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COVID-19: Meeting the Challenge

Meeting the Challenge

In what will forever be a defining moment in each of our lives, Grinnellians rose to meet unprecedented challenges and changes together. It is now time to shift our focus to what is next.

Grinnell’s leadership, faculty, and staff are committed to providing the very best Grinnell educational opportunities possible for our students. Decisions about the coming academic year will require the creativity, compassion, and consideration for community that are the hallmarks of Grinnell College.

To that end, a Recovery, Stewardship, and Renaissance Steering Committee (RS)2 has been appointed and tasked with recommending forward-looking policy and financial considerations for the president and senior leadership. Informed by the institution’s academic mission and the wellbeing of the College community, the committee will pursue creative approaches to the situation before us. Working with partners from across campus and building on the impressive expertise of the College’s faculty and staff, (RS)2 has organized its work into five primary areas:

  • Curriculum Planning 
  • Academic Program Allocations 
  • Administrative Program Allocations  
  • Health and Living 
  • Campus Climate 

The planning process will benefit from both structured and informal options for input into its crucial work. As ever, the College is committed to keeping Grinnellians informed in a timely manner about official decisions related to College operations. The goal is to share an update by early June for Grinnell’s approach to the next academic year.

Latest Updates

Special Campus Memo: Plans to Build Testing Capacity for Fall 2020

The College signed a contract with a private testing firm that guarantees capacity for initial and regularized diagnostic (PCR) COVID-19 testing for students, faculty, and staff who will be on campus.

Grinnell College Post COVID-19: Recovery, Stewardship, and Renaissance

As we settle into our new experiences and slowly become accustomed to staying connected while physically distant, we are looking ahead to what's next and beginning to assess the long-term impact of the global pandemic on our community.

Special Grant Award Assistance for Academic Year 2020-21

A one-time COVID-19 Response Grant of $2,500 for every continuing Grinnell student who enrolls for academic year 2020-21 has been approved.

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