March 11, 2020
Dear Marymount Community,
With the continuing increase of COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) cases nationally and around the world, it has understandably been a stressful few weeks for all of us. With the many challenges that this situation presents, I am thankful for the hard work and dedication of our staff in Student Health Services and Campus Safety, who are monitoring the potential impact to our University around the clock. I am also grateful for the various members of our standing committee that was established to coordinate our response to COVID-19, who have been meeting every day to discuss how we can take proactive measures in the best interest of the Marymount community.
Today, I am announcing that the University will move forward with a plan to extend Spring Break until next Wednesday, and temporarily shift our course programming to online delivery until later this month. This decision was made in order to best protect the health of our students, faculty and staff, while still maintaining general operations and enabling our students to continue learning.
Please review the below information carefully, as this plan will impact everyone in our University community.
- Spring Break will be extended by two days, with classes resuming online-only on Wednesday, March 18. This extension will give faculty additional time to migrate their classes online, and a number of online training sessions will be held for faculty on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17. We recommend faculty visit the new “Keep Teaching” page on our website for further information.
- All lecture and lab courses will be delivered online-only from March 18 through Sunday, March 29. At this time, on-campus classes are expected to resume on Monday, March 30.
- A decision will be made no later than Tuesday, March 24, on whether it is necessary to extend the online-only delivery period beyond March 29.
- Each school/program will determine the best mechanism to ensure that lab/studio objectives are met, utilizing approaches such as simulation, postpone and compress later, videos, remote access, etc.
- Students currently engaged in clinical/practicum/internship experiences should follow the rules that the partner organization puts in place. If the organization is closed, students must work with the clinical/practicum/internship coordinator to determine next steps. Similarly, if a student is uncomfortable going to the organization’s facility, they should discuss other options with the coordinator.
- All field trips between now and March 29 will be postponed to a later date.
- Spring athletic contests will continue as scheduled. The Department of Athletics will provide a separate communication to student-athletes with more details on precautionary measures. For now, all student-athletes who are not competing in spring sports are encouraged to remain home until March 29.
- Student Health Services (SHS) and Student Counseling Services (SCS) are open for students on campus, including next Monday and Tuesday. If you are off campus and need services, please contact SHS at 703-284-1610 (or firstname.lastname@example.org) and SCS at 703-526-6861 (or email@example.com), and an alternative delivery of services will be arranged.
- We encourage students to stay home if possible. However, residence halls (including The Rixey) will be open for students who are unable to stay in accommodations off campus. Dining services will also be available on a limited basis. If you plan to return to campus or The Rixey, you are required to complete this Housing Registration form.
- If you have traveled to a Level 2 or 3 country (as determined by the CDC), you are required to self-quarantine for a period of two weeks. Please reach out to SHS for guidance on additional steps.
- Our campus, which is undergoing deep cleaning and disinfection during Spring Break, will be open and fully operational for all faculty and staff. Employees are encouraged to discuss telecommuting options with their supervisor as needed. More information on employee accommodations is forthcoming. Our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is also available for counseling and support.
I would also like to remind you to keep tabs on our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Resources page
on our website, which is updated on a regular basis.
While there have been confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the greater D.C. region, there have been no cases on any of our campuses up to this point. Of course, this is a fluid situation and we will continue to monitor this situation as it develops. I encourage you to stay tuned for future announcements that we will be sending to the University community on a regular basis, at least once per week.
Thank you for your continued patience and understanding! As we navigate through this difficult time, I am confident that Marymount will emerge stronger than ever before.
Irma Becerra, Ph.D.
2807 N. Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22207