Letter from the President to Students

March 21, 2020

Dear Maryville Students,

I hope you are staying healthy during the coronavirus pandemic and that you are adapting to the changes it has created for you as students as well as in your professional, family and community lives. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate these uncertain times together.

Today, the St. Louis city and county governments enacted a stay-at-home order. As of now, the order is in effect from 12:01 a.m. on March 23 until 11:59 p.m. on April 22, 2020, but it could be extended given the rapidly changing circumstances. We know many of you live outside the St. Louis region and are likely facing your own set of community quarantines or restrictions.

With the St. Louis city and county governments enacting a stay-at-home order, we know many of you have questions about how Maryville will proceed with its day-to-day operations. Colleges and universities are considered essential businesses during this time, so we will continue virtual and online learning through the end of the spring semester. Many of our employees have already been working remotely as this pandemic has evolved, and with the new St. Louis city and county mandate, all employees will continue to provide teaching, support services and life coaching from their home offices.

Many buildings on campus have already been closed to assist our community with social distancing. As of Monday, in compliance with the mandate, all buildings on campus will be closed. For our students who needed to stay in campus housing, rest assured we have put into place ways to provide you with food and safety during this stay-at-home order and Student Life will reach out to you with more details shortly. Our Public Safety office is open and will be working to provide safety and security on our campus even during the stay-at-home order.

Fall course registration will be handled completely online. Members of the Solution Squad and Center for Operational Excellence staff can answer questions and provide assistance by phone 314-529-9360 or via email at ssc@maryville.edu.

We encourage you to help us reduce population density so that we can slow the spread of COVID-19. Whether you’re in the St. Louis region or another part of the country with its own restrictions or guidelines, we encourage you to follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control. Maintaining a safe distance from others, regular handwashing, and coughing or sneezing into tissues or your sleeve, are the best ways to reduce transmission.

We understand this is a difficult and an emotional time for our community and our society. One thing you can be confident in is that Maryville University is here with you every step of the way. We want to make the next several weeks as productive as possible so that you can continue making progress toward your next semester or graduation.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if there are ways we can provide you with additional assistance. Please go to Maryville.edu/coronavirus for regular updates and answers to frequently asked questions.


Mark Lombardi, PhD