Coronavirus Response

William Jewell is committed to providing a safe living and learning experience on campus. Here you'll find updates on our Operation Safe Campus plan and other COVID-19 resources.

Operation Safe Campus

Jewell is uniquely poised to ensure the health and safety of the Jewell community amid the coronavirus pandemic. In collaboration with a joint task force of biosafety and medical experts, William Jewell developed Operation Safe Campus, an extensive plan focused on your safety and giving you the in-person experience we value as a residential learning community.

At the core of Jewell’s Operation Safe Campus is a threat assessment matrix built around the military’s defense force protection model. The College designed a framework that outlines a continuum of threat levels with correlating planning, education, training and protocols for each phase across all campus departments. The plan is based on these levels:

Threat Matrix Levels


  • Our Joint Task Force Partners

    A vital component of Operation Safe Campus is the partnerships with expert teams:

    • Kansas City-based MRIGlobal, an international biorisk expert, ensures Jewell’s preparedness for the pandemic and assesses other biosafety risks, such as an incident involving biological agents. MRIGlobal also will provide biosafety training for all employees and students this summer and manage containment and biological clean-up if someone on campus becomes symptomatic or is diagnosed with the coronavirus.
    • Liberty Hospital’s medical team, led by Chief Medical Officer and Infectious Disease Physician Raghu Adiga, M.D., assessed the threat matrix and continues to provide medical advisement. The hospital is located three miles from campus and is a longtime valued partner with the College.
    • Clay County Public Health Center is another vital collaborator and will perform Jewell’s coronavirus testing of employees and students when they return to campus in August.
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  • Additional Safety Measures

    • Jewell’s on-campus health center is staffed by a nurse practitioner with 30 years of health care experience. For only the cost of testing, students have access to the center on weekdays.
    • In addition to routine sanitation, we have deep-cleaned every room and common space on campus this summer, using foggers and hospital-grade materials recommended by MRIGlobal.
    • All faculty, staff and students will have an opportunity to be tested for coronavirus when returning to campus in August. Clay County Public Health Center will provide the test free of charge to you.
    • In situations when social distancing is not possible, everyone on campus will be asked to wear a mask. If you do not have a mask, Jewell will provide one.
    • As the threat level merits, we will move to a virtual learning environment.
    • With already intimate class sizes (an average of 16 students per class), Jewell offers a safe, flexible learning environment. As needed, we will add class sections and rearrange learning spaces for optimal social distancing.
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  • Housing

    • All Jewell students were given an opportunity to request a private room at no extra cost by June 1.
    • Students traveling great distances will be permitted to return to campus early so that they may quarantine from any potential exposure during their travels.
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  • Academic Calendar and Important Dates

    For fall 2020, Jewell will hold a 15-week semester, with some adjustments to the calendar. On-campus classes will end at Thanksgiving to limit contact after widespread travel, and the remainder of the semester will be completed in a virtual format. See the academic calendar.

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  • Events and Athletics

    • Large fall events, such as Opening Convocation and Homecoming, continue to be evaluated based on Clay County Public Health Center’s guidelines on public gatherings. We will implement our own safety precautions, as appropriate for our campus community, beyond our municipality’s protocols. This will include reduced capacity at events and sporting activities.
    • We are working toward resuming full participation in practice and competition for all our teams, with some necessary parameters for the safety of student-athletes, athletic staff and fans. Our guidance is provided by the NCAA, the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) and Liberty Hospital Sports Medicine. As decisions are made, Jewell coaches are communicating with their student-athletes. Visit the Cardinal Athletics website for updates.
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Campus Updates and Resources