All HSC Campus,
The Health Science Center, acting to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff, will move on-site instruction on the HSC campus to alternative forms of academic experiences effective March 13.
No cases of COVID-19 have been reported on the HSC campus, but we are making this decision because of the rapid spread and the unpredictability of this disease. We understand the disruption such a move will have across the campus, but it is the right thing to do to keep our University community safe.
Each student should expect to receive information from the Dean’s office of their respective schools to make arrangements to conduct alternative forms of academic experiences through at least March 20. We will keep the campus community updated as more information becomes available.
University team members who are able to work remotely should discuss with their supervisors the feasibility of working from home.
While this may not be possible for everyone, those who have the prior permission of their supervisors, and who are equipped to do so, should begin working remotely immediately if it will not impact the continuity of daily business at the HSC. This decision should be made by the individual supervisors.
As the last 24 hours have revealed, this is a rapidly developing situation that has forced organizations across the country to make unprecedented decisions. HSC is no exception.
A review currently is underway of all major HSC events that draw sizeable numbers of participants. Guided by concerns for the safety of our team members and those entrusted to our care, significant changes to many of those events are likely.
More information about that will be provided as soon as possible.
Thank you for your understanding and your support as we work through these difficult and complex issues.
Dr. Michael R. Williams