Fall Semester (COVID-19) Updates

Updated: July 24

Status of COVID-19 in New York City

The King’s College Emergency Operations Team is closely monitoring the rapidly evolving COVID-19 (Coronavirus), both nationally and within New York. The health and safety of our community remain our highest priority, and we are committed to providing updates regarding our remote operations. Prayers for our community and those affected by the virus are greatly appreciated during this time.

Fall 2020 Preliminary Reopening Plan

On July 1, The King’s College released the Fall 2020 Preliminary Reopening Plan, created based on the Reopening New York Higher Education Guidelines, to outline the ways we are modifying the typical campus experience for fall 2020. Plans for subsequent semesters will be released in winter 2020. Please note that we will continue to modify this plan as COVID-19 realities change in New York City.

Each member of the King’s community is expected to read The King’s College Fall 2020 Preliminary Reopening Plan and commit to abide by its content via the King’s COVID-19 Commitment. Despite the inevitable inconvenience caused by the modifications, we are eager to face this next season, together.

Fall 2020 Preliminary Reopening Plan

July 24 Update from President Gibson

Dear students,

Let me start by saying how impressed I am with you, the students of The King’s College. Despite the unforeseen challenges we face, your intrepid spirit is evident time and again. We may well look back in a few years’ time and find this season’s student body to be some of the most determined and resilient graduates King’s has produced. I’m eager to watch that become a reality.

Many of you are wondering about Governor Cuomo’s 14-day quarantine mandate for travelers from high-risk states and how it might affect the fall semester. As of today, this mandate includes 31 states, encompassing over 60% of our student body. As you can imagine, this impacts how we approach our academic year and requires us to handle the quarantine mandate collectively. New York City has made great progress containing COVID-19, and The King’s College is committed to playing its part to protect our community and our City from further spread of the virus.

It is always my goal to communicate with the best information available at any given time, and with that in mind, I share this update to give you a better idea of how the College is approaching this issue. The information below is sent with the assumption that the 14-day quarantine mandate will remain in effect as we start our semester. That said, should the Governor’s office change the policy, we will adapt our plans as necessary. For now, here are three important takeaways:

  1. A final version of the reopening plan including the official announcement on quarantines and move-in sign ups will be released the first week of August.
  2. Student move-in days will be August 27 and 28 for returning students and August 29 for new students, with flexibility for eligible students who request an earlier or later date as outlined below.
  3. Since Statesmanship Summit (student leader training) begins August 18, we need to commit to a course of action now rather than wait for possible changes to the quarantine guidelines listed below. Therefore, to allow student leaders time to plan ahead, Summit will be held virtually. We know this is a disappointment, but we are confident we can deliver a quality Statesmanship program virtually and then augment it with in person events once we’re on campus this fall.

Possible Exceptions for New York College Students
The Council of Independent Colleges and Universities, of which The King’s College is a member, is currently lobbying the Governor’s office to allow students to fulfill their 14-day quarantine prior to traveling to New York. If adopted, this proposal would allow our semester to begin in person as normal. More information may be available by the end of July and we’ll update you accordingly.

If No Exception is Granted
If the Governor does not allow flexibility for college students, we will need to quarantine all students who are staying in King’s housing from August 27-29 through September 11. This means classes will meet remotely from September 3 to September 11, with students working from their apartment alongside their roommates. More specifically:

Students from High-Risk States

  • On-campus students traveling from high-risk states will move into campus housing on August 27 or 28 (for returning students) and August 29 (for new students) and quarantine with your roommates for 14 days.
  • Staff and student leaders will be available to assist students from high-risk states with their move-ins. Unfortunately, guests or family members are not permitted under the 14-day quarantine specifications.
  • Off-campus students traveling from high-risk states will be required to quarantine in their off campus apartments for 14 days.
  • All students will participate in classes and events remotely from September 3 to 11 and begin in person classes on September 14. Access to campus will be permitted beginning September 12.

