In recent weeks, you have received various updates with information related to the widening COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak and the ways the situation may affect our university and community. As noted in this note from Student Affairs, there is the potential it could impact your instruction.
As you know, other universities have announced alternatives to in-person classes for their students. We are continuing to look at a variety of options for delivering classroom instruction, in the event that face-to-face instruction needs to be suspended. As soon as we have made decisions, you will be notified via email.
As a precaution, if you leave campus for Spring Break we strongly advise that you take with you everything that you would need to continue your studies if the decision is made to suspend in-person classes. This could include books, computers, supplies, etc.
For those traveling during Spring Break, please continue to monitor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel advisories for anywhere you plan to travel. As a reminder, anyone who travels to a location that is a CDC Level 2 or Level 3 country or region will be placed on a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine before they are allowed to return to campus. For more information, please see the university’s self-quarantine policy. If you are planning to travel to those areas, you must fill out the COVID-19 Travel Risk Screening Form that can be found here.
At this time, self-quarantine is not mandatory for anyone traveling domestically or internationally for areas that are not CDC Level 2 or Level 3. If that changes, you will be notified via email.
There is still space available in the residence halls for anyone who would like to remain on campus during break. For more information, please see the University Housing website.
Thank you for your understanding and patience as we continue to manage this ever-evolving situation. Your safety and academic experience is our priority. Please continue to check your email and the university’s COVID-19 website every day for updates and more specific information on these decisions from the university and from our College.
James D. Anderson
Dean, Gutgsell Professor of Education