March 19 - COVID-19 Daily Update

Dear Marymount Community,
As promised in yesterday’s announcement, this is the first edition of our “Daily Update” emails that will go out to the University community regarding COVID-19 and our response. In dealing with its impact, we’ve had to make crucial and tough decisions day by day, and sometimes hour by hour. I hope this new format for our announcements will help you stay up to date with all of the latest info from various departments of Marymount.
In this unprecedented situation, canceling the traditional ceremonies scheduled for May 2020 was a difficult decision but a necessary one, given the guidance we’ve received from public health and safety officials. We are all coping with the uncertainty as best as we can, and our top priority is the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and greater Marymount community.
We will be reaching out to our graduating seniors with a survey, so they have an opportunity to share their preferences for celebrating this milestone and their achievements at Marymount University. Commencement is a recognition of the accomplishments of our students and the contributions of our faculty, and we will explore options for a special way to continue this event in an alternative fashion. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns to
All students residing on main campus who are able to move out of housing should do so by March 29 to return and stay home with your families. Those unable to leave may remain in student housing on main campus as long as they follow the instructions sent to them at 3 p.m. today by the Office of Student Living. Please know that we are exploring options for providing prorated credits/refunds, and details on this process will be provided as soon as we can confirm them.
Information Technology Services
For students that need assistance with either access to a computer or internet service, please contact Marymount IT Support at To the greater Marymount community – if you have a spare laptop or desktop computer that you no longer need, please consider donating it to Marymount so they can be repurposed for students who need them.
International Student Services
The International Student Services office has been reaching out to students and helping them problem solve as they make decisions during this fast-evolving situation. Faculty, please know that we are here for you as a resource if you need us – and please encourage international students to reach out to us if they are struggling. We are available at 703-526-6922 (office), 571-422-1009 (cell) or via email at
At Marymount, we have been migrating to telecommuting as much as possible for all employees, including faculty and staff, while providing continuity of service. Student workers are encouraged to consult with their supervisors to determine whether or not remote work would be applicable and appropriate to their duties throughout the remainder of the semester.
As recommended by health officials, I have been practicing social distancing in order to limit any potential spread of the virus. I certainly miss in-person, face-to-face interaction and seeing all of you on campus – and I’m sure many of you feel the same. But, history tells us that while we do have to make sacrifices during social distancing periods, productivity does not have to be lost. To give an example – in 1606, during one of the plagues that closed the English theatres, Shakespeare was quarantined. During that period, he turned out King LearMacbeth and Antony and Cleopatra!
Irma Becerra, Ph.D.
Marymount University
Main House
2807 N. Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22207
Questions about COVID-19? Call our hotline at 703-284-5782 or email
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