Statement on COVID-19 Readiness

Update - 5/5/2021

Dear Emmaus Family,

In my most recent update related to our COVID-19 fall readiness I reiterated our goal from the beginning was to offer in-person classes from the start of Fall through the end of the Spring semester. Praise the Lord, we have made it! This weekend we will celebrate together with both our 2020 and 2021 graduating classes with in-person Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies.

Also in the update last month I emphasized our plans to return to more normal operations by the fall semester. Vaccines are now available to anyone who desires, and the positivity rate in our area is now at a recent low. Because of this, beginning Monday May 17 masks will no longer be required on the Emmaus campus. It is always important to practice proper personal hygiene, such as hand washing. We also feel it is necessary to continue to practice physical distancing when meeting together. We are hopeful that we will be able to relax physical distancing and other COVID protocols in the coming months.

I am looking forward to the celebration with our students this weekend and pray the Lord’s guidance for you throughout the summer. Thank you for serving the Lord with us all at Emmaus Bible College.


Phil Boom

HEERF Quarterly Reporting

Emmaus Coronavirus Updates

Dear Emmaus Family,

We started this 2020-2021 academic year with a goal to provide in-person classes from the start of the Fall through the end of the Spring semester in May. By God’s grace, and thanks to the tremendous cooperation of everyone on campus, we have made it to this point and the goal is still in reach! You may have seen our recent announcement about hosting in-person Baccalaureate and Commencement Ceremonies on May 7-8, 2021 to celebrate our 2020 and 2021 graduating classes. We are planning these activities with the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and guests in mind; we are thrilled to be able to celebrate the accomplishments of these graduates together.

As we continue to survey the current climate, we are encouraged by the reduction in cases and positivity rates in Dubuque County, in Iowa, and across the country. We are hopeful that through the increase in vaccinations and continued decline in cases, we will be able to return to more normal operations next fall semester. That is our goal. We optimistically anticipate that we will not need to mandate COVID protocols, such as mask wearing in public spaces and physical distancing. We look forward to enjoying a more normalized college environment this fall. Achieving that goal will depend on external factors including the current state of the COVID virus in the community, the state, and the country, and that is not guaranteed of course. We do not plan to mandate vaccinations, as some other Universities are already stating, however I encourage you to get vaccinated as soon as it is available to you. I believe this will help reduce the continued spread of COVID, and it’s one way that you can do your part to get this behind us.

We are praying for you as you finish this year and begin the next chapter in your life, perhaps at Emmaus Bible College. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your admissions counselor.


Phil Boom

As of October 2, 2020, no emergency financial grants have been declined or returned to the college.  Thus, the total of financial grants for students ($156,872) have been disbursed and there are no additional funds to be released to students.

Dear Emmaus Family,

It seems like a distant memory that we were on campus together; It’s been four months since everyone left, and you all have been greatly missed. We are looking forward to the day, in just a few short weeks from now, when we are able to welcome everyone back to campus, along with a class of new Emmaus students.

Our passion is to see you flourish while you are here, and to prepare you for a life of service. No doubt we all believe that is best accomplished when we are together in-person, face-to-face on campus as the Emmaus Bible College community.

Because of your persistence as students, and with no small thanks to the resilience of our faculty and staff, this spring we continued on through remote instruction, like so many other colleges and universities. However, we know it wasn’t ideal - we so much value the Emmaus experience, and the role that having everyone back on campus plays in that.

For the fall semester we plan resume face-to-face classroom instruction, student life programs, and a campus experience that is as safe and effective as possible. Given that the Covid-19 virus has not yet gone away, no doubt the campus experience will look and feel a little different than when you left in March, but our prayer through all of this is that God will continue to be glorified through the teaching, learning that takes place, and the fellowship among our faculty, staff, and student body.

I’m going to ask you upfront for a spirit of understanding as you observe the changes we need to make for the sake of one another. In the current environment it will be a privilege to be together. The safety practices we are putting in-place are intended to preserve our ability to operate the Emmaus Bible College campus as a community, and represent consideration for others.

Just this week, Dean Beatty reminded me of Philippians 2:3-4, “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interest of others”. Many of the changes we are putting in place to start the semester are with the “interest of others” in mind. As a campus community we seek to care for the health and safety of each person - students, faculty, and staff member.

With this context, the following are four noticeable changes you can expect as you arrive in August.

Classrooms will look a little different. All classrooms have been rearranged to allow for approximately 6 feet of physical distancing between students. This limits the capacity in each classroom to around 40%. In most cases the extra furniture has been removed from the classroom to make it clear where students can sit. In addition, we have installed a plexiglass shield that has been placed in front of the professor stations to allow the faculty member to teach without wearing a mask. In addition to that, classrooms with two doors will have posted enter and exit signs to ensure a better flow in and out of the classroom.

