We want to assure you that the university is monitoring the COVID-19 situation moment by moment. Faculty, staff and administrators are in close contact with each other about upcoming travel plans, continuing coursework and prevention information.
Several study tours planned for countries where the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a Level 3 warning have been canceled. A number of other travels planned for countries with rising concerns also have been canceled. Study tour faculty leaders and their deans are actively involved in these decisions with our Study Abroad office, Academic Affairs and Emergency Management units on campus.
Students departing on an upcoming spring break program have been offered the option of withdrawing from the tour and the class without penalty. Students impacted by cancellations have been offered alternate study tour and course completion options.
At this time, classes will continue as usual. The university will continue to closely monitor the situation throughout spring break and will communicate any change of plans as they are made. We have sent our students an email to inform them of healthy practices in the prevention of communicable diseases. Our COVID-19 response website
is live and will be updated as things change. If the university finds it necessary to use alternate methods of instruction in the future, we will communicate that information to you immediately.
We know this is a time of uncertainty that can be frustrating and possibly unsettling and we want to assure you that the safety and health of our campus community is our top priority throughout this developing situation and always.
Patti Neuhold-Ravikumar, President