Update from the President regarding coronavirus – March 7, 2020

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

As you all are aware, the impact of the Coronavirus is constantly evolving. Because of this, we want to keep you apprised of our preparedness efforts and reinforce protocols related to faculty, staff or student travel – both domestic and international.

We understand many members of our community will be traveling over the Spring Break. During this travel you may come into contact with people from different parts of the country who may unknowingly be carrying the Coronavirus. As a reminder, travel safety guidelines are available on the Maryville University Coronavirus web page.

If you were traveling over spring break and you develop a fever, cough or breathing issues, please contact the Maryville’s Health and Wellness Office at 314-529-6715 or healthandwellness@maryville.edu or your primary healthcare provider immediately for instructions. You may also want to call the local Coronavirus Hotline 314-615-2660 to get additional information and guidance about your illness. As with any cold or flu illness, we recommend staying home and not going to class or to work, until you’re no longer symptomatic.

When Maryville learns a student, faculty member or staff member has been exposed to the Coronavirus, we will require those individuals to immediately self-quarantine and will contact the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and follow the CDC guidelines related to testing and prevention.

Should a member of the Maryville community test positive for the Coronavirus, we will immediately communicate this to you and implement measures to reduce further exposure across campus. We will also work directly with students who have tested positive to limit disruption to their academic studies. The university is prepared to deliver classes in different learning platforms as needed. In addition, as a precautionary measure, over the Spring Break we will deploy additional cleaning resources consistent with CDC recommendations.

Thank you all for your patience and understanding as we continue to make decisions and develop plans to protect our students, faculty members and staff on a constantly evolving issue.

Please check the Maryville University Coronavirus web page frequently for updates and resources.

Thank you,
Mark Lombardi