Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQ
For the most up-to-date information regarding our plans for fall 2020, please visit the Fall 2020: Return to Campus Planning page.
Q: Will people be tested for COVID-19 before being allowed to return to campus in the fall?
A: All students will be tested for COVID-19 when they first arrive on campus. We also ask that, if at all possible, students get tested before they depart home for campus and remain home if they test positive. For the most up-to-date information regarding our plans for COVID-19 testing in fall 2020, please visit the Fall 2020: Return to Campus Planning page.
Q: Do you know which type of test will be given to check for COVID-19?
A: The PCR test (nasal swab) will be issued. Technology has evolved immensely, and the current nasal swab test is less invasive than in prior months.
Q: What happens if Governor Wolf moves Philadelphia County into the yellow/red, either before classes begin or in the middle of the semester?
A: The College will follow directives and guidance from the City of Philadelphia Health Department, Pennsylvania Department of Education and CDC should Philadelphia County shift out of the current green phase.
Q: Do you have a plan to move students off campus/teach 100% remotely should we see a spike in cases?
A: Yes, Moore is prepared to shift to 100% remote teaching and learning in the event the college, in consultation with the City of Philadelphia Health Department, Pennsylvania Department of Education, and/or CDC determine the need to do so.
Q: Are The Galleries at Moore open?
A: The Galleries were open through March 14, for the last day of the Emerging Philadelphia exhibition. Other spring and summer exhibitions have since been postponed or canceled in the interest of community health and safety. While The Galleries at Moore will host exhibitions during the fall 2020 semester for the on-campus community, they will remain closed to the public, in the interest of continued public safety and the safety of our students and faculty.
Q: Will fall 2020 Orientation be online?
A: We are planning for a robust Orientation experience for our incoming first-year students, whether it occurs on campus or remotely. For the most up-to-date information regarding our plans for fall 2020, please visit the Fall 2020: Return to Campus Planning page.
Q: When will campus tours open again?
A: When we receive proper clearance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and CDC, we will commence campus tours for prospective students. We look forward to hosting you on campus and telling you about the Moore experience in person!
Q: If I have any additional questions or concerns, who should I contact?
A: Please contact Alysson Cwyk, Chief of Staff, at email@example.com or by calling 215.667.6818. Alysson will respond to your requests as quickly as possible during standard operating hours.
Q: What will the fall 2020 semester at Moore look like?
A: For the most up-to-date information regarding our plans for fall 2020, please visit the Fall 2020: Return to Campus Planning page.
Q: Did I read correctly that on-campus classes will also be offered via Zoom? If so, how?
A: Yes—you have the option to attend your classes remotely this semester, as all on-campus classes will include Moore students who are off-campus. In Liberal Arts courses, lectures and discussions will be conducted and recorded with Zoom so that students can experience both synchronous and asynchronous opportunities. Invited guests and lecturers will be invited to present to students by Zoom. We are currently working through the logistics and many different options with faculty members and department chairs to ensure an inclusive, interactive and equitable learning experience for all students, both on campus and off campus. Faculty will have a greater range of resources—and more support and preparation—than Moore (or any other college or university) was able to provide when all on-campus courses and activities were suspended for the final weeks of the spring 2020 semester.
Q: How are studio classes going to take place via Zoom? Do you know if the class schedules/times will be kept the same as they are now on the registrations?
A: Faculty will receive additional training to provide interactive capabilities in all courses. Combining both synchronous and asynchronous opportunities, studio faculty will incorporate new software and tools (including VoiceThread, Screen-O-Matic, Adobe Spark with updated Moodle and Zoom Meetings). With the help of Moore’s Studio Technicians and Educational Technology and Online Coordinator, demonstrations in some studio areas will be recorded and shared with students as “recorded artifacts” to watch at any time. Both group and individual critiques, including Moore faculty and often external critics, will be conducted by Zoom.
Following a national search, Tonya Lee began at Moore in June as the College’s Educational Technology and Online Coordinator to support more dynamic and diverse online experiences for all students and faculty. In addition to an in-depth background and voracious research interests in contemporary educational technologies, she also is an accomplished and active artist with a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of North Carolina. She comprehensively understands the unique challenges and opportunities to teach and learn about art, materials and visual culture in online environments.
