International travel cancelled, all university events to be cancelled or rescheduled

A Message from President Suzanne K. Mellon
Distributed: 03/12/2020
Posted: 03/12/2020


Dear Carlow University Community,

As our region, university and country grapple with this unprecedented pandemic, I would like to thank all members of the Carlow Campus Community for their efforts and collaboration as we work to make well-informed decisions that will mitigate and prevent the spread of this virus. Our highest priority continues to be the health, well-being, and vitality of our students and the Carlow community.

Working together with government agencies, the university continues to monitor the rapidly evolving COVID-19 developments and will continue to update the community in a timely
manner.

University Operations

The university remains open while face-to-face classes are being modified into an online or alternative format for the remainder of the term. All academic resources, such as the library, labs, study spaces, classrooms, office buildings, and athletic and recreation facilities will remain open. However, some student and academic support services may be limited. More details will follow in a subsequent email.

Classes

Deans, together with the faculty, are currently modifying the format of face-to-face classes into online or alternative learning modes for the remainder of the Spring term. These newly formatted classes will begin on Monday, March 23. However, all online classes will resume on Monday, March 16, as originally planned.

The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs will disseminate an email to all faculty and students with detailed information about these changes, specific to each college, today.

Residence Halls, Student Life

The residence halls remain open under Spring break guidelines for the next week. However, in order to prevent the potential spread of the Coronavirus, students may opt to not return and remain at home. A modified meal plan structure will be in effect. Student Affairs will be communicating additional details about residence halls, dining, and student services.

University Events, Conferences and Meetings

Events of more than 25 people will be cancelled or rescheduled.

The Women of Spirit Gala scheduled for April 2 is being rescheduled. The new date will be announced after plans are finalized.

Travel

The university has cancelled all international travel for faculty, staff, and students until further notice.
All study abroad programs are cancelled for the Spring term. All non-essential domestic travel is also cancelled. Questions on these matters should be addressed to one’s respective dean or cabinet member.

Facilities

Facilities will continue to perform the campus-wide cleaning and sanitization of all bathrooms, common areas, and recreational facilities, according to the most current guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The priority of building cleanings is: student health, all public bathrooms, recreational facilities, and high traffic common areas. We will be disseminating information to all faculty and staff that will assist them in maintaining a clean and sanitized personal work environment.

Health, Well-being and Prevention

In an attempt to mitigate risk, everyone is encouraged to continue practicing healthy habits and preventative measures. They include:

Maintaining a safe social distancing; washing your hands often with soap and water or a 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer; covering your mouth and nose with a handkerchief or tissue when you cough or sneeze; avoiding the touching of your mouth and nose; avoiding close contact with people who might be ill; staying away from crowded areas; practicing good health habits; and staying home if you are sick and contacting your primary care providers.

If work flexibility is needed, we will address this at the university level. As a reminder, the Remote and Flexible Work Policy has been approved for staff and can be utilized.

Conclusion

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to unfold, we will remain vigilant and keep you updated on new developments and changes. Please check your email and the university website on a regular basis.

Thank you for your ongoing patience, flexibility, and understanding as we navigate these changes together.

Sincerely,
Suzanne K. Mellon PhD