Most common spaces around campus will also look a little different. All multiple seating furniture in places like the coffee bean and the student center have been removed, replacing them with single person seating placed approximately 6 feet apart. These modifications allow students to still gather and fellowship in common spaces, while maintaining proper physical distancing. The Student Life team has done a great job to ensure these spaces look and feel welcoming, while still meeting the guidelines that we have been encouraged to follow by our state and federal governments, as well as the medical professionals that we have been consulting with.

Your dining experience will be unique this semester. Modifications to seating and service will be the most notable. The dining hall has been rearranged allowing for approximately 6 feet of space between students. Additionally, to limit contact, the buffet line will either be full service or have pre-package and pre-filled in to-go boxes available.

In addition to these many physical changes, we will be requiring each of you to wear face coverings in all public spaces. As we seek to care for the health and safety of every student, faculty, and staff member, this is one easy way to show respect and care for one another. Face coverings will not be required when you are alone in a private room or office, eating or drinking with proper physical distance, or for faculty when teaching from behind a plexiglass shield. As we continue to monitor the situation around the virus with professional guidance, we will revisit this on a regular basis. If things improve, we can consider relaxing our requirements as the semester progresses.

As we begin our 80 th year of teaching at Emmaus Bible College this fall, we know that it will be unlike anyof the previous 79 years. We can be encouraged in knowing without a single doubt, that the God that has provided for the needs of the college the past 79 years is the same omniscient God that we seek to serve and glorify in year 80! As an administration, we have prayed often for wisdom as we consider these things, knowing that the One we are asking, promises to hear our prayer and answer according to His perfect will. As you prepare to come to campus, or to send your son or daughter to campus this fall, we ask that you join us in praying for the health and safety of our Emmaus community.

We can’t wait to see how God blesses us in the new academic year!


Phil Boom


View our Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Report

Dear Emmaus Community,

Last week I shared some updates with you on how we are preparing campus for the beginning of our Fall semester. I want to thank those of you who reached out to us in various ways with questions. Throughout the past week there were a couple questions that seemed to be asked more than others. I wanted to take this opportunity to address those questions to clarify for everyone.

  • Welcome week begins Wednesday, August 12 and the first day of class is Monday, August 17. This is one week earlier than originally scheduled.
    • Wednesday, August 12 is the new move-in date for new students only.
    • Returning students adjusted arrival date is now Friday, August 14, one week earlier than originally scheduled.
    • The Student Life team will be in touch with you in the near future with more details regarding Welcome Week and the move-in process. If you have immediate questions, please email
  • Fall finals will be Tuesday, December 1 through Thursday, December 3 following Thanksgiving break.
    • Fall finals will be online. When you leave for Thanksgiving break, there will be no need to return to campus until the beginning of the Spring semester.


Phil Boom

Dear Emmaus Community,

We are encouraged by strong registrations for returning students and continued excitement for our new enrolled students to join us on campus. The Fall 2020 Taskforce is working hard to prepare for a return to on-campus learning and student life. In the coming weeks there will certainly be more details to come, but we’d like to provide an update on our plans to this date. The Taskforce will review the federal, state and other agency guidance regularly and adjust and communicate these plans accordingly:

  • We are excited to welcome student to campus for Welcome Week beginning August 12 for an August 17 start of fall classes. This is one week earlier than originally scheduled.
  • There will be a few changes to the academic calendar for the fall. September 7, which is Labor Day, and October 19 will now be regular class days.
  • On-campus classes will end the Friday November 20, prior to Thanksgiving break. Fall finals will be Tuesday December 1 through Thursday December 3.
  • There will also be some changes to the instructional environment. We are reassigning classes to larger rooms to provide adequate space to accommodate for proper social distancing.
  • We are equipping classrooms with technology support for live-streaming to serve students in the event one becomes ill or needs to self-isolate in the dorms.
  • The Emmaus faculty are designing their courses to facilitate a seamless pivot to online instruction if that becomes necessary.
  • We are preparing Emmaus to be a safe and adapted campus this fall, taking all necessary precautions to support the regathering and well-being of our community. This includes adjustments to each area of Emmaus life, including residence hall and facility guidelines and adjustments to dining service procedures.
  • We will be following recommended COVID-19 prevention and control protocols such as enhanced sanitation, health screenings, proper hand hygiene, face-coverings, and proper social distancing.

This semester will be unlike any we have ever experienced. I encourage all members in our community to keep a heavenward focus as we sacrifice personal opinions and views concerning the virus, and pursue safety and well-being of our community and neighbors. While Emmaus activities and events will be adjusted due to the pandemic, students can expect that the faculty and staff of Emmaus Bible College will labor, imagine, create, plan, and pursue the development of a semester that will enrich the lives, deepen the relationships, and ultimately magnify the name of Christ through every member of the Emmaus community.

