March 11, 2020
Dear Spalding Community,
We have been closely monitoring the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and meeting daily to discuss contingency plans. Our responses to COVID-19 will remain fluid, but one constant is that the safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our paramount concern. At this time, there is no known case of COVID-19 on our campus. To do our part to prevent the spread of the virus, however, we are implementing the following:
• Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, Spalding University will move all face-to-face classes online. At this time, face-to-face classes are scheduled to resume on April 6, 2020; this date is subject to change. If you are on session break next week, the move to online classes will apply to the start of the new term on Monday, March 23, 2020.
• For students in the residence halls who have access to personal computers or technology and can connect to the internet away from campus, we encourage you to go home as soon as your Session 4 classes end. Please do not return to campus until April 4, 2020, unless otherwise notified.
• Students who do not have access to technology off campus are welcome to return to campus where computer technology will be available in the library and in a number of other campus locations. Only students who are symptom-free and have no fever will be permitted to use on-campus facilities. You may be subject to a temperature check. Sanitizer will be available to wipe down computers between users.
• By Friday, March 13, 2020, we will have forms to determine your needs for housing and technology.
Faculty and staff should report to campus unless you make different arrangements with your supervisor or are exhibiting symptoms. During this time, supervisors will be flexible and continue to accommodate reasonable requests.
We recognize the potential hardship this could cause to our campus community and we appreciate your patience and support as we work through this together.
We will continue to monitor the situation and update the campus community regularly. Please refer to this webpage and your email for continual updates.
All the best,
Tori Murden McClure
President, Spalding University