Letter from the President to Students


March 10, 2020

Dear Students,

As the national coronavirus outbreak continues to progress, the health and safety of our students and campus community remain our highest priority. Out an abundance of caution and in an effort to minimize academic disruption, we are moving on-campus classes to a virtual format beginning Monday, March 16. This message is lengthy, but it’s critical that your read it in its entirety.

Beginning the Monday after spring break, Maryville will be delivering on-campus classes in a virtual learning format for the following two weeks. At this time, we plan to resume on-campus classes on Monday, March 30. We will be monitoring the status of the coronavirus outbreak in our region in consultation with local health officials, and will reassess the situation after the first week of virtual classes. We will communicate any changes or updates to you at that time.

Maryville’s residence halls, food service, library, athletics and student support services will remain open and available to students as they continue their education. The university has taken and will continue to take precautionary steps to clean and disinfect campus as recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

Maryville does not have any known coronavirus cases among its campus community. The decision to shift courses to a virtual format eliminates the obligation of our students to take courses on campus and is in line with CDC recommendations to begin “social distancing,” whenever possible.

As many of you know, a virtual course platform can take various forms from synchronous to an asynchronous digital experience. Each faculty member will work with their class to create the best virtual learning experience based on their expertise and the material being covered over the two-week period. Students should look for more detailed information on Canvas for their specific courses. For those students concurrently enrolled in online classes, there will be no change to how they presently take those courses.

We understand that these measures will cause disruption and inconvenience to the campus community, but we strongly believe that actions taken now will have the greatest chance of decreasing our students’ risk of exposure to the coronavirus.

We also understand that not all students will be able to move to fully virtual learning. Individuals participating in clinical experiences, internships, student teaching, and practicum experiences will continue their experiential learning experiences. If you’re taking a class in the spring semester that includes an on-campus lab, studio or other similar experiential learning work, your instructor or program director will contact you to provide additional information.

We are evaluating upcoming events and activities that involve students, alumni and/or members of the general public. As decisions are made, we will alert you as soon as possible and regular updates will be made on the university’s webpage: maryville.edu/coronavirus. Please also check your Maryville email regularly for email updates.

We are committed to working with you to ensure you are able to continue your academic journey at Maryville this spring. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your life coach and/or faculty adviser. We want to thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through this evolving situation.

Sincerely,

Mark Lombardi
President
650 Maryville University Drive
St. Louis, MO 63141
o: (314) 529-9330
president@maryville.edu