Frequently Asked Questions

Lakers Together Fall 2020 FAQ

Question Answer

Will the academic calendar be different this year?

At this time, there are no plans to adjust the 2020-21 academic calendar.


Will I be required to wear a face covering on campus?

Face coverings that cover the mouth and nose are required in indoor or outdoor spaces when you are unable to consistently maintain a distance of at least six feet from others, including classrooms and laboratories.

Face coverings are not required in residence halls when in a personal room, suite or apartment; in dining areas when seated and dining; in offices and other areas where six feet of social distancing can be maintained; or outdoors when social distancing is possible. 

Those unable to wear a face covering due to a medical condition will be directed to Disability Support Services (DSR).



When will the Fall 2020 ramp-up period begin?

University leadership has developed a six-week ramp-up plan, "Lakers Return to the Workplace," beginning June 22. More details are available at


When will I know if my classes will be online, in person, or a hybrid model?

The modified schedule will be in place by mid-July, and students will be provided with instructions to get support for any modifications they need or wish to make. The first priority has been to update delivery methods so students can see if their courses have a face-to-face component. That process is nearly completed. Delivery methods listed on Banner are traditional (face-to-face), hybrid and online.


What should I do if I need to take an elevator?

If you are physically able, we encourage you to take the stairs. If you need to use an elevator, we encourage you to wear a face covering and try to limit the number of occupants. 


What is the plan for on-campus housing for the Fall 2020 semester?

We have a comprehensive plan for those who will live on campus. Students can expect:

  • Reduced density of students in common spaces.
  • Single options in traditional-style housing.
  • Increased frequency of cleaning in common spaces and bathrooms.

More information is available at


What is the plan for cleaning university buildings and housing?

Grand Valley is continuing enhanced cleaning procedures and following CDC guidance. Details on cleaning information are available at


How will testing and contact tracing be handled?

The university is implementing a variety of steps to reduce the risk of COVID-19 to the university community, as well as to identify individuals who may have been exposed or who have symptoms, through daily self-assessments. 


How will classrooms be adjusted to accommodate for social distancing?

Grand Valley is working to redesign our standard classrooms, embracing the ideas of social distancing. Seats will be 6 feet apart, and there will be a 6-foot divide between the instructor and the first row of students.

An example of a classroom layout, visit


How will classes be offered this fall?

Grand Valley State University has developed three options for Fall 2020 courses: fully online, a hybrid model, and face-to-face instruction.

Get more details on the academic plan.


How will bus transportation between campuses work?

Grand Valley is working with the Rapid to determine bus capacity limits for Fall 2020 because of COVID-19. The new Laker Line will accommodate 40 percent more passengers than the current Campus Connector. The Rapid will require passengers to wear face coverings. The buses are disinfected regularly. Buses will arrive every 10 minutes during peak times. 

The Laker Line will also be faster than the current Campus Connector because of stop light priority and improved loading stations.

More details can be found at