Q: Since all classes will be offered remotely, will students be able to attend either remotely or in person on a weekly basis, or must it be one or the other for the semester?
A: Students should select which modality they will be using for the semester prior to the start of classes—a selection form is forthcoming. If a student does become ill or needs to isolate/quarantine, they would be able to take advantage of the online modality. We ask that students make sure to communicate with their faculty.
Q: I need to schedule classes for the fall semester. How do I go about doing that?
A: Please click here to register. To schedule a phone advising appt. with Academic Advisor, Tasha Loch, please visit moore.edu/advising. Make sure to include your phone number in one of the name boxes.
Q: Where can I locate curriculum guides?
A: All blank major and minor curriculum guides, registration information, and the Fall 2020 Elective List can be found on each student’s Advising Page in Moodle. Your Academic Advisor will be able to provide you with your individual, custom curriculum guide during your scheduled phone advising appt.
Q: What will Foundation year look like?
A: We are planning for a rich, high level of engagement for all classes this fall, including first-year Foundation courses, no matter the format.
Q: How will critiques work online?
A: In spring 2020, Moore faculty implemented creative ways to conduct critiques remotely, which looked much the same as in-person critiques at Moore, with the same level of inquiry, rigor and creative discourse.
Q: How will you transfer over a pass/fail credit from a high school course?
A: If an incoming student has passed a specific class, the course will count as a credit.
Q: What academic and individual supports do you have on campus? How will IEPs be handled if classes are online?
A: Our Academic Services department continues to provide all ongoing support, regardless of whether we are on campus or online, and the level of accommodations will not change.
Q: I receive tutoring and/or writing assistance from staff at the Margaret Minik Writers Studio. Can this continue in a remote format?
A: Yes. Students should continue to use the Peer Tutor Request and Writer’s Assistance request forms on Moore’s website.
Q: I need help managing my time, getting re-organized with online classes, preparing for tests, etc. Who do I go to?
A: Please contact Academic Services at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need academic assistance. Our staff is prepared to offer help.
Q: I have a disability and have questions about the accessibility of my classes. Who do I contact?
Q: I am concerned that I’m won't do as well in an online class. What supports are available?
Q: Am I still able to borrow library materials?
The Connelly Library will continue processing interlibrary loan (ILL) requests for articles that can be delivered to you via email. Please note that ILL services are dependent upon the availability of lending libraries. Visit moore.edu/library for more details.
Q: How can I get help with research or assignments?
A: Library staff are checking email and voicemail Monday through Friday, 9 am – 5 pm. They are available to speak on the phone or video chat to help you with your work! View Library research guides at: moore.libguides.com
Q: Will I be penalized for returning library materials late?
A: No. No penalties will be imposed for late returns of materials or equipment borrowed from the library prior to the start of remote learning during the spring 2020 semester.
Q: I am in possession of materials or equipment that I checked out from the Connelly Library that I’d like to return. How can I do that?
A: You may return items to the Connelly Library once you return to campus. No fines will be assessed for the spring 2020 semester.
Q: Is the summer term of the MA in Art Education with an Emphasis on Special Populations program happening on campus?
A: Given the uncertain and variant models around the timing of a return to daily life and to college campuses around the country, we have continued to prioritize the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff above all else. As a result, our summer 2020 MA in Art Education classes shifted to a virtual/online format for both continuing and new graduate students and began as scheduled, with Orientation on Monday, June 22 and the first day of classes on Tuesday, June 23. Art Education faculty members have helped lead the way in preparing their colleagues for remote instruction during this time, having had years of experience with the format, and have brought their expertise to the summer term. It is important to note that this shift is temporary and that Moore’s MA in Art Education summer term will take place on Moore’s campus in 2021.
Q: Will the 2020 MA in Art Education Commencement still happen in August?
A: For those who are graduating from the program this summer, a festive celebration and farewell for graduating MA students is planned for the conclusion of the summer term. We will monitor public health guidelines and developments and will be in touch with any necessary updates about logistics for this event.
Are CE classes still happening in spring and summer 2020?
Given the uncertain and variant models around the timing of a return to daily life and to college campuses around the country, we will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff above all else. For the time being, this means finding alternative methods for programming until future guidelines dictate otherwise. As a result, our spring and summer 2020 Adult Continuing Education courses are shifting to a virtual/online format. Spring and summer classes will take place as scheduled, from April 20 to June 25, and July 13 to September 17, respectively. Visit our Continuing Education page for more information.
