COVID-19: Bellarmine suspends face-to-face classes, sends most students home temporarily

March 11, 2020

In response to the rapidly changing COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation, Bellarmine's president, Dr. Susan M. Donovan announced today that Bellarmine University would take the following actions:
  • Face-to-face classes and activities will be suspended from Thursday, March 12, until Wednesday, March 18, when courses will resume online or electronically. The temporary suspension will give faculty time to transition to alternate course delivery. The university anticipates students will return to campus for course delivery in classrooms on Wednesday, April 1, although this is subject to change based on the latest health guidance. Courses that are currently offered online are not affected by the suspension.
  • While the campus will remain open, residential students are being asked to depart their residence halls by 5 p.m. Saturday, March 14, and spend this period at home. Exceptions will be made for students who cannot easily travel home or who will not have access to the Internet if they leave campus.
  • University faculty and staff will continue to report to work as usual.
At present, no member of the Bellarmine community has tested positive for COVID-19. “Today’s decisions are intended to protect the community and slow the rate at which the virus is spreading, while maintaining the integrity of our academic offerings,” Dr. Donovan said. “We will continue to monitor guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kentucky health authorities. Please bear with us as we navigate this complicated and unprecedented interruption of campus life.”
Bellarmine University’s Coronavirus information website provides detailed information specific to current students, prospective students, faculty and staff members, and parents.

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