Travelers from Non-High-Risk States

  • On-campus students traveling from non-high-risk states can choose one of the following options:
    1. Move into campus housing on August 27 or 28 (for returning students) and August 29 (for new students) and quarantine with your roommates for 14 days.
    2. Delay your arrival in New York and move into campus housing on September 12, taking classes remotely from your current location. If you fall in this category, you will need to pay close attention to the spread of COVID-19 in your state. If your location is added to the high-risk list prior to September 11, you will be required to quarantine for 14 days off campus at your own expense.
  • Off-campus students traveling from non-high risk states should quarantine if any of their roommates come from high-risk locations.
  • All students will participate in classes and events remotely from September 3 to 11 and begin in person classes on September 14. Access to campus will be permitted beginning September 12.

Community and Pre-Semester Events in Quarantine

The College’s most creative minds are working to craft roommate and virtual community activities and programming in support of all students during the 14-day quarantine period. We eagerly approach this challenge with the same innovation and passion as we did our spring semester. For example, events such as Statesmanship Summit, New Student Orientation, and Convocation will switch from in-person to virtual formats to accommodate the mandatory quarantine.

Student Leader Move-In

  • House Executive Teams and King’s Council Cabinet members (Statesmanship) living on campus will move in on August 27 or 28 with other returning students.
  • On-campus Statesmanship members who wish to move in on their originally scheduled move-in day (August 17) may do so and may participate in the virtual Statesmanship Summit from their campus apartment. Those traveling from high-risk locations will need to quarantine from August 17 through September 11 with all other on-campus students. Those traveling from non-high-risk states will only need to quarantine from August 27 or 28 through September 11.

Ongoing Reminders

  • Students who are not comfortable attending in-person classes or returning to New York City may request remote access for any or all of their fall courses by providing rationale/documentation for their request on the Request for Remote Access Form. If you are requesting remote access for the entire semester, please complete this form by Friday, August 21.
  • If you have unanswered questions, please email reopening@tkc.edu so our reopening task force can address them.

Thank you for trusting The King’s College with your education. This is a unique season, and like you, the faculty and staff are facing its challenges with truth, integrity, and perseverance. God willing, we’ll see many of you on campus very soon.

Yours in Service,

Tim Gibson

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July 14 Update from President Gibson

Dear students,

Thank you for the thoughtful questions you’ve emailed since I shared our Fall 2020 Preliminary Reopening Plan at the beginning of this month. The Fall 2020 Preliminary Reopening Plan webpage is now updated with answers to your frequently asked questions.

Some of you are wondering about the status of health and safety here in New York City. I’m very encouraged by the progress our city has made in containing COVID-19. The MTA, our transit authority, cleans trains and buses every 24 hours; there are pedestrian traffic zones in the Financial District to make it easy to social distance. Around NYC, people are wearing masks and keeping safe distances, and this Saturday the city logged zero COVID-related deaths. The neighborhoods where most students live—the Financial District and Brooklyn—are peaceful. While it’s true that crime levels have returned to normal (compared to the quieter-than-usual NYC of April and May), as New York City begins to reopen it remains one of the safest large cities in the world.

A few additional reminders:

  • If you applied to live on campus, your housing contract becomes binding tomorrow, July 15. After that point, you will be responsible for the full fall housing charges. If you are no longer planning to stay in campus housing this fall, email housing@tkc.edu by 11:59pm Eastern time today, July 14, to notify us that you are withdrawing from housing.
  • As I shared in my last update, students who are not comfortable attending in-person classes or returning to New York City may request remote access for one, more, or all of their fall courses by providing rationale/documentation for their request on the Request for Remote Access Form. If you are requesting remote access for the entire semester, complete this form by Friday, August 21.
  • If you have unanswered questions, please email reopening@tkc.edu so our reopening task team can see them and address them.
  • Finally, as a reminder, our plans are subject to the evolving health and safety guidelines from state and local authorities. You can expect a confirmed version of the reopening plan in the first week of August.