Return to On-Campus Work Phases and Timing 

On April 7, 2020 President Boom issued a statement establishing a Work From Home (WFH) policy effective Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Since then all Emmaus Bible College faculty and staff have been working from home, unless there was an approved exemption that required a person to be on campus. We are preparing for a three-phase return to on-campus work starting in June. In an effort to ensure the safety of everyone on-campus, we will be following closely to the guidelines recommended by the Iowa Department of Public Health for reopening. 

Target Date: June 1

  • Faculty and staff may return to work on campus. Consult with your direct supervisor to determine if there is an on-site need or a desire to be back on-campus. 
  • Review the Return to On-Campus Work Checklist prior to moving back on-campus. 
  • Limited visitors are welcome on-campus by appointment only. They must follow the On-Campus Visitors Guidelines. 
  • Practice safe social distancing (6-feet) and proper personal hygiene at all times. Consider the use of cloth face coverings (when practical) if staying at least 6 feet away from others is not possible. 
  • Limit group meetings to Zoom or Google Meets. 
  • Smith Hall Fitness Center and Gym remain closed at this time. 
  • No more than one person at a time in smaller common spaces (e.g. Faculty/Staff Kitchen and Mailroom) and wipe down all used surfaces before leaving. 

Target Date: TBD

  • All 12-month employees should return to work on-campus to continue to prepare the college for the Fall semester. 
  • Review the Return to On-Campus Work Checklist prior to moving back on-campus. 
  • Exceptions will be made for employees who are at-risk or living with someone who is at-risk. The employee must communicate with their direct supervisor. 
  • Visitors continue to be welcome on-campus by appointment only. 
  • Practice safe social distancing (6-feet) and proper personal hygiene at all times. Consider the use of cloth face coverings (when practical) if staying at least 6 feet away from others is not possible. 
  • Limit group meeting size to groups of 10 or less. Consider use of Zoom or Google Meets when appropriate, even if group size is 10 or less. 

Target Date: August 17

  • All staff and faculty should be back on campus. 

We are optimistic that we will be able to welcome students back on campus August 19. We continue to follow all directives of the Governor as outlined in her proclamations. We are closely monitoring the circumstances related to COVID-19 and will adjust this three-phased return to work timeline as necessary. 

The CARES Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020.  Section 18004(c) of the CARES Act requires the Recipient (Emmaus Bible College) to use no less than fifty percent of the funds received to provide emergency financial grants to students.

Emmaus Bible College applied for the grant on April 24, 2020.  As part of the grant application process, Emmaus signed and returned the certification and agreement form designating its intent to use the funds to provide the mandated amount of at least 50% of the emergency financial aid grants to students. The grant was approved and funds were received by the college on May 5, 2020.

The fifty percent portion of the funds received by Emmaus is $156,872.  It is to be used for the sole and exclusive purpose of providing emergency financial aid grants to students for their expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronovirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care expenses.

Based on published guidance from the U.S. Department of Education at the time the grant funds were received, only students who are or could be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), may receive emergency financial aid grants. If a student filed a 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and met all eligibility criteria, then the student has demonstrated eligibility to participate in programs under Section 484 the HEA. Students who have not filed a FAFSA but who are eligible to file a FAFSA also may receive emergency financial aid grants. The criteria to participate in programs under Section 484 of the HEA include but are not limited to the following: U.S. citizenship or eligible noncitizen; a valid Social Security number; registration with Selective Service (if the student is male); and a high school diploma, GED, or completion of high school in an approved homeschool setting.

Students who did not file a FAFSA for 2019-202, but filed one for a previous year and met all eligibility criteria, were considered eligible for the grant.  For students who had not previously filed and/or did not file a 2019-2020 FAFSA but may have been eligible to file, a letter in which they could self certify their eligibility was sent to them.  The pertinent portion of the letter is copied below:


Dear Student:

You did not complete a FAFSA for 2019-2020.  However, in lieu of completing a FAFSA, you can self-certify your eligibility for Title IV Aid by using this form and attesting that you meet all of the following criteria:

  • I do not owe an overpayment (refund) on Title IV grants;
  • I am not in default on a Title IV loan;
  • I am a U.S citizen or national, a permanent resident, or an eligible noncitizen;
  • I have returned any fraudulently obtained Title IV funds, if I was convicted of or pled guilty or no contest to such charges of fraud;
  • I have not fraudulently received Title IV loans in excess of annual or aggregate limits;
  • I have repaid any Title IV loan overpayment amounts in excess of annual or aggregate limits, if obtained inadvertently;
  • If I am a male, I am registered for Selective Service;
  • I have a valid SSN, except for residents of the Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, or the Republic of Palau; and
  • I do not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale, with certain time limitations.