We encourage those still thinking about joining us for summer Adult Continuing Education courses to contact the Continuing Education office at email@example.com or 215.965.4030, so that we may extend more details and help you find the right course fit for you. We look forward to updating you over the next few weeks with follow-up information, and to seeing you online in July!
Is the Teachers Summer Institute (TSI) still taking place in summer 2020?
Each year, TSI welcomes dozens of art educators from across the nation to Moore’s Philadelphia campus, to collaborate with studio facilitators, participate in talks with leaders in the field of art education and to interact directly with Philadelphia cultural leaders and destinations. We have made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 TSI program, originally scheduled for June 21–27, 2020. We have already reached out to previously registered 2020 participants, who will receive a full refund and preferred registration for next year’s program, scheduled for June 20–26, 2021. We encourage all art educators looking for an exciting and rigorous way to earn their ACT 48 credits to register for TSI next year, or to consider an upcoming online Adult Continuing Education class, which can also be used toward ACT 48 credits. Visit our Teachers Summer Institute page for more information.
Is the Summer Art & Design Institute (SADI) still taking place in summer 2020?
Due to the evolving circumstances around the COVID-19 public health epidemic, Moore College of Art & Design staff and faculty have monitored the situation closely with regards to all summer academic programs. This includes the 2020 Summer Art & Design Institute (SADI), a four-week, pre-college residential program that annually attracts and engages emerging women artists in grades 10–12. Given the uncertain and variant models around the timing of a return to daily life and to college campuses around the country, we will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff above all else. For the time being, this means finding alternative methods for summer programming until future guidelines dictate otherwise.
As a result, our 2020 SADI program will shift to a virtual/online format and classes will take place as scheduled, from July 13 through August 8, 2020. We encourage those still thinking about joining us for SADI 2020 to contact the Continuing Education office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215.965.4030 in order to discuss how we can help you find your place in this special summer program. We know that this summer’s SADI experience be as engaging and exciting for young artists as always, even in the virtual realm. For more information and details, please visit our Summer Art & Design Institute page.
Are YAW classes still happening in summer 2020?
Due to the evolving circumstances around the COVID-19 public health epidemic, Moore College of Art & Design staff and faculty have monitored the situation closely with regards to all summer academic programs. This includes the summer 2020 iteration of Young Artists Workshop (YAW), our almost century-old youth education program, which offers exceptional art and design educational experiences for students in grades 3–12. Given the uncertain and variant models around the timing of a return to daily life and to college campuses around the country, we will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff above all else. For the time being, this means finding alternative methods for summer programming until future guidelines dictate otherwise.
As a result, our summer 2020 YAW program will shift to a virtual/online format, and classes for grades 9–12 will take place as scheduled, from July 13 through August 14, 2020. The program will run concurrently with SADI, with collaborative programming and alignment, including high-level creative opportunities and portfolio development for college-bound students.
We encourage those still thinking about joining us for YAW in summer 2020 to contact the Continuing Education office at email@example.com or 215.965.4030 in order to discuss how we can help you find your place in this special program. We know that this summer’s YAW experience will be as engaging and exciting for young artists as always, even in the virtual realm. For more information and details, please visit our Young Artists Workshop page
Q: When was Moore's fall 2020 deposit deadline for incoming BFA students?
A: In spring 2020, we shifted our usual deposit deadline from May 1 to June 1, with the understanding that accepted students and their families may be facing new and unexpected challenges, and that this is a difficult time to make such an important decision about the future.
For those still thinking about making their deposits to Moore, please let us know how we can help! Please text or call the Moore Admissions Office any time at 215.960.9660, or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or need assistance. Also, contact us if you’d like to set up a one-on-one meeting with an Admissions counselor or with someone from our Financial Aid office—we’re happy to set up an appointment!
Q: Can I take a leave of absence? If so, how do I go about doing this?
A: Yes, but we recommend that you speak to Academic Advisor Tasha Loch (email@example.com) prior to making that decision—your schedule may be able to be adjusted to meet your specific needs or concerns. A student may take a leave of absence of no less than one and no more than two semesters. To do so, they must email the Registrar (firstname.lastname@example.org) and complete the necessary paperwork.