Thank you for trusting The King’s College with your education. I look forward to seeing many of you on campus soon.

Yours in Service,

Tim Gibson


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July 1 Update from President Gibson

Dear students,

I write today with on-going concern related to the continuing impacts of COVID-19. While New York City is recovering from our peak of the virus, and is seeing great progress containing COVID-19, our scattered King’s community remains in my prayers. Thank you for your patience as we adapt your fall semester to protect the health and safety of the community.

Despite the challenges of COVID-19 thus far, I am pleased that the majority of our student body plans to return this fall. This is a testament to your courage and perseverance, and I believe it speaks to the exceptional learning experience that our faculty provide, even during a pandemic.

Much of New York state will begin the final phase of reopening, Phase Four, this coming Monday, July 6. This is a particularly important milestone, as this phase includes higher education. We anticipate New York City to enter Phase Four on or soon after Monday, July 20. This gives us confidence to continue to plan to deliver courses in-person this fall. Despite some required adaptations, we look forward to welcoming students back to campus for a socially-distanced Kingsian experience.

Today, I am pleased to share with you The King’s College Fall 2020 Preliminary Reopening Plan to give you an inside look at what this coming semester will bring. Please note that we will continue to modify this plan as COVID-19 realities change in New York City.

The plan is fairly extensive, so I want to highlight a few items in particular:

  1. If you applied to live on campus, your housing contract would typically become binding on June 1, which this year we extended to July 1. We are extending this date once more to July 15 to allow you and your families more time to plan. On July 15, the contract goes into effect and students are responsible for the fall housing charges.
  2. Students who are not comfortable attending in-person classes or returning to New York City may request remote access for one, more, or all of their fall courses by providing rationale/documentation for their request on the Request for Remote Access Form. Students requesting remote access for the entire semester should complete this form by Friday, August 21.
  3. We are closely monitoring Governor Cuomo’s 14-day quarantine requirement for travelers coming from high-risk states. We are prepared to support all students as needed should the quarantine affect one or many.
  4. Before you return to campus, I am asking that each member of our community signs a pledge committing to the inconvenience and sacrifice it will take to safeguard one another: “Upon my honor and in service to our community, I pledge to take responsibility for my own health, the protection of others, and to help keep the King’s community safe from the spread of COVID-19.” Read the full commitment below.

It is for such a time as this that the King’s community can demonstrate good, brave, and ready in action. I look forward to pursuing those ends with you.

Yours in Service,
Tim Gibson

Preliminary Reopening Plan

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June 18 Update from President Gibson

Dear Students,

Thank you to those who already filled out the student survey. I appreciate the time you took to share your concerns, questions, and ideas. In this update, I’ll speak to what we know so far on the topics you raised. First, though, I’ll mention the following resources that you may find helpful:

  • COVID-19 Emergency Funds. We still have $95,000 in CARES Act funding reserved for students who faced additional expenses for reasons related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. This could include costs of storage, transportation, housing, etc. If this applies to you, please consider applying to the King’s Community Fund, which administers from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).
  • Free Digital Marketing Bootcamp. Alex Andreyev, VP of Advisory Services at Cadreon and a King’s alumnus, is teaching a free course on digital marketing exclusive to King’s students. The course runs July 6-31, 2020, and covers the language, macro level, and key players of the digital marketing industry to give students the confidence to apply for internships in the digital marketing space. Read more and sign up here.

Why We Prioritize Face to Face Learning

In the survey results, many of you wrote that you are looking forward to being together in person again. So are we! There’s something irreplaceable about face to face learning and in-person debate and discussion with your professors and fellow students that creates the greatest opportunity for academic and intellectual growth. According to a recent College Reaction/Axios survey, we know this preference is shared by roughly 77% of college students. This is why we are putting forth the effort to operate safely in person with new limitations this fall. The value of in-person learning (this Inside Higher Education article echoes many of the thoughts you shared) is simply too important not to deliver.

