With a focus on maintaining a safe environment, the university has been closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19). A task force of Urbana University leadership and subject matter experts has convened, focused on our campus preparations and response.
We continue to align our recommendations with and follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization, and the Ohio Department of Health.
While there are no campus-associated cases of COVID-19, at least three confirmed cases have been identified in the state of Ohio, and the experts predict that there will be more. Earlier today, we participated in a phone call with Governor DeWine who addressed members of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio (AICUO). Following his recommendations, the series of updates below is provided related to classes, work arrangements, travel and campus events that will allow us to continue the education of our students while protecting our community. These changes are being implemented with the safety of our campus community as our top priority.
Direction for students and faculty regarding classes
- Utilizing the experience of the International Institute for Innovative Instruction all face-to-face classes will be converted to an online format effective Monday, March 16 through the end of the term.
- A separate communication will be sent to faculty teaching courses this term providing additional guidance related to procedural changes resulting from any conversion to the online format.
- FAQs are being developed and will be made available on www.urbana.edu to help students and employees navigate these changes.
- The University is evaluating its policy regarding residential life and will issue its final decision tomorrow.
Remote work opportunities for faculty and staff
- The University recognizes the need for providing flexibility for faculty and staff to work remotely. Supervisors should be flexible in allowing those employees who are able to do so to work from home. More information about working remotely will be communicated in the coming days.
- Effective immediately and until further notice, all university-sponsored international travel is suspended. This includes new travel as well as any currently booked trips for the next thirty days.
- All domestic travel on behalf of the University is prohibited for the next thirty days unless approved by the executive vice president.
- All non-athletic events scheduled through the end of the term will be postponed until further notice and no new events will be scheduled. The University is reviewing options for the upcoming commencement and will provide further information when a final decision has been made.
- A decision regarding athletic events and participation is currently under review and will be communicated soon.
We will provide updates and any deadline extensions for the above guidelines as more information becomes available.
Due to the rapidly evolving nature of the current situation, guidelines are subject to change as new information emerges. We will continue to monitor regularly and make any necessary modifications as needed with a focus on providing a safe environment for our campus community. Please check www.urbana.edu for updates and other information related to the campus response.
Dr. Christopher Washington, Executive Vice President
Urbana University, a branch campus of Franklin University, prepares students for successful and professional careers within a caring and supportive environment. Regionally well known for education and teacher preparation programs, Urbana was founded in 1850 and acquired by Franklin in 2014. Urbana’s 128-acre, residential campus nestled in heart of Ohio provides a background for students actively engaged in campus activities through 20 student-led academic, professional, performing arts, social and service organizations. Blue Knights athletics includes 17 NCAA Division II sports and three intercollegiate club sports. Urbana University is a division of Franklin University, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.