Effective Thursday, March 12, Urbana University, a branch campus of Franklin University will close its residence halls and continue the term online for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year. In addition, all campus-sponsored athletic events and practices are cancelled for the remainder of the term. Employees should continue to report to work, as policies are being developed to help guide alternative work arrangements.
While no confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 have been reported, the decision to close residence halls is being made to help mitigate the risk and spread of the virus. This decision was made following the guidance of state government officials and health experts to discourage the assembly of large groups of people.
Today’s announcement supplements the March 10 decision to move all face-to-face courses to online delivery beginning March 16. This approach helps protect students without disruption to their academic progress.
Any student athletes currently traveling as a team are being recalled to gather their possessions and return home. Communications are being sent to all current students sharing instructions on how and when to pick up their possessions.
Although Urbana University is currently on spring break, officials are making accommodations for those students who are currently on campus or those who will be unable to return home due to distance, federally-imposed travel restrictions, or special circumstances.
“The decision to close residence halls was not taken lightly,” said Dr. David Decker, President, Franklin University. “Local, state and federal travel regulations and health guidelines are changing at a rapid rate, and we want to be as responsive as possible while acting in the best interest of our students.”
Further precautionary measures will be implemented to help those students remaining on campus, as well as campus employees, including health screening and virtual meeting opportunities.
Campus officials will continue to monitor this situation and will provide updates as new information or policies are developed.
Dr. David Decker
President, Franklin University
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.