Therefore, we are working hard to provide face to face learning this fall, while adapting our operations for health and safety. Here are additional details about what that could look like:

  • We are working to reduce traffic and reorganize areas of campus (the lobby, classrooms, the library) so you have space to study and gather while being socially distanced, and we are increasing facility cleanings.
  • Face masks will be required in most areas of campus, as well as when in elevators in student housing, but not when within your own apartment with your roommates.
  • We are still awaiting guidance from local authorities about athletics. We know this is a high priority for many of you and we are eager to provide more information when we can.

Despite the inevitable inconvenience involved in these precautions, we know that the in-person experience is worth fighting for. What King’s offers is the experience of learning from the city’s storied institutions and from your fellow students in and outside of class time. That simply can’t be replicated by a fully online experience. However, we also understand that some students may not be comfortable attending in-person classes. For those individuals, we are planning for remote access to in-person class sessions through a forthcoming approval process.

I look forward to writing again in two weeks with a more substantial update. If you have yet to fill out the survey, we would appreciate hearing your input, hopes, and questions regarding the fall semester. Please consider filling out the student survey by June 26.

June 4 Update from President Gibson

Dear students,

As I wrote on Monday, the last few weeks have been very heavy: not only with tragic instances of racial injustice, but with the ongoing devastation of COVID-19. While we are still navigating those issues, we must also look ahead toward the fall semester.

1. The King’s College plans to operate in-person in the fall. Like other colleges, we expect the ways in which we gather, teach, and learn are going to look different. Here’s what we know so far:

New York State issued a checklist of key metrics that New York regions must meet to safely re-open. New York City enters phase one of reopening on June 8, which gives us reason to be optimistic that we will be able to hold in-person classes this fall, subject to state and local guidelines, which we expect will be published on June 8. We are also in regular contact with other schools in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and with members of the Commission on Independent Colleges & Universities to glean best practices.

However, since there is no vaccine yet for the novel coronavirus, it’s wise to prepare for other possible scenarios to allow for social distancing within our gatherings. Here are a few examples of what that might look like (these are not confirmed plans, but rather, scenarios being considered):

  • Students may not all move on the same day, but be assigned a window of time in order to limit crowding. This means move in may be spread over multiple days. (We are grateful that our housing facilities provide safe and contained living environments and do not require excessive modifications.)
  • Classes may receive a combination of face-to-face instruction as well as remote learning elements in the same week.
  • Some campus events that would exceed social distancing protocols may be held virtually, or augmented with virtual participation options.

As we plan for various scenarios, we are preserving the quality of instruction at the academic standard you expect. Drawing from examples like Oxford-style group tutorials (in which smaller groups of students engage in intensive discussion on their reading and writing with the professor and each other), we plan to adapt to the new reality with smaller class sizes and different modalities of learning that are proven to yield exceptional learning outcomes. We are eager to hear from you as we make these decisions. Students may complete the optional survey at the bottom of this email to share ideas, concerns, and questions.

2. Based on previous feedback, we are slightly modifying the fall academic calendar to make the first few weeks of the semester less confusing and improve the student experience.

In past years, the first day of the fall semester was a Wednesday that operated on a Monday schedule. Based on student and faculty feedback, in order to minimize confusion and allow students to build weekly routines more quickly, you’ll see the following changes:

  • Instead of beginning the semester on Wednesday, September 2 (which typically runs on a Monday schedule), the semester will begin on Thursday, September 3 using a Thursday schedule.
  • We will hold classes on Labor Day, September 7. Labor Day classes will take place remotely as an inclement weather rehearsal and to avoid the challenges of holiday building closures and holiday commuting schedules.

3. I invite your input, hopes, and concerns regarding the fall semester so we know best how to serve you.

What concerns do you have? How can we help you make the most of the summer? This survey is exclusively for students and is optional.

