COVID-19 Preparedness Update: March 16, 2020
In our continuing effort to help quell the spread of COVID-19 and to protect our campus community and beyond, Morningside is taking the following actions in addition to those announced last week:
- Beginning Monday, March 23, undergraduate classes will resume, but will move to online delivery through at least Wednesday, April 8. Watch for emails from faculty for further information.
- Following the Easter break (April 9-April 13), Morningside hopes to resume normal class delivery for undergraduate students on Tuesday, April 14; however, administration plans to re-evaluate during the week of March 30 to make decisions regarding the potential of finishing the spring semester online, whether commencement will be held, and whether or not on-campus/local May Terms will move forward. Watch your email for further updates.
- Residence halls, dining halls, health services, academic services, and all other services will remain open and operational for students. Students do have the option to complete coursework from their permanent residence during the online delivery period if they wish.
- Online graduate and bachelor’s completion coursework will proceed as scheduled.
- Morningside will suspend face-to-face campus visits from Wednesday, March 18 through Easter Sunday, April 12. We will be offering online information sessions in the coming weeks (watch social media and your email). Additionally, counselors are available to talk one-on-one or with families by phone or email. Contact information for admissions is here.
- Morningside’s 36-hour annual giving event, Morningside Madness, that was scheduled to take place March 18-19 is postponed. Morningside Institutional Advancement will send out details once a new date has been selected. Individuals interested in offering support to Morningside now may do so here.
- The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has canceled the 2020 spring sports season. Details can be found here. Esports is also canceled.
- Following the recommendation of the CDC, Morningside asks all faculty, staff, and students to refrain from hosting any events or gatherings of more than 50 people.
- Faculty and staff are encouraged to use conference calls or WebEx to conduct college business. We will be sharing additional training and information to assist you in making these adjustments to your work.
You are encouraged to continue to monitor Morningside’s COVID-19 page for further updates and information. Given the dynamic nature of the situation, we ask for your continued grace, patience, and regular communication as we work together to navigate the coming days and weeks.