In addition to the above eligibility criteria, in order to be considered for the funds, a student must have been registered for Spring Semester 2020 as of April 24, 2020 and must have been making Satisfactory Academic Progress.

In evaluating the intent of the CARES Act, that funds should go to students based on the disruption of campus operations, the Emmaus administration decided that students living on campus were most impacted.  Such students typically had to secure alternate housing arrangements and likely had to travel away from Dubuque to secure such.

In addition, the Emmaus administration decided that full time students living off campus (commuter students) were still impacted by the disruption of campus operations but likely to a lesser degree that those who lived on campus. 

From those two categories described in the two paragraphs immediately above, the estimated total number of students eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 was determined to be 160.  Of that number, 135 were on campus students and 25 were off campus students.  Of the 160, five students did not complete a FAFSA but were likely eligible to complete one.  Each of the five students was mailed a letter to self-certify their eligibility (see above).

The emergency financial aid grant amounts for the 25 full time off campus students was set at $300 each.  The remaining funds were divided up equally among the 135 on campus students with each receiving $1,106.46 with one student receiving $1,106.36). The funds were mailed to students the week of May 18, with the exception of the five students who must complete the self-certification of eligibility.

With each check sent, a letter was enclosed describing the CARES Act and the student’s eligibility for the funds.  The text of the letter is copied below:


Dear Student:

As you may have read the CARES Act has provided additional direct student aid through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). All colleges and universities were awarded aid based on a complex formula developed by the Education Department.

Enclosed is a check for your portion, $XXX.

Criteria of Aid:

According to the Education Department, these funds are for "providing emergency financial aid grants to students for their expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, and child care expenses." In addition, the Act stated that students needed to by Title IV eligible. That is they had to have had the ability to file a FAFSA form.

Emmaus determination of recipients:

This aid was provided to Emmaus for distributions. The administration has decided to provide this aid to all resident students and full-time non-resident students. However, it was felt that those students who were campus residents would receive a greater amount of aid since they experienced the greatest disruption of campus operations. Almost all resident students were forced to move off campus in a quick time frame and return home or coordinate a local place to stay. Full-time non-residents students will receive aid as well, however, it will be a lower amount since their disruption was not as great.

Student Use of these Funds:

You are free to use these funds as you see fit. Consider this similar to stimulus checks that were provided by the IRS. You can use this money to reimburse yourself for any travel expenses incurred, pay your student accounts balance, save for next semester tuition payments, or some other use.

Please note, for students who have provided a FERPA waiver, we are also contacting your designee with the same information and the dollar amount you will receive.

The Emmaus Administration


Updated Information:  at this time, Emmaus has fully committed the fifty percent of the funds received to provide emergency financial grants to students.  However, if such funds are returned to the college or are not accepted, Emmaus will determine how the unused funds will be distributed.


Dear Emmaus Community,
I’m thankful that together we were able to push through and complete our Spring 2020 semester. Thank you once again, students, faculty, staff, parents, and other supporting members, for your diligent persistence in making the most of this very disruptive time. It’s not how any of us wished to end this year, but we must look forward to a hopeful future!

The Emmaus Bible College 2020 Commencement celebration has been rescheduled for the weekend of September 25-26, our parents and alumni homecoming weekend. Please make plans to come back and enjoy a fun and exciting weekend of graduation activities and Emmaus Eagles vs. Moody Archer soccer and volleyball match-ups. 2020 graduates are even eligible to play in the alumni soccer game on Saturday afternoon.

Watch the Emmaus website, social media, and your email for more details throughout the summer, but for now, make plans to be on campus September 25-26 with your cap and gown pressed and ready!

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) from the Congressional CARES Act was provided to Emmaus Bible College to assist students who were impacted by the closure of our campus this semester. We are providing this aid to all resident and full-time non-resident students. Those students who were campus residents will receive a greater amount of aid since they experienced the greatest disruption of campus operations.  Almost all resident students were forced to move off campus in a quick time frame and return home or coordinate a local place to stay.  Full-time non-residents students will receive aid as well, however, it will be a lower amount since their disruption was not as great. The checks have been issued and are in the mail!

Summer Homework
This has been quite a challenging season for every one of us. It’s a great time to be reminded of the importance of trusting God and caring for others through the storms of life. I’m presenting you with one more challenge for the summer – walk along with me in memorizing this brief passage of scripture. Perhaps it will bring peace and refreshment to you!

Proverbs 3:1-10 English Standard Version (ESV)
1 My son, do not forget my teaching,
    but let your heart keep my commandments,
2  for length of days and years of life
    and peace they will add to you.

3  Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you;
    bind them around your neck;
    write them on the tablet of your heart.
4  So you will find favor and good success
    in the sight of God and man.