Thank you for stepping forward with The King’s College this fall and for trusting us with your education. I am committed to continuing to innovate and reimagine how we deliver a world-class education in this new environment, while keeping your health and safety at the forefront. I will send another update with more specific plans at the end of the month.

Yours in Service,
Tim Gibson

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May 15 Update from President Gibson

Dear students, staff, and faculty,

Congratulations to all of you for reaching the end of the semester! I hope you take some time to rest and reflect on the hard work you’ve put in this year. Reaching the finish line during this pandemic is a feat in itself. Students, you persevered and focused on your studies even when routine went out the window. Faculty, I applaud you for faithfully adapting courses that were not designed for an online format. Staff, thank you for innovating new systems to support our community’s unique needs. I am proud of all of you.

My special congratulations to the Class of 2020. I wish we could have celebrated you together in person last weekend. Still, it was a joy to reflect on your accomplishments at the 4th Annual Award Ceremony and during the 72nd Annual Commencement Exercises.

As I mentioned in last week’s Community Update, we are cautiously optimistic about teaching in-person during the upcoming fall semester and are preparing to abide by state health and safety procedures once they are finalized. We are proactively planning for various learning formats and are committed to keeping you updated along the way. Our aim remains to provide students with an outstanding education delivered by our world-class faculty, with all the best practices available to us, while meeting students and families where they are. To that end, we will provide consistent updates this summer regarding the fall semester; you can expect the next one from me the first week of June.

Students, thanks to the generous support of the King’s community as well as additional funds provided by the CARES Act, the King’s Community Fund is available to offset financial hardship as a result of the novel coronavirus. I encourage you to request funds today should you find the need to do so.

Thank you for being part of this community and for your diligent pursuit of what is good, brave, and ready. Stay safe and healthy this summer. I pray the benediction from Hebrews 13:20-21 for you:

“Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.”

Yours in Service,
Tim Gibson

Fulfilling the Mission

As colleges around the world respond to the widespread economic impacts of COVID-19, The King’s College is profoundly grateful to the Board of Trustees for their fierce devotion to the College’s mission and financial stability. Throughout our history, God’s faithfulness is evident.

Delivering on the mission of The King’s College is not inexpensive. Being a Christian presence in the heart of New York City, offering excellent housing options, and maintaining a low faculty-to-student ratio with renowned professors, who support our core curriculum of politics, philosophy, and economics, are a few commitments that make The King’s College education so valuable. Since our founding in 1938, we have relied on the generous support of charitable foundations and donors who partner with us in our mission. As a non-profit without a large endowment, philanthropic support makes King’s financially accessible to students, the majority of whom receive some form of institutional aid.

Beyond that, diversifying revenue streams is a key part of the next evolution of the College. One of the first steps on that journey was the 2018 purchase of DeVos Hall, a residential property within easy walking distance of our Financial District campus. Through a diligent, multi-year capital campaign we were blessed to acquire the property without a mortgage, allowing the College to maintain zero debt. God’s provision enhances the school’s financial health and sustains our ability to serve students and families well.

This unprecedented season will be no different. We trust God will continue to provide and we are excited to see how He leads our community in this time.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund and Community Fund

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) was established under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide emergency funding to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. To request aid through HEERF, complete the form below. Students that have filed a FAFSA for 2019-2020 are eligible to receive assistance through HEERF. Students not eligible to complete a FAFSA will be considered for The Community Fund provided by The King’s College.

A committee of staff reviews all appeals, and students are asked to provide specific details of their needs. Resources are limited but we will help as many students as we are able.

Information for Prospective Students

The admissions office seeks to serve those affected by travel interruptions, standardized test cancellations, or other complications resulting from COVID-19. We are able to extend deadlines, make accommodations, and offer alternatives for completion of applications. Please contact your admissions counselor for additional information.

