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DTS has set up a Student and Staff Relief Fund in order to help students impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

A Message from President Mark Bailey

UPDATES

(UPDATE – 3/24/2020) Dallas County has issued a “Shelter-In-Place” order effective at 11:59pm on Monday, March 23, 2020. Most of the surrounding counties have also issued similar orders, meaning that the DFW metroplex now joins the list of states and municipalities who have issued shelter-in-place directives. This order has the following impact on Dallas Theological Seminary starting Tuesday, March 24, through at least April 3, 2020 (though the order can be extended at any point).

  • The Dallas campus is officially closed to faculty, students, and the public and staffing is limited to only those services deemed essential (such as housing-related services, campus police, custodial, maintenance, construction, and IT).
  • Both Swiss and Washington Towers remain open for residents and staffed appropriately.
  • While the Turpin Library is official closed to the public and off-campus students, the first floor of Turpin Library will remain open (8am-4pm, Monday through Friday) in order to provide study space and WIFI access to students living in campus housing. Please note the following:
    • Only students living is Swiss or Washington Tower may use the study space.
    • No circulation desks, nor reference materials will be available and books will not be accessible during this time due to the shelter-in-place order.
    • Space will be limited so that appropriate group size limits and social distancing can be maintained.
    • The second and third floors will be closed.
  • Hope Coffee will remain open for take-out orders ONLY. Staff will be wearing gloves and ensuring proper procedures are followed per CDC recommendations.
  • Functional Campus operations that will continue in order to support Housing and Operations are:
    • Campus Police – starting March 24, the police will relocate their office to the Turpin Library collection desk.
    • Maintenance – during the shelter-in-place order maintenance will only process high-priority work orders on campus as needed. Should maintenance need to enter a residence on campus, they will sanitize hands, wear fresh gloves and a mask.
    • Custodial – During the shelter-in-place order, the custodial team will focus their efforts on cleaning the open areas such as the library and housing. The open portion of the library will be cleaned every two hours (Monday – Friday). Common areas in housing will be cleaned every two hours all seven days of the week.
    • Mail Services – During the shelter-in-place order, mail services will be open from 10am – 4pm for on-campus residents in Swiss and Washington to receive packages.
    • Construction – shelter-in-place order allows for construction projects on campus to continue, so early phases of the new chapel and student-life building will proceed during this time.

We understand that there is some confusion about what it means to “shelter-in-place” and we would encourage all students living on campus to read the official Dallas County Order.

Therefore, the DTS Administration has made the following decisions:

DTS has scheduled several sessions with students, staff, and faculty with details and links forthcoming. Mark your calendars:

  • Weekly prayer sessions – Thursdays at 10:30am-11:00am central
  • Twice a week online advising session – Mondays 12:00-1:00pm and Wednesdays 7:00-8:00pm

Effective Tuesday, March 24th, 2020, DTS will be operating under Dallas County’s “Shelter-in-Place” order. 

This order has the following impact on Dallas Theological Seminary starting Tuesday, March 24, through at least April 3, 2020 (though the order can be extended at any point). The Dallas campus is officially closed to faculty, students, and the public and staffing is limited to only those services deemed essential (such as housing-related services, campus police, custodial, maintenance, construction, and IT): 

  • Both Swiss and Washington Towers remain open for residents and staffed appropriately.
  • While the Turpin Library is official closed to the public and off-campus students, the first floor of Turpin Library will remain open (8am-4pm, Monday through Friday) in order to provide study space and WIFI access to students living in campus housing. Please note the following:
  • Only students living is Swiss or Washington Tower may use the study space. 
  • No circulation desks, nor reference materials will be available and books will not be accessible during this time due to the shelter-in-place order.
  • Space will be limited so that appropriate group size limits and social distancing can be maintained.
  • The second and third floors will be closed.
  • Hope Coffee will remain open for take-out orders ONLY. Staff will be wearing gloves and ensuring proper procedures are followed per CDC recommendations.

Functional Campus operations that will continue in order to support Housing and Operations are:

  • Campus Police – starting March 24, the police will relocate their office to the Turpin Library collection desk.
  • Maintenance – During the shelter-in-place order maintenance will only process high-priority work orders on campus as needed. Should maintenance need to enter a residence on campus, they will sanitize hands, wear fresh gloves and a mask.
  • Custodial – During the shelter-in-place order, the custodial team will focus their efforts on cleaning the open areas such as the library and housing. The open portion of the library will be cleaned every two hours (Monday – Friday). Common areas in housing will be cleaned every two hours all seven days of the week.
  • Mail Services – During the shelter-in-place order, mail services will be open from 10am – 4pm for on-campus residents in Swiss and Washington to receive packages.
  • Construction – shelter-in-place order allows for construction projects on campus to continue, so early phases of the new chapel and student-life building will proceed during this time.

We understand that there is some confusion about what it means to “shelter-in-place” and we would encourage all students living on campus to read the official Dallas County Order.

All other offices/services will move to a “virtual office” model, remaining open during their normal working hours, but with employees working remotely.

If the department you are trying to contact is not physically open, please email or call them to set up a virtual appointment. 

DTS remains committed to serving students, and we believe a virtual model will provide the highest level of service and safety during this pandemic.

Chapel – We encourage you to enjoy some ”best of” chapel content from some of our past professors who you may have never heard preach before. Classic sermons from Dr. Howard Hendricks, Dr. Dwight Pentecost, Dr. Don Campbell, Dr. Eddie Lane, etc. There is no reporting requirement for these. 

All student events and gatherings have been cancelled until further notice.

Campus Tours for prospective students have been cancelled until further notice.

  • 3/16–3/21: Spring Break will be extended for an additional week, meaning that all in-person classes on all campuses will be canceled from Monday, March 16 through Saturday, March 21. This time will allow faculty and staff time to prepare to move course materials online. (Existing online/streaming classes will continue as normal).
  • After 3/23, all traditional campus and hybrid courses will be held in an online format until the end of the Spring semester. Please check https://online.dts.edu for information about your courses.
  • Extension Site Courses: All remaining in-person classes at extension sites (Atlanta, Austin, NW Arkansas, PGI, San Antonio) will be moved online. Classes in Houston and DC taught by traveling faculty will also be moved online for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester.

Note: all classes that were considered face-to-face before this change will continue to count as face-to-face.

Travel Returning from Spring Break

Future Travel for Teaching Faculty

  • All faculty travel for DTS teaching-related activities have been suspended for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester.
  • All extension site courses in Austin, Atlanta, San Antonio, PGI, and Northwest Arkansas will be moved online. Courses in DC and Houston utilizing out of town faculty will also be moved online.

Students

  • Your safety, security, and well-being are our highest priorities. During this time, DTS faculty and staff will work with you and be as flexible as we can to ensure you finish the semester well.
  • Please be patient with us and pray for us as we transition courses online and continue to make challenging decisions.
  • The entire faculty, staff, administration, and board will be praying for you. May God be honored through your life and witness during this time.

Staff and Faculty

  • As of March 16, 2020, Seminary operations will move to a “predominantly virtual” office model with the bulk of faculty and staff working remotely. Only a small essential physical staff presence will remain on campus to operate essential services.
  • DTS anticipates office hours and department hours to remain the same as always in the new virtual setup.
  • Human Resources will communicate with all employees (faculty, staff, and student employees) regarding needs for temporary alternative work arrangements and additional employment resources. See employees.dts.edu for more information.