Maryville University on-campus students will finish the spring semester via a virtual learning format as a result of the developing coronavirus pandemic. The decision was made in consultation with local health officials, under guidance by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and with the utmost concern for our community’s health and safety as the ultimate determining factor. While students will not be on campus, they have virtual access to all student support services.
In order to reduce exposure risk, all residential students who were able to leave returned home and are staying home the remainder of the semester. Students with exceptional circumstances who are unable to return home were granted an exception to stay on campus and are being provided necessary support and accommodations.
The decision to continue virtual learning is in line with the CDC’s “social distancing” guidelines and minimizing risk of exposure. All university-sponsored events have been canceled or postponed until further notice. Some events will be shifted to a virtual format. More information on event status can be found at maryville.edu/events-status.
The University has also made the decision to cancel all in-person commencement and related activities for the spring semester. Commencement represents an important celebration of our graduates’ academic journey and accomplishments and we are working to develop alternative plans to celebrate our graduates’ accomplishments. Additional information will be emailed to those registered for graduation as plans emerge and posted on maryville.edu/commencement.
Additionally, with St. Louis County and St. Louis City governments enacting stay-at-home orders, all buildings on campus will close and remain closed for the duration of the order.
“This pandemic has altered our way of life but like all past crises we are confident that working together we will overcome and prevail,” said president Mark Lombardi, PhD. “Our hearts and prayers go out to people who are infected around the world, and the thousands of students, faculty, staff and their families impacted in so many ways.”
Regular updates will be made on the university’s webpage: maryville.edu/coronavirus.