Get to know The King’s College at our Virtual Visit page.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should I contact with questions?
What is The King’s College doing to minimize the community’s exposure to COVID-19?
  • To care for the well-being of each member of the King’s community, The King’s College will continue remote teaching and operations through the end of the spring semester, Friday, May 8. Campus housing remains open for those who prefer to stay until Move Out Day on Monday, May 11.
  • The Emergency Operations Team is meeting regularly regarding COVID-19, and our emergency notification system is prepared with student contact information.
  • Facility workers use industrial detergent-based disinfectants, are increasing campus cleaning rotations, and stocking more disinfectant supplies.
  • The Emergency Operations Team has emailed students, staff, and faculty and displayed reminders to increase personal hygiene.
  • Student Development members, who hold the emergency phone, are equipped to respond, should students call with COVID-19 symptoms or concerns.
  • The Emergency Operations Team is in consistent contact with the New York State and New York City Departments of Health, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and New York City Emergency Management for the latest information and advice.
What personal prevention recommendations should I take to protect from COVID-19?

We reiterate the CDC’s recommendation that common sense preventative measures are the best line of defense against COVID-19.

If students, staff, or faculty develop flu-like symptoms such as a fever, cough, or shortness of breath for more than 48 hours AND have recently traveled internationally OR have been in close contact with someone suspected of having COVID-19, they should call the COVID-19 hotline at 646-697-4000 OR NYC Health Department Hotline at 888-364-3065 OR King’s Care AND the College emergency phone at 646-242-4411, so we can keep tabs on their condition and others with whom they may have interacted. Providers will work with the Department of Health to determine if testing is needed.

Why did the College keep campus housing open while the main campus is operated remotely during the spring semester?

The College did not close campus housing. Unlike dormitories with shared bathrooms and dining where viruses spread quickly, all King’s housing units are apartments with private restrooms and kitchens. This security allowed residents to control who comes and goes and keep their space clean and disinfected.

If I left my belongings in my campus apartment and travel restrictions are in place when it is time to move out of housing in May, how will I get my belongings?

In order to accommodate students who may have difficulty returning to New York, we extended the spring move-out date to Friday, May 29. Read full details for students in campus housing.

Do students qualify for housing refunds if they choose to leave campus housing or if they have to self-quarantine off campus after returning from a high-risk area?

No, the College is not offering housing refunds. While campus housing remains open, students have the choice of whether to leave or remain in campus housing, and we encourage students to communicate with their parents and families as they weigh their decisions. Students who travel to high-risk areas during the Spring 2020 semester will be required to self-quarantine at their own expense.

Is mental health counseling still available during remote campus operations?

Yes, our licensed Counseling Services staff are offering virtual (video) counseling for King’s students via VSee. Please be advised that counselors will need to verify with a student’s state (other than New York) whether or not out-of-state counselors are permitted to provide telehealth services. Though many states are relaxing regulations regarding out-of-state providers, there are a few that only permit their state providers to utilize virtual counseling. Counselor Services will continue monitoring the situation as some states have advised that regulations may change given the impact of COVID-19.

King’s Care also provides 24/7 mental health counseling for King’s students, all in their respective states. If students just want to talk with a staff member about how they are being affected by the coronavirus situation, they can reach out to their House Advisor or Housing Director.

View more counseling resources.

What should students, staff, or faculty do if they experience symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath)?

Call The King’s College emergency phone at 646-242-4411 to receive advice about what to do and to keep us updated on your situation. If you have had these symptoms for more than 48 hours, call the COVID-19 hotline at 646-697-4000 or NYC Health Department Hotline at 888-364-3065. Hospitals will only conduct a COVID test if the patient has called 911, the COVID-19 Hotline, or the NYC Health Department Hotline and has been instructed to go to the ER to get tested. The following NYC hospitals can test for COVID-19: NYU Medical CenterNew York Presbyterian Lower Manhattan HospitalNew York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital.

