As the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic disrupts life everywhere, we extend a special thought to those hit hard, including people who have fragile health, front-line health workers and service-industry employees who are losing shifts and jobs. We are living through a profoundly challenging moment, but we remember that eventually the virus will peak and life will begin moving back toward normal.
In the meantime, TU is keeping close tabs on the latest guidance from public health authorities and has taken steps to limit the risk of exposure on campus:
- Classes have moved online through the end of the spring semester. Students, faculty and our IT team have done an incredible job of adapting quickly to the new system.
- We have suspended all events for now (although we are still considering the best course of action for 2020 Commencement ceremonies). It hurts to lose our active spring schedule, but our priority is to “flatten the curve.”
- Most TU employees are working from home, thanks to capabilities like VPN connections, online file sharing and web-based conference calls. We are grateful to have these tools at our disposal.
- Campus housing is being restricted to special-permission cases, and dining has converted to a pick-up system operated out of an on-campus food truck. This is certainly a departure from normal, but it will avoid crowded situations with high risk of exposure.
For ongoing updates, the latest coronavirus information is on this webpage and is updated regularly.