5  Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
    and do not lean on your own understanding.
6  In all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will make straight your paths.
7  Be not wise in your own eyes;
    fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.
8  It will be healing to your flesh
    and refreshment to your bones.

9  Honor the LORD with your wealth
    and with the firstfruits of all your produce;
10  then your barns will be filled with plenty,
    and your vats will be bursting with wine

COVID-19 Readiness FAQs

Emmaus Bible College plans to offer its Christ-centered undergraduate classes in person for the Spring 2021 semester. Students can expect to continue the protocols from the fall semester including

  • Reassigning classes to larger classrooms to provide adequate space for physical distancing
  • Classroom seating that is spaced 6’ apart
  • Classrooms equipped with technology support for live-streaming to serve students who become ill and/or need to quarantine or isolate

In the case that a student tests positive for Covid-19 or is required to quarantine due to an exposure to Covid-19, academic engagement will be highly flexible in accordance with the student’s physical and mental well-being as well as the safety of the Emmaus community.  Faculty will be prepared to serve students who become ill or need to self-isolate at home or in the dorms via online live streaming from the classroom with support from Schoology. Laptop computers are highly recommended for all students, given the risk of Covid-19 and the possibility for quarantine or required campus-wide remote learning.

The college will work with medically at-risk students on a case-by-case basis to develop an appropriate educational plan for spring. If you are medically at risk, please contact Dean Beatty at

Yes. In order to allow more time to pass between New Year’s gatherings and the start of classes the following changes have been made. 

  • Student Teachers arrive, Sunday, January 3, 2pm-4pm 
  • Athletes arrive on Monday, January 4, 9am-12noon
  • New students arrive on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2pm-4pm (adjusted from Jan. 5)
  • Returning students can arrive Jan. 10, 2pm-6pm and January 11, 9am-4pm
  • Classes will begin on Tuesday, January 12 (adjusted from Jan. 7)
  • Classes will meet on Monday, January 18 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
  • Classes will not meet on Friday, January 29 (Winterfest)
  • Classes will meet on Monday and Tuesday, February 8-9 (CMS will be adjusted this year to provide a safer environment)
  • Classes will not meet on Thursday, February 18 (mid-week break day)
  • Classes will not meet March 8-12 (Spring break)
  • Classes will meet on Thursday, April 1 (Maundy Thursday)
  • Classes will not meet on Friday, April 2 (Good Friday)
  • Classes will meet on Monday, April 5 (Easter Monday)
  • Classes will not meet on Wednesday, April 21 (mid-week break day)
  • Last day of classes is Friday, April 30
  • Finals are Monday through Wednesday, May 3-5

NICC is planning to begin classes as scheduled on Monday, January 11 and follow the published academic calendar. Updates on NICC plans can be found at  Similarly, UD plans to begin classes on Monday, January 11 and follow the published academic calendar.  Updates on UD plans can be found at

Emmaus students enrolled concurrently at NICC and UD should plan to follow the academic calendar of the partner institution until completion of the semester.

Yes, Emmaus housing will reopen after Christmas break using the following dates. Each student should plan to arrive during the designated times for check-in and health screening: 

  • January 3 - Student Teachers 2pm - 4pm
  • January 4 - Move-in for men’s and women’s basketball 9am-12pm
  • January 10 - New students arrive and check-in 2pm-4pm 
  • January 10 - Returning students arrive and check-in 2pm-6pm
  • January 11 - Returning arrive and check-in 9am-4pm

The Residence Life team is working to maintain residence halls as safe living environments, while seeking to uphold the Emmaus experience. We plan to continue to utilize face coverings, increased sanitation, and physical distancing throughout campus, which will include spatial adjustments such as a reduced amount of furniture, maximum occupancy requirements in gathering spaces, and no guests in residence halls. 

We ask and expect all students to exercise the patience, respect, and compassion that will be necessary as the entire Emmaus community lives together in this Covid-19 environment, particularly in Residence Life. Furthermore, all students will be trained in the expected Covid-19 prevention and control strategies upon arrival to campus.

In addition to the basics, students should arrive on campus with a few CDC-approved face coverings, a personal thermometer, and sufficient personal hand sanitizer.

All areas of the Emmaus experience have been adjusted due to Covid-19. We are planning to continue the use of face coverings, increased sanitation, and physical distancing throughout all of campus. Students and their families can expect limited access to the residence halls for family members in order to reduce density and movement on campus during Spring move-in.

We will be asking anyone coming to campus to complete a health screening form prior to arrival. New students should plan to bring no more than two family members to move-in.