The King’s emergency phone is manned 24/7 by staff trained to assist in the event of an emergency. However, due to the current COVID-19 situation, New York City hospitals do not allow those being admitted to be accompanied or visited. In the event that a student needs to go to the hospital, staff will be available to assist via phone or video.

What flexibility do F-1 Visa students have due to COVID-19?

The current temporary adaptation is that F-1 students who depart from the U.S. to continue their studies online in their home country will remain in “Active” status in SEVIS. This means that international students will be able to maintain their visa status if they choose to complete their studies online at home. To speak directly to a SEVIS Representative, international students may call the SEVIS Help Desk at 1-800-892-4829 or visit Study in the States. 

  • Currently, there is a strict rule that if an F-1 student is out of the country for more than 5 months their I-20 record is terminated. However, SEVIS will be handling these situations on a case-by-case basis. International students may want to consider returning to the U.S. within the 5-month time-frame so as not to risk needing to reapply for an I-20 (and potentially an F-1 visa). 
  • Maintain international student status and follow regular rules as far as class attendance, no working off-campus in the U.S., full-course load, and all King’s-specific course expectations. International students should keep the DSO team informed of any changes to academics, address, etc.
  • We cannot guarantee what travel will look like over the summer- stay safe and informed. Continue to watch announcements from Study in the States, the CDC, State Department, and The King’s College. 
What steps should students take to minimize exposure to COVID-19 while living in campus housing?
  • Limit travel on the subway, especially during rush hour.
  • Avoid large public gatherings.
  • Limit get-togethers in each others’ apartments. Practice social distancing.
  • Disinfect your apartment daily, especially high touch surfaces of counters, kitchen areas, bathroom sink, etc.
What is the difference between a self-quarantine and a self-isolation?
  • Self-quarantine is required for a person who displays COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath, who has recently traveled from a high-risk location or has been in close contact with someone suspected of having COVID-19.
  • Self-isolation is required for a person who IS NOT displaying COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath, but who has been in close contact with a self-quarantined person.
Do faculty and staff need permission to work from home?

No, all employees are encouraged to work from home for the remainder of the semester.

CARES Act HEERF Allocation

On April 28, 2020, King’s received access to almost $200,000 in CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) earmarked for student aid. We immediately began publicizing to students that these funds would supplement the College’s Community Fund we had already established. Through the HEERF funds, eligible full-time students began cash grants up to $1,000 to offset financial hardships due to COVID-19.

Disclosure Information

1. An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

The King’s College has signed and returned the Certification and Agreement required under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act

2. The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

$198,371 received on April 28, 2020

3. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter).

$181,642 has been awarded as of August 12, 2020

4. The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.


5. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.


6. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

Students are required to complete an application, which can be found here. Each application is reviewed by a committee of staff members using the following guidelines:

  • Students must experience financial hardship due to circumstances linked to COVID-19 to be eligible.
  • Funds granted are for expenses deemed essential (groceries, housing, etc.).
  • Students must fill out an online request form and verify any grant they receive will exclusively be used for COVID-19 related relief.
  • $1000 limit per request
  • Only one request per student will be considered every 30 days.
  • The aggregate amount a student is eligible to receive will be determined by the Total Income recorded on the 2019-20 FAFSA.
  • Students must be Title IV eligible to receive these funds, therefore the 2019-20 FAFSA is required.
  • Awards will continue to be granted until fund is depleted.
  • Students not enrolled for Fall 2020 must submit requests by July 15, 2020.

7. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

Students received the following information through our regular King’s Weekly email. The information was also communicated through weekly, virtual community updates provided by the Dean of Students.

As part of the CARES Act, the College received funds to be dispensed to students facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19.If you are having trouble paying rent, affording groceries or covering other essential needs, please fill out a request form to be considered for disbursement. You will need to verify that any received funds will be used only for expenses deemed essential. This fund will remain open to students throughout the summer so please inquire if you have need.