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COVID-19 & 2020-2021 Operations

Many of us are turning to the 2020-2021 academic year and what it may look like.  We will be maintaining this page to help communicate updates on a campus by campus basis.  If you are a Gill Grilling team member, please also check the link sent in your email for our internal document.  Gill Grilling is focused on four priorities in anticipation of reopened campuses in the Fall.

  • Safe Operations & Increased Cleaning
  • Flexible Pricing To Accommodate Head Count Changes
  • Reducing Expenses Where Possible To Maximize Value
  • Still Providing An Attractive, Nutritious Meal Plan

Here are some select publications and resources that may be helpful.

Gill Grilling Info:

Fall 2020 Service Plan

Info For Students and Parents

Selected External Links and Publications:

Fraternity and Sorority Will EndureInformation from Phired Up and other industry stakeholders about the future of Fraternities and Sororities in the COVID recovery era.

Massachusetts Compliance Checklist

COVID Facility Cleaning Information

University Updates

Cal Poly — Reopening Plan

  • September 14: Fall 2020 classes begin.
  • November 20: Last day for in-person classes.
  • November 23 – 24: Virtual classes only.
  • November 25 – 27: Thanksgiving break.
  • November 30 – December 4: Virtual fall 2020 final examination period.

Cornell University — Reopening Plan
-Fall classes will start Sept. 2, according to a modified academic calendar that will have most students return home before Thanksgiving break. Students will finish the term with online instruction and exams in December, before a delayed start to the spring semester in February.

Emory University — Reopening Plan
-Emory University is not opening Greek houses in the Fall.

Lehigh University — Reopening Plan
-The Greek houses have been turned into Freshman housing, therefore there will be no service for the Fall semester.

MIT — Reopening Plan
-MIT is not reopening Greek houses in the the Fall.

Penn State University — Reopening Plan
-The fall semester will begin as originally scheduled on Monday, Aug. 24, but campus-based, residential instruction will end Friday, Nov. 20, with the remainder of the semester — including final examinations — being delivered remotely and online when classes resume after Thanksgiving break on Nov. 30.

Syracuse University — Reopening Plan
-Syracuse University has modified its fall semester schedule with in-person instruction beginning one week earlier than usual and concluding just before Thanksgiving.

University of Alabama — Reopening Plan

UMASS — Reopening Plan
-The Academic Calendar will begin August 24 and conclude November 20, with classes held on Labor
Day, the second Monday in October, and Veterans Day. Students will be strongly encouraged to
remain on or near campus until the Thanksgiving recess, after which they will not return. Final
exams will be conducted remotely.
-Kappa Kappa Gamma will remain closed for the fall semester.
-Pi Kappa Phi will be open.

University of Maryland  — Reopening Plan
-On campus housing will have only single-occupancy rooms.  Gill Grilling can accommodate meal plans at the new head counts.
-The fall semester will begin on Aug. 31 and classes will run through Dec. 14, as scheduled. Faculty are preparing contingency plans to move entirely to online instruction after Thanksgiving break, should there be a resurgence of the pandemic in late fall.

University of Michigan — Reopening Plan
-UM will follow an adjusted academic calendar with no fall break and with on campus classes ending Nov. 20 with remote classes for the remainder of the semester to allow for students to return to their permanent residences until the start of winter term.

University of New Hampshire — Reopening Plan
-The semester will start as currently scheduled with the first day of classes on August 31 . We will maximize class time prior to the Thanksgiving holiday and, pending faculty senate approval, will cancel fall holidays and use them as instruction days. Students will not return to campus after Thanksgiving and will complete the last 10 days of the semester and final exams remotely and faculty will build this into their syllabi.

University of Pennsylvania — Reopening Plan
-The University announced that they will not be allowing students to return to on campus housing.
-We are able to accommodate any houses that are not on campus that are remaining open.

University of Rhode Island — Reopening Plan
-The University has announced that the fall 2020 semester will start as it traditionally does after Labor Day with an advising day on September 8 and the first day of classes on September 9. In-person classes will end at the Thanksgiving break, which begins Nov. 25. Classes will continue online for the remainder of the semester until December 14; with final exams delivered online.

University of Virginia –Reopening Plan
-Undergraduate classes are scheduled to begin Aug. 25, assuming federal and state guidelines permit. In-person instruction will conclude by Thanksgiving. Following the holiday, students will not return until after the new year.

West Virginia University — Reopening Plan
-Students will begin fall classes on Wednesday, Aug. 19th. Students will remain on campus, with no fall break, through Nov. 24, then depart for Thanksgiving Break, not returning to campus for the rest of the fall semester. There will be one week of online instruction following Thanksgiving Break, with finals also conducted online.
-Spring classes will begin on campus on Jan 19, continuing with no spring break through April 30, and finals on campus from May 3-7.

What If My Campus Doesn’t Open In The Fall–What Are My Financial and Contractual Obligations?

If campuses don’t reopen in the fall, your price will be adjusted accordingly. You will not incur any charges until food service actually begins. Signing / renewing your contract for 20-21, in itself, does not commit you to any payments or early termination fees.  Your financial obligation starts only when we know the start date of food service, and if that date is anything other than the normally scheduled start of the academic semester, we’ll re-price the contract for your review.  In the (hopefully unlikely) event that service starts, but then is subsequently suspended for any reason, we’ll again work with you to calculate a refund.

When Service Does Resume, What Will Be Different?

Depending on government guidelines and general health risks, Gill Grilling is ready to implement any of the below necessary measures.  Implementation of these measures will be on a case by case basis once we are closer to the service start date.

-salad bar discontinued                               -all disposable supplies
-mask use                                                       -chefs serve all meals / no buffets
-all leftovers discarded                                -bulk service discontinued (ex: cereal jugs removed)
-service only for in-house residents          -regular schedule of virucide and UV light sterilization
-daily symptom and temperature checks

We Need To Be Price-Conscious.  What Are The Options?

The most powerful way to decrease per-person costs is to add more people to the meal plan.  The economies of scale achieved by adding people to the meal plan vastly outweigh the cost savings that can be achieved by cutting services.  If reducing services is unavoidable, we have worked with many chapters to identify meals that are not as highly attended–often including Friday dinners and hot breakfasts.  Please contact us at to talk through the best options for your chapter.

Help–We Need Supplies!

Gill Grilling works with hundreds of vendors around the country, and we receive weekly updates on product availability.  We have seen consistent availability on scarce supplies, including hand sanitizer, paper towels, gloves, and masks.  If you are in need of these items, we can help.