Emmaus is working hard to maintain a safe campus and hopes for every student to attend class and engage our community on campus in the spring, but we understand that at-risk students may need additional measures in physical distancing and safety protocol. Contact the Residence Life team with additional concerns and requests about returning to campus for Spring 2021. Contact Hannah Leavitt at

Emmaus Residence Life and Housekeeping will continue enhanced cleaning and sanitation procedures for Spring 2021 in an effort to prevent and control the spread of Covid-19.  Students can expect health and safety signage, hand sanitizing stations, and plexiglass protection in many appropriate locations. Cleaning of community bathrooms will be noticeably increased, and students will be expected to keep personal spaces clean and sanitary at all times.

Students can expect and prepare for measures to be taken in order to prevent and control the spread of the virus, as well as protocols for health screenings and isolating students who test positive for Covid-19 or who have a confirmed exposure.

As an additional measure of safety, access to resident areas will only be permitted for resident students, Student Life staff, and maintenance staff. Guests will not be allowed in residential spaces (dorm rooms, residence halls, floor lounges, laundry room, group gathering spaces and common areas).

All members of the Emmaus community are expected to comply with and respect the protocol and guidelines that will be in place for Spring 2021. We understand that there may be differing opinions and reactions to Covid-19 and the adjustments that will be made for the Emmaus residential community, but we expect students sharing close living spaces to respect, care, and support one another during the upcoming semester.

Students in isolation and or quarantine will have meals delivered by designated, protected members of the Student Life team.

As we continue to maintain a safe living environment in our residence halls, guests (including non-resident students) will not be allowed in the residence halls as we begin this semester. We are allowing individual guests in outdoor spaces only. Each guest will need to be approved through your Resident Director using the following form: Guest Health Screening Form.

In order to comply with proper physical distancing measures, Spring 2021 chapel services will continue to be offered in several locations on campus. We plan to return to chapel four days a week; Monday, Wednesday, and Friday will be corporate chapels and Thursdays will be floor devotions. You will have the opportunity to sign up for your chapel group over the Christmas break.

Resident students will continue to enjoy the variety and quality of Emmaus dining services during the Spring 2021 semester.  All food and beverages will continue to be served by employees in a “grab and go” fashion, table arrangements and meal times will support the 6-feet physical distancing requirement, and plexiglass dividers will remain in place for protection between guests and employees in the dining hall.

Generally, students can expect for each gathering space to be different than normal, with reduced furniture, maximum occupancy limitations, no guests permitted (non-resident students will continue to be welcomed in these public spaces) and sanitation requirements.  We will be asking students, faculty, and staff to refrain from moving or adjusting furniture in all common spaces and classrooms.

We look forward to the Christ-centered community, engaging academic environments, student-professor relationships, and lifelong memories and relationships that will be created in the spring semester, as we overcome the challenges of this global pandemic together. 

Physical distancing of 6 feet, the wearing of face coverings, increased hand washing and sanitation, as well as limited group gatherings are all part of the reality of our world during this unprecedented season.  As representatives of Christ and co-laborers in the work of the Gospel, we are asking the Emmaus community to respect all protocol and guidelines.  We will also encourage and expect all members in our community to keep a heavenward focus as we sacrifice personal opinions and views concerning the virus, and pursue the safety and well-being of our community and our neighbors.  We are reminded from Philippians 2:3-4 (ESV), Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Resident students will continue to enjoy the variety and quality of Emmaus dining services during the fall 2020. Nevertheless, dining services and the use of Pile Dining Hall will experience changes. All food and beverages will be served by employees in a “grab and go” fashion, table arrangements and meal times will support the 6 feet physical distancing requirement, and plexiglass dividers will be installed for protection between guests and employees in the dining hall. Additional details concerning dining services will be communicated to students in the coming weeks.

These gathering spaces pose challenges to the coronavirus-safe campus that Emmaus is seeking to create.  We are working through options as we understand the distinct environment and community-building nature of hangout spaces at Emmaus.  Generally students can expect for each gathering space to be different than normal, with reduced furniture, maximum occupancy limitations, no guests permitted (non-resident students will continue to be welcome in these public spaces) and sanitation requirements.  We will be asking students, faculty, and staff to refrain from moving or adjusting furniture in all common spaces and classrooms.

Emmaus will be contacting all international students concerning specific cases of travel and their return to campus for the Spring 2021.

As we anticipate students arriving to campus after holiday travels and gatherings and in order to prevent illness or exposures at the beginning of the semester, we are strongly urging each student to be tested for Covid-19 prior to their return to campus. We are not requiring the test at this time, however, because we value your partnership in keeping Emmaus healthy to start the semester, each student that completes a Covid-19 test will receive a $20 gift card to the Coffee Bean. Your test must be taken between the dates of January 6 and January 12 to receive the $20 gift card. If you have a previously documented positive test within 90 days prior to arrival, you do not need to be tested, provided you are not exhibiting any symptoms. (If you are a men's or women's basketball player, please see Coach McHugh for your required testing details.)

If you receive a test, you can bring a copy of your negative test results with you when you check-in. Non-resident students, you can email your test to prior to your first day on campus. Students who have had an exposure or who have tested positive for Covid-19 within 10 days of check-in should not come to campus and should contact Hannah Leavitt at for further instructions.

If you are not able to obtain a test prior to arriving on campus, you can use the link below to schedule a test in Dubuque on January 11-12.

Click here for test options in Dubuque

It is requested that any student who experiences any of the following symptoms should notify their Resident Director immediately to begin protocols designed to keep the student and the greater Emmaus community safe, which will include an isolation protocol as recommended by the CDC. You will be asked to obtain a Covid-19 test prior to returning to class or activities. 

Symptoms include: Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.

We are asking all students who have symptoms or who receive a positive test to notify a member of the ResLife team immediately. Emmaus will adhere to the recommendations of the CDC in the case that a student tests positive for Covid-19 which includes a 10 day isolation period. Students will either return home if feasible or isolate in an isolation hall on campus.

The student will have assigned authorized personnel remaining in contact and providing necessary care to the student. Emmaus will monitor the student’s symptoms, deliver meals, provide academic flexibility and assistance.  The student must wear a mask upon leaving his/her room to visit the restroom facility.  The student will not be allowed re-entry into the community until the student has been 24 hours with no fever, symptoms are improving, and 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, per CDC guidelines.

Emmaus will practice careful contact tracing for all students who have been exposed to or tested positive for Covid-19.  We may enlist the help of the Visiting Nurse Association in Dubuque in this process. Students who have been in close contact with a confirmed Covid-19 patient will be monitored for symptoms and quarantined for 10 days, as recommended by the CDC, given the risk of asymptomatic cases. Receiving a negative test on day 5 or later will provide a release from quarantine after day 7.

Students will receive all meals via delivery to their room and adapt a remote learning method of academic work. Students will be expected to monitor for symptoms upon release and should continue good mitigation strategies (i.e. handwashing, social distancing, etc.).

According to the CDCPeople who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated against the disease within the last three months and show no symptoms.

We would ask you to show proof of vaccination at the point of an exposure. Should you develop symptoms, you will be required to self-isolate and receive a test.

Emmaus hopes that all members of the community will demonstrate humility and respect for the entire community by abiding by the campus procedures.  Distancing oneself, monitoring symptoms, and seeking a Covid-19 test are part of caring for oneself and showing love to the community at large.  However, we recognize that these adjustments will require a commitment and spirit of charity that may not be shared by all members.  If a member of the Emmaus community demonstrates symptoms, yet is failing to follow proper and respectful protocol, please notify a member of the Student Life team (RA, RD, Ray Guerra, Hannah Leavitt, Dean Chavez).

According to the CDC, wearing cloth face coverings helps lessen the spread and prevent the transmission of Covid-19 (source control).  Thus, face coverings, which cover the nose and mouth, will be a necessary part of Emmaus’ protocol, and all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to the Emmaus Bible College campus will be required to wear face coverings in all indoor spaces with the following exceptions:

  • When alone in your private office or dorm room
  • For a documented medical condition preventing wearing a covering  (A clear face shield will be substituted in these cases. A face shield will not prevent a quarantine in the event of an exposure.)
  • When eating in dining hall or other common space
  • Athletic practices/competition where not advised 

In outdoor campus spaces it is expected that face coverings will be worn

  • when social distancing is not possible (e.g. leisure activities like spike ball),
  • when in groups larger than 25,
  • during approved student life events as requested, and
  • when singing in any group size (e.g. floor devos, campfire fellowship, etc.) with the exception of supervised choral rehearsals.

All face covering designs should appropriately reflect the tenets of the Emmaus Student Handbook and Faith and Lifestyle Commitment. See the full policy here.

Given the exponential growth rate and ease of spread of Covid-19, all members of the Emmaus community will adhere to the same control and prevention protocol. The Emmaus Covid-19 TaskForce will re-evaluate this protocol on a regular basis.  Students who are unable to wear a face covering due to a documented, diagnosed medical condition should contact Disability Services,

In order to preserve your health and the health of the Emmaus community you can notify ResLife when you experience symptoms, test positive, or believe you have had an exposure. You can also take the following measures:

  • Wash your hands often according to CDC guidelines
  • Wear your mask 
  • Maintain social distancing
  • Stay away from others when you are sick
  • Cover your cough
  • Avoid touching your face throughout the day
  • Use a face covering when you are away from campus
  • Limit your travel away from campus

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), people with the following conditions are considered high-risk for serious infection should they contract the virus:

  • People 65 years and older
  • People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
  • People of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, including:
    • People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
    • People who have serious heart conditions
    • People who are immunocompromised
      • Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications
    • People with a body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher
    • People with diabetes
    • People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
    • People with liver disease

Emmaus recommends that students with one or more of these conditions consult with a health care provider to determine whether or not they should return to campus for the spring semester under the conditions of Covid-19.

The Dubuque Community offers several medical facilities to choose from.  We encourage you to make a plan with your family prior to arrival as to which facility best meets your insurance and medical needs. Additionally, the state of Iowa is offering widespread testing capabilities

UnityPoint Health - Finley Hospital
350 N Grandview Ave, Dubuque, IA 52001
(563) 582-1881
Mercy Medical Center
250 Mercy Dr, Dubuque, IA 52001
E.R. open 24hrs - (563) 589-8000
Unity Point Urgent Care West
2255 John F Kennedy Rd, Dubuque, IA 52001
Closes 8PM - (563) 589-4960
Medical Associates Acute Care
Acute Care | East Campus
1000 Langworthy, Dubuque, IA 52001
Unity Point Urgent Care East
1550 University Ave
Closes 8PM - (563) 589-4960

Yes, once you arrive on campus students will be able to begin scheduling appointments with our on-campus Licensed Mental Health Counselor. You will have the options for either in-person or telehealth appointments.

The Athletics department is working closely with the Covid-19 Taskforce, the Midwest Christian College Conference, and the NCCAA to assess the best way forward. We are continuing with plans for the men’s and women’s basketball seasons. We will continue to assess the ability to have fans in attendance at home events.

In an effort to maintain physical distancing, as recommended by the CDC, Emmaus will be suspending intramural games to start the spring 2021 semester, with a phased approach to reintroducing campus recreational sports as the semester continues and as conditions improve.

Use of the Pollard Fieldhouse will be allowed using the same guidance from the fall semester. The weight room and gymnasiums will have limited occupancy, physical distancing requirements, and increased sanitation procedures for students and Pollard Staff.  Hours of operation will be adjusted in order to allow for frequent cleaning.  Access to Pollard Fieldhouse will also be restricted to the following:

  • Current full-time Emmaus students
  • Current Emmaus full-time and part-time employees
  • Current BSS and Emmaus International full-time and part-time employees

No additional guests will be permitted in the facilities. Limited equipment from the Pollard desk will be available for use in the Pollard Gymnasiums.

The Emmaus Experience continues and The Student Life team is continuing to consider and re-imagine new ways to connect and provide community building opportunities and activities while maintaining adherence to current best practices for Covid-19 prevention. 

There are many great events in the spring semester and here are some updates to some of the events. We will continue to provide updates to other events throughout the semester.

  • The ESU team with Mr. Guerra continue their planning to provide a safe Winterfest event at the end of January. 
  • We are planning to offer some intramural sporting activities after the first two weeks of school. 
  • Unfortunately, we have decided to cancel our traditional Christian Ministries Seminars (CMS) event. However, we are planning to host several CMS emphasis chapels to encourage our hearts and minds towards Christian Service. Also, because we so value the connections that happen between you and our visiting ministries and organizations, we plan to invite many of them to come to campus throughout the semester to continue building these connections. More information will be coming in January.

You can currently see your tuition, room, and board charges on your estimated tuition worksheet in Empower.  As in the past, charges will be finalized in the beginning of the semester once the add drop period concludes.  You will be receiving a PDF copy of your estimated tuition worksheet in the next week or so, in order to set up payment prior to arriving on campus.

There are 3 options,

  1. Full payment in January; 
  2. Three payment plan of with first payment due by January 12, and the following payment made on February 1, and March 1; or 
  3. A Five payment plan ($75 fee is required) with payment due dates of January 1, February 1, March 1, April 1, and May 1.

Tuition, room, and board will remain at their regular rates for the spring 2021 semester.

Yes. We welcome each of our commuter students to campus to enjoy face-to-face instruction.

No. At this time commuter students will not be able to visit other students in the residence halls. We are limiting the residence halls to resident students and student life staff/facilities staff as needed. (Our full-time employed Resident Directors may entertain non-resident students or other guests in their living spaces).

While we will not be assigning commuter students to a floor, this year we are providing a dedicated floor chapel for commuter students which will be led by two of our Student Chaplains. We are hopeful that this commuter chapel group will also be a place for community to develop through planned events. 

Yes. Each commuter student is invited to continue dining in the Robbie Pile dining hall. You may continue purchasing a meal in the dining hall or bringing your own meal. The food services team is happy to assist you with heating your meal up if needed.

The commuter student lounge by the auditorium will now be used as a storage location for coats, book bags, lunches and the like. There is no longer any seating in this space and there is a 1 person at a time occupancy limit.

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   Dubuque, IA 52001

 (563) 588-8000