall 2020 semester.
We discourage any personal travel to any country, regardless of CDC levels. We also discourage any domestic travel, for a 50-mile radius as a guide.
Stay Informed and Support Each Other
This continues to be a fluid and rapidly evolving situation; Faith Theological Seminary may take alternative actions as appropriate.
We recognize that these actions create significant challenges for students, faculty, staff and families, and we ask for your understanding as we respond to this unprecedented global public health issue.
2 Timothy 1:7 reads “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
We are taking these steps as a precaution to protect our students, faculty and staff. Please continue to take care of yourselves and each other. Now, more than ever, we must all do what Faith Theological Seminary does best—pray for each other, support each other, and find solutions to move our community forward, together. We will emerge from this stronger than ever as a community of Faith.
Sincerely in Christ,
Norman J. Manohar, Th.D., D.D.