Q: Will I lose my VWA scholarship if I take a leave of absence?
A: No. You will receive your Visionary Woman Honors Program Scholarship upon your return to school.
Q: I don’t want to live on campus this semester, but I still want to take classes. How can that be reflected on my eBill?
A: Please connect with Kimberley Fox (email@example.com), Director of Residence Life & Housing, and Kaitlin Hanrahan (firstname.lastname@example.org), Accounts Receivable Coordinator, to let them know about your desire to attend Moore as a commuter or in a remote manner this semester.
Q: Are work study opportunities still available this semester?
A: Yes. Please contact Director of Financial Aid Brian Birch (email@example.com) to confirm your eligibility and discuss opportunities that are available both on campus and remote.
Q: What is being planned regarding residence halls and residential safety for the fall 2020 semester?
A: For the most up-to-date information regarding our plans for fall 2020, please visit the Fall 2020: Return to Campus Planning page.
Q: When will I get my room assignment? Where will I be living?
A: With the City’s recent requirement to have all college students reside in single occupancy rooms, Student Affairs is working diligently to rearrange rooming assignments and will be sharing them with students shortly. Please contact Director of Residence Life & Housing, Kimberley Fox (firstname.lastname@example.org), who can address any particular questions and requests you may have about your forthcoming assignment.
Q: With the new housing plan, is everyone going to need to bring home all belongings at the end of the semester?
A: Yes, students will need to bring belongings home at the end of the fall 2020 semester. No storage is available at the college.
Q: How will students residing in the hotel have access to laundry facilities?
A: Students residing at the Sheraton will be permitted to use the free laundry facilities at the College. The Sheraton will be along the shuttle bus route in order to assist with easy transportation between the hotel and campus. With the reduced number of students residing on campus, the laundry facilities should be more accessible.
Q: Is there a mini fridge/microwave in the hotel rooms? If not, what is the policy? Is WiFi included?
A: While there are no mini fridges or microwaves in individual hotel rooms, the Sheraton will transform three (3) rooms on each floor into study rooms and a fourth room into a kitchen room. They will equip this room with a residential refrigerator and microwave. These will be available 24 hours a day. Only Moore students will be living on these floors, so no other guests will have access to them. Students residing in the Sheraton are welcome to bring their own mini fridge for their rooms.
Q: Is WiFi included in the hotel rooms?
A: WiFi has been included in our contract with the Sheraton.
Q: Am I able to stay in my off-campus house/apartment?
A: Off-campus housing contracts are not impacted by the College’s decision to move operations online. Any questions regarding your lease should be addressed with your property owner.
Q: Can anything be done about my off-campus lease?
A: Leasing questions should be addressed with the property owner.
Q: Does the College have any discounted hotel rates for students and families who may require a stay in Philadelphia?
A: Yes, the Windsor Suites Philadelphia (1700 Ben Franklin Parkway) has graciously offered a $104/night rate for any Moore student, staff, or faculty that may be displaced due to the coronavirus. Please email Alysson Cwyk, Chief of Staff, at email@example.com and she will place you in contact with the appropriate sales manager.
Q: Will dining services be available in the fall?
A: Our return to campus plan includes accommodations for dining services. For the most up-to-date information regarding our plans for fall 2020, please visit the Fall 2020: Return to Campus Planning page.
Q: How do I engage with the Locks Career Center?
A: The staff of the Locks Career Center remains available for appointments and coaching for current students and alumni throughout the summer by email and phone. The career services a student or alumna can request include: career planning, job search strategy, internship support, résumé and cover letter feedback, interview preparation, entrepreneurship guidance, etc.
Up-to-date opportunities are available on Moore’s online job bank Career Opportunities On-Line (COOL), and a variety of resources are available through the Connelly Library’s LibGuides. Review LibGuide materials about Internships, Interviewing, Entrepreneurship, and coming soon, Creative Career Resources in the Time of Covid-19.
To contact the Locks Career Center staff directly:
- Belena Chapp, Director: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Veronica Scarpellino, Associate Director: email@example.com
Q: Will counseling services be available for students?
A: If you need to contact our Mental Health Counselors, they are available between the hours of 11 am and 7 pm, Monday through Friday, after the start of the fall semester, and can be reached during that time at the following